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.
Photo Credit: Augusten Burroughs
Steven H Silver is an editor, author, poet, and reviewer… in his “free time.” When he isn’t messing around in the literary arts, he raises his two daughters, spends time with his wife, and shores up the foundation of his house so it doesn’t collapse under the weight of books.
Steven has been questioned by the police outside the KGB building in Russia, spent several days chauffeuring Buzz Aldrin, and was a Jeopardy! champion. His writing has been featured in Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, Helix, BookPage, Love & Rockets, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, and amazingly enough has been translated into French, Japanese, and Russian. His story “Well of Tranquility” will appear later this year in the anthology Genius Loci, and he is chairing the Nebula Awards Weekend and Windycon 42 in 2015.
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Deborah Stanish is the co–editor of the Hugo Award–nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. She’s had essays published in Chicks Dig Time Lords; Time, Unincorporated Volumes II and III; Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers; Famous Monsters of Filmland; Apex Magazine, and The Liverpool University Journal of Science Fiction, Film, and Television. Deborah is also the moderator of the Hugo Award–nominated podcast Verity! where six women from around the globe debate and discuss Doctor Who.
Ferrett Steinmetz’s debut urban fantasy Flex features a bureaucracy–obsessed magician who is in love with the DMV, a goth videogamemancer who tries not to go all Grand Theft Auto on people, and one of the weirder magic systems yet devised. It has two even more bizarre sequels, The Flux and Fix—and Fix should be hitting bookstores just about… now. He was nominated for the Nebula in 2012, for which he remains moderately stoked, and lives in Cleveland with his very clever wife, a small black dog of indeterminate origin, and a friendly ghost.
He Tweeters at @ferretthimself, and blogs entirely too much about puns, politics, and polyamory at www.theferrett.com. (Or, if your work has blocked his site, try it mirrored at theferrett.livejournal.com.)