Authors in This Issue
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, “The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades, Part 1”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch tells us, “In Spring of 2021, I did a Kickstarter to kick start the next books in my Fey series. I couldn’t get to them on my own, so I asked the readers for help. They contributed for a novella, which I knew would start me on that road. I wrote it. It’s out now, The Reflection on Mount Vitaki. And then I went right into some background history novels set in that world. I finished the first, The Kirilli Matter, in March, and it’ll be out in early 2023. By the time folks read this, I will have finished the second, Barkson’s Journey, and started the third. During this same period, I wrote a nonfiction book about the process called Lessons From The Writing of The Fey, which will be out by the time this issue is published. I’m taking breaks between the books to write in my other series, like Diving, or to commit short fiction.” The author’s latest work has haunted her since she finished her gigantic book—The Renegat. The court martial didn’t fit in that novel, and she wanted to write about the trial. We couldn’t squeeze the entire short novel into this issue, so it will conclude in our November/December 2022 issue.
Greg Egan, “Solidity”
Greg Egan’s latest novel is The Book of All Skies, and his latest collection is Instantiation. Greg’s latest tale looks at the difference resilience can make when challenged with tragedy and chaos.
Alastair Reynolds, “Things to Do in Deimos When You’re Dead”
Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales in 1966. He started publishing SF in 1990 while working in space science, and has now written around twenty novels and many short stories. His most recent novel is Eversion (Gollancz UK and Orbit USA). After living and working in the Netherlands for nearly two decades, he and his wife now live back in Wales, surrounded by birds and bats. Alastair is a keen runner and owns way too many guitars. The author’s first story for us in quite some time considers some possible afterlife activities.
Eleanor Arnason, “Grandmother Troll”
Eleanor Arnason sold her first story in 1973. Since then, she has published six novels and fifty works of shorter fiction. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Society Awards. Her novel Ring of Swords won a Minnesota Book Award. Her story “Dapple” (Asimov’s, September 1999) won the Spectrum Award, and other stories have been finalists for the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Sidewise Awards. Eleanor’s most recent story in Asimov’s was “Tunnels” a Lydia Duluth adventure, in the May/June 2020 issue. Hidden Folk, a collection of short stories based on Icelandic folklore, came out in 2014. She continues to write Icelandic fantasies about trolls, elves, were animals, and saga heroes.
Susan Palwick, “Sparrows”
Susan Palwick has published four novels with Tor Books: Flying in Place (1992), The Necessary Beggar (2005), Shelter (2007), and Mending the Moon (2013). Her story collection The Fate of Mice appeared in 2007 from Tachyon Publications. Her second collection, All Worlds are Real, was published in 2019 by Fairwood Press. Susan’s fiction honors include the Crawford Award, an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her work has been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. After spending twenty years as an English professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Susan now works as a healthcare chaplain. She lives in Reno with her husband and their three cats. The author’s wrenching new tale depicts grace in the face of oncoming disaster.
Annika Barranti Klein, “The Big Deep”
Annika Barranti Klein <annikaobscura.com> lives in a tiny apartment in Los Angeles with her family and a lot of books. She writes stories about ordinary girls in extraordinary circumstances (and sometimes vice versa). She has never been to space. Her fiction has been in Craft Literary, Milk Candy Review, Mermaids Monthly, and Weird Horror, among others. Annika’s second story for Asimov’s takes us on an unsettling voyage.
Jendayi Brooks-Flemister, “BAKEHAFU OK”
Jendayi Brooks-Flemister (she/they) has been imagining the weird and unsettling since she started writing at seven years old. Her experiences as a queer Black person have lent themselves to how she understands the mental and emotional toll that comes with being othered. This lens manifests itself through the people, cultures, mental health issues, and experiences in her writing, and is evident in her latest tale. The author’s fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Lightspeed, Constelación, and more. Jendayi is currently working on a science fiction novel (and even more short stories) in Portland, Oregon.
Geoffrey A. Landis, “The Rules of Unbinding”
Geoffrey A Landis <http://www.geoffreylandis.com/> spends more time on writing science papers than science fiction these days, but he still pens an occasional story now and then. Since the last time he appeared in Asimov’s, he has been involved in a lot of projects, most recently working on a mission to Saturn’s moon Titan as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts project.
Marissa Lingen, “Bonus Footage”
Marissa Lingen tells us she’s “still living in the Minneapolis area, writing bunches of short speculative fiction, essays, and poems.” The author is currently working on a middle-grade science fiction book.
Lia Swope Mitchell, “Island History”
Lia Swope Mitchell is a writer and translator from Minneapolis. Among other venues, her short fiction has previously appeared in Asimov’s, Apex, and Terraform, and her translation of Antoine Volodine’s Solo Viola was published in 2021. Lia lives near the confluence of the Mississippi and the Minnesota rivers, a site that the Dakota people call Bdote. The author’s newest story takes us to a different time and place for an investigation of the past.
Peter Wood, “The Extraterrestrials Are Coming! The Extraterrestrials Are Coming!”
Peter Wood is an attorney and part-time science fiction writer who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his very patient wife. In homage to a movie from 1968, Pete wonders how exactly we’d react if we learned that alien contact was imminent.
Rich Larson, “The Rise of Alpha Gal”
Rich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has lived in Spain and Czech Republic (from which “The Rise of Alpha Gal” derives its Prague setting), and is currently based in Mexico City. His far-future SF thriller Ymir, described as “Alien meets Neuromancer,” is now in stores.