StarShipSofa No 340 Ben H. Winters

June 4, 2014 by acpracht

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Cover Art by Jim Burns

Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis 02:10

Introduction: “Dead Man’s Hand” anthology, edited by John Joseph Adams 20:00

Main Fiction: “The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space” by Ben H. Winters

Whether Caleb and Crane came out to California separate and partnered up later on—or whether they knew each other from some eastern clime and made their way westward as a pair—well, who the devil can tell and what the devil does it matter? Suffice it to say that whether they came to their claim as partners or came to it alone, Crane and Caleb came the same as all the rest of ’em: maybe overland on some slow-rolling desperation caravan from Oxford, Mississippi or Albany, New York, jouncing on rutted wheels through Salt Lake, Deadwood, Barstow; maybe aboard a leaky old cutter, or rounding down around Cape Horn, dipping and rolling on the seasick waves.

Some way or other, the point is, they came.


Special thanks to John Joseph Adams, Ben H. Winters, Brilliance Audio and Titan Books for allowing this reprint from “Dead Man’s Hand.” Extra thanks to Brillance for allowing the use of their audio narration.


Ben H. Winters is the author of seven novels, including most recently Countdown City (Quirk), an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. Countdown City is the sequel to The Last Policeman, which was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate. World of Trouble, the third in the Last Policeman Trilogy, comes out in July of 2014.

Ben’s other books Literally Disturbed (Price Stern Sloan), a book of scary poems for kids; the New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk) and a novel for young readers, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins), which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category. In the summer of 2014 he will publish the final book in the Last Policeman trilogy.


Narrator: Phil Gigante

Phil Gigante has narrated more than 130 audiobooks, including Audie Award winner The Dark Highlander. An actor, director, and producer with over 20 years’ experience in theatre, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre. He makes his home in the Midwest.


  1. Thank you for the fascinating perspective on Harry Potter, Amy.

    The weird west tale was fun.

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  1. […] StarShipsSofa, the Hugo Award-winning audio magazine, has just published their latest issue, and it contains a reprint of Ben H. Winters’s story from Dead Man’s Hand, “The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space.” The audio they used is the same audio Brilliance Audio produced for the DMH audiobook, so it’s a great way to sample that edition of the anthology. [link] […]