Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Anne Breen, Andy Brown, Veronica Brush, Tara Campbell, Denzell Cooper, Matthew R. Davis, Thomas Diehl, Lucinda Gunnin, J. Harper, Joachim Heijndermans, James Jensen, Richard Krepski, Jamie Lackey, John A. McColley, Julia K. Patt, LaVa Payne, Torrey Podmajersky, Melanie Rees, Rachel Rodman, Sophie Sparrow, Nicole Tanquary, Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., Alyssa N. Vaughn, Sarah Yasin

Cutting-edge experimentation, endangered species, and restaurant franchise opportunities. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018 collects fourteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Anne Breen, James Jensen, and Jamie Lackey. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, gossip column, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Veronica Brush, Tara Campbell, Julia K. Patt, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Nicole Tanquary, Matthew R. Davis, J. Harper, Thomas Diehl, Joachim Heijndermans, Denzell Cooper, Sarah Yasin, Rachel Rodman, Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., Melanie Rees, Richard Krepski, Andy Brown, John McColley, LaVa Payne, Sophia Sparrow, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Features art by A. Jones, Luke Spooner, Leigh Legler, Scarlett O’Hairdye, and Errow Collins.

About the Authors

Anne Breen

Anne Breen is a newly published writer, but she’s had fun writing for over a decade. She lives in Perth, Western Australia, and has a bachelor degree in philosophy and economics. Her page is at annebreen.com.


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.


Veronica Brush

Veronica Brush is the author of the novellas First Grave on Mars and Second Deception on Mars, a murder mystery series set on the red planet. Her work has been featured in publications including Apex Magazine, the Mad Scientist Journal, and the anthologies Bubble Off Plumb and Do Not Go Quietly. She also has an occasional blog, www.ThemelessWriting.com.


Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell [www.taracampbell.com] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong QuarterlyLitbreakMasters Reviewb(OINK)Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was published in spring 2018. 


Denzell Cooper

Denzell Cooper is a British writer working across multiple genres. His dark fiction has previously appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bete Noire, and other small press publications, as well as the anthologies Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past and Pirates & Ghosts. When he's not writing, Denzell enjoys playing horror board games, such as those set in the world of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, which provided part of the inspiration for this story. The other part was his own twisted imagination.


Matthew R. Davis

Matthew R. Davis can never just walk past a second-hand bookshop, so his home increasingly resembles one. He’s had over forty short stories published thus far, with his first collection, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, due in 2019. He has acted as a judge for the Australian Shadows Awards and the Aurealis Awards, and his work has been shortlisted for both (these occurrences are unrelated). A dossier on his behaviour and crimes has been assembled at matthewrdavisfiction.wordpress.com.


Thomas Diehl

Thomas Diehl is a writer of speculative fiction and nonfiction in both English and German. He hails from a German city with a name barely made for human tongues (Moenchengladbach). His exploits are regularly documented at en.thomasdiehl.eu (or just thomasdiehl.eu for German readers).


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


J. Harper

J. Harper is a 26-year-old queer and introverted witch from the North Bay Area in Northern California, with a B.S. in Forensic Psychology. She was recently accepted into the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Mills College, focusing on her love of horror and sci-fi in her short stories and novels. When not writing about horror, she is often found reading or watching it, painting, or sometimes playing horror video games rather badly.


Joachim Heijndermans

Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he's been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of publications, such as Metaphorosis, Hinnom Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Asymmetry Fiction, Kraxon Magazine, and Gathering Storm Magazine. He's currently in the midst of completing his first children's book. You can check out his other work at www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


James Jensen

James Jensen is very pleased to have been chosen for publication with MadScientistJournal.org. He’s been writing for several years, and his fingers are really tired! He has been (and continues to be) a visual and performance artist, entertainer, and successful humorist, although his wife and daughter might disagree with him on that last bit. In addition to his family, he loves his dogs and his cat, the creative process, composing stories in his head on his drive to work, and referring to himself in the third person.


Richard Krepski

Richard Krepski is retired from a 30-year career as research scientist and educator. He currently resides in the twilight zone between scientific rationalism and poetic lunacy. His work has appeared in Braided Way, Soul-LitOberon, Mobius, Bolts of Silk, Fickle Muses, Jesus Radicals, Parody, Still Crazy, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Tiferet—A Journal of Spiritual Literature. Krepski's essay “Center of the Universe” was awarded the Tiferet writing prize for 2009. Information on all his writing can be found at substance-to-spirit.com.


Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has over 130 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at www.jamielackey.com.


John A. McColley

John A. McColley claims to be a recent father of three, living at the edge of a three-hundred-acre wood. Evidence mounts that he, too, has lost touch with reality after months of sleep deprivation, spinning tales of mechanical men and magic. He reports waking many times a night to the screaming of very cute, but very angry, tiny, twin demons who demand milk and diaper changes.


Julia K. Patt

Julia K. Patt lives in Maryland with the smallest, furriest Elder God and her unwitting orange tabby acolyte, which never fails to make life interesting. Her stories have recently appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, and she is at work on a novel. Twitter: @chidorme. Website: juliakpatt.com.


LaVa Payne

LaVa Payne lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas where she writes stories and explores old sawmill towns.


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.


Melanie Rees

Melanie Rees is a South Australian speculative fiction writer. She has published over 70 stories and poems in markets such as Apex, Aurealis, Daily Science Fiction, and Persistent Visions. More information on her work can be found at www.flexirees.wordpress.com or on Twitter @FlexiRees.


Rachel Rodman

Rachel Rodman (www.rachelrodman.com) is a writer and a former scientist.


Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow has published short fiction in a variety of venues, including here at Mad Scientist Journal. She lives and works in Birmingham, England, with her partner and not enough cats. Visit her online at www.writersophiesparrow.com or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.


Nicole Tanquary

Nicole Tanquary lives in upstate New York State, where she has worked variously as a geochemistry lab assistant, a teaching assistant, and a non-fiction editor and writer, and is currently employed as a writing tutor for Syracuse University. She has sold and published short stories to a menagerie of venues, the most recent of these including work with Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Grievous Angel, and Deadman's Tome. Other things she likes to do include long hikes, playing with her pet rats and cats, and eating ice cream.


Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., is Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. He is co-editor and Creative Editor for Transmotion (an on-line journal of postmodern indigenous studies). His short story collection about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, will be published Summer 2018 by the University of New Mexico Press, who also published his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. His fiction and photography have been published in Entropy, The Rumpus, The Raven Chronicles, High Desert Journal, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.


Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a former software developer, a current high school teacher, a part-time writer and a full-time geek. When she's not reviewing comics for NerdSpan.com or video games for ThatVideoGameBlog, she's working on her own science fiction projects. More accurately, she's procrastinating working on them and tweeting about her baby's farts and the weird things her mom says when they watch the Food network. You can read these tweets @msalyssaenvy or see pictures of her kid on Instagram @alyssaenvy.


Sarah Yasin

Originally from the idyllic coast of Maine, Sarah Yasin presently lives inland where she studies world literature in translation using the public library. Year-round she works at the checkout counter of a convenience store, and seasonally she facilitates writing retreats. Her stories and poems can be found in Truancy, The Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase, and Lovecraft Me. Learn more about her forthcoming books at www.sarahyasin.com.


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Melanie Atherton Allen, H. E. Bergeron, Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Wesley O. Cohen, Domenic diCiacca, Megan Dorei, Rhonda Eikamp, Sean Frost, Darrell Z. Grizzle, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Sam Jowett, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kaitlin Moore, Allison Spector, Candida Spillard, Isaac Teile, Steve Toase, Darci Vogel, Dylan Vogel, E. R. Zhang

Phantom limb surgery, dimensional windows, and sentient androids. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Rhonda Eikamp, Darrell Z. Grizzle, and Joachim Heijndermans. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, gossip column, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Isaac Teile, H. E. Bergeron, S. Qiouyu Lu, Candida Spillard, Steve Toase, E. R. Zhang, Kaitlin Moore, Maureen Bowden, Wesley O. Cohen, Megan Dorei, Allison Spector, Sam Jowett, Domenic diCiacca, Melanie Atherton Allen, Andy Brown, Darci Vogel, Dawn Vogel, Dylan Vogel, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art by Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Melanie Atherton Allen

Melanie Atherton Allen writes fiction, primarily mystery, horror, and comedy (as well as combinations of any two of these, and sometimes of all three).  A story of hers will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Occult Detective Quarterly.  When she is not writing fiction she hopes to publish, she is often engaged in some strange project for her blog (she spells it blaugh), www.athertonsmagicvapour.com. This "blaugh" is the home of many works of fiction too dependent on images to be readily publishable, as well as other freaks and oddities.


H. E. Bergeron

H. E. Bergeron, in addition to writing, is partial to calligraphy pens, dragons, and tabletop roleplaying, but has found some time in between all that to create prose, other examples of which can be found in the anthology Once & Now and the magazine Vitality. @HEBergeron also exists on Twitter, but mostly posts opinions on books and pictures of tea.


Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


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.


Wesley O. Cohen

Wesley O. Cohen is a San Francisco writer who specializes in short stories. As a journalist, she has fiercely advocated for cyborg and android rights. Her work appears in Matchbox Magazine, Star 82 Review, Potluck Mag, and Prized Writing. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before attending the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You can find more of her work at wesleyocohen.wordpress.com.


Domenic diCiacca

Domenic diCiacca lives on a farm in Missouri where he excels as a time-share mattress for cats. Domenic's hobby is making his wife laugh.


Megan Dorei

Megan Dorei is a lover of all things horror and strange. She has been published in such works as Sirens Call Publications' Bellows of the Bone Box, Dark Moon Digest #14, Flame Tree Publishing's Gothic Fantasy: Dystopia Utopia, and Transmundane Press' On Fire anthology. She lives in Lawrence, KS, with her fiancée and probably several ghosts.


Rhonda Eikamp

Rhonda Eikamp is originally from Texas and lives in Germany. Stories of hers have appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lackington's, The Journal of Unlikely Observances, and Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction". Find more stories at writinginthestrangeloop.wordpress.com. When not writing fiction, she translates for a German law firm.


Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.


Darrell Z. Grizzle

Darrell Z. Grizzle is a former parole officer who now works as a counselor in private practice. He writes horror and crime fiction in shadow-haunted Marietta, Georgia, where he lives with two cats and way too many books. His fiction publications include "The Bag in the Corner" (Shotgun Honey, May 2016), "The Last Confession" (Near to the Knuckle, February 2017), and "Under the Blood" (Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, Number 4).


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


Joachim Heijndermans

Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he's been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of publications, such as Metaphorosis, Hinnom Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Asymmetry Fiction, Kraxon Magazine, and Gathering Storm Magazine. He's currently in the midst of completing his first children's book. You can check out his other work at www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


Sam Jowett

Sam Jowett currently lives and studies law in Toronto, Ontario. While he should perhaps focus on writing more "academic things," he can’t help but procrastinate and write "fiction things" instead. You can find his stories at Fickle Muses and Storyshack.


S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator; their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. A dread member of the Queer Asian SFFH Illuminati, S. currently lives in Columbus, OH, with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. Visit their site at s.qiouyi.lu or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.


Kaitlin Moore

Kaitlin Moore is a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying creative writing and physics and how the two disciplines have anything remotely to do with each other. Her works of short fiction and poetry have appeared in Tinge Magazine, Blue Door Quarterly, Supplement v.1, Stylus, and more. She believes Schrödinger's cat is still alive and to never trust a person not carrying a pen, a book, or an abacus.


Allison Spector

Allison is a New Jersey ex-pat who lives for moments of beautiful whimsy. Their work has been featured in The Cost of Paper, Molotov Cocktail Magazine, & Five2One Magazine, among others. Allison is the author of Let's Stalk Rex Jupiter! Check out their work at allisonspector.com.


Candida Spillard

Candida Spillard is a lapsed physicist, having researched for over twenty years into the effect the weather has on radio wave reception.
She has a passion for all things environmental, self-sufficient, or just plain eccentric.
She has sometimes been used for the purposes of Mad Science, but has never knowingly come to harm.
The family do not, in fact, have any known links to the West Indies but there are rumours, on her mother's side, of a Princess of the Raj marrying a British officer during those enlightened times before the Victorians put a stop to this sort of thing.


Isaac Teile

Isaac Teile wrote Resting in Peace: How the Restless Dead of Tira-no-gortha Finally Learned to Cope with Their Curse and edited A Man of Stature: Edmund Teile’s collected essays. He lives near the Blackened Sea and feeds a lot of stray cats. Follow him on Facebook.


Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


Darci Vogel

Darci Vogel is a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Lockport, Illinois, with her younger brother and parents. When she’s not learning at her school, Vine Academy, she likes to read, philosophize, dance, bike, and most importantly, write. She dreams of becoming a professional author, but for now she writes as a hobby.


Dylan Vogel

Dylan Vogel is a cute almost-seven-year-old boy. He loves maps, math, and animals, as well as dancing, Legos, and American Ninja Warrior. He lives in Lockport, Illinois, with his family and two cats, Domino and Tag.


E. R. Zhang

Officially, Zhang cultivates a tiny army of bacteria that may or may not help to save bananas. Unofficially, they are often commissioned to translate various documents and end up having knowledge of the uncanny and the strange, such as ghostly stenographers. You can find them on twitter at @zhang_er_ren.


Snowflake War Journal

by Jeremy Zimmerman

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Warning: Contains Snowflake

This hyper-evolved and foul-mouthed panda has had a variety of jobs, from pilot to a super hero team to sidekick to a motorcycle vigilante. This book contains three tales of Snowflake's solo adventures in the world of Cobalt City! In "A Snowflake's Chance in Hell," he finds himself in trouble at a sinister carnival. "One Giant Leap for Panda-kind" has him face off against an evil version of himself from an alternate reality. And in "Better Dead Than Red," a new story created for this collection, his past catches up with him in the form of a deadly assassin.

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About the Author

Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei and its sequel, The Love of Danger. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with a herd of cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.


Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, K. A. Blaha, Jason Bougger, Andy Brown, Regina Clarke, Kelda Crich, Gary Cuba, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sean Patrick Hazlett, James M. Hines, Damien Krsteski, Parker McKenzie, David Neilsen, Lorraine Schein, K. C. Shaw, Charity Tahmaseb, Steve Toase, T. J. Tranchell

The secret history of the universe, virtual civilizations, murderous plants, and tailored diseases. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2014 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are three new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers by Charity Tahmaseb, Gary Cuba, and Sean Patrick Hazlett. 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 Mathew Allan Garcia, Regina Clarke, S. R. Algernon, Jason Bougger, K. C. Shaw, T. J. Tranchell, E. B. Fischadler, Steve Toase, James M. Hines, Kelda Crich, Damien Krsteski, David Neilsen, K. A. Blaha, Sean Frost, Lorraine Schein, Andy Brown, and Parker McKenzie. Illustrations are provided by Amanda Jones, Dawn Vogel, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

S. R. Algernon studied fiction writing and biology, among other things, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing interests include sociological science fiction, Japanese science fiction, alternate histories and puzzle stories like Asimov used to write. He currently resides in Singapore.


K. A. Blaha

K. A. Blaha, another mad scientist, recently received her PhD in chemical engineering with research in chaos and nonlinear dynamics. Her fiction has appeared in Swords and Sorcery Magazine and The Colored Lens. She writes about science, photography, and science fiction at her blog (www.vironevaeh.com). Her science-fiction themed fairy tales, set in Balini’s universe, are available free in the ibooks store, including over 50 original illustrations.


Jason Bougger

Jason Bougger grew up in Brainard, Nebraska and currently lives in Omaha with his wife and kids. His fiction has appeared in about a dozen places in print and online, most recently in Night to Dawn Magazine vol. 25, Biblical Legends: Garden of Eden (Garden Gnomes Publications), and Alternate Hilarities (Strange Musings Press).  He blogs about writing and other stuff (but mostly writing) at his website http://www.jasonbougger.com.


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.


Regina Clarke

Regina Clarke has a doctorate in English and has worked as a technical writer in high tech, focusing on network management systems, virtual protocols, augmented reality, and military surveillance software. Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Subtle Fiction, and Over My Dead Body!, among others. Her passion is for mysteries, film noir, science fiction B-grade movies, and biographies of writers. It pleases her no end to live in the Hudson River Valley, not very far from where Rod Serling grew up. She has a brilliant, green, eclectus parrot--Harry--who talks a great deal about himself.


Kelda Crich

Kelda Crich is a new born entity. She's been lurking in her creator's mind for a few years. Now she's out in the open. Find her in London looking at strange things in medical museums or on her blog. Kelda's work has appeared in the Lovecraft E-zine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptance, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the Bram Stoker-Award winning After Death anthology.


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.


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/


Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.


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, NewMyths.com, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on www.mathewallangarcia.wordpress.com


Sean Patrick Hazlett

Sean Patrick Hazlett is a technology analyst and Army veteran living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he considers writing fiction as therapy that pays for itself. His fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, The Colored Lens, and NewMyths.com. For more information, please visit: reflectionsofarationalrepublican.com.


James M. Hines

James Michael Hines was born in 1975. He grew up in Kentucky where he lived until moving to Oklahoma in 2001. James thoroughly enjoys writing science fiction, and his work has been featured in a number of science fiction publications over the last few years.


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.


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.


David Neilsen

David Neilsen is the author of a number of relatively disturbing short stories, and a slightly-less-disturbing novel. When he's not writing, he's performing one-man shows of either The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or The Call of Cthulhu. David wants to be a mad scientist when he grows up.


Lorraine Schein

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Space & Time, and the anthologies Phantom Drift and Alice Redux. Her poetry book, The Futurist's Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com. She has a story forthcoming in Gigantic Worlds and is working on a graphic novel.


K. C. Shaw

K. C. Shaw's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Daily Science Fiction. Visit her website at http://kcshaw.net.


Charity Tahmaseb

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.


Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


T. J. Tranchell

T. J. Tranchell is busy balancing life as a graduate student and teaching assistant at Central Washington University with being a husband to a beautiful woman and father to a rambunctious 8-month-old boy. He spends what little free time he has these days writing short stories; reading Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman; watching horror movies; and teaching his son about professional wrestling and comic books.


Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, Stuart Webb

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"Once we were all just people. Our culture was only an element of our complex being. Now, we are reduced to our origins." -- Amelia Fisher, "The Children of Echidna"

No one understands being an outsider like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-eight tales of people who have lived in a world that doesn't accept them. Some face their situation with humor, others less so. Vampires, werewolves, and changelings share space in these pages with gorgons, natukkong, jiangshi, and rokurokubi.

Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, and Stuart Webb. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, GryphonShifter, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas is a writer, carpenter, and photographer born and bred in London. He is the author of Like Clockwork, a steampunk mystery published by Transmundane Press; Image and Other Stories, a collection of seven short stories that examine themes of love, loss, and the haunting nature of bad decisions; and Hajj--My Pilgrimage, a light-hearted and secular look at the pilgrimage to Mecca that is at the heart of the Islamic faith. His short story/love letter to London "An Absolute Amount of Sadness" was published by Mad Scientist Journal in their Fitting In anthology. You can find out what he is up to through his blog at www.aliabbasali.com.


Marina Belli

It was love at first sight between Marina Belli and books. Then, when she was eleven, she used to skip catechism classes to go to the local library, read great stories, and try her hand with this "writing" thing. She's been a librarian, an English teacher for entry level students, an editor, a roleplayer, and a clerk for the Town Hall. She lives in a small town in northern Italy and mainly writes and self-publishes in Italian, her mother tongue, but she's forcing herself to write in English too. You can find her at https://spaceofentropy.wordpress.com/.


Jimmy Bernard

Jimmy Bernard is a 25-year-old writer with a degree in applied psychology. He works as an HR analyst and writes stories in his spare time. Besides writing, he plays guitar and spends most of his time reading. He resides in Belgium and visits Professor Fowler, a very old friend of his, at least twice a month, to discuss some of the new cases he has uncovered.


Elisa A. Bonnin

Elisa Bonnin was born in the Philippines, where she lived until the age of sixteen. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fantasy, writing, and going to the beach. Now, Elisa is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, studying oceanography. She still enjoys reading and writing, and can be found working on pieces of creative fiction from time to time.


Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


Darin M. Bush

Darin M. Bush is an author, speaker, educator, and victim of excessive personality from Atlanta, Georgia. He also uses the word "panel" as a verb, due to his recently acquired addiction to sitting on panels at conventions, discussing science fiction and fantasy. This is his second story published by Mad Scientist Journal. His ego is accessible through his Amazon author's page, and his id is on display at Facebook.com/DarinMBush.


Garrett Croker

Garrett Croker studied writing at UC Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from Mills College. He is a monster of the genus Homo Scriptorus, a much feared species known for subsisting on caffeine-based nutrients and possessing a particularly thick epidermal layer. Find him online at garrettcroker.com and on Twitter at @garrettcroker.


Jordan Davies

Jordan Davies is 23-year-old writer from Canada's capital. When he's not typing away or with his head buried in a book, he can be found at the local skatepark, playing guitar, or walking his god Leeroy Jenkins through the woods. He's always felt like an outside observer of life more than a participant in it, like a reader to a book: one foot planted in this world and the other firmly in the realms of fantasy, but never belonging to either.


Laura Duerr

Laura Duerr is a writer, social media coordinator, gamer, and reader living in Vancouver, WA, with her husband, a rescue dog, and more cats than she'd like to admit. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Linfield College. Her other work can be seen in Devilfish Review and Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures.


Amelia Fisher

Amelia Fisher graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015 with a BA in Creative Writing. She also received her school's MFA award for her fiction. She is currently a recurring book reviewer with The Literary Review, and spends most of her waking hours writing, reading, and living speculative fiction. In her un-waking hours, she dreams it. She has lived in Egypt, Russia, Turkey, and the USA; these days she can most often be found in the haunted basement of her family home in Vienna, Virginia, when she isn't living out of a minivan in the woods. One day soon she hopes to embrace the minivan life full-time.


Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.


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, NewMyths.com, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on www.mathewallangarcia.wordpress.com


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she's "lucky" enough to have two sexy careers that don't make her much money. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.


Valjeanne Jeffers

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College, and the author of The Immortal series; The Switch II: Clockwork; Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective; and Colony: Ascension.

Valjeanne was featured in 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction. Her stories have been published in Steamfunk!, Genesis Science Fiction Magazine, Griots II: Sisters of the Spear, and The City. The Switch II: Clockwork was nominated best ebook novella of 2013 (eFestival of Words). Her short story "Awakening" was published as a podcast by Far Fetched Fables. She is also one of the screenwriters for 7Magpies, a film anthology. Purchase Valjeanne's novels at: www.vjeffersandqveal.com


Michael M. Jones

Michael M. Jones lives in southwestern Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who knows where all the bodies are buried. His stories, many of which take place in this same setting, have appeared in anthologies such as Constellary TalesF is for Fairy, and Fitting In. The characters in "The High Cost of Answers" first appeared in "The Strange Case of Rebecca Rice," available in Like a Mystery Uncovered: Erotic Detective Stories (caution: adult material!).

The characters in "...Octopuses in the Office" first appeared in "Saturday Night Science," available in the first issue of Broadswords & Blasters (April 2017).

For more, visit him at www.michaelmjones.com.


S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator; their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. A dread member of the Queer Asian SFFH Illuminati, S. currently lives in Columbus, OH, with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. Visit their site at s.qiouyi.lu or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.


John A. McColley

John A. McColley claims to be a recent father of three, living at the edge of a three-hundred-acre wood. Evidence mounts that he, too, has lost touch with reality after months of sleep deprivation, spinning tales of mechanical men and magic. He reports waking many times a night to the screaming of very cute, but very angry, tiny, twin demons who demand milk and diaper changes.


Ville Meriläinen

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student, award-winning author of speculative fiction, and death metal vocalist. His short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including IGMS, Cast of Wonders, and Pseudopod. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available now.


Timothy Nakayama

Timothy Nakayama was born and raised in Malaysia and currently resides in Seattle. His short stories have been featured in various anthologies such as Fish, Lost in Putrajaya, KL Noir: Yellow, PJ Confidential, and Little Basket 2016: New Malaysian Writing. He has also written short stories in comic form, many of them featured in anthologies published by GrayHaven Comics.


Adam Petrash

Adam Petrash is a writer, poet, and journalist. He’s the author of the novella, The Ones to Make it Through (Phantom Paper Press 2015), and his work has appeared in places such as After the Pause, CHEAP POP, Devolution Z, Lemon Hound, Luna Luna Magazine, Spacecraft Press, and WhiskeyPaper. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.


Darren Ridgley

Darren Ridgley is a journalist and speculative fiction writer residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work has previously appeared in the Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures anthology published by Mad Scientist Journal, as well as magazines including Polar Borealis, Fantasia Divinity, and Empyreome.


Erin Sneath

Erin Sneath grew up on a lake in rural Ontario. She studied film at Ryerson University, and dabbled in animation before her love of screenwriting took over. She has been a freelance video editor, a barista, a luggage salesperson, and a nanny. She once sang on tour in northern Europe with her choir. Now she lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she still writes screenplays but also horror novels and short stories. You may find her in summer tent camping with her wonderfully supportive husband, friends, acquaintances, and musical instruments in the middle of a prairie ghost town.


J. C. Stearns

After a long and failed career in alchemy yielded nothing but a time consuming and expensive formula for turning gold into lead, J. C. Stearns was forced into freelance writing to make ends meet. Currently he dwells with his wife, child, and menagerie of animals in the swamps of Southern Illinois, where he seethes with resentment against the world that has denied him the fame and glory he feels is rightfully his, and gleefully plots his revenge. His work has previously been published in Under the Bed and Selfies from the End of the World, and he is a regular contributor to Quoth the Raven.


Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb has been an active member of Transformers fandom for over a decade, writing multiple comic reviews for tfarchive.com. Since 2012, he has been running the Transformation project at thesolarpool.weebly.com, where he looks at each issue of the British Transformers comic at a weekly rate. To date, two book versions have been collected of material from the website. His hands aren't evil, just mildly confused.


Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2016

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Maureen Bowden, Thomas Canfield, Scott Chaddon, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, Farah Ghuznavi, Michael Goldstein, Tom Howard, Sean Kavanagh, K. Kitts, Matt Largo, A. C. Martin, Perry McDaid, Michael Monaco, Jennifer Moore, Leenna Naidoo, Maya Obregon, Edward Palumbo, Shane Patrick, Deborah Walker, Dusty Wallace

Jovian life forms, the cruel death of a superhero, memory loops. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 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, K. Kitts, and Deborah Walker. 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 Sean Kavanagh, Michael Goldstein, Farah Ghuznavi, Leenna Naidoo, Maureen Bowden, Dusty Wallace, Tom Howard, E. B. Fischadler, Matt Largo, Thomas Canfield, Edward Palumbo, Michael Monaco, Kate Elizabeth, Sean Frost, A. C. Martin, Scott Chaddon, Jennifer Moore, Maya Obregon, Perry McDaid, and Shane Patrick. Includes art by Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, and Errow Collins.

About the Authors

Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


Thomas Canfield

Thomas Canfield aspires to worry less, for which purpose he has taken up the study of children, and to laugh more, for which purpose he has taken up the study of politicians.


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?).


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.


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/


Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.


Farah Ghuznavi

Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, newspaper columnist and development worker, whose writing has been widely anthologized in the UK, US, France, Canada, Germany, Singapore, India, Nepal and her native Bangladesh.  Her story Judgement Day was awarded in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2010, and Getting There placed second in the Oxford University GEF Competition. Farah was Writer in Residence with Commonwealth Writers in 2013. She edited the Lifelines anthology (Zubaan Books, 2012), and subsequently published her first short story collection Fragments of Riversong (Daily Star Books, 2013). Her Facebook author page is at: https://www.facebook.com/FarahGhuznavi.


Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein dabbles in science fiction and is a gunner's mate in the US Navy. He is also pursuing his degree in mathematics. Between all this, he somehow finds time for his very patient and very supportive wife, Ellie, and daughter, Avery.


Tom Howard

Tom Howard is a fantasy and short story writer in Little Rock, Arkansas, who is currently working for a bank's IT department in the Philippines. He doesn't own any cats, but thanks his children for their inspiration and the Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers' Group for their perspiration.


Sean Kavanagh

Sean Kavanagh works in commercials and TV, as well as being a prolific writer of his favourite form of fiction: the short story. He has published three anthologies on Kindle, as well as having stories published on 365 Tomorrows and in the 81Word fiction anthology. You can see more about him on his blog: http://seankavanaghauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

 


K. Kitts

Dr. K. Kitts is a retired geology professor who lives in the high desert of New Mexico. She served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Mission and worked with both Apollo lunar samples and meteorites. She has dozens of non-fiction publications, but she no longer wishes to talk about “what is” but rather “what if.” She is currently writing both short and novel-length science fiction.


Matt Largo

Matt Largo studied literature at Arizona State University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and three cats. He blogs occasionally at strontiumlullaby.blogspot.com, and can be found in person by whispering his name three times in front of a mirror in the dark. On second thought, no. Don't do that.


A. C. Martin

A. C. Martin was born in 1995 and currently lives in Kenya. He started writing in 2012 and got his first novel (Widows: A Blackhearts Series Novel) published in 2013. Since then, he has been writing with a small company of other writers called Fort Writing, mostly writing both fictional and nonfictional short articles and longer research papers. Martin is currently in college but spends most of his free time watching, reading and writing all forms of literature, from comic books to erudite novels.


Perry McDaid

Irish writer Perry McDaid lives in Derry under the brooding brows of Donegal hills which he occasionally hikes in search of druidic inspiration. His diverse creative writing appears internationally in the like of Quantum; Runtzine; Stupefying Stories; Amsterdam Quarterly; Everyday Fiction; Bewildering Stories; Flash Fiction Magazine; Bunbury and others.


Michael Monaco

Michael is a blogger, writer, and admin assistant extraordinaire from Washington, D.C. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in Linguistics and Creative Writing. His greatest fears are crocodiles and failure, and he loves writing speculative fiction even more than he loves his neurotic Boston Terrier.


Jennifer Moore

If you were to visit the recent past in a time machine you’d find Jennifer’s short fiction appearing in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Guardian, Mslexia, The First Line and Short Fiction. You might also catch her winning the Commonwealth Short Story Competition.  Equally, there’s a chance you’d miss all the exciting writing bits and catch her doing the washing-up after dinner instead.  Time machine controls can be a bit temperamental like that.


Leenna Naidoo

Leenna almost failed Physics at high school, passed first year Electronics for Video Technology easily, and has hankered to study physics further ever since. After quitting ESL Teaching in 2014, she has concentrated on writing women's fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, including Situation No Win, How Not To Meet The Man of Your Dreams, and Here Be Monsters (set mostly on Mars). She is currently working on her novel, Incident At Wolfe Creek, which is not set on Mars, but on parallel worlds because her favorite theory has strings attached. Her blog is www.leennanaidoo.wordpress.com.


Maya Obregon

Maya Obregon is a fairly new writer (in the terms of a writer who submits her work) but has enjoyed it for many years. Unfortunately, she is currently a captive of the Texan school system. When she is not held in the limbo of school, she likes mountain biking, writing, and reading. She also loves listening to music (though she weeps for anyone forced to hear her create it).


Edward Palumbo

Edward Palumbo is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (1982). His fiction, poems, shorts, and journalism have appeared in numerous periodicals, journals, e-journals and anthologies including Rough Places Plain, Flush Fiction, Tertulia Magazine, Epiphany, The Poet’s Page, Reader’s Digest, Baseball BardDark Matter, and poemkingdom.com. Ed’s literary credo is: if you fall off the horse, get right back on the bicycle.


Shane Patrick

Shane Patrick has picked rocks, dug ditches, handled explosives, run a trap-line, raised mink, sold puppies, ridden motorcycles, told fools which team to bet on, shoveled all manner of things, skied powder, and more, all to make a buck. He currently flies helicopters for money. Mr. Patrick lives, works, and plays in Alaska.


Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.com/. Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, and The Year’s Best SF 18.


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