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  About the Authors


  Joe Abercrombie is one of the fastest-rising stars in fantasy today, acclaimed by readers and critics alike for his tough, spare, no-nonsense approach to the genre. He’s probably best-known for his First Law trilogy, the first novel of which, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006; it was followed in subsequent years by Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He’s also written the related First Law World trilogy, Best Served Cold, The Heroes, and Red Country. His most recent novels are a new trilogy, Half a King, Half the World, and Half a War. Coming up is a collection, Sharp Ends. In addition to writing, Abercrombie is also a freelance film editor, and lives and works in London.


  Brian Ames writes from St. Charles County, Missouri. He is the author of the novel Salt Lick (Pocol Press, 2007) and four short-fiction collections: Smoke Follows Beauty (Pocol Press, 2002), Head Full of Traffic (Pocol Press, 2004), Eighty-Sixed (Word Riot Press, 2004), and As Many Hands as God (Pocol Press, 2008).


  Erik Amundsen has been removed from display for being zoologically improbable and/or terrifying to small children. He has been sighted in Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Not One of Us and Jabberwocky but his natural habitat is central Connecticut.


  Barth Anderson’s imaginative fiction, called “rollicking,” “barbed and witty,” and “wildly inventive,” has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Polyphony, Alchemy, and a variety of other quality venues. Several of his stories have received Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. As a member of the Ratbastards writing and publishing group, he co-edited the first three critically-acclaimed Rabid Transit chapbooks. In 2004, he received the Spectrum Award for Best Short Fiction for his short story “Lark Till Dawn Princess,” and his first novel, The Patron Saint of Plagues was published in 2006 by Bantam Spectra. Barth has read Tarot for twenty-seven years, bakes a bad-ass kashka bread, and, currently, he’s proudl; y honing his fatherhood skills. He lives with his wife Lisa and son Isaiah in Minneapolis.


  Megan Arkenberg is a writer and poet in Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and dozens of other places. In 2012, her poem “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages” won the Rhysling Award in the long form category. She procrastinates by editing the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance.


  Eleanor Arnason published her first short story in 1974. Since then she has published six novels and 40+ short stories, all science fiction or fantasy. She won the first James Tiptree Jr. Award in 1991, a Minnesota Book Award in 1993 and a Spectrum Award in 2000. In addition, she has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon and Sidewise Awards. “Checkerboard Planet” is one of a series of stories about location scout Lydia Duluth. One story, a short novel, has been published as Tomb of the Fathers. If all goes well, the other stories will appear in a collection in the not too distant future.


  Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. Her latest novel, Company Town, is available now from Tor Books. She is also a columnist with the Ottawa Citizen. She has written science fiction prototypes for Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, and many others.


  Born in Essex, England, but now living part of the year in Crete, Neal Asher started writing at the age of sixteen, but didn’t explode into public print until a few years ago; a quite prolific author, he now seems to be everywhere at once. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Hadrosaur Tales, and elsewhere, and have been collected in Runcible Tales, The Engineer, Mason’s Rats, and The Gabble and Other Stories. His popular novels include the “Agent Cormac” series, the most recent of which is The Line War; the “Spatterjay” series, the most recent of which is Orbus; the “Polity” series, the most recent of which is The Technician; and the “Owner Trilogy,” consisting of The Departure, Zero Point, and Jupiter War. Coming up is the first in the “Transformation” series, Dark Intelligence.


  Bo Balder lives and works near Amsterdam. She’s the first Dutch author to have published a story in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. Her short fiction has also appeared in Nature Futures, Futuristica Vol. I and other places. Her sf novel The Wan, by Pink Narcissus Press, was published in January 2016.


  One of the most prolific new writers to appear in the late ’90s, the late Kage Baker made her first sale in 1997, with “Noble Mold,” the first of her long sequence of sly and compelling stories of the adventures and misadventures of the time-traveling agents of the Company. Her Company novels include, In the Garden of Iden, Sky Coyote, Mendoza in Hollywood, The Graveyard Game, The Life of the World to Come, The Machine’s Child, Sons of Heaven, and Not Less Than Gods. Her other books include fantasy novels The Anvil of the World, The House of the Stag, and The Bird on the River, science fiction novel The Empress of Mars, YA novel The Hotel Under the Sand, and Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key, about some of the real pirates of the Caribbean. Her many stories were collected in Black Projects, White Knights, Mother Aegypt and Other Stories, The Children of the Company, Dark Mondays, and Gods and Pawns. Her posthumously published books include Neil Gwynne’s Scarlet Spy, Neil Gwynne’s On Land and Sea (with Kathleen Barholomew), and a collection, In the Company of Thieves. Baker died, tragically young, in 2010.


  Dale Bailey’s short fiction has appeared in Alchemy, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, SciFiction, and various original and year’s best anthologies. He has stories forthcoming at Tor.com and in Fantasy & Science Fiction. His work has been collected in The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories. The author of three novels—The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.)—he has twice been a finalist for the Nebula Award, once for the Shirley Jackson Award, and has won the International Horror Guild Award. He lives in North Carolina with his family.


  Peter M. Ball is the author of Horn, Bleed, and the Flotsam novella series from Apocalypse Ink Productions. His short stories have appeared in venues such as Weird Tales, Electric Velocipede, Eclipse 4, and Daily Science Fiction.


  John Barnes has thirty-one commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you’d think. He is married and lives in Denver.


  Kelly Barnhill’s work has appeared in Postscripts, Weird Tales, Fantasy, The Sun, Sybil’s Garage and other publications. She also writes high-interest nonfiction books for children (the fact that she has written books about sea monsters, sewer systems, eyeless salamanders and pee has made her very popular at children’s parties). Her first novel The Mostly True Story Of Jack, a middle-grade fantasy set in rural Iowa (a lonely boy, and avenging girl, a mysterious house, two possibly murderous cats, a remarkable skateboard, and a nasty bit of magic) will be released next summer by Little, Brown. She is, by all accounts, ridiculously excited about it. She is a former schoolteacher, a former bartender, a former janitor, a former receptionist, a former park ranger, a former wildland firefighter, and a former waitress. The sum of these experiences have prepared her for nothing save freelance writing, which she has been happily doing for the past six years. She lives in Minneapolis with her brilliant husband, her three evil-genius children, and her emotionally unstable dog.


  Jacques Barcia is a weird fiction writer and technology reporter from Recife, Brazil. A non-practicing atheist, he likes to engage in theological fights with random people in the streets. He holds a professional record of 33-1-1. He can’t defeat his wife, nor his three-year-old daughter. When he’s not writing or blaspheming, he serves as the lead growler of grindcore band Rabujos


  Elizabeth Bear shares a birthday with Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, and narrowly avoided being named after Peregrine Took. This was probably coincidence. Her short work has previously appeared in markets such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the anthology All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories. She also writes novels. Her science fiction (Hammered, Scardown, Worldwired, and Carnival) is published by Bantam Spectra, and her fantasy series “The Promethean Age,” beginning with Blood & Iron, is published by ROC. The Chains That You Refuse, a short story collection, was published earlier this year by Night Shade Books.


  Chris Beckett’s short stories began appearing in 1990, with “A Matter of Survival” in Interzone, and have since been published regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. He has published two short story collections, The Turing Test and The Peacock Cloak. The Turing Test won the Edge Hill short fiction award in 2009, a rare instance of an SF book winning a non-SF literary award. His four novels to date are The Holy Machine, Marcher, Dark Eden and Mother of Eden. Dark Eden won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 2013. Chris Beckett has three grown up children and lives in Cambridge, England with his wife Maggie.


  Helena Bell is a poet and writer living in Raleigh, NC. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Upgraded: A Cyborg Anthology, The Dark, and the Indiana Review.


  M. Bennardo is the writer of over fifty short stories, appearing in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. He is also co-editor of Machine of Death (Bearstache Books, 2010), and its sequel This Is How You Die (Grand Central Publishing, 2013).


  Gregory Benford is a professor of physics at the Universtiy of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and in 1995 received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. In 2007, he won the Asimov Award for science writing. His 1999 analysis of what endures, Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia, has been widely read. A fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, he continues his research in astrophysics, plasma physics, and biotechnology. His fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape.


  Sean Bensinger was born in Washington D.C. and raised in New Orleans. He attended LSU and a has Bachelor’s in English and History.


  Terry Bisson is the author of a number of critically-acclaimed novels such as Fire on the Mountain, Wyrldmaker, Talking Man, Voyage to the Red Planet, Pirates of the Universe, The Pickup Artist, and, in a posthumous collaboration with Walter M. Miller, Jr., a sequel to Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz called Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. In 1991, his famous story “Bears Discover Fire” won the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and the Asimov’s Readers Award, the only story ever to sweep them all. In 2000, he won a Nebula Award for his story “macs.” His short work has been assembled in the collections Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories and In the Upper Room and Other Likely Stories. His most recent novel is Any Day Now, an alternate history of 1968 He lives in California.


  Aliette de Bodard lives and works in a flat in Paris, France: she has a day job as a System Engineer, and doubles as a speculative fiction writer by night. Her stories have appeared in Interzone, Lightspeed and the Year’s Best Science Fiction, and have won a Nebula, Locus and British Science Fiction Association Award. Her latest release is the space opera novella On a Red Station Drifting, a Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award finalist. Visit http://www.aliettedebodard.com for recipes, fiction and rants.


  Desirina Boskovich is a graduate of the Clarion class of 2007. As a freelance writer, she specializes in weird, fantastic and unlikely things—both true and imaginary. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Fantasy Magazine, Last Drink Bird Head and The Way of the Wizard, and is forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Fiction Review and The Steampunk Bible. Find her online at desirinaboskovich.com.


  Elizabeth Bourne lives in Seattle surrounded by books and yarn. Her super power is always having exact change and she loves waking up to the smell of salt water. Bourne enjoys the companionship of a large malamute named Kai, who helps with her writing by eating the bad pages. Previously published in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, Interzone, and Black Lantern, Bourne was a finalist in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Writers novel competition for her historical novel, The Seventy. She is currently working on a second-world fantasy. Elizabeth Bourne’s late husband Mark was a film critic and science fiction writer whose work was published in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, Asimov’s, and a number of anthologies. Mark was a renowned expert on classic sci-fi films and silent comedy. If he could have been anyone, it would have been Buster Keaton. Mark Bourne’s criticism can be found on IMDB.


  Australian writer, editor, futurist, and critic Damien Broderick, a Senior Fellow in the School of Cultural Commincations at the University of Melbourne, made his first sale in 1964 to John Carnell’s anthology New Writings in SF 1. In the decades that followed, he has kept up a steady stream of fiction, non-fiction, futurist speculations, and critical work, which has won him multiple Ditmar and Aurealis Awards. He sold his first novel, Sorcerer’s World, in 1970; it was later reissued in a rewritten version in the United States as The Black Grail. Broderick’s other books include the novels The Dreaming Dragons, The Judas Mandala, Transmitters, Striped Holes, and The White Abacus, as well as books written with Rory Barnes and Barbara Lamar. His many short stories have been collected in A Man Returns, The Dark Between the Stars, Uncle Bones: Four Science Fiction Novellas, and, most recently, The Quilla Engine: Science Fiction Stories. He also wrote the visionary futurist classic, The Spike: How Our Lives Are Being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technology, a critical study of science fiction, Reading by Starlight: Postmodern Science Fiction, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010, (written with Paul Di Filippo),edited the non-fiction anthology Year Million: Science at the Far End of Knowledge, as well as editing the SF anthology Earth is But a Star: Excursions Through Science Fiction to the Far Future, and three anthologies of Australian science fiction, The Zeitgeist Machine, Strange Attractors, and Matilda at the Speed of Light. His most recent publication is an anthology, edited with John Boston, The Daymakers.


  Keith Brooke is the author of fourteen novels, six collections, and over seventy short stories; his most recent SF novel alt.human (published in the US as Harmony) was shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and is story “War 3.01” is shortlisted for the Seiun Award. He is also the editor of Strange Divisions and Alien Territories: the Sub-genres of Science Fiction, an academic exploration of SF from the perspectives of a dozen top authors in the field. Writing as Nick Gifford, his teen fiction is published by Puffin, with one novel also optioned for the movies by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s Caveman Films. He writes reviews for the Guardian, teaches creative writing at the University of Essex, and lives with his wife Debbie in Wivenhoe, Essex.


  Eric Brown began writing when he was fifteen and sold his first short story to Interzone in 1986. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories and has published over thirty-five books. His latest includes the novel Engineman and, due out in December, Guardians of the Phoenix. He writes a monthly science fiction review column for the Guardian newspaper. He lives near Cambridge, England.


  Mike Buckley’s work has appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading, 2003, The Southern California Review, and numerous times in The Alaska Quarterly Review. He has been nominated for various awards, and his debut short story collection, Miniature Men, was released in 2011. He is a practicing Creative Futurist, using science fiction storytelling to improve corporate and government policy.


  Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born New York Times Bestselling novelist and short story author. His work has been translated into 16 different languages. He has published some 50 short stories in various magazines and anthologies, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and Campbell awards. You can find him online at TobiasBuckell.com.


  Karl Bunker’s short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Interzone, Cosmos, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and elsewhere. In the past Bunker has been a software developer, jeweler, musical instrument maker, sculptor, and mechanical technician. He currently lives in a small town north of Boston, MA with his wife, sundry pets, and an assortment of wildlife.


  Pat Cadigan was born in Schenectady, New York, and now lives in London with her family. She made her first professional sale in 1980, and has subsequently come to be regarded as one of the best new writers of her generation. Her story “Pretty Boy Crossover” has appeared on several critic’s lists as among the best science fiction stories of the 1980’s, and her story “Angel” was a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award (one of the few stories ever to earn that rather unusual distinction). Her short fiction has been gathered in the collections Patterns and Dirty Work. Her first novel, Mindplayers, was released in 1987 and her second novel, Synners, released in 1991, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award as the year’s best science-fiction novel, as did her third novel, Fools, making her the only writer ever to win the Clarke Award twice. She won the Hugo Award in 2013 for her story “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi.” Her other books include the novels Dervish Is Digital, Tea from an Empty Cup, and Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine, Cellular, and, as editor, the anthology The Ultimate Cyberpunk, as well as two making-of movie books and four media tie-in novels. She is currently at work on a new novel set in the universe of “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi.”


  Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose work has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature and elsewhere. In her spare time, she runs, reads, and frequents coffee shops and libraries. She lives in Colorado with her husband and children.


  Vajra Chandrasekera lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Ideomancer and Through the Gate, and has been nominated for a Rhysling Award. He’s @_vajra on Twitter, where he flouts all social convention by not talking very much.


  Jason K. Chapman lives at the intersection of Geek and Art. His two main interests come together in his job as the IT Director for Poets & Writers (pw.org), where he was worked for almost fifteen years. His short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine, Grantville Gazette-Universe Annex, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Bullspec, and others.


  David Charlton splits his time between Calgary and Seoul. He writes and edits textbooks for an ESL publisher. When he gets the chance for more exciting pursuits, he works on archaeological projects in Mexico and Nicaragua. “Moon Over Yodok” is his first published story. It was inspired by Kang Chol-Hwan’s real experiences in Yodok as recounted in The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag.


  Kay Chronister’s fiction won the 2015 Dell Magazine Award and has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Originally from Seattle, she currently lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in a household of twenty-one children and six dogs.


  John Chu is a microprocessor architect by day, a writer, translator, and podcast narrator by night. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming at Boston Review, Uncanny, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and Tor.com among other venues. His translations have been published or is forthcoming at Clarkesworld, The Big Book of SF, and other venues. He has narrated for podcasts such as Escape- Pod, PodCastle, and Lightspeed. His story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.


  Suzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions and chillin’ like a villain with her two sons. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Urban Green Man and When the Hero Comes Home 2. Her collection of short fiction, Elements is available at bookstores and Amazon from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.


  Gwendolyn Clare resides in North Carolina, where she tends a vegetable garden and a flock of backyard ducks and wonders why she ever lived in the frozen northlands. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction, among others. Despite the siren lure of writing anything other than her dissertation, she recently completed a PhD in mycology. She can be found online at gwendolynclare.com.


  Maggie Clark is a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), where she applies the tools of literary analysis to nineteenth-century scientific non-fiction. Her science fiction has been published in Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Daily SF, with more work forthcoming at Analog.


  Darja Malcolm-Clarke attended Clarion West in 2004 and has fiction and poetry appearing in TEL: Stories, Mythic Delirium, and elsewhere. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Indiana University, studying postmodern and speculative literature. When she is not teaching undergraduates or editing articles for Strange Horizons, she looks after a high-maintenance goblin masquerading as a black cat.


  Jacob Clifton is a freelance writer and critic in Austin, Texas. Besides his long-term gig writing about TV for the website Television Without Pity, and blogging about culture and entertainment for Tor.com, he can be found online at jacobclifton.com. “This Is Why We Jump” was written for Catherynne M. Valente.


  Geoffrey W. Cole’s short fiction has appeared in such publications as Clarkesworld, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, On Spec, and is forthcoming in AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review and Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds. When Geoff lives in Vancouver, BC, he manages the region’s drinking water system and teaches science fiction writing. When he lives in Rome, Italy, he and his beautiful wife drink coffee, eat pizza, drink wine, and he writes as much as he can. Geoff is a member of SF Canada and SFWA. Visit Geoff at geoffreywcole.com.


  Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Her most recent novel is The Creative Fire, which came out in November, 2012 from Pyr. The sequel, The Diamond Deep, will be available in late 2013. Brenda is also a technology professional and a futurist. Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with three people, three dogs, more than three computers, and only one TV in it. See her website at www.brenda-cooper.com.


  Italian writer Lorenzo Crescentini was born in Forli and currently resides in Rome. He received both the Space Prophecies Award and the Ritorno a Dunwich Award, and his work has been shortlisted for the Robot, Italia and Kataris awards, among others. His stories appear in numerous magazines and anthologies, including his personal collection Occhi senza volto, published by Editrice GDS in 2012. In 2016, he edited the collection Dinosauria for Edizioni Pendragon.


  Tom Crosshill’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Latvian Annual Literature Award, and has appeared in venues such as Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the Intergalactic Medicine Show. After some years spent in Oregon and New York, he currently lives in his native Latvia. In the past, he has operated a nuclear reactor, worked in a zinc mine and co-founded a salsa school, among other things.


  Jenny Davidson’s first novel, Heredity, was published in the US by Soft Skull and the UK by Serpent’s Tail; her second, an alternate history called Dynamite No. 1, will be released by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2008. She teaches eighteenth-century British literature at Columbia University.


  Indrapramit Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in publications and anthologies including Asimov’s and Apex Magazine, The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books) and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (Rosarium Publishing). He is a grateful graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Award to attend the former. He completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and is currently in Vancouver working as a freelance writer, artist, editor, critic, TV extra, game tester, tutor, would-be novelist, and aspirant to adulthood. He is represented by Sally Harding of the Cooke Agency. Follow him on Twitter @IndrapramitDas.


  Stephen Dedman was exposed to the works of Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe at an early age, and has never quite recovered. The author of four novels and more than 100 short stories published in an eclectic range of magazines and anthologies, he has won the Aurealis and Ditmar awards for short fiction and been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the BSFA Award, the Seiun Award, the Spectrum Award, the Sidewise Award and a Sainthood.


  Simon DeDeo is a scientist, writer and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. His essays and criticism on poetics, epistemology and anarchism have appeared in The Continental Review, absent, and on his blog rhubarb is susan, and are forthcoming in Mantis and The Chicago Review. “batch 39” was completed during a stay at the Santa Fe Institute.


  Michael De Kler’s fiction has appeared in the Chimeraworld #3 anthology and at HorrorWorld.org. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and newborn son. Visit him online at www.mdekler.com


  Jetse de Vries is a technical specialist for a propulsion company and travels the world for this, albeit less frequently nowadays because of the time that co-editing Interzone and his writing is taking up. Other publications include Nemonymous, TEL: Stories, the Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, and DeathGrip: Exit Laughing, which makes him a sort of late-labelled, experimental pulpster with a wicked sense of humour, drenched in stylistic excess. And all he really wants to do is write SF. Jetse has a blog at eclipticplane.blogspot.com


  Emily Devenport has been published in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Israel, under three pen names. Her novels are Shade, Larissa, Scorpianne, Eggheads, The Kronos Condition, Godheads, Broken Time (which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award), Belarus, and Enemies. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Full Spectrum, and Aboriginal SF, whose readers honored her with a Boomerang Award (an actual boomerang, attractively inscribed). Look for her new novels, The Night Shifters, Spirits of Glory, and Pale Lady on Amazon, Barnes &ampl Noble, and Smashwords. She’s married to artist/writer Ernest Hogan, and they live in Arizona. She’s currently studying geology, and hopes that one day she’ll be able to volunteer full time in our local National and State parks as resident geo-geek.


  Seth Dickinson is a lapsed doctoral student at NYU, where he studied social neuroscience, and both an alumnus of and an instructor at the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers. Since his 2012 debut, his fiction has appeared—or will soon appear—in Lightspeed, Analog, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.


  Brendan DuBois has twice received the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, been nominated three times for the Edgar Allan Poe Award given by the Mystery Writers of America, and has had stories reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century and The Best American Noir of the Century. Hes the author of sixteen novels and over one hundred and thirty short stories. His science fiction novels include Resurrection Day and Six Days. His most recent novel is Deadly Cove, part of the “Lewis Cole” mystery series, which also includes Dead Sand, Black Tide, Shattered Shell, Killer Waves, and Buried Dreams. He is also a “Jeopardy!” gameshow champion. He lives in Exeter, NH with his family.


  Andy Dudak’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Abyss & Apex, Ray Gun Revival, and other fine venues. He is a published illustrator and aspiring translator. He lives in Beijing, and knows the Forbidden City better than most natives.


  Thoraiya Dyer is a three-time Aurealis Award-winning, three-time Ditmar Award-winning Australian writer based in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Her short fiction has appeared in Apex, Nature, Cosmos and Analog. It is forthcoming in anthologies Long Hidden and War Stories. Her award-shortlisted collection of four original stories, Asymmetry, is available from Twelfth Planet Press.


  Greg van Eekhout is the author of several novels, including California Bones, Pacific Fire, Norse Code, and the middle-grade books, Kid vs. Squid and The Boy at the End of the World. He lives in San Diego.


  M.P. Ericson has lived in Sweden, Trinidad, and Tanzania, but is now settled in the north of England. She holds a PhD in Philosophy, and has worked as a tutor, researcher, and accountant. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Abyss & Apex, Dred, and the Freehold: Southern Storm anthology from Carnifex Press.


  Gregory Feeley is the author of two novels (The Oxygen Barons and Arabian Wine), many novellas, and a raft of short stories, articles, and book reviews. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Philip K. Dick Awards.


  Tang Fei is a speculative fiction writer whose fiction has been featured (under various pen names) in magazines in China such as Science Fiction World, Jiuzhou Fantasy, and Fantasy Old and New. She has written fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales, and wuxia (martial arts fantasy), but prefers to write in a way that straddles or stretches genre boundaries. She is also a genre critic, and her critical essays have been published in The Economic Observer. Her story “Call Girl” was published in Apex Magazine. and reprinted in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014. She lives in Beijing (though she tries to escape it as often as she can), and considers herself a foodie with a particular appreciation for dark chocolate, blue cheese, and good wine.


  Peter M. Ferenczi has written extensively about technology for national magazines and the web, sometimes as a cheerleader, sometimes as a catcaller and concerned citizen of the world. He writes speculative fiction in the hope that he may infect others with the bone-deep reading addiction that’s plagued him since he resolved the alphabet into words. Born in California, he’s drifted east over the years and now resides in France. Along the way he acquired a couple of degrees, a love of photography and a taste for travel. He lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.


  Michael Flynn began selling science fiction in 1984 with the short story “Slan Libh.” His first novel, In the Country of the Blind, appeared in 1990. He has since sold seventy or more stories to Analog, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and elsewhere. He is best know for the Hugo-nominated Eifelheim and his Tales of the Spiral Arm sequence, which includes The January Dancer, Up Jim River, In the Lion’s Mouth, and On Razor’s Edge. His most recent book is the collection Captive Dreams. He is currently working on a novel, The Shipwrecks of Time, set in the alien world of 1965.


  Jeffrey Ford’s most recent novels are The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, and The Shadow Year. His short stories have been collected into three books, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, and The Drowned Life. Ford’s stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and his work has been awarded The World Fantasy Award, The Nebula, The Edgar Allan Poe Award, The Fountain Award, and Le Grand Prix de l’imaginaire. He lives in South Jersey with his wife and two sons and works as a professor of Writing and Literature at Brookdale Community College.


  Stephen Gaskell is a games designer, author, and science tutor. His fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, Interzone, Cosmos Magazine, and Clarkesworld. He runs the “science-behind-the-scenes” website Creepy Treehouse, and is currently revising the first draft of his weird, ecological apocalypse thriller which is set in Lagos, Nigeria, and involves dark matter, time travel, and the collapse of human civilization.


  Sergey Gerasimov lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine with his wife and daughter. He has a degree in theoretical physics from Kharkiv University and has sold twelve novels and nearly a hundred stories in Russia and Ukraine. This is his fifth story published in English.


  Carolyn Ives Gilman is a Nebula and Hugo Award-nominated writer of science fiction and fantasy. Her most recent novel, Dark Orbit (2015), is about a scientific expedition to a crystalline planet where the explorers must confront mysteries about themselves and their reality in order to escape alive. Her other novels include Halfway Human and the two-volume novel Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles. Her short fiction appears in many Best of the Year collections and has been translated into seven languages. In her professional career, Gilman is a historian specializing in frontier and Native history. She is author of Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide, and five other books on aspects of Native American and western history. She lives in Washington, D.C. and works as an exhibit developer for the National Museum of the American Indian.


  Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards.


  British writer Dominic Green’s output has to date been confined almost entirely to the pages of Interzone, but he’s appeared there a lot, selling them eighteen stories in the course of the last few years, although his story reprinted here appeared not in Interzone but in The Solaris Book of Science Fiction 2. Green lives in Northampton, England, where he works in information technology and teaches kung fu part time. On his website, the text of several unpublished novels and short stories can be found.


  Nicola Griffith is an English novelist (now dual UK/US citizen) living in Seattle. Author of six novels (Hild, Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, and Always) and a multi-media memoir (And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner notes to a writer’s early life). Co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original queer f/sf/h stories. Essayist. Teacher. Blogger. Winner of the Nebula, Tiptree, World Fantasy, and six Lambda Literary Awards. (Also a BBC poetry prize, some Gaylactic Spectrum awards, the Premio Italia, and a few others.) Married to writer Kelley Eskridge (they are co-founders of Sterling Editing). Currently lost in the 7th centuryworking on the second novel about Hild of Whitby. Emerges to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.


  Michael John Grist is a science fiction & fantasy author and ruins photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan. His stories can be found in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Ideomancer, and Andromeda Spaceways, and he is currently writing an epic fantasy novel. He runs a website featuring his writing and photographs of the ruins or ‘haikyo’ of Japan; filled with dark short stories and matching images of abandoned theme parks and ghost towns. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/michaelgrist.


  Pan Haitian is a well-known figure among the third generation of Chinese science fiction authors. His previous work includes the collection Run Dajiao! Run! (New World Press, 2001) and four novels set in the Novoland universe: Ghost Sparrow, Spirit Turtle (New World Press, 2006), The Iron Stupa (New World Press, 2007), 24 Second Paradise (serialized in China Fantasy, 2009- 10), and A Dark Moon Rises (Hunan Art and Literature Press October, 2012). He is also a founding editor of the influential Chinese magazine, Odyssey of China Fantasy.


  Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joe Haldeman took a B.S. degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Maryland, and did postgraduate work in mathematics and computer science. But his plans for a career in science were cut short by the U.S. Army, which sent him to Vietnam in 1968 as a combat engineer. Seriously wounded in action, Haldeman returned home in 1969 and began to write. By 1976, he had garnered both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for his famous novel The Forever War, one of the landmark books of the ’70s. He has since won four more Hugo Awards, another four Nebula Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for his novel Camouflage, the SFWA Grandmaster Award, and has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His other books include a mainstream novel, War Year, the SF novels Mindbridge, All My Sins Remembered, Worlds, Worlds Apart, Worlds Enough and Time, Buying Time, The Hemingway Hoax, Tools of the Trade, The Coming, 1969, Old Twentieth, The Accidental Time-Machine, Marsbound, and Starbound. His short work has been gathered in the collections Infinite Dreams, Dealing in Futures, Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds, None So Blind, A Separate War and Other Stories, and an omnibus of fiction and non-fiction, War Stories. His most recent books are a new science fiction novel, Earthbound, and a big retrospective collection, The Best of Joe Haldeman. Haldeman lives part of the year in Boston, where he teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the rest of the year in Florida, where he and his wife, Gay, make their home.


  Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of thirteen award-winning novels and four collections of short fiction. Her critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature's great noir anti-heroes” have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for film and television. She teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London, where she is working on the fourth Cass Neary novel, The Book of Lamps and Banners.


  Lisa L Hannett hails from Ottawa, Canada but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia—city of churches, bizarre murders and pie floaters. Her short stories have been published in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, ChiZine, Shimmer, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (2010 & 2011), and Imaginarium 2012: Best Canadian Speculative Fiction, among other places. She has won three Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection 2011 for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony(Ticonderoga Publications). Midnight and Moonshine, co-authored with Angela Slatter, will be published in 2012. Lisa has a PhD in medieval Icelandic literature, and is a graduate of Clarion South. You can find her online at lisahannett.com and on Twitter @LisaLHannett.


  Nin Harris is a Malaysian poet, writer, and Gothic scholar. Nin writes Gothic fiction, cyberpunk, space opera, planetary romances and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s poetry is published in Jabberwocky 3, Goblin Fruit, and Strange Horizons. Nin’s fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in Lackingtons, Giganotosaurus, Strange Horizons, and Alphabet of Embers.


  Erin M. Hartshorn is a desert rat transplanted to a humid climate. Her ideal home has bookcases in every room. She is a moderator at Forward Motion for Writers, an on-line writers community. Her fiction has appeared both on-line and in print in various places, placed in the PARSEC short story contest, earned honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest, and been short-listed for the UPC Award. When she’s not writing, she enjoys various handicrafts, though she prefers spending time with her family.


  Berrien C. Henderson lives with his family in southeast Georgia. He was born in a small town and currently lives in a farming community. For fifteen years he has taught high school English. Ever-elusive free time he spends with family and late in the evening or late at night, writing speculative fiction and poetry.


  Maria Dahvana Headley is the author of the upcoming young adult skyship novel Magonia from HarperCollins, the dark fantasy/alt-history novel Queen of Kings, the internationally bestselling memoir The Year of Yes, and The End of the Sentence, a novella co-written with Kat Howard, from Subterranean. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the monster anthology Unnatural Creatures, benefitting 826DC. Her Nebula and Shirley Jackson award-nominated short fiction has recently appeared on Tor.com, and in The Toast, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Apex, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Subterranean Online, Glitter & Mayhem and Jurassic London’s The Lowest Heaven and The Book of the Dead, and will soon appear in Uncanny, Shimmer, and more. It’s anthologized in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Paula Guran’s 2013 The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, in The Year’s Best Weird Volume 1, ed. Laird Barron, and in Wastelands, Vol 2, among others. She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, spent part of her 20’s as a pirate negotiator and ship marketer in the maritime industry, and now lives in Brooklyn in an apartment shared with a seven-foot-long stuffed crocodile.


  Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Strange Horizons, Chizine, Realms of Fantasy, Fantasy Magazine, Helix, Lone Star Stories, and Weird Tales, and her first book was published in 2008 by Wizards of the Coast.


  Loreen Henegan lives in Oregon with her husband and infant daughter. They have a very small house in the shadow of an enormous sweetgum tree. She began writing stories at the age of three, but took a couple of decades off to gain life experience before trying to make a name for herself. This is Loreen’s second published work. Her first can be heard at the podcast magazine Pseudopod. She no longer illustrates her stories in crayon.


  Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, Daily Science Fiction and over 60 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies. Her most recent novel, The Made-up Man, is about a woman who sells her soul to the devil to be a man for the rest of her life. ChiZine Publications will publish her short story collection, The Inner City, in early 2013. She lives in New York with her dog, Philip K. Dick, and her cats, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.


  Jim C. Hines’ latest book is Libriomancer, a modern-day fantasy about a magic-wielding librarian, a hamadryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Princess series of fairy tale retellings as well as the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies. In his free time, he practices Sanchin-Ryu karate, fights a losing battle against housework entropy, and attempts ridiculous cover poses on the internet. Online, he can be found at jimchines.com.


  Krista Hoeppner Leahy is a writer and actor. Her work has appeared in ASIM, Farrago’s Wainscot, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Shimmer, Tin House, The Way of the Wizard, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2014, and elsewhere. She attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2007 and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She also loves and worries about the bees of our world. Check out www.honeylove.org and www. thehoneybeeconservancy.org if you do too.


  Over the past twenty-some years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 250 short stories. Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread that Binds the Bones, won a Stoker award, and her short story “Trophy Wives” won a Nebula Award in 2009. Her fantasy novel Fall of Light came out from Ace in May, 2009. Her middle-school novel Thresholds will come out from Viking in August, 2010. Nina does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She also works with teen writers. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.


  Cecelia Holland is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed and respected historical novelists, ranked by many alongside other giants in that field such as Mary Renault and Larry McMurtry. Over the span of her thirty year career, she’s written almost thirty historical novels, including The Firedrake, Rakessy, Two Ravens, Ghost on the Steppe, Death of Attila, Hammer For Princes, The King’s Road, Pillar of the Sky, The Lords of Vaumartin, Pacific Street, Sea Beggars, The Earl, The King in Winter, The Belt of Gold, The Serpent Dreamer, The High City, Kings of the North, and a series of fantasy novels, including The Soul Thief, The Witches Kitchen, The Serpent Dreamer, and Varanger. She also wrote the well-known science fiction novel Floating Worlds, which was nominated for a Locus Award in 1975. Her most recent book is a new fantasy novel, Dragon Heart.


  Chen Hongyu hails from Sichuan province, China. Her editing work for Science Fiction World, China’s top science fiction magazine, won her a Chinese Nebula award. She’s known as The Queen of Fiction for Young People, and her novel Youngsters’ Utopia was published in 2014. “Western Heaven” her alternative Journey to the West, was nominated for both a Chinese Nebula and a Coordinates Award.


  Kat Howard is the World Fantasy Award-nominated author of over thirty pieces of short fiction. Her novella, The End of the Sentence, co-written with Maria Dahvana Headley, was selected by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014. Her debut novel, Roses and Rot, will be out from Saga Press in early 2016.


  Chi Hui is a Chinese science fiction writer and was editor of Science Fiction World from 2006 to 2010. She has been nominated for the Galaxy Award several times and won best short story for “The Calculations of Artificials” in 2010.


  Alexander Irvine has written more than thirty books. His most recent original novel is Buyout, while on the licensed front he has recently written novelizations of Pacific Rim and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane, for the television show Sleepy Hollow. He also writes the online games Marvel Avengers Alliance, Marvel War of Heroes, and Marvel Puzzle Quest. A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, he lives in Maine but still roots for the Tigers.


  N.K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to writing, she is a counseling psychologist (specializing in career counseling), a sometime hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger. Her short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Baen’s Universe; podcast markets and print anthologies. Several of her short stories have received Honorable Mentions in various Year’s Bests; one of her stories has been nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula. The Inheritance Trilogy: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods, are out now from Orbit Books.


  Paul Jessup has been published in many magazines, including Post Script, Fantasy Magazine, Apex Digest, Farrago’s Wainscoat, Electric Velocipede, Psuedopod and the Journals of Experimental Fiction as well as many others. In 2009 a short story collection came out, Glass Coffin Girls, as part of their PS Showcase series, and Apex Publishing released his surrealistic space opera, Open Your Eyes.


  Born in 1983, Cheng Jingbo is a prominent member of China’s new generation of speculative fiction writers. In 2002, Ms. Cheng’s story, “Western Paradise,” was nominated for the most prestigious SFF award in China—the Galaxy Award. In 2010, her fantasy story, “Lost in Yoyang,” won the Special Award for Youth Literature and the Best Short Story Award in the First Nebula Awards for Global Chinese Language Science Fiction. She lives in Chengdu, China, with a cute west highland white terrier and works as a children’s book editor.


  In 2002, Hao Jingfang was awarded First Prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. She gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and her Ph.D. from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Mengya, Science Fiction World, and ZUI Found. She has published two full-length novels, Wandering Maearth and Return to Charon; a book of cultural essays, Europe in Time; and the short story collection, Star Travellers. Her fiction has appeared before in English translation in Lightspeed and Uncanny.


  Kij Johnson is the author of three novels and a number of short stories, a three-time winner of the Nebula Award (including in 2010, for her Clarkesworld story, “Spar”), and a winner of the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Crawford, and Asimov’s Reader Awards. Currently she splits her time between Seattle and Kansas.


  Stephen Graham Jones’ latest novel is Ledfeather. His short fiction is in textbooks and anthologies and annuals and everywhere else, times two.


  Gwyneth Jones was born in Manchester, England and is the author of more than twenty novels for teenagers, mostly under the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded SF novels for adults. She has won two World Fantasy awards, the Arthur C. Clarke award, the British Science Fiction Association short story award, the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night award, the Philip K. Dick award, and shared the first Tiptree award, in 1992, with Eleanor Arnason. Her most recent books are novel Spirit and essay collection Imagination/Space. Upcoming is new story collection The Universe of Things. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son; a Tonkinese cat called Ginger and her young friend Milo.


  Naim Kabir is a novice who was lucky enough to get noticed: by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Journal of Unlikely Stories, and The Dark Magazine. When he’s not busy with University life he’s working on his debut novel, and hey–maybe you’ll see more from him soon.


  Vylar Kaftan’s fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, ChiZine, and Abyss & Apex. She lives in northern California and volunteers as a mentor for teenaged writers. She blogs at www.vylarkaftan.net


  Wanuri Kahiu is Kenyan film director and author. She has received several awards and nominations for the films which she has directed, including awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009. Camel Racer, a collaborative film project between Wanuri and Nnedi Okorafor, has been selected for a major development project by Triggerfish Animation Studios, otherwise known as “the Pixar of South Africa”.


  Rahul Kanakia is a science fiction writer who has sold stories to Clarkesworld, the Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Nature, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is enrolled in the Master of the Fine Arts program in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and he used to work as an international development consultant. If you want to know more about him then please visit his blog at www.blotter-paper.com or follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rahkan


  James Patrick Kelly is pleased to have another story in Clarkesworld. If all goes according to his ingenious master plan, it won’t be his last. Jim has published over a hundred stories, five novels and four short story collections. He has won several awards, all of which need dusting. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and teaches at the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. He lives on a lake in New Hampshire where he enjoys gardening, kayaking, snowshoeing and listening to stories read aloud by Kate Baker.


  Leigh Kennedy grew up in Denver and began writing in the nurturing atmosphere of the Northern Colorado Writer’s Workshop. “Her Furry Face” was written during the five years she lived in Austin, Texas, before heading to England, where she’s now lived for nearly thirty years. Her novels include The Journal of Nicholas the American and Saint Hiroshima, and a short-story collection, Faces. Her most recent book is a new collection, Wind Angles. She has two grown children, plays the viola socially, and writes very slowly.


  John Kessel is the author of the forthcoming novel The Moon and the Other. His other novels are Good News from Outer Space and Corrupting Dr. Nice and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity, The Pure Product, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories and The Collected Kessel. His fiction has twice received the Nebula Award, in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His play “Faustfeathers” won the Paul Green Playwright’s Prize, and his story “A Clean Escape” was adapted as an episode of the 2006 ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. In 2009 his story “Pride and Prometheus” received both the Nebula and the Shirley Jackson Awards. With Kelly, he has edited six anthologies of stories re-visioning contemporary short speculative fiction, most recently Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology (2012) and Kafkaesque (2011). Kessel has taught American literature and fiction writing at North Carolina State University since 1982, helped found the NCSU MFA program in creative writing, and served twice as its director. He lives with his wife, the novelist Therese Anne Fowler, in Raleigh.


  Cassandra Khaw is the business developer for Singaporean video games publisher Ysbryd Games. She also writes for Ars Technica UK whenever possible. When not doing either of those things, she practices muay thai, tries to find time to dance, and reads voraciously. She also writes a variety of fiction, and has a novella entitled RUPERT WONG, CANNIBAL CHEF out with Abaddon Books.


  Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning Silk and Threshold, and her short fiction has been collected in Tales of Pain and Wonder; From Weird and Distant Shores; Wrong Things (with Poppy Z. Brite); the World Fantasy Award-nominated To Charles Fort, with Love; and Alabaster. Her most recent novel is Daughter of Hounds. Visit her at www.caitlinrkiernan.com.


  Kim Bo-young is one of South Korea’s most active and important SF authors. Her first published work of fiction, a novella titled “The Experience of Touch” (2002), received the award for best novella in the first round of the Korean Science & Technology Creative Writing Awards in 2004. Since then, she has published numerous works of short fiction in assorted Korean SF anthologies and magazines. In 2010 she published a two-volume collection of short stories, The Story Goes That Far and An Evolutionary Myth. 2013 saw the publication of her first novel, The Seven Executioners, which won the first annual South Korean SF novel award (a prize launched in 2014). Kim enjoys widespread popularity and support among Korean SF fandom, and on the strength of her fiction writing, she was recruited by Bong Joon-ho to serve as a script advisor during the development of his film Snowpiercer. She lives in Gangwon Province, South Korea with her family, and continues to write while operating a farm that produces peppers and chillies.


  David Klecha is a writer and Marine combat veteran currently living in West Michigan with his family and assorted computer junk. He works in IT to pay the bills, like so many other beginning writers and artists.


  Gary Kloster is a writer, librarian, martial arts instructor, and stay-at-home father. Sometimes all in the same day, but seldom all at the same time. His work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Escape Pod. He has a short story forthcoming in Apex Magazine, and a Pathfinders Tale novel forthcoming with Paizo Press.


  Since an early age, Kola has loved to put the words and people from his imagination straight into the word processor. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina and attends the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Kola is working on expanding and developing his fictional setting, along with completing the first draft of his novel. He also enjoys the posthuman ascendance struggle, like the rest of us. This is his first published story.


  Ted Kosmatka set his sights early on being a writer. This mostly involved having all his writing rejected, pursuing a biology degree, dropping out before graduation, and becoming a steelworker like his father and grandfather. Then the mill went bankrupt. At one point, he worked in a zoo. Now he works in video games, and his latest novel, The Flicker Men, came out last summer.


  Mary Robinette Kowal is a professional puppeteer who moonlights as a writer. She has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her design work has garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. Mrs. Kowal’s short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Cosmos and Cicada. She is the art director of Weird Tales and a graduate of Orson Scott Card’s Literary BootCamp.


  Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-seven novels, three books on writing, four short story collections, and over a hundred works of short fiction. Her fiction has won six Nebulas (for “Out of All Them Bright Stars,” “Beggars in Spain,” “The Flowers of Aulit Prison,” “Fountain of Age,” “After the Fall, Before the Fall, and During the Fall,” and “Yesterday’s Kin”), two Hugos (for “Beggars in Spain” and “The Erdmann Nexus”), a Sturgeon (for “The Flowers of Aulit Prison”), and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Probability Space). Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Croatian, Korean, Lithuanian, Chinese, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read. Nancy lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead.


  Matthew Kressel has appeared in Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, and the anthologies, Naked City, The People of the Book, and After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, as well as other markets. In 2011 he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for his work publishing the speculative fiction magazine Sybil’s Garage. When he’s not designing websites or setting up computer networks for a living, he’s learning to play the trumpet or teaching himself Yiddish. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in New York alongside Ellen Datlow, and has been a long-time member of the Altered Fluid writers group. His website is www.matthewkressel.net.


  Naomi Kritzer’s short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons; this is her first appearance in Clarkesworld. Her novels (Fires of the Faithful, Turning the Storm, Freedom’s Gate, Freedom’s Apprentice, and Freedom’s Sisters) are available from Bantam. Since her last novel came out, she has written an urban fantasy novel about a Minneapolis woman who unexpectedly inherits the Ark of the Covenant; a children’s science fictional shipwreck novel; a children’s portal fantasy; and a YA novel set on a dystopic seastead. She has two e-book short story collections out: Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories, and Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.


  Greg Kurzawa studied theology without purpose before being handed a career in information technology. He and his incredible wife are busy building a happy family. Some people mistake him for Gage Kurricke, with whom he co-authored Gideon’s Wall.


  Ellen Kushner’s cult classic “Fantasy of Manners” novel Swordspoint introduced readers to the world to which she has since returned in The Privilege of the Sword (Locus Award, Nebula nominee), The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman), and a growing handful of related short stories. She recorded all three novels in audiobook form for Neil Gaiman Presents/Audible.com, and Swordspoint won a 2012 Audie Award. Her novel Thomas the Rhymer won both the World Fantasy and Mythopoeic awards. With Holly Black, she co-edited Welcome to Bordertown, a revival of the original urban fantasy shared world series created by Terri Windling. A co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, Ellen Kushner was also the longtime host of the national public radio show Sound & Spirit, and created several one-woman shows for it. Most recently, she revisited the world of Riverside first popularized in Swordspoint with Tremontaine, a collaborative serial novel from SerialBox.com. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and no cats whatsoever.


  Carrie Laben lives in Brooklyn with four cats, three rats, and one human. She currently writes software user manuals and other still more dire things for a living, but this is a big improvement over milking cows and selling used books to agitated mental patients. This is her first outing as a professional fiction author, but she has had several essays published in various books and periodicals that you haven’t read if you haven’t been to Ithaca, NY. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting books, looking at birds, and finding new and different things to eat.


  Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2012/2013 books are Kalimpura from Tor Books, and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime Books. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a past winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Jay can be reached through his blog at jlake.com.


  Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and Edmonton, Alberta, and at 22 now works in a small Spanish town outside Seville. He won the 2014 Dell Award and the 2012 Rannu Prize for Writers of Speculative Fiction. His cyberpunk novel Devolution was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. His short work has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon and appears or is forthcoming in Interzone, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, BCS, Apex Magazine, On Spec and many others, including anthologies Year’s Best SF 32, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Upgraded, Futuredaze and War Stories.


  Yoon Ha Lee is an award-nominated Korean-American sf/f writer (mostly short stories) who majored in math and finds it a source of continual delight that math can be mined for sf/f story ideas. Her fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Tor.com and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her collection Conservation of Shadows will be published in 2013.


  Ursula K. Le Guin is probably one of the best-known and most universally respected SF writers in the world today, having won, in addition to many Hugo and Nebula Awards, the National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbury Honor, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her famous novel The Left Hand of Darkness may have been the most influential SF novel of its decade, and shows every sign of becoming one of the enduring classic of the genre. Le Guin’s other novels include The Dispossessed, Planet of Exile, The Lathe of Heaven, City of Illusions, Rocannon’s World, The Beginning Place, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, Tehanu, The Farthest Shore, Searoad, and Always Coming Home. She has had six collections: The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, Orsinian Tales, The Compass Rose, Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences, A Fisherman of the Inland Sea, and Four Ways to Forgiveness. She’s also written many novels for children as well as much non-fiction. Her most recent books are a novel trilogy, Gifts, Voices, and Powers, and two big retrospective collections, Where On Earth: Selected Stories, Volume One and Outer Le Guin, Mountain Ways, 28 Space, Inner Lands: Selected Stories, Volume Two. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.


  Leena Likitalo is a writer from Finland, the land of thousands of lakes and at least as many untold tales. She’s a Writers of the Future 2014 winner and Clarion San Diego graduate. Her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge, and Weird Tales. She’s recently finished writing a fantasy novel, The Five Daughters of the Moon, and dreams of being a published novelist one day.


  Yosef Lindell is a lawyer, writer, and occasional historian. His short fiction has previously appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Yosef has lived in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York, and now resides in an unincorporated part of Maryland just outside of Washington, DC with his wife and son.


  Megan Lindholm lives on a small farm in Roy, Washington, where she shares a word processor with Robin Hobb and raises chickens, geese, ducks and other random animals. Although she has not written a novel in a while, she continues to produce (erratically) short fiction. “Old Paint” is dedicated fondly to the memory of a blue Chevy Celebrity wagon that carried her and her kids to many an SF convention. She still carries a small piece of blue dashboard plastic in her right knee from a memorable collision it survived.


  Marissa Lingen is the author of over ninety short stories, some of which have been reprinted in Year’s Bests. She is a recovering physicist living in the Minneapolis suburbs with two large men and one small dog.


  Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He is a winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, will be published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in 2015. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories.


  Liu Cixin is a representative of the new generation of Chinese science fiction authors and recognized as a leading voice in Chinese science fiction. He was awarded the China Galaxy Science Fiction Award for eight consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006 and again in 2010. His representative work The Three-body Problem won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, finished 3rd in 2015 Campbell Awards, and was a nominee for the 2015 Nebula Award. His works have received wide acclaim on account of their powerful atmosphere and brilliant imagination. Liu Cixin’s stories successfully combine the exceedingly ephemeral with hard reality, all the while focusing on revealing the essence and aesthetics of science. He has endeavoured to create a distinctly Chinese style of science fiction. Liu Cixin is a member of the China Science Writers’ Association and the Shanxi Writers’ Association.


  Luo Longxiang was born in 1981, deep in the mountains of Guangxi province on the China’s southern border, where he studied Chemical Engineering at Guangxi University. After publishing his first sci-fi story in 2003, his fans began to refer to the mysterious author as “Master Luo" in reference to his hermit-like existence far away from the crowded cities of the coast and northern plains. Of the eleven stories he was written over the past decade, six have earned a Milky Way Award. His works are known for their massive scope, dealing almost exclusively with the question of humanity’s eventual survival in space. Since 2007, he has been working to complete the Planetship Alliance series--an epic space opera recounting the tragic history of mankind’s colonization of the universe.


  Alexander Lumans was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University. His fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Daily Science Fiction, Cincinnati Review, and The Normal School, among others. He has been awarded fellowships/scholarships to the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, ART342, Norton Island, RopeWalk, Sewanee, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He received the 2013 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, 3rd place in the 2012 Story Quarterly Fiction Contest, and the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from The Yalobusha Review. He is co-editor of the anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Upper Rubber Boot Books). He graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


  Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Sensation and Bullettime, and of over eighty short stories. His work has appeared in New Haven Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Long Island Noir, Steampunk: Revolutions and many other magazines and anthologies. As editor of the Haikasoru imprint of Japanese science fiction in translation, Nick was nominated for the 2010 Hugo award. As an anthologist, Nick co-edited the award-winning Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow and The Future is Japanese with Masumi Washington.


  Kristin Mandigma lives in Manila, Philippines where she works as a research analyst. She also helps out with a small non-profit called Read Or Die (also known as First World Imperialists Please Send Books), which promotes literacy and literary awareness in the Philippines, and maintains a website on Filipino literature at http://libro.ph.


  When not scribbling, Lisa Mantchev can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Aeon, and Abyss & Apex. More will be appearing soon in Japanese Dreams and Electric Velocipede. She is currently at work on the third novel in the Théâtre Illuminata trilogy. You can Taste the Bad Candy at her website, www.lisamantchev.com


  Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner George R.R. Martin, New York Times best-selling author of the landmark A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, the inspiration for the immensely popular HBO series “A Game of Thrones,” has been called “the American Tolkien.” Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, George R.R. Martin made his first sale in 1971, and soon established himself as one of the most popular SF, fantasy, and horror writers of his generation. After a decade spent working in Hollywood as a writer and story editor for television series such as Beauty and the Beast and The Twilight Zone, Martin made a triumphant return to the print world in 1996 with the publication of the hugely successful fantasy novel A Game of Thrones, the start of his “Song of Ice and Fire” sequence. A free-standing novella taken from that work, “Blood of the Dragon,” won Martin another Hugo Award in 1997. Further books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series; A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons, have made it one of the most popular, acclaimed, and best-selling series in all of modern fantasy. His most recent book are a massive retrospective collection spanning the entire spectrum of his career, GRRM: A RRetrospective, a novel written in collaboration with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Hunter’s Run, and, as editor, several anthologies edited in collaborations with Gardner Dozois, Warriors, Songs of the Dying Earth, Songs of Love and Death, Down These Strange Streets, Dangerous Women, Old Mars, Old Venus, and Rogues, plus two new volumes in his long-running Wild Cards anthology series, Wild Cards: Busted Flush and Wild Cards: Inside Straight. In 2012, Martin was given the Life Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention.


  Alex Dally MacFarlane (alexdallymacfarlane.com) lives in London, where the foxes cross paths with her at night. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, and her poetry in The Moment of Change, Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling and Here, We Cross. A handbound limited edition of her story “Two Coins” was published by Papaveria Press in 2010. The Devonshire Arms is a real pub in Kensington, London; for two years it was her local, and she always suspected it of keeping secrets.


  Ken MacLeod graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology from Glasgow University in 1976. Following research in bio-mechanics at Brunel University, he worked as a computer analyst/programmer in Edinburgh. He’s now a full-time writer, and widely considered to be one of the most exciting new SF writers to emerge in the ’90s, his work featuring an emphasis on politics and economics rare in the New Space Opera, while still maintaining all the widescreen, high-bit-rate, action-packed qualities typical of the form. His first two novels, The Star Fraction and The Stone Canal, each won the Prometheus Award. His other books include the novels, The Sky Road, The Cassini Division, Cosmonaut Keep, Dark Light, Engine City, Newton’s Wake, Learning the World, The Restoration Game, and Intrusion, plus a novella chapbook, The Human Front, and a collection, Strange Lizards from Another Galaxy. His most recent book is a new novel, Descent. He lives in West Lothian, Scotland, with his wife and children.


  Meghan McCarron’s work has appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Strange Horizons, and Best American Fantasy. She has been a rare book wrangler, a Hollywood assistant, and a boarding school English teacher. She has just moved to Brooklyn, where she will be something else completely.


  Paul McAuley is the author of more than twenty novels, several collections of short stories, a Doctor Who novella and a BFI Film Classic monograph on Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil. His fiction has won the Philip K Dick Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Sidewise Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His latest novels are Something Coming Through and Into Everywhere.


  Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author of novels based on Star Trek and Doctor Who. Her most recent novel, The Baba Yaga, is in the Weird Space universe created by Eric Brown. Her audio plays based on Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 have been produced by Big Finish. She has a doctorate in sociology and teaches creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.


  John A. McDermott has been a bad bartender, a worse house painter, a fairly good copywriter, and a better actor. Now he teaches creative writing and American literature at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. A proud native of Madison, Wisconsin, he’s not much of a Texan, but his students understand. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Meridian, Southeast Review, and Zahir.


  Ian McDonald is the author of many science fiction novels, including The Dervish House, Ares Express, Brasyl, River of Gods, Cyberabad Days, Desolation Road, King of Morning, Queen of Day, Out on Blue Six, Chaga, and Kirinya. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award, the BSFA Award, and a Hugo Award, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award and a Quill Book Award, and has several nominations for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


  Sandra McDonald recently won a Silver Moonbeam award in Children’s Literature for her GLBTQ novel Mystery of the Tempest. She is the author of several novels, several dozen short stories, and the award-winning collection Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories.


  Maureen F. McHugh made her first sale in 1989, and has since made a powerful impression on the SF world with a relatively small body of work, becoming one of today’s most respected writers. In 1992, she published one of the year’s most widely-acclaimed and talked-about first novels, China Mountain Zhang, which won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, the Lambda Literary Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award, and which was named a New York Times Notable Book as well as being a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Her story “The Lincoln Train” won her a Nebula Award. Her other books, including the novels Half the Day is Night, Mission Child, and Nekropolis, have been greeted with similar enthusiasm. Her powerful short fiction has been collected in Mothers and Other Monsters and After the Apocalypse.


  Sean McMullen quit scientific computing to become a full time author in 2014. Prior to that, as an after-hours author, he established his international reputation with his pioneering steampunk novel Souls in the Great Machine, which was published in over a dozen languages, and won fifteen awards. He also came runner-up in the 2011 Hugo Awards with his novelette “Eight Miles." His six book children’s fantasy series, The Warlock’s Child, was jointly written with Paul Collins and published in 2015. He is currently a judge for the Norma Hemming Award.


  Greg Mellor is a science fiction writer living in Canberra with his wife and son. His work has appeared in Cosmos Magazine, Aurealis and Antipodean SF plus several print anthologies. Wild Chrome, his debut collection of short SF, will be released by Ticonderoga Publications in 2012


  Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction is in Lightspeed, Asimovs, Shimmer, Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a nominee for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop. He lives in New York City.


  Kris Millering is a linguist by training, a tech tinkerer by trade, and a writer and photographer by avocation. Currently, she works at a large tech firm by day, manages communications for Clarion West by night, and writes in the spaces between. She lives between two mountains in the foothills of the Cascades in Washington State. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Devilfish Review, and The Colored Lens.


  Sharon Mock is a former writer and designer for online roleplaying games, and a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop. She lives in Southern California. This is her first published story.


  David Moles is a past finalist for the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the winner of the 2008 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and various anthologies. He lives in California with his family.


  Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica, Wet, Kathryn in the City, and The Classics Professor. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (www.desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org); the latter promotes literary quality in speculative fiction. Mohanraj’s newest book is a Kickstarter-funded science fiction novella, The Stars Change, November 2013 from Circlet Press. She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.


  Sarah Monette grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project, and now lives in a 105-year-old house in the Upper Midwest with a great many books, two cats, one grand piano, and one husband. Her Ph.D. diploma (English Literature, 2004) hangs in the kitchen. She has published more than forty short stories and has two short story collections out: The Bone Key and Somewhere Beneath Those Waves. She has written two novels (A Companion to Wolves and The Tempering of Men) and three short stories with Elizabeth Bear, and hopes to write more. Her first four novels (Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis) were published by Ace.


  Sunny Moraine is a humanoid creature of average height, luminosity, and inertial mass. They’re also a doctoral candidate in sociology and a writer–like object whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Shimmer, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, as well as multiple Year’s Best anthologies, all of which has provided lovely reasons to avoid a dissertation. Their first novel Line and Orbit, co–written with Lisa Soem, is available from Samhain Publishing. Their solo–authored novel Crowflight is available from Masque Books.


  Tamsyn Muir is a writer from Auckland, New Zealand, currently teaching in the United Kingdom. Her short-form horror fiction has appeared in such publications as Nightmare Magazine, Weird Tales, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.


  Ian Muneshwar is a queer twenty-three year old who has had the great fortune of knowing many remarkable people, some of whom populate his stories. He is a graduate of Clarion West T4, and his fiction will appear in the anthology An Alphabet of Embers.


  Samantha Murray is a writer, mathematician, and mother. Not particularly in that order. Her fiction has been seen in Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction!, Escape Pod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. You can follow her on twitter as @SamanthaNMurray. Samantha lives in Western Australia in a household of unruly boys.


  Linda Nagata is a Nebula and Locus-award-winning author. She’s spent most of her life in Hawaii, where she’s been a writer, a mom, and a programmer of database-driven websites. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui. Her most recent work is The Red trilogy, a series of near-future military thrillers published by Saga Press/Simon & Schuster. The first book in the trilogy, The Red: First Light, was named as a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2015. “Nahiku West” marked her return to writing short fiction after a twelve-year hiatus. It’s set in the story world of her Nanotech Succession novels, and looks at the early life of a minor character from her novel, The Bohr Maker. The story was runner up for the 2013 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.


  Mari Ness has always loved to watch things shoot up into the sky. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including Tor.com, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Goblin Fruit. She can be followed on Twitter as mari_ness. She lives in central Florida.


  New York Times bestselling Australian writer Garth Nix worked as a book publicist, editor, marketing consultant, public relations man, and literary agent before launching the best-selling “Old Kingdom” series, which consists of Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, Abhorsen, and The Creature in the Case. His other books include the “Seventh Tower” series, consisting of The Fall, Castle, Aenir, Above the Veil, Into Battle, and The Violet Keystone, the “Keys to the Kingdom” series, consisting of Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday, and Lord Sunday, as well as stand-alone novels such as The Ragwitch and Shade’s Children. His short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall: Tales of the Old Kingdom and Beyond. His most recent book are two novels written with Sean Williams, Troubletwisters: The Mystery and Troubletwisters: The Monster, a new standalone novel, A Confusion of Princes, and a new collection, Sir Hereward and Master Fitz: Three Adventures. Born in Melbourne, he now lives in Sydney, Australia.


  G. David Nordley is the pen name of Gerald David Nordley, an author and consulting astronautical engineer. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA. A retired Air Force officer, he has been involved in spacecraft orbital operations, engineering, and testing as well as research in advanced spacecraft propulsion. As a writer of fiction and nonfiction, his main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, and his stories typically focuses on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. Gerald is a past Hugo and nebula award nominee as well as a four-time winner of the Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact annual “AnLab” readers’ poll. His latest novel is To Climb a Flat Mountain, and the latest book is a collection, Among the Stars, available from Brief Candle Press in print or ebook through Amazon.com. The latest new publication at this writing is “Last Call” in How Beer Saved the World 2, due from Sky warrior Press, 2015.


  Julie Novakova was born in 1991 in Prague, the Czech Republic. She works as a writer and an evolutionary biologist. So far, she has published three novels, some twenty short stories in Czech and one other story in English (The Brass City in Penny Dread Tales Vol. Three: In Darkness Clockwork Shine). Her novels were The Crime on The Poseidon City (Zlocin na Poseidon City), Never Trust Anything (Nikdy never nicemu) and A Silent Planet (Ticha planeta). Julie’s short stories appeared in Czech speculative fiction magazines (Ikarie, XB-1 and Pevnost) and anthologies. She’s a severe were-workaholic (which means that most of the time she’s quite lazy and she magically transforms the night before deadline).


  Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of Nigerian descent known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”. Her novels include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award), Long Juju Man (winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa) and Who Fears Death (winner of the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel), is a dark, gritty magical realist narrative that evenly combines African literature and fantasy/science fiction into a powerful story of genocide and of the woman who reshapes her world. Nnedi holds a PhD in English and currently is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. Visit Nnedi at nnedi.com.


  Yukimi Ogawa lives in a small town in Tokyo, where she writes in English but never speaks the language. She still wonders why it works that way. Her fiction has been published in such places as Fantasy and Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, and included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014 Edition and The Apex Book of World SF 4.


  Rebecca Ore is a native of Louisville, KY, who has spent considerable time in New York City, Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, and various part of Virginia, my father’s home state. She should be a resident of Northern Virginia by the time this is out. Rebecca has published under the name Rebecca Brown as a poet (Siamese Banana Press, Telephone Books, and Adventures in Poetry Press) and under the name Rebecca Ore as a science fiction writer. Her next book was published by Aqueduct Press, titled Centuries Ago and Very Fast. “Acid and Stoned Reindeer” will be included in the collection. Rebecca also collects film cameras and Chinese painting brushes and tea sets.


  An (pronounce it “On”) Owomoyela is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in a number of venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and a handful of Year’s Bests. An’s interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. Se can be found online at an.owomoyela.net, and can be funded at patreon.com/an_owomoyela.


  Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and spent her early years on a commune in northern California’s backwoods. A childhood without television gave her a great love of books and the worlds she found in them. She wrote her first book, an illustrated adventure starring her cat, at the age of seven. Sadly, that story is currently out of print, but her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, and a mighty number of anthologies, including Love and Rockets from DAW, Subterranean’s Tales of Dark Fantasy 2, Flying Pen Press’s Space Tramps: Full Throttle Space Tales #5, and the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass. Her debut novel, Eel River, will be published by Morrigan Books in 2013. Shannon is a longtime yoga practitioner, has no tattoos, and lives in Portland, Oregon, with lots of orchids and even more books. Visit her at www.shannonpage.net.


  Susan Palwick is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has published four novels, all with Tor–the most recent is 2013’s Mending the Moon–and a story collection with Tachyon, The Fate of Mice. Her work has won the IAFA Crawford Award and the ALA Alex Award, and has been shortlisted for the World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Awards.


  J.B. Park’s fiction has appeared in Nightmare Magazine.


  K.J. Parker was born long ago and far away, worked as a coin dealer, a dogsbody in an auction house and a lawyer, and has so far published thirteen novels (the Fencer, Scavenger and Engineer trilogies, and standalone novels The Company, The Folding Knife, The Hammer, and Sharps), three novellas (’Purple And Black,’ ‘Blue And Gold’ and ‘A Small Price To Pay For Birdsong,’ which won the 2012 World Fantasy Award) and a gaggle of short fiction. Married to a lawyer and living in the south west of England, K.J. Parker is a mediocre stockman and forester, a barely competent carpenter, blacksmith and machinist, a two-left-footed fencer, lackluster archer, utility-grade armorer, accomplished textile worker and crack shot. K.J. Parker is not K.J. Parker’s real name. However, if K.J. Parker were to tell you K.J. Parker’s real name, it wouldn’t mean anything to you.


  Richard Parks has been writing and publishing fantasy and science fiction longer than he cares to remember . . . or probably can remember. His work has appeared in Asimov’s SF, Realms of Fantasy, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and several “Year’s Best” anthologies and has been nominated for both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature. He blogs at “Den of Ego and Iniquity Annex #3”, also known as: www.richard-parks.com


  By day, Andrea M. Pawley and her unpoppable bubble of enthusiasm careen through Washington D.C. in defiance of Pierre L’Enfants plans, potholes and the small gods of sensibility. By night, Andrea writes stories, and the bubble shouts encouragement.


  Ben Peek is the Sydney based author of Black Sheep, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, and Above/Below with Stephanie Campisi. His most recent books are the collection Dead Americans and Other Stories and fantasy novel, The Godless. He can be found at theurbansprawlproject.com. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including anthologies and magazines such as Paper Cities, Polyhony, Leviathan, Forever Shores, Overland, Aurealis, and in numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He has a doctorate in literature and has published reviews and criticism, a psychogeographical pamphlet, and an autobiographical comic, Nowhere Near Savannah, which was illustrated by Anna Brown. His collection, Dead Americans, is forthcoming from ChiZine Publications.


  Dominica Phetteplace is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and holds a degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, and Flytrap. She’s currently a math tutor in Berkeley, California.


  Holly Phillips lives by the Columbia River in the mountains of western Canada. She is the author of the award-winning story collection In the Palace of Repose. Her fantasy novel Engine’s Child will be published by Del Rey in 2008.


  Tony Pi was born in Taiwan but grew up in Canada. A Ph.D. in Linguistics, he currently works as an administrator at the Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto. A finalist in 2009 for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, his work also appears in magazines such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and On Spec, as well as numerous anthologies, including The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Dragon and the Stars, When the Hero Comes Home, and Tesseracts 15.


  Michael Poore’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Glimmer Train, AGNI, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. His novel, Up Jumps the Devil, hailed by the New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece" is available from HarperCollins. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun" originally published in The Pinch, was reprinted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.


  Vina Jie-Min Prasad is a Singaporean writer working against the world- machine. Her short fiction has appeared in Queer Southeast Asia and HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology.


  Tim Pratt lives in Oakland California with his wife Heather Shaw and their son River. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places, and last year his story “Impossible Dreams” won a Hugo Award. Just lately he’s been publishing a series of urban fantasy novels under the name T.A. Pratt, which include Blood Engines, Poison Sleep, Dead Reign, and Spell Games.


  Lettie Prell’s short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Apex Magazine, Analog, and elsewhere. Her fiction often explores the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. Her writing also occasionally touches on justice issues, arising from her research work in that field. She lives in Des Moines.


  Tom Purdom lives in downtown Philadelphia where he spends his days writing science fiction, reviewing classical music for an online publication called The Broad Street Review, and pursuing the pleasures of urban life. Tom started reading science fiction in 1950, when it was just emerging from the pulp ghetto, and sold his first story in 1957, just before he turned twenty-one. In the last twenty-five years, he has produced a string of novelettes and short stories that have mostly appeared in Asimov’s. Fantastic Books recently published two collections of his Asimov’s stories, Lovers and Fighters, Starships and Dragons and Romance on Four Worlds, A Casanova Quartet.


  Chen Qiufan was born in 1981, in Shantou, China. (In accordance with Chinese custom, Mr. Chen’s surname is written first. He sometimes uses the English name Stanley Chan.) He is a graduate of Peking University and published his first short story in 1997 in Science Fiction World, China’s largest science fiction magazine. Since 2004, he has published over 30 stories in Science Fiction World, Esquire, Chutzpah and other magazines. His first novel, The Abyss of Vision, came out in 2006. He won Taiwan’s Dragon Fantasy Award in 2006 with “A Record of the Cave of Ning Mountain,” a work written in Classical Chinese. His story, “The Tomb,” was translated into English and Italian and can be found in The Apex Book of World SF II and Alias 6. He now lives in Beijing and works for Google China.


  Roberto Quaglia ( www.robertoquaglia.com) hails from Genoa in Italy, where he ran a bar for years, won prizes for photography, and became one of the few Surrealist city councillors in the world. Currently he lives much of the year in Bucharest because he learned to speak Romanian, though he may also live in Moldova where people also speak Romanian. Robert Sheckley enthusiastically prefaced Roberto’s surreal satirical SF double-novel Bread, Butter and Paradoxine (published in English by Delos International). He continues to take thousands of photographs. Genoa is the city of Christopher Columbus, who perhaps discovered America, and now America discovers Roberto Quaglia, which they can also do in “The Penis of My Beloved” in Claude Lalumière & Elise Moser’s anthology Lust for Life. Roberto cruises the motorways of Europe in a white Mercedes with no wing mirrors so that he will always see into the future. His recent collection of essays, also from Delos, Pensiero stocastico (Probabilistic Thought), considers such matters as “The Advantages of Human Clonation,” “The Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and Porn Photos on the Internet,” and “The Myth of Diana, the Death of the Sad Princess.” He has also written the remarkable Jonathan Livingshit Pigeon, much better than a seagull.


  A Que was born in Jingzhou, Hubei in 1990 and graduated from the Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering Department of Sichuan University. In 2012, he published his first work Quietly Awakening, which was soon followed by Wine Cup Flowing on the Rivers, Walking with Robots, Childhood of Harvest, and I Tell Stories about My Grandfather.


  Hannu Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland, but spent many years in Edinburgh, Scotland where he received a Ph.D. in string theory, and currently lives in Oakland, California. He is the co-founder of ThinkTank Maths, which provides consultation service and research in applied mathematics and business development. Rajaniemi has had a big impact on the field with only a relatively small body of work. His first novel, The Quantum Thief, was published in 2010 to a great deal of critical buzz and response, and has been followed by two sequels, The Fractal Prince and The Causal Angel. His most recent book is a collection, Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Stories. Coming up is a new novel, Summerland.


  Corie Ralston has been a fan and writer of science fiction since the fifth grade, when she wrote her first story about a giant, time-travelling humanoid potato. She is glad to say that her writing has improved considerably since then, and she is very proud to be a contributor to Clarkesworld. She has been published in several other venues, including a writing contest sponsored by a synchrotron (light-reading.org/LightReading/MainCompetition.html), which might seem a little obscure until you know that she also works at a synchrotron. That particular story starred a giant, space-faring humanoid slug, so maybe she hasn’t changed so much through the years after all. You can find out more about her at sff.net/people/cyralston/.


  Cat Rambo lives and writes beside eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish in the Pacific Northwest. She has had over two dozen stories published in venues that include Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and Chiaroscuro. Recently, her story “Magnificent Pigs” was short-listed for Best American Fantasy and will be reprinted in Best New Fantasy 2, while “The Surgeon’s Tale”, co-written with Jeff VanderMeer, was recommended by Locus and Tangent Online. She is a member of the writers’ groups Horrific Miscue and Codex. She holds an MA in fiction from the Johns Hopkins Writing Semi