About the Contributors

Peruse the following to get to know the authors and artists who contributed to Armored.

Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written forty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. His latest novel for the Black Library, Prospero Burns, topped the SF charts in the UK and the US. His novel Triumff, for Angry Robot, was published in 2009 and nominated for the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel, and his combat SF novel for the same publisher,Embedded, was published in spring 2011. He has written The Silent Stars Go By, the 2011 Christmas Doctor Who novel for the BBC. He was educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan’s blog and website can be found at danabnett.com. Follow him on Twitter @VincentAbnett

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes (www.laurenbeukes.com) is a South African novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics writer, and occasional journalist. She won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award for her phantasmagorical noir, Zoo City, set in an alternate Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars and dark things lurk beneath the surface of the pop music industry. Her previous novel, Moxyland, is a corporate apartheid cyberpunk thriller where cell phones are used for social control and viral branding really is. She’s also written short stories, a rollicking non-fiction about maverick South African women, TV scripts, and comics for Vertigo.

Tobias S. Buckell

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean born SF/F author who now lives in Ohio. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Halo: The Cole Protocol, as well as Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose. His fifty or so stories—many of which have been collected in the volume Tides From the New Worlds—have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including other John Joseph Adams anthologies such as Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and Seeds of Change. His next novel, Arctic Rising, is due out from Tor in early 2012.

Robert Buettner

Robert Buettner’s bestselling debut, Orphanage, a 2004 Quill Award nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel, was called the Post-9/11 generation’s Starship Troopers and has been adapted for film by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for Davis Entertainment (Predator, I Robot, Eragon). Robert’s books have been translated into five languages, and he was a 2005 Quill nominee for Best New Writer. In 2011 Baen released Undercurrents, his seventh novel. He wrote the afterword for Baen’s re-issue of Heinlein’s Green Hills of Earth/Menace From Earth short story collection. Robert was a U.S. Army intelligence officer and National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology. As attorney of record in some three thousand cases, he practiced in the U.S. federal courts, before courts and administrative tribunals in no fewer than thirteen states, and in five foreign countries. (Six, if you count Louisiana.) He lives in Georgia with his family and more bicycles than a grownup needs.

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell is the pen name of John G. Hemry, author of the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series (Dauntless,Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, Relentless and Victorious). His latest book is Dreadnaught, the first in the Lost Fleet—Beyond the Frontier series. He is also the author of the Stark’s War and “JAG in space” series. His short fiction has appeared in places as varied as the last Chicks in Chainmail anthology (Turn the Other Chick) and Analog magazine (most recently “Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms” in the March 2011 issue). He also has stories in the anthologies Breach the HullSo it Begins, and By Other Means, as well as the essay Liberating the Future in Teenagers From the Future (about the Legion of Super Heroes). After retiring from the US Navy and settling in Maryland, John began writing. John lives with his wife (the incomparable S) and three great kids. His oldest son and daughter are diagnosed autistic.

Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas is the pseudonym of William H. Keith, the author of over 100 novels, mostly military SF and technothrillers. His work includes the Marines in Space trilogy of trilogies, LegacyHeritage, and Inheritance, written as Ian Douglas. Under the name H. Jay Riker, he wrote the long-running SEALs: The Warrior Breed series, a lightly fictionalized look at the history of Navy special warfare. More recently, he collaborated with author Stephen Coonts on three best-selling spy thrillers in the Deep Blackseries: Arctic GoldSea of Terror, and Death Wave, while his short fiction has been extensively anthologized by the late Martin H. Greenberg.

Simon R. Green

Simon R. Green has written over forty books, all of them different. He has written eight Deathstalker books, twelve Nightside books, and thinks trilogies are for wimps. His current series are the Secret Histories, featuring Shaman Bond, the very secret agent, and The Ghost Finders, featuring traditional hauntings in modern settings. He acts in open air productions of Shakespeare, rides motorbikes, and loves old time silent films. His short stories have appeared in the anthologies Mean Streets, Unusual Suspects, Powers of Detection, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, The Way of the Wizard, The Living Dead 2, Those Who Fight Monsters, Dark Delicacies III, and Home Improvements: Undead Edition.

David Barr Kirtley

David Barr Kirtley is the co-host of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. His short fiction appears in magazines such asRealms of FantasyWeird TalesIntergalactic Medicine Show, and Lightspeed, on podcasts such as Escape Pod andPseudopod, and in anthologies such as The Living DeadThe Way of the WizardNew Voices in Science Fiction, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year. His most recent stories are “The Ontological Factor” in Cicada and “Three Deaths” in Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom. He recently starred as the voice of a talking mouse named Benjamin in a full-cast recording of his story “Red Road,” which appeared on the Journey Into… podcast. He lives in New York.

David Klecha

David Klecha is a science fiction writer living in West Michigan with his wife, three children, and no cats. After graduating from university, he skillfully parleyed his degree in History and fuzzy mastery of Russian into an enlistment in the Marine Corps and a series of entry-level IT jobs. A deployment to Iraq brought the opportunity to start a milblog, and when Dave returned home he began writing professionally, as well as climbing the IT ladder, putting his combat experience to good use. Now Dave works as a Network Administrator for a global oral care products manufacturer you’ve never heard of and mixes his science fiction writing with online how-to articles and sporadic blogging. His short fiction has appeared in Subterranean Magazine.

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is a lifelong SF reader whose midlife crisis was to take a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend Clarion West in 2000. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell award in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for “Tk’Tk’Tk”). A collection of his short stories, Space Magic, from Wheatland Press, won the Endeavour Award in 2009. In January 2010, he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert, which you can read about at bentopress.com/mars. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento (BentoPress.com). He also has as story forthcoming in John Joseph Adams’s anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.

Karin Lowachee

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 in 2006 for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award also in 2006. Her second novel Burndive debuted at #7 on the Locus Bestseller List. Her books have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese. Her recent fantasy novel, The Gaslight Dogs, was published through Orbit Books USA.

Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt has been described by Stephen King as “The logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.” He is the author of eighteen novels, ten of which have been Nebula finalists. His novel Seeker won the award in 2007. In 2003, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. McDevitt’s most recent books are Echo and Firebird, from Ace. Both are Alex Benedict mysteries, about a far-future antiquarian who specializes in solving historical puzzles. A Philadelphia native, McDevitt had a varied career before becoming a writer. He’s been a naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and a taxi driver. He has also conducted leadership seminars. He is married to the former Maureen McAdams, and resides in Brunswick, Georgia, where he keeps a weather eye on hurricanes.

John Jackson Miller

Comic-book historian John Jackson Miller is no stranger to armored fiction, having written Iron Man and Crimson Dynamo comics for Marvel, Mass Effect comics from Dark Horse, and of the Mandalorian Wars in nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels for Dark Horse. He is the author of the national bestseller Star Wars: Knight Errant from Del Rey and the companion comics series from Dark Horse. His Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith anthology is slated for August 2012 release from Del Rey. The author’s website is farawaypress.com.

Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry in 1966. He spent his early years in Cornwall, then returned to Wales for his primary and secondary school education. He completed a degree in astronomy at Newcastle, then a PhD in the same subject at St Andrews in Scotland. He left the UK in 1991 and spent the next sixteen years working in the Netherlands, mostly for the European Space Agency, although he also did a stint as a postdoctoral worker in Utrecht. He had been writing and selling science fiction since 1989, and published his first novel, Revelation Space, in 2000. He has recently completed his tenth novel and has continued to publish short fiction, which has appeared in magazines such as Asimov’s, Interzone, and Lightspeed. His novel Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award, and he has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award three times. In 2004 he left scientific research to write full time. He married in 2005 and returned to Wales in 2008, where he lives in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson has published seven solo novels with Tor Books and Gollancz—Elantris, the Mistborn series, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings—as well as four books in the middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series from Scholastic. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight will be followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in 2012. In addition to his writing, Brandon continues to teach aspiring authors.

David Sherman

David Sherman has been writing since 1983, and is the author or co-author of more than thirty books, including the DemonTech military fantasy series and the popular Starfist military science fiction series. He came to military-oriented writing the hard way by serving in the US Marine Corps and going to war as an infantryman in Vietnam. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Weird Trails: the magazine of supernatural cowboy stories, So It Begins (a DemonTech story), By Other Means (a DemonTech story), In All Their Glory (a fairy story), and In an Iron Cage: the magic of steampunk. After many years, he gave up the winters and snow of Philadelphia and now lives in the warmth and sunshine of South Florida, where he says yes to the occasional hurricane, and no to cold and snow.

Ethan Skarstedt

Ethan Skarstedt is a Sergeant First Class in the Utah National Guard and has deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Senegal. He has written a military SF novel as well as many short stories in several genres, and he occasionally blogs about things at ethanskar.com. In addition to his other projects, Skarstedt is in the midst of co-authoring a military SF novel with Brandon Sanderson.

Michael Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times bestselling author, best known for Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi. The author of over forty novels, he’s won awards for his work in the fields of game design, computer game design, podcasting, screenwriting, graphic novel writing, novel writing and editing. He has an asteroid named after him. His most recent novel is Of Limited Loyalty, the second in the Crown Colonies series. He lives outside Phoenix, Arizona and in his spare time plays indoor soccer and enjoys swing dancing.

Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine’s first novel, Mechanique: a Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, was recently published by Prime Books. Her short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from magazines such as Lightspeed, Fantasy MagazineClarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod, and in many anthologies, including ArmoredUnder the Moons of Mars, Running with the Pack, The Living Dead 2, The Way of the Wizard, Federations, Teeth, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, among others. Her story “Light on the Water” was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her appetite for bad movies is insatiable, a tragedy she tracks on her blog at genevievevalentine.com.

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series. Kitty’s Big Trouble, the ninth book, was released in Summer 2011, and the tenth will be released in Summer 2012. She has also written novels for young adults (Voices of Dragons and Steel) and two standalone fantasy novels, Discord’s Apple and After the Golden Age. Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines—such as Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, and Realms of Fantasy—and anthologies, such as Brave New Worlds, Songs of Love and Death, Warriors, and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. All of her Kitty Norville short fiction was recently collected in Kitty’s Greatest Hits. Carrie’s story, “Amaryllis,” was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2011. She lives in Colorado with a fluffy attack dog. Learn more at carrievaughn.com.

Jak Wagner

Maybe it was the smell of hot iron, or the squeal of metal on metal, or just the slick and slimy feel of hydraulic fluid, but Jak Wagner has always had an interest in mecha. After five years as an aviation structural mechanic, he left the world of the military to write about the world of SF. Jak is currently majoring in computer science at Portland State University and is hoping to contribute more to the mecha literature genre. This is his first publication.

Wendy N. Wagner

Wendy N. Wagner’s short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard and Rigor Amortis. She is also an assistant editor at Fantasy Magazine. She lives with her very understanding family in Portland, Oregon, and blogs about food and words at operabuffo.blogspot.com.

Sean Williams

#1 New York Times-bestselling Sean Williams is the author of several award-winning space opera series, including Evergence, Geodesica, and Astropolis, plus six novels set in the Star Wars universe. He also writes fantasy novels for readers of all ages, inspired by the dry, flat lands of South Australia, the landscape of his childhood, where he still lives with his wife and family. His latest is Troubletwisters, the first in a kids fantasy series co-written with long-time friend Garth Nix. “The N-Body Solution” is set in the same fiction universe as three previously-published stories: “A Map of the Mines of Barnath,” “Inevitable,” and “A Glimpse of the Marvellous Structure (And the Threat It Entails)”.

Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author and contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also received Master’s degrees in Robotics and Machine Learning. He has published over a dozen scientific papers, holds four patents, and has written seven books. Wilson has written for Popular Science, Wired, and Discover, as well as online venues such as MSNBC.com, GizmodoLightspeed, and Tor.com. In 2008, Wilson hosted The Works, a television series on The History Channel that uncovered the science behind everyday stuff. His books include How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Robopocalypse. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

Christie Yant

Christie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer and habitual volunteer. She has been an Assistant Editor for Lightspeed Magazine, occasional narrator for StarShipSofa, and remains a co-blogger at Inkpunks.com, a website for aspiring and newly-pro writers. Her fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, Fireside Magazine, and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard and Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011. She lives in a former Temperance colony on the central coast of California, where she gets to watch rocket launches with her two amazing daughters, her husband, and assorted four-legged nuisances. Follow her on Twitter @inkhaven.