PC 472: The Chaos Village — Part 2

by M.K. Hutchins

read by Heath Miller

A PodCastle original!

The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off.

Rob turned another page in his notebook, skimming his research notes. Thanks to the natural Order present in all humans, his own body and the things he held didn’t randomly transform in the Chaos. But despite pages and pages of lovely charts and neatly-labeled columns, he couldn’t say much more about Chaos than that.

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This is the second part of a two part story. Don’t miss part one! Click here to find The Chaos Village—Part 1.

MK Hutchins AuthorM.K. Hutchins regularly draws on her background in archaeology when writing fiction. Her YA fantasy novel Drift was both a Junior Library Guild Selection and a VOYA Top Shelf Honoree. Her short fiction appears in Podcastle, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere. A long-time Idahoan, she now lives in Utah with her husband and four children. Find her at www.mkhutchins.com.

Heath Miller NarratorOriginally from Perth, Western Australia, Heath Miller can be found in theatres, recording studios, comedy clubs, television sets, convention centres and YouTube videos—Heath currently finds himself living on an island off the coast of Maine with his partner, two improbably large cats, two dogs of wildly varying ages and temperaments, and a brace of chickens named after various saints from history. You can follow him on twitter at @zaboots.

 

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PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies

by Rachael K Jones

read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali

First published in Strange Horizons.

Rated PG.

In the old stories, strangers at the door could be disguised gods, so you had to invite them in. It was a sin to turn away a guest.

Atithi devo bhava. Sanskrit: the guest is God.

I am not God, though I am old.

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Rachael K. Jones is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Athens, Georgia. Her work has appeared in dozens of venues, including Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer. She is a SFWA member, an editor, and a secret android. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.

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PC 471: The Chaos Village — Part 1

by M.K. Hutchins

read by Heath Miller

A PodCastle original!

The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off.

Rob turned another page in his notebook, skimming his research notes. Thanks to the natural Order present in all humans, his own body and the things he held didn’t randomly transform in the Chaos. But despite pages and pages of lovely charts and neatly-labeled columns, he couldn’t say much more about Chaos than that.

Be sure to come back for part 2 of this story, coming May 30, 2017!

MK Hutchins AuthorM.K. Hutchins regularly draws on her background in archaeology when writing fiction. Her YA fantasy novel Drift was both a Junior Library Guild Selection and a VOYA Top Shelf Honoree. Her short fiction appears in Podcastle, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere. A long-time Idahoan, she now lives in Utah with her husband and four children. Find her at www.mkhutchins.com.

Heath Miller NarratorOriginally from Perth, Western Australia, Heath Miller can be found in theatres, recording studios, comedy clubs, television sets, convention centres and YouTube videos—Heath currently finds himself living on an island off the coast of Maine with his partner, two improbably large cats, two dogs of wildly varying ages and temperaments, and a brace of chickens named after various saints from history. You can follow him on twitter at @zaboots.

 

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Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest IV

The next wave of the fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming, and it’s PodCastle’s turn! The contest will be taking submissions beginning June 1st, 2017 and will be open for one month, closing on June 30th. Every author may submit one original story of 500 words or less for consideration, so take out your quill and dust off your tome and get your story ready to submit!

The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of PodCastle. Stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so first publication rights will not be expended by participating in the contest. It’s easy to be become a member. In fact, you can head on over to the forums and do that right now! All the pertinent details and rules will be posted under “The Arcade” section of the forums.

Check back here in June for links to the contest forums and the Submittable portal where you can upload your contest entries. Best of luck to everyone participating!

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