We are pleased to announce the following guests for ApolloCon 2011:
Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is the author of eleven novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch.
Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.
Her third novel The Death of the Necromancer (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Nominee and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee.
The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, published by HarperCollins Eos -- The Wizard Hunters (May 2003), The Ships of Air (July 2004), and The Gate of Gods, (November 2005) -- is set in the same world as The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer. She has also published two media tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, released in March 2006, and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement in March 2007.
She has had short stories published in Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Lone Star Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy #7 (Tachyon Press), and the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, and has essays in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever and Mapping the World of Harry Potter (BenBella Books, 2005).
Her newest fantasy novel, The Cloud Roads, was published by Night Shade Books in March 2011, and the sequel, The Serpent Sea, will be out in 2012.
Ann VanderMeer is the founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Weird Tales, the oldest fantasy magazine in the world, for which she recently received a Hugo award. She has also been nominated for the World Fantasy award and the Shirley Jackson award. Work from her press has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, the IHG Award, and appeared in several year's best anthologies.
Ann has partnered with her husband, author Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award winning Leviathan series, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, The New Weird, Steampunk and Fast Ships, Black Sails. A guest editor for Best American Fantasy, she is currently co-editing the following anthologies: Steampunk Reloaded, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, and A Compendium of Dark and Imaginative Fictions. Her latest is the humorous book The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals.
She has also taught many writing workshops, including Clarion, Odyssey and Shared Worlds as well conducting creativity seminars for such varied audiences as the librarians of the state of Arizona and Blizzard Entertainment. She has been profiled/interviewed for WIRED.Com, National NPR and The Weather Channel.
In addition to her editing responsibilities, she has a regular monthly art column on www.i09.com. During the day, she holds down a very demanding full-time job in software development; designing and implementing accounting, business and production systems for boat, motorcycle, RV and home manufacturing companies and well as overseeing the medical practice management division. In her spare time she is a volunteer tutor for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. Ann lives with her husband Jeff and four cats in Tallahassee, Florida.
Due to extenuating circumstances, B.E. Johnson will not be able to join us at ApolloCon 2011.
I discovered fandom in 1974, the year after I graduated from college, when the Madison science fiction group published our first issue of Janus. "It's a fanzine," said Hank Luttrell, the Hugo-nominated fanzine editor who had lent us his mailing list and mimeograph machine. "What's a fanzine?" I asked. Resistance was futile. Following my assimilation into FIAWOL, I attended Minicon and then the 1976 worldcon -- MidAmericon, or Big Mac -- where I was delighted to meet a bunch of feminist SF fans agitating for changes in SF and fandom. I joined A Women's Apa on the spot. After we got back home the Madison SF group decided to create a feminist (and reduced) version of Big Mac in the form of our own local convention: WisCon. Meanwhile, Janus evolved into a feminist fanzine, earning a couple Hugo nominations for its editors -- Janice Bogstad and me. Janus turned into Aurora in 1979, the same year I was hired as an artist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, partially on the basis of the design work I did in fandom. Time passed. The Madison SF group incorporated as SF³ and published 26 issues of Janus/Aurora. I met my partner Scott through fandom (and his cousin Spike). I traveled to the UK as a TAFF winner in 1987, received several Hugo nominations as fan editor and fan artist, and co-chaired the fanzine convention, Corflu 10 in 1993 in Madison. But gradually my career, WisCon, and the Tiptree Award displaced fanzines among my priorities. I've largely disappeared from the fanzine scene except for the occasional illo and article published in friends' zines. Nevertheless, I have worked on every WisCon, all 35 of them, so far. I chaired the anniversary WisCons, numbers 20 (1996) and 30 (2006). In 1993 I chaired a panel of judges for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and have served as a member of the Tiptree Award's motherboard since its inception. The thing that most inspired my passion early in my fannish career--feminist SF--continues to fire me up. Currently, in my ?real life,? the DNR no longer employs me; I now happily support myself as a graphic designer/owner at Union Street Design, LLC, working out of my home office with a lovely view of the lilac bushes in our back yard. Occasionally science fiction and paying gigs overlap, as it did this year, when I sold cover art to Aqueduct Press for Eleanor Arnason's newest book, Tomb of the Fathers. I live with my partner Scott Custis in Madison, Wisconsin, in a beautiful old house which provides us with never-ending opportunities for repair and refurbishing.
Rocky Kelley is an award winning artist who?s works include a wide variety of genres such as: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pre-Raphaelite, Surrealism, and much more.
Rocky received the Director's Award at the 2006 World Fantasy Art Show for his painting titled "Come Out and Play".
The David Letterman Show, Spiegel and Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogs, U.S. Art and Southwest Art magazines and various galleries have all hosted Kelley's designs.
When asked to describe his creations, Rocky says "My writings and paintings are the result of witnessing that rare moment when a dream passes through a seam in darkness and rests with reality. What never was, is transformed into what will always be."
Kelley's distinctively different approach and unusual effects entice viewers to immerse themselves in his intricate work, for hidden within many paintings are aesthetic puzzles. These puzzles encourage further journeys into the mysteries that are captured on canvas. He enjoys depicting vivid messages that often emerge from the darkest of pigments. Thus he creates a visual paradox: The more that is revealed, the more there is to grasp.
Kelley also creates works of dark fantasy under the pseudonym of "Ashen Gray" and he is the founder of the Dark Rose Alliance. An interview with Ashen appeared in the February 2011 issue of Dark Faery Subculture Magazine.
Rocky has written his first book and is currently creating illustrations for that project. Other projects in the works include illustrations for a collaboration with writer Raven Sexton and a new series of fantasy paintings. His works may be viewed at the websites listed above.
Lou Antonelli is a long-time newspaper editor who started writing SF and fantasy in 2003 when he was 45. After seven years he's had 48 short stories published in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. in magazines such as Asimov's, Baen's Universe, Dark Recesses and Andromeda Spaceways. He has had ten honorable mentions in The Year's Best Science Fiction published by St. Martin's Press. His Texas-themed short story collection Fantastic Texas has been published by Fantastic Books. He lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he is the managing editor of The Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune, with wife Patricia and one and a half Labs, Millie and Sugar.
Michael Bracken is the author of 11 books, including Psi Cops and Canvas Bleeding, and more than 800 short stories published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Fantastic, Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin, Hot Blood: Strange Bedfellows, Midnight, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Northern Horror, Sun, Weirdbook, Young World, and many other anthologies and periodicals. He is also the editor of five crime fiction anthologies, including the three-volume Fedora series.
David Bennett Carren has written and/or produced more than 200 films and television shows. His credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stargate SG-1, Buck Rogers, TekWar, Battlestar Galactica, Knightrider, and Beauty and the Beast.
He directed and co-wrote the 2008 feature, The Red Queen, which earned an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival. Medallion Books released his sci-fi novel, No Power on Earth, and his short story If She Dies was published in Twisted Tales before he adapted it as an episode of The New Twilight Zone.
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.
Due to extenuating circumstances, Scott Cupp will not be able to join us at ApolloCon 2011.
Inspired by the space program, Marianne Dyson became one of NASA's first women flight controllers. She has won the Golden Kite and American Institute of Physics science writing awards for her children's books about space. A life member of SFWA, she encourages everyone to read her novelette in the July/Aug issue of Analog. A former editor of Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society (NSS), she blogs about shuttle missions and reviews books for NSS. Dyson has a degree in physics and a 2nd degree 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.
Gabrielle S. Faust is best known for her dark fantasy vampire series Eternal Vigilance. She is a regular contributor to the websites SciFi Wire, Fear Zone and Fatally Yours, and a member of the Horror Writers Association. She was the Guest of Honor at the Anne Rice Vampire Ball in 2008 and is on the Board of Directors of the Vampire Film Festival.
In addition to writing, Melanie Fletcher does way too many things to be listed here -- let's just say she is Hobby Lobby's beyotch and leave it at that. Her recent writing credits include "The Padre, the Rabbi and the Devil His Own Self" (Helix SF, helixsf.com), "Lost in Whitby" (Fabulous Whitby, ed. Sue Thomason, Shrew Press UK) and Sabre Dance (Double Dog #4, ed. Selina Rosen, Yard Dog Press). An expatriate Chicagoan, she currently lives in North Dallas with a Bodacious Brit, a dollhouse addiction and two fabulous furballs.
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 BA 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 is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
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.
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.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Julie Kenner is unable to attend ApolloCon 2010.
Due to extenuating circumstances, Julie Kenner will not be able to join us at ApolloCon 2011.
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. She has published short fiction in various anthologies, including Witch Way to the Mall, Fangs for the Mammaries (October 2010), The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse, Dracula's Lawyer, and International House of Bubbas and the novels The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now! (coauthor) and House of Doors. She holds degrees in history and law, and is a copy editor, scuba diver, underwater photographer 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.
C. J. Mills has spend most of her adult life in Minnesota, though she grew up all over the Upper Midwest - Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska. She has published an historical-adventure novel, Three Rivers, which was nominated for the Golden Spur award of the Western Writers of America, and five SF novels (the Winter World series). She comes from a line of women writers: her mother and maternal grandmother were journalists; her paternal grandmother and aunt were both short-story writers. Teaching is her other occupation, English (secondary schools and college) and German (grades 2-12). She lives not in Austin with a parrot, a dog, and two cats.
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.
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.
Rie's short stories appear in the Double Dragon's From Within the Mist ebook and The Stygian Soul as well as Yard Dog Press' A Bubba In Time Saves None. Her anthology RieVisions is available from Mundania Press and novel The Lute and the Liar is under their Awe-Struck Books imprint. Midnight Showcase carries romantic fantasy Sidhe Moved Through the Faire. Writer's Exchange has re-released her Young Adult fantasy, The Right Hand of Velachaz, and Yard Dog Press is also home to humorous horror chapbooks Tales from the Home for Wayward Spirits and Bar-B-Que Grill and Bruce and Roxanne Save the World...Again.
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!
Willing to pay in livestock, 1st born children and monkey paws.
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 includes a chapter on the anthropology of the World of Warcraft in Battle For Azeroth (Benbella press) and a story in A Bubba In Time Saves None (Yard Dog Press).
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