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D. A. Adams
D.A. Adams is the author of The Brotherhood of Dwarves, Red Sky at Dawn, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Between Dark and Light.
» Tracy A. Akers
Tracy A. Akers is the author of the award-winning Souls of Aredyrah Series. Her books have been included in the Florida Department of Education’s recommended reading lists, are frequently used by teachers in the classroom, and were acknowledged by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony.
Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and author of the Edie Spence trilogy out now from St. Martin's Press. Nightshifted, Moonshifted, and Shapeshifted, are about a nurse who works with vampires on a supernatural medical floor.
PJ Beemer Renehan (Alina) is currently the Co-Project Lead of Artix Entertainment’s flagship game, AdventureQuest Worlds, as well as AE’s Writing Coordinator. She works with their many talented writers to ensure high-quality game storylines and marketing content.
Stephen L. Antczak
Stephen L. Antczak most recently edited the anthologies Zombiesque from DAW Books and Clockword Fairy Tales from ROC Books.
Adam Bohn (Artix), is the Founder/CEO of Artix Entertainment, which makes weekly updated web games including AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, EpicDuel, and the popular AdventureQuest Worlds. Artix Entertainment's game lineup also includes HeroSmash, several minigames, and the newly released OverSoul, AE's first card based PVP MMO game.
Will Aymerich is a Latin American paranormal investigator, public speaker, traveler, radio/podcast host of The Darkside..., published author Souls of Norcross, filmmaker, photographer and founder of The Darkside Syndicate, a popular paranormal investigation team out of Atlanta, GA.
Darlene Bolesny has lived many adventures - which made writing fantasy action-adventure a natural next step. The next book in the Duanor series, Sagril's Tower, is to be released in 2013. Her website may be found at www.bolesny.com.
Darwin P Bromley is a game designer known for Empire Builder. Darwin co-founded Mayfair Games in 1981 and was the its President from 1982 to 1997. Darwin led Mayfair as it published its train games, card games, and RPGs (RoleAids, DC Heroes). Darwin started Mayfair re-publishing games from Europe, including Settlers of Catan.
David L Burkhead
David L. Burkhead is a writer and scientist. He is a founder of the SpaceCub concept, a precursor to Rutan's SpaceShip One and works in Atomic Force Microscopy an enabling technology of Nanotechnology. His Atomic Force Microscopy work has been instrumental in the development of Blu-Ray.
Ginger Campbell, MD
Dr. Ginger Campbell is the host of the highly-rated Brain Science Podcast, "the show for everyone who has a brain." She is also the author of Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty.
» Pamela Cole
Pamela Cole is a costumier who graduated from Goodman Theater, Chicago, 40 years ago and continues to work with dance companies, movies, museums, and reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area, She us head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon*Con’s costume track from the beginning.
Cysero has been the Project Lead for Artix Entertainment's flagship game AdventureQuest Worlds, a free-to-play, Flash based MMORPG, since its release in 2008.
Dr. Ben Davis earned his degrees in Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught college for several years on courses ranging from IT and mathematics to astronomy and physics. In the late nineties he took up a career in software development and industrial engineering.
Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the steampunk paranormal Blud series for Pocket, including three books, three novellas, and the upcoming Carniepunk! anthology. Her paranormal YA, Servants of the Storm, will be out with Simon Pulse in 2014.
» Susan Dennard
Susan is a reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. Her debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly, was released last year from HarperTeen. It's the first in a steampunk gothic trilogy, and the sequels (A Darkness Strange and Lovely, A Dawn Most Wicked) are also now available.
Lucienne Diver is an agent of 20 years experience, and an author of young adult (the Vamped series from Flux, division of Llewellyn) and adult fiction (the Latter-Day Olympians series from Samhain), as well as short pieces in the anthologies Strip-Mauled, Fangs for the Mammaries (Baen) and Dear Bully (HarperTeen).
Sarah Anne Downey
Sarah A. Downey is an attorney, privacy advocate, and writer at Abine, an online privacy startup in Boston. A vocal proponent of privacy rights, she serves as an Abine spokesperson and blogger and is trying to prevent an Orwellian future. She also likes video games.
Barbara A. Drescher
Barbara Dreschers is a cognitive psychologist. After a decade of teaching, she now produces educational material for the James Randi Educational Foundation and promotes scientific thinking at ICBSEverywhere.com and other blog sites.
» Scott Edgington
Dr. Edgington is a Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory whose research specialties are giant planets, spectroscopy, and photochemistry. He is Cassini’s Deputy Project Scientist and Investigation Scientist for Cassini’s thermal infrared instrument. Previously, he was a Science Planning Engineer leading Saturn atmosphere planning for Cassini.
Richard Estep hails from jolly old England, and has spent seventeen years investigating haunted houses on two continents. In between, he works as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Colorado. If a building is either burning down or haunted, he probably has an opinion...
Mike Faber is the Founder, Chief Creative Officer and Host of the highly geeky ESO Network, The Earth Station One Podcast, and Accompanying Blog which celebrates our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more since April 2010.
» Tim Farley
Tim Farley is a computer security analyst and Research Fellow for the James Randi Educational Foundation. He created the skeptic website What's the Harm, blogs at skeptools.com and podcasts for Skepticality and Virtual Skeptics. He has developed software for two decades and holds three patents.
Feinberg is best known for his work as an actor on Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and many others. He is also an award-winning director most recently having directed the new film Santa's Boot Camp. Four of his films debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
» Susan Fichtelberg
Susan Fichtelberg is the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, published by Libraries Unlimited. In her 25 years as a childrens librarian in NJ, Susan has presented fantasy booktalks and programs on the state and national level.
Sheyne Fleischer, an entertainment professional in the Los Angeles area, is a founding member of the fashion department at Pacific Media Expo. Named one of LA Weekly's People of LA 2010, Sheyne is currently a member of The League of S.T.E.A.M.
John Foster is CEO and founding partner at Bianco Foster Group, LLC (BFG), a Georgia based management consulting firm focused on Information Security, Quality, Environmental, and Financial Management.
Peter H. Friedman
Peter H Friedman is the managing director of Peter H Friedman CPA a firm located in New York and San Francisco. The firms motto is "We do what others cannot do or will not do." The firm consults and specializes in Medical Marijuana, e-commerce, indirect taxation and tax litigation support.
Tony Deller (Galanoth) is Senior VP of Game Operations for Artix Entertainment and heads the continued development of AE games after launch. He has worked with AE since 2002, and was instrumental in the launch and growth of AE's first game, AdventureQuest, one of the world's first played Flash RPGs.
Jaym Gates is a publicist, editor, and author. Her projects include the anthologies Rigor Amortis, Broken Time Blues, and Geek Love. She is the publicist for Paizo's Pathfinder Tales and the Nebula Awards Weekend, and Public Relations Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
» Sonia Gensler
Sonia Gensler, author of The Revenant (Knopf ’11) and The Dark Between (Knopf ’13), grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full-time in Oklahoma and spends summers in England.
Dr. Bill Gibson
Dr. Bill Gibson is a Canadian scientist and physician whose team discovered the gene for Weaver syndrome in 2011. His research focuses on DNA sequencing to identify genetic mutations that cause rare diseases, including rare forms of obesity and diabetes.
Allan Gilbreath is a nationally recognized and award-winning author, publisher, speaker, and actor. In addition, Allan is an accomplished skeptic, cook, gardener, computer geek, and martial artist. He appears on television, stage, movies, radio/web/podcast, and tours the country in live appearances.
Michael Gilkey is the Marketing and Operations Manager for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine. He earned two degrees from Case Western Reserve University, a Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's of Business Administration. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University.
David Macinnis Gill
Young adult novelist David Macinnis Gill is the author of the award-winning novels Soul Enchilada, Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun, & Shadow on the Sun. His short stories have appeared in several magazines, including The Crescent Review and Writer’s Forum.
Amanda Goodbread has been an animation production professional since 2008.
» Honey Goodenough
Honey Goodenough is a New York City based puppeteer, producer, educator, clown, and magician. Puppetry credits include Phantom Limb's The Fortune Teller, Puppetworks, and The National Marionette Theater, and No Strings International. She produces Puppet Pandemic, a nationally touring showcase of puppetry works. And yes, that really is her name.
Master teacher and recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Governor is activity involved in the science education community at local, state and national levels. She is published in several education and research journals on topics that include engineering education, family science nights and using science songs to engage learners.
Clay and Susan Griffith
Susan Griffith is part of a husband and wife writing team who are the authors of the Vampire Empire trilogy (Pyr Books); The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker, and The Kingmakers. They are the authors of a forthcoming fantasy trilogy from Del Rey.
» Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an independent documentary filmmaker specializing in cult cinema. Since 2008, when he founded Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, he has produced and directed over 45 bonus feature documentaries and shorts, as well as three feature-length productions. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series.
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy and now leads the informal education efforts of the citizen science project CosmoQuest.
David Harmer is a Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Consultant since 1993. He has advised Major corporations and government agencies on their Disaster Planning. David is the author of Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit (a disaster cookbook) and various supplements for the Aftermath! Post Apocalypse RPG system, among others.
John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the author of the Black Knight Chronicles urban fantasy series (Bell Bridge Books) and editor of The Big Bad: an Anthology of Evil (Kerlak Press). John has seven novels and over twenty short stories in print and is a regular contributor to the blog Magical Words.
As a kid, when Laura Hayden wasn't watching TV, she was reading. As a result, her seventeen books and short stories straddle multiple fiction genres and include vivid characters with action, suspense, and humor. A recovering military independent, she now lives in Alabama after years of moving around the US.
Laura Haywood-Cory is an editor with more than a decade of experience, who has been with Baen Books since early 2008.
Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna is an actress, playwright and award-winning, nationally bestselling author of Historical Fantasy novels including the Strangely Beautiful, the Magic Most Foul, and upcoming Eterna Files sagas (Tor/Macmillan). A four-time Prism Award winner for genre excellence, her books are translated into several languages, selected for national book club editions.
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder. Since 2006 he has been the Associate Artistic Director for the Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City, MO. Mike is the creator of the Timey Wimey Puppet Show, a puppet web series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.
Chris A Jackson
Chris Jackson’s Scimitar Seas novels won three sequential ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medals. His novel Weapon of Flesh won the USA Book News, Best Books Award 2005 for best Fantasy/SF novel. His pending Pathfinder Tales novel, Pirate’s Honor is due out in April of 2013.
Catherine Lee Jones
Catherine Jones is an award-winning seamstress and owner of GSTQ Fashions. After studying theatrical costuming at Emory University, she gained professional experience by tackling drag costuming, bridalwear, leatherworking, car upholstery, and more. Catherine has translated those skills into making hundreds of costumes for customers, both nationally and internationally since 2008.
Margaret Killjoy is a nomadic author, editor, and tintypist. He is the founder of SteamPunk Magazine, the author of What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower and A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse, and an editor and tintypist of A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex.
Deidre Knight wears many hats as an award-winning fantasy author and president of The Knight Agency, one of the top literary agencies in the Southeast. As an agent, she’s shepherded countless authors onto every major bestseller list, and is considered an industry expert on urban fantasy and paranormal fiction.
Aaron has performed his puppets all over the country, with Tears of Joy, Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, and others. He creates new works of all types with his partner Gina Leigh and is thrilled to be a part of this year's Dragon*Con.
David Anthony Lee
David is the principal artist of Hatton Cross Steampunk. As an artist and presenter, his focus is “Green Steam” (repurposing found items). His most recent creation, the “Gentleman’s Armored Battle Carriage” (a drivable steampunk tank) will accompany other fun projects including a steampunk Dalek and Séance Machine.
Gina L Leigh
Gina Leigh is a puppeteer and playwright. With her partner Aaron Lathrop, Gina has toured both coasts with puppet theatre companies. She played Alfreda The Cheetah in The Jim Henson Company's X.Tink.Shun. She has produced shows, classes, and workshops; and played in puppet slams across the country.
Dr. Who columnist for anglotopia.net. Podcaster/writer for needcoffee.com. Fanzine editor, Pop culture writer for Eleven magazine. Host of Juxtaposition on KDHX. Programmer, panelist, moderator for conventions, including Dragoncon. Member of St. Louis Film Critics Association. Writer for The St. Louis Beacon & interviewer for several pop culture publications.
Alan is a Tennessee native and published author of a number of published short stories, two novels and currently is editing two anthologies for Kerlak Publishing.
Kelly Lockhart is a book editor, screenwriter, award-winning journalist, voice actor, musician, longtime television and radio broadcaster, and most well-known to Dragon*Con attendees as the host and founder of the popular Robot Battles competitions.
Erin Patricia Macdonald
Erin Macdonald, Ph.D., is a tattooed astrophysicist working at Cardiff University doing research in gravitational waves for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She also is a STEM Ambassador and aims to demonstrate to the public how unique physicists can be.
Anya Martin is a writer/ journalist specializing in SF/F, horror and comics. "Stuffed Bunny in Doll Land," her contribution (with Spanish artist Mado Pena) to the critically acclaimed Womanthology (IDW Comics) has been called “wonderfully weird,” “a smart adventure,” and “delightfully fanciful.” Her many other projects include ATLRetro.com.
» Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is a former music and internet executive, founder of #yalitchat, publisher and owner of Month9Books and Swoon Romance. She also writes speculative fiction for young adults and tweens, and packages books under Georgia McBride Books. Her first novel for teens is called Praefatio coming in May 2013.
Farah Jane Mendlesohn
Farah Mendlesohn's work includes Diana Wynne Jones and the Children's Fantastic Tradition (2005) and the acclaimed Rhetorics of Fantasy (2008). She won the Hugo in 2005 and has been nominated five times. Farah Mendlesohn is Director of Exhibits for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (London).
Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short prose, ebooks, graphic novels, screenplays, and media tie-ins. He also does movie and TV extra work, co-hosts the Earth Station One podcast, and writes for All Pulp. Bobby is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. www.bobbynash.com
Stacia Spradlin (Nythera) is Head of Player Support for Artix Entertainment and has been with the company since 2006. AE's Player Support includes their customer support, game forums and in-game moderation teams.
» Sam Ortega
For 25 years Sam has been with NASA working on everything from the space shuttle solid rocket motors to microgravity science research and is now focused on reaching out to technical communities outside of NASA for unique solutions to NASA'a technology barriers.
Ay-leen the Peacemaker
Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is an academic scholar, activist, and publishing professional. She works in editorial for Tor Books and Tor.com. She is a well-known media expert on steampunk and science fiction. Her contributions are found in Steaming into a Victorian Future, Fashion Talks, and Steampunk Magazine.
Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983 first as a troupe member, then solo performer and finally a teacher. In addition to Cabaret, Ethnic, Tribal and Fusion belly dance styles she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor.
Carla Rhodes is a rock n’ roll ventriloquist and comedienne. Mentored by the legendary Shari Lewis, Carla has performed since her teens and appears regularly in New York City when not touring nationally. Most recently, she was honored to be a finalist in the 2012 Andy Kaufman Awards.
T. S. Rider
T. S. Rider started writing in the third grade. Her first story was published in the Golden Visions Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in October 2009. Her second publication appeared in the Deadly Ink 2010 Short Story Collection. Since then she has concentrated on longer fiction and art work.
Dr. Tedd Roberts is committed to making brain science understandable to SF/F writers and readers alike through his fiction, "Teddy's Rat Lab" blog, and nonfiction articles for Baen Books. As professional Neuroscience researcher, Tedd loves to discuss the brain science behind science fiction and fantasy.
Linda Robertson is the author of the Persephone Alcmedi series from Pocket Books. Shattered Circle, the sixth book in the series featuring witches, waerewolves, and vampires in Cleveland, Ohio, was released in early in 2013.
Romily is an MMO gamer, software analyst, machinima director/producer, presenter, and voice actor. She has been presenting machinima at Dragon*Con annually since 2006.
Shane Simek has been a Deputy Sheriff in North Eastern Ohio for 13 years. He studies Special Warfare and Counter-Terrorism and will be sharing his experiences with fans as part of The Armory track.
Jay Smith is the creator and writer for the Parsec-Award winning audio horror series HG World and producer of several podiobook serials and interview shows available online.
» John C. Snider
John C. Snider blogs and podcasts about skeptical and secular concerns at AmericanFreethought.com.
Blake Sorensen is a video game developer for Simutronics and a registered patent attorney with Merchant & Gould. He works with the Georgia Game Developers Association to provide legal insight and services to startups, particularly in the video game industry.
Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is the bestselling author of the War of the Seasons series. She also has several short stories published in various anthologies. A KC-130J pilot in the Marine Corps, she is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family. Find out more at WarOfTheSeasons.com.
Ken Spivey is a professional entertainer, songwriter, and convention organizer specializing in Doctor Who and Celtic themed music and knowledge.
Laurie S. Sutton
Laurie S. Sutton is the author of an ongoing series of books for young readers featuring DC Superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. Other work includes writing Star Trek comics for Marvel, DC, and Malibu Comics. She is a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics.
Anthony Taylor is the author of Arctic Adventure!, an original Thunderbirds™ novel, as well as The Future Was Fab: The Art of Mike Trim.
James R. Tuck
James R. Tuck was born and raised in The South. Brought up on a steady diet of country music, Jesus, and guns; he's always been a little weird. Now he writes yarns about monsters, guns, hard-eyed men, and tough as nails women. He puts the DARK in Dark Urban Fantasy.
Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist, attorney, actor and author. He created Dr. Geek's Lab and travels the convention circuit, where he can be seen participating in Doctor Who and Stargate related panels and speaking on such topics as "The Archaeology of Stargate."
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. Her book The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero is scheduled for release by Oloris Publishing in 2014.
Rebecca Watson leads a team of skeptical activists on the Skepchick Network, which includes six websites with more than 50 regular writers. She also co-hosts the weekly Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe radio show and podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism.
» M. B. Weston
Award-winning author MB Weston writes YA, fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, and science fiction. Her first paranormal thriller, Unleashed, will debut Summer 2013, and her short stories have appeared in paranormal, steampunk, and science-fiction anthologies. Weston, a gifted orator, speaks to thousands at schools and conventions about the craft of writing.
Andrew Young is a professional puppeteer, independent filmmaker, and animator from Toronto, Canada who has worked in puppetry for film, television, and theatre for over 15 years. He is the author/editor of the popular PuppetVision Blog and is currently completing a feature-length documentary about puppeteers and puppetry around the world.
Bryan Young is a novelist, comics writer, filmmaker, and columnist. He's produced films for The Disinformation Company, written comics for Image Comics, and Slave Labor Graphics, written bestselling genre novels, and writes for Huffington Post, StarWars.Com, and Big Shiny Robot!