Ada Palmer

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Ada Palmer is a historian and science fiction novelist. She studies the history of the concept of progress, and of information technologies and their impact on censorship, books, information, and society, focusing on pre-modern Europe and the Mediterranean world. Her award-winning Terra Ignota novel series (beginning with Too Like the Lightning, from Tor Books) explores how humanity’s cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations, and is a finalist for the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Series.

Isis Asare

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As a young girl, Isis Asare never shied away from making reading recommendations to her younger sister or neighborhood friends through a self-started book club. Her passion for sharing literature continues today through Sistah Scifi. The online bookstore is self-described as a “cauldron of all things afro-futuristism casting spells to uplift literature written by Black women.”

Asare remembers stacks of books throughout her childhood home and trips to bookstores and festivals with book vendors. Reading was not just for entertainment or escape; it also raised cultural and political awareness. When Asare read her first sci-fi book as a young adult, Octavia Butler’s Fledgling, she fell in love with the genre.

Alan Beck

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Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country.

He has won numerous awards and honors including two Chesley award nominations and a HUGO award nomination, and received a “Body of Work” Award at LA Con IV WorldCon Art Show, Anaheim, CA. plus “Best of Show” award at 2010 ReConStruction NASFiC in Raleigh, NC.

Christopher Williams aka ChrisCross

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Williams is a comic book illustrator, known mostly for his stints penciling Milestone Comics‘ Blood Syndicate and HeroesMarvel Comics‘ Captain Marvel and Slingers and DC Comics‘ Firestorm.

Williams attended New York City‘s School of Visual Arts in the early 1990s. While doing so, he caught his big break doing work for the DC Comics imprintMilestone Comics, which sought to publish a line of comics aimed at attracting a more multicultural audience.

Moshe Feder

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A time traveler in training, an alien spy, or perhaps merely an aspiring renaissance man, Moshe acquires and edits bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy as a Consulting Senior Editor for Tor Books, a division of Macmillan which recently moved from the Flatiron Building in midtown to the landmark Equitable Building on lower Broadway across the street from where Alexander Hamilton is buried.

Moshe began his editorial career while still in college when he worked part time as Assistant Editor for the magazines Amazing and Fantastic. Later, he was an SF&F reviewer for Publishers Weekly and Science Fiction Chronicle, Assistant Editor of the SF Book Club, Editor in Chief of the Military Book Club, a reviewer for Asimov’s SF Magazine, and an Associate Editor and Editor at Tor Books, which he joined in 2000.

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