StarShipSofa

Reviews For StarShipSofa

This is a fine and dandy sci-fi podcast. They pick wonderful writers-and readers/voice artists. The length of the podcast is perfect for me. It doesn’t seem like an hour as you’ll be engrossed in the story. My fav podcast in this genre.
I am struck by the extraordinary quality of the stories selected by our wonderful hosts. Following extensive voyages in the sci-fi podiverse, I landed here, and remain amazed. One can’t fake brilliance, and Starship Sofa shines with it.
Tony and team rock my worlds!
This is my #1 go to for science fiction stories.
I have a 45 minute commute each way to work and StarShipSofa fills that void in an awesome way! Keep up the great work!
One of the best sci-fi podcasts, with consistently good stories and a delightful host from Newcastle, if I'm not mistaken.
This show is wonderful!.. You can really tell it's a passion project - a lot of love goes into it ** P.S. There's an unconventional option for donations...drop the middleman..use ZELLE....or ANY other direct exchange. YOU DONT NEED TO PAY SOMEONE TO "manage" your donations... You put too much of yourself into this to let some asshats abuse the system THANKS ... Sorry for the mini-rant **that should have been an email
Great Podcast!!!! I love SF and this is one of the best SF podcasts out there. If you like SF this is the one to subscribe to.
From the very first episode through till today excellent stories, informative "columns" about a multitude of varied subjects including science, genre history, media, and writing. Plug-in and enjoy!
I don't typically listen to a lot of fiction podcasts, but this podcast caught my attention with the science fiction theme. I very much enjoyed the episodes I have listened to, and they have awesome production quality.
From walking the household pet to finishing those annoying chores like mowing the lawn, this is my escape. You would be leading your fantasies down a horrible path if you were to pass this opportunity up. Just saying.....
Awesome scifi shorts from around the world. Excellent stories and narrations.
I don’t know if the host is Scottish, mentally challenged, or has had a stroke, but bad audio quality and a mush mouth mumble make this one hard to listen to. It wouldn’t be so bad if every episode weren’t like 400 hours long. I’ve never experienced anything more tedious than sitting through a bunch of boring rambling and inane thoughts about material that often isn’t that interesting to begin with. Stay away from this one, it’s awful.
The sheer volume of great SF stories is staggering here. Science news and SF genre history segments too. What's not to like.
Although the main fiction is ok the host is often unintelligible and blithering. You will have to just forward to the reader. They need to get someone who can be understood to announce the author and reader. All of the giggling and garbled speech made me unsubscribe.
Tony c smith has done a fantastic job creating this podcast. the stories are great, narrated by some of the best narraters i have ever heard. the artwork is cool too! the fact articles always have me waiting for more! keep up the good work Tony! this podcast is fine and dandy!
Too good, these guys put so much work in to this.
So many great stories…really impressive--- David Brin's Crystal Spheres, both the Peter Watts' tales, and the Bruce Sterling's culturally divisive "We see things differently"… So much good stuff…it should come with a time machine to be able to listen to it all---
I tune in for the stories. Fantastically done. Love the JJ Campanella pieces too. Simply the best.
I love this show. When I heard about it I looked it up and the very first episode featured one of my very favorite authors, Michael Moorcock. That was all it took. Many thanks to all at StarShipSofa and to all the wonderful authors and narrators who make this podcast possible.
This is by far my favorite podcast. There are many incredible science fiction authors whose works I first heard on Star Ship Sofa. The narrators are top notch - much better than certain competing science fiction podcasts I could name. I don't know how Tony manages to do it.
I don't use iTunes to listen to this, but I can't let it go unrecorded that I love Starship Sofa. It's a true audio magazine, and while I am not always riveted by every section, there is always something for me in any episode (issue?) I love the postive attitude that threads throughout and live in admiration of the people that make it happen as well as keep it up. I love the fact segments. There is a conversational depth to them that allows for a feeling of being introduced to new ideas by friends. The fiction is not always to my taste, but the quality is recognizable and unwavering. Thank you, Starship Sofa team for creating a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.
This podcast has been so fun to listen to for YEARS now. Tony has introduced me to new authors, and kept the conversation current and exciting about what good sci-fi (and classic scifi) can be. Thank you, and you should definitely listen if you like to hear S/F short stories. I personally enjoy it as I workout every day! And Tony's accent makes EVERY word a treat. :)
Tony is a gifted and gregarious host and has the ability to make a rapidly growing community of writers, listeners, artists and readers feel like family. The caliber of the stories, the narration, and the amazing fact articles just continues to astound me. Tony has surrounded himself with brilliant and talented people, and literally the show never disappoints.
I came across StarShipSofa from other, shorter, fiction podcasts and have to admit seeing 90 minute to over two hour shows was daunting. When I got into it though, it was the wonderful blend of things: fiction, facts, interviews and more that really makes this podcast stand out. Tony C. Smith as the host has a tone of utter excitement that is infectious with every article or story. The audio quality is fantastic. There have been some fiction shows where I have had to skip the story because the submitted narration quality was so poor. I’ve never had to do that with StarShipSofa. Tony gathers an amazing range of stories, both old and new, that are always entertaining. The group of… columnists? who provide the various themes of fact articles are as good and entertaining as the stories themselves. Poetry, Science, History, Music, Movies and more. This is a well thought out and fully fleshed out audio magazine and worth the time to listen.
Tony's love of what he does comes through in a big way. If you love science fiction then you will love listening to this podcast. There is a huge variety of content, not just fiction, but genre fact and amazing interviews.
This is a fantastic, Hugo-winning podcast. Tony C Smith is a good-natured dynamo and has really given us a quality product. He is extending the Sofa into other genres and the first, Tales to Terrify, is terrific and I am eagerly awaiting the other two. Five stars just aren't enough.
Science Fiction's BEST stories, articles, and art!! Getchusummerdis SHOW!!!
There is no reason to miss out on story time even if you don't have time to read. Tony and company pick out great stories and narrate them for you and all you have to do is subscribe and enjoy! The story selection is superb, and now with the upcoming District of Wonders, you get to choose from several genres including Horror in Tales to Terrify hosted by Larry Santoro, early 20th century pulp fiction in the upcoming Protect Project Pulp and crime fiction with the soon-to-start Crime City Central. Whether you grew up on a healthy diet of fiction and have grown hungry over the years and want to get your fill again, or are a consistent consumer of current prose, Starship Sofa and its cohort will give you the tickle to your imagination you crave.
On my Stitcher App I have 20 shows, but this is the one I listen to religiously. Stories by the best authors, read by the most compelling narrators! By midweek I go back and listen to archives. And now, OMG! They're coming out with new shows - Crime City Central for crime fiction and Tales to Terrify for horror! Woohoo! I may never listen to reality ever again!
I love this show! Great stories, read by incredible narrators. Articles, news and insights, brought to you by people who love the genre, on a mission to promote excellence. Totally deserves the Hugo it won, and your weekly attention …!
Simply the best SF podcast out there, truly an audio magazine: fantastic fiction, brilliant fact articles, wonderful poetry. Something for everyone, with consistently excellent quality in terms of both content and narration. I never miss it.
Awesome show, great stories, informative segments. Plus Tony has such an enthusiasm for all things in genre fiction that you can't help but get excited. Always something new, subscribe and get in on the fun.
A great grand collection off interviews with the cream of fantasy and science fiction, as well as the occasional writing forum, story collection, and narrated fiction. It's the place to go to hear the likes of Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman and more discuss their work.
Many of us have an uncle or a friend who’s a SciFi fanatic... always has his or her finger on the pulse of the latest stories, the most intriguing (and sometimes obscure) news bits, and the inside scoop on events and goings-on. It’s great to have someone that connected and excited about SciFi in your life... and now EVERYONE can have that, thanks to StarShip Sofa. What makes StarShip Sofa great is that it’s not JUST about great stories, but rather a celebration of the entire SciFi culture. At the core of the podcast is spectacular fiction read by skilled voice actors and narrators (I should know, I’m one of them). :-) But there’s always more... news items and interviews and special features that really expand your listening experience, feeding that hunger and curiosity that all SciFi fans have. Highly recommended!
I bumped into the StarShip by accident. For decades I'd been a writer of dark fantasy and horror, then I had an email from Tony C. Smith, the owner/producer/host of this thing, this podcast -- and what's a podcast I asked -- and he said… Well it doesn't matter what he said, I submitted my adaptation of a Gene Wolfe story I'd adapted for audio a few years before and, wonder of wonders, I found the StarShip, found PODCASTING ("Like radio but better!"). And I re-became a fan of the genre I'd more or less abandoned decades before. The StarShip is simply the best, most professionally done and friendliest show of its kind in the multiverse. Stop by, say hello, get involved…read, listen, write, communicate… Fly!
I started listening to this venerable podcast at episode 6 and never stopped. It's my favorite podcast. The stories, news and commentary from the world of science and science fiction are uniformly excellent, but what ties it together and makes it perfect is the folksy charm of the host, Tony C. Smith. He is the genuine article and that's why I never miss an episode.
StarShipSofa is a great podcast for any science fiction fan. If you enjoy printed magazines like Asimov's, Analog or F&SF, this is a must -- the great stories are only the start. You can always count on great fact articles, genre history articles, interviews with authors and much much more! When you can't spare the time to sit and read -- and even if you can -- you'll enjoy this podcast!!
What they said. Thanks Tony and crew
This show is big. It has a little, really a lot, for everyone who loves sci-fi. With a true magazine format, you get to hear one or two stories and a rotating set of articles on all topics science and speculative fiction, from poetry to history, book reviews and science news. Great stuff.
What an amazing podcast! Continually growing and changing, presenting challenging, informative and downright entertaining content, on a consistent basis. Tony's genuine enthusiasm and self-deprecating humor, combined with his excellent editorial skills, have created one of my top 5 favorite podcasts. The stories and fact articles (Amy Sturgis rocks and I love the new soundtrack feature) are second-to-none: thanks, Tony and crew!
I've been listening to StarShipSofa for years and it's been consistently superb!
It is a modern Lawrence Welk Show...for Sci-Fi. The show has everything, great stories, science fact articles, book and movie reviews and a magnetic host. The length, anywhere for 1 to 2 hours is perfect for those of us who are chained to computers for work reasons. Oh yeah, an important factor that puts it well head of most story podcasts, top-notch narration!
Fantastic 'magazine' format, outstanding contributors (Amy H. Sturgis!) Ground-breaking Hugo winner! I got completely caught up in Tony's presentation style and love of this show from the start. Sorry its taken me so long to write a review. "Tales toTerrify" should be another winner
I started listening to this podcast a few months ago by starting from podcast number one. I hardly have time for TV anymore! I just started adding to my computer time so I could start following the links and things referenced in the podcast. Watch Out or should I say Listen Out as this could become a serious addiction. Thanks Tony for getting me back into SciFic once again.
I love the podcast. The stories are excellent and Tony comes across as someone who really enjoys producing the show. To steal the qoute, "May your podcast Live Long and Prosper, Baby!"
StarShipSofa is my favorite science fiction podcast! Tony C. Smith and crew provide stories, reviews and science fiction news as well as providing an excellent discussion forum online. A testament to the quality of this podcast is that it is a Hugo nominee this year for best fanzine! Join us for a very entertaining voyage on the Sofa!
What some people call lengthy, I call meaty. This magazine style podcast has great speculative fiction of all styles, ages and lengths (including flash) by some of sci-fi's most revered authors as well as today's hottest talent. In addition to the narrated stories, there are a plethora of fact articles from genre fiction, true science, cinema and the like. The host Tony C. Smith links this all with a style that shows his genuine passion for speculative fiction, and lets his personality shine through. I cannot recommend this podcast enough. It has brought me back to sci-fi in a big way. Listen now!
This is a long-form podcast that provides the audio equivalent of the SF trade magazines. You usually get a couple stories, some fact articles, and an editorial. Often some kicking cover art as well. China Miéville called it "invaluable." It was nominated for a Hugo. If that means nothing to you, it should. Give it a shot.