Fiction & Fact:
Catherine Wells is the author of numerous novels and short stories of speculative fiction, including the AnLab Award-winning Best Novella of 2015, "Builders of Leaf Houses." For more about her books and short stories, visit http://www.catherine-wells.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.
Kenneth Schneyer teaches legal studies and literature at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. His short story “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” received a Nebula nomination and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award. Stillpoint Digital Press released his first collection, The Law & the Heart, in 2014. His stories appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, Daily Science Fiction, and in many podcasts. His work has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Czech. This story is his third sale to Analog.
Scott Edelman has published more than 85 short stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Twilight Zone, Dark Discoveries, MetaHorror, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, and many others. His collection of zombie fiction, What Will Come After, released in 2010, was a finalist for both the Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Memorial Award. His science fiction short stories have been collected in What We Still Talk About. He has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist six times. A collection of zombie novelettes titled Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them will be out soon from Written Backwards Press. Additionally, Edelman worked for the Syfy Channel for more than thirteen years as editor of Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, and Blastr. 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 F. Flynn debuted in Analog with “Slan Libh” (11/84) and has contributed regularly ever since. His stories have been nominated for the Hugo Award seven times, most recently for "The Journeyman: In the Stone House” and won the Theodore Sturgeon Award for “House of Dreams.” He won the first Robert A. Heinlein medal for his body of work. His twelve novels include the four-volume FIRESTAR series and the four-volume SPIRAL ARM series as well as the Hugo-nominated Eifelheim and the critically acclaimed The Wreck of “The River of Stars”. His third collection, Captive Dreams, includes three Analog stories and three new stories written for the collection. He is currently working on The Journeyman, a picaresque novel, and The Shipwrecks of Time, set in the alien world of 1965 Milwaukee.
Bud Sparhawk has been a frequent contributor to this magazine since 1992 and has had stories accepted by three successive ANALOG editors. He has put out several collections of his published works in ebook and print formats. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: http://budsparhawk.com. He also writes a weekly blog on the pain of writing at http://budsparhawk.blogspot.com.
James Sallis has published 17 novels including the source of the film Drive, multiple collections of stories and essays, four volumes of poetry, a landmark biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin. He’s received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière. His latest novel, Willnot, came out from Bloomsbury last year. He is one of F&SF's regular books columnists.
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.
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.
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.
S.L. Huang justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. She is the author of the Amazon-bestselling Russell’s Attic series, and her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, with credits including “Battlestar Galactica” and “Top Shot.” Online, she is cheerfully opinionated at www.slhuang.com and on Twitter as @sl_huang.
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.
Igor Teper is an author of fiction, poetry, and scientific essays, and a physicist who uses lasers to teach old atoms new tricks. His story “The Secret Number” was adapted into an award-winning short film of the same name, for which he co-wrote the screenplay. He lives with his wife and sons in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more about his writing, check out igorteper.com.
Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer is a computer scientist with writer aspirations. As a kid, he promised someday he’d write a publication-worthy sci-fi story to thank Isaac Asimov for all of Mr. Asimov’s awesome tales. After years of practice, Stephen finally has one, even though Mr. Asimov is no longer around to receive it. Stephen thanks the Taos Toolbox writers workshop for helping to refine this story.
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.
Jay O’Connell is a writer, artist, activist, human living in Cambridge MA with his wife, two kids, two cats, and eight zillion books. A graduate of Clarion West in the nineties, Jay quit writing for over a decade but returned in 2012 with a bunch of shorts and novellas in Asimov’s, F&SF, Interzone and Analog, fulfilling a life long dream. He blogs about his social media addiction and writing at www.jayoconnell.com, dreaming his life away, awaiting the singularity—or something equally entertaining. He thanks, profusely, his family and writing workshop, Griffins, for all their support.
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 iancreasey.com.
Paul Fisher holds a Ph.D. in physics and spent many years teaching university level physics and astronomy. He now works as a data analyst at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. As a child, he was inspired to study science by watching the Apollo program and by reading stories in Analog.
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.
Ken Poyner’s latest collection of short, wiry fiction, “Constant Animals”, and his latest collections of poetry - “Victims of a Failed Civics” and “The Book of Robot” - can be obtained from Barking Moose Press, at www.barkingmoosepress.com, or Amazon at www.amazon.com, or Sundial Books at www.sundialbooks.net. He often serves as strange, bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. His poetry of late has been sunning in “Analog,” “Asimov’s,” “Poet Lore,” “The Kentucky Review”; and his fiction has yowled in “Spank the Carp,” “Red Truck,” “Café Irreal,” “Bellows American Review.” His personal web can be found at www.kpoyner.com.
A professor emeritus of English from Santa Clara University, Fred White enjoys writing across the spectrum of genres. He especially enjoys writing speculative poetry and fiction, searching for new ways to highlight the human dimensions of even exotic scientific concepts like quantum entanglement. Fred’s recent publications include poetry in Event Horizon, The Cape Rock, and Euphony; fiction in Aphelion, Every Day Fiction, and Five 2 One; and nonfiction in Gemini, Southwest Review, and Writer’s Digest. His books include The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus and the forthcoming Writing Flash Fiction. He lives near Sacramento, CA.
Brendan DuBois is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels and over 150 short stories. His latest science fiction novel, RED VENGEANCE, was published by Baen Books this past June. 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 www.BrendanDuBois.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.