StarShipSofa No 361 Adrian Tchaikovsky/Ian Watson

November 5, 2014 by Jeremy Szal

Coming up…

Interview: Assistant Editor for StarShipSofa Jeremy Szal 02:00

Main Fiction: “The Mouse Ran Down” by Adrian Tchaikovsky 20:50

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series and a standalone science fiction novel scheduled for 2015. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entolomogist.

“Do you dream of mammoths?” a talk-show host once asked me. I knew not to give him my first choice of answer; that would have enlightened his audience over the course of three and a half hours — so long as they had the basic grounding in biosciences required to understand it. I also knew enough to avoid my second answer, which was that his question was unintelligent, and that the entire interview had taken time I could have spent better in the laboratory.

Narrator: Al Barclay

Al Barclay trained at Guildhall. He has worked extensively on stage, recently with Fitzrovia Radio Hour and The Factory. He is currently touring America with Much Ado About Nothing and has played many of Shakespeare’s leading roles. On film he has worked on featured roles for directors as diverse as Luc Besson and Stephen Fry. In terms of voice work, he is most proud of being the voice of Stanley the Snail in the award winning Garden Party range by Mamas and Papas. “How I love to slide along and see new places.;00

Short Fiction: “21st Century Girl” by Adrian Tchaikovsky 53

Will Kempe was just starting his comic turn when Ellie pushed her way through the crowd to prod me in the shoulder. “It’s time,” she hissed. “We’ve got to go.”

Narrator: Anne-Marie Czajkowski.

Anne-Marie Czajkowski is a postgraduate of the Royal College of Music. She was a regular soloist at the Royal College with fellow student Alfie Boe and has sung on Channel 4 and Royal Gala performances on ITV. Her recently performed concert repertoire includes ‘Mild und Leise’ from Tristan and Isolde by Wagner on tour in Berlin with LUSO in association with Opera North. She also has a teaching practice and amongst her students are Laura Marling who won 2012 British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, comedian Lenny Henry and UK Classic Chart No1 artist, Rebecca Newman.

Fact: Mr Sci-Fi Man Marc Zicree talks about Rod Sterling and Ray Bradbury 01:01:00

Dancer’s Journey David Raiklen

Short fiction: “The Drained World” by Ian Watson 01:30:00

Ian Watson is author of about 40 novels and story collections, mainly science fiction but also horror and fantasy and the surreal. He has screen credit for the Screen Story of Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence based on a year’s work with Stanley Kubrick eyeball to eyeball. His most recent publications are The Best of Ian Watson and The Uncollected Ian Watson, both from PS Publishing, as well as his collected poems, Memory Man, from Leaky Boot Press. These days he lives in the north of Spain.

Sun beat down on the private beach near Marbella, España.

Narrator: Tim Maroney


  1. Tchaikovsky’s stories were very good, especially the time travel on the run tale.

    Many thanks for the Serling/Bradbury backstory. How sad! I look forward to the book.

    • Hey Bryan,

      Glad you enjoyed them! Tchaikovsky has been a fan of mine for a while now, so having him on the show was awesome.
      Oh, and he’s also Polish, which makes him twice as awesome. 🙂
      – Jeremy

  2. Episode 360, the Peter Watts one. Everything subsequently is my work. ^^