Jennifer Marie Brissett is a British–Jamaican American who immigrated to the US when she was four and grew up in Cambridge, MA. For three and a half years, she owned and operated the Brooklyn indie bookstore Indigo Café & Books. She has a Master’s from the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Engineering (Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Visual Art) from Boston University. Her short stories can be found in The Future Fire, Halfway Down the Stairs, Lightspeed, Morpheus Tales, Terraform, Warrior Wisewoman 2, and APB: Artists against Police Brutality. Her story “Secrets of the Sea” was short listed for the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award. Her debut novel Elysium (Aqueduct Press) was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, placed on the Honor List for the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and won the 2015 Philip K. Dick Special Citation Award. She currently lives in NYC.
A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in magazines like Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, the steampunk novella, Buffalo Soldier, the steampunk novel, Pimp My Airship, and the middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects. As an editor, he’s worked on Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror, and Apex Magazine. Learn more at MauriceBroaddus.com.
Liana Brooks writes science fiction and sci-fi romance for people who like fast ships, big guns, witty one-liners, and happy endings. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four kids, and giant mastiff puppy. When she isn’t writing she enjoys hiking in the redwoods, playing at the beach, and watching whales.
Jennifer Brozek is an award winning author, editor, and tie-in author. Never Let Me Sleep and The Last Days of Salton Academy were both nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. She was awarded the Scribe Award for best tie-in Young Adult novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, and won an Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication. Visit Jennifer’s worlds at jenniferbrozek.com.
Andi C. Buchanan is a writer, editor, and part-time space lobster based near Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their work is published or forthcoming in Apex, Kaleidotrope, Glittership, and more. Andi is also the editor of Capricious magazine, a freelance web developer, and likes cheese and dinosaurs. Their website is at andicbuchanan.org or you can find them on Twitter @andicbuchanan.
Tobias S. Buckell is a The New York Times bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work.
His novels and over 60 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author.
He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs. He can be found online at TobiasBuckell.com.
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Jacqueline “Jax” Bryk is a freelance writer and game designer from Delaware. She is no stranger to sci-fi and fantasy fiction, though she mostly designs analog games. She was a featured guest at BreakoutCon 2017 and 2018 and won the Golden Cobra Award for game design in 2016. Jacqueline has written for White Wolf, Onyx Path Publishing, Helmgast AB, Galileo Games, Growling Door Games. and Damocles Thread Development. In her spare time, she likes to yell at games like Civilization V and Crusader Kings II, model for photographers and visual artists, avoid arguments about politics, and attempt recipes she saw on Iron Chef America once. You can find her work, both self-published and freelance, at http://drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=&author=Jacqueline+Bryk
Christopher Caldwell is a queer Black American living in Glasgow, Scotland with his partner Alice. He was the 2007 recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship to Clarion West. His work has appeared in FIYAH, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Strange Horizons. He is @seraph76 on Twitter.
Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the new Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager. Beth is a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cats. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.
Keidra Chaney is a writer, editor, blogger, and digital strategist, though she’s not sure what that actually means these days. She has been published in Chicago Sun–Times, Time Out Chicago, Bitch Media, Paste, and a bunch of publications that no longer exist.
She is the co–founder and publisher of pop culture website The Learned Fangirl and occasionally makes music in a band called Sole Heiress and on her own.