David Moles is a past winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and a past finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. His work has appeared in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, F&SF, and various anthologies. David lives in California with his family. After a very long absence, we’re delighted to have him back in our pages with this thrilling story about deep, deep time and . . . “The Metric.”
James Gunn’s “Reclaiming the Stars” is the fourth and concluding story that began with “In Our Stars” (March/April 2020) and dealt with the influence of other intelligences on human lives. That theme led Jim to the thoughts that he describes in his essay, “Religion and Science Fiction,” that appears elsewhere in this issue.
Ray Nayler’s speculative fiction debut was in 2015 in the pages of Asimov’s with the short story “Mutability.” Since then, his critically acclaimed stories have seen print in Analog, Clarkesworld, The F&SF, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and several Best of the Year anthologies. Born in Quebec and raised in California, Ray has lived and worked in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans for nearly two decades. He is a Foreign Service Officer, and previously worked in international development, as well as serving in the Peace Corps in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. In his latest story, an unusual alien invasion leads to an . . . “Año Nuevo.”
Ian Creasey lives in Yorkshire, England. “Super Sprouts” is a loose sequel to two previous stories about the botanists first featured in “Ormonde and Chase” (Asimov’s, June 2014) and “The Language of Flowers” (Analog, May 2016). The latter story also appears in The Shapes of Strangers, a collection of Ian’s science fiction stories published by NewCon Press in 2019. This latest tale takes a disturbing look at where their research could ultimately lead.
Rick Wilber’s novel, Alien Day, is out June 1, 2021, from Tor Books. It’s the sequel to 2016’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist Alien Morning. Both books are part of Rick’s long-running series of stories about the soft invasion of Earth by the S’hudonni—jovial but deadly aliens. Several of the S’hudonni Empire stories have appeared in Asimov’s. Brad Aiken’s short fiction has appeared in various publications including Asimov’s, Analog, and Small Doses of the Future, a collection of short medical SF published by Springer as part of their Science and Fiction series. His novels include the medical techno-thriller Mind Fields and the adventure series Starscape. Brad is a physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine and has long had a fascination for how advances in medical technology may influence our future. After graduating from medical school he became interested in how medicine and science fiction influence each other, and has presented at numerous medical conferences, science fiction conventions, and at the 2014 meeting of the World Future Society. This interface is on display in . . . “Tin Man.”
Robert Reed tells us, “I have a Twitter account now. @Rreedsf is the name/handle/whatever. By the time ‘Flame’ arrives, I should be a master at social engineering.” This is a skill he’ll have in common with some of the characters in this story.
Mary Anne Mohanraj’s <www.maryannemohanraj.com> books include A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, and The Stars Change. Her next SF book, Jump Space, is coming out from Constellation Press & Riverdale Avenue Press later this year. She’s had recent story publications in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and the Wild Cards series, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies. Mary Anne founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org). She is clinical associate professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her latest tale examines what it means to fully adapt to life . . . “Among the Marithei.”
Dominica Phetteplace wrote her latest story before her healthy, thirty-one year-old brother contracted Covid-19. “The virus nearly killed him. He continues to take medications for his heart and blood clots, but he is getting better bit-by-bit and hopes to make a full recovery. If he hadn’t had access to his medications he would not have survived. He just turned thirty-two, and I feel so grateful for his survival and recovery. Even after the pandemic is over, there are going to be many survivors who are dealing with health complications, and I don’t want them to be forgotten.”
K.A.Teryna <www.k-a-teryna.blogspot.com> is an award-winning author and illustrator. A number of her stories have been published in Russian SF magazines such as Esli and Mir Fantastiki. English translations of her stories have appeared in Apex, Strange Horizons, Samovar, Podcastle, Galaxy’s Edge, and elsewhere. She lives in Moscow. Alexander Bachilo is an award-winning novelist, short story author, and screenwriter for TV and film from Moscow, Russia. English language translations of his short stories have appeared in Future Science Fiction Digest and Eurasian Monsters. The authors’ first story for Asimov’s takes a terrifying look at the line between the virtual and the physical world.
TJ Berry grew up between Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, and the New Jersey shore. She has been a political blogger, a bakery owner, and she spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. TJ now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Los Angeles with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. Her bittersweet first story for Asimov’s takes a look at the learning process and why . . . “My Heart Is at Capacity.”
Annika Barranti Klein <annikaobscura.com> lives and writes in a tiny apartment in Los Angeles full of books, knitting, and children. Her stories have been in Hobart After Dark, Milk Candy Review, and CRAFT Literary, and her poetry in Fireside Quarterly. Her first story for Asimov’s uncovers a tragic secret.