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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 Kelly Dwyer Alan Loewen Bud Sparhawk
Jeanne Adams Deidre Dykes Natalie Luhrs Elaine Stiles
Scott H. Andrews Scott Edelman James Maxey Steve Stiles
Catherine Asaro Caryn Liz Fauerbach Mike McPhail James R. Stratton
John Ashmead Andrew Fox Emmie Mears Ian Randal Strock
Sarah Avery D. Douglas Fratz Christie Meierz Lee Strong
Kate Baker William Freedman Bernie Mojzes Gayle Surrette
T. Eric Bakutis Jim Freund James Morrow K.M. Szpara
Martin Berman-Gorvine William Galaini Kathryn Morrow Hugh Taylor
Dustin Blottenberger Jesse Galena Karen Wester Newton Michael A. Ventrella
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen Carolyn Ives Gilman Sherin Nicole Sean Wallace
Warren Buff Elektra Hammond Michael D. Pederson David Walton
Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry Kelly A. Harmon Sarah Pinsker Jean Marie Ward
Michael Capobianco Bjorn Hasseler Tim Powers Lawrence Watt-Evans
Ann Chatham Inge Heyer Betsy A. Riley Joan Wendland
Neil Clarke Andrew Hiller Lezli Robyn Christopher Weuve
Brenda W. Clough Larry Hodges Lawrence M. Schoen Martin Wilsey
Doc Coleman Thomas Holtz Darrell Schweitzer Steven H. Wilson
Iver Cooper Walter H. Hunt Alex Shvartsman Brigitte Winter
Meriah Lysistrata Crawford August A. Imholtz, Jr. Hildy Silverman A.C. Wise
Leah Cypess Victoria Janssen David Sklar Allen L. Wold
V. Hartman DiSanto Rahul Kanakia Jon Skovron Darcy Wold
Anthony Dobranski Barbara Krasnoff Alan Smale Mike Zipser
Tom Doyle L. Jagi Lamplighter J. J. Smith  
Sarah Beth Durst Edward M. Lerner Michelle D. Sonnier  

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

Jeanne Adams [Schedule]
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense and fantasy author who knows all about getting rid of the body. Both traditionally and indie-published, Jeanne has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her books have been hailed as “Best Suspense Books of the Year!"
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 ( 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 won the 2015 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for her contemporary fantasy novella collection, Tales from Rugosa Coven, which 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, Darrell Schweitzer, and Elizabeth Bear. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Jim Baen's Universe, and Fantasy Scroll. She's an escaped academic with a Ph.D. in English Literature and a private practice as a writing coach. Her newest book, The Imlen Brat, debuts with a release party at this Capclave. It was edited by World Fantasy Award winning editor Betsy Mitchell and illustrated by Kate Baylay thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, and described by Alfie Award winning editor John O'Neill as "a tale of court intrigue, fast-changing alliances, and the constant subtle peril of being an adopted daughter in an enemy royal house ... a compact Game of Thrones, with mighty pirate kingdoms, weather wizards, quarrelsome ghosts, curses, and secret magics." You can find out more and download free reads at her website.
Kate Baker [Schedule]
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 350 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, Nightmare Magazine, Mash Stories, 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 Director of Operations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

T. Eric Bakutis [Schedule]
T. Eric Bakutis is a professional game designer and author based in Maryland. His first adventure fantasy novel, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his dark fantasy short story, Hunted won 2ndplace in the 2015 Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing contest. His short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, all of which can be found at his author website.

Eric is a regular participant in the monthly Fantasy-Faction Writing Contest (each month, participants write stories based on a different theme) and he posts a new 1500 word speculative fiction short story, for free, each month. His other interests include gaming, talking about the latest developments in virtual reality, and anime, all of which inspire his writing.

Websites and social media:

Author Website:
Free Short Stories:
Martin Berman-Gorvine [Schedule]
Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of six science fiction novels:the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the Prometheus Award; Ziona: A Novel of Alternate History (an expansion of the short story Palestina published inInterzone magazine, May/June 2006) (Amazon/CreateSpace, 2014); and Heroes of Earth (Wildside Press, 2015).

A short story featuring Rachel and Katie, the main characters in Seven Against Mars, appears in the 2015 feminist science fiction anthology Brave New Girls under the title Of Cats' Whiskers and Klutzes.

The first of Martin's four-book Days of Ascension horror novel series, All Souls Day, was published in February 2016 by Silver Leaf Books, and the second book of the series, Day of Vengeance, is due out in late 2016 or early 2017.

Martin lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife and younger son, four cats, and a sort of Muppet dog.

Websites and social media:
Social media:
Twitter: @MeshuggeWriter

Dustin Blottenberger [Schedule]
Dustin Blottenberger is a writer, painter, and printmaker living in the jungles outside of Baltimore, MD. He picked up a paintbrush at five years old and since then he’s been putting paint on the strangest things, even when people tell him not to. When he came of an age to appreciate sharp objects, he merged these two loves to start carving linoleum blocks and making prints. His father told him he should come up with some sort of plan to fall back on—something sensible and lucrative—so Dustin also decided to start writing a novel. Along with Brigitte Winter, he is the co-founder of No Discipline Arts Collective (@NoDisciplineArtsCollective on Facebook), an artist-led initiative committed to producing cross-disciplinary work that breaks down traditional boundaries between isolated artists and disciplines. Since August 2014, No Discipline has presented six pop-up art events featuring 50 artists and writers and benefiting causes including the ALS Foundation, the Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Columbia Writers, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. You can find Dustin on Twitter and Tumblr @NeverSayDustin, and on Etsy at
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 Lilliput.
Warren Buff [Schedule]
Warren is a Southern fan and conrunner, most recently known in Greater Washington as one of the co-chairs of the DC17 bid. He chaired ReConStruction, the 2010 NASFiC, in Raleigh, where he lives. He was also the ninth president of the Southern Fandom Confederation, and edited its various newsletters, which can be found online at 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.
Jack Campbell - 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).

Michael Capobianco [Schedule]
has published one solo science fiction novel, Burster, and is co-author, with William Barton, of the controversial hardcore sf novels Iris, Alpha Centauri, Fellow Traveler, and White Light. He served as President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) from 1996-1998 and received the Service to SFWA Award in 2004.

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

Ann Chatham [Schedule]
Ann Chatham lives near Baltimore. She is a former archaeologist, a current master naturalist, a compulsive maker of things, and a full-time toddler parent. She writes mostly secondary-world fantasy, with strong influences from folklore and the natural world. On the internet, she can be found at
Neil Clarke [Schedule]
Neil Clarke is the publisher and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine and the cyborg anthology, Upgraded. He’s a four-time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Editor Short Form and the first volume of his Best Science Fiction of the Year series was published in June by Night Shade Books. His next anthology, Galactic Empires, will be published in January. Neil lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Brenda W. Clough [Schedule]
Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath(1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel,An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

Her novel How Like a God, forthcoming from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.

Her web site is

Doc Coleman [Schedule]
It all started with a tweet.

A guest spot on Galley Table’s second episode opened the door of podcasting, and Doc Coleman stepped through. He continued on as the regular Galley Table’s stow-away, then went on to produce his own podcast, The Shrinking Man Project. His appetite for new media now whetted, he broadened his scope to include voice acting and writing.

He has been part of the New Media Tracks at Balticon, RavenCon, and Capclave, and performed as part of Metamor City Live at Balticon 45 and 47, and Stargazers at Balticon 46. Most recently, he has taken over the Balticon Podcast, and will be continuing the tradition of news, panels, and interview at

Discover Doc’s stories in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences’ Tales from the Archives, the Way of the Gun Bushido Western Anthology, and the Steampunk Special Edition of Flagship magazine, and keep your eyes out for his novel, The Perils of Prague, the first book in the series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang.

Find out about all of Doc’s projects at Swimming Cat Studios (

When he isn’t juggling projects, making a living, or mainlining podcasts, Doc is a gamer, an avid reader, a motorcyclist, a home brewer and beer lover, a fan of renaissance festivals, and frequently a smart-ass. He lives with his lovely wife and two cats in Germantown, MD

Iver Cooper [Schedule]
Iver Cooper has been an active contributor to Eric Flint's 1632 shared universe, with over 20 short stories and over 40 articles published so far in the online Grantville Gazette, and another short story in the hardcover anthology Ring of Fire II. His anthology of braided short stories set in the 1632 universe;1636: Seas of Fortune), was published by Baen in 2014. .He has co-authored, with Eric Flint, the novel 1636: Mandate of Heaven, which Baen is expected to publish in 2018.

Iver is an intellectual property law attorney with Browdy & Neimark, Washington DC. He has received legal writing awards from the American Patent Law Association, the U.S. Trademark Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is the sole author of Biotechnology and the Law, now in its twenty-something edition. In his spare time, such as may exist, he teaches swing and folk dancing, and participates in local photo club competitions.

Iver is married, with a son who is a public policy analyst, and a daughter who is a copywriter for Universal Orlando.

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.
Leah Cypess [Schedule]
Leah Cypess is the author of four fantasy novels published by HarperCollins: Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn, And Death Marked. Both Mistwood and Death Swornwere on the Kirkus Best Books for Teens list, and Death Sworn was a Teen Vogue "Most Exciting YA Book" of the year.

Leah has also written numerous short stories, including the Nebula-nominated Nanny's Day (Asimov's Science Fiction, 2012). Her most recent story, a science fiction retelling of Bluebeard, was published at Persistent Visions.

You can find out more about her at

V. Hartman DiSanto [Schedule]
By day V. Hartman DiSanto is an advocate for appropriate early education and by night she is a procrastinating writer. She is the proud author of several young adult speculative fiction novels in varying stages of editing, which she may someday complete. She also is a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and founder of the 270 Corridor Writers, in both of which she urges others to write and edit their own literary works. Her publication credits include several short stories, which appear in anthologies.
Anthony Dobranski [Schedule]
Anthony Dobranski is a DC-area native and lives in the city now. His debut novel, the modern-day fantasy The Demon in Business Class, comes out this fall from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale. In his first career he worked for AOL in Europe and Asia-Pacific, which gave him the international corporate background for his novel. When not writing or reading, he likes odd movies, challenging theater, and skiing black-diamond bumps. He is currently writing his second novel.
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, 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.

Sarah Beth Durst [Schedule]
is the author of eleven fantasy novels for adults, teens, and kids, including DRINK SLAY LOVE, the basis for the upcoming TV movie of the same name, airing on Lifetime in 2017. Her latest book for kids, THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM, came out in November 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her latest novel for adults,THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, came out in September 2016 from Harper Voyager. Sarah won the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat.
Kelly Dwyer [Schedule]
Kelly Dwyer is a writer, mother and instructional designer who lives in Northern Virginia. Kelly has been writing speculative fiction since 2008. She was first published by Abyss and Apex in 2010 and has had stories published with Escape Collective Publishing, Trysts of Fate/Alban Lake Publishing and the Outliers of Speculative Fiction. Her stories have been long listed for the British Fantasy Awards (2011) and included as honorable mentions in The Year's Best Science Fiction, #28, anthology, edited by Gardner Dozois, and will be included in the upcoming Best of Abyss and Apex, Volume 2, anthology. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @DeviousDwyer
Deidre Dykes [Schedule]
Deidre Delpino Dykes is a birdmom, writer, and coffee-fueled ne’er-do-well. She wrote her first book in second grade and hasn’t stopped telling stories since. She is currently seeking an agent for her manuscript, Dark of the Wood, an urban fantasy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood only with more demons and Hellhounds and motorcycles than the original. Deidre presently works as a freelance web copy writer. She has a B.A. In English Literature as well as a Diploma in Baking and Pastry. She lives outside of Washington, DC with several parrots. She keeps a blog at
Scott Edelman [Schedule]
Scott Edelman has published more than 85 short stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Twilight Zone, Dark Discoveries, MetaHorror, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, and many others. Upcoming short stories will appear in Analog magazine and the anthology You, Human.

His collection of zombie fiction, What Will Come After, released in 2010, was a finalist for both the Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Memorial Award. His science fiction short stories have been collected in What We Still Talk About. He has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist six times. A collection of zombie novelettes titled Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them will be out soon from Written Backwards Press.

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 has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.!/scottedelman

Caryn Liz Fauerbach [Schedule]
Caryn Liz Fauerbach works at AGI Vigliano Literary, LLC in New York, one of the preeminent boutique agencies in existence. The firm is famous for scoring larger than life advances for its clients and holds the record of the largest advance on a non-fiction work to date. She often acts as the gate-keeper for incoming queries and makes the decisions on what will be read and reviewed, in addition to following signed projects through the process from signing to publication – and beyond. She is also working as a ghostwriter for non-fiction authors, and was a writer’s assistant prior to that.
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
In late September, 2016, Doug passed on. He was a good friend of Capclave and we will miss him.

Doug was a book reviewer who wrote mostly for SF Site and New York Review of Science Fiction. He reviewed 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 had been attending science fiction conventions since 1968.

William Freedman [Schedule]
William Freedman is a satirist who uses science fiction and fantasy tropes. His novels Mighty Mighty and Land That I Love are available from Rebel ePublishers (, as well as Age of Certainty, an anthology he curated in which 10 authors postulate God as the speculative element.

Bill's day job is as a member of the leadership team of BoroughCon (, New York's new professionally-run expo for devotees of comics, anime, gaming and cosplay. The inaugural BoroughCon will be held Memorial Day weekend 2017 at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y. For more information, email

Jim Freund [Schedule]
Jim Freund 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-FM at age 13. Jim has been sole host of the radio program Hour of the Wolf - - which continues to broadcast weekly - - since 1974. Archives of past episodes of Hour of the Wolf are available on-demand for several 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 lost track long ago of how many interviews and readings he has conducted. He considers himself a specialist in presenting the author’s voice as well as working with professional narrators. His work has been twice nominated for and once was a winner of the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production.

This past June saw the release of Chatting Science Fiction: Selected Interviews from Hour of the Wolfproduced by Skyboat Media and available through as a CD set and through or iTunes as downloads. Highlights include discussions with Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Nalo Hopkinson, Ken Liu, and a dozen more great minds of the fantastic genres.

Jim is also the host for Lightspeed Magazine’s podcast, as well as its Post-Production Editor, a stint which has led him led him astray into the world of editing and producing audiobooks.

Jim is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, now in its 26th season. The series is now available on Livestream, live and on-demand. He has also dabbled in producing for the New York stage -- once with alarming success. He occasionally maintains his Web site at and sporadically tweets as @JimFreund, but for now you’re more likely to encounter him on Facebook.

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

William Galaini [Schedule]
William Galaini, after acquiring an undergraduate degree in respiration, found lucrative work rehabilitating abused mustaches at the Magnum P.I. Facial Hair Shelter. Difficult and yet fulfilling, Galaini then branched out into wheelbarrow wrangling and passive aggressiveness. That way he can ride a wheelbarrow like a chariot, pulled by a sled team of groomed lip-ferrets, while saying "You know, my novels are really good. But you don't have to read them, or anything. I don't care.
Jesse Galena [Schedule]
In the blackness of the night, my mind slipped beyond the confines of mortal planes. Knitted within nightmares and dreams, I found a land where I did not obey rules, I made them. I found a place where the unconventional can become standard; a spectacle beyond what eyes can behold, but not more than the mind can comprehend. May the worlds beyond be as influential and entertaining to you as they are to me, and may I be a worthy guide.

Jesse Galena is the author of The Corrupted Kingdom, a set of connected, short horror/fantasy stories. When he’s not writing sci-fi, fantasy, or horror, Jesse writes Steal My Idea, a weekly post that shares encounters, traps, and ideas for RPG players and GMs on his website:

You can contact Jesse Galena through Twitter (@RexiconJesse), on Goodreads (, on Facebook (, or via email (

Carolyn Ives Gilman [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman’s latest novel is a space exploration adventure, Dark Orbit. Kirkus Reviews called it “a thoroughly engrossing story with a fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and big ideas…science fiction at its very best.” Her other books include Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles, a two-book fantasy about culture clash and revolution, and Halfway Human. 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. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times and for the Hugo once.

In her professional career, Gilman is a historian and exhibit developer specializing in North American frontier and Native history. She lives in Washington, D.C., and works at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Elektra Hammond [Schedule]
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s— now she writes, concocts anthologies, reviews movies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science fiction conventions, she travels the world judging cat shows. Her latest anthology is Cats in Space, featuring two WSFA Small Award nominated stories.
Elektra lives in Delaware with her husband, Mike, and more than the usual allotment of felines.
Kelly A. Harmon [Schedule]
Kelly A. Harmon is an award-winning journalist and author, and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A Baltimore native, she writes the Charm City Darkness series, which includes the novels Stoned in Charm City, A Favor for a Fiend,and A Blue Collar Proposition. Her science fiction and fantasy stories can be found in many anthologies, including Triangulation: Dark Glass; Hellebore and Rue; Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace and Misery; and Gaslight and Grimm.

Ms. Harmon is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and now edits for Pole to Pole Publishing, a small Baltimore publisher. She is co-editor of Hides the Dark Tower and In a Cat’s Eye anthologies along with Vonnie Winslow Crist. For more information, visit her blog at, or, find her on Facebook and Twitter:,

Bjorn Hasseler [Schedule]
Bjorn Hasseler found Eric Flint's novel 1632 in a public library. Then he discovered that fans were not just allowed but encouraged to write in the 1632 universe. He has had thirteen stories in The Grantville Gazette (with another appearing soon) and one in the anthology Ring of Fire IV. He works for editor-in-chief Walt Boyes as the managing editor of The Grantville Gazette and stays up way too late trying to hand the next issue in on time. Please, bother him about how to write for the Gazette. Bjorn lives in Laurel, Maryland and is an education coordinator for University of Maryland University College.
Inge Heyer [Schedule]
Inge Heyer 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...

Andrew Hiller [Schedule]
Andrew Hiller attempted to travel the road least taken only to fall off. Caught in wild currents, he surfaced to find his commentaries selected four times as best of the year on Washington’s NPR station WAMU 88.5 FM, a pair of his plays fill the New York City stage, and an opportunity to act and write with the original Muppets gang in his Cobblestone Documentary series. His first fantasy novel, A Climbing Stock, grew to reach the top 50 on Amazon’s humor best sellers. In between projects, he has taught art in a psychiatric ward, hosted an internationally broadcast science, health, and tech radio program, and reads everything that makes him go “Huh?” or “Ha!” His second novel, A Halo of Mushrooms was released in December 2015.

Andrew is currently working on a new YA fantasy novel as well as a new Cobblestones’ documentary. When not writing, editing, or producing you can often find him in front of a canvas. A sampling of his radio, visual and literary work can be found at

Larry Hodges [Schedule]
Larry Hodges's third novel, "Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions," a political satire/drama, was published in March, 2016, by World Weaver Press. The novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, and features a third-party moderate challenge that pits father against daughter – with an alien ambassador along for the ride as the campaigns crisscrosses every continent as father and daughter battle for electoral votes and clash over the ideas and issues facing the world of 2100 in this bare-knuckle, fight-to-the-finish political campaign. A resident of Germantown, MD and a long-time political junkie, Larry's an active member of SFWA with over 75 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Workshop. He has 11 books and over 1600 articles published in over 140 different publications. Visit him at
Thomas Holtz [Schedule]
Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Principal 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, cats, and bearded dragon in central Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Walter H. Hunt [Schedule]
Walter H. Hunt 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 book, 1632: The Cardinal Virtues was published by Baen Books in 2015, and was a finalist for the 2016 Dragon Awards. He is currently working on another novel with Eric Flint.

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.

August A. Imholtz, Jr. [Schedule]
August A. Imholtz, Jr. was until 2011 the Government Documents Vice President of Readex, a digital publishing company. A former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, he is also a past president of the Baltimore Bibliophiles, was a member of American Library Association’s Rare and Endangered Government Documents, as well as a long-time member of the Lewis Carroll Societies of Great Britain, Canada, Brazil and Japan.

He has written or edited several books and published more than 100 articles in academic journals on Greek and Latin philology, Lewis Carroll, and other subjects. He has lectured at Cambridge University, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Princeton University, Duke University, the Foreign Language Library in Moscow, and many other institutions. He and his wife curated an exhibition of selections from their Carroll collection at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library, ALICE 150 Years and Counting… which opened Oct. 1, 2015 and ran through July 2016.

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.

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 also serves as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter at victoriajanssen.

Rahul Kanakia [Schedule]
Rahul Kanakia has sold stories to Clarkesworld, the Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Nature, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is enrolled in the Master of the Fine Arts program in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Stanford in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and he used to work as an international development consultant. If you want to know more about him then please visit his blog at or follow him on Twitter at
Barbara Krasnoff [Schedule]
Barbara Krasnoff has published short stories in over 30 publications, includingAbyss & Apex, Triptych Tales, Mythic Delirium, Space and Time, Crossed Genres, Electric Velocipedeand Apex Magazine, among others. She's contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Clockwork Phoenix 2, 4 and 5, 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. She is currently working on a collection of related short stories entitled Lost Connections.

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. And for fun, each weekday she publishes a captioned photo that is part of a series she calls Backstories

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.
Edward M. Lerner [Schedule]
Hugo Award-nominated author Edward M. Lerner worked in high tech and aerospace for thirty years as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Since 2004 Lerner has written full-time. His meticulously researched novels include near-future technothrillers like Fools' Experiments(artificial life and artificial intelligence), Small Miracles (medical nanotech), and Energized (solar power satellites and near-Earth space exploitation), as well as traditional SF like his InterstellarNet series (SETI, First Contact, interstellar communications networks, and alien conflict). He also wrote, with NYT best-selling author Larry Niven, the acclaimed space epic Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Lerner’s 2015 novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, won the inaugural Canopus Award for interstellar-travel-themed fiction. Space epic Dark Secret, his latest novel, was released in August 2016.

His short fiction has appeared in anthologies, collections, and major SF magazines. He also writes science and technology articles, most notably his long-running "The Science Behind the Fiction" series in Analog.

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 essays and criticism at Pretty Terrible ( and was previously the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for RT Book Reviews. She dabbles in writing speculative fiction and poetry, but non-fiction is her bread and butter. She’s known for her coverage of various issues within the science fiction and fantasy community and can be found on Twitter as @eilatan. She is also a co-founder of the intersectional feminist geek blog The Bias
James Maxey [Schedule]
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books, they would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.

Readers interested in sampling Maxey’s odd ramblings might enjoy his science-fantasy Bitterwood series, the secondary world fantasy of his Dragon Apocalypse novels, his superhero novels Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn, or the steam-punk visions of Bad Wizard. His short fiction has appeared inIGMS, Asimov’s, and over a dozen anthologies, with the best of his work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. In 2015, James was selected as the Piedmont Laureate.

James lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his lovely and patient wife Cheryl and too many cats. For more information about James and his writing, visit

Mike McPhail [Schedule]
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors/editors/artists, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those “who have given their all for us.”

He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

In 2015 he added the title of publisher, as the co-owner of eSpec Books LLC, Speculative Fiction Publishing.

Emmie Mears [Schedule]
Emmie Mears is an author, cat-wrangler, and person of fannish pursuits. They know enough Polish to impress locals with tongue twisters and enough German to tell you their anteater is sick. (Mein Ameisenbär ist krank.) Emmie is queer, agender, and probably a velociraptor. They have lived in Scotland, Poland, and currently they make their writing cave in Frederick, Maryland. Emmie is open to bribery in the form of sushi and bubble tea.
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,

Bernie Mojzes [Schedule]
Much to his embarrassment, Bernie Mojzes has outlived Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Janice Joplin and the Red Baron, without even once having been shot down over Morlancourt Ridge. Having failed to achieve a glorious martyrdom, he has instead turned his hand to the penning of paltry prose in the pathetic hope that he shall here find the notoriety that has thus far proven elusive. Should Pity or perhaps a Perverse Curiosity move you to seek him out, he can be found at (wherein one might find a convenient list of titles to avoid), or upon the Book of Faces or the Land of Twits as brni_x, with a preceeding "@" in the latter case.

In his copious free time, he publishes and co-edits an online magazine known variously and non-exhaustively as Unlikely Story, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, and more! Available for an unlimited time only for the low, low price of $0 at
James Morrow [Schedule]
James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author's private archives.

Upon reaching adulthood, Jim proceeded to write ten 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), The Philosopher's Apprentice ("an ingenious riff on Frankenstein" according to NPR), and Galápagos Regained (called "one of the most utterly strange and enjoyable mock-heroic quests of recent years" by the Chicago Tribune).

Jim's stand-alone novellas include City of Truth (Nebula Award), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Sturgeon Memorial Award), The Madonna and the Starship, and—coming next year from Tachyon—The Asylum of Dr. Caligari.

Kathryn Morrow [Schedule]
edited The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent with her husband James Morrow. The two of them were recently nominated for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Award in the International Activism category.
Karen Wester Newton [Schedule]
Karen Wester Newton spent her youth reading every book published by Ursula LeGuin, Robert Heinlein, and Georgette Heyer. This combination of far-future worlds, alien cultures, and old-fashioned courting customs influenced her writing. She has published short fiction under her own name, but she self-publishes her novels using the pen name Carmen Webster Buxton Having raised two wonderful children, she now lives in Maryland with her husband Charlie, a beagle named Cosmo, and a yellow cat with the unlikely name of Carbomb. She writes science fiction and romance, mostly set in the far future, and the occasional fantasy.

She currently has seven novels and one novella available through online vendors.

Sherin Nicole [Schedule]
Sherin Nicole is often called a “chic geek.” By day, she’s an agent provocateur as Creative Director/Chief Marketing Officer for idobi Network—lending her imagination to every aspect of the business. She heads up all things creative, managing the brand and editorial, in addition to establishing strategic partnerships, mentoring young writers, and assisting in the creation of new programming. Her work in the field of creativity even caught the attention of USA Today Modern Woman last year.

Sherin is the creator and proud producer of Geek Girl Riot, a rowdy new podcast/show that’s tailor-made by geek girls for geeks and nerds alike. In addition, Sherin also hosts the Fantastic Forum video and radio series.

Formerly a paranormal romance writer under two pseudonyms, Sherin has published three novels and several novellas; her short story The Truth or Something Beautiful in the Bloody Fabulous anthology is her personal favorite. By night you’ll now find her exploring writing for TV, film, and comics. Her love of literature doesn’t just stop with the written word—she still designs book covers from time to time.

Culturally, Sherin is half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits. In those rare spare moments, she escapes into the arts, good books, international cinema, and travel. Government reports show a residence in DC but she spends most of her time on the astral plane and hopes to meet you there.

Michael D. Pederson [Schedule]
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher 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.Two months later he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on Writing for Magazines for Dragon Moon Press’ Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire.

In addition to Nth Degree, in 2006 Mike (along with Tee Morris and Tony Ruggiero) came up with the crazy idea of hosting a science-fiction convention in Richmond, Virginia. After its tenth year, RavenCon moved to Williamsburg and Mike is still the con chair. Other than RavenCon, Mike has also run programming for Trinoc*coN, been Fan Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas and Mysticon, co-chaired a successful NASFiC bid (with Warren Buff), and served as Master of Ceremonies for MarsCon. 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 Balticon, ConGregate, 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, Kevin J. Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, Jennie Breeden, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Orson Scott Card, Nicki Clyne, David B. Coe, Glen Cook, Larry Correia, Peter David, Peter Davison, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Charles E. Gannon, Joe Haldeman, Richard Hatch, Jim Hines, D.B. Jackson, Albin Johnson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, Katherine Kurtz, Ellen Kushner, Sharon Lee, George R.R. Martin, Todd McCaffrey, Steve Miller, Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Tamora Pierce, Mark Poole, John Ringo, Kim Stanley Robinson, Carrie Ryan, Delia Sherman, Michael Stackpole, Allen Steele, Bruce Sterling, S.M. Stirling, Lani Tupu, John Varley, David Weber, Connie Willis, Janny Wurts, Timothy Zahn, and too many more to list.

Yes, Mike is an insanely busy person; if you see him at a convention please feed him lots of caffeine and/or beer.

When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is an under-employed graphic designer and lives in Richmond, Virginia

Sarah Pinsker [Schedule]
Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award winning novelette Our Lady of the Open Road. Her novelette In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at and
Tim Powers [Schedule]
is an American Science Fiction and Fantasy Author with fourteen novels (currently) to his credit and more short fiction than I can shake a stick at. His most recent novel, Medusa's Web was released earlier this year. Two of his novels, Last Call and Declare are winners of the World Fantasy Award. Powers excels at "secret histories", fictional accounts of both real and fictional characters, shoehorned into the middle of documented historical events. While history records the mundane goings on, Powers inserts into the narrative secret, usually supernatural, events behind the scenes, which provide additional motivations and explanations for the, sometimes inexplicable events which drive history and civilizations. Powers currently lives in California with his wife and the requisite plethora of cats.
Betsy A. Riley [Schedule]

Betsy wrote her first short story in 2011 for an online contest, which she won—and got hooked on the format. When the publisher for that anthology dropped out, she started her own imprint and published that anthology and several more. After attending several of Allen Wold’s short story workshops, she got kicked out for being a “ringer”, but she still sneaks back in when she can. At last count, her poetry and short stories were tied at about 30 each, published in magazines and anthologies, such as Zombies Gone Wild (vol.1) and Bonded by Blood V: Doomsday Descends.

Betsy is not sure where she got the penchant for horror, but is resigned to the fact that her romantic heroes turn out to be serial killers or demons. She uses a number of pen names to separate her genres (paranormal, horror, western, scifi, Southern gothic). She’s entranced and entangled by the alternate reality she’s created for a series of braided novels, intended as social satire (combining biowarfare and voodoo). Constantly sidetracked by her art: book illustrations and covers, and cosplay elements made from sustainable materials. Betsy’s creations range from fairy crowns to giant monster heads, such as “Frank-Ein-Stein”.

The writings of Asimov and Heinlein influenced her to choose computing as a career, giving her access to the leading edge of science and technology. She lives in rural Montgomery county with her husband Ken, and new rescue puppy, Toby (who is clearly a contortionist).

Lezli Robyn [Schedule]
Lezli Robyn is an Australian genre author and Assistant Publisher of Arc Manor, who has moved to the United States, where she lives with a gorgeous blue-eyed mini-Dachshund/Chihuahua named Bindi (which means "little girl" in several Aboriginal Australian dialects). Since her first short story sale to Clarkesworld, Lezli has sold fiction to professional markets around the world, including Asimov's and Analog. In 2009 she was proud to become a finalist for the Australian Aurealis Award for Best SF Story, and finalist for the 2010 Spanish Premio Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Short Story, as well as a 2010 Campbell Award Nominee for Best New Writer. In 2011 she won the Catalan Premi Ictineu Award with Mike Resnick for Best Translated Story, for "Soulmates", and they won the award again in 2014, for their short story "Benchwarmer". In 2016 her collection with Mike Resnick, Soulmates, was published by Phoenix Pick. Forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books is On the Mechanical Wings of a Dream, and Bittersuite, to be published by Ticonderoga Press.
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. And too, he performs occasionally as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010, WSFS nominations in in 2012 and 2013, and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and for Best Novel in 2016. He won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel in 2016. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. His latest work is a very different kind of book, an anthropomorphic SF novel that explores prophecy, intolerance, political betrayal, and a drug that lets you talk to the dead.

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]
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a fify-year-old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including 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.), Tweets of the Damned (2015, Sha'Daa Facets, McKeown, ed), and The Great Chasm (2016, Alternate States of the Union, Hauman, 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. For more about Space and Time, please visit
David Sklar [Schedule]
Jon Skovron [Schedule]
Jon Skovron is the author of several Young Adult fantasy novels, including Misfit, Man Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World. His first adult fantasy series, The Empire of Storms, began last June with the release of Hope and Red, published by Orbit Books. The Barnes and Noble SF&F blog said "Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s quite a world", and author Sam Sykes described it as "Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around." The second book in the series, Bane and Shadow, will be out February 2017.

Jon's short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen's Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins, and GRIM from Harlequin Teen. He lives with his two sons and two cats just outside Washington DC, where he hosts a regular writing discussion series at the Arlington Public Library. His website is Subscribe to his newsletter at

Alan Smale [Schedule]
Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, science fiction and fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and his debut novel set in the same universe, Clash of Eagles, was published by Random House/Del Rey in 2015. The series continues with Eagle in Exile (2016) and will conclude with Eagle and Empire (2017). Alan has sold 40 short stories to Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Abyss & Apex, and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed.

Alan grew up in England, and has degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently performs research on black holes and neutron stars at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and serves as director of an astrophysics data archive. In what is jokingly called his “spare time” Alan also sings bass for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella. Check out his Web site at, or follow him on Facebook/AlanSmale or Twitter/@AlanSmale.
J. J. Smith [Schedule]
J.J. Smith is a writer and journalist living in the Washington, D.C. area. His fiction has appeared in the magazines The Sterling Web and Black Lantern Publishing, and in the anthology Halloween Shrieks. During 2016, J.J.’s story “The Bearwalker” was published in the anthology Tales from the Witch’s Cauldron (published by Horrified Press), and his story “Gregory’s Tree” was published in the anthology Dark Magic: Witches, Hackers, and Robots (published by Owl Hollow Press). In 2009, his book of reported haunted locations and ghost lore in Northern Virginia—Haunted Alexandria and Northern Virginia—was published. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. J.J. has been a hard-news reporter for international news services, and for newspapers. While a reporter, J.J. found the position had the perks of being able to publicly ask powerful men embarrassing questions, and to acquire feature writing assignments that enabled him to interview top horror writers such as Clive Barker, Doug Winter and Peter Straub (however, his favorite interview was with Alice Cooper). He also wrote a horror column called “Eerie Beat” for a hip, weekly newspaper called Buffalo Beat (Buffalo is located in Erie County, New York, hence, “Eerie”). Eerie Beat was weekly, and there was so much eerie stuff going on around Western New York that he never missed a deadline. Now—after 13 years of reporting on Capitol Hill in Washington—J.J. spends his daylight hours writing summaries of House and Senate hearings.

Michelle D. Sonnier [Schedule]
Michelle D. Sonnier specializes in mythic fiction, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and classic horror. She delights in giving a giggle and a shiver. Her most recent publication, a collection of short stories named "Charmed City: Thirteen Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure," is available from Otter Libris in hard copy at ( and in a wide variety of e-book formats at Smashwords ( You can visit her website,, or Facebook,, for all her latest news.
Bud Sparhawk [Schedule]
Bud Sparhawk’s novel Shattered Dreams will be released next May at Balticon from eSpec Books. His latest novel, Distant Seas is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. He has a mass market paperback novel: Vixen and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front To Back and Dancing With Dragons. He has three e-Novels available through Amazon and other channels.

Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award and has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best Sf #11 (EOS, ISBN-13:978-0-06-087341-7l, David Harwell-Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St Martins Press, Garner Dozois – Editor.)

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog Fact/Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in six Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications and audio books. He has put out several collections of some of his published works in ebook format. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at

Elaine Stiles [Schedule]
Fandom, writing and love of the media sums up my life with a large dose of baseball and music thrown in. In the ninth grade I concluded I’d earn my living as a scriptwriter or behind the scenes TV journalist. Reading Isaac Azimov on science led to my discovery of SF magazines and books and the existence of fandom. By college I’d largely dropped fiction focusing on journalism beginning with a stint as a DJ and journalist for the school’s NPR station WHRW and offers to write music reviews for fledgling magazines before a stint writing for AP Sports before deciding on graduate school for an MA in Communications. My thesis, “The Difference Between NASA’s and SF Writers’ Views of the Future of Space Exploration led to an internship covering science for the Baltimore Sun, which in turn led to freelancing as a reporter for area papers and regularly writing science book reviews for the Sun before turning to a steadier income source. More than 20 years as a tech writer and editor and immersion into fandom followed. With my recent retirement, I’ve now come full circle. I’m again paying attention to TV, movies and even radio and writing stories with an eye to eventual publication.
Steve Stiles [Schedule]
Steve Stiles studied at The High School of Music & Art and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His first cartoon for a fanzine appeared in Cry of the Nameless, edited by F.M. Busby and Elinor Busby. His work has since appeared in many fanzines including Xero, Void, Mimosa, Trap Door, Banana Wings, and Vojo de Vivo. His first professional sale, in 1961, was a cartoon for Paul Krassner's The Realist. After a stint in the military as an illustrator, he worked in advertising before becoming a freelancer in 1975. He has worked in genres ranging from underground comix to children's books to superhero comics. Most recently, he designed a Peace and Humanitarian Achievements medal for the Samaritan community in Israel.

He has won five Fan Activity Achievement (FAAn) Awards for best artist (2001, 2003-2006). In 1998, Stiles won the first Bill Rotsler Award, named after prolific fan artist Bill Rotsler. He was a Hugo Award nominee as Best Fan Artist in 1967, 1968, 2003 through 2008, and 2010-2015 and in 2016 won the Hugo in that category.
James R. Stratton [Schedule]
Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. He began writing his tales 20+ years ago, and has he’s been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales and poetry in roughly fifty venues over the years, including nine appearances in the various incarnations of Nth Degree Magazine. Most recently, he has appeared in the anthologies Fantastic Futures 13 (2013) and Bad Ass Fairies IV- It’s Elemental (2014), and will be appearing in the next issues of Nth Degree Magazine and the Best of Nth Degree Anthology due out next year. His final reveal will come with publication of his novel, The Dokkalfar’s Ploy, when he will emerge into the light, triumphant.
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. In 2016, Carrel Books published his two related volumes, Ranking the First Ladies and Ranking the Vice Presidents. 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.

His web site is

Lee Strong [Schedule]
Lee Strong is currently writing in the universes of Edgar Rice Burroughs. His first novel, A Soldier of Poloda, is due out from Dark Horse Books this fall. His second and third novels, Untamed Pellucidar and Kirov of Pellucidar, will be published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. in 2017. Lee previously published numerous short stories in The Mad Engineer, The WSFA Journal, The National Capital Panthans Journal, and The Mucker Magazine. Lee also writes questions for the Museum of Science Fiction Trivia Contest at

Lee previously worked for the worlds’ largest science fiction organization, the US Department of Defense. One of his government reports changed international policy. On another occasion, Lee sang a Federal report.

Samples of Lee’s work can be found on and
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.
K.M. Szpara [Schedule]
K.M. Szpara's short fiction appears in Lightspeed, Shimmer, and Glittership. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and the editor of Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculate Fiction (Starred Review, Publishers Weekly). Kelly lives in Baltimore, MD, with a miniature poodle. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at his day job as a paralegal. On nights and weekends, he writes science fiction and fantasy novels that advance his queer agenda. You can find him on Twitter at @KMSzpara.

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Hugh Taylor [Schedule]
Michael A. Ventrella [Schedule]
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President follows Arch Enemies and The Axes of Evil. He edits the Tales of Fortannis fantasy series, and his short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Dreamers in Hell, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives, Rum and Runestones, and Twisted Tails. Early next year will find the new anthology series Baker Street Irregulars, co-edited with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. 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.
David Walton [Schedule]
David Walton is a native of Philadelphia and recipient of the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal Mind. His latest books, Superposition and Supersymmetry, are quantum physics murder mysteries that will bend your mind into new and interesting shapes. He is also the author of Quintessence, a science fantasy in which the Earth is really flat, and its sequel, Quintessence Sky. David lives a double life as an engineer in the aerospace industry and is the father of seven children.
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. Check out his website at
Joan Wendland [Schedule]
Joan Wendland is a local game designer ( and aspiring author ( Her current project is Backstage: a novel of secret agendas, slow burn romance, and imaginary cats.
Joan's secret identity is an engineer by day. Sssshhh, don't tell anyone!
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
Martin Wilsey [Schedule]
Martin Wilsey is a writer, hunter, photographer, rabble rouser, father, friend, marksman, story teller, frightener of children, carnivore, engineer, fool, philosopher, cook and madman. He and his wife Brenda live in Virginia where, just to keep him off the streets, he works as a research scientist for a government funded think tank.

Mr. Wilsey’s most recent work is the Solstice 31 Saga, a science fiction trilogy.

Steven H. Wilson [Schedule]
Steven H. Wilson is an author, podcaster, and publisher. He has interviewed Jonathan Frakes and William Campbell for Starlog, written for DC Comics Star Trek classic and Warlord series, and, most recently, served as principal writer and director for Prometheus Radio Theatre and publisher of Firebringer Press. His original science fiction series, The Arbiter Chronicles, currently boasting nineteen full-cast audio dramas and the novels Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion, has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama (long form). A third Arbiter Chronicles novel, Sacrifice Play, is premiering in the Summer of 2016, and four Arbiter Logs novellas are available as eBooks on Kindle and all other platforms. Steve is also a contributor to Crazy 8 Press’s ReDeus series edited by Bob Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg & Paul Kupperberg, and to Sequart’s series of essay collections on Star Wars. As a podcaster, besides hosting the Prometheus Radio Theatre podcast, Steve has recorded Lester Del Rey’s Badge of Infamy for, multiple roles in J. Daniel Sawyer’s production of The Antithesis Progression, and Nobilis Reed’s Geek Love audio anthology. Steve entered SF fandom as a fanzine writer in 1984, and worked on the committees and Shore Leave, Clippercon and OktoberTrek before becoming founding co-chairman of Farpoint. He has now (mostly) retired from convention organizing to focus on writing and publishing. Outside of the world of writing, publishing, and podcasting, Steve is Chief Technology Office for Howard County (MD) Fire & Rescue, and a consultant to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He and his wife Renee and their two sons live in Elkridge, MD.

Steve blogs when time allows, at

Brigitte Winter [Schedule]
Brigitte Winter is a storyteller, a jewelry-maker, a convener of artists and art-lovers, and the Executive Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater (, a Washington, DC nonprofit that inspires young people to realize the power of their voices through creative writing. Along with Dustin Blottenberger, she is the co-founder of No Discipline Arts Collective (@NoDisciplineArtsCollective on Facebook), an artist-led initiative committed to producing cross-disciplinary work that breaks down traditional boundaries between isolated artists and disciplines. Since August 2014, No Discipline has presented six pop-up art events featuring 50 artists and writers and benefiting causes including the ALS Foundation, the Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Columbia Writers, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. Brigitte’s short fiction is featured in Columbia Writers’ 2014 anthology, Trapped Tales, and City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales by Forest Avenue Press. Her micro fiction has been published in 101Fiction, Nail Polish Stories, and Alban Lake Publishing’s November 2014 Drabble Harvest journal, Tourism on Other Worlds. All of her celebrity crushes are on authors. Follow Brigitte @bwinterose on Instragram and Twitter, check out her jewelry at, and stay tuned for her latest project: a pre-apocalyptic coming-of-age adventure novel.
A.C. Wise [Schedule]
A.C. Wise's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Shimmer, and, among other places. Her collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, are both available from Lethe Press. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly review column to Apex Magazine. Find her online at
Allen L. Wold [Schedule]
Allen L. 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]
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She is an editor and metadata curator for CDISC, a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange. Her focus is in technical communication, copyright, accessibility, and bridging the gap between web and print mediums.

In her free time, Darcy works with fractals and makes abstracts and fantasy 'scapes. She also designs animated web ads for her chorus, and the occasional book cover for her father.

Mike Zipser [Schedule]
When Mike Zipser was in the sixth grade, a friend named Jerome showed Mike his first science fiction book. He’s been reading science fiction almost exclusively ever since. Much later he and his lovely and pedantic wife (She Who Must Be Consulted) discovered fandom. Together they have worked on or run convention Art Shows and Programming for more years than they care to think about. When not reading Mike watches a whole lot of TV and horror films, plays RPGs, and enjoys retirement.

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