Geek Discussion Guests, Pros, and Panelists
Discuss anything and everything related to science fiction, fantasy, or horror. This includes Opening and Closing Ceremonies and 2 kinds of panels: 1. Panelist led discussions of topics, and 2. Group discussions of topics. Come have fun talking about cool stuff.
- Realms of Avalon
Realms of Avalon is a medieval re-enactment group. We actively study historical subjects and skills. This means instead of just reading about activities and skills used in the past, we actually do them.
- Josie Beaudoin
- Carol Berg
Former software engineer Carol Berg never expected to become an author, much less an award-winning author. But her fifteen epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Her novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, using words like compelling and superbly realized. Her newest novel, Ash and Silver, will be released in December by NAL/Roc Books. She lives at the foot of the Rockies and on the internet at www.carolberg.com.
- Larry Bonham
L.J. Bonham is an author, historian, and former commercial pilot. Fiction credits include Shield of Honor, The Debt, and Wolves of Valhalla (all from Sky Warrior Books), the non-fiction, Prepper Blades (Garnet Mountain Press), and the short fiction, Sancho, which appears in Tales From the Front Lines. L.J.’s blog, Author Insights with L.J. Bonham, appears on Goodreads. Current projects include the follow up books in the Shields of Honor series, plus a futuristic, dystopian novel, and some non-fiction.
An avid mountaineer with a congenital weakness for fast cars and airplanes, L.J. studies Asian martial arts and Historical European martial arts, with emphasis on the German Longsword.
- John Bromley
- Seattle Browncoats
An active Firefly fan-community organization, based in Seattle, SB Charities is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports other nonprofits that protect nature, promote equality, fight violence, and foster education and health in our communities.
- John Dalmas
My name is John Dalmas, and I'm an author with 27 published novels and 3 collections to my credit. I am not the Raymond Chandler private eye of the same name.
Even as a child I intended to write books. I simply wasn't in a hurry. There were all those other things I wanted to do first, and over the years I kept adding to the list. So I didn't sit down to write my first novel until almost my forty-second birthday.
One day in 1968, I picked up what I soon decided was a really poor novel, and told myself "I can write better than that," then began to write The Yngling. The following March, John W. Campbell bought it for Analog....
- Amy Farrington
Amy works as a writer and freelance graphic designer. Her nerd-core activities include knitting, reading nonfiction, gaming, singing loudly in the car, and watching scifi and fantasy movies.
- Bernard Finnigan
The quintessential science fiction geek, Bernie has been a sci-fi movie-maker, costumer, writer, and with a modest stash of supplies can turn himself into a decaying zombie in under 15 minutes.
- Ruth Frey
- Gail Glass
Gail Glass is a retired recreation therapist who has been costuming and dancing for fun since childhood. For twenty five years she has mostly stayed behind the scenes at masquerades, doing panels on costuming, alternative medicine and healing dance. Essentially a master hall costumer, she attends several cons a year with her husband, physicist, writer and artist James Glass.
- Andrea Howe
Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling the written word for more than a decade. As a freelancer, she has edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast, McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She has been called a “natural” and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be found at www.bluefalconediting.com and www.facebook.com/bluefalconediting.
- CthulhuBob Lovely
I help run MisCon, which occurs each year on Memorial Day Weekend in Missoula, Montana, thanks to the wonderful people who make it happen.
I run games, primarily Call of Cthulhu, GURPS and other Steve Jackson Games products and various games from Cheapass Games.
As a semi-professional nerd, I believe geekery and gaming can have positive effects on math, reading and writing, and social interaction skills as well as family togetherness.
- Kass McGann
Founded in August 1997, Reconstructing History is one woman's dream to bring information on historic clothing to the public and make this data available worldwide. During the past nine years, our method for achieving this goal has changed. From selling replica clothing to sharing information on extant garments to writing instructions for beginners and posting dress diaries, Reconstructing History has grown and evolved. We hope with each change, we have helped more people understand historic clothing and able to reconstruct their own.
- Nick Plantz
- Brooke Stanley
Brooke H. Stanley, RN, is a modern day Bard. Scrapping, skulking and schmoozing are reoccurring themes in his as yet neverending story. With Bachelor’s degrees in English and Nursing as well as a fist-full of apparently useless graduate work, he is both over-educated and very friendly. He has been burned, shot and driven for spymasters and U.S. Presidents. He has a lovely singing voice and likes both cats and dogs equally. Before moving to Barrow, Alaska, Brooke worked as a prison nurse and reads medical encyclopedias for fun.