We are pleased to announce the following guests for ApolloCon 2009:
Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi channel, where his popular "Lab Notes" column has been running since 1999. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Seiun, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, an Eppie, a Game Developers' Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov's, WIRED, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable Bloom, Amazon.com "Best of Y2K" The Collapsium (a national bestseller) and, most recently, To Crush the Moon. He has also written for TV, appeared on The History Channel and The Science Channel, and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines, including WIRED, Discover, GQ, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, and The Journal of Applied Polymer Science.
Previously a flight controller for Lockheed Martin Space Launch Systems and later an engineering manager for Omnitech Robotics and CTO of Galileo Shipyards (an aerospace research laboratory), McCarthy is currently the president of The Programmable Matter Corporation and RavenBrick LLC in Denver, CO. His nonfiction bestseller, Hacking Matter, describes the ongoing research by major corporations and university laboratories into quantum-dot based "programmable matter", promising enormous changes in both technology and society.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link are unable to attend ApolloCon 2009. We wish them well in their current project and hope to welcome them to Houston at a later date.
For 25 years space illustrator and designer Pat Rawlings has visually documented the future of space exploration. His realistic views of both human and robotic exploration provide a chronology of the plans, hopes and desires of the planet's best space visionaries.
Rawlings' paintings, digital images and designs have been reproduced in and on hundreds of magazines, books, television programs and films in both in the U.S. and abroad. His artwork for all of the NASA Centers reflects a quarter century of space exploration plans, ranging from robotic planetary missions to the human exploration of Mars and beyond. To ensure scientific and technical accuracy in his compositions, Mr. Rawlings consults with astronauts and experts in spacecraft design, mission design, mission operations, planetary geology, meteorology, and other related fields. The resulting photorealistic images give the viewer a sense of "being there."
His art has been on the cover of Aviation Week and Space Technology 9 times. He has produced artwork for NASA, The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, Lockheed, Ballantine Books, Tor Books, Analog, Time-Life Books, Scientific American Magazine, Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Air and Space/Smithsonian Magazine, Walt Disney Television Productions, IMAX Space Films and NHK Publishing/Japan among others. Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan featured a dozen of Rawlings' paintings. His design of all the spacecraft and the colony in the 3D IMAX film, L5: First City in Space garnered national critical acclaim. In addition, he has provided preproduction art, conceptual designs, and technical advisory assistance for several other film projects. His original art is in collections across the US, in Great Britain, Australia, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.
Rawlings has a B.A. degree in Art from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He is a Charter Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. He, his wife Linda, and their 3 dogs live in the Texas hill country west of Austin .
Someday, when they get around to updating the dictionary to be useful as well as accurate, they'll change the definition of 'awesome' by adding three little words: 'see 'Amy McNally'.' And this will be so correct that no one will object.
What can be said about Amy? She's been fiddling for twenty years and a part of the filk community for eight; she's one of the best fiddlers I've ever heard, coupling beautiful technique with a sincerity that's hard to come by. She has a laugh that makes stars fall, just because they want a closer look, and she smiles like she just invented the expression. Everything's better with Amy.
People are finally starting to see what a rare resource they have in Amy; she's been appearing on CDs with increasing regularity, gracing recordings by everyone from Wild Mercy and Adam Selzer to, well, me. A truly giving performer, she'll play with anyone clever enough to ask her, and has joined a lot of fabulous people on the stage. Now the stage is hers. It's about time.
Amy is friendly, giving, compassionate, and genuinely interested in making music and making the world a brighter place. The world needs more Amys. Until we master cloning, just one will have to do.
Texas, meet Amy McNally. She's going to rock your world, and you're going to enjoy every minute of it. Trust me on this one.
Just give her back when you're done.
-- Seanan McGuire, June 16th, 2008.
Al Jackson became a member of the first SF SF club in Texas, the Dallas Futurians, which had an adventurous life of about 5 years. The DFS held the first SF convention in Texas, in Dallas, July 1958, Southwestercon VI where the guest of honor was Marion Zimmer Bradley. In following years he was associate editor of the landmark fanzine Trumpet, edited by Tom Reamy. He also became a member of the Houston Science Fiction Society from some time around 1966... till forever, ...after all the HSFS never officially disbanded! He re-founded the University of Texas SF club... 1970-1977 (who knows it might be alive again!). He has been in and around SF fandom for around 55 years now, making him a science fiction fan archeological object. He has one published professional story with Howard Waldrop. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1975. He has spent most of his working years (from 1966 to the present) at the Johnson Space Center, doing all kinds of things from training astronauts during Apollo to various engineering physics related to the Shuttle program and the upcoming Constellation Program. Kind of fulfilling a childhood space cadet's dream!
Stanley G. Love was born in San Diego, California, but considers Eugene, Oregon to be his hometown. After earning his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993, he pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in 1994 and at the California Institute of Technology in 1995. His post-graduate work involved research on the formation of meteoritic chondrules, the possibility of meteorites from the planet Mercury, computer simulations of asteroid collisions, and calibration of the Cassini spacecraft's dust-particle impact detector. He transferred to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a staff engineer in 1997.
Dr. Love was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998. Since 1999 he has served NASA in various roles, including as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in Mission Control (appointed 2000) for Station Expeditions 1 through 7 and for Shuttle missions STS-104 (ISS-7A), STS-108 (ISS-UF-1), and STS-112 (ISS-9A). Following the Columbia accident (2003) he participated in the Orbital Space Plane Expendable Launch Vehicle Human Flight Safety Certification Study (2003), and was a member of the 2004-2005 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) expedition
In 2008 Dr. Love completed his first spaceflight on the crew of STS-122 Atlantis (February 7-20, 2008), logging over 306 hours in space, including over 15 EVA hours in two spacewalks. The primary objective of the flight was to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory module to the Space Station and install it there permanently. Dr. Love performed two spacewalks to help prepare the Columbus Laboratory for installation, to add two science payloads to the outside of Columbus, and to carry a failed Station gyroscope to the Shuttle for return to Earth
Married, with two children, Dr. Love's interests include martial arts, reading and writing science fiction, and appreciation of new music, cult films, and anime.
For a more detailed biography, please see above NASA Bio link.
Dr. Love will attend ApolloCon 2009 on Saturday, June 27 ONLY.
Dr. Paul Abell is a planetary scientist assigned to the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is also a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Paul has been studying potentially hazardous asteroids and near-Earth objects for over 8 years. He was a telemetry officer for the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIS) team and is a member of the science team for the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRS) on the Japanese Hayabusa mission. Paul, his wife Amy Sisson, and their feline friends have lived in the Houston area since December 2003.
Jayme Lynn Blaschke's fiction has appeared in Interzone and Writers of the Future, among other places. He's the former fiction editor of RevolutionSF.com, and is currently the media director for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, is available from the University of Nebraska Press. Blaschke lives in New Braunfels and works at Texas State University.
Lillian Stewart Carl's fifteenth novel is Blackness Tower, a romantic fantasy. The fourth book in the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron cross-genre mystery series (America's exile and Scotland's finest on the trail of all-too-living legends), The Charm Stone, will appear in November 2009. She would be glad to sell you a copy of Lucifer's Crown, her only novel not in print. The most recent of her twenty-five short stories is "The Avalon Psalter" in The Dimension Next Door. Her previously-published stories are collected in Along the Rim of Time and The Muse and Other Stories of History, Mystery, and Myth. All her work is available in electronic form at Fictionwise.com. Lillian is the co-editor (with John Helfers) of The Vorkosigan Companion, a non-fiction book about the science fiction work of award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold.
News Flash: ApolloCon is delighted to offer our congratulations to Lillian Stewart Carl for her Hugo Award nomination in the Best Related Book category for The Vorkosigan Companion.
Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the smart, funny supernatural mystery novels Prom Dates from Hell (2007), Hell Week (2008) and Highway to Hell (2009). She has an eclectic resume, including jobs as a telephone operator, Chuck E. Cheese costumed character, ranch hand, dog groomer, wedding singer, hair model, actress, stage-hand, director, and playwright. She now writes full time.
Bill Crider is the author of fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery novel in 1987, and he won the Golden Duck award for best juvenile science fiction novel in 1997. He and his wife, Judy, won the Anthony in 2002 for their short story "Chocolate Moose." He has been nominated for the Edgar award for best short story.
Scott A. Cupp is a short story writer from San Antonio. His most recent print publication Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard (co-edited with Joe R. Lansdale) was a World Fantasy finalist for Best Anthology. His most recent story, "Johnny Cannabis and Tony the Purple Paisley (Sometimes) Colored White Lab Rat," is online at RevolutionSF.com.
Gail Dayton is the author of the One Rose fantasy trilogy from Luna and Juno Books, and recently completed a deal with Tor for three books set in an alternate Victorian steampunk-ish blood magic universe. The first of these, New Blood, was released in early 2009 and the second, tentatively titled Old Spirits, will be out in February of 2010. She lives with her husband in Galveston where she is working up to riding past 45th Street on her brand-new red Schwinn.
Bradley Denton's novel Laughin' Boy has just been published in paperback by Wheatland Press. Winner of the Campbell Award, the Sturgeon Award, and the World Fantasy Award, Brad is the author of the novels Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Lunatics and Blackburn and two story collections. Brad lives in Manchaca, Texas, with his spouse Barbara and their dogs Lucy, Linus, and Tillie.
Linda Donahue, an Air Force brat, spent her childhood traveling. Having earned a pilot's certification and a SCUBA certification, she has been, at one time or another, a threat by land, air or sea. For 18 years she taught computer science and mathematics. Now when not writing, she teaches tai chi and belly dance. Linda has published about twenty stories in various markets, including Sword & Sorceress 23, Strip Mauled (forthcoming) and Future Americas (coauthored with Mike Resnick). She is one of the creators of the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse. Her novel, Jaguar Moon, is available from Yard Dog Press (Double Dog #5). Linda and her husband live in Texas and keep rabbits, sugar gliders and a cat for pets.
Inspired by the space program, Marianne Dyson became one of NASA's first women flight controllers. The author of five nonfiction books, she shares her passion for space through writing and speaking and is currently a physics consultant for National Geographic School Publishing. A former editor of Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society (NSS), she blogs about shuttle missions and reviews science and science fiction books for NSS. A life member of SFWA, her short stories have appeared in Analog and YA anthologies. Dyson has a degree in physics and a black belt in Kuk Sool.
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Texas where she's worked in various industries to support her writing habit and her cat, Dixon. She is married with a step dog. She loves all things writing related including unusual writing instruments and notebooks. She's had over a dozen fiction and non-fiction stories published in various anthologies, magazines, and websites.
Larry Friesen grew up in Kansas, and first became interested in science fiction reading the Flash Gordon comic strip, and by listening to the Space Patrol radio serial (also a TV series). He became hooked on space flight when he received a Big Golden Book on aviation and A Child's Book of Stars, and by reading articles by Werner Von Braun, even forming a Space Club in grade school. He earned a B.A. in Physics and Math from Kansas University, and a PhD from Rice University in Space Physics & Astronomy. Larry worked at Johnson Space Center from 1976 through 1998, mostly for McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin. He currently teaches Astronomy and Physics at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. He has recently been elected as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Kimberly Frost was unaware of copyright laws as a child and regularly pilfered famous characters for her stories. Taking fan fiction to new extremes, she once turned Han Solo into an NFL quarterback who married a supermodel. Would-be Witch, her debut novel that combines humor and horror, was released in February 2009. The second book in the Southern Witch series, Barely Bewitched, will hit the shelves September 1, 2009. Unfortunately, neither Han Solo nor any supermodels appear in the series, but she hopes the characters she created from scratch will entertain readers anyway.
Bennie Grezlik has been writing and publishing lies since 1978. In the last few years, Stonegarden.net has released three of his novels, the latest being The Search for Earth. He is also known at ApolloCon as the guy who writes and produces the Skip Thruster, Space Detective plays that are brought to life Saturday night by enthusiastic actors, otherwise known as ApolloCon fans.
In another life back in the psychedelic Sixties, Bennie was a technician at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston from 1966, through 1969. You read that title correctly. This was before the center was named for its mentor, Lyndon B. Johnson. And, yes, Bennie used a slide rule because it was sexy.
Born in Texas and educated on both coasts, K. Hutson Price did time through military service, government contractor, recruiter, and currently flings information at prepubescent individuals as a teacher and grade level chair in a low-income public school. Her writing is influenced by Joss Whedon, Robert Heinlein, and the insane things students pull at school every year. Her short fiction has been published by Yard Dog Press and at revolutionsf.com.
Kandy Jarvis is a Jill of All Trades. She holds degrees in both anthropology/archaeology and geophysics, and has had jobs ranging from paper delivery and window washer through EMT to geophysicist and planetary astronomer. She recently worked as an image and data analyst for the Spacecraft Crew Survival Integrated Investigative Team, for which she received a medal. She is totally obsessed with the show Supernatural, and her fan stories have generated a small but dedicated following of some 400 - 500 people worldwide. In her spare time she plays with her cats, plays guitar, plays with her swords and weapons, writes, rides motorcycle, plays D&D, and works on her house and in the yard. She sleeps occasionally.
Rocky Kelley is an award winning artist whose paintings have appeared in magazines, galleries, cons, and even the David Letterman Show. Rocky's awards include the Director's Award at 2006 World Fantasy Art Show. Kelley's works include: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Surrealism, Gothic... and more. His Gothic and Dark Fantasy works are created under the pseudonym of "Ashen Gray". Current projects include writing and illustrating graphic novels.
According to Publishers Weekly, National bestselling author Julie Kenner has a "flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations." She writes a range of stories including urban fantasy and "paranormal mommy lit"-the popular demon-hunting soccer-mom series featuring demon-hunter Kate Connor. And don't miss her new urban fantasy series, The Blood Lily Chronicles, coming in November of 2009.
Alexis Glynn Latner's science fiction novel Hurricane Moon was published by Pyr in 2007. Her stories have appeared in the magazines Analog, Amazing and Sorcerous Signals and in horror and mystery anthologies. She lives in Houston, works in the Rice University library, and teaches creative writing through Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Julia S. Mandala is a reformed lawyer who does penance by writing fantasy and science fiction. Her new novel, House of Doors, is now available from Yard Dog Press. Her works appear in Witch Way to the Mall, The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse, Dracula's Lawyer, International House of Bubbas, Houston, We've Got Bubbas, and Flush Fiction, and Best of the Bubbas. She holds degrees in history and law, and is a scuba diver, underwater photographer, costumer and belly dancer.
A. Lee Martinez has published six fantasy novels. His first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, won the American Library Association's Alex Award. Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres have been optioned for media productions. In his spare time, Martinez enjoys video games, board games, juggling, and squinting really hard in hopes of one day shooting laser beams out of his eyes.
Joe McKinney is a homicide detective for the San Antonio Police Department. When he's not solving murders, he spends his time writing horror, science fiction, and mystery stories. He is the author of Dead City (Kensington Press, 2006), Quarantined (LBF Books, 2009), and a collection of three novellas called Peacekeepers (Magus Press, 2009).
Joe has a Master's Degree in English Literature from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He also has extensive training in disaster mitigation, accident reconstruction, and forensics. He lives in San Antonio.
Nancy Jane Moore is part of the writer's consortium Book View Cafe, where she publishes a new flash fiction every Thursday. Her collection Conscientious Inconsistencies is available from PS Publishing and her novella Changeling is available from Aqueduct Press. She is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe, and has studied Aikido for over 22 years. After many years in Washington, DC, she now lives in Austin.
Chris Nakashima-Brown is "a hot up-and-coming sf writer whose prose is slick, post-Gibsonian, and funny as hell, like Neal Stephenson meets Hunter S. Thompson," according to Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing. Nakashima-Brown writes short fiction and criticism from his home in Austin, Texas. His "pulp fiction for smart people" has been published in a wide array of leading sf publications, including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated Fast Forward 2 and two World Fantasy Award-nominated anthologies, and been recognized on several Year’s Best lists. His essays have appeared in a variety of sf critical publications, with new work every week at the well-regarded No Fear of the Future weblog. Nakashima-Brown currently helps run the Turkey City Writer’s Workshop in Austin, and is an alumnus of the Sycamore Hill Writer’s Workshop. SF Site describes his work as "J.G. Ballard with a Texas twang," while Bruce Sterling calls him "One of the few, the proud, the elite: a science fiction writer who can genuinely outdo the aberrant weirdness in contemporary headlines." A complete bibliography of his work can be found at the author’s website.
The first recognizable animal Cat Osborne drew as a child was a horse in crayon, and she has a passion for all things equine that still feature heavily in her artwork and photography. She is also fond of cats, kilts, animals in general, and of the Ukiyo-e style of Old Japan. Her work can be found all over the net, most notably galleried on BigStockPhoto.com, Constant-Content.com, Elfwood.com, DeviantArt.com, ThirdCoastRS.com, Zazzle.com and CafePress.com. She has a long small-press history, most recently art for several privately produced cards in the White Wolf The Rage CCG available from Rainy Day Books.
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Jim Baen's Universe, Postscripts, Cross Plains Universe, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy, Locus Online (where he reviews movies with Howard Waldrop), National Review, Reason, Whole Earth Review, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Slashdot.org. He is the once and future editor of Nova Express, and the owner of Lame Excuse Books. He owns a large library of SF first editions and makes a mean batch of salsa.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Jessica Reisman is unable to attend ApolloCon 2009.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Chris Roberson is unable to attend ApolloCon 2009.
Rie's short stories appear in the Double Dragon's From Within The Mist ebook and The Stygian Soul as well as Mundania Press' Beyond The Mundane: Flights Of Mind. Her anthology RieVisions is available from Mundania Press and novel The Lute And The Liar is under their Awe-Struck Books imprint. Writer's Exchange has re-released her Young Adult fantasy, The Right Hand Of Velachaz, and YardDog Press is home to humerous horror chapbooks Tales From The Home For Wayward Spirits And Bar-B-Que Grill and Bruce and Roxanne Save the World...Again. Midnight Showcase carries romantic fantasy Sidhe Moved Through The Faire.
Patrice Sarath is the Austin-based author of the adventure fantasy Gordath Wood and its sequel, Red Gold Bridge, published by Ace. Her short stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Year's Best Fantasy 3, and other magazines and anthologies.
Caroline Spector was an Associate Editor for Amazing Magazine. She also edited many role-playing game modules and wrote three computer game hint books. Her novels Scars, Little Treasures, and Worlds Without End have appeared in French and German, and Scars and Worlds Without End are available in English. Her story "Metagames" appeared in Inside Straight a Wild Card book edited by George R.R. Martin. Her next Wild Card story "Woulda Coulda, Shoulda" is in Busted Flush (2008). She is also in Suicide Kings, the braided mosaic novel that rounds out this trilogy of Wild Cards books. She lives in Texas with her husband, noted game designer, Warren Spector. You can reach her at her website above and catch her occasional blog postings at eatourbrains.com/EoB/.
Lee Thomas is the Bram Stoker Award and the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned, and The Dust of Wonderland. In addition to numerous magazines, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Unspeakable Horror (Dark Scribe), Darkness on the Edge (PS Publishing), and Inferno (Tor), among others. Under a variety of pseudonyms he writes suspense thrillers for the young adult market. Lee currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he's working on a number of projects.
Kathy and Derly have been active in fandom since dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are one third of the notorious Cat Boxe Theatre and have both worked at the Texas Renaissance Festival for more than 20 years.
They have attended, run and guested at cons. They love to be involved, have fun, see old friends and make new ones!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Victory is unable to attend ApolloCon 2009.
Martha Wells is the author of seven fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her most recent novels are a fantasy trilogy: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, published by HarperCollins Eos. She has had short stories and essays in magazines and anthologies, and two Stargate Atlantis media-tie-in novels. Her books have been published in eight languages.
Mel. White is the author of a number of science fiction short stories as well as a cartoonist and graphic novel artist. She is probably best remembered for her Duncan And Mallory graphic novel series with Robert Asprin. Her most recent work is a chapter on the anthropology of the World of Warcraft in Battle For Azeroth (Benbella press).