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StarShipSofa No 493 Tracy Canfield

Main Fiction: “StarShip Down” by Tracy Canfield

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Originally published in Analog

Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist whose short science fiction and fantasy has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and many other magazines and anthologies. CNN called her a “Klingon scholar” when she recorded the Klingon version of the Jenolan Caves’ audio tour.

Narrated by: Samantha Wahlen

Always keeping a clean manicure and a cup of coffee in her hand, Samantha Wahlen is a film writer and editor with numerous passions that most of the time overwhelm her. Get her to brunch with a fat stack of french toast in front of her and she’ll calm down. Currently she lives the dream not in New York or Los Angeles, but in the hot, smoggy county of San Bernardino. She has one husband, two fur babies, and speaks a little French

StarShipSofa No 450 Effie Seiberg and Rachelle Harp

 

Main Fiction: “Rocket Surgery” by Effie Seiberg

Originally appeared in Analog

Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” special edition of Lightspeed Magazine, Galaxy’s Edge, Analog, and PodCastle, amongst others. She is a graduate of Taos Toolbox 2013, a member of Codex, and a reader at Tor.com. Effie lives in San Francisco, recently and upcoming (but not presently) near a giant sculpture of a pink bunny head with a skull in its mouth. She likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns. Find her online at effieseiberg.com and on Twitter @effies.

Narrated by: Stephanie Morris

Stephanie is a professional fangirl by day and your friendly, neighborhood, not-quite-a-librarian staffing the circulation desk by night. She has narrated short stories for PseudoPod, PodCastle, EscapePod, and Cast of Wonders, guest-blogged on subjects ranging from new books to zombie turkeys, and performed Shakespeare in a handful of weird churches. Until she suppresses her inner perfectionist enough to create a website, you can find her on Twitter at @smaliamorris.


Short Fiction: “On Trial” By Rachelle Harp

Originally appeared in Havok 2

Last year, I was a Writers of the Future Contest Finalist and two-time Silver Honorable Mention winner. I’m a Zebulon Contest Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Novel winner for the  Pikes Peak Writers and a novelrocket.com Launch Pad Novel Contest grand prize winner as well. My stories have been published in Havok Magazine and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Narrated by: Setsu Uzume

Setsu spent her formative years in and out of dojos. She also trained in a monastery in rural China,
studying Daoism and swordplay. She is a member of Codex and SFWA. While she has dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find her on Twitter @KatanaPen

Fact: Science New by J J Campanella

StarShipSofa No 432 Evan Dicken and Zhe Xu

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Interview: Zhe Xu and the robotic hand


 

Main Fiction: “Citizen of the Galaxy” by Evan Dicken

Originally published in Analog – December 2014.

By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and analyzes medical research data at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and The Overcast, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Chaosium, Unlikely Story, and Cast of Wonders. Feel free to visit him at: evandicken.com.
Narrated by: Andrea Subissati

Andrea Subissati is a sociologist, journalist and podcaster. In 2010, her masters thesis on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. She joined the staff of Rue Morgue magazine in 2014, to which she is a frequent contributor. Her writing has also been published in The Undead and Theology (2012) and The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (2015).

In addition to writing, Andrea is the co-host and producer of The Faculty of Horror podcast with writer Alexandra West. She has made guest appearances on the Rue Morgue Podcast and Pseudopod, and is co-curator of The Black Museum, a Toronto-based monthly horror lecture series she founded with Canuxploitation creator Paul Corupe. Lady Hellbat lives and works out of Toronto, Ontario. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

StarShipSofa No 410 Paul Levinson

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Main Fiction: “The Chronology Protection Case” by Paul Levinson

Originally published in Analog, reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF.

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012), have been translated into ten languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, author’s cut ebook 2012), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002, 2013), The Pixel Eye (2003, 2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006, 2012), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) – the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical as well as science fiction. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, NPR, and numerous TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.

Narrated by Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore has worked in the audiobook industry since 2001 when, fresh out of college, he was hired as a recording engineer for publisher Brilliance Audio (now Brilliance Publishing, subsidiary of Amazon.com). Over time, he transitioned to Director, all the while absorbing technique and nuance from the best actors in the business.  To date, Mikael has narrated well over 100 titles, under his own and assumed names.   Authors range from best-sellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Edward Klein and Clive Barker to sci-fi rising stars Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam and Mark E. Cooper.

He was recently chosen to narrate prolific playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Ardrey’s seminal Nature of Man series which includes the international best-sellers African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, titles which reportedly had a very heavy influence on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in their development of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

Mikael is also an active writer, musician and recording artist, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film, produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records, and written, performed and recorded several “silly little lo-fi rock songs” of his own.  He currently resides in the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two small boys and their beloved Golden Retriever.


 

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


Interview: Jonathan McDowell – Is this the end of the world!

Dr. Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, USA. He studies black holes,
quasars and X-ray sources in galaxies, as well as developing data
analysis software for the X-ray astronomy community. Dr. McDowell has a
B.A in Mathematics (1981) and a Ph.D in Astrophysics (1987) from the
University of Cambridge, England. He currently leads the group which
plans and tests the science analysis software for the Chandra space
telescope. Dr. McDowell’s scientific publications include studies of
cosmology, black holes, merging galaxies, quasars, and asteroids.

He is also the editor of Jonathan’s Space Report, a free internet
newsletter founded in 1989 which provides  technical details of
satellite launches, and he was formerly a columnist in Sky and Telescope
Magazine. Dr. McDowell’s web site, planet4589.org, provides the most
comprehensive historical list of satellite launch information starting
with Sputnik, and he carries out research on space history topics using
original sources including declassified DoD documents and
Russian-language  publications.

McDowell was born in Atlanta, Georgia of British parents and is a dual
UK/US citizen. Educated in the UK, he moved to the USA in 1988.

Minor planet (4589) McDowell is named after him.


 

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