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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 435 Axel Taiari, Wendy Nikel and Steve Humble

Interview: Steve Humble – We really can build a time travelling machine!

Main Fiction: “Beyond the Visible Spectrum” by Axel Taiari

Originally published in Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #7

Axel Taiari was born and raised in Paris, France. Publishing credits include Abyss & Apex, Fantasy Scroll, The Big Click, and other magazines and anthologies. He is the co-author of The Soul Standard, to be released by Dzanc Books in 2016. Read more at www.axeltaiari.com

Narrated by: Jonathan Danz

Jonathan Danz exists in a parallel dimension that looks suspiciously like West Virginia. When he’s not trundling over rock and root on his velocipede, he labors to hammer stories out of unruly words. With the help of his wife and daughter, he manages to keep track of his car keys, his priorities, and his mind. Should you find yourself in the dusty corners of cyberspace, you may glimpse Words and Coffee, an occasional repository of his thought-mud found at jonathandanz.com


 

Short Fiction: “The Retirement of Captain Archibald Moore” by Wendy Nikel

Originally published in Welcome to the Future anthology

When Wendy Nikel isn’t traveling in time, exploring magical islands, or investigating mysterious phenomena, she enjoys a quiet life near Utah’s Wasatch Mountains with her husband and sons. She has a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published in AE, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere, and she is a member of the SFWA. For more info, visit wendynikel.com.

Narrated by: Mike Boris

Mike is a freelance narrator based out of his basement in the lovely Mid-West of the former American Colonies.  He prefers to read out loud for money, but he likes me enough to throw me a free bone every now and again. He’s got a website: MikeBorisAudio.com, so pop on over…

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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