Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, The Habitation of the Blessed, Deathless and Six Gun Snow White. Time magazine named her fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making as among the Top 10 fiction books of 2012. Indistinguishable from Magic, a collection of more than 60 of her essays, was published in 2014.
Seanan McGuire has been gaming since middle school, when she first discovered the Fighting Fantasy books at a library book sale. She went on to dabble in many systems before embracing Champions (because math) and White Wolf (because the Order of Hermes). She can still recite the Code of Hermes, which is occasionally disturbing. Seanan is the author of multiple series, under both her own name and the name Mira Grant.
Racheline Maltese is a performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and mourning. Her training includes a journalism degree from The George Washington University, as well as acting and directing coursework at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School (New York City) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Sydney, Australia). She wrote The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities (Sterling and Ross, 2007).
Lars Pearson has served as editor-in-chief and publisher of Mad Norwegian Press since 2001, overseeing such works as the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig... essay book series and the (to date) seven-volume About Time series, a seminal work on Doctor Who. With Lance Parkin, he co-writes the definitive Doctor Who timeline Ahistory (now 30,000 words bigger than War and Peace). For three years, he was a staff editor at Wizard Entertainment, working on such magazines as InQuest Gamer, ToyFare and Wizard.
Robert Smith is the author of Who's 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die, the IPPY Award-winning Who is the Doctor and Modelling Disease Ecology with Mathematics (see if you can spot the odd one out). He's also editor extraordinaire of Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies and two volumes of Time, Unincorporated, all of which have brought a multitude of new voices into the conversation.