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Bringing you the very best in science fiction short stories from the very top and new exciting writers.

Bringing you the very best in science fiction short stories from the very top and new exciting writers.
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Bringing you the very best in science fiction short stories from the very top and new exciting writers.






StarShipSofa No 592 Jennifer Donohue

Main Fiction: “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Jennifer Donohue Originally published in Syntax and Salt Jennifer R. Donohue grew up at the Jersey Shore and now lives in central New York with her husband and her Doberman, where she works at her local library and facilitates a writing workshop. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Truancy, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her novella “Run With the Hunted” is available on most digital platforms. She tweets...


StarShipSofa No 591 Steven Barnes

Main Fiction: "Mozart on the Kalahari" by Steven Barnes Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He has written over 20 novels, and worked on shows such as The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1, and Baywatch. Steve’s true love is teaching balance and enhancing human performance in all forms: emotional, professional and physical. In addition to being an author and...


StarShipSofa No 590 Nathan Hillstrom

Main Fiction: "White Dust" by Nathan Hillstrom This story was first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction (January 2016) Nathan Hillstrom had a first career as a technologist on Wall Street, and now lives and writes in beautiful Southern California. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Outlook Springs, and elsewhere. Nathan is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writers' Workshop, and tweets infrequently as @NathanHillstrom. Narrated by: Nicola Seaton-Clark Nicola is originally...


StarShipSofa No 589 Tabitha Lord

Main Fiction: "Quest Nine" by Tabitha Lord Originally published at Electric Athenaeum. Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and the managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with...


StarShipSofa No 588 Aaron Emmel

Main Fiction: "The Engineers of Abundance" by Aaron Emmel This story was first published in Empyreome (October 1, 2018). Aaron Emmel ’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Thanks to the patience of his wonderful wife, and despite the impatience of his wonderful children, Aaron also writes essays, graphic novels, and interactive fiction. Find him online at Narrated by: Anthony Babington Anthony Babington is an aspiring voice actor, who looks just...


StarShipSofa No 587 Forrest Brazeal

Main Fiction: "The Girl of the Golden City" by Forrest Brazeal This story is original to StarShipSofa. Forrest Brazeal is a software engineer, writer, and cartoonist based in rural Virginia. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Abyss & Apex, and elsewhere. Find him at or on twitter @forrestbrazeal. This story is narrated by the author.


StarShipSofa No 586 David Gray

AD Free StarShipSofa No 586 David Gray StarShipSofa_No_586_David_Gray.mp3 Main Fiction: "Wreckers' Moon" by David Gray Gray is a Scots-born writer and creative director living in Brooklyn, NYC. His journalistic and design credits include Blackbook, Gear magazine, Out, Time Inc, Lollipop mag and others. His fiction has found its way to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Metaphorosis, the forthcoming Children of the Sky anthology, Chrome Baby and others. Gray’s first sci-fi novel –...


StarShipSofa No 585 Gerri Leen

Patreon Support Click Here Main Fiction: "What the Rain Brings" by Gerri Leen This story was originally published in A Rustle of Dark Leaves: Tales from the Shadows of the Forest (Misanthrope Press, 2012). Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. In addition to being an avid reader, she’s passionate about horse racing, tea, and whisky, and her latest obsession is ASMR vids. She has work appearing in Nature, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show,...


StarShipSofa No 584 Chris Beckett

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 447 – LAST WEEK 438 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "The Peacock Clock" by Chris Beckett Originally published in the short fiction collection of the same name. Chris Beckett’s short stories began to appear in print in 1990. He has published 6 novels to date, the most recent being America City, and 3 short story collections, of which the latest is Spring Tide. His next novel, Beneath the World, a Sea, will appear in April 2019. He won...


StarShipSofa No 583 Rich Larson

Main Fiction: "Heavies" by Rich Larson PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 438 – LAST WEEK 420 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Originally published in Infinity Wars Rich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in the south of Spain, and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. His work has appeared in numerous Year's Best anthologies and been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, Czech, French and Italian. His debut novel, Annex, came out from Orbit Books...


StarShipSofa No 582 Chris Barnham

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 424 – LAST WEEK 430 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "All That is Solid" by Chris Barnham Originally published in Compelling Science Fiction. Chris Barnham spent a long time working for the British government, but now just makes stuff up for himself. Chris has a novel out, with US publisher, Filles Vertes Publishing. It’s called Fifty-One, and features a time-traveling cop marooned in 1940s London, forced to choose between saving the...


StarShipSofa No 581 Dimitra Nikolaidou

My Go FundMe: PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 430 – LAST WEEK 430 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "Heart of Vesta" by Dimitra Nikolaidou This story is original to StarShip Sofa. Dimitra Nikolaidou is a PhD candidate researching the relationship between speculative fiction and role-playing games. Her fiction has been published in Gallery of Curiosities, See the Elephant, Metaphorosis, the anthology After the Happily...


StarShipSofa No 580 Floris M. Kleijne and Holly Schofield

My Go FundMe: Flash Fiction: "Frog Soup" by Floris M. Kleijne This story originally appeared at Daily Science Fiction (August 2, 2016). Floris M. Kleijne is the author of over two dozen short stories in Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, Factor Four, and numerous other publications, He lives in a 200 year old house in the Dutch river district, but does most of his writing on trains. Floris was the first Dutchman to win the prestigious...


StarShip Sofa No 579 Alan Fisher

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 429 – LAST WEEK 433 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "Pangloss" by Alan Fisher This story is original to StarShip Sofa. Alan Fisher is an attorney living in Washington, D.C. He's published two novellas, Servant of the Muses and A Pearl for Her Eyes, under the name Brad White. Both are available wherever ebooks are sold. His short story, "The Confession of Diego Stoessel," was included in Alban Lake Publishing's recent Lovecraftian...


StarShipSofa No 578 Alex Shvartsman

Main Fiction: "Whom He May Devour" by Alex Shvartsman This story was first published in Nautilus (2016). Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Analog, Strange Horizons, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and...


StarShipSofa No 577 Michael Ezell

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 433 – LAST WEEK 433 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "The Good Food" by Michael Ezell This story was first published by Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge (2016). Michael Ezell is a former US Marine who now works as a Project Coordinator for an Emmy-winning makeup effects shop in Southern California. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as On Spec Magazine and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine...


StarShipSofa No 576 Aliette de Bodard

Main Fiction: "In Everlasting Wisdom" by Aliette de Bodard Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards. Her space opera books include The Tea Master and the Detective, a murder mystery set on a space station in a Vietnamese Galactic empire, inspired by...


StarShipSofa No 575 Nancy Kress

Main Fiction: "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Nancy Kress Originally published in Asimov's Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her most recent work is TERRAN TOMORROW , the third book in the YESTERDAY’S KIN trilogy. In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country...


StarShipSofa No 574 Alastair Reynolds

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 433 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "Belladona Nights" by Alastair Reynolds Originally published in The Weight of Words Alastair Reynolds is science fiction writer who has been published since 1990. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. Reynolds read physics and astronomy at Newcastle before earning a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland. In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk in the Netherlands where worked for...


StarShipSofa No 573 Ian Whates

PATREON SUPPORT NOW STANDING AT 437 – LAST WEEK 437 HELP US GET TO 500 PATREON SUPPORTERS. Main Fiction: "Montpellier" by Ian Whates Ian Whates lives in a sleepy Cambridgeshire village with his partner, Helen, and a manic cocker spaniel called Bundle. A writer and editor of science fiction and fantasy, he is the author of seven novels, the co-author of two more, has seen some seventy of his short stories published, and has edited more than thirty anthologies. Ian served a term as a...