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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) In more than twenty years of illustrating, Tom Kidd has won multiple awards--including an impressive six Chesleys and four Hugo Award nominations--for his science fiction and fantasy art, which has encompassed book covers and interiors, magazines, films, and figurines. 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


J.R. Honeycutt is a full-time designer and developer at Artana, working on Tesla vs. Edison: Powering Up,, Solium Infernum, and the Chronicles series. JR is the co-designer of Unpub: The Published Card Game, Fantasy Fantasy Baseball, and other games. He was the lead developer for SeaFall, designed by Rob Daviau. JR plays games and helps people through DFW Nerd Night, a community organization that has helped raise more than $75,000 for charities. 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.



Program Participants


Paul Barrett | Karen Bogen | Mary Crowell | Chris Donahue | Linda L. Donahue | Rhonda Eudaly | Sara Felix | Mark Finn | Brad W. Foster | Karl Gallagher | Lee Killough | William Ledbetter | Steve Liptak | Marshall Ryan Maresca | Margaret Middleton | Michelle Muenzler | Ethan Nahté | Gloria Oliver | Alan J. Porter | Trakena Prevost | Ken Ruffin | Brad Sinor | Sue Sinor | Seth Skorkowsky | Libby A. Smith | Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam | Kathryn Sullivan | Shanna Swendson | Mel Tatum | Katherine Turski | Mel. White |
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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K.B. Bogen

Karen Bogen

(Facebook) Karen is a self-confessed knit-and-yarn-aholic. She spends as much time as she can get away with either knitting something, inventorying her yarn stash, or fondling yarn at any shop within driving range. Interesting? Depends on your point of view. She likes to cook and she enjoys reading forensic anthropology books. Occasionally at the same time. In January of 2012, she allowed herself to get talked into taking a full-time+ job. It's really eating into her knitting time.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 Nebula nominated writer with fiction published in 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 past awards from DragonCon, AllCon, and FenCon in costume competition. Over the last few years he has lectured at conventions such as AKon, SoonerCon, and FenCon. He enjoys working in metal, leather, and plastic vacuforming, and uses a kit-built 3D printer to speed prototyping. His lectures focus on lighting effects and prop fabrication.

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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 and the upcoming An Import of Intrigue.  His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.

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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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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 and musician. He has also worked in TV/film and radio. He has nearly two-dozen stories and poems published in various anthologies and e-zines. His work spans horror, historical fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult. He recently finished his first novel and will be releasing his first collection Of Monsters & Madmen, eight previously published stories along with two new stories, complete with art and introductions for each tale.

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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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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 was born and raised in Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time oscillating between obsessing over Korean dramas and writing down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR for an oil and gas company in Fort Worth and hanging out with family and friends - including the most adorable kid a girl could ask for.

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Ken Ruffin

Ken Ruffin

(National Space Society of North Texas) A lifelong Trekkie, space enthusiast, and former Aerospace Engineering student, Ken was recently 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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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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Seth Sorkowsky

Seth Skorkowsky

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

His debut urban fantasy novel, Dämoren, the first in his Valducan series, was published in 2014. Seth 's sword & sorcery series, Tales of the Black Raven, was released in 2015 with Mountain of Daggers.

When not writing, Seth enjoys tabletop role-playing games and traveling the world with his wife.

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Libby A. Smith

Libby A. Smith

Libby A. Smith's story "Plunder in the Valley" appears in the anthology Avast, Ye Airships. She's previously been published by Caliber Comics, Hanthercraft Publications, Shanda Fantasy Art, 4StarStories, and several upcoming anthologies. Libby also adapted The Rainbow Bridge to poetry for cross-stitch designer Sue Hillis. Besides writing, she's an actress in Central Arkansas and in her free time works as an administrative assistant to support her creative habits. Libby lives in Little Rock with her three fat and sassy cats.

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