Fiction & Fact:
Dan Helms is a writer and consultant living in northern Virginia. His writing focus is hard science fiction with an emphasis on how science and technology impact normal human behavior, although he occasionally strays into speculative, historical, and fantastic fiction. He has written numerous technical articles, white papers, and a textbook in addition to his first calling, science fiction. Recent publications include Night Shift Radio's Storyteller Series. He can be found on the web at danhelms.net. This is his first appearance in Analog.
Deborah L. Davitt’s short fiction has appeared in Flame Tree anthologies, and now Analog. For more about her work, including her novels, short stories, and her poetry collection, The Gates of Never, please see www.edda-earth.com.
Nick Wolven’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Clarkesworld, and is forthcoming in multiple best-of-the-year anthologies. His personal website is nickthewolven.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickwolven.
J. Northcutt, Jr. has spent the last while scuttling around the world with a duffel on his back like some fleshy crab, doing whatever it is an army medic does. He is hoping soon to settle in the North Carolina forest where he can read by the fire with a lap full of dogs.
Norman Spinrad has been publishing novels stories for over half a century and has not had a nine-to-five salaried job since 1965. In addition to some 25 novels and 100 stories, he has written two produced feature films, the classic Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine,” film criticism, political commentary, and about three decades of literary criticism for Asimov’s. Recently published novels are The People’s Police and Osama The Gun. Written songs, sang them for money, have not given up day job though. Now living in Paris with Dona Sadock.
Charles Quixote Choi is a science journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science, Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, Inside Science, Wired.com and Space.com, among others. He has also traveled to every continent and holds the rank of yondan in the Toyama-ryu battodo style of Japanese swordsmanship. His first sale to a science fiction magazine can be found in this very issue of Analog.
Harry Turtledove earned a PhD in Byzantine history from UCLA, and has used it mostly to make his fiction seem more plausible. He writes alternate history, other SF, fantasy (often historically based) and sometimes historical fiction. His latest book, a contemporary supernatural thriller called Alpha and Omega, came from Del Rey in July 2020. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fellow writer Laura Frankos, and three spoiled cats. They have three daughters and two granddaughters.
Jay Werkheiser teaches chemistry and physics. Pretty much all the time. His stories are sneaky devices to allow him to talk about science in a (sort of) socially acceptable way. Much to his surprise, the editors of Analog and various other magazines, e-zines, and anthologies have found a few of his stories worth publishing. Many of those story ideas came from nerdy discussions with his daughter or his students. He really should keep an updated blog and author page, but he mostly wastes his online time on Facebook or, occasionally, other social media.
Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, SFF writer, and Hugo Award finalist as assistant editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. He lives in St. Louis with three cats and a spacefaring wife. He’s never made a cyborg bird-drone, and he hasn’t created any cyborg monkeys since at least 2008. His short stories have appeared in magazines including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Fiction, and more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.
Sandy Parsons’ recent stories can be found in Zooscape, Alternative Apocalypse, and StarShipSofa. When not writing Sandy works as an anesthetist in Georgia and is an associate editor at Escape Pod. More information and links to stories can be found at www.sandyparsons.com
Daniel James Peterson is a philosopher, writer, and non-profit executive director living in Decatur, Georgia. He teaches philosophy at Morehouse College and has published academic papers on a variety of topics including the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of education. This is his second short story in Analog. More information on his educational nonprofit, Mind Bubble, can be found at mindbubble.org, and you can learn more about Dan at danieljamespeterson.com.
Em Liu grew up in Palm Beach, Florida and has lived in the American Southwest, the Midwest, New England, and Japan. She now resides with her husband and son in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area, where she researches financial systems by day and devises magic systems by night. In addition to Analog, her work has appeared in Fireside Magazine, Mysterion, and others. Follow her online at www.emliuwriting.com or on Twitter as @EmLiuWriting.
Jerry Oltion has been writing science fiction since the age of six, and getting it published for the last forty years or so. The majority of his short fiction has appeared right here in Analog, with "Rite of Passage" marking his 97th story in these pages. Jerry also writes a regular science column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and a regular column on amateur telescope making for Sky & Telescope magazine.
Douglas P. Marx is an artist and writer from Chicago. He currently lives in southern Mexico, but travels to Asia several times a year to soak in the culture and recharge his creative batteries. He is currently working on a historical fantasy novel, several short stories, and a couple novellas. "Changing Eyes" is his first published science fiction story.
anne m. gibson is a ux designer and general troublemaker just close enough to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to think a wander through a revolutionary battlefield is not noteworthy. She writes science fiction and fantasy, runs a small publication about web design, plays competitive pinball, and watches Jack Russell terriers destroy things.
Michael Meyerhofer is the author of the Dragonkin Trilogy, the Godsfall Trilogy, and several books of poetry. An active member of the SFWA, his work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Analog, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Strange Horizons, and other journals. He currently lives in California, next to a large but friendly cactus. For more info and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit wytchfire.com (fantasy/sci-fi) or troublewithhammers.com (poetry).
By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical research at The Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His short fiction has most recently appeared in: Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as: Stupefying Stories and Black Library. Feel free to visit him at: evandicken.com.
Brian Rappatta hails from the American Midwest, but currently resides in South Korea. His short fiction in multiple genres has appeared in various anthologies and venues such as Shock Totem, Writers of the Future, and Amazing Stories, and has been podcasted on various fiction podcasts such as Curiosities and Tales to Terrify.
Raymund Eich’s most popular works are military science fiction series The Confederated Worlds and science fiction espionage series the Stone Chalmers. His latest novel of deep space suspense, The Reincarnation Run, was published in October 2019 by CV-2 Books. His website is http://raymundeich.com.
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.
Julie Nováková is a scientist, educator, and award-winning Czech author of science fiction and detective stories. She published seven novels, one anthology, one story collection and over thirty short pieces in Czech. Her work in English appeared in Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and elsewhere, and has been reprinted e.g. in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019. Her works have been translated into eight languages so far, and she translates Czech stories into English (in Tor.com, Strange Horizons, F&SF). She edited an anthology of Czech speculative fiction in translation, Dreams From Beyond, coedited a book of European SF in Filipino translation, Haka, and created an outreach anthology of astrobiological SF, Strangest of All. Julie's newest book is a story collection titled The Ship Whisperer (Arbiter Press, 2020). She is a recipient of the European fandom’s Encouragement Award and multiple Czech national genre awards. She’s active in science outreach, education and nonfiction writing, and coleads the outreach group of the European Astrobiology Institute. She’s a member of the XPRIZE Sci-fi Advisory Council.
Marie DesJardin writes humorous to dramatic fiction, from novels to screenplays, about subjects past, present, and future. Favorite things include animals, the outdoors, and travel—she's visited over 30 countries pre-pandemic. She is a Story Quest award winner and a finalist in the 2017 AnLab Readers' Choice Awards. Marie lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking in the mountains when they’re not on fire.
Martin Dimkovski lives on Vancouver Island and works as a strategist for AI and technology R&D programs, in particular for social-purpose organizations. His education is across computer science, cognitive sciences, and sociology, including a decade in graduate departments working on AI with a focus on biological relevance and social impacts. Martin is passionate about social innovation.
Analog regular Rosemary Claire Smith has had fiction in Amazing Stories, Fantastic Stories, and elsewhere. Her interactive fiction adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. She’s been blogging at rosemaryclairesmith.wordpress.com/blogging-the-mesozoic for at least 156 million years. Follow her @RCWordsmith.
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.