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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.
Curt is a professional magician and speaker about lying and deception. Curt has performed extensively across the US as well as internationally.
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson has published 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels.
Shamier Anderson plays the role of the mysterious Agent Xavier Dolls in SyFy's Wynonna Earp. He will be seen recurring on the 2017 FOX miniseries Shots Fired and has appeared in Trailer Park Boys, NBC's Constantine, SyFy's Defiance and Killjoys, The CW's The Tomorrow People, and BBC America's Intruders.
» Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson is the NY Times bestselling author of the alt-hist/military/sci-fi Destroyermen Series. He has a master's degree in history, is a gun maker, forensic ballistic archaeologist, actor, and technical consultant for movies and documentaries involving 18th, 19th and early 20th century combat.
Emily Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the showrunner and executive producer of SyFy’s new hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the showrunner and executive producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the supervising producer on Killjoys.
Katherine Barrell has appeared in numerous television shows in both Canada and the USA. She has a strong love for comedy performance and studied improvisation at the famous Groundlings Comedy School in California. She is most known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught in The SyFy Network's Wynonna Earp.
GABO, (Gabriel Bautista) is the artist for The Life After written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, (Oni Press.) He is a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nominee, as well as an Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist.
Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake Bible is the author of over 40 novels including the bestselling Z-Burbia, as well as Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (Dead Mech, The Americans, Metal and Ash), the Mega series, and others.
Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times best selling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series as well as numerous traditional fantasy books.
James Burns is a television graphic designer, comic book creator, and illustrator who lives in Athens, Georgia.
» Jim Butcher
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.
» Kirsten Z. Cairns
Stage director, public speaker and singer Kirsten Z Cairns is a senior staffer for TheOneRing.net. Seen at events as a panelist for TORn, performer, or interviewing Hobbit cast members, Cairns brings her knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and all things fantasy to all her interactions with fans and celebs!
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) writes the New York Times bestselling series The Lost Fleet which has been published in 14 languages, and the steampunk meets high fantasy series The Pillars of Reality. His most recent books are Vanguard and Daughter of Dragons. Jack/John is a retired Navy officer.
» Jamie Chambers
Jamie Chambers is an award-winning tabletop game designer who recently re-launched the classic Metamorphosis Alpha RPG, but is also known for his work on Dragonlance, Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, and Supernatural. He lives in north Georgia, constantly juggling projects great and small.
Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/ Costume Design at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL. He holds a MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has designed costumes for various regional theatres and has extensive experience in Early Twentieth Century Corsetry, Kilt Construction and Costume Technology.
David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.
» Larry Correia
Larry Correia is a Dragon Award winning, New York Times bestselling author with Baen Books.
Delilah S. Dawson
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the Ladycastle comic from BOOM! Studios, the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, and Scorched, and the Shadows series, written as Lila Bowen and beginning with Wake of Vultures.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of a ton of fiction over two-plus decades in the worlds of TV shows, movies, comics, and games, as well as his own universes from the fictional Cliff's End and Super City to the fantastical Key West and New York.
Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.
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.
Nicholas Eftimiades in an author and lecturer. He's spent 34 years in US defense and diplomatic positions with postings in Europe and Asia. Eftimiades authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology and society, and outer space related issues.
Director Mike Faber is the founder and chief creative officer of the highly geeky and ever expanding ESO Podcast Network. Mike also hosts The Earth Station One & Earth Station Who podcasts. He is the webmaster for esopodcast.com, which celebrates all things sci-fi, fantasy and much, much more.
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.
» Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion is an and voice actor best known for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle, as well as his earlier portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity. Fillion will be appearing Friday only.
Eric Flint's writing career began with the SF novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He’s also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
Sean M Forney
Sean Forney is a professional artist working on Lord of Gore, Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Badger, Cyberines, Bloodstrike, TMNT, Back to the Future, Notti & Nyce, Do You Pooh?, Blindside. Sean self-publishes Scarlet Huntress and Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney.
Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Five-time Fulbrighter Charles Gannon’s best-selling Caine Riordan sci-fi novels were all Nebula finalists. While working on the forthcoming Broken World fantasies, he collaborates with Eric Flint and appears in various anthologies.
Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux
Richard “Lord British Garriott is a founding father of both the video game industry and commercial spaceflight industry. He is the originator of the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre through his pioneering Ultima series and is the first 2nd generation American astronaut.
Gil Gerard is best-known to SF audiences as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers in the SF TV series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. His other roles include several movie and TV series appearances.
» Gary Gianni
Gary Gianni is an Eisner and Spectrum award-winning illustrator. His comics include the Shadow, Batman, Indiana Jones, Tom Strong, and MonsterMen.
Karen Gillan is a Scottish actress and former model, best known for playing the role of Amy Pond in the hit British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who. Karen will be appearing Saturday and Sunday only.
» Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas Gofton founded Lynnvander Studios producing the award-winning The Gamers films, Natural One and Hands of Fate. Thomas designed several tabletop games such as Albion’s Legacy, Galaxy Quest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragon Ball Z, The Terminator, and Cowboy Bebop before being published in Shadowrun: A World of Shadows.
» Lucas Graciano
Lucas Graciano, a 2017 Art Show Guest Judge, is a multi-award-winning freelance artist focusing primarily on fantasy illustration doing book covers, card art, and other promotional works.
Dr. Stephen Granade
Stephen Granade is a physicist specializing in lasers and robotic sensors. His sensors have read fingerprints from ten feet away, controlled robot helicopters, and guided the shuttle to Hubble. He’s the host of NASA's No Small Steps YouTube series and has won awards for presenting to non-scientist audiences.
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in the early Solar System. He was the science advisor for the TV series Eureka, Defiance, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as the movies Gravity, and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. He is also the co-author of the Hollyweird Science series of books.
Clay and Susan Griffith
Clay and Susan Griffith are authors of The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: Generation of Vipers, official tie-in novels for the hit CW shows. They are also the creators of the Vampire Empire series of novels.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K Hamilton is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Anita Blake and Meredith Gentry series of Paranormal Thrillers.
» Kim Harrison
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her life within an easy drive. Traditionally published, she’s written urban fantasy, YA, thrillers, and graphic novels, but she got her start with traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook.
A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley is the international bestselling author of 14 novels, the most recent of which are Steeplejack, a YA, African steam punk fantasy, Cathedrals of Glass (YA scifi) and Sekret Machines, a sweeping multimedia investigation of unexplained aerial phenomena co-written with Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves front man, Tom DeLonge.
John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the award-winning author of several urban fantasy and horror series, the host of the podcast Writing Rants, and the co-founder & publisher of Falstaff Books.
Lena Headey is best known for her roles as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, Queen Gorgo in the film 300, and Sarah Connor in the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Lena with be a guest at Dragon Con on Sunday and Monday only.
» Jon Heder
Jonathan Heder debuted in feature film as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama's Boy, When in Rome, and more. Jon will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.
Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna Hieber is an award winning, nationally bestselling author of gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books, such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, The Eterna Files, and Magic Most Foul series. Hieber, an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide, and proud goth, also loves working in television in NYC.
» Kathryn Hinds
Kathryn Hinds is the author of The Healer’s Choice, an epic fantasy published by Dark Oak Press. She is also a poet, short-story writer, editor, and author of fifty-one nonfiction books, including the six-book series Creatures of Fantasy. She teaches English at the University of North Georgia.
» Michael Hogan
Everybody knows the XO, Colonel Saul Tigh, of the Battlestar Galactica! Michael Hogan has well over a hundred film TV and audio credits to his name.
Mike Horner is a professional puppeteer and puppet builder and is the Artistic Director of Kansas City’s Mesner Puppet Theater. Mike is a fixture at pop culture conventions across the country with his puppet parodies of Star Wars and Doctor Who.
Faith Hunter is a New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author. She writes two Urban Fantasy series: Jane Yellowrock ( a Cherokee skinwalker) and Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels and RPG are post-apocalyptic fantasy featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage.
Robert Jimenez's art can be seen in sets from Topps and Upper Deck, most notably the 8 paintings he created for Upper Deck’s Firefly The VerseStrangewise No.9.
Les Johnson is a science and science fiction author and a NASA scientist. His novels include On to the Asteroid and Rescue Mode. Les was the featured Interstellar Explorer in National Geographic magazine, a technical consultant for the movie, Europa Report and is leading an asteroid rendezvous mission for NASA.
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.
New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. Since 2003, she's placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter, Nick Chronicles, Deadman’s Cross, Lords of Avalon, and The League.
Alethea Kontis is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon) and multi-award winning author of the Books of Arilland fairy tale series. She is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con.
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.
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costume/prop/puppet builder whose work includes the films The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Hunger Games; TV shows Dinosaurs!, Homeland, and Outcast; live properties such as Avenue Q and Star Trek: The Experience; and the books The Well Dressed Puppet, Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers.
» Stan Lee
Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters.
Starr Long has been making video games for twenty-five years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott. He was the Director of the groundbreaking MMO Ultima Online. He is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar, the second highest crowd funded videogame ever.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His novels Mars One and Joe Ledger are in development for film. His board game, V-Wars, is now available.
Don R Maitz
The award winning imaginative art of Don Maitz has appeared on hundreds of publications worldwide and as concept art for two feature animated films. Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character. His A-Maitz-ing images have delighted audiences for over forty years.
» Nick Maley
Over the course of 54 movies Nick Maley has worked as a make-up artist, prosthetics designer, director of special make-up and creature effects, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, and video director/producer. His credits include Star Wars, Superman I & II, The Shining, Flash Gordon, Krull, Lifeforce, Highlander, and many more.
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for adults, kids and teens.
Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin is the author of four epic fantasy series (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Fallen Kings, Ascendant Kingdoms, Darkhurst), an urban fantasy series (Deadly Curiosities) and a Steampunk series (Iron & Blood) for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Scourge (2017) launches her new Darkhurst epic fantasy series for Solaris.
Lee Martindale is known for editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town and as the writer of Bard's Road and stories in anthologies edited Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson and more. Her first novel, Camino Unreal, is slated for release in 2017.
Charles Martinet is an actor and voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Mario, the titular character in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise. He has held this role since 1994, longer than any other actor. He also voices Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.
» Zach McGowan
Zach McGowan is currently playing the series regular role of Roan on the CW Hit show The 100 as well as Captain Charles Vane in the Michael Bay executive- produced STARZ original series Black Sails.
Master of Disaster and scientist for fiction Mika McKinnon gleefully interjects science anywhere it can fit and a few places it doesn't.
Mark Meer is the voice of Commander Shepard in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy, and appears in the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series. He also voices Will MacKenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, and stars in the Canadian TV series Tiny Plastic Men and CAUTION: May Contain Nuts.
» Petar Meseldzija
2017 Art Show Guest of Honor Petar Meseldzija is a book artist and illustrator who is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest artists in the field of contemporary fantastic art.
Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, is a planetary geologist and system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Sarah works on spacecraft science operations, at the point where science and engineering meet. Sarah is lead Science Systems Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover, which will seek signs of ancient life on Mars.
Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in genre publishing for more than two decades, first at Tor for more than a decade, then briefly at Del Rey, until finally, on the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth, landing at Baen Books.
Rebecca Moesta has written novels in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Junior Jedi Knights series, and with husband Kevin J. Anderson, she wrote the Crystal Doors trilogy, fourteen Young Jedi Knights novels, six novelizations, lyrics for two rock CDs, graphic novels, and pop-up books.
Elizabeth Moon has published twenty-seven novels including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, over fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines, and four short fiction collections, most recently Deeds of Honor. Her most recent novel is Cold Welcome (Del Rey, April 2017.)
Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye has written dozens of books and over 150 short stories, most of them with a humorous bent. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium, Moon Beam, and Myth-Fits. She also teaches the annual Dragon Con Two-Day Writers Workshop.
» Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen is an American voice actor who is well-known as Raphael in the older TMNT series and Donatello in the new TMNT series, Arthur in The Tick, the title role in The Mask, Max in Mighty Max, Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, and Jack in Danny Phantom.
» Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. He made his comics debut in 2014, writing Batman for Detective Comics.
Diana Peterfreund is the author of eleven books for adults and children, including the Killer Unicorns series and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. And the Goonies-meets-spaceships series Omega City.
Billie Piper’s transition into acting began when she joined the BBC series Doctor Who as companion 'Rose Tyler'. After, Piper currently stars as ‘Brona Croft’ in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. She will be appearing at Dragon Con Sunday and Monday Only.
Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico is a multi-award winning and best-selling author of fifteen novels and many more non-fiction books, short stories and audio books from a variety of publishers. He won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards in both the Novel and Anthology categories, and is best known for his Sentinels superhero series.
» Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest is the author of more than twenty books and novellas, including the new release Brimstone as well as haunted house thriller The Family Plot, acclaimed horror novel Maplecroft, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series. She's also an active member of George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards Consortium.
Dominique Provost-Chalkley began dancing and acting at the age of 4 after she quickly discovering her passion for all performing arts. Her favorite project to date is filming Wynonna Earp where she plays Wynonna's younger sister Waverly. Other credits include 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
» Trina Ray
Trina is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn (JPL/NASA). She coordinates the Titan opportunities and is the Science-Planning/Sequencing Team Deputy. She is also a newly named Investigation Scientist for the Mission to Europa and an active public speaker, invited to give many talks around the nation.
Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He has written 76 novels, 280 stories, 10 books of non-fiction, 3 screenplays, and currently edits Galaxy's Edge magazine and Stellar Guild books.
» Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum is a film and TV actor, producer, and comedian. He is known for his performance as Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of "The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time." Michael will be a co-host at the Night at the Aquarium event.
Tim Ronzon’s first major role was playing heartthrob Tommy Quincy on the teen drama series Instant Star. Recent series leads include two seasons playing Mutt Schitt on CBC’s runaway comedy Schitt’s Creek and charismatic gambler Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp.
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.
Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a published author, corporate trainer, and podcaster, and best known for his FLOSS Weekly podcast (now in its 10th year), covering open source projects and people.
Catherine M. Scully
Catherine Scully is a book illustrator (Winterspell, Labyrinth Lost) and writer of middle-grade, young adult, and adult ficiton
Josh Agle (probably better known as Shag, a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) is a painter, illustrator and designed working in Southern California.
» Rekha Sharma
Rekha Sharma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Core, Battlestar Galactica and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his young-adult Galactic Football League series.
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK at age 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who. Since leaving Doctor Who, Smith has launched himself into a film career.
Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her "real life" day job to write full-time in 2007. She is the author of a dozen works including the critically acclaimed paranormal romance series, Forbidden. She also writes the Fallen Siren series as S.J. Harper in collaboration with Jeanne C. Stein.
Anne Sowards is an executive editor at Penguin Random House, where she primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for the Ace and Roc imprints.
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 is a system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently she is a Tactical Uplink Lead for the Curiosity Rover and a Science System Engineer for the Mars 2020 Rover. Her job is to enable science while keeping the spacecraft safe and happy.
» Annie Stegg
2017 Art Show Guest Judge Annie Stegg's art career began at 7 years old, when she had her first art show at her school. Since then, she has never stopped painting and has worked for clients across the world.
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult series, the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series, and the Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Gothic horror series. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.
» S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling published his first novel Snowbrother in 1984. In 1995 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became an American citizen in 2004. His latest books were Prince John and The Sea Peoples, and next is And Carry a Big Stick (March 2018) all from Roc/Penguin.
“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 popular Vampire Legacy series, Cellar, numerous short stories, and a collection which earned her a Bram Stoker Award nomination. She’s currently working on a new urban fantasy series, new Vampire Legacy novellas, and a sequel to Romancing the Pterodactyl.
» Tasya Teles
Tasya Teles was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on The 100, Rogue, and Supernatural.
Adam Bryce Thomas
Adam Bryce Thomas is a comic artist currently penciling for Archie Comic's Sonic Universe series. Additionally, Adam has collaborated with many writers as lead artist.
» Karl Urban
Karl Urban is best known for playing éomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Cupid and Julius Caesar in Xena: Warrior Princess, Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, and Judge Dredd in the 2012 film Dredd. He recently played the main character John Kennex in the television series Almost Human.
» Kate Vernon
Kate Vernon boasts a strong resume of performances but is best known for her role in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.
Debbie Viguié is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series and four dozen other novels. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie is also a demonologist and an actress. She plays a recurring character on the show Doctor Geek’s Laboratory.
Dr. Scott Viguié
Dr. Scott Viguié is an archaeologist, novelist, actor, and consultant for the National Science Academy’s Science and Entertainment Exchange. He created Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach web series exploring concepts from science fiction and relating them to scientific breakthroughs, and Doctor Geek’s Science Fair.
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 is the publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.
John J Wick
John Wick makes games. He also writes short stories, novels and scripts, but mostly, he makes games. His most recent project is 7th Sea: Second Edition.
Michael Z. Williamson
Michael Z. Williamson is a best selling and award winning author of science fiction, and a #1 Amazon bestseller in political humor. A veteran of the US Army and USAF, he also consults to private clients and TV and movie productions.
Janny Wurts, published author of 18 novels, a short story collection, and thirty two short stories. Also a Chesley award winning illustrator, she also paints her own book covers, and has a painting in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
In her 49-year-long career, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has sold 97 books and 83 shorter works in many genres. She is best-known for her Saint-Germain series of historical horror stories.
2017 Literary Guest of Honor Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Thomas F. Zahler
Thom Zahler is the creator, writer and artist of the superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes and an animation writer. He has also written and drawn IDW’s My Little Pony as well as his creator owned work, Long Distance and Time and Vine.
Timothy Zahn is the author of ten Star Wars books and the Cobra, Quadrail, and Dragonback series. Recent books include StarCraft: Evolution and A Call to Arms, the second of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber. Upcoming books include Star Wars: Thrawn, and Sibyl’s War Chronicles I: Pawn.