Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Loria Chaddon, Gary Cuba, Robert Dawson, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, Michael Hudson, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Steve Ruskin

Nonhuman religions, clones of classical composers, and the mating habits of socks. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014 collects three month's worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist reader by Rob Butler, Gary Cuba, Christopher DiCicco, and Sylvia Wrigley. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, horoscopes, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Michael Hudson, Nick Nafpliotis, George Nikolopoulos, Dennis Staples, Andrew May, Judith Field, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Robert Dawson, Christopher Holmes Nixon, Samantha Lienhard, Christopher Lynch, Rob Oxley, Diana Parparita, Kate Elizabeth, Torrey Podmajersky, Megan Vogel, Lorraine Schein, Eric Aren, Loria Chaddon, Steve Ruskin, Liz Hedgecock, Sylvia Heike, and Sam Slaughter. Illustrations are provided by Matt Youngmark, Dawn Vogel, Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Loria Chaddon

Loria Chaddon is a 40-year-old photographer and writer, with delusions of responsible adulthood. Due to her regular use of Madame Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream, (which she introduced to her husband, as well) she is often mistake for a much younger 30.

A gentle soul with a heart of murderous darkness, she accompanies her beloved husband in their shared travels through a dubious reality (accompanied by four hyperactive Hell Hounds disguised as dachshunds), both dreading, and anticipating, the day the monsters buried beneath their kindly masks might burst forth, to the dismay of all. Or she might bake some cookies.


Gary Cuba

Gary Cuba, a frequent contributor to Mad Science Journal, has seen his fiction published in more than ninety magazines and anthologies, including Baen's Universe, Nature Futures, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. His lives with his wife in South Carolina, dangerously close to the Congaree National Swamp. He sometimes sees things that cannot possibly exist.


Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson has a Ph.D., teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian University, and writes science fiction.


Kate Elizabeth

Kate Elizabeth lives in Melbourne, Australia. When she isn't working, she likes to write the occasional short story.


Judith Field

Judith Field lives in London, UK. She is the daughter of writers, and learned how to agonise over fiction submissions at her mother's (and father's) knee. She's a pharmacist working in emergency medicine, a medical writer, editor, and indexer. She started writing in 2009. She mainly writes speculative fiction, a welcome antidote from the world she lives in. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the USA, UK, and Australia. When she's not working or writing, she studies English, knits, sings, and swims, not always at the same time. She blogs at Luna Station Quarterly.


Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is originally from Springfield, Missouri and moved to Austin, Texas while in the Army. He lives there with his girlfriend and their lazy, poop-machine of a cat, Prince.


Diana Parparita

Diana Parparita’s short stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Avast, Ye Airships!, and other publications. She is currently working on the fantasy web-novel Toadmila Wartly, which can be found at toadmila.blogspot.com.


Torrey Podmajersky

Delivered by time travelers to a newly-cooled Earth, Torrey Podmajersky spent her formative years in de facto world domination. Since her peaceful abdication, she and her knifemaking husband embroider the outskirts of imaginalia with monsters, tools, and words.


Steve Ruskin

Steve Ruskin’s stories have appeared in AntipodeanSF, Steampunk Trails, and the anthologies Temporally Out of Order and Avast, Ye Airships! He has been a university professor, a mountain bike guide, and a number of things in between. In addition to fiction he has written for publications ranging from the American Journal of Physics to the Rocky Mountain News. He lives in Colorado. Visit steveruskin.com.