Authors

The SITL Founding Authors

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen recently started writing short fiction, but from her day job at NASA she has years of experience writing and podcasting about various non-fiction topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Maggie has other short stories published in A Hero By Any Other Name, the Time Traveled Tales anthologies, Athena’s Daughters, Soothe the Savage Beast, War of the Seasons: The Heart, and Contact Light. She co-edited Athena’s Daughters, Volume 2. Maggie is a guitarist and singer in the rock band, “Naked Singularity,” which released its first album of original music in 2013.  They are currently working on their second album.  Her band’s website may be found here: http://naked-singularity.com, and her writer website here: http://writermaggie.blogspot.com.

Twitter: @writermaggie
Facebook: Writermaggie

 

Janine-Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world she is an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun (GGR), a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com.

Website: www.waroftheseasons.com
Twitter: @JanineSpendlove
Facebook: janine.spendlove.5
Goodreads: Janine_K_Spendlove

 

Bryan-Young

Bryan Young

Bryan Young works across many different media. He’s the author of Lost at the Con (put on The Huffington Post’s “Must-Read for Geeks” list), Operation: Montauk, and The Serpent’s Head. As a film producer, he’s won two Telly Awards, and his last two films (This Divided State and Killer at Large) were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times. He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for The Huffington Post and StarWars.com, and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! Bryan is also an Honorary Friend of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion and host of popular new Star Wars podcast “Full of Sith”. His latest book is A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination and he’s hard at work on many more.

Website: www.bryanyoungfiction.com
Twitter: @swankmotron
Facebook: BryanYoungFiction
Goodreads: Bryan Young

Featured Authors

 

Megan O’Russell

Author of The Tethering

Megan O’Russell is thrilled to be publishing her premier Young Adult series The Tethering with Silence in the Library Publishing. Book two of The Tethering series, The Siren’s Realm, will be released on April 29th. Megan’s work has also been featured in Athena’s Daughters 2, an anthology of women in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Originally from New York, Megan is a professional actress who spends her time traveling the country for different shows. When not on stage or writing, Megan spends time with her beloved ukulele and her wonderful husband. To follow Megan’s writing adventures, you can visit her website at meganorussell.com.

Twitter: @MeganORussell
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ORussellauthor

 

Jean Rabe

Author of The Cauldron

USA Today bestselling author Jean Rabe has written more than two dozen fantasy and adventure novels and more than 60 short stories. When she’s not writing, which isn’t often, she edits . . . two dozen anthologies and more than 100 magazine issues so far. She’s a former news reporter and news bureau chief who penned a true crime book with noted attorney F. Lee Bailey. Her genre writing includes military, science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, horror, and modern-day adventure. Rabe occasionally teaches genre writing courses.

Website: www.jeanrabe.com
Facebook: Jean Rabe
Goodreads: Jean Rabe

Rori Shay

Author of ELECTED

Rori Shay is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives with her husband, kids, and two proficient hair-shedders: Misch the cat and Gerry the 90-lb black lab. Rori studied public relations and marketing at the University of Maryland and received an MBA from George Washington University. She enjoys travelling, running, reading, pumpkin-picking, and snow-shoeing!

Website: www.rorishay.com
Twitter: @RoriShay
Facebook: RoriShayWrites
Goodreads: Rori Shay

Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning author, editor, screenwriter, graphic novelist, game designer, computer game designer and podcaster. He has an asteroid named after him. You can learn more about him and his work at stormwolf.com.

Twitter: @mikestackpole
Facebook: Michael Stackpole
Goodreads: Michael A. Stackpole

Timothy Zahn

Author of Cloak

Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for more than thirty years. In that time he has published forty-five novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. Recent books include Cobra Guardian and Cobra Gamble, the second and third books of the Cobra War Trilogy, Star Wars: Choices of One, and the 20th Anniversary edition of his first Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire. You can contact him at facebook.com/TimothyZahn.

 

Danielle Ackley-McPhail‘s published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

Aaron Allston – Best known for his work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Aaron Allston is also a long-time game writer who was inducted into the AAGAD Hall of Fame at Origins 2006. He lives in Central Texas. Please visit his web site at aaronallston.com and his weblog at community.aaronallston.com.

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of The Winds of Khalakovo, the book Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist named the Debut of the Year for 2011. The follow-up is The Straits of Galahesh. In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad’s stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, “In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat,” was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award. Visit his website at quillings.com.

Donald J. Bingle is an oft-published author in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, romance, steampunk, and comedy genres. His novels include: Net Impact (spy thriller), GREENSWORD (darkly comedic eco-thriller), and Forced Conversion (near-future military scifi). Many of his three dozen short stories are available in hard copy and for Kindle and Nook, including his Writer on Demand short story collections: Tales of Gamers and Gaming; Tales of Humorous Horror; Tales out of Time; and Grim, Fair e-Tales. Find out more at donaldjbingle.com or look for him on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Peroozal, or Shelfari.

Dylan Birtolo has always been a storyteller. No matter how much other things have changed, that aspect has not. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest where he spends his time as a writer, a gamer, and a professional sword-swinger. He has published a couple of fantasy novels and several short stories in multiple anthologies. He has also written pieces for game companies set in their worlds and co-authored a gaming manual. He trains with the Seattle Knights, an acting troop that focuses on stage combat. Endeavoring to be a true jack of all trades, he has worked as a software engineer, a veterinary technician in an emergency hospital, a martial arts instructor, a rock climbing guide, and a lab tech. He’s had the honor of jousting, and yes, the armor is real—it weighs more than a hundred and twenty pounds. You can read more about him and his works at dylanbirtolo.com.

Jennifer Brozek of Bothell, WA, is an award winning author and editor. She has been writing roleplaying games and professionally publishing fiction since 2004. She has won awards for both game design and editing. With the number of edited anthologies, fiction sales, RPG books and the non-fiction articles and book under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance Woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist. Read more about her at her blog: jennifer-brozek.livejournal.com.

Jamie Chambers was born in Atlanta and grew up running around barefoot in the pine forests and kudzu fields of north Georgia. The son of a Trekkie and an early D&D player, Jamie was doomed early to a life of geeky pursuits. He began playing role playing games at the age of seven and writing his own fiction at eight.

He spent his youth reading fantasy and science fiction, reading comic books, watching cartoons, and playing any game he could get his hands on—video games, board games, card games, and especially role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Eventually he became an online volunteer for TSR, Inc. while the Internet was in its infancy and became involved with the RPGA (Role Playing Game Association) as a club president and convention coordinator.

After a lifetime of creating (and playing) games and writing (and reading) stories, Jamie has launched Signal Fire Studios LLC, creating game and entertainment products. He’s had stories, game products, and articles published by many companies and is pursuing creative writing projects for publication. Jamie currently serves as Vice President on the board of directors for GAMA (Game Manufacturers Association), the trade organization for the hobby games industry that also hosts an annual trade show in Las Vegas as the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Tracy Chowdhury spent much of her childhood in imaginary play, fascinated by the possibility of magic and intrigued by dragons, fairies, unicorns, and other mystical beings. She holds a degree in zoology from Miami University and is co-author of two fantasy/adventure series: Shadow Over Shandahar and Dark Mists of Ansalar. She also has two short stories published in the Missing Pieces anthologies. Tracy lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, four children, and sphynx cat. Visit her website at worldofshandahar.com.

Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning SF/fantasy author and graphic novelist. Among his works: The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing around the country as well as for the library district in Las Vegas, NV. Find out more about him at his website: maxwellalexanderdrake.com.

Sarah Hans is an author, editor, and educator who doesn’t let adulthood stop her from playing dress-up. Her most recent project is the anthology Sidekicks!, published by Alliteration Ink and featuring stories by Donald J. Bingle, Kelly Swails, and other Origins Library authors. You can read Sarah’s fiction and follow her adventures in Steampunk at sarahhans.com.

Vicki Johnson-Steger has several short stories published in DAW anthologies, Spells of the City, Timeshares, Boondocks Fantasy, and Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance. Orphan Train was published in Triumph over Tragedy, 2013. “Auggie’s Wings,” a novella, was acquired by Dragonfly Soapworks, to launch their Bitty Bug line of skincare products for children. Fairydale Tale, a YA fairytale mystery, was a quarterfinalist in Amazon Penguin’s Novel Contest 2012 and is currently being shopped. Her tribute to Gene Wolfe appeared in The BULLETIN of the SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS of AMERICA.

Cleolinda Jones is the author of Movies in Fifteen Minutes; she has written many novels and might even finish one of them someday. A classy dame who knows what’s what, Cleo currently supervises the House of Bark, recaps when she is least expected, and maintains a howling vortex of delight on Tumbler. She is still blogging on Livejournal out of pure cussedness.

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey(Tor, 2010) and Glamour in Glass (Tor, 2012). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Conley Lyons is a 2010 graduate of Elon University, with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is an avid costumer and runner, having completed a full marathon, numerous half-marathons, and many other races. She is currently a freelance writer living in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Athena’s Daughters features her first published short story.

R.T. Kaelin is a loving husband, father of two wonderful children, and a lifelong resident of Ohio, currently in Columbus. After graduating from college, for the first twelve years of his career he has worked as a software engineer. After creatively writing a local gaming group, it was suggested he try his hand at writing something more prodigious. Encouraged, he finally committed to the undertaking, writing the first book of his The Children of the White Lions series, Progeny. When he is not writing, he loves to travel and has a passion for cooking.For more information or stories, visit RTKaelin.com.

David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels and novellas, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Precipice, Road of Bones, Promises Broken, Rise Like Lions, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. He developed the Star Trek Vanguard series concept with editor Marco Palmieri. His first work of original fiction was the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller The Calling.

In addition to novels, Mack’s writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, live theater, and the Internet. He also co-authored Bryan Anderson’s nonfiction Iraq War memoir, No Turning Back: One Man’s Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope.

His latest published works are the New York Times bestselling trilogy Cold Equations and Star Trek: The Fall — A Ceremony of Losses. His upcoming projects include Star Trek: Seekers, a new literary-original sequel series to the Vanguard saga; the Star Trek spy thriller Section 31: Disavowed; and a new original supernatural thriller.

Mack resides in New York City with his wife, Kara.

C.S. Marks is often described as a “Renaissance Woman.” She holds a Ph.D. in biology and is a full professor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, where she teaches biology and equine science. She’s also an artist and has rendered the covers of her novels. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys archery, singing Celtic music, crafting longbows with primitive tools, and riding. An accomplished horsewoman, she is among the few Americans to have completed the prestigious “Tom Quilty” Australian national championship hundred-mile ride. She shares her forest home with her husband, Jeff, ten dogs (predominantly Welsh Corgis), and five horses. Visit her website at elfhunter.net.

Gail Z. Martin is the author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga and the upcoming Reign of Ash (Orbit Books, 2014), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. In 2014, Gail launches a new urban fantasy novel, Deadly Curiosities, from Solaris Books. She is also the author of two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail also enjoys reading, cooking, watching anime and Dr. Who, and hanging out with her husband, kids and dogs.

John Jackson Miller‘s first novel, Star Wars: Knight Errant was released in 2011 from Del Rey alongside a comic book series of the same name for Dark Horse Comics. He’s written several Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBooks for Del Rey. His comics work ranges from umpteen small-press ventures to such titles as Marvel Comics’ Iron Man and Crimson Dynamo, Bongo Comics’ Bart Simpson, and Star Wars: Empire for Dark Horse Comics. He’s been the regular writer of Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic since the beginning, and he wrote the comics adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In games, his work includes writing for the Star Wars Role-Playing Game, the massively multiplayer role-playing game, Sword of the New World, and reference guides including the Scrye Collectible Card Game Checklist & Price Guide.

Daniel “Doc” Myers writes cookbooks and short stories, a combination that has his characters well-fed. He started cooking at a young age and has spent the past dozen years seriously studying medieval cooking. He is a member of the SCA (Middle Kingdom, Barony of the Flaming Gryphon), a medieval re-creation organization, and practices his craft by cooking feasts, researching, and giving occasional lectures to those who don’t run away fast enough. Daniel lives in Loveland, Ohio, with his wife and two children. He is currently employed as a database programmer, and would be happy to accept large grants of cash to start a medieval themed restaurant. His co-workers in the IT department are still quite baffled by the whole thing.

Elias Pate is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and artist. He’s also the co-writer of the comic Pirate Club from Slave Labor Graphics.

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, bestselling novelist, children’s book author, and game designer. He’s written original fiction (including the NOOK-bestselling humorous science fiction novel No Small Bills, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and the O.C.L.T. supernatural thriller series), tie-in novels (including the PsiPhi winner Collective Hindsight for Star Trek: SCE, the Daemon Gates trilogy for Warhammer, Tides of Darkness and the Scribe- nominated Beyond the Dark Portal for WarCraft, Hunt and Run for Stargate: Atlantis, and Substitution Method and Road Less Traveled for Eureka), young adult novels (including the Scribe-winning Bandslam: The Novel and books for iCarly and Ben10), children’s books (including an original Scholastic Bestseller series, Pete and Penny’s Pizza Puzzles, and work for PowerPuff Girls and Transformers Animated), roleplaying games (including original games like Asylum and Spookshow, the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets, and sections of The Supernatural Roleplaying Game, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and The Deryni Roleplaying Game), short stories, webcomics, essays, and educational books. He has ranged from mystery to speculative fiction to drama to comedy, always with the same intent—to tell a good story. You can visit him online at gryphonrose.com or follow him on Twitter @gryphonrose.

Christopher Ruz was born in Hong Kong, raised in Vienna, and is now settled in Melbourne, Australia. Although he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, his first love has always been writing. He’s been published by Weaponizer, Labyrinth Inhabitant’s Magazine and Birdville Magazine, and has won both the first Ergofiction Search Term Challenge and the first Birdville Impromptu Award.

Ruz now writes full time, splitting his attentions between his Century of Sand fantasy epic and his spy thrillers, which are published under the pseudonym D.D. Marks. His next release will be the first arc of an ongoing horror serial, entitled Rust.

Steven Saus injects people with radioactivity as his day job, but only to serve the forces of good. His work has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines both online and off. He also publishes and provides publishing services as Alliteration Ink. You can find him at stevensaus.com and alliterationink.com.

Neal Shaffer is a critically acclaimed graphic novelist based in Baltimore, Maryland, who has published stories at Image Comics as well as multiple books with Oni Press, including One Plus One, Last Exit Before Toll, and The Awakening.

Brian E. Shaw burst onto the scene with his first story, “The Defense of Dupont Circle”, in 2012. Since then he has been hard at work on two novels and surviving parenthood. In 2013, Brian’s story “The Price of Fame” was published in Silence in the Library’s anthology Time Traveled Tales. When not facing down these dangers he is a professional intelligence officer, Marine combat veteran, and a former Senate staffer. He hopes to bring these unique experiences at the nexus of power and secrecy to craft some amazing stories in the coming years. In the meantime he will continue to chase his brood, love his wife, and attempt to confine the chewing of his golden retriever to the less expensive furniture. You can follow Brian on Twitter at @BrianEShaw, Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrianShawWrites and BrianShawWrites.com.

Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. Now he is a father and the author of Young Adult novels Struts & Frets, Misfit and Man Made Boy, as well as many short stories and essays. He generally likes stories that are dark, strange, and occasionally funny.

Jon was born in Columbus, Ohio. After traveling around a bit, from Pittsburgh to London to New York to Seattle, he has settled, somewhat haphazardly, in the Washington, DC area, where he and his two sons can regularly be seen not fitting into the general Government scene. You can learn more about him at jonskovron.com.

Alan Smale writes science fiction, fantasy and alternate history. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles” in the Panverse Two anthology (edited by Dario Ciriello), won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and he has recently sold a trilogy of novels set in the same universe. The first book, Clash of Eagles, will appear from Del Rey in 2014.

Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy (six times), Abyss & Apex (twice), Paradox, Writers of the Future 13, Podcastle and Pseudopod and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed. His Asimov’s novella set (mostly) in near-future Asia, “The Mongolian Book of the Dead”, and his historical fantasy starring Ben Franklin, “A Trade in Serpents” from RoF, were both featured on Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading List. Reading copies of both stories are available on this site, as well as several other stories that have made best-of-year lists.

Born and raised in England, Alan lives in Maryland and works as an astrophysicist and data archive manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In what is humorously referred to as his ‘spare time’, Alan also sings bass and serves as Business Manager for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, who have performed at various science fiction conventions (Balticon, Shore Leave, Farpoint) and were Music Guests of Honor at Philcon in 2008.

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. Sherwood Smith studied in Austria for a year, earning a masters in history. She worked many jobs, from bar tender to running the copy department at MGM studios, then turned to teaching for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, drama and dance. To date she’s published over forty books.

D.L. Stever has several short stories in three anthologies: Fractured Fairy Tales, Timeshares, and Boondocks Fantasy, all published by Daw Books. She also a story in the Triumph Over Tragedy Anthology.

Kelly Swails – According to family legend, Kelly Swails learned to read by perusing Archie comics at the age of three. (She loved Jughead the most.) As a child she would read anything with words—magazines, books, comics, cereal boxes. She wrote her first bona-fide short story in sixth grade, about a feminist and a misogynist watching the destruction of Earth from their spaceship. After that foray into SF, she tried her hand at mystery, horror, and teen romance. Her medical mind pulled her into clinical laboratory science, but she continues to write short stories and YA novels. She has been published in numerous anthologies. Visit her website at kellyswails.com.

C.A. (Christine) Verstraete enjoys writing both flash and short fiction with a touch of the fantastic or macabre. Her stories have appeared in various anthologies including, Darlings of Decay, Feast of the Dead – Hors D’ Oeuvres, 100 Doors to Madness, plus in Timeshares and Steampunk’d from DAW Books. She’s also written a nonfiction book on miniatures and dollhouses, In Miniature Style II. Her new book is GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.

Cynthia Ward has lived in Oklahoma, Maine, Spain, West Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Tucson. She has published stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful (Prime Books), among other anthologies and magazines. She has published articles in Weird Tales Magazine and Locus Online, among other webzines and magazines. Her story “Norms”, published in Triangulation: Last Contact, made the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011. With Nisi Shawl, Cynthia coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press), which is based on their diversity writing workshop, Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction. A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, she lives in the Los Angeles area, where she is not working on a screenplay.

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including the award-winning Hellebore and Rue, and The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity. Her short story “Lord Bai’s Discovery”, which appeared in the Eppie-nominated Dark Quest Books anthology Dragon’s Lure, was shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award. She is also known for her art books, Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete and Fantasy Art Templates. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years, and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Magazine.

Gregory A. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, science fiction and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of academic subjects; his first academic book, The Problem in the Middle: Liminal Space and the Court Masque (Clemson University Press), was published in 2007, and his first novel, a work of epic fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in 2009. He regularly reads from his work and serves as a panelist at conferences across the country and is a member of Codex, the Writers’ Symposium, and several other author groups on and offline. He is currently submitting his second and third novels, Icarus and Grayshade respectively, to publishers, and has two recent short stories out: one in the ForeWord 2012 Book of the Year nominated When the Villain Comes Home anthology, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy, and one in the Triumph Over Tragedy anthology, alongside the work of authors like Robert Silverberg and Marion Zimmer Bradley. He is also the co-host (with fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu) of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans, a critically acclaimed show which discusses and interviews the creators of speculative fiction of all sorts and types. See and hear the details at www.speculatesf.com. He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene — named at his wife’s urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him — and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY. His virtual home is gregoryawilson.com.

Jason Young has written video game and comics reviews for numerous publications and is currently the co-writer and co-creator of Choose Your Comic Adventure (www.chooseyourcomicadventure.com), a seat-of-your-pants web comic where readers vote on what course of action the story will take. He’s also written comics in the Pirate Club world as well as numerous short films.

Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for more than thirty years. In that time he has published forty-two novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his nine Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. Recent books include Cobra Guardian and Cobra Gamble, the second and third books of the Cobra War Trilogy, Star Wars: Choices of One, and the 20th Anniversary edition of his first Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire. You can contact him at facebook.com/TimothyZahn.