Daniel Marcus

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 as "a cross between Raymond Carver and William Gibson." Daniel has a new short story collection,"Bright Moment and Others," coming out from Wordfire Press in early 2021.  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

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

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

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.”

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Pat Murphy

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

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

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

Leslie What

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.

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 When not writing, he wrangles spaceships and superheroes for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. More information is available at

Rick Wilber

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

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

Tom Marcinko’s short fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Ellen Datlow’s late and lamented, 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.

Curtis Chen

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:

Kathleen Alcala

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

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

Meg Elison

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

Cliff Winnig

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

Dawn Vogel

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

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 and on Twitter at @AtGreenblatt.

Marie Brennan

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, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon at

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

Premee Mohamed

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

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

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

Laura Davy

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

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: 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 Reynolds

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

Loren Rhoads

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.

Alicia Hilton

Alicia Hilton is an author, law professor, arbitrator, actor, and former FBI Special Agent. She believes in angels and demons, magic and monsters. Alicia's recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Akashic Books, Brick Moon Fiction, Bronzeville Books, Daily Science Fiction, Demain Publishing UK, Dreams & Nightmares, Tales from OmniPark, Vastarien, Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volumes 4 & 5, and elsewhere. Her website is Follow her on Twitter @aliciahilton01.

Karen Osborne

Karen Osborne is a writer, visual storyteller and violinist. Her short fiction appears in Uncanny, Fireside, Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a member of the DC/MD-based Homespun Ceilidh Band, emcees the Charm City Spec reading series, and once won a major event filmmaking award for taping a Klingon wedding. Her debut novel, Architects of Memory, is forthcoming on September 8 from Tor Books.

Barbara A. Barnett

Barbara A. Barnett is a Philadelphia-area writer, musician, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Fantasy Magazine, Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. Outside of writing, she has spent most of her career working for performing arts organizations, most recently as an orchestra librarian for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. You can find her online at

S.G. Browne

S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Breathers, Fated, Lucky Bastard, Big Egos, and Less Than Hero, as well as the short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel and the heartwarming holiday novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. He’s an ice cream connoisseur, Guinness aficionado, cat enthusiast, and a sucker for It’s a Wonderful Life. You can learn more about his writing at

Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta is an award-winning author, photographer and speaker. Her books include The Winter Boy (a Locus Magazine 2015 Recommended Read) and Jo Joe (a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her story "One Widow's Healing" won a 2100 Health Odyssey award from Thomas Jefferson Hospital in 2019. Her hundreds of stories, columns and essays have appeared in scores of magazines, newspapers and journals. A member of SFWA and The Authors Guild, Sally is co-curator of the Galactic Philadelphia author reading series and co-chair of The Authors Guild Philadelphia Chapter. (

Cath Schaff-Stump

Cath Schaff-Stump writes fantasy for children and adults. She writes funny stories, dark stories, and everything in between. She is the author of the Klaereon Scroll series and the Abigail Rath Versus series. Cath lives and works in Iowa. During the day, she teaches English at a local community college. More of her fiction has been published by Paper Golem Press, Daydreams Dandelion Press, and in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. You can find her online at Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, @cathschaffstump, and Follow Cath's column The Crone on

Darcie Little Badger

Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her indie bestselling debut novel, Elatsoe, is both a New England Book Award finalist (young adult category) and a BookExpo 2020 Young Adult Buzz Finalist. Darcie is writing a Dani Moonstar story for 'Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices' #1 and co-wrote Strangelands, a comic series in the Humanoids H1 universe. Her short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and The Dark. She currently lives on both coasts of the United States and is engaged to a veterinarian named T.

Vanessa Fogg

Vanessa Fogg dreams of selkies, dragons, and gritty cyberpunk futures from her home in western Michigan. She spent years as a research scientist in molecular cell biology and now works as a freelance medical writer. Her fiction has appeared in Liminal Stories, Daily Science Fiction, GigaNotoSaurus, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4. A complete bibliography and more can be found at her website Vanessa is fueled by green tea.

Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet. Her speculative stories are in or forthcoming from Uncanny Magazine, Future Tense, and Fireside. Her language-and-loss poetry chapbook AMNESIA was published by Newfound, and her women-with-sharp-things collection, Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms, is coming this year from Aqueduct Press. You can find her at or @halyzhang on Twitter.

Amanda J. McGee

Amanda J. McGee is a mapmaker by day and a writer by night. She has degrees from Hollins University and Virginia Tech, where she studied languages, politics, and infrastructure. Her most recent release is the novella "Viridian," found in A Sinister Quartet. She also blogs weekly on books, movies, anime, and writing advice. When not writing, she can be found in the garden. She lives in Southwest Virginia with the love of her life, two fluffy cats, and a plethora of plants. You can find out more on her website at

Michael J. Deluca

Michael J. DeLuca lives in the rapidly suburbifying post-industrial woodlands north of Detroit with partner, kid, cats and microbes. He is the publisher of Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice. His short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Mythic Delirium, and lots of other places. A novella, Night Roll, is forthcoming from Stelliform Press in October 2020.

J.T. Greathouse

J.T. Greathouse has been writing fantasy and science fiction since he was eleven years old. His short fiction has appeared, often as Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Writers of the Future 34, Deep Magic, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, he has worked as an ESL teacher in Taipei, as a bookseller at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, and as a high school teacher. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Hannah and several overflowing bookshelves.

Stephen Case

Stephen Case is a writer of speculative fictions and a historian of science living and working in the Midwest. He has published over thirty short stories in places like Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Daily Science Fiction, and he reviews books at Strange Horizons. His book on nineteenth-century astronomy, Making Stars Physical, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press and shortlisted for the History of Science Society's Pfizer Award, and his essays have appeared at Aeon and American Scientist. He lives on the internet at and on Twitter at @StephenRCase.

Hilary B. Bisenieks

Hilary B. Bisenieks is a Philadelphian, a podcaster, and a Quaker. He lives with his wife and two cats in Oakland, California. Hilary studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Warren Wilson College, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. While there, he also worked as a waste-management technician and later as a bicycle mechanic. Hilary is the host of Tales from the Trunk, a podcast about science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing. You can find Hilary on Twitter at @HBBisenieks.

Laura Pearlman

Laura Pearlman's fiction has appeared in Nature, Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, and a handful of other places. Her LOLcat captions have appeared on McSweeney's. She's a former associate editor at Escape Pod and editor of the entirely hypothetical CatsCast podcast. You can find her online at @laurasbadideas on Twitter.

Daniel Braum

Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collections The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic and the Dim Shores Press chapbook Yeti Tiger Dragon. His third collection, Underworld Dreams, was released by from Lethe Press in September 2020. The Serpent's Shadow, his first novel, was released from Cemetery Dance in July 2019. He is the editor of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology from Lethe Press and the host and founder of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York City, which can also be heard on the Ink Heist podcast. His fiction has appeared in places ranging from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet to the Best Horror of the Year. He can be found online at,, and on twitter @danielbraum

Rachel Unger

Rachel thinks that now is an excellent time for us all to be kind to each other. Yes, really. She spends her days excavating stories from the dirt, staring down a microscope, and daydreaming about her next bike ride. You can find her online at

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