Uncanny Authors

Vivian Shaw

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

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

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

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

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

Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo and Aurora award-winning editor, whose work has been featured here at Uncanny as Co-Guest Editor in Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, and Fireside Quarterly. Her authorial work has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, The Boston Globe, and many other venues. She travels with a void dog at her side, and writes wherever she lands with all six feet firmly on the ground. (And yes, that math does work out.)

Elsa Sjunneson & Dominik Parisien

Elsa Sjunneson 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.

photo collage of Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota

Elsa Sjunneson, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota

Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Hugo Award-winning author and editor, and the first deafblind person to win a Hugo Award. She was the Guest Co-Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, where she edited the nonfiction section. Her own nonfiction writing has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, Fireside, and The Boston Globe. She teaches about disability in fiction on a regular basis. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she learned how to write a killer polemic. You can find her talking about being deafblind, having a guide dog, and liking bats @snarkbat on Twitter, and on her website snarkbat.com.

Publishers & Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas guide the four-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine. Eight-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis). Along with being a five-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Together, Lynne and Michael won the Best Editor: Short Form Hugo Award in 2018. Also, they solve mysteries.

Managing Editor & Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota is a four-time Hugo Award-winning writer and editor, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, and Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and the text writer for the 2018-2019 exhibit Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. She served five years as a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Board of Organizers, including two years as Board President. She is also a professional fire spinner, often performing with the fire/flow+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek. She can often be found on Twitter at @geekmelange posting about publishing, pop culture, Filipina identity, food, her cats, and often yelling about The Good Place.

Elsa Sjunneson & Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Elsa Sjunneson & Merc Fenn Wolfmoor are the minds behind Raptor Novelist. Separately, Sjunneson has had work published in FiresideUncanny, several anthologies, and The Boston Globe; Wolfmoor’s works have appeared in Lightspeed, Nightmare, Uncanny, Apex, Fireside, and others. This is their first collaboration. Wolfmoor is a Nebula Award finalist and a non-binary autistic person. Sjunneson is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award finalist magazine, Fireside, and a queer and deafblind woman.

Cynthia So

Cynthia So was born in Hong Kong and lives in London. Her work has appeared in GlitterShip, Anathema, and Arsenika, and is forthcoming in Strange Horizons. She is also one of the new voices in Proud, an anthology of LGBTQ+ YA stories, poems, and art by LGBTQ+ creators, published by Stripes in March 2019. She can be found on Twitter @cynaesthete.