Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

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Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by StalinSays » Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:24 am

Feature: Postapocalypsemas by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw
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Monday, December 24th, 2012
Sandeer smelled her.

It was just a whiff, a few molecules of something familiar and therefore sweet, wafting on a late afternoon breeze that otherwise carried only the usual: formaldehyde, benzene, dioxin, chromium, and miscellaneous particulate matter both organic and non-. (Once, there had been the smell of roasting chestnuts and crackling logs and simmering spiced cider, but in recent cycles only less pleasant things burned.) There, represented by an air sample just barely statistically significant, was the scent of Sophie.


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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by tbaker2500 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:42 pm

Great episode! Glad to have another Tim Pratt et al story! While this one was a little dark, it was touching. And the darkness was appropriate for a post-Mayan era. Good job everyone, and Merry Christmas!
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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by smartmouth » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:04 am

Hey Norm, what music did you use near the end of the story? And is there any way you can post the music used for your future podcasts? Thanx!

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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by El Barto » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:14 am

Damn good story. Or should I say damn good love story?

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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by danooli » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:47 pm

The Drabblecast made me cry.

I loved this.

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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by strawman » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:48 pm

Interesting that loyalty is such a precious thing that it is resonates even when it is artificial. Sort of makes you wonder if the carbon-based forms might be programmed in their own way. DNA?

Getting warmer. Warming?
Must tax these carbon emissions!
Why not tax silicon emissions?
What produces climate models? Computers! Chips! Silicon!

I am programmed to miss you when you are gone.

*Sniff*
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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:44 am

smartmouth wrote:Hey Norm, what music did you use near the end of the story? And is there any way you can post the music used for your future podcasts? Thanx!
Norm didn't use any music. You hear that you RIAA goons?! He, uh, composes and plays all his own stuff. Yeah, no need for royalties. :D

But that piece did beg for a deeper listen didn't it? Reminded me of The Piano Guys.

As for the story. Liked it; good ending. Pretty predictable. Reminded me a lot of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and maybe some Asimov and Saberhagen too.

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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by Unblinking » Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:41 pm

I enjoyed this one, but I think I'm getting kind of Christmased out. Was a crappy December, and when I'm catching up on my podcasts now post-Christmas road trip, I kind of want it to just be January already.

I do like a tale of a sentient robot, and of a dog-like personality, which Sandeer reminded me of. Yay for undying love and loyalty!

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Re: Drabblecast 267 – Postapocalypsemas

Post by strawman » Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:43 pm

Y'know, Norm set the tone for this whole been-there/done-that vibe beginning with the Halloween episode. It's like a malaise infection from Europe. Maybe that Mayan Apocalypse thing is happening all around us, but space-time has warped into slo-mo. Sure feels just like being pursued by huge crashing footsteps in the distant dark, and the closer they get, the slower I am.

Sure am hoping this turns out better than that did.
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