StarShipSofa 717 Karl El-Koura
Karl El-Koura lives with his family in Canada's capital city and works a regular job by day while writing fiction at night. This is his second appearance in StarShipSofa (his story "The Undertow Jackpot" was featured in issue #685). Visit www.ootersplace.com to learn more about his work.
This story originally appeared in Utopia Science Fiction, October 2021.
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 721 Alethea Kontis32:26Main fiction: "Sassi's Last Ride" by Alethea KontisAlethea Kontis is a storm chaser, adventurer, and New York Times bestselling author of over 20 books and 50 short stories. She has received the Scribe Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, and is a two-time winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award. She was twice nominated for both the Andre Norton Nebula and Dragon Award. She narrates stories for online magazines and reviews books for NPR. Born in Vermont, Alethea currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida where she watches K-dramas with her teddy bear, Charlie. Together they are ARMY, VVS, and Black Roses.This story originally appeared in My Battery is Low and it is Getting Dark, 2020.Narrated by: Deborah Hallett, Rikki and Isis LaCosteDeborah Hallett is NOT an Artificial Intelligence. Believe it or not, she is a flesh-and-blood newcomer to the art of narration and voice acting ... (under her shiny metallic carapace). Deborah is a close colleague of narration-veteran Rikki LaCoste, who also appears in this story, alongside his daughter Isis - a duo that have read stories for us in the past, and for other short fiction audio magazines, like Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and a few other podcasts. The trio all reside, and work together, on various artistic projects in Toronto Canada.
StarShipSofa 720 Dominica Phetteplace48:26Main fiction: "Nice For What?" by Dominica PhetteplaceDominica Phetteplace writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Ecotone, Copper Nickel, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, Zyzzyva, Wigleaf, Best Microfiction and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her honors include two Pushcart Prizes, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship and support from MacDowell, Tin House and Djerassi.This story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/Aug 2019.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, Divination of The Three for Asheville Fringe, 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, The Wicked Library, To the Manor Borne By Robots, and Campfire Radio Theater. marymurphyonline.comFact: Looking Back At genre History by Amy H Sturgis
StarShipSofa 719 Jay O'Connell38:56Main fiction: "Other People's Things" by Jay O'ConnellJay O’Connell is a graduate of Syracuse University, Clarion West, Launchpad, and the school of somewhat hard knocks. He’s worked as a software executive, UI/UX designer, business writer, illustrator, animator, graphic artist, construction worker, house-cleaner and burger flipper.As RAH put it, specialization is for insects.He lives in—and writes about—a world rapidly approaching the event horizon of the fabled SF singularity. He is fortunate to have a supportive spouse, two grown GLBTQ children, and so many wonderful friends along for the ride as we spiral into the beautiful and dangerous unknown.This story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2014.Narrated by: Mark NelsonMark Nelson began audiobook narration in 2006, and now has over 180 titles at LibriVox, and recording as “Harry Shaw,” more than 100 for Audible. While Mark mainly records sci-fi, fantasy, and horror titles, he has also ventured into the classics, including Hugo and Dostoyevsky.
StarShipSofa 718 Lincoln Michel01:25:33Main fiction: "Red Oil" by Lincoln MichelBio: Lincoln Michel's debut novel, The Body Scout (Orbit), was named one of the ten best SFF books of 2021 by The New York Times and one of the fifty best science fiction of all time by Esquire. He is also the author of the story collection Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press) and the co-editor of the anthologies Tiny Crimes (Catapult) and Tiny Nightmares (Catapult). His fiction can be found in The Paris Review, Lightspeed, F&SF, One Story, and elsewhere. You can find him online at lincolnmichel.com and his newsletter Counter Craft.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.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis
Message from the Captain - My Health41:02My HealthLittle update on myselfTreat me to a coffee as I won’t be doing much physically for a while: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tonycsmith
StarShipSofa 716 Tara Campbell01:13:01Main fiction: "The Orb" by Tara CampbellWith a BA in English, an MA in German, and an MFA in Creative Writing, Tara Campbell has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and Austria. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.She is the recipient of the following awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: the 2016 Larry Neal Writers' Award in Adult Fiction, the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding New Artist, and Arts and Humanities Fellowships for 2018 - 2022. She is also a 2017 Kimbilio Fellow and winner of the 2018 Robert Gover Story Prize.Tara earned her MFA from American University in 2019, and is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. She teaches fiction with American University, Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs, the Writer's Center, Politics and Prose, Catapult, and the National Gallery of Art's Virtual Studio.Narrated by: Tristin Rutherford Tristin Rutherford was born and raised in Alaska and spent her twenties working around the US. She is a poet, writer, voice actor, and educator, and is pursuing her MFA at Goddard College. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her fiance and their cat, Pops.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis
StarShipSofa 715 Christopher Rowe34:39Main fiction: "The Unveiling" by Christopher RoweChristopher Rowe's stories have been printed, reprinted, and translated around the world and he has been a finalist for many awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Award. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and many pets.This story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, January 2015.Narrated by: Drew MalloryDrew Mallory is a professor of organizational psychology and management coach in Bangkok, where he studies workers with unique backgrounds and needs. In addition to his work with neurodivergent, queer, and disabled people, Drew spends his time in his rooftop garden saving green things from a dry death and accompanied, like any good psychologist, by his pet rats. You can learn more about him and his work at coachwithdrew.today
StarShipSofa 714 William Meikle46:17William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over thirty novels published in the genre press and more than 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press and his work has appeared in a large number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he's not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.This story originally appeared Transmissions from Punktown, 2018.Narrated by: Josh RosemanJosh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) has narrated several stories for StarShipSofa and the District of Wonders over the past fifteen years. In addition, he's an author with more than three dozen books and short stories published (some under pseudonyms). He lives in Georgia (the state, not the country) and absolutely loves to pet dogs (especially pitbulls). Find him online at roseplusman.com or on Twitter @listener42Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis