StarShipSofa 708 Steve Rasnic Tem

March 22, 2023 by nick

Main Fiction: “A Letter from the Emperor” by Steve Rasnic Tem

Steve Rasnic Tem is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Awards. His novel Ubo (Solaris Books), a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, is a dark science fictional tale about violence and its origins, featuring such historical viewpoint characters as Jack the Ripper, Stalin, and Heinrich Himmler. He has published over 500 short stories in his 40+ year career. Some of his best are collected in Thanatrauma and Figures Unseen from Valancourt Books, and in The Night Doctor & Other Tales from Macabre Ink.

This story originally appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, January 2010.

Narrated by: Will Stagl and Lee Datura

Will Stagl is proud to be a member of the StarShipSofa team, recruiting narrators for the podcast’s stellar stories. Will works as a creative professional and occasional musician from his adopted home of Tucson, Arizona.

Lee Datura is an otherworldly creature that resides on the Olympic peninsula. She is a practitioner of somatic psychology with a focus on community liberation & a retired blueberry farmer.

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  1. I loved this story, and the narration is perfect. Thanks for introducing me to Steve Rasnic Tem.