Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. 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 three 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.

Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.

Her recent publications are available in Fireside Fiction, Apex Magazine, 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, and a 2015 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".

Ken Altabef

An active SFWA member, Ken's short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, BuzzyMag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and others. His latest YA fantasy, GIANT SLAYERS, was released last year. His first short story collection FORTUNE'S FANTASY is published by Cat's Cradle Press. ALAANA'S WAY is his arctic fantasy series. Please visit 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 riding horses, taking ballet classes, traveling (mostly to the UK), and reading only books she actually enjoys. 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.

Lisa Ashton

Lisa Ashton is a SF/Fantasy/Historical costumer living in Harpers Ferry, WV. At Philcon 2010 she and Sandy Swank won BIS wtih "The Letter", a re-creation of the famous Civil War letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah early in the war. She has also done a humorous but historically accurate re-creation of Lizzie Borden. This past Arisia she appeared as Mother in "Three-fold Goddess" which was awarded BIS in the Masquerade, as well as "Sweet 16's" at Balticon, an homage to 2016.

She founded Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show, and collects antique photographs and tintypes, as well as authentic garments and material culture from the Victorian era. She loves Czech glass beads, andhas done buying trips to the Czech Republic. She is a Physician Assistant in mundane life, and also loves quilting, hunting and the outdoors. She has two adult children, Tommy and Celia, and now a grandson, Jonathon, who just turned 7.

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.

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!

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, the 2007 Browncoat Ball in Philadelphia, PA, and the 2017 Browncoat Ball in Gettysburg, PA. When it comes to organizing fandom events, Matt Black is a repeat offender. We repeat, he will offend again.

JJ Brannon

While at MIT, JJ studied biophysics and molecular biology/genetics. He worked for 25 years in R&D for a thinlayer chromatography manufacturer where he designed a TLC/DNAgram reader. He was a registered lobbyist for Family Law Reform advocating modernization of Delaware's paternity testing laws. For several years he supplied answers on eye color inheritance for the Franklin Institute "Living Things" website.

A comic collector for 50 years, he wrote DC Comics in the middle of the Watchman series warning that Alan Moore was cribbing from "The Outer Limits". JJ's 1977 unique outwitting of the "Star Trek" computer game's "Impossible Survival" scenario in MIT's computer labs anticipated Kirk's solution to Star Fleet's "Kabayashi Maru" in "Wrath of Khan".

JJ contributed to Michael F. Flynn's 2007 Hugo-nominated novelette "The Dawn, the Sunset, and All the Colours of the Earth".

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. Sheis an USA Today best seller and 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.

Dr. Cabral has also teamed up with old friend and fellow psychologist, Joe Cautilli, and several other scribes (including Joe's 12 year-old daughter and writing partner, with whom he published the "Zombies Vs. Robots" series) on a number of linked, world-sharing Cyberpunk stories, novellas, and novels, a few of which have recently been accepted for publication (Watch This Space....).

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.

Andy Campbell

Fantasy / SF fan and gamer for over thirty years. Major interests are swords & sorcery, sword & planet, space opera, military sci fi, and the intersections between literature, film, TV and gaming in fantasy and science fiction.

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

Having followed the paths of story through way too much education, Prose is most happy where stories come back into the body: embodied cognition and dance. She is currently teaching Psychology, Latin, Writing, and Mythology to hapless high school students in Silver Spring, MD.

James Chambers

James Chambers is the author of the original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, which won a Bram Stoker Award. He is also 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." 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.

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates and the Norns for shiny but useless 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.

Aaron Clark

Aaron, who goes by "The Eva Monkey" online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for over fifteen years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he's been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, has co-founded EvaGeeks.org, and serves as senior moderator of the Evangelion subreddit at Reddit.com/r/Evangelion. Recently, he's been making videos sporadically on his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/EvaMonkey.

Aaron has contributed commentary as a guest on numerous podcasts, and as an occasional contributor to Otaku USA Magazine. For more than a decade, Aaron has presented dozens of panels at fan conventions all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. In particular, he has been a fan panelist for Otakon for fifteen consecutive years. His panels are often on the subject of Evangelion, but also pertain to his other interests, such as video games, fuse beads, new media, and more.

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.

Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and served as editor for the scifi anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in Essex County, NJ, with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ is now at work on a top secret project, and a new SciFi series featuring his hard boiled detective Angela Hardwicke.

For more on Russ’s books, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, www.crazy8press.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor.

Russ encourages you to email him at authorduderuss@gmail.com

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.

Elizabeth Crowens

Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name for a veteran writer who is a regular contributor to Blackgate.com. A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Facebook: Books by Elizabeth Crowens

Silent Meridian is Elizabeth Crowens’ first novel. It won First Prize in the 2016 Goethe Awards for Turn of the Century Historical Fiction and came in as a Finalist in the 2016 Paranormal, Ozma, Cygnus and Eric Hoffer Awards. It is available at selected retail bookstores such as The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. You can also order it online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Her two other novels have publication dates TBD.

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.

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.

Ef Deal

Ef Deal publishes fantasy, SF, and horror, mostly in small doses. Her work has been published in Eternity Online, The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots: Daily Genre Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Silver Blade Magazine.

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 Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three; the Super City Cops novellas Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities; the novels Mermaid Precinct and A Furnace Sealed; the graphic novel Icarus; and contributions to the anthologies Nights of the Living Dead, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Baker Street Irregulars Volumes 1 & 2, TV Gods: Summer Programming, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, Outside In Makes It So, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds, and Mine!: A Celebration of Freedom and Liberty For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood. Keith writes about pop culture for Tor.com, including reviews of various TV shows in the Star Trek, Marvel, Stargate, and Batman franchises, as well as a weekly look at superhero movies. Learn more online at DeCandido.net.

Samuel Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, the first African-American to receive this honor. His science fiction novels include: The Fall of the Towers, Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for best novel of 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova, Dhalgren (his best selling and most controversial novel), and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. He also wrote the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series, which includes the first novel written about AIDS (The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals [1984], currently contained in the third volume Flight from Nevèrÿon) from a major American publisher. His short science fiction tales are collected in Aye and Gomorrah, and Other Stories. He's also the author of Atlantis: Three Tales. His non-sf novel Dark Reflections won the Stonewall Book Award for 2008. For eleven years, he taught Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, then for two years in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, and Creative Writing and English for fifteen years at Temple University in Philadelphia until his retirement in 2015. He was born in New York City on April 1, 1942. His family owned a mortuary in Harlem. His autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water, also received a Hugo Award, and his nonfiction study, Times Square Red/Times Square Blue, has been widely taught at universities across the country.
Delany's first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was finished and sold when he was nineteen and published when he was twenty. By age 26, he had won four Nebula Awards. In 1967, briefly he explored a career as a musician with the band Heavenly Breakfast. When he returned to science fiction in 1970, his books became more intellectually challenging. Dhalgren was followed by Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia in 1976. It was nominated for a Nebula Award (1976) and shortlisted for a retrospective James Tiptree Jr. Award (1995). He gave the keynote addresses at the 1991 International Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference and at the 1993 Outwrite convention. As a child, he was reportedly fascinated with math and science as well as books, theatre, and music. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia with his life-partner Dennis Rickett. His most recent sf short story is “The Hermit of Houston” in the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His short novel The Atheist in the Attic will appear in February from PM Press.
Samuel Delany is the subject of the documentary The Polymath, by Fred Barney Taylor. He is also the author of a number of nonfiction volumes of essays on science fiction and literature, all of which remain in print, for which you can consult his Wiki page. All of his friends call him Chip, and he invites you all to do the same.

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. His new novel comes out next year.

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is the author of a contemporary fantasy trilogy from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician-soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way, the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of America's past. In the final book, War and Craft (Sept. 2017), it's Armageddon in Shangri-La, and the end of the world as we know it.
Some of Tom’s award-winning short fiction is collected in The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories. He writes in a spooky turret in Washington, DC. You can find the text and audio of many of his stories on his website: www.tomdoyleauthor.com

Ty Drago

Ty Drago is the author of the critically acclaimed UNDERTAKERS series for middle grade. The first book, RISE OF THE CORPSES, has been adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Reddick of FINAL DESTINATION FAME.

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 nearly twenty 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.

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.

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).

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, science, and costuming 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.

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 was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked in various capacities for several Worldcons including 2018's in San Jose.

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.

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 the novelette "Three Can Keep a Secret..." in the March-April 2017 Asimov's Magazine. His previous Asimov's 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

Marc Glasser


Alan Gordon

Novelist, lyricist, librettist, and storyteller, Alan has just brought out his first full-length werewolf book, WHERE WEREWOLVES FEAR TO TREAD, from Thurston Howl Publications. The book continues the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, werewolf and former Special Ops soldier, now a trainer of elite guard dogs. Sam made his debut in the anthology, WEREWOLVES AND MISTLETOE, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. Alan is also the author of the Fools’ Guild Mysteries from St. Martin’s Minotaur Books. His short fiction, covering many genres, has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Alan’s musical theater work has been performed across the country and won him numerous awards. He was recently selected for the York Theatre’s 2017 NEO program in NYC. He is a multiple StorySlam winner at the Moth, and has been featured on their Radio Hour on NPR. For more, see www.alan-gordon.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 his New Age Trilogy that he promises will enlighten and entertain the reader with a bit of Space Age philosophy.

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. His "book-length fiction" Dragonhenge, illustrated by Bob Eggleton, was shortlisted for a Hugo Award in 2003; its successor was The Stardragons. His most recent story collection is Tell No Lies (2014).

In nonfiction, he has coedited (with John Clute) The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and written The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters (three editions) and A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir, the largest encyclopedia of the subject published to date. His loose-knit series begun with Discarded Science and continued with Corrupted Science, Bogus Science and Denying Science has earned much acclaim; an expanded edition of Corrupted Science is due in spring. 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 and for a number of years ran the world-famous fantasy-artbook imprint Paper Tiger, for this work earning a Chesley Award and a World Fantasy Award nomination. He runs the website Noirish.


Terry Steiner Sisk Graybill

Long-time moderator of the PSFS Hugo Review Panel (shhh – 37 years, but who’s counting), Terry was raised from earliest childhood on a steady diet of mythology, fairy tales and fantasy, moving into science fiction along the way. She taught science fiction and fantasy for six years at a local Philadelphia-area high school, has painted and drawn SF works, is active in fandom, particularly PSFS and Philcon. She was part of the Philly in ‘86 bid and the later successful bid for the 2001 worldcon, The Millenium Philcon, where she headed the Communications Division. She ran the main program track of the 1986 worldcon in Atlanta. She has worked on publicity and publications for Philcons, PSFS, bids and other non-SF-related organizations. She was the first recipient of PSFS’s Oswald Train Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Society. Professionally, she is a graphic designer, editor and marketing communications specialist. She has been designing and producing the Philcon bookmarks, postcards and program book for several years.

Justine Graykin

Justine Graykin is a writer and free-lance philosopher sustained by her deep, abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway), and the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device. She lives, writes and putters around her home in rural New Hampshire, occasionally disappearing into the White Mountains with a backpack. Author of Archimedes Nesselrode, a whimsical romantic fantasy written for adults who are weary of adult books (Double Dragon, 2013), her musings appear regularly in the Concord Monitor (the newspaper of NH's state capitol) and on her website at justinegraykin.wordpress.com. Although she writes in different genres, as well as non-fiction essays, science fiction is her first love. James Patrick Kelly called her SF novel, Awake Chimera (Double Dragon, 2015), “a winner!” Her latest SF release is Eloise and Avalon, a zen time travel romance.

April Grey

April Grey's 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; Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts as well as Hell's Bells: 15 Tales of Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments. She is also the author of two urban fantasies: Chasing the Trickster and St. Nick's Favor.
She is a member of Broad Universe and HWA. Author.to/aprilgrey

Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time freelance writer. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (a 2015 Locus Award nominee, selected for the current SFWA Fantasy Bundle) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her hundreds of stories, columns, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of magazines, newspapers and journals. She has traveled on assignment throughout the world to all the continents (including three trips to Antarctic), plus many exotic islands (such as Papua New Guinea and Madagascar), covering a wide diversity of cultures and traditions. Her far-ranging experiences flavor her stories and presentations with a sense of wonder and otherliness, plus a healthy dose of common sense. A popular speaker who has appeared in venues large and small throughout North America, as well as on radio and TV, Sally also has a reputation for stimulating open, honest discussions about creativity, storytelling, the business of writing, and the nature of bias and prejudice. Member of SFWA and The Authors Guild. (www.Grotta.net)

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".

Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern is a Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than a dozen popular science books about space, time and the cosmos. His most recent books include "The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality," "Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat," and "Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond." He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Future Quest, Radio Times, and The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special

Elektra Hammond

Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies & edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science fiction conventions, she travels the world judging cat shows. Her latest story "Two Horses," can be found in TV Gods: Summer Programming edited by Jeff Young and Lee C. Hillman.
Elektra is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and an associate member of SFWA. She lives in Delaware with her husband, Mike, and more than the usual allotment of felines.
You can find her on Facebook (Elektra Hammond), Twitter (elektraUM), LiveJournal (elektra_h), g+ (Elektra Hammond), and building her website at http://www.untilmidnight.com.

Michael Hammond

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 seventeen 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 musician 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 and anime opening and closing themes to various sci-fi topics like Back to the Future, and time travel.

Orenthal Hawkins

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

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.

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.

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's also a two time winner of the prestigious Niche award, as has been the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon and Heliosphere.

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.

Heidi 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 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 (at 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 Studio V.O.I.C.E., a family friendly, full service audio recording company. My current project is narrating/producing "Hollins Heir", the first in a trilogy by L.G. Ransom. 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 26 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 (189 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.

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.

Carol Johnson

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Gaming track.

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, hard and soft sciences, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.

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 last 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.

Jer Keene

Jer Keene lives in Maine and would desperately like to live in Florida again. (Send help.) The author shares living space with a mate, their two Podlings who are approaching terrifying-teenage-years, five cats, and the author’s Henchperson. The author has been actively writing since age fifteen. Despite hearing nothing except, “That’s nice, dear” throughout adolescence, the author kept doing both, because crazy people keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

The author is also a part-time artist who likes flamethrowers and can cannons. Sometimes emits caustic sounds. Should be approached with caution. Updates on upcoming projects and confirmation that the author is still alive can be found at jer-keene@tumblr.com. (Is also known in some circles as flamethrower. Shhh.)

Steam Cat Kimono

Steam Cat Kimono is the kimono-loving, cat-obsessed, nerdy steampunk your mother warned you about.

Kim Kindya

Kim Kindya is a freelance web content manager, editor, writer, event planner and costumer. She has worked at the SoHo ArtHouse (formerly the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art) in New York City, where she hosted the successful AniMiniCon SoHo anime convention. She has also been a producer for several interactive digital products, such as the "The Star Trek Encyclopedia," "Farscape: The Game," and the 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" 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.

Tess Kissinger

30 years ago at Philcon 1980 - Tess Kissinger met Bob Walters, and the rest, as they say, is history. Actually, paleontology. Tess and Bob are two of the most famous dinosaur artists in the world. Recently they were chosen by the US National Park Service to paint the 80 foot long mural at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado.

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Escape Velocity, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science fact. An avid Sherlockian, she is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Sherlockian society The Ancient Order of Free Sherlockians and the head of Media Programming for Philcon, at which she has also been a panelist since 2014.

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’s lifelong interest in science was sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great to resist and Larry went back to school and earned his PhD at Rutgers University where he taught genetics and published original research looking at proteins involved in allowing synapses to become stronger or weaker. He has also taught at Drew University, and currently teaches varied biology courses at Raritan Valley, a nationally recognized community college in NJ. A frequent guest at Science fiction conventions, he has spoken on topics including scientific accuracy in fiction, science education, gene testing, ethics/trends in biology, and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains.

Chris Kreuter

An engineer who has over a decade of experience in the rail transportation industry. On the side, loves creating in all its forms. Was a founding member of board game design and publishing group Masquerade Games, having co-designed Epigo back in 2011. He is also a science fiction writer, who released his first book, The Intergalactic Adventures of the Rainy River Bees, this October. Oh, and he also plays the banjo...badly. Learn more about him at www.chriskreuter.com

Dotty Kurtz

Host of our non-denomination Sunday morning services.

Dina Leacock

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories, Season’s Of Fear, due out in late 2017.
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.
Having recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she is co-owner a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her husband and her cat on the edge of the Pine Barrens (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 1975 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.

Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) - the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical fiction as well as science fiction. His stories and novels have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Edgar, Prometheus, and Audie Awards. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012), McLuhan in an Age of Social Media (2015), Fake News in Real Context (2016), and Cyber War and Peace (2017), have been translated into twelve languages. He co-edited Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion in 2016. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, NPR, and numerous TV and radio programs. His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He was President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, 1998-2001. He reviews television in his InfiniteRegress.tv blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009.

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.

Debby Lieven

Former copywriter and long-time member of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Debby Lieven, infiltrated the Northern borders in the pursuit of education and superior snuggles. She has also been a writer and proofreader. Her biggest project was for the "Netbook of Witches and Warlocks" for the D20 System. Her life ambition is to be a professional loafer.

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 will be appearing in Baker Street Irregulars vol. 2. due out early next year.

Arthur Lobdell

Began playing and GMing RPGs in 1977. Currently serves as Paizo Venture Captain for New Jersey. Formerly served as Regional Venture Captain for the Northeast, USA. Paizo Five Star PFS GM – One Nova -GM - Starfinder. Attended Gencon since 1983. 1995 RPGA Gencon – First Place Horror GM. Active in the RPGA -1984-2006 as Paragon Player/GM. RPG Convention organizer 1984-current. Commander on the USS Justice Starfleet International.


Lynati is a freelance writer, artist, costumer, and event organizer in the Philadelphia area who has just survived a third year as the head of Philcon's programming division. The last person to ask about the eels didn't do so politely; more's the pity.

Don Maitz

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".

Christopher Mayer

Christopher Mayer spends the majority of his days pretending to be robots, AIs, dragons, griffons, and the occasional human while narrating audio books. He designs games in his spare time and designed the game behind the upcoming Puatera Online series of LitRPG novels, by Dawn Chapman.

Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of Spliced, a near-future YA science fiction thriller from Holiday House Books that Kirkus calls, “Timely, thrilling, and more than a little scary.” He is currently working on books 2 and 3 in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed ecological thrillers Drift, Deadout, and Dust Up, from Tor/Forge Books, and The Dead Ring, based on the hit TV show, The Blacklist. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is the author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, from Penguin Books. When not writing fiction he works as a freelance writer, editor, and story consultant. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, as well as cohost of The Liars Club Oddcast. Find him at on Twitter at @JonMcGoran, at facebook.com/jonmcgoran/ or at www.jonmcgoran.com.

Seanan McGuire

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.

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 tenth 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

Frank O'Brien

Frank O'Brien is a spaceflight historian, primarily as a researcher for the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal. He is the author of The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation (Springer, 2010). He has long been involved with museums, most notably the Cradle of Aviation (Long Island) and the Infoage Science and History Center (Wall, NJ). Frank has lectured on space topics as a JPL Solar System Ambassador at NASA conferences, colleges and computer expos.

Gene Olmstead

Runs Philcon's Con Suite, and makes a wicked cup of tea.

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino is a thirty-seven year veteran of the entertainment industry. As a producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions include: MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, and Celebrity Face-Off (AKA) The Wrong Coast. He also wrote and directed The Halloween Pranksta with co-producer Mark Hamill, of Star Wars fame, who also acted as a voice talent for the production. As an author, his Young Adult novels include Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune, and The Secret of the Cybersapiens. The first book of his horror novel series is titled, Virgin Falls: Worst Vacation Ever and the second book in the series is titled, Virgin Falls: The Return of the Woodsman. Carl is a professor at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, teaching Stop-Motion Animation, Special Makeup FX, and Body Casting as an Art Form.

James Prego

Dr. 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. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions of biology and technology, how natural ways of healing fit in a sci-fi/high-tech world, and many other topics both science 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.

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 eSpec's Beyond the Cradle; Defending The Future; 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. In addition to writing, Peter enjoys history, scuba diving, backpacking, and languages.


Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. 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 sociological 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 has been 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 have also moderated quite 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 the Baltimore City housing department.
I've been in two horror films, one as a featured player. (Lines, baby, Lines!)
I also do general commission pieces and volunteer art work.

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

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority, while inculcating curiosity, Equanimity, loyalty, physicality and a Relentless pursuit of practical knowledge. Surround with literally peerless family and friend love and affection, seasoned with hardship, triumph and gratitude. Currently consulting in IT and Rapid Prototyping for a multinational, like something out of a science fiction novel... Also a former President of PSFS, and a former Chair of Philcon.

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, Malice in Manatas, is a mystery set in an Alternate Universe, best described as "Last of the Mohicans 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.

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, #1 bestselling novelist, children's book author, and game designer. His novels include the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-in work contains novels for Star Trek, Warhammer, World of WarCraft, and Eureka. He has written children's books, including the original series Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles, the award-winning Bandslam: The Junior Novel, and the #1 best-selling 42: The Jackie Robinson Story. Aaron has also written educational books on a variety of topics and over seventy roleplaying games, such as the original games Asylum, Spookshow, and Chosen, work for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight, Pinnacle, and many others, and both the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets and the Gold ENnie-winning Lure of the Lich Lord. He is the co-creator of the ReDeus series, and one of the founders of Crazy 8 Press. Aaron lives in New York with his family. You can follow him online at gryphonrose.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/gryphonrose, and on Twitter @gryphonrose.

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.

Michael Ryan

Mike Ryan has been a fan of science fiction ever since the age of six. As he grew older, he's expanded his love of the genre into gaming and anime. Naturally, he sees science fiction, gaming, and anime all as natural extensions of each other. His latest endeavor is the launching of live stream at https://twitch.tv/toanstation where he talks about various gaming and game design topics while playing video games.

Carol Salemi

Carol Salemi costumes at the Master level and has been involved in all aspects of costuming for over 30 years, trying her hand at everything from teaching, creating, and competing to judging and masquerade directing. Each competition costume usually involves some new, fun, or challenging technique that keeps it fresh. While best known for Media recreations and Native American clothing, her most recent work can be seen on TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding". Carol has enjoyed working as a medical massage therapist for 24 years, works part time for Regal Cinemas, Disney/Mosaic and Sondra Celli Designs with seasonal jobs in the Haunt Industry. She now has a growing interest in Steampunk accessories and fashion...so check out her jewelry in the art show!

Sarah Sanders

Sarah's costuming journey runs in a straight line from reenactment to LARPing to the convention costuming circuit. She likes to work on a new skill or try a new material for every new con season.

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.

Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer's 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 etc. 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), followed by 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. Next year PS Publishing will publish a two-volume retrospective collection of his best fiction.

Barbara Selletti

Barbara J. Selletti is an academic librarian, genealogist and historic researcher. She and her husband are active in the living history and historical preservation communities. Barbara has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and works with bereavement groups. She has a deep interest in parapsychology research that focuses on After Death Communications (ADC). She is currently working on a book entitled, "Multidisciplinary Investigation of Anomalous Post Mortem Experiences".

Neil Shoults

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.

Caitlin Shreiber

Caitlin is a student of robotics engineering and product design, a fan of anime and gothic horror, the baker of some of the tastiest cupcakes on the planet, and a real-life cyborg. That last development has led to her study neurobiology and genetics "for funsies" in recent years.

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 100 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 two-time finalist for the 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. His second collection is forthcoming in 2018.

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 & his wife, Edie Stern, were recipients of the fannish Big Heart Award.

Joe has a long-time SF interest is fan history. He has written about fandom for S-F reference books; 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 55,000 pages of photos, articles, fanzines and memorabilia online at FANAC.org and FANCYCLOPEDIA.org plus a Fan History Channel on YouTube.

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. Joe and Edie also collect S-F illustration art, working on 15 special exhibits at Worldcons, World Fantasy Cons and regionals.

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 51-year-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction (spaceandtimemagazine.com). She is also the author of several works of short fiction, most recently including "The Great Chasm (co-authored by David Silverman, 2016, Altered States of the Union, Hauman, ed.), "The Show Killer" (2017, TV Gods 2: Summer Programming, Young and Hillman, eds.) and "A Scandal in the Bloodline" (2016, Baker Street Irregulars, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), and "Invasive Maneuvers" (2017,Love, Murder, and Mayhem, Colchamiro, ed.) 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 the manager of Marketing and Public Relations at Sivantos, Inc.

Brian Simons

If Brian Simons were an action figure, he would come pre-equipped with a coffee cup jammed into one hand socket and an e-reader in the other. A former barista, corporate attorney, and health educator, Brian now publishes LitRPG - books that feel like video games - and there's no looking back.

Mark Singer

Gaming Suite Staff, and long-time SF fan.

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 geek noir thriller The Resurrection Pact 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

Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania 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. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. She will finish her Masters in Political Science in May 2018 where her primary focus is civil rights and liberties and equal protections. Dame Dahlia is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

T. Patrick Snyder

T. Patrick Snyder 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. He has done archaeology in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico and Idaho. He have studied many cultures and languages from around the world and throughout history.
He has written a few books promoting the use of Old English as a spoken language.

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 Vice Chair of Zenkaikon, a local anime and sci-fi 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.

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, and running the filk track for the 7th time @ Philcon.

In 2018, Harold will be the "Honored Listener" @ OVFF 34.

Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under guidance of book and magazine illustrator, Peter Caras, who was a student of Norman Rockwell, and fantasy illustrator Mark Romanoski the assistant of Tim and Greg Hildebrandt who are known for their J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" artworks of the 1970's as well as the very first "Star Wars" movie poster. After graduating, he continued his studies in fantasy illustration and digital illustration under supervision of fantasy illustrator William O' Connor. While at duCret, Luke entered many art shows where he won several awards. His winning works were displayed at the Swain's Art Gallery in Plainfield, New Jersey. Shortly after, he landed jobs for advertising and has created many paintings/murals for the Manalapan Township Television Network station and township events. He also worked in the township's Sign Department for 9+ years and was in charge of it from 2015-2017. Also, he's won various awards for many art shows including at G-Fest 22,23,and 24 (Godzilla Fest). Right now he is working on his illustrations, graphic designs, commissions, and upcoming conventions for 2018 such as G-Fest 25 (Godzilla Fest), Wonderfest 2018 and JerseyFestFari 2018. He also is accepting commissions. His website is www.kaijuillustrator.com

Edie Stern

Since retiring from a 40+ year career in information technology, Edie Stern has started the Fan History Youtube channel and been the webmaster for FANAC.ORG, the website focused on Fan History. An inventor on over 180 issued US patents, she is the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Kate Gleason Award for Lifetime Achievement. Edie has been a science fiction fan for more than 45 years and with her husband, received 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 to chair. 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 Gathering Storm Magazine, www.gatheringstormmagazine.com. Her most recent publishing credits are: a short story in the upcoming Clarendon House anthology; a short story on the With Painted Words website, http://withpaintedwords.com/view_submission.php?news_id=1169, a short story in Running Wild Press's Vol I Anthology of Stories; and 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 and a short story that appeared in ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE. Richard is also proud to be considered a nemesis by scholars of a certain religious organization 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

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.

Erwin S. Strauss

Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss got into fandom at MIT in the mid-1960s. He published the "Index to the SF Magazines 1951-1965." He caused a stir by publishing the MIT SF Society's collection of underground campus songs, and trying to import pirated textbooks. He became a fixture at East Coast cons, playing the piano at filksings. From 1974 to 1996, he published "The SF Convention Register." From 1979 to the present, he's done the "SF Conventional Calendar" for Asimov's SF. From 1975 to 1983, he published the Microfilk, a compendium of filksongs in ridiculously tiny type. Erwin is in the Filk Hall of Fame, has received the Big Heart service award, is a Fellow of the New England Science Fiction Association, and received a Special Noreascon Four Award for contribution to the fan community. He can be recognized by his iridescent "Filthy Pierre" badge badge, and his mouth-powered organ.

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 in 2016). For everything Ian, see www.IanRandalStrock.com.

Bryan Summerill

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.

Bill Sutton

Brenda Sutton

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 as their way to give back.

Virginia 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.

Nathan Thatcher

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.

Phillip Thorne

Affinities, in chronological order: LEGO bricks, SF animation, SF literature, illustration, nanotechnology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, computer science, linguistics, anime, photography, DelVaLUG. Eight years at a major international macroeconomic forecaster as a detective and defender of metadata standards. Affiliated with Philcon since 2001 as repeat children's program head, LEGO exhibit liaison, and five-time program book designer.

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. Ventrella's third novel "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He edits the "Tales from Fortannis" anthologies and the "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 2018.

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. Previous recipients include Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Lee, and Forrest J Ackerman.

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.

Robert Walters

Robert Walters has been a professional artist for twenty years. His artwork has appeared in more than a dozen museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, and in more than twenty books and innumerable magazines throughout the world, as well as television productions for PBS and the Discovery Channel, and electronic media such as Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia. He has a BFA from the Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia and has science credits from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner, Tess Kissinger.
The couple have a studio in Philadelphia where they pursue projects of all sorts which bring together art and science. Most famous for their work in paleontology, they are also involved currently in museum exhibits in robotics, and anthropology, and the history of the planet, as well as personal experiments in the computer animation of movements of extinct animals based on fossil evidence.

David Walton

David Walton is the internationally bestselling author of the 2017 science fiction thriller THE GENIUS PLAGUE and five other novels. He won the Philip K. Dick award in 2009 for his first novel, TERMINAL MIND. 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!"

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

Lee and Diane are invaluable as part of the Program Committee for PSFS. Without their knowledge of practically every author, scientist and fan in the Philadelphia area, our monthly meetings would be much less interesting. Someday we may increase their budget to a whole shoestring!

Michele Weinstein

I have worked in many convention departments (at Philcon and elsewhere ) over the years--Masquerade ( back stage, running a camera, a judge, a contestant, den mom), art show, registration, con suite, green room, tech crew, panel moderator...I also get to show bad movies, at Philcon. It doesn't get better than that!

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 close to releasing her first novel- Backstage: a novel of secret agendas, slow burn romance, and imaginary cats. Check her out at www.blood-and-Cardstock.com or www.zoo-illuminati.com

Jay Wile

Dr. Jay L. Wile holds an earned Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in nuclear chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry from the same institution. He has taught at both the university and high school levels and has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has also published more than 30 articles in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals and has 15 books to his credit, including Reasonable Faith: The Scientific Case For Christianity.

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!

Batya Wittenberg

Batya "The Toon" Wittenberg is, in no particular order: a successfully transplanted New Yorker, a practicing Orthodox Jew, a happily married woman since 1999, a certified master of Pun Fu, an enthusiastic cook and foodie, a filker, a founding member of filk group Lady Mondegreen, a fanfic writer, a habitual online roleplayer, and in no particular order.

Mark Wolverton

Mark Wolverton is a science journalist, author, and 2016-17 Knight-MIT Science Journalism Fellow. He writes for various national and international publications including WIRED, Nature, Undark, Scientific American, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He has also worked with the NASA Ames History Project, Argonne National Laboratory, the Franklin Institute, and the NASA ISS Science Office. His books include "A Life in Twilight: The Final Years of J. Robert Oppenheimer"; "The Depths of Space: The Story of the Pioneer Planetary Probes"; "The Science of Superman"; and his upcoming "Burning the Sky: Project Argus, the Greatest and Most Dangerous Scientific Experiment in History." More information at www.markwolverton.com.

Janny Wurts

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.