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The Best Podcast Short Fiction of 2015

I get most of my story reading through listening to podcasts.  I listen to a lot of fiction podcasts, on my commute, while I’m cleaning, while I take a trip to the grocery store, while I’m exercising.  I listened to 503 stories in podcast form that were published in 2015, and I’d like to share a list of my 15 favorite stories.

The list of short fiction podcasts I listened to in 2015 :

For the purposes of this list, I excluded stories that I wrote (because I can’t be a fair judge of my own work compared to others), and stories that I heard in audio before 2015 (because reprinting in podcasts is common, and I don’t want one wonderful story to consistently dominate the lists, rather than share something new with listeners).  The list includes some stories that were first published in some form before 2015, but as long as they were published/republished in audio in 2015 and it was the first time I had heard the story in audio, I considered it for the list.

I hope you enjoy the list.  Feel free to post your favorite stories of 2015 in podcast form or otherwise in the comments.  If you like the stories I’ve picked here, you might want to check out my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time from last year  or my podcast fiction spotlights posted here on SF Signal last year, or my numerous Best Of podcast fiction lists on Diabolical Plots.


  1. “Today I am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld)
  2. When Your Child Strays From God” by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)
  3. “The Punctuality Machine, Or, a Steampunk Libretto” by Bill Powell (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  4. Nothing is Pixels Here” by K.M. Szpara (Lightspeed, Queers Destroy Science Fiction special issue)
  5. “The Sea of Wives” by Nathaniel Lee (Podcastle)
  6. “So Much Cooking” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld)
  7. The Last Bombardment” by Kenneth Schneyer (Pseudopod)
  8. “Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Anti-Pathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes” by Marie Brennan (heard in Pseudopod, first published in Running With the Pack)
  9. “The Bleeding Game” by Natalia Theodoridou (heard in Pseudopod, first published in 713)
  10. “Beyond the Trenches We Lie” by A.T. Greenblatt (Escape Pod)
  11. “The Merger” by Sunil Patel (heard in StarShipSofa, first published by Book Smugglers)
  12. “Old Dead Futures” by Tina Connolly (heard in Drabblecast, first published on
  13. “Restless in R’lyeh” by Oliver Buckram (Drabblecast)
  14. “Everyone Will Want One” by Kelly Sandoval (heard in Escape Pod, first published in Asimov’s)
  15. “Beneath the Willow Branches, Beyond the Reach of Time” by Caroline M. Yoachim (heard in StarShipSofa, first published in Interzone)
About David Steffen (64 Articles)
David Steffen is a writer and editor and software engineer and a voracious consumer of podcast fiction. The first piece of fiction he's edited is now available, "Taste the Whip" by Andy Dudak on Diabolical Plots( David is also the co-founder and administrator of the The Submission Grinder(, a tool for writers.

2 Comments on The Best Podcast Short Fiction of 2015

  1. You missed a truly wonderful one, “The Child Support of Cromdor the Condemned” by Spencer Elsworth on Podcastle.
    Both the story and the interpretation are superb.

  2. “The Way Home” by Linda Nagata from Lightspeed was the one I found most memorable last year.

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