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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



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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 Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa

    StarShipSofa No 662 Zero HP Lovecraft

    StarShipSofa No 662 Zero HP Lovecraft

    Main Fiction: "Eventual Consistency" by Zero HP Lovecraft.
    This story was previously published at the author's website.
    Zero HP Lovecraft is in the room with us right now. He is a known antichrist-hater and woman-respect-maximalist. He believes that love and emotions are chemicals but, hypocrite that he is, he relies on chemicals to tell him his emotions are chemicals. But he will not perish like a dog, oh no–he'll fight.
    Narrated by Randal L. Schwartz.
    Randal L. Schwartz is best well known for his seminal books on the Perl programming language that helped make the world wide web possible and popular. He produced a weekly audio and video podcast on open source software, but has given that up after 13 years to get those five hours per week back again. Between the podcast, and bouncing all over the world teaching programming and speaking at conferences, he's no stranger to the limelight. He enjoys pulling out his gear to record yet another narration, and likens it to "getting to read bedtime stories to the kids I never had", and looks forward to future assignments.

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    StarShipSofa No 661 Joachim Heijndermans

    StarShipSofa No 661 Joachim Heijndermans

    Main Fiction: "The Udon at Tashihara's" by Joachim Heijndermans.
    This story first appeared in Storyteller Magazine in July 2017.
    Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of anthologies and publications, such as Mad Scientist Journal, Ahoy Comics, Metaphorosis, The Gallery of Curiosities and Planet Scumm, and he’s currently in the midst of completing his first children’s book. His short story 'All Through the House' was adapted for the Netflix animated anthology 'Love, Death and Robots'. You can check out his other work at www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.
    Narrated by Will Stagl.
    Will Stagl lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Susan and daughter, Violet. His is a creative professional by day, the leader singer and guitarist for a post-punk band called the Liquid Centers by night, and is always up for a pint at the corner pub.
    Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis

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    StarShipSofa No 660 N R M Roshak

    StarShipSofa No 660 N R M Roshak

    Main Fiction: "Zest for Life" by N R M Roshak.
    This story was first published in Future Science Fiction Digest, March 2019.
    N. R. M. Roshak is an award-winning Canadian writer whose work includes short fiction, kidlit, nonfiction and translation. Her short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, On Spec, Daily Science Fiction, Future Science Fiction Digest, and elsewhere, and was awarded a quarterly Writers of the Future prize. She studied philosophy and mathematics; has written code and wrangled databases for dot-coms, Harvard, and a Fortune 500 company; and has blogged for a Fortune 500 company and written over a hundred technical articles. You can find more of her work at http://nrmroshak.com.
    Narrated by T F Ahmad.
    TF Ahmad is a writer and narrator from Chicago. His fiction has been published in Dark Futures and SOILED Magazine. His nonfiction has been published in the Chicago Monitor and Architizer.com. He's narrated stories on Tales to Terrify & he podcasts his own fiction on The Night Bulletin podcast, which you can find on your favorite podcast app. He can be hired for voiceover work at fiverr.com/tf_ahmad.

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    StarShipSofa No 659 Shannon Phillips and Christian Chadwell

    StarShipSofa No 659 Shannon Phillips and Christian Chadwell

    Main Fiction: "Strangers When We Meet" by Shannon Phillips and Christian Chadwell
    This story is original to StarShipSofa.
    Shannon Phillips lives in Oakland, where she keeps two cats, three
    boys, and a husband. She likes old things, wild places, tall tales,
    and the people who tell them. Her website at joshannonphillips.com
    includes links to her other work.
    Christian Chadwell lives in Northern Kentucky with his three sassy
    cats. Loves the worst in people, the Renaissance, and has never met a
    deadline.
    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.
    STORMBLOOD, the novel by Jeremy Szal, StarShipSofa's former fiction editor. It's about alien drugs, asteroid cities, weird space cults, found families, brotherhood, loss, and very weird aliens. The sequel, BLINDSPACE, comes out in October. The book is available in all formats, including audio on Audible.
    Please buy Jeremy's book, he has very expensive gin tastes. 
    https://www.amazon.com/Stormblood/dp/B07ZKSJP5Z

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    StarShipSofa No 658 John Wolf

    StarShipSofa No 658 John Wolf

    Main Fiction: "The Prey" by John Wolf
    This story was first published in Electric Spec, January 2020.
    John Wolf is a librarian lurking in the Pacific Northwest. When he’s not shelving books or processing holds, he likes making things up and putting them on paper. A graduate of Washington State University – Vancouver, John has been writing and publishing for 10 years. His work has appeared in Tough Crime, Silver Blade, the Coffin Blossoms anthology, and others. He subsists on a strict diet of coffee, bad movies, and good podcasts. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnTheEngMajor.
    Narrated by Anthony Babington
    Anthony Babington is a 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, Tales to Terrify, and The Cursed Inn. He can be found on Twitter as @AlephBaker.

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    StarShipSofa No 657 Tara Campbell

    StarShipSofa No 657 Tara Campbell

    Main Fiction: "The Female of the Species" by Tara Campbell
    This story was first published in Luna Station Quarterly, November 2013.
    Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. She received her MFA from American University. Previous publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Wigleaf, Jellyfish Review, Booth, Strange Horizons, and CRAFT Literary. She's the author of a novel, TreeVolution, and three collections: Circe's Bicycle, Midnight at the Organporium, and Political AF: A Rage Collection. Her fourth collection, Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection, is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press in 2021.
    Narrated by Tatiana Grey.
    Tatiana is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She went to NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her at tatianagrey.com.
    Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis

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Love this show

I listen to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, and Star Ship Sofa puts out extremely high quality stories and narrations.

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Maguire708 ,

Hearing Tony is like getting a big hug!

I love the variety of stories, the genre notes, the science commentary, and I actually enjoy hearing the opening chat (which I try to minimize in many of my other podcast selections.)

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Best Sci-Fi magazine out there in any form

I love this show so much. I'm trying to even think of positive criticism...and I can't. Tony is the absolute BEST and does a great job hosting. Find the episode where he gets his super Scottish dad to narrate the fiction. I listened a few weeks ago? And I'm STILL laughing my butt off. It's just so good.

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