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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. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is a must read for any short story writer. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" won several awards at film festivals around the world. His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Brian Rollins Brian Rollins was born in California and grew up in and around the Western US. He currently resides in Highlands Ranch, CO where he works as a voice artist primarily focused on audiobooks. He is probably best known for being the voice of the Glen and Tyler series of audiobooks, written by JB Sanders. If you’re in the Denver area in March, you can find him on stage with Magic Moments, a non-profit theater group that brings theater professionals and people with special needs together to create an original show every year. You can hire Brian to narrate your next audiobook at TheVoicesInMyHead.com

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 TV. She’s won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel, the RT Thriller of the Year and the Mbokodo Award. Her work has been praised by Stephen King, George RR Martin, James Ellroy and Gillian Flynn as well as The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR. She’s also written comics, including Survivor’s Club, an original horror series with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, the NYT-best-selling Fables spin-off, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman-in-Soweto one-shot for kids, The Trouble With Cats with art by Mike Maihack. When she’s not on tour, or travelling for research, from Detroit to Zagreb, Muskat to Port-au-Prince, she lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her eight year old daughter. Narrated by: Heather Simmons Heather Simmons grew up in South Africa and has made her home in the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at Penn State and her research focused on the evolution of plant pathogens. Heather is an active participant in community theatre with radio experience and can be reached for narration requests at hsimmons@iastate.edu.

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 own stories. Recent publications include a novella, White Spawn, available as a chapbook and ebook from PS Publishing. Updates and other things may be found at his website, www.marclaidlaw.com. Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis 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 Quillhammer.com

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 Murder on the Aldrin Express was reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4. His short story “Today I Am Paul” will be reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Edition, The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8, and will appear in French translation in Galaxies magazine. Narrated by: Mark Nelson Mark Nelson (aka Harry Shaw) has been recording audiobooks since 2006, starting as a Librivox volunteer and later for such producers as Audible, Audible Frontiers, Hachette, Wonderaudio, Listen2aBook and Iambik. Recording as Mark Nelson and as “Harry Shaw”, he’s narrated more than fifty commercial audiobooks, including classics, horror, mysteries, and contemporary and classic science fiction. He still regularly contributes to Librivox, which he credits for getting him out of Human Resources and into something useful. Visit his website at www.markdouglasnelson.com.

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 on twitter: @DarklingEarth Narrated by: Graeme Dunlop Graeme Dunlop is a Solution Architect and voice actor living in Melbourne, Australia. He also wears rather too many hats over at the Escape Artists family of publications. His main hat is co-editor of PodCastle, the weekly fantasy fiction podcast. Submissions are open: http://www.starshipsofa.com/submissions/

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) has been recording audiobooks since 2006, starting as a Librivox volunteer and later for such producers as Audible, Audible Frontiers, Hachette, Wonderaudio, Listen2aBook and Iambik. Recording as Mark Nelson and as “Harry Shaw”, he’s narrated more than fifty commercial audiobooks, including classics, horror, mysteries, and contemporary and classic science fiction. He still regularly contributes to Librivox, which he credits for getting him out of Human Resources and into something useful. Visit his website at www.markdouglasnelson.com.

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 Industrial Light and Magic, where in the last year alone I’ve worked on Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Agent Carter, Avengers Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, The Revenant, and Star Wars The Force Awakens. By 2009 I decided to try my hand at writing. I’ve had fifteen sales so far, and I won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. You can find out more about my writing and film work at www.gregorynormanbossert.com. And look for new stories at The Dark Magazine website and in Asimov’s Science Fiction. “Two Things About Thrand", like last year’s “Twelve and Tag” which was also adapted by StarShipSofa, was drafted at the 2010 Clarion writer’s workshop. Narrated by: Katherine Inskip Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. bossert2 Art by Dermot Power

StarShipSofa No 456 Gregory Norman Bossert  

Tony's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZ1UPhR3D5wIsjLNe6hWJw "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 Industrial Light and Magic, where in the last year alone I’ve worked on Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Agent Carter, Avengers Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, The Revenant, and Star Wars The Force Awakens. By 2009 I decided to try my hand at writing. I’ve had fifteen sales so far, and I won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. You can find out more about my writing and film work at www.gregorynormanbossert.com. And look for new stories at The Dark Magazine website and in Asimov’s Science Fiction. “Two Things About Thrand", like last year’s “Twelve and Tag” which was also adapted by StarShipSofa, was drafted at the 2010 Clarion writer’s workshop. Narrated by: Katherine Inskip Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. bossert2 Art by Dermot Power

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 IT consultant, and a theater usher. He splits his copious spare time between writing, political rabble-rousing, and being a stay-at-home dad. A former Southern Californian, he and his family now live in the Pacific Northwest. Find him online at giro.org. Narrated by Mikael Naramore Mikael Naramore has worked in the audiobook industry since 2001 when, fresh out of college, he was hired as a recording engineer for publisher Brilliance Audio (now Brilliance Publishing, subsidiary of Amazon.com). Over time, he transitioned to Director, all the while absorbing technique and nuance from the best actors in the business. To date, Mikael has narrated well over 100 titles, under his own and assumed names. Authors range from best-sellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Edward Klein and Clive Barker to sci-fi rising stars Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam and Mark E. Cooper. He was recently chosen to narrate prolific playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Ardrey’s seminal Nature of Man series which includes the international best-sellers African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, titles which reportedly had a very heavy influence on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in their development of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. Mikael is also an active writer, musician and recording artist, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film, produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records, and written, performed and recorded several “silly little lo-fi rock songs” of his own. He currently resides in the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two small boys and their beloved Golden Retriever.

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 Unidentified Funny Objects, the annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. He has edited several other anthologies as well. He’s currently at work on his first novel which, at current pace, will be finished sometime around 2020. His website is www.alexshvartsman.com. 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 show by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (http://zombieorpheus.com/). She regularly makes terrible life choices in pursuit of stories, and is very bad at finding time to work on her website You can follow her exploits on Twitter @IbbaArmancas Short Fiction: The Far Side of the Wilderness, by Alex Shvartsman Narrated by: Dan Kelly After establishing a thriving compassionate and sustainable global culture on several nearby timelines, Danny Kelly is now mucking about in this one, with it's secret alien conquistadors and suicidal spiral into convenience. Because none of us are free while any one of us still buys the premise that something has gone terribly wrong, or whatever. Meanwhile he remains cleverly disguised as an artist perpetually on the verge of his big break, whether making movies, music, developing games or even as a humble genre voice actor. His dark and slightly silly featurette, Daughter of God should be showing up any day now, and does not star Keanu Reeves.

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 flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit. Narrated by: Rock Manor Rock Manor has been featured as a voice performer on podcasts such as The NoSleep Podcast, Pseudopod and Tales To Terrify. He is the producer of Manor House hosted by The Phantom Collector, the horror audio-anthology series featured on both iTunes and YouTube. Producers of The Black Tapes Podcast calls Manor House “top notch” and bestselling author Brian Keene says Manor House is “like Tales From The Crypt. It’s really fucking cool!” which Rock thinks is really fucking cool. Visit his website at ManorHouseShow.com. Website: ManorHouseShow.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7l4Ri5L6jlR-e2gji7ADg iTunes: “Manor House: The Podcast” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/manor-house-the-podcast/id995822642?mt=2)

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 hope it may one day talk back to him. In addition to Star Ship Sofa, he has upcoming stories for the District of Wonders podcasts: Far Fetched Fables and Tales to Terrify.

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 Skies, and The Time Traveller's Almanac. Costi Gurgu was born in Constanta, the 2600-year-old Greek city on the Black Sea shore, and lives in Toronto with his wife, on the Ontario Lake shore. Large bodies of water help Costi glimpse into other realms. That and some Dacian magic. His fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, England, Denmark, Hungary and Romania. He has sold three books and over fifty stories for which he has won twenty-four awards. His latest sales include the anthologies “Ages of Wonder”, “The Third Science Fiction Megapack”, “Tesseracts 17”, “The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk”, “Street Magick-Tales of Urban Fantasy” and “Dark Horizons”. His novel “RecipeArium” will be published in 2016 by White Cat Publications. Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Narrated by: Paul Cram Paul Cram’s young-with-a-touch-of-gravel voice is a bit newer to the world of audio than it is to other acting forms. Listening fans will hopefully be excited by several upcoming audio book titles in the next year being voiced by him. You can listen to his audio books that are currently available right now through Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. Cram was most recently seen on set for the feature film WILSON opposite Woody Harrelson, and the indie film ANNIVERSARY shot in Maine, USA by movie director Jim Cole. When not on a movie set or in a recording booth, Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings with his sister in her kitchen, or quarreling about pop-culture with his little brother around one the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. You can find his website Paul Cram Actor or IMDB. Also, be sure to sign up for Paul’s monthly newsletter loaded with contest prizes, movie releases, and of course audio book narration details as they become available.

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 its mouth. She likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns. Find her online at effieseiberg.com and on Twitter @effies. Narrated by: Stephanie Morris Stephanie is a professional fangirl by day and your friendly, neighborhood, not-quite-a-librarian staffing the circulation desk by night. She has narrated short stories for PseudoPod, PodCastle, EscapePod, and Cast of Wonders, guest-blogged on subjects ranging from new books to zombie turkeys, and performed Shakespeare in a handful of weird churches. Until she suppresses her inner perfectionist enough to create a website, you can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris. Short Fiction: "On Trial" By Rachelle Harp Originally appeared in Havok 2 Last year, I was a Writers of the Future Contest Finalist and two-time Silver Honorable Mention winner. I’m a Zebulon Contest Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Novel winner for the Pikes Peak Writers and a novelrocket.com Launch Pad Novel Contest grand prize winner as well. My stories have been published in Havok Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Narrated by: Setsu Uzume Setsu spent her formative years in and out of dojos. She also trained in a monastery in rural China, studying Daoism and swordplay. She is a member of Codex and SFWA. While she has dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find her on Twitter @KatanaPen Fact: Science New by J J Campanella

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 World, and ZUI Found. She has published two full–length novels, Wandering Maearth and Return to Charon; a book of cultural essays, Europe in Time; and the short story collection, Star Travellers. Her fiction has appeared before in English translation in Lightspeed. Ken Liu (kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, was published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in April 2015. Saga also published a collection of his short stories later in the year. Narrated by: Katherine Inskip Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.

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 graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD. Her work has been featured in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, and several anthologies, including Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. A finalist on this year's Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus ballots, she currently resides in New York with her partner, their pets, and a small but growing army of haughty house centipedes. Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir Gabrielle de Cuir has narrated close to one hundred books and many dozens of short stories, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, humor and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her "velvet touch" as an actor's director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost director for best-selling authors and celebrities. Short list of those directed: Ray Bradbury, Carl Reiner, Deepak Chopra, Eric Idle, Nancy Cartwright, Michael York, Ed Herrmann and Joe Mantegna. As director/producer (and talent), Gabrielle has helmed the Skyboat Media productions of ENDER’S GAME ALIVE, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE’S WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION, 30 YEARS OF TREASON and most recently the Kickstarter-funded recording of Harlan Ellison’s THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER.

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-published Gene Mapper serially in a digital format of his own design, and it became Amazon.co.jp’s number one Kindle bestseller of that year. The novel was revised and republished in both print and digital as Gene Mapper—full build— by Hayakawa Publishing in 2013 and was nominated for the Nihon SF Taisho Award and the Seiun Award. His second novel, Orbital Cloud, won the 2014 Nihon SF Taisho Award and took first prize in the “Best SF of 2014” in SF Magazine. His recent works include Underground Market and Bigdata Connect. Jim Hubbert is a Tokyo-based translator. He has translated a number of Japanese science fiction stories and novels, including The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa and Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii. Jim also provided the English subtitles for many of Studio Ghibli’s features and served as script consultant for the Japanese-language versions of numerous feature films, most recently In and Out, Tomorrowland, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

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 confirmed by the US UHURU satellite. His first SF story appeared in Russian in 1959. Since 1990 he lives in Israel where he taught at Tel Aviv university and edited several newspapers and magazines. His work has won multiple awards, including “Aelita” (Russian equivalent of Hugo) in 2012. “White Curtain” is one of several stories and novellas in the “Multiverse” cycle. It is his first publication in English translation. Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later (see wikipedia, Jackson-Vanik amendment), he learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a paediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. His work appeared or will appear in F&SF, Year’s Best SF #32 (edited by Gardner Dozois,) Grimdark, UFO I, Ideomancer, Nature, Stupefying Stories, Daily SF, Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Genius Loci, Cast of Wonders, and Toasted Cake, among others. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net. Narrated by Tim Maroney Tim is one of the chosen few maintaining vigilant watch over a genie in a bottle keeping its pent up fury controlled. This chosen watch splits atoms and brings light and wondrous things to the masses. He honed these skills for 20 years deep beneath the sea in octopus’ gardens and in labyrinths of coral caves on five fast attack submarines in the US Navy. After escaping Davy Jones’ locker he continues in a teaching capacity, honing the skills of future generations charged with containing the genie’s wrath. When not protecting humanity he is an itinerant minstrel that lives the illusion that somebody needs him to play. His travels have taken him to four of the seven continents and his wanderlust compels him to continue traveling until he has been on them all. Armed with an insatiable curiosity he lives life in a continual state of wonder and amazement at the marvels this world holds.

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 translated authors from Grant Morrison to Alastair Reynolds. He wrote his dissertation on Philip K. Dick and devoted a later essay to James Bond. This story, previously published in TheNew Accelerator, is featured in his critically acclaimed 2012 collection Like a Demented Robot Reprogrammed at Halftime. With Étienne Barillier, he co-hosts the podcast Le Palais des Déviants and runs Fahrenheit, a site dedicated to exploring the personal libraries of book lovers. Visit his site and sign up for his weekly newsletter, Alone in Zanzibar! Edward Gauvin has received fellowships and residencies from PEN America, the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the French-American Foundation and Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prizes. Other publications have appeared in F&SF, Asimov's, Pseudopod, Podcastle, The New York Times, Harper's, and World Literature Today. The translator of more than 200 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders. Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Rock Manor Rock Manor has been featured as a voice performer on podcasts such as The NoSleep Podcast, Pseudopod and Tales To Terrify. He is the producer of Manor House hosted by The Phantom Collector, the horror audio-anthology series featured on both iTunes and YouTube. Producers of The Black Tapes Podcast calls Manor House “top notch” and bestselling author Brian Keene says Manor House is “like Tales From The Crypt. It’s really fucking cool!” which Rock thinks is really fucking cool. Visit his website at ManorHouseShow.com. Website: ManorHouseShow.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7l4Ri5L6jlR-e2gji7ADg iTunes: "Manor House: The Podcast" (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/manor-house-the-podcast/id995822642?mt=2)

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 and a Technology start-up CMO. Since 2004, he has published over thirty stories in Science Fiction World, Esquire, Chutzpah!, many of which are collected in Thin Code. His debut novel, The Waste Tide, was published in January 2013 and was praised by Liu Cixin as “the pinnacle of near-future SF writing”. Chan is the most widely translated young writer of science fiction in China, with his short works translated into English, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Polish and published in Clarkesworld, Interzone, and F&SF. He has won Taiwan’s Dragon Fantasy Award, China’s Galaxy and Nebula Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award along with Ken Liu. He lives in Beijing. Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, will be published by Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint in 2015, along with a collection of short stories. Carmen Yiling Yan was born in China and currently attends UCLA. Since starting out as an amateur translator, her translation work has been published by Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Galaxy’s Edge. Her writing has been published in Daily Science Fiction. Her other interests include drawing, mineralogy, and ancient Chinese history. Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

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