Quantum Visions Contributors

Quantum Visions 6 Author Biographies

As a technical writer, Jamie Cassidy-Curtis is a seasoned warrior who does frequent battle with auto-correct. She usually wins. However, sometimes auto-correct wins by sneaking in last-second “fixes” when she clicks Save or Send.

Timothy Cassidy-Curtis’s fiction has also appeared in Quantum Visions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. He is also published in NOVA, the Magazine of Science Fiction, with two stories already published (in the same issue), and one to be published in an upcoming issue. Additionally, Tim has published nonfiction in paid magazines and science journals.

Ralph Cox is a baby boomer who likes those little paperbacks of the ’50s and ’60s, 120 to 200 pgs (a century of authors), but still finds writers today who can grip him for 400 pages, so he likes Sax Rohmer and Alice Hoffman, and what would go between and off either side. He had the urge to write after seeing a magazine advertisement showing Rod Serling asking him that very question.

Jude-Marie Green continues to sell stories and work with Clarion West and The Speculative Literature Foundation to further the art of science fiction. This is the fifth (of six) Quantum Visions chapbooks she has edited. Learn more at judemarie.wordpress.com

Chrome Oxide has been writing humorous science fiction and fantasy short stories since 2012. This is his sixth appearance in Quantum Visions. He is currently working on a short story collection as well as a fantasy novel. His love of music is revealed by song titles and musicians names scattered throughout his stories. http://www.chromeoxide.com/writer/

Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, romance, and fantasy and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her publications include more than a thousand nonfiction articles, three nonfiction books, several short stories, two novelettes, and three novels (Like Mayflies in a Stream, historical fiction, 2009; Claimed by the Enemy, historical fiction with romantic elements, 2014; and Ice Magic, Fire Magic, fantasy with romantic elements, 2015).

Wendy Van Camp is the writer behind “No Wasted Ink” a blog for readers of science fiction and is a winner of honorable mention via Writers of the Future in 2017. Wendy’s work includes a regency novelette, “The Curate’s Brother” and many short stories and poems in science fiction magazines such as “Altered Reality Magazine”, “Scifaikuest”, and “Far Horizons”.

Jonny Vasquez is a composer, musician, actor, skateboarder and now, a published artist. This is dedicated to his mother, Lainey.

In lieu of a biography, Robin Walton offers a quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ” – Marianne Williamson


Quantum Visions 5 Author Biographies:

Yes, Jamie Cassidy-Curtis likes disco music, both classic and modern. No, she’s never been abducted by aliens. Not that she can remember. She’s a technical writer for a software company, and she’s married to another writer in this anthology. Guess which one.

Timothy Cassidy-Curtis likes disco. Well, some disco. Fine, not a lot of disco, but it did have its moments. Tim has been featured in Quantum Visions 1, 2, 3, and 4. He is also published in NOVA, the Magazine of Science Fiction, with two stories already published (in the same issue), and one to be published in an upcoming issue. Additionally, Tim has published nonfiction in paid magazines and science journals.

Tim is also married to another author who is featured in this issue of Quantum Visions. You’ll have to guess who, but she has the best story in this book.

Ralph Cox has lived and played in Orange County all his life. He read DC comics as a kid, with Supergirl one his favorite characters (she was the same age as his older sister and her friends). He moved on to Forry’s Famous Monsters (and the like), then Mad magazine (and the like), and started reading Poe, Verne, H.G. Wells and ERB (and the like) in the fifth grade, the year JFK was shot. Jr. high had him finding Asimov, Bradbury, Sturgeon and the like. In high school he found Einstein’s thought experiments enjoyable (without the math), as they spoke of a strangeness in space and time aside from fiction.

Jude-Marie Green continues to sell stories and work with Clarion West and The Speculative Literature Foundation to further the art of science fiction. This is the fourth (of five) Quantum Visions chapbooks she has edited. Learn more at judemarie.wordpress.com

Although, he originally hails from New Zealand, David R. Moore is a longtime resident of Orange County. He’s a Science Fiction fan, member of the Orange County Science Fiction club, and writes Science Fiction stories as a hobby–to get them out of his head. Otherwise they build up.

A few years ago, because of inadequate discouragement, Chrome Oxide started writing twisted science fiction and fantasy short stories. Since then he has been torturing the Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit by learning two bad habits for every one he fixes. For some unknown reason, since November 2012 the OCSF Writers Orbit has published one of his short stories in each of their annual chapbooks. Even more surprising, the Writers of the Future published one of his short stories in volume 29. His dedication to writing is on display in bars and clubs in Southern California where he records bands; he twiddles with the knobs of his digital deck with one hand and writes / edits stories with the other hand. Because one of his first completed stories was a professional sale, he has been collecting rejection slips to make up for that anomaly. Details of his career, such as it is, can be found at his author site. http://www.chromeoxide.com/writer/

Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, romance, and fantasy and is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her publications include more than a thousand nonfiction articles, three nonfiction books, several short stories, two novelettes, and three novels (Like Mayflies in a Stream, historical fiction, 2009; Claimed by the Enemy, historical fiction with romantic elements, 2014; and Ice Magic, Fire Magic, fantasy with romantic elements, 2015).

Wolfgang Shane’s interest in writing began in grade school. During his religion class at Nativity Catholic School he decided to jazz up the ‘Jonah and the Whale’ story with a talking whale. He got to the second page before Sister Killian found it and confiscated it. That was also Wolfgang’s first encounter with censorship.

His interest in writing re-awakened during his sophomore summer break when he read the Lord of Rings trilogy. He was mesmerized by the world of Middle Earth and developed a taste for fantasy books. He devoured the Elric books by Michael Moorcock, The Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks and The Books of Swords by Fred Saberhagen.

Although he loved books, Wolfgang realized that the word ‘starving’ preceded the word ‘artist’ many more times than it preceded the word ‘Chiropractor.’ Wolfgang earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and is a Doctor of Chiropractic. His practice is in Walnut CA and has written dozens of articles concerning health issues for a local newspaper.

One night after reading Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell he had a dream of a black dog in Kevlar armor. That dream set him on a path to write his novel THE SECRET OF PROMETHEUS and a dozen fictional short stories with a Twilight Zone feel.

Wendy Van Camp is the author and poet behind No Wasted Ink (http://nowastedink.com), a blog about the craft of writing that features author interviews, sci-fi and fantasy book reviews and scifaiku poetry. Wendy’s short stories and poems have appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, “Altered Reality Magazine”, and “Far Horizons”. Her first Amazon ebook is a regency romance entitled, “The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion”. (https://www.amazon.com/author/wendyvancamp)

Robin Walton has had published dozens of non-fiction articles in technical journals, a science fiction YA novel and short science fiction and horror stories. He has been awarded seven patents and has written and had produced eight plays and musicals.


Quantum Visions 4 Author Biographies

Jamie Cassidy-Curtis is an expert at creating zombie plants. They’re neither fully dead nor fully alive, but can last for years somewhere in between the two states. In her mundane life, she works as a technical writer at a software company. And yes, in case you haven’t guessed based on the names, she’s married to Tim Cassidy-Curtis, another writer in this book.

Timothy Cassidy-Curtis is the Deputy Commander of the California State Reserve Military Heritage Command (MHC) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the California State Military Reserves. He is the second in command of MHC, with units in Sacramento, Fresno, and the Los Angeles areas. With 308 other positions in the MHC, Tim’s responsibilities span the State of California, both geographically and historically. If only Tim could find 200 more volunteers to work at jobs that get no pay. Tim also works at another job that does pay quite well, but cannot say anything about it.

A few years ago, because of inadequate discouragement, Chrome Oxide started writing twisted science fiction and fantasy short stories. Since he started writing he has been torturing the Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit by learning two bad habits for every one he fixed. He has contributed a short piece to each of their annual chapbooks since 2012. He even managed to get a short story published in volume 29 of the Writers of the Future. He so enjoys writing that even when he is recording bands in clubs he can be found with a microphone in one hand and a manuscript to be edited in the other. Ever since one of his first submitted stories was a professional sale, he has been collecting rejection slips. Details of his career, such as it is, can be found at his author site: http://www.chromeoxide.com/writer/

Ralph Cox is a baby boomer with an infinitely patient wife better-rooted in practical things and four kids who are now all adults who are likewise as well-rooted. His inability to engage the practical has resulted in his taking up writing. The Writer’s group at OCSFC have graciously encouraged him in this.

Jude-Marie Green must be crazy to do this chapbook again. But it’s a good kind of crazy. So all the voices in her head tell her. Those same voices dictate the stories she sells here and there, so she trusts them. You really want to know more? Her dreadfully neglected website is at judemarie.wordpress.com

David R. Moore is the pen name for Dave Moore. He includes the middle initial not to be pretentious, but to distinguish himself from all the other Dave Moores floating around out there–and there are quite a few. Dave Moore, the R. one, lives and works in Fullerton, California, running a small stamp shop. He’s always been a Science Fiction fan and has taken to writing it because he finds it therapeutic. There’s nothing like the feeling of eating three squares of chocolate then laying down some good prose.

Shauna Roberts writes fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance. She has had three novels published. She is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop and a past winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant. Her two historical novels are set in ancient Mesopotamia: Claimed by the Enemy recently won the 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Novel with Romantic Elements and the 2015 Romancing the Novel contest in the ‘Ancient/ Medieval/ Renaissance’ category. Her newest novel is the fantasy Ice Magic, Fire Magic, set in a sentient land with two species of humans and where men and women have different types of magic. She invites you to sign up for her newsletter at eepurl.com/Fr3Hf

Wendy Van Camp is the author behind No Wasted Ink (nowastedink.com), a blog about the craft of writing that features author interviews, sci-fi and fantasy book reviews, and scifaiku poetry. Wendy’s articles, short stories, and poems have appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, “Serendipity”, and “Far Horizons”. Her first book is a regency romance entitled, “The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion”. (www.amazon.com/author/wendyvancamp)

Robin Walton has had published dozens of non-fiction articles in technical journals, a science fiction YA novel, and short science fiction and horror stories. He has been awarded five patents and has written and had produced eight plays and musicals. This story is dedicated to his personal angels: Michele and Lainey.


Quantum Visions 3 Author Biographies

Jamie Cassidy-Curtis never had a monster under her bed when she was a child, unless you count her family’s dog. She still believes it’s safest to always keep your hands and feet completely under the covers.

Tim “C2” Cassidy-Curtis is a space system engineer (rocket scientist) employed by the Federal Government. For some reason, he believes this qualifies him to write fiction. Science fiction, that is. Tim has had critiques from such masters as Shauna Roberts, Jude-Marie Green, Will Morton, and WOTF Published Author Chrome Oxide. You can determine in this issue whether he has made any good use of them.

Chrome Oxide sez: A few years ago, someone convinced me to start attending the Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit. Because of inadequate discouragement, I have been attending ever since. In an effort to wear out my welcome, I learn two bad habits for each one I drop. Even though other publishers continue to reject my stories, Quantum Visions has printed a story in each of the prior issues and is printing a story in this issue. My first professional sale was in the Writers of the Future volume 29 where I was selected as the published finalist.

This is Ralph Cox’s first published story. He has always loved stories (Poe, HG, HP, Sax, ERB, RB, etc.), and has loved being told stories throughout his life (such as, TZOS, OLOS, STOS, and, can you hear him?, “this will be – a THRILLER”), and he has a fair sized lot of hopeful stories of his own that are improving thanks to the group’s helpful input. He was crowding sixty shortly ago, but that’s over now. (Is that “stories”, or . . .?)

Jude-Marie Green writes and edits. judemarie.wordpress.com

David R. Moore sez: When I was twelve, I read a collection of Harlan Ellison short stories that included: “Repent Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. These gave me nightmares for the next two nights. On the third day I staggered out of bed in the morning, sleep deprived and cursing Harlan: The bastard, I thought. This guy has reached halfway around the world and screwed with my brain. How dare he! Then I had another thought. Wouldn’t it be neat if I could do that. I’m working on it.

Born in WV, Will Morton now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Yvonne. His story “Parallel Universe” was included in Third Flatiron’s Lost Worlds anthology. His stories have also appeared in anthologies published by Pill Hill Press and Spencer Hill Press. Visit him at his website http://www.willmorton.com.

Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop and was the 2011 winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer Grant. Her newest book, available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online, is the historical novel Claimed by the Enemy.

Wendy Van Camp is the science fiction and fantasy writer behind the blog No Wasted Ink http://nowastedink.com. She has published memoir shorts in literary magazines, writes non-fiction articles for various art and literature magazines and is a volunteer municipal liaison for Nanowrimo. Wendy makes her home in Southern California with her husband. She enjoys travel, bicycling, gourmet cooking and gemology.

Cover artist Bob Hole is an artist and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be found at Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6952231.Bob_Hole


Quantum Visions 1 Author Biographies

Jamie Cassidy-Curtis is a technical writer who sometimes dabbles in writing science fiction and fantasy. She’s a long-time fantasy and science fiction fan who had the good sense to marry another fantasy and science fiction fan. Her husband is Tim Cassidy-Curtis, whose work also appears in this book. Her favorite color is yellow.

Timothy Cassidy-Curtis was born in 1957, the year Sputnik launched. He was educated at Syracuse University, graduating in 1979, with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He worked as an engineer for the US Air Force on active duty. Timothy entered Air Force Reserves in 1992 and retired at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. He is currently employed working commercial space issues in the Greater Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan area. Timothy has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. He is married to the former Jane “Jamie” Curtis, appending the Curtis name, and giving the hyphenation of “Cassidy-Curtis.” Tim is a member of the Orange County Space Society, a chapter of the National Space Society. Tim has been a frequent panelist at LosCon … or at least since 2011.

Jude-Marie Green is a writer and editor. She has published stories in print anthologies, online, and with podcasts. She previously edited online magazines Abyss&Apex and 10Flash Quarterly, and print magazine Noctem Aeternus. Her website is judemarie.wordpress.com

David R. Moore lives and work in Fullerton running a small business making stamps. He likes science fiction and enjoys writing science fiction.

My official favorite color is White. This may not be my preferential color for anything now, but when I was five, these questions were important and I put a lot of thought into what my favorite color should be, so white it is.

Will Morton lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Yvonne. He has had stories published in several Pill Hill Press and Spencer Hill Press anthologies. When Will is not writing, he and his wife enjoy hiking and camping in the local mountains. Visit him at his website: http://www.willmorton.com.

A statement from Chrome Oxide: As a single digit youth I developed twin passions of reading and music. After eventually leaving school I exploited my twin passions by becoming an accountant. Twenty years passed before I realized that didn’t leave much time for music or reading. I switched careers to computer consulting. During this time I accidentally became a recording engineer. My recordings are now available on CDs, videos and the internet. Recently, because of inadequate discouragement, I started writing. I annoy this writers group by learning two bad habits for every one I forget. And writing about music. They asked me for a story anyway.

Camden Parish is a retired network manager living in Seal Beach, California. He is humored by two daughters, one son, one granddaughter, and one fiancée. Reading, writing, playing bridge, and traveling are favorite pastimes. Contemplation of the wonders of the universe, the stock market, and women continues to be a never-ending pursuit for him.

Shauna Roberts is a novelist, short-story writer, and editor who lives in Southern California. She writes primarily science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. A 2009 graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, she won the 2011 Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers Grant. Her publications include many short stories; a historical novel based on the “Epic of Gilgamesh,” Like Mayflies in a Stream; and Ice Magic, Fire Magic, a fantasy novel with romantic elements forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books in 2013.

Robin Walton has performed and given seminars on five continents to over 100,000 people (not all at the same time). His favorite performances were in: Shenandoah, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Carnival, Mame, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Taming of the Shrew and Peter Pan. He has been in over 100 plays, musicals, movies, and commercials. When not acting Robin directs and writes plays. He has published a science fiction novel and several short stories. He can be seen running marathons and triathlons in Southern California. Robin is a former nerd with four patents.

Jim Young was a retired diplomat, science fiction fan, actor, and author. He appeared in several low-budget movies, including Nazis At The Center Of The Earth, portraying Hitler, of course. He published half a dozen stories in Asimov’s and Fantasy & Science Fiction and elsewhere. His two novels are “A Face In The Deep” and “Armed Memory.”


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