Contributors

MetaStellar would not exist without our talented writers and editors. Thank you for your contributions!

If you would like to join our team, please email [email protected] or contact individual editors listed on our contacts page.

Here is our full list of contributors:

Hello. My name is Kevin. I often visit mythical lands, make merry with fictional people and come back to Earth to write their fantastical tales on my blog, THE WORDS OF A DYING FLAME. Find me on Twitter and on Instagram
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Ryan is the senior editor at AR/VR Tips, an online company that showcases the latest augmented reality apps and virtual reality products and offers tutorials and guides to help you play.
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Gwen Anderson is a Junior in High School with aspirations of turning her addiction to writing of the weird, the funny, and the outright strange into something she can actually live off of someday. She spent the past summer at Columbia’s Crafting the Novel Immersion and has earned three Honorable Mentions from Scholastic. She runs her own book review and original writing blog which can be found on Instagram @4TheStarryEyed or on her website at 4THESTARRYEYED.
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Asch is a high school teacher, an avid gamer, and a First Reader in both science fiction and fantasy at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Her current project is illustrating poetry book Tell Me More Tales, sequel to Tell Me Tales.
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Dawn Baird spends her days in the world of fiction, creating short stories and novels. She lives in Florida with her husband and a fat cat who loves to walk on her computer keyboard as she works. Follow her on Twitter at @DawnBairdWriter.
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Alexandra Balasa is a writer, editor, PhD student, and TA at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as PodCastle, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, and Deep Magic. You can follow her on @BalasaAl.
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Raluca Balasa holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her debut science fiction novel, Blood State, was released in September of 2020 from Renaissance Press or Amazon. Find out more at her website Raluca Balasa
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Patrick Barb is a freelance writer and editor from the southern United States, currently living (and trying not to freeze to death) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Previously, his short fiction has appeared in Sci-Fi & Scary, Crystal Lake Publishing's Shallow Waters Vol. 7, Boneyard Soup Magazine, and other publications (see Patrick Barb for more info).
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Kathrine K. Beck (also known as K.K. Beck) lives in Seattle, Washington, and is the author of 17 crime novels and one work of nonfiction, Opal: A Life of Enchantment, Mystery and Madness. Beck is an Edgar award nominee and an Agatha award nominee. Visit her Amazon author page here.
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Jim Bell is a planetary scientist, educator, author, public speaker, and past president of The Planetary Society. He works at Arizona State University and is heavily involved in NASA solar system exploration missions like those of the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. His popular science and space photography books include Postcards from Mars, Mars 3-D, Moon 3-D, The Space Book, The Interstellar Age, The Earth Book, and most recently Hubble Legacy: 30 Years of Images and Discoveries (2020). He is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Kerry E.B. Black writes from a little house that slips further into a swamp with each thunderstorm. Follow the award-winning author of many short stories and the novel "Season of Secrets" on Goodreads, Book Bub, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at kerryebblack.com.
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Glenn Bresciani is an Australian who works in community aged care. Fantasy and sci-fi are his favorite genres to read and write about. Yet, whenever he tries to write fantasy, he mostly ends up writing "slice of life" fiction instead. Glenn's Facebook page is here
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Culum Brown is a professor at Macquarie University, where he teaches vertebrate evolution. He is also the assistant editor of the Journal of Fish Biology.
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Jacob Budenz is a queer writer, multi-disciplinary performer, educator, and witch whose work you can follow on Instagram at @dreambabyjake, on Twitter at @jakebeearts, and the Internet beyond at JakeBeearts.com. The author of Pastel Witcheries from Seven Kitchens Press, Budenz has work in journals including Slipstream, Wizards in Space, and Entropy Magazine, as well as anthologies by Mason Jar Press, Lycan Valley Press, and Mad Scientist Journals.
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Mark Budman is a first-generation immigrant. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Catapult, Witness, Five Points, Guernica/PEN, American Scholar, Huffington Post,  Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, and elsewhere. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press. Learn more at MarkBudman.com.
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Tim Burkhardt is a writer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. His work has appeared in Riddled With Arrows, The Horror Tree, and forthcoming in The Dread Machine. He spends the rest of his time raising his two sons and their rescue cat, Keats. His work can be found at TimothyBurkhardt.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter @TmthyBurkhardt.
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William Burns lives somewhere in the mountains at the end of the Appalachian Chain. Rumor has it that he taught electrical engineering and biotechnology for two score years while closeted at night with his writing equipment.
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After retiring from a twenty year career as an air traffic controller, Rex Caleval decided to try writing a few of the story ideas that were always popping into his head, and has been pleased to find that some people like them. Links to his stories which have been published online can be found on his Facebook author page Rex Caleval.
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Arasibo is originally from Puerto Rico and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror that's often inspired by scientific principles. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Tales to Terrify , Weirdbook #41, and Helios Quarterly Magazine.
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James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Pepperdine University. He has work published or forthcoming in Tales to Terrify, Maudlin House and Novel Noctule. He currently resides in the Bay Area and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of San Francisco.
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Elliott Capon is the author of four published novels -- one horror, two funny whodunits and one sarcastic murder cozy -- and a collection of shaggy dogs. He's been married 42 years and will probably remain so until he can find them damn right of rescission papers. Visit his Amazon author page here.
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Jared Cappel's work has appeared or is forthcoming in After Dinner Conversations, Blue Lake Review, Door Is A Jar, Literally Stories, and Reflex Press, among others. When he's not writing, he enjoys creating digital art known for its abstract imagery and vibrant use of color. A lover of wordplay, he's ranked as one of the top Scrabble players in North America. Follow the latest at Jared Cappel.
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Award-winning performance A.D. Carson is the assistant professor of Hip-Hop & the Global South in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia. His most recent album, i used to love to dream is available on all major streaming platforms.
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Jay Caselberg is a writer and poet whose work, novels, short fiction, poetry, has appeared around the world and been translated into several languages. From time to time, it gets shortlisted for awards. Find out more at Caselberg.net.
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Micah Castle is a weird fiction and horror writer. His stories have appeared in various magazines, websites, and anthologies, and has three collections currently out. While away from the keyboard, he enjoys spending time with his wife, aimlessly spending hours hiking through the woods, playing with his animals, and can typically be found reading a book somewhere in his Pennsylvania home.
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James Cato writes instead of doing laundry and his novel, Litter of the Waste, is in orbit. He has previous publications in Daily Science Fiction, The Molotov Cocktail, Gone Lawn, Litro, Atticus Review, and The Colored Lens, among others. He tweets humbly @the_sour_potato and his work lives on JamesCatoAuthor.com/fiction.
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Eric Cavalcanti is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at Griffith University. His research is aimed at uncovering the reality behind the mathematics of quantum mechanics, and how it allows for exciting technologies such as quantum computing and cryptography.
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Brad Center was born and raised in Philadelphia, and now lives just outside Washington, DC in Fairfax Virginia. By profession, he is a partner in a small consulting business.  As a writer, he has had poems published in small press publications like Dream International Quarterly.  His speculative fiction short stories have appeared in on-line magazines like The New Accelerator.  His book of short stories entitled Blurring the Lines is a mix of horror and speculative fiction.  
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Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (2021, CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Motherboard, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Clash Books, Pantheon Magazine and Broken River Books. Follow him on Twitter Jaceycockrobin. More info at Joshua Chaplinsky and Unraveling The Paradox
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A writer living in North London, Barry Charman has been published in various magazines, including Ambit, Firewords Quarterly and Popshot Quarterly. He has a blog at barrycharman.blogspot.co.uk.
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Charles Quixote Choi is a science journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science, Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, Inside Science, Wired.com and Space.com, among others. He has also traveled to every continent and holds the rank of yondan in the Toyama-ryu battodo style of Japanese swordsmanship. His first sale, "By the Will of the Gods," appeared in the January-February-2021 issue of Analog.
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Regina Clarke lives in the ancient terrain of the Hudson River Valley, and not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth. Her background at one time was in the field of IT, writing about subjects engineers wanted to explain, including virtual reality, military surveillance software, and augmented reality. Some of these things have inspired her fiction. Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, Alien Dimensions, T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, and The Farther Trees, among others. Her fantasy novel MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobooks competition and three of her stories have been featured on podcasts. You can see her books and story page, book trailer videos, and blog posts at Regina Clarke.
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Jonathan's been a writer ever since he was old enough to toddle to Dad’s Selectric and plink out the phrase “It was a dark and stormy night” key by key (his parents thought he was a child prodigy; they never read Peanuts). Jonathan's worked as a technical writer, marketing writer, editor, blogger, court reporter, and pretty much every job where slinging words is involved. He is the writer and creator of the Lavender Tavern podcast.
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Russell Contreras is the justice and race reporter at Axios covering the policies and agencies at the heart of the administration of justice and how it impacts people of color. See all his stories here.
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Fred Coppersmith's fiction has appeared previously or is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways, Stupefying Stories, and Bourbon Penn, among others. He toils by day the wilds of academic publishing and also edits and publishes the quarterly zine Kaleidotrope.
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Merlin Crossley is the deputy vice-chancellor (Academic) and a professor of molecular biology at the University of New South Wales. He has also worked or studied at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney. He has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, and the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Sciences in 2020.
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Graham J. Darling's creations of diamond-hard sci-fic, mythopoeic fantasy and unearthly horror have escaped out of Vancouver Canada and are at large in the pages of Sword & Mythos and Brain Games: Stories to Astonish. Homeowners are advised to lock their doors and windows, and tune in here for survival tips: Fiction.GrahamJDarling.com, on Twitter as @GrahamJDarling or on Facebook as GrahamJDarling .
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Melissa Davilio is a self-taught poet and short fiction author.  She is a domestic violence survivor and awareness advocate, and resides in Bristol, Conn., with her husband, James, and their furry family.  More of her work can be viewed on her website.
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DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning novelette, short story, and flash fiction writer with over 250 stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. DC's stories have appeared in 34th Parallel, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Ball State University, Lunch Ticket, Progenitor, Blue Lake Review, and many others. DC was twice nominated for Best of the Net Anthology. DC’s short story collection, Stepping Up will be published in 2021. She lives on the California central coast with her wife and animals. Find out more at dcdiamondopolous.com and get her books on her Amazon author page.
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Jelena Dunato is a writer and translator. You can find her on Twitter at @Jelenawrites.
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Andrew Dunn is a sci-fi/fantasty writer living near Baltimore whose previous work has appeared in Antipodean SF, 365 Tomorrows, Daily Science Fiction, and as reprints here in MetaStellar. His work will also be announced as earning Honorable Mention in a literary competition later this fall.
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Louis Evans is an author living in downtown NYC, so if nuclear apocalypse occurs, he'll be the first to let you know. His work has previously appeared in Nature: Futures, Analog SF&F, Interzone, and elsewhere. This story, which previously appeared in Interzone, was longlisted for the BSFA Award. Louis is a member of SFWA and the Clarion West ghost class of the plague year. His site is Louis Evans: Writer and he tweets Louis Evans.
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Jonathan lives outside of Milwaukee, Wis. with his wife and daughter. When he isn't writing, he turns lumber into sawdust and, when all goes according to plan, furniture. His fiction has been translated into Spanish and Estonian, and he muses online on Twitter at @jonficke and at JonFicke.com.
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E. M. Foner is the author of 30 science fiction and fantasy novels, including the 19-book EarthCent Ambassador series. He published Game Ship: Origins in Kindle Vella under the name Morris Foner. Learn more at his website, IfItBreaks.com.
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Ehsan Foroughi, chief technology officer at Security Compass, is an application security expert with more than 13 years of management and technical experience in security research. As an entrepreneur, he has also served as the founder and CTO of TELTUB, a successful telecommunication startup. 
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Melody Friedenthal is MetaStellar's newsletter editor and copyeditor. She is a librarian and former software developer, leader of an SF book club, teacher of Python for Beginners, administrator of To Tell A Tale Writers' Group, library blogger, and SF writer. DBA 'Friedenthal Writing Review'. She has too many books to count. Read her latest story Weekend Treasures.
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Adam Gaylord (he/him) lives in Colorado with a wife who is smarter than him, two monster children, and a cranky mutt dog. When not at work as an ecologist, he’s usually writing, baking, drawing comics, or some combination thereof. Look him up on GoodReads or find him on Twitter @AuthorGaylord.
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Marie Ginga, MetaStellar's reprints and excerpts editor, has been writing and publishing books for five years. She writes as Marie LeClaire in Magical Realism. She thinks there's a little bit of magic out there if you know where to look. You can find her books on Amazon.
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Peter Goggin is associate professor of English at Arizona State University where he studies and teaches theories of literacy, environmental rhetoric, and sustainability.
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Elana Gomel is an academic and a writer. She is the author of three novels: A Tale of Three Cities (2013), The Hungry Ones (2018) and The Cryptids (2019).  She has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, and has two children.  She can be found on her website, Cities of Light and Darkness and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Sophie is an MFA student at Emerson College. She spends her free time reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, and making her boyfriend watch campy sci-fi flicks with her (suggestions welcome).
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Andrea Goyan is a writer, painter, performer, and Pilates teacher. Winner of the 2021 Roswell Award for Science Fiction, some of Andrea's recent stories can be found in The Molotov Cocktail, Dear Leader Tales, Luna Station Quarterly (issue 043), 365 tomorrows, and The Dark Sire. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a dog, and two cats. Follow her on Facebook @Andrea Goyan Storyteller or on Twitter at @AndreaGoyan or check out her Amazon author page
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Richard Gunderman is the Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University.
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Caren Gussoff Sumption's work has been published by Seal Press, Serpents Tail, Aqueduct Press, Abbadon, and Pink Narcissus, among others, and her short work's been in magazines like Interzone, Abyss & Apex, and Black Static. She occupies space south of Seattle, but spreads out on the Internet at spitkitten dot com.
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After a long career in artificial intelligence research at IBM, JPL, NASA, and Hughes, Chuck Hand now lives on a five-acre farm in Massachusetts and puts in a solid three hours a day writing, reads voraciously, and cautions new writers not to use long sentences. He is also one of the founding members of MetaStellar. Contact him at [email protected].
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Bridget Haug plays with words at the edge of the world. Born and raised in France, she now lives in New Zealand where she sometimes writes down the untold stories lurking in her brain. Find out more at BridgetHaugWriter.wordpress.com.
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Peter Cooper Hay recently retired from teaching science to devote himself to writing full time. His nonfiction essays and poetry have appeared in the Quaker publication Friends Journal and in Enchanté: The Journal for the Urbane Pagan as well as the anthology Celebrating the Pagan Soul and the blog Quaker Pagan Reflections. He is the author of two novels currently seeking representation and previews can be seen at petercooperhay.com. Peter lives with his wife in western Massachusetts.
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Ted Hayden's stories have appeared in literary publications including "Newfound Journal," genre publications including "Andromeda Spaceways Magazine," and my "Nature: Futures" short "These 5 Books Go 6 Feet Deep" will be anthologized in an upcoming short story collection from the UK publisher Head of Zeus. Read more of his work at tedhaydenstories.com.
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Florian Heller was born in 1974 in Germany. His professional careers range from tool making over engineering to data science. He spent some time in Mexico, more time in the United States, a lot of time in China and a really long time in New Zealand. After having spent a decade abroad, he returned to Europe and settled down in Switzerland. His writing led to over 30 short story publications, which include two nominations for the major German science fiction award, Deutscher Science Fiction Preis, in 2011 and 2012 as well as publications and translations in Austria, Germany, China, Poland and the USA.
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Ashley Herbert is a fantasy writer, avid reader, and mother of two. She writes freelance articles and is working on her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Finder. Visit her Facebook page to read some of her short stories, as well as excerpts from her new novel, and updates.
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David Wesley Hill is an award-winning fiction writer with more than thirty stories published in the U.S. and internationally. In 1997 he was presented with the Golden Bridge award at the International Conference on Science Fiction in Beijing, and in 1999 he placed second in the Writers of the Future contest. In 2007, 2009, and 2011 Mr. Hill was awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists retreat in the Adirondacks. He studied under Joseph Heller and Jack Cady and received a Masters in creative writing from the City University of New York.
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Kartik Hosanagar is a professor of operations, information and decisions at Wharton. His research focuses on the digital economy, in particular the impact of analytics and algorithms on consumers and society. He has co-founded two startups and serves on the boards or is an investor in many others. He is also the author of "A Human's Guide to Machine Intelligence." For more information, visit Hosanagar.com.
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Brian Hugenbruch lives in Upstate New York with his wife and their pets. By day, he writes information security programs to protect your data on (and from) the internet. By night, he writes speculative fiction and poetry. You can find him on @Brian HugenbruchThe Lettersea, or at The Lettersea. No, he’s not sure how to say his last name, either.
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nikki.ink has published fiction in Penumbra Magazine, poetry in Sine Cera and has been a featured writer for Salt Lake City Public Library's Author In The House series. He writes and performs with Simple Simple, a storytelling troupe. nikki also runs his own original fiction podcast - Stray Country. Find out more about him and his work at Stray Country. Follow nikki.ink on Instagram at nikki.ink.
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Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and print publications, including Polis: Tales of the One City, Shoreline of Infinity, Across the Karman Line, and TV Gods: Summer Programming. Learn more at LarryIvkovich.com.
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Trina Jacobs was born on Halloween - her friends say that explains a lot. She has been writing stories for as long as she could hold a pen.
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L. Jordan James was born in Florence, Ala. but grew up kicking around Brooklyn, NY. He is a veteran and has worked as a corrections officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He currently works for the Veterans Administration and now kicks around Manhattan.
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Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer and an immigrant from Fujian and often draws on cultures and landscapes of the lands she has walked for inspiration. Find her on Twitter and online at Ai Jiang.
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MetaStellar social media manager Renay Intisar Jihad writes juvenile fiction, idiosyncratic short stories, inspirational and socially conscious poetry, and feature news articles. Jihad writes for the Muslim Journal, AF-AM Point of View newspaper, Medium.com, and PoetryVibe.com. Visit her at RenaySpace.com.
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Born in rural western Kansas, Andrew Johnston discovered his Sinophilia while attending the University of Kansas. Subsequently, he has spent most of his adult life shuttling back and forth across the Pacific Ocean. He is currently based in Hefei, Anhui province. He has published short fiction in Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures and the Laughing at Shadows Anthology. You can learn more about his projects at FindTheFabulist.com.
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Tom Jolly is a retired astronautical/electrical engineer who spends his time writing SF and fantasy, designing board games, and creating obnoxious puzzles. His stories have appeared in Analog SF, Daily Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, MYTHIC, and a few anthologies, including As Told by Things, and Tales from the Pirate’s Cove. His fantasy and SF novels, “An Unusual Practice,” “A Game of Broken Minds,” and “Touched,” are available on Amazon. He lives in Santa Maria, California, with his wife Penny in a place where mountain lions and black bears still visit, especially if you own any chickens. You can discover more of his stories at Tom Jolly and follow him at Twitter or Facebook.
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Michael M. Jones lives in southwest Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who keeps track of all his stupid ideas. His work has appeared in Constellary Tales, Mad Scientist Journal, and G is for Ghost. He is the editor of Scheherazade's Facade and Schoolbooks & Sorcery. For more, visit him at MichaelMJones.com.
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Esther L. Jones is Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Clark University, where she is a tenured professor in the department of English and the E. Franklin Frazier Chair of African American Literature, Theory and Culture. Her research and teaching specializations include race, gender, health and medical ethics as represented in literature, especially science fiction and fantasy. She is the author of Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (2015), and the editor-in-chief for “Health Humanities in Global Context: Race and Ethnicity Across the World,” a reference text with Palgrave MacMillan.
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David Kariuki is a technology journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Hypergrid Business, Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review. Email him at [email protected].
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From his home in Wilmington, North Carolina, John Andrew Karr writes of the strange and spectacular. He is the author of a handful of independent and small press novels and novellas, including the Mars Wars science fiction series. Short stories have appeared in Rogue Planet Press, Flame Tree Publishing, The Weird And Whatnot, Danse Macabre, Allegory and others. And his guest post The Allure of Mars was recently published in Locus Magazine. Visit his Amazon author page here and visit his website here
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E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and naturalist. She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals. Ray Bradbury called her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” King has won numerous various awards and fellowships for art, writing, and environmental research. She’s been published widely, including Clarkesworld. Her stories are on Tangent’s 2019 and 2020, year’s best stories. Check out paintings, writing, musings, and books at ElizabethEveKing.com and visit her author page on Amazon.
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Jason Kocemba lives and writes in Kirkwall, Orkney and is the only male in a household of females -- two people, two cats, and a dog. He is a lifelong storyteller and crafter of tales that shock, inspire and, he hopes, provoke the odd thought or two. Jason loves stories, in any form, and devours them wherever he can find them.
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Kenneth Kohl has published several short stories and articles for literary magazines, e-zines, and podcasts as well as two full-length novels. Kenneth lives in Columbus, Ohio with his beautiful wife, two sons, and an energetic shepherd dog named Daisy. When he is not at his computer working on his next novel, he is probably hiking, biking, or traveling the world. Kenneth's anthologies and novels may be found on Amazon or most local bookstores.
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Alex Korolov is a contributing writer to Hypergrid Business and MetaStellar. He writes about virtual reality and artificial intelligence and reviews stuff he's seen and read.
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MetaStellar publisher and news editor Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist who covers artificial intelligence, extended reality and cybersecurity at her day job. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter here. Email her at [email protected].
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Carl Kurlander wass a screenwriter on St. Elmo’s Fire, and TV writer and producer on NBC’s Saved by the Bell franchise who accepted an offer to teach at the University of Pittsburgh for what he thought would be a one year Hollywood sabbatical.
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Lauren Lang is a former broadcast journalist and current freelance photographer and videographer living in Denver, Col.. In her spare time, she writes fiction, cooks, bakes, crochets hats for stuffed animals, gardens with the intent of taking pictures of the flowers should they live, and terrorizes local residents by pretending to be a wildlife photographer and running through area parks with her camera screaming, “Birds!” Occasionally, she does actually take a picture of a bird. She can also occasionally be found in a tree with the birds.
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Joseph P Laycock is an assistant professor of religious studies at Texas State University. He teaches courses on world religions, religion in America, new religious movements, and the intersection of religion and popular culture.
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Marie writes in Magical Realism. She has four novels available on Amazon.com. She also has a library of free short stories on her website Marie LeClaire. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
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By day Eric Lewis is a research scientist weathering the latest rounds of mergers and layoffs and trying to remember how to be a person again after surviving grad school. His short fiction has been published in Nature, Cossmass Infinities, Electric Spec, Bards & Sages Quarterly, the anthologies Crash Code, Into Darkness Peering and Best Indie Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, the short story collection Tricks of the Blade as well as other venues detailed at ericlewis.ink. His debut novel The Heron Kings is available from Flame Tree Press.
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Joshua Jones Lofflin’s writing has appeared in The Best Microfictions 2020, The Best Small Fictions 2019, The Cincinnati Review, CRAFT, Paper Darts, SmokeLong Quarterly, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. He lives in Maryland. Find him on Twitter @jnjoneswriter or visit his website at JJLofflin.com,
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MetaStellar reviews editor Amira Loutfi facilitates social services in underprivileged areas in her day job. She enjoys editing, reading, and creating fine art in her free time.
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Malena Salazar Maciá is an award-winning Cuban writer of science fiction and fantasy. She has authored several novels, most recently Aliento de Dragón (2020). Translated by Toshiya Kamei, Malena’s short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, The Future Fire, Mithila Review, and elsewhere.
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Edward Mack received an MFA in Creative Writing from Complutense University of Madrid. He has worked as a dating profile ghostwriter, a carpet salesman in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, and a hired hand on a tobacco farm. He has published short fiction in “Flash: The International Short Story Magazine,” “Adelaide,” and “Sixfold," among others. He can be found at Edward Mack Books.
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K. MacMichael writes and lives in a small town in western Canada's Okanagan Valley. She has had over twenty short works published, including with Cirque, antilang, and Arachne Press.  For more information please visit KFMacMichael.wordpress.com.
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Jason E. Maddux is an aviation attorney, who uses writing speculative fiction and children's stories as a creative outlet each night once his two daughters are in bed. After spending his youth moving around the southeastern United States, he now resides in what some call Occupied Virginia. Follow him at Adventures in Writing Science Fiction and on Twitter @Jason_E_Maddux.
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Katrinka Mannelly writes and lives in Fircrest, Wash. with her husband Brian, daughter Tigist, dog Queenie and cat Riptide. Her book, "Section 130" is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. Check out what she's up to at 130andBeyond.com.
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Paul March-Russell is the current editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the general editor of SF Storyworlds (Gylphi Press), and an editorial advisor to Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and Journal of the Short Story in English. He is a Specialist Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature, University of Kent.
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Evan Marcroft is a speculative fiction writer from Sacramento California, currently operating out of Chicago with his wife. Evan uses his expensive degree in literary criticism to do menial data entry, and dreams of writing for video games, though he’ll settle for literature instead. His works of science fiction, fantasy, and spine-curdling horror can be found in a variety of venues, such as Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Asimov’s SF. Find a complete list of his published works on his website.
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Jean-Luc Margot is a UCLA professor with joint appointments in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is a planetary astronomer who conducts research on the properties of planetary bodies with a variety of spacecraft and telescopes. His research interests include the dynamics and geophysics of planetary bodies, radio and radar astronomy, and SETI.
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Matthew McAyeal is a writer from Portland, Oregon. His short stories have been published by Bards and Sages Quarterly, Fantasia Divinity Magazine, cc&d, The Fear of Monkeys, Danse Macabre, The Metaworker, Scarlet Leaf Magazine, Bewildering Stories, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Tall Tale TV, Fiction on the Web, and Necro Magazine. In 2008, two screenplays he wrote were semi-finalists in the Screenplay Festival.
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Beth McCabe lives in the Tacoma, Washington area. Her stories and blogging have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Luna Station Quarterly, On the Premises, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Halfway Down the Stairs, Youth Imagination, and other publications.
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Mike McCormick writes stories in his Batman pajamas. Find out why at Mike McCormick.
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Gary McKay is a speculative fiction writer from Northern Ireland. He’s had stories published in Kraxon Magazine, The Purple Breakfast Review and Tidbits, and can be found on Twitter at @GaryCMcKay.
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Henry-James Meiring is a registered clinical psychologist and a doctoral candidate in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Research interests include psychoanalysis, evolutionary science, and the psychology of religion. His article "Thomas Robert Malthus, Naturalist of the Mind" was awarded the Annals of Science Best Paper Prize for 2019.
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MV Melcer is a fiction writer and a filmmaker, with a primary interest in science fiction. Born in Poland, she has lived in the USA, the Netherlands and Belgium before settling in the United Kingdom. When not writing, she is working on a degree in astronomy and planetary sciences. You can find her on MVMelcer.com and on Twitter at @MVMelcer.
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L. P. Melling currently writes from the East of England after academia and his legal career took him around the UK. He is a Writers of the Future finalist, with his short fiction appearing in ASM, DreamForge, and the Best of Anthology: The Future Looms. When not writing, he works for a legal charity in London that advises and supports victims of crime. Follow him on Twitter @l_lpmelling or at LPMelling.wordpress.com.
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Marshall J. Moore is a writer, filmmaker, and martial artist born and raised on Kwajalein, a tiny Pacific island. He has traveled to nearly thirty countries, sold a thousand dollars' worth of teapots to Jackie Chan, and was once tracked down by a bounty hunter for owing $300 in overdue fees to the Los Angeles Public Library. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Megan and their two cats.
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Cristiane de Morais Smith, professor in theoretical physics at Utrecht University, works on condensed matter physics, more specifically on strongly correlated systems. Her research spans a large variety of lowdimensional quantum systems, ranging from high-temperature superconductors to quantum Hall systems, graphene, and carbon nanotubes.
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MetaStellar fiction editor Geordie Morse works primarily as a personal language coach, developing curricula and working with clients remotely. His first book, Renna's Crossing, is out now. His various other projects are cataloged on his site Arnamantle.
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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist, novelist and short story writer of eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Her work has appeared in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Chiaroscuro, subTerrain, and several anthologies. Find out more at Nina Munteanu.
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N.T. Narbutovskih lives wherever the United States Government deems appropriate and spends the majority of his time engaged in the business of national security. He writes compulsively over lunch breaks and late at night, and reads a lot more than is entirely healthy. His work has appeared in Metastellar, Air and Space Power Journal and Over the Horizon Journal for both fiction and non-fiction, and he has spoken on leadership and geopolitics at the USAF Squadron Officer School and NavyCON. Come join the conversation at Narbutov.com.
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Dick Narvett retired from a life in international business and independent film acting. He currently lives in rural Pennsylvania, where he writes flash fiction and poetry.
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Gibson Ncube has a doctorate from Stellenbosch University and a bachelors and a masters from the University of Zimbabwe. He has received the the African Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Iso Lomso Fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Humanities Fellowship in North Carolina. His research interests are in gender and queer studies, comparative literature and cultural studies.
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Steven M Nedeau lives in NH with his family. He holds a BS in Engineering from UNH and works as an Analog Layout Mask Designer.  Steven likes to twist his stories into mind bending tales reminiscent of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone and has been compared favorably to Patrick Rothfuss and Terry Goodkind.
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Maggie Nerz Iribarne practices writing in a yellow house in Syracuse, New York. Her story, “Somewhere Else,” recently won a finalist prize in the 2021 Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction contest. She keeps a portfolio of her published work at Maggie Nerz Iribarne.
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Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and elsewhere. Get her time travel novella The Continuum on Amazon. It is part of the Place in Time series. Also check out her fantasy short story collection Impossible Realms and her sci-fi short story collection Perilous Stars. For more info, visit WendyNikel.com
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George Nikolopoulos is a speculative fiction writer from Athens, Greece, and a member of Codex Writers' Group. His short stories have been published in over 60 magazines and anthologies including Galaxy's Edge, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Factor Four, Dream Forge, Best Vegan SFF, and The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF. Find his books on Amazon and learn more at GeorgeNikolopoulos.wordpress.com.
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Spencer Nitkey is a writer, researcher, and weirdo living in New Jersey. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Fusion Fragment, Metaphorosis, Corvid Queen, Write Ahead/The Future Looms, and others.
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Alan Edward Nourse (1928 – 1992) was an American science fiction writer and physician. who wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His pen names included Al Edwards and Doctor X. He is the author of the 1974 novel The Bladerunner, whose title -- but not plot or characters -- was used in the move Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick's story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."
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Uchechukwu Nwaka studies Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His work is set to appear in Occult Detective Magazine, Cossmass Infinities and Mythaxis Magazine. When he’s not trying to unravel the mysteries of human (or inhuman) interaction, he can be found working on his first novel, or generally trying to catch up on schoolwork. Find him on Twitter.
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A. L. O’Connor is an Air Force brat who has lived in five different countries on three different continents. She has written a Historical/Fantasy novel, The Eagle in Green Man’s Clearing and is currently working on the sequel. She also writes short stories and runs the History Writes Itself blog.
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Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her fiction has appeared in Fireside, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novella "Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters" is coming from Tor.com in 2021.
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Haxhi Pantina is an international physics student at the University of Vienna. Follow him on LinkedIn.
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Sarah Pauling sends other people to distant places for a living as a study abroad advisor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was shortlisted for the James White Award for new writers and is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop. Her work is published in places like Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Escape Pod. If approached without sudden movement, she can be found at Sarah Pauling on Twitter, where she natters on about writing, tabletop gaming, comics, and books.
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Adam Phillips is a teacher and coach living on the Oregon Coast.  His new novel, Manifest, can be obtained in all the normal places, or a signed copy can be ordered from him directly at [email protected]
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Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
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Chris Preston is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction from Ontario, Canada. Formal studies include University of Toronto’s Creative Writing program, as well as various workshops. You can currently see work by Chris within Mystery Weekly, SERIAL magazine, and Asymmetry Fiction. To find out more, feel free to visit See Preston Write. You may also follow Chris on Twitter.
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Lucien Rapp lectures at the University of Toulouse and is also the scientific director of SIRIUS, the Space Institute for Research on Innovative Uses of Satellites. He has authored, to date, ten books and produced more than a hundred scientific works.
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Ravinder Dahiya is a professor of electronics and nanoengineering at the University of Glasgow and the leader of Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies research group. He is also the president-elect of the IEEE Sensors Council.
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Chris Riley lives near Sacramento, Cal., vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over 100 short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and across various genres. His debut novel, one of literary suspense, titled The Sinking of the Angie Piper, was published in 2017 and his debut short story collection is forthcoming with Mount Abraxas Press. For more information, go to ChrisRileyAuthor.com.
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Tristan lives with his lovely wife Sarah and their son Rhett in Texas. Visit his website at TristanDrue.wordpress.com.
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Louis B. Rosenberg is the author of three graphic novels, Upgrade, Eons, and Monkey Room from Outland Publishing, a surreal picture book for adults about artificial intelligence, Arrival Mind, and an award-winning web series, Lab Rats.  He is also a well-known AI researcher who tries hard to instill his fiction with genuine issues facing today's technologists. His popular TED talk about the dangers of AI combines fact and sci-fi.
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Aeryn Rudel is a writer from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the Acts of War novels published by Privateer Press, and his short fiction has appeared in The ArcanistOn Spec, and Pseudopod, among others. He occasionally offers dubious advice on writing and rejection (mostly rejection) at rejectomancy.com and Twitter @Aeryn_Rudel.
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Robert Runté is senior editor with Essential Edits and was formerly senior editor for Five Rivers Publishing, a small Canadian press, for which he acquired and edited 30 books, primarily science fiction and fantasy. A former professor, he has won three Aurora Awards (Canadian SF&F) for his literary criticism and was shortlisted again for 2020. His own fiction has been published in over thirty venues and three of his short stories have been reprinted in best of collections, most recently Canadian Shorts II.
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John Ryland lives and works in Northport Alabama where he writes poetry, short stories, and longer works. Some of his latest work has appeared in Bewildering Stories, Otherwise Engaged, The Eldritch Journal, the Chamber Magazine, and others. He has published two novels, Souls Harbor and Shatter, as well as a collection of short stories, Southern Gothic. Two of his novels, The Man with No Eyes, and Peripheral will be published in 2022.
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Community leader. Particle physicist. International Assassin. Mark J Schultis is none of these.  He wrote his first story in elementary school and has spent a lifetime keeping that childhood passion of storytelling alive, studying theater and film making before eventually earning his writing degree from the University of Pittsburgh. A perpetual night owl and pizza connoisseur, Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and their two children. You can follow Mark on Twitter @schultisscribe
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Sherry Shahan lives in a laid-back beach town in California where she grows carrot tops in ice cube trays for pesto. Her novel in free verse Purple Daze: A Far Out Trip, 1965features a tumultuous year in history. Shorter work has appeared in Oxford University Press, Los Angeles Times, Exposition Review, Confrontation, The Writerand forthcoming from Gargoyle, Gold Man Review, and F(r)iction. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Deets Sharma is frankly just happy to be here. You can follow him on Medium, connect on LinkedIn, and reach out to him at [email protected].
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, which is considered an early example of science fiction.
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Nina Shepardson is a scientist living in New England with her husband. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Mirror Dance, Vastarien, and the anthology Twice-Told: A Collection of Doubles, among others. She also writes book reviews at ninashepardson.wordpress.com.
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Larry M. Silverberg is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University. His research led to a unified formulation of macro-scale gravitation and electromagnetism. Today, Silverberg continues his research and writes the occasional magazine article on a new scientific advancement, including those that bring modern dynamics to the wider public.
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Adrian Simmons has had fiction published at Pseudopod, James Gunn's Ad Astra, Lackington’s and Giganotosaurus. He writes genre-related essays, interviews, and articles at Strange Horizons, Black Gate, and Revolution SF. He is one-third of the editorial team behind Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.
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Will Slocombe is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, director of the Science Fiction Studies MA pathway and one of the directors of the Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures.
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D. R. Smith lives in New York with his wife and two children. He is a teacher in the Canandaigua City School District. Ever since he was a young boy he's been writing fiction. He loves a good fantasy or ghost story. His favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, and Stephen King. He's won numerous narrative writing contests and published short stories in magazines and the anthology It Calls from the Forest, V1.
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Terrence J. Smith has contributed his writing to nonprofits and both print and digital publications. He enjoys all things technology, but remembers to meditate and appreciate the outside world.
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Susan L Sokolowski, is the founding director and associate professor of the Sports Product Design Graduate Program at the University of Oregon. She has over 25 years of performance sporting goods experience, working cross-functionally between footwear, apparel and equipment in creative and strategic roles. She has been recognized internationally for her achievements in design and innovation, including over 40 utility patents, awards from Nike, the United States Olympic Committee and Volvo.
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Matt Spencer is the author of seven novels, two collections, and numerous novellas and short stories. He’s been a journalist, New Orleans restaurant cook, factory worker, radio DJ, and a no-good ramblin’ bum. He’s also a song lyricist, playwright, actor, and martial artist. He currently lives in Vermont. Check him out online at Musings of a Mad Bard, on Twitter @MattSpencerFSFH, and on Facebook at Books by Matt Spencer.
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Ashley Spindler is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. She works in the Centre for Astrophysics Research on novel applications of Machine Learning technologies for next-generation astronomy. Her passions range from all things space and computing to science communication, podcasting, and LGBT+ activism. She is currently working on her first novel—a historical fantasy set in 1830's London—and lives with her partner, Sarah, and her puppy, Apollo.
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Wayne Kyle Spitzer is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. He is the author of countless books, stories and other works, including the film Shadows in the Garden, the screenplay Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows, and the memoir X-Ray Rider. His recent fiction includes The Man/Woman War cycle of stories as well as the Dinosaur Apocalypse Saga, all available on Amazon. He lives with his sweetheart Ngoc Trinh Ho in the Spokane Valley.
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Robert Stahl is a former bartender who left his bottle opener behind to follow his dreams as a writer. Now the Dallas-based freakazoid writes advertising copy by day and fiction in the evenings. He loves to connect with others about the craft of fiction. Click the link to find his blog as well as links to some of his stories: robertestahl.com.
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Stephen Case is a science fiction and fantasy author with over forty stories published in markets from Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His science fiction novel, First Fleet marries the hard sciences with Lovecraftian horror. His first non-fiction work, Making Stars Physical, was short-listed for the History of Science Society’s Pfizer Prize. Follow him on Twitter @StephenRCase.
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Caleb Stephens is a dark fiction author writing from a rusty shed somewhere deep in the Colorado mountains. His short fiction has appeared in multiple publications, anthologies, and podcasts, including, The Dread Machine, The Wicked Library, Scare You To Sleep, and Suspense Magazine. You can learn more about him and his work by visiting www.calebstephensauthor.com and following him on Twitter and Medium @cstephensauthor.
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Jim Stratton has been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life. He began writing genre fiction more than twenty years. In recent years he’s been forging his dark alter ego through publication of his tales in venues like Dragons, Knights & Angels, Ennea, Nth Degree, Tower of Light, Big Pulp, and The Broadkill Review. He also appeared in “Dead Souls” in September 2009 and “Rum & Runestones” in April 2010, in the “Paper Blossoms, Sharpened Steel” Anthology of Oriental fantasy of Fantasist Enterprises. He was a co-author and co-editor of Fantastic Futures 13.
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Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 and was raised by wild dingoes, which should explain a lot. He spent his childhood exploring beaches, bookstores, and the limits of people’s patience. He’s the author of over forty science-fiction short stories. His debut novel, Stormblood, a dark space opera about a drug made from the DNA of extinct aliens that makes users permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression, is out now from Gollancz as the first of a trilogy. He was the editor for the Hugo-winning StarShipSofa until 2020 and has a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from UNSW. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia with his family. He loves watching weird movies, collecting boutique gins, exploring cities, cold weather, and dark humor. Find him at JeremySzal.com or on Twitter @JeremySzal.
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R J Theodore is author of the ongoing Peridot Shift series and the Phantom Traveler series. Her short work has appeared in the anthology, Glitter + Ashes. Learn more at RJTheodore.com.
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James Tucker is a writer from Charleston, SC. His works have appeared in Adelaide Magazine, The Scarlet Leaf review, Mystery Tribune and others.
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Jules Verne (1828–1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for a series of bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
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Jennifer Vickery is president and CEO of National Strategies PR and has worked with hundreds of national clients. Her experience includes writing a regular column for a newspaper, producing a health television segment, serving as a radio personality for advocacy issues, and producing a weekly radio show.
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Nicole Walsh is a cat enthusiast from the east coast of Australia who loves fern gardens and long dresses. She writes short stories and novel-length speculative fiction and urban fantasy. Visit Nicole at Nicole Walsh and on Facebook.
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Herbert George Wells (1866 – 11946) was an English writer who wrote dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the "father of science fiction."
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Jonathan Worlde is the nom de plume of Paul Grussendorf, a lawyer specializing in asylum and refugee law. Jonathan Worlde’s self-published mystery novel, which he categorizes as Latino-noir, is Latex Monkey with Banana, which was winner of the Hollywood Discovery Award with a $1000 prize some years ago. Paul Grussendorf also has a legal memoir under his own name, My Trials: Inside America’s Deportation Factories. He is also a traditional blues performer under the name Paul the Resonator, whose CD is titled Soul of a Man.
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Christina Wott is a laser scientist, writer, and yoga instructor who resides in Boulder, Col. with a spouse, a robot vacuum, and too many bicycles. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @christinawott or on her website.
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Dr. Xuejian Wu has been a Postdoctoral Scholar in Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. There he developed versatile quantum inertial sensors using light-pulse atom interferometry, advanced their sensitivity and field performance, and implemented them into geoscience applications. Trained in the precision measurements and instruments, Wu received his PhD at Tsinghua University in January 2015. Utilizing atomic physics, optical engineering, and nanophotonics, Wu is particularly interested in advancing quantum sensors to new regimes, with unprecedented sensitivity, miniaturized size, turn-key operation, and versatile functions.
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Eris Young is a queer, trans writer of speculative fiction. Their work has appeared in venues including Escape Pod, Shoreline of Infinity and Fusion Fragment, as well as anthologies such as Uncanny Bodies from Luna Press publishing. In 2020 they were awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for fiction. Find out more at Eris Young.
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Gerri Zimmerman lives in Crest Hill, Ill. and likes to write sci-fi and fantasy stories that challenge the reader to think and wonder. She has two published novels to her credit. A few of her short stories have appeared in Soft Cartel Magazine, Literary Yard, Scarlet Leaf Review, Ariel Chart Literary Journal, Aphelion Webzine, and Metastellar Magazine. Follow her on Facebook.
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