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  • StarShipSofa No 507 Doug Souza

    · 01:06:58 · StarShipSofa

    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 chasing down their two-year-old daughter—who loves to learn by doing. He can be found online at dougcsouza.com and on Facebook.Narrated by: Logan WatermanLogan Waterman has a degree in Technical Theatre from California State University, and has worked in many theatres, large and small, professional and amateur. Logan currently lives in Northern California with Grendel, a huge black beast whose primary occupations are sleeping, stalking the fish in the aquarium, and keeping the house safe from the hordes of invisible monsters that come out after dark; and Morgana, a small fluffy Queen who rules her domain with an iron paw. The fish are unimpressed. He has narrated for The Drabblecast and all five District of Wonders shows and is the only story narrator to do so.

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  • StarShipSofa No 506 Robert Jeschonek

    · 01:49:35 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns" by Robert JeschonekOriginally published at 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 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 National Literature Award and was named one of Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth. He also won an International Book Award, a Scribe Award for Best Original Novel, and the grand prize in Pocket Books' Strange New Worlds contest. Hugo and Nebula Award winner Mike Resnick has called him "a towering talent."Fact: Amy H. Sturgis Looking Back At Genre HistoryNarrated by: Kyle Maddock Kyle Maddock is a host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire, the Geekie Award winning and longest running podcast dedicated to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. He also hosts the Game of Thrones after show at AfterBuzzTV and is a frequent guest on other YouTube shows, podcasts, and panels. Kyle is an unabashed geek with a love for board games, comic books (especially X-Men) and Star Trek among other things. Outside of his passionate geek life, Kyle is an actor who can be seen in shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Happy Endings. You can follow him on twitter @kylemaddock.

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  • StarShipSofa No 505 Colleen Anderson

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    Main Fiction: "A Book By It's Cover" by Colleen AndersonOriginally published in MirrorshardsColleen 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 alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection. www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com Her poetry chapbook Ancient Tales, Grand Deaths and Past Lives is available through Kelp Queen Press. http://kelpqueenpress.com/colleen_anderson.html.Narrated by: Kate LechlerWhen she's not teaching or editing, Kate Lechler writes about genetically-engineered unicorns from a lawn chair in her carport in Oxford, MS. She is a graduate of the Taos Toolbox workshop and her work has appeared in Podcastle, Fireside Fiction, and Metaphorosis, among other places. Find her at katelechler.com, or @katelechler on Twitter.

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  • StarShipSofa No 504 Marcelle Dubé

    · 01:20:25 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "The Verdant Gene" by Marcelle DubeOriginally published in Fiction River: MoonscapesMarcelle 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, but not by much.Narrated by: Christiana EllisChristiana 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. Christiana is also the writer, producer and star of Space Casey, a 10-part audiodrama miniseries. 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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  • StarShipSofa 503 Zach Chapman

    · 00:55:10 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "Horror on Habitat Seven"This story is original to StarShipSofaZach 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 rescue dog names Dingo. Follow his future publication announcements on twitter: @chappyzachNarrated by: Matt DoveyMatt Dovey is very tall, very English, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and despite being a writer, he still hasn't found the right words to properly express the delight and joy he finds in this wonderful arrangement. His surname rhymes with "Dopey," but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He is the Golden Pen winner for Writers of the Future volume 32 (2016) and was shortlisted for the James White Award in 2016. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place; you can keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter both as @mattdoveywriter.

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  • StarShipSofa No 502 Claude Lalumiere

    · 01:03:44 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "This Is The Ice-Age"Originally published in MythspringClaude 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 was one of 21 international short-fiction writers showcased at Serbia’s Kikinda Short 11: The New Deal. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Ottawa. His website is at claudepages.info.Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. SturgisNarrated by: Deanna SanchezDeanna Sanchez is a voiceover talent and actress who has performed professionally for 14 years. She has voiced various commercials, industrials, and characters, and specializes in the “sexy voice” of powerful female roles. Deanna also consults in Geographical Information Systems and develops custom mapping applications for real estate and other industries. Three-dimensional visualization of spatial data is a favorite pastime, and she has spent many hours translating real-Earth elevation data into unique 3D worlds. Deanna’s voice over demo can be heard at the Lambert Studios website, an outstanding full service recording studio.

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  • StarShipSofa 501 Robert Silverberg

    · 01:36:21 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "Needle in a Timestack" by Robert SilverbergOriginally published in Asimov'sRobert 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 his best-known titles are Nightwings, Dying Inside, The Book of Skulls, and the three volumes of the Majipoor Cycle: Lord Valentine’s Castle, Majipoor Chronicles, and Valentine Pontifex. He and his wife Karen and an assorted population of cats live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a sprawling house surrounded by exotic plants. He can be found online at the Quasi-Official Robert Silverberg Web SiteFact: Science News by J J CampanellaNarrated by: Robert A. K. GonyoRobert A. K. Gonyo is a theatre director, actor, sound designer, voiceover artist, and musician residing in Queens. He is a Founder & Director of Co-Op Theatre East (cooptheatreeast.org), and the producer of Go See a Show!, New York City’s independent theatre podcast (goseeashowpodcast.com). robertgonyo.com

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  • StarShipSofa No 500 Harlan Ellison

    · 00:34:55 · StarShipSofa

    Support StarShipSofa on PatreonMain Fiction: "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" by Harlan EllisonOriginally published in Realms of FantasyHarlan 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 Association Bram Stoker award six times (including The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Nebula four times, the Hugo 8½ times, and received the Silver Pen for Journalism from P.E.N.; not to mention The World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, two Audie Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award, and a Grammy nomination for Spoken Word recordings. Most recently his story “How Interesting: a Tiny Man” won a Nebula award for best short story in 2010.Narrated by: George HrabMulti-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.StarShipSofa talks about Harlan Ellison

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  • StarShipSofa No 499 Joe Haldeman

    · 00:49:10 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "None So Blind" by Joe HaldemanOriginally published in Asimov's Science FictionBorn 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 The Accidental Time-Machine, Marsbound, and Starbound. Haldeman lives part of the year in Boston, where he teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the rest of the year in Florida, where he and his wife, Gay, make their home.Narrated by: Cheyenne WrightCheyenne Wright is a freelance illustrator and concept artist. He is the color artist on the three-time Hugo Award winning steampunk graphic novel series Girl Genius, and co-creator of many other fine works; Including 50 Fathoms and the Ennie award winning Deadlands Noir for the Savage Worlds RPG. He has also produced graphics for Star Trek Online, the Champions MMO, and t-shirt designs for T.V.’s Alton Brown. Cheyenne lives in Seattle with his wife, their daughter, and an ever growing stack of unpainted miniatures. In his spare time he is teaching himself animation, and narrates short stories for a variety of audio anthologies where he is known as Podcasting’s Mr. Buttery ManVoice™

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  • StarShipSofa No 498 Rebecca DeVendra and Eric Reynolds

    · 01:05:53 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "A Packhorse for your Silly Memes" by Rebecca DeVendra Originally published in Outliers of Speculative FictionRebecca 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.comNarrated by: Amy H. SturgisAmy 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 amyhsturgis.com.Short Fiction: "My First Duty" by Eric ReynoldsOriginally published at Galaxy's EdgeEric T. Reynolds is  Editor/Publisher with Hadley Rille Books (hrbpress.com) 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 ericreynolds.livejournal.com.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.

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  • StarShipSofa No 497 Julie Novakova

    · 00:55:31 · StarShipSofa

    Patreon Support if greatly appreciated Main Fiction: "The Ship Whisperer" by Julie Novakova Originally published in Asimov'sJulie 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 EricksonImagining 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 VaultandVeil.com.

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  • StarShipSofa No 496 Konstantine Paradias

    · 00:52:15 · StarShipSofa

    Please Support this fine show on PatreonMain Fiction: "How You Ruined Everything" by Konstantine ParadiasOriginally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 5Konstantine 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. SturgisNarrated by: Jonathan SharpJonathan 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.

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  • StarShipSofa No 495 Gerri Leen

    · 01:11:05 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "The Woman I Used To Be" by Gerri LeenOriginally published in Grimdark Magazine: Issue #1Gerri 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 CampanellaNarrated by: Margaret EssexMargaret 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.

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  • StarShipSofa No 494 Yosef Lindell

    · 01:14:10 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "We Were Once of the Sky" by Yosef LindellOriginally published in Beneath Ceaseless SkiesYosef 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 MoranJeremy 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 www.jeremymoran.com. Follow his happenings at @moranicjeremy on Twitter.

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  • StarShipSofa No 493 Tracy Canfield

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    Main Fiction: "StarShip Down" by Tracy CanfieldSUPPORT US ON PATREON!Originally published in AnalogTracy 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 WahlenAlways 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

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  • StarShipSofa No 492 Rich Larson

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    Main Fiction: "Ghost Girl" by Rich LarsonOriginally published in War StoriesRich 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 support his writing via patreon.com/richlarson.Narrated by: Elie HirschmanElie 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.

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  • StarShipSofa No 491 Allen Steele

    · 01:22:03 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction "Apache Charley and the Pyramids of Hex" by Allen SteeleOriginally published in Bridging InfinityAllen 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 AkersScience News by J J CampanellaKyle 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...

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  • StarShipSofa No 490 Kameron Hurley

    · 01:08:18 · StarShipSofa

    Main Fiction: "Enyo-enyo" by Kameron HurleyOriginally published in Lightspeed MagazineKameron 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 KameronHurley.com.Fact: Fiction Crawler No 17 by Matthew Sanborn SmithThree Voices by Lisa Bolekajahttp://uncannymagazine.com/article/three-voices/The New Mother by Eugene Fischerhttps://medium.com/@glorioushubris/the-new-mother-9df848da415bDeathlight by Mari...

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  • StarShipSofa No 489 Rachael K. Jonese

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    Main Fiction: "Indigo Blue" by Rachael K. JonesOriginally published in ShimmerrRachael 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. SturgisNarrated by: Jen RhodesJen 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...

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  • StarShipSofa No 488 David D. Levine

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    Main Fiction: "End of the Silk Road" by David LevineOriginally published in Old VenusDavid 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 Space Magic.Narrated by the authorFact: Marc Zicaree - Mr. Sci-Fi Alien commentary

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