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Science Fiction & Fantasy








January 2020 ISSUE

Science Fiction and Schmaltz: A Conversation with Connie Willis

If you Google “author with most Hugo awards” the answer Google pushes on you is that Robert A. Heinlein won four Hugo awards in his lifetime for Best Novel. Not counting retroactive awards, his last win was in 1967. If you squint you will see another result: Lois McMaster Bujold, four wins for Best Novel [...]

January 2020 ISSUE

The Ten-Year Journey: A Conversation with E. Lily Yu

At age fifteen, E. Lily Yu won The Writer’s 69-Word Story contest. Her story was posted online and she won $50. Her parents told her that writing wasn’t a good way to make a living; she was later rejected from her university’s creative writing program. Regardless, Yu published poem “Patience” in Electric Velocipede and short [...]

December 2020 ISSUE

Hard Points of View: A Conversation with Stina Leicht

When Stina Leicht was small, she wanted to grow up to be like Vincent Price—or so her website says. Instead, she grew up to be a writer who has impressed fans and critics alike.
Stina Leicht (“Pronounced ‘Steena.’ Think of it as Tina with an extra-added S. My last name is pronounced ‘Lite,’ like the beer.”) [...]

December 2020 ISSUE

Marvels and Horrors: A Conversation with Tim Pratt

Long before winning a Hugo and a Rhysling, Tim Pratt worked as an advertising copywriter (briefly), and as a tech writer and office manager for a disability advocacy company. In 2001 he moved to Oakland, CA and landed a job as editorial assistant at Locus Magazine.
Born in Goldsboro, NC, as a child Pratt traveled with [...]

November 2020 ISSUE

Determined To Publish: A Conversation with John Fleskes

Many only know him by the shortened name on the spine: Flesk, next to the logo resembling leaves or fire—at least to me. But John Fleskes has been putting out high quality art books for nearly twenty years. Flesk Publications showcases fantastic art by a range of artists, many of them with an array of [...]

November 2020 ISSUE

Diagram and Story: A Conversation with R.F. Kuang

Rebecca Kuang is one of those rare individuals who hit a home run right out of the gate. She wrote a book for herself as an experiment and it became a big hit. Kuang is a Marshall Scholar and a Chinese-English translator. She earned an MPhil in Chinese studies from Cambridge and an MSc in [...]

October 2020 ISSUE

Eyewitness to History's Future: A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson

Well known for his award-winning trilogy about terraforming Mars with Red Mars in 1992, Green Mars in 1993, and Blue Mars in 1996, Kim Stanley Robinson’s first novel, The Wild Shore, came out in 1984. The Wild Shore was the first book for his Orange County trilogy as well as the first title in Ace [...]

October 2020 ISSUE

Living Raw and Out Loud: A Conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse

Before you ever heard of her, Rebecca Roanhorse was already on her way to glory. In 2018, she showed up in Pittsburgh for the Annual Nebula Awards Conference, nominated for her first publication: “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” (Apex Magazine 8/17). In front of a crowd of professional authors and publishers, almost all of [...]

September 2020 ISSUE

Dinosaurs and Metaphors: A Conversation with Sheila Williams

Born in Springfield, MA, Sheila Williams grew up in a family of five in western Massachusetts. Her mother had a master’s degree in microbiology; her father sparked her interest in genre fiction, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs to her. He had a membership to the Science Fiction Book Club, which delivered books every month. Once the [...]

September 2020 ISSUE

The Heart of the Story: A Conversation with Scott H. Andrews

Scott H. Andrews has over a dozen electric guitars, half of which he built himself, including one he started building in 2007. But then he launched Beneath Ceaseless Skies in 2008.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies (BCS) is a nonprofit, SFWA-qualifying online magazine dedicated to publishing “literary adventure fantasy: fantasy set in secondary-world or historical paranormal settings, written [...]