ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Learn more about the authors in COSMIC POWERS via the bios below.

Dan Abnett

DAN ABNETT is a seven-time New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, volumes of the million-selling Horus Heresy series, The Silent Stars Go By (Doctor Who), Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy, The Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero, and Embedded, and with Nik Vincent, Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals and Fiefdom. In comics, he is known for his work for Marvel, DC, Boom!, Dark Horse and 2000AD. His 2008 run on The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel formed the inspiration for the blockbuster movie. He has also written extensively for the games industry, including Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. Dan lives and works in the UK with his wife, Nik Vincent-Abnett, an editor and writer of fiction. Follow him on Twitter @VincentAbnett.

Charlie Jane Anders

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS is the author of the novel All the Birds in the Sky (a 2017 Hugo and Nebula award finalist). She organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series, and was a founding editor of io9, a site about science fiction, science, and futurism. Her fiction has appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, ZYZZYVA, Wired, Tor.com, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and a ton of anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo Award and her novel Choir Boywon a Lambda Literary Award.

Tobias S. Buckell

TOBIAS S. BUCKELL is a New York Times bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over fifty stories have been translated into eighteen different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio, with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs. He can be found online at TobiasBuckell.com.

Jack Campbell

JACK CAMPBELL (John G. Hemry) hopes that someday he’ll be able to write space opera even half as well as Leigh Brackett did. He writes the New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the “steampunk with dragons” series The Pillars of Reality. His most recent books are Lost Stars: Shattered Spear, Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan, and The Dragons of Dorcastle. His short fiction includes time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor. John is a retired US Navy officer. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which Really Happened (but cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction. He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife, “S,” and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).

Adam-Troy Castro, with Judi B. Castro

ADAM-TROY CASTRO is currently best known for his middle-grade series about the macabre adventures of a very strange, very courageous young boy named Gustav Gloom. The final volume, Gustav Gloom and the Castle of Fear, was released by Grosset and Dunlap in 2016. Adam-Troy’s short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. His novel Emissaries from the Dead won the Philip K. Dick Award. Adam lives in Boynton Beach, FL, with his wife, Judi, and a collection of insane cats.

JUDI B. CASTRO retired after thirty years working for the Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts, to among other things wrangle cats and an author husband. She is a well-known SF fan, who has run conventions and presided over her local fan group, the South Florida Science Fiction Society. Serving as first reader and story editor for a number of local writers, her critical input has here led to her first shared byline on a work of published fiction.

Becky Chambers

BECKY CHAMBERS is the author of science fiction novels The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit (a 2017 Hugo Award finalist). Her nonfiction writing has appeared in various corners of the Internet, including Pornokitsch and Tor.com. She can be found online at otherscribbles.com and @beckysaysrawr. In real life, she lives with her spouse in Northern California.

Aliette De Bodard

ALIETTE DE BODARD lives and works in Paris, where she has a day job as a system engineer. She studied computer science and applied mathematics but moonlights as a writer of speculative fiction. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories, which garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, and a British Science Fiction Association Award. Recent works include The House of Shattered Wings (Roc/Gollancz), a novel set in a turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war, and “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2015), a novella set in the same universe as her Vietnamese space opera On a Red Station Drifting. She lives in Paris with her family, in a flat with more computers than warm bodies, and a set of Lovecraftian tentacled plants intent on taking over the place.

Alan Dean Foster

ALAN DEAN FOSTER is the best-selling author of more than a hundred and twenty novels, and is perhaps most famous for his Commonwealth series, which began in 1971 with the novel The Tar-Aiym Krang. His most recent series is the transhumanism trilogy The Tipping Point. Foster’s work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia in addition to the US. He is also well known for his film novelizations, the most recent of which is Star Trek Into Darkness. He is currently at work on several new novels and film projects.

Joseph Allen Hill

JOSEPH ALLEN HILL is a Chicago-based writer and bon vivant. He has also spent time in Georgia and New Jersey. He has a marginally useful degree in Classics and enjoys making music in his spare time. His previous publication history includes two stories published in Lightspeed Magazine. To learn more, follow him on Twitter @joehillofearth2.

Kat Howard

KAT HOWARD lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Her debut novel, Roses and Rot, was published in 2016 by Saga Press, with a second novel, An Unkindness of Magicians, forthcoming. You can find her on Twitter at@KatWithSword.

Kameron Hurley

KAMERON HURLEY is the author of The Mirror Empire, Empire Ascendant, the God’s War trilogy, and The Stars Are Legion. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer; she has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, British Fantasy Award, Gemmell Morningstar Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Popular Science, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and Meeting Infinity. Her nonfiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, Locus Magazine, and the collection The Geek Feminist Revolution.

Vylar Kaftan

VYLAR KAFTAN won a Nebula for her alternate history novella “The Weight of the Sunrise.” She has published about forty short stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and other places. Her Nebula-nominated story, “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno,” launched Lightspeed Magazine.

Yoon Ha Lee

YOON HA LEE’s work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed. Lee’s first novel, Ninefox Gambit (a 2017 Hugo and Nebula award finalist), came out in 2016 from Solaris Books. Its sequel, Raven Stratagem, is forthcoming in June 2017. His stories have also appeared in anthologies such as The Year’s Best SF 18, ed. David Hartwell; The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012, ed. Rich Horton; and The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29, ed. Gardner Dozois. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.

Seanan McGuire

SEANAN MCGUIRE is an American author of speculative fiction, living on the West Coast and doing her best to avoid all forms of weather. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and can regularly be found wandering off into haunted cornfields, haunted houses, and whatever amusement parks she can find. Since her debut novel in 2009, Seanan has released more than twenty traditionally published novels, under both her own name and the name “Mira Grant.” Many people believe that Seanan does not sleep. They may be right. Keep up with her at seananmcguire.com.

Linda Nagata

LINDA NAGATA has won both the Nebula and Locus Awards. Her most recent work is the Red trilogy, a series of near-future military thrillers published by Saga Press. The first book in the trilogy, The Red: First Light, was a nominee for the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015. Book 3, Going Dark, was runner-up for the Campbell Award. Linda has lived most of her life in Hawaii, where she’s been a writer, a mom, and a programmer of database-driven websites. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

A. Merc Rustad

A. MERC RUSTAD is a queer non-binary writer and filmmaker who lives in the Midwest United States. Favorite things include: robots, dinosaurs, monsters, and tea. Their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex, Uncanny, Escape Pod, Shimmer, Cicada, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and other fine venues. Merc likes to play video games, watch movies, read comics, and wear awesome hats. You can find Merc on Twitter @Merc_Rustad or their website:amercrustad.com. Their debut short story collection, So You Want to Be a Robot, is forthcoming from Lethe Press in May 2017.

Karl Schroeder

KARL SCHROEDER (kschroeder.com) was born into a Mennonite community in Manitoba, Canada, in 1962. He started writing at age fourteen, following in the footsteps of A. E. van Vogt, who came from the same Mennonite community. He moved to Toronto in 1986 and became a founding member of SF Canada (he was president from 1996–97). He sold early stories to Canadian magazines, and his first novel, The Claus Effect (with David Nickle) appeared in 1997. His first solo novel, Ventus, was published in 2000, and was followed by Permanence and Lady of Mazes. His most recent work includes the Virga series of science fiction novels (Sun of Suns, Queen of Candesce, Pirate Sun, The Sunless Countries, and Ashes of Candesce) and the YA space opera Lockstep. He also collaborated with Cory Doctorow on The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Science Fiction. Schroeder lives in East Toronto with his wife and daughter.

Caroline M. Yoachim

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, was published by Fairwood Press in 2016. For more about Caroline, check out her website at carolineyoachim.com.