Julia Rios is the reprint fiction/poetry editor and an interviewer for Uncanny Magazine. She is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is co–editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co–host of the Hugo–nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast. To find out more, visit www.juliarios.com.
Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of the Mocklore Chronicles, the Creature Court trilogy, and Musketeer Space. She podcasts on Galactic Suburbia, Verity! and recently started her own fiction serial podcast, Sheep Might Fly. Her most recent superhero short story, “Kid Dark Against the Machine,” appeared at The Book Smugglers, and she is currently rereading the 1987–96 era of the Justice League on her blog at tansyrr.com.
Caitlín Rosberg is a writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. She is obsessed with her dog and b-list comic book characters named Jim. An editor and counter-of-beans for the Ladies’ Night Anthology, she’s also a contributor to the A.V. Club’s Comics Panel. She likes talking and writing about the importance of safe spaces in nerd culture, independent publishing, and diversity in comic books. You can find her on Twitter as @crosberg. Ask her about Rhodey.
A. Merc Rustad is a queer non–binary writer who lives in the Midwest United States. Favorite things include: robots, dinosaurs, monsters, and tea. Their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Uncanny, Escape Pod, Shimmer, Cicada, and other fine venues, with reprints included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, Wilde Stories 2016, and Transcendent 2016. Merc likes to play video games, watch movies, read comics, and wear awesome hats. You can find Merc on Twitter @Merc_Rustad or their website: amercrustad.com.
Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories. Her work has received the John W. Campbell Award, the William L. Crawford Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Kelly Sandoval’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Shimmer, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, a demanding cat, and an anarchist tortoise. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com.
A fan since childhood, Isabel is Latina by birth, Jewish by choice, vegetarian by conscience, and uppity as necessary. Isabel has been active in fandom for 20 years, a convention runner for more than 10 years, and is co–chair of the San Juan in 2017 North American Science Fiction Convention bid. Isabel’s essays on fandom, religion, and race and representation in SF/F have been included in WisCon Chronicles and Invisible 2: Essays on Race and Representation in SF/F.
David J. Schwartz (he/she) is agnostic on many things, but believes that fairies and unicorns could both kick your ass. He is the author of a couple of dozen short stories, the Nebula–nominated Superpowers, Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: The Thirteenth Rib, and recently finished writing the autobiography of a dragon. He tweets as @snurri and his website is snurri.com.
M Sereno is a Filipina illustrator, writer, and resident scribe of the queer Asian SFFH Illuminati. Forged in the fires of Mount Doom Metro Manila, she now lives in regional Australia with her partner, their Pomeranians, and a cat who thinks she’s a koala. Visit her writing site at http://awitin.likhain.net or follow her on Twitter at @likhain.
Delia Sherman writes stories and novels for younger readers and adults. Her most recent short stories have appeared in Datlow and Windling’s anthology Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells and Jonathan Strahan’s Under My Hat. Her collection of short stories, Young Woman in a Garden, was published by Small Beer Press. She has written three novels for adults: Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove, and The Fall of the Kings (with Ellen Kushner). Novels for younger readers are Changeling and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen and The Evil Wizard Smallbone, forthcoming in 2016. The Freedom Maze received the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Prometheus Award. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching, editing, knitting, and cooking. Though the road is one of her favorite places to be, home base is a rambling apartment in New York City with spouse Ellen Kushner and far too many pieces of paper.
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