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Sep 30, 2022

Why and how are the world’s bacterial species suddenly banding together?

Genre: Science Fiction


“Ladies, gentlemen, rogues, and sundry, I implore you to focus,” Greenfield said.

Doctor Greenfield, a microbiologist, was the northwestern region’s representative in the newly formed International Research Consortium on the Planetary Biofilm.

She asked a simple question, a prompt really. “Do we know if the species that makes up this planetary biofilm is dangerous to humans? Or even to animals or plants? Is it infectious?”


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Story: “Rise of the Prokaryotes” 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 Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart (no percussion)”
“You Were Always In the Right Place (no percussion)”
“Ground Control”
“Forest Bathing”
“The Longest Year”


Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Genetic marker”
“Learning punch”
“Neon city”
“The deal”
“Cold case”
“Pitch black”


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

Music by Andrea Baroni and Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing.  Three people at right gathered before a monitor at left displaying the planet Earth. An inset on the monitor, seen at a bias displays a scattering of circles or spheres in front of a hazy mass. A few papers lie on the long table supporting the monitor. An office chair is pulled out from the table. A man at bottom foreground, seen from shoulders up, has his hand raised to his chin. Beside him, directly in front of the monitor, stands a woman with arm outstretched to point to the image. Beside her, and behind the pulled-out chair, stands another woman, right arm crossed before her, left arm bent with her hand covering the bottom of her face.

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