StarShipSofa No 348 Samuel Peralta and Veronica Belmont

August 5, 2014 by acpracht

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Two selections from “HELP ME FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! And Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects” edited by John Joseph Adams


Main Fiction 1: “Liberty: Seeking Support for a Writ of Habeas Corpus for a Non-Human Being” by Samuel Peralta

I would like to acknowledge the law firm of Campbell Gatewood Adams for providing the use of a Weyman magnetic resonance facility to record, and a PeerSource account to upload, this message.
Project Goals
We are trying to fund an application, to be filed on my behalf, for an Order to Show Cause under Article 70 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules of the New York Sector Code, seeking a writ of habeas corpus for a non-human being.
Let me introduce myself. I am a Yudovich Robotics servient. My name is Ellen R.


Samuel Peralta is a physicist and storyteller. He has produced and supported scores of crowd-sourced films, including projects based on Daniel H. Wilson’s The Nostalgist, and Stephen King’s Big Driver and Rest Stop. He has been recognized with awards from the BBC, UK Poetry Society, Digital Literature Institute, Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and shortlists for the League of Canadian Poets, Elgin Award, ARC Poem of the Year, and Goodreads Best Small Press Books and Chapbooks. The titles in his Semaphore series—Sonata Vampirica, Sonnets from the Labrador, How More Beautiful You Are, Tango Desolado, and War and Ablution—all topped the Amazon Kindle Hot New Releases charts, and ranked at the top of the Bestseller lists, for poetry. More recently, the fiction titles set in his Labyrinth world—including Trauma Room and Hereafter—have begun to gain popular attention. Liberty is the latest addition to this universe.


Main Fiction 2: “CatAssassins!” by Veronica Belmont


This project was successfully funded on Jun 30.
Pledged of $2,000,000
seconds to go
In an uncertain world, you want #CatAssassins on your side!
Backers receive an early look at how our kittens are primed for global takeover.


Veronica Belmont is the host of the Sword & Laser YouTube show and podcast, now in its seventh year. The Sword & Laser anthology, edited by Veronica and Tom Merritt, was published in 2014. As an Internet and TV presenter, you may have seen her as the host of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary live show and Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers on BBC America; or on Tekzilla, Fact or Fictional, Game On, and countless other web shows and podcasts. This is her first work of published fiction. She hopes there will be more.


Narrators: Ibba Armancas, Adam Pracht and Veronica Giguere

Sturgis Mythgard SF 2014


Ibba Armancas is a nomadic screenwriter/director mostly based in Seattle, WA. The trailer for her first feature film is due to release September 2014, and she currently works as Head Writer for a new show by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment ( She regularly makes terrible life choices in pursuit of stories, and is very bad at finding time to work on her website. You can follow her exploits on Twitter @IbbaArmancas.


Adam Pracht is assistant editor of StarShipSofa. In real life, he is public relations coordinator for McPherson College in Kansas, will start this fall as a part-time journalism teacher for the local high school, and is now pursuing his master’s degree in K-12 education from McPherson College. Adam is extremely tired. He’s the author of a disappointingly slim volume of short stories titled “Frame Story: Seven Stories of Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror & Humor.” If you’d like to buy a paperback copy, please contact him, as the remaining copies are currently lounging comfortably in a dusty box.


Veronica “V.” Giguere is a voice artist and author who has appeared in a variety of audio projects and podcasts covering genres such as science fiction, erotica, fantasy, horror, romance, and steampunk. She is a coauthor of the Secret World Chronicles podcast novel series, as well as the narrator and voice for a plethora of heroes and villains therein. She has voiced spoiled supervillains, tempting demons, fierce pirates, anxious technomancers, smart-mouthed shapeshifters,
suspicious journalists, Greek goddesses, white foxlings, virus-laden robots, and a young woman facing an odd spider infestation.


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