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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

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 magazines and publishers, including the pioneering Czech sf magazine Ikarie. Cyril Simsa was born and brought up in London, and for a while pretended to study zoology, though in actual fact he rarely left the obscurer regions of the university library and has rarely come closer to doing any real science than various holiday jobs at the Natural History Museum. He has been hovering on the fringes of the SF world for much longer than is really sensible, and has contributed reviews and articles to a wide variety of genre publications like Foundation, Locus, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and Wormwood. His story credits include Darkness Rising, Albedo One, StarShipSofa,the World SF Blog, and Electric Velocipede. Narrated by: Karen Bovenmyer Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine in 2011. She has published approximately 25 poems, short stories, and novellas and has a novel coming out next year. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. Karen’s narrations can be heard on the Strange Horizons, StarShip Sofa, Gallery of Curiosities, and Pseudopod podcasts. You can find her online at

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 Haskins
Maria 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 appeared in, or will be appearing in, Flash Fiction Online, Gamut, Capricious, R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast, and several anthologies including Tales From Alternate Earths (Inklings Press), People Are Strange (Mind’s Eye Series), Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep (Affront), and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter: @MariaHaskins.
Narrated by: Andrea Richardson
Andrea Richardson is a British singer and actress. With extensive stage and film performances to her name, she began narration and voiceover work in 2014 but enjoys using her existing skills in a different way. You can find Andrea at and
Interview: Alex Shvartsman Unidentified Funny Objects 6

StarShipSofa No 476 Julian Smith  

Kickstarter: 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 also written non-fiction articles about subjects such as the Shag Harbour UFO incident and the North American Conkers Championship. Julian lives in a small lobstering town in southwest Nova Scotia. You can find out more at: Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis 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

StarShipSofa No 475 Laurie Tom  

Kickstarter: 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 in venues such as Strange Horizons, Galaxy's Edge, and the Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Narrated by: Cian Mac Mahon Cian Mac Mahon is an Irish Software Engineer who in a past life was the world’s youngest professional podcaster, ran a radio station and very nearly ended up being a journalist. While he hopes to some day revive his show which podfaded many years ago, he now spends most of his free time playing about with cameras and cooking, as old microphones and sound-desks lurk in the shadows, right at the edge of eyesight.

StarShipSofa No 474 David John Baker and Colin Gibson  

KickStarter: 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 as real as material objects, and that there is no fundamental difference between your left hand and your right hand. He also teaches a popular course on science fiction and philosophy. His stories have appeared in Escape Pod, Writers of the Future, and the PS Publishing anthology Catastrophia. Visit him online at Narrated by: George Hrab Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs and a concert DVD; published two books; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award-winning podcast; emceed countless science conferences; been a TEDx speaker; and has even performed for President Clinton. He's traveled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment. Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

StarShipSofa No 473 Leah Cypess  

Kickstarter 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 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 Narrated by: Elie Hirschman Elie Hirschman was born in New York City and raised just outside of it. His professional voice work ranges from children’s educational material to real estate advice website audio, with a scientific article and a guided tour of a Polish salt mine thrown in for good measure. He’s currently active in all Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod and Cast of Wonders) and also appearing semi-regularly in the Nosleep Podcast.

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 structural engineer has taken him all over the world from the UK and Dublin to Singapore and Hong Kong. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two young sons. He blogs at and his previously published short stories can be found at all ebook retailers. 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 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. Short Fiction: "A Human's Life" by George Nikolopoulos Originally published in Galaxy's Edge George Nikolopoulos is a speculative fiction writer from Athens, Greece. His short stories have been published in several magazines and anthologies worldwide, including Galaxy's Edge, Grievous Angel, Helios Quarterly and Unsung Stories. He has been a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. He is a member of Codex Writers' Group. He blogs at Narrated by: Kaushik Narasimhan Kaushik is a management consultant by day and a writer by night with a keen interest in psychedelics and role playing video games. Website:, twitter: @Kazarelth Amy H. Sturgis - Hocus Pocus Comics

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 Narrated by: Jen R. 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 Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis

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 about his social media addiction and writing at, dreaming his life away, awaiting the singularity—or something equally entertaining. He thanks, profusely, his family and writing workshop, Griffins, for all their support. Narrated by: Ralph Ambrose RM Ambrose is a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Director of Web Services at Loma Linda University Health. He is also Assistant Fiction Editor and sometimes Narrator at StarShipSofa. He occasionally blogs at Liminal.IT. He spent his early childhood much like the main character of this story spends his days, watching reruns of old TV shows like Hogan’s Heroes. He even met a member of the cast, Howard Caine, and sang folk songs with him at a Hootenanny in Santa Monica, California. Since then, he learned to speak Spanish and Tagalog (tah-GAH- lohg), studied Aikido and Anthropology, and moved into an owl preserve in Southern California. Fact: Science News J J Campanella Music composed by David Bradshaw

StarShipSofa No 469 J. W. Alden  

Patreon Postcards 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 of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and an active member of SFWA. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Cast of Wonders, and other places. Read more from him at Narrated by: Spencer DiSparti Spencer DiSparti hails from the ashes of Phoenix, AZ. He is a musician, published poet and professional voice actor. You can find most of his voice work on Pseudopod and Escape artists. You can find his poetry and flash fiction at and

StarShipSofa No 468 Carmelo Rafala  

Grab Your Had Written Science Fiction Postcard! 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 work has recently been translated into Romanian. Narrated by: Roberto Suarez By day, Roberto Suarez works as a community college student advocate and recruiter. By night he geeks out on all things fantasy and science fiction, comic books and board games He is the co-host and producer of A Pod of Casts: The Game of Thrones Podcast and the new Radio Westworld, a podcast dedicated to HBO’s latest science fiction series. You can find Roberto on the web at, or on Twitter as @PuertoGeekan.

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:

StarShipSofa No 466 Richard Johnson  

Main Fiction: "Taking the High Road" by Richard Johnson Originally published at 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 him all over the world from the UK and Dublin to Singapore and Hong Kong. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two young sons. He blogs at and his previously published short stories can be found at all ebook retailers. Fact: Science News by J J Campanella Narrated by: Stephanie Morrris Stephanie is a professional student, a librarian-in-training, a voracious biblio- and audiophile, and an occasional writer of short stories. She has narrated fiction for Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Cast of Wonders.

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 literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY). She splits her time between Buffalo and Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. Learn more about Nnedi at Narrated by: Aminat Badara Aminat is a budding writer and aspiring On-Air-Personality. As a Jaycee, she believes strongly in active citizenship and service to humanity. She loves reading and has a weird penchant for collecting hardcover notebooks. When she's not writing or trying to be a superhuman, she's either looking for Xs to solve, seeing movies or getting her heart broken by Arsenal FC. She blogs at (every once in a while)

StarShipSofa No 464 Beth Cato  

Main Fiction: "Overlap" by Beth Cato 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 and on Twitter at @BethCato. Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Narrated by: Christiana Ellis Christiana Ellis is an award-winning writer and podcaster, currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her podcast novel, Nina Kimberly the Merciless was both an inaugural nominee for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction: Long Form, as well as a finalist for a 2006 Podcast Peer Award. Nina Kimberly the Merciless is available in print from Dragon Moon Press. Christiana is also the writer, producer and star of Space Casey, a 10-part audiodrama miniseries which won the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Production by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio and the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Drama. In between major projects, Christiana is also the creator and talent of many other podcast productions including Talking About Survivor; Hey, Want to Watch a Movie? and Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts.

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