Through his childhood, Sean Monaghan www.seanmonaghan.com explored the bird-filled New Zealand forests, fascinated by avian flocking and other flight patterns. A keen amateur artist, Sean has exhibited in several solo and group shows. He wishes he could create the kind of art on display in this story.
Allen M. Steele’s book Coyote, stories from which first appeared in Asimov’s, has recently been optioned for television by Bainframe. “Tagging Bruno” is the first new Coyote tale to appear in Asimov’s since Galaxy Blues was serialized here in 2007, and it was inspired in large part by recent efforts to tag and track great white sharks off Cape Cod. Allen’s next novel, Avengers of the Moon, will be out from Tor Books in March. It’s the first new Captain Future novel to be published since 1946.
Jim Grimsley continues to take immense pride in being a part of Asimov’s Science Fiction and is honored to be part of the fortieth anniversary year of this incredible magazine. He is confident that in most parallel universes his counterparts feel the same and meanwhile is working on the next story he hopes to place in these pages. Congratulations to the staff of the magazine on this remarkable anniversary.
A letter from Tom Purdom tells us: “I turned eighty in April, and on July 4, I noted that the United States was 240 years old. So I can now claim I’ve lived through one third of American history. Bob Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, and Ben Bova can make the same claim, but I may be the first to do the arithmetic.
“I’ve generally avoided faster than light stories in the past. I’ve only written one, in fact, my 1964 Ace Double I Want the Stars. So I thought I would try one and see where it led me. I’m now working on a second that is moving in directions that are even more unexpected.
“I started ‘Fatherbond’ before an accident caused spinal cord damage that impaired my diaphragm and both my arms—I got hit from behind by a bicycle while I was walking along the Schuylkill River and spent four and a half months in hospitals and rehab centers coping with the consequences. I’m still recovering the full use of my arms, but I’m now living pretty much the way I was before the accident, working on new stories and continuing to attend concerts and write reviews for Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review. I’ve been advised to give up wine while my spinal cord is healing, but I can type, and I have music, reading, and good company. What else do you need?”
Ray Nayler is the author of the stories, “Mutability,” and “Do Not Forget Me,” both of which appeared in Asimov’s. “Mutability” also appeared in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton. Ray’s poetry has seen print in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Weave, Juked, Able Muse, Sentence, Phantom Limb, and many other magazines. His first novel, American Graveyards, was published in the UK by Third Alternative Press. Ray’s short stories in other genres have appeared in Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, and Crimewave, among others. Ray is a Foreign Service Officer, a speaker of Russian and Azerbaijani Turkish, and has lived and worked in the countries of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union for nearly a decade. He is currently posted to Baku, Azerbaijan. Ray’s latest tale transports us to a future Istanbul where tensions run high during a . . .Winter Timeshare
Lisa Goldstein www.brazenhussies.net/goldstein has written fourteen novels, among them The Uncertain Places, which won the Mythopoeic Award, and The Red Magician, which won the American Book Award for Best Paperback. She has also won the Sidewise Award for her short story “Paradise Is a Walled Garden” (Asimov’s, August 2012). Her latest book is Weighing Shadows. Lisa’s stories have appeared in Ms., Asimov’s, F&SF, and The Year’s Best Fantasy, among other places, and her novels and short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. The author lives with her husband and their irrepressible Labrador retriever, Bonnie, in Oakland, California. In her latest story for us, Lisa reveals the truth behind...The Catastrophe of Cities
Robert R. Chase, a recently retired army chief counsel who has published three novels and dozens of short stories in Analog and Asimov’s. tells us he’s proud and pleased to be part of our fortieth anniversary celebration. “Decaying Orbit” (Asimov’s, October/November 2014) was selected for The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera. Since retiring, the author has been spending his newly available time writing, traveling, and learning to sail. His current story was inspired by wondering what was really going on with Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity.
Since 2003 Jack Skillingstead has sold more than forty stories, many of which have appeared in Asimov’s. More stories are already slated for publication in 2017—including the David Brin/Stephen Potts edited anthology: Chasing Shadows. This book will present stories and essays examining the coming transparent society and will be published by TOR in February. It is produced in collaboration with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human imagination. Jack’s latest tale for us takes his unwitting character to an unsettling . . .Destination
Octavia Cade has had tales in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, and Liminal Stories, amongst others. She’s got a PhD in science communication and takes special pleasure in writing about science history. A recent novella on Ernest Rutherford, ”The Ghost of Matter,” won the Sir Julius Vogel award. Like her latest story for Asimov’s, Octavia’s SF poetry collection Chemical Letters—which is about the periodic table—is also stuffed full of science history.
In recent years Stephen Baxter has done a lot of collaborating, with Terry Pratchett (the Long Earth books) and Alastair Reynolds (The Medusa Chronicles). He tells us “Starphone” is part of a new project—new fiction set in his Xeelee universe with two novels to follow.
John Alfred Taylor returns to our pages with a wistful tale about a couple’s last few days on Fire Island. John tells us, “I’m a former professor of English, now Emeritus. (Translation: really old.) I have more time to write SF and horror stories now I’m not teaching. Over the years I’ve published stories in no longer existent magazines like Galaxy, Galileo, Twilight Zone Magazine, and Oceans of the Mind till it seemed there was a secret rule: print Taylor and your magazine dies. But other magazines published my stories and thrived, and I realized I wasn’t special enough to be a Jonah. So now I write without any chance of guilt, except about possibly writing a bad story.”