Authors In This Issue

Jim Sallis has four books out this fall: from Syndicate Books, a new, expanded edition of his critical work Difficult Lives; from Soho a new edition of the first of the Lew Griffin Novels, The Long-Legged Fly, and his latest novel, Sarah Jane; and from Unsolicited Press a sixth poetry collection, Ain’t Long Fore Day. In his eerie new tale, a couple of yarn spinners reflect on “When We Saved the World.”

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s next Diving novel, The Renegat, will appear at the end of September. It builds on two novellas that appeared in Asimov’s, “Joyride,” and “The Return of the Renegat.” Unlike other books in the series, this one stands alone. Kris has also put out a brand new novel in her Kristine Grayson fractured fairy tale series, Hidden Charm. Her story, “Once on The Blue Moon,” got picked up for The Year’s Best Military And Adventure SF, and her novelette, “Lieutenant Tightass” (July/August 2018), won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice award. In her latest fast-paced tale, an inexperienced crew attempts to survive at any cost while “Escaping Amnthra.”

Lawrence Watt-Evans is currently traveling the world to celebrate his wife’s retirement. So far the couple has visited Spain, France, England, and the Isle of Man, with Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, and Italy planned for the next few months. They expect to return to the United States and start looking for a new home by the end of the year. With any luck, their travels won’t take them too close to Anna’s “Personal Space.”

Mercurio D. Rivera (mercuriorivera.com) is a practicing attorney who resides in the Bronx in New York City, where he grew up playing paddleball every weekend and rooting for the Yankees for as long as he can remember. He has had more than fifty original stories and reprints published in markets such as Analog, Lightspeed, Interzone, Nature, Year’s Best Science Fiction 34, The Best of Abyss and Apex 2, and the forthcoming Deep Signal: An Illustrated Anthology of Science Fiction. In his latest story for Asimov’s, he posits that the darkest terrors can be found lurking deep within our hearts and “In the Stillness Between the Stars.”

Stephanie Feldman is the author of the Crawford-Fantasy-Award-winning novel The Angel of Losses. She is coeditor of last year’s multi-genre anthology Who Will Speak for America? Her stories and essays have appeared in Asimov’s, Electric Literature, F&SF, The Maine Review, The Rumpus, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. In her latest story, a woman makes terrifying discoveries about herself and “The Albatwitch Chorus.”

Eric Del Carlo’s (facebook.com/eric.delcarlo) fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Unfit Magazine and other venues. His short story collection Time, Like Blood, On My Hands and Other Stories is available on Amazon. “Then, When,” a story about unexpected consequences, is his third tale for Asimov’s.

Rich Larson tells us he’s hard at work on Cypher, the sequel to his debut novel Annex. After reading Rich’s latest tale, it would not be surprising to feel a little trepidatious the next time someone asks “Can You Watch My Stuff.”

Michael Libling’s last story for Asimov’s (“Wretched the Romantic”) appeared in our September 2016 issue. Mike and his wife, Pat, have since adopted Piper, a husky-retriever-lab mix that was rescued from Northern Quebec. The author’s debut novel, Hollywood North: Life, Love & Death in Six Reels, was recently published by ChiZine. It’s a mystery and fantasy noir set in his old hometown of Trenton, Ontario, and inspired by true events. Mike has a deeply moving companion piece to the following story on his website. “How a Comic Book Ad Taught Me about the Holocaust” (http://www.michaellibling.com/holocaust-comic-books-hitler-stamps/).

Like the heroes of this story, Sandra McDonald grew up on the Massachusetts seashore and attended a white clapboard church now prone to flooding. Unlike them, however, she has never tried to communicate with the dead. This tale of communications gone wrong was inspired in part by the story of Steve Jobs as written by his often-estranged daughter. It’s offered as evidence that technology can’t account for the mysteries of the human soul. 

Since his first fiction sale, to Asimov’s in 1995, Andy Duncan’s stories have appeared here and in Analog, Clarkesworld, Conjunctions, F&SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com and many anthologies, including multiple year’s-best volumes. His honors include a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent for Wakulla Springs, cowritten with Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 2013; PS Publishing, 2018). The title story of his third collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories (Small Beer Press, 2018), was a Nebula Award finalist, Duncan’s ninth. A native of Batesburg, South Carolina, and a graduate of Clarion West 1994, he has an M.F.A. from the University of Alabama and teaches writing at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Andy considers his new story a companion piece to his March 1997 tale, “Beluthahatchie.” Music plays a major role in both stories.

Since Megan Arkenberg’s fiction last appeared in Asimov’s, she’s moved to California to pursue a doctorate in English literature. Her dissertation is about—among other things—late Victorian medical science and early science fiction, two genres that inspired “All in Green Went My Love Riding.” Megan can be found online at www.meganarkenberg.com.

Gord Sellar (gordsellar.com) is a Canadian writer living in South Korea with his wife, Jihyun Park, and their son. In recent years, he and Jihyun have collaborated on translating Korean SF. The stories have been published at Clarkesworld and in Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Press Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction. Gord’s own stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Interzone, “Winter Wheat” is his first tale set on the Canadian prairie where he grew up, and it is dedicated to the memory of his late father, from whom he learned (among many things) his love of stories and of sharing them.

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