Authors & Editors

Authors & Editors

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Anne Carly Abad

Author of: Moon Halves (Where the Stars Rise)

Anne Carly Abad is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Between making custom jewelry and taking care of her hedgehog, Porky, she writes poetry, fiction, and political musings. Some of her published work can be found at Apex, Strange Horizons and the Philippines Graphic Magazine.

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Colleen Anderson

Author of: The Healer’s Touch (The Sum of Us)

Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. As a freelance editor, she has co-edited Tesseracts 17 (EDGE Publishing), and Playground of Lost Toys (EXILE Editions), which was nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. New or forthcoming works are in Clockwork Canada, Futuristica Vol 2, Deadlights, OnSpec and others. Currently she is working on an alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection. Her poetry chapbook Ancient Tales, Grand Deaths and Past Lives is available through Kelp Queen Press.

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Photo credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Photo credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Kelley Armstrong

Author of: The Culling (Strangers Among Us)

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Age of Legends YA fantasy trilogy. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy and the co-written Blackwell Pages middle-grade fantasy trilogy. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her family.

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Charlotte Ashley

Author of Orang Tua Adventure Academy (The Sum of Us)

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor, and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies and magazines, including the Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 (ed. Rich Horton). She has been nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards and once performed a story from the equipment of a CrossFit gym.

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Deepak Bharathan

Author of: Udātta Śloka (Where the Stars Rise)

Deepak Bharathan grew up on a staple diet of veggies, science fiction and fantasy. His father’s 3,000 book collection was the monolith that jump-started his reading. Growing up in India, he managed to write fiction for children’s magazines and for the national radio. His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Allegory, Sci Phi Journal and Terraform. He has published nonfiction about technology in Consulting Magazine, CIO Update, Search CIO, PC Today, and CIO Decisions. His Philadelphia home is run by his one-year-old daughter. His wife and he are just along for the ride. It’s a pretty good one though.

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Elsie Chapman

Author of: Introduction (Where the Stars Rise)

Elsie Chapman is the author of YA novels Dualed (Random House, 2013), Divided (Random House, 2014), Along The Indigo (Abrams/ Amulet, 2018), and co-editor of and contributor to Legendry (Harper Collins/Greenwillow, 2018), a YA anthology featuring Asian and South Asian mythology retellings. Born and raised in Canada and a graduate of University of British Columbia with a degree in English Literature, she currently lives in Tokyo with her family.

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Joyce Chng

Author of: Decision (Where the Stars Rise)

Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction and YA. She likes steampunk and tales of transfiguration/transformation. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Her YA includes a trilogy about a desert planet and a fantasy duology in Qing China. Joyce has also co-edited a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology titled The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia (Rosarium Publishing, 2015) with Jaymee Goh. Her Jan Xu Adventures series, an urban/contemporary fantasy set in Singapore, is written under the pseud. J. Damask which she will tell you it’s a play on her Chinese name.

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Suzanne ChurchSuzanne Church

Author of: Dallas’s Booth (Strangers Among Us)

Suzanne Church grew up in Toronto, moved to Waterloo to pursue mathematics, and never left town. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada, On Spec, and her 2014 collection Elements. Her favourite place to write is a lakefront cabin, but she’ll settle for any coffee shop with WiFi and an electrical outlet. Soul Larcenist, book one in the Dagger of Sacrados trilogy set in Ed Greenwood’s Hellmaw Universe, is now available in multiple formats from onderlibrum.com.

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Brenda Cooper

Author of: The Crystal Harvester (The Sum of Us)

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Her most recent novel is Spear of Light (Pyr), and her most recent story collection is Cracking The Sky (Fairwood Press). Brenda’s work has been nominated for the Phillip K. Dick and Canopus Awards and won two Endeavour Awards. Brenda is a technology professional and a futurist, and publishes non-fiction on the environment and the future. Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest where she gardens, bikes, writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and loves sunrises.

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Ian Creasey

Author of: The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains (The Sum of Us)

Ian Creasey was born in 1969 and lives in Yorkshire, England. He began writing when rock & roll stardom failed to return his calls. So far, he has sold seventy-odd short stories to various magazines and anthologies. His debut collection, Maps of the Edge, was published in 2011; a second collection, Escape Routes from Earth, came out in 2015. His spare time interests include hiking and gardening—anything to get him outdoors and away from the computer screen.

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Photo credit: Roger Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda

Author of: Introduction (Strangers Among Us)

Since 1997, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction. A Turn of Light, first of her Night’s Edge fantasy series from DAW Books, won the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel, with the sequel, A Play of Shadow, winning that award for 2015. Recent publications include the omnibus of her acclaimed near-future SF Species Imperative. Julie’s back to science fiction, writing the finale to her Clan Chronicles series. November 2015 was the release of Book #1 of Reunification, This Gulf of Time and Stars, with more to come. She was honoured to write the introduction to Strangers Among Us, for there is no family untouched by mental illness. We must better understand ourselves.

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Miki Dare

Author of: A Star is Born (Where the Stars Rise)

Miki Dare (Dare is pronounced DAH-RAY in Japanese) lives on the West Coast where she likes to express herself with whatever falls into her hands—from a pen to a paintbrush. Her science fiction and fantasy writing can be found in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Inscription Magazine, Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela, and Urban Fantasist. She is also currently working with mixed media to explore issues of identity, personal history and social realities. Her latest art series is titled Geisha Girl Stereotype Survivor.

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Alyx DellamonicaA. M. Dellamonica

Author of: Tribes (Strangers Among Us), Bottleneck (The Sum of Us)

A.M. Dellamonica’s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, has won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Novel. Her most recent book, The Nature of a Pirate, was released by Tor Books in December 2016. She is the author of over forty short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies, most recently Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She teaches writing in person at the University of Toronto and online through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

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S.B. Divya

Author of: Looking Up (Where the Stars Rise)

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Lightspeed and Daily Science Fiction, and her writing appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. Her debut science-fiction novella Runtime was released by Tor.com Publications in May, 2016.

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Pamela Q. Fernandes

Author of: Joseon Fringe (Where the Stars Rise)

Pamela Q. Fernandes is a doctor, medical writer, and author. She’s a big Hallyu fan and likes to practice the keyboard. Her love of Joseon dramas and science fiction led to the conception of Joseon Fringe. Several of her short stories and romance novellas have been published including her Seoul-based romantic suspense Seoul-Mates by Indireads Inc. She’s also the author of the Christian nonfiction series, Ten Reminders, and currently whips up podcasts for her listeners at The Christian Circle Podcast.

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Gemma FilesGemma Files

Author of: What You See (When the Lights Are Out) (Strangers Among Us)

Gemma Files is a former film critic and teacher turned award-winning horror author, best-known for her Hexslinger Series of Weird Westerns (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones, all from ChiZine Publications). She has also published two collections of short fiction, two chapbooks of speculative poetry and a story cycle (We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven, CZP). Her new novel, Experimental Film, will be available as of November, 2015. To learn more, you can check up on her at musicatmidnight-gfiles.blogspot.ca, or follow her on Twitter, Tumblr or Livejournal.

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Susan ForestSusan Forest

Editor of: Strangers Among Us (anthology), The Sum of Us (anthology), Shades Within Us (anthology)

Susan Forest is a three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist and a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and a freelance fiction editor. She co-edited two anthologies from Laksa Media, Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us, with Lucas K. Law. They are currently working on their third anthology, Shades Within Us. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, OnSPEC Magazine, and The Urban Green Man, among others. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Publishing. Susan acted as judge for the Endeavour Award, and the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and she contributes to Calgary’s annual literary festival, When Words Collide. Susan is also Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She teaches creative writing at the Alexandra Centre, and has appeared at numerous local and international writing conventions.

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James Alan GardnerJames Alan Gardner

Author of: The Dog and The Sleepwalker (Strangers Among Us)

James Alan Gardner got a couple of degrees in Math, then started writing science fiction instead. He has won the Aurora award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Asimov’s Readers’ Choice award. He has published eight novels and numerous short stories. In his spare time, he studies rocks and teaches kung fu to kids.

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Bev GeddesBev Geddes

Author of: Living in Oz (Strangers Among Us), The Gift (The Sum of Us)

Bev Geddes is a school-based speech/language therapist, and freelance writer, working for various organizations such as Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Her short story, “Living in Oz,” appears in the Strangers Among Us (Laksa Media) and her two speculative fiction novels, The Shellyman, and Secrets of Shalott, have recently been completed. When not reading, writing, or running away to her cabin at the lake, Bev enjoys playing the instrument of angels— her Celtic harp, aided and abetted by a menagerie of cats, a dog, and children.

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Erika HoltErika Holt

Author of Frog Song (Strangers Among Us)

Erika Holt resides in Calgary, Alberta, the city where she was born and still loves. Her stories are mostly urban and epic fantasy and have appeared in numerous anthologies including Evolve Two and Tesseracts Fifteen. She has edited speculative fiction of all kinds and is currently an assistant editor of Nightmare Magazine under bestselling and multiple award-nominated editor-in-chief John Joseph Adams. You can find Erika on Twitter at: @erikaholt. She’s also a member of Calgary’s Imaginative Fiction Writers Association  and blogs with the Inkpunks.

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Shaoyan Hu

Translator of:  Regina Kanyu Wang’s Back to Myan (Where the Stars Rise)

Shaoyan Hu is a speculative fiction writer/translator, born in Shanghai and currently living in Singapore. In 2016, he won a gold award for the best new writer and a silver award for the best novella of Chinese Nebula Award. He has translated a number of English novels into Chinese, including A Song of Ice and Fire series (George R.R. Martin), The Southern Reach Trilogy (Jeff VanderMeer), The City & The City (China Miéville), and The Scar (China Miéville). He is also a blog contributor for the official website of Amazing Stories Magazine.

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Claire Humphrey

Author of: Number One Draft Pick (The Sum of Us)

Claire Humphrey is the author of Spells of Bloodand Kin (St Martin’s Press, 2016). Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Crossed Genres, Fantasy Magazine, and Podcastle. Her short story “Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot” appeared in the Lambda Award-nominated collection Beyond Binary, and her short story, “The Witch Of Tarup,” was published in the critically acclaimed anthology Long Hidden.

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Calvin D. Jim

Author of: Rose’s Arm (Where the Stars Rise)

Calvin D. Jim, born in French Canada to a Japanese mother and Chinese father, has spent his life going in several directions at once: writer, editor, IFWit, lawyer, gamer-geek, movie-lover, dad. He is a Prix Aurora Award nominated co-editor of Shanghai Steam, the Steampunk-Wuxia anthology. His stories have appeared in Rigor Amortis, Crossed Genre Quarterly and Enigma Front. He has also been a winner and a finalist for the In Places Between: Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest. Calvin lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, two kids, and an ever-expanding army of meeples.

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Minsoo Kang

Author of: Wintry Hearts of Those Who Rise (Where the Stars Rise)

Minsoo Kang is a fiction writer, historian, and translator who is currently an associate professor of European history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of the short story collection Of Tales and Enigmas (Prime Books) and the history book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination (Harvard University Press). He is also the translator of the classic Korean novel The Story of Hong Gildong, a Penguin Classic. His short stories have appeared in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Azalea, Entropy, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the anthology, Shanghai Steam.

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Sandra Kasturi

Author of: The Beautiful Gears of Dying (The Sum of Us)

Sandra Kasturi is the author of two poetry collections: The Animal Bridegroom (with an introduction by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is also co-publisher of ChiZine Publications, winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and HWA Specialty Press Awards. She is the co-founder of the Toronto SpecFic Col- loquium and the Executive Director of the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including Prairie Fire, Evolve, Chilling Tales, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, and Abyss & Apex. When not producing ChiZine books, she works on her own: another poetry collection, Snake Handling for Beginners, and her first story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters.

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Tyler KeevilTyler Keevil

Author of: The Weeds and The Wildness (Strangers Among Us), Blinders (The Sum of Us)

Tyler Keevil was born in Edmonton, raised in Vancouver, and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales, where he now lives. He is the author of several books and his speculative fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including Salt’s annual Best British Fantasy series. He has received numerous awards for his literary work, most notably the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Rich LarsonRich Larson

Author of: Carnivores (Strangers Among Us)

Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and at 23 now writes from Edmonton, Alberta. His short work has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon and appears in multiple Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in magazines such as Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Apex. Find him at richwlarson.tumblr.com

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Lucas K. Law

Editor of: Strangers Among Us (anthology), Where The Stars Rise (anthology), The Sum of Us (anthology), Shades Within Us (anthology)

Lucas K. Law is a Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach.  He co-edited two anthologies, Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us, with Susan Forest. They are currently working on their third anthology, Shades Within Us. With Derwin Mak, Lucas co-edited Where The Stars Rise. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart awards.When Lucas is not editing, writing, or reading, he is an engineering consultant and business coach, specializing in mergers and acquisition (M&A) activities, asset evaluations, business planning, and corporate development.

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Fonda Lee

Author of: Old Souls (Where the Stars Rise)

Fonda Lee is the award-winning author of Zeroboxer (Flux), which was a 2015 Andre Norton finalist, Junior Library Guild Selection, and ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Her most recently released novel, Exo (Scholastic) is also a Junior Library Guild Selection, with a sequel scheduled for release in Summer 2018. Fonda is a former corporate strategist who worked for or advised Fortune 500 companies before she turned back to her first passion of writing science fiction and fantasy. Born and raised in Calgary, she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. When not writing, Fonda can be found training in martial arts or searching out tasty breakfasts. She can be found online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

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Gabriela Lee

Author of: DNR (Where the Stars Rise)

Gabriela Lee has been published for her poetry and fiction in the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and Australia. Her first book of prose is titled Instructions on How to Disappear: Stories (Visprint Inc., 2016). Her previous works include Disturbing the Universe: Poems (NCCA Ubod New Writers Prize, 2006) and Laon and the Seven Headed Dragon (Adarna House, 2002). She has received a Master of Arts in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. You can find her online at www.sundialgirl.com.

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Karin Lowachee

Author of: Meridian (Where the Stars Rise)

Karin Lowachee was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel Warchild won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Both Warchild (2002) and her third novel Cagebird (2005) were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. Cagebird won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award in 2006. Her books have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies edited by Nalo Hopkinson, John Joseph Adams, Jonathan Strahan, and Ann VanderMeer.

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Derwin MakDerwin Mak

Author of Songbun (Strangers Among Us)

Editor of Where The Stars Rise (anthology)

Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. Derwin coedited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper magazine with JF Garrard in 2014. He and Lucas K. Law co-edited Where The Stars Rise (Laksa Media). He is currently acquiring documents and photographs about Toronto’s Chinese Canadian science fiction writers for the Toronto Public Library’s Chinese Canadian Archives, a new collection about the history of Toronto’s Chinese community.

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Juliet Marillier

Author of: The Gatekeeper (The Sum of Us)

Juliet Marillier, New Zealand born, Australian resident, writes historical fantasy novels and short stories, mostly for adult readers. Her work is published internationally and has won numerous awards. Juliet’s lifelong love of folklore, fairy tales and mythology is a major influence on her writing. Among her works are the Blackthorn & Grim series, the Sevenwaters series and the Shadowfell series. She is a member of OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.) When not busy writing, Juliet looks after her crew of five rescue dogs.

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Rati Mehrotra

Author of: The Bridge of Dangerous Longings (Where the Stars Rise)

Rati Mehrotra lives and writes in lovely Toronto. Her short stories have appeared in AE—The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Apex Magazine, Urban Fantasy, Podcastle, Inscription Magazine, and many more. Her debut novel, Markswoman, first book of a duology, will be published by Harper Voyager in early 2018.

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Matt Moore

Author of: Good-bye is That Time between Now and Forever (The Sum of Us)

Matt Moore writes horror and dark science fiction. His short stories, poetry and columns have appeared in a variety of print, electronic and audio markets including On Spec, Leading Edge, The Ottawa Citizen, Jamais Vu, The Drabblecast, and more. He’s a five time Aurora Award finalist, frequent panelist and presenter, and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series. His short story collection But It’s Not The End And Other Lies will be published by ChiZine Publications in January 2018.

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E.C. Myers

Author of: The Observer Effect (Where the Stars Rise)

E(ugene).C. Myers is the author of the Andre Norton Award winning Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, young adult science fiction novels published by Pyr, and The Silence of Six and Against All Silence, young adult cyber thrillers from Adaptive Books. He was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York.

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Mahtab NarsimhanMahtab Narsimhan

Author of: Wrath of Gaia (Strangers Among Us)

Mahtab, in Persian, means Moonlight. Mahtab Narsimhan was born in Bombay and immigrated to Canada in 1997.  Her debut novel in the Tara Trilogy, The Third Eye (Dundurn, 2007), won the Silver Birch Fiction Award in 2009. The Tiffin (DCB, 2011), a middle-grade novel based loosely on the dabbawallas, has received critical acclaim, was shortlisted for many awards, and named one of the five best books for Young People in 2011 by the Quill & Quire. It has been published in the UK, China and Taiwan. Her most recent novel, Mission Mumbai, will be published by Scholastic US and Canada in Spring 2016. Mahtab lives in Toronto with her husband, son, and golden retriever. She continues to write, inspired by life, love and the desire to make sense of the world through stories.

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Heather Osborne

Author of A Mother’s Milk (The Sum of Us)

Heather Osborne is a creative writing doctoral student at the University of Calgary where she teaches English literature and writing courses. She is a long-time member of the Imaginative Fiction Writing Association. She has been the writer-in-residence of Queen Elizabeth High School and the Academic Liaison for the Calgary genre literary festival, When Words Collide. Her creative dissertation is a novel-length work of interactive fiction entitled Figuera.

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Dominik Parisien

Author of: Introduction (The Sum of Us)

Dominik Parisien is the co-editor, along with Navah Wolfe, of several anthologies for Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press, including The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. He also edited Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction (Exile Editions). His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Shock Totem, and various anthologies, most recently The Playground of Lost Toys, and Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories.

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Sherry PetersSherry Peters

Author of: Troubles (Strangers Among Us)

Sherry Peters attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop and holds an M.A.in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her first novel “Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf” won the 2014 Writer’s Digest competition for Self-Published ebooks in the Young Adult category. “Mabel the
Lovelorn Dwarf” has also been nominated for Canada’s Aurora Award for best YA novel. For more information on Sherry, visit her website at: www.sherrypeters.com.

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Ursula PflugUrsula Pflug

Author of: Washing Lady’s Hair (Strangers Among Us)

Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed novels Green Music (Edge/Tesseract 2002), The Alphabet Stones (Blue Denim 2013), and Motion Sickness (illustrated by S.K. Dyment, Inanna 2014) as well as the story collections After The Fires (Tightrope 2008) and Harvesting the Moon (PS 2014). Her award winning stories have been published in Canada, the US and the UK, in literary and genre publications including Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Now Magazine, Quarry and more. Pflug has has been shortlisted or nominated for the Sunburst Award, the Aurora Award, the Pushcart Prize, the 3 Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the KM Hunter Award and others. Her work has been funded by The Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Laidlaw Foundation. She edited the anthologies They Have To Take You In (Hidden Brook Press 2014), a fundraiser for mental health and The Playground of Lost Toys (with Colleen Anderson, Exile Publications 2015). She has taught creative writing at Loyalist College, Trinity Square Video, The Campbellford Resource Centre, Trent University (with Derek Newman-Stille), The Word Is Wild Literary Festival, The San Miguel Writers’ Conference and elsewhere. Her non-fiction about books and art has appeared in Strange Horizons, The Link, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Mix Magazine, The Country Connection, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and other publications. Washing Lady’s Hair is a stand-alone outtake from the unpublished novel Thin Wednesday, currently under submission.

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Tony Pi

Author of: Spirit of Wine (Where the Stars Rise)

Tony Pi writes fantasy and science fiction, and his short storieshave appeared widely. A Torontonian originally from Taiwan, he has a fondness for tales set in ancient China. He has been nominated for several science fiction awards in the past, and was the winner of an Aurora Award for Best English Poem/Song. See his list of works at tonypi.com.

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Robert RunteRobert Runté

Author of: The Age of Miracles (Strangers Among Us)

Robert Runté is Senior Editor at Five Rivers Publishing, an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge, and a freelance editor and writing coach at SFeditor.ca. He was co-editor of Tesseracts 5, wrote the SF&F entry for the Encyclopedia of Canadian Literature, and has won three Aurora Awards for his SF criticism. He is married, has two teenage daughters, and writes using a treadmill desk.

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Nisi Shawl

Author of: Sunshine of Your Love (The Sum of Us)

Nisi Shawl’s widely praised novel Everfair came out from Tor in September 2016. Her story collection Filter House co-won a James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009, and she’s the co-author of the acclaimed instructional handbook Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. She helped found the Carl Brandon Society, a nonprofit supporting the presence of marginalized races in the fantastic genres, and is a Clarion West Writers Workshop board member. Nisi is fairly active on Twitter and Facebook and maintains a website; in real life she ambles around Seattle at a feline pace with her cat, Minnie, and her mother, June.

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Alex Shvartsman

Author of: Ambassador to the Meek (The Sum of Us)

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humour novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were published in 2015. His website is alexshvartsman.com.

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Angela Yuriko Smith

Author of: Vanilla Rice (Where the Stars Rise)

Angela Yuriko Smith has published works that span multiple genres. Her writing career includes writing, editing and publishing for newspapers and writing both non-fiction and fiction. In the past, she has served as a host for JournalJabber online radio talk show and has been interviewed on NPR (National Public Radio) for her nonfiction work.

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Priya Sridhar

Author of: Memoriam (Where the Stars Rise)

Priya Sridhar, a 2016 MBA graduate and published author, has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting, as well as drawing a webcomic for five years. She believes that every story is a journey, and that a good tale allows the reader to escape to a new world. She also enjoys reading, biking, movie-watching, and classical music. One of Priya’s stories made the Top Ten Amazon Kindle Download list, and Alban Lake published her novella Carousel. Priya lives in Miami, Florida, with her family and posts monthly at her blog A Faceless Author.

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Lorina StephensLorina Stephens

Author of: The Intersection (Strangers Among Us)

Lorina Stephens has worked as editor, freelance journalist for national and regional print media, is author of seven books both fiction and non-fiction, been a festival organizer, publicist, lectures on many topics from historical textiles and domestic technologies, to publishing and writing, teaches, and continues to work as a writer, artist, and publisher at Five Rivers Publishing. She has had several short fiction pieces published in Canada’s acclaimed On Spec magazine, Postscripts to Darkness, Neo-Opsis, Garden of Eden, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s fantasy anthology Sword & Sorceress X. Her book credits include: Stonehouse Cooks (Five Rivers Publishing), From Mountains of Ice (Five Rivers Publishing), And the Angels Sang, (Five Rivers Publishing), Shadow Song (Five Rivers Publishing), Recipes of a Dumb Housewife (Lulu Publishing), Credit River Valley (Boston Mills Press), Touring the Giant’s Rib: A Guide to the Niagara Escarpment (Boston Mills Press). Lorina is presently working on two new novels, The Rose Guardian, and Caliban. She lives with her husband of over four decades in a historic stone house in Neustadt, Ontario. You can catch up with Lorina through her website at: lorinastephens.blogspot.ca

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Kate Story

Author of: Am I not a Proud Outlier? (The Sum of Us)

Kate Story is a writer and performer. A Newfoundlander living in Ontario, Canada, her first novel Blasted (Killick Press) received the Sunburst Award’s honourable mention. She is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Award for her work in theatre. Recent publications include short stories “Yoke of Inauspicious Stars” (Carbide Tipped Pens, Tor Books); “Unicorn” (World Fantasy Award-nominated Gods, Memes, and Monsters, Stone Skin Press); “Show and Tell” (Aurora Award-nominated Playground of Lost Toys, Exile); “Equus” (Clockwork Canada, Exile); “Where the Seas Roll Up Their Thunder” (Those Who Make Us, Exile); and inclusion in ChiZine Publication’s Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2015. She is honoured to be included in The Sum of Us.

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Karina Sumner-Smith

Author of The Oracle and The Warlord (The Sum of Us)

Karina Sumner-Smith is the author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press: Radiant, Defiant, and Towers Fall. In addition to novel-length work, Karina has published a range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that have been nominated for the Nebula Award, reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into Spanish and Czech. She lives in Ontario near the shores of Lake Huron.

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Photo Credit: Wild Eyed Photography

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Amanda Sun

Author of: What Harm (Strangers Among Us), The Gardener (The Sum of Us)

Amanda Sun is the author of Heir to the Sky, a YA Fantasy about floating continents, monster hunters, dragons, and pygmy goats. She also wrote the Paper Gods series, Ink, Rain, and Storm, set in Japan and published by Harlequin Teen. The Paper Gods were Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections, as well as Chapters Indigo Top Teen Picks. Her short fiction has also been published in various anthologies. When not reading or writing, Sun is an avid cosplayer, gamer, and geeky knitter.

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Naru Dames Sundar

Author of: The Orphans of Nilaveli (Where the Stars Rise)

Naru Dames Sundar writes speculative fiction and poetry. His fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons & Nature Magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Prix Aurora award for best poem. He lives in Northern California amid redwoods, moss and the occasional turkey. Find him at www.shardofstar.info or on twitter as @naru_sundar.

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Jeremy Szal

Author of: The dataSultan of Streets and Stars (Where the Stars Rise)

Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 with a twisted sense of humour and a taste for craft beer and foreign cinema. His science-fiction and fantasy work has appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, The Drabblecast, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor for Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa where he’s worked with authors such as George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, and Joe R. Lansdale. He’s also got a rather useless BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing. He’s completed multiple novels and is on the hunt for literary representation. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia. Find him at @jeremyszal or jeremyszal.com.

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Hayden TrenholmHayden Trenholm

Author of: Marion’s War (Strangers Among Us), The Burdens We Bear (The Sum of Us)

Hayden Trenholm is an award-winning playwright, novelist and short story writer. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies and on CBC radio. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, won the 3-Day Novel Writing competition in 1993; it was recently translated and published in French. His trilogy, The Steele Chronicles, were each nominated for an Aurora Award. Stealing Home, the third book, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. Hayden has won four Aurora Awards—twice for short fiction and twice for editing anthologies. He purchased Bundoran Press in 2012 and is its managing editor. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and fellow writer, Elizabeth Westbrook-Trenholm.

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James Van Pelt

Author of: Mother Azalea’s Sad Home for Forgotten Adults (The Sum of Us)

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full- time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first Young Adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August of 2015.

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Regina Kanyu Wang

Author of: Back to Myan (Where the Stars Rise)

Regina Kanyu Wang is a science fiction writer and fan from Shanghai, China. Winner of Chinese Nebula Awards for her writing as well as her contribution to the fandom, she is the co-founder of SF AppleCore and council member of World Chinese Science Fiction Association (WCSFA). Her short story, “Back to Myan,” won the SF Comet competition in Feb, 2015. Her novella, “Of Cloud and Mist” won the Silver Award for Best Novella of Chinese Nebula 2016. Her stories and articles in Chinese can be found in Science Fiction World, Mengya, Bund-pic, Numéro, and etc. She has published a book on traditional Shanghai cuisine. Born in 1990, Regina chaired 2009 Shanghai Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival at the age of 19 and many other sff events in Shanghai since then. She attended her first con, Finncon 2013, in Helsinki and started her journey in the international fandom. She writes in English about Chinese science fiction, which can be found in Mithila Review and Amazing Stories Magazine.

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Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Author of: Gone Flying (The Sum of Us)

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired non-fiction and sf and mainstream short stories and had produced over 80 comedic dinner theatre murder mysteries. Her most recent publications were in Neo-Opsis and Prix Aurora-winning anthology, Second Contacts (Bundoran Press). Retirement from the federal public service at the end of 2016 is her portal back into the literary life alongside her husband, writer and publisher, Hayden Trenholm.

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Edward WillettEdward Willett

Author ofI Count The Lights (Strangers Among Us), The Mother’s Keepers (The Sum of Us)Gone Flying (The Sum of Us)

Edward Willett is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Marseguro (DAW Books) won the Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English in 2009. His eighth novel for DAW, The Cityborn, came out in July 2017, and he’s now working on a new fantasy series, Worldshapers. Other recent titles include the Masks of Aygrima trilogy for DAW (written as E.C. Blake) and the Shards of Excalibur YA series for Coteau Books. His non-fiction runs the gamut from science books to biographies to history. Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Ed grew up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and now lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, a telecommunications engineer, and their teenaged daughter, Alice.

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A.C. WiseA. C. Wise

Author of: How Objects Behave on the Edge of a Black Hole (Strangers Among Us)

A.C. Wise‘s work has appeared in publications such as Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Apex, and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction, among other places. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly Women to Read: Where to Start column to SF Signal. Her debut collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, was published by Lethe Press in late 2015.

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Diana Xin

Author of: A Visitation for the Spirit Festival (Where the Stars Rise)

Diana Xin holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BA from Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. She has also received fellowships from the Loft Literary Centre and the Richard Hugo House.

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Christie Yant

Author of: Things that Creep and Bind (The Sum of Us)

Christie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer, and editor of the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed magazine, which won the 2015 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton), Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9, Wired.com, and China’s Science Fiction World. She lives on the central coast of California with an editor, a dancer, two dogs, three cats, and a very small manticore.

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Caroline M. Yoachim

Author of: Dreams as Fragile as Glass (The Sum of Us)

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in August 2016.

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Melissa Yuan-Innes

Author of: Crash (Where the Stars Rise)

Melissa Yuan-Innes writes fantasy and science fiction, including her novels Wolf Ice and High School Hit List, to escape from her cool work as an emergency doctor. Her short stories appear in Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 (Paula Guran, ed.), Nature, Writers of the Future XVI, Tesseracts 16, Fireside Magazine, and the Aurora-winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars. Since no one can pronounce her name, Melissa also writes mysteries under the pseudonym Melissa Yi, for which she was shortlisted for the Derringer Award.

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Ruhan Zhao

Author of: My Left Hand (Where the Stars Rise)

Ruhan Zhao was born in Wuhan, China, and earned his PhD in mathematics at University of Joensuu in Finland. He spent about two years in Kyoto University as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow before he came to the United States. Currently, he is a mathematics professor at College at Brockport, SUNY. Ruhan has published a number of stories in Science Fiction World, Science Fiction King, and other magazines in China, and has served three times as a member in the selecting committee for the Chinese Nebula Award for Science Fiction. My Left Hand is his first professional sale in English.

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