Severin Unck is the daughter of a very famous film director in an alternate Hollywood in which talking movies are still a daring innovation. Rebelling against her father's fanciful romantic style of film-making, Severin starts making documentaries. She is a realist in a fantastic universe - documenting a solar system in which the planets are all inhabited and humans beings travel through space on beautiful rockets. Her latest project will investigate the unexplained disappearance of a diving colony on watery Venus. But this film will be her last: her crew limp will home to earth, but Severin herself will never return.
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.