Authors In This Issue

Fiction & Fact:

Derek Künsken has built genetically engineered viruses, worked with street children and refugees in Latin America, served as a Canadian diplomat, and taught his son about super-heroes and science. Many of his Asimov’s and Analog stories take place in the same world as “The Quantum Magician.” He tweets from @derekkunsken, blogs at, and makes his internet home at

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. His novels include The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin, and his stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oak Park, Illinois, and he blogs daily at

Nick Wolven's fiction has appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Clarkesworld, and many other publications, and is forthcoming in multiple best-of-the-year anthologies. His personal website is Follow him on Twitter @nickwolven.

Suzanne Palmer is a writer and artist who lives in western Massachusetts and works as a senior linux system administrator at Smith College. Previous fiction of hers has appeared in Asimov's, Interzone, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her story "Tuesdays" just recently won the Asimov's Reader Award for best short story. She can be found on twitter as @zanzjan, where she posts about writing, food, space, cats, and any random thing that seems cool.

Mary A. Turzillo’s latest book is Mars Girls, Apex 2017, an update of her Analog novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl.  It is a sequel to her novelette, “Mars Is no Place for Children,” which won the 2000 Nebula. Her Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award. She has been a finalist on the British Science Fiction, Stoker, Dwarf Stars, and Rhysling ballots. Her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, Goblin Fruit, Ikarie, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies, and has been translated into French, Mandarin, Italian, Czech, German, and Russian.   Sweet Poison, with Marge Simon, won the 2015 Elgin Award. Another collaboration with Simon, Satan’s Sweethearts, was published in 2017. Bonsai Babies, a dark SF-fantasy short story collection, came out in 2016. A founding member of the Mars Society, she lives in Berea, Ohio, with her NASA scientist-Analog-author husband, Dr. Geoffrey Landis. She represented the US in the Veteran World Championships in foil fencing in Stralsund, Germany, in in 2016.

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 and support his writing via

Gwendolyn Clare holds a BA in Ecology, a BS in Geophysics, a PhD in Mycology, and swears she's done collecting acronyms. Her debut novel—Ink, Iron, and Glass—is the first in a steampunk duology about a young mad scientist with the ability to write new worlds into existence, forthcoming from Macmillan/Imprint in 2018. Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and this is her third appearance in Analog.

Tom Ligon, a retired Engineering Technologist, has published stories in Analog since 1984. He worked with Robert W. Bussard at the Energy/Matter Conversion Corporation from 1995 to 2001, developing the Polywell fusion reactor. Mr. Ligon holds ETE and Biology degrees from Virginia Tech, and describes his career as a technical jack-of-all-trades. Tom and his wife took up beekeeping a few years ago, and they find themselves fascinated by these remarkable insects.

Brian Trent’s speculative fiction appears in Analog (July/August’s “Galleon”), Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Great Jones Street, Daily Science Fiction, Apex, Escape Pod, Galaxy’s Edge, Nature, and numerous year’s best anthologies. The author of the historical fantasy series RAHOTEP, he is also a 2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award finalist and Writers of the Future winner. Trent lives in New England, where he works as a novelist, screenwriter, and poet. His blog and website can be found at

Brendan DuBois is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels and over 160 short stories. His latest science fiction novel, BLACK TRIUMPH, will be published later this year by Baen Books.  He’s currently working on a series of works with NYT bestselling novelist James Patterson. He is also a “Jeopardy!” game show champion. Visit his website at

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 He also writes a monthly column on amateur telescope making for Sky & Telescope magazine. His website is at

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.

Three-time Aurora finalist, Susan Forest, has published over 25 short stories in Analog, Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, OnSPEC, and her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales, among others. Her epic fantasy series, beginning with Bursts of Fire, is forthcoming from Laksa Media (Spring 2019), followed by Flights of Marigolds (Summer, 2019).

Gregory Benford is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, was 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 fiction has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. He has published 42 books, mostly novels.

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections.  His first Young Adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August of 2015.  James blogs at, and he can be found on Facebook.

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

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, 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

Best known for his crime fiction, Bill Pronzini was the 2008 recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Grand Master Award.  Most of his science fiction has been written in collaboration with Barry Malzberg, including five stories published in Analog. “The Being” is his first solo SF story in several years.


Stanley Schmidt (PhD, Physics) was the Editor of Analog for a long time (34 years!) and enjoys writing for it just as much now as he did before he became Editor in 1978. Most recently he contributed the serialized novel Night Ride and Sunrise and an article on story endings. A small selection of Dr. Schmidt’s many accolades and accomplishments include the Hugo Award for Best Editor: Short Form, the SFWA Solstice Award, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award given for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. When not reading Analog just for fun, Dr. Schmidt can be found hiking, traveling, and playing various sorts of music. Find more information about Stanley Schmidt on his website:

Don Sakers is the author of Meat and Machine, Elevenses, and the Rule of Five serial at For more information, visit

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: book/9783319246406. His hard SF novels, Twistor and Einstein’s Bridge, are available as eBooks from the Book View Café co-op at: and electronic reprints of over 178 “The Alternate View” columns are available online at:

James Gunn, emeritus professor of English at the University of Kansas, has enjoyed careers in both writing and teaching science-fiction . Former president of both SFWA and SFRA, he has received the top awards of both associations. His latest novel is Transgalactic. He taught his first science-fiction class in 1969.

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 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

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