Attending Professionals

For a list of guests, performers, and attending professionals ordered by confirmation date, please click here.


Mary Abreu
Author Mary Abreu juggles writing sewing books with her work as a seamstress for film and TV productions and teaching sewing to people of all ages.

Jeanne P Adams
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning multi-genre author who knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body… Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, her books are consistently hailed as “Best Suspense of the Year!” - Romantic Times., Twitter @JeanneAdams 

Quincy J Allen
Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author with two active series and a litany of short story publications.

Stephen L. Antczak
Antczak is a writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction short stories, novels, comic books, plays, and movies.

Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, and the YA trilogy Steamborn.

Davis Ashura
Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of the Castes and the OutCastes trilogy. His new series, the Chronicles of William Wilde, is due to be published starting in February 2018. When not writing, Davis is a physician who practices endocrinology and a warrior who battles the scheming insurance jackals.

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Kevin Bachelder
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 annually since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has been podcasting and blogging since 2007 and has hosted or co-hosted such shows as Views From The Longbox, The Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back to Superman, From Crisis to Crisis and Bailey’s Batman Podcast, all through The Fortress of Baileytude Podcast Network.

» Aretta Baumgartner
Aretta is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask and movement. She's been a professional puppeteer since 1992 and is proud to be the Education Director at the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)--the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States.

Jim E Beall
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for 40+ years, a war gamer for 50+, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. Experience: operations (nuclear officer USN), design (Duke Power), construction (United Engineers & Constructors), inspection (USNRC), and energy policy (USNRC Commissioner Reactors Assistant).

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp is an artist who has done work for BBC Books, Penguin UK and BBCA for Doctor Who. He has also done art for various conventions and Scaldcrow Games.

» Robert Jackson Bennett
Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is available now.

CJ Boat
CJ runs the Geek IO Media Network, where he is a podcaster, comedian, interviewer, journalist, entrepreneur, streamer, and professional geek.

David Boop
Denver-based David Boop is the author of She Murdered Me with Science and The Soul Changers.  David’s media tie-in work includes Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. He edited Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen. His RPG work include Flash Gordon, Deadlands:Noir and Rippers:Resurrected. For More:

Bill Bridges
Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer, most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness setting and HDI’s Fading Suns science-fiction universe.

Mary Kate Butler
The 'oil' in the well-oiled machine of Lunar Lander Development at NASA. She works to stretch tax payers' dollars as far as possible in the endeavors to put Lunar Landers on the Moon and even Mars.

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» Michael Chatfield
Michael Chatfield is a Canadian bestselling SciFi and Epic Fantasy Author with a following of 30,000 readers/buyers per month, 11 bestsellers on Amazon, regularly ranked within top 50 authors on, his books attaining ranks in the top 100 and creating more than $710,000+ of revenue in 2017.

Gerald L Coleman
Gerald L. Coleman is a philosopher, theologian, poet, and author. He is the author of The Three Gifts Epic Fantasy Series. A native of Lexington, Ky., he has appeared as a Guest Author at JordanCon, Imaginarium, SOBSFCon, The Outer Dark Symposium, and more. You can find him at

Jason Cordova
A John W. Campbell Award finalist, Jason Cordova has published over 30 works of fiction and is currently featured in two national bestselling anthologies. He resides in Virginia

Paul B Currie
Paul Currie is a professor, photographer, and philosopher from the hills of Kentucky. He is a science education and a world traveler. He presents on using pop culture in to explain science in the classroom and how science influences pop culture. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia.

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Milton J. Davis
Milton J. Davis is a science fiction/fantasy writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small press specializing in scifi/fantasy by and about people of African/African Diaspora descent. He has published over 17 novels as a writer and 30 books as a publisher.

Cecilia Dominic
Author, psychologist, and champion sleeper Cecilia Dominic focuses on helping people overcome insomnia at her private practice by day, and then writes urban fantasy and steampunk books that keep her readers up all night. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on the internationally popular Self-Publishing Formula podcast.

» Alexa Donne
Alexa Donne’s debut novel, Brightly Burning, is Jane Eyre... in SPACE!, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 1, 2018. Alexa worked on three HP fan cons, and was part of the YA Literature Track Staff at DragonCon from 2012 to 2017. Find her online and on YouTube @alexadonne.

A Let's player/streamer hoppy writer. Does mostly older games in his streams and let's plays. Is part of a podcast with 3 others talking on various subjects.

Andy Dykes
Andy 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. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology. This is his 9th DragonCon.

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Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast for the ESO Network, and is the author of a science fiction story in the ESO Tales of the Station anthology. He is an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and hosts their monthly Skeptics in the Pub events.

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and author of speculative fiction. She has stories in several bestselling Baen anthologies, and writes novels for both Baen and Chris Kennedy Publishing.

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Michael Falkner
Michael Falkner is an award-winning writer and podcaster from Atlanta, GA. He is the author of the Timestamps Project, a first-time watcher's guide to Doctor Who. He writes for RevolutionSF, podcasts for The Chronic Rift Network, and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Emily A Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator, Emily has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, and anywhere else there's an audience.

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. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and contributes to SuperversiveSF, the Catholic Geeks blog, and can be found at

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom, a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist, and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.

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Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and project manager based in Seattle. She has edited nearly a dozen anthologies, and is an Acquisitions Editor for Falstaff books, the Line Manager for Nisaba Press, and Green Ronin’s Editorial Coordinator. Find out more at, or on Twitter as @JaymGates.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film history and classic genre television. For the past ten years, he has been the official documentarian for "Mystery Science Theater 3000", now on Netflix. He is the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Mark W. Gura
Mark Gura is an author, the president of the Atheist Alliance of America, the Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, and the co-presenter of the Richard Dawkins Award. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in practicing mindfulness meditation/Vipassana which he learned from the late S.N. Goenka in India

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Aaron-Michael Hall
Aaron-Michael Hall is an award-winning author residing in Georgia. She writes diverse epic fantasy with an edge and science fantasy romance. Since August 2015, she has written nine full-length novels and published five. Her first novel, The Rise of Nazil has won numerous reader awards.

Gabrielle Harbowy
Gabrielle Harbowy is a writer, editor, and anthologist. Her latest novel is Pathfinder Tales: GEARS OF FAITH, set in the wildly popular Pathfinder RPG universe.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an animal biologist who works as an educator for the Florida Aquarium. His focus is teaching people about the natural world using pop culture.

» Lexa Hillyer
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment. She is also the author Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books.

Nancy Holzner
Nancy Holzner is the author of the Deadtown urban fantasy series.

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 published at Wordfire Press.

James A. Hunter
James A. Hunter is a best-selling fantasy and sci-fi writer and an active member of SFWA with twelve books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series, the MudMan Chronicles, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online.

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Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and web graphic designer, working as a freelancer in the visual communications, set photography and social media aspects of the film industry. She is the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures and the Graphic Designer/Communications Consultant for the Vancouver WebFest.

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» Charlie Kaufman
Charlie has worked in extensively in environmental consulting (where he fed generations of mosquitoes in swamps) and academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts (he also managed to put Star Wars action figures into the upper atmospheres, run Godzilla damage estimates, zombie outbreak models, and sharknado predictions).

Chris Kennedy
A bestselling SciFi/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris has written 20 books and published more than 35 others. Chris’ stories include the The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen universe. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website,

Bethany Kesler
Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, cat parent to four fuzzballs, Bethany is currently working on several things all at the same time. She has a Patreon for short stories, book and media reviews on Murderboarding Inc. as well as her own blog under her pen name, DJ Gray.

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. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.

Rachel Kimberly
Co-Owner and Podcaster on the Geek-IO Media Network. When Rachel is not podcasting or cracking the whip at her favorite Podcasting team she is a full time mother, wife, and teacher of special needs students.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue’s been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network. Sue’s been speaking on panels at Dragon Con since 2012 and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Erica Borgers Klonkowski
Erica is a biochemist working on a doctoral thesis in bacterial peptide sequencing. Her body of work focuses on chemical & biological warfare defense and decontamination / protection methods.

» Aleron Kong
Aleron Kong is a physician who became a writer two years ago. Since that time, he has published seven novels that were all best sellers! He lives by the words: Peace, Love and the Perfect Margarita!

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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. Dr. LaMassa organizes Astronomy on Tap DC, a public outreach event featuring astronomers giving short, fun talks in a bar.

L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the Prospero's Children series and the YA series The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, the third of which was nominated for the 2017 YA Dragon Award.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a published writer, blogger and columnist for, and several other publications.

Kelly Lockhart
Kelly Lockhart is a book editor, screenwriter, and the founder of both the popular Robot Battles competitions and the Southern Fandom Resource Guide online convention calendar.

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Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald has a PhD in astrophysics and currently works as a technical consultant in engineering and for the entertainment industry. She hosts an online series called "Dr Erin Explains the Universe". Her research experience was in the UK in gravitational waves with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the critically acclaimed author of the DAEDALUS series of Napoleonic space opera novels and the MAJESTIC-12 spy-fi thriller series.

Faith McCombs
Faith McCombs spends her weekends working for Princess Productions, attending children’s birthday parties all over Southeast Georgia as a character entertainer. When not in costume, she works full-time as a Systems Analyst for a paper mill and she lives outside of Savannah, GA, with her family.

Jonathan B McFarland
Jonathan is a career law enforcement professional and special victims detective with a metro Atlanta police department. He also designs, develops, and writes role-playing games for Onyx Path Publishing and Growling Door Games.

Jason R Merrill
When asked to describe Jason R. Merrill, the word ‘Dapper’ is the inevitable answer. He is known for speaking across the country on matters of vintage style and etiquette while exemplifying both.

Bill Mulligan
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film community where he works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. His two dozen credits include several award winning films. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.

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Joseph Nassise
Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the Templar Chronicles and Jeremiah Hunt series.

Heather Ness
Heather Ness teaches psychology courses at Middle Georgia State University and has developed “Psychology of Superheroes” and “Psychology of Video Games” honors introduction classes. She is the author of Broken Heroes: The Psychology and Trauma of Marvel's Defenders. Heather hosts a podcast “Super-Psych: Psychology of Superheroes” on iTunes.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and former department chair at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera). He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.

Steven Novella
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. He is an internationally known science communicator with multiple TV appearances, two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine), had he has produced two courses for The Great Courses.

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Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega is deputy manager at Marshall Space Flight Center Partnerships Office. Since June 2015, Mr. Ortega develops relationships between NASA and commercial companies, academia and technology organizations. NASA looks to partnerships to help enable the execution of the Nation’s space program on its journey to explore.

» Chantelle Aimée Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is Acquisitions Editor for Dagger books, former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews and a freelance editor, as well as co-host of the Crime Friction podcast. She is also a writing instructor and author of numerous works of non-fiction and short fiction.

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Joshua Palmatier
Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy author with DAW Books with a PhD in Mathematics. He is also an editor and the founder of the small press Zombies Need Brains. His most recent novel is Reaping The Aurora.

James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated author of science fiction, space opera, steampunk, and pulp adventure. He is the co-creator, with former comics scribe Jim Beard, of the shared world cold war kaiju anthology Monster Earth and its sequel, Betrayal on Monster Earth. James lives in Northeast Georgia with his family.

» Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli is a novelist and retired sports journalist. His second science fiction novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel. His third sci-fi novel, When The Gods Fell, will be released during DragonCon 2018.

Thomas Parham
Dr. Thomas Parham has written for CBS’ military drama JAG and the Family Channel sitcom Big Brother Jake. He has also contributed chapters to Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment; The Gospel According to Super-Heroes: Religion and Popular Culture; and Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture.

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.

D.R. Perry
D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction set in New England. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated Alternative History novel A Change In Crime and Providence Paranormal College, a humorous Paranormal series for Young Adults.

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. 

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Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards is a "method writer", having trained professionally in sword fighting to learn how to write the perfect fight scenes. She still has yet to hit George Lucas levels of severed limbs though in her work.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. Since winning the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition in 2006, she has written two Urban Fantasy series, publishing eight novels since 2010. She also wrote, created, and produced an original musical score/CD for her Immanence series.

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Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist who covers all things microscopic as the senior writer, molecular biology for Science News magazine.

Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American; hosts the podcast Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 57,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Angela Sheehan
Angela is an artist and educator passionate about craft electronics, costuming, and the combination of arts and technology. She has been working with wearables since 2005 and is currently the product manager for the LilyPad line at SparkFun Electronics. Angela has taught over 90 e-textile and e-craft workshops.

R Alan Siler
R. Alan Siler is an essayist, occasional blogger, and librarian who has published three Doctor Who books (Doctor Who's Greatest Hits, Facing the Raven, and Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who) and one Star Trek book (Star Trek's Greatest Hits), plus essays on numerous topics.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two 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 Albuquerque, NM.

Shawnee Small
Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author & creator of the dark urban fantasy series, the Shining Ones. Drawing on inspiration from her time in the Goth subculture of the '80s and '90s, she is currently working on several projects including the Night Kind series, which launches Summer 2018.

Kevin Stallard
A 30 year video gaming and information security professional, Kevin has developed award winning software in both genres.

Dacre Calder Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead, and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker. His next novel Dracul, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam with film rights to Paramount Studios.

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Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek culture expert, public speaker, event planner, and author. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones convention in the US, and co-hosts the webcast "FEELINGS...with The Geekiary".

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is a writer and the licensing and brand manager for the Bram Stoker Estate.

George Taylor
George Taylor is a theme park historian and Disney expert. He's done podcasts, blogging, Youtube and speaking engagements about Disney, amusement parks, roller coasters and more!

Jerry Trachtman
Mr. Trachtman worked at the Kennedy Space Center as an Apollo spacecraft operations engineer on all the Apollo missions. He participated in the engineering support provided by Kennedy Space Center to the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which ended with the crew’s safe return to earth.

Phantom Troublemaker
Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. As the owner/operator of he has been providing commentary on toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture for over a decade.

Gleb Tsipursky
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He is a professor at Ohio State, serves as the volunteer President of the nonprofit Intentional Insights, is a co-founder of the Pro-Truth Pledge, and the author of a number of a number of books.

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R.R. Virdi
 R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award finalist.  He is the author of two urban fantasy series: The Grave Report, and The Books of Winter.  He will be releasing a space western from Bolide Publishing in late 2018 as well as a portal fantasy titled, Goblin King

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Mark H Wandrey
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He launched his professional career in 2004 with the release of Earth Song - Overture. Now, 12 years later, he has more than 10 books out, including an unbroken chain of 6 best sellers, and a Dragon Award finalist 2 years in a row. His most popular work is the Four Horsemen universe, with 9 books published in 2017, and 20 more due out in 2018! Check him out at

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror, paranormal fantasy, and science fiction genres. Michael’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, Days of Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton, from Falstaff Books. He’s also a gaymer, wisecracker, activist, and podcaster.

» Betty Windsor
Betty Windsor is a co-host for the podcast Geek Versus. When not behind a mic, she spends her time balancing being a student, gaming, and writing laborious film reviews often filled with not much else but humor. Her background in improv has not managed to make her funnier.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author and journalist. He writes for StarWars.Com, Star Wars Insider, and wrote the bestselling book on Dragon Con "Lost at the Con."

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