- Scott H. Andrews
- Scott's short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales and M-Brane SF and is forthcoming in Space and Time. He is a college chemistry lecturer and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the pro-rate fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which Rich Horton of Locus calls "a really important source of fantasy." Scott lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world.
- Christiana Aretta
- John Ashmead
- Robert Balder
- is a professional cartoonist, singer/songwriter, game designer and web entrepreneur.
He writes and sings comedy songs, and has recorded two solo CDs. The title track from Rob's first CD, "www.richfantasylives.com" was co-written with Filk Hall of Famer Tom Smith. It won the Pegasus award for Best Filk Song of 2007. In 2009 he collaborated with -=ShoEboX=- of Worm Quartet on a CD called "Baldbox: the Dumb Album." Rob's songs have often been heard on the syndicated Doctor Demento Show. In January 2006, he and six other comedy music performers founded The Funny Music Project, where they present new songs every single day, released under a Creative Commons license. The FuMP won the 2009 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast.
Rob is also the creator of the clip-art comic strip "PartiallyClips", which is widely read online and has appeared in more than two dozen newspapers and magazines. A book collection of the strip, "Suffering for my Clip Art: the Best of PartiallyClips, volume 1" was published in 2005.
He is the Associate Editor of Nth Degree a popular fanzine covering genre fiction, gaming, comics, fandom and more. He writes science fiction and fantasy, including one unpublished novel and many short stories and poems.
Rob also teamed up with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance to create "Get Nifty", a stand-alone card game themed around Pete's comic. Get Nifty debuted in stores in 2006, through Blood & Cardstock Games.
His current major project is a full-color Fantasy webcomic called "Erfworld", co-created with illustrator Jamie Noguchi. Erfworld began in December 2006 at Giant in the Playground Games, home of the popular roleplay comic, "The Order of the Stick", by Rich Burlew. After completing Book 1, Erfworld moved to its own website. Time Magazine named Erfworld one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.
In May 2010, Rob announced an upcoming collaborative project with 6-time Hugo award winner Ben Bova. "A Duel in the Somme" is a 24-page color comic based on a story by Dr. Bova, and illustrated by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Bill Holbrook. The comic will appear at the Erfworld site in August.
- David Bartell
- David Bartell has a bachelor's degree in Astrophysics from the University of Virginia,
and a Masters certificate in project management from George Washington University.
He has sold a number of stories in magazines, most notably in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, making him a button-sporting member of the Analog MAFIA ("Members Appearing Frequently In Analog".) He won the AnLab award for best short story (with Ekaterina Sedia), and has had three lead stories in the last year. He has short stories in the anthologies Gods and Monsters, Jigsaw Nation, and Warrior Wisewoman 2. He also writes a lot of fantasy.
David is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA), and a certified scuba divemaster. He has dabbled professionally in photography and film, and is a closet SFX tinkerer.
He networks on LinkedIn and Facebook, so if you're on those, search and befriend. Beware his camera you may end up on a WyrdNet card!
He lives in Northern Virginia, and at www.davidbartell.us
- John Betancourt
- has published 40 books, ranging from best-sellers like Star Trek novels to the continuation of Roger Zelazny's classic Amber series to original novels such as THE DRAGON SORCERER and THE BLIND ARCHER. He owns Wildside Press, which publishes new and classic science fiction, fantasy, and horror under a number of imprints, as well as magazines such as Weird Tales and H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror. His current writing project is a Young Adult fantasy series called "THE BOOK OF DARKNESS".
- Danny Birt
- was born about three decades ago in Washington State to Irish and Californian parents, and since then he has lived in Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii, Virginia, and North Carolina. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in the small town of Roswell, NM for his high school and junior college years, then pulled a one-eighty and went to a liberal arts college, Loyola University New Orleans, for his next two college degrees in music therapy and psychology. Most recently, he graduated from Shenandoah University with his Master's Degree in Music Therapy.
Danny has played the roles of author and editor in science fiction, fantasy, and professional publications such as The Raintown Review, Flashing Swords Magazine, and Musica Ficta. He is also an editor for Cyberwizard Productions. His fantasy series The Laurian Pentology is being published through Ancient Tomes Press, with the books Ending an Ending, Beginning, and Beginning an Ending already in print.
In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo "Narcoleptic Pianist," and the ever-peculiar album "Warped Children's Songs."
Danny has now settled in Winston-Salem, NC where he employs his talents as a music therapist at Forsyth Medical Center. In his spare time, Danny's hobby is finding new hobbies.
- Colleen Cahill
- works at the Library of Congress where she spends some time as the Recommending Officer for Science Fiction and Fantasy. By night, she writes reviews for Fast-Forward TV, SFRevu, BookPage, the WSFA Journal and several others. Her signature file says it all: Librarian by profession, reviewer by avocation, reader by addiction.
- Eric Choi
- is an aerospace engineer, writer and editor whose short fiction has appeared in Footprints, Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6 and Arrowdreams as well as Asimov's and Science Fiction Age. He was the co-editor, with Derwin Mak, of the new anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW), the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese living outside of China. In his aerospace engineering career, he has worked on a number of space projects including the Phoenix Mars Lander, the robotic arm on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 satellite and the MOPITT atmospheric science instrument. In 2009, he was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign. He is currently the business development manager for the Mission Development Group at the aerospace company COM DEV.
- Captain Chris Christopher USN (Ret.)
- is Deputy Director, Corporate Communications Division, in the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Neil Clarke
- is the owner of Wyrm Publishing, editor of Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated semiprozine, Clarkesworld Magazine, a freelance ebook designer, and an educational technologist. He lives in Stirling, NJ with his wife and two children.
- Brenda Clough
- writes science fiction and fantasy, mainly novels. Her latest novel, Doors of Death and Life, was published by Tor Books in May 2000. Doors was released, bound with its predecessor, How Like A God, in a Science Fiction Book Club edition titled Suburban Gods. She also writes short stories and occasional nonfiction including a story appearing in Patrick Nielsen Hayden's anthology Starlight 3 and a story in the July-August 2002 issue of Analog. She has taught "Writing F&SF" at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Iver Cooper
- Iver P. Cooper has been an active contributor to Eric Flint's "1632" shared universe, with 19 short stories and 23 articles published so far in the online Grantville Gazette, and another short story in the hardcover anthology Ring of Fire II.
Iver is an intellectual property law attorney with Browdy & Neimark, Washington DC. He has received legal writing awards from the American Patent Law Association, the U.S. Trademark Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is the sole author of Biotechnology and the Law, now in its twenty-something edition. In his spare time, such as may exist, he teaches swing and folk dancing, and participates in local photo club competitions.
Iver is married, with a son at Carnegie Mellon and a daughter writing ads for amusement parks.
- Caroline Cox
- Caroline Cox is a PhD astronomer, educator, and astronomy education consultant. She was a research assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia, where she studied galaxies and clusters of galaxies and taught introductory astronomy classes. Then she was an astronomy education specialist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where she helped develop educational materials for the "Explore the Universe" exhibit. She currently teaches high school physics and astrophysics. She has co-written four science humor articles for the Annals of Improbable Research.
- Michael Dirda
- received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. For 30 years he has been writing for The Washington Post Book World, where he continues to work as a weekly columnist. As a longtime editor for the book section, he oversaw the coverage of science fiction and fantasy, as well as of children's books, intellectual history, poetry and mainstream fiction. His own books include the memoir "An Open Book" and the essay collections "Readings," "Bound to Please," "Book by Book," and "Classics for Pleasure" (out in November, 2007). He also conducts the online book discussion "Dirda on Books" (Wednesday at 2 P.M.) for washingtonpost.com and welcomes your postings.
- Tom Doyle
- writes in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. His novelette, "The Wizard of Macatawa" (Paradox Magazine #11), won the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award. His stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Futurismic, Aeon, and Ideomancer. He has recently finished a contemporary fantasy novel. The text and audio of many of his stories are available at his website.
- Oz Drummond
- Oz Drummond writes science fiction and fantasy stories and has been published in Analog and Esli. She attended Clarion in '96 and is the only person to have attended Walter Jon Williams' Taos Toolbox twice. When she's not writing, Oz is a self-employed CPA and tax preparer under a different name. She lives on Walkabout Farm in rural Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and sister, as well as nine cats and thirteen egg-laying chickens. She blogs about it all at birdhousefrog.livejournal.com.
- Andrew Fox
- was born in Miami Beach in 1964. His earliest exposure to the fantastic was watching the epic Japanese horror flick Destroy All Monsters at the age of three in the back of his parents' convertible at a drive-in. He attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Syracuse University, where he studied social work and public administration, in addition to performing as a traveling mime and writing and producing a multi-sensory play for blind children. He returned to New Orleans in 1990. In 1994, he joined award-winning science fiction author George Alec Effinger's monthly writing workshop group, with which he remains active.
Andrew's first novel, Fat White Vampire Blues, published by Ballantine Books in 2003, was widely described as "Anne Rice meets A Confederacy of Dunces." It won the Ruthven Award for Best Vampire Fiction of 2003. Its sequel, Bride of the Fat White Vampire, was published in 2004.
In 2003, Andrew married Dara Levinson; they now have three sons, Levi, Asher, and Judah. In August, 2005, Andrew and his family were attending Bubonicon in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Although their home was mostly spared, they were forced to shelter in Albuquerque and Miami for the next two months. Andrew returned to his job with the Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program to help rebuild that program, prior to beginning work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Gulf Coast Recovery Office. In 2009, he relocated his family to Manassas, Virginia so that he could take a job with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
His most recent book, The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501, was published by Tachyon Publications in April, 2009. It was selected by Booklist as one of the Ten Best SF/Fantasy Novels of the Year. Recent projects include: The Bad Luck Spirits' Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a fantasy novel which intertwines a supernatural secret history of New Orleans with the events of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and its aftermath; Fire on Iron, a steampunk dark fantasy novel set aboard ironclad gunboats during the Civil War; Ghostlands, an alternate history science-fantasy novel set in a world where the past refuses to remain buried; and The End of Daze, a theological/political fantasy-satire about the return of the Old Testament God to Earth.
- Doug Fratz
- has been reviewing science fiction and fantasy for more than 35 years, and currently reviews new and classic science fiction books (and conducts the occasional interview) for SciFi Wire (Science Fiction Weekly), SF Site, and The New York Review of Science Fiction. From 1973-1993, he was publisher and editor of Thrust Science Fiction and Fantasy Review (later Quantum Science Fiction and Fantasy Review), the semi-professional review magazine that was nominated for five Hugo Awards. In real life, he continues his day job as vice president of scientific and technical affairs for a major trade association in Washington, DC, where he addresses environmental regulations and related science policy issues, with his primary areas of expertise being in atmospheric issues and chemical safety. He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with his wife Naomi, and with occasional visits from their two children attending college.
- William Freedman
- is a New York-based writer of science fiction, dark fantasy and horror who injects humor, to greater or lesser degree, into his works. His novelette "Forever and Ever, Amen" appeared in the 2006 Spirit House chapbook and his short story "Intentions" is scheduled to be published this year in Ash-Tree Press's Holy Horrors anthology. He is a founding member of the LI_SciFi critique group and a perennial Literature-track panelist at the I-Con convention on Long Island. He holds degrees in journalism and international business, and his non-fiction work has appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Euromoney Books, Global Finance magazine, Treasury & Risk Management magazine, and many other business and financial news outlets both in print and online. Land That I Love is his first novel; he recently completed his second, Mighty Mighty, which should see print in 2011.
- Jim Freund
- has been producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967. His long-running live-radio program,
"Hour of the Wolf," continues to be broadcast every Saturday morning from 5:00 to 7:00, and is streamed live
online with archives of past shows are available "on-demand" for a few weeks after broadcast.
(Check hourwolf.com or follow @jimfreund in Twitter for details.
He is also Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings in New York.
He has recorded those and the KGB Fantastic Fiction readings since their inception, and occasionally broadcasts
the proceeds of both.
Jim lives in Brooklyn with writer Barbara Krasnoff.
- Nan Fry
- is the author of two collections of poetry, Relearning the Dark, and Say What I Am Called, a chapbook of translations. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines; in anthologies such as The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection and The Faery Reel, both edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow; in The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant; and in The Beastly Bride, edited by Terri and Ellen for Viking. Some of her poems can be found online in the poetry archives of the Journal of Mythic Arts. She teaches at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Dr. Charles E. Gannon
- is a Distinguished Professor of English (St. Bonaventure U.), a Fulbright Senior Specialist (American Lit & Culture), and a member of the SIGMA SF think-tank. He has had novelettes in Analog, the War World shared universe, and the Defending the Future series. He has forthcoming fiction in several other well-known shared universe anthologies and in Bad Ass Faeries 3. His nonfiction book Rumors of War and Infernal Machines won the 2006 ALA Outstanding Book Award. He also worked as author and editor for GDW, and was a routine contributor to both the scientific/technical content and story-line in the award-winning games "Traveller," and "2300 AD." He has been awarded Fulbrights to England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and worked 8 years as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC.
- Dr. George W. Gilchrist
- is currently a program director at the National Science Foundation. He earned his B.S. in Zoology at Arizona State University, a M.Sc. at Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Washington. He is also a faculty member at The College of William and Mary. Dr. Gilchrist studies the contemporary evolution of insects in response to changing climates. His research has been published in Science, Evolution, and other professional journals and has been featured in Discover Magazine, Scientific American, and on BBC radio. He has brewed a variety of beers and drunk many a dram of whiskey.
- Laura Anne Gilman
- started her professional life as a book editor for a major NYC house, fitting her writing into the remaining available hours. In 2004 she switched that around, becoming a full-time writer and, in 2010, freelance editor for Carina Press.
Laura Anne is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations urban fantasy series), and the award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy from Pocket. She is a member of the on-line writers' consortium BookView Cafe, and continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. She also writes paranormal romances as Anna Leonard.
- Kelly A. Harmon
- used to write truthful, honest stories about authors and thespians, senators and statesmen, movie stars and murderers. Now she writes lies, which is infinitely more satisfying, but lacks the convenience of doorstep delivery, especially on rainy days.... Ms. Harmon is a former magazine and newspaper reporter and editor. She has published articles at SciFi Weekly and short fiction in several anthologies: Black Dragon, White Dragon, Triangulation: Dark Glass, Bad Ass Fairies 3: In All Their Glory, and the forthcoming Hellbore and Rue, and Magicking in Traffic. Her award-winning novella, "Blood Soup," is available from Eternal Press and Amazon.
- Peter Heck
- is the author of the "Mark Twain Mysteries" series from Berkley Prime Crime: Death on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court, The Prince and the Prosecutor, The Guilty Abroad, The Mysterious Strangler and Tom's Lawyer. Peter's newest book is No Phule Like an Old Phule, which continues Robert Asprin's "Phule's Company" series. Peter is also a regular reviewer for Asimov's. Besides the written word, his interests include music (playing lead guitar with Col. Leonard's Irregulars) and chess (founding member of the Chestertown Chess Club, and a USCF member).
- John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell)
- is the author, under the pen name Jack Campbell, of the New York Times national best-selling Lost Fleet series (Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, Relentless, and Victorious) and two upcoming follow-on series (The Lost Fleet – Beyond the Frontier and The Phoenix Stars. John is also the author of the JAG in Space series and the Stark’s War series. His short fiction has appeared in places as varied as the last Chicks in Chainmail anthology (Turn the Other Chick) and Analog magazine (which published his Nebula Award-nominated story "Small Moments in Time" as well as most recently "The Rift" in the October 2010 issue). A retired US Navy officer, John lives in Maryland with his long-suffering wife (the incomparable S) and three great kids. His daughter and two sons are diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.
- C.J. Henderson
- CJ Henderson is the creator of the Piers Knight supernatural investigator series, the Teddy London occult detective series, and as best we can tell the first author to write sci fi military musical comedies. Author of some 60 books and/or novels, including such diverse titles as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies, Black Sabbath: the Ozzy Osbourne Years, and Baby's First Mythos, hundreds of short stories and comics and thousands of non-fiction pieces, he is one of the most prolific writers working today. This legendary talent is a leader of men, captain of industry, and the man about whom Time Magazine said: "Who?" For more information on him, or to read a few of his stories, feel free to drop in at www.cjhenderson.com, or stop in at his table at the convention. Those who bring bacon will be well treated.
- Larry Hodges
- of Germantown, MD, is an active member of SFWA with over 40 short story sales, over half of them since
January of 2009. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writing Workshop, the 2007 Orson Scott Card
Literary Boot Camp, and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Writing Workshop. Hodges has a master's in journalism
and a bachelor's in math, with minors in chemistry and computer science. He's been a full-time writer for many
years, with three books and over 1200 published articles in over 100 different publications. Says Hodges,
"My best writing tends to be humorous SF and fantasy, yet I didn't really sell much until I focused on
first choosing a clear theme, and then satirizing it."
He's been a professional table tennis coach for many years, and is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame
(Google it!). He recently finished his first novel, a SF drama/satire on politics in the year 2100, which will
soon be making the rounds at publishers on its way to great glory or utter obscurity.
- 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.
Walter has just informed us that due to a last minute, unavoidable situation, he will be able to attend Capclave this year.
- Mark J. Kilbane
- Mark J. Kilbane, president of Kilbane Films, is currently producing The Man Who Never Missed—a sexy, fast sci-fi film based on the novel by New York Times bestselling writer Steve Perry. Mark is a professional actor and has performed in a score of independent films. He studied screenwriting under Robert McKee, Syd Field, and the late Blake Snyder. He was a semifinalist in Coverage, Inc.'s screenwriting contest in Los Angeles. He is a published writer in academia and long-form journalism. Educated at some of the world's top schools, including the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Peabody Institute, he brings a well rounded perspective to his filmmaking http://www.imdb.me/markjkilbane.
- Mindy L. Klasky
- learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. After traveling through multiple careers (lawyer, librarian, beggarman, thief), Mindy now writes full time. In her spare (?) time, she quilts, cooks, and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library.
- Jonah Knight
- is a modern folk singer who writes about being haunted. Ghosts and monsters, angels and demons, empty places and empty people. His songs exist where the natural world meets the supernatural. With his second album, Ghosts Don't Disappear, Jonah began focusing on songs about being haunted, while his upcoming third album, The Exploration Of Dangerous Places, features songs about clones, creepy towns, pirates, and terra-forming Mars.
Jonah spent six years as a playwright in the DC area, where his plays received a handful of awards and productions, including a spot in the Kennedy Center's Page-To-Stage festival. After his son Milo Fox was born in 2007, Jonah left theatre to concentrate on music. A good move, as the Maryland Arts Council awarded him with a grant for Solo Music Performance in 2010.
- Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani)
- is an astrophysicist who also writes science fiction under the pseudonym Eric Kotani. He is a recent recipient of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award.
An asteroid (#8072) has been named Yojikondo, in recognition of his contribution to the space program.
His books include: Legacy of Prometheus, by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts, Tor Books; Requiem: New Collected Works of Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master edited by Yoji Kondo, reprinted in May by Tor Books; and Interstellar Travel and Multi-Generation Space Ships, edited by Yoji Kondo, CG Publications.
- Barbara Krasnoff
- has published short stories in Crossed Genres, Electric Velocipede, Space and Time, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Escape Velocity, Sybil's Garage, Behind the Wainscot, Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing, Weird Tales, and Descant. She's contributed to the anthologies Clockwork Phoenix 2, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also published the nonfiction Robots: Reel to Real, which was supposed to head up a young adult series of books called How It Works -- but the publisher was eaten by a larger publisher instead. Find it at your local library.
When Barbara isn't making a living as Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld.com, she's hanging out with the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa or in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Jim Freund.
- Alisa Krasnostein
- is editor and publisher at the Australian indie publishing house Twelfth Planet Press. New releases include the boutique Glitter Rose collection by Marianne de Pierres, the Australian suburban fantasy anthology Sprawl and Bleed, the sequel to the infamous novella Horn, by Peter M Ball. She is also a member of the Galactic Suburbia podcasting crew bringing speculative fiction news, reading notes and chat from the galactic suburbs of Australia.
- L. Jagi Lamplighter
- is the author of Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained (yet to be published). She has also written a number of short stories and is an author/assistant editor in the Bad Ass Faeries series. When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as a stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives in fairytale happiness with her husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon.
- Kevin Landerdale
- Dina Leacock (Diane Arrelle)
- has been a regular guest panelist at both Philcon and Balticon. She is an author of speculative fiction and her book of science fiction, fantasy, horror and suspense short stories, Just A Drop In The Cup, was published by Darker Intentions Press in October. Her book Elements Of The Short Story was published last year by Tricorner Publishing. Writing under the name Diane Arrelle, she has sold over 100 short stories to magazines and anthologies including Barnes and Nobles' Crafty Cat Crimes, Oui, Neo Opsis, Blue Murder, Terminal Fright, and Strange Stories Of Sand and Sea. She is a founding member as well as a past president of the Garden State Horror Writers and a past president of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference.
- Edward M. Lerner
- A physicist and computer scientist, Edward M. Lerner toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then, suitably intoxicated, he began writing full-time. He writes everything from near-future technothrillers, most recently Fools' Experiments and Small Miracles, to classic science fiction like InterstellarNet: Origins, to, with colleague Larry Niven, the far-future space epic Fleet of Worlds series.
- C. Alan Loewen
- lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cherie, three sons, way too many cats, a Sheltie, and a homicidal sun conure. His work has appeared in several small press magazines and in 2008 won an Honorable Mention for his work Mask of the Ferret which appeared in the Twilight Times Press anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God. Its sequel, Dyads will be appearing next April in ISIG2.
- Perrianne Lurie
- is a physician with the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She has been active in fandom for over 20 years in SF clubs, cons, filking, writing con reviews, etc. She was a member of the Baltimore in 1998 bid committee. She served as Deputy Division Director for Programming at BucCONeer, assistant to the director of the Millennium Philcon Hugo Awards Ceremony, and Director of the Torcon 3 Hugo Awards Ceremony. She is also active in the Central Pennsylvania (European boardgame) Game Club.
- Julian Lytle
- Jim Mann
- has been a fan since 1975 and was reading SF well before that. He has also edited a number of books for NESFA Press, including works of Cordwainer Smith, John W. Campbell, Anthony Boucher, William Tenn, and James Blish. He's been married to Laurie since three days before Star Wars premiered.
- James Maxey
- is the author of the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed, as well as the cult-classic superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl. His short fiction has appeared in Asimovs, Intergalactic Medicine show, and numerous anthologies. His short story "Silent as Dust" has been nominated for the 2009 WSFA Small Press Award. To learn more about his writing, please visit jamesmaxey.blogspot.com.
- Bill Mayhew
- Thomas McCabe
- is a lifelong SF enthusiast and a career intelligence analyst currently employed as an aviation analyst by the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away he also used to be a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. His writings have been published in Orbis, Air And Space Power Journal, Air Chronicles, Royal Air Force Air Power Review, Aviation Week and Space Technology, The Narian Connection, and Parameters. And with all that and a dollar, he can get a cup of coffee at McDonalds.
- Tee Morris
- has been writing adventures in far-off lands and far-off worlds since the fifth grade. His professional writing career started when he wrote one act plays as part of the Maryland Renaissance Festival's Writers' Guild. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana (co-written with Lisa Lee), grew out of a character he portrayed at the festival and was developed through an online role playing chat room. His other novels include Legacy of Morevi, The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery, and The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery. He has contributed to The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (and was an editor of Vol 2), Podcasting for Dummies, and Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. When Tee is not creating something on his Macintosh, he enjoys a good run, a good swim, martial arts (which he will start up again, someday), and putting together new playlists for his iPod. Find out more about Tee Morris at teemorris.com.
- James Morrow
- has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author's private archives.
Upon reaching adulthood, Morrow proceeded to write nine novels and enough short stories to fill two collections. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice, the Nebula Award twice, and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire once.
To date Morrow's most conspicuous literary effort is a postmodern historical epic called The Last Witchfinder, praised by the New York Times for fusing "storytelling, showmanship and provocative book-club bait ... into one inventive feat." It tells of Jennet Stearne, who makes it her life's mission to bring down the 1604 Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. The author followed this novel with a thematic sequel, The Philosopher's Apprentice, which NPR called "an ingenious riff on Frankenstein." Jim's most recent book is his Sturgeon Award-winning novella, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, set in 1945 and dramatizing the U.S. Navy's attempts to leverage a Japanese surrender via a biological weapon that strangely anticipates Godzilla.
- Ira Nayman
- is a massive geological shield covered by a thin layer of soil that forms the nucleus of the North American or Laurentia craton. He is an area mainly covered by igneous rock which relates to its long volcanic history. Ira has a deep, common, joined bedrock region in eastern and central Canada that -
No, wait. That is the pre-Cambrian Shield. Sorry about that. It is easy to confuse the two.
Ira Nayman is a comedy/humour/satire writer. He is the author of two books of science fiction journalism featuring the Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS) in print: Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys. They grew out of a political and social satirical project Ira started in 1984 called Les Pages aux Folles; the project migrated to the World Wide Web in 2002. Since it was started, Les Pages aux Folles has grown to include experimental writing, cultural parody and satire and three original cartoons, My Toronto, Blackout Funnies and Delicate Negotiations. New articles and cartoons are posted weekly; new Alternate Reality News Service articles are posted every third week (look for the ARNS label).
The Alternate Reality News Service Café, a Facebook group for fans of the books, can be found at Facebook. It contains original material and ways for fans to contribute to the Alternate Reality News Service. Look for the pilot of a radio series based on Alternate Reality News Service stories on YouTube early in August!
- Karen Wester Newton
- writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Currently her agent is marketing a YA science fantasy called Turnabout.
Karen works for the IT part of a DC-area legal and regulatory publisher, and in additon to actively reading and writing speculative ficion, she has developed a strong interest in the evolution of the technology of publishing and the technology of reading. She blogs about ebooks regularly and is guardedly enthusiastic about the rapid rise in digital publishing.
She currently lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC, and is a long-time and active member of The Writer's Group from Hell, a surprisingly fun and helpful bunch of readers, writers, and critiquers. She often attends conventions such as Capclave, Philcon, Balticon, Worldcon and the World Fantasy Convention.
- Sherin Nicole
- has been called a "chic geek" and she likes the sound of it. Especially since she's a bit shy (secretly) and depends heavily on her alter ego the orange, ass-kicking geek.
When not working in graphic design she escapes into food, theater, art, books, comics, sci-fi & fantasy, anime, martial arts films, [take a breath here] and international cinema-all of which she adores. =whew= Culturally, she's half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits-they're great with shrimp. Government reports show a residence in DC but Sherin spends most of her time on the astral plane and is certain she's seen you there.
- Gary L. Oleson
- is an aerospace engineer with training in operations research, statistics, and decision analysis. He has worked in the area of national space security for over a decade. Before that, he worked as a systems engineer in the Space Station Program Office and was awarded the Space Station Freedom Award of Merit by the Astronaut Corps.
He has a long history in grassroots space activism, starting with the Enterprise Campaign of 1976 and the Moon Treaty fight of 1979. He was the L5 Society representative in Washington during the Congressional debate over the first space station budget, ran the science fact program for ConStellation, co-chaired the 1985 International Space Development Conference with Charles Sheffield, and was given the Space Pioneer Award for an Activist.
- Aly Parsons
- leads a writers' group that she founded in 1980; her group includes professional and unpublished writers. She has sold two stories, one to the DAW anthology, SWORD OF CHAOS, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Evil role-playing gamers tossed her into co-directing programming for the 1981-89 Unicons,which led her to host Green Rooms, critique for the Millennial Philcon writers' workshop, co-direct programming for the 2003 World Fantasy Con, etc. Aly is a graduate of the Odyssey workshop for writers of fantasy, sf, and horror. Retired from her day job, she writes and edits full time.
- 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.
- Lawrence M. Schoen
- holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities.
He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a new speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas.
In 2007, he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and in 2010 received a Hugo nomination for best short story. He's also been pushing a kind of SF Polyglot project that he calls B.W.O.P. (the Buffalito World Outreach Project). His first novel came out five months ago, and the second is due on his publisher's desk in two. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.
- Eric Schulman
- is a PhD astronomer, author, and science humorist. He's on the editorial board of the Annals of Improbable Research and has written many articles for the science humor magazine. His science humor has also appeared in Null Hypothesis and the Science Creative Quarterly. One of his AIR articles, "The History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less", has been translated into more than 30 languages and provided the inspiration for his 1999 humorous popular science book, A Briefer History of Time: From the Big Bang to the Big Mac(R). He was the Armchair Astrophysics columnist for Mercury Magazine for two years and contributed astronomy and physics articles to the 2008 popular science book, Defining Moments in Science: Over a Century of the Greatest Discoveries, Experiments, Inventions, People, Publications, and Events that Rocked the World.
- Darrell Schweitzer
- is the author of The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer, in addition to about 275 published short stories. His credits include Interzone, Twilight Zone, Postscripts, Night Cry, Amazing, Fantastic, Galaxy, and numerous anthologies. He is the author of books about Lord Dunsany and HP Lovecraft, an essayist, poet, one of the few ever to rhyme "Cthulhu" in a limerick and live to tell about it. He is also a long-time attendee of DC area conventions and can tell you old Disclave stories.
- Robert Scott
- started writing fiction as a creative wayto engage his father in law, Jay Gordon's imagination while Jay's body slowly succumbed to Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hickory Staff, Book One of the Eldarn Sequence (Gollancz, 2005) is the result of two years of storytelling over the phone, via email, and in day-long discussions about characters, plot twists, and mysteries all designed to distract Jay from his ongoing physical battles. Lessek's Key, Book Two of the Eldarn Sequence (Gollancz, 2006) and The Larion Senators, Book Three of the Eldarn Sequence (Gollancz, 2007) represent the rest of Jay and Robert's collaboration, even though both books were released after Jay had died.
Born in New York, Robert Scott studied music at Colby College before turning to education. He received a graduate degree at the University of Massachusetts and moved to Colorado where he worked as a teacher and a school administrator. He finished a doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 2001 and works now as a high school principal in Northern Virginia. He is currently writing a mystery/thriller, 15 Miles, a collection of short stories for young readers, The Great M&M Caper and Other Confessions of a Gifted Underachiever, and a fourth Eldarn novel.
He is a guitarist and a distance runner (rarely simultaneously) whose goals include shaving ten minutes off his marathon time, playing the Bach Chaconne with no mistakes, and signing on as a middle reliever for the Boston Red Sox. He has two children involved in martial arts, gymnastics, and piano. So most of the time you can find him taxiing back and forth across the region, a mini tape recorder in hand and a laptop under one arm. He drinks too much coffee and often shouts at the 24-hour news channels.
- Anne Sheldon
- was born in Washington, DC, and graduated from Swarthmore College. Formerly a children's librarian, she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with two cats, where she is active in her church. She is currently a poet-in-the-schools working through the Maryland State Arts Council and teaches storytelling at the College of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Maryland. As a storyteller, she has performed widely in the mid-Atlantic region. Her repertoire includes folktales and legends as well as her own narrative poetry and that of classic poets such as Robert Frost.
- Alan Smale
- writes fantasy and horror, alternate and twisted history, with almost three dozen stories published in magazines including Realms of Fantasy (five times, most recently in October 2010), Abyss & Apex (twice), Paradox, and Dark Regions, and anthologies including Panverse One, Book of Dead Things, A Wizard's Dozen, A Nightmare's Dozen, Low Port, and Writers of the Future #13. Audio versions of two of his stories have appeared recently on Podcastle (#101) and Pseudopod (#190). His historical novella "Clash of Eagles" appears in Panverse Two in September, and he is currently marketing an alternate history novel as well as a young adult fantasy series.
Alan grew up in Leeds, England, and has a BA in Physics and a doctorate in Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently serves as director of an astrophysics data archive, and performs research on black hole binaries at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In his spare time(?), Alan sings bass with well-known vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella and a cappella through astronomy across a broad swath of the known universe. Check out his Web site (including free fiction).
- Jeri Smith-Ready
- has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. She holds a master's degree in environmental policy and lives in Carroll County, Maryland. Jeri's 2006 epic fantasy Eyes of Crow won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Fantasy. The final part of her Aspect of Crow trilogy, The Reawakened, will be released in November 2008. Jeri's new urban fantasy series, about a radio station with vampire DJs, began in May 2008 with Wicked Game and continues in May 2009 with Bad to the Bone.
- Bud Sparhawk
- is a part-time short story writer who has sold over one hundred science fiction stories appearing in both print and electronic magazines, anthologies, and other media both in the United States and Overseas. He has also written articles appearing in various books and magazines.
He has two short story collections and one novel in print. He has been a three-time Nebula finalist.
Bud is currently the Eastern Regional Director of SFWA, a member of SIGMA, and a recent attendee at Launchpad. A complete bibliography of stories, articles, and other material can be found at his web site.
- Michael Swanwick
- is one of the most acclaimed and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation, and a long-time friend of Capclave. He has received a Hugo Award for fiction in an unprecedented five out of six years and has been honored with the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards as well as receiving nominations for the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Hope-In-The-Mist, a short biography of the poet and fantasist Hope Mirrlees, was on the Hugo ballot for Best Related Book this year. He has just finished a new novel, Dancing With Bears, featuring post-Utopian confidence artists Darger and Surplus, which will be published by Night Shade Books in May 2011.
He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.
- Genevieve Valentine
- Genevieve Valentine's first novel, Mechanique: a Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, is forthcoming from Prime Books in 2011. Her World-Fantasy-Award-nominated short fiction has appeared in, or is forthcoming from: Running with the Pack, Federations, The Living Dead 2, The Way of the Wizard, Teeth, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and more. Her appetite for bad movies is insatiable, a tragedy she tracks on her blog, genevievevalentine.com.
- Ekaterina M. Verner
- was born in Russia, Soviet Union, Moscow. Attended and finished education in the best math and physics school in Moscow, N2. Continue her education with getting master degree in Science Education. While studied at Pedagogical University in Moscow and she trained in Moscow Planetarium on how to give lectures in popular science. Then she received her, with diploma on" how to use biology in physics lessons", which received the second honor degree among all students.
Then worked in Space Research Institute in Moscow in Public Outreach Office, 1984-1990, learned about Russian Space Missions and organized popular science lectures for Moscow citizens.
In 2000 Katya Verner received her Ph. D. in Astronomy at the University of Toronto in Canada. Since that time she continues working in science at NASA/GSFC. Specifically she is interested in exploring early Universe, the distant objects –quasars, and studying chemical composition of enigmatic object, Eta Carinae. Also Katya Verner is working with DC K-8 teachers implementing science activities to their classrooms. She thinks that science fiction is great tool to trigger interest in science among young students.
- Sean Wallace
- is the founder and editor for Prime Books, which won a World Fantasy Award in 2006. In his spare time he is also
co-editor of Clarkesworld Magazine (Hugo nominee), and Fantasy Magazine; the editor of the following
anthologies: Best New Fantasy; Fantasy; Horror: The Best of the Year; Jabberwocky;
and Japanese Dreams; and co-editor of Bandersnatch; Phantom; and
Weird Tales: The 21st Century. He currently resides in Rockville, MD, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two cats, Amber and Jade.
- Jean Marie Ward
- writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her most recent art book, Fantasy Art Templates, boasts illustrations by Rafi Adrian Zulkarnain. Her byline appears in numerous print and online periodicals, including Science Fiction Weekly and Romance Writers Report. Her short fiction can be found in several print anthologies, as well as on her web site.
- Lawrence Watt-Evans
- has been a full-time writer for a little over thirty years, with more than forty novels and well over a hundred short stories to his name. His best-known works are the Legends of Ethshar (starting with The Misenchanted Sword in 1985 and continuing today with the online serial The Final Calling), and the Obsidian Chronicles (Dragon Weather, The Dragon Society, and Dragon Venom).
Although fantasy has always been his primary occupation, he has also written science fiction, horror, comic books, and non-fiction, most notably The Turtle Moves!, a look at Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
He won the short story Hugo in 1988 for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers," is a past president of HWA and a former SFWA officer, and lives in Takoma Park.
- Leona Wisoker
- started writing when she was eight years old, with a story about all the vacuum cleaners in the world breaking down. Her writing is fueled by a mixture of coffee and conviction, and her research style is eclectic, to say the least. Leona's debut novel, Secrets of the Sands, came out in April 2010 through Mercury Retrograde Press, and is book one of a four-book series, Children of the Desert. Book Two is tentatively due out in April 2011.
Leona has a web site; a blog, on which she talks about research and writing stuff; and a Facebook Page: look up "Leona Wisoker, Author" or try this link.
Leona currently lives in Virginia with a extraordinarily patient husband and two large dogs, all of whom regularly try, and fail, to drag her out of the office. She almost never vacuums.
- Allen Wold
- was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories when he discovered an old portable typewriter. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated fron Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the time. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, also at Pomona.
He has published nine novels (has written several more, most of which will never see print, thank God), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).
Currently, Allen has an epic heroic fantasy (2500 pages, 680,000 words) with an editor, a vampire (no twinklies) in submission, a bizarre haunted house story also in submission, and another project in process.
Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at various conventions for more than twenty five years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories started in the workshop.
Allen is a member of SFWA, and Toastmasters International (which gives him a captive audience).
- Darcy Wold
- has been attending science fiction conventions for more than twenty three years, and being only twenty four, this is quite an achievement. She has worked with her father, Allen, on the writer's workshop for about eight years now, and represents the writer's harshest critic -- the reader.
- John C. Wright
- John's first science fiction novel, Golden Age, was released in 2002. It was followed by Phoenix Exultant and The Golden Transcendence. His first fantasy, Last Guardian of Everness, was published in April 2003. A sequel, Mists of Everness, came out in 2005. His Chronicles of Chaos trilogy was published 2005 to 2007. Null-A Continuum, a sequel to A.E. Van Vogt's classic The World of Null-A and The Players of Null-A, came out this year. John has published stories in Asimov's and in YEAR'S BEST ANNUAL 3.
- Mike Zipser
- is one of the producers and hosts of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, the longest running Science Fiction interview shows on television (that's what we claim and nobody has refuted it). He discovered Science Fiction in the sixth grade (Have Spacesuit, Will Travel to be exact) and has been reading it ever since. Much, much later he and his lovely wife discovered fandom. Together they have worked on or run convention Programming and Art Shows for more years than they care to think about. When not reading, Mike watches a lot of TV and horror films, plays RPGs, and even finds time to work for a living.