StarShipSofa No 334 James Patrick Kelly

April 23, 2014 by acpracht

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Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

Main Fiction: “The Biggest” by James Patrick Kelly 33:30

    “The Genesee Street fire,” said Big. “There were eighteen people trapped on the fifth floor.” 

    “And you rescued them,” said Roosevelt, pleased with himself for remembering.

    The Senator frowned. “You have some kind of power?”

    Big nudged his suitcase out of the way with his foot and set himself in the middle of the carriage.  Hechecked the  curved ceiling.  Maybe eight feet, but he could only do what he could do.  At least he was wearing his baggy suit.  He always started by thinking about his feet, hungry muscles, greedy bone.  His toes curled inside his shoesto grip imaginary stuff.  He felt it flow into him: first his legs went rigid with new substance and then they grew.  Big got taller, slowly at first and then faster, his skin stiffening into a hardened shell to support him. But he wasnervous and too eager to impress, so he let the spurt go on too long.  He cracked his head against the ceiling, breaking his concentration.  

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages.  With John Kessel he is co-editor of Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology,  Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka, The Secret History Of Science Fiction, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology.  He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. His story “The Promise of Space” has been selected by two different editors for their Best of the Year collections, both of which will appear shortly. You can listen to Jim read his stories on the Free Reads Podcast

Narrator: J.J. Campanella

J.J. Campanella has been a contributor to Star Ship Sofa for more than five years. He started narration way back on show #3 of Aural Delights on a David Brin story back in 2008, and he has narrated on and off for the last five years. He hosts the monthly Sofanaut Award-winning Science News Update on SSS and has been doing that without fail since July 2008.  J.J. has a doctorate in molecular biology and teaches at the beautiful Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. He is the author of more than 30 scientific research publications that delve into a number of topics covering plant growth physiology to sea grass population genetics. J.J. Campanella has his own
podcast site,, where he narrates not only his own short stories and his novel, but also a variety of children stories and pulp novels that have passed into the public domain. J.J. also has a family that includes two young children of 4 and 6 years old– which makes anything at all that he accomplishes more of a bloody miracle . . .





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