PodCastle 490: The Names of the Sky


by Matthew Claxton

read by Tanja Milojevic

A PodCastle Original!

Rated PG-13.

Zoya wished one of her flying instructors could have seen her land on that muddy field. Always she had been criticized for her landings. “Light as a feather in the air, lands like a brick,” one had written on his assessment. But this time she brought the bullet-riddled fighter in perfectly, despite the dead engine, despite the ruts that tried to fling her sideways. She bumped to a halt where the field ended and a bare-branched forest of white birches began.

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Matthew Claxton is a reporter near Vancouver, British Columbia. His day job has, at times, involved biplanes, barn fires, toxic spills, live bears, and tricky grammar problems. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mothership Zeta, and the 2017 edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

Tanja Milojevic is originally from Serbia but has been in the U.S. since the age of 5. She has been voice acting since her senior year of high school and can be heard all over including Koach Studios’ AncestryYou Are Here, 11th Hours’ Heavenly Deception, What’s the Frequency, Broken Sea Audio Productions, Greater Boston, 19 Nocturne Boulevard, and Edict Zero. She produces her own radio dramas and posts them to her podcast LightningBolt Theater of the mind (click the link – we dare you). She says “I’m visually impaired and have ROP and Glaucoma, but use gold wave and Sound Forge to record and post-produce my audio.”