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StarShipSofa No 440 Joe R. Lansdale

Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis


Main Fiction: “The Wizard of the Trees” by Joe R. Lansdale

Originally published in Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Champion mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited more than a dozen anthologies. He is a recipient of the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, a recent Spur Award for Best Historical Western Novel, and many others.

His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, and the film adaptation of his novel Cold in July was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. A television series based on his Hap and Leonard novels debuted recently on SundanceTV.

He is currently co-producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman; and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, the Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, dog, and two cats.

Narrated by: Jeremy Szal

Born in 1995 with a twisted sense of humour and a taste for craft beers and cold weather, Jeremy Szal’s work has appeared in Nature, Nature: Physics, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, The Drabblecast and others. His work has appeared in audio and has been translated into Arabic, Polish and Chinese. In 2015 he was a Finalist for Writers of the Future and produced a short film that is currently being screened in film festivals around the world.

He is also the fiction editor for a shoddy little known podcast you probably haven’t heard of called StarShipSofa. He’s managed to acquire a useless BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing. He has plans for world domination but is too busy watching foreign films and traveling to really get the plan in motion. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia. Peep into his brain via at @jeremyszal or http://jeremyszal.com/

StarShipSofa No 437 Jeffrey Ford

Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

Main Fiction: “Blood Drive” by Jeffrey Ford

Originally published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, Vanitas, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. A new collection, A Natural History of Hell ,will appear in May of 2016 from Small Beer Press. Ford is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Shirley Jackson Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), Hayakawa Award (Japan). His fiction has been translated into over 20 languages. In addition to writing, he’s been a professor of literature and writing for 35 years and has been a guest lecturer at Clarion Writing Workshop, The Stone Coast MFA Program, The Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and the Antioch University Writing Workshop. He lives in Ohio and currently teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Narrated by: Veronica Gigeure

Veronica “V.” Giguere is a narrator, author, and educator. In love with her microphone for a decade, she has voiced spoiled supervillains, tempting demons, Communist metahumans, space marines, anxious technomancers, secret agent archaeologists, suspicious journalists, foxling pirates, enchanted princesses, and a young woman facing an odd spider infestation. She is a coauthor of the Secret World Chronicles podcast novel series and her other writings include inner-city cyberpunk, psychological thrillers, and zombies. When she isn’t telling you your favorite stories, Veronica masquerades as a mild-mannered academic whose specialties include time management, peer tutor training, and academic resource instruction. http://www.voicesbyveronica.com, http://www.facebook.com/voicesbyveronica/, Twitter: @vforvoice

 

StarShipSofa No 430 Arkady Martine

 

Main Fiction: “Lace Downstairs” by Arkady Martine

Originally published in Abyss & Apex

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a Byzantine historian. In both roles she writes about border politics, rhetorical propaganda, and liminal spaces. She was a student at Viable Paradise XVII. Arkady grew up in New York City and currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden. Find her online at arkadymartine.wordpress.com or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.

Narrated by: Tatiana Gomberg

Tatiana Gomberg 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 lives in New York City. See more about her at www.tatianagomberg.com

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StarShipSofa No 424 Vaughan Stanger and Zak Wilson

Coming Up…

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Interview: Zak Wilson Find out what it’s like to live on Mars for 8 months!


Fact: Science News with J J Campanella


Main Fiction: “First and Third” by Vaughan Stanger

Originally appeared in Postscripts 26/27

Formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in an aerospace company,  Vaughan Stanger now writes SF and fantasy fiction for a living. His stories have appeared in Daily  Science Fiction, End of an Aeon, Postscripts, Nature Futures and Interzone, amongst other noted  magazines and anthologies. Follow his literary adventures at  www.vaughanstanger.com

Narrated by Nikolle Doolin

Nikolle is a writer and a voice actor. Her fiction, poetry, and plays have been published and presented; and her voice has appeared in various mediums. Nikolle has performed numerous narrations for a number of popular and award-winning podcasts, such as: The NoSleep Podcast, Far-Fetched Fables, and Tales to Terrify. She also narrates classic literature in her own podcast Audio Literature Odyssey. To learn more about Nikolle, visit her website at nikolledoolin.com.

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StarShipSofa No 421 Fiona Moore and Jason Koebler

Coming Up..

Interview: Jason Koebler. Also check out Jason’s amazing podcast “Radio Motherboard


Main Fiction: “The Metaphor” by Fiona Moore

Originally published in Interzone.

Fiona Moore is an anthropologist at the University of London by day and an SF writer by night. Her previous credits include fiction and poetry in, among others, Interzone, Asimov, Dark Horizons and Unlikely Story, three stage plays, four audio plays, and four guidebooks to cult TV series, most recently a 2-volume guide to Battlestar Galactica. She lives in an extremely crowded house in Surrey, and travels a lot. Read all about her adventures at www.fiona-moore.com

Narrated by Julie C. Day

Julie C. Day’s fiction has appeared in such venues Interzone, Podcastle, and Resurrection House’s anthology XIII. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program  and a Masters of Science in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts.

You can find Julie’s latest story “Florida Miracles” in Interzone 261. As well as narrating for StarshipSofa, Julie is also the host of the Small Beer Press podcast. If you want to hear more of Julie’s voice, you can find her narration of Carmen Maria Machado’s “I Bury Myself” at smallbeerpress.com/tag/podcastery/.

Finally! You can find Julie herself on Twitter @thisjulieday or through her website:www.stillwingingit.com.

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