Guests, Professionals, and Performers by Announcement Date

Announced: 02/22/2018

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.

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.

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.

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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Announced: 02/17/2018

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.

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.

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.

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 Geraldlcoleman.com.

Draconath
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.

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.

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.

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, chriskennedypublishing.com.

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.

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.

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.

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Announced: 02/16/2018

Demore Barnes
Actor Demore Barnes has appeared in a variety of shows throughout his career including 12 Monkeys, The Flash, Hemlock Grove, Defiance, Hannibal, Supernatural, Fringe, and The Unit. Most recently, he can been seen as Mr. Ibis in the STARZ series American Gods.

Bruce Langley
Bruce Langley is best known for playing Technical Boy, a “New God” who is the personification of the internet, in the STARZ series American Gods. Langley made his acting debut in the short film Lie and has since appeared in Deadly Waters and the short film Dox.

Ricky Whittle
In 2014, Ricky Whittle captivated audiences everywhere after appearing in The CW's post-apocalyptic drama The 100, playing the role of Lincoln, a "Grounder." Since then, he has played the protagonist and central character, Shadow Moon, in the STARZ television series American Gods.

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Announced: 02/12/2018

Gerhard
For 20 years, Gerhard worked with Dave Sim as background artist, environmental designer, and cover colorist on the Cerebus graphic novel. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series!

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Announced: 02/09/2018

Erica Cerra
Actress Erica Cerra is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100. She has also appeared in various guest roles in series such as Warehouse 13, Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, and iZombie.

Jessica Harmon
Jessica Harmon is perhaps best known for her supporting roles in iZombie as FBI agent Dale Bozzio, Niylah The 100 and as Esrin in Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy. She has also appeared in Agent Cody Banks, Black Christmas, and The Magicians.

Chelsey Reist
Chelsey Reist is the best known as Harper McIntyre on the CW post-apocalyptic drama The 100. Her other credits include work on The Tomorrow People, during its first season, Psych, Sole Custody, Aftermath, No Tell Motel, Embrace of the Vampire, and several others.

Craig Rousseau
During his 20+ year career, comic book artist Craig Rousseau has worked for various comic book companies, but is best known for his work on DC Comics titles like Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, and Impulse. He also worked for Disney, Beckett, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics' Creative Services.

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Announced: 02/07/2018

Matthew Clark
Matthew Clark is a comic book artist. A fan of comics since his teens, he’s had the pleasure of creating art for many of his favorite series - everything from well-known DC characters in comic book history, to innovative new takes on characters with Marvel, to his own original concepts.

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Announced: 02/03/2018

Hawkings Austin
Hawkings Austin is a DoD subject matter expert in survivability, space, radiation environments, and historical combat. He has published numerous science and history articles, but his first fantasy novels The Broken Man (February) and Pure Poison(May) are out this year. He’s also a trained swordsman and Martial arts Sifu.

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Announced: 02/02/2018

Kathryn Hudson
Kathryn Hudson is a professional comic artist, illustrator, and character designer. Hudson spent several years as a character designer on Fxx Network's Archer. She is the current artist for DreamWorks Trolls comic series. Currently, she enjoys full time employment at Warner Brothers Animation working on such projects as DC Superhero Girls.

Gail Simone
Gail Simone is a multiple award-winning writer of comics and animation. Her work in comics includes fan-favorite the Simpsons, Deadpool, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Birds of Prey, as well as the recent creator-owned books Crosswind and the Eisner-nominated Clean Room. She is also a fierce advocate for diversity in comics.

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Announced: 01/29/2018

Curt Anderson
Curt Anderson performs amazing mental and physical stunts and demonstrations as part of his Jail Break the Mind series. He will blow your mind with his unique blend of magic, mentalism, and unique demonstrations! He has performed his magic and illusions across the USA and around the globe.

Jason Bulmahn
Jason Bulmahn is the Director of Game Design at Paizo Inc, creators of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games and leads the team responsible for rules and game balance. His design credits include the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Bestiary, Advanced Player's Guide, Beginner Box, and the Advanced Class Guide.

David B. Coe
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, and as many short stories. As David B. Coe, he writes epic, contemporary, and urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.

Kevin Grazier
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist specializing in Solar System dynamics, and was a member of the Cassini Mission. He was the science advisor for several TV series and features, and wrote the pilot for the animated series Space Quest. Grazier is the co-author of the Hollyweird Science books.

Georgia McBride
Owner of Georgia McBride Media Group, her books are Junior Library Guild selections, Whitney Award nominations, Kirkus Best Books of Year listed, School Library Journal starred, Kirkus starred, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble category best-selling titles. Georgia McBride's books have been optioned for film/TV and are published as audiobooks.

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.

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Announced: 01/28/2018

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. www.JeanneAdams.com, Twitter @JeanneAdams 

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.

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.

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: DavidBoop.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.declanfinn.com.

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.

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 jaymgates.com, or on Twitter as @JaymGates.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rob Levy
Rob Levy is a published writer, blogger and columnist for needcoffee.com, anglotopia.net and several other publications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scicurious
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.

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. www.tamsinsilver.com

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

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.

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!

Mark H Wandrey
Mark Wandrey, two time Dragon Award Finalist, one of the rising stars in the Military Sci-Fi literary world.

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.

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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Announced: 01/24/2018

Myke Cole
Myke Cole is the author of the dark fantasy Sacred Thronetrilogy (Tor.com), and the military fantasy Shadow Ops and Reawakening trilogies (Ace/Roc). His military history, Legion vs. Phalanx, is published by Osprey. He recently starred on CBS’ hit reality TV series, Hunted.

Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey enjoys acting and costuming and is the organizer of the Dragon Con Skeptic Parade Entry. She has portrayed Madame Bonneville, Eva Ingersoll, and various Suffragists. She created a character known as “The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse” in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth.

Leanna Renee Hieber
An award-winning, bestselling author, Leanna Hieber writes gothic, gaslamp fantasy novels for Tor Books such as the Strangely Beautiful series, The Eterna Files, and the Magic Most Foul saga. A classically trained actress, she been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.

Megan Hutchison
Megan Hutchison is an illustrator of Rockstars for Image, co-creator and illustrator of An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp for Archaia and is debuting OGN Vesna. In addition, she is a cover artist for Boom!, Valiant, and Black Mask.

Alethea Kontis
Alethia Kontis is a voice actress and award-winning author of over twenty books. A former student of Jane Yolen, Andre Norton, and Orson Scott Card, Kontis is the host of Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow at Dragon Con. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, the Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code, being published by Disney Hyperion.

Gail Z. Martin
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Warhammer, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Deadly Curiosities, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)

Eddie McClintock
Eddie McClintock is best known for his role in Syfy’s network most successful series Warehouse 13 as the unexpectedly amusing yet authoritative, Pete Latimer, whose mission was to search and warehouse mystical items wreaking havoc on the world. He recently starred in USA Network’s conspiracy thriller Shooter as Jack Payne

Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series, begun with His Majesty’s Dragon. Her latest novel, Uprooted, is a new fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own.

Randal L. Schwartz
Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl programming language, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz hosts the successful FLOSS Weekly podcast and is a sought-after speaker for his combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. 

Kim Steadman
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.

S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling was born in France. His latest books are The Sea Peoples (October, 2017), Black Chamber (July 2018) and The Sky-Blue Wolves (October, 2018). His hobbies include history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel. He also pursued the martial arts, until knees. Currently he lives with Janet and the compulsory authorial cats.

Tad Stones
Tad Stones is a producer, writer, and artist who started his career at Walt Disney Features then moved to Disney Imagineering to design rides for EPCOT. He was one of the founders of Walt Disney TV Animation where he created the shows Chip ’n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck.

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Announced: 01/23/2018

Zac Brewer
His name is Zac Brewer...but you can call him Z. Under the name Heather Brewer, Zac is a New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, as well as many other books.

Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido's is an author of novels, comics, nonfiction, and short fiction. His fiction takes place in thirty different licensed universes from television to movies to comics, plus original work in the fictional Super City and Cliff's End and the kinda real Key West and New York.

Christopher Golden
Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Ararat, Snowblind, and many more novels. He is the co-creator (with Mike Mignola) of the comics series Baltimore and Joe Golem and his media tie-in works include Buffy, Hellboy, X-Men, and others. Giolden is an editor, screenwriter, podcaster, and lecturer.

A. J. Hartley
A.J. Hartley (also writing as Andrew Hart) is the international bestselling author of 19 novels, including the award winning Steeplejack series; Lies That Bind Us (thriller), the Cold Bath Street (a ghost story), Cathedrals of Glass (sci-fi), and the Sekret Machines series, (co-written with Blink 182 front man, Tom DeLonge).

John G. Hartness
John G. Hartness is the founder and publisher of Falstaff Books, as well as the award-winning author of urban fantasy, and horror novels and short stories. He is the creator of The Black Knight Chronicles, Bubba the Monster Hunter, and the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series.

Faith Hunter
New York Times and USAToday bestselling author Faith Hunter has 40+ books under various pseudonyms, including the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram, and the Rogue Mage series.

Bill Keel
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, has spoken on cosmology, extrasolar planets, citizen discovery in astronomy, science in the Firefly and Avatar universes, and astronomical tourism.

Brianne Marie
Brianne Marie is a cast member and co-producer of Dungeons and Randomness, having played multiple characters on the show including Jadzia Grace, Thantos, and Klara U'rath-Dale, and is the co-host of the Morning Theria podcast. Both of these she does alongside her best friend Jason Massey. 

Lee Martindale
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, has been delayed until 2018.

Jason Massey
Jason has been the host and DM of Dungeons and Randomness for over six and a half years. Building up from one group, all the way up to multiple groups in the same world. The show eventually became large enough for him to quit his day job and work on it full time.

Mark Meer
Mark Meer is internationally known as the voice of Commander Shepard, Blasto, Niftu Cal, the Vorcha, and more in Bioware's Mass Effect Trilogy. Other voice work includes the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark, and Chapterhouse Studio's new Captain Canuck animated series, The Prometheus Protocol.

E.J. Stevens
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 horror series. Her fantastical novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.

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.

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