Escape Pod 188: 29 Union Leaders Can’t Be Wrong

29 Union Leaders Can’t Be Wrong

By Genevieve Valentine

“This is normal,” the doctor says, and, “Give yourself time, it’s key,” and, “The hospital psychiatrist will be speaking to you about some support groups.”

“What about Marlene?”

“She’s speaking with one of our counselors,” the doctor says. “Full transplant is usually something of a shock to the loved one, at first.”

“How long until I can see her?”

“That’s up to her,” the doctor says. “Can you squeeze the orange for me?”

As long as he doesn’t look, it’s fine.

About the Author

Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine has written Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2012 Crawford Award), The Girls at the Kingfisher ClubPersona, and Icon. She has written CATWOMAN for DC Comics, and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS for Dynamite. She has written more than sixty short stories, which have been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award, and have appeared in over a dozen Best of the Year anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Her cultural criticism has appeared at, The AV ClubStrange HorizonsLA Review of Books, Vice, Vox, and The New York Times, among others.

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About the Narrator

Chris Lester

Chris Lester has tried his hand at many trades: marine biologist, title insurance officer, high school science teacher, writer, editor, clinical researcher, microbiologist. Through many ups, downs, derailments, and right-angle turns, two things have remained constant: a passion for storytelling, and the drive to change how people see the world. Whether behind the microphone, at a keyboard or in front of a classroom, Chris never feels more alive than when he’s introducing others to new perspectives and new ideas.

Born in Michigan, trained as a scientist in California and Montana, Chris now makes his home in Madison, Wisconsin. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys hiking trails, paddling down rivers, exploring national parks, reading through an ever-growing pile of books, and playing piano and acoustic guitar. He lives with his partner Melanie, their dogs Dulcy and Marco, and three deranged but adorable cats.

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