StarShipSofa No 374 Alvaro Zinos-Amaro/Jim Hume

February 11, 2015 by Jeremy Szal

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Main Fiction: “The Memory-Setter’s Apprentice” by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Originally published at: Fantasy Scroll Mag

Those who survive combat with the Sarakul return home with holes in their memories. As memory-setters, it’s our job to delve inside their skulls and repair the damage.

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro is co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When the Blue Shift Comes. Alvaro’s short fiction and Rhysling-nominated poetry have appeared in Analog, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Apex, Buzzy Mag, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and other venues. Alvaro has also published reviews, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons and elsewhere, and currently edits the blog for Locus magazine.


Narrated by: Ibba Armancas

Ibba Armancas is a nomadic screenwriter/director based in Los Angeles and Seattle. Her first feature film is due for release in 2015, and she is currently writing the pilot 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.

Short Fiction: “Alien Alley”, by Jim Hume

Originally published at: Every Day Fiction

JR Hume was raised on a small ranch in Montana and has been a soldier, an air traffic controller, an auto mechanic, a fleet buyer, and is now retired. He writes science fiction, fantasy, detective stories, and a lot of stories of no particular persuasion. Married forever to a charming Southern girl, he lives with her and two Schnauzers in Colorado.

Narrated by: 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, and two of his shows irregularly appear as podcasts, and can be found at (CAFFEEN!) and (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.







  1. “The Memory-Setter’s Apprentice” was a powerful piece. I didn’t expect the end, with the hero walking away from the position. Well done, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.