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My most recent StarShipSofa "Looking Back on Genre History" segment, the first of a two-parter that discusses the history of the 2012 "doomsday" phenomenon, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

Speaking of StarShipSofa, in two days StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 debuts. This includes my essay "Top Ten 'Must Read' Time Travel Works."

StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3


1. “Electric Ladyland” by Matthew Sanborn Smith (Illustrated by Daniel Tozer)
2. “That Blissful Height” by Gregory Frost (Illustrated by Simon Watkins)
3. “Feedback” by Joe Haldeman (Illustrated by Jack Calverley)
4. “In The Harsh Glow of Its Incandescent Beauty” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Illustrated by Timothy Booth)
5. “Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese” by Nicola Griffith (Illustrated by Jerel Dye)
6. “Nimbus” by Peter Watts (Illustrated by Evan Forsch)
7. “Luck” by James Patrick Kelly (Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy)
8. “Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed (Illustrated by Ben Greene)
9. “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time” by Catherynne M. Valente (Illustrated by Mike Dubisch)
10. “The Occurrence at Slocombe Priory” by Paul Cornell (Illustrated by Thomas Crielly)
11. “Sunsets and Hamburgers by Gareth L. Powell (Illustrated by Bradley W. Schenck)
12. “Martyrs of The Upshot Knothole” by James Morrow (Illustrated by Brian Thomas Woods)
13. “Newts” by Kevin J. Anderson (Illustrated by Richard Case)
14. “Cold Reading” by Michael Swanwick (Illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg)
15. “Drink For The Thirst To Come” by Lawrence Santoro (Illustrated by Daniele Serra)
16. “In Pacmandu” by Lavie Tidhar (Illustrated by Graeme Neil Reid)
17. “Age of Miracles, Age of Wonders” by Aliette de Bodard (Illustrated by Mark Zug)
18. “World Without End, Amen” by Allen Steele (Illustrated by Brent Holmes)
19. “The Happiest Dead Boy In The World” by Tad Williams (Illustrated by Ben Wootten)
20. “Nothing Ever Happens In Rock City” by Jack McDevitt (Illustrated by Dave Krummenacher)
21. “Halfway People” by Karen Joy Fowler (Illustrated by Patrick McEvoy)
22. “Friction” by Will McIntosh (Illustrated by Jouni Koponen)
23. “Just A Couple of Subversive Alien Warmongers Floating All Alone in the Night” by Adam Troy Castro (Illustrated by Doug Holverson)
24. “News From 2025″ by David Brin (Illustrated by Bradley W. Schench)


1. Joy of The Flicks by Dennis M. Lane
2. Top Ten “Must Read” Time Travel Works by Amy H. Sturgis
3. Comics: what have they done for Us lately? by Frederic Himebaugh
4. Science Fiction Through The Looking Glass: the Ape, the Alien and the Android by Morgan Saletta (Illustrated by Timothy Booth)

The cover art is lots of fun:

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."
- Alexander Woollcott


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome! And what a great cover!

(Hope you enjoy the new SH pastiche. . .)
Nov. 10th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love the cover.

And I know I will! :D
Nov. 10th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)

Is that you on the cover, sliding down from the ship with the lightsaber? ;)

Nov. 10th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
It's certainly possible. Though as is traditional with that sort of thing her rack is suitably exaggerated. :P
Nov. 10th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll confess to owning both a lightsaber and a similar hat, but not the figure. ;)
Nov. 10th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! ;)

Edited at 2011-11-10 07:46 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Love the Spelljammer-style ship.
Nov. 10th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Isn't it cool? I'm glad you like it.

Edited at 2011-11-10 07:47 pm (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yet another excellent "Looking Back on Genre History" segment! I may have to find that back issue of Apex for my Kindle -- there's some good reference material here, & I'm guessing that your article has even more.

Your essay in Sofa Stories Vol. 3 is impressive, also. Looks like I've got some catch-up reading to do on time travel. Thanks for sharing all this scholarship!
Nov. 18th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so tickled you liked the segment and the essay! Thank you very much for letting me know. That makes my day. Please give me a shout if you have any trouble finding that issue for your Kindle.

I appreciate your kind words!
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