An essay by James Patrick Kelly on the writing of his short story ‘Monsters’.
Deep beneath the Antarctic ice, a team of scientists discovers the submerged ruins of a lost civilization, an organism of extraterrestrial origin, and the secret to unlocking the next phase in human evolution.
Vylar Kaftan has published about 40 short stories in places such as Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed. She was nominated for a Nebula in 2011. She’s the founder of FOGcon, a new sf/f literary convention in the San Francisco Bay Area.