Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date

Announced: 02/07/2019

Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc. He was the creator of the Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying game and the team leader behind the second edition. Over his 20-year career, Jason has written dozens of books and articles for Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, Modiphius, and more. 

Ciruelo
Fantasy artist Ciruelo was born in Argentina and has been living in Spain since 1987. He worked for publishing houses in Europe and in the United States illustrating book covers, prints, calendars and trading cards with dragons as the main subject. He is currently writing and illustrating his own books.

Dan dos Santos
Well known for his colorful oil paintings, Dan dos Santos' work includes novels, comics, film, and video games. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Activision, Boeing Aircraft, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, UpperDeck, Hasbro, DC Comics, and many more.

Gigi Edgley
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, FX's Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Kringle Time, Enuattii, Diminuendo, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Peacekeeper Wars, Beastmaster, Lost World, Star Trek Continues, and Nexus.

Rick John Goldschmidt
Rick Goldschmidt has been the official Rankin/Bass Productions historian/biographer for over 30 years and has authored six books. He worked with producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. who produced Thundercats, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Hobbit, and more! Rick appears around the country at conventions and has done award-winning panels.

DN Lee
Dr. Danielle N. Lee is a scientist who studies the natural history and behavioral biology of rodents across urban gradients. She engages broad audiences in science communication on social media.

Rebecca Moesta
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.

Jai Nitz
Jai Nitz is a comic book writer of Latino descent who has worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Disney, and other publishers. He co-created El Diablo with Phil Hester and he co-created Dream Thief with Greg Smallwood. El Diablo made his big screen debut in 2016's Suicide Squad.

Bob Pendarvis
Bob Pendarvis taught the very first comics and animation illustration classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, going on to create the school's Sequential Art BFA and MFA programs. He is currently working on a series of art education graphic novels designed to inspire girls to be artists.

Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is the multi-award-winning author of more than twenty novels including the Sentinels superhero novel series and the Shattering space opera series, plus the best-selling crime novel VEGAS HEI$T, and military SF such as ALPHA/OMEGA, and the Cold Lightning comic book series.

Anne Sowards
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House. Some of the great authors she works with include New York Times bestsellers Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Taylor Anderson, Anne Bishop, Rachel Caine, Jack Campbell, Karen Chance, and Stephen R. Donaldson.

S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling was born in France. His latest books are The Sea Peoples (October, 2017), Black Chamber (July 2018) and The Sky-Blue Wolves (October, 2018). His hobbies include history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel. He also pursued the martial arts, until knees.  

Jonathan Tarbox
Jake Tarbox spent most of his adult life in Japan, working as a media manager and television personality. After working at Coamix Inc. as senior editor of Raijin Comics, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics. He now runs Arashi Productions.

Jamie Tyndall
Jamie Tyndall is a penciler, inker, and colorist with over seven years of experience. Tyndall has worked for various publishers including Zenescope , IDW Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Lady Death, Contraband, Absolute Comics, and Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment. His newest project is White Widow under Absolute comics.

Chris Warner
H. C. Warner produced the first install for Dragon Con's Pop Art & Comic show at the Sheraton in 2007. Over the past 20 years, he owned and operated Alcove Gallery, producing monthly shows, designing and building installations in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most art-centric boroughs.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories. She writes in a number of genres and under five different pseudonyms.

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Announced: 02/06/2019

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp is an artist and librarian. His art has been used by BBC, BBCA, and Penguin UK for Doctor Who, Los Bastardz Productions, Falstaff Books, and Scaldcrow Games. 

Paul B Currie
A scientist, philosopher, and photographer, Dr. Currie seeks to bring the light of knowledge to all he encounters. His weapons are a sharp wit and fast shutter speed.

Greg Land
Greg Land has been a professional illustrator for 34 years, the past twenty- something as a comic book artist. Some past projects include The Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Mighty Avengers and The Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Uncanny X-Men, Monsters Unleashed, Sojurn, and Weapon X, among others.  

Dan Parent
Dan Parent is a comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. He has also written and/or illustrated for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Felix the Cat Productions, Mattel, IDW, Boom, Valiant Comics, Chapterhouse comics, and Harpercollins to name a few.

Roy Thomas
Roy Thomas is a legendary comic book writer and editor, who was Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is known for co-creating some of comics' greatest characters such as Wolverine, Carol Danvers, Morbius, the Vision, Iron Fist, and Ultron.

Apollos Thorne
Apollos Thorne is the bestselling LitRPG author of the Underworld and Codename: Freedom series. With over 50,000 books sold, he has published four books since July of 2017.

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Announced: 02/01/2019

Brandon Sanderson
Literary Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson’s novels are the Mistborn books, The Stormlight Archive, which includes the Dragon Award winning Oathbringer, his most recent bestseller The Rithmatist, and Steelheart, among others. He completed the final volumes of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and is published in 35 languages. 

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Announced: 01/29/2019

Tyra A Burton
Tyra Burton is a social media strategist and co-author of Socially Engaged: The Author’s Guide to Social Media. An award-winning professor, Burton teaches at Kennesaw State University. 

R E Carr
R. E. Carr is the Kindle Scout Winning author of urban fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Rules Undying Series is an award winning Amazon bestseller.

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the Senior Lead UI/UX Designer for Certain Affinity, an independent game studio. As a seasoned developer, she is currently working on an unannounced third-person looter-shooter.

Casey Renee Cosplay
Casey Renee Cosplay was 2018's Twitchcon Cosplay Contest Champion, she is a costumer/livestreamer who is dedicated to sharing her craft with the world.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film and television. He has also been the official documentarian for Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the past ten years. 

Jason R Merrill
Jason R. Merrill is a SQL DBA by day, purveyor of vintage gentlemen's accessories by night. His interest in vintage fashion have led to him speaking across the country. 

Stormy Mystique
Stormy Mystique: The Renegade Raven is an accomplished woman of many trades, as a gamer, cosplayer, aviation engineer, UAS pilot, model, commercial photographer, and soon to be author.  

Robert W Ross
Robert W. Ross is the author of the critically acclaimed Sentinels of Creation print and audiobook series. His fourth book in the seven-part series debuts in Spring 2019.

Alexi Vandenberg
Alexi Vandenberg is an expert in marketing and featured writer in fandom and contributor to the Evil Overlord List. He owns of Rabid Fanboy Literary Services and Bard’s Tower.

M. C. Williams
M. C. Williams is a engineer, podcaster, and writer. He spends his days designing nuclear plants and mixed-use spaces and nights getting lost in mythologies, futuristic civilizations, and unspeakable horrors.

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Announced: 01/25/2019

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, more than 50 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.

Drew A Blank
Drew Blank is an artist and writer known for the indie novel Memoirs of an Antihero and his children’s book Aldo Tanners! Where Are Your Manners?! Blank has also developed a huge following with his collection of fake album art, horror children’s art, adult coloring books, and enamel pins.

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly.

Sean Andrew Copeland
Sean Copeland is the Historian Supervisor of Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment where he oversees its team of historians. This team enables developers to create with confidence for Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

Joanna Estep
Joanna Estep is the critically acclaimed illustrator of such titles as The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics), Bitch Planet (Image), Death Head (Dark Horse), and The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Boom!/Archaia). Her work has earned her the S.P.A.C.E. Prize, and nominations for Eisner and Harvey awards.

Bill Holbrook
Bill Holbrook is the creator of the daily comic strips On the Fastrack, Safe Havens, and Kevin & Kell. The later debuted in 1995 and is the longest continually-running webcomic on the Internet. In 2016 he was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for Best Webcomic (Short form).

Samantha Inoue-harte
Samantha Inoue-Harte is a 20 year veteran in the entertainment industry. She stars in the James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez Alita: Battle Angel movie, is a anime producer with two series on Netflix, and is most known as the voice of Chocobo from Final Fantasy Unlimited in her voice acting career.

Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale is known for teaching writers’ workshops, editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies Of Trade Town, and stories in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her short fiction currently appears in the collection Bard’s Road.

Sarah Milkovich
Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is the Science Operations Team Chief for the Mars 2020 Rover at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah specializes in the science operations of robotic spacecraft, bridging the science and engineering teams. She has previously worked on Mars Phoenix, Cassini-Huygens, Mars Science Laboratory, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Bobby Nash
When not wandering around the con, star struck, award-winning author Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short stories, graphic novels, and more. Nash is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers. 2019 will be his 31st Dragon Con.

Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 160 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium (Baen), Moon Tracks (with Travis S. Taylor, Baen), and Myth-Fits (Ace). She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.

Tim Powers
Award-winning Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Anubis Gates, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Corinne Roberts
Corinne Roberts writes and illustrates the ongoing web comic series Out and About. She has written/illustrated Trip to Trekka and Imaginary Sea 1,2,3! Along with her books, she illustrated the web comic, Kitty Game and the card game, Unreal Estate. She is releasing/announcing two more comics in 2019.

Noel Saabye
With 25 years in the animation industry, Noel Saabye has had the opportunity to work with some exciting companies that include Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Disney, PBS, Mattel and Activision. Saabye continues to work as an animator and has his hands in several recent independent comic book titles.

Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning novelist, graphic novelist, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, and screenwriter. He has worked in the franchise worlds of Conan, Star Wars, BattleTech, ShadowRun, Dark Conspiracy, World of Warcraft, and Magic: The Gathering.

David Thorn Wenzel
David Thorn Wenzel has been part of the fantasy movement since the 1970s. He has continued to work on fantasy projects in the children's book, trade book and graphic novel markets. Wenzel's better known books include The Hobbit graphic novel and the newly released Kingdom of the Dwarfs.

Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is a comic creator and animation writer. He created the Webtoons hit series Warning Label and the Harvey-nominated Love and Capes, Long Distance, and Time and Vine. He also writes and draws for IDW's My Little Pony series. He's written for Ultimate Spider-Man and Knights of the Zodiac.

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Announced: 01/24/2019

Jarrod Carl Alberich
Jarrod “The Yard Sale Artist” Alberich is the creator of the comic book, Hamilton vs. Burr: A Werewolf Tale. He is also a trading card artist for Marvel & Upper Deck. He’s currently working for White Rocket Books providing cover art for novels & inking the Cold Lightning comic book.

James Burns
James Burns is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic artist. He creates autobiographical comics, notably his long-running Grumbles series. In 2002, he was diagnosed with a detached retina, which threatened his eyesight. After recovering, he wrote and drew his first comic book, Detached, about that experience.  

Cecil Castellucci
Cecil Castellucci is an award-winning author of novels and comics for young people including Shade, The Changing Girl, Boy Proof, The Plain James, Soupy Leaves Home, Don't Cosplay with My Heart, and the New York Times bestselling Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent with 25 years of experience as well as the author of the Latter-Day Olympians series, Vamped series, and novels Faultlines and The Countdown Club.

Mike Faber
Mike Faber is the founder and CCO of the geeky and ever expanding ESO Network. He hosts The Earth Station One and Earth Station Who podcasts. He teaches and mentors new podcasters on starting and producing new projects. The ESO Network celebrates all things sci-fi, fantasy and much, much more.

Gawki
Gawki is a bold illustrator of fantastical, surreal creatures and characters that spawn only from her brain soup. Ki is known for being in Spectrum 4 times, her interesting use of color, and for establishing the Drawtober art challenge with Vonnart where 2000 artists participated the first year.

David R. George III
David R. George III is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. In addition to writing for Star Trek on television, he has penned various other genre stories.

Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is a voice actress and award-winning author of over 20 books. A former student of Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, and Orson Scott Card, Alethea is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.

CB Lee
CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. CB loves to write about queer teens, magic, superheroes, and the power of friendship.

Mika McKinnon
Mika McKinnon is a sci-fi scientist, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressibly enthusiastic about doom. Currently, she gleefully interjects truth for far stranger fiction for projects still within the veil of not-yet-aired secrecy and is a science communicator with work on BBC, New Scientist, io9, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, and others.  

R M Meluch
R.M. Meluch's first novel was published when she was 19 years old. She's pretty sure she has never written a novel in which she didn't blow something up. 

Heather Ness
Author Heather Ness has taught the psychology of superheroes and the psychology of video games courses, hosts the podcast and website Super-Psych, and speaks at conventions in the Atlanta area.

Russell Newquist
Russell Newquist operates Silver Empire publishing, publishers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, superhero, and steampunk novels. Their author roster includes four Dragon Award nominated authors. 

Eric P. Spana
Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy, and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.

Kim Steadman
Kim Steadman is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the rover safe and happy.

Simon Tam
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and troublemaker. He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants and for numerous TEDx talks on race and identity.

Mel Todd
Mel Todd is the author of 17 stories, nine under Renee Lovins. Her new series, the Kaylid Chronicles, is six books strong with three more releasing in the upcoming months. 

Chuck Tomasi
Chuck Tomasi has been producing and hosting several podcasts since 2004. His passion for creating podcasts directly benefits his professional career where he creates audio and video content.

Greg Tremblay
Greg Tremblay is the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks in diverse genres, bringing listener favorites to life for Disney, Audible Studios, Harlequin, Ballantine, Hachette and more.

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn is the author of 12 Star Wars books (soon to be 13) and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances and Sibyl’s War 1: Pawn. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason and Sibyl’s War 2: Knight.

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Announced: 01/15/2019

Griffin Barber
Griffin Barber writes all over the place, most notably in Eric Flint's 1632 series, but also in several anthologies across the spectrum of speculative fiction.

Ed Brisson
Ed Brisson is a comic book writer who first started to garner attention with his self-published crime series Murder Book and the crime/time-travel thriller series Comeback. He’s written and co-created four other series published by Image: Sheltered, The Field, The Mantle and The Violent.

Rudy Campos
For the last 5 years, Rudy Campos of Rcc Creations has been traveling to cons to teach makeup, fx , and bodypaint techniques to cosplayers, both new and seasoned.

Cecilia Dominic
By day, clinical psychologist Cecilia Dominic helps people cure their insomnia. By night, this multi-published author writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime, hence the secret identity.

J.F. Holmes
J.F. Holmes was a 2017 two-time Dragon Award finalist and writes military science fiction. He is a retired US Army soldier and Iraq War veteran.

Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and digital designer, working in the film industry as an artist, set photographer, and social media manager. 

Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman has worked in extensively in environmental consulting and academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts. He currently works in the emergency management field.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue Kisenwether has been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network.

Jorge Molina
Jorge Molina is a Mexican comic artist and illustrator. He has been working exclusively with Marvel for the past couple of years, drawing titles such as A- Force, Star Wars, X-Men Blue, and many more. He is the current artist for the latest spidey event, Spiddergedon.

Bob Nygaard
Bob Nygaard is a retired NY police officer, turned private investigator, turned actor. He specializes in the investigation of confidence crimes, most notably psychic fraud.

Melissa F Olson
Melissa Olson has published ten novels and a short story compilation in her Old World series for 47North, three novellas for Tor.com, and a standalone mystery. 

Penina
PeninaChan is an aspiring content creator and streamer who has been using websites such as YouTube and Twitch as tools for personal growth, development, her hobbies, and for social interaction. 

Trisha J. Wooldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories, novellas, and poetry that occasionally win awards. She’s edited four anthologies and over 60 novels.

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Announced: 01/07/2019

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has hosted or co-hosted such podcasts as Views From The Longbox, From Crisis to Crisis, Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back To Superman, and Bailey’s Batman Podcast.

Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby Blackwolf is the co-owner of the Voice of Geeks Network podcast network, and has hosted a live internet radio show and podcast about video games since 2005. 

Patricia Briggs
Patricia is the bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series. She has published 26 books and has short stories in several anthologies, as well as a series of comic books and graphic novels based on both of her series.

Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Charts, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires, Stillhouse Lake, Weather Warden, and Great Library series. She's written in many genres and categories.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written an appalling amount of fiction, both in 30+ media tie-in universes from Alien to Zorro, and in worlds of his own creation in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real cities of New York and Key West.

Amanda DeWees
Amanda DeWees’s novels of Victorian gothic suspense include With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense.

Margaret Downey-Schottmiller
Margaret Downey created a character known as The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth. Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. 

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is a USAF helicopter pilot who writes sci-fi/fantasy/alt history. She was a Dragon Award finalist in 2018, and her stories have twice been featured in Baen’s Year’s Best Mil/Adventure SF compilation. In 2018, her story won the 2018 Baen Reader’s Choice Award.

Bill Fawcett
Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels, two Navy SEALs histories and other military titles. He co-authored Mycroft Holmes Mysteries and has written numerous non-fiction books, many on great mistakes in Hhistory. He was a founder of Mayfair Games and still designs board and computer games.

Nicole Gugliucci
Professor, astronomer, education researcher, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe.

Scott Hanna
An Eisner Award-winning artist in the graphic novel industry, Scott Hanna has been drawing and inking comic books for over 30 years. His work has been published in over 1,000 comics and graphic novels, and he’s inked over 23,000 pages of comics art.

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is an author, publisher, and podcaster from Charlotte, NC. He is the author of multiple novel series, co-founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, and a member of the Authors & Dragons podcast. He spends far too much time and money playing Magic: the Gathering.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is a Lead Educator at The Florida Aquarium. His programs use pop culture as a medium for education. He is the co-host of The Science of Pokemon podcast.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a pop culture writer, blogger, podcaster, and contributor to needcoffee.com, anglotopia.net, and other websites. Since 1995 he has hosted Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.

Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award-winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, The Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek, published by Disney Books

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Assassins of Landria, the Night Vigil, and Deadly Curiosities.

Mark Meer
Mark Meer stars as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, 1980's horror homage Slayaway Camp, and Chapterhouse Studio's Captain Canuck animated series.

James A. Moore
James A. Moore is the bestselling and award-winning author of over 40 novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls, and his most recent novels, The Tides of War series and Avengers: Infinity.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University. He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science in science fiction.

Diana Peterfreund
Diana Peterfreund is the author of over two dozen books for adults, teens, and children, including the Omega City series for kids, the Killer Unicorns series for teens, the upcoming Clue novels, and the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion: For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, most recently The Agony House, Family Plot, and the hit YA project I Am Princess X. She is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker.

Richard Saunders
Richard Saunders starred as the Skeptical Judge on the TV show The One: The Search for Australia's Most Gifted Psychic. He is the host of the weekly podcast The Skeptic Zone, in its 11th year. An origami expert and children’s author, CSI Fellow, and life member of Australian Skeptics.

Scott Sigler
#1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler is the creator of 15 novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. He gives away his stories as weekly, serialized, audiobooks, with over 40 million episodes downloaded. Scott launched his career by releasing his novels as author-read podcasts.

E.J. Stevens
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages.

Scott Sutherland
Scott Sutherland is a meteorologist and science writer with Canada's The Weather Network, where he is an expert regarding weather, climate change, space weather, astronomy, space exploration and science.

Mark H Wandrey
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Three time Dragon Award finalist as well as author of 16 novels and growing, he’s just getting started.

Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, two popular art books and editing CrescentBlues.com. Her short stories have appeared in ASIMOV’s and numerous anthologies, and her video interviews are featured on BuzzyMag.com

David Weber
David Weber has perpetrated over 60 solo and collaborative novels and an unconscionable number of anthologies upon an innocent and unsuspecting public. He is perhaps best known for his character Honor Harrington, whom he hopes never to meet in a dark alley.

Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author, screenwriter, and novelist. He's also renowned for his work in the Star Wars universe. Most recently, he's the co-author of the new Robotech RPG.

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Announced: 01/04/2019

K.A. Linde
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels. Her breakout paranormal romance series, Blood Type, released last year with Random House. 

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Announced: 12/10/2018

JC De La Torre
JC De La Torre is a screenwriter, award-winning filmmaker, and voice actor. DeLaTorre co-wrote, produced, and directed Seekers of the Lost Worlds and created the animated series Star Mage.

Clay Gilbert
Since 2013, Clay Gilbert has been a professional editor and author of science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy. He has published eight novels.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a writer and host of the podcast Double Edged Double Bill. He is a born geek with a bit of nerd mixed in there. 

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Announced: 12/05/2018

Jeanne P Adams
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal author who is both traditionally and independently published. Her books are on all major digital outlets.

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series, from Baen Books. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and journals. 

Michael J. Allen
A bestselling sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Michael J. Allen has written 12 novels in space opera, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, and western fantasy.

Quincy J Allen
Quincy J Allen is a cross-genre author with series covering western, steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi, noir, paranormal, and action/thriller…and he’s just getting started.

Eric R. Asher
Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Steamborn YA steampunk series, Mason Dixon Monster Hunter, and Havenwood Falls: Redemption’s End.

Kevin Bachelder
Kevin Bachelder has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. 

Kelly Lynn Colby
Kelly Lynn Colby is a writer whose novel, Tarbin’s True Heir, won the IPPY bronze medal. She hosts the Writers Meet Up at Dragon Con.

Ryan A Consell
Ryan Consell is an acclaimed theorist on the science of fiction. He has consulted on such titles as The Science of Game of Thrones and has spoken at many events.

Jason Cordova
Jason Cordova is best known for his popular Kin Wars Saga series. He was also featured in the Black Tide Rising anthology and the Forged in Blood anthology.

Ben Davis
Dr. Ben has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He is a professor of mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. 

Andy Dykes
Andy Dykes is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. 

Marc Alan Edelheit
Bestselling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes military science fiction and fantasy. He authored the award-winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh.

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast. He is also an author of sci-fi stories, an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and a comedy musician.

Michael Falkner
Michael Falkner is a writer and podcaster who runs the Timestamps Project. He is a host of The Weekly Podioplex as well as Who’s the Doctor: Talking Outside the Box

Emily A Finke
A forensic anthropologist by training, but a science communicator by passion, Emily Finke has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, conventions, and more.

Declan Finn
Declan Finn is a three-time Dragon Award finalist, known for his urban fantasy series Live and Let Bite, and his Pius thrillers, published by Silver Empire Press. 

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay. 

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is an author of Chasing Freedom (a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist) and The Product, a dystopian novella. She also contributed short stories to several themed anthologies.

Tina Glasneck
Tina Glasneck, a USA Today bestselling author, enjoys creating stories that combine history, mythology and Norse Gods. Her tales include murder and magic. 

Rick Gualtieri
Gamer, geek, and writer; Rick Gualtieri is the author of over two dozen novels, including the bestselling Tome of Bill horror/comedy series. 

Tony P Henderson
Tony P. Henderson is the creator, producer of numerous podcasts including his flagship show, the Geek Vs podcast. which spans over 250 episodes over the past 5 years.

K. M. Herkes
Karen Morris Herkes writes and publishes science fiction and fantasy. Before settling down to write full time, she earned a degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science and historical fiction writer. He currently collaborates with Eric Flint on Ring of Fire related and other projects, and has two novels with Ring of Fire Press.

Kevin Ikenberry
Kevin Ikenberry is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and sci-fi writer. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe.

Alan Isom
Alan Isom began his adventure with science fiction and fantasy literature as it should begin: with JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Cayn Trilogy is his first published fantasy work.

Chris A Jackson
Chris Jackson is an author of over 20 novels in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, including Pirate’s Prophecy, Watery Graves, The Deep Gate, Dragon, and the bestselling Weapon of Flesh series.

John Hornor Jacobs
John Hornor Jacobs is the award-winning author of Southern Gods, This Dark Earth, and The Incorruptibles. His fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and Apex Magazine

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the prolific madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Real Magic, and much more.

Chris Kennedy
A Dragon Award finalist, sci-fi/fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written 20 books and published more than 50 others. 

Roy Kilgard
Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. 

Aleron Kong
Doctor by day, author by night, Dr. Aleron Kong is known for his bestselling series The Land which has sold over 500,000 copies. 

Dakota Krout
A best-selling author of fantasy and LitRPG, Dakota Krout is a full-time author and indie publisher. His debut novel, Dungeon Born, was in the top 5 fantasy audiobooks of 2017. 

Steph LaMassa
Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Her research focuses on the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes. 

L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is an author of fantasy and YA novels. She also edits for Superversive Press and is a founding member of the Superversive Literary Movement.

J.F. Lewis
Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that get him into trouble.

Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, event planner, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice and Fire Con and co-hosts the webcast FEELINGS...with The Geekiary.

Lisa Manifold
Lisa Manifold is a USA Today bestselling author of the The Realm series, Sisters of the Curse series, the Djinn Everlasting series, the Aumahnee Prophecy series, and The Dragon Thief.

Mike Massa
Mike Massa draws upon his experience as a Navy SEAL, banker, and technologist to write exciting SFF. His solo novel The Genius War is available in 2020.

Misty Massey
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking high seas fantasy, the sequel Kestrel’s Dance, and the Shadow Council Dead Man novellas featuring Doc Holliday. 

Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy wields this power to write kick-butt space opera, most notably the Allies and Enemies series, which was a Dragon Award Finalist.

Corinne O'Flynn
Corinne O'Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of The Expatriates, Witches of Tower Hill, and the Aumahnee Prophecy series. She is also a publisher with Wicked Ink Books. 

Joshua Palmatier
Joshua Palmatier has published the Throne of Amenkor series, the Well of Sorrows series, and the Ley series. He is the founder/owner of the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC.

James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated writer of science fiction, pulp adventure, steampunk, space opera, and more. He has written for Falstaff Books, Moonstone, Airship 27, and much, much more.

Aleta Pardalis
Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years. She specializes in steampunk adaptations of pop culture characters. She loves teaching people about costume design and history.

Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and has designed more than 40 stage productions, eight short films, five features, and numerous media projects.

D.R. Perry
D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction. Her works is Dragon Award nominated A Change In Crime, Supernatural Vigilante Society, and Providence Paranormal College.

Rob Roberts
Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about video games online since 2002. 

Christopher Ruocchio
Christopher Ruocchio is the author of The Sun Eater, a space opera fantasy series from DAW Books. He is also the Assistant Editor at Baen Books.

Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is the senior science writer at Science News magazine. She covers things that contain DNA and a few that don't.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is a fantasy author with books such as Mark of the Necromancer, The Windfire Series, Weird of the West, and a web series, Skye of the Damned

Shawnee Small
Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author and creator of the Shining Ones. She is currently working on several projects including the last installment in the Shining Ones saga.

Spacedock
Daniel Orrett is the presenter of the popular science fiction web series Spacedock which currently boasts 140,000 subscribers and almost 25,000,000 views (October 2018).

The Wicked Tailor
Frank T. Puricelli, "The Wicked Tailor," is a professional costume and prop maker from Charleston, SC. He has been producing national award-winning costumes and movie grade props since 2010.

R.R. Virdi
R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award-nominated author for Best Fantasy. He writes two multiple award-nominated urban fantasy series, the Shepherd of Light space western series, and Monster Slayer Online.

Dave West
Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. 

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories. Williams’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, A Fall in Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton

Christopher Woods
2018 Dragon Award finalist Christopher Woods is a writer known for his Soulguard series and for being an author in the Four Horsemen Universe.

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Announced: 12/04/2018

David Boop
David Boop is a Denver-based author/editor. His novels include She Murdered Me with Science, and many shorts work featuring media tie-ins for Predator, The Green Hornet, and Veronica.

Bethany Brookshire
Bethany Brookshire is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for multiple publications and hosts the podcast Science for the People.

Aaron Crash
Aaron Crash is the co-author of the War God’s Mantle series and the author of the American Dragon series, both bestsellers. His books have broken into Amazon’s Top 100.

Caroline Ratajski
Caroline Ratajski is a senior software engineer at Twitch, as well as a writer. At Twitch she works on content discoverability, helping connect streamers and viewers. 

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Announced: 11/27/2018

Bill Keel
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight Live Astronomy sessions and has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in pop-culture universes, spy satellites, and astronomical tourism.

Thomas E. Sniegoski
Thomas E. Sniegoski is a New York Times bestselling author of books for adults, children, and teens. He is also a comic book scripter who has worked for just about every major comic book publisher and is the author of the ground-breaking teen series The Fallen.

Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a multiple bestselling, award winning author and editor in science fiction and a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. An immigrant from the UK and Canada, he served 25 years in the US Army and USAF. Williamson also consults on TV and movie productions.

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Announced: 11/16/2018

D.J. Butler
D.J. (Dave) Butler's novels include Witchy Eye and sequels from Baen Books, The Kidnap Plot and sequels from Knopf, and City of the Saints, from WordFire Press.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, SciArt, and science outreach, tackling themes of science and diversity in pop-culture.

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