StarShipSofa Stories Volume 1 – Now on Sale!

Cover I have already mentioned StarShipSofa Stories, the science fiction anthology released to celebrate the 100th transmission of the StarShipSofa podcast. I am mentioning it again because the book is now on sale.

StarShipSofa’s Aural Delights has offered exemplary readings of fiction by many of the luminaries of the SF field, from those whose works define the genre, to those newly recognized as ascending stars in its firmament. In so doing, StarShipSofa has raised the bar for other SF podcasting endeavors to come while introducing new audiences to fantastic poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and novellas. StarShipSofa now invites its listeners to celebrate its first 100 programs in the most traditional and classic of ways: by reading some of the excellent works it has been privileged to present in audio form. This exceptional collection offers a reminder of all that StarShipSofa and its contributing authors and narrators have accomplished in the field of SF; it also stands as a promise for the next 100 episodes of Aural Delights and all of the wonder they will share.

You can download it as a free ebook or, if you prefer reading without batteries, buy the book in either the standard or deluxe edition.

And on that note, I’m off to do a bit of shopping.

A couple of dates to remember

Cover Last week I mentioned that the StarShip Sofa science fiction podcast and audio magazine will be celebrating its 100th transmission with the publication of a book. Thanks to the generous contributions of Michael Moorcock, Peter Watts, Gene Wolfe, Joe R Lansdale, Ken MacLeod, Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosebaum, Spider Robinson and many others, the book will serve both as a celebration of the Sofa and a way to keep its engines ticking over. And given the incredibly high standard of stories that this podcast provides, it is well worth supporting.

The book will be launched on 16th September, along with the 100th episode of StarShip Sofa and, last Friday, the cover was revealed in all of its gorgeously pulpy glory.

On a related note, October 1st is Support our ‘Zines Day. This started as an idea from Damien G Walter and is shockingly simple.

‘Zines are the places we go to find good, new short fiction, be they magazines like Interzone and Black Static, webzines such as The Hub or Arkham Tales or podcasts like… well, like StarShip Sofa. Support our ‘Zines Day is a day to list the ‘zines that you’ve enjoyed and subscribe or donate accordingly. Or buy the spin-off collection of short stories.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that it’s the small press where we will continue to find new and original stories. Helping them to keep going has to be worth something.

StarShipSofa Stories Volume One

StarShipSofa, the excellent science fiction podcast and audio magazine is rapidly approaching its 100th transmission. This will be on September 16th and, to celebrate, they are releasing a Print-on-Demand anthology called StarShipSofa Stories Volume 1. There will also be a free PDF of the book available to download and a new website. All monies made from the books and donations from the PDF will go into keeping StarShipSofa in the skies.

The table of contents has been relased and not only does it look superb, but it also reflects the shockingly high standard of stories that this podcast has been able to get hold of.

1. “Into The Blank Where Life Is Hurled” by Ken Scholes
2. “London Bone” by Michael Moorcock
3. “The Second Coming Of Jasmine Fitzgerald” by Peter Watts
4. “Lest Young and The Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues” by Gord Sellar
5. “Vampire Kiss” by Gene Wolfe
6. “Vinegar Peace (or The Wrong-Way Used-Adult Orphanage)” by Michael Bishop
7. “Godzilla’s 12 Step Program” by Joe R Lansdale
8. “Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken MacLeod
9. “The Sledge-Maker’s Daughter” by Alastair Reynolds
10. “Mars: A Travelers Guide” by Ruth Nestvold
11. “The Empire of Ice Cream” by Jeffrey Ford
12. “The Ant King: A California Fairytale” by Benjamin Rosebaum
13. “In The Olden Days” by Spider Robinson
14. “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear

No price has been announced as yet, but I will be picking this book up as soon as it’s released.

Keep watching the skies.

Starship Sofa

The Starshipsofa crew If you ever look at my blogroll, you may have noticed several podcasts on there. I keep meaning to mention some of these more explicitly but, being the disorganised soul that I am, it’s something I still haven’t gotten around to.

However, having just listened to Episode 29 of Starship Sofa, I can stay silent no longer.

Starship Sofa is a science fiction podcast in which the two hosts – Tony C. Smith and Ciaran O’Carroll – pick a subject and, taking inspiration from Ronny Corbett, embark on a digression packed conversation around their chosen field. The results are always entertaining, often informative and well worth a listen.

Check them out but I have to warn you that if you’re using headphones, the first 14 minutes of Episode 29 are beast heard in private unless you’re comfortable with a room full of people wondering why you’ve just started laughing like a drain.