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Roger MacBride Allen Doug Fratz Ernest Lilley Darrell Schweitzer
Bob Angell Jim Freund Jim Mann George Scithers
Catherine Asaro Esther Friesner Thomas McCabe Jeri Smith-Ready
Lenny Bailes Gregory Frost Victoria McManus Maria V. Snyder
Elaine Brennan Laura Anne Gilman Nancy Jane Moore Bud Sparhawk
Colleen Cahill David Hartwell James Morrow Steve Stiles
Michael Capobianco Peter Heck Patrick Nielsen Hayden Michael Swanwick
Brenda Clough John G. Hemry Teresa Nielsen Hayden Diane Turnshek
Kathryn Cramer Walter H. Hunt Terri Osborne Catherynne Valente
A. C. Crispin Matt Jarpe Paul Park Michail Velichansky
Dennis Danvers Jane Jewell Kim Stanley Robinson Lawrence Watt-Evans
Keith R. A. DeCandido Mindy L. Klasky Benjamin Rosenbaum Tom Whitmore
Thomas M Doyle Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani) Sam Scheiner Allen Wold
Andy Duncan Barbara Krasnoff Lawrence M. Schoen John C. Wright
David Louis Edelman L. Jagi Lamplighter Karl Schroeder Mike Zipser
Scott Edelman Edward M. Lerner Edmund Schubert  

Roger MacBride Allen
Bob Angell
R R Angell was born under a full moon, a telling detail. As a Libran, he is always seeking balance; he rides a unicycle and wishes he could juggle better. You may have seen his work in Asimov's, The Baltimore Review, Gargoyle, and other places.
Catherine Asaro
has a Ph.D. in chemical physics and M.A. in physics. She was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research, which she currently runs. A former ballerina, Catherine has performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts and in Ohio. In the 1980's she was a principal dancer and artistic director of the Mainly Jazz Dancers and the Harvard University Ballet. Catherine's fiction blends hard science fiction and exciting space adventure with some elements of romance. She is best known for her Saga of the Skolian Empire series. Her novels include Primary Inversion, Catch the Lightning, The Last Hawk, The Radiant Seas, The Veiled Web, The Quantum Rose, Ascendant Sun, The Phoenix Code, The Moon's Shadow, Schism, and others.
Lenny Bailes
has been a science fiction fan for 35 years, editing fanzines, writing about science fiction and participating in online forums. He's been a program director and panel ringleader for Potlatch and loves discussing satirical "literary cartooning" in SF novels and short stories and in graphic novels. He also teaches computer skills and writes computer self-help books.
Elaine Brennan
is generally so busy working on cons that she has a hard time getting to programming. She's determined to change that with Capclave.
Colleen Cahill
works at the Library of Congress where she spends some time as the Recommending Officer for Science Fiction and Fantasy. By night, she writes reviews for Fast-Forward TV, SFRevu, BookPage, the WSFA Journal and several others. Her signature file says it all: Librarian by profession, reviewer by avocation, reader by addiction.
Michael Capobianco
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.

Brenda Clough
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.
Kathryn Cramer
Editor and Anthologist. Kathryn lives in Pleasantville, New York with David Hartwell & their two children. She usually forgets to mention her award nominations & newly released books.
A. C. Crispin
is the author of bestselling Star Wars novels and Star Trek novels, but her most famous genre work was the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries V. Crispin and noted fantasy author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together.

A.C. Crispin has been active in SFWA since soon after joining the organization in 1983. She and Victoria Strauss created SFWA's "scam watchdog" committee, Writer Beware, in 1998. Crispin still serves as the Chair. Writer Beware warns aspiring writers about the numerous scam agents and publishers that infest the Internet these days. Crispin and Strauss have assisted law enforcement in bringing several infamous con artists to justice. Before submitting your work, visit Writer Beware.

Her major science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series, which will be reissued in omnibus editions from Meisha Merlin in 2007. Crispin's newest work is an original fantasy trilogy for Harper/Eos, The Exiles of Boq'urain. Book one, Storms of Destiny, was released August 2005, and she is hard at work on Book 2, Winds of Vengeance. Book 3, Flames of Chaos, will be her next project.

She currently teaches writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

Dennis Danvers
has written eight science fiction and fantasy novels, Wilderness (Bram Stoker nominee), Time and Time Again, Circuit of Heaven (New York Times Notable, 1998), End of Days, The Fourth World, The Watch (New York Times Notable, 2002; Booklist 10 Best SF novels, 2002), and The Bright Spot (under the pseudonym Robert Sydney). He holds a Ph.D. in literature and an MFA in fiction and has taught writing and literature at all levels. He currently teaches science fiction and fantasy classes at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and writes full time.
Keith R. A. DeCandido
DeCandido is the author of over 30 novels, as well as dozens of short stories, comic books, eBooks, essays, and nonfiction books, many of them in various media universes: Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Farscape, Andromeda, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Spider-Man, and much much more. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and his most recent work is the Buffy novel Blackout, which focuses on one of the previous Slayers, Nikki Wood.
Thomas M Doyle
writes in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. His stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Futurismic, Aeon, and Ideomancer. Currently, he's finishing work on his first novel. Read "Crossing Borders" (2004) on Strange Horizons.
Andy Duncan
Andy Duncan's short-fiction credits include a Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, including one for his collection Beluthahatchie and Other Stories. He claims that this year's Capclave GoH, Stan Robinson, can verify that he's friendly, well-informed, and doesn't make noise when he eats.
David Louis Edelman
David Louis Edelman is the author of Infoquake, just out from Pyr. Sample the first seven chapters. "Hack the body, and the mind will follow." Over the past ten years, he's programmed websites for the U.S. Army and the FBI, taught software to the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, written articles for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, and directed the marketing departments of biometric and e-commerce companies.
Scott Edelman
Scott Edelman (the editor) currently edits both Science Fiction Weekly, the Internet magazine of news, reviews and interviews, with more than 635,000 registered readers; and Sci Fi, the official print magazine of the Sci Fi Channel. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run from 1992 through 2000. He also edited Sci-Fi Entertainment for almost four years, 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. Scott Edelman (the writer) has published more than 50 short stories in magazines such as The Twilight Zone, Absolute Magnitude, The Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives, Science Fiction Review and Fantasy Book, and anthologies such as Crossroads: Southern Tales of the Fantastic, Men Writing SF as Women, MetaHorror, Once Upon a Galaxy, Moon Shots and Mars Probes. He has twice been a Stoker Award finalist in the category of Short Story.
Doug Fratz
is currently reviewing books for Science Fiction Weekly, and has been reviewing and writing on SF for over 30 years; Doug was the publisher and editor of the Hugo-Award-nominated magazine THRUST/QUANTUM for 20 years. He is also an environmental scientist with expertise in global environmental issues and environmental chemistry.
Jim Freund
describes himself as an editor, writer, and producer for "New and Old Media". Each Saturday morning between 5 and 7 am on WBAI (99.5 fm) in New York, he produces and hosts Hour of the Wolf, a two-hour live radio program presenting science fiction, fantasy, and related fields of endeavor. You can listen on your own schedule through the website. While the show concentrates on literary sf and fantasy, they do admit to having an occasional "Guilty Pleasures" episode regarding film and television.
Esther Friesner
Gregory Frost
demonstrates his mastery of the short story form in what will surely rank as one of the best fantasy collections of the year," according to Publisher's Weekly in its 2005 review of Attack of the Jazz Giants & Other Stories.

His latest novel, Fitcher'S Brides, from Tor Books, is a recasting of the fairy tale of Bluebeard as a terrifying story of faith and power in 19th century New York State. His fantasy duology, Shadowbridge, will be published in spring 2008 by Del Rey Books.

Frost has been a finalist for almost every major award in the fantasy field. His shorter work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Magazine, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy, and in numerous award-winning anthologies such as Nalo Hopkinson's Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Snow White Blood Red, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Some of his work has been included in the Best New Horror collections edited by Stephen Jones. Frost's latest stories are "Tengu Mountain," in Datlow & Windling's anthology, The Faery Reel, "So Coldly Sweet, So Deadly Fair," in the April 2006 edition of Weird Tales magazine, and "Ill-Met in Ilium" in the anthology Secret History.

He is the current Fiction Writing Workshop Director at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, and has twice taught the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop at Michigan State University (along with Kim Stanley Robinson he's also a 1975 Clarion alumnus).

He has been a researcher for non-fiction television and an actor in some very "B" horror films, including S.P. Somtow's notorious "The Laughing Dead".

Laura Anne Gilman
The former Executive Editor of Roc/NAL, Laura Anne left her day job at the end of 2003, in order to put more energy into her own writing. Her first original novel, the fantasy/caper Staying Dead, came out in 2004, followed by Curse The Dark in 2005 and Bring It On in July 2006, with the next scheduled for 2007. Her YA trilogy, Grail Quest, came out from HarperCollins this year. She is also the author of several non-fiction books for teenagers, and co-edited the anthologies OtherWere: Stories of Transformation and Treachery & Treason.
David Hartwell
edits the annual Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy (with Kathryn Cramer) anthologies. He is senior editor at Tor Books and previously worked at Arbor House, William Morrow, and Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster. He co-edited (with Kathryn Cramer) The Ascent of Wonder, an anthology on hard sf that was followed by The Hard SF Renaissance. He also serves as Reviews and Features Editor for the New York Review of Science Fiction.
Peter Heck
is the author of the "Mark Twain Mysteries" series from Berkley Prime Crime: Death on the Mississippi, A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court, The Prince and the Prosecutor, The Guilty Abroad, The Mysterious Strangler and Tom's Lawyer. Peter's newest book is No Phule Like an Old Phule, which continues Robert Asprin's "Phule's Company" series. Peter is also a regular reviewer for Asimov's. Besides the written word, his interests include music (playing lead guitar with Col. Leonard's Irregulars) and chess (founding member of the Chestertown Chess Club, and a USCF member).
John G. Hemry
is a retired US Navy officer and the author of the JAG in space series, the latest of under the name Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet). He had a story in the latest Chicks in Chainmail anthology and also has essays in BenBella books on Charmed, Star Wars, Superman, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. John's also a SFWA musketeer. He lives in Maryland with his wife (the incomparable S) and three kids.
Walter H. Hunt
is the author of four science-fiction novels published by Tor Books, most recently The Dark Crusade. 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.
Matt Jarpe
is a scientist and a science fiction writer living in Quincy, Mass. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins and works at a pharmaceutical company called Biogen Idec. He has published short stories in Asimov's Science Fiction and F&SF. His first novel RADIO FREEFALL will come out next summer from Tor.
Jane Jewell
is the executive director of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Emergency Medical Fund coordinator. She's also a freelance photographer for Locus. Jane lives with her husband, author Peter Heck, in Chestertown, Maryland.
Mindy L. Klasky
learned to read when her parents told her that she could travel anywhere with a book in her hands. She never forgot that advice. Mindy's travels have taken her through multiple careers in multiple cities. When she realized that lawyering kept her from writing, Mindy became a librarian, and she now manages a large law library in Washington, DC. Her most recent novel is GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT (in stores, October 2006), and she can be reached through her website -
Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani)
is an astrophysicist who also writes science fiction under the pseudonym Eric Kotani.
Barbara Krasnoff
has published short stories in Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Amazing, Weird Tales, and Descant. She's also written Robots: Reel to Real which was supposed to head up a young adult series of books called How It Works -- but the publisher was eaten by a larger publisher instead. Find it at your local library.
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Has stories published in The Leading Edge, Dreams of Decadence, and Don't Open This Book!, Marvin Kaye's anthology of dark fantasy stories. She is married to John C. Wright and presently lives in Virginia, with their three children, Justinian, Orville and Wilbur.
Edward M. Lerner
has degrees in physics and computer science, background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing SF full-time. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the newly released collection Creative Destruction. His short fiction has appeared in Analog, Artemis, and Baen's Universe magazines, on Amazon Shorts, and in the anthologies Year's Best SF 7 and WSFA's own Future Washington. The novel Fleet of Worlds, Ed's first collaboration with Larry Niven, is scheduled for 2007 release.
Ernest Lilley
Thomas McCabe
is a lifelong Mars enthusiast and a career intelligence analyst currently employed as an aviation analyst by the Department of Defense in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from West Chester State College in Pennyslvania, an MA in international relations from Georgetown, and a Masters of Science Degree in strategic intelligence from Defense Intelligence College. He is also a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. His writings have been published in AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL, AIR CHRONICLES, the ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR POWER REVIEW, STRATEGIC REVIEW, and AVIATION WEEK AND SPACE TCHNOLOGY. And with all that and a dollar, he can get a cup of coffee at McDonalds.
Victoria McManus
YA Author, reviewer, and interviewer. Victoria resides in Philadelphia.
Nancy Jane Moore
lives in Washington, DC where she works as a legal editor. She attended Clarion West in 1997 and has short stories in many anthologies, including WSFA Press's Future Washington.
James Morrow
has been writing fiction since, shortly after his seventh birthday, 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, Morrow proceeded to write nine speculative-fiction novels and enough short stories to constitute two collections. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice, the Nebula Award twice, and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire once. His most recent effort, a postmodern historical novel called The Last Witchfinder, was a New York Times Editor's Choice. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, son, and two professional dogs.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
is an anthologist, book editor, musician, and fan. His original anthology series Starlight won the World Fantasy Award; he has also edited a variety of reprint anthologies. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he co-edited the fanzines Telos and Izzard and won TAFF in 1985; today, the Nielsen Haydens co-write the weblog Making Light. He works as a senior editor and the manager of SF and fantasy for Tor Books, and plays lead guitar and sings with the New York City band Whisperado. The Nielsen Haydens live in Brooklyn, New York.
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
has been a fan for more than thirty years, works as a Consulting Editor for Tor Books, and maintains a weblog called Making Light.
Terri Osborne
made her professional fiction writing debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed "Three Sides to Every Story," a story of Jake Sisko and Tora Ziyal in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tenth-anniversary anthology Prophecy and Change. Other short fiction includes "Q'uandary," the Selar story in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits, and "Eighteen Minutes," a story featuring the Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager tenth-anniversary anthology Distant Shores (to be published in November). Her eBook Malefictorum, the landmark 50th installment in the monthly Star Trek: S.C.E. series and a 24th Century locked-room murder mystery, was released in March, reaching #7 on's overall bestseller list. She has recently landed eBook number 61 in the Star Trek: S.C.E. series, entitled Progress, in which we'll revisit the people of Drema IV and catch up with a young woman named Sarjenka. Beyond that, she is hard at work at more fiction, both in and out of the Star Trek universe, including an original dark fantasy novel.
Paul Park
lives in Berkshire County with his wife Deborah and his children Lucius and Miranda. His novel The Tourmaline, second in the fantasy series that began last year with A Princess of Roumania, is out this summer from Tor Books, to be followed next year by The White Tyger. Other recent titles include No Traveler Returns, from PS publishing, and Three Marys and If Lions Could Speak and other stories, both from Cosmos/Wildside. Out of print books include The Gospel of Corax, Celestis, Soldiers of Paradise, Sugar Rain, and The Cult of Loving Kindness. Often nominated for the usual awards, he has never won any of them, or anything else for that matter.
Kim Stanley Robinson
is widely regarded as one of the finest science fiction writers alive today. He has been writing since 1975 but is best known for his 'Mars Trilogy' that started with Red Mars in 1992, which won the 1993 Nebula Award for best novel, continued with Green Mars (1993), which won the 1994 Hugo Award for best novel and concluded with Blue Mars (1995) that also won the Hugo Award for best novel in 1996. He is also well known for his 'Orange Country Trilogy' (also known as Three California's) which comprises of The Wild Shore (1984), The Gold Coast (1988) and Pacific Edge (1990) with Pacific Edge winning the Campbell Memorial Award. Antarctica (1998) dealt with many of the ecological issues surrounding Antarctica. The Years of Rice and Salt (2002) was an ambitious epic imagining a world where the Plague wiped out 95% of the population of Europe, leaving the East to become the dominate force in the world. His latest book, Fifty Degrees Below (2005) is the second part of a trio of books under the title 'The Capital Code', which tackle the issues of global warming, science and politics. He also has a story in the Washington Science Fiction Association's new anthology, Future Washington (2004).
Benjamin Rosenbaum
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).
Sam Scheiner
is a long-time fan and scientist. His scientific areas of expertise are ecology and evolution, where he has published 6 books and over 60 scientific papers. He has also co-authored a book with SF author Phyllis Eisenstein on arthritis. Currently he works at the National Science Foundation giving away money.
Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, spent ten years as a college professor, and currently works as the chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities. He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language. He lives in Philadelphia.
Karl Schroeder
was born in Brandon Manitoba. His family are Mennonites, part of a community which has lived in southern Manitoba for over one hundred years. He is the second science fiction writer to come out of this small community -- the first was A.E. van Vogt! He currently divides his time between writing fiction and consulting--chiefly in the area of Foresight Studies and technology. Read Community at Or check out his new blog, Age of Embodiment ., which focuses on culture, society, art and life in the post-post-modern age.
Edmund Schubert
Edmund Schubert's fiction has been published over thirty times in the past four years, with stories appearing in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and England. Notable recent publications include the 20th anniversary issue of Hardboiled mystery magazine (Summer '05), the premiere issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (Oct. '05), an audio production by (Feb. '06), and as Featured Writer in Futures Mystery Anthology (May '06). He was hired as editor of Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show in June, 2006.

Edmund also writes non-fiction, and is executive editor of a quarterly business magazine, North Carolina Career Network Magazine. He writes an occasional newspaper column for the Greensboro (NC) News & Record, and a monthly non-fiction column for The Horror Library.

Despite all this, Edmund still maintains that his greatest achievement was when the underground newspaper he published in college made him the subject of a professor's lecture -- in abnormal psychology.

Darrell Schweitzer
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 (where his interview with last year's Capclave GoH Howard Waldrop is in the current issue; he has a story in the next one), 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.
George Scithers
was the founding editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, for which he won the Hugo twice, in 1979 and 1981. He edited Amazing from 1982 to 1986, and has been co-editor (and occasionally, publisher) of Weird Tales since 1988. He's sold his own fiction to editors including John W. Campbell, Jr., Ben Bova, and Frederick Pohl. He's been active as a fan -- from running the 1963 Worldcon, Discon 1 in Washington, DC, to publishing Amra, which received two Best Fanzine Hugos -- in 1963 and 1967.
Jeri Smith-Ready
has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. She holds a master's degree in environmental policy and lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and two hounds (current count). Jeri's first novel, urban fantasy Requiem for the Devil, was released in 2001. Her new epic fantasy trilogy will begin November 2006 with the Luna Books publication of The Eyes of Crow.
Maria V. Snyder
changed careers in 1995 from being a Meteorologist to a Novelist when she began working on her first novel, Poison Study. Published in October 2005, Poison Study has gotten many great reviews, including a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Poison Study has won the Compton Crook Award for best first book of 2005, which is given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, and has also been nominated for a Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in the Best First Book Category.

Her next book, Magic Study, will be released on September 26, 2006 and Fire Study is scheduled for an October 2007 release. Maria also writes freelance articles for a number of regional magazines, and has a monthly travel article in Business Woman Magazine. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in writing from Seton Hill University.

Bud Sparhawk
started reading science fiction around 1948 or so, touching on the Bradbury stories in Colliers and Reader's Digest. His serious reading of SF, and the beginnings of his desire to write, began later, when he was barely into his teens. He has detailed the journey that he has taken since that fateful day in a biography published by TANGENT (Spring, 1995.) ANALOG ran a Biolog by Jay Kay Klien in the May '94 issue. And, soon after, the local paper wrote an article about his first cover story for Analog. He says: "I am much like the majority of people who enjoy speculative fiction: I have a very demanding day-job and what little spare time I do have I spend either sailing on Chesapeake Bay (Spring - Autumn), Square dancing (September - June) and writing, writing, writing."
Steve Stiles
Fanzines and Humor.
Michael Swanwick
has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards for his work. Stations of the Tide was honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. "The Edge of the World," was awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 1989 and nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. "Radio Waves" received the World Fantasy Award in 1996. "The Very Pulse of the Machine" received the Hugo Award in 1999, as did "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur" in 2000. His books include In the Drift, Vacuum Flowers, Griffin's Egg, Stations of the Tide, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Jack Faust, and Bones of the Earth.
Diane Turnshek
has written short fiction and works with teen writers each year in the Alpha Workshop. This year, she's also the Eastern Regional Director of SFWA and will be running the Nebula Awards Weekend this coming May.
Catherynne Valente
is a novelist and short story writer with three books out currently The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams and The Grass-Cutting Sword from Wildside/Prime, and a series The Orphan's Tales due out from Bantam Spectra just a few days after Capclave. Her short fiction has appeared in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, the PEN collection The Book of Voices, Fantasy Magazine, Jabberwocky, and is forthcoming from Electric Velocipede, Best New Fantasy, and Salon Fantastique, an anthology from Ellen Datlow. Papaveria Press has also published her short story Ghosts of Gunkanjima in a handbound book measuring 2.5" high by 2" wide, perfect-bound, with a Japanese paper cover and black satin spine.
Michail Velichansky
was born in the former Soviet Union, but left with his parents when he was five years old. After living in Austria and Italy, Michail's family received political asylum from the United States. This was less exciting to a five year old than things like Legos and gum and ripe bananas, which were all quite new and delicious (except, possibly, the Legos). Michail has been writing for five years. He received 1st place in the 1st quarter 2005 Writers of the Future award and recently made his first professional sale to the horror anthology Corpse Blossoms. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park. He also attended the Odyssey writing workshop in 2003.
Lawrence Watt-Evans
is the author of more than thirty novels, over one hundred short stories, over one hundred and fifty published articles, and a few comic books, as well as the editor of one published anthology. Most of his writing has been in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic books. He has been a full-time writer and editor for more than twenty-five years, and is always interested in new projects.
Tom Whitmore
has been a bookseller for over thirty years and a partner in a bookstore for twenty-nine; The Other Change of Hobbit in Berkeley, California. He's been a co-chair at a Worldcon (ConJosé in 2002), and implemented the first example of Elevator Party Hosts. He's been a reviewer for LOCUS, and once made Gene Wolfe jealous by telling him how much writing reviews for computer magazines paid. He's a massage therapist and a student of Hakomi. He was on the founding board of the Cohousing Association in the US, and lived for several years in Puget Ridge Cohousing. He collected art at cons before discovering that his grandmother had been a print dealer for most of her life. And he lived in the DC area twice -- once while working in a clerical job at the Library of Congress in the period of Nixon's impeachement, and once while working for the Office of Energy Information Validation in the Department of Energy. For stories of his connection with Aleister Crowley and his peculiar ability to find books, you'll have to ask in person.
Allen Wold
was born in Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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, writing when he could make the time. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, at Pomona. He has published nine novels (has written several more, most of which will never see print, thank God), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand). Currently, Allen has one novel, a ghost story, being sent around by his new agent, and is working on an epic heroic fantasy (half way done at 1,000 pages, details on request). Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at conventions for about twenty years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories started in the workshop. Allen is a member of SFWA, and Toastmasters International (which gives him a captive audience).
John C. Wright
John's first science fiction novel, Golden Age, was released in 2002. It was followed by Phoenix Exultant and The Golden Transcendence. His first fantasy, Last Guardian of Everness, was published in April 2003. A sequel, Mists of Everness, came out in 2005. John has published stories in Asimov's and in YEAR'S BEST ANNUAL 3.
Mike Zipser
When he 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 even finds time to work for a cellular phone company.

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