Fiction and Fact:
Evan Marcroft is an up-and-coming speculative fiction writer from California currently residing in Chicago with his wife. Evan uses his expensive degree in literary criticism to do menial data entry, and dreams of writing for video games, but will settle for literature instead. His works of science fiction, fantasy, and spine-curdling horror can be found in a variety of venues, such as Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Asimov’s SF. Check out his website at evan-marcroft.squarespace.com for more, and follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Marcroft.
Grey Rollins writes because: “I get, well, ‘imagination worms.’ They’re like ear worms, except they’re images of an alien dancing, a raging storm, or perhaps just two people talking. The scene goes ‘round and ‘round in my head until I write it down. Back in the ‘90s, Analog was kind enough to publish nearly fifty of my stories; no one told me to stop. Now that my children are old enough to wipe their own bottoms, I can return to writing. You have been warned.”
A.P. Hawkins lives in Houston, TX with her husband, their cat, and an ever-growing collection of houseplants. After studying ecology in college and graduate school, she decided to change tracks and pursue her longtime enjoyment of writing fiction as a career. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, hiking, playing video games, and running tabletop role-playing games for her friends. Check her out on social media to keep up with her writing and other various endeavors.
J.M. Swenson considers his writing to be Weird Cli-Fi, Post-Science Fiction, or Mystical Realism. When he is not pondering the deep-time journeys of Life on Earth, what it’s like to be a raven or an octopus, or how Homo sapiens might continue to evolve into unfathomable new creatures, he can be found facilitating support groups for climate grief and anxiety. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he loves to boardgame and roleplay, hike, garden, and explore the more-than-human world.
Brad McNaughton is a full time software developer and part-time writer from Adelaide, Australia. Like all part time writers he is working on a trilogy about a private investigator (his can smell the future). You can visit bradism.com for more words, stories and observations on life.
Brenda Kalt was born in Arkansas and grew up in the Deep South. With an M.A. in Spanish literature, her career includes library assistant, technical writer, and software tester. Her fiction has appeared in Analog, F&SF, and Galaxy’s Edge, among other places. She lives with her husband and cat in central North Carolina.
Marissa Lingen is a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy short stories. She lives in the Minneapolis area, on the oldest bedrock in North America.
M. Bennardo lives in a split-level house in Kent, Ohio. His stories have recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mystery Weekly, and others. Occasionally he considers visiting the polar bears in their natural habitat, but he is far too comfortable where he is for now.
Mary E. Lowd is a prolific science fiction and furry writer in Oregon. She’s had more than 170 stories and a half dozen novels published, always with more on the way. Her work has won numerous awards, and she’s received more nominations for Ursa Major Awards than any other individual. She is also the founder and editor of Zooscape, an e-zine of fantastic furry fiction. Learn more at www.marylowd.com.
A John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for his novel Brute Orbits, George Zebrowski is also the author of the classic Macrolife and other novels. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Nature, Asimov’s SF, Analog, World Literature Today, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Free Inquiry, Omni, Amazing, Science Fiction Age, and several collections. He has edited many notable anthologies and his works are available at https://openroadmedia.com.
Gregor Hartmann has always been fond of elephants. He grew up in Kentucky, which was home to mammoths thousands of years ago, where their bones can still be found. He follows with great interest the efforts of scientists to recreate the species, and looks forward to seeing woolly mammoths at a nature preserve. Dire wolves, on the other hand, he can do without.
Eric Del Carlo makes his fourth appearance in Analog with a story belonging to, in his words, “that narrow band of science fiction which is the starship stowaway subgenre.” His short fiction has also appeared in Clarkesworld and Asimov’s. For questions and comments find him on Facebook at facebook.com/eric.delcarlo.
Clancy Weeks is a composer by training, with over two-dozen published works for wind ensemble and orchestra, and an author only in his fevered imagination. Having read science fiction and fantasy for over fifty years, he said, “what the hell, I can do that,” and proceeded to prove this writing thing is much harder than it looks. His first rejection letter, however, came at the tender age of nine from what was then known as Dell Publishing for a story about dolphins taking over the world. To date, he has published four novels, a handful of short stories, and one anthology. His latest published novel, The Maker’s Son, is available in print, ebook and Audible formats. He has lived his entire life in Texas and now spends most of his time writing, reading, or hiding in the bathroom from his amazing wife and above-average son.
Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction 2016, and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flametree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk.
This is Mario Milosevic’s second appearance in Analog. His stories have also been in Asimov’s, Interzone, Hitchcock’s, and many others. His novels include The Last Giant, Terrastina and Mazolli: A Novel in 99-Word Episodes, Claypot Dreamstance, and Kyle’s War. He is also a poet with three collections to his credit: Fantasy Life, Animal Life, and Love Life. He lives in the desert Southwest of the United States. Mario’s day job is writing grants for non-profits. mariowrites.com.
Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer is a computer scientist who works as a software engineer to pay the bills. This story, his second for Analog, grew out of his conversations with other engineers (hardware and software) about the difficulties of group projects and different ways of handling team recruiting. Any similarities to any specific coworkers of his are purely in the reader’s imagination!
Pittsburgh author Timons Esaias teaches at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. His poetry appears in markets ranging from Asimov’s to 5AM and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. Recent fiction appearances include stories in Asimov’s, Analog, and Lightspeed.
Marie Vibbert is the software developer for digital library applications at Case Western Reserve University. Her debut novel, “Galactic Hellcats” comes out in December of 2020. This article is Marie’s 8th appearance in Analog, which means she needs to update her statistics.
Edward M. Wysocki, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Now retired, he was employed for more than 30 years by Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin. His first sale to Analog was “Making Waves: The Inventions of John W. Campbell” in the January/February 2020 issue, which he co-authored with Alec Nevala-Lee. His most recent book, Out of This World Ideas: And the Inventions They Inspired, is available from Amazon. His website is www.emwysocki.com.
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.
Larry Niven is the author of Ringworld, the co-author of The Mote in God's Eye and Lucifer's Hammer, the editor of the Man-Kzin War series, and has written or co-authored over 50 books. He is a five-time winner of the Hugo Award, along with a Nebula and numerous others.
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.