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StarShipSofa No 548 Paul R Hardy

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Main Fiction: “The Breakdown of the Parasite Host Relationship” by Paul R. Hardy

Originally published in UFO.

Paul R. Hardy is a fungal infection in the shape of the letter ‘R’ that lives inside the brainstem of an oblivious human meatsack by the name of Paul Hardy. The fungal infection has had work published in Unidentified Funny Objects, Far Fetched Fables and Diabolical Plots, while the human meatsack works as a hospital receptionist in order to provide nutrients for the fungus. Any resemblance between this living arrangement and the content of the story that follows is entirely coincidental.

Narrator: Rish Outfield

Rish Outfield is a writer, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He can be heard co-hosting the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and That Gets My Goat podcasts, where he and Bigg Anklevich entertainingly waste much of their time. He also features his own stories on the Rish Outcast podcast. He once got a job because of his Sean Connery impersonation… but has lost two due to his Samuel L. Jackson impression.

StarShipSofa No 498 Rebecca DeVendra and Eric Reynolds

Main Fiction: “A Packhorse for your Silly Memes” by Rebecca DeVendra 

Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction

Rebecca DeVendra is a figure artist and speculative fiction writer living in Boston. She serves as a first reader for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She’s also a mom to three cacophonous, early-rising children. She’s probably in her pajamas, but she has an emergency collar shirt for video calls. Check out more of her work:

Narrated by: Amy H. Sturgis

Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in both Science Fiction and Indigenous American Studies. Since 2008, she has been contributing monthly “Looking Back at Genre History” segments to StarShipSofa. Editor in Chief of Hocus Pocus Comics and faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Sturgis lives with her husband in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Learn more about her award-winning work at


Short Fiction: “My First Duty” by Eric Reynolds

Originally published at Galaxy’s Edge

Eric T. Reynolds is  Editor/Publisher with Hadley Rille Books ( and has edited over 40 highly-acclaimed anthologies, collections, and novels. His short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Sci Phi Journal, several  indie press publications, and had several non-fiction science articles published about space exploration and history of technology. He is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe. You can visit him on Facebook at “Eric T. Reynolds.” He blogs occasionally at

Narrated by: Jason Satterlund 

Satterlund has been writing and working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production, including directing, writing, cinematography, and editing.  He travels the world producing feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. He is the only person ever to conduct a night shoot in the ancient city of Petra, and the first person in America to use film lenses on an HD camera.

Satterlund wrote and directed the award-winning feature film The Record Keeperwhich premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London and is currently on the world wide festival circuit. He is also the director of the Star Wars fan film The Force and the Fury, viewable on YouTube. When he isn’t busy directing his own projects, he enjoys teaching film making workshops, shaping the film makers of the future.