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Editor-in-Chief:  Fran Eisemann


Asimov’s Essays, with commentary by Michael Burstein
Kepler’s Somnium
Surely You’re Joking…
Inspiring Stuff
Serials Are Good for You
Science News and Information – articles by Douglas Dluzen


Science Fiction

Assistant Editor: John Eckelkamp  — John Eckelkamp is a Montessori teacher with over twenty years of experience; he specializes in teaching science to all ages. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Houston SPCA where he did rescue work and provided exotic animal care, including an African lion and an American cougar. With a father and uncle who worked for NASA and a member of his writing group being an astronaut, his life has been deeply involved with space flight. As a young boy John used to play with the buttons in Mission Control between space flights.  sciencefictioneditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com

Editorial Assistant:

Tyra Tanner (also reads for fantasy) — Tyra Tanner has a not-so-secret obsession with the written word. It all began when she read Ender’s Game as a youth, and since then, her love for speculative fiction has only grown.

Her short fiction has been seen in Aphelion, 365 Tomorrows, and SQ Mag. When she isn’t writing or playing with her two daughters, she enjoys gardening and slacklining. Learn more at @tyratrix.


First Readers:

Warren Brown — Warren Brown lives with his wife, L.L. Brown in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has published storiesin Omni, The Best of Omni Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, After Hours, Amazing Stories, Tomorrow, The Book of All Flesh (with L. L. Brown), The Best of All Flesh (with L.L. Brown), scifidimensions.com and other venues. His novel, What Happened in Fool the Eye, is available at Amazon.com.
He has also published poetry in Nimrod, This Land, and other little magazines. His stories, “What We Did That Night in the Ruins,” “Mayfly Night,” and “Sifting out The Hearts of Men” (with L. L. Brown) received honorable mentions in anthologies of the year’s best science fiction and the year’s best horror.  http://warrenbrown.synthasite.com

Douglas Dluzen — During the day Douglas is a geneticist and studies the genetic factors of aging and age-related disease. He also examines biological risk factors that contribute to health disparities in the US. At night, Douglas writes science fiction short stories and novels. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, dog, cat, and dreams of becoming a full-time teaching faculty to teach science . His blog on science and writing is called Following the Ripples in Time and he can be found on Twitter at @ripplesintime24.

Wayne Martin —  Grew up in Southern New Jersey; Started racing small sailboats at age 8;  B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography; Developed technologies for various military projects for twenty years; Consulted for a decade on the transition of technology from early stages to higher maturity; Now transitioning to writing full time, living in Annapolis MD with two dogs and a wife;  Still racing sailboats (somewhat larger ones)

David Bruns — David is not currently reading for us as he and his writing partner have just signed a two-book deal to write thrillers with St. Martin’s Press.  Congratulations David!

Shari Levine —  Shari Levine, born and raised in NYC, is a mathematics teacher by day, writer by any other time she can spare.

She has a particular love of apocalyptic science fiction, and hopes to help continue the tradition of scientists and mathematicians producing high quality fiction.



James Conan

Lee Melling — Lee currently lives in the East of England, UK, and has moved around the country. He has a BA in English and Philosophy, and another in Law. When not reading, writing or being emotionally blackmailed by his elongated hound for treats, he works for a legal charity that supports victims of crime.

Eric Fromley —  Eric S. Fomley is the editor of Martian Magazine and the Timeshift and Drabbledark anthologies.

His work has appeared in various venues and can be found on his website ericfomley.com. He is also on Twitter @PrinceGrimdark.



Sydney Rossman-Reich – Sydney is a science fiction writer who enjoys exploring near-future versions of our tech-enabled society. She has a Masters in Design Innovation and MBA from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Kellogg School of Management, respectively.

When she’s not writing, she builds media products at a large tech firm in Silicon Valley. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and his baking addiction. She can be found on Twitter at @sydkick and on her website at http://srossmanreich.com/




Editor Casey Honebrink  —  Casey has taught French and ESL, and now works at a large metropolitan library, which makes sense, as she has always loved books. Descended from a long line of talkative women, she parlays this abundance of words into her epic fantasy project. She co-manages the Writers Assembled writing group on Facebook. Her other interests include gardening, naturalism, and amateur photography, specializing in Lepidoptera — which is to say she chases butterflies and moths with her camera phone at any opportunity!  You can find her at fantasyeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com, ohiobutterfly.deviantart.com and at facebook.com/casey.honebrink.

Editorial Assistants:

Joel Roosa —  Joel has been reading since age three, but nobody still alive can verify that, including himself.  He definitely read sci-fi/fantasy starting at age five and has never stopped, except for those times he tries to write it.  And while driving.  A child of the sixties, he frequently laments the death of Saturday morning cartoons.  Out loud, to any who will listen.  Joel has been in publishing much of his life, mostly in the warehouses.  He, his wife, and their two children call Pennsylvania home.  His short fiction has been seen in this very magazine.
When asked for bio update or suggestions he said: “No pictures or bio updates until my latest genetic mutation stabilizes. I’m hoping for energy-beam eyes this time. My only suggestion is for caffeine-infused drinks transmitted via wi-fi.”  Well, there is now a picture so we guess his latest genetic mutation has indeed stabilized.

Amy Fontaine —  As a wildlife biologist, Amy Fontaine has recorded wolf howls in Yellowstone National Park, observed hyena behavior in Kenya, filmed the waggle dances of honey bees in Michigan, and followed whales on the open ocean. As a writer, she frequently draws inspiration from nature, as well as from visions of unicorns, spaceships, and suchlike. Amy also enjoys traveling, stargazing, drawing, playing guitar, and reading anything and everything she can. Her short story “The Moon Fox” which we published  was nominated for the Cóyotl Award for Best Short Story and a Leo Literary Award. You can find Amy’s published writings at https://amyfontaine.wordpress dot com.

First Readers:

Raluca Balasa   —  Raluca Balasa is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she also works as a teaching assistant. Her approach to writing is character-oriented, often dealing with love-hate relationships, antiheroes, and antagonists who make you agree with them. Her short work has appeared in Andromeda, Spaceways, Aurealis, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing the piano or spilling things.

Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald is an avid reader and writer who was weaned on books and grew up on a steady diet of fiction, mainly fantasy novels. His written works have been published in several literary magazines and websites at home and abroad. He has also been nominated for and won a few literary prizes. His unwritten works have enjoyed massive fame and international success, in his head. More could be said but to reveal too much of the future before it happens might mess up the timeline. Understand? ☺


Sarah Moola

Innocent Ilo —  Innocent loves cats because y’all made dragons go extinct.

In between receiving tonnes of rejections from cat-adoption agencies, Innocent still finds time to read, write, tweet and massage his fragile ego.  He is twenty years old and lives in Nigeria



Sara L. Uckelman —  Dr. Sara L. Uckelman is an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of language at Durham University by day and a writer of speculative fiction by night.

She has had a variety of short stories published, and is also the co-founder of the reviews site SFFReviews.com.
She also reads for science fiction.




–  Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

Assistant editor: Doc Finegold  —  A.K.A.  Robert B Finegold MD is a recently retired radiologist, a former major in the U.S. Army, and the current editor of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales for the e-zine Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. His stories of science fiction, fantasy, and Yiddishkeit have appeared in magazines, e-zines, and anthologies since July 2015. Doc edited 3rd and Starlight  [Future Finalists Publishing, NOV 2017], an anthology of stories by authors who have won or been finalists in the LRH Writers of the Future contest (see our interview with the good doctor). He resides in Maine. Find his musings at robertbfinegold dot com, on Twitter at @DocHistory, and on Facebook at Robert B Finegold’s Kvells and Kvetchings.
In his editorial role you can reach him at myths_legends_ft_rf at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com


Assistant editor: Leena Naidoo (also reads for Fantasy)  —  writes cross-genre suspense, romance and dabbles in sci-fi/fantasy. She also reads the tarot. Her short stories have appeared in  Mad Scientist Journal, _SciPhi Journal, and Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. She now writes episodic fiction, Quest For The Wholly Pale, for Fiction Vortex. Find her work at Smashwords iTunes, B&N, Fiction Vortex and other eBook outlets. Her books include Settle Down Now and Here Be Monsters. She wanted to be a witch when she was little, but decided to be a writer instead. She loves blogging about totally random things at www.leennanaidoo.wordpress dot com and www.leennascreativebox.wordpress dot com.

First Readers:

AJ Cunder —  AJ graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master’s in Creative Writing. His fiction was named as a Finalist in Permafrost Magazine’s New Alchemy Contest and as an Honorable Mention in The Lindenwood Review’s Issue 8 First Chapter Contest along with publications appearing or forthcoming in Bewildering Stories, Breath & Shadow, and L’Ephemere Review, among others. He has co-authored an introduction to medieval literature (Routledge 2018), and has written a memoir about the struggles of growing up and living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 17 months. His love for public service has led him to volunteer as a fire fighter, serve as a school resource officer with the Union City Police Department, and volunteer as an advocate, mentor, and motivational speaker for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Find him online at www.WrestlingTheDragon dot com or on Twitter @aj_cunder.


–  Eldritch

Assistant EditorAaron Gudmunson   — Aaron Gudmunson is the author of the novels Snow Globe, The  Slingerman, and Emma Tremendous (as A.D. Goodman) and the collection  From the Dusklands. His short fiction and essays have appeared in  numerous publications, including Apex, Dark Moon Digest, and Dead  Harvest.
Aaron lives in the Chicagoland area but can more easily be found online at www.aarongudmunson.com or follow him on Twitter  @AaronGudmunson.
eldritcheditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com

First Readers:

Dirck de Lint

Chris Yona —  Leased by two small children, Chris ‘Kit’ Yona writes in the scant few minutes when he isn’t running the family business, freelance editing/writing, playing hockey, or training in martial arts. His short work has appeared in Stupefying Stories, Mythic Magazine, Femme Actuelle, One Sentence Story Anthology, Zathom, and the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology Machine of Death. He can be found at https://www.facebook.com/chris.yona and http://thekitastrophe.blogspot dot com/ .

Sheryl Normandeau — Sheryl is a Calgary-based writer. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Tales from the Script, Unicornado!, Ficta Fabula, Weirder Science, Sharkasaurus!, and Universe Horribilis, among others.

She also reads for Myths, Legends, and Fairy tales.  She blogs at www.floweryprose dot com.


Emily Eisemann
Lauren Delaney  —  A.K.A. Lord Vetinari

Graphic Novels and Stories Editor  ((…..))

For Young People of All Ages
A Day in the Life of…  ((RH))
Fiction:  Marjorie DeWitt


Science Editor: Douglas Dluzen — Doug writes our Science News and Information column, and is also one of our first readers for science fictionDuring the day Douglas is a geneticist and studies the genetic factors of aging and age-related disease. He also examines biological risk factors that contribute to health disparities in the US. At night, Douglas writes science fiction short stories and novels. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, dog, cat, and dreams of becoming a full-time teaching faculty to teach science . His blog on science and writing is called Following the Ripples in Time and he can be found on Twitter at @ripplesintime24.  scienceeditor at cosmicrootsandeldritchshores dot com

Science Articles (young people of all ages): Contributing Editor: John Eckelkamp


Editor-at-large: Forest Rogers
Editor-at-large: Howard David Johnson

Events & Cosplay  ((J & TT))


Writing Tutorials:  — Joseph Blake Parker

Art Tutorials:  Howard David Johnson

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Shane Thomas  —   S Shane Thomas has fond childhood memories of creeping out of bed to watch anime until the sun came up. He has fond adult memories of creeping out of bed to write the Anki Legacies Adventures and create the Science Fantasy Hub until the sun came up. He road trips, hikes, and hangs with his wife and sons after the sun comes up.
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