StarShipSofa No 516 Allen Steele

December 20, 2017 by Tony C. Smith

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Main Fiction: ““An Incident in the Literary Life of Nathan Arkwright” by Allen Steele

Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, September-October 2017

Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. became a full-time science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his first short story, “Live From The Mars Hotel” (Asimov’s, mid-Dec. `88). Since then he has become a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays, with his work translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. His novels include Orbital Decay, Clarke County, Space, Lunar Descent, Labyrinth of Night, The Jericho Iteration and Arkwright amongst others. His most recent novel is Avengers of the Moon, a new Captain Future novel. His novelette, “The Emperor of Mars”  won the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and also the Asimov’s Readers Award. His novella “The Legion of Tomorrow”, which was expanded as Part One of Arkwright, won the Asimov’s Readers Award in 2015.

Narrated by: Drew Sebesteny

Writer and designer, editor and inventor, brewer and narrator, Drew’s been called a lot of things in his career – some nicer than others. By day he spins stories with words and pictures as an advertising creative director. But by the light of the moon, he can be found weaving tales for sound and screen, and alchemizing bubbly brews with hops and barley. Drew’s also associate editor, and a regular narrator, for Tales to Terrify here in the District of Wonders. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife, son and a menagerie of small creatures. Discover more about Drew at


  1. I can certainly recognize Nashville and Mount Juliet.

  2. And yes, its SF; good SF.