- John Joseph Adams
- is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as By Blood We Live, Federations, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He has been called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists. He is currently a blogger for Tor.com and is the co-host of the podcast The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.
- Scott H. Andrews
- Scott's short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales and Space and Time. He is a college chemistry lecturer and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the pro-rate fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which was Runner-Up for storySouth's Million Writers Award for Best New Online Magazine of 2008. He lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world.
- Catherine Asaro
- Propped against the bookcase in Catherine Asaro's home is the diploma of her Harvard Ph.D. in chemical physics.
Nearby, dangling from the doorknob, is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself
away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for
the ballet barre these days. Instead, she's fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels.
Catherine is a bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the
prestigious Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella "The Space-time Pool." Her latest book,
Diamond Star (Baen 2009), is about a rock star in the future. It tells the story of Del, the renegade prince
who would rather be a rock singer than sit on the throne. The royal family wants him to stop, his friends
want to use him, his label wants to own him, and his enemies want to kill him. Del just wants to sing-without
starting an interstellar war.
In April 2009, Starflight Music released the music soundtrack for the book, a CD also titled Diamond Star,
that offers readers a soundtrack for the book. The songs are performed by Point Valid, a vibrant young rock
band from Baltimore, with Catherine as guest vocalist. After Point Valid dispersed for the school year, off
to college in different parts of the globe, Donald Wolcott joined the Diamond Star Project. An accomplished
pianist in jazz, rock, and classical music, he performs in a jazz-oriented duo with Catherine accompanying
her vocals. Together they do works from the CD and covers of jazz, pop, and classic rock songs.
- Lenny Bailes
- is a computer journalist and computer instructor. He blogs about graphic novels & animation at www.tor.com, and is an occasional reviewer for New York Review of Science Fiction. He helps program small literary s-f conventions and is longtime fanzine editor of about 35 years standing,
- David Bartell
- David Bartell has a bachelor's degree in Astrophysics from the University of Virginia,
and a Masters certificate in project management from George Washington University.
He has sold a number of stories in magazines, most notably in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, making him a button-sporting member of the Analog MAFIA ("Members Appearing Frequently In Analog".) He won the AnLab award for best short story (with Ekaterina Sedia), and has had three lead stories in the last year. He has short stories in the anthologies Gods and Monsters, Jigsaw Nation, and Warrior Wisewoman 2. He also writes a lot of fantasy.
David is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA), and a certified scuba divemaster. He has dabbled professionally in photography and film, and is a closet SFX tinkerer.
He networks on LinkedIn and Facebook, so if you're on those, search and befriend. Beware his camera you may end up on a WyrdNet card!
He lives in Northern Virginia, and at www.davidbartell.us
- Davey Beauchamp
- is best known for his Writers for Relief anthologies, The Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show Starring Mister Adventure, and the Agency 32 series.
The Writers for Relief anthologies feature collections of short fiction by top talents in the realms of fantasy and science fiction writing. Each volume of the anthology has helped a different worthy cause. The first and second volumes have brought help to Hurricane Katrina survivors through the Red Cross and the Bay Area Food Bank, respectively. The second volume, published by Dragon Moon Press, features well known authors such as Todd McCaffrey, A.C. Crispin, and David Drake.
The Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show Starring Mister Adventure can be described as “old time radio meets new time tech.” It is a rebirth of the old action-adventure pulp radio shows from the Golden Age of Radio. The show was nominated for both a 2006 and a 2007 Parsec Award. The Young Adult novel on which the show is based is currently being reviewed by agents.
When Davey isn’t writing, he spends his time as a computer tech, YA librarian, and grant writer for the Davidson County Public Library System in North Carolina. He has also started mentoring to high school kids who are interested in creative and fiction writing.
- John Gregory Betancourt
- has published 40 books, ranging from best-sellers like Star Trek novels to the continuation of Roger Zelazny's classic Amber series to original novels such as THE DRAGON SORCERER and THE BLIND ARCHER. He owns Wildside Press, which publishes new and classic science fiction, fantasy, and horror under a number of imprints, as well as magazines such as Weird Tales and H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror. His current writing project is a Young Adult fantasy series called "THE BOOK OF DARKNESS".
- Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
- has published stories in England and America. Her first novel, Claiming Her, was published by Wildside Press in 2003. Her second novel, Reforming Hell, published this year, is its sequel and completes the tale. She is currently working on a children's book. Mattie also reviews for The New York Review of Science Fiction, has articles in the nonfiction Neil Gaiman Reader (Wildside Press), and enjoys singing, playing guitar, and performing her own and others' songs. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, author and editor Darrell Schweitzer, and their three literary cats, Lovecraft, Tolkien and Galadriel.
- Michael Capobianco
- has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster, and is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf novels Iris, Alpha Centauri, Fellow Traveler, and White Light. He served as President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) from 1996-1998 and received the Service to SFWA Award in 2004.
An amateur astronomer, Capobianco is a member of the International Occultation and Timing Association (IOTA). His current obsessions include Saturn's moon Iapetus, the Washington Nationals, and Lost.
- Christopher M. Cevasco
- is an author whose fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Static, The Leading Edge, Allen K's Inhuman, A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, and The Book of Tentacles, among other magazines and anthologies. His poetry has been featured in Star*Line and was nominated for the 2009 Rhysling Award. He is a 2006 Clarion graduate, a 2007 Taos Toolbox graduate, and a member of the Manhattan-based Tabula Rasa writing group. Chris was the editor/publisher of the award-winning Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction. The thirteenth and final issue of the magazine was released in May 2009, with plans for future anthology projects by Paradox Publications. Nearing completion of his first novel, Chris writes in Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and almost-three-year-old son and a puffer fish named Spiny Norman.
- Eric Choi
- is an aerospace engineer, writer and editor whose short fiction has appeared in Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6 and Arrowdreams as well as Asimov's and Science Fiction Age. "Another's Treasure", his latest story, is published in the new anthology Footprints. He is currently co-editing The Dragon and the Stars, an upcoming collection of science fiction and fantasy written by Chinese authors. In his aerospace engineering career, he worked on a number of space projects including the Phoenix Mars Lander, the robotic arm on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 satellite and the MOPITT atmospheric science instrument. He is currently manager of business development at the aerospace company COM DEV.
- Captain Chris Christopher
- is retired from the U.S. Navy and now serves as Conference Director, Corporate Communications Division, in the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security.
- Neil Clarke
- is the owner of Wyrm Publishing and the editor of Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated semiprozine, Clarkesworld Magazine.
- Brenda Clough
- writes science fiction and fantasy, mainly novels. Her latest novel, Doors of Death and Life, was published by Tor Books in May 2000. Doors was released, bound with its predecessor, How Like A God, in a Science Fiction Book Club edition titled Suburban Gods. She also writes short stories and occasional nonfiction including a story appearing in Patrick Nielsen Hayden's anthology Starlight 3 and a story in the July-August 2002 issue of Analog. She has taught "Writing F&SF" at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Iver Cooper
- Iver P. Cooper has been an active contributor to Eric Flint's "1632" shared universe, with 19 short stories and 23 articles published so far in the online Grantville Gazette, and another short story in the hardcover anthology Ring of Fire II.
Iver is an intellectual property law attorney with Browdy & Neimark, Washington DC. He has received legal writing awards from the American Patent Law Association, the U.S. Trademark Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is the sole author of Biotechnology and the Law, now in its twenty-something edition. In his spare time, such as may exist, he teaches swing and folk dancing, and participates in local photo club competitions.
Iver is married, with a son at Carnegie Mellon and a daughter writing ads for amusement parks.
- A. C. Crispin
- is the author of bestselling Star Wars novels and Star Trek novels, but her most famous genre work was the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries V. Crispin and noted fantasy author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together.
A.C. Crispin has been active in SFWA since soon after joining the organization in 1983. She and Victoria Strauss created SFWA's "scam watchdog" committee, Writer Beware, in 1998. Crispin still serves as the Chair. Writer Beware warns aspiring writers about the numerous scam agents and publishers that infest the Internet these days. Crispin and Strauss have assisted law enforcement in bringing several infamous con artists to justice. Before submitting your work, visit Writer Beware.
Her major science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series, which will be reissued in omnibus editions from Meisha Merlin in 2007. Crispin's newest work is an original fantasy trilogy for Harper/Eos, The Exiles of Boq'urain. Book one, Storms of Destiny, was released August 2005, and she is hard at work on Book 2, Winds of Vengeance. Book 3, Flames of Chaos, will be her next project.
She currently teaches writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragon*Con in Atlanta.
- Tad Daley
- is the writing fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace laureate organization. He has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor for Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congresswoman Diane Watson, and the late Senator Alan Cranston, and as a member of the International Policy Department at the RAND Corporation. He has written for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Forward, Tikkun, the United Nations Chronicle, the Foreign Service Journal, the LA CityBeat, and quite frequently in the blogosphere at HuffingtonPost.com, AlterNet.org, TruthDig.com, TruthOut.org, and CommonDreams.org. His first book, APOCALYPSE NEVER: Forging The Path To A Nuclear Weapon-Free World is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in January 2010.
- Dennis Danvers
- has published seven science fiction and fantasy novels, including Wilderness, Circuit of Heaven, The Watch, and The Bright Spot (under pseudonym Robert Sydney). Recent short fiction appears in Realms of Fantasy, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and F & SF. He holds a Ph.D. in literature and an MFA in fiction. He currently teaches science fiction and fantasy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and writes full time.
- Virginia DeMarce
- was born in 1940 in Missouri; grew up on a farm; one-room country
school for elementary school; B.A. university of Missouri, a year at the
University of Erlangen in Germany; Ph.D., early modern European history,
Taught Northwest Missouri State University; George Mason University, worked in
public history for the National Conference of State Historical Preservation
Officers and the Office of Federal Acknowledgment (under the Assistant Secretary
for Indian Affairs) at the Department of the Interior. Now retired.
Along the way I acquired a husband (now of 47 years duration) and three
children; two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, seven grandchildren, and two
Almost accidentally took up writing alternate history with Eric Flint beause he
No website, but those interested in the 1632-verse may communicate to
Eric Flint's website is www.1632.org; see also
- Tom Doyle
- writes in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. His novelette, "The Wizard of Macatawa" (Paradox Magazine #11), won last year's WSFA Small Press Award. His stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Futurismic, Aeon, and Ideomancer. He has recently finished a science fiction novel and a contemporary fantasy novel. The text and audio of many of his stories are available at his website.
- David Louis Edelman
- is the author of Infoquake (www.infoquake.net), which was described as "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge" and named Barnes & Noble's Top SF Novel of 2006. His latest novel, MultiReal, was released in summer 2008 and has been called "a thoroughly successful hybrid of Neuromancer and Wall Street" by Hugo nominee Peter Watts. In addition to writing novels, Edelman has programmed websites for the U.S. Army, the FBI and Rolls-Royce, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies.
- Scott Edelman
- has published more than 75 short stories in magazines such as
Postscripts, The Twilight Zone, Absolute Magnitude, Science Fiction Review
and Fantasy Book, and in anthologies such as The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction,
Crossroads, MetaHorror, Once Upon a Galaxy, Moon Shots, Mars Probes, Forbidden Planets.
A collection of his zombie fiction will be appearing from PS Publishing in early 2010.
He has been a Stoker Award finalist four times, in the categories of both Short Story and Long Fiction.
Additionally, Edelman currently works for the SCI FI Channel as the Features
Editor for SCI FI Wire. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which
he edited during its entire eight-year run. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.
- Michael Flynn
- began selling science fiction in 1984, rapidly becoming a mainstay of Analog SF. His stories have also appeared in Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Weird Tales. Author of eight novels and two story collections, Flynn is best known for the four-book Firestar series and the critically praised The Wreck of The River of Stars. He recently published The January Dancer. Flynn holds a master’s degrees in mathematics. (His first publication was an original theorem in general topology.) After several years as a quality engineer, he joined STAT-A-MATRIX, Edison, NJ, as a consultant in quality management, working with clients on five continents. He lives in Easton, PA, with his wife Margie. He has two grown children and three grandchildren.
- Andrew Fox
- was born in Miami Beach, Florida and grew up in North Miami Beach. His first exposure to the fantastic was, as a three year old, seeing Japanese monster flick DESTROY ALL MONSTERS at a drive-in movie in the back seat of his parents' Caprice convertible. He lived in New Orleans for 23 years and was a longtime member of a writing workshop established by award-winning SF writer George Alec Effinger. Andrew's first novel, Fat White Vampire Blues, was published by Ballantine/Del Rey in 2003, with its sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire, appearing in 2004. His most recent book, SF satire The Good Humor Man, or Calorie 3501, was published by Tachyon Publications in 2009. Andrew recently completed several years of work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New Orleans and moved to Manassas, Virginia to work for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. His current writing projects include revising two novels, New Orleans-based fantasy The Bad Luck Spirits' Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and a Civil War steampunk novel, Fire on Iron.
- Doug Fratz
- has been reviewing science fiction and fantasy for more than 35 years, and currently reviews new and classic science fiction books (and the occasional movie) for Science Fiction Weekly. From 1973-1993, he was publisher and editor of Thrust Science Fiction and Fantasy Review (later Quantum Science Fiction and Fantasy Review), the semi-professional review magazine that was nominated for five Hugo Awards. In real life, he continues his day job as vice president of scientific and technical affairs for a major trade association in Washington, DC, where he addresses environmental regulations and related science policy issues, with his primary areas of expertise being in atmospheric issues and chemical safety. He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with his wife Naomi, and with occasional visits from their two college-age children.
- Jim Freund
- has been producing radio programs of and about literary
sf/f since 1967. His long-running live-radio program, "Hour of the Wolf,"
continues to be broadcast every Saturday morning from 5:00 to 7:00,
and is streamed live online with archives of past shows are available
"on-demand" for about 6 months after broadcast. (Check hourwolf.com or
"Hour of the Wolf" on Facebook for details.)
He is also Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of
Science Fiction Readings held at the South Street Seaport Museum in
New York. He has recorded those and the KGB Fantastic Fiction readings
since their inception, and occasionally broadcasts the proceeds of both.
Jim lives in Brooklyn with writer Barbara Krasnoff.
- Dr. Charles E. Gannon
- is a Distinguished Professor of English (St. Bonaventure U.), a Fulbright Senior Specialist (American Lit & Culture), and a member of the SIGMA SF think-tank. He has had novelettes in Analog, the War World shared universe, and the Defending the Future series. He has forthcoming fiction in several other well-known shared universe anthologies and in Bad Ass Faeries 3. His nonfiction book Rumors of War and Infernal Machines won the 2006 ALA Outstanding Book Award. He also worked as author and editor for GDW, and was a routine contributor to both the scientific/technical content and story-line in the award-winning games "Traveller," and "2300 AD." He has been awarded Fulbrights to England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and worked 8 years as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC.
- Peter Heck
- is the author of the "Mark Twain Mysteries" series from Berkley Prime Crime: Death on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court, The Prince and the Prosecutor, The Guilty Abroad, The Mysterious Strangler and Tom's Lawyer. Peter's newest book is No Phule Like an Old Phule, which continues Robert Asprin's "Phule's Company" series. Peter is also a regular reviewer for Asimov's. Besides the written word, his interests include music (playing lead guitar with Col. Leonard's Irregulars) and chess (founding member of the Chestertown Chess Club, and a USCF member).
- John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell)
- is the author (under the pen name Jack Campbell) of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series (Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, and Relentless) as well as the earlier JAG in Space and Stark's War series (both of which are now available as ebooks and soon as audiobooks). His short fiction has appeared most frequently in Analog magazine, most recently "Joan" in the November 2009 issue. John's non-fiction articles have appeared not only in Analog but also in books of the Benbella Smartpop series on topics such as Superman, the TV series Charmed, and Star Wars. John, a retired US Navy officer, lives in Maryland with his incomparable wife S and their three children.
- Larry Hodges
- of Germantown, MD, is an active member of SFWA with nearly 40 short story sales, over half of them since summer of 2008. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writing Workshop, the 2007 Orson Scott Card Literary Boot Camp, and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Writing Workshop. Hodges has a master's in journalism and a bachelor's in math, with minors in chemistry and computer science. He's been a full-time writer for many years, with three books and over 1100 published articles in 87 different publications. Says Hodges,
"My best writing tends to be humorous SF and fantasy, yet I didn't really sell much until I focused on first choosing a clear theme, and then satirizing it." He's been a professional table tennis coach for many years, and is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (Google it!). He recently finished his first novel, a SF satire on politics in the year 2100, which will soon be making the rounds at publishers on its way to great glory or utter obscurity.
- Victoria Janssen
- Victoria Janssen's first novel, a Ruritanian/Alternate Universe fantasy titled The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (December 2008), is from Harlequin Spice, a trade paperback line of erotic novels. Her second novel for Spice, Moonlight Mistress, is due out December 2009; it's an erotic historical, set during the early days of WWI, with paranormal elements. She's recently sold two more novels to Spice, the first involving sea adventure and pirates. She loves playing with genre tropes.
- Jane Jewell
- is the executive director of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Emergency Medical Fund coordinator. She's also a freelance photographer for Locus. Jane lives with her husband, author Peter Heck, in Chestertown, Maryland.
- Tom Jackson King
- has been a SF author for 20 years. His novels include Retred Shop (1988, Warner) and Ancestor's World (1996, Ace; with A.C. Crispin), poetry collection Mother Earth's Stretch Marks (2009, Motherbird Books), while short stories are in the collection Judgment Day and Other Dreams (2009, Wilder Publications), and Analog, Pulphouse, Tomorrow. King was Philip K. Dick Award jury chair in 1996.
- Mindy L. Klasky
- earned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. After traveling through multiple careers (lawyer, librarian, beggarman, thief), Mindy now writes full time. In her spare (?) time, she quilts, cooks, and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library.
- Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani)
- is an astrophysicist who also writes science fiction under the pseudonym Eric Kotani. He is a recent recipient of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award.
An asteroid (#8072) has been named Yojikondo, in recognition of his contribution to the space program.
His books include: Legacy of Prometheus, by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts, Tor Books; Requiem: New Collected Works of Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master edited by Yoji Kondo, reprinted in May by Tor Books; and Interstellar Travel and Multi-Generation Space Ships, edited by Yoji Kondo, CG Publications.
- Barbara Krasnoff
- has published short stories in Electric Velocipede, Space and Time, Apex
Magazine, Doorways, Escape Velocity, Sybil's Garage, Behind the
Wainscot, Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing, Weird Tales, and
Descant. She's contributed to the anthologies Clockwork Phoenix 2, Such
A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions:
Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also published the nonfiction
Robots: Reel to Real, which was supposed to head up a young adult series
of books called How It Works -- but the publisher was eaten by a larger
publisher instead. Find it at your local library.
- Dina Leacock (Diane Arrelle)
- has been a regular guest panelist at both Philcon and Balticon. She is an author of speculative fiction and her book of science fiction, fantasy, horror and suspense short stories, Just A Drop In The Cup, was published by Darker Intentions Press in October. Her book Elements Of The Short Story was published last year by Tricorner Publishing. Writing under the name Diane Arrelle, she has sold over 100 short stories to magazines and anthologies including Barnes and Nobles' Crafty Cat Crimes, Oui, Neo Opsis, Blue Murder, Terminal Fright, and Strange Stories Of Sand and Sea. She is a founding member as well as a past president of the Garden State Horror Writers and a past president of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference.
- Edward M. Lerner
- worked in high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior VP. He writes near-future technothrillers, most recently Fools' Experiments and Small Miracles, and far-future space epics like the Fleet of Worlds series with colleague Larry Niven. His short fiction most often appears in Analog and Jim Baen's Universe. Ed blogs regularly.
- C. Alan Loewen
- lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cherie, three sons, way too many cats, a Sheltie, and a homicidal sun conure. His work has appeared in several small press magazines and in 2008 won an Honorable Mention for his work Mask of the Ferret which appeared in the Twilight Times Press anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God. Its sequel, Dyads will be appearing next April in ISIG2.
- James Maxey
- is the author of the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed, as well as the cult-classic superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl. His short fiction has appeared in Asimovs, Intergalactic Medicine show, and numerous anthologies. His short story "Silent as Dust" has been nominated for the 2009 WSFA Small Press Award. To learn more about his writing, please visit dragonprophet.blogspot.com.
- Thomas McCabe
- is a lifelong SF enthusiast and a career intelligence analyst currently employed as an aviation analyst by the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away he also used to be a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. His writings have been published in Orbis, Air And Space Power Journal, Air Chronicles, the Royal Air Force Air Power Review, and Aviation Week and Space Technology. And with all that and a dollar, he can get a cup of coffee at McDonalds.
- James Morrow
- has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author's private archives.
Upon reaching adulthood, Morrow proceeded to write nine novels and enough short stories to fill two collections. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice, the Nebula Award twice, and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire once.
To date Morrow's most conspicuous literary effort is a postmodern historical epic called The Last Witchfinder, praised by the New York Times for fusing "storytelling, showmanship and provocative book-club bait ... into one inventive feat." It tells of Jennet Stearne, who makes it her life's mission to bring down the 1604 Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. The author followed this novel with a thematic sequel, The Philosopher's Apprentice, which NPR called "an ingenious riff on Frankenstein." Last February saw the publication of Jim's stand-alone novella, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, set in 1945 and dramatizing the U.S. Navy's attempts to leverage a Japanese surrender via a biological weapon that strangely anticipates Godzilla.
- Kathy Morrow
- edited The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent with her husband James Morrow. The two of them were recently nominated for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Award in the International Activism category.
- Michael D. Pederson
- is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the semiprozine Nth Degree and its e-zine counterpart NthZine.com. Mike began life as a semi-pro in 1988 when his SF short story, "Dust Storm," won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine.
In 2001 Mike was part of the "Best in Class – Master Division" winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Shortly after that he started Nth Degree. In 2007 he wrote a chapter on "Writing for Magazines" for Dragon Moon Press' Writing Fantasy: The Quest for Publication. In 2009 Mike began work as a book reviewer for the California Literary Review.
Mike is also the permanent con chair for RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia and (along with Warren Buff) is chairing ReConStruction, the Raleigh NASFiC in 2010. Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him around the con please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.
When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is a professional graphic designer and lives in Charlotte, NC.
- Lawrence M. Schoen
- holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities.
He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a new speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas.
In 2007, he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. He's also been pushing a kind of SF Polyglot project that he calls B.W.O.P. (the Buffalito World Outreach Project). His first novel came out five months ago, and the second is due on his publisher's desk in two. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.
- Edmund Schubert
- is editor of InterGalactic Medicine Show, a quarterly on-line science fiction and fantasy magazine founded and published by Orson Scott Card.
In the past few years, Edmund has seen his own short fiction published over thirty times, including an audio production, reprints, and several international publications. He has also published various articles, interviews, essays, book reviews and the occasional newspaper column, and in his spare time is Executive Editor of the regional business magazine, North Carolina Career Network Magazine. Recent and forthcoming publications include the anthologies Crypto Critters II (Padwolf Publishing, July ‘07) and From The Asylum: Year 3 (From The Asylum Books, July ‘07), and a novel, Dreaming Creek (LBF Books, 2008). He is also co-editor with Orson Scott Card of an InterGalactic Medicine Show anthology collecting stories from the first two years of IGMS (Tor, 2008).
Despite all this, Edmund still maintains that his greatest achievement occurred when the underground newspaper he published in college made him the subject of a professor's lecture in abnormal psychology. Blog about writing/editing/stuff: SideshowFreaks.blogspot.com
- Darrell Schweitzer
- is the author of The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer, in addition to about 275 published short stories. His credits include Interzone, Twilight Zone, Postscripts, Night Cry, Amazing, Fantastic, Galaxy, and numerous anthologies. He is the author of books about Lord Dunsany and HP Lovecraft, an essayist, poet, one of the few ever to rhyme "Cthulhu" in a limerick and live to tell about it. He is also a long-time attendee of DC area conventions and can tell you old Disclave stories.
- George H. Scithers
- was the founding editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, for which he won the Hugo twice (1979, 1981). He edited Amazing from 1982 to 1986, and has been co-editor (and occasionally, publisher) of Weird Tales since 1988. He's sold his own fiction to editors including John W. Campbell, Jr., Ben Bova, and Frederick Pohl. He's been active as a fan -- from running the 1963 Worldcon, Discon 1 in Washington, DC, to publishing Amra, which he received two Best Fanzine Hugos -- in 1963 and 1967. He's currently working at Wildside Press, and is the editor of the continuing anthology series, Cat Tales: Fantastic Feline Fiction.
- Alan Smale
- writes fantasy and horror, alternate and twisted history,
with over two dozen stories published in magazines including Realms
of Fantasy (four times), Abyss & Apex, Paradox, and Dark
Regions, and anthologies A Wizard's Dozen, A Nightmare's Dozen,
Low Port, and Writers of the Future #13. His alternate history
tale "A Trade in Serpents" was featured on Locus's Recommended Reading
List for 2007. He is currently marketing a young adult fantasy series,
and his 30,000-word historical fantasy novella "Delusion's Song" will
appear in Panverse One in October.
Alan grew up in Leeds, England, and has a BA in Physics and a
doctorate in Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently serves
as director of an astrophysics data archive, and performs research on
black hole binaries at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In his
'spare time' (sic), Alan sings bass with well-known vocal band The
Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella
project, spreading astronomy through a cappella and a cappella through
astronomy across a broad swath of the known universe. Check out his
Web site (including free fiction).
- J. J. Smith
- is a journalist and professional writer with more than twenty years experience, about half of that covering federal Washington. J.J. has worked for daily newspapers, wire services, and specialty newsletters, and he has used those connections to meet and interview such horror legends as Clive Barker, Peter Straub, as well as get into a performance of Stephen King's band the Rockbottom Remainders. As a journalist, J.J. has covered topics and policy issues as diverse as religion, politics, substance abuse, homeland security, energy, and lately, military technology. He has also written a weekly horror column, and in his spare time he writes short horror fiction, some of which has been published in the late The Sterling Web as well as online at ShortHorrorStories.net. J.J.'s latest work, a collection of Northern Virginia ghost lore-Haunted Alexandria and Northern Virginia, published by Schiffer Publishing-hit the bookstores in the fall of 2009.
- Bud Sparhawk
- Bud's stories and articles appeared frequently in Analog, and have appeared in Asimov's, and other paper and electronic SF magazines as well as anthologies, another of which will appear later this year. His latest novella series (five stories) are currently appearing in Baen's Universe. Vixen, Bud's first published novel, will be on the stands in December 2008. Bud has been a three-time finalist in the Nebula's Novella category in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
- Elaine Stiles
- has been a long-time fan in the DC and Baltimore area. She edited the BSFAN fanzine. She is married to fan artist Steve Stiles and the two of them won the First Corflu Award in 2007. She helped start Congregation Beit Tikvah, a Jewish synagogue in Baltimore. She continues to help run and attend science fiction conventions.
- Steve Stiles
- first began cartooning for fanzines in 1957, the same year he entered our little microcosm. In over four decades he's continued to draw and write for fanzines of every kind and description, as well as editing and publishing some himself. In 1968 he won TAFF ( the TransAtlantic Fan Fund) and in 1998 he won the first Bill Rotsler Award in recognition of his achievements as a fan artist. He's also been nominated for a few Fan Art Hugos and is currently up for yet another one.
As for his career as a professional cartoonist and comic book illustrator, Steve has worked on both alternate comics and the mainstream variety, as well as doing strips for SF Eye, Stardate, and Heavy Metal. Two of his favorite gigs are his stories for Mark Schultz's Eisner/Harvey winning title, Xenozoic Tales, and the Fantagraphics graphic novel The Adventures Of Professor Thintwhistle And His Incredible Aether Flyer, in collaboration with a longtime friend, writer Richard Lupoff. His most recent and unusual freelance assignment was designing a "Peace and Humanitarian Achievement" medal for the Samaritan community in Israel. For a look at Steve's art and writing, check out his website.
- Michael Swanwick
- has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards for his work. Stations of the Tide was honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke awards. "The Edge of the World" was awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 1989 and nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. "Radio Waves" received the World Fantasy Award in 1996. "The Very Pulse of the Machine" received the Hugo Award in 1999, as did "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur" in 2000, "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" in 2002, "Slow Life" in 2003, and "Legions in Time" in 2004. His books include In the Drift, Vacuum Flowers, Griffin's Egg,Stations of the Tide, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Jack Faust, and Bones of the Earth. Most recent are his tenth short-story collection, The Best of Michael Swanwick a monograph on the fantasist Hope Mirrlees, Hope-in-the-Mist, and a novel, The Dragons of Babel.
- Sean Wallace
- is the founder and editor for Prime Books, which won a World Fantasy Award in 2006. In his spare time he is also
co-editor of Clarkesworld Magazine (Hugo nominee), and Fantasy Magazine; the editor of the following
anthologies: Best New Fantasy; Fantasy; Horror: The Best of the Year; Jabberwocky;
and Japanese Dreams; and co-editor of Bandersnatch; Phantom; and
Weird Tales: The 21st Century. He currently resides in Rockville, MD, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two cats, Amber and Jade.
- Jean Marie Ward
- is the author of With Nine You Get Vanyr, Illumina: The Art Of J.P. Targete, and the soon to be published Fantasy Art Templates. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies Here Be Dragons:Tales Of Dragoncon, and Strange Pleasures 2 and 3. Her nonfiction has appeared in periodicals as diverse as Science Fiction Weekly and Romance Writers Report. She edited the respected web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years, and served as talent scout and associate producer for a local access cable TV show, Mystery Readers Corner. More information--and free reads--can be found at her web site.
- Lawrence Watt-Evans
- is the author of more than thirty novels, over one hundred short stories, over one hundred and fifty published articles, and a few comic books, as well as the editor of one published anthology. Most of his writing has been in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic books. He has been a full-time writer and editor for almost thirty years, and expects to continue for quite some time.
- Diane Weinstein
- served as assistant editor for Weird Tales magazine for 16 years from 1989 to 2005 and also as art editor for the last 8 of those years. In addition she served as a general all-purpose editorial assistant at Wildside Press for several years before going on sabbatical in 2005. Some of her projects there included collections edited by her husband, Lee. She is an artist in her own right and has exhibited in convention art shows on the East Coast. She is now the Art Goddess (so says the webpage) for Space & Time magazine.
- Karen Wester Newton
- writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Currently her agent is marketing a YA fantasy novel called Bag of Tricks (formerly known as The Talisman Bag), about a lonely young magician and a very unlucky pilgrim, and Kruegger's World, a paranormal romance set in a religious dystopia, and Turnabout, a YA urban fantasy.
Like so many writers, Karen read a lot as a child. She was born in Honolulu, the third child of a U.S. Navy officer and his wife. After a peripatetic and bicoastal childhood as a Navy brat, she later became a teacher, a librarian, a project manager, a wife, and a mother, although not in that order.
She currently lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. By day she works as an IT manager at a legal publishing company. She is a long-time and active member of The Writer's Group from Hell, a surprisingly fun and helpful bunch of readers, writers, and critiquers. She often attends conventions such as Capclave, Philcon, Balticon, Worldcon and the World Fantasy Convention.
- Ted White
- has been a member of WSFA since 1954. In 1967 he co-chaired the 25th World SF Convention, NyCon3. In 1959 he moved to New York City after a year in Baltimore and became a professional jazz critic. In 1962 he began selling science fiction stories. He has had 18 books published, all but one of them science fiction. Among the best-known are Phoenix Prime (1965) and By Furies Possessed (1970). The non-SF book was the Captain America novel, The Great Gold Steal (1968). He was Associate Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 1963-68, the Editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic 1968-78, the Editor of Heavy Metal 1979-80, and Editorial Director of Stardate 1984-85. He has been a FM deejay, and is a musician, currently in Conduit, a progressive improvisatory band, where he plays keyboards and a wind synthesizer. He moved back to Northern Virginia in 1970 and has lived here since then. He has a longer entry in Wikipedia -- which he did not write.
- Allen Wold
- was born in Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the time. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, at Pomona. He has published nine novels (has written several more, most of which will never see print, thank God), several short stories (mostly for the ElfQuest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand). Currently, Allen has an epic heroic fantasy with an editor (be patient).
Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at conventions for about twenty years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories started in the workshop. Allen is a member of SFWA, and Toastmasters International (which gives him a captive audience).