Who Are We?

May 26th, 2006

Constance Ash has written and edited sf/f, including the Nebula-nominated Flower Kiss and the Philip K. Dick award-nominated anthology Not of Woman Born. She uses her skills as a professional researcher for herself and others by digging into history, past and present. Electronic databases and xml-coded Finding Aids are among her (many) favorite things. She lives in NYC.

Carol Berg is the author of Geffen Award winner Transformation, and the other Books of the Rai-kirah — Revelation and Restoration – as well as The Bridge of D’Arnath Quartet, the 2004 Colorado Book Award winner Song of the Beast, and The Lighthouse Duet: Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone. Carol is a former software engineer who took up writing epic fantasy when her three sons started to need less of her time. The hobby grew into an obsession and then into a full time career. Carol camps, reads, writes, and enjoys a growing family in Colorado.

Barbara Denz began writing early, but her first non-fiction story wasn’t bought until she was 25. Since then, she has written and edited technical documents and books for Microsoft and published 5 fantasy short stories in anthologies by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Katharine Kerr (all of which are currently out of print, of course). She is in the process of a long-researched first novel. “Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and write the sucker.” When not writing, she sings in 2 Celtic music groups (Crooked Mile in Washington state and Port na Gael in Port Moody, BC, Canada) and is learning to paint, and VERY much looking forward to retirement!

David Louis Edelman‘s first novel Infoquake was called “the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge” by Barnes & Noble Explorations, and later named Barnes & Noble’s Top SF Novel of 2006. The book was also nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel. His second novel, MultiReal (the sequel to Infoquake), was called “a thoroughly-successful hybrid of Neuromancer and Wall Street” by Hugo nominee Peter Watts, and named one of the best SF novels of 2008 by io9, Pat’s Fantasy List, and SFFWorld. David was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008. In addition to writing, he has programmed websites for the U.S. Army, Rolls-Royce and the FBI, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies. (Dave also has a personal blog.)

Kate Elliott is the author of Spirit Gate, coming in October 2006. She has also written Crown of Stars, a seven volume fantasy novel starting with King’s Dragon, and The Novels of the Jaran, and has co-authored The Golden Key with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson. In her real life as Alis Rasmussen, she is particularly interested in history, archaeology, religion, exercise, and the joy of twins and schnauzers. Or you could talk to her about leyning. She lives in Hawaii.

Katharine Kerr is well known on both sides of the low, meandering stone wall that separates High Fantasy from Science Fiction. Her epic Deverry series has won her millions of fans around the world. Her SF novels include Snare, Polar City Blues, and Resurrection. A native of Ohio, she has lived in the Bay Area since Time began, back in the 1960s. Her latest Deverry novel, The Spirit Stone, was published in June of 2007.

Kevin Andrew Murphy lives in San Jose, California, and writes novels, short stories, roleplaying games, plays, poems and so on. His latest novels are the fantasy Drum Into Silence, a posthumous collaboration with the late Jo Clayton and conclusion of her Drums of Chaos trilogy; the science fiction Fathom: The World Below, a novelization of Michael Turner’s Fathom comics; and Penny Dreadful, a dark fantasy set in White Wolf’s Mage universe (currently a free download at www.white-wolf.com/pennydreadful/home.html). He’s also one of the writers for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards shared world series, with the story “With a Flourish and a Flair” in the last anthology, Deuces Down, and characters appearing in the latest Wild Cards novel, John Miller’s Death Draws Five, and the upcoming anthology Inside Straight. One of Kevin’s short stories, the dark fantasy “Clove Smoke,” is currently in production, having wrapped principal photography on location is San Francisco and now currently in editing. Look for it in 2007.

Sherwood Smith Latest works are Inda coming out from DAW (second published book in a life-long project, first adult one) and Trouble Under Oz, a continuation of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, coming out from Harper/Collins. Blog name on LiveJournal Sartorias, where I gas on about writing and reading.

Lois Tilton‘s fiction has been nominated in the past for the Nebula, Sturgeon and Sidewise Awards, but as there is currently no demand for it in the marketplace, she is no longer writing any. Instead she is now the short fiction reviewer at the Internet Review of Science Fiction: www.irosf.com.

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