Story Podcast 010: “Tourists” by Sean Craven

They pushed me out of the portal, dumped me into the sage and manzanita. The great orb’s pastel colors glowed against the clear night sky. As I backed away she rocked, then lifted into the air, the only sounds a scrape and rattle as dirt and pebbles rolled into the hollow she’d left. I saw the sparkle of distant flashbulbs from the perimeter of the landing site, like stars on waves.

I wondered if it was my fault the aliens had stolen my grandmother.

This week we bring you a new story: “Tourists” by Sean Craven. Illustration by Goni Montes.

Promo: The Immortals by Tracy Hickman

Remember that you can get all our podcasts if you subscribe to our master podcast feed.

Subscribe to the story-only podcast feed.

Theme music is “Clockworks” by Beatnik Turtle, used with permission. Visit for more of their music. Podcast copyright 2010, Story copyright Sean Craven. Read by the author. Produced by Mur Lafferty.


Back to the top of the page

1 Comment

This post is closed for comments.

Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices.