Archives Guest Authors

Rafael Hernan Gamboa

A Los Angeles native and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Rafael is an award-winning writer, director, and video editor. His short film Violet recently premiered at the 2019 LA Shorts International Film Festival, and his follow-up Underwater was made as part of the 48 Hour Film Project. In his free time, he makes video essays about film and television on his YouTube channel The Long Take, a few of which have been featured on the A.V. Club, and texts “we should hang out sometime” to other 30-somethings as if anybody can even do that anymore.

SL Huang

SL Huang's debut novel, Zero Sum Game, is recently out from Tor Books, with its sequel Null Set out on July 9. Her short fiction has sold to Analog, Strange Horizons,, and more, including multiple best-of anthologies. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, where she’s appeared on shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Raising Hope” and worked with actors such as Sean Patrick Flanery, Jason Momoa, and Danny Glover. Blending those roles, she has begun optioning her work forfilm and entering the writing, creation, and pre-production side of movies. She runs an author advice column and newsletter at for aspiring and working writers, and you can also follow her online at or on Twitter as @sl_huang.

Nicole Kimberling

Nicole Kimberling is a novelist and the senior editor at Blind Eye Books. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award. Other works include the Bellingham Mystery Series, set in the Washington town where she resides with her wife of thirty years and an ongoing cooking column for Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She is also the creator and writer of “Lauren Proves Magic is Real!” a serial fiction podcast, which explores the day-to-day case files of Special Agent Keith Curry, supernatural food inspector.

S.B. Lakes

S. B. Lakes is a fantasy and science fiction writer by night, and works in Silicon Valley by day. Because they cannot be "out" about their depression in their day job, this is a pseudonym. 

Marissa Kelly

Marissa Kelly is the co-founder and co-owner of Magpie Games and has served as an art director of 100+ products, including 7th Sea: Second Edition. She is also a founding member of a number of other gaming organizations, including the Indie Game Developer Network and NewMexiCon. In addition to her volunteer work in the industry, Marissa has helped to manage successful Kickstarter projects which raised over $2 million, won the Grand Jury Prize at IndieCade 2019 for her game Bluebeard’s Bride, and often spends summers as a research assistant for both archaeological and paleontological digs.

Langley Hyde

Langley Hyde’s short stories have appeared in If This Goes On, Unidentified Objects (vol. 6 &7), Podcastle, and Terraform. Her debut novel, Highfell Grimoires, was named a Best Book of 2014 in SF/Fantasy/Horror by Publishers Weekly. She also volunteers her time at sub-Q magazine. Currently, Langley Hyde lives in the Pacific Northwest along with her partner and two children.

Jason Sizemore

Raised in the Appalachian hills of southeastern Kentucky, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award–nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He is the author of a collection of dark science fiction and horror shorts titled Irredeemable and the tell-all creative nonfiction For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. For more information visit You can find him on Twitter @apexjason.

Holly Heisey

Holly Heisey is an author, illustrator, and designer with a love of spaceships and a tendency to quote Monty Python. Their short fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Escape Pod, Clockwork Phoenix 5, and Lambda Award winning Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction. As an illustrator and designer, Holly has worked in publishing, album art, and film, and their clients include The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Factor Four Magazine, SciFutures, Evolved Publishing, Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Holly lives in Arizona with their Boston/Beagle mix, Sammy (who is the cutest ever), and their pet cactus, Larry (who doesn't bite). Most days you can find them with digital pen in hand, crafting imaginary worlds. Or writing alien poetry. Or typing furiously away at their serial genderfluid romance novels, with which they hope to take over the world. At least, that’s the plan. You can find them online at, on ArtStation, and on Curious Fictions.

Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield is the author of the novel Armed in Her Fashion (ChiZine 2018) and the two Alice Payne novellas ( Publishing). She was nominated for a 2018 Nebula Award in the novella category for Alice Payne Arrives, and in game writing for The Road to Canterbury, published by Choice of Games. Armed in Her Fashion was a finalist for the 2018 Crawford Award. Her novella “The Course of True Love” was published by Abaddon Books in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange HorizonsLackington’sEscape Pod and elsewhere. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts is a speculative fiction writer who tells stories across formats—her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Asimov’s Science FictionClarkesworldThe DarkTHEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty Writers, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 4; her interactive fiction has been published in Sub-Q Magazine and is forthcoming from Choice of Games; and her non-fiction essays and reviews have appeared on and in Cascadia Subduction ZonePeople of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy, and Strange Horizons, among others.

Erin has an MFA from the Stonecoast program at University of Southern Maine, is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, and has received a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2017 Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers awards. To learn more about her work or read her musings on writing and life, follow her on Twitter at @nirele or visit her website at