My narration of Paul Jessup’s “Sun Sorrow” came out today in Episode 116 of Far Fetched Fables. The story is dark and lush and surreal, in large part because Jessup’s imagery is so visceral and unexpected. It compelled me to enter the world-view of Beyla, the main character, if for no other reason than to see more of this strange Beyla-place. Throughout the story I was awash in both Beyla’s thoughts and Belya’s pain, which was exactly where I wanted to be. For me the story is an emotional mystery–what is real, what is Beyla–and a journey to a … Read moreRead more
Though only one thousand words, it explodes with a multitude of planets and science fiction concepts. In fact,new ones come flying toward you in almost every paragraph. But as with all great stories, this riff on the fantastical is not the point. It is the narrator’s loss of self that is at the heart of Sunil’s story.
The author uses the artificial containment of the narrator’s interstellar memories as a particularly apt metaphor for how we–current, single-stellar humans–package our memories and … Read moreRead more
The first of what I’m hoping are many narrations for StarShipSofa is now live. I’m really glad they gave me this particular story. It is tense and unexpected and written with an meticulous attention to story-world details and story structure. Which is to say I spent the whole story both worried for the main character and intrigued by the strange, yet strangely familiar world, he inhabits. The story involves taverns, and obsessive rituals, and a determination by the protagonist to figure out what exactly is going on. The horror builds right up to the perfect ending. You can listen to … Read moreRead more