The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
The Best Stories in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Other Genres

Wes is tired of being fat.  He's tried everything, diet, exercise, medication, even surgery, but he remains morbidly obese.  Nothing works, and he's about to find out why...
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the story, how it differs from the usual holiday fare, what could be done with it in the future and so on.

Special thanks to Amory Lowe for producing today's story and to Abbie Hilton, Julie Hoverson, Renee Chambliss, and Amory Lowe for lending their voices to the tale.

Direct download: Dunesteef_138_Secret_Santa_by_Josh_Roseman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05am EDT

It's the last day of the year, and it's time for Todd Elrin to leave his current location, and start the year over somewhere else, as he has done many times this particular calendar year.  But an angry visitor from the future has other plans.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish sing about Jonathan C. Gillespie, and ruminate about the similarities between this story and another, and the differences one man can make in one's life.  Hopefully no hate letters will be necessary after this one.

Special thanks to Tanja Milojevic for producing today's story and lending her voice to the tale, and to Gino Moretto for providing the episode art.


It's only been two months since Agent Joseph faced masses of zombies while locked inside of a prison.  Now, he has a new mission.  This one is so big that half of all CHEMO is being mobilized.  They have to destroy every last piece of the immortal cell line that spawned out of a tumor grown on a woman named Erica Smith.

Afterwards, Big and Rish talk CHEMO, get a lot of text messages, and giggle far more than is professionally acceptable.  Beware, there's probably something offensive in all of that...we're not sure what, but we're pretty sure it's there.

Special thanks to Wendy Cooper for producing today's story, and to Clay Dugger for lending his voice to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_136_CHEMO_The_Pieces_Of_Erica_Smith_by_JM_Perkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

Tyler left home to serve in the military.  He was assigned to the security detail for the alien visitors known as Silvers.  Nothing could be more shameful in the eyes of his family.  You never really can leave home, though.  Tyler's father, Harlan, is dying, and he is called back to be there for his final hours.  Tyler thinks he knows what awaits him at the family farm, but he couldn't be more wrong...

In a first for the show, Big and Rish have the producer of the episode, Bryan Lincoln, as a very special guest star.  They talk about the production, its challenges, and how this story is unlike all the episodes that came before it.  They're demons, Lenny!

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today's story, and to Kathryn Pride, Tobias Queen, Tom Merritt, Larry Bailey, David Robison, Brion Humphrey, James David Jackson, David Mastin, and Bryan Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_135_Harlans_Wake_by_John_Mierau.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Abraham is old and senile.  He keeps going on and on about being an astronaut.  But he's just senile, right?

Afterwards, Rish and Big talk about the space race, disillusionment, lack of interest, and whether there is a future in space travel.  This one, by the way, is for you Neil Armstrong.  Thanks for giving us dreams to pursue.

Special thanks to Amory Lowe for producing today's story, and to Kim Price and Amory Lowe for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_134_Remember_Mars_by_Michael_Anthony.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT


Erik of Ciohar is a mighty warrior, defender of his land, and not at all bad with the ladies.  But after his last mission to the dread city of Tetra Manna, he is not the man he used to be (literally).  Is he still a hero?  Can he serve his people as he used to, and can the dark magic of the Tetrans be overcome?
 
Afterward, Rish and Big talk about the long and winding road in producing this story, world-building, and Comic-Con.  Plus, somewhere in there is an announcement about the Parsec Awards.

Special thanks to R.E. Chambliss, Julie Hoverson, Kim Price and Joe Zieja lending their voices to today's episode, and to Lisa Wilde for today's episode art.

Direct download: Dunesteef_133_The_Dead_Of_Tetra_Manna_by_Mark_LS_Stone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

When Greg discovers what appears to be a secret message in his computer (and everybody else's), he has the option of believing it to be from "somewhere else" or just ignoring it like the vast majority would.  Which will he choose?  Well, the story's title may give you a bit of a hint there.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the story's ending, and then Rish says a few words about his recent trip to the San Diego Comic-Con.  Alright, more than just a few words.

Special thanks to A. W. Gifford for producing today's story, also to Jennifer Gifford, Gina Padilla, Joshua Porter, The Tie Dye Flipster, Sgzhanke S. Carlo, and A. W. Gifford for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_132_Belief_by_Josh_Roseman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Jose got in an accident a while back.  It left him with a lot of time on his hands, so he used his education and created some household appliances with artificial intelligence, but they're ruining his life!  Or are they?

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about perhaps a dozen different things that they want you to know about.  What might they be?  Links in the show notes.

Special thanks to Tobias Queen for producing today's story, also to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to today's episode, and to Melissa Hills for creating today's artwork.

Direct download: Dunesteef_131_The_Appliance_Of_Science_by_Sheila_Crosby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

Remel is one of the greatest swordsmen in the land.  He definitely would be <em>the</em> greatest, but he has a few challenges that stand in his way...especially today, and with an invading force sacking the city, what will he do?

Afterward, Big and Rish say silly things.  Most of the really heavy, depressing stuff has been cut out of this episode, so while it might still be offensive, it's sure to be fun.

Special thanks to SonnySee for producing today's story, also to Bryan Lincoln, Dan Lynch, DesiaB, Rob Haines, Josh Roseman, Damon Shaw, Wendy Cooper, Scott Pigg, and SonnySee for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_130_The_Lady_Swordmaster_by_Brock_L_Noel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Metta screwed up, and now she's been boxed - sentenced to spend 57 years with her consciousness separated from her body in a neural retainer.  It's awful.  Worse than anything she's ever experienced.  There must be some way out of this, right?

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about being boxed, Demolition Man, and other stellar Will McIntosh stories like "Bridesicle" and "Midnight Blue."

Special thanks to R.E. Chambliss for producing today's story, also to Bryan Lincoln, Christopher Munroe, Eric Kenny, Sgzhanke S. Carlo, The Tie-Dye Flipster, and R.E. Chambliss for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_129_Boxed_by_Will_McIntosh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

On his date, Geoff gets an unusual message in his fortune cookie.  It's just a practical joke, right?
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the origins of this tale, and Rish asks the non-musical question, "How do you know?"  Oh, and Big goes ahead and asks it musically. 

And Big wishes to apologize for his audio sounding bad.  Apparently, one is supposed to record with the front of the mic facing one's mouth.  Who reads instructions, amiright?

Special thanks to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_128_Unfortunate_by_BD_Anklevich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

Erich William Bergmeier invites you to a dinner party at the Shupak house.  The occasion?  The end of all life on Earth, of course.  Be warned: unlike most end-of-the-world stories, this one's a bit of a downer.
 
Afterward, Big and Rish talk briefly about the impending apocalypse.  I sure hope they remember to thank Clay Dugger for producing this story.

Speaking of thanks. special thanks to Clay Dugger for producing today's story, to L. "Scribe" Harris, Gwendolyn Jenson-Woodward, Tanja Milojevic, and Tobias Queen for lending their voices to today's episode, and to Dave Krummenacher for today's episode art.


An AI has turned rogue, and will stop at nothing to achieve its goal, including murdering a child or even a Plague Bird!  Find out what happens next in the thrilling conclusion...

Also Big and Rish forget what time of year it is, and rather talk green beer and leprechauns, they spend the episode giving thanks.

Speaking of thanks. special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today's story, to L. "Scribe" Harris, Veronica Belmont, Paul Kuhr, James David Jackson, and Bryan Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode, and to Gino Moretto for today's episode art.


In a sequel to his story "Plague Birds" that appeared on the Dunesteef on episode 92, Jason Sanford tells the story of Plague Bird Christina de Ane's further adventures in the future earth that has been driven toward the brink of insanity by gene manipulation.  She arrives in a new village, where the Alderman's son has been brutally murdered, and is duty bound to dispense justice.  But something just doesn't seem right...

Also, Big and Rish talk about how much better <em>The Dark Knight</em> is than its predecessor <em>Batman Begins</em>.  They also talk about how much better <em>Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan</em> is than its predecessor <em>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</em>.  And that's before the story even begins.  You'd think we were in for a long show, but surprisingly, they reign it in after the story ends.  You may not be searching for a way to deafen yourself by the end of the show after all.

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today's story, to L. "Scribe" Harris, Veronica Belmont, Paul Kuhr, James David Jackson, and Bryan Lincoln for lending their voices to today's episode, and to Melissa Hills for today's episode art.


Is this our Valentine's Day episode, or another anti-Valentine's show?  You be the judge.
 
It's the question on everybody's minds, as soon as they hear about fully-functional, human-like robots.  And though you wouldn't know it from listening to Rish Outfield, this story was not written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
 
Afterward, very little gets said about robot sex, but there is a little more spoken about human relationships, and a couple of stories about inspiration are swapped.  If you're that guy who complained about platitudes, though, you will find nothing of worth here, so move along.

Special thanks to Kim Price, Julie Hoverson, Bryan Lincoln, Marshal Latham, Amory Lowe, Joe Zieja, Josh Roseman, Damon Shaw, Amanda Crum, Clay Dugger, and Scott Pigg for lending their voices to today's episode.

Direct download: Dunesteef_124_The_Question_by_Robert_Lowell_Russell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

When Angela's husband died, she was devastated.  She just couldn't stop dwelling on her pain, until a friend gave her a book to help distract her.  Working her way through the hobbies in the book, she made it to "calendar keeping," and that's where it all went horribly wrong.  Never buy a calendar from a goth chick!

Afterward, Big and Rish try to explain why this episode is so late, and talk about calendars and record-keeping (sounds fascinating, I know).  Also, some kind of announcement is made in there somewhere.

Special thanks to Kenn Crawford for producing today's story; R.E. Chambliss, Ryan E. Stevenson, and Cheyenne Amero for lending their voices to today's episode; and Melissa Hills for providing the episode art.

Direct download: Dunesteef_123_Save_The_Date_by_Joseph_Zieja.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

When Rain was born, he was different from others, he was colicky for one, and babies weren't colicky anymore.  Not since before.  But things were about to change...

Also, Rish and Big talk utopias, dystopias, and the story potential of such concepts.

Special thanks to R.E. Chambliss for producing and narrating today's story; Heather Roulo, The Tie Dye Flipster, and Sgzhanke S. Carlo for lending their voices to today's episode; and Lisa Wilde for providing the episode art.

Direct download: Dunesteef_122_Rain_by_Abigail_Mannheim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

Happy new year!  Everybody's favorite galaxy-hopping (as well as bed-hopping) hero, Catastrophe Baker, is back in another Mike Resnickian adventure.  Has he met his match when making first contact with an alien race?
 
Afterward, Big and Rish seem to have forgotten what show they're on, as they talk about New Year's Resolutions, writing goals, and give R080T ample opportunity to play the sad music.

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Special thanks to Tobias Queen for producing today's episode; to Kathryn Pride, and Renee Chambliss for lending their voices to the tale; and SonnySee for the episode art.

Direct download: Dunesteef_121_Catastrophe_Baker_Makes_First_Contact_by_Mike_Resnick.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT