Authors in This Issue
Norman Spinrad, “Up and Out”
Norman Spinrad says, “Dona Sadock and I are still living in our semi-tree house apartment in our mini forest across the Seine from Notre Dame in Paris, with a life size mountain lion and stuffed with art and books. As I write this, Climate Change has now grown into Climate Chaos, the world economy is crumbling, and so on. “But the Web Telescope is exploding what is already the Golden Age of Astronomy, and perhaps even as I write this, we will discover that we are not alone, and the new Golden Age of Science Fiction will begin, nor will it end, as we go Up And Out of the gravity hole and into the Universe beyond, the only centrally viable literature of an expanding culture looking permanently into the future. “Unless of course we blow the whole thing and our species into extinction. So this is a story of a future in which we don’t, a century or two when we succeed in surviving the current mess we now find ourselves in. As Satchel Paige said, ‘Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you.’ Or as I have put it before, ‘the future we get is the future we make.’”
Karen Heuler, “Alien Housing”
Karen Heuler’s stories appear in both literary and speculative journals and anthologies. Her sixth novel, The Splendid City (Angry Robot Books), and her sixth collection, A Slice of the Dark (Fairwood Press), came out in 2022. She’s had many jobs that made her feel alienated, but none were as annoying as the job in her first story for Asimov’s. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website as karenheuler.
T.K. Rex, “The Roots in the Box and the Roots in the Bones”
T.K. Rex writes science fiction and fantasy in San Francisco on Ohlone Ramaytush land. She grew up in Northern California and Northwest New Mexico, with Wiccan parents of mostly British and Ashkenazi descent. Recently, she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego, and had short fiction published in Strange Horizons, The Molotov Cocktail, and Luna Station Quarterly. You can say hi and keep up with her latest stories on Twitter and Instagram, where she shares photos of San Francisco and retweets dinosaur stuff as @tharkibo.
Ramsey Shehadeh, “Cigarettes and Coffee”
Ramsey Shehadeh splits his time between writing stories and writing software. His fiction has appeared in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, Steampunk Reloaded, and Wastelands II. He tweets, very occasionally, at @epidapheles. An unwelcome upgrade to a rural Texas police department threatens to upend a community in Ramsey’s intriguing first tale for Asimov’s.
Tochi Onyebuchi, “Jamais Vue”
Tochi Onyebuchi tochionyebuchi.com is the author of Goliath. His previous fiction includes Riot Baby, a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and NAACP Image Awards and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction, the Ignyte Award for Best Novella, and the World Fantasy Award; the Beasts Made of Night series; and the War Girls series. His short fiction has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and elsewhere. His nonfiction includes the book (S)kinfolk and has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, among other places. He has been, most recently, the writer for Captain America: Symbol of Truth for Marvel Comics. Tochi tweets at @TochiTrueStory, and his Instagram can be found at @treize64.
Peter Wood, “The Less Than Divine Invasion”
Pete Wood is an attorney who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his very patient wife. In his latest story for Asimov’s, he revisits his old stomping grounds, the barbecue-loving and hamburger-loving town of Kinston, North Carolina, last seen in “Never the Twain Shall Meet” (May/June 2019). Pete and fellow Asimov’s author Jonathan Sherwood recently edited The Odin Chronicles, a collection of thirty related short stories about the distant mining planet of Odin III, for Rampant Loon Press.vMore information about the book is at www.theodinchronicles.com. The author tells us, “Kinston is a great place to live, but it’s not as ordinary as you might think. If you look closely, you may discover that something unusual is going on.”
Rudy Rucker, “Tooniverse Telemarketer”
Rudy Rucker has published about forty books, including SF novels in the cyberpunk and transreal styles. For most of his career, his day job was professor of math and then of computer science. Nowadays he spends a lot of time painting, and he sells his works online. His latest novel Juicy Ghosts is about telepathy, immortality, and the removal of an evil, insane president. He recently sold his literary archive to UC Riverside. This summer he went to Helsinki to give a plenary lecture on Art and Math. You can find the talk, and much more, on rudyrucker.com/blog. Rudy’s Twitter handle is @rudytheelder, and he’s on Facebook as well..
Domenica Phetteplace, “What We Call Science, They Call Treason”
Dominica Phetteplace tells us, “This is my fifteenth appearance in Asimov’s (fourteen stories and one poem). The seed of the idea came to me as I was thinking about how difficult it is to read the emotions of masked faces, even as masking is oftentimes necessary. I found myself wishing there was a gadget that could help me understand what other people were feeling.” Dominica tweets at @fetaplace.
David Ira Cleary, “My Year as a Boy”
David Ira Cleary https://www.davidiracleary.com/ lives in Oakland, California, with his actress wife, two cats, and a dog. He’s near to completing a historical fantasy set in ancient Greece and tells us he’s looking forward to writing short fiction again. He also says, “This story before you is set in the same world as ‘The Kewlest Thing of All’ (Asimov’s, March 2006), but told from a very different vantage point. The inspirations for it are many but include P.G. Wodehouse and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Look for the author on Facbook at: https://www.facebook.com/david.cleary.908.