Program Participants


Our Masters (and Mistress) of Ceremonies

In lieu of having a single toastmaster, Detcon1 will be highlighting the talents of three amazing Michiganders who will host our various events.


Jim C. HinesJimHines

Jim C. Hines is a fantasy novelist whose first novel, Goblin Quest, was described by actor and author Wil Wheaton as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write the princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s currently working on the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.

Visit Jim online — and check out those gender-flipped SF/F cover poses he did — at

Tom Smith

TomSmithThe only recording artist to appear on both NPR’s Sound and Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, Tom Smith combines high-energy folk rock, SF/fantasy, popular culture, progressive politics, cartoon voices, unbelievably bad puns, and the occasional recipe into a show you will never forget.

Tom has been praised by such diverse folk as Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Niven, Christine Lavin, Peter B. Gillis, and Dr. Demento. He has eighteen albums so far, and plans several more over the next few years. He has won fourteen Pegasus Awards for Excellence in Filking, written songs for video and movies, and has more projects right now than he actually has time to do, which apparently won’t stop him.

Visit Tom on the web at and


Regrettably, Sarah Zettel has had to withdraw and will not be attending the convention.

Sarah Zettel

SarahZettelSarah Zettel has never met a genre she didn’t like. An award-winning author of more than twenty novels, she’s received critical acclaim for her books and short stories. Her body of work includes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and paranormal historical romance (writing as Marissa Day).  Her novel Bitter Angels (writing as C. L. Anderson) won the 2010 Philip K. Dick award for best paperback original novel.

Sarah is a founding member of Book View Café, a cooperative publisher whose catalogue of award-winning and bestselling books has gone out around the world. Sarah currently lives and writes in an unpronounceable town in Michigan, with where she keeps a husband, a son, and a cat named Buffy the Vermin Slayer.

Find Sarah online at

Program Participants

As of July 8, 2014 – will be updated as further participants confirm their plans.

While previously listed on this page as participants, the following people have had to withdraw from programming:

Maurice Broaddus
Aurora Celeste
Tom Doyle
Stephan Kelly
Dawn Kuczwara
Sharon Lee
Violette Malan
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Steve Miller
Peter Orullian
Laura Resnick
Robert J. Sawyer
Christine Whitlock
Sarah Zettel


Rachael AcksRachael Acks is a writer, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. In addition to her steampunk novella series from Musa Publishing, she’s had short stories in Strange Horizons, Waylines, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, and more. Rachael lives in Houston (where she bicycles, drinks tea, and twirls her ever so dapper mustache) with her two furry little bastards. For more information, see her website ( or watch her tweet (@katsudonburi) way too often.



Saladin AhmedSaladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, Michigan. His first novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy Awards, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal. He was nominated twice for the Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer for his short stories, which have appeared in Year’s Best Science Fiction and have been translated into a half-dozen languages. He has also written nonfiction for NPR Books, Salon, and The Escapist. He holds an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MA in English from Rutgers, and lives near Detroit with his wife and twin children.



Scott H. AndrewsScott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He writes, teaches college chemistry, and is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, two Parsec Awards, and three World Fantasy Awards.



David Aronovitz 150David Aronovitz/The Fine Books Company began purchasing rare and collectible items in 1976 and selling same in 1979. A 27 year member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, he has traveled to, purchased and sold books on every continent (save Antarctica; no book activity there). Holding all genres of fiction and many areas of non-fiction, The Fine Books Company stock contains over 40,000 items over four centuries, including books, periodicals, letters and manuscripts. They issue occasional virtual catalogs, reply to all inquiries, perform appraisals and have published 19 books.



RandyRandy Asplund is an artist known for a quarter century in SF & F circles for his work in Baen Books, Analog, Magic: The Gathering, Star Trek, Amazing Stories, and many other publications, but he is best known around the world as a leader in medieval book arts of the 21st century. He is one of the few people in the world who makes whole books from scratch, just the way it was done in the Middle Ages, with the same tools and materials and style. Learn more about Randy’s work at


Kate BakerKate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 175 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Since joining the Clarkesworld staff in 2009, she has read over 130 stories (500,000+ words) and the Clarkesworld Podcast has been downloaded over 1.8 million times. She has been nominated for a Parsec Award, a World Fantasy Award and has won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, The Drabblecast, and Cast of Wonders.


Beverly BamburyBeverly Bambury is a publicist and a social media coach for writers and comic creators. Learn more about her clients and get advice on increasing the reach of your project at



Andrew BartonAndrew Barton comes from Toronto, where he just bashes this plastic rectangle on his desk and words spew out. He works as an editor for his day job, but not the super-cool story-buying kind of editor you’re probably thinking of. He’s been a slush reader for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine since 2008, and his short stories have appeared in Analog, On Spec, and the Bundoran Press anthology Strange Bedfellows. He blogs irregularly at



Keri BasKeri Bas is a writer and artist from Houston, TX. She creates custom portraits in multiple media for private clients, as well as an array of science fiction, fantasy and fan art. Her short fiction has been published in Alien Skin Magazine and Ideomancer. She leads the Houston Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, a social organization for local writers of all levels and ambitions, which is not unlike herding very creative cats. See her art at or buy prints (and stuff) at



Sharon Bass has been reading SF since she started reading – she blames it on her mom who was also a fan. She learned sewing from her grandmother and her mom. Accidently, she competed in a Masquerade at World Con in Reno. She didn’t do well, but kept trying, winning awards for workmanship and presentation in Chicago and San Antonio.



Amelia Beamer is the author of The Loving Dead, the number two zombie novel of the past decade according to Barnes & Noble. She works as an independent editor and proofreader with major publishers including Shueisha English Edition, a new general imprint of popular Japanese titles translated into English. She built her publishing career working as an editor at Locus for seven years, and for three years before that as a student assistant at the Clarion Writers Workshop. Now based in Chicago IL, she spent the past few years as a digital nomad in England, Ireland, Iceland, Australia, Japan, Germany, and around the states.



Dan Berger 150Dan Berger has worked as a writer, artist, editor, and speaker across a broad spectrum of genre projects and events. He was instrumental in reviving World Watch One, the official newsletter for the cult 1984 science fiction farce film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension; first as a writer and co-editor in 2004, then as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Bureau edition beginning in 2006. Dan has also served as a consultant and content provider for the “Return of the Screw” trade paperback collection of Buckaroo Banzai comics published by Moonstone Books in 2007. More recently, Dan has focused his writing, editing, and artistic efforts on He has appeared guest-writing at Mythic Scribes, podcasting for The Geeked Mind Radio, and as a moderator and panelist at Capricon 34 on topics ranging from comic books and genre television to fantasy world building. His art has appeared in issue #18 of the Hugo-nominated fanzine Journey Planet.



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Ken Bertin is a long-standing member of the Warren Astronomical Society.



Laura BickleLaura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs, also writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams. The Hallowed Ones and The Outside are her latest young adult novels. More info on her work can be found at



Lee Billings’ first con was in 1975, first Worldcon in 1977, and has been going to cons ever since. Lee is or has been a fan, a filker, a dealer, an apa participant, a con-runner, and a writer of fanfic. So much of Lee’s lifestyle has revolved around fandom for so long that Lee sometimes feels like a poster child for FIAWOL.



Leah BobetLeah Bobet‘s first novel, Above, was nominated for the 2012 Andre Norton Award and the 2013 Aurora Award, and her short fiction has appeared in several Year’s Best anthologies and as part of online serial Shadow Unit.  She lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she edits Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, picks urban apple trees, makes interactive fiction, and works as a civic engagement activist and bookseller at Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore.  Leah’s second novel, On Roadstead Farm—a literary dustbowl fantasy where stuff blows up—will appear from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in early 2015.



Al BouchardAl Bouchard is a man of many talents… and maybe, one day, he’ll find out what they are. He has been a fan, a fanzine editor and publisher, a published writer, a comic strip writer and artist, earned a B.A. in Film, is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer (with IMDb credits), a costumer, a conrunning survivor, a husband and daddy to two crazy kitties, and, as he says, “I’m married and I live in the Metro Detroit area. I don’t scare easy.” He is currently working on two documentaries, The Costuming Mind Movie and The Past Echoes Project.



Adrienne Maree BrownAdrienne Maree Brown is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements with Walidah Imarisha. She has helped to launch the Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Network for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework, and is building with Octavia E Butler Legacy Network on other ways of extending Butler’s work.



Tobias BuckellBorn in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.




Ed Cackett obtained his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where his thesis looked at ‘Accretion onto Compact Objects in Active Galactic Nuclei and X-ray binaries’; in other words, how stuff gets pulled onto black holes and neutron stars, an area which remains his main interest. After his PhD, Cackett was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded a prestigious NASA Chandra Postdoctoral Fellow. After 4 years at the University of Michigan, Cackett moved back to his native England, to work at the University of Cambridge where he spent 18 months at the Institute of Astronomy. In January 2012, he moved back to Michigan to Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor. He was recently awarded an NSF Early Career award which is the agency’s most prestigious award for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering.



Jacqueline Carey (photo credit Kim Carey)New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series.  Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China to date.  She currently lives in west Michigan. Further information is available at  Join her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter at @JCareyAuthor. [photo credit Kim Carey]



Grant Carrington ( has had about 40 stories published in SF, literary, and men’s magazines. His SF novel Time’s Fool was published in 1981 (Doubleday), and republished in 2013 (Variations on a Theme), and his SF short story collection Annapolis to Andromeda is now available (Variations on a Theme). Grant worked with the Champlain Shakespeare Festival and American Light Opera Company as actor and lighting tech, and had five plays produced in Baltimore, including U.F.O! (with Tom Monteleone) and A Gentleman of Stratford. He was associate editor at Amazing/Fantastic from 1971 to 1974, attended the Clarion Workshop from 1968 to 1969, and the Tulane Workshop in 1971. Grant’s Hour upon the Stage was a Nebula finalist in 1976, and he won the Andromeda Unchained Short Story Award in 1977. Grant worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center from 1962 to 1968, and at the Savannah River Ecology Lab from 1977 to 1980. He has two CDs, Songs Without Wisdom and Ancient Laughter available at CDBaby.



Traci CastleberryTraci Castleberry writes queer SF/F/H and Paranormal Romance as herself and under her pen names, Evey Brett and Nica Berry. She’s been published by Lethe Press, Loose Id, Ellora’s Cave, Carina Press and Cleis Press; has attended workshops including as Clarion, Taos Toolbox, the Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBT Writers; and has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her Lipizzan mare. Visit her online at



Cheshire MoonCheshire Moon is a fanciful mix of danceable mythpunk and glittery folk. Filled with stories of myth, legend, and fantasy, these filk troubadours bring to life new twists of old tales, and new songs to old stories. Weaving an eerie, otherworldly sound, they bring about a torrent that is as playful as it is lightly sinister, all wrapped up in a pretty little beribboned box. Do you dare to open it?



Chad Childers gafiates for his kids.  He works at Ford Motor Company and is writing a book on Agile Development Security. Howard DeVore was a role model, made him printer’s devil for Misfit Press, and introduced him to the rest of the Misfits from the 1959 Detroit Worldcon. Chad was a member of SOB^2 in New Orleans, has hosted Stilyagi Air Corps parties, contributed to The Reluctant Famulus, worked on cons, and set up websites for ConFusion, ConTraption, ConClave, and World Fantasy. He is treasurer of and occasional interviewer for the Science Fiction Oral History Association.



Suzanne ChurchSuzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions and chillin’ like a villain with her two sons. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada, and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Urban Green Man and When the Hero Comes Home 2. Her collection of short fiction, Elements, is available in print and pixels from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.



Michael Cieslak is a lifetime reader and writer of horror, mystery, and speculative fiction. A native of Detroit, he still lives within 500 yards of the city with his wife and their two dogs Tesla and Titus. The house is covered in Halloween decorations in October and dragons the rest of the year. He is an officer in the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. His works have appeared in a number of collections including DOA: Extreme Horror, Dead Science, Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the GLAHW anthologies, and Alter Egos Vol 1. He is the current Literature Track Head for Penguicon. Michael’s most recent endeavor is the Dragons Roost Press imprint which published its first anthology Desolation, 21 Tales for Tails in 2014. A portion of the proceeds of each sale of Desolation will benefit the Last Day Dog Rescue organization. Michael’s mental excreta (including his personal blog They Napalmed My Shrubbery This Morning) can be found on-line at



Neil Clarke is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine. His work at Clarkesworld has resulted in countless hours of enjoyment, three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine and three World Fantasy Award nominations. He’s a current and three-time Hugo Nominee for Best Editor (Short Form). In 2012, Neil suffered a near-fatal widow-maker heart attack which led to the installation of a defibrillator and a new life as a cyborg. Inspired by these events, he took on his first non-Clarkesworld editing project, Upgraded, an all-original anthology of cyborg stories scheduled for publication this summer. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two sons.



Eric Coleman’s fannish life has been wild and varied. He has run gaming, programming, special events, music and, for ten years, ran a 1-watt radio station at Capricon. He is probably best known for making music. As a solo performer he was part of the Dementia music scene. He was a founding member of hard rock filk band Toyboat. He now plays numerous stringed instruments in fanciful folk band Cheshire Moon with his wife Lizzie Crowe. When not on the road playing music, he and Lizzie retreat back to their shambling old A-frame house in Ames IA which they share with two kids, two cats, thousands of CDs, DVDs, books, comics, and WAY more yarn than any sane house should have.



Ron Collins’s work has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Nature, and several other magazines and anthologies. His writing has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked developing avionics systems, electronics, and information technology. You can find information about his latest work at his website:



Elwin Cotman is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two fantasy story collections published by Six Gallery Press: The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (2010) and Hard Times Blues (2013). He is as old as the movie Purple Rain. He is a former resident of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writers’ Cooperative. In 2005, he received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and received his MFA from Mills College in 2012.


Tony DanielTony Daniel is an author and editor at Baen Books. At Baen, he works with writers such as David Weber, Eric Flint, John Ringo, Lois Bujold and many others. He’s the author of nine science fiction novels himself, the latest of which is Guardian of Night, as well as an award-winning short story collection, The Robot’s Twilight Companion. He is the author of two Star Trek novelizations, Devil’s Bargain and upcoming Savage Trade, and is the coauthor, with David Drake, of General series entries The Heretic and upcoming The Savior. Daniel was a Hugo finalist for his short story “Life on the Moon,” which also won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award. Daniel’s short stories have been collected in multiple year’s best compilations. He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Rika, and children Cokie and Hans.



Michael J DeLucaMichael J. DeLuca‘s short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Interfictions, and Jabberwocky, among other places. Two of his first efforts at translation appear in the World Fantasy nominated Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Stories of the Fantastic. He also operates the indie ebook site Weightless Books. Read his blog at



Ellen Denham is a multidisciplinary performing artist and writer completing a doctorate in music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, she has been published in Daily Science Fiction,, and the Women Destroy SF issue of Lightspeed. Not content to keep her writing and performing life separate, Ellen likes to hang out in the dark alleys where artistic genres and disciplines intersect. Her performing career has encompassed everything from opera to barking Mozart as a dog to turning internet memes into a comic soundscape. Read more at



Dr. Charles (Chuck) Dezelah is an alumnus of Western Michigan University (B.S., 1998) and Wayne State University (Ph.D., 2004) and was a post-doctoral researcher at Helsinki University of Technology (2004-2007). His doctoral and post-doctoral work explored novel processes for the incorporation of functional materials onto semiconductor surfaces for various applications in next-generation integrated circuit development. Since 2007, he has been the General Manager for the North American operations of Picosun, a nanotechnology company that focuses on equipment manufacturing for atomic layer deposition systems. Dr. Dezelah has been a fan of science fiction literature and films since his youth; he is also a 2014 board member of the Warren Astronomical Society.



Dixon ViolinDixon’s Violin The world’s premier digital violinist, Dixon’s life mission is to inspire people. He has done so across North America, captivating audiences both at intimate shows and wowing crowds of thousands. Dixon has appeared at Burning Man, given two TED talks/performances, and made a number of radio, TV, and film appearances. Recently giving up a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, he shows the beauty of doing something seemingly impossible, and bares his soul through his instrument in a mesmerizing one-man show. Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10, grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Visit



James DorrJames Dorr’s latest book, The Tears of Isis from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, has been named a 2014 Bram Stoker Award® nominee for Fiction Collection. It joins two previous prose collections from Dark Regions Press, Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance and Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, as well as his all-poetry Vamps (A Retrospective) from Sam’s Dot/White Cat. An active member of SFWA and HWA with nearly four hundred individual appearances from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine to Yellow Bat Review, Dorr invites readers to visit his blog at



Nick Dumas (Ingress in-game name “Garaxiel”) is the leader and founder of Detroit Metro Enligthened. Since first beginning to explore the world around him with Ingress, Nick knew that this game was for him. It’s not just the gameification of the world around him through the ARG, but also that he has now made friendships for life through the game, and Nick strives to make people feel like the Detroit Enlghtened is their clubhouse of friends away from home…fostering new relationships, great ideas, laughter, and a community that both in and out of the game feel like friends you have known forever, making memories that will last just as long. #SwagSteve Semper Fortis, Semper Paratus, Semper Vigilans


Richard F. Dutcher was educated and trained to be an historian, a scientist, and a soldier; until his last job with a company that forces yeast to produce vaccines and oil, no one ever paid him for any of it. Instead he has sold dictionaries, men’s clothing and men’s and women’s shoes; managed research at Berkeley, Princeton, and Wharton; given away money for basic research; worked for the Green movement and party; written environmental impact reports; joined too many start-ups that didn’t; and learned to love teaching knuckleheads (who knew?) in Oakland. He has written the Hard Fantasy known as the business plan. He has read SF since the age of four, and attended his first convention in 1968. He believes that the 60s were a Really Good Thing, that modern science fiction (especially by women) is more interesting than the classic s-f he read growing up, that the Arab Spring and Occupy movements are (still) the most hopeful political developments in years, and that Buffy has Meaning.



Raymund EichRaymund Eich files patent applications, earned a Ph.D., won a national quiz bowl championship, writes science fiction and fantasy, and affirms Robert Heinlein’s dictum that specialization is for insects. In a typical day, he may talk with biochemists, chip designers, patent attorneys, epileptologists, and rocket scientists. Hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins. His five novels include the first two books in the Confederated Worlds series, Take the Shilling and Operation Iago, and evolutionary psychology hard science fiction novel New California. He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter.



EPROMEprom Colony (EPCO) is defined by futuristic elements mixed with driving beats, strong stage presence, and impressive light show. Advocating perseverance during times of strife, Eprom Colony promotes, “Through Unity; Hope Amongst Chaos.” EPCO has shared the stage with a variety of performers, ranging from international, national, and local musicians to innovative underground fashion designers and fire and circus performance artists. In 2011, Eprom Colony was honored with a Detroit Music Award nomination for “Best Electronic/Dance Artist/Group” and performed with Metropolis Records artists Hanzel Und Gretel, Combichrist, and Frontline Assembly. Division X Records and Placenta Recordings will release two EPCO albums in 2012.



Kurt ErichsenKurt Erichsen started his fannish career in 1967 by inventing fandom. In 1968 he found out somebody else had already done it. Through the 70s and 80s he wrote and drew cartoons for many comics and SF fanzines and apas, and became a fixture in Midwest SF con art shows. Starting in 1980 he drew continuing comic stories for Gay Comix, Meatmen, Lambda Rising Book Report, Instinct Magazine, and the long-running GLBT comic strip Murphy’s Manor, among others. Today he continues to draw cartoons for editors who are kind enough to ask. Kurt has served as Fan Artist GoH at Congenial and Gaylaxicon. He twice received Gay/Lesbian Press Association: Outstanding Achievement in Illustration, and the Bill Rotsler Award for fan cartooning. Visit him at



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Richard FloresRichard Flores IV is the author of the science fiction novels, Dissolution of Peace, Volition Agent, and Broken Trust.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Plasma Frequency, a bimonthly, semi-pro magazine of speculative fiction.  He lives in Auburn, Washington with his wife and three children.  When not writing, he works a day job where he daydreams about writing.  His hobbies include reading, television, video games, blogging, and watching San Jose Sharks hockey. You can find out more about Richard, his writing, and his blog by visiting



Gregory Gadow was born in Redwood City, California and shares his birthday with futurist Buckminster Fuller, comedian Curly Joe DeRita, Nobel physicist Willis Lamb and astronaut Richard Husband. His interests span the alphabet from astronomy to zoology, and he has worked many different jobs including fast food cook, telemarketer, Humanist celebrant, vaccine trial test subject and, currently, as a computer programmer with a financial services firm. He is currently working on his first novel, which combines elements of steampunk and Lovecraftian horror. You can learn more about him at



JF GarrardJF Garrard got into writing through reading comic books and watching movies as an escape from her mundane childhood in Toronto.  Writing was always something she wanted to do, although she was almost tossed out of her Catholic all girls high school writing club for writing dark and weird stories.  JF is President of Dark Helix Press, an Indie Press which publishes diverse fantasy, science fiction, and raw non-fiction. Her first book The Undead Sorceress, Book One of the International House of Vampire series is set for release in April 2014. Concept art and excerpts are available on her website, Find her on Twitter @JFGarrard and on Facebook as JF Garrard.



Jane GarthsonJane Garthson found fandom in 1992 (Ad Astra) and her fannish filk family at Anticipation in 2003. She was Co-Chair, FilKONtario 23 and is President, Filk Society of Upper Canada. Jane is Chair of Governance and Audit, Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (Aurora Awards). She has been in filk circles throughout Canada and the US, at cons and at house parties. Jane is married to Phil Mills, filk singer-songwriter and software engineer. They and their cats host visiting filkers and filk circles. Jane is a leadership consultant to nonprofits and governments, and avidly reads and gardens. She rides trails on her clumsy Quarter Horse, Nijomi.



Cat and Bari GreenbergCat Greenberg is the LadyCat half of Barigato & LadyCat, a filk duo and married song writing team who are also half of the St. Louis filk band, The Unusual Suspects, the other half being Cat’s daughter, Valerie Ritchie, and their friend Mark Ewbank. The band’s debut CD, Accidental Filk Band, came out in 2012 and the couples duet CD, Romancing the Filk, was released in November 2013. In addition, Cat (formerly Sandra C. Morrese), writes fiction, having appeared in MZB’s Fantasy Magazine, and the DAW anthologies Four Moons of Darkover, Sword and Sorceress 11 and the upcoming Sword & Sorceress 29. She spent 14 years as the advertising director for the SFWA Bulletin. She and husband Bari opened Mountain Cat Media, LLC, a recording and design studio, in 2012.

Bari Greenberg is an engineer by trade, but Bard at heart. He is part of the St. Louis filk band, The Unusual Suspects, along with his wife and songwriting partner, Cat Greenberg, Cat’s daughter Valerie Ritchie, and their friend Mark Ewbank. The bands debut CD, Accidental Filk Band, came out in fall 2012, and Bari and Cat’s duet CD, Romancing the Filk, was released last November. He is co-owner of Mountain Cat Media LLC, a recording and design studio. Bari makes his debut as a fiction author in Sword & Sorceress 29.



Jen HaegerJen Haeger has a degree in Veterinary Medicine as well as a Master’s in Forensic Science, so she decided to forget all that and write novels (Moonlight Medicine: Onset, Moonlight Medicine: Epidemic). She used to read quite a bit as a youth, but was not introduced to truly spectacular writing until she found the works of Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, etc. She’s an enormous geek and enjoys Science Fiction, Fantasy, Board Games, and RPGs, but also tries to get out backpacking every once in a while (which was much easier to do when she lived in New Zealand).



Peter HalaszA biblioholic, Peter Halasz collects SF & F written by Canadians. He has other, smaller, themed collections but the Canadian one is closest to his heart. Along with a few other patriotic Canadians he helped found the Sunburst Awards – Canada’s juried and prized award for literary excellence in the field. For this he won an Aurora Award in the organisational category. Not only a biblioholic but seemingly also a glutton for punishment he chaired the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. According to reliable sources he has yet to fully recover; they say that if you buy him a drink you might help speed that process along.



Diane Hall has been stargazing since the age of four. Her childhood goal of attending Space Camp was achieved in 1990 and the experience left her with a deep love not only of space, but of the machines that humans build to explore the cosmos and the individuals who make those machines a reality. Diane has been a member of the Warren Astronomical Society since 2007, has served as an officer for that club and as a planner for multi-club events like Astronomy at the Beach (Kensington Metropark) and Sidewalk Astronomy (Lake St. Clair Metropark).



Elektra HammondElektra 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 for & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science fiction conventions, she travels the world judging cat shows. Elektra lives in Delaware with her husband, Mike, and the well over a dozen cats of BlueBlaze cattery. She can be found on Facebook (Elektra Hammond), Twitter (elektraUM), LiveJournal (elektra_h), and building up her website at



Forest HandfordForest Handford is a fire artist from Newport, Rhode Island. Forest works as a supervisor at a medical software company. While not at work, he’s bringing his family to corn mazes, conventions, and Burning Man events. His website is where he publishes video and writing about various topics. He is the Director of Organizational Development for Firefly Arts Collective, Inc. He is also on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Rhode Island.



Sarah HansSarah Hans is an author, editor, and educator. About a dozen of her short stories have appeared in print, mostly in anthologies like Still Hungry for Your Love and What Fates Impose.  She is also the editor of the anthologies Sidekicks! and Steampunk World. You can find her on the internet at



Writing under her own name and two pseudonyms, Anne Harris has published numerous books in the science fiction, sf romance, YA sf, and paranormal romance genres. She is an instructor in the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program and a lifelong Detroit area resident.



David G. Hartwell



Merrie Haskell grew up half in Michigan, half in North Carolina. She works in a library with over 7 million books, and finds this to be just about the right number. Merrie’s first novel, The Princess Curse, was a Junior Library Guild selection. Handbook for Dragon Slayers is her second novel and winner of the 2014 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Middle-Grades, as well as a nominee for the DetCon1 Middle Grade award.



Blake Hausladen Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake has enjoyed a sixteen-year career in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. He currently works in Chicago and writes in his free time. The publication of his second novel in May of this year, Native Silver, was successfully funded via Kickstarter, and you can find his running column on the travails of self-publication at



Laura HawksLaura Hawks  has always been interested in various forms of writing, including participating in and running a successful Star Trek Interactive Writing Group. Her publications include the paranormal novels Demon’s Kiss and Demon’s Dream and the short story “Snow White and the Seven Cannibals” in Fairly Freaky Fairytales. She holds a Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History, and plans a new novel series incorporating Native American history and mythos. She directs tours around the country to pay the bills, and hopes that one day, she can travel for fun and let the books pay the bills instead.



Michael HaynesMichael Haynes had one of his first science fiction convention experiences at a NASFiC, the 1979 NorthAmeriCon in Louisville. Sadly, all that he really remembers of the convention was the babysitting suite. He lives in Central Ohio where he helps keep IT systems running for a large corporation during the day and puts his characters through the wringer by night. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in venues such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Daily Science Fiction. Find him online at and on Twitter @mohio73.



Raechel HendersonRaechel Henderson started publishing back in the Jurassic days of e-publishing, before there were Kindles and Nooks, when PDFs were chiseled out on granite tablets.  Starting with a small weekly e-zine, Jackhammer, in 1997 she published several e-zines, chapbooks, e-books and even a print publication.  She has spent time as a costumer and seamstress, a LARPer, a mom and writer.  In 2011 she reopened Eggplant Literary Productions.  Currently she publishes a line of speculative fiction novellas and short novels as well as the children’s fantasy magazine, Spellbound.


JT HernandezJ.T. Hernandez (Ingress in-game name “Dreistul”) is a member of the Resistance faction and an active player in both Resistance Detroit and Kansas City Resistance communities. Has been only playing for about 6 months, but in that short time has established himself as top 10 fielder in Detroit. He is actively pursuing his goal of being the leading seer in both Detroit and Kansas City, with over 150 portals discovered and over 1100 submissions waiting to be processed.


John Hertz infected fandom with Regency dancing. He has three Hugo nominations as Best Fanwriter and has won the Big Heart Award. John was sent to 2010 Worldcon by Down Under Fan Fund, and to 2007 Worldcon by one-time fund HANA (Hertz Across to Nippon Alliance). He leads SF Classics talks and Art Show tours, and is a panel moderator and Masquerade judge. His fanzine is Vanamonde and collections include Neither Complete Nor Conclusive, On My Sleeve, Dancing and Joking, and West of the Moon. John’s favorite non-SF writers are Chuang Tzu, Maimonides, Nabokov, and Sayers.


Annalee Flower Horne works as a web developer in Washington, DC. She’s been active in fan costuming for more than fifteen years, and worked in theatrical costume shops in DC and Indiana. She’s served as a masquerade judge at the past two ConFusions. She is a regular blogger at , and active on Twitter as @leeflower.



Doug Houseman spent his career working on industry visions, roadmaps, and simulations, and as a result has contributed to a dozen well known games as well as publications for IEEE and other professional societies. Some of the visions he’s worked on over the last 30 years have resulted in changes in naval ship design, changes in electric grid implementation, and integration of renewables in the grid. Doug has had several SF stories published as well as more than 100 technical papers.



Claire HumphreyClaire Humphrey’s short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Interzone, Crossed Genres, PodCastle, Fantasy Magazine and other magazines and anthologies. She is also the reviews editor at Ideomancer.  She attended Viable Paradise a few years ago and has never been the same since.


Walter HuntClaire Humphrey is the author of four science fiction novels published by Tor Books – the Dark Wing series, which has been compared to the writing of Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, David Weber, and J.R.R. Tolkien. It has been published in English and German, and The Dark Wing has appeared in Russian. He is also the author of A Song In Stone, a novel of the Templars, and Elements of Mind, his new novel about mesmerism, elemental spirits and the Crystal Palace.


Maggie IdzikowskiMaggi Idzikowski has participated in fandom as a filker and a writer for over twenty-five years.  Although her training is in microbiology, human genetics and operatic performance, for the last decade she’s been a teacher and a children’s librarian. She currently spends her spare time writing copious amounts of fanfiction, and is proud to be part of raising the next generation of fen.



Emmy JacksonEmmy Jackson is a novelist and self-syndicated freelance automotive writer, an avid reader with interests in multiple genres and a long-time player of tabletop RPGs. The second book in his Empty Cradle post-apocalyptic urban-fantasy series, Shiloh in the Circle expands the world readers were introduced to in The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson. During the fifteen years he spent building the world of Empty Cradle, he often lived like one of the scavengers from his stories, rescuing and repurposing forgotten items. He even spent three years living a nomadic life in an RV. Emmy lives outside of Detroit, Michigan, with a dumb but adorable cat and frequently annoys his neighbors by dragging home misguided automotive projects.



Sue Jeffers



Douglas Johnson has a Masters in Aeronautical Management and Computer Information Systems and is a 20 year veteran of the Air Force. The last unit he belonged to in the Air Force was the organization that created project Blue Book in the 70s–the Air Forces study of UFOs. He has his own Area 51 in his basement. He is also computer techie and teaches computer courses at two colleges.



Dr Philip Edward KaldonDr. Philip Edward Kaldon teaches Physics at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, while writing of the great wars of the 29th century and elsewhen at night.  He’s lived in the lake effect snow pattern of four of the five Great Lakes, growing up in Western New York, majoring in Integrated Sciences (everything) at Northwestern and getting a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Michigan Tech.  His stories have been published on three continents and two languages on this planet, including Analog, Writers of the Future XXIV, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Abyss & Apex, and Giganotosaurus. Dr. Phil’s website is



Erik Kauppi is an engineer, entrepreneur, and long time fan. He has started at least three tech companies and been part of starting several others. Erik is co-founder of Current Motor Company, making all-electric motorcycles. Erik is interested in building communities as well as things, and so has volunteered and chaired SF conventions, helped start collaborative workspaces, and lives in a co-housing community.



Christian KlaverChristian Klaver is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy who lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as ‘The Menagerie’. He has been selling short stories since the early ’80’s, including recent sales to Escape Pod and Dark Wisdom Anthology from Elder Signs Press.



Colleen Kobe likes creating things. She has learned how to draw, paint, sculpt in clay and wood, hand-knit, machine-knit, sew, make a quilt, create a Lichtenberg Figure, and build bookcases. How to write a short story, a novel, and a graphic novel.  How to write programs in assembly, BASIC, FORTRAN, Pascal, PL/I, Snobol 4, Ada, JOVIAL, Python, C, etc. She likes visiting family and friends, cleaning, making old things new again, organizing anything, gardening, and playing Mah Jongg. She loves bringing order out of chaos. She is 54, divorced, a natural redhead, a Leo, and lives in Calumet, Michigan.



Joshua KronengoldJoshua Kronengold is a long-time gamer, filker, reader, and fan, having joined fandom in 1991. He has served on the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award committees for over 10 years, vice-chaired Contata and written over 30 songs, written and/or run over a dozen larps, playtested several RPGs, won several national CCG and board game championships, is known (with Lisa Padol) for dancing at filk sings, and contributes to Alarums and Excursions. He writes computer (perl, mostly) programs for a living.



KucharskiMichael Kucharski has worked as an art director, art teacher, cartoonist, fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and museum exhibit designer, producing TV commercial storyboards, video box covers, movie posters, B&W and color illustrations for (both mundane and SF) magazines & newspaper ads, comic book adaptations, role playing game artwork, portraits, billboards, product illustrations. He won his first regional art competition while in the 5th grade, sold his first artwork at a SF convention in 1969, and in 1991 was juried into the In Dreams Awake: Art of Fantasy exhibition at the Olympia & York in New York City and hung alongside the top fantasy illustrators of the day.



Steve LeighStephen Leigh, who also writes under the name S.L. Farrell, is a Cincinnati author who has published twenty-seven novels and many short stories, including several for the Wild Cards series, edited by George RR Martin.  His newest novel is Immortal Muse (by Stephen Leigh), DAW Books, March 2014.  PW Weekly gave it a starred review, saying “Leigh seamlessly inserts his two immortals into history, playing with actual people and events to deliver beautifully-rendered glimpses of different eras. Leigh strikes the perfect balance between past and present, real and imagined.”  Stephen’s web site is



Jeffrey Lilly



Karen LinsleyKaren Linsley discovered filk at a Star Trek convention in Toronto and was hooked. As a fan of sci-fi/fantasy and a professional singer, it was the perfect mix of her two favourite things. She wrote Pegasus award winner The Road to Roswell (the title track of her CD) and the Mars Society anthem Pioneers of Mars with the late Lloyd Landa. She has performed at OVFF, ConChord, Consonance, and Toronto Trek. After being fafiated for a while, Karen has written new songs to perform, and will appear as a backup and guest lead vocalist on Phil Mills’ upcoming CD. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and made the radio airplay charts in Canada with her hit country single Somebody Else’s Heart before discovering filk and being completely corrupted by fandom. 😉 Her storytelling approach to country music was a prelude to writing original sci-fi/fantasy stories told in song. Karen’s formula for enjoyment: filk+ friends = fun. In the real world she is a resume writer and career consultant.



Carl Lundgren was born in Detroit in 1947. He read Science Fiction throughout his childhood and attended his first Worldcon in 1963 at the age of 16. At 18 he co-created the first Comic Book Convention in the world that included comic books, movies and Sci-Fi. His Co-Chairman went on to create Comic-Con in San Diego. In the 1960s he was a pioneer in the Psychedelic Rock’n’Roll Poster era. Two books have been published on his posters. Carl created Michigan’s first underground Comix Tales from the Ozone with the help of friend R. Crumb. For 13 years he painted award winning book cover illustrations in N.Y.C. for several hundred Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels. In the mid-1980s Carl began his Fine Art career and has exhibited in numerous museum shows and his work is in many permanent collections. He recently was featured in a book with Andy Warhol as an Icon of Pop Art. Now back in Downtown Detroit, he has a famous wife, Michele, two daughters and 4 cats.



Tracy Lunquist co-founded ConamaZoo, a small general purpose SF con in western Michigan, in 1991. The con was held five times between 1992 and 1997, mainly in Battle Creek. Tracy was also active in Chicago fandom for many years, serving twelve Capricon concoms including one as vice chair and one as chair. She has been known to read the stuff, and has dabbled in filk (but not lately). She currently lives in Florida, where fandom is nothing like it is back home.



Sandy Manning lives in a remote part of Alaska and teaches high school math. Sandy is familiar with living in remote areas, different climates, science, and math, and loves acquiring knowledge…an information geek. Sandy is a technology person due to the job, but does not live, breath, and eat technology, owning ipads, android devices but no cell phone! Sandy’s latest project is to find examples of real life math from the newspapers and use those as warm-ups in class, as well as integrating more technology into the classroom.



Lee MartindaleLee Martindale is known for short stories in anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Esther Friesner, Diana Paxson, Roby James and others. She is also known for editing the anthologies Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town. A collection of her work, Harphaven Tales, has just come out.  Lee is a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA, where she’s currently serving her second term as a member of the Board of Directors.  She lives in Plano, TX with her husband George, and keeps friends and fans in the loop at



Joseph P. Martino has been a fan since the 1940s. He was a founding member of the Miami University Science Fiction Association, and served as its President for the school year 1952-1953. He is a member of First Fandom, and of the National Fantasy Fan Federation. He has been a regular attendee at regional conventions and WorldCons. His first story was published in Analog in 1960. He has appeared in various science fiction magazines since then. He is a retired Air Force Colonel, and holds a PhD in mathematics from Ohio State.



Adrian MatthewsBritish writer Adrian J. Matthews has been a sci-fi and fantasy nerd from the word go. He authored the Mr. Grey–Ghosthunter series as well as the sci-fi novel The Ninth Wave and the alternate-history Hetzenberg Chronicles. He lives in Ohio with fellow author and Whovian Cynthianna, and enjoys creating fan-inspired artworks (photos at, wargaming, and organic gardening. Visit his website at



Cindy MatthewsCindy A. Matthews is a novelist, freelance editor, book reviewer, and an ardent sci-fi fan. Her funny writer’s guide, Defeating the Slushpile Monster, was an EPIC award nominee. Writing as Cynthianna, she penned the Doctor Who-inspired novel series Loving Who. She also writes SF/paranormal erotic-romance fiction as Celine Chatillon. She and her husband, author A. J. Matthews, enjoy attending cons and chatting with friendly folk. Her websites include:,, and



Robert MayRobert May was born in the Ozarks of Arkansas and grew up in south Louisiana. He currently lives in southwest Virginia where he met his wife Connie. He has degrees in mathematics from LSU and Florida State University and spent the first part of his career as a math professor before moving into administration. He is currently the director of institutional research at sa mall college in southwest Virginia. He began reading science fiction at age eleven due to his interest in astronomy, and his fascination with history led him to the genre of alternate history.



Katt McConnell



Philippe McNally is a veteran game developer of 14 years, having worked at Toronto independent studio Longbow Games on such titles as Tread Marks, which took home the grand prize at the 2000 Independent Games Festival, and from 2005 to 2014, a series of historical real-time strategy games including Hegemony: Philip of Macedon, and the newly released Hegemony Rome: the Rise of Caesar. He has done a variety of work including 2D and 3D art, 3D animation, sound, music, and game design. He also makes curry like a mad scientist.



M.H. MeadM.H. Mead (Margaret Yang and Harry Campion) Margaret Yang and Harry R. Campion are the co-authors of the Detroit Next series of near-future science fiction novels, written under the shared pen name M.H. Mead. They live in the Detroit metro area, where they read, write, teach, and eat as much key lime pie as possible.



Sean Mead studies people and cultures across the world. Working in ten countries and living in four has not prevented him from forgetting useful grammar and vocabulary in seven languages, but it has influenced his science fiction and fantasy writing.



Jeanne Mealy has been a science fiction fan for many years. She stumbled across fandom at college in 1975 and attended Minicon in 1976. She goes to several conventions a year, including Worldcon/NASFiC, has a never-ending list of cons she’d like to attend, and is looking forward to attending a convention in space.  She is also a die-hard print fanzine fan. She is in ANZAPA and coordinates Stipple-Apa, which has members in several countries. She has cats, watches a lot of TV via TiVo, loves shopping at rummage sales, and has a large collection of rubber stamps. She is a selective extrovert.



Christie MeierzAward-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set on a world of empaths. Her published works include her PRISM award-winning novel, The Marann, now available from Sky Warrior Books, its sequel Daughters of Suralia, and two prequel short stories, Into Tolari Space ~ The First Contact Stories. Christie now lives in Pittsburgh with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she’s not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings, and Facebook, where she welcomes comments and friend requests.



Jen MidkiffJen Midkiff has been both an avid science fiction/fantasy reader and a professional musician for most of her life, but it wasn’t until forming her band Wild Mercy in 2002, with fellow musicians/fans Debbie Gates and Barry and Sally Childs-Helton, that she realized the two interests had any overlap! She has been making up for lost time ever since, releasing 3 CDs with Wild Mercy and performing at conventions ’round the Midwest (and occasionally further afield). Jen released her first solo CD, All in Good Time, in 2012, and will be recording a second CD later in 2014. Singer, harpist, teacher, knitter, reader, and board gamer, Jen is excited to be attending her first NASFic since Archon! She will be an instructor at MuseCon in August 2014 as well, and will appear with Wild Mercy in 2015 at both Consonance and Marcon.



Deborah Millitello published her first story in 1989 in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine.  Since then her stories have appeared various magazines such as Dragon Magazine; including the third-place Cauldron winner Do Virgins Taste Better?; Science Fiction Age; and anthologies such as Aladdin Master of the Lamp; Witch Fantastic; Sword and Sorceress; Tales of Talislanta, and Bruce Coville’s Book of Nightmares.  Her first book,  Thief’s Luck, a Young Adult fantasy mystery, is out from Double Dragon Publishing, and she is shopping a YA fantasy novel called The Water Girl. A member of the Alternate Historians writers group, she lives in southern Illinois with her husband Carl (who has put up with her writing obsession for over forty years), has three children and nine grandchildren, and works at a doctor’s answering service as her day job.



Phil Mills



Murray Moore discovered fandom in the 1960s through Lin Carter’s column in the SF digest magazine Worlds of IF and received his first fanzines in 1968. Murray’s first Worldcon was Torcon 2 in 1973, and his second Worldcon was Chicago in 2000 as a member of the successful bid for Torcon 3 (2003). Murray is a member of amateur press associations (APAs) past and present; a fanzine fan; a sometime convention volunteer; reader; admirer of art and artists; and a patron of artists, i.e. occasional buyer of art.



Mackenzie Morgan



Sam Morgan is the Right Hand of Darkness at JABberwocky Literary Agency. He is a native of Shelby, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications Media Studies and Production. He recently sold his client, Robert Brockway, an editor at, his first trilogy to Tor for the agency record for a debut author. Sam is also active in the New York comedy scene at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater and making his own little rinky-dink videos in his spare time. He is ridiculously handsome, gut-busting witty, and prone to hyperbole.


Vince NesticoVince Nestico (Ingress in-game name Agent “Nesto”) Resistance Agent. Contributor of Resistance Google+ communities from Detroit to Kansas City. Enjoys mentoring new players and leaders, Battling green at home and abroad, and participated in the Save Misty anomaly in Wisconsin and Interitus in Kansas City. Founded the Resistance Detroit Welcome Wagon and Cross-Faction Party Google+ Communities.


Mike NixonRumor has it that Mike Nixon was born at a very young age and that his first piece of clothing was a black Gibson Guitars onesie. All we know for certain is that Mike is a music fan. A great many geekish musicians knew him as a fan long before they had any idea that he played an instrument, much less wrote songs. The other members of Toyboat (a group of musical miscreants he hangs around with) informed him that he was a member of the band because they knew that, if they asked, he would likely say no. His deep knowledge and love of SF (both brilliant and cheesy), horror (see SF) and Kaiju fuel his songwriting, as does his deep love for 70s British hard rock and blues. Please come see him in a rare solo show. He gets lonely. Oh and he’s available for weddings, bar mitzvahs and grocery store openings. And cons, always cons.



Balogun Ojetade is the author of six speculative fiction novels and contributing co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies. He is one of the founders of the Steamfunk Movement, which focuses on African-inspired Steampunk, a filmmaker, fight choreographer, and small press publisher through his company, Roaring Lions Productions.



Daniel O'RiordanDaniel O’Riordan is a central Ohio science fiction and fantasy author. His sales include “Killer” to the anthology, Across Town, that featured central Ohio writers with stories set in Columbus, Ohio and “The Minion’s Son” to the anthology, Sidekicks! He lives in Columbus with his wife, Kathy, several dogs, and a reasonable number of ferrets.


Cheryl OroszCheryl Orosz known in the world of Ingress as Enlightened agent “cherydactyl”, is a geek mom and a nerd of many things, who loves a good walk. Her favorite Ingress activity is exploring new areas and reading the plaque. She links and fields with awesome results, to the chagrin of the Resistance, and is frequently highly ranked in her local cell standings. On foot and by bike are her preferred modes of transport between portals.


Mark OshiroMark Oshiro What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the (at times very emotional) journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world without knowing anything about it. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. He runs a vibrant community, self-publishes his reviews as books, and is destroyed by fiction on a daily basis. He was nominated for a Hugo in the Fan Writer category in 2013.



Lisa Padol is a second generation SF fan, a filker, a gamer, and a player and writer of LARPS. She sings adequately and consistently fails to identify harp tunes when her partner, Joshua Kronengold, is noodling around on the harp.



Salathiel Palland is the owner of Off the Beaten Path Books & Emporium in Farmington, MI, Michigan’s only steampunk bookstore. An avid Convention attendee since the age of 16, she has travelled all over the country to feed her hobby.



Cindy Spencer PapeCindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning author of 19 novels and more than 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons, granddaughter, and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.



Carrie PatelCarrie Patel is an author and narrative designer from Houston, Texas. Her first novel, The Buried Life, is a steampunk-flavored science fantasy filled with murder and intrigue, and it will be published by Angry Robot in July 2014. She currently lives in Irvine, California, where she works as a narrative designer for Obsidian Entertainment and writes for their upcoming CRPG Pillars of Eternity. Her short story Here Be Monsters recently appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Exchange hellos and high fives with her on Twitter at @Carrie_Patel or check out her ramblings at



Sandy Pettinger has been attending conventions since 1981 and costuming since 1982. With her husband, Pierre, Sandy has won many awards in costume competitions, including 4 Worldcon Best in Show awards. They have run masquerades at all sizes of conventions and judged masquerades at all levels of competition. They received the International Costumers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and have been Fan or Costuming GoH’s at several conventions. Most recently, Sandy and Pierre were Division Heads for the Events division at Chicon 7, the 70th Worldcon. Sandy was Corresponding Secretary of the International Costumers Guild for 2 years.



Pierre Pettinger Jr and his wife, Sandy, have won many awards in costume competitions, including 4 Worldcon Best in Show awards, and have been Fan or Costuming GoH’s at several conventions. They have run masquerades at all sizes of conventions and have judged masquerades at all levels of competition. They received the International Costumers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Most recently, Pierre and Sandy were the Division Heads for the Events division at Chicon 7, the 70th Worldcon.



photo  by Rachael ShaneDiana M. Pho is an editor, scholar, activist, and performer.  She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk, and the oldest-existing blog on this topic. For several years, she has lectured across the country about social justice issues and fandom. Her academic writing has been published in multiple anthologies and scholarly journals, and her forthcoming work can be found in the books Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans, Like Clockwork, edited by Professors Brian Croxall and Rachel Bowser, and The Steampunk User’s Manual by Jeff Vandermeer and Desirina Boskovich. In the steampunk community, she is known as Ay-leen the Peacemaker and has been interviewed about its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk Bible, Steampunk: Reloaded, and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5. Diana currently lives in New York City, where she works at Tor Books and blogs for



Steven Harper Piziks Steven Harper (Steven Piziks) lives in southeast Michigan with his partner, sons, and harp. He’s written dozens of novels and short stories, including The Doomsday Vault and The Havoc Machine (both steampunk). His first fantasy novel, Iron Axe, is due out in January. He loves travel and has so far visited Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, and Canada (though he’s not sure it counts if the country is attached). When not writing, he teaches high school English, wrestles with his sons, and tries to be more social.



Becca Price has been writing fairy tales for years, but only decided to publish them in 2013.  She currently has two collections: Dragons and Dreams, and Fairies and Fireflies. She also has two illustrated books, The Snarls and Heart of Rock. All her books are available through Amazon. Becca lives on 10 acres of weeds, swamp, and trees with her husband, two children, and three cats.



Tullio Proni



Amy Ranger became a metal and acrylic artist in the 1990s while working with Tullio Proni at Isher Artifacts; they designed, created, and sold their homemade techie toys (mostly with a science-fiction or fantasy theme) from coast to coast in the U.S. and occasionally in Canada and the U.K. What a life! They didnt make much money, but made a lot of friends and visited interesting parts of the country. Amy continues to work with metal (mostly copper) but spends more time now as a fiber artist (spinning, weaving, felting, painting).



Neil Rest



Roberta RogowRoberta Rogow is a long-time Fan mostly known as a Filker, who also writes historical mysteries. Her latest book, Mayhem in Manatas, continues the Saga of Halvar the Hireling, in a Universe that is “Last of the Mohicans crossed with Arabian Nights, with a Spanish accent”. Roberta was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2013.



Bill Roper attended his first SF convention, the 1976 Worldcon in Kansas City, found filk, and hasn’t looked back since. He has won three Pegasus Awards and is a member of the Filk Hall of Fame, along with his wife Gretchen, who figures heavily in his bio and works with him to run Dodeka Records, a filk vendor and publisher. He is (with Gretchen) one of the founding members of SpaceTime Theater, an SF comedy improv troupe. He has chaired six conventions, including four Windycons, and has worked on numerous conventions over the years. He is currently the publisher for ISFiC Press. He is a member of the Dorsai Irregulars. A reformed chemist, he writes financial modeling software for a living. He has two lovely daughters, Katie and Julie, whom he hopes can be found in Children’s Programming here at Detcon.



G. M. Ross has a vast and excessive education, is a failed local politician and playwright, and is not a veteran. Unmarried, with no grandchildren to bang on about, G. M. Ross is the former president of the Warren Astronomical Society and caretaker of the Veen Observatory.



Deb Houdek Rule is very involved in the legacy of author Robert Heinlein. As webmaster for Heinlein’s estate, the Heinlein Prize Trust, Deb creates and maintains all their websites, writing their articles and press releases, designing and building the landmark online Heinlein Archives, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Heinlein Society. Deb is published in both science fiction, and in non-fiction Civil War history. She has appeared on the History Channel, and will be upcoming in an episode of PBS’s History Detectives for her publication Sultana: A Case For Sabotage.



Geo Rule George E. Geo Rule is a native Californian returned to the roots of his Minnesotan ancestors by his wife, Deb Houdek Rule, whom he had the great good fortune to meet as a result of their common membership in a Robert A. Heinlein fan group. Mr. Rule has authored, co-authored, or been editor on various online articles having to do with the works or history of Robert A. Heinlein. He has served previously as Chair of the Academic section of The Heinlein Society, and in addition to his board responsibilities is also currently serving as Education Chair, where he led the Society’s effort to produce the Educators CD available to all interested educators for free at their request. Mr. Rule also helps out as contributor to the online Heinlein Archives project. In his spare time, he is also an amateur historian on the American Civil War in Missouri, and has been published in an academic journal on the subject.



Paul SakaSome 30 years ago Paul Saka spent the prime of his adolescence at Conclaves and ConFusions. Since leaving Michigan he earned two PhDs and became a professor at the University of Texas. For his first PhD in linguistics, he studied the neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and ethnography of language. For his second PhD in philosophy, he specialized in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of the language sciences. He has written a book, How to Think about Meaning (Springer, 2010), and has another one forthcoming, Paradoxes of Rationality.



Juan Sanmiguel is just an ordinary guy who got into SF since he could see Trek. In his early teens, Juan got heavily into literary SF and has been attending Worldcon since 1987 (only missing 3). Juan usually works local cons in Florida and is the editor of the Event Horizon, the Orlando Area SF Society’s newszine that covers SF in Florida. Juan’s interests include prose SF/Fantasy, Comics, Film, TV, and Anime.



Lieutenant Marta Savage was commissioned in May 2004 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  She has served on two ships and has been deployed to the Arabian Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq.  Ashore, she has served as a physics instructor and held various staff positions that always involved way too much Power Point. She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in Space Studies from American Military University, and an M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. She is currently stationed in California, where she works on engineering stuff and lives with her husband, daughter, and assorted furry creatures. She is a sci-fi geek, foodie, book addict, and STEM education enthusiast, and has high hopes that someday there will be a whole lot more young women in her field.  To that end, she writes at about all sorts of things relating to geek parenting and STEM outreach.



Dress by Mary Robinette KowalNature photographer and writer John Scalzi first attracted the attention of science fiction fandom with his autobiographical work, Agent to the Stars, which describes how his people, the Jello-like Yherajk, first landed in Hollywood and learned to take over the bodies of multi-celled organisms. After that he started writing fiction, and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. Scalzi went on to take over the w– um, SFWA, of which he voluntarily released control in 2013. His latest threat to humanity, Lock In, will be released on August 26, 2014.



Cath Schaff-Stump writes speculative fiction for kids and adults. Her middle grade novel Hulk Hercules: Professional Wrestler is available from Cats Curious Press. She has also published short stories, most recently with Paper Golem Press. In addition to whiling away the hours writing dark Gothic novels, Cath teaches English as a Second Language, researches pop culture and folklore, and travels as much as her college will let her, which is seemingly a lot. She has a burning interest in vintage fashion. Cath lives with her husband and two cats in Iowa. They fight crime.



Isabel SchechterIsabel Schechter has been active in fandom for more than 15 years. She is a frequent panelist at Capricon and WisCon, and has essays published in Argentus and the WisCon Chronicles. She is Latina by heritage, Jewish by choice, vegetarian by conscience, and uppity as necessary.  She is also happily married and childfree, and not afraid to use the “f” word (feminist) to describe herself. She has a master’s degree in Divinity from University of Chicago, and worked as an event producer, specializing in sustainable events for non-profits working on environmental and social justice issues, as well as local and food justice issues.



Bryan Thomas SchmidtBryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. His anthologies as editor include Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek for Baen, Mission Tomorrow: A New Century of Exploration, also for Baen, Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun, and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age. He hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter as @BryanThomasS.



Marah Searle-KovacevicMarah Searle-Kovacevic has worked on 11 Toronto-area conventions, and has been volunteering on Worldcons since the mid-90s. She was co-Division Head for the Seattle NASFiC,  co-chaired ConComCon 16, was Vice-Chair of SFContario 1 & 2 and Chair of SFContario 4. In 2012 she chaired ConComCon 19; was Chairman’s Staff for Westercon; and was Deputy Division Head of Hospitality and a member of the BoD for Chicon 7. Marah was Vice-Chair of the Spokane in 2015 Worldcon bid, and is currently Hospitality Division Head for Sasquan and Chair of SFContario 5. She has thrown dozens of room parties on four continents.



Servitor SanctumServitor reflects the living resurrected earth springing back through the decay of the failed industrial machine of Detroit. The living, breathing, pulsing drums; the grinding, rhythmic machine of industry. Servitor combines live percussion with foundations in traditional West African, Afro Cuban, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, and American tribal drums with a heavy, diverse and rich background of grinding industrial programming. Servitor is a screaming, pulsing, thundering, music experience that is a massive departure from the usual approach to rhythms in electronic music.



Steven ShaviroSteven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit. His scholarly work on science fiction includes the book Connected, Or What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), a book-length study of K. W. Jeter’s post-cyberpunk novel Noir. He also writes about science fiction (among other things) on his blog The Pinocchio Theory (



Martin L. ShoemakerMartin L. Shoemaker is an author with a lucrative programming hobby. His work has appeared in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, and select service garages. His novella Murder on the Aldrin Express was just released in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection and will appear in an audio version in Year’s Top Short SF Novels in November. His novelette Unrefined was awarded Third Place in Writers of the Future Quarter 1, Volume 31, and will appear in next year’s anthology.



Steven H. Silver is a fifteen time Hugo nominee and has published several short stories. He has edited books for DAW, NESFA Press, and ISFiC Press and was the publisher of ISFiC Press from its founding until 2012. Since 2001, he has published the Hugo-nominated fanzine Argentus. Steven also runs conventions and has chaired Windycon, Midwest Construction, and the Nebula Awards Weekend and Vice-Chaired Chicon 7.



Deanna Sjolander is a beer slinging, craft maven, and all around good-time gal. Her day job is as a corporate trainer, but in the wee hours of the night, she is Editor-in-Chief for, freelance editor for profit, and moderately successful novelist. She is currently outlining and researching several more-complicated-than-they-should-be projects including a Dieselpunk Noir Time Travel Romance and a YA adventure sci-fantasy series. When not working on her own fiction and columns for IMJ, she sometimes has time to do other things like sleep.



David Sklar



Jennifer Skwarski started attending coventions in college as a part of Michigan Tech’s Permanent Floating Riot Club. She has since been elevated to the All-Seeing All-Knowing Council of Ancients and is a member of General Technics. In real life she masquerades as a responsible adult doing quality assurance for a medical device manufacturer.



Dick Smith



Lucy A SnyderLucy A. Snyder writes science fiction, fantasy and horror stories and poetry. She is a staff member at Franklin University in Columbus, OH (where she writes scripts for educational videos and games) and a mentor in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. She is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the urban fantasy novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. She will have two new books out in 2014: her nonfiction writing book will be released by Post Mortem Press, and her story collection Soft Apocalypses will be released by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiarurosco, GUD, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. You can learn more about her at



SROS LordsSROS Lords In 2010, Jamie, Morgan, Phil, and Al met each other, through fate it seems, and started writing songs with Morgan as the main song writer . They played their first show at Lager House and it went so well that they started playing shows with some of Detroit’s best: Druid Perfume, Terrible Twos, and Tyvek just to name a few…and headed off to tour and make a recording with Beehive Records. SROS Lords went on to release a 7inch with Urinal Cake Records and then a self  EP release. In late 2013 Al and Phil left and Cait joined on Synth, and now SROS Lords are ready to bust down your door with their Slimernetic Punk Rock!



Jonathan Stars is a writer, database consultant, musician, comedian, and songwriter. He has written over 100 articles on computers, music, and software, and seven editions of Learn FileMaker Pro. His latest novel is the techno-thriller N-hanced. Learn more at



Ferrett Steinmetz@ferretthimself on Twitter — is a Nebula-nominated science fiction writer and C-list blogger who blogs about puns, politics, and polyamory at (that’s two “r”s, two “t”s). He’s published over twenty-five science fiction stories since his rebirth as a writer at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2008. He lives in Cleveland with his beautiful wife Gini, a friendly ghost, and a small black dog named Shasta.



Ian Randal Strock is the owner/publisher of Fantastic Books (, a small-press publisher of new and reprint speculative fiction. Previously, he was an editor at a variety of magazines (including Analog, Asimov’s, Artemis, Science Fiction Chronicle, and Realms of Fantasy) and other publications. He’s also an author. Most of his fiction has appeared in the British science journal Nature and in Analog, from which he’s won two AnLab Awards. Random House published his nonfiction The Presidential Book of Lists in 2008. His name is unique on the Internet: every reference to Ian Randal Strock is one of his.



Michael Substelny is a tenured professor in the fields of computer game development and Quality Engineering, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. He also writes hard science fiction and an occasional space opera. He develops the official science fiction canon in the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator universe. He is noted for his workshops on interactive fiction writing and was a panelist at the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio.



Shanna SwendsonShanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. Her contemporary fantasy Enchanted Inc. series has been translated into multiple languages and published around the world. She’s launching a new contemporary fantasy series, beginning with A Fairy Tale, in 2014, and her young adult alternate history fantasy Rebel Mechanics will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers in 2015. She’s also contributed essays to a number of books on pop culture topics and spends too much time discussing television on the Internet. Visit her web site at



Marc Tassin is a published author, editor, and game designer ( with extensive con experience. He has had numerous pieces of short fiction published, and has worked in the role-playing game industry. Mark runs the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium (, and was a Symposium panelist for years before he started running the program. He is an active member of both SFWA and the IAMTW.



Patty TempletonPatty Templeton is roughly 25 apples tall and 11,000 cups of coffee into her life. She wears red sequins and stomping boots while writing, then hits up back-alley dance bars and honky tonks. Her stories are full of ghosts, freaks, fools, underdogs, blue collar heroes, and never giving up, even when life is giving you shit. Lately, she has appeared in Pseudopod, Podcastle, Mythic Delirium, and Criminal Class Review. She won the first-ever Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors Award and has been a runner-up for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. Her first novel, There Is No Lovely End, was released in June 2014.



Matthew Alan ThyerMatthew Alan Thyer is an easy listenin, hard bowlin, slow mowin, small growin, yard bird with long term, ego driven, unrestrained, malformed visions of fame, fortune, and Princesses. Would love a career smuggling for the resistance damn the Empire’s big guns, blockades and silly Death Stars. Matthew Alan Thyer is an independent author writing hard-science fiction with a twist. He is currently publishing a series of stories which share the theme sports in space. Matt is an Army veteran who served as a signals intelligence analyst. Prior to finding his voice as a writer he worked as an operations engineer, wildland firefighter, backcountry ranger, kayak guide and river rat. Matt’s hobbies include trail running, backpacking, skiing, mountaineering, bicycling, and paragliding.



Bob Trembley is an amateur astronomer, 2014 board member for the Warren Astronomical Society, and volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. A resident of Chesterfield Michigan, Bob has been doing increasing amounts of astronomy outreach in recent years, and is very interested in improving astronomy education in Michigan and throughout the US. When not doing astronomy, Bob is an IT-guy and WordPress website developer. Asteroids and Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are a rather “Big Thing” with him. Check out his astronomy blog:



Connie Trembley has been a beloved and inspirational science teacher for over a decade. She has organized educational trips, run an after-school book club and science club, was adviser for the 7th grade National Honor Society, and has a passion for astronomy. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for her district in 2007. Connie was recently honored by the International Astronomical Union by having an asteroid named after her: Asteroid (117852) Constance.



Leane Verhulst has been attending SF conventions since the late ’90s, but in 2003, her life changed when she became involved in helping to run them. She really likes the planning aspect (even though it sometimes makes her want to pull out her hair), and helping to put on an event that hundreds (or thousands) of people enjoy is very satisfying. Leane has helped at many levels at her local convention of Capricon in Illinois, from staff to department head to convention chair and even to board member. Leane has also been a Division Head at the Worldcon level (Chicon 7), as well as a staff member at a couple of recent ones. She has thrown many, many parties at conventions and has worked on many fan tables promoting various conventions. One of the things that Leane appreciates most about helping to run these cons is the number of friends she has made that live all over the world. It has truly enriched her life.



Chuck Von Nordheim is a semi-pro science fiction and fantasy writer; his prose has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Three Lobed Burning Eye, among other venues; his poetry has appeared in Leading Edge, Tales of the Talisman, and The Lorelei Signal. Chuck also examines the field with a scholar’s eye and has published or presented papers on Edgar Allen Poe and visual rhetoric in SF and horror.



Alex von Thorn is a convention organizer, fan writer, game designer, and web developer. He founded SFContario, Toronto’s fall science fiction convention, led the bid to bring the Worldcon to Spokane in 2015, has worked on three past NASFICs, and is currently webmaster for Sasquan and Bloody Words. He won the Aurora Award for fan writing in 2002. He has worked on gaming projects for TSR, Steve Jackson, etc, including Tredroy, a fantasy city setting. He likes visiting Detroit for conventions and to see family in the area.



Donna Daio WaltzDonna “Daio” Waltz is an artistic scientist. Or a scientific artist. Or maybe just terminally indecisive. She’s definitely a confirmed book-a-holic. She has a Ph.D. in animal nutrition, works for major pet food company and spends her days trying to mediate between R&D, Legal and Marketing. She also does digital fantasy art inspired by the odd and interesting critters that inhabit either her real life or her imagination. Her favorite color isn’t really purple but don’t tell the p’dwagons that.



John Wardale has been attending SF CONs since 1993 and teaching panels since 1995. He is a computer professional, and was as an organizer for E.L.V.I.S. (The Emergency Link to Vital Internet Services) [1994-1999]. John has done Braiding and Balloon twisting panels (typically solo) for Gathering/Artistic Events, and General and/or Children’s Programming at several CONs over the years, including over a dozen such panels at NASFiC and World Cons. Besides that above, and computers, John can also speak on Photography, Libertarianism, Beer, Wine(?), and especially Scotch Whiskey.



Wax ChaoticWax Chaotic is a pair of lyrical storytellers who’ve been putting their own twist on folk music since 2011. Weaving themes of science-fiction and fantasy in with real-world events from their own lives, they change the mood and tone of their performance as whimsy dictates. Their musical influences include alternative, punk, bluegrass, blues, rock, pop, and of course, traditional and modern folk. While based in Indianapolis, their venues are as varied as their name suggests, from Canadian conventions and house concerts across the Midwest to local outdoor festivals. Wherever there’s an audience for something completely different, that’s where they’ll be.



Michael Wayne is a serial entrepreneur, never having had what most people consider a “real job”. He started his first corporation by age 20 and, over the years, has started or worked at over 20 startup companies. With over 35 years of Unix experience, he has been very active in Unix advocacy in SE Michigan, being a founding member of multiple local user groups. Currently the CTO at Msen, Inc., Michigan’s oldest commercial Internet Service Provider, he has written code to operate cars getting well over 100 MPG, managed the design of an EDI system flowing $5 million/day in purchase orders and developed multiple systems to automate vehicle diagnostics. A strong advocate of telecommuting, he has even hired, managed and fired employees he has never met. His current interests include actively trading the market, Ingress, piloting airplanes, craft beer, cooking/BBQ/smoking food, red wine, roasting his own coffee, homebrewing and viewing movies on his 10′ home theater screen.



Dr Mel WhiteKnown to her kids as “Indiana Mom”, Dr. Mel White is a scientist, writer, artist, comic book creator, poet, storyteller, filker, and World of Warcraft player (not necessarily in that order.) She is a volunteer educator at two Audubon centers and works on dinosaur bones for the Perot Museum when she’s not haunting Dallas Makerspace or learning jazz guitar. She teams up with John DeLaughter for the Secret Science Society and occasionally appears as “Dr. Minerva Grant” to unwrap her famous “cat mummy”, Ta-Miaut. In her spare time she works with 3D graphics and printing, does the occasional Warcraft machinima, and is working on a diploma in Egyptology.



Eva Whitley



Oz WilsonOz Wilson is a local author, screenwriter and columnist for Fury is available for download on iTunes and you can buy the DVD online at The film is based on his story and script entitled The Cromwell : A Hip-Hop Haunting.  It won multiple awards on the indie film circuit during its debut. He’s currently working on turning his novel The Shadow Walker Chronicles into a script for film adaptation. You can find Oz online at



Cliff Winnig‘s short fiction appears in several anthologies, including When the Hero Comes Home: 2, Gears and Levers 3, Footprints, and Retro Spec. The twitterzines Outshine and Thaumatrope have published his very short fiction. When not writing, he plays sitar, studies tai chi and aikido, sings, and does social dance. But mostly he’s busy being a dad. He can be found online at



Keith D. YoungKeith D. Young is a native Detroiter, a designer, historian and educator. He hosts and facilitates an educational lecture series at various Metropolitan Detroit Areas with a focus on history, metaphysics and mythology. Additionally Keith instructs digital media arts classes and provides professional graphic design and multimedia design services for publishers and writers on a freelance basis.



Joel ZakemJoel Zakem attended his first convention (a Midwestcon) in 1968, and has been attending, and occasionally working on, conventions since. A fan of good beer and brown whiskies, he is an attorney (currently retired) living in Louisville, KY.



Anne Zanoni



Leah A. Zeldes



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