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StarShipSofa 725 Avra Margariti

Main fiction: "Side Effects May Vary" by Avra Margariti

Avra Margariti is a queer author, Greek sea monster, and Rhysling-nominated poet with a fondness for the dark and the darling. Avra’s work haunts publications such as Vastarien, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and F&SF. You can find Avra on twitter (@avramargariti).

This story originally appeared in Fusion Fragment #8, 2021.

Narrated by: Jen Albert

Jen 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.

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