Fiction & Fact:
Christopher L. Bennett has been an Analog contributor on and off since 1998. A Cincinnati, Ohio resident with bachelor's degrees in physics and history, he is one of Pocket Books' most prolific authors of Star Trek tie-in fiction, including the Star TreK: Enterprise -- Rise of the Federation series and Star Trek: The Original Series -- The Face of the Unknown, and his hard-SF superhero novel Only Superhuman was named Library Journal's SF/Fantasy Debut of the Month for October 2012. Christopher’s homepage is at christopherlbennett.wordpress.com, and his Facebook author page is at www.facebook.com/ChristopherLBennettAuthor.
Joyce and Stanley Schmidt have been partners in many ways for a long time. Both are hikers, naturalists, travelers, and language students who enjoy exploring whatever parts of the universe they can reach. Joyce is a clinical laboratory scientist, having worked in both hospital and research settings, and an avid gardener. Stan has written lots of science fiction and nonfiction and was the editor of Analog for 34 years, winning the Best Editor Short Form Hugo, the Heinlein Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award. During his editing years, Joyce was his first reader and critic in the outside world, so it was probably inevitable that they would write stories together. Mixipoxi first appeared in these pages in “Opportunity Knocks” (October 2014), and enjoyed it so much he wanted to do it again.
Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and now writes from Ottawa, Canada. His short work has been featured on io9, translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish and Italian, and appears in numerous Year’s Best anthologies as well as in magazines such as Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Interzone, Strange Horizons and Lightspeed. He was the most prolific author of short science fiction in 2015 and 2016. Find him at richwlarson.tumblr.com and support his writing via patreon.com/richlarson.
C. Stuart Hardwick is a Writers of the Future winner and three-time Jim Baen Award finalist who’s been published in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, Forbes.com and Mental Floss, among others. A southerner from South Dakota, Stuart grew up creating radio dramas and animated shorts before moving on to robots and ill-conceived flying machines. He’s worked with the creators of the video game Doom, married an aquanaut, and trained his dog to pull a sled. Stuart studied writing at U.C. Berkeley, lives in Houston, and has been known to wear a cape. For more information and a free signed e-sampler, visit www.cStuartHardwick.com.
Tom Jolly is a retired astronautical/electrical engineer who now spends his time writing SF and fantasy, designing board games (such as Wiz-War, and Manhattan Project: Energy Empire), and creating obnoxious puzzles. He lives with his wife Penny in Santa Maria, California, in a place where mountain lions and black bears still visit on occasion. You can find more of his stories at www.silcom.com/~tomjolly/tomjolly2.htm.
Jerry Oltion is the most prolific fiction contributor in the history of Analog magazine, with 92 publications since his first in 1982. Some of his early stories are now available again in Kindle format on Amazon.com. He also writes a monthly column on amateur telescope making for Sky & Telescope magazine. His website is at www.sff.net/people/j.oltion.
Marianne Dyson was inspired by science fiction and the Apollo Program to become one of NASA’s first female flight controllers. After leaving NASA, she became an award-winning children’s author promoting space and science education through writing and speaking. She recently published her Space Shuttle memoir, A Passion for Space, and coauthored Welcome to Mars with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin. Visit: http://www.mdyson.com to sign up for her free Science Snacks newsletter.
Stephen L. Burns has published forty-some stories in Analog, and his more recent novels such as Festivael, Blood and Bread, and Naked Hunch are available as e-books. He and his wife's lives have been increasingly consumed by her wildlife rehabilitation practice, specializing in orphaned and injured small mammals and song- and waterbirds, but also dealing with owls, osprey, and other raptors. Squirrels love him, and he finds their company more congenial than that of many people.
Marissa Lingen is a science fiction writer living in the Minneapolis suburbs with two large men and one small dog. She has had numerous works in Analog before and has also appeared in Nature, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other publications. She is full of opinions about tisanes, Kalevala translations, and most other things you might ask about. She once studied physics and has never quite recovered.
Bruce McAllister grew up in a peripatetic Navy family with an officer father involved in classified Cold War science and engineering assignments. Bruce's first exposure to science fiction was a 1959 issue of Astounding (and its remarkable story by the late Ralph Williams—“Cat and Mouse”)—which changed him forever. Bruce's short stories have appeared over the years in many of the field’s leading magazines and “year’s best” volumes and have been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. His books include the science fiction collection The Girl Who Loved Animals and the novels Dream Baby and The Village Sang To The Sea: A Memoir Of Magic. He lives in southern California with his wife, choreographer Amelie Hunter, and has three marvelously grown children—Liz, Ben, and Annie.
Eric James Stone has appeared eleven times in Analog, including his May 2010 novelette “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” which won a Nebula Award and was nominated for a Hugo. His novel Unforgettable was published in 2016 by Baen Books. You can find him on the web (www.ericjamesstone.com), on Twitter (@EricJamesStone), and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-James-Stone/72704127104).
G. David Nordley is the pen name of Gerald David Nordley, an author and astronautical engineer who has worked with spacecraft operations and advanced propulsion. His main interest is human expansion into space in a plausible future. Gerald is a past Hugo and nebula nominee and a four-time Analog "AnLab" winner. His latest novel is To Climb a Flat Mountain, and the latest book is a collection, A World Beneath the Stars from Brief Candle Press or Amazon.com. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA. His website is www.gdnordley.com.
Chris McKitterick has lived in twelve US cities and towns, seven states, and two countries, but calls Lawrence—where he teaches science fiction and writing at the University of Kansas—home. His short work has appeared in a diversity of publications, and his debut novel was Transcendence. Current projects include The Galactic Adventures of Jack & Stella, Empire Ship, Stories from a Perilous Youth, and more. He's a popular speaker, Campbell Memorial Award chair, and Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction director. He sees surviving his youth as evidence of quantum realities.
Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s IGMS, Cosmos, and Abyss and Apex. Her stories and published novels have won humor contests and Romance Writer of America awards. She has sold three novels to publishers. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns—Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies—Oh My! are available on Amazon, along with a dozen other novels she has written. Recently she has released a series titled Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.
A few of her favorite things include: gluten-free brownies (not necessarily glutton-free), Star Trek, steampunk aesthetics, fairies, Severus Snape, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Darcy.
By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep. You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com.
J.T. Sharrah had a perfectly ordinary childhood. When his evil younger brother usurped the throne, he escaped from the palace through an underground tunnel and made his way to the harbor where he stowed away aboard a pirate ship bound for. . . . What’s that? You suspect he’s strayed from the truth? Okay. Guilty as charged, but what did you expect? He writes fiction. He’s a professional liar.
The truth? He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He became a voracious reader when he discovered science fiction and fantasy novels. He attended the University of Colorado. He subsequently taught at CU: Greek and Roman history. He began taking Taekwondo lessons during my junior year in college, became the assistant instructor of CU Taekwondo, and eventually served for three years as the head instructor. He also worked in the hotel industry—as a bookkeeper and front desk manager. He retired in the year 2000 to devote himself to his first love: writing science fiction.
By day, Filip Wiltgren is a mild-mannered communication officer at Linköping University, where he also teaches communication and presentation skills at a post-graduate level. But by night, he turns into a frenzied ten-fingered typist, clawing out jagged stories of fantasy and science fiction, which have found lairs in places such as Analog, Grimdark, Daily SF, and Nature Futures. Filip roams the Swedish highlands, kept in check by his wife and kids. He can be found at www.wiltgren.com.
Jay Parks has worked for Kitt Peak Observatory, Microsoft, and a variety of other high-tech companies, jumped from a plane, dived to the bottom of the bay (not on the same day), and ridden a telescope to view the Orion Nebula with a 48-inch eye. This is his first story for Analog.
Cynthia Ward has sold stories to Analog, Asimov's, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Nightmare, Weird Tales, and other magazines and anthologies. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes One and Two (WolfSinger Publications). With Nisi Shawl, she co-created the Writing the Other fiction writers workshop and coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). Her short novels, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess and The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, are available from Aqueduct Press. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is not working on a screenplay.
Kathryn Fritz is a poet working out of Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Truman State University in 2011 with a B.A. in English, and she currently works as an accounting clerk.
Eric Pinder is the author of If All the Animals Came Inside, Counting Dinos, How to Share with a Bear, and other books for children. Although he may never achieve his childhood ambition of becoming an astronaut, he does drive an old car with almost enough mileage to reach the moon. Find him on Twitter: @EricPinder.
Edward M. Lerner is a physicist, computer scientist, and curmudgeon by training. Writing full-time since 2004, he applies all three skill sets to SF (his latest novel being the award-winning InterstellarNet: Enigma) and popular science. Ed's authorial web site is edwardmlerner.com.
Don Sakers is the author of Meat and Machine, Elevenses, and the Rule of Five serial at rule-of-5.com. For more information, visit www.scatteredworlds.com.
John G. Cramer’s new book describing his transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics, The Quantum Handshake—Entanglement, Nonlocality, and Transactions, (Springer, January 2016) is available online as a printed or eBook at: http://www.springer.com/gp/ book/9783319246406. His hard SF novels, Twistor and Einstein’s Bridge, are available as eBooks from the Book View Café co-op at: http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/?s=Cramer and electronic reprints of over 178 “The Alternate View” columns are available online at: http://www.npl.washington.edu/av.
Richard A. Lovett is one of the most prolific contributors in Analog history. A former law professor, he not only holds a law degree, but a Ph.D. in economics and a B.S. in astrophysics. He also coaches distance runners, including several Olympic Trials competitors, and has worked as a travel writer, humorist, hazardous-waste analyst, sports writer, and food-safety and nutrition writer. He once did a 100-mile cross-country ski race north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland and coached a woman to fifth place in the world championships in the grueling sport of snowshoe racing, in which he himself competed three times in the national championships.
His short-story collection, Phantom Sense and Other Stories (collaborations with fellow Analog mainstay Mark Niemann-Ross), is available in print or ebook from amazon.com and Kindle. Early this year he published another Analog-related book, Here Be There Dragons: Exploring the Fringes of Human Knowledge, from the Rings of Saturn to the Mysteries of Memory, containing eighteen of his more popular Analog fact articles, all updated for 2017. Find him on Facebook, or at www.richardalovett.com.