YEAR FOUR

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THE YEAR OF CREATURES

Year 4 spanned from November 2016 to October 2017.
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme.
Each Year 4 story features a creature. Creatures imaginary and creatures real (?!). Mythical, mechanical, ghostly, amusing, terrifying, mesmerizing….creatures.

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Centered in shape, the words "Enter a Portal."  Softened hazy border.

…to watch a trailer, listen to the podcast episode, and find a link to the short story post.
To go directly to the story post and start reading, click on the tag labeled “STORY” under the main button.
Each tag or button will open in a new tab.


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Seeds of Many Worlds." Below the title, the tagline. "The precious stone a captain is tasked with retrieving may be just a jewel, or may be the seed of a new world." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Unstable Stones." Below the title, the tagline. "A photographer of the unusual is shaken by something in his latest photos that he has never seen before." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Fall of the Mirror-God." Below the title, the tagline. "A lost legend is found, and with it, wonders and powers that lie between our imaginings." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Breninglas." Below the title, the tagline. "A brown mouse and an apprentice spell-caster brave the den of the red dragon to see what she guards." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Fanfaronnade." Below the title, the tagline. "Gathered around a fire on a cold winter’s eve, three friends tell tales of the final fate of the greatest sword in the realm." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Age Upon Age of Frozen Sleep." Below the title, the tagline. "On an uninhabited Arctic island, something is stirring beneath the permafrost…" Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Watchers of the Western Observatory." Below the title, the tagline. "A professor and his apprentice direct their telescope to the one place they are forbidden to watch…the skies." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Gliese on Earth." Below the title, the tagline. "Before an astronaut sets out on his first mission to explore space, space comes down to greet him." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Prisoners of Spiral." Below the title, the tagline. "A human boy and an erpon soldier are imprisoned by a wizard and made to play a game to win their freedom." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Amphora Incarnate." Below the title, the tagline. "Zoe is a living amphora, a human vessel for knowledge or power that should be unknowable to her…" Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Giant's Overlook." Below the title, the tagline. "Maya’s boyfriend shares the origin of the mysterious monument that sits upon his secret spot." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Mirror of Displacement." Below the title, the tagline. "With arcane knowledge, a woman builds and tests a device that she hopes will heal her husband’s maimed legs." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Stromascope." Below the title, the tagline. "They meant to 'build a better x-ray machine,' but their stromascope can see beyond flesh and bone." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Riddle of Hyperion." Below the title, the tagline. "The path is here. The walker is not." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Fortunate Little Leaf." Below the title, the tagline. "The umbra hold back winter and famine from the town, but they did so at the cost of the town’s soul." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Summoner of Clowns." Below the title, the tagline. "Growing up, Joanie learns a lot from her grandfather, about their family’s eerie history with sadness, laughter…and clowns." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Purple Dust Mine." Below the title, the tagline. "A small mining crew is tasked with finding something atypical in the abandoned gold mine, but something atypical finds them instead." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Professor Gadston." Below the title, the tagline. "Professor Gadston embarks on one last expedition before he retires, an expedition from which he does not expect to return." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "Forsaken Deep." Below the title, the tagline. "Humanity has conquered the stars but has yet to solve the mysteries of the sea." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Feast of Paravirneo." Below the title, the tagline. "It's a feast like none they've seen, a spectacular repast. They never e'er suspect, that the meal will be their last." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "My Homunculus Is Malfunctioning." Below the title, the tagline. "The complex implant that tempers one man’s pathological emotions is exhibiting signs of 'adverse reactions.'" Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "The Quest of Nine Days." Below the title, the tagline. "Three children embark on a desperate quest to win a wish, but there is a terrible price for making that wish come true." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.
Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, a square with the digital drawing from the story and episode post. To the right of the image, the story and episode title, "How the Troubadours Came to Be." Below the title, the tagline. "Troubadours come by their sweet voices and their enchanting storytelling from a surprising ancestor." Bottom right corner bears a stylized microphone on a stand emitting soundwaves enclosed by a circle. All polygonal shapes have curved corners.

Want to read or explore the Year 4 stories that haven’t been made into podcast episodes yet?
Press the Page 2 link below and then press a bunch of gray bubbles!