Contributor Bios Issue 1

Tiffany Lee Brown (Editor, etc.) is a freelance writer, singer/songwriter, and New Media sellout based in New York City. Her opinionated blithering is published in books and in magazines such as Bookforum, Wired, Mondo 2000, 21.C, Bust, and the Fringe Ware Review. Her fiction appears in several books, including the upcoming Guide to the New Girl Order. Formerly editor of Portland, Oregon's Anodyne magazine, Miss Brown has also edited TAZmusique, the Fringe Ware Review, and of course the internationally-renowned Hot Geeks! fanzine. She no longer looks like this, but digs this pic, adapted from a photo by Bart Nagel.

Mandy Catalano (illustrator) is a long-standing member of the dUdá¼ art collective.

gregoryp™ ("Welcome to the ICE District") is being a little mysterious just now. We don't know his whereabouts, although rumour has it that his real name is Gregory Pleshaw. All he says is: "Without history, without heroes, rebel against the blindness of information." –Life's Little Deconstruction Book, by Andrew Boyd.

Ian Grey, an American national, writes about culture, film and music. Author of Sex, Stupidity, & Greed: Inside the American Movie Industry, he wrote "Box of Nothing" for the Fabulous Film Theme Issue of SIGNUM. He is currently at work on a very long novel based upon two lines from an old, rather generic Depeche Mode song. He likes to think he is among the first the first to do this.

Andrew Hultkrans ("The Illusion of a Future: Retrofuturist Artifacts of the Silver Screen") is editor of Bookforum. Previously, he toiled thanklessly as a freelance writer for six ass-reddening years. Back in the paleolithic age (before Mozilla walked the earth), he was managing editor and columnist for Mondo 2000. Over the years, his hemming and hawing about the media, film, music, literature, art and the occasional lunatic has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, Wired, Salon, 21C, Filmmaker, Stim, and several books. He lives in New York. Photo by the unscrupuless Bart Nagel.

Tom Igoe ________________________.

Richard Kadrey (Covert Culture column) is a upstanding citizen of Crowley, Louisiana, a town which asks him annually to please, oh please, run for mayor. He turns them down to focus on his writing, which covers a ton of territory and has been published abso-frickin'-lutely everywhere. He authored the novels Metrophage and Kamikaze l'Amour, and the Covert Culture Sourcebook series, along with some other books I'm undoubtedly forgetting about. He lives in a four-story frame house he built himself while his two wife Gertrude raised their eighteen children and his traumatically-stressed uncle, Larry. His hobbies include rollerblading, foaming at the mouth, and the study of numismatic relativity.–TLB

Mark Meadows created the initial design for this site, whose logo and illustrative elements have been mutated into its current form. Also known as Pighed, he is a truly wonderful artist whose work sweeps a frightening swath through various genres. I don't have a bio for him, so I hope he can tolerate this one.–TLB

Andi Olsen's assemblages and collages have appeared in galleries and journals across the country and abroad, most recently Berlin, San Diego, and London. She collaborated with Lance Olsen to create "Sew Shut My Eyes" in the SIGNUM Free Zone. Samples of her cyberart reside at

Lance Olsen ("Sew Shut My Eyes" collaborator) is author of more than a dozen books of and about Avant-Pop fiction, including the novels Tonguing the Zeitgeist and Time Famine, and Rebel Yell: A Short Guide to Writing Fiction. His digital avatar resides at Cafe Zeitgeist:

MJ Rose ("The Sundance Book Festival") is the author of Lip Service, the first self-published and Internet-marketed novel chosen by the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs to be a featured alternate selection. A hardcover version of Lip Service will be published by Pocket Books this summer.

Don Webb ("A Bit of String") is a native born Texan. He's known for Texas based mysteries The Double and Essential Saltes, his 200 or so published SF short stories, having a sex manual dedicated to him, his occult books The Seven Faces of Darkness and Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path, his appearance in the movie Plutonium Circus, his long boring story about being attacked by a razorblade-wielding psycho, his chili, his beautiful wives, his fear of heights, his interest in the Toho Godzilla film series, his shyness in crowds, his habit of bathing in Pine Sol, his weekly column "Letters to the Fringe" (at the fringeware site below), his hatred of avocados, his list-making, his inability to make money in a variety of genres and media, his quick temper, his fondness for chicken and dumplings, his knowing of many people much more interesting than himself, his over fondness of coffee and his baritone renditions of Texas folk songs.  See for more.

Scott Westerfeld (Word column) is a novelist and composer.  He is the author of Polymorph and Fine Prey, both published by Penguin/Roc. His electronic compositions for dance have been performed at Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, P.S. 122, and Jacob's Pillow.  He was born in Texas and lives on New York's Lower East Side. Visit or email

Miriam Zellnik ("The Golden Age of Not-Hollywood") was born in a New York City taxicab. The driver was so touched by her birth that he knocked 5 bucks off the fare, much to her mother's delight. She spent her earliest years travelling the globe with her parents, part of a troupe of fire-eaters who played before royalty on several occasions, but when Miriam reached the age of 6, her parents decided to retire from the circus life and settle down for good. On her 18th birthday, a Polynesian king appeared and whisked her off to his island, having mistaken her for her mother, with whom he had fallen in love many years before at a benefit performance at New York's Transit Museum.

About This Story

  • Published Online: Jan 13, 2012
  • Print Publication Date: Dec 1999