StarShip Sofa No 549 Michael Reid

August 2, 2018 by Gary Dowell

Main Fiction: “The Third Man” by Michael Reid

This story is a StarShip Sofa original.

Michael Reid lives near Toronto, Canada, where he divides his time between studying the stars and writing stories set among them. His work has appeared in Interzone, Escape Pod, and Cast of Wonders. Follow him on Twitter at @writereid or check out his full publication list at

Narrated by: Anthony Babington

Anthony Babington is an aspiring voice actor, who looks just slightly off from how he sounds. From his secret volcano lair in Minnesota he narrates podcasts, and leases his soul to corporate America. He has previously recorded for Far Fetched Fables and The Cursed Inn. He can be found on Twitter as @AlephBaker.


  1. Hello Starship Sofa crew – I don’t see a link to the audio file – am I missing something?
    And a massive *Thank You* to all of you for your dedication over the years.

    • Hey Wil… my fault… had it on timer for jaunting ( Quick quiz… which novel is Jaunting from?) to Paris and forgot an whole load of steps to take to actually make sure show got out – please forgive.

      • Ha Tony – no apology needed! What you’ve been doing all these years is both incredibly determined and inspirational – and has helped me through some seriously bad times. You’re a bonafide Geordie space-hero!!
        PS Tiger! Tiger! … or The Stars My Destiny?
        Great big cheers from Aussie-land 🚀

      • Had to look jaunting up, which means it’s been far too long since I read the novel!

  2. This seems to be missing the player & download link. Also, episode 550.

  3. What purple Scott said.

    • Sorry Dave… got all mixed up with a little holiday and forgot to link and actually add show – please forgive.

      • Nothing to forgive, you do a fine service to humanity and the rest of the solar system; there really should be a medal in it, perhaps from the United Nations. Now itunes, they have much to be ashamed of, I cannot get your show and the Eastern Border from Latvia. These both show up in the listings but won’t download. I have to listen at Patreon or the show websites. All other podcasts I subscribe to are not blocked. Perhaps it was the “Great Rant” but what Kristaps did from over in Riga to have his downloads restricted I can also only guess at. Many of his shows have old Soviet jokes but it is my guess his recent predictions on the Russian economy have angered You Know Who.