Main Fiction: “The Firewall and the Door” by Sean McMullen
Entanglement technology had brought the final frontier as close as the living room. All we had to do was get an uncrewed probe out to whatever was to be explored, and the entangled telepresence established in its computers would provide practically instant communication. Everything was easy. Too easy. People took the wonders for granted until something went spectacularly wrong.
Sean sold his first stories in the late 1980s and has become one of Australia’s top Science Fiction and Fantasy authors. In the late 90s he established himself in the American market, and his work has been translated into Polish, French, Japanese and other languages.The settings for Sean’s work range from the Roman Empire, through Medieval Europe, to cities of the distant future. His work is a mixture of romance, invention and adventure, while populated by strange but dynamic characters.
His novelette Eight Miles was runner-up in the 2011 Hugo Awards and his next novelette Ninety Thousand Horses won the Analog Readers’ Award in 2013.
Narrator: Logan Waterman
Logan has a degree in Technical Theatre from California State University, and has worked in many theatres, large and small, professional and amateur. He has also worked for Apple computers, sold hot tubs and comic books, and prepared court documents. He has taught sword-fighting for the stage, and ran lights for a local band, until they broke up.
He currently works, tangentially, for the legal system, watches a lot of science fiction television, listens to a lot of podcasts, and reads a lot of science fiction novels. And comic books. He hopes to make a bit of money from voice acting and narration someday.
Logan currently lives in Northern California with Grendel, a huge black beast whose primary occupations
are sleeping, and stalking the fish in the aquarium, and Morgana, a small fluffy Queen who rules her domain with an iron paw. The fish remain unimpressed.