Shapers of Worlds Volume III: The Authors

GRIFFIN BARBER spent his youth in four different countries, learning three languages and burning all his bridges. Finally settled in Northern California and retired from a day job as a police officer in a major metropolitan department, he lives the good life with his lovely wife, crazy-smart daughter, tiny Bengal, and needy dog. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, co-authored with Eric Flint, was his first novel. 1637: The Peacock Throne is now available. He’s also collaborated with Kacey Ezell on a novel set in their Last Stop Station Universe, titled Second Chance Angel. He’s also collaborated with Chuck Gannon, penning Man-Eater and Infiltration, novellas set in The Murphy’s Lawless annex of the Caine Riordan Universe. He has a number of short stories set in different universes coming out in 2022.

GERALD BRANDT is an internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His first novel, The Courier,in the San Angeles series was listed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of the ten Canadian science fiction books you need to read and was a finalist for the prestigious Aurora Award. Both The Courier and its sequel, The Operative, appeared on the Locus Bestsellers List. By day, Gerald is an IT professional. In his limited spare time, he enjoys off-roading, camping, and spending time with his family. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Marnie, and their two sons, Jared and Ryan.

CHRISTIAN (MILES) CAMERON was born in Pittsburgh in 1962 and graduated from the University of Rochester after an outstandingly long undergraduate career. He served in the US Navy onboard aircraft carriers and elsewhere, and then moved on to a writing career. He’s written over forty novels, including The Red Knight from Gollancz and Killer of Men from Orion Books.  His latest novel is Artifact Space, an epic space opera set in the not-too-distant future. He lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and too many cats.

SEBASTIEN DE CASTELL had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way. Sebastien’s acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. was shortlisted for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy, the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages. Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.

KRISTI CHARISH is the author of Kincaid Strange, an urban fantasy about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a grunge rocker, and The Adventures of Owl, an “Indiana Jane”-style adventure about ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. Kristi writes what she loves: adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. Kristi is also a scientist. She has a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She specializes in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, and gratuitously uses her expertise throughout her fiction. You can find Kristi on her laptop writing videogames and making science comprehensible.

CORY DOCTOROW is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults; How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, nonfiction about monopoly and conspiracy; In Real Life, a graphic novel; and the picture book Poesy the Monster Slayer. His latest book is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to Little Brother; his next nonfiction book is Chokepoint Capitalism, with Rebecca Giblin, about monopoly and fairness in the creative arts labor market, (Beacon Press, 2022). In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

K. EASON started telling stories (to pets, stuffed animals, and anyone who might listen) in her early childhood. She ended up with two degrees in English literature before she decided that she needed to stop writing about everyone else’s stories and get back to telling her own. She lives with her husband and a trio of disreputable cats in Southern California, where she teaches first-year college students about zombies, Beowulf, and food (though not all at once). Her short fiction has appeared in Cabinet-des-FéesPostcards from Hell: The First ThirteenJabberwocky 4, Crossed Genres, and Kaleidotrope. She is the author of the On the Bones of Godstrilogy, The Thorne Chronicles duology, and The Weep duology, the second book of which, Nighwatch Over Windscar, is forthcoming from DAW Books in October 2022. When she’s not writing or commenting on essays, she’s either knitting, baking, or playing D&D. You can find K. at her website, www.mythistoria.com, and on Twitter @svartjagr.

DAVID EBENBACH is the author of nine books of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including his recent novel How to Mars, called “A poignant examination of what it means to be human” (Kirkus Reviews). He lives in Washington, DC, with his family, where he teaches at Georgetown University.

MARK EVERGLADE has spent his life as a sociologist, studying conflict on all levels of society. An avid reader of science fiction, he takes both its warnings and opportunities for change to heart. His first novel, published through RockHill PublishingHemispheres, is rated 4.5 stars and went to number five in its category on Amazon during launch week. His co-author for the story in Shapers of Worlds Volume II is JOSEPH HURTGEN, who has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Ball State University and teaches at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. His books include The Archive IncarnateTower Defender, and Sherman. He writes about science fiction, literature, and culture at Rapid Transmission and New Rural.

FRANK J. FLEMING is the author of the Superego series of science-fiction novels. He’s also a humor writer for the Babylon BeeNew York Post, and USA Today, and has been a scriptwriter (Love Gov). Fleming is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and works as an electrical and software engineer when he’s not writing. He has also been a pioneer in virtual-reality video. He lives in Austin with his wife and four kids.

VIOLETTE MALAN is the author of the Dhulyn and Parno sword-and-sorcery series and The Mirror Lands series of primary world fantasies. As VM Escalada, she’s the author of the Faraman Prophecy, including Halls of Law, and Gift of Griffins. She’s on Facebook, she’s on Twitter (@Violette Malan) in addition to the website linked to her name above, you can find her at ww.violettemalan.com or  www.vmescalada.com. (Not that it’s up-to-date, she says, because it isn’t.) Violette lives in Spain with her husband, Paul, and Luna the Cat, and she strongly urges you to remember that no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

ANNA MOCIKAT is the award-winning, internationally published sci-fi author of Behind Blue Eyes, the Tales of the Shadow City series, and the MUC series. Before becoming a novelist, she graduated from film school and worked as a screenwriter and game writer for over a decade.

Born in 1947, JAMES MORROW has been writing fiction ever since. As a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. Upon reaching adulthood, James channeled his storytelling urge into the production of speculative literature. Most of his novels are written in satiric-theological mode, including the critically acclaimed Godhead Trilogy. He has won the World Fantasy Award (for Only Begotten Daughter and Towing Jehovah), the Nebula Award (for “The Deluge” and City of Truth), and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (for Shambling towards Hiroshima). In recent years the author has composed historical fiction informed by a fantastika sensibility, including The Last Witchfinder (about the birth of the Enlightenment) and Galápagos Regained (about the coming of the evolutionary worldview). The French translation of Galápagos received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

JESS E. OWEN is a professional author and artist residing in the mountains of northwest Montana with her husband and doggo. She is a current board member and past president of her local writers’ organization, Authors of the Flathead, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She has published an indie YA fantasy series, The Summer King Chronicles, as well as a contemporary coming-of-age with Page Street Books titled A Furry Faux Paw (May 2022) with a second title due out in the spring of 2023. Jess’s stories, whether fantastic or contemporary, are Noblebright at their core, woven with a spirit of determined hope, belief in the power of kindness, and the faith that good will overcome. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @ authorjessowen, www.jessowen.com for fantasy, or www.authorjessicakara.com for her contemporary work.

ROBERT G. PENNER is the author of Strange Labour, one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Science Fiction Books of 2020. He’s also the editor of the online science fiction zine Big Echo, and has published more than 30 short stories and a wide range of speculative and literary journals under the pseudonym of William Squirrell. Originally from Winnipeg, he currently lives in western Pennsylvania, but will soon be returning to Canada.

CAT RAMBO lives, writes, and teaches somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Their 250+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’sClarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 2020 they won the Nebula Award for fantasy novelette “Carpe Glitter.” They are a former two-term President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Their most recent works are space opera You Sexy Thing (Tor Macmillan, November, 2021), as well as an anthology, The Reinvented Heart (Arc Manor, February, 2022),  co-edited with Jennifer Brozek. For more about Cat, as well as links to fiction and popular online school, The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, see their website. They are represented by Seth Fishman of the Gernert Agency.

K.M. RICE, or Kellie, is a national award-winning screenwriter and independent author. Defying literary conventions and genres, the defining element of Rice’s work to date has been the touch of whimsy she brings to every story she tells. They will take you from hauntings in the woods, the rugged American West, the cliffs of Ireland, and across dozens of eras. Her four-part Afterworld series currently comprises three Celtic historical fantasy novels. She provided additional writing and research for Middle-earth from Script to Screen, and has penned several dark fantasy and historical fiction novels. Her love of nature and folklore often find their way into her works. When not exploring the mountains, she can be found at the helm of the webseries Happy Hobbit, taking photos, and making short films.

EDWARD WILLETT is the Aurora Award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages, including several novels for DAW Books, most recently the Worldshapers series that shares a name with his podcast, The Worldshaperswhich gave rise to this Kickstarter project and its two prequels. His next novel, The Tangled Stars, a humorous space opera, will be out from DAW in October. Ed owns and operates Shadowpaw Press, which publishes new work and new editions of previously published work by a variety of authors. A past president of SF Canada, he is currently vice-president of SaskBooks, the professional association of publishers in Saskatchewan. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with his wife and daughter and their black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.

WALTER JON WILLIAMS is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London. He is the author of forty volumes of fiction. His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as “a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars.” In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.” His latest work is Lord Quillifer, the latest installment in his popularb Quilliferfantasy series. Walter has also written for comics, the screen, and for television, and has worked in the gaming field. He was a writer for the alternate reality game Last Call Poker, and has scripted the mega-hit Spore.

F. PAUL WILSON is the award-winning, NY Times bestselling author eighty-odd books and dozens of short stories spanning SF, horror, medical thrillers, mystery, adventure, and virtually everything between. More than 9 million copies of his books are in print in the US and his work has been translated into 24 languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. He is best known for his urban mercenary, Repairman Jack.He was voted Grand Master by the World Horror Convention and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Horror Writers of America, the Libertarian Futurist Society, and the RT Booklovers Convention. His works have received the Stoker Award, the Porgie Award, the Prometheus and Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards, the Pioneer Award, and the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon. He is listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who’s Who in America.

JANE YOLEN has been writing since childhood, when she wrote poetry and her second grade class musical play, in which everyone was some kind of vegetable. (She was the lead carrot, a stretch as she was probably the shortest kid in the class.) This vegetable troupe ends up in a big musical finale–of “vegetable, salad, and soup.”   Now in her early 80s, she is the author of more than 400 books, with another thirty-plus under contract. She has been president of SFWA, has won two short fiction Nebulas and several World Fantasy awards, and has six honourary degrees for Body of Work from New England Colleges.  Her three children, and two of her six grandchildren, are also published authors.