Drabblecast 196 - Moons Like Great White Whales

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Drabblecast 196 - Moons Like Great White Whales

Post by Kevin Anderson » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:04 am

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Moons Like Great White Whales
by C.C. Finlay

The pilot and her companion skimmed through the atmosphere on organic wings. They had completed their survey and the planet sampling, so this flight out from the landing craft and back was purely for their own joy. They'd timed it exactly so they could see all three moons rise together...

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Post by tbaker2500 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:22 pm

That was a sweet epsiode. Makes you go all soft inside.
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by normsherman » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:23 am

Yah, I thought we might be ready for a sweeter story, sanz zombies and superhero crush porn. Although, there is a distinct melancholy in the story, and even more so if and when you realize it's based on Hemingway's story Hills Like White Elephants
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I thought Finlay did a great job using the very clean and neat style of Hemingway's writing to, also like Hemingway, say more by saying less. Elephants is more directly uncomfortable and aching because the most direct insinuation is that the conversation is regarding an abortion. But it's still vague-- a glimpse at a moment that speaks to us all-- of those types of conversations we have with other people that are tied up in our lives where we are still trying to act carefree, even though we know the decision may change the course of everything. Cool parallels-- the decision to change planets, the decision to change their bodies, the decision to have a baby.
But a definite dash of sad in with the sweet.
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by StalinSays » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:17 am

The kind of poignancy that can only be underscored by a band like Cheebacabra
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Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:59 am

I don't think of sweet as happy. Maybe touching is a better word.

The drabble was really, really good and set the pace for the main story.
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by startreksteve » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:26 am

Hi Guys, love the show, BUT I subscribe to the Drabblecast MP3 feed, and it dropped a mov audio file into my folder, is there a problem? has the feed changed?
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by normsherman » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:41 am

startreksteve wrote:Hi Guys, love the show, BUT I subscribe to the Drabblecast MP3 feed, and it dropped a mov audio file into my folder, is there a problem? has the feed changed?
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steve, for some strange reason, occasionally .mov's get dropped down that feed when I publish instead of mp3's. The only fix is A. For me to notice and replace (sometimes multiple exact times till it sticks, like this week) with an mp3. and B. For you to just resubscribe.

Delete that old mess and start anew my friend, otherwise you will miss 196, 195 and I think 191 or something that did this bout a month ago. Sorry!

Oh, C. Get a newish player that reads enhanced formats, but no rush on this one. ;)
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by Unblinking » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:46 pm

Hey, good to see CC Finlay here, I'm familiar with his work from F&SF. :)

I didn't really get into this one. There was certainly a lot of emotional tension and an interesting setting, but then it just kind of petered off without much of ending. The Hemingway comparison makes sense. I haven't read that particular Hemingway story, but based on the Hemingway stories I have read I don't really like his writing so if this was a tribute to that, I'm just not the target audience.

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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by Mikes » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:01 pm

normsherman wrote:I thought Finlay did a great job using the very clean and neat style of Hemingway's writing
This struck me also. I was listening to it on the run so the title didn't click until I read this thread, but I did appreciate the style and thought it very Hemingway-esque, which is something I always aspire to to but never quite achieve.

Overall I'm giving this story a thumbs up, in a subdued way. It was...nice. I liked it, enjoyed it, would probably listen to it again, but it didn't rock my world. Which not all stories do, to be fair, you always hope. It's intrigued me enough to keep an eye for more of his stuff.
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by startreksteve » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:09 am

normsherman wrote:
startreksteve wrote:Hi Guys, love the show, BUT I subscribe to the Drabblecast MP3 feed, and it dropped a mov audio file into my folder, is there a problem? has the feed changed?
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steve, for some strange reason, occasionally .mov's get dropped down that feed when I publish instead of mp3's. The only fix is A. For me to notice and replace (sometimes multiple exact times till it sticks, like this week) with an mp3. and B. For you to just resubscribe.

Delete that old mess and start anew my friend, otherwise you will miss 196, 195 and I think 191 or something that did this bout a month ago. Sorry!
Yeah I did that anyway Norm, also switched from Icepodder (Linux) to hpodder, all seems well again, I converted the mov to mp3. I play all my podcasts on a Sandisk MP3 player, amazing little usb sd player, but only plays mp3 and wav audio, but amazing 30 hour battery life! its only gone flat once in 3 1/2 years! BTW love the show as always, you and Kate Baker should get together for a joint reading, you two have the most awesome velvety voices in podcasting! Would I offend anyone by using the phrase 'voice Porn'? probably! better not then, not everyone gets my wierd sense of humour, especially the ladies!
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by tbaker2500 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:23 pm

Uhh... around here. "voice porn" would only count as the 20th strangest thing posted today.

Yea, I'm always kinda disappointed when I find out Norm isn't reading a story.

Anyway- welcome to the forums!
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by startreksteve » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:27 pm

Ah, kindred spirits! I feel like I'm already home!

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Post by tbaker2500 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:37 pm

startreksteve wrote:Ah, kindred spirits! I feel like I'm already home!
And now you can never leave. It's part of the contract.

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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by Etaan » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:40 pm

Mikes wrote:Overall I'm giving this story a thumbs up, in a subdued way. It was...nice.
Over the last month or so we have seen one killer fastball after another, so this was a fantastic change-up. Totally unexpected and really sweet.

I usually listen to the 'Cast about a week before my wife gets around to it, and this one should spark some interesting conversations once she does. We're going to have to have the baby conversation in the next couple years and, as much as we both love kids, I have some serious doubts as to whether it is the best idea. I think right now we're still happy to relax and worship the Danza, but it can't be postponed forever. The moral of this ramble is that this story rang incredibly true to me. Especially the comfortable togetherness that they return to in the end. That is the stuff that long term relationships are made of.
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Re: Drabblecast 196- Moons Like Great White Whales by C.C. F

Post by startreksteve » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:03 am

tbaker2500 wrote:
startreksteve wrote:Ah, kindred spirits! I feel like I'm already home!
And now you can never leave. It's part of the contract.

With a handle like StartrekSteve, you might be interested to know another resident here, Kevin "No J" Anderson was recently published, with "Night of the Living Trekkies". A hilarious read, worth picking up.
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Post by nevermore_66 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:10 pm

I didn't realize the connection to "Hills Like White Elephants" until the very end when the moons and white whales are mentioned again and it very suddenly hit me. It was a well timed tone change-up from the last few episodes. I like a hit of the twisted and a hit of the touching, and I like not knowing what I'm going to get when I tune in to this show (or in what combination).
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Post by Travelin Corpse Feet » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:11 pm

I loved the imagery in this, but wasn't really drawn into it due to the direct take on Hemingway. Never was much of a fan of "Hills."

The drabble was amazingly good.
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