John Joseph Adams (editor)
John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. Forthcoming work includes Wastelands 2, Dead Man’s Hand, and Robot Uprisings. John is a four-time finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. He has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, and his books have been lauded as some of the best anthologies of all time. In addition to his anthology work, John is also the editor of Lightspeed Magazine and Nightmare Magazine, and he is the co-host of Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. For more information, visit his website at johnjosephadams.com, and you can find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.
Dale Bailey lives in North Carolina with his family, and has published three novels, The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.). His short fiction, collected in The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories, has won the International Horror Guild Award and has been twice nominated for the Nebula Award.
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is the best-selling author of more than forty novels, including Ender’s Game, which was a winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, also won both awards, making Card the only author to have captured science fiction’s two most coveted prizes in consecutive years. Recent books include The Lost Gates, Ruins, Earth Aware, and Shadows in Flight.
Rae Carson & C. C. Finlay
Rae Carson is the author of the Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her debut novel was a finalist for the Morris, Norton, and Cybils awards and won the Ohioana Book Award for young adult fiction. C.C. Finlay is the author of the Traitor to the Crown trilogy. His short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise, and Sturgeon awards. Carson and Finlay are married. They live in Ohio, where they are working on their next collaboration.
Douglas Cohen (editor)
Douglas Cohen is the former editor of Realms of Fantasy Magazine, where he worked for six-and-a-half years. In the magazine’s final year, they published their 100th issue, won a Nebula Award, and were nominated for a second one. Multiple illustrations he solicited for the magazine have appeared in the prestigious Spectrum Art series. Douglas is also a writer, and his stories have appeared in or are forthcoming in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Interzone, and Weird Tales. He recently finished writing his first novel. Oz Reimagined marks his first anthology. Find him on Twitter @Douglas_Cohen.
Galen Dara (illustrator)
Galen Dara has done art for Edge Publishing, Dagan Books, Apex, Scapezine, Tales to Terrify, Peculiar Pages, Sunstone, LovecraftZine, and Lightspeed Magagzine. She is on the staff of BookLifeNow, blogs for the Inkpunks, and writes the Art Nerd column at the Functional Nerds. When Galen is not online you can find her on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, climbing mountains or hanging out with a loving assortment of human and animal companions. Follow her on Twitter @galendara.
David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author with nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels to his credit. He has won the Writers of the Future International Gold Award for best short story of the year, the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for Best Novel in the English Language, the Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year, and others. He has worked with some of the largest franchises in the world—writing novels for Star Wars and The Mummy. Dave worked for many years as the judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, as an educator teaching creative writing at Brigham Young University, and thus has trained dozens of other New York Times bestsellers, including Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, and Stephenie Meyer. Dave currently lives in Saint George, Utah, with his wife, children, two cats and a Cocker Spaniel.
Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, and The Drowned Life. Crackpot Palace, a new collection of 20 stories, was recently published by Morrow/Harper Collins. Ford writes somewhere in Ohio.
Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting; Interfictions, a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland, a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom, a novella in a two-sided accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award, Crawford Award, Locus Award, and Mythopoeic Award, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards. Her website can be found at www.theodoragoss.com.
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.
Kat Howard’s short fiction has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts, and was included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012, edited by Rich Horton. You can find her work in Lightspeed, Subterranean, Apex and various other magazines and anthologies. She lives in the Twin Cities, and you can find her on Twitter as @KatWithSword.
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, a Hugo, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He’s the author of many novels including Assassin’s Code, Flesh & Bone Dead of Night, Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin; and the editor of V-Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars. His nonfiction books range on topics from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. Since 1978 he has sold more than 1200 magazine feature articles, 3000 columns, two plays, greeting cards, song lyrics, poetry, and textbooks. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and co-founded The Liars Club; and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers and genre conferences.
Gregory Maguire (foreword)
Gregory Maguire is the author of The Wicked Years, a four-book cycle including Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz—all New York Times bestsellers. Wicked: The Musical is soon to celebrate its tenth anniversary on Broadway, and is one of the top dozen longest-running shows in Broadway history. Maguire has written five other novels for adults and two dozen books for children, and has written and performed pieces for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Selected Shorts.” His novel, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, was an ABC film starring Stockard Channing.
Seanan McGuire is the bestselling author of two ongoing urban fantasy series, both published by DAW Books (the October Daye adventures and InCryptid). She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She also writes medical science fiction under the name “Mira Grant.” Between her two identities, she is a five-time finalist for the Hugo Award, and has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson and Philip K. Dick Awards. Seanan is the only woman ever to appear on the Hugo ballot four times in a single year. She is a founding member of the Hugo award-winning SFSqueecast, an ongoing adventure in mild positivity. Seanan likes horror movies, abnormally large blue cats, and cookies. You can find her on Twitter at @seananmcguire, and on the web at www.seananmcguire.com. Seanan thinks sleep is for other people, and is still waiting for her twister.
Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Subterranean Magazine, and Clarkesworld Magazine. In 2010, she won the Nebula for best novella for “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window.”
Robin Wasserman is the author of several books for children and young adults, including The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy, and Hacking Harvard. Her books have appeared on the ALA Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks lists as well as the Indie Next list, and her Seven Deadly Sins series was adapted into a television miniseries. She is a former children’s book editor who lives and writes in Brooklyn. Find her at www.robinwasserman.com or on Twitter @robinwasserman.
Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams established himself as an international bestselling author with his The Dragonbone Chair epic fantasy series. The books that followed, the Otherland series, are now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2013 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the Shadowmarch books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, The War of the Flowers; two collections of short stories (Rite and A Stark and Wormy Knight), the Shakespearian fantasy Caliban’s Hour and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens’/all-ages fantasy series, the Ordinary Farm novels. Recently, with The Dirty Streets of Heaven, Tad has begun publishing the Bobby Dollar novels, noir fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell and following the adventures of a certain maverick angel. Tad is also the author of Tailchaser’s Song: his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. Tailchaser’s Song is in production 2013 as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.
Jane Yolen, often called the “Hans Christian Andersen of America” has published over 325 books. Two of her short stories won Nebula Awards. Her books and stories have won the Golden Kite Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Christopher Medals, the Jewish Book Award, the California Young Reader Medal, been nominated for the Hugo, the National Book Award and dozens of others. She has been voted Grand Master of the Science Fiction Poetry Assn, and Grand Master of the World Fantasy Assn. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates.