Kristine Kathryn Rusch is deep in her Diving universe right now. The book she started about Boss turned out to be at least two, if not three, novels. The first will be published by the end of 2020. “Maelstrom” was supposed to be a break from the Diving universe, but it isn’t after all. She’s still not entirely sure where this standalone novella fits in the history of that universe. In addition to the work on Diving, Kris is publishing nonfiction and getting ready to revisit yet another large series of hers. She also publishes a free short story every Monday on her website, kriswrites.com.
By day, Ian Tregillis is a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. By night, he is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels including the Milkweed Triptych (Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War, Necessary Evil) and the Alchemy Wars (The Mechanical, The Rising, The Liberation). Ian’s first tale for Asimov’s shares the same milieu as his angel-noir novel Something More Than Night. The author’s short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Popular Science, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and Best New Horror. He is a member of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards consortium, and he penned six episodes of Serial Box’s The Witch Who Came in from the Cold. A 2005 graduate of the Clarion workshop, Ian lives in New Mexico with his playwright wife and their extremely spoiled cat.
Musing on “Escaping Real Time,” R. Garcia y Robertson says, “Forty years ago I wrote a realistic science fiction story set in 2020 called ‘Sea of Rains.’ The main character is based on a real woman, who I eventually married. I gave her a real space ship, a Russian Soyuz, wondering if Americans in 2020 would actually use a Russian space ship from the 1960s. Today the Soyuz is what we use. That is the Bradley effect.”
Gray Rinehart’s fourth story for Asimov’s takes place at the same lunar colony and stars the same main character featured in his 2017 novel (2019 audiobook), Walking on the Sea of Clouds (WordFire Press). Some of the story elements derive from Gray’s time stationed at Thule Air Base, Greenland, where he was the satellite tracking station commander (for instance, “phase shacks” really are the storm shelters spaced out along the roads from the main base to the radar and satellite tracking installations). More information about the author can be found at graymanwrites.com.
Leah Cypess is the author of four young adult fantasy novels, starting with Mistwood (HarperCollins 2010), and of an upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, Thornwood, scheduled to be published by Random House in 2021. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her family. In her latest tale for us, the author examines those ghostly moments we can only perceive in “A Sideways Slant of Light.”
Robert Reed tells us that his new tale began as the simplest of thought problems: What if all the citizens of a far-flung galactic empire decided to come home at once? “It doesn’t take long for the math to turn brutal. Which is exactly what amoral math loves to do. Turn brutal. And that’s a lesson we have learned daily in these corona times.” Bob has just published a collection of his old work on Kindle. “Pallbearer and Other Tales of Glorious Contagions is a grim read, I’ll grant you that. But it proves that R. Reed has always been studying this specific kind of awful.”
Cadwell Turnbull is the author of The Lesson. He has both an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in linguistics, from North Carolina State University. Cadwell is also a graduate of Clarion West 2016. The author’s short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Asimov’s, and several anthologies. His work has been selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, and LeVar Burton Reads. Cadwell’s latest story takes an unsettling look at the “Shock of Birth.”
It’s not often a story lands an award before it’s even published, but “The Eight-Thousanders” did just that, receiving an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award earlier this year. Jason Sanford says he has applied for these biennial arts grants before with no luck, but his chilling story of life and death on Mount Everest did the trick. “The Eight-Thousanders” is the author’s eighth appearance in Asimov’s, with his other stories having been published in magazines such as Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Quarterly, and Interzone.
M. Bennardo’s fiction first appeared in Asimov’s fifteen years ago in the October/November 2005 issue. It was an eerie ghost story a little bit like this one. After all those years, the author tells us he’s thrilled (and slightly chilled) to be making a second appearance in the “Slightly Spooky” issue.
Open Road Media relaunched Michael Libling’s mystery and fantasy noir novel, Hollywood North, in July, and the author is currently finishing up a new novel. We’re delighted that he took some time in between projects to write this eerie tale about “Robyn in Her Shiny Blue Coffin.”
Y.M. Pang spent her childhood pacing around her grandfather’s bedroom, telling him stories of magic, swords, and bears. Her work has appeared in F&SF, Strange Horizons, and Clarkesworld, among other venues. She dabbles in photography and often contemplates the merits of hermitism. Despite this, you can find her online at www.ympang.com or on Twitter as @YMPangWriter. The author’s first tale for us tells the unnerving story of a “Mangy White Dog.”
Gregory Frost is the author of the Shadowbridge duology and Fitcher’s Brides. His last contribution to Asimov’s, the novelette, “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town,” coauthored with Michael Swanwick, won a 2015 Asimov’s Readers Award. “Traveling On,” his bittersweet tale about what happens after, was written for the 2018 Sycamore Hill Writers Workshop; he thanks in particular Christopher Rowe, who blessed it with its title. Greg teaches fiction writing at Swarthmore College.
Rich Larson is currently living in Prague. He recently sold a French-language collection of his work that will contain twenty-eight stories—five of which were first published in Asimov’s. His surreal new tale dives into the dangers of “The Conceptual Shark.”