Craig Miller, program
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
- Fan since Day 1.
- Andrew A. Adams
- 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
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
- 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
- Lou Anders
- Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr , 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 Bookface.com, 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 SFSite.com, RevolutionSF.com and InfinityPlus.co.uk.
- Janet Wilson Anderson
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
- 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
- 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
Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in Salon.com,
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
Fan Photo Gallery exhibit;
adult use for Lime Jell-O
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 Los Angeles.
lots of pictures
by sf-fan standards, but not
very many compared to animé fans.
- Lenny Bailes
- 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
- 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 Trufen.org. L.A.con IV marks the 21st World Science Fiction convention he has attended. Born and raised
Ohio, he is currently residing 32 miles north in Middletown, Ohio.
- John Barnes
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- Elizabeth Bear is the author of such books as Hammered, Blood And Iron, and the forthcoming Carnival. She is the
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
executive with Nickelodeon and Disney. Beck has mounted and hosted various retrospective screenings of classic animation at festivals and museums all over
world. He is the webmaster of www.cartoonresearch.com and co-writes the popular animation blog, Cartoon Brew.
- Richard Becker
- Adrian Bedford
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
- 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
- Hard SF writer, fan, physicist. Author of Timescape, In the Ocean of Night, etc. Latest book is The Sunborn.
- Joe Bergeron
- 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
- Karen Black
- Dr. Bob Blackwood
- 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
- Fr. John Blaker
- Fan, RC priest.
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
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
- Margaret Wander Bonanno
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- David Brin
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- James M. Busby
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
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
Lunar module in the Apollo 9 episode Spider. Busby has also assisted with other films and TV productions such as Apollo 13, Race
Space, Salvage One, and Lord of War. James was employed by the Space Frontier Foundation as Director for its International
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
- 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
- Scott Campbell
- Game designer/producer for Sony
- 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
- Amy Sterling Casil
- 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 Sci-Fi.com.
- Adam-Troy Castro
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
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.
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
- Georgeanne Cifarelli
- Randall Clague
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
- 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
- Lara Collins
- Steve Collins
- 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.
- 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
- Author. Latest book is Building Harlequin's Moon, written with Larry Niven.
- Paul Cornell
- 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 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
- 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.
- Ellen Datlow
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- Mike DeMeritt
- Michael DeMeritt served eleven seasons as an Assistant Director for Star Trek, through
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".
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
- Cat Devereaux
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
- 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
Robert J. Sawyer Books.
- Buzz Dixon
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- Bob Eggleton
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
- 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
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,
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
- Kate Elliott is the author of the Crown of Stars - fantasy series, the Novels of the Jaran, and the forthcoming
(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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Paul Fischer
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- Valerie Estelle Frankel
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
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
- 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
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
- David Gerrold
- 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
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
- Mel Gilden
- 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
- 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 (JoysOfResearch@YahooGroups.com),
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
- Laura Anne Gilman
- 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
- 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 Traffic.com 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
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
- 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
- Robert Gordon
- Robert Gordon's screenwriting credits include
Galaxy Quest and
Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
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
- Ashley Darlington Grayson
Agent for John Barnes, Jack Cohen, Bruce Coville, Christopher Pike,
and various others.
- Kevin R. Grazier
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
- Scott E. Green
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
Paula Guran is currently the editor
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
- 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,
a YA tale of gender confusions between worlds, was published by ibooks in November.
- Gay Haldeman
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
James Hay lives in San Diego, enjoys creating and wearing hall costumes, and has a keen interest in sf trivia.
- John G. Hemry
- 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
Artist, poet, and actor in many genre shows and movies, including Midnight in the Garden of Good
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.
- 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
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
- 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
- Nancy Holder
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Steve Jackson Games
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
"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
is one of the most popular
movie sites on the Internet; at
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- James Killus is a scientist (atmospheric) and writer (fiction, non-fiction, and technical). He lives in Pinole,
CA with his wife Amy.
- Rosemary Kimble
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
recently appeared in hardcover from Franklin Watts and online and in trade paperback from kopubco.com, 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Ellen Kushner's new novel, The Privilege of the Sword,
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
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
She lives in New York City with
Delia Sherman, and does not have a cat.
- David A. Kyle
- Jay Lake
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- Guy Lillian III
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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, Amazon.com
"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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- Lydia C. Marano
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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 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
Yesterday Was A Lie
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,
- 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
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
- Mark Merlino
- Ric Meyers
- You may have bought his books (Great Martial Art Movies among them), read his movie columns in
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
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
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
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
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
- Sarah Monette
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
- 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
- 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
- Kevin Andrew Murphy
- 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
- Vera Nazarian
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
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
- 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 craigslist.org 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
- 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 climateprediction.net.
- Patrick Nielsen Hayden
- 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,
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden
- 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
- 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
- G. David Nordley
- 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 Scorpiusdigital.com. 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
- Lisanne Norman
- Naomi Novik
- 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
- 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
Class Dis-Mythed, co-written with Robert Asprin.
- Rockne S. O'Bannon
- Creator of television series:
Farscape, Alien Nation, seaQuest.
- John O'Halloran
- 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
- 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.
- Margaret Organ-Kean
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
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
- Carole Parker
- Patchwork Players
- See Plays and Performances.
- Fred Patten
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
(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.
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.
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
- 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 Slashdot.org.
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
- 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
- John Picacio
- 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
- Robert Picardo
- Actor from Star Trek: Voyager.
- Qeldas Pickett
- Justin Pinchot
- 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
His interests transcend space toys to include vintage cars and bicycles, vintage neon,
microphones, and just about anything art deco.
- Phil Plait
- 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
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise.
- Frederik Pohl
- John Pomeranz
- 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,
assistant editor on Fantasy & Science Fiction, associate editor at Lancer Books, and an editor and production manager on such
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
- 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
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
- See Plays and Performances.
- 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
- Eric S. Raymond
- 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
- 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
- Gar Reeves-Stevens
- 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
- Judith Reeves-Stevens
- 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
- Kay Reindl
- Hank Reinhardt
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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),
short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, the anthologies
Live Without a Net, FutureShocks, Forbidden Planets, and others. Roberson
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
- 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
- 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
- Scott Rogers
- 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
- 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
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
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
- Robert Sabaroff
Wrote an episode for Star Trek ("The Immunity Syndrome")
and two for Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Home Soil" and
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, SciFi.com, and more.
- Nick Sagan
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
- Don Sakers
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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,
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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,
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.
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
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
- 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
- Eric Sonstroem
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
- Kevin Standlee
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
- James Lee Stanley
- Allen M. Steele
- 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
- Sara Stepongzi
- Edie Stern
Fanzine fan, convention fan, club fan, filker. Co-editor of Noreascon 4's progress reports.
- Rick Sternbach
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
- Takayuki Tatsumi
- Takayuki Tatsumi (born in 1955), SF critic and professor of English
at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), is the author of
(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
- 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
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 Podiobooks.com, 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
- 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.
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
Geek, freak, reader, essayist, costumer, critic, media-junkie, biker, pervert, party-queen, troublemaker, FAN.
- Bjo Trimble
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
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
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
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
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,
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
- 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
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
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
Filk musician and writer. Pubs Lost Johnny's Radio Fanzine occasionally.
- Toni Weisskopf
- 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
- 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
- Lee Whiteside knows Science Fiction and Fantasy Televsion. As
webmaster of SFTV.org, 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
- 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
- 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
- Author of the Hugo-nominated novels
Darwinia, The Chronoliths, and Blind Lake, among several others.
- Gary K. Wolfe
Gary K. Wolfe, contributing editor for Locus magazine, is the author of
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
just named by the New York Times one ten science fiction books "for the ages"). Marc is currently co-writing, directing, and
producing the Star Trek New Voyages episodes "World Enough And Time," starring George Takei.
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