Authors In This Issue


Carrie Vaughn’s latest novels include the post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, and several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels. Carrie has also written about eighty short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She is a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R.R. Martin. Visit her at

Bill Johnson has written for most of the major SF/F magazines and has a deep interest in history, astronomy, and paleontology. He has also worked in corporate intelligence. A resident of Chicago, Bill finds that a favorite day might start at the Argonne Laboratories, then swing through the Field Museum of Natural History, and end at the Museum of Science and Industry. His “Ship” series lets him combine all these interests into one.

Astute readers with long memories may notice that the “The Memory Artist” is set in the same universe as stories “Breathmoss” (May 2002) and “The Cold Step Beyond” (June 2011). “Breathmoss” was the winner of our Seventeenth Annual Reader’s Poll for Best Novella. These tales take place in a far future with strong Arabian influences, in which women are dominant, and men are little more than a half-forgotten myth. As, indeed, is Earth itself. It’s a world Ian R. MacLeod says he’s always hoped to return to, and is glad to have finally found an opportunity and a theme.

John Richard Trtek is a retired high school physics teacher who studied astrophysics. He attended Clarion West in 1987 and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Ellen and two cats. Dick has published poems in Asimov’s and other magazines. Evidence of the author’s appreciation for poetry can be found in “Recrossing Brooklyn Ferry”—his very first fiction sale!

E. Lily Yu received the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the 2017 Artist Trust/Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. Her fiction can be found everywhere from “McSweeney’s” to “Terraform” to Stories of hers have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards, and have been reprinted in eight best-of-the-year anthologies.

Ted Kosmatka lives in the Midwest, not far from Lake Michigan. His brilliant new tale challenges comfortable historical assumptions and reveals the excruciating cost of sacrificial iron.

Pete Wood is an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his very patient wife. This is his eighth story for Asimov’s. One thing he loves about the South is the barbecue. Readers might ask what the southern specialty has to do with science fiction. Pete suggests that everyone read his latest story before deciding that “never the twain shall meet.”

Sean Monaghan <> enjoys the way the Universe continues to expand before our very eyes. From landers and rovers revealing Mars, to Juno’s stunning images of Jupiter’s cloudtops, to an increasing list of extraordinary exoplanets. Also, an interstellar visitor! Oumuamua departed before we got a really good look at it. Sean hopes we get the chance to look a little longer at the next mysterious interstellar visitor.

Jay O’Connell is pleasantly amazed to find his fiction in the pages of Asimov’s for the tenth time. Readers interested in his work should check out, join his mailing list, or drop him a line. Of his latest story he says: “I wrote a novella in the nineties that I loved, which had stuff in it nobody else liked. There was cool tech in it . . . but it wasn’t fun. So I revisited the premise mindful of the current fear of deep-learning AI disrupting the workforce. How could that change the balance of power between the haves and have-nots? Does inequality destroy meritocracy or force us to reimagine the art of the deal?”

Rahul Kanakia, who blogs at, is also the author of two contemporary YA novels, Enter Title Here (Disney 2016) and We Are Totally Normal (HarperTeen 2020). Additionally, his stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, The Indiana Review, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Nature. Originally from Washington, D.C., Rahul now lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian SF novel The Guardener’s Tale. His poems and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications and have received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For more info, please visit

Jim Sallis has published 17 novels including the source of the film Drive, multiple collections of stories and essays, four volumes of poetry, a landmark biography of Chester Himes, and a translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin. He’s received a lifetime achievement award from Bouchercon, the Hammett award for literary excellence in crime writing, and the Grand Prix de Littérature policière. His latest novel, Willnot, came out from Bloomsbury last year. He is one of F&SF’s regular books columnists.

Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 360 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Sister Emily’s Lightship, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, the Rysling Award, the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She was the first woman to give the St. Andrews University’s Andrew Lang lecture since the lecture series was started in 1927. She was also the first writer to win the Arts and Humanities award given by the New England Public Radio. A past president of SFWA, she is a World Fantasy Grand Master and a Science Fiction Poetry Association Grand Master. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. Also worthy of note, her Skylark Award—given by NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association, set her good coat on fire. If you need to know more about her, visit her website at:

G. O. Clark is retired and resides in Davis, CA in a mobile home. His poetry has appeared in Asimov’s many times, and in numerous other magazines over the years. His most recent books include Built To Serve: Robot Poems, 2017, and Twists & Turns, 2016, short stories from Alban Lake Publishing. He won the 2001 Asimov’s Readers’ Award for poetry, and was a 2011 Bram Stoker Award Finalist. He can be found online at

Jenny Blackford lives in Newcastle, Australia. Her poems and stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Cosmos Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine and more. Award-winning Australian imprint Pitt Street Poetry published an illustrated pamphlet of her cat poems, The Duties of a Cat, in 2013, and her first full-length poetry book, The Loyalty of Chickens, in 2017. The legendary Pamela Sargent called her subversively feminist historical novella set in ancient Greece, The Priestess and the Slave, “elegant.”

A professor emeritus of English (Santa Clara University), Fred D. White enjoys writing across the spectrum of genres. His publications include poetry in Allegro Poetry Magazine, Analog, The Cape Rock, Euphony, Rattle, and South Carolina Review; fiction and humor in Drunk Monkeys, Aphelion, Praxis, Clockwise Cat, and Limestone; and essays in Gemini, Pleiades, Southwest Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Writer’s Digest. Fred’s most recent books are The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus and Writing Flash. He lives near Sacramento, CA, with his wife, Therese (an attorney), and their two frolicsome cats.

Peter Payack was the first Poet Populist of Cambridge Massachusetts (2007–2009). Payack has published over 1,500 poems, stories, prose poems, photos and articles including multiple appearances in The Paris Review, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Cornell Review, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. He was a contributing editor of the groundbreaking magazine, Creative Computing from 1975–1985. Payack is the inventor of the world-renowned Stonehenge Watch™, an infinitesimal replica of the megaliths at Stonehenge inside of an old-fashioned pocket watch, which can be used as a shadow clock to tell time, mark the seasons and predict eclipses. He has published 20 nationally distributed books, the latest, The Book Of Conceptual Anarchy, Vol 1.

David Barber is a non-award winning writer from the UK. His work has appeared in DSF, New Myths, Apex, Strange Horizons and now Asimov’s. (He framed the cheque) Though nominated, he has never won the Rhysling Award. Like Grote Reber, he wonders if he fared better in another alternate.

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