Escape Pod Flash: A Preference for Silence

By Lucy A. Snyder
Read by Ann Leckie

Veronica was a spaceworthy lass with a definite preference for silence and a sensitivity to detail. She’d never lost her tea in zero gee and had always been the first to note when the coffee maker needed cleaning or when the fluorescent lights would flick-flicker in signal of the bulbs’ impending death.

Rated R. Contains sexual situations and noisy people.

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  1. Matt says:

    “Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”

  2. Vinny Bove says:

    Brilliant; a true example of what short fiction should be. Efficient, descriptive, original and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. L33tminion says:


    But seriously, a good story.

  4. scatterbrain says:

    Hardly original Vinny–Robert Bloch wrote a story on the exact same theme in 1935 and its still considered one of his best.

  5. phignewton says:

    space maaaaaaadnesss! oh crap, somebody beat me to it! >.<

  6. R2D2 Blue says:


    A true waste of time, and an anger provoker to boot.

    Come on new editors…SF up.

  7. Naruwan says:

    Hate to be negative on my first comment here but felt I had to say something after listening to it today. It’s not the unoriginality of the story that’s the biggest problem. It’s just poorly written.

    EP has some fantastic stories and a few in the meh territory but this one stands out on its own as a real stinker.

  8. Blaine Boy says:

    Note to self: coffee beans and books in space while alone with only one other person equals someone goes insane and the not insane person gets tossed into the vacuum.

    The Blaine Boy