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

A former aerospace engineer who helped launch three interplanetary space probes, Wil McCarthy is a serial technology entrepreneur who holds patents in seven countries, including twenty-nine in the U.S. He has published ten books, dozens of stories (including ten in Analog), and hundreds of nonfiction articles, and his fictional world of P2 (from the novel Lost in Transmission) was rated one of the ten best science fiction planets of all time by Discover magazine.

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, and his Facebook author page is at

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.

Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, two sons, two dogs and one very fat cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Abyss and Apex among others. The third book in her young adult sci-fi series The Travels of Scout Shannon will be out in March 2018. She can be found online at

Robert Reed is the author of nearly 300 stories and novels. He won a Hugo for the novella, “A Billion Eves,” published in Asimov's SF October/November 2006. His novella, “Truth,” has been made into a small, intense film called PRISONER X. Among Reed's recent efforts is a giant alternate history novel in four pieces. THE TRIALS OF QUENTIN MAURUS can be found only on Kindle Books and Amazon. “Luscinia” is his first sale to Analog.

Marie Vibbert is an IT professional in Cleveland, Ohio. She played defensive end for the Cleveland Fusion women's tackle football team and has ridden 17% of the roller coasters in North America. Her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Escape Pod. Her dad recently retired from Laborer's Local 310. The hand-crushing injury was his, and he really did duct-tape it because worker's comp doesn't cover time off the job.

Best known for his work on the original Transformers and G.I. Joe, Buzz Dixon has put words in the mouths of characters as diverse as Batman and Buck Rogers, Superman and Scrooge McDuck, Thundarr and Mr. T. His YA adventure novel, Poor Banished Children Of Eve, is available through Amazon. A fan since his early teens, “While You Sleep, Computer Mice™ Earn Their Keep” marks the culmination of a fifty-year ambition to sell a story to Analog. Here’s hoping his next sale won’t take as long!

Sam J. Miller is the author of The Art of Starving and the forthcoming Blackfish City. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and other venues. You can find him on the web at

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based writer for comics and prose, the most recent of which is "Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared," a guide to the history of early aviation and the physics of flight. She's currently working on "The Mars Challenge," which details the difficulties and potential future of human spaceflight, and “Chronin," a historical science fiction duology about timetraveling undergraduates. She tweets as @AliWilgus and you can find many of her comics and stories at

Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. This is his fifth appearance in Analog; his last story for us was “No Strangers Any More” in July/August 2016. He has also published numerous stories in our sister magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, most recently “After the Atrocity” in March/April 2017. For more information, please visit his website at

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.

William Ledbetter is a 2016 Nebula Award winner with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and nonfiction articles published in markets such as Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Writers of the Future, and the SFWA blog. He's been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. Find out more at

James Benford is President of Microwave Sciences, which deals with high power Microwave systems from conceptual designs to hardware. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, he has written 150 scientific papers and nine books on physics topics, including the textbook, High Power Microwaves, now in its 3rd Edition and Starship Century, about interstellar exploration. He is a consultant on the Starshot Project.

Dominic Benford is an astrophysicist at NASA, where he has worked on mission concepts for advanced space telescopes and on scientific instruments operating at wavelengths ranging from the millimeter-wave to the infrared. An author of over 100 refereed publications, his primary responsibility is in overseeing the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST), NASA’s major astronomy facility for the late 2020s.

Tim McDaniel teaches English as a Second Language at Green River College, not far from Seattle. His short stories, mostly comedic, have appeared in a number of SF/F magazines, including F&SF and Asimov's. He lives with his wife, dog, and cat, and his collection of plastic dinosaurs is the envy of all who encounter it. His author page at is

John Richard Trtek trained to be an astrophysicist, but in graduate school decided he lacked the temperament and abilities for research. Returning to his native Oregon, he instead pursued a career as a high school physics teacher. An ancient graduate of Clarion West from 1987, he has spent retirement engaged in volunteer work and once again writing in earnest. He currently lives in Portland with his wife Ellen and two cats.

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, F&SF, Interzone, Lightspeed, and several Year's Best anthologies. She has won the Elgin Award and the Rhysling Award for her poetry, and, in August 2017, had 119 haiku in Science, one for each element of the periodic table. She has an antiquated website at

William Shunn's three dozen works of short fiction have appeared everywhere from Asimov's to Salon, and have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Awards. His memoir The Accidental Terrorist, which intertwines his youthful misadventures with an irreverent biography of Joseph Smith, appeared in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Association for Mormon Letters Award. He currently serves on the XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council, and he hosts and produces the monthly Line Break Reading Series near his home in Astoria, Queens. Learn more at



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:

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