Marilag Angway prefers her steampunk to take place in the skies as often as possible, though is not opposed to a good romp on terra firma. She’s a writer of science fiction and fantasy and occasionally dabbles in horror and humor (though success at the latter remains to be seen). Her stories can be found in various anthologies, including those published by Bards and Sages Publishing, Hadley Rille Books, Deepwood Publishing, and Ticonderoga Publications. When she's not writing, she's devising lesson plans and activities for a diverse group of rambunctious three-year-olds who she hopes will someday become avid readers of fantasy and science fiction. For her random book and overall nerdish musings, check out her blog. Don’t forget to grab a cookie and a cup of tea on your way out!
Paolo Chikiamco is a Manila-based, Filipino writer whose interests include prose, comics, and interactive fiction. He’s the Managing Editor of Studio Salimbal (SalimbalComics.com), a Filipino comics studio, and runs the Rocket Kapre blog (RocketKapre.com), which hosts news and resources about Philippine speculative fiction. He has edited Alternative Alamat, an anthology of stories that re-imagine Philippine mythology, and Kwentillion, a young adult-focused comics magazine. His fiction has been published in such venues as Scheherazade’s Façade, Philippine Genre Stories, Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, Lauriat, and The Philippine Speculative Fiction series. He has also written comics such as High Society, Mythspace (a series which uses Philippine folklore as the basis for a space opera tale), as well as an interactive wrestling novel for Choice of Games called Slammed! (choiceofgames.com/slammed/) You can find him on Twitter as @anitero.
Timothy James M. Dimacali is a Filipino science fiction author and the Science and Technology Editor of a major Philippine media network. His short fiction “Skygypsies” appears as required reading in select Philippine high school and college English classes and has since been adapted into a comic book (available for free at Flipreads.com). TJ is also the president of the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines. You can follow him on Twitter: @tjdimacali.
L.L. Hill’s fiction has appeared in Third Flatiron anthology, Playing with Fire (Pushcart nomination), Domain SF, Hello Horror, and others. Her poetry has been published in Scifaikuest, the Fib Review, Haiga Online, Haibun Today, and others. L.L. Hill’s writing explores relationships in worlds old and new, primarily in horror and fantasy. Her first Steampunk piece, the inspiration for ‘Ordained,’ came from Phu Phra Bat National Historic Park and the adjacent Mekong River area of Nong Khai which she visited in October 2012. www.lauraleehill.com
Alessa Hinlo writes fiction that spans the thriller, fantasy, and horror genres. Born in the Philippines and raised in Northern VA, she’s most interested in stories that reflect the push and pull of conflicting cultures and feature people who fall into the spaces between. Her other interests include vegetable gardening, crafting, and yoga. She tweets regularly at @alessahinlo.
Olivia Ho is a writer born and based in Singapore. She studied English literature at University College London and has just graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a masters in Literature and Modernity. She owes the inspiration for her work to her parents—her mother, who taught her how to love the history of her island, and her father, whose idea of steampunk is “KILLER ROBOT SAMSUI WOMEN.” Besides writing, her other random talents include Arabic bellydance, stage management, and knitting, and perhaps one day all three at the same time.
Robert Liow, also known as Robert Bivouac, is a Chinese-Malaysian writer currently living in Singapore. An advocate for racial justice and diversity in media, he writes fiction, poetry, and criticism from the perspective of a non-Western man of color in a heavily Westernized nation. He has appeared in the inaugural Singapore Poetry Writing Month (“SingPoWriMo”) anthology and several publications by Singapore’s Creative Arts Programme. He will be reading Law at King’s College, London from 2015 to 2018.
Pear Nuallak was born in South London to two Bangkokian artists. They studied History of Art jointly with SOAS and UCL (University of London) focusing on Thai Buddhist art, hybridity, globalization, and postcoloniality. Since then, they’ve been an office dogsbody, a community volunteer, a babysitter, home-maker, and now a writer. They are interested in food, fiction, disruptive domesticity, and textiles. They may be found on a sofa in North London, having opinions while knitting.
Ivanna S. Mendels
Ivanna S. Mendels writes fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk, even children’s picture books. Her Opera Dinosaur book was published in France and another of her Asian steampunk short stories will soon be published in Indonesia. Having lived and backpacked around the world, her adventures often inspired her writings. She is also secretly obsessed with Alfred Russel Wallace and hopes to follow his trail one of these days. Her steampunk stories are partly influenced by Wallace’s descriptions of South East Asia in his books. Ivanna is currently working on another joint project with some of her Indonesian Nanowrimo friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @wulfettenoire
Kate Osias has won four Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Gig Book Contest, Canvas Story Writing Contest, and the 10th Romeo Forbes Children’s Storywriting Competition. She has earned a citation in the international Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for her story, “The Riverstone Heart of Maria dela Rosa” (Serendipity, 2007).
Her works appear in LONTAR: Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction #1, in various volumes of the Philippine Speculative Fiction, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, Maximum Volume, and the WFC Unconventional Fantasy (2014). Her updated bibliography can be found on her Facebook timeline. She co-edited the sixth and seventh volumes of Philippine Speculative Fiction.
Kate is a proud founding member of the LitCritters, a writing and literary discussion group. Occasionally, she ventures out into the real world to hoard chocolate and shop for shoes.
z.m. quỳnh huddles in deep east oakland in a room tinged with blue nursing calloused hands worn down from the chronic transcription of restless dreams. past lives have included scattered jaunts through urban minefields with each misstep hinting at a life less easily mapped out by this amateur cartographer. irrationally drawn to moving mountains one stone at a time, quỳnh has tackled the tasks of labor organizer, juvenile hall literacy coordinator, artistic director of a guerrilla feminist theatre troupe, mother, mentor and best friend (all rolled up in one), civil rights advocate, guardian ad litem for foster care youth, waitstaff at one too many late night diners (hey…free food—what?), slam poet, urban horticulturalist, visual junk artist, passionate lover, and cocktail server/candy salesperson at all night rave parties (hungry people pay $5 for candy bars!). The Sea Is Ours will be quỳnh’s debut in spec fic.
Nghi Vo lives on the shores of Lake Michigan, and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Expanded Horizons, Crossed Genres, and Icarus Magazine. She likes stories about things that fall through the cracks and live on the edges, and she has a deep love for tales of revolution (personal and political), transfiguration, and transmutation. She’s a writer by trade, a storyteller by nature, a volunteer by inclination, and a dreamer by design.
Timothy James M. Dimacali
Ivanna S. Mendels