Science Fiction Advisory Council
Inspiration lies at the heart of innovation: it challenges the norm, and guides ideas previously thought impossible toward reality. Science fiction is one source of such inspiration, allowing for the conception of great advancements in potential futures. Motivated by these concepts, XPRIZE, in partnership with ANA, Japan’s 5-star airline, has assembled a group of visionary storytellers who will lend their expertise in honing our vision of the future: we present to you the Science Fiction Advisory Council. Explore the below image to learn more about our advisors. Best viewed on larger screens.
Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster is a sci-fi and fantasy writer, and is known for his prolific film script novelization. He ghost-wrote the original Star Wars novelization, and has the story credit for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Foster won the 2008 Grand Master award for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
Now an author specializing in hard science fiction and space opera, Alastair Reynolds was previously a scientist researching astronomy and astrophysics. His novel Chasm City won the 2001 BSFA for Best Novel, and he was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award for Revelation Space.
Allen Steele is a multi-award winning science fiction author. He won the Locus Award for Orbital Decay, and the Hugo Award for the Emperor of Mars, among several others. Steele formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation, an organization formed to promote private sector involvement in space exploration.
A.M. Homes is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the best selling memoir, The Mistress's Daughter along with a travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A:
Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and appears frequently in Art Forum, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Zoetrope. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, Bomb and Blind Spot. Several times a year she collaborates on book projects with artists—among them Eric Fischl, Rachel Whiteread, Cecily Brown, Bill Owens, Julie Speed, Michal Chelbin, Petah Coyne, Carroll Dunham, Catherine Opie and Todd Hido.
She has also created original television pilots for HBO, FX and CBS and was a writer/producer of the Showtime series The L Word. Additionally, Homes wrote the adaptation of her first novel JACK, for Showtime. Director Rose Troche's 2003 adaptation of The Safety of Objects marks the screen debut of Kristen Stewart. Other Homes novels currently in development include, In A Country of Mothers, Music for Torching and This Book Will Save Your Life.
Homes has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
She has been active on the Boards of Directors of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown, The Writers Room, and PEN-where she chairs both the membership committee and the Writers Fund. Additionally, she serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers.
Homes was born in Washington D.C., she now lives in New York City and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton
Andy Weir is best known for his debut novel The Martian, a New York Times bestseller, which was adapted to film by Ridley Scott. Weir received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016. His second novel, Artemis, will be released in November 2017.
Annalee Newitz is a journalist, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been published in Wired and Popular Science, served as editor-in-chief of io9, and is currently Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica. Her book Scatter, Adapt, And Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her next novel Autonomous is coming out in September 2017. Newitz holds a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.
Astrid Anderson Bear started reading SF at an early age, attended Apollo Moon launches in the press box at Cape Kennedy, and hopes to someday see this planet from above. She has served as an advisor to the Scout online community, is member of the advisory board of the Washington State Centennial Time Capsule, and a former board President of the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries. She is a fiber artist, and has a special interest in sustainable transportation.
Blake Crouch is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for The Wayward Pines Trilogy, which was adapted for television in 2015. He is now developing his novel Dark Matter into a screenplay for Sony Pictures.
Brenda Cooper is a science fiction and fantasy author of both novels and short fiction. She also blogs on environmental and future topics, and her non-fiction has appeared in Slate and Crosscut. Her work has earned her two Endeavor Awards, among other nominations. Cooper is a technology professional, and serves as Chief Information Officer for the city of Kirkland, WA.
Bruce Sterling is known for his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre of science fiction. His other works have earned him multiple awards, including the Hugo Award for Bicycle Repairman, and the Campbell Award for Islands in the Net.
Bud Sparhawk has been a three-time novella finalist for SFWA's Nebula award and has appeared in two Year's Best anthologies. His short work was recently published in the Best Of Defending The Future and Man and Machine anthologies, both by eSpec Books. A collection of twenty of his "best" short stories published in the last decade was launched at Balticon17. His next novel Shattered Dreams will be released in late 2017. He has previously published two novels; Distant Seas and Vixen as well as two older collections; Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing with Dragons.
Catherine Asaro's works have earned her a multitude of awards, including the Nebula Award, Reader's Choice Award, and the Prism Award. Her works deal in hard science fiction, drawing from her background in physics; Asaro earned a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.
Charles Stross is an award-winning British Science Fiction writer. A former programmer and technical writer, he specializes in hard science fiction. Stross's works have won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for novella The Concrete Jungle, and Locus Award for Accelerando. Stross has also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Charles Yu is a Taiwanese-American writer. He was a story editor for the HBO series, Westworld, and co-wrote one episode, and is currently on an upcoming HBO series created by Alan Ball. Yu has penned short story collections and a novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was runner up for the Campbell Memorial Award.
Charlie Jane Anders
Charlie Jane Anders is an American writer known for such works as All the Birds in the Sky and Six Months, Three Days. She and her partner, Annalee Newitz, co-founded the science fiction blog io9, and other magazine. Anders's work has earned her a Hugo Award, a Lambda Award, and a Nebula Award.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author and blogger, currently serving as co-editor of Boing Boing. His works have earned him such awards as the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Award for Best Novelette, and Prometheus Award. In addition to his writing, Doctorow is an activist in favor of liberal copyright laws to allow free sharing of digital media.
Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse, which is being adapted to film by director Steven Spielberg. His other novels include Robogenesis, Amped, and The Clockwork Dynasty. Wilson earned his PhD in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Academy Award®-nominated director, Darren Aronofsky, is the founder and head of the production company, Protozoa Pictures. He is currently in post-production on "mother!"" which he directed and produced. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristin Wiig, Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on October 13, 2017.
Aronofsky directed, wrote, and produced the acclaimed film, Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. He was the director of the indie box office phenomenon, Black Swan, which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and garnered four other Oscar nominations including Best Picture. In 2008, Aronofsky directed and produced The Wrestler, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won the esteemed Golden Lion, making it only the third U.S. film in history to win this grand prize. The film earned Academy Award nominations for both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, and won Golden Globes for Rourke for his iconic performance and Bruce Springsteen for his original track The Wrestler.
Aronofsky's earlier credits include the acclaimed films: The Fountain, a science-fiction romance starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz which he wrote and directed; Requiem for a Dream which premiered at Cannes Film Festival and garnered Ellen Burstyn Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her unforgettable performance; and π for which Aronofsky won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
David Brin is an astrophysicist whose best-selling and Hugo award winning novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. Brin serves on advisory boards (e.g. NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program) and speaks or consults on a wide range of topics. His nonfiction book about the information age - The Transparent Society - won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.
David S. Goyer is a writer, director, and producer in film and television. He is best known for co-writing the Dark Knight Trilogy, writing Man of Steel, and co-creating television shows such as Constantine and the upcoming series Krypton. He is also the writer of Call of Duty: Black Ops and is working with xLab on a Star Wars VR project.
Don Hertzfeldt is a two-time Academy Award nominee whose animated films include World of Tomorrow, It's Such a Beautiful Day, and Rejected. His work is often surrealistic and philosophical in nature. Hertzfeldt twice earned the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival, the only filmmaker to do so.
Eileen Gunn is the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others and Questionable Practices. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the U.S. and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the influential Infinite Matrix webzine, 2001-2008. She served on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop for 22 years and currently serves on the board of the Locus Foundation.
Ernest Cline is best known for his novels Ready Player One and Armada. He co-wrote the screenplay for Ready Player One, which is being adapted to film by director Steven Spielberg.
Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd produced The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Alien Nation, among many other science fiction and horror films. In television, Hurd is an Executive Producer of AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, USA's Falling Water and Amazon's upcoming streaming series, Lore.
Greg Bear is a storyteller with over thirty novels on his rap sheet, including Blood Music, Eon, Forge of God, Queen of Angels, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, and most recently, the final volume of the War Dogs trilogy, Take Back the Sky. His newspaper and magazine articles have covered topics from film to biology to planetary science, including the Voyager missions to the outer planets. He has consulted with Hollywood masters, and served on space advisory committees and committees devoted to science and international politics. He was one of the pioneer founders of San Diego Comic-Con.
Gregory Benford is a science fiction author and astrophysicist. His best-known writing is the Galactic Center Saga novels and in 2017, The Berlin Project. His work has earned him two Nebulas and Campbell Award, along with 4 Hugo Award and 12 Nebula nominations. Benford's contributions to science in astrophysics and plasma physics earned him the Lord Prize in 1995 and the Asimov Prize in 2008. He is a Professor Emeritus at UC, Irvine, and an ongoing advisor for NASA, DARPA, and the CIA.
Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author best known for his novel The Quantum Thief. Hannu holds a PhD in string theory from the University of Edinburgh. He co-founded a mathematics consultancy whose clients included UK Ministry of Defence and the European Space Agency. Currently, he works as a co-founder of HelixNano, a synthetic biology startup. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods Without Men, as well as a short story collection, Noise and a novella, Memory Palace. His novel White Tears will be published in spring 2017. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in New York City.
An American scientist, science fiction film maker, and entrepreneur. Harry was the first and still only person in the world to earn two PhDs simultaneously in distinct academic disciplines - Physics and Chemistry. He is the CSO of AGI and Caricord, CEO of Jupiter 9 Productions, and was one of the founding members of XPRIZE and Singularity University. Kloor was a writer for Star Trek: Voyager, one of the writers and creators of Earth: Final Conflict, and feature writer for 20th Century Fox. In 2016, Kloor returned to XPRIZE, where as a Bold Innovator, he created the ANA Avatar XPRIZE, which will launch in 2017.
Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool, Sand, and Beacon 23. He is also an avid sailor, and oversaw the construction of Wayfinder, a catamaran on which he is now circumnavigating the globe.
J Michael Straczynski
J Michael Straczynski is an is an American screenwriter, television producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 and its spinoff Crusade , as well as the series Jeremiah, and Sense8. A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, Straczynski is the author of the novels Blood Night, Othersyde, and Tribulations, the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged, and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. Straczynski's work has earned him numerous awards, including two Hugo Awards, the Eisner Award, and the Bradbury Award, among other wins and nominations.
John Clute is an author and critic specializing in science fiction. He is a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, which has won three Hugo Awards. He earned the Pilgrim Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction.
Justina Robson is an English author whose writing deals in hard science fiction. Robson's work has been nominated for several notable literary awards; her first novel Silver Screen was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the British Science Fiction Award.
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Kathleen Ann Goonan is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, including her groundbreaking Nanotech Quartet: New York Times Notable Book Queen City Jazz (for which she was featured as a "Shaman of Small" in Scientific American), Darrell Award winner Mississippi Blues, and Nebula Award finalists Crescent City Rhapsody and Light Music. In War Times won the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007 and was the American Library Association's Best SF Novel of 2007. Her most recent novel is This Shared Dream. She has published over fifty stories in venues such as Discover Magazine, Asimov's, Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and numerous Best of Year anthologies, some of which are collected in Angels and You Dogs. She has been a consultant for the Joint Services Small Arms Project, World Vision, and World Bank, and is presently a member of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication Advisory Board at Georgia Tech.
Karl Schroeder is a Canadian science fiction author and futurist who is currently writing about blockchain technology, next-gen economics and the future of government. Karl is best known for novels such as the award-winning YA space opera Lockstep, but he uses narrative tools in his foresight work as well, blending fiction with rigorous futures research in "scenario fictions" for government and corporate clients. Examples of this approach include Crisis in Zefra and Crisis in Urlia, two short novels commissioned by the Canadian Defense Department as study and research tools.
Ken MacLeod is a Scottish writer of science fiction. His works range from near-future social speculation to far-future space opera, and explore the possibilities both of intensifying and of transcending capitalism. MacLeod's work has earned him the Prometheus Award and the BSFA Award.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is a prolific science fiction author known for such works as Resurrection, Inc., the Saga of Seven Suns, the Dune prequel series with Brian Herbert, and Clockwork Angels with legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart. 56 of his books have been on US and international bestseller lists, and he has over 23 million copies in print in 30 languages. Anderson's works have earned him nominations for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Bram Stoker, Shamus, and many other awards.
Larry Niven is an American science fiction writer. He writes fiction at every length, and has penned speculative articles, speeches, TV scripts, graphic novels, and even political action in support of space conquest: SDI (Space Defense Initiative - or Star Wars) was drafted at his house. Niven often works with other writers; several of his most recent titles, including the forthcoming The Seascape Tattoo with Steven Barnes, are collaborative. While many of his works have earned acclaim, Niven is best known for Ringworld, which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Ditmar awards.
Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and journalism. Her novels, including The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters and Zoo City have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and TV. Her fiction has been described as high-concept and genre-blending, with a social conscience that examines the fracture points of society and who we are.
She's won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Award for Best Horror, the Strand Critics Choice Award for Best Mystery Novel, the RT Thriller of the Year and the Mbokodo Award.
Leigh Bardugo is the bestselling author of Six of Crows duology, the Shadow and Bone trilogy, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, The Language of Thorns, and the forthcoming Ninth House. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the Best of Tor.com, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life, Summer Days and Summer Nights and Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Six of Crows was selected as a New York Times notable book and was recently longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie medal.
Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and briefly in makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Mark Z. Danielewski
Mark Z. Danielewski was born in New York City and lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. All three novels have been translated into multiple languages.
In May 2015, Pantheon Books released The Familiar (Volume 1): One Rainy Day in May, the first installment of his 27-volume novel. The Familiar (Volume 5): Redwood, the Season One finale, will be released in October 2017.
As Javier Calvo wrote in O: “The Familiar is not only Mark Z. Danielewski’s best book since his acclaimed opera prima, House of Leaves; it’s even better, and also more accessible. Conceived as the book version of a long-running TV show, its . . . volumes tell the tale of a smart, fragile, and epileptic little girl who finds a cat that may or may not be magical. Their encounter sets off a chain reaction that starts with her immediate family and will probably reach almost every corner of the world. . .”
M.R. Carey is a novelist and screenwriter best known for his novel The Girl With All the Gifts and for the Felix Castor series. He has also written for Marvel and DC Comics on titles such as X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four and the Eisner-nominated series Lucifer and The Unwritten.
Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist. Her most recent novel, Company Town, was shortlisted for the Canada Reads competition, the Locus Award, and the Prix Aurora. She also pens "science fiction prototypes", shorter writings which capture creative and structured views of the future for organizations including the Institute for the Future, Intel Labs, Nesta, Data & Society, and the Atlantic Council. Ashby holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including Ash, which was a finalist for several awards including the Lambda Literary Award, the William C. Morris Award, and the Andre Norton Award. She was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for her work at AfterEllen. Lo earned master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford.
Margaret Atwood is best known for her work as a novelist. Her novel The Handmaid's Tale won the first Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987. Her work has earned her numerous other awards, including the Nebula Award and the Prometheus Award. Atwood is also an accomplished poet, environmental activist, and inventor.
Marge Piercy has published 17 novels including He, She, and It and Gone Soldiers, 19 collections of poetry, most recently Made in Detroit, a memoir, a book of short stories and 4 nonfiction books. She has given readings, workshops & lectures in over 475 venues here and abroad. Piercy is active in feminist, environmental, anti-nuke, and anti-war causes.
Mike Resnick is a science fiction writer known for such works as Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, The 43 Antarean Dynasties and Travels with my Cats. His writing has earned him 37 Hugo award nominations - a record for writers - and 5 wins. He is also first on the all-time list of Locus Award winners for short fiction. Resnick is currently the editor of Stellar Guild books and Galaxy's Edge magazine.
Nancy Kress's work typically deals in hard science fiction. Her best-known publication, Beggars in Spain, won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella. Other notable works include After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, and Probability Space, winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In total, Kress has won six Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards.
Naren Shankar is a television Writer-Producer (and occasional director) best known for his work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which earned him two Primetime Emmy nominations, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is currently Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit science fiction series The Expanse, based on the international best-selling novels by James S.A. Corey. A former engineer, Shankar received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Neil Gaiman is an English author best known for The Sandman comic book series, and novels Stardust and Coraline. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the Hugo and Nebula awards. Gaiman is also an advocate, appearing in a video from the UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee issue.
Nisi Shawl is an African-American writer whose science fiction works often reflect real-world sociocultural factors such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. Shawl’s notable works include Everfair, Writing the Other, a guide for writers on accurately portraying characters of different demographics, and Filter House, for which she won the James Tiptree Jr. Award.
Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American writer of speculative fiction for both children and adults and a full professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti Trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata series and Lagoon. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois.
Paolo Bacigalupi is a science fiction and fantasy author. His stories explore often explore questions of sustainability, from drought and climate change, to social and political conflict, to technology's unexpected impacts. Bacigalupi has earned numerous awards and nominations; his debut novel The Windup Girl won the Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell awards in 2010.
Peter Watts — described by the Globe & Mail as one of the best hard-SF authors alive— writes rigorous science fiction informed by his background as a marine biologist. His work is available in 20 languages, has appeared in two dozen best-of-year anthologies, and has acquired nearly 50 awards and nominations from a dozen countries. His debut novel Starfish was a NY Times Notable Book of the Year, while his 4th (Blindsight) is a required text in university courses ranging from neuropsychology to philosophy (perhaps the first time that a science fiction novel has been listed as a core text for a university science course). His 17 awards include the Hugo, the Shirley Jackson, the Seiun— and anomalously, an Environment Canada Trophy for environmental documentary. The creators of the acclaimed computer games Bioshock Two, SOMA, and EVE Online have all cited Watts's work as an influence.
Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. While trying to make it as a writer, Brown worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer, a Member of the Order of Canada, is the bestselling author of 23 hard science-fiction novels including Flashforward, basis for the ABC TV series. He has won the best-novel Hugo and Nebula Awards and holds two honorary doctorates. Rob has published in Science, and, as a futurist, has consulted with NASA, the SETI Institute, and many corporations.
Stephany Folsom wrote on the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok. Her script 1969 A Space Odyssey: Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon made the 2013 Black List and Hit List. She has written for Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Tri-Star Pictures, Lucasfilm, and Legendary Pictures.
Tricia Sullivan won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Dreaming in Smoke. Her novels Maul, Lightborn, and Occupy Me were shortlisted for the same award, and her work has been translated into eight languages. She is a postgraduate student at the Astrophysics Research Institute in Liverpool.
Veronica Roth is an American novelist and short story writer known for her debut New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy, consisting of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant; and Four: A Divergent Collection. Divergent was the recipient of the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011 and the 2012 winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Victoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. After graduating with degree in Writing for Film & Television from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Victoria began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen. She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling novels and two New York Times bestselling novellas in the series.
Zack Stentz is an American writer and producer. He is best known for cowriting X-Men: First Class, Thor, and Agent Cody Banks. He wrote and produced for the television series The Flash, Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chan) is a representative member of China's new generation of speculative fiction authors. He was born in Shantou and studied in Peking University on Chinese Literature and Film Arts. He started his writing career since 1997 and published over 60 stories and 5 books so far. His works have been translated into many languages and received multiple domestic and international awards including 9 Chinese Nebula Awards (China’s counterpart of Hugo Award), 3 Galaxy Awards and World F&SF Translation Award. His representative works include “Waste Tide” (Novel), “Censored” (Collection), and “Future Disease” (Collection), etc. He previously worked for Google and Baidu for nearly ten years. As the Vice President of Noitom, a technology start-up which focuses on the fields of motion capture and virtual reality, he now lives in Beijing and travels all around the world.
James L. Cambias writes science fiction and designs games. Originally from New Orleans, he was educated at the University of Chicago and lives in western Massachusetts. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor Books in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Shimmer, Nature, and several original anthologies — including the collection Hieroglyph, edited by Kathryn Cramer and Ed Finn. Cambias has written for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other roleplaying publishers, and is a partner in Zygote Games, a small company specializing in science and nature-based games. His most recent game title is Weird War I, from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
William Shunn is the author of the award-nominated memoir The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. His dozens of short stories have appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Salon, Storyteller, Bloodstone Review, Newtown Literary, and Electric Velocipede, among other publications. His science fiction has been shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, and frequently addresses the human and social ramifications of near-future technological change. He lives in Queens, New York, where he hosts and produces the monthly Line Break literary reading series.
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels he writes for national newspapers including the Times, Telegraph, Independent and Guardian. Jon is two-time winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, with Felaheen, and End of the World Blues. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work is published in fifteen languages. He is married to journalist and novelist Sam Baker.
James Smythe is a British writer. He's written eight novels; The Machine, a novel about memory and PTSD, and his YA-SF novel Way Down Dark, were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award. He's also recently created and written a soon-to-be-announced television series, written a movie for Sony, and has just finished writing his new novel - about artificial intelligence and the afterlife - I Still Dream.
Lee Konstantinou is a fiction writer and literary scholar who specializes in post-1945 U.S. fiction. He published the dystopian science fiction satire Pop Apocalypse (Ecco/HarperCollins) and the literary history Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University Press). With Samuel Cohen, he co-edited the essay collection, The Legacy of David Foster Wallace (University of Iowa Press). He is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Senior Humanities Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Washington, DC.
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion and eleven other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica, Kathryn in the City, and The Best of Strange Horizons (ed.). She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose.
Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated SF/F magazine, Strange Horizons, and serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion workshop and is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit and the Speculative Literature Foundation and directs the Kriti Festival of Art and Literature.
Mohanraj’s newest book is the Lambda-award-finalist novella, The Stars Change; other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series, chapters for Ellen Kushner's Tremontaine at Serial Box, and stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Lightspeed. Forthcoming 2017 titles include Survivor (a SF/F anthology of stories of trauma and survival), Invisible 3 (co-edited with Jim C. Hines), Perennial (a breast cancer memoir / romance), and A Taste of Serendib, vol. 2.
Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and the award-winning author of five books, including the Nexus series of science fiction novels and the non-fiction The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet
Ramez’s brain-hacking and civil-liberties-focused science fiction novels have won the Prometheus Award, the Endeavour Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, been listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award.
Before turning to writing, Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on machine learning, neural networks, information retrieval, and internet scale systems.
Naomi Alderman is a novelist, videogame designer and broadcaster. She grew up in London and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA.
Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in ten languages. Naomi won the Orange Award for New Writers and was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future in 2007. Disobedience has been adapted into a movie staring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. Alderman's other novels include The Lessons, The Liars' Gospel and a Doctor Who novel, Borrowed Time. In April 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in their once-a-decade list.
Naomi is the co-creator and lead writer of the smartphone fitness game and audio adventure Zombies, Run!. The app - in which players experience stories from the zombie apocalypse while exercising to encourage them to run further and faster - has won and been nominated for numerous awards, and has been downloaded millions of times. It is now in its sixth season and continues to inspire millions of people around the world to get some exercise to prepare for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Naomi writes frequently for the Guardian. She presents Science Stories, a programme about the history of science on BBC Radio 4. She is a judge of the 2017 Royal Society prize for science writing. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
Naomi's most recent novel The Power is about what happens when almost all the women in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing and won the Baileys Prize for Fiction. The Power has been optioned for television, with Naomi as lead writer.
Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.
Matt Hill is the author of two novels set in a collapsing near-future Britain: The Folded Man (2013) and Philip K. Dick Award nominee Graft (2016). He lives on the edge of the Peak District with his wife and son.
British-born Sheila Finch did graduate work in linguistics and medieval history at Indiana University. She is the author of eight science fiction novels and numerous short stories that have appeared in magazines such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing, Asimov’s, and many anthologies, including her own collection, The Guild of Xenolinguists. This year, in a probably brief departure from sf, she published a historical novel, A Villa Far From Rome. She also recently published a non-fiction work, Myth, Metaphor, and Science Fiction, exploring the connections between mythic themes and a literature of the future. She has won several awards, including the Nebula for best SF novella, “Reading the Bones,” and the Compton-Crook Award for best first SF novel. She is currently working on a science fiction version of some of her own experiences in World War II. She taught creative writing and science fiction at El Camino College for thirty years, and at workshops around California, in the San Jacinto Mountains and aboard the Queen Mary 2. Sheila lives in Long Beach, California, with two cats whose fur keeps getting into the keyboard because they like to monitor what she’s writing.
Born in Philadelphia in 1947, James Morrow spent his adolescence in Hillside Cemetery, cynosure of the suburban town of Roslyn. While such a preoccupation might normally bespeak a morbid frame of mind, in Jim’s case the explanation lies in his passion for 8mm moviemaking. Before going off to college, he and his friends employed their favorite graveyard locale in a half-dozen genre films, including adaptations of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
After receiving degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, Morrow channeled his storytelling urge into darkly satiric speculative fiction. His third such comedy, This Is the Way the World Ends, was selected by the BBC as the best SF novel of 1986. Four years later came Only Begotten Daughter, winner of the World Fantasy Award.
Throughout the 1990’s Morrow devoted his literary energies to killing the Supreme Being, an endeavor he pursued through three interconnected novels. The inaugural volume of the Godhead Trilogy, Towing Jehovah, brought the author his second World Fantasy Award. The sequel, Blameless in Abaddon, was a New York Times Notable Book. The third installment, The Eternal Footman, was a Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire finalist.
Having grown sick of his Creator, and vice-versa, Morrow next attempted to dramatize the birth of the Enlightenment. The resulting epic, The Last Witchfinder, was called “an inventive feat” by New York Times critic Janet Maslin and “literary magic” by Washington Post reviewer Ron Charles. A follow-up phantasmagoria, The Philosopher’s Apprentice, struck NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as “an ingenious riff on Frankenstein.” Morrow’s most recent novel is Galápagos Regained, a postmodern extravaganza about the coming of the Darwinian worldview.
In the realm of short fiction, Morrow’s achievements include “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge,” which won the Nebula Award, and several stand-alone novellas, among them City of Truth, also a Nebula winner, and Shambling Towards Hiroshima, which received the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
A full-time fiction writer, Jim makes his home in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kathy, and two professional dogs. He is hard at work on Lazarus Is Waiting, a theological fantasy about the Council of Nicaea.
Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi. Her latest novel is Warcross.
Robin Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and director of the Humanitarian Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, formerly the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (now a nonprofit). She helped found the fields of disaster robotics and human-robot interaction, concentrating on developing human-centered AI for ground, air, and marine robots. Her work is captured in over 150 publications including Introduction to AI Robotics and the award-winning Disaster Robotics. Murphy has deployed robots to over 27 disasters in five countries including the 9/11 World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima, the Syrian boat refugee crisis, and Hurricane Harvey but her research also includes preparedness and prevention of disasters. Murphy’s contributions to computing have been recognized with the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions and Motohiro Kisoi Award for Rescue Engineering education. She writes a monthly Science Fiction/Science Fact column for Science Robotics, blogs on teachable moments about AI and robots in movies and books at RoboticsThroughScienceFiction.com, and her book Robotics Through Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence Explained Through Six Classic Robot Stories (MIT Press) will appear this Fall.