Dark Matter Magazine Contributions

Evrim’s Children
Issue #1, January/February 2021

Evrim's Children

Author Interview
July 20, 2020


Ray Nayler has lived and worked in Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans for nearly two decades. He is a Foreign Service Officer, and previously worked in international educational development, as well as serving in the Peace Corps in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. A Russian speaker, he has also learned Turkmen, Tajiki, Albanian, and Azerbaijani Turkish — as well as Vietnamese for a two-year stint as the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ray began publishing science fiction in 2015 with the short story “Mutability,” which appeared in the pages of Asimov’s. Since then, his stories have also seen print in ClarkesworldThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionLightspeed, and Nightmare, as well as in several “Best of the Year” anthologies. His story “Winter Timeshare” from the January/February 2017 issue of Asimov’s was collected by the late Gardner Dozois in The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction.

In addition to his work in Science Fiction, Ray has published in many genres. He is the author of a detective novel, American Graveyards, published by TTA Press, and his short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen, CrimewaveHardboiled, Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, and the Berkeley Fiction Review, among many other journals. He is also a widely published poet, with work in the Atlanta Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Weave, Juked, Able Muse, Sentence, and more. 

Ray holds a Master’s in Global Diplomacy from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London. He currently lives in Pristina, Kosovo with his wife Anna, their daughter Lydia, and two rescued cats – one Tajik, one American.

Check him out at http://raynayler.net.

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