Judges for Best Story Announced for It's All Trumped Up
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the judges for the three best stories in It’s All Trumped Up. These judges will read the final 10 stories chosen by the reviewers and pick three to win special cash awards. We are quite grateful for their attention, appreciation, and invaluable insight.
Lisa Yaszek, Ph.D.
Lisa Yaszek is Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She is also past president of the Science Fiction Research Association and a juror for John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her research interests include science fiction, cultural history, gender studies, critical race studies, and science and technology studies. Yaszek’s essays on science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, cultures, and continents appear in journals including Extrapolation, NWSA Journal, and Rethinking History. Her books include Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (Ohio State University Press 2008) and the co-edited volumes Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre (McFarland 2010) and Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan, forthcoming May 2016).
Milton J. Davis
Milton Davis is owner of MVmedia, LLC , a small publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of eight novels; his most recent The Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griot: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R. Saunders; The Ki Khanga Anthology with Balogun Ojetade and the Steamfunk! Anthology, also with Balogun Ojetade. MVmedia has also published Once Upon A Time in Afrika by Balogun Ojetade.
He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/.
He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk.
Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award-winning screenplay, Ngolo.