StarShipSofa No 509 Jeremy Szal


Main Fiction: “Ark of Bones” by Jeremy Szal

Original to StarShipSofa.

Jeremy Szal is a Mediterranean-blooded mongrel who was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia, where he was raised by wild dingoes. His science-fiction, horror and nonfiction have appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons,, The Drabblecast, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor for a trashy podcast you probably haven’t heard of called StarShipSofa and is represented by awesome literary agent John Jarrold, and hopes to sell a novel soon. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia with his family where he drinks too much gin, watches too many cult films, and makes too many dark jokes. He quite possibly has an army of trained kangaroos. Find him at or @JeremySzal

Narrated by Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore has narrated well over 100 audiobooks, ranging 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.

Mikael is also an active musician, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film and produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records.  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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StarShipSofa No 463 Neal Asher

Main Fiction: “Strood” by Neal Asher

Originally appeared in Asimov’s

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician. His Owner series novels include The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War. Dark Intelligence is the start of a new series set in the Polity universe.

Narrated by Al Barclay

Al Barclay has worked extensively over 15 years, most notably playing opposite James McAvoy and Michael Sheen in Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things, and with David Thewlis in Luc Besson’s The Lady. He will be in the West End at The Arts Theatre this December playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

He also once drank two bottles of gin with Peter O’Toole, and danced the night away in Camden with Amy Winehouse.

StarShipSofa No 460 Marc Laidlaw

Main Fiction: “400 Boys” by Marc Laidlaw

Originally published in Omni, reprinted in Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology.

Marc Laidlaw is the author of six novels, including the International Horror Guild Award winner, The 37th Mandala. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since the 1970s. In 1997, he joined Valve Software, and over the next nearly two decades, worked as lead writer on the popular Half-Life and Dota 2 franchises. In 2016, he retired to resume writing his own stories. Recent publications include a novella, White Spawn, available as a chapbook and ebook from PS Publishing. Updates and other things may be found at his website,

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis

Narrated by: Eric Luke

Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film EXPLORERS, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books GHOST and WONDER WOMAN, and wrote and directed the NOT QUITE HUMAN films for Disney TV. His current project INTERFERENCE, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is available free on iTunes and at

StarShipSofa No 448 Hugo Nominee Part 1 Brooke Bolander

Week 1 of Hugo Nominees

This story is nominated for Best Novelette

Main Fiction: “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander

Originally appeared in Lightspeed, Issue #57. Audio produced by Skyboat Media.

Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest, swampiest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD. Her work has been featured in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, and several anthologies, including Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. A finalist on this year’s Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus ballots, she currently resides in New York with her partner, their pets, and a small but growing army of haughty house centipedes.

Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir 

Gabrielle de Cuir has narrated close to one hundred books and many dozens of short stories, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, humor and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost director for best-selling authors and celebrities. Short list of those directed: Ray Bradbury, Carl Reiner, Deepak Chopra, Eric Idle, Nancy Cartwright, Michael York, Ed Herrmann and Joe Mantegna. As director/producer (and talent), Gabrielle has helmed the Skyboat Media productions of ENDER’S GAME ALIVE, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE’S WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION, 30 YEARS OF TREASON and most recently the Kickstarter-funded recording of Harlan Ellison’s THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER.

StarShipSofa No 447 Taiyo Fuji and Jim Hubbert

Week 4 of Translations Special Month! 

This story was originally written in Japanese and has been translated into English.

Main Fiction: “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fuji, translated by Jim Hubbert.

Originally published in Lightspeed, Issue #62. Audio produced by Sky Boat Media.

Taiyo Fujii was born in Amami Oshima Island—that is, between Kyushu and Okinawa. He has worked in stage design, desktop publishing, exhibition graphic design, and software development. In 2012, Fujii self-published Gene Mapper serially in a digital format of his own design, and it became’s number one Kindle bestseller of that year. The novel was revised and republished in both print and digital as Gene Mapper—full build— by Hayakawa Publishing in 2013 and was nominated for the Nihon SF Taisho Award and the Seiun Award. His second novel, Orbital Cloud, won the 2014 Nihon SF Taisho Award and took first prize in the “Best SF of 2014” in SF Magazine. His recent works include Underground Market and Bigdata Connect.

Jim Hubbert is a Tokyo-based translator. He has translated a number of Japanese science fiction stories and novels, including The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa and Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii. Jim also provided the English subtitles for many of Studio Ghibli’s features and served as script consultant for the Japanese-language versions of numerous feature films, most recently In and OutTomorrowland, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

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