Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with Mike McPhail and Greg Schauer to form eSpec Books (www.especbooks.
As a professional author, Mike McPhail is best known as the creator and series editor of the award-winning Defending the Future military science fiction anthologies—now in their second decade of publication, and his contributions to military sf.
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is the author of the short story collection Where You Linger and the novella Glorious Fiends. Her Nebula-nominated fiction has appeared in over 90 publications such as LeVar Burton Reads and Popular Science.
Tom Hoffman is the author of fifteen MG/YA fantasy/sci fi/metaphysical adventure novels, including The Translucent Boy, The Comet Kid Chronicles, and Orville Mouse. Tom has a degree in psychology from Georgetown University and lives in Alaska.
Jason Marc Harris teaches at Texas A&M College Station. His novella Master of Rods and Strings (2021 Vernacular Books) is on the HWA Recommended Reading List. He’s currently guest editing a folklore issue: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/
Ava Lock writes satirical cyberpunk and sci-fi horror novels that feature badass women and wild technology. She lives in Philadelphia with her human husband and two felines, Bender and Bixby, none of whom have a mean bone in their bodies.
Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA’S HOMECOMING, WATCHER OF THE SKIES, ALL HUMAN THINGS, CHANDA’S AWAKENING, and SOME DISTANT SHORE, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR, THE HUMAN EQUATIONS, and KAYONGA’S DECISION.
Leo Otherland is a queer author from the arctic north woods of Wisconsin with a passion for weaving stories of dark and broken things.
Andrew Gillsmith is a science fiction writer living in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gillsmith grew up in the Golden Age of Cyberpunk. Fittingly, his first job out of school was delivering mail for Jeff Bezos when he was still selling books via Listserv.
Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She is the author of over four hundred books, including children’s fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, & SF.