Daniel H. Wilson is the author of Robogenesis, standalone sequel to the bestselling Robopocalypse. Both novels explore a post-singularity world in which humankind struggles to survive as titanic AIs wage war on a colossal scale.
Caren Gussoff is a SF writer living in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), first published by Serpent’s Tail/High Risk Books, Gussoff’s been published in anthologies by Seal Press and Prime Books. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. Her new novel, The Birthday Problem, will be published by Pink Narcissus Press in July, 2014. Find her online at @spitkitten, facebook.com/spitkitten, and at spitkitten.com.
William Hertling is the author of The Last Firewall, the third novel set in the Singularity universe. The Last Firewall is the story of the uneasy coexistence of humans and artificial intelligence, and the 19-year-old girl who is all that stands against an AI who plans to overthrow human rule.
Kate Dyer-Seeley is the author of Scene of the Climb; which features the outdoor landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme magazine. The only problem is her idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. After clawing her way to the top of Angel’s Rest for her first assignment, she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff and finds herself mixed up in a murder. Mystery Scene Magazine says, “Scene of the Climb should head the must-read list.” And the Library Journal calls it a new subniche, the ‘extreme cozy.’ “It’s a good mix for younger readers who like traditional mysteries but want a little more action or edginess.”
Erik Wecks is the author of The Far Bank of the Rubicon.When interstellar war is forced upon the House of Athena, it expects Jonas to represent the family as a soldier. However, unexpectedly brutal combat compels the young prince to grow up fast, and a war thought well in hand slips from their grasp. With the Empire buckling under the Unity crusade, Jonas is called upon to bring hope when all seems dark, but Jonas isn’t much for playing the hero. He longs to make his own way, free of the weight placed upon him. When his secret romance becomes a liability, Jonas must decide how much he is willing to give up for the sake of saving the Empire. Full of epic battles, authentic characters, and great technology, The Far Bank of the Rubicon is high intensity, adult space opera. Volume one of the Pax Imperium Wars by Erik Wecks, it begins immediately following Wecks’ critically praised novel, Aetna Adrift.
Lisa Nowak is the author of the YA novel Dead Heat. Alex is a machine whisperer. He can tell what’s wrong with a broken-down car with a touch. But his gift can’t save him from the brutality of his meth-addict father. For two years, Alex experienced kindness through Cole, his mentor. Now Cole’s dead, and the violence in Alex’s life is escalating. When Cole reappears as a ghost, Alex clings to the tenuous link. Then he learns Cole might’ve sacrificed his chance to cross over. Jade, the first girl to look beyond Alex’s past, assures him Cole can reach the Other Side—if Alex escapes from his dad. But a previous terrifying attempt has convinced Alex it’s impossible. Unless he can find the courage to try, his friend may be earthbound forever.
Jason Gurley is the author of Eleanor, a novel about a girl whose family has been torn apart by the death of her twin sister. When Eleanor’s mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Her father blames her mother for the accident. Eleanor is fourteen when she walks through a doorway and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, until one day something rips Eleanor out of time itself — where, on the other side, someone is waiting for her.
Ripley Patton’s PSS Chronicles Series is not peopled with your typical YA werewolves and vampires. In her books she creates a paranormal birth defect so substantial readers often Google it, thinking it’s real. In the vein of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind or Lisa McMann’s Wake series, Patton explores the life and misadventures of Olivia Black, a girl born with an ethereal hand that can pick-pocket people’s psyches. Books in the series so far include, Ghost Hand, Ghost Hold, and Ghost Heart (releasing August 2014), with a fourth book slated for release in 2015
Ernie Lindsey is the author of Super, a mystery thriller that not only twists the superhero genre on its head, but offers plenty of twists within the story itself. Hired by governments around the world, Leo Craft assassinates superheroes, but only the ones who deserve it. Just because someone might be “super” human doesn’t mean that they don’t have very human problems, and Lindsey explores this in an interesting take on the genre. The novel’s tagline easily captures this concept: “Even heroes wear masks.
MeiLin Miranda writes fantasy and science fiction set in Victorian worlds. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up. MeiLin wrote nonfiction for thirty years, in radio, television, print and the web. She always wanted to write fiction, but figured she had time. She discovered she didn’t when a series of unfortunate events resulted in a cardiac arrest complete with electric paddles and a near-death experience. She has since decided she came back from the dead to write books. MeiLin lives in a 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon with a husband, two teens, two black cats, a floppy dog and far, far too much yarn.
Johnny Shaw is the author of the Anthony Award-winning novel BIG MARIA, a raucous adventure set in the California desert and Arizona’s Chocolate Mountains.
There’s gold in them thar hills—or more precisely, in the Chocolate Mountains, where one hundred years ago a miner stashed a king’s ransom of the stuff. But times have changed. The world has changed. And now the Chocolate Mountains are the home of the largest military artillery range in the world.
Harry’s living on disability and getting liquored up and beaten down. Frank’s a feisty old-timer battling cancer and a domineering daughter. And Ricky’s a good kid in a bad spot, doing everything for family. Together they’re staking what little they have left on a dangerous quest to the Big Maria Mine—and the gold that can offer them a new beginning.
Unfortunately a meth-dealing biker wants a piece, a trigger-happy AWOL soldier wants to play chicken in a live minefield, two stubborn burros want to go home, a starving mountain lion wants his dinner, and the US Army wants to rain on our heroes’ parade with real bombs.
When you’re all out of crazy ideas, it’s time to try the stupid ones.
David D. Levine is the author of over 50 science fiction and fantasy short stories, including the Hugo-winning “Tk’Tk’Tk” and Hugo-nominated “The Tale of the Golden Eagle.” These stories and 13 others are collected in “Space Magic,” which won the Endeavour Award for the best SF or Fantasy book by a Pacific Northwest writer, and is now available in print, ebook, and audiobook. http://www.daviddlevine.com/space-magic