StarShipSofa No 565 David Barr Kirtley

November 30, 2018 by Jeremy Szal

Main Fiction: “Veil of Ignorance” by David Barr Kirtley

Originally published in Lightspeed.

“David Barr Kirtley is the host of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast on, for which he’s interviewed well over 300 guests, including Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Margaret Atwood, Richard Dawkins, Paul Krugman, Simon Pegg, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin. His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, on podcasts such as Escape Pod and Pseudopod, and in books such as The Living Dead, New Cthulhu, The Way of the Wizard, and New Voices in Science Fiction. His story “Save Me Plz” was picked by editor Rich Horton for the 2008 edition of the anthology series Fantasy: The Best of the Year.”

Narrated by: Paul Cram

Paul Cram is an American actor who performs in indie films and narrates short stories & the occasional audio book as time allows. His latest film role is in “Tuscaloosa” which had him as the lovable mental patient, Earl, which brought him alongside one of the women from the hit show “Stanger Things”. Keep an eye out for that film. Paul credits the library as the starting point for his acting career, so it’s no surprise that he spends a lot of time there still researching roles; but even more important to Paul is that since 2013 he has been volunteering at his local library reading with people who speak english-as-a-second-language.When not on a movie set, recording booth, or at the library- Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings & cream cheese wontons with his older sister, or arguing about pop culture with his brother around one of the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota.  You can find Paul online at


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