Attending Professionals

For a list of guests, performers, and attending professionals ordered by confirmation date, please click here.


Mary Abreu
Author Mary Abreu juggles writing sewing books with her work as a seamstress for film and TV productions and teaching sewing to people of all ages.

Jeanne P Adams
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning multi-genre author who knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body… Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, her books are consistently hailed as “Best Suspense of the Year!” - Romantic Times., Twitter @JeanneAdams 

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is the series editor of The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, from Baen Books. His short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Quincy J Allen
Quincy J. Allen is a cross-genre author with two active series and a litany of short story publications.

Stephen L. Antczak
Antczak is a writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction short stories, novels, comic books, plays, and movies.

Eric R. Asher
Eric Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, and the YA trilogy Steamborn.

Davis Ashura
Davis Ashura is the award-winning author of the Castes and the OutCastes trilogy. His new series, the Chronicles of William Wilde, is due to be published starting in February 2018. When not writing, Davis is a physician who practices endocrinology and a warrior who battles the scheming insurance jackals.

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Kevin Bachelder
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 annually since 2006 he also leads the Dragon Con Newbies group which puts on events to help new attendees.

Michael R Bailey
Michael Bailey has been podcasting and blogging since 2007 and has hosted or co-hosted such shows as Views From The Longbox, The Overlooked Dark Knight, It All Comes Back to Superman, From Crisis to Crisis and Bailey’s Batman Podcast, all through The Fortress of Baileytude Podcast Network.

Aretta Baumgartner
Aretta is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask and movement. She's been a professional puppeteer since 1992 and is proud to be the Education Director at the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)--the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States.

Jim E Beall
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for 40+ years, a war gamer for 50+, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. Experience: operations (nuclear officer USN), design (Duke Power), construction (United Engineers & Constructors), inspection (USNRC), and energy policy (USNRC Commissioner Reactors Assistant).

Davey Beauchamp
Davey Beauchamp is an artist who has done work for BBC Books, Penguin UK and BBCA for Doctor Who. He has also done art for various conventions and Scaldcrow Games.

Robert Jackson Bennett
Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. His seventh novel, City of Miracles, is available now.

Charles Blue
Charles Blue, the radio astronomy guy, has been a science communicator and writer for nearly 30 years -- publicist for the world's most advanced telescope, ALMA.

CJ Boat
CJ runs the Geek IO Media Network, where he is a podcaster, comedian, interviewer, journalist, entrepreneur, streamer, and professional geek.

David Boop
Denver-based David Boop is the author of She Murdered Me with Science and The Soul Changers.  David’s media tie-in work includes Predator, Green Hornet, and Veronica Mars. He edited Straight Outta Tombstone for Baen. His RPG work include Flash Gordon, Deadlands:Noir and Rippers:Resurrected. For More:

Bill Bridges
Bill Bridges is a writer and game designer, most known for developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness setting and HDI’s Fading Suns science-fiction universe.

CW Brown
CW Brown is the Executive Director of Atheist Alliance of America, Vice President of Association of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Secular Buddhism, Co-host of iSecularBuddhist Podcast, and board member of Atheist Alliance International.

Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown is a Lead Environment Artist working at Electronic Arts in Austin. Her previous experiences include working on environments on animated series such as Archer, and she has over 50 credits on various animated series. In her spare time, she loves playing Overwatch, and relaxing with her two cats.

Raychelle Burks
Raychelle is a chemistry professor and true crime writer. A blerd in the Ivory Tower, she blends science with pop-culture in and out of the classroom.

D.J. Butler
Dave (D.J.) Butler has been a lawyer, consultant, corporate trainer, and fast food fry cook. He writes fantasy novels published by Baen, Knopf, and WordFire Press.

Mary Kate Butler
The 'oil' in the well-oiled machine of Lunar Lander Development at NASA. She works to stretch tax payers' dollars as far as possible in the endeavors to put Lunar Landers on the Moon and even Mars.

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Tony Cade
Tony Cade has been a comics and games retailer since 1994 and is the owner of Challenges Games and Comics. He founded Terminus Media, a comics publishing, an animation studio and functions as it’s editor in chief. He is also the organizer of The Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo.

Denise Baker Camacho
Denise is the President and co-founder of Intrigue Publishing, which, for over 5 years, has published YA, crime, and romance fiction. She is also the director of the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity 3-day fan and writer conference. She lives in the DC metro area with her author husband, Austin S. Camacho.

Dale Campbell
Dale Campbell is an avid podcaster, producer, entertainer, and has been branded as the lovable Aussie! Dale is the creator, host, and producer of The Generic Live Show, as well as the Chief of Production and co-host of multiple shows on the Geek-IO Media Network.

Bobby Cary
Bobby Cary is the founder and co-host of the No Religion Required Podcast and the Hope After Faith Podcast with Jerry DeWitt. He is also a current co-host of the iSecular Buddhist Podcast with Mark Gura and CW Brown.

Jamie Chambers
Jamie Chambers designs tabletop games, writes weird stories or sometimes about bizarre culture, and runs a small press game company based in north Georgia. He survives on a coffee, books, games, bourbon, and karaoke. Find him on Twitter: @Jamie1km.

» Kara J Chappell
Formerly a Freelance writer for White Wolf's Vampire The Masquerade and senior litigation paralegal, Kara is a FOIA Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Human Services Department. Over the years, she has been a frequent panelist on the EFF track, most notably Busted! and 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters.

Michael Chatfield
Michael Chatfield is a Canadian bestselling SciFi and Epic Fantasy Author with a following of 30,000 readers/buyers per month, 11 bestsellers on Amazon, regularly ranked within top 50 authors on, his books attaining ranks in the top 100 and creating more than $710,000+ of revenue in 2017.

Blair B. Chintella
Blair is an attorney based in Georgia. Once asked by the FBI in college to help spy on his fellow college students, he now speaks on a variety of important social and legal issues involving technology and civil liberties.

Christopher Clingerman
Chris Clingerman, a software engineer at Exyn Technologies, develops core algorithms as well as designs software for prototype platforms. His main areas of expertise are motion planning and machine learning.

Pamela A. Cole
Pamela Cole is a professional Costumier, graduated from Goodman Theater- Chicago over 40 years ago and continues working with dance companies, movies, museums, reenactors, in the greater Atlanta area and is head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon Con’s costume track from the beginning.

Gerald L Coleman
Gerald L. Coleman is a philosopher, theologian, poet, and author. He is the author of The Three Gifts Epic Fantasy Series. A native of Lexington, Ky., he has appeared as a Guest Author at JordanCon, Imaginarium, SOBSFCon, The Outer Dark Symposium, and more. You can find him at

Jason Cordova
A John W. Campbell Award finalist, Jason Cordova has published over 30 works of fiction and is currently featured in two national bestselling anthologies. He resides in Virginia

Paul B Currie
Paul Currie is a professor, photographer, and philosopher from the hills of Kentucky. He is a 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.

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Doug Dandridge
Doug Dandridge has been a full-time science fiction and fantasy writer for the last 5 years, selling over 200K books. He has been ranked in the top five in military science fiction and space opera multiple times in the US and UK. Doug lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.

» L. M. Davis
L. M. Davis is a writer, background actor, and scholar. She has written three novels. skinless (A Novel in III Parts), and Interlopers and Posers. Forgers, the third book in her Shifters Novel series, is forthcoming. She has appeared in Black Panther, The Gifted, and other SFF film and tv.

Milton J. Davis
Milton J. Davis is a science fiction/fantasy writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small press specializing in scifi/fantasy by and about people of African/African Diaspora descent. He has published over 17 novels as a writer and 30 books as a publisher.

Lali DeRosier
Science teacher and education advocate, Lali DeRosier (a.k.a. Adverbia) promotes youth involvement in science through student writing, SciArt, and science outreach. With the Curly Hair Mafia (, she tackles themes of science and diversity in scifi, fantasy, and horror in film, TV, and gaming.

Lucienne Diver
Lucienne Diver is a literary agent of 25 years experience as well as the author of the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, the Vamped paranormal YA series and young adult suspense.

Cecilia Dominic
Author, psychologist, and champion sleeper Cecilia Dominic focuses on helping people overcome insomnia at her private practice by day, and then writes urban fantasy and steampunk books that keep her readers up all night. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on the internationally popular Self-Publishing Formula podcast.

Alexa Donne
Alexa Donne’s debut novel, Brightly Burning, is Jane Eyre... in SPACE!, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 1, 2018. Alexa worked on three HP fan cons, and was part of the YA Literature Track Staff at DragonCon from 2012 to 2017. Find her online and on YouTube @alexadonne.

Arthur M Doweyko
Dr. Doweyko is a world-renown scientist who shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of a new anti-cancer drug. In addition to award-winning science fiction novels and short stories, he has lectured on science in science fiction including Shelley's Frankenstein and in popular motion pictures.

A Let's player/streamer hoppy writer. Does mostly older games in his streams and let's plays. Is part of a podcast with 3 others talking on various subjects.

» Brian Dunning
Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast (, with a weekly audience of 175,000 listeners. He is the author of seven books on scientific skepticism. His background is in computer science and he is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Andy Dykes
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. This is his 9th DragonCon.

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Hans Eckman
Hans Eckman is the coordinator for the Apocalypse Rising: For Survival panels and also serves as moderator and panelist. Hans is a business transformation consultant, keynote speaker, and shares his life simplification tips at conferences in the US and Canada and on

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.

Kevin Eldridge
Kevin Eldridge produces and hosts The Flopcast, a weekly pop culture comedy podcast for the ESO Network, and is the author of a science fiction story in the ESO Tales of the Station anthology. He is an organizer for Boston Skeptics, and hosts their monthly Skeptics in the Pub events.

Dax ExclamationPoint
Dax ExclamationPoint, is a cosplaying drag performer that has taken the world by storm...literally. The "queen of all nerds" (as seen on season 8 of Rupaul's Drag Race) is paving the way for LGBTQ+ nerds to make their way into the forefront of popular culture!

Kacey Ezell
Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF helicopter pilot and author of speculative fiction. She has stories in several bestselling Baen anthologies, and writes novels for both Baen and Chris Kennedy Publishing.

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Michael Falkner
Michael Falkner is an award-winning writer and podcaster from Atlanta, GA. He is the author of the Timestamps Project, a first-time watcher's guide to Doctor Who. He writes for RevolutionSF, podcasts for The Chronic Rift Network, and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

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
Declan Finn is a three time Dragon Award finalist, known for his urban fantasy series Live and Let Bite, and his Pius thrillers, published by Silver Empire. He hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and contributes to SuperversiveSF, the Catholic Geeks blog, and can be found at

Ben Fisher
Ben Fisher is an author of comic books and prose spanning a wide spectrum of genres, including horror, alternate history, sci-fi, and comedy. His most recent works include The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat, The Great Divide, and C.H.U.D. Lives.

Tom Fleming
Four time Chesley Award nominee, known for his work for Marvel, DC, WWE, Dark Horse, WOW, Magic the Gathering, Heavy Metal Magazine, Iron Maiden and Screen Gems movie Studios.

Marina Fontaine
Marina Fontaine is the author of Chasing Freedom, a 2016 Dragon Awards finalist, and The Product, a dystopian novella published by Superversive Press.

Julie Fooshee
Julie Ann is a student in science communication and public engagement and a professional in the world of live public science events. In her 9-5 job she works to bring science to everyone, everywhere and in her free time she cries a lot over her Star Wars feelings.

Anthony Francis
By day, Anthony Francis is a roboticist; by night, he’s an author and comic book artist. He writes the Dakota Frost, Skindancer urban fantasy series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock and Liquid Fire, and his latest novel is the steampunk adventure Jeremiah Willston and The Clockwork Time Machine.

Jonathan French
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga and The Grey Bastards.

Michael D. French
Michael is co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's which is now in its 6th year with over 30K subscribers. He maintains a large archive of vintage toys and often restores them to preserve our collective history.

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Paige G Gardner
Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose eccentric masks, bizarre props and original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile costumes have featured in multiple media channels as well as bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay. Her costume art projects have exhibited across North America.

Jaym Gates
Jaym Gates is an editor, author, and project manager based in Seattle. She has edited nearly a dozen anthologies, and is an Acquisitions Editor for Falstaff books, the Line Manager for Nisaba Press, and Green Ronin’s Editorial Coordinator. Find out more at, or on Twitter as @JaymGates.

» Susan M Gerbic
Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the cofounder of Monterey County Skeptics and a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie.

Thomas Michael Gofton
Thomas 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”, “Star Trek Alliance”, “Terminator Genisys” and “Cowboy Bebop”, before being published as a Shadowrun author.

Andrew Greenberg
Best known for his work on roleplaying and computer games, Andrew Greenberg runs the Georgia Game Developers Association and Georgia Esports League. He chairs the DeKalb Entertainment Commission. Greenberg has credits on more than 100 game products and is currently developing Fading Suns: Noble Armada for the PC.

Daniel Griffith
Daniel Griffith is a documentary filmmaker specializing in cult film history and classic genre television. For the past ten years, he has been the official documentarian for "Mystery Science Theater 3000", now on Netflix. He is the owner of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures.

Nicole Gugliucci
Astronomer, 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 Gura is an author, the president of the Atheist Alliance of America, the Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, and the co-presenter of the Richard Dawkins Award. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in practicing mindfulness meditation/Vipassana which he learned from the late S.N. Goenka in India

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Abby Hafer
Abby Hafer is an Anatomy & Physiology professor with a D.Phil. in zoology from Oxford University. She debunks Creationism/Intelligent Design, and the gender binary. Writings include her book The Not-So-Intelligent Designer, chapters in Christianity in the Light of Science and Women v. Religion; and co-authorship of Darwin’s Apostles.

Aaron-Michael Hall
Aaron-Michael Hall is an award-winning author residing in Georgia. She writes diverse epic fantasy with an edge and science fantasy romance. Since August 2015, she has written nine full-length novels and published five. Her first novel, The Rise of Nazil has won numerous reader awards.

Gabrielle Harbowy
Gabrielle Harbowy is a writer, editor, and anthologist. Her latest novel is Pathfinder Tales: GEARS OF FAITH, set in the wildly popular Pathfinder RPG universe.

Tony P Henderson
Tony P. Henderson is the creator, producer and co-host of the "Geek Vs" podcast. With over 170 episodes, the Geek Vs podcast has been providing a nerd's eye view of pop culture for over four years.

Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez is an animal biologist who works as an educator for the Florida Aquarium. His focus is teaching people about the natural world using pop culture.

Lexa Hillyer
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment. She is also the author Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books.

Daniel Fishman (HiRezFish) grew up loving games, and after getting his Masters in Computer Science from Clemson University, was lucky enough to be hired by HiRez Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia. He began there as a gameplay programmer, and now works as a Senior Game Designer on Smite and Smite: Adventures.

Nancy Holzner
Nancy Holzner is the author of the Deadtown urban fantasy series.

John Hudgens
John Hudgens is a filmmaker, animator, and artist who has directed several award-winning documentaries and short films. His work on licensed properties includes Babylon 5, Crimson Skies, MechWarrior, and Star Wars.

Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt is a science and historical fiction writer. He currently collaborates with Eric Flint on Ring of Fire-related and other projects, and has two novels published at Wordfire Press.

James A. Hunter
James A. Hunter is a best-selling fantasy and sci-fi writer and an active member of SFWA with twelve books currently under his belt. He’s the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series, the MudMan Chronicles, and the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online.

Tom Hutchens
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.

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Kevin Ikenberry
Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, and science fiction writer. His debut novel Sleeper Protocol was heralded as “an emotionally powerful debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. He is the author of The Protocol War series and the Peacemaker novels in the popular Four Horsemen Universe.

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Kristin Jackson
Kristin Jackson is an accomplished print and web graphic designer, working as a freelancer in the visual communications, set photography and social media aspects of the film industry. She is the Director of Communications and Graphic Designer for Frostbite Pictures and the Graphic Designer/Communications Consultant for the Vancouver WebFest.

» Shareef K Jackson
Shareef is a STEM diversity advocate and the founder of Math Looks Good LLC tutoring. He is a professor for Video Games & Learning, University of Wisconsin. Shareef is a co host of the Spawn On Me podcast.

Catherine Lee Jones
Catherine Jones is the owner of GSTQ Fashions, a costume company in Atlanta, GA. Catherine and her team have done work for Microsoft, Blizzard, and Hi-Rez Studios. Their work has been seen on Sony's POWERS, NBC's Constantine, AMC's Preacher, Fox's The Gifted, and Netflix's True Memoirs of an International Assassin..

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Charlie Kaufman
Charlie has worked in extensively in environmental consulting (where he fed generations of mosquitoes in swamps) and academia where he studied coastal erosion, and natural disaster impacts (he also managed to put Star Wars action figures into the upper atmospheres, run Godzilla damage estimates, zombie outbreak models, and sharknado predictions).

Kevin Joseph Kelly
Kevin Kelly is an indie director whose work incorporates puppetry, stop motion animation and old school practical effects! The new season of his cult web series, “Welcome to Anhedonia”, premieres this Fall, and features many guest appearances, including Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000 as the main antagonist.

Chris Kennedy
A bestselling SciFi/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris has written 20 books and published more than 35 others. Chris’ stories include the The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies and stories in the Four Horsemen universe. Get his free book, Shattered Crucible, at his website,

Bethany Kesler
Historian, writer, reader/reviewer, cat parent to four fuzzballs, Bethany is currently working on several things all at the same time. She has a Patreon for short stories, book and media reviews on Murderboarding Inc. as well as her own blog under her pen name, DJ Gray.

Roy Kilgard
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
Co-Owner and Podcaster on the Geek-IO Media Network. When Rachel is not podcasting or cracking the whip at her favorite Podcasting team she is a full time mother, wife, and teacher of special needs students.

Sue Kisenwether
Sue’s been podcasting about sci-fi TV and movies since 2010. Currently, she co-hosts Women at Warp on the Roddenberry Podcast Network. Sue’s been speaking on panels at Dragon Con since 2012 and is one of the organizers of the Dragon Con Newbies group.

Erica Borgers Klonkowski
Erica is a biochemist working on a doctoral thesis in bacterial peptide sequencing. Her body of work focuses on chemical & biological warfare defense and decontamination / protection methods.

Aleron Kong
Aleron Kong is a physician who became a writer two years ago. Since that time, he has published seven novels that were all best sellers! He lives by the words: Peace, Love and the Perfect Margarita!

» K`Tetch
K`Tetch went from fighting robots in the UK/US to fighting for privacy, government transparency/accountability, and other rights. He is the lead researcher for TorrentFreak, as well as a contributor to Techdirt.

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Steph LaMassa
Astrophysicist Steph LaMassa works at the Space Telescope Science Institute on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Her research focuses on the growth and evolution of supermassive black holes. Dr. LaMassa organizes Astronomy on Tap DC, a public outreach event featuring astronomers giving short, fun talks in a bar.

L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the Prospero's Children series and the YA series The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, the third of which was nominated for the 2017 YA Dragon Award.

» Michael Latini
Michael Latini is a designer, fabricator, puppeteer and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. Recently Michael puppeteered with The Muppets for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Saturday Night Live!

David Anthony Lee
Dave Lee is an artist, author, actor and producer. He is a cast member of two TV shows in production "Paradox City" and "HCS Creates". He best known for his large steampunk vehicles and costumes.

DN Lee
Biologist & Outreach Scientist who studies behavior and natural history of rodents across urban gradients. National Geographic Emerging Explorer, TED Fellow, The Root 100, EBONY Power 100, The Griot 100 Most Influential African Americans - Science, STEM, Social Media, White House Champion of Change - STEM Diversity

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a published writer, blogger and columnist for, and several other publications.

J.F. Lewis
Alabama madman J. F. Lewis is the internationally published author of The Void City series and the Grudgebearer Trilogy. He writes books that get him into trouble.

Kelly Lockhart
Kelly Lockhart is a book editor, screenwriter, and the founder of both the popular Robot Battles competitions and the Southern Fandom Resource Guide online convention calendar.

» Talloolah Love
Producer, teacher, performer, and this year's DragonCon Burlesque producer and emcee, Talloolah Love's list of accomplishments are on a pretty impressive resume that catalogs her 16 years of experience. She currently resides in Atlanta, where she owns a Burlesque dance and movement Studio called Metropolitan Studios.

Courtney Lytle
Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law. Ms. Lytle represents artists, authors and start-up companies. She is the author of a law school text book on Intellectual Property and several academic articles which are not quite as boring as they sound.

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David Maass
Dave Maass is senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Erin Macdonald
Erin Macdonald has a PhD in astrophysics and currently works as a technical consultant in engineering and for the entertainment industry. She hosts an online series called "Dr Erin Explains the Universe". Her research experience was in the UK in gravitational waves with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Lisa Manifold
Lisa Manifold is the indie USA Today Bestselling author of the paranormal romance series The Realm and Djinn Everlasting; as well as the urban fantasy series The Aumahnee Prophecy and the Dragon Thief. She is the 2016 RMFW Independent Writer of the Year.

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the critically acclaimed author of the DAEDALUS series of Napoleonic space opera novels and the MAJESTIC-12 spy-fi thriller series.

» Mike Massa
Mike Massa has lived an adventurous life, including stints as Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker and a technologist. Newly published by Baen Books, he is coauthor on books five and six of the Graveyard Sky apocalyptic thrillers with NYT bestseller John Ringo.

Angela F. Mattke
Dr. Angela F. Mattke, MD is a practicing Emergency Physician and is passionate about protecting patients from charlatans and other purveyors of snake oil, in all its forms.

Stephen Mazur
Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Faith McCombs
Faith McCombs spends her weekends working for Princess Productions, attending children’s birthday parties all over Southeast Georgia as a character entertainer. When not in costume, she works full-time as a Systems Analyst for a paper mill and she lives outside of Savannah, GA, with her family.

Charles McFall
Currently The Rock God of Podcasting is the host of multiple award-nominated shows including “Rock God of Podcasting”, “Pokemon GO Podcast”, and “Breaking the Panel” In January of 2016, along with Brian Ibbott and Paul Klotz, Charles launched a comic based podcasting network called “Giant-Size Team-Up” network.

Jonathan B McFarland
Jonathan is a career law enforcement professional and special victims detective with a metro Atlanta police department. He also designs, develops, and writes role-playing games for Onyx Path Publishing and Growling Door Games.

Jason R Merrill
When asked to describe Jason R. Merrill, the word ‘Dapper’ is the inevitable answer. He is known for speaking across the country on matters of vintage style and etiquette while exemplifying both.

Melinda R. Mock
Melinda is co-founder of RetroBlasting, a video channel that analyzes and deconstructs cartoons and toys of the 80's which is now in its 6th year with over 30K subscribers. She also hosts Dreamland: The RetroBlasting Podcast, a show about music, movies, and pop culture.

Bill Mulligan
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 of military sci-fi and space opera. She’s a 2016 and 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction Novel & a 2017 Kindle Book Awards finalist as well as SFWA member. Learn more at or follow on twitter @selatyron.

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Joseph Nassise
Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the Templar Chronicles and Jeremiah Hunt series.

Heather Ness
Heather Ness teaches psychology courses at Middle Georgia State University and has developed “Psychology of Superheroes” and “Psychology of Video Games” honors introduction classes. She is the author of Broken Heroes: The Psychology and Trauma of Marvel's Defenders. Heather hosts a podcast “Super-Psych: Psychology of Superheroes” on iTunes.

Mohamed A Noor
Mohamed Noor is a professor of biology and former department chair at Duke University. He teaches and does research on evolution and genetics (also online in Coursera). He is an avid Star Trek fan who talks about science as applied in the Star Trek universe and in other science fiction.

Bob Novella
Bob Novella is a co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He co-hosts the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and the Alpha Quadrant 6 podcasts. He also blogs and co-wrote the book: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake.

Steven Novella
Steven Novella is the host and producer of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, a popular and award-winning weekly science podcast. He is an internationally known science communicator with multiple TV appearances, two popular blogs (NeuroLogica and Science-Based Medicine), had he has produced two courses for The Great Courses.

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Melissa F Olson
Melissa F. Olson is the author of nine Old World novels for 47North as well as the Nightshades novellas for She lives in Madison, WI with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and two jittery chinchillas. Read more about her work and life at

Sam Ortega
Sam Ortega is deputy manager at Marshall Space Flight Center Partnerships Office. Since June 2015, Mr. Ortega develops relationships between NASA and commercial companies, academia and technology organizations. NASA looks to partnerships to help enable the execution of the Nation’s space program on its journey to explore.

Chantelle Aimée Osman
Chantelle Aimée Osman is Acquisitions Editor for Dagger books, former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews and a freelance editor, as well as co-host of the Crime Friction podcast. She is also a writing instructor and author of numerous works of non-fiction and short fiction.

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Stephani Page
Stephani Page, PhD is a biochemist and the creator of the #BLACKandSTEM and #marginsci communities.

Joshua Palmatier
Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy author with DAW Books with a PhD in Mathematics. He is also an editor and the founder of the small press Zombies Need Brains. His most recent novel is Reaping The Aurora.

James Palmer
James Palmer is an award-nominated author of science fiction, space opera, steampunk, and pulp adventure. He is the co-creator, with former comics scribe Jim Beard, of the shared world cold war kaiju anthology Monster Earth and its sequel, Betrayal on Monster Earth. James lives in Northeast Georgia with his family.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli is a novelist and retired sports journalist. His second science fiction novel, Escaping Infinity, was a 2017 Dragon Award Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel. His third sci-fi novel, When The Gods Fell, will be released during DragonCon 2018.

Thomas Parham
Dr. Thomas Parham has written for CBS’ military drama JAG and the Family Channel sitcom Big Brother Jake. He has also contributed chapters to Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment; The Gospel According to Super-Heroes: Religion and Popular Culture; and Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture.

Glenn Parris
Glenn Parris has leveraged his medical/science background to write science fiction, fantasy as well as medical thrillers and mysteries.

J. Patrick
J. Patrick has been a radio programmer for over twenty years. In 2011 he began using his radio experience to produce and host podcast. Currently, he is co-host of the popular Pod Casserole: An Adam and Jp Show and is the Digital Program Director for WSM Radio in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sean M. Patton
Sean Michael Patton is a 20+ year costume design veteran and principal for SMP Designs and has designed more than 40 stage productions, 8 short films, 5 features and numerous media projects for clients around the world.

D.R. Perry
D.R. Perry writes and publishes speculative fiction set in New England. Among her works is Dragon Award nominated Alternative History novel A Change In Crime and Providence Paranormal College, a humorous Paranormal series for Young Adults.

» Marc Petrosino
Marc Petrosino is a puppeteer, builder, designer, and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. He’s frequently seen on the stages of Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, & Lincoln Center. Television credits include: Sesame Street, Blue’s Room, Crank Yankers, Saturday Night Live!, The Muppets on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Phoenicia has been a belly dancer since 1983 first as a troupe member, then solo performer, and finally a teacher. In addition to cabaret, ethnic, tribal, and fusion belly dance styles she is also a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor. 

Marx Pyle
Marx authored the book Television on the Wild Wild Web, co-hosts DC Action Hour, co-hosts the podcast GenreTainment and creates web series/films. He has been a panelist at various cons, including San Diego Comic-Con, Boston Comic Con, and Gen Con. As a professor he teaches script analysis & film production.

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Octavia Randolph
Octavia Randolph's seven book Circle of Ceridwen Saga transports the reader to 9th century England and Scandinavia, during the most critical years of the Viking incursions. Meticulous research combined with deep imagining have driven the Saga to cult status popularity among readers and listeners across the English-speaking world.

Alison Sky Richards
Alison Sky Richards is a "method writer", having 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 in her work.

Gray Rinehart
Gray Rinehart is the author of the near-future science fiction novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds. His stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies, and his songs have been played on The Dr. Demento Show. He is the "Slushmaster General" for Baen Books and a USAF veteran.

Rob Roberts
Rob Roberts is an internet broadcasting veteran and co-creator of Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show about Video Games online for over 15 years. He is also a host of cult cinema screenings throughout Northern California.

Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. Since winning the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition in 2006, she has written two Urban Fantasy series, publishing eight novels since 2010. She also wrote, created, and produced an original musical score/CD for her Immanence series.

Madeleine Roux
Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series, which has sold into eleven countries around the world and whose first book was named a Teen Indie Next List Pick, and the House of Furies series. Madeleine now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Christopher Ruocchio
Christopher Ruocchio is the Assistant Editor at Baen Books and the author of the Sun Eater series from DAW Books. Empire of Silence is his debut novel.

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Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist turned award-winning science journalist who covers all things microscopic as the senior writer, molecular biology for Science News magazine.

» Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Titan Books, editing original science fiction, fantasy, horror, as well as some crime fiction and graphic novel / comics related projects. He also edits media tie-in fiction including Alien, Predator, Mass Effect, the Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and many more.

Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is an award-winning science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. Cara is a correspondent on National Geographic's “Explorer” and Netflix's “Bill Nye Saves the World.” She hosts the weekly science podcast “Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria” and cohosts the “Skeptics' Guide to the Universe” podcast.

Sarah Schoemann
Sarah Schoemann is a founding member of Different Games Collective and a PhD Student at GA Tech. Her design/research work includes designing games, creating digital music hardware from conductive textiles and studying the way the way radical, DIY game developers are changing games as a field.

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 57,000 followers. Her PhD is from Wake Forest University.

Angela Sheehan
Angela is an artist and educator passionate about craft electronics, costuming, and the combination of arts and technology. She has been working with wearables since 2005 and is currently the product manager for the LilyPad line at SparkFun Electronics. Angela has taught over 90 e-textile and e-craft workshops.

R Alan Siler
R. Alan Siler is an essayist, occasional blogger, and librarian who has published three Doctor Who books (Doctor Who's Greatest Hits, Facing the Raven, and Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who) and one Star Trek book (Star Trek's Greatest Hits), plus essays on numerous topics.

Tamsin L. Silver
Tamsin Silver is the creator/writer of two 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 Albuquerque, NM.

Herb Silverman
Herb Silverman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston, author, founder of the Secular Coalition for America and the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC, and a recipient of the American Humanist Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Austin Sirkin
Austin Sirkin is a prominent Steampunk scholar, writer, maker, and costumer who has been featured in books, music videos, and -- most importantly -- memes.

Fr. Bryan Small
Geeky priest with a take on sci-fi/pop culture commingled with religion and spirituality.

Shawnee Small
Shawnee Small is a USA Today bestselling author & creator of the dark urban fantasy series, the Shining Ones. Drawing on inspiration from her time in the Goth subculture of the '80s and '90s, she is currently working on several projects including the Night Kind series, which launches Summer 2018.

Rox of Spazhouse
Roxanne Henkle aka Rox of Spazhouse is Need Coffee's Director of Zine studies, as well as a long time podcaster on Weekend Justice and cohost on 50 Days of Dragon Con. Roxanne is the director of Spazhouse, Intuitive Research, specializing in research assistance for authors and writers.

Kal Spriggs
Kal is a military veteran and SF&F author. Kal has written over 20 novels in seven book series, including several Amazon bestsellers. Kal writes fast-paced, character-driven science fiction and fantasy and his YA series, Children of Valor, has been an Amazon bestseller.

Kevin Stallard
A 30 year video gaming and information security professional, Kevin has developed award winning software in both genres.

Amie Stepanovich
As U.S. Policy Manager and Global Policy Counsel at Access Now, Amie Stepanovich works to ensure that laws and policies on surveillance and cybersecurity recognize and respect human rights.

Dacre Calder Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead, and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker. His next novel Dracul, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam with film rights to Paramount Studios.

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Douglas Wayne Talk
Dr. Douglas Talk is a physician and consultant for SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc., assisting in the design of human hibernation-based space missions for deep space exploration. He has been featured on numerous news and media outlets and presented multiple lectures on his research in human hibernation and aerospace reproductive medicine.

Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek culture expert, public speaker, event planner, and author. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones convention in the US, and co-hosts the webcast "FEELINGS...with The Geekiary".

Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor is a writer and the licensing and brand manager for the Bram Stoker Estate.

George Taylor
George Taylor is a theme park historian and Disney expert. He's done podcasts, blogging, Youtube and speaking engagements about Disney, amusement parks, roller coasters and more!

Stephen F. Taylor
Stephen Taylor has been creating costumes for over 15 years. He is the owner and operator of Lone Wolf Armory, and is also known as the Tattooed Santa. He works primarily in chainmaille and leather armor, but also dabbles in jewelry and cloth.

» Lesia Miller The Haunted Librarian
A former librarian, Lesia Miller Schnur is the Haunted Librarian. She blogs at Listed as a Top 50 Paranormal Website, contains the latest in paranormal news. Lesia investigates the most popular theories along with obscure and shows how they simply do not hold up.

Jerry Trachtman
Mr. Trachtman worked at the Kennedy Space Center as an Apollo spacecraft operations engineer on all the Apollo missions. He participated in the engineering support provided by Kennedy Space Center to the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which ended with the crew’s safe return to earth.

Phantom Troublemaker
Dave West is a writer, interviewer, and podcaster who also hosts game shows, wrestling events, and rock concerts as his alter ego, Phantom Troublemaker. As the owner/operator of he has been providing commentary on toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture for over a decade.

Gleb Tsipursky
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He is a professor at Ohio State, serves as the volunteer President of the nonprofit Intentional Insights, is a co-founder of the Pro-Truth Pledge, and the author of a number of a number of books.

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Alexi Vandenberg
Dubbed “the Merchant Prince of Fandom”, Alexi Vandenberg is a entrepreneur and expert in marketing, promoting, comics, science fiction, fantasy and was a leading contributor to the Evil Overlord List. He is also the owner Bard’s Tower the only nationally operated literary celebrity experience for pop culture entertainment.

R.R. Virdi
 R.R. Virdi is a two-time Dragon Award finalist.  He is the author of two urban fantasy series: The Grave Report, and The Books of Winter.  He will be releasing a space western from Bolide Publishing in late 2018 as well as a portal fantasy titled, Goblin King

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Constance G.J. Wagner
Constance G.J. Wagner, writer, poet, and Tolkien scholar, has spoken regularly on all things Middle-earth at both academic and fan-friendly events nationally and internationally since 2005. She is currently at work on a book about Frodo as sacrificial hero and a chapbook of fantasy and faerie-themed poetry.

Mark H Wandrey
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He launched his professional career in 2004 with the release of Earth Song - Overture. Now, 12 years later, he has more than 10 books out, including an unbroken chain of 6 best sellers, and a Dragon Award finalist 2 years in a row. His most popular work is the Four Horsemen universe, with 9 books published in 2017, and 20 more due out in 2018! Check him out at

Alex White
Alex White writes science fiction and fantasy for major publishers. His books include A Big Ship At The Edge of The Universe  (Orbit), Alien: The Cold Forge  (Titan/20th Century Fox) and Every Mountain Made Low (Solaris). His podcast, The Gearheart, was a three-time Parsec finalist.

Nathan White
Nathan is the Senior Legislative Manager at Access Now where he directs campaigns related to tech policy and human rights in Washington D.C. and around the world. He previously operated a political advocacy firm, and worked in the U.S. Congress.

Jo Whittemore
Jo Whittemore is the author of the Supergirl novel trilogy (all-new adventures based on the CW television show), as well as numerous middle grade humor novels, including the Girls Who Code novel Lights, Music, Code!, Me & Mom vs. the World, and the Confidentially Yours series.

Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde has been a finalist for three Nebulas, a Hugo, a Locus, a Dragon award. Her debut novel, Updraft, won the Andre Norton and Compton Crook awards. She writes fantasy, science fiction, and high-tech nonfiction. Her work appears in Asimov's,, The Washington Post, iO9, and Clarkesworld.

Edward Willett
Edward Willett is the author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction. He won the Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel for Marseguro (DAW) in 2009. The Cityborn is his most recent SF novel for DAW. His next, Worldshaper, launches a new series this September.

Damien Patrick Williams
Damien Williams is an instructor, researcher, and writer on philosophy, technology, religion, popular culture, and the occult. For the past eight years he's been a member of the Comics & Popular Arts Conference programming committee, engaging Dragon Con's interests from an academic perspective. Damien maintains and

Michael George Williams
Michael G. Williams is an award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror, paranormal fantasy, and science fiction genres. Michael’s best-known works are The Withrow Chronicles, Days of Autumn, and Shadow Council Archives: Emperor Norton, from Falstaff Books. He’s also a gaymer, wisecracker, activist, and podcaster.

Betty Windsor
Betty Windsor is a co-host for the podcast Geek Versus. When not behind a mic, she spends her time balancing being a student, gaming, and writing laborious film reviews often filled with not much else but humor. Her background in improv has not managed to make her funnier.

Trisha J. Woldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge is the former president of Broad Universe, a former acquisitions editor for a mid-size press, a freelance editor, writer, and journalist. She’s published dozens of stories and poems, plus three child-friendly novels and a poem as T.J. Wooldridge. Find out more at

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Bryan Young
Bryan Young is an author and journalist. He writes for StarWars.Com, Star Wars Insider, and wrote the bestselling book on Dragon Con "Lost at the Con."

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Due to professional commitments, the following previously confirmed guests will not be able to attend Dragon*Con this year. 
Christopher Golden