Guest Authors

We will be announcing Guest Authors for Alpha 2021 over the coming weeks. Please check back with us. 

The following guest authors were guests at Alpha 2020:

  • Zoraida Córdova is the author of nine fantasy novels for kids and teens, most recently the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite. She is the co-host of the podcast Deadline City. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York.  When she’s not working on her next novel, she’s finding a new adventure.
  • Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that transport audiences to fantastical worlds heavily inspired by world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.
  • Seanan McGuire was born in California and grew up with an affinity for all things poisonous. With three active series and numerous stand-alones, duologies, and trilogies (the latter under the name Mira Grant), she has more than than forty books to her name. She was the winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2010, and has won a Nebula and multiple Hugo Awards for her work. Her novella “Every Heart A Doorway” received the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella, the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella, and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella, making her one of the few authors to win all three awards in a single year.
  • Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She is currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation, energy grid modernization, and resiliency planning. Under both her names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and Baltimore, lives in Santa Fe with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw. Find her online at or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.
  • Vivian Shaw wears way too many earrings and likes edged weapons and expensive ink. She was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood in the UK, moving to America in the mid-80s. She has a BA in art history, an MFA in creative writing and publishing arts, has worked in academic publishing and development, and is looking forward to expanding her freelance editing portfolio. She writes about monsters, machines, disasters, and found family; her short sci-fi/horror fiction has appeared in Uncanny and Pseudopod, and she is the author of the Dr. Greta Helsing trilogy (STRANGE PRACTICE, DREADFUL COMPANY, and GRAVE IMPORTANCE). In her spare time she collects vintage cookbooks and fountain pens, and writes fanfiction (pen name: Coldhope). She lives in Santa Fe with her wife, the author Arkady Martine.

Past author guests include Mark Oshiro, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Yoon Ha Lee, John Joseph Adams, Michael Arnzen, Catherine Asaro, Holly BlackTobias S. BuckellLawrence C. Connolly, Bruce CovilleAmal El-Mohtar, Timons EsaiasCharles Coleman FinlayCarl Frederick, James Frenkel, Gregory Frost, Max Gladstone, Theodora GossAlan IrvineAlaya Dawn Johnson, Kij Johnson, Scott A. Johnson, Michael Kandel, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ellen Kushner, N. K. Jemisin, Justine LarbalestierDavid LevineMalinda Lo, Christopher McKitterick, E. C. MyersDaniel José OlderTamora Pierce, Bruce Holland Rogers, Delia Sherman, Maggie Stiefvater, Wen Spencer, Rachel SwirskyWilliam TennHarry TurtledoveCatherynne M. Valente, Scott WesterfeldLeslie What, Sheila Williams, Alyssa Wong, and Timothy Zahn.