About the Author

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A. Merc Rustad is a queer transmasculine non-binary writer and filmmaker who likes dinosaurs, robots, monsters, and cookies. Their fiction has appeared in nifty places like Lightspeed, Cicada, UncannyEscape Pod, Fireside, IGMSFlash Fiction Online, ApexShimmer, and others. “How To Become A Robot In 12 Easy Steps” was included in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (ed. by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams).

Merc is mostly found on Twitter @Merc_Rustad and sometimes playing in cardboard boxes.


How can I refer to you?

Pronoun-wise, you may use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to me in the third person (they/their/them) or masculine pronouns (he/him/his). I don’t like titles, so no prefixes are necessary (if you must, Mx. or Mr. is safe). You can always call me Merc and you’ll be fine.

What does the “A.” in your byline stand for?

Android. 🙂

How can I contact you?

There is a contact page at the top of the site or you may email me directly: contact@amercrustad.com.

Do you have more stories coming out soon?

I do! You can check the Published Fiction page for what’s currently available. If you’d like to be notified as soon as there are brand new stories or updates, feel free to join my newsletter (lovingly delivered to your inbox by tiny robotic raptorbots).

Are you on Patreon?

Yes! I’d be delighted if you took a peek. 🙂

Merc’s Patreon