Age Upon Age of Frozen Sleep

On an uninhabited Arctic island, something is stirring beneath the permafrost…

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

[Video description: Duration is 49 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting of a person seen on the bottom half of the image walking through the snow. The person is wearing a heavy coat with the hood up and is holding a canister, presumably for sample collection. Footsteps are visible in the snow behind. The rest of the image depicts vast snow and ice fields. The image remains still. Text appears throughout the video. “Podcast Episode” displays mid-screen, with the story’s genre, “Science Fiction” below it. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title, “Age Upon Age of Frozen Sleep.” The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “‘I never thought I’d say this, but I think the prehistoric animal theory is the least likely. That creature or entity is showing signs of life. Science doesn’t seem able to explain that. But our myths might. There are some truths to be extracted from myths.’ Straw cleared her throat. ‘Surely not literal truths.’ Ivar propped his elbows on the table and folded his hands together. ‘Thus far, the only living things we’ve observed showing signs of life after defrosting from arctic ice is microbes. This is definitely not a microbe.’” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image with the words “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Age Upon Age of Frozen Sleep Storyfeather


“Welcome to Melville Island, Doctor.”

“Thank you, Agent. Is it a heartbeat? That’s the last I heard. But that was hours ago.”

: “Age Upon Age of Frozen Sleep” Copyright © 2016 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Arctic Sand” Copyright © 2016 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Nctrnm

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Tech Toys”
“Universe Calling”

Music by Kai Engel

Music by Rafael Archangel
“So Cold”

Music by Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, and Nctrnm is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Rafael Archangel licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License

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Tags: Arctic, envoy, Ivar, Melville Island, report, sleeping, Straw
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Horror

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