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StarShipSofa No 519 Hannu Rajaniemi

Main Fiction: “Elegy for a Young Elk” by Hannu Rajaniemi

Originally published in Subterranean, reprinted in Invisible Planets

Hannu Rajaniemi was born in Finland. At the age of eight he approached the European Space Agency with a fusion-powered spaceship design, which was received with a polite “thank you” note. Hannu studied mathematics and theoretical physics at University of Oulu and Cambridge and holds a PhD in string theory from the University of Edinburgh. He co-founded a mathematics consultancy whose clients included UK Ministry of Defence. Currently, he works as a co-founder of HelixNano, a synthetic biology startup. Hannu is the author of four novels including The Quantum Thief (translated into more than 20 languages), the forthcoming Summerland (July 2018), and several short stories. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

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StarShipSofa No 514 Ian McDonald and Ian Creasey

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Interview: Ian McDonald, author of River of Gods, The Dervish House, Luna: New Moon, Luna: Wolf Moon, with Jeremy Szal

Main Fiction: “The Odour of Sanctity”  by Ian Creasey

Originally published in Asimov’s

Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. He has published seventy-odd short stories in various magazines and anthologies. On his website, iancreasey.com, he has a page for each story explaining the backgrounds, and his page for this story describes how it was inspired by J.G. Ballard. This is Ian’s fifth appearance at StarShipSofa,

Narrated by: Dani Daly

Dani is an assistant editor of the YA speculative fiction podcast Cast of Wonders, and narrating stories is just one of the things she loves to do. She’s a retired roller derby player and current hobbyist soap maker, for instance. She rants on twitter as @danooli_dani, if that’s your thing. She hails from crowded Long Island, but looks forward to living in the middle of nowhere someday.

StarShipSofa No 502 Claude Lalumiere

Main Fiction: “This Is The Ice-Age” by Claude Lalumiere

Originally published in Mythspring

Claude Lalumière is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appeared in Interzone in 2002, and he has since published more than 100 stories, several of which have been translated into French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, and Serbian and adapted for stage, screen, audio, and comics. In summer 2016, he was one of 21 international short-fiction writers showcased at Serbia’s Kikinda Short 11: The New Deal. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Ottawa. His website is at claudepages.info.

Narrated by: Deanna Sanchez

Deanna Sanchez is a voiceover talent and actress who has performed professionally for 14 years. She has voiced various commercials, industrials, and characters, and specializes in the “sexy voice” of powerful female roles. Deanna also consults in Geographical Information Systems and develops custom mapping applications for real estate and other industries. Three-dimensional visualization of spatial data is a favorite pastime, and she has spent many hours translating real-Earth elevation data into unique 3D worlds. Deanna’s voice over demo can be heard at the Lambert Studios website, an outstanding full service recording studio.

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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 480 David Gullen

Main Fiction: “All Your Futures Are Belong To Us” by David Gullen

Originally appeared in ARC 1.3

David is a white African writer whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has won the British Fantasy Society short story competition, placed third in the Aeon Award, and been shortlisted for the James White Award. He has also been a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Narrated by: Tatiana Grey

Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth.  She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing.  She does, however have a feature film hitting the festival circuit called Serious Laundry.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.  See more about Tatiana at www.tatianagrey.com