Fiction & Fact:
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.
Bill Johnson was born in South Dakota, then moved into civilization. He met Joe and Gay Haldeman in the Midwest and learned to write, then went to Clarion with Gregory Frost and got the arrogance about what a great writer he was beaten out of him by people like Chip Delaney, Roger Zelazny, Gene Wolfe, Kate Wilhelm, and Damon Knight. Nothing like twenty-five people in a circle ripping your beloved story to pieces to chip away at your pride! Bill is married to a wonderful person who has two separate Bachelor's degrees, one in Business and one in Nursing. “Hybrid” got its start after Bill got back one of those genetic tests. It turned out he has a lot of Neanderthal in him. Interesting. So he started reading up on Neanderthal, which led to all our other relatives (Denisovan, Red Deer Cave, the unknown one in Africa) and to Homo Sapiens. Most research seems to show all our relatives and ourselves had a really bad time about 50,000 years ago BCE. Everyone had declining populations and were dying out. Suddenly, alone of all the sapiens, we started to socialize together in larger numbers. We started to move out of being ambush hunters (like Neanderthal and probably the others) and turned more into cursorial hunters (we went out after the prey). We started to use atlatls and bows, distance weapons, so we didn't have to get in close to our prey and risk getting crushed by them. And, at the same time, dog bones start showing up at our burial sites. The theory is simple: humans and dogs co-evolved. We helped each other to survive. And it's very curious that about the time dogs and humans started living and working together, the size of human bands and tribes began to grow dramatically. It was a lot to put into a story, but Bill thought that Martin and Artie might be able to pull it off.
Sean McMullen lives in Melbourne with his girlfriend and cats Smeagol and Loki. He has had a career in scientific computing, including three years administering a satellite-tracking computer for the Weather Bureau. He has won several awards for his fiction, and been a Hugo and BSFA nominee. His most recent stories appeared in Lightspeed, Asimov's Magazine, Interzone and various anthologies. This is his eleventh story in Analog, and he has won the reader's Analytical Laboratory twice. Online, he is at www.seanmcmullen.net.au.
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.
Tony Ballantyne is the author of the Penrose and Recursion series of novels as well as many acclaimed short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world. He has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards. His novel Dream Paris, a follow up to the critically acclaimed Dream London, was published in September 2015.
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.
In addition to the harder SF you’ll find in Analog, Ron Collins writes across the spectrum of speculative fiction. His fantasy series Saga of the God-Touched Mage reached 1 on Amazon’s best-selling dark fantasy in the UK (2 in the US). His short fiction has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award, and his short story “The White Game” was nominated for the Short Mystery Fiction Society’s 2016 Derringer Award. He has contributed a hundred or so short stories to professional publications including Analog, Asimov’s, and several other magazines and anthologies (most recently several editions of the Fiction River series and Mercedes Lackey’s Valdamar anthologies). All of his work is available on the major online retailers.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked to develop avionics systems, electronics, and information technology before chucking it all to write fulltime—which he now does from his home at the foothills of the Catalina mountains. Learn more about Ron at http://www/typosphere.com, follow him on Twitter @roncollins13, or sign up for Ron’s Newsletter at http://www.typosphere.com/newsletter.
Adam-Troy Castro’s next novel will launch a new middle-grade series, S.P.O.O.K.S. His prior novel, Gustav Gloom and the Castle of Fear, closed a six-volume saga about a very strange young boy raised in a house inhabited by sentient shadows. In the meantime, he has about a dozen stories ranging up to novella length in the publication pipeline at such markets as Lightspeed, Nightmare, and this one. He would like to note that this collaboration with Alvaro Zinos-Amaro marks two hyphens in one byline, which may be the first step toward typographical Armageddon.
Martin L. Shoemaker writes software by day and science fiction by night. His work has received the AnLab award for Best Novelette 2015 (“Racing to Mars”), the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award (“Today I Am Paul”), and third place in Writers of the Future (“Unrefined”). You can learn more about his fiction at http://Shoemaker.Space.
Jay Werkheiser teaches chemistry and physics to high school students, where he often finds inspiration for stories in classroom discussions. Not surprisingly, his stories often deal with alien biochemistry, weird physics, and their effects on the people who interact with them. You can follow him on twitter @JayWerkheiser or read his (much neglected) blog at http://jaywerkheiser.blogspot.com/.
Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian SF novel The Guardener's Tale. His poems and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications and have received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For more info, please visit http://bruceboston.com/.
Effie Seiberg is a fantasy and science fiction writer. Her stories can be found in the “Women Destroy Science Fiction!" special edition of Lightspeed Magazine (winner of the 2015 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology), Galaxy's Edge, Fireside Fiction, and PodCastle, amongst others. Her last Analog story, "Rocket Surgery," was a finalist in the AnLab Awards 2016. Effie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She likes to make sculpted cakes and bad puns. You can follow her on twitter at @effies, or see more stories at www.effieseiberg.com.
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and spec fic writer based in Canada. Her work has been published by Automata Review, Mythic Delirium, Pseudopod, and others. She can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus.
Elizabeth Rubio lives with too many cats in Austin, Texas, where being weird is considered an aspirational trait. She used to tinker with genes, but now spends her time writing educational materials for the next generation of scientists. Her short story Rage Against the Dying of the Light will soon be featured in the seventh issue of MYTHIC.
Harry Lang was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA back when Eisenhower was president and no one had visited space. One of his earliest memories is watching John Glenn being strapped into a Mercury capsule on TV. Manned space flight has fascinated him ever since. Writing has long been part of a broad resume of artistic interests; decades of devoted effort have produced a truly impressive collection of rejections. It wasn’t until his first acceptance by the online publication Bewildering Stories that Harry realized he might not be crazy after all. “My Name is Angela,” a Writers of the Future winner, was his first professional sale. Harry graduated with a BFA in Painting from Philadelphia College of Art. He lives in Prospect Park, PA with his beautiful and talented wife and a brood of brilliant kids. He works as a technical designer for a major aerospace corporation.
Shane Landry is a writer living in Colorado. He has a degree in Applied Physics, and his life is a series of adventures that have taken him as far as Japan and the South Pole in Antarctica. Learn more about him at www.shanelandrybooks.com.
Larry Hodges has over 90 short story sales and four novels, including When Parallel Lines Meet, which he co-wrote with Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, and Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions, which covers the election for President of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, with an incredulous alien ambassador along for the ride. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop, the 2007 Orson Scott Card Literary Boot Camp, the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop, and also has a bachelor's in math and a master's in journalism. In the world of nonfiction, he has 13 books and over 1800 published articles in over 150 different publications. He's also a professional table tennis coach, and claims to be the best science fiction writer in USA Table Tennis, and the best table tennis player in Science Fiction Writers of America! Visit him at larryhodges.com.
Josh Pearce works as an assistant editor and film reviewer at Locus magazine and lives in California with his wife and son. His writing has been featured in Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Nature.
Darren Speegle is the author of multiple books, including his upcoming collection, A Fierce and Fertile Tomorrow. Prisms, his second coedited anthology, is due from PS Publishing next year.
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.