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StarShipSofa No 551 Luke Hindmarsh

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Main Fiction: “Out of the Blue, Into the Black” by Luke Hindmarsh

Luke E.T. Hindmarsh was born in Oxford, UK before being dragged all over the world by his parents, courtesy of the Royal Air Force. Before starting to write full time, he worked as a Criminal Barrister in London for ten years, which doesn’t qualify him to make good coffee but did mean he had to wear a wig and gown in court. He now lives in the Scandinavian wilds of Denmark with his wife and their half-viking children. His first novel, a SF crime thriller called Mercury’s Son, was published by Crossroad Press in 2017. When not writing, Luke teaches Shinseido Okinawan Karate, works on his motorcycle and pretends he can play the guitar.

Narrated by: Pixie Willo

Pixie is a voice actor, cabaret performer & slam poet from the Blue Mountains in NSW Australia.She is currently finishing a BA in Theatre, Performance& Creative writing at the University of New England. She enjoys writing short fiction,her own brand of weird poetry, plays for radio and stage and is currently producing her first play for children.She hosts the ‘Off-Beet Poetry Slam’ held bi-monthly in the Blue Mountains, and is a theatre reviewer for 2ser FM in Sydney. Pixie is also a narrator for AntipodeanSF.

StarShipSofa No 495 Gerri Leen

Main Fiction: “The Woman I Used To Be” by Gerri Leen

Originally published in Grimdark Magazine: Issue #1

Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle.  She has work appearing in: Nature, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Grievous Angel, Grimdark, and others.  She recently caught the editing bug and is preparing to edit her fourth anthology for an independent press.  See more at http://www.gerrileen.com.

Narrated by: Margaret Essex

Margaret lives the good life on a small piece of rural New South Wales Australia, with an amazing man, a couple of pets, all the usual biting and stinging critters that make great horror stories for overseas visitors and several rambunctious wombats.

Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

StarShipSofa No 445 Laurent Queyssi‏ and Edward Gauvin

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

Main Fiction: “Sense of Wonder 2.0” by Laurent Queyssi‏, translated by Edward Gauvin

Originally published in The New Accelerator Issue #2.

Based in Bordeaux, France, Laurent Queyssi is the author of six novels for young and adult readers, most recently Allison, a coming-of-age tale about superpowers and ’90s music. He has also written for comics, and translated authors from Grant Morrison to Alastair Reynolds. He wrote his dissertation on Philip K. Dick and devoted a later essay to James Bond. This story, previously published in TheNew Accelerator, is featured in his critically acclaimed 2012 collection Like a Demented Robot Reprogrammed at Halftime. With Étienne Barillier, he co-hosts the podcast Le Palais des Déviants and runs Fahrenheit, a site dedicated to exploring the personal libraries of book lovers. Visit his site and sign up for his weekly newsletter, Alone in Zanzibar!

Edward Gauvin has received fellowships and residencies from PEN America, the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the French-American Foundation and Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prizes. Other publications have appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Pseudopod, Podcastle, The New York Times, Harper’s, and World Literature Today. The translator of more than 200 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders.

Narrated by: Rock Manor

Rock Manor has been featured as a voice performer on podcasts such as The NoSleep Podcast, Pseudopod and Tales To Terrify. He is the producer of Manor House hosted by The Phantom Collector, the horror audio-anthology series featured on both iTunes and YouTube. Producers of The Black Tapes Podcast calls Manor House “top notch” and bestselling author Brian Keene says Manor House is “like Tales From The Crypt. It’s really fucking cool!” which Rock thinks is really fucking cool. Visit his website at ManorHouseShow.com.

Website: ManorHouseShow.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7l4Ri5L6jlR-e2gji7ADg

iTunes: “Manor House: The Podcast” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/manor-house-the-podcast/id995822642?mt=2)

StarShipSofa No 443 Matthew Ward

Main Fiction: “Brazen Dreams” by Matthew Ward

Originally published in Grimdark Magazine Issue #4

When the young Matthew Ward wasn’t reading of strange worlds in the works of C S Lewis, Tolkien and Douglas Hill, he was watching adventure and mystery in Doctor Who, and Richard Carpenter’s excellent Robin of Sherwood series. In 2002, he joined Games Workshop and spent the next decade developing characters, settings and stories for their Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, as well as for a successful series of licensed books set in J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

In 2014, Matthew embarked on an adventure to tell stories set in worlds of his own design. He firmly believes that there’s not enough magic in the world, and writes to entertain anyone who feels the same way. He lives near Nottingham with his extremely patient wife, and three attention-seeking cats.

Narrated by Rob Matheny

Rob Matheny is a producer, narrator, voice actor, blogger, writer, and podcaster from the land of food carts, microbrews and Voodoo Donuts, Portland, Oregon. As co-host of The Grim Tidings Podcast, Rob delivers a weekly dose of Grimdark to the masses. But his podcasting propagation doesn’t stop there, nay, he’s also an assistant producer for the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast. Rob is a husband and father of four (#adult), rabbid book nerd, metalhead, geek culture enthusiast, skilled Wheel of Fortune player, and social media fiend.

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