About the Authors
Eric S. Brown (The Tomb in the Stars) is a 27-year-old writer living in western N.C. In the last 15 months, he has had 62 tales accepted by markets like Burning Sky, Black Satellite, Elements magazine, Dark Angel magazine, Black Petals, and Bloodmoon Rising, as well as in online markets like Horror Find, Sinisteria, and Demensions, to name a few. Eric has also sold 11 non-fiction articles, works as an editor at both The Swamp and Alternate Realities, is a book reviewer for The Haunted, a member of the HWA, and has served as a copy editor for a major newspaper in N.C. Currently, he is at work on his first collection of stories.
Web site: http://www.horrorseek.com/haunted/mag/ericsbrown.html
Christian M. Chensvold (Tall, Dark, and Gruesome) is a space-age bachelor who lives in Los Angeles, where he uses a bubble mask to keep from breathing the smog. His writing has appeared in "Outre´", "ATOMIC", "Robb Report", "Poet", and "Films in Review". He is currently a contributing writer to the "Los Angeles Downtown News".
Christopher Clagg ("Short Term") lives in central Florida and works in retail these days, having retired from University work. He and his wife Beatrix have three sons, Ryan, who is now married and a new father at 22, Evan who is now a teenager at 13, and Dylan aged 10, who is preparing for the jump to Middle school after next year. Interests and hobbies include reading, writing, painting, sculpting, playing guitar, and listening to jazz and electronic synthesized music. As well as losing the ocassional game of chess to the computer, just for fun. :)
David Crane (Circle in the Sand, Space Combat) is 31 years old, with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. He started writing three years ago. His hobbies include reading good science fiction, adventure, and fantasy books, and his favorite authors are Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, Danielle Steele, Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Bova, and William C. Dietz. He also enjoys hiking, swimming, and tennis. His favorite pastime is to enjoy a good SF book with a glass of brandy and a good cigar.
Ray Dangel (Associate Editor and Staff Robot) believes that, at age 71, he's the oldest published author in his family. Certainly the Planet staff will verify he holds the world title for orneriness. When he sets his mind on something, no evidence to the contrary will deter him. While testing his theory that time needn't pass inevitably and irretrievably, but rather can be captured and stored until needed, Ray slept one hour less each day for 24 consecutive days. Each morning he leaped out of bed without turning on the light, hastily snatching up the unused hour of sleep and popping it into an old blue Milk of Magnesia jar he had saved since childhood for just such a special purpose. This grizzled geezer, with his usual attention to detail, placed a provision in his Last Will and Testament stating that, as his time nears, the blue bottle of Stored Time is to be kept next to his Hospital Death Bed at all times. The moment the attending physician declares Ray has passed away, the bottle is to be opened and the contents poured onto his bald forehead. That will be his Moment of Truth, and Ray fully expects to spring out of the Death Bed and frolic with the nearest nurse in a wild dance of victory over the Grim Reaper. He says his only regret is that he didn't dream up this scheme decades ago so he could have saved up several cases of Stored Time. Well, you can't do everything, Ray.
Romeo Esparrago ("Now Departing", associate editor for all the white spaces between words) wears his emotions on his sleeve. People thinks he sneezed and wiped it there. Gesundheit.
Mark Greener's ("Sinews of War") day job is as a medical and bioscience writer, and he has published several non-fiction books. By night he writes reviews for SF magazines and publishes the occasional short story.
Jerry Johns ("9999") is a college student from New York who dreams that one day he will be able to make a living as a writer of poetry and fiction.
Justin R. Lawfer ("Nighttime Terrors") is a student at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on http://dragonlaugh.freeyellow.com, http://www.pegasusonline.com, http://palaceofreason.com, and http://www.Spacerat.co.uk. He is a fan of giant-monster movies, Monty Python, and fantasy stories.
Andrew G. McCann ("Editorial & Letters", Editor) is president of the American Society To Help Modify Aquaman. His organization believes that if this superhero would only agree to have his power changed by surgeons at the Superhero Construction University of Buenos Aires from "the ability to call fish" to "the ability to call and fry fish" (which would merely require some focused-microwave cranial implants), he could open a successful restaurant. This is a path with dignity and power. We know, because we had these same surgeons change our power from "the ability to edit a free SF zine" to "the ability to edit a free SF zine and fry fish". And we've never looked back! (Although that could be due to the cranial implants, which are known to cause Stiff-Neck Syndrome.)
Edward McKeown ("New York Minute") was born in NYC and moved to Charlotte in 1985, where he writes, teaches martial arts, and lives with his artist-wife Schelly Keefer. His work has been published in SF e-zines "Millennium", "Planet Magazine", "The Captain's Log", and the art newspaper "Independence Boulevard". His short story "New York Minute" won first prize in the Canadian "X the Unknown" contest for 2000.
Hathno Paige ("UNE-IFAP") is a sportscaster for ESPN-43, where he specializes in the ball-peen hammer throw and Cheerio-skeet shooting.
Gary Piserchio and Frank Tagader (Conspicuous Consumption) have been lifelong buddies for over 10 years now. Both were regrettably technical writers for a time. Frank now torments tech writers as their manager, while Gary has retired to the suburbs of Denver until his savings run out and he has to go be a tech writer again. He dreads this inevitability. They also try to write fiction when they can.
William Alan Rieser ("Fetish" and "Menky's Folly"), born in New York City, less than 3 miles from the World Trade Center, originally was a musician and spent many years composing, conducting, teaching, and performing music on the East Coast. His earliest writing influences were Tolkien, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson. He is now retired in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Sandra, who edits his writings and doesn't give him the slightest break on syntax or style, even though he expresses nought but loving thoughts to her. For several years he experimented with short stories for SF/F e-zines but now prefers to concentrate on more developed themes. In this last year, he published "The Kaska Trilogy" and "The Chronicles of Zusalem" via Writers Club Press, an organization associated with iUniverse and Barnes and Noble. His latest novel, "Luna Parabella", has received a rave review at Amazon.com. Many other novels have been completed and are awaiting publication, such as "Furnace" and "Luna Parabella". His articles, humorous and serious, are popping up everywhere, especially in his column at scifantastic. Currently, he is working on a mainstream novel and promises a mystery. He enjoys talking to writers, novice or professional, and encourages contact.
Web site: http://rieserbooks.homestead.com/rieserbooks.html
E.S. Strout ("The Net") has been published in small-press print magazines "Crossroads", "Lovecraft's Mystery Magazine", "Fading Shadows", "Mad Scientist", and "Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine". His stories have also appeared in the Internet publications "Jackhammer", "Beyond s-f", "Millennium SF&F", and "Demensions". E.S. Strout is on the faculty of the U.C. Irvine Medical Center, where he teaches skin pathology to dermatology residents.
Thomas Wagner (Associate Editor) believes that while truth is stranger than fiction, fiction is more true than strange, and strange people write fiction though they often may not tell the truth. But most important, you should never, ever, under any circumstances try to snort a snake through your nose with the head-end first. That stuff is just plain weird.
Fred D. White ("Spacetime Flickers") teaches composition and literature at Santa Clara University. In addition to publishing scholarly articles that nobody reads, he has published fiction in CONFRONTATION and OTHER VOICES -- and there is some indication that these stories have been read.
Jeffrey L. Williams ("A Man Searching") is currently employed as a computer network administrator in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Science fiction has been an avid hobby of his for many years, but only recently has he begun to put his own thoughts to paper. For Jeffrey, writing is a definite rush, allowing him to express ideas that, frankly, would earn him strange looks around the office.
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