Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com).

Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

She is a member of Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and two extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail, BadAssFaeries, eSpecBooks, and TheHornieLady). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, www.especbooks.com or www.badassfaeries.com.

D.H. Aire

D. H. Aire has walked the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem and through an escape tunnel of a Crusader fortress that Richard the Lionheart once called home. He’s toured archeological sites that were hundreds, if not thousands of years old… experiences that have found expression in his epic fantasy series with a science fiction twist, Highmage’s Plight and new Hands of the Highmage Series. The seventh and concluding book of his Highmage’s Plight Series, Paradox Lost is being released in 2017.

Author of eleven fantasy and science fiction novels, including those in the urban fantasy Dare 2 Believe Series and the space opera Terran Catalyst Series, Aire’s short stories appear in a number of anthologies, including most recently in Street Magick: Tales of Urban Fantasy. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Aire resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. To learn more check out: www.dhr2believe.net.

Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books and hosts the multi-author blog Unleaded: Fuel for Writers. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.

Her recent publications are available in “Fireside Fiction,” Crossed Genres anthology “Oomph – A Little Super Goes a Long Way,” and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are Not Alone.” She is an active member of Women in Film and Video, a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, a Documentary Fellow with Docs in Progress. However, she is most proud of being invited to present a storytelling workshop at the White House in February 2016.

Al-Mohamed has worked as a policy advisory, lobbyist, and political analyst for more than 15 years on national issues relating to education, employment, technology, health care, and International development. She loves public policy, history, and drinks far too much tea.

Talavou Alailima

Gaming Suite Staff, and GM for "One Night Ultimate Werewolf".

Jonathan Alexandratos

Jonathan Alexandratos writes about action figures. This year, he edited the first collection of academic essays on action figures, titled POINTS OF ARTICULATION: ESSAYS IN ACTION FIGURE STUDIES, which will be out next year from McFarland. He also uses action figures in his plays, most recently in WE SEE WHAT HAPPEN, created at Nashville Repertory Theatre earlier this year, in which superhero action figures tell the story of Jonathan's grandmother's immigration to the U.S. from Greece. He co-runs Page 23, the literary conference that runs as part of Denver Comic Con. Jonathan is a professor at Queensborough Community College in New York City, where he uses comic books and action figures as teaching tools all the time.

Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef - An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared three times in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released in September. His first short story collection FORTUNE'S FANTASY was published last year. ALAANA'S WAY is his epic fantasy series that takes place in the arctic. All five novels in the series have been published by Cat's Cradle Press.

Please visit the author's website
www.KenAltabef.com

Walter Amos

Walter first developed an interest in Japanese animation with the premiere of "Star Blazers" in 1979 on WTAF TV 29 in Philadelphia, after already succumbing to science fiction in general. He attempted to catch a movie version of this series at Philcon 1984, but missed it and instead was introduced to the amazing work of Hayao Miyazaki in "Lupin III Castle Cagliostro".

Walter's education is in physics and after graduate school worked on trajectory server software for the Space Shuttle Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. He is currently back in the Northeast working with orbital GPS satellite software.

Walter's interest in anime and history have dovetailed in his recent anime DVD credit, co-authoring the "Hidden History" feature along with Philcon co-panelist Robert Fenelon, on the extremely popular "Axis Powers Hetalia" DVD from Funimation.

Ellen Asher

Ellen Asher edited the Science Fiction Book Club for 34 years 3 months and 20 days, thus achieving her life's ambition of beating John Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by sleeping late, meeting friends for lunch, and reading only books she actually enjoys. She also rides horses and takes ballet classes, and does about as well at both as you'd expect of a rapidly aging editor who grew up in New York City. Her hobbies are growing things in flower pots on the window sill and not watching television. In 2001 she was the recipient of NESFA's Skylark Award, of which she is still inordinately proud. In 2007 she received a World Fantasy Award in the category Special Award: Professional for her work with the SFBC. Shortly thereafter she was made a Fellow of NESFA. In 2009 she received a second World Fantasy Award, this time for Lifetime Achievement. And in April 2009, she became, in a minuscule way, a published author with a short essay in Nebula Awards Showcase 2009, edited by Ellen Datlow.

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has worked as an assistant editor for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine & been involved with local SF for many many lunar time units. He is co-editor (with Darrell Schweitzer) of Tales from the Miskatonic Library. He currently works as a database developer & administrator at Nistica, a firm that manufactures the high end optical switches used to route the internet. And he is currently working on getting his doctorate in physics: his thesis is on the role of time in quantum mechanics. His life's ambition: to create a really practical time machine.

Eric Avedissian

Eric Avedissian is a writer, game designer and longtime fan of roleplaying games. He wrote and designed Ravaged Earth: The World of High-Powered Pulp, published by Reality Blurs in 2008 for Savage Worlds. Ravaged Earth: Revised Second Edition was released in 2013.

David M. Axler

Dave Axler is a long-time convention fan who's been a Philcon regular since the early seventies, when he came to his first Philcon to interview GoH John Brunner for local radio station WXPN. In the years since then, he has written an M.A. thesis entitled "'Fandom Is A Way of Life': A Folkloristic Ethnography of Science Fiction Fandom;" designed the weather system for TSR's "Greyhawk" campaign; arranged for Frank Herbert to be a speaker at Philadelphia's first Earth Day celebration; ushered at six Hugo Awards Ceremonies; served as DJ for three consecutive Disclave "Senior Prom" dances; was awarded the coveted "Stud Muffin" ribbon by the 1996 Los Angeles Worldcon Committee; and is known as "Lord DaveAx" in the Brotherhood Without Banners. In so-called real life, he is a retired bit-herder; a collector of books, music, and art; a member of the Zipper Club; and an avid oenophile. He also hosts the infamous annual "Alphabetical Hallowe'en Party."

Debra Baker

Debra Baker is a knitter, a reader, and a filker of the non-singing variety. She's also been known to run a con suite.

Philippa Ballantine

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa Ballantine has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand's first podcast novelist, and has voiced and produced Weaver's Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for Parsec Awards numerous times, but it was Chasing the Bard that won her a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand's Hugo Award. Outside of her own podiobooks, Philippa has contributed her voice to other award-nominated and award-winning podcasts including Murder at Avedon Hill, The Metamor City Podcast, Down from Ten, and Morevi: Remastered.

In 2010, Philippa sets her sights on America with her first mass market paperback release with Ace Books, the supernatural thriller Geist. Already she is hard at work with its sequel Spectyr coming out in the summer of 2011. Also in 2011, Pip will have a new series coming out. Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, co-authored with Tee Morris and from Harper Voyager is a steampunk romp.

Barbara A. Barnett

Barbara A. Barnett is a Philadelphia-area writer, musician, orchestra librarian, Odyssey Writing Workshop alum, coffee addict, wine lover, bad movie mocker, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Fantasy Magazine, Shimmer, Black Static, and Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. You can find her online at www.babarnett.com.

James Beall

Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience includes design, construction, and inspection at a nuclear utility, an architect-engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). USNRC posts included inspector, analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed Commissioners and earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.

Baen Books (baen.com) has published three of his non-fiction articles: "Our Worldship Broke!", "Case Studies in Handwavium," and "From Corvus to Keyhole - Shipyards: Past Present And Science Fiction."

Alan Beck

Alan F. Beck has been an artist, designer and illustrator for over 30 years doing work for many major corporations including book covers and magazine illustrations. His work has been exhibited in art shows and Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions all across the country. He has won numerous awards and honors including two Chesley award nominations and a HUGO award nomination, and received a "Body of Work" Award at LA Con IV WorldCon Art Show, Anaheim, CA. Alan's work tends to be realistic and surrealistic in nature, often whimsical and humorous. His paintings and prints can be found in collections in the US, Canada and Europe. He has recently published a children's book "The Adventures of Nogard and Jackpot" and is creator of the "Mouseopolitan Museum of Art". His artwork and concepts are produced using acrylics, watercolor, pastels, 3-D modeling and image manipulation programs. His art can be found in Space and Time magazine, The Fantasy Art Bible, assorted e-zines and various book covers.

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician in on the production side of operations. At present I am still President of The Philadelphia Space Alliance which incorporates a number of organizations whose members support our societies expansion into, and exploration of, Space. We participated in The Science Carnival ( part of the Science Festival) in Philadelphia in May and in The Space Science Saturday at the New Jersey State Museum on August 22nd.After that event we're at Philcon!

Tim Binder

Tim is a past president of PSFS and further demonstrated his insanity by also chairing Philcon 2000. This year he plans on spending more time at Philcon in reality and less virtually.

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's latest love, that for the space western Firefly/Serenity, has immersed him in the Browncoat (Firefly fan) community. As a member of the Pennsylvania Browncoats (www.pabrowncoats.com), he has organized several "shindigs" including a Bedlam Bards concert, multiple Serenity charity screenings for Equality Now and the 2007 Browncoat Ball in Philadelphia, PA. When it comes to organizing fandom events, Matt Black is a repeat offender. We repeat, he will offend again.

Kathleen Bragg

Katie Bragg is a feminist and classicist, and has studied the languages and cultures of Greece and Rome for nine years. She has previously presented research on the cultural place of women in classical Athens. She is a competitive fencer, and a practitioner of Taekwondo, and so has a vested interest in protective gear for women in combat. Feminism, classical studies, and a sincere desire not to get kicked in the chest combine to form the perfect basis for researching women's armor throughout history. Katie hopes to one day be a professor, and make younger generations suffer through the Greek verb system just like she did.

Marilyn 'Mattie' Brahen

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY MAGAZINE, SPACE & TIME, SCHEHERAZADE (in Great Britain) and other magazines, and in the anthologies CRAFTY CAT CRIMES and THE ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN. Her novella, Seastruck, was published in Spring, 2015, in INHUMAN, and her latest story, Baby Mine, this year in WEIRDBOOK #32. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third mystery novel, BABY BOY BLUE, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford Mystery Library in Great Britain in 2014. Mattie has had reviews in the New York Review of Science Fiction, and essays in the NEIL GAIMAN READER. She also enjoys photography, art and is a singer-songwriter. She lives with her husband, editor and author Darrell Schweitzer, and their two cats, Tolkien and Galadriel, in Northeast Philadelphia.

Steve Brinich

I've been involved in fandom for about twenty-five years, mostly active in filk and board/card gaming and an interested onlooker in a lot of other areas. I chaired Conterpoint Four, the eleventh East Coast Filk Con, which was held in Rockville, Maryland in June 2001 and Conterpoint 2016, held in Timonium, Maryland in July 2016, and also served on the con committee for Conterpoint in 2013.

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped, twisted sense of humor, and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. She has about five million books currently in publication with one house or another, all under the name of Stephanie Burke. She says she won't use a pen name -- she'd have to learn how to spell it. Too much like work. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization Write 4 Hope where she is hoping to help make a difference, not just talk about it...though talking is what she does best. Visit her website at www.theflashcat.net and be sure to join Flash's Flame Keeper loop at Yahoo Groups -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlameKeeper/join. or her facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheFlashCat

Tobias Cabral

Tobias Cabral is a clinical psychologist, whose private practice (Serenity Psychology Services) is located in Langhorne, PA. He completed his undergraduate work at New York University and his Doctoral studies at Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. A lifetime fan of Speculative Fiction as well as an aviation and space enthusiast, Dr Cabral has endeavored to incorporate these interests into his practice. He strives to create a "fan-friendly" environment for clients who may be accustomed to the negative judgments and misunderstandings of 'mundanes,' and so to help them harness the boundless imagination and hope and creativity of thought which SF embodies.Dr. Cabral is the author of the Hard SF space exploration novella, "Night Music," as well as the short story "A Night's Work," available on the Kindle and Nook platforms.

James L. Cambias

James Cambias was born and raised in New Orleans. He studied the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He worked briefly for two book publishers, but has been a full-time writer since 1991. His published work includes more than a dozen roleplaying supplements, and 16 short stories -- mostly in F&SF or anthologies. His first novel A Darkling Sea was published by Tor in 2014, and his second Corsair came out in Spring 2015. He lives in western Massachusetts, where he writes, plays roleplaying games, and cooks. Since 2004 Mr. Cambias has been a partner in Zygote Games, a company specializing in science-based card and board games. As with most writers, the most interesting things in his life happen inside his head.

Grant Carrington

Grant Carrington was Associate Editor at Amazing/Fantastic (1972-1974), book&record review editor at New Look (1976), and contributing editor to Eternity (1977-79). 1968 and 1969 Clarion workshops, 1971 Tulane workshop. About 45 stories published, sf, fantasy, mens magazines (they pay well), and literary magazines (they don't pay at all). His novelette "His Hour Upon the Stage" was on the Nebula final ballot in 1976; his non-sf short story "Andromeda Unchained" won the 1977 Sandhills Conference Short Story Award; "Fountain of Force" (in Black Holes) was one of the first black hole stories (1968). His sf novel Time's Fool was published by Doubleday (1981) and was re-published in 2015 by Brief Candle Press in Oregon in 2015 as Tinme’s Fool and Other Stories—Brief Candle also published a collection Annapolis to Andromeda in 2015 and the novel Down in the Barraque in 2016; five plays produced in Baltimore, including U.F.O.! (with Tom Monteleone) and one about Shakespeare; his CDs Songs Without Wisdom and Ancient Laughter are available at CDBaby. He worked at Goddard Space Flight Center from 1962 to 1965 and at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory from 1977 to 1980. His degrees are in mathematics. He has gotten frighteningly good at referring to himself in the third person.
Website: grantcarrington.freeyellow.com

D.L. Carter

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of "there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!" These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful and she now resides in New Jersey, US., in a box with her toys, two human beings and three cats. Amazon Bestselling author of Regency and Paranormal novels including Ridiculous and is author of The Changing Magic series and soon to come World Wide Witches Research Association and Pinochle Club trilogy.

Hugh Casey

Hugh Casey is an SF fan who has been active in the greater Philadelphia fandom scene for almost 30 years. A long-time con-goer, he's been a member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) since the early-'90's, where he served, at various times, as President, Vice-President, and on the Board of Directors. He's also served as Chairman and Vice-Chair for PHILCON, Philly's regional SF con, as well as it's head of programming for several years before handing it off to the talented Lynati. He is a filmmaker with his own production company, Parents Basement Productions, and his short films "Teddy's Big Escape" and "Young Geeks In Love" can be found on YouTube. He is also a writer, director, actor, blogger, photographer, event manager and promoter, and more. He tries to live by Clarke's Law, "Specialization is for insects".

L Hunter Cassells

L. Hunter Cassells is the author of Dragon's Rook, a fantasy adventure series for people who really like to think. She formerly herded nuclear physicists for a day job (no, really, she did).

Prose Cassells

Kyle Cassidy

Kyle Cassidy is a visual artist creator of "Where I Write: Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers in Their Creative Spaces", he's produced viral photo essays on the scientist who sent the New Horizons mission to Pluto, roller derby players, librarians, war veterans and oil workers. He's done collaborative projects with a number of Fantasy and Science fiction authors including Neil Gaiman, Joel Hodgson, Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull and Caitlin R. Kiernan as well as album covers for, Amanda Palmer, Ego Likeness, and horror director John Carpenter. He was nominated as Geekadelphia's Best Visual Artist of 2013 and won three 2015 Professional Keystone Press Awards for his work with the Philadelphia Weekly. Currently he's hard at work photographing fraternity houses.

Lily Cernak

Lily Cernak is a studio artist at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. Lily is a freelance illustrator and JP-EN translator. She teaches drawing, animation, virtual reality drawing, and Japanese classes at the GoggleWorks, local schools, and online via Skype. Her translation work includes articles for The Huffington Post and manga volumes for GEN Manga.

James Chambers

James Chambers is the author of the short story collection Resurrection House and The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian novellas, which Publisher's Weekly described as "chillingly evocative and poignant." He writes graphic novels, such as Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allen Poe, and his tales of crime, horror, fantasy, and science fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently Gaslight and Grimm, Man and Machine, Shadows Over Main Street, and Qualia Nous. He also wrote the comic book series Leonard Nimoy's Primortals and "The Revenant" in Shadow House, and The Midnight Hour. His website is www.jameschambersonline.com.

C. J. Cherryh

I've been writing professionally since about 1975---unless you count the decades of trying.
Jane Fancher and I formed a business partnership some thirty years ago, and we currently live a modest 1954 ranger in Spokane WA, up in volcano country, atop a bluff that survived catastrophic ice age flood some 13000 years ago, while the land beyond was fairly well carved out by it, so we feel relatively secure from that calamity.
We write, we garden, we have a koi pond instead of a back yard, or at least for much of it.
We will be working together on a book entitled Alliance Rising, which is in the Alliance-Union universe.
We're always working on something, and we're each other's first reader and knot-fixer.
Life is good.

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since she was tall enough to see over the coffee table. Now that she can see over the kitchen counters, she still loves both, and is also a freelance editor. She is personally responsible for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (the populace was obsessed with Pictionary, which Vikki abhors). She then turned her attention to Troy, and engineered its downfall in her quest to burn out the Pictionary Plague. She claims no responsibility for Pompeii or the Fall of Rome, though she was seen in the company of the sun setting on the British Empire. In her spare time, Vikki has been known to shoot craps with the Fates and the Valkyries for shiny trinkets.

Ariel Cinii

2012 Pegasus Award nominee ARIEL CINII {pronounced SIN-eye, but she'll answer to Abby} is the author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (available at Amazon.com). She has been part of fandom for 40 years. Her nominated song "Droozlin' Through the Cosmos" is available on her CD release, "D'al Thyann (and it goes like this...)". She's on committee for CONTATA, New York's version of The Floating Northeast Filk Con and writers as Sodyera at LiveJournal.com. She also translates words from her writings' Sartine Culture on Twitter. Some describe her as a science-fiction fan, others call her a science-fiction character. Or maybe just a character.

Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is the publisher and editor of Clarkesworld, Forever Magazine, the SFWA Bulletin,and the cyborg anthology, Upgraded. He’s a four-time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Editor Short Form and the first volume of his Best Science Fiction of the Year series was published in June by Night Shade Books. His next anthology, Galactic Empires, will be published in January. Neil lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

Gil Cnaan

Gil Cnaan, is one of the coproducers of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, a local event promoter, DJ, and all around go-to guy. He owns and operates the local event planning and production company, Storykeeper Events.

Sue Ellen Colter

I started reading SF as soon as the town librarian decided I was old enough to read it. Too many times she said I'd need my mother's permission to read a particular book. Now I tend to listen to more books than actually reading them.

Byron Connell

Byron Connell likes to help run masquerades rather than entering them. Entering once a decade is about right! Since being part of the Torcon III best-in-show entry, when he enters, he does so in the Master division. He is a member of the Sick Pups (NJ-NY Costumers Guild), the Armed Costumers Guild, and the SLUTs (St. Louis Ubiquitous Tailoring Society), making him an Armed SLUT Puppy! Byron is a past International Costumers Guild President, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a founder and past president of LASTSFA (Latham, Albany, Schenectady, Troy Science Fiction Association). He likes hard SF, alternate history, alternate worlds, and fantasy. He was Archon 25s Costuming Guest of Honor, Albacon 2005s co-Fan Guest of Honor, and Lunacon 2006 Fan Guest of Honor. Byron has run masquerades at Costume-Cons and ran the Philcon masquerade for three years. He directed the masquerades at Anticipation and Chicon 7. He was chair of Albacon 2016.

Tina Connell

Tina Connell has been reading SF for over 60 years, and has been active in SF fandom for nearly 40. She and her husband collect SF books and art, and costume as a hobby. She is usually found backstage, presiding over the Masquerade Green Room Repair Table. Her costumes have appeared at several regional and CostumeCons, and in two winning WorldCon masquerade groups, at TorCon and LA Con 4.

Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who has published a variety of non-fiction articles. An active Sherlockian, she’s lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian groups, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, she’s also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Facebook: Books by Elizabeth Crowens

Silent Meridian is Elizabeth Crowens’ first novel. It is available at selected retail bookstores such as The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. You can also order it from MX Publishing and online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Hakira D'Almah

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about social issues in steampunk, the historical context behind the Lord of the Rings, the importance of fan fiction in exploring literature, and how amazing cookies taste. She lives in New York.

Michael D'Ambrosio

Michael D'Ambrosio is best known as the author of the Fractured Time Trilogy; the Space Frontiers series; the adult horror series Night Creeps I and II and his recent new Pain series beginning with Princess Pain. The sequel, Queen of Pain is due for release in November. Michael worked for several years as a nuclear field engineer, traveling throughout the United States and Europe on a regular basis. Currently, he is employed at the Salem Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey as a controls technician. He served several tours in the Middle East as a member of the Pa. Air National Guard and attributes some of his experiences there as inspiration for many of the scenes in his books. Michael is currently working on a new novel, Space Truckers, his twelfth book. In addition he has teamed up with fellow writer Pete Prellwitz in adapting Pete's Angel of St. Thomas novel to a script. Michael has also completed several screenplays which are currently represented. Look for more information about Michael's projects and appearances at www.fracturedtime.com.

Loren Damewood

Loren Damewood began his interest in the art of knot tying over half a century ago, and has spent the last few decades turning knots into fine jewelry, using precious and/or refractory materials (silver, gold, titanium, and steel) to create rings, bracelets, and even articles of clothing. His favorite thing to do is to craft matched wedding rings, delighting in the symbolism of rings that exemplify "tying the knot".

In recent years much of his time has been occupied with teaching, and creating instructional materials to introduce others to whatever level of knot-tying suits their fancy, from showing kids how to make their own simple cotton Turk's-head bracelets to the intricate and challenging techniques required to turn a piece of wire into a magnificent and eye-catching article of jewelry.

Todd Dashoff

Todd Dashoff started in Fandom in 1974 and hasn't looked back. He has held numerous offices in the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and chaired three Philcons, as well as the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention (The Millennium Philcon). He understands that these conventions feature something called "programming", but he regards that as a myth, having never be able to see any at the conventions he has attended/worked.

Julie Ann Dawson

Julie Ann Dawson is an author, editor, publisher, RPG designer, and advocate for writers who may occasionally require the services of someone with access to Force Lightning (and in case it was not obvious, a bit of a geek).

In 2002 she started her own publishing company, Bards and Sages. The company produces both speculative fiction and roleplaying games.

In 2009, she launched the Bards and Sages Quarterly, a literary journal of speculative fiction. Since 2012, she has served as a judge for the IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of some 50 novels, as well as comic books, short fiction, blog entries, and more. Recent and upcoming work includes the Star Trek coffee-table book The Klingon Art of War, the novels Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution and Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath, the short-story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, and short stories in the online magazines Buzzy Mag and Story of the Month Club and the anthologies V-Wars: Night Terrors, The X-Files: Trust No One, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons, and The Side of Good/The Side of Evil (which is debuting at Philcon 2015). Keith does rewatches of classic television for Tor.com, having done various shows in the Star Trek and Stargate universes, as well as the 1966 Batman. Learn more online at DeCandido.net.

A.E. Decker

A. E. Decker graduated from the Odyssey Writers’ Workshop in 2011 and went on to become the author of the Moonfall Mayhem series, published by World Weaver Press. Moonfall Mayhem follows the adventures of a half-vampire girl through a world where tales have teeth, and tropes turn themselves upside-down. A former ESL tutor, tai chi instructor, and doll-maker, A. E. hails from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the Bethlehem Writers Group. Her short stories have appeared in such venues as Fireside Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Phobos Magazine. Like all writers, she is owned by three cats.

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. "Chip" Delany is a noted science-fiction author. One of his most famous novels is "Dahlgren," an apocalyptic tale which received rave reviews in 1975.. The bisexual theme of the novel clearly reflects its author's private life. He was born in New York City on April 1, 1942. His family owned a mortuary in Harlem. As a child, he was reportedly fascinated with math and science as well as books, theatre, and music. At age ten, he discovered his major sexual preference was homosexual. He attended the Bronx High School of Science but also wrote his first novel at age 13 and composed music (including a symphony).

Delany's first novel was The Jewels of Aptor. By age 26, he had won four Nebula Awards, though he made little money from any of these works. In 1967, he briefly explored a career as a musician and performed with the band Heavenly Breakfast. When he returned to science fiction in 1970, his books became more intellectually challenging. Dahlgren was followed by Triton: An Ambiguous Herotopia in 1976. It was received both as a masterpiece and as unreadable in its depiction of a future where sexual difference is the norm. His Neveryon series included parallels with the AIDS crisis. He has been quite influential in science fiction - a remarkable achievement considering his "outsider" status as a gay, African-American man. He made the keynote addresses at the 1991 International Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference and at the 1993 Outwrite convention.

Anthony Dobranski

Anthony Dobranski is the author of The Demon in Business Class, a modern-day hybrid fantasy from WordFire Press. He studied English at Yale, and worked in Europe and Asia-Pacific for AOL. He loves to learn about different cultures and is fascinated by how they clash. He also has a complete library of Philip K Dick novels. He lives in Washington DC.

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The fifth (and final) installment, END OF THE WORLD, hit the shelves earlier this year, courtesy of Month9Books. Meanwhile, RISE OF THE CORPSES, the first book in the series, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME.

Elsewhere on the writing front, Ty's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online, including SPACE AND TIME, HAUNTS, AFTER HOURS, PANDORA and MIDNIGHT ZOO. He was also honored to be the Grand Master in Fortress Publishing's anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL. On the novel front, his first SF/Mystery, PHOBOS, was published by Tor Books in 2004.

For the past eighteen years, Ty has also been the editor/publisher of ALLEGORY (www.allegoryezine.com), one of the premier online paying markets for online SF, Fantasy and Horror.

He makes his home in Cherry Hill, NJ, with his wife Helene.

John S. Drew

John S. Drew has written for several media tie-in franchises such as Doctor Who and Star Trek. In addition, he is an audio drama writer and producer with such works as The Dome and The Justin Case Mysteries to his credit. He is currently juggling his time between his day job as a high school English teacher and his night job when he dons the mask of Podcast Producer, scourge of the broadcast world. He is the executive producer of The Chronic Rift Network, a series of podcasts that attempt to find the culture in pop culture. He is the host of four podcasts on the network: The Chronic Rift, The Batcave Podcast, The Shazam/Isis Podcast, and The Home Game Version Podcast

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond writes linked short stories in science fiction and fantasy universes. She has been in Analog and reprinted in Russian by IF. She's also the Comptroller for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.

Chris Logan Edwards

Chris Logan Edwards has been a bookseller for 30 years, and is the publisher of Tigereyes Press, which published a World Fantasy Award nominated collection by Michael Swanwick and, in spring 2006, published 'Hit Head On' a collection by Pennsylvania poet Keith Ward. More recently, he edited the souvenir books for the 2007 and 2010 World Fantasy Conventions, and was on the committee for the 2013 North American Discworld Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Gary Ehrlich

Gary Ehrlich stalks the hallways of Northeast conventions and assorted filk conventions. In mundania he is a mild-mannered structural engineer for a major trade association, representing them on material design standards committees and at building code hearings. At cons he can be found on a stage or in the filk room, offering songs of space flight, lunar colonies and hyperspace hotels. Gary is a three-time chair of Conterpoint, the DC area's incarnation of NEFilk, the Floating Northeast Filk Con, has filled other roles for Conterpoint and for 1997's Second Concerto, and is currently Balticon's Director of Filk and Other Musical Mayhem. In April 2012 Gary was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame for his contributions to the filk community.

Gary appears on five collections of convention recordings: "How Many of them Can We Make Die?" (Conterpoint '96), "The Filk Was Great..." (Conterpoint '00), and "Millennium Pandemonium, Volume 1" (MilPhil '01) by Kludge Audio, and USB Productions' "Triskaidekafilkia" (FilKONtario 13) and "Filk Heroes" (FilKOntario 14).

Jane Fancher

Once upon a long time ago, Jane was a contented SF-reading student of math, physics and anthropology who played a bit of music, trained a few horses and drew a few pictures in her spare time. Skipping lightly over the details, in the late '80s, Fate made her the rather startled owner of a three book contract. The result? Groundties, UpLink and Harmonies of the Net, the first three volumes of her SF future history. She's since written a prequel: 'NetWalkers: Partners and 'NetWalkers: Of Mentors and Mimetrons, rewritten all the original three and has the final book in the series, HomeComing Games coming out next year. She has a four book fantasy series, Ring of Lightning, Ring of Intrigue, Ring of Destiny and Rings of Change, and her own, rather unusual take on vampires, Blood Red Moon.

She likes to investigate the common threads make us human -- long ago, far away, and yet to come -- and, not illogically, SF and fantasy are her chosen medium. She likes complex characters and complex relationships, on the hazy borderland that separates good and evil.

For many years, she has also had the exciting job of being C.J. Cherryh's first editor, a working relationship that has found a new outlet in a co-authored, brand new Union-Alliance novel, currently in progress.

She lives in Spokane, Washington with her partner, C.J., two rather unusual cats, a time-consuming garden and lots of fish. You'll also probably catch a glimpse of a little guy, about 10 inches tall, with a mop of blond hair, who follows her around, often hiding in her shoulder bag.

Amy Fass

Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what filk was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first sf convention in 1976, got involved in filk starting around the mid-90s, and has been on filk programming for the last few years. She plays non-filk music too and performs in the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, singing and playing recorder and crumhorn. Amy enjoys nonsense (well, the literary kind) and is working on a recitation of The Hunting of the Snark with the voices of all the speaking characters. She is one hell of a good science/medical (and occasionally science fiction) editor, whose home office has a view of the George Washington Bridge.

Neil Fein

Neil Fein is a music teacher, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He lives with his family in Highland Park, NJ and has loved hard science-fiction since he was 8 years old and discovered a used paperback store near his house.

Neil will be playing a selection of his own music and science-fiction/fantasy covers, on both the guitar and the ukulele. He'll also be giving a ukulele workshop for beginners - please bring your own instrument, although you can also get a lot from just listening.

Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman is a mechanical engineer, longtime fan, gamer, fic writer, and amateur post-modernist.

Robert Fenelon

Robert Fenelon walked into a room party at Philcon 1981 and was introduced to the wonderful world of VHS tape trading, Japanese pen-pals and Anime. RF spent the next three decades sharing that experience by writing, editing and publishing about anime, and showing anime at convention video rooms and film programs. And of course, by speaking at panels, like the several here speaking over this weekend. Come check out, we show clips that highlight what we are talking about.

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind his camera, where his work has appeared in a such publications as Philadelphia Magazine, CSO, and Die Welt.

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He is the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He is Vice-Chair of the reborn I-CON, which will be held March 17-29, 2017.

In real life he is an Instructional Designer, after career periods as a science teacher, programmer, systems administrator, and marketer. Oh, and did he mention the freelance computer journalism? He's currently pursuing a Masters in Learning Technologies.

Ken Fink

Combining his loves of science, teaching, and theater, Ken founded Wondergy Science EduTainment to change the world’s attitudes towards science and learning. Wondergy uses the language and methodology of science to educate, change attitudes, and effect behavior. Through promoting science learning, we build a stronger workforce, smarter consumers, and more informed stewardship of our world. For over 13 years, Wondergy has been developing and delivering hands-on interactive science educational programs for both professional training and public. From small up-close programs, to school-wide assemblies, to full-year curricula, Wondergy has developed a wide range of educational projects. From being named Best Party Entertainment, Wondergy will visit over 1000 schools in over 30 states this year.

Gregory Frost

GREGORY FROST is the award-winning author of eight novels (including SHADOWBRIDGE, LORD TOPHET, FITCHER'S BRIDES) and sixty-plus short works of the fantastic, including dark thrillers, historical fantasy and science fiction. Most recently he collaborated with Hugo-Award winning author, Bill Johnson, on a novelette to be published in Asimov's Magazine. His previous collaboration, with Philadelphia author Michael Swanwick, on "Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H'ard and Andy Are Come to Town," won the Asimov's Magazine Readers' Award.

Website: www.gregoryfrost.com
Facebook: gregory.frost1
Twitter: gregory_frost

Brian Gelfond

Gamer, Scholar, Madman. Brian Gelfond is one of the founding members of "The Legends of the Interwebs" as well as a writer for RFGeneration.com. Brian is an avid game collector (both digital and analogue), anime enthusiast, and an actual freaking scientist.

Brian can typically be summoned almost anywhere by a bag of cheese curls shaken to the beat of a Hatsune Miku song...or just by playing the episode of Star Trek: DS9 where Worf and Dax do it.

Allyn Gibson

The writer of Diamond Comic Distributor's monthly PREVIEWS catalog, Allyn Gibson writes about comic books and toys and has his fingers on the pulse of the comics industry. Allyn also writes short fiction; his latest story, "The Ginger Kid" in Crazy 8 Press' ReDeus: Divine Tales (2012), is a tale of a pitching phenom and a long-suffering baseball team in a world where gods walk the Earth. Among Allyn's other credits are the acclaimed Star Trek short story "Make-Believe" in Star Trek: Constellations (2006) and the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity" in Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership (2008). Get the latest on Allyn's life and times at allyngibson.net.

Phil Giunta

Phil Giunta’s first novel, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, was published in 2010 by Firebringer Press. His second novel in the same genre, By Your Side, was released in 2013. Phil has also narrated the audio versions of both novels, available for free at http://podiobooks.com/contributor/phil-giunta/

Phil's short stories appear in such anthologies as ReDeus: Divine Tales and ReDeus: Beyond Borders from Crazy 8 Press. In addition to contributing stories, Phil served as editor on the speculative fiction anthologies Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity and Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity for Firebringer Press. His paranormal mystery novella, Like Mother, Like Daughters, is slated for release in late 2016.

In August 2016, Phil took second place in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story contest with his paranormal tale, “Tower 16”, to be published in Beach Nights by Cat & Mouse Press in November.

Visit Phil’s website: http://www.philgiunta.com

Mitchell Gordon

Mitchell Gordon is a writer and futurist from Philadelphia. He has been an urban planning journalist (M.U.P.)and Vice President of NSS PASA, the Phila. area chapter of the National Space Society. For many years he served as a program director for the Phila. Chapter of the World Future Society. He has appeared in many local and national publications, including Viable Utopian Ideas, an anthology on shaping a better world. Currently he is working on a trilogy that he promises will enlighten and entertain the reader.

Brian T. Graening-Price

Brian T. Price was hooked on japanese animation at an early age after his exposure to "Battle Of The Planets" in the first grade. But it wasn't until a chance meeting in New York City circa 1987 that he learned about organized anime fandom in the form of the Animation/Fantasy Association.

Within a handful of years Brian became a founding member of the Atlantic Anime Alliance, staffing Chibicon (the east coast's first anime conference) and ANIMEast '94 & '95. In recent years he indoctrinated into public speaking on panel discussions by publisher and fellow anime pundit Robert Fenelon. He now speaks on panels about anime and other sci-fi & fantasy related topics at conventions up and down the East Coast.

John Grant

John Grant is author of some seventy books, of which about twenty-five are fiction, including novels like The World, The Hundredfold Problem, The Far-Enough Window and most recently The Dragons of Manhattan and Leaving Fortusa. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons.

His first story collection, Take No Prisoners, appeared in 2004; it was followed by Tell No Lies in 2014 -- people who think they recognize the first two lines of a Janis Ian chorus are quite right. His anthology New Writings in the Fantastic was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award. His novellas The City in These Pages and The Lonely Hunter have appeared from PS Publishing.

In nonfiction, he coedited with John Clute The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and wrote in their entirety all three editions of The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters. Among his latest nonfictions have been Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, Bogus Science and Denying Science. His A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir is the largest encyclopedia of the subject published to date. Two recent YA nonfiction books are Debunk It! and Eureka!: 50 Scientists who Shaped Human History.

As John Grant he has received two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and various others. Under his real name, Paul Barnett, he has written a few books (like the space operas Strider's Galaxy and Strider's Universe), and for a number of years ran the world-famous fantasy-artbook imprint Paper Tiger, for this work earning a Chesley Award and a nomination for the World Fantasy Award.

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Zoe Gray

Zoe is a 15 year old singer-songwriter. She is a staunch advocate for feminism and LGBT rights, and her songs often reflect this. She also writes about the apocalypse, classic literature, and witches. She once wrote a 10-song album comprised entirely of songs about Game of Thrones. In her free time, you may catch her clicking through webcomics, reciting Shakespeare, cosplaying Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or refining the plans for her kitten gun. Is it a gun for kittens? Is it a gun that shoots kittens? The world may never know.

Check out her music on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSSmDOcHXiyjibPsqtaWKYQ?disable_polymer=true
Or support her Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zoegray

April Grey

April Grey's Finding Perdita, a dark fantasy will be released by Caliburn Press later this year. She has two urban fantasy novels out, Chasing The Trickster, and its sequel, St. Nick's Favor.
Her short stories can be found in various anthologies, both in print and on-line. Her collections of short stories, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe, and I'll Love You Forever are also available through Amazon. She is the editor of Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners; Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone and Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts.
She is a member of Broad Universe and HWA. Author.to/aprilgrey

Marc Grossman

Marc has been in fandom since the 70's and part of Filk since almost immediately after coming to his first Con. While he waited to the early 80's to write his first filk, he's got a few credits here and there. With his wife, Marc is active in supporting the arts..especially the Art Shows of what conventions he attends.

Marc and his wife are also avid members of the SCA and players of the Traveller RPG. In the mundane world, Marc is a computer geek like sooooo many of you, and those into filk noted he long ago moved his songbook to an IPad.

So say "hi", sit in the filk room and sing along!

Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta is a journalist, photographer and author. Her books include the 2015 Locus Award Nominee “The Winter Boy” and “Jo Joe” (which was selected as a Jewish Book Network Book.) Her essays, features and reviews have appeared in scores of magazines and journals, including “Parade,” “North Atlantic Review,” “Lear's Magazine,” “Family PC,” “The Robb Report,” “American Heritage,” “Islands,” “PC Magazine” and many others. Sally is also known for her fine arts photography project "American Hands" (www.AmHands.com), for which she has received dozens of grants to mount numerous exhibits. A former chapter president of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and member of The Authors Guild, Sally is an advocate for author's rights and speaks often on the business of writing. She is currently working on two books “Dream A Little World” (a YA SF novel) and “Sex Witch” (a sequel to “The Winter Boy”).

Savan Gupta

Professional Emcee, Author, Game Developer. Former Wizards of the Coast employee. Mr. Gupta's mentored generations of gamers and contributors into the roleplaying and speculative fiction genres. President & CEO of Steam-Funk Studios and founder of the 'Living Multiverse' brand with its six related performance troupes, nationwide. A veteran emcee and keynote speaker at many events across the country, Savan has had a hand in many projects, from Standup Comedy, LARP Production and some RPG products to the launch of the new online magazine, as Editor-in-Chief of a study in 'Fanthropology' dubbed "The Unconventional".

Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She's been involved in the copyediting and proofreading end of publishing since the 1990s for presses small and large and nowadays concocts anthologies, writes the occasional short story, and is a freelance editor and movie reviewer. Her latest effort “A Familiar Story” appears in the anthology In a Cat's Eye.

Elektra lives in Delaware with her husband, Mike, and the cat herd of BlueBlaze/Benegesserit catteries. When not freelancing or appearing at science fiction conventions she travels the world judging cat shows.

Find Elektra on Facebook (Elektra Hammond), Twitter (elektraUM), LiveJournal (elektra_h), g+ (Elektra Hammond), and building her website at http://www.untilmidnight.com.

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and publishing the Watch The Skies fanzine for the past fifteen years. When not working on a project or spending time with his amazing wife and daughter he enjoys the occasional video game or board games and is an old school role player. Find him at The Pretend Blog (www.ehardenbrook.com)

Joseph Haughey

Joseph "Cosplay Joe" Haughey is a new singer in the geek performing arts, specializing in songs related to science fiction and anime (Japanese animation). He also does panels ranging from Anime Music Videos to anime opening and closing themes.

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Pop Culture Fiend. He is also geektastic, delightfully nerdy and adorkable. Just ask him.

He can be heard regularly on "The Temple of Bad" podcast (templeofbad.com) discussing movies so bad...they're practically a religious experience.

From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to the Golden Age of Television, comic books and the film adaptations of same, if it has anything to do with pop culture he has an opinion on it. And as an IT professional for over 25 years, he's also got a few choice opinions about gadgets and technology.

His essays on a variety of topics can be found at multimediumrare.com and you can find him on Twitter, he's @odorkable.

Stuart Hellinger

A fan since the mid to late 1960's Stuart has been involved in various groups and conventions, including various positions on convention committees and Worldcons. He has Chair Lunacon, the New York Regional Science Fiction Convention several times. Stuart was also one of the organizers of the original Star Trek Conventions in New York City held from 1972 - 1976. In the late 1980's, he was instrumental in the revitalization of the Lunacon Art Show and served as an officer of ASFA. Mostly retired from active fandom from 2001 until 2014, he stayed in touch with people in the community and stayed up to date on what has been happening in the genre, until becoming active again in 2014. Stuart is currently working on a book proposal aboutthe early days of Star Trek fandom.

Lisa Hertel

Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. She specializes in clay and watercolors, but dabbles in many other media; her works are often the products of this cross-pollinization. Her recent materials include encaustics (wax painting) and alcohol inks. In her spare time, she helps run science fiction conventions. She has a studio in Lowell, MA. See her work at www.cogitation.org, or her Instagram Cogitation_Zone.

Inge Heyer

Inge Heyer, Ph.D., has spent decades developing a unique expertise in astronomy communications across a variety of settings, including college classrooms, K-12 schools, informal educational settings, professional scientific journalism, and science fiction venues.

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, she completed her secondary education there before accepting a scholarship to attend Tenri University (Japan), where she studied Japanese. After later earning an undergraduate degree in Astronomy and Physics from Smith College, she earned a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Wyoming.

In addition to her professional work as senior data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Dr. Heyer also served as the public information officer at the Joint Astronomy Centre, where she led the education and public outreach efforts. She has earned Shodan in both Judo and Karate, and serves as guest science blogger for StarTrek.com.

Dr. Heyer currently teaches astronomy and physics at Loyola University Maryland and serves as Deputy Press Officer for the American Astronomical Society. And if you have ever wondered how those beautiful Hubble images got into science fiction series like Babylon-5 and Star Trek, Inge is the trouble-maker who instigated this...

Jack Hillman

Jack Hillman is a journalist, novelist, playwright and a medical underwriter. His published short fiction has appeared in Buzzymag, Sorcerous Signals, Amazon Shorts, GateWay SF Magazine, Jackhammer, Aberrations, Eternity Online, Gateways, Once Upon A World, Nuketown, Brutarian, the Kings of The Night III anthology, the Magistria:World Of The Sorcerer anthology, and the Ruins Extraterrestrial anthology. He has three YA fantasy novels currently in print: There Are Giants In This Valley, Giants Want The Lost River, Giants Want Ragnarok, as well as a Middle Grade SF novella- Field Trip, all available on Amazon.com with the sequel- Giants Want The Lost River- released early 2012 and the third book- Giants Want Ragnarok- November 2012. He can be reached at www.jackhillman.com .

Larry Hodges

Larry Hodges's third novel, "Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions," a political satire/drama, was published in March, 2016, by World Weaver Press. The novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, and features a third-party moderate challenge that pits father against daughter – with an alien ambassador along for the ride as the campaigns crisscrosses every continent as father and daughter battle for electoral votes and clash over the ideas and issues facing the world of 2100 in this bare-knuckle, fight-to-the-finish political campaign. A resident of Germantown, MD and a long-time political junkie, Larry's an active member of SFWA with over 75 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Workshop. He has 11 books and over 1600 articles published in over 140 different publications.

W. Randy Hoffman

W. Randy Hoffman has been in fandom for 27 years and in filk for 23. He has recorded five albums, the most recent one as part of "Partners in K'RHyme," his duo with the late Kira. Since 1995 he has run the music track at Confluence in Pittsburgh. In Mundania, he edits documentation for business-intelligence software deployed by the U.S. Department of State.

Heidi Hooper

Heidi Hooper is the dryer lint Lady -- Believe it or Not! Her unusual art is featured in Ripley's Believe it or Not Museums all over the world and in their books. She recently was nominated for the fourth time for the prestigious Niche award (having won two years ago).

Heidi has a Bachelors in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and Master's in Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been seen in many galleries across the country (including A Mano in nearby New Hope) and can be viewed on her web page at www.heidihooper.com.

She also has won many costuming awards for her metal armor pieces, including a Best Craftsman award at the Worldcon level. She has been a masquerade judge at Worldcon, Balticon, and Ravencon.

Heidi is also one of the founders of modern American fantasy medieval LARPing along with her husband Michael A. Ventrella. They now run Alliance LARP (www.AllianceLARP.com)

Kirsten Houseknecht

Kirsten is a longtime costumer who enjoys playing with textiles and colors SO MUCH that she went back to college in her forties for fashion design. Her senior collection featured stenciling, dying, bleaching and color removal as well as hand weaving and knitting. She likes combining techniques and considers herself a mixed media textile artists.

Amy Howard Wilson

Best know as the voice of Nova in Seasons 1 & 2 of the one and only "Star Blazers", and Miranda in "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor" OVA. I met my hubby Dave in Atlanta (t a con, of course!) in 1998 and we were married on October 14, 2000. For the last 14 years, we've been living in Virginia, and for the last 12, sharing our home with 5 fab felines.

In 2002, I formed a family friendly full service audio recording company, Studio V.O.I.C.E. and have had the privilage of working on quite a few awesome audio book projects in our home studio. Please visit my website www.amysvoices.com .

Bob Hranek

I play Wargames (EPGS.org), World of Warships, EVEonline.com, run & drink with Hash House Harriers groups, and as a PT (Professional Thigmophiliast), I give excellent back rubs! I also have an understanding wife (she lets me come to conventions!) and 2 great grown kids. 6 years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 25 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood 6 times a year (183 pints & counting!), and judge at several Science Fairs every year. At PhilCon, you’re likely to see me hanging out in my Lunar-kilt if I’m not setting up/tearing down the Art Show or moderating a panel.

Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist, filker, pilot husband live on a hilltop just north of Williamsport, PA with two remnants of their seven recombinant DNA experiments. They became grandparents in 2013! It's a boy!

Scheherazade Jackson

As Mistress Baroness Scheherazade Al-Zahira, The former co-ruler of the SCA Barony of Bhakail as Scheherazade Jackson she teaches Eastern Belly Dance,Teaching classes on Damascus in the Middle ages, organizes Toys-for-Tots collections,writer of prose, and generally works to create an orderly universe.

Melissa James

Melissa James is a member of Watson's Tin Box, a Maryland-based Sherlock Holmes club. She is also one of The Denebian Slime Devils, a Baltimore-based filk group that's been writing and performing sci-fi, media and pop-culture song parodies since the late 1970's. The group also consists of Regina DeSimone, Cathy Dougherty, Denise Masters, and Kathy Scrimger.

Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen's novels, all erotica, are: The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, which is exactly as wacky as it sounds; The Moonlight Mistress, a historical set during World War One which includes werewolves, crossdressing, and a zouave on a motorbike; and The Duke and the Pirate Queen, which has Pirates! Sharks! And a pirate eaten by sharks! She's also sold numerous short stories, including "Under Her Uniform," a sequel to The Moonlight Mistress.

A complete bibliography and blog may be found at victoriajanssen.com.

Ben Jorritsma

Phil Kahn

A longtime Professional Neckbeard, Phil Kahn has spent a few years writing for various Webcomic, Webcomic Criticism, and Webcomic Enthusiast sites, and is now trying to take his accumulated knowledge and put it all to good use on Guilded Age: The Saga of the Working Class Adventurer (http://guildedage.net). While building a daytime career as an IT Support Specialist, he also spends a great deal of time practicing silly voices/faces in front of a mirror for the inevitable day where the only thing that can save the whole of humanity from certain doom is his impression of Henchman #24. He has also spent a considerable amount of time playing MMORPGs and is totally that Gnome Warlock who just won't DIE ALREADY.

And yes, he is the official PhilCon Phil Kahn.

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina, Ph.D., is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an award-winning fantasy author. Her most recent releases include the action-packed Majat Code series, published by Angry Robot Books and concluded this year with book three, "Assassin Queen".

Anna is the 2015 double Prism Award winner for "The Guild of Assassins", which received the first prize in the fantasy category and the "Best of the Best" grand prize.

Jon Kilgannon

Jon Kilgannon is the author of the webcomics A Miracle of Science and Afterlife Blues. He runs a software consulting firm in the Philadelphia suburbs, and has recently returned to college to study machine learning.

Kimberly Ann Kindya

Kim Kindya is a multimedia producer, writer, event planner and costumer. She is currently working at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she has hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. Previously, she worked on a number of CD-ROMs, including "The Star Trek Encyclopedia," "Farscape: The Game," and the original role-playing computer game "Darkened Skye." She has reviewed SF and Fantasy for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, as well as published X-Men short stories, a Powerpuff Girls "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure"-style book for kids, and Looney Tunes books for Scholastic. She is a Master-level costumer who has competed at Philcon, Lunacon, WorldCon and Costume-Con.

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies the intersections of science and literature and the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. She is also a freelance writer and blogger with a particular interest in media studies, fandom studies, and the intersections science, technology, and storytelling – topics about which she writes at her blog, Monitoring the Media. An avid Sherlockian, she is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Sherlockian society The Ancient Order of Free Sherlockians. She is the head of Media Programming for Philcon, at which she has also been a panelist since 2014, and has presented papers and panels on topics ranging from fandom to Sherlock Holmes at conferences and conventions including NEMLA and Star Trek: Mission NYC 2016.

Brian Koscienski

Brian Koscienski is one half of Fortress Publishing, Inc. Fortress is an unholy dichotomy between the blistering writing style of Brian, who resembles Sasquatch with mange, and the dynamic gothic world of Chris Pisano, the last known Cro-Magnon man. When angry villagers wield-ing torches and pitchforks aren't chasing them, Brian and Chris make the world a better place through stories, comics, novels, magazines, and even bawdy haiku. Feel free to ask them about their novels "The Shattered Visage Lies" published by Post Mortem Press and "The Devil's Grasp" published by Sunbury Press.

Diane Kovalcin

Diane Kovalcin is a long-time costumer, competing in both Science Fiction and Historical masquerades, a quilter and fan fiction writer. She also loves Star Wars and the BBC tv show Merlin - just ask her (or better yet, don't ask as she won't shut up about it).

Laura Kovalcin

Laura was born into a nerdy family, and was cursed at her birth to forever love fandom, costumes, and shiny things. The curse still holds true to this day.

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has worked as a programmer analyst, scientist and educator. He earned his PhD in Developmental and Cell Biology from Rutgers University where he researched proteins involved in signaling at neuronal synapses. He has taught at varied universities and colleges, and currently teaches biology courses at Raritan Valley, a nationally recognized community college in NJ. He has been a frequent guest at conventions on panels ranging from scientific accuracy in fiction to alien biology.

Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik interviewed the late Roger Zelazny extensively to write his literary biography ROGER ZELAZNY for the Ungar Publishing Company. Through his continued friendship with Zelazny, Krulik wrote THE COMPLETE AMBER SOURCEBOOK, a concordance of the ten Amber novels, published by Avon Books. Krulik completed a series of blogs for Tor.Com called "A Few Words from Roger Zelazny," which presented Roger's own words about his life and works.

Dotty Kurtz

Devra Langsam

Helped run the five ST Committee cons. Chaired 2 Lunacons. Ran Dealers for innumerable Philcons, Lunacons, Costumecons. Published 5 issues of Spockanalia, 18 issues of Masiform D, plus a number of novels by various authors. Proprietor of Poison Pen Press bookstore 1976 to 2014.

Mandah Law

Mandah is a local Philadelphia multi-talented artist. She is known for her edible or intricate looking designs and illustrations that can be found in the Artist Alley or elsewhere. Outside of the artist alley she is a special effects makeup artist for haunt attractions, a commissioned costumer as well as a budding voice actress.

She has been bringing informative and funny interactive panels to east coast conventions along with some of her Young Avengers Live cast mates. She writes and produces the fanmade radio drama podcast based off the adventures of comic character’s the Young Avengers alongside other very talented voice actors and hobbyists; voicing the Multiverse Jumper, America Chavez on the podcast. Some of her favorite things include video games, comic books (Marvel, DC, Image), anime, stuffed alpacas, sushi and jokes.

Dina Leacock

Bio: Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has been writing for more than 20 years and has sold more than 200 short stories. She has two published books, Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and Elements Of The Short Story, How to Write a Selling Story. She is proud to be one of the founding members as well as the second president of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. She recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center and lives with her husband, sometimes her son and of course her cat on the edge of the Pine Barrens in Southern New Jersey (home of the Jersey Devil).

Evelyn Leeper

Evelyn Leeper became addicted to science fiction with THE WONDERFUL FLIGHT TO THE MUSHROOM PLANET. She discovered fandom when then-future husband Mark signed her up for the UMass SF Society in 1968. In 1978 they founded the Bell Labs SF Club and their own (soon) weekly fanzine, which has gone through several title changes until it settled down as the MT VOID (pronounced "Empty Void") which has had more than 1900 issues! She has been nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer twelve times for her convention reports, travelogues, and book reviews, and was a judge for the Sidewise Awards for alternate history from 1995 to 2014.

Mark Leeper

A science fiction fan since age 5, Mark went to the University of Massachusetts where he was active and eventually the president of the science fiction society. In 1978 he and his wife Evelyn founded the company science fiction club at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. What started as the weekly notice for the club has grown into the weekly fanzine for the electronic community, THE MT VOID, which now has had over 1900 issues! Mark is also the second a klingon longest continually publishing film reviewer on the Internet. Mark's other hobbies include recreational mathematics, old-time radio, international travel, and origami. He and his wife have been fan guests of honor at Contraption and Westercon.

Level Up Cosplay

These Zenkaikon alums will be giving a panel on the sourcing, styling, and care of wigs on Saturday afternoon, along with helping out with this year's Masquerade.

Neal Levin

Neal is a game designer, author, and publisher. His work in game design includes credits with: Ambient Games, Bastion Press, Dark Quest Games, EN Publishing, Mystic Eye Games and Top Fashion Games. He is a member of the Garden State Horror Writers, Fictioneers, HWA, and SFWA. He also is the publisher of Dark Quest Books. As a short story author he has work in anthologies from many publishers. He is currently working on the next novel in the Salient Dreams series.

Andre Lieven

Andre Lieven has been involved with SF conventions for [mumbly, mumbly]years and still loves it as much as in the beginning. His interests start with hard SF from Asimov and Clarke and range out to his old childhood favourites of Star Trek and Thunderbirds. All that lead to connecting with his interests in political science, history, military and aerospace technology and policy, and space flight. He has participated in working in most parts of SF conventions and speaks on panels at various conventions with Worldcon included on both points.

Nathan Lilly

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com, Everyday Weirdness, and Thaumatrope. When he isn't reading submissions, he develops websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles. He has designed artwork for a variety of media and processes, such as stage productions, desktop publishing, and advertising specialties, as well as dynamic and interactive content for the Internet. Find him at www.greententacles.com or on Twitter @nelilly.

Gordon Linzner

Gordon Linzner is the author of three published novels and dozens of short stories, former publisher and editor in chief of the oldest extant small press science fiction magazine, SPACE AND TIME, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. He is also copy editor, a New York City tour guide, a story teller, a sound technician, and front man for the Saboteur Tiger blues/oldies band. His most recent story appears in Altered States from Crazy 8 Press.

Barry B. Longyear

Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine series, his works include numerous short stories, the Circus World series, the Infinity Hold series, and novels ranging from Sea of Glass to The God Box, as well as his much praised Science-fiction Writer's Workshop-I. His online writing seminar, The Write Stuff, is now available as a trade paperback and in Kindle format.
His recent works include Jaggers & Shad: ABC is for Artificial Beings Crimes, and the Joe Torio Mystery Series: The Hangman's Son, Just Enough Rope, and Rope Paper Scissors. He is currently working on his magnum opus, a political/spy/coming of age/science-fiction thriller: The War Whisperer.
A list of his awards, bio, and publications is available on his website, http://www.barrylongyear.com/.

Lynati

Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area. She might explain about the eels, but only if you ask politely.

Robert A. Madle

Bob Madle attended the very first Philcon in 1936 and was part of the committee for the 1947 Philadelphia Worldcon. He is also one of the founders of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and also is one of the founders of First Fandom. For many years, he was a respected huckster in the Dealer's Room. As the Transatlatlantic Fan Fund Winner in 1957, he authored "A Fake Fan in London". He was the 1977 Worldcon's Fan Guest of Honor and Philcon's Fan Guest of Honor in 2012. His other publications include Fantascience Digest, Fantasy-Fiction Telegram, Fanzine Review, PSFS News and The Meteor.

Mark Mandel

Mark Mandel has been a fan all his life and an active filker since the early nineties. His filk nickname would be "The Filker with No Nickname", if anyone besides him used it. At cons and other fannish events he is often accompanied by his familiar, a small red-and-white dragon named Loiosh. In the mundane world he is a linguist (language scientist), retired from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived in Philadelphia since 2002, after 20 years in the Boston area. As a linguist in fandom he sometimes calls himself "Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody".

Stephen Mazur

Stephen Mazur is an Assistant Editor for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has been with F&SF since the end of 2009.

Mike McPhail

Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us." www.milscifi.com
He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future (DTF) series of military science fiction anthologies. www.defendingthefuture.com

In 2015 he added the title of publisher to his character sheet as co-owner of eSpec Books LLC.

L.E. Modesitt Jr.

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the author of more than 70 novels (primarily science fiction and fantasy), a number of short stories, numerous technical, scholarly, and economic articles, and, occasionally, poetry. His novels include four separate fantasy series, including the Saga of Recluce and the Imager Portfolio. His first story was published in Analog in 1973, and his latest book is Treachery’s Tools, released from Tor in October. Forthcoming in January is a story collection set in the world of Recluce, entitled Recluce Tales.

Along the way, he has also been a delivery boy; a lifeguard; an unpaid radio disc jockey; a U.S. Navy pilot; a market research analyst; a real estate agent; director of research for a political campaign; legislative assistant and staff director for U.S. Congressmen; Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues; a college lecturer and writer in residence; and unpaid treasurer of a civic music arts association. In1989, to escape nearly twenty years of occupational captivity in Washington, D.C., he moved to New Hampshire. There he married a lyric soprano, and he and his wife Carol moved to Cedar City, Utah, in 1993, where she directs the voice and opera program at Southern Utah University and he continues to create and manage chaos, largely, but not entirely, of the fictional variety.

Bernie Mojzes

Had things worked out differently, Bernie Mojzes might have been a song & dance man. Fortunately, he can't dance, so instead, he writes and edits. His fiction has appeared in "Betwixt Magazine," "Daily Science Fiction," and "Crossed Genres," among others. He co-edits and publishes "Unlikely Story" (formerly "The Journal of Unlikely Entomology"), which can be found at www.unlikely-story.com. For additional out-of-date information, go to www.kappamaki.com.

John Monahan

John Monahan is a science writer, and science teacher. He is author of the non-fiction book They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge. He is currently working on another non-fiction book, Babbage & Lovelace: The Victorian Computer Wizard and the Enchantress of Numbers. He lives and works in Baltimore with his wife, his two children and various pets/evil minions. His blog, Mad4Science can be found at mad4science.wordpress.com.

Tee Morris

Tee Morris has been writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and non-fiction for over a decade. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors — podcasting. He went on with Evo Terra to write Podcasting for Dummies (as well as the 2nd Edition alongside Chuck Tomasi). His expertise reached deeper into social media when he penned on his own All a Twitter and Sams Teach Yourself Twitter in 10 Minutes.

In 2011, Tee returned to fiction with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, penned with his wife, Pip Ballantine. The series and its short fiction podcast, Tales from the Archives, has won several awards including the 2014 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Anthology Podcast, the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature, and RT Reviews’ Choice Awards for Best Steampunk of 2014.

Tee and Pip also host The Shared Desk, a podcast covering collaboration and other aspects of a writer’s lifestyle. He enjoys a writer’s life in Virginia alongside Pip, his daughter, and three cats. Explore the works of Tee Morris, and his occasional geek rants, at TeeMorris.com.

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity of mild-mannered School Media Specialist. She also cares for her family of one husband-creature, a son-animal, a canine named Elvis (he thinks he's the King) and two small felines who are secretly agents of Chaos. She is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Literary Agency.

This is Christine's ninth Philcon appearance, and she is very happy to return.

To learn more about Christine Norris, please visit http://www.christine-norris.com, Like her page on FB or follower her @cnorrisauthor on Twitter

Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author of the fantasy series The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. Andi's novel, Silevethiel, is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Andi's short story Redemption, is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist. Andi is also the owner of the publishing company Purple Sun Press and released its first fantasy anthology, Coven in the fall of 2015.

You can frequently find Andi as a guest panelist and exhibitor at Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Philcon, ConCarolinas, Conclave, Wizard World, and Chessiecon. She also writes for SparkLife by Barnes & Noble where she provides writing tips, advice, and insight on her career as an author. Andi is a member of the National Writers Association and the Boston chapter of the Women's National Book Association. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and three dogs. You can connect with Andi on Twitter @OConnorAndi and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/oconnor.andi

Christopher D. Ochs

Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began in 2014 with his self-published epic fantasy "Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts," recommended by US Review of Books. Several of his short stories have been published in the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and Bethlehem Writers Group anthologies and websites. His latest work is a collection of mirthful macabre short stories in "If I Can't Sleep, You Can't Sleep."

His current literary projects include: more short tales of the weird, an e-book behind-the-scenes novella for "Pindlebryth of Lenland," and of course, the second novel of the Pindlebryth saga.

If all that weren't enough to keep him busy, C.D.Ochs is active in several groups spanning writing and storytelling, and anime fandom ("Voice of OTAKON").

Daniel Persons

Dan Persons is house film critic at HOUR OF THE WOLF on WBAI 99.5FM in New York. He is producer of PUFF: THE BEST OF THE PHILADELPHIA UNNAMED FILM FESTIVAL on The Monster Channel (monsterchannel.tv) and his CFQtv genre film update segments appears regularly on The Monster Channelas well.

Dr. James Prego

Dr. James Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College and Touro College School of Health Sciences. Dr. Prego is a longtime fan of science fiction and enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, life extension, fusions of biology and technology, how natural ways of healing fit in a sci-fi/high-tech world, and many other topics both science related and non-science related. He was the New York Delegate to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, after spending time as a board member of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Prego has given talks, written articles, and been a show guest, discussing naturopathic medicine, children's health, and other health-related topics. He spent over a decade as a volunteer EMT, and has interests in acting/shadowcasting, gaming, burner culture, and more.

Bethlynne Prellwitz

I Was born in Philadelphia but graduated college in California. I have an MA in English Literature and credit the original Star Trek with fostering an interest in science fiction. I also credit a love of Norse mythology with sparking an interest in comic books. My husband and I had a Comic book store in Phoenix in the early 80s and continued collecting until we decided we had to feed our sons. We did our best to raise five geek sons. Geekiness made our family closer. I have participated in panels at Balticon and Mysticon. I have done some editing for Dark Quest and Double Dragon and I would like to continue.

Peter Prellwitz

Peter Prellwitz has been writing stories, plays and skits since the fourth grade. As a child and young adult, Peter saw limited publication of three plays, thankfully each one better than the previous.

Presently, Peter has a total of nine novels published in trade paperback and ebook, all by Double Dragon Publishing. His novel Horizons was selected by Mike Resnick as Best Science Fiction and awarded DDP's Draco Award. Four of his short stories appear in the anthology Twisted Tails, which won the Dream Realms Award. Other short stories appear in a half-dozen anthologies by DDP and especially by Dark Quest Publishing's Defending The Future anthology series and Bad Ass Faeries anthology series.

Together with more than two dozen short stories located on his site, Peter's novels weave a tapestry of mankind's exploration and settling of the galaxy over the next three thousand years.

A native Arizonan, Peter has also lived in Wisconsin, California, Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, where he now lives with his wife, Bethlynne, and four of their five sons. In addition to writing, Peter enjoys history, scuba diving, backpacking, and languages.

http://ShardsUniverse.net

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest appeared in the April-May 2015 issue of Asimov's and his next will be appearing in Asimov's in a few months. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes, magazine articles, book reviews, two terms as vice president of SFWA , three years as Eastern Regional Director of SFWA, and approximately fifteen years of volunteer work for the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and Philcon. In the last twenty-six years, he has produced a series of short stories and novelettes that has appeared in Asimov's, Jim Baen's Universe, and anthologies such as the year's best series edited by Gardner Dozois and David Hartwell. Fantastic Books has published two collections of his stories: Lovers and Fighters, Starships and Dragons and Romance on Four Worlds, A Casanova Quartet. He lives in center city Philadelphia where he devotes himself to a continuous round of concerts, social events, and other urban pleasures.

Ted Rickles

A Struggling and yet-to-be published writer, Ted Rickles is currently at work, researching and writng a book examining the evolution of post-apocalyptic themes in SF television series. His credits include story/art development for an unpublished graphic novel sequel to Gene Roddenberry's "Genesis II" (1973) and "Planet Earth" (1974). His book in progress integrates research on Roddenberry's television projects, including Star Trek, with the works of contemporary SF talents including Michael J. Straczynski and Joss Whedon. He has his M.A. in Sociology from Temple University and is currently a licensed health insurance agent providing customer Service and sales support for a major Pennyslvania health insurer. He has also been a Resource and Affairs Coordinator in the United States for the Brazilian Studio, Impacto Quadrinhos, whose illustrators have been published by DC, MARVEL, and numerous other comic book publishers.

Ray Ridenour

I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited
paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and even moderated a few.
Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department stores and display houses, and done illustrations for newspapers.
Then there's the twenty years as a professional artist and community liaison for Baltimore City housing departments.
I've been in two horror films, one as a featured player. (Lines, baby, lines.)

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, before landing in her current job of research & data analyst. She is always willing to consider changing careers for a well-paid sinecure, however.

Rock Robertson

C.A. "Rock" Robertson II is an Engineering Technologist, DJ, Musician, Technophile, Costumer and Dangerous Man. A former President of PSFS, former Chair of Philcon, child of the Military Industrial Complex and proud member of the Space Industrial Complex. A well-travelled example of Hybrid Vigor, he remains far ahead on experience points.

Roberta Rogow

Roberta Rogow has been involved in Fandom since 1973 as a Filker, Costumer, Fanzine writer and editor, and Artist (specializing in needlework). She has written historical mysteries; her most recent book,Menace in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described as "Last of the Mohigans meets Arabian Nights with a Spanish accent." Roberta is a retired Children's Librarian, now living in New Jersey.

Robert C Roman

Robert C Roman is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steam Punk, Space Opera, Superheroes and Paranormal Romance.

Robert has taken a long and winding path to get where he is today. Finally growing tired of life of adventure, Robert settled down with the Ur-Goth and began spawning and writing. Both have borne fascinating, humorous, and occasionally horrifying fruit.

By day, Robert is a mild mannered High School teacher. By night, he tells stories, plays games, and raises children and Hell (in that order). He can be found online at www.robertcroman.com.

Robert presently has two ongoing serials at JukePop Serials: Blank and Blue Bloods. In addition, he has been a staff writer for Steam Funk Studios since November of 2014.

Elyse Rosenstein

Member of the original Star Trek Convention Committee. Originated the idea along with Devra Langsam in 1971. Former member of Lunarians. Chaired the 1983 Lunacon as well as worked on many Lunacon committees. Science teacher for 20 years. Earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Physics, and a minor in Math. Taught Physics in High School, as well as Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Math and Forensics,6th and 7th Grade Science in Middle School, and Core required Physics at Brooklyn College. Currently retired.

Suzanne Rosin

Short version: Because it's me. Longer Version: Since 1994, I have volunteered for and sat on the boards and committees of various Non-Profit Organizations including American Jewish Congress (AJC), Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), Philcon, Greater Delaware Valley Costumer's Guild, Pennsylvania Browncoats as well as volunteers for various cons up and down the east coast. When not working cons, I have a habit of being a talking head on various TV topics as well as how to run a con, copyright law and internet privacy (or the lack thereof). When not volunteering, I pretend to be a research law librarian for a national law firm based out of Philadelphia.
Why do all this? Because it's me.

Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman has been writing SF & Fantasy since 1982, with stories in Analog, F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Daily SF, Flash Fiction Online, and in anthologies including Temporally Out of Order, Futuredaze, and Unidentified Funny Objects.

His novel Staroamer's Fate and its sequel, Syron's Fate, are available from Fantastic Books. He lives in Schenectady.

Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six, having fond memories of watching episodes of "Star Lost" and "Star Trek" on TV. He was also one of those kids in late '70s and early '80s who rushed home to watch the latest episode of "Battle of the Planets," "Star Blazers" and "Robotech." Since then, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and is currently an active member of the Philadelphia Area Gaming Enthusiasts (PAGE) gaming club. In 1997, Mike discovered not only that those cartoons he loved as a child were "Japanese animation," but that there was a strong fan community for it. After attending the Japanese animation convention Otakon for the first time in 1997, Mike has since joined its staff. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other.

Kathy Sands

I went from kids' fantasy to sf & fantasy in 4th grade then in the mid-70's discovered conventions, filk, & media fanfiction, & extended my SF addiction to encompass them. To date, I've produced 4 media fanfiction zines and 2 filk CDs, with more of each in the works.

I took over Tales from the White Hart, an sf bookstore, from Sue Wheeler in 1977, and ran it for 17 years, marrying Leo Sands, my favorite customer, about 2 years after the shop reopened under my management. Both of our kids grew up there, and at conventions around the country & 2 other continents. Neither has yet run screaming into Mundania (our son was married at a con), so I guess we raised them right.

Having spent 42 years in fandom, I hope to enjoy at least that many more.

Paul Schafer

Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen has been nominated for the Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula awards. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, is a certified hypnotherapist who specializes in authors’ issues, and writes science fiction and fantasy about life, death, and the continua between the two. His last book, BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS' GRAVEYARD, won the Coyotl Award for Best Novel of 2015.

Elizabeth Schram

Elizabeth is a professional bridal seamstress, wig artist, and costumer located in Maryland.

In the costume community her alias is DizzyLizzy. She attends many anime and sci-fi conventions on the East Coast. She is actively involved in their Masquerades, Hall Costume Contests, Workshops, and Artist Alley. Currently, Lizzy is the Masquerade Department Head at AnimeNEXT and the Cosplay Department Head at Zenkaikon. She is happy to be the Masquerade Head for Philcon 2016.

Mom. Wife. Gamer. Uromastyx owner. Hello Kitty enthusiast. Space nerd. FLYNN LIVES!

Meredith Schwartz

Meredith Schwartz edited Alleys and Doorways, an homoerotic urban fantasy from Lethe Press. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, the Sleeping Beauty, Indeed anthology, and Reflections Edge. She previously committed con-running and screenwriting, but she is much better now. In her day job she edits a magazine about libraries, but she is here speaking only for herself and not her employer.

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer has been publishing fantastic fiction since the early 1970s. His books include three novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER, plus nine short-story collections, the most recent of which is a volume of Lovecraftian stories, AWAITING STRANGE GODS, published by Fedogan & Bremer. His work, both fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in publications as varied as POSTSCRIPTS, INTERZONE, REALMS OF FANTASY, ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, and SCI FI ENTERTAINMENT. He is a respected critic, a regular contributor to THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, and is the author of books about H.P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times, twice for Best Collection and once
for Best Novella, and won it once as one of the editors of WEIRD TALES magazine, a position he between 1987 and 2006. He is also an anthologist,who has edited (with Martin Greenberg) THE SECRET HISTORY OF VAMPIRES (DAW 2070),CTHULHU'S REIGN (DAW, 2010) FULL MOON CITY (Gallery Books, 2010, and THAT IS NOT DEAD, a historical Cthulhu Mythos anthology (PS Publishing, 2015). Next to appear is TALES FROM THE MISKATONIC LIBRARY, co-edited with John Ashmead. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, the fantasy writer Marilyn Mattie Brahen, and the requisite number of literary cats. He denies that he is best-known for having rhymed "Cthulhu" in a limerick.

Dave Seeley

Dave Seeley claims to be a victim of modern mass media and the one-second-MTV-vid-shot, hence the moniker “Image Junkie”. He is far more influenced by contemporary sci-fi film noir than by the legacy of science fiction illustration.

Dave came from an education in architecture and fine art. After 10 years as an award-winning architect, he was seduced by the glamour of illustration and derailed his career for the far more immediate gratification of image making. The inner-architect is flourishing in his work, where a sense of materials fetishism, and a love of spatial atmospherics are omnipresent.

Dave’s recent monograph, The Art of Dave Seeley, published by Insight Editions, has received top ranked reviews from ImagineFX magazine and io9.com. In addition, Dave is one of 10 artists profiled in Dick Jude’s Fantasy Art Masters by Harper Collins, and profiled in Karen Haber’s Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art. He is a contributor to Jane Frank’s Pixel or Paint by NonStop Press. Dave is interviewed in issue 39 of ImagineFX Magazine, and is featured in the August ’06 Art Scene International. He is also featured in the documentary film by Michael MacDonald at Roadhouse films called Visions From the Edge: The Art of Science Fiction, and is included in the Bill Neimeyer film Art of the Fantastic.

Clients Include: Hasbro, Disney, Lucasfilm, Vivendi Universal, Microsoft Games Studios, FromSoft Games, Sideshow Collectibles, Sony, Baen Books, Tor Books, Randomhouse / Del Rey / Ballantine Books / Penguin, Harlequin Gold Eagle, Ace, St Martins, Kensington Books, PYR press, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Harcourt School Publishers, Night Shade Books, Solaris Books, Midway Games, Fox Interactive, The Village Voice, Heavy Metal Magazine, Popular Science Magazine, Boy’s Life Magazine, Humanoids Publishing, White Wolf Publishing, FASA, Wizards of the Coast, TSR, Wild Planet Toys, DC Comics, and a host of advertising firms.

You can see, commission, learn about and buy work in multiple media at DaveSeeley.com.

Anthony L. Selletti

Anthony is a nurse and the author of "Fort Mifflin: A Paranormal History"and a historic places writer. He and his wife's family roots go back to the 1600's in the Philadelphia region, and he has studied its people and places for over 40 years. Anthony and his wife Barbara are War Between the States living historians, and are involved in historic site preservation.

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar, Dr. SETI travels the world, making the search for life in space accessible to audiences as diverse as humanity itself.

A retired academic, Prof. Shuch serves the nonprofit, membership-supported SETI League as Executive Director Emeritus (all work and no pay makes Jack a poor prof.), coordinating its science mission and delivering hundreds of Dr. SETI (R) presentations since 1994, to thousands of enthusiasts, in dozens of countries on six continents. (He'd like to make that a clean sweep, if ever he has an opportunity to lecture to the penguins.)

At college campuses, science centers, public lecture halls, and on television and radio, Dr. SETI's unique mix of science and song seeks to educate as well as entertain. He compels the listener to contemplate a fundamental question, which has haunted humankind since first we realized that the points of light in the night sky are other suns:

Are We Alone?

Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and anthologist. Over 90 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, IGMS, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and many other 'zines and anthologies. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and the finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. His collection, "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories" and novella "H. G. Wells, Secret Agent" were published in 2015.

Alex is the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects, an annual anthology series of humorous SF/F, as well as several other anthologies including the recently published Humanity 2.0 from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick and the upcoming The Cackle of Cthulhu from Baen Books.

His published fiction is linked at www.alexshvartsman.com

Joe Siclari

A fan since 1965, Joe Siclari started reading science fiction a decade earlier with Murray Leinster’s Forgotten Planet. Joe has been active in almost every aspect of fandom: he published over 100 fanzines, plus many convention publications, started several SF clubs and founded conventions including SMOFcon, Tropicon and FanHistoricon. Joe chaired MagiCon, the 50th Worldcon in 1992, and has worked on over 250 other conventions. In 2005, Joe was elected as DUFF delegate, and in 2016, he was a recipient of the fannish Big Heart Award.

Joe’s long-time SF interest is fanhistory. He has written about fandom for science fiction reference books. He co-edited the Hugo nominated Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches with Mike Resnick and published Harry Warner’s A Wealth of Fable. Since 1994 he has chaired the FANAC Fan History Project which has put over 20,000 pages of photos, fanzines and other memorabilia online at http://fanac.org and sponsors the online Fancyclopedia 3. Joe has an enormous collection of fan publications and a museum of fannish memorabilia, parts of which have been exhibited at many Worldcons and other conventions since 1989.

Frank Sicurella

Legends of the Interwebs is a collection of three nerds; Frank, Brian, and Paul who vow to live up to their name.

Frank: Self proclaimed Iron Chef, Puzzle Fighter World Champion, and believes Shinji did nothing wrong.

Brian : Just a lost cause, nothing to see here folks.

Paul: Is in fact a figment of our imagination, a figment who can really work a coconut bra though.

David Silverman

David Silverman is the President of American Atheists, the nation's premier nonprofit organization for nonreligious people, and Author of Fighting God; an Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World (St. Martin's, December '15). Mr. Silverman has been a guest on such TV programs as The O'Reilly factor, Hannity and Colmes, Paula Zahn Now, and Fox and Friends, and has published articles in the NY Times and USA Today, among others. Mr. Silverman was also Chair and Executive Producer of the Reason Rally, the largest atheist event in world history.

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 50-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including "The Darren" (2009, Witch Way to the Mall?, Friesner, ed), "Sappy Meals" (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed), "The Bionic Mermaid Returns (2014, With Great Power, French, ed.), "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman, 2016, Altered States of the Union, Hauman, ed.), and "A Scandal in the Bloodline" (2016, Baker Street Irregulars, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.). In 2013, she was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for her story, "The Six Million Dollar Mermaid" (Mermaids 13, French, ed). In the "real" world, she is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Sivantos, Inc.

Mark Singer

Gaming Suite Staff

David Sklar

David Sklar grew up in Michigan, where the Michipeshu nibbled his toes on the days when the lake was feeling frisky. His various publications include fiction in Nightmare and Strange Horizons, poetry in Ladybug and Stone Telling, and humor and satire in McSweeney's and Knights of the Dinner Table. David lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two barbarians, and a secondhand familiar, all of whom he almost manages to support as a freelance writer and editor.
For more about David and his work, please visit http://davidwriting.com

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer with AXON Communications, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives in New York along with his ramen soup.

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord, a short story collection Seven ‘til Sunrise, and The Diary of Jill Woodbine: an LGBTQ coming-of-age New Adult novel about life and love in the zombie apocalypse. Jay holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and is very open to opportunities that will help pay back those student loans. www.JaySmithAudio.com.

Pam Smith

Pam Smith is a native of Dallas, Texas, and studied vocal performance focusing on opera and musical theater. She studied political science where she focused on civil rights and civil liberties. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in human services where her focus is on the LGBTQ community. She has been cosplaying for several years and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Avengers which is a cosplay group that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in central Pennsylvania. Pam is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a mother and grandmother.

T. Patrick Snyder

I have a degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from Temple University, and have 3 years of graduate level work at Eastern New Mexico University in the field of Archaeology. I have studied many cultures and languages from around the world and throughout history.

Kristyn Souder

Kristyn is happy to return to Philcon to present her thoughts on anime, gaming, fantasy, sci-fi, con-running, and all things geek. In addition to heading the Anime Track at Philcon, she is the Director of Communications for Zenkaikon, a local anime convention. Her hobbies include watching anime; reading manga, fantasy, and science fiction novels; and playing her half elf druid on EverQuest 2.

Tim Souder

Tim is a long time fan of science fiction and anime. He is sits on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer of Zenkaikon (another local anime and science fiction convention). He has read all of the science fiction novels by Asimov and Clarke, and numerous other series. He has watched over a hundred anime series from the classics (such as Space Battleship Yamoto, Bubblegum Crisis, Cowboy Bepop) to the modern (such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, Sword Art Online, and many others).
Tim has participated in panels at Philcon for the last five years, and is currently co-chairing the Philcon Anime track with his wife, Kristyn for the fifth year.
In the real world, Tim has his Masters degree in Computer Science from Drexel University. He currently works as a software engineer.

Mary Spila

Mary Spila is not your stereotypical, mild-mannered librarian. She is an active member in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The spins her own yard, knits, and does tablet weaving. She reads everything within visual range. Current favorites are mixed genre fiction, History, and anything else that catches her eye.

Harold Stein

Harold is a computer tech in his day job, but usually can be found in the filk room recording the concerts and open filks.

Harold is running filk for the sixth time at Philcon. (This year, in person!)

Harold's web page - http://www.floatingfilk.com

Edie Stern

Recently retired from a 40+ year career in information technology, Edie Stern is now the webmaster for FANAC.ORG, the website focused on Fan History. An inventor on 180 issued US patents, in 2012, she was the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Kate Gleason Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has also been a science fiction fan for more than 45 years and is a recipient of the 2016 Big Heart Award. Edie has done her share of fanac, writing and editing fanzines, and working dozens of conventions from program to exhibits as well as chairing. She loves and collects SF&F books and their cover art. When not working on FANAC.ORG, she enthusiastically pursues other hobbies including yoga, spinning (the fiber kind) and knitting.

Ann Stolinsky

Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company. Three of her games are currently in the marketplace: “MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.” Her website is www.gontzagames.com. She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit www.geminiwordsmiths.com for more information and testimonials.

Ann is an Assistant Editor at Red Sun Magazine, www.redsunmagazine.com, and she reviews books for Amazing Stories Magazine, an online sci-fi magazine found at www.amazingstoriesmag.com. Her most recent publishing credit is a poem in the Fall 2015 issue of Space and Time Magazine. She is a graduate of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s short story writing class. Ann is a member of the Writers Coffeehouse, and the writing critique group located at Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA.

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's "Learner's Permit to Kill." His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn run an educational publishing company, and while she is the brains of the outfit, she allowed him to co-author MOVIES AS LITERATURE. Among his recent publications are six short poems that appeared in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE this year. Richard is also proud to be considered a nemesis by scholars of a certain religious group because of his published discoveries concerning a "curious manuscript" found in Detroit in 1823. Oh, and his singing voice has been heard by hundreds of thousands: Howard Stern once played one of Richard's song parodies on the air.

Jim Stratton

Bio of James R. Stratton

Jim Stratton is a chameleon. By day, he is a mild-mannered government lawyer, and lives with his wife and children in southern Delaware. But he's been an avid fan of speculative fiction all his life, and began writing genre fiction 20+ years ago. In recent years he's been forging his dark alter ego of genre fiction author through publication of his tales in venues like Nth Degree Ezine and Bigpulp.com; anthologies like Rum & Runestones (2012), Fantastic Futures 13 (2013) and Bad Ass Fairies IV (2014). He danced in the light when his stories appeared in 2015 & 2016 in the Nth Degree #24 & 27, a further step in his master plan. His final reveal will come with publication of his novel "Loki's Gambit", when he will step into the light of day, triumphant.

Ian Randal Strock

Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz): a publisher of new and reprint sf and fantasy. As a writer, his fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and his nonfiction has much wider distribution (including "Ranking the First Ladies" and "Ranking the Vice Presidents," which Carrel Books published this summer). For everything Ian, see www.IanRandalStrock.com.

Ginny Swann

Long time Sci-Fi fan and annual participant of Philcon since 2000. Big time gamer girl, she and her husband John now manage the gaming suite. Ginny is also an actress/singer.

John Swann

John has been coming to Philcon for over 20 years. He met his wife at a Philcon and together they decided to create the Gaming Suite.

Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick was guest of honor at this year's Worldcon. He has received the Hugo Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Grand Roscon Awards and His work has been translated and published throughout the world.

His novels include DANCING WITH BEARS, STATIONS OF THE TIDE, JACK FAUST, THE IRON DRAGON'S DAUGHTER, BONES OF THE EARTH and THE DRAGONS OF BABEL. He most recent novel is CHASING THE PHOENIX and his most recent collection is NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT.

Swanwick lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.

Joe Turner

John Vaughan

John Vaughan is not only an award-winning short filmmaker and screenwriter but also the founder of the Golden Blasters short film festival, now heading into its eighth year and is the only film festival in Ireland dedicated to the genres of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy. John also made a little bit of Irish Media history with his TV pilot "Victory" which was the first hard core Science fiction commissioned by RTE (Irish TV) in its fifty-year history.

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits of the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the forthcoming "Baker Street Irregulars" with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including "Dreamers in Hell", "The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives", "Dance Like a Monkey" and "Rum and Runestones."

Although last year, he gained 15 minutes of fame primarily for being the "guy who predicted the Hodor plotline."

Michael is one of the founders of the biggest fantasy medieval live action roleplaying group in North America and currently runs the Alliance LARP. His Rule Books and Players Guides are available in all formats.

He is also the founder of Animato which, in the late 80s, was the first major magazine dedicated to animated films. He has been quoted as an animation expert in Entertainment Weekly and in various books.

At his website (MichaelAVentrella.com) he interviews other authors, editors, agents and publishers to get advice for the starting author. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.

Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's Who in Entertainment in America." He assisted in the preparation of Warner Bros. premiere DVD release of "King Kong" (1933), was the subject of a lengthy interview by the prestigious Sci-Fantasy web site, "The Thunder Child," appears on camera in the documentary "Kreating Karloff," and has written the liner notes for the booklet accompanying its DVD release.

He has worked for fourteen years in local television and radio, appeared as a guest speaker at The Philadelphia Art Museum, and both programmed and appeared as a guest on stage at a major film festival for the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and at the sixtieth anniversary "King Kong" celebration at Chicago's venerable Gateway Theater in conjunction with Turner Entertainment. His work has appeared in such publications as "Cinemacabre," "Midnight Marquee, and "Penny Dreadful," and has been featured in such books as "The Girl In The Hairy Paw," "King Kong Cometh," "Dracula: The First Hundred Years," "Memories Of Hammer," " and "The Man Who Collected Psychos: Critical Essays On Robert Bloch."

He was nominated for a Rondo Award in 2010 for an affectionate remembrance of his forty five year friendship with Forrest J. Ackerman..."The Most Famous Monster Of Them All," as well as subsequent Rondo Award nominations for his remembrances of personal friends, Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen, and will appear in a new film documentary from acclaimed director Paul Davids. He was inducted into The International Association Of Film Music Critics early in 2011 and, in the Spring of that same year, wrote and delivered a live three hour lecture to a film studies school in Western Pennsylvania on The History Of Motion Picture Music. He is also the subject of a forthcoming, feature length, motion picture documentary entitled Steve Vertlieb: The Man Who "Saved" The Movies...currently filming on both coasts, and scheduled for film festival release in 2017.

Steve Vertlieb is the recipient of The "Rondo" Lifetime Achievement "Hall Of Fame" Award, presented in June, 2016 by David Colton, former Editor In Chief of U.S.A. Today.

Michael J. Walsh

Michael J. Walsh once chaired a Worldcon. His first convention was Disclave 1969. His second was Philcon 1969. Too many since then ... For his publishing of Howard Waldrop he won a World Fantasy Award in 2009.

David Walton

David Walton is the author of the 2015 quantum physics murder mysteries SUPERPOSITION and SUPERSYMMETRY. He won the Philip K. Dick award for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND, in 2009. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children. By day, he works as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. Find out more about his books and ideas at http://www.davidwaltonfiction.com.

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat!"

Vicki Warren

Vicki Warren is a costumer who in her day job calculates the risk of breaking nuclear plants and other fun scenarios. She has run local and worldcon level masquerades and competes in them when not running them.

Robert E. Waters

Robert E Waters has been writing professionally since 2003 with his first publication in WEIRD TALES. Since then, he has published over 35 sf/fantasy stories in both print and online magazines and anthologies. He is also a frequent contributor to The Grantville Gazette, Eric Flint's online magazine dedicated to stories set in Baen Books' Ring of Fire alternate history series. Robert also published his first novel in 2014 titled "The Wayward Eight", a weird wild west tale set in the Wild West Exodus gaming universe. He live in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, and their son Jason.

Diane Weinstein

Diane Weinstein was assistant editor and art director for Weird Tales magazine for about 15 years. She's also worked for Wildside Press and is currently the art editor for SPACE AND TIME magazine. She is also a well-known party person, having thrown parties for Phrolicon, Magicon, and assisted with Philcon SFWA parties back in the good old days.

Lee Weinstein

Michele Weinstein

Joan Wendland

Joan Wendland is a game designer, an engineer, and the owner of Blood and Cardstock Games. Joan has designed card games, live action role playing games, and honest to God war games for the US government. In addition she is starting to write novels. Check her out at www.blood-and-Cardstock.com or www.zoo-illuminati.com

Fran Wilde

Philadelphia-area author Fran Wilde is the Andre Norton-, and Compton Crook Award-winning and Nebula-nominated author of Updraft and its sequel Cloudbound. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. Her novella The Jewel and Her Lapidary is available from Tor.com Publishing.

Her interview series Cooking the Books–about the intersection between food and fiction–has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, iTunes, and on her blog, franwilde.wordpress.com.

Fran writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook @franwildewrites.

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life." More information can be found at her author site: alycewilson.com.

Steve Wilson

STEVEN H. WILSON is the creator of the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as the author of two novels spawned by the series Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion. He is also the author of Peace Lord of the Red Planet and three short stories for the ReDeus series from Crazy 8 Press. He has written for DC Comics and Starlog, and is publisher for the Maryland-based Firebringer Press, whose seventh and latest book, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, collects tales of science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal by Mid-Atlantic authors.

Dave Wilson III

Dave III has been participating in Anime Fandom for over twenty years, collecting stories and observations from his quiet little corner near the tape library. He is a delightful and charming addition to any panel, willing to render opinions and amusing anecdotes reasonably germane to the subject at hand.

Amy is a voice actress, best known for the role of Nova in Seasons 1 and 2 of Star Blazers. She also had the pleasure of voicing Miranda in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA. Most recently she has been recording and producing audio books from her home studio. Amy and Dave share a lovely home in Virginia with 5 fabulous felines!

F. M. Yates

If you've bought comics on South St. in Philadelphia in the past 30 (?) years, then you've probably bought them from Michael.
Owner of Atomic City Comics, on South St. (The coolest street in Philadelphia) Michael has been the local Comic Book pusher for decades.
Writer and performer for the Comedy group Iron In Our Thighs Productions (1995-2004) he worked on the kiddie show satire 'Hellorama', the video 'Comic Book Pajama Party', and the radio play 'Santa Vs. Dracula' with his longtime writing partner the Late Great Martin King.
He was also the Head writer and Director of the webseries 'Forever Wednesday' (2010-12) that he co created with Victoria Kopesky.

Jeff Young

Jeff Young is a bookseller first and a writer second – although he wouldn’t mind a reversal of fortune.
He is an award winning author who contributed to the anthologies: Writers of the Future v.26, By Any Means, Best Laid Plans, Dogs of War, In an Iron Cage, Fantastic Futures 13, Clockwork Chaos, TV Gods, The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson and Gaslight and Grimm. Jeff’s work was also published in the magazines eSteampunk, Realms, Cemetery Moon, Trail of Indiscretion, Realms Beyond, Carbon14 and Neuronet. He is an editor with Fortress Publishing for their Drunken Comic Book Monkey line as well as the anthology TV Gods.
Jeff has helped run the Watch the Skies SF&F Reading Group of Harrisburg and Camp Hill for more than fifteen years. Finally, Jeff is also the proprietor of the online eBay and Etsy shops- Helm Haven, which produce Renaissance and Steampunk costume pieces.