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StarShipSofa No 464 Beth Cato

Main Fiction: “Overlap” by Beth Cato

Originally published in Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy)

Beth Cato is the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER steampunk fantasy series from Harper Voyager. Her short fiction is in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. She’s a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cat. Follow her at and on Twitter at @BethCato

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis

Narrated by: Christiana Ellis

Christiana Ellis is an award-winning writer and podcaster, currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her podcast novel, Nina Kimberly the Merciless was both an inaugural nominee for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction: Long Form, as well as a finalist for a 2006 Podcast Peer Award. Nina Kimberly the Merciless is available in print from Dragon Moon Press. Christiana is also the writer, producer and star of Space Casey, a 10-part audiodrama miniseries which won the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Production by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio and the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Drama. In between major projects, Christiana is also the creator and talent of many other podcast productions including Talking About Survivor; Hey, Want to Watch a Movie? and Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts.

StarShipSofa No 454 Alex Shvartsman and Stephen S. Power

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Main Fiction: “Falling Dominoes” by Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, Daily SF, and other venues. He’s the winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015.

Alex edits Unidentified Funny Objects, the annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. He has edited several other anthologies as well. He’s currently at work on his first novel which, at current pace, will be finished sometime around 2020. His website is

Narrated by Elizabeth Armancas

Ibba Armancas is a nomadic screenwriter/director based in Los Angeles and Seattle. Her first feature film is due for release in 2015, and she is currently writing the pilot for a new show by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment ( She regularly makes terrible life choices in pursuit of stories, and is very bad at finding time to work on her website You can follow her exploits on Twitter @IbbaArmancas


Short Fiction: The Far Side of the Wilderness, by Alex Shvartsman

Narrated by: Dan Kelly

After establishing a thriving compassionate and sustainable global culture on several nearby timelines, Danny Kelly is now mucking about in this one, with it’s secret alien conquistadors and suicidal spiral into convenience. Because none of us are free while any one of us still buys the premise that something has gone terribly wrong, or whatever. Meanwhile he remains cleverly disguised as an artist perpetually on the verge of his big break, whether making movies, music, developing games or even as a humble genre voice actor. His dark and slightly silly featurette, Daughter of God should be showing up any day now, and does not star Keanu Reeves.

Short Fiction: “Stripped to Zero”

Originally appeared in Nature

Stephen S. Power novel, “The Dragon Round,” will be published by Simon & Schuster in July 2016. His work has recently appeared at “Daily Science Fiction,” and he has stories forthcoming in “AE,” “Amazing Stories,” “Deep Magic,” “Flash Fiction Online” and “Lightspeed.” He tweets at @stephenspower, his site is, and he lives in Maplewood, New Jersey in the USA.

Narrated by: Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins is the Sydney based founder of Grimdark Magazine. He loves reading about anti-heores and seeing a story from the perspective of the villain across all genres, especially SFF. When not reading, he’s generally getting stuck into a beer with mates, travelling, or working as a bid writer. Say g’day over on @AdrianGdMag and