Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by K.C. Ball, Andy Brown, Myke Edwards, K. Esta, Mathew Allan Garcia, Janka Hobbs, K. G. Jewell, Jason Lairamore, David D. Levine, Zoe McAuley, Parker McKenzie, K. S. O'Neill, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Cat Rambo, Michael Rettig, J.J. Roth, Megan Vogel, Trent Walters, Richard Zwicker

Undead love, clog dancing aliens, succubi and giant slugs. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by K.C. Ball, David D. Levine, Cat Rambo, and Trent Walters. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include K. Esta, Mathew Allen Garcia, Janka Hobbs, K. S. O'Neill, J.J. Roth, Megan Vogel, Richard Zwicker, Zoe McAuley, Jason Lairamore, Myke Edwards, Michael Rettig, K.G. Jewell, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Andy Brown, and Parker McKenzie. Illustrations are provided by Scarlett O'Hairdye, Shannon, Legler, Luke Spooner, Katie Nyborg, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

K.C. Ball

K.C. Ball lives in Seattle. Her short stories have appeared in various online and print publications, including Analog, Lightspeed and Murky Depths, as well as in a collection of her works, Snapshots From A Black Hole & Other Oddities, published by Hydra House Books. Her novel, Lifting Up Veronica, was released in May, 2013 by Every Day Publishers. K.C. is a 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. She won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 2009 and the Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers award in 2012.

Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a musician and entertainer living near Edinburgh in Scotland. (He doesn't currently own a kilt but does play bagpipes a little.) He is a pleasant enough fellow with a healthy interest in many things and an obsessive interest in many others. (Music, computers, astronomy, reading, writing…) He plays a wide variety of instruments to a wide variety of standards. His greatest happiness is his family and the fact that he wakes every morning still breathing. His greatest sadness is that he might die before warp travel, teleportation, and Klingons are discovered.

Myke Edwards

Myke Edwards has been writing stories of the fantastic and outlandish for most of his life. Upon graduating from a reputable creative writing program, he began traveling through several dimensions where he claims to still live. He really just finds himself caught in his worlds more often than not, and makes his home in Toledo, OH, where he can frequently be found writing alongside several empty coffee mugs.

K. Esta

K. Esta is a fan of Sci Fi in all forms, but has been known to play with other genres as well. After studying mechanical engineering and geology, working as an aerospace engineer for a few years, and dabbling in other things, K has decided that writing is much more fun. K's serialised dystopian novel Dosterra can be found at the genre fiction site JukePop Serials:, and K's short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction. All K's work can be viewed or accessed via

Mathew Allan Garcia

Mathew Allan Garcia is the fiction editor of Pantheon Magazine. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Mad Scientist Journal, Kasma SF,, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on

Janka Hobbs

Janka Hobbs lives in the Puget Sound lowlands where she studies Botany and Aikido when she's not playing with words. Her story "Photographic Memories" appeared in the January issue of Emerald Sky Magazine.

K. G. Jewell

K. G. Jewell lives and writes in Austin, Texas. He bakes a mean boule. His website, which is rarely updated, is

Jason Lairamore

Jason is a family man. He is the father to three wonderful children, and is the lucky husband to one very beautiful lady. By day he works as a medical professional, and at night he is blessed enough to be father and husband. Only after normal people are safely tucked away cozily in their beds and sleeping soundly, does Jason get to sit down and explore the tangential worlds of everyanywhere. And explore he does. You can find Jason at!/jason.lairamore

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. His web page is at, and his video of mad scientist Dr. Talon's "Letter to the Editor" can be found at

Zoe McAuley

Zoe McAuley is a resident of northern England and approaching her late twenties at a frightening rate. Lacking any other means of gainful employment, she has taken to putting Lady Dr. MacChruim's notes into a format intelligible to the rest of the human population. She enjoys Live Action Roleplaying and getting lost in caverns in Minecraft.

Parker McKenzie

Parker McKenzie is a hobby writer and archeology student living in the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada.

Between time spent sleeping and studying, he manages to squeeze in time to write, draw, and play video games into the wee hours of the morning.

He also has an alarming tendency to spend more time inside his own head than is likely healthy. A condition not helped by his love of fantasy and sci-fi.

K. S. O'Neill

K. S. O'Neill is a math professor and fencing coach at a small college. He wishes certain people reading this to know that his patience is not infinite.

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

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.

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 100+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Her short story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and information about her online classes, see

Michael Rettig

Michael Rettig is a left handed, red headed only child who sees shapes in clouds no one else does. Once when fired from a job, instead of getting drunk, he went alone to a room and read Orwell’s 1984 straight through. This is Mike’s second story for Mad Scientist Journal. His first story was "Chuck the Alien." After an insanely stressful career as a stockbroker, Mike writes short stories. He’s won a couple of short fiction contests and been a writing contest director. His writing critique group, "The Word Herd," meets frequently at the local Barnes and Noble.

J.J. Roth

J.J. Roth's fantasy and science fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, The Colored Lens, Aoife's Kiss and Every Day Fiction.  A transplanted New Yorker, J.J. now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes when not chauffeuring two young sons or working at a large IT company.  Visit for more info and updates.

Megan Vogel

Megan Vogel is a marketing professional and wine enthusiast living in Atlanta, GA.

Trent Walters

Although Trent Walters denies being mad, scientificking or journaling, he teaches science in Honduras. Moreover, an eighteenth-century Egyptian archaeologist uncovered journals of his purported ravings next to the Necronomicon. You decide.... His works have appeared (or will appear) in Dreams & Nightmares, Electric Velocipede, Fantasy, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Mad Scientist Journal, among others. He won the Hayward-Faultline and Texas Ruby Red prizes, was honorably mentioned in the Asimov's and Writers of the Future contests.

Richard Zwicker

Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in Penumbra, Farstrider Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semi-pro markets. A collection of his short stories, Walden Planet and Other Stories, is available on Amazon.