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StarShipSofa No 523 Gary Gibson

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Main Fiction: “Scienceville” by Gary Gibson

Originally published in Interzone

Gary Gibson is the author of ten novels, including Stealing Light and Final Days. His most recent novels are Extinction Game and its sequel Survival Game, about the adventures of a group of people, all of whom are the last man or woman on different alternate Earths, searching for the link that connects a string of post-apocalyptic realities. Extinction Game received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, indicating a book of ‘outstanding quality’. Born in Scotland, he currently resides in Taipei.

Narrated by: Thomas Pipkin

Tom works in IT at the University of Warwick where he tries to keep on top of Microsoft and all its creations. His life goes like this: Family, Cats, PC Gaming, Total War, Voice Narration, IT Trainer, Time Poverty. When Tom does get a spell from his grown up life he’s usually in his loft, lost in fantasy worlds of PC gaming, trying to record his voice without a cat shouting abuse at him.

StarShipSofa No 521 Leah Cypess

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Main Fiction: “On the Ship” 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.

Narrated by: Eliza Chan

Eliza Chan is a Scottish-Chinese writer published in Fantasy Magazine, Fox Spirit’s Asian Monsters,Persistent Visions and Mithila Review. She writes about East Asian mythology, British folklore and madwomen in the attic, but preferably all three at once.

Interview: Spencer Ellsworth, author of the Starfire Trilogy from Tor.com, with Jeremy Szal

StarShipSofa No 520 Michael Haynes and Alison Wilgus

Main Fiction: “What You Can Change” by Michael Haynes

Originally published in Kazka Press

Michael Haynes lives in Central Ohio. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael’s stories have appeared in publications such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. He’s the chair of the Cinevent classic film convention and enjoys photography, geocaching, and travel. He can be found online at http://michaelhaynes.info/ and on Twitter as @mohio73

Narrated by: Cian Mac Mahon

Cian Mac Mahon is an Irish Software Engineer who in a past life was the world’s youngest professional podcaster, ran a radio station and very nearly ended up being a journalist. While he hopes to some day revive his show which podfaded many years ago, he now spends most of his free time playing about with cameras and cooking, as old microphones and sound-desks lurk in the shadows, right at the edge of eyesight.


Short Fiction: “A Wrinkle Ironed Out” by Alison Wilgus

Originally published in Daily Science Fiction

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based writer for comics and prose, with graphic novels both recent and upcoming about human spaceflight, aviation, and time travel (alas, not at the same time) from Tor and First Second Books. Her short fiction has previously appeared on Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Daily Science Fiction, although her proudest recent prose accomplishment was having been paid to write about Jean-Luc Picard and Ellen Ripley hooking up at a conference. She tweets as @AliWilgus and you can find many of her comics and stories at alisonwilgus.com.


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 amyhsturgis.com.


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.

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History 100!!! by Amy H Sturgis