Guests of Honor

 
Larry Correia

Larry Correia

Guest of Honor

(Monster Hunter Nation)  Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling, award winning, author of twenty-five novels and three collections worth of short fiction. Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Larry comes from a long line of Portuguese dairy farmers. He studied accounting at Utah State University and worked as a corporate auditor. Before becoming a writer Larry was a firearms instructor, machinegun dealer, and defense contract accountant. His first book, Monster Hunter International, was self-published, but then picked up by Baen Books, where he has been ever since. Married to the lovely Mrs. Correia, he has four children, and lives in Yard Moose Mountain, Utah. 

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The Faithful Sidekicks

The Faithful Sidekicks

Music Guests of Honor

(The Faithful Sidekicks) (Facebook) (Twitter  The Faithful Sidekicks are the award-winning comedic geek pop/filk duo of Eric and Jen Distad. They write and perform original catchy songs about SF/F, fandoms, gaming, and technology.  Winners of the 2021 Best Performer Pegasus award, they've been delighting audiences at conventions, clubs, and coffeehouses around the US, Canada and even Germany since 2014.  They perform songs about their nerdy passions with a ton of heart and a side of snark.   Whether it's an indie-rock song about board games, an upbeat pop song about Han Solo, or a love song written in SQL Code, the Sidekicks have something fun for every kind of fan.  The Faithful Sidekicks are based in Oregon City, OR (the end of the Oregon Trail) and have released four CDs including their latest, Sales of Interest.

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Bill Necessary

Fen Guest of Honor

  Raised in Tyler. Texas, Bill Necessary, is a 58 year mild mannered hospice chaplain by day and a sci-fi, superhero, nerd and cosplayer by night. Superman, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Universal Monsters are a few of his fandoms. Married to fellow nerd, Sue, since 1990, the couple have 2 daughters, Grace and Rachel, who have their own fandoms as well.

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The Shiflett Brothers

Artist Guests of Honor

(Shiflett Brothers) (Twitter) (Instagram) 
The work of the Shiflett Brothers sits in video game design firms, special effects houses, and art departments across several industries, as well as the personal collections of film directors Peter Jackson and Robert Rodriguez, and Weta Workshop founder Sir Richard Taylor.

Their sculptures have been featured in books and magazines worldwide, including in six separate volumes of the annual book Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. They have created sculpting process demonstration articles for the likes of ImagineFX, Heavy Metal, and Amazing Figure Modeler Magazines.

Brandon and Jarrod taught a Master Class on Sculpting for the Comic Book Industry at The Gnomon Workshop in Hollywood, California and then created an Instructional Sculpting DVD, produced and released by Gnomon, entitled "Fantasy Sculpting: The Dragon of Argos." They were honored to sit on the jury for Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and were blown away a couple of years later when they received the Gold Award in Dimensional Work for Spectrum 21.

The Brothers have for years hosted, in one form or another, The Shiflett Brothers Sculpting Forum which now boasts over 50K members and features both pro and amateur sculptors, sculpting contests, and live-streams of work by industry superstars.

Brandon and Jarrod’s first Instructional sculpting book, Clay Sculpting With The Shiflett Brothers is out now from  3DTotal Publishing. 

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Dr. Robert E. Hampson

Dr. Robert E. Hampson

Science Guest of Honor

Dr. Robert E. Hampson 

Internationally recognized physiologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Robert E. Hampson, leads the multi-university team that was first to demonstrate restoration of human memory using the brain's own information codes.  His forty-year scientific career has ranged from studying the effects of commonly abused drugs on memory, to the effects of space radiation on the brain.  He is a popular speaker and advisor on memory and the brain, having been interviewed by BBC, CNN, NPR, BYU Radio, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Known in nonscientific circles as Dr. Rob, he is a Hugo-nominated science writer with more than thirty essays, interviews, and talks on science for general audiences.  As a Science Fiction author, he has published more than 25 short stories, co-edited two anthologies that combined hard science and science fiction, co-authored two novels, with two additional co-authored novels due out this year and a solo novel due out next year.  With a combination of science and science fiction credentials, he has been a consultant to TV and game producers, defense contractors, and more than dozen science fiction authors.

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Dr. Charles E. Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon

Toastmaster

The Worlds of Charles E. Gannon  Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s best-selling books have won the Dragon Award, the ALA Choice Award (Outstanding Book), the Compton Crook Award, and have been nominated for four Nebulas. He is best known for the Caine Riordan series of hard sf novels, which have all been national best-sellers and include 4 finalists for the Nebula, 2 for the Dragon, and a Compton Crook winner. In 2020, the “Caineverse” expanded into an exclusive imprint, Beyond Terra Press (Chris Kennedy Publications) which, now entering its third season, has brought readers the closely entwined Murphy's Lawless series, reissued the anthology Lost Signals of the Terran Republic, and will soon be embarking upon an unprecedented cooperative traditional publishing venture.

Gannon’s epic fantasy series, The Vortex of Worlds, debuted in 2021 with This Broken World. He collaborates w/ Eric Flint in the NYT/WSJ bestselling Ring of Fire series, has written two solo novels in John Ringo's Black Tide Rising world, and co-authored three volumes with Steve White in the Starfire series. He’s also worked in the Honorverse, Man-Kzin, and War World universes. His other writing credits include lots of short fiction, table-top roleplaying games (Traveller, 2300 AD, Twilight: 2000, Dark Conspiracy) and years of work as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC.

As a Distinguished Professor of English, Gannon received 5 Fulbrights, and his Rumors of War & Infernal Machines won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Book. He is a frequent subject matter expert for national media venues (NPR, Discovery, etc.) and for various intelligence and defense agencies.

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Program Participants

Julie Barrett | Paul Barrett | Paul Black | K.B. Bogen | David Carrico | Mary Crowell | J.L. Curtis | Steve Diamond | Chris Donahue | Linda L. Donahue | Phillip Drayer Duncan | Marianne Dyson | Thor Dyson | Rhonda Eudaly | Brad W. Foster | Monalisa Foster | Karl Gallagher | Generic Radio Workshop | Teddy Harvia | Bart Kemper | Jim Mahaffey | Julia S. Mandala | Dawn Mennear | Kathleen O'Brien | Stephanie Osborn | Stephen Patrick | Teresa Patterson | Dusty Rainbolt | John Randall | Rie Sheridan Rose | Amber Royer | Ken Ruffin | Kal Spriggs | Mike Stewart | Kathryn Sullivan | A.G. Thompson | Triskelion | John Van Stry | Alex Wakal | Mark Wandrey | Toni Weisskopf | Mel. White | Jack Wylder | Ben Yalow |

Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett

(Stately Barrett Manor) (Steamcat) (Facebook)Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, member of the Dallas Future Society board, and sells photography, fiber art, and hats through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever else helps pay the bills. She hates the bills. Find her at Stately Barrett Manor or on Facebook.



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Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett

Amongst Paul's many pastimes, a favorite is creating, finding, and programming the sound effects for Generic Radio Workshop productions. As with the other GRW founders, he's done so many of these shows, he's no longer sure if this is reality, or if he's living in an episode of Dimension X. Other hobbies are prop-building and 3D printing--he has been known to demonstrate all the ways this can go wrong.

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Paul Black

Paul Black

(Paul Black) (Wikipedia) (Facebook)Paul Black always wanted to make movies, but a career in advertising sidetracked him. He's the international award-winning author of The Tels, SoulwareNexus PointThe Presence, The Samsara Effect, Cool Brain, and Dark Slide. He has twice won each the Independent Publishers Book Award, London and the New York Book Festival. He has also been on the Barnes & Noble Regional Best Seller list, has won the Writer’s Digest Book Award for Genre Fiction, and was optioned for television.  

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K.B. Bogen

K.B. Bogen

(Facebook)

A cat-loving native of Texas, K.B. Bogen is a self-confessed knit-/yarn-aholic, likes to cook and enjoys reading forensic anthropology books. For nearly thirty years, she has been lurking behind the scenes doing editing and manuscript repair. With the rise in the numbers of epublications, her client load has increased. Her most recent publication, Everything Works in Theory, is available on Ring of Fire Press, Amazon, Baen, and Barnes & Noble. Coming soon: Surely, You Quest—book three of the Quest series.

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David Carrico

David Carrico

David Carrico, like a surprising number of other fans and writers, was a military brat, raised in the Air Force. He writes alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy, and is published by Baen Books and Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press. His latest publication is The Blood Is the Life, released by Baen Books in September 2022, but there are new books from ROFP in 2022 as well.

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Mary Crowell

Mary Crowell

(Mary Crowell) (Twitter)

Dr. Mary C. Crowell (she/her) is a geeky musician/songwriter/teacher from north Alabama. Her doctorate is in music composition, and she teaches music theory, composition, piano and sometimes yoga. Mary writes songs about gaming, coffee, beagles, mythology, and zombies. Mary has made a new gaming album—I Have missed You at My Table!

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J.L. Curtis

J.L. Curtis

(JL Curtis) (twitter) (Amazon) (Facebook)

JL Curtis has novels out in three different series, The Grey Man (urban fiction), Rimworld (military science fiction), and a new series, Showdown on the River (western). He has written a number of novellas and short stories for a number of anthologies. A retired Naval Flight officer, he spent 20+ years in the Navy, then worked as an engineer with a defense contractor for another 20+ years. A long-time shooter and NRA instructor, he now lives in North Texas and writes full time.

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Steve Diamon

Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond is a Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction author for Baen, Wordfire Press, Gallant Knight Games, and numerous other small publications. His two most recent works are a collection of short fiction, WHAT HELLHOUNDS DREAM, and a Dark Fantasy/Horror novel co-written with Larry Correia, SERVANTS OF WAR. Steve lives in Utah, has a family, BBQs a lot, loves sports, hates sharks, and thinks Horror is like bacon – it makes everything better

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Chris Donahue

Chris Donahue

Chris Donahue is an electrical engineer living in the Dallas area with his wife and fellow-author, Linda. A former member of a Joe Bob Briggs' Drive In Review committee, he served the public by counting rolling heads, types of Fu, and exposed breasts in committee films. Outside of that, he has been a Navy Avionics tech, brewer, and writes sci-fi, military fiction, horror, humor, and combinations of those themes. His first novel, Death's Paladin, is now available.

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Linda Donahue

Linda L. Donahue

(Linda L. Donahue)Linda has degrees in computer science, Russian studies, Earth science education, and electrical engineering. Additionally, she teaches tai chi and belly dancing, can borrow moon rock samples, and is a certified commercial instrument pilot, advanced ground instructor, and SCUBA diver. Her latest short stories have appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #25 and Chicks and Balances. Her novel, Jaguar Moon, is available from Yard Dog Press. She lives with her husband and pet rabbits, sugar gliders, and cats in Garland, Texas.

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Phillip Drayer Duncan

Phillip Drayer Duncan

(Philip Drayer Duncan) (Website)


Phillip Drayer Duncan is the author of 15 novels including the Blade Mage, Moonshine Wizard, andAssassins Inc. series.

Along with reading and writing, he enjoys kayakin', canoein', fishin'; and pretty much anything nerdrelated. During the warm months, his habitat includes the river or a campfire. In the colder season, he maybe spotted under a pile of books or videogames. His greatest dream is to become a Jedi, but since thathasn’t happened yet, he focuses on writing.

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Marianne Dyson

Marianne Dyson

(Marianne Dyson) (Facebook) (Linkedin)

Marianne Dyson was one of NASA’s first female flight controllers and now is a historian for Mission Control and Best STEM Book Award children’s author (for a book co-authored with Buzz Aldrin). Her latest SF story and fact article (Sept/Oct Analog) explores the legacy of Apollo in The Power of Apollo (16). Problems during real spaceflights are the focus of Shuttle Mission Control: Flight Controller Stories and Photos, 1981-1992, and her memoir, A Passion for Space.

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Thor Dyson

Thor Dyson

With a master's degree in physics, Thor Dyson joined Mission Control at NASA in 1979. He was a Space Shuttle Guidance Officer until the Challenger accident, then focused his computer skills on NASA’s networks and information systems. He was the Johnson Space Center Chief Information Security Official when he retired in 2011.The proud owner of a Cessna 182Q, he’s a volunteer pilot with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He enjoys playing Black Desert online and playing Pokémon with his international family.

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Rhonda Eudaly

Rhonda Eudaly

(Rhonda Eudaly) Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She's married with dogs and a rapidly growing Minion© army. Her two passions are writing and music, which is evident in her increasing horde of writing instruments.

Rhonda has a well-rounded publication history in fiction, non-fiction, and script writing. Check out her website for her latest publications and downloads.

(Photo by Bobby Hitt)

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Brad W. Foster

Brad W. Foster

(Brad W. Foster) (Jabberwocky Graphix)Hugo-award winning artist Brad W Foster lives to draw, and draws to live, and still loves to see his artwork in that so-last-century thing called "print". Over the decades his work has appeared in hundreds of publications, large and small, and he hopes to add a few thousand more to that list. You can learn more than you would probably care to just by spending a few hours wandering around his website, Jabberwocky Graphix.

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Monalisa Foster

Monalisa Foster

(Monalisa Foster) (Facebook) (Amazon

Monalisa Foster writes science fiction with heart which mostly manifests itself as space opera with romantic elements that focus on love, chivalry, adventure, and what it means to be free. She never thought she'd be using her background in physics, engineering, and medicine to write compelling characters but figures that someone has to do it, so it might as well be her. She has written two epic space opera novels, Conquest and Ascension, in her Ravages of Honor series.

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Karl Gallagher

Karl Gallagher

(Karl K. Gallagher) (Twitter)

Karl K. Gallagher is a systems engineer, doing data analysis for a

major aerospace company. He writes both science fiction (the Torchship

Trilogy) and fantasy (The Lost War). Four of his novels were finalists

for the Prometheus Award for best Libertarian SF novel. His books are

available on Amazon and Audible. His most recent book is Captain

Trader Helmsman Spy, book 4 in the Fall of the Censor space opera

series. New releases are announced on his website and twitter.


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Generic Radio Workshop

Generic Radio Workshop

(Generic Radio Workshop)Generic Radio Workshop has been around longer than the Golden Age of Radio lasted -- a little over thirty years. They started with the Texas Broadcast Museum and have performed at festivals, conventions, and yes, on the radio. They use as much vintage equipment as possible for that "old time radio" feel. Plus, many of their sound effects devices are hand-built, following period designs. While they've made a few concessions to modern technology, their core practices follow radio's Golden Age.

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Teddy Harvia

Teddy Harvia

Teddy Harvia is the well-known pen name of David Thayer. He has drawn scores of wild beasts, strange BEMs, and big-nosed whiz kids from a world far from Earth who use short words to make fun of all kinds of things in scores of toons and fan art for flyers, zines, and con pubs since 1967. He lives with wife Diana and five fat cats in Dallas, Texas. To earn his keep, he works with words at a high-tech firm.

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Bart Kemper

Bart Kemper


Bart is a crazed inventor and writer from the bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin.  He used to be a respectable young sergeant in the Army, but the Dark Side had cookies.  After being kicked out of the military for being too old, he is a full time engineering consultant working in industrial, forensic, biomedical, marine, and subsea applications.  His current writing project is editing the science fiction anthology "Tomorrow's Hope" for Three Ravens Publishing.

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Jim Mahaffey

James Mahaffey is a native Midwesterner who is a transplanted "Texan-by-marriage". His introduction to filk began when he worked the first FenCon convention. He spent ten years as ConOps before volunteering as "the sound guy" and co-ConChair. He serves on the BOD for Dallas Future Society and was ConChair for the first two WhoFest conventions, organized by DFS. James works as an architectural services consultant. He is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bassist. In 2017, he released his first CD, Transit, with his project band, The Scrap Merchants.

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Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala

(Julia S. Mandala)Julia S. Mandala holds a BA in history from Kansas State University and a JD in law from Tulane. In addition to being editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband Larry and two demanding, but adorable cats. She is best known as a co-author of the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series.

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Dawn Mennear

Dawn Mennear

Dawn comes from Des Moines, IA, and she has been coming to FenCon since FenCon II and considers it one of the best run conventions, with some of the friendliest people around. She doesn't write but she reads voraciously and considers that an excellent reason to attend. She is 54, Rubenesque, and nosy in a good way. Loves to crochet and will often be seen in corners crocheting away.

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Kathleen O

Kathleen O'Brien

(Vintage Fashion Explained) (Victorian Smoking Caps) (Writers' Resources)

Kathleen M. O'Brien began sewing at age 4, learning traditional 

techniques from her mother and grandmother.  She collects and studies 

vintage clothing to decipher mysteries of drape and fit found in 

previous eras.  Her costumes include both original designs and 

reproductions, utilizing many historical techniques.  She enjoys sharing 

both these skills and her collection with others and has published 

several books including "Victorian Smoking Caps" and her "Writers' 

Resources" series.  Check out her website at Vintage Fashion Explained.

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Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn, award-winning Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a 20+-year space program veteran with multiple STEM degrees. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to some 50+ books, including Burnout, Displaced Detective, Gentleman Aegis, EMPIRE, We Shall Rise, and the Division One series, her take on the urban legend of mysterious people who make evidence...disappear.

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Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick

(Facebook) (The Holocaust Engine)Born in the Kentucky bluegrass, but inspired by the Lone Star state, Stephen Patrick's storytelling ranges between historical, thriller, science fiction, and horror. His most recent offerings include The Holocaust Engine trilogy with David Rike (available October,   2019) and stories in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Authors, Vol 1 and 2 and Crimson Streets.

Every year, he explores new skills/disciplines to find ideas for his work. This year is geology/rockhounding and skateboarding, which have more in common than he cares to admit.

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Teresa Patterson

Teresa Patterson

(Event Horizon EBooks) (Facebook)Teresa Patterson’s work includes, The World of Shannara with Terry Brooks, The World of the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan, No Quarter with Robert Asprin, Combat Corpsman with Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin, numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. Her newest work, with Navy SEAL Craig Marley, is No Lifeguard on Duty. When not writing she works as a balloon sculptor, kayak instructor, show horse trainer, and managing The Armory at DragonCon. She also loves to sing and entertain.

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Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt

(Dusty Rainbolt)

Dusty Rainbolt was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who abhorred the School System in the eastern spiral arm of the galaxy. An award-winning veterinary journalist, she authored/coauthored 13 fiction and nonfiction books including Death Under the Crescent Moon, All the Marbles and The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series. Her latest book, Ghost Cats 2: More Encounters with Feline Spirits will be released in August 2022. Her feline behavior books, Cat Scene Investigator and Finding Your Lost Cat have saved many family felines.

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Dr. John Randall

Dr. John Randall

(Dr. John Randall) (Zyvex Labs) (NanoRetina) (Teliatry)

Dr. John N. Randall, CEO of Zyvex Labs, has for 40 years been a nano-fabricator, which might mean that he tells small lies. He has also worked at Texas Instruments and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Zyvex Labs has a plot to rule the world with Atomically Precise Manufacturing, has spun off Teliatry which is rewiring brains with targeted plasticity therapy to treat victims of: stroke, spinal cord injury, PTSD, and is helping Nano-Retina heal the blind.

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Rie Sheridan Rose

Rie Sheridan Rose

(Rie Sheridan Rose) (Facebook) (Twitter)

Rie Sheridan Rose's work appears in numerous anthologies, including Under Her Skin, Hides the Dark Tower, Dark Divinations, and Startling Stories. In addition, she has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and dozens of song lyrics. For the most complete bibliography, check out her Amazon page. Member of the SFPA, HWA, and SFWA, she tweets as @RieSheridanRose. Now the air-conditioning is working for the first time in 5 years, she's on a mission to clean house!

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Amber Royer

Amber Royer

(Amber Royer) (Facebook) (Instagram) (Youtube) (Amazon) (Goodreads)Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. She is also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook for Novelists. She teaches creative writing and is an author coach. Amber and her husband live in the DFW Area, where you can often find them hiking or taking landscape/architecture/wildlife photographs.  If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes.  Amber blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate. 

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Ken Ruffin

Ken Ruffin

(National Space Society of North Texas)

Ken is a Senior Environmental Engineer by day, and he is also the President of the award-winning National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT). For the fifth time in the last nine years, NSS-NT has earned the #1 NSS Chapter in the World Award! During public events, monthly meetings, TV news interviews, and more, Ken informs audiences of all ages about "the latest  information in space travel". Contact Ken with space questions or comments at ken.ruffin@nss.org 

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Kal Spriggs

Kal Spriggs is a US Army combat veteran, gamer, and science fiction and fantasy author. He has visited over 35 countries and has worked in a variety of industries including environmental remediation, farming, civil engineering, the military, and transportation. Kal has drawn upon those experiences to write over thirty novels with complex characters who live in realistic worlds. When he isn’t writing, reading, gaming, or otherwise working, Kal enjoys hiking, skiing, and camping.



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Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart

(Victorious Website ) (Facebook)

Mike Stewart has been part of the Role Playing Game industry for the past twenty years. His Steampunk Superhero RPG Victorious was the winner of the Three Castles RPG Design Award, in print through Troll Lord Games. Mike was also involved in the development of TLG’s Castles & Crusades RPG and books. He is also a podcaster, on both the C&C-based Crusader podcast as well as the Save For Half Old School Gaming Podcast.


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Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan

(Kathryn Sullivan) (Facebook)Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. Any place and any object is at risk of appearing in her stories--the river bluffs surrounding Winona, MN, where she lives, can become the windswept cliffs of an alien planet or the deep mysterious woods of a fantasy tale. She is owned by a large cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens.

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A.G. Thompson

A.G. Thompson

From West Texas, A.G. Thompson is a Cold War USAF veteran, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. He has BA degrees from the University of Louisville in both English and History focused on military history. He's a competition shooter, a voracious reader and long time wargamer. He's a 25-year UPS employee, a devoted cat-person, and married to Kae Thompson for 28 years. The Bounty Game was his idea, and he's happy to see it in print.

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Triskelion

Triskelion

(Triskelion)Triskelion started as a group of friends who enjoyed playing music for fun, using MusiconFriday as their Yahoo group. Inspired by a love of Celtic music, Triskelion brings a variety of musical talent to the stage. Floyd Brigdon's background playing guitar for rock bands (and a begrudging country band or two) and as a singer/songwriter, Sarah Brigdon's as a church vocalist, and Leah Tharp's rhythm 12-string guitar and vocals blend together to bring a joyful and diverse blend of harmonies.

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John Van Stry

John Van Stry

John Van Stry was introduced to Science Fiction and Fantasy at an early age, a habitthat only continued to grow as he got older. The effect on his career and life becameobvious when he graduated college with a BSEE, did a stint in the USAF, and thenworked in aerospace for many years as a Flight Test Engineer. From there he became aconsultant with his primary focus on Test (software and hardware) Because of his careerpath, John has witnessed many technologies long before they came to market.

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Alex Wakal

Alex Wakal

(Alex Wakal) (Facebook)

Alex got tired of the military after 25 years working munitions and intelligence, is a pro 3-gunner with three decades of experience, serves as director and armorer of a small but entertaining WW2 museum in Abilene, Texas, and owns a full auto gun shop/shooting range/longhorn spa in central Texas.  He understands that “military intelligence” is just the oxymoron it seems and that “military grade” is both a baseline and a pejorative.



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Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

International bestselling author of military sci-fi, space opera, and zombie apocalypse, MarkWandrey is also the only 4 time DragonCon Dragon Award finalist! He is best known for the MilitarySci-Fi universe he created, the Four Horsemen Universe, with 79 books and growing.Living the full time RV lifestyle as a modern day nomad, Mark Wandrey travels the country with hiswife of 25 years, Joy Wandrey, and two adorable chihuahuas.

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Toni Weisskopf, by David Mattingly

Toni Weisskopf

(Baen Books)Toni Weisskopf has been the publisher of Baen Books since 2006. Baen is known for its innovative e-publishing program, which has expanded under Weisskopf’s leadership to include titles from other publishers. Weisskopf is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology. She is interested in space science and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Interstellar Research Group.

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Mel White

Mel. White

(Facebook) (Twitter)Known to her kids as "Indiana Mom", Mel. has gone back to school to become "Dr. Indiana Mom." She still works on fossils for the Museum of Nature and Science, and is now a volunteer educator at Trinity River Audubon Center as well as a Texas Master Naturalist. She's also a proud member of the Yard Dog Press gang, with a story in A Bubba in Time Saves None.

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Jack Wylder

The mysterious Jack Wylder, producer and co-creator of the WriterDojo podcast, has made a career of working behind the scenes. In his 25+ years in the marketing field he’s worked with huge names while mostly avoiding attention to himself. He’s worked as an artist, bass player, blacksmith, gunsmith, carpenter, convention organizer, editor, private investigator, writer, and has a bunch of interesting stories. Wylder is a Texan living in an undisclosed city with his wife, son, 2 cats, and 2 heelers.I already bought my ticket and room so I'm easy on that one. OH- can you make sure the badge lists the name 'Jack Wylder'? (Not the name on my credit card, but the name I use professionally. Real name is Rabbit Boyett. Yes, my real name is Rabbit but I use the nom de plume Jack. Weird, I know) PayPal (grr) transaction

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Ben Yalow

Ben Yalow

Ben has been to 800+ cons, including the last 51 Worldcons, and worked on about a third of them, including most of the Worldcons on four continents. He was Fan GoH at the last Worldcon, and will be co-chairing the 2023 Worldcon in Chengdu, China. He’s edited four books for NESFA Press – the Hugo nominations were for the excellence of the author, not the editor. He’s just moved to Texas from New York.

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The following regret they are unable to attend FenCon this year:

Peri Charlifu   
Charlayne Denney   
P.N. Elrod   
Jan S. Gephardt   
Selina Rosen   
Brad Sinor   
Sue Sinor   

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