The Collective

Cadwell Turnbull is the editor of Many Worlds and author of the science fiction novel The Lesson. His short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Asimov’s Science Fiction and several anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. His debut novel The Lesson was a finalist for the Neukom Institute Literary Award, shortlisted for VCU Cabell Award, and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award. Turnbull lives in Raleigh and teaches at North Carolina State University.

Justin C. Key is a speculative fiction writer, psychiatrist, and a graduate of Clarion West 2015. His short stories have appeared and are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons,, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres. He is currently working on a near-future novel inspired by his medical training. When Justin isn’t writing, working in the hospital, or exploring Los Angeles with his wife, he’s chasing after his three young (and energetic!) sons. You can follow his journey at and @JustinKey_MD on Twitter.

M. Darusha Wehm is the Nebula Award-nominated and Sir Julius Vogel Award winning author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Their mainstream books include the Devi Jones’ Locker Young Adult series and the humorous coming-of-age novel The Home for Wayward Parrots. Darusha’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Terraform and Nature. Originally from Canada, Darusha lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years sailing the Pacific.

Theodore McCombs is a writer in San Diego. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2019, Guernica, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others. He is a 2017 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop. Find him at or on Twitter @mrbruff.

Rebekah Bergman‘s fiction appears in Tin House Online, Joyland, Hobart, The Nashville Review, and Necessary Fiction, among other journals. She was a 2018 winner of the Masters Review Anthology Prize, judged by Rebecca Makkai, and a 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Rebekah is currently working on a novel. She holds an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in literary arts from Brown University. She lives in Rhode Island. 

K.C. Wise is a speculative fiction writer, teacher, independent bookstore leader and elected official raising two biracial boys in the Massachusetts suburbs.  She is a frequent student of Grub Street in Boston and has twice been a finalist for their Emerging Writer Fellowship. Her middle-grade novel, Savvy and Mars: The Right Wish to Wish, was a finalist for the 2020 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship and is out on query. When she is not writing or leading, she is an accomplished knitter, quilter, and embroiderer. You can find her on Twitter @KayCWise. 

Josh Eure is a graduate of the North Carolina State University MFA program. His stories have won Asimov’s Dell Award and the Brenda L. Smart Prize and reached the finalist list in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. He has also won Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Award for 2010 and has appeared in Oxford American, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Surreal South, Southern Cultures, Raleigh Review, and Not One of Us, among others. He was a finalist for the Piedmont Laureate in 2014. He is currently shopping a novel. He lives outside of Raleigh, NC with his wife and two children.

Craig Lincoln is a writer of science fiction and fantasy and a graduate from North Carolina State University, earning an MFA in Fiction. He has held a myriad of odd jobs, including but not limited to: bus boy, projectionist, cruise ship janitor, fast food worker, and an airplane refueler.  His fiction has been published in places such as Daily Science Fiction and The Drabblecast. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, two kids, one dog, and various cheeses.  You can find him on Twitter @craigabyte or at

Cliff Winnig writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His short fiction has appeared on the Escape Pod podcast and in magazines and anthologies, including Mad Scientist Journal, Footprints (Hadley Rille Books), and Straight Outta Deadwood (Baen Books). He is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. When not writing, Cliff plays sitar, studies aikido and tai chi, sings in two different choirs, and does social dance, including ballroom, swing, and Argentine tango. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley, which constantly inspires him to think about the future. He can be found online at

Ben Murphy lives in North Carolina with his wife and a small menagerie. After a brief but fulfilling career as an unsuccessful rock star, he turned to writing. A graduate of the MFA program at North Carolina State University, where he now teaches composition, he is at work on a novel.