Leah Cypess <www.leahcypess.com> is the author of four young adult fantasy novels, starting with Mistwood, and of numerous short stories. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her family.
For more than four hundred years, bridges have made travel, fishing, commerce, and settlement possible in the area now known as Bridgetown, Barbados. Gender can be a bridge, too, leading to greater understanding with our neighbors, but significant conflict as well. In her latest tale, Caribbean traveler Sandra McDonald takes us on a journey that explores female vs. male, past vs. future, and individual vs. community in order to ask not what our island can do for us, but what can we do for our island.
From his day job as a freelance marketing content writer, Alex Jablokov has learned to question his clients about what, really, they are after. His detective in this story, Sere Glagolit, is still learning the ropes, though her business is a bit more fraught than producing white papers. She first appeared in “How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry” (Asimov’s, July/August 2017). Alex enjoys Sere, her cases, and her environmentally complex home city of Tempest so much that he has several more stories planned for this world. He is also currently at work on a novel that grows out of the events of “The Forgotten Taste of Honey,” which was first published in our October/November 2017 issue.
Lavie Tidhar is the author of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award-winning Osama (2011), and the Campbell Award-winning and Locus and Clarke Award-nominated Central Station (2016). His latest books include his first children’s novel, Candy, and an adult novel, Unholy Land. Both books were published in 2018. Lavie is the author of many other novels, novellas, and short stories.
Peter Wood is an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he lives with his very patient wife. His seventh story for Asimov’s was inspired by Robert Sheckley’s “Skulking Permit” and The Andy Griffith Show.
Suzanne Palmer’s first novel, Finder, will be out from DAW Books in April. The author, who recently won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, presents us with a heartbreaking new novelette—her twelfth tale for Asimov’s.
Bob Reed tells us, “‘The Esteemed’ lives in the sequence of time travel stories beginning with ‘Veritas’ (July 2002) and then ‘Truth’ (October/November 2008). Drop back hundreds or thousands of years and remake the timeline in your own design. But titling the novella using another language’s word for Truth didn’t feel right. So instead, the Greek version of Truth appears . . . well, you’ll probably see where. For those who are interested, ‘Veritas’ and ‘Truth’ are now available from Kindle. Quite a lot more is waiting there, too. I’m throwing most if not all of my catalog into that shopping destination. For a little money, yes. And because much of my work sits in old magazines. But mostly because my career has reached a point where I cherish giving old titles a couple of passes through Google Docs, fixing flaws where I find them, then posting them, nice and neat. And because I have three hundred stories, give or take, and because I have forgotten details and a few twists, it’s fun trying to figure out what the author has planned for poor readers like me.”
Jay O’Connell says, “This story came out of a discussion I was having with a writer and friend Erica Satifka. She gave me a name, and one search later I knew all about the Gorgon. And was thus eternally doomed. Consider this a trigger warning—there are people in the singularity/perhaps-taking-transhumanism-too-seriously crowd who are terrified by this concept. The search string for this secular cosmic horror is included as an Easter egg. Seek it out at your own risk. You have been warned.”
Sean Monaghan’s <seanmonaghan.com> last Shilinka Switalla story, “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles” from our January/February 2017 issue, won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award and New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Short Story. Sean has a BS in physical geography, and he has always loved studying landforms carved by wind action. He writes from a corner of his 110-year-old home in the windiest city in New Zealand. His interests and his living circumstances were part of the inspiration for his latest tale.
William F. Wu is a multiple award finalist and has had a long career in science fiction and fantasy. His story “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium” was adapted into an episode of the Twilight Zone in 1985. “A Temple of Forgotten Spirits, the Complete Tales of Jack Hong,” an episodic novel, is available in ebook, paperback, and audio editions. Bill lives in California with his wife and son. His last story for us, “Kenny,” appeared in our February 1986 issue. After a thirty-year absence, the author returns to our pages with “Written in Mud.”
Robert Borski’s writing has appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and way back in July 1975, the pages of this magazine. Blood Wallah, a collection of his better poems, remains available from Dark Regions Press. A self-described late-blooming child prodigy, he continues to live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where he works for a local university.
Michael Meyerhofer is the author of the Dragonkin Trilogy and the forthcoming Godsfall Trilogy, as well as four poetry books. His work has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Planet Magazine, Hayden's Ferry, Ploughshares, and other magazines. For more information, feel free to check him out at wytchfire.com (fantasy) and troublewithhammers.com (poetry).
Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 360 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Sister Emily’s Lightship, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, the Rysling Award, the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She was the first woman to give the St. Andrews University’s Andrew Lang lecture since the lecture series was started in 1927. She was also the first writer to win the Arts and Humanities award given by the New England Public Radio. A past president of SFWA, she is a World Fantasy Grand Master and a Science Fiction Poetry Association Grand Master. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. Also worthy of note, her Skylark Award—given by NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association, set her good coat on fire. If you need to know more about her, visit her website at: www.janeyolen.com.