Audio production note: Christopher Cornell has done an amazing and creative job of adapting the visual and formatting elements of Lonely Robot on a Rocket Ship in Space to the audio medium.
That said, there are simply some elements that do not lend themselves to a one-to-one equivalent.
I strongly encourage Escape Pod listeners, then, to not only listen, but also to see the full written story on our website.
In the text, I have changed the section breaks from a hashtag (#) to our logo icon and have taken out the paragraph indents to match our style. Otherwise, however, I have left the unique font and visual elements as A. Merc Rustad sent them to us.
Keep in mind, however, that because this is the Internet, your particular browser may interpret that formatting in myriad ways.
TL;DR: Read the text, too. Your mileage may vary.
-Adam Pracht, Escape Pod audio producer
Lonely Robot on a Rocket Ship in Space
By A. Merc Rustad
Byron scribbled crib notes on his wrist the night before he planned to come out to his dads.
He’d told all his friends he was sick so he would have an excuse to stay home Friday night. It wasn’t like he was lying. His stomach was so knotted he thought he’d puke. But he couldn’t sleep, either. The words burned like he’d used acid instead of a Sharpie.
I’m not scared or confused. It’s who I am.
In the tiniest he could write legibly, he added, Please don’t be mad. (Continue Reading…)