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StarShipSofa No 630 Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith is a multi-award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as "one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." His fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and thirty-four countries, including Amazing Stories, InterZone, Weird Tales, Baen's Universe, On Spec, and Cicada. His books include the novel The Wolf at the End of the World, the collections Chimerascope and Impossibilia, and the writer's guide Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His website is and he tweets as @smithwritr.

Narrated by Drew Mallory.

Drew Mallory is a PhD research psychologist, on weekdays, who studies how societal institutions can protect their most vulnerable members. On weekends, however, all bets are off. His voice acting and speculative fiction embrace the uncomfortable, weird, and uncanny. Drew spends his time mostly between Belgium and Bangkok, but can be contacted directly by stating his name thrice into a darkened mirror anywhere.

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