Welcome, travelers. That’s what we all are, after all— people journeying into the void, in search of adventure and connection. That’s where Tales Beyond Time comes in: a weekly show bringing you incredible short stories.
All the stories you’ll hear are sci-fi, fantasy, or horror, and many will be written (or narrated by) people you may recognize. Every story explores a different aspect of the human—or not-so-human—experience, tackling themes like war, love, mortality, race, friendship, and more.
Each week will be centered around a different theme and, in an hour or less, will transport you to a new world...and hopefully transform you along the way.
Voiced by Marco Palmieri.
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1. Haunted Houses . . . and Other Dwellings
Home is where the horror is. Welcome and come in for Tananarive Due’s “Caretaker,” read by David Sadzin; and A. C. Wise’s “How To Host a Haunted House Murder Mystery Party,” read by Caitlin Kelly
2. Ken Liu + George Takei Special
Two science fiction superstars, together for the first time! Star Trek’s George Takei reads two amazing stories by the incomparable Ken Liu: “Saboteur” and “Summer Reading”
3. Other People
Relish the mystery of Mimi Mondal’s dark fantasy whodunit set in a bar in India, as narrated by Soneela Nankani
4. With a Golden Risha, Part 1
P. Djeli Clark’s epic adventure of anarchist airship pirates is so big, it needed two episodes, narrated by Walles Hamonde
5. With a Golden Risha, Part 2
Let Walles Hamonde’s voice take you back to P. Djeli Clark’s astonishing vision of the ancient Near East, and the search for a mythical city of riches
6. Monstrous Folklore
Some monsters come from outside; others from within. Savor Victor LaValle’s Iceland encounter, “I Left My Heart in Skaftafell,” read by Ryan Vincent Anderson; and Joyce Chng’s tale of lupine hunger on a college campus in “The Thing You Feed,” read by Christina Ho.
7. Pestilence and Plague
Inspiration can come from anywhere, even a global pandemic; Catherynne M. Valente’s “A Perfect Host” is voiced by Leon Nixon; while Tananarive Due’s “Shopping Day” and Usman T. Malik’s “Lady Cataract Comes to the Mosque” are narrated by Natalie Naudus
8. Future Imperfect
Dark visions of days yet to come, as imagined by Chinelo Onwualu in “Read Before Use,” read by Shayna Small; and E. Lily Yu’s “Local Stop on the Floating Train,” read by Cristina Milizia
9. No Flight without the Shatter
Get swept away by Brooke Bolander’s haunting meditation on the wisdom of animals and the end of the world in “No Flight Without the Shatter,” as read by Gail Shalan
10. Monsters from Beyond
Two chilling tales that’ll make you latch your windows and lock your doors: Max Gladstone’s Lovecraftian “Crispin’s Model,” as voiced by Robin Ray Eller; and Jeffrey Ford’s unsettling “The Angel Seems,” as told by Kitty Hendrix
11. The Queen’s Garden
Follow Kate Elliot into “The Queen’s Garden,” a world of court intrigue and subtle humor, where two princesses join together to save their kingdom from their corrupt father, narrated by Rachel Fulginiti.
12. Strange Encounters
Odd meetings make for odder conversations. Listen in on Marie Brennan’s “Nine Sketches in Charcoal and Blood,” read by Walles Hammonde; and Brian Staveley’s “The Log Goblin,” read by Neil Hellegers.
13. Breaking Water
The dead are rising in Kolkata. Indrapramit Das gives us his unique take on zombies with “Breaking Water,” voiced by Deepti Gupta and Vikas Adam.
14. The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins, Part 1
Join us as we welcome the two new arrivals to the unsavory and decadent Calipash family.
15. The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins, Part 2
Let Ana Clements’ voice carry you back to the ancestral home of the Lords Calipash
16. Before the World Crumbles Away
A. T. Greenblatt reminds us that, even at the end of everything, what matters most is love. Narrated by Erin Bennett.
17. Dark and Disturbing
You’ll want to keep the lights on for these stories: Thoraiya Dyer’s “Bahamut,” read by Chanté McComick; and Nisi Shawl’s “Cruel Sistah,” read by Robin Ray Eller.
18. It's Machine Code
Curtis C. Chen shows us it’s slippery slope when a cop is more interested in crime than in criminals, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella.
19. Migration Suite: A Study in C-Sharp Minor
Maurice Broaddus’s lyrical meditation on the ongoing journey of the African people, voiced by Eboni Flowers.
20. Fire in the Haze
Mishell Baker weaves a tangled web of gender roles, and irreconcilable yet enduring love, read by James Meunier.
21. Weird Western Vibes
In perilous times, two women do what they must to survive. Nicole Givens Kurtz’s “The Wicked Wild” is read by Shayna Small; Malka Older’s “The Slow Steed and the Fast” is read by Natalie Naudus.
22. The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter
Sam Miller shows us a future when anything is possible—for better or worse, voiced by Matt Godfrey.
23. A Key to the Illuminated Heretic, Part 1
What if Joan of Arc had not been burned at the stake? A.M. Dellamonica dares to imagine it, read by Shiromi Arserio and Matt Godfrey.
24. A Key to the Illuminated Heretic, Part 2
Follow the voices of Shiromi Arserio and Matt Godfrey back to A. M. Dellamonica’s fascinating alternate history of Joan of Arc.
25. White Lines on a Green Field
The Coyote myth meets high school football in Catherynne M. Valente’s contemporary folktale, narrated by Lisa Flanagan.
26. Strange Horror
Something weird and wicked this way comes: Marie Brennan’s “What Still Abides” is read by Walles Hammonde; and Jeffrey Ford’s “86 Deathdick Road” is read by Steven Jay Cohen.
27. The Synchronist
The tale of a father, a daughter, and a twist in time, written by Fran Wilde and voiced by Nicol Zanzarella.
28. Microbiota and the Masses
A woman protected from deadly pathogens risks everything for love, in a story by S. B.Divya, narrated by Deepti Gupta.
29. When a Kaiju Falls in Love
A story of civil unrest and civilization-destroying monsters, written by Zin E. Rocklyn and voiced by Keylor Leigh.
30. Uplifting Fantasy
Two tales to lift your spirits: Kate Elliott’s “Making the World Live Again,” read by Rachel Fulginiti; and Karen Lord’s “Cities of the Sun,” read by Robin Miles.
31. Only Unclench Your Hand
A young woman’s fateful encounter with Filipino folk magic, written by Isabel Yap and narrated by Sara Siu.
32. A Human Stain, Part 1
Welcome to Schloss Meresee, where Kelly Robson’s delightfully disturbing, Nebula Award-winning gothic novelette unfolds, as told by Shiromi Arserio.