Attending Professionals

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Mary Abreu
Author/seamstress Mary Abreu left an award-winning journalism career to stitch up a new career. She has worked in the wardrobe department of a boutique film studio. Her second sewing book will be published in the fall of 2015.

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. He is the editor of The Year's Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera, from Baen Books, and is the fiction editor at the online lit magazine Pinball. His stories have appeared in various online publications.

Tracy A. Akers
Tracy A. Akers is the multi-award winning author of The Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series. In addition to being named "a talent to celebrate" by author William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), Ms. Akers was recognized by the governor for her contribution to YA literature during the 2008 Florida Heritage Awards.

Scott Ampleford
Scott Ampleford is a composer, arranger and synthesist from the North East of England. He’s best known for scoring and narrating the Doctor Who fan series, Doctor Puppet. His worked has appeared on BBC America and in BBC documentary, Earth Conquest.

Lou Anders
Lou Anders is the author of the Thrones and Bones series, a fantasy adventure that begins with the novel Frostborn, published by Random House's Crown Books for Young Readers. He is a Hugo award winning editor and Chesley Award winning art director. Visit him online at

Eric R Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik series, an urban fantasy about a necromancer named Damian and his misadventures. Eric's new steampunk serial begins in late summer, 2015, and he has also appeared on Travel Channel's Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough.

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

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp created Writers for Relief anthology series and the award nominated Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show. It was turned into a RPG: Scaldcrow Games and card game: Foxhammer Press. He hosts of "Gallifrey Pirate Radio," a podcast dedicated to Doctor Who and just wrote an essay for You and Who.

Gregory S Berns
Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Neuroscientist at Emory University is best known for using MRI to study human decision-making. Most recently, he led the first team to train dogs to go into an MRI "completely awake" to decode their thoughts and feelings in How Dogs Love Us.

Jenna Black
Jenna Black is the author of the Morgan Kingsley series, the Faeriewalker series, and the Guardians of the Night series, among others. She is a full-time author of fantasy, romance, and young adult fiction. She currently writes for Tor Teen and Pocket Books as well as doing some indie publishing.

Professor Boggs
Silly Songs of Serious Science! Professor Boggs performs songs that actually teach real science, on topics from Avogadro to Kepler to electricity and heat transfer. Original songs and ultimate geek music!

Gwenda M Bond
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. Visit her online at

Bill Bridges
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.

Peter L Brown
Peter Brown is a passionate gamer. After working in gaming retail for two years, he founded his own online retail company Digital Veda Games. In the four years that followed the company has grown to celebrate all things in the gaming culture.

» Clint Brownlee
Clint Brownlee has been a paranormal investigator for the past 8 years and is the current Director and a founding member of Paranormal Georgia Investigations. He has previously lectured on professionalism, electronic voice phenomena, and photographic evidence.

Raychelle Marie Burks
Raychelle is a chemist and researcher in academia. A blerd in the Ivory Tower, she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture. She also smuggles pop-culture into the classroom.

David A Byers
David Byers is a paranormal educator that infuses the paranormal with genealogy research and lectures in the southeast on how to incorporate the two. He has been featured in the Day Trip documentary shown on EATV 7 and filmed the requested pilot for American Ghost Towns for PBS.

Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including Blind God's Bluff, The Reaver, and Called to Darkness. He created the post-apocalyptic superhero series The Impostor, and his short fiction can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Shannon Faye Byers
Shannon Byers, The Paranormal Genealogist, is a paranormal educator that infuses the paranormal with genealogy research and lectures in the southeast on how to incorporate the two. She has been featured in the Day Trip documentary shown on EATV 7 and filmed the requested pilot for American Ghost Towns for PBS.

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James L. Cambias
James L. Cambias is a science fiction writer and game designer. He wrote the novels Corsair and A Darkling Sea, both from Tor. He co-founded Zygote Games, and wrote several GURPS and HERO system books.

» Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell is Lead Level Designer at BioWare Montreal, working on the next entry to the Mass Effect franchise. Colin's previous titles include Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends, and the Xbox Live title, Catan.

» Nancy Capps
Nancy has been involved in Paranormal Investigating for more than 11 years and has been with Paranormal Georgia Investigations for about 3 years. She started out as a open minded skeptic but has had some experiences that has led her into believing and a thirst for learning more. Scientifically of course....

Alison Carrier
Alison Carrier is the current UI/UX Designer for Red Crow Austin, a mobile game studio created by Electronic Arts. Known for her passion to deliver world-class user experiences, she has worked several EA mobile projects, including her most recent work, The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

Blair B. Chintella
General practitioner based in Decatur, Georgia. One of the few attorneys in Georgia that has defended against "copyright troll" cases involving the BitTorrent protocol. Blair received a CALI award for the highest grade in his law school First Amendment class and continues to follow First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment issues.

Adam Cogan
Adam Cogan is the Design Director at Spark Plug Games, and is honored to be leading the design and story development of Firefly Online. His past credits include Robotech: Battlecry, inFAMOUS 2, and Kingdoms of Amalur.

Myke Cole
Myke Cole is the author of the military fantasy Shadow Ops trilogy (Control Point, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone). His 4th novel, Gemini Cell is set in the Shadow Ops universe, but stands alone.

Brenda Jean Cooper
Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy. Her most recent novel is Edge of Dark, March 2015, from Pyr. She will be releasing a short fantasy collection and slightly longer science fiction collection in 2015. Brenda is also a technology professional and a futurist, and writes about the environment and the future.

L. Andrew Cooper
L. Andrew Cooper is a horror writer and film scholar. His work includes novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines and short story collection Leaping at Thorns. His non-fiction work includes Gothic Realities and Dario Argento. He directs the Film and Digital Media Studies program at the University of Louisville.

Lindsay Cummings
Lindsay Cummings is the author of YA and MG Sci fi and Fantasy books at HarperCollins.  She is the author of The Murder Complex duology and Balance Keepers trilogy, both at HarperCollins.

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Leah D'Andrea
Leah D'Andrea is an actress and seamstress currently living in Nashville. Her credits include Paul with Simon Pegg and Boulevard with Robin Williams. She also works as a seamstress specializing in gown alterations, but also has a passion for wig making.

J. C. Daniels
Writing as J.C. Daniels, Shiloh Walker released Blade Song in 2011. Her first urban fantasy, the award-winning title was an iBooks Book of the Week. Author of over 80 titles, Shiloh/J.C. is well-acquainted with the term hybrid, using digital-first, traditional and self-publishing platforms.

Milton J Davis
Milton Davis is a writer/publisher of Black Speculative Fiction focusing on Sword and Soul and Steamfunk.

» Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the writer of the Blud series, including Wicked as She Wants, winner of RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence and Steampunk Book of the year, 2013. Other works include the YA Southern Gothic Horror Servants of the Storm, the upcoming Hit, comics, and short stories.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education blogger, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing and kitchen science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (, she tackles themes of science in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film and TV.

Barbara A. Drescher
Barbara's a former researcher/lecturer in cognitive psychology and statistical methods, developed material for teaching statistics, research methods, skepticism, and critical thinking for K-12 and college classrooms. Barbara promotes science and skepticism at, and contributes to Insight at, Virtual Skeptics, and The Odds Must Be Crazy.

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» Jennifer Estaris
Jennifer Estaris is a game designer, writer, and mommy to a toddler gamer girl. For the past decade, she's been creating games for kids at Nickelodeon, Disney, Atari, Majesco, Fuel Youth, and other companies. She has spoken about games at Comikaze, Los Angeles Film School, Columbia University, and others.

Richard Estep
Paramedic and paranormal investigator Richard Estep is the author of In Search of the Paranormal, published by Llewellyn Worldwide in September 2015, and has been a ghost hunter for nearly twenty years.

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Tim Farley
Tim Farley is a computer security professional in Atlanta who also writes, podcasts, and lectures about critical thinking and misinformation on the Internet. He's known for his website What's the Harm ( which catalogs cases where people have been hurt by bad information.

Larry Flaxman
Best selling author and paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman writes 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.

Dustin M Fletcher
Dustin Fletcher is an up and coming costumer for film and television focusing on the super hero and horror genre.  He has worked on films and television shows such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Captain America: Civil War, Goosebumps, Constantine, and Powers just to name a few.

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. He has written 14 books, 2 screenplays, many shorter works. His recent novel, Intimate Bondage, was a complete sell-out at the Romance Writers Convention, and as an erotic thriller with sci-fi elements, forms the basis of a future film.

» Anthony Francis
By day, Anthony Francis works on search engines and robots; by night, he writes science fiction and draws comic books. He's the author of the Dakota Frost, Skindancer series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock, and Liquid Fire, and is the co-author of the 24 Hour Comic Day Survival Guide.

» 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.

Peter H. Friedman
Peter H Friedman is the managing director of Peter Friedman CPA with offices in San Francisco and New York. The company specializes in e-commerce, tax litigation support, US and international tax compliance and Business Consulting. Their motto is "we do what others can't or will not do."

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Paige Gardner
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose eccentric masks, bizarre props and original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile work is regularly featured in multiple media channels and bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay. Her costume art projects have been exhibited across the U.S.

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 in his spare time builds things of questionable utility. Ron lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and the Communications Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Michael Gilkey
Michael Gilkey is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the National Center for Regenerative Medicine and CEO of Trailhead Biosystems. He is responsible for the development and execution of organizational strategy, external and internal marketing efforts, coordination of education programs and provides administrative, financial and operational oversight.

Rachel Gitlevich
Rachel Gitlevich is an animator and puppet builder currently at Titmouse New York, where she’s worked on shows like Superjail, Dreamworks Turbo, Hot Wheels, and China IL. She has also animated for the stop motion web series Doctor Puppet, and made puppets for Maxwell Atoms' new show, Dead Meat.

Stacey Gordon
Stacey Gordon is an improviser and puppeteer in Phoenix, Arizona, where she's been building puppets, teaching, and performing in Puppet Slams since 2001. She puppeteers on The Bob & Angus Show, a web-series for Mayfair Games. Her puppets have been featured in music videos, commercials, and on ABC's The View.

Donna Governor
Dr. Governor is a science teacher with 30+ years experience. She is the 2014-15 President of GSTA and the current Executive Director. She is also the District V Director for NSTA. Honors include the 2014 Georgia Outstanding Earth Science Teacher and the Georgia 2007 Presidential Award for Science Teaching.

Andrew Greenberg
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 upcomng Noble Armada.

Michelle Griffin
For more than a decade, Michelle has been pursuing the connection between the spiritual, metaphysical, and paranormal philosophies. She is the founder of Through The Veil Productions and directs the popular annual Atlanta event of the same name.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in cult cinema and retro-television. He has produced and directed features about Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Twilight Zone, Empire Pictures, Ed Wood, and several Hammer horror classics. He is also the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, skeptic, maker-of-tiny-comets, and 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, is finishing a postdoc in science education, and will be an assistant professor of physics starting in August 2015.

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» David Haddock
Dave Haddock is the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic space sim.

Gordon L Hall
Gordon is a Senior Software Engineer at BitPay, dividing his time between developing payment processing infrastructure for bitcoin along with a variety of other free and open source projects. Gordon is passionate about using technology as a means for protecting personal liberty .

Lloyd E. N. Hall
Lloyd E. N. Hall holds BS degree from USF 1973 and JD law degree Emory University 1976.  He is now a semi-retired trial attorney.  Hall was the first GA attorney on the NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) Kink-Aware Professionals Alternative Lifestyles referral list.

David Harmer
David S. Harmer is a Disaster Preparedness Consultant, and author of the Survival Weapons and Techniques, Aftermath! Cybele, Disaster Survivor's Guide, Aftermath! Survival Guide, Aftermath! Magic!, Aftermath! Technology!, and other works.

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the author of The Black Knight Chronicles and the Bubba the Monster Hunter short stories. He is also the host of the Literate Liquors podcast.

Jeff Heimbuch
Jeff has been a Disney Historian for almost 15 years. He has done presentations about Disney all over the US, and co-hosts the popular theme park podcast Communicore Weekly. He has written two books: Main Street Windows and It's Kind of a Cute Story, with former Imagineer Rolly Crump.

Kenneth Mark Hoover
Kenneth Mark Hoover has sold over 60 short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons. He is a member of SFWA, HWA, and WWA. His novel, Haxan, was published by CZP/HarperCollins. You can find out more from his website:

Mike Horner
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director with the Mesner Puppet Theater in Kansas City. Mike is the creator of Timey Wimey Puppet Show, a Doctor Who themed puppet parody.

John Hudgens
John Hudgens is a award-winning filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed documentaries, several award-winning Star Wars parody films, and worked professionally on such varied licensed properties as Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction author with six published novels and a seventh expected in summer 2015. He is the librarian for the Massachusetts Masonic Grand Lodge and lives in that state with his wife and daughter.

Sarah Hunter
Sarah Hunter is a professional model, actress, performer, and cosplayer, best known for her steampunk character Lady Clankington, proprietress of Lady Clankington’s Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities.

Tom Hutchens
Tom Huthchens is founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He specializes in the creation of hyper-realistic Star Wars costumes/props, has helped collaborate on various Star Wars books, and is a regular contributor at

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Sascha Illyvich
Author of over 50 titles in a variety of subgenres, his erotic romances have been listed under the Night Owl Romance and Road to Romance's Recommended read list, and he's been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

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Chris A Jackson
Chris A. Jackson’s releases include Pirate's Promise, from Paizo Publishing, Flesh and Bone, a short story in the Privateer Press Skull Island Adventures, Sweating Bullets, a Shadowrun short story in the latest Catylist Game Labs anthology, and Weapon of Fear, book one of the Weapon of Fear Trilogy.

John Hornor Jacobs
John Hornor Jacobs, is an award-winning author of genre bending adult and YA fiction. He is the author of Southern Gods, shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, This Dark Earth, The Twelve-Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, The Conformity, The Incorruptibles, and the forthcoming Foreign Devils.

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the author of The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, the Gillian Boone novels, The Bluesman comic book and short story series, and much more. He is also the co-host of The Eclectic Review - a weekly podcast about science, art, and well, everything.

» Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson is a South Carolina based professional screenwriter and fight choreographer. His screenwriting credits include The Freemason, staring Sean Astin and Templar Nation, featuring Erik Estrada. He currently has three other films in pre-production, has written several stage plays, and has also staged fights for theatre and independent films.

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Richard Kadrey
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. The seventh book in the series, Killing Pretty, will be out in July 2015. Some of his other books include Metrophage, Butcher Bird, Dead Set, Kamikaze L’Amour, and the graphic novel, Accelerate.

Nadia Kayyali
Nadia Kayyali is a member of EFF’s activism team. Nadia's work focuses on surveillance, national security policy, and the intersection of criminal justice, racial justice, and digital civil liberties issues. Nadia earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a J.D. from UC Hastings.

Andrea Mast Kessel
Andrea Mast Kessel is an Atlanta based Media & Special Effects Makeup Artist and Educator. Her work includes traditional and special effects/fantasy makeup in theatre, stage, television, film, fashion, editorial, commercial and runway. Some of her credits include NBC TV, Fox TV, The Bet Hip Hop Awards and more.

» Christina N Kieffer
Christina Kieffer is a paranormal researcher with Paranormal Georgia Investigations. She has a Master's degree in Biology/Ecology. She uses her scientific knowledge and applies it to her paranormal research.

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.

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David Ladyman
David has edited, developed, and created games and game books for four decades, including SJG, FASA, TSR, Origin, Bullfrog, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, and other MMOs. Currently, he’s publishing Cloud Imperium Games’ Star Citizen magazine, Jump Point, and new ship brochures, managing their freelance authors, and contributing to design.

Roger Lang
Roger is a patent attorney with experience representing multi-national companies as well as single inventors. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution. Roger's technological experience ranges from medical devices to telecommunications to consumer appliances to agricultural equipment to router and server technologies.

Chris Lee
Chris Lee an award-winning steampunk prop maker and founder of the Apparition Abolishers.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is the writer of Dr. Wholigan blog, podcaster/writer for, and occasional contributing guest podcaster for "Earth Station Who." He is also a music, film, and pop culture writer for Eleven Magazine and and host of Juxtaposition on KDHX radio for 20 years.

J. F. Lewis
J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of the Void City series and The Grudgebearer Trilogy. One got him excommunicated; the other did not.

Kelly Lockhart
Newspaper and book editor, musician, actor, screenwriter, founder of Robot Battles, longtime radio and TV guy, amateur chef, and social media junkie.

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing intellectual property and corporate attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. She is the author of a recent law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles. Ms. Lytle represents artists and authors as well as start-up companies.

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David Maass
Dave Maass is an investigative researcher and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he uses transparency to counterbalance the surveillance state. He is also a journalist who has written for alt weeklies across the Southwest, including the "No Life Offline" column for San Diego CityBeat.

Moxie Anne Magnus
Lt. Moxie Anne Magnus is the chief xenocosmetologist on the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. She performs live, does a video podcast and has her own webcomic.

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the author of the historical-fantasy/space-opera Daedalus trilogy: The Daedalus Incident (2013), The Enceladus Crisis (2014), and The Venusian Gambit (2015). He likes good coffee, fine beer, and kind people.

Jason Massey
Jason Massey is a podcaster who hosts Dungeons and Randomness. He has written for the show since the beginning and created a "living" world inhabited by over 25 player characters and over 100 NPC's. Every group and player can impact the story and world. The show has been going for over 3 years.

Jon McCoy
Jon McCoy is a Documentary Filmmaker, accomplished Paranormal Investigator and Case Manager of The Canadian Paranormal Society; radio personality and host of Paranormal Swamp Talk on Z Talk Radio; Jon also has been published in The Spectral Times, a paranormal magazine out of Great Britain; currently a film school student.

Maryn McKenna
Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about science, food and scary diseases.

Sharon Morgan
Sharon Morgan is the owner of Altered Tyme Corsets and a corset maker with Romantasy Exquisite Corsetry ( She is one of the foremost experts on modern corsetry and is currently the Costume Studio Supervisor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jef Murray
Jef Murray ( is an internationally known artist, author, and illustrator best known for his Tolkien and Narnia illustrations and for his fantasy/sci-fi fictional series, The Framerunners (

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Bobby Nash
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novel, and screenplays. Visit him at

Sarah Nicolas
Sarah is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She is the author of Dragons are People, Too. Sarah writes adult romance as Aria Kane.

Corvis Nocturnum
Eric Vernor is an author, publisher and lecturer who has written books on popular culture. The content ranges from vampires and zombies to the Devil. He has been a consultant for A&E Channel's Paranormal State. He has appeared as a guest speaker at Dragon Con, Scarefest and others.

Laura Liddell Nolen
Laura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent most of her time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. She lives in Texas with her husband and children and on Twitter @Laurallnolen. The Ark is her first novel.

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Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega works for NASA offering millions of dollars in prize money to advance technology that benefits NASA and the nation through NASA's Centennial Challenges Program.

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James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated author and editor of science fiction, New Pulp, and space opera.  He is best known as the co-creator of the award-nominated alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.

Teresa Patterson
Teresa Patterson's work includes The World of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, The World of Shannara with Terry Brooks, No Quarter with Robert Asprin, Combat Corpsman with Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin, numerous short stories, and articles in three history anthologies. She currently edits for Event Horizon Books.

Sean M Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year veteran costumer and principal for SMP Designs. He has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and specializes in pieces for film, television and media for clients including: AutoTrader, Cartoon Network, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, Turner Studios, and Verizon Wireless.

Penina is a gamer, an artist, and a cosplay enthusiast. She helped her friend Peter found his own online retail company Digital Veda Games, providing graphics, website updates, booth desig, and managing the company’s social media.

Cindy Pon
Cindy Pon is the author of Chinese inspired fantasies Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, and Serpentine. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and an advisor on the We Need Diverse Books board. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.

Shawn Porter
Shawn appears on the new season of Ghost Hunters and is a leading tech investigator in the paranormal field. Shawn is the owner of GhostStop, the go-to workshop for ghost hunting gear.

Aristotle Christopher Pramagioulis
Aristotle Pramagioulis is the creator of The Goblin Market community and live events. A multimedia artist in his own right, he is also the art director of the Steampunk World's Fair for the past four years,

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Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards is a self-published writer of two novels - A Fine Line: Herrick's Tale and Lost Child of Hermes - who has spent the last five Dragon Cons teaching aspiring writers in the most important author survival skill - what not to do with this thing called writing.

T. S. Rider
T. S. Rider has had two short stories published. An Artist and Writer, T. S. Rider has been working on making quality hand made wands from naturally sourced materials and her longer fiction.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, and his songs have appeared 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.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is the author of six novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. She blogs and gives workshops about the craft of writing.

Romily is an MMO gamer, software analyst, machinima director/producer, and voice actor. She has been presenting machinima at Dragon Con annually since 2006.

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Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, the world's premiere popular culture publisher, acquiring original SF, fantasy (epic, heroic, and dark), horror, crime fiction, art books, and media tie-ins such as Alien, Planet of the Apes (new and classic), Batman: Arkham Knight, Mass Effect, and more.

Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer at Science News. She's written for Slate, The Guardian, and Scientific American; appeared on radio shows like Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 34,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Catherine M Scully
Catherine Scully is the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association and runs the blog Scary Out There with Jonathan Maberry as seen on CNN. She's a published illustrator with Simon and Schuster and REUTS publications as a well as an agented MG/YA author with Donadio and Olson.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin L. Silver is the creator/writer of the YA Urban Fantasy Series, Windfire, and the Horror Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education, and minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare, she now lives in New York City.

Melinda M. Snodgrass
Melinda M. Snodgrass is a novelist & screenwriter. She worked on Star Trek: TNG & many other shows. She writes occult thrillers, space opera and writes for & co-edits the Wild Card series with George R.R. Martin. She is also a grand prix dressage rider and studied opera in Vienna.

Eric P Spana
Eric Spana is a Biology faculty member at Duke University who uses common science fiction and fantasy culture to help students understand basic tenets of genetics, genomics, and developmental and molecular biology.

Ken Spivey
Ken Spivey is a songwriter, Doctor Who and Harry Potter expert, award winning convention runner, and band leader of the and Creative Loafing praised Steam Punk Time Lord and Wizard Rock Band, "The Ken Spivey Band."

Brian Stabile
Brian Stabile is the Co-Owner/Project Lead for the indie game studio Astro Crow. He also teaches Video Game Design at Full Sail University, and has published works as an author, musician, podcast host, and Japanese translator.

Amie Stepanovich
Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance.

Helen Stringer
Originally from the UK, Helen Stringer is the award-winning author of the middle-grade fantasy novels, Spellbinder and The Midnight Gate, as well as the scifi novel, Paradigm. She is currently writing and directing the paranormal scifi series, The Gloaming.

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Douglas Wayne Talk
Douglas Talk is a former US Navy nuclear chemist and Warfare Officer. He currently is a licensed physician and consultant for SpaceWorks, Inc., managing a medical research team investigating human hibernation and designing the Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitat to Mars, a human hibernation based space mission for the NASA.

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is the author of Zombies: The Ultimate Visual History from Insight Editions. He's also a screenwriter, novelist, and pop culture journalist who's written Arctic Adventure! an official Thunderbirds™ novel, and The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim.

George Taylor
George Taylor is the co-host of Communicore Weekly, a podcast dedicated to covering all things related to theme parks. He has been writing about Disney parks since 2007 at, and He's read more books about Disney than most people have read. And he knows it.

Stephen F Taylor
Stephen Taylor is the father of 12+ children by birth, adoption, and foster care. He is the owner/operator of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making costumes for 12 plus years focusing highly on armor and weapons.

Juliana Texley
Juliana Texley is President of the National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional society of teachers in the nation. She represents science teachers through presentations, authorship and advocacy throughout the United States and in other nations. During her presidency she has emphasized reaching beyond the classroom to lifelong science learners.

Phantom Troublemaker
Phantom Troublemaker is the host of Monstrosity Championship Wrestling and of the hit Dragon Con game show Whose EFF Is It Anyway, the owner and operator of and the Needless Things Podcast, and co-host of the ESO Network's Doctor Who podcast, Earth Station Who.

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Elizabeth Valentino
Elizabeth Valentino is the author of two steampunk romance novels for Harlequin Spice. She has three published short steampunk stories in notable anthologies and he's the writer and director for the Naughty Dreadful, a quarterly publication that's a modern take on the Penny Dreadful with dark steampunk stories and photos.

Nick Valentino
Nick Valentino is the author of two novels in the Thomas Riley steampunk adventure series. He has five published short steampunk stories in notable anthologies and he's the chief writer and curator for the Scary Dreadful, a quarterly publication that's a modern Penny Dreadful with new steampunk monsters and stories.

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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 early in 2016.

Christi J. Whitney
Christi J. Whitney is the author of the young adult adventure novel Grey (Book 1 in the Romany Outcasts series) with HarperCollins/HarperVoyagerUK. She has also written for the theatre, including critiques and scripts, and she has directed numerous productions for the stage.

Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde's first novel, the high-flying fantasy Updraft debuts from Tor September 1, 2015. Her short stories appear in Asimov's, Nature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her interview series Cooking the Books, about the intersection between food and fiction, has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and at

Thomas Willeford
Thomas Willeford is the owner of Brute Force Studios (purveyors of quality corsetry and steampunk accoutrements since 1995) and the author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts (McGraw-Hill) and The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make (McGraw-Hill).

Shae Williams
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.

C. L. Wilson
C.L. Wilson loves to combine her two favorite genres: epic fantasy and romance. Thankfully, a number of readers share that same love, thus keeping her employed. Her award-winning novels have appeared on a variety of best-seller lists, including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publisher's Weekly.

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, musician and Twitch TV channel host. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his family.

Trisha J. Woldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge is president of Broad Universe and a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press. She writes grown-up stories and poems, including Epic award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries contributions. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s authored 3 novels, The Kelpie, Silent Starstrong, and The Earl's Childe.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is a writer and journalist. He literally wrote the book on Dragon Con with Lost at the Con and writes for Star Wars Insider,, and Big Shiny Robot! among others.

Justin Robert Young
Justin Robert Young is a comedian and writer. He is the co-host of the Night Attack podcast (formerly NSFWshow) as well as the Weird Things Podcast. His comedy albums with Brian Brushwood (Night Attack: Enjoy the Garden and Night Attack Live) both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart.

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Mark Zoran
Mark Zoran is the creative mind behind the Award-Winning Custom Prop and Costume House, Razorfly Studios.

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