Tananarive Due is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who teaches Afrofuturism at UCLA. She also teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles and for Voices of Our Nations (VONA). The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus and has been named to the Grio100 and Ebony Power 100. Her short story collection Ghost Summer won a British Fantasy Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. In 2013, Due and her husband/collaborator Barnes co-wrote a short film, Danger Word (, based on their YA zombie novel Devil’s Wake, which they co-produced with director Luchina Fisher. Starring Frankie Faison (“The Wire,” The Silence of the Lambs) and Saoirse Scott, Danger Word was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the BronzeLens and Pan African film festivals. Read her writing blog at

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Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction, for which she’s won two Nebulas and two World Fantasy Awards. Her most recent novel, We are all completely beside ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California where she is currently pretending to write a new book.


Manchess combined his love for fine art and science fiction and began his freelance career painting for OMNI magazine. His versatility and broad range of interests allowed him to expand his client work to include covers for Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and Time Magazine, as well as spreads for Playboy, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, and numerous book covers. The USPS commissioned him to paint the Mark Twain Forever Stamp and the March On Washington Stamp released in 2013.

Gregory’s interest in history and his excellent figure work have made his paintings a favorite choice of the National Geographic Society on many occasions, including The Wreck of the C.S.S. Alabama, and recently, ten paintings for the exhibition, REAL Pirates: The Untold Story of The Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, still traveling to science museums around the country.

Manchess has been widely awarded within the industry, including two gold and four silver medals from the NY Society of Illustrators His peers honored him with the coveted Hamilton King Award in 1999, and the Stephan Dohanos Award for the best illustration of the year by a member in 2000. The work has garnered several Silver Medals and recently a Bronze from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. He has been featured in, and on the cover of, Communication Arts Magazine and included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of “The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000.”

Gregory teaches a week long, intensely focused painting course along with eight other artists in Amherst, MA known as, The Illustration Master Class. He currently teaches an online class in painting for SmArtSchool and lectures frequently at universities nationwide. He also holds workshops on painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Conveying emotion through rhythm and timing drives Manchess’ masterful, alla prima brushwork as the hallmark of his style. He is consistently pushing the limits of the brush today, searching for renewed expressions.

A video of Gregory’s painting process was produced in 2009, which became a novel containing 123 paintings entitled, Above The Timberline, to be released in October 2017.


David Mitchell is a British writer born in 1969.  He has been nominated for the Booker Prize five times and his work has appeared in over 30 languages.  With KA Yoshida, he translated into English the bestselling autism memoir, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.  His 2014 novel The Bone Clocks won the World Fantasy Book Award.  His latest novel, From Me Flows What You Call Time, was entrusted to the Future Library Project and will not be published until 2114.  He lives with his family in West Cork, Ireland.


Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction. She has had stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, The Gods of Lovecraft, and Mech: Age of Steel. She has also written media tie-ins for Stargate Atlantis and most recently Star Wars: Razor’s Edge. Her newest book in the Books of the Raksura series, The Edge of Worlds, was released in April 2016. The last book in the series, The Harbors of the Sun, is forthcoming in July 2017.  Her new SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red will be released by in May 2017.

Photo: Leslie Howle

Gordon Van Gelder published his first story in 100 Great Fantasy Short-Short Stories in 1984 but the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. He worked at St. Martins’ Press for 12 years and edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for 17 years. He has been honored twice with the World Fantasy Award and he also has been awarded the Hugo Award twice. He is currently the publisher of F&SF and is also editing various anthologies. He lives in New Jersey.