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Deanna CarlyleScreenwriter and author Deanna Carlyle specializes in humor and dark fantasy for kids and teens. To learn more about her work, visit  



Aliette de BodardAliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris, where she has a job as a computer engineer. In her spare time, she indulges her love of mythology and history by writing speculative fiction stories: her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Interzone, Realms of Fantasy and Year's Best Science Fiction. She has been nominated for a Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Visit for more information.



Nancy Fulda Nancy Fulda's fiction has appeared in venues including Jim Baen's Universe, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, and Norilana Books' Warrior, Wisewoman anthology. She is a Phobos Award recipient, a two-time WOTF Finalist, and an assistant editor at Jim Baen's Universe. Nancy also manages the custom anthology web site at, where visitors can assemble a print-ready anthology of stories by prominent authors. Nancy keeps a blog at She lives in Germany with her husband, their three children, and no cats.

Stephen GaskellStephen Gaskell was born in Brighton, UK, the same year the Viking 2 spacecraft landed on Mars. Through his childhood he got very good at math and science, culminating in gaining entrance to University College, Oxford from where he graduated with a degree in Physics. Later, he discovered he preferred making stuff up to doing research and proving theorems, so he began writing. Sales to Writers of the Future Vol. XXIII, Nature, and Cosmos Magazine amongst others have convinced him he has some talent at this, but he's still hedging his bets. To this end he has recently completed a Masters in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at Sussex University so that in the eventuality of a robot uprising he'll be well placed to seek employment as a security specialist for our digital overlords.

Sara Genge is a doctor in Madrid, Spain. She is careful to mix her horror, SF and fantasy to the point where almost all her stories are unclassifiable. She is a founding member and contributor at the which offers daily speculative microfiction for those stolen moments when reading blogs just won't cut it. Blog

Floris Kleijne After Floris Kleijne's birth in Amsterdam in 1970, nothing of consequence happened to him until 2001, when he traded his mother tongue for the English language. (His mother still resents the trade; she's not spoken to him since.) Since 2001, he's published stories--some of them award-winning--about space travel, time travel, an axe murderess, people with gills, and--even though he's happily married--a naked man in a cage. His first novel, a road movie with werewolves cast as the good guys, is only two rewrites, an agent, and a publisher away from becoming a best-seller. Floris likes to claim he prefers writing to Real Life, but the truth is his he loves both with equal passion--which is why he's so glad that the two merge seamlessly in the Villa Diodati workshops. Blog.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipina writer-mom living in The Netherlands. When she isn't busy chasing her toddler around the house, she writes the authors and books columnist for Munting Nayon Magazine, reviews for The Fix, and edits for Haruah: Breath of Inspiration. Her work has appeared in a mix of literary, experimental, and speculative fiction publications including Philippine Speculative Fiction volume two and volume four, Route Offline, The Second Hay(na)ku Anthology, Byzarium, Flash Me magazine and the international issue of Weird Tales Magazine. Excerpts from her poetic memoir are included in Hope Away from Home released by OMF Lit Philippines in 2007. Visit her writing blog at:

Ruth Nestvold (c) Derek Henthorn Ruth Nestvold in an American writer living in Germany in a house with a turret. She's not quite sure how she got there, but it might have had something to do with the that father in Copenhagen she watched all those years ago who was playing with his bilingual sons.... She now has two bilingual children of her own, and her fiction has appeared in Asimov's, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, and several year's best anthologies, among others. She has been nominated for the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Tiptree awards, and the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" for best international work. Her novel Flamme und Harfe (Flame and Harp) appeared in translation from Penhaligon, a German imprint of Random House, in January 2009. She occasionally maintains a web site at

John Phillip Olsen. Orignally from California, John is an English teacher who has lived and worked in the east of France for over thirty years.  A graduate of Clarion West 98, his fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Interzone.  Most recently, his story “Birthday”, critiqued at Villa Diodati 3, was selected by Ben Rosenbaum for Tumbarumba. You can visit his blog at

Benjamin Rosenbaum Benjamin Rosenbaum lives near Basel, Switzerland, with his wife Esther and his cute and alarming children, Aviva and Noah, who like to cook pancakes, sing recursive songs, and turn people into pigs. His stories have appeared in Harper's, F&SF, Asimov's, McSweeney's, Strange Horizons, and Nature, been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, BSFA, and Sturgeon Awards, and been translated into 14 languages; also, Noah told him he was fancier than Noah's elbow. His collection "The Ant King and Other Stories" ( came out in August 2008 from Small Beer Press. More at

Jeff Spock is a fiction writer and video game writer currently living in the south of France. He has previously spent time (not concurrently) as an IT director, farmhand, salesman, dishwasher, teacher, marketing manager, project manager, maître d', business intelligence consultant, handyman, and unemployed layabout.


Other pages of mine:

Clarion West 98 | Cutting Edges: Or, A Web of Women | Joe's Heartbeat in Budapest | The Aphra Behn Page | ECHO

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