Greg Egan tells us, “I never met Gardner in person, but I will always be indebted to him, both as a reader for all the fantastic stories and authors he introduced to me, and as a writer for his generous response to my own work. I know he did the same for hundreds of writers, and hundreds of thousands of readers, and from this distance all I can do is add my voice to theirs in celebrating his memory.” Greg’s latest book, Perihelion Summer, will be published by Tor.com in April. A collection of his best short fiction from the last thirty years will be out from Subterranean Press toward the end of the year. “Instantiation” takes place after the events that occurred in the author’s September/October 2018 novella, “3-adica.”
Allen M. Steele’s “The Lost Testament” is the second installment of a mosaic novel called Sanctuary. It follows the events of “Starship Mountain” (September/October 2018). Allen promises to send us the third installment soon.
Lawrence Watt-Evans has been a full-time writer since 1979, with about fifty novels and a hundred and fifty short stories to his credit, but it wasn’t until 1987, when Gardner Dozois bought “Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers,” that he got a story into an actual science fiction magazine. It was revised to Gardner’s specifications and went on to win the short story Hugo and other awards; without those revisions, who knows how it would have done? In the interests of keeping his Hugo acceptance speech brief, Lawrence failed to thank Gardner, and he’s regretted that omission ever since. This new story about Harry’s place was started almost immediately after the first was published, but took thirty years to finish. He’s sorry it waited so long.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s latest Diving novel, Searching for the Fleet, appeared last September. She just finished her next as-yet-untitled Diving novel, and that will be published in the fall. In addition, WMG Publishing has just released the author preferred edition of Kris’s novel FantasyLife, along with three related short stories. With Dean Wesley Smith, Kris continues to act as series editor for Fiction River. She also edits a few volumes to keep her hand in. And, every week, she puts a free short story on her website, kriswrites.com. Kris investigates a disturbing shipboard incident in her latest Asimov’s tale.
We are pleased to once again showcase Gardner Dozois’s Nebula Award-winning short story, “The Peacemaker.” This tale about the dire repercussions from melting polar ice caps first appeared in our August 1983 issue. Gardner was actively writing and editing when he died last spring. His recent and upcoming publications include a short story in the May/June 2018 F&SF and his classic tale, “A Special Kind of Morning,” appeared on LeVar Burton Reads Episode 36, October 9, 2018, podcast http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com. Other works include two nonfiction collections: Sense of Wonder, ReAnimus Press, May 2018 and On the Road with Gardner Dozois, NESFA Press, with an Introduction by Michael Swanwick, February 2019. Anthologies include: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 35th Annual Collection, St. Martin’s Press, July 2018; The Book of Magic, HarperCollins, October 2018; and The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, St. Martin’s Press, February 2019. His agent tells us that there are other ongoing projects.
Rammel Chan currently resides in Chicago with his family and their two cats, Wayne Newton and Beyoncé. His previous fiction has appeared in Riksha. His play Northern Michigan Trust premiered at the Gift Theatre as part of TEN in 2018. He is a recipient of the 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship from the Second City, and he is a proud 2018 Kundiman Fiction Fellow. Forthcoming acting projects include Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee at Victory Gardens Theater and The Red Line on CBS. In his first story for Asimov’s, we meet some questionable tourists.
Michael Swanwick says, “There’s actually an interesting story behind the Debussy stories. Tom Purdom will tell you that I wrote them during a recital at the Academy of Vocal Arts, here in Philadelphia, and that’s true as far as it goes. What he doesn’t know is that during the reception afterward, I slipped away to fin de siècle Paris to get some period detail (you’ll recall that I will acquire the ability to travel in time a few years from now) and, well, to make a long story short, I lost my manuscript. Debussy found it and was inspired by it to write the songs that inspired the stories. Claude and I had a long argument when I went back to retrieve the manuscript over who owed whom royalties for the other’s work. We shall never, I fear, see eye to eye on this one.” Michael recently “had the strange experience of teaching writing classes in Beijing and Reykjavik all within one month. Truly, it’s a global world anymore.”
Eileen Gunn says, “This is a true story, torn from the headlines of yesterday’s newspapers. It was inspired by a brief online exchange about Terrible Trudy among three writers well known to readers of Asimov’s, whose names shall be kept private because each of them claims to have no recollection of the conversation.” Eileen’s work has been appearing in Asimov’s since June 1988, starting with her Hugo-nominated story “Stable Strategies for Middle Management.” What was it like to work with the legendary Gardner Dozois? “Gardner was a wonderful writer and a cheerfully gloomy editor. My favorite acceptance note from him said, ‘They may hang me for this, or they may fire me, but I’m feeling dangerous tonight.’” Eileen is the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014). Her fiction has received the Nebula Award and the Sense of Gender Award and it has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.
Tom Purdom says, “Writers who settle in Philadelphia seem to feel a compulsion to write about the place. Michael Swanwick’s 1985 novel In the Drift is the first science fiction story centered on a unique Philadelphia tradition, the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade. This story is the second. It takes place (me being me) in a somewhat cheerier future, based on the assumption we will avoid catastrophe and continue to elevate the global standard of living.”
Zhao Haihong has a master’s degree in English and American literature from Zhejiang University and a Ph.D. in art history from the China Academy of Art. She teaches at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China. Haihong has been publishing SF stories since 1996 and is a six-time winner of the Chinese Science Fiction Galaxy Award. Two of her self-translated stories, “Exuviation” and “Windhorse,” have been published in English and her short story “1923, A Fantasy” has been translated and included in the 2018 anthology The Reincarnated Giants: Twenty-First Century Chinese Science Fiction. In her first story for Asimov’s, a father/daughter bond is tested by the starry sky over the southern isle.
Alex Irvine’s first sales to Asimov’s were two poems in 2002, which gives Gardner Dozois the distinction of being the only editor ever to publish his poetry. His other interactions with Gardner were regrettably few: some Year’s Best anthologies and one previous story, “Shepherded by Galatea,” in 2003. Alex is the author of several novels and dozens of short stories, as well as numerous comic book series and more than forty licensed books. He has also written a number of games. Recent projects include The Comic Book Story of Baseball, The Division: House Divided, and Marvel Battle Lines. He is thrilled to be back in the pages of Asimov’s after such a long absence. His new story tells the violent tale of future mercenaries on Isla Tiburón.
Jack Dann has written or edited over seventy-five books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral as well as The Rebel, The Silent, and The Man Who Melted. He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Australian Aurealis Award, the Darrell Award for Best Mid-South Novel, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Jack is the managing director of PS Australia and an adjunct senior research fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. The author’s most recent short story collection is Concentration. In his latest tale, a seemingly tranquil day is upended when Mr. Death goes to the beach.
Much to his parents’ dismay, Kofi Nyameye (@KofiNyameye) quit school—twice—to focus on his dream of becoming a speculative fiction author. He currently lives and writes in Accra, Ghana. Kofi’s work has appeared in The Manchester Review, Cracked.com, and The Naked Convos. In his first tale for Asimov’s, the author forces us to face the unthinkable when the lights go out, one by one.
Robert Frazier. My father taught cryptography for Army Security after working with Turing’s bombe at Bletchley Park during WWII. My mother was an oil painter who studied with Emile Albert Gruppé in Rockport. The science of deciphering gibberish into plain text somehow meshes with impressionistic imagery in my writing. I live on Nantucket Island with my wife, Karol Lindquist, a nationally recognized basketmaker, while my daughter, Timalyne, was a graduate of Clarion West in 1995 (I was at Clarion ‘80). I am the author of nine books of poetry, and a three-time winner of the Rhysling Award. I have published over one hundred poems in Asimov’s.
Christopher Cokinos is a poet and nonfiction writer. With Julie Swarstad Johnson, he is co-editing an anthology of poetry about spaceflight. He teaches nonfiction writing, science communication, and science fiction literature courses at the University of Arizona.
Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian SF novel The Guardener's Tale. His poems and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications and have received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For more info, please visit http://bruceboston.com/.
Marge Simon is an award-winning poet/writer. Her works have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, Bete Noire, Asimov's and four pro anthologies in 2018. She is a multiple Stoker winner and Grand Master Poet of the SF&F Poetry Association.
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.