Authors In This Issue

Two new books by Jack McDevitt will be released in December: a story collection, Return to Glory; and an Alex & Chase novel, Village in the Sky. The author tells us, “This is a good time to be a writer. My wife Maureen and I have been able to go into hiding in the small coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia. I never would have believed I’d live a half-mile from an ocean beach and not go near the water.”

Robert R. Chasetells us, “A few years ago, my son the rocket scientist (I always look for an opportunity to drop that phrase) gave us a Bitcoin gift just for fun. We put it away and forgot about it until recently, when we were surprised to see that it has done well. About the same time, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) started receiving publicity, making me begin to wonder about the relationship between reality and the consensual realities that control so much of politics and economics. This allowed me to examine a number of things that have irritated me and have fun doing so.”

Michael Swanwick says, “Well, it turns out that being a Time Scoundrel is trickier than it sounds. When I slipped back to the 1950s to buy a few carefully chosen stocks, the broker told me that he’d need to see my birth certificate and proof of chronologic residency first. Then I hopped over to 1980, where my agent told me that there was a glut of Neuromancer manuscripts. And when I tried to kill baby Hitler, there were guards toting futuristic-looking weaponry! I may have to rethink my whole life. Unfortunately, all the monasteries are booked up for the next six hundred years in either direction. So that’s my life nowadays. But I wrote ‘Reservoir Ice’ myself. I didn’t swipe it from a future author. Honest!”

Jonathan Sherwood is putting the finishing touches on his first novel and has a story appearing in Analog later this year. He has written about science and scientists for research universities for more than two decades and has learned that one of the greatest joys we little humans experience is the wonder of new discoveries. But every now and then, as we push deeper into the unknowns of the universe, we learn that, sometimes, those discoveries push a little too far.

Michèle Laframboise runs long distances in Mississauga, Ontario, and uses her science background to create SF stories filled with inventions and wonder. As her old publishing houses tend to flop behind her like rope bridges in adventure movies, she runs faster forward, with new stories branching off. Her spacefaring Gardeners civilization has sprouted five YA books, populated with memorable characters, one of whom also runs a lot in this prequel.

Annika Barranti Klein <> lives in a tiny apartment in Los Angeles with her family and a lot of books. She writes stories about ordinary girls in extraordinary circumstances (and sometimes vice versa). She has never been to space. Her fiction has been in Craft Literary, Milk Candy Review, Mermaids Monthly, and Weird Horror, among others. Annika’s second story for Asimov’s takes us on an unsettling voyage.

Rick Wilber has written about his fictional version of famous baseball player and World War II spy Moe Berg often in this magazine. In his new story, set in a slightly alternate 1941 Hollywood, Moe and his handler, the mysterious Eddie Bennett, are assigned to stop America’s homegrown fascists from destroying Southern California’s defense industry and murdering Jewish movie moguls. The Spruce Goose plays a critical role, as do a number of Hollywood celebrities, Pacific Coast League baseball players, a talented teenage girl shortstop named Billie Davis, and the villainous Georg Gyssling, the German consul to Los Angeles whose job it was to keep the restive studios sympathetic to Hitler’s Reich. Rick points out that most of the villains in this story are based on real fascist sympathizers who really were plotting a kind of insurrection in California in the months before Pearl Harbor.

Megha Spinel <> studies ecology and feels there’s a great deal of hope in the existing research about ecosystem rehabilitation. She wants to tell stories about a future where humanity collectively remembers that we’re an integral part of Earth’s ecosystem and how technology could make that world fun as well as sustainable. Megha also loves history and believes speculative fiction has a place in our past as well as our future. If people in the past told stories about us, we should tell stories about them and thus feel our human connection through time and space.

K.A. Teryna <> is an award-winning author and illustrator born in Ukraine. Her fiction has been translated from Russian into six languages. English translations of her stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Apex, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Samovar, Podcastle, Galaxy’s Edge, and elsewhere. Her latest story for Asimov’s offers a tense look at who is expendable.

Paul Melko lives in Ohio with his family. He is the author of three books, several short stories, and many—some would say too many—dad jokes. Case in point: He’s been studying the full moon for a while. But now his interest is waning. His jokes did not inspire “Ugly,” a tale of alternate biology that is his first new story in a number of years.

Along with ten novels, Will McIntosh <@willmcintoshSF and> has published around fifty short stories in Asimov’s (where he won Reader’s Awards in 2010 and 2013), Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, and elsewhere. Will was a psychology professor before turning to writing full-time. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and their twins. The story that follows is set in the same frozen world of life after death as his novel Love Minus Eighty, which arose out of his Hugo Award-winning Asimov’s short story, “Bridesicle” (January 2009).

Octavia Cade <@OJCade> is a New Zealand speculative fiction writer and science communicator. She’s sold over sixty short stories to markets including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Strange Horizons, and her latest book, The Impossible Resurrection of Grief, was published last year by Stelliform Press. Octavia attended Clarion West 2016 and was the 2020 writer in residence at Massey University. The author takes us on a trip to the shore in this subtle tale.

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