About the Authors
Ray Dangel (Associate Editor and Staff Robot) is communing with the butterflies and the birdies as we speak.
Alissa Grosso ("Commercialism" ) has appeared previously in the publications Quantum Muse, Twilight Times, and the Literal Mind. She lives in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania with three insane felines and works at the local library to earn money to support her writing habit.
E-mail: Alissa Grosso firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Heffernan ("The Cyclops Syndrome") is a student of professional writing and editing. He has been published in the following literary forums: The Train Magazine, a print zine distributed throughout the metropolitan area of Melbourne and Victoria, Australia, specializing in media-related stories, articles, etc., in which he has had both a movie review and a humor story published; Skive magazine, an online zine specializing in speculative fiction, in which he has had short stories featured in three separate editions; Alien Skin magazine, an online magazine specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in which he has had a story of science fiction featured; and, Project M magazine, an online zine specializing in dark fiction, in which he has had a story of dark fantasy featured.
Allen Itz ("Through the 100 Meter Lens") 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 "Through the 100 Meter Lens." 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.
Nathan J. Kailhofer ("Route Driver"), who wrote "Karen's Last Game" for the preceding issue of Planet, is 34 years old and happily married. He's a third-generation printer in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. (Either he, his dad, and his grandpa just weren't smart enough to get away, or maybe there's something about printer's ink that's addictive.) Nathan owns a library of over 2,000 novels, mostly science fiction and mysteries, which he inherited. A love of good writing might be a family addiction, too. His work has also appeared in the May 2004 Aphelion magazine.
Sam Kenyon ("Cosmic Lasagna") has been, or will be soon, published in Aphelion, The Swamp, and Flash Fantastic.
Websites: http://morphodox.com and http://flanneltron.com
Scott Leslie (Fair Warning) lives in a remote fishing village somewhere along the coast of Lithuania whose name can only be pronounced by small children and parakeets. At a young age, Scott gave up a promising career as a circus performer so that he could listen to his writing muse. Sadly, she doesn't give him a minute's peace. To date, Scott's work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, anthologies, and web publications, including The Siren, ePasquinade, Blue Murder Magazine, Writual, Satire Weekly, and Starry Night Review. His noir story "A String Of Pearls" was recently included in the audiobook "Oscar's Hijack" by Blackstone Audio.
Andrew G. McCann (Editor; "Editorial & Letters" and "The Indescribable Alien Encounter") has a much better bio on the About the Authors page, which isn't saying much, is it?
Arthur Sánchez ("Mother Perkins") is a writer from New York. He's had more than 20 different professions in his life -- from Actor to Security Guard but the thing he enjoys most is trying to tell a good tale. His work has appeared in "2 AM Magazine," "Fantasy Review," "Anotherealm.com," "AstoundingStories.Com," "Kenoma Magazine," "Alien Skin Magazine," and "Quantum Muse." He is currently working on a series of fantasy novels.
E.S. Strout ("Ringside Seat") has been published in small-press print magazines "Crossroads", "Lovecraft's Mystery Magazine", "Fading Shadows", "Mad Scientist", and "Millennium Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine". In addition to Planet Magazine, his stories have appeared in 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.
Joe Vadalma ("Jorvik") is a retired technical writer who used to work for a major computer company. He's a voracious reader of all kinds of books, but is especially fond of science fiction and fantasy. He's had the following short stories published in internet e-zines: "Absolute Creation," The Fifth Dimension, June 2002; "Androids in Pax," Dark Moon Rising, October 2003; "Apartment in Clam City," EOTU, August 2002; "Archeologist and the Physicist," SFF World, June 2003; "Automatia," Aphelion, July 2002; "Conspiracy in Time," Dark Moon Rising, February 2003; "Cosmoergy," Martian Wave, March 2002; "Count Poperazi," Swords Edge, January 2003; "Empty Planet," Aphelion, February 2002; "Gunther," Dark Moon Rising, October 2002; "Immortal Homecoming," Aphelion, June 2003; "The Key," Dark Moon Rising, April 2002 issue; "Mind Odyssey," Planet Magazine, March 2003; "Mist and Shadow," Alternate Realities, March 2003; "Nothing but a Coward," Writer's Hood, March 2003; "Pop-Art Nightmare," Nocturne Horizons, January 2002; "Psychic Pop-Up," Planet Magazine, September 2003; "Sands of Time," Dark Moon Rising, January 2001; "Shadow in the Sky," Aphelion, April 2002; "Strange Artifact," Planet Magazine, June 2003; "Vampire Trial," Aphelion, October 2003; "Widget Factory," Aorfe's Kiss, March 2003. Joe has written several novels that are yet to be published. To see more of his writing, visit "The Fantastic World of Papa Joe":
Thomas Wagner (Associate Editor) bathes in Lava and eats continental breakfasts.
Nancy Wilcox ("Holy Chronicles" and "Martian Dreams"), an avatar of the hereditary overmother of Sagittarius III, is based in this reality in Oil Country. One can, on ritual occasions, spot her worshippers performing "The Dance of The Nervous Aside". Locals profess to believe these are indigenous Russian Thistles, and ignore the odd gulping sounds -- as well as the odor of fried rabbit that drifts through the mesquite and cactus. What a wonderful base this reality is for interstellar conquest. And the rabbit is quite good, too.
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