Van Allen Plexico
Van Allen Plexico won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards for both Novel of the Year and Anthology of the Year. He is the Amazon bestselling author of fifteen novels and numerous short stories, audio books, novellas, nonfiction books, columns and essays from a variety of publishers. In addition to his long-running Sentinels superhero novel series and his Shattering space opera series, he has created two bestselling nonfiction books about Marvel’s Avengers as well as being selected to write the year-by-year history of the Avengers for Upper Deck’s commemorative trading card set. He has written many classic pulp characters in prose and comics form for various publishers, including Sherlock Holmes, the Griffon, Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter, and Lance Star-Sky Ranger. His Military SF novella, Cold Lightning, served as the basis for the new graphic novel of the same name, from White Rocket Books. His biweekly interview program, the White Rocket Podcast, was a finalist in the 2015 Parsec Awards. An Associate Professor at Southwestern Illinois College, he has appeared as a guest, presenter and event host at dozens of conventions and literary festivals across the US. He has moderated for and interviewed many prominent SF authors and comics professionals for Dragon Con programming over the years, as well as on his podcasts, and he has hosted Dragon Con’s “Marvel/DC Jeopardy” tournament for the past 18 years.