Zaynab Shahar is a Ph.d student at Chicago Theological Seminary, specializing in comparative religion and gender/sexuality in Judaism and Islam. She holds an M.A in Religious Studies from CTS and a B.A in Jewish Studies from Hampshire College. Zaynab divides her time between organizing, academic scholarship, and writing. She has written about queer/trans poetics and black women’s poetics for Bitch Magazine and Autostraddle.
Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood in England before relocating to the United States at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her spare time, she writes fanfiction under the name of Coldhope. Her debut novel Strange Practice, the first in a three-book urban fantasy series starring Dr. Greta Helsing, was published by Orbit Books in July 2017.
Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House. Recent fiction includes “Sunshine of Your Love” in the disability-themed anthology The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked, and another Steely Dan-inspired story, “The Best Friend We Never Had,” on the Apex Magazine website. She’s the co-author, with Cynthia Ward, of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. With K. Tempest Bradford she teaches courses on inclusivity expanding from this original foundation.
Delia Sherman is the author of numerous short stories and novels for both adults and younger readers, somewhere in the historical-fantastical-comical-romantic-feminist vein. She is or has been a teacher, an editor, a member of the Tiptree Motherboard, a co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, judge of literary awards, a book store clerk, a gardener, a knitter, a cook, a traveler, and a flaming liberal.
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Steven H Silver is a sixteen-time Hugo Award nominee and was the publisher of the Hugo-nominated fanzine Argentus as well as the editor and publisher of ISFiC Press for 8 years. He has also edited books for DAW and NESFA Press. He began publishing short fiction in 2008, and his most recently published story is “Webinar: Web Sites” in the anthology The Tangled Web. He has maintained a bibliography of Jewish Science Fiction since the 1990s and wrote the article on Jewish Science Fiction for the Encyclopedia of American Jewish History.
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Vandana Singh is an Indian science fiction writer and professor of physics currently inhabiting the Boston area. Her stories have been published in numerous venues, including reprints in several Year’s Best volumes. Her second anthology of short fiction, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories will be out from Small Beer Press in February 2018. This story is her humble tribute to Premendra Mitra (1904-1988) a renowned Indian SF writer, and was first published in an earlier short story collection, The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet (Zubaan/ Penguin India 2008). For more about her, see vandana-writes.com.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a queer and deafblind author and editor of speculative fiction and disability focused nonfiction. Her fiction work has appeared in magazines such as Uncanny and Fireside and her nonfiction has appeared at Tor.com, The Boston Globe, and other venues. She was the Co-Guest Editor in Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and is an activist for disability rights.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a deafblind speculative fiction writer and editor. Her nonfiction work can be found in The Boston Globe, Fireside, Uncanny, and Tor.com. She is the managing editor of Hugo Finalist magazine Fireside. Dominik Parisien is an editor, writer, and poet. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. He also co-edited, with Navah Wolfe, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales and Robots vs Fairies.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad are the minds behind Raptor Novelist. Separately, Sjunneson-Henry has had work published in Fireside, Uncanny, several anthologies, and The Boston Globe; Rustad’s works have appeared in Lightspeed, Nightmare, Uncanny, Apex, Fireside, and others. This is their first collaboration. Rustad is a Nebula Award finalist and a non-binary autistic person. Sjunneson-Henry is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award finalist magazine, Fireside, and a queer and deafblind woman.