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Printcrime on Escape Pod

My short-short story Printcrime, originally published in Nature Magazine (and since reprinted in my brand new short story collection, Overclocked) has just been adapted for audio by the brilliant SF podcast show, Escape Pod. Download it free!

The coppers smashed my father’s printer when I was eight. I remember the hot, cling-film-in-a-microwave smell of it, and Da’s look of ferocious concentration as he filled it with fresh goop, and the warm, fresh-baked feel of the objects that came out of it.

The coppers came through the door with truncheons swinging, one of them reciting the terms of the warrant through a bullhorn. One of Da’s customers had shopped him. The ipolice paid in high-grade pharmaceuticals — performance enhancers, memory supplements, metabolic boosters. The kind of things that cost a fortune over the counter; the kind of things you could print at home, if you didn’t mind the risk of having your kitchen filled with a sudden crush of big, beefy bodies, hard truncheons whistling through the air, smashing anyone and anything that got in the way.

They destroyed grandma’s trunk, the one she’d brought from the old country. They smashed our little refrigerator and the purifier unit over the window. My tweetybird escaped death by hiding in a corner of his cage as a big, booted foot crushed most of it into a sad tangle of printer-wire.

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2 Responses to “Printcrime on Escape Pod”

  1. SusanElizabeth says:

    Cory, I have a question. Has ever seen a picture of Jesus? If no, then the Jesus on grilled cheese story made me wonder how a one can "see" Jesus? Is there absolute proof he actually existed? I'm puzzled here in Montreal, Canada.

    However, do I believe in something:
    To the folks who ask "Is there life after death"
    I know the answer: No, but there is death after life.

  2. [...] The folks at the Beam Me Up radio show in Rockland Maine (who also do a podcast of the same name) have done their own audio adaptation of my story Printcrime, as featured in my new collection Overclocked — this joins the Escape Pod adaptation, the remix, and the origami mini-comic of the story. [...]

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