What if you could re–live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo Award nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014, and he has no plans on stopping. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co–editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. He is the President of Con or Bust, a non–profit that helps fans of color attend SFF conventions. His first novel, a YA contemporary about police brutality, is in need of an agent and will make you feel lots of things. His life goal: to pet every dog in the world.
Anya was born in Singapore and has Hainanese, Peranakan, and Hakka ancestry. She moved to Melbourne to practice law for a few years. Anya now works in an ad agency as a designer and as the chief briber of studio dogs. Her first novel, The Firebird’s Tale, was published in 2016. Anya’s short stories have appeared in venues such as Strange Horizons, Daily SF, and Aurealis. She can be found on Twitter @anyasy.
Greg Pak is a writer and filmmaker best known for comic books like Planet Hulk, Magneto Testament, Storm, and Action Comics. He’s currently writing Mech Cadet Yu For Boom, Totally Awesome Hulk, and Weapon X for Marvel, and the new John Wick comic book series for Dynamite. Pak directed the sci fi indie feature film Robot Stories and award-winning short films such as “Fighting Grandpa,” “Asian Pride Porn,” and “Mister Green.” His Kickstarter publishing projects include Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself, both based on songs by singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Pak’s prose work includes Make Comics Like The Pros (co-written with Fred Van Lente), the Kickstarter Secrets ebook, and the upcoming Planet Hulk prose novel. In 2005, Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazwa co-created the Marvel character Amadeus Cho, who co-starred for four years in the Incredible Hercules comic book series and is now the star of the Totally Awesome Hulk book. For more about Pak’s work, please visit gregpak.com and @gregpak on Twitter.
Dominik Parisien’s work can be found in The Fiddlehead, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, Wordgathering, Plenitude, Uncanny Magazine, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood, which won the Shirley Jackson Award, and Robots vs Fairies. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian man. He lives in Toronto.
Diana M. Pho is an editor at Tor Books and blogs for Tor.com. She is also a published scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk under the moniker Ay-leen the Peacemaker. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional speaker about social justice issues and fandom. Her most recent publications include participating in Invisible 2, edited by Jim. C. Hines, and a forthcoming article in Like Clockwork, edited by Professors Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser. You can follow her on Tumblr and Twitter.
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Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award-winning novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road.” Her five other Nebula-nominated works include 2017 Uncanny novella “And Then There Were (N-One).” Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others, as well as numerous anthologies and year’s bests. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and on Twitter as @sarahpinsker.
Tim Pratt is the author of over 20 novels, most recently space opera The Wrong Stars, first in the Axiom series. His short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and other nice places. He’s a Hugo Award winner for short fiction, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He’s a senior editor at Locus magazine, and lives in Berkeley, California, with his family. Every month he writes a new story for his Patreon supporters at patreon.com/timpratt.
Ace currently lives and works in Oakland, CA with her fiancé, Derek, and their pack of wild beasts. She lives with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, dysautonomia, and mast cell activation syndrome, all of which make for a particularly rebellious meatcage.
Ace writes about disability inclusion and representation and has bylines at io9, Huffington Post, Self Magazine, Bustle, and Bitch Media. She’s been featured in an Upworthy video which garnered more than 1.8 million views. Ace’s essay “Who Gets to Say #MeToo?” was published in Fireside Fiction‘s Fireside Quarterly July 2018 edition. Ace’s essay “Nihil De Nobis, Sine Nobis” appeared as part of Uncanny Magazine‘s Kickstarter campaign for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Her poetry has been published in Breath & Shadow. Her short story, “The Ritual,” appeared in Phobos Magazine. She was a panelist at Worldcon 76. Ace’s voice as a disability activist has also been featured in The Economist, The Guardian, and Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds, and she’s gettin’ pretty good at podcasts.
When not freelancing, Ace is also the co-owner of Ace is the co-owner of Harper’s Promise, an in-home pet euthanasia, hospice and palliative care company. You can find link to her work at stayweirdbekind.com and she tweets @mortuaryreport.
Nicasio Andres Reed is a Filipino–American writer and poet whose work has appeared in Queers Destroy Science Fiction!, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Liminality, Inkscrawl, and Beyond: The Queer Sci–Fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology. A member of the Queer Asian SF/F/H Illuminati, Nico currently lives in Madison, WI. Find him on Twitter @NicasioSilang.