StarShipSofa No 695 Genevieve Williams
Main Fiction: "The Singing Bowl" by Genevieve WilliamsGenevieve Williams is a writer, librarian, and musician living in Seattle. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Analog, and other publications including Asimov's Science Fiction, which is where "The Singing Bowl" story first appeared.This story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, January 2016.Narrated by: Donna SchmidtDonna Schmidt is a business/IT consultant in Seattle, WA who was happy to use the new recording equipment she bought for an online music production class that she took during the pandemic. She did the recording in the new music studio that was her husband’s pandemic project — converting a wretched tiny room into a beautiful sound proof marvel. This was her first time using it for a story recording. Usually she is practicing and recording her passion — jazz violin.
StarShipSofa No 694 Emily Taylor
Main Fiction: "Walk in Darkness" by Emily TaylorEmily Taylor’s short fiction has appeared in such venues as Asimov's, Ecotone, and Terrain. Originally from New York where she received an MFA from The New School, she now lives in Columbus, Ohio and works in scholarly publishing. Please visit emilytaylor.org for more information.This story is original to StarShipSofa.Narrated by: Jen AlbertJen Albert is an editor, writer, narrator, and former entomologist. She is an acquiring editor at ECW Press in Toronto, where she specializes in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction. Jen was co-editor of PodCastle, a fantasy-fiction podcast and magazine, for five years and has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Ignyte Award, the Aurora Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has won the British Fantasy Award for her editorial work.
StarShipSofa No 693 Lavie Tidhar
Main Fiction: "Gubbinal" by Lavie TidharLavie Tidhar is author of Osama, The Violent Century, A Man Lies Dreaming, Central Station, Unholy Land, By Force Alone, The Hood and The Escapement. His latest novels are Maror and Neom. His work encompasses children’s books (The Candy Mafia), comics (Adler), anthologies (The Best of World SF) and numerous short stories. His awards include the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Neukom Prize and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award amongst many others.This story originally appeared in Clarkesworld, no. 142, July, 2018.Narrated by: Rikki and Isis LaCosteRikki LaCoste is a veteran Canadian narrator from Toronto, of various short story audio magazines such as Tales To Terrify, the No Sleep Podcast, Cast of Wonders, Pseudopod, and StarShipSofa of course, as well as lending his voice—and voice acting—to other projects and podcasts. Today, Rikki is collaborating with his daughter Isis LaCoste, a chip off the old block. They have worked together before, to present various stories. In particular, the Cast of Wonders staff pick of 2015: a short science fiction tale by Ellen Klages called "Amicae Aeternum", in which Mur Lafferty's daughter, Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth also appears.Unfortunately, Rikki lost everything in a terrible house fire and had to drop out of audio projects for a number of years.Fortunately, he and Isis are now back in business, Rikki is involved in various organizations to help the less fortunate, and Isis is about to enter college to be an animator…and today's story happens to be the very first audio project for their comeback debut.
StarShipSofa No 692 Cara Hoffman
Main Fiction: "The Apiarist" by Cara HoffmanCara Hoffman is the author of three New York Times Editors' Choice Novels and a founding editor of The Anarchist Review of Books. Her latest book, Ruin, is published by PM Press. She lives in Athens, Greece.This story originally appeared in Ruin (PM Press, 2022).Narrated by: Mary MurphyMary is a New York based actor/voice-over artist. She loves the world of audio drama and is delighted to be back on board the StarShipSofa. She has performed in theatre, film, TV, animation, radio, and video games. A few of her recent credits include the one-woman play An Evening With Lola Montez, It’s A Wonderful Life, a streamed performance of the piece Near Nellie Bly, and the audio dramas Frontier Gentleman, Chinook, and Newfield. She can be heard voicing various characters for Disney, GoKidGo, LeapFrog, the Center For New American Media, Audible, and Audimance. She has also been a regular performer on the audio drama series Fireside Mystery Theatre, The NoSleep Podcast, and many other audio venues.Fact: Looking Back At Genre Fiction by Amy H Sturgis
StarShipSofa No 691 Maurice Broaddus
Main Fiction: "Voice of the Martyrs" by Maurice BroaddusA community organizer, teacher, and Afrofuturist, Maurice Broaddus's short stories have appeared in such places as like Lightspeed Magazine, Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda, Weird Tales, Magazine of F&SF, and Uncanny Magazine. His novels include Sweep of Stars, Unfadeable, Pimp My Airship, & The Usual Suspects.Narrated by: Anthony BabbingtonAnthony 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 can also be heard on the Tales to Terrify podcast, and has recorded for both the Far Fetched Fables and The Cursed Inn podcasts.
StarShipSofa No 690 Jeffrey Ford
Main Fiction: "Not Without Mercy" by Jeffrey FordThis story originally appeared in Conjunctions #67, Fall 2016Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, The Shadow Year, The Twilight Pariah, Ahab's Return, and Out of Body. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, A Natural History of Hell, The Best of Jeffrey Ford, and Big Dark Hole. Ford’s fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies from Tor.com to Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories and been widely translated. It has garnered World Fantasy, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Nebula awards and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Ohio’s farm country in a 120-year-old house and teaches part-time at Ohio Wesleyan University.Narrated by: Bob HoleBob Hole is a bon-vivant (hermit), author, podcaster, blogger, and social media addict. He loves science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, stamp collecting, cactus, and most of the sciences (geek AND nerd). He lives in the Sonoran Desert with his partner.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis
StarShipSofa No 689 Zandra Renwick
Main fiction: "Just Another Date Night on the Highway Out of Town" by Zandra RenwickThis story originally appeared in PULP Literature #32, 2021.Zandra Renwick's award-nominated fiction has been translated, performed on stage, and optioned for TV. Stories under iterations of her full name have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Asimov's, Ellery Queen's & Alfred Hitchcock's, New Canadian Noir, and assorted Year's Best volumes. Find out more at zandrarenwick.com or in the ether @zandrarenwick.Narrated by: Alethea KontisAlethea Kontis is a princess, storm chaser, and bestselling author of over twenty books and fifty short stories. Alethea has received the Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant, the Scribe Award, and is a two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She was nominated twice for both the Dragon Award and the Andre Norton Nebula. In her spare time, Alethea narrates stories for a myriad of award-winning online magazines. Born in Vermont, Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.
StarShipSofa No 688 Chris R. Young
Main Fiction: "Hellscraper" by Chris R. YoungThis story is original to StarShipSofa.Join Chris on a haphazard journey through his own head as he encounters idiot villains, talking animal detectives, quirky multi-dimensional office staff, time traveling thugs bent on plagiarism, and stories that may or may not mean something. He's written a few short stories, novellas and novels over the years, including the story "A Talk With Death" (Paperclips: New Writers from Strathclyde, 1992), the novel Tokyomares (self-published, 2003) and his Jake Jones novellas The Old Mice Killer (2017) and The Coffee Cup Killer (2020). He's also written a few film scripts, including Tough Gig (2006), Ripped (2012), and Remote Crime Scene (2020). He's currently working on Jake Jones's next adventure The Luminari, and an amusing script called What The Maid Sawed. Follow his blog at https://chrisryoungauthor.blogspot.comNarrated by: Mike BorisMike is a freelance e-learning narrator from Indianapolis, Indiana who credits the StarShipSofa for kicking off his reasonably successful side-hustle in voice work. His first recording for someone other than his wife was Adam Troy-Castro’s “Of A Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs” for Aural Delights number 87 way back in June 2009…before he got a decent microphone.He’s got a website: MikeBorisAudio.com, so pop on over and say “Hi” and then hire him.
StarShipSofa No 687 Dominica Phetteplace
Main Fiction: "Digital Witness" by Dominica PhetteplaceThis story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, May/June 2020.Dominica Phetteplace is a writer and math tutor. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Tor.com, and Clarkesworld, among other places. Her honors include two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from Tin House, MacDowell, and Djerassi.Narrated by: Heather Klinke.Heather Klinke was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She grew up loving Gilda Radner, Wonder Woman and The Muppets, all of which inspired Heather to one day make the move to Hollywood. Heather moved to LA and was accepted into Second City Hollywood’s first conservatory class where she not only fell in love with sketch comedy, but also met and fell in love with her now husband.Heather often lends her voice to cartoons and the The HP Lovecraft literary podcast. Her favorite reading for the podcast was the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis