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 lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a tiny herd of cats. He has more than a dozen novels in print or forthcoming either from Penguin/Ace or Macmillan’s Feiwel and Friends. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education, having written short fiction for the National Science Foundation and co–created a science comic for NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.
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.
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Apex, Strange Horizons, and The Minnesota Review, among others. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) will be published by HarperCollins in 2017, followed by The Breaks from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he’s a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com.
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press), and twelve other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica, Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet’s Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook). Mohanraj founded the Hugo–nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org), has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.maryannemohanraj.com
Aidan Moher is the Hugo Award–winning founder of A Dribble of Ink, and author of Tide of Shadows and Other Stories and “The Penelope Qingdom.” His essays and reviews have appeared on Tor.com, the Barnes & Noble SF&F Blog, and Uncanny Magazine. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife and daughter.
Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison are the same person.
She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She got her BA from Case Western Reserve University, her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Despite being summa cum laude, none of her degrees is of the slightest use to her in either her day job or her writing, which she feels is an object lesson for us all. She currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
She has published more than fifty short stories and has two short story collections out: The Bone Key (Prime Books 2007—with a shiny second edition in 2011) and Somewhere Beneath Those Waves (Prime Books, 2011). She has co–written three novels with Elizabeth Bear, the last of which, An Apprentice to Elves, was published in October 2015. Her first four novels (Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis) were published by Ace. Her latest novel, The Goblin Emperor, published as Katherine Addison, came out from Tor in April 2014. Visit her online at truepenny.livejournal.com or www.katherineaddison.com
Dawn Xiana Moon is a lifelong geek that has worked professionally in almost every area of the arts. She is the Founder and Producer/Director of Raks Geek, a nerd-themed bellydance and fire company that achieved viral internet fame with a video of a Wookiee bellydancing to a Klingon band playing an original song in Shyriiwook—they were listed on UK Channel 4 TV’s “50 Funniest Moments of 2012.” As a singer-songwriter, Dawn has performed in 10 states and released two solo albums; her latest CD, Spaces Between, fuses elements from traditional Chinese music with jazz and alt folk pop. She performs as a soloist with Read My Hips tribal bellydance, spins fire with Acrobatica Infiniti circus, works as a UX designer and web developer, and has served as Section Editor for Relevant Magazine. She also occasionally shows up as an actor in independent films. Though she loves Chicago, she periodically needs to flee the US; her wanderlust has brought her to 20 countries (and counting!) thus far.
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