Spotlight on Deborah Biancotti, Author

Deborah Biancotti lives and writes in Sydney, Australia. She’s been shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award for her first novella, and her first short story collection was shortlisted for the William L. Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Book. She’s also won Aurealis and Ditmar awards for her short story writing. Both her collections, A Book of Endings and Bad Power, are available from Twelfth Planet Press. Deborah is ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Caniglia, Artist

Caniglia’s work is in private collections around the world and is published worldwide on a regular basis, and has been exhibited at museums and galleries including the Society of Illustrators (NY), Allentown Art Museum, Walters Art Museum, and the Joslyn Art Museum. He currently teaches at Creighton University and The Kent Bellow Center for Visual Arts in Omaha NE. Caniglia gives art lectures at museums, universities, and galleries around the ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: Ken Liu, Author

Ken Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Light­speed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula Award, a Hugo Award, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives with his family ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Kyle Cassidy, Photographer

Kyle Cassidy is best known in science fiction circles for documenting author workspaces for his ‘‘Where I Write’’ project ( He has also collaborated with a number of SF/F authors including Elizabeth Bear, Michael Swanwick, Neil Gaiman, and Emma Bull. He is the author of two award-winning collections of photography, Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes and War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces. Kyle ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: E. Lily Yu, Author

E. Lily Yu was born in Oregon and raised in New Jersey, where she attended several schools in the West Windsor-Plainsboro district, the now-defunct Governor’s School of the Arts, and Princeton University. Her short stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, The Kenyon Review Online, Cicada, and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the 2012 Hugo, Locus, Million Writers, and Nebula Awards. She is ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: Brian Stableford, Translator and Author

Brian Stableford was born in Yorkshire, a county whose children are renowned for pig-headed obstinacy, not suffering fools gladly, and the vanity of assuming that there very few people in the world who are not fools. He has written a lot of books that nobody reads (to write one book that nobody wanted to read might be regarded as a misfortune, ten as a triumph of hope over experience, but ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: Maryelizabeth Hart, Bookseller

Maryelizabeth Hart is a co-owner of Mysterious Galaxy, Southern California’s genre bookstore for readers of stories of ‘‘Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.’’ She works as the store’s events coordinator and newsletter editor. She is a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, edited the Spring 2011 San Diego Noir anthology, and is an occasional contributor to other works of non-fiction. Tell us about the history of Mysterious Galaxy. What is the attraction to ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: David Langford, Editor and Writer

David Langford ( has published over 30 books, 80 short stories and many hundreds of essays, reviews and magazine columns. He has won 28 Hugos, many for his long-running SF newsletter Ansible and once for best short story. Langford’s most popular novel is the nuclear farce The Leaky Establishment (1984), based on his years as a weapons physicist. Short fiction is collected in He Do the Time Police in Different ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: Alisa Krasnostein, Publisher

Alisa Krasnostein is an environmental engineer by day, and runs indie publishing house Twelfth Planet Press by night. She is also Executive Editor at the review website Aussie Specfic in Focus! and part of the Galactic Suburbia Podcast Team. In her spare time she is a critic, reader, reviewer, runner, environmentalist, knitter, quilter and puppy lover.

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Spotlight on: Kelley Armstrong, Writer

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce ‘‘normal’’ stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves in her Women of the Otherworld and Darkest Powers ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Bruce Coville, Writer and Audiobook Publisher

Bruce Coville has been working to turn young readers on to science fiction for nearly three decades, most notably with his bestselling My Teacher is an Alien series. His most recent novel, The Last Hunt, provided the long overdue conclusion to his Unicorn Chronicles quartet. He has a second life as founder and publisher of Full Cast Audio, and has produced over 100 audiobooks, directing and/or performing in most ...Read More

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Spotlight On: Rachel Swirsky, Writer

Rachel Swirsky’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies; been collected in Year’s Best anthologies from Dozois, Horton, Strahan, and the VanderMeers; won a Nebula Award; and been nominated for the Hugo, the Locus, and the Sturgeon Memorial awards. Her first collection, Through the Drowsy Dark, came out from Aqueduct in 2010. A second is forthcoming from Subterranean Press.

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Spotlight on: Sean Wallace, Editor

Sean Wallace is the founder and editor for Prime Books, which won a World Fantasy Award in 2006. In the past he was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine, and Hugo Award winning and two-time World Fantasy nominee Clarkesworld Magazine; the editor of the following anthologies: Best New Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror: The Best of the Year, Jabberwocky, Japanese Dreams, and The Mammoth Book of Steampunk; and ...Read More

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Spotlight on Vandana Singh, Author

Vandana Singh was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives near Boston. Some of her short work has been collected in The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories (2009), and she’s published two standalone novellas, Of Love and Other Monsters (2007) and Distances (2008). She has also published picture books for children. Singh has a PhD in particle physics and teaches at Framingham State College. ...Read More

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Spotlight on Frank Wu, Artist

Frank Wu is a science fiction and fantasy artist living near Boston with his wife and fellow artist Brianna Spacekat Wu and their insane but adorable bichon Crash. Over the years he’s painted fire-breathing dragons, giant laser tanks, zombie Lincoln on the Moon, and dinosaurs playing guitar. He has won the Illustrators of the Future grand prize and four Hugo Awards for Best Fan Artist. His website is and ...Read More

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Spotlight on Mur Lafferty, Podcaster

Mur Lafferty has been called the ‘‘Podcast SF doyenne’’ and is the host of I Should Be Writing and editor of Escape Pod, podcasting’s first SF magazine. Her first book, Playing for Keeps, was released in 2008, and currently her novella ‘‘Marco and the Red Granny’’ is being serialized in audio at Hub Magazine. She has won the Parsec Award and the Podcast Peer Award. She’s a freelance writer, ...Read More

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Spotlight on Lynne M. Thomas, Archivist

Lynne M. Thomas is the Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections, including papers of SF authors, dime novels, and popular historical children’s literature. She co-authored Special Collections 2.0, a book about web 2.0 technologies and special collections in libraries with Beth Whittaker of the University of Kansas (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), and co-edited ...Read More

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Spotlight on Daniel Dos Santos, Artist

Daniel Dos Santos began drawing as a chi ld, studied art through an internship program during high school, and attended the School of Visual Arts from 1996-2000, graduating with a BFA in illustration. He’s done covers for many SF publishers, plus artwork for Disney, Universal Studios, The Greenwich Workshop, and Dark Horse Comics, among others. He won Chesley awards from the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists in 2007 ...Read More

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Spotlight on David Palumbo

David Palumbo studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and his illustrations have appeared on book covers, album covers, collectible card games, magazines, comics, and advertising. He is the son of artist Julie Bell and stepson of artist Boris Vallejo. Some of his work can be seen at The Illustration of David Palumbo.

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Spotlight on: Charlie Jane Anders, Author, Editor, Blogger, Emcee

Charlie Jane Anders is the managing editor at science fiction blog Since 2001, she’s organized and hosted Writers With Drinks, a spoken word “variety show” that features science fiction alongside literary fiction, poetry, comedy and other genres. She won the Emperor Norton Award for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason” in 2009. Her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the ...Read More

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Spotlight on David Moles

This is the first installment of Locus Magazine’s irregular ‘‘Spotlight on’’ series of short interviews, designed to highlight artists, new writers, publishers, art directors, booksellers, editors, and others who contribute to the science fiction/fantasy field.

David Moles was born in California and raised in San Diego, Athens, Tehran, and Tokyo. A graduate of the American School in Japan, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Oxford University, he has ...Read More

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