Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date
Steven-Elliot Altman is a bestselling SciFi author (Depreivers, Zen In The Art Of Slaying Vampires, The Killswitch Review, Batman: Fear Itself), Screenwriter, graphic novelist (The Irregulars) and videogame writer, director and designer (9Dragons, Pearl’s Peril, Ancient Aliens).
Tony A Ballard-Smoot
Model, cosplayer, speaker and enthusiast. Tony works diligently to promote the steampunk, cosplay, modeling and maker communities as a whole. He travels extensively around the United states working within the various communities in a variety of roles.
Evan Bernstein is a co-host of the award-winning podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He has given live presentations around the world on topics including; the direct harms of pseudoscience, woo in the martial arts, and the truth behind paranormal investigations.
Denver-based author David Boop’s She Murdered Me with Science re-released in 2017. His tie-ins include Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. He edited Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen. David's worked on Savage Worlds' Rippers Resurrected, Deadlands: Noir and Flash Gordon.
Jonathan P Brazee
Jonathan P Brazee is a retired Marine colonel, writer with 25+ fiction titles and 130k books sold to date. and member of SFWA.
Raychelle is a chemist in the Ivory Tower, though she often makes a tower break to talk about the science behind pop-culture and can be seen on Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of science. She also writes a monthly forensic science column for Chemistry World.
Alison Carrier is the UI/UX Designer for Red Crow Austin, a mobile game studio created by Electronic Arts. A seasoned mobile developer, she is currently the first female designer for The Simpsons: Tapped Out. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in video games.
Star of CBS' hit TV show Hunted. Author of military fantasy Shadow Ops series from Ace/Roc and The Sacred Throne series from Tor.com. Author of military history Legion vs. Phalanx from Osprey.
Evan Currie is a military science fiction author of more than 15 novels, notably the Odyssey One series and the Silver Wings series.
Paul B Currie
Paul Currie is a Professor of Biology and Chemistry, specializing in online science education and a world traveler. He presents on using pop culture in to explain science in the classroom and how science influences pop culture. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia.
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing and science outreach. Together with her co-hosts in the Curly Hair Mafia (curlyhairmafia.com), she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.
Ken Feinberg is known as the Chaos Demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as the Alien Captain from Star Trek Enterprise as well as an award-winning producer, director and writer having worked on over 100 projects.
Emily A Finke
By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator, Emily has spent the past 20 years teaching in museums, nature centers, pubs, and anywhere else there's an audience.
Ben Fisher writes comic books (including the best-selling Grumpy Cat and the acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller The Great Divide) and performs techno-inspired nerd rock as the band Tesla Deathray Survivors Anonymous.
Michael D. French
Co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's.
Mark W. Gura
Mark W. Gura is an author, the Vice President of the Atheist Alliance of America and also the Executive Director of the nonprofit Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism (AMMSB.org).
Nancy Holzner is the author of the Deadtown urban fantasy series, published by Ace. There are six books in the Deadtown series, which features Boston shapeshifter and demon exterminator Vicky Vaughn.
Rachel is a podcaster, entertainer, educator, and cosplayer. She lends her unique inelegant brand of comedy too many different shows on the Geek IO media network.
D. Alan Lewis is an author of steampunk, fantasy, and new-Pulp. His debut novel, The Blood in Snowflake Garden is being developed into a television series. Alan’s other works include The Lightning Bolts of Zeus, The Bishop of Port Victoria, and Keely, along with twenty published short stories.
Michael Livingston’s historical fantasy series The Shards of Heaven is being published published by Tor Books. An award-winning writer and professor, Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. He teaches at The Citadel, specializing in the Middle Ages and speculative literature.
Robot Battles founder Kelly Lockhart has been entertaining crowds for nearly 30 years now, overseeing the popular sport of mechanical mayhem. He is also a science fiction editor; check out his latest anthology (co-edited with John Ringo) Black Tide Rising, a collection of zombie apocalypse stories.
Angela F. Mattke
Practing Emergency Physician with a passion for protecting patients from scams, frauds, and charlatans. A staunch supporter of science, she has been a guest speaker at skeptics conferences in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Australia.
Melinda R. Mock
Co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's.
Julien Musolino is a cognitive scientist, public speaker, and author who holds a dual appointment in the Psychology Department and the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. His research has been published in top scientific journals and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
James Neathery is a professional steampunk artist who appeared on the TV series Steampunk'd on GSN
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. An internationally known science communicator with multiple TV appearances, two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine), and has produced two courses for The Great Courses.
Melissa F Olson
Melissa F. Olson is the author of seven Old World novels for 47North as well as the Tor.com novella Nightshades and its sequels. She lives in Madison, WI with her husband, two kids, three dogs, and two jittery chinchillas. Read more about her work and life at MelissaFOlson.com.
Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards, a "method writer", has trained professionally in sword fighting to learn how to write the perfect fight scenes. She still has yet to hit George Lucas levels of severed limbs though.
Gray Rinehart writes stories and songs and serious things. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press, and his songs have been played on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books, and a USAF veteran.
Tedd Roberts / Dr. Robert E. Hampson, writes SF as well as the science behind hard-science fiction. He has advised more than a dozen SF/F writers, game developers and TV writers, and is considered by many to be the most likely scientist to create a Zombie Apocalypse!
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist. She writes about DNA, cells and all things microscopic for Science News magazine.
Dr. Eli Sheff
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. An expert witness, speaker, and author of three books and 20 academic articles, Dr. Eli is also a relationship coach and blogs for Psychology Today.
R Alan Siler
R. Alan Siler is the author of Doctor Who's Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Stories From Time and Space, and Star Trek's Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Stories From the Final Frontier. He's had essays published in collections about Doctor Who, Star Trek and David Bowie.
Fr. Bryan Small
Catholic Priest and pop culture geek, Fr. Bryan has been participating in discussions on various tracks for a number of years. He brings his insights from academia, spirituality, and fandom into the mix.
Ken Spivey is a musician, entertainer, songwriter, & author who is best known for his MTV & NPR praised Doctor Who themed band, "The Ken Spivey Band," plus his avant-garde, multi city, one day Doctor Who convention called "Time Lord Fest." In addition, Ken is an expert in gender theory.
Laurie S. Sutton
Laurie S. Sutton is the author of an ongoing series of novels for young readers featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. Her other work includes writing Star Trek comics for Marvel, DC, and Malibu Comics. She is a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics.
Alexi Vandenberg, Geek Entrepreneur and Commentator. He is also the owner of Rabid Fanboy Marketing, Bard's Tower and the Supervillain Network
R.R. Virdi is the Dragon Award-nominated author of the paranormal investigator series: The Grave Report
Mark H Wandrey
Mark Wandrey has been a writer his whole life, creating diverse and best selling books that compel and delight fans of all ages.
Dr. Mel. White is an anthropologist and science educator who writes and draws silly cartoons.
Will Wight is the Amazon best-selling author of the Traveler's Gate trilogy, the Elder Empire cycle, and the Cradle series. He has sold over 300,000 books.
Fran Wilde is the author of the Andre Norton- and Compton Crook Award-winning, Nebula-nominated novel Updraft (Tor), its sequels, Cloudbound, and Horizon (2017). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com and the 2017 Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror.
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.
Rob Levy is the writer of Doctor Whooligan blog, arts and culture writer for ALIVE Magazine, music and pop culture writer for several publications, blogger and podcaster for needcoffee.com, and occasional contributor to ESO Podcast. He is also the host of Juxtaposition on KDHX Radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Catherine M. Scully
Catherine Scully is a book illustrator (Winterspell, Labyrinth Lost) and writer of middle-grade, young adult, and adult ficiton
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of over twenty-three years experience and author of the popular Vamped YA series and Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, as well as numerous short stories and the essay “Abuse” in the Dear Bully anthology.
J. D. Horn is the author of the standalone dark fantasy Shivaree and the bestselling Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo). The Witching Savannah series has been/is being translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish , and Romanian.
Thomas Mariani is a writer and podcaster. He's currently the co-managing editor of the Austin based website OneOfUs.net and writes for Gruesome Magazine. His podcasting history includes co-hosting Horror News Radio, The Hannibal Fan Podcast, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast & The Monster Movie Podcast.
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Titan Books, acquiring science fiction, fantasy (epic and modern), horror, and licensed fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, Flash, and more. He's worked with Greg Bear, Alan Dean Foster, David Gemmell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Lebbon, David Morrell, Timothy Zahn, and more.
Curt is a professional magician and speaker about lying and deception. Curt has performed extensively across the US as well as internationally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 104 short stories published, His debut novel, Another Girl, Another Planet, was published this year by WordFire Press.
A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and gamer. He's had several shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and penned a well-received novella for RSI’s website called: A Separate Law. 1636: Mission to the Mughals, co-authored with Eric Flint, is available from Baen Booksg.
The Black Saint
I still toil daily at horrornews.net, gruesomemagazine.com, and whatever other outlets are fool enough to publish my ramblings. I'm also a co-host at the Horror News Radio podcast, and the Decades Of Horror: The 70's podcast.
CJ is a podcaster, comedian, author, and professional geek. He runs the Geek IO Media Network and its podcasts.
Richard Lee Byers
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He also writes graphic novel and contributes to the development of electronic games. He invites everyone to Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and/or Ello.
Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. RWA RITA award winner, RT Book Club best paranormal novel of 2012.
David P. Dreher
An avid horror fan - Dave is the lead news reporter at The Horror Channel as well as co-host of Horror News Radio. He has also worked as Tom Savini's webmaster since 1997.
Andy is a real, live rocket scientist who flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology.
Marc Alan Edelheit
Best Selling Author, Marc Alan Edelheit writes Military Science Fiction and Fantasy. He authored the award winning Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Office Series and Tales of the Seventh. Marc is the Host of the 2Cent History Podcast, A historical Consultant for PC Video Games, A hardcore History Fanatic,Adventurist.
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and an author in the SF, military SF, fantasy, alt history, horror, noir... etc. genres. She lives with her husband and two daughters.
Michael is an award-winning writer and podcaster in pop culture. He also contributes to the Dragon Con Newbies group, which helps new attendees to the convention.
Musician turned law school graduate turned literary agent, Moe Ferrara holds the dual roles of literary agent and subsidiary rights director at BookEnds Literary. A fandom girl and cosplayer at heart, she represents Sci-Fi and Fantasy for all ages and is LGBT+ friendly.
Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi, including the 2016 Dragon Award Nominated Novel for Best horror, Honor at Stake. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble.
John L. Flynn
Dr. John L. Flynn is an author, screenwriter, and three-time Hugo nominee. His recent book, Intimate Bondage, has spawned a series and likely a big screen adaptation, based upon his screenplay. With Bob Blackwood, Flynn penned the humorous and witty Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond.
Christine is the Associate Art Director for Tor.com Publishing, which she helped launch in September 2015. She been working in publishing for over ten years, creating hundreds of book covers.
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom (2016 Dragon Awards finalist for Best Apocalyptic Novel) and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.
Ronald Thomas Garner
Ronald T. Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press dedicated to speculative fiction. He also a writer with works published in multiple anthologies, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.
Jaym Gates is an author, editor, and communications consultant. Her anthologies include WAR STORIES, GENIUS LOCI, and LEGENDS OF STRATEGY, she and has written for the FIREFLY, BLUE ROSE, and TIANXIA RPGs . She is also active in crisis management consulting and education, and in her spare time, trains horses.
Dr. Governor is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of North Georgia. Her book, Big Data, Small Devices was published in 2016. She has over 30 years teaching experience in the K-12 classroom. Donna holds a PhD in Science Education and earned multiple teaching awards.
Daniel Griffith is an award-winning documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film documentaries. He is also the official documentarian for the Mystery Science Theater 300 television series on Netflix.
Astronomer, writer, educator, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it her mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, did a postdoc in science education, and is an assistant professor of physics in New Hampshire.
David Harmer is a disaster preparedness and game author and illustrator, as well as a certified gunsmith and competitive marksman. Recent works include Aftermath! Cybele; Aftermath! The Fleet; Aftermath! Lords of London; Hand of Death, Run Away from Zombies, Disaster Survival Guide, Alley Rabbit, and Survival Weapons and Techniques.
Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer living in Massachusetts. His most recent novel, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, was nominated for a Dragon Award in 2015.
Allen Johnson is a Screenwriter, Martial Artist and Fight Choreographer/Stunt Fighter. His screenwriting credits include Templar Nation, The Freemason & The Freemason 2: Retaliation, with several more projects in development. He has performed in several independent films and stage plays as well as being an active member of the Palmetto Knights.
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. He is also the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, "Self-Publishing for Profit," as well as the leadership training book, "Leadership from the Darkside."
Dr. Kilgard is an astrophysicist who researches black holes in nearby galaxies with an emphasis on intermediate-mass black holes: an enigmatic class of objects whose origins are unclear. When not studying the heavens, he lectures on astronomy in science fiction and pop culture.
Jeff M. Leininger
Jeff Leininger is the Founder and Owner of Robot Costumes USA, LLC which produces for theme parks, entertainment, film and television
Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that occasionally get him into trouble.
Erin Macdonald, PhD is an expert on the intersection of science and science fiction. Her background is in gravitational waves and general relativity, and includes education at museums and community colleges. She works as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions, Inc. and is Global Education Manager for World Space Week.
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, KESTREL'S VOYAGES and KESTREL'S DANCE. She co-edited THE WEIRD WILD WEST and LAWLESS LANDS: TALES FROM THE WEIRD FRONTIER. Misty is a founding member of Magical Words, and recently became the audiobook editor for BellaRosa Books.
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Christopher G Moore
Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is a co-host of Decades of Horror 1980's, American Horror Story and Horror News Radio podcasts. He's a cowriter on Beat Down Boogie's web series, Mario Warfare and is currently in preproduction on a horror comedy feature, a haunted house feature and female-centric sci-fi project.
Bill Mulligan is an active member of the North Carolina indie film community where he works as a special effects technician, writer, director, actor and producer. His two dozen credits include several award winning films. He is a contributing writer to Gruesome magazine and the Decades of Horror podcast.
Amy J. Murphy
Amy J. Murphy is an indie author and SFWA member whose debut book, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, was a 2016 Dragon Award finalist for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. Her books have appeared in the Amazon Top 50 for Military Science Fiction and Space Opera.
Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is chair of the Biology Department at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera), and he is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.
James Palmer is a versatile, award-nominated author of science fiction and pulp adventure. His latest novel is Star Swarm, the first book in a new space opera trilogy. He is also co-creator of the alternate history giant monster anthology series Monster Earth.
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author with six urban fantasy novels in the Persephone Alcmedi series. For her newest novel, the contemporary dark fantasy JOVIENNE, she also composed a full musical score. She a won the 2006 Florence B. Allen writing competition, and hosts workshops about writing.
Doc Rotten is the host of the shows Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and American Horror Story Fan Podcast. He is also the editor-in-chief of Gruesome Magazine.
Ashley Ruhl has worked in professional game development for 5 years as a cinematic designer. Her credits include Star Wars: The Old Republic, Defiance, and many episodic titles from Telltale Games, including Tales From the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, Walking Dead Season 2, and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Peter Adam Salomon
Peter Adam Salomon’s novel, All Those Broken Angels, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (YA fiction) and was named a ‘Book All Young Georgians Should Read’ by The Georgia Center For The Book. His poetry has been performed on BBC Radio 6 and he has published three poetry collections.
Bethany is a neuroscientist and an award-winning science writer and video host at Science News. She's written for Slate, the Guardian, and Scientific American; hosts the podcast Science for the People; and her Twitter feed, @scicurious, has more than 52,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.
Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two YA Urban Fantasy Series, The Sabrina Grayson Novels and Windfire, plus the Web Series, Skye of the Damned. A Winthrop University graduate with a BA in Theatre/Secondary Education (minor in Creative Writing/Shakespeare), she currently lives in NYC. www.tamsinsilver.com
Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the USMC and an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons series and her Star Wars tie-in fiction. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
J A Sutherland
J.A. Sutherland is the author of the Alexis Carew series, a space opera with a strong Age of Sail influence. He also writes the occasional short story based on drug-induced dreams.
George Taylor, a Disney, theme parks and roller coaster historian, was part of one of the biggest Disney-related podcasts and wrote for one of the largest websites. He’s forgotten more about Disney than most people know. He also wants to time travel. And read.
Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen is the Owner of Lone Wolf Armory and has been making Scale, Chainmaille, and leather armor for 13+ years.
Bryan Young is an author, journalist, filmmaker and podcaster.
Mark owns and operates the award winning costume and prop house Razorfly Studios and has been featured on CNN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Jacobs works at Tools for Life, Georgia's assistive technology program at Georgia Tech. Ben is an expert in finding technological solutions for people with disabilities to become independent in every facet of their life. Ben is a lifelong gamer and champions the importance of video game accessbility for all.
Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the YA dystopian Steamborn trilogy.
Kevin has been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005. His podcasts have won four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Along with speaking on multiple panels at Dragon Con yearly since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost.
Dave Haddock is currently the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic crowdfunded space sim.
Lucas Hernandez is an educator from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida. He has a BA in Integrated Animal Biology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide with the NAI (National Association of Interpretation).
Mary G. Thompson
Mary G. Thompson is the author of Flicker and Mist and other YA novels. She was raised in Oregon, was a JAG Corps officer in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.
Phantom Troublemaker is the co-host of The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show, the owner and operator of NeedlessThingsSite.com and the Needless Things Podcast, and the voice of Dragon Con Championship Wrestling.