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ROBOT OVERLORD ($100 or more)

Dustin Adams

tgenedavisT. Gene Davis writes books, articles, and speculative fiction. Publishers of his works range from Wiley Publishing to eFiction Publishing. He is a member of The Authors Guild, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah’s English program. Gene edits and writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror for T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog. When not writing, he programs computers for fun and profit. Current projects include a fully web based word processor for authors called The Write App, and a web based shogi app for learning Japanese chess. Gene tweets under the guise of @TGeneDavis.

Sheryl R. Hayes lives in Silicon Valley, California with three cats graciously allow her to live in her house. When she is not writing, she is knitting, plotting what costume she’s wearing to the next convention she’s attending, or reading. Visit her at

ToryHokeTory Hoke writes, draws, and codes in Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in Strange HorizonsDrabblecast, and Pseudopod, and her art has appeared in ApexSpellbound, and Strange Horizons, where she also serves as art director. She is editor-in-chief of sub-Q, an interactive magazine for interactive fiction.



Joe Fall 2015José Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher living in Central Florida with his spouse and their two teenagers. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fantastic Stories, Terraform, Fireside Fiction, and other professional markets. Learn more at his website,, or follow him at




J.R. Johnson enjoys books, food and the occasional bout of mad science. She writes in the hope that there is more to the world than meets the eye, and that the human race has a future. For her latest projects visit

marina-j-lostetter-avatarMarina J. Lostetter and her husband, Alex, live in Northwest Arkansas with two Tasmanian devils–no, wait, those are house cats.  Marina’s original short fiction has appeared in venues such as Lightspeed,InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Shimmer Magazine, and her debut novel Noumenon will be available from Harper Voyager in 2017. She tweets as @MarinaLostetter, and her website can be found at Sign up to be a secret agent (newsletter recipient) here.

Phil Margolies writes science fiction and fantasy, though he dabbles in horror. His short fiction has appeared in PerihelionSF, Abyss & Apex, and other venues. When trying not to write or edit, he tweets @philmargolies. His website is

M_GrinderMetaphorosis Magazine offers beautifully written speculative fiction in the tradition of Patricia McKillip, George R. R. Martin, and Ursula Le Guin – well-written stories with humor, emotion, and wit – as well as reviews of current and classic science fiction and fantasy, imaginary vegan recipes, and more. It’s edited by B. Morris Allen, who works from the Oregon coast when he’s not watching eagles and seals, or writing the occasional story of his own.


Sandra Odell is an avid reader, compulsive writer, and rabid chocoholic.  Her work has appeared in such venues as Crossed Genres, Pseudopod, and Daily Science Fiction.  Find out more about her writing and other shenanigans at

Alex Shvartsman

George S. Walker is an engineer and science fiction writer who lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and feline minions. Links to his stories can be found at


MAD SCIENTIST ($50 or more)

K.G. Anderson‘s short fiction appears or is forthcoming at Metaphorosis (online) and in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories. She worked on the launch of the iTunes Music Store, does marketing communications for technology clients, attended Viable Paradise, and has a chimeric cat named Mr. Tippy.

Julia August

Yaroslav Barsukov is a Russian software engineer and science fiction writer, currently living in Vienna, Austria. He was born in Moscow and has degrees in applied mathematics (MEPhI, Russia) and computer science (Vienna University of Technology).

Marc Criley avidly read fantasy and science fiction for over forty years, so finally decided to give it a go–and recently sold his first story. Marc, his wife, a cat swarm, and Tammy the Dog reside on Cedar Gap Mountain in rural Alabama. Marc tweets loudly as @That_MarcC.

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son.  She’s known for her Edda-Earth novels, Rhysling-nominated poetry, and increasing number of short-story publications. For more about her work, please see

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, and fiction. When she isn’t designing high speed communications systems, raising her daughter, scratching the cats, or enjoying dinner with her husband, she writes. You can read more about her at

Steve DuBois is a high school teacher and writer from Kansas City.  To monitor his latest literary shenanigans, check out

Nadya Duke

Shane Halbach lives with his wife and two kids in a secret lair located deep under Chicago, where he writes software by day and practices his maniacal laughter by night. He plots (diabolically) at, and can be found on Twitter @shanehalbach. Sometimes, he fictions.

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards and his work has been translated into eighteen languages.  He thinks Submission Grinder is the greatest boon to writers since the invention of the Backspace key.

Floris M. Kleijne writes speculative fiction in the interstices between his IT career, his family, and his craving for more movies. A Writers of the Future winner, his stories have appeared in the Writers of the Future anthologies, Daily Science FictionSpace & TimeLeading EdgeAndromeda Spaceways, and others.

Richard Leis

Stephanie Lorée writes fantasy fiction and occasionally moonlights as a rock star. She’s published short fiction and tie-in fiction for the Pathfinder RPG. She’s also a freelance editor for indie authors and small presses. A self-proclaimed super nerd, Stephanie loves gaming, technology, good sushi, and bad kung fu flicks.

Shu Mookerjee is an IT Consultant,budding wordsmith and struggling sound alchemist in Dallas TX. He has fiction forthcoming in Stupefying Stories and an album on iTunes. When he’s not busy pestering his lovely wife, he moonlights as an online session guitarist (

Janice Murphy

Dionne Obeso

Laura Pearlman

Manuel Royal, like Tristram Shandy, was born with a broken nose.  He will die.  In between, he lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Schoffstall

Frances Silversmith writes computer software for a living and science fiction and fantasy stories for fun. She lives in a small town in Germany with her husband, seven guinea pigs, and two Icelandic horses. Please visit her website:

Addison Smith is a machinist, author, and book nerd living in northern Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in Fireside Magazine, and numerous publications’ recycle bins. You can learn more at

Kellan Sparver

Nancy SM Waldman grew up in Texas but now lives on the northern isle of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is sticking to her claim that cold is easier to bear than heat, but at times wonders if there’s not a middle ground somewhere. She co-founded and edits for Third Person Press which specializes in regional speculative fiction. Find out more at or @nuanc on Twitter.



LAB ASSISTANT ($25 or more)
David Beavers
T. Jane Berry
Hilary B. Bisenieks
Ian Creasey
Marie DesJardin
Dr M Leona Godin
Jeremy M. Gottwig
Miriah Hetherington
Jon Lasser
Luna Lindsey
The Margret
Rob McMonigal
Marie Michaels
John P. Murphy
Jim Johnson
James A. Miller
Amy Sisson
Jetse de Vries
Corey J. White
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley


LAB INTERN ($10 or more)
James Aquilone
Laura Blackwell
Stephen Breitenbach
James Edward O’Brien
Travis Burnham
Heather Clitheroe
Michael Donoghue
Matt Dovey
C.C. Finlay
Tania Fordwalker
Andrew Neil Gray
Grivante Press
Alex Haist
Ethan Hedman
Frances K R
Keffy R.M. Kehrli
Benjamin C. Kinney
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth
Michelle Kurrle
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill
Nancy Lambert
Charlotte Lee
Dirck de Lint
A.M. Meek
T.D. Meeks
Jo Miles
Eamonn Murphy
Samantha Murray
Stephen S. Power
Beth Powers
Robert Lowell Russell
C.C.S. Ryan
Fabio Sassi
Gregory Scheckler

Vaughan Stanger
Fred Stesney
Louise Taylor
An Unusually Large Beetle
Kenny VenOsdel
Isa Yap
Zombie Possum Games