Alex Irvine’s most recent book is Anthropocene Rag—out in 2020 from Tor.com. Other recent projects include The Comic Book Story of Baseball; short stories in F&SF, Lightspeed, and original anthologies; and a number of games including Marvel Duel and The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. He’s also working on two new books. Maybe three. We’re glad he found time in his schedule to pen this riveting tale of a man facing terrorists and the aftermath of a horrifying . . . “Glitch.”
Greg Egan last appeared in Asimov’s with “Instantiation” (March/April 2019), which is also the title of his latest collection of stories. In his new tale, a civilization living in the floating forests of a gas giant that closely orbits a dwarf star must discover what is happening beyond the clouds.
Felicity Shoulders lives in Oregon with an engineer, an old cat, and a young Climate Victory Garden. It’s been awhile since her last Asimov’s story, “Long Night on Redrock” (July 2012) appeared in our pages. She tells us the first seed of her new story was planted around 2003, but it waited a while for the right season to sprout.
Rudy Rucker’s latest tale is about an elderly woman’s transition to a new life. The author tells us that since he wrote it, the story has evolved into a chapter of a novel-in-progress called Teep.
Anya Ow (www.anyasy.com and Twitter @anyasy) is the author of The Firebird’s Tale and Cradle and Grave, and is an Aurealis Awards finalist. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Daily SF, Uncanny, The 2019 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror anthology, and more. Born in Singapore, Anya has a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Applied Design from Billy Blue College of Design. She lives in Melbourne with her two cats, working as a graphic designer and illustrator for a creative agency. The author’s first story for us is a poignant take on . . . “The Same Old Story.”
After spending most of her life in Colorado, Kali Wallace now lives in southern California. The author studied geology and earned a Ph.D. in geophysics before she realized she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds more than she liked researching the real one. Kali is the author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels for adults, teens, and children, as well as a number of short stories and essays. Her latest novel, Dead Space, is just out from Berkley Books. Her latest tale for us examines courage, horror, and . . . “Mrs. Piper Between the Sea and the Sky.”
James Patrick Kelly’s newest book is due out this spring. It’s from PM Press in their Outspoken Author series. The book is called The First Law of Thermodynamics and includes stories, an essay, and an extensive interview conducted by Terry Bisson, who is the editor of the series. Jim is finishing a new novel based on a couple of stories he’s published here, “Men Are Trouble” (June 2004) and “The Last Judgment” (April/May 2012). The author’s latest story is about an unforgiving future, a complex family history, and . . . “Grandma +5ºC.”
A.T. Greenblatt (http://atgreenblatt.com and Twitter @AtGreenblatt) is a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. She lives in Philadelphia where she’s known to frequently subject her friends to various cooking and home brewing experiments. This Nebula-award-winning author is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVI and Clarion West 2017. Her work has been published in multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and has appeared in Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and other fine publications. She tells us that her first tale for Asimov’s was written in January/February 2020 right before the pandemic hit the US. It was a time when she was blissfully unaware that soon we would all be in our own bubble universes of a sort.
Derek Künsken raises his son, reads comic books, and writes science fiction in Gatineau, Québec, Canada, not all at the same time. After leaving molecular biology, Derek worked with street kids in Central America before finding himself in the Canadian Foreign Service. Many of his short story appearances in Asimov’s are set in the same universe as his novels The Quantum Magician (2018), The Quantum Garden (2019), The House of Styx (2020), and his novella Pollen From a Future Harvest (2021), which first appeared in Asimov’s July 2015 issue. The author’s latest tale for Asimov’s further explores the alien culture first seen in his March 2012 novelette about “The Way of the Needle.”
Christopher Mark Rose (curiousful.wordpress.com and Twitter @CChrisrose) lives in Baltimore with his spouse, two children, and one crazy dog. He is a founder of, and impresario for, Charm City Spec, a reading series in speculative fiction. The author’s own fiction has appeared in Escape Pod and Interzone; and he’s sold nonfiction and poetry to Uncanny and Little Blue Marble. Chris attended Viable Paradise XXIII, where teachers Max Gladstone and Daryl Gregory, along with Chris’s fellow students, performed a blues song written by XJB—the robot character in . . . “Sentient Being Blues.”
As of this writing, Michael Swanwick has just finished his annual Halloween story, written on leaves and scattered about local cemeteries, including the one in which he will one day be buried. He tells us his wife Marianne Porter created a chapbook of flash Halloween stories created by him for the occasion in honor of the fact that a Blue Moon fell on Halloween this year and that all unsold copies were burned at moonset. Michael’s most recent novel is City Under the Stars. Cowritten with Gardner Dozois and finished as a kind of memorial to him, it was recently published by Tor Books. Of his latest story, Michael says, “Ignore the ringing of the alarm clock! Deafen your ears with the pillow! Whatever you do, don’t wake—”