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  1. StarShipSofa No 406 Zach Chapman and Kate O’Connor and Serah Eley | StarShipSofa

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    Interview: Serah Eley

    Main Fiction: “Between Screens” by Zach Chapman

    Originally published in Writers of the Future Vol. 31

    Zach Chapman grew up on a ranch just north of San Antonio, Texas where he could see the cows grazing in the pasture from his bedroom window. In 2011 he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a degree in English, where he won the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) English Award for creative writing. He currently lives in Austin with his Librarian wife Taylor, a cat, a rabbit and a lazy-eyed rescue dog names Dingo. Follow his future publication announcements on twitter: @chappyzach

    Narrated by Jonathan Sharp

    I was born in southern New Mexico in the nexus between Area 51, Trinity Site, and Spaceport America. I attended culinary school in Portland Oregon and have managed a number of restaurants, cafés, and bakeries.  By day I am the produce manager of a natural grocery store. By night I practice narration and voice acting while dreaming of a future filled with world travel via sailboat, along side my lovely wife Paige.

    Fact: Looking Back in Genre History by Amy H. Sturgis.

    Main Fiction: “Red” by Kate O’Connor

    Originally published in Penumbra

    Kate O’Connor was born in Virginia in 1982. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott in 2009 and now lives in the New York area. She has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 2011. Her work has most recently appeared in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Escape Pod. In between telling stories, she flies airplanes, works as an archaeology field tech, and manages a kennel full of Airedales.

    Narrated by Krista Sirota

    Krista is a Nova Scotian living in Melbourne, Australia. She learned to read at the age of three and it took her many years to put the books down and pay a little attention to her fellow humans. She has a degree in journalism, an abiding love for radio and is thrilled to be living in the age of podcasts. She currently works in the fitness industry and can easily be found on facebook.

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  2. Podcast Episode 50–RPGs with Robin D. Laws and Stone Skin Press »

    Very quickly after the previous podcast, It is my pleasure to bring you episode 50, which is a landmark I never thought I’d achieve. And yet, here it is and it’s all thanks to you, the listeners.

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  3. The Things

    The Things By Peter Watts

    I am being Blair. I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front.

    I am being Copper. I am rising from the dead.

    I am being Childs. I am guarding the main entrance.

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  4. Union Dues – Cleanup in Aisle Five

    “Which one are you?”

    The kid fans out a small stack of super hero trading cards, but it’s not a Union deck. Figures. “Lemme see what you got there.” I flip through and remember my old baseball card collection. I knew there was something special about me, when at nine-years-old, I accurately calculated the probable batting stats of each player, on every team, in the 1996 season after opening only one pack. The Union recruited me five years later after my dad beat a couple of Atlantic City casinos for ten million bucks. I was caught on security camera tape telling him when and how to bet at the roulette wheel.

    “These don’t look like you.”

    The card displays a blue-costumed man leaping between buildings. I hand it back to him. “Those guys aren’t real, but I am.” Wow. Did I just say that? Maybe I’ll tell the kid that Santa and the Easter Bunny aren’t real either. He’s staring at me now, I can almost see his little brain struggling to make sense of my answer. I should tell him to buy Union Cards but, you know, he’s five.

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  5. Union Dues - The Baby and the Bathwater

    It’s never really dawned on me that the brochures manage to beautifully portray events and activities I’ve never seen as long as I’ve worn the tights and mask. The brochures don’t show the InterCity cops taking pot-shots at our Jump Jets, they don’t show the protestors outside a school when Landaar makes and appearance, or the new recruits worked to the physical breaking point for a year before they are even allowed third string uniform status, they don’t show how we didn’t put out the fire or didn’t rescue the family.

    But since when has a marketing campaign ever focused on truth and reality?

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  6. Union Dues - Off White Lies

    Leave,” she said calmly, “just go. A recruiting visit was here just three weeks ago and they had no success. The people here don’t much like the Union. Hell, it took me almost a year before any of them would even speak to me, and I didn’t try to razzle-dazzle them.” She quickly scanned the list and produced folders matching each name. “Here,” she said and slid them across the desk, “but they won’t go with you.”

    The Union tries very hard to get all Supers to sign on and become active members, but some simply won’t. This is the first Village, and already The Union is constructing others. Either the mutation rate is rising among the Normals, or we’re getting better at ferreting them out. Either way, we need more space.

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  7. Union Dues - Iron Bars and the Glass Jaw

    “You super folks must think we’re pretty damn foolish, especially us in the law enforcement community.”

    Look at him leaning back with his feet up on the desk. Did he just walk out of Cool Hand Luke? Sheesh, you’d think a sheriff would want to be more dignified. “No sir. You and your brethren are integral to the fabric of society. We of The Union are grateful for your hard work and courage.” I can rattle that sort of crap off all day long.

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  8. Shannon’s Law

    When the Way to Bordertown closed, I was only four years old, and I was more interested in peeling the skin off my Tickle Me Elmo to expose the robot lurking inside his furry pelt than I was in networking or even plumbing the unknowable mysteries of Elfland. But a lot can change in thirteen years.


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  9. Jihad Over Innsmuth

    A cold, black, liquescent fear laps at the edges of my heart as I approach the first gate in the long Caliph’s Maze of Airport Security. Some darker force is trying to sway me unobtrusively away, to make me renege my retainer’s oath, cut my losses and run headlong to South America with the dwindling remains of my bank account.


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