Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis
Main Fiction: “Usher” by Jay Werkheiser
Originally published in Analog Science-Fiction and Fact.
Bio: Jay teaches chemistry and physics to high school students, where he often finds inspiration for stories in classroom discussions. Not surprisingly, his stories often deal with alien biochemistries, weird physics, and their effects on the people who interact with them. Many of his stories have appeared in Analog, with others scattered among several other science-fiction magazines and anthologies. You can follow him on twitter @JayWerkheiser or read his (much neglected) blog at http://jaywerkheiser.blogspot.com/
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 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.
Short Fiction: “NPG’s policy on authorship” by Jordan Suchow
Originally published in Nature magazine.
Jordan Suchow is a cognitive scientist studying minds, brains, and machines. He self-identifies as human.
Narrated by Rob Matheny
Rob Matheny is a producer, narrator, voice actor, blogger, writer, and podcaster from the land of food carts, microbrews and Voodoo Donuts, Portland, Oregon. As co-host of The Grim Tidings Podcast, Rob delivers a weekly dose of Grimdark to the masses. But his podcasting propagation doesn’t stop there, nay, he’s also an assistant producer for the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast. Rob is a husband and father of four (#adult), rabbid book nerd, metalhead, geek culture enthusiast, skilled Wheel of Fortune player, and social media fiend.