Authors in This Issue
“How Sere Kept Herself Together” by Alexander Jablokov
Alexander Jablokov is pleased to have finally gotten back to the cases of Sere Glagolit, and is currently working on another one. Her casebook is, in fact, quite thick. He is also revising his latest novel, Holdfast, and hopes that doing so won’t turn into a hobby like making birdhouses for his old age.
“Une Time Machine S’il Vous Plait” by Peter Wood
Peter Wood grew up in Ottawa, Canada, in the 1970s and watched a lot of science fiction on television. His favorite restaurant appears in the following story and is still there. But if it ever went out of business, he’d want to go back in time and get the best sandwich in the world.
“Turtles to the Sea” by Sandra McDonald
Visit the beautiful barrier islands of Georgia and you will hear many interesting stories, some of which are true. Sandra McDonald, author of more than a hundred published short stories and books, heard rumors of a military accident in 1958 that resulted in an atom bomb being dropped into the ocean near Savannah. That bomb, which remains lost to this day, became the launching point for this story of time travel and sea turtles, racism and conservation. A military veteran, former Hollywood assistant, and lifelong teacher, Sandra has a shelf of awards she’s won and which the household cats keep knocking over. She lives in Florida, where she fosters LGBTQ+ teenagers and recently returned to working for the government in ways in which she’s not supposed to talk about.
“The Man in the Moon is a Lady” by Ian Baaske
Ian Baaske <tantabus.org, Instagram: @_ilo> has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Baltimore Review, and Pacifica Literary Review. One of his screenplays was a semifinalist in the 2022 Austin Film Festival. Ian likes to write at night when he’s done with everything else he planned to do that day and the rest of the household is asleep and it’s very quiet. He saw Mame for the first and only time twenty years ago and tells us, “I liked it well enough but the unshown, undescribed ‘terribly modern operetta’ and a ‘universe shaking discovery’ made my imagination go crazy. I’ve always been drawn to stories within stories. I had a more ambitious idea at first: I was going to write the whole operetta. But as I started working, the idea of a show within a show (arguably within another show) that’s also real took hold and I couldn’t shake it, and anyway, I liked this project better.”
“The Last Cloud Painter” by Rajan Khanna
Rajan Khanna <http://www.rajankhanna.com, Twitter: @rajanyk> is a writer, game designer, and musician who lives in Philadelphia surrounded by cats and guitars. His three novels, Falling Sky, Rising Tide, and Raining Fire, take place in a post-apocalyptic world of airships and floating cities. His short fiction has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Lightspeed, and multiple anthologies. His articles, reviews, and commentary have appeared on Tor.com, LitReactor, and The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy. His game design work at Kobold Press includes the Tome of Heroes, Vol. 2 of the Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, the Kobold Guide to Dungeons, Wastes of Chaos, Deep Magic 2, and several Tales of the Valiant products. Rajan’s latest tale takes us to the early twentieth century.
“Charon’s Final Passenger” by Ray Nayler
Ray Nayler is the author of the critically acclaimed, Locus-Award-winning novel The Mountain in the Sea, published in the U.S. by MCDxFSG and in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. It was a best book of the year at Amazon and Slate, and a finalist for the Nebula Award and for the LA Times Book Awards’ Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction. His story “Muallim” (Asimov’s November/December 2021) won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award and his novella The Tusks of Extinction was published in January by Tordotcom. A Russian speaker, Ray lived and worked outside the United States in the Foreign Service and the Peace Corps for nearly twenty years. Ray is currently a diplomatic fellow and visiting scholar at the George Washington University’s Institute for International Science and Technology Policy.
“The Inefficiency of Pangenetic Self-Replication as a Theory of Anthrobotic Evolution By Yantra Arora” by Ashok K. Banker
Ashok Banker is widely acknowledged for pioneering English-language genre fiction, series fiction, and English-language television in India. They have authored over eighty books that have sold over three million copies in thirty-two languages worldwide. Their short fiction appears frequently in Lightspeed, and has also appeared in Altair, Artemis, Nightmare, Weird Tales, F&SF, Gothic Net, Mystery Net, and numerous other places. The final volume in the Burnt Empire Trilogy, The Blind King’s Wrath (HarperCollins Voyager/Recorded Books), appeared in 2022. As a neurodivergent (AuDHD) and nonbinary author of mixed race, low caste, and low-income background, they are passionate about inclusivity and representation. Originally from Bombay, India, they now live in Southern California. They choose to have no online presence or social media. Ashok’s first story for our magazine is a tale that Isaac Asimov would almost certainly have enjoyed.
“Sunsets” by Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar is the author of the science fiction novels Central Station and Neom, as well as the forthcoming The Children’s Book of the Future, which aims to offer hopeful scenarios for tomorrow’s children. A massive fan of Cordwainer Smith, who gets his dues in this story, most of Lavie’s stories are set in an expansive, Solar-System-wide future history. Here, he takes us from Mars to old Earth as a recently bereaved woman chases one perfect sunset.
“Peck” by Bunny McFadden
Dr. Bunny McFadden (she/they) <DocBunny.com, Instagram: @bunny.the.doc> is a Chicana mother who has gained recognition for her unique style of storytelling. Her work has been praised for its gritty imagery, spirited characters, and thought-provoking themes. In addition to her writing, Bunny is also a passionate advocate for justice and education. The author’s writing often tinkers with the complexities of relationships and the joy of life. Their first story for Asimov’s takes a look at both.
“There’s Nothing in the Attic” by Faith Merino
Faith Merino is the author of Cormorant Lake, which was long listed for The Center For Fiction’s First Novel Award, and her short stories have appeared in F&SF, The Indiana Review, The Forge, and more. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University with an MFA in fiction from UC Davis.