Authors

Featured Contributor: Vandana Singh

April 24, 2014 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Vandana SinghVandana Singh is a science fiction writer and assistant professor of physics at Framingham State University in Massachusetts; her area of expertise is theoretical particle physics. Her short stories, which most recently include “Peripateia,” (2013), “Cry of the Kharchal” (2013), “With Fate Conspire” (2013), and “A Handful of Rice” (2012), frequently appear in Year’s Best and other anthologies. She also writes poetry as well as novels and short stories for children. Vandana was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Her book The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories was released in February 2014 by the University of Chicago Press. To learn more about Vandana, visit her website.

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: David Brin

March 28, 2014 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth (1990), The Postman (1985, filmed in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising (1983) and The Uplift War (1987). A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society (1998) won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

David also works as a consultant and serves on advisory boards for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. He can be spotted on various television series on the History Channel, The Science Network and others. Learn more at http://davidbrin.com

 

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Charlie Jane Anders

February 21, 2014 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Charlie Jane AndersCharlie Jane Anders writes about science fiction for io9.com and is the author of the novel Choir Boy (2005). She has contributed to Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco ChronicleZYZZYVAPindeldybozStrange Horizons, and many other publications. She is co-editor of the anthology She’s Such a Geek (2006) and published an indy magazine called other, which bills itself the “magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts.”

Charlie Jane received the Lambda Literary Award in 2005, the Emperor Norton Award in 2009, and her 2011 novelette Six Months, Three Days won the 2012 Hugo and was nominated for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards.

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: James Cambias

January 22, 2014 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

James CambiasJames Cambias is a New Orleans-based science fiction and fantasy writer whose stories have been nominated for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. In 2001, he was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Cambias has also made a name for himself within the gaming community as a tabletop designer and co-founder of Zygote Games.

His work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, Hellboy: Odder Jobs, and several Year’s  Best anthologies.

Most recently, Cambias is the author of the novel A Darkling Sea, a first contact story about undersea exploration and inter-species conflict, which will be published later this month by Tor Books. To learn more about Cambias and his work, visit his blog.

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Annalee Newitz

December 19, 2013 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Annalee Newitz ImageAnnalee Newitz writes about science, pop culture and the future. She’s the editor in chief of io9, a publication that covers science and science fiction, and the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (2013).

Annalee has also written for WiredThe Smithsonian MagazineThe Washington Post2600New ScientistTechnology ReviewPopular ScienceDiscover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She is co-editor (along with Project Hieroglyph contributor Charlie Jane Anders) of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff (2006), and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (2006).

Formerly, she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley. To learn more about Annalee, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Elizabeth Bear

October 21, 2013 in Authors, Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Elizabeth Bear has accomplished quite a lot during her science fiction career. The awards alone are almost endless: a John W. Campbell Award in 2005 for Best New Writer, an Audie Award in 2012 for Best Original Work, a Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award, three Hugo Awards…the list goes on and on.

Author Elizabeth Bear

After working across the spectrum of disciplines – from stable hand to typesetter and layout editor – Elizabeth now spends most of her time writing speculative fiction, although she is a frequent traveler between genre boundaries. She is infamous for her ability to jump around a variety of time periods, realms and styles with fearless agility and exceptional consistency. Breaking down this particular quality, she explained in an interview with Tor.com, “I’m one of those writers who has a hard time repeating herself, so all of my work is quite different.”

Elizabeth is also noted for her diverse approach to creating characters. Although frequently asked to elaborate on her goals for introducing such a diverse range of gender, race, identity and sexual preference into her work, Bear’s response is simple: “What I write reflects the world I know. My friends and family are not exclusively white and straight, so it would seem peculiar to me for the world I wrote in to be.”

Elizabeth lives in Massachusetts. She is a regular instructor at the Viable Paradise writers’ workshop in Martha’s Vineyard, and has also taught at Clarion, Clarion West, the WisCon Writer’s Respite and Odyssey.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Cassidy, source www.elizabethbear.com. Thank you Kyle Cassidy!

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Rudy Rucker

July 25, 2013 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Rudy Rucker is a pretty excellent example of a well-rounded individual. Not only has he become well known for his work in mathematics, computer science and philosophy, but he’s an award-winning science fiction author to boot. As if that wasn’t quite enough for one person to accomplish, he is also one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement.

Rudy has penned more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction, as well as numerous short stories. His Ware Tetralogy revolutionized the way we think about artificial intelligence, and also used Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection in a way we’d never really seen before. To put the figurative cherry on top: the first two books of the series were awarded the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished US science fiction published in paperback.

Throughout his extensive career as an author, Rudy has also been a major proponent of Transrealism, or his own “alternative to cyberpunk.” With this style of science fiction writing, Rudy addresses the constraining boundaries of realism by using fantastical elements to symbolize psychological change, while simultaneously incorporating his own perspectives and immediate perceptions, in the style of naturalistic realism.

That must be enough to keep someone ridiculously busy, right? Hey, it probably is, but Rudy is also an accomplished photographer and edits the biannually released science fiction webzine Flurb which frequently features his own short stories, paintings and photography.

Photo courtesy of larrybobsf, used under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. Thanks larrybobsf!

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Karl Schroeder

June 25, 2013 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

Karl Schroeder is an award-winning Canadian science fiction author and a consultant in the areas of foresight studies and technology.

UnknownKarl is recognized for inventing the term thalience, a concept that speculates about the possibility of engineered systems that could generate their own categories for understanding the world. These systems could help humans determine what reality actually is, instead of requiring us to define it and acting on our instructions. A thalient system might collaborate with humans to answer questions such as “What is the world really made of?” and “How much of our understanding is subjective, and is truly objective knowledge even possible?” To have your mind blown by thalience in Karl’s own words, check out this article on Karl’s website.

Among Karl’s best-known novels is Ventus, an epic Hard SF adventure. In 2005 Karl published Lady of Mazes, which delves deeper into the Ventus universe and explores the potential of artificial intelligence to revolutionize human culture. His most recent novel, Ashes of Candesce, concludes the Virga saga, set in a far-future steampunk universe.

In addition to these works, Karl has published a number of other novels and short stories, and is co-author, with Cory Doctorow, of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Science Fiction.

Photo courtesy of Pinar Ozger, used under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. Thanks Pinar! 

 

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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Brenda Cooper

May 9, 2013 in Featured Contributors, Hieroglyph

 

Brenda Cooper is a science fiction author, futurist, tech executive and the current Chief Information Officer for the city of Kirkland, Washington.Brenda Cooper
 
She is the author of the Endeavor award winner for distinguished Science Fiction of 2008: The Silver Ship and the Sea, and its sequels, Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. Brenda has co-written the novel, Building Harlequin’s Moon, with Larry Niven, as well as various short stories. She has also written two additional solo novels: Mayan December, and most recently The Creative Fire. 
 
Throughout her career as a science fiction author Brenda has had numerous stories published in a variety of magazines including: Nature, Analog, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons and Clarkesworld. A substantial amount of her work has been selected for Year’s Best anthologies.
 
During her early years Brenda was inspired by authors such as Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Rudyard Kiplin. Such writing continues to provoke her own imagination, which responds in a dialogue of award winning science fiction.
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Lauren Pedersen was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona to a writer and a helicopter pilot.
She is currently pursuing her two passions of art and design at Arizona State University, where she continues to work towards a bachelor’s degree in Design Studies with a focus in Design History, and a minor in Art History.

Featured Contributor: Gregory Benford

March 20, 2013 in Featured Contributors

Gregory BenfordGregory Benford’s resume is suspiciously well-suited for the Hieroglyph Project: he is both a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine and an award-winning science fiction author. Gregory’s novels include Against Infinity, The Martian Race and Timescape. His most recent novel is Bowl of Heaven, co-written with Larry Niven.

Gregory recently collaborated with the editors of Popular Mechanics on The Wonderful Future That Never Was, which profiles some of the most ridiculous, prescient and optimistic visions of the future featured in Popular Mechanics from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1960s.

Gregory conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics. He has published papers on a wide range of topics, including condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas, mathematical physics and biological conservation. He has served as a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and as an advisor to the Department of Energy, NASA and the White House Council on Space Policy.

Many of Gregory’s best-known novels are part of a six-part sequence, the Galactic Center Saga, which depicts an interminable galactic war between organic, sentient life forms and electromechanical life forms. In 1989 Gregory was the host and screenwriter for the television series A Galactic Odyssey, which described modern physics and astronomy from the perspective of the evolution of the galaxy. He has also served as a scientific consultant to NHK Network and for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies in 2008 and his master’s degree in Gender Studies in 2011, both from ASU.