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The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

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The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

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English


Episodes

Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

10/19/2021
A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaimed debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, as well as BLACK SUN, the first installment of her 'Between Earth and Sky' series. You can preorder the next book, FEVERED STAR, right now. Check out rebeccaroanhorse.com for updates on her novels, comics, and television writing. See...

Duration:00:57:55

Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

10/12/2021
An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press. Ken Liu's forthcoming novel, THE VEILED THRONE, is due out December 7th and is available for preorder now. Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:52:08

"On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

9/7/2021
A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to live in an old house by the sea. Find more from Silvia Moreno-Garcia at silviamoreno-garcia.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:11

"Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

8/31/2021
An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This story was first published in SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS. Content advisory: Death, surgery See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:16

"Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

8/24/2021
A man questions his current existence -- and the life he remembers from before. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, and reprinted in Lightspeed. Content advisory: mention of mental illness Only a few more days to enter the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:59

"Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

8/17/2021
A veteran pilot revisits memories, and searches for remnants of her old experimental smartship. Content advisory: War Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:46

"The Years of My Birth" by Louise Erdrich

8/10/2021
A woman recounts the story of her birth as a surprise twin and adoption by a Native American couple, and questions the strange presence she has felt with her since childhood. Louise Erdrich's novel THE SENTENCE will be published by Harper on November 9th. Content advisory: Adoption, medical issues, ableist language Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:49

"You Perfect, Broken Thing" by C.L. Clark

8/3/2021
An athlete trains to win a prize that would ensure her survival. Content advisory: Discussion of degenerative illness, death Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:07

"The War of the Wall" by Toni Cade Bambara

7/27/2021
A young boy feuds with a muralist who has taken over a beloved hangout in his neighborhood. Don't forget! The LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest opens for submissions on August 1st. Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:13

"The Angel of Khan El-Khalili" by P. Djèlí Clark

7/20/2021
A girl visits a bazaar in Cairo, seeking a favor from a mysterious angelic being. This story first appeared in the anthology Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt. For more from the author, visit pdjeliclark.com. Content advisory: Fire, hospitalization See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:51

"Milagroso" by Isabel Yap

7/13/2021
Marty brings his family to his hometown of Lucban for the annual festival to witness a miracle: lab-grown, synthetic food made real. This story appears in Isabel Yap's collection NEVER HAVE I EVER, published by Small Beer Press. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:43

"Dark Spaces on the Map" by Anjali Sachdeva

7/6/2021
A woman has her memories catalogued for the historical record, and must decide whether or not to divulge a painful and complicated moment from her past. Anjali Sachdeva's short fiction collection is ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD. Epigraph used by permission from How to Lie With Maps by Mark Monmonier, published by The University of Chicago Press. © 1991, 1996, 2018 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. Content Advisory: Blood, intimation of assault/violence See...

Duration:00:48:34

"Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" by Robert Olen Butler

6/29/2021
A man dies and finds himself reincarnated as a parrot. This story appears in Robert Olen Butler's collection TABLOID DREAMS. His forthcoming novel, LATE CITY, will be published in September. Content advisory: use of a slur See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:27

"The Bank of Burkina Faso" by Ekaterina Sedia

6/22/2021
What if those spammy emails from princes about overseas banks were... real? An exiled prince teams up with the widow of a military general to recover their fortunes from the Bank of Burkina Faso. This story appears in Ekaterina Sedia's collection MOSCOW BUT DREAMING. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:09

Season 9 is Almost Here!

6/15/2021
LeVar Burton Reads is back June 22nd, featuring stories from P Djeli Clark, Anjali Sachdeva, Ekaterina Sedia, Isabel Yap and more. But if you just can't wait to hear a new story -- here's a sneak peek... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:04:28

"St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid" by C.L. Polk

4/20/2021
Theresa Anne has spent years watching her mother tell fortunes and work magical spells. But when she asks to protect the girl she loves, she learns the true cost and sacrifice involved in magical requests. Find more from the author at www.clpolk.com. Content advisory: Violence See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:57:09

"Vaccine Season" by Hannu Rajaniemi

4/13/2021
In a post-pandemic future where scientists have made great strides in eliminating disease, a young boy faces his fears and ventures out to his grandfather's island to give him an important vaccine. This story appears in the anthology Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future, edited by Gideon Lichfield and available for pre-order from The MIT Press. Content advisory: Discussion of pandemics, near-drowning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:58:22

"Getaway" by Nicole Kornher-Stace

4/6/2021
A getaway driver and her crew are hired to steal a mysterious artifact, and inadvertently get locked into a time loop. Find more from Nicole Kornher-Stace at www.nicolekornherstace.com or on Twitter @wirewalking. Content advisory: Gun violence, gore, death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:53:37

"Salt" by Rosemary Melchior

3/30/2021
A teenage girl is exiled to a penal colony on an icy, inhospitable island. But the island contains secrets, and so does the girl. Content Advisory: Death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:38:32

"An Equal Share of the Bone" by Karen Osborne

3/23/2021
Hoping to make their fortune (or at least climb out of debt), a trio of space traders travel on a dangerous hunt for a space whale. "An Equal Share of the Bone" was originally published at Escape Pod. Find more of Karen Osborne's work at www.karenosborne.com. Content Advisory: Animal death See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:39