Will McIntosh (@willmcintoshSF and www.willmcintosh.net) lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and their twins. The author was a psychology professor before turning to writing full time. He is a Hugo award winner and finalist for the Nebula and other SF/F awards. Will has published eight novels and around fifty short stories—in Asimov’s (where he won Reader’s Awards in 2010 and 2013), Lightspeed, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, and elsewhere. In his new story, Will explores the complications that may arise as humans and AIs learn to live together.
Derek Künsken raises his son, reads comic books, and writes science fiction in Gatineau, Québec, but not all at the same time. He was invited to tour a poverty alleviation effort in Guizhou in 2018 to inspire this story, and its publication marks his tenth appearance in Asimov’s. Derek’s new novel, The House of Styx (a Godfather story set in the clouds of Venus), is finishing its serialization in our sister magazine Analog, and will be released in hardcover shortly. His first novel, a space opera heist story called The Quantum Magician, was a finalist for the Aurora, the Locus, and the Chinese Nebula Awards.
Ted Kosmatka’s most recent story, “Sacrificial Iron,” was a winner of Asimov’s 34th Annual Readers Award. The author returns to our pages with another story set in deep space.
Stories by Sean Monaghan <www.seanmonaghan.com> have appeared in Analog, Amazing Stories, and at Baen.com, among other venues. “Marbles” is another tale in his series about the artist Shilinka Switalla. It follows “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” (January/February 2017) and “Ventiforms” (January/February 2019). Sean lives in provincial New Zealand, which is really just a base for his frequent travels.
Ray Nayler <raynayler.net> had his debut as a writer of science fiction in the pages of Asimov’s in 2015 with the story “Mutability.” Since then, his work has appeared in Asimov’s several times, as well as in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, F&SF, and Nightmare. Ray has lived and worked abroad since 2003 in Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus. He is a Foreign Service Officer and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. Ray is currently the Cultural Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, where he resides with his wife, their one-year-old daughter, and their two rescued street cats (one Tajik, one American). His latest tale takes a poignant look at what it means to be a “Father.”
Hollis Joel Henry is a writer living in Trinidad and Tobago. Born in the US to Trinbagonian parents, he has spent his life between both countries. A lover of fantasy, science fiction, and horror from early childhood, he later became enthralled by the themes, wit, and craftsmanship of Caribbean, Latin American, African, and South Asian storytelling. The author does his best to reflect these influences in his work. Hollis is currently the editor of the official news magazine of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus, UWI Today. In February 2020, his first published short story, “Outer,” appeared in Clarkesworld. His second published story offers us a disturbing glimpse at “The Last Water Baron.”
Tom Purdom’s first novel, I Want the Stars, is being reissued by the publishing arm of Galactic Journey <www.galactic journey.org>, a website that’s reviewing the science fiction of fifty-five years ago, then moving forward year by year. Their founder, Gideon Marcus, praised the book for its portrayal of a “unique and plausible future for mankind.” Tom says, “The publisher feels I’m a ‘perfect storm’ for their project since I’m still around and still writing.” Tom’s latest military SF tale shows us why “We All Lose If They Take Mizuba.”
Janet Stilson (Twitter @janetstilson) writes stories in the SF and fantasy genres, illuminating conditions that are present in the world today. Janet has written several feature films. Her work has won the competition for the Writer’s Lab for Women, sponsored by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. It has also been selected by Stowe Story Labs, which focuses on film and TV scripts. “Imaginary Children” is her first tale to appear in an SF literary magazine. The story is excerpted from her novel, The Juice. The tale and book are both inspired by her other “life” as a journalist whose articles have chronicled the inner workings of media companies in many fine publications. In both the short story and novel, the author envisions what media companies might be like a few decades into the future, along with how dating services might evolve. Janet lives in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood with her husband and two rascally cats.
Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards. The author grew up near Washington, DC, and now lives near Basel, Switzerland, with his wife and children; he is a migrant and descendant of perennial migrants, and when he was small the rootless melancholy beneath Tom Baker’s Doctor’s manic whimsy made a great impression on him. These experiences permeate his latest tale for Asimov’s. The story is set in the same universe as Ben’s first novel, The Unraveling (Erewhon Books, July 2020).
Peter Wood is a lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his very patient wife. He points out Frying Pan Tower is real and is actually a bed and breakfast. He’s glad he works in the relatively calm field of criminal defense and not cutthroat academia. Some days it just doesn’t pay for a college professor to get out of bed. When Murphy’s Law kicks in, any professor will throw up her hands and admit “Why I’ll Never Get Tenure.”
Megan Lindholm lives on a small farm near Roy, Washington, with her husband Fred. They raise chickens, vegetables, and occasionally grandchildren for the weekend. Megan Lindholm is probably best known for her urban fantasy, Wizard of the Pigeons, set in Seattle, Washington. Her current work in progress is Barty’s Game, featuring the character Celtsie who previously appeared in “Community Service.” That story was published in the anthology The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois. Megan also writes as Robin Hobb, and Hobb’s most recent work is Assassin’s Fate, the concluding volume of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Family ties are tight in Megan’s new story about “Generations.”