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

Franklin has a huge crush on Jillian, but up until now she hasn't returned his affection at all. Surprisingly, this Christmas Eve she changed her tune, and suddenly asking him back to her house for Christmas Eve dinner with her family. Turns out that the meal was not what Franklin was expecting...

Afterwards, Rish and Big talk about the story, Broken Mirror contests, and the joys and hassles of Christmas music.

Direct download: Dunesteef_223_Rish_Outcast_186_Many_Faces_of_Christmas_Eve.mp3
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Six Christmas stories on the Dunesteef just wasn't enough, so I decided that I would give y'all one more. It's a story I wrote earlier this year about James, a guy whose Christmas plans get ruined, so he volunteers to work someone's shift at his job to give them a chance at having a merry Christmas. He thinks he knows how his night will end, but someone has a different idea, and it's going to take a left turn before the night is through.

Direct download: Anklecast043.mp3
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Declan's boyfriend, Brooks, is taking him to meet the parents for the first time today at Christmas dinner. He's a little nervous, but it couldn't be as bad as it was when Brooks met Declan's parents at Thanksgiving, could it? Could it?

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the story, the year we've had, and about having hope for the future.

Direct download: Dunesteef_222_Reiterating_Christmas_by_BD_Anklevich.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Zane and Delanna don't come from similar backgrounds. Zane is a run-of-the-mill Lunar who's had to pull himself by his bootstraps everywhere he went. Delanna, on the other hand, comes from one of the richest families on Mars. Somehow, the two came together as a couple, and have hit it off amazingly ever since, but Delanna's family has never approved, and now the two of them are going home for Christmas with the folks...

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about beefalopes, the rite of passage that is meeting the parents, and Santa Claus III. This is going to be delightful.

Direct download: Dunesteef_221_The_Beefalope_Hunt_by_Void_Munashii.mp3
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Damien meets a girl named Lynn who wants to know all about sci-fi, and since she's cute, he does his best to help her learn. Soon, they're dating, and then comes the invite to meet the folks at Christmas dinner, but, as you might have grown accustomed to during this Christmas extravaganza, the meal isn't what he was expecting.

Afterwards, Rish and Big talk about what aliens might think of our sci-fi films, Ian syndrome, and whether Marshal needs to make this story into a novel.

Direct download: Dunesteef_220_A_Sci-fi_Christmas_by_Marshal_Latham.mp3
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Sam is having a really hard time getting over the loss of his dearly departed pet cat, Boots. His girlfriend, Beth, hopes that bringing him home to the family for Christmas dinner might help him overcome his loss.

Afterward, Big and Rish go off the farm talking about all the weird stuff you might guess they would, however, I won't mention it here, so as to not spoil the story.

Direct download: Dunesteef_219_He_Went_To_The_Farm_by_Nathan_Ahlgrim.mp3
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It's the first installment in our 2020 Christmas Extravaganza! We'll be bringing you several stories from our Broken Mirror Story Event, the first being "Service with a Smile" by Rob Broughton. When Tommy gets a mysterious invitation to his girlfriend's parents' house for the holidays, he finds that not everyone is acting of their own accord.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about Shamong, meeting the parents, and eating worms and insects...really? Actually, why am I surprised, of course they do.

Direct download: Dunesteef_218_Service_With_A_Smile_by_Rob_Broughton.mp3
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Something is going wrong at the space outpost that Captain Seymour just docked at. Things seem to be deteriorating quickly. Luckily for him, someone grabbed him, and pulled him into a hiding place. Or was it lucky for him? Now he's trapped in here with two strangers, and it seems as though one of them is not who he seems after all.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about the process of adapting a story from one format to another. What does it take? How do you go about it? What sacrifices to dark gods of chaos and evil must be made? Whose name appears first on the byline? We answer none of those questions, coming up!

Direct download: Dunesteef_217_From_Another_World_by_Rish_Outfield_and_BD_Anklevich.mp3
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In Jason Sanford's "What Is Sand But Earth Purified?" New widower Anchor is approached by TV personalities to be their guide into the living sandstorm out in the ocean, the same sandstorm that killed his wife.

Afterward, Big and Rish talk about Jason's various possible futures, and what makes a body human.

Direct download: Dunesteef_216_What_Is_Sand_But_Earth_Purified_by_Jason_Sanford.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

It's the Rish Outcast/That Gets My Goat crossover! Continuing their discussion about the writers conference Rish went to. Big and Rish talk about cover art, not giving up, being inspired, and the Four Yorkshiremen.

Direct download: That_Gets_My_Goat_235.mp3
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So, February came and went, with an extra day thrown in for good measure. Did Big and Rish sweep?

Did you?

Direct download: That_Gets_My_Goat_234.mp3
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When Mike Resnick passed away on January 9th, Rish and Big knew they had to make one of his stories their next episode. Years ago, he'd sent them out a huge batch of Catastrophe Baker stories so that they could continue the series on the show. What better way to remember him than to put one of his creations out for fans to enjoy?

Catastrophe Baker makes a trip to Silverstrike and while he's there, he attends a carnival. It's pretty ho-hum until he gets summoned to the tent of the Siren of Silverstrike to see the show that everyone is talking about.

Afterward, Rish and Big talk about Mike Resnick and what he has meant to the science fiction community, the podcast community, and the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. We'll miss you, Mike.

So, Big has been writing like his life depends on it, and in the month of February, Rish is going to accept the challenge to write every single day. In this episode, they put it in writing.

Well, not in writing, exactly, since it's a podcast. They make their announcement official.

Well, not official, exactly, since I don't know that a notary was present, but hey, wish Big 'n Rish luck anyway.

Direct download: That_Gets_My_Goat_233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Hey, kids, do you like Hard Rock? Do you like our Guess-The-List episodes? Would you like to waste an hour or so of your day?

Then join Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich as Big tries to identify VH1's list of 100 Best Hard Rock Songs!

And if you liked this one (which I doubt), let us know. It could always be Rish's turn to guess!

Direct download: That_Gets_My_Goat_232.mp3
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