GlitterShip

An LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy podcast

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Episode #11— “Bonsaiships of Venus” by Kate Heartfield


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Bonsaiships of Venus

by Kate Heartfield

 The work of aesthetics is the aesthetics of work.

     —Principles of Graphene Cultivation, by Johanne St-Pierre, Vol. II

Makoto adjusted the angle of his scalpel’s electron beam, exhaled and made the cut. A fingernail-sized section of the airship’s graphene skin peeled away to join the miniature airship attached to its exterior like a soap bubble.

This was neither Makoto’s only bonsaiship nor his first. But it was and would always be the most precious to him. He had made the first cut nearly a year before, on the day of his husband’s death. It was a tribute to Reuven, nearly perfect, nearly complete.

 

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Episode #10 — “King Tide” by Alison Wilgus

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King Tide

by Alison Wilgus

Some particular trick of the moon, the weather, and the Earth’s closeness to the sun had pulled the tide all the way to 5th Avenue, a good half-block further uphill than usual. The city had put out an alert, so Jordyn knew to clear out the basement ahead of time. Their landlord was smart enough to have the foundation sealed years ago—that would be fine—but there wasn’t much to be done for cardboard boxes and old futons. Those had to be kept above the tide line, or they were garbage.

 

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Episode #9 — “Sooner than Gold” by Cory Skerry

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Sooner Than Gold
By Cory Skerry

I tug on clean underwear in case I get arrested, paint my makeup perfectly because there’s nothing sadder than a grown man in badly applied eyeliner, and climb out my apartment window, onto the fire escape.

I can’t be late to this assignment, and if I go through the lobby, there’s a strong chance the night doorman will have a thing or two to say about the video footage of our card game last night. I forgot there was a camera pointed at the lobby desk.

The asphalt below reeks of garbage and piss; about half of the latter is probably mine. Don’t judge. If I’m drunk enough, there’s not even any point in aiming for the toilet.

My boots land softly as I hit the ground, but the ladder clangs as my weight slides off. I look back up at the enchantment, where it strings out from my leg to the trunk in my apartment.

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Episode #8 – “Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass” by Penny Stirling


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Love Over Glass, Skin Under Glass

by Penny Stirling

The seasick lover becomes a saltwater cistern

She built her first lover out of glass.

“I was often disappointed,” she said as she showed her creation around her gallery, “that the things I make with such skill cannot admire my handiwork.  Now at last I have made something that can look on itself with wonder.”  But, she had to admit, she liked it even better when the lover looked upon her with wonder.

Her lover’s skin was glass, her lover’s touch was soft.

The nights were fine since she was skilled enough at glassblowing to give her glass lover skill enough, but soon she began to dread the mornings.  More often than not when the sun had risen and they roused from their sleep, her lover would turn to her and say something like, “I dreamed the ocean bore down on me, rubbing and grinding me down until I was nothing but the finest fragments scattered all around the world.”

 

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Episode #7 – “Stalemate” by Rose Lemberg

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Stalemate

by Rose Lemberg

 

He wakes to warmth. The floor beneath his head. He stares at the spider-patterns etched into the ceiling, tiny and dense, gray against darker gray. No power runs through them. Inert now. Unneeded.

He wants to make the patterns work again.

—how could anyone survive a descent through Calamity storms?  Above him, someone’s shiny dark shirt smells of static, a faraway storm passing. How are they still alive?

Alive, forever, trapped inside this loneliness.

 

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Episode #6 – “And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness” by Lisa Nohealani Morton


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AND OUT OF THE STRONG CAME FORTH SWEETNESS

by Lisa Nohealani Morton

After the Collapse and the Great Reboot, Lila moved into the city and opened a barbershop.

Great things were happening in the city: spaceports and condominiums and public works projects outlined their soon-to-be-erected monuments to great men and women and superior city living in holographic glows. Angels patrolled the sky, resplendent with metal wings that sparkled in the sun when they banked for a turn. Everyone seemed to be full of exciting plans for the future, but Lila came from a long line of barbers and her humble shop only seemed fitting. She called the shop The Lion’s Mane, because there were lions, once.

 

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Episode #5 – “The End of the World in Five Dates” by Claire Humphrey


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THE END OF THE WORLD IN FIVE DATES

by Claire Humphrey

I: May 21, 2011 (according to Harold Camping)

Robin called it an apartment, but it was really part of an old carpet factory in the Junction: an echoing space where one of the looms used to be, furnished with a broken church pew, two wheelchairs, and the bench seat from a minivan.

The smells of paint and dust were good, banishing the phantom smells of antiseptic and latex gloves from my nose.  I leaned in the doorway of the breakroom and watched her sweep.  “Where’s everyone going to sit?”

“On the floor,” she said.  “That’s why I’m sweeping it.”

 

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Meta: Errors in Episodes 3 and 4

Hey everyone!

Episodes 3 and 4 had some errors (skipping, missed parts, garbled audio, etc) that were introduced as upload errors when I put the episodes up. I had some trouble getting them to upload in the first place and should have checked the upload before publishing. Lesson learned!

In any case, new, clean audio has been uploaded for both episodes. Special thanks to the two listeners who pointed out the errors to me this morning so I could fix the problem.

I hope you enjoy the stories, and have a great day! 🙂

Episode #4 – “Ordinary Souls” by K. M. Szpara

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ORDINARY SOULS

by K. M. Szpara

“This is a bad idea, Callum.” The sorceress rolled a colorful concoction of dried plants in a thin piece of cigarette paper and balanced it between her lips. “You know that, right?” The end smoldered on its own.

“Probably.” If Ethan didn’t know, would he forgive me?

I picked at a chunk of yellow foam exploding from my chair’s upholstery. She wouldn’t notice. Her whole apartment was crumbling slowly around her altar—chipped paint, smoke glazed walls, mysterious splatter on the floor. Serena was a ‘non-profit’ sorceress, one of the few who didn’t whore over-inflated skills in the private sector.

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Episode #3 – This Shall Serve As a Demarcation by Bogi Takács

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THIS SHALL SERVE AS A DEMARCATION

by Bogi Takács

I.

Tiles flip over, land to sea to land. Enhyoron grimaces, rocks back in their chair, eyes still fixed on the ever-changing map. I can feel their moods on my skin and my skin burns, flares with frustration, chafes against my simple cotton garb.

 I sit up on the futon and pull up one sleeve to examine my arm—lighter-toned in branching lines like the bare, defoliated frames of trees in winter. I used to be cut along those pathways, gleaming metal and shapeforming plastic set into flesh, embedded to remain inside—a part of me forevermore.

 

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