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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 D. Douglas Fratz Alan Loewen Alex Shvartsman
Day Al-Mohamed Jim Freund Natalie Luhrs Jon Skovron
Scott H. Andrews Charles E. Gannon Perrianne Lurie Alan Smale
John Ashmead Ron Garner Shahid Mahmud Bud Sparhawk
Sarah Avery Carolyn Ives Gilman Jim Mann Janine Spendlove
Paolo Bacigalupi Max Gladstone James Maxey Ian Randal Strock
Danny Birt Robert Greenberger Will McIntosh Gayle Surrette
Drew Bittner David G. Hartwell Mike McPhail Genevieve Valentine
Holly Black Inge Heyer Emmie Mears Michael A. Ventrella
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Larry Hodges Sunny Moraine Sean Wallace
Warren Buff Thomas Holtz James Morrow Jean Marie Ward
Bill Campbell Walter H. Hunt Sherin Nicole Lawrence Watt-Evans
Neil Clarke Victoria Janssen Diana Peterfreund Christopher Weuve
Brenda W. Clough Alma Katsu Sarah Pinsker Fran Wilde
Doc Coleman David Keener Lord Ramirez John T. Williams
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford Pamela K. Kinney Benjamin Rosenbaum A.C. Wise
Tom Doyle Annette Klause Jamie Todd Rubin Allen Wold
Andy Duncan Jonah Knight Patrick Scaffido K. Ceres Wright
Scott Edelman Barbara Krasnoff Lawrence M. Schoen  
Andrew Fox L. Jagi Lamplighter Darrell Schweitzer  
Meg Frank Dina Leacock Norm Sherman  

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]
Day Al-Mohamed is author for the novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale, written with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Day hosts the multi-author blog Unleaded: Fuel for Writers, and in addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.

Her recent publications are available in Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres anthology Oomph - A Little Super Goes a Long Way, Sword & Laser, and GrayHaven Comics' anti-bullying issue You Are Not Alone. The anthology, Trust & Treachery, for which she served as co-editor, was released May 1st and two more comics are due to be released this year, as well as several short stories. Her two film shorts were recently shown on local Virginia cable television, and two more are in pre-production. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, a member of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

When not working on fiction, Day is Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on Youth. She has also worked as a lobbyist and political analyst on issues relating to Health care, Education, Employment, Disability, and International Development. She is a proud member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, loves action movies, 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

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.
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."

Sarah Avery [Schedule]
Sarah Avery's contemporary fantasy novella collection, Tales from Rugosa Coven, follows the adventures of some very modern Pagans in a supernatural version of New Jersey even weirder than the one you think you know. Trafficking in Magic, Magicking in Traffic, an anthology she coedited with David Sklar, includes stories from James Enge, Elizabeth Bear, and Darrell Schweitzer. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Gate and Jim Baen's Universe. You can keep up with her at her blog, Ask Dr. Pretentious. She's an escaped academic with a Ph.D. in English Literature and a private practice as a writing coach.
Paolo Bacigalupi [Schedule]
Note: Bio shamlessly taken from Paolo's website

Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing has appeared in WIRED Magazine, High Country News,, OnEarth Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His short fiction been anthologized in various “Year's Best” collections of short science fiction and fantasy, nominated for three Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story of the year. His short story collection Pump Six and Other Stories was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly

His debut novel The Windup Girl was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Prix Planète-SF des Blogueurs (France).

His debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, was a Micheal L. Printz Award Winner, and a National Book Award Finalist.

His most recent novel, The Drowned Cities was a 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book, A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book, and 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.

He currently lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son, where he is working on a new novel.

Danny Birt [Schedule]
has been a contributing author to several sci-fi, fantasy, and professional magazines, anthologies, and journals. He is also an editor for small-press publisher Cyberwizard Productions. His fantasy series The Laurian Pentology is being published through Ancient Tomes Press, starting with Ending an Ending. His first children's/YA novel Between a Roc and a Hard Place has won The National Parenting Center's 2010 Seal of Approval and Creative Child Magazine's 2010 Seal of Excellence, and was named one of Dr. Toy's Best Picks of 2010.

In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo "Piano Petrissage" and the ever-peculiar album "Warped Children's Songs."

Danny has now settled in eastern North Carolina where he is a faculty member at a local college. In his spare time, Danny's hobby is finding new hobbies.

Drew Bittner [Schedule]
Holly Black [Schedule]
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen [Schedule]
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen 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 has also published stories and poetry in America and England and 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.
Bill Campbell [Schedule]
Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad and the incendiary hip-hop satire, Koontown Killing Kaper. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing.
Neil Clarke [Schedule]
Neil Clarke is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine. His work at Clarkesworld has resulted in countless hours of enjoyment, three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine and four World Fantasy Award nominations. He’s a current and three-time Hugo Nominee for Best Editor (Short Form). In 2012, Neil suffered a near-fatal “widow-maker” heart attack which led to the installation of a defibrillator and a new life as a cyborg. Inspired by these events, he took on his first non-Clarkesworld editing project, Upgraded, an all-original anthology of cyborg stories scheduled for publication this summer. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two sons.
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.
Doc Coleman [Schedule]
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.
Tom Doyle [Schedule]
Tom Doyle’s first novel in a three-book contemporary fantasy series from Tor, American Craftsmen, was published in May 2014. In Tom's novel, two modern U.S. soldiers fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil--if they don't kill each other first. His short fiction collection from Paper Golem Press, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories, includes winners of the WSFA Small Press Award and 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.
Andy Duncan [Schedule]
Andy Duncan won a Nebula Award in 2013 for his F&SF cover story "Close Encounters," and this year he's been a Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and World Fantasy finalist for his novella "Wakulla Springs," written with Ellen Klages. His other short-fiction honors include a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and two World Fantasy Awards. His third collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories, will be published in 2015 by Small Beer Press. His previous collections are The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories and Beluthahatchie and Other Stories. He is a tenured associate professor in the English department at Frostburg State University in Maryland. He also teaches in the Honors College of the University of Alabama and the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. A graduate of Clarion West, he has taught at Clarion (2004 and 2013) and Clarion West (2005).
Scott Edelman [Schedule]
Scott Edelman has published more than 85 short stories in magazines such as Postscripts, The Twilight Zone, Absolute Magnitude, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, Science Fiction Review and Fantasy Book, and in anthologies such as Why New Yorkers Smoke, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three, Crossroads: Southern Tales of the Fantastic, Men Writing SF as Women, MetaHorror, Once Upon a Galaxy, Moon Shots, Mars Probes, Forbidden Planets, Summer Chills, and The Mammoth Book of Monsters. His most recent short story was published in the anthology The Monkey's Other Paw: Revived Classic Stories of Dread and the Dead.

A collection of his horror fiction, These Words Are Haunted came out from Wildside Books in 2001, and a standalone novella "The Hunger of Empty Vessels" was published in 2009 by Bad Moon Books. He is also the author of the Lambda Award-nominated novel The Gift (Space & Time, 1990) and the collection Suicide Art (Necronomicon, 1992). His collection of zombie fiction, What Will Come After, came in 2010 from PS Publishing, and was a finalist for both the Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Memorial Award. His science fiction short fiction has been collected in What We Still Talk About from Fantastic Books.

He has been a Stoker Award finalist five times, both in the category of Short Story and Long Fiction.

Additionally, Edelman worked for the Syfy Channel for more than thirteen years as editor of Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, and Blastr. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run. He also edited SCI FI magazine, previously known as Sci-Fi Entertainment, for more a decade, as well as two other SF media magazines, Sci-Fi Universe and Sci-Fi Flix. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.

He worked as an assistant editor for Marvel Comics in the '70s, writing everything from display copy for superhero Slurpee cups to the famous Bullpens Bulletins pages. While there, he edited the Marvel-produced fan magazine FOOM (Friend of Ol’ Marvel). He also wrote trade paperbacks such as The Captain Midnight Action Book of Sports, Health and Nutrition, and The Mighty Marvel Fun Book.

In 1976, he left staff to go freelance, and worked for both Marvel and DC. His scripts appeared in Captain Marvel, Master of Kung Fu, Omega the Unknown, Time Warp, House of Mystery, Weird War Tales, Welcome Back, Kotter and others.

He has at various times served on the juries for both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Awards Short Fiction jury and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. He has been the Editor in Residence at the Clarion SF Workshop in 1999 and 2003, and the Guest Editor at the Odyssey Writers Workshop in 1999. He was the Toastmaster for the 2000 Nebula Awards ceremony.

He was the winner of the 2004 Sam Moskowitz Award for outstanding contributions to the field of science fiction fandom.

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.

Meg Frank [Schedule]
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.
Jim Freund [Schedule]
Jim Freund has been producer and host of "Hour of the Wolf" since 1972, still broadcast (and streamed) weekly over WBAI-FM. He is also Host and Podcast Editor of Lightspeed Magazine and PE of Nightmare Magazine; both edited by John Joseph Adams. Jim is also Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.

He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City's WBAI at age 13 as an intern for Baird Searles. Archives of past episodes of "Hour of the Wolf" are available "on-demand" for about 2 weeks after broadcast. A podcast version of new and 'classic' programs is anticipated with bated breath.

Over the years, he has produced myriad radio dramas, and long ago lost track of how many interviews and readings he has done or presented. His work has been twice short-listed for, and once a winner of, the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production. Jim has also produced theater for the New York stage; occasionally with shocking success.

Jim lives in Brooklyn with writer Barbara Krasnoff and a myriad of stuffed toy penguins.

Charles E. Gannon [Schedule]
Dr. Charles E. Gannon's Nebula-nominated novel, Fire With Fire, won the 2014 Compton Crook Award and was a national bestseller. The next volume in this hard sf interstellar epic, Trial By Fire, was an August 2014 title, as was Gannon’s next Ring of Fire collaboration with Eric Flint, 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies. Their 1635: The Papal Stakes, was a Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and their 2014 The Aethers of Mars—a short novel comprised of two braided novellas, one by each author—is the first book in the Steam, Aether, Empire steampunk universe. Gannon’s other work includes the Starfire novel Extremis (w/ Steve White), stories in various shared universes (Honorverse, Man-Kzin, War-World), and novellas in anthologies such as Going Interstellar and magazines such as Analog.

Dr. Gannon won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Rumors of War and Infernal Machines, was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). Dr. Gannon, a member of the sf think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, NRO, and other agencies. His earlier credits include writing/editing games (Traveller, 2300 AD) and film and TV writing and production in NYC. He has appeared in a number of national radio and TV venues, including The Discover Channel's "Curiosity" and NPR.

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
Carolyn Ives Gilman [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman’s latest novel is a space exploration adventure, Dark Orbit, due out soon from Tor. Her other books include Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles, a two-book series 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 at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Max Gladstone [Schedule]
Robert Greenberger [Schedule]
David G. Hartwell [Schedule]
David G. Hartwell is a PhD in Comparative Medieval Literature who has been nominated for the Hugo Award more than forty times. He won three times (Hugo as Best Editor/Long Form). He has edited a number of anthologies, including an annual Year’s Best SF paperback series now in its eighteenth year and has won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology. He has taught at Harvard University, Clarion West, and New York University, among others, and has edited a couple of thousand SF books since 1970. He is the author of Age of Wonders, the founder of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and is presently a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books in New York.
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]
Larry Hodges' first novel, "Sorcerers in Space," from Class Act Books, came out in November, 2013. It's a humorous fantasy that parodies the U.S.-Soviet space race of the 1960s, but with sorcerers instead of astronauts. A resident of Germantown, MD, Larry is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America with over 70 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the 2008 Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop. He was the Grand Prize Winner for the 2010 Garden State Horror Writers Short Story Competition. He's a full-time writer with eight books and over 1500 published articles in over 140 different publications. He also writes about and coaches the Olympic Sport of Table Tennis, is a member of the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (Google it!), and once beat someone using an ice cube as a racket.
Thomas Holtz [Schedule]
Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Department of Geology, University of Maryland. His primary research focus is on the origin, evolution, biology, and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, most especially the tyrant dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex and kin). In addition to his professional technical publications, he is author of popular audience books on dinosaurs (most especially the 2007 Random House Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.) Also, he is a frequent consultant and guest for documentaries on dinosaurs, paleontology, and evolution.

He lives with his wife and cats in central Prince Georges County, Maryland.

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. She also serves as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly.

Alma Katsu [Schedule]
Alma Katsu is the author of The Descent, the final book in The Taker Trilogy, a historical fantasy trilogy from Gallery Books. The Taker, the first book, was named by Booklist as a top ten debut novel, and has been published in over a dozen languages.
David Keener [Schedule]
By day, David Keener is a wage-earning, creativity-deprived office worker for a soul-sucking government contracting firm.* By night, however, he's a fantasy and science fiction writer whose first story in his Pageeda & Scuffee fantasy series, The Bitter Days of Autumn, will be published in October 2014.

David is an experienced public speaker who appears frequently at technical conferences, and a veteran conference runner. He will be conducting the "Public Speaking for Writers" workshop at Capclave.

* David is actually exercising a bit of artistic license here. During the day, he actually gets paid well to work with some pretty decent people on software that helps keep the US just a little bit safer.

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]
Annette Curtis Klause was born in Bristol, England and moved to the United States when she was a teenager. Her first novel The Silver Kiss was inspired by vampire poems she wrote when she was fifteen years old. Annette's other novels are Alien Secrets, Blood and Chocolate, and Freaks: Alive, on the Inside! Blood and Chocolate was turned into a movie by MGM. Her most recent short story, "Elf Blood" appears in Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Ellen Kushner and Holly Black.

Annette currently lives in the Maryland suburbs with her husband and four cats, where she continues to write and works full time as a children's materials selector for the Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Jonah Knight [Schedule]
Jonah Knight co-founded Antimatter Press in 2013. A year later they have released there first two books: Bad Wizard by James Maxey and Unseaming by Mike Allen.

He has also released five albums of songs about ghosts, monsters, steampunk, and clones. He is a four time musical Guest of Honor.

After watching many in the SF/F community continue to suffer from poor health, Jonah began pursuing health related certifications. He currently works as a Health Coach, DDPYoga instructor, and Personal Trainer.

Barbara Krasnoff [Schedule]
Barbara Krasnoff has published short stories in Crossed Genres, Electric Velocipede, Space and Time, Apex Magazine, Doorways, Escape Velocity, Sybil's Garage, Behind the Wainscot, Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing, Weird Tales, and Descant, among others. She's contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Clockwork Phoenix 2 and Clockwork Phoenix 4, Fat Girl in a Strange Land, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, Subversion, Menial, Broken Time Blues, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also published the nonfiction YA book Robots: Reel to Real.

When Barbara isn't making a living as Sr. Reviews Editor for Computerworld, she's hanging out with the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa or in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Jim Freund.

L. Jagi Lamplighter [Schedule]
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained and of the books of Unexpected Enlightenment, starting with The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. 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.
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
Alan Loewen [Schedule]
Alan Loewen 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 25 years, he enjoys his home with his three sons, a hyperactive Sheltie named Socrates, a homicidal sun conure lovingly dubbed, The Death Chicken, and way too many cats.
Natalie Luhrs [Schedule]
Natalie Luhrs writes about books and culture with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, and romance at The Radish. She has appeared on the Skiffy & Fanty and Rocket Talk podcasts and can also be found on Twitter (@eilatan).
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.
Shahid Mahmud [Schedule]
Jim Mann [Schedule]
has been a fan since 1975 and was reading SF well before that. He has also edited a number of books for NESFA Press, including works of Cordwainer Smith, John W. Campbell, Anthony Boucher, William Tenn, and James Blish. He's been married to Laurie since three days before Star Wars premiered.
James Maxey [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

Will McIntosh [Schedule]
Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose latest novel, Defenders (Orbit Books) has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. His previous novel, Love Minus Eighty, was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association, and was on both and's lists of the best SF novels of 2013. His debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for a Locus Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Compton Crook Award. Along with four novels, he has published short stories in Asimov's (where he won Reader's Awards in 2010 and 2013), Lightspeed, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, and elsewhere. Up next is a Young Adult novel, Burning Midnight, to be published by Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House.

Will was a psychology professor for two decades before turning to writing full-time, and still occasionally teaches Introductory Psychology at the College of William and Mary. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their five year-old twins. You can follow him on Twitter @willmcintoshSF, or on his website.

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]
Emmie Mears was born in Austin, Texas, where the Lone Star state promptly spat her out at the tender age of three months. After a childhood spent mostly in Alaska, Oregon, and Montana, she became a proper vagabond and spent most of her time at university devising ways to leave the country.

Except for an ill-fated space opera she attempted at age nine, most of Emmie’s childhood was spent reading books instead of writing them. Growing up she yearned to see girls in books doing awesome things, and struggled to find stories in her beloved fantasy genre that showed female heroes saving people and hunting things. Mid-way through high school, she decided the best way to see those stories was to write them herself. She now scribbles her way through the fantasy genre, most loving to pen stories about flawed characters and gritty situations lightened with the occasional quirky humor.

Emmie now lives in her eighth US state, still yearning for a return to Scotland. She inhabits a cozy domicile outside DC with two felines who think they're lions and tigers. Her debut novel, The Masked Songbird (Harlequin, 2014) is available now, with its sequel forthcoming in 2015. Emmie is also the author of Harlequin Pop! nonfiction title A Geek Girl's Guide to Fandom, expected in 2015.

Sunny Moraine [Schedule]
Sunny Moraine's short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Apex, among many other places. Their work has also appeared in the anthologies We See a Different Frontier and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. They are responsible for the novels Line and Orbit (co-written with Lisa Soem) and the Casting the Bones trilogy, as well as Labyrinthian (coming January 2015).

In additional to occasional authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a college instructor; that last may or may not have been a good move on the part of their department. Their academic alter-ego is a regular contributor to Cyborgology, concerning technology and politics and fiction and reality and lots of other things. They can also be found making words at and on Twitter as @dynamicsymmetry.

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.

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.

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.
Sarah Pinsker [Schedule]
Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner and 2013 Nebula Award finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, as well as several anthologies. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She can be found online at and on twitter @sarahpinsker.
Lord Ramirez [Schedule]
Lord Ramirez has a wide circle of unique skills that keeps him busy and in demand all over the country giving classes and workshops. From his prize winning costumes and makeup, involvement in Steampunk culture, he has become a popular figure in Sci Fi Fandom. Add in his knowledge of Japanese history and culture, and it’s no surprise he is a popular figure in anime fandom as well.

Ramirez is also a leading fetish and sex educator who teaches classes and workshops all over the United States. He personally has been involved in BDSM for over 20 years and his experience has seen the changes both for the good and bad that two decades has seen.

Benjamin Rosenbaum [Schedule]
Benjamin Rosenbaum's fiction has been published in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Year's Best Science Fiction 17, and other publications. Read The Book of Jashar (2003) at the Strange Horizons website. Or take a look at the Hugo-nominated novelette, Biographical Notes to 'A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-planes' by Benjamin Rosenbaum (originally published in All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories).
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]
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and analytics 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. Last year, in a case of truth resembling fiction, he became certified as a hypnotherapist.

In 2007, he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and in 2010 received a Hugo Award nomination for best short story. He's also received back-to-back Nebula Award nominations (in 2013 and again in 2014) for novellas involving 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.
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 have 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: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic.
Jon Skovron [Schedule]
Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. Now he is the author of Young Adult novels Struts & Frets, Misfit, and most recently, Man Made Boy from Viking Penguin, with a sequel due in the spring of 2015. His short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen's Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as Defy the Dark, GRIM, and the forthcoming Apollo's Daughters. He lives at and also just outside Washington DC with his two sons.
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.

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]
Janine K. Spendlove 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 speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a 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 North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel.
Ian Randal Strock [Schedule]
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books, as well as 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. Outside of publishing, he's worked as a tour guide, a teacher, a stock trader, and is a serial entrepreneur.
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.
Genevieve Valentine [Schedule]
Genevieve Valentine's first novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, won the 2012 Crawford Award and was nominated for the Nebula. Her second novel is speakeasy fairy tale The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. She's currently the writer of DC's CATWOMAN.

Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Journal of Mythic Arts, Lightspeed, and others, and the anthologies Federations, The Living Dead 2, After, Teeth, and more; several have appeared in Best of the Year anthologies. Her nonfiction and reviews have appeared at, The AV Club, Strange Horizons,, and LA Review of Books. Her appetite for bad movies is unfortunate.

Michael A. Ventrella [Schedule]
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President has just been released. 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. He is currently working on editing an Alternate Sherlock anthology. 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.
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.
Jean Marie Ward [Schedule]
Jean Marie Ward 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.
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
Fran Wilde [Schedule]
Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her interview series Cooking the Books--about the intersection between food and fiction--has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and on her website.

Fran's first novel is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. You can find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook.

John T. Williams [Schedule]
A.C. Wise [Schedule]
is the author of numerous short stories, appearing in publications such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Apex, The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4, and The Year's Best Weird Fiction Vol. 1, among others. In addition to her writing, she co-edits Unlikely Story.
Allen Wold [Schedule]
Allen Wold 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.

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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