Uncanny Authors

Javier Grillo–Marxuach

Javier “Javi” Grillo-Marxuach is an Emmy winning writer/producer (Lost, Outstanding Drama Series, 2005, The Dark Crystal, Outstanding Children’s Program, 2020), and creator of The Middleman graphic novels and TV series. Javi’s current work includes Raising Dion (Netflix), Blood & Treasure (CBS), From (Epix), Cowboy Bebop (Netflix), and The Witcher (Netflix).

An advocate of mentorship and diversity, Javi instituted the Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellowships for writers at USC film school, and the Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate Creative Writing Program. He also co hosts the Children of Tendu podcast, which educates new writers on navigating the business with decency and integrity, and mentors new writers as part of his work with the Writers Guild of America.

Javi was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His name is pronounced “HA- VEE-AIR GREE-JOE MARKS-WATCH.”

Simon Guerrier

Simon Guerrier is the author of countless Doctor Who audio adventures, comics, and books, most recently The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who. His novella Fall Out was published by Abaddon Books in November 2015. With his brother Thomas, Simon produces documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and has made a number of award-winning short films.

A. J. Hackwith

A. J. Hackwith is a magpie of ink, bad ideas, and spite. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction in Seattle. A.J. is the author of two nonfiction books and writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper. You can find her as @ajhackwith on Twitter and other dark corners of the internet.

Minal Hajratwala

Minal Hajratwala is the founder of the Unicorn Authors Club, a magical sanctuary where authors of color (and allies who really mean it!) finish our gorgeous, urgently needed books. Her books include the award-winning nonfiction epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents; a poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment; a travel guidebook, Moon Fiji; and a groundbreaking anthology, Out! Stories from the New Queer India.

Photo credit: Sequoia Ziff

Gay Haldeman

Gay Haldeman has managed SF Grandmaster Joe Haldeman’s career since it began in 1969. She’s taught Spanish and English as a Foreign Language and taught writing for 30 years in the Writing Center at MIT. She was active in Washington, D.C., fandom in the 60s and 70s and helped found the Science Fiction League at the U. of Iowa in 1975, where she has been club and convention Mommy and Mommy Emeritus ever since. In 2011 she was given the Big Heart Award. She’s been going to SF conventions since 1963. After 57 years of marriage, she still thinks Joe is the best thing that ever happened to her.

Alix E. Harrow

A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. She is the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Hugo award-winning short fiction. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter.

Hao Jingfang

Hao Jingfang has an undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and a PhD from Tsinghua in Economics and Management. Her fiction has appeared in English in various publications, including Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny. She has published three full–length novels, Wandering Maearth, Return to Charon, and Born in 1984; a book of cultural essays, Europe in Time; and several short story collections, Star Travelers, To Go the Distance, and The Depth of Loneliness. In 2016, her novelette, “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu), was a Hugo Award winner and Locus Award and Sturgeon Award finalist. Several of her stories, including “Folding Beijing,” are collected in Invisible Planets, an anthology of contemporary Chinese SF edited and translated by Ken Liu.

Nin Harris

Nin Harris is an author, poet, and tenured postcolonial Gothic scholar who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary romances, and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s publishing credits include: Clarkesworld, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed. Nin is currently finalising Watermyth, the first novel of the Cantata of the Fourfold Realms mythic clockpunk fantasy sequence.

Taiwo Hassan

Taiwo Hassan is a writer of Yorùbá descent, a poet, and a vocalist. A 2x Best Of The Net Nominee, his poems have appeared in trampset, Kissing Dynamite, Lucent Dreaming, The Shore, Brittle Paper, Dust Poetry Magazine, Ice Floe Press, Wizards In Space, and several other places. He’s also an undergraduate student of Demography and Social Statistics at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Osun State, Nigeria. His debut chapbook, Birds Don’t Fly For Pleasure, is published by River Glass Books.

Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley is The New York Times–bestselling author of the novels Aerie, Magonia (one of PW’s Best Books of 2015), Queen of Kings, and the memoir The Year of Yes. With Kat Howard she is the author of The End of the Sentence, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and with Neil Gaiman, she is co–editor of Unnatural Creatures. Her short stories have been included in many year’s best anthologies, including the 2016 edition of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams, and have been finalists for the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards.

Upcoming from editor Sean McDonald at Farrar, Straus & Giroux are The Mere Wife—a novel melding Beowulf to Revolutionary Road, and a short story collection. For HarperCollins, she’s at work on The Combustible, a queer superhero and supervillain story, as well as another YA novel. She’s also in development on the theatrical musical The Devil’s Halo, with Emmy Award–winning composer Lance Horne. Find her at @MARIADAHVANA at Twitter, or