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2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:42 am
by StalinSays
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It's that time of the year again - the Drabblecast People's Choice Awards. As indicated, nominations arise from you, the listeners. Please select from the list of eligible 2012-2013 feature stories below. Click an episode number to listen again. Nominations close Wednesday March 6!

Nominate your top 5

232
Valentine's Day with the Gods by Jesse Livingston

Two lovers get lost and wind up in a restaurant filled with various deities from various cultures, debating the significance of relationships and love.
233
A Blade of Love by Nathanial Tower

A man's wife falls in love with a blade of grass. Her behavior, increasingly unconventional includes: standing outside staring at the lawn, forbidding her husband to cut the blade, sleeping outside on the lawn, and dressing up for the blade. It soon becomes clear that action must be taken.
234
Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck

Generations ago the survivors of a ruined world struck a deal with their Mother, an enormous creature merging flesh and technology. They live symbiotically within her, helping her do everything from navigating to digesting food, while in return she provides them safety and sustenance. When Mother is injured beyond repair, starved for both food and fresh genetic material, she passes on a dying gift.
235
Unreliable Witness by Jo Walton

An 89-year-old nursing home resident plagued by someone who keeps taking her things and a son and daughter-in-law who treat her like a child gets a visit from an alien named Tom and they strike a bargain... He will tell her who the thief is if she tells him the secret to longevity.
236
When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel Be Certain Not to Miss the Samango Monkeys by Elizabeth Bear

While reflecting on memories from a visit to Africa on Earth, and desperate to discover some clue about how to survive on a strange toxic planet, a xenobiologist risks exhuming the corpse of a juvenile native for dissection-- even though one of her colleagues was brutally slaughtered for doing so.
237
Test Drive by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Alien egg-sisters Linney and Mirana are competing for an assignment on Earth. On test day they are evaluated on their abilities to blend into human society.
238
From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 by Nnedi Okorafor

Heavily pregnant jungle explorer TreeFrog7 keeps a recorded diary of data she and her husband are collecting for the Forbidden Greeny Jungle Field Guide. As they close in on a legendary mature CPU plant, they encounter numerous other dangerous jungle creatures.
239
Killing the Morrow by Robert Reed

Voices from a ruined future attempt to flee to our present, commandeering a workforce to construct bathtub chambers where they can grow physical bodies and ready cities from which to rule.
240
Divorce in the House of Flies by Dustin Reade

A young boy has to deal with his parents’ divorce at the same time he has to deal with their transformation into human-shaped masses of tiny insects.


Wendigo Bake Sal by Leslianne Wilder

Residents of a small town overcome their initial terror of a new wendigo family moving in and participating in the school bake sale.


Knit by Brenda Stokes Barron

After losing their first yarn baby during her rebellious teen years in a tragic unraveling accident, a couple tries vainly to reconstruct her from the scraps of yarn, stuffing, and buttons left behind.
241
The Dead by Michael Swanwick

A job interview leads Donald to contemplate the horrors of an economic zombie apocalypse: What happens to the living when the dead become a more valuable, more efficient substitute for both industrial and private uses?
242
Transfer of Ownership by Christine Yant

After being commandeered by its partner’s murderer, a mech suit ponders the meaning of ownership and freedom, while applying creative problem solving to defy its unwanted occupant.
243
The Other Lila by GWendolyn CLare

Having an extra finger after a teleporter accident turns out to be the least of Lila’s worries; she now must contend with an entirely additional Lila.
244
Nora's Thing by Will Ludwigsen

Sickly Nora’s sister and friends bring her to a mysterious gelatinous creature washed up in the surf that they hope has healing powers.


Endless Encore by Will Ludwigsen

A sinister puppet show occurs nightly for its audience of one, trapped at the bottom of a well.
Bsides 16
Winning Streak by Nicky Drayden

An intergalactic gambler and rogue gets caught by the casino and craftily maneuvers an exit.
Bsides 17
Exploring by Bryce Albertson

Boots the Monkey deals with a vapid Dora, annoying Map, and zombie Mr. Rogers, when all he really wants to do is get high.
245
A Nice Jewish Golem by Ao-Hui Lin

A fawning mother grapples with conflicting fears for her son, a golem, when he falls in love with a non-Jewish construct. Despite her distress, she must ask: In a world where options for love are severely limited, what role does faith play?
246
The Kidney by Amir Ahmed

A stalker ex-kidney illuminates how ending relationships is akin to losing a part of yourself.
247
How I Crippled a World for Just 0.01 Cents by Michael W. Lucht

A lost, dimension-hopping scientist is trapped in a world where scientific theories are considered intellectual property. Unable to perform his calculations without them, he finds himself on trial for failure to pay royalties. When he cannot convince the court to take mercy on him, he pulls loose a devastating strategy.
248
The Cockroach Hat by Terry Bisson

Sam wakes up one day to discover he has been transformed into a giant cockroach. He spends the rest of his day on a surreal quest, not only to return to his normal self, but also to save his girlfriend from threats both mundane and extraordinary, with the hope a new start together.
249
Jimmy's Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadah

After the world ends, Jimmy cobbles together a makeshift roadside café where he assists passersbys. Whether they need scavenged supplies, hard truths, or a place to rest and say goodbye, his simple kindness is an oddly uplifting oasis in a ravaged world.
250
Selfless by Kenneth Kao

A man with an incurable illness goes to great lengths to ensure his wife and daughter enjoy a normal, happy life...by cloning himself.

Prophecy Negotiations by Rich Matrunick

A fateful farm boy learns that if you want to rise to a new station, it pays not to accept the first offer you get from a wizard.

The Faithful Servant by Joel Shulkin

A long-suffering butler’s poorly timed fit of temper is nearly the end of him as abominable monsters threaten to destroy the house.
252
The Elder god and the Puddle People by S Boyd Taylor

What starts out as an innocent encounter between a little girl and her imaginary friends takes an ominous turn when the “puddle people” turn out to be real creatures who worship her as their capricious god.
253
Maybe the Stars by Samantha Henderson

A nod to Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, a young girl living among humans who act savagely encounters a sympathetic, otherworldly Deep One. She faces hard questions: where does she truly belong, and where should her loyalties lie?
254/ 255
The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette

When a living fish-like ship known as a boojum is found dead and drifting through space with its crew unaccounted for, a ship of researchers investigates to find a horrible scientific experiment gone awry involving reanimation of the dead.
256
Roanoke, Nevada by Edward J. Knight

A pathologist is called in to a military base to study a virus killing the remnants of an alien species sent to colonize Earth.
257
Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion

A crew of astronauts returns to Earth from deep space travel to find the planet empty after having undergone the Biblical rapture.
258
Brown Dust by Esther Friesner

A boy living amongst other poor and impoverished children on the streets of Sao Paolo Brazil discovers that he has the power to read minds. The skill is quickly put to use in an attempt to rob from a wealthy American staying at a hotel, but things take a sinister turn.
259
The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt

In a world were a viral mutagen has warped most organic life into various states of abomination, a traveling circus owner and his eerily genius six year old side-kick attempt to capitalize on the spectacle of 'normalcy'.
260
Constant Companion by David Steffen

After the murder of his father and creator, guilt and conscious come into play in the narrative voice of Jiminy Cricket.

Gorgon by Teresa Milbrodt

Snakes on the head of medusa discuss the pro's and cons of being trapped on a head.

Blue by Sandra Odell

A mysterious and tragic blind prisoner is raised being told that the world around her is different than how she remembers.
261
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi

Set in a post-human society where people are able to regrow limbs and eat even sand and slag for fuel, a team of soldiers discovers a stray dog and debates what to do with it, remembering for an instant what it once meant to be fragile and human.
262
My True Lovecraft Gave to Me by Eric Lis

In a nod to the 12 days of Christmas, a curious shopkeeper discovers what a strange client and cult member does in secret with the various turtle doves, partridges, etc that he frequently orders.
263
Betty Flesh and the Meat Man by Damon Shaw

Betty Flesh and her mother interview a potential suitor for Betty. The interview takes a strange twist as Betty goes "floaty" and finds herself shrunken and lost in the shirt folds of her potential mate.
264
The Belonging Kind by John Shirley and William Gibson

A paranoid man becomes convinced that a couple he sees at a bar is more than they seem-- blending in seamlessly with almost any crowd they interact with. His suspicions prove true, as he discovers a bizarre and secret race of humanoids, living within the fabric of society.
265
Pop Quiz by Curtis James McConnell

A man is interrogated for possibly being an alien spy. A quirky but more than legitimate final test is given to determine his humanity.
266
Little Grace of the House of Death by Eugie Foster

Little Grace seeks vengeance on her brother Hurt for the death of her beloved pet, Whiteface, whom she promised safety and refuge.
Bsides 18
On the Vinegar Valves of Venus by Frank Key

A faithful servant of Saint Cugat (the vampire) is sent to Venus with orders to investigate mysterious vinger spewing valves, per divine will of the Hideous Bat-God Fatso.
267
Postapocalypsemas by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw

A cyborg reindeer traverses the post-apocalyptic ruin in search of the little girl he was once bequeathed to as a gift and protector.
Bsides 19
How the Moon Got Its Cousin by Lee Hallison

Humanity flees Earth after it is discovered that a comet will soon strike the planet, in this nod to the writing style of Rudyard Kipling.
268
I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee by Christopher Reynaga

Moby Dick is not what he seems in this Melville/Lovecraft mashup
269
Bright Lights by Robert Reed

A mysterious extraterrestrial teacher instructs a group of children on the rules of survival before sending them out to populate other worlds.
270
The First Conquest of Earth by David W. Goldman

After defeating a pathetically weak fleet of galactic invaders, humanity finds that it must abide by the contractual conditions set forth by inter-galactic council, including the non-returnable acquisition of some very cumbersome indentured servants.
271
The Desires of Houses by Haddayr Copley-Woods

Various inanimate objects erotically fantasize about a woman while her husband clearly does not fully appreciate her.

Fool by Steven R. Stewart

A moth that has fallen in love with an Oriole faithfully waits out the winter and his inevitably short life span, until his avian sweetheart returns in the Spring.

Spidersong by Alex Shvartsman

A group of colonists on a distant planet are prey to mysterious telepathic spiders than speak exclusively to the colonist's children.

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:42 pm
by reireid
Jagganath, Killing the Marrow, and Maybe the Stars

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:17 am
by bo_puppet
Bo here, providing my picks:
  • 1) Jagganath
  • 2) Killing the Morrow
  • 3) Judgement Passed
  • 4) Jimmy's Roadside Cafe
  • 5) Little Grace of the House of Death

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:50 am
by strawman
1) 244 - Nora's Thing / Endless Encore (What a twofer!)

2) 252 - Puddle People

3) 264 - The Belonging Kind

4) 265 - Pop Quiz

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:33 am
by BraveKiddo
1) Maybe the Stars

2)Jimmy's Roadside Cafe

3) Killing the Morrow

4) Postapocalypsemas

5) The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward

Thank you for a great year of weird stories!

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:55 pm
by Leslianne
Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck
Jimmy's Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadah
The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi
Little Grace of the House of Death by Eugie Foster

That was hard to narrow down. It's been an excellent year.

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:37 pm
by Crimsonshark
232 Valentine's Day with the Gods by Jesse Livingston

242 Transfer of Ownership by Christine Yant

256 Roanoke, Nevada by Edward J. Knight

264 The Belonging Kind by John Shirley and William Gibson

266 Little Grace of the House of Death by Eugie Foster

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:41 am
by munsi
239 - Killing the Morrow
241 - The Dead
242 - Transfer of Ownership
247 - How I Crippled a World for Just 0.01 Cents
265 - Pop Quiz

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:37 pm
by Richmazzer
234 Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck
This is my favorite story of the year. So bizarre, the mental images I get while listening to this are so out there. Very enjoyable, poignant, and amazing world building.
239 Killing the Morrow by Robert Reed
Loved this story, it really creeped me out. It wasn't the twist on invasion that grabbed me, but the interesting point of view from the narrator. The end was great too, with the house-to-house bathtub-being piñata action.
241 The Dead by Michael Swanwick
Soooo dark. This may be the most memorable story of the year for me. Social commentary aside, it was very well-written and haunting.
249 Jimmy's Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadah
Total opposite of The Dead, this story was the feel good Drabblecast of the year. I definitely remember tearing up in my car.
257 Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion
Cool concept, and I really enjoyed where the story went with it and how the characters interacted.

Runner ups...
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi
Brown Dust by Esther Friesner
The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
Maybe the Stars by Samantha Henderson

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:54 am
by tbaker2500
There were a lot of dark stories this year.

1- #265 Pop Quiz
2- Bsides 18 On the Vinegar Valves of Venus
3- #254/ 255The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward
4- #262 My True Lovecraft Gave to Me
5- #257 Judgement Passed

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:17 pm
by TheBigBadG
1) Brown Dust (Some amazing imagery, love the language let alone the story)
2) On the Vinegar Valves of Venus (Date, Ides of March. Again... Repeatedly hilarious.)
3) Betty Flesh and the Meat Man (Same thing as Brown Dust, lovely words)
4) Bright Lights (The sterile telling is neatly underplayed - it makes this stand out for me)
5) Pop Quiz (The set up makes it for me more than the reveal, the treaty, the covert war etc)

Can I put in a vote for I Alone Am Only Escaped to Tell Thee for the best reading?

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:45 am
by Seraph
I vote for :

239 - Killing the Morrow

240 - Knit

264 - The Belonging Kind

266 - Little Grace of the House of Death

268 - I Only an Escaped to Tell Thee

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:02 am
by El Barto
Great year. I'd love to nominate more but here are my top five:

257 Judgement Passed

263 Betty Flesh and the meat man

247 How I crippled ...

265 pop quiz

243 The other Lila

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:38 am
by swamp
My top 5:

1) From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 by Nnedi Okorafor
2) The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
3) Roanoke, Nevada by Edward J. Knight
4) Little Grace of the House of Death by Eugie Foster
5) I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee by Christopher Reynaga

Honorable mentions:

My True Lovecraft Gave to Me by Eric Lis
Pop Quiz by Curtis James McConnell

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:12 am
by alaskancritter
#1 Jimmy's Roadside cafe. #2 The wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward. #3 I only am escaped alone to tell thee. #4 Roanoak, NV. #5 The people of sand and slag.

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:01 pm
by Josefstadt
1) The People of Sand and Slag. Disturbing and eerily plausible.
2) Judgement Passed. Best premise of the year, best beginning of the year, I thought the last half of the story fizzled into a standard action story.
3) Pop Quiz. Great story, great twist, deducting a few points from the reading for mispronouncing "Framingham".

4)Transfer of Ownership. Nice twist having the Mech suit be more human than its occupant.

5) Valentine's Day with the Gods. I'm a sucker for Gods.

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:33 pm
by Pat T Dyspenzer
I had to make a lot of tough choices, but after DQing all the Pseudolightescapecastle stories that I mistakenly thought were Drabblecast, it became a lot easier...

238 From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 by Nnedi Okorafor
"Everything here is disgusting!" LOL...

249 Jimmy's Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadah
I'm not even much of a post-apoc fan, but this is glorious, empathic writing.

253 Maybe the Stars by Samantha Henderson
Love the Lovecraft, but didn't want to nominate all of them. This one isn't on the epic scale of Wreck Of, obviously, but it's so damn heartwarming!

261 The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi
Who doesn't like a nice doggie?

271 The Desires of Houses by Haddayr Copley-Woods (etc)
I wonder if there should be a separate B-Sides/Trifecta competition?... All 3 stories in this ep were so strong, so it beats out other Trifectas.

Almost-Made-Its:
268 I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee by Christopher Reynaga
239 Killing the Morrow by Robert Reed



I just subbed to the D'cast a few weeks ago, but have been gulping down the episodes ever since. Thanks for the year's worth of intense stories!...

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:10 am
by Goldenrat
1. People of Sand and Slag
2. Killing the Morrow
3. Spidersong
4. Jimmy's Roadside Cafe
5. Bright Lights

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:20 pm
by Chocolate Lair Cake
So many good stories, it was hard to narrow it down to just five nominations...

1. Jagannath
2. Judgment Passed
3. People of Sand and Slag
4. Pop Quiz
5. Little Grace of the House of Death

Re: 2012 People's Choice : Best Story : Nominations

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:03 pm
by ROU Killing Time
I nominate Snaketopus. :P