Below are brief biographies of the extraordinary authors who have published stories in Compelling Science Fiction, along with links to their respective stories. Our authors are the lifeblood of our magazine. If you have compliments for the magazine, direct them toward these authors. If you have criticisms, direct them toward the editorial staff! Authors are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Chris Barnham lives in London, a city which is a constant inspiration for those who want to write about unexpected problems from the future, and dark secrets from the past, colliding with the present. His first novel, Among the Living, is available on Amazon. You can find him on Twitter: @barnham_chris and blogging about this and that at chrisbarnhamwriter.wordpress.com
Stories by Chris Barnham
All That Is Solid
James Beamon never met a bio about himself that he didn't like. That's because they often talk of his adventurous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan or the powerful romance he and his wife have shared for over twenty years. It has nothing to do with the fact that he's written all those bios himself and they should really be called "auto-bios" instead of plain "bios".
Speaking of writing, James is not school taught like most writers but instead learned how to craft fiction from carnies. That and buffalo wings. He'll never give away his secret wing recipe, but more of his exploits and links to other stories can be found at fictigristle.wordpress.com
Stories by James Beamon
Opportunities For Lost Children
Lawrence Buentello has published over 90 short stories in a variety of genres. Though his academic degree is in Literature, he has always been fascinated by science and works diligently to keep his science literacy up to date. Working for twenty-five years in academic libraries has also given him a healthy respect for the written word and the importance of knowledge. His collections of short fiction can be found on Amazon and other online retailers. He is a native son of San Antonio, Texas, where he resides with his wife, Susan, and two Australian Shepherds.
Stories by Lawrence Buentello
Pip Coen is supposedly a neuroscientist. They even gave him a PhD and everything. But real brains are frustratingly complicated, so he often writes about fictional ones instead. In his spare time, he can be found playing poker, hitting the snooze button, or adding a new pin to his travel map. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD, and his fiction has appeared or is upcoming in Apex and Compelling SF. In theory, he can be found at pipcoen.com.
Stories by Pip Coen
Floaters Can't Float
Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but she received her MA in English from Penn State, where she taught rhetoric and composition before becoming a technical writer in industries including nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son.
Her poetry has garnered her two Rhysling nominations, and has appeared in Star*Line, Dreams & Nightmares, Silver Blade, and multiple other venues; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show and Compelling Science Fiction, with stories set to appear in Altered Europa and The Fantasist later this year. Her critically-acclaimed Edda-Earth novels are available through Amazon. For more about her work, please see www.edda-earth.com.
Stories by Deborah L. Davitt
Robert Dawson has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and teaches at a Nova Scotian university. He began writing SF in 2010; since then, he has sold about forty stories to markets that include Compelling SF, Nature Futures, and AE. He has attended the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops, and is a member of SFWA and SF Canada. His other interests include fencing, cycling, and cooking.
Stories by Robert Dawson
The Art of Failure
Marie has a terrific job where she gets to interview technical experts from around the globe and translate what they say into clear, effective English. At night, she expands those ideas into (what she hopes is) taut and entertaining speculative fiction. Marie served a long tenure with Bell Laboratories and even ran her own shop for a while, where she covered topics from echelle spectrographs and solar thermal energy to high-performance composite applications and the latest telecommunications breakthroughs. She prefers delivering content in sophisticated multimedia, Web, and eLearning formats. Marie's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Flash Fiction Online, and Michael Moorcock's New Worlds Magazine. She loves animals and enjoys hiking in the mountains when they're not on fire.
Stories by Marie DesJardin
Mean and Clean
Meg Elison is the author of THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE, a post-apocalyptic feminist speculative novel, Tiptree recommendation, and winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. The sequel to MIDWIFE will be published in early 2017. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she is always saying something:
Stories by Meg Elison
Karl El-Koura was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and now resides in Canada's capital city with his beautiful editor-wife and their adorable tiny human.
Almost seventy of Karl's short stories and articles have been published in magazines since 1998, thirteen of which are available in his short story collection Ooter’s Place and Other Stories of Fear, Faith, and Love. In 2012 he independently published his debut novel Father John VS the Zombies, and in 2015 he published the sequel, Bishop John VS the Antichrist. He holds a second-degree black belt in Okinawan Goju Ryu karate, is an avid commuter-cyclist, and works for the Canadian Federal Public Service.
To find out more about Karl, visit his website at www.ootersplace.com.
Stories by Karl El-Koura
The Undertow Jackpot
After years of teaching college mathematics and writing textbooks, Ronald D. Ferguson decided that writing fiction would be more fun. He was right. He lives with his wife and a rescue dog named Cash near the shadow of the Alamo.
Stories by Ronald D. Ferguson
Intent to Occupy
Karl K. Gallagher is a systems engineer, currently performing data analysis for a major aerospace company. In the past he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up, operated satellites as a US Air Force officer, and selected orbits for government and commercial satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His novels Torchship and Torchship Pilot are available on Amazon and Audible.
Stories by Karl K. Gallagher
Nathan Hillstrom studied Computer Science, had a first career as a technologist on Wall Street, and now lives and writes in beautiful Southern California. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Compelling Science Fiction and the Unidentified Funny Objects 5 anthology. He is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writers' Workshop, and tweets infrequently as @NathanHillstrom.
Stories by Nathan Hillstrom
Originally from Denmark, Lars H. Hoffmann has been living in Madrid, Spain since the turn of the millennium. When he isn’t occupied with the exciting world of middle management in an IT marketing company, he consumes and writes science fiction short stories. He specializes in hard science fiction grounded in well established science. His stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines both online and in print. You can find Lars on his website www.islandofstability.com and on twitter @lars_H_Hoffmann.
Stories by Lars H. Hoffmann
Marcus Holm works with advanced user support at Uppsala University's supercomputer centre, UPPMAX, helping researchers in fields ranging from computational linguistics to nuclear physics and evolutionary biology with high-performance computer expertise. His free time is spent with his young daughter, programming home-brewed computer codes, and writing speculative fiction.
Stories by Marcus Holm
C. L. Kagmi raised a lot of eyebrows when she left her job in clinical research to become a full-time traveling writer in 2016. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and uses her fiction to ceaselessly explore human (and alien) experience through the lens of her understanding of the effect biology has on our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She only recently just left the lab with a commitment to finish the 300+ drafts she has sitting on her hard drive - so look for more work from her in the near future! Follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/CLKagmi, or read her reviews of her favorite little-known sci-fi gems at CLKagmi.com.
Dustin lives in the D.C. metro area. He pretends he is fixing a spaceship whenever he needs to repair his car. It is a hatchback. Metric.
Stories by Dustin Kennedy
Lynn Kilmore writes fantasy, suspense, and science fiction tales. Her short stories have appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine, and others. Her two novels, Soul Cages and Cubicles, Blood, and Magic, were both finalists in their genres for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Visit her website at www.lynnkilmore.com for more information and news on upcoming stories.
Stories by Lynn Kilmore
X and Y
Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and now writes from Grande Prairie, Alberta. His short work has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon, featured on io9, and appears in numerous Year’s Best anthologies as well as in magazines such as Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Apex. He was the most prolific author of short science fiction in 2015. Find him at richwlarson.tumblr.com.
Matt Raviner is a computer engineer and a black belt in Aikido. He spends most of his time living out of a suitcase and the rest teaching self defense for women. The Meta Traveler is his first published work.
Stories by Matt Raviner
The Meta Traveler
Mike Reeves-McMillan lives in Auckland, New Zealand, the setting of his contemporary urban fantasy series; and also in his head, where the weather is more reliable, and there are more wizards and spaceships. As well as urban fantasy, he writes steampunkish secondary-world fantasy (the Gryphon Clerks series); sword-and-sorcery heist capers (the Hand of the Trickster series); and a variety of short stories, which have appeared in magazines, anthologies, podcasts, and websites, including Daily Science Fiction and Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.
Stories by Mike Reeves-McMillan
Steve Rodgers has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, works as a Chip Security Architect, and holds over 30 patents. In the two and a half years he’s been writing short fiction, he’s sold over a dozen stories to venues like Compelling SF, Perihelion, Stupefying Stories, Black Denim Lit, and also several third party anthologies for sale on Amazon. The first book of his fantasy duology “Spellgiver” will be out in late 2016. His Amazon author page is www.amazon.com/author/steverodgers, and his website is: www.steverodgersauthor.com. You can also find him on Facebook, where he’ll spout his opinions on various writing topics.
Stories by Steve Rodgers
Michael Ryder (MichaelRyderBooks.com) has worked in journalism, technology and finance in the U.S. and Asia. Much to his surprise, he's developed an expertise in transaction security, with two patents granted and more coming. He now lives in San Francisco, where he's often found in neighborhood cafes, typing madly into his trusty laptop. His espionage thriller, Shock and Awe, debuted last year. His short fiction has appeared in Fiction River, Penumbra, and Devilfish Review.
Stories by Michael Ryder
Dominic Teague hails from the northwest of England and holds a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool. His short story ‘Lost in Transit’ was selected for publication in the anthology Patches of Light (2016) by the judging panel of the 2015 High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature. He has also written scripts for the British comics 2000 AD, Commando and FutureQuake.
Stories by Dominic Teague
The Law of Diminishing Returns
Jamie Wahls is a writer, programmer, pianist, suicide counselor, voice actor, massage therapist, mime, model, ex-millionaire, Krav Magi, scuba diver, game developer, neuroscience enthusiast, dance instructor, vegetarian, and very cautious driver. You can read more about him at jamiewahls.com
Stories by Jamie Wahls
The Little Gods
Jeff Walden has spent most of his life writing. For over 16 years, he was editorial director for yet2, a world-spanning consultancy for Open Innovation, where he learned about thousands of new technologies that were not quite on the market. He’s been a magazine editor, run in-house PR, written several computer books, and freelanced at some of the best-known Silicon Valley companies, such as Apple, Adobe, Electronic Arts, and Symantec. His love for science fiction, however, goes back even longer than he would care to admit, and his personal library comprises several thousand volumes. You can find him at jeff-walden.com.
Stories by Jeff Walden
They Breed Like Flies
Ken Wharton has been a physics professor at San Jose State University since 2001. His research is in Quantum Foundations, a field that strives for a deeper account of quantum theory and a better understanding of what quantum phenomena might be telling us about our universe. (A general-level essay describing Dr. Wharton's overall research program can be found online under the title "The Universe is not a Computer".) His 2001 novel "Divine Intervention" (Ace) was awarded the Special Citation for the Philip K. Dick award, and he has also been a finalist for both the Nebula and the Campbell Awards.
Stories by Ken Wharton
Down and Out
Aaron writes all kinds of speculative fiction, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Crime. His short fiction has been published in several online magazines, and his most recent work, Bad Humors--an urban fantasy novella--can be found on Amazon. You can find him on twitter @aaron_a_wright, on Goodreads, or at his website at aaronawright.com.
He works as a web developer, and lives in Texas with his wife and four kids.
Stories by Aaron Wright