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StarShipSofa No 417 Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Nathaniel Calhoun

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Interview: Nathaniel Calhoun


Main Fiction: “The Damaged” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Originally published in Interzone.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She lives in Texas with her partner and two literarily-named cats: Gimli and Don Quixote. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or through her website: www.bonniejostufflebeam.com.

Narrated by Katherine Inskip

Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.

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StarShipSofa No 416 Colin P. Davies and Anatoly Belilovsky

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Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

Interview with editor of Escape Artists’ MotherShip Zeta, Karen Bovenmyer with Jeremy Szal


Main Fiction: Julian of Earth” by Colin P. Davies

Originally published in Asimov’s.

Colin P. Davies lives near Liverpool, England and has been contributing to the science fiction and fantasy magazines for twenty-five years. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways, Daily Science Fiction and elsewhere. His story “The Defenders” was included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction #22 edited by Gardner Dozois. Colin is currently working on the third novel in his Young Adult comic fantasy trilogy Clifford and the Bookmole. More information can be found at Colin’s webite www.colinpdavies.com

Narrated by Sarah Afa

Sarah was born and raised in the United States, and moved to Australia in 2009. She has years of experience doing public speaking, as well as reading poetry and prose for competitions. Yes, she is a talker! She enjoys singing, reading, and adventuring the world with her new husband.


Short Fiction: “Tempora Mutantur” by Anatoly Belilovsky

Originally appeared in Stupefying Stories.

Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later (see wikipedia, Jackson-Vanik amendment), he learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a paediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. His original work appeared or will appear in the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology, Ideomancer, Nature Futures, Stupefying Stories, Immersion Book of Steampunk, Daily SF, Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, and Genius Loci anthology, and has been podcast by Cast of Wonders, Tales of Old, and Toasted Cake; his translations from Russian have sold to F&SF, Year’s Best SF #32 (edited by Gardner Dozois,) Grimdark, and Kasma. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net.

Narrated by J.S. Arquin

J.S. Arquin is an actor, writer, musician and pessimistic optimist.  He lives in Portland, Oregon and spends a large portion of his time producing The Overcast, a speculative fiction podcast featuring breathtaking stories from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. Find it at: www.peoples-ink.com/the-overcast

StarShipSofa No 411 Caroline M. Yoachim and Tricia Glock

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Main Fiction: “Beneath the Willow Branches, Beyond the Reach of Time”, by Caroline M. Yoachim

Originally appeared in Interzone

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather.  She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed.  Her debut short story collection, SEVEN WONDERS OF A ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD & OTHER STORIES, is coming out with Fairwood Press in 2016.  For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com

Narrated by Katherine Inskip

Katherine weighs galaxies for a living, and builds worlds in her spare time. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles.


 

Interview: Matt Novack and What Happened to Hilton’s ‘Hotel on the Moon’?


Main Fiction: “Relic” by Tricia Glock

Tricia Glock is the pen name of a person who works too many jobs and has far too little time to write as much as she should.  She likes her cat more than her computer, which is unfortunate, and her family more than her cat, which is less so.  She wrote this because StarShipSofa has accompanied her through many difficult hours and has always made her heart sing!

Narrated by Nicola Seaton-Clark

Nicola lives in the wilds of (almost) Eastern Europe with her long-suffering husband, phenomenal children and a grumpy cat. Trained as an actress and singer, she has worked in entertainment for over 20 years and currently splits her time between writing speculative fiction, helping her husband run their voice-over company, Offstimme, and voicing everything from commercials and documentaries to public transport announcements.


 

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StarShipSofa No 410 Paul Levinson

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Main Fiction: “The Chronology Protection Case” by Paul Levinson

Originally published in Analog, reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF.

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012), have been translated into ten languages. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999, author’s cut ebook 2012), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002, 2013), The Pixel Eye (2003, 2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006, 2012), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) – the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical as well as science fiction. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, NPR, and numerous TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.

Narrated by Mikael Naramore

Mikael Naramore has worked in the audiobook industry since 2001 when, fresh out of college, he was hired as a recording engineer for publisher Brilliance Audio (now Brilliance Publishing, subsidiary of Amazon.com). Over time, he transitioned to Director, all the while absorbing technique and nuance from the best actors in the business.  To date, Mikael has narrated well over 100 titles, under his own and assumed names.   Authors range from best-sellers Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Edward Klein and Clive Barker to sci-fi rising stars Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam and Mark E. Cooper.

He was recently chosen to narrate prolific playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robert Ardrey’s seminal Nature of Man series which includes the international best-sellers African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, titles which reportedly had a very heavy influence on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in their development of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Kubrick’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

Mikael is also an active writer, musician and recording artist, having scored the soundtrack to an independent short film, produced and engineered critically acclaimed rock records, and written, performed and recorded several “silly little lo-fi rock songs” of his own.  He currently resides in the wild and scenic Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife, two small boys and their beloved Golden Retriever.


 

Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis


Interview: Jonathan McDowell – Is this the end of the world!

Dr. Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, USA. He studies black holes,
quasars and X-ray sources in galaxies, as well as developing data
analysis software for the X-ray astronomy community. Dr. McDowell has a
B.A in Mathematics (1981) and a Ph.D in Astrophysics (1987) from the
University of Cambridge, England. He currently leads the group which
plans and tests the science analysis software for the Chandra space
telescope. Dr. McDowell’s scientific publications include studies of
cosmology, black holes, merging galaxies, quasars, and asteroids.

He is also the editor of Jonathan’s Space Report, a free internet
newsletter founded in 1989 which provides  technical details of
satellite launches, and he was formerly a columnist in Sky and Telescope
Magazine. Dr. McDowell’s web site, planet4589.org, provides the most
comprehensive historical list of satellite launch information starting
with Sputnik, and he carries out research on space history topics using
original sources including declassified DoD documents and
Russian-language  publications.

McDowell was born in Atlanta, Georgia of British parents and is a dual
UK/US citizen. Educated in the UK, he moved to the USA in 1988.

Minor planet (4589) McDowell is named after him.


 

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