Greg Egan last appeared in Asimov’s with “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine” (November/December 2017). His latest novel, Dichronauts, is out in paperback from Night Shade Books, and his novella “Phoresis” was published in April by Subterranean Press. Although there’s plenty of hard SF in Greg’s new tale, its terrifying moments make the story perfect for our slightly spooky issue.
Leah Cypess is the author of four fantasy novels and many short stories. She began writing her latest story in Delphi, after spending the night in Arachova, a truly beautiful town in Greece. (Though, since this was the tail end of a hosteling trip, the highlight of the stay was the discovery of Haagen Dazs ice cream in the freezer of one of the local shops.) “Best Served Slow” is dedicated to her intrepid traveling companion, Elisheva Cohen.
Robert Reed tells us, “I’ve reached that sterling age when my past is worth more than my likely future. With that in mind, I’m reprinting my old stories on Kindle, and in some cases, as print-on-demand paperbacks. Kindle demands a specific format, which means editing, and I can’t look at ten words without trying to cut four and add two, making the sentence perfect. So this isn’t a simple project. But it is proving to be a surprising pleasure. Rumor has it that over the years, I’ve written quite a few stories. Naturally, my Asimov’s tales are standing in the first ranks.” Bob’s latest tale takes a chilling look at a society controlled by the “DENALI.”
David Erik Nelson lives in Michigan with his lovely wife, steadfast dog, and tolerable children. His stories can occasionally be found in Asimov’s, F&SF, Pseudopod, The Best Horror of the Year, and online at https://www.daviderik nelson.com/FreeFiction. The author would like to remind readers that there is a fourth, unspoken rule here in the Sharing Place: Never, ever listen to the radio.
Suzanne Palmer says: “I first read a translation of the Czech play R.U.R in college as part of a course on science fiction. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about an alternate take on how humanity’s doom might play out in that scenario. A friend suggested I write a robot story just after one of my occasional rereads—when I was also trying to clear my head from more serious writing efforts—and it was perfect timing. So here’s the tale.”
Sheila Finch says, “I seem to have been visited a lot lately by people from the future who want to meddle in my writing. This is the second story to result from their inspiration/interference. The first one, ‘Field Studies,’ appeared in these pages last year. A longer story is just about finished. I think I’m going to have to bar the windows and the doors soon.”
Doug C. Souza tells us, “Somewhere during the second draft of my second story for Asimov’s, the nanos took over. The tale began with a focus on the intangible bond siblings share, but ended up exploring the hope that the machines we create will grow to become more humane than we are. It’s funny how stories pull the writer along.” You can follow the author at dougcsouza.com and Facebook.
Unlike the main character in her first story for Asimov’s, Erin Roberts tells us she can barely draw a stick figure, let alone paint, but she has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. Erin is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program and the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2017 Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers Grants. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, PodCastle, and The Dark, and her musings on life and writing can be found at writingwonder.com and on Twitter at @nirele.
Rick Wilber notes that in this alternate-history version of Nazi aggression into North America he’s been kinder to German General Erwin Rommel and German physicist Werner Heisenberg than most historians would be in our version of reality. As has been the case in previous stories, Rick’s fictional take on baseball player and OSS spy Moe Berg has him playing ball where our real Moe never did and in this case for a team that never existed. But that’s the great joy of counterfactual history, being able to turn the light-hitting Moe Berg into a homerun hitter and imagining what else could have been. All four of Rick’s Moe Berg alternate-history stories have been published in Asimov’s first, and will be collected in the book, The Secret City and Other Histories, available this fall from New Word City press.
Stephanie Feldman is the author of the novel The Angel of Losses (Ecco), winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award, and finalist for the Mythopoeic Award as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She is the coeditor of the multi-genre anthology Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, F&SF, The Maine Review, The Rumpus, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Stephanie lives outside Philadelphia with her family. Her first tale for us is a slightly spooky story that provides some revealing insights about “The Witch of Osborne Park.”
Carrie Vaughn <www.carrievaughn.com> is probably most well known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Her latest novels include a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, which won the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. Carrie has written several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, as well as upward of eighty short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. 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. An Air Force brat, the author survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Carrie subverts some traditional fairy-tale motifs in her story about “The Huntsman and the Beast.”
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories, and two popular art books. The former editor of CrescentBlues.com, she coedited the six-volume, fortieth anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BuzzyMag.com. Jean Marie’s first story for Asimov’s offers a rather traumatizing glimpse into “The Wrong Refrigerator.”