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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.
» Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is a #1 NYT bestselling Urban Fantasy author. She is best known for the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books, but has also penned numerous fantasy novels. She currently has twenty-two books in print, with two more scheduled for 2016.
» Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written a ton of tie-in fiction set in the worlds of Star Trek, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate SG-1, Heroes Reborn, Marvel Comics, etc., and original fiction set in the fictional Cliff's End and Super City and the mostly real New York and Key West.
» Mark Dos Santos
At conventions, Mark is known for his Norman Rockwell inspired Gotham Evening Post illustrations. He has illustrated Imperial from Image Comics and A Train Called Love from Dynamite Entertainment. In the literary world Mark’s illustrations can be seen in various titles from Silence in the Library.
» Margaret Downey
Downey has been published in three books: Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and 50 Voices of Disbelief. Downey's unique character "The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse" was created in 1996 to teach critical thinking skills as a representative of the Skeptic community.
» Nick Eftimiades
Nicholas Eftimiades in an author and lecturer and lives in Tokyo, Japan. His career spans several US government agencies and includes innovation, strategic, futures, and technology planning. Mr. Eftimiades authored fiction and non fiction books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology, and outer space issues.
» Sam Flegal
Sam Flegal is a fantasy illustrator working on such projects as Warhammer Fantasy, Legend of the Five Rings, and Monster Hunter International. His clients include Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games, Alderac Entertainment Group, and Hero Games. Sam's work has been featured on book covers, box covers, and in card games.
» Quinton Flynn
Quinton has played such famous characters as: Jonny Quest, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon and Snowbell. His animated television appearances include: Robot Chicken, The Last Airbender, Animaniacs, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, My Life as a Teenage Robot, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, The Avengers and many more.
» Esther Friesner
Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of over forty novels, two hundred-plus short stories as well as being the editor of eleven anthologies. She is best known for having created the popular six-volume Chicks in Chainmail series and for her YA series, the Princesses of Myth.
» Christopher Golden
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind, Tin Men, Dead Ringers and many other novels, and the co-creator of two Dark Horse Comics series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. His novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.
» Tom Heintjes
Tom Heintjes is the co-founder and publisher of Hogan's Alley magazine, one of the leading magazines on contemporary and classic cartooning. He is a former managing editor of The Comics Journal and for years wrote biographical essays for Will Eisner’s Spirit magazine for Kitchen Sink Press.
» Bill Holbrook
Single-handedly creating three daily comic strips beginning with his first in 1984, Bill Holbrook has produced over 80 year's worth of material. On the Fastrack, Safe Havens and the Internet's longest-running webcomic Kevin and Kell continue their uniquely skewed viewpoints in all forms of new media.
» Richard Kadrey
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Some of his other books include The Perdition Score, The Everything Box, Butcher Bird, and Dead Set. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.”
» Bill Keel
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 spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, space technology, and astronomical tourism.
» Alethea Kontis
Alethea Kontis is a bestselling author, fairy tale princess, YouTube celebrity, and host of Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow.
» Leighann Lord
Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian, author of Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget, and a co-host of NatGeo’s Emmy-nominated late-night science and pop culture show, StarTalk, with Neil de Grasse Tyson.
» Mark Maddox
Mark Maddox is a Rondo Award and Pulp Factory Award winning artist. His illustrations and covers include Doctor Who Magazine, Screem Magazine (including Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Warner Brothers, EMCE Toys Star Trek line, HorrorHound, Little Shoppe of Horrors, Moonstone Comics, Mad Scientist Magazine, Alchemy Werks DVD and more.
» Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a bestselling and award-winning author of teen and adult fantasy fiction and a former Emmy award winning TV producer.
» Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale is the editor of Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town. As a writer, she’s known for Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and others.
» Georgia McBride
Georgia McBride is a fantasy author and publisher at Month9Books, speculative fiction for teens and tweens, where nothing is as it seems. She is also a book packager and film/TV producer.
» Mark Meer
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. He also appears in the Dragon Age and Baldur's Gate games, and is a co-creator, writer, and star of Tiny Plastic Men, available on Hulu in the USA.
» James A. Moore
James A Moore is the bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels, including the Seven Forges fantasy series, Alien: Sea of Sorrows and more. With Jonathan Maberry and Christopher Golden he is the co host of the Three Guys with Beards pop culture podcast.
» E.C. Myers
E. C. Myers is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories and three young adult novels: the Andre Norton Award winning Fair Coin, Quantum Coin, and The Silence of Six.
» Samantha R. Oester
Samantha (Dr. Cyborg) is an aquatic scientist, specializing in marine conservation, aquatic microbiology, exploration research, and science communication. She dabbles in coding and programming and is a self-proclaimed movie/TV/book geek. She is Chair of the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress and PhD research fellow at George Mason University.
» Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is the award-winning author of the Sentinels superhero novels and the Shattering space opera series, and creator of the Assembled books about Marvel's Avengers. He has more than a dozen novels and many stories in print from various publishers and hosts the White Rocket Podcast.
» Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of twenty books and novellas, including the acclaimed gothic horror novels Maplecroft and Chapelwood from Roc, the hit young adult book I Am Princess X from Scholastic, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series from Tor.
» Chad Ramey
Chad Ramey is a computer science student at Georgia Tech and professional researcher in wearable computing, robotics, and machine learning. In his freetime, Chad builds high energy experimental physics apparatus in his garage. To date, Chad is most known for having built the world's smallest nuclear fusion reactor.
» Robert J. Schwalb
Robert J. Schwalb is a writer, game designer, and game developer best known for his contributions to Dungeons and Dragons, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Schwalb launched his own imprint in 2014, Schwalb Entertainment, and produced the wildly popular Shadow of the Demon Lord in 2015.
» Rikki Simons
Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM.
» Eric P. Spana
Eric Spana is a biology professor at Duke University specializing in genetics and molecular biology who explains the unusual and fantastic occurrences in science fiction, fantasy and video games using the biological mechanisms already identified on Earth. Sometimes he has to point out the really, really bad science, too.
» Kim Steadman
Kim Steadman is a Science Planning Engineer and Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn. She holds a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
» Jeanne C. Stein
Jeanne Stein, bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and most recently the Fallen Siren Series, written as S. J. Harper. Her short story credits include "Love Story" in the NYT Bestselling Dead But Not Forgotten, and "The Wolf’s Paw" in the bestselling Nightmares Unhinged.
» Debbie Viguié
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 show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.
» Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, author, actor, attorney, and creator of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach series exploring concepts from science fiction and relating them to scientific breakthroughs. He created Doctor Geek’s Science Fair, a traveling show combining 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 popular art books. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she co-edited the 40th anniversary World Fantasy Con anthology Unconventional Fantasy and is a frequent contributor to BUZZYMAG.com.
» Toni Weisskopf
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and others. With Josepha Sherman she wrote the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.