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As a mark of respect for the senseless horrors at Manchester StarShipSofa will not air today. Thoughts and prayers to all affected

As a mark of respect to all the victims and families caught in the Manchester terror attack, StarShipSofa will not air this week.

We send our love, thoughts and prayers to all involved in this atrocity.


StarShipSofa No 485 Ian McDonald is OUT NOW!
Main Fiction: “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald

Originally published in Asimovs

Ian McDonald is a science-fiction writer living just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland. His first novel was Desolation Road, his most recent is Luna: Wolf Moon, from Tor in the US and Gollancz in the UK. He’s been nominated for every major SFF award, and even won a few.
Narrated by: Kaushik Narasimhan

Kaushik Narasimhan is a management consultant by day and struggling writer and general dilettante by night. He tweets at @Kazarelth and his writing can be found at Kaushik’s Blog.

StarShipSofa No 484 Leah Cypess OUT NOW!

Main Fiction: “Cupid’s Compass”

Originally published in The Magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction

Leah Cypess wrote her first short story – in which the narrator was an ice cream cone – at the age of six, and sold her first piece of fiction while in high school. She has degrees in biology, journalism, and law, and has traveled to Iceland, Israel, Jordan, and Costa Rica, among other places. She now lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, and Death Marked.

Leah has also published short stories in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Sword & Sorceress, among other places. Her story Nanny’s Day was nominated for the Nebula in 2012. You can find out more about her at

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis

Narrated by: Fran Carris

Fran Carris is whatever she decides to be when she wakes up each morning. She has also been known to be a performance artist and poet, voice actor, and professional dabbler in other arts that express.

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StarShipSofa No 483 Alex Shvartsman OUT NOW with “The Race for Arcadia”

Main Fiction: “The Race for Arcadia” by Alex Shvartsman

Originally published in Mission Tomorrow

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. His website is

Fact: Science News by J J Campanella

Narrated by: John Dodds

John Dodds is the author of The Kendrick Chronicles, audiobooks published by Blackstone Audio, USA. The first two novels in the series, Bone Machines and Kali’s Kiss are narrated by Robin Sachs, who appeared in a number of science fiction films and TV series, including Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Torchwood. The third novel, Babylon Slide, is narrated by award-winning actor, John Lee, who also narrated one of the Game of Thrones novels, “A Feast for Crows.” John also writes science fiction and horror and all of his work (including The Kendrick Chronicles) is available for Amazon Kindle.

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StarShipSofa No 482 David Burns @brunsdavid Great story called "Dyad"
Originally published in The Cyborg Chronicles

David Bruns is a former officer on a nuclear-powered submarine turned corporate executive
turned science fiction writer. He is the creator of the sci-fi/fantasy series, The Dream Guild Chronicles, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. In his spare time, he co-writesc ontemporary thrillers with a retired naval intelligence officer. Find out more at
Narrated by: Andrew Leman

Andrew Leman is a producer, designer, actor, writer and director, not necessarily in that order. He has appeared on professional stages in Chicago and Los Angeles, and is a member of Theatre Banshee in Burbank, California. He has designed graphics and props for numerous films and TV shows, and a number of digital fonts that have been used extensively by graphic designers worldwide. With his friend & collaborator of many years, Sean Branney, Andrew has been running The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society since 1984, and has developed numerous film, audio, and gaming projects, including the award-winning motion pictures The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness, musical projects including A Shoggoth on the Roof and Dreams in the Witch House, and several 1930s-style audio dramas in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series. He is the author of Lovecraftian Times, a non-scholarly history of the 1920s and ’30s for HPL fans, and is the designer of highly authentic prop documents for Call of Cthulhu gamers. Andrew is pleased also to be a frequent contributor to the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. And once upon a time he was a fossil preparator for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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StarShipSofa No 480 David Gullen is OUT NOW!

Main Fiction: “All Your Futures Are Belong To Us” by David Gullen

Originally appeared in ARC 1.3

David is a white African writer whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has won the British Fantasy Society short story competition, placed third in the Aeon Award, and been shortlisted for the James White Award. He has also been a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Narrated by: Tatiana Grey

Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She does, however have a feature film hitting the festival circuit called Serious Laundry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. See more about Tatiana at
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One of ideas for show 500 is Drop a sealed container of 499 episodes into the Bermuda Triangle? Anybody around there who listens to the show

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Hey up.... guess what...

...We are fast approaching StarShipSofa hitting Show No 500. It would be nice to celebrate this in some way so I'm after your ideas. Click the link and jot down your idea. It can be anything. We could have a week long celebration, a one day special SofaCON 2017, a balloon into space... (I like that one) coffee mugs designed... I'm open to any ideas at the moment... make them as whacky or a straight as you like.

I NEED some ideas... help me!

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It's the Final Translation Special.

This time it's Hebrew into English with the utterly brilliant story “Benjamin Schneider’s Little Greys” by Nir Yaniv, translated by Lavie Tidhar and narrated by Jonathan Danz
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