We are proud to feature an original story by fantasy/science fiction writer Lindsay Buroker.
Set in her Science Fiction Fallen Empire world, her epic story will accompany a wide variety of map-inspired stories. From a fantastical map showing what you most desire to interactive maps that show your demise sweeping across the landscape, these stories will set your place in the world or just may send you off it.
Charlotte Ashley – Eleusinian Mysteries
Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her short story, “La Héron”, was nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards in 2016. Her latest short, “A Fine Balance,” will appear in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. You can find more about her at http://www.once-and-future.com or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.
Daniel Ausema – Mapping the Buzz of Insects
A writer, runner, reader, parent, and teacher, Daniel Ausema has had stories and poems in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, and many other places. His steampunk-fantasy trilogy Spire City is also available. He lives in Colorado, at the foot of the Rockies.
Lee Blevins – The Bronze Man and the Second Son
Lee Blevins lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He’s a stand up comic and a sit down tragedian. He’s on Twitter @BleeSevens.
Lindsay Buroker – Remnants
Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered. This story is part of Lindsay’s popular Fallen Empire series. Find out more at lindsayburoker.com.
Kate Coe – Mapping Out the Future
Kate Coe is a writer of fiction and fantasy, and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. She writes the GreenSky series of novellas, is a librarian in real life, and fills her spare time with web design, reading, cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involved destroying things).
Robert A. Francis – The Final Atlas
Rob Francis is an academic and writer based in London. He has published numerous scientific articles and books, and started writing short fiction in 2014. His stories have appeared in various magazines, including SQ Mag, SpeckLit, Swords & Sorcery Magazine, The Lorelei Signal, The Fable Online and Every Day Fiction.
Wilson Geiger – Wetware
Wilson Geiger has been gripped by fantastical worlds not quite our own ever since stumbling upon his father’s copy of The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s written fantasy and science-fiction ever since, and has several published stories. Wilson resides in Missouri with his wife, two boys, and a possessive cat. You can find out more about Wilson at wilsongeiger.com.
Andrew Leon Hudson – The Bilingual
Andrew Leon Hudson is an improper Englishman who writes, edits, designs and publishes books for people, himself included. If you’d like one, drop him a line sometime. He lives in Europe, and plans to spend as much time there as he can before the doors close once and for all. Visit andrewleonhudson.wordpress.com to learn more.
Neil James Hudson – Literary Walks: The Cartographer by Martin Croft
Neil James Hudson is a UK-based writer who has published around 30 short stories, as well as the paranormal erotic novel On Wings of Pity, available from Amazon. His short story collection The End of the World: A User’s Guide is available from his website at neiljameshudson.net.
Alec Hutson – The Map of Secret Desires
Alec Hutson lives in Shanghai, and has been published in Ideomancer Magazine. He has stories coming out in Timeless Tales Magazine, the science fiction anthology The Newcomer, and his first epic fantasy novel, The Crimson Queen, will be published in December 2016. He can be found at authoralechutson.com.
Jason LaPier – The Flow of the Road
Jason LaPier is a multigenre speculative fiction author. He is currently finishing the third book in a space opera trilogy published by HarperVoyager. He lives and drinks in Portland, OR, and can be found on Twitter @JasonWLaPier or Facebook, and his blog at jasonwlapier.com
Joseph A. Lopez – The Memory Monster
Joseph A. Lopez is a practicing attorney in Los Angeles, California. He fell in love with speculative fiction at a young age and has been an avid reader and writer in the genre ever since. His short story “The Memory Monster” included in this anthology is his first published work. Joseph is an active member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (“GLAWS”).
Igor Ljubuncic – Forward
Igor Ljubuncic is a physicist by vocation and a Linux geek by profession. He is the owner of the popular website http://www.dedoimedo.com. Igor really likes to write, particularly in the fantasy genre, and he even got a literary nomination for his efforts. You can learn more about Igor’s books on thelostwordsbooks.com.
Jez Patterson – Walked About
Jez Patterson is a British teacher and writer, currently based in the UK and Spain. Links to other things with his name at the end can be found at jezpatterson.wordpress.com.
P.J. Richards – The Road to Pareidolia
P.J. Richards lives in England with her husband, kids, cats, an owl, and all the legends and history of the Westcountry. Can be found in castles shooting a longbow with the medieval group Bowlore, or occasionally as a unicorn at Stonehenge. The rest of her time is spent writing and painting.
Lynn Rushlau – Save Haven
Lynn Rushlau graduated from the UT Austin with a degree in Anthropology and minor in Sociology—which seem like awesome planning for a life creating worlds, but she admits she wasn’t thinking that far ahead. She lives in Addison, Texas with two attention-needy cats, and is on Twitter @lrushlau.
Adam R. Shannon – The Shape of the World’s Skin
Adam R. Shannon is a career firefighter/paramedic, as well as a fiction writer, hiker, and cook. He and his wife care for a German Shepherd, an array of foster dogs, a free-range toad, and a colony of snails who live in an old apothecary jar.
Christopher Walker – The Cell Wall
Christopher Walker is a writer and English teacher based in the south of Poland. His work appears in the anthologies ‘Circuits & Slippers’ and ‘In Medias Res’, as well as the literary magazines WOLVES and Spinebind. His website is http://www.closelyobserved.com.
Many thanks to all the contributors to this year’s anthology. We couldn’t do it without them!