It was the dawn of a new era, a technological and biological golden age for humanity. They had attained the stars, surmounted their weak physical shells, and found the cusp of a technological utopia. But those days slipped from their grasp, and now conflict runs rampant in the solar system. AIs and transhumanity struggle for survival, for balance, for a new golden age.
Their stories are many.
After the Fall is the first anthology from Posthuman Studios, set in the world of Eclipse Phase, their award-winning roleplaying game. The anthology will be a mix of old and new fiction, including stories by Eclipse Phase favorites—Nathaniel Dean, Jack Graham, Steve Mohan, and Rob Boyle and Davidson Cole. New fiction will feature science fiction rising stars Ken Liu, Madeline Ashby, Fran Wilde, Karin Lowachee, Wesley Schneider, and Andrew Penn Romine.
The anthology will be released digitally in January 2016 with a print release following in the spring, and is edited by Jaym Gates in collaboration with the Posthuman creators.
Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty books from Angry Robot Books, and the forthcoming novel Company Town from Tor Books. She has also developed science fiction prototypes for Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, the Atlantic Council, and others. You can find her at madelineashby.com or on Twitter @MadelineAshby
Rob Boyle is a tabletop game developer, editor, and writer, best known for his award-winning work on Shadowrun and Eclipse Phase. He has held a life-long interest in anarchism, anti-fascism, and hacktivism, and is particularly interested in how they intersect with science fiction, transhumanism, and the future of our species. He can be found playing dodgeball, DJing industrial music, training in modern arnis, and he posts as @infomorph on Twitter.
Davidson Cole is a writer and filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles. His films have played prestigious film festivals worldwide, including Sundance and Revelation Perth. He is the co-creator of the tabletop card game Verminopolis. Find him on the web: davidsoncole.com : lampcofilms.com : hwoodmotionpic.com
Nathaniel Dean is a lifelong sci-fi and fantasy reader with a late-blooming love of existential horror. Hopefully radical life extension will give him the chance to confront his interests personally, but until then he explores them through his writing and work on game development for Eclipse Phase and Clockwork: Dominion. This is all encouraged by his incredible wife, Sarah, and wholly unacknowledged by his two cats, Artemis and The Senator.
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and communications person, with past clients ranging from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, to Uplift Aeronautics. Her anthologies include War Stories, Upside Down, Broken Time Blues, Geek Love, and tie-in anthologies for Exalted and Vampire: the Masquerade. Her fiction can be found in Kaiju Rising, Heroes!, and Triumph After Tragedy.
For more information, please see jaymgates.com, or follow her on Twitter as @JaymGates.
Jack Graham is a writer, UX designer, and unlicensed futurist. An alumnus of the Clarion West writer’s workshop (2010), he writes science fiction stories about some or all of the following: artificial intelligence, consciousness, memes, politics, relationships, sex, and societal evolution. He tweets at @jackgraham and @FakeTSR
Georgina Kamsika is a speculative fiction writer born in England to Anglo-Indian parents. She has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname, and South Asian features. When she's not busy writing or walking her dogs, she can be found lurking on Twitter as @thessilian.
Ken Liu (kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He also translated the Hugo-winning novel, The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, which is the first translated novel to win that award.
Ken's debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, was published by Saga Press in April 2015. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, in March 2016. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
Karin Low was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her books, beginning with her first novel Warchild, have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies edited by Ann VanderMeer, Nalo Hopkinson, and John Joseph Adams. Follow her on Twitter @karinlow.
When Kim May isn’t writing she’s cursing the fact that singing vampires can only find work in German musical theater. Kim is also the event coordinator for an independent bookstore in Salem, Oregon. You can find out more about her and her writing at ninjakeyboard.blogspot.com and on The Fictorians.
Steven Mohan, Jr. has sold stories to Interzone, Polyphony, Paradox, On Spec, and several DAW and Fiction River original anthologies. His short fiction has also won honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and he's a past nominee for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Colorado.
Andrew Penn Romine is a veteran VFX and animation artist who enjoys finding great places to eat and drink. He does not recommend dining at the restaurant featured in his story. For other recommendations and occasional cocktail philosophies, you can find him at andrewpennromine.com or @inkgorilla on Twitter.
Editor-in-chief at Paizo Inc. and co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, F. Wesley Schneider is the author of dozens of creepy Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons adventures and accessories. His novel, Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound, and novella, Guilty Blood, are both available now. You can find more from him on Twitter at @FWesSchneider and at wesschneider.com.
Tiffany Trent is the award-winning author of the YA steampunk novels The Unnaturalists and The Tinker King (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and the dark fantasy historical Hallowmere series (Wizards of the Coast/Mirrorstone). She has published numerous short stories in Subterranean, Corsets & Clockwork, and the Launchpad anthology, among others. She is also a science writer and communications manager. Find her at tiffanytrent.com, @tiffanytrent on Twitter, or Facebook.
Fran Wilde can tie the sailors’ knot board, set gemstones, and program digital minions. Her first novel, Updraft, debuted from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. Her stories have appeared in publications including Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and Tor.com. Her interview series Cooking the Books—about the intersection between food and fiction—has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and on her blog at franwilde.net. You can find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook.
Posthuman Studios (PS+) is the award-winning creator-owned design collective owned and operated by game industry veterans Rob Boyle, Brian Cross, Jack Graham and Adam Jury. Posthuman publishes the critically-acclaimed Eclipse Phase RPG and the card game Shinobi Clans.
Posthuman Studios believes that the future of hobby gaming is the hybridization of analog and electronic play–whether that be at the augmented tabletop or online play; that gaming has been and always will be a culture of sharing, and that we must build the creative future we want to live in. You’re invited!