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Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her b
Tyler Barton is the author of The Quiet Part Loud (2019) which won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest from Split Lip Press. He’s the event producer for FEAR NO LIT, a literary organization he co-founded with Erin Dorney. His short fiction has been
Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently the Axiom space opera series, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist The Wrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and forthcoming third volume The Forbidden Stars. He's a Hugo Award winner
C. L. POLK wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn't learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta with her rescue dog Otis. C. L. has had short storie
Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by
Phenderson Djéli Clark is the author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums (Summer 2018) and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Winter 2019) from Tor.com Publishing. His Tor.com novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo (2016) made the Locus Recommended Readi
Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek culture websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, a
Rod Duncan writes alternate history, fantasy and contemporary crime. His novels have been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, the East Midlands Book Award and the John Creasey Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association. A dyslexic with a ba
Martha Wells has written fantasy, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) and science fiction (The Murderbot Diaries series) as well as YA fantasy
Phenderson Djéli Clark is the author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums (Summer 2018)and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Winter 2019) from Tor.com Publishing. His Tor.com novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo (2016) made the Locus Recommended Readin
TJ Berry grew up between Repulse Bay, Hong Kong and the Jersey shore. She has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction from Seattle with considerab
Matt Guenette's most recent collection of poems, Vasectomania, was published in 2017 by University of Akron Press. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is the author of two previous poetry collections: American B
M. R. Carey is the author of The Girl With All the Gifts, which has sold over a million copies and became a major motion picture starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close, based on his own BAFTA Award-nominated screenplay. Under
Kyle Orland got his start writing about video games at the age of 14, when he started fan site Super Mario Bros. HQ on his parents' AOL web space. Since then he's made a career writing and talking about games for over a dozen outlets ranging fr
Vivian Shaw is the author of Strange Practice and Dreadful Company, the first two novels in a Gothic urban fantasy trilogy starring Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead. Her hard-SF horror short fiction has appeared in Uncanny magazine and is fo
John Hornor Jacobs' first novel, Southern Gods, was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy comprised of The Twelve-Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, and The Conformity, was described b
Rena Rossner is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, where She majored in poetry and non-fiction writing. She also studied at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an MA in History from McGill University in Mont
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times best-selling writer of nonfiction and poetry. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently How to Love the Empty Air. Her sixth poetry collection, The Year of No Mistakes, was named Bo
Claire O'Dell grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, in the years of the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. She attended high school just a few miles from the house where Mary Surratt once lived and where John Wilkes Booth conspired for
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, the short story collection, Tender, and Monster Portraits, a collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her work has won several awards, inc
Tasha Suri was born in London to Punjabi parents. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University, and is now a cat-owning librarian in London. A love of period Bollywood films, history, and mythology led her to write South Asian
Hartley Lin has created comics under the pen name Ethan Rilly (an anagram of his real name) for roughly 10 years, winning several awards along the way. With his first major collection, Young Frances, he officially retires the alias. His acclai
Matthew Baker is author of the story collection Hybrid Creatures and the children’s novel If You Find This, and his stories have appeared in publications such as American Short Fiction, New England Review, One Story, Electric Literature, and Co
Abbey Mei Otis is the author of the story collection Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer 2018). She loves people and art forms on the margins. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Electric Literature, Guernica, Tor.com,
Aisha was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film, and pop culture. She studied English Literature at Carleton College and went on to earn an MA in Cultural Studies a
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