Uncanny Authors

Ferrett Steinmetz

Ferrett Steinmetz’s debut urban fantasy Flex features a bureaucracy–obsessed magician who is in love with the DMV, a goth videogamemancer who tries not to go all Grand Theft Auto on people, and one of the weirder magic systems yet devised. It has two even more bizarre sequels, The Flux and Fix—and Fix should be hitting bookstores just about… now. He was nominated for the Nebula in 2012, for which he remains moderately stoked, and lives in Cleveland with his very clever wife, a small black dog of indeterminate origin, and a friendly ghost.

He Tweeters at @ferretthimself, and blogs entirely too much about puns, politics, and polyamory at www.theferrett.com. (Or, if your work has blocked his site, try it mirrored at theferrett.livejournal.com.)

Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop where she, a California native, learned about both writing and snow. Last year, she traded the snow for the rain of Portland, Oregon, where she roams happily under overcast skies with the hipsters. Her fiction has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Asimov’s Magazine, and The Year’s Best Non-Required Reading. She’s published two collections: Through the Drowsy Dark (Aqueduct Press) and How the World Became Quiet (Subterranean Press). Her fiction has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award, and twice won the Nebula.

Alasdair Stuart

When Alasdair Stuart is not hosting PseudoPod and Escape Pod, or running Escape Artists Inc., he’s professionally enthusiastic about genre fiction at places like Tor.com, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, SciFi Now, and MyMBuzz. He’s an ENie-nominated tabletop RPG writer for his work on Doctor Who: Adventures In Time And Space. His other RPG writing includes Star Trek, The Laundry Files, Primeval, Victoriana, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, N.E.W., and Chill, meaning he’s got a playbook for any variety of invasion you can name.

Alasdair’s first collection of expanded podcast essays, The PseudoPod Tapes, is available from Fox Spirit Books with volume 2, Approach With Caution, out in 2018. His short stories can be found in the Fox Pockets anthology series from Fox Spirit, among other places. He lives in the UK with the love of his life and their ever expanding herd of microphones. Follow him on Twitter as @AlasdairStuart, or at his blog, The Man of Words. Or get a weekly dose of his professional enthusiasm via his newsletter, The Full Lid.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s stories and poems have appeared in over 60 magazines and anthologies such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and Lightspeed, as well as in six languages and on the podcast LeVar Burton Reads. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and placed for Selected Shorts’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. She curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth and lives in DFW with her three literarily-named cats: Gimli, Gamora, and Don Quixote. You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or through her website: bonniejostufflebeam.com.

Photo by Tony Najera

K.M. Szpara

Hugo and Nebula finalist K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD. His short fiction and essays appear in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and more; his debut novel, Docile, is forthcoming from Tor.com Publishing in Spring 2020. Kellan has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at his day job as a paralegal. His life goal is to ride a Tyrannosaurus rex with Jeff Goldblum. Until then, you can find him on the Internet at kmszpara.com and on Twitter at @kmszpara.

Karen Osborne

Sonya Taaffe

Sonya Taaffe reads dead languages and tells living stories. Her short fiction and poetry have been collected most recently in Forget the Sleepless Shores (Lethe Press) and previously in Singing Innocence and Experience, Postcards from the Province of Hyphens, A Mayse-Bikhl, and Ghost Signs. She lives with her husband and two cats in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she writes about film for Patreon and remains proud of naming a Kuiper belt object.

Photo Credit: Rob Noyes

Bogi Takács

Bogi Takács is a Hungarian Jewish agender trans person (e/em/eir/emself or singular they pronouns) currently living in the US with eir family and a congregation of books. Bogi writes, reviews and edits speculative fiction, and has won the Lambda Award in 2018 for editing Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction (also a Locus award finalist book). Bogi is also a finalist for the Hugo Award in 2018 in the Best Fan Writer category. You can find em at Bogi Reads the World, and on Twitter and Patreon as @bogiperson.

Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is a co-writer of Geek Actually, a web fiction serial centering female nerds of color. She is the founder of Circlet Press and the award-winning author of over a dozen novels. Her series The Vanished Chronicles will debut from Tor Books in 2018.

Andrea Tang

Andrea Tang is a speculative fiction writer and international affairs wonk based out of DC. Her prose fiction has previously appeared at Apex Magazine, PodCastle, and a variety of other publications; her poetry has previously appeared in the margins of her high school AP exams, which in her humble opinion, makes her Uncanny Magazine debut a considerable upgrade. When not hunched over a notebook misusing her imagination, she’s known to enjoy theater, music, and martial arts. Drop by for a hello and a virtual cup of tea at andreatangwrites.com, or on Twitter @atangwrites.

Judith Tarr

Judith Tarr… hates writing bios of herself. She would rather write historical fantasy or historical novels or epic fantasy or the (rather) odd alternate history, or short stories on just about any subject that catches her fancy. She has been a World Fantasy Award nominee for her Alexander the Great novel, Lord of the Two Lands, and won the Crawford Award for her Hound and the Falcon trilogy. She also writes as Caitlin Brennan (The Mountain’s Call and sequels) and Kathleen Bryan (The Serpent and the Rose and sequels). Caitlin published House of the Star, a magical-horse novel from Tor, in Fall 2010. The paperback appeared in November of 2011. She is dancinghorse on LiveJournal, Facebook, and Twitter.