Attending Professionals

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Lynn Abbey
Lynn Abbey moved to Florida in 1997 which she says is nice, but she misses snow.
She has been called the “Godmother of Shared Universes” for her part in creating THIEVES’ WORLD. She, CJ Cherryh, and Jane Fancher run Closed Circle, an Internet publishing house.

» Steven-Elliot Altman
Steven-Elliot Altman is a bestselling SciFi author (Depreivers, Zen In The Art Of Slaying Vampires, The Killswitch Review, Batman: Fear Itself), Screenwriter, graphic novelist (The Irregulars) and videogame writer, director and designer (9Dragons, Pearl’s Peril, Ancient Aliens).

Lou Antonelli
Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 104 short stories published, His debut novel, Another Girl, Another Planet, was published this year by WordFire Press.

Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the YA dystopian Steamborn trilogy.

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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.

Griffin Barber
A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and gamer. He's had several shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and penned a well-received novella for RSI’s website called: A Separate Law. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, co-authored with Eric Flint, is available from Baen Booksg.

The Black Saint
I still toil daily at horrornews.net, gruesomemagazine.com, and whatever other outlets are fool enough to publish my ramblings. I'm also a co-host at the Horror News Radio podcast, and the Decades Of Horror: The 70's podcast.

CJ Boat
CJ is a podcaster, comedian, author, and professional geek. He runs the Geek IO Media Network and its podcasts.

Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Ello.

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Zoraida Cordova
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost.

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ALYSSA DAY
Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. RWA RITA award winner, RT Book Club best paranormal novel of 2012.

» Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of over twenty-three years experience and author of the popular Vamped YA series and Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, as well as numerous short stories and the essay “Abuse” in the Dear Bully anthology.

David P. Dreher
An avid horror fan - Dave is the lead news reporter at The Horror Channel as well as co-host of Horror News Radio. He has also worked as Tom Savini's webmaster since 1997.

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.

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Marc Alan Edelheit
Best Selling 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. Marc is the Host of the 2Cent History Podcast, A historical Consultant for PC Video Games, A hardcore History Fanatic,Adventurist.

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and an author in the SF, military SF, fantasy, alt history, horror, noir... etc. genres. She lives with her husband and two daughters.

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Michael Falkner
Michael is an award-winning writer and podcaster in pop culture. He also contributes to the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps new attendees to the convention.

Moe Ferrara
Musician turned law school graduate turned literary agent, Moe Ferrara holds the dual roles of literary agent and subsidiary rights director at BookEnds Literary. A fandom girl and cosplayer at heart, she represents Sci-Fi and Fantasy for all ages and is LGBT+ friendly.

Declan Finn
Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi, including the 2016 Dragon Award Nominated Novel for Best horror, Honor at Stake. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.

John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an 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. With Bob Blackwood, Flynn penned the humorous and witty Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond.

Christine Foltzer
Christine is the Associate Art Director for Tor.com Publishing, which she helped launch in September 2015. She been working in publishing for over ten years, creating hundreds of book covers.

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

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Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction. He also a writer with works published in multiple anthologies, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and communications consultant. Her anthologies include WAR STORIES, GENIUS LOCI, and LEGENDS OF STRATEGY, she and has written for the FIREFLY, BLUE ROSE, and TIANXIA RPGs . She is also active in crisis management consulting and education, and in her spare time, trains horses.

Donna Governor
Dr. Governor is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of North Georgia. Her book, Big Data, Small Devices was published in 2016. She has over 30 years teaching experience in the K-12 classroom. Donna holds a PhD in Science Education and earned multiple teaching awards.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film documentaries. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 300 television series on Netflix.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, writer, educator, 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, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.

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

David Harmer
David Harmer is a disaster preparedness and game author and illustrator, as well as a certified gunsmith and competitive marksman. Recent works include Aftermath! Cybele; Aftermath! The Fleet; Aftermath! Lords of London; Hand of Death, Run Away from Zombies, Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit, and Survival Weapons and Techniques.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an educator from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida. He has a BA in Integrated Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide with the NAI (National Association of Interpretation).

» J.D. Horn
J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish , and Romanian.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer living in Massachusetts. His most recent novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, was nominated for a Dragon Award in 2015.

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Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs works at Tools for Life, Georgia's assistive technology program at Georgia Tech. Ben is an expert in finding technological solutions for people with disabilities to become independent in every facet of their life. Ben is a lifelong gamer and champions the importance of video game accessbility for all.

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson is a Screenwriter, Martial Artist and Fight Choreographer/Stunt Fighter. His screenwriting credits include Templar Nation, The Freemason & The Freemason 2: Retaliation, with several more projects in development. He has performed in several independent films and stage plays as well as being an active member of the Palmetto Knights.

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Chris Kennedy
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. He is also the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, "Self-Publishing for Profit," as well as the leadership training book, "Leadership from the Darkside."

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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Jeff M. Leininger
Jeff Leininger is the Founder and Owner of Robot Costumes USA, LLC which produces for theme parks, entertainment, film and television

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 occasionally get him into trouble.

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Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald, PhD is an expert on the intersection of science and science fiction. Her background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and includes education at museums and community colleges. She works as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions, Inc. and is Global Education Manager for World Space Week.

» Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a writer and podcaster. He's currently the co-managing editor of the Austin based website OneOfUs.net and writes for Gruesome Magazine. His podcasting history includes co-hosting Horror News Radio, The Hannibal Fan Podcast, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast & The Monster Movie Podcast.

Misty Massey
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, KESTREL'S VOYAGES and KESTREL'S DANCE. She co-edited THE WEIRD WILD WEST and LAWLESS LANDS: TALES FROM THE WEIRD FRONTIER. Misty is a founding member of Magical Words, and recently became the audiobook editor for BellaRosa Books.

Stephen Mazur
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Christopher G Moore
Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is a co-host of Decades of Horror 1980's, American Horror Story and Horror News Radio podcasts. He's a cowriter on Beat Down Boogie's web series, Mario Warfare and is currently in preproduction on a horror comedy feature, a haunted house feature and female-centric sci-fi project.

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.

Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy is an indie author and SFWA member whose debut book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a 2016 Dragon Award finalist for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. Her books have appeared in the Amazon Top 50 for Military Science Fiction and Space Opera.

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

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James Palmer
James Palmer is a versatile, award-nominated author of science fiction and pulp adventure. His latest novel is Star Swarm, the first book in a new space opera trilogy. He is also co-creator of the alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.

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Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with six urban fantasy novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. For her newest novel, the contemporary dark fantasy JOVIENNE, she also composed a full musical score. She a won the 2006 Florence B. Allen writing competition, and hosts workshops about writing.

Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the host of the shows Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and American Horror Story Fan Podcast. He is also the editor-in-chief of Gruesome Magazine.

Ashley Ruhl
Ashley Ruhl has worked in professional game development for 5 years as a cinematic designer. Her credits include Star Wars: The Old Republic, Defiance, and many episodic titles from Telltale Games, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Walking Dead Season 2, and Minecraft: Story Mode.

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» Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Titan Books, acquiring science fiction, fantasy (epic and modern), horror, and licensed fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, Flash, and more. He's worked with Greg Bear, Alan Dean Foster, David Gemmell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Lebbon, David Morrell, Timothy Zahn, and more.

Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon’s novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (YA fiction) and was named a ‘Book All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center For The Book. His poetry has been performed on BBC Radio 6 and he has published three poetry collections. 

Scicurious
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 52,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two YA Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in NYC. www.tamsinsilver.com

Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC and an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons series and her Star Wars tie-in fiction. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

J A Sutherland
J.A. Sutherland is the author of the Alexis Carew series, a space opera with a strong Age of Sail influence. He also writes the occasional short story based on drug-induced dreams.

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George Taylor
George Taylor, a Disney, theme parks and roller coaster historian, was part of one of the biggest Disney-related podcasts and wrote for one of the largest websites. He’s forgotten more about Disney than most people know. He also wants to time travel. And read.

Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen is the Owner of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making Scale, Chainmaille, and leather armor for 13+ years.

Mary G. Thompson
Mary G. Thompson is the author of Flicker and Mist and other YA novels. She was raised in Oregon, was a JAG Corps officer in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

Phantom Troublemaker
Phantom Troublemaker is the co-host of The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author, journalist, filmmaker and podcaster.

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Mark Zoran
Mark owns and operates the award winning costume and prop house Razorfly Studios and has been featured on CNN.

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