Bo Balder – “Even Paradise Needs Maintenance” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_BalderBo is the first Dutch author to have published a story in the famous F&SF (Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine), sept/oct 2015. Her other short fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres and quite a few anthologies. Her science fiction novel, The Wan, will be published in January 2016 by Pink Narcissus Press.

She attended Viable Paradise and is a member of Codex Writers Group.

Bo lives and works close to Amsterdam, Europe. When she isn’t writing, you can find her madly designing knitwear, painting, and reading everything from Kate Elliott to Iain M. Banks or Jared Diamond.

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James Beamon – “Whole Lives in Hammered Fragments” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_BeamonJames Beamon writes stories because he doesn’t have the operational budget to make the movie version. Knowing a lil’ something about computers has gotten him deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where things got a bit scary. Currently he’s living with his wife and son in Northern Virginia, where the traffic’s even scarier. He’s still on a quest to take over page one of Google when you type his name but sucky other Beamons keep making headlines for criminal acts. He blogs about his angst for other James Beamons along with whatever else he’s getting into.

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Marina Berlin – “Life and Death in the Frozen City” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_BerlinMarina Berlin holds degrees in Film, Sociology, East Asian Studies, and several other subjects that make her resume seem completely made up. She currently spends most of her time working on her first fantasy novel. You can follow her on Twitter at @Berlin_Marina.

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Stephanie Burgis – “Mums’ Group” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_BurgisStephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, spent seven years studying and working in Leeds, England, and now lives in Wales, surrounded by castles and coffee shops. She has published over thirty short stories in various magazines and anthologies, and her first historical fantasy novel for adults, Masks and Shadows, will be published by Pyr Books in 2016. Her trilogy of Regency fantasy novels for kids was published as the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy in the U.S. and as The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson in the UK.

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L Chan – “Coin Toss” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_ChanL Chan is a writer from Singapore. He spends too much time on the internet and too little time writing. His work has been published in Fictionvale, Perihelion Science Fiction and A Mythos Grimmly: Prelude.

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Megan Chaudhuri – “Sterile Technique” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_ChaudhuriA toxicologist by training and a writer by inclination, Megan lives near Seattle with one husband and two cats. Her science fiction has been published in Analog and Crossed Genres, while her science non-fiction has appeared in Slate under her maiden name, Megan Cartwright.

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L. H. Davis – “Shoot Him Daddy” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_DavisLaurance received first place in Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards for his novella The Emporium (2011) and his novel Outpost Earth (2013). The Emporium was a semifinalist in the Writers of the Future Contest and was published in the anthology Swallowed by the Beast. In 2014, the Writers of the Future Contest recognized Becoming Eli, with an honorable mention. Laurance has short stories published in Aspiring Writers 2014 Winners Anthology and A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words. In July of 2015, his short story, That Last Summer, was published online in Red Truck Review’s third literary journal.

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Ciro Faienza – “The Soma Earth” – Futuristica: Volume 1

AuthorPhoto_FaienzaCiro Faienza is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. His fiction and criticism have appeared in Reflection’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Secretly Timid, and K-Zine, and his films have shown at the Dallas Hub Theater, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the London National Gallery. His short story “J’ae’s Solution” was a top-25 finalist in Public Radio International’s Three Minute Futures contest. He is also the editor of the poetry podcast at Strange Horizons. Find him online on his Facebook author page and on Twitter @cirofaienza.

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Anne E. Johnson – “Dreamwire” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_JohnsonAnne E. Johnson lives in Brooklyn. Her short speculative fiction has appeared in the Alternate Hilarities series, Urban Fantasy Magazine, FrostFire Worlds, Shelter of Daylight, The Future Fire, and elsewhere. Her series of humorous science fiction novels, The Webrid Chronicles has been described as a cross between Douglas Adams and Raymond Chandler. Anne writes speculative fiction for children and teens as well, including a book of collected stories called Things from Other Worlds and a YA adventure novel, Space Surfers. Follow her on Twitter @AnneEJohnson.

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E. E. King – “Light-Years from Now” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_KingE. E. King is a performer, writer, biologist and painter. Ray Bradbury calls her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Her books are: Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends, and Another Happy Ending.

She has won numerous awards and been published widely.

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Gary Kloster – “Llamacide” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_KlosterGary Kloster is a writer, a stay-at-home father, a martial artist, and a librarian. Sometimes all in the same day, seldom all at the same time. He lives in the Midwest next to a large university, where no illicit llama assassin training facilities exist. As far as he knows. His first novel, Firesoul, is out now.

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Mary Mascari – “Debugging Bebe” – Futuristica: Volume 1


Author_MascariMary first fell in love with science fiction when Luke turned on his lightsaber.

After getting a highly impractical degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Mary has held a variety of careers ranging from programmer to clown. Now she’s pursuing her MFA at Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction.

She and her husband are raising their two boys to be geeks, and proudly display their life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite in their family room. You can find her on Twitter as @geekymary.

Mike Morgan – “Something to Watch Over Us” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_MorganMike Morgan has lived in the UK, Japan, and the U.S. It turns out that his life has been a process of moving to places with progressively worse weather. Recently, he’s sold stories to Uffda Press, Flame Tree Publishing, and Nomadic Delirium. He also writes non-fiction, with an article in the forthcoming book about British cult TV, You and Who Else. He does not like froth on his beer.

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Robert Lowell Russell – “Love That Easy Money” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_RussellRobert Lowell Russell lives with his family in Ohio. He once aspired to be a history professor but found writing about the real world too constraining. Rob has had more than three dozen stories published and likes to write about all sorts of things, frequently including action and humor in his work.

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Patrice Sarath – “Murder on the Hohmann” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_SarathPatrice Sarath’s novels include the fantasy series, Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God’s Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. She has been published by Penguin in the U.S. and Robert Hale Ltd. in the UK.

Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Her short story “A Prayer for Captain La Hire” was included in Year’s Best Fantasy of 2003. Her story “Pigs and Feaches,” originally published in Apex Digest, was reprinted in 2013 in Best Tales of the Apocalypse by Permuted Press.

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Holly Schofield – “End of My Rope” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_SchofieldHolly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of a prairie farmhouse and her writing cabin on the west coast. Her fiction has been published in Lightspeed, Crossed Genres, Unlikely Stories, and many other venues.

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Wole Talabi – “If They Can Learn” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_TalabiWole Talabi is a full-time engineer, part-time writer and some-time editor with a fondness for science fiction and fantasy. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed magazine, Terraform, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Omenana, Liquid Imagination, and The Kalahari Review. He edited the TNC anthology These Words Expose Us. He currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He likes interesting flow simulation problems, good stories and goes scuba diving whenever he gets a chance. You can find him on Twitter @wtalabi.

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Nancy S.M. Waldman – “ and Best” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_WaldmanNancy S.M. Waldman grew up in Texas, but now lives and writes from the tranquility of a 115-year-old home in the woods of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Her short fiction has been published in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, AE-The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Perihelion Science Fiction and all of the anthologies from Third Person Press—which she co-founded in 2008. She is a member of SF Canada and a graduate of Viable Paradise. This is her first story set on an imagined-future African continent, but she hopes to revisit this world again. Find her on Twitter as @nuanc.

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Daryna Yakusha – “Felis Helianthus” – Futuristica: Volume 1

Author_YakushaDaryna Yakusha is a first-generation Ukrainian-American immigrant who was born in the year of the Chernobyl meltdown and has always been fascinated by dystopia and the aftermath of man-made disasters. She lives in Venice, CA and immediately becomes friends with anyone who can pronounce her name right on the first try.