Spotlight on: Tricia Reeks of Meerkat Publishing

Tricia Reeks lives in the bear-infested mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with her mountaineer husband and her two ferocious French bulldogs. She is the founder of Meerkat Press, the co-editor of Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions (a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2017) and Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology.

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Spotlight on Andy Weir, Author

Photo by Aubrie Pick

Andy Weir was first hired as a program­mer for a national laboratory at age 15 and has been work­ing as a software en­gineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of sub­jects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. First novel The Martian was a bestseller and was adapted as a popular feature film. New novel ...Read More

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Series Author Spotlight On: Janny Wurts, Wars of Light and Shadow

Janny Wurts has authored 19 novels, a short fiction collection, and 33 contributions to anthologies. Titles include the War of Light and Shadow series; standalones To Ride Hell’s Chasm, Master of White Storm, and Sorcerer’s Legacy; the Cycle of Fire trilogy; and the collaborative Empire trilogy with Raymond E. Feist.

Her paintings have been featured in NASA’s 25th Anniversary exhibit, Delaware Art Museum, Canton Art Museum, and ...Read More

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Spotlight On: Scott H. Andrews, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Scott H. Andrews is a writer, editor, chemistry lecturer, musician, woodworker, and connoisseur of stouts. His literary short fiction has won a $1,000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Tales and in On Spec. He is editor-in-chief and publisher of the four-time Hugo Award-finalist fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies and its five-time Parsec Award finalist podcast. Scott lives in ...Read More

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Spotlight On: Heather Shaw, Persistent Visions

Heather Shaw is an editor, writer, performer, mother, lindy hopper, and bookkeeper living in Berkeley CA with her husband and son. In addition to editing Persistent Visions, she has in the past edited poetry, erotica, catalog copy, and technical manuals. Her fiction has appeared in nice places like Strange Horizons and The Year’s Best Fantasy, and she’s performed everywhere from small stages in San Francisco to the Lollapalooza poetry ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Rovina Cai, Artist

Rovina Cai is a freelance illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. She creates intriguing images that make you linger, hungry to know the story behind them. Her work is often inspired by the past; from fairy tales to gothic novels, these stories resonate with her because they bring a little bit of magic and wonder to the present day. Rovina has worked with an eclectic range of clients, including The Folio Society, ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Jeffrey Alan Love, Artist

Jeffrey Alan Love is an award-winning artist and writer whose clients have included The New York Times, TIME, The New Yorker, Tor, Gollancz, Scholastic, HarperCollins, and others. Nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Chesley Award, and the Spectrum Fantastic Art Award, he has won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators and two Academy of British Cover Design Awards. ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street

Kelly Abbott is CEO and co-founder of Great Jones Street. He’s helped launch and grow social media, dating, and publishing products purchased by, Adobe, and Oprah. Now his mission is to meld his literary roots and tech chops to transform the world of short fiction for readers and authors alike. He plays soccer, roots for Cleveland, and lives in San Diego by the ocean with his wife, his son, ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Ellen Kushner, Tremontaine

Ellen Kushner lives in New York City with her wife, the writer and teacher Delia Sherman. They have no cats, just plane tickets and theater stubs. After college, Kushner lucked into jobs as a fantasy editor for Jim Baen at Ace Books, and then for David G. Hartwell at Pocket/Simon & Schuster. She quit to write her first novel, Swordspoint, which took longer than she thought it would, so ...Read More

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Spotlight On: Brooks Peck, MoPOP Curator

Brooks Peck is an author, museum curator, and journalist. In 1996 he co-founded Science Fiction Weekly, the first professional website devoted to SF, and in time became editor-in-chief. He joined the Museum of Pop Culture (AKA MoPOP, formerly known as the EMP Museum) in 2004 when the museum established its first science fiction galleries. There he has curated exhibitions on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Battlestar Galactica, and Avatar ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Kelly Robson, Writer

Kelly Robson grew up in Hinton, Alberta, Canada and graduated with a degree in English from the University of Alberta. From 2008 to 2012, she wrote the wine and spirits column for Chatelaine, Canada’s largest women’s magazine. She and her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica, relocated from Vancouver to Toronto in 2013.

In 2015, Kelly’s first stories appeared in Clarkesworld,, and Asimov’s, and in the anthologies New Canadian ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Sam J. Miller, Writer

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Apex, Strange Horizons, and The Minnesota Review, among others. His first book, a young adult science fiction novel called The Art of Starving, will be published by HarperCollins in 2017. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and he’s a winner of the Shirley ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Alyssa Wong, Author

Alyssa Wong is a 2013 graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in F&SF, Strange Horizons, Black Static, and You can find her on twitter as @crashwong and tumblr at

You’re a Nebula Award nominee for your story ‘‘The Fisher Queen’’. Tell us about the piece.

‘‘The Fisher Queen’’ is about the dark side of the mer­maid fishing industry on the Mekong River, and the ...Read More

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Spotlight on: David Pomerico, Editorial Director

David Pomerico joined Harper Voyager in Spring 2014 as editorial director, coming from Spectra, Del Rey, and, most recently, 47North, where he helped launch the imprint. He is focused on all things science fiction and fantasy and very excited to be heading up Harper Voyager US. He loses some nerd-cred with the fact he’s never seen Doctor Who, but he feels he makes up for it with his ultimate ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: An Owomoyela, Writer and Editor

An (pronounce it ‘‘On’’) Owomoyela is a neutrois author with a background in web development, linguistics, and weaving chain maille out of stainless steel fencing wire, whose fiction has appeared in a number of venues including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and a handful of year’s bests. An’s interests range from pulsars and Cepheid variables to gender studies and nonstandard pronouns, with a plethora of stops in-between. An can be found online ...Read More Read more

Spotlight On: Joe Monti

You’re launching a new SF imprint, Saga Press. What’s your vision? Do you have a mission statement, or a particular niche you hope to fill?

I’m working with editor Navah Wolfe on the imprint, so while I do not want to speak for her, I can say that Saga Press is taking the best practices of SF/F imprints, along with select general fiction imprints and children’s/YA publishing, and incorporating them ...Read More

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Spotlight on: SF Signal

John DeNardo is the co-founder and managing editor of SF Signal. He has been known to do things for free bagels.JP Frantz is the co-founder and sometimes blogger/editor of

SF Signal.Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, and 2013 Hugo Award Winner. He produces/hosts the

SF Signal and Functional Nerds podcasts and produces Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing Podcast. His fiction can be found via his Amazon author’s page.

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Spotlight on Galen Dara, Artist

Galen Dara has created art for Fireside, Lightpseed, Goblin Fruit, Lovecraft eZine, Scapezine, Apex magazine, Dagan Books, and Edge Publishing. Recently she illustrated the cover of the War Stories anthology, edited by Jaym Gates & Andrew Liptak; the cover of The Future Embodied, edited by Mae Empson & Jason Andrews; and the cover of Glitter & Mayhem, edited by John Klima & Lynne M. Thomas. She is currently ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Annalee Newitz, Author and Editor

Annalee Newitz writes about science, pop culture, and the future. She’s the editor in chief of io9, a publication that covers science and science fiction, and has over 5 million readers every month. She’s the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. She’s also published in Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover, and the  ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Betsy Mitchell of Open Road Media

Betsy Mitchell has been a New York science fiction/fantasy editor for more than 30 years, including stints at Baen, Warner, Bantam, and ten years as VP/editor-in-chief of Del Rey. She received the World Fantasy Award for co-editing the anthology Full Spectrum 4, and has published William Gibson, Octavia Butler, Terry Brooks, Peter F. Hamilton, and Naomi Novik, among other authors too numerous to count. She currently runs her own ...Read More Read more

Spotlight on: Luis Ortiz, Publisher

Luis Ortiz has authored three biographies/art books on artists, including the Hugo Award nominee and Locus Award finalist Emshwiller: Infinity x Two, and edited numerous books, including Cult Magazines: A to Z with Earl Kemp. His writings have appeared in diverse periodicals including Illustra­tion magazine and FilmFax. He lives and works as an publisher/editor and illustrator/designer in New York City, and is a partner and senior editor at Nonstop ...Read More Read more

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.

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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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