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Simon Bradshaw has at various times been an RAF officer, a communications engineer, a legal academic and a barrister. One constant aspect of his life though has been his enthusiasm for sf, and as well as helping organise numerous conventions he has served as Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and is currently one of its Trustees.

Richard Burley has been an avid reader and viewer of science fiction since childhood, when his father sat him down in front of his very first episode of Star Trek. When he isn't writing articles on Doctor Who, he spends his time studying decidedly un-science-fiction-like things as a PhD candidate at Boston College.

Catherine Coker is an Assistant Professor of Library Science at Texas A&M University. She is also the Coordinator of Research Services at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives where she is the curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection. Her research area focuses on the history and depiction of women and sexuality in SF&F.

Sydney and Andy Duncan are on the English faculty at Frostburg State University in Maryland. Sydney is on the board of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Andy has won a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and two World Fantasy Awards.

Paul Hawkins is a writer and musician. His band Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences have recorded two albums, recorded for Radio 1 and gig regularly around London and the UK. He’s written articles for independent music magazines, NHS health websites and an essay for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer collection Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television (Lynne Y. Edwards , Elizabeth L. Rambo and James B. South, eds., Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008). He currently edits the DIY music blog He has a BA (Hons) in Scriptwriting for Film and Television and an MA in Producing Film and Television.

Antony Keen is an Associate Lecturer in Classical Studies for the Open University in the South East, and a critic and scholar of science fiction. He reviewed “The Runaway Bride” and “The End of Time” for Strange Horizons. He has written chapters on Doctor Who for David C. Wright and Allan W. Austin, eds., Space and Time: Essays on Visions of History in Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010) and Ross P. Garner, Melissa Beattie and Una McCormack, eds., Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

Una McCormack is the author of two Doctor Who novels: The King’s Dragon (London: BBC Books, 2010) and The Way Through the Woods (London: BBC Books, 2011). Other fiction includes three novels based upon Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Simon and Schuster, and short fiction in numerous publications including Doctor Who Magazine and Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology. Her non-fiction has appeared in Doctor Who Magazine, as well asJohn R. Cook and Peter Wright, eds.,British Science Fiction Television: A Hitchhiker’s Guide (London: Tauris, I.B. 2006), and Karen Joy Fowler and Debbie Notkin, eds.,80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (Seattle: Aqueduct, 2010). She is the co-editor with Ross Garner and Melissa Beattie of Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

Leslie McMurtry is a writer and artist from Albuquerque. She is currently pursuing her PhD from Swansea University and edits the Doctor Who fanzine The Terrible Zodin ( She lives in London. 

Clare Parody is a doctoral student at the University of Liverpool, working on a theory of character and character study in transmedia fiction. Her research interests more generally include: fiction in and theories of new media; relationships between media and between texts in different media; speculative fiction; fandom; and videogames.

James Rose is predominantly concerned with interpretations of contemporary Horror and Science Fiction cinema and television, and has written critical texts for a range of international journals including The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Scope, Vertigo, Splice and MediaMagazine. He has also written chapters for various academic volumes and a number of books, including Beyond Hammer: British Horror Cinema since 1970 (Leighton Buzzard: Auteur Publishing, 2009) and Studying The Devil's Backbone (Leighton Buzzard: Auteur Publishing, 2009).

Robert Shearman got to write for Doctor Who on the telly! It had Daleks in and everything. (Well, a Dalek. They could only afford the one.) His books of weird short fiction, Tiny Deaths (Manchester: Comma Press, 2007) and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (Maidenhead: Big Finish, 2010), have won World and British Fantasy Awards, the Edge Hill Reader's Prize and the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest collection, Everyone's Just So So Special, is published in June.

Graham Sleight has been editor of Foundation from the end of 2007; see the website at His work has appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation, Interzone, and SF Studies, and online at Strange Horizons, SF Weekly and Infinity Plus. In 2006, he began writing regular columns for Locus and Vector. His essays have appeared in various books, most recently in Farah Mendlesohn, ed., On Joanna Russ (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009).

Pete Young is a designer and photographer now living in Hua Hin, Thailand. He has twice won the Nova Award for his fanzine Zoo Nation, also as guest editor for the Nova-winning fanzine Journey Planet. He has contributed reviews of science fiction to Foundation, Vector and Strange Horizons.