Maurice Broaddus and Rianna Butcher

A senior in high school, Rianna Butcher is a budding Afrofuturist and reader of historical fiction. She loves to express herself authentically and creatively, having won the Fortnitely Essay Contest (2020). This is her first published sale. You should check out her Instagram at @theriannab

A community organizer and teacher, Maurice Broaddus’s work has appeared in places like Lightspeed Magazine, Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda, Weird Tales, Magazine of F&SF, and Uncanny Magazine, with some of his stories having been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. His books include the sci-fi novel Sweep of Stars; the steampunk works, Buffalo Soldier, and Pimp My Airship; and the middle grade detective novels, The Usual Suspects and Unfadeable. His project, Sorcerers, is being adapted as a television show for AMC. He’s an editor at Apex Magazine. Learn more at