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» Lynn Abbey
Lynn Abbey’s first novel, Daughter of the Bright Moon, was published in 1978. She is also responsible for the creation and resurrection of Thieves' World. Since 2009, she, along with CJ Cherryh and Jane Fancher have been operating the digital publishing company, Closed Circle.
New York Times bestselling novelist Aaron Allston is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Best known for his work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, he has written 22 novels. The most recent of them, Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill, debuted this August.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J Anderson, the #1 international bestselling author of 120 novels, is best known for his Dune novels coauthored with Brian Herbert, his Star Wars and X-Files novels, Clockwork Angels with legendary rock group Rush, and his Saga of Seven Suns series.
Richard Dean Anderson
Richard Dean Anderson is best known for his roles as MacGyver and Jack O'Neill in Stargate SG-1.
Karan Ashley is perhaps best known for her role as Aisha the Yellow Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Robert Axelrod starred in The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as Lord Zedd and Finster, Digimon as Armadillomon and Wizardmon, Robotech, Spiderman, and a host of others. His anime voice career spans over 30 years! On camera, Axelrod has done over 50 feature films and TV shows including Star Trek Voyager, Amazing Stories, and The Blob.
Carrie Ann Baade
Carrie Ann Baade is an internationally exhibiting artist whose surreal oil paintings are inspired by literature and art history. Baade received her Masters from the University of Delaware and her B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, Carrie is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at FSU.
Philippa Jane Ballantine
Award winning New Zealand author Philippa Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order series, the Shifted World novels, and co-author of the steampunk adventure series The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.
Davey Beauchamp is the creator of Writers for Relief anthology series, the award nominated podcast Amazing Pulp Adventures, Gallifrey Pirate Radio, writer for YAtopia, working with Scaldcrow Games to release a line of RPG Books based on APA, and with Foxhammer Press to release an APA board/card game.
Allen Bellman became a staff artist at Timely during Golden Age of comics. He did the backgrounds for Syd Shores' Captain America in 1942, and eventually worked on titles such as: The Human Torch, All Winners Comics, Marvel Mystery, Sub Mariner, Young Allies, and more.
Veronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host. Her projects include Tekzilla, Fact or Fictional, and The Sword and Laser (a science fiction and fantasy podcast and community). Recently Veronica appeared on BBC America as the co-host of Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers.
Dr. Bob Blackwood
Dr. Bob Blackwood, professor emeritus, City Colleges of Chicago, is the author of one book on films & co-author of another. He has attended Science Fiction & Fantasy conventions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currrently, he is reviewing films for the Columbia River Reader, Oregon/Washington.
Professor Boggs writes songs that teach science! Better known as the "mad whistler" from Emerald Rose, his geek alter ego has published two CDs of original science-y music targeted to help students of all ages learn and remember science concepts.
Jennie Breeden is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Devil's Panties.
Nicholas Brendon is best known to audiences as the sardonic Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role he played for the run of the show. He's currently recurring as Kevin Lynch on Criminal Minds, was featured in a four-episode arc on Private Practice, and starred in Kitchen Confidential.
John Brightman, founder of New England Paranormal Research, has been investigating for nearly a decade. John has been featured on shows on the Travel Channel, Bio Channel and even international shows in over a dozen countries.
John’s book called Dark Gift is out and available for purchase
Jason Bulmahn is the Lead Designer of Paizo Publishing, LLC. and the creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
James Burns is a television graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He's living proof that anyone can create comics.
Jim Burns has loved drawing and painting "weird stuff" since he was a tiny child in Cardiff and in 1972, following a failed attempt at becoming a jet pilot, someone started paying him to do it. He considers himself one of those lucky people whose hobby became their career and way of life.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and his new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over thirty-five fantasy and horror novels including many set in the Forgotten Realms and Blind God's Bluff, the first in a new urban fantasy series. He also writes short fiction and a column for the science fiction news site Airlock Alpha.
Jack Campbell (the pen name of John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times bestselling series The Lost Fleet which has been published in eight languages worldwide. He also writes the follow-on series Beyond the Frontier and spin-off series The Lost Stars. Jack/John is a retired US Navy officer.
Cerveris' most visible television role to date has been as the observer called September in the FOX science fiction television series Fringe. His character, a mysterious man seen attending many unusual events, has appeared regularly during the series and became one of the main characters to bring the story to its end.
Brad Bell Cheeks
Brad Bell is Executive Producer, co-writer, and star of the award-winning newlywed sitcom Husbands. In addition to his work as Consulting Producer for VH1's Pop Up Video, Bell, along with Jane Espenson, has written the Husbands comic book, available at Amazon.com.
Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima has written two best-selling YA fantasy series: The Heir Chronicles (The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir) with another forthcoming; and the Seven Realms series (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown).
Freddy Clements is Professor of Drama and Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University. He has designed costumes for some of the most renowned theaters in America. Freddy has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, and advanced stage make-up. He is an experienced cutter/draper.
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. Her 2000s work includes Mad Magazine, and such DC Comics characters as Power Girl and Atlee.
» Bill Corbett
Bill Corbett is a former writer and performer for Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the Sci-Fi Channel, and previously on Comedy Central. He provided the second incarnation of the robot Crow and other strange characters, including the all-powerful but clueless alien The Observer, a.k.a. "Brain Guy."
» Drew Curtis
Drew Curtis is the CEO and Founder of Fark.com, a social news aggregator website, and the author of It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News.
Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on Marvel Comics’ KaPow and G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics. He is currently working on several projects, including his creator-owned Skyward series and NFL Rush.
Kathleen O'Shea David
Kathleen O'Shea David is a professional puppeteer, a master costumer, a book editor, and published writer. She is a member of the Puppeteers Guild, UNIMA-USA, Actors' Equity, and the International Costumers Guild. Her puppets are in private collections and museums all over the world.
Peter David is a New York Times bestselling author.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido (www.DeCandido.net) has written a truly ridiculous number of books and comic books, from best-selling and award-winning tie-in fiction to critically acclaimed fantasy & science fiction.
» Kevin D. Dockery
Kevin Dockery has written or contributed to 39 books, numerous magazine articles, and appears on PBS, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Military Channel. His additional work has been with weapons, as a gunsmith, consultant, or in the U.S. Military. He holds a patent on a round of 40mm ammunition.
Raised by the military and monitored by men in white coats until he was 16. Doktor A has always scribbled monsters.
Elizabeth Donald is a writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. Three-time winner of the Darrell Award, she has penned many short stories, novels and novellas of horror, science fiction and fantasy. She is also founder of the Literary Underworld author cooperative.
Dan dos Santos
Well known for his Mercy Thompson covers, Dan's colorful and highly rendered paintings often depict strong women. His work spans a variety of genres including novels, comics, and film. The recipient of many awards, Dan's work has graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list numerous times.
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.
Gigi is an Australian actress who starred as Chiana on Farscape, a cult science fiction TV show by The Jim Henson Company. Gigi has just finished starring on the Australian series Tricky Business. Previously she was filming Rescue Special Ops as leading lady Lara Knight.
Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind. He has spent over thirty five years in world class venues from high-end night clubs and theaters to hundreds of private party and corporate events.
Nicholas Eftimiades is a diplomat, author, and futurist. He’s held leadership positions in the US DoD in technology, space policy, and strategy. His publications include future technology, science fiction, and a book on Chinese intelligence earning him the title of "Enemy of the People" from The People's Republic of China.
Larry Elmore is one of the world's leading fantasy artists. His works have graced the covers of National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, and Dragon magazine, among others. He is best known for his covers for the original Dragonlance novels.
Richard Epcar has voiced over 300 characters and is well known to animation, game, and anime fans starting with Robotech (as Ben Dixon, Lunk, Grel and Capt. Grant). He is ‘Batou’ in Ghost in the Shell, and recently voiced Skyrim: Elder Scolls V (Game of the Year).
Annie Erskine is a cartoonist, comic book artist, illustrator, writer, graphic designer, etc. Basically, a jack of all trades. She works as a freelancer for Cartoon Network doing various graphic design and illustrative work while simultaneously working on her own comic book creation, Magia High.
Jane Espenson created the award-winning sitcom Husbands with Brad Bell (aka Cheeks). She is also known for her work as a writer/producer of shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, ABC's Once Upon a Time, and others.
Bill is a founder of Mayfair Games, has designed several computer games and apps. Bill has been a book packager, editor, anthologist and author and collaborated on several mystery novels including the Mycroft Holmes mysteries. Bill's non-fiction books range from UFOs to Trust Me, 100 Leadership Mistakes that Changed History.
Ashley S Field
Ashley Field has been exposed and involved in the paranormal since age seven. Her experiences inspired her to study metaphysical & scientific disciplines to better understand the paranormal. Currently Ashley is ½ of the paranormal team Spirit Hunters of the South. She is a seasoned investigator, researcher and occult practitioner.
John L. Flynn
Three-time Hugo Nominee Dr. John L. Flynn recently had the screenplay for his science fiction novel, The Jovian Dilemma, optioned to be made into a movie, and sold his erotic thriller Intimate Bondage to BelleBooks. He is a psychologist, college dean, and author with the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Eugie Foster received the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and was named Bards and Sages Author of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Hugo, BSFA, and WSFA awards. Her publication credits number over 100, and her short story collection, Returning My Sister's Face, is now available from Norilana Books.
Jason David Frank
Best Known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the long-running TV show Power Rangers, Jason morphed into series of different rangers over the years: Mighty Morphin Green and White, Red Zeo, Red Turbo and then returned in 2004 as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger.
» Stanton Friedman
Stanton T. Friedman is a physicist, lecturer, and professional Ufologist.
Josh Gates is an American adventurer, explorer, photographer, and television personality. He is currently the host of Destination Truth on Syfy, a weekly one-hour show filmed in remote locations around the world that explores some of the world's mysteries and unexplained phenomena.
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, in addition to many shorter works. Her new fantasy novel, Heart of Briar, will be released by Luna Books in Autumn 2013. Ms. Gilman also writes mysteries under the name L.A. Kornetsky.
Paul Goddard has been involved with two Sci-Fi classics: The Matrix, and the Henson/Sci-Fi Channel's extraordinary Farscape series. Many don't realize that the man behind the mask of the unpredictable Banik Stykera, Stark, in Farscape is also the man behind the shades of Agent Brown in the original Matrix
Steve Gonsalves has been on the Paranormal television circuit for close to 5 years on the wildly popular Sci-Fi hit show Ghost Hunters.
Michael Gordon is the president and editor-in-chief of New Legend Productions and the writer and creator of the comic books series, Tiki Zombie. This year will see the release of a new book, Strong Will, co-written with Bobby Nash. He is also co-host of the weekly Earth Station One podcast.
Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in robotic systems and sensors. His sensors have flown in space, controlled robot-flown helicopters, and guided the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. He has provided scientific commentary for FoxNews.com, CBS Marketwatch, and Jalopnik, and has won awards for presentations to non-scientist audiences.
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
Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. is a writer/producer for The 50 Most Extreme Places in the Solar System, and the web series Stasys. He is also currently the science advisor on TNT's Falling Skies, Syfy's upcoming epic Defiance, and the summer blockbuster film Gravity.
Stage director, public speaker and singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Seen at conventions as a panelist for TORn and as a performer, Cairns brings her knowledge of acting, literature and traditional music to the talks which are beloved of fans of all things Tolkien!
Mike Grell is a comic book icon with Green Arrow, Sable, Warlord, and X-Men under his belt! He continues to work today for both DC and Marvel!
Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling fantasy novels The Magicians and The Magician King. In 2011 he won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer at Worldcon. Grossman is also the book critic at Time magazine, and has literature degrees from Harvard and Yale.
Ioan Gruffudd is best known for his roles as Dr. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four films and Horatio Hornblower in Hornblower.
RJ Haddy was a season two contestant and fan favorite on SyFy's Face Off. He is an accomplished professional effects artist whos work includes big budget Hollywood films such as Batman and Robin, Theres Something About Mary, Contact, and Sleepy Hollow.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton's writing is characterized by vivid prose, erotic sensuality, complex character and world building. Laurell K Hamilton is a regular on the New York Times Bestseller List with both her series: Anita Blake -Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry - Fairy Princess/Private Eye series.
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley (Robinson Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte) is the international bestselling author of 4 mystery/thrillers, the fantasy novels Act of Will and Will Power, the Audie nominated Macbeth, a Novel (with David Hewson), and the Darwen Arkwright adventure series which won SIBA’s young adult book of 2012.
Golden Globe nominated actor, writer, and director Richard Hatch starred in both classic and re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series, wrote seven Battlestar novels and comics for I-books and Extreme Press and has starred in the new movies Dead By Friday and The Pod.
Richard “Hawk” Altstatt produces radiation models and performs survivability engineering for military and civilian purposes. He has four degrees in “fire” and is widely published on radiation effects topics. He is an Eagle Claw sensei, an excellent swordsman, and an expert on fire. Follow his Mad Science at madsci.us
Kathryn Hinds is a novelist, poet, editor, and author of more than fifty nonfiction books. Her 2013 publications include the six-book series Fantastic Creatures and a volume of poetry. Kathryn’s fiction includes steampunk, epic fantasy, and a YA novel in free verse. She teaches English at University of North Georgia.
» Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite is a writer and game designer, creator of the roleplaying games Trail of Cthulhu, Day After Ragnarok, and Night's Black Agents, and over 70 other titles. Among his non-game works are Cthulhu 101, The Nazi Occult for Osprey Publishing, three Lovecraftian children's books, and several short stories.
Laurie Holden's memorable roles are Fantastic Four, hero Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans' artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill, and co-starring as Amanda Dumfries in The Mist. Holden recently starred as Olivia Murray in FX's series The Shield and is also currently starring in AMC's runaway hit The Walking Dead.
Trip Hope is producer of award-winning features The Human Race (2012) & Innocent Blood (2013). Additionally, he is executive producer of award-winning steampunk web-series The Adventures of League of S.T.E.A.M. with upcoming features include The Turning and Noon Tomorrow.
Kelly Hu is currently recurring on the CW series, Arrow, as China White and recurred as Pearl on the hit series Vampire Diaries and as Laura Hill on the hit series Hawaii 5-0. She has also added to an already expansive list of credits by voicing a role on Cartoon Network's series Young Justice. She has long voiced the character Stacy on the animated series, Phineas and Ferb.
Ernie is best known from Ghostbusters, The Crow, and HBO's Oz.
Faith Hunter writes bestselling dark urban fantasy: Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock including Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival, and Blood Trade. Rogue Mage, a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality series, features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage, includes BloodRing, Seraphs, Host, and Rogue Mage RPG and World Book.
» Jamie Hyneman
Jamie Hyneman is best known for his role as co-host and executive producer of MythBusters.
Samantha Inoue-harte is an established anime industry veteran. She is a producer and partner at Animetropolis, a boutique transmedia studio that is producing a Japanese CG-animated feature adaptation of Tailchaser’s Song, the acclaimed best-selling fantasy novel by author Tad Williams. She also is a voice actress in over 40 anime titles.
D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author more than a dozen fantasy novels. His most recent books, Thieftaker and Thieves' Quarry (The Thieftaker Chronicles -- Tor Books) combine historical fiction, urban fantasy, and mystery into what he calls historical urban fantasy, or Tricorn Punk.
Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Herbert Jefferson Jr. is probably best known for his role as Lieutenant Boomer in the original Battlestar Galactica.
Paul Jenkins is a British comic book writer. He has had much success crossing over into the American comic book market. Primarily working for Marvel Comics, he has had a big part shaping the characters of the company over the past decade. He currently works on the Fablewood Saga.
Fans loved Doug for his portrayal of Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films. He's also the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie and won critics praise in Pan's Labyrinth! He will soon be able to be seen on Falling Skies!
Jones played the character of Zack Taylor, the original Black Ranger in the Power Rangers universe.
Astronomer Bill Keel, author of The Sky at Einstein's Feet and The Road to Galaxy Formation, has appeared at DragonCon 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.
In the past two years, New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot twelve times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. With more than 23 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries, she has placed over 60 novels on the New York Times list.
Brian Kesinger is an Annie award winning story artist for Walt Disney animation studios and creator of the popular steampunk duo, Otto and Victoria.
Alethea Kontis is a fairytale princess and author of AlphaOops, The Wonderland Alphabet, and co-author (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon) of The Dark-Hunter Companion. Her YA fairytale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Award in 2012.
Katherine Kurtz is best known for the more than 15 books in her Deryni series, which helped establish the modern historical fantasy genre. She has also written the Adept series, five books set in modern-day Scotland, as well as half a dozen others.
» Mercedes Lackey
Author of Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Bedlam Bards, Obsidian Mountain, SERRAted Edge, Dragon Jousters, Dragon Prophecy, 500 Kingdoms, Secret World Chronicles, Bardic Voices, Diana Tregarde Mysteries, Mage Wars, Shadow Grail, and other series and solo books.
Maurice LaMarche is known for the many voices he had done on Futurama including Kif Kroker. He is also know for being The Brain on Pinky and the Brain.
Phil was profiled in TV Guide and LA Weekly for extensive voice-over work in Zambezia and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He has also held roles on Futurama, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Samurai Jack, and Justice League Unlimited, as well as recurring appearances on Family Guy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional prop, costume, and puppet builder/performer whose work includes films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Leatherheads, Evan Almighty, The Hunger Games), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland) and various interactive properties (Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton.) She also writes nonfiction ghost books with Schiffer Publishing.
Rosemary Laurey is a USA Today Best selling author of vampire, paranormal romance. Her upcoming release is Dark in the Woods out September 2013. She also writes erotica as Madeleine Oh and has written fantasy as Georgia Evans.
Miracle Laurie wowed audiences as not one, not two, but three characters in one on the Joss Whedon series Dollhouse, bringing Mellie, November, and Madeline Costley to life. She recently co-starred in the feature film Any Day Now and in 2013 can be seen in Scenic Route with Josh Duhamel.
Brad Linaweaver is a Nebula finalist and Prometheus Award winner. He has 17 books to his credit, a lot of short stories and 3 times as many articles. (One article was praised by Ronald Reagan!) He publishes his own pop culture magazine, Mondo Cult.
Gareth David Lloyd
Gareth is best known for his role of Ianto, the long suffering side kick to Captain Jack on the hit BBC series Torchwood.
» Todd Lockwood
Todd Lockwood"s illustrations have appeared on bestselling novels, magazines, video games, TCGs, and RPGs. They've received numerous industry awards. Known for the narrative power of his paintings, Todd now turns to writing, with a novel to be published by DAW Books. Please visit his website, http://www.toddlockwood.com.
Traci Lords exploded on the scene in 1986 via a tabloid TV feeding frenzy. Reporters had a field day with the notorious teenager who had left behind an abusive home and landed on the pages of Penthouse Magazine.
Comfort Deborah Love
Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the three-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the series The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. They are currently working on a massive How To book for Random House - The Complete DIY Guide for Comics, Manga, and Webcomics Self-Publishing.
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the author of international bestseller Throne of Glass, a young adult fantasy novel now available from Bloomsbury Children's. The sequel, Crown of Midnight, will release August 2013.
Scott MacMillan is Executive Producer and Creative Director at Deep Reach Productions, the company he founded in 2008. Specializing in non-fiction television, current productions include When Seconds Count, The 100 Hour Film Festival, and FUBAR (in association with Bill Fawcett & Associates), and the screen adaptation of St. Patrick's Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz.
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.
» Lee Majors
Lee Majors is known and loved world wide for his iconic role as Col. Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man television series.
Mari Mancusi is an Emmy award winning producer and author of 17 books for teens and adults in the fantasy, paranormal, and horror genres. Best known for her eight book YA urban fantasy series The Blood Coven Vampires, she lives in Austin, TX. Her new series, Dragonbound, launches in September.
James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He's a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide. He's appeared in numerous Sci-fi series, including: Smallville, Torchwood, Caprica, Supernatural, and Andromeda.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Ice Forged in her new The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, and Dark Lady’s Chosen) and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread).
William C. Martin
William C Martin, Ph.D., is “Atlanta’s own Forry Ackerman.” A Buck Rogers Solar Scout and First Fandom member, he has been reading and collecting SF since the 1930s. He has penned numerous professional papers on SF’s history and development as the “Literature of the 20th Century."
New York Times bestselling author of over 50 books, former Green Beret and author of million copy selling Area 51 series.
Todd Johnson McCaffrey has written eight books in the Pern universe both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey. He is currently working on several non-Pern projects, including the long-awaited City of Angels.
Visit his website at http://www.toddmccaffrey.us
Edward "Eddie" McClintock is an American actor who has starred and guest starred in numerous television shows. He currently portrays the role of Secret Service agent Peter Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13.
Dan McGirt is the author of the Jason Cosmo fantasy adventure series of novels (Hero Wanted, Noble Cause, etc.) and other tales. He has written for fantasy RPG settings including Shaintar, Savage Suzerain, and Shards of the Stone. Dan is the founder and publisher of the independent press Trove Books.
Mike McKone is an award winning illustrator of such titles as Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, and the X-Men among many others.
Travis Scott Merrill
Travis Scott Merrill is a founder of Sick Sense Productions, a company specializing in large and small scale theatrical and motion picture productions. As a professional costume crafts artisan he specializes in leather-work, mask-making, millinery, armor construction and airbrush painting . Currently he's in his eighth season at Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Tom Merritt is an award-winning podcaster and writer. He co-hosts the hit scifi/fantasy podcast Sword and Laser with Veronica Belmont, and the award-winning Tech News Today. He also hosts FSL Tonight, Frame Rate, Autopilot, and more. He also writes the comic TenState with Len Peralta.
Dr. Sarah Milkovich works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the science operations systems engineer for Mars Science Laboratory (the Curiosity rover) and the investigation scientist for the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
James Minz has been in SF Publishing for nearly two decades. He is Senior Editor with Baen Books, and has worked with Larry Correia, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Harry Turtledove, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many others.
Tee Morris is an award-winning author and podcaster, and one of the pioneers of social media.
Dean Motter, artist/writer/designer, relaunched his seminal creation, Mister X in 2009. In recent years he's written Wolverine, The Spirit, and the ‘film-noir’ graphic novel, Batman: Nine Lives. He is also known for his graphic novel The Prisoner, and is currently illustrating The Book Hitler Didn't Want You To Read.
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 Dragon*Con since 2005.
Eve Myles is best known for her role as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood.
Kathy Najimy is an American actress, most notable as Olive Massery on the television series Veronica's Closet, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and the voice of Peggy Hill on the animated television series King of the Hill.
Pamela Diane Nance
Pamela Nance, along with her business partner Ashley Field, has appeared in A Haunting on the Discovery Channel, My Ghost Story on A&E/BIO Channel, a paranormal documentary filmed in November, 2012, tentative follow-up guest spots on the TV shows above, and an upcoming guest spot on Darkness Radio.
Jasika Nicole is best known for her role of Agent Astrid Farnsworth on the hit JJ Abrams sci-fi series Fringe on Fox.
Larry Niven is an American science fiction author. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards.
Most recently John Noble could be seen starring as Walter Bishop in the JJ Abrams series Fringe. He is also well known for his role as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse
Margaret Downey created the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse to educate the public about superstitions. Each Friday the 13th, Downey hosts events in order to stop superstitions from affecting the economy. Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Centers have opened in many venues and her "How To" guidebook has been used by others to host events.
Jody Lynn Nye
Although best known for her collaborations with other leading authors of SF/fantasy (Robert Asprin, Anne McCaffrey, John Ringo), Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of other books and 115 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are View From the Imperium (Baen), and Myth-Quoted (Ace).
Jana Oliver is the multi award-winning author of fantasy fiction for teens and adults. From twisted fairy tales to time travelers and rampaging demons, there is no limit to her fertile imagination. www.JanaOliver.com
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos is well known for his role as Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica.
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.
Adrian Paul is best known for his role as Duncan Macleod in the international hit series Highlander.
Paul and Storm
Paul and Storm are an Arlington, Virginia-based comedic musical duo consisting of Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo. They are favorites of Dr. Demento and regular guests on the Bob and Tom radio show.
The handsome and talented Dan Payne can be seen in many Stargate episodes as various aliens and scary beings. He is also the main 'bad guy' in Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods.
George Pérez is an illustrator and writer of comic books born of Latin-American (Puerto-Rican) descent. Along with John Byrne, he was arguably the most popular and influential artist in American comic books in the 1980s. He primarily illustrates superhero comics, mainly published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and is known for his clean, dynamic, yet ornate style, with a strong emphasis on group superhero action scenes.
Tahmoh Penikett starred as Lieutenant Karl "Helo" Agathon on the Emmy Nominated Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica.
Diana Peterfreund is the author of nine books for adults and teens, including the Secret Society Girl series, the "killer unicorn" novels Rampant and Ascendant, and the post-apocalyptic For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea, as well as several critically acclaimed short stories. http://dianapeterfreund.com
Luvia’s first professional job came at the age of 25--she was cast in the Emmy nominated TV series The L-Word (2004-2005). She has since appeared in projects including, The X-Files (2008), Battlestar Galactica (2009), Reaper (2009), Sanctuary (2010), Endgame (2011), and Falling Skies.
John Picacio is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing over the last decade, including his art for the best-selling 2012 George R. R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar. His accolades include the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.
Massimo Pigliucci is a professor of philosophy at the City University of New York with a strong interest in science and pseudoscience.
Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, editor, and publisher for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series Elfquest. A graduate of MIT in astronomy as well as planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has also contributed numerous articles to magazines on the wonders of the heavens.
Wendy Pini is the co-creator, writer, artist and colorist for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series Elfquest. She has also written and painted two Beauty and the Beast graphic novels, as well as a critically acclaimed 400-page dark, futuristic reimagining of Poe's Masque of the Red Death.
Phil Plait is an astronomer, blogger, author, lecturer, and TV science documentary host. His blog, Bad Astronomy, is hosted by Slate Magazine, and his TV show, Phil Plait's Bad Universe aired on the Discovery Channel.
Van Allen Plexico
PulpArk Award-winning and Amazon Best-selling author Van Allen Plexico is best known for his ongoing Sentinels superhero novel series and as the creator, writer and/or editor of some two dozen other SF and New Pulp novels and anthologies, as well as the Avengers Assembled! books and the RevolutionSF RevCast.
Ken Plume writes, does interviews, co-hosts podcasts, plots, and sings horribly. He runs FRED Entertainment (www.ASiteCalledFRED.com), where he hosts the interview series A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume.
» Aaron Poole
A writer and director, Aaron is the producer of the animated short film How the Whale Got His Throat, co-host of the comedy podcast Cabin Fever, and is a contributor at asitecalledFRED.com. He is also Irish...very, very Irish.
CCH Pounder can currently be seen playing Mrs. Irene Frederic on Warehouse 13.
Cherie Priest is the author of a dozen novels, including the award-winning Clockwork Century series from Tor, the Cheshire Red books from Bantam Spectra, and Fort Freak with George R. R. Martin. Her novel Boneshaker has been optioned by the classic UK horror studio Hammer, and Cross Creek productions.
Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a scientific paranormal investigator with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is author of six books including Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries and Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore.
Chad Ramey is a amateur nuclear physicist, engineer, and NASA intern. Chad owns and operates the world's smallest nuclear fusion reactor.
Stephen W. Ramsden
Stephen W. Ramsden is the founder and director of the worlds largest Solar Astronomy outreach program, The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, a nonprofit 501c3.
Trina Ray is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn operated out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In her current position she coordinates all the Titan science opportunities for the Cassini Mission. She is an active public speaker for NASA, invited to give many talks around the nation.
Omar Rayyan is an award-winning fantasy illustrator who lives and works in Massachusetts. His old world inspired watercolor and oil paintings are created primarily for the children’s books and magazine market. He is also known for his illustrations in Atlas Games, Once Upon a Time, and Magic: the Gathering.
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award-winner for short fiction, including 5 Hugos from a record 36 nominations, His work includes 71 novels, 269 stories, 3 screenplays, and 41 anthologies.
John D. Ringo
John Ringo is an award winning author of science fiction, fantasy and action thrillers.
Internationally acclaimed and award-winning writer & illustrator best known for his comics adventures featuring $crooge McDuck, Donald Duck and the other characters featured in the Disney comics as originally created by Carl Barks.
Teryl Rothery is best known for her starring role of Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1.
Jacob Rougemont is a writer/researcher for Marvel Comics. He has written on such books as the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, the Official Index to the Marvel Universe, the History of the Marvel Universe and Heroic Age: X-Men. He also provides research for various TPB & HC collections.
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.
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Chris Sarandon is an American actor who is best known for playing Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night, and Detective Mike Norris in the first entry of the Child's Play series, and providing the speaking voice of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
» Adam Savage
In addition to co-hosting Discovery Channel's MythBusters, Adam teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow he also finds time to devote to his own art — his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, all for best science-fiction novel of the year. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he was one of the writers for that program.
Raphael Sbarge has explored countless worlds in more than 40 years as an actor, from fairy tales, as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket in Once Upon a Time; to outer space as the heroic Kaidan Alenko in the highly acclaimed videogame series Mass Effect and Michael Jonas in Star Trek: Voyager.
Dr. Schneiderman is a neuroscientist at UPenn working on NASA and NIH funded research on astronaut performance and sleep deprivation.
Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned open-source technologist and published author, specializing in the Perl and Smalltalk programming languages, and is the host of the FLOSS Weekly open-source podcast.
Joel Shepherd is an Australian SF&Fantasy author. He currently has seven published novels, including the Trial of Blood and Steel Quartet, and the Cassandra Kresnov Trilogy, the second series of which will be released later in 2013 with Pyr SF, commencing with 23 Years on Fire.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of Nocturnal, Ancestor, Infected, and Contagious, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing, and the co-founder of Dark Overlord Media, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (The Rookie, The Starter, The All-Pro, and The MVP).
Anthony Simcoe is a graduate of Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He is best known in Australia for his role as Steve Kerrigan in The Castle and better known throughout the rest of the world for his portrayal of D’Argo on Farscape.
Aiden Sinclair is the worlds premier Paranormal Illusionist. His seance style shows use the art of illusion to bring haunted history to life.
Doug Sneyd has been under contract with Playboy since 1964 and has had over 450 full-page color cartoons published in the magazine; Dark Horse Comics featured 270 of his cartoons in The Art of Doug Sneyd. The 248-page hardcover book was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.
Actor / comedian / raconteur Dana Snyder is Aqua Teen Hunger Force's "Master Shake," Squidbillies' "Granny," and Minoriteam's "Dr. Wang."
Christopher Soghoian is a privacy researcher and activist, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. He is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project.
Samantha Sommersby is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series, published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., and Fallen, book one in a new urban fantasy series to be published by Penguin/ACE, written in collaboration with national best-selling author Jeanne C. Stein.
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints. Some of the authors she works with include Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Jack Campbell, Rachel Caine, Anne Bishop, Ilona Andrews, and Karen Chance.
Jennifer Spence’s recent roles include the brainy and secretly libidinous Dr. Lisa Park on SyFy's Stargate Universe. She is presently appearing in a recurring role on the highly anticipated new Shaw Media series Continuum.
» Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole is a New York Times Bestselling author of over 45 novels, including I, Jedi, Rogue Squadron, and Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde.
Kim Steadman is a Flight Systems Engineer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During her over 12 years on Cassini, she has been a Mission Planner, Science Planner and currently a Systems Engineer. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Jeanne C. Stein
Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. Her award winning series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. Her newest book, Haunted, was released August 28.
» S. M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling is a fantasy and science fiction author; latest books The Given Sacrifice and A Shadow of Falling Night.
» William Stout
William Stout is an American fantasy artist and illustrator with a specialization in paleontological art. His paintings have been shown in over seventy exhibitions, including twelve one-man shows. He has worked on over thirty feature films, doing everything from storyboard art to production design.
Jonathan Bradley Strickland
Jonathan Strickland is a writer, podcaster and video host for HowStuffWorks.com and Discovery Communications.
In addition to being developer of White Wolf's new hit game, Mummy, C.A. was an author of their flagship property, Vampire, as well as scores of books for both the World of Darkness and Dungeons & Dragons. His new novel, Big Iron, should be out in time for Dragon*Con.
Kristine Sutherland has conquered fantasy worlds large (as Joyce Summers on the cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and small (as the next-door neighbor, Mae Thompson, in the hit Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids). She has also appeared in The Following and New Amsterdam.
Dave is one of the investigators/evidence analyst on the popular SyFy Channel TV show Ghost Hunters. Besides the paranormal, Dave enjoys photography, music, and magic.
“Jake” Tarbox spent most of his adult life in Japan, working as a media manager and television personality. After working at Coamix Inc. as senior editor of Raijin Comics, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics. He now runs Arashi Productions.
Karen E Taylor
Karen E. Taylor is the author of the seven novel Vampire Legacy series, Twelve Steps from Darkness, a stand-alone ghost novel, and numerous short stories, a collection thereof which garnered her a Bram Stoker Award nomination.
Lauren Tom has provided the voices for both mother and daughter characters on two animated TV comedy series: on Futurama she voices Amy Wong and her mother Inez, and on King of the Hill she voiced Minh & Connie Souphanousinphone.
Keegan Connor Tracy
Keegan Connor Tracy can now be seen on ABC's Once Upon a Time as the Blue Fairy.
Jeremy Treece is a comic book illustrator and colorist who has worked on books for Marvel (Zombie Christmas Carol), IDW (Vitriol the Hunter, Angel After the Fall), Speakeasy (Hero@Large), Dynomite Entertainment (The Warriors: Jailbreak), Eon Productions (Kid Nash) and his own, Crisishour Productions (Gravity Girl, Fearsome As The Night).
Laura Layne Tyler
Laura joined Season 3 of SyFy's original reality TV series Face Off in 2012. She is a professional FX makeup artist who has worked in her field for more then 10 years and cant stop talking about cos-play and makeup.
» James Urbaniak
James Urbaniak provides the voice for Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros., as well as the Doctor's brother, Jonas Venture Junior and the super-villain Phantom Limb.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wicked series and two dozen other books. She is one of the queens of epic dark fantasy. Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Witch Hunt trilogy, and the Kiss trilogy.
» Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Wagner received household recognition worldwide when she broke the mold for women on television with her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers. As she collaborated with the writers, The Bionic Woman became an inspiration around the world and in 1977 Lindsay won the Emmy for "Best Actress in a Dramatic Role."
Travis Walton's book Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience was the basis for the Paramount film Fire in the Sky. He has appeared in live venues and media worldwide. He has many new projects in development, including an ongoing effort to get a remake of his movie.
» Garrett Wang
Wang is best known for his role as Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager which ran from 1995 to 2001. He was keen to participate in a new role for the 2007 fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
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. She edited the ezine Crescent Blues for eight years. Her video interviews and short subjects are a regular feature of Buzzymag.com.
Billy Dee Williams
The Coolest man in the Galaxy, Billy Dee Williams is loved by millions of fans world wide from his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars universe! His acting career spans over 50 years and hundreds of film and TV roles!
Genelle Williams portrayed Leena on the Syfy series Warehouse 13.
» Skip Williams
Skip Williams, is an American author and game designer. He is best known as co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, as the longtime author of Dragon Magazine's column "Sage Advice," and onetime director of the Gen Con Game Fair.
Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is an author of SF and contemporary fiction, a bladesmith and gunsmith, and a consultant for TV and movie productions, the military, disaster preparedness operations and equipment manufacturers.
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.
Comfort Love & Adam Withers are the three-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the series The Uniques, Uniques Tales, and Rainbow in the Dark. Currently working on a massive "How To" book for Random House - The Complete DIY Guide for Comics, Manga, and Webcomics Self-Publishing.
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.
Janny Wurts has authored 18 published books, including three novels in collaboration, a short story collection, and contributed thirty stories to separate anthologies. Also a professional fantasy artist, she illustrates her own covers, with numerous exhibitions to her credit and a painting in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
A professional writer for 45 years, Yarbro is best known for her award-winning Saint-Germain series of historical horror novels.
Alex Zahara has an impressive resume of roles and has played more characters in the various Stargate shows than anyone; he can currently be seen as King Midas in the hit Once Upon a Time.
Timothy Zahn is the author of over forty novels and nearly a hundred short stories. He’s best known for his nine Star Wars books, with a tenth, Scoundrels, to be published January 2013. He’s also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series.