Fiction & Fact
Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer whose subject matter often explores the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. Her stories have appeared in Wired, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Analog, and Apex Magazine, and been reprinted in several anthologies including The New Voices of Science Fiction and The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a lifelong Midwesterner, and currently lives in Des Moines.
Born in 1961 in Great Britain, Neal Asher now divides his time between there and the island of Crete. An SF and fantasy junky since his mind was distorted by JRRT, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and E C Tubb, Neal decided, early on, to focus on an interest inclusive of others: writing. His first full-length SF novel, Gridlinked, came out in 2001 from Pan Macmillan, and he now has about 30 books published across the world. And for this story, his thanks to “Reason” of fightaging.org for many informative articles on this subject, and for passing an eye over the typescript. http://theskinner.blogspot.com/; http://nealsher.co.uk.
Meghan Feldman grew up in rural southern Maryland. After studying physics and astronomy in Washington state, she moved to Texas to work for a NASA contractor. In her free time, she can be found dabbling in watercolor, playing violin, bouldering, and social distancing. “Dancing on Spun Sugar” is her first publication in a science fiction magazine.
Tessa Fisher is a PhD candidate and possibly the world’s only openly trans lesbian astrobiologist. When not doing science, she enjoys burlesque dancing, singing in her city’s LGBT women’s chorus, yoga, and writing LGBT-positive science fiction and fantasy. Her work has appeared in Vulture Bones, Fireside Magazine, VOIDJUNK, and Baffling Magazine, as well as the Rosalind’s Siblings and Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters anthologies. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona, along with her wife, and a fairly aloof bearded dragon. You can find her on Twitter @spacermase.
M.T. Reiten served in the military, with deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan, and works as a scientist at a national lab proving that there is such a thing as too much research for writing science fiction. He practiced aikido before COVID, makes pizza, and lives in New Mexico with his beautiful wife and wonderful daughter. A Writers of the Future winner, he has published stories in several anthologies to include S. M. Stirling’s The Change and won the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award in 2020. (www.mtreiten.com)
Tom Jolly is a retired engineer who spends his time writing SF and fantasy, designing board games, and creating obnoxious puzzles. His stories have appeared in Analog SF, Daily Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, New Myths, and a number of anthologies. His fantasy novel, An Unusual Practice, is available from Amazon, in addition to collections of short stories. He lives in Santa Maria, California, with his wife Penny in a place where mountain lions and black bears still visit. You can discover more of his stories at www.silcom.com/~tomjolly/tomjolly2.htm.
Terry Franklin has had stories published in Final Frontier and Absolute Magnitude, and recently completed a nerdy, near-future, science fiction novel. He’s been a regular panelist and staffer at Arisia, Pi Con, ConBust, and at one WorldCon. He lives in Amherst, MA and is known to frequent the weekly seminars at many of the UMass natural science departments. (And not just for the refreshments.) He is also active in politics, most often with cutting edge candidates such as Vermin Supreme and Lord Buckethead.
Kelly Lagor is a genomics scientist by day and a speculative fiction writer by night. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various places, such as Tor.com, Uncanny, and Locus Magazine, and you can find her tweeting and blogging about all kinds of nonsense @klagor and at kellylagor.com. She lives in San Diego.
Sara Kate Ellis is a Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow and attended the Milford Science Fiction Workshop in 2017. Her stories have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Visions, Fusion Fragment, and Space and Time (under Kate Ellis). She is currently an assistant professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, where she lives with her partner and an ornery street cat. She likes soba.
Tim Stevens is an automotive and technology journalist with more than twenty years of experience. His work has sent him around the globe many times and he does much of his writing in uncomfortable seats at 30,000 feet. “Alone in the Cold” is his first professional fiction publication. Find him online at http://timstevens.me and on Twitter @Tim_Stevens.
Michael Adam Robson is an engineer and artist living in Vancouver, Canada. He made a career in software, from AAA games to indie mobile apps, but currently deals more with hardware and automation, working to make us all obsolete. A frequent contributor of flash fiction in Nature’s Futures and Daily Science Fiction, he’s also had longer stories published in Constellary Tales and Dark Matter.
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.
Steve Toase writes regularly for Fortean Times and Folklore Thursday. His fiction has recently appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Shadows & Tall Trees 8, Nox Pareidolia, and Lackington’s. Three of his stories have been republished in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year anthologies. His first short story collection To Drown In Dark Water is due out from Undertow Publications in April 2021. Steve lives in Munich, and likes old motorbikes and vintage cocktails. You can keep up to date with his work via his Patreon https://www.patreon.com/stevetoase and @stevetoase.
Bond Elam has worked in healthcare, the trucking business, and software development—jobs that have taken him from New York City to Atlanta to the high plains of Colorado and Wyoming. He currently lives in southwestern Ohio, where his writing has focused more and more on the nature of consciousness—which, he believes, is not nearly as magical as it sometimes seems, and not nearly as big a part of us as we might like to believe.
Beth McMillan is studying for a doctorate in computational cardiac toxicology and lives with her partner and cat in Oxford. She has had articles published in The Huffington Post, Times Higher Education, and Toxicology Research, but this is her first published short story. Her hobbies include knitting, yelling at the news, and writing utterly irredeemable fanfiction.
Elisabeth R. Adams splits her time between conducting scientific research on planets, making up stories about planets, and being a chair for cats and small children. She lives in Massachusetts.
Sean Monaghan’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s and at Baen.com, as well as previously in Analog. He lives in deepest New Zealand, where he moonlights as a librarian at a medium-sized public library. You can find him at www.seanmonaghan.com.
Dr. David L. Clements is an astrophysicist working at Imperial College London on extragalactic astronomy, observational cosmology, and astrobiology. He has been involved in several European Space Agency space missions, including Planck and Herschel, has used space observatories such as Hubble and Chandra, and ground-based telescopes around the world. He also writes science fiction, with stories published in Analog, Nature Futures, and elsewhere. His non-fiction book Infrared Astronomy: Seeing the Heat was published in 2014, and his first short story collection, Disturbed Universes, was published in 2016. He was a Guest of Honour at the UK National SF Convention (Eastercon) in 2016, and science guest at Keycon and Boscone in 2015.
Charles Q. 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.
This is the third article to appear in Analog by Edward M. Wysocki, Jr. The first was “Making Waves: The Inventions of John W. Campbell” in the January/February 2020 issue, which he co-authored with Alec Nevala-Lee. His primary interest is in the connections between science fiction and inventions, as presented in his book, Out of This World Ideas: And the Inventions They Inspired. His website is www.emwysocki.com.
John J. Vester has spent much of his time on the planet working in printing, graphics, and as an analyst for California State Government. Now retired, he can spend more time pursuing his interests; hiking in the Sierras, woodworking, and writing. A space buff since childhood, he has witnessed one of the last Shuttle launches and Spacex’s first launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. John also volunteers for JP Aerospace. After making a minor (with a very small “m”) splash in Analog just over 20 years ago, he has recently had short stories accepted and his fact article about JP Aerospace was a 2019 Anlab award winner.
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.
Richard A. Lovett is one of the most prolific contributors in Analog history, both as a writer of fact and fiction. A former professor turned journalist and running coach, he has written thousands of articles for more than 150 magazines and newspapers. His latest book, Neptune’s Treasure: The Adventures of Floyd and Brittney, is a novel-length rendition of his award-winning Floyd & Brittney series, which first appeared in Analog.
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.