Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later (see Wikipedia, Jackson-Vanik amendment), he learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a paediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. His work appeared or will appear in F&SF, Year’s Best SF #32 (edited by  Gardner Dozois,) Grimdark, UFO I, Ideomancer, Nature, Stupefying Stories, Daily SF, Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Genius Loci, Cast of Wonders, and Toasted Cake, among others. He blogs about writing at

Ariel Bolton doesn’t get visits from Santa Claus anymore. Instead, on cold winter nights, the Toronto raccoons gnaw and scrabble at her skylight and leave gifts of gristle on her balcony. You can read more about her at

Matt Colborn is a freelance writer and academic with a background in cognitive science and a concern for environmental issues. He has written nonfiction for The Guardian, SFX, and Strange Horizons, amongst others. His first fiction was published in Interzone in 2001 and his short story collection, City in the Dusk, appeared in 2013. Matt is currently completing a novel.

Robert Dawson teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. His stories have appeared in Nature Futures, AE, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He's an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops.

William Delman's work has previously appeared in many fine journals, including SciFan, Salamander, The Massachusetts Review, and Bastion. New work is forthcoming from or available in, The Arcanist, and Stupefying Stories. William lives in The Witch City, Salem, Massachusetts, and can be found on Facebook at, and occasionally on Twitter @DelmanWilliam.

Lara Kristin Herndon is an author and freelance writer whose byline has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Reader’s Digest, Wired, Metropolis, Think, Architecture Boston, BuzzFeed, and many other publications. Her short fiction has appeared in Silver Blade and The WiFiles. She is represented by the Emma Sweeney Agency.

Liam Hogan is an Oxford Physics graduate and award-winning London-based writer. His short story “Ana” appears in Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (NewCon Press) and his twisted fantasy collection Happy Ending Not Guaranteed is published by Arachne Press. Find out more at, or tweet @LiamJHogan

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. She is the author of over fifty short stories, some of which are used in university curricula and have been translated into several languages. Her works have appeared in Lightspeed, Escape Pod, Analog, and many other publications throughout the world. Watch for new stories soon in Brave New Girls and The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide. For more of her work, visit

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (2015 and 2017). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. His website is

Darusha writes speculative fiction and poetry as M. Darusha Wehm and mainstream work as Darusha Wehm, and is the author of nine published novels, several poems and many short stories. Originally from Canada, Darusha currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years sailing around the Pacific.