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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.



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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 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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    StarShipSofa No 656 Darrell Schweitzer

    StarShipSofa No 656 Darrell Schweitzer

    Main Fiction: "The Fire Eggs" by Darrell Schweitzer.
    This story was first published in Interzone #153, March 2000.
    Darrell Schweitzer is not a famous British author although this and several other of his stories appeared in the British magazine Interzone when it was edited by David Pringle. He has also appeared regularly in Postscripts and the subsequent Postscripts anthologies (also UK) and the same firm (PS Publishing) has published three anthologies edited by him, a novella, Living with the Dead (a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, 2008) and recently a 40+ year retrospective of Schweitzer’s work in two volumes, The Mysteries of the Faceless King and The Last Heretic (2020). He has been publishing fiction professionally since the 1970s and some of his American credits include Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Galaxy, and Twilight Zone Magazine. He confesses to being more frequently a fantasist or a spook-monger than an actual science fiction writer, and has had stories in all six of S.T. Joshi’s Black Wings anthologies. A volume of his explicitly Lovecraftian stories appeared from Fedogan & Bremer in 2015. He has also published four novels, The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, The Mask of the Sorcerer, and The Dragon House. He is a four-time World Fantasy Award finalist and won it once (with George Scithers) as co-editor of Weird Tales, a position he held for almost twenty years, between 1987 and 2007.
    Narrated by TF 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 655 Brian Rappatta

    StarShipSofa No 655 Brian Rappatta

    Main Fiction: The Prufrock Whisperer by Brian Rappatta
    This story was first published in Amazing Stories, Issue 4, April 2020.
    Brian Rappatta (pronounced RAP puh tuh) once swore he would never set a story in his home town. Famous last words. He originally hails from Goshen, Indiana, where “The Prufrock Whisperer” takes place, but currently resides in South Korea. His previous fiction in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, have appeared in Analog, Baffling Magazine, Amazing Stories, and Writers of the Future, as well as in multiple anthologies and podcasts such as Curiosities and Tales to Terrify.
    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.

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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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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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