The Stratus Class Dirigibles

The dirigibles of the desert city transport goods, residents, and visitors; but only one class of airship can take its passengers to the city’s most treasured and mysterious locale..

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: 40 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Foreground, bottom two-thirds, is a view down into a city. The closest building, on the left, towers over others. The building is shaped like a symmetrical polygon topped with a spire. Three hooks extend from the spire in different directions. One is empty. Two are holding what appear to be dirigibles.  From another building extend platforms on which hot air balloons have landed. Beyond the city, in the distance there is a plains from which spires rise. The sky is bright, as if sunset approaches. Blobs near the horizon seem to represent more dirigibles. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “The cabin grew colder, then warmer and warmer as we rose higher and higher. I began to fret about radiation, even though I had studied the construction of the Stratus-class airships and knew we were all as well-protected as we would be in a modern space flier. I knew it wasn’t really the radiation that was making me nervous. It was anticipation again. Then the captain announced it. We were there.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]

The Stratus Class Dirigibles Storyfeather

When I first arrived in the desert city, raw and untried, eyes wide with wonder, heart filled with longing, and head filled with air just like the myriad dirigibles that crowded the skies, I could never have imagined where my path would lead me

Story: “The Stratus Class Dirigibles” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Dirigibles in the Desert City” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by TRG Banks
“New world”
“Horse ride 3”
“Lake in the woods”
“After midnight”
“Keith in 1987”
“Horse ride 4”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“I Bet You Wonder Why”

Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by TRG Banks and Lee Rosevere at and
Find more stories by Nila at


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 4" and below it in larger font, "Creatures."

Genre: Fantasy

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