StarShipSofa No 511 Elizabeth Bear

November 15, 2017 by Jeremy Szal

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Main Fiction: “This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear

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Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 30 novels (The most recent is THE STONE IN THE SKULL, an epic fantasy from Tor) and over a hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner, writer Scott Lynch.

Narrated by: Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is an actor/voice-over artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She loves the world of audio fiction and is excited to be part of StarShipSofa. She can be heard voicing the role of Dashi on Disney Junior’s Octonauts, and voicing multiple characters for PBS Kid’s Past/Present, Leap Frog, & Muzzy. She can also be heard on Fireside Mystery Theatre’s audio drama podcast, Midnight Shorts Program, and narrating the audiobook Love and Smoke. Other credits include Boardwalk Empire, Man With A Gun, DNA, I Hope You Live Forever, Clutter, and Room 333. Recently she appeared in the play Near Nellie Bly for the Workshop Theater Series, and will be performing a series of Norwin Corwin & O Henry adaptations with QuickSilver. You can often find her roaming the streets of Brooklyn with her 13-pound Dachshund Penny, Gotham’s real Dark Knight.

Music: Blue Wednesday 


  1. We likes this, my dog and I.

  2. The dog was cute, but that wasn’t sci-fi, Even the stuff about growing livers is virtually current events. Take out all the science and you still have the same fantasy story about a guy who is a narcissist and a woman that is kind of a dolt. The entire story turns on her deciding to not hang around with a guy that is obviously exploitive, she doesn’t trust or like, who is transparently manipulative and this is clear from the beginning of the story. Not much of a revelation, the whole story was badly telegraphed.