- 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 www.sidhenadaire.com, www.literaryhandyman.com, or www.badassfaeries.com.
- 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 www.DayAlMohamed.com and @DayAlMohamed
- Roger MacBride Allen [Schedule]
- Scott H. Andrews [Schedule]
- Scott's literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in venues including Weird Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Space and Time and is forthcoming in On Spec. He is a 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.
- 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 (www.ashmeadsoftware.com). 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.
- Kate Baker [Schedule]
- Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 175 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Since joining the Clarkesworld staff in 2009, she has read over 130 stories (500,000+ words) and the Clarkesworld Podcast has been downloaded over 1.8 million times. She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, two World Fantasy Awards and has won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.
Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, The Drabblecast, and Cast of Wonders.
Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her three wonderful children. She is currently working as the Operations Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
- Martin Berman-Gorvine [Schedule]
- 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.
- 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.
- Ann Chatham [Schedule]
- 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.
- Michael Dirda [Schedule]
- a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of the memoir An Open Book, of the 2012 Edgar Award-winning On Conan Doyle, and of five collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, Classics for Pleasure, and the just published Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (focusing on medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, a columnist for the online Barnes and Noble Review, and a frequent reviewer for several other literary periodicals, as well as an occasional lecturer and college teacher. His current project is a book about popular fiction during the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1993 he received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.
- Tom Doyle [Schedule]
- is the author of a contemporary fantasy series from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way (Aug. 2015), the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of America's past.
Tom's collection of short fiction, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories, includes his WSFA Small Press Award and Writers of the Future Award stories. He writes science fiction and fantasy in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. You can find the text and audio of many of his stories on his website.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kimberly G. Hargan [Schedule]
- is a retired professional alien. (That is to say, a U.S. diplomat, so in his career he was an alien in whatever country the U.S. government stationed him.) He grew up on the west coast of the United States of America, living at various times in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. In college he studied archaeology, earning a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's (and almost a doctorate) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. While at SUNY Albany he attended a presentation by a recruiter for the Foreign Service and decided to give that a try. He joined the Foreign Service in 1987, and has since served in press and cultural positions at U.S. embassies in Denmark, Tanzania, China, Kazakhstan, the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, and the embassies in Armenia and Finland, as well as several assignments in Washington, D.C.
- John G. Hemry [Schedule]
- Jack Campbell/John Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are The Lost Stars - Imperfect Sword, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast, and The Dragons of Dorcastle. John's works have been published in eleven languages. His short fiction includes works covering time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor.
John has also written articles on real declassified Cold War plans for US military bases on the Moon, and Liberating the Future: Women in the Early Legion (of Superheroes) in Sequart's Teenagers From the Future. At somewhat erratic intervals he presents his talk on Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges, showing how Stooge skits illustrate principles of quantum physics.
John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, intelligence, and some other things that he's not supposed to talk about. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which He Says Really Happened (but which cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction.
He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife "S" and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).
- Bjorn Hesseler [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]
- 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.
- 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
* 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.
- 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.
- 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 Writingtheshortstory.com and dinaleacock.com
- 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.
- 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.
- C.S. MacCath [Schedule]
- is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, Mythic Delirium and other publications. Her poetry has been nominated twice for the Rhysling Award, while her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award. She lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, one of the most beautiful islands on Earth and a Gàidhealtachd of the Scottish Gaelic language.
- Shahid Mahmud [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 dragonprophet.blogspot.com.
- Thomas McCabe [Schedule]
- is a lifelong SF enthusiast and a career intelligence analyst currently employed as an aviation analyst by the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away he also used to be a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. His writings have been published in Orbis, Air And Space Power Journal, Air Chronicles, Royal Air Force Air Power Review, Aviation Week and Space Technology, The Narian Connection, and Parameters. And with all that and a dollar, he can get a cup of coffee at McDonalds.
- 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 Io9.com and NPR.org'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."
- Christie Meierz [Schedule]
- writes space opera and suspenseful novels of love in the far reaches of space. Her debut novel, The Marann, which introduced Tolar, a world of empaths at the edge of a dystopic Earth empire, won the 2013 PRISM Award. Christie’s newest book, Farryn's War, the first book in a new Tolari series, was released in September 2015. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Romance Writers of America, and is known for her in-depth world-building, compelling characters, and tight, clean style.
Christie now lives in Pittsburgh where she enjoys reading, exploring the city with her mathematician husband, and attending the occasional science fiction convention. You can learn more about her at her website, christiemeierz.com.
- Bernie Mojzes [Schedule]
- 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 sunnymoraine.com 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.
- Gary L. Oleson [Schedule]
- is a strategist and writer on space engineering and policy. He supports multiple space agencies as a senior aerospace engineer at TASC, Inc. His experience spans civil, national security, and commercial endeavors. Oleson has a long history in space advocacy, starting with the Enterprise campaign in 1976 and campaign against the Moon Treaty in 1979. He is a member of the board of the Space Frontier Foundation and the Alliance for Space Development.
- Michael D. Pederson [Schedule]
- These days, Mike is best known as the Con Chair for RavenCon in Richmond, VA. He's been running the convention since it first started in 2006.
In addition to running RavenCon, Mike Pederson is also the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the semiprozine Nth Degree and its e-zine counterpart, NthZine. Mike began life as a semi-pro in 1988 when his SF short story, "Dust Storm," won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine.
In 2001, Mike was part of the "Best in Class – Master Division" winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Shortly after that he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on "Writing for Magazines" for Dragon Moon Press' Writing Fantasy: The Author's Grimoire.
Between Nth Degree and his many convention appearances, Mike has become the East Coast's go-to guy for interviews. He's interviewed guests for MarsCon, Mysticon, RavenCon, and StellarCon. In the last few years Mike has interviewed a wide range of writers, gamers, artists, and actors. Those interviews have included Aaron Alston, Jennie Breeden, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Nicki Clyne, Glen Cook, Richard Hatch, Sherrilyn Kenyon, John Ringo, Michael Stackpole, Bruce Sterling, S.M. Stirling, Lani Tupu, Janny Wurts, and Timothy Zahn.
Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him around the con please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.
When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is a struggling graphic designer and lives in Richmond, VA.
- 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 sarahpinsker.com and on twitter @sarahpinsker.
- Bill Powell [Schedule]
- Alastair Reynolds [Schedule]
- is the author of the five book Revelation Space series, the Poseidon's Children trilogy, and several stand-alone novels including Harvest of Time, a Doctor Who novel. WSFA Press will publish a signed limited edition of his new novella "Slow Bullets." He writes hard science fiction and space adventure, sometimes with a dark tinge. A former scientist at the European Space Agency, Reynolds lives in Wales and is Capclave's first international guest of honor.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Hildy Silverman [Schedule]
- is the publisher of Space and Time, a nearly five decade old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including "The Vampire Escalator of the Passaic Promenade" (2010, New Blood, Thomas, ed.), "The Darren" (2009, Witch Way to the Mall?, Friesner, ed.), "Sappy Meals" (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed.), "Black Market Magic" (2012, Apocalypse 13, Raetz, ed.), "The Bionic Mermaid Returns" (2014, With Great Power, French, ed.), and "Tweets of the Damned" (2015, Sha'Daa Facets, McKeown, ed). In 2013, she was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for her story, "The Six Million Dollar Mermaid" (Mermaids 13, French, ed.). In the "real" world, she is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Sivantos, Inc.
- Bud Sparhawk [Schedule]
- is a short story writer who has sold numerous science fiction stories to ANALOG, Asimov's, and other widely circulated magazine, appeared in several "Best of" anthologies, and has works in other print, audio, and on-line media both in the United States and overseas. He has been a three-time Nebula novella finalist. He has also written technical articles appearing in various forms. Most recently he has appeared in Asimov's and Analog as well as the Defending the Future anthologies.
He has two print collections (Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing with Dragons,) one mass market paperback (VIXEN), and several collections and unpublished novels available as eBooks, mostly in Kindle format. Many of his earlier works are available at Fictionwise.
Bud is currently the Treasurer of SFWA, a member of SIGMA, and a full-time writer. He maintains a weekly blog on the writing life. A complete bibliography of stories, articles, and other material can be found at his web site.
- Elaine Stiles [Schedule]
- 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.
- 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.
- K.M. Szpara [Schedule]
- Gordon Van Gelder [Schedule]
- is the publisher (since 2000) and former editor (1997-2015) of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He also has edited several anthologies. Van Gelder was nominated for the Best Editor Hugo Award every year from 1998-2011 and won it twice. He is known for emphasizing strong literary values with engaging story concepts.
- 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.
- David Walton [Schedule]
- 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.
- 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, Tor.com, 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.
- 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.
- Darcy Wold [Schedule]