Kelly Sandoval’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Shimmer, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, a demanding cat, and an anarchist tortoise. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com.
A fan since childhood, Isabel is Latina by birth, Jewish by choice, vegetarian by conscience, and uppity as necessary. Isabel has been active in fandom for 20 years, a convention runner for more than 10 years, and is co–chair of the San Juan in 2017 North American Science Fiction Convention bid. Isabel’s essays on fandom, religion, and race and representation in SF/F have been included in WisCon Chronicles and Invisible 2: Essays on Race and Representation in SF/F.
Leigh Schmidt is living her happily ever after with her daring hero in a seaside village in Denmark. She has a daughter and a way with animals and many stories she whispers to herself at night before she goes to sleep. She has been (in no particular order): a painter, a public speaker, a dancer, a cubicle drone, and a storyteller. She gave up on a life of chasing goalposts for a grand adventure and hasn’t looked back since. She lives in a state of perpetual motion, with a song close at hand to keep rhythm. You can find her on Twitter as @skriftleigh, or looking for a little peace and quiet as the monster under the bed.
David J. Schwartz AKA Dax (he/she/him/her) is a novelist, short story writer, and occasional essayist. He is also the creator of “Small Victory Wednesdays.” He lives in Minneapolis with his wonderful partner and two hypothetical-soon-to-be-actual doggos.
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.