Elizabeth A. Allen lives in the Boston area, where she writes and photos her doll-sized serial melodrama about vampires, Love Has Fangs. Besides playing with dolls, she also enjoys reading and reviewing sci fi/fantasy books, hanging out in old cemeteries, reading the dictionary, yelling advice to TV and movie characters, and experiencing the general awesomeness of David Bowie.

Athena Andreadis was born in Greece and lured to the US at age 18 by a full scholarship to Harvard, then MIT. She does basic research in molecular neurobiology, focusing on mental retardation and dementia. She is an avid reader in four languages across genres, the author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek and writes speculative fiction and non-fiction on a wide swath of topics. Her work can be found in Harvard Review, Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Science in My Fiction, SF Signal, The Apex Blog, H+ Magazine, io9, The Huffington Post, and her own site, Starship Reckless.

Nadav Miller-Almog works as a content editor and translator, and has a degree in English Literature and Communications. He is an avid fan of fantasy and science-fiction, and his main areas of interest include urban fantasy, steampunk, children’s literature, mythology and folklore. When he is not at the university library, he runs a news blog called The Fantastic Library, in which he reports about events, movie releases and publications that have to do with the genre of fantasy.

Carl V. Anderson is a passionate devotee of science fiction and fantasy.  He spends his reading time exploring the classics and attempting to keep an eye on contemporary works as well.  More recently he has developed an intense attraction to short fiction. Carl is the owner and proprietor of the blog, Stainless Steel Droppings, where he endeavors to instill in others a passion for reading with his book reviews and with reading events hosted throughout the year that encourage people to partake of the written word while engaging in community discourse. When he is not indulging his reading whims, Carl is the director of youth and residential programming at a Kansas City, Missouri area community mental health center.

Johan Anglemark works as a technical communicator, but has previously worked in technical translation and before that he edited games and published fantasy. He has a B.A. in English from Uppsala University, where he also studied literature, Russian, maths, and Irish. He enjoys reading, attending science fiction conventions, and watching DVDs. He is the chairman of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation.

Jessica Barnes spent six years in the publishing industry, first as a minion and then as a fiction editor, before the economy forced her into life as a freelancer. As it turns out, freelance editing is awesome. Jessica lives in Colorado, where she reads lots of books meant for twelve-year-olds, dabbles in writing, and occasionally manages to get out and enjoy the mountains. Her fifteen minutes of internet fame involved a Twilight parody, and Edward James Olmos once gave her a hug.

Scooter Carlyle teaches K-6 music at a rural school in Montana. She loves fiction that breaks the canonical and sucks you in like a bird into a Shopvac. She has written choral music, a musical, and two novels. Her current work in progress, Crooked Smile Woman, is the first in The Rider of Nealra series, and is not due for release anywhere until she can find a publisher.

Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. He loves traveling and has visited more than 70 countries.  His stories and articles have been published in places such as Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and

Nader Elhefnawy has a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University and a Ph.d in Literature from the University of Miami, and has published widely in both fields.  He also writes science fiction, and is currently seeking a publisher for his first novel, Surviving the Spike.

Miguel Esquirol is a writer and journalist from Bolivia. Currently he lives and writes from Montréal. He has published two short story anthologies, Ángulo Muerto and Memorias de Futuro, and several stories online and in anthologies.

Fábio Fernandes is a writer living in São Paulo, Brazil. He has published two books so far, an essay on William Gibson’s fiction, A Construção do Imaginário Cyber, and a cyberpunk novel, Os Dias da Peste (both in Portuguese). Also a journalist and translator, he is responsible for the Brazilian translation of several prominent SF novels, including Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, UK, New Zealand, and USA. Recently, he contributed with a story for Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk II – Steampunk Reloaded. His articles and reviews have been published in Fantasy Book Critic,, and b0t.

Dylan Fox is a spec-fic fan who likes his day job to finish when he leaves the office. Brought up on a steady diet of Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl and Terry Pratchett, he never really had a chance. He’s had short fiction appear on the Science in My Fiction blog and a few other places online, as well as upcoming in the Clockwork Chaos Steampunk Anthology. He is also a contributing editor to SteamPunk Magazine ( Writing, he tells people, is the only profession where you can combine nineteenth century psychology, neuroscience, alchemy, religion, astrophsyics and sociology, becoming an expert in all of them just long enough to make the story work. And then grab another half-dozen seemingly random professions for the next story. What better way to explore the world? He has a blog at

Jaymee Goh is a writer, fan and reader of speculative fiction. She has written for Racialicious,, and Beyond Victoriana, and spreads herself out across Twitter, Tumblr, two Blogspots, LiveJournal and Dreamwidth. She holds a B.A. in English (Hons) and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory; her MRP is on postcolonialism and steampunk. She hails from Subang Jaya, Selangor, and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Other interests include music, sewing, fudz, shopping, and looking for decent McDonald’s McNuggets on this benighted continent.

Sarah Goslee is a scientist, fiber artist, and all-around research nut. She has dreams of becoming a mad scientist, but spends too much time writing to actually get the death ray built. She contributes regularly to Science in My Fiction. Her nonfiction has appeared in Clarkesworld and various other places, and her fiction in Crossed Genres and the Rigor Amortis anthology.

Val Grimm is a critic, copyeditor, demoscener, smof, sf fan, étudiante de français, inveterate volunteer, promoter of bone marrow registry drives, and hobbyist photographer who is also beginning to become an avid cyclist. Current projects include Nanopress, @party (a small computer arts festival), and this magazine, of course.

David Hebblethwaite was born in the north of England, went to university in the Midlands, and now lives in the south. Along the way, he has read a lot of books, and has plenty more to go. David’s reviews have appeared in Strange Horizons, Vector, The Zone, SF Site and The Alien Online, amongst other venues. He blogs at Follow the Thread.

Michael D. Hilborn is a manager of web application development at Harvard University. Outside of his employment, he spends what little spare time he has devoted to games, movies, graphic novels, and books, specifically those of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror ilk. He began playing (and writing) Interactive Fiction around the age of ten, which led to him participating in the Boston Interactive Fiction Community almost three decades later. He currently maintains their web site.

Huimin Magdala Anne is a Southeast Asian feminist, writer, and fan, who started out with superhero comics and never quite quit the genre. Her interests lie in deconstructing media and literature through an intersectional lens, as well as in raising the profile of SEAsian specfic. She thinks that most monsters are actually rather friendly, and that Springheeled Jack was a fire-breathing archaeopteryx, but the ghosts of the Malay Archipelago are still the most terrifying folkloric creatures ever. Magda Anne writes for herself at

Valentin D. Ivanov was born in Bulgaria in 1967. He received an M.S. in Physics with specialization in Astronomy from the University of Sofia in 1992, a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2001, and he has been working for the European Southern Observatory ever since. Valentin has a broad area of research interests — from extrasolar planets to obscured Milky Way clusters and active galaxies. He is married, with two children. Valentin began to write science fiction and fantasy in high school. He has published in his native country a collection of fantasy stories based on Bulgarian folklore, written in collaboration with Kiril Dobrev. His personal home-page can be found at and his blog (written in both Bulgarian and English) at

Arafaat Ali Khan has spent the last 30 years in the United Arab Emirates and has been enraptured by science fiction, comic books and animation from a very young age. Discovering a love of writing at the age of 13, he wrote for a number of children’s publications, and recently game reviews in a local technology magazine. An avid comic book collector for over two decades, he started ExtraCake PR – the Public Relations division of an existing boutique communications agency, ExtraCake, who have recently announced the first Film and Comic Con in the Middle East region.

Csilla Kleinheincz is a Hungarian-Vietnamese writer living in Kistarcsa, Hungary. Although originally an agricultural engineer, she translates fantasy and science fiction and as an editor at Delta Vision, a major Hungarian fantasy publisher. She is also founding editor of the online magazine SFmag ( She has written two novels, and her short stories appeared in English and various European languages.

Leonid Korogodski was born in Ukraine. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Mathematics and a C in English as a Second Language. His first book, a science fiction novella Pink Noise: A Posthuman Tale, was published in August 2010. He lives with his daughter Anna in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Knud Larn lives just west of Copenhagen, Denmark and enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction from the fantastic genre(s). He especially likes fandom, its history and the people who made (and make) it. And he loves to read fanzines (old and new) and really wishes more would send him their stuff! He eagerly writes about his impressions of what he has read in both his own and in other fans’ fanzines, on webportals, etc. He much prefers the well-told tale over the irregular written intellectual formpiece.

Lee Ee Leen was born in London, UK. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of York, UK, and an M.A. in Postmodern Literature and Culture from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Her short fiction is published by Monsoon Books, Singapore, and MPH Publishing, Malaysia. In 2009 she was shortlisted for MPH Alliance Bank National Short Story Award and her reviews are included in The Directory of World Cinema: American Independent (2010, Intellect Books) and The Directory of World Cinema: Great Britain (2011, Intellect Books). Visit her blog at

Ai Ling loves stories of all sorts and will forgive a lot for an entertaining story with a happy ending.  She admits to being biased against dystopian fiction because she doesn’t like depressing herself while reading.  Ai was born in Malaysia, has lived in the UK, the USA, and Japan, and spent her honeymoon attending Aussiecon4.  She wants to be a game writer, lives in Denver with her husband, and plays video games on the Wii, PS3, or PC when she’s not reading or writing.

Harry Markov has problems writing short biographies, but what he does not have problems with is lounging around with a book or sitting down to write books. A devoted connoisseur of the weird and the surreal, Harry Markov won’t judge a book just case it has a muddled genre genealogy. Harry Markov tries to fix his status from unpublished to a published, while at the same time not shutting up about the books that he reads. He’s a reviewer with his own blog, Temple Library Reviews and he rambles about writing and the journey of a procrastinating writer at Through a Forest of Ideas. He’s always available for a chat on Twitter @harrymarkov.

Marlin May was born a poor black child. Ok, not exactly poor, more middle class. The child part is true; it was far easier on his mom that way. He’s far closer to a luscious chocolate brown than ebony. He’s been reading / watching genre fiction a long, long time. His first convention was in Feb. 1979, a tiny gathering in Southern California called “Science Fiction Weekend.” Since then he’s attended many a Westercon, Worldcon, NASFiC, Galacticon, Gaylacticon, Balticon, Equicon, Filmcon, Albacon, Fantasmacon, Boskone and Arisia. Never made it back to Science Fiction Weekend, though.

Anil Menon worked for about nine years in software R&D worrying about things like secure distributed databases and evolutionary computation. Then, he says, he shifted to a different kind of fiction. His short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Albedo One, Apex Digest, Chiaroscuro, Interzone, LCRW, Sybil’s Garage and Strange Horizons, as well as many anthologies. He was nominated for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society’s Parallax Prize. His debut YA novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan Books, 2009) was short-listed for the Vodafone-Crossword Children’s Fiction Award. He can be reached at

Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her love of science fiction, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. She writes both fiction and nonfiction that focuses on women’s and political issues. Carole’s reviews, criticism, and commentaries have also appeared in Tangent Online, The Fix, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and Noneuclidean Cafe. Visit her blog at

Abbey Mei Otis is a student in the creative writing program at Oberlin College, and a graduate of Clarion West 2010.  Her fiction can be found at Strange Horizons and  As an inveterate self-Googler, she is ambivalent about writing reviews of other people.  She really hopes you understand that this is all just her opinion, and what does she know anyway.

Lyn Perry enjoys reading, writing, and arithmetic. Well, two out of three anyway and that’s why he reads, writes, edits, and publishes a wide variety of speculative fiction. He is the founder of ResAliens Press (, a micropublisher of spiritually infused speculative fiction.

Diana M. Pho has always had a deep-seated love for writing science fiction & fantasy ever since she wrote her first Animorphs fanfic years ago as a teenager. She has dual degrees in English & Russian Literature and Culture from Mount Holyoke College. In the steampunk community, she also moonlights as Ay-leen the Peacemaker, speaking about steampunk and social issues at various conventions across the United States, and runs the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana. Her non-fiction writing has appeared on science fiction and pop culture blogs such as Racialicious, and Steampunk Magazine, and the books Steampunk Reloaded II and Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (forthcoming, SUNY Press). She currently lives and works in New York City.

Filipe Silva. Portuguese SF writer, author of O Futuro a Janela (short story collection, winner of the 1991 Caminho publisher award), Galxmente – Cidade de Carne and Galxmente – Vingancas (novels), Terrarium (mosaic novel, co-authored with João Barreiros), and several yet uncollected short stories and novellas. Editor of Por Universos Nunca Dantes Navegados (anthology of new Portuguese-Brazillian SF stories), Pulp Fiction a Portuguesa (same; forthcoming) and Vaporpunk (Portuguese-Brazillian steampunk short fiction, with Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro). Occasional translator (Scalzi, Swanwick, Leiber, Bear, others). Some of his stories have been published in Brazil, Spain and Serbia, in the Portuguese-American anthology Breaking Windows and Creatures of Glass and Light (for representation in the 2007 European SF convention). Websites: (Portuguese) and (English).

Francesco Troccoli. Italian fan of science fiction in all its forms, author of several short stories and articles published in Italy in the last five years in SF magazines, books and anthologies. Personal Blog at in Italian with some contributions in English.

René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics; this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He also writes for He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

Anya Weber‘s book reviews have appeared in the Drood Review of Mystery and Publishers Weekly. She is @anyaweber on Twitter, where she posts about science fiction, film, cooking, disability rights, and web content strategy.

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