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Louis Sergio Antonelli (Lou Antonelli) (born January 6, 1957 in Medford, Massachusetts) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer who resides in Hooks, Texas.

Antonelli's stories have been compared to Isaac Asimov in plotting, and to Ray Bradbury in style, with a certain unique Texas weirdness. A resident of the Lone Star State since 1985, many of his stories are set in Texas. He is a Massachusetts native and attended Columbia University in New York City before moving to Texas.

He is a professional journalist and has won awards in news, feature, column, sports and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and the North and East Texas Press Association.

A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Antonelli got a late start in his fiction writing career; his first story was published when he was 46 years old. He has had 29 short stories published since June 2003.

His steampunk short story, "A Rocket for the Republic", was the last story accepted by Gardner Dozois before he retired as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction after 19 years. It was published in Asimov's in September 2005.

He has received eight honorable mentions in The Year's Best Science Fiction published by St. Martin's Press for 2006, 2005 and 2004. (see below).

He received an honorable mention for the 2006 Campbell Award in his first year of eligibility with five nominations from WorldCon members.

He has been a guest and panelist at Marcon (Columbus, Ohio, 2004), Conestoga (Tulsa, Oklahoma 2005 and 2006), Con DFW (Dallas 2006), Fencon (Dallas 2006) and Aggiecon (College Station, Tx. 2006).

His web site, Sentinel Science Fiction ( publishes original science fiction by Antonelli as well as other authors including Howard Waldrop.


  1. "Silvern" - RevolutionSF, June 2003
  2. "Silence is Golden" - RevolutionSF, August 2003 HONORABLE MENTION
  3. "Comes the Juju Man" - GateWay science fiction, December 2003
  4. "S*P*P*A*M*" - Bewildering Stories, December 2003
  5. "Rome, If You Want To" - Surprising Stories, May 2004
  6. "Pen Pal" - RevolutionSF, July 2004 HONORABLE MENTION
  7. "I Got You" - Bewildering Stories, July 2004 HONORABLE MENTION
  8. "Flash, Boom, Bam (a flash anthology)" - Bewildering Stories, July 2004
  9. "Doppelgangster" - Bewildering Stories, Sept. 2004
  10. "Double-Crossing the Styx" - Continuum Science Fiction, Fall 2004
  11. "The Rocket-Powered Cat" - RevolutionSF, Dec. 2004 HONORABLE MENTION
  12. "Circe in Vitro" - Astounding Tales, December 2004 HONORABLE MENTION
  13. "They Call It Time" - AlienSkin, Dec./Jan. 2005
  14. "Won't You Come Home, Bill Buckley?" - Bewildering Stories, Feb. 2005
  15. "Big Girl" - Ultraverse, May/June 2005.
  16. "The Hideaway" - AlienSkin, June/July 2005.
  17. "The Honor of the Blue Devil Patrol" - Beyond Centauari, June/July 2005.
  18. "The Cast Iron Dybbuk" - June/July 2005, Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine. HONORABLE MENTION
  19. "Dialogue" - RevolutionSF, August 2005. HONORABLE MENTION
  20. "A Rocket for the Republic*" - Asimov's Science Fiction, Sept. 2005. HONORABLE MENTION
  21. "After Image" - Surprising Stories, Sept. 2005.
  22. "The Queen of Guilty Pleasures" - Bewildering Stories, Oct. 2005.
  23. "The Dragon's Black Box" - Bewildering Stories, February 2006.
  24. "A Djinn for General Houston" - Surprising Stories, May 2006.
  25. "The Runner at Dawn" - Worlds of Wonder, July 2006.
  26. "Wish List" - RevolutionSF, August 2006.
  27. "Berserker" - OG Speculative Fiction, September 2006.
  28. "Good Old Gal" - Nova Science Fiction No. 18, Fall 2006
  29. "Eva" - Neometroplis, December 2006 (with Ed Morris)


Sheila Williams
Asimov's Science Fiction

A light-hearted Asimov's debut

SF Revu
on "A Rocket for the Republic"

Very good

L. Blunt Jackson ("Bluejack"), the Internet Review of Science Fiction (IROSF)
on "A Rocket for the Republic"

Texan tall tale, or sci-fi fabulism? A fun first-person narrative about the first space expedition way back in the thirties. The eighteen thirties, that is.

Eagle's Path Short Fiction Review
on "A Rocket for the Republic"

A short and amusing tall tale about an experimental rocket and an encounter with aliens in the early 1800s.

Doug Hoffman, Tangent Online
on "A Rocket for the Republic"

Steam Punk fans who long for a wholly American twist on the genre will enjoy this story.

Paul J. Iutzi, Tangent Online
on "The Cast Iron Dybbuk"

This issue of ASIM opens with the fun little tale The Cast Iron Dybbuk by Lou Antonelli. Miners come across a very ancient artifact, and Bad Things happen... the concept behind the story and the humorous note it ends on are enough to pull it through, starting another issue of ASIM off right.