Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Leslie J. Anderson, Elizabeth Berger, Scott Chaddon, Gary Cuba, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, J. Herman, Alexander Hollins, Simon Kewin, Ira Krik, Damien Krsteski, Jacob M. Lambert, Alanna McFall, Dan McQuain, Torrey Podmajersky, Stephanie Rose, Steve Ruskin, R. Scott Shanks, Jr., Kathy Steinemann, Sean Stempler, Dusty Wallace, Adam J. Williams, Richard Zwicker

Prophetic skulls, crocheting krakens, murderous plants. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Judith Field, Dusty Wallace, and Richard Zwicker. 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 Ira Krik, Kathy Steinemann, Elizabeth Berger, Damien Krsteski, Leslie Anderson, Alanna McFall, Gary Cuba, Alexander Hollins, J. Herman, E. B. Fischadler, R. Scott Shanks, Jr., Jacob M. Lambert, Sean Stempler, Dan McQuain, Stephanie Rose, Steve Ruskin, Scott Chaddon, Adam J. Williams, Scott Chaddon, Simon Kewin, Kate Elizabeth, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art provided by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Leslie J. Anderson

Leslie J. Anderson's writing has appeared in Asimov's, Apex, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart, Elgin, and Rhysling Award.

She lives in Ohio with her husband and two small dogs, Caper and Oscar. For her day job, she organizes words and pictures for financial consultants.


Elizabeth Berger

Elizabeth Berger's work has appeared in Stupefying Stories. She is pursuing a PhD in bioarchaeology, the study of ancient bones. In the usual course of her work, unlike in Mr. Laredo's account, the bones do not talk back.


Scott Chaddon

Scott Chaddon is a 25-year-old man in a 48-year-old body that looks 35 (possibly due to Madam Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream). Condemned to exile from his beloved home in the far north, he strives to carry on in his strange new environment. He brings forth news from distant places and times, different realities and parallel universes to any who find interest and amusement in them. He’s at home in the surreal, buddies with the bizarre, and teases the twisted things creeping in the darkness (how else can he get the stubborn things out from under your bed?).


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.


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.


E. B. Fischadler

E. B. Fischadler has been writing short stories for several years, and has recently begun publishing. His stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bewildering Stories, eFiction, Voluted Tales, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, and Beyond Science Fiction. In addition to fiction, Fischadler has published over 30 papers in refereed scientific journals, as well as a chapter of a textbook on satellite engineering. When he is not writing, he pursues a career in engineering and serves his community as an EMT. Fischadler continues to write short stories and is working on a novel about a naval surgeon. You can learn more about Fischadler and access his other publications at: https://ebfischadler.wordpress.com/


J. Herman

J. Herman has been a Rocket Scientist, a computer graphic developer for Hollywood films, a network god, and now a writer, which can also be considered sort of a god, who lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Alexander Hollins

Alexander Hollins is a Junior Archivist in the Neural Recorder Archives, a natural talent at integrating with the recorded memories and providing transcripts of the events and details of laboratory accidents and sudden discoveries. He is married to a school teacher and has two children, Flint, 6, and James, 4.


Simon Kewin

Simon Kewin is the author of over 100 published short stories. His works have appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and many more. He lives in England with his wife and their daughters. His cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and his "steampunk Gormenghast" novel Engn were recently published. He is currently completing his Cloven Land fantasy trilogy. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.


Ira Krik

Ira Krik lives on a creek in the muddy Michigan woods. He has no wife or children, and he prefers it that way. He lives a life of solitude except for the letters sent between him and his colleagues, like those of Doctor Johannes.


Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski writes SF and develops software. His stories have appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, Flapperhouse, The Colored Lens, Perihelion SF, Bastion, Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, and others. He lives and works in Skopje, Macedonia. Online, he can be found at http://monochromewish.blogspot.com and @monochromewish.


Jacob M. Lambert

Jacob M. Lambert has published with Flame Tree Publishing, Third Flatiron, and Midnight Echo Magazine. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama, where he teaches English Composition and is a slush reader for THAT Literary Review. When not writing, he enjoys time with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Annabelle.


Alanna McFall

Alanna McFall is an actor and science-fiction writer based out of the Bay Area in California. She has published pieces on Mad Scientist Journal, Escape Pod, Alliteration Ink, and many more, across a range of mediums. You can follow her work on her website at https://alannamcfall.wordpress.com or on Twitter at @AlannaMcFall.


Dan McQuain

Dan had a head injury in his youth and as a result has always had two dreams: To sell cars and to be a writer.
He recently quit his job as the operations manager of a K-9 security company to pursue those goals.


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.


Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose is a marine biologist/writer and has recently completed a Masters in Aquatic Pathobiology. They have written two research papers to be released next year, though fiction writing remains one of their greatest passions.


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.


R. Scott Shanks, Jr.

R. Scott Shanks, Jr., was introduced to M. Gentry while in the company of the French police, where a firm camaraderie was immediately established. Counter to the opinions of both the prosecutor and the sitting magistrate, he had nothing to do with M. Gentry's sudden departure from Parisian hospitality. It is true that Mr. Shanks had visited M. Gentry in prison, bringing a bushel-basket of broken clocks and bits of wire--as well as several pounds of rodent bait--but that was intended to augment his own person to improve a bad back and several more personal issues.


Kathy Steinemann

Kathy Steinemann has loved writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she scribbled poems and stories. During the progression of her love affair with words, she won multiple public-speaking and writing awards. Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a small-town paper, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She’s a self-published author who tries to write something every day. You can read more of Kathy's work at KathySteinemann.com.


Sean Stempler

Sean Stempler is a senior at Georgetown University, studying English and Film & Media Studies. Winner of the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge, Sean writes about AI, robots, the internet, and all the other surreal machinery that keeps our world rolling. "They Never Blink" is his first piece of published short fiction.


Dusty Wallace

Dusty Wallace lives in the Appalachians of Virginia with his wife and two sons. He enjoys reading, writing, and the occasional fine cigar. Find him on Twitter: @CosmicDustMite


Adam J. Williams

Adam J. Williams received degrees in English and Cinema from the University of Iowa. Since then, he spent time as a store manager at Blockbuster Video and working in the hospital world. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two kids, where he spends his days talking to himself and playing pretend.


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.