Authors who debuted in 2002


The following authors made their professional debuts (appearance in a venue with a 10,000 copies or more print run) in 2002. 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 2002 who are not listed here.


2002 Authors
Christopher Barzak
Joel Best
Allison Bowman
Patricia Bray
Tom Brennan
Jae Brim
Carl Frederick
Theodora Goss

Lauren Halkon
James A. Hetley
Larry Lawrence
David D. Levine
Marissa Lingen
Karin Lowachee
Nick Mamatas
Paul Melko

Hilary Moon Murphy
Meredith L. Patterson
Tim Pratt
Patrick Samphire
Rosemary Claire Smith
Karen Traviss
Leon J. West

Listed Authors (click on the name to see publications)*Finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

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No Longer Eligible Authors
These authors' professional debuts were in 2002

Christopher Barzak

Short story, "Plenty," The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fifteenth Annual Collection, eds. Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, '02 (reprinted from Strange Horizons). Short story, "The Blue Egg," Rabid Transit: New Fiction by the Ratbastards, Velocity Press, Spring '02. Short story, "Born on the Edge of an Adjective," in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, issue 10, Spring '02 ( to be reprinted in Fantastic Metropolis). Short story, "The Cure," Vestal Review, issue 11, Oct. '02. Short story, "Lips," Say...Was That A Kiss? issue 1, Oct. '02. Short story, "Dead Boy Found", Trampoline, a Small Beer Press Anthology, '03. Short story, "The Drowned Mermaid", Realms of Fantasy, June '03. Short story, "Vanishing Point," Descant, fall '03.

Joel Best

Short story, "Prague 47," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, '02. Short story, "Once Upon a Time in Alphabet City,", Strange Horizons, July '02. Short story, "Twenty-One Pennies," Strange Horizons, Nov. '03.

Allison Bowman

Short Story, "The Copywriter," The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April '02.

Patricia Bray

Novel, Devlin's Luck, Bantam Spectra, May, '02. Novel, Devlin's Honor, Bantam Spectra June '03. Upcoming novel, Devlin's Justice, Bantam Spectra, '04.

Tom Brennan

Short story, " Free Fall," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, '02. Upcoming novel, One True Prince, Five Star Publishing.

Jae Brim

Short story, "All Winter Long," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, '02. Short story, "The Ice Princess," Strange Horizons, Dec. '03.

Carl Frederick

Short story, "The Art of Creation," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future XVIII, '02. Short story, "The Messiah," Phobos contest anthology, Sept. '02. Short story, "Great Theme Prisons of the World," Phobos contest anthology, Sept. '02. Upcoming short story, "A Boy and his Bicycle," first place story for L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future XIX, Oct. '03. Upcoming short story, "The Spacemice Incident," Analog. Upcoming short story, "The Study of Ants," Analog. Upcoming short story, "The Beast of All Possible Worlds," Phobos contest anthology, Sept. '03. Upcoming short story, "Building Character," Andromeda Spaceways. Upcoming short story, "Extra Cheese for the Laboratory Mouse," Space & Time.

Theodora Goss

Short story, "The Rose in Twelve Petals," Realms of Fantasy, April '02. Reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection. Short story, "Lily, with Clouds," Alchemy 1, to be reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection. Short story, "Sleeping with Bears," Strange Horizons, Nov. '03. Short story, "In the Forest of Forgetting," Realms of Fantasy, Oct. '03. Short story, "Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold," Polyphony 2, to be reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 4. Short story, "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 11. Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection. Reprinted on Fantastic Metropolis, July '03. Reprinted in Polaris 3 (Serbian translation). Short story, "The Tile Merchant's Garden," 1st place, Science Fiction Writers of Earth Short Story Competition '01. Science Fiction Writers of Earth, Spring '02. Upcoming short story, "Her Mother's Ghosts," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Upcoming short story, "Miss Emily Gray," Alchemy. Upcoming short story, "Letters from Budapest," Alchemy. Poem, "Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks," Mythic Delirium 8. Poems, "The Phantom Lover" and "Autumn, the Fool," The Lyric, Fall '02. Poem, "Nine Seconds," Science Fiction Writers of Earth, Spring '02. Poems, "The Ophelia Cantos" and "Falling Boy," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 9. Poem, "The Ophelia Cantos," Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection. Poems, "By Tidal Pools," "Helen in Sparta," and "Chrysanthemums," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 8. Poems, "Helen in Sparta" and "Chrysanthemums," Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection. Upcoming short story, "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm," Polyphony 4.

Lauren Halkon

Short story, "Field of Angels," Realms of Fantasy, April '02. Short story, "Perihelion," Legend #7, June '03. Short story, "Little Death," Darkness Rising #5, Oct. '02. Short story, "Guardian," Whispers from the Shattered Forum #10 , Oct. '02. Novel, Night Seekers, Cosmos Books, Autumn '02. Short story, "Spinner," Octoberland Anthology, Summer '02. Short story, "They Say I Am Evil," Visionary Tongue #17, Summer '02. Poem, "Moments & In Dreams," Legend #5, May '02. Short story, "Empty," Darkness Rising #3, April '02.

James A. Hetley

Novel, The Summer Country, Ace, Oct. '02.

David D. Levine

2004 JWC FINALIST

Short story, "Nucleon," Year's Best Fantasy #2, ed. David Hartwell, July, '02. Short story, "Written on the Wind," Beyond the Last Star, ed. Sherwood Smith, SFF Net Books, Aug. '02. Short story, "Rewind," L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, '02. Short story, "Zauberschrift," Apprentice Fantastic, eds. Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis, Nov. '02. Short story, "The Tale of the Golden Eagle," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June '03. Short story, "Legacy," Imagination Fully Dilated. Short story, "Nucleon" (reprint), New Voices in Science Fiction, ed. Mike Resnick, '03. Short story, "Fear of Widths", Land/Space, eds. Candas Jane Dorsey and Judy McCrosky, Feb. '03, reprinted in Infinity Plus, July '03. Short story, "Ukaliq and the Great Hunt", Hitting The Skids In Pixeltown, ed. Orson Scott Card, Sept. '03. Upcoming short story, "Brotherhood," Haunted Holidays, ed. Martin Greenberg and Russell Davis. Upcoming short story, "Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely," Realms of Fantasy. Upcoming short story, "Tk'tk'tk," Asimov's. Short story, "At the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting of Uncle Teco's Homebrew Gravitics Club," OryCon 25 Souvenir Book, ed. John C. Bunnell, November '03. Short story, "Tale of the Golden Eagle," (Hebrew translation), Bli-Panika (Don't Panic), ed. Rami Shalheveth, Dec. '03, to be reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction, ed. Jonathan Strahan & Karen Haber, March '04. Upcoming short story, "Circle of Compassion," Gateways, ed. Martin Greenberg. Upcoming short story, "The Curse of Beazoel," All Hell Breaks Loose, ed. Martin Greenberg

Marissa Lingen

Novelette, " Irena's Roses, " Analog, June '02.

Karin Lowachee

2004 JWC FINALIST

Novel, Warchild, Warner Aspect, April, '02. Novel, Burndive, Warner Aspect, Oct. '03. Upcoming novel, Cagebird, Warner Aspect, '04.

Nick Mamatas

Short story, "The Armory Show," Razor, Sept. '02. Short story, "Beer On Sunday," Horrorfind, Oct. '02. Short story, "Joey Ramone Saves The World." Razor, March '03. Editor of The Urban Bizarre anthology, Prime Books, '03. Short story, "Scarlet Women Watch TV Til Dawn," Suicide Girls, May '03. Short story, "joanierules.bloggermax.com," Rabid Transit #2, May '03. Flash fiction, "Found Wedged in the Side Drawer in Paris, France, 23 December, 1989," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet#12, May '03. Short story/essay collection, 3000 MPH In Every Direction At Once, Prime Books, July '03. Short story, "Travel Between Heavenly Bodies," original to 3000 MPH, July '03. Short story, "April 29th," Razor, Sept. '03. Short story, "Mamatas Six-Pack," Fortean Bureau, March '04. Novel, Move Under Ground, Night Shade Books, May '04. Short story, "Jitterbuggin'," in the limited edition of Move Under Ground, Night Shade Books, May '04.

Paul Melko

Short story, "The Burning Man," Realms of Fantasy, Feb. '02. Short story, "Singletons in Love," Live Without a Net, Roc Books, Jul. '03, to be reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 21st edition, ed. Gardner Dozois.. Upcoming short story, "Kirby Drogan and the Two Giants," Spider Magazine. Upcoming short story, "Fallow Earth," Asimov's Science Fiction, Jun. '04. Upcoming short story, "Strength Alone," Asimov's Science Fiction. Upcoming short story, "Doctor Mighty and the Case of Ennui," Strange Horizons, Feb. '04. Upcoming short story, "Ten Sigmas," Talebones.

Hilary Moon Murphy

Short story, "Run of the Fiery Horse," Realms of Fantasy, June 2002. Short story, "The Grand Cheat," Tales of the Unanticipated, 2002. Short story, "Nine-Fingered Maria," New Faces of Science Fiction, TBA

Meredith L. Patterson

Short story, "Principles and Parameters," The Children of Cthulhu, Jan. '02. Short story, "Tiger, Tiger," Ideomancer Unbound, Dec. '02. Upcoming short story, "Render Unto Caesar," Fortean Bureau March '03.

Tim Pratt

2004 JWC FINALIST

Novelette, "The Witch's Bicycle," Realms of Fantasy, Aug. '02. Short story, "Anabelle's Alphabet,", The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Aug. '02. Short story, "Melancholy Shore," Songs for Dead Singers, Aug. '02. Short story, "Unfairy Tale," Say... Was That a Kiss?, Oct. '02. Poem, "My Night with Aphrodite," Asimov's, Jan. '03. Poem, "Carcinodjinn", Strange Horizons, Jan. '03. Short story, "The Scent of Copper Pennies", Far Sector, Feb. '03. Short story, "Encounter on a Back Street," Horrorfind, Feb. '03. Poem, "Wolfways," Strange Horizons, Feb. '03. Poem, "How to Love a Fairy Maid," Magazine of Speculative Poetry, February '03. Novelette, "Fable from a Cage," Realms of Fantasy, Feb. '03. Poem, "Nidhigg," Strange Horizons, April '03. Novelette, "Captain Fantasy and the Secret Masters," Realms of Fantasy, April '03. Poem, "Ts'its'tsi'nako," Strange Horizons, May '03. Short story, "Robin of Wonderland Wood," Ideomancer, July '03. Poem, "Ammut in Her Later Years," Strange Horizons, July '03. Short story, "The Sea a Deeper Black," Abyss and Apex, July '03. Short story, "Down With the Lizards and Bees," Realms of Fantasy, Aug. '03. Poem, "Angel Bites," Strange Horizons, Oct. '03. Poem, "Courting Costs," Chiaroscuro, Oct. '03. Short story, "Blue Chuck Does Thrilltown" (with Heather Shaw), The Urban Bizarre, Oct. '03. Short story, "Broken Branches" (with Heather Shaw), Intracities, Oct. '03. Short story, "Helljack" (with Michael J. Japser), H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Oct. '03. Short story, "Living with the Harpy," Strange Horizons, Oct. '03. Short story, "Rowboats, Sacks of Gold," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Nov. '03. Short story, "Straight Trade," Ultraverse, Nov. '03. Poem, "Still Life with Frog," Asimov's, Nov. '03. Story Collection, Little Gods, Prime Books, Nov. '03. Novelette, "Romanticore," Realms of Fantasy, Dec. '03. Short story, "Angel of the Ordinary", Ultraverse, Jan. '04. Upcoming short story, "Lachrymose and the Golden Egg," The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, Spring '04. Upcoming short story, "Terrible Ones," The Third Alternative, Spring '04.

Patrick Samphire

Short story. “Dawn, by the Light of a Barrow Fire”, Realms of Fantasy, Dec. '02. Short story, "Love Stories from the Jungle," Ideomancer Unbound, Dec. '02. Upcoming short story, "Finisterre," The Third Alternative. Upcoming short story, "Five Things of Beauty," Strange Horizons.

Rosemary Claire Smith

Short story, "Birch Glow," Analog, Jan. '02. Short story, "The Fifth Sun," The Age of Reason. Upcoming short story, "Mom and the Ankylosaur," Fantastic Stories, fall '03.

Karen Traviss

Short story, "A Slice at a Time," Asimov's, July '02. Short story, "Chocolate Kings," On Spec, fall '02. Short story, "Return Stores," Realms of Fantasy, Feb. '03. Short story, "Suitable For The Orient ," Asimov's, Feb. '03. Short story, "Death, Taxes and Mackerel," On Spec, spring '02. Short story, "Does He Take Blood," Realms of Fantasy, Aug. '03. Short story, "The Man Who Did Nothing," Realms of Fantasy, June '03, to be reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #17. Short story, "Strings," Realms of Fantasy, Oct. '03. Upcoming novel, City Of Pearl, Eos, Feb '04 (also as a signed, limited edition from Easton press). Upcoming novel, Crossing the Line, Eos, November '04. Upcoming novel, The World Before, Eos, tentatively '05. Upcoming short story, "A Game Of Three Halves," Scheherazade. Short story, "Final Demand of the Sun," Scheherazade #25. Upcoming short story, "Agent Of God," Scheherazade. Short story, "Open Prison," On Spec, Winter '03. Upcoming short story, "View Of A Remote Country ," On Spec. Upcoming Star Wars novel, tentatively titled Republic Commando, Del Rey.

Leon J. West

Short story, " Memoria Technica," L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, '02.

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Christopher Barzak

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Christopher Barzak has published stories in Strange Horizons, Nerve, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Realms of Fantasy, Trampoline, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Vestal Review, and Say...Was That A Kiss? He is a member of the Ratbastards, a group of writers who throw dance parties at Wiscon and write stories that are not easily categorized into any particular genre. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where he is pursuing his Master's Degree in English at Youngstown State University. He is twenty seven.

Joel Best

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No bio submitted.

Allison Bowman

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Alison Bowman is a writer, humorist, and mountaineer living in Oakland, California.

Patricia Bray

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Patricia Bray is descended from a long line of Irish storytellers, and learned early on that telling a good story was always more important than the literal truth. Several members of her extended family parlayed this talent into legal careers, while Patricia turned to writing as a chance to share her stories with a larger audience. A resident of Upstate New York, Patricia balances her writing with a full-time career as an I/T project manager.

Patricia's novel, Devlin's Luck, won the 2003 Compton Crook award for Best First Novel in the SF/F

Tom Brennan

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I'm a thirty-seven year old writer based in the UK, with credits in genre and literary publications, both web and print.

Jae Brim

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Jae Brim is a writer and one of the instigators of the Hidden City Writer's Workshop. She is currently revising a fantasy novel that defies further categorization and a stream of short stories about ghosts and American mythology. She attended Ithaca College and the National Theatre Institute for acting and directing, the Clarion Writer's Workshop and studied theatre in London. When not writing and getting into trouble, she works as a personal trainer, makes silver jewelry and practices gourmet cooking with a large degree of success. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, the obligatory collection of cats and the cat's pet fish.

Carl Frederick

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I'm a theoretical physicist.

I'm a graduate of the year 2000 Odyssey Writers Workshop

I play bagpipes, and fence epee.

And I've just applied for active membership in SFWA.

Theodora Goss

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I was born in Budapest, where we lived in an apartment: my grandfather, grandmother, mother, brother, and I, all together in two rooms, across the street from the National Museum. This was in the days when the buildings of Budapest were still covered with soot from Yugoslavian cars. In this apartment I first heard stories, the frightening fairy stories of Eastern Europe, which do not always end happily ever after. My mother left Hungary when we were still young, with my brother and I, two suitcases, and twenty-five dollars. We lived in Italy and then Belgium before coming to the United States. I forgot three languages, but remembered the stories, which still frighten me sometimes, in dreams.

If you leave often enough as a child, and I had left three countries, you feel as though you have never had a home. But books are portable, so my home became the River Bank, and Narnia, and Middle Earth. Which is not, really, a biography, but an answer to a question no one has ever asked me: why I write. Today I live in Boston, where I am working on a PhD in English literature, with one husband, several cats, and uncountable books. But my home: ah, that is a place I have just begun to write.

My short story, "The Rose in Twelve Petals" made the Nebula preliminary ballot.

Lauren Halkon

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Lauren Halkon has been writing seriously since 1998 and has had over forty short stories and poems published. "Field of Angels" was her first professional sale. Since then she has gone on to release a dark fantasy novel, Night Seekers, with Cosmos Books, which has garnered many good reviews, both from readers and fellow writers. Her short story collection, Chrysalis: Stories of Transformation will be released in 2004. Along with her writing, Lauren is also an accomplished digital artist, working under the business name of Lookinglass Works to produce one-off images and cover art for various musicians and publishers.

James A. Hetley

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James A. Hetley is an architect and retired Kempo karate instructor who lives in Maine. He also served three years in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam war, and has worked such diverse jobs as electronics instructor, trash collector, and operating engineer in a refrigeration plant. The Summer Country is his first novel.

David D. Levine

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David D. Levine is a long-time science fiction reader and fan who is astonished to discover that he is suddenly a science fiction writer as well. He attended Clarion West in 2000, made his first sale in March of 2001, and has won several writing awards including the James White Award and Second Place in the Writers of the Future Contest.

David lives with his wife Kate Yule in Portland, Oregon, where he holds various software jobs, co-edits the fanzine Bento, and serves as household sysadmin and cat substitute.

Marissa Lingen

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Karin Lowachee

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Karin Lowachee was born in Guyana, South America and moved to Ontario, Canada when she was 2 years old. She received an honors degree in English and Creative Writing from York University in Toronto and worked for nine months in the tundra town of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut as an adult education teacher (though she was the one learning the most in this incredible Inuit community).

Her first short story appeared in the summer 1994 issue of On Spec magazine. She is the winner of the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest with her book Warchild, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Prix Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English. Warchild is in its 4th printing and has been translated into Hebrew. She was also a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award in 2003.

Her second novel, Burndive, was published in October 2003 and debuted at #7 on the Locus Bestseller List. Her third novel, Cagebird, will be published by Warner Aspect in 2004.

Nick Mamatas

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Nick Mamatas was born in Port Jefferson Long Island, but grew up in a bad part of Brooklyn. Now living in a bad part of New Jersey, his writings on politics, publishing, fringe culture and digital art have appeared in the Village Voice, In These Times, Feed, Poets And Writers, Disinfo.com and other magazines. His fiction credits include the short novel Northern Gothic, which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2001, and short stories for Strange Horizons, Speculon and Talebones.

Paul Melko

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Paul Melko has been writing speculative fiction for a number of years, with stories in Realms of Fantasy, Talebones, Terra Incognita, and other magazines and anthologies. In 2004, he expects to see two stories in Asimov's Science Fiction, as well as one each in children's fiction magazine Spider, e-zine Strange Horizons, and Talebones. His first professional sale was "The Burning Man" in the February 2002 issue of Realms of Fantasy, which was published without the last three words included. If he'd known it was going to be a serial, he would have written more for the second installment.

Paul lives near Columbus, Ohio with his beautiful wife and two reasonably wonderful children. He's an over-educated nuclear engineer working as a computer consultant.

Hilary Moon Murphy

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Born in a fiery horse year, Hilary Moon Murphy has been running people ragged ever since. For more information, see her web site. She is waging a shameless campaign to get on this year's Campbell ballot. If you haven't read any of her stories, e-mail her and she will happily send you any of the published ones you might have missed.

Meredith L. Patterson

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Meredith L. Patterson lived in and around Houston, Texas for 24 years. She now lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she's finishing an M.A. in linguistics and starting a PhD in computer science. At various times she has been a web designer, a restaurant reviewer, a technical writer, a math teacher, and a NASA correspondent above the Arctic Circle. She now teaches and works as a research assistant at the University of Iowa. In her copious free time, she maintains the weblog Radio Free Meredith, does freelance game writing for Alderac Entertainment Group, and is a reservist in the U.S. Army.

Tim Pratt

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Tim Pratt lives in Oakland, California where he works as an assistant editor at Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field. He co-edits a 'zine, Flytrap, with his fiancee Heather Shaw. His short story "Little Gods" was a finalist for the Nebula award in 2003, and his first collection -- titled, coincidentally, Little Gods -- was published in November 2003.

 

Patrick Samphire

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Patrick Samphire was born in England. Between the ages of four and eight he grew up in Zambia, before moving back to England. Since then he has lived in Guyana and Austria. He has worked as a scientist, teacher, editor and everything in between. He has a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, but despite this writes mainly fantasy. He attended Clarion West in 2001. His fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy and Ideomancer Unbound. He is currently working on that rarest of creatures, a stand-alone fantasy novel. He lives with his partner, Stephanie Burgis, who is also a writer, and with their dog, Nika. He has no cats and so is probably not a proper writer.

Rosemary Claire Smith

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My life is one marked by tragedy. It began bucolically enough amidst New York dairy farms. Even then, there were subtle foreshadows of ill fortune, like a mysterious allergy to macadamias. Ignoring this, I grew up to become an archaeologist. One day, in the heat of the Sonoran Desert, beneath the shadows of the Superstition Mountains, I discovered a mysterious artifact. Gazing upon its glittering facets, I was seized with an overpowering compulsion to become an attorney. Although I have not yet freed myself from that fate, I made up for it by attending Clarion East. Following in the footsteps of many new writers, I watched one magazine (Aboriginal SF) fold before publishing a story I sold to them.

Karen Traviss

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Karen Traviss is a journalist from Wiltshire, England. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy and On Spec, and the first novel in her science fiction trilogy, CITY OF PEARL, is published by HarperCollins in March 2004. She's a graduate of Clarion East 2000.

Two of her stories, "Chocolate Kings," and "A Slice at a Time" were honorably mentioned in The Year's Best Science Fiction, #20.

Karen Traviss will be happy to e-mail published stories and excerpts from forthcoming work.

Leon J. West

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Leon West used to be a high school dropout and shiftless thug. Now he is a husband, the father of three girls and a boy, a history major at Lane Community College, and a member of the Eugene based writer's group, The Wordos. He credits his wife, his children, and his compulsive writing for affecting the change that brought about his newfound success. He moved to Eugene Oregon in 2001 because the town is absolutely crawling with hippies, freaks, and science fiction writers. He fits right in.