StarShip Sofa No 543 Matthew Shean

June 27, 2018 by Gary Dowell

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Main Fiction: “Sylvia and Larry” by Matthew Shean

This story originally appeared in the anthology Lazarus Risen (Bundoran Press, 2016)

Matthew has a Ph.D. in developmental biology and spent twenty years chained to a lab bench trying to understand why newts can regenerate arms when humans can’t. He is now a science writer and librarian at a private research institute. He lives in Long Island (against his will) with his loving family and disdainful cats. His work has been published in the anthology Lazarus Risen and Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. You can find him online at or on twitter @MattSheanWrites.

Narrated by: Margaret Essex

Margaret lives “the good life”, on a small piece of rural N.S.W. Australia, with an amazing man a couple of pets, all the usual biting, stinging, critters that make great horror stories for our visitors and several rambunctious wombats.

Fact: Science News by J J Campenella


  1. I didn’t think I would like the story, but I did. it’s well written and the narration was also excellent.