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Lynn Abbey 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.
Paul Amos currently appears as Vex on the Showcase/Syfy hit Lost Girl.
Taylor Anderson is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the 10 volume Historical/Military/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Destroyermen series.
Apanowicz was Lacy Rand, a series regular, in the television drama Caprica alongside Eric Stoltz. She later appeared in Hellcats. In 2012, she guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson-scripted romantic comedy web series, Husbands. In 2013, Apanowicz began appearing in Continuum in the role of Emily.
John Barrowman is best known as Captain Jack Harkness from the Doctor Who series as well as the spin off Torchwood. Most recently he wowed fans with his role as Malcolm Merlyn in Arrow.
Veronica Belmont is an Internet and TV presenter based in San Francisco. She is the co-host of the Sword & Laser and Vaginal Fantasy book club podcasts, and recently hosted the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary live stream for BBC America.
John D Bergmayer
John Bergmayer is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.
Heather Brewer is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, which has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her newest book, The Cemetery Boys, debuts March 2015 from HarperCollins.
» Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Lead Designer behind the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the creative force behind Minotaur Games, a company dedicated to producing a variety of different games and supplements.
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/JAG in Space series, and the "steampunk with dragons" series The Dragons of Dorcastle. His most recent books are Imperfect Sword and Leviathan.
Dr. Michael Capps has been a game designer, executive producer, head writer, lead programmer, and studio executive. He's best known for his decade as the president of Epic Games, makers of the mega-hit Gears of War and Infinity Blade franchises and the award-winning Unreal Engine.
Freddy Clements is professor of Drama and Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, and advanced stage make-up. He has also designed costumes for various theatres in the Southeast Region.
Amanda Conner is an American comic book artist and commercial art illustrator. She began her career in the late 1980s for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics, before moving on to contribute work for Claypool Comics' Soulsearchers and Company and Harris Comics' Vampirella in the 1990s. Amanda's current work can be seen in Harley Quinn and Starfire monthly for DC Comics.
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.
Felicia is the creator and star of the hit web series The Guild, a sitcom about a group of online gamers. She also appears as Penny in Joss Whedon's internet phenomenon Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written novels, comics, and short fiction in more than two dozen different licensed universes from Star Trek to Sleepy Hollow, as well as his original novels set in the fictional Cliff's End and the real-ish Key West. Learn more at www.DeCandido.net.
» Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. She has been published in three books, Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and Voices of Disbelief.
Margaret has represented the interest of the Skeptic community as the organizer of their DragonCon parade entry.
Alexandra Duncan is the author of the YA sci-fi novel Salvage, released in 2014 by Greenwillow Books. Her short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Director Mike Faber is the Founder, Chief Creative Officer, and Host of the highly geeky and ever expanding ESO Network, The Earth Station One Podcast and accompanying blog which celebrates our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more since April 2010.
Bill Fawcett has been games designing, writing, and editing since the early 80s. He has edited or co-edited over 40 Science Fiction anthologies. His non-fiction books include two Navy SEALs histories and books on mistakes in history. He is also a game and computer game designer.
Chandra Free is the artist/writer/creator behind the dark fantasy graphic novel series, The God Machine. She's the Art Director at BLAM! Ventures, creator of the comics SKIN and Matilda TIKI, an illustrator on books like Fraggle Rock and the Graphic Canon; and colorist for Mice Templar and Sullengrey.
WIth over 40 novels and nearly 200 short stories published so far, Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is best known for creating/editing the Chicks in Chainmail anthologies from Baen Books and for her YA Princesses of Myth series of YA novels from Random House.
Andrew E.C. Gaska
Author Andrew E.C. Gaska is the founder/creative director of BLAM! Ventures, a guerrilla design studio that produces transmedia projects for the entertainment industry. Work includes Critical Millennium, Hawken, Space: 1999, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming Charger, Madness, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Killer.
Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular UF Cosa Nostradamus series and the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War trilogy. Her next fantasy novel, Silver on the Road, Book 1 of The Devil's West, will be published by Saga Press/Simon & Schuster in Fall 2015.
Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He's provided scientific commentary for FoxNews.com, CBS Marketwatch, and Jalopnik, and won awards for presenting to non-scientists.
Erin Gray is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Kate Summers in the situation comedy Silver Spoons and as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Kevin R. Grazier
Dr. Kevin R. Grazier is a former JPL rocket scientist, and is the science advisor for the Syfy series Defiance and Ascension, and previously for Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, and the film Gravity. He co-authored the recently-released book Hollyweird Science, and its upcoming sequel, Beyond Hollyweird Science.
Sanford Greene has worked in the comics and animation industry for almost 10 years. Sanford is currently working on two creator owned projects: one called Rotten Apple published by Dark Horse Comics, and 1000 with MTV Entertainment. He has also co-developed a young illustrated chapter novel called An Army of Frogs.
Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of the Vampire Empire series (Pyr Books) which blends pulp adventure, steampunk, and romance. The fourth book, The Geomancer, premiers at Dragon Con 2015. They are also the authors of the Crown & Key trilogy (Del Rey), which is a story of Victorian magic and monsters, published 2015.
Peter F Hamilton
Literary Guest of Honor Peter F. Hamilton is a British author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide.
Richard has multiple recurring roles currently. He is Julian Randol on Continnum, John Murphy on The 100, and Richard Sylmore on Bates Motel. He has also guest starred on Fringe, Caprica, and The Cult!
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of a dozen novels: archaeological thrillers, the Darwen Arkwright children’s series, the Will Hawthorne fantasy adventures, novels based on Macbeth and Hamlet, and two (currently secret) fantasy and scifi projects. He is the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte.
Leanna Renee Hieber
Actress, playwright and bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber writes Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels. Her Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, and the new Eterna Files series for Tor Books, where she has seven upcoming novels in contract, have won numerous awards, acclaim and been translated into many languages and special editions.
Bill Holbrook is the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strips On the Fastrack and Safe Havens, plus Kevin & Kell which is now the Internet's longest continually running daily webcomic. It debuted on Sept. 4, 1995, and at Dragon Con it will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Kris Holden-Ried can currently be seen playing Dyson in the television series Lost Girl.
What happens when you blend the world's biggest fish, NASA technology, and social media? Ask Jason Holmberg, the Information Architect for Wild Me, a non-profit engaging "citizen scientists" in collaboratively studying some of the world’s largest and most mysterious animals using cutting-edge computer vision and social media.
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers, including the Skinwalker series, featuring rogue-vampire hunter Jane Yellowrock, and the Rogue Mage series, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. She has a new series under wraps.
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of eighteen fantasy novels. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. As David B. Coe he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, an urban fantasy published by Baen.
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at Dragon Con since 2004. He hosts annual overnight "Live Astronomy" sessions, and has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and international bestselling author of over seventy novels in a variety of genres including paranormal romance, urban (and suburban) fantasy, and more. Her novel Carpe Demon is in development as a series with the CW network.
Brian Kesinger is an Annie award winning story artist for Walt Disney animation studios and creator of the popular steampunk duo, Otto and Victoria.
Ciara Knight writes to ‘defy the dark’ with her speculative fiction books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, The Neuamrian Chronicles, secured a Night Owl Top Pick, five stars from InD’Tale Magazine, four stars from RT book reviews, featured on USA Today and finaled in the RONE awards.
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale novels, the Sand Point romance series, and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Companion. She hosts the popular YouTube series Princess Alethea's Fairy Tale Rants.
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Hunger Games), TV (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), live attractions (The Star Trek Earth Tour, Star Trek: The Experience, Avenue Q), and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet, Creating the Character Costume).
Nicholas Lea is a Canadian actor best known worldwide for his portrayal of Alex Krycek on Fox’s smash hit The X-Files and on ABC Family's Kyle XY playing the role of Tom Foss. Currently he appears on Continuum and Arrow.
Jonathan LeCraft is a game designer with nearly 15 years of design experience in MMOs and RPGs. He is currently a senior game designer at Blizzard Entertainment, and has worked nearly every aspect of World of Warcraft over the past decade, with a specialization in systems.
Comfort Love & Adam Withers
Comfort and Adam are the six-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife duo responsible for The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. In 2015 they will release The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House), return to The Uniques, and begin releasing an all new webcomic called The Kitty Game.
Yuri Lowenthal is a prolific actor with 350 IMDb credits mostly known for his voice work in video games and animation such as The Prince of Persia, Ben 10, and Naruto among others.
David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, and comic books. He resides in New York City.
The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications, and as concept art for two feature animated films: Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius and Ant Bully. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Rum character and his A-Maitz-ing images have appeared before a worldwide audience.
Mari Mancusi is a bestselling author of young adult fantasy and paranormal novels, including The Scorched series and The Blood Coven Vampires. She is also a former Emmy award winning TV producer. She lives in Austin, TX.
Sam Marin is an animator and voice actor best known as the voice of Benson, Pops and Muscle Man on Cartoon Network's Regular Show. He has also voiced characters on Adventure Time, and more recently Over the Garden Wall.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin has three new books for 2015 in three different series. War of Shadows (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga--Ice Forged, Reign of Ash), the second book in the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron and Blood, a new steampunk series. Gail also writes The Chronicles of The Necromancer series.
Lee Martindale's work has appeared in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James, and others. Bard's Road, a collection of twenty-nine of her stories, came out in 2014, and she has a story in the newest Chicks in Chainmail anthology.
Mika McKinnon is a science consultant in the entertainment industry, disaster researcher, geophysicist, journalist, and irrepressible educator.
Travis Scott Merrill
Travis Scott Merrill a of the founders of Sick Sense Productions and currently in his 9th season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, specializing in costume design, leather work, mask-making, dyeing/distressing , puppetry, and armor construction. Scott works with some of the best costume designers in the US.
Tom is an award-winning independent tech podcaster and host of regular tech news and information shows. Tom hosts Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast, Daily Tech News Show, Cordkillers, and more.
Sarah Milkovich is a planetary geologist and a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A space exploration enthusiast since childhood, she is delighted to be currently working on the Mars 2020 rover. Sarah has previously worked on Mars Curiosity, Mars Phoenix, Cassini-Huygens, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Elizabeth Moon has published twenty-six novels including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, some fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines, and four short fiction collections, most recently Deeds of Honor (2014). Her most recent novel is Crown of Renewal (Del Rey, May 2014).
Dean Motter is best known for the comics sensation, Mister X. He has written The Spirit, Wolverine, and the award-winning 'film-noir' graphic novel, Batman: Nine Lives. His series Terminal City was nominated for Eisner and Kurtzman Awards. Dean has also designed a number of award-winning album covers and book jackets.
E. C. Myers
E.C. Myers is the award-winning author of the young adult novels Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction essays and reviews.
Newton is a professional actor whose work can be seen on television, film, and stage. He is known to audiences for playing the role of "Lucas Ingram" on SyFy network’s Continuum. As a voice actor, he is known for the role of "Jefferson" on Disney XD's Max Steel.
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series, begun with His Majesty’s Dragon. Her latest novel, Uprooted, is a new fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own.
Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." She lives near Chicago with her cat, Jeremy, and husband, Bill. She has published more than 45 books, including collaborations with Anne McCaffrey and Robert Asprin, and 120 short stories. Her latest books are View From the Imperium and Best Wishes.
Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi award winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, film writing, development and production, media presentation and video game development. His current work includes: Harley Quinn and Starfire for DC Comics, The Con Job for Boom!, and he currently has three feature films in development: Painkiller Jane, Random Acts of Violence, and Killing Time In America.
Tara Platt is an actress known for voice-over and film. She also co-authored award-winning book Voice-Over Voice Actor with husband/fellow actor Yuri Lowenthal, as well being a show-runner for four seasons of acclaimed action-figure web-comedy Shelf Life.
Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is best known as author of the popular Sentinels superhero novel series and creator of the Assembled! books about Marvel's Avengers. He has twelve novels and many stories in print from various publishers and also hosts the White Rocket Podcast.
Cherie Priest is the author of eighteen books, including the acclaimed gothic horror novel Maplecroft, the award-winning Clockwork Century series (Boneshaker et. al.) and most recently, the hotly anticipated YA project I am Princess X from Scholastic.
Sara Raasch's YA fantasy, Snow Like Ashes, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from HarperCollins.
Livio J Ramondelli
Livio Ramondelli is currently drawing various Transformers projects for IDW Publishing. He also provides Battlestar Galactica covers for Dynamite. He previously worked for Wildstorm Productions, doing design work for DC Universe online.
Stephen W. Ramsden
Mr. Ramsden is the founder and director of the highest volume "hands-on" astronomy outreach nonprofit in the world, The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project.
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the author of 75 novels, 300 stories, and 3 screenplays. He was Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon.
Andy is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, starring a little owl who's always searching for new friends. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.
Perhaps best known for his voice-over work as Rigby in Cartoon Network's Emmy award winning Regular Show, Reverend Putty in Adult Swim's Moral Orel, and popular video games such as Skyrim and Mass Effect 3.
Randal L. Schwartz
Randal Schwartz is a published author (mostly about the Perl programming language) and frequent speaker at conferences. He also hosts and produces the popular "FLOSS Weekly" podcast covering open source topics.
New York Times best-seller Scott Sigler is the author of fifteen novels, six novellas, and dozens of short stories. His hardcovers horror-thrillers are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey. EmptySet Entertainment publishes his YA Galactic Football League series (The Rookie, The Starter, The All-Pro, The MVP, and The Champion).
Rachel Skarsten currently plays Tamsin on the hit show Lost Girl.
Ksenia Solo currently stars as "Kenzi" in the hit series Lost Girl. She is also a series regular on the hit AMC series Turn and is also recurring on the cult BBC America Hit, Orphan Black for it's 3rd season.
Samantha Sommersby is the author of a dozen novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Paranormal Romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren novels for Penguin/Roc as S.J. Harper along with Jeanne C. Stein. The fourth in the series, Forsaken, will release in the summer of 2015.
Kim Steadman is a Science Planning Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover and a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Yale Stewart is an award-winning cartoonist, best known for his webcomic JL8.
S. M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling published his first novel (Snowbrother) in 1984, going full-time as a writer in 1988. His latest books are The Golden Princess (Sept. 2014; upcoming titles are The Change (a shared world anthology) in June of 2015 and The Desert and the Blade (Sept. 2015), all from Roc/Penguin.
Courtenay is best known for voicing Jack in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Ada Wong in Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Resident Evil: Damnation, Audrey and Starla in Regular Show, Wonder Woman in Justice League Heroes, and Angela Weaver in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
Karen E. Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, a ghost novel, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She is currently writing screenplays for the first season of Starella.tv, a new science fiction web-based series expected to air in 2015.
James R. Tuck
James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk series and co-author of the forthcoming Robin Hood: Demon's Bane series as well as numerous short stories and comic scripts.
Trevor S. Valle
Trevor S Valle is a mitigation paleontologist, specializing in the rapid recovery of fossils from large scale construction sites, and has traveled to places far and wide to uncover the mysteries involved in the study of ancient life.
Mark L. Van Name
Mark L. Van Name is a writer, technologist, and spoken word performer who has published five novels, edited several anthologies, and written and performed four spoken word comedy shows.
Carrie Vaughn is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. She's written several other novels, as well as upwards of 70 short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling Author of the Wicked series and three dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Witch Hunt trilogy, and the Kiss trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the science outreach show, Doctor Geek's Laboratory.
Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and creator of Doctor Geek's Laboratory, a STEM outreach program exploring science fiction concepts and relating them to scientific breakthroughs. He created "Doctor Geek’s Science Fair," a traveling show combining elements of a science fair and a science fiction convention.
Jean Marie Ward
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the six-volume, 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con collection Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BUZZYMAG.com.
Margaret Weis has written the Star of the Guardians space epic and has co-authored over two dozen bestselling fantasy novels, including Dragonlance, one of the most popular fantasy series of all time.
Jeremy Scott Whitley
Jeremy Whitley is the Writer/Creator of the Award-Winning all-ages series Princeless and a frequent writer for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic. He is also a member and Educational Programming Coordinator for Action Lab Entertainment.
Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a Locus best-selling science fiction author, veteran, immigrant, bladesmith, weapons collector, and consultant for TV productions on several networks. He is Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, with 300,000 weekly readers. He recently packaged a collection of his Facebook and Twitter snark, which reached #1 in Political Humor on Amazon.
Janny Wurts is a fantasy author of seventeen published novels, including the War of Light and Shadow series, and twenty-nine short stories. She is also a fantasy cover illustrator and Chesley award winning artist.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been writing professionally for 47 years in a number of genres. In 2014 the World Fantasy Convention presented her with a Life Achievement Award.
Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the creator, writer, and artist of the Harvey-nominated, fan-favorite superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes. He has also written and drawn issues of IDWs successful My Little Pony miniseries. Recently, he sold his first script to the Ultimate Spider-Man animated cartoon airing on Disney XD.
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Cobra Outlaw, Soulminder, and A Call to Duty, the first of the Manticore Ascendant series written with David Weber.
Kat Zhang is the author of the Hybrid Chronicles, a YA trilogy published by HarperCollins. She sold the books, about an alternate universe where everyone is born with two souls, when she was 19.