Author Bios

Stephen Lawson: 1/1 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Louisville”

                         and  2/5 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Mammoth Cave”

Stephen Lawson lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, a rabbit, and some bees.

Stephen spent five years on active duty with the Navy after high school and deployed three times aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. His carrier battle group deployed on September 19, 2001 as part of the immediate response to 9/11, which eventually became Operation Enduring Freedom.

He has a business administration degree from Asbury University, and is currently pursuing an MBA.

He divides his time between church, writing, education, and a career as an officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard.

He considers his biggest influences to be Michael Crichton, C.S. Lewis, Robert Heinlein, and team-writers Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

A complete list of Stephen’s published works can be found on the Published, Pending, Press page of his blog.


David VonAllmen: 1/2 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to St. Louis”

David VonAllmen began writing at age thirteen, but was generally unimpressed with the quality of his work. His senior year of high school a short story he wrote led to accusations of plagiarism and threats of expulsion. That’s when he realized his writing might be better than he’d previously given himself credit for.

Having spent his youth assuming that all fantasy was identical to Tolkien, David thought of himself as a science fiction writer, although a somewhat uninspired one. Then, upon reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, David’s brain said to him, “Wait, if this is fantasy, then fantasy can be… ANYTHING.” Now that David is writing fantasy, he and his brain have a much more amiable relationship.

David lives in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife, Ann, and their children Lucas and Eva, who write some pretty darn good fantasy stories of their own. 

Dustin Steinacker: 1/3 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Utah’s Deserts”

Dustin Steinacker lives in Utah with his family.


Sean Patrick Hazlett: 1/4 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to the Mojave Desert”

Sean is a technology and finance professional working in Silicon Valley. He writes science fiction and horror as well as nonfiction. He is a recent second place winner of the Writers of the Future Contest. He has published over a hundred research reports on clean energy, semiconductors, and enterprise software including Wall Street’s first comprehensive market analysis of opportunities in the smart grid, which was cited twice in The Economist (See “Making Every Drop Count” and “Smart Grids: Wiser Wires”). His fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, Grimdark Magazine, Galaxy’s Edge, Abyss & Apex, Fictionvale Magazine, Plasma Frequency Magazine, Kasma SF, The Colored Lens,, and Mad Scientist Journal.

Before working in finance and technology, Sean was a research associate at the Harvard-Stanford Preventive Defense Project where he worked on energy security issues that included the United States-India Strategic Partnership and policy options for confronting Iran’s nuclear program. He won the 2006 Policy Analysis Exercise Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for his work on policy solutions to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Sean also spent time at Booz Allen Hamilton as an intelligence analyst focusing on strategic war games and simulations for the Pentagon. Before graduate school, Sean was a cavalry officer in the United States Army where he trained American forces for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan at the National Training Center.

Sean holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and bachelor’s degrees in History and Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Jake Marley: 1/5 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Los Angeles”

Jake Marley has spent the past twenty years driving the night roads of Southern California dreaming up worlds of fantasy, horror, and suspense. He’s the 2017 Golden Pen Award winner of the international Writers of the Future contest, and is featured in Volume 33 of their annual anthology.

Jake lives in Orange County, California with his wife and daughter.

Connect with Jake on Facebook or find him @JakeofEarth2 on Twitter

Philip Kramer: 1/6 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Seattle”

Emerging novelist, Philip Kramer, is a research scientist with many published articles and reviews to his name. After obtaining his doctorate in Biomedical Research, he strove to incorporate science into his writing in an effort to bring more realism to modern fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy. He posts regularly on his blog, which promotes the use of accurate science in science fiction. His fiction has been published by Baen Books and won the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. He has three completed and as-of-yet unpublished novels with many more in development.  He is an active member of the National Space Society and the Codex speculative fiction writing community. He is currently a resident of Seattle, Washington.
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Ville Meriläinen: 2/1 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Joensuu, Finland”

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student. His short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including Intergalactic Medicine Show, Pseudopod, and Abyss & Apex.

Andrea Stewart: 2/2 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Sacramento”

Andrea lives somewhere in California. She keeps moving and we can’t really figure out what part of the state she’s in. It’s also possible she’s in the Witness Protection Program, but she’s a heck of a writer.

M. T. Reiten: 2/3 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Los Alamos and Santa Fe”

M. T. Reiten is a scientist who works at a laboratory located in the desert Southwest. He frequents Bubonicon and is in one of the states with the highest per capita concentrations of science fiction writers. He is endlessly grateful to his beautiful wife and awesome daughter for providing new horizons to explore.

Andrew Peery: 2/4 “The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist’s Guide to Charleston, South Carolina”

Andrew Peery lives in North Carolina, but he lived for quite a while in Charleston.