About The Author
Alfred Smith is a father and rowing coach from Erie, Pennsylvania. He found himself telling stories from a young age, and then made the logical step into running Dungeons and Dragons games when he was only 9 years old. He has settled in Erie, Pennsylvania for the foreseeable future with his wife, Emily, his daughter, Hope, and their cat, Lord Squeaky. Alfred has run the Parsec SFF Short Story Contest since 2020. He has been published in Deep Magic Ezine, and several anthologies from Air and Nothingness Press.
Elyse Russell has been writing since she was seven. She loves stories in all forms. When writing, she tends to stick to short stories and graphic novels, and most of her works are speculative in nature.
Elyse has had works accepted with Mermaid's Monthly, Hyphen Punk, Crone Girl's Press, Outcast Press, Markosia, Last Girls Club, and more. Her horror graphic novella, The Fell Witch, is an allegory for postpartum depression and will be released in 2022 with Band of Bards comics.
When not writing, Elyse enjoys long naps with her cats, reading, and donuts. Also cheese. Learn more about her works and world at her website: elyserussellauthor.squarespace.com.
Steven D. Brewer
Steven D. Brewer has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He still remembers getting scolded for not reading chapter books in fourth grade because he was avidly consuming The Hobbit late at night, by flashlight under his covers. And he probably got his copy from his older brother and most important mentor.
As an author, Steven identifies diverse obsessions that underlie his writing. His early interest in natural history, life science, and environmentalism he learned from his father, an ecologist and ornithologist. He attributes seeing his mother study German for his abiding passion for languages that led him to major in Spanish (as well as Biology) and subsequently learn Esperanto and use it for international correspondence and travel. His fascination with Japanese culture grew from writing haiku and haibun in Esperanto. And his mania for information technology and the Internet led him back to graduate school where he earned a Masters in Earth Science and a PhD in Science Education.
His scattered interests led to an eclectic employment history. He did farm work and food service growing up in southwest Michigan. He has worked as a large-animal caretaker, an archeological faunal analyst, a hunter of the fastest lizards in the world, a gas-station attendant, a bilingual teacher's aide for a migrant-worker education program, and an edutainer with live animals and a portable planetarium. For the past quarter century, he has served as a non-tenure-system faculty member in higher education.
Steven currently teaches scientific writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his extended family.