About the Authors
Graham Adair ("Quantum Physics: There's a Thing") is aged 33, works in I.T., lives near Edinburgh in Scotland, and has been writing for several years, mostly sci-fi. Planet Magazine gave him his first taste of success, publishing 'Temporal Exile' back in March 2001, and since then he's gone on to have a further eight stories published in various e-zines (details on request). "Quantum Physics..." is his first and only attempt at a humorous science poem, though he stands by his 'art'. (Graham wishes it to be known that the views expressed in the poem aren't necessarily his own -- he only wrote them down.) Graham has been published in Spacerat (www.spacerat.co.uk), The Martian Wave, Creative Writing Online (www.creativewritingonline.com), Sweet Fancy Moses (www.sweetfancymoses.com), and Stick Your Neck Out (www.stickyourneckout.com).
Forrest Aguirre ("The Equalizer") has written for several venues, including Flesh & Blood, Indigenous Fiction, Redsine, and The Journal of Experimental Fiction. "The Butterfly Artist" -- a chapbook of his surreal short-shorts -- is due out next month, barring the untimely explosion of the press on which the book is to be printed. You laugh? He has seen these things happen. The results are not pretty. Forrest is a reviewer for Project Pulp and is managing editor for Ministry of Whimsy press.
Francis W. Alexander ("Twin Clones Haiku") has had scifaiku published in Star*Line, Scavenger's Newsletter, and Beyond. He has also had haiku published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and other publications.
Ray Dangel (Associate Editor and Staff Robot) spends most of his time in front of the nearest mirror, gazing at himself as he turns slowly from side to side in utter awe. He didn't used to do that before nanobots invaded his beard and caused each whisker to wave constantly during every waking hour. Planet management tried to encourage him to shave off the beard, as his productivity has been really low since it was animated, but Ray will have none of that. He's discovered how to tune the beard to whatever FM station he wishes to monitor, and now is trying to get a patent on it. We've contacted the FAA to ascertain if this beard might be a threat to airline safety when we send Ray on business trips.
Andrew Darling ("Shoveling Snow") is a grad student at Drexel University, trying to be the best mad scientist he possibly can be, going for dual Masters in Biomedical Science and Mechanical Engineering. When not breeding giant insects or marveling at the Van der Waals forces involved in gecko adhesion, he is stalking the streets of Philadelphia in search of crime... or failing that, really good pizza on South Street.
Greg Guerin ("Redemption on a Red Plain") is a 27-year-old post-graduate student from Adelaide, South Australia. When he isn't reading and writing science fiction he plays around with some music and botanizes in the bush. With warmer weather arriving in Adelaide, he can now begin his favourite summer past-times, namely growing summer vegetables, going to the pool, and vegetating in front of the cricket. Greg's stories have appeared in five science fiction e-zines. .
Marcelo Hipolito & Marcelo Machado ("The Unborn"): Marcelo Hipolito is 32 years old and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has a degree in Cinema, and also in Business Administration.
Marcelo Machado is 35 years old and also lives in Rio de Janeiro. He is an actor/writer/director of both TV and theatre and is currently studying Philosophy at the Rio de Janeiro State University.
Marcelo Hipolito wrote and directed two short-length films: Bom Dia, Cinema (Good Morning, Cinema) and O Homem na Escada (The Man On The Stairs). He produced and edited the short-length film Saçaricando (Having Fun).
Marcelo Machado wrote the short-length films O Corvo e o Vento (The Crow and the Wind) and A Dama de Ouro Preto (The Ouro Preto Lady).
As a team, Marcelo Hipolito & Marcelo Machado develop scripts for both television and cinema. The also write short stories: "Weird World: Bats of a Fur"; "The Choices We Make"; "Eternal Grief"; "The Unborn", "Cold"; "The Circle of Life"; and "Home".
Marcelo Hipolito & Marcelo Machado are currently working on their first anthology.
Ian Hunter ("Nicotine Fits") is from Alexandria, VA, and is a recent graduate of T.C. Williams H.S. (GO TITANS!... even though I have yet to see the movie). For years he was obsessed with Star Wars.
Allen Itz ("Fleshware") was born and grew up in south Texas and, except for some of his rowdier years, has lived there most of his life. He currently splits his time between San Antonio, in the Texas hill country, and Corpus Christi, on the coast. Both places, very different from each other, have much that pleases him. Allen published a couple of poems in the late Sixties/early Seventies, then quit writing until he retired several years ago. Since then, he's had work published in a number of online and print journals, including The Melic Review, Niederngasse, Eclectica, The Horsethief's Journal, The Green Tricycle, beatnik, AvantGarde Times, The Poet's Canvas, Maelstrom, and others. He's been a science fiction fan for fifty years, including both the shoot-em-up space operas and the deeper kind of work that looks for answers to the universal mysteries. Allen dips into some of those kinds of questions himself, in some of his poems, represented in this instance by "fleshware." One of the greatest rewards Allen receives from writing is the response his work generates in those who read it. Accordingly, he's always pleased to hear from readers at his e-mail address.
Leo Jenicek ("Dance Machine") was born and raised in New York City. He is still hoping to have a Robot friend.
Ellen Lindquist ("Alien Tot") lives in Atlanta with her pet alien. She has been published in Pif Magazine, the Central California Poetry Journal, the cafe irreal, and others. Her short story, Cuppa, was a recent winner of Fiction Inferno's Very Short Fiction Contest. To read more about her, including an author interview, go to http://www.midnightmind.com and click on Author Profiles.
Marcelo Machado & Marcelo Hipolito ("The Unborn") have a bio above, filed under "H".
Andrew G. McCann ("Editorial & Letters", Editor) is available to edit science fiction stories at weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. Fee is $60 for four hours of editing within 100 miles of NYC; otherwise, it's $75. At least one full meal, a bottomless cup of coffee, and no more than two stories of no more than 1,000 words each must be provided. All stories supplied must be unpublished and have been written by authors who have passed at least Part 1 of the U.S. Certified Science Fiction Writers & Corporate Temp Program under the auspices of the Int'l Union of Science Fiction Manufacturers Academy. Important: Observers and guests may not touch the editor, speak to him (including any cooing sounds), or make eye contact with him while he is editing.
Edward McKeown ("People?") 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, "Bloodlust", "Millennium", "Planet Magazine", "The Captain's Log", the art newspaper "Independence Boulevard" and print magazine, Pastel Journal. In September 2003, he will have a short story, "Lair of the Lesbian Love Godess" published in the anthology "Lowport." Lair also won an Honorable mention in the 2002 Writer's Digest contest for short stories. "New York Minute" won first prize in the Canadian "X the Unknown" contest for 2000. Edward is looking for a publisher for his completed SF trilogy and eventually plans a collection of the "Lair" stories.
E-mail: email@example.com or EdwardFMcKeown@aol.com
Andy Miller ("Pacific"), works for a company affiliated with the government, which has him under surveillance "for his own good". His poetry has been published in Star*line, Space and Time, Would That It Were, etc.
Richard W. Novy ("At the Mercy of the Budget") works as a device engineer for a top-ten semiconductor company. When he's not trying to figure out why microchips don't work, he composes, plays clarinet, and fixes the things his children break. Richard is also a published non-fiction writer.
Hathno Paige (Whereabouts Unknown), who is thumb-sized, was reared by his mother in a green Tupperware lettuce container, inspired by John Travolta's "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble". It was a happy life, at least until his drunk father accidentally dumped him into a Waldorf salad. Allergic to walnuts, his violent sneezes saved him from being consumed, but so horrified the dinner guests that his mother died of embarrassment.
Carl Rafala ("Nexus") was born in Connecticut some time in the recent past. He has traveled much of the world, and has studied in South Africa for many years. He recently received his Master's in English from the University of South Africa, and is now working on a degree in Higher Education at a university in Connecticut. He has published stories in various zines, most notably "Twilight Times" and "Silverthought". .
William Alan Rieser ("The Aegis Crop" and "Edge Cutter"), 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
Ian Fulton Roberts ("Graviton Gliding" and "Tzykkaar's Gambit") lives in New York City with his wife, Fabienne, and the ghost of his cat -- "Mr. Big." Don't ask him about the ghost of his cat, since he'll probably talk about the Twentieth-Century theory of Calibi-Yau space and the things that scratch his thoughts within the window that we live.
Richard Stevenson ("Crop Circles") teaches English in southern Alberta and has published thirteen collections of poetry. His most recent is a collection of African senryu, haiku, and tanka, "Hot Flashes" (Ekstasis Editions, 2001 ); his second most recent, "Live Evil: A Homage to Miles Davis" (thistledown Press, 2000 ).
Web site: http://www.pi-flora.com/pi/write/rs/default.htm
E.S. Strout ("Buckyball" and "Fade to Black") 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), during a routine foraging expedition at Safeway, was gored by a stick of wild pepperoni. His blood lipids are expected to fully recover by 2025.
Chris M. Webb ("The Administrator") was born in Ottawa, Canada, about a year after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, so he missed that. He did however see Star Wars in the theater. Chris currently is in Japan, where he has been on and off since 1997. He enjoys writing when not wasting his time singing karaoke, watching videotaped North American TV for the third time, or deciphering his junk mail. He has had short stories published in Challenging Destiny and Liquid Idaho. He has recently completed a comic fantasy novel called Lost Cold and Hungry which he hopes well what every other aspiring writer hopes for except for the wine and cheese parties, because he really does prefer beer with a good plate of nachos.
Nancy Wilcox ("At The Rigel Five, Hey It's Alive, Saloon") was born in the oilfields of West Texas. She spent a couple of years in the Women's Army Corps, and it seems like the rest of her life raising a couple of exceptionally gifted sons. As a reader of SF, she cut her teeth on Heinlein and Asimov. In her twenties she fell in love with Panshin and Zelazny and Douglas Adams. Now she's enamored of Glen Cook and Terry Pratchett. She gets older, but Science Fiction just gets better.
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