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Space-Time for Springers

Can I tell you something about my speculative fiction habits? Of course I can– this my barroom restroom wall and the red marker’s in my slimy mitt.

Here’s the thing: I just love stories about sentient animals. I can’t get enough of talking dogs or super-intelligent rats or telekinetic polar bears– this is the stuff of unconditional love.

Can I tell you something about my speculative fiction habits? Of course I can– this my barroom restroom wall and the red marker’s in my slimy mitt.

Here’s the thing: I just love stories about sentient animals. I can’t get enough of talking dogs or super-intelligent rats or telekinetic polar bears– this is the stuff of unconditional love. And I know the analogies presented in this trope can only go so far, sure. But I don’t care– I could start a website called Miette’s Podcasted Stories of Intelligent Animals, and be perfectly happy doing so.

As it is, looking through the archives, there’s not much represented here yet — there’s the Saki, which is hilarious, and now Leiber, which is one of those that will hopefully make you check yourself in the mirror and pucker your nose in search of a stray whisker. I have several others in mind, but meanwhile, do feel free to fill it with your suggestions as well.

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By miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

11 replies on “Space-Time for Springers”

In view of your preferences, and since you still seem to lack a Philip Dick story, may I suggest Roog? Claimed by him to be one of the best things he ever did. Short too.

You know, I find it a little hard to believe that I haven’t read any PKDick. Are you sure?

And Okay, Okay, Roog is great, but I fear for what will happen to this site if it’s suddenly TOO anthropomorphallic. The problem is: I have no point of judgment on the short stories– I even like the crap ones.

You dont know if I have boobs.
Now you got me ashamed of my weight.
This should teach you to keep your comments to yourself instead of in the comments section of your site. I hope you’ve learned a lesson.

Miette, lovely reading as always, but I found the story itself pretty dull.

Oh yes–please read Roog! I love PKD!

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