StarShipSofa No 423 Kary English

February 17, 2016 by Jeremy Szal

Coming Up…

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History  by Amy H. Sturgis

Poetry Planet 16 by Diane Severson

Main Fiction: “Flight of the Kikayon” by Kary English

Originally appeared in Grantville Gazette

Kary English is a Writers of the Future winner and Hugo nominee whose work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Grantville Gazette’s Universe Annex, Writers of the Future, Vol. 31 and Galaxy’s Edge.  Kary grew up in the snowy Midwest where she avoided siblings and frostbite by reading book after book in a warm corner behind a recliner chair.

She blames her one and only high school detention on Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy made her laugh out loud while reading it behind her geometry textbook.  Today, Kary still spends most of her time with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book. To the great relief of her parents, she seems to be making a living at it. Her fiction includes several short stories, a planetary fantasy series available in 2016, and a fantasy saga about a little girl and an orange kitten. Kary’s greatest aspiration is to make her own work detention-worthy.

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. She somehow manages to speak both Arabic and English. Her narration credits so far include Robin Hobb, Cat Rambo, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Lord. She lives in Sydney, Australia, reads far too many books and eats far too much chocolate.


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