Archive for 10 and Up

EP Flash: Strange Girlfriend


By Scott Janssens.
Read by Stephen Eley.

“Would you notice if I was replaced by an alien?” your girlfriend Heather asks over her Greek salad.

You’ve been dating for eight months. Surprises in the relationship are rare now, but this catches you completely off guard. “What?” you say.


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EP Flash: Oasis


By Greg van Eekhout.
Read by Stephen Eley.

You turn a lever that pops open the cover of the control pad. There’s a big red button labeled OPEN AIRLOCK. You jab it. Then you jab the CONFIRM button. Then you push the handle thing, and it’s all over.


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Note: This piece marks the debut of Escape Pod’s flash fiction — very short stories that will be released between our weekly issues on an irregular basis. We chose “Oasis” as our first because, well, it’s about an escape pod. One can even imagine our logo image as the illustration for this story.

EP004: In His Footsteps


By Paul E. Martens.
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by Paul E. Martens.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

The dinner was not what you could call an unqualified success. The best that could be said for it was that we survived. And Uncle Dennis couldn’t even say that much.

That was my fault, too, I guess. I pissed God off, and all of your major religions will tell you that that’s something you want to try and
avoid. But I still think of Him as ‘Dad,” and when was the last time you just meekly did what
your father told you to do? Okay, sure, your father isn’t God, but mine wasn’t always God, either.

Rated PG. Contains sexual innuendo and lighthearted heresy.

EP003: Three Wish Habit


By Janni Lee Simner.
Read by Jonathon Sullivan.
All stories by Janni Lee Simner
All stories read by Jonathon Sullivan.

The man opens his hand, the one that’s been in his pocket all this time. A shiny brass bottle lies there, small in his large palm. A band of flowery, unreadable lettering is etched just beneath the narrow neck. Otherwise the surface is flawless: no dents, no scratches, no dirt.

My hands tremble; my heart pounds so loud I have trouble thinking. That’s the real thing he’s holding, no doubt about it. He might still be a cop. But I flip into park, and roll the window down.

Rated PG. Contains some profanity, vehicular violence, and poor judgment.

EP002: Feng Burger


By John Aegard
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by John Aegard.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

The Chinese are particular about their designs, and for good reason. A design with good feng shui — one that satisfies the universe’s sense of metaphor — attracts chi, the energy that raises mountains and pushes rivers and draws good fortune near and keeps tax collectors far away. Whether by accident or design, no one can say, but the Burger Pods have potent feng shui. Where normal men would see nothing but gleaming stainless-steel cabinets and a charbroiling grill, a feng shui practitioner would see arms and hands, cradling the Burger Pod’s occupant and bathing her in chi.

Rated PG. Contains sexual innuendo, mild profanity, and food service employees slacking off.