Short story: Missives from Possible Futures #1 Alternative History Search Results by John Scalzi, from Miniatures. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Waiting for the Barbarians by C. P. Cavafy, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from November 2017. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery, listened to on the Skeptoid podcast, from November 2017. Recommended.