An Aphid Named Quintillion

An aphid named Quintillion seeks to investigate the rumors that the insects are not the only sentient species in the world.

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: Trailer for “An Aphid Named Quintillion.” 51 seconds. Digital drawing. At center, facing forward, is a tardigrade, whose body is perched on a rock so that the left side and bottom are visible. Perched on the tardigrade’s back is an aphid, sitting upright, with wings outstretched and the front forelimbs raised. Feathery protrusions emerge from the aphid’s back and lay on either side of the tardigrade. Blades of grass rise from behind the two figures. Rain falls at an angle from the top right to bottom left. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “An aphid named Quintillion seeks to investigate the rumors that the insects are not the only sentient species in the world.” The title card and tagline fade.  Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “They were just rumors at first, present-day fairy tales. The public perception was that the two-legs were not intelligent, but there was private concern that they might be, and that such a discovery would cause unpredictable and irreparable disruption to their delicate new society. But there were those who longed to know. Those who were intrigued by the notion that there was another sentient people in their world. Those who believed they could find out and either put the fears of their people to rest, or advance their people into yet another stage of their society. And who better to perform the measurements than a numerator? Quintillion had argued.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and story title appears at top.  Text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

An Aphid Named Quintillion Storyfeather

Episode Released: 16 June 2022

“How can we know for certain what the truth is, unless we seek to find it?” an aphid named Quintillion argued.

She kept her wings respectfully folded as she stood before the Council of Grand Numerators. But she dared to sweep aside the train of glittering white filaments that plumed from her back, a particular characteristic of her tribe.

Story: “An Aphid Named Quintillion” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Chris Logsdon*
“Shady Town”
“Shady Town (Loop)”
“Level 5”
“Leve 1”
“Level 4”

Music by Benjamin Carr (Scythuz)*
“Dwarven Settlement”
“Ice Cavern”
“Abandoned Spacestation”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Benjamin Carr and Chris Logsdon is licensed from GameDev Market

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fable

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