StarShipSofa No 539 Robert Dawson

May 30, 2018 by Gary Dowell

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Main Fiction: “The Art of Failure” by Robert Dawson

Originally appeared in Compelling SF, March 2016.

Robert Dawson teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. He has been writing science fiction for about eight years, and is an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops. When not teaching, doing research, or writing, he enjoys orienteering, fencing, and cycling, and volunteers with a Scout troop. His stories have appeared in Compelling SF, Nature Futures, Tesseracts, and many other periodicals and anthologies

Narrated by: Eric Luke 

Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film Explorers, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books Ghost and Wonder Woman, and wrote and directed the Not Quite Human films for Disney TV. His current project Interference, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is available free on iTunes and at


  1. YES! Clever space opera, this kind of story and narration are what I come for.