Tony C. Smith


Host/Producer of Hugo Award winning StarShipSofa podcast

Josh LeuzeJosh Leuze


Josh Leuze is a WordPress developer from Minnesota who loves making websites. He builds and maintains all of the sites in the District of Wonders.

When not building websites in his basement, Josh can be found doodling with his kids at the kitchen table, digging in the garden, or pedaling his bike around town.

Jeremy Szal

Fiction Editor

Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia and was raised by wild dingoes. His speculative fiction has appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons,, The Drabblecast, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor here at  StarShipSofa and holds a rather useless BA in Creative Writing and Film Studies. He is represented by John Jarrold of the John Jarrold Literary Agency. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia, where he drinks too much craft beer and watches too many films. Find him at or @JeremySzal


Gary Dowell

Associate Editor

Gary Dowell is a Dallas-based writer and former journalist who writes catalog copy for Heritage Auctions by day, and fights crime as a freelance film critic by night. In between, he works as a consultant for the USA Film Festival and Dallas International Film Festival. His inane ramblings can be read at,, and He has fond memories of sleep.


RM_150_BWR. M. Ambrose

Assistant Fiction Editor

RM Ambrose is a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy and an IT professional. Works draw on Ambrose’s background in Anthropology and Linguistics, music, world travel, study of Aikido, and careers in Information Technology, Banking and Higher Education. His taste in genre fiction is even more eclectic.


Kelly Brantley

First Slush Reader


Kelly Brantley reviews submissions for StarShipSofa and spends most of her time microwaving cold coffee because she forgot to drink it – again. When she’s not reheating caffeine she can be found at her computer writing Science Fiction/Fantasy and contemplating how to make a career from her own nonsense. Although she grew up in the heart of Mississippi, she now lives in Virginia with her wife and their two Dachshunds, Riley and Penny.

Lisa Stone

First Slush Reader

Lisa Stone is a former professional singer, songwriter, actress, and music coordinator for films, who is originally from Detroit, MI. After living in New York City and Los Angeles, Lisa finally fulfilled her dream of residing in Rome, traveling and working from one castle in Scotland to another in Tuscany, experiencing the amazing month of April in Paris and summers in Sicily. Lisa likes a lot of old stuff: reruns of the original Star Trek, 1st edition hardcover books, classic Hollywood movies, ancient architecture and aged Parmesan cheese. After eight years in Europe, Lisa recently relocated to Florida and, after Hurricane Irma, is pondering the wisdom of that decision.

Michael W. Cho

First Slush Reader

Michael W. Cho lives in Tempe, Arizona. He has been published in Terraform. For his day job, he plays Spanish guitar.



10526132_10152551140537174_1297431308371294589_nDiane Severson Mori

Poetry Editor

Diane Severson is a lyric soprano specializing in Early Music, especially Baroque and medieval music. She is a dedicated teacher of singing (taking her cues from her mentor the late Cornelius Reid and his long-time student and mentor in her own right Carol Baggott-Forte). She is the mother of a young multi-linguist and married to her very own Rocket Scientist.

She produces Poetry Planet and is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association for which she ran the 2012 Poetry Contest. She is a staff blogger for Amazing Stories Magazine ( focusing on Science Fiction Poetry. She continues to narrate stories for StarShipSofa and other podcasts (notably PodCastle and Tales to Terrify) and has begun getting paying jobs as a voice actor.


Amy H. Sturgis

Genre History Producer

AHS holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History and specializes in the fields of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies. She lives with her husband, Dr. Larry M. Hall, and their best friend, Virginia the Boston terrier, in the foothills of North Carolina, USA.

image3Robyn Bradshaw

Content Marketing Manager

Robyn Bradshaw is an experienced administrative professional in Nova Scotia, Canada. Robyn helps us out with copy writing, copy editing, social media marketing, and navigating Tony’s ceaseless stream of ideas with good humour intact. Robyn has been stowing away on board the StarShipSofa since the beginning, and also spends time in the other regions of the District of Wonders.
Robyn is proud mother of fine and talented son Aiden, and wife of our own favourite troubadour, singer-songwriter David Bradshaw. By day Robyn is honoured to work with Autism Nova Scotia, an organization supporting individuals and families living with autism.



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