Stepongzi, Swanstrom, Swedin, Urbanski, L.A.con IV: Confirmed Program Participants
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There will be lots of people on the program for L.A.con IV. Some on panels, some doing talks, some doing demos. This list will be growing between now and the convention, but here are the people who have agreed to be on the program so far.

Paul A. Abell
Dr. Paul Abell is a planetary scientist assigned to the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has been studying potentially hazardous asteroids and near-Earth objects for over 7 years. He was a telemetry officer for the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft NIS (Near-Infrared Spectrometer) team and is a member of the science team for the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRS) on the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft. Paul, his wife Amy Sisson, and their feline friends have lived in the Houston area since December 2003.
Forrest J Ackerman [offsite link]
Fan since Day 1.
Andrew A. Adams [offsite link]
Andrew Adams is an academic who researches and teaches the Social Impact of Computer and Communication Technology. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Law. He reviews books for the BSFA magazine Vector. He has been staff and committee for a number of conventions, including chairing the 2000 Eastercon 2Kon.
Warren Adler
Keith Aiken offsite link
Keith Aiken is a professional illustrator whose credits include Dark Horse Comics' Godzilla (1994) and Sony Pictures' animated program Godzilla: The Series (1998-99). He has also worked with the American Cinematheque and Bay Area Film Events on several Godzilla film festivals, and assisted Toho and Rialto with publicity for theatrical premieres of Godzilla films. In 2005, Keith contributed to the audio commentary for the British Film Institute's UK DVD of Godzilla. This year he launched the website SciFi Japan, and is currently working with Classic Media on materials and promotions for their upcoming DVDs of seven classic Godzilla film.
Alma Alexander [offsite link]
Alma Alexander's novels have been published in ten languages and more than 20 countries. Her international success, The Secrets of Jin Shei, was a finalist in the Endeavour Award and the Washington State Book Awards in 2005 and has been followed by a sequel, Embers of Heaven, set 400 years in the future of the same world. Alma's other works include the fantasy duology The Hidden Queen and Changer of Days, and the first book a new YA trilogy, Worldweavers, is to be released in the winter of 2006. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.
Antares Alleman
Roger MacBride Allen
Mark Altman
Mark Altman is the writer and producer of Free Enterprise as well as numerous other genre films. He is also the co-publisher and editorial director of Cinefantastique magazine.
Lou Anders [offsite link]
Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr [offsite link], as well as the anthologies Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), and FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006). He served as the senior editor for Argosy magazine's inaugural issues in 2003-04. In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact (Titan Books, 1996), and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Publishers Weekly, Dreamwatch, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max. His articles and stories have been translated into Greek, German, and French, and have appeared online at, and
Janet Wilson Anderson [offsite link]
Janet Wilson Anderson has been costuming for more years than she will admit to. She is the co-founder of the International Costumer's Guild, founder of the Costumer's Guild West, Founding Dean of Costume College, ICG Lifetime Achievement award winner, winner of Best in Show awards in both historical and SF at the International level, a six-time Worldcon judge, and was granted the privilege of a Retrospective of her work at the 2005 Costume Con. In addition to being an award-winning costumer in SF, Historical and design competitions, she is a frequent lecturer at universities, colleges and costume interest groups. Her work was featured in the Hugo-nominated book The Costume-Maker's Art. She loves glitz and glitter, dressing funny whenever she can and running her costume business AlterYears which supplies costume patterns, books and supplies to other costumers all over the world.
Karen Anderson
Filking fanzine and SCA fan, fantasy author.
Kevin J. Anderson [offsite link]
Kevin J. Anderson lives in one universe and commutes to work in many others, from his own Seven Suns, to Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-files, or comics. He has many bestsellers and many awards, including a Guinness World Record for "Largest Single-Author Book Signing." He has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-ft mountain peaks, often while dictating chapters in a new book into his microcassette recorder.
Richard Arnold
For 15 years, Richard worked with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to keep his universe, in all of its versions, true to his vision, and, as a result came to be known as an ambassador to Star Trek.
Margaret Austin
Margaret started out as a media fan attending her first convention in 1974. She quickly discovered mainstream SF fandom and has been regularly attending conventions in the UK and overseas ever since. She was Deputy Chair at Intersection and headed up media programming for the 2003 UK Eastercon. Current interests include Stargate, Dr Who and Lost (and non-genre shows such as Veronica Mars and West Wing). She's been looking for a new obsession since Buffy and Angel ended but, so far, has found nothing that quite makes the grade although VM comes close. Her favourite SF writer is Larry Niven.
Fiona Avery [offsite link]
Fiona Avery is a writer from Los Angeles defecting to some place more romantic, since she was once an archaeologist, which entailed such Indiana Jones-like activities as prowling through pyramids in Egypt. She writes all forms, with an emphasis on historical, action, and fantasy. Her novel is a secret history of the French monarchy, called The Crown Rose. In 2004, her Marvel heroine, Ara'a, was named "Woman of the Year!" by Latina Magazine. Women who write action are a rare species. Fiona's favorite possession is a katana circa 1200. She balances her tomboyish collection of swords by wearing pink.
Paolo Bacigalupi offsite link
Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and High Country News. It has been anthologized in a number of "Year's Best" collections of short science fiction and fantasy, and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. His novelette "The Calorie Man" won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award earlier this year.
James Bacon
James is a fan from Ireland who has gotten involved with many aspects of Fandom, from fan writing to con running. Currently living in the UK, he has gained a reputation for running fun conventions.
Chaz Boston Baden [offsite link]
Custodian of Fan Photo Gallery exhibit; [offsite link] created another adult use for Lime Jell-O using tequila, [offsite link] circa 1992; has been mentioned in the Playboy Advisor column twice; once organized an ice cream social with a "Hell Freezes Over" theme sponsored by "Good Intentions Paving Company" and "Handbasket Tours & Travel"; invented "blue boards" to to give fans a safe place to post signs for parties; originated the Registration Apron. His most recent major project has been to launch a new fannish animé convention, Animé Los Angeles. [offsite link] Takes lots of pictures [offsite link] by sf-fan standards, but not very many compared to animé fans.
Lenny Bailes [offsite link]
Lenny Bailes has been involved with science fiction for 35 years as a fanzine writer, SF critic, and online participant. He writes computer books and occasionally appears in the New York Review of Science Fiction. Lenny has been a program director and panel ringleader for Potlatch and loves discussing satirical "literary cartooning" in SF novels and short stories and graphic novels.
Robin Wayne Bailey [offsite link]
Robin Wayne Bailey is currently president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He's written professionally for 25 years and authored sixteen novels, edited two collections, and written nearly 100 short works. His novels include the Dragonkin trilogy, the Brothers of the Dragon series, the Frost novels, and Shadowdance. At the invitation of Fritz Leiber, he wrote Swords Against the Shadowland, the only Fafhrd and Gray Mouser work not done by Fritz, himself. He's a regular contributor to the Thieves World fantasy series. In 1996, he founded the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Lawrence, Kansas and in 2002 transferred it to Paul Allen's Vulcan Enterprises in Seattle, where it became part of the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame. He serves on the museum's Advisory Board of and continues to chair the HoF's induction committee. He lives in Kansas City, M0.
Chris M. Barkley
Chris M. Barkley celebrated his 30th year in SF Fandom at Midwestcon 57 this past June. From 1976-1983 he was one of the few fans in the country who had hosted a SF/fantasy themed radio news and talk show, Bad Moon Rising. Since 1983, he has been a regular volunteer in the Worldcon Press Relations Office, helping explain Fandom and the significance of science fiction to world culture to the press. In the past decade, he has been an infrequent contributor to the Hugo nominated fanzines File 770 and Challenger and the webzine L.A.con IV marks the 21st World Science Fiction convention he has attended. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he is currently residing 32 miles north in Middletown, Ohio.
John Barnes [offsite link]
John Barnes has written around 30 books, depending on what you count, and about 25 of them have been published science fiction, again depending on what you count. His most recent SF novel is The Armies of Memory. His best known seem to be Mother of Storms, A Million Open Doors, and Kaleidoscope Century. The one he liked best was One For the Morning Glory, his only fantasy.
Steven Barnes [offsite link]
Steven Barnes has published over two million words of fiction, including the award-winning alternate history novel Lion's Blood. He also wrote the Emmy-winning "A Stitch In Time" episode of The Outer Limits. He lives in Covina, California with his wife, novelist Tananarive Due, daughter Nicki, and son Jason. His twentieth novel, Great Sky Woman, is published by Random House/One World books.
Jean-Noel Bassior [offsite link]
Jean-Noel Bassior, author of Space Patrol: Missions of Daring in the Name of Early Television, is a journalist who specializes in celebrity profiles for magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. She has interviewed film stars, political figures and best-selling authors for Redbook, McCall's, Parade, AARP The Magazine, Woman's World and many other publications, and her work has been syndicated worldwide by The New York Times and Knight Features (London). Based in Los Angeles, she's a former musician who enjoys running and boxing - but her first love is the 1950s TV series Space Patrol.
Kenn S. Bates
Peter S Beagle [offsite link]
Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx. He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place, when he was 19 years old. Thanks to his most famous book, The Last Unicorn, and such works as The Innkeeper's Song, Tamsin, "Two Hearts," and Summerlong, Peter is considered one of the all-time great authors of fantasy. He wrote the screenplays for the animated versions of The Lord Of The Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the "Sarek" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter.
Amelia Beamer
Amelia Beamer is an independent scholar of science fiction. She is an Assistant Editor at Locus Magazine, where she also writes reviews. Her publications include an article in Foundation and a forthcoming short story in LCRW.
Elizabeth Bear [offsite link]
Elizabeth Bear is the author of such books as Hammered, Blood And Iron, and the forthcoming Carnival. She is the recipient of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She lives in Connecticut, and is afficted with a mourning dove who likes the echoes her bedroom makes when he sings outside the window.
Greg Bear [offsite link]
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge Of God, Queen Of Angels, and Dead Lines. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. His most recent novel is Quantico, a near-future examination of law enforcement, politics, and terror both domestic and religious. Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children (1999, 2003) form a sequence about viruses and human evolution. Together with Quantico and Vitals, these novels form the Life Science Quartet. His novels The Forge Of God and Anvil Of Stars have been optioned by Warner Bros., and Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children have been optioned by Michael DeLuca and Howard Braunstein. Winner of seven Hugos and Nebulas, the Sei-un, the Prix Apollo, and two Endeavor awards -- among others -- Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Jerry Beck [offsite link]
Jerry Beck is a well known animation historian who has written ten books including Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide, The 50 Greatest Cartoons and The Animated Movie Guide. Beck is also a consultant for the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD series and was the co-founder of Streamline Pictures, a pioneer in bringing anime to the United States. Beck is also an animation producer and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney. Beck has mounted and hosted various retrospective screenings of classic animation at festivals and museums all over the world. He is the webmaster of and co-writes the popular animation blog, Cartoon Brew.
Richard Becker
Adrian Bedford offsite link
K.A. Bedford is a writer of SF living in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He is the author of novels Orbital Burn, Eclipse, and Hydrogen Steel, all from Edge Sf/F Publishing, of Canada. He is married to the fabulous Michelle, who makes all things possible.
Hilari Bell [offsite link]
Hilari calls herself the poster child for persistence -- the first novel she sold was the 5th novel she'd written, and when it sold she was working on novel #13. Since then she has sold eight more novels, she has six more under contract, and she's concluded that luck is a good thing too. She writes SF and fantasy for children and teens.
Dr. Gregory Benford [offsite link]
Hard SF writer, fan, physicist. Author of Timescape, In the Ocean of Night, etc. Latest book is The Sunborn.
Joe Bergeron [offsite link]
Artist. amateur astronomer, writer, and science fiction fan.
Jeff Berkwits
Jeff Berkwits has written about science-fiction literature, music, film and television for dozens of Internet and print periodicals including Science Fiction Weekly, Locus Online, SCI FI, Cinescape and Filmfax, among others. He most recently served as editor-in-chief of Amazing Stories magazine, and is presently researching two books focusing on the early days of science-fiction television.
Karen Black
Dr. Bob Blackwood [offsite link]
Dr. Bob Blackwood and Dr. John Flynn, dubbed "The Film Doctors" by fans at Torcon, conducted a survey of the members of the World Science Fiction Society to determine the top 10 SF films of the 20th century, and Galactic Books in July 2006 will publish the result as Future Prime: The Top Ten Science Fiction Films. Dr. Bob, president of the International Press Club of Chicago, is a correspondent for Fra Noi (Chicagoland's Italian American Voice) and the College Union Voice. He is also the author of From the Silent Era to The Sopranos: Italian American Gangsters in Trend-Setting Films and Television Shows, just released by PublishAmerica.
Fr. John Blaker
Fan, RC priest.
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff offsite link
Maya is addicted to speculative fiction. For this, she blames her father and Ray Bradbury. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, Amazing Stories, Interzone, and others, and has been nominated for the Nebula and British SF awards. She has authored six fantasy novels, most recently Mr. Twilight (with Michael Reaves), an October 2006 release from Del Rey. October will also see Kino No Tabi, Volume 1, Maya's English adaptation of the anime series. Maya is half of Maya & Jeff, a musical duo that won the 2005 Pegasus Award for Best Performer. They've also collaborated on three amazing children, and live in San Jose.
Margaret Wander Bonanno [offsite link]
Margaret Wander Bonanno has written more than twenty novels in both mainstream and science fiction, including four Star Trek novels (Dwellers in the Crucible, Strangers from the Sky, Catalyst of Sorrows, and Burning Dreams, a novel about Christopher Pike), and two SF trilogies, The Others and Preternatural. She is the co-author, with Nichelle Nichols of Saturn's Child. Ms Bonanno has been by turns an English teacher, executive secretary, transcriptionist, proofreader and ghostwriter. She has two grown children, and lives in Southern California.
Jeff Bond
Steven R. Boyett [offsite link]
Steven R. Boyett is the author of Ariel, The Architect of Sleep, The Gnole (with British illustrator Alan Aldridge), the parody collection Treks Not Taken, and a draft of Toy Story 2 for Pixar/Disney. Shorter works have appeared in literary, science-fiction, and horror magazines, newspapers, and comic books. Boyett has been a professional martial-arts instructor, DJ, paper marbler, and editor, as well as a rank amateur electronic music composer. He is currently finishing a sequel to Ariel, entitled Eloi.
Ray Bradbury
Bridget Bradshaw offsite link
Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) winner Bridget "Bug" Bradshaw, 36, from Cambridge England, has been an active fan since 1990. A con-runner and fanzine writer (Obsessions, Squiggledy Hoy), she works for the SF Foundation and the UK's League of Fan Funds. She has spent the summer touring the USA and Canada, meeting fan friends old and new. Look for her here in the Fan Lounge. She promises a TAFF Trip Report that's imaginative, meticulous, and full of her sense of the absurd. And hamsters.
David Bratman [offsite link]
David Bratman has been a critic and reviewer and critic specializing in fantasy for many years. His historical and bibliographic study of the Inklings is in press in Diana Pavlac Glyer's book The Company They Keep, and his other articles on Tolkien and other fantasy writers have appeared in various publications, including the Mythopoeic Society's bulletin Mythprint which he edited for many years. He compiled Ursula K. Le Guin: A Primary Bibliography (1995) and edited The Masques of Amen House by Charles Williams (2000). In fandom, David has been a member of various apas and has worked on a few convention committees, most notably as three-time Hugo administrator. David lives in northern California with a soprano (his wife, Berni Phillips) and two cats. In his other life, he is a traveling consulting librarian.
Jon L. Breen
Jon L. Breen is the author of seven novels and more than ninety published short stories, most in the crime/mystery field, and is the winner of two Edgar Awards in the biographical/critical category. He is a longtime member of SFWA and among his science fiction credits is the short story "Parsley Sage, Rosemary, and Time" in the anthology Time Twisters, edited by Jean Rabe. His next book is the novel Eye of God, forthcoming from Perseverance Press. Retired as a librarian and Professor of English at Rio Hondo College, he lives in Fountain Valley, California, with his wife and invaluable front-line editor Rita.
David Brin offsite link
David Brin is a scientist and best-selling author of Hugo winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. Hugo runner-ups include The Postman, Earth, Glory Season. His non-fiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Kiln People explores a fictional near future when people use cheap copies of themselves to be in two places at once. The Life Eaters - a graphic novel - explores a chilling alternate World War II. Recently controversial: Star Wars On Trial. Watch for David's TV show in the fall.
Michael S. Brotherton [offsite link]
Mike Brotherton is a hard science fiction writer as well as a professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming. His first novel, Star Dragon (Tor Books), was a finalist for the John Campbell Award for best science fiction novel in 2004. He knows more about quasars than you do, and gets paid to point the Hubble Space Telescope at them (he'd rather not say how much). He leads his research team to fight for truth, science, and the Milky Way. His fierce cat Sita loves him very much.
Charles N. Brown offsite link
Charles N. Brown is Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of 26-time Hugo winner Locus magazine which he founded in 1968, and has been involved in the science fiction field since the late 1940s. He was the original book reviewer for Asimov's, has edited several SF anthologies and written for numerous magazines and newspapers. Brown founded Locus in 1968 and has won more Hugos than anyone else. Also a freelance fiction editor for the past 35 years, many of the books he has edited have won awards. He travels extensively and is invited regularly to appear on writing and editing panels at the major SF conventions around the world, is a frequent Guest of Honor and speaker and judge at writers' seminars, and has been a jury member for several of the major SF awards.
Rachel Manija Brown [offsite link]
Rachel Manija Brown writes books, manga, television, and whatever else she feels like writing. Much of her writing is sf and fantasy. She worked in development and as a writer for the Jim Henson Company for four years and is currently developing an animated TV show for them. She used to be a staff writer for the one-hour TV horror-comedy The Fearing Mind, which played on Fox Family. Her first book, All The Fishes Come Home To Roost: an American Misfit in India, is published by Rodale. It's the true story of how her post-hippie parents raised her on a bizarre ashram in India devoted to Meher Baba, who is best known for having been Pete Townsend's guru, taking a vow of silence for most of his life, and for coining the insipid motto "Don't worry, be happy." She was the only foreign child within 100 miles of anywhere. Despite being Jewish by birth and a Baba-lover by parental decree, there was only one school in town, and so Rachel spent her formative years attending Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ the Savior Convent School. It's a dark comedy.
Ginjer Buchanan
In the early '70's, Ginjer Buchanan moved from Pittsburgh, PA. to New York City where she made her living as a social worker, while doing free-lance editorial work. In 1984, she took a job as an editor at Ace Books. She has been promoted several times. Her current title is Senior Executive Editor; Marketing Director, Ace Books/Roc Books.
Tobias S. Buckell offsite link
Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean born SF/F writer who grew up spending time in Grenada, the US, and British Virgin Islands. He has almost 30 short stories in various magazines and anthologies. His first novel, Crystal Rain, came out from Tor books in February 2006, his second is due out in the summer of 2007. He is a full time blogger, freelance writer, and author.
Robert Burnett
Robert Burnett is the writer and director of Free Enterprise as well as numerous other genre films.
Bob Burns [offsite link]
Standing on both sides of the camera, Bob has developed an appreciation of the efforts required to bring images from the imagination to the screen, be it movies or television. He has encouraged, consoled, supported and assisted in those endeavors. Bob's acting career has been mainly behind a mask, mostly that of a gorilla, including starring in the TV series Ghostbusters as Tracy, The Gorilla. He produced several videos, among them The Time Machine - A Journey Back and The Further Adventures of Major Mars" based on a character that Bob created. The film incorporated the flavor of the serials and early B-movies like The She Creature on which Bob worked with pioneer monster maker, Paul Blaisdell. To showcase the talents of his friends and to just plain have fun, Bob began "Bob Burns and Friends Halloween Extravaganzas". Each year, an SF or horror film was selected and a scary scene chosen to recreate. The challenge was to do it live, without the luxury of multiple takes or computers. It was this that drew artists like Dennis Muren, Rick Baker, Mike Minor, Tom Scherman, Walter Koenig, Doug Beswick, the Skotak brothers, D.C. Fontana, Greg Nicotereo, Bill Malone, among others, to participate.
Brian J. Burns
Brian Burns is a PhD student at The George Washington University. He has a diverse range of interests from literature and film to history and critcal theory. Brian enjoys finding and/or forging links between areas of study often thought of as disparate such as canoncial literature and popular culture. Along with Kimberly Knight he is one of the co-directors for the academic track of L.A.con IV.
James M. Busby offsite link
James Busby created the Organization to Support Space Exploration (O.S.S.E.) to heighten public awareness about space. In 1979 he became Rockwell International's master of ceremonies for the open house visits to the plant until it closed in 1999. James was hired in 1984 at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles CA as a museum assistant and was employed there for 18 years. The museum awarded James with an Honorary Doctorate degree of Space Science Information. In 1997, Tom Hanks asked him to become the technical advisor for his Emmy award winning HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. He appeared as one of the designers of the Lunar module in the Apollo 9 episode Spider. Busby has also assisted with other films and TV productions such as Apollo 13, Race into Space, Salvage One, and Lord of War. James was employed by the Space Frontier Foundation as Director for its International Lunar Conferences for two years. He is on the History Committee for the American Astronautics Society, and is a frequent contributor to Apogee Books. In April 2006 he joined XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, Ca, in media relations.
Pat Cadigan [offsite link]
Pat Cadigan, two-time winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, lives in North London with the Original Chris Fowler. She awaits the return of The Sultan's Elephant.
David Cake
David is a long time fan and gamer, chair of the Australian National Science Fiction convention standing committee, an editor of Borderlands magazine, and a board member of Electronic Frontiers Austalia, Australia's electronic civil liberties organization.
Scott Campbell
Game designer/producer for Sony Playstation.
Peggy Carlisle
Michael Carniello
Michael Carniello likes to paraphrase Oscar Wilde: "I have put no genius into my life; all I've put into my works is a few minor gaming industry publications." He's a statistician by training and a programmer by occupation, and enjoys writing embarassing life blurbs.
Amy Sterling Casil [offsite link]
Amy Sterling Casil is a 5th generation Southern Californian and a science fiction writer. Her short fiction can be found in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction among other publications. A 2002 Nebula Award nominee, she has authored three novels and more than a dozen nonfiction books for young adults and children. She also writes poetry and children's fiction, and has painted about 100 bookcovers as well as other commercial art. She is the Director of Development for the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization Beyond Shelter, and lives in Redlands, California with her daughter Meredith and dog Badger.
Bob Caso
Susan Casper
Fantasy/horror author of about 10 or 12 ebooks, available from Susan Casper spent years listening to her writer/editor husband Gardner Dozois and her writer friends chatter about the craft. Hopelessly out of the loop, there was only one way to fit in. She began to write stories, and discovered, to her surprise, that after working at it for a while, she could actually sell them.
Michael Cassutt
Michael Cassutt is best known for writing scripts for such SF and fantasy television series as The Twilight Zone, Max Headroom, Eerie,Indiana, Farscape, and The Dead Zone. He has also published two dozen short stories and is the author of five novels, including the space thrillers Missing Man, Red Moon and Tango Midnight. His monthly column, "The Cassutt Files", appears on
Adam-Troy Castro offsite link
Adam-Troy Castro's short fiction has received two Hugo nominations, one Stoker nomination, and five Nebula nominations. His most recent book, non-fiction, is My Ox is Broken: Detours, Roadblocks, and Other Great Moments from TV's The Amazing Race (Ben Bella Books). He lives in Miami with his long-suffering wife Judi and a rotating collection of cats that includes Meow Farrow and Uma Furman.
Rob Caves
Rob Caves is the Executive Producer of Star Trek: Hidden Frontier. He also played Ensign Mark Abney in several episodes. The Hidden Frontier project grew out of video production efforts he started with the fan club, USS Angeles. Caves has worked as production assistant, post production assistant, and junior editor in in corporate video production; currently he's a staff editor at a major production company.
James Cawley
Elvis impersonator; co-creator of Star Trek: New Voyages; plays the part of Kirk in the fan-created "4th season of Star Trek."
Robert J. Cesarone
Robert Cesarone is currently involved in program management, strategy development and long range planning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His activities specifically involve telecommunications and mission operations, including the development of architectural options for the Deep Space Network, NASA's network for tracking interplanetary spacecraft. He has held his present position since September 1991 and has been employed at JPL since 1977. Prior to his current assignment he has held a number of positions within the Voyager Navigation Team, in particular that of lead trajectory and maneuver engineer for the Voyager 2 flybys of Uranus and Neptune. Mr. Cesarone has authored 24 technical and popular articles covering the Voyager Mission, trajectory design, gravity-assist and space navigation and telecommunications. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the World Space Foundation and a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. When he can find any leisure time, he devotes it to his many hobbies. These include amateur astronomy, collecting classic editions of science-fiction and space exploration books, building his model train collection and, most recently, writing songs and playing the five-string banjo in a local band.
Jay Chattaway
Robin Chin
Robin Chin is a doctoral student in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her scholarly interests include modernism, histories of mundane technology, conceptions of the body, and new media. Beginning this September, she will serve as Research Assistant for the UCSB Transcriptions studio.
Richard Chwedyk offsite link
Richard Chwedyk's novella, "Bronte's Egg," won the Nebula Award in 2003, was nominated for a Hugo, and was the 2nd runner up for the Sturgeon Award. You can read it in its "definitive" version in the Nebula Awards Showcase 2004, edited by Vonda N. McIntyre and published by Roc Books. His novelette "The Measure of All Things" was also considered for the Sturgeon and Nebula, fell a few votes short for the Hugo and was included in the Hartwell/Cramer anthology Year's Best SF 7. "The Measure of All Things" has been translated into Italian. His three published "saur" stories have all been translated into Hebrew for the Israeli sf magazine The Tenth Dimension. His short fiction has appeared in Amazing Stories, Space and Time, F&SF and in the Twilight Tales anthology Cthulhu And The Coeds, Or Kids And Squids. His poetry has most recently appeared in the Rhysling Anthology 2004, the Hartwell/Cramer anthology Year's Best SF 8, Strange Horizons, Snow Monkey and in the chapbook anthology Tales From The Red Lion. His latest "saur" novelette, "In Tibor's Cardboard Castle" appeared in the Oct./Nov. 2004 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. More stories are on the way.
Georgeanne Cifarelli
Randall Clague offsite link
Randall Clague works for XCOR Aerospace as the Government Liaison, Safety Officer, and Flight Operations Officer. Randall did the bulk of the heavy lifting for XCOR's launch license in 2004, and helped write the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (CSLAA). Randall writes XCOR's comments to FAA proposed rules. NewSpace executives say Randall's comments make their job easy; they just tell FAA, "What he said." As Flight Ops, Randall coordinated the successful requalification of the EZ-Rocket in 2005, which led to back to back flights at the X Prize Cup in Las Cruces in October 2005, and a world record for pilot Dick Rutan in December 2005. A veteran U.S. Marine artilleryman and amateur rocketeer, Randall brings a healthy dose of common sense to NewSpace.
Dave Clements
Dave Clements is a professional astrophysicist working on preparations for the Herschel and Planck satellites, and using data from HST, Chandra, Spitzer and Akari as well as ground based telescopes. He is also trying to write SF, but not published yet.
Brian Coghill
Jack Cohen
Jack Cohen is an internationally-known reproductive biologist who consults for test-tube baby and other infertility laboratories. He acts as consultant to SF writers on questions of scientific authenticity, especially in the design of alien creatures and ecologies, and has been called the UK's leading xenobiologist.
Lara Collins
Steve Collins [offsite link]
Steve Collins is an Attitude Control System engineer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Currently working on the Mars Science Laboratory project, Steve has been a flight team member on Mars Observer, Galileo, Deep Space One, MER and last summer's Deep Impact project. In flight, he is responsible for keeping the spacecraft pointed in the right direction, performing trajectory corrections and figuring out "what the heck just happened??" When he's not flying spacecraft around the solar system, he can be found playing soccer, jamming on the Theremin, or acting in local Shakespeare productions.
Melissa Conway, Ph.D. [offsite link]
Dr. Melissa Conway is Head of Special Collections at the University of California, Riverside, home of the Eaton Collections of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, the world's largest collection of Science Fiction.
Glen Cook
Author. Latest books are Whispering Nickel Idols; The Tyranny of the Night; and Cruel Wind, an omnibus edition of the first three books in the Dread Empire series.
Brenda Jean Cooper [offsite link]
Author. Latest book is Building Harlequin's Moon, written with Larry Niven.
Paul Cornell [offsite link]
Paul Cornell is a British SF novelist and a comics and television writer, notably on the new series of Doctor Who, for which he wrote "Father's Day." His two novels are Something More and British Summertime. He's currently developing his own SF TV series, working for Marvel Comics and writing a new novel.
Ctein [offsite link]
Ctein is best known in the SF community for his photographs of eclipses, aurora, natural and unnatural scenics, space launches and his hand-printed books. He's a contributing editor to Photo Techniques, author of Post Exposure -- Advanced Techniques for the Photographic Printer, computer display consultant, technical writer, with degrees in English and Physics from Caltech. Other activities- pollution research, astronomy, world designing for CONTACT, and radical feminist queer activism. If he grows up, he wants to be a dilettante. Ctein lives in Daly City CA with technical writer Paula Butler, two demented psittacines, a half dozen more-or-less normal computers, and twenty kilobooks. He reports his house seems to be shrinking...
George Cusack
George Cusack is (in order of importance) a lifelong science fiction fan and an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University Montgomery. His publications include articles on modern Irish literature for Modern Drama, New Hibernia Review, and The Literary Encyclopedia, as well as editorial duties for the scholarly anthology Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon.
R.S. Daley
Tad Daley [offsite link]
Tad Daley is a political author, an international policy analyst, and an activist for enduring world peace. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's degree in international studies, a Ph.D. in public policy analysis ... and a law degree to fall back on if neocon Republicans stay in power forever. He's served as a political advisor to Congresswoman Diane Watson (D-Cal, 2001-Present), the late U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (D-Cal, 1969-1993), and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio, 1997-Present). He ran for U.S. Congress himself in a 2001 special election to represent mid-city Los Angeles. He spent many years at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, the world's oldest and largest think tank. He focuses his research, writing, and advocacy on abolishing nuclear weapons, ending genocide forever, and reinventing the United Nations. He's published more than 75 newspaper, magazine, and journal articles on positive future visions and the politics of hope. He's presently serving as Peace and Disarmament Fellow in the Los Angeles Office of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Noble Laureate anti-nuclear organization. Personal Page
Ellen Datlow [offsite link]
Ellen Datlow was editor of Sci Fiction, the multi award-winning fiction area of SCIFI.COM, for almost six years. She was fiction editor of Omni for over seventeen years and has worked with an array of writers including Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Bruce Sterling, Peter Straub, Jonathan Carroll, George R. R. Martin, William Gibson, Joyce Carol Oates, William Burroughs, and others. Her most recent anthologies include The Dark, The Green Man, and The Faery Reel (the latter two with Terri Windling). She's been co-editing The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror for twenty years. Datlow has won the World Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, the Hugo Award, and the Locus Award for her editing.
James Stanley Daugherty offsite link
Internationally known for his distinctive figurative work, this award winning artist continually pushes the boundaries of reality with his camera. James has also worked as an archaeologist, postman, technical writer, lab technician, librarian, photo journalist, cat breeder, and international investor. He enjoys excursions into ruined abbeys, ancient temples, and Tiki bars. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Master of Fine Arts from the Art Academy of San Francisco. His current photography project involves chronicling the mud cults of naked women in the jungle. He also addicted to running SF conventions and his current fannish crusade is to hold a Westercon in the fabulous city of Las Vegas.
Kathryn Daugherty
Sheryl Jean Davis
Head of Preservation at University of California at Riverside since 1986 and Assistant Head of Special Collections since 1999. Main responsibility is the proper storage, handling and preservation of materials in Special Collections.
Joy Day offsite link
A professional artist and costume designer, Joy has been attending conventions for 25 years. Her astronomy paintings have been featured on magazines, posters, cards, and even billboards, while her blown glass sculptures, created with partner BJ Johnson, are in the collections of the largest aerospace companies and museums. Specializing in reverse glass painting and glass blowing, Joy and BJ are currently doing commissions creating the solar system and the universe out of glass.
Genevieve Dazzo
Genevieve Dazzo holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry and is well versed in many different scientific disciplines. She is currently a computer consultant and also does corporate training in a variety of advanced computer and management skills. During her career she has held senior positions at Software, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, and Aerospace companies. She has been active in science fiction fandom in both New York and Los Angeles since the mid 1970s and has worked on many Worldcons and regional conventions. She is currently on the Board of the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests (SCIFI).
Keith R.A. DeCandido [offsite link]
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of over 30 novels, as well as dozens of short stories, comic books, eBooks, essays, and nonfiction books, many of them in various media universes: Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Farscape, Andromeda, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Spider-Man, and much much more. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and his most recent work is the Buffy novel Blackout, which focuses on one of the previous Slayers, Nikki Wood.
John DeChancie [offsite link]
John DeChancie is the author of over two dozen books, fiction and non-fiction, and has written for periodicals as widely varied as Penthouse and Cult Movies. Many of his novels have recently been published in Russian translation. His humorous fantasy series, beginning with Castle Perilous, became a best seller for Berkley/Ace. William Morrow published Magicnet, which Booklist said was "a welcome sigh of comic relief ... shamelessly droll, literate, and thoroughly entertaining. Magicnet is the fantasy genre's whimsical answer to Neuromancer." He has also written in the horror genre. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and in numerous original anthologies, the latest of which is I, Alien, edited by Mike Resnick. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area and is at work writing screenplays. His most recent book, Witchblade: Talons is an original novel based on the Witchblade comics series.
Mike DeMeritt [offsite link]
Michael DeMeritt served eleven seasons as an Assistant Director for Star Trek, through all of Voyager and all of Enterprise. You can find his audio commentary track on the Enterprise Third Season DVD set for the episode "Northstar." He is a published writer whose most recent work, Poetry and Prose from the Director's Ass., explores the ups and downs of life "in the business". He currently works on NBC's Las Vegas.
Linda Deneroff
Linda Deneroff has been reading SF since she was 12 (the golden age!) and watched Star Trek from its inception in 1966. After discovering fandom in 1971, she became a Lunarian and worked on Lunacon. In 1987, she relocated to Seattle and became active in fandom there as well. There, she currently helps run Foolscap, a small literary-and-art-oriented convention.
Juls Denton
Juls is an avid sewing hobbyist who has created everything from court dresses to peasant wear for rennaissance and historical reenactments.
Cat Devereaux offsite link
Cat Devereaux has been into costuming forever. That path has included costuming in TV, film, and theatre. Much of her earlier work was the slash and burn style of construction required for the jobs. Today she prefers insanely detailed workmanship and recreation as well as teaching others the same. This obsession created the website "Alley Cat Scratch Costume" which includes "Lord of the Rings Costume" where folks gather for costume study and to share sewing techniques. She is a recipient of the International Costumer's Guild's Lifetime Achievement and co-author of The Masquerade Handbook.
Jetse de Vries
Nick DiChario [offsite link]
Nick DiChario has been nominated for two Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies in the United States and abroad. His first novel, A Small and Remarkable Life, was published this summer by Robert J. Sawyer Books.
Buzz Dixon [offsite link]
Buzz Dixon is the co-founder and president of Realbuzz Studios, creators of Serenity, America's premiere inspirational manga, as well as three new upcoming manga series for the inspirational/Christian market. Prior to this, Buzz Dixon had an extensive career writing for TV animation, feature films, comics, video and RPG games.
Daren Dochterman
Cory Doctorow [offsite link]
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing, and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In that capacity, he worked to balance international treaties, polices and standards on copyright and related rights, advocating in the halls of governments, the United Nations, standards bodies, corporations, universities and non-profits. His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work.
John R. Douglas
John R. Douglas has worked as an editor for Berkley, Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, Avon Books and HarperCollins, and was once editor of the science fiction news magazine Chronicle.
Gardner Dozois
Gardner Dozois was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine for twenty years, and is still the editor of the annual anthology series The Year's Best Science Fiction, from St. Martin's Press, now up to its Twenty-Third Annual Collection. He has won fifteen Hugo Awards as the Year's Best Editor, thirty Locus Awards, and two Nebula Awards for his own short fiction. He is the author or editor of more than a hundred books, the most recent of which are the anthologies One Million A.D., Escape From Earth: New Adventures In Space (with Jack Dann), Beyond Singularity (with Jack Dann), a reissue of his novel Strangers, and a new collection of his own work, Morning Child And Other Stories. He lives in Philadelphia.
Kevin Drum offsite link
Kevin Drum is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly and has authored their blog, Political Animal, since March 2004. Prior to that he wrote Calpundit, an independent liberal political blog. During the '90s he was vice president of marketing for a software company in Irvine, California. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California.
Diane Duane offsite link
Novelist, screenwriter, absolute mistress of a vast online web empire (okay, she made that up about the empire), Diane Duane has been writing science fiction and fantasy in various media for the last twenty-five years. She runs the "Young Wizards" universe, and has written for characters as various as Spider-Man, Siegfried the Volsung, Jean-Luc Picard, and Scooby-Doo. Her sign is "Runway 24 Left: Hold for Clearance."
Martin Easterbrook
British convention fan.
Scott Edelman [offsite link]
Scott Edelman (the editor) currently edits both Science Fiction Weekly, the internet magazine of news, reviews and interviews, with more than 635,000 registered readers; and Sci Fi, the official print magazine of the Sci Fi Channel. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run from 1992 through 2000. He also edited Sci-Fi Entertainment for almost four years, as well as two other sf media magazines, Sci-Fi Universe and Sci-Fi Flix. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor. Scott Edelman (the writer) has published more than 50 short stories in magazines such as The Twilight Zone, Absolute Magnitude, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, Science Fiction Review and Fantasy Book, and anthologies such as Crossroads: Southern Tales of the Fantastic, Men Writing SF as Women, MetaHorror, Once Upon a Galaxy, Moon Shots and Mars Probes. He has twice been a Stoker Award finalist in the category of Short Story.
Scott Edgington
Scott Edgington (Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Science - University of Michigan; B.S.E. in Engineering Physics - University of Michigan) is currently working for the Cassini Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On the project, he serves as the CIRS Investigation Scientist, in which he acts as a liaison between the Cassini Program Office and the CIRS instrument. He also serves as a Science Planning Engineer and is involved with the planning and implementation of science activities on board the spacecraft. Previous to this, Scott held a N.R.C. Post Doctoral Fellowship position at JPL, and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. In these positions, he has conducted research in the areas of Jovian photochemistry, ultraviolet spectroscopy, radiative transfer with emphasis on Rayleigh and Raman scattering, meridional dynamics, and condensation processes. While a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he has interpreted ultraviolet spectra associated with Jupiter, Saturn, and Shoemaker-Levy 9 and developed several photochemical models. He has published several refereed publications and has contributed to professional conferences.
Bob Eggleton [offsite link]
Bob Eggleton is a successful science fiction, fantasy and landscape artist. Winner of 9 Hugo Awards, 12 Chesley Awards, The 1999 Skylark Award and 2 Locus Awards. His art can be seen on many magazines and books. His latest book is The Stardragons with John Grant, from Chrysalis Books. Of late, Bob has worked doing animated movie concept work, commissions, and illustrated books. He also appeared as a "fleeing" extra in the 2002 film Godzilla against Mechagodzilla.
Lise Eisenberg
Alex Eisenstein
I'm a collector of vintage SF art and have mounted retrospective exhibits at a number of conventions, including Chicon 2000. I'm also a writer of fiction (in collaboration with my wife Phyllis) and nonfiction (film criticism and SF scholarship).
Phyllis Eisenstein [offsite link]
I've been a writer for 35 years, both on my own and in collaboration with my husband Alex, with half a dozen SF and fantasy novels and a few dozen stories published, plus one nonfiction book on arthritis. For the last 16 years, I've been adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago, teaching SF writing, and half a dozen years ago I was talked into adding a class in fantasy writing to the schedule. In 2000, I decided to try out the advertising world, and currently I am Senior Copy Editor at the largest advertising agency in Chicago.
Elvis Elder
Stephen Eley offsite link
Stephen Eley is the editor and host of Escape Pod, a science fiction magazine in podcast form. Each week Escape Pod narrates and delivers SF and fantasy short stories in audio form. It's also the first paying content market in podcasting. Stephen is also also the publisher of Pseudopod, offsite link a horror fiction podcast, and provides podcast-related products and services through his company, Escape Artists, Inc. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and their one-year-old son.
Kate Elliott [offsite link]
Kate Elliott is the author of the Crown of Stars - fantasy series, the Novels of the Jaran, and the forthcoming Spirit Gate (October '06). In addition, she has written a half dozen short stories and a collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She lives in Hawaii with her family and their neurotic miniature schnauzer, aka the Schnazghul.
Doug Ellis
Collector and dealer in SF original art and pulps for 20 years. Co-organizer of the annual Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention, which has become a leading venue for the sale of pulps and the sale and display of vintage SF art. Author of one book devoted to pulp art (Uncovered) and author/editor of several books on the pulps. Recipient of the Lamont Award, pulp fandom's lifetime achievement award.
Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison is an author who needs no introduction.
Kent Elofson
Kent began his costuming career at the age of eight when he draped an exquisite bustle gown onto a styrofoam cone. Since then he has costumed over 50 stage shows and spent 22 years working for the Walt Disney Company.
Edward Richard Endres [offsite link]
Edward Endres (along with Robert Vailliencourt) established Fyberdyne laboratories in 1989. Fyberdyne is widely regarded as one of the best fiberglass costuming organizations in fandom. Edward has had the recent honor of working with comic book painter Alex Ross on a definitive full size version of Iron Man's Helmet for Dynamic Forces. He is also known for the unique way he has for inlaid color in his fiberglass. He lives in South bend Indiana with his wife Debra and children.
Michael Engelberg
LA area physician, very long time fan, sf movie producer
Steve Englehart offsite link
Steve Englehart has written pretty much every comic you've ever heard of. All Batman films and animation for the last 30 years comes from his conception, but there's also the Green Lantern Corps, Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, and Coyote. He created the Night Man comic and wrote for its television incarnation. He wrote the story for the Tron 2.0 video game and worked on Bard's Tale IV. NASA chose his biography of the Wright Brothers for their school curricula. Currently, he's writing The Long Man, a sequel to his novel The Point Man, about the reality of magick.
Jane Espenson [offsite link]
Jane Espenson is best known for her five years as a writer-producer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her episodes include "Band Candy," "Earshot," "Harsh Light of Day," "Storyteller," "After Life," and others. She shared writing credit on the episode "Conversations with Dead People," which won a Hugo award. Since Buffy, she has been on the writing staffs of Gilmore Girls, Tru Calling, Tim Minear's The Inside, and she has written a freelance episode of Battlestar Galactica.
Scott Essman offsite link
Lawrence Evans
William B. Fawcett
Author of The Fleet series of books.
Moshe Feder
Moshe Feder has been an SF/Fantasy reader since the late '50s, an active fan since 1970 and a pro since 1972 when he started working part time as Assistant Editor for Amazing and Fantastic. Later he was a reviewer for Publishers Weekly and SF Chronicle, Assistant Editor of the SF Book Club, Editor of the Military Book Club, and a reviewer for _Asimovís_. He has been a judge for the World Fantasy Awards and the Sidewise Awards. His first, and so far only, short story appeared in Orbit 16 in 1975. Heís currently a Consulting Editor for Tor Books and a private investigatorís assistant.
Cynthia Felice
You can find Cynthia Felice's most recent publication, Promised Land, (a collaboration with Connie Willis) in both hardback and paperback. Iceman, an Ace/Berkley paperback novel, is the most recent full-length solo work. "Track of a Legend" is anthologized in David Hartwell's Christmas Stars, a Tor paperback, and "Second Cousin, Twice Removed" is in Isaac Asimov's Christmas, edited by Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams, an Ace/Berkley paperback.
Sheila Finch [offsite link]
Sheila was born in England but has lived in Long Beach, CA for the past 40 years. She is best known for the Guild of Xenolinguist series of stories and novels about the adventures of the lingsters as they travel the Orion Arm making first contact and communicating with aliens. One of these stories ("Reading the Bones") won a Nebula Award and was later expanded into a novel of the same name. She has also alternate history and historical fantasy, and a young adult novel. She shares her home with a furry cat and two retired racing greyhounds.
Paul Fischer offsite link
Paul Fischer is a life long Sci-Fi and Fantasy fan. He created and hosts the podcasts: The Balticon Podcast and The ADD Cast. The Balticon Podcast is the first podcast dedicated to Sci-Fi conventions. In his day job he is a Network Architect for a wireless data group in a large company.
James W. Fiscus
Jim Fiscus is a Portland, Oregon writer. He is chairman of two non-profit organizations that work to help science fiction and fantasy writers, The Endeavour Award and the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund. He is a former columnist for the SFWA Bulletin, the journal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, writing about legal and business issues. After years as a medical writer he has returned to writing about history, publishing books for high school students. His fiction often draws on his master's degree in Middle East and Asian History, including recent stories in Alternate Generals II and III.
Dr. John L. Flynn [offsite link]
Dr. John L. Flynn is a three-time Hugo-nominated author and long-time science fiction fan and critic who has written eight books, hundreds of short stories and articles, reviews, and a screenplay. He is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. As a professor at Towson University in Maryland, he teaches graduate and undergraduate writing courses, including "Writing Science Fiction" that has produced several science fiction writers. With fellow academic Bob Blackwood, he formed "the Film Doctors," a group which studies and promotes science fiction films, and produced the top ten list of SF films of the twentieth century.
Michael F. Flynn
A native and resident of Easton, PA, Michael Flynn took his degrees in mathematics and so far they haven't made him give them back. He works as a consultant in statistical methods and quality management. His books include the Firestar series, (with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle) Fallen Angels, and the critically well-received The Wreck of the River of Stars. He has received four Hugo nominations, the Sturgeon prize, and the Heinlein Award. Coming soon is a novel, Eifelheim (Tor, Oct.) and two stories: "Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth" (Asimov's) and "Probably Murder" (Analog).
Phil Foglio [offsite link]
Dorothy C. Fontana
Star Trek, Star Trek, Star Trek -- as Bill Rotsler put it in a cartoon for me, "It follows me everywhere." Not that I mind, but it is the thing I'm most associated with. However, there are other credits over the years that I am also proud of -- Bonanza, Dallas, Streets Of San Francisco, Babylon 5, Six Million Dollar Man, Logan's Run, Fantastic Journey, Lonesome Dove, Earth-Final Conflict and so on. I'm an instructor at the American Film Institute, I'm married to Dennis Skotak (see elsewhere in the program book) and still active writing, including Star Trek games.
Richard Foss
Richard Foss is an author, editor, restaurant critic, and reviewer who has dircted theatrical productions, produced concerts, run a travel agency, managed the construction of a luxury hotel, and lectured on Elizabethan history, among other pastimes. His fiction has appeared in Analog and various short story collections.
Alan Dean Foster [offsite link]
Alan Dean Foster is the author of more than 100 books, over a hundred short stories, numerous articles and film reviews, radio plays, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Cyber Way was the first work of science fiction to win the Southwest Book Award for fiction. His work has been published in more than 50 languages. A world traveler, he has spent time in more than 80 countries. His film footage of great white sharks feeding off South Australia has appeared on the BBC and American television. He lives in Prescott, Arizona, with his wife JoAnn, 3 dogs, 7 cats, a pair of red-tailed hawks, assorted coyotes, road-runners, and the ensorceled chair of the nefarious Dr. John Dee.
Rudy Franchi
Jane Frank [offsite link]
Jane Frank is a collector, author, and private art dealer who established Worlds of Wonder in 1991 to represent the kind of artists and art that you'll enjoy in the L.A.con IV art show. Avid collectors, Jane and her husband Howard have a more than 35-year long history of support for the genre, and two Paper Tiger books on their art collection: The Frank Collection: A Showcase of the World's Finest Fantastic Art (1999), and Great Fantasy Art Themes from the Frank Collection (2003). Beginning Sept 10th works from the collection will again be exhibited at The Science Fiction Museum, Seattle. Jane wrote the illustrated biographies The Art of Richard Powers (Hugo Nominee, 2001), and The Art of John Berkey (2003), and many articles on art and collecting; she writes as The Artful Collector for the e-zine Estronomicon. She edited two books on the author William Hope Hodgson (PS Publishing/Tartarus Press 2005), and is working hard on two projects: A Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (McFarland, 2008) and Pixel or Paint? The Digital Divide in Illustration Art (Nonstop, 2007).
Valerie Estelle Frankel offsite link
Valerie Frankel was born at an early age. She teaches creative writing for children and teens, along with teaching Composition at San Jose State University. Her many short stories appeared in the anthologies Legends of the Pendragon and In the Outposts of Beyond. She's also been published in Rosebud Magazine, The Oklahoma Review, and seventy other magazines. Valerie would have gone crazy long ago, except for her collection of singing potatoes. She's very excited about her first book, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody, published through Wingspan Press.
Laura Frankos
Laura Frankos has written a mystery novel (St. Oswald's Niche), as well as short stories for Analog, the Chicks In Chainmail series, and numerous fantasy and science fiction anthologies. She spends entirely too much time listening to Broadway musicals and is compiling a quiz book based on trivia of the Great White Way.
James Frenkel
James Frenkel's career in book publishing began in 1971. Since then he has edited science fiction and fantasy for Dell Books, Bluejay Books (of which he was Publisher), and Macmillan Publishing, where he edited the Collier Nucleus classic reprint line. Since 1986 he has worked for Tor Books, where he is now a Senior Editor. Born and raised in New York City, he now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He enjoys working with many fine SF and fantasy authors, ranging from Daniel Abraham to Timothy Zahn, and many other outstanding authors in between.
David Friedman offsite link
I majored in Chemistry and physics, got a PhD in theoretical physics and proceeded to make a career as an academic economist, most recently specializing in law. My first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973. My most absorbing hobby has been the Society for Creative Anachronism, with interests ranging from medieval cooking and storytelling to hitting people with swords, my most recent interest writing my first novel (Harald from Baen) and working on more. I am currently a law professor at Santa Clara University.
David Fury
Tom Galloway
Tom Galloway lives in Silicon Valley. His adventures include winning on a game show, Neil Gaiman telling an audience "You should all get together and burn [Tom] as a witch", Harlan Ellison trying to get him dates via public radio, raising $10,000 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund via conceiving a single item, being a Starfleet Admiral in a Trek comic book, organizing an MIT hack on the Harvard-Yale football game, and being a practice dummy for teaching Nobel Prize winners the Macarena.
Christopher J. Garcia [offsite link]
Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, producer, historian, and zine-publisher from Santa Clara, CA. He has been the Assistant Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA for the last seven years. He has produced four films, including The Chick Magnet (winner Best Science Fiction Film: Conestoga Film Festival 2005) and The Last Woman on Earth. He publishes The Drink Tank on, Claims Department for FAPA, and Science Fiction/San Francisco with Jean Martin. He is currently the Vice-President of the Bay Area Science Fiction Association and President of the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). He's also Co-Chair of the Hollister in 2008 Casa de Worldcon Bid.
David Gerrold [offsite link]
Please do not ask David Gerrold about the fifth book in the Chtorran series. He has promised to be on his best behavior, but your cooperation is urgently requested.
Nat Gertler [offsite link]
Inventer of "Mister U.S." (along with Mark Lewis). Created the comic book Licensable BearTM.
GG Theatre
See Plays and Performances.
Sheila Gilbert
Zelda Gilbert
Zelda saw her first costume competition at the 1984 Los Angeles World Science Fiction Convention. She said, "I can do that," and has been doing so ever since. Zelda successfully competes at the master's level in international venues and specializes in the strange, the humorous, and the tacky. Additionally, Zelda served for many years on the boards for both the CGW and ICG, as well as being a veteran Costume College teacher.
Mel Gilden [offsite link]
Mel Gilden is the author of many children's books, some of which received rave reviews in such places as School Library Journal and Booklist. His multi-part stories for children appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times. His popular novels and short stories for grown-ups have also received good reviews in the Washington Post and other publications. Licensed properties include adaptations of feature films, and video games, and he has written original stories based in the Star Trek universe. He has written cartoons for TV, has developed new shows, and was assistant story editor for the DIC television production of The Real Ghostbusters. He consulted at Disney and Universal, helping develop theme park attractions. Gilden spent five years as co-host of the science-fiction interview show, Hour-25, on KPFK radio in Los Angeles. Gilden lectures to school and library groups, and has been known to teach fiction writing. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where the debris meets the sea, and still hopes to be an astronaut when he grows up.
ElizaBeth "Lace" Gilligan
ElizaBeth "Lace" Gilligan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Doug, and their adult children. As a self-described literary opportunist, ElizaBeth has been writing since earliest memory. DAW books has released the first novels in the "Silken Magic" series -- Magic's Silken Snare and The Silken Shroud -- Alternate Histories about Romani silk merchants set in 17th century Sicily. Within the tapestry of the Baroque court, in a land of contradictions, the Romani have found a home in the gadj.'s world. Havensgate (working title) is the current project on ElizaBeth's desk -- the first of a new series focusing upon a woman leading her people through the inner turmoil of a world with magical mutations and strict social caste structures. ElizaBeth also writes the occasional short story, formed and manages the noteworthy research list for genre writers (, is an herbalist, ardent historian, researcher, philosopher, who dabbles in the fiber arts and home-schooled her children. In her copious free time, ElizaBeth has served as Secretary to the Board of Directors for SFWA after nearly a decade serving in SFWA Convention Relations.
Laura Anne Gilman [offsite link]
The former Executive Editor of Roc/NAL, Laura Anne left her day job at the end of 2003, in order to put more energy into her own writing. Her first original novel, the fantasy/caper Staying Dead, came out in 2004, followed by Curse The Dark in 2005 and Bring It On in July 2006, with the next scheduled for 2007. Her YA trilogy, Grail Quest, came out from HarperCollins this year. She is also the author of several non-fiction books for teenagers, and co-edited the anthologies OtherWere: Stories of Transformation and Treachery & Treason.
Dana Ginsberg
Diana Glyer
Diana Pavlac Glyer is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She has chaired conferences, published articles, and tried in vain to fix the comma errors in File 770. Her most recent book is The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community.
Mike Glyer
Lynn Gold [offsite link]
Lynn has been an on-air presence on the San Francisco Bay area airwaves for over 15 years. She has thrown many a party at a convention, often on an amazingly small budget. She has also been performing at conventions for 15 years, and does standup comedy in her copious spare time. During the day she works at ZipLip Incorporated in San Jose, CA as a Technical Writer; on weekends and occasional evenings she anchors the news at KLIV-AM in San Jose, CA and reports news, traffic, and weather at in Emeryville, CA. She has also been on the Internet continuously since 1980, back when it was the ARPAnet. She was part of one of the earliest Net.romances -- and Net.divorces. She has worked at NASA, Oracle, PayPal, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Netscape as a Technical Writer. Lynn lives in Mountain View, CA, with her pet Bichon Frise, "Lady," who has attended several conventions.
Lisa Goldstein offsite link
Lisa Goldstein has published eleven novels, the latest being The Divided Crown (as by Isabel Glass) from Tor Books. Her novel The Red Magician won the American Book Award for Best Paperback. She has also published a short story collection, Travellers In Magic, and numerous short stories. Her novels and short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. She has worked as a proofreader, library aide, bookseller, and reviewer, and she lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and their cute dog Spark.
John Goodwin
Kathleen Goonan [offsite link]
Kathleen Ann Goonan has published five novels and over twenty-five short works. Two of her novels, Crescent City Rhapsody and Light Music, were Nebula finalists and are part of her Nanotech Quartet, which also includes Queen City Jazz and Mississippi Blues. War Stories, her next novel, will be out from Tor some time in 2007.
Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon's screenwriting credits include Galaxy Quest and Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. His producing credits include Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow. He earned a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA before pursuing his masters degree in film at the California Institute of Arts. A Disneyland geek, Gordon hopes someday to achieve his original goal of working as an Imagineer.
Chris Gossett
Bob Gounley
Bob Gounley is an Instrument Systems Engineer for the Space Interferometer Mission (SIM) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He's served interplanetary science missions in many roles including Engineering Team Lead for Mars Exploration Rover, Flight Director for the Deep Space 1 mission (testing ion propulsion), and Deputy Engineering Team Chief for the Galileo mission to Jupiter. NASA awarded Bob its Exceptional Service and Exceptional Achievement medals. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics from M.I.T.
Lorien Gray
After graduating with a degree in Linguistics, Lorien Gray decided to waste her education and go into show business. She started as a Script Supervisor in Texas, but soon fled to Los Angeles to pursue the big time. She's worked as an assistant director on a variety of televison shows and feature films, such as ER, Star Trek: Voyager, The Pretender, Anywhere But Here, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Lorien is currently working at Regent Entertainment, which acquires, produces, and distributes episodic television, TV movies, and feature films.
Ashley Darlington Grayson [offsite link]
Literary agent. Agent for John Barnes, Jack Cohen, Bruce Coville, Christopher Pike, and various others.
Kevin R. Grazier offsite link
Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and holds the duel titles of Investigation Scientist and Science Planning Engineer for the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. His research also includes large-scale, long-term computer modeling of Solar System evolution/dynamics/chaos. Kevin is also currently the Science Advisor for the PBS animated series The Zula Patrol, as well as the SCI FI Channel series Eureka and Battlestar Galactica. He writes the monthly Battlestar Galactica TECH Blog on
Ed Green
Ed Green has been a member of Fandom since 1971. He's a retired NCO from the US Army, where he spent 13 years working as an Intelligence Analyst. He's done fanwriting for File 770, No Award and other zines. He's been President of the LASFS and Chairman of the LASFS Board of Directors. He is currently Chairman of the Board of SCIFI INC, the sponsoring group of this year's Worldcon.
Scott E. Green [offsite link]
Writer, editor and poet. Has been nominated for the Kelly award in non-fiction writing and the Rhysling, Isaac Asimov Readers Award and the Balrog for short poetry. Most recent book is Isaac Asimov: An Annotated Bibliography of the Asimov Collection at Boston University.
Simon R Green
Long ago and far away, Simon R Green was born in the small English town of Bradford-on-Avon, the last Celtic town to fall to the invading Saxons in 504 AD, and it's all been downhill ever since. He's published more than thirty novels, all of them different, including many international best-sellers. Best known for the Deathstalker novels, a trilogy in eight parts. Currently writing the Nightside series, about a private eye who operates in the Twilight Zone, solving cases of the weird and uncanny. Simon is also, secretly, Superman. Don't tell anyone.
Hugh S. Gregory
Hugh S. Gregory is an avid Spaceflight Historian based in Vancouver Canada. He lectures occasionally in local schools on spaceflight history and astronomy. His latest research includes the conceptual design theory work on the E.L.D.S.R.R. space reactor (which he gifted to JPL back in July of 2002), Project M.O.S.S. (Musk Observatory Supernova Search) for the Musk Mars Desert Observatory in Hanksville, Utah and Project M.A.S.T. (Mars Analogue Simulation Trainer), a VR simulator for the Mars Society to help train and prepare crews for their simulations of Mars surface exploration at the Mars Desert Research Station. Since December 2004 he has been the Mars Society's Chief Documents Editor for the M.D.R.S. and F.M.A.R.S. research stations, correlating and maintaining the operations manuals and training materials relative to each facility. He was selected for and led M.D.R.S. Crew 35 (February-March 2005) as Mission Commander and Crew Astronomer (to set up Project MOSS). He's produced and sold videos on Voyager 2 at Neptune, The Gas Planets, and others. On weekends he's a private pilot, amateur astronomer (Member RASC), cricket umpire, and enjoys hiking in the Rockies with his wife Anne.
Paula Guran offsite link
Paula Guran is currently the editor of Juno, offsite link a new fantasy imprint and its Best New Paranormal Romance anthology series. She reviews regularly for Publishers Weekly, is review editor for Fantasy Magazine, and a columnist for Cemetery Dance. Until earlier she contributed SF/F reviews and interviews to CFQ magazine. In an earlier life she produced the weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (winning two Stokers, an IHG award, and a World Fantasy nomination) and edited Horror Garage (earning another IHG and second a World Fantasy nomination.) She's a publisher [Infrapress], teaches SF/F/H writing, and has been author John Shirley's literary agent for nearly a decade.
James Gurney
Our Artist Guest of Honor.
Karen Haber [offsite link]
Karen Haber is the author of nine novels including Star Trek Voyager Bless the Beasts, co-author of Science of the X-Men, and editor of the Hugo-nominated essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien, Meditations on Middle Earth. With Jonathan Strahan she edited the popular Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy series through 2005. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many anthologies. She reviews art books for Locus magazine and profiles artists for various publications including Realms of Fantasy. Her newest science fiction novel, Crossing Infinity, a YA tale of gender confusions between worlds, was published by ibooks in November.
Gay Haldeman [offsite link]
Gay Haldeman (Mary Gay Potter Haldeman) has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the U. of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the U. of Iowa. She teaches in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology every fall, specializing in English as a second language. The rest of the year she resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career, dealing with editors, answering correspondence (in Spanish and French as well as English; isn't e-mail wonderful?), etc. She's a correspondent for the on-line Spanish magazine BEMonline. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and loves to meet new people. After 41 years of marriage, she still thinks Joe's the best thing that ever happened to her.
Joe W. Haldeman [offsite link]
Joe Haldeman sold his first story in 1969, while he was still in the army, post-Vietnam, and has been a constant writer ever since, with a little time off for teaching. He's written about two dozen novels and five collections of short stories and poetry, and appears in about twenty languages. His best-known novels are The Forever War and Forever Peace. Since 1983, he and his wife Gay have spent the fall semester in Cambridge, MA, teaching at MIT. His latest novel is Old Twentieth, and it was joined in 2005 by War Stories, a collection of fiction about Vietnam.
Barbara Hambly [offsite link]
Author of The Emancipator's Wife (about Mary Todd Lincoln), The Windrose Chronicles, The Darwatch Trilogy, etc. Has written stories for Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina; Tales from Jabba's Palace; War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches; Gaslight and Ghosts; and others. Most recent books are Dead Water and Circle of the Moon; Renfield will be out in September.
Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
Treasurer of The Mythopoeic Society, Chairman of Westercon 40, Chairman of Mythcon 10, treasurer to more Mythcons, treasurer to CostumeCon 26, good costumer too (mostly hall costumes). Been in fandom for, well, more years than I want to imagine. A well-rounded fan into Costuming, JRR Tolkien, LotR the Movie, Fantasy, Asimov, Bradbury, SF, Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Farscape. Mother to Jenevieve Paurel Davis and Harold Harrigan III; grandma to Christopher, Matthew, and Jonathan; all fans, too. All in all, it's been a good full fannish life, and there are still more years to enjoy!
Charlaine Harris
Harry Harrison [offsite link]
Author of Deathworld, The Stainless Steel Rat, Make Room! Make Room!, West of Eden, Bill the Galactic Hero etc. Latest book is Stars and Stripes Triumphant.
Jay C. Hartlove
Jay has been competing his costumes at conventions since 1976. He is known for adapting unusual materials and developing new techniques in costuming. His inspirations are anime, history and horror, not necessarily in that order. He also teaches workshops and designs events for the Bay Area costumers guild. He has scaled back his competition entries while raising his two beautiful daughters Katherine and Abigail with his wife Denisen. One exception was working with a team that won Best in Show at ConJose (WorldCon 2002). Jay also writes extensively on religion and neuroscience, which he insists, are not very far apart.
David Hartwell [offsite link]
David Hartwell edited The Science Fiction Gallery, Visions of Wonder, Northern Stars, Northern Suns, Centaurus, etc. Collects interesting neckties. Compiler of Gregg Press Science Fiction Series 1975-1985 Complete: a Preliminary Annotated Checklist. Proprietor of Dragon Press, publisher & bookseller; publishes The New York Review of Science Fiction.
Teddy Harvia
Teddy Harvia is an anagram of David Thayer. Teddy is a cartoonist who has contributed to hundreds of amateur publications since 1977 and received much appreciated recogniton over the years for such characters as the WingNuts[TM], the Goddess Opuntia, and Chat. David was cochair of the Cancun WorldCon bid and is currently attempting to translate the skills he has gained as a technical writer and editor into a career as a science fiction novelist. Both are married to Diana Thayer, also an aspiring writer.
James Hay [offsite link]
James Hay lives in San Diego, enjoys creating and wearing hall costumes, and has a keen interest in sf trivia.
John G. Hemry [offsite link]
John G. Hemry is a retired US Navy officer and the author of the JAG in space series, the latest of under the name Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet). He had a story in the latest Chicks in Chainmail anthology and also has essays in BenBella books on Charmed, Star Wars, Superman, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. John's also a SFWA musketeer. He lives in Maryland with his wife (the incomparable S) and three kids.
Howard V. Hendrix
Brian P. Herbert
Richard Herd [offsite link]
Artist, poet, and actor in many genre shows and movies, including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Planes Trains & Automobiles, SeaQuest DSV, Seinfeld, Star Trek, and T.J. Hooker.
John Hertz
Hugo nominee for Best Fanwriter. Infected fandom with English Regency ballroom dancing. At cons, moderator of panels, leader of Art Show tours, judge or M.C. of Masquerades; host of Fanzine Lounge at 2004 Worldcon. Big Heart Award, 2003. Fan Guest of Honor, Con-Version (Calgary, '06), Westercon (Phoenix, '04), Lunacon (New York, '01), Incon (Spokane, '00). Anthologies, Dancing and Joking ('05), West of the Moon ('02). Fanzine, Vanamonde. Favorite non-SF writers, Chuang Tzu, Maimonides, Nabokov, Sayers. Drink, Talisker.
J.G. Hertzler
Actor who played General Martok, a frequently recurring Klingon in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as roles in ST: Voyager and Enterprise and several of the Star Trek games.
Rusty Hevelin
P C. Hodgell
P.C. Hodgell is the author of three fantasy novels, God Stalk, Dark of the Moon, and Seeker's Mask, with a fourth up-coming. She also knits, does stained glass, chases cats, and falls off horses.
Eric L. Hoffman
Born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York (there is no truth to the rumor that Martians gave up invading as a bad idea due to that), Eric Hoffman became a movie buff thanks to the early days of Television. He's also a Doctor Who fan. Eric has written articles for various magazines. He also collects movies. He enjoys movies, reading, music (sometimes playing the piano when he can get at one), Doctor Who, singing and meeting people. His other interests fit into the category of "some things that man was not meant to know!"
James P. Hogan [offsite link]
James P. Hogan was born in London in 1941. After studying general electrical and mechanical engineering, he graduated as an electronics engineer specializing in digital systems. Later he became a sales executive in the electronics and computer industries with such companies as ITT, Honeywell, and Digital Equipment Corporation, and eventually a Sales Training Consultant with DEC's scientific computing group at Marlborough, Massachusetts. He produced his first novel as the result of an office bet in the mid 70s and continued writing subsequently as a hobby, his works being well received within the professional scientific community as well as among regular science-fiction readers. In 1979 he left DEC to become a full-time writer, moving to Florida and later, California. He now lives in the Republic of Ireland. To date he has written around 30 novels and other full-length works, including three mixed collections of short fiction and nonfiction, and two nonfiction books, one on Artificial Intelligence, the other on scientific heresies.
Nancy Holder [offsite link]
USA-Today Bestselling author Nancy Holder has written approximately 80 novels and 200 short stories, essays and articles. She has received four Bram Stoker Awards, and she has written tie-ins for Buffy, Angel, Smallville, Highlander, Sabrina, and other 'verses. Her first Silhouette Bombshell in The Gifted Trilogy, Daughter Of The Flames, is out now. Daughter is a fantasy trilogy about conflicts among The Gifted -- people with magical powers. With Nancy Kilpatrick, she co-edited the anthology Outsiders. She teaches creative writing at UC San Diego Extension.
Robert B Hole, Jr. [offsite link]
Bob is a life-long itinerant biologist, teacher, artist and speculative fiction fan. He's been developing websites since 1995, writing and publishing mostly non-fiction since 1976 (coincidentally the year he attended his first SF convention) and was brought up in a science fiction loving household. He was very upset when Star Trek moved to Friday nights because it was after his bedtime. Currently he divides his time between writing, artwork, and exhibit consulting and a few hundred other things.
John-Henri Holmberg
Long-time Swedish fan. GoH at Norwegian national convention Intercon in 2005.
Gillian Horvath [offsite link]
Gillian Horvath was on staff at Highlander: The Series for four seasons. She is the creator of Highlander: An Evening at Joe's, an anthology of short fiction written by cast and crew, and the keeper of the "Lost Footage" on the series DVD's. Gillian's other TV credits range from Baywatch and Beverly Hills 90210 to Quantum Leap, Queen of Swords, and Xena: Warrior Princess. She was the writer of 6 episodes of the vampire cop series, Forever Knight, and two episodes for the final season of Andromeda. Most recently, Gillian has been working on PAX's Musketeer series, Young Blades, and on the supernatural soap opera Dante's Cove for here! TV.
Leslie Howle
Elizabeth Anne Hull
Elizabeth Anne Hull is a past president of the Science Fiction Research Association and has taught creative writing and sf at the college level for over 30 years. She ran for Congress on the Democratic ticket in 1996 and has lectured and led writing workshops around the world, as well as published numerous scholarly articles and several short stories and, with her husband Frederik Pohl, co-edited Tales from the Planet Earth.
Bill Hunt
Walter H. Hunt offsite link
Walter H. Hunt is the author of four science-fiction novels published by Tor Books, most recently The Dark Crusade. He is an avid student of history, a devoted baseball fan, an active Freemason and a happy husband and father. Walter H. Hunt spent eighteen years in hi-tech before becoming a full time professional writer in 2001.
Sara Hyman
Hiroaki Inoue
Sam Irvin
Aleta Jackson [offsite link]
Aleta Jackson is one of the founders of XCOR Aerospace, located in Mojave, CA. XCOR designs, builds, tests and flys rockets and rocket powered vehicles. She has over 30 years experience in research and development, starting with the Gemini program. XCOR built the recently retired EZ-Rocket, and is building X-Racers for the Rocket Racing League. Her goal is to build safe, reusable, reliable, maintainable rocket engines that will take people and cargo to space. She has over ten years experience as a professional editor and writer, and has been published in the Washington Post, Analog, and other magazines.
Charles Lee Jackson II [offsite link]
Artist, author, film historian, and now teacher, publisher of Extra Added Attractions, Amazing Adventures, and CLiffhanger magazines, Charles Lee Jackson, II, otherwise known as "The Emperor", has been a member of LASFS since 1967, is currently a superannuated college student, and teaches the class, "Ephemeral Cinema".
Steve Jackson [offsite link]
Steve Jackson is a longtime SF fan. He writes filk (adequately) and sings (very badly). His other hobbies include gardening, dinosaurs, Lego and tropical fish. In his copious free time, he reads, eats and sleeps. Since starting Steve Jackson Games [offsite link] in 1980, he has created a number of hits, starting with Car Wars -- followed shortly by Illuminati, and later by GURPS, the "Generic Universal Roleplaying System." His latest big hit is Munchkin, a very silly card game about killing monsters and taking their stuff. His current projects include the quest to get his games translated into digital form.
MaryAnn Johanson offsite link
"One of online's finest" film critics (Variety), MaryAnn Johanson is a New York City-based freelance writer who loves movies but hates what Hollywood sometimes does to them. Her offsite link is one of the most popular movie sites on the Internet; at, offsite link she explores the rise of geek attitudes in popular culture. Johanson is the only major film critic who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also an award-winning screenwriter.
Meredith Kadlec
Bob Kanefsky [offsite link]
Bob Kanefsky writes filk parody songs.
Takayuki Karahashi
Jordin T. Kare
Jordin Kare is an ex-astrophysicist and freelance Rocket Scientist -- really; he designs satellite systems as an independent consultant to aerospace companies large and small, and has published two different concepts for interstellar propulsion systems. He's also a long-time fan, a congoer since 1975, and a well-known, though semiretired, filker. He lives in Seattle with his wife Mary Kay, two cats, and lots of obsolete electronics.
Mary Kay Kare [offsite link]
L.A.con IV marks Mary Kay's 30th anniversary in fandom. She's been involved in many aspects of that wonderful wacky world and mostly enjoyed it all. She has recently re-discovered the delights of actually attending programming.
Keith G. Kato
Keith G. Kato has been attending Worldcons since 1972, and is known in fandom for the "Keith Kato Chili Party." He is a charter member of The Heinlein Society, and is also on the concom of the 2007 Heinlein Centennial. In the mundane world, he holds a Ph.D. in plasma physics (SF author Gregory Benford was his dissertation advisor), and performs R&D on high power microwaves at Raytheon Company. He is also a martial artist of 42 years standing, and was Head Instructor of the Orange County Karate Club.
Jerry Kaufman
Jerry Kaufman has been an active fan since 1966. He has published fanzines, run conventions, served as the Down Under Fan Fund delegate and administrator, auctioneered, judged literary awards, and run a semi-successful small press specializing in science fiction criticism. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, Washington and, with Suzanne Tompkins, publishes Littlebrook, a fanzine.
David Keck offsite link
David Keck is a New York based writer and teacher from Winnipeg, Canada. He has managed to collect degrees in English Literature/History, Education, and Creative Writing. He likes nothing better than clambering around castles, cathedrals, and bits of Neolithic stonework. His first novel, In the Eye of Heaven, was published by Tor this year.
James Patrick Kelly [offsite link]
James Patrick Kelly has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows. His fiction has been translated into twenty-one languages. He has won the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award twice: in 1996 and again in 2000. He writes a column on the internet for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. In 2004 he was appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to be the Chair of the State Council on the Arts.
Kay Kenyon [offsite link]
Kay Kenyon's science fiction novels include The Seeds of Time, Maximum Ice and The Braided World. The latter two were short-listed for the Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell award, respectively. She has recently completed Bright of the Sky, the first in a science fiction series. You'll find some of her short stories in ReVisions; I, Alien; Live Without a Net; and Stars: Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian. Also, watch for the Worldcon signing of the Space Cadets anthology, in which Kay is a contributor.
John Kessel [offsite link]
John Kessel directs the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A winner of the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award, the Locus Poll, and the Tiptree Award, his books include Good News From Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and The Pure Product. With James Patrick Kelly, he recently co-edited Feeling Very Stranve: The Slipstream Anthology. Sci-Fi Weekly has called him "quite possibly the best short story writer working in science fiction today."
Thomas Kidd [offsite link]
Tom Kidd has worked for a number of publishers: Baen Books, Random House, DAW Books, Warner Books, Doubleday, Ballantine Books, Marvel Comics and Tor Books. He has illustrated two books: The Three Musketeers (1998 - William Morrow) and The War of the Worlds (2001 - Harper Collins), and there are two books of his art: The Tom Kidd Sketchbook (1990 - Tundra) and Kiddography: The Art & Life of Tom Kidd (2005 - Paper Tiger). A gallery featuring this book just appeared in the April '06 issue of Realms of Fantasy. His art has won him a World Fantasy Award (Best Artist 2004) and six Chesley Awards. Kidd has also done design work for film, theme parks, entertainment products, and all types of conceptual design work for such clients as Walt Disney, Rhythm & Hues, and Universal Studios. His work has been displayed in a wide array of venues, including The Delaware Art Museum, The Society of Illustrators and the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame. His favorite and most time-consuming obsession is a unpublished book called Gnemo: Airships, Adventure, Exploration. This is the sort of stuff that makes him happy.
James P. Killus [offsite link]
James Killus is a scientist (atmospheric) and writer (fiction, non-fiction, and technical). He lives in Pinole, CA with his wife Amy.
Rosemary Kimble [offsite link]
New Orleans designer of fantasy costume accessories, including masquerade masks, body art, and fairy, dragonly and butterfly wings. Proprietor of EnRapturing ReVisions Costumes.
Sharon King
Sharon D. King, scholar, translator, writer, and actress, holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and is an Associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Recent publications include a scholarly book, City Tragedy on the Renaissance Stage in France, Spain, and England (Mellen Press, 2003), an academic article, "Early Modern Theatre for a Postmodern Audience" (in Drama Translation and Theatre Practice, Peter Lang, 2005), and a science fiction story, "Quiescent" (FEMSPEC, Spring 2006). She has numerous translations to her credit, including J. Prevost's 1584 Clever and Pleasant Inventions, Part One, the first book on sleight-of-hand magic in French (Hermetic Press, 1998), and The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania, an anthology of 20th-century fiction (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). She has translated and performed early modern comedies with her own acting troupe, Les Enfans Sans Abri, for the past 18 years. Her original play Pale Pink Punch won performance in the Los Angeles-based Can Play Festival (September-November, 2005). Dr. King also serves as researcher for the Getty Research Institute. She is working on her second short film, Plant Life.
Tim Kirk
Ellen Klages [offsite link]
Ellen Klages divides her time between Cleveland, Ohio, and anywhere else. She has written four books of hands-on science activities for children (with Pat Murphy et al.) for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. She also serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions. She has recently sold her first novel, Green Glass Sea, about two eleven-year-old girls and their parents living in Los Alamos during the war. When she's not writing fiction, she sells old toys on eBay and collects lead civilians.
Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink
Elizabeth is a long time fan, and art show person. She can be usually found at conventions in or near the art show, sometimes even being foolish enough to run them with her husband Jerome Scott. She came to California from Canada to continue pursuing a career in Aerospace Engineering where she helps build communication and weather satellites. Fannish affiliations include the Dorsai Irregulars, ASFA, and SCIFI. She shares her home with her husband, Jerome Scott, a cat, and way too many books, comic books, and DVD's.
Kimberly Knight [offsite link]
Kimberly Knight is a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include literary and cultural theory; digital and information culture; new media literature and art; speculative literatures; and twentieth century British and American literature. Knight is a member of the development team of The Agrippa Files: an Online Archive of Agrippa (a book of the dead) and has served as a Research Assistant on The Transliteracies Project: Research in the Technological, Social, and Cultural Practices of Online Reading. She is currently developing her dissertation proposal on the topic of the spectral and technology in contemporary literature and new media.
Walter Koenig [offsite link]
Played "Bester" on Babylon 5, "Chekov" on Star Trek, has appeared on Comedy Central and in episodes of Almost Perfect and Diagnosis Murder. TV writing credits include Land of the Lost and Star Trek animated series. Movie credits include Star Trek movies, Fist of Justice, and Drawing Down The Moon. Wrote and performed You're Never Alone When You're A Shizophrenic. Appeared in video games Maximum Surge and Starfleet Academy. Latest book is Buck Alice And the Actor-Robot. Most recent appearance: a radio broadcast of War of the Worlds in tribute to both H.G. Welles and Orson Welles.
Victor Koman [offsite link]
Victor Koman, a native Californian, is the author of several books, including the underground classic millennial-noir novel The Jehovah Contract and his medical thriller Solomon's Knife. Both novels won the Prometheus Award in their respective years and have recently appeared in hardcover from Franklin Watts and online and in trade paperback from, as is his latest novel, Captain Anger Adventure #1: The Microbotic Menace, and his long-suppressed first novel, Death's Dimensions. His screenplay for his novel The Jehovah Contract has been optioned for film by Ludovico Technique, Inc. Koman was instrumental in preventing the destruction of Disneyland's last bubble-topped Mark III monorail ("Old Red"), resulting in Disney subsequently converting the historic monorail fuselage into a street-legal vehicle, the Mouseorail.
Raph Koster offsite link
Mari Kotani
Jonathan F Kotas
Influenced early in his life by the works of Heinlein, Clarke, and Asimov, Jonathan Kotas went on to a science and engineering education and has worked on space & terrestrial power and propulsion programs for over 25 years. He has worked at a number of national laboratories during this time and is currently supporting the Space Shuttle program at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA. Mr. Kotas is also a co-founder of SoftSport, a company that invented real-time team & player analysis of soccer games. He has worked with numerous national, professional, collegiate, and amateur soccer clubs at a number of international tournaments, including the World Cup. He is also an avid cycad enthusiast and is actively working for the conservation of this unique but endangered species.
Gene Kozicki
Nancy Kress [offsite link]
Nancy Kress is the author of 23 books, most recently Nothing Human (Golden Gryphon) and Probability Space (Tor). She writes often about genetic engineering. Her work has won three Nebulas, a Hugo, a Sturgeon, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Probability Space). She is the bimonthly "Fiction" columnist for Writers Digest Magazine and teaches often at Clarion.
George Krstic [offsite link]
Writer, director, and producer George Krstic's credits include writing for film (the multiple-award winning sci-fi short The Last Actor) and television (the Emmy-nominated MTV Downtown, as well as co-creating the recent giant robot Cartoon Network series Megas XLR). In addition to just optioning an animated science fiction feature, Krstic is currently serving as a writer on George Lucas. new 3D Clone Wars series.
Grant P. Kruger [offsite link]
A South African fan living in the USA. US agent for Science Fiction South Africa and has run many SFSA parties. Been on staff for the last five Worldcons. Involved with the ongoing promotion of fandom and Worldcons - a fandom evangelist. Editing the 2006 Southern Fandom Confederation handbook. Also the L.A.con IV Party Maven.
Ellen Kushner [offsite link]
Ellen Kushner's new novel, The Privilege of the Sword, continues the story she began in her first one, Swordspoint. Her other novels are Thomas the Rhymer (World Fantasy Award) and The Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman). She hosts the national public radio series Sound & Spirit [offsite link], available online. Live shows: Esther: the Feast of Masks and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer "Nutcracker" for Chanukah (with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, on Rykodisc cd). She is co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Movement. [offsite link] She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman, and does not have a cat.
David A. Kyle
Jay Lake [offsite link]
Jay Lake lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He is the 2004 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as a Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee. His short stories appear in markets worldwide. Along with Deborah Layne he edits the award-winning Polyphony anthology series. Jay's next novel is Trial of Flowers, coming in fall of 2006 from Night Shade Books.
Stef Lancaster
Geoffrey A. Landis [offsite link]
Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and a science fiction writer. As a science fiction writer, he has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. His novel Mars Crossing won the Locus award for best novel. As a scientist, he is currently a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team, and has worked on advanced space mission design. He is currently a visiting professor of astronautics at MIT.
Bridget Landry
Bridget Landry was educated as a chemist and planetary scientist, trained as an engineer, and has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the joint US-French oceanographic Earth orbiter Topex, the Mars Pathfinder project, and is currently a team member on the Cassini Mission to Saturn. She is also deeply interested in, and committed to helping with the retention of girls in science and math, from middle school onwards. In her technical hat, she has been on science panels at WorldCons, local, and regional conventions. Ms. Landry has been a fan since the age of 13, when she worked for 4 hours at her first SF con before ever getting her badge. She is a costumer with a twisted sense of humor, most noted for the Strauss Waltz Assault Team, Computer Pirates, and the Victorian Bathing Beauties. She has won both presentation and workmanship awards, and participated in costuming panels and workshops, from the local to the WorldCon level.
Devra Langsam offsite link
I discovered both Star Trek and Fandom through the good offices of Sherna Comerford. In 1966 she took me to an Open ESFA, a small NJ con, where we met the late Brian Burley, who took us to Lunarians' meetings, and introduced us to Juanita Coulson, fanzine fan extraordinaire. Juanita in turn introduced us to Ruth Berman and Eleanor Arnason, and suggested that we could produce a Star Trek fanzine. She would help us with the production. So, in September 1967, we premiered Spockanalia, the first STzine, at Worldcon. At Worldcon, I met Elyse (Pines) Rosenstein, who mistook me for my Siamese cousin Debbie. (She was the one who picketed NBC during the "Save Star Trek" campaign.) It was Elyse who got the idea, in 1971, for a little Star Trek con, just for Trekfen, modeled on Lunacon. Sherna had run a miniscule ST con in Newark, and that's what we thought we'd have. Instead, we ended up with 3400 attendees, an exhibit from NASA, and guests Gene Roddenberry and several cast members. Amazing. After the five ST cons, I began publishing Masiform D, a mixed media zine. Somewhere during this time I was twice con chair for Lunacon, a member of the NY in '77 and NY in '86 Worldcon bids, and ran innumerable dealers' rooms. After the 18th issue of Masiform, I gave up publishing and devoted myself to bookselling, concentrating on historic cookbooks, costume books, juvenile fantasy, and historical mysteries. I'm now retired from being a librarian, and loving it.
Evelyn C. Leeper [offsite link]
Evelyn Leeper discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, which has gone through several title changes until it settled down as the weekly MT Void (pronounced "Empty Void"), which has now had over 1300 issues. She has been nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer twelve times for her convention reports, travelogues, and book reviews, and is currently a judge for the Sidewise Awards for alternate history.
Mark R. Leeper [offsite link]
Mark became a serious fan of science fiction at about age five. He has been an active in SF activities ever since. He was President of the University of Massassachusetts SF Club. At Bell Laboratories he and wife Evelyn founded a science fiction club in 1978 and have run it ever since. The fanzine/newsletter, the MT Void, which grew out of that club, has gone past 1300 issues. Mark has been a film reviewer on the Internet continuously since 1984. The MT Void has grown from a club notice to an internationally-recognized fanzine. Mark also writes long trip logs.
Stephen Leigh offsite link
Fred Lerner
Fred Lerner has been a librarian and bibliographer for more than thirty-five years, and was one of the founders of the Science Fiction Research Association. Formerly science fiction columnist for Voice of Youth Advocates and the Wilson Library Bulletin, he now serves as Contributing Editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy for the NoveList website. His first book, Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community (Scarecrow Press, 1985), was a scholarly study of science fiction's changing reputation in America. In The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age (Continuum, 1998) and Libraries Through the Ages (Continuum, 1999), he has written about the history of libraries. His story "Rosetta Stone" has been described by anthologist David Hartwell as "the only SF story I know in which the science is library science." Fred Lerner lives with his wife Sheryl in White River Junction, Vermont, where he is Information Scientist at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As producer of the PILOTS Database, an online index to more than 30,000 publications on PTSD, he claims to have seen more literature on the subject than anyone on the planet.
David D. Levine [offsite link]
My story "The Tale of the Golden Eagle" was a nominee for the Hugo Award, appeared on the Nebula preliminary ballot, and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award and Locus Award. I'm a John W. Campbell Award nominee (2004 and 2003), Writers of the Future Contest winner (2002), James White Award winner (2001), and Clarion West graduate (2000). I've sold to F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and several anthologies including Mike Resnick's New Voices in SF and three Year's Best volumes (two Fantasy, one SF).
Jaime Levine offsite link
Jaime Levine is a Senior Editor at Warner Books, where she has worked for more than 9 years. She's edited a variety of authors including Jacqueline Carey, Michael Moorcock, Gregory Benford, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia E. Butler, and Carrie Vaughn.
Anthony R. Lewis
Tony entered organized fandom in 1957 via the MIT SFS. He was one of the founders of NESFA and chaired the 1971 Worldcon (Noreascon) as well as a number of Boskones. He is currently active in NESFA and especially NESFA Press. He is a member of MCFI, the organization that runs Worldcons and SMOFCons in the Boston area.
Jacqueline Lichtenberg [offsite link]
Jacqueline Lichtenberg is creator of the Sime~Gen Universe, primary author of Star Trek Lives!, founder of the Star Trek Welcommittee, creator of the term Intimate Adventure, winner of the Galaxy Award for Spirituality in Science Fiction and one of the first Romantic Times Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel. With new novels and non-fiction being published, her work is now in e-book form, audio-dramatization and on XM Satellite Radio. She has been sf/f reviewer for The Monthly Aspectarian for 13 years. With Professor Jean Lorrah, she teaches sf/f writing online via Tarot and Astrology.
Guy Lillian III [offsite link]
A letter of comment in a 1962 Flash comic book started Guy Lillian on a lifelong fannish journey. It's a road that has taken him to multiple Hugo nominations for his genzine, Challenger, 35 years in the Southern Fandom Press Alliance, five as its Official Editor, three terms as President of the Southern Fandom Confederation, several fan Guest of Honorships, status as the 2003 DUFF delegate to the Australian National SF Convention, friendship with Julius Schwartz and generations of great science fiction fans, and marriage with his DUFF co-delegate, his beloved wife, the former Rose-Marie Green, whom he met at the 1976 worldcon. He asks all those so inclined to say a prayer for the Big Easy.
Brad Linaweaver [offsite link]
Brad Linaweaver is an award winning science fiction writer (Prometheus Award/Nebula Finalist) who is best known for alternate history and media tie-ins. Examples of the former includes Moon of Ice, Anarquia (with J. Kent Hastings), and various short stories sold to Harry Turtledove, Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg, et al. The latter includes the Sliders books (series created by Tracy Torme), three Battlestar Galactica novels with Richard Hatch and four Doom novels with Dafydd ab Hugh. In many respects, Brad likes to be thought of as the Mad Collaborator. He did Worlds of Tomorrow with Forrest J Ackerman and shares a number of credits with filmmaker Fred Olen Ray. Solo credits also include around eighty short stories and over three hundred articles. He has appeared in magazines ranging from National Review to Famous Monsters of Filmland. One of his early articles was praised in a radio broadcast by Ronald Reagan. Brad also publishes his own magazine, Mondo Cult, co-edited Free Space with Ed Kramer for TOR Books and is associate editor of The Heinlein Journal.
Gabrielle Lissauer
Justin Lloyd [offsite link]
Steve Lopata
My science career was in corrosion fighting. The company I worked for did projects for NASA, some of which made it into space and others were used in the ground support area. After I spent time in the Army, my company placed me in charge of international technical service. I now work for a consulting company and write book reviews which are published and stories which haven't been... yet. My consulting is on tigers and other large cats, high explosives, research techniques, and security.
Jean Lorrah, Ph.D. [offsite link]
Jean Lorrah started publishing nonfiction professionally in graduate school, but her first professional fiction was First Channel with Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Besides Sime~Gen novels and short stories, Jean has created a series of her own called Savage Empire, written the award-winning vampire novel Blood Will Tell, and created the children's series Nessie's Grotto with Lois Wickstrom. She often combines her two loves of teaching and writing by teaching in creative writing workshops.
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Actor from the original Star Trek series.
Lux Theater
See Plays and Performances.
Perrianne Lurie
Perrianne Lurie is a long-time fan who has worked on local, regional and Worldcons and local sf clubs in various capacities. In her day job as a public health physician she works in infectious disease epidemiology.
Bradford Lyau
Nicki Lynch
Nicki Lynch is a long time fan, software tester (currently in career limbo), member of the Washington Science Fiction Association, quilter specializing in miniature quilts, frequent Worldcon attendee, fanzine publisher emeritus, and multiple Hugo Award winner. She still reads fantasy and science fiction as well as watching it on TV and in the movies.
Rich Lynch
Active in fandom since the mid-1970's, Nicki and Richard Lynch have been -- and are -- club fans (Tennessee early on, Balti-Wash now), and convention fans (from Attendee level through Department Head, to Co-Chair). But mostly they are known as fanzine fans, through their six-time Hugo-winning Mimosa. They often combine their interests -- they produced Nebula, the convention newsletter for Louisville's 1979 Northamericon NASFiC. Among other interests, Richard is a Fanhistorian -- he edited Harry Warner's Hugo-winning A Wealth of Fable, and has been working for the several years on the history of fandom in the 1960's.
Shaun Lyon [offsite link]
Shaun Lyon, an original member of the L.A.con IV bid committee, spends much of his time in and around Doctor Who fandom, including the running of the extremely prolific website Outpost Gallifrey.[offsite link] His first book, Back To The Vortex: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who 2005 was released last year by Telos Publishing; the follow-up, Second Flight: Back To The Vortex II is due in October. He's also an avid television viewer (like most people!)
Anne McCaffrey
Well-known sf author, probably best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series. Lives in Ireland. Latest book is Dragon's Fire, written with son Todd McCaffrey.
Todd McCaffrey [offsite link]
Todd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first science fiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. His books include the Pern books "Dragonsblood", "Dragon's Kin" (with Anne McCaffrey), "Dragon's Fire" (also with Anne McCaffrey), and the non-fiction work "Dragonholder". His forthcoming collaboration Anne McCaffrey, "Dragon's Fire", will be followed by the collaboration "Dragon's Heart". He is also writing two more solo Pern novels which will follow on from "Dragonsblood", as well as pursuing several independent projects of his own. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1986.
Wil McCarthy [offsite link]
Engineer/Novelist/Journalist Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi channel, where his popular "Lab Notes" column has been running since 1999. He has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, a Game Developers' Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov's, Wired, and Sf Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable Bloom, "Best of Y2K" The Collapsium (a national bestseller) and, most recently, To Crush The Moon. He has also written for TV and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines. Previously a flight controller for Lockheed Martin Space Launch Systems and later an engineering manager for Omnitech Robotics and CTO of Galileo Shipyards (an aerospace research laboratory), McCarthy is currently the president of The Programmable Matter Corporation in Lakewood, CO. His nonfiction bestseller, Hacking Matter, describes the ongoing research by major corporations and university laboratories into quantum-dot based "programmable matter", promising enormous changes in both technology and society.
Bear McCreary
Bruce MacDermott
Bruce MacDermott is the meticulous one of the Bruce and Dana MacDermott costuming team. He was a child-in-tow for SF conventions back in the 1950s and fondly remembers seeing costumes in the era of plastics and the most naked lady. During the '70s Bruce spent his time at SF conventions taking photos of the Masquerades. In his over 20 years costuming with Dana, he does the work requiring power tools (like sewing machines and drill presses). Bruce and Dana have received two Masquerade Bestin Show awards (NoloCon II, ConJose). He was last seen on stage as an 8 foot alien with a 10 foot wing span.
Dana MacDermott
Dana MacDermott has been doing convention costuming since the early '80's working with her husband, Bruce. Bruce and Dana are known for their aliens and have two Worldcon Best-in-Show awards. Dana is responsible for concept and design, hand work and "anything where you get gooey up to the armpits." With an MFA in costume design, she has been a Theatrical costume designer with specialties in highly creative costuming, and costume crafts. She is also an experienced Masquerade Judge.
Ian McDonald
Tom McDonough offsite link
Dr. McDonough authored the novel The Architects Of Hyperspace, called "a splendid book" by Arthur C. Clarke. He has degrees in physics (MIT) and astrophysics (Cornell), and worked at JPL and Caltech. With astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he was co-author of the best-selling educational software Space Adventure. He was Coordinator of The Planetary Society's SETI program for 23 years. He's currently a Senior Scientist at the Skeptics Society. In 1973, he predicted a new astronomical phenomenon, giant gas rings around the outer planets, later found by spacecraft. It formed the scientific basis for Larry Niven's novel The Integral Trees.
Christian B. McGuire
Christian is a lifelong reader of SF and Fantasy, but he'll read pretty much anything someone puts in front of his nose and suggests he'll enjoy. He has been active in fandom since the early '80s, joined the LASFS and Time Meddlers in 1986 and his fanac has been spiraling out of control ever since. Christian aspires to the title Senior Cult Leader (Ret.) and thinks he'll achieve this goal sometime in late August of 2006. Christian can cavort and pun on a variety of subjects too numerous to list here, but a modest selection includes fandom, clubs, convention running, and finding the best person to do a job.
Bridget McKenna
Loretta McKibben [offsite link]
Loretta McKibben works for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera team in Tucson, Arizona, as Webmaster and is the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) coordinator. HiRISE, the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet, is the primary instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which went into orbit around Mars on March 10, 2006. Loretta loves to talk about space exploration and astronomy, writes science fiction and fantasy, is working on two nonfiction books (one about the Earth, one about women and space exploration), sings and plays guitar, and enjoys costuming.
David F. McMahon, MD
Dr. David McMahon is the Medical Director of Geropsychiatry at the Center for Healthy Aging, in Danvers Massachusetts. Dr. McMahon's lifelong fascination with science fiction and rockets began with the birthday gift of a toy robot when he was five. He launched a frog into space on an Estes rocket when he was 10, and graduated from Princeton in Aerospace Engineering, i.e. rocket science. Dr. McMahon combines his psychiatric expertise with science fiction. He has published "The Psychological Significance of Straczynski's Universe" and "The Psychological Significance of Science Fiction. He has presented at Yale, in Beijing, and York, England, and at Noreascon IV on psychiatric and science fiction subjects.
Sean McMullen [offsite link]
Sean McMullen is an Australian SF and fantasy author, even though he is published mostly in the USA and Europe. He has a dozen books and five dozen stories published, and has won various awards. Sean first caught the attention of readers with Souls in the Great Machine (Tor, 1999), a novel of a future Australia ruled by a caste of psychopathic librarians and run by a human powered computer, and his latest novel is Voidfarer (Tor, 2006). He is currently adapting two of his works for TV with Inventive Entertainment, and doing a PhD in medieval fantasy literature.
John Maizels
John has been a Fan since, as a kid, he discovered his dad's collection of Astounding and Galaxy. After attending Aussiecon I and being on the Concom of Aussiecon II, the lure of Northern Hemisphere Worldcons overcame Australian gravity, proving to be a great reason to travel, meet people, and hang out in roles as diverse as tech gopher, Masquerade MC, panel member, and video director. These days he is most likely to be found doing main event tech, or searching for decently strong coffee. By day John is a Radio and TV Broadcast Technologist, a 30-year veteran/victim of the IT industry, and has recently been made a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Elisabeth Malartre
Elisabeth Malartre is the pen name of a biologist and writer living in Laguna Beach, CA. She has published stories in Asimov's and Nature, and collaborated with husband Gregory Benford on stories, the novel The Martian Race, and an upcoming non-fiction book entitled Beyond Human: The New World of Cyborgs & Androids (TOR books, 2007).
Leanne Mallory
John Mansfield
Chaired ConAdian (the 1994 Worldcon in Winnipeg, Canada). Attended first con in 1966 and have chaired cons in 3 countries and 7 provinces. Started SF Clubs in 4 provinces and one or two things more.
Lydia C. Marano offsite link
Owner and publisher of Babbage Press, cover artist, animation writer, owner of the bookstore formerly known as Dangerous Visions -- now Infinite Worlds -- established 1981, caffeine addict.
Louise Marley offsite link
Louise Marley is a former concert and opera singer who now writes science fiction and fantasy. She is a two-time winner of the Endeavour Award, a finalist for the Campbell Award, and a two-time semi-finalist for the Nebula. Her first YA novel, Singer in the Snow, is recently out in hardcover from Viking, and her first trilogy, The Singers of Nevya, are soon to be reprinted by the same publisher.
Darlene Marshall [offsite link]
Darlene Marshall longs for more swashbuckling in her life. To fill that void, she writes of piracy, smuggling and romance. Florida is her home and her passion, and its history, politics, flora, fauna, and natural disasters provide a well of inspiration that never goes dry. Marshall has been a reporter and editor and shares her Gainesville, Florida home with her husband of 30 years, two sons who occasionally return to the nest and make snarky comments about pirate porn, a snake who had a cameo role in Smuggler's Bride, and a dachshund who's constantly on guard against squirrel encroachment. Darlene Marshall is the author of Pirate's Price, Smuggler's Bride and Captain Sinister's Lady, all historical romances set in 19th C. Florida.
George R.R. Martin [offsite link]
Author of Dying of the Light, Armageddon Rag, A Song of Ice And Fire series, etc. Most recent book: A Feast for Crows. Editor of the Wild Cards series. Produced several Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast episodes.
Lee Martindale [offsite link]
Lee Martindale slings short fiction as an anthologist (Such A Pretty Face from Meisha Merlin) and writer. Her work has appeared in Turn The Other Chick, three Sword & Sorceress volumes, three of Selina Rosen's Bubbas anthologies, and on several onlines venues. When not working in prose, she filks (The Ladies Of Trade Town CD), is a Lifetime Active member of SFWA, a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a Named Bard, and a member of the SCA. She and husband George live in Plano, TX.
Theresa Mather offsite link
A professional artist since 1989, Theresa Mather creates fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. She is best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, integrating her paintings with the natural colors and textures of the surface. Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her, which has given many of her recent paintings a definite southwestern flair. Theresa and her husband Barry Short reside in Cedar City, Utah, where they enjoy hiking and exploring in the many nearby national parks.
Chase offsite link Masterson offsite link
Chase Masterson is best known for her break-out role as Leeta the Dabo Girl for 5 seasons on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Chase's projects since then include starring in SciFi Channel's Manticore and Terminal Invasion opposite Bruce Campbell, as well as hosting Sci Fi Entertainment and TheFandom Radio. She currently is starring in Yesterday Was A Lie offsite link a film noir feature due out in 2007 and is voicing the role of J.A.N.I.C.E. in the upcoming Robotech. Chase's 2 jazz Cd's, Thrill Of The Chase and Ad Astra! have garnered international, rave reviews.
David Maxine
Beth Meacham
Beth Meacham is an executive editor for Tor Books, where she has worked for over twenty years.
Syd Mead
Steve Melching
Michael R. Mennenga offsite link
Michael R. Mennenga (men-en-gay) is a published SF & fantasy author and host of Slice of Scifi - XM Radio Talk Show. Along with his co-host Evo Terra, they produce three science fiction based radio shows per week, and broadcast them worldwide through Podcasting, the Internet, and in syndication on XM Satellite Radio and AM & FM radio stations throughout the US. The three shows are: Cover 2 Cover - a book and author focused show, spotlighting science fiction literature and regularly featuring interviews with the biggest names in the industry; Slice of Scifi - a media focused show covering TV, Movies, and all things scifi with actors, directors, and influential people in the media industry as regular guests; and Michael & Evo's Wingin' It! - a fun hour long romp featuring beer, scifi, beer, comedy sketches, beer, and overall wackiness. (Did we mention beer?) Books by Michael R. Mennenga: Zac and the Valley of the Dragons (Xlibris Press), Mistress of the Dragon (Publish America), Dragon's Fire, Wizard's Flame (Dragon Moon Press), Companion Guide to Writing Fantasy (Dragon Moon Press).
Peter W. Merlin [offsite link]
Mark Merlino
Ric Meyers
You may have bought his books (Great Martial Art Movies among them), read his movie columns in Asian Cult Cinema and Inside Kung-fu magazines, heard him on more than 24 DVD audio commentaries, or even seen him on A&E, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Starz Encore and the Kung-fu Hustle DVD, among many other things. Nonetheless, this Martial Art Hall of Fame member continues to share his love of all excellent entertainment with fans worldwide.
Craig Miller
Craig Miller is a well-known writer/producer and consultant in the animation and games industry. He has over 150 produced credits on projects ranging from The Smurfs to GI Joe to Curious George (Fall 2006 on PBS). Other recent work includes developing and writing series for Australia and China. He's been a guest speaker at events like the International Conference on Television Animation (Positano, Italy), the Annecy Animation Festival (Annecy, France) and the Interactive Games Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland). He teaches a course on writing for Animators and Game Designers at the Art Institute of California. Prior to becoming a writer and producer, he was a marketing consultant for feature films, starting with Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. He's worked with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, and has consulted for Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Columbia, etc. He's been involved with science fiction fandom since he was 13 years old and, over the years, has published fanzines, been in APAs, been Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), attended and worked on untold numbers of conventions, including having chaired the 1984 Worldcon, been head of programming for the 1996 Worldcon, and is Vice Chairman and head of programming for this year's Worldcon.
Jess Miller
Jess Miller has been involved with costuming ever since encountering members of the Society for Creative Anachronism almost thirty years ago at a tapestry exhibit. Shortly thereafter, she started working the Renaissance Faire and getting involved in Science Fiction/Fantasy costuming. She has a B.A. in Art, with an emphasis in Textiles, and went on to do further coursework in Anthropology, which helps in interpretation of costumes. She is considered a Master costumer, but, when asked, will deny it. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the International Costumers Guild and the Costumers Guild West and has served as Dean of Costume College.
Kurt Miller offsite link
Kurt Miller is a published roleplaying game designer with more than 25 years experience in the roleplaying hobby. He recently has completed his first professional screenplay, Curse Of The Wendigo, and is starting work on another project entitled The Bone Goddess.
Linda Miller
Jim Minz offsite link
Jim Minz is an editor with Del Rey Books.
Betsy Mitchell
Betsy Mitchell received a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska/Omaha and spent two years as a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald before moving to New York City. She served as managing editor at Analog magazine, senior editor of Baen Books, associate publisher of Bantam Spectra, and founded the Aspect line at Warner Books before joining the Random House Publishing Group in 2002 as Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey. She has edited such works as Straken by Terry Brooks, Virtual Light by William Gibson, and Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (all New York Times bestsellers); the Hugo Award-winner Hyperion by Dan Simmons and the Nebula Award-winner Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler; and received a World Fantasy Award for co-editing the anthology Full Spectrum 4. Her author discoveries include such names as Naomi Novik, Roger MacBride Allen, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, David Feintuch, Nalo Hopkinson, J.V. Jones, Elizabeth Moon, and Sarah Zettel. Betsy Mitchell's historical fiction title, Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave, was published by Viking Children's Books in October 2004. She and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.
Rebecca Moesta [offsite link]
Author of Little Things and numerous books written with husband Kevin J. Anderson including StarCraft: Shadow of Xel'naga, the Young Jedi Knights series, and various others.
June Moffatt
June Moffatt has been a member of LASFS for more than fifty years. Bitten by the publishing bug at an early age, she found her niche in fanzine fandom, as writer, publisher and poorfreader. A minor career as bibliographer came about when she and Len published the JDM Master Checklist, the works of John D. MacDonald, and when she edited The Edward D. Hoch Bibliography. She and Len won the TAFF race in ought-73 and published their TAFF Report, The Moffatt House Abroad, about a year later. They were given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 BoucherCon, the World Mystery Convention, which they helped start over thirty years ago.
Len Moffatt
Len Moffatt, a writer of prose and poetry in various fields including science fiction, fantasy, mystery and the packaging industry, has retired from the last-named and divides his writing time between professional and fan interests. His parody of "The Raven" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine was reprinted in the Poe Studies Association Newsletter. One of his short stories, "Father's Vampire", which appeared in Weird Tales fifty years ago, was reprinted in the hardcover collection 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories. An active fan and writer for more than sixty years, Len is aided and abetted by his wife, June, his "all-time favorite editor".
G. Patrick Molloy
Discovered fandom in 1978 as a charter member of the Western Kentucky University Speculative Fiction Society (WKUSFS), attended RiverCon 4 that summer. Have been to well over 200 conventions, volunteering for almost every department at one time or another. GoH: ConCave 10, Park City, KY, 1989. FGoH: DeepSouthCon 27, Memphis, TN, 1989. Received the Rebel Award for service to Southern Fandom at DeepSouthCon 31, Louisville, KY, 1993. Elected the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) co-administrator (with wife Naomi Fisher) 2001-2002. Member of WKUSFS (chairbeing 1979-1981), North Alabama Science Fiction Association (president 1986), Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc., New England Science Fiction Association, Cincinnati Fantasy Group. Twice served as Kentucky Amateur Press Association (KAPA) Official Editor.
Sarah Monette offsite link
Having completed her Ph.D. in English literature, Sarah Monette now lives and writes in a 99-year-old house in the Upper Midwest. Her first two novels, Melusine (2005) and The Virtu (2006), have been published by Ace Books, with two more novels in the series to follow: The Mirador (2007) and Summerdown (2008). Her short fiction has appeared in many places, including Strange Horizons, Alchemy, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and has received four Honorable Mentions from The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.
Patrick Moore
Ronald B. Moore
Star Trek: TNG, Voyager, and Enterprise Special Effects Supervisor.
Ronald D. Moore
Tony Moore [offsite link]
I attened Northrop University and have worked in aviation all my life at a variety of locations including the Walt Disney Studios Flight Department and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. In 1992, I co-founded along with Pete Merlin, the "The X-Hunters Aerospace Archeology Team" out of an interest to locate the wreckage of the most famous/unique test aircraft ever to fly out of Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Cheryl Morgan [offsite link]
Cheryl Morgan is the editor of Emerald City, an SF&F book review magazine which won a Hugo in 2004. Cheryl has also written for Locus, Foundation, Strange Horizons, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and other magazines. She splits her time between California and the UK.
Kate Morgenstern
Since my mother taught me to embroider at age 3, I've tried most techniques for fabric manipulation, with varying degrees of success. Now a Master level costumer, I make science fiction, fantasy, and historical costumes -- sometimes all in the same outfit. Co-founder of the Association for Costumers, Related Oddities, Ninjas and Yak Merchants, I do my best to live up to our motto, "Doing Our Part To Make Your Life A Little More Surreal."
Tiffney Quin Mortensen
Robert Peter Morwood
Ex-RAF Reserve & ex-HM Civil Service, I much prefer what I'm doing now: mostly fantasy, with some SF, a few novelizations and tie-ins, and a recent movie/miniseries. A lot of these have been co-written with wife Diane Duane; being married to another writer saves so many explanations...
Kevin Andrew Murphy [offsite link]
Kevin Andrew Murphy is one of the Wild Cards writers, has written novels, short stories and games for White Wolf's World of Darkness and others. His most recent publications are a sestina in last December's First Things (slated for reprint in next winter's Iduna), a sonnet in this spring's issue of Court Green, and a short adventure for World Works Games. He's currentlyworking on a Wild Cards roleplaying adaptation for Theatrix. His most recent novels are Drum Into Silence from Tor, Fathom from iBooks, and Penny Dreadful from White Wolf, the last currently a free download at [offsite link]
Vera Nazarian offsite link
Vera Nazarian immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, has seen her work on Preliminary Nebula Awards Ballots, honorably mentioned in Year's Best volumes, and translated into seven languages. She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed Dreams Of The Compass Rose, followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, Lords Of Rainbow. Now available: novella The Clock King And The Queen Of The Hourglass with an introduction by Charles de Lint from PS Publishing. Forthcoming: first collection Salt Of The Air, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, from Prime Books, Fall 2006.
Larry Nemecek
From the wilds of untamed Oklahoma, there is fandom among the football. Larry Nemecek enjoyed both, and with his theatre degree in a back pocket as well, he found himself in L.A. to write 1992's Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion thanks to his own reference zines. Now editor of Communicator magazine, a columnist, and project consultant, Larry and wife Janet sold the initial story for ST: Voyager's "Prophecy.". But the roots go way back before their cameos in the Star Trek: New Voyages fan films to OKC's old SoonerCon and his own ThunderCon. Now in SoCal, "get a life" also means docent time at hero Will Rogers' Historic State Park and helping found the Burbank Democratic Club.
Craig Newmark [offsite link]
Craig is a customer service rep and founder of craigslist. He's a senior Web-oriented software engineer, with around thirty years of experience (including 17 years at IBM), and has learned a lot about online community and customer service as "customer service rep and founder" for for for ten years. He's compiled extensive experience evangelizing the 'net, leading and building, including efforts at Bank of America and Charles Schwab. He's one of those guys you hear about who grew up wearing a plastic pocket protector, thick black glasses (taped together), and who expresses his inner nerd via obsessive commitment to customer service to the craigslist community. Someday, he might get a day off. In 1995, he started craigslist which serves as a non-commercial community service with classifieds and discussion forums. craigslist focuses on helping people with basic needs, starting with housing and jobs, with a pervasive culture of trust. He brings with him all the glamor of George Costanza. Craig's also involved with a number of community efforts, particularly involving Mideast peace and new forms of media, involving "participatory journalism" and blogging.
Bill Nicholls [offsite link]
Bill Nicholls is a writer, programmer and consultant, sometimes all three at once. Bill started programming in 1961 with the original Fortran on an IBM 1620. After getting a BS degree in Physics, he was seduced by the computer side of the force and began work at Univac in 1964. After a long and twisted career in IT, he wants to share what he has learned and written. During his IT career, science in general and physics in particular remains a major interest. He has studied the issue of Climate change for the last 18 months and created the PacificNorthwest Team at
Patrick Nielsen Hayden [offsite link]
Patrick Nielsen Hayden is an anthologist, book editor, musician, and fan. His original anthology series Starlight won the World Fantasy Award; he has also edited a variety of reprint anthologies. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he co-edited the fanzines Telos and Izzard and won TAFF in 1985; today, the Nielsen Haydens co-write the weblog Making Light. He works as a senior editor and the manager of SF and fantasy for Tor Books, and plays lead guitar and sings with the New York City band Whisperado. The Nielsen Haydens live in Brooklyn, New York.
Teresa Nielsen Hayden [offsite link]
Teresa Nielsen Hayden has been a fan for more than thirty years, works as a Consulting Editor for Tor Books, and maintains a weblog called Making Light.
Larry Niven
Larry Niven has been a published writer since 1964: science, fantasy and detective fiction long and short, along with weirder stuff. His latest is The Draco Tavern, short stories he's beeen writing since the 1970s.
Garth Nix [offsite link]
Garth Nix has worked as a bookseller, book sales representative, publicist, editor, marketing consultant and literary agent. More than 3.5 million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into more than 25 languages. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen and the young adult science fiction novel Shade's Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, and the New York Times-bestselling series The Keys To The Kingdom. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.
G. David Nordley [offsite link]
G. David Nordley (pen name of Gerald David Nordley) is a retired Air Force major, astronautical engineer, consultant, and writer with over 50 published works of non-fiction, short fiction, and a Mars-related story collection, After the Vikings from He has won four "Anlab" readers' awards, and has been nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula. A Minnesota native, he has lived in California for over 30 years now and is married to a Macintosh computer programmer.
Lisanne Norman [offsite link]
Naomi Novik [offsite link]
Naomi Novik is the author of His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War, all in the Temeraire series, new in 2006 from Del Rey. She was raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien, studied English Literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work on Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, and now to writing full time. She lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.
Marti Noxon
Jody Lynn Nye [offsite link]
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." She lives northwest of Chicago with two of the above and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett. She has published more than thirty books, including six contemporary fantasies, four SF novels, four novels in collaboration with Anne McCaffrey, including The Ship Who Won; edited a humorous anthology about mothers, Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!; and written over ninety short stories. Her latest books are Strong Arm Tactics, first in the Wolfe Pack series (Meisha Merlin Publishing), and Class Dis-Mythed, co-written with Robert Asprin.
Rockne S. O'Bannon
Creator of television series: Farscape, Alien Nation, seaQuest.
John O'Halloran [offsite link]
John has been reading Science Fiction and Fantasy as long as he can remember. His first convention was in 1978 after he sat his SATs. He has volunteered at many conventions, but now works only the masquerade and does panels. John has been in the computer industry for over 20 years, working on email, anti-spam & anti-virus systems. Much to his surprise he is now a costumer as well.
Moira O'Keeffe
Moira O'Keeffe is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include visual communication and popular media.
Tammy Olsen
Mark Olson [offsite link]
I'm a long-time SF fan. I discovered SF long before I discovered fandom, and I discovered fandom long before I got involved in con-running, and only after that did I get involved in NESFA Press. I've chaired several conventions including a Worldcon (Noreascon 3), a Boskone, a Smofcon, and co-chaired a Ditto and I've worked on numerous others. I've edited a dozen books and reviewed SF for Aboriginal SF. I prefer schlock SF to schlock fantasy. In real life I'm an astronomer who realized that I needed to make a living so I got my degrees in theoretical chemistry -- and wound up managing software development. (But I still love astronomy more than anything else.)
Priscilla Olson
Convention-running fan and reader. NESFA Press editor. Gardener, crossword puzzle enthusiast, ex-trekkie, reader of the Legion of Superheroes. Cancer patient, biologist, really good cook, jewelry maker. Clarion 1976.
Margaret Organ-Kean [offsite link]
Margaret Organ-Kean is an illustrator who lives in West Seattle. Her more popular pieces include the Giggle Fairy series, Firefly Knitting, Redmond Ho! and Big Game Animals.
Robert O'Reilly
Rod O'Riley
Kim Paffenroth
Greg Pak offsite link
Greg Pak is an award-winning writer and director whose feature film Robot Stories played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino. Pak's feature screenplay Rio Chino won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak's comic book writing projects include the Marvel's Incredible Hulk and X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong and the Dynamite's Battlestar Galactica.
Carole Parker
Patchwork Players
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Fred Patten [offsite link]
SF fan, animation fan, anthoropomorphics fan, etc. Latest book is Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews.
William H. Patterson, Jr.
Bill Patterson is a science fiction, Cabell, and Heinlein specialist designated The Heinlein Scholar by the Heinlein Prize Trust when he was asked to work with the Robert A. Heinlein Archive at the Special Collections of the University Library, U.C. Santa Cruz in integrating the newly-acquired portions of the Archive following Mrs. Heinlein's death. Founding Editor/Publisher of The Heinlein Journal and chosen by Virginia Heinlein to write the definitive formal biography of Robert Heinlein, which is expected to be published in two volumes in 2007. Winner, James Branch Cabell Prize for 2000 for "The Heir of James Branch Cabell," co-author with Andrew Thornton of The Martian Named Smith: Critical Perspectives on Robert Heinlein's Stranger In a Strange Land (2001), co-author with Robert James, Ph.D. of "Re-Visioning Robert Heinlein's Career" and sole author of "Incest and Archetype: Robert Heinlein's World As Myth Books," both in Foundation 97 (Summer 2006), and numerous papers and studies in The Heinlein Journal.
Fiona Patton
Fiona Patton was born in Alberta, Canada in 1962. Her first book, The Stone Prince, was published by DAW Books in 1997. Three more books in the Branion series followed: The Painter Knight, The Granite Shield, and The Golden Sword as well as over two dozen short stories, most found in various DAW/Tekno Book anthologies such as Assassin Fantastic. Her first Hardcover, The Silver Lake -- first in a new series set in a fantasy-Istanbul -- came out in 2005. She is currently working on the second, tentatively entitled The Golden Tower.
Loni Peristere
Kelly L. Perry
Kelly is currently the lead science planning engineer for the Rings and Apoapsis working teams on the Cassini Mission to Saturn. She also served as lead science engineer during Cassini's Saturn Orbit Insertion in July, 2004 and as a result, acquired her first gray hairs at this time. Originally trained as an oceanographer, Kelly has also worked on the QuikSCAT Ocean Wind Project and volunteered at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro to treat and release rescued seals and sea lions into their natural environment.
Lawrence Person [offsite link]
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Postscripts, Fear, and several anthologies. He also edits the Hugo-nominated SF critical magazine Nova Express, and runs the Turkey City Writer's Workshop. His non-fiction has appeared in National Review, Reason, Whole Earth Review, The Freeman, The World & I, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and He owns such a large library (mostly science fiction first editions) he had to buy a two-story house to put it in, and then adopted a golden retriever to drag him out of his house on a regular basis. He also makes a mean batch of salsa.
Pierre E. Pettinger
I have been attending conventions since 1981, and costuming since 1982. With my wife, Sandy, I have won many awards in costume competitions, including 4 Worldcon Best in Show awards. We have also judged many masquerades at all levels of competition. We received the International Costumers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, and were the masquerade directors at ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon. We have been Fan or Costuming GoH's at Arisia 2003, Demicon 5, and Lunacon 2005.
Sandy Pettinger
I have been attending conventions since 1981, and costuming since 1982. With my husband, Pierre, I have won many awards in costume competitions, including 4 Worldcon Best in Show awards. We have also judged many masquerades at all levels of competition. We received the International Costumers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, and were the masquerade directors at ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon. We have been Fan or Costuming GoH's at Arisia 2003, Demicon 5, and Lunacon 2005.
John Picacio [offsite link]
John Picacio has illustrated covers for books by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Heinlein, Graham Joyce, and many, many more. He is currently one of the six finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award in the Best Professional Artist category (his second consecutive nomination), and he has won the International Horror Guild Award, the Chesley Award, and the much-coveted World Fantasy Award. A lush, 200-page hardcover collection of his work, Cover Story: The Art Of John Picacio, is now available from MonkeyBrain Books.
Robert Picardo
Actor from Star Trek: Voyager.
Qeldas Pickett
Justin Pinchot [offsite link]
Justin Pinchot is a Los Angeles based collector/dealer specializing in vintage space toys, mainly toy robots, ray guns, and space related items and toys from the late 1940's through the early 1960s. A dealer since 1980, Pinchot owns and operates one of the most comprehensive resources on the internet for information and photos of vintage toy ray guns,[offsite link] His interests transcend space toys to include vintage cars and bicycles, vintage neon, microphones, and just about anything art deco.
Phil Plait [offsite link]
Known around the world as The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait is actually a pretty good one. He tirelessly, scientifically, and humorously debunks myths, misconceptions, and misuses of astronomy, including the Moon landing "hoax", the "face" on Mars, and lots of other celestial silliness. Phil frequently appears on radio, TV, and podcasts debunking the latest bit of nonsense, and has written a book about all this called, duh, "Bad Astronomy".
Suzie Plakson
Actor, appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Frederik Pohl
John Pomeranz [offsite link]
John Pomeranz is a long-time fan from the Washington, DC, area married to fellow DC-area fan Kathi Overton, with whom he started the cable TV show Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. John has been President of the Washington SF Association and ran programming for Bucconeer, the 56th Worldcon, held in Baltimore in 1998. He has participated in most aspects of fandom and written a couple of fannish musical productions. In his day job, he is a lawyer specializing in representation of nonprofit organizations.
Andrew Ian Porter
Andrew I. Porter, 60, former editor/publisher of Science Fiction Chronicle, won Hugos in 1974 for Algol and in 1993 and 1994 for Science Fiction Chronicle; a 1991 Special Worldcon Award and in 1992 a Special British Fantasy Award. In 47 years in fandom, he's published many fanzines, was Secretary of the 1967 Worldcon, and Fan Guest of Honor at the 1990 Worldcon. Professionally, he was assistant editor on Fantasy & Science Fiction, associate editor at Lancer Books, and an editor and production manager on such mags as Rudder, Quick Frozen Foods (under Sam Moskowitz) and Electro-Procurement. He's attended hundreds of conventions; L.A.con IV will be his 39th worldcon.
Jerry Pournelle [offsite link]
Jerry Pournelle is a science and science fiction writer, former aerospace scientist, campaign manager, professor of political science, one-time Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, and arguably the first blogger. Alone and with Larry Niven he has had 5 New York Times best-selling novels. His column, Computing at Chaos Manor, is the senior column in the computer industry, having begun in 1979 in Byte Magazine. He was Willy Ley's successor as science editor of Galaxy Science Fiction. Strategy of Technology, written with the late Stefan T. Possony in 1969, was used as a textbook in all three Service Academies and the Air Force War College. His best known science fiction works are the collaborations with Larry Niven and include Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, and Footfall.
Tim Powers
Tim Powers is the author of twelve novels, including The Anubis Gates, Last Call, Declare and Three Days to Never. His novels have twice won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, twice won the World Fantasy Award, and three times won the Locus Poll Award. Powers lives with his wife, Serena, in San Bernardino, California.
Prancing Pony Players
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Trina L. Ray
I started my career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a bang. My first and still favorite experience was working on the Voyager Neptune Encounter in August of 1989. I am currently working on the Cassini Mission to Saturn where I coordinate the Titan science opportunities. This makes good use of my B.S. in Physics, and M.S. in Astronomy. I am an active public speaker for NASA, and a founding member of the Cassini Virtual Singers: a group of project staff that rewrites lyrics to popular melodies and performs at various Project functions.
Eric S. Raymond [offsite link]
Eric S. Raymond is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. Mr. Raymond is also a science fiction fan, a musician, an activist for the First and Second Amendments, and a long-term martial artist.
Michael Reaves [offsite link]
Emmy Award winning, New York Times bestselling writer. Written over 400 television scripts, four movies, twenty novels; also comic books, webisodes, computer games, etc. Full-time freelance writer for thirty years.
Julia D. Ree
Current Selector (Subject Specialist) of SF material for the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, the world's largest and ranked #1 such academic research collection, housed at the University of California, Riverside. Cataloger of Science Fiction materials for the Eaton Collection for over 20 years. Longtime fan of SF. Comic collector since 1965.
Gar Reeves-Stevens [offsite link]
Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens write bestselling military/political thrillers like Icefire, fantasy/sci-fi crossovers like Galen Sword, non-fiction like Going To Mars, and numerous Star Trek books on their own, as well as with fellow Canadian, William Shatner. In television, they've been supervising producers on the syndicated series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and co-producers on Star Trek: Enterprise. Their research has taken them to Antarctica, Uluru, and NASA's space shuttle simulator, where it was discovered that Judith can land the shuttle, and Gar would rather not discuss it.
Judith Reeves-Stevens [offsite link]
Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens write bestselling military/political thrillers like Icefire, fantasy/sci-fi crossovers like Galen Sword, non-fiction like Going To Mars, and numerous Star Trek books on their own, as well as with fellow Canadian, William Shatner. In television, they've been supervising producers on the syndicated series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and co-producers on Star Trek: Enterprise. Their research has taken them to Antarctica, Uluru, and NASA's space shuttle simulator, where it was discovered that Judith can land the shuttle, and Gar would rather not discuss it.
Kay Reindl
Hank Reinhardt [offsite link]
Hank Reinhardt has been a serious student of arms and armor and science fiction for about 60 years. As a teenager, he was one of the founders of the first SF club in Atlanta, ASFO. After a tour in the Army he moved to Birmingham, AL and helped found the first SF club in that city, BSFC. He was also instrumental in bringing the SCA to the South in the 1960s and was a long-time member of SFPA. Meanwhile, his study and collection of weapons continued, and in 1985 he started a mail order company by the name of Museum Replicas, Ltd. It was sold in 1995 and Hank is now a freelance writer about swords and bladed weapons and a consultant to several sword companies. Hank is married to SF editor and fan Toni Weisskopf. Their blended family includes three girls, two grandchildren and two mothers-in-law, both on his side. If he ever starts another SF club he's going to call it The Cosmic Legion.
Mike Resnick [offsite link]
Mike Resnick has won 5 Hugos, plus other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia and Poland. He is the author of 50 novels, 13 collections, 175 stories and 2 screenplays, and has edited 41 anthologies. He attended his first Worldcon in 1963.
Alastair Reynolds [offsite link]
AR was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. Between 1991 and 2004 he worked as an astronomer within the European Space Agency. He published his first short story in Interzone in 1990, while his first novel, Revelation Space, appeared in 2000. He turned full-time writer in 2004. His second novel, Chasm City, won the BSFA award, while his most recent book, Pushing Ice, was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke award. He is married and lives with his wife in the Netherlands.
Faye Ringel
Faye Ringel, Professor of Humanities at the United States Coast Guard Academy, delights in making sailors blush at medieval and Gothic tales. Her book New England's Gothic Literature: Folklore and History of the Supernatural is from Edwin Mellen Press (1995). Her published articles have examined, among other things, urban fantasy, demonic cooks, current medievalism, Lovecraft, King, Tolkien, ballads, and The Three Stooges. In demand for radio and television interviews in October, she appears in several documentaries on vampires in New England. She was "International Fan Guest of Honor" at New Zealand's 2006 NatCon, Conclave. She also performs bawdy ballads and ragtime piano. Her CD is Hot Chestnuts: Old Songs, Endearing Charms.
Chris Roberson [offsite link]
Chris Roberson's novels include Here, There & Everywhere (Pyr, 2005), The Voyage of Night Shining White (PS Publishing, 2006), and Paragaea: A Planetary Romance (Pyr, 2006). The editor of the anthology Adventure Vol. 1 (MonkeyBrain Books, Nov 2005), his short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, the anthologies Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, Forbidden Planets, and others. Roberson has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and twice for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form (winning in 2004 with his story "O One").
John Maddox Roberts
John Maddox Roberts is the author of some 50-plus books in the SF, mystery and historical genres. His historical mystery SPQR was nominated for the Edgar Award. This led to a series that is now up to 13 volumes and 13 languages. His SF works include several collaborations with Eric Kotani, pseudonym of a well-known NASA scientist. John and his wife, Beth, live in Estancia, NM along with their cats and are restoring a 100-year-old adobe house. John recently appeared as a commentator on a National Geographic Channel documentary on the Spartacus rebellion.
Madeleine E. Robins [offsite link]
Madeleine E. Robins is the author of Point of Honour and Petty Treason, featuring the redoubtable Sarah Tolerance, Fallen Woman and Agent of Inquiry, on the mean streets of Regency London. In addition to the Sarah Tolerance books, Robins is the author of The Stone War (a 1999 New York Times Notable Book) and six other novels. A native New Yorker, she is a recent transplant to the Bay Area, where she writes, studies fencing, and lives with her husband, daughters, and The Incredible Hulk of lemon trees.
Kim Stanley Robinson
Kevin Patrick Roche
Kevin Roche has been a researcher in Spintronics at the IBM Almaden Research Center for over 21 years. He's also been costuming since he was old enough to draw eyes on a paper bag and call it art. His costumes have been known to not only glow and rotate, but occasionally explore strange new universes all by themselves. This Evil Genius spent a year raising money for charity as the Sapphire and Steel Leather Emperor 34 of the Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy, and has signed away the next several years of his life to chair Costume-Con 26, to be held in early 2008.
Alan Rodgers [offsite link]
Alan Rodgers is a writer/editor living in Metropolitan Los Angeles. Books he's written include Bone Music, Pandora, Fire, Night, Blood of the Children, The Bear Who Found Christmas, Her Misbegotten Son, Ghosts Who Cannot Sleep, Alien Love, The River of Our Destiny, and New Life for the Dead. He currently publishes books (mostly old classics) through the imprint Aegypan Press.
Scott Rogers [offsite link]
His professional video game career spanning over 13 years, Scott Rogers has designed for such titles as God of War for Sony, Pac-Man World for Namco and the Maximo series for Capcom. Scott is currently a creative manager for THQ games. Scott also co-publishes Shooting Star Comics where he writes and draws the feature Bedbug - single father superhero. If that didn't keep him busy enough, Scott also runs Whoclix - a heroclix fansite and makes specially commissioned customized action figures - which can be seen at Raving Toy Maniac's customs page. Ironically, he considers convention-going a vacation from his busy lifestyle!
Deborah J Ross [offsite link]
As Deborah Wheeler, I wrote 2 science fiction novels, Jaydium and Northlight, as well as short stories in Asimov's, Fantasy And Science Fiction, Sisters Of The Night, Star Wars: Tales From Jabba's Palace, Realms Of Fantasy, and almost all of the Sword & Sorceress and Darkover anthologies. My most recent projects -- under my birth name, Ross -- including Darkover novels with the late Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Fall Of Neskaya (DAW 2001), Zandru's Forge (DAW 2003) and A Flame In Hali (DAW 2004). I am currently working on a new Darkover novel, The Alton Gift, and an original fantasy series, The Seven-Petaled Shield, based on my "Azkhantian tales." I live in the redwood forests near Santa Cruz with my husband, writer Dave Trowbridge, work part time as a medical assistant to a cardiologist, and have been active in the women's martial arts network.
Josef Rubenstein
Kevin Rubio
Kevin Rubio wrote, directed, and was the voice of "Trooper HK-888" and the radio dispatcher in the fan film Troops, a tribute to Cops and Star Wars.
Rudy Rucker [offsite link]
Robert Sabaroff
Wrote an episode for Star Trek ("The Immunity Syndrome") and two for Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Home Soil" and "Conspiracy"). Has also written for Marcus Welby M.D., Bonanza, Flipper, and various other tv series.
Steve Saffel
Steve Saffel is a freelance writer, editor, and project consultant with a background in science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, comics, nonfiction, and journalism. He was an editor at Del Rey Books for more than a decade, and before that an editor/promotions director at Marvel Comics for a decade. Since becoming a freelancer he has worked for Random House, HarperCollins, Titan Books,, and more.
Nick Sagan offsite link
Screenwriter and author Nick Sagan has written three novels (Idlewild, Edenborn, Everfree) and several produced Star Trek episodes. Borders and Barnes & Noble both selected his first novel, Idlewild, as one of the best science fiction/fantasy titles of the year. The son of Carl Sagan, Nick's greeting -- "Hello from the children of planet Earth" -- was placed aboard NASA's Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft, now the most distant human-made objects in the universe.
Don Sakers [offsite link]
Don Sakers was launched the same month as Sputnik One, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should become a science fiction writer. A Navy brat by birth, he spent his childhood in such far-off lands as Japan, Scotland, Hawaii, and California. In California, rather like a latter-day Mowgli, he was raised by dogs. As a writer and editor, he has explored the thoughts of sapient trees, brought Carmen Miranda's Ghost to Space Station Three, and beaten the "Cold Equations" scenario. His novel Dance for the Ivory Madonna was a Spectrum Award finalist and garnered over 50 Hugo nominations.
Brandon Sanderson [offsite link]
Brandon Sanderson publishes epic fantasy books through Tor, as well as fantasy novels for young readers through Scholastic. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and now lives in Utah. He's very excited to be at L.A.con IV, as he is nominated for a Campbell award this year! His current books, Elantris and Mistborn, can be found in the dealer's room.
David Sandner
Dr. David Sandner is Assistant Professor of English at California State University Fullerton where he teaches Romanticism and popular literature. He is the author of The Fantastic Sublime (1996) and co-editor of The Treasury of the Fantastic (2000). His work on the history of criticism on the fantastic for Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader (2004) is the basis for his talk at WorldCon. Dr. Sandner also published work in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Pulphouse, the anthologies The Mammath Book of Sorcerers Tales, Baseball Fantastic, and Dragons, among other places. He is a member of SFWA.
Steve Sansweet
Lucasfilm's liaison to Star Wars fandom. Steve started collecting robots and space toys in the mid-1970s, and over the years that has been transformed into the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world. His books include The Punishment Cure, Quotable Star Wars: I'd Just as Soon Kiss A Wookiee, Star Wars Encyclopedia and many books about Star Wars collecticles and action figures. Was an editor and writer for five sets of Star Wars trading cards for Topps Inc. and has been a co-host on numerous QVC "Star Wars Collection" broadcasts.
Anne M.C. Saunders
Anne Cofell Saunders is currently a writer on the Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica. This is her second season on the show, and this year she's thrilled to be nominated for a Hugo Award. Previous to Galactica, Saunders wrote an episode of the FOX series 24.
Robert J. Sawyer [offsite link]
Robert J. Sawyer is the author of 17 novels including the Hugo Award-winning Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning The Terminal Experiment, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, and Humans, all of which were Hugo finalists; his latest novel is Mindscan. He has won Japan's Seiun Award for best foreign novel three times (for End of an Era, Frameshift, and Illegal Alien); Canada's Aurora Award nine times; plus Analog's Analytical Laboratory Award, Science Fiction Chronicle's Readers Award, and the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, all for best short-story of the year.
John Scalzi [offsite link]
John Scalzi writes things. Occasionally people pay him for it. He considers this an excellent scam. This year, he's nominated for the Hugo (for his novel Old Man's War) and for the Campbell. This makes him feel shiny. He plans to spend much of this convention snorkeling through as many Double-Doubles as he can before he has to go back to Ohio.
Tom Schaad offsite link
Tom Schaad's first exposure to Fandom was in 1976 at a Unicon at the University of Maryland. Since then he has been a four-time President of the Washington Science Fiction Association, chairing two Disclaves. He has also run Art Shows at Noreascon 2 and the World Fantasy Con. In 1991 he became a producer and host on the access cable television program Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction. Still an avid reader of SF and Fantasy, he also enjoys Japanese Animation (subtitled only, please) and Manga.
Samuel Scheiner
Sam Scheiner is a long-time fan and scientist. His scientific areas of expertise are ecology and evolution, where he has published 6 books and over 60 scientific papers. He has also co-authored a book with SF author Phyllis Eisenstein on arthritis. Currently he works at the National Science Foundation giving away money.
Stanley Schmidt [offsite link]
Stanley Schmidt began selling stories while completing his Ph.D. in physics and has contributed numerous stories and articles to original anthologies and magazines. As editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, he has been nominated 26 times for the Best Professional Editor Hugo. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and the author of five novels. A musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist, he was Guest of Honor at the 1998 Worldcon and has been a Nebula and Hugo nominee for his fiction.
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen [offsite link]
Klingonist, Author, and Psychologist, Lawrence is probably most known as that "Klingon Guy" because of his years as director of the Klingon Language Institute. His fiction's themes frequently reflect his academic specialties of language and cognition, and his stories of aliens and A.I.s have appeared in ten countries and eight languages. He writes every day, yes, even when he's traveling the world promoting Klingon or appearing at a your local con.
Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer is the author of The Mask of the Sorcerer, The Shattered Goddess, The White Isle, and about 300 published stories. He has been co-editor of Weird Tales since 1987, and has recently edited The Vampire Secret History for DAW. He reviews for The New York Review Of Science Fiction and Publishers Weekly. But his true claim to literary immortality stems from rhyming Cthulhu twice in a limerick.
Tracy Scoggins
Marah Searle-Kovacevic
Marah has been watching Star Trek for as long as she can remember, and reading SF since childhood. She became involved in Fandom in 1989 as a member of the USS Hudson Bay fan club, and served as President from 1993-1996. During that time she volunteered at too many conventions to count. She started attending (and bidding for, and volunteering at) Worldcons in 1996. She had eight different jobs at Torcon, was Co-Head of Operations for Cascadia Con, and is a member of Bid Committee for Chicago in '08. Marah lives in Toronto with her husband, Andre, and their mini-rex rabbit, Boo.
Eric Shanower [offsite link]
Winner of 2001 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist. Has written and illustrated several Oz books including five volumes published by First Comics. Wrote and drew Age of Bronze, [offsite link] a comics retelling of the Trojan War legend. Co-founder of Hungry Tiger Press.
Mike Shepherd-Moscoe
Mike is a multifaceted writer. As Mike Moscoe, his short stories have frequently made the final Nebula ballot. As Mike Shepherd, his last two books in the Kris Longknife science fiction saga, KL--Deserter and KL--Defiant, have been national best sellers. And as Mike Moscoe he's very excited about publishing his first novel, The Forsaken, in the Christian Suspense genre. Eighteen years ago, Mike decided he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. Now, ten years after his first novel was published, he.'s watching his eleventh and twelfth novels come out. It's been a fun ride.
Sharon Shinn
Sharon Shinn is the author of Archangel and four additional books in the Samaria world, as well as seven other science fiction/fantasy novels and three young adult books. She won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer for her first book, The Shape-Changer's Wife, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Two of her other books, Summers at Castle Auburn and The Safe-Keeper's Secret, have been named to the ALA's lists of Best Book for Young Adults.
John Shirley offsite link
John Shirley's books include the novels, City Come A-Walkin', Eclipse, A Splendid Chaos, the collection Black Butterflies (which won the Bram Stoker award and which was chosen by PW as one of the best books of that year), and the collection Really Really Really Really Weird Stories. He has had stories in two Year's Best collections, and is thought to be seminal in the cyberpunk movement. He was co-screenwriter of the film The Crow and has written scripts for television. His newest novels are Crawlers from Del Rey books and The Other End.
Barry Short
Barry Short is a former Comic Con program director, a former comic shop owner, and a former Californian. He actually took out nominating papers in the notorious recall election of 2003, and would have appeared directly under Schwartzenegger on the ballot had he not come to his senses and fled the state. Now he lives in the comparative serenity of southern Utah, where he practices the zen of creating ebay listings and writes cranky letters to the local newspapers.
Bob Short
Filmmaker, visual effects supervisor/designer, Academy Award winning special make-up effects designer. Fictional spy enthusiast and Man from UNCLE memorabilia collector. His recent work includes the creation of "Nim" for the Emmy nominated NBC TV series Surface and supervising the character of "Herbie" from the film Herbie Fully Loaded. His work is currently on exhibit at the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
Bill Shunn [offsite link]
A Los Angeles native, William Shunn was raised in Utah and now lives in New York City with his wife Laura Chavoen. Since 1993, his short fiction has appeared in Salon, Asimov's, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and various anthologies. His novelette "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" was a Nebula Award nominee for 2001. He works as a computer programmer and on 9/11 created the first online "survivor registry" for people without phone service in affected cities. Current projects include a novel and a memoir, the latter of which is being podcast in serial form.
Lance Sibley
Lance has been active in fandom for 20 years, having worked on conventions in various capacities. He is currently a Co-Chair of Toronto Trek, and by the time of L.A.con IV, will have chaired the 2006 Gaylaxicon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was formerly the Executive Producer for the Standard Orbit Players, a musical comedy theatre troupe that performed Star Trek musicals at conventions around southern Ontario and at the 1994 Worldcon in Winnipeg.
Joe Siclari [offsite link]
Robert Silverberg
Robert Silverberg has been a science-fiction writer for more than fifty years. Among his best-known books are Lord Valentine's Castle, The Book Of Skulls, and Dying Inside. He was Guest of Honor at the 1970 Worldcon in Heidelberg, Gemany, has won five Hugo and five Nebula awards, and in 2004 was designated a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Helen Simmins-McMillin [offsite link]
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Helen Simmins-McMillin is a composer who moved to the Los Angeles area to attend Cal State Long Beach, where she earned her degree in Commercial Composition. She has studied with Jared Spears, John Prince, Alf Clausen (The Simpsons), Dan Foliart (7th Heaven), and Jay Chattaway (Star Trek.) Her credits include feature films, television programs, short films and plays. She is a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. She lives near Los Angeles with her husband Rob and their two very bad dogs.
Jamie Alan Sims
Roger Sims
I entered fandom October 31, 1949. I was the 1959 co-chair of Detension, the 17th World Science Fiction Covention. I was the 1988 World Science Fiction Fan Guest of Honor in New Orlens. In 1995 my wife Pat and I were the DUFF reps to Australia. This willl be my 51st WorldCon. I am currently a member of two APAs, FLAP and ANZAPA.
Bradley H. Sinor [offsite link]
Has written numerous fantasy and horror short stories and nonfiction articles; most of the short stories have been printed in anthologies from Yard Dog Press and DAW Books.
Marina Sirtis
Actor on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
John Skipp [offsite link]
John Skipp is a bestselling novelist turned filmmaker, satirist, cultural crusader, musical pornographer, splatterpunk poster child, purveyer of cuddly metaphysics, interpretive dancer, and all-around bon vivant. His books include Conscience, The Long Last Call, Stupography, Mondo Zombie, The Light At The End, The Scream, The Bridge, Book Of The Dead, and The Emerald Burrito Of Oz. He lives just outside of L.A.
Dennis Skotak
Responsible for special effects, visual effects, effects photography, miniature visual effects cinematography, or some variation on that department, for many genre movies including The Abyss, Aliens, Batman Returns, Escape From New York, The House on Haunted Hill, Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here, Tank Girl, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Titanic. Latest visual effects cinematography credits: X-Men 2 (2003) and Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004).
Dave Smeds [offsite link]
Author of novels (The Sorcery Within, Piper in the Night, X-Men: Law of the Jungle) and other books including story collection Embracing the Starlight. Has sold over 100 short stories, including contributions to magazines Asimov's SF, The Magazine of F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and anthologies Full Spectrum 4, In the Field of Fire, Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers, Slipstreams, and Sword and Sorceress 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 17, & 18.
John C. Smith Jr. offsite link
You never heard of me (unless you work at JPL). Aerospace engineer with experience designing Venus, Earth, Mars, and Saturn missions. Designed the current Cassini 4 year satellite tour which utilizes 45 Titan gravity assists to explore Saturn's realm.
Randy Smith
Randy Smith has been hanging around fandom for at least twenty-five years; more than that, depending on how you count. He has worked on conventions, pubbed APAzines, written fanzine articles, collected comics and old prozines, played role-playing games, and even (but don't tell anyone) worn a costume once or twice. He was the manager for the Hugo Ceremony at ConJose. The loves of Randy's life are his wife, Tupou and his step-daughter, Elizabeth. Mundanely, Randy is an ordained United Methodist pastor serving a church in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can often find him leading worship at conventions.
Sherwood Smith offsite link
Bibliography on website--latest books Inda from DAW, Trouble Under Oz from HarperCollins.
Catherine Smyth-McMullen
Catherine S. McMullen had her first professional short story published at the age of ten, making her both the youngest science fiction writer and the first professional writer to also attend a Worldcon as a "child-in-tow". She has been published in several anthologies for young adult readers and also professional science fiction anthologies. She just finished high school, receiving a score of 45 in the International Baccalaureate and is currently starting a double degree in Arts/Law at the University Of Melbourne. She likes reading, rowing, and sleeping, but not in that order.
Lisa Snellings-Clark offsite link
Melinda M. Snodgrass
Author of numerous short stories, including at least eight in Wild Cards anthologies. Author of Star Trek: The Tears of the Singers. Worked on several stories and teleplays for Star Trek: The Next Generation and was story editor on the series for a year or two; TNG story credits are The Measure of a Man, Up the Long Ladder, The Ensigns of Command, The High Ground, and Pen Pals.
Eric Sonstroem [offsite link]
Eric Sonstroem is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of the Pacific. His research interests include the cultural study of science, hypertext narrative, Thomas Malthus, and of course science fiction. He has also been a science writer for NPR, co-authored a general-interest science book, and has published a number of science fiction stories. He presented at the 2004 WorldCon, and looks forward to participating this year as well.
Jack Speer
Eofan, fanwriter, filker, fanhistorian, costumer, apahack. Invented the mailing comment in FAPA's third mailing. Invented the quasi-quote mark and the interlineation. Also invented FooFoo, the ghod of mimeography, the fearsome foe of Ghu. Wrote new stfnal lyrics for popular songs and distributed them at Chicon I, the 1940 Worldcon, over a decade before the word "filksong" was coined. Wrote Fandom's first history, Up to Now in 1939, spelling out his theory of Numbered Fandoms. Past President of fwa (1993). First Fandom Hall of Fame (1995). Wrote Fancyclopedia, an encyclopedic guide to Fandom and fannish terms.
Spike started her fannish career 25 years ago as a volunteer working on feminist SF convention WisCon. She has worked on quite a few WisCons and other conventions since then, edited a clubzine, and contributed to fanzines and fan fund races.
Kevin Standlee offsite link
Kevin Standlee was Co-Chair of ConJosé, the 2002 Worldcon. He is a director of SFSFC, Inc., parent corporation of the 2002 and 1993 Worldcons; CWSFA, parent corporation of the 2005 Westercon; and UK2005 Ltd., parent corporation of the 2005 Worldcon. Kevin's first SF convention was the 1984 Worldcon in Anaheim, and he has worked on conventions in roles from gopher to Worldcon Chairman. He was Fan Guest of Honor of the 2005 NASFiC. Kevin is an expert on the official rules of the Worldcon and Westercon. His other hobbies include a love of trains and rail transit.
James Lee Stanley
Allen M. Steele [offsite link]
Allen M. Steele has published a dozen novels and four collections of short fiction, including the acclaimed Coyote trilogy: Coyote, Coyote Rising, and Coyote Frontier. His work has received numerous awards, including the Hugo (twice), the Locus Award (twice), and the Seiun Award. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation. He and his wife live in western Massachusetts.
Mike Stemmle
Mike Stemmle is a veteran video/computer game designer/writer who has written dialog for Indiana Jones, Clone Troopers, and an infamous naked logamorph. He is currently employed by Perpetual Entertainment, where he's living out several of his lifelong fantasies as the story lead for Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer game set in the sandbox of Gene Roddenberry's mind.
Sara Stepongzi
Edie Stern
Fanzine fan, convention fan, club fan, filker. Co-editor of Noreascon 4's progress reports.
Rick Sternbach [offsite link]
Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction artist since the early 1970s. His clients include NASA, Sky and Telescope, Smithsonian, Analog, Astronomy, and Time-Life Books. He is a founding member and Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), formed in 1981. He has written and illustrated articles on orbital transfer vehicles and interstellar flight for Science Digest. Beginning in the late 1970s Rick added film and television illustration and special effects to his background, with productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Last Starfighter, Future Flight, and Cosmos, for which he and other members of the astronomical art team received an Emmy award, the first for visual effects. Rick also twice received the Hugo award for best professional science fiction artist, in 1977 and 1978. With the rebirth of Star Trek in 1987, Rick was one of the first employees hired to update that universe. He created new spacecraft and hundreds of props and set pieces. Using pencil, pen, and computer, Rick added Deep Space Nine and Voyager to his inventory. Rick contributed graphics for Star Trek Nemesis, including the new Romulan Bird of Prey and Senate Chamber floor. He also provided computer playback graphics and animation elements for Steven Soderbergh's Solaris.
Milton F. Stevens
Faneditor, clubfan, and conventioneer. Received Evans-Freehafer Award in 1971. Chaired the 1984 Worldcon (L.A.con II) right here in Anaheim.
Jonathan Strahan [offsite link]
Jonathan Strahan is an editor, anthologist and reviewer from Perth, Western Australia. He established one of Australia's leading semiprozines before moving to work for Locus as an editor and book reviewer. He has been Reviews Editor for Locus since 2002, and he has had reviews published in Locus, Eidolon, Ticonderoga and Foundation. He has won the William J Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and Review, the Ditmar Award a number of times, and is a recipient of The Peter McNamara Award. As a freelance editor, he has edited or co-edited 11 anthologies, with five more in the pipeline. He is editor of the The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Science Fiction: Best of, Fantasy: Best of, and Best Short Novels anthology series. He also edited The Locus Awards. He recently completed Science Fiction: The Very Best of 2005 and Fantasy: The Very Best of 2005 and Best Short Novels: 2006, and is working on a YA SF anthology for Viking Penguin and an anthology of new space opera stories to be co-edited with Gardner Dozois for HarperCollins.
Edwin L. Strickland, III
Grew up in Niagara County, NY, son of a rocket quality control manager and caught the space-bug and SF-bug early. BA in Geology from SUNY Buffalo. Learned image processing feeding punched cards to a PDP-11/45 and waiting for hard-copy output at the USGS Branch of Astrogeology in Flagstaff. Graduate studies in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis, but was done-in by his PhD before he finished it. Is working for Pratt & Whitney in Austin doing x-ray tomography of aerospace hardware and other items, both diverse and odd. First attended a Worldcon at St. Louiscon in '69 and has semi-regularly attended them in North America since.
John K. Strickland Jr.
I have been employed as a senior Analyst for the State of Texas in Austin since July, 1989. I initiated the Robert Heinlein Memorial Award for the National Space Society in 1988-89. I am a Director of the National Space Society and the Sunsat Energy Council, and an active member of other pro-space organizations. My specific interests include access to space, re-usable spacecraft, space policy, space solar power, and planetary and lunar base infrastructure. I contributed chapters to the 1998 edition of Dr. Peter Glaser's book on Solar Power Satellites, and to the book Return to the Moon in 2005.
Geri Sullivan [offsite link]
Geri is a fan from the Greater Minneapolis Area now living in Wales, MA. She is post-supporting chair of the Minneapolis in '73 Worlcon bid. In 2003, she became the chair of the Time Travel Worldcon by being the first to leave the room during a Minicon program item. She's known to pub her ish all too infrequently, host a good party from time to time, and to avidly embrace fannish endeavors old and new.
Elizabeth Swanstrom
Elizabeth Swanstrom is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include twentieth-century Latin-American and American literatures, the literature of the fantastic, history of science, media theory, and science-fiction film and literature. In addition to her academic work, she writes short fiction and serves as co-editor for the online literary journal Sunspinner.
Eric Swedin [offsite link]
Eric Swedin is an assistant professor of Information Systems at Weber State University in Utah, specializing in information security, and also has a Ph.D in the history of science and technology. He has published three books (on the history of religion and psychology, history of contemporary science, and history of computers) and a historical mystery novel.
Dr. Isaac Szpindel [offsite link]
Isaac Szpindel is an award-winning author and screenwriter, a producer, engineer, and doctor/neurologist. His short-fiction includes the Aurora-Award-winning "When the Morning Stars Sang Together" from DAW's ReVisions anthology, which he also co-edited with Julie Czerneda, "Ineffable" in DAW's In the Shadow of Evil, and "From Gehenna" in DAW's Slipstreams. Isaac's award-winning screenwriting has been translated into many languages and airs world-wide with credits that include Warner Brothers and Disney. He is also a frequent lecturer and on-air television guest.
Cecilia Tan offsite link
Cecilia Tan is a writer and editor. Her SF/F has appeared in Asimov's, Absolute Magnitude, and many other places. She is the author of Black Feathers, The Velderet, and Telepaths Don't Need Safewords. She is the founder and editor of Circlet Press, which for 14 years has been the publisher specializing in erotic SF/F. She recently edited Sex In The System for Thunder's Mouth Press, an anthology including Joe Haldeman, Scott Westerfeld, and many others.
Takayuki Tatsumi [offsite link]
Takayuki Tatsumi (born in 1955), SF critic and professor of English at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), is the author of Cyberpunk America (Tokyo: Keiso Publishers, 1988; the 1988 Japan-US Friendship Commission's American Studies Book Prize) and the co-editor of the Japanese Science Fiction issue of Science-Fiction Studies (29.3[November 2002]). He won the 5th Pioneer Award (SFRA) in 1994 and the 21st Japan SF Award (SFWJ) in 2001. Having published a variety of essays in SF Eye, Extrapolation, Para*Doxa, American Book Review, PMLA and elsewhere, he has just completed a book entitled Full Metal Apache: Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America (Durham: Duke UP, July 2006).
Michael Taylor
Brad Templeton [offsite link]
Brad Templeton founded and ran ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company, then sold it to Newsedge Corporation in 1997. ClariNet publishes an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines. He has been active in the computer network community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987, he founded and edited rec.humor.funny, the world's most widely read computerized conference on that network. He has been a software company founder, and is the author of a dozen packaged microcomputer software products. He is chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading civil rights advocacy group for cyberspace. He also sits on the advisory boards for a few internet startups. Currently he is building a new startup to reinvent the phone call. He is also on the board of the Foresight Institute (A Nanotech think-tank) and BitTorrent, Inc.
Evo Terra offsite link
Evo is the poster child for Type A personalities the world over: washed-up musician, tree-hugging herbalist, heretical-but-ordained minister, talk-radio personality, advertising executive, and technology innovator all wrapped up in one single-serving package. In the podcasting world, Evo tends to infect others with the podcasting bug, from budding show hosts to the people behind the scenes finding new uses for podcast technologies. His first podcast was available on 10/14/2004, though many listeners to his program had been downloading .mp3 files directly from his website since 2002. In November 2005, Podcasting for Dummies was released to the masses, penned by Evo and Tee Morris. In early 2006, Evo and Michael R. Mennenga formed FarPoint Media, an "incubator" of sorts to develop and distribute original media productions. Farpoint Media acts as the parent company to not only Evo's three podcasts (including the award-winning Slice of Scifi, syndicated on XM Satellite Radio), but a variety of other podcasts for which Evo serves as the executive producer. Evo's latest project is, an online "library" of freely available books released in serialized podcast form.
Frankie Thomas
Our Special Guest.
Bill Thomasson
Bill is a 70-year-old freelance medical writer who has been legally blind for the past six years and has been reading science fiction since Rocket Ship Galileo first appeared on the library shelves. He is also one of the people that Howard Dean brought into the political arena and has been actively participating in political campaigns ever since.
Bradley Thompson
Amy Thomson
Amy Thomson is the author of Through Alien Eyes, The Color of Distance, and Virtual Girl. She won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1994. The Color of Distance was nominated for the 1995 Philip K. Dick Award and a finalist for the 2004 Endeavour Award. Her latest novel is Storyteller, from Ace Books.
Tadao offsite link Tomomatsu offsite link
Jack of Most Trades, Actor, Comedian. A longtime fan/phan with many interests and stories. Tadao Tomomatsu (aka TNT or Uncle Albert) is an actor, comedian, and a general all-around good guy. He grew up in the midwest which could boast few Asian inhabitants. As self-defense against being singled out in a negative way, Tadao developed a quick sense of humor and a wide range of voices. This ability soon led to his participation in theater and the discovery of a love for the field of entertainment. He was encouraged to continue his academic career which resulted in his attaining a Bachelors in the Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, in the meantime taking several classes from Harvard University. He was employed as a Chicago DJ as well as in several other eclectic jobs. In college, he became an active participant in Mid-Western Fandom. Since moving to Los Angles, he's been actively involved in many aspects of the entertainment business. It also saw his increasing involvement in local science fiction fandom (LASFS). He has worked many conventions from the midwest to the West Coast. Even chaired a convention or two. More recently, he is internationally recognized from Banzai TV as Mr. Shake-Hands Man.
Suzanne Tompkins
Since discovering SF fandom in the mid-'60s, Suzanne (aka Suzle) has co-edited four fanzines (two of which, The Spanish Inquisition and Mainstream, with long-time-companion-turned-husband, Jerry Kaufman, were nominated for Hugos); helped found an SF club (WPSFA in Pittsburgh); and helped run numerous cons (most recently the Seattle Potlatches and the 2004 Nebula Awards Weekend). Suzle is the 2005 TAFF winner, attending Interaction in Glasgow, and the current North American Administrator. In real life, she works as an association manager/meeting planner. She and Jerry currently publish their third 'zine, Littlebrook.
Trans-Iowa Canal Company
See Plays and Performances.
Andrew T Trembley [offsite link]
Geek, freak, reader, essayist, costumer, critic, media-junkie, biker, pervert, party-queen, troublemaker, FAN.
Bjo Trimble [offsite link]
Long-time SCA and Star Trek fan, costumer and LASFS member, past convention chair including Westercon in 1970; Fan Guest of Honor at Con José (Worldcon in 2002). Organized the "Save Star Trek" campaign 1967-1968 and the Shuttle naming campaign. Interested in cartooning, art, writing, research, beading, wearable art, gardening, reading, reading, and reading.
John Trimble
Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove is an escaped Byzantine historian who writes alternate history, fantasy, and historical fiction. Recent books include Every Inch A King, Fort Pillow, and The Grapple.
Mary Turzillo [offsite link]
After a career as a professor of English at Kent State University, Dr. Mary A. Turzillo is now a full-time writer. In 2000, her story "Mars Is No Place for Children" won SFWA's Nebula award for best novelette. Her novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog in July-Nov 2004.
Heather Urbanski
Heather Urbanski is a doctoral candidate in Composition and Rhetoric at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her first book, Plagues, Apocalypses and Bug-Eyed Monsters: How Speculative Fiction Shows Us Our Nightmares (based on her Masters work at Rowan University), will be published by McFarland in the first half of 2007. In addition to her work with science fiction and rhetoric, her research interests include the student perspective on First-Year Composition, the role science fiction can play in the cultural studies classroom, and the opportunities for bringing science into Composition courses.
M. Christine Valada, Esq.
Christine Valada is well known for her work as a professional photographer and copyright attorney. She created the Portrait Gallery, often displayed at Worldcon events since 1989, and served as SFWA outside counsel for five years. She is married to comic book legend Len Wein and lives in Los Angeles with Len, son Michael, two dogs and an Arabian prince named Auspicous Comet.
Eric M. Van
Eric M. Van has been Program Chair or Chair Emeritus for all 16 Readercons; his observations on Philip K. Dick have appeared in the _New York Review of Science Fiction_. He recently spent four years back at Harvard University, as a Special Student affiliated with the Graduate Department of Psychology; he has also renewed a lifelong interest in theoretical physics (his original major there). In the more nearly real world, he is a statistical consultant for the Boston Red Sox, and lives in Watertown, Mass.
Gordon Van Gelder
Gordon Van Gelder is the editor and publisher of The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction. [offsite link]
Mark L. Van Name
Mark L. Van Name, formerly an Executive Vice President for Ziff-Davis Media, is the head of a technology assessment company in the Triangle. He's authored or co-authored over a thousand computer-related articles and one technical book, co-founded the Sycamore Hill Writer's Workshop, co-edited Intersections: The Sycamore Hill anthology, and has sold over a dozen SF short stories. His fiction has appeared in such places as Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Ninth Edition), Jim Baen's Universe, and multiple anthologies. He recently completed his first novel, a science-fiction tale, and he's working on his next, a thriller.
Vanessa Van Wagner
Vanessa Van Wagner credits science fiction with saving her from inner-city brain rot. She is a former adult basic education teacher and literacy program manager. Though no longer in the classroom, she maintains a commitment to promoting reading to disadvantaged families. A winner of the Baycon 2005 Iron Poet contest, her fannish activities include writing SF poetry; publishing a fanzine, This Thing of Ours; and relentless blogging. She is the creator of Hope and Groans, a blog/ezine for families coping with chronic illness. She is married to LASFS president George Van Wagner, a writer, musician, and recording engineer.
Mark Verheiden
Vernor Vinge
Vernor Vinge is best known for his science-fiction stories, which include "True Names", A Fire Upon the Deep, and A Deepness in the Sky. The last two items each won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year. His most recent novel, Rainbows End [no apostrophe!], examines the near-future implications of wearable computing and smart environments on issues of entertainment, privacy, and terrorism.
Robert Vogel [offsite link]
I am a German SF expert for more than 20 years, involved in the SF community for more than 30 years and a writer for several German genre magazines. As a travelling journalist I travel to the shooting of popular SF TV shows, do "On-the-Set reports" and interview cast and crew. I attend 10-15 German and international conventions a year and do panels mostly on Cult TV shows.
Mark von Schlegell [offsite link]
Writer of science fiction and art criticism, editor of insurgent Los Angeles art newletter The Rambler, curator and teacher, Mark von Schlegell divides his time between Los Angeles and Cologne. Mark holds a Ph.D. from New York University in American Literature. His sci-fi stories and essays have appeared underground in magazines, artist books, catalogs and anthologies throughout the world. Venusia, his first SF novel, was published in 2005 by M.I.T./Semiotext(e), inaugurating their new line of science fiction. He is currently embarked on the next volume in the series, the quasi-medieval Mercury Station.
Mark Waid
Jeff Walker
Film publicist and studio genre consultant. Often hosts "Jeff Walker's Trailer Park" at conventions where he shows previews of many upcoming films. Has produced and edited numerous "Making of" videos and promotional theatrical shorts. Appeared as "Roger" in the 1969 classic Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Executive Produced and acted (as "Don Carlo") in Dean Quixote (2000).
Michael J. Walsh [offsite link]
Michael Walsh attended his first convention in 1969, his first Worldcon was DisCon II. He even chaired one and lived, more-or-less, to tell the tale. In his "spare time" he publishes and sells books as Old Earth Books. This Worldcon will be his 30th.
Michael Ward offsite link
Mike Ward has been involved in SF/F for four decades, including helping found NESFA and PenSFA. His interest in small-press publishing led to learning printing and typesetting, and eventually to working as a computer scientist at Adobe Systems. For the last seven years he's been publishing e-books at Hidden Knowledge. Another project,, offsite link puts vintage magazine cover art on the web for free. He is married to Karen Schaffer (whom he met at a Minicon some years ago), and lives in San Jose, CA, with too many printed books.
Bill Warren
Bill Warren is the author of the two-volume Keep Watching the Skies: Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s, which has been called "one of the rare reference works that combines genuine entertainment with impeccable information." He also wrote Set Visits, interviews on visiting movie sets, and The Evil Dead Companion, about that film trilogy. He has written for magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, American Film, Video Watchdog and Galaxy Online. He contributed to The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, several books on Stephen King, and the annual Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula award volumes. Without being able to speak more French than film noir and auteur, for ten years he and Bill Rotsler were the Hollywood correspondents for the French television show Destination Series. He recently completed a page-one rewrite of Keep Watching the Skies. He's been a member of LASFS since 1966, served on the LASFS Board of Directors and has been on the committees of several conventions, large and small. With Allan Rothstein, he wrote Fandom Is a Way of Death, a murder mystery set -- and distributed -- at a Los Angeles Worldcon.
Chris Weber
Chris Weber has twenty years experience as a writing pro, often with his wife and partner Karen Willson. Together they've written over 50 episodes of animation for television, working for Disney, Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, DIC, and CBS Entertainment among others. He.s also written comic books, a syndicated comic strip, magazine material, filk, and technical documentation. Wielding his M.A. in Communication Arts, Chris will be teaching his annual film studies class starting in August at Webster University in San Diego.
David Weddle
Len Wein
Len Wein is the creator of Swamp Thing, the Human Target, Brother Voodoo, Gunfire, Wolverine and the New X-Men, and many other characters. Alone, Len has written the screenplay for a new big-budget Swamp Thing feature for Silver Pictures. With Marv Wolfman, Len has written a live-action feature called The Gene Pool. In television, Len developed and Story Edited the award-winning Cgi-animated series War Planets: Shadow Raiders. He has scripted episodes of Hypernauts, Conan, Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Godzilla, Spider-Man, Action Man, Street Fighter, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Exosquad, Pocket Dragon Adventures, and many others. Len has also received Emmy honors for his work on Batman: The Animated Series. Len has been Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics, as well as Senior Editor at DC Comics. He is noted for long runs writing almost every major character from Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash, and the above-mentioned Swamp Thing and Human Target at DC, to Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Mighty Thor, Fantastic Four, and Wolverine and X-Men at Marvel. He has also written in the Star Trek and Star Wars Universes. Len has won numerous industry Awards for his work.
Dave Weingart [offsite link]
Filk musician and writer. Pubs Lost Johnny's Radio Fanzine occasionally.
Toni Weisskopf [offsite link]
Toni Weisskopf is executive editor at Baen Books, a leading publisher of SF and fantasy. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children's folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House. Recently for Baen she's edited two original hard sf anthologies: Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Sol System and Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Far Futures. Long active in Southern science fiction fandom, Toni is the first winner of the Triple Crown of Southern awards. Weisskopf is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology, the mother of a delightful thirteen-year old daughter, married to Southern fan and swordmaster Hank Reinhardt, and is possessed by a truly devilish little dog.
Scott Westerfeld
Gary Westfahl [offsite link]
Gary Westfahl received the Science Fiction Research Association's 2003 Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 18 books on science fiction and fantasy, including the Hugo-nominated Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits and the three-volume The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, both published in 2005. Among many other publications, he contributed 36 essays to the British magazine Interzone and has written numerous film reviews and commentaries for the website Locus Online.
Lee Whiteside [offsite link]
Lee Whiteside knows Science Fiction and Fantasy Televsion. As webmaster of, he's kept track of TV SF/F since the early 1990's and has been watching it much longer. He's also been involved with Arizona fandom and has chaired two CopperCons, one LepreCon and recently chaired the 2006 Nebula Awards Weekend in Tempe, Arizona.
Tom Whitmore
Art Widner
Fanzine publisher, writer, con participant. DUFF winner, 1991. Founder and Director of The Stranger Club, first fan club in Boston. Invented first SF board game, Interplanetary, 1943. First long distance con carpool: Boston to Denver for Denvention I, 1941. (Doesn't sound like a big deal now, but it was then.)
Robert K. Wiener
Sean Williams [offsite link]
Sean Williams has over 60 published short stories and 20 novels under his belt, including The Resurrected Man and The Crooked Letter. His uniquely Australian fantasies have drawn comparisons to authors as diverse as Peter Carey and Ursula K. Le Guin. His collaborations with Shane Dix earned them the title of "Niven & Pournelle of the 21st Century". Multiple winner of Australia's speculative fiction awards, New York Times-bestseller, and judge of the Writers of the Future Contest, he currently lives in Adelaide.
Sheila Williams [offsite link]
Sheila Williams is the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. She's been with the magazine since June 1982, and also served as the executive editor of Analog from 1998 until 2004. She has edited or co-edited over twenty-five anthologies, and she is also the co-founder of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. Sheila lives in New York City with her husband, David Bruce, and her two beautiful daughters - Irene and Juliet
Connie Willis
Our Author Guest of Honor.
Cordelia Willis
Cordelia Willis spent her childhood at science fiction conventions, passing the time by entering masquerades with her father. Now that she's "grown up", she continues to enter masquerades when she's not hard at work fighting for justice as a criminalist at a California crime lab.
Courtney Willis
After teaching high school physics and chemistry for about a thousand years I went back to school at the University of Wyoming for my doctorate. Since then, I have been a physics professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Besides teaching physics, I also have a number of responsibilities teaching science education to future teachers. Since Connie Willis and I have been married forever, I am often asked if I like being married to a famous writer. Well, it is mostly great but sometimes hell, like when she is getting close to a deadline.
Mike Willmoth
I have been an sf/f fan since an early age as well as science, the space program, computers, etc. I am an amateur astronomer, amateur radio operator and certified scuba diver. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BS in Applied Mathematics emphasizing Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics. I worked for state government for 15+ years as a computer programmer and technical support specialist. I am now self-employed as a computer consultant, travel agent and family business manager. I help run sf/f conventions in the Phoenix, Arizona, area going back to 1987 (CactusCon NASFic). I am on the boards of the World Horror Society, World Fantasy Society, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists Inc and Leprecon Inc.
Karen Willson
Robert Charles Wilson [offsite link]
Author of the Hugo-nominated novels Darwinia, The Chronoliths, and Blind Lake, among several others.
Gary K. Wolfe offsite link
Gary K. Wolfe, contributing editor for Locus magazine, is the author of critical studies The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction, David Lindsay, Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (with Ellen R. Weil). His most recent book, Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 (Beccon, 2005), received the British Science Fiction Association Award for best nonfiction, and is nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Book. Wolfe has received the Eaton Award, the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association, and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Marv Wolfman [offsite link]
Writer of comic books, movies, television, animation, children's books, theme park shows and rides, novels, interactive, internet animation and, in my spare time, a couple of other things I'm sure I'll remember later. My novel, Crisis on Infinite Earths, was published April, 2005 and based on my award winning comic originally published in 1985. The first printing sold out in less than three weeks and the second printing sold out a few weeks later. The trade paperback will be released in April, 2006. Superman Returns, my novelization of the upcoming summer 2006 movie, will be released June, 2006.
Noel Wolfman
Betsy Wollheim
Eleanor Wood
Agent, proprietor of Spectrum Literary Agency.
Scott Alan Woodard
Scott has worn many creative hats over the years: He has built and puppeteered monsters for films, promoted children's television with Kids' WB, and written science fiction and horror audio dramas for Big Finish Productions in the UK. Most recently, he penned one of the scripts (the big series finale) for the new Dark Shadows revival to be released on CD in late 2006. Scott lives in Los Angeles, California.
Bernie Wrightson
Co-creator of the comic book character Swamp Thing. Recent comics work includes the Batman-Aliens series for DC and Dark Horse, and covers for Chaos Comics' Classic Monsters series. Has illustrated several works by Stephen King, including The Stand, Creepshow and The Cycle of the Werewolf. Other books include illustrations for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Concept designer for several movies, including Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero's Land of the Dead.
Frank Wu [offsite link]
Frank Wu is a Hugo Award-winning artist whose work has appeared on numerous book and magazine covers. He also won the Illustrators of the Future Grand Prize. His current project is an animated tv show called Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken and Friends Half-Power Half-Hour.
William F. Wu [offsite link]
William F. Wu has written a wide range of work, including science fiction, fantasy, and literary criticism. A 5-time nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards in the '80s, Wu is also the author of the six-volume young adult science fiction series titled Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time, which is available from iBooks. He is probably best known for his short fiction. His latest short story will appear in a fourth-grade reader for McGraw-Hill, due to appear in 2006.
Ben Yalow
has been to over 500 cons and worked on about a third of them, at levels from gofer to Worldcon Division Head. Has also edited four books for NESFA Press, two of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award.
Chris Young
Doselle Young [offsite link]
James Young
One of the Founding Fathers of The Minnesota Scientifiction Society (MN-Stf); original spearhead for the Minneapolis in '73 Worldcon bid. Past chair of Minicon, has worked on several Worldcons, fan writer and artist for nearly 40 years. He is retired from the State Department's Foreign Service where he served in such places as Botswana, Russia, Nigeria, and England. He has written two SF novels, The Face of the Deep (Pocket 1979) and Armed Memory (Tor 1995). More recently he has acted in Hollywood films and is writing more novels and short stories.
Janine Ellen Young
Janine Ellen Young is the author of the cyberpunk/fantasy novel, Cinderblock, published by Roc/Penguin Books, and the Philip K. Dick award nominated, first contact novel, The Bridge, published by Warner Books. Currently, Janine is finishing up two novels, a Victorian fantasy, Londinium, and a science fiction about Ice Age Chicago, Living In Zero.
Marc Scott Zicree [offsite link]
Marc Scott Zicree has written and sold over 100 scripts to such hits as Star Trek - TNG, DS9, Babylon 5, Sliders, Forever Knight, The New Twilight Zone, and Beauty and The Beast. He currently has movie projects with Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite) and Ray Harryhausen. Marc's novel Magic Time -Ghostlands recently hit the LA Times bestseller list (his classic Twilight Zone Companion was just named by the New York Times one ten science fiction books "for the ages"). Marc is currently co-writing, directing, and executive producing the Star Trek New Voyages episodes "World Enough And Time," starring George Takei.

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