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StarShipSofa No 677 Matthew Sanborn Smith
Main fiction: "Stars So Sharp They Break The Skin" by Matthew Sanborn Smith.This story was first published in Apex Magazine in April 2018.Matthew Sanborn Smith is a writer of surreal science fiction and fantasy who grew up in New England and has accidentally lived in Florida for a few decades. His fiction has appeared right here at StarShipSofa, Tor.com, Nature, Apex Magazine, and the Drabblecast, among others. His story "Beauty Belongs to the Flowers" received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction. He is the keeper of the Beware the Hairy Mango podcast and all of its brood. Learn more than anyone wants to know about him at matthewsanbornsmith.com.Narrated by: TF Ahmad.TF Ahmad is a writer and narrator from Chicago. His fiction has been published in Dark Futures, SOILED Magazine, & Tales To Terrify. His nonfiction has been published in the Chicago Monitor and Architizer.com. He's narrated stories on Tales to Terrify & StarShipSofa. He podcasts his own fiction on The Night Bulletin podcast, which you can find on your favorite podcast app. You can find him listening to podcasts on long walks, watching TV shows that take place on spaceships, and slowly building his personal library. He can be hired for voiceover work at fiverr.com/tf_ahmad or you can email him at email@example.com.
StarShipSofa No 676 Jeremy Szal
Main fiction: "A Love Like Bruises" by Jeremy Szal.This story was first published in Kaleidotrope in May, 2020.Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 and was raised by wild dingoes, which should explain a lot. He spent his childhood exploring beaches, bookstores, and the limits of people’s patience. He’s the author of over forty science-fiction short stories. His debut novel, STORMBLOOD, a dark space opera about a drug made from the DNA of extinct aliens that makes users permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression, is out now from Gollancz as the first of a trilogy, with BLINDSPACE releasing sometime in 2021. He was the editor for the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa until 2020 and has a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from UNSW. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia with his family. He loves watching weird movies, collecting boutique gins, exploring cities, cold weather, and dark humour. Find him at http://jeremyszal.com/ or @JeremySzal.Narrated by: Will Stagl.Will Stagl lives in Tucson Arizona where he works as a creative professional by day and as a songwriter and musician with his band mate Stacey by night. Together they are the Liquid Centers. At the moment he's probably reading or re-reading Leviathan Falls by Jame SA Corey and mourning the end of a great sci fi series.
StarShipSofa No 675 David Hill
Main Fiction: "Saturn Slingshot" by David Hill.This story was first published in Far Orbit in March 2014.David Wesley Hill is an award-winning fiction writer with more than forty stories published internationally. In 1997 he received the Golden Bridge award at the International Conference on Science Fiction in Beijing, and in 1999 he placed second in the Writers of the Future contest. Mr. Hill studied under Joseph Heller and Jack Cady at the City University of New York.Narrated by: Anthony Babington.Anthony 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 has previously recorded forFar Fetched Fables, Tales to Terrify, andThe C.Fact: Looking Back At Genre History by Amy H Sturgis