StarShipSofa No 522 Doug C Souza

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Main Fiction: “The Armor Embrace” by Doug C. Souza

Originally published in Writers of the Future, Vol 33.

Doug C. Souza had quite a year in 2017. One of the highlights–besides meeting the other twelve finalists–was when Kevin J. Anderson pulled him aside just before the Writers of the Future awards ceremony to tell Doug that he had requested to present his award because he had read “The Armor Embrace” and really enjoyed it. Later this year, Doug C. Souza has another story with Asimov’s. He continues trying his darndest at this writing thing with his wife and main-reader and their two-and-a-half-year-old who has moved on from training as a stunt-double to a human recorder (careful what you say around her, it’ll be repeated). You can find him at

Narrated by: Jeremy Szal

Jeremy Szal is a Mediterranean-blooded mongrel who was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia, where he was raised by wild dingoes. Now, he writes about galactic nightmares, little traumas, and lots of neon and alcohol. You can find his work in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed,, Tales to Terrify, and episode 509 of StarShipSofa, which he hopes you’ll check out and not hate it. He’s represented by agent John Jarrold and hopes to sell a novel soon. This is his second second narration on StarShipSofa, because he didn’t learn his lesson the first time. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia with his awesome family where he drinks too much gin, watches too many cult films, and makes too many dark jokes. Find him at or @JeremySzal

Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

StarShipSofa No 486 Jack Campbell

Main Fiction: “Hell’s Half Acre” by Jack Campbell

Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams.

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the “steampunk meets high fantasy” Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Vanguard (which comes out in May), the first book in The Genesis Fleet, and Daughter of Dragons, a follow on to Pillars of Reality. And starting in June, Titan will begin bringing out Lost Fleet comics.  John’s works have been published in twelve languages.

John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, and intelligence.  Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which Really Happened (but cannot be verified by any independent sources).  This experience has served him well in writing fiction. He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife “S” and three great kids (the oldest two autistic).

Narrated by: Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore – is the narrator of over 100 audiobook titles (and counting…) from authors including Clive Barker, Wesley Chu, Mark E. Cooper, and Ramez Naam. His website is here.

StarShipSofa No 461 Lauren Beukes

Main Fiction: “The Green” by Lauren Beukes

Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams.

The story will also appear in Lauren’s upcoming short fiction and essay collection, Slipping, published in late November.

Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and  journalism. Her novels, including The Shining GirlsBroken Monsters and Zoo City have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and TV. She’s won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel, the RT Thriller of the Year and the Mbokodo Award. Her work has been praised by Stephen King, George RR Martin, James Ellroy and Gillian Flynn as well as The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR.

She’s also written comics, including Survivor’s Club, an original horror series with Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly, the NYT-best-selling Fables spin-off, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom with Inaki Miranda, and a Wonder Woman-in-Soweto one-shot for kids, The Trouble With Cats with art by Mike Maihack. When she’s not on tour, or travelling for research, from Detroit to Zagreb, Muskat to Port-au-Prince, she lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her eight year old daughter.

Narrated by: Heather Simmons

Heather Simmons grew up in South Africa and has made her home in the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in biology at Penn State and her research focused on the evolution of plant pathogens. Heather is an active participant in community theatre with radio experience and can be reached for narration requests at