TED KOSMATKA is the author of the acclaimed novels The Games and Prophet of Bones. His short fiction, which has been published in magazines such as Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Subterranean, Lightspeed, and Nightmare, has been reprinted in several best-of-the-year anthologies, translated into a dozen languages, and performed on stage and Indiana and New York. He’s been nominated for both the Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and is co-winner of the 2010 Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award. He is a video game writer at Valve where he’s been writing for the game Dota 2.

JAY LAKE is the award-winning author of ten novels and five collections. He is also the author of more than 300 short stories, which have appeared in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, and Interzone. He is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and was a first place winner in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. He’s also a multiple Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. His latest books are Kalimpura and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh.

K.D. WENTWORTH (1951-2012) was the author of several novels, including the collaborations with Eric Flint, The Course of Empire and The Crucible of Empire. She was also the author of more than seventy short stories, which have appeared in magazines such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. She was also a three-time finalist for the Nebula Award.

BLAKE CHARLTON is the author of two fantasy novels, Spellwright and Spellbound, with a third volume in the series—Spellbreaker—forthcoming. This story marked Charlton’s debut as a fiction writer. In addition to writing, he is also a resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine. He recently wrote about being a doctor, a dyslexic, and a writer in an op-ed piece that was published in the New York Times.

KEN MACLEOD is the author of novels such as The Execution Channel, The Night Sessions, The Restoration Game, Cosmonaut Keep, and Newton’s Wake, among others. He is the winner of the Prometheus Award, the Sidewise Award, the BSFA Award, and the Seiun Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His most recent novel is Intrusion.

JEREMIAH TOLBERT has published fiction in Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, Interzone, Ideomancer, and Shimmer, as well as in the anthologies The Way of the Wizard, Federations, and Polyphony 4. He’s also been featured several times on the Escape Pod and Podcastle podcasts. In addition to being a writer, he is a web designer, photographer, and graphic artist. He lives in Kansas, with his wife and cats.

MARK BUDZ is the author of four novels, including Clade and Idolon, which were both finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. His most recent novel is Till Human Voices Wake Us. His short fiction has appeared in Amazing Stories and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

NNEDI OKORAFOR is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. Her novels include Who Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), Akata Witch (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). Her children’s book Long Juju Man is the winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. Her compilation of short stories, Kabu Kabu, science fiction novel Lagoon, and young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Breaking Kola are scheduled for release in 2013 and 2014. Nnedi holds a PhD in Literature and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University.

TOBIAS S. BUCKELL is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has written several novels, including the New York Times Bestseller Halo: The Cole Protocol, the Xenowealth series, and Artic Rising. His short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Armored, All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, and Under the Moons of Mars. He currently lives in Ohio with a pair of dogs, a pair of cats, twin daughters, and his wife.