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Author Mary Abreu is passionate about sewing. She authored two garment sewing books. Abreu has worked as a seamstress with a boutique movie production company and has wardrobe department credits on two short films -- including The Candy Shop starring Doug Jones -- in addition to work on television productions.
Mario Acevedo writes the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series for HarperCollins and WordFire Press. Barnes & Noble chose his debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade. His short fiction has been published by Hex Publishing and Arte Publico Press.
Mindee Arnett is the author of two young adult series: The Arkwell Academy, a contemporary fantasy and Avalon, a sci-fi thriller. She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio
Eric R. Asher
Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the Young Adult steampunk series, Steamborn. He has also appeared on Travel Channel's Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough.
Kevin has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con yearly since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.
Kevin Bankston is the Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works to ensure universal access to communications technologies that are both open and secure. He has previously worked as a digital rights attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy & Technology, and the ACLU.
Davey Beauchamp is a published author/game designer (Worlds of Pulp) , accomplished podcaster (gallifrey pirate radio), and digital artist been featured at various conventions.
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning podcast The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. Evan has given live presentations to private corporations, educational seminars, and conventions on topics including the direct harms of pseudoscience, woo in the martial arts, and the truth behind paranormal investigations.
CJ Boat is a podcaster, author, and scholar. He hosts several podcasts spread throughout the Geek I/O Media Network, which he owns.
Silly Songs of Serious Science! Professor Boggs performs songs about everything from Kepler's Laws to Avogadro's number. Sort of a solo Thor and Dr. Jones groove with embedded science. You'll have fun, and actually learn some science in spite of it all.
Bill Bridges is an award-winning writer and narrative designer of numerous games. He was one of the original developers of White Wolf's World of Darkness and is the co-creator and developer of the Fading Suns science-fiction universe. He is a Fellow at Atlanta's Mythic Imagination Institute.
Raychelle M Burks
Raychelle is a chemist in the Ivory Tower, though she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture and can be seen on Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science.
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including The Reaver, Called to Darkness, and Blind God's Bluff. His short fiction appears in numerous anthologies. He recently scripted his first graphic novel and is working with two different companies to develop new electronic games.
Jessica Cail has a PhD in psychopharmacology and is a professor at Pepperdine University. She also works as a scientific consultant for Hollywood, including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Avenger’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N., and Disney's Zootopia. In her off time she does stunt work.
Blair B. Chintella
Blair Chintella is an attorney that lives and practices in Georgia. He has extensive knowledge of First Amendment, search and seizure and other Constitutional and civil liberties issues.
Myke Cole is the author of the military fantasy Shadow Ops series including Control Point, Fortress Frontier, and Breach Zone, and the prequel novels Gemini Cell and Javelin Rain.
Bennett R Coles
Bennett R. Coles is an award-winning, military science fiction author with Titan Books. He served fifteen years as a naval officer and his real-life adventures provide rich inspiration for his fiction. In addition to writing, Bennett works as an editor and publisher for new authors.
L. Andrew Cooper
L. Andrew Cooper pens the provocative, scary, and strange. Works include novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines; shorts collections Leaping at Thorns and Peritoneum; non-fiction Gothic Realities and Dario Argento; co-edited anthologies Reel Dark and Imagination Reimagined; and co-edited textbook Monsters. www.landrewcooper.com; www.facebook.com/LAndrewCooper.
Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. The Murder Complex is her YA thriller and The Balance Keepers is her MG fantasy. She's the creator of the #booknerdigans hashtag, and she lives in Texas with her husband. www.lindsaycummingsbooks.com
Tony Daniel is a senior editor at Baen Books. He is the author of ten science fiction and fantasy books, the latest of which is The Dragon Hammer. He is also the author of Star Trek Original Series novels Devil's Bargain and Savage Trade.
Dr. Ben Davis holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He is a former professor of mathematics, programming, astronomy and physics. He has a successful career in IT and engineering. His interests include history, futurism and skepticism.
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing and science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (curlyhairmafia.com), she tackles themes of science in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.
Barbara A. Drescher
Barbara is a former cognitive psychology researcher/lecturer and developer of award-winning material for teaching psychology, research methods, skepticism, and critical thinking for K-12 and college classrooms. Barbara promotes science and skepticism at ICBSEverywhere.com and contributes to Insight at Skeptic.com, Virtual Skeptics, and The Odds Must Be Crazy.
Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (skeptoid.com), applying critical thinking to urban legends and popular pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. He is the author of five books based on the podcast.
Sarah Beth Durst
Sarah Beth Durst writes fantasy for kids, teens, and adults. Her most recent novel for kids is The Girl Who Could Not Dream (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books, fall 2015) and her next novel for adults is The Queen of Blood (Harper Voyager, fall 2016).
Marc Alan Edelheit
Marc Alan Edelheit is the author of Fantasy Bestsellers: Stiger's Tigers, The Tiger and The Tiger's Fate. Marc Alan Edelheit has a Bachelor's Degree in Science and obtained a Masters in Education as a Reading and Writing Specialist. Marc has a strong passion for all things Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Award Winning writer, producer, and director of over 300 book trailers, commercials, and webisodes, Sheila English owns the trademark to the term "book trailer" and authored both young adult and suspense thriller novels.
Kacey Ezell is the author of multiple genre short stories, to include Not In Vain, the cover story for Baen's Black Tide Rising anthology. She's been featured in Citizens (Baen), Sha'Daa: Inked (Copper Dog Publishing), Dark Corners (Iron Clad Press), and an upcoming Freehold anthology (Baen).
Michael is an award-winning writer and podcaster from Atlanta, GA who has written pop culture analyses for The Scapecast, The Chronic Rift, RevolutionSF, and TheForce.net. He hosts The Weekly Podioplex on The Chronic Rift Network and is a regular contributor to RevolutionSF's RevCast fandom panel discussions.
Musician turned law school graduate turned literary agent, Moe Ferrara joined BookEnds Literary in May 2015. Holding the dual roles of literary agent and subsidiary rights director, she represents SciFi & Fantasy for all ages and romance.
Best selling author and researcher, Larry Flaxman, is on a mission to inform, empower, and entertain those fascinated by the paranormal. Flaxman continues to write ground-breaking books on cutting-edge research that leave readers, researchers, and reviewers open-mouthed in disbelief of the truth as it's presented to them.
John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author and screenwriter nominated for three Hugo Awards. A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he has written 16 books, including the hugely popular Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond. He was featured in the documentary “Finding the Future.”
Julie Fooshee is a professional science communicator and coordinator of the Science Festival Alliance (SFA) organized out of the MIT Museum at MIT. With an educational background in history, her professional career has largely been defined by work in informal science education, museums, network communication and event management.
Ian S. Frazier
Ian Frazier is the Lead Designer at BioWare Montreal, where he's channeling his lifelong love of RPGs into the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise. Ian's previous titles include Titan Quest, Dawn of War: Soulstorm, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose unique masks, bizarre props and eccentrically original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile costume projects have been exhibited across the U.S. and are regularly featured in multiple media channels as well as bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay.
Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing and a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has short fiction published in various anthologies and is an expert in the field of crowd funding.
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and communications manager. Her anthologies include War Stories, Genius Loci, Rigor Amortis, Eclipse Phase: After the Fall, Upside Down, and Geek Love. More can be found at jaymgates.com, or on Twitter as @JaymGates.
Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas founded Lynnvander Studios subsequently producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One and Hands of Fate. Thomas designed several tabletop games such as the Arthurian Albion's Legacy, the parody Galaxy Quest and the Whedonverse Buffy the Vampire Slayer before being published in Shadowrun's A World of Shadows.
Stacey Gordon is a professional puppeteer and owner of Puppet Pie in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work can be seen in the web-series The Bob and Angus Show and in commercials and music videos.
Donna is a master science educator with more than 32 years of K-12 experience. She is active at the local, state, and national level in science education. Donna has won several teaching awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher in Georgia.
Craig B Greathouse
Dr. Craig Greathouse is a Professor of Political Science, University of North Georgia. An expert on issues of foreign, security, and defense policy and strategic studies with an emphasis on Europe and the U.S., he has lectured and written extensively on the international system, including security and strategic studies.
Andrew Greenberg, co-creator of HDI’s “Fading Suns” and original developer of “Vampire: The Masquerade,” has developed numerous traditional and digital games. His credits include Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers and the upcoming Noble Armada
Daniel Griffith is the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. He also specializes in cult cinema documentaries and retro-television. He has produced and directed features about The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, This Island Earth, and Hammer Films. He is the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.
Science based, clever and edgy stand-up comedy, with spot on impressions!
» David J. Hewitt
David Hewitt is a Propulsion Engineer at Dynetics, Inc. His job has him supporting various projects in the Space and Defense realms. Additionally, Mr. Hewitt participates in STEM educational outreach activities on behalf of his employer and gives talks about Space and Propulsion to the public.
Tom Hutchens is founder of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club, and creator of hyper-realistic Star Wars costumes and props. Working out of his armory in North Carolina, Tom's armor and props have been featured in web-documentaries and science/technology TV shows around the world.
Chris A Jackson
A sailor, writer, gamer, nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy writer. His award-winning Scimitar Seas novels, and his Pathfinder Tales Pirate’s novels have received high praise. His continuing Weapon of Flesh saga is a Kindle bestseller. His new contemporary Hellmaw fantasy, Dragon Dreams, released November 2015.
Allen Johnson is a Screenwriter, Martial Artist, and Fight Choreographer. His screenwriting credits include Templar Nation, The Freemason, and The Freemason 2: Retaliation, with several more projects in development. He has choreographed and fought in several independent films and stage plays as well as being an active member of the Palmetto Knights.
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Chris' novels include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, Theogony and Codex Regius sci-fi trilogies, War for Dominance fantasy trilogy, and the #1 Amazon self-help book, Self-Publishing for Profit.
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. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.
Brett is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist.
» Robert Levy
Rob Levy is the writer of Doctor Whooligan blog, arts and culture writer for ALIVE Magazine, music writer for Eleven Magazine, blogger and podcaster for needcoffee.com, and occasional contributor to ESO Podcast. He is also the host of Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.
J.F. Lewis is the internationally published author of the Void City series and The Grudgebearer Trilogy.
» Talloolah Love
Talloolah Love, known as The Queen of the Subtle-Tease, is a burlesque performer and producer. She is the leader of the Atlanta Burlesque Society, Studio Manager of the Atlanta School of Burlesque, and performer with the CandyBox Revue. She is a published author and runs The Atlanta Burlesque podcast.
» Valya Dudycz Lupescu
Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the co-author (with Stephen Segal) of Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family (Quirk Books). She is also the author of the Amazon bestselling novel The Silence of Trees and founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character.
Sonia Orin Lyris
Sonia's published fiction include science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream stories. Her new high fantasy novel, The Seer, will be published by Baen Books in March 2016.
Dave Maass is an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who uses transparency and public records to battle injustice, censorship, and the surveillance state.
Lisa Mantchev has published books for children, teens, and adults, including the award-nominated YA theatrical fantasy EYES LIKE STARS and the Kindle #1 bestseller TICKER.
Michael J. Martinez
Author of the DAEDALUS trilogy and the new MAJESTIC-12 series of spy-fi novels. Treats history like Silly Putty. Drinks too much coffee.
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
» Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film scene, contributing as a writer, director, special effects man and actor. His work can be seen in Fix It In Post, A Few Brains More, Knob Goblins,400 Ways to Kill A Vampire and Cache Me If You Can.
James Neathery is a steampunk leather worker and fabricator who is most well known for his watches, gadgets, and appearance on the GSN TV show Steampunk'd.
Corvis Nocturnum is an author/publisher/lecturer of over two dozen books on popular culture. The content ranges from vampires and zombies to the Devil and the occult. He has been a consultant for A&E Channel’s Paranormal State, and a guest speaker at Dragon Con, Scarefest and Parafest.
Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is chair of the Biology Department at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera), and he is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.
» Aleta Pardalis
Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years and has specialized in Steampunk designs for the last 8 years. She has also been a costuming guest and panelist at various events.
Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and principal for SMP Designs and has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and numerous media projects for clients around the world.
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, and his songs have been played on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books, and a USAF veteran whose career included space operations, disaster response, and other interesting things.
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of Dr. Robert E. Hampson, Neuroscientist and co-inventor of the first neural prosthetic for human memory. Tedd's Hugo-award-nominated nonfiction appears at Baen Books and Teddy's Rat Lab blog. His short fiction has appeared in Riding the Red Horse and Black Tide Rising anthologies.
Linda Robertson is the author of the Persephone Alcmedi Urban Fantasy series and a handful of short stories. She won first place in the 2006 OSU Mansfield's Florence B. Allen writing competition. Also, she blogs weekly and occasionally hosts workshops about the craft of writing. www.authorlindarobertson.com
» Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the host of Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and American Horror Story Fan Podcast. He is also the editor in chief of Gruesome Magazine.
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, the world’s premiere popular culture publisher, acquiring original science fiction, fantasy (epic, heroic, and dark), horror, crime fiction, art books, and media tie-ins such as Mass Effect, Independence Day, Gotham, and Flash.
» The Black N/A Saint
The Black Saint has written for FANGORIA, FANGORIA.com and SHOCK TILL YOU DROP.com. He is currently the lead theatrical reviewer for HORRORNEWS.net and a reviewer/interviewer for Gruesomemagazine.com.
Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon's debut novel, Henry Franks, was published in 2012. His second novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in young adult fiction. He's a member of SCBWI, HWA, SFWA, SFPA, ITW, The Authors Guild, and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Current credits include Talk Nerdy and The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcasts, TechKnow, SoCal Connected, FabLab, Real Future, and America's Greatest Makers.
Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American and is a host on the radio show Science for the People. Her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 43,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.
» Stephen H. Segal
Stephen H. Segal is the coauthor of the new Quirk book Geek Parenting (with Valya Lupescu), the Hugo Award-winning former editor of Weird Tales magazine, and the editor & coauthor of Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture.
Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two YA Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the web series Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in NYC. www.tamsinsilver.com
Fr. Bryan Small
Catholic Priest and pop culture geek, Fr. Bryan has been participating in discussions on various tracks for a number of years. He brings his insights from academia, spirituality, and fandom into the mix.
J.A. Souders is the author of the Elysium Chronicles (Renegade, A Dark Grave, Revelations, Rise, and the forthcoming Rebellion) a YA SF psychological thriller series from Tor Teen/Macmillan.
Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC and an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons series and her Star Wars tie-in fiction. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
» Danika Stone
Danika Stone is a Macmillan author who writes tech-savvy novels for both adults (Edge of Wild) and teens (All the Feels). She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Laurie S. Sutton
Laurie S. Sutton is the author of a series of novels for young readers featuring DC Super Heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. Her other work includes writing Star Trek comics for Marvel, DC, and Malibu Comics. She's a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics.
Anthony Taylor is an author and screenwriter. He is the author of Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History (Insight Editions, 2016), as well as Arctic Adventure!, an official Thunderbirds™ novel based on the iconic British television series by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.
George Taylor, Disney historian, is the co-host of Communicore Weekly, a podcast covering all things related to theme parks. He has been writing about Disney parks since 2007 at Imaginerding.com and CommunicoreWeekly.com.
Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen Taylor is the owner/operator of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making costumes for 12-plus years, focusing highly on armor and weapons.
Tiffany Trent is the award-winning author of the young adult Hallowmere series (Wizards of the Coast), The Unnaturalists, and The Tinker King (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), as well as numerous short stories. She writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Phantom Troublemaker is the co-host of The Dirty Con Game Show, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.
Lilah Vandenburgh is writer/director of the multi-award winning short Bitch, co-writer of three series of the award-winning BBC 3/Baby Cow sitcom, Uncle and most recently, a writer on CW's The Flash. She's currently in development on a dramedy about gaming for Momentum and a period drama for Playground.
» Constance G. J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner , writer, poet, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero, her opus on the Ringbearer, is forthcoming from Oloris Publishing.
Mary Weber is the critically acclaimed author of the popular young adult book series, The Storm Siren Trilogy (Storm Siren, Siren's Fury, and Siren's Song) and an upcoming young adult sci-fi duology with the first book set for a June 2017 release.
Alex White is a novelist, podcaster, and composer. His fiction podcast, The Gearheart, was a 3-time Parsec Award Finalist, and he cohosts the Parsec Finalist Disasterpiece Theatre, where he pitches terrible movie ideas. His debut science fiction novel, Every Mountain Made Low, is in stores this November.
Christi J. Whitney
Christi J. Whitney is the author of the YA urban fantasy series The Romany Outcasts. (HarperCollins/HarperVoyagerUK). Grey (2015), Shadow (June 2016), Midnight (2017). She has also written for the theater, including critiques and scripts, and has directed numerous productions for the stage.
Fran Wilde authored Updraft (Tor, 2015) and Cloudbound (2016) and short stories in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. Her interview series Cooking the Books is on iTunes. She writes for The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. Twitter: @fran_wilde. Web: franwilde.net.
» Thomas Willeford
Thomas Willeford is an internationally known artist, making Fantasy and Industrial art for over 35 year. For Television, Museums, Movies, and anyone willing to pay. His best work are his how-to books, available on Amazon.
Dr. Shae Williams is the chief engineer of Digital Solid State Propulsion, a spacecraft propulsion company, and has built motors that have been tested in orbit.
Gregory A. Wilson
Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of both speculative fiction and academic writing, Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, podcaster, and TwitchTV host, with a graphic novel and novel (the first of a trilogy) due out in 2016.
Gregory F Withrow
Gregory F. Withrow is the new designer for fantasy illustrator Paolo Parente’s Dust Warfare, an alternative history, dieselpunk/weird war tabletop-miniatures game set in 1947. U.S Army veteran, World War II historian, military writer and photojournalist, Withrow is the recipient of numerous Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware journalism awards.
» Trisha J. Woldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories and poetry for anthologies and magazines that occasionally win awards. She’s edited two anthologies and over forty novels. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s published three children’s novels with Spencer Hill Press. Trish also writes the webcomic Aurelio.
Mark Zoran is the owner of the Award Winning multi-faceted costume and prop house Razorfly Studios.