Ray Nayler

Ray Nayler is the author of the novel The Mountain in the Sea, published in the US by MCDxFSG. The Mountain in the Sea is a finalist for the Nebula Award and for the LA Times Book Awards’ Ray Bradbury Award. ​​

Ray began publishing speculative fiction in 2015 in the pages of Asimov’s with the short story “Mutability”. Since then, his critically acclaimed stories have seen print in Clarkesworld, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Vice (Terraform), and Nightmare, as well as in several Locus Recommended Reading lists and many “Best of the Year” anthologies, including The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. Ray’s stories have won the Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll and the Asimov’s Readers’ Award, and his novelette “Sarcophagus” was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Born in Quebec and raised in California, Ray Nayler lived and worked abroad for two decades in Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, and Kosovo. A Foreign Service Officer for the Department of State, Ray currently serves as the international advisor to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Anna, their daughter Lydia, and two rescued cats – one Tajik, one American.

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The Ecology of Worldbuilding

May 14, 2023 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Panelists: Walt Boyes, J. Dianne Dotson, Ray Nayler and E.M. Markoff (moderator)

All organisms have a physical relationship with their environment. This panel discusses how writers can incorporate ecology into SFF and horror stories.

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