Authors who debuted in 2001


The following authors made their professional debuts (appearance in a venue with a 10,000 copies or more print run) in 2001. They are no longer eligible for consideration for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

This is not a complete list of all the debut authors! Every effort has been made to contact writers to let them know of this site, but some will have missed the message or chosen not to be listed. Other writers may have appeared in a qualifying venue in 2001 who are not listed here.


Listed Authors (click on the name to see publications)

Anna D. Allen
Laird Barron
Jacqueline Carey
Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Alan DeNiro
Charles Coleman Finlay
Lawrence Ganem
Kurt R.A. Giambastiani
Gavin J. Grant
Marguerite Devers Green
Carol Hightshoe
Jonathan L. Howard
Walter H. Hunt
Everett S. Jacobs

Bob Johnston
Paula Jordan
Larry Oliver Keyser
Kevin Killiany
John Langan
Philip Lees
Michele Letica
July Lewis
David Lowe
Maxine McArthur
Kelly David McCullough
Donna McMahon
Karen Michalson
Brian Murphy

Ruth Nestvold
Steven Charles Raine
Benjamin Rosenbaum
Robert Scherrer
Robert B. Schofield
Meredith Simmons
*Wen Spencer
Rob Vagle
*Ken Wharton
Eric M. Witchey
John Zakour
* 2002 Finalist

*Finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Many of the magazines listed are included in the Links page

No Longer Eligible Authors
These authors' professional debuts were in 2001

Anna D. Allen

Short story, "Ten Gallons a Whore," L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Writers of the Future Vol. XVII, Aug. '01.

Laird Barron

 

Short story, " Shiva Open Your Eye," The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sept. '01. Upcoming short story, Old Virginia," The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Jacqueline Carey

Novel, Kushiel's Dart, Tor, June '01. Novel, Kushiel's Chosen, Tor, April '02. Upcoming novel, Kushiel's Avatar, Tor, April '03.

Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Novel, The Bitterbynde Book 1: THE ILL-MADE MUTE, Warner Aspect '01. Upcoming novel:, The Bitterbynde, Book 2: THE LADY OF THE SORROWS '02. Upcoming novel: The Bitterbynde, Book 3: THE BATTLE OF EVERNIGHT '03.

Alan DeNiro

Short story, "The Excavation," Minnesota Monthly, June '01. Short story, "Cuttlefish," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet no. 8. Short story, "Shepherd's Calendar," Strange Horizons, April '02. Short story, "I Remember the Catsuit Kids," ...is this a cat?, Fortress of Words, May '02. Short story, "A Number of Hooves," Rabid Transit: New Fiction by the Ratbastards, Velocity Press, May '02. Short story, "The Caliber," Santa Monica Review, Fall '02. Short story, "Comachrome," Talebones 25, Dec. '02. Upcoming short story, "Fuming Woman," Trampoline, Small Beer Press anthology, Kelly Link ed., May '03.

Charles Coleman Finlay

2003 finalist!

Short story, "Footnotes," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Aug., '01. Upcoming short story, "A Game of Chicken," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Feb. 03. Novelet, "For Want of a Nail," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March, '03. Novella, "The Political Officer," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April '02 Novella, "A Democracy of Trolls," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. '02. Novelette, "We Come Not to Praise Washington," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Aug. '02. Short short,"The Archipelago Frontier," On Spec, Summer '02. Short story, "Fading Quayle, Dancing Quayle," The Book of More Flesh, Oct. '02. Short story, "Roadkill," Ideomancer Unbound, Dec. '01. Short story,"Lucy, In Her Splendor," MarsDust, Apr. '03. Upcoming short story, "Wild Thing," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Upcoming novelet, "After the Gaud Chrysalis," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Upcoming short story, "Pervert," The Magazine of Fantasy; Science Fiction. Upcoming novelet, "The Seal Hunter," The Magazine of Fantasy; Science Fiction.

Lawrence Ganem with John Zakour

Novel, Plutonium Blonde, Daw Books, Sept. '01.

Kurt R.A. Giambastiani

Novel, The Year the Cloud Fell, Roc Books (Penguin/Putnam) '01. Upcoming novel, The Spirit of Thunder, Feb. '02. Upcoming novel, A Bitter Wind, Roc, '03. Upcoming novel, The Heart of the Storm, Roc, '04. Upcoming short story, "The Revitalization of Emily," Oceans of the Mind, spring, '02.

Gavin J. Grant

Short Story, "Sea, Ship, Mountain, Sky" (with Kelly Link), Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 14, July '01 reprinted from Altair no. 6/7 Nov. '00. Poem, "Rites: Cleaning the Last Bones," Dark Planet, Oct. '01. Short story, "Editing for Content," SCIFI.COM, March, '01. Upcoming short story, "You and Me," Strange Horizons, April '03.

Marguerite Devers Green

Short story, "A Familiar Solution," L.Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, volume XVII, Aug. '01.

Carol Hightshoe

Short story, " Midnight Song," Creature Fantastic, Daw, Sept. '01.

Jonathan L. Howard

Short story, "Between the River and the Road," Realms of Fantasy, June, '01.

Walter H. Hunt

Novel: The Dark Wing, Tor, Dec. '01. Upcoming novel: The Dark Path, Tor, '03.

Everett S. Jacobs

Short story, " Time Out of Mind," L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Vol. XVII, Aug. 01.

Bob Johnston

Short story, "Life Eternal," L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Vol. XVII, Aug. 01.

Paula Jordan

Short story, " The Gift of Unbinding," Analog, May '01.

Larry Oliver Keyser as Larry Lawrence

Short story, "Caliber of the Sword," The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy, Carroll & Graf '01.

Kevin Killiany

Short story, "Personal Log," Strange New Worlds IV, Pocket Books; May, '01. Short story, "The Monkey Puzzle Box," Strange New Worlds V, May, '02.

John Langan

Novelette, "On Skua Island," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Aug. '01. Novella, " Mr. Gaunt," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept. '02. Upcoming short story, "Tutorial," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Philip Lees

Short story, " Lucretia's Nose," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, Vol XVII, Aug. '01.

Michele Letica

Short story, "Hello and Goodbye," L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future, Vol. XVII, Aug. '01.

July Lewis

Short story, "Rude Kate," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April '01.

David Lowe

Short story, "Marketplace of Souls," Writers of the Future Vol. XVII, '01.

Maxine McArthur

Novel, Time Future, Warner Aspect, June. '01. Upcoming novel, Time Past, Warner Aspect, May, '02.

Kelly David McCullough

Short story: "The Sharp End," Writers of the Future, vol. XVII, Aug. '01. Upcoming short story, "Interface Pattern." Absolute Magnitude. Upcoming poem, "Mourning After the Night of the Living Dead, Weird Tales. Upcoming short stories for the Constructing Ideas in Physical Science project (illustrated collection). Upcoming short story, "Shatter," Weird Tales.

Donna McMahon

Novel, Dance of Knives," Tor, May '01.

Karen Michalson

Novel, Enemy Glory, Tor, Jan. '01. Upcoming novel, Hecate's Glory, the second book in the Enemy Glory series, Tor, '03.

Brian Murphy

Short story, "All For A Pint," The Search for Magic: Tales from the War of Souls, Wizards of the Coast Dragonlance anthology, '01.

Ruth Nestvold

Short story, "Latency Time," Asimov's, July '01. Short story, "Princes and Priscilla," Strange Horizons, April '02. Upcoming novella, "Looking Through Lace," Asimov's. Upcoming short story, "A Serca Tale," NFG.

Steven Charles Raine

Short story, "TEA & Koumiss," L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future XVII, Aug. '01.

Benjamin Rosenbaum

Short story, " The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale,"The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July, '01. Short story, "The Duck," Writer Online. Short story, "The White City," Vestal Review, April, '02. Upcoming short story, "Red Leather Tassels", The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Upcoming short story, "The Book of Jashar", Strange Horizons. Short story, "Fig," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, No. 11, November '02. Short story, "On the Cliff by the River," Infinite Matrix. Short story, "The Orange," Quarterly West, Spring/Summer '02, reprinted in Harper's, Nov. '02. Short story, "Droplet", The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July '02, to be reprinted in the upcoming anthology Science Fiction: The Best of 2002. Short stories, "Other Cities," monthly at Strange Horizons, September '01 through August '02. Poem, A Gardener Betrayed By Roses," Strange Horizons. Upcoming short story, "Embracing-the-New," Asimov's. Upcoming short story, "The Death Trap of Dr. Nefario," Infinite Matrix.

Robert Scherrer

Short story, "The Perfect Story," Analog, May '01. Short story, "Happy Deathday," Analog, July-August '01. Upcoming short story, " Born Under the Sign of Bonanza," Analog. Upcoming short story, "Equivalence Principle," Analog.

Robert B. Schofield

Short story, "Interrupt Vector," L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XVII, Aug. '01. Short story, "Threading Twilight," Feral Parakeets and Other Stories anthology, Nov. '01.

Meredith Simmons

Short story, "Magpie," L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XVII, Aug. '01.

Wen Spencer

2002 finalist!

2003 winner!

The Ukiah Oregon Series, Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Putnam: Alien Taste, July '01, Tainted Trail, June '02, Bitter Waters, May 03, and Dog Warrior for May 2004. A stand alone Roc novel, A Brother's Price is also scehduled for 2004. Upcoming Baen novel, Tinker, will be released in hardcover in November '03.

Rob Vagle

Short story, "Messages," Realms Of Fantasy, April '01.

Ken Wharton

2002 finalist!

2003 finalist!

Novel, Divine Intervention, Ace Books (Penguin/Putnam), Dec. '01. Short story, "Flight Correction," Analog, Mar. '02. Novelette, "Mixed Signals," cowritten with Lori Ann White, Analog, Jan. '03. Upcoming novelette, "The Monopole Affair", Analog. Upcoming short story, "Aloha", Analog.

Eric M. Witchey

Short story, "Dreams and Bones," L. Ron Hubbard Presents the Writers of the Future, Vol. XVII, Aug. '01. Short story, "Lindeman's Life," June, '02 Realms of Fantasy. Short story, "Daniel's Wagon," One Evening a Year Anthology, '01. Short Story, "Seducing Storms," writing as E.M. Arthur --Mammoth Books, Best New Erotica of 2002. Short Story, "The Runner," writing as E.M. Marshall -- 2002 Spring issue of American Intercultural Magazine (AIM). Short Story, "Hold the Moon," Upcoming Kinships Magazine. Short Story, "Grandma Vernon's Cookies," Finalist Genre Short Fiction Writer's Digest contest. Short Story, "Hold the Moon," Vol #4 Frequency Audio CD Anthology. Short story, "Diver's Moon," writing as E.M. Arthur, Calendar.atEROS.com Distinguished Stories e-book anthology, Dec., '02. Short Story, "Voyeur," Meisha Merlin Low Port anthology. Short Story, "Grandma Vernon's Cookies," Feb. 03, Short Stuff Magazine.

John Zacour with Lawrence Ganem

Novel, Plutonium Blonde, Daw Books, Sept. '01.

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Anna D. Allen

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Born in 1968, in the Midwest, Anna D. Allen grew up in Europe until the age of fifteen. She went to school in the Deep South for a while, then moved to Baltimore, picking up and discarding accents along the way. Now living in western Michigan, she has to fight the urge to sound like a character in Fargo. When not writing, Anna has several obsessions: ancient Egypt, sixteenth century England, the works of Hans Holbein the Younger and the films of Ridley Scott. She is also a great cook.

Laird Barron

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Laird Barron was born in Alaska. A professional Iditarod competitor turned writer, with poetry appearing in the Melic Review, The Animist, pith, Eclectica, and others. His fiction has appeared online and in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Interests include research of ancient warfare, medieval diplomacy, and combat martial arts. Mr. Barron lives in Olympia, Washington.

Jacqueline Carey

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Born in Highland Park, Illinois, Jacqueline Carey received B.A. degrees in Psychology and English Literature from Lake Forest College in 1986. After college, she spent time living in London and working in a bookstore, traveling once the work permit expired. Upon returning to the U.S., she embarked on a writing career while working a day job to provide a steady income and traveling when possible, thus far ranging from Finland to Egypt. She currently lives in a small town in west Michigan.

Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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My life-story is quite unusual.

I was discovered, as a baby, in a wooden lifeboat that washed ashore on the rugged coastline of a remote isle in the southern oceans, between Australia and Antarctica. I'd like to describe my early years on Si-Sique Island, raised with the family of the lighthouse-keeper, Albert Ross, who found and adopted me. My origins could not be traced. Who were my parents? Had they been drowned in a boating accident? Where had I come from? Was I of noble blood? Alas, no answer could be found.

They named me 'Cecilia' and I flourished like a rare orchid, even on that windswept isle,in the rough-and-tumble company of my seven step-brothers. They taught me fencing, archery and equestrian skills, at which I excelled. Last year, at the age of sixteen, I became aware for the first time that I possessed an extraordinary gift. Whenever I held in my hand one of the seagull-quill pens commonly used for note-taking on Si-Sique island, fantastic alien worlds would flow from the sharpened nib, positioning themselves on the nearest sheet of parchment in flawless, three-dimensional detail. Comprehending this might prove a money-making proposition, I changed my surname from 'Ross' to 'Dart-Thornton', packed my mascara and departed from the isle - to the sorrow of my seven handsome step-brothers, who were all achingly in love with me.

On reaching New York I was staggered to learn from a fairy-godeditor named Betsy that I must update from the seagull-quill pen. Fortunately, my astonishing powers worked equally well on a computer keyboard. Any attached monitor sprang to life, becoming a window that looked out onto alternative worlds of vivid strangeness, beauty, peril and passion, far grimmer and more serious than I am leading you to expect.

I'd LIKE to tell you all this, however I suspect you actually want the real story, not just a somewhat implausible reflection. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of space on this page and I'm running out. . .

The Bitterbynde, Book 1: THE ILL-MADE MUTE, released in the USA and Canada by Warner Aspect, (a division of Warner Books), is also published throughout Great Britain by Pan Macmillan (UK) and throughout Australia and New Zealand by Pan Macmillan (Australia). Next year it will be published in the Netherlands and Belgium by Luitingh-Sijthoff, and in Russia by A.S.T. Publishing. Book 2 and Book 3 in the series will follow the same procedure with all publishers.

Alan DeNiro

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Alan DeNiro's fiction has appeared in Altair, Strange Horizons, LC-39, Minnesota Monthly, Fence, and elsewhere. A 1998 graduate of Clarion, his first published story was shortlisted for the 2000 O. Henry Awards. He also writes poetry, book reviews, and interactive fiction (as in the text-based adventure games Infocom made popular in the 80s). Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, he lives in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Charles Coleman Finlay

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Charles Coleman Finlay worked for John Galipault at the Aviation Safety Institute (a forerunner of Europe's new Eucare safety project), briefly served as studio assistant for porcelain artist, Curtis Benzle, and studied Constitutional history with Saul Cornell, helping to research The Other Founders, which just won the 2001 Society of the Cincinnati Prize for history, all of which looks more interesting in retrospect than it did at the time.

Currently, he serves as Administrator for the Del Rey Digital Writing Workshop. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA, where he does little of interest and looks forward to more retrospect.

Lawrence Ganem

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Lawrence Ganem's first novel, THE PLUTONIUM BLONDE, (written with John Zakour) was released by DAW Books in 2001. He and John are currently at work on their next book, which is entitled THE DOOMSDAY BRUNETTE (scheduled for publication in 2002).

Lawrence has written comic books, short stories, advertising copy, promotional material and other assorted stuff. He has been a literary agent, motion picture location manager, radio engineer, janitor, busboy, and a dancing rat. He currently works at DC Comics and lives in New Jersey with his wife, son, daughter, and two cats (all of whom speak very highly of him).

Kurt R.A. Giambastiani

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Kurt R. A. Giambastiani grew up in the SF Bay Area, studied music in Jerusalem, and now lives in the Seattle area. His short stories have appeared in Talebones, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, and others. THE YEAR THE CLOUD FELL is his first published novel, and the sequel, THE SPIRIT OF THUNDER, is forthcoming. He is currently at work on several new projects.

Gavin J. Grant

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Gavin J. Grant lives in Brooklyn. He runs Small Beer Press, edits and publishes Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and works for the independent bookshop portal Booksense.com. He moved to the U.S. in 1991 and has since lived on both coasts and is wondering about the middle.

Gavin also published a short story entitled "Editing for Content" in the Ellen Datlow edited webzine, Scifiction in March '01.

Marguerite Devers Green

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Marguerite Devers Green is the mother of two remarkable sons and the wife of a generous and dedicated teacher. Two beautiful daughters have just been adopted by Marguerite and her husband. She has at various times been an actress, a singer, a waitress, a sales clerk, a secretary, a nanny, a nurse’s aide and a supervisor at the American Museum of Natural History. She has a B.A. from Penn State, and has studied writing at N.Y.U. and Muhlenberg College. This story marks her first fiction publication.

Carol Hightshoe

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Born in 1964, Carol grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Her interest in writing first shoed itself in elementary school when she usd her classmnates as models for stories. During high school she was the editor of the JROTC Newsletter and Public Information Officer. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1982 and went on to major in Journalism at Texas A&M University.

An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love (her husband calls it her obsession with) Star Trek. It was the early love of Trek that led her to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres.

Carol's current "day job" is as a Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff's Office.

Carol's family includes her husband, Tim; their son John; and two dogs - Kans and Schadue. All of whom, somehow, manage to tolerate her imaginary friends and worlds.

Jonathan L. Howard

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Jonathan L. Howard lives in York, England. He is a game designer and scripter, his best known credits including the "Broken Sword" series of adventures. He likes wrecks, ruins and forgotten places, which is why he never bothers to update his website.

Walter H. Hunt

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Walter H. Hunt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a major in European History and Germanic Languages. He has been writing by vocation and avocation for more than twenty years. Currently, he is a technical writer, with several years' experience as a software developer. He and his wife and daughter live in the suburbs of Boston, MA. The Dark Wing is his first novel.

Everett S. Jacobs

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Everett S. Jacobs has lived in the Kansas City area all 51 years of his life. "Jake" as he likes to be called, has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and is currently working on a dual Ph.D. in Public Policy and Social Science. He has been a fantasy and science fiction fan since the age of twelve, but only a serious writer for the past five years. He is a founding member of the national writer's group "Noble Fusion" (www.noblefusion.com).

Bob Johnston

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I am a 38 year old Scot. A while ago I noticed an ad in our local paper placed by Writers of the Future, calling for submissions. Life Eternal was accepted in January 2001 and published in the anthology later in the year. The resulting trip to LA introduced me to the other writers in the anthology. Most of us are now in regular internet contact and through their experience and encouragement my writing has moved from hobby to part time profession. I am now submitting material on a regular basis and hope to see myself in print again.

Paula Jordan

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Paula Jordan has read sf since the age of eight and written it, as real-life allowed, almost as long. With the acquisition of a Physics degree in her mid-thirties, her non-fiction writing career evolved into a 13-year stint calculating orbits and planning missions for unmanned (sic) spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Among the 30+ missions she supported were the shuttle, the space station, and the Clementine mission that first identified water on the moon. Paula has retired from space work to write. Her first fiction sale, The Gift of Unbinding, appeared in the May 2001 Analog.

Larry Oliver Keyser as Larry Lawrence

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Born in 1965, Larry spent most of his life in a small town in North Central Indiana. Having been told by doctors twice since 1995 that he wouldn't survive the night (motorcycle accident and a major blood clot in the lung), he feels that he's in his third life. Larry has also lived in New York, but now lives in Alabama with his wife.

A writer since high school, he finally began submitting stories in 1998. Larry writes in a variety of genres. He's been published several times in small press publications and Internet webzines before making his first professional sale.

Kevin Killiany

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No bio submitted.

John Langan

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John Langan is a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also an adjuct instructor at SUNY New Paltz. His novella, "Mr. Gaunt," appeared in the September 2002 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Previously, he published a novelette, "On Skua Island," in the August 2001 issue of F&SF. His third story, the novelette "Tutorial," is forthcoming in F&SF in 2003. He has published an essay on writing horror fiction in the wake of the September 11th attacks online at The Fifth Street Review (www.geocities.com/fivereview), and has an essay in the forthcoming Thomas Ligotti Reader. He lives in upstate New York with his wife.

Philip Lees

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Philip Lees was born and grew up in England, but has now spent more than half his life in Greece. His love of SF and speculative fiction dates back to his childhood. He currently lives in a small resort town on the island of Crete, where he makes his living developing computer applications for health care

Michele Letica

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Michele has hunted water buffalo in South Africa, sipped a Pepsi in Red Square and celebrated Chinese New Year in Singapore. Besides her travels, her life is reasonably dull. She will undoubtedly live with lots of cats and possibly a horse when she’s in her eighties. Michigan will always be home.

July Lewis

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I'm from New Jersey and have lived in upstate New York, Virginia and now San Francisco. I'm 31 and going to school full time to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. I live in a fabulous collective house with 8 housemates. I spend most of my time moaning about chemistry classes and thinking maybe I should get a liberal arts degree. I loved writing "Rude Kate" and hope to dream and write many more stories.

David Lowe

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Maxine McArthur

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Maxine McArthur's first novel, Time Future, won the 1999 George Turner Award for unpublished sf or fantasy and was published in Australia the same year.

The US edition appeared in June 2001 with Warner Aspect, and a sequel, Time Past, is due to appear in May 2002.

Maxine lives in Canberra, Australia, and divides her 'time present' between family, day job, and writing. Her next projects are a fantasy novel, a third book in the Time Future series, and a chicken run in the back yard.

Kelly David McCullough

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Kelly McCullough's day job is writing F&SF. He's the staff science fiction writer for the Constructing Ideas in Physical Science project, a middle school physical science curriculum with a science fiction context. funded by the National Science Foundation. His work has appeared in Weird Tales 317 and 323 and Tales of the Unanticipated 21 and 22 and will be seen in forthcoming issues of Absolute Magnitude and Weird Tales. He completed two novels in 2001 and hopes to repeat that accomplishment in 2002.

Donna McMahon

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Donna McMahon is a native of Vancouver, B.C. She earned a BA in History from Simon Fraser University, and has done many types of writing, including PR copywriting, plain language legal editing, and freelance medical reporting. She currently works for QLT Inc., a cutting edge biotech company. Donna's first convention was Westercon 30 in Vancouver in 1977. Instantly hooked on fandom, she started attending West Coast cons and then working on them. Dance of Knives is her first novel, to be followed by a sequel, Second Childhood. She is a member of SFWA and SF Canada.

Karen Michalson

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Karen Michalson grew up on literary classics and rock n' roll, and still divides her time between literature and music. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts, where she specialized in nineteenth-century British literature. It was in the course of her doctoral program that she became interested in examining the politics of privileging realism over fantasy literature in traditional English studies. It was out of this interest that she wrote her first book, Victorian Fantasy Literature: Literary Battles with Church and Empire. After graduating, she taught at the University of Connecticut for two years, and then decided to leave teaching to write fiction full time. Book One of Karen's epic fantasy series, Enemy Glory (Tor Books), was published in 2001. It is a finalist for the 2002 Prometheus Award. Hecate's Glory, book two in the series, is due out from Tor in January/February 2003.

Brian Murphy

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Brian Murphy is currently the assistant editor of Science Fiction Weekly, the Internet's premier web site for SF and fantasy news, reviews, and interviews, and SCI FI Magazine, the official magazine of the SCI FI Channel. He has also served as managing editor of Satellite Direct magazine and editorial assistant for both Realms of Fantasy and the late, lamented Science Fiction Age. He has written book, web site, and movie reviews for all of these publications. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wonderful wife Kerri.

Ruth Nestvold

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Ruth Nestvold lives and works in Germany, where she translates and tests computer programs and documentation. She spent several years teaching English literature at German universities, but that left too little time for writing fiction. After her last academic stint at the Universtiy of Freiburg, she attended Clarion West in 1998. Her articles on science fiction, hypertext fiction and women's fiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, and her first hyperfiction, Cutting Edges; Or, A Web of Women, has received positive criticial attention. Her first pro specfic sale was "Latency Time," which appeared in Asimov's in July 2001.

Steven Charles Raine

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I am a 28 year old university student and part-time gardener based in Adelaide, South Australia. I have written many non-fiction articles for the Astronomical Society of South Australia. Two of these articles ('Altair & Sirius') have appeared in Altair magazine. I have another short story "Hippolytan Tides" published by Hadrosaur Tales magazine in New Mexico. My best accomplishment so far is the publication in ‘L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of The Future Anthology XVII’ of my story "TEA & Koumiss." I have also enjoyed a six-month scholarship in Okayama, Japan in 2000-2001.

Benjamin Rosenbaum

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Benjamin Rosenbaum lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife Esther and baby daughter Aviva. When not scribbling fiction and poetry, he writes Java programs for the Swiss banks and plays rugby. He was one of the creators of the online fantasy game Sanctum (http://www.digitaladdiction.com)

If you'd like to read any of his stories, published or forthcoming, please email him.

Robert Scherrer

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I was born in St. Louis and currently live in Columbus, Ohio, where I am a professor of physics at Ohio State University. I do research in cosmology, especially the physics of the early universe and the large-scale structure of the universe.

I have a website, but it's all science and no fiction.

Robert B. Schofield

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Robert Schofield has been writing fiction since 1990 when he was the first student to graduate from Indiana University's Cognitive Science program, with dual majors in Computer Science and Philosophy -- concentration in Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to that Robert was a Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, stationed at Ft. Riley, KS, and then in Germany for three years.

Robert's current daytime career is managing a global team of performance analysts and capacity planners for worldwide computer systems at a large, Cincinnati based corporation. He has been a mainframe performance analysis, a disaster recovery planner, a systems programmer, a capacity planner, and a global computer performance analyst.

Meredith Simmons

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Meredith Simmons was close to fifty when she discovered the delights of speculative fiction, having taught at the high school and college levels for fifteen years and sold real estate for seventeen. She attended James Gunn’s Writers’ Workshop, where Frederik Pohl urged her to enter L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. After two previous honorable mentions, she took First Place in the Fourth Quarter. Her story is also the '01 grand prize winner for the WotF contest.

She has long been married to Bob. They have one grown son and two incredible grandsons.

Wen Spencer

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It was said one too many times that I was raised by wolves. So my father knocked me down and chewed on my ears as a child, but hey, isn’t that normal? We had a farm but never raised regular farm animals, keeping instead mink, quail, and ring neck pheasants. All our ‘normal’ animals had strong streaks of individualism – like the one-pound Bantam rooster that terrorized the neighbors.

As a result, the hero of my SF mystery series is a boy raised by wolves. Ukiah Oregon is a feral child with extraordinary powers who is more than he seems.

My novel, Alien Taste, won the Compton Crook Award and Tainted Trail was nominated for Best SF by The Romantic Times.

Rob Vagle

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Ken Wharton

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Ken Wharton is a physics professor at San Jose State University and performs research with high intensity lasers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As you might guess, he writes hard SF.

Ken's first novel, Divine Intervention, received the Special Citation (runner-up) for the 2001 Philip K. Dick Award, and his short story "Flight Correction" (Mar. '02 Analog) will be reprinted in Year's Best SF 8, David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Eds.

Eric M. Witchey

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Eric Witchey works as a freelance technical writer and communication consultant. He attended his first James N. Frey fiction intensive in 93, attended Clarion West in 98, and received recognition for his fiction from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, and Writers Digest in 99, 2000, and 2001, respectively. He says he needs all the help he can get, so he attends weekly critique sessions with the Wordos writer's group in Eugene, OR, monthly sessions under the tutelage of Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm, and quarterly sessions under the guidance of Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

John Zacour

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John Zakour is a humor / sci fi writer and graduate student in Human Behavior. In the past, he has done such diverse things as write zillions (well, thousands) of gags for syndicated cartoonists and comedians, ride ambulances as Emergency Medical Technician, work as a web guru and assistant-teach Judo. His humorous sci fi book, The Plutonium Blonde, is published by Daw books (available at fine book stores everywhere -- and soon in Russia). His comic panel Working Daze debuted with United Media Syndicate in December of 2001.

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