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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.
» Richard “Hawk” Altstatt
Hawk is an expert in Survivability (nuclear, radiological, and chemical weapons; electromagnetic pulses, natural environments, and fire) and both Western and Eastern Martial Arts. But most importantly, Hawk is a showman and storyteller who, along with other Evil Geniuses, helped build the Space and Science Tracks to what they are today.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is an international bestselling author with over 125 books published, best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, Star Wars, Dune, and comics.
» Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp (daveybeauchamp.com) is the creator of the Writers for Relief anthology series, Davey Beauchamp’s Amazing Pulp Adventures RPG by Scaldcrow Games and licensed to FoxHammer Press for a fusion card/boardgame. He also hosts a Doctor Who vidcast Gallifrey Pirate Radio and writes for the blog YATopia.
» Professor Boggs
Silly Songs of Serious Science! Professor Boggs performs songs about everything from Kepler's Laws to Avogadro's number, and somehow makes them all more entertaining than a Miley Cyrus twerk-fest. Less visual, though, luckily. Plus, they actually teach worthwhile science!
Jennie Breeden is the creator of the webcomic The Devil's Panties, a daily journal comic that she started in 2001.
Known for his long-running Grumbles comic strip, Burns also produces autobiographical comics, as well as other genres.
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of forty fantasy and horror books including the urban fantasy Blind God's Bluff, the volumes of the superhero series The Imposter, and The Reaver, his latest Forgotten Realms novel and part of the Sundering series that moves the setting into an exciting new era.
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.
Kathy Coleman starred as Holly Marshall in the classic live-action Saturday morning series Land of the Lost, which ran on NBC from 1973 to 1975.
Hector David Jr.
Hector David Jr. is best known for his role as the GREEN Ranger on Power Rangers Samurai and also stars on East Los High.
Najee de-Tiege is best known for playing the BLUE Ranger on Power Ranger Samurai
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of a gajillion novels, comics, blog entries, short fiction, and other stuff, most recently Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War.
Dan dos Santos
Well known for his colorful oil paintings, most often depicting strong women, Dan dos Santos' work spans a variety of genres; including novels, comics and film. With hundreds of published images to his credit, Dan has helped create some of the most iconic Urban Fantasy covers of the past decade.
Elonka Dunin is a professional game developer, writer, and cryptographer. A leading expert on the world's most famous unsolved codes, such as "Kryptos" at CIA Headquarters, she is also namesake for the "Nola Kaye" character in Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Lost Symbol.
» Claire M. Eddy
Claire Eddy is a Senior Editor at Tor Forge Books and has been with the company for close to thirty years.
» Nick Eftimiades
Nick Eftimiades is an author and frequent lecturer on future technologies, space, and national security issues. He appeared on CBS Evening News with Connie Chung, Dateline NBC, ABC's Day One, BBC, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts, and podcasts.
Wesley Eure starred in Land of the Lost and Days of our Lives, hosted the Nickelodeon game show Finders Keepers, and co-created PBS's Dragon Tales. He has also authored five books.
Mike Faber is the Founder, Chief Creative Officer, and Host of the highly geeky ESO Network, The Earth Station One Podcast, and Accompanying Blog which celebrates the love for all things sci-fi, fantasy, comics, and much, much, more.
» Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer is best known for his work as Disney’s Goofy and Pluto. Bill has also voiced Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn for the movie Space Jam and Astro Boy in 2004.
Ashley S Field
Ashley Field resides in Georgia and is a partner of Spirit Hunters of the South LLC. She brings over thirty years of paranormal experience to the partnership. She collaborated to develop an investigative methodology based on principals of archaeology and anthropology. Ashley is an investigator, lead historian, and business manager.
Fitzgerald was first known playing Nazz and May Kanker on Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd and Eddy series. She is currently at work on Emmy award nominated series Monster High as Abbey, Spectra, CA Cupid, Rochelle, Scarah and Claire, and on the series Wild Grinders as Stubford, Denise and Patti.
John L. Flynn
Three-time Hugo nominee John Flynn has just inked a deal for a series of film-noir thrillers from BelleBridge Books, starting with Intimate Bondage in 2014, followed by Intimate Disclosure in 2015 and Intimate Denial in 2016, while he awaits a big budget production of his 2006 novel The Jovian Dilemma.
» Richard Garriott
Richard "Lord British" Garriott is a Hall of Fame video game designer, as well as one of the few private astronauts! He created the Ultima series, the word "Avatar" and "MMO"s. As the 1st second generation Americana astronaut he lived for two weeks aboard the ISS.
» Dr. Pamela L. Gay
Pamela Gay is an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. Through CosmoQuest.org, she engages people learning and doing science. She is best known as cohost of Astronomy Cast, a weekly podcast that takes a facts-based journey through our Cosmos.
Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of ten Cosa Nostradamus novels, and the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War trilogy, plus many short stories and novellas, most recently Miles to Go/Promises to Keep. Ms. Gilman also writes mysteries under the name L.A. Kornetsky. Learn more at www.lauraanegilman.net.
A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been in the anime industry since 2004. Well-known roles include: Cammy in Street Fighter IV, Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club, Hannah in Black Butler II and Vivi, One Piece.
Ron Glass is best known for his roles as the witty Detective Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller and as Shepherd Book, the crew's spiritual leader, in the television series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity.
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Snowblind and Strangewood, editor of anthologies including Dark Duets, and writer or co-writer of comics including Baltimore, Sons of Anarchy, and (with Charlaine Harris) Cemetery Girl.
» 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.
Stage director, public speaker, singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Seen at events as a panelist for TORn, a performer, or interviewing Hobbit cast members, Cairns brings her knowledge of literature, music and theatre to all her interactions with fans, celebs and all things Tolkien!
David Haddock is the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic space sim.
Kristen Hager currently appears as werewolf "Nora" in SyFy's Being Human.
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley (Robinson Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte) is the international bestselling author of 4 thrillers, the Will Hawthorne fantasy series, Macbeth, a Novel, and the award winning Darwen Arkwright middle grades series. Work in progress includes a novel based on Hamlet and a young adult science fiction series.
Michael C Hayes
Michael C. Hayes is an oil painter working as a fantasy artist.
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. His seventh book, Shattered, was published in June.
Alex Heartman is best known for his role as the RED Ranger on Power Rangers Samurai.
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles based voice actor best known for Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Dragonball Z (Gohan), Bleach (Aizen), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, Graves) and Naruto (Kiba).
» Tricia Helfer
Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and former model, best known for her role as Number Six in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series.
Jonathan Hodges, known as the team leader, is an investigator with Deep South Paranormal on the Syfy network.
Michael Hogan is best known for his role in the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica.
Rick Howland plays the role of "Trick" in Lost Girl.
Faith Hunter writes bestselling dark urban fantasy: Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock. The series features Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival, Blood Trade, and Broken Soul. Rogue Mage, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in BloodRing, Seraphs, Host, and Rogue Mage RPG and World Book.
Sam currently stars on on the SyFy channel's critically acclaimed hit series, Being Human where he plays werewolf/tortured soul "Josh."
Dave "The Reverend" Johnson is a comic book artist best know for his work on the covers for the title 100 Bullets.
Les Johnson is an author of science fiction and popular science books and a NASA scientist. His recent novel, Rescue Mode (Baen, 2014), is a collaboration with Ben Bova. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine (January 2013) and a technical consultant for the movie, Europa Report.
Patrick J Jones
This year's Artist Guest of Honor, Patrick J. Jones, is from Brisbane, Australia. He has worked for publishers and film companies worldwide, painting covers for Simon R. Green, Mary Shelly, and Bram Stoker. He has created concept work for many movies. His first book, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques will be published worldwide in 2014.
Kamui aka Svetlana Quindt is a talented costume and prop designer from Germany. She is widely known for her impressive armor projects from World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, but moreover because of her passion for sharing her self-taught knowledge with the cosplay community all over the world.
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 speaks 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 and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels. Praised by Publishers Weekly for her "eccentric characterizations," J.K. writes in several genres including paranormal romance, and urban (and suburban) fantasy.
Thomas Kuebler sculpts hyper-realistic silicone figures.
Katherine Kurtz's first novel, Deryni Rising, was the first original fantasy published after the success of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and helped establish the modern fantasy genre. The Deryni series now extends to nearly twenty novels. Her Adept series helped launch the occult fantasy genre.
Jonathan LeCraft is a senior game designer at Blizzard Entertainment with nearly 15 years of design experience in MMOs and RPGs. For the last nine years he has worked on World of Warcraft, pouring his passion into nearly every aspect of the game.
» Ben Lesnick
Ben Lesnick is Community Manager and Designer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic return to space sims! He has worked on several titles in the Wing Commander franchise.
Starr Long has been making videogames for twenty years. Starr started his career with Richard Garriott at the legendary studio Origin Systems, where he was the Director of Ultima Online, the longest running MMO in history. Starr is currently Executive Producer on the crowd funded game Shroud of the Avatar.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, and writer for Marvel, Dark Horse, and IDW comics
Mari Mancusi is a bestselling author of young adult and adult fantasy, paranormal, and horror fiction and a former Emmy award winning TV producer. Her latest series, Scorched, has been dubbed by critics as "Terminator with dragons." She lives in Austin, TX.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin wrote Ice Forged and Reign of Ash (2014) in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit), The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (Solaris) and The Fallen Kings Cycle (Orbit), new urban fantasy novel, Deadly Curiosities (Solaris, 2014) and two ebook series: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures.
Lee Martindale is known for short stories in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James and others. She also edits anthologies, including The Ladies of Trade Town. A new collection of her work, Harphaven Tales is scheduled for Spring 2014.
Todd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first science-fiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. He has written eight books in the Pern universe both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey. Visit his website at http://www.toddmccaffrey.org
Mika McKinnon is a scientist for fiction, bringing plausibility to our on-screen heroes. When not lurking around set, she is a disaster researcher, irrepressible educator, and field geophysicist.
Travis Scott Merrill
Travis Scott Merrill is one of the founders of Sick Sense Productions and currently in his eighth season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, specializing in leatherwork, mask-making, millinery, puppetry, armor construction, airbrush painting for large scale theatrical productions, and works with some of the best costume designers in the US.
Dr. Sarah Milkovich works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a scientist and an engineer. She has worked on the operations teams for many spacecraft, including the Curiosity rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Phoenix, Cassini, and is on the development team for the 2020 Mars Rover.
James Minz is Senior Editor and Subsidiary Rights Director for Baen Books, the leading independent SF Publisher in the United States of America.
Rebecca Moesta has written the Young Jedi Knights series and the Crystal Doors trilogy with her husband Kevin J. Anderson; she has also written comics and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel.
James A. Moore
James A. Moore is the author of over 20 novels ranging form horror to urban fantasy and epic fantasy. His latest books include the fantasy Seven Forges and Alien: Sea of Sorrows.
Dean Motter, artist/writer/designer, commemorates the 30th anniversary of Mister X this year with the mini-series, Razed Expectations, an Xmas Special, and a poster book. Recently he has created work for Batman: Black and White, Wolverine, The Spirit, The Shadow, and the award-winning ‘film-noir’ graphic novel Batman: Nine Lives.
Subatai Musashi is the current Grandmaster of Ninkage ryu bujutsu; a Japanese martial arts system that includes bare-handed study such as Aikijutsu, weapons study, such as Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu, and internal arts. Grandmaster Musashi and his students have provided exciting demonstrations of Ninkage ryu at DragonCon since 2005.
E. C. Myers
E.C. Myers is the author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, young adult SF novels published by Pyr. His short stories have appeared in venues such as Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, and Andromeda Spaceways. You can find him online at http://ecmyers.net and on Twitter at @ecmyers.
Pamela Diane Nance
Pamela Nance is an archaeologist & anthropologist, research scientist, and paranormal investigator. She and her business partner Ashley Field formed Spirit Hunters of the South LLC in 2008. Along with her role of investigator, Pamela also manages public relations & media for the team. Pamela resides in Winston-Salem, NC.
Annalee Newitz is a science journalist and the editor-in-chief of io9.com. She is the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. Her work has appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, Discover, 2600, and elsewhere.
Zoie Palmer can currently be seen playing Dr. Lauren Lewis in the Showcase/Syfy hit series Lost Girl.
Jamie Roush Pearce
Jamie Roush Pearce studied Parapsychology under Loyd Auerbach and has been investigating the paranormal for over 17 years and started Historic Haunts Investigations in 2004. She has been featured on Most Terrifying Places in America and My Ghost Story and has written two books on the paranormal.
John Picacio is a two-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of science fiction and fantasy. Over the last decade, he has become one of the most prolific American cover artists in sf/f. He is the founder of Lone Boy, and is currently re-engineering the Mexican game of chance called Loteria.
Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is best known for the groundbreaking and #1 New Pulp Best Selling Sentinels superhero novel series, and for his Assembled! books about Marvel’s Avengers. He is the author of twelve novels as well as many nonfiction works, award-winning short stories and novellas.
Keith Ramsey, known to fans as The Rocker, is an investigator with Deep South Paranormal on Syfy.
Meaghan Rath is a Canadian film and television actress. She has co-starred in the television series 15/Love, The Assistants, and currently Being Human.
Benny Reed, known to fans as The Joker, is an investigator with Deep South Paranormal on Syfy.
Andrew started his comics career at Dark Horse comics. From then on, he's working for every major comic publisher and gaming company. His creator owned Dusty Star will see a new life once he finishes The Fifth Beatle currently at Dark Horse comics.
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.
Tim Sale is an American Eisner Award-winning comic book artist. He is primarily known for his collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb.
» Robert J. Schwalb
Robert J. Schwalb is a game designer on the design team for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. His work can be found in products for Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, Star Wars RPG, and the d20 system.
Steven Skyler is best know for being the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Samurai as well as co-starring on the hit TV series Glee.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary for Doug Sneyd's lovely ladies appearing on the pages of Playboy. He's had 450+ full-page color cartoons published in the magazine, with 270 of these featured in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books and a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.
Ksenia Solo currently stars as "Kenzi" in the hit series Lost Girl.
Sam is the author of over 10 novels and novellas, including the critically acclaimed Forbidden Series. She and Jeanne C. Stein, who collaborate under the pen name of SJ Harper, also write the Fallen Siren Series for Penguin U.S. Book 2 in the series is being released this fall.
Kim Steadman is a Tactical Activity Planner and Sequence Integration Engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and a Flight Systems Engineer for the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Allen M. Steele
Allen Steele is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer. The author of nineteen novels and nearly a hundred works of short fiction, his books and stories have been published worldwide and have gained praise from readers and critics alike. He is best known for his novel Coyote and its sequels.
» Jeanne C. Stein
Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the series, The Anna Strong Chronicles. Her award winning series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here and in the UK. She also writes the Fallen Siren Series under the name S. J. Harper.
S. M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling was born in France, raised in Europe, North America and Africa. His first novel, Snowbrother, was published in 1984. His latest work The Golden Princess is out September 2014.
Jonathan Bradley Strickland
Jonathan is a technology journalist, futurist and Web series host for Discovery and HowStuffWorks.
Karen E Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the popular Vampire Legacy series, a ghost novel, and numerous short stories, the collection of which earned a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She is currently working on a new series, the first novel being Bring Me the Heart of Saint Laurence O’Toole.
Jamie Tyndall is a Canadian comic book artist known for his depictions of sexy, strong female characters. Favoring a detailed style, he has made an impression with his covers for Zenescope Entertainment and numerous commissions. Jamie is also known for parody covers showcasing comic heroines on mainstream and fictional magazines.
Mark L. Van Name
Mark Van Name is a science-fiction novelist with five novels out to date, a stand-up spoken word performer, and the CEO of a technology marketing company.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and two 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, Dr. Geek’s Lab.
» Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling. He is the creator of Dr. Geek's Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science From Fiction Audio show; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.
» Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman is the global instigator of Science Hack Day and the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. Recently, Ariel was appointed as a committee member of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences study on the future of human spaceflight.
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 popular art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she is a frequent contributor of video interviews and short subjects to buzzymag.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.
Toni Weisskopf is the publisher of Baen Books. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House.
Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a Locus bestselling science fiction author with fourteen books in print. As Editor-at-Large for Survivalblog, his columns and product reviews reach over 300,000 readers each week. He has consulted on weapons and military matters for Discovery Network and National Geographic productions, and made multiple appearances on the Outdoor Channel, speaking on disaster preparedness. When not otherwise busy, he is a bladesmith, a gunsmith, and maintains a collection of weapons dating back 9000 years.
» Grant Wilson
Grant Wilson was the Producer and Star of the hit show Ghost Hunters on Syfy, and Producer of Ghost Hunters International, and Co-Founder of TAPS.
Sam played Davis Bloome the paramedic alter ego of Doomsday, Superman's nemesis on Smallville and most recently can be seen in Being Human, playing the vampire Aidan.
Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He has written The Shadow of the Torturer, Peace, Soldier of the Mist, Knight, Evil Guest, Sorcerer's House, and Home Fires, among others. His new book, Land Across is due out in August.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
A professional writer for forty-five years, Yarbro has sold more than ninety books and seventy-five works of shorter fiction. She has been awarded four awards for her body of work. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kelly Yates is an illustrator on Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time and The Forgotten comics for IDW Publishing, along with various one-shots and covers. He also writes and illustrates the creator-owned comics, Amber Atoms and MonstHer.
Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the writer and artist of the fan-favorite Love and Capes, as well as My Little Pony and other projects.
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include Judgment at Proteus, Cobra Slave, and Star Wars: Scoundrels.
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. With book 3 about to release, she’s working on her next series.