Flash Fiction Extravaganza! Bears
“The Sweet Life” by Aidan Doyle.
Read by Graeme Dunlop.
First appeared in Every Day Fiction in 2014.
“My Wife is a Bear in the Morning” by David Steffen.
Read by Sean D Sorrentino.
A PodCastle original!
See David’s Long List Anthology Kindle pre-order page. Availability on more sites coming soon!
A PodCastle original!
First appeared in Renee’s book Wishing Season.
First published in Every Day Fiction in December 2014.
Have a look at the painting which was the story’s inspiration.
About the Authors
David Steffen writes video processing algorithms for traffic control systems by day, and writes fiction at other times. He lives with his wife and three dogs in Minnesota. He is the co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and co-edits the non-fiction zine Diabolical Plots. His fiction has been published in many great venues including Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, Bull Spec, AE, and Pseudopod, as well as Tina Connolly’s Toasted Cake podcast.
David has been running periodic “Best Of” podcast fiction lists for many years, including Diabolical Plots Best of, The Best Podcast Fiction of 2014 for SF Signal, and a mega-list of The Best Podcast Fiction of All Time, also for SF Signal. He has also created the Long List Anthology, which is a self-publishing anthology project collecting stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list. (Info and vendors here.) David has been a dedicated listener to all the Escape Artists podcasts for years, and you can find him on the forum as “Unblinking”.
Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and editor. He is the co-editor of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Sword and Sonnet and the author of The Writer’s Book of Doubt. He has visited more than 100 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia, and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. Follow his exploits at http://www.aidandoyle.net
Aidan joined PodCastle as an Associate Editor in 2016.
Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old. (It was called Super Tiger, and it was pretty lit.) He hasn’t stopped since. His short work has appeared or is forthcoming at Lightspeed, F&SF, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the best market ever, Podcastle. His first novels, a space opera trilogy called Starfire, are coming at binge-read speed from Tor.com in 2017. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, artist & designer Chrissy Ellsworth, and three children of the apocalypse.
About the Narrators
Sean D. Sorrentino lives in the Raleigh, North Carolina area with his wife and his dogs. He has narrated stories for PodCastle and Pseudopod.
Cheyenne Wright is the color artist on the Hugo Award winning graphic novel series Girl Genius. A freelance illustrator of many fine table-top projects; Like “Deadlands Noir”, and the “Professor Elemental” edition of the “Pairs” card-game. He is NOT the Lord of a subterranean colony of Mole-people bent on world subjugation. Such claims are libelous and unfounded. As is the ground beneath those who repeat them. [You have been warned sun-sucking dirt walkers]. More info about Cheyenne’s current plans for a better world [all of them… better worlds] can be found at www.ArcaneTimes.com.
Wilson Fowlie lives in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada and has been reading aloud since the age of 4. His life has changed recently: he lost his wife to cancer, and he changed jobs, from programming to recording voiceovers for instructional videos, which he loves doing, but not as much as he loved Heather.
Graeme has been involved with Escape Artists for many years, producing audio, hosting shows, narrating stories and keeping the websites going. He was born in Australia, although people have identified him as English, American and South African, amongst other nationalities. He loves the spoken word. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Amanda, and beautiful boy dog, Jake.
Jen Albert is an editor, writer, and former entomologist. She works full-time as an editor at ECW Press, an independent publishing house based in Toronto, where she enjoys working on books of all kinds, including speculative fiction, popular science, and LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. She became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction podcast in 2016; she now wonders if she still allowed to call it her favorite. Along with her co-editors, Jen has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award for her work on PodCastle.