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StarShipSofa No 452 Malcolm Delvin

 

Main Fiction: “Must Supply Own Workboots” by Malcolm Delvin

Originally appeared in Interzone

Malcolm Devlin’s stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone and the anthology Aickman’s Heirs. He aspires to have the world’s shortest author bio.

Narrated by: Jonathan Sharp

Jonathan lives and works in a sleepy southern New Mexico town along side his exceedingly talented wife Paige.  When he is free from the mountains of organic vegetables under which he works, he plays in front of the microphone in the hope it may one day talk back to him. In addition to Star Ship Sofa, he has upcoming stories for the District of Wonders podcasts: Far Fetched Fables and Tales to Terrify.


 

StarShipSofa No 449 Hugo Nominee Part 2 Hao Jingfang and Ken Liu

Week 2 of Hugo Nominees

This story is nominated for Best Novelette

Main Fiction: “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu

Originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine

In 2002, Hao Jingfang was awarded First Prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. She gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and her PhD from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Mengya, Science Fiction World, and ZUI Found. She has published two full–length novels, Wandering Maearth and Return to Charon; a book of cultural essays, Europe in Time; and the short story collection, Star Travellers. Her fiction has appeared before in English translation in Lightspeed.

Ken Liu (kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, was published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in April 2015. Saga also published a collection of his short stories later in the year.

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

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.

 

StarShipSofa No 446 Pavel Amnuel and Anatoly Belilovsky

Week 3 of Translations Special Month! 

This story was originally written in Russian and has been translated into English.

Main Fiction: “White Curtain” by Pavel Amnuel, translated by Anatoly Belilovsky.

Originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, reprinted in The Year’s Best SF 32, edited by Gardner Dozios

Pavel Amnuel was born in 1944 in Baku (Azerbaijan, former USSR.) He is an astrophysicist who predicted (in 1968, with O. Guseynov) the existence of Xray pulsars, later confirmed by the US UHURU satellite. His first SF story appeared in Russian in 1959. Since 1990 he lives in Israel where he taught at Tel Aviv university and edited several newspapers and magazines. His work has won multiple awards, including “Aelita” (Russian equivalent of Hugo) in 2012.  “White Curtain” is one of several stories and novellas in the “Multiverse” cycle. It is his first publication in English translation.

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 work appeared or will appear in F&SF, Year’s Best SF #32 (edited by  Gardner Dozois,) Grimdark, UFO I, Ideomancer, Nature, Stupefying Stories, Daily SF, Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Genius Loci, Cast of Wonders, and Toasted Cake, among others. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net.

Narrated by Tim Maroney

Tim is one of the chosen few maintaining vigilant watch over a genie in a bottle keeping its pent up fury controlled. This chosen watch splits atoms and brings light and wondrous things to the masses.

He honed these skills for 20 years deep beneath the sea in octopus’ gardens and in labyrinths of coral caves on five fast attack submarines in the US Navy. After escaping Davy Jones’ locker he continues in a teaching capacity, honing the skills of future generations charged with containing the genie’s wrath. When not protecting humanity he is an itinerant minstrel that lives the illusion that somebody needs him to play.

His travels have taken him to four of the seven continents and his wanderlust compels him to continue traveling until he has been on them all. Armed with an insatiable curiosity he lives life in a continual state of wonder and amazement at the marvels this world holds.

StarShipSofa No 442 Erica L. Satifka and Mark Mann

Interview: Mark Mann – Hassan and the Beam

Main Fiction: “Signs Following” by Erica L. Satifka

Originally published in Ideomancer

Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, and various other places. Her debut novel Stay Crazy will be released by Apex Publications in August 2016. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse Rob and three needy cats. Visit her online at ericasatifka.com or on Twitter @ericasatifka.

Narrated by: Robert A. K. Gonyo

Robert A. K. Gonyo is a theatre director, actor, sound designer, voiceover artist, and musician residing in Queens. He is a Founder & Director of Co-Op Theatre East (cooptheatreeast.org), and the producer of Go See a Show!, New York City’s independent theatre podcast (goseeashowpodcast.com). robertgonyo.com