EP226: Pirate Solutions


Pirate Solutions

by Katherine Sparrow

You could feel their heat. Not a metaphor, I don’t mean that, I mean literally the room grew warmer when they were in it. They were both so powerful. Whenever Anne and Jack (they weren’t named that then, but that’s who they were) strolled into the room you got contact highs from their lust. People who would never make out would find excuses to go to the bathroom together and come back with monster hickies. Everyone always wanted to sit near them because of their heat, and because they always said the thing you wish you’d said but only thought to say a billion blinks later.

When I first joined the Freebooter tech collective Anne and Jack were happy to have another girl in the group, but otherwise they ignored me. I could stare and stare at them all day long, hiding behind my black-rimmed glasses. But then one day Anne looked at me, and then Jack looked too, and we all just sort of fell toward each other. Like gravity. Like magic. Like there was a God.

About the Author

Katherine Sparrow

Katherine Sparrow is the author of the on-going urban fantasy series, “The Fay Morgan Chronicles” as well as dozens of short stories that have been published widely. She’s been nominated for a Nebula Award and attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and writes young adult novels.

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About the Narrators

Nate Periat

Nate Periat is a person who exists.

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Sara Tolbert

Sara Tolbert studied acting at Grinnell College and the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center.  She has narrated podcasts for Drabblecast, Fantasy, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle.  In addition to voice acting, she enjoys performing in live theater and has earned a regional award from the Rocky Mountain Theater Association for her work. Sarah currently lives in Kansas with her amazing husband and adorable son.

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Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 400 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Kate is also currently lending her voice to The Dark Magazine podcast and has also read for various other audio venues such as Cast of Wonders, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, Nightmare Magazine, Mash Stories, and The Drabblecast.

She has completed a few audiobooks too, all of which can be found on her narrations page.

Kate is also a professional SFF genre writer. You can find her short stories at various venues. Check out the writing tab for links.

Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her wonderful children. She is currently working as the Executive Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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Serah Eley

Serah Eley

Serah Eley is the original producer, editor and host of Escape Pod. She mispronounced her name as Steve Eley at the time, but has since realized that life is much more fun as a woman, and came out as transgender in 2015. Serah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two spouses (she prefers “spice”), Sadi and Cat.

So if there were ever any betting pools on what happened to Steve: the dark-horse winner is “changed sex and joined a committed lesbian love triangle.” She is, obviously, still Having Fun.

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