Scott Lynch is the author of four novels in the Gentleman Bastard sequence. The Lies of Locke Lamora (2007) was a World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Crawford, Compton Crook, and Locus first novel finalist; its sequels are Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007), the New York Times best-selling The Republic of Thieves (2013), and the forthcoming The Thorn of Emberlain. His short fiction has appeared in Popular Science, Swords and Dark Magic, Tales of the Far West, Fearsome Journeys, and Rogues. He was a Campbell Best New Writer finalist for 2006 and 2007, and won the British Fantasy Award for best newcomer in 2008. He currently lives in Wisconsin, where he has been a volunteer firefighter since 2005. He shares a commuting relationship with his Massachusetts-based partner, author Elizabeth Bear.
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Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.
Brit Mandelo is a writer, critic, and editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction and queer literature, especially when the two coincide. She has two books out, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction and We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth–Telling, and in the past has edited for publications like Strange Horizons. Her other work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Telling, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Ideomancer. She also writes regularly for Tor.com.
Haralambi Markov is a Bulgarian critic, editor, and writer of things weird and fantastic. A Clarion 2014 graduate, Markov enjoys fairy tales, obscure folkloric monsters, and inventing death rituals (for his stories, not his neighbors… usually). He blogs at The Alternative Typewriter and tweets at @HaralambiMarkov. His stories have appeared in The Weird Fiction Review, Electric Velocipede, Tor.com, Stories for Chip, The Apex Book of World SF, and are slated to appear in Genius Loci and Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling. He’s currently working on a novel.
Una McCormack is a The New York Times best–selling author specialising in TV tie–in fiction, particularly Star Trek and Doctor Who. She holds a doctorate in sociology, and is lecturer in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for younger readers. He has more than a dozen novels in print or forthcoming. He has also been published in poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and as part of educational projects for the National Science Foundation and for NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. He lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin, with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. He has been engaged in activism and politics in one form another since he volunteered on the Anderson campaign for president in 1980. These days he regrets that he didn’t support Carter, but figures that being 13 at the time provides for a bit of latitude on the subject. He is currently serving his fourth term as an elected county supervisor.
Erica McGillivray spends a ridiculous amount of time being geeky, both professionally and personally. In the digital marketing world, she’s a senior community manager, wrangling 500,000+ people and co-running an annual conference MozCon. Erica’s also a founder of GeekGirlCon, a nonprofit run by volunteers that celebrates and supports geeky women with events. In her spare time, she is a published author, cosplays, and has a comic book collection that’s an earthquake hazard. Follow her at @emcgillivray.
Seanan McGuire lives and works on the West Coast, where she does her best to bother all the frogs while avoiding all the weather. She is currently locked in a battle of wits (and talons) with the owl outside her bedroom window. When not writing, Seanan spends an unreasonable amount of time in haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, and the occasional haunted theme park. Her first book was released in 2009; since then, she has released more than twenty volumes through traditional publishers, thus proving that she doesn’t really sleep. You can keep up with Seanan at www.seananmcguire.com.
Foz Meadows is a blogger, author, essayist, and reviewer whose writing, both fictional and critical, has appeared in venues such as The Mary Sue, Apex Magazine, The Huffington Post and Goblin Fruit. In 2014 she was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for her blog, Shattersnipe. Her latest novel, An Accident of Stars, is an epic portal fantasy due out from Angry Robot in August 2016.