Born in 1967 in Toronto, Jean-Louis Trudel <www.alire.com/Auteurs/Trudel.html> holds degrees in physics, astronomy, and the history and philosophy of science. He has authored (alone or, in collaboration with Yves Meynard, as Laurent McAllister) three novels published in France, four fiction collections, a historical guide to science fiction in Quebec, and twenty-six young adult books published in Canada. Over a hundred of his short stories have appeared in French in magazines such as Solaris, imagine . . . , Galaxies, as well as in various other venues. In English, his short fiction has been published in On Spec and several Canadian and U.S. anthologies. He is noted as a historian of the genre in French-speaking Canada, where he lives. He teaches at the University of Ottawa. When time allows, he translates and reviews science fiction as well. In his first tale for Asimov’s, danger and deceit are companions on . . .
Meredith Lozaga is honored for her first publication to appear in Asimov’s. The family of “The Refraction of White Lies” is partly based on her own, particularly the dark-haired daughter with implacable demands for bedtime stories. When not working as a pharmacist or mother of two, Meredith is spinning her daydreams of androids and aircars into her first novel. Her abbreviated imaginings can be found on Twitter @LozagaRx.
Doug C. Souza tells us, “I wrote this story after my dad had a rough bout with his chemotherapy treatment. He made it through, but damn, it was a scary time. I’m honored that Asimov’s has chosen to publish this story.” You can follow the author at dougcsouza.com.
Neal Asher <http://theskinner.blogspot.com> has had numerous short stories and twenty-six books published. His most recent American publications include the first two volumes in his Rise of the Jain series: The Warship (2019) and The Soldier (2018). Both books are from Nightshade. Before becoming a full-time writer, Neal was an engineer, barman, skip lorry driver, coalman, boat window manufacturer, contract grass cutter, and builder. The author tells us, “I’ve been an SF and fantasy junky ever since having my mind distorted at an early age by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and E.C. Tubb.” He lives with his wife Caroline sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete. Neal’s last tale for Asimov’s, “Memories of Earth,” appeared in our October/November 2013 issue. After too long an absence, he’s back with an unsettling tale. . . .
B.S. Donovan has been a bar tender, English teacher, finance controller, and logistics manager. But his passions are fiction and art. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, he currently resides in Chiba, Japan. In addition to writing fiction, he practices Japanese calligraphy. In his poignant first story for Asimov’s, two young boys learn to appreciate their mom’s sad wry observations.
Sheila Finch tells us, “Over the years, I’ve often been prodded to use my childhood experiences in war-torn London in my fiction, but I’ve never really wanted to. Lately, there’s been a great deal of material published about those days, but usually about the generals and the scientists. In my fiction, I’ve always been more interested in how the big events impinge on the lives of the little people. Rosemary’s story isn’t my story—though it draws heavily on my own experiences in London at that age. And Harry’s story arises out of a lot of research that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a very special librarian, Stephen Klein, who managed to arrange for me to spend a day working with the sole copy in the U.S. of a very important book. (Maunsell Forts still exist, though they look like something out of Star Wars!) As a great-grandmother now, I don’t want to see us go back to those days, especially the children.”
Leah Cypess is the author of four young adult fantasy novels, including Mistwood and Death Sworn. She lives near Washington, D.C., with her family. You can find out more about her writing and her other interests at her website, www.leahcypess.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Leah’s complex and devastating new story takes a brutal look at “A Pack of Tricks.”
Pittsburgh author Timons Esaias teaches at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. His poetry appears in markets ranging from Asimov’s to 5AM and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. Recent fiction appearances include stories in Asimov’s, Analog, and Lightspeed. The author’s heart-stopping new tale introduces us to a plucky hero who must “Go. Now. Fix.”
Mar Catherine Stratford is a second year MFA student in the creative writing program at University of Arkansas. You can follow zir on twitter @maricatmaricat. The author’s first tale for us investigates suspicious events that occur near an isolated Arizona restaurant during the “Third Shift.”
Allen M. Steele’s latest story was inspired by visits to China’s Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Allen is currently working on a new project—rebooting and updating Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future series as an ebook pulp for Amazing.
Though this story is set in San Francisco, Dominica Phetteplace wrote it while she was a writer-in-residence at the Writer’s Block in Downtown Las Vegas. Vegas is a great place to craft near-future science fiction because in addition to an emerging literary scene, there is abundant public art, extreme weather, and incredible wealth inequality.