Contributors By Steve Davidson - April 30, 2014 0 139 This issue of Amazing Stories received contributions the following. You can read their stories and articles by visiting our Table of Contents: (Introduction to The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years) Jean Marie Stine is currently Publisher of FuturesPast Editions, which issues off-trail science fiction, fantasy and horror in ebook and paperback. She is the author of the novel Season of the Witch which mixed futurism, transgender issues and erotica. The editors of Science Fiction Review called the book, “One of the 30 Most Important SF Novels of the decade.” As an anthologist she has edited Future Eves: Great Science Fiction About Women By Women; Time Enough at Last!: Stories that Inspired Classic Episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Tales of Tomorrow and Other Vintage SF Television Series; and The Legendary Women Detectives, among others. She has been a science fiction and fantasy editor for Galaxy magazine, Starblaze Editions, and Dorchester Publishing. Her novels include A Day in the Life (The Prisoner #3), one of the three original novels commissioned by Ace Books for the iconic tv series. A recent collection, Herstory & Other Science Fictions, rounds up JM’s sf/f/h shorts and novelettes. During the second and third seasons of the original Star Trek, she worked for Gene Roddenberry on special projects. (Cover Art) Frank Wu is an unrepentant artist, dreamer and spaceship designer, living in Boston with his lovely wife Brianna and their two insane Bichons, Crash and Kablam. During the day, Frank toils in the patent mines, drafting patents on siRNAs, antibodies and small polypeptides. And at night, his mind wanders unfettered through the galaxy, picking fights with giant monsters and building atomic cannons to defend the Earth. Various images and words that have fallen out of his brain have been published in different venues, blah blah blah, and won some awards, blah blah blah, but that’s all water under the bridge now. Right now he’s finishing up work on the videogame “Revolution 60” (written and directed by Brianna), creating a vast world of armored personnel carriers, fighter-attack spaceships and space stations full of Sekrit Science Experiments – a playground for our crack, all-female team of agents to run around in, knocking out Bad Guys and blowing stuff up. He also gets to write the Technical Manual for the videogame, which means justifying his crazy spaceship designs with made-up science about weapons-laden sponsons, negative gravitons, mind-controlling nanobots, and black-hole-powered engines. Because: if you can’t have crazy-awesome spaceships, why are we even doing this? (Spirit Dance) Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author whose work has been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. His works include the recent urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His website is smithwriter.com, and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr. (Customer Service) John A. Purcell lives in College Station, Texas with his wife and a veritable petting zoo. He is a professor of English and ESL at Blinn College, plays guitar, and publishes the fanzines ASKANCE and ASKEW. His story “Customer Service” first appeared in the online magazine PLANETARY STORIES #18 in 2010. (Cosmic Corkscrew) Michael A. Burstein, winner of the 1997 Campbell Award for Best New Writer, has earned ten Hugo nominations and four Nebula nominations for his short fiction, collected in I Remember the Future. Burstein lives with his wife Nomi and their twin daughters in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he is an elected Town Meeting Member and Library Trustee. When not writing, he edits middle and high school Science textbooks. He has two degrees in Physics and attended the Clarion Workshop. More information on Burstein and his work can be found on his webpage, http://www.mabfan.com. (Lightning War) (Interior Illustrations) Duncan Long is a writer/ illustrator who has authored nearly 100 books including 13 science-fiction and action-adventure novels (published by Avon Books and HarperCollins), and over 80 technical and how-to manuals (Lyons Press, Paladin Press, etc.), most of which he also illustrated. As an artist, he has created over a thousand cover and interior illustrations for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, and many other presses and self-publishing authors. Long currently serves as Amazing Stories art director. You can learn more about him at http://DuncanLong.com. (Virtually Yours) Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of science fiction and fantasy. In addition to eight published novels, Nina has written award-nominated short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. She is currently an editor of Europa SF, a zine dedicated to informing the European SF community, and writes for Amazing Stories. Nina shares her time between Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. (Tool Dresser’s Law) Jack Clemons has a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. He was an engineer and manager on NASA’s Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs, and later an executive on the team that designed air traffic control systems for the United States and the United Kingdom. Jack is a published author and member of SFWA. His non-fiction, short fiction and science fiction have appeared in numerous magazines, books and anthologies. He also appeared in the “Command Module” segment of Discovery Science Channel’s award winning six-part documentary “Moon Machines”. He currently writes a bi-weekly space and science blog for Amazing Stories Online Magazine. (Weird Stories, Strangely Told) Ira Nayman is the proprietor of the Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS), which sends reporters into other dimensions and has them write about what they find there. Five collections of ARNS stories are available; the latest are The Street Finds its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies and The Alternate Reality News Service’s Guide to Love, Sex and Robots. Ira has also written two novels featuring the Transdimensional Authority, an organization that monitors and polices travel between dimensions. They are: Welcome to the Multiverse (Sorry for the Inconvenience) and You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess With its Head). “Weird Stories, Strangely Told” is the eighth Antonio Van der Whall, object psychologist short story to be published. (Finity) Felicity Savage is an American writer of speculative fiction. Now based in Tokyo, she grew up in the British Isles and proudly flies the black flag of the third-culture sensibility! Her interests include rock and folk music, liturgical exegesis, cooking, and playing with her two-year-old daughter. She is the author of the Garden of Salt Duology, the EVER trilogy, and a forthcoming epic fantasy quartet that everyone should start getting excited about right now because it is incredibly cool!! Meanwhile, she is embarking on a serious plunge into science fiction. Finity is the first fruit of that endeavor. Garden of Salt, EVER (Where the Space Pirates Are) John M. Whalen is the author of “Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto,” available now in paperback and e-book from Amazon.com. He’s written dozens of science fiction, horror and fantasy stories that have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies. His first novel, “Jack Brand,” was published by Pill Hill Press in 2010. For more information on his work check out his blog You can also find him on Facebook at Flying W Press. (Heavenly Horizon) Ricky L. Brown is a lifelong member of Science Fiction fandom. He has written several literary reviews of works by some of the most prominent authors and publishers in the genre including the classics. He currently holds the position of Reviews Editor at amazingstoriesmag.com where he also writes a weekly blog. You can follow him on Twitter @RickyLBrown or through his website at rickylbrown.com. (Science Feature) Gwen Whiting is a writer and museum curator who has received special recognition for her work in the history field, including the McClelland Award for nonfiction. Her fantasy novel The Universal Mirror is scheduled for re-release by Rara Avis Publishing in 2014. (The Jester) Michael J. Sullivan is a speculative fiction writer whose six book debut series, The Riyria Revelations, has been published by three separate paths: a small press (AMI), self-published, and currently released through Orbit (fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group) as a trilogy: Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron. His second series, The Riyria Chronicles, will also be released by Orbit starting with The Crown Tower (Aug 2013) followed by The Rose and the Thorn (Sep 2013). Michael writes about unlikely heroes in the classical fantasy tradition, providing fast-paced adventure and a dose of humor through the witty banter of his two main protagonists: Royce Melborn (a cynical thief) and Hadrian Blackwater (an ex-mercenary). He can be found on twitter, through his blog www.riyria.com, and on his facebook page and his publisher’s page for the series. His latest novel – Hollow World, has just been released. (The Pixie) Steven M. Long lives and writes just outside of Chicago, IL. As well as contributing to Amazing Stories, he writes for Foesofreality.com and at his own site, Stevenmlong.com. His twitter handle is @StevenMLong, and he can be e-mailed at *protected email*. (The Geno Virus) R. K. Troughton exists on the high plains of North America, where he works with a hive mind of scientists and engineers to create tomorrow’s technology. His passion for science and the fantastic forces him to repeatedly organize words into unique combinations of imaginative fiction and non-fiction for the amusement of others. (Interior Illustrations) Derek Benson is a video game and military simulations artist. He has an excellent wife and three groovy kids. Formerly he ran a bookstore that carried the work of many writers on this site. He still misses it. He is most influenced by the work of Michael Whelan and Darrel K. Sweet. And Hannes Bok, and Virgin Finlay. Anyone who had a book cover out in the twentieth century, really. He’s working with his kids on a comic called America 2. He makes pretty good tacos. He draws on his kids’ lunch bags. You can find his work at http://lunchbagart.tumblr.com/. (Interior Illustrations) A 1983 Art School graduate and 1987 National Theater Academy postgraduate, Bob Bello is an independent writer/producer of sci-fi radio drama and teleplays for young adults (PG-13). Most of his stories are now novelized as standalone episodes (some with sequels) and published in the Starcall anthology. Bob currently works on his graphic novel series, Timeship, based on his radio drama from the 1980s, planned to be produced also as animated TV series. Network with him at www.facebook.com/timeship (…or just link your readers to www.amazon.com/author/bobbello) Photo Copyright Star Chart Films. All Rights Reserved. (Editorial, Introduction, Review, Interview) Steve Davidson enjoys playing a supermarionette on Fireball XL5 with his wife Karen and his dog Bo. Steve does this thing called Amazing Stories.