As usual, Kristine Kathryn Rusch stays just a little too busy. Her crime novel, Protectors, which she wrote under the name Kris Nelscott appeared last fall. That was followed in January by a Fiction River anthology called Justice that she edited. Kris and Dean Wesley Smith used Kickstarter to revive Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, and the first issue also appeared in January. Her next Diving novel Searching For the Fleet appears in September. By the time you read this new fleet tale, there might be even more projects. . . .
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She’s a recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies, and her collections Word Puppets and Scenting the Dark and Other Stories. As a professional puppeteer and voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), Mary has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, and Jim Henson Pictures. She founded Other Hand Productions, and her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence—the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. Mary’s latest story for us examines the future of long-distance driving and ponders if there’s room for . . . ARTISANAL TRUCKING, LLC
James Van Pelt www.jamesvanpelt.com is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. His work has appeared in many SF and fantasy magazines and anthologies. Since 1989, he has sold more than 150 short stories. James has been a finalist for a Nebula Award, and his tales have been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was published by Fairwood Press in August of 2015. The author’s newest collection, The Experience Arcade and Other Stories was released at the World Fantasy Convention in 2017. His latest story for Asimov’s escorts us on a voyage with the . . . Queen of the river: the harbor hope
Rudy Rucker is working on a new novel, Return to the Hollow Earth. When he gets stuck trying to imagine a sufficiently gnarly creature for a scene in his book, he takes a few days off and paints one. Smearing paint around is a pleasant analog alternative to the more digital process of typing. Rudy was going to call his latest story “Emoticons,” but his grandchildren informed him that the correct word is “Emojis.” With respect to any “transreal” or autobiographical inspiration for the tale, it is indeed the case that when Rudy’s wife points out something for him to look at, he’s often unable to see it. But she keeps on trying.
Ray Nayler’s previous stories in Asimov’s are “Mutability”(June 2015), “Do Not Forget Me” (March 2016), and “Winter Timeshare” (January/February 2017). His short fiction has been reprinted in Volume 35 of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton. His poetry has been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Sentence, and many other magazines. His short fiction publications include stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Hardboiled, and Crimewave. Ray is a Foreign Service Officer, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. He speaks Russian and Azerbaijani, and has lived and worked in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus for over a decade. Ray is currently Press Attaché at the United States Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Robert Reed tells us that “Much of my year has been spent on a sequel to my trilogy/fat novel, The Memory of Sky. Where and how that publishes, I don’t know. But it’s quite a story, and I want to see how it ends.” Bob’s latest tale is an ode to the lives of some difficult people.
Rachel Swirsky www.rachelswirsky.com received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She’s published over seventy short stories, and has received nominations for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon Awards, in addition to twice winning the Nebula Award. Readers can help her keep writing stories at www.patreon.com/rachelswirsky.
Trace Yulie www.traceyulie.com is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her other publications include stories in Interzone, Crossed Genres, and The Future Fire. Trace grew up barefoot in the rural South and has been fascinated by the solemn intelligence in the eyes of animals for as long as she can remember. This story, her first for Asimov’s, is dedicated to her mother, who spent her youth on a cattle ranch.
A fan of volcanoes, Sean Monaghan www.seanmonaghan.com has explored calderas and craters in New Zealand, Oregon, the Galapagos, and Easter Island, among others. Visiting these stunning features, with their fascinating microclimates and unique ecologies, is sometimes like stepping onto an alien world. That research is evident in the alien vista of . . . THE BILLOWS OF SARTO
James Gunn’s memoir, Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, was published last year, and an updated edition of Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction should be out soon. This edition will be in a 7x10 format. Although it will have fewer illustrations than the original book, there will be at least one, and possibly two, color sections and a new final chapter describing what has happened in science fiction since the publication of the coffee-table edition in 1975. The book will be less costly and more convenient for classroom use. In addition to his many publications, Jim is the Founding Director of the KU Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, Kansas. The Center has begun to branch out internationally. There is a Gunn Center affiliate at India’s St. Teresa College in Ernakulam, Kerala. Negotiations are ongoing for a Gunn Center affiliate in Beijing as well. China’s Future Affairs Administration (FAA) has contracted to publish a new edition of The Road to Science Fiction beginning next June with a new translation, and another Beijing publisher has contracted for the Chinese rights to his Transcendental trilogy. Jim is also doing a series of monthly essays on science fiction for the FAA online journal.
When Jim and I first discussed running this series of tales related to the Transcendental trilogy, I estimated that it would take about two years to publish all of them. At the time, Jim told me, “I’ll be ninety-five when it gets published :-), but I’ll be ninety-five anyway. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my time or a better way to celebrate it and science fiction.” As it turned out, the extra pages gifted to us by the shift to bimonthly issues allowed me to double up many of the stories and get all the tales out sooner than expected. Thus, while Jim is still ninety-four years young, please join me in wishing him a very happy ninety-fifth birthday later this year!
Rich Larson’s first collection Tomorrow Factory will be out in May 2018 from Skyhorse, and his debut novel Annex will be released in July from Orbit. In the meantime, his startling new tale considers what might occur . . . IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER
Alexandra Renwick’s (Twitter @AlexCRenwick and www.alexcrenwick.com) short fiction has been translated into nine languages and adapted to stage and audio. Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Philadelphia, Yorkshire, Denmark, and Austin, she currently spends most of her time in a crumbling heritage manor in Canada’s lovely capital city of Ottawa. In her first tale for Asimov’s, Alexandra movingly explains that finding the truth can be difficult . . . BECAUSE REASONS
Bill Johnson was born on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, in one of the more remote parts of South Dakota. The reservation is home to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a branch of the Santee Sioux. Bill’s family moved out of Dakota (he currently lives in the Chicago area with his wife), but he still goes back to visit relatives and to “have the lake to myself.” Bill won the Hugo in 1998 for his novelette “We Will Drink a Fish Together . . .” (Asimov’s, May 1977). His exciting new tale is a stand-alone sequel to that earlier story.