LeVar Burton Reads

LeVar Burton Reads

LeVar Burton Reads

CATEGORY: Arts
The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...
  1. April 12, 2022
    53 min
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    Immersive Remix: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
    A new immersive remix of a season one classic. An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE…
  2. March 01, 2022
    47 min
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    "Afterlife" by Stephen King
    William Andrews, an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, dies on September 23, 2012, and finds himself confronted with his life after death."Afterlife" appears in Stephen King's collection THE BAZAAR OF BAD DR…
  3. February 22, 2022
    57 min
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    "The Last Truth" by AnaMaria Curtis
    This week: the first place winner of the LeVar Burton Reads writing contest, as co-presented by FIYAH Literary Magazine and Tor.com! A runaway and indentured thief, Eri must provide a new secret to open each ne…
  4. February 15, 2022
    38 min
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    "Troll Bridge" by Terry Pratchett
    An aging barbarian sets out to battle a bridge troll, mano a mano, and thus prove his mettle. “Troll Bridge” by Terry Pratchett, was first published in 1992. © Dunmanifestin Limited.
  5. February 08, 2022
    49 min
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    "John Dillinger and the Blind Magician" by Allison M. Dickson
    Public Enemy Number One, John Dillinger, looks to escape the feds with the help of a cunning wizard.Content advisory: Gunfire
  6. February 01, 2022
    32 min
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    "Open House on Haunted Hill" by John Wiswell
    A sentient house, haunted by its own loneliness, exercises its powers on a skeptic. This story was published by Diabolical Plots.Content advisory: Brief discussion of death
  7. January 25, 2022
    48 min
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    "The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie" by Pat Cadigan
    An AI-controlled avatar built to entertain patients in deep space performs innocuous magic tricks for patients... until one day, he adds something new to his act.This story was originally published in AVATARS I…
  8. January 18, 2022
    42 min
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    Immersive Remix: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell
    Get a sneak peek of our immersive sound! A cab driver spends an ordinary day ferrying passengers around Manhattan -- until an incident involving a wealthy alien tourist imperils his livelihood. Content advisory…
  9. January 11, 2022
    40 min
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    "The Placement Agency" by Tobias Buckell
    What's the weirdest temp job you can imagine? One outside time and space...This story appears in Tobias Buckell's collection SHOGGOTHS IN TRAFFIC AND OTHER STORIES, published by Fairwood Press.Content advisory:…
  10. January 04, 2022
    32 min
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    "To Jump is to Fall" by Stephen Graham Jones
    A spy narrates his thoughts as he jumps from an airplane and freefalls toward his government target.If you enjoyed this story, check out Stephen Graham Jones' novel, MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW, published by Saga Pr…
  11. December 28, 2021
    43 min
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    "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey
    A sentient government surveillance drone is ensnared, and must determine his captor's motives. For more from Sarah Gailey, visit www.sarahgailey.com.
  12. December 21, 2021
    38 min
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    "The Usual Santas" by Mick Herron
    A group of mall Santas celebrating Christmas Eve discover that there is a stranger in their midst."The Usual Santas" appears in Mick Herron's collection DOLPHIN JUNCTION, published by Soho Press (US) and John M…
  13. December 14, 2021
    49 min
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    "Different People" by Timothy Mudie
    A man begins a relationship with a woman who has fled from a disintegrating parallel universe. For more from the author, check out his website www.timothymudie.com or find him on Twitter @timothy_mudie.Content…
  14. December 07, 2021
    43 min
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    "The Wishing Pool" by Tananarive Due
    When Joy revisits her family's old cabin, she's reminded of childhood memories of a pond in the woods and its mysterious powers. For more from Tananarive, check out her works at tananarivedue.com and look for h…
  15. November 30, 2021
    9 min
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    Season 10 Announcement and a Q&A!
    LeVar Burton Reads is back December 7th, featuring work from Tananarive Due, Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Gailey, a winter holiday story, the winning entry of the LBR Writing Contest and much more! Plus LeVar…
  16. October 26, 2021
    49 min
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    Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages
    A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED WONDERS. Find more of Ellen's writing for adults and middle grade readers at ellenkla…
  17. October 19, 2021
    56 min
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    Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse
    A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaime…
  18. October 12, 2021
    49 min
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    Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
    An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Pres…
  19. September 07, 2021
    39 min
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    "On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to live in an old house by the sea.Find more from Silvia Moreno-Garcia at silviamoreno-garcia.com.
  20. August 31, 2021
    34 min
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    "Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley
    An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This story was first published in SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS. Content advisory: Death…

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