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StarShipSofa No 498 Rebecca DeVendra and Eric Reynolds

Main Fiction: “A Packhorse for your Silly Memes” by Rebecca DeVendra 

Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction

Rebecca DeVendra is a figure artist and speculative fiction writer living in Boston. She serves as a first reader for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She’s also a mom to three cacophonous, early-rising children. She’s probably in her pajamas, but she has an emergency collar shirt for video calls. Check out more of her work: rebeccadevendra.com

Narrated by: Amy H. Sturgis

Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in both Science Fiction and Indigenous American Studies. Since 2008, she has been contributing monthly “Looking Back at Genre History” segments to StarShipSofa. Editor in Chief of Hocus Pocus Comics and faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Sturgis lives with her husband in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Learn more about her award-winning work at amyhsturgis.com.

 

Short Fiction: “My First Duty” by Eric Reynolds

Originally published at Galaxy’s Edge

Eric T. Reynolds is  Editor/Publisher with Hadley Rille Books (hrbpress.com) and has edited over 40 highly-acclaimed anthologies, collections, and novels. His short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Sci Phi Journal, several  indie press publications, and had several non-fiction science articles published about space exploration and history of technology. He is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe. You can visit him on Facebook at “Eric T. Reynolds.” He blogs occasionally at ericreynolds.livejournal.com.

Narrated by: Jason Satterlund 

Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production, including directing, writing, cinematography, and editing.  He travels the world producing feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera.

Satterlund wrote and directed the award-winning feature film The Record Keeperwhich premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London and is currently on the world wide festival circuit. He is also the director of the Star Wars fan film The Force and the Fury, viewable on YouTube. When he isn’t busy directing his own projects, he enjoys teaching film making workshops, shaping the film makers of the future.

StarShipSofa No 436 T. R. Napper and Geoffrey A Landis

Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis Part 2 of 2 Star Trek and Arthurian Legend

Interview: Geoffrey A Landis – What Really Happens When You Get Blown Out of an Airlock

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Main Fiction: “A Shout is a Prayer / For the Waiting Centuries” by T. R. Napper

Originally published in Interzone #258

T R Napper’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone (several issues), Grimdark Magazine, and several others. He is a Writers of the Future winner and been nominated for the Ditmar Awards. T R Napper has spent the last decade living and working throughout South East Asia.  His website is here: http://www.nappertime.com/, and he can be found here on twitter: @DarklingEarth

Narrated by: Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan lives and works in a sleepy southern New Mexico town along side his exceedingly talented wife Paige.  When he is free from the mountains of organic vegetables under which he works, he plays in front of the microphone in the hope it may one day talk back to him. In addition to Star Ship Sofa, he has upcoming stories for the District of Wonders podcasts: Far Fetched Fables and Tales to Terrify.

 

StarShipSofa No 431 Martin L. Shoemaker and Mika Mckinnon

Interview: Mika Mckinnon


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Main Fiction: “Pallbearers” by Martin L. Shoemaker

Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! His work has appeared in Analog, Clarkesworld, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, and Writers of the Future Volume 31. His novella Murder on the Aldrin Express was reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4. His short story “Today I Am Paul” will be reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Edition, The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8, and will appear in French translation in Galaxies magazine.

Narrated by: Brian Rollins

Brian Rollins was born in California and grew up in and around the Western US. He currently resides in Highlands Ranch, CO where he works as a voice artist primarily focused on audiobooks. He is probably best known for being the voice of the Glen and Tyler series of audiobooks, written by JB Sanders. If you’re in the Denver area in March, you can find him on stage with Magic Moments, a non-profit theater group that brings theater professionals and people with special needs together to create an original show every year. You can hire Brian to narrate your next audiobook at TheVoicesInMyHead.com.

StarShipSofa No 419 Krystal Claxon and Louis Rosenberg

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Louis Rosenberg – founder of Unanimous Ai

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Main Fiction: “Bitter Remedy” by Krystal Claxton

Originally published in Plasma Frequency Magazine

Tragically born with a miscalibrated sense of humor, Krystal Claxton lived in nine US states before the age of thirteen. The combination of the two has left her with an oscillating accent and a habit of laughing at things that aren’t funny. She currently lives in Georgia with her long-suffering spouse, a dog who thinks she’s a cat, and a number of children that is subject to change.  She enjoys breaking Heinlein’s Rules, getting distracted by Dragon Con, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at krystalclaxton.com and on twitter @krystalclaxton

Narrated by Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer is an exiled super villain making reparations from Ames, Iowa, where she contributes many hours of public service teaching new writers and training the next generation of super scientists at Iowa State University. Part of her rehabilitation includes serving as nonfiction assistant editor for Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine, a quarterly ezine publishing fun and uplifting science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her villainous exploits have been cataloged in such venues as Devilfish Review, Crossed Genres, Abyss and Apex Magazine and are forthcoming on the Pseudopod Podcast. She is truly sorry for her previous misdeeds and encourages you to check out Krystal Claxton’s other stories, especially Graeme Dunlop’s narration of “The Newsboy’s Last Stand” over at the PodCastle Podcast. She credits Claxton’s writings as pivotal in her decision to lay down her mask and check herself into the villain reform program.

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