StarShipSofa 704 Ramez Yoakeim

Main Fiction: "Rockhoppers" by Ramez YoakeimA one-time engineer and educator, Ramez Yoakeim’s work favors the darker side of speculative fiction but mostly he writes about hope, including "More Than Trinkets," named one of’s Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction. You’ll find more of his stories in Hidden Realms from Flame Tree Press, Sci Phi Journal, Translunar Travelers Lounge, Andromeda Spaceways, and many others. Discover more on his website,, and Twitter @RamezYoakeim.This story is original to StarShipSofa.Narrated by: Christina M. RauChristina M. Rau is the author of the 2021 poetry collection What We Do To Make Us Whole (Alien Buddha Press), the Elgin Award winning sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press) and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press). She is currently serving as Poet In Residence for Cedaremere, Poet In Residence for Oceanside Library and was named Long Island Poet of the Year 2020 by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association . She is also the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY. She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor for The Nassau Review.She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at LIU Southampton, her MA in English and Creative Writing at Hofstra, and her BS in English at SUNY Oneonta.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis

StarShipSofa No 699 Peter Adrian Behravesh

Main Fiction: "The Moon and Mahasti" by Peter Adrian BehraveshPeter Adrian Behravesh is an Iranian-American musician, writer, editor, audio producer, and narrator. For these endeavors, he has won the Miller and British Fantasy Awards, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Ignyte, Stabby, and Aurora Awards. His interactive novel Heavens' Revolution: A Lion Among the Cypress, is forthcoming from Choice of Games, and his essay “Pearls from a Dark Cloud: Monsters in Persian Myth,” is forthcoming in The Oxford University Press Handbook of Monsters in Classical Myth. When he isn’t crafting, crooning, or consuming stories, Peter can usually be found hurtling down a mountain, sipping English Breakfast, and sharpening his Farsi.This story originally appeared, in slightly different form, in Holy C.O.W: SF Stories from the Center of the World (Holy C.O.W Publishing, 2019).Narrated by: Tahereh Safavi Tahereh Safavi is grateful to be part of the Iranian diaspora, and for the opportunity that affords her to share art with the world. When she's not teaching wine-tasting, bellydance, or flying trapeze, she writes about medieval history with brown people–more at She's thrilled to help get this story out into the world at a time when Iranian women urgently need people to remember they exist, and are full human beings, too. Zan, zendegi, azadi. Women, life, freedom.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis