SFF Rosetta Awards warmly welcomes Cristina Jurado (Spain), Keren Burnham (US) and Shahid Mahmud (US) to be new jurors for Short-form category of SFFRA. Full Jury introduction is here.
Cristina Jurado studied Advertising and Public Relations at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) and holds a Master’s degree in Rhetoric from Northwestern University (USA). She is a bilingual author of science fiction, fantasy, horror and other hybrid genres, as well as editor and translator. In 2019 she became the first female author to win the Best Novel Ignotus Award (Spain’s Hugo) for Bionautas. Her recent fiction includes the novella CloroFilia and her collection of stories Alphaland. In 2020 was distinguished as Europe’s Best SF Promoter Award and started to work as a contributor of the bilingual quarterly Constelaciónmagazine.
Karen Burnham is an electromagnetics engineer by way of vocation, and a book reviewer/critic by way of avocation. She has worked on NASA projects including the Dream Chaser spacecraft as well as in the automotive industry in Michigan. She has reviewed for venues such as Locus Magazine, NYRSF, Strange Horizons, and Cascadia Subduction Zone. She has produced podcasts for Locusmag.com and SFSignal.com, especially Small Blue Planet with Cheryl Morgan and SF Crossing the Gulf with Karen Lord. Her book on Greg Egan came out from University of Illinois Press in 2014, and she has twice been nominated in the Best Non-Fiction category of the British SF Awards. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
Shahid Mahmud started Arc Manor Publishers in 2006, subsequently creating an SF/Fantasy imprint ‘Phoenix Pick’. He started publishing Galaxy’s Edge magazine in 2013 and created CAEZIK, a new imprint, in 2019 which published the last novel by Robert A. Heinlein based on a rediscovered manuscript. CAEZIK is also publishing Ben Bova’s last novel, Power Challenges. Prior to becoming a publisher Shahid was a bond portfolio manager in San Diego. The acting mayor of San Diego declared November 7th, 2005 to be “Shahid Mahmud” day for services he had rendered to the City.