Clelia Farris was born in Cagliari in 1967. In 2004 she won the Award with the novel Rupes Recta (Delos Books). In 2009 she won the Odissea Award with the novel Nessun uomo è mio fratello. In 2010 she won the Kipple Award with the novel La pesatura dell’anima, set in a uchronic Egypt. In 2012 Kipple Edizioni published her novel La giustizia di Iside. In 2014 Delos Digital published the novelette La madonna delle rocce. Future Fiction has published La pesatura dell’anima and La giustizia di Iside as ebooks as well as the short story “Chirurgia creativa” (“Creative Surgery”). In 2016 Farris was a finalist for the Urania Award with the novel Uomini e Necro.

Carlos Hernandez is the author of over 30 works of fiction, poetry, prose, and drama. By day, he is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York, where he teaches English courses at BMCC and is a member of the doctoral faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center. His collection of short stories, The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, debuted to critical acclaim in 2016, and his first novel, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe will debut in Spring 2019 as part of the YA series, Rick Riordan Presents. Carlos is also a game designer, currently serving as lead writer on Meriwether, a CRPG about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He lives in Queens, which is most famous for not being Brooklyn.

Tendai Huchu’s fiction has appeared in Interzone, Space and Time Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, One Throne Magazine, Shattered Prism, Electric Spec, Kasma  Magazine,  Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, Mysterical-E,  and the anthologies AfroSF, African Monsters, and The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016. Between projects, he translates fiction between the Shona and English languages.

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.  He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays, and planetarium shows. His most recent publications are the novel Mother Go (2017), an audiobook original from Audible and the career retrospective Masters of Science Fiction: James Patrick Kelly (2016) from Centipede Press. His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. Find him on the web at

Swapna Kishore lives in India and writes fiction and non-fiction. Her speculative fiction has appeared in Nature (Futures), Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, Sybil’s Garage No. 7, Warrior Wisewoman 3, Breaking the Bow, Apex Book of World SF (Volume 3), Mythic Delirium 1.3, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016, and various other publications and anthologies. She  has published books on software engineering and process management, including a business novel, and also writes extensively about dementia and caregiving in India.  Her website is at

Michalis Manolios was born in 1970. He’s supposed to be a mechanical engineer and is having a good time with his family in Athens, Greece. His first science fiction novel, Ageniti Adelphi (Unborn Siblings) was published in 2014 by Kleidarithmos. He has also published two collections of short stories, Sarkino Frouto (Fleshy Fruit, Triton, 1999) and …kai to teras (…and the beast, Triton, 2009), from which the short story “Aethra” won the 2010 Aeon Award. His short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies in Greece, Italy, and Ireland, including the Greek edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction. “The Quantum Mommy” (original Greek title: “Armelina II”)  was first published in Greek in the comics and science fiction magazine 9 in 2005 and later in the short stories collection …kai to teras (Triton, 2009).

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published author of award-nominated speculative novels, short stories, and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Her latest book is Water Is…, a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher, and environmentalist, which was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times as 2016 The Year in Reading.;

Juan José “Pepe” Rojo was born in Chilpancingo and lives in Tijuana with his wife Deyanira Torres and their two kids. He published stories such as “Ruido Gris,” “Yonke,” “Punto Cero,” and “I nte rrupciones”. His “The New Us” has been selected for the 2016 Twelve Tomorrows of MIT. In 2010 he edited the anthology of North American science fiction, 25 minutos en el futuro together with author Bernardo “Bez” Fernandez, which includes stories of Cory Doctorow and Paolo Bacigalupi.

Ekaterina Sedia resides in the Pinelands of New Jersey. Her critically-acclaimed and award-nominated novels, The Secret History of Moscow, The Alchemy of Stone, The House of Discarded Dreams, and Heart of Iron, were published by Prime Books. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Baen’s Universe, Subterranean, and Clarkesworld, as well as numerous anthologies, including Haunted Legends and Magic in the Mirrorstone. She is also the editor of the anthologies Paper Cities (World Fantasy Award winner), Running with the Pack, Bewere the Night, and Bloody Fabulous as well as The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance and Wilful Impropriety. Her short-story collection, Moscow But Dreaming, was released by Prime Books in December 2012. She also co-wrote a script for YAMASONG: MARCH OF THE HOLLOWS, a fantasy feature-length puppet film voiced by Nathan Fillion, George Takei, Abigail Breslin, and Whoopi Goldberg to be released by Dark Dunes Productions.

Efe Tokunbo Okogu is a Nigerian writer born in the UK on a beautiful Sunday, currently living in Mexico. He spends much of his time dreaming of other realities, a mysterious process which leads him to believe that we are ourselves the dream-stuff of a higher level of reality. His words have been heard live and published in print and digital format. His novelette, Proposition 23, was translated into Italian and nominated for the 2013 British Science Fiction Association Awards. He believes that life is real SF and far stranger than anyone can conceive.

Liz Williams is a British Science Fiction writer. Her first novel, The Ghost Sister, was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next one, Empire of Bones (2002), were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series. She is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge. She has had short stories published in Asimov’s, Interzone, The Third Alternative, and Visionary Tongue. From the mid-nineties until 2000, she lived and worked in Kazakhstan. Her experiences there are reflected in her 2003 novel Nine Layers of Sky. Her novels have been published in the US and the UK, while her third novel, The Poison Master (2003), has been translated into Dutch.

Jia Xia (pen name of Wang Yao) was born in 1984 in Xan’ji in China. She then entered the Film Studies Program at the Communication University of China, where she completed her Master’s thesis: A Study on Female Figures in Science Fiction Films. Recently, she obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Peking University, with Chinese Science Fiction and Its Cultural Politics Since 1990 as the topic of her dissertation. She now teaches at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing fiction since college in a variety of venues, including Science Fiction World, Jiuzhou Fantasy, and Clarkesworld. Several of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China’s most prestigious science fiction award.