StarShipSofa No 409 Sunil Patel and Prof Christopher Riley

November 4, 2015 by Jeremy Szal

Coming Up…

Interview: Prof Christopher Riley and Our Message for Voyager – Facebook Page

Main Fiction: “The Merger” by Sunil Patel

Originally appeared in The Book Smugglers 

Sunil Patel is a Bay Area fiction writer and playwright who has written about everything from ghostly cows to talking beer. His plays have been performed at San Francisco Theater Pub and San Francisco Olympians Festival, and his fiction has appeared in Saturday Night Reader, Fireside Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Flash Fiction Online, and The Book Smugglers, and is forthcoming in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place. Plus, he reviews books for Lightspeed and he is Assistant Editor of Mothership Zeta. His favorite things to consume include nachos, milkshakes, and narrative. Find out more at, where you can watch his plays, or follow him @ghostwritingcow. His Twitter has been described as “engaging”, “exclamatory”, and “crispy, crunchy, peanut buttery.”

Narrated by Al Barclay

Al Barclay has worked extensively over 15 years, most notably playing opposite James McAvoy and Michael Sheen in Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things, and with David Thewlis in Luc Besson’s The Lady. He will be in the West End at The Arts Theatre this December playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

He also once drank two bottles of gin with Peter O’Toole, and danced the night away in Camden with Amy Winehouse.


Short Fiction: “The Exterminator‏” by Erik B. Scott

Originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction.

Erik B. Scott currently resides in Philadelphia, where he pursues joint MD/PhD degrees. His lifelong love of writing speculative fiction is a welcome creative outlet for his love of science. “The Exterminator” was his first story, originally published in Daily Science Fiction (Jan. 2013). His fiction has since appeared in Apokrupha’s Vignettes from the End of the World (Tears on Vega, 2014) as well as other anthologies. Visit his website at

Narrated by Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore has worked in the audiobook industry since 2001 when, fresh out of college, he was hired as a recording engineer for publisher Brilliance Audio (now Brilliance Publishing, subsidiary of Over time, he transitioned to Director, all the while absorbing technique and nuance from the best actors in the business.  To date, Mikael has narrated well over 100 titles, under his own and assumed names.  Authors range from best-sellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Edward Klein and Clive Barker to sci-fi rising stars Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam and Mark E. Cooper.

He was recently chosen to narrate prolific playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Ardrey’s seminal Nature of Man series which includes the international best-sellers African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, titles which reportedly had a very heavy influence on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in their development of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

Mikael is also an active writer, musician and recording artist, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film, produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records, and written, performed and recorded several “silly little lo-fi rock songs” of his own.  He currently resides in the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two small boys and their beloved Golden Retriever.


  1. Yes, I like the interviews very much. I am weeks behind and this was a fine show; a good mix and well paced.

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