Daniel Marcus is the host of Story Hour. His fiction has appeared in many genre and literary venues, including Asimov's, F&SF, Aeon, Skull, Witness, and ZYZZYVA. Some of these stories were collected in "Binding Energy,"described by Salon.com as "a cross between Raymond Carver and William Gibson." He is also the author of the novels "Burn Rate" and "A Crack in Everything." He has taught fiction writing at the UC Berkeley Extension and Gotham Writers' Workshop and was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Eileen Gunn is the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014). Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential online science-fiction magazine. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
Nisi Shawl is an African American writer, editor, and journalist. They are best known for their science fiction and fantasy dealing with gender, race, and colonialism, including the Nebula finalist novel Everfair. Their most recent editing credit is New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Their most recent fiction publication is the collection Talk Like a Man, part of PM Press's Outspoken Author series. They live in Seattle, where they also write nonfiction for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Review of Books.
Vylar Kaftan writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. She won a 2013 Nebula Award for her novella “The Weight of the Sunrise”, as well as a 2013 Sidewise Award for Short-Form Alternate History. She was also nominated for a 2010 Nebula Award for her short story “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno.”
Pat Murphy has used the ideas of the absurdist pseudophilosophy pataphysics in some of her writings. She has won two Nebula Awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, the World Fantasy Award, and she is a co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. From 1998 through 2018, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty (a scientist and educator) jointly wrote the recurring 'Science' column in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that typically appeared twice each year. Their last column was in the May/June 2018 issue; Doherty passed away in August 2017.
Steve Crane's short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Analog, Asimov's, Year's Best anthologies, and other publications. He has founded or co-founded six technology companies and was named one of Goldman Sachs "Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" in 2012. In an earlier life, he produced over fifty video and computer games, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, The Sims Hot Date, and The Suffering.
Laura Blackwell is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Nightmare, PseudoPod, Strange California, Hardened Hearts, and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. She lives in Northern California, but is frequently on Twitter as @pronouncedLAHra. Her website is www.pronouncedlahra.com.
Leslie What is a Nebula Award-winning writer and the author of "Crazy Love," a finalist for the Oregon Book Award Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared in "Unstuck," "Asimov's," "Fugue," "Serving House Journal," "Contemporary World Literature," "Los Angeles Review," "Parabola," "Fugue," "Utne Reader," "Lilith," "Calyx," "KYSO Flash" and other places and been translated into German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Klingon. www.lesliewhat.com
Gregory Norman Bossert
Gregory Norman Bossert is an author and filmmaker based just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. He started writing in 2009 on a dare and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. His story “The Telling” won the 2013 World Fantasy Award; other stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov’s Science Fiction to the Saturday Evening Post, with recent stories in Conjunctions, Black Static, Weird Fiction Review, and Tor.com. When not writing, he wrangles spaceships and superheroes for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. More information is available at GregoryNormanBossert.com.
Rick Wilber is an award-winning writer, editor and college professor with a half-dozen novels published or under contract, and more than fifty short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. He is on the faculty of Western Colorado University’s low-residency MFA/MA in Creative Writing, where he teaches in the Genre Fiction program. His new short-story collection, Rambunctious (WordFire 2020) reprints some of his personal favorites, including the Sidewise Award-winning “Something Real,” and the touching “Today is Today,” reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019, edited by Rich Horton.
Amy Wolf is an Amazon Kindle Scout winner for her The Misses Brontes' Establishment. She writes both historical fiction and fantasy. Amy has a dragon trilogy out from Red Empress Press, and her historical The Honest Thieves series has just been released. She's sold short stories to Realms of Fantasy and Interzone,and began her career in L.A. in the Hollywood film industry. She now resides in Seattle.
Tom Marcinko’s short fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Ellen Datlow’s late and lamented EventHorizon.com, and other venues. Many of his stories are collected in the Kindle volume “Astronauts and Heretics.” He is shopping a novel, writing another one, and getting frighteningly close to earning his Master’s in Humanities. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where his ten-minute play “A Team-Building Exercise” was judged stageworthy by the Northern Arizona University Playwriting Festival. He haunts Twitter as @TomMarcinko2.
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and a contributor to Ninth Step Station and Machina on Serial Box. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Oregon Reads Aloud. His homebrew cat feeding robot was displayed in the "Worlds Beyond Here" exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint on the second Tuesday of most every month. Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com
Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. Both a graduate of and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop, she has also published numerous short stories and essays, most recently, in San Bernardino, Singing, from Inlandia. A founding editor of The Raven Chronicles, her first novel, Spirits of the Ordinary, from Chronicle Books, will be reissued by Raven Chronicles Press in 2021. Her work has received the Governors Writers Award, the Western States Book Award, two Artist Trust Fellowships, and she is an Island Treasure on Bainbridge Island, where she resides, for which she must wear a tiara once a year.
Elaine Isaak writes knowledge inspired adventure fiction including The Singer's Legacyfantasy series, The Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery as by E. C. Ambrose, and the Bone Guard international thrillers as by E. Chris Ambrose. Her latest publication is historical fantasy novella The King of Next Week from Guardbridge Books. She's a frequent workshop instructor who leads adventure camps and makes wearable art in her free time. To learn about all of her writing, check out RocinanteBooks.com
Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her series, The Road to Nowhere, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She was a James A. Tiptree Award Honoree in 2018. In 2020, she is publishing her first collection, called “Big Girl” with PM Press and her first young adult novel, “Find Layla” with Skyscape. Meg has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fangoria, Uncanny, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she writes like she’s running out of time.
megelison.com // @megelison
Cliff Winnig’s stories have appeared in several anthologies, most recently Straight Outta Deadwood, on Escape Pod, and in magazines, including the Winter 2020 issue of Mad Scientist Journal. He also sold tweet-length stories to the twitterzines Outshine and Thaumatrope. He's a graduate of the Clarion SWriters’ Workshop, and has in turn taught writing workshops at local science fiction conventions, as well as a continuing ed course on the history of science fiction. Cliff is also a musician -- he plays sitar, and sings bass/baritone. He’s done social dance, including ballroom, swing, salsa, and Argentine tango, and martial arts, including karate, aikido, and tai chi. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley, which constantly inspires him to think about the future. He can be found online @winnig, and cliffwinnig.com.
Dawn Vogel’s academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-runs a small press, and tries to find time for writing. Her steampunk series, Brass and Glass, is published by DefCon One Publishing. She is a member of Broad Universe, Codex Writers, and SFWA. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.
A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. She lives in Philadelphia where she’s known to frequently subject her friends to various cooking and home brewing experiments. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVI and Clarion West 2017. Her short story, “Give the Family My Love,” won the 2019 Nebula Award. Her work has been in multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and has appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside, as well as other fine publications. You can find her online at atgreenblatt.com and on Twitter at @AtGreenblatt.
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of M.A. Carrick, she is also the author of The Mask of Mirrors, first in the Rook and Rose trilogy. For more information, visit swantower.com, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon at www.patreon.com/swan_tower.
Gordon B. White
Gordon B. White has lived in North Carolina, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of the collection As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions (Trepidatio Publishing 2020). A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, Gordon's stories have appeared in dozens of venues, including the upcomingThe Best Horror of the Year Vol. 12 and the Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology Borderlands 6. He regularly contributes reviews and interviews to outlets including Nightmare, Lightspeed, and The Outer Dark podcast. You can find him online at www.gordonbwhite.com.
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and SFF writer based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is also an Associate Editor at Escape Pod and was recently a Capital City Press Featured Writer for 2019/2020. Her debut novel, 'Beneath the Rising,' is out now from Solaris Books, and her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Analog, Pseudopod, Apparition Lit, and Augur Magazine. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @premeesaurus.
Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the "Women Destroy Science Fiction!" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine (winner of the 2015 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology), "The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2015-2017", Analog, Fireside Fiction, and PodCastle, amongst others. Effie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns.
Laurence Raphael Brothers
Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and technologist. He has worked in R&D at such firms as Bell Communications Research and Google, and he has five patents along with numerous industry publications. His areas of expertise include Internet and cloud-based applications, artificial intelligence, telecom applications, and online games. He has published many science fiction and fantasy stories and three novles. Laurence is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines, and her debut novel MACHINEHOOD is forthcoming from Saga Press in March, 2021. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing. Find her on Twitter @divyastweets or at www.eff-words.com.
Laura Davy lives in California with her husband and cat. She wrote her first story when she was in elementary school and, despite the fact that the plot didn't make sense, she kept on writing. Her fiction has been published in Apex Magazine, Escape Pod, Grimdark Magazine, Grievous Angel, Factor Four, and others. You can learn more about her at www.lauradavy.com.
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Rebecca Gomez Farrell's first novel, the epic fantasy Wings Unseen, was published by Meerkat Press. Her speculative fiction has appeared in over twenty outlets, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PULP Literature, and the Best Indie Speculative Fiction of 2019. Her replicator order is "Absinthe verte, one cube." Website: RebeccaGomezFarrell.com. Social media: @theGourmez.
Shaenon K. Garrity
Shaenon K. Garrity is an award-winning cartoonist and science fiction writer best known for the webcomics Narbonic and Skin Horse. She also works as a manga editor for Viz Media. Her first graphic novel, Willowweep Manor, with artist Christopher Baldwin, will be out in fall 2020 from Margaret K. McElderry Books. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago, their son Robin, and a cat named Eve.
Jeff is a writer from Maryland who works for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, home of New Horizons and Parker Solar Probe. He's only a software licensing analyst, though, and doesn't do any of the fun stuff like building space probes or meeting Brian May. His work has previously appeared in Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. You can find him online at http://www.trollbreath.com
Loren Rhoads is the author of a space opera trilogy and a nonfiction travel guide called 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die. She's the co-author of a two-book series about a succubus who falls in love with an angel. She's also the editor of Tales for the Camp Fire, which raised money for communities ravaged by wildfire in California. Her new book, Unsafe Words, is a collection of short stories. It will be out in September 2020.
Craig Laurance Gidney
Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Young Adult novel Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013), and A Spectral Hue (Word Horde, 2019). He is a lifelong Washington DC resident.
Benjamin C. Kinney
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and two-time Hugo award finalist as Assistant Editor of the science fiction magazine Escape Pod. By day he does research in human rehabilitation neuroscience in St. Louis USA, where he lives with three cats and a spacefaring wife. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights giving them Prozac. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Analog, and many more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.