Main fiction: “Sassi’s Last Ride” by Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is a storm chaser, adventurer, and New York Times bestselling author of over 20 books and 50 short stories. She has received the Scribe Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, and is a two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She was twice nominated for both the Andre Norton Nebula and Dragon Award. She narrates stories for online magazines and reviews books for NPR. Born in Vermont, Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida where she watches K-dramas with her teddy bear, Charlie. Together they are ARMY, VVS, and Black Roses.
This story originally appeared in My Battery is Low and it is Getting Dark, 2020.
Narrated by: Deborah Hallett, Rikki and Isis LaCoste
Deborah Hallett is NOT an Artificial Intelligence. Believe it or not, she is a flesh-and-blood newcomer to the art of narration and voice acting … (under her shiny metallic carapace). Deborah is a close colleague of narration-veteran Rikki LaCoste, who also appears in this story, alongside his daughter Isis – a duo that have read stories for us in the past, and for other short fiction audio magazines, like Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and a few other podcasts. The trio all reside, and work together, on various artistic projects in Toronto Canada.