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StarShip Sofa No 597 Eleanor R Wood
Main Fiction: "The Convincer" by Eleanor R. WoodThis story was first published in Galaxy's Edge (November 1, 2018)Eleanor R. Wood’s stories have appeared in Pseudopod, Flash Fiction Online, Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction, and various anthologies, among other places. She writes and eats licorice from the south coast of England, where she lives with her husband, two marvelous dogs, and enough tropical fish tanks to charge an entry fee. She blogs at creativepanoply.wordpress.com.Narrated by: Tatiana GreyTat...

StarShipSofa No 596 K.G. Anderson
AD Free StarShipSofa No 596 K.G. AndersonStarShipSofa No 596 K.G. Anderson.mp3Main Fiction: "Rowboat"Originally published in Metamorphosis K.G. Anderson is a Seattle-based writer, gardener, dancer, and cat-herder. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines and anthologies ranging from Galaxy's Edge and Weirdbook to the B Cubed Press Alternative Truths series, and are online at Factor Four Magazine, Ares Magazine and Far-Fetched Fables. She narrated StarShipSofa No 530, "The Stone Age Ga...

StarShipSofa No 595 Lauren C. Teffeau
Main Fiction: "No Regrets on Forth Street" by Lauren C. TeffaeuOriginally published in PerihelionLauren C. Teffeau was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest USA. When she was younger, she poked around in the back of wardrobes, tried to walk through mirrors, and always kept an eye out for secret passages, fairy rings, and messages from aliens. Now, she writes to cope with her ordinary existence. Her short fiction can be fo...


StarShipSofa No 594 Yaroslav Barsoukov
Main Fiction: "There's Sometimes Light Down the Street" by Yaroslav BarsoukovThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Yaroslav Barsukov is a software engineer and a connoisseur of strong alcoholic beverages--but also, surprisingly, a member of SFWA and Codex (how did that happen?). His stories have appeared in Galaxy's Edge and Nature: Futures, among others. At some point in his life, he's left one former empire only to settle in another.Narrated by: Heath MillerHeath started his acting career as a child in t...

StarShipSofa No 593 Richard Webb
Main Fiction: "Alienated" by Richard WebbThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Richard Webb writes long and short SFFH fiction; writes screenplays (with 6 short films produced to date, winning several film festival awards); co-wrote/co-hosted a weekly indie radio music show for 2 years and was shortlisted for the BBC Writer's Room 2016. He acted as Events Coordinator of the BFS for 2 years and was panel programmer for FantasyCon UK in 2015. He lives feral in the wild, carving out stories on trees with his ...

StarShipSofa No 592 Jennifer Donohue
Main Fiction: “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Jennifer DonohueOriginally published in Syntax and SaltJennifer R. Donohue grew up at the Jersey Shore and now lives in central New York with her husband and her Doberman, where she works at her local library and facilitates a writing workshop. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Truancy, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her novella “Run With the Hunted” is available on most digital platforms. She tweets @AuthorizedMusin.  Narrated by: Hea...


StarShipSofa No 591 Steven Barnes
Main Fiction: "Mozart on the Kalahari" by Steven BarnesSteven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He has written over 20 novels, and worked on shows such as The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, and Baywatch. Steve’s true love is teaching balance and enhancing human performance in all forms: emotional, professional and physical. In addition to being an author and writing instructor, h...

StarShipSofa No 590 Nathan Hillstrom
Main Fiction: "White Dust" by Nathan HillstromThis story was first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction (January 2016)Nathan Hillstrom had a first career as a technologist on Wall Street, and now lives and writes in beautiful Southern California. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Outlook Springs, and elsewhere. Nathan is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writers' Workshop, and tweets infrequently as @NathanHillstrom.Narrated by: Nicola Seaton-ClarkNicola is originally from South Africa, where ...

StarShipSofa No 589 Tabitha Lord
Main Fiction: "Quest Nine" by Tabitha LordOriginally published at Electric Athenaeum.Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and the managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with four independent-minded a...


StarShipSofa No 588 Aaron Emmel
Main Fiction: "The Engineers of Abundance" by Aaron EmmelThis story was first published in Empyreome (October 1, 2018).Aaron Emmel ’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Thanks to the patience of his wonderful wife, and despite the impatience of his wonderful children, Aaron also writes essays, graphic novels, and interactive fiction. Find him online at aaronemmel.com.Narrated by: Anthony BabingtonAnthony Babington is an aspiring voice actor, who looks just slightly off from how he ...

StarShipSofa No 587 Forrest Brazeal
Main Fiction: "The Girl of the Golden City" by Forrest BrazealThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Forrest Brazeal is a software engineer, writer, and cartoonist based in rural Virginia. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Abyss & Apex, and elsewhere. Find him at forrestbrazeal.com or on twitter @forrestbrazeal.This story is narrated by the author. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 586 David Gray
AD Free StarShipSofa No 586 David GrayStarShipSofa_No_586_David_Gray.mp3Main Fiction: "Wreckers' Moon" by David GrayGray is a Scots-born writer and creative director living in Brooklyn, NYC.His journalistic and design credits include Blackbook, Gear magazine, Out, Time Inc, Lollipop mag and others. His fiction has found its way to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Metaphorosis, the forthcoming Children of the Sky anthology, Chrome Baby and others. Gray’s first sci-fi novel – Moonflowers – is in contract to ...


StarShipSofa No 585 Gerri Leen
Patreon Support Click HereMain Fiction: "What the Rain Brings" by Gerri LeenThis story was originally published in A Rustle of Dark Leaves: Tales from the Shadows of the Forest (Misanthrope Press, 2012).Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. In addition to being an avid reader, she’s passionate about horse racing, tea, and whisky, and her latest obsession is ASMR vids. She has work appearing in Nature, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, C...

StarShipSofa No 584 Chris Beckett
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 447 – LAST WEEK 438 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "The Peacock Clock" by Chris BeckettOriginally published in the short fiction collection of the same name.Chris Beckett’s short stories began to appear in print in 1990. He has published 6 novels to date, the most recent being America City, and 3 short story collections, of which the latest is Spring Tide. His next novel, Beneath the World, a Sea, will appear in April 2019. He won the Clarke award for his...

StarShipSofa No 583 Rich Larson
Main Fiction: "Heavies" by Rich LarsonPATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 438 – LAST WEEK 420 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Originally published in Infinity WarsRich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in the south of Spain, and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. His work has appeared in numerous Year's Best anthologies and been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, Czech, French and Italian. His debut novel, Annex, came out from Orbit Books in July 2018, and his de...


StarShipSofa No 582 Chris Barnham
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 424 – LAST WEEK 430 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "All That is Solid" by Chris BarnhamOriginally published in Compelling Science Fiction.Chris Barnham spent a long time working for the British government, but now just makes stuff up for himself. Chris has a novel out, with US publisher, Filles Vertes Publishing. It’s called Fifty-One, and features a time-traveling cop marooned in 1940s London, forced to choose between saving the future or the woman he lo...

StarShipSofa No 581 Dimitra Nikolaidou
My Go FundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/new-polytunnelPATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 430 – LAST WEEK 430 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Heart of Vesta" by Dimitra NikolaidouThis story is original to StarShip Sofa.Dimitra Nikolaidou is a PhD candidate researching the relationship betweenspeculative fiction and role-playing games. Her fiction has been published in Galleryof Curiosities, See the Elephant, Metaphorosis, the anthology After the Happily EverAfter, and various Greek-language ...

StarShipSofa No 580 Floris M. Kleijne and Holly Schofield
My Go FundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/new-polytunnel Flash Fiction: "Frog Soup" by Floris M. KleijneThis story originally appeared at Daily Science Fiction (August 2, 2016). Floris M. Kleijne is the author of over two dozen short stories in Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, Factor Four, and numerous other publications, He lives in a 200 year old house in the Dutch river district, but does most of his writing on trains. Floris was the first Dutchman to win the prestigious Writers of the Future contest, ...


StarShip Sofa No 579 Alan Fisher
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 429 – LAST WEEK 433 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Pangloss" by Alan FisherThis story is original to StarShip Sofa. Alan Fisher is an attorney living in Washington, D.C. He's published two novellas, Servant of the Muses and A Pearl for Her Eyes, under the name Brad White. Both are available wherever ebooks are sold. His short story, "The Confession of Diego Stoessel," was included in Alban Lake Publishing's recent Lovecraftian anthology, City in the Ice....

StarShipSofa No 578 Alex Shvartsman
Main Fiction: "Whom He May Devour" by Alex ShvartsmanThis story was first published in Nautilus (2016). Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and 2017). He is the editor ...

StarShipSofa No 577 Michael Ezell
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 433 – LAST WEEK 433 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "The Good Food" by Michael EzellThis story was first published by Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge (2016). Michael Ezell is a former US Marine who now works as a Project Coordinator for an Emmy-winning makeup effects shop in Southern California. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as On Spec Magazine and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Narrated by: Graeme Dunlop Gra...


StarShipSofa No 576 Aliette de Bodard
Main Fiction: "In Everlasting Wisdom" by Aliette de BodardAliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by the characters of Sh...

StarShipSofa No 575 Nancy Kress
Main Fiction: "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Nancy KressOriginally published in Asimov'sNancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her most recent work is TERRAN TOMORROW , the third book in the YESTERDAY’S KIN trilogy. In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad, and the ...

StarShipSofa No 574 Alastair Reynolds
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 433 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Belladona Nights" by Alastair Reynolds Originally published in The Weight of WordsAlastair Reynolds is science fiction writer who has been published since 1990. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. Reynolds read physics and astronomy at Newcastle before earning a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland. In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk in the Netherlands where worked for the European Space Re...


StarShipSofa No 573 Ian Whates
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 437 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "Montpellier" by Ian WhatesIan Whates lives in a sleepy Cambridgeshire village with his partner, Helen, and a manic cocker spaniel called Bundle. A writer and editor of science fiction and fantasy, he is the author of seven novels, the co-author of two more, has seen some seventy of his short stories published, and has edited more than thirty anthologies. Ian served a term as a director of SFWA and is a ...

StarShipSofa No 572 Gwyneth Jones
Main Fiction: "Saving Tiamaat" by Gwyneth JonesOriginally published in The New Space Opera.Gwyneth Jones is a writer and critic of genre fiction. She's won the Tiptree award, two World Fantasy awards, the Arthur C. Clarke award, the British Science Fiction Association short story award, the Dracula Society's Children of the Night award, the P.K.Dick award, and the SFRA Pilgrim award for lifetime achievement in sf criticism. She also writes for teenagers, usually as Ann Halam. She lives in Brighton, UK, with...

StarShipSofa No 571 Madeline Ashby
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 437 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Domestic Violence"Originally published in Slate.comMadeline Ashby is a futurist and science fiction writer living in Toronto. Her work has been published in Slate, MIT Technology Review, BoingBoing, McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, and elsewhere. Her novel COMPANY TOWN was a finalist in the CBC Books Canada Reads competition, and won the Copper Cylinder Award. She has worked with organizations like Intel Labs,...


StarShip Sofa No 570 Jonathan Laidlow
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 437 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "The Astronaut Tier" by Jonathan LaidlowJonathan Laidlow grew up in the North West of England, near the Sellafield Nuclear Power plant, which regularly leaked. He has one good leg, one good eye, and one good ear…His publications include "Darner" at Strange Horizons, "Obtrusion Rate" at Liminal Stories, "Inundated" at Far Fetched Fables, and "Hyrmnal" at Daily Science Fiction. He lives in Birmingham, UK. H...

StarShip Sofa No 569 Gerri Leen
Main Fiction: "Paying Old Debts" by Gerri LeenGerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. In addition to being an avid reader, she's passionate about horse racing, tea, and whisky, and her latest obsession is ASMR vids. She has work appearing in Nature, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Cast of Wonders, and others. She's edited several anthologies for independent presses, is finishing some longer projects, and is a member of SFWA and HWA. See...

StarShipSofa No 568 Yoon Ha Lee
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 437 – LAST WEEK 434 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "The Chameleon's Gloves" by Yoon Ha LeeYoon Ha Lee's debut novel, Ninefox Gambit, won the Locus Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke awards. Its sequel, Raven Stratagem, was also a Hugo finalist. His middle-grade space opera, Dragon Pearl, is forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion in January 2019. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has...


StarShip Sofa No 567 Doug Smith
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 434 – LAST WEEK 431 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "A Bird in the Hand" by Doug SmithThis story originally appeared in Warrior Wise Woman 3 (Norilana Press, 2010.Douglas Smith is a multi-award-winning author described by Library Journal as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction". His fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and includes the urban fantasy novel The Wolf at the End of the World, the collections Chimerascope...

StarShipSofa No 566 Dennis Mombauer
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 431 – LAST WEEK 428 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "A Fear of Falling" by Dennis MombauerThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Dennis Mombauer currently lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as a writer of speculative fiction, textual experiments, and poetry. He also works as a freelance researcher on climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development, and autism spectrum disorder. He is co-publisher of a German magazine for experimental fiction, Die Novell...

StarShipSofa No 565 David Barr Kirtley
ATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 432 – LAST WEEK 428 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Veil of Ignorance" by David Barr KirtleyOriginally published in Lightspeed."David Barr Kirtley is the host of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on Wired.com, for which he’s interviewed well over 300 guests, including Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Paul Krugman, Simon Pegg, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin. His short fiction appears in ...


StarShipSofa No 564 E. J. Swift
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 429 – LAST WEEK 428 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: "Weather Girl" by E. J. SwiftOriginally published in Infinity WarsE. J. Swift is the author of the Osiris Project trilogy (Osiris, Cataveiro and Tamaruq), a speculative fiction series set in a world radically altered by climate change. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Sunday Times EFG short story award and the BSFA award for short fiction, and has appeared in a variety of publications from Sol...

StarShipSofa No 563 Steve Pantazis Part 2
PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 428 – LAST WEEK 424 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS.Main Fiction: Switch, by Steve Pantazis (Part 2)Originally published in Writers of the FutureSteve Pantazis is an award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. He won the prestigious Writers of the Future award in 2015 and has gone on to publish a number of short stories in leading SF&F anthologies and magazines, including Nature and Galaxy’s Edge. When not writing (a rare occasion!), Steve creates extraordinary...

StarShipSofa No 562 Steve Pantazis (Part 1)
ATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 423 – LAST WEEK 430 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: Switch, by Steve Pantazis (Part 1)Originally published in Writers of the FutureSteve Pantazis is an award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction. He won the prestigious Writers of the Future award in 2015 and has gone on to publish a number of short stories in leading SF&F anthologies and magazines, including Nature and Galaxy’s Edge. When not writing (a rare occasion!), Steve creates extraordinary...


StarShipSofa No 561 Adam Rakunas
Patreon support now standing at 430 – last week 431 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "To Plant a Tree" by Adam RakunasThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Adam Rakunas is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated WINDSWEPT and its sequel, LIKE A BOSS. His short fiction has appeared in Futurismic.com, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and StarShipSofa. A former Southern Californian, he and his family now live in the Pacific Northwest. Find him online at giro.org and on...

StarShipSofa No 560 James Sallis
Main Fiction: "New Teeth" by James SallisOriginally published in Analog.While mostly wandering around the house, Jim sits down from time to time to write books like Drive, from which the Nic Refn film derived; or to translate a novel by Raymond Queneau; to publish five poetry collections and three of musicology; to write the six-volume Lew Griffin cycle; or to work on his regular books column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. New novel is Sarah Jane, out next year, along with a much expanded ne...

StarShipSofa No 559 Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Main Fiction: "The Sands of Rubal-Khali" by Donald Jacob UitvlugtThis story originally appeared in Cirsova #4 (November 2016).Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. In addition to previous appearances in StarShipSofa #481 and Far Fetched Fables #176, his short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online venues, such as Cirsova magazine and the anthology Fearful Fathoms II. Donald strives to write what he calls "haiku ...


StarShipSofa No 558 D.A. Xiaolin Spires
Main Fiction: "Suvu and Swashbuckling Love" by D.A. Xiaolin SpiresThis story originally appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (December 4, 2017).Annie Sheng, aka D.A. Xiaolin Spires, counts stars and sand, residing currently in Hawai'i. You can find her embarking on olfactorial odysseys as she inhales plumeria blossoms, lychee and poi. Her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Fireside, Terraform, Nature: Futures, Grievous Angel, Reckoning, Galaxy's Edge, LONTAR, An...

StarShipSofa 557 David Whitaker
Main Fiction: "Choose" by David WhitakerThis story is a StarShipSofa original.David Whitaker is originally from the UK, but having ambled around a bit somehow found himself living in New Zealand. He has a degree in Journalism, however ultimately decided that as he prefers making things up it should probably be a resource rather than a profession. His fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Sci Phi Journal, and AntipodeanSF, and you can find him and all his other works at ...

StarShipSofa No 556 Liz Coleman
Patreon support now standing at 433 – last week 434 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "Join" by Liz ColemanThis story originally appeared at Lightspeed.Liz Coleman has been published in Lightspeed Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies and is a graduate of Viable Paradise. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and too many philosophy books.Narrated by: Jason Satterlund Jason Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experienc...


StarShipSofa No 555 Timothy Mudie
Patreon support now standing at 433 – last week 434 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "Dogface on Ice" by Timothy MudieThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Timothy Mudie has had stories published in Lightspeed, Aliterate, Metaphorosis, and several other magazines and anthologies. He lives outside of Boston, where he works as an editor for a trade publishing house.Narrated by: Andrew Leman Andrew Leman is a producer, designer, actor, writer and director, not necessarily in that order. He...

StarShip Sofa No 554 Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Patreon support now standing at 434 – last week 434 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "e to the h" by Alvaro Zinos-AmaroAlvaro's book of interviews with Robert Silverberg, Traveler of Worlds, was a Hugo and Locus award finalist. Alvaro's more than thirty stories and one hundred reviews, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Apex, Analog, Lightspeed, Nature, Strange Horizons, Galaxy's Edge, Lackington's, and anthologies such as The Year's Best Sci...

StarShipSofa No 553 John A Karr
Patreon support now standing at 434 – last week 434 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Foot Race" by John A. KarrJohn Andrew Karr writes of the strange and spectacular. He is the author of the Mars Wars series, with the first novel, DETONATION EVENT, coming in February 2019. He has also written novels and novellas as John A. Karr. Short stories have appeared in Flame Tree Publishing's Pirates & Ghosts and Crime & Mystery anthologies, Danse Macabre, Allegory and others. He’s a North Car...


StarShipSofa No 552 Joachim Heijndermans
Patreon support now standing at 434 – last week 431 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Scars to Prove It" by Joachim Heijndermans This story is original to StarShipSofa.Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he's been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia about toys, comics and film. A graduate of the Kubert School in New Jersey, he works as a graphic designer and cartoonist. His work has been feat...

StarShipSofa No 551 Luke Hindmarsh
Patreon support now standing at 431 – last week 426 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "Out of the Blue, Into the Black" by Luke HindmarshLuke E.T. Hindmarsh was born in Oxford, UK before being dragged all over the world by his parents, courtesy of the Royal Air Force. Before starting to write full time, he worked as a Criminal Barrister in London for ten years, which doesn't qualify him to make good coffee but did mean he had to wear a wig and gown in court. He now lives in the Scandinavia...

StarShipSofa No 550 David Court
Patreon support now standing at 426 – last week 413 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "ISOL-8" by David CourtThis story is original to StarShip Sofa.David Court is a short story author and novelist, whose works have appeared in over a dozen venuesincluding Tales to Terrify, Visions from The Void, Fear's Accomplice, and The Voices Within. Whilstprimarily a horror writer, he also writes science fiction, poetry and satire. His newest anthology –Scenes of Mild Peril – is due for release in Aut...


StarShipSofa No 549 Michael Reid
Patreon support now standing at 413 – last week 418 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Third Man" by Michael ReidThis story is a StarShip Sofa original.Michael Reid lives near Toronto, Canada, where he divides his time between studying the stars and writing stories set among them. His work has appeared in Interzone, Escape Pod, and Cast of Wonders. Follow him on Twitter at @writereid or check out his full publication list at MichaelAReid.com.Narrated by: Anthony BabingtonAnthony Babing...

StarShipSofa No 548 Paul R Hardy
Patreon support now standing at 418 – last week 417 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Breakdown of the Parasite Host Relationship" by Paul R. HardyOriginally published in UFO.Paul R. Hardy is a fungal infection in the shape of the letter 'R' that lives inside the brainstem of an oblivious human meatsack by the name of Paul Hardy. The fungal infection has had work published in Unidentified Funny Objects, Far Fetched Fables and Diabolical Plots, while the human meatsack works as a hospi...

StarShip Sofa No 545 Aaron Emmel
Main Fiction: "A Small Price to Pay" by Aaron EmmelThis story originally appeared at Planet Scumm (February 2018)Aaron’s stories have appeared in numerous publications. He is also the author of dozens of essays, an historical fiction graphic novel, and the science fiction gamebook series Midnight Legion. Find him online at aaronemmel.com.Narrated by: Tatiana GreyTatiana is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a...


StarShipSofa No 547 Peter Watts
Patreon support now standing at 417 – last week 414 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Colonel" by Peter WattsOriginally published in Tor.comPeter Watts is a former marine biologist, flesh-eating-disease survivor and Undesirable Element (according to the US government) whose novels— despite an unhealthy focus on Space Vampires— have become required texts for university courses ranging from Philosophy to Neuropsychology. His work is available in 20 languages, has appeared in over two do...

StarShip Sofa No 546 Elana Gomel
Patreon support now standing at 414 – last week 412 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "In the Moment" by Elana GomelThis story originally appeared at New Horizons (November 1, 2010)Elana Gomel is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Tel-AvivUniversity. She is the author of six non-fiction books and numerous articles. As a fiction writer, she haspublished more than 40 fantasy and science fiction stories in The Singularity, New Realms, Mythic, andmany o...

StarShipEchoes 2007 StarShipSofa Originals Harlan Ellison
Support us on Patreon.This week we glimpse an echo way from the past as we listen to two young fellas talk all about Harlan Ellison. So long ago... hope you enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


StarShipSofa No 544 T Fox Dunham
Patreon support now standing at 412 – last week 418 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "Sick Leave" by T. Fox DunhamThis story is original to StarShipSofa.T. Fox Dunham lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Allison. He’s a lymphoma survivor, cancer patient, modern bard and historian. His first book, The Street Martyr, was published by Gutter Books. A major motion picture based on the book is being produced by Throughline Films. Destroying the Tangible Illusion of Reality or Searching for And...

StarShip Sofa No 543 Matthew Shean
Patreon support now standing at 418 – last week 417 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "Sylvia and Larry" by Matthew SheanThis story originally appeared in the anthology Lazarus Risen (Bundoran Press, 2016)Matthew has a Ph.D. in developmental biology and spent twenty years chained to a lab bench trying to understand why newts can regenerate arms when humans can't. He is now a science writer and librarian at a private research institute. He lives in Long Island (against his will) with his l...

StarShipSofa No 542 Ian Creasey
Patreon support now standing at 417 – last week 416 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "The Language of Flowers" by Ian CreaseyThis story originally appeared in Analog (May 2016)Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. He has published seventy-odd short stories in magazines and anthologies."The Language ofFlowers" originally appeared in Analog (May 2016). "The Language of Flowers" is a sequel to "Ormonde and Chase", which was podcasted on StarShipSofa in episode 533, April 2018. But don't w...


StarShipSofa No 541 Christian Riley
Patreon support now standing at 416 – last week 410 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "The Singing Tree" by Christian RileyThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Chris Riley lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over eighty short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and across vario...

StarShipSofa No 540 Zach Chapman
Patreon support now standing at 410 – last week 411 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "Queenpin of the Wastes" by Zach ChapmanOriginally appeared in Futuristica Vol. 2.Zach Chapman is a movie critic, podcaster, and author. His short fiction appears in Nature, Tales to Terrify, and Writers of the Future. He also edited the anthology Time Travel Tales, which includes stories by Catherine Wells, Sean Williams, and Robert Silverberg. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his librarian wife, a cat, a...

StarShipEchoes 21st April 2013 Interview Jerry Pournelle Greg Benford and Larry Niven
Support this show and it's archives - join PatreonJoin me this week as I play a great interview never before played in public of a talk I did with three legends of science fiction: Jerry Pournelle, Greg Benford and Larry Niven way back on the 21st April 2013. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


StarShipSofa No 539 Robert Dawson
Patreon support now standing at 411 – last week 408 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "The Art of Failure" by Robert DawsonOriginally appeared in Compelling SF, March 2016.Robert Dawson teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. He has been writing science fiction for about eight years, and is an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops. When not teaching, doing research, or writing, he enjoys orienteering, fencing, and cycling, and volunteers with a Scout tro...

StarShipSofa No 538 Konstantine Paradias
Patreon support now standing at 408 – last week 410 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.  Main Fiction: "Cram Time" by Konstantine Paradias This story original to StarShipSofaKonstantine Paradias is a writer by choice and a member of the SFWA by compulsion. At the moment, he's published more than 100 stories in a bunch of languages and has written, edited, and posed for videogames, screenplays, and anthologies. People tell him he's got a writing problem but he can, like, quit whenever he wants, man.His la...

StarShipSofa No 537 Lauren Beukes
Main Fiction: "Pop Tarts" by Lauren BeukesOriginally appeared in Laugh it Off.Lauren Beukes is a South African author and scriptwriter. Her books include the black magic noir, Zoo City, which won the Arthur C Clarke Award, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around, which won the University of Johannesburg Prize, and Survivor’s Club, a horror comic with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly. Her latest book is Slipping: Short Stories, Essays & Other Writing, ...


StarShip Sofa No 536 Kelly Robson
Patreon support now standing at 410 – last week 416 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "Two-Year Man" by Kelly Robson This story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2015Kelly RobsonKelly Robson’s short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Asimov’s, and multiple anthologies including many year’s bests. In 2017, she was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the 2016 Aurora Award and has been a ...

StarShipEchoes August 28 2014 Lisa Tuttle
Support this show and keep the archives intact.This episode come from the archives of 28th August 2014 with a grand tale by Lisa Tuttle. This story was picked by a ex editor of the show and a good friend Adam Pracht. It was a running joke with Adam that I could never say his surname correctly. One of many that I have butchered over the years.“The Dream Detective” by Lisa TuttleLisa Tuttle is an American-born science fiction, fantasy, and horror author. She has published more than a dozen novels, seven short...

StarShipSofa No 535 Maurice Broaddus
Patreon support now standing at 416 – last week 411 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "The Valkyrie" by Maurice BroaddusOriginally published in War StoriesA community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. He co-authored the play Finding Home: India...


StarShipSofa No 534 Chris Barnham
Patreon support now standing at 411 – last week 407 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "When I Close My Eyes" by Chris BarnhamOriginally published in InterzoneChris Barnham spent a long time working for the British government, but now just makes stuff up for himself. ‘When I Close My Eyes’ first appeared in Interzone in July 2017. Chris’s forthcoming novel, Fifty-One features a time-traveling cop who is marooned in 1940s London. The story was inspired by a real event, a German V1 rocket th...

StarShipSofa No 533 Ian Creasey
Patreon support now standing at 407 – last week 405 Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters.Main Fiction: "Ormonde and Chase" by Ian Creasey This story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction (June 2014)Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. He has published seventy-odd short stories, several of which have previously been podcasted at StarShipSofa. His last appearance in StarShipSofa was "The Odour of Sanctity" in episode 514, December 2017.Narrated by: Matt DoveyMatt Dovey is very tall and very Eng...

StarShipSofa No 532 Arkady Martine
Patreon support now standing at 405 – last week 404. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Main Fiction: "All The Colours You Thought Were Kings" by Arkady MartineOriginally published in Shimmer.Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and an apprentice city planner. Under both names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canad...


StarShipEchoes September 25 2013 Philip Suggars
Support this podcast on Patreon This week we catch Nick Camm narrating Philip Suggars short story “Automatic Diamante”. And as you can see this episode hit the Sofa airwaves Sept 25th 2013. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 531 Ken Liu
Patreon support now standing at 404 – last week 406. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "Gossamer" by Ken LiuOriginally published in Writers of the FutureKen Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series The ...

StarShipSofa No 530 Meredith Morgenstern
Patreon support now standing at 406 – last week 405. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "The Stone Age Gap" by Meredith Morgenstern This story is original to StarShipSofaMeredith Morgenstern is the space princess identity of Meredith Lopez. She spent twenty years living in New York City until fickle circumstance forced her to move to the New Jersey suburbs, where she writes horro...


StarShipSofa No 529 Robert Jeschonek
Patreon support now standing at 405 – last week 403. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAAMain Fiction: "A Little Song, A Little Dance, a Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants" by Robert JeschonekOriginally published in Galaxy's EdgeRobert Jeschonek is an award-winning author whose fiction, comics, essays, and non-fiction have been published around the world. His stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edg...

StarShipSofa No 528 R. K. Nickel
Patreon support now standing at 403 – last week 401. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAAMain Fiction: "The Motivation Cure" by R. K. Nickel R.K. Nickel works as screenwriter in Los Angeles. His first feature film, Bear with Us, is available on Amazon Prime, and “Stellar People,” a sci-fi comedy series he wrote for Adaptive Studios, will be coming out sometime in 2018. He dove into his prose jou...

StarShipSofa No 527 Julie Novakova and G. V. Anderson
Patreon support now standing at 401 – last week 398. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "Etude for an Extraordinary Mind" by Julie NovakovaOriginally published in Futuristica Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog and other magazines and anthologies, and h...


StarShipEchoes March 3rd 2010 Mercurio Rivera
Support us On PatreonThis time it's back to episode No 123 and we look at Snatch Me Another by Mercurio Riverawhich came out March 3, 2010. So long ago but such a great story. To catch the full show click here! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 526 T. R. Napper
Patreon support now standing at 398 – last week 395. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "A Strange Loop" by T. R. NapperOriginally published in InterzoneT. R. Napper's short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Lontar: a Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, and numerous others. His work has been translated into Hebrew, German, and French. A Strange Loop was inc...

StarShipSofa No 525 Pat MacEwen
Patreon support standing at 395 – last week 388. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "Home Sweet BiOme" by Pat MacEwen Originally published by The Magazine of F&SFPat MacEwen is an anthropologist. She does independent research on genocide, having worked on war crimes investigations for the International Criminal Tribunal, and did CSI work for a decade in California. Oddly enough, ...


StarShipSofa No 524 Michael Janairo
Patreon support standing at 388 - last week 377. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAAMain Fiction: "The Advanced Ward" by Michael JanairoOriginally published in Veterans of the Future Wars.Michael Janairo is a writer living in upstate New York. His short fiction and poetry have been published recently in Mithila Review, Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Long Hidden: Spe...

StarShipSofa No 523 Gary Gibson
Patreon support standing at 377. Help us get to 500 goal. Main Fiction: "Scienceville" by Gary GibsonOriginally published in InterzoneGary Gibson is the author of ten novels, including Stealing Light and Final Days. His most recent novels are Extinction Game and its sequel Survival Game, about the adventures of a group of people, all of whom are the last man or woman on different alternate Earths, searching for the link that connects a string of post-apocalyptic realities. Extinction Game received a starred...

StarShipEchoes July 2007 Stephen Donaldson
Support us on PatreonWe are going back to StarShipSofa Originals this time. This show came out in July 2007. We are playing Stephen R. Donaldson's story Mythological Beasts; Read by Ciaran O’Carroll Story first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction‘s January 1979 issue. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


StarShipSofa No 522 Doug C Souza
Patreon - please support us. Goal is 500 - we are at 380Main Fiction: "The Armor Embrace" by Doug C. SouzaOriginally published in Writers of the Future, Vol 33.Doug C. Souza had quite a year in 2017. One of the highlights--besides meeting the other twelve finalists--was when Kevin J. Anderson pulled him aside just before the Writers of the Future awards ceremony to tell Doug that he had requested to present his award because he had read "The Armor Embrace" and really enjoyed it. Later this year, Doug C. Sou...

StarShipSofa No 521 Leah Cypess
Please think about supporting us on PatreonMain Fiction: "On the Ship" by Leah CypessOriginally published in Asimov's.Leah Cypess wrote her first short story – in which the narrator was an ice cream cone – at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the author of four fantasy novels ...

StarShipSofa No 520 Michael Haynes and Alison Wilgus
Main Fiction: "What You Can Change" by Michael HaynesOriginally published in Kazka PressMichael Haynes lives in Central Ohio. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael’s stories have appeared in publications such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. He’s the chair of the Cinevent classic film convention and enjoys photography, geocaching, and travel. He can be found online at http://michaelhaynes.info/ and on Twitter as @mohio73Narrated by: Cian Mac MahonCian Mac Mah...


StarShipSofa No 519 Hannu Rajaniemi
Main Fiction: "Elegy for a Young Elk" by Hannu RajaniemiOriginally published in Subterranean, reprinted in Invisible PlanetsHannu Rajaniemi was born in Finland. At the age of eight he approached the European Space Agency with a fusion-powered spaceship design, which was received with a polite “thank you” note. Hannu studied mathematics and theoretical physics at University of Oulu and Cambridge and holds a PhD in string theory from the University of Edinburgh. He co-founded a mathematics consultancy whose c...

StarShipEchoes March 25th 2008 Alastair Reynolds
A story from March 2008 Aural Delights No 17 Alastair ReynoldsMain Fiction: Sledge Makers Daughter by Alastair ReynoldsNarration: Diane Seversonn For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 518 Spider Robinson
Main Fiction: “You Don't Know My Heart” by Spider RobinsonMy Favorite Shorts collection by Spider Robinson Narrated by: Veronica GiguereVeronica Giguere (V.) is a storyteller of the spoken and written word. An audiobook narrator and science fiction author, she is the voice, producer, and one of four coauthors of The Secret World Chronicle podcast novel series (www.secretworldchronicle.com). She narrates across genres, but her favorites are science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not behind a microphone, she...


StarShipSofa No 517 Meta Special Robert Silverberg
Please think about supporting us... help us get through another year. Main Fiction: The Silent Invaders by Robert Silverberg (Part 1)This is part one of our new serial over on Patreon. If you like it and want to listen to the rest. Pop over and sign up to Patreon for $5. You also get access to our private Discord channel.Fact: Science News by J J Campanella For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 516 Allen Steele
Patreon Support for us.Main Fiction: ““An Incident in the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright” by Allen SteeleOriginally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, September-October 2017Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. became a full-time science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his first short story, "Live From The Mars Hotel" (Asimov's, mid-Dec. `88). Since then he has become a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays, with his work translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. His...

StarShipSofa No 515 Evan Dicken
!!!SUPPORT US!!!Main Fiction: "How I Killed Your Mother" by Evan DickenOriginally published in Cosmic RootsBy day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and analyzes medical research data at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and The Overcast, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Chaosium, Unlikely Story, and Cast of Wonders. Feel free to visit him at: evandicken.comNarrated by: Tad CallinTad...


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StarShipSofa No 514 Ian McDonald and Ian Creasey
Support StarShipSofa at Patreon for AD free showsInterview: Ian McDonald, author of River of Gods, The Dervish House, Luna: New Moon, Luna: Wolf Moon, with Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: "The Odour of Sanctity" by Ian CreaseyOriginally published in Asimov'sIan Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. He has published seventy-odd short stories in various magazines and anthologies. On his website, iancreasey.com, he has a page for each story explaining the backgrounds, and his page for this story describes how it was ...

StarShipSofa No 513 Shawn Mansouri
Patreon SupportMain Fiction: "Spare Parts" by Shawn MansouriOriginally published in L0w L1f3 AnthologyShawn Mansouri is a former biologist and fan of the darker side of fiction. When he's not twitching from too much caffeine, or arguing with the post office about smashed books and magazines in his mailbox, he reads slush for Grimdark Magazine and blogs, occasionally, at Carved in Sand: Fiction from the Ether, where he rants about writing victories and defeats. You can follow him and his work on twitter @Sha...


StarShipSofa No 513 Alan Baxter
Main Fiction: "Bodies of Evidence" by Alan BaxterOriginally published in In Your FaceAlan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes supernatural thrillers and urban horror, rides a motorcycle and loves his dogs. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dogs and cat. He’s the multi-award-winning author of several novels and over seventy short stories and novellas. Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short storie...

StarShipSofa No 511 Elizabeth Bear
Support on PatreonPatreon RSS Main Fiction: "This Chance Planet" by Elizabeth BearOriginally published on Tor.comElizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 30 novels (The most recent is THE STONE IN THE SKULL, an epic fantasy from Tor) and over a hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner, writer Scott Lynch.Narrated by: Mary MurphyMary Murphy is an actor/voice-ove...

StarShipSofa No 510 Dan Abnett
Support on PatreonGrab Patreon RSS Feed Main Fiction: "The Frost Giant's Data" by Dan AbnettOriginally published in Cosmic PowersDan Abnett is a seven-times New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn Cycle, volumes of the million-selling Horus Heresy series, The Silent Stars Go By (Doctor Who), Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy. In comics, his 2008 run on Guardians of the Ga...


StarShipSofa No 509 Jeremy Szal
SUPPORT Me on PatreonPatreon RSS Feed https://www.patreon.com/rss/districtofwonders?auth=856099cb6709a8965b71f7ecd79667ab Paste this into your podcatcher of choice.I use Pocket CastMain Fiction: "Ark of Bones" by Jeremy SzalOriginal to StarShipSofa.Jeremy Szal is a Mediterranean-blooded mongrel who was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia, where he was raised by wild dingoes. His science-fiction, horror and nonfiction have appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, The Drab...

StarShipSofa No 508 Suyi Davies OkungbowaUntitled Episode
Main Fiction: "Places" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa Originally published in Mothership ZetaSuyi Davies Okungbowa is a storyteller who writes freelance from Lagos, Nigeria. His (mostly speculative) fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, Mothership Zeta, Omenana; and the anthologies Lights Out: Resurrection and A World of Horror; amidst other places. His nonfiction has appeared in Lightspeed and Klorofyl. He is a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society and...

StarShipSofa No 507 Doug Souza
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/districtofwondersMain Fiction: "Claim Jumpers" by Doug SouzaOriginally published at Visions V: Milky WayDoug C. Souza lives smack dab in the middle of California where he writes speculative fiction. His stories have been published in Asimov’s, The Writers of the Future Vol. 33, and many other short fiction publications. When he’s not writing, Doug enjoys teaching aspiring writers and kicking it with his wife (and main reader/editor) Nicole. But mostly, he and his wife enjoy ...


StarShipSofa No 506 Robert Jeschonek
Main Fiction: "In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns" by Robert Jeschonek Originally published at Galaxy's Edge Robert Jeschonek is an award-winning author whose fiction, comics, essays, and non-fiction have been published around the world. His stories have appeared in Galaxy's Edge, Escape Pod, Fiction River. He has written Doctor Who and Star Trek fiction and Batman and Justice Society comics for DC Comics. His young adult slipstream novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, won the Forward Nat...

StarShipSofa No 505 Colleen Anderson
Main Fiction: "A Book By It's Cover" by Colleen Anderson Originally published in Mirrorshards Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. She has co-edited Tesseracts 17, and Playground of Lost Toys  which was nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. She is currently editing for Alice Unbound. New or forthcoming works are in Grievous Angel, Futuristica, The Sum of US, OnSpec and others. Because there is not enough to do, she is working on an alt...

StarShipSofa No 504 Marcelle Dubé
Main Fiction: "The Verdant Gene" by Marcelle Dube Originally published in Fiction River: Moonscapes Marcelle Dubé writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery fiction. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and award-winning anthologies, and her novels include the Mendenhall Mystery series and Backli’s Ford, an A’lle Chronicles novel. She grew up near Montreal and after trying out a number of different provinces (not to mention Belgium) she settled in the Yukon, where people outnumber carnivores, bu...


StarShipSofa 503 Zach Chapman
Main Fiction: "Horror on Habitat Seven" This story is original to StarShipSofa Zach Chapman grew up on a ranch just north of San Antonio, Texas where he could see the cows grazing in the pasture from his bedroom window. In 2011 he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a degree in English, where he won the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) English Award for creative writing. He currently lives in Austin with his Librarian wife Taylor, a cat, a rabbit and a lazy-eyed...

StarShipSofa No 502 Claude Lalumiere
Main Fiction: "This Is The Ice-Age" Originally published in Mythspring Claude Lalumière is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appeared in Interzone in 2002, and he has since published more than 100 stories, several of which have been translated into French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, and Serbian and adapted for stage, screen, audio, and comics. In summer 2016, he w...

StarShipSofa 501 Robert Silverberg
Main Fiction: "Needle in a Timestack" by Robert Silverberg Originally published in Asimov's Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, and is widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is the winner of four Hugo, six Nebula awards, and three Locus awards. He was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2004. His books and stories have been translated into forty languages. Among h...


StarShipSofa No 500 Harlan Ellison
Support StarShipSofa on Patreon Main Fiction: "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" by Harlan Ellison Originally published in Realms of Fantasy Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books; more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays, for which he received the Writers Guild of America most outstanding teleplay award for solo work an unprecedented four times; and a dozen movies. He won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award twice, the Horror Writers Associat...

StarShipSofa No 499 Joe Haldeman
Main Fiction: "None So Blind" by Joe Haldeman Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joe Haldeman has garnered both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for his famous novel The Forever War, one of the landmark books of the '70s. He has since won four more Hugo Awards, another four Nebula Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for his novel Camouflage, the SFWA Grandmaster Award, and has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His other books include Th...

StarShipSofa No 498 Rebecca DeVendra and Eric Reynolds
Main Fiction: "A Packhorse for your Silly Memes" by Rebecca DeVendra  Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction Rebecca DeVendra is a figure artist and speculative fiction writer living in Boston. She serves as a first reader for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She's also a mom to three cacophonous, early-rising children. She's probably in her pajamas, but she has an emergency collar shirt for video calls. Check out more of her work: rebeccadevendra.com Narrated by: Amy H. Stur...


StarShipSofa No 497 Julie Novakova
Patreon Support if greatly appreciated  Main Fiction: "The Ship Whisperer" by Julie Novakova  Originally published in Asimov's Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Fantasy Scroll, Persistent Visions and other magazines and anthologies. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (Terra Nullius) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Some of her works have been trans...

StarShipSofa No 496 Konstantine Paradias
Please Support this fine show on Patreon Main Fiction: "How You Ruined Everything" by Konstantine Paradias Originally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 5 Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice and a member of the SFWA. His short stories have been published in the Dystopia-Utopia Anthology by Flame Tree Press, The Cackle of Cthulhu Anthology and the AE Canadian Science Fiction Review, among many others.His short story collection "Sorry, Wrong Country" is published by Rooster Republic Press. F...

StarShipSofa No 495 Gerri Leen
Main Fiction: "The Woman I Used To Be" by Gerri Leen Originally published in Grimdark Magazine: Issue #1 Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle.  She has work appearing in: Nature, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Grievous Angel, Grimdark, and others.  She recently caught the editing bug and is preparing to edit her fourth anthology for an independent press.  See more at http://www.gerrileen.com. Fact: Science News by J J Campanella ...


StarShipSofa No 494 Yosef Lindell
Main Fiction: "We Were Once of the Sky" by Yosef Lindell Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Yosef Lindell is a lawyer, writer, and occasional historian. His short fiction has previously appeared in Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies and has been translated into Chinese and Vietnamese.Yosef resides in an unincorporated part of Maryland just outside of Washington, DC with his wife and son. You can find him online at yoseflindell.wordpress.com. Narrated by: Jeremy Moran Jeremy Moran is a...

StarShipSofa No 493 Tracy Canfield
Main Fiction: "StarShip Down" by Tracy Canfield SUPPORT US ON PATREON! Originally published in Analog Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist whose short science fiction and fantasy has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and many other magazines and anthologies. CNN called her a "Klingon scholar" when she recorded the Klingon version of the Jenolan Caves' audio tour. Narrated by: Samantha Wahlen Always keeping a clean manicure and a cup of coffee in her hand, Samantha Wahlen is a film writer an...

StarShipSofa No 492 Rich Larson
Main Fiction: "Ghost Girl" by Rich Larson Originally published in War Stories Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and now writes from Ottawa, Canada. His short work has been featured on io9, translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, French and Italian, and appears in numerous Year's Best anthologies along with most pro-paying SF markets. He was the most prolific author of short science fiction in 2015 and 2016. Find him at richwlarson.tumblr.com and sup...


StarShipSofa No 491 Allen Steele
Main Fiction "Apache Charley and the Pyramids of Hex" by Allen Steele Originally published in Bridging Infinity Allen Steele has published eighteen novels and nearly one hundred short stories. His work has received numerous accolades, including three Hugo Awards, and has been translated worldwide, mainly into languages he can’t read. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Linda, and a continual procession of adopted dogs. He collects vintage science fiction books and magazines, spacecraft model ...

StarShipSofa No 490 Kameron Hurley
Main Fiction: "Enyo-enyo" by Kameron Hurley Originally published in Lightspeed Magazine Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popul...

StarShipSofa No 489 Rachael K. Jonese
Main Fiction: "Indigo Blue" by Rachael K. Jones Originally published in Shimmerr Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Athens, Georgia. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael's fiction has appeared in dozens of venues, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons. Follow her on T...


StarShipSofa No 488 David D. Levine
Main Fiction: "End of the Silk Road" by David Levine Originally published in Old Venus David D. Levine (www.daviddlevine.com) is the author of novels Arabella of Mars and Arabella and the Battle of Venus, as well as over fifty SF and fantasy short stories, His story “Tk’Tk’Tk’” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection S...

StarShipSofa No 487 Tobias Buckell
Main Fiction: "Pale Blue Memories" by Tobias S. Buckell Originally published in Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozios Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over 50 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell ...

StarShipSofa No 486 Jack Campbell
Main Fiction: "Hell's Half Acre" by Jack Campbell Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams. Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Vanguard (which comes out in May), the first book in The Genesis Fleet, and Daughter of Dragons, a follow on to Pillars of Reality. And starting in June, Titan will begin bringing out Lost Fleet ...


StarShipSofa No 485 Ian McDonald
Main Fiction: "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian McDonald Originally published in Asimovs Ian McDonald is a science-fiction writer living just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His first novel was Desolation Road, his most recent is Luna: Wolf Moon, from Tor in the US and Gollancz in the UK. He's been nominated for every major SFF award, and even won a few. Narrated by: Kaushik Narasimhan Kaushik Narasimhan is a management consultant by day and struggling writer and general dilettante by night. He tweets at...

StarShipSofa No 484 Leah Cypess
Main Fiction: "Cupid's Compass" Originally published in The Magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction Leah Cypess wrote her first short story - in which the narrator was an ice cream cone - at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCo...

StarShipSofa No 483 Alex Shvartsman
Main Fiction: "The Race for Arcadia" by Alex Shvartsman Originally published in Mission Tomorrow Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects an...


StarShipSofa No 482 David Burns
Main Fiction: "Dyad" by David Burns Originally published in The Cyborg Chronicles David Bruns is a former officer on a nuclear-powered submarine turned corporate executive turned science fiction writer. He is the creator of the sci-fi/fantasy series, The Dream Guild Chronicles, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. In his spare time, he co-writesc ontemporary thrillers with a retired naval intelligence officer. Find out more at www.davidbruns.com Narrated by: Andrew Leman Andrew Leman is a produ...

StarShipSofa No 481 Donald Jacob Uitvlugt and Laura Pearlman
Main Fiction: "Butterfly Dreams" by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt Originally appeared in Science Fiction Stories Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. His short fiction has appeared numerous print and online venues, including Timeless Tales and Cirsova Magazine. He strives to write what he calls "Haiku Fiction," stories that are small in scale but big in impact. If you enjoyed "Butterfly Dreams," let him know at his webpage http...

StarShipSofa No 480 David Gullen
Main Fiction: "All Your Futures Are Belong To Us" by David Gullen Originally appeared in ARC 1.3 David is a white African writer whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has won the British Fantasy Society short story competition, placed third in the Aeon Award, and been shortlisted for the James White Award. He has also been a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Narrated by: Tatiana Grey Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the au...


StarShipSofa No 479 Nir Yaniv and Lavie Tidhar
Week 3 of Translations Special This story was originally written in Hebrew and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "Benjamin Schneider’s Little Greys" by Nir Yaniv, translated by Lavie Tidhar Nir Yaniv is an Israeli science fiction writer, musician and, on special occasions, film director. He's notorious for his past as the chief editor of two of Israel's leading science fiction magazines, and also for his present habit of drawing chickens in public. Lavie Tidhar is the author of the Jerwood...

StarShipSofa No 478 Eva Hauserova and Cyril Simsa
Week 2 of Translations Month Special This story was first written in Czech and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "Between Us Girls" by Eva Hauserova, translated by Cyril Simsa Eva Hauserová was born and brought up in Prague in what then still Communist Czechoslovakia. She studied Biology at Charles University and for a while worked in Genetic research, but soon realised her real talents lay elsewhere. She has been a full-time writer/editor/translator since 1990, working for a variety of mag...

StarShipSofa No 477 Maria Haskins Week 1 of Translations Special Month!
Week 1 of Translations Special Month! This story was originally written in Swedish and has been translated into English.Main Fiction: "Lost and Found" by Maria HaskinsMaria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the far-off era known as the 1980s. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, and is currently located just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog. Her English-language fiction has app...


StarShipSofa No 476 Julian Smith
Kickstarter: Everyone Worlds Without Walls https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1895930248/everyone-worlds-without-walls Main Fiction: "The World of Dew" by Julian Mortimer Smith Originally published in PULP Literature Julian Mortimer Smith has published more than a dozen stories in some of the world’s top speculative fiction magazines, including Asimov’s, Terraform, and Daily Science Fiction. One of his stories, “Headshot,” appeared in the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 anthology. He has...

StarShipSofa No 475 Laurie Tom
Kickstarter: Everyone Worlds Without Walls https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1895930248/everyone-worlds-without-walls Main Fiction: "The Wings The Lungs, The Engine The Heart" by Laurie Tom Originally published in Galaxy's Edge. Laurie Tom has been entranced by science fiction and fantasy since childhood and has been writing nearly as long. As a teenager she fell in love with All Quiet on the Western Front and other stories about the soldiers who lived through World War I. Her work has appeared ...

StarShipSofa No 474 David John Baker and Colin Gibson
KickStarter: Everyone Worlds Without Walls https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1895930248/everyone-worlds-without-walls Interview: Colin Gibson, Oscar-winning Production Designer on Mad Max: Fury Road with Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: "Nanoamerica" by David John Baker Originally published in PS Publishing's Catastrophia. David John Baker is a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan, where he studies the conceptual foundations of modern physics. He has defended the view that space and time are ...


StarShipSofa No 473 Leah Cypess
Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1895930248/everyone-worlds-without-walls Main Fiction: "What We Ourselves are Not" by Leah Cypess Originally published in Asimov's.. Leah Cypess wrote her first short story - in which the narrator was an ice cream cone - at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in...

StarShipSofa No 472 Richard Johnson and George Nikolopoulos
Main Fiction: "In Apprehension How Like a God" by Richard Johnson Originally published in Writers of the Future Richard Johnson is an award-winning writer of science fiction having won the Gold Award at the Writers of the Future Competition in 2011 and the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest in 2012. He has previously appeared on Starship Sofa with his flash fiction A Friend in Need (and you’ve also accepted my Writers of the Future winging story although that hasn’t appeared yet). His day job as a structu...

StarShipSofa No 471 Kate O'Connor
Main Fiction: "Intertwined" by Kate O'Connor Originally published in Intergalactic Medicine Show After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kate O’Connor took up writing science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Intergalactic Medicine Show, Diabolical Plots, and Escape Pod. In between telling stories, she flies airplanes, digs up artifacts, and edits an aviation magazine. Her website can be found at kateoconnor3.wordpress.com. Narrated by: Jen R. Al...


StarShipSofa No 470 Jay O'Connell and Rob Boffard
Interview with Rob Boffard, author of Tracer. Main Fiction: "Solomon's Little Sister" by Jay O'Connell Originally published in Asimov's Jay O'Connell is a writer, artist, activist, human living in Cambridge MA with his wife, two kids, two cats, and eight zillion books. A graduate of Clarion West in the nineties, Jay quit writing for no earthly reason for over a decade but returned in 2012 with a bunch of shorts and novellas in Asimov’s, F&SF, Interzone and Analog, fulfilling a life long dream. He blogs a...

StarShipSofa No 469 J. W. Alden
Patreon Postcards https://www.patreon.com/districtofwonders Main Fiction: "The Sun Falls Apart" by J. W. Alden Originally published in Writers of the Future Volume 32 J.W. Alden is fascinated with the fantastic. He lives near West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Allison, who doesn't mind the odd assortment of musical instruments and medieval weaponry that decorate his office (as long as he brandishes the former more often than the latter). Alden is a 1st Place Writers of the Future winner, a graduate o...

StarShipSofa No 468 Carmelo Rafala
Grab Your Had Written Science Fiction Postcard! https://www.patreon.com/districtofwonders Main Fiction: "Song for the Asking" Originally published in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany Carmelo Rafala’s work has been published in various venues, including the following anthologies: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Submitted For Your Approval, the Anthology of European SF The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack, Rocket Science , and The West Pier Gazette and other Stories. His wor...


StarShipSofa No 467 Michael Moorcock
Welcome to the first show from StarShipSofa in 2017! Let's take you back to where it all began! Main Fiction: London Bone by Michael Moorcock Moorcock was born in London in 1939, and now lives in Texas. He is a prolific and award-winning writer with more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction to his name, he is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat, amongst many other memorable characters. Narrator: MCL Studios Music by David Bradshaw Support StarShipSofa: For information regar...

StarShipSofa No 466 Richard Johnson
Main Fiction: "Taking the High Road" by Richard Johnson Originally published at Baen.com Richard Johnson is an award-winning writer of science fiction having won the Gold Award at the Writers of the Future Competition in 2011 and the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest in 2012. He has previously appeared on Starship Sofa with his flash fiction A Friend in Need (and you’ve also accepted my Writers of the Future winging story although that hasn’t appeared yet). His day job as a structural engineer has taken ...

StarShipSofa No 465 Nnedi Okorafor
Main Fiction: "Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor Originally published in Robot Uprisings, edited by John Joseph Adams Nnedi Okorafor’s books include Lagoon, Who Fears Death, Kabu Kabu, Akata Witch, Zahrah the Windseeker, and The Shadow Speaker. Her adult novel The Book of Phoenix was released in May 2015; the New York Times called it a "triumph". Her novella Binti was released in late September 2015 and her young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Breaking Kola will be released in 2016. Nnedi holds a PhD in l...


StarShipSofa No 464 Beth Cato
Main Fiction: "Overlap" by Beth Cato http://www.bethcato.com/ Originally published in Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) Beth Cato is the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER steampunk fantasy series from Harper Voyager. Her short fiction is in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @Bet...

StarShipSofa No 463 Neal Asher
Main Fiction: "Strood" by Neal Asher Originally appeared in Asimov's Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician. His Owner series novels include The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War. Dark Intelligence is the start of a new series set...

StarShipSofa No 462 Douglas Smith
Support all the shows in the District of Wonders PATREON Main Fiction: "Scream Angel" by Douglas Smith Originally published in Low Port Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." His work has appeared in twenty-five languages and over thirty countries. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits....


StarShipSofa No 461 Lauren Beukes
Main Fiction: "The Green" by Lauren Beukes Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams. The story will also appear in Lauren's upcoming short fiction and essay collection, Slipping, published in late November. Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and journalism. Her novels, including The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters and Zoo City have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and ...

StarShipSofa No 460 Marc Laidlaw
Main Fiction: "400 Boys" by Marc Laidlaw Originally published in Omni, reprinted in Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. Marc Laidlaw is the author of six novels, including the International Horror Guild Award winner, The 37th Mandala. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since the 1970s. In 1997, he joined Valve Software, and over the next nearly two decades, worked as lead writer on the popular Half-Life and Dota 2 franchises. In 2016, he retired to resume writing his ...

StarShipSofa No 459 Martin L. Shoemaker
Main Fiction: "Unrefined" by Martin L. Shoemaker Originally appeared in Writers of the Future #31 Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! His work has appeared in Analog, Clarkesworld, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, and Writers of the Future Volume 31. His novella Murde...


StarShipSofa No 458 T. R. Napper
Main Fiction: "An Advanced Guide to Successful Price-Fixing in Extraterrestrial Betting Markets" by T. R. Napper Originally appeared in Interzone #256 T R Napper’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone (several issues), Grimdark Magazine, and several others. He is a Writers of the Future winner and been nominated for the Ditmar Awards. T R Napper has spent the last decade living and working throughout South East Asia. His website is here: http://www.nappertime.com/, and he can be found here o...

StarShipSofa No 457 Shane Halbach
"Main Fiction: The Story of Daro and the Arbolita" by Shane Halbach Originally appeared in Analog Shane Halbach lives in Chicago with his wife and three kids, where he writes software by day and avoids writing stories by night. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Escape Pod, The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere. He blogs regularly at shanehalbach.com, or can be found on Twitter @shanehalbach Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Mark Nelson Mark Nelson (aka Harry Shaw) ha...

StarShipSofa No 456 Gregory Norman Bossert
Tony's YouTube Channel unnamed Art done by Brian Matyas "Main Fiction: Two Things About Thrand Zandy's TechnoThèque" by Gregory Norman Bossert Originally appeared in Unlikely Story With the turning of the 21rst century I decided that twenty years of writing computer software was enough. By 2003 I had landed a job as a motion picture researcher for the film Beowulf, my qualification being that I had actually read the original…in 1982! That lead in time to a job at the legendary visual effects house...


StarShipSofa No 455 Adam Rakunas
Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Main Fiction: "Oh Give Me A Home" by Adam Rakunas Originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July-August 2013 Adam Rakunas is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated WINDSWEPT and the forthcoming LIKE A BOSS. His short fiction has appeared in Futurismic.com and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He has had a long and varied career as a video game engineer, a triathlon race director, a parking lot attendant, an...

StarShipSofa No 454 Alex Shvartsman and Stephen S. Power
Coming Up... Main Fiction: "Falling Dominoes" by Alex Shvartsman Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, Daily SF, and other venues. He’s the winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. Alex edits Unidentif...

StarShipSofa No 453 Mike Carey (M. R. Carey)
Main Fiction: "The Non-Event" by Mike Carey Originally published in Masked. M. R. Carey is a writer who is equally at home in a wide range of media. His latest novel, Fellside, is a ghost story set in a women’s prison. Its predecessor The Girl with all the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is soon to be a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagshi...


StarShipSofa No 452 Malcolm Delvin
Main Fiction: "Must Supply Own Workboots" by Malcolm Delvin Originally appeared in Interzone Malcolm Devlin’s stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone and the anthology Aickman’s Heirs. He aspires to have the world’s shortest author bio. Narrated by: Jonathan Sharp Jonathan lives and works in a sleepy southern New Mexico town along side his exceedingly talented wife Paige. When he is free from the mountains of organic vegetables under which he works, he plays in front of the microphone in the h...

StarShipSofa No 451 Tony Pi and Costi Gurgu
Main Fiction: "Cosmobotica" by Tony Pi and Costi Gurgu Originally published in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk Tony Pi is a Chinese-Canadian writer in Toronto with a Ph.D. in Linguistics. He is the winner of the 2015 Aurora Award for Best English Poem/Song, a multiple past finalist in the category of Best English Short Fiction, and the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His work appears in many anthologies and magazines, including Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Ski...

StarShipSofa No 450 Effie Sieberg and Rachelle Harp
Main Fiction: "Rocket Surgery" by Effie Sieberg Originally appeared in Analog Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the "Women Destroy Science Fiction!" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine, Galaxy's Edge, Analog, and PodCastle, amongst others. She is a graduate of Taos Toolbox 2013, a member of Codex, and a reader at Tor.com. Effie lives in San Francisco, recently and upcoming (but not presently) near a giant sculpture of a pink bunny head with a skull in it...


StarShipSofa No 449 Hugo Nominees Part 2 Hao Jingfang translated by Ken Liu
Week 2 of Hugo Nominees This story is nominated for Best Novelette Main Fiction: "Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu Originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine In 2002, Hao Jingfang was awarded First Prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. She gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and her PhD from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Mengya, Science Fiction W...

StarShipSofa No 448 Hugo Nominee Part 1 Brooke Bolander
Week 1 of Hugo Nominees This story is nominated for Best Novelette Main Fiction: "And You Shall Know Her By The Trail of Dead" by Brooke Bolander Originally appeared in Lightspeed, Issue #57. Audio produced by Skyboat Media. Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a gradua...

StarShipSofa No 447 Taiyo Fuji and Jim Hubbert
Week 4 of Translations Special Month! This story was originally written in Japanese and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "Violation of the TrueNet Security Act" by Taiyo Fuji, translated by Jim Hubbert. Originally published in Lightspeed, Issue #62. Audio produced by Sky Boat Media. Taiyo Fujii was born in Amami Oshima Island—that is, between Kyushu and Okinawa. He has worked in stage design, desktop publishing, exhibition graphic design, and software development. In 2012, Fujii self-pub...


StarShipSofa No 446 Pavel Amnuel and Anatoly Belilovsky
Week 3 of Translations Special Month! This story was originally written in Russian and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "White Curtain" by Pavel Amnuel, translated by Anatoly Belilovsky. Originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, reprinted in The Year's Best SF 32, edited by Gardner Dozios Pavel Amnuel was born in 1944 in Baku (Azerbaijan, former USSR.) He is an astrophysicist who predicted (in 1968, with O. Guseynov) the existence of Xray pulsars, later confirme...

StarShipSofa No 445 Laurent Queyssi‏ and Edward Gauvin
Week 2 of Translations Special Month! Download Mp3 File Here! This story was originally written in French and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "Sense of Wonder 2.0" by Laurent Queyssi‏, translated by Edward Gauvin Originally published in The New Accelerator Issue #2. Based in Bordeaux, France, Laurent Queyssi is the author of six novels for young and adult readers, most recently Allison, a coming-of-age tale about superpowers and ’90s music. He has also written for comics, and translate...

StarShipSofa No 444 Chen Qiufan, Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan
Week 1 of Translations Special Month! This story was originally written in Chinese and has been translated into English. Main Fiction: "The Smog Society" by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan. Originally published in Lightspeed Magazine, Issue #63, reprinted in Loosed Upon The World, edited by John Joseph Adams. Audio produced by Sky Boat Media Chen Qiufan (A.K.A. Stanley Chan) was born in Shantou, Guangdong province. Chan is a science fiction writer, columnist, script writer an...


StarShipSofa No 443 Matthew Ward
Main Fiction: “Brazen Dreams” by Matthew Ward Originally published in Grimdark Magazine Issue #4 When the young Matthew Ward wasn’t reading of strange worlds in the works of C S Lewis, Tolkien and Douglas Hill, he was watching adventure and mystery in Doctor Who, and Richard Carpenter’s excellent Robin of Sherwood series. In 2002, he joined Games Workshop and spent the next decade developing characters, settings and stories for their Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, as well as for a successful se...

StarShipSofa No 442 Erica L. Satifka and Mark Mann Episode
Interview: Mark Mann – Hassan and the Beam Main Fiction: “Signs Following” by Erica L. Satifka Originally published in Ideomancer Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, and various other places. Her debut novel Stay Crazy will be released by Apex Publications in August 2016. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse Rob and three needy cats. Visit her online at ericasatifka.com or on Twitter @ericasatifka. Narrated by: Robert A. K. Gonyo Robert A. K. Gonyo is a theatre d...

StarShipSofa No 441 William Ledbetter
Main Fiction: “The Rings of Mars” by William Ledbetter Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Originally published in Writers of the Future Volume 28. William Ledbetter is a writer with more than forty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Writers of the Future, Escape Pod, Ad Astra and Baen.com. He’s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense...


StarShipSofa No 440 Joe R. Lansdale
Main Fiction: “The Wizard of the Trees” by Joe R. Lansdale Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis Originally published in Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Champion mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been ...

StarShipSofa No 439 Jeffrey A. Ballard
Interview: Brooke Borel – THE TRICKY ETHICS OF LIVING LONGER website: http://brookeborel.com/ Twitter: @brookeborel Infested website: http://infestedbook.com/ Main Fiction: “Underwater Restoration” by Jeffrey A. Ballard Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalatic Medicine Show Jeffrey A. Ballard is a nomadic Yankee that currently lives in the Texas Hill Country. A long time   fascination with the ocean lead him into academia, where he happily spends his days playing scientist   and spends his n...

StarShipSofa No 438 Rjurik Davidson and Sunil Patel
The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC will be hosting a three day event  known as Escape Velocity which is  Part Comic Con and Part Science Fiction Festival.  20% discount on admission to all StarShipSofa listeners  if they use the promo code SOFA20. Details about the event are below and at www.EscapeVelocity.events   Main Fiction: “Skins” by Rjurik Davidson Originally published in Cosmos Magazine. Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays....


StarShipSofa No 437 Jeffrey Ford
Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford Originally published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, Vanitas, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackp...

StarShipSofa No 436 T. R. Napper and Geoffrey A Landis
Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Part 2 of 2 Star Trek and Arthurian Legend Interview: Geoffrey A Landis – What Really Happens When You Get Blown Out of an Airlock Main Fiction: “A Shout is a Prayer / For the Waiting Centuries” by T. R. Napper Originally published in Interzone #258 T R Napper’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone (several issues), Grimdark Magazine, and several others. He is a Writers of the Future winner and been nominated for the Ditmar Awards. T R Napp...

StarShipSofa 435 Axel Taiari, Wendy Nikel and Steve Humble
Interview: Steve Humble – We really can build a time travelling machine! Main Fiction: “Beyond the Visible Spectrum” by Axel Taiari Originally published in Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #7 Axel Taiari was born and raised in Paris, France. Publishing credits include Abyss & Apex, Fantasy Scroll, The Big Click, and other magazines and anthologies. He is the co-author of The Soul Standard, to be released by Dzanc Books in 2016. Read more at www.axeltaiari.com Narrated by: Jonathan Danz Jonathan Danz exists i...


StarShipSofa No 434 Lauren C. Teffeau and Ryan Calo
Interviews: Ryan Calo – Robot Laws Main Fiction: “Jump Cut” by Lauren C. Teffeau Originally published in Unlikely Story’s Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, Issue 11 Lauren C. Teffeau was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest. In the Summer of 2012, she attended Taos Toolbox, a master class in writing science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction can be found in a number of speculative fiction magazines and anthologies. O...

StarShipSofa No 433 Ken MacLeod
Main Fiction: “‘The Entire Immense Superstructure’: An Installation” by Ken MacLeod Originally published in Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan Ken MacLeod was born in Stornoway and lives in West Lothian. He has Honours and Masters degrees in biological subjects and worked for some years in the IT industry. Since 1997 he has been a full-time writer. He is the author of fourteen novels, from The Star Fraction (1995) to Descent (Orbit, 2014), and many articles and short stories. His novels and sto...

StarShipSofa No 432 Evan Dicken and Zhe Xu
NEW PODCAST LAUNCHED TODAY! Your Remarkable Adventure by StarShipSofa host Tony C Smith Interview: Zhe Xu and the robotic hand   Main Fiction: “Citizen of the Galaxy” by Evan Dicken Originally published in Analog – December 2014. By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and analyzes medical research data at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and The Overcast, and he has stories forthcoming from publisher...


StarShipSofa No 431 Martin L. Shoemaker and Mika Mckinnon
Interview: Mika Mckinnon Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis   Main Fiction: “Pallbearers” by Martin L. Shoemaker Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! His work has appeared in Analog, Clarkesworld, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, ...

StarShipSofa No 430 Arkady Martine
Main Fiction: “Lace Downstairs” by Arkady Martine Originally published in Abyss & Apex Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a Byzantine historian. In both roles she writes about border politics, rhetorical propaganda, and liminal spaces. She was a student at Viable Paradise XVII. Arkady grew up in New York City and currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden. Find her online at arkadymartine.wordpress.com or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine. Narrated by: Tatiana Gomberg Tatiana ...

StarShipSofa No 429 Gareth L. Powell and Rachel Armstrong
Interview: Rachel Armstrong – Will We Ever Build StarShips Main Fiction: “Distant Galaxies Colliding” by Gareth L. Powell First published in Quantum Muse (2005) GARETH L. POWELL is an award-winning writer from the UK. He is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque, won the 2013 BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Award for Best Novel, and his story, ‘Ride The Blue Horse’, is currently shor...


StarShipSofa No 428 Stephen Kotowych
Jeremy Szal on Hugos and StarShipSofa Main Fiction: “Saturn in G Minor” by Stephen Kotowych Originally published in Writers of the Future: Volume 23 STEPHEN KOTOWYCH is a Writers of the Future Grand Prize winner (for “Saturn in G Minor”) and past finalist for the Prix Aurora Award, Canada’s top SF prize. His stories have appeared in StarShipSofa (#259), Interzone, Intergalactic Medicine Show, numerous anthologies, and been translated into a dozen languages. His first collection of short fiction, Seven Agai...

StarStarShip No 427 Michael R. Fletcher and Mark Zastrow
Copyright image Mark Zastrow Interview: Mark Zastrow – Inside the cloning factory that creates 500 new animals a day Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis Main Fiction: “Intellectual Property” by Michael R. Fletcher Originally appeared in Interzone. Michael R. Fletcher is a science fiction and fantasy author who lives with his wife and daughter in the endless soulless suburban sprawl north of Toronto, Canada. His hobbies include… uh… he doesn’t really have hobbies. He likes death metal, doe...

StarShipSofa No 426 Christopher Priest and Carli Velocci
Coming Up… Interview: Carli Velocci Why do we keep using Nazis in space trope? Main Fiction: “A Dying Fall” by Christopher Priest Christopher Priest’s book – The Inverted World Originally published in Asimov’s – December 2006 Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968. He has published thirteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, noveliz...


StarShipSofa No 425 Bruce Sterling and Jill Heinerth
Coming Up… Interview: Cave diver Jill Heinerth explores hidden underground waterways running through our planet. OASIS 28 Main Fiction: “Black Swan” by Bruce Sterling Originally published in Interzone, reprinted in Years Best SF 15. Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His no...

StarShipSofa No 424 Vaughan Stanger and Zak Wilson
Coming Up… Interview: Zak Wilson Find out what it’s like to live on Mars for 8 months! Fact: Science News with J J Campanella Main Fiction: “First and Third” by Vaughan Stanger Originally appeared in Postscripts 26/27 Formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in an aerospace company,  Vaughan Stanger now writes SF and fantasy fiction for a living. His stories have appeared in Daily  Science Fiction, End of an Aeon, Postscripts, Nature Futures and Interzone, amongst other noted  ...

StarShipSofa No 423 Kary English
Coming Up… Fact: Looking Back at Genre History  by Amy H. Sturgis Poetry Planet 16 by Diane Severson Main Fiction: “Flight of the Kikayon” by Kary English Originally appeared in Grantville Gazette Kary English is a Writers of the Future winner and Hugo nominee whose work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Grantville Gazette’s Universe Annex, Writers of the Future, Vol. 31 and Galaxy’s Edge.  Kary grew up in the snowy Midwest where she avoided siblings and frostbite by reading book after book in a warm...


StarShipSofa No 422 Brian K. Lowe and Prof. Christopher Riley
Coming Up… Fiction Crawler 16 by Matthew Sanborn Smith Interview: Professor Christopher Riley talks about Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell Interview: Salvatore Cerchio talks about Omura’s whales off northwest Madagascar Main Fiction: “Rights and Wrongs” by Brian K. Lowe Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Magic Medicine Show Brian K. Lowe is a 21st century SF author who, judging by... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...

StarShipSofa No 421 Fiona Moore and Jason Koebler
Coming Up.. Interview: Jason Koebler. Also check out Jason’s amazing podcast “Radio Motherboard“ Main Fiction: “The Metaphor” by Fiona Moore Originally published in Interzone. Fiona Moore is an anthropologist at the University of London by day and an SF writer by night. Her previous credits include fiction and poetry in, among others, Interzone, Asimov, Dark Horizons and Unlikely Story, three stage plays, four audio plays, and four guidebooks to cult TV series, most recently a 2-volume guide to Battlestar ...

StarShipSofa No 420 David Steffen and David Brin
Coming Up… Interview: David Brin and The Best Year in Space Ever! Fact: Science News by J J Campanella  Main Fiction: “Catastrophic Failure” by David Steffen Fiction originally appeared in Perihelion Science Fiction. David is a software engineer and writer living in Minnesota. He is the editor of Diabolical Plots, a speculative fiction zine of fiction and nonfiction. In 2015 Diabolical Plots began publishing original fiction for the first time. He is also the administrator of the Submission Grinder, a web...


StarShipSofa No 419 Krystal Claxon and Louis Rosenberg
Coming Up…. Louis Rosenberg – founder of Unanimous Ai Click Here to get all you need to know and more about Human Swarming Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Main Fiction: “Bitter Remedy” by Krystal Claxton Originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine Tragically born with a miscalibrated sense of humor, Krystal Claxton lived in nine US states before the age of thirteen. The combination of the two has left her with an oscillating accent and a habit of laughing at things that aren’t f...

StarShipSofa No 418 Julie Frost and Dr Bruce Drinkwater
Coming Up… Bruce Drinkwater blueprint plans for ultrasonic tractor beam! Main Fiction: “Sensory Overload” by Julie Frost Originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine. Julie Frost writes every shade of speculative fiction and lives in Utah with her family (wherein the pets outnumber the people) and a collection of anteaters and Oaxacan carvings, some of which intersect. Her fiction has appeared in Cosmos, Unlikely Story, Plasma Frequency, Stupefying Stories, and many other venues, and has been a Finalis...

StarShipSofa No 417 Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Nathaniel Calhoun
Coming Up… Interview: Nathaniel Calhoun Main Fiction: “The Damaged” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam Originally published in Interzone. Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She lives in Texas with her partner and two literarily-named cats: Gimli and Don Quixote. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. You can visit her on ...


StarShipSofa No 416 Colin P. Davies and Anatoly Belilovsky
Coming Up… Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Interview with editor of Escape Artists’ MotherShip Zeta, Karen Bovenmyer with Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: “Julian of Earth” by Colin P. Davies Originally published in Asimov’s. Colin P. Davies lives near Liverpool, England and has been contributing to the science fiction and fantasy magazines for twenty-five years. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways, Daily Science Fiction and elsewhere. His story “The Defen...

StarShipSofa 415 Anthony Cardno and Zoltan Istvan
Coming Up… The First To The Singularity Click and Try It OUT! FREE Interview: Zoltan Istvan – The First To The Singularity   Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis Main Fiction: “Chasing Satellites” by Anthony Cardno Originally appeared in the anthology Beyond the Sun, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Anthony R. Cardno’s first published work was a “hero history” of Marvel Comics’ The Invaders for the late, lamented Amazing Heroes. His... For information regarding your data privacy, visit aca...

StarShipSofa No 414 Beth Cato, Rachael K. Jones and Seth Shostak
Coming Up… Interview: Seth Shostak Click here for FREE alien-megastructure plans Main Fiction: A Lonesome Speck of Home by Beth Cato. Beth Cato is the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER steampunk fantasy series from Harper Voyager. Her short fiction is in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @Bet...


StarShipSofa No 413 Damien Angelica Walters and Rebecca Birch and Vinay Gupta
Post Apocalyptic Week Special! Coming Up… Freebie – Get Vinay Gupta Hexayurt and make sure you survive! Interview: Vinay Gupta Main Fiction: “U for Umbrella” by Damien Angelica Walters Originally published in A is for Apocalypse. Damien Angelica Walters’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and magazines, including The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Volume One, Cassilda’s Song, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction, Nightmare Magazin...

StarShipSofa No 412 Brian Trent
Coming Up… YES! Get me on the Submission Desk Interview: Dan Vergano – NASA the Politics of Mars Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Karma Among the Cloud Kings” by Brian Trent. Originally published in Analog magazine. Brian Trent is a 2013 winner in the Writers of the Future contest for his story “War Hero”  and his work has appeared in ANALOG, Daily Science Fiction, Apex (winning the 2013 Story of the Year Reader’s Poll), Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, COSMOS, Strange Horizons, Galaxy’s Edge,...

StarShipSofa No 411 Caroline M. Yoachim and Tricia Glock
Coming Up… Support District of Wonders on Patreon   StarShipSofa: Call for Assistant and Slush Reader Main Fiction: “Beneath the Willow Branches, Beyond the Reach of Time”, by Caroline M. Yoachim Originally appeared in Interzone Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather.  She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed.  Her debut short story collection, SEVEN WONDERS OF A ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD & OTHER STO...


StarShipSofa No 410 Paul Levinson
Coming Up… Support Tales To Terrify on Patreon StarShipSofa: Call for Assistant and Slush Reader   Main Fiction: “The Chronology Protection Case” by Paul Levinson Originally published in Analog, reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF. Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012), have been tr...

StarShipSofa No 409 Sunil Patel and Prof Christopher Riley
Coming Up… Interview: Prof Christopher Riley and Our Message for Voyager – Facebook Page Main Fiction: “The Merger” by Sunil Patel Originally appeared in The Book Smugglers  Sunil Patel is a Bay Area fiction writer and playwright who has written about everything from ghostly cows to talking beer. His plays have been performed at San Francisco Theater Pub and San Francisco Olympians Festival, and his fiction has appeared in Saturday Night Reader, Fireside Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicin...

StarShipSofa No 408 Eric James Stone and Sue Burke and Ana Matronic
Coming Up… Ana Matronic – Robot Universe Short Fiction: “Summer Home” by Sue Burke Originally appeared in Asimov’s. Sue Burke was born Wisconsin and lived briefly in Texas before moving to Madrid, Spain, in 1999. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and she’s worked for decades as a journalist and editor. She’s also a certified Spanish-to-English translator, and her recent translations include a Angélica Gorodischer’s novel “Prodigies” published by Small Beer press,...


StarShipSofa No 407 Django Wexler
Coming Up: Interview: Ben Stein Main Fiction: “The End of the War” by Django Wexler Originally published in Asimov’s. Django Wexler is the author of the epic fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns from Ace and Roc books. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research.  Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of bo...

StarShipSofa No 406 Zach Chapman and Kate O’Connor and Serah Eley
Coming Up… Interview: Serah Eley Main Fiction: “Between Screens” by Zach Chapman Originally published in Writers of the Future Vol. 31 Zach Chapman grew up on a ranch just north of San Antonio, Texas where he could see the cows grazing in the pasture from his bedroom window. In 2011 he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a degree in English, where he won the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) English Award for creative writing. He currently lives in Austin with his ...

StarShipSofa No 405 David D Levine and Becky Chambers
Coming Up… Flash Fiction: The Binary String by Peter Taylor Interview: Becky Chambers author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet   Flash Fiction: “Ravages of Time” by Alex Shvartsman Originally published in Nature magazine. Narrator: Mark Nelson After getting a BA in Radio & Television, I spent the next 28 years in Human Resources – the graveyard of useless degrees. After being laid-off by my last tech company after it was bought-out by a competitor and shut down, I decided to return to my useless roo...


StarShipSofa No 404 Alex Shvartsman
Coming Up… Fact: Science News by Jim Campanella Interview with author and editor Alex Shvartsman, with Jeremy Szal Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, Daily SF, and other venues. He’s the winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent we...

StarShipSofa No 403 Mike Brooks and Andrew Liptak
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Redemption Awaits” by Mike Brooks Originally published in Grimdark Magazine Issue #4 Mike Brooks was born in Ipswich, Suffolk and moved to Nottingham when he was 18 to go to university. He’s stayed there ever since, and now lives with his wife, two cats, two snakes and a collection of tropical fish. He is the author of the Keiko novels, sci-fi adventures that follow the escapades of those crewing the spaceship of the same name: DARK RUN was released on June 4th, 2015, and DARK SKY ...

StarShipSofa No 402 Stewart C. Baker and Bogi Takács
Coming Up… Tiki Shark Art Hawaii Inc. Main Fiction: “Behind the First Years” by Stewart C. Baker Originally published in Cosmos magazine Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, haikuist, and speculative fiction writer. His fiction and poetry has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Flash Fiction Online, among other magazines. Stewart was born in England, has spent time in South Carolina, Japan, and California, and now lives in western Oregon with his wife and children—although if anyone asks, ...


StarShipSofa No 401 Carrie Vaughn
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Don Quixote‏” by Carrie Vaughn Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, the most recent installment of which Kitty Saves the World.  She’s written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories. She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin and ...

StarShipSofa No 400 William Gibson
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City” by William Gibson Originally published in New Worlds William Gibson is the author of nine novels, most recently The Peripheral, and, with Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine. He was born in South Carolina. He lives in Canada. Narrated by: Nicholas Camm Nick is an actor, audio-book narrator and voice-overer. He recently did a few scenes on the telly with Derek Jacobi, which made him tingle. He’s just finished shooting the feature film ‘Slapper ...

StarShipSofa No 399 Doug Souza and Y. N. Thom
Coming Up… Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Mountain Screamers” by Doug Souza Originally published in Asimov’s. I wrote “Mountain Screamers” because I wanted to see how cougars would fare in the future. I imagined they’d be marveled by society while battling extinction. I was pleasantly surprised when the characters took over the story. My grandparents—one set a pair of teachers, the other dairy owners—edged their way in, and I am grateful for this. Asimov’s was my first pro-sale.The day ...


StarShipSofa No 398 Karen Lord
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Hiraeth: A Tragedy in Four Acts‏” by Karen Lord Originally published in Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan Karen Lord, a Barbadian author and research consultant, is known for her debut novel Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was longlisted for the ...

StarShipSofa No 397 Jay Werkheiser and Jordan Suchow
Coming Up… Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis StarWars – Amy H. Sturgis Main Fiction: “Usher” by Jay Werkheiser Originally published in Analog Science-Fiction and Fact. Bio: Jay teaches chemistry and physics to high school students, where  he often finds inspiration for stories in classroom  discussions.   Not surprisingly, his stories often deal with alien biochemistries, weird physics, and their effects on the people  who interact with them.  Many of his stories have appeared in Analog, ...

StarShipSofa No 396 Peter F Hamilton and Joe Abercrombie
Coming Up… Interview with New York Times best selling author Joe Abercrombie with Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: “If At First…” by Peter F Hamilton. Originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and still lives in that county. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has written many bestselling novels, including the Greg Mandel series, the Night’s Dawn trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga, the Void trilogy, ...


StarShipSofa No 395 Rjurik Davidson
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Domine” by Rjurik Davidson Originally published in “The Time Traveller’s Almanac“, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays. He has been short-listed for and won a number of awards.  PS Publishing published his collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, in 2010. His novel, Unwrapped Sky, was published by Tor Books in April 2014. Sci Fi Now claims it can “go toe-to-toe with China Miéville’...

StarShipSofa 394 Robert J McCarter
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Last Flight of the Acurus” by Robert J. McCarter Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Robert J. McCarter lives in the mountains of Arizona with his beautiful wife and his ridiculously  adorable dog, pounding away at the keyboard producing software (to make a living) and stories  (to fill his soul and hopefully yours). He has writ ten several ghost-oriented novels:   Shuffled Off,  Drawing the Dead , and  To Be a Fool .  He is currently working on the  Neutr...

StarShipSofa No 393 Gregory Bossert
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “12 and Tag” by Gregory Bossert Originally published in Asimov’s. I began writing fiction in 2009, at the age of 47, after artists Iain McCaig and Dermot Power dared me to write a screenplay. I wrote two, and then tried my hand at short stories, the second of which sold to Asimov’s Science Fiction. After that, I was hooked. My story “The Telling”, originally published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction.  And my story “Bloom” from the Decem...


StarShipSofa No 392 Mercurio D Rivera and R Scott Bakker and Eric Schwitzgebel
Coming Up… Short Fiction: Reinstalling Eden, by R. Scott Bakker and Eric Schwitzgebel Originally published in Nature magazine. R. Scott Bakker has written eight novels translated into over dozen languages, including Neuropath, a dystopic meditation on the cultural impact of cognitive science, and the nihilistic epic fantasy series, The Prince of Nothing. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and his daughter. Eric Schwitzgebel is a professor of philosophy at University of California, Riverside. His shor...

StarShipSofa 391 Peter Watts
Coming Up… Promo: Class Title: The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic Main Fiction: “Bethlemen” by Peter Watts Peter Watts is a (former) scientist, author, and convicted felon who spent the first two decades of his adult life as a marine biologist. After fleeing academia for science fiction he became known for  the habit of appending extensive technical bibliographies onto his novels; this both confers a veneer of credibility and covers his ass against nitpickers.  Described by the Globe & Mail as “one...

StarShipSofa 390 Allen M. Steele
Coming Up… Fact: Looking back in Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis. Interview with world-leading horror anthologist: Ellen Datlow, by Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: “Ticking” by Allen M. Steele Before becoming a science fiction author, Allen Steele was a journalist who’d worked for newspapers and magazines in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri, and his home state of Tennessee. But SF was his first love, so he eventually ditched journalism and instead began producing that which made him decide to be a writer i...


StarShipSofa No 389 George R. R. Martin
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Men of Greywater Station” by George R. R. Martin and Howard Waldrop Originally published Amazing Stories 1976 and Songs of Stars and Shadows Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award–winner George R. R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of the landmark A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, has been called “the American Tolkien.” Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, George R. R. Martin made his first sale in 1971, and soon established himself as one of the most popular SF writers of t...

StarShipSofa No 388 Derek Kunsken
Coming Up… Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Persephone Descending” by Derek Kunsken Originally published in Analog Magazine Derek Künsken is a writer of science fiction and fantasy living in Gatineau, Québec. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Gate, On Spec, the three Escape Artists podcasts, several anthologies, and multiple times in Asimov’s. In 2012, he was short-listed for the Aurora Award and in 2013 his novelette “Way of the Needle” won the Asimov’s ...

StarShipSofa 387 Damien Angelica Walters
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Green is for Silence, Blue is for Voice, Red is for Whole, Black is for Choice” by Damien Angelica Walters. Originally published at Daily Science Fiction Damien Angelica Walters’ short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and magazines, including The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume One, Cassilda’s Song, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and Apex. “The Floating Girls: A Documentary,” originally published in Jamais Vu, is ...


StarShipSofa No 386 Gwendolyn Clare
Coming Up…   Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Main Fiction: “Stone to Stone, Blood to Blood” by Gwendolyn Clare Originally published in Asimov’s. Gwendolyn Clare resides in North Carolina, where she tends a vegetable garden and a flock of backyard ducks and wonders why she ever lived in the frozen northlands. She has a PhD in mycology, which is useful for identifying wild mushrooms but not for much else. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Beneath Ceaseless Sk...

StarShipSofa 385 KJ Kabza
Coming Up… Interview with Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Iulian Ionescu, by Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: “The Bomb Thing” by KJ Kabza Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science-Fiction Nov/Dec 2014 In addition to F&SF (which is where “The Bomb-Thing” first appeared), KJ Kabza’s work has been featured in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and others. His short fiction has made both the 2013 Locus and Tangent Recommended Reading Lists and has be...

StarShipSofa No 384 David McDonald
Coming Up… Octagon Technology Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Our Land Abounds” by David McDonald David McDonald is a mild mannered reporter and editor by day, and a wild eyed writer by night. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he is the editor of a fortnightly magazine for an international welfare organisation, and divides his spare time between helping run a local cricket club and writing. In 2013 he won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and in 2014 won the William J. Atheling Jr. Awa...


StarShipSofa No 383 Neal Asher
Coming Up… Octagon Technology Main Fiction: Memories of Earth by Neal Asher Neal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over twenty books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn’t intend to slow down just yet. Narrator: Anne-Marie Czajkowski. Anne-Marie Czajkowski is a postgraduate of the Royal College of Music. She was a regular soloist at t...

StarShipSofa No 382 Kim Stanley Robinson
Coming Up… Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel Octagon Technology Main Fiction: “Discovering Life” by Kim Stanley Robinson Robinson began publishing novels in 1984. His work has been described as “humanist science fiction” and “literary science fiction”. Robinson himself has been a proud defender and advocate of science fiction as a genre, which he regards as one of the most powerful of all literary forms. Narrator: Krista Sirota Short Fiction: “Purple Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson Narrator: acast.com/priv...

StarShipSofa No 381 Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Coming Up… Subscribe to my new YouTube Channel Octagon Technology Dr. Amy H. Sturgis Class: Class YouTube promo: https://youtu.be/bie18n5yv-0 Class information site: http://www.mythgard.org/academics/summer-2015-courses/literary-copernicus/ Literary Copernicus’: The Cosmic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft by Amy H Sturgis Main Fiction: A Forgone Conclusion, by Connor and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley Sylvia Spruck Wrigley writes hardcore aviation articles and soft science fiction stories (but never both at the same time)...


StarShipSofa No 380 T.R. Napper
Coming Up… Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “The Line” by T.R. Napper. Originally published in Grimdark Magazine Issue #2. ‘This is going to hurt.’ George held the goateed man in an arm-bar, face down on the canvas. The man managed to turn his head to one side and gasp, ‘No.’ George bent down, easing the strain on the arm for a moment. Sweat rolled down his brow, from the tip of his nose onto the man’s back. He whispered, ‘Yes.’ ‘BREAKER… BREAKER… BREAKER…’ T. R. Napper is a 2014 Writers o...

StarShipSofa 379 Megan Lindholm (Robin Hobb)
Coming Up… Interview with Editor/Publisher of Grimdark Magazine: Adrian Collins, by Jeremy Szal Main Fiction: “Neighbours” by Megan Lindholm Originally published in anthology Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Megan Lindholm was born in Oakland California in 1952, and spent the first ten years of her life in California. She grew up in a house full of books, rich with lovely illustrated fairy tale volumes, the works of Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dumas, Shakespeare and ot...

StarShipSofa 378 Caroline M. Yoachim
Coming Up…. Main Fiction: Ninety-Five Percent Safe, by Caroline M. Yoachim Originally published in Asimov’s. Nicole went to visit her best friend, Grant, the day before his family left for Opilio. She was jealous that he’d be part of the second wave — the first wave had already done the hardest work of establishing the colonies, but the floating cities would be nearly empty, an abundance of unclaimed living space. Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She is the author of dozen...


StarShipSofa 377 David D Levine
Coming Up… Octagon Technology Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis Main Fiction: “Mammals” by David D. Levine Originally published at Analog Magazine David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. His “Regency interplanetary airship adventure” novel Arabella of Mars wil...

StarShipSofa 376 Timons Esaias/David G. Blake
Coming Up… Octagon Technology Main Fiction: “The Fitter” by Timons Esaias Timons Esaias is a satirist, writer and poet living in Pittsburgh. His works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in eighteen languages. He has over a hundred poems in print, in markets ranging from Asimov’s Science Fiction and 5AM to Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and won the Asimov’s Readers Award. His story “Norbert and t...


StarShipSofa No 374 Alvaro Zinos-Amaro/Jim Hume
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “The Memory-Setter’s Apprentice” by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro Originally published at: Fantasy Scroll Mag Those who survive combat with the Sarakul return home with holes in their memories. As memory-setters, it’s our job to delve inside their skulls and repair the damage. Alvaro Zinos-Amaro is co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When the Blue Shift Comes. Alvaro’s short fiction and Rhysling-nominated poetry have appeared in Analog, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Apex, Buzzy Mag, The Journal of ...

StarShipSofa No 373 Kate O’Connor Mark Lawrence Evo Terra
Coming Up… Short Fiction: “Potential” by Mark Lawrence Interview: Evo and Sheila Terra Shevo Main Fiction: “A Concert of Flowers” by Kate O’Connor Originally published at Daily Science Fiction, reprinted in Fantasy Scroll Mag. The packed concert hall was far from silent. People whispered to their neighbors, fancy clothing rustled, jewelry chimed. In the wings, William Reis waited, the sound of his rapidly thumping heart filling his ears. Kate O’Connor was born in Virginia in 1982. She graduated from Embry-R...

StarShipSofa No 372 Norman Spinrad/Tobias S Buckell
Coming Up… Short Fiction: “The Universe Reef” by Tobias S. Buckell Jackson buckles his leathers tighter, and pulls on a fur. “The height causes that cold,” he shouts. “We’re like mountaineers!” I want to flee the bitter cold and escape the wind, which seems to pierce my skin and scrub my bones. But I don’t want to miss seeing the Stone Table with my own eyes. Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Isla...


StarShipSofa No 371 Ian Creasey/Ian Whates
Coming Up… Show Sponsor: Octagon Technology Short Fiction: The Piratical Sabbital, by Ian Whates You’re good, you know that? Well yes, I do realise that’s what you’re paid to be. No, really, I wasn’t being a smart-ass… sorry. I just never realised it was going to be this realistic. Ian Whates lives in a quiet Cambridgeshire village with his partner, Helen, Honey, a manic cocker spaniel, and Calvin, a tailless black cat. He currently has two published novel series: the Noise books (space opera with a twist) ...

StarShipSofa No 370 Anna North
Coming Up… Show Sponsor: Octagon Technology Main Fiction: Lullaby, by Anna North Originally published in Robot Uprisings, edited by John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson I never wanted to move to my grandfather’s house in the first place. He died before I was born, but Mom talked all the time about what a genius he was, and that year I hated everything Mom liked. I was sixteen, my dad had died the year before, and I didn’t see why I should act like anything would ever be all right. Anna North graduated fro...

StarShipSofa No 369 Cat Rambo
Coming up… Show Sponsor: Octagon Technology Fact: Ray Harryhausen by Marc Zicree Mr SciFi. Main Fiction: “Bots d’Armor” by Cat Rambo Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 150+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com. Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magaz...


StarShipSofa No 368 Brent Knowles Andy Weir
Coming Up…. Interview: Andy Weir – The Martian Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Digital Rights” by Brent Knowles The Assistant responsible for the primary thruster arrangement killed itself just ten days after Izzy arrived on the solar station. The panicked chatter of the other Assistants prevented them from continuing with their own duties. Horror, speculation, and worse of all, wonder, flowed across the station’s network. Brent Knowles has been published in several magazines and antholo...

StarShipSofa No 367 E Saxey/Stephen V Ramey
Coming Up… Main Fiction: “Not Smart, Not Clever”, by E Saxey E. Saxey is a queer Londoner and fan of floral-flavour chocolate, whose work has appeared in Apex, Holdfast, Daily Science Fiction and Spacewitch Moonshots, and anthologies including The Lowest Heaven and Pandemonium: The Rite of Spring. Narrated by Elizabeth Armancas Ibba Armancas is a nomadic screenwriter/director based in Los Angeles and Seattle. Her first feature film is due for release in 2015, and she is currently writing the pilot for a new...

StarShipSofa No 366 Paul Berger Alexander Burns
Coming Up… Main Fiction: Subduction, by Paul Berger Paul M. Berger has been a Japanese bureaucrat, an M.I.T. program administrator, an Internet entrepreneur, a butterfly wrangler, a museum tour guide and (God help him) a Wall Street recruiter, all of which, in the aggregate, may have prepared him for nothing except the cretion of speculative fiction. His work has appeared in publications including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Rich Horton’s Space Opera, Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fic...


StarShipSofa No 365 Alan Baxter
Coming up… Main Fiction: Unexpected Launch, by Alan Baxter (Originally published in Anywhere But Earth anthology by Coeur De Lion Publications) Gareth stared, open mouthed, at flames blooming massive and silent against a backdrop of stars. Bright, molten debris spun out from orange and black clouds, folding in on themselves without more oxygen to fuel them. Then the deep black of space, an ocean of dark, twisted debris and the sound of Dean vomiting. Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dar...

StarShipSofa No 364 Derek Kunksen
Coming up… Fact: Mr SciFi talks Ray Bradbury 01 Main Fiction: Schools of Clay, by Derek Kunksen 15:30 Derek Künsken is a writer of science fiction and fantasy living in Gatineau, Québec. His fiction has appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Gate, On Spec, the three Escape Artists podcasts, several anthologies, and multiple times in Asimov’s. In 2012, he was short-listed for the Aurora Award and in 2013 his novelette “Way of the Needle” won the Asimov’s Award. He has a masters degree in molecula...

StarShipSofa No 363 Megan Lindholm (Robin Hobb)
Coming Up… Fact: News About Rosetta by Katherine Inskip 03:40 Main Fiction: “Old Paint” by Megan Lindholm 26:30 I was only nine when it happened, so I may not have the details absolutely right. But I know the heart of my story, and the heart is always what matters in a tale like mine. Megan Lindholm was born in Oakland California in 1952, and spent the first ten years of her life in California. She grew up in a house full of books, rich with lovely illustrated fairy tale volumes, the works of Kipling, Rober...


StarShipSofa No 362 Angela Slatter Matthew Sanborn Smith
Coming Up…. Main Fiction: “I Love You Like Water” by Angela Slatter 02:00 The desert laps at the edge of the city – what used to be a conurbation is now one city short. The place where two cities met is a sand trap. The inhabitants of the place that got swallowed, the hardy few who stayed, are referred to as “sand crabs”. Specialising in dark fantasy and horror, Angela Slatter is the author of the Aurealis Award-winning The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, the World Fantasy Award finalist Sourdough and O...

StarShipSofa No 361 Adrian Tchaikovsky/Ian Watson
Coming up… Interview: Assistant Editor for StarShipSofa Jeremy Szal 02:00 Main Fiction: “The Mouse Ran Down” by Adrian Tchaikovsky 20:50 Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series and a standalone science fiction novel scheduled for 2015. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life ...

StarShipSofa No 360 Peter Watts
Support the Kickstarter campaign for SofaCon 2015! Music: The Wreck of the Cassie Dee by David Bradshaw Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: “Bulk Food” by Peter Watts and Laurie Channer Peter Watts is a (former) scientist, author, and convicted felon who spent the first two decades of his adult life as a marine biologist. After fleeing academia for science fiction he became known for the habit of appending extensive technical bibliographies onto his novels; this both confers a veneer of credibilit...


StarShipSofa No 359 Dennis M. Lane
Coming up… SofaCON 2   Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Main fiction: “A Long ‘Til Spring” by Dennis M. Lane (Narrated by the author) It had been a long day of walking through the auburn jungle for Billy Bob and the other young ‘uns.   Dennis M. Lane is a South Africa based writer who has seen his work gaining more of an audience over 2013. His 2012 collection of stories and poems garnered two Rhysling nominations and a Dwarf Stars nomination. He had a short story published in Dark Bea...