StarShipSofa No 347 Tony Ballantyne

July 23, 2014 by acpracht

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Main Fiction: “The Region of Jennifer” by Tony Ballantyne

The region of Jennifer extended to about thirty kilometres. Out there, amongst thedecaying factory belt, daffodils pushed their heads through the tired earth of the canal banks.

The Steam Barons may have lost their power, but the world still bore their scars.  Even so, Jennifer was at work to make things beautiful.


Tony Ballantyne is the author of Dream London, the Penrose series and the Recursion series. He has also written many short stories.

Tony grew up in County Durham in the North East of England. He studied Maths at Manchester University before moving to London where he taught Maths and IT.

His first SF sale was “The Sixth VNM”  which appeared in Interzone 138.  Since then he has had short stories appear in magazines and anthologies worldwide.  He has also written romantic fiction and satirical pieces for various magazines such as Private Eye.

Recursion, his first novel, was published by Tor UK in 2004.  He has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards.

He now lives in Oldham with his wife and two children. His hobbies are playing the piano, accordion and cornet.  He also enjoys walking and cycling.

He is currently writing the monthly serial Cosmopolitan Predators! for AethernetMagazine.  His latest book is Dream London.

Narrator: Trendane Sparks

Born in Texas and transplanted to California, Tren has had jobs ranging from Army medic to veterinary technician, freelance clown to kids’ show puppeteer. Nothing has ever made him so happy as voice acting. From video games to narrating stories, voice performers are conduits of magic and imagination.

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