StarShipSofa No 357 Ralph Roberts

October 8, 2014 by acpracht
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Main Fiction: “Ghost in the Machine” by Ralph Roberts

Marcus Teague sat hunched over in the cramped confines of the 16 GB USB thumb drive. The muscles of his mighty arms rippled as he cleaned his wizard’s sword, running the polishing spell up and down the blade with precision. 


Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article “Down with Typewriters” in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His best sellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. He is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Recently, for Packt Publishing, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Google App Inventor, Google Plus First Look and Yammer Starter. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses.

Narrator: Dennis M. Lane

Dennis M. Lane is a South Africa based writer who has seen his work gaining more of an audience over 2013. His 2012 collection of stories and poems garnered two Rhysling nominations and a Dwarf Stars nomination. He had a short story published in Dark Beauty Magazine’s Annual Steampunk issue and had a flash fiction podcast on Tales To Terrify. His first novel, Talatu, reached the dizzying heights of number 4 in the Teen Science Fiction listings on the Kobo site; and his second novel, The King’s Jewel, came out in August. As his contribution to this year’s All Hallow’s Read, Dennis has signed an agreement with the Worldreader organisation to make all of his books freely available to more than half a million readers in the developing world.


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