Patrick Thomas is the author of almost 40 books including the beloved fantasy humor Murphy's Lore series, which includes Tales From Bulfinche's Pub, Fools' Day, Through The Drinking Glass, Shadow Of The Wolf, Redemption Road, Bartender Of The Gods, Nightcaps and Empty Graves - as well as the future space adventures Startenders and Constellation Prize. The Murphy's Lore After Hours spin-offs star the half pixie/ogre Terrorbelle (Fairy With A Gun, Fairy Rides The Lightning); the former demon-possessed serial killer Agent Karver of the Department of Mystic Affairs (Dead To Rites, Rites of Passage); the cursed magi Hex (By Darkness Cursed and BY Invocation Only); Vince Argus, the Soul For Hire (Greatest Hits); and Negral, a forgotten Sumerian god who works as Hell's Detective (Lore & Dysorder and Bullets & Brimstone). Co-Written with John French and Diane Raetz, his Mystic Investigators paranormal mystery series includes Bullets & Brimstone, From The Shadows and Once More Upon A Time. Assassin's Ball, his first mystery, is also co-written with John French. He also wrote the steampunk As The Gears Turn and the space epic Exile & Entrance. He co-edited New Blood and Hear Them Roar and was an editor for the magazines Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Pirate Writings. Patrick's darkly humorous advice column Dear Cthulhu has been running since 2005 and includes the collections Have A Dark Day, Good Advice For Bad People, Cthulhu Knows Best and What Would Cthulhu Do? His short stories have been featured in over fifty anthologies and more than forty-five print magazines. A number of his books were part of the props department of the CSI television show and have been spot9ted on the program. Nightcaps was even thrown at a suspect's head. His urban fantasy Fairy With A Gun had been optioned for film and TV by Laurence Fishburne's Cinema Gypsy Productions. Top Men Productions has turned his Soul For Hire Story, Act of Contrition, into a short film. Please drop by www.patthomas.net or follow him at I_PatrickThomas at Twitter or www.facebook.com/PatrickThomasAuthor to learn more.
Steve B Howell is a senior research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He was formerly the head of the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and the project scientist for NASA's premier exoplanet finding missions: Kepler and K2. Howell has written more than 800 scientific publications, numerous popular and technical articles, and has authored and edited 10 books on astronomy and astronomical instrumentation.
Jaleta Clegg loves to make up stuff then tell stories about it. Her life is full of imaginary friends who go on adventures all the time. The only way she can go along is as the narrator and scribe. So she writes down what the imaginary voices in her head tell her, then publishes them as science fiction adventure, steampunk fairy stories, silly horror, and all sorts of other things.
She has an eleven book space opera series, a steampunk fairy novel, and dozens of short stories out in the wild.
When not writing down her adventures, Jaleta is usually playing with yarn, cooking strange dishes, watching too much tv, and dreaming up more stuff to write down. She lives in Washington state with a diminishing horde of children, elderly pets, a very patient husband, and lots and lots of books.
Find more of her work at www.jaletac.com