Vanessa MacLaren-Wray writes speculative fiction exploring the challenges of communication and attachment in a diverse, complex universe. She’s the author of All That Was Asked, with Shadows of Insurrection coming in November 2022. She’s a member of the Truck Stop at the Center of the Galaxy consortium, with “Coke Machine” already released and The Smugglers coming in July. Her short fiction has appeared at Dragon Gems and in the award-winning anthology Fault Zone: Reverse. She hosts regular writers’ open mics for the California Writers Club. As a mechanical engineer, she’s supported shifting to new energy technologies. The oddball robots she builds do not seek to destroy humans; they brew tea and play music. When not arguing with her cats, she works on new stories, her bimonthly Messages from the Oort Cloud, and her website, Cometary Tales.