I have written before of my habit of listening to a few episodes of PodCastle or Escape Pod in between audiobooks -- short story palate cleansers between novels. I am still waaaay behind (12+ months!) on these podcasts), so I listened to a bunch of Podcastles last week, just after reading Christmas Mourning. I listened to these episodes:
Escape Pod 394: Good Hunting, by Ken Liu. An interesting mix of steampunk, technology vs. tradition, and magical demon-hunting in post-colonial China.
Escape Pod 395: Robot, by Karina Bell. A very interesting take on the idea of human-to-robot transformation.
Escape Pod 396: Dead Merchandise, by Ferrett Steinmetz. When marketing companies upgrade their pitches to customized "ad-faeries," what is a disgruntled customer to do? Especially one taking a gasoline can to the mall.
Escape Pod 397: A Gun For Dinosaur, by L. Sprague de Camp.A classic writer taking on the classic Sci-Fi trope of the time-traveling dinosaur expedition.
Escape Pod 398: Subversion, by Elisabeth R. Adams.Thought-provoking take on cloning (of a sort). When we can split off portions of ourselves, to perform certain tasks, interesting questions (and plot points) arise.
Escape Pod 399: My Heart is a Quadratic Equation, by Shane Halbach.Sort of super-villain team origin story. But a love story, too. My favorite among this batch.