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Katherine Inskip

Far Fetched Fables No 24 David Barr Kirtley and Gord Sellar

First Story: Save Me Plz” by David Barr Kirtley

Meg hadn’t heard from Devon in four months, and she realized that she missed him. So on a whim she tossed her sword and scabbard into the back seat of her car and drove over to campus to visit him.
She’d always thought that she and Devon would be one of those couples who really did stay friends afterward. They’d been close for so long, and things hadn’t ended that badly. Actually, the whole incident seemed pretty silly to her now. Still, she’d been telling herself that the split had been for the best — with her working full-time and him still an undergrad. It was like they were in two different worlds. She’d been busy with work, and he’d always been careless about answering email, and now somehow four months had passed without a word.

David Barr Kirtley is the author of several dozen fantasy & science fiction short stories, including “Save Me Plz,” which was featured in the anthology FANTASY: THE BEST OF THE YEAR. He’s also the host of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on Wired.com, for which he’s interviewed over a hundred guests, including George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Paul Krugman, Simon Pegg, Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin. He lives in New York. If you follow the link below you can read what he calls his “favorite fan letter” that he’s ever received. http://www.davidbarrkirtley.com/blog/?p=3273

You can find out more about David and his work at http://www.davidbarrkirtley.com/ and http://geeksguideshow.com/

 

Second story: Of Melei, of Ulthar” by Gord Sellar

Haunted went Melei that evening into the streets of Ulthar, haunted by what she had seen in the dream-voyage of the night before; desert fires burning distant across the dark and dusty plain, and an immense black silhouette of some enormous outcropping of rock rising up, upward into the sky to blot out the tiny flickering stars across half of the heavens. In a dream, too, had she heard voices echoing against the stone walls of buildings crammed together along narrow streets, voices laden with care and worry, crying her name out into the blackness of deepening night.

Gord Sellar is a writer, an educator, an avid homebrewer, and occasional musician. His work has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and journals since 2007, and several of his screenplays have been made into award-winning short films. (See Brutal Rice Productions for more on those.) He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2009, and attended Clarion West in 2006. Born in Malawi and raised in Canada, and having spent eleven years lecturing in South Korean universities, he is currently living in Vietnam with his wife, while working on a novel. Visit his website at gordsellar.com. Beyond that, it might be perhaps of interest to listeners that I was the screenwriter for the first South Korean Lovecraft film adaptation. We did “The Music of Erich Zann.” Go to http://www.gordsellar.com/ for more.

 

About the Narrators:

Katherine Inskip weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.

Maria Makis received an MFA in Acting many years ago, but detoured a bit to become a lawyer. She is happily returning to her first and only true calling and is a voice actor in New York City where she lives. She is especially drawn to narration and audiobooks. You can learn more at mariamakisvoiceover.com.

Far Fetched Fables No 8 Trent Jamieson and Mike Resnick and Lawrence Schimel

First Story: “The New Deal” by Trent Jamieson

“You hear about the new Deal?” Jacobi asked, crouching down by the nearest body on the flat corrugated iron roof. 

Ulmer shrugged. “Just rumours, nothing definite. Last one wasn’t so good. These two aren’t going to benefit.” 

He took a step back from the bodies, careful to stay on the line of nails marking the beam beneath, the roof was rusty; it creaked with his movement. 

Jacobi grinned and brushed flies from his cracked lips. “These blokes been dead a while.”

SF writer and Silent Motion Picture Actor, Trent Jamieson should be 111 years old, but is only 41 on account of TEMPORAL RADIATION.

He lives in Brisbane with his wife, Diana, where he wrote the Death Works Trilogy published by Orbit Books. He is the author of the Death Works Series. They’re about Death – you know, the Grim Reaper – and they’re set in Brisbane.  Death Works 4, The Memory of Death was published by Momentum in February 2014.

He has also just finished a Steampunkish secondary world fantasy duology for Angry Robot Books. The books, Roil and  Night’s Engines both are now available. If you like the steam, and the punk, you might like `em.

He is currently working on the novel Day Boy, slated for publication with Text Publishing in 2015 (if he doesn’t screw up this draft).

When not writing, he works at The Avid Reader Bookshop in West End- the best indie bookshop in the world (he’s not biased or anything). You can find out more at http://www.trentjamieson.com/

 

Second story: “Disillusions” by Mike Resnick and Lawrence Schimel

They were gathered in the Great Hall when Edward looked up with an expectant smile on his face. An instant later it started raining toads inside the castle.

As the guests began screaming, Edward waved his hand, and suddenly the rug itself became a thousand mouths, each gobbling up one or more toads. But as the last of the toads were eaten, the mouths became insatiable, and started gnawing upon the furniture.

Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction.
He is the winner of 5 Hugo Awards (from a record 36 nominations), plus a Nebula and other major awards in the USA, France, Spain, Poland, Catalonia, Croatia and Japan. Mike is the author of 75 novels, close to 300 stories, and 3 screenplays. He has edited 41 anthologies, and is currently the editor of Galaxy’s Edge magazine.  His site is at www.mikeresnick.com

Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books as author or anthologist, including FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS (A midsummer Night’s Press), TAROT FANTASTIC (DAW), SOUTHERN BLOOD: VAMPIRE STORES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Cumberland House), THE DRAG QUEEN OF ELFLAND (Circlet), etc.
He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as a Spanish-to-English translator.

About the Narrators:

Martin Reyto is an educator, writer, and musician. He has worked in an eclectic variety of fields, including 18 years as a technical writer and software developer, 16 years as a teacher of creative writing, computer science, and business communication, and shorter stints as a symphony musician and audiobook narrator. He has published short fiction and two collections of his poetry.

Katherine Inskip weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.