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Conjecture 2014

Join us this October 10-12, 2014 for the 12th Annual Conjecture and ConChord at the Town & Country Resort Hotel as we celebrate our theme of Life, Death, and Beyond with our Guests of Honor:

Author - Chelsea Quinn Yarboro
Artist - Sue Dawe

ConChord 2014

ConChord Guests of Honor include:

Filker - Bill Roper
InterFilk Guests: Matt Leger &
Mary Mulholland
Toastmistress:
Marilyn Miller

About SanSFiS

Conjecture and ConChord are sponsored by SansFis Inc. - A San Diego 501(c)3 non-profit 100% volunteer organization of dedicated fans working to promote the field of speculative fiction in all its genres (science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, etc.) and forms (books, movies, fanzines, drama, etc.)

Guest List and Biographies for Conjecture 2014

 

David Agranoff is the wonderland award nominated author of three novels. Hunting the Moon Tribe, The Vegan Revolution…With Zombies, and the recently released coming of age horror novel Boot Boays of the Wolf Reich, released by bizarro publisher Eraserhead Press. His next release is a short story collection: Amazing Punk Stories.

 

Chris Alexander began doing origami at the age of four. Since then he’s created dozens of original designs, many of them Star Wars themed. He has a large Star Wars fan base and tours the country folding at conventions and museums. He lives in Lancaster, California.

 

Brandi Bennett is an intellectual Property and Technology Attorney with a background in comic books and video games. When not working to protect the creative interests of her clients, she writes bad epic fantasy and hard boiled corporate dystopia SciFi. Brandi is currently working for Sony Online Entertainment, creators of Everquest (I, II, Next), Planetside (1 and 2), and the forthcoming H1Z1.

 

Doctor Laura Brodian Freas Beraha is a voiceover actor and longtime classical music personality on radio stations in Los Angeles, who has produced preconcert lecture podcasts for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was also the voice of Delta Jazz and Delta Symphony for Delta Airlines. A past President of the Southern California Early Music School, Dr. Freas has a doctorate in Music Education and has attended art classes at Indiana University’s School of Fine Arts and California Art Institute.

Laura’s cover and interior artwork has been published by TSR, The Easton Press, Analog Magazine of the Science Fiction/Fact, Weird Tales, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine. She was a co-recipient [with Frank Kelly Freas] of The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists [ASFA]’s Chelsey Award for Best Cover of the Year and has served as ASFA’s Western Regional Director. She is also a judge in the L. Ron Hubbard “Illustrators of the Future Contest and wrote a weekly column as the Valley Arts Correspondent for Patch.com/Northridge [CA].

One of her passions is costuming. She is a former Director-At-Large of Costumer’s Guild West and a WesterCon Masquerade winner and WorldCon Masquerade Judge. She founded the Collinsport Players performing troupe when she was the MC at the first annual Dark Shadows Festival.

Another of her passions is English Regency Dancing, which she also teaches. Laura founded the [San Francisco] Bay Area English Regency Society. A member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Laura is the widow of science fiction’s favorite illustrator, Frank Kelly Freas, with whom she co-edited the fourth volume of his collected works, FRANK KELLY FREAS: AS HE SEES IT in 2000. In 2012, she married Steven Beraha, a middle school teacher in Northridge, California.

 

Amy Berner – Obsessed with pop culture, genre television, and all things geek, Amy Berner has contributed to nine Smart Pop Book anthologies: Five Seasons of Angel, The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Alias Assumed, Farscape Forever, Neptune Noir (Veronica Mars), Getting Lost, In the Hunt (Supernatural), Filled with Glee, and Fringe Science. She co-wrote The Great Snape Debate for Borders Press.

 

Eben Brooks is “The Working Class Superhero of San Diego”: geeky musician
par excellence, gamer, comic book reader, science fiction lover, and the man responsible for the squamous, rugose filk song “Hey There Cthulhu”. He performs original and filk songs on a variety of geeky topics, such as superheroes, cyberpunk, magic, minstrelry, literature, gaming, comic books, eldritch horror, science fiction television shows, and the dangers of teleportation.

 

Arlene Busby (Satin) has been involved in fandom since 1987 when after attending the Doctor Who Traveling Exhibition she joined The Time Meddlers of Los Angeles where she served as Council President for many years. Eventually, she got involved in Gallifrey One were after a few years of volunteering and staffing she was asked to be a member of the convention committee.

In 1997 Arlene left The Time Meddlers and joined the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society where she held several positions the longest being Marketing Chairman and for 1 year served as club president. In 2008, she was awarded the Evans-Freehafer Award for service to the club. Other positions Arlene held in her fannish pursuits were 1999, Press Liaison for Conucopia (NASFIC), Executive Director/Programmer of Never Ending Panel an online video program taped at the LASFS Clubhouse (2010), Chairperson of Loscon 38 (2011), and numerous years as programmer for Loscon & Anime Los Angeles. Currently, Arlene holds the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation in Downey, CA and in November 2012, she married Dr. James M. Busby and lives happily ever after in Carson, CA.

 

Dr. James M. Busby – Space has always played a major role in James Busby’s life.  He helped create the Organization to Support Space Exploration (O.S.S.E), which recreated Apollo Moonwalks. In 1979, they became involved with Rockwell International’s speakers bureau in Downey, Ca. where James was master of ceremonies for the open houses & astronaut visits to the plant until it closed. In 1984, he was hired as a museum assistant at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA. where he was employed for 18 years. In 1996, he joined Aerospace Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of aerospace history in California.

James is currently serving on the ALF Board of Directors.  His other accomplishments include being a technical advisor for the Tom Hanks HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon”, an appearance in that series as a designer of the Lunar module in the Apollo-9 episode “Spider”, A consultant in other films & TV productions such as “Apollo-13”, “Race into Space”, & “Salvage One”. He worked at the Space Frontier Foundation, Xcor Aerospace, is on the History Committee for the American Astronautics Society, and is a contributor to Apogee Publishers “Mission Report” book series.  James is also an educational advisor & consultant for various aerospace related projects.  Dr. Busby has been awarded various honors & awards from the Aerospace Community including an Honorary Doctorate degree in Space Science Information from the California Museum of Science & Industry.

 

Although Sue Dawe works on a variety of themes with different media, she is best known for her fantasy airbrush designs, which have appeared in magazines, on back-to-school products, posters, greeting cards, games, and Franklin Mint plates. She enjoys teaching at the local community college and sewing historical, science fiction and fantasy costumes, reading, writing for fun, skiing, SCUBA diving, and anything involving horses.

 

Keisha Dorsey considers purple to be the only color that matters although she will use others in her work in order to “mainstream”.  Keisha Dorsey started out doing craft projects with her mother, an almost artist, and has dabbled in drawing, pottery and wood carving over the years.   Today she mostly focuses on enameling and metalsmithing, but will experiment with other art forms as the mood strikes.

 

Denise Dumars, www.DeniseDumars.com, is a college professor and writes dark fiction, poetry, and metaphysical non-fiction. As Rev. Dee, she helms Rev. Dee’s Apothecary, www.DyanaAset.com.

 

Sandra Durbin has been a science fiction and fantasy lover of over 55 years. She is an award winning costumer, mad hatter, and fiber arts and millinery teacher. Sandra believes in a good story and that reading science fiction and fantasy makes her a better costumer by helping her tell her own story. Sandra purchased her very first Superman comic book for 10 cents and had many confiscated in junior and high school. “I would be so rich, if I had half of them still.”

 

Gary Ehrlich – A mild-mannered structural engineer by day, Gary stalks the stages and filk rooms of Northeast conventions, singing of space flight, lunar colonies and hyperspace hotels. Gary helps run NEFilk’s Conterpoint incarnation, and is Balticon’s Director of Filk and Other Musical Mayhem. Gary was a 2012 Filk Hall of Fame inductee.

 

Robert Mitchell Evans has been a sailor, a dishwasher, a shipyard worker, a cashier, and currently his day-job is in the non-profit healthcare industry. He resides in San Diego, California and he has published an ebook collection of nearly-award winning short stories, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. He can frequently be found haunting southern California SF conventions.

 

James Floyd is a blogger and comic reviewer for BigShinyRobot.com and ClubJade.net as well as co-creator of San Diego Rocket Race, an annual sci-fi themed puzzle-solving adventure race. He also is active in local Star Wars fandom.

 

Vanessa R.G. Franco – is a trained actor and is very good at improv performances, a Civil Rights Feminist activist, planner of Thursday weekly Darkstar dinners (a Science Fiction club from UCSD La Jolla), owns 200+ cookbooks, worked way to long at Starbucks, and her dream dinner party would include Clarissa Dickenson Wright- Cook and English food historian, actress and writer Lena Dunham, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Hader, Fred Armisten, Allison Lonsdale, Marc Biagi, John Cleese, and Kathy Griffin.

 

Dr. David Friedman has a PhD in theoretical physics from Chicago, two years as a physics post-doc then switched fields to economics. Has taught economics and law, in neither of which he ever took a course for credit, at various universities over the past forty+ years. Active in the SCA and the libertarian movement, has published one novel (Harald) with Baen, another (Salamander) as a Kindle on Amazon, and wastes large amounts of time arguing online.

 

Mel Gilden is the author of many children’s books, some of which received rave reviews in such places as School Library Journal and Booklist. His multi-part stories for children appeared frequently in the Los Angeles Times. His popular novels and short stories for grown-ups have also received good reviews in the Washington Post and other publications. Licensed properties include adaptations of feature films and TV shows such as Star Trek, Beverly Hills: 90210, and NASCAR Racers. Mel has also written books based on video games and has written original stories based on the Star Trek universe. Hi short stories have appeared in many original and reprint anthologies.

In addition, Mel has written cartoons for TV, has developed new shows, and was assistant story editor for the DIC television production of The Real Ghostbusters. He consulted at Disney and Universal, helping develop theme park attractions. Gilden spent five years as co-host of the science fiction interview show, Hour-25, on KPFK radio in Los Angeles. He lectures to school and library groups, and has been known to teach fiction writing. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where the debris meets the sea, and still hopes to be an astronaut when he grows up.

 

Barry Gold was named to the Filk Hall of Fame in 1997.   His filksinging includes the paleofilk of the 1950s and 1960s, his wife Lee’s songs, and many current filksongs. He’s also interested in roleplaying and sometimes has time to look at furry art.  He’s the LASFS website webmaster.

 

Lee Gold was named to the Filk Hall of Fame in 1997.  She edits the bimonthly filkzine Xenofilkia. Her best-known filksong is “You Bash the Balrog.”  Her roleplaying games include Land of the Rising Sun, GURPS Japan, and Vikings (Iron Crown).  She edits Alarums and Excursions, which won an Origins Award  in 2000 and 2001.  Her interests include science fiction, Kipling, Judaism and Biblical Hebrew, Cabell, Arthuriana, Celtic, Norse and Japanese folklore and the Japanese language   She has an MA in English Lit.

 

Jean Graham’s short stories have been published in a number of anthologies, among them Time of the Vampire, Fantastical Visions, Under the Rose, Arcane 2, and Dying to Live. Magazines featuring her work include Would That It Were, Renard’s Menagerie, and Coyote Wild. Jean lives in San Diego with her husband Chuck, seven cats, 6000 books, and innumerable dust bunnies. She is a frequent panelist/guest at science fiction conventions and is the founder of her hometown’s longest-standing science fiction organization, S.T.A.R. San Diego.

 

Neal Hallford –  Since 2006, Neal has become a very active cinematographer and director in the local San Diego indie scene. The first dramatic piece from his production company, a black and white horror movie entitled “The Case of Evil” is styled after the classic Universal movies of the 1920s-1950s.

 

James Hay is a long time gamer, fan, trivia master, and convention programmer. In his spare time, he works for a biotech company in Santee, California.

 

Nancy Hay has been in the fannish community for more than 40 years – costuming, working on cons, and creating new knitters. She also used to write and publish fanfic, but we don’t talk about that anymore.

 

Anastasia Hunter started devouring books at a very young age. After high school, she attended her first convention and now has a long-standing love affair with all things geek and pop-culture related. When she is not “working” on various conventions, Anastasia loves to read, costume, and watch movies with her family and friends. Monday thru Friday she practices the ancient art of eminent domain for the State of CA – Dept. of Transportation.

 

Dani Kollin – In desperation to find a profession that would have someone ask him for his autograph, he challenged his brother, Eytan, to write a book with him. Surprisingly (given their history of having absolutely nothing in common short of an exceeding warped sense of humor), Eytan agreed. The rest is history.

 

Eytan Kollin – Pending

 

Mari Lewis – aka Shadow (Vampyre Fashionista) has been a professional performer and entertainer since the age of 112. Her talents have covered ballet, jazz, musical theatre, trapeze, MC and choreography. She is the creator of Lady Mari’s Costume Walkabout and a speaker/lecturer in her own lecture demonstration series – “So You Wanna”.

 

Laura Luchau began fandom when she signed up for the Lord of the Ring Fan Club in the 70’s, continued with anime and manga, Comic-Con staffing, RPGing, science-fiction and fantasy reading, interest in supernatural and Napoleonic genres, book collecting and technology. When not geeking out, she teaches English for the public school system and … well, let’s face it… she never really stops geeking out.

 

Jane Mailander has been a fan since 1977 (Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR, written SF, and puberty hit her all at once at 14, in a 2-month period). She writes a lot (even sold some of it by accident), filks, does origami, and goes wine-tasting. She lives in Concord, CA.

 

Lynn Maudlin is a singer-songwriter, artist, editor, occasional film producer, and recently relocated from L.A. to Escondido. She has served on the Mythopoeic Society’s board of directors for close to 20 years, currently as Steward for Mythopoeic conferences, and has worked on a variety of con-coms including the Tolkien Centenary Celebration in Oxford, England, in 1992.

 

David Maxine is the owner of Hungry Tiger Press which specializes in reprinting rare L. Frank Baum and Oz related works. He is Executive Director of OzCon / Winkie Con, and is the Grammy-nominated producer of the 2 CD set: “Vintage Recordings from the 1903 Broadway WIZARD OF OZ.”

 

Bruce McAllister was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1946 to a Navy family and is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His father was a career office in “undersea studies” and his mother, an anthropologist and Early Man specialist. Over the last five decades his short stories have appeared in the major fantasy and SF magazines, theme anthologies, college readers, and “year’s best” anthologies, including Stephen King’s Best American Short Stories 2007. His novels include Humanity Prime (Terry Carr’s “Ace Specials); the “80’s genre classic” Dream Baby (Tor, 1988–based on the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus finalist novelette of the same name); and 2014’s The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic (Aeon Press of Ireland).

A “career-spanning” collection of his short science fiction, The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories, appeared in 2007. Bruce’s short stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards; and four are under option or in development as films. He has served on Nebula, James Tiptree, Phillip K. Dick, and other juries in the field. He lives in Orange, California with his wife, choreographer Amelie Hunter, and is a full-time writer, writing coach, and book & screenplay consultant. Much of his fiction has been specifically about “Death, Life, and Beyond” – through both scientific/technological and supernatural lenses.

 

Todd Johnson McCaffrey wrote his first science fiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. His most recent publications include City of Angels and the collection, The One Tree of Luna (and Other Stories). Visit his website at http://www.toddmccaffrey.org.

 

R.S. Mellette debut novel, Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand, is due out in December, so Conjecture attendees get a super sneak preview! Prior to Billy Bobble, Mellette had Sci-Fi short stories published in the anthologies: The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse, Spring Fevers and Summer’s Edge. Mellette is also an Associate Director of for Dances With Films (one of MovieMaker’s top 25 coolest film festivals in the world). He wrote and directed the multi-festival winner, Jacks or Better. He also wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property, “The Xena Scrolls,” for Universal Studio’s Xena: Warrior Princess. On Blue Crush and Nutty Professor II he served as script coordinator. He’s acted in Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Star Trek: Enterprise, Days of Our Lives, Too Young The Hero, and countless stage productions across the U.S. Mellette is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and a regional board member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

Walter G. Meyer is the co-writer of “GAM3RS, the play” and the co-founder of Gam3rCon. He has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles as well as three published books. His most recent novel Rounding Third has been an Amazon best-seller and was a finalist for a San Diego Book Award.

 

Marilyn Miller – is one of the finest singers in fandom. She picks up filks and other songs from all sorts of places, and performs them beautifully. Because she also teaches music and computer skills, she has found a way to blend her various interests with her “Marilyn and Mac Show” featuring her trusty computer, named Mac.

 

Mark Miner – Mr. Miner teaches Greek and Latin, and makes the classical story-telling heritage available to the internet generation. He hopes to return to graduate school to research the catalytic role of traditional heroic narrative on adolescent male identity formation. He thinks comic books are trash. DO YOU HEAR? TRASH!!!

 

Will Morton is a retired electrical engineer, having worked 30+ years, including 16 on the Space Shuttle Program. He now teaches electronics at a community college. He also performs stand-up comedy. His story, Parallel Universe appeared in Third Flatiron’s Lost Worlds anthology. Other stories have appeared in small-press anthologies.

 

Clydene Nee (Dene)  is one of the pioneers of electronic prepress for the comic book antertainment industries. She ran a company for a number of years which was one of four sites in North America coloring comics on computer systems, INCOLOR, which employed at one time 43 employees coloring comics 724 fpr Image Comics, Dark Horse, Disney, Harvey, Universal, Wildstorm, Radical Publishing and other comic companies. She has worked as an editor and consultant for IDW, Warner  Bros. and other companies. She has personally colored over 1,000 comicbook pages and covers. In addition she wrote a US Patient on coloring printing for the Callaway Golf Company.

 

Val Ontell’s 40 years in fandom include chairing the 2011 World Fantasy Convention, 2010 Conjecture, and 1986 & 1989 Lunacons; committee positions at local and regional cons, WesterCon, and WorldCons; Guest Liaison for ConDor, Conjecture, Gaslight Gathering, and Comic Fest; Comic-Con Autography Area Senior Assistant, all in San Diego. She and her husband Ron were 2002 Lunacon Fan Guests of Honor. She retired as a librarian in 2010 after 40 years, so she now has time to indulge her loves of reading, travel, singing, and chocolate.

 

Dru Pagliassotti wrote the steampunk trilogy Clockwork Heart, Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind, and Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire, and the horror novel An Agreement with Hell. She is a professor of communication at California Lutheran University, where she is currently working on a paper about steampunk comics and Neo-Victorian humor.

 

Writer/performer Scott Paulson concentrates on early science-fiction and horror, whether through magic lantern shows, silent film screenings, or live radio drama.  He underscores these shows with live music and sounds, often asking the audience to assist with musical gestures, sounds and narration.  Scott has been called “an avant-garde vaudevillian–think Samuel Beckett meets John Cage.” He has also been called “the love child of Vincent Price and Garrison Keillor.”  http://scottsounds.com

 

Kevin Pere is an aspiring writer and a lifelong aficionado of all things fan related, from the Superhero mythos to classic science fiction. He works for a number of conventions and events in the Southern California area, including San Diego Comic Con. Kevin is active in the steampunk community and is on the committee of Gaslight Gathering.

 

Gordon Permann – 33 years working at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, former Navy SAR Rescue Swimmer on Helicopters, 41 countries, 6 continents, and no outstanding warrants! Interested in Aviation, Ancient History, Space Flight, and Teaching – with specialties in 20th Century warfare.

 

Michael C. Poole is a long time videographer who started indie filmmaking in 2008.  He is the head of Timescape Entertainment, its mission is to produce exciting and dramatic films.  He has both Directed and been Producer on over ten films.

 

Stephen Potts teaches courses in genre fiction and popular culture in the Department of Literature at UCSD. For the past thirty years he has published fiction, criticism, editorials, and reviews. His many media appearances include his participation in the 2002 Bravo documentary Page to Screen: Lord of the Rings.

 

Jack Plummer is a fifth generation Mortician with 30+ years of experience in the death care profession. A world wide explorer of the death and dying customs of many tribes and societies. “Your death has been our living since the 1870’s.”

 

Professor Ian Quinn – is a world renowned Martial Arts Expert, Fight Stunt Choreographer, and Author of several textbooks and videos, including the Million Girl Revolution Just Yell Fire, a women’s self-defense empowerment program. Professor Quinn is a hand-to-hand combat master with over 30 years’ experience in combative arts. Prof. Quinn’s credentials include instructor rankings in Jeet Kune Do, Kali Escrima Arnis De Abanico, Jui Jitsu, Boxing, Panration/MMA, Bartitsu and Koga/Iga Ryu Nin Jitsu.

 

Sherri Rabinowitz is an author and Blogtalk Host of Chatting With Sherri. She is the author of Fantasy Time Inc. and two other books.

 

Phil Roberts is a Writer and Producer of film and other media.  He has an extensive background in indie comic book production and video game Intellectual Property development.  He has written and produced two feature films and several short films.

 

Karen Rodgers has been a filker, and semi professional musician for most of her adult life.  She has a degree in music from Grossmont College.  She was one of the founders of Windbourne, a filk/folk quartet.  She serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Folk Heritage.  Her current duo consists of herself, and Patricia Alley, and together they are “Along For the Ride.”

 

Thomas Safer is a self-taught expert on animated cartoons. He has a large collection of over 4000 different theatrical cartoons and animated feature films from Warner Brothers, MGM, Paramount, Disney, UPA, Screen Gems, and Terrytoons as well as television cartoons from Jay Ward, Total Television, and Hanna Barbara. These cartoons come from video tape, laser disc and DVDs that he has bought or traded for over the last 29 years.

 

Kay Shapero is a filker, gamer, furry fan, occasional cosplayer, and general science fiction fan – plus whatever else seems to be of interest. She handles the Kazoo Awards these days and hopes you’ll think to come to the Friday Night Kazoo circle to hear or sing this year’s entries.

 

Nick Smith has a fannish background in filking and gaming, in addition to five years editing a Fantasy Book back in the 1980’s. More recently, he has spent years performing as a performing storyteller, and has solid knowledge of folklore, including much of what forms the basis of modern horror. Nick has told traditional Japanese and Chinese ghost and monster stories at anime conventions and has discussed topics ranging from music technology to a discussion of cultural inclusion in science fiction and fantasy stories.

 

Adina Sobo was educated as an animal behaviorist at a time when there were no jobs in the field, so she became an educator instead. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with several credentials, currently teaching Biology in a local high school.

 

J’nae Spano came to San Diego via the Navy in 87 from Portland, OR. She has an AA in Theatre Arts from Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA and an HHP from Meridian International School of Health Sciences. She is an original member of local writers group the Penny Dreadfuls.

 

Steelin’ Tin is a San Diego, Irish/American band (having recently delved into Filk), founded in 1999. They play at pubs and events all over San Diego county. Currently they have a regular gig at The Blarney Stone Pub at 5th &
Island in the Gaslamp every Saturday.

 

William H. Stoddard has written nearly 20 books for Steve Jackson Games’ GURPS roleplaying game and his recent GURPS Social Engineering won the ENNIE Silver Award for best electronic book of 2012. He is President of the Libertarian Futurist Society and Chair of its Hall of Fame Award committee.

 

Jefferson Swycaffer  is a local writer of SF and fantasy, an energetic fanboy and exponent of furry fandom. He has authored books including Become the Hunted and Web of Futures.

 

Janet Tait is the author of Cast into Darkness, an Amazon bestseller in Urban Fantasy. A former VP of Comic-Con International, she was a guest at Comic-Con in 2009 and an inaugural judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Janet is currently the President-elect of the San Diego chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

 

Michael Underwood is a professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University and directs the RWS Fellows Program. The original Star Trek series and “The Lord of the Rings” developed both a fannish and academic interest in science fiction and fantasy. He wrote a master’s thesis on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, presented conference papers, and published a collaborative article on Tolkien.

 

Vernor Vinge’s science fiction has won five Hugo Awards. His latest novel is a direct sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep, titled The Children of the Sky. Both are published by Tor Books.

 

Sharan Volin – is a Game Programmer on Landmark/Everquest Next at Sony Online Entertainment. Previously, she worked on games for EA, Activision, and other companies. Past careers include web development and editing. She also writes, but working full-time, plus going for her 3rd Masters doesn’t leave much time for writing.

 

Chris A. Weber with his wife/partner Karen Willson, wrote over 50 television animation episodes for Disney, Filmation, Hanna-Barbera and others. Chris has written poetry, a worldwide syndicated comic strip, comic books, educational media, technical guides, magazine articles, and filk music. His M.A. in Communication Arts, Television is from Loyola-Marymount.

 

Gary Westfahl is the author, editor, or co-editor of 24 books about science fiction and fantasy, most recently The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969 (2012) and William Gibson (2013). He has also written numerous articles, reviews, and reference book entries and currently reviews films for Locus Online.

 

As a child,  Kathy Whelan worked with her grandmother making ceramics and her love of creation was born.  Kathy is an artist working mostly in glass, enamel and polymer clay.  She has taught a variety of mixed media techniques throughout her career.

 

Gerry Williams is a filmmaker with 16 feature films as Director of Photography, produces corporate/industrial films/commercials. A human spaceflight advocate, founding member of Mars Society – San Diego and San Diego Space Society. Gerry publishes MarsMovieGuide.com and hosts a monthly Mars Movie Night and monthly Vintage Sci-Fi (sdvsf.org) movie night.

 

Glen Wooten – Having a practical experience with copyrights in an academic, software, and artistic environment, Glen discovered the MANY misconceptions about what copyrights are and how they affect creators. Copyrights may or may not be the way you want them to be, but, if you’re going to make ANYTHING, you need to know what you can and can’t do with copyrights.

 

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has published more than 80 books and more than 70 shorter works in a wide range of genres, including science fiction, mystery, fantasy, western, young adult, horror, and non-fiction.

 

Janine Ellen Young has written romances and children’s books, books on tarot cards, and comic books. She has two award-nominated science fiction novels, Cinderblock and The Bridge, and is currently working on a YA fantasy series involving witches. In her spare time, she teaches classes in sci-fi/fantasy literature, kids lit, Shakespeare, and tarot reading.

 

Martin Young is a itinerant philosophy lecturer and wannabe writer and artist. He mainly teaches introduction to philosophy or logic and critical thinking. He is occasionally mildly amusing, and can discourse portentiously on a wide variety of topics. He is also devilishly handsome.

 

Updated 10/9/2014