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Note: Our programming slate is now full. We are no longer accepting requests to be on programming for the 2012 Capclave.
The following are the people that have informed us that they intend to be on one or more programming events at this year's capclave. The list will be updated as people's schedules are finalized.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail David Louis Edelman Craig Alan Loewen John Scalzi
Roger MacBride Allen Scott Edelman Sam Lubell Sam Scheiner
Scott H. Andrews Andrew Fox Perrianne Lurie Lawrence M. Schoen
Catherine Asaro Doug Fratz Nick Mamatas Darrell Schweitzer
John Ashmead Dr. Stan Galloway Maugorn Alan Smale
David Bartell Ron Garner James Maxey Bud Sparhawk
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Katie Hartlove Thomas McCabe Elaine Stiles
Warren Buff John G. Hemry Mike McPhail Steve Stiles
Michael Capobianco Inge Heyer James Morrow Jim Stratton
Eric Choi Larry Hodges Kathyrn Morrow Lee Strong
Neil Clarke Huck Huckenpohler Sherin Nicole Gayle Surrette
Brenda Clough Walter H. Hunt Aly Parsons Sean Wallace
Iver Cooper Victoria Janssen Crystal Paul Michael Walsh
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford Morgan Keyes Michael D. Pederson Jean Marie Ward
A. C. Crispin Dave Klecha Jennifer Pelland Lawrence Watt-Evans
Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. Jonah Knight Diana Peterfreund Allen Wold
Virginia DeMarce Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani) Jim Reichert Darcy Wold
Michael Dirda Dina Leacock Cole Richardson  
Chris Dolley Edward M. Lerner Bill Ross  
Tom Doyle Brian Lewis Jamie Todd Rubin  

Danielle Ackley-McPhail [Schedule]
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over seventeen years. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.

Her published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, the upcoming Today's Promise, and The Halfling's Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon's Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections, including Rum and Runestones, Dark Furies, Breach the Hull, So It Begins, By Other Means, No Man's Land, Space Pirates, Space Horrors, Barbarians at the Jumpgate, and New Blood.

She is a member of the New Jersey Authors Network and Broad Universe, a writer's organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives somewhere in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, badassfaeries, darkquestbooks, lit_handyman), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). To learn more about her work, visit,, or

Roger MacBride Allen [Schedule]
Scott H. Andrews [Schedule]
Scott's literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in venues including Weird Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Space and Time and is forthcoming in On Spec. 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 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.
Catherine Asaro [Schedule]
Propped against the bookcase in Catherine Asaro's home is the diploma of her Harvard Ph.D. in chemical physics. Nearby, dangling from the doorknob, is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for the ballet barre these days. Instead, she's fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels.

Catherine is a bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella "The Space-time Pool." Her latest book, Diamond Star (Baen 2009), is about a rock star in the future. It tells the story of Del, the renegade prince who would rather be a rock singer than sit on the throne. The royal family wants him to stop, his friends want to use him, his label wants to own him, and his enemies want to kill him. Del just wants to sing-without starting an interstellar war.

In April 2009, Starflight Music released the music soundtrack for the book, a CD also titled Diamond Star, that offers readers a soundtrack for the book. The songs are performed by Point Valid, a vibrant young rock band from Baltimore, with Catherine as guest vocalist. After Point Valid dispersed for the school year, off to college in different parts of the globe, Donald Wolcott joined the Diamond Star Project. An accomplished pianist in jazz, rock, and classical music, he performs in a jazz-oriented duo with Catherine accompanying her vocals. Together they do works from the CD and covers of jazz, pop, and classic rock songs.

John Ashmead [Schedule]
has BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine.

Currently he is a computer consultant, making sure you get your bills & TV commercials on time ( No thanks necessary; the work is its own reward.

And he is also finishing up a Ph.D. dissertation, Quantum Time, doing occasional talks at SF conventions, and building a website to help you build interesting maps on the internet. His lifetime goal is to build a really practical time machine."

David Bartell [Schedule]
has a bachelors in astrophysics from UVA, and a masters certificate in project management from GWU. He is a project manager with a large technology company, and resides in northern Virginia.

David is a member of SFWA, and is a scuba divemaster. His award-winning stories have been published regularly in Analog and several anthologies since 2005. He has a story out in the new Kindle best-of anthology INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM: TRAILBLAZING TALES FROM ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT, 2000 – 2010 available on Amazon. His latest story appears in Larry Niven's MAN-KZIN WARS XIII.

In 2011, David appeared on The Discovery Channel on the Curiosity program "Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?" (UK title "When Aliens Attack".) Hosted by Michelle Rodriguez and featuring experts such as Michio Kaku, and Seth Shostak, this program offers a more realistic invasion scenario than is usually portrayed by Hollywood.

David can now boast a Kevin Bacon number of 3. Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (David_Bartell), and YouTube (WyrdNet). His official web page includes a complete bibliography, biographical notes, and many convention photographs.

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen [Schedule]
has published stories in England and America. Her first novel, Claiming Her, was published by Wildside Press in 2003. Her second novel, Reforming Hell, published in 2009, is its sequel and completes the tale, and in 2011, her first mystery, a police procedural, Baby Boy Blue, was published by Wildside Press. She is currently working on both a children's book and a mainstream novel. Mattie has also done reviews for The New York Review of Science Fiction, has articles in the nonfiction Neil Gaiman Reader (Wildside Press), and enjoys singing, playing guitar, and performing her own and others' songs. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, author and editor Darrell Schweitzer, and their two literary cats, Tolkien and Galadriel.
Warren Buff [Schedule]
Warren is the ninth president of the Southern Fandom Confederation, and edits its various newsletters, which can be found online at He also chaired ReConStruction, the 2010 NASFiC, in Raleigh, where he lives. He has worked on StellarCon, RavenCon, illogiCon, Dragon*Con, and various Worldcons, and volunteered around quite a bit more. He got his first real taste of hanging out and discussing science fiction through playing D&D;and Magic in middle school, and by the time he was a junior in high school, had been suckered into running for president of its sci-fi/fantasy club. He can typically be found wearing a fedora around a con, and often carries some sort of medieval weapon around fannish events (though not in places he had to fly to, or in the Northeast Corridor). He's a native Southerner, even if his accent does peg him as a city boy.
Michael Capobianco [Schedule]
has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster, and is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf novels Iris, Alpha Centauri, Fellow Traveler, and White Light. He served as President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) from 1996-1998 and received the Service to SFWA Award in 2004.

An amateur astronomer, Capobianco is a member of the International Occultation and Timing Association (IOTA). His current obsessions include Saturn's moon Iapetus, the Washington Nationals, and Lost.

Eric Choi [Schedule]
was the first recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award (now the Dell Magazines Award) for his novelette "Dedication", which was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and was reprinted in Japanese translation for The Astronaut From Wyoming and Other Stories. His other work has appeared in the anthologies Footprints, Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6 and Arrowdreams as well as Science Fiction Age magazine. Most recently, "Making Mars a Nicer Place to Live", a non-fiction essay that examines the science behind the terraforming of Mars as it is portrayed in science fiction, appears in the new book Rocket Science edited by Ian Sales. He was the co-editor, with Derwin Mak, of the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by authors of the Chinese diaspora. An aerospace engineer by training, Eric has a bachelor's degree in engineering science and a master's degree in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from York University. He has worked on a number of space missions including the Phoenix Mars Lander, the robotic arm on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite and the MOPITT instrument on the Terra satellite. He is currently a business development manager at the Canadian space company COM DEV. Please visit his website.
Neil Clarke [Schedule]
is the editor of 2010 and 2011 Hugo Award-winning semiprozine, Clarkesworld Magazine. In 2012, he was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Editor, Short Form. He is the owner of Wyrm Publishing and also moonlights as a freelance ebook designer for Prime Books and Cheeky Frawg. He currently lives in Stirling, NJ with his wife and two children.
Brenda Clough [Schedule]
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 [Schedule]
has been an active contributor to Eric Flint's 1632 shared universe, with 22 short stories and 40 articles published so far in the online Grantville Gazette, and another short story in the hardcover anthology Ring of Fire II. Iver is under contract with Baen for an anthology of braided short stories set in the 1632 universe; the anthology (presently titled 1636: Seas of Fortune) is expected to be released in 2012-13. He has been a panelist at Albacon, Capclave, and Ravencon.

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 George Washington University School of Public Policy, and a daughter working as an advertising agency copywriter.

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford [Schedule]
is a writer, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a private investigator. She has also been a horseback riding instructor, library page, programmer, prepress tech, graphic designer, technical editor, software tester, systems analyst, program manager, and has even been paid to put M&Ms into little baggies for bingo. Meriah's published writing includes short stories about crime, vampires, demons, magic, vengeance, and 1920s conspiracies, as well as a variety of non-fiction work, and a poem about semi-colons. For more information, visit Or, if you buy her a glass of port, she'll tell you some of the stories she can't put into writing.
A. C. Crispin [Schedule]
A. C. Crispin is the author of bestselling Star Wars novels and Star Trek novels, but her most famous genre work was the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries V. Crispin and noted fantasy author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together. A.C. Crispin has been active in SFWA since soon after joining the organization in 1983. She and Victoria Strauss created SFWA's "scam watchdog" committee, Writer Beware, in 1998. Crispin still serves as the Chair. Writer Beware warns aspiring writers about the numerous scam agents and publishers that infest the Internet these days. Crispin and Strauss have assisted law enforcement in bringing several infamous con artists to justice. Before submitting your work, visit Writer Beware. A.C. Crispin’s new book is the prequel to the mega-popular Pirates of the Caribbean films. Pirates of the Caribbean: Price of Freedom, and chronicles how Disney's infamous film pirate first became a pirate captain. Her major science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series, which will be reissued in omnibus editions from Meisha Merlin in 2007. Crispin's newest work is an original fantasy trilogy for Harper/Eos, The Exiles of Boq'urain. Book one, Storms of Destiny, was released August 2005, and she is hard at work on Book 2, Winds of Vengeance. Book 3, Flames of Chaos, will be her next project. She currently teaches writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragon*Con in Atlanta.
Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. [Schedule]
is a DC policy wonk and longtime Los Angeles con geek. He now directs the Project on Abolishing War at The Center for War/Peace Studies in Washington and New York. He's the author of the nonfiction book APOCALYPSE NEVER: Forging The Path To A Nuclear Weapon-Free World (Rutgers University Press 2010 and in paperback 2012). He's currently working on his second book, on the history and future of the ancient idea, dating to at least as early as St Augustine and articulated more recently by SF giants Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and H.G. Wells, that something like a world republic, some distant day, can bring about both a world without armies and a world without war. And this one ain't science fiction either!
Virginia DeMarce [Schedule]
Michael Dirda [Schedule]
is a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post and also writes a blog for ("Dirda's Reading Room") and a "Browsings" essay every Friday for the online site of The American Scholar. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, was awarded an Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America, for best biographical/critical book of 2011. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and received a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the online Barnes & Noble Review, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher, most recently at the University of Maryland ("The Modern Adventure Novel"). He received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
Chris Dolley [Schedule]
is an English author, a pioneer computer game designer and a teenage freedom fighter. That was in 1974 when Chris was tasked with publicizing Plymouth Rag Week. Some people might have arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Chris created the Free Cornish Army, invaded the country next door, and persuaded the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. As he told journalists at the time, 'It was only a small country, and I did give it back.'

Now he lives in rural France with his wife and a frightening number of animals. They grow their own food and solve their own crimes. The latter out of necessity when Chris's identity was stolen along with their life savings. Abandoned by the police forces of four countries, who all insisted the crime originated in someone else's jurisdiction, he had to solve the crime himself. Which he did, and got a book out of it - the international bestseller, French Fried: one man's move to France with too many animals and an identity thief.

His novel Resonance was the first book to plucked out of Baen's electronic slushpile. Baen also published Shift in 2007.

He's now a member of Book View Cafe, the author co-op and ePublisher, and has published eight books with them - including his Reeves and Worcester Steampunk Mysteries of which What Ho, Automaton! is a WSFA Small Press Award nominee.

As a games designer, he wrote Necromancer in 1981, one of the first 3D first person perspective D&D computer games. He also wrote the most aggressive chess program ever seen and invented the most dangerous game ever played.

Tom Doyle [Schedule]
writes in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. Paper Golem is publishing a collection of his short fiction that may be available by the time of the convention. Tom won 3rd place in the Writers of the Future contest, and his story, "While Ireland Holds These Graves," appears in this year's WotF anthology. His novelette, "The Wizard of Macatawa" (Paradox Magazine #11), won the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award. His other 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.
David Louis Edelman [Schedule]
is the author of the Jump 225 trilogy, consisting of the novels Infoquake (2006), Multireal (2008), and Geosynchron (2010). He was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2008.

Barnes & Noble Explorations described Infoquake as "the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge" and named the book their Top SF Novel of 2006. The book was also nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel. Multireal was called "a thoroughly successful hybrid of Neuromancer and Wall Street" by Hugo nominee Peter Watts, and made best-of lists at io9 and SFFWorld, among others. His latest novel, Geosynchron, was called "a seminal work of 21st century SF" by Locus magazine and made best-of lists at io9 and SFFWorld, among others.

In addition to writing novels, Edelman has programmed websites for the U.S. Army, the Jesuits and Rolls-Royce, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies. He currently programs websites for the acclaimed Washington, DC brand and identity firm Beveridge Seay.

You can visit David on the web. You can also friend him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Scott Edelman [Schedule]
has published more than 75 short stories in magazines such as Postscripts, The Twilight Zone, Absolute Magnitude, Science Fiction Review and Fantasy Book, and in anthologies such as The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Crossroads, MetaHorror, Once Upon a Galaxy, Moon Shots, Mars Probes, Forbidden Planets. What Will Come After, a collection of his zombie fiction was published by PS Publishing in May 2010. He has been a Stoker Award finalist five times, in the categories of both Short Story and Long Fiction.

Additionally, Edelman currently works for the Syfy Channel as the Editor of Blastr. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.

Andrew Fox [Schedule]
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 [Schedule]
is a book reviewer who currently writes mostly for SF Site and New York Review of Science Fiction. He has been reviewing books and writing about science fiction for more than 35 years, with work appearing in Blastr and Sci-Fi Wire (formerly Science Fiction Weekly) on the SyFy Channel web site, Science Fiction Age, Science Fiction Eye, Fantasy Review, The Washington Post, and many other venues, including his own literary magazine, Quantum Science Fiction & Fantasy Review (formerly Thrust). As publisher and editor of Thrust/Quantum (1973-1993), he was nominated for five Hugo Awards. He has been attending science fiction conventions since 1968, and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Dr. Stan Galloway [Schedule]
Ron Garner [Schedule]
is an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Mississippi College, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid reader and writer of science fiction and fantasy, Ron also spends an unreasonable amount of time running and biking. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC. Learn more at
Katie Hartlove [Schedule]
Katie Hartlove (MS Professional Writing) has been actively involved in many aspects of the writing and publishing processes. Her poems and short stories have appeared magazines and anthologies. She has been editing, both for publishing companies and freelance, for about eight years. In 2009, she began Book Mark It Promotions ( and provides marketing solutions to authors around the country. In 2010, she opened Cold Moon Press, which recently released Michelle D. Sonnier’s collection, Charmed City: 13 Tales of the Dark & Strange in Baltimore and Vonnie Winslow Crist’s collection, Owl Light. Cold Moon Press will be accepting submissions for upcoming projects. Details are available on the website at
John G. Hemry [Schedule]
John G. Hemry's latest book under his pen name Jack Campbell is Invincible, with Tarnished Knight coming out in October. He is a retired US Navy officer and the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series (Dauntless, Fearless, Courageous, Valiant, Relentless, and Victorious) and the two follow-on series Lost Fleet - Beyond the Frontier (Dreadnaught and Invincible) and The Lost Stars (Tarnished Knight). John is also the author of the Sinclair (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 "Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms"). His humorous short story "As You Know Bob" was selected for Year's Best SF 13. John's nonfiction has appeared in Analog and Artemis magazines as well as BenBella books on Charmed, Star Wars, and Superman, and in the Legion of Superheroes anthology Teenagers from the Future. John had the opportunity to live on Midway Island for a while during the 1960s, then later attended the US Naval Academy. He served in a variety of jobs including gunnery officer and navigator on a destroyer, with an amphibious squadron, and at the Navy's anti-terrorism center. After retiring from the US Navy and settling in Maryland, John began writing. He lives with his amazing wife (the indomitable S) and three great kids. His daughter and two sons are diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.
Inge Heyer [Schedule]
was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She completed her secondary education there, after which she accepted a scholarship to attend Tenri University in Tenri, Japan, where she followed a life-long dream to study Judo and the Japanese language. After this two-year academic "detour" she decided to follow her interest in astronomy, fueled by watching way too much Star Trek. After moving to the US and obtaining a BA in astronomy and physics at Smith College and an MS in astronomy from the University of Hawaii, Inge worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope in Baltimore for 14 years, then moved back to Hawaii to be the public information officer for the British observatories on Mauna Kea. After receiving her Ph.D. in science education from the University of Wyoming earlier this year, Inge is now back on the East Coast as a visiting assistant professor in the Physics Department of Loyola University Maryland.

And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon-5 and Star Trek, you're looking at the trouble-maker who instigated this...

Larry Hodges [Schedule]
of Germantown, MD, is an active member of SFWA with over 60 short story sales, over 40 of them since summer 2008. His story "The Awakening" was the unanimous grand prize winner at the 2010 Garden State Horror Writers Short Story Competition. His story "Rationalized" won the November 2011 Story Quest Competition. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers' Workshop, the 2007 Orson Scott Card Literary Boot Camp, and the 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers' Workshop. He's a full-time writer with five books and over 1300 published articles in over 130 different publications. He is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (Google it!), and once beat someone using an ice cube as a racket. Visit him at
Huck Huckenpohler [Schedule]
Walter H. Hunt [Schedule]
is a science fiction and historical fiction author. He wrote four science-fiction novels in the Dark Wing universe published by Tor Books, as well as A Song In Stone, a historically-based novel about Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland and the Order of the Temple. He is currently working on a novel in the 1632 universe for Baen Books, as well as other projects. 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.
Victoria Janssen [Schedule]
Victoria Janssen's most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin Spice. It has pirates and the Island of the Lotus Eaters (or maybe that episode of Star Trek where Spock puffs flowers with Jill Ireland). It's set in the same fantasy universe as her first novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover. The Duchess... subverted a number of romance novel tropes and might be the only Harlequin book ever featuring a sex scene with eunuchs. It's been translated into French, German, and Russian. Coincidentally, Janssen studied two of those languages. Now she wishes she'd studied harder!

Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress, an erotic historical set during World War One, was a finalist for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, and has been translated into Italian. It has lots of accurate period detail, werewolves, and a Zouave on a motorbike. It might also be the first Harlequin book to feature explicit gay sex. A tie-in story, "Under Her Uniform," was published electronically as a Spice Brief in May 2012.

Under her pseudonym, Elspeth Potter, Janssen has sold over thirty short stories, many of them genre. For a full list, please visit her website. She's also a regular blogger for both Heroes & Heartbreakers (romance) and The Criminal Element (mystery). You can follow her on twitter @victoriajanssen.

Morgan Keyes [Schedule]
Dave Klecha [Schedule]
Jonah Knight [Schedule]
writes and performs Paranormal Modern Folk: songs about ghosts, monsters, space travel, superheroes, and steampunk. He has performed at many conventions over the past few years including Madicon where he was the 2012 Musical Guest of Honor. His sixth album, a collection of creepy Christmas songs, is scheduled for an October release. He has collaborated with authors, web comic creators, and publishers to create tie-in marketing material for various projects. As a playwright, he has been produced in eight states, England, and Hong Kong.
Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani) [Schedule]
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.

Dina Leacock [Schedule]
the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has been writing for more than 20 years and has sold nearly 200 short stories and 2 books. She was one of the founding members as well as the second president of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference. When not writing, she is a director of a municipal senior citizen center. She is married with two sons in college and a husband and cat at home. You can visit her two websites at and
Edward M. Lerner [Schedule]
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.
Brian Lewis [Schedule]
Craig Alan Loewen [Schedule]
was born in 1954 in Easthampton, New York, the product on his father's side of German Mennonite farmers and, on his mother's side: Episcopalian whalers and fishermen with an almost pagan reverence for the sea. Married to his wife, Cherie for over 20 years, he enjoys his home with his three sons, Brendan, Christopher, and Jared, a hyperactive Sheltie named Socrates, a homicidal sun conure lovingly dubbed, The Death Chicken, a rabbit named Rose Red, and way too many cats.
Sam Lubell [Schedule]
Perrianne Lurie [Schedule]
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.
Nick Mamatas [Schedule]
is the editor of the Haikasoru imprint of Viz Media, bringing Japanese science fiction and fantasy novels to an American audience. He is the author of the Lovecraftian Beat road novel Move Under Ground, which was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards, the Civil War ghost story Northern Gothic, also a Stoker nominee, the suburban nighmare novel Under My Roof, and over thirty short stories and hundreds of articles (some of which were collected in 3000 Miles Per Hour in Every Direction at Once). His work has appeared in Razor, Village Voice, Spex, Clamor, In These Times, Polyphony, several Disinformation and Ben Bella Books anthologies, and the books Corpse Blossoms, Poe's Lighthouse, Before & After: Stories from New York, and Short and Sweet. Nick's most recent books include the collection You Might Sleep... (November 2008); Haunted Legends, an anthology with Ellen Datlow (Tor Books 2009); and Starve Better a book on writing.
Maugorn [Schedule]
James Maxey [Schedule]
James Maxey's novels include the superhero tales Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, as well as two fantasy series, the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed, and the Dragon Apocalypse series that debuted in 2012 with Greatshadow, Hush, and the soon to be released Witchbreaker.

For more information on his writing, visit

Thomas McCabe [Schedule]
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.
Mike McPhail [Schedule]
Author and artist Mike McPhail is best known as the editor of the award-winning Defending The Future (DTF) series of military science fiction anthologies. Currently he is the administrator for the Dark Quest Books' Imprint DTF Publications, which includes the DTF series and its related projects.

He is the creator of the science fiction universe the Alliance Archives (All'Arc), which serves as the backdrop to his (and other authors) stories. Its related role-playing game is part of the dC percentile family of game mechanics, as used in the Martial Role-Playing Game (MRPG) system.

As a member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us."

Lastly he is the owner, and chief artist, for McP Digital Graphics, which specializes in cover art, and interior illustrations, "For you can judge a book by its cover."

James Morrow [Schedule]
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, Jim proceeded to write nine novels, most of them in a satiric-theological mode, including Only Begotten Daughter (World Fantasy Award), Towing Jehovah (World Fantasy Award), Blameless in Abaddon (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Last Witchfinder (called "provocative book-club bait" and "an inventive feat" by Janet Maslin), and The Philosopher's Apprentice ("an ingenious riff on Frankenstein" according to NPR).

Jim's stand-alone novella, "Shambling Towards Hiroshima," set in 1945 and dramatizing the U.S. Navy's attempt to leverage a Japanese surrender via a biological weapon that strangely anticipates Godzilla, won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Kathyrn Morrow [Schedule]
edited The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent with her husband James Morrow. The two of them were recently nominated for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Award in the International Activism category.
Sherin Nicole [Schedule]
is often called a chic geek," and she likes the sound of it, especially since she’s a bit shy (secretly) and depends heavily on her super-heroine styled alter ego.

When not working in graphic design or hosting The Fantastic Forum—a show celebrating comics, sci-fi and fantasy—she escapes into the arts, good books, international cinema, and travel. All of which she adores.

Culturally, she’s half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits. 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.

Aly Parsons [Schedule]
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.
Crystal Paul [Schedule]
Michael D. Pederson [Schedule]
These days, Mike is best known as the Con Chair for RavenCon in Richmond, VA. He's been running the convention since it first started in 2006.

In addition to running RavenCon, Mike Pederson is also the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the semiprozine Nth Degree and its e-zine counterpart, NthZine. Mike began life as a semi-pro in 1988 when his SF short story, "Dust Storm," won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine.

In 2001, Mike was part of the "Best in Class – Master Division" winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Shortly after that he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on "Writing for Magazines" for Dragon Moon Press' Writing Fantasy: The Author's Grimoire.

Between Nth Degree and his many convention appearances, Mike has become the East Coast's go-to guy for interviews. He's interviewed guests for MarsCon, Mysticon, RavenCon, and StellarCon. In the last few years Mike has interviewed a wide range of writers, gamers, artists, and actors. Those interviews have included Aaron Alston, Jennie Breeden, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Nicki Clyne, Glen Cook, Richard Hatch, Sherrilyn Kenyon, John Ringo, Michael Stackpole, Bruce Sterling, S.M. Stirling, Lani Tupu, Janny Wurts, and Timothy Zahn.

Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him around the con please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.

When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is a struggling graphic designer and lives in Richmond, VA.

Jennifer Pelland [Schedule]
Diana Peterfreund [Schedule]
is the author of 8 books for adults and teens, including the killer unicorn novels Rampant and Ascendant, and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Her critically acclaimed short stories have appeared on the 2010 Locus Recommended Reading List and been anthologized in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, vol. 5. Diana lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Jim Reichert [Schedule]
Cole Richardson [Schedule]
Bill Ross [Schedule]
Jamie Todd Rubin [Schedule]
is a science fiction writer and blogger. His stories have appeared in Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show and Apex Magazine. His most recent stories have been put out in e-book form by 40K Books in Italy. He writes on occasion for SF Signal and he is an occasional interviewer and book reviewer for InterGalactic Medicine Show. He vacations frequently in the Golden Age of Science Fiction. He can be found online at and
John Scalzi [Schedule]
is the author of the 4 book Old Man's War series, Agent to the Stars, The God Engines, Fuzzy Nation, The Android's Dream and Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. He has won the Hugo, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award (science fiction category), The Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards (science fiction awards from Japan, Germany and Israel, respectively). He has also been commended by the Ohio State Senate for being a writer, which in his words "is kind of goofy but nice." He is also the current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and writes the popular blog the Whatever.
Sam Scheiner [Schedule]
Lawrence M. Schoen [Schedule]
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 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. He'll be launching the second volume of his "prompt" anthology series at this year's Capclave!

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. This year saw the publication of the third book in the ongoing adventures of the Amazing Conroy, a stage hypnotist traveling the galaxy in the company of Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.

Darrell Schweitzer [Schedule]
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.
Alan Smale [Schedule]
writes fantasy and horror, alternate and twisted history, with almost three dozen stories published in magazines including Realms of Fantasy (six times), Abyss & Apex (twice), Paradox, and Dark Regions, and anthologies including Panverse One, Panverse Two, and Writers of the Future #13. His alternate history tale, 'A Clash of Eagles' won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History (short form), and another historical fantasy, 'A Trade in Serpents', was featured on Locus's Recommended Reading List for 2007. He is currently marketing a full length novel based in the 'Clash of Eagles' universe.

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 what is laughably known as 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).

Bud Sparhawk [Schedule]
is a short story writer who has sold numerous science fiction stories to ANALOG, Asimov's, and other widely circulated magazine, appeared in several "Best of" anthologies, and has works in other print, audio, and on-line media both in the United States and overseas. He has been a three-time Nebula novella finalist. He has also written technical articles appearing in various forms. Most recently he has appeared in Asimov's and Analog as well as the Defending the Future anthologies.

He has two print collections (Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing with Dragons,) one mass market paperback (VIXEN), and several collections and unpublished novels available as eBooks, mostly in Kindle format. Many of his earlier works are available at Fictionwise.

Bud is currently the Treasurer of SFWA, a member of SIGMA, and a full-time writer. He maintains a weekly blog on the writing life. A complete bibliography of stories, articles, and other material can be found at his web site.

Elaine Stiles [Schedule]
Steve Stiles [Schedule]
first began cartooning for fanzines in 1957, the same year he entered our little microcosm. In over four decades he's continued to draw and write for fanzines of every kind and description, as well as editing and publishing some himself. In 1968 he won TAFF ( the TransAtlantic Fan Fund) and in 1998 he won the first Bill Rotsler Award in recognition of his achievements as a fan artist. He's also been nominated for a few Fan Art Hugos and is currently up for yet another one.

As for his career as a professional cartoonist and comic book illustrator, Steve has worked on both alternate comics and the mainstream variety, as well as doing strips for SF Eye, Stardate, and Heavy Metal. Two of his favorite gigs are his stories for Mark Schultz's Eisner/Harvey winning title, Xenozoic Tales, and the Fantagraphics graphic novel The Adventures Of Professor Thintwhistle And His Incredible Aether Flyer, in collaboration with a longtime friend, writer Richard Lupoff. His most recent and unusual freelance assignment was designing a "Peace and Humanitarian Achievement" medal for the Samaritan community in Israel. For a look at Steve's art and writing, check out his website.

Jim Stratton [Schedule]
Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he’s been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales in venues like Big Pulp, Ennea (published in Athens, Greece) & Nth Degree Magazine. The appearance of his first foray into the world of poetry in The Broadkill Review is but another step in his master plan. Soon he will step into the light when his stories appear in 2013 in Far Futures 13 from Padwolf Press and the “Paper Blossoms, Sharpened Steel” Anthology of Oriental fantasy from Fantasist Enterprises. His final reveal, the novel “Loki’s Gambit”, is under review for possible publication in 2013, when he will finally step into the brilliant light of day, triumphant.
Lee Strong [Schedule]
Gayle Surrette [Schedule]
is the owner, publisher, and senior editor, of, an on-line review magazine for SF, Fantasy, Horror, and those books that insist on blurring the boundaries. She is also the owner, publisher, and senior editor of, an on-line review magazine for Mysteries, Thrillers, Police Procedurals, and pretty much anything involving Who, What, and/or Why Dunnits.
Sean Wallace [Schedule]
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.
Michael Walsh [Schedule]
attended his first convention in 1968: Disclave. Since then he's a chaired a Balticon, a few Disclaves, a Worldcon, a few World Fantasy cons, and one Capclave (with a new one in the near future). In his vast amounts of spare time he sells and publishes books as the award winning Old Earth Books. Since 1988 he's been at the Johns Hopkins University Press where he sells books.
Jean Marie Ward [Schedule]
writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including art books, novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist With Nine You Get Vanyr, and short stories such as the 2011 WSFA Small Press Award finalist "Lord Bai's Discovery", and "Personal Demons" in the award-winning anthology Hellebore & Rue. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Mag. Her web site is
Lawrence Watt-Evans [Schedule]
is the author of about fifty novels and more than a hundred short stories, most of them fantasy, science fiction, or horror. He won a short story Hugo for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers," but is probably best known for his novel Dragon Weather, and the Ethshar fantasy series. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Allen Wold [Schedule]
was born in south-western Michigan, 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. 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, several short stories, five non-fiction books on computers, 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 (3000 pages, 800,000 words) with an editor; a vampire (no twinklies) in submission, a bizarre haunted house story that is far too long, a haunted village story, also too long, and other projects in hand.

Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at various conventions for nearly thirty years, and a plotting panel, which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

Darcy Wold [Schedule]

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