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StarShipSofa No 497 Julie Novakova

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Main Fiction: “The Ship Whisperer” by Julie Novakova 

Originally published in Asimov’s

Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Fantasy Scroll, Persistent Visions and other magazines and anthologies. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (Terra Nullius) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Some of her works have been translated into Chinese, Romanian and Estonian. She received the Encouragement Award of the European science fiction and fantasy society in 2013 and won the Aeronautilus Award (“Czech equivalent of Hugo”) three times. She is an evolutionary biologist by study, takes a keen interest in planetary science and engages in science outreach. She’s currently working on her first novel in English. Follow her on Twitter @Julianne_SF.

Narrated by: Juliana Erickson

Imagining herself as the heroine in all her favorite stories, Juliana Erickson has always enjoyed exploring new and fantastic worlds. Off the pages, she has explored much of our own world, even calling Hawaii and Italy her other homes. Between adventures, and workouts at the kickboxing gym, she likes watching anything with dinosaurs, vikings, or aliens. Juliana’s mild-mannered alter ego is an instructional designer living in SoCal with her husband and their art collection. Follow the adventures of Juliana at VaultandVeil.com.

StarShipSofa No 473 Leah Cypess

 

Main Fiction: “What We Ourselves are Not” by Leah Cypess

Originally published in Asimov’s..

 

Leah Cypess wrote her first short story – in which the narrator was an ice cream cone – at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, and Death Marked.

Leah has also published short stories in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Sword & Sorceress, among other places. Her story Nanny’s Day was nominated for the Nebula in 2012. You can find out more about her at www.leahcypess.com.

Narrated by: Elie Hirschman

Elie Hirschman was born in New York City and raised just outside of it. His professional voice work ranges from children’s educational material to real estate advice website audio, with a scientific article and a guided tour of a Polish salt mine thrown in for good measure. He’s currently active in all Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod and Cast of Wonders) and also appearing semi-regularly in the Nosleep Podcast.

 

 

StarShipSofa No 456 Gregory Norman Bossert

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Art done by Brian Matyas

“Main Fiction: Two Things About Thrand Zandy’s TechnoThèque” by Gregory Norman Bossert

Originally appeared in Unlikely Story

With the turning of the 21rst century I decided that twenty years of writing computer software was enough.  By 2003 I had landed a job as a motion picture researcher for the film Beowulf, my qualification being that I had actually read the original…in 1982!

That lead in time to a job at the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light and Magic, where in the last year alone I’ve worked on Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Agent Carter, Avengers Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, The Revenant, and Star Wars The Force Awakens.  By 2009 I decided to try my hand at writing.  I’ve had fifteen sales so far, and I won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. You can find out more about my writing and film work at www.gregorynormanbossert.com.

And look for new stories at The Dark Magazine website and in Asimov’s Science Fiction.  “Two Things About Thrand”, like last year’s “Twelve and Tag” which was also adapted by StarShipSofa, was drafted at the 2010 Clarion writer’s workshop.

Narrated by: Katherine Inskip

Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.

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Art by Dermot Power

StarShipSofa No 426 Christopher Priest and Carli Velocci

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Main Fiction: “A Dying Fall” by Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest’s book – The Inverted World

Originally published in Asimov’s – December 2006

Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968. He has published thirteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

His novel The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA Award. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige. He has been nominated four times for the Hugo award. He has won several awards abroad, including the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany), the Eurocon Award (Yugoslavia), the Ditmar Award (Australia), and Le Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire (France). In 2001 he was awarded the Prix Utopia (France) for lifetime achievement.

He has written drama for radio (BBC Radio 4) and television (Thames TV and HTV). In 2006, The Prestige was made into a major production by Newmarket Films. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige went straight to No.1 US box office. It received two Academy Award nominations.

Chris Priest’s most recent novel The Gradual will be published by Gollancz in 2016, and in the USA by Titan Books, He is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Society. In 2007, an exhibition of installation art based on his novel The Affirmation was mounted in London.As a journalist he has written features and reviews for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Scotsman, and many different magazines.

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.

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