Will McIntosh, @willmcintoshSF and www.willmcintosh.net, is a Hugo award winner and finalist for the Nebula Award. Along with six novels, Will has published around fifty short stories in Asimov’s (where he won Readers’ Awards in 2010 and 2013), Lightspeed, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, and elsewhere. His most recent SF books are Faller (Tor Books) and YA novel Burning Midnight (Penguin Random House). Up next is Watchdog, a middle grades book to be published by Penguin Random House. Will lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and their twins. He was a psychology professor before turning to writing full time and still occasionally teaches introductory psychology at the College of William and Mary. The author reveals the possible future of love and obsession in . . . Soulmates.com
Suzanne Palmer lives in western Massachusetts surrounded by trees and bugs. When it’s not buried in snow (and when she’s not busy with kids, job, or writing) she likes to putter around out in the yard. It is an inevitable enlightenment to realize that one’s choices as a gardener are not always in accordance with the will of the garden, and despite our purposes we are great villains to the weeds. The gardener as hero and villain takes on an interesting twist in . . . Number Thirty-Nine Skink
Bill Johnson was born on a reservation (Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux) in South Dakota. His grandfather owned the only pool hall in town and he spent many hours there. Bill met Greg Frost in Joe Haldeman’s legendary SF writing class at the University of Iowa and later they were roommates at the university. “We attended Clarion together and that year should also be a legend. Our teachers were Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Roger Zelazny, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, and Samuel R. Delany. Stan Robinson was another student as was Robert Crais.” At 6’8” Bill is the tallest SF writer he knows. His fiction has appeared in Analog, F&SF, Black Gate, Amazing, and elsewhere. Bill won the Hugo Award for his novelette, “We Will Drink A Fish Together,” which was first published in Asimov’s in May 1997.
Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels and a whole lot of short stories of the fantastic, including “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s, October/November 2013), a Stoker Award finalist, and “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” a collaboration with Michael Swanwick that took home an Asimov’s Readers’ Award for 2015. He serves as a Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College, is one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Liars Club with Jonathan Maberry, and is currently on the board of the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Bill and Greg introduce us to a mysterious con artist in . . . Three Can Keep A Secret
Since her last appearance in our pages, Sarah Pinsker has won a Nebula for her June 2015 Asimov’s novelette, “Our Lady of the Open Road.” She’s working on a novel based in the same world, but she took some time out from longer work to let us peek inside the heads of . . .The Ones Who
Know Where They Are Going
In Alan Smale’s Clash of Eagles trilogy, he imagines an attempted Roman invasion of North America during the height of the Mississippian culture; the concluding volume, Eagle and Empire, appears in May from Del Rey. Alan’s previous stories for Asimov’s have taken us to a war-ravaged future Mongolia and the hidden horrors of pastoral England. Here, in his third tale for us, he returns to American shores for an uplifting alternate look at the dawn of flight.
Dale Bailey. The author tells us: “‘Invasion of the Saucer-Men’ is one in a series of stories conceived out of my fascination with the cheesy sci-fi and horror movies of the 1950s. The idea was to take these movie titles and develop stories out of them that treat the core idea, however absurd, with some emotional and thematic nuance. By the time this one appears in the March/April issue, four others will have seen print, two in Clarkesworld, one in Asimov’s, and one in Nightmare.” Dale’s most recent books are The End of the End of Everything: Stories and The Subterranean Season. Both works were released in 2015.
Rich Larson is currently at work on his first novel—tentatively titled Mothership. He tells us it features creepy aliens, diverse YA characters, gritty settings, and big action set pieces. “Imagine Animorphs, but darker, with some Shade’s Children and The Thief Lord thrown in.” Rich’s new tale takes an ominous look at the power of a . . .Cupido
Andrea M. Pawley is fascinated by big infrastructure projects and all the people who are needed to make them work. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, LCRW, and The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF 2015. Her first tale for Asimov’s is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that examines . . . A Singular Event In The Fourth Dimension
Ian R. MacLeod. Here’s a prescient and disturbing story from a longstanding contributor about how messing with the near-future can mess with you. Ian, who lives in the riverside town of Bewdley in the UK, says, “This story proceeded in what is for me an unusually swift and straightforward way from stumbling across a mention of so-called ‘super-predictors’ in a Sunday newspaper to the finished piece. I’m grateful to the people at Clarion West for giving me the opportunity to visit the fine city of Seattle as a guest writer, and thus use it as a setting in what follows.”
Ian Creasey’s last short story in Asimov’s, “My Time on Earth” (October/November 2015), placed fourth in the 2015 Readers’ Award poll. Since then he’s published stories in Analog, F&SF, and elsewhere. He tells us, “The SF genre has been described as an ongoing conversation, which is a polite way of saying that authors borrow ideas off each other all the time. That’s how concepts become standard genre tropes. This particular tale was inspired by an earlier Asimov’s story that used a common trope. I borrowed the central gimmick and applied a contemporary take on it.”
Greg Norman Bossert works for Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, most recently on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the upcoming Ready Player One. He says, “‘Goner’ started with a late night vision of a charcoal smudge figure floating above a suburban house, tethered like a kite by a bright orange extension cord. I came up with a rough first draft in a couple of days, but it took several more years to untangle the story behind that image.”
Terry Bisson is a science fiction writer who lives in California. He hosts the monthly SFinSF reading series in San Francisco, edits the Outspoken Author series from PM Press, and writes “This Month in History” for Locus. Terry’s experience predicting future news items for Locus comes in handy for his new tale about the tribulations of a future news source. Terry tells us he’s always proud to be published in Asimov’s. “I owe Asimov’s my only Hugo and my first Nebula. The right people read it.”
These days Damien Broderick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, tax attorney Barbara Lamar. He was the founding SF editor of the Australian popular-science magazine Cosmos from mid-2005 to December 2010 and edited an anthology of thirty stories from that magazine—You’re Not Alone. In 2012, with Paul Di Filippo, he published Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985–2010. With New York lawyer John Boston he edited three volumes of stories from the British magazine Science Fantasy. With Grand Master Robert Silverberg he wrote Beyond the Doors of Death, based on the famous novella “Born with the Dead,” and his expansion and updating of the late John Brunner’s Threshold of Eternity will be published in 2017. Damien’s latest tale for Asimov’s takes us to the intersection of AI, alternate universes, and mysticism.