Emma Osborne is a queer fiction writer and poet from Melbourne, Australia. Emma’s writing has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Shock Totem: Tales of the Macabre and Twisted, Apex Magazine, Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Pseudopod, the Review of Australian Fiction, the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, and GlitterShip. Emma is a graduate of the 2016 Clarion West Writers Workshop (Team Arsenic forever!) and is a former first reader at Clarkesworld Magazine. Emma currently lives in Melbourne, drinking all of the coffee and eating all of the food, but has a giant crush on Seattle and turns up under the shadow of the mountain at every opportunity. You can find Emma on Twitter at @redscribe.
Karen Osborne lives in Baltimore, MD, with two violins, an autoharp, a theremin, three cameras, a husband, and a bonkers orange cat. Her short fiction appears in Escape Pod, Robot Dinosaurs, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside, and Uncanny. Her debut novel, Architects of Memory, will be published in 2020 by Tor. She emcees the Charm City Spec reading series, plays the fiddle in a ceilidh band, and once won a major event filmmaking award for shooting and editing a Klingon wedding trailer. You can find her on Twitter at @karenthology.
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.
Ada Palmer’s first science fiction novels Too Like the Lightning, Seven Surrenders, and The Will to Battle (volumes 1-3 of Terra Ignota, from Tor Books & Head of Zeus) explore how humanity’s cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She teaches in the University of Chicago History Department, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the history of books, publication and reading, censorship and information, especially radical thought, heresy, and atheism. You can find her current project on censorship at voices.uchicago.edu/censorship, including a free online web discussion video series about information control during information revolutions created in collaboration with Cory Doctorow & Adrian Johns. She blogs for Tor.com, consults for anime/manga publishers, and writes the philosophy & travel blog ExUrbe.com.
Eva Papasoulioti is a writer of speculative fiction and poetry. She lives in Athens, Greece, and translates words for a living. Her work has appeared in Syntax & Salt, Abyss & Apex, The Future Fire, and elsewhere. You can find her on twitter @epapasoulioti and on her blog plothopes.com.
Gwendolyn Paradice is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and her nonfiction has earned nominations for both the Pushcart and Best American Essay. Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Assay, Crab Orchard Review, Fourth River, Booth, and others. She retains a MA in Nonfiction from the University of North Texas, a MFA from Bennington College, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Missouri. She specializes in genre-bending, speculative writing, and the study of folkloristics and global anglophone literature.
Dominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. He is the author of the poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones, and his recent work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, The Humber Literary Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, and various other places. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Mythic Dream, Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood, and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.
Diana M. Pho is a Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing. She’s also an academic scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. In the steampunk community, she is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional speaker about social justice issues and fandom, and she has been interviewed for many media outlets, including CBS’s Inside Edition, MSN.com, BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel.
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