…has been known to tell people she lives in a stately Victorian home on a windswept island in Lake Superior with her three sisters and their pet wolf Manfred. She has also been known to tell people she is a science fiction writer living near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, son and cat. What is known is that her first novel, Bitter Angels (Bantam Books), won the Philip K. Dick award and she’s delighted to have some of her short fiction available exclusively through Book View Café.
New York Times Bestselling author of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Shadow Games
Maya became addicted to science fiction when her dad let her stay up late to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Mom was horrified. Dad was unrepentant. Maya slept with a night-light in her room until she was 15.
She started her writing career sketching science fiction comic books in the last row of her third grade classroom. She was never apprehended. Since then her short fiction has been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, Century, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Paradox and Jim Baen’s Universe.
Her debut novel, The Meri (Baen), was a Locus Magazine 1992 Best First Novel nominee (now available as a trade paperback from Sense of Wonder Press). Since, she has published ten more speculative fiction novels, including collaborations with Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves.
Maya lives in San Jose where she writes, performs, and records original and parody (filk) music with her husband and awesome musician and music producer, Chef Jeff Vader, All-Powerful God of Biscuits. The couple has produced five music albums: RetroRocket Science, Aliens Ate My Homework and Grated Hits (parody), and the original music CDs Manhattan Sleeps and Mobius Street. To top it off, they’ve also produced three musical children: Alex, Kristine, and Amanda.
Marion Zimmer Bradley was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. In 1952, she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She is best known for her Darkover novels.
Bradley edited Marion Zimmer Bradley’s FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, Sword and Sorceress.
The Mists of Avalon, her novel of the women in the Arthurian legends — Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others — made the New York Times bestseller list.
Her literary estate is managed by the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust.
…has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. Chaz is the author of nine thrillers, including Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul.
As Daniel Fox, he has published Dragon in Chains, Jade Man’s Skin and Hidden Cities, a Chinese-influenced fantasy series. As Ben Macallan, he has published the urban fantasy Desdaemona, with the sequel Pandaemonium forthcoming.
A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published five books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as Crimewriter-in-Residence on a sculpture project resulted in the collection Blood Waters. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000, and now lives in California with two squabbling cats and a famous teddy bear.
Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to the Onyx Court historical fantasy series (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire). She is also the author of the doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the scientific adventure A Natural History of Dragons, and more than forty short stories.
When she’s not obsessing over historical details too minute for anybody but her to care about, she practices shorin-ryu karate and pretends to be other people in role-playing games (which sometimes find their way into her writing).
Her debut novel with Book View Café is Lies and Prophecy.
Patricia Burroughs — Pooks — began her writing career in romance with five published novels. She received nominations and recognition from RT Reviews and was a Finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita.
Then she got lured over to the dark side — screenwriting. She received a Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for an adaptation of her first published novel, What Wild Ecstasy, under the title, “Redemption.” Uncredited but paying work followed, and she was happy with her Hollywood dreams…
Until one day she woke up with a new story rooting itself into her heart, a story that couldn’t be told in a script but needed many more pages to spread out, flex its muscles and take wing. She returned to novels and is presently writing an epic fantasy trilogy.
Jeffrey A. Carver grew up on the Lake Erie shores of Huron, Ohio, but eventually settled in the Boston area, where he lives with his family. Currently he’s writing a new volume in his popular series The Chaos Chronicles. Another of his favorite places to spin tales is his Star Rigger universe; one story in that world, Eternity’s End, was a finalist for the Nebula Award. Among his stand-alone works are The Rapture Effect, and Battlestar Galactica, a novelization of the SciFi Channel’s miniseries. By many accounts, his work is hard science fiction, but his greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder.
As a teacher, Carver once hosted an educational TV series on the writing of SF and fantasy. A course that grew out of that is online, free to all, at writesf.com. In person, he’s taught at MIT, Odyssey, and the New England Young Writer’s Conference; and he is cofounder of the Ultimate SF Writing Workshop, in the Boston area.
Inspired by a lifelong love of nature, endless curiosity, and a belief in wonderful things, Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy, which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 23 nonfiction books, about a hundred short stories, primarily science fiction and fantasy, one fiction and poetry collection, and two novels. She lives in Playa del Rey, California with her daughter Meredith and a Jack Russell Terrier named Badger. Amy is a business consultant and teaches writing and composition at various Southern California colleges, after receiving her MFA from Chapman University in 1999.
Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.
Her novel How Like a God, forthcoming from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.
John G. Cramer divides his time among writing science fiction and science fact, experimenting with quantum optics, teaching physics, consulting with NASA, and zooming off to CERN for another terabyte of data. In their spare time, he and his wife Pauline compete in AKC agility trials with their two Shetland Sheepdogs.
As a science writer, he contributes a bimonthly science-fact column, “The Alternate View,” to Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. A Houston native, he now lives in Seattle where he is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Washington. At his retirement, to his delight, his colleagues presented him with a two-day physics seminar.
Leah Cutter has never known a time when she didn’t want to be a writer. Mind you, she took her time figuring out how to do it, traipsing around the world and working various places first: She was a digger at an archaeological dig in England, taught English in Hungary and Taiwan, and then bartended in Thailand.
Eventually, she did figure the writing bit and now has half a dozen novels to her name (with more coming soon!) Plus more short stories than she cares to count.
She lives in Seattle with her cat, has a day job (Knowledge Management Specialist for a computer software company), and spends a lot of time swing dancing, drinking excellent coffee, quilting, volunteering, as well as, you know, writing.
Kate Daniel has spent a large part of her life in front of keyboards, first the variety found on pianos, now the ones attached to computers. She started piano lessons as a child and focused on music, obtaining a degree in the instrument and spending several years as a piano teacher.
These days the keyboard is attached to her computer Clio (named for the Muse of history) and instead of sonatas, she creates stories.
Her first hardcover and her first adult novel was written in collaboration with Katharine Kerr, set in the universe Ms. Kerr created for Polar City Blues. She usually describes Polar City Nightmare as a science fiction mystery, with baseball. Despite the role played in the book by an American sport, it was published in Great Britain, by Orion Publishing.
New York Times bestselling author Chris Dolley hit the headlines in 1974 when he was tasked with publicising Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local paper. Chris invaded the country next door, created the Free Cornish Army and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had declared independence. This was later written up in Punch. As he told journalists at the time, ‘it was only a small country and I did give it back.’
In 1981, he wrote Necromancer, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games. He also wrote the most aggressive chess program ever seen and invented the most dangerous game ever played.
Now he and his wife live in France. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity after Chris’s identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insisted the crime originated in someone else’s jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, driving back and forth across the Pyrenees, tracking down bank accounts and interviewing bar staff. The book, French Fried, is now a New York Times and international bestseller.
His first Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mystery, What Ho, Automaton! was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for short fiction.
Doranna’s quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 40 publisher novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories, and now combining those ongoing releases with joyful new indie efforts.
Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn’t believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided…