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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: Narrated by: Amy H. Sturgis Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in both Science Fiction and Indigenous American Studies. Since 2008, she has been contributing monthly "Looking Back at Genre History" segments to StarShipSofa. Editor in Chief of Hocus Pocus Comics and faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Sturgis lives with her husband in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Learn more about her award-winning work at Short Fiction: "My First Duty" by Eric Reynolds Originally published at Galaxy's Edge Eric T. Reynolds is  Editor/Publisher with Hadley Rille Books ( and has edited over 40 highly-acclaimed anthologies, collections, and novels. His short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Sci Phi Journal, several  indie press publications, and had several non-fiction science articles published about space exploration and history of technology. He is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe. You can visit him on Facebook at "Eric T. Reynolds." He blogs occasionally at Narrated by: Jason Satterlund  Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production, including directing, writing, cinematography, and editing.  He travels the world producing feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera. Satterlund wrote and directed the award-winning feature film The Record Keeper, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London and is currently on the world wide festival circuit. He is also the director of the Star Wars fan film The Force and the Fury, viewable on YouTube. When he isn't busy directing his own projects, he enjoys teaching film making workshops, shaping the film makers of the future.

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 translated into Chinese, Romanian and Estonian. She received the Encouragement Award of the European science fiction and fantasy society in 2013 and won the Aeronautilus Award (“Czech equivalent of Hugo”) three times. She is an evolutionary biologist by study, takes a keen interest in planetary science and engages in science outreach. She’s currently working on her first novel in English. Follow her on Twitter @Julianne_SF. Narrated by: Juliana Erickson Imagining herself as the heroine in all her favorite stories, Juliana Erickson has always enjoyed exploring new and fantastic worlds. Off the pages, she has explored much of our own world, even calling Hawaii and Italy her other homes. Between adventures, and workouts at the kickboxing gym, she likes watching anything with dinosaurs, vikings, or aliens. Juliana’s mild-mannered alter ego is an instructional designer living in SoCal with her husband and their art collection. Follow the adventures of Juliana at

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. Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Dr Amy H. Sturgis Narrated by: Jonathan Sharp Jonathan began narrating for the Hugo-Award-Winning podcast Star Ship Sofa as a way to give back to a community that brings him great joy on a weekly basis. By day he slings cheese and wine at a local grocer and by night loses at boardgames to his infinitely more talented wife Paige. Recently, in an attempt to hide from the sun, they have transplanted themselves in the Pacific North West and are soaking up the rain using their new puppy/mud-sponge Finn. Jonathan has become a regular narrator for the District of Wonders Network including the horror podcast Tales to Terrify the fantasy podcast Far Fetched Fables and is a producer for Audible through the ACX platform.

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 Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Margaret Essex Margaret lives the good life on a small piece of rural New South Wales Australia, with an amazing man, a couple of pets, all the usual biting and stinging critters that make great horror stories for overseas visitors and several rambunctious wombats.

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 Narrated by: Jeremy Moran Jeremy Moran is a writer, filmmaker, and actor based in Austin Tx. You can usually catch him doing improv around the city. Check out his writings and films at Follow his happenings at @moranicjeremy on Twitter.

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 and editor with numerous passions that most of the time overwhelm her. Get her to brunch with a fat stack of french toast in front of her and she'll calm down. Currently she lives the dream not in New York or Los Angeles, but in the hot, smoggy county of San Bernardino. She has one husband, two fur babies, and speaks a little French

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 and support his writing via Narrated by: Elie Hirschman Elie currently lives somewhere in the Middle East - in the safe part, we hope. As a voiceover professional since 2004, he almost gave up on it altogether, but got yanked back in by several fine podcasts and audio drama groups. For this, he is grateful. He has a keen interest in learning and imitating accents, and is currently working on his Tony C. Smith impression. In his free time, Elie enjoys cartooning, listening to old-time radio drama, and referring to himself in the third person.

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 kits, and dreams. Narrated by: Kyle Akers Science News by J J Campanella Kyle Akers is a voice actor from Kansas City, Missouri. He has contributed to podcasts like Pseudopod, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, and NoSleepPodcast. He also produces and performs in his own improv podcast called “The Counselor.” Prior to voice acting, Kyle toured the country as a professional musician, singing and playing bass guitar for the electro-pop band Antennas Up, which enjoyed success through several national...

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 Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, Bitch Magazine, and Locus Magazine. She posts regularly at Fact: Fiction Crawler No 17 by Matthew Sanborn Smith Three Voices by Lisa Bolekaja The New Mother by Eugene Fischer Deathlight by Mari Ness Chopin's Eyes by Lara Elena Donnelly Ledge by Austin Bunn The Sad Tale of the Sconce by Camilla Grudova   Narrated by: Chloe Yates As well as narrating, Chloë Yates writes odd tales. She has written many short stories and some poetry for the British Fantasy Award winning independent press Fox Spirit Books, and is currently working on bigger things for them. English born, she currently lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie. You can find her online and on Twitter.

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 Twitter @RachaelKJones. Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Dr Amy H. Sturgis Narrated by: Jen Rhodes Jen Rhodes is a geeky Texas gal, a 'voice talent for hire' and a co-host on the Anomaly podcast. Anomaly is a sci-fi fantasy geek chat show, hosted women, that focuses on everything from literature, films and television shows, to games, conventions, and cosplay. Warning: May cause sudden bouts of "squee". Broad smiles may form and may become permanent. Anomaly is recommended for geekily active cool chicks with a healthy sense of humor. Geekly active cool dudes are welcome too. You can find Anomaly on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Zune or at

StarShipSofa No 488 David D. Levine  

Main Fiction: "End of the Silk Road" by David Levine Originally published in Old Venus David D. Levine ( 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,, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. Narrated by the author Fact: Marc Zicaree - Mr. Sci-Fi Alien commentary

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 Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs. He can be found online at Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Eric Luke Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film EXPLORERS, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books GHOST and WONDER WOMAN, and wrote and directed the NOT QUITE HUMAN films for Disney TV. His current project INTERFERENCE, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is available free on iTunes and at

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 comics. John's works have been published in twelve languages. John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, and intelligence. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which Really Happened (but cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction. He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife “S” and three great kids (the oldest two autistic). Narrated by: Mikael Naramore Mikael Naramore – is the narrator of over 100 audiobook titles (and counting…) from authors including Clive Barker, Wesley Chu, Mark E. Cooper, and Ramez Naam. His website is here.

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 @Kazarelth and his writing can be found at Kaushik’s Blog.

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 HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, and Death Marked. Leah has also published short stories in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and Sword & Sorceress, among other places. Her story Nanny's Day was nominated for the Nebula in 2012. You can find out more about her at Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis Narrated by: Fran Carris Fran Carris is whatever she decides to be when she wakes up each morning. She has also been known to be a performance artist and poet, voice actor, and professional dabbler in other arts that express.

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 annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. His website is Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: John Dodds John Dodds is the author of The Kendrick Chronicles, audiobooks published by Blackstone Audio, USA. The first two novels in the series, Bone Machines and Kali's Kiss are narrated by Robin Sachs, who appeared in a number of science fiction films and TV series, including Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Torchwood. The third novel, Babylon Slide, is narrated by award-winning actor, John Lee, who also narrated one of the Game of Thrones novels, "A Feast for Crows." John also writes science fiction and horror and all of his work (including The Kendric

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 Narrated by: Andrew Leman Andrew Leman is a producer, designer, actor, writer and director, not necessarily in that order. He has appeared on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles, and is a member of Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California. He has designed graphics and props for numerous films and TV shows, and a number of digital fonts that have been used extensively by graphic designers worldwide. With his friend & collaborator of many years, Sean Branney, Andrew has been running The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society since 1984, and has developed numerous film, audio, and gaming projects, including the award-winning motion pictures The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, musical projects including A Shoggoth on the Roof and Dreams in the Witch House, and several 1930s-style audio dramas in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series. He is the author of Lovecraftian Times, a non-scholarly history of the 1920s and ’30s for HPL fans, and is the designer of highly authentic prop documents for Call of Cthulhu gamers. Andrew is pleased also to be a frequent contributor to the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. And once upon a time he was a fossil preparator for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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 or via Twitter: @haikufictiondju. Narrated by: Adrian Collins Adrian Collins is the Sydney based founder of Grimdark Magazine. He loves reading about anti-heores and seeing a story from the perspective of the villain across all genres, especially SFF. When not reading, he’s generally getting stuck into a beer with mates, travelling, or working as a bad writer. Say g’day over on @AdrianGdMag and Short Fiction: "Some Things I Should Have Mentioned" by Laura Pearlman Laura Pearlman's stories have appeared in Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, Unidentified Funny Objects 4, and Mothership Zeta. She has a sporadically-updated blog called Unlikely Explanations and a tumblr devoted to things her cats have dropped in their water bowl. She should probably get out more. You can find her at @laurasbadideas on Twitter. Narrated by: Jen Albert Jen R Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, wife, dog-mom, game-player, reader of all the things, and haver of too many hobbies from Toronto. She is a regular narrator at the Escape Artists podcasts and is co-editor of

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 audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She does, however have a feature film hitting the festival circuit called Serious Laundry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. See more about Tatiana at

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 Fiction Uncovered Prize winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011) and of the critically-acclaimed and Seiun Award nominated The Violent Century (2013). His latest novel is Central Station (2016). He is the author of many other novels, novellas and short stories. Narrated by: Jonathan Danz Jonathan Danz exists in a parallel dimension that looks suspiciously like West Virginia. When he’s not trundling over rock and root on his velocipede, he labors to hammer stories out of unruly words. With the help of his wife and daughter, he manages to keep track of his car keys, his priorities, and his mind. Should you find yourself in the dusty corners of cyberspace, you may glimpse Words and Coffee, an occasional repository of his thought-mud found at

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