Carrie Vaughn is best known for her series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, the fourteenth installment of which is Kitty Saves the World. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. Carrie has written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upward of eighty short stories. She’s a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R.R. Martin and a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop. In her latest tale, she examines a disease that strikes interstellar navigators to understand why . . .
Robert Reed. The author tells us: “Years ago, my wife read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books to our daughter. The Little House on the Prairie is a pretty important fantasy in corn country. That family of scrappy pioneers charmed the hell out of me when I was a kid. But try as I might, I didn’t remain in the third grade. And a middle-aged man hears stories that the boy couldn’t. For instance, there’s the natives who have to deal with land thieves in their midst. There’s a strong Libertarian message that was inserted by Laura’s daughter—who played an enormous role in writing the best-known books. And there’s Pa, the absolute ruler of his family, who seems to walk a line between perfectly self-sufficient and risking the well being of his wife and kids. ‘Dome on the Prairie’ is just another example of that good SF law: Every story is made better by throwing in a ship full of aliens.”
Tegan Moore is a 2015 graduate of Clarion West who spends a lot of time thinking about animals, the inherent weirdness of being, the future, and the end of the world. Not all of these subjects appear in her first professional publication, but we do get to explore the terrifying weirdness of being in . . . Epitome
Peter Wood is an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina. His fourth story for Asimov’s touches upon the world’s best bakery, the town of Boone (the author’s favorite place to vacation in the North Carolina mountains), and the Man in the High Castle as it spins its way through . . .Academic Circles
Jack Skillingstead’s stories have been appearing in Asimov’s since 2003. He has been a finalist for both the Theodore Sturgeon Award for short fiction and the Philip K. Dick Award for best original science fiction published first in paperback. Jack occasionally teaches writing workshops aboard ship in the Bahamas and on dry land in Seattle, where he lives with his wife, writer Nancy Kress. In Jack’s latest tale, a brilliant mathematician desperately tries to edulcorate . . .The Whole Mess
Rich Larson. Human and artificial intelligence slowly learn to communicate in Rich Larson’s poignant excavation of . . .All That Robot . . .
Ian R. Macleod’s fiction has won many awards and has been appearing in Asimov’s for more than two decades. His most recent book is the acclaimed collection, Frost on Glass, which features not only many of his stories, but also several autobiographical pieces and articles about the craft of writing. Ian lives in England in the riverside town of Bewdley. Of his latest tale he says, “This story started off as an attempt to write about the death of written literature, but the wonders of quantum cosmology somehow muscled their way in. When it comes to the settings, my daughter Emily studied at Leeds University, while the MacLeods originate from the Outer Hebrides. The medieval church that gets a mention is in fact full of the bodies of my clan ancestors.”