FutureClassics Founding Members:
(Back row) Jerry J. Davis, Jeff Turner, Lisa Holcombe, Melanie Fletcher,
(Front row) Elizabeth Hardage, Robert Pickering, Bill Ledbetter
J. Kathleen Cheney taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, but gave it all up for a chance to write stories. Her novella “Iron Shoes” was a 2010 Nebula Award Finalist. Her novel, The Golden City was a Finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards (Best First Novel). Dreaming Death (Feb 2016) is the first in a new series, the Palace of Dreams Novels.
Melanie Fletcher writes, knits, quilts, designs jewelry, makes dolls, bellydances, fences, herds cats and functions on far too little sleep.
When she’s not Making Stuff(TM), she’s writing; to date, she’s sold over a dozen stories, has been published in three countries, and has three novels in various stages of completion. Her most recent sale is “The Groom Wore Wings” in the specfic anthology Debris & Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok (Story Spring Publishing, LLC, 2017).
Melanie also writes SF, fantasy, and paranormal romance as Nicola Cameron.
William Ledbetter is a writer with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Writers of the Future, Escape Pod, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. He’s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate, is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention and is a consulting editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. He lives near Dallas with his wife and three spoiled cats.
Michelle Muenzler’s goal in life is to bring forth the bunny apocalypse and bury the earth with furry-soft goodness. When not working toward this goal, she experiments on her husband with new recipes and builds blockades around her NetBook to protect it from her cats. Her fiction leans toward dark fantasy with a twist of new weird, and if nobody dies in a story, then it probably wasn’t written by her.
Gloria Oliver lives in Texas making sure to stay away from rolling tumbleweeds, freak storms, and bowing to the wishes of her feline and canine masters. She is the author of In the Service of Samurai, Vassal of El, Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles, Willing Sacrifice, The Price of Mercy, Inner Demons, and Jewel of the Gods – all fantasy and YA fantasy novels. She is a member in good standing of EPIC and BroadUniverse, but hasn’t yet made it onto the list for Cat Slaves R Us.
Delilah Rehm, a Texas native, lives with her husband, Steven, and two children, Roland and Emily. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Texas with a minor in history. Winning the FenCon short story contest with “Double Edge” was best part of 2006! She has 24 short stories within the game, Depths of Peril (www.depthsofperil.com), soon to be released September 2007.
Rook Riley is an author, game enthusiast, and Army vet. Her first story, Down the Crooked Ways, was published in the Queens and Courtesan’s anthology October 2016. You can read more about her here: https://rookriley.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/hello-world/
Laura waited for the aliens at Manchu Piccu on the Millennium. Only the President of Peru with his heavily armed body guard arrived. (I’ve a story there.) Giving the aliens another chance, Laura visited Rosewell, NM. Laura’s decided the aliens have already arrived, and live amongst us. Surely you suspect a few.
Being a CPA, the creative juices of Laura’s mind simmered for twenty years suppressed by a hard shell of accounting principles and tax codes. A crack in the shell allowed a seepage of imagination that swelled to a raging torrent. (Well, raging something.) This spewage became a fantasy thriller trilogy, now in revision. Combining a love of history with fantasy, Laura just completed a YA fantasy time travel novel. She also writes short stories, dabbling in science fiction and horror — Beware the SHELL.
Shawn’s fiction is all over the genre map. He writes dark fantasy pieces that you’ll find in places like Strange Horizons, romantic windup bird flash pieces in Abyss & Apex, as well as dark humor in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. He also has a number of fiction and non-fiction works in collections, anthologies, and e-zines. He occasionally writes for his blog shawnscarber.com, but he is most active on Facebook and Twitter. When he’s not writing fiction, he’s writing mobile and web applications for telecom, finance, and marketing firms. He lives with his artist/illustrator daughter, is a servant to one prissy cat, and likes to lift weights.
S. Boyd Taylor
I’m a writer of strange and exotic stories, a martial artist, and a Texan. My growing but so far brief writing resume includes a Writers of the Future Semifinalist Q1 2008 placing, and Commended Q2 2010 placing.
My family has lived in the East Texas Piney Woods since the 1840′s, and my great-great Grandmother was a Cherokee Indian in the region, who hid with Irish friends to prevent being relocated to Indian Territory at gunpoint. Best evidence indicates the Cherokee side of my family may have relocated westward with Chief Dragging Canoe after his failed bid to help the British win the revolutionary war.
With regards to martial arts, I’ve won 28 medals at multiple international tournaments, including Taiji Legacy and the Chicago International Wushu-Kungfu Federation Tournament. I specialize in the “Three Sisters” of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts: Taijiquan, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan. I also have a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Brown Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate.