Mimi Mondal was born and raised in Calcutta, India. In various incarnations, she has been an editor with Penguin India, a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and an Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholar at the Clarion West Writing Workshop 2015. Her stories, poetry and social commentary have appeared in The Book Smugglers, Daily Science Fiction, Podcastle, Scroll.in, Muse India, Kindle Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor of Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler, published in June 2017 from Twelfth Planet Press. Her first collection of stories is also forthcoming in India from Juggernaut Books. Mimi almost always enjoys the company of monsters.
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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Sunny Moraine’s short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Nightmare, Lightspeed, and multiple Year’s Best anthologies, among other places. They are also responsible for the Root Code and Casting the Bones trilogies, and their debut short fiction collection Singing With All My Skin and Bone is available from Undertow Publications. In addition to time spent authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a sometime college instructor. They unfortunately live just outside Washington, D.C., in a creepy house with two cats and a very long-suffering husband.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Signal Noise, named one of the best books of the year by BookRiot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and more; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR’s best books of the year, a Publishers Weekly top ten, and a VOYA “Perfect Ten”; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
L.M. Myles is a Scottish writer, editor, and podcaster. She co–edited the Hugo Award–nominated anthology Chicks Unravel Time and Companion Piece. She’s written for Doctor Who in prose and on audio, most recently in The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who; and she’s a co–host of the Hugo Award–nominated podcast Verity! and the Blake’s 7 podcast Down and Safe.
Mari Ness lives in central Florida, not too far away from mechanical dinosaurs who haven’t escaped their human overlords—yet. Her work has appeared in Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and right here at Uncanny. She is also a contributing writer for Tor.com and The Baum Bugle. Her poetry novella, Through Immortal Shadows Singing, was released last year by Papaveria Press. For more, follow her on Twitter at @mari_ness, or watch her blog at marikness.wordpress.com.
Alec Nevala-Lee is the author of the group biography Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books / HarperCollins), which was recently named one of the best books of 2018 by The Economist. His novels include The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin, and his stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Lightspeed Magazine, and two editions of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He has written for such publications as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Derek Newman-Stille is a queer, disabled, Canadian PhD student who teaches at Trent University. Derek is the 7 time Aurora Award-winning creator of the digital humanities project Speculating Canada and the creator of the website Dis(Abled) Embodiments. He has published in academic fora like Mosaic, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings, and in public fora such as The Playground of Lost Toys and Accessing the Future. Derek combines art, academia, and activism in his work with disability.
Marieke Nijkamp is the #1 The New York Times-bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends and Before I Let Go, the editor of Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens, and writer of the upcoming Oracle: Rising.
Gemma Noon lives with her family and pets in Alberta, Canada. A former librarian and education manager, she is currently busy learning to thrive with chronic illness while maintaining a writing career and taking care of her kids. When not buried in reading or writing books, she can be found arguing with strangers on the internet or binge-watching Supernatural.