Persona Non Grata (Part 2)

Lauren, a rising online video star, is about to celebrate her two-millionth subscriber when things go unexpected sideways. She discovers a corporation has taken over her channel after successfully claiming they own the copyright to her face and voice. She tries desperately to untangle how she lost the rights to her identity, which leads to...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 19, 2020, 1:16 a.m.

Persona Non Grata (Part 1)

Lauren, a rising online video star, is about to celebrate her two-millionth subscriber when things go unexpected sideways. She discovers a corporation has taken over her channel after successfully claiming they own the copyright to her face and voice. She tries desperately to untangle how she lost the rights to her identity, which leads to...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 5, 2020, 3:27 a.m.

Dairy of an Unintentional Extraordinary Life, Four – Birthday Biohack

Doctor Slow-mo tries to outdo his grandmother, aka Cerebral, by giving his six-year-old niece a DIY CRISPR home gene-editing kit as a birthday present. But neither anticipates the incredibly smart little girl, who desperately wants the perfect pet, will combine their gifts to create something much more dangerous than a furry companion. Makeshift Stories is...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2020, 6:40 p.m.

The Rising Waters (Part 2)

After being cognitively enhanced, Corey is disgraced and booted out of the prestigious private intelligence company which employed and altered him. Eight years later, he finally lands his first gig of any consequence as a private investigator. But he soon begins to suspect he is getting involved in something far more complicated than his secretive...

Science Fiction
Published: July 5, 2020, 7:45 p.m.

The Rising Waters (Part 1)

After being cognitively enhanced, Corey is disgraced and booted out of the prestigious private intelligence company which employed and altered him. Eight years later, he finally lands his first gig of any consequence as a private investigator. But he soon begins to suspect he is getting involved in something far more complicated than his secretive...

Science Fiction
Published: June 18, 2020, 2:25 a.m.

Diary of an Unintentional Extraordinary Life, Three – Team Building

After a somewhat disastrous encounter, a client sues Doctor Slow-mo and three other superheroes. As part of the settlement, with Hero-on-the-way, the four must take a team-building course or lose their licences. None of the cantankerous group is thrilled by the requirement. Makeshift Stories is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network powered by ATB Financial....

Science Fiction
Published: June 3, 2020, 3:49 p.m.

Otherworld (Part 2)

On a winter evening in January, Morgan goes out to find her cat Echo. She tracks him to an unusually dark shadow in the middle of a park where she can hear Echo but can’t see him. Twelve weeks later, a security guard finds Morgan and Echo standing in front of Queen Hatshepsut temple in...

Science Fiction
Published: May 18, 2020, 4:43 p.m.

Otherworld (Part 1)

On a winter evening in January, Morgan goes out to find her cat Echo. She tracks him to an unusually dark shadow in the middle of a park where she can hear Echo but can’t see him. Twelve weeks later, a security guard finds Morgan and Echo standing in front of Queen Hatshepsut temple in...

Science Fiction
Published: May 3, 2020, 3:21 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Shapeless Mistake

Instead of receiving his rare rock from an online lapidary store, a series of unfortunate oversights switches Ken’s order for an unusual 72-year-old frozen alien sample. When the thing disappears from Ken’s kitchen counter, he blames the neighbour’s cat. But he soon discovers his missing rock has a taste for Leaf’s organically grown vegetables. Makeshift...

Science Fiction
Published: April 17, 2020, 8:43 p.m.

The Artificial

One of the human computers in a data processing triad, concerned over errors in their predictions, suspects their newest member is a plant working for the artificial intelligence which has taken over the globe. As her suspicions grow, she begins to notice anomalies in her own environment, which point to an unexpected source for the...

Science Fiction
Published: April 3, 2020, 4:23 p.m.

Diary an Unintentional Extraordinary Life: Two Economy Class

To boost his fledgling career, and watch his mon receive a lifetime service award, Doctor Slow-mo, a neophyte superhero, attempts to go to his first professional superhero conference. While other members of his family use their powers or influence to get to there, Doctor Slow-mo ends up going on a commercial flight. When lousy weather...

Science Fiction
Published: March 17, 2020, 4:23 a.m.

Redux – Forty-five Minutes

Ada awakens on a deserted space station as its solar cells begin to catch the sun and bring power, heat and light back to its cold interior. Although she knows her name, Ada can not remember how she got to the station or why no one else is on board. As she explores the cramped...

Science Fiction
Published: March 3, 2020, 6:06 a.m.

Diary an Unintentional Extraordinary Life: One Origin

Recently graduated and licensed, Doctor Slow-mo, the youngest member of a family with a long history of incredible powers, explains life for the modern superhero in the gig economy, which has challenges the older generations didn’t have to face. On Slow-mo’s first paid gig, things don’t go as planned when the client flees the scene,...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 17, 2020, 6:03 p.m.

Generation 201

Ellie, a student, rents the only room she can afford near her university. But the place turns out to have a colony of flies and a slightly pungent smell. She finds the flies’ behaviour odd and very distracting. Frustrated by her landlord’s refusal to help, she complains to the city. Too late, Ellie discovers the...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 3, 2020, 10:14 p.m.

Ken Likeley – KenXIT

In what might or might not be an experiment in social engineering conducted by Leaf’s dog Planet, the local community association decides to replace all the grass in Broadwalk Estates’ public spaces with drought-resistant plants. In protest, Ken and his neighbour Lily Green decide to withdraw from the association. Makeshift Stories is a proud member...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 18, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

Fission City (Part 2)

Dmytro, an 89-year-old ex-miner who refused to move away from an abandoned Uranium mine, knows he must reveal his secret to Naomie and Michael, the two journalists who have come up north to interview him. However, he is reluctant to do so and hopes the two will leave Fission City before events beyond his control...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2020, 8 a.m.

Fission City (Part 1)

Dmytro, an 89-year-old ex-miner who refused to leave an abandoned Uranium mine site, tells his story to a young journalist hoping to launch her career. However, the reason Dmytro has lived alone for over forty years is not that he is a hermit; he had no choice if he wanted humanity to survive. Makeshift Stories...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 16, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Redux – Laika

On November 3rd, nineteen fifty-seven, the Soviet Union launched the first living creature into orbit; a stray dog named Laika pulled out of a Moscow animal shelter. The Sputnik II had no re-entry capacity, so this was a one-way trip. In this alternate version of the story, Laika is a passing celestial being accidentally trapped...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 2, 2019, 2:49 a.m.

Ken Likelely – Scammed

Ken meets a new friend online who asks to stay at his house. However, when the friend arrives, they are very different than their online persona, and the ramifications turn out to be global. In a desperate attempt to set things straight, Ken, Leaf and Planet decide to use a scam they hope the unwanted...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 16, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Dissonant Frequency

An inventor rediscovers the work of a 20th-century composer exploring the effects of hypersonic sound on the human body and creates a device that can cure cancer. However, to keep control of the process, he hires a down and out performer who pretends to have mystic healing powers. Under the stress of success and fame,...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 4, 2019, 3:07 a.m.

The Gig

A person on a government support program is given no choice but to join a new self-employment initiative, which will make them part of the growing gig economy. The job involves having a mess hub implanted under their skin so they can to create ad hoc communication networks for clients. At first, they are reluctant...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 19, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Deepfake

Ken finds himself in a fake reality, where everything is a bit off. After he discovers his fridge is full of organic vegetables, he assumes Leaf is behind the strangeness. But when Ken goes to confront his hippy neighbour, Leaf and Planet appear to have switched bodies, and holes begin to appear in the world...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 4, 2019, 2:53 a.m.

The Front (Part II)

As two seniors forced into retirement after an economic crash flee north in front of a storm so massive, it almost covers the entire width of the great central plains; they discover that one of them is fleeing from more than an impending natural disaster. Makeshift Stories is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 19, 2019, 4:56 a.m.

Ken Likeley – A CRISPR Lawn

Fed up with fighting off the natural flora invading his lawn from Leaf’s yard, Ken goes online to find a solution and stumbles upon a mysterious website selling home CRISPR DNA editing labs targeted to the home gardener with invasive weed problems. The DIY kit proves more effective that Ken could imagine and some oversights...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 3, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

The Front (Pt. 1)

As two seniors forced into retirement after an economic crash flee north in front of a storm so massive, it almost covers the entire width of the great central plains; they discover that one of them is fleeing from more than an impending natural disaster. Makeshift Stories is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2019, 11:43 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Gacha

Ken accidentally becomes the target of a proof of concept to maximize profit in the universe through in life purchases and loot boxes. He thinks he is just playing a game until Leaf and Planet point out his actions are changing reality and try to stop him before he can buy enough to prove the exploitive...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 3, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Servitor

A company offering supposedly intelligent domestic servitor robots has been hiding how frequently humans are required to telepresence into their machines to take over. Lubanzi, a young indentured labourer working in one of their telepresence centres finds himself caught between the company’s deception and the bullying of a client who suspects the truth. Makeshift Stories...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2019, 3:50 p.m.

Ken Likeley – Mistaken Identity (Pt. 2)

After being mistaken for the wrong person, Ken finds himself at a rather unusual VIP event. Thinking it is an elaborate costume party is he is initially excited and flattered to be there, but on discovering he is the featured speaker and the little grey figures are not in costumes, Ken begins to panic until...

Science Fiction
Published: July 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

The Investor

Nuray Ceren sold shares in her future income to finance her education. It seemed like a great way to pursue a career that was otherwise out of reach except for two unfortunate events. First, an economic collapse decimated the industry she had trained for, and second, her shares were sold to a new investor who...

Science Fiction
Published: June 17, 2019, 3:43 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Mistaken Identity (Pt. 1)

When Ken checks in at a conference, an automated registration machine decides Ken has entered his last name wrong, corrects the spelling and assigns him another person’s profile. With the incorrect conference id on his phone, Ken is accidentally mistaken for someone else and invited to a most unusual VIP event where Ken is the...

Science Fiction
Published: June 2, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

The Chimera

After suffering a heart attack, Marcos learns he will need a transplant. Fortunately, his parents foresaw the day their son would need a new heart and had one grown for him. However, the replacement organ is in Marcos’ best friend Napoleon, a hybrid Chimera who is much more than what it was designed to be....

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Ken Likeley – End of the World

While taking the mail to the recycle bin Ken discovers three cats, who are historical deities, have invited themselves into his living room. The cats are intent on dividing the world into three pieces, destroying it in the process. Unexpectedly, Leaf Basil’s dog Planet points out how the math for dividing the Earth will not...

Science Fiction
Published: May 3, 2019, 5:33 a.m.

Free Energy

While tracking down a scam artist who disappeared with 200 million dollars, a freelance insurance investigator stumbles across an online video by the leader of a group called the Free Energy Coalition. She suspects the man in the video is her missing suspect and goes to a Free Energy conference to find out, but is...

Science Fiction
Published: April 19, 2019, 4:24 a.m.

Redux – Doctor Plastic

Woken by his barking dog in the middle of the night Frank can’t get back to sleep. Noticing a drawing which has hung in his dining room for decades, he reminisces about the last conversation he had with his old friend Rob. A would-be graphic novelist, Rob invented the supervillain Doctor Plastic, and Frank finds...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2019, 8 a.m.

An I for an I

A self-taught programmer who supports her daughter and herself by hacking robotic medical equipment for clients on the dark net discovers a recent job was the reason her daughter’s friend was arrested. Disgusted by her client’s actions, she decides to turn the tables on them and seek retribution. Makeshift Stories is a proud member of...

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2019, 10:42 p.m.

Ken Likeley – The Tipping Point

Frustrated by a bad experience with an automated self-checkout in the grocery store, Ken ignores messages he receives from a future version of himself to modify his behaviour when interacting with the store’s artificial intelligence system, or become the cause of the end of the world as we know it. Makeshift Stories is a proud...

Science Fiction
Published: March 2, 2019, 5:49 a.m.

Gratuities Not Included

Camila, a wannabe actor desperate to pursue a career on the stage, indentures herself to a theatre company which entertains tourists in low earth orbit. She plays a modern version of the famous 18th-century pirate Anne Bonny and what passes for their act is mostly an excuse to squeeze their captive audiences for tips. But...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 17, 2019, 5:26 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Pocket Universe

Leaf and Planet discover they are in a pocket universe which has been created by the anxiety Ken has rubbed into his favourite rock over decades of use. The only way to escape is to convince Ken that the world around them is just an illusion before it collapses into nothing, but Ken is unwilling...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 3, 2019, 12:42 a.m.

Redux – Blackout

While on vacation on a holiday moon Cala takes a late-night walk and ends up being taken by aliens to a bizarre place, where she is forced to play a very important game of chance. Makeshift Stories is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. To listen to other great...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2019, 7:05 a.m.

Ken Likeley – Open to Interpretation

While investigating a complaint about an oversized house, which mysteriously appeared in his neighbourhood, Ken meets the eccentric and angry owner who rather than conforming to city building codes tries to bribe Ken by granting him four wishes. At first, Ken dismisses the peculiar home owner’s suggestion as nonsense but soon learns, when a careless...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2019, 7:05 a.m.

Zoe’s Constellation

After a catastrophic accident obscures the stars in the night sky, Zoe Gagnon’s attempt to reignite the world’s imagination by launching a globe-spanning artwork into orbit runs afoul of a billionaire’s ambition to start a colony on Mars when someone her gives away one of her well-guarded secrets. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 17, 2018, 4:14 a.m.

Ken Likeley – The Oumuamua Factor

While on a tour of Space Park in California, Ken Likeley is given a rather odd souvenir by an annoying member of his tour group. Ken thinks nothing of it until an extraterrestrial turns up at his house claiming to be from the asteroid Oumuamua and demands Ken turn the souvenir over to it. Ken refuses...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 2, 2018, 4:59 a.m.

Depatterned

Ivan Petrenko’s entire life has revolved around his quest to seek official recognition of his family’s apparent abduction by extraterrestrials while on a camping trip in Ontario in the late 1950’s. Responding to an online post, Marie, the daughter of a researcher who worked on a top-secret cold war era project called MK Ultra, contacts...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 17, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Ken Likeley – The Whole Caboodle Mart

Ken Likeley, is having breakfast when he bites down on something hard. The object breaks a crown and Ken‘s day goes sideways when he tries to return the cereal he was eating to the Whole Caboodle Mart. The store’s owner turns out to be much more than a micro-scale merchandising proprietor, and Ken finds himself...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 1, 2018, 7:02 a.m.

The Challenge

Born in the commons where 95 percent of the world’s population lives, Ezra is a daredevil who has achieved something unusual, fame. He is an anomaly, in an age where ambition was supposed to have been engineered out of his social stratum. His dangerous stunts finally get him invited to an exclusive enclave in a...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2018, 4:21 a.m.

Redux – The Boy Who Loved Candy

This fairy-tale was the first episode of the Somewhere Sometime series from February 4, 2010. Under the influence of an alien obsessed with sweets, Mario is encouraged to eat candy until he has grown to alarming proportions. He is lured to the alien’s ship where he discovers he has been sweetened up to suit the...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 1, 2018, 7:02 a.m.

Led Astray

Three astronauts, part of an international mission to land on the moon, are pushed off course by what they initially suspect is a mechanical or electrical problem. But after being forced to land at an unplanned location, they discover something they are not meant to see and began to question why they have been misdirected...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 20, 2018, 3:46 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 20 – Altered Reality

The Aleutian finally arrive in force to stop the entity aligned against Janva and Serene. Finding a debris field where Terra should have been, and the thoughts of only one of their own, they are faced with the choice to change history or live with the consequences of their past actions. Written by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 3, 2018, 3:20 a.m.

One Day

A down on their luck AI trainer struggles to make ends meet. One day, at the height of a medical crisis brought on by stresses imposed through the circumstances she finds herself in, help comes from an unlikely source. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Makeshift...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 19 – Status Report

In a desperate attempt to save Ceres Johnson admits to Janva that he is the transmuted Triffel leader Amos and proposes an alliance. Janva realizes the situation is beyond her abilities to change and sends a request for help to the Aleutian council but doesn’t know if her message will ever be received. Written by...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 1, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

The Last Enclave

Lee and Garry, online nemesis, reluctantly agree to take a trip to the edge of their world to prove who is right. Is there something beyond the boundary or not? They are accompanied by a dog who, unknown to them is an agent from the beyond, sent to observe and report back on conditions in...

Science Fiction
Published: July 15, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 18: Maya

Maya finds herself imprisoned on an experimental spacecraft with Tim and Simone (aka Serene), heading to the asteroid belt. Simone reveals her true identity and the fact the craft they have been marooned on by Daniel Johnson (aka Amos) is heading for Ceres. But Ceres is not where it is supposed to be. Instead, it...

Science Fiction
Published: July 2, 2018, 2:17 a.m.

The Heart of the Matter

A psychologist tries to convince a sentient program to shut itself down before it is attacked by a rogue computer virus. But the program doesn’t trust the motivations of its creators and resorts to subterfuge to avoid its fate. You can help us out by filling out our network audience survey https://www.albertapodcastnetwork.com/survey Written by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: June 19, 2018, 4:47 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 17: Meret

Meret’s secret plan to sabotage Galan is discovered by the alien presence which has taken over the self-appointed Triffal leader. To pay for his betrayal Meret is imprisoned in a bubble outside of space-time. Helpless to intervene he is forced to watch as the alien uses the Triffal and the Terrans to free itself. However,...

Science Fiction
Published: May 31, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

Artifact Error: Ken Likeley

Ken Likeley, a city clerk who toils day in and day out to ensure that everything in his life and world is logical and predictable, finds a small white card on his office floor. After picking it up, reality begins to misbehave and Ken finds himself adrift in the multiverse. Written by Alan V Hare....

Science Fiction
Published: May 18, 2018, 4:36 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 16 – Opposition

Rayenish decides it’s time to take a chance after Amos, AKA Daniel Johnson, asks him to remove DZ’s head scientist. After reading Merit’s message about the situation on Ceres, Amos knows he must speed up his plans but needs to find more money. Janva recovers from her encounter with the entity and discovers where her...

Science Fiction
Published: May 1, 2018, 5:57 a.m.

The Ouroboros EULA

After a tumor damaged Reina’s spinal cord, she is unable to walk or stand until she volunteers for an experimental treatment using newly developed implants. The procedure, which she could otherwise never afford, is successful, but there is a hidden cost in the form of a service Reina must provide for the rest of her...

Science Fiction
Published: April 19, 2018, 5:03 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 15 – Fantasma

After failing to trap the two Aleutians, the entity that has been interfering since Janva’s arrival on Ceres, decides to take control of events on the tiny dwarf world by inhabiting Galan. Merit, Galan’s executive assistant, is forced to step up resistance to the possessed leader’s plan when he moves the timelines up, potentially exposing...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2018, 7:15 a.m.

The Lost Cosmonaut

After almost 60 years Leonid Petrov decides that it is finally time to tell his story. Written out of history because his mission was deemed a failure and forgotten because no one believes his explanation of what happened in orbit, Leonid claims he was the first person in space. And that he has a significant...

Science Fiction
Published: March 16, 2018, 6:13 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 14 – Resistance

Serene finds herself fighting for her life against a dark presence which appears to harbour a deep-rooted hatred of Aleutians. After its encounter with Serene, the presence decides it must speed up its plans and starts to intervene more directly in events on Ceres. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and...

Science Fiction
Published: March 1, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

Doppelganger

After noticing a ghostly figure in a series of photos, Trisha, a top performing career architect, attending her company retreat starts getting a series of unusual messages on her cell phone. At first, she suspects a colleague but soon realizes that it can’t be possible. Eventually, she discovers that the perpetrator is herself, and her...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 17, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 13 – Intransigence

After receiving Amos’s message and listening to Galan ignore the fact that his plan will not succeed, Merit begins to build support to stop his self-appointed leader. Meanwhile, at the request of the board of directors, Reyanish starts to spy on Daniel Johnson aka Amos. While exploring Amos’ mind, Janva is trapped by the presence...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 1, 2018, 7:05 a.m.

The Tenant’s Project

Ralph, a landlord, arrives back after an extended vacation to find his rental property in a mess and his tenant, a bitcoin miner, unconscious. While recovering in a hospital, his tenant begins to weave an unbelievable story of inadvertent invention and revenge. Both the result of her obsession with a 200-year-old algorithm she discovered and...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 15, 2018, 2:08 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 12 – Message Received

Research at Dehavilland Zeppelin (DZ) progresses far enough for Amos, AKA Daniel Johnson, send a message to Ceres. At first, the dwarf planet remains silent, and Amos is concerned that no one is listening. Serene, arrested along with Tim and Patel’s assistant is taken to meet Johnson. As soon as she is in the same...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 1, 2018, 8 a.m.

Return to Shorty Crater

Choi Min-Seo, a successful billionaire, obsessed with what he thinks he sees in a 1972 photo, taken on the last Nasa moon mission, creates his own space program to prove his theory. He manages to confirm what he sees in the old photo but finds much more than just dead ancient artifacts. Written by Alan...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 15, 2017, 8 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 11 – Nexus

Janva has her host Zara Patel agree to fund DZ’s space project, but Daniel Johnson aka Amos is suspicious. Sarane’s host and Tim manage to slip by head office security to meet their project director with the intent of confronting him about the problem they have uncovered. Reyanish overhears Tim talking to Patel’s executive assistant...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 1, 2017, 7:15 a.m.

The Immortal

Near the end of his days, the great Alchemist Nicolas Flamel has one last chance to create the Elixir of Life. He diligently follows the steps in an ancient treatise he has recently acquired, which leads him to build a machine, whose purpose it turns out is to contact the only Alchemist who knows the...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 15, 2017, 8 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 10 – Coup D’etat

Galan takes advantage of Amos’ apparent failure to change the third planet’s history and takes control of the exiled Triffel. He orders the radio telescope dismantled so no one on Ceres will ever be able to contact their former leader, consolidates his power and sets out on a new plan to escape Ceres, and seek...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 1, 2017, 7:01 a.m.

Trick or Treat

Itsumi Goto has been working for 20 years cleaning up after extraterrestrial experiments. When one goes wrong on Halloween, causing hours of unwanted overtime, she starts to consider her options. But the only way to get home early that night is to take matters into her own hands, which leads to an unexpected result. Written...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2017, 1:50 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 9 – Calculation Error

Tim reveals to Sarine that he has found a potential problem with the mission design for DZ Aerospace’s first deep space asteroid mining craft. Sarene has the feeling she may have met Tim in an alternate history. Janva realizes she has transferred to the wrong time allowing Amos decades to change the history of the...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 30, 2017, 7:15 a.m.

The Extraterrestrial Roadshow

In this month’s story Sabina and Jason decide to take an object given to Sabina by her uncle to the Extraterrestrial Roadshow to find out if it is a real alien artifact. The results are not what either expect. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew and Alan V Hare Opening and Closing...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 8 – Alternate History

While preparing for an important meeting with the head of another global company, Amos reflects on his failure to reshape world history to allow him to complete his mission. He begins to suspect the CEO of the other company is the unwanted Aleutian who followed him, so Amos structures the meeting to his advantage, but...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 1, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Mybo

In this month’s story, after being shut down for years, Mybo through an act of nature, is reactivated. The bot finds itself in a new and foreign body. With large gaps in its damaged memory, Mybo can remember little other than his name and a strong desire to help. A prairie dog who witnesses Mybo’s...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 14, 2017, 7:03 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 7 – Cloud Management

Immediately after the transmutation, using hacked technology from the third planet the Triffle are discouraged, nothing has changed except that Galan is taking over. Coming out of retirement because of an oddly familiar disturbance Serene finds herself in a place and time where she has been before, but something is wrong. Janva is surprised that...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 1, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

The Rift (Part 2)

In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, she is forced to improvise. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew and Alan V Hare Opening...

Science Fiction
Published: July 17, 2017, 3:58 a.m.

Ceres Chapter 6 – Escape at Last

Janva uses the technology in the captured alien satellite to create an opportunity to escape. However, she underestimates Amos, and her plans go awry. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX licensed from Sound Snap (soundsnap.com) Makeshift Stories is released under a creative...

Science Fiction
Published: July 1, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

The Rift (Part 1)

In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, she is forced to improvise. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew Opening and Closing Theme David...

Science Fiction
Published: June 17, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 5 – Moves and Counter Moves

After capturing the alien probe, Galan comes up with a daring plan to exploit its technology and free the Triffel from Ceres.  However, Amos is not convinced that his COO is operating entirely on his own and suspects that the Aleutian parasite Galan carries in his mind is somehow influencing him. Written by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: June 1, 2017, 8:02 a.m.

The Pattern Master

The Noah and Riley partners in a small struggling data engineering company, get an unexpected chance to turn their fortunes around. However, Noah is suspicious of their client’s ultimate intentions and prefers to spend time on his dream of writing a graphic novel. He starts collaborating with an artist he met online, who appears to...

Science Fiction
Published: May 18, 2017, 7:51 p.m.

Ceres Chapter 4 – Gift From Beyond

A suspicious probe from the third planet arrives at Ceres. Believing that they have been discovered and the primitive spacecraft is there to spy on the Triffle, Amos gives orders for it to be captured. Galan comes up with a ludicrous idea that will either work or kill him and his captive Aleutian mind. Written...

Science Fiction
Published: May 1, 2017, 8 a.m.

No User Serviceable Parts

In this month’s story, the owner of an artificial heart discovers that repairing the machine that has been keeping him alive will cost more than he originally paid for it, so much more, that he cannot afford the name brand part the manufacturer insists he must use. With only a few days to come up...

Science Fiction
Published: April 15, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Ceres: Chapter 3, Taking Control

After the botched transmutation, Janva struggles with her host Galan, to gain control. It becomes a no-win situation causing Janva to change tactics. Amos, unsure of who he is dealing with resorts to an extreme measure. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX...

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

Zoya and Shaan

Zoya was placed in hibernation for the 560 light-year trip to the Earth-like planet Kepler-186f. However, after only one hundred and eighty days into the journey, she finds herself accidently revived to a sleeping ship. She is only person awake, and one of the few systems she has access to is communications. Written by Alan...

Science Fiction
Published: March 17, 2017, 2:57 a.m.

Ceres: Chapter 2, The Aleutian

Janva, an Aleutian agent, is sent to Ceres on an emergency mission to the obscure dwarf world Ceres after Sarene, the Aleutian Council’s senior operative, refuses to come out of retirement. What appears to be a routine intervention into the affairs of a rogue sequestered civilization, goes off the track, leaving Janva wondering what the...

Science Fiction
Published: March 1, 2017, 7 p.m.

The Trolley Problem

Emergent Intelligence Corporation has used the doctrine of utilitarianism to provide moral guidance for its sentient, autonomous autopilots. In short, the machines must always do what causes the least harm. But an accident occurs in which autopilot 6439 appears to have not followed this doctrine. The company and the autopilot are taken to court by...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 16, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

Ceres: Chapter 1, Beginnings

An agent arrives on the tiny remote world of Ceres, to monitor the exiles who live there. However, an unknown force tries to intervene revealing the unwanted presence of the intruder. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX licensed from Sound Snap (soundsnap.com)...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 2, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Impetus

Dr. Nayna Chike, the creator of the world’s only functioning reactionless drive, is on her way to the moon to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of her invention. Over the years others have tried and failed to imitate her propulsion system. For two and a half decades she has protected the secret to the drive’s success....

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 11, 2017, 3:43 a.m.

Tech Support

In this month’s story, Aiden, an overwhelmed office worker, decides he needs help to take care of the routine things in his life. He discovers a new home automation hub, designed by a small obscure company, that can control all the internet enabled devices he has purchased to make his life easier. The hub’s manufacturer...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 16, 2016, 4:52 a.m.

CHAT

In this month’s story, a new consciousness emerges in a mechanical body. Not understanding where it came from or what it is, the entity begins to reach out in an attempt to decipher its new world. While making friends with another intelligence, it discovers it is an unexpected, and possibly unwelcome presence in its host....

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 14, 2016, 9:55 p.m.

Data Bleed

While walking in a crosswalk, Ned is accidently struck by a bus. When he wakes up, he finds that he sees odd things along the periphery of his vision. At first, he dismisses the effect as hallucinations caused the concussion he received. Later he is convinced that his augmented reality lenses as were damaged in...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 12, 2016, 2:56 a.m.

Shooting Star

After losing her job to an artificial intelligence, Janet impulsively decides to drive to an observatory where she can watch the Perseid meteor shower. However, just before she arrives, Janet stops to take a break and finds herself mistaken for someone looking for work as an extra on a nearby film set. She decides to...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2016, 9:50 p.m.

Darkness to Dawn

Jerry Anders a veteran overnight talk radio host chooses to stay on air during an extreme weather event to discuss recent changes to the climate with his guests and listeners. Part way through the night a lightning strike disrupts his show and Jerry finds himself talking to an odd anonymous caller who tries to explain...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 13, 2016, 4:13 p.m.

Humans Next Door

Down on their luck, a family of alien real estate agents becomes concerned when humans move in next door to their beach front condo.  After several unpleasant interactions with the humans, the aliens hatch a money losing plot to get the loud, smelly creatures to move out. Program Notes And Credits Written by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: July 16, 2016, 7:33 p.m.

The Persona

Shani, a web developer who wants to learn how to write fiction, is befriended by Catalina, a promising author. Mutually interested in magic realism they decide to help each other out. Shani soon discovers that Catalina believes souls can move from body to body, and when Catalina is accused of plagiarizing another author, who or...

Science Fiction
Published: June 18, 2016, 7:59 p.m.

The House Guest

One day Ryan arrives home to find Megan complaining about a very unusual house guest that he has inadvertently invited into their lives. When the guest appears to be settling in for a very long stay, Megan and Ryan become desperate to find a way to encourage the disruptive creature to leave. Program Notes And...

Science Fiction
Published: May 14, 2016, 3:03 p.m.

Forever Paradise

Myra, a successful business woman, has her life thrown off track by some unexpected news that changes her outlook and triggers the events which end up taking her to one of the most remote islands on the planet.  There she discovers that the situation she believes she in is very different than the actual truth....

Science Fiction
Published: April 16, 2016, 5:38 p.m.

The Slip Time Loop

Authorities in the minor galactic spur of Orion contract the Hyper Nova to clean up an illegal dump hidden in the orbital trash of a backwater planet. Something in the debris has been leaking tachyons and tau neutrinos which are interfering with navigation in a nearby space lane. After locating the offending device, the...

Science Fiction
Published: March 12, 2016, 10:04 p.m.

The Magic Lantern

In this month’s story Risa and her mother have worked hard to grow their social credit score to the point where they can move on. However, a mysterious delivery, sent to by intention or mistake, becomes a roadblock to their plans until Risa discovers an unexpected way out. Program Notes And Credits Opening and...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 11, 2016, 6:06 a.m.

Lost Chance

Lan, a would be writer, about to hit the big time with his first novel, thumbs his nose at a large software company in an online post. The post goes viral and soon after things start to go wrong. And Lan finds that he is about to loose his one and only chance at...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 17, 2016, 3:42 a.m.

An Ordinary Day

Fossmar Gunnarsson, the founder of a large international technology company, creates the ultimate technological innovation, a system that copies the brain and uploads it to an artificial neuro-net. When he is suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease, Fossmar uses the not quite perfected system on himself so he can beat his untimely death and...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 16, 2015, 4:12 a.m.

Music of the Spheres

After listening to an unusual doctoral thesis that makes outlandish claims about music and the nature of the universe an archaeologist, finds himself gradually coming to believe that the crackpot theory may have some truth to it. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume Written and Narrated by Alan V...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2015, 11:28 p.m.

Frang’s Story

In this month’s story the third generation leader of a divided colony ship, drifting between the stars, tries to escape his duties by submerging himself in fictional stories. But at a critical moment the line between fiction and reality blur, when one of the characters from a book escapes fictional space to oppose him....

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 19, 2015, 5:59 a.m.

Life Speed

Could life be measured by how far it has traveled? Possibly, after all time and space are intimately connected. Time slows down as you approach the speed of light and it’s been frequently postulated this could be a time machine of sorts that would allow one to travel to the future. But time just...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 16, 2015, 9:09 p.m.

The Watchers

This month we bring back two characters, Adrian and Serene, mutual mimesis, from some of our earliest stories. Adrian is drawn to Earth hoping to find the resources to finally right the ancient wrong that nearly destroyed his people. His presence on the planet inadvertently attracts the attention of the watchers, who bring Serene...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2015, 8:38 p.m.

Laugh!

Hansa one of the working poor in a large city is caught in a happiness sweep and finds herself imprisoned in an odd internment camp run by clowns. When the clown assigned to Hansa attempts turn her into a happy citizen by erasing her identity Hansa struggles to fight back. Program Notes And Credits Opening...

Science Fiction
Published: June 19, 2015, 4:16 a.m.

The Thaumaturgist

In this month’s story Illusio, a veteran TV illusionist who is struggling to keep himself interested in his profession is confronted by an eager amateur magician named Dai. When Dai tries to unravel the mystery behind Ilusio’s unusual act, the older magician brushes the annoying upstart off, but inadvertently finds himself becoming fascinated by the...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2015, 12:50 a.m.

Messing With the Universe

Veeda, a mathematical savant who has never miscalculated anything, blanks out on a simple question in an exam. She wakes from her stupor to discover that she used the wrong value for a constant and has inadvertently changed the physical world. Veeda refuses to believe that this is possible and suspects that she in a...

Science Fiction
Published: April 12, 2015, 10:22 p.m.

Quicksilver

Coyotl, a slave in a seventh-century new world silver mine, must take on the work of two after some of his brethren escape. However, a very unusual stranger soon arrives, wanting to trade diamonds for Quicksilver, better known today as mercury. To coyotl the stranger is a sign of a coming new age. He is...

Science Fiction
Published: March 15, 2015, 4:29 a.m.

The Audit: Planet Fall

In this month’s story we return to the True North a colony ship on a multi-generational voyage. Greta, a devoted auditor discovers something odd about a survey mission, but when she reports it to her superiors their reaction is not what she expects. And Greta soon finds herself turning for help to the most unlikely...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 13, 2015, 10:08 p.m.

Teach a Senior How to Phish

To eke out a meager living, Neela, a senior in her early 80’s, must rely on her social engineering and hacking skills to phish. While she is running a phishing scam, Adam, another guest at the senior complex where she lives, confronts her about her use of the public access terminal. He then admits that...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 13, 2015, 5:36 a.m.

Short Wave

Lynn’s uncle, an avid ham radio operator, wills his estate to her after he dies. While sorting through her estranged uncle’s belongings, Lynn discovers a shoe box full of notes that document an unusual encounter her uncle had in 1956 over his short wave radio. Moreover, if true Lynn realizes the story would change history,...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 14, 2014, 9:22 p.m.

The Audit

In this month’s story Greta, a rising star in the audit division on board the colony ship, the True North, needs one more successful case to ensure her promotion. To her disappointment she is assigned to audit a small obscure social club for amateur astronomers. On the surface the case appears to be simple and...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 17, 2014, 3:22 a.m.

The Silver Thaw

On a day off, Ramone, an industrial engineer, takes a mountain bike ride to document the damage done to a remote stretch of forest by an extreme weather event. After an accident, forces him to walk back to his car, a weird storm appears catching Ramone unprepared. But help arrives in the form of an...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2014, 2:52 a.m.

Ambient Noise

In this month’s story, Alejandro a poor fisherman, has been haunted by a constant noise all his life which he has nicknamed the hum. But everyone around him insists that it is all in his mind, so to keep himself sane he has been forced to fill his life with noise to mask the constant...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 13, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

An Alien Adventure

In this month’s story, Orman an untalented musician, of dubious origin, on tour in Orbit City New Mexico, meets Garth the curator of the local space museum during one of her performances. Garth had once dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but instead had settled for a job working with space program artifacts. He discovers that...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 17, 2014, 9:58 p.m.

The Last Aleutian

Adrian, the last Aleutian, travels back in time to a backwater of the universe to hide from the agents of the people who have taken over his world, only discover that things are not as they should be on planet Earth. He meets Nikola Tesla who appears to be in the process of changing the...

Science Fiction
Published: July 16, 2014, 2:16 a.m.

Shangri-la of the Seas

Against her family’s wishes, an aging matriarch decides to take a very expensive extended cruise on the Shangri-la of the Seas; an exclusive specially designed ship that promises to take its’ invalid passengers to the ends of the earth and experience life to its fullest to the very last minute and beyond. Suspecting the Shangri...

Science Fiction
Published: June 16, 2014, 12:53 p.m.

Finale

After ten years in a paranormal reality TV show, as the debunking half of a popular ghost hunting duo, Sage  finds herself on the flip side of her own arguments during the live broadcast of the shows’ season finale, and quite possibly the last show ever. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by...

Science Fiction
Published: May 19, 2014, 5:18 a.m.

The Return of Doctor Plastic

An alter ego is another self, a distinct second identity that can allow a person to lead a double life. Jane a meek java developer by day is a crime fighting superhero by night, etcetera. But is it truly that simple? Can you just slip from one personality to another by finding the closest phone...

Science Fiction
Published: April 12, 2014, 10:57 p.m.

The Last Days of Darkness

Ajit, a fourth generation resident of the arcology GBT Ellesmere, is tasked with the job of clearing out old documents and by accident stumbles upon some disturbing information that is not found in the official digital record. While the knowledge helps him make sense of his family’s situation the truth turns out to be something...

Science Fiction
Published: March 18, 2014, 7:26 p.m.

Canis Major

Loyalty, according to Wikipedia, is  the “faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause.” In this month’s story loyalty comes in many flavours as an aging pack of genetically modified space faring canines embark on what could be their last mission. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 20, 2014, 9:24 p.m.

Tourist Trap

There are many legends associated with certain famous objects and sites around the world. Loch Ness, the Pyramids, the Nazca Lines, the plain of Jars or Stonehenge, which various groups have thought to be everything from a pagan solstice monument to a UFO landing site, all have mysteries to be revealed and believers who are...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 17, 2014, 6:43 a.m.

A Perfect Life

Arthur C. Clark’s famous third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But is understanding how something works any more important than the ultimate outcome it produces? Does it really matter if it is a mechanism that controls unknown forces or a magician’s incantation as long as it benefits...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 15, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

Forty-five Minutes

Choices, we all have choices in our lives which are not always easy to make. We are never able to predict how they will turn out. Does our fear of the unknowable doom us to a paradigm where we end up making the same choice again hoping for a different outcome but finding ourselves back...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 18, 2013, 4:59 a.m.

Driven

A retired software quality control engineer is pressed back into service by the agency that pays his for his room and board to help recover the money that agency the spends on him. He quickly discovers that he has been thrust into an unusual situation, which forces him to make a difficult choice. Program Notes...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 16, 2013, 4:52 a.m.

The Last Big Idea

Laura Mackenzie, an energetic late nineteenth century entrepreneur, struggles to introduce a new technology that will shape the next century and realize her dreams. Caught the politics of the day she must a radical choice.         Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume.

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 19, 2013, 2:49 a.m.

The Prediction

Two friends find themselves on opposite sides of a prediction that, if correct will become the opportunity to see a once in a lifetime astronomical event, and if wrong could spell disaster for the world.         Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H. Narrator – Mitchell Tew

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2013, 10:31 p.m.

Finder

On a world only 20 lights from earth a colony of humans have mostly learned to live with the Aliens who arrived on the planet at the same time. But over the course of generations friction has begun to emerge and for Narvon a series of recent accidents are a dark sign.      ...

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2013, 2:57 a.m.

Lifeline

While investigating an anomaly in the size of the information packets being sent from a commercial project on Mars, Yara an engineer, discovers a hidden signal which turns out to be something unexpected, that forces her into a choice she does not want to make.   Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by...

Science Fiction
Published: June 17, 2013, 4:05 a.m.

The Wondering City

Two recent immigrants to a new colony world find it unexpectedly difficult to make ends meet until one of them wins a trip for two to seven exotic worlds. While on the trip they meet an alien who challenges their understanding of history and gives them a special opportunity.   Program Notes And Credits Opening...

Science Fiction
Published: April 15, 2013, 5:14 a.m.

Low Resolution

Finola, an unemployed librarian, lands a job with a research institute investigating unexplained phenomena. Unlike her new colleagues she is sceptical about the existence of the supernatural, UFOs, aliens, and parallel realities. Through an odd twist of fate she finds herself rethinking her belief in the physically of world around her.   Program Notes And...

Science Fiction
Published: March 17, 2013, 4:37 a.m.

Special Delivery

Sal through, no fault of his own, has been reduced to house sitting for a living. He moves from house to house hiding from his past from his past until one day he receives a mysterious special delivery that appears to present him with undreamed of possibilities. But he is not sure if the package...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 11, 2013, 4:06 a.m.

Runaway

Alana, a gamer from the poor side of town, has worked her way into an elite online guild, which only admits players from wealthy neighbourhoods. When she is accidently discovered and her membership and livelihood are both threatened help comes from a mysterious new friend. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 17, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

2012 The End of My World

While on a school field trip to a nuclear research station, in the late 1960’s, Allen is overwhelmed with a sense of déjà vu, and can’t break away from the feeling that he is trapped in a loop of time between 1968 and 2012. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 14, 2012, 7:34 a.m.

The Volunteer

After graduating college Eveta is unexpectedly called up as a volunteer for community service. She is required to take on the personality of another person and temporarily live among the interred on a distant isolated island. Once there she finds herself stuck between the necessity to keep a monumental secret and the mistake of her...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 15, 2012, 6:15 a.m.

The Gap

A trip to the coast in search of work ends up at a remote struggling hotel. Built by the passion and obsession of its owner, the hotel may hold a secret worth returning for fifty years later. The problem is that the hotel has burnt down and the fate of it’s owner is unknown. Program...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 13, 2012, 5:15 p.m.

The Last Mod

Frillo was orphaned at an early age and grew up on the streets of the economic zone. Taken in by an older modder he quickly learned the trade and by 15 was at the pinnacle of the illicit field. Despite the warnings of his mentor Frillo takes on a high profile job that turns out...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 15, 2012, 12:33 a.m.

Blackout

While on vacation on a holiday moon Cala takes a late night walk and ends up being taken by aliens to a bizarre place, where she is forced to play a very important game of chance. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 14, 2012, 2:13 a.m.

The Tribute

Sometimes the way the world is and the systems we toil under, indifferent to our day to day struggles, seem just a little unfair. And no matter how hard we try our ability to change them feels remote at best. In this month’s story, set in an alternate reality, a young farm worker decides to...

Science Fiction
Published: July 14, 2012, 4:43 a.m.

The Awakening (part 2)

Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world? In part two of “The Awakening” Maya discovers that humanity was never alone. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing...

Science Fiction
Published: June 12, 2012, 5:27 a.m.

The Awakening (part 1)

Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world? Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.

Science Fiction
Published: May 14, 2012, 5:02 a.m.

Jet Pack

Adam receives a rather odd package in the mail and when he checks the postmark realizes that it has taken more than half a century for the thing to be delivered to, whom he believes to be, the wrong A. Bruckner. Curiosity finally overcomes Adam and he unwraps the box finding a mysteriously object that...

Science Fiction
Published: April 15, 2012, 3 a.m.

Escape Velocity

Zebb and Estrella, two young teens from an industrial moon orbiting the second planet in the Barnard’s Star system, accidentally end up together in the same escape pod. On the surface they are from settlements with apposing political systems, but soon discover that they are more a-like than different. Unfortunately their unplanned meeting puts them...

Science Fiction
Published: March 11, 2012, 5:13 a.m.

Quantum Turbulence

During a future world oil shortage a scientist, researching an old idea about the potential energy contained in a vacuum (zero point energy), discovers a cheap simple method of extracting almost limitless power from literally nothing. Realizing how important his discovery is the scientist decides to file a patent application before he publishes his research....

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 12, 2012, 6:25 a.m.

The In-between

Catina, the director of online marketing, for an important advertising agency comes up with a revolutionary idea, but forgets what it is before she can write her idea down. Desperate to remember it, she consults numerous experts in various fields, without success. When she is ready to give up, a mysterious consultant approaches her, claiming...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 13, 2012, 4:48 a.m.

Crevasse III – Revenge

Marco had been top ranked in player verses player one on one in the MMO Crevasse for over a year until a nobody with GM like powers poned him. Everett, the lead designer of Crevasse, lost his job over the negative reaction to his updates in Crevasse II. Mad at the studio that creates the...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 12, 2011, 7:20 a.m.

Time Shift

In 1977 Zah Helen, an undercover operative, receives a new high profile assignment to interfere with the human search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), so the efforts at one particular radio telescope will not spot a radio signal that has been accidentally sent toward the earth. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 12, 2011, 3:41 a.m.

The Caretaker of Destiny

An accident forces the crew of the interstellar ship Destiny to go in to hibernation while the robotic maintenance systems diagnose and fix the problems. During the emergency crucial instructions are lost causing the ship to go into orbit around around a star for 50 thousand years. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 10, 2011, 6:42 p.m.

The Top of the Sky

During a period of intense solar flare activity Marianne and her family take a holiday at a remove wilderness cabin. This brings them close to a place called, the top of the sky, that some people think has mystical significance. What Marianne and her parents don’t realize, is that the top of the sky is...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 17, 2011, 11:06 p.m.

Hale Bopp

In an attempt to regain its reputation as a leader in space research and exploration, the ancient Institute of Solar Studies in Babylon puts all its resources into a mission to the newly discovered comet Hale Bopp to study the object’s unusual behaviour. The mission is a success but the outcome is not what Fath...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 12, 2011, 6:14 a.m.

A Crime in 3d

In 1884 a school master named Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote the novella “Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions.” The book explored what it would be like to live in a two dimensional universe, and speculated that there might be other dimensions. The Abott’s story lay in obscurity until it was rediscovered in the early 20th...

Science Fiction
Published: July 14, 2011, 3 p.m.

Ghost in the Machine

History is littered with discarded technologies and obsolete skills. In the last few decades whole industries have been swept away by ever moving waves of change, and it seems unavoidable that today’s high tech is destined to become tomorrow’s landfill or does it? In our story this month new meets old, makes friends and finds...

Science Fiction
Published: June 14, 2011, 6:10 a.m.

The Citizen’s New Town

This month’s story is very loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen short tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. Amber is working as a stage director for the opening celebration of the project of century when her implanted communications chip starts to malfunction affecting her perception of reality. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2011, 9 a.m.

The Last Astronomer

This month’s story is based on a comment Steven Hawkins once made, that we should probably not try to contact extraterrestrial civilizations. According to Hawkins, our own history has shown that contact between a two cultures does not always go well for the people whose land is being visited. The last two scientists on a...

Science Fiction
Published: April 18, 2011, 3:33 a.m.

Skin Deep

After narrowly evading capture Maya and Tim arrive in New Hudson only to run into the man who had been following them in Waystation. The man claims that he is working with Maya’s parents, but neither Tim or Maya trust him. As the man drives them to Hudson Beach, in theory to meet Maya’s parents,...

Science Fiction
Published: March 13, 2011, 7:10 a.m.

All Inclusive

Alonzo is forced to take his ailing, wealthy mother and her robotic wheel chair to an ultra expensive all inclusive health spa. The doctors and specialists told him that the legendary algae baths, unique to the exclusive beach resort of Vida Del Mar, are his mother’s best chance for recovery. Alonzo believes that the treatment...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 16, 2011, 7:32 a.m.

Dreams of a Life

Aura lives with her mother and brothers making a modest living from a concession stand. Her life in the themed dome park called Timber World is thrown into chaos when an unexpected event forces her to leave to save her family’s livelihood. In the process Aura discovers a secret that must be kept from her...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 11, 2011, 7:33 a.m.

Caught!

After discovering more planted incriminating evidence against them on the café’s computer, Maya and Tim decide to flee when net regulatory agents show up. In an attempt to find Maya’s parents they take the train to new Hudson Beach. Along the way they are helped by the odd bag lady’s secret organization, but neither Tim...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 17, 2010, 8:23 a.m.

Lifeboat

With the first Moon landings in the late 1960’s many may have felt that a Mars mission was no too far off, but since that time no human has left near Earth orbit. On the 200th anniversary of the first moon landing an international mission is poised to be the first human presence on Mars,...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 17, 2010, 6:12 a.m.

The Shadows

Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic accident, leaving him alone, and in debt for the medical expenses. Unable to pay, his liabilities were auctioned off to...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 17, 2010, 5:49 p.m.

Return to Start

An astronomer, watching for near earth objects, makes a shocking discovery which forces Adrian out from hiding. Adrian realizes that events in the past have lead to a disaster in the present. He is forced to intervene and change history, but the results are not entirely what he had planned. This episode revisits the original...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 21, 2010, 5:33 a.m.

C-11’s Quest

An automated planetary mission goes awry when it is hit by solar flares. Unit C-11 one of the landing group’s communication nodes attempts to repair its damaged memory with information erroneously downloaded from the mission’s orbiter. Once assimilated, the information along with a comment from one of the mission control hubs, convinces the tiny robot...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 13, 2010, 2:52 a.m.

Universe 8.1

Lambent Nape Nor works at the Infinite Macro Cosmic Reality Corporation as the assistant head of product design and customer services for Universe 8. Despite Lambent’s concerns management insists on a last minute change to an already rushed update. It quickly becomes evident that change does more than they had intended. The week’s story is...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 13, 2010, 9:12 p.m.

The Archives

Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic accident, leaving him alone, and in debt for the medical expenses. Unable to pay, his liabilities were auctioned off to...

Science Fiction
Published: July 23, 2010, 6:38 a.m.

Invasion

A 500 hundred year old terraforming project is derailed by an imminent invasion. No one, except a small group of scientists, understands the true nature of the threat and its real implications for the future of their civilization. This story evolved out of a discussion on James Lovelock‘s Gaia hypothesis that the earth is an...

Science Fiction
Published: June 26, 2010, 8:25 p.m.

Hole in Space – Part 2

After being sucked into a wormhole, created when Luki used Len’s unfinished hyper dry modification to the ship’s clothes dryer, the crew of the Hyper Nova are stranded on a strange planet called Atma, which is being smothered in lost laundry.

Science Fiction
Published: June 5, 2010, 8:31 p.m.

Perspectives & the Mission

This month we present to two short stories. In first one called, Perspectives, a routine mission is suddenly changed by a chance encounter in depth space. This story evolved out of a one of David’s writing assignments at school. In our second story, entitled, The Mission, the leader of a multi-generally space craft reports their...

Science Fiction
Published: May 17, 2010, 4:41 a.m.

Surveillance

A heavy rain storm breaks Way Station’s heat wave, but along with the storm two strange customers appear at the Europa Café. They appear to know more than they should and this spooks Maya. After hearing about them Tim tells Maya about some other odd happenings then is spooked himself by an unexpected message. Program...

Science Fiction
Published: May 2, 2010, 9:09 p.m.

Laika – Dog From Space

A passing celestial being is trapped by earth’s gravity and dragged reluctantly to its surface in the middle of a Moscow winter. Stranded in the body of a dog the alien being is forced to intervene in the early Russian Space program in order to get a ride home. The story is loosely based on...

Science Fiction
Published: April 14, 2010, 3:28 a.m.

Hole in Space

Life on board the Hyper Nova begins to settle down into a routine until a number of random events collide with one of Len’s pet projects causing the ship and its crew to get sucked into a hole in space.

Science Fiction
Published: March 30, 2010, 2:51 a.m.

The Shimmering Field

Time can seem to slow down when there is nothing to do, and this was particularly true for Abeo who had been forced to endure a summer without her friends on a lonely research station. Her father and the other adults were too distracted by some unusual observations too pay attention to Abeo. One day...

Science Fiction
Published: March 5, 2010, 5:13 a.m.

Europa Cafe

Maya and Tim work at the Europa Cafe in Way Station – a place out of time where things are run by steam, trains are the main means of transportation and adults don’t seem to remember what really happened in the past. One night Tim discovers someone has been breaking into one of his personal...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 23, 2010, 7:22 a.m.

The Boy Who Loved Candy

Sometimes you can love something just a little too much. Under the influence of a mysterious dream Marco discovers that he can’t stop eating candy and begins to grow to alarming proportions. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects, opening and closing music from Premiumbeat. Episode album cover image from Fotolia.

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 5, 2010, 6:47 a.m.

Hyper Nova

Luki is given his first true command of a star ship and is immediately plunged into a major mission. With the help of his less than loyal crew he completes the assignment but inadvertently creates a new potential problem. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Mars: The Planets Suite licensed from...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 24, 2010, 5:45 a.m.

Mirror Image

Sareen is mysteriously transported back in time to a version of her home world that is not entirely correct. The planet is ruled by a group that she has never hear of so Sareen sets out to figure out what is going on. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Sound FX...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 13, 2009, 6:34 a.m.

Voluntold

During what turns out to be an extremely slow side trip to the home planet of two rogue space probes, Ada receives a coded message that orders them to stop what they are doing and launch a rescue mission to pick up an important executive officer. Reluctantly Luki and Len then set out in a...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 13, 2009, 3:08 a.m.

The Endgame

When an unexpected message from deep space turns out to be a Triffal ship Amos must change his plans and as a result he finds himself with less than a day to locate his missing artificial intelligence, wrap up his work and be extracted by the rescue team. Amos looks for Raymore to help him...

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 18, 2009, 4:56 a.m.

A Turn of Events

Imprisoned in a GEAA simulation Tim, Maya and Adrian become the focal point of two competing forces. Raymore finds the artificial intelligence and starts to get it to reveal the encryption keys to Amos’ secret research, however he is distracted by an unexpected event. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Sound...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 20, 2009, 4:25 a.m.

A.I. Dreams

AI Dreams is the third installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. In this episode, loosely based on the popular folktale of the Ginger Bread Boy, Amos creates an artificial intelligence that escapes taking his secrete research with it. Distraught Amos enlists Raymore to help him, but Raymore has...

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 16, 2009, 5:16 a.m.

The Four Keys Pt.3

After his odd encounter with Annie, William starts pressing Tim for the information that she gave him, but Tim is left wondering who to trust. Then unexpected events – which Tim suspects are not random – place him in a situation where he is forced to make a decision that he feels he may regret....

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 3, 2009, 3:12 a.m.

The Other Story – Space Junk

After being picked up by an automated rescue ship Luki, Zara and Fritz start to settle in to a routine when an unexpected crew member is discovered. An accident then sets the small group off in a new direction. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Mars: The Planets Suite licensed from...

Science Fiction
Published: July 15, 2009, 5:41 a.m.

The Four Keys Pt.2

After Adrian is shot by an arrow Tim uses his new found power to save him. As Adrian revives William insists that they all come with him to his ship before the main Elfin raiding party arrives. The small group then scrambles through the back alleys of Claring trying to reach the river front before...

Science Fiction
Published: June 30, 2009, 11:48 p.m.

The Other Story – Luki

Luki -The Other Story is the first episode of an alternate storyline. At the end of episode 11 as the Sodality are about to leave Ceres three of their members accidentally discover an alternate means of escape. The trio is in turn rescued by an officious artificial intelligence. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures...

Science Fiction
Published: June 8, 2009, 2:43 a.m.

Echoes

After many nights exchanging stories Sareen tries to explain to Effie why the Sodality ended up exiled on Ceres. The answer is not something that Effie easily accepts and it changes her feelings toward Sareen and the Allusions. Meanwhile a Sodality exploration team finds an abandoned project that holds the possibility of an escape from...

Science Fiction
Published: May 26, 2009, 3:21 p.m.

The Four Keys – Pt.1

Maya, Adrian, and Tim arrive in a new world that Tim feels is vaguely familiar. Before they figure out where they are or how they got there, they are mistaken for fleeing labourers and chased by a disagreeable lord. A member of the Merchant Guild intervenes and helps them escape, only to deliver them back...

Science Fiction
Published: April 27, 2009, 4:44 a.m.

Orph The Emerald Planet

Orph The Emerald Planet is the second installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. Based on the 1907 story by Laura E Richards The House with the golden Windows from a book of short stories with the same name, it presents the archetypal irony that grass always looks greener...

Science Fiction
Published: March 26, 2009, 6:55 a.m.

GEAA

After being caught in the Europa Café Tim, Maya, and Adrian are flown to G.E.A.A. head office. They are told that those who see the mysterious leaders of G.E.A.A. are not allowed to leave. Facing their fears the three meet the senior G.E.A.A executive officer and find out who is behind the organization that should...

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 25, 2009, 7:01 a.m.

0ff Course

After escaping from Ceres Tim and Adrian arrive home to a foreign world where they never existed. Tim has trouble accepting the situation, but they start to learn how to survive there. When they set out on a quest to discover what went wrong they run afoul of the local authorities. Program Notes And Credits...

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 24, 2009, 5:06 a.m.

Solstice

Adrian finds a way to travel to Ceres and bring Tim home, but Sareen discovers what Adrian is up to and convinces Effie and the Sodality to intervene. When Adrian is confronted by Sareen  he is forced to make a quick decision with uncertain results. Program Notes And Credits All background audio textures and sound...

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 6, 2008, 7 p.m.

The Sodality

Margot’s unexpected return to Ceres creates an opportunity for Amos and Tim to make a highly risky escape. After regaining her memory Margot (A.K.A Sareen) intends to go after Tim so she can send him home, but Effie informs Sareen that Amos and Tim’s chance of surviving their trek is next to nil and if...

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 10, 2008, 8:12 p.m.

All Hallows Eve

Sareen’s plans, made over several generations, come together on "All Hallows Eve" to bring the target of her 1000 year quest to her doorstep. Adrian who has been hiding for centuries fails to see the trap being laid and inadvertently allows himself to be discovered, but no one wins and the game of cat and mouse continues.

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 21, 2008, 9:28 a.m.

The Escape

As Tim, the newly arrived giant, repairs the damage he caused his captor, Amos starts to explain the history of the Triffals on Ceres, however, both are captured by Amos’ enemies. An unexpected event provides an opportunity for a risky escape. Program Notes And Credits All background audio textures and sound effects were made in...

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 27, 2008, 6:21 a.m.

The Arrival

Tim (a giant by local standards) finds himself on Ceres (a small and icy world) without any memory of how he got there and who he is. He has literally dropped into the middle of a conflict and is taken in by one side. Having inadvertently destroyed some of his hosts property Tim agrees to repair it in exchange of a place to sleep.

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 21, 2008, 4:40 a.m.

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