About the Editors

Allow us to introduce you to the editorial team of The Future Fire. We are an international team spread across several continents, with a wide range of interests and loosely defined roles.

Djibril al-Ayad General editor
Regina de Búrca Associate editor; slushreader
Kathryn Allan Associate editor; co-editor: Accessing the Future (2015)
Lori Selke Guest editor: Outlaw Bodies (2012)
Fabio Fernandes Guest editor: We See a Different Frontier (2013)
Valeria Vitale Assistant editor; co-editor: TFF-X (2015), and guest editor: Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (2016)
Cécile Matthey Assistant editor, slushreader and in-house illustrator; co-editor: TFF-X (2015)
Serge Keller Assistant editor, slushreader
Tracie Welser Assistant editor, slushreader
Bruce Stenning Emeritus editor
Leoba Tauber Emerita associate editor

 [  ] Djibril al-Ayad

General editor

Djibril is the nom de guerre of a French-born academic historian, who researches ancient texts, ritual cursing and open culture. He studies the afterlife of antiquity and the future of archaeology. Based in London meatspace, he travels along snapping synapses and burning fibre cables to work all over the world, and welcomes invitations to party, share, plot, indulge and include.

Djibril's favourite SF includes: beautiful and inventive writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nisi Shawl, Samuel R. Delaney, Nicola Griffith, Isabel Allende, Élisabeth Vonarburg, who magically define and redefine what speculative fiction can be and do again and again; the Kafkaesque and Borgesian headfuck cyberpunk by authors like Philip K. Dick, Misha, Marge Piercy, William Gibson, Melissa Scott, who pull no punches and make no apologies; cynical, political and in-your-face fiction by the likes of Joanna Russ, China Miéville, Laurie J. Marks, Rosemary Kirstein, Kate Bornstein, who blow your mind every time. Djibril loves the alien, the alienating, the ugly truth, the beautiful lie.

Regina de Búrca

Associate editor and slushreader

Regina de Búrca is a writer and editor from the West of Ireland. She is interested in feminist speculative fiction, especially the kind that's aimed at young adults. Her biggest influences are Ursula le Guin and Isabel Allende. Regina blogs at Outright Barbarous.

Kathryn Allan

Associate editor, slushreader and co-editor: Accessing the Future (2015)

Kathryn Allan is an independent scholar of feminist SF, cyberpunk, and disability studies. After completing her PhD thesis, Bleeding Chrome: Technology and the Vulnerable Body in Feminist Post-Cyberpunk (2010), she set off on her own and now runs Academic Editing Canada. She is editor of the interdisciplinary collection, Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure (2013, Palgrave MacMillan), and the inaugural Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction fellow. Her writing appears in both academic and creative publications, such as The WisCon Chronicles Vol. 7 (2013), and Outlaw Bodies (2012). Kathryn blogs as Bleeding Chrome.

Lori Selke

Guest editor: Outlaw Bodies (2012)

Lori Selke has been published in Strange Horizons and Asimov’s. She’s been active in queer, sex radical and feminist activist circles for over two decades. She is also the former editor/publisher of the tiny lit zine Problem Child.

Fabio Fernandes

Guest editor: We See a Different Frontier (2013)

Fabio Fernandes is an SF writer living in São Paulo, Brazil. He has several stories published in online venues like Everyday Weirdness, The Nautilus Engine, StarShipSofa, Semaphore Magazine, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, and Kaleidotrope Magazine, and in anthologies like Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded and The Apex World Book of SF, Vol. 2 (ed. by Lavie Tidhar). Two-time recipient of the Argos SF Award (Brazil), Fernandes co-edited with Jacques Barcia in 2008 the bilingual online magazine Terra Incognita, and has translated to Brazilian Portuguese several SF works, such as Neuromancer, Foundation, Snow Crash, Boneshaker, and The Steampunk Bible.

Cécile Matthey

Assistant editor; in-house illustrator

Cécile Matthey, photo librarian, freelance illustrator and eclectic reader, forever attracted to imaginary worlds and strange universes from J.R.R. Tolkien to Philip K. Dick, from Jules Verne to Jasper Fforde—with a soft spot for Michael Moorcock, Ray Bradbury, Lois McMaster Bujold, Terry Pratchett and steampunk. She has illustrated various stories for TFF since 2006, and has recently joined the reading team too.

Artist's web page: cecilematthey.ch

Valeria Vitale

Assistant editor; co-editor: Fae Visions of the Mediterranean (2015)

Valeria spends most of her time building worlds. If you look carefully, under the right light, you might see some of them orbiting around her head. Her first contact with gothic horror was the two monsters who hid in the long corridor of her family house waiting for dark to kidnap her; when a successful kidnap attempt never materialized, she became convinced the monsters must be completely incompetent, and began to feel sorry for them. She still has a soft spot for ghosts, vampires and old mythologies, but enjoys all sort of (good) stories. As a hobby, Valeria collects failures and pseudonyms. When she’s not busy writing and reading (for pleasure or work) you may find her staring at ancient objects in museums or modelling buildings in 3D. At night, when she can’t sleep, she makes toys.

Tracie Welser

Assistant editor and slushreader

Tracie Welser's work has appeared in Interzone, Crossed Genres and Outlaw Bodies. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Tracie currently resides in California, where she is working on her first novel.

Paul Wilks


Paul is a freelance writer, student and avid reader. He recently completed a degree in English Literature and Sociology and hopes to begin a Masters in sociology at the end of 2012. His primary literary interest lies in dystopian novels and his undergrad dissertation was titled "Rebellion, Neglect and Sex: Analysing women in early twentieth century dystopian fiction". His favourite authors include: Yevgeny Zamyatin, Jack London, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, George Orwell and Margaret Atwood.

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