"Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Which was the best story of 2009?

Annabelle's Alphabet by Tim Pratt (Episode 129)
10
22%
Babel Probe by David D. Levine (Episode 109)
14
30%
Let us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs by Leonard Richardson (Episode 139)
7
15%
Clown Eggs by Jay Lake (Episode 115)
5
11%
Teddy Bears and Tea Parties by S. Boyd Taylor (Episode 146)
10
22%
 
Total votes: 46

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Re: "Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Postby ROU Killing Time » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:52 am

eric_marsh wrote:My two favorites fell off the bottom in the previous vote so I had to vote for my third favorite. I went with Teddy Bears just because it was so creative and unique. I'm really surprised to see that Dinosaurs is trailing tho.

I'm not surprised, but only because all of the choices are excellent stories, and it's coming down to personal taste, and what left the strongest impressions in the most listeners.

It's not like the MBDM where some entrants are worthy and noble, and others are diabolically evil. All five stories are honored by making this list, and I'll be happy for whoever gets to put the Sacred Chalice of Glory on their mantle this year.
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Postby Phenopath » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:02 am

I am capable of reprioritisation.

Babel Probe - best story this year.
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Postby strawman » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:46 pm

Phenopath wrote:I am capable of reprioritisation.

Babel Probe - best story this year.


The clincher for me is that Levine also wrote Charlie the Giraffe, which is also one of my top five.
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Postby tbaker2500 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:43 pm

Phenopath wrote:I am capable of reprioritisation.

Babel Probe - best story this year.


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Postby moonowl » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:57 pm

tbaker2500 wrote:And frankly, that doesn't seem the type of story that makes the Drabblecast unique.


In full agreement, thanks for posting this. I didn't dislike any of the stories, but three of the 5 were less memorable for me. They reminded me why I hardly update my Pseudopod feed.

I admit horror is just not a genre I'm particularity drawn to. I'm not a delicate flower, I just find a lot of the plots tiresome and predicable. I didn't dig Clown Eggs like you guys all did. Annabelle's Alphabet was fun as all Pratt stories, and while I see it as a fantasy, it certainly had a significant horror element to it too, didn't it?
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Postby ROU Killing Time » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:06 pm

I like the whole spectrum from goofy oddball stories like "Toast" to the deep and heavy stuff, like this weeks story. Drabblecast has had a tradition for great variety, and it seems that variety is what I think of as defining the weekly audio magazine we are all codependent on.

That being said, my favorite story "Toast" didn't make the final five. Of the past year, for me, that one was the most whimsically charming of them all, but ya gotta go with something off the top five.
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Postby HPHovercraft » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:08 pm

ROU Killing Time wrote:I like the whole spectrum from goofy oddball stories like "Toast" to the deep and heavy stuff, like this weeks story. Drabblecast has had a tradition for great variety, and it seems that variety is what I think of as defining the weekly audio magazine we are all codependent on.

That being said, my favorite story "Toast" didn't make the final five. Of the past year, for me, that one was the most whimsically charming of them all, but ya gotta go with something off the top five.


Oh man, I so forgot about "Toast". That story was awesome. I keep thinking it was on Podcastle for some reason. Despite the complete list of stories posted when the voting started.

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Re: "Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Postby dreamrock » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:54 pm

I still haven't decided between Annabelle and Dinosaurs. Both are incredibly good stories. Annabelle is slightly less quotable. So, here are some of my favorite quotes from Dinosaurs. :D

"Crying is not productive!"

"Ahhh, glass. Stupid freaking gun."

"The cell hasn't been built that can hold me." Although they did tear out the walls between two adjoining cells.

"I was allegedly very hungry!"

"Chimp work," he gnawed his lip like a stick of bamboo. "It's all chimp work."
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Postby tbaker2500 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:17 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:That being said, my favorite story "Toast" didn't make the final five. Of the past year, for me, that one was the most whimsically charming of them all, but ya gotta go with something off the top five.


Yup. The DDR imagery was just too good.
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Re: "Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Postby danthelawyer » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:01 am

I gotta go with Clown Eggs. In fact, I joined the forum just to vote for it! Along with Paul Berger's "The Watching People" on Escape Pod in 2007, Jay Lake's little fable was one of the most memorable stories I've heard in the last couple of years.

I really didn't like the Teddy Bear thing or the Dinosaurs. They both seemed like good ideas done badly. Especially the bears.

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Postby strawman » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:57 pm

Notice the lawyer goes for the story with the personal injury in it.
Clown Eggs just reeks of justice, while Dinos totally lacks jurisdiction, and Teddy Bears would consume the witnesses.
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Postby ROU Killing Time » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:56 pm

Coming around the final turn it's Babel Probe and Teddy Bear going neck and neck. Hold on to those tickets, folks. It looks like its gonna be a Photo Finish...
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Postby normsherman » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:57 pm

We still got another week! Over 400 forum members and only 27 have voted. I'd say it's still anyone's game!
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Postby feste451 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:25 pm

Maybe Norm can pitch an amalgam of the two current leading stories to the networks. Call it "BP and the Bears." It might make for a decent TV series, no? Maybe if they used a Teamsters theme and employed at least one buxom young starlet with acting skills equal to Babel's physical dimensions...call her "Stacks" or something.

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Postby uptoparr » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:30 am

Babel Probe, best story of the year!

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Postby ROU Killing Time » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:03 am

And Babel Probe starts to edge out for the lead, but Teddy Bear isn't out of it yet, nor is Annabelle in all of her phonetic glory as she trails just behind the leaders.

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Postby internalogic » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:16 am

For me, it was definitely Annabelle's Alphabet. The story was excellent in its creative structure, the unfolding of its meaning, and its imagery. That was great! Also, the production was excellent.
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Re: "Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Postby internalogic » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:20 am

haha. I just realized that I was reading the episode numbers as the number of votes. ('uhhhh......wait a second!') Where is everybody?!
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Postby dreamrock » Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:23 pm

internalogic wrote:haha. I just realized that I was reading the episode numbers as the number of votes. ('uhhhh......wait a second!') Where is everybody?!
Well, I'm just one voter, but I was holding off because I couldn't decide between Dinosaurs and Alphabet. In the end, I had to go with Dinosaurs. That was a pretty hard choice for me and I don't think I can explain why I ended up going that way.
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Re: "Best Story" Finals! Vote Here

Postby internalogic » Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:09 pm

Yeah, Dinosaurs kicked ass on multiple levels.
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