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StarShipSofa No 502 Claude Lalumiere

Main Fiction: "This Is The Ice-Age" Originally published in Mythspring Claude Lalumière is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appeared in Interzone in 2002, and he has since published more than 100 stories, several of which have been translated into French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, and Serbian and adapted for stage, screen, audio, and comics. In...

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StarShipSofa 501 Robert Silverberg

Main Fiction: "Needle in a Timestack" by Robert Silverberg Originally published in Asimov's Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, and is widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is the winner of four Hugo, six Nebula awards, and three Locus awards. He was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2004. His books and stories have been translated into forty...

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StarShipSofa No 500 Harlan Ellison

Support StarShipSofa on Patreon Main Fiction: "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" by Harlan Ellison Originally published in Realms of Fantasy Harlan Ellison has written or edited 75 books; more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns; two dozen teleplays, for which he received the Writers Guild of America most outstanding teleplay award for solo work an unprecedented four times; and a dozen movies. He won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award twice, the Horror...

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StarShipSofa No 499 Joe Haldeman

Main Fiction: "None So Blind" by Joe Haldeman Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joe Haldeman has garnered both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for his famous novel The Forever War, one of the landmark books of the '70s. He has since won four more Hugo Awards, another four Nebula Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for his novel Camouflage, the SFWA Grandmaster Award, and has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His other...

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StarShipSofa No 498 Rebecca DeVendra and Eric Reynolds

Main Fiction: "A Packhorse for your Silly Memes" by Rebecca DeVendra Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction Rebecca DeVendra is a figure artist and speculative fiction writer living in Boston. She serves as a first reader for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She's also a mom to three cacophonous, early-rising children. She's probably in her pajamas, but she has an emergency collar shirt for video calls. Check out more of her work: Narrated...

Duration: 00:56:09

StarShipSofa No 497 Julie Novakova

Patreon Support if greatly appreciated Main Fiction: "The Ship Whisperer" by Julie Novakova Originally published in Asimov's Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Fantasy Scroll, Persistent Visions and other magazines and anthologies. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (Terra Nullius) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Some of her works have...

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StarShipSofa No 496 Konstantine Paradias

Please Support this fine show on Patreon Main Fiction: "How You Ruined Everything" by Konstantine Paradias Originally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 5 Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice and a member of the SFWA. His short stories have been published in the Dystopia-Utopia Anthology by Flame Tree Press, The Cackle of Cthulhu Anthology and the AE Canadian Science Fiction Review, among many others.His short story collection "Sorry, Wrong Country" is published by Rooster...

Duration: 00:42:27

StarShipSofa No 495 Gerri Leen

Main Fiction: "The Woman I Used To Be" by Gerri Leen Originally published in Grimdark Magazine: Issue #1 Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has work appearing in: Nature, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Grievous Angel, Grimdark, and others. She recently caught the editing bug and is preparing to edit her fourth anthology for an independent press. See more at Fact: Science News by J J...

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StarShipSofa No 494 Yosef Lindell

Main Fiction: "We Were Once of the Sky" by Yosef Lindell Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Yosef Lindell is a lawyer, writer, and occasional historian. His short fiction has previously appeared in Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies and has been translated into Chinese and Vietnamese.Yosef resides in an unincorporated part of Maryland just outside of Washington, DC with his wife and son. You can find him online at Narrated by: Jeremy Moran...

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StarShipSofa No 493 Tracy Canfield

Main Fiction: "StarShip Down" by Tracy Canfield SUPPORT US ON PATREON! Originally published in Analog Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist whose short science fiction and fantasy has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and many other magazines and anthologies. CNN called her a "Klingon scholar" when she recorded the Klingon version of the Jenolan Caves' audio tour. Narrated by: Samantha Wahlen Always keeping a clean manicure and a cup of coffee in her hand, Samantha Wahlen is a...

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StarShipSofa No 492 Rich Larson

Main Fiction: "Ghost Girl" by Rich Larson Originally published in War Stories Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and now writes from Ottawa, Canada. His short work has been featured on io9, translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, French and Italian, and appears in numerous Year's Best anthologies along with most pro-paying SF markets. He was the most prolific author of short science fiction in 2015 and 2016. Find him at...

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StarShipSofa No 491 Allen Steele

Main Fiction "Apache Charley and the Pyramids of Hex" by Allen Steele Originally published in Bridging Infinity Allen Steele has published eighteen novels and nearly one hundred short stories. His work has received numerous accolades, including three Hugo Awards, and has been translated worldwide, mainly into languages he can’t read. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Linda, and a continual procession of adopted dogs. He collects vintage science fiction books and magazines,...

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StarShipSofa No 490 Kameron Hurley

Main Fiction: "Enyo-enyo" by Kameron Hurley Originally published in Lightspeed Magazine Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has...

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StarShipSofa No 489 Rachael K. Jonese

Main Fiction: "Indigo Blue" by Rachael K. Jones Originally published in Shimmerr Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Athens, Georgia. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael's fiction has appeared in dozens of venues, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons....

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StarShipSofa No 488 David D. Levine

Main Fiction: "End of the Silk Road" by David Levine Originally published in Old Venus David D. Levine ( is the author of novels Arabella of Mars and Arabella and the Battle of Venus, as well as over fifty SF and fantasy short stories, His story “Tk’Tk’Tk’” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF,, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his...

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StarShipSofa No 487 Tobias Buckell

Main Fiction: "Pale Blue Memories" by Tobias S. Buckell Originally published in Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozios Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over 50 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the...

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StarShipSofa No 486 Jack Campbell

Main Fiction: "Hell's Half Acre" by Jack Campbell Originally published in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams. Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the "steampunk meets high fantasy" Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are Vanguard (which comes out in May), the first book in The Genesis Fleet, and Daughter of Dragons, a follow on to Pillars of Reality. And starting in June, Titan will begin bringing...

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StarShipSofa No 485 Ian McDonald

Main Fiction: "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian McDonald Originally published in Asimovs Ian McDonald is a science-fiction writer living just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His first novel was Desolation Road, his most recent is Luna: Wolf Moon, from Tor in the US and Gollancz in the UK. He's been nominated for every major SFF award, and even won a few. Narrated by: Kaushik Narasimhan Kaushik Narasimhan is a management consultant by day and struggling writer and general dilettante by night....

Duration: 01:56:13

StarShipSofa No 484 Leah Cypess

Main Fiction: "Cupid's Compass" Originally published in The Magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction Leah Cypess wrote her first short story - in which the narrator was an ice cream cone - at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the author of four fantasy novels...

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StarShipSofa No 483 Alex Shvartsman

Main Fiction: "The Race for Arcadia" by Alex Shvartsman Originally published in Mission Tomorrow Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified...

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