Attending Professionals

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» 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.

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» 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. 

» 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.

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.

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» 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.

» 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.

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» 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. 

» 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.

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.

» 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. 

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» 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.

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» 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.

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» 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.

» 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. 

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» 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.

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» 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.

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» 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.

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» 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. 

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» 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.

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» 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.

» 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. 

» 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.

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» 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. 

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» 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.

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» 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. 

» 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.

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» 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).

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» 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.

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» 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.

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» 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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