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