StarShipSofa 376 Timons Esaias/David G. Blake

February 25, 2015 by Jeremy Szal

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Main Fiction: “The Fitter” by Timons Esaias

Timons Esaias is a satirist, writer and poet living in Pittsburgh. His works, ranging from literary to genre, have been published in eighteen languages. He has over a hundred poems in print, in markets ranging from Asimov’s Science Fiction and 5AM to Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. He has also been a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award, and won the Asimov’s Readers Award. His story “Norbert and the System” has appeared in a textbook, and in college curricula. Recent science fiction appearances include Asimov’s, Analog and Future Games.His News Nots satire column appeared in seven newspapers, and convinced many readers that the Vatican was relocating to St. Louis; that the Pittsburgh Sewer & Water Authority had decided to add Prozac to the water supply (along with sodium pentothal at tax time); and that several cities had chosen to re-zone by residents’ floor-covering preferences only, since that is what truly divides us. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction MFA Program.He tends to go on and on about stuff, so be careful when asking him questions.

Narrated by: Nick Camm

Nick is an actor, audio-book narrator and voice-overer. He recently did a few scenes on the telly with Derek Jacobi, which made him tingle. He’s just finished shooting the feature film ‘Slapper and Me’, which mostly involved him sitting in a sleazy pub for 12 hours a day smoking herbal cigarettes, drinking tepid, non-alcoholic ale and pretending to be in the 1970’s. He thinks it should be out in the autumn, but they’re not telling him, probably because they don’t want him turning up at the première in his cheap suit.

Audio-bookwise, Nick is currently four books into narrating the mystery/thriller ‘Eddie Malloy Series’, written by Richard Pitman and Joe McNally. Set in the skullduggerous world of horse-racing, reluctant part-time detective Eddie gets involved in various capers and generally solves stuff. It’s the first time in many a year that Nick has read, and enjoyed, a set of novels where spaceships refuse to appear. Notwithstanding, Nick has made a polite suggestion to the authors that shiny, future-type stuff might feature in the next of the series (a Hawking-drive, killer robot horse, perhaps). This has fallen on deaf ears.

If you want him to narrate a book for you, he can be found on Twitter, here: @NickCamm1

Or, if you want him to do some acting for you, here:

Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

Short Fiction: “To My Father” by David G. Blake

David G. Blake lives in Pennsylvania with his girlfriend and their chocolate lab.  When he isn’t trying to convince his girlfriend to let him buy an octopus, he spends his time trying to hack NASA’s control systems so he can take Curiosity for a spin around Mars.  His work is forthcoming/has appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Futures 2, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other publications

Narrated by: Mark Kilfoil

Mark “the Encaffeinated ONE” Kilfoil loves fiction, so much so that he’s written some (such as the Parsec-nominated Tainted Roses), read quite a lot (a library of over a thousand half-read books and growing) and now narrates them (sometimes actually recorded for others). He’s found that volunteering for a dozen years in radio was a decent way to get a full-time job as a Program Director at a community radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, but not such a great way to finish his thesis, so he stopped at a Masters in Computer Science. He can be heard frequently on, and two of his shows irregularly appear as podcasts, and can be found at (CAFFEEN!) and (The WEIRD Show, winner of a Parsec Award for “Best Infotainment”). He likes cats enough to pet them but not enough to own one, and computers enough to own several but pet none of them. He will someday write a million words, but at this rate, that will require life extension, so he eagerly awaits the ability to upload into a computer, if that hasn’t already happened and this is all only a simulation.

John Dobbs Babylon Slide


  1. Hey, J.J. –

    That’s *2* mistakes in one podcast, brother!

    1) no ancient Herculainian would EVER have tomatoes on his shopping list. And really, as a life sciences guy, you should know this. I’ll give you a hint – 1492 🙂
    2) I know it’s tax season here in the U.S., but you still shouldn’t use “deducted” (to take away from) instead of “deduced” (to reason from evidence). 🙂