Fiction and Fact:
Adam-Troy Castro's twenty-seven books to date include among others four Spider-Man novels, three novels about his profoundly damaged far-future murder investigator Andrea Cort, and six middle-grade novels about the dimension-spanning adventures of that very strange but very heroic young boy Gustav Gloom. Adam’s most recent and most expansive collection is the Skyboat Media audiobook, My Wife Hates Time Travel and Other Stories. Adam’s works have won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, two Hugos, the World Fantasy Award, and, internationally, the Ignotus (Spain), the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), and the Kurd-Laßwitz Preis (Germany). He lives in Florida with his wife Judi and three chaotic paladin cats.
James Van Pelt is a full-time writer in western Colorado. His work has appeared in many science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in several year’s best collections. His omnibus collection, The Best of James Van Pelt, containing work from three decades of publishing, is being released from Fairwood Press in November. James blogs at www.jamesvanpelt.com, and he can be found on Facebook.
John J. Vester has appeared in these pages a small but growing number of times, in fiction as well as non-fiction. Happily retired, he now has more time for his hobbies and his grandson, and writing. For several years he has volunteered at JP Aerospace, American’s other space program, the subject of his 2019 fact article, “The Venus Sweet Spot: Floating Home,” the winner of the 2019 AnLab readers poll for best fact article.
M. L. Clark is an editor, educator, and writer of speculative fictions. Canadian by birth, Clark is now based in Medellín, Colombia, and wakes to the sight of mountains every day.
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. You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com.
Sean McMullen lives in Melbourne, worked as a laboratory technician while an undergraduate, then spent three decades in scientific computing while running a parallel career as a science fiction author. He has had 120 books and stories published and has won over a dozen awards, as well as having Hugo and BSFA award nominations. Sean's History of New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy, coauthored with Simon Litten, was published online in July 2020. His daughter is the award-winning SF and horror screenwriter, Catherine S. McMullen. Online, Sean is at www.seanmcmullen.net.au.
Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her fiction has also appeared in Fireside, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod; she also coedits Translunar Travelers Lounge, a magazine of fun and optimistic speculative fiction. Her novellas “Local Star” and “Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters” are forthcoming from Interstellar Flight Press and Tor.com respectively.
Jacob C. Cockcroft is a professor and speech-language pathologist whose family owned and operated an independent bookstore for twenty years in Little Rock, Arkansas. His previous dystopian work “The Last Poet” was featured in Gemini Literary Magazine’s 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. He avidly pursues interests in etymology, historical linguistics, and constructed languages.
Beth Goder works as an archivist, processing the papers of economists, scientists, and other interesting folks. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Escape Pod, Fireside, Flash Fiction Online, Nature, and Rich Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy. You can find her online at http://www.bethgoder.com.
The trade paperback edition of Stephen S. Power's novel, The Dragon Round, is now available from Simon & Schuster. His short fiction has appeared most recently at Future SF and Kanstellation and will soon appear in Hybrid Fiction and New Myths. He tweets at @stephenspower, and his site is stephenspower.com.
Wang Yuan is a science fiction author living in Hebei, China. His works have been published in ZUI Found, One, and Kedo. He co-wrote the novel Survivors of the Game with Lv Momo. His story “Painter of Stars” was translated for and appeared in Clarkesworld. He won two Kedo Light-Year Award first prizes in the long and short-form science fiction categories, and a Morningstar Award for best novelette. He loves soccer and movies.
Andy Dudak's translations of Chinese science fiction are in (or forthcoming in) Clarkesworld, Apex, Asimov's, and Pathlight Magazine. His originals have been in Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Interzone, and elsewhere. He enjoys Hui Muslim style cold noodles in sesame sauce.
Dan Reade lives in southern California with his amazing spouse and what is objectively the world's cutest dog. He teaches writing and literature at Norco College.
Like all of us, Joel Richards is working from home to expand the e-commerce arm of his company, ArchRival Sports, so as to get running shoes to as many of his customers as he can in hopes that we can all hit the trails soon. He's also revisiting the universe of his last Analog yarn, "Q-Ship Militant," and its characters, Imago, Calderon, and DiNardo, toward leading them on to further deep space adventures.
Jay Werkheiser has been writing science fiction since he was old enough to hold a crayon. He began writing professionally in 2009, when Stan Schmidt bought his story "Thanksgiving Day" for Analog. He is now closing in on thirty published stories, most appearing in Analog. When he's not writing, you can usually find him talking about chemistry. As a teacher that's his job, but he's never let that stop him from rambling on about nerdy science stuff outside the classroom as well. You can find him online, mostly posting inconsequential nonsense, on Facebook, MeWe, Twitter, and a million other social media platforms.
Alan Dean Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several “Best of the Year” compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 130 books. Foster's work includes hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has written numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, and both Transformers films.
James Sallis’ latest novel, Sarah Jane, is just out from Soho Press, with new editions of all six Lew Griffin novels due by year's end. Recent stories appeared in Asimov's, Ellery Queen's, and North Dakota Quarterly; he has for many years contributed a regular books column to F&SF.
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London but has lived in Pittsburgh for over 20 years. She writes both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, Daily SF, F&SF, and Science. Her two latest poetry books are quite different: Elemental Haiku contains 119 haiku for the periodic table, whereas The Sign of the Dragon is an epic fantasy. Website: http://www.marysoonlee.com.
After leaving molecular biology, Derek Künsken worked with street kids in Central America before finding himself in the Canadian foreign service. The House of Styx is set in the same universe as his Analog story “Persephone Descending,” his Asimov's story “Schools of Clay,” the novel The Quantum Magician and its sequel, The Quantum Garden. The House of Styx is now available in ebook and audio formats while the hardcover will be out in April 2021.
Sheila Williams is the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction. She was Analog’s executive editor from 1998—2004.
John G. Cramer’s 2016 nonfiction book describing his transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics, The Quantum Handshake—Entanglement, Nonlocality, and Transactions (Springer, January 2016), is available online as a hardcover or eBook at: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319246406 or https://www.amazon.com/dp/3319246402. Editions of John’s hard SF novels Twistor and Einstein’s Bridge are available online at: https://www.amazon.com/Twistor-John-Cramer/dp/048680450X and https://www.amazon.com/Einsteins-Bridge-John-Cramer/dp/0380788314. Electronic reprints of 207 or more “The Alternate View” columns written by John G. Cramer and previously published in Analog are currently available online at: http://www.npl.washington.edu/av.
A collection of Richard A. Lovett’s fact articles, Here Be There Dragons, is available on amazon.com in print and Kindle, as are ebooks of some of his features on how to write short stories, plus a growing collection of his science fiction.
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.