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Climb aboard the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa, and let intrepid Captain Tony C. Smith take you on a voyage of wonder! This vessel's cargo hold is filled with the latest & greatest in science fiction short stories, and her engine is fuelled by the finest narrators in all of known space.



Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, interviews and fact articles, StarShipSofa has been the mighty flagship of the District of Wonders podcast network since 2006. Over the years, StarShipSofa has grown to feature many of the best in the field, including stories from the most well-known authors of the past and present, as well as the finest up-and-coming talent breaking onto the scene today.



Like all shows in the District of Wonders, StarShipSofa is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe to this podcast today and begin your journey through time, space, and beyond.



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Nominee: Parsec Awards, 2007

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Climb aboard the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa, and let intrepid Captain Tony C. Smith take you on a voyage of wonder! This vessel's cargo hold is filled with the latest & greatest in science fiction short stories, and her engine is fuelled by the finest narrators in all of known space.



Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, interviews and fact articles, StarShipSofa has been the mighty flagship of the District of Wonders podcast network since 2006. Over the years, StarShipSofa has grown to feature many of the best in the field, including stories from the most well-known authors of the past and present, as well as the finest up-and-coming talent breaking onto the scene today.



Like all shows in the District of Wonders, StarShipSofa is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe to this podcast today and begin your journey through time, space, and beyond.



Everyone has a story in the District of Wonders. Come and find yours.



Winner: Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, 2010



Nominee: Parsec Awards, 2007

    StarShipSofa No 637 Doug C. Souza

    StarShipSofa No 637 Doug C. Souza

    Main Fiction: "The Callisto Stakes" by Doug C. Souza.
    This story first appeared in Asimov's (September 2018).
    You can find Doug C. Souza at dougcsouza.com and dougscifi@gmail.com. He loves hearing from readers of his work, so don't ever hesitate to send him a question or comment. Just watch out; he's been known to write a few paragraphs when responding--especially if it's a question about writing and how to get into the business. Doug C. Souza was super-stoked to have "The Callisto Stakes" featured in Asimov's, and is excited to have it read with StarShipSofa. Many of his stories have appeared in the publication and podcast, which is an honor since both are done so well. Doug says, "When I got the news 'The Callisto Stakes' would be performed on StarShipSofa, I walked around the house shouting cheers, in some words that can't be broadcast. Luckily, my four-year-old was at preschool at the time."
    Story origin: "I started several versions of the story, and then found that the nanos were the most interesting protagonists since they had the toughest struggle. Then the thought struck me of how much tougher their job would be if their host didn’t care much for his own life.
    "I hadn’t read a story from the nanos’ POV, so I was stoked to write one. I’m sure I’ll get some emails listing titles of stories with this same idea, but honestly, it was original to me at the time. There are some great stories out there where the AI — whether in a fighter jet or interwebs — ends up making the moral choice in contrast to their human counterpart. As an optimist, this gives me hope that maybe the AI being developed will aid and guide humankind rather than travel back in time to terminate us."
    Narrated by Will Stagl.
    This is Will Stagl’s second contribution to StarShipSofa. He remains sequestered in Tucson, Arizona, somewhere between his house and the post-apocalyptic bunker he calls The Liquid Center. He’d like to give a shout out to his drummer Stacey, who would never let a little thing like a pandemic stand between her and her throne. 
    Fact: Fiction Crawler No 18 by Matthew Sanborn Smith
    inks to the stories:
    Thirty-Three Percent Joe by Suzanne Palmer
    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/palmer_10_18/
    Day Million by Fred Pohl
    https://www.baen.com/Chapters/9781451637892/9781451637892___9.htm
    Maybe Look Up by Jess Barber
    http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maybe-look-up/
    The Seventh Voyage by Stanislaw Lem
    https://english.lem.pl/works/novels/the-star-diaries/154-the-seventh-voyage
    Joyride by Amman Sabet
    http://www.kaleidotrope.net/spring-2020/joyride-by-amman-sabet/
    The Space Traders by Derrick Bell
    https://whgbetc.com/the-space-traders.pdf
    Cyberpunk by Bruce Bethke
    http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/cpunk.htm
     
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    StarShipSofa No 636 Dantzel Cherry

    StarShipSofa No 636 Dantzel Cherry

    Main Fiction: "No Body Enough" by Dantzel Cherry
    This story first appeared in Future Science Fiction #2 (April 2019).
    When Dantzel Cherry is not raising her daughter or teaching Pilates and dance, she is writing. Dantzel's short fiction has appeared in Fireside, Future SF, Cast of Wonders, Galaxy's Edge, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Lehi, Utah with her husband, daughter, and two obligatory cats.
    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.
    Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis.
     
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    StarShipSofa No 635 Floris M. Kleijne

    StarShipSofa No 635 Floris M. Kleijne

    Main Fiction: "Bringing Down the Mast"
    This story first appeared in The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Vol. III.
    Floris M. Kleijne is the author of more than 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 Writers of the Future contest, as well as the first Dutchman to qualify for active membership of the SFWA. He blogs about writing, Real Life™, and atrocious customer service on floriskleijne.com, where you can also read more of his stories.
    Narrated by Roberto Suarez.
    By day, Roberto Suarez works as a community college student advocate and recruiter. By night he geeks out on all things fantasy and science fiction, comic books and board games. He is the co-host and producer of Radio Westworld, a podcast dedicated to HBO’s science fiction series. You can find Roberto on the web at robertosuarez.me, or on Twitter as @PuertoGeekan. 
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    StarShipSofa No 634 Atalanti Evripidou

    StarShipSofa No 634 Atalanti Evripidou

    Jeremy Szal’s debut STORMBLOOD, a dark space opera about alien DNA that makes users permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression, comes out on June 4 from Gollancz in all formats, including audiobook, and he would love it if you pre-ordered a copy.
    Stormblood Amazon UK
    Stormblood Audiobook
    Stormblood
    Main Fiction: "Crystal Ash"
    This story is original to StarShipSofa.
    Atalanti Evripidou is a speculative fiction writer from Greece, and the winner of the 2018 FantastiWords Award in the science fiction category. Her short stories have been published in various Greek anthologies and, more recently, been featured in Onyx Path's Gods & Monsters. She is also a writer and reviewer at Nyctophilia.gr, Greece's prime e-zine for horror and fantasy.
    Narrated by Summer Brooks.
    Summer Brooks is a story addict who watches too much television, and she enjoys putting her encyclopedic sci-fi geek knowledge to the test in discussions about sci-fi, horror, and comics. She has been doing just that on Slice of Sci-Fi since 2005, as co-host, producer, host and EIC, and as The Babylon Podcast co-host from 2006-2012.
    Summer is also an avid reader and writer of sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers, with a handful of published credits to her name. Next on her agenda is writing an urban fantasy action-adventure, and a monster movie extravaganza. She also does narrations for Tales to Terrify and Escape Pod among others, and has doing audiobooks in her sights.
    Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    StarShipSofa No 633 Alexis Ames

    StarShipSofa No 633 Alexis Ames

    Main Fiction: “Like a Bird from the Sky" by Alexis Ames
    This story is original to StarShipSofa.
    Alexis Ames is a writer living in Colorado who first picked up a pen when she was eleven years old and hasn’t put it down since. Science fiction is her preferred genre –- more specifically, exploring the changing relationship between humans and technology. Her work has previously appeared in publications such as Pseudopod, Kyanite Press, and The New Accelerator. She can be found on Twitter at @alexis_writes1, and a list of her current and upcoming stories can be found on her blog at alexisames.home.blog.
    Narrated by Rish Outfield
    Rish Outfield is a writer, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He can be heard co-hosting the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and That Gets My Goat podcasts, where he and Bigg Anklevich entertainingly waste much of their time. He also features his own stories on the Rish Outcast podcast. He once got a job because of his Sean Connery impersonation… but has lost two due to his Samuel L. Jackson impression.
    Fact: Science News by J J Campanella
     
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    • 56 min
    StarShipSofa No 632 Sandy Parsons

    StarShipSofa No 632 Sandy Parsons

    Main Fiction:   “You and Me and Mars"
    This story first appeared in Luna Station Quarterly #31 (September 2017).
    Sandy’s recent stories can be found in Zooscape, Alternative Apocalypse, and an upcoming edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. When not writing Sandy works as an anesthetist in Georgia and is an associate editor at Escape Pod. More information and links to stories can be found at www.sandyparsons.com
    Narrated by Andrea Richardson.
    Andrea is a British singer and actress. With extensive stage and film performances to her name, she began narration and voiceover work in 2014 but enjoys using her existing skills in a different way. You can find her at andrea-richardson.co.uk and on Facebook.
     
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