Main Fiction: “Claim Jumpers” by Doug Souza
Originally published at Visions V: Milky Way
Doug C. Souza lives smack dab in the middle of California where he writes speculative fiction. His stories have been published in Asimov’s, The Writers of the Future Vol. 33, and many other short fiction publications. When he’s not writing, Doug enjoys teaching aspiring writers and kicking it with his wife (and main reader/editor) Nicole. But mostly, he and his wife enjoy chasing down their two-year-old daughter—who loves to learn by doing. He can be found online at dougcsouza.com and on Facebook.
Narrated by: Logan Waterman
Logan Waterman has a degree in Technical Theatre from California State University, and has worked in many theatres, large and small, professional and amateur. Logan currently lives in Northern California with Grendel, a huge black beast whose primary occupations are sleeping, stalking the fish in the aquarium, and keeping the house safe from the hordes of invisible monsters that come out after dark; and Morgana, a small fluffy Queen who rules her domain with an iron paw. The fish are unimpressed. He has narrated for The Drabblecast and all five District of Wonders shows and is the only story narrator to do so.
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I love you guys. I’ve got a crush on Mr. Handsome, Tony and I really appreciate that I’ve never heard a story that upset me in a way I feel wasted my time, so…
Excuse me, but I had a bit of trouble with this narration. My cheap speaker picked up a lisp, it sounded over, I don’t know, just not quite right. Maybe a bit fast. Too many effects? The reader is very fun and animated, I don’t need perfection with all his personality, but it wasn’t completely comfortable with my speaker.
I live in No. California too, about a 10 minute drive from where the fires started. There was so much smoke, we didn’t see blue sky for 4 days. It’s terrifying when there’s no place to go for a breath of fresh air.
Anyway my Rockwell speaker didn’t sound right.
Oops, it’s Lisa again. I forgot to tell everyone thank you. Thank you so much for doing this high quality sofa stuff. Thank you! When I was on Chemo, you guys and Kate Baker kept me alive!
Handsome… ha… Lisa. You rock.