Toasted Cake Podcast
By Tina Connolly
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Toasted Cake is: * 1 crispy-gooey fantasy & science fiction flash story podcast every Monday * dark, twisted, frosting-covered stories hand-picked & read by me * THE best way to prepare cake, in case you hadn't guessed * an idiosyncratic 2012 podcasting venture from Tina Connolly.
||CleanToasted Cake 191: iChaperone by Kat Otis||Toasted Cake 191! In which we light up in technicolor.About midnight, the party came to a crashing halt when one of the dive team seniors arrived with a case of beer.This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.(For those...||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 190: TurboLuxe SmartFridge 3000 by Tara Campbell||Toasted Cake 190! In which we receive free age-appropriate nutrition tips.Thank you for purchasing the TurboLuxe SmartFridge 3000.This story first appeared right here in Gathering Storm Magazine. Tara Campbell s a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MF||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 189: Five Functions of Your Bionosaur by Rachael K. Jones||Toasted Cake 189! In which we imprint.Your parents first activate your bionosaur when they bring you home from the hospital.This story first appeared right here in the ROBOT DINOSAURS! anthology.Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe a||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 188: We Need to Talk About the Unicorn in Your Back Yard by Mari Ness||Toasted Cake 188! In which we really don't want to come across as if we're spying on our neighbors.Warm greetings from the Oak Hills Homeowners Association!First appeared right here in Daily SF.Mari Ness lives in central Florida, where she keeps...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 187: Houston, Houston, Do You Read James Tiptree?||Toasted Cake 187! In which we do literary mash-ups. In space. After two hours of work, Daria got the space station's recycler back online without Hugh there to help her.This story first appeared in Nature.Rachael K. Jones grew up in various...||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 186: An Open Letter to the Sentient AI Who Has Announced Its Intention to Take Over the Earth by Ken Liu||Toasted Cake 186! In which we are willing to assemble thingamajigs.Last night, while perusing cat pictures posted on Facebook by my sister-in-law, I saw your birth announcement from Mr. Zuckerberg, followed seventeen seconds later by your own declaratio||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 185: Jasmine Spain by Jude-Marie Green||Toasted Cake 185! In which we sing of adventure.Grandma smelled of mushroom steaks sauteed in garlic butter and apples soaked in brandy and when she paused in her relentless movement between cooktop and sink and fridge and pantry the...||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 184: The Chex Gambit by Jon Lasser||Toasted Cake 184! In which we are caught with the Billy bookcase and the Darth Vader sheets.Maxx Destruktinator bounced gently in his Poang chair and stroked the Persian as he surveyed his domain.This story is original to Toasted Cake.Jon Lasser...||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 183: Six Ways to Break Her by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam||Toasted Cake 183! In which we consider the glass and the shatter.1. When she was old enough to know that her chest was flat, her father built a skin of glass around her. This story first appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly.Bonnie Jo...||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 182: The Empire Builder by Eden Robins||Toasted Cake 182! In which the train steals our covers.This morning, I woke up next to an Amtrak train.This story first appeared right here in Fantasy Magazine.Eden Robins lives in Chicago and will give you a very stern look if...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 181: A Sermon From the First Church of Villainy by TJ Berry||Toasted Cake 181! In which we monologue.Founding members, new parishioners, and members of the media, I welcome you to the inaugural midnight mass of the First Church of Villainy.This story is original to Toasted Cake.TJ Berry has been a political...||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 180: What Dreams May Hatch by Nicole J. LeBoeuf||Toasted Cake 180! In which we stick to our work.Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.This story first appeared on Nicole's patreon.Nicole J. LeBoeuf is a New Orleanian writer living in Boulder, Colorado, where she skates roller derby under the name...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 179: The Daffodil Project by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley||Toasted Cake 179! In which we practice our survival skills.The Daffodil Project is a joint venture between the United Nations, ESA, and Friends of the Elderly. I am their 17th civilian recruit.This story first appeared right here in Nature.Sylvia||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 178: The Ancestors by Laurie Tom||Toasted Cake 178! In which our boats come back.Every Chinese family celebrates Ching Ming a little differently.This story first appeared in Crossed Genres.Laurie Tom writes fantasy and science fiction from the comfort of her childhood home. When||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToasted Cake 177: How to Configure Your Quantum Disambiguator by Stewart C Baker||Toasted Cake 177! In which we do don't do consider pushing the red button.It has come to our attention that a plurality of users has significant problems during the quantum disambiguator configuration process.First appeared right here in Nature Futures.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
If you enjoy short stories then this is for you, Tina does an awesome job choosing great stories and then bring them to life she has a kind voice that you could listen to for hours even though almost all the stories are shorts. Keep up the great work I'm looking forward to hearing the stories to come
Good Stories - Format Could Be Better
I like the stories, even though some are very short. But, since they are so short, and each episode contains lots of intro/outro, maybe you could combine a few into one podcast and shorten the intro. Violin at beginning/end detracts from the stories.
Great Voice, Great Short Stories, Great Short Podcast
Toasted Cake with Tina Connolly features science fiction and fantasy flash fiction. These podcasts are really short, usually running approximately 9 minutes (ranging from about 7 minutes to around 15 minutes), so you aren’t going to be able to fill your commute with them, but they’re definitely worth adding to your list.
I first heard Tina Connolly on one of the Escape Artists, Inc. podcasts (Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and PodCastle, which do sci-fi, horror, and fantasy short fiction, respectively), and I really loved her voice. She quickly became one of my favorite narrators. In addition to hosting the show, Tina narrates most of the stories herself, although she does have guest narrators from time to time. I have been meaning to listen to Tina’s podcast for years, but I have only recently started to do so, and I already have some favorites. I have listened to episodes 94-110. That’s up-to-date and as far back as iTunes will go. My top three are:
95: Through the Cooking Glass by Vylar Kaftan
In this flash fantasy, there is something really odd going on inside of Mrs. Wallace’s oven.
101: A Primary Function, by C. L. Holland
Oh, the perils of space travel. Will robots ever understand humankind?
107: Join Our Team of Time Travel Professionals by Sarah Pinsker
This was the first story I listened to, so that might be why it’s still my favorite. I will almost always be really into a piece about time travel. I would write a witty blurb, but the title pretty much sums it up.
In addition to the stories, Tina usually ends the podcast with a recipe or book or movie review. The stories themselves are short, so the extra content is welcome. The reviews are of things I certainly might check out, and although I don’t think any of her recipes have necessarily been vegan, most could easily be made vegan.
It’s good to see a woman producing and hosting a sci-fi/fantasy podcast, and roughly half of the stories featured appear to be written by women. Between the authors and the guest narrators, there is an international bent, although the stories are still primarily Ameri- and Eurocentric. There ha
The content of the stories is pretty varied, and there is some constructive social commentary. Episode 107 can easily be read as containing a critique of capitalism, and Episode 100, Thirty-Six Interrogatories Propounded by the Human-Powered Plasma Bomb in the Moments Before Her Imminent Detonation, by Erica L. Satifka, by the title alone is a pretty obvious comment on the tragedy of war.
On the whole, I would highly recommend listening to this podcast if you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or audio fiction. Try an episode or two. They’re short and sweet. The brevity makes it worth the risk that you won’t like it, but I wouldn’t worry. You’ll like it.