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John Joseph Adams

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Art Director

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John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, including Wastelands and The Living Dead. Recent books include Cosmic Powers, What the #@&% Is That?, Operation Arcana, Press Start to Play, Loosed Upon the World, and The Apocalypse Triptych. 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 twelve times) and an eight-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He also served as a judge for the 2015 National Book Award. Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and @johnjosephadams.

Wendy N. Wagner

Managing/Senior Editor

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Wendy N. Wagner is the author of more than forty short stories and has also written two novels for the Pathfinder role-playing game. Her third novel, An Oath of Dogs, is a sci-fi thriller from Angry Robot Books. 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.

Rich Horton

Reprint Editor

Rich Horton

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.

Arley Sorg

Associate Editor & Book Reviewer

Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado. He studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, and usually writes in local coffee shops. A 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, he is an assistant editor at Locus Magazine. He’s soldering together a novel, has thrown a few short stories into orbit, and hopes to launch more.

Laurel Amberdine

Assistant Editor

Laurel Amberdine

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 works for Locus Magazine. Find her on Twitter at @amberdine.

Alex Puncekar

Editorial Assistant

Alex Puncekar

Alex Puncekar is a writer, game designer, and editorial assistant for both Lightspeed and Nightmare. His fiction has appeared in Aphelion: The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Jenny Magazine. He lives in Cinncinati, Ohio. Follow him on Twitter @AlexPuncekar.

LaShawn M. Wanak

Book Reviewer

LaShawn Wanak

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.

Chris Kluwe

Book Reviewer

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe grew up in Southern California among a colony of wild chinchillas and didn’t learn how to communicate outside of barking and howling until he was fourteen years old. He has played football in the NFL, once wrestled a bear for a pot of gold, and lies occasionally. He is also the eternal disappointment of his mother, who just can’t understand why he hasn’t cured cancer yet. Do you know why these bio things are in third person? I have no idea. Please tell me if you figure it out.

Violet Allen

Media Reviewer

Violet Allen is a writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has appeared in Lightspeed, Liminal Stories, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against, A People’s Future of the United States, and elsewhere. She is currently working very hard every day on her debut novel and definitely has more than ten pages written, is not lying to her agent about having more than ten pages written and does not spend most of her time listening to podcasts, and everything is totally cool, I promise. She can be reached on Twitter at @blipstress.

Carrie Vaughn

Media Reviewer

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series, as well as the superhero novels Dreams of the Golden Age and After the Golden Age, the young adult novels Voices of Dragons and Steel, and the fantasy novel Discord’s Apple. Her recent books include Martians Abroad and Amaryllis and Other Stories, as well as her post-apocalyptic mysteries for John Joseph Adams Books, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Bannerless, and its sequel, The Wild Dead. Her Hugo Award-nominated short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, from Lightspeed to Tor.com, as well as in George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at carrievaughn.com.

Christopher East

Media Reviewer

Christopher East

Christopher East is a writer, editor, reviewer, and avid consumer of science fiction, fantasy, and spy fiction. His stories have been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cosmos, Interzone, Talebones, The Third Alternative, and a number of other speculative fiction publications. He’s attended the Clarion and Taos Toolbox writing workshops, and served for several years as the fiction editor for the futurism, science, and technology blog Futurismic. He blogs extensively about writing, fiction, film, television, music, comics, and more at www.christopher-east.com. Currently he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works for an occupational and environmental health and safety consultancy.

Jenn Reese

Media Reviewer

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese writes science fiction and fantasy for readers of all ages. She’s published numerous short stories in places such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology Paper Cities. Above World is the Norton Award-nominated first novel in her middle-grade trilogy from Candlewick Press and combines science fiction, mythology, and martial arts. Jenn works as a freelance graphic designer and spends her free time playing video games, watching way too much TV, and planning all the activities she’d enjoy if she ever left her cozy house in Portland. Jenn can be found online at jennreese.com.

Christian A. Coleman

Interviewer

Christian A. Coleman

Christian A. Coleman is a 2013 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. He lives and writes in the Boston area. He tweets at @coleman_II.

Dana Watson

Copy Editor

Dana Watson

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

Proofreader

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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.

Devin Marcus

Proofreader

Devin Marcus is a freelance proofreader and editor living in Southern California. A recent graduate from Chapman University, you can find him at Aphelion, where he’s the resident Short Story Editor. Additionally, you can send him cool horror-related stuff on Twitter @DubbleOhDevin.

Galen Dara

Illustrator

Galen Dara

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, LightspeedFireside Magazine, Apex Publications, Lackington’s, and Goblin Fruit. Recent book covers include War StoriesGlitter & 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]

Reiko Murakami

Illustrator

Reiko Murakami

Reiko Murakami was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1982. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She works as a concept artist and illustrator specializing in surreal fantasy and horror characters. Her website is reikomurakami.com.

Christopher Park

Illustrator

Christopher Park has been an artist all his life and has been illustrating professionally for over ten years. Some of his clients include: TBS, Team Coco, Rolling Stone, American Greetings, ProPublica, Mackin Educational Resources, Lightspeed, Pop Shot, and Usborne Publishing. He is currently writing and illustrating his first children’s book that will be published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Elizabeth Leggett

Illustrator

Elizabeth Leggett

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]

Stefan Rudnicki

Podcast Producer

Stefan Rudnicki

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

Podcast Post-Production Editor/Host

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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.

Christie Yant

Associate Publisher

Christie Yant

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

Assistant Publisher

Robert Barton Bland

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.

Clockpunk Studios

Webmaster

Clockpunk Studios

Clockpunk Studios is a web design company based in Lawrence, Kansas. They specialize in websites for authors, publishers, and small businesses, and are experts in WordPress design and development. Clockpunk Studios is run by writer Jeremiah Tolbert.