Main Fiction: “Hiraeth: A Tragedy in Four Acts” by Karen Lord
Originally published in Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
Karen Lord, a Barbadian author and research consultant, is known for her debut novel Redemption in Indigo, which won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut), and was longlisted for the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her second novel The Best of All Possible Worlds, published by Del Rey, also went on to win the 2009 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel, and was a finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards. Its sequel, The Galaxy Game, was published in January 2015. Her short stories have appeared in Reach of Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris UK) and the upcoming The Bestiary edited by Ann VanderMeer. Find her on twitter @Karen_Lord and on her website at drkarenlord.tumblr.com
Narrated by Loulou Szal
Loulou Szal is a wife, mother of two and an inspiring author of historical romance, fantasy and children’s books. She also is a school teacher specializing in English and medieval history. Her narration credits for StarShipSofa so far include Robin Hobb, Cat Rambo, Kim Stanley Robinson, and now Karen Lord. She lives in Sydney, Australia, reads far too many books and eats far too much chocolate.