Julia Rios is a multiple award-winning editor and a Hugo finalist as both editor and podcaster. She is a senior fiction editor for three time Hugo finalist, Strange Horizons, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy, and is part of the 2014 Hugo finalist podcasting team for The Skiffy and Fanty Show, where she conducts interviews, participates in panel discussions, and critiques terrible movies. She is also a writer and narrator.
In addition to her work with Strange Horizons (for which she won the WSFA Small Press Award in 2013), Julia is co-editor of three anthologies. Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories (Twelfth Planet Press, 2014, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, editors) won the Ditmar and Aurealis Awards (Australia's national science fiction and fantasy popular vote and juried awards), and was on the Tiptree Award Honor List. The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013 (Twelfth Planet Press, 2015, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, editors) is the first in a new series of year's best volumes showcasing stories about teens. The Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014 (Twelfth Planet Press, 2015, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios) is forthcoming later this year.
"Oracle Gretel" (2012) sold out of its initial extremely limited print run as a handbound chapbook, but was reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press, 2013, Steve Berman and Tenea D. Johnson, editors), and in audio format on PodCastle. "Love and the Giant Squid" is part of Pen-Ultimate: A Speculative Fiction Anthology (2013, Lisa J. Cohen and Talib Hussain, editors). Other short fiction and poetry has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Jabberwocky, Niteblade, New Myths, Goblin Fruit, and Fantastique Unfettered. Julia has done several roundtable interviews for Stone Telling: The Magazine of Boundary-crossing Poetry, and other non-fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Uncanny, and Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013, Sigrid Ellis and Michael D. Thomas, editors), which was a Hugo finalist in the Best Related Work category in 2014.
Her work discussing QUILTBAG content in speculative fiction as the host of the Outer Alliance Podcast has twice landed her on the Galactic Suburbia Award Honor List (for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction). Outer Alliance podcast interviewees include past Readercon guest of honor, Elizabeth Hand, and current participants, Susan J. Bigelow, John Chu, Malinda Lo, and more. She often narrates poetry for the Strange Horizons podcast, and occasional stories for PodCastle and Pseudopod.
Julia is half Mexican, but her (fairly dreadful) French is better than her Spanish.