Meet our contributors
is a synthetic biologist, educator and Scientific American blogger exploring the role of ecology, evolution and design in biological engineering. She works at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and at the Art/Science Center.
covers the art and business of video games at Gamasutra.com and writes a monthly column on the culture surrounding games and gamers at Kotaku.com, as well as a monthly column on industry issues at EDGE Magazine. Her work haspeared in Slate, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, Paste and a host of other publications.
@madelineashby is a science fiction writer and strategic foresight consultant living in Toronto. Her debut novel, vN: The First Machine Dynasty is available from Angry Robot Books. Her work has been published in Nature, Flurb, BoingBoing, Creators Project, The Tomorrow Project, Tor.com and io9.com.
is the author of The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, among others. Her new novel Maddaddam will be published in 2013. She has been alive since Flash Gordon was a pup and does not plan to have her head frozen for future reembodiment.
is a chartered engineer and a former teacher of maths and physics. Baxter published his first novel, Raft, in 1991. Since then he has written somewhere over forty books, mostly science fiction novels, and over a hundred short stories. He lives in Northumberland.
has produced Broadway shows (33 Variations with Jane Fonda, A Raisin in the Sun with Sean "Puffy" Combs), off-Broadway shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, De La Guarda), festivals (The High Line Festival curated by David Bowie), and one-night events (IBM's 100th anniversary at Lincoln Center). He is on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama.
grew up in south Wales and now lives in London. She studied politics at the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics, and was a student of the first Curtis Brown creative writing course. Scrapmetal is her first published story. She is working on her debut novel, Déja, about a woman whose memories predict the future.
is the winner of the first Arc/Tomorrow Project fiction competition. His short fiction haspeared in Aeon, Realms of Fantasy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Flash Fiction Online. Writing as Terry Edge, he has also published several "young adult" and children's books. He has been a street-theatre performer, a prop-maker for Welsh National Opera, a signwriter, school caretaker, soft-toy salesman and a professional palm reader.
is a Canadian ex-pat living in New Zealand. Trained in sociology and anthropology, she now teaches design and culture at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research investigates relations among people, places, animals and technologies, which basically means that she spends as much time as she can hanging out with merino sheep.
is a game designer for Hide & Seek, where she also curates the Sandpit, an event for designers and artists to try out new game ideas. Her most recent project was The New Year Games, for 12,000 players, which took place across Edinburgh, UK, on 1st January.
trained as a plant biologist. Continuing this logical career path, he worked as a van driver, armourer, Kelly Girl, costumier and IT contractor. His first novel is out through Clarion Publishing early in 2013. David is a member of the London T Party writers group, and also runs the MillionMonkeys writing sessions. He has three adult children, and lives in Surrey, with his partner, the fantasy writer Gaie Sebold. He divides his time between writing, computing, and growing tree ferns.
is the author of two novels, Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World, and a critical defence of digital culture, The Blind Giant. He collects rare woodblock and kelp editions of William Gibson's novels and eats no bivalves. He lives in London with his wife Clare, a human rights lawyer, and his daughter Clemency, an infant.
M. John Harrison
reviews fiction for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. His novel Climbers received the Boardman Tasker Award in 1989; Nova Swing received the Arthur C.Clarke Award in 2007. Gollancz publishes his new novel, Empty Space, in June 2012.
edits Arc. In the gaps, he writes about the scientists who worked for Stalin. His latest novel is Dead Water, set mostly among the tramp lines and pirate syndicates of the Indian Ocean.
Anglo-Danish writer Liz Jensen is the author of eight acclaimed novels, most recently The Uninvited, published by Bloomsbury Circus. Her genre-crossing fiction has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in London and Copenhagen.
@nancykress has won four Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Probability Space). She teaches fiction writing at various venues, including a semester as visiting professor at the University of Leipzig. She lives in Seattle with her husband, SF writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world's most spoiled toy poodle.
is the author of Paintwork, a collection of three short stories dealing with art, celebrity and globalisation in a very near future. He is currently working on his debut novel, looking at the social and cultural impact of hacktivism, online protest and cyber-warfare. He writes about Japanese animation and comics, is a resident blogger for Tor.com, and a freelance contributor to Icon, SFX and others.
worked as a research biologist and lectured in botany at the University of St Andrews before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over eighty short stories and nineteen novels, including Fairyland (winner of the Arthur C.Clarke and John W.Campbell awards). He lives in north London.
@smarimc is executive director at the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI) and co-founder of the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society. He founded the Shadow Parliament Project, an attempt to crowdsource democracy, co-founded the Constitutional Analysis Support Project (CAST) and has worked on developing and spreading digital fabrication technology through fab labs and hacker spaces.
is by turns a bioethicist, a futurist and a critic. His musings on pop culture and the future of humanity havepeared all over the internet, including Discover Magazine, io9, and Slate. He lives in New York and wishes he lived in New New York.
edits New Scientist by day, acts as editor-in-chief of Arc by moonlight and wins mild acclaim for his fiction by night.
researches the human questions thrown up when people design for extreme environments - particularly deep space. With a background in design strategy and space studies, she has worked on projects for the European space industry and contributed designplications to mission simulations in Russia and the US.
is a writer, futurist, and an associate at London-based design company Superflux. He currently lives in Sussex, where he is studying for a PhD in innovation, science policy and international development.
Dubbed by Kingsley Amis "the most consistently able writer science fiction, in its modern form, has yet produced", Frederik Pohl has won most of the awards the field has to offer, as well as the American Book Award and the United Nations Society of Writers Award. His recent work of non-fiction, Chasing Science, explores science as a spectator sport. He is the Encyclopedia Britannica's authority on the Roman emperor, Tiberius.
works with moving images: features, animations, artist's television, installation, and large-scale projections in live theatre. His recent feature Shock Head Soul premiered in the Orrizonti Section of the Venice Film Festival. The associated gallery installation The Sputnik Effect premieres this year at Rotterdam's International Film Festival.
approached the European Space Agency with a fusion-powered spaceship design at the age of eight. After completing a PhD in string theory at University of Edinburgh, he co-founded ThinkTank Maths, a mathematics innovation company working in space, energy, financial services and defence. The Fractal Prince, a sequel to his first novel The Quantum Thief, is forthcoming.
Paul Graham Raven
is a research assistant specialising in infrastructural futures with the University of Sheffield's Pennine Water Group. He consults on network culture and its second- and third-order societal effects. In other words, he worries about the future for a living.
turned to full-time writing in 2004, after a career in space science. His novels include the Arthur C.Clarke Award-nominated Revelation Space, Pushing Ice and House of Suns. His latest, Blue Remembered Earth, sees a spacefaring humanity emerge from a technologically resurgent Africa. In his spare time he messes around with guitars and horses.
is the author of more than a dozen science fiction novels, as well as histories and critical analyses of the genre. He is professor of nineteenth-century literature and culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. His most recent novel is By Light Alone.
Kim Stanley Robinson
is a science fiction writer who lives in Davis, California. His wife Lisa Nowell is an environmental chemist for the US Geological Survey. They have two boys, and two cats. Stan spends much of his spare time in the Sierra Nevada of California.
is a Canadian SF author who has lived in South Korea since late 2001. A past finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a graduate of Clarion West, his work haspeared in many SF magazines and anthologies, and a complete collection of his stories is forthcoming in Korean translation.
writes for The Guardian, The Independent, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. He is an Honorary Research Associate in the Science and Technology Studies Department at University College London. His most recent book is City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, published by Bloomsbury. His previous books include a history of superweapons, a life of Einstein, and a study of the German Weltanschauung.
writes fiction about mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency and history of science. His latest book is Some Remarks, a collection of short pieces. He has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a crewed sub-orbital launch system.
is an editor at the SF and fantasy magazine Strange Horizons. Romie is a poet, and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Dallas Museum of Art, ICA London, the British National Gallery, and various festivals.
@SciencePunk is a science writer preoccupied with how our innovations shape our future and ourselves. He has produced content for New Scientist, Wired, BBC Radio 4 and Bravo among others. His first book, How to Make a Zombie: the real life (and death) science of reanimation and mind control, is out early in 2013.
@jonWturney is a science writer, and author of The Rough Guide to the Future (2010). His powers of prediction are such that Rough Guides closed its reference division late in 2012. In previous lives he has been features editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and a senior lecturer at UCL. HIs next book will be on the human microbiome.
@jwomack is the author of Ambient, Terraplane, Heathern, Elvissey, Going Going Gone and Let's Put the Future Behind Us, all of which are being reissued in the UK by Gollancz; and Random Acts of Senseless Violence, which will also appear in the Orion SF Masterworks series. The Man Who Saved the Twentieth Century his first short story in seventeen years.
is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His recent titles are Finch, a novel, and The Third Bear, a collection of stories. He is the co-founder of Shared Worlds, a unique science fiction/fantasy writing camp for teens in South Carolina. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
has directed and produced around thirty documentaries and television programmes and has served on the jury at numerous international film festivals. Born in 1945 in the Soviet Union, she came to Denmark in 1970 and trained as a creative producer at the Danish Film School. She is the author of the bestseller Hunden er rask ("Dog is Well: Stories from my life in the USSR", 2011) and co-directed the documentary The Star Dreamer (2002) with Mads Baastrup.