First Story: “Of Men and Wolves” by An Owomoyela
I woke with salt on my face, ghost trails of the night’s tears. My skin was cold. Even my back was cold where my husband should have rested; he was gone, and I should have enjoyed that aloneness. Instead a noise from the verandah roused me: a soft scuffle against the swept clay, coupling with wet, insistent sounds.
It turned my stomach. I pulled my beddress tight around me, and went out.
An Owomoyela is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in a number of venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and a handful of Year’s Bests. An’s interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. Se can be found online at an.owomoyela.net, and can be funded at patreon.com/an_owomoyela
Second story: “Stray” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
She’d found him by the side of the road. Ivan, who had been prince of the immortals, lying in long grass. Ivan, against whose knees weeping kings had laid their cheeks, who had collected popes, cons, prophets, martyrs, minstrels, whores, revolutionaries, poets, anarchists and industrial magnates, who could send armies into the sea with a movement of his hand. She’d stopped her Model T where he lay by the side of the road. He was shell-shocked, marooned at the end of one kind of life, an empty carapace, soul-dry….
Benjamin Rosenbaum’s fiction has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Nature, Asimov’s, F&SF, and other fine venues; nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, and BSFA awards; animated (http://fox-gieg.com/orange.html) and awarded Best Animated Short at SXSW; and translated into over twenty languages. After seven years living in Basel, Switzerland, he has moved back to Washington, DC — just four days before this episode airs. You can visit his website at http://www.benjaminrosenbaum.com/
About the Narrators:
David Ackert writes science fiction when he isn’t running his e-learning company. Before turning to entrepreneurship, he was a professional actor and documentary producer, with roles on such shows as Bones, Monk, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, and NYPD Blue. He currently resides in California with his wife, Rebecca.
Rish Outfield is a writer, actor, and podcaster that can be heard as host of The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, which presents genre stories with a full cast. He also performs audiobooks for Audible, and occasionally becomes a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms, and the moon is full and bright. Pop over to www.dunesteef.com and have a listen – it’s great!