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Columnists/Feature Writers/Guest Posters

Ben Thompson graduated from Florida State University in 2002 with degrees in History and Political Science. He has run the popular website since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. His first book, BADASS: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live was published worldwide by HarperCollins in October 2009. A second book, titled BADASS: Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Beings Ever Envisioned, was released by the same publisher in March 2011.

Hal Duncan is a sodomitic Scots smoker who staggered drunkenly into the SF Café in 2005 with his debut, Vellum, and now has various novels, novellas, short stories, poems and essays circling in print or the aether. Further scribblings and rantings can be found at

Elisabeth Rappe was once an aspiring medievalist, now a writer for A movie & video game loving bowl of awesome. Screw the cereal, I’m the prize inside!

Contrary to dogma, Rachel Parker is the mind-killer. She is a nerd, writer, and art historian living in Brooklyn, NY. You can read more of her posts at

Matthew Cheney has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues, including One Story, Weird Tales, Locus, Rain Taxi, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and elsewhere. He is a columnist for Strange Horizons and the former series editor of Best American Fantasy. His blog, The Mumpsimus, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2005. He currently lives in New Hampshire and teaches at Plymouth State University.

Jonathan McCalmont is a critic whose work has been published at Strange Horizons, The SF Site, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Vector and The Escapist. He maintains a film and literary blog entitled Ruthless Culture and he writes a monthly gaming column at Futurismic entitled Blasphemous Geometries.