Adam Callaway is a freelance baker, avid ping ponger, transdimensional neosurrealist, and a dedicated writer. He lives in Superior, Wisconsin, where summer is blissfully short and mild, with his wife and two dogs. He has had stories published in AE and Flurb.
Together, Kate Elliott and Aidan Moher form some sort of super team. They'll get back to you with their specific superpowers and motives at a later date.
Aliette de Bodard is a writer of fantasy and science fiction (and the very occasional horror piece). Aliette has won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction, as well as Writers of the Future. She has also been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Award. Her debut novel, Servant of the Underworld, an Aztec mystery-fantasy, is out now from Angry Robot, with the sequel Harbinger of the Storm forthcoming in January 2011 in the UK/US/Australia. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of venues, such as Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction.
Anthony Huso is the author of The Last Page and Black Bottle, published by Tor Books. He was born in Minnesota and has lived in Asia, Europe, and around the United States. When not writing, he is a video game designer. Titles he has worked on include "Call of Duty: World at War" and "Boom Blox Bash Party." He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughters.
Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of The Winds of Khalakovo, the first of three planned books in The Lays of Anuskaya series. In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad's stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, "In the Eyes of the Empress's Cat," was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.
Brent Weeks is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Black Prism and The Night Shadow Trilogy. You can contact Brent at brent(at)brentweeks(dot)com. Brent is pretty bad–okay, he’s flat out awful at replying to emails, probably because he spends 45 minutes on each one, and after answering three or four of the 700 in his inbox, he plugs his ears and bangs his head on the table and starts going na-na-na-na and visualizing a hamster on a jet-powered hamster wheel. But he does read all of his emails (the good ones, he’ll read two or three times, the little narcissist), and really enjoys hearing from you and does reply sometimes, so yes, Lloyd, I’m saying you have a chance.
Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year). Encouraged toward writing by his parents, he started working on short stories and novellas in his late teens. He went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University. It was here he met Brandon Sanderson, who encouraged Brian’s feeble attempts at plotting and characters more than he should have. In November 2011, Promise of Blood and two sequels sold at auction to Orbit Books.
Once upon a time, there was a writer who wrote novels under three names — well, two and a half, really. Daniel Abraham wrote epic fantasy set other worlds, MLN Hanover wrote urban fantasy set in something very like our world, and James S. A. Corey wrote science fiction set well into the future. In the real world, he was Daniel Abraham, except that James S. A. Corey was written with a partner named Ty Franck.
D.B. Jackson is the pseudonym of David B. Coe, the award-winning fantasy author of a dozen novels. Writing under his new pen name, David has written Thieftaker, a blend of mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The book will be released by Tor Books on July 3. David lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two daughters, who are smarter and better-looking than he is, but who tolerate him because he makes a mean fajita.
Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts.
Douglas Hulick is the author of the Tales of the Kin series. His debut novel, Among Thieves, the first book in the series, is published by Roc/Penguin in the United States, by Verlagsgruppe Random House/Heyne in Germany and by Tor/Macmillan in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Campbell, Sturgeon, and multiple-Hugo-award winning author of over twenty novels and nearly one hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with a Giant Ridiculous Dog, but divides her time in Wisconsin, the home of her partner, fantasist Scott Lynch.
After a 20 year career in IT, Elspeth Cooper now writes epic fantasy books for a living. She lives in Northumberland with her husband, and has a very large sword.
Fabio Fernandes is a writer living in São Paulo, Brazil. A university professor and translator, he is responsible for the Brazilian translations of several prominent SF novels including Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, England, and USA, and in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded. There's another story coming up in The Apex Book of World SF, Vol. II, ed. by Lavie Tidhar, later this year. Writes a column for SF Signal on e-books and e-readers.
Foz Meadows is a bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality and YA urban fantasy author. Her current novels, Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt, are available in both paper and ebook formats. She likes cheese, geekery, writing, webcomics and general weirdness. Dislikes include Hollywood rom-coms, liquorice and the Republican party. She is a member of the Melbourne-based SuperNova writers’ group, and between October 2009 and May 2010, she wrote a weekly column, Speaking to Geeks, for Trespass Magazine. She is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post.
Francis Knight was born and lives in Sussex, England. When not living in her own head, she enjoys SF&F geekery, WWE geekery, teaching her children Monty Python quotes, and boldly going and seeking out new civilizations.
Freda Warrington is a British author, known for her epic fantasy, vampire and supernatural novels. Her earliest novels, the Blackbird series, were written and published when she was just finishing her teen years; in the intervening years she has seen numerous stand-alone novels and a trilogy published. Four of her novels have been nominated for the British Fantasy Society's Best Novel award. Warrington has also seen numerous short stories published in anthologies and magazines.
Jeff Salyards grew up in a small town north of Chicago. While it wasn't Mayberry, it was quiet and sleepy, so he got started early imagining his way into other worlds that were loud, chaotic, and full of irrepressible characters. While he ultimately moved away, he never lost his fascination for the fantastic. Though his tastes have grown a bit darker and more mature over the years. Jeff lives near Chicago with his wife and three daughters. By day, he is a book editor for the American Bar Association; by night, he will continue to crank out novels as long as there are readers willing to read them.
John H. Stevens is a writer, bookseller, fantastika geek, and bibliophile who is in his fourth decade of being an SF fan. When not doing something bookish or writerly he is raising a disarmingly precocious toddler. He is working on a novel and several short stories.
Josh Vogt has a passion for reading and writing speculative fiction. He's seen all sides of the publishing industry and is currently working with a literary agent to get his novels published. He wants to share his love for the genre, plus help aspiring writers in their quest for publication. Visit his fiction website, his writing resources site, or follow him on Twitter @JRVogt.
Many of you know Canadian author Julie E. Czerneda as the former biologist turned science fiction novelist published by DAW Books NY. You may have read her Clan Chronicles series, or be a fan of Mac or Esen from her other work. Maybe you’ve heard she’s an editor. Also true. This spring, however, prepare to meet the Julie you don’t know. After three years of work, she’s letting out her whimsical side with the release of her first fantasy novel, A Turn of Light, also from DAW. The setting, Marrowdell, is based on pioneer settlements in Ontario. There are toads. And dragons. The magic? All her own. For more about Julie’s work, including book excerpts and upcoming events, please visit her website. Author photo by Roger Czerneda Photography.
Justin Landon is the Overlord of the genre blog Staffer's Book Review (and occasional musings). When he's not writing things of dubious value to the world, he's at the gym or being a dad. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, which is strongly suggested lest you miss out on vital information that could someday save your life.
Kameron Hurley is a Very Serious Writer who currently hacks out a living as a marketing and advertising scribe in Ohio. She spent much of her roaring 20s traveling, pretending to learn how to box, and trying not to die spectacularly. Along the way, she justified her nomadic lifestyle by picking up degrees in history from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Today she lives a comparatively boring life sustained by Coke Zero, Chipotle, low-carb cooking, and lots of words. She continues to work hard at not dying.
Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel Redemption in Indigo won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut). It was also longlisted for the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her latest novel The Best of All Possible Worlds won the 2009 Frank Collymore Literary Award.
Kate Elliott is the author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy, an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency adventure fantasy with swords, sharks, and lawyer dinosaurs. She has also written the Crossroads Trilogy, which features giant eagles, ghosts, and the clash of cultures, the complete in seven volumes Crown of Stars epic fantasy, and the science fiction Novels of the Jaran. While not writing, she lives not in lurid adventure fiction but in paradisiacal Hawaii. Special thanks to Aliette de Bodard for her comments on this subject and the post.
Larry Nolen is a language arts and history teacher who does occasional freelance translation work of Spanish and Portuguese-language authors. He has had several articles and interviews published in Spanish, French, and Portuguese translations. He is the editor of The OF Blog.
Lauren Beukes is a recovering journalist, TV scriptwriter, award-winning columnist and writer (aka glorified typist). She’s the author of the muti noir, Zoo City released in 2010 and the dystopian thriller Moxyland (2008) which William Gibson describes as “very, *very* good.” She lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter.
Max Gladstone has taught in southern Anhui, wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat, and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. Max graduated from Yale University, where he studied Chinese. He is the author of Three Parts Dead, published by Tor Books.
Mazarkis Williams has degrees in history and physics, and a passion for cooking and cats. Mazarkis has roots in both Britain and America, having been educated and working in both, and now divides time between Bristol and Boston.
Melinda Snodgrass was born in Los Angeles, but her family moved to New Mexico when she was five months old making her almost a native. In 1988 she accepted a job on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and began her Hollywood career. Her novels, The Edge of Reason, and The Edge of Ruin are currently available from Tor. Her latest project is the first novel in a new Urban Fantasy series featuring blood sucking lawyers, This Case Is Gonna Kill Me. Her passion (aside from writing) is riding her Lusitano stallion, Vento da Broga.
Born in Detroit Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy wass his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children.
Myke Cole is the author of Shadow Ops: Control Point. As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.
N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo (twice), the Nebula (twice), and the World Fantasy Award; shortlisted for the Crawford, the Gemmell Morningstar, and the Tiptree; and she has won a Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Baen’s Universe; semipro markets such as Ideomancer and Abyss & Apex; and podcast markets and print anthologies. Her short story “Non-Zero Probabilities” received Hugo and Nebula nominations. Her first five novels, the Inheritance Trilogy and the Dreamblood (duology), are out now from Orbit Books. (Samples available in the Books section; see top navigation buttons.)
Paul Jessup has a beard (A BEARD) and plays with genre, and sometimes he takes that genre and makes things with it. Sometimes those things involve words, and the words add up, until they are big words and small words and novel words. And then people publish them and he dances. It’s a fun dance.
Anne Perry and Jared Shurin are the editors of Pornokitsch and founders of The Kitschies. Since 2008, Pornokitsch has been gleefully chatting about geek culture - with a focus on books, movies, games, comics and television. Our mission is to treat genre fiction seriously and examine it thoroughly, for better or for worse. The Kitschies reward intelligent, progressive and entertaining fiction containing speculative or fantastic elements. Judging categories include novel, debut and cover art.
Robert Jackson Bennett's 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, was the 2012 winner of the Edgar Award for 'Best Paperback Original.' His third novel, The Troupe, was published on the 21st of February, 2012.
Sam Sykes is the author of Tome of the Undergates, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. Suspected by many to be at least tangentially related to most causes of human suffering, Sam Sykes is also a force to be reckoned with beyond literature. Sam Sykes is also the angriest man alive.
Stina Leicht’s debut novel Of Blood and Honey, a historical Fantasy with an Irish Crime edge set in 1970s Northern Ireland, was released by Night Shade books in February 2011. The sequel, And Blue Skies from Pain hits bookstores on March 6th, 2012. She also has a flash fiction piece in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s surreal anthology Last Drink Bird Head.
T.C. McCarthy has lived in lots of places (the SF Bay Area, Australia, and places he'd rather not mention) but he always seem to wind up back in the south because it's just like the third-world - except with good barbecue. And, he's a writer; his first novel is scheduled for publication in 2011. For more information check out Pharmacon, follow him on Twitter, or check out his bio from the Hachette Book Group.
The G is founder and co-editor of ‘nerds of a feather, flock together’, which covers SF/F, crime fiction, comics, cult films and video games. He moonlights as an academic.
Tom Lloyd was born in 1979 and showed almost no interest in writing until the age of eighteen. I blame the teachers myself. Nevertheless he did eventually find himself with a long summer to spare before university, and decided to start a novel when it was suggested he get a job to pass the time. This tells you much of what there is to know about him. The rest can be derived from the fact that he first had the idea of writing a book to annoy a schoolfriend by getting published before him. No, honestly; he's actually that shallow.
Tracy Hurley is a blogger, podcaster, and freelance writer. Her site, sarahdarkmagic.com, was nominated for a 2011 ENnie for best blog and she has written for a number of companies including Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Kobold Quarterly/Open Design, Margaret Weis Productions, Smart Play Games, and Evil Hat Productions.
Wesley Chu’s dreams as an NFL punter were quickly dashed when he learned at an early age that he was terrible at every sort of ball sport. Actually, he was bad at every single sport in the known universe that didn’t involve hitting someone or doing backflips. Thus, he did what all ex-gymnasts/kungfu masters did: go into Information Technology while moonlighting as an actor. Since then, he has been following his new dream of writing books – Science Fiction/Fantasy books with lots of action and no round objects.