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Short Fiction: The Piratical Sabbital, by Ian Whates
You’re good, you know that? Well yes, I do realise that’s what you’re paid to be.
No, really, I wasn’t being a smart-ass… sorry. I just never realised it was going to be this realistic.
Ian Whates lives in a quiet Cambridgeshire village with his partner, Helen, Honey, a manic cocker spaniel, and Calvin, a tailless black cat. He currently has two published novel series: the Noise books (space opera with a twist) via Solaris, and the City of 100 Rows trilogy (urban fantasy with steampunk overtones and SF underpinning) via Angry Robot. Some 60 of his short stories have appeared in various venues, two of which were shortlisted for BSFA Awards, while his work has received honourable mentions in Years Best anthologies. Most recently his fiction featured in Galaxy’s Edge #10 (September 2014), alongside the likes of Larry Niven, Mercedes Lackey, Robert J. Sawyer and George RR Martin. His second collection, Growing Pains (PS Publishing), appeared in 2013. Ian has edited a couple of The Mammoth Book of… titles for Constable and Robinson and the on-going Solaris Rising series for Solaris, one of which found its way onto the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award shortlist. In his spare time, he runs multiple award-winning independent publisher NewCon Press, which he founded by accident in 2006.
Ian has served a term as Overseas Director of SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) and spent five years as chairman the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association), stepping down in 2013. He remains a director of the latter.
Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis
Narrator: Mark Kilfoil
Mark “the Encaffeinated ONE” Kilfoil loves fiction, so much so that he’s written some (such as the Parsec-nominated Tainted Roses), read quite a lot (a library of over a thousand half-read books and growing) and now narrates them (sometimes actually recorded for others). He’s found that volunteering for a dozen years in radio was a decent way to get a full-time job as a Program Director at a community radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, but not such a great way to finish his thesis, so he stopped at a Masters in Computer Science. He can be heard frequently on CHSRfm.ca, and two of his shows irregularly appear as podcasts, and can be found at encaffeinated.ca (CAFFEEN!) and theweirdshow.com (The WEIRD Show, winner of a Parsec Award for “Best Infotainment”). He likes cats enough to pet them but not enough to own one, and computers enough to own several but pet none of them. He will someday write a million words, but at this rate, that will require life extension, so he eagerly awaits the ability to upload into a computer, if that hasn’t already happened and this is all only a simulation
Main Fiction: Silence in Florence, by Ian Creasey
I was born in 1969 and I live in Yorkshire, England. I began writing when rock & roll stardom failed to return my calls. So far I’ve sold fifty-odd short stories to various magazines and anthologies. My debut collection, Maps of the Edge, was published in 2011. My spare time interests include hiking and gardening — anything to get me outdoors and away from the computer screen.
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