StarShipSofa No 693 Lavie Tidhar

August 24, 2022 by nick

Main Fiction: “Gubbinal” by Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar is author of Osama, The Violent Century, A Man Lies Dreaming, Central Station, Unholy Land, By Force Alone, The Hood and The Escapement. His latest novels are Maror and Neom. His work encompasses children’s books (The Candy Mafia), comics (Adler), anthologies (The Best of World SF) and numerous short stories. His awards include the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Neukom Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award amongst many others.

This story originally appeared in Clarkesworld, no. 142, July, 2018.

Narrated by: Rikki and Isis LaCoste

Rikki LaCoste is a veteran Canadian narrator from Toronto, of various short story audio magazines such as Tales To Terrify, the No Sleep Podcast, Cast of Wonders, Pseudopod, and StarShipSofa of course, as well as lending his voice—and voice acting—to other projects and podcasts. Today, Rikki is collaborating with his daughter Isis LaCoste, a chip off the old block. They have worked together before, to present various stories. In particular, the Cast of Wonders staff pick of 2015: a short science fiction tale by Ellen Klages called “Amicae Aeternum”, in which Mur Lafferty’s daughter, Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth also appears.

Unfortunately, Rikki lost everything in a terrible house fire and had to drop out of audio projects for a number of years.

Fortunately, he and Isis are now back in business, Rikki is involved in various organizations to help the less fortunate, and Isis is about to enter college to be an animator…and today’s story happens to be the very first audio project for their comeback debut.


  1. A titillating glimpse into Lavie Tidhar’s universe revolving around Saturn’s moon Titan, which is revisited in at least one other tale, “Talking to Ghosts at the Edge of the World,” if not others. Delectable flavours of H.P. Lovecraft’s more eldritch, chthonic, and extraterrestrial works, as well as a delightful nod to “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Candy to a nerd like me. I’m looking forward to delving deeper into Lavie’s universe, from the methane-infused ice of Titan – into further tales.