Karl Rademacher is an information security specialist and computer forensic analyst by day, and an avid writer by night. He is the former chief editor of a Governors State University’s newspaper “The Innovator” and staff writer for the Independent Music Network. His short story “Sand Dragon” was published in the Kings of the Realm anthology, and he has two short stories included in the Missing Pieces Anthology. A third installment is scheduled to be published this summer, with a print release at GenCon 2018. He founded Silver Pen in 2009, which is a 501(C)3 charity dedicated to creative writer education. Karl is the publisher and managing editor of Silver Blade Magazine.

Sue Babcock has a PhD in Engineering and learned her editing skills on dry technical tomes. She is delighted to now write and edit fantastic stories about knights and beasts that live only in our imaginations.

John C. Mannone is the poetry editor for Silver Blade (as well as for Liquid Imagination and Abyss & Apex) and serves on the Board of Directors for Silver Pen, Inc. When not writing, he is a professor of physics and chemistry in east Tennessee colleges. Visit his site The Art of Poetry.


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Comments (3)

  • Jonathan Gibson


    Hello, Silver Blade, I’m writing on behalf of our unique theatre festival here in Los Angeles, Sci-Fest, which, as the name implies, is focused on sci-fi-related work.

    After a very successful inaugural festival, we are excited to add a short story competition for our second year and hope that you might be able to post our “flyer” below for your writers and contacts.

    Your help is much appreciated!

    Jonathan Gibson

    Presented by Sci-Fest LA

    SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is happy to announce the launch our new short story writing contest for adult writers over the age of 18 called THE ROSWELL AWARD. All submissions must be short stories (not plays), must be an original work of science fiction (not fan fiction) and must be no longer than 1500 words. The contest is open to U.S. writers as well as writers outside the U.S. Five finalists will be chosen and their stories will be read aloud by professional actors associated with iconic Sci-Fi TV shows in a special awards ceremony to be held at the festival on May 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM (Memorial Day Weekend). The winner of THE ROSEWELL AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION will receive a donated cash prize of $1,000.00. All stories submitted must be typed in English and must have the contestant’s name, email address and phone number clearly typed on the title page. All entries must be submitted electronically via the website. Entries longer than 1500 words will be disqualified. See terms and conditions for submitting at the website. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2015. Submit stories at Finalists will be notified by March 15th, 2015. Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).


  • Andrew


    I believe I have found J.S. Burke, co-author of the Grand List of Fantasy Clichés along with Kathy Pulver. I sent her a message alerting her to the article, as requested in the introduction therein. You can find her at the following website:


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