I have subsribed to, and later unsubscribed from, several podcasts over the past few years. One that I have stuck with, however, is StarShipSofa.
One of the things that keeps this podcast fresh is the willingness of the host, Tony C. Smith, to remain flexible with the format. Whenever someone comes up with an idea, he’ll tend to give it a go and the net result is a constantly evolving show that is always both interesting and entertaining. And it’s evolved a lot.
To give new listeners a sense of just how far it has come, several members of the StarShipSofa community have transcribed some of the earliest shows and the result is StarShipSofa: The Captain’s Logs
These transcripts allow veteran fans and newcomers alike to revisit the wonderful early episodes of StarShipSofa. In these shows, Tony C. Smith and Ciaran O’Carroll paid tribute to the founding fathers and mothers of contemporary science fiction, and some of the big ideas explored in their works, with a delightful blend of humor and enthusiasm and insight that drew loyal listeners from across the globe, myself included.
It is fitting that, while Tony and Ciaran were celebrating the history of the genre, they also were making genre history themselves. Today, StarShipSofa has emerged as a vibrant voice in the world science fiction community. This volume is a testament to the podcast’s origins, as well as to the ongoing power and appeal of science fiction literature.
– Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.
Treat yourself. I know I will.