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Guests of Honor

 
Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson

Special Guest


(WordFire Press) Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 55 of which have been national or international bestsellers.  He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Vixy and Tony

Vixy & Tony

Music Guests of Honor


(Vixy and Tony) Vixy & Tony's lighthearted folk/rock musical style combines with science fiction and fantasy lyrics to tell engaging and beautiful stories. Their energetic performances can be enjoyed by both sci-fi fans and mainstream music fans alike, earning them the Best Performer Pegasus Award in 2008. Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey and Tony Fabris have joined forces with cellist Betsy Tinney and violinist Sunnie Larsen to form a "four-person duo" with a lush, amazing sound. Their music can be found at VixyAndTony.com.

Tom Kidd

Tom Kidd

Artist Guest of Honor


(Tom Kidd) (Portfolio) In more than twenty years of illustrating, Tom Kidd has won multiple awards--including an impressive seven Chesleys, one World Fantasy Award, and four Hugo Award nominations--for his science fiction and fantasy art, which has encompassed book covers and interiors, magazines, films, and figurines. He has also been a guest artist at FenCon, and is the upcoming 2018 World Fantasy Artist Guest of Honor. Tom has exhibited at several museums and designed for companies as diverse as Disney and American Express.

Ben Yalow

Ben Yalow

Fen Guest of Honor


Ben Yalow’s very first convention he attended as a fan was Lunacon in 1971, followed later that year by his first Worldcon, Noreascon (He hasn’t missed a Worldcon since). Ben is a co-founder of SMOFcon, the annual convention on how to run a convention, and was the recipient of fandom's highest award, the 2015 Forest J. Ackerman Big Heart Award.

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Special Workshop Guest


(Cat Rambo) Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Tor.com. Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see her web site.

J.R. Honeycutt

J. R. Honeycutt

Special Gaming Guest


(Twitter) J.R. Honeycutt is a game designer and developer at Ironwall Games and Waitress Games, and the Tinker-in-Chief at Restoration Games. His design and development work includes SeaFall, Charterstone, the Fantasy Fantasy Sports series, Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar, and a number of other titles. JR plays games and helps people through DFW Nerd Night, a community organization that has helped raise more than $100,000 for charities across the country. His hobbies are going to Rangers games, twitch streaming, and taking on endless side projects. He lives in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Amy, and their two cats.

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen

Toastmaster


(Selina Rosen) (Yard Dog Press) (Castle Farms) (Facebook) Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies including Bubbas of the Apocalypse. She is married, owns a small farm, and has kids and grandkids. She is a carpenter, a rock mason, a sword fighter, and an all-around swell gal.

Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson

Special Music Guest


(Leslie Hudson) A powerhouse at the mic, Leslie Hudson can cut  through a crowd of sound with a caress. With eight solo albums under her belt (and more on the way) her songs span from rock to geek to faerie and demonstrate not only her versatility as a musician but her refusal to be contained. Currently based in the Toronto area Leslie plays local venues and events, and travels abroad to festivals and conventions.

With a background in Celtic culture and a lifelong interest in folklore, Leslie’s songs are rooted in the art of storytelling. Whether those tales are inspired by modern media, pop culture, ancient myths or twisted retellings of childhood fairytales, every song she writes tells a story.

Astronaut Stanley G. Love

Astronaut Stanley G. Love

Special Science Guest Speaker


Dr. Stanley Love is a planetary scientist and NASA astronaut. He served as a crew member and spacewalker on Space Shuttle flight STS-122 in 2008. While on Earth, he worked as a Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) for Shuttle and Station missions, and participated in terrestrial spaceflight analog expeditions in Antarctica and other remote locations. Dr. Love co-invented the "gravity tractor" concept for modifying asteroid orbits. He frequently appears in public, explaining the science and engineering of space travel to a wide variety of audiences. His current work at NASA focuses on future human exploration of asteroids, the Moon, and Mars.



Program Participants


Joe Abbott | Alexander James Adams | Kimm Antell | Julie Barrett | Paul Barrett | Jennifer Baughman | Paul Black | Bland Lemon Denton and the Lemon-Aides | Karen Bogen | Christopher Brown | Rachel Caine | Mark Carroll | J. Kathleen Cheney | Dantzel Cherry | Lys Childs-Wiley | Rosemary Clement | R. Cat Conrad | Mary Crowell | Darwin Prophet & Chronus Mirror | Dominick D'Aunno | Sherri Dean | Charlayne Denney | Bradley Denton | S.B. Divya | Chris Donahue | Linda L. Donahue | Dennis Donigan | Amora D'or | Marianne Dyson | P.N. Elrod | Rhonda Eudaly | Sara Felix | Mark Finn | Michael Ashleigh Finn | Melanie Fletcher | Brad W. Foster | Dene Foye | Karl Gallagher | Generic Radio Workshop | C Stuart Hardwick | Teddy Harvia | Kristi Hutson | Lee Killough | William Ledbetter | Steve Liptak | Julia S. Mandala | Marshall Ryan Maresca | A. Lee Martinez | Kip McMurray | Margaret Middleton | Tim Morgan | Matthew R.R. Morrese | Tracy S. Morris | Michelle Muenzler | Ethan Nahté | Kathleen O'Brien | Gloria Oliver | Stephen Patrick | Teresa Patterson | Alan J. Porter | Trakena Prevost | Dusty Rainbolt | Ravenar | Rie Sheridan Rose | Amber Royer | Ken Ruffin | Shawn Scarber | Martin L. Shoemaker | Brad Sinor | Sue Sinor | Amy Sisson | Seth Skorkowsky | Libby A. Smith | Caroline Spector | Mike Stewart | Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam | Kathryn Sullivan | Shanna Swendson | Mel Tatum | The Scrap Merchants | Tex Thompson | Haileigh Todd | Triskelion | Katherine Turski | Two Old Fogeys | Mel. White | Shado Wiley |
Joe Abbott

Joe Abbott

Joseph Abbott is a longtime Texas filker, a sometime science writer, and the very first Fencon member (as in “oh, crap, someone’s given us money--now we have to put it on”). He currently resides in Houston.

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Alexander James Adams

Alexander James Adams

(Faerie Tale Minstrel) (Canticles Productions) Professional musician for 30 years, Aja is currently Composer for Canticles Productions, a subscription-based independent production company. There the Faerie Tale Minstrel is bringing a level of epic and orchestral sounds to the music you already know and love. His latest album, Canticles Aria I: The Heroes of Our Days, is at the Canticles Table in the Dealer's Room, and Canticles Aria II: The Shadows of Our Past releases on a limited Vinyl run at the end of the year!

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Kimm Antell

Kimm Antell

(ChickGeek) (Facebook) (GooglePlus) Kimm Antell is an artist and writer from Pflugerville, TX.  She also has a husband, 5 cats, 1,500 books, 1 house, 5 friends (she lost one to Portland,) 400 comic books, 2,795 ancestors, and 1 white lie to FenCon.  Favorite sci-fi movie is Ghostbusters (Original.)  Favorite horror movie is From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.  Favorite fantasy movie is The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen.  Favorite mystery is The Fugitive.  Least favorite president is Donald Dum-Dum.

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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 and art 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'll be demonstrating all the ways this can go wrong. 

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Jennifer Baughman

Jennifer Baughman

By day, Jennifer is a mild-mannered GIS analyst and Pythonista. By night, she's an avid gamer and game writer. Jennifer has been a tabletop gamer for 25 years and a video gamer for significantly longer than that. Jennifer's writing credits include contributions to the 7th Sea line. She is currently writing for Conan, John Carter of Mars, and Star Trek: Adventures for Modiphius.

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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. Born in Chicago, he is the international award-winning author of The Tels, Soulware, Nexus Point, The Presence, and The Samsara Effect. He has twice won the Independent Publishers Book Award, along with ForeWord Magazine's Book Award, The London Book Festival, and has been on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller list. His new book of fiction is called Cool Brain.

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Bland Lemon Denton and the Lemon-Aides

Bland Lemon Denton and the Lemon-Aides

Over the past twelve years, Bland Lemon Denton, "The World's Oldest (and Worst) Bluesman," has played guitar and harmonica at conventions throughout the Midwest and South. For FenCon XIV, he'll be joined by the Lemon-Aides: Caroline "Honey Badger" Spector (bass), Bob "Thumper" Yeager (percussion), David Lee "Psychobot" Anderson (guitar), and Sherri "Monkey Queen" Dean (backing vocals). They invite all y'all to come get the Blues, too.

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K.B. Bogen

Karen Bogen

(Facebook) Karen is a self-confessed knit-and-yarn-aholic. She spends many hours either knitting something, inventorying her stash, or fondling yarn at any shop within driving range. Interesting? Depends on your point of view. She likes to cook and enjoys reading forensic anthropology books. Occasionally at the same time. In January 2012, she got talked into taking a full-time+ job. It was really eating into her knitting time. Fortunately, she was laid off in 2015. Swan dive into the yarn stash!

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Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown

(Christopher Brown) Christopher Brown is the author of Tropic of Kansas, a dystopian novel published in 2017 by Harper Voyager. He was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic. An active member of the Turkey City Writers Workshop, he lives in Austin, where he also practices technology law.

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Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine

(Rachel Caine) Rachel Caine has multiple NYT and USA Today bestsellers, including the recent smash hit suspense novel Stillhouse Lake, and the Great Library alternate history series in YA. February 2018, she launches a new SF YA series with Honor Among Thieves, co-written with UF/YA/SF superstar Ann Aguirre!

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Mark Carroll

Mark Carroll

An avid gamer since the age of 12, Mark is also the author of several game modules and even founded a game company. Mark has been married for 19 years to another avid gamer and has three cats who do not game, but steal the dice. Join him for FenCon Fiasco! on Friday evening.

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J. Kathleen Cheney

J. Kathleen Cheney

(J. Kathleen Cheney) J. Kathleen Cheney taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, but gave it all up for a chance to write stories. Her novella "Iron Shoes" was a 2010 Nebula Award finalist. Her novel, The Golden City, was a finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards (Best First Novel). Dreaming Death (2016) is the first in a new setting, the Palace of Dreams novels, with her novels of The Horn trilogy coming out in 2017.

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Dantzel Cherry

Dantzel Cherry

(Dantzel Cherry) (Facebook) (Twitter) Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, and other magazines and anthologies.

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Lys Childs-Wiley

Lys Childs-Wiley

Melyssa “Lys” Childs-Wiley grew up in Western New York. She began reading at the age of four to escape watching apple trees grow, and hasn’t stopped.

Lys brought home as many books as the librarian allowed. When she wandered out of the children’s section into the main room, she discovered strands of Thread falling from the sky, to be destroyed by Dragonriders. This was when Lys realized that imagination is limitless. She has been writing, acting, and roleplaying ever since.

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Rosemary Clement

Rosemary Clement

(Rosemary Clement) (Kara Connolly) (Rosemary's Twitter) (Kara's Twitter) Rosemary Clement writes, under various names, supernatural novels for youngish adults. Her bestselling books are full of witty banter, romantic tension, dead bodies, and live ghosts. When parallel universes overlap, you may see debut author and doppelganger Kara Connolly in Rosemary’s spot. While Rosemary enjoys knitting, gardening, and solving crime, Kara likes dinosaurs, medieval weaponry, and promoting her debut novel, No Good Deed. Find either one on their respective Twitter accounts.

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R. Cat Conrad

R. Cat Conrad

(Artists In Residence) R. Cat Conrad provided cover art for FenCon's first program, the dystopian painting ominously titled You're Next. His work encompasses many genres directed to the fine art and illustration collecting community, but Cat's most popular compositions are his space landscapes and whimsical dragon sketches. It should also be noted he's a trail-blazer in frontiers beyond space and fantasy. In addition to being an award-winning painter, he’s a Golden Age comic historian, collector/dealer, auctioneer, and recently, film actor.

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Mary Crowell

Mary Crowell

(Mary Crowell) (Patreon)  Dr. Mary Crowell is a singer/song writer and music teacher from north Alabama. She writes jazzy, bluesy, artsy songs about gaming, mythology, coffee, and whatever tickles her fancy. Her latest two albums are Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour (2017) funded by a successful Kickstarter and Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories (2012), a love letter to the hobby of gaming. Mary releases her more recent songs and funny music videos on her Patreon page.

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Darwin Prophet and the Chronus Mirror

Darwin Prophet & Chronus Mirror

(Darwin Prophet) Darwin Prophet and the Chronus Mirror: Thematic Travelers from the planet MI in the galaxy Solfege will take you on a sonic journey across a symphony of yestermorrows to the realm of Literary Rock in vibrant aural exhibitions. Paying homage to myth and science fiction in equal measure, Darwin Prophet blends ethereal groove & aesthetic charm with a touch of steam. Imagine Oscar Wilde, Kate Bush, Marc Bolan, and Douglas Adams having tea and jamming with Doctor Who!

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Dominick D

Dominick D'Aunno

Dominick D’Aunno, MD, a writer of speculative fiction, is an Internal Medicine physician with a subspecialty in Space Medicine and Physiology. His NASA research includes cardiovascular adaptation to microgravity, immune system alterations in extreme environments, and musculoskeletal alterations to variable gravities. Dr. D’Aunno’s clinical practice focuses on the medical needs of patients with psychiatric illnesses, autism, developmental disabilities, and adolescents in Child Protective Services. Dominick works with writers to increase the use of medicine and physiology in speculative fiction.

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Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean

(Facebook) (Twitter) Sherri "ConBarbie" Dean was born late AND backwards, which explains a lot. She does illustrations, stories, and editing for Yard Dog Press, recently the cover of Flush Fiction II. Sherri's latest are the weird western collection Three Aces from Satan’s Hand and the horror anthology Death Is Only Skin Deep, available online. Sherri also goes by "Monkey Queen" and The Feisty Mistress of Fear. Her new book, Weirdough, Inc, co-written with Selina Rosen, is available at Yard Dog Press.

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Charlayne Denney

Charlayne Denney

(Charlayne Denney) (Facebook) (Twitter) (Goodreads) Given Charlayne's habit of checking people for fangs and living in the dark, she discovered her own vampires and Lilly, Marcus, and the rest of the gang inhabiting her Fangs & Halos series. When not hanging with vampires, she's a WoW gnome mage, Rubyrose. Of course, all this stuff weirds out her kids and grandkids. She found her husband, Bruce, through a want-ad in the program book for ConTroll 93. She's attended, worked, and guested at Texas conventions since 1979.

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Bradley Denton

Bradley Denton

(Bradley Denton) (Bland Lemon Denton) Four Bradley Denton titles are in new formats for 2015: Novels Blackburn and Lunatics, plus story collection One Day Closer to Death, are now available as ebooks. And Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede is now an audiobook -- complete with cover art from FenCon Artist GoH Mitch Bentley. Meanwhile, Brad’s 2014 collection Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas is still in print, and he still manages the career of Bland Lemon Denton, the World’s Oldest (and Worst) Bluesman.

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S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

(S.B. Divya) (Twitter) S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. Her short stories have been published at Lightspeed, Tor.com, and other magazines, and her novella "Runtime" is a Nebula Award finalist. Divya's writing appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. She also co-edits Escape Pod, a weekly science fiction podcast, with Mur Lafferty. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author.

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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.

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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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Dennis Donigan

Dennis Donigan

Dennis was introduced to Irish music (and Guinness) in the ‘80’s (several Irish Catholic wedding dances) and it was love at first “sight”. Greatly influenced by Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers to Gaelic Storm, Dennis enjoys performing (recently the Houston Celtic Festival) not only Celtic music, through his guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and harmonica, but a variety of folk, bluegrass, and country, and now as part of Donigan & Foye, filk music.

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Amora D

Amora D'or

(Facebook) Amora D’or is a DFW area belly dancer.  She performs at weddings, Lunar New Year Festivals, Tet-In-DFW, restaurants, and science fiction writer’s conventions.  Amora is Red Head adjacent; you will most often find her hanging with the writers of the “Four Redheads of the Apocalypse.”  Amora performs with Troupe Ravenar where she is affectionately known as the group glamazon.

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Marianne Dyson

Marianne Dyson

(Marianne Dyson) Marianne Dyson was one of NASA’s first female flight controllers, the subject of her memoir, A Passion for Space. After NASA, she turned to writing about space for adults and kids. She is currently coauthoring a second children’s book with Buzz Aldrin for NatGeo. Her SF collection, Fly Me to the Moon, includes all her Analog stories except "Europa’s Survivors" (in the March/April 2017 issue). All sales via her website will help her recover from Harvey.

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Pat Elrod

P.N. Elrod

(VampWriter.com) (Wikipedia) P.N. Elrod is best known for The Vampire Files, featuring Undead gumshoe Jack Fleming. She's edited a number of award-winning anthologies for St. Martin's with stories from the top paranormal and urban fantasy writers. This year she re-released the Files series as an ebook bundle and is pressing forward in her other career as a freelance editor. If you have a book to edit or need feedback on a work in progress, check out the editing page on her website.

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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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Sarah Felix

Sara Felix

(Sara Felix) Sara Felix is a Texas conrunner and artist living in Austin. She started working on conventions after working with Willie Siros at the Science Fiction and Mystery bookstore Adventures in Crime and Space. Since then she has worked many different sized conventions from ArmadilloCon, World Fantasy to WorldCons. While wearing her artist hat she makes jewelry and small clay robot sculptures that she sells at art shows. Always a fan of clay she was featured on Crafters Coast to Coast on HGTV a number of years ago where she crafted a flying pig.

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Mark Finn

Mark Finn

(Mark Finn) (The Gentlemen Nerds) (Twitter) Mark Finn is an author, an editor, and a pop culture critic. He is a managing editor for Skelos Press, and he podcasts with The Gentlemen Nerds. When he is not waxing eloquent about popular culture, he writes comics and fiction, dabbles in magic, and produces and performs community theater.  He lives in North Texas over an old movie theater with his long-suffering wife, too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya. This bio is too short.

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Michael Ashleigh Finn

Michael Ashleigh Finn

(LiveJournal) (The Gentlemen Nerds) (The Lobot Lounge) (Dirty Magick: LA) (Amazon) Mickey is 1/4 of the The Gentlemen Nerds podcast, as well as the editor and accidental co-producer. He is short story author expanding into novels, and a thematic consultant for Dynamite Entertainment on Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.

His latest Wormwood story, "All the Pretty Little Horses," is available in the anthology Dirty Magick: New Orleans (Lucky Mojo Press).

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Melanie Miller Fletcher

Melanie Fletcher

(Melanie Fletcher) Melanie Fletcher likes to write, preferably for money. Her most recent publications include “The Groom Wore Wings” (Debris and Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok, Story Spring Publishing LLC) and “Lost in Whitby” (A Lone Star in the Sky: A Future Classics Anthology, Volume Two, Belaurient Press). When not writing humorous short SF, she’s writing SF and fantasy romance as Nicola Cameron. Or herding cats. Or designing covers. Let’s just say that she does a lot of stuff.

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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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Dene Foye

Dene Foye

(Cath Album) As a teen, Dene began playing guitar and singing folk music, and for the last 15 years he has immersed himself in the wonders of Celtic Music. He is currently a member of the quartet known as "The Fogeys". In 2012 he was one of 12 Celtic performers on the Cath Benefit CD, benefiting Parkinson’s Disease research. After procrastinating for many years, Dene has finally finished a Celtic CD, entitled “For the Love of Haggis”.

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Karl Gallagher

Karl Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is a systems engineer, currently performing data analysis for a major aerospace company. In the past he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up, operated satellites as a USAF officer, and selected orbits for government and commercial satellites. His novels Torchship and Torchship Pilot are working-class hard SF adventures, available on Amazon and Audible. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family.

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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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C Stuart Hardwick

C Stuart Hardwick

(C Stuart Hardwick) (Twitter) (Facebook) C Stuart Hardwick is a Writers of the Future winner and three-time Jim Baen Award finalist who’s been published in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, Forbes.com, and Mental Floss, among others. Stuart grew up amid the ghost towns of South Dakota, creating radio dramas and animated shorts before moving on to robots and ill-conceived flying machines. He studied writing at U.C. Berkeley, lives in Houston, and has been known to wear a cape. Visit his website for a free e-sampler.

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Teddy Harvia

Teddy Harvia

Teddy Harvia is an anagram of David Thayer. Teddy has drawn and contributed cartoons to fan publications since the mid-70s. Fans and friends have rewarded his efforts with a few Hugos for Best Fan Artist. He has cut back on cartooning recently to allow David to concentrate on writing SF poetry. In his professional life, he works as a technical writer for a big telecommunications company. With his wife Diana, six cats, and thousands of books, he lives in Dallas.

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K. Hutson Price

Kristi Hutson

(KHP at GooglePages) Born in Texas, but educated on both coasts, Hutson did time as a DoD contractor and now slings education at 6th graders. Hutson has been the LETS (Law Enforcement Teaching Students) liaison, a Krav Maga student and instructor, and a Texas Defensive Shooters club member. So far these facts remain mutually exclusive. Occasionally Hutson writes fiction instead of grading papers: "An Undercover Haunting" appears in the Strange Afterlives anthology, and the novella Bound by Ink is available at Amazon.

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Lee Killough

Lee Killough

(Lee Killough) (Coffee Shop Writers) Lee Killough became hooked on SF, fantasy, and Mysteries at age eleven. The result: her novels usually combine genres...SF/mystery, mystery/supernatural/urban fantasy. She shares her lakeside home with a Schnauzer and walls of books. Her older books are republishing as e-books, revised and updated since science has overrun the 70's fictional science. They are available at Amazon and other e-book sites. Also see her original space opera Ancient Enemy and its new cover at the Yard Dog Press table.

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William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter

(William Ledbetter) William Ledbetter is a 2016 Nebula Award winner, with fiction published in Analog, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Baen.com, EscapePod, Writers of the Future, Yard Dog Press, and many others. He is an unapologetic space geek, an associate editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and runs the annual Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society.

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Steve Liptak

Steve Liptak

Steve Liptak is a retired pilot who has been involved in fantasy/SciFi and costuming for over 30 years. He has earned costume awards from DragonCon, AllCon, and Fencon. Over the last few years he has lectured on prop fabrication at conventions such as AKon, SoonerCon, and FenCon. He enjoys working in metal, leather, and plastics, and uses a kit-built 3D printer to speed prototyping. His last few projects have been lathed metal sonic screwdrivers, featured at Tardisbuilders.com in the UK.

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Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala

(Julia S. Mandala) Julia S. Mandala holds degrees in history and law. She co-authored the Redheads of the Apocalypse series with Rhonda Eudaly, Dusty Rainbolt and Linda Donahue, and the Corimar series and Villains in Training with Linda Donahue, along with her novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, and many short stories. In addition to editing The Fantasy Writers Asylum, she’s a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband Larry and two demanding but adorable cats.

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Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca

(Marshall Ryan Maresca) Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue, The Holver Alley Crew, and the upcoming The Imposters of Aventil. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.

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A. Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez

(A. Lee Martinez) A. Lee Martinez is best known for his sparkling wit, incredible good looks, and his ability to endlessly debate the Superman VS. Batman dilemma. (Correct answer: Tarzan) Also, he's written 10 fantasy novels and managed to get paid for it. If you would like to read random thoughts from him, you can go to his website, or check him out on Twitter or Facebook.

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Clifford McMurray

Kip McMurray

Clifford R. McMurray (AKA “Kip”) is a space advocate, writer, singer, and science fiction devotee with extensive knowledge of the politics, history, and current progress of space exploration. A former National Space Society vice-president and Board of Directors member, he yearly publishes at least four space-related articles. Cliff attended both the first and last space shuttle launches, as well the last Apollo launch, and in the evenings can be found telling jokes at parties or singing along at a filk.

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Margaret Middleton

Margaret Middleton

Filker Margaret Middleton is retired from 25 years of “designing piles of dirt and holes in the ground” for the Arkansas Highway Department. She now lives in Starkville MS, where she roots for the Mississippi State Bulldogs except when they play either the Arkansas Razorbacks or the Texas A&M Aggies. In between sporting events and science fiction conventions, she quilts and collects songs about aviation and the space program.

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Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan is a past President of the Dallas Future Society and two-time conchair of FenCon. He is currently studying full-time for a Master's Degree in Foresight (futures research) at the University of Houston. He recently was given an international award for one of his futures studies by the Association of Professional Futurists and has worked on professional studies for both NASA Langley and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation

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Matthew R.R. Morrese

Matthew R.R. Morrese

(Canticles Productions) (Facebook) (Instagram) (Twitter) Matthew R.R. Morrese is the creator of the unique, high-fantasy universe called Canticles. Matthew grew up in a small farm town in Southern Illinois, left home at 19, chased the Hollywood dream, and is now redefining high-fantasy. No more dwarves, no more elves, no more dragons. You've been to Middle-earth; you're done with the Seven Kingdoms. Now, experience independent imagination with the Canticles family. Canticles produces literature, media, music, and art every month for its subscribers.

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Tracy S. Morris

Tracy S. Morris

(Tracy S. Morris) (LiveJournal)  Tracy S. Morris is that one nerdy cheerleader you knew in high school all grown up and still reading comics. She's the author of the Tranquility Mysteries from Yard Dog Press, co-author of the Dennis and Betsy stories in the 1632 universe, and creator of the I Am Not Making This Up podcast. She dreams of having spare time.

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Michelle Muenzler

Michelle Muenzler

(Michelle Muenzler) (Facebook) Michelle Muenzler, also known at local conventions as "The Cookie Lady", writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her fiction and poetry have been published in magazines such as Star*Line, Daily Science Fiction, and Apex Magazine, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.

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Ethan Nahté

Ethan Nahté

(Ethan Nahté) (Facebook) (Live ‘N’ Loud) Ethan Nahté is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, musician, and he worked several years in TV/Film/Radio. More than two dozen of his stories and poems have been published spanning speculative fiction, historical fiction, comedy, and young adult by publishers such as Yard Dog Press, Skelos Press, 4 Star Stories, Pro Se Press, Alban Lake Publishing and more. Two of his short story collections have recently been published: Of Monsters & Madmen and The Undead Ate My Head.

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Kathleen O

Kathleen O'Brien

(Vintage Fashion Explained) (Victorian Smoking Caps) 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 her first e-book Victorian Smoking Caps. Check out her website at Vintage Fashion Explained.

Photo ©2012, Carol Schiraldi

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Gloria Oliver

Gloria Oliver

(Gloria Oliver) Expert party wallflower, Gloria Oliver can be a great asset during any multi language movie experience, able to translate some Spanish and Japanese when it's splattered without warning or subtitles at your screen. She also likes to dabble at movie reviews, which she posts on her blog every Friday.

A small press author, her latest work is a gender swap fantasy novel entitled Jewel of the Gods. For sample chapters, free fiction, and more, please visit her website.

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Stephen Patrick

Stephen Patrick

(Films) Stephen Patrick is a storyteller living in the Dallas area.  Born in the Kentucky bluegrass, his 30 years among the bluebonnets make Texas his home.

His latest story appears in an anthology of Texas horror entitled Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Authors.

Outside of the Lone Star state, he has won the Arkansas Writer's Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc. for best overall story.

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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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Alan J. Porter

Alan J. Porter

(Alan J. Porter) (Twitter) Writer, and award-winning editor, Alan J. Porter, has written adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Houdini, and private eye Rick Ruby; as well as his own New Pulp adventurers, The Raven and The Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, The Beatles, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino.

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Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost is from the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger. She spends time running after her young son, trying to annoy her husband to distraction, and being completely obsessed with reading. She also happens to write the fantastic stories in her head--mostly to quiet the voices there. When not writing, Trakena works in HR and spends time with family.

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Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt

(Dusty Rainbolt) Dusty Rainbolt swears she was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who abhorred the TransGalactic School System. She’s the author of the new Yard Dog Press paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon, and coauthor of The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series. Like to shop online? She’s the editor-in-chief of AdoptAShelter.com, a free shop-to-donate website that benefits animal charities. She’s written numerous books and thousands of articles on cat care, behavior, and animal hauntings.

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Ravenar

Ravenar

Ravenar (Amora, Linda Donahue, and Julia Mandala) performs traditional and SF/Fantasy-themed belly dance. They have appeared at several World Cons and at regional conventions in the Midwest and South.

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Rie Sheridan Rose

Rie Sheridan Rose

(Rie Sheridan Rose) (The Conn-Man Chronicles) Rie's short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Killing It Softly, Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, Avast Ye Airships, and In the Bloodstream as well as Yard Dog Press' A Bubba in Time Saves None. Mocha Memoirs has the short story collection RieTales. Online, she has appeared in Cease, Cows, Lorelei Signal, and Four Star Stories. She is also the author of nine novels (4 in The Conn Mann Chronicles) and six poetry chapbooks.

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Amber Royer

Amber Royer

(Amber Royer) (Twitter) Amber Royer writes fun science fiction involving chocolate, aliens, lovesick AIs, time travel, VR, and more. Her debut space opera Free Chocolate will be coming June 2018 from Angry Robot Books. She's also the co-author of two cookbooks (one of which is all about chocolate). She teaches creative writing in North Texas.

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Ken Ruffin

Ken Ruffin

(National Space Society of North Texas) (Facebook) A lifelong Trekkie, space enthusiast, and former Aerospace Engineering student, Ken has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS). He’s also served five years as chapter president of NSS of North Texas: the 2014 and 2016 NSS Chapter of the Year! During local public events and monthly meetings, Ken presents "the latest and greatest information in space travel and space development" and advocates using technologies, energy, and materials from space to benefit humanity.

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Shawn Scarber

Shawn Scarber

(Shawn Scarber) Shawn Scarber lives in North Texas. He’s written a number of short stories that have appeared in magazines, collections, and e-zines. He’s a Clarion West 2006 graduate and an active member of the Future Classics Speculative Fiction Writers. By day he's an application developer specializing in full stack JavaScript programming for the web. He has 18 years experience in application product development, management, delivery, and he's a certified SCRUM master. Sorry, but he won't fix your computer.

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Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

(Blue Collar Space) (Facebook) Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side…or maybe the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin! His Clarkesworld story "Today I Am Paul" won the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award and also appeared in four year’s best anthologies and seven international editions. His work has appeared in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, and Forever Magazine.

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Brad Sinor

Brad Sinor

(Brad Sinor) (LiveJournal) Bradley Sinor has been writing for five-sixths of his life, and has written many short stories, most of them published in a variety of anthologies and three short story collections. His new collection--The Game’s Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Miscellany, published by Pro Se Productions--is now available on Amazon. He lives in Tulsa, OK, with his wife (writer and copy-editor) Sue Sinor, and four cats. He can be contacted on his Facebook page as Brad Sinor.

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Sue Sinor

Sue Sinor

Sue Sinor started writing at the urging of her husband, Brad. She has solo stories, as-well-as several collaborations with Brad, in Yard Dog Press publications. They have collaborative stories in Grantville Gazette IV and the anthology Rotten Relations. She also has two stories in the charity anthology Small Bites. Together, she and Brad are the caretakers and household staff for four cats. They live in Tulsa, OK. She can be contacted on her Facebook page.

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Amy Sisson

Amy Sisson

(Amy Sisson) (LibraryThing) Amy Sisson is a writer, reviewer, librarian, Trekkie, and crazy cat lady. Her recent short story publications include "Places We Call Home" in Perihelion and "Jackpot Time" in Devilfish Review.

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Seth Sorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky

(Seth Skorkowsky) (Facebook) (YouTube) Raised in the swamps and pine forests of East Texas, Seth Skorkowsky gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor.

His debut novel, Dämoren, was published in 2014 as book #1 in the Valducan series. The fourth novel, Redemptor, will release November 2017.

When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop RPGs, and traveling the world with his wife.

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Libby A. Smith

Libby A. Smith

Libby A. Smith is a frequent contributor to 4starstories. Other works have appeared in the anthology Avast, Ye Airships, several Caliber Comics, Atomic Mouse, and in other publications. An adaptation of The Story of the Rainbow Bridge was charted for counted cross stitch by Sue Hillis. Libby lives in Central Arkansas with three phat cats. She also acts on stage, in commercials, and in films, including The Hanging of David O Dodd which aired on the Arkansas PBS station.

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Caroline Spector

Caroline Spector

(Caroline Spector) Caroline Spector has worked on numerous game modules, written three computer game hint books, three Shadowrun/Earthdawn novels, and is active in the Wild Cards universe. Her 2013 essay, “Power and Feminism in Westeros”, appeared in the collection Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and her novella, “Lies My Mother Told Me,” was in the World Fantasy Award winning anthology Dangerous Women. She’s also in the latest Wild Cards braided mosaic novel, High Stakes.

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Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart

(Save for Half Podcast) (Victorious RPG) (Victorious RPG Facebook) Mike Stewart has participated in the Role Playing Game industry for the past fifteen years. His recent work, the Steampunk Superhero RPG Victorious was the 2017 winner of the Three Castles RPG Award. His other writing runs the gamut from RPG and wargaming writing to fiction and nonfiction academic work as a professor of Victorian history. He and his wife Liz host the Save for Half podcast, a show about Old School RPGs and the modern games inspired by them.

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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

(Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam) (Short Story Review) (Twitter) Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters. She also created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Kathryn Sullivan

Kathryn Sullivan

(Kathryn Sullivan) (Facebook) Kathryn is the author of The Crystal Throne, Agents & Adepts, Talking to Trees, and picture book Michael & the Elf. A Chick who has dug Time Lords for many years, she has an essay in the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and a review in Outside In. Her newest short story, “Search and Rescue”, is an expansion of “The Rescue” from FenCon's 2009 program book. Any birdlike beings only slightly resemble her cockatoo owner.

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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

(Shanna Swendson) (Wikipedia) Shanna Swendson is best known as the author of the Enchanted, Inc. series from Ballantine Books, the YA steampunk fantasy Rebel Mechanics, and a variety of geeky pop-culture essays published by BenBella Books. She can occasionally be lured out of her writing cave by movies, promises of Doctor Who episodes, conventions, or new books calling to her from the library or bookstore. Or tea or chocolate (or tea and chocolate, but not chocolate tea).

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Mel Tatum

Mel Tatum

(Mel Tatum) (Benefit CD for Parkinson's Research) Mel writes songs, short stories, essays, and assorted academic articles. Her short stories can be found in Yard Dog Press anthologies and her songs online, in filk circles, and on the CATH Benefit CD. For those desperately seeking an insomnia cure, her academic articles are also available online. Mel's newest project is a trivia/adventure board game called First: the Game of Knowledge and Discovery. The game is in final beta testing, headed for a Kickstarter launch the week of Fencon.

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The Scrap Merchants

The Scrap Merchants

(The Scrap Merchants) The Scrap Merchants is an acoustic/electric cross-genre groove with political, social, and personal themes. Conjuring, capturing, and rediscovering the world we all live in, we draw inspiration from the noise around us, embracing life and addressing issues that affect us all.

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Tex Thompson

Tex Thompson

(The Tex Files) (Children of the Drought) (DFW Writers Conference) Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passions into the Children of the Drought--an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and instructor for the Writers Path at SMU, Tex is blazing a trail through conferences, workshops, and fan conventions alike--as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. Find her online at The Tex Files!

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Haileigh Todd

Haileigh Todd

Haileigh Todd is an actress, model, writer and singer/songwriter from Dallas, Texas. She is best known for her role as "Eve Rosser" in Rachel Caine's series "Morganville." Haileigh grew up on stage, participating in eighteen theatre productions throughout high school, graduating from Plano East Senior High School. She has gone on to play numerous roles in various films, television shows, commercials, and music videos, and aspires to get into voiceover work. She's currently producing a steampunk television series called "Footsteps."

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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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Katherine Turski

Katherine Turski

Kathy Turski writes the way she looks--short and funny. She’s published in Flush Fiction, A Bubba in Time Saves None, and The Anthology From Hell with Yard Dog Press, and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. Her humor essay, "My Inner Fat Girl", is in You & Me Magazine.

Kathy lives in North Texas with her husband. She clerks for a local library and loves old movies, baking, and coming up with weird story ideas--mainly fueled with caffeine and chocolate.

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The Fogeys

Two Old Fogeys

James Harbich and Dene Foye have been playing together for several years as 2/4ths of a quartet called "The Fogeys". The two of them have played together for James' family reunion where they found out that they are third cousins once removed (by marriage). This is James' first time at a science fiction convention playing Filk.

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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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Shado Wiley

Shado Wiley

(Twitter) Shado blames his belief that imaginary reality is better than actual reality on George Lucas, E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, two weird uncles, and the eternal struggle between Autobots and Decepticons. He somehow manages to keep his amazingly talented, beautiful, and loving wife from beating him to death with one of his many TRANSFORMER action figures despite his inability to change light bulbs or clean the litter boxes in a timely fashion.

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The following regret they are unable to attend FenCon this year:
Peri Charlifu   
Rob Rogers   
Adrian Simmons   
Scott Snyder   
Charles Stross   
 Our panelist list for this year is full. If you are interested in being a participant next year, please read our program participant guidelines. Watch this space for when applications for panelists will be open for next year. Thanks.