very Day Fiction has been around and publishing steadily since 2007, an impressive longevity in this fleeting Internet environment, even without taking into account the frequency of publication–one story a day all year. The podcast is much newer, and certainly doesn’t cover all of EDF’s stories, so if you want to read more there’s much more to read for free in text as well.
The central character of “After the Final Sunset, Again” is a creature called the Phoenix, who is a kind of demi-god that exists to further humanity’s goals from the grandest scale right down to the personal level. Every morning a new Phoenix is birthed from the ashes of its predecessor, assembling a personality by copying and internalizing memories from surrounding humans, and is then sent into the world to accomplish specific goals. On this particular day, one of the humans who is “donating” memories dies at the moment of the Phoenix’s conception, thus giving her a sense of her own mortality, something no other Phoenix has ever had to confront.