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Note: Our programming slate is now full. We are no longer accepting requests to be on programming for the 2013 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 Gardner Dozois John Edward Lawson Brian Shaw
Day Al-Mohamed Scott Edelman Dina Leacock Norm Sherman
Doug Alexander Judi Fleming Edward M. Lerner Alex Shvartsman
Scott H. Andrews Andrew Fox Craig Alan Loewen Hildy Silverman
Dr. Alice Armstrong D. Douglas Fratz Marianne Mancusi Jon Skovron
Catherine Asaro Charles E. Gannon George R.R. Martin Alan Smale
John Ashmead Ron Garner Maugorn the Stray Michelle D. Sonnier
Kate Baker Alexis Gilliland James Maxey Bud Sparhawk
Eric Bakutis Lee Gilliland Mike McPhail Janine Spendlove
Philippa Ballantine Carolyn Ives Gilman Emmie Mears Elaine Stiles
Jennifer Barnes Laura Anne Gilman Heidi Ruby Miller Steve Stiles
David Bartell Val Griswold-Ford Jason Jack Miller Jim Stratton
Matt Betts David G. Hartwell Tee Morris Ian Randal Strock
Dorotha Biernesser John G. Hemry James Morrow Lee Strong
Steve Biernesser Kira Heston Kathryn Morrow Michael Swanwick
Matt Bishop Inge Heyer E.C. Myers Michael A. Ventrella
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Larry Hodges Judy Newton Howard Waldrop
Mitchell Burnside Clapp Randy Hoffman Sherin Nicole Sean Wallace
TJ Burnside Clapp Thomas Holtz Sharyn November Michael Walsh
Michael Capobianco Heidi Hooper Crystal Paul Jean Marie Ward
Eric Choi J. G. Huck Huckenpohler Diana Peterfreund Lawrence Watt-Evans
Neil Clarke Victoria Janssen Lesley Reuter Christopher Weuve
Brenda W. Clough Rahul Kanakia Cole Richardson Steven H. Wilson
Iver Cooper Alma Katsu Betsy A. Riley Leona Wisoker
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford Pamela K. Kinney Jamie Todd Rubin Allen Wold
Dory Gean Cunningham Annette Klause Patrick Scaffido Darcy Wold
Michael Dirda Alethea Kontis Lawrence M. Schoen K. Ceres Wright
Tom Doyle L. Jagi Lamplighter Darrell Schweitzer  

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

Day Al-Mohamed [Schedule]
is co-editor for the upcoming anthology, "Trust & Treachery" and hosts the multi-author blog Unleaded: Fuel for Writers. Her recent publications can be found in "Daily Science Fiction," "Comets and Criminals," and Crossed Genres anthology "Oomph - A Little Super Goes a Long Way." In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, and Women in Film and Video.

When not working on fiction, Day is Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also worked as a lobbyist and political analyst on issues relating to Health care, Education, Employment, and International Development. She loves action movies, fantasy novels, and drinks far too much tea. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown, in a house with too many swords, comic books, and political treatises.

She can be found online at and @DayAlMohamed

Doug Alexander [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 finalist for the World Fantasy Award and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Hugo Award finalist fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which which Locus calls "a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media." 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.
Dr. Alice Armstrong [Schedule]
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."

Kate Baker [Schedule]
Eric Bakutis [Schedule]
Philippa Ballantine [Schedule]
Pip Ballantine, New Zealand native, Fantasy writer and voice talent, is the author of Ace Books’ Books of the Order and Pyr Books’ Shifted World series. She has also contibuted to both fiction and non-fiction collections such as Clockwork Fairy Tales and A Taste of True Blood. She is also the co-creator with her husband Tee Morris of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature, a 2012 Parsec Award for Best Short Story, the 2013 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice for Best Novel, and a 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Award for her podcast of Chasing the Bard. Today she continues to podcast alonsdie Tee with both The Shared Desk and Tales from the Archives. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats. You can keep up on what is currently occupying Pip’s writing desk at her website.
Jennifer Barnes [Schedule]
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.

Matt Betts [Schedule]
Matt Betts is a former radio personality whose fiction and poetry appears in various publications, including Kaleidotrope, Illumen, Triangulation: Taking Flight and The Book of Tentacles anthology. He blogs at and Twitters as @captplothole. His steampunk/alternate history novel Odd Men Out was recently released by Dog Star Books.
Dorotha Biernesser [Schedule]
Steve Biernesser [Schedule]
Matt Bishop [Schedule]
is an author of low fantasy combining dark political thriller with classic adventure narrative. His first book, A Land of Our Own, debuted in August 2013, and is the first of many to come. Matthew is a grass-roots author who is proudly self-published and self-marketed and who enjoys keeping together a tight community of readers. He offers live workshops and reader-to-writer forums on his website for all aspiring fantasy writers, free and without registration, to motivate people to keep writing.

A Land of Our Own has been received well by readers of fiction and genre fiction both. Devoid of magic but overflowing with full-fleshed characters, awe-inspiring conflicts, and profoundly relatable themes, his writing has opened up an entirely new genre and easily broke down boundaries that had been reinforced for decades, finding success both in fantasy and traditional fiction markets. The debut work has been called "the greatest war-time fantasy epic" and "a true masterpiece" by non-paid indie reviewers.

Matthew is also a fellow at The George Washington University in International Conflict Prevention.

Matthew will be looking for new vendors to carry his debut title (and upcoming titles) and will also be bringing books for new readers. He is eager to help any writers interested in self-publishing and can be reached at

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.
Mitchell Burnside Clapp [Schedule]
TJ Burnside Clapp [Schedule]
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]
Eric Choi is a writer, editor and aerospace engineer based in Toronto, Canada whose work has appeared in Rocket Science, The Astronaut from Wyoming and Other Stories, Footprints, Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6, Arrowdreams, Science Fiction Age and Asimov’s. His short story “From a Stone” will appear in the upcoming anthology Far Orbit edited by Bascomb James. With Derwin Mak, he co-edited the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, the first collection of science fiction and fantasy written by authors of the Chinese diaspora. He is currently co-editing with Ben Bova the forthcoming hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, which will be published by Tor next year. 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 W. 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.
Dory Gean Cunningham [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.
Tom Doyle [Schedule]
Tom Doyle's first novel in a three-book contemporary fantasy series from Tor, American Craftsmen, will be published in May, 2014. He has a short fiction collection out from Paper Golem Press, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories. Two of his recent stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Perihelion SF. Tom has won the WSFA Small Press Award and the Writers of the Future Award. He writes in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. The text and audio of many of his stories are available at his website.
Gardner Dozois [Schedule]
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.

Judi Fleming [Schedule]
Judi Fleming graduated from Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Master's program in 2005. She is an instructional systems designer by day, and writes both non-fiction articles on a wide variety of subjects and science fiction, fantasy and young adult stories in her spare time.
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.

D. Douglas 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.
Charles E. Gannon [Schedule]
Dr. Charles E. Gannon’s most recent novel, “Fire With Fire,” was a national bestseller, and is the first book in his hard sf interstellar epic, Tales of the Terran Republic. His prior novel (“1632: The Papal Stakes,” with Eric Flint) was a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. His story “By the Book” was the lead novella in the latest anthology of the Honor Harrington universe: “Beginnings” [Worlds of Honor #6]. Other work includes his novel “Extremis” (Starfire #6, w/ Steve White), stories which have appeared in shared universes (e.g.; Man-Kzin, War-World), and novellas in anthologies such as “Going Interstellar” and magazines such as Analog. Dr. Gannon is also the winner of the 2006 American Library Choice Award for his non-fiction book, “Rumors of War and Infernal Machines.” He is also a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). Dr. Gannon is a member of SIGMA, the "SF think-tank," and has advised various intelligence and defense organizations, including: the DoD/Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, and other agencies. His earlier credits include writing and editing for award-winning games (Traveller, 2300 AD) and working as a film and TV writer/producer in NYC.

Dr. Gannon's most recent non-fiction book is Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda Setting in American and British Speculative Fiction. Now in second edition, it won the 2006 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Book, and was the topic of discussion when he was interviewed by NPR (Morning Edition).

Dr. Gannon has been a Fulbright Fellow at Liverpool University, Palacky University (Czech Republic), and the University of Dundee, and received Fulbright and Embassy Travel grants to these countries as well as The Netherlands, Slovakia, England, and Italy. Holding degrees from degrees Brown (BA), Syracuse (MS), and Fordham (MA,PhD), he has published extensively on the interaction of fiction, technology (particularly military and space), and political influence.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gannon worked as a scriptwriter and producer in New York City, where his clients included the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and The President's Council on Physical Fitness.

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
Alexis Gilliland [Schedule]
Lee Gilliland [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman’s latest novel is a two-book series, Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles, a fantasy about culture clash and revolution in an enchantment-shrouded island nation. Her first novel, Halfway Human, was called “one of the most compelling explorations of gender and power in recent SF” by Locus magazine. Some of her short fiction can be found in Aliens of the Heart and Candle in a Bottle, both from Aqueduct Press, and in Arkfall and The Ice Owl, from Arc Manor. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Phantom Drift, Bending the Landscape, Interzone, Universe, Full Spectrum, Realms of Fantasy, and others. Her work has been translated and reprinted in France, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Germany. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times and for the Hugo once.

In her professional career, Gilman is a historian specializing in 18th- and early 19th-century North American history, particularly frontier and Native history. She lives in Washington, D.C. and works for the National Museum of the American Indian.

Laura Anne Gilman [Schedule]
is a former book editor who went to the dark side of full-time writing in 2003. Her novel credits include ten Cosa Nostradamus books (the Retrievers and PSI series), the Nebula-nominated The Vineart War trilogy, and the forthcoming Portals duology (Fall/Winter, 2013).

Wearing her editorial hat, she is the author of PRACTICAL MEERKAT'S 52 BITS OF USEFUL INFO FOR THE YOUNG (AND OLD) WRITER, available through BookView Press.

LAG also writes paranormal romances and mysteries under other names, and an ever-increasing number of short stories. She lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions, an editorial services company.

Val Griswold-Ford [Schedule]
David G. Hartwell [Schedule]
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.
Kira Heston [Schedule]
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 50 of them since summer 2008. His first novel, The Giant Face in the Sky, a humorous fantasy that parodies the U.S.-Soviet Space race of the 1960s - with sorcerers instead of astronauts - comes out Nov. 15, 2013 from Class Act Books. His story "The Awakening" was the unanimous grand prize winner at the 2010 Garden State Horror Writers Short Story 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 (and table tennis coach!) with seven books and over 1400 published articles in over 140 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
Randy Hoffman [Schedule]
Thomas Holtz [Schedule]
Heidi Hooper [Schedule]
Artist Heidi Hooper is often called "the Dryer Lint Lady" for her whimsical works, which can be seen in galleries across the country and in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums and books all over the world. Consumer Reports called her "the Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint." She has degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Massachusetts College of Art, where she also taught. With her husband Michael A. Ventrella, she runs the Alliance LARP. She is a Master Costumer who has competed at Costume Cons and has been a masquerade judge at various conventions, including Worldcon, Balticon, and Ravencon. Her web page is
J. G. Huck Huckenpohler [Schedule]
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.

Rahul Kanakia [Schedule]
Rahul Kanakia has sold stories to Clarkesworld, the Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Nature, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is enrolled in the Master of the Fine Arts program in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and he used to work as an international development consultant. If you want to know more about him then please visit his blog at or follow him on Twitter at
Alma Katsu [Schedule]
Pamela K. Kinney [Schedule]
is a published author of horror, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, and nonfiction ghost books published by Schiffer Publishing. Two of her nonfiction ghost books, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales, have been nominated in the past for Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The others from Schiffer Publishing are Haunted Richmond II and Virginia's Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Other Haunted Locations. Latest short fiction are "Donating" in Inhuman Magazine, Issue 5 December 2011 and "Bottled Spirits" (a Predator and Editor 2012 winner) in in June 2012, plus "Azathoth is Here" reprinted in by Innsmouth Press in Innsmouth Magazine: Collected Issues 1-4 in Kindle and ePub formats.

Under the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, she has published erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with a couple of erotic horror stories. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist. Being Familiar With a Witch and its sequel, A Familiar Tangle With Hell were combined into one print book, The Witch and the Familiar, released April 24, 2012.

She also has done acting on stage and in films. And is a Master Costumer, costuming since 1972. She even does paranormal investigating, and just lately, casting director for the science fiction/thriller film, The 19th.

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!

Find out more about Pamela K. Kinney and about Sapphire Phelan.

Annette Klause [Schedule]
Alethea Kontis [Schedule]
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. The sister of a famous jewelry designer and granddaughter of an infamous pirate, Alethea has profited from screwing up the alphabet, organizing Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter universe, sharing all her family's deepest, darkest secrets, and making little girls cry.

Alethea is the author of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter Companion, as well as the AlphaOops series of picture books. She has done multiple collaborations with Eisner nominated artist J.K. Lee, including A is for Alice, The Umbrella of Fun, and the illustrated Twitter serial Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome. Alethea's debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, will be published by HMH (Harcourt Books) in 2012.

Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in over ten anthologies, as well as venues such as Realms of Fantasy, Clarkesworld, and Apex Magazine, and she is the monthly book reviewer at Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. You can find Princess Alethea online at:

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you've ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

L. Jagi Lamplighter [Schedule]
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.
John Edward Lawson [Schedule]
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.
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.
Marianne Mancusi [Schedule]
George R.R. Martin [Schedule]
was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. He was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978 and was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79. Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for "Doorways", a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin has won many of science fiction's major awards: Hugo Award, 1974 Novella: "A Song for Lya;" Nebula Award, 1979 Novelette: "Sandkings; Hugo Award, 1979 Novelette: "Sandkings;" Hugo Award, 1979 Short Story: "The Way of Cross & Dragon;" Nebula Award, 1985 Novelette: "Portraits of His Children;" Daikon (Japanese Hugo) Award, 1982: Best Short Fiction in Translation, "Nightflyers;" Balrog Award, 1983 Fantasy Novel: The Armageddon Rag; Gigamesh (Spanish) Award, 1987: Best Collection/Anthology: Songs the Dead Men Sing; Daedelus Award for 1987: Wild Cards; Bram Stoker Award, 1987 Novelette: "The Pear-Shaped Man;" World Fantasy Award, 1988 Novella: "The Skin Trade;" Six-time winner of the Locus Award; Finalist for the 1971 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction; World Fantasy Award (Howard) finalist for 1982, 1983; Finalist for the Writers Guild Award, best teleplay, anthology series, for 1986; Hugo Award, 1997 Novella: "Blood of The Dragon."

George R.R. Martin's extensive bibliography and blog can be found on-line.

Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.

Maugorn the Stray [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

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."

Emmie Mears [Schedule]
Heidi Ruby Miller [Schedule]
Jason Jack Miller [Schedule]
Tee Morris [Schedule]
has been writing for over a decade, his first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, a nominee for the 2003 EPPIE for Best Fantasy and the first novel to be podcast in its entirety in 2005. In 2008, Tee won the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama for The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery, and wrote and edited for several short story and essay collections like Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy series.

In 2011, Tee penned Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, written with his wife, Pip Ballantine. The title went on to win the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature and become a finalist for Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction of 2011. Tee and Pip returned to the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2012 with The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, and received Steampunk Chronicle’s Readers Choice for Best Novel. While working on the third installment, Dawn’s Early Light, Tee and Pip continue to produce podcasts with their Parsec-winning Tales from the Archives, a podcast anthology featuring short stories set in their steampunk universe; and The Shared Desk, a light-hearted look at the life of a writer. You can find more about Tee’s upcoming releases and works in progress at his website.

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.

Kathryn 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.
E.C. Myers [Schedule]
is the author of Fair Coin (which received the 2012 Andre Norton Award) and Quantum Coin, young adult SF novels published by Pyr. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. He attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2005 and is a member of the NYC-based writing group Altered Fluid. He currently lives with his wife, two doofy cats, and a mild-mannered dog in Philadelphia. You can find him online at his website and on Twitter at @ecmyers.
Judy Newton [Schedule]
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.

Sharyn November [Schedule]
is the Editorial Director of Firebird, which is a mainly paperback imprint publishing fantasy and science fiction for teenagers. She is also Senior Editor for Puffin Books and Viking Children's Books. She acquires and edits fiction and nonfiction, primarily for teenagers.

Her Puffin credits include four Newbery Honor books, one National Book Award medalist (and seven finalists), and two Printz Honor books. Her many authors have included the late Lloyd Alexander (who was also her godfather), Laurie Halse Anderson, John Barnes, T.C. Boyle, Andrew Chaikin, Pamela Dean, Charles de Lint, Sarah Dessen, Carol Emshwiller, Nancy Farmer, Alison Goodman, Hiromi Goto, Elizabeth Hand, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Diana Wynne Jones, Graham Joyce, Patrice Kindl, Ellen Klages, Nancy Kress, Kelly Link, Pat Murphy, Nnedi Okorafor, Meredith Ann Pierce, Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sharon Shinn, Megan Whalen Turner, Elizabeth Wein, and the editorial team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

She was named a 2004 and 2005 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Professional category-in 2004 for Firebird Books, in 2005 for editing. Firebirds Rising was a 2007 Finalist in the Anthology category.

Crystal Paul [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.
Lesley Reuter [Schedule]
Lesley Reuter has always gravitated towards unique and interesting craft techniques. She loves fiber arts, particularly knitting and crocheting. She also dabbles in more unusual art forms like naalbinding and sprang, which she learned during the over ten years that she has been part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). She learned Viking Wire Weaving and Kumihimo Japanese Braiding from fellow SCAdians, also. Recently, she has started making jewelry. Her work has been sold at a boutique in New York City, craft fairs, and various Sci-Fi Cons.
Cole Richardson [Schedule]
Betsy A. Riley [Schedule]
Jamie Todd Rubin [Schedule]
is a science fiction writer and blogger with stories and articles appearing in Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, 40K Books, and a few anthologies. He wrote the Wayward Time Traveler column on science fiction for SF Signal, and occasionally appears on the SF Signal podcast. Jamie also writes book reviews for InterGalactic Medicine Show.

His interest in the history of science fiction led him to begin his Vacation in the Golden Age, a series of biweekly posts reviewing each issue of Astounding Science Fiction from July 1939 through December 1950.

He is the Evernote Ambassador for paperless lifestyle, writing frequently about going paperless.

Jamie lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

Patrick Scaffido [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.
Brian Shaw [Schedule]
Norm Sherman [Schedule]
Norm Sherman is the charismatic host and editor of the 3-time Parsec Award winning audio fiction magazine ‘The Drabblecast', as well as the chief editor of the long-running weekly science fiction podcast Escapepod. His eponymous CD, featuring folk story songs of mob torture gone awry, chupacabers and milking whales for cheese debuted in 2007 won the Editor's Choice Award at and an Honorable Mention in the Indie International Songwriter's Competition the same year. Norm is a writer, humorist and musician based out of Baltimore Maryland.
Alex Shvartsman [Schedule]
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, anthologist, translator, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. His short stories appeared in The Journal of Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy as well as Coffee: Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic. His web site is
Hildy Silverman [Schedule]
Jon Skovron [Schedule]
Alan Smale [Schedule]
Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, science fiction and fantasy, with almost three dozen stories published in magazines including Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy , Abyss & Apex, Paradox, and Scape. His novella of Romans in ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles” in Panverse Two, won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and he has recently sold a trilogy of novels set in the same universe to Random House/Del Rey. The first, CLASH OF EAGLES, will appear in 2014.

Alan grew up in England, and has degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently serves as director of an astrophysics data archive, and performs research on black holes at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Alan also sings bass with well-known vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella. Check out his Web site.

Michelle D. Sonnier [Schedule]
Michelle D. Sonnier specializes in mythic fiction, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and classic horror. She delights in giving a giggle and a shiver. Her most recent publication, a collection of short stories named "Charmed City: Thirteen Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure," is available from Otter Libris in hard copy at ( and in a wide variety of e-book formats at Smashwords ( You can visit her website,, or Facebook,, for all her latest news.
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.

Janine Spendlove [Schedule]
is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various anthologies alongside such authors as Aaron Allston, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. She is also the co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at
Elaine Stiles [Schedule]
Steve Stiles [Schedule]
studied at The High School of Music & Art and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His first cartoon for a fanzine appeared in Cry of the Nameless, edited by F.M. Busby and Elinor Busby. His work has since appeared in many fanzines including Xero, Void, Mimosa, Trap Door, Banana Wings, and Vojo de Vivo. His first professional sale, in 1961, was a cartoon for Paul Krassner's The Realist. After a stint in the military as an illustrator, he worked in advertising before becoming a freelancer in 1975. He has worked in genres ranging from underground comix to children's books to superhero comics. Most recently, he designed a Peace and Humanitarian Achievements medal for the Samaritan community in Israel.

He has won five Fan Activity Achievement (FAAn) Awards for best artist (2001, 2003-2006). In 1998, Stiles won the first Bill Rotsler Award, named after prolific fan artist Bill Rotsler. He was a Hugo Award nominee as Best Fan Artist in 1967, 1968, 2003 through 2008, and 2010-2012.

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.
Ian Randal Strock [Schedule]
is the editor of the speculative fiction news site, and the publisher of Fantastic Books ( He's also the copy editor of Realms of Fantasy, and a freelance editor and writer. His fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and Random House published his first book, the nonfiction The Presidential Book of Lists, in 2008. He previously edited and published Artemis Magazine, was the news editor of Science Fiction Chronicle, and got his start in science fiction as the associate editor of Analog and Asimov's sf magazines.
Lee Strong [Schedule]
Michael Swanwick [Schedule]
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.

His new novel, Dancing With Bears, chronicling the Russian adventures of post-Utopian confidence artists Darger and Surplus, is currently on the stands, and he is at work on the second book in the series, this one set in China.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.

Michael A. Ventrella [Schedule]
Fantasy author and editor Michael A. Ventrella is author of the novels “Arch Enemies” and “The Axes of Evil.” He edits the “Tales of Fortannis” series, and his short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including "Dreamers in Hell," “Rum and Runestones,” “Cutlass and Musket” and “Twisted Tails.” Michael founded and runs Alliance LARP, one of the largest fantasy medieval live action role-playing groups in North America. He founded Animato magazine and has been quoted as an animation expert in numerous books and magazines. Authors, editors, and agents are interviewed on the blog at his web page: In his spare time, he is a lawyer.
Howard Waldrop [Schedule]
Howard Waldrop's first sale to a professional magazine was "Lunchbox", which appeared in the May 1972 Analog. His unique fiction has consistently been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards. Although Howard does not own a computer, hosts a web site for him.
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. From 1988 to 2012 he was at the Johns Hopkins University Press where he sold 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.
Christopher Weuve [Schedule]
Christopher Weuve is a professional naval analyst and wargame designer. He spent the first few years of the 21st century at the Center for Naval Analyses (he notes the Combat Information Center of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer would make an excellent starship bridge), and then spent five years on the research faculty of the US Naval War College, specializing in the use of wargaming as a research tool. Outside the day job, he was the “military expert” for the Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity (Alien Invasion)” show, and is (to the best of his knowledge) the only person ever interviewed by the journal Foreign Policy about science fiction warships. A member of BuNine, he was an editor for “House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion,” in which he also co-authored (with David Weber) the “Building a Navy” chapter. An avid science fiction fan since before he was old enough to read, he spends his time pondering the differences between Real-World(tm) naval warfare and how similar subjects are represented in science fiction
Steven H. Wilson [Schedule]
Leona Wisoker [Schedule]
author of the Children of the Desert series, writes science-fantasy that usually involves coffee and tea but rarely involves Arthurian legend. She also teaches, edits, reviews, and blogs about her journey from amateur to professional writer. She lives in eastern Virginia with her husband and two large dogs, all of whom routinely try--and usually fail--to drag her away from the computer for long, rambling walks. Details on her writing credits and projects may be found at: and She recently joined Twitter under the handle "leonawisoker".
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]
K. Ceres Wright [Schedule]
Daughter to a U.S. Army father, K. Ceres Wright has lived in Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Frankfurt, Oberursel, and Munich, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and the Washington Metropolitan Area. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double major in economics and finance, then worked for 10 years as a credit and treasury analyst before deciding to change careers.

Wright received her Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. Wright's science fiction poem, "Doomed," was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her work has appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; and The 2008 Rhysling Anthology.

She currently works as an editor/writer for a management consulting firm and lives in Maryland. Visit her website and find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.


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