Episodes
Published 10/26/21
A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED WONDERS. Find more of Ellen's writing for adults and middle grade readers at ellenklages.com. Content advisory: disappearance of a child See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/26/21
A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaimed debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, as well as BLACK SUN, the first installment of her 'Between Earth and Sky' series. You can preorder the next book, FEVERED STAR, right now. Check out rebeccaroanhorse.com for updates on her novels, comics, and television writing. See...
Published 10/19/21
An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press.   Ken Liu's forthcoming novel, THE VEILED THRONE, is due out December 7th and is available for preorder now. Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/12/21
A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to live in an old house by the sea. Find more from Silvia Moreno-Garcia at silviamoreno-garcia.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/07/21
An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This story was first published in SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS.   Content advisory: Death, surgery See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/31/21
A man questions his current existence -- and the life he remembers from before. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, and reprinted in Lightspeed. Content advisory: mention of mental illness Only a few more days to enter the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/24/21
A veteran pilot revisits memories, and searches for remnants of her old experimental smartship.   Content advisory: War Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/17/21
A woman recounts the story of her birth as a surprise twin and adoption by a Native American couple, and questions the strange presence she has felt with her since childhood.   Louise Erdrich's novel THE SENTENCE will be published by Harper on November 9th. Content advisory: Adoption, medical issues, ableist language Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...
Published 08/10/21
An athlete trains to win a prize that would ensure her survival. Content advisory: Discussion of degenerative illness, death Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/03/21
A young boy feuds with a muralist who has taken over a beloved hangout in his neighborhood.   Don't forget! The LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest opens for submissions on August 1st. Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/27/21
A girl visits a bazaar in Cairo, seeking a favor from a mysterious angelic being. This story first appeared in the anthology Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt. For more from the author, visit pdjeliclark.com. Content advisory: Fire, hospitalization See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/20/21
Marty brings his family to his hometown of Lucban for the annual festival to witness a miracle: lab-grown, synthetic food made real.   This story appears in Isabel Yap's collection NEVER HAVE I EVER, published by Small Beer Press. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/13/21
A woman has her memories catalogued for the historical record, and must decide whether or not to divulge a painful and complicated moment from her past. Anjali Sachdeva's short fiction collection is ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD. Epigraph used by permission from How to Lie With Maps by Mark Monmonier, published by The University of Chicago Press. © 1991, 1996, 2018 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. Content Advisory: Blood, intimation of assault/violence See...
Published 07/06/21
A man dies and finds himself reincarnated as a parrot.   This story appears in Robert Olen Butler's collection TABLOID DREAMS. His forthcoming novel, LATE CITY, will be published in September.   Content advisory: use of a slur See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/29/21
What if those spammy emails from princes about overseas banks were... real? An exiled prince teams up with the widow of a military general to recover their fortunes from the Bank of Burkina Faso.   This story appears in Ekaterina Sedia's collection MOSCOW BUT DREAMING. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/22/21
LeVar Burton Reads is back June 22nd, featuring stories from P Djeli Clark, Anjali Sachdeva, Ekaterina Sedia, Isabel Yap and more. But if you just can't wait to hear a new story -- here's a sneak peek... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/15/21
Theresa Anne has spent years watching her mother tell fortunes and work magical spells. But when she asks to protect the girl she loves, she learns the true cost and sacrifice involved in magical requests.   Find more from the author at www.clpolk.com.   Content advisory: Violence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/20/21
In a post-pandemic future where scientists have made great strides in eliminating viruses and disease, a young boy faces his fears and ventures out to his grandfather's island to give him an important vaccine.   This story appears in the anthology Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future, edited by Gideon Lichfield and available for pre-order from The MIT Press. Content advisory: Discussion of pandemics, near-drowning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/13/21
A getaway driver and her crew are hired to steal a mysterious artifact, and inadvertently get locked into a time loop. Find more from Nicole Kornher-Stace at www.nicolekornherstace.com or on Twitter @wirewalking. Content advisory: Gun violence, gore, death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/06/21
A teenage girl is exiled to a penal colony on an icy, inhospitable island.  But the island contains secrets, and so does the girl.    Content Advisory: Death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/30/21
Hoping to make their fortune (or at least climb out of debt), a trio of space traders travel on a dangerous hunt for a space whale.   "An Equal Share of the Bone" was originally published at Escape Pod. Find more of Karen Osborne's work at www.karenosborne.com.   Content Advisory: Animal death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/23/21
Guided by an angel, a writer pens his greatest -- and perhaps most dangerous -- work.   "Killer of Kings" appears in Anjali Sachdeva's collection ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/16/21
Adolescent boys are faced with the reality of friendships, old and new, as they work on plans to build their own airplane.   "Flyboys" appears in Tobias Wolff's collection OUR STORY BEGINS, published by Vintage Books, and is available in audio from Blackstone Audio.    Content advisory: discussion of death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/09/21
A woman helps to test the artificial intelligence based on the mind of her mother, a brilliant thinker. "The Regression Test" appears in Wole Talabi's collection INCOMPLETE SOLUTIONS from Luna Press. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/02/21