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Header Dee Astell aka Countess Chaos is heavily involved in the world of Steampunk. She is the fashion/costuming Director for WildWildWestCon, as well as coordinating and running events for many conventions, especially fashion shows and costume contests and assorted workshops. She is also a freelance photographer and one of the founding members of the Arizona PennyDreadfuls. You can find them on FaceBook.
Header Hal C F Astell, The critic in the kilt, writes reviews of films from the 1900s to the 2010s at Apocalypse Later, with a focus on what most critics don’t cover, and also mainstream movies for the Nameless Zine. He is the author of two books, 'Huh? An A-Z of Why Classic American Bad Movies Were Made' and 'Velvet Glove Cast in Iron: The Films of Tura Satana', both available at Amazon and Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix. He programs and presents mini-film festivals at most local conventions and he sponsors the Papago Presents: The AZ Indie Show on Radio Phoenix.
Header When Colette Black isn't caring for her family, dogs, and a mischievous cat, she spends her time writing. Colette also loves to travel. Born and raised in the United States, she has also lived in the Philippines and Switzerland. Currently, she resides in the far outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, where she loves the warm weather and the cotton fields. Her novel, Noble Ark, was released in April 2014, to rave reviews. The sequel, Desolation, will be released in October 2014. You can find her short stories in The Black Side, and in the upcoming WordFire Press release: "One Horn to Rule Them All." Find out more at www.coletteblack.net.
Header Debe Branning has been the director of the MVD Ghostchasers of Mesa/Bisbee since 1994 & conducts investigations of haunted sites in AZ. Debe has been a guest lecturer at several universities on ghost hunting & guest speaker at sci-fi venues such as CopperCon, FiestaCon, HauntedCon, AZParaCon & PHX Comicon. She was seen on TRAVEL CHANNEL'S "Ghost Stories" JUL 2010. Debe is the author of Sleeping with Ghosts, Grand Canyon Ghost Stories, The Graveyard Shift & two children's books. Coming soon: Dining With The Dead. She writes for Examiner.com at Arizona Haunted Sites. She conducts historic tours for the Pioneers’ Cemetery Assn in PHX and is co chair for the popular cemetery fundraiser "Dining Among the Dead." www.mvdghostchasers.com or http://www.examiner.com/x-2345-Arizona-Haunted-Sites-Examiner
Header Adam Chodorow, Professor of Law, Arizona State University College of Law and William H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar surprised everyone when he decided to write a tongue-in-cheek paper called “Death and Taxes and Zombies: An Exploration of the Tax Consequences of the Coming Zombie Apocalypse”. He uses the paper as an illustration in his law classes.
Header Sarah Clemen's early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of sci-fi magazines. The artwork she most enjoys doing are those connected with the fantastic and she has been going to conventions since the late seventies. She is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of the cat and dragon Magnus and Loki, which have been the most fun of all. She is a photo-real artist working in oils, exhibiting her mainstream paintings in galleries in Boca Raton, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. Growing up in a darkroom contributes to her love of photography and she still does photo work occasionally. All of the models used in her notorious and award winning St. Labia series were photographed by Sarah. She has published short stories with Asimov's magazine and Ellen Datlow anthologies. Recently she has had her paintings published in The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today and Fantasy Art Magazine in China. You can see samples of her art at clemensart.com and at the interior website for http://www.clemensart.com/mlindex.htm
Header Brian Duncan has been a sci-fi fan for as long as he can remember. His interests lean toward superheroes, vampires and space. Just ask anyone - they'll tell you his favorite show has been, was & will always be Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. And two years ago, he finally completed his lifelong dream when he met Joss Whedon at Comicon, where he also got a personal phone call from Garith David Lloyd - and Natalie Morales thought he was cute & gave him a hug.
Header Jenny Duncan works as a pharmacy tech for a local pharmacy, has 3 children, and has been going to cons since she was little. She moved from being Robert Peacock’s daughter to a member of the Duncan clan. She keeps husband Brian from wearing two left socks. She has enjoyed many aspects of sci-fi books, films, art and TV for many years.
Header Leslie Fish is a pre-eminent figure in Filk History, from expert Folk Singer to Magnificent Filker. She has written some of the best known Filk Songs such as "Banned From Argo", "Starwind Rising", "The Ballad of Transport 18, "Wobblies From Space" and she has set many Kipling Poems to music including "A Pict Song" and "Cold Iron" She is never at rest. but can or Should an Anarchist ever be at rest? These accomplishments do not sum up Leslie. She defies quantification. One must see her perform, talk to her and share the Filk Circle with her to even begin to Grok her in fullness. Likely even then one will fail. The joy is in the effort.
Header Mike Griffin is often the Volunteer Coordinator for CopperCons. He also helps at LepreCons and Westercons, and reviews books for the WesternSFA. In his mundane life, he tutors mathematics, reading and English at Phoenix College, and publishes academic papers on his new web page at http://mythicalgebra.blogspot.com
Header Mark Horning is a Physicist hailing from the East Valley. Originally from California, he moved to Arizona in 1996. An avid folk musician, he is known for his space and SF based songs, he is often found in the company of a 6 or 12 string guitar. His first professional CD, Space & Freedom, was officially released at the 62nd annual Westercon, in Tempe AZ. Mark has physics degrees from Cal Poly (BS), San Luis Obispo, and Arizona State (MS). While at ASU, he developed a hybrid lighting system to calibrate the sensors used in the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) located at the Mt. Graham Observatory. Mark works in the aerospace industry developing and testing Night Vision Image Intensifiers. He may often be found at conventions with his wife and three children who are, naturally, also SF fans.
Header Casey Kaki is a local special effects makeup artist and cosplayer. She was certified in SPFX makeup from LA's Studio Makeup Academy, and since then she has worked on various movies, photo shoots, and makeup events. She has won many makeup awards through Phoenix Comicon and various makeup competitions throughout California and Arizona. Her most recent wins includes Miss Scarizona from MAd Monster and Best in Show from PCC's Masquerade Competition. Her company is Adore Le Gore, in which she sells handmade costume pieces, jewelry, and clothing. Recently, she has begun teaching makeup classes at various events and schools.
Header Gini Koch lives in Hell's Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the award-winning, fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Gini can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.
Header Rick Loomis has been a gamer all his life, and started Flying Buffalo Inc. over 40 years ago because there were games that I wanted to play, which weren't available. What I mean by "games which weren't available", are complicated, multi-player games with hidden movement and lots of time to plan your moves. (i.e. play by mail!). I'm a graduate of Arizona State University (accounting), and an ASU football fan. I like softball, tennis, bowling, collecting stamps, reading science fiction, and of course, playing games. Some of my favorite games are Nuclear War, Empire Builder, Risk!, Naval War, Settlers of Catan, Civil War Boardgames, and poker. I'm a Vietnam War veteran, serving on a small island in the Pacific. I am single and live with my sister and her four cats, cockatoo, and several guppies.
Header Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts. He also writes comic books, including the long-running horror/Western comic book series Desperadoes. He has worked in virtually every aspect of publishing, and lives in southeastern Arizona. For more information, please visit www.jeffmariotte.com.
Header Emmett Plant is a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty 'Star Trek' audiobooks for CBS/Paramount, and served as the audio engineer for 'How To Speak Klingon' from Chronicle Books. As a writer, his work has been featured on Salon, The Wall Street Journal, and Gawker Media's io9.com. He has served as a Slashdot Author and the Editor-in-Chief of Linux.com. In addition to his work on 'Star Trek' that has spanned the last decade, he has composed soundtracks and designed sounds for over fifty video games on many different platforms, including PC, Mac and mobile devices. His latest soundtrack album, ‘The Second Sky,’ was released in March. Blurring the boundaries between technology and entertainment, Emmett has served as the CEO of the Xiph.Org Foundation, which is responsible for many freely licensed multimedia codecs, from Theora to Vorbis to FLAC. He is the Creative Director of Clockwork Jetpack, a production company based in Phoenix, and the Editor-in-Chief of Arrakeen Tactical, a publishing company that creates role-playing games.
Header Who is L. Edward Pulley? No, really. Who is he? You may have seen him with a microphone in his hand, either moderating at conventions, hosting and performing at shows around town, or just talking to anyone who will listen to him. An old-school nerd, he started a monthly column "More Geek Than Gay" which rolled over into a weekly pop culture podcast of the same name. In addition, he has recently launched two new weekly podcasts - "Math Monkeys" for casual math enthusiasts out, and "Four Color Story Time" where he talks comic books and questionably classic story lines. He can tell you the different types of Kryptonite, what C.H.U.D. really stood for, which Doctors you forgot about, and whether or not a Modron would be appropriate for your next gaming session (the answer will always be "yes.") When not juggling podcasts, work, and cats, he is usually annoying his better half Joseph and The Roommate That-Dare-Not-Speak-Its-Name while putting the finishing touches on his first novel.
Header Erin Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author who writes dark paranormal romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com for more information or follow Erin on Facebook or Twitter @ErinQuinnAuthor
Header Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online. She has two collections out now (Tales of Sand and Sorcery and Bridges of Longing and Other Strange Passageways), and is currently hard at work on the second book in a trilogy based Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books. You can find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/.
Header Mark Rude is an author and graphic illustrator who actually likes living in Phoenix, AZ. He first began self-publishing a comic book called Passage in 2005, but decided that writing was much faster and more enjoyable than drawing, and retold the story as a series of fantasy novels called The Cindra Corrina Chronicles. They include The Gold Cat's Daughter, The Gallant Riders, The Way of the Hart, and the upcoming release The Black Eagle. He also waded into urban fantasy with the fowl satire, Devon, the Demon Duck from Hell. In 2010, Mark collaborated with bestselling author Kim Harrison to do several illustrations for The Hollows Insider, a supplement to her Rachel Morgan series published by HarperCollins.
Header Sharon Skinner grew up in a small town in northern California where she spent most of her time attempting to read every book in her local library. Sharon has been a featured author and panelist at numerous events, including Phoenix ComiCon, Tucson Festival of Books, Emerald City Comicon, and KABAM! In addition to writing, she loves reading, drawing, arts and crafts, sewing, and costume-making (especially Steampunk).
Header Kim Smith received her BS in Chemistry from Texas Tech University followed by her MS in Chemical Education also at Texas Tech University. Following a one year visit to St. Petersburg Russia, she went to Purdue University where she received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education. Kim taught and researched at the University of Northern Colorado for two years before deciding she wanted to concentrate on teaching - and that's how she arrived at Glendale Community College. In her free time she likes to swim, ballroom dance, play piano, experiment with vegan and organic foods, and play with her rescue dogs. She is also a big sci-fi and Star Trek fan.
Header T.L. Smith was born in Louisiana, but calls Phoenix, Arizona home between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force as a radar specialist brought her back to the desert. Her time in the service taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies, giving life to the Science Fictions she loves so much. T.L. Smith often writes from a military perspective, strong women holding their own as humanity moves out into the stars, but with a touch of romance. She believes the only vacuum her characters should live in, is on the other side of the airlock. Come visit her vision of the future as we throw ourselves out into the universe. Check out her website http://www.tlsmithbooks.com/ or blog http://tlsmith-sfauthor.blogspot.com for current releases and upcoming events.
Header Michael Stackpole began writing novels in 1987, set in the BattleTech universe for FASA Corporation, and became one of the most popular authors in that genre. Some of his Battletech books were used as the source for a television animated series. He was then selected to write several novels in the Star Wars universe for Bantam Books. He also wrote several comics based in the Star Wars universe for Dark Horse Comics. These covered the period just before his X-Wing novels. Later he covered the marriage of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade in Union and collaborated with Timothy Zahn on Mara Jade’s early career. The Age of Discovery trilogy is his latest complete series, with A New World released mid-2007. The trilogy is set in a fantasy world, with an attempt at an unconventional approach to magic and mastery. The Crown Colonies is a new original trilogy that re-imagines the events of the American Revolutionary War. The first book, At The Queen’s Command, was released in November 2010. At New York Comic Con 2012, it was revealed that Blizzard Entertainment had approached Stackpole to write the next novel in their series based on the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft.
Header Ken St. Andre has been coming to local SF cons since they started in Phoenix - in fact, he helped organize the first LepreCon here and still remembers the first Westercon in Phoenix when Harlan was GoH. The highpoint of that Con for Ken and friends was taking Fritz Leiber to supper. 2013 has been a big year for Ken with the Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls Kickstarter project--not quite finished yet, but a ton of updates and new stuff already made, the republication of a revised and reillustrated 2nd edition of Griffin Feathers under the Trollhalla Press imprint an article in Gygax Magazine and several other publications in the last 2 years. (Yes, you can find it on Amazon.com.) Ken also designed and published a mini board game called Dwarves and Dragon for TrollCon 2012. He also has over 1000 followers on Twitter.com and almost as many on Facebook. And he has been working out. http://www.trollhalla.com
Header Sue Martin (Arabella Thorne) started writing at age twelve because she wanted to be in the adventures of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. I know I should have majored in English or Journalism but received a BA in Fine Arts instead. Almost nineteen years were spent at the Los Angeles Times in many positions the last one being the film dept. desk assistant. While there I also freelanced for them; book reviews and features on science fiction in film and TV. I even got to interview George Lucas! Born and raised in Los Angeles, I lived there for 43 years, now I'm in Glendale, AZ. I still write because of the adventure. My inspiration for elves comes from Peter Jackson’s interpretation of Tolkien. And, I admit, I’m still in love with the elves. Currently my books are “The Elf Lord’s Revenge”— set in 1843 Alta California— and concerns, well, surprise— elves! “I Swear My Roommate is a Vampire” is a novella where I ask— just what would happen if you had a roommate who’s a vampire- and reminds you of your high school algebra teacher? To learn more about Sue (Arabella), you can visit her at arabellathorne.com
Header Randall Whitlock has been an active SF/medieval/renaissance costumer since the early 80's, with a certain reputation for visual pun costumes, such as "Dances with Werewolves" and "The Dookus of Hazzard." Randall edits the Southwest Costumers Guild newsletter, "Cactus Needles," and drafts the "Randwulf's" line of sewing patterns. Randall has directed the Masquerades at the first North American Discworld Convention and several CopperCons. Randall was Fan Guest of Honor at CopperCon Revolution in 2013. Mundanely, Randall is a Registered Geologist with an academic background in meteorites, currently digging up dirt on soil and groundwater contamination for real estate investors in Arizona. Randall has recently contracted an obsession with scuba diving and is trying to evolve into an aquatic mammal. www.moirandalls.com | www.southwestcostumersguild.org
Header David Williams' research focuses on volcanology and planetary geology. He utilizes photogeologic analyses of spacecraft data, geologic mapping using ArcGIS, mathematical computer modeling, and reduction of spacecraft and sample mineralogical and geochemical data to study planetary volcanology. Dr. Williams is the Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility at ASU. He is also the Director of the NASA Planetary Aeolian Laboratory, which operates wind tunnels at ASU and at the Ames Research Center in California. He was involved with NASA's Magellan Mission to Venus and Galileo Mission to Jupiter. He is a Co-Investigator on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter mission, and he is currently serving as a Participating Scientist on NASA's Dawn Mission to asteroid 4 Vesta. He is also an expert on Star Trek, and is the current President of the United Federation of Phoenix, a local Star Trek Club.
Header T.M. Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story about a woman named Carter. What started off as a blip of an idea turned into the Bohemian Grove trilogy, a story based on ancient aliens, science, conspiracy, religion, and love. Soon after, the completed manuscript was picked up by Nightengale Press Publishing. Bohemian Grove was released in early 2013 - just a little over a year after she began writing. Since then T.M. Williams has gone on to write Undead Winter, Sun Gate, Alice Hill in silent wonderland, The Apocalypse, The Melanie King Affair and is currently working on future projects. She is also a free-lance business journalist, copywriter, and blogger. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and son.



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