StarShipSofa No 528 R. K. Nickel

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Main Fiction: “The Motivation Cure” by R. K. Nickel

R.K. Nickel works as screenwriter in Los Angeles. His first feature film, Bear with Us, is available on Amazon Prime, and “Stellar People,” a sci-fi comedy series he wrote for Adaptive Studios, will be coming out sometime in 2018. He dove into his prose journey in 2017, during which he made his first six sales and was lucky enough to attend the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When he’s not writing, he’s probably trapped in a room, either because he’s doing an escape room or because the lock on his door broke again. Stupid lock.

This story is original to StarShipSofa.

Narrated by: Kyle Akers

Kyle Akers is a voice actor from Kansas City, Missouri. He has contributed to podcasts like Pseudopod, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, and NoSleepPodcast. He also produces and performs in his own improv podcast called “The Counselor.” Prior to voice acting, Kyle toured the country as a professional musician, singing and playing bass guitar for the electro-pop band Antennas Up, which enjoyed success through several national television show placements and commercials. Since then, Kyle has dabbled in long-form improv and audio production while performing weekend gigs with Kansas City cover band The Magnetics.

StarShipSofa No 515 Evan Dicken


Main Fiction: “How I Killed Your Mother” by Evan Dicken

Originally published in Cosmic Roots

By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and analyzes medical research data at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and The Overcast, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Chaosium, Unlikely Story, and Cast of Wonders. Feel free to visit him at:

Narrated by: Tad Callin

Tad Callin is an Associate Editor at Pseudopod and the Wikia Wrangler for Escape Artists, Inc. He has had many adventures over the years, serving as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force, failing at truck driving, and raising his family. He published most of those stories in his 2016 memoir/novel, Tad’s Happy Funtime. His current projects include finishing his family history, drafting a sci-fi novel, and completing his long-dormant music degree.

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis