Rated R. Contains profanity, explicit imagery, and hot alien action.
Alien Animal Encounters
By John Scalzi
Ted McPeak, Community College Student, Jersey City:
Some friends and me heard that if you smoked the skin of an aret, you could get monumentally wasted. So we bought one at a pet store and waited a couple of weeks until it shed its skin. Then we crumbled up the dry skin, put it in with some pot, and lit up. We all got these insane mouth blisters that didn’t go away for weeks. We all had to eat soup for a month. Though maybe it wasn’t the skin; the pot could have been bad or something.
About the Author
John Scalzi is a person who exists.
About the Narrators
Marilyn Fuller is a person who exists.
Scott Janssens is a person who exists.
Dr. Jonathon Sullivan was the first author published on Escape Pod, and read several stories in Escape Pod’s early days.
Anna Eley was the wife of Escape Pod founder, Serah Eley, and a popular recurring narrator.
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.