It’s the Story is a blog about stories that connect. Whether movies, novels, short stories, plays, anecdotes, news, or something else, this is a place for our intrepid group of peripatetic bloggers to talk about what worked, what made an impact. More about the individual bloggers soon, though some of us have our own blogs that you can get to through the blogroll.

Steve Bein
is a writer of all trades, publishing as an academic philosopher, a translator of Japanese, and an author of science fiction, fantasy, and stories not quite so readily categorized.  He has a PhD in philosophy, he holds four degrees of black belt, and he is perhaps the only ethics professor who was once offered mercenary work.

His newest book, Purifying Zen, comes out in the summer of 2011, as does Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook, in which some of his translation work appears.  His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Esli, and Writers of the Future vol. XIX.  He also has a super-secret book deal in the works, which he’s not allowed to tell you about yet.

Steve lives in Minnesota with his partner of fifteen years, Michele, their black lab, Kane, and their chocolate lab, Buster.

Luc Reid
is a Vermont native and Writers of the Future winner whose fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Brain Harvest, Abyss & Apex, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and elsewhere. He writes a column called “Brain Hacks for Writers” for Futurismic, is member of the flash fiction group The Daily Cabal, and founded the Codex online writers group, whose members garnered 8 Nebula nominations this year (none of which were for Luc himself). His books are Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures (Writers Digest Books, 2006; with an electronic edition expected shortly) and Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories (2010). He blogs about writing and the psychology of habits at and can be found on Twitter @lucreid.