Fiction & Fact:
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 “An Eye for an Eye” marking his 96th story in these pages. This one is a sequel to “The Ascension” in the November/December 2018 issue. 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.
Rajan Khanna is an author, reviewer, podcaster, musician, and narrator. His three novels, Falling Sky, Rising Tide, and Raining Fire, take place in a post-apocalyptic world of airships and floating cities. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Analog, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and multiple anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com and his narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed. Rajan cohosts the Spirited Discourse podcast with Devin Poore. He lives in Brooklyn where he's a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. His personal website is http://www.rajankhanna.com and he tweets, @rajanyk.
Allison Mulvihill lives in a city big enough that she shouldn't have to deal with all these deer eating her apple trees, married a spousal unit American enough that the Union Jack should stop popping up as her computer background, and teaches computer science enough that she should know better than to leave her screen unlocked when she walks away for more than three consecutive seconds. "Empty Box" is her first published work.
Marissa Lingen is a short story writer who lives in the Minneapolis suburbs. She has had at least sixteen stories in Analog, which is starting to look like a habit.
Mark W. Tiedemann began publishing professionally in 1990, after attending Clarion in 1988. Since then he has published over 60 short stories, several collected in the book Gravity Box, and nine novels, including three in the Asimov's Robot universe. In 2001, he published Compass Reach, which was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award. Remains (2005) was shortlisted for the Tiptree. A lifelong resident of St. Louis, MO, he works for Left Bank Books, does some photography on the side, and does all this with the company and support of his partner, Donna, who encouraged him from the beginning to “get these stories out there.”
Gary Kloster is a writer, a stay-at-home-father, a martial artist, and a librarian. Sometimes all in the same day, seldom all at the same time. He lives in the Midwest, where he herds his children and cats with roughly equal success. His stories have appeared in Analog, Apex, Clarkesworld, and numerous other places. You can find a list with links at garykloster.com.
During her years as a professor of biogeochemistry, Christina De La Rocha confused a lot of students, subjected billions of phytoplankton to death-by-filtration, and swore a lot at mass spectrometers. Today she is living the middle-aged cat lady dream of learning to write sci-fi. Her first popular science book, Silica Stories, was published with Springer.
Eric Cline lives in Maryland with his wife and dogs. His fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Galaxy's Edge, Writers of the Future (vol. 29), Stupefying Stories, Perihelion SF, and other places. His story "Elizabethtown" (Galaxy's Edge, November 2015) was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Short Form).
Writer, lecturer, and artist Michael Carroll has nearly thirty books in print. He is a science journalist, novelist, and children’s author. His second novel, a cosmic murder mystery called Europa’s Lost Outpost, was released at Christmas of 2016 through Springer. Carroll is recipient of the AAS Department of Planetary Science’s Jonathan Eberhart Award for best planetary science article of the year. He is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts, and recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts.
Guy Stewart is a husband, father (regular, in-law, foster, and grand), science teacher, and school counselor. His blog is called Possibly Irritating Essays where he offers up his opinions and his WIP for comment. His credits are other stories in Analog, Cast of Wonders, Shoreline of Infinity, Cricket, Stupefying Stories, Nanoism, and once he had an essay in The Writer. He also got to create experiments for episodes of the PBS science show Newton’s Apple, and The New Explorers—for which he became the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year.
Julie Novakova is an 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 has appeared in Analog, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @Julianne_SF, Facebook fb.com/JulieNovakovaAuthor or website www.julienovakova.com.
John Edward Uth is a composer and writer who lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Although he has a degree in engineering, he works as a community music school administrator. He has dabbled in orchestral composition, sketch comedy and musical theater. This is his first published science fiction story.
Craig DeLancey is a writer and philosopher. In addition to several stories in Analog, he has published short stories in Lightspeed, Cosmos, Shimmer, and Nature Physics. Visit his web site at www.craigdelancey.com.
Jay Cole is senior advisor to the president and an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University (WVU). One of his scholarly interests is the impact of science fiction on public attitudes about issues such as artificial intelligence, climate change, genetic engineering, and space exploration. He also teaches courses at WVU on Isaac Asimov, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and the history of role-playing games. A supporter of SETI and an admirer of Frank Drake, Jay is professionally and personally proud of the Green Bank Observatory located in his home state.
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.
Louis Evans has been published in Escape Pod and has won awards for satirizing biology (BAHFest West) and literature (Shipwreck SF). Evans is a founding co-producer of the San Francisco Bay’s Cliterary Salon, a monthly literary show. His blog, Extremely Flexible, is at evanslouis.com.
Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. He has a scar on his arm from a summer farming giant crabs in the flooded fens. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place: you can keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or on Twitter as @mattdoveywriter.
Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, NY, with his inordinately patient wife, a steadily diminishing number of daughters, and an extremely mopey dog named Max. He is the author of the novels Three Days in April and The End of Ordinary, as well as of short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, and Fireside Fiction. You can follow him on Twitter @edashtonwriting, or find him online at edwardashton.com.
Jay O’Connell’s third piece in Analog is this novella, set in the same Zeitgeist future history as his story "Solomon’s Little Sister" in Asimov’s a few years back. In his Zeitgeist humanity survives the looming climate crisis in a wave of exponential technological growth, with some unexpected consequences . . . but he doesn't want to spoil it for you. You can find where to get the other Zeitgeist story, and those to come, at his site, jayoconnell.com. He dedicates this story to his brother John, his Father's Father, and his son Lucas, for reasons he'll explain to them when they read this.
Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts, angry princesses, and dead gods. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she spends most of the winter under three fleece blankets and a hot water bottle. Her work has also appeared in Shimmer, Apex, Escape Pod, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @Aimee_Ogden for writing updates and strongly-worded opinions about beer.
Ken Poyner’s latest collection of short, wiry fiction, “Constant Animals,” and his latest collections of poetry—”Victims of a Failed Civics” and “The Book of Robot”—can be obtained from Barking Moose Press, at www.barkingmoosepress.com, or Amazon or Sundial Books at www.sundialbooks.net. He often serves as strange, bewildering eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting affairs. His poetry of late has been sunning in Analog, Asimov’s, Poet Lore, The Kentucky Review; and his fiction has yowled in Spank the Carp, Red Truck, Café Irreal, Bellows American Review. His personal web can be found at www.kpoyner.com.
Jessy Randall’s poems, stories, and other things have appeared in Asimov’s, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Poetry, and Strange Horizons. Her most recent book is How to Tell If You Are Human: Diagram Poems (Pleiades, 2018). She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, where she occasionally teaches a class in The History and Future of the Book.
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.
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.