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 publisher!

Mike Adamson

Mike Adamson holds a PhD from Flinders University of South Australia, where he has studied and taught for some twenty-three years. Mike's family immigrated to Australia from England in 1971; after early aspirations in the arts, Mike secured degrees in marine biology and the social sciences. Mike lectures in anthropology, is a passionate photographer, a master-level hobbyist, and has a passion for speculative fiction, currently appearing in over twenty venues, including Helios Quarterly, Lovecraftiana, Zetetic, Aurealis and the new Flame Tree anthology Lost Worlds.

You can visit his blog, "The View from the Keyboard," at

Stories by Mike Adamson
Cogito Ergo Sum
Hostile Intent

R R Angell

R R Angell can be found in Asimov's Science Fiction, Interzone, Gargoyle, The Baltimore Review, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Scorched Earth, Fishnet, and Astounding Tales among others, and many anthologies including "Sex & Chocolate," "Best Date Ever: True Stories That Celebrate Gay Relationships," and "Stress City." His work has been translated into French and Chinese. More stories at

Stories by R R Angell
What's a Few Years When You Get Money and Friends in High Places?

Chris Barnham

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

Stories by Chris Barnham
All That Is Solid

James Beamon

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

Stories by James Beamon
Opportunities For Lost Children

Santiago Belluco

Santiago lives in Italy, where he writes speculative fiction and studies the neural circuits underlying vision. He can be found at and @SantiagoBelluco

Stories by Santiago Belluco
The Forest Eats

David Bruns

David Bruns is a former officer on a nuclear-powered submarine turned corporate executive turned science fiction writer. He is the creator of the sci-fi/fantasy series The Dream Guild Chronicles, and the bestselling military sci-fi novel INVINCIBLE, based on Nick Webb’s Legacy Fleet series. His short fiction has appeared in such speculative fiction anthologies as The Future Chronicles and Beyond the Stars. In his spare time, he co-writes contemporary thrillers with a retired naval intelligence officer. Find out more at

Stories by David Bruns
Fathom the Ocean, Deep and Still

Lawrence Buentello

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
Gaia's Children

John M. Campbell

John M. Campbell is a retired engineer who spent thirty-five years in the aerospace industry. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and led engineering teams building computer systems for the government. Now, he speculates on the worlds currently unknown to us that modern physics may unlock. He is compelled by the promise technology offers to address many of the issues facing human survival. He is intrigued by the likelihood that machine intelligence will likely surpass man’s ability to control it in this century. False Identity is his fourth published short story. For other of his stories, visit his author page at

John lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado.

Stories by John M. Campbell
False Identity

Pip Coen

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

Stories by Pip Coen
Floaters Can't Float
Paint by Numbers
Inside-of-Body Experience

Deborah L. Davitt

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. She’s worked as a technical writer on contracts involving nuclear submarines, NASA, and computer manufacturing.

Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over twenty journals; her short fiction has earned a finalist showing for the Jim Baen Adventure Fantasy Award (2018) and has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Galaxy’s Edge. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels, please see

Stories by Deborah L. Davitt
Demeter's Regard
The Lonely Dark

Robert Dawson

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

John Derderian

John has degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he now lives in Southern California, where he works in the fields of remote sensing and image processing. He has no cats.

Stories by John Derderian
Cold Draft

Marie DesJardin

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

John Eckelkamp

John Eckelkamp is a Montessori teacher with over twenty years of experience who specializes in teaching science to all ages. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Houston SPCA where he did rescue work and provided exotic animal care, including an African lion and an American cougar. With a father and uncle who worked for NASA and a member of his writing group being an astronaut, his life has been deeply involved with space exploration. As a young boy John used to play with the buttons in Mission Control between space flights.

Stories by John Eckelkamp

Meg Elison

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:

@megelison on Twitter

Stories by Meg Elison
Personal Trainer

Karl El-Koura

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

Stories by Karl El-Koura
The Undertow Jackpot

Ronald D. Ferguson

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.

Author website
Amazon author page

Stories by Ronald D. Ferguson
Intent to Occupy

Matt Fuchs

Matt Fuchs writes speculative fiction novels and short stories. In his 2015 novella, Rise of Hypnodrome (CCLaP), a political faction called the Lifestyle Party rises to power under the presidency of Deepak Chopra, promising new policies to maximize personal happiness. Matt is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Other endeavors include law review articles on the First Amendment and magazine pieces about adventure eating. Find out more at

Stories by Matt Fuchs
National Mission System

Karl K. Gallagher

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

Bruce Golden

Bruce Golden’s short stories have been published in more than 30 anthologies and across a score of countries. Asimov’s Science Fiction described his novel, Evergreen, "If you can imagine Ursula Le Guin channeling H. Rider Haggard, you'll have the barest conception of this stirring book, which centers around a mysterious artifact and the people in its thrall." More recently, his book Tales of My Ancestors combines the historical with the fantastic, and has been characterized as "The Twilight Zone" meets Golden's new novel, Monster Town, is a satirical take on the world of the hard-boiled detective, one populated by the monsters of old black and white horror movies.

Stories by Bruce Golden
Don't Play the Blues

C. Stuart Hardwick

C. Stuart Hardwick is a Writers of the Future winner, a Jim Baen Memorial Award winner, and a BSFA James White Competition semifinalist. His style, described as "Heinlein meets Bradbury meets Homer Hickam" has made him a regular in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. His Apollo alternate history, "For All Mankind" won the Analab reader poll, and the July/August 2018 issue premiers his "Open Source Space" series. Stuart worked with video game pioneer John Carmack and built robots before finding his calling in fiction. A southerner from South Dakota, he married an aquanaut and has been known to wear a cape. Learn more at

Stories by C. Stuart Hardwick
Dreams of the Rocket Man

Nathan Hillstrom

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
White Dust

Larry Hodges

Larry Hodges's fourth novel, "When Parallel Lines Meet," which he co-wrote with Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, came out in October, 2017 from Phoenix Pick Publishers. His third novel, "Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions," a political satire/drama, was published in 2016, by World Weaver Press. (The novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, and features a third-party moderate challenge that pits father against daughter – with an alien ambassador along for the ride.) A resident of Germantown, MD, Larry's an active member of SFWA with over 85 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Workshop. He has 13 books and over 1700 published articles in over 150 different publications. He's also a professional table tennis coach! (He’s not sure if he’s a science fiction writer who coaches and writes about table tennis on the side, or vice versa.) Visit him at

Stories by Larry Hodges

Lars H. Hoffmann

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 and on twitter @lars_H_Hoffmann.

Stories by Lars H. Hoffmann

Marcus Holm

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
Quantum Coursework

Michael E. Johnson

Michael Johnson is a part-time inventor and writer, full-time software developer living in Central Illinois with his family. He's recently invented an iron-gall-ink-redox battery for use in developing environments, and continues researching battery technologies using bauxite residue. His sci-fi writing focuses on the poorest of the poor dealing with and living in a near future world for which they are completely unprepared. Michael's fantasy writing is a sort of "playable flash fiction" available at Michael's open source inventions can be explored at

Stories by Michael E. Johnson
The Dirt Dances

Tom Jolly

Tom Jolly is a retired astronautical/electrical engineer who now spends his time writing SF and fantasy, designing board games, and creating obnoxious puzzles. His short stories have appeared in Analog SF, Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, and a number of anthologies, most available at Amazon. He lives in Santa Maria, California, with his wife Penny in a place where mountain lions and black bears still visit. You can find links to more of his stories at

Stories by Tom Jolly
Driving Force

C.L. Kagmi

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, or read her reviews of her favorite little-known sci-fi gems at

Stories by C.L. Kagmi

Dustin Kennedy

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.

He can be found online at or on Twitter @anewflagjoint.

Stories by Dustin Kennedy

Lynn Kilmore

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 for more information and news on upcoming stories.

Stories by Lynn Kilmore
X and Y

E E King

E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and biologist - She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals.

Ray Bradbury calls her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Her books are, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife and Another Happy Ending. She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, butterflies in South Central Los Angeles and lectured on island evolution and marine biology on cruise ships in the South Pacific and the Caribbean, painted murals in Los Angeles and Spain and has been published widely.

Check out paintings, writing and musings at

Stories by E E King
The Virgin of Santos de la Tierra

Benjamin C. Kinney

Benjamin C. Kinney is a neuroscientist, science fiction and fantasy writer, and the assistant editor of Escape Pod. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Flash Fiction Online, and more. He lives in St. Louis with two cats and his Martian wife, but you can find him online at or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.

He swears this is all true, even the monkeys and the Martians.

Stories by Benjamin C. Kinney
The Setting of the Sun

Michèle Laframboise

Michèle Laframboise juggles her time between drawing comics and crafting stories. A science-fiction lover since childhood, she has written 17 novels and more than 35 short stories, earning three Auroras and two Solaris awards. Her works have been published in Solaris, Galaxies, Géante Rouge, Brin d’Éternité, plus the Tesseracts and Fiction River anthologies. She has been translated into French, Italian and Russian. Holding degrees in geography and engineering, she uses her scientific background to create worlds filled with humor, invention and wonder.

Stories by Michèle Laframboise
Thinking Inside the Box

Rich Larson

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

Stories by Rich Larson
We Are Destroyers

Clinton Lawrence

Clinton Lawrence is a high school science teacher (Chemistry and Physics), and prior to teaching, worked for over 20 years as an electrical engineer designing and testing microwave communications equipment. He attended Clarion West Writers' Workshop in 1990. His fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Lore, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and a number of other print and online publications.

Stories by Clinton Lawrence
Emerging from the Shadows

Jim Meeks-Johnson

Jim Meeks-Johnson has degrees in mathematics, psychology, and mathematical psychology, but most of his (non-writing) career consists of developing software for medical research at Indiana University. His short stories can be found in Compelling Science Fiction, The Colored Lens, Aurora Wolf, and the Six Worlds anthology. He's a futurist writer for SciFutures, member of SFWA, and graduate of Taos Toolbox. Five of his short stories have been recognized with awards in the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. Find out more at or check out his blog at

Stories by Jim Meeks-Johnson
The Mojo Economy

J.D. Moyer

J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores. His story “The Icelandic Cure” won the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction contest, and his debut science fiction novel The Sky Woman is available for pre-order (release date September 6, Flame Tree Press).

Stories by J.D. Moyer
Targeted Behavior

Jack Nicholls

Jack is an Australian author, but has been recently glimpsed in the UK, China, USA and Iceland. His work has been published in numerous venues including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Aurealis and In the real world he works alongside battery chemists, genetic engineers, climate campaigners and anybody else trying to save the planet. His website, with links to his other stories, can be found at

Stories by Jack Nicholls

J.D. Popham

J. D. Popham is a compulsive scribbler and teller of small tales. He believes in whimsy, and fierce, dark coffee.

Stories by J.D. Popham
Museum Piece

Matt Raviner

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

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
Aspiration Value

Steve Rodgers

Steve Rodgers has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, and holds over 30 patents. His short fiction has appeared in venues like Compelling SF, Perihelion, Stupefying Stories, Black Denim Lit, and also several third party anthologies for sale on Amazon. His Spellgiver fantasy series (of which the first book, “City of Shards”, is pictured on his T-shirt) has won acclaim from venues like Fantasy Book Review, Blue Ink Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Fantasy Book Critic, Readers’ Favorite, and many others. His website is: and his Amazon author page is

You can also find him on Facebook, where he’ll spout his opinions on various writing topics.

Stories by Steve Rodgers

James Rowland

Born and bred in Britain, James now lives in New Zealand where he works as an Intellectual Property solicitor. He enjoys writing in all the speculative genres and his work has appeared in places like Aurealis and Black Dandy. You can find out more about his work at

Stories by James Rowland
Top of Show

Michael Ryder

Michael Ryder ( 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

Adam R. Shannon

Adam R. Shannon is a career firefighter and paramedic, as well as a fiction writer, hiker, and amateur cook. He and his wife live in Virginia, where they care for two rambunctious dogs, a visiting panoply of foster dogs, and a free-range toad. He is an enthusiastic graduate of Clarion West 2017. He posts occasionally at and as @adamrshannon.

Stories by Adam R. Shannon

Dominic Teague

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

Tommi Virtanen

Tommi Virtanen is a software developer-slash-entrepreneur who discovered science fiction as a teen and has been enjoying the weird worlds ever since. You can find him writing about mostly non-fictional technology at

Stories by Tommi Virtanen
Seeds of War

Jamie Wahls

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

Stories by Jamie Wahls
The Little Gods

Jeff Walden

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

Stories by Jeff Walden
They Breed Like Flies

Ken Wharton

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 Wright

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

He works as a web developer, and lives in Texas with his wife and four kids.

Stories by Aaron Wright

John Taloni

John Taloni has been reading SF/F since he was eight and stumbled across a copy of Alexei Panshin’s “Rite of Passage.” His major influences include Anne McCaffrey and Larry Niven. Taloni is a long-time attendee at SF conventions, and he met his wife while dressed as a Pernese dragon rider. Their daughter asked at the age of four if they could watch more of the show with “the robots that say 'exterminate,' and the entire family has happily watched Doctor Who together ever since.

Social Media:
Author Page:
Twitter: @johntaloni

Stories by John Taloni
Fermi's Last Survivor

Amy Power Jansen

Amy Power Jansen lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband, Stephen. She works in the financial services industry and escapes to worlds weird and wonderful whenever she gets the chance. ​

Her stories have previously appeared in Abyss & Apex, Perihelion SF, Bloodbond, Myriad Lands: Volume 2, Orthogonal, Deep Magic, Futuristica 2, and the Flame Tree Publishing anthology Heroic Fantasy.

Stories by Amy Power Jansen
The Fare to Ride the Universe

Hall Jameson

Hall Jameson is an American writer and artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest with an assortment of furry and feathered creatures. Her work has recently appeared in Nature Futures, Drabblecast, and Fantasy Scroll Mag. When she's not writing stories or taking photographs, Hall spends her time kayaking, playing the piano, and cat wrangling. Please stop by and say hello to her on Twitter and Instagram: @halljameson or visit her website:

Stories by Hall Jameson
Sounds of the New World

Steve Wire

By day, Steve Wire teaches math and economics, as cute but useless robots wheel around the classroom and distract his students. By night, he writes science fiction, reads Rothbard, and types at the command line. His favorite languages are Mandarin and Python.

Stories by Steve Wire
Catallactics on an Asteroid

Jared Oliver Adams

Jared Oliver Adams lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he writes, explores, and dabbles in things better left alone. He holds two degrees in music performance, a third degree in elementary education, and is utterly incapable of passing a doorway without checking to see if it leads to Narnia.

He enjoys experimental art music, but let it be known that he also loves the music of John Williams.

Find out more at

Stories by Jared Oliver Adams
Urban Fanfare

Derrick Boden

Derrick Boden's fiction has appeared in numerous online and print venues including Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and Perihelion. He is a writer, a software developer, a traveler, and an adventurer. He currently calls New Orleans his home, although he's lived in thirteen cities spanning four continents. He is owned by three cats. Find him at

Stories by Derrick Boden
Wait Calculation

Jessica Snell

Jessica Snell lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their four children. When Jessica's not writing or editing, she enjoys knitting, gardening, and traveling up to the mountains whenever she can. You can follow her on Twitter @theJessicaSnell. Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Tales from Plexis (DAW Books), and

Stories by Jessica Snell
The Stillness of the Stars

Elena Pavlova

Elena Pavlova lives in Montana, Bulgaria. Her short stories have appeared in various Bulgarian anthologies and magazines, winning awards from national competitions. In 2019, her middle-grade SF novel Камен и пиратите от 5г [Kamen and the Pirates from 5-B] won the Bulgarian national award Konstantin Konstantinov. She has had six other novels, two collections of shorter fiction and more than two dozens of gamebooks published, and has translated into Bulgarian authors as diverse as Robert Howard, Robert R. McCammon, and Peter Watts. Her short story "Love in the Time of Con Crud" appeared in Future Science Fiction Digest #3 in 2019.

Stories by Elena Pavlova
Two Moons

Spencer Koelle

Spencer Koelle is a stressed bisexual worshipping pagan idols in the city of brotherly love. His sometimes-updated website is and his twitter handle for the truly courageous is @KoelleSpencer. When not contemplating the void, he freelances for nonprofits, listens to audiobooks and drinks red wine. He likes Garth Nix and dislikes Philip Roth.

Stories by Spencer Koelle
Drought and Blood