Maria Lectrix podcast: Pandemic by J.F. Bone

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Maureen O’Brien of the Maria Lectrix podcast has recording a new/old short story. Pandemic by J.F. Bone was first published in Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction magazine’s February 1962 issue. It’s the tale of a young pathologist, and his indispensable nurse, working to stop a terrible new pandemic. Among its charms is a bit of Andromeda Strain style storytelling, some very politically incorrect science (facts are often politically incorrect) and even a bit of hospital romance. But don’t worry, this is still more of a House episode than a Grey’s Anatomy episode.

Science Fiction Short Story - Pandemic by J.F. BonePandemic
By J.F. Bone; Read by Maureen O’Brien
2 MP3s – Approx. 52 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Maria Lectrix
Podcast: August 2008
Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3|

Personally the only thing I don’t like about Maureen’s reading are her inserted “coughs” which I’ll admit are story appropriate, but which are not strictly in the text itself – and therefore verboten. I know, I’m a stickler.

Posted by Jesse Willis

2 thoughts to “Maria Lectrix podcast: Pandemic by J.F. Bone”

  1. Instead of “she coughed”, we’ll have to tell Bone to write, “she coughed, ‘Haaaackkkkkkcoffffcoffcoffff’.”

    No, I guess you beat me as a purist. :)

    Heh. And I was worrying that the medical students would write in and complain about me doing the wrong kind of cough….

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