Fiction & Fact:
J.T. Sharrah had a perfectly ordinary childhood. When his evil younger brother usurped the throne, he escaped from the palace through an underground tunnel and made his way to the harbor where he stowed away aboard a pirate ship bound for. . . . What’s that? You suspect he’s strayed from the truth? Okay. Guilty as charged, but what did you expect? He writes fiction. He’s a professional liar.
The truth? He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He became a voracious reader when he discovered science fiction and fantasy novels. He attended the University of Colorado. He subsequently taught at CU: Greek and Roman history. He began taking Taekwondo lessons during my junior year in college, became the assistant instructor of CU Taekwondo, and eventually served for three years as the head instructor. He also worked in the hotel industry—as a bookkeeper and front desk manager. He retired in the year 2000 to devote himself to his first love: writing science fiction.
Dave Creek’s Analog stories all take place in a common future history, often focusing on series characters such as Mike Christopher (“Pathways,” “The Unfinished Man”) and Chanda Kasmira (“Splendor’s Laws,” “Splendor’s Truth”). Dave is also the author of a novel, Some Distant Shore, which is an expansion of an Analog cover story, and the short story collections A Glimpse Of Splendor and The Human Equations, which bring together both stories from Analog and some previously unpublished stories. You can find out more about Dave’s work at www.davecreek.net, on Facebook at Fans of Dave Creek, and on Twitter, @DaveCreek.
Josh Pearce works as an assistant editor and film reviewer at Locus magazine and lives in California with his wife and son. His writing has been featured in Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Nature.
Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. His novels include The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin, and his stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oak Park, Illinois, and he blogs daily at www.nevalalee.com.
Bruce McAllister grew up in a peripatetic Navy family with an officer father involved in classified Cold War science and engineering assignments. Bruce’s first exposure to science fiction was a 1959 issue of Astounding (and its remarkable story by the late Ralph Williams—”Cat and Mouse”), which changed him forever. Bruce’s short stories have appeared over the years in many of the field’s leading magazines and “year’s best” volumes and have been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. His books include the science fiction collection The Girl Who Loved Animals and the novels Dream Baby and The Village Sang To The Sea: A Memoir Of Magic. He lives in southern California with his wife, choreographer Amelie Hunter, and has three marvelously grown children—Liz, Ben, and Annie.
Mary E. Lowd writes stories and collects creatures. She’s had three novels and more than seventy short stories published so far. Her fiction has won an Ursa Major Award and two Cóyotl Awards. Meanwhile, she’s collected a husband, daughter, son, bevy of cats and dogs, and the occasional fish. The stories, creatures, and Mary live together in a crashed spaceship disguised as a house, hidden in a rose garden in Oregon. Learn more at www.marylowd.com.
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 bibliography can be found at: http://budsparhawk.com. He also writes a weekly blog on the pain of writing at http://budsparhawk.blogspot.com.
Edward M. Lerner is the author of the InterstellarNet series and many standalone SF novels, and coauthor of the Fleet of Worlds series. His 2015 novel InterstellarNet: Enigma won the inaugural Canopus Award “honoring excellence in interstellar writing.” His fiction has also been nominated for Locus, Prometheus, and Hugo awards. In addition, he writes about science and SF, most notably Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction (2018). Lerner’s authorial web site is edwardmlerner.com.
Phoebe Barton is a trans science fiction author who grew up in the snowbelt and lives in Toronto, so she knows a thing or two about ice. Her work has also appeared in Analog, On Spec, Future Science Fiction, and multiple anthologies. Connect with her at phoebebartonsf.com or on Twitter at @aphoebebarton. This story is a follow-up to one of her previous Analog efforts, “Where the Flock Wanders” (May/June 2017).
Eric Cline’s stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Galaxy’s Edge (edited by Mike Resnick), and other places. He was a Writers of the Future finalist, appearing in volume 29. His story “Elizabethtown” (Galaxy’s Edge, November 2015), in which George Armstrong Custer fights the Ku Klux Klan, was a finalist for the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History (short form). He lives in Maryland with his wife and greyhound.
Cynthia Ward has sold stories to Analog, Asimov’s, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Nightmare, Weird Tales, and other magazines and anthologies. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes One and Two (WolfSinger Publications). With Nisi Shawl, she co-created the Writing the Other fiction writers workshop and coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). Her short novels, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess and The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, are available from Aqueduct Press. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is not working on a screenplay.
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator, and anthologist from Brooklyn, NY. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and 2017). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His latest collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories, was published in 2018. His website is www.alexshvartsman.com.
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.
Guy Stewart is a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, science teacher, guidance counselor, and writer—all rolled into one! With publications in Analog, Stupefying Stories, Cricket and Cicada, Shoreline of Infinity, Turtle, The Writer, and podcasts on Cast of Wonders, he writes science fiction, science experiments, historical fiction, and lots of essays. Residing in snow-packed Minnesota, he camps, bikes, and writes a blog at http://faithandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/.
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. She writes both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Daily SF, F&SF, and Science. She has an antiquated website at http://www.marysoonlee.com and tweets at @MarySoonLee.
Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian SF novel The Guardener’s Tale. His poems and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications and have received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For more info, please visit http://bruceboston.com/.
David Ebenbach is the author of six books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including the new novel Miss Portland (winner of the Orison Fiction Prize) and the new story collection The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and other stories (winner of the Juniper Prize). I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in writing from Vermont College, and I teach creative writing at Georgetown University. You can find out more at davidebenbach.com.
Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award-winning London based writer. His short story “Ana,” appears in Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (NewCon Press) and his twisted fantasy collection, “Happy Ending Not Guaranteed,” is published by Arachne Press. Find out more at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk/, or tweet @LiamJHogan.
Harry Turtledove’s first Analog story, “Herbig-Haro,” ran in the October 1984 issue, under the byline “Eric G. Iverson.” He’s appeared here more often than in any other magazine. His most recent novel, Through Darkest Europe, came out from Tor last September. It looks at a world where Islam developed science, technology, and representative government while Western Europe stagnated because of religious enthusiasm. Del Rey will publish a contemporary supernatural thriller called Alpha and Omega this July.
Frank Smith is a writer and amateur photographer based in Austin, Texas. While his stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Awl, and other publications, he is most proud of parenting two tiny humans. His fiction and non-fiction tends to focus on environmentalism and issues of sustainability. For more information, visit www.frank-smith.com.
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and is forthcoming from Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com.
Joshua Cole got his start as the creator of Bobbin Cranbud Presents, writing serials and parodies. Since then he’s written novels, short fiction, articles and web content. He’s designed games, built websites, and found any other excuse he could to interface between keyboard and word processor. Today, you can find his urban fantasy heist novel, The Fox Who Stole Hong Kong, on Amazon, and the rest of his content through his website, JoshuaAndrewCole.com. He lives in Denver, Colorado, surrounded by far too many squirrels.
John J. Vester has worked in printing, graphic arts and as an analyst for California’s State Architect. Now retired, he spends more time hiking in the Sierras, and woodworking. A space buff since childhood, John was present at a last Shuttle launch and Spacex’s first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. John lives in Rancho Cordova and volunteers for JP Aerospace. After making a minor splash in Analog a long time ago, his Muse has come back from vacation and, to his own surprise, John now has a book looking for a home.
Joe M. McDermott is the author of nine books including The Fortress at the End of Time, We Leave Together, and Straggletaggle. Find him at patreon at patreon.com/jmmcdermott for original stories and poems.
Richard A. Lovett is one of the most prolific contributors in Analog history. He’s also a journalist with close to 3,500 articles to his credit. Many are science, but he’s worn many other hats. “One of the joys of journalism,” he says, “is that it’s perfect for people who can’t decide what they want to do when they grow up.” He has two Analog-related books. Phantom Sense and Other Stories is a fiction collection written with fellow Analog mainstay Mark Niemann-Ross. Here Be There Dragons: Exploring the Fringes of Human Knowledge, contains eighteen of his more popular Analog fact articles. Find him on Facebook or at www.richardalovett.com.
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: https://sfwa.org/members/stanleyschmidt.
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.