About the Contributors

Athena Andreadis (editor)

Athena Andreadis was born in Hellás and lured to the US at age 18 by a full scholarship to Harvard, then MIT. She does basic research in molecular neurobiology, focusing on mechanisms of mental retardation and dementia. She’s an avid reader in four languages across genres and the author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek. She also writes speculative fiction and non-fiction on a wide swath of topics and cherishes all the time she gets to spend with her partner, Peter Cassidy. Her work can be found in Harvard Review, Belles Lettres, Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Bull Spec, Science in My Fiction, SF Signal, The Apex Blog, World SF, SFF Portal, H+ Magazine, io9, The Huffington Post, and her own site, Starship Reckless,




Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard lives in Paris, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies and two Lovecraftian plants in the process of taking over the living room. In her spare time, she writes speculative fiction: her short stories have appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld and the Year’s Best Science Fiction, and her Aztec noir series, Obsidian and Blood, is published by Angry Robot. She has won the British Science Fiction Association Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Visit for more information.




Terry Boren

Terry Boren is an expert in surviving winter. Her science fiction has appeared in the anthologies The Northern Review, Universe 3, Tierra, and others, and in the magazine Interzone. A native New Mexican transplanted to Alaska, she lives with her family outside of Fairbanks where she cooks, gardens, gathers blueberries, and teaches at the University of Alaska. She makes the best chili in Fairbanks and has the medals to prove it.




Kay Holt (co-editor)

Kay T. Holt grows wild near Boston with the family, pets, and houseplants of her dreams. She loves science and art, and uses both in her everyday life.

For Crossed Genres Publications, Kay is Co-founder and Editor. In addition to Crossed Genres Magazine, she edited Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older, Broken Slate by Kelly Jennings, and A Festival of Skeletons by RJ Astruc. Kay also co-edited the Fat Girl in a Strange Land anthology with Bart R. Leib.

Kay is a core contributor to’s GeekMom blog and Science in My Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in M-Brane SF, Rigor Amortis, Beauty Has Her Way, Full Throttle Space Tramps, and the Subversion anthology.
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Alexander Jablokov

Alexander Jablokov (pronounced ’Ya-’) is the author of Brain Thief, which will be out in paperback this October. Previous books are Carve The Sky (Morrow/Avonova, 1991), A Deeper Sea (Morrow/Avonova, 1992), Nimbus (Morrow, 1993), River of Dust (Avon, 1996), Deepdrive (Avon Eos, 1998). His stories have appeared in the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Twenty-Eighth Year’s Best Science Fiction (ed. Gardner Dozois); and in Asimov’s, Amazing, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Aboriginal SF. The Breath of Suspension, a collection of his short fiction, was published by Arkham House in 1994 and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Mary; his son, Simon; and his daughter, Faith.




Kelly Jennings

Raised in New Orleans, Kelly Jennings currently lives in northwest Arkansas, where she is a member and co-founder of the Boston Mountain Writers Group. She has published fiction with Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres, and The Future Fire, among others. Her first novel, Broken Slate, was released in 2011 by Crossed Genres Press. For more about her and her work, see her website at




C. W. Johnson

C. W. Johnson is a professor of physics at a California university too modest to be named. His scientific papers have appeared in Physical Review Letters, Physical Review C, Nature, and elsewhere, while his fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a massive computer program to calculate the quantum wavefunction of atomic nuclei, and a novel.




Sue Lange

Sue Lange’s novel, Tritcheon Hash, was rereleased as an ebook in 2011 and was included in Kirkus’ Best of list for that year. Her novella, We, Robots, was included in io9’s “Thirteen Books that will change the way you look at robots.” Her short stories have been published in such venues as Nature (Futures) and Apex Digest of Science Fiction and Horror. She is a founding member of Book View Cafe. Her Singularity Watch blog is updated irregularly and can be found at She lives in Pennsylvania with her SO, a dog, four sinks, and a bidet.




Ken Liu

Ken Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, a Hugo, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon, the Locus, and the World Fantasy Awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.




Christine Lucas

When her Feline Overlords permit it, Christine Lucas scribbles tales of historical fiction in all its subgenres. It comes as no surprise that most of her stories feature cats. Born and raised in Greece, now a retired Air Force officer, she has had her work appear in several online and print magazines, including Daily Science Fiction, Triangulation: Morning After, Cabinet des Fées, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Her short story “Dominion” (also known as “The Book of Genesis According to Cats”) appears in Ellen Datlow’s anthology Tails of Wonder and Imagination from Night Shade Books. She is currently working on her first novel.

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Alex Dally MacFarlane

Alex Dally MacFarlane ( lives in London, where she is pursuing a MA in Ancient History. When not researching ancient cities and warrior women, she writes stories, found in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer and The Mammoth Book of Steampunk. A handbound limited edition of her story “Two Coins” was published by Papaveria Press. She is the editor of Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books).

“Unwritten in Green”, another story of the Tuvicen people, can be read in Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, edited Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood. Two poems about Falna and Tadi, “Sung Around Alsar-Scented Fires” and “Tadi”, appear in Stone Telling and Strange Horizons respectively.




Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt has been a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, a taxi driver, and a management trainer for the US Customs Service.

His first novel, The Hercules Text, was one of the celebrated Ace Specials series. It won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. McDevitt has produced seventeen additional novels since then, ten of which have qualified for the final Nebula ballot. Seeker won the award in 2007. In 2004, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel.
Recent books include Firebird and Echo, both from Ace, and Going Interstellar, a Baen anthology on which he served as co-editor. The Cassandra Project, a collaboration with Mike Resnick, has just been released. McDevitt claims it will reveal the truth behind the Watergate break-in.

His other interests include chess, classical history, the sciences, and baseball.

He is married to the former Maureen McAdams, and resides in Brunswick, Georgia, where, assisted by the requisite German shepherd and four cats, he keeps a weather eye on hurricanes.




Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and reads a lot in the Pacific Northwest, beside the shores of eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish. Her second solo collection, Near + Far, appeared in 2012 from Hydra House Books. Her 100-plus published short stories have appeared such places as Asimov’s, Weird Tales, and Clarkesworld, as well as numerous anthologies. She is the former editor of Fantasy Magazine, makes a mean Welsh rarebit, and usually has pink hair. In answer to the usual question, it is her real name. Find links to more of her fiction at




Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, where she earned her PhD in the Comparative History program with a dissertation titled “Victory of the Ancients: Tactics, Technology, and the Use of Classical Precedent.” She is the author of more than twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, most with queer themes and characters, and has won Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, and Point of Dreams, the last written with her late partner, Lisa A. Barnett. She has also won a Spectrum Award for Shadow Man and again in 2010 for the short story “The Rocky Side of the Sky” (Periphery, Lethe Press) as well as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her most recent novel, Lost Things, written with Jo Graham, is now available from Crossroad Press. She can be found on LiveJournal at




Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award; it was praised by Ursula K. Le Guin as “superbly written” and by Samuel R. Delany as “amazing.” The collection and the original novella first appearing within it, “Good Boy,” were nominated for 2009 World Fantasy Awards. With Cynthia Ward, Shawl co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, which helps authors create believable characters whose race, gender, or other demographics differ from their own.

Recently her stories have appeared at Strange Horizons and Crossed Genres. She has also been published in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, the groundbreaking Dark Matter anthologies, and So Long Been Dreaming, home to the story “Deep End,” for which “In Colors Everywhere” is a sequel. Shawl reviews books for The Seattle Times and Ms. Magazine, and edits reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a literary quarterly from Aqueduct Press. In 2011 she was WisCon 35’s Guest of Honor. She is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Shawl is active on Twitter and Facebook. She promises to update her website,, soon. She likes to relax by pretending she lives in other people’s houses.




Vandana Singh

Vandana Singh was born and raised in India and currently lives near Boston, where she teaches physics at a state university. Her short stories have been published in numerous venues, such as Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and various anthologies including Clockwork Phoenix and Other Worlds Than These. She is a winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax award (for Distances, a novella published by Aqueduct Press) and many of her stories have been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies. Some of her work is collected in The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (Zubaan Books, New Delhi). For more about her, please see her website at




Joan Slonczewski

Joan Slonczewski is the first author since Fred Pohl to win a second John Campbell award (for The Highest Frontier, and previously A Door into Ocean). The Highest Frontier (Tor Books, 2011) depicts a Cuban-American woman going to college in a space habitat powered by solar bacteria and threatened by cyanide-producing aliens. Frontera College is run by a male couple, while on Earth a lesbian is running for president. A Door into Ocean (Tor Books, 1986) creates a world covered entirely by ocean, inhabited by an all-female race of purple people who use genetic engineering to defend their unique ecosystem. In Brain Plague (Tor Books, 2000; Arc Manor, 2009), intelligent alien microbes invade our brains. The secret of these unique addictive microbes was discovered by a human-gorilla woman scientist in The Children Star (Tor Books, 1998; Arc Manor, 2009). Slonczewski and her students investigate bacteria in extreme environments at Kenyon College, where she teaches the course “Biology in Science Fiction.”




Eleni Tsami (cover artist)

Eleni Tsami ( is from Athens, Greece. She studied linguistics at the University of Athens and art at AKTO. She started painting in the early 2000s with a love for fantasy and science fiction. Her work has been featured in book covers (Night Shade Books, Hieroglyphic Press), Digital Artist magazine, and various online galleries. When she’s not working and not otherwise plugged into the internet, she likes to read, play games, and hike.




Martha Wells

Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Anthropology. She is the author of fourteen SF/F novels, including The Element of Fire, City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, The Wizard Hunters, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her most recent novels are The Cloud Roads (March 2011), The Serpent Sea (January 2012), and The Siren Depths (December 2012) published by Night Shade Books. She has a YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, due out in April of 2013 from Strange Chemistry Books, and a second YA fantasy and a Star Wars novel due out in 2014. She has had short stories in Black Gate, Lone Star Stories, Realms of Fantasy, and the anthologies Elemental and Tales of the Emerald Serpent, and essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She also has two Stargate Atlantis media tie-in novels Reliquary and Entanglement. Her books have been published in seven languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch.