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Escape Pod 608: Even the Queen

Author : Connie Willis Narrator : Veronica Giguere Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction in 1992. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Short Story. Candid discussions of the existence of sex and reproductive systems. Some cursing. Even the Queen By […]Source

56mins

28 Dec 2017

Rank #1

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Escape Pod 604: Given Sufficient Desperation

Author : Bogi Takács Narrator : Alethea Kontis Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Originally appeared in Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench. Twelfth Planet Press, 2016. Given Sufficient Desperation By Bogi Takács An ice cream cone. A ceramic mug—brown with a single green stripe around the […]Source

32mins

30 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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Escape Pod 577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself

Author : Matt Dovey Narrator : Tina Connolly Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself is an Escape Pod original. The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You […]Source

21mins

26 May 2017

Rank #3

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Escape Pod 718: How the Emperor of All Space and Every World Awoke to the True Nature of Reality and Why it Didn’t Matter

Author : P. H. Lee Narrator : Eric Luke Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 718: How the Emperor of All Space and Every World Awoke to the True Nature of Reality and Why it Didn’t Matter is an Escape Pod original. How the Emperor of All […]Source

30mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Escape Pod 639: Me, Meg, and The Thing

Author : Gian-Paul Bergeron Narrator : Trendane Sparks Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 639: Me, Meg, and The Thing is an Escape Pod original. Contains swearing, mental illness. Me, Meg, and The Thing By Gian-Paul Bergeron I’m Inroom making honest credit, doing Daily, counting breaths, when […]Source

50mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Escape Pod 576: Karma Among the Cloud Kings

Author : Brian Trent Narrator : Ellora Sen-Gupta Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Karma Among the Cloud Kings was first published in Analog in March 2015. Karma Among the Cloud Kings By Brian Trent I. Fifty thousand feet above Tempest’s highest clouds, Antarag Vel-heth invites me to sit beside him in […]Source

55mins

18 May 2017

Rank #6

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Escape Pod 700: Martian Chronicles (Part 1 of 2)

Author : Cory Doctorow Narrator : Adam Pracht Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in the 2011 YA anthology Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier. Martian Chronicles by Cory Doctorow They say you can’t smell anything through a launch-hood, but I still smelled […]Source

1hr 32mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Escape Pod 609: Wasps Make Honey

Author : Penelope Evans Narrator : Karen Bovenmyer Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 609: Wasps Make Honey is an Escape Pod original. Wasps Make Honey By Penelope Evans The scrap heaps at the edge of the settlement are taller than the average colony building. They offer up […]Source

30mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Escape Pod 624: Fandom for Robots

Author : Vina Jie-Min Prasad Narrator : Trendane Sparks Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums This story was first published in Uncanny Magazine 18 (September/October 2017) Some cursing, suggestions of fanfic erotica (not explicit) Fandom for Robots By Vina Jie-Min Prasad Computron feels no emotion towards the animated television […]Source

29mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Escape Pod 588: Rocket Surgery

Author : Effie Seiberg Narrator : Summer Brooks Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Rocket Surgery originally appeared in Analog, 2016.         Thanks to our sponsor, ARCHIVOS – a Story Mapping and Development Tool for writers, gamers, and storytellers of all kinds! Rocket Surgery by Effie Seiberg We’d tested […]Source

29mins

10 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Escape Pod 625: Herd Mentality (Flashback Friday)

Author : Jay Caselberg Narrator : Serah Eley Host : Alasdair Stuart Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Herd Mentality originally appeared on Escape Pod on July 21, 2005 on episode 011. Herd Mentality By Jay Caselberg (Excerpt) Einstein was getting old now. All of them. Not so old that he was past it, but you had […]Source

35mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Escape Pod 622: Anna and Marisol in Time and Space

Author : Tim Pratt Narrator : Amy H. Sturgis Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Tim Pratt’s Patreon, June 2017 Some cursing. Suggestions of violence and death. Anna and Marisol in Time and Space By Tim Pratt The big day came, and Anna was tempted to tie up Marisol […]Source

55mins

5 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Escape Pod 690: The Things (Flashback Friday)

Author : Peter Watts Narrator : Kate Baker Host : Alasdair Stuart Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums Originally appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine (Thanks to Kate and Clarkesworld for the audio!) Content warning: Language and disturbing imagery 2011 Hugo Award Nominee 2010 BSFA Award Finalist 2010 Shirley Jackson Award Winner 2011 Finalist: the […]Source

1hr

25 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Escape Pod 640: Paradise Regained

Author : Edward M. Lerner Narrator : Roderick Aust Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Paradise Regained first appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2017. Paradise Regained By Edward Lerner My head hurts. I expect it: this is winter. I want it to be spring. Paradise does not ask […]Source

50mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Escape Pod 607: Red in Tooth and Cog

Author : Cat Rambo Narrator : Tina Connolly Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 2016 Red in Tooth and Cog By Cat Rambo A phone can be so much. Your memory, your edge against boredom, your source of inspiration. […]Source

56mins

21 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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Escape Pod 678: Blonde

Author : Priya Sharma Narrator : Mur Lafferty Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in Interzone Issue 260 (September 2015) This story contains mature content that may not be appropriate for listeners under 13. Blonde by Priya Sharma “When did you go bald?” Only Clarice […]Source

46mins

2 May 2019

Rank #16

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Escape Pod 652: And Then There Were (N-One), (Part 1)

Author : Sarah Pinsker Narrator : Mur Lafferty Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums “And Then There Were (N-One)” first published in Uncanny Magazine Issue 15 (March/April 2017), with author interview And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker I considered declining the invitation. It was too weird, too […]Source

26mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Escape Pod 595: Islands in the Dark

Author : Sarah Goldman Narrator : Karen Bovenmyer Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 595: Islands in the Dark is an Escape Pod original. Islands in the Dark By Sarah Goldman Road out from Kaysee was boring as ever. The kids we’d picked up this time weren’t anything […]Source

40mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #18