I've been catching up some more on my favorite speculative fiction podcasts, and I have a few signals to boost.
This story is short (the whole podcast episode is about 15 min. long) and poetic and I don't want to spoil it but heads-up for emotional pain.
- Clarkesworld Magazine, Aug. 2014 issue: Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion, by Caroline M. Yoachim
I listened to this one a couple weeks ago, actually, and it's kept floating back into my mind since. It's a really interesting alien invasion, with really interesting aliens. The characters really bring the world to life, too. (Not in a happy way -- I mean, it's about grief.)
This one was really fun to listen to. It's kind of a folk tale in the process of being recorded. Not nearly as sad as either of the prior two, if you're looking for something that is unlikely to make you cry.
Cool magic, assassins and lots of candy. This story was a lot of fun to listen to, and gave me a bunch of ideas for my own magic setting. (All pretty tangential to the content of the story, but still.)