Escape Pod 141: The Color of a Brontosaurus
Closing Music: “Better” by Jonathan Coulton.
The Color of a Brontosaurus
By Paul E. Martens
There was no doubt that the femur was that of a modern human. Not a proto-human, or some previously unknown dinosaur. Joel and Renee had arrived at the same answer. It was demonstrable, provable. When they finally did release news of the discovery, people might argue about it, but they’d be unable to refute it.
But how did they answer the next question? How did the bone come to be embedded in solid rock millions and millions of years before such a bone could have existed?
It had to be a time traveler. There was no other answer. Or was that just what he wanted to believe?
About the Author
Paul E. Martens
Paul E. Martens was a frequent early contributor to Escape Pod and Pseudopod. His fiction has been collected in L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future 16, and in the I, Alien anthology edited by Mike Resnick.
About the 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.