John Joseph Adams, in addition to serving as publisher and editor-in-chief of Lightspeed, is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a new SF/Fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the USA Today bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent projects include: Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Loosed Upon the World, Wastelands 2, Press Start to Play, and The Apocalypse Triptych: The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come. Called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, John is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been a finalist eleven times) and is a seven-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of Nightmare Magazine and is a producer for Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.
Wendy N. Wagner is the author of Starspawn and Skinwalkers, Pathfinder Tales novels inspired by Viking lore. Her novel An Oath of Dogs will be out from Angry Robot in Summer 2017. She’s published more than thirty short stories in anthologies like Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Armored, and The Way of the Wizard, and magazines like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Farrago’s Wainscot. She serves as the managing/associate editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. She is also the non-fiction editor of Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and the guest editor of Queers Destroy Horror! She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family.
Associate Publisher/Director of Special Projects
Christie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer, Associate Publisher for Lightspeed and Nightmare, and guest editor of Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction special issue. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton), Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9, Wired.com, and China’s Science Fiction World. Her work has received honorable mentions in Year’s Best Science Fiction (Dozois) and Best Horror of the Year (Datlow), and has been long-listed for StorySouth’s Million Writers Award. She lives on the central coast of California with two writers, an editor, and assorted four-legged nuisances. Follow her on Twitter @christieyant.
Robert Barton Bland dabbles in writing, independent film, and, when struck by fancy, will even patronize the arts. He subsidized and helped found his sister’s start-up dance company, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, currently a Baryshnikov Arts/Jerome Robbins New Fellow. Rob also produced the touring and creation of “Chapters an Evening of Repertory,” which toured at Symphony Space in New York City, Saratoga Arts Festival, and in 2010 at Ris Orangis in France. In film, Rob is a two-time CINE Eagle Award winner for the independent shorts, “On Time” and “Writer’s Block,” and is currently executive producing a feature length independent film, ’79 Parts, directed by Ari Taub. Rob is also an alum of Jeanne Cavelos’s Odyssey Workshop (2001), and he is currently pecking away at an urban fantasy novel, Divinity Bind.
Rich Horton is a Software Engineer living in the St. Louis area, working for a major Aerospace corporation. His job sometimes has a science fictional side, but he’d go to jail if he told you why. He also writes a monthly column for Locus Magazine, and columns and reviews for Black Gate, SF Site, and other publications. He edits The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy series of anthologies for Prime Books, as well as such other anthologies as War and Space: Recent Combat and Superheroes.
Stefan Rudnicki is an independent director, producer, narrator, and publisher of audiobooks. For his work, he has received more than a dozen Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association, a Ray Bradbury Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and GRAMMY Awards for the audiobooks The Children’s Shakespeare and Society’s Child. Outside of the audiobook industry, he’s probably best known for the dozen books he’s written or edited, from actor’s resource anthologies to a best-selling adaptation of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. He is president of Skyboat Media, the most respected independent audio production team on the West Coast. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City’s WBAI-FM at age 13. Jim has been sole host of the radio program, Hour of the Wolf, since 1974. Over the years, he has produced many radio dramas and lost track long ago of how many interviews and readings he has conducted. His work has been twice nominated for and was once a winner of the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production. Jim is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings in NYC. He has also dabbled (occasionally with great success) in producing for the New York stage. He occasionally maintains his website at hourwolf.com and sporadically tweets as @JimFreund. A podcast of Hour of the Wolf is rumored to be forthcoming.
Laurel Amberdine was raised by cats in the suburbs of Chicago. She’s good at naps, begging for food, and turning ordinary objects into toys. She currently lives in San Francisco where she writes science fiction and fantasy and works for Locus Magazine. Her YA fantasy novel Luminator is forthcoming from Reuts Publishing in 2017. Find her on Twitter at @amberdine.
Jude Griffin is an envirogeek, writer, and photographer. She has trained llamas at the Bronx Zoo; was a volunteer EMT, firefighter, and HAZMAT responder; worked as a guide and translator for journalists covering combat in Central America; lived in a haunted village in Thailand; ran an international frog monitoring network; and loves happy endings. Bonus points for frolicking dogs and kisses backlit by a shimmering full moon.
LaShawn M. Wanak is a graduate of the 2011 class of Viable Paradise. Her fiction has been published in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Ideomancer. She served as Associate Editor at Podcastle, and has written nonfiction for Fantasy Magazine, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and the anthology Invisible 2.
Andrew Liptak is the Weekend Editor for The Verge. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, (Apex Publications, 2014). His writing has also appeared in io9, Gizmodo, Kirkus Reviews, Tor.com, BN Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Clarkesworld and others. He lives in Vermont.
Amal El-Mohtar’s essays have appeared in Chicks Unravel Time, Queers Dig Time Lords, Science Fiction Film & Television, Apex, Stone Telling, The Outpost, Cascadia Subduction Zone, and Tor.com. She reviews books for NPR, edits and publishes the poetry in Goblin Fruit, is a Nebula-nominated author and founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, and has been known to deadlift other genre professionals. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.
Dana Watson is a freelance copy editor, a martial arts instructor, and an obsessive reader. She lives in North Carolina with her wonderfully geeky husband, her bookshelves, two hyper dogs, and an ever-increasing number of fiddly, painstaking hobbies. Follow her on Twitter @danakwatson.
Anthony R. Cardno calls northwest New Jersey home when he’s not traveling the country for his day-job as an instructor on regulatory compliance. In his spare time, he writes fiction and interviews real people. His short fiction has appeared in Willard & Maple, Sybil, and Full Throttle Space Tales. His short Christmas novel The Firflake is available through most online book retailers. He can usually be found on Twitter as @talekyn and interviewing various creative types on anthonycardno.com.
Known far and wide for his (potentially unhealthy) love for horror fiction of any sort, Devin Marcus currently makes his residence in Southern California. He is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in both English literature and sociology at Chapman University. Some of his short stories have been published in Chapman University’s Sapere Aude magazine, and he is working hard to find the rest of his stories loving homes. Praying to dark, unnamable Gods couldn’t hurt his chances, either.
Galen Dara sits in a dark corner listening to the voices in her head. She has a love affair with the absurd and twisted, and an affinity for monsters, mystics, and dead things. She has illustrated for 47North, Edge Publishing, Lightspeed, Fireside Magazine, Apex Publications, Lackington’s, and Goblin Fruit. Recent book covers include War Stories, Glitter & Mayhem, and Oz Reimagined. She won the 2013 Hugo for Best Fan Artist and was nominated for the 2014 Hugo for Best Professional Artist. Her website is galendara.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @galendara. [illustrations]
Elizabeth Leggett has illustrated for Lethe Press, Spectrum22, ArtOrder’s INSPIRED, Infected By Art Vol 3, Quillrunner Publishing, Quiet Thunder Publishing, Little Springs Design, S.J. Tucker, and private collectors. She was cover artist and art director for Lightspeed’s special issues Women Destroy Fantasy! and Queers Destroy Science Fiction!. In 2013, she published a full 78 card tarot and successfully Kickstarted the project. In 2015, she won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist. [illustrations]