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.
- Josh Aronoff
Josh Aronoff is married, father of two, and a graduate student in the field of counseling psychology. He has degrees in psychology and sociology and has spent more than a decade working with at risk youth. Josh also served in the Army National Guard, Infantry. He has been an avid Gamer for more years than he should count, fan of the mystery, science fiction, and fantasy genres. He collects game books, useless bits of trivia, and esoteric skills including, pickling, pre-prohibition cocktail mixing, copper electroplating, and is considering taking up blacksmithing if he can find the time and resources.
- Justin Barba
Justin Barba came to his first MisCon as a freshman in high school in 1990 (it was MisCon 5!). It was held at what is now the Days Inn, just a block from MisCon 30. Little did he know that years later he would end up agreeing to help work the hospitality room for MisCon 20. Then he took on managing the writer's workshop. Then MisCon Operations. Then Vice Chair, then Chair. Now he spends all his time planning MisCon, trying to be a good husband, and raising his funny daughter.
- S. A. Bolich
S. A. Bolich's books often open quietly—but don’t be fooled. By page 10 you may be hooked so thoroughly you’ll forget to get off at your bus stop. She writes everything from “straight” and alternate history to steampunk, epic fantasy and science fiction, filled with characters who remain in your heart long after the book is closed. She is also an accomplished rider who helps aspiring writers get their fictional equines right through her “Horses in Fiction” series on her blog. Learn more and find the complete list of her works at www.sabolichbooks.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.
- Jane Campbell
- Jon Caro
- Susanne Caro
- Clay Cooper
An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.
He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.
He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.
- Ben Donnelly
My name is Benjamin Donnelly, and this will be my 22nd time at Miscon. I am currently an assistant professor of history at the University of Great Falls and Great Falls College-MSU, where I teach all kinds of historical subjects, mainly military history and including a course on anime and Japan. I was born in Georgia, but I've lived in Montana most of my life, and it's home. For the past decade or so, I've hosted the AMV Party at Miscon, as well as run the famous (or infamous) Destroy UM Battletech game. I'm also a longtime member of the Sandbaggers Game Club in Great Falls, and part of the ConCom for the Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, as well as an avid--though amateur--cosplayer.
- 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.
- Ruth Frey
- Manny Frishberg
- Ann Gimpel
Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. She’s also a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Shes published over 25 books to date, with several more contracted for 2015 and beyond.
A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.
- 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.
- Douglas Herring
- 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.
- Jeff Howe
In one form or another, Jeff has worked or played in communications for more than 20 years. His background includes stints at newspapers, large consumer magazines, nonprofit community relations, and internal communications. Genre has run the gamut from general news to sports to aviation, with the last two the bulk of his published work. Nowadays, Jeff is venturing into fiction writing, finding it equally rewarding and frightening.
- James Jones
Butte Magic provides magic shows, side-shows, and variety style entertainment to all of Montana and the surrounding area.
Together with our sister company, Sound Geeks DJ and Sound, the Butte Magic team is dedicated to providing top quality shows and jaw dropping feats! We perform at private parties, corporate events, fundraisers, and just about anywhere our talents are appreciated.
Check us out online, at www.buttemagic.com or drop us a like on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/buttemagic
Web site: http://www.buttemagic.comhotmail.com
- Peter Kent
Stuntman, actor, producer, writer, and director, Peter Kent worked as Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double in 14 films, including Terminators 1 and 2, Predator, Total Recall, Last Action Hero, True Lies, Twins, Running Man, Commando, Raw Deal, Jingle All the Way, and Kindergarten Cop.
Peter has also appeared in many tv series, including Smallville, Andromeda, the A Team, Tales From the Crypt, Baywatch, Lois and Clark, Earthsea, Stargate SG-1, Hardcastle and McKormick, Simon and Simon, and many others. He also operates Peter Kent's School of Hard Knocks, a stunt school in Vancouver, BC, and is working on writing, producing, and directing his own projects.
- 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.
- Matt McAdoo
- Rob McDonell
I am the Chief Executive Officer of FanNexus, and Vice-President of nerDNA LLC, a Fannish convention and convention/event management corporation, respectively. Mega gaming enthusiast, retired infantryman from the U.S. Army, husband and father. I love my life, and I
love how fandom has been an integral part of making me who I am today! I feel that fandom contributes to our growth as a society in a meaningful and profound way, and this is why I live a significant part of my life as a member of fandom. I believe in fandom so much so, I went so far as to get married to my lovely wife here at MisCon, in 2014 at her request, and happily so!
- Christie Meierz
Author of the Amazon bestsellers in space opera, The Marann, Daughters of Suralia, and Into Tolari Space, she lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, a software engineer and mathematician, and her youngest son, who is studying engineering.
- C.L Norman
C. L. Norman can talk all day about books and stories. Her first job was in a bookstore where she's honed that talent and now she continues using it both in her day job and her writing. Look for her on Facebook or Twitter to continue the conversation. She has four children, a wonderfully geeky husband, and lives in Washington state.
- 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.
- Patrick Swenson
Patrick Swenson's first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in August 2014. He edited the small press magazine Talebones for 14 years, and still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, he has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 30 years, has a Masters Degree in Education, teaches in Auburn, Washington, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his thirteen-year-old son Orion.