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» Steven-Elliot Altman
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).
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.
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.
» 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.
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.
» Evan Bernstein
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.
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.
» David Boop
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 Burks
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.
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.
» Alison Carrier
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.
» Myke Cole
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.
Zoraida Córdova is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost.
» Evan Currie
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.
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.
» Lali DeRosier
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.
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.
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.
» Ken Feinberg
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.
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.
» 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.
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.
» Ben Fisher
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.
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.
» Michael D. French
Co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's.
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.
» 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).
Dave Haddock is currently the lead writer on Star Citizen, Chris Roberts' epic crowdfunded space sim.
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.
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).
» Nancy Holzner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
» Rachel Kimberly
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.
Jeff M. Leininger
Jeff Leininger is the Founder and Owner of Robot Costumes USA, LLC which produces for theme parks, entertainment, film and television
» Rob Levy
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.
» D.Alan Lewis
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.
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.
» Michael Livingston
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.
» Kelly Lockhart
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.
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.
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.
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.
» 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.
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
» Melinda R. Mock
Co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's.
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.
» Julien Musolino
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
James Neathery is a professional steampunk artist who appeared on the TV series Steampunk'd on GSN
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.
» Steven Novella
Jocelyn 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.
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.
» 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
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
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!
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.
» 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.
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.
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.
» Dr. Eli Sheff-Stefanik
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.
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
» 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.
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).
» Ken Spivey
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.
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.
» 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.
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.
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.
» Alexi Vandenberg
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
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.
» Mel. White
Dr. Mel. White is an anthropologist and science educator who writes and draws silly cartoons.
» Will Wight
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
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.
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.