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LC30 Author Guests

While we will try to keep this accurate, be warned that with the exception of our main guests these guys come on their own dime. Because of that things can come up and plans can change, so it is a bit of a moving target

 

Also if you'd like to find out more of what our guests have written please check out the LibertyCon Author's Alley, which has examples of their works that you might have an interest in. Also you will find links to their works on their individual Bio pages.

 

Michael J. Allen


A bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy novels, Michael is best known for his SCION young adult space opera series and his Bittergate contemporary fantasies. A former submarine reactor operator, public speaker, cooking enthusiast, and Starfleet International officer, he's enjoying teenager free days experimenting with diabetic recipes and expanding his published works through his small publishing company Delirious Scribbles Ink. This year he published The Wizard's Bane (Bittergate 2), Hijacked (SCION 2.5), and is scheduled to release Unchained (SCION 3) in September.

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Lou Antonelli


Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He's had 106 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India and Portugal in venues such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others.

His collections include "Fantastic Texas" published in 2009; "Texas & Other Planets" published in 2010; and "The Clock Struck None" and "Letters from Gardner", both published in 2014...

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Charity Ayres


Charity Ayres is a Navy Veteran who has published various works and has four novels: Loki Bound, Loki: Hell Bound, Secret in the Wings and Ice Burns. Charity was featured in the Writer's Digest 83rd Annual Short Story publication for her inspirational story: "What's Left Behind: Daddy's Girl".

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Jonathan David Baird


Jonathan David Baird has worked as an archaeologist for the past fifteen years throughout the Southeast. He left full-time field work in 2011 to finish graduate school. In 2012 Jonathan received a masters degree in English literature from Fort Hays State University. His focus of study was the development of late Victorian Gothic horror. In 2014 he finished a second masters in American history.

Jonathan is the editor and a major contributor to NukeMars.com and has written for and edited several anthology collections.

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Scott W. Baker


Scott W. Baker's students think it's weird that he teaches math and writes. To him, it's a natural fit. His short stories span the speculative genres and have appeared in places like Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and Writers of the Future. He lives in Murfreesboro, TN and online at scottwbaker.net

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Michael Banks

Author

Griffin Barber


A veteran police officer, Griffin Barber is also a lifelong Speculative Fiction fan and avid gamer. He's had several shorts published in the Grantvile Gazette and co-authored 1636: Mission to the Mughals, with Eric Flint. He also penned a well-received novella for RSI's website called: A Separate Law. His blog is: http://therantinggriffin.blogspot.com

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Rod S. Belcher


R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters work in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

The Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest, Rod's short story "Orphans" was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006...

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Rick Boatright


Rick Boatright has been the "tech guy" for the 1632 series since 2001. He's published in the hardcover Grantville Gazettes as well as the E-Zine. Rick's common activities at cons feature his "Weird Tech" presentation, which he insists has nothing to do with steampunk. Outside of the SF universe, Rick is a partner in a small software development firm.

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Karen Bogen

Karen Bogen

Author



K.B. Bogen is a self-confessed knit-/yarn-aholic. She spends as much time as possible either knitting something, inventorying her yarn stash, or fondling yarn at any shop within driving range. Interesting? Depends on your point of view. She likes to cook and she enjoys reading forensic anthropology books. Occasionally at the same time. A native Texan, Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UT Arlington, as well as several health and nutrition certifications...

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David Boop

David Boop

Author



David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He's also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at IntraDenver.net, David's team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage.



His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus...

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Scott Bragg

Scott Bragg

Author



Scott Bragg, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. His head in the clouds, earning his keep building clouds for IT companies. An amateur photographer, he prefers shooting people who generally don't shoot back. He is kept sane and well-grounded by his wife, the always-awesome Wendi Bragg.

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Nick Braker

Nick Braker

Author



Nick Braker graduated with a BS in computing science from the University of Evansville before launching a career in computer programming, engineering, and management. Married and a father of two, Braker is also an avid table tennis player and role playing gamer.

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Brett Brooks

Brett Brooks

Author



Once told that if he were a villain, he'd be called Sarcastro, Brett Brooks is a sharp-witted, dryhumored, and generous-natured writer based in metro Atlanta, Georgia. His work is intelligent and often humorous, focusing on heroic characters, empowered women, and the occasional talking animal. He is not above defying the conventions of genre just to make sure a good story is told.

Brett has long been involved in both the comic and gaming world. He has written comics for both Dark Horse and Tekno Comics, as well as working on White Wolf's World of Darkness RPG...

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Eric S. Brown

Eric S. Brown

Author



Eric S Brown is the author of numerous book series including the Bigfoot War series, the Kaiju Apocalypse series (with Jason Cordova), the Crypto-Squad series (with Jason Brannon), the Homeworld series (With Tony Faville and Jason Cordova), the Jack Bunny Bam series, and the A Pack of Wolves series. Some of his stand alone books include War of the Worlds plus Blood Guts and Zombies, World War of the Dead, Last Stand in a Dead Land, Sasquatch Lake, Kaiju Armageddon, Megalodon, Megalodon Apocalypse, Kraken, Alien Battalion, The Last Fleet, and From the Snow They Came to name only a few...

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Robert Buettner


Robert Buettner has been General Counsel of a unit of one of the United States' largest private multinational companies, served as a US Army intelligence officer, prospected for minerals in Alaska and the Sonoran desert, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow in paleontology.

A Quill Award nominee for Best New Writer of 2005, his best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, was a Quill nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of 2004 and has been called a classic of modern military science fiction...

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David L. Burkhead

David L. Burkhead

Scientist / Author



Indianapolis writer David L. Burkhead is a physicist working in Atomic Force Microscopy. In addition he is an author of science fiction and fantasy with books such as Survival Test, The Hordes of Chanakra, and Big Blue currently available. Current projects include a sequel to The Hordes of Chanakra.

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Daniel Allen Butler


Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, best-selling non-fiction author, and semi-professional beach bum. When not writing, he's a woodworker, gearhead, and model builder, noted for his love of single-malt whisky and Honduran cigars. The Blade Files novels (Cogito Orbis Press) are his first forays into fiction; he has eleven published non-fiction titles to his credit. His personal website can be found at www.danielallenbutler.org.

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David (D.J.) Butler


Dave (D.J.) Butler has mostly recovered from being a lawyer. He writes fantasy for adults (WITCHY EYE, Baen) and kids (THE KIDNAP PLOT, Knopf), loves languages and board games, and plays bad guitar. He's married and has three kids. Dave is also acquisitions editor for Kevin J. Anderson's WordFire Press.

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Paul Cagle

Paul Cagle

Author



Paul Cagle is the host of the Ænigma Project radio show and the administrative co-ordinator for the South Eastern Paranormal Society located in Chattanooga, TN.  His first novel, Shadow Born, is now available on Amazon.  You can find out more about Shadow Born at www.shadow-borne.com.

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Anna Grace Carpenter


A.G. Carpenter writes fiction of (and for) all sorts, with a focus on the speculative. With over a dozen published short stories, her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Nature Magazine - Futures, and others. "The Weather's Always Fine in Paradise", a collection of new and old short stories and novelettes, is available now. Her novellas "Of Lips and Tongue" and "Of Shade and Soul" are available now from Falstaff books, with the third and final book "Of Flesh and Bone" forthcoming...

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Julie Cochrane


Julie Cochrane was born in Ohio and begin crafting her first stories when she was five years old. She made her first attempts at novels in Social Studies and English classes. Cally’s War with John Ringo was the first manuscript she ever finished. Sister Time and Honor of the Clan soon followed, also with John, for Baen Books. She has a degree in psychology from Georgia Tech, where she also studied chemistry. Hobbies include database programming, martial arts, Irish language and music, and fantasy role-playing games...

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David B. Coe / D. B. Jackson


David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy. As D.B. Jackson he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction.

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Jason Cordova

Jason Cordova

Author



Author Jason Cordova was born in California and promptly moved out as soon as he legally could. His first solo novel, Corruptor, was published in November of 2010 by Twilight Times Books. He also has sold fiction in horror, fantasy and steampunk. A former teacher and military veteran, he has circled the globe at least once (and never got arrested or hospitalized, something of a record for him). He currently resides in Virginia and is the "International Ambassador of the Kaiju Awareness Foundation". His web site can be found at: http://www.jasoncordova.com



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Doug Dandridge


Doug Dandridge has been writing for eighteen years, and has over twenty books online, including the Amazon Best Selling series Exodus: Empires at War.  He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, the hottest place on Earth, which gives him plenty of incentive to stay indoors and write.  Doug is a US Army and National Guard veteran (Infantry) and is a military history buff in his spare time.   Doug has sold over a hundred thousand books online, and is constantly writing in one of several of his Universes...

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Jon Del Arroz is a Space Opera and Steampunk author, best known for his work on Star Realms: Rescue Run, the hit novelization of the popular deckbuilding game. He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a reputation for being the Dean Martin of science fiction conventions.

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David Drake

David Drake

Author



I graduated from the U of I with a double major in history and Latin, then married Joanne (Jo) and started Duke Law School. Everything was going fine until the Army drafted me in 1969, changing my immediate career path to a choice between interrogator or grunt. I chose interrogator and was assigned to the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse, thus spending much of 1970 riding armored vehicles through jungles instead of slogging on foot. During my service I learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away...

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Karen Evans

Karen Evans

Author



Karen Evans has been writing SF/F with her husband for almost 10 years, and enjoying the roller-coaster. She planned on being a writer since third grade where she learned cursive, and knew she could now write. When not writing, she enjoys crocheting, embroidery, and other busy-hand activities so she can listen to the voices in her head. She lives in New Mexico with her husband, a dog and a variable number of cats.

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Kevin Evans

Kevin Evans

Author



Kevin H Evans has been writing since 2006; other interests include vintage locomotive restorations, hot air ballooning, SCA combat, gunsmithing, tool and die making.

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Robert S. Evans

Robert S. Evans

Artist / Author



Robert S. Evans is a Georgia Native film writer and director. Having worked on countless projects both large and small, he is always staying active. He attended the New York Film Academy, and shortly there after caught the attention of industry veteran Jeff Burr (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3) . Robert caught his first break with the film "The Last Piece Standing", an Indie Psychological Horror Film which garnered praise for its detailed and chilling world, winning him the Best Original Story at the Seattle Scream Fest in 2006...

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Kacey Ezell

Kacey Ezell

Author



Captain Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF instructor pilot with 2000+ hours in the UH-1N Huey and 122 combat hours flying the Mi-171 in Iraq.  When not teaching young pilots to beat the air into submission, she writes sci-fi/fantasy/horror fiction.  She is married with two daughters.

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Declan Finn

Declan Finn

Author



Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi. This most popular of these books includes the 2016 Dragon Award nominated novel for Best Horror, Honor at Stake: Welcome to New York City, where vampires don't sparkle, they burn. The sequel, Murphy's Law of Vampires and Live and Let Bite are already out.

Finn is one of a legion of writers over at The Catholic Geeks blog (a legion, for we are many). Other books he has written includes the comedy-thriller It Was Only on Stun! where he blows up a sci-fi convention (no, not this one)...

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Mark Fults

Mark Fults

Artist / Author



A native of Chattanooga, Mark Fults is a locally known Fantasy Ink artist, psychic, and ghost hunter. He did the very first logo art for LibertyCon in the 80's and he was proudly Artist Guest of Honor in 1993. Mark is currently revising his book Chattanooga Chills, a lifetime collection of well known and obscure ghost stories and local history of which he has sold over 400 copies so far. Also in production: "My mean old Grandma's good old Cookbook" and a Tarot set titled "The Veiled Unknown"...

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Karl Gallagher

Karl Gallagher

Scientist / Author



Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship and Torchship Pilot are available on Amazon and Audible.

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Charles E. Gannon


Dr. Charles E. Gannon's award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have, to date, all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers. The fourth in the series, Caine's Mutiny, will be available in February 2017. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen Books. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the NYT and WSJ best-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series, and Eric, along with Kevin J. Anderson, will be collaborators in Gannon's Steam, Aether, Empire web serial coming in 2017-8...

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Amie Gibbons

Amie Gibbons

Author



Amie was born and raised in Utah, flew south for school and stayed. She lawyers, writes, dances, sings, and cat-wrangles, and does some better than others. She lives with a picture snapping cat trapped in a man's body, and a man trapped in a cat’s body, who misses opposable thumbs.

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Patricia Gilliam


Patricia Gilliam is the author of The Hannaria Series and a contributor to The Immortality Chronicles (Future Chronicles Series; Windrift Books). She and her husband Cory live in Knoxville, TN.

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Peter Grant

Peter Grant

Author



Peter Grant was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the course of two decades he served in the South African armed forces in active and reserve roles, worked in the information technology industry, and engaged in humanitarian activities before being ordained as a pastor.  He published a non-fiction book in 1984, as well as several articles over the years in professional publications.  In 1997 he immigrated to the USA, where he worked as a pastor and prison chaplain before a crippling injury forced his retirement...

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Rich Groller

Rich Groller

Author



Our own LibertyCon Director of Programming, Rich Groller, is also an author in his own right. He is co-author of The Warrior's Edge (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander), and a contributing author to The American Warrior (Janet and Chris Morris, Eds.), and to the Heroes in Hell shared universe anthology. Nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986, he has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as Military Intelligence, The Field Artillery Journal, Guns and Ammo, and the Journal of Electronic Defense...

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Valerie Hampton

Valerie Hampton

Scientist / Author



Dr. Valerie Hampton is a history professor and author, who founded the American Society for Neo-Medievalism, speaking often at academic conferences on the intersection between popular fantasy and medieval history. She has a Film degree and is an associate producer for the Margaret Weis film, Star of the Guardians.

https://works.bepress.com/valerie_hampton/

www.antiquarianboardgames.com



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Michael H. Hanson

Michael H. Hanson

Author / Publisher





Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world anthology series [currently consisting of "SHA'DAA: TALES OF THE APOCALYPSE", "SHA'DAA: LAST CALL", "SHA'DAA: PAWNS," "SHA'DAA: FACETS", "SHA'DAA: INKED", and the as yet to be released "SHA'DAA: TOYS", all published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). Michael has three collections of poetry in print ("AUTUMN BLUSH", "JUBILANT WHISPERS" published by Racket River Press, an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing and "DARK PARCHMENTS: Midnight Curses and Verses" published by MoonDream Press) and is presently compiling his fourth poetic anthology, "THE GREAT SOAP REBELLION", an illustrated collection of poems for children...

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John Hartness

John Hartness

Author



John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies' virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects.

In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry ne'er-do-wells and founded Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fictions "misfit toys...

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Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Author



Born and raised in Arizona, Kevin Hearne attended college at Northern Arizona University, earning a degree in English Education. It was during this time that he first got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He worked for the college newspaper both as an editorial cartoonist and as a feature columnist, and started a novel that he never finished. He taught high school English for three years in California before returning to teach in Arizona.

Hearne decided to try an epic fantasy...

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Louise Herring-Jones


Louise Herring-Jones (Amy L. Herring) writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her science fiction, dark fantasy, and light horror stories have been published in anthologies, including "Michaelis and the Dew Shades" in Fae Tales of the Mediterranean (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016) and, coming soon, "Shootout at Paint Rock" (in a Pro Se Press anthology) and "High Ground" with illustrations by Melissa Gay (Thunderchild Publishing)...

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Jeremy Hicks

Jeremy Hicks

Author



After an exciting but debilitating career as a field archaeologist, Jeremy Hicks teamed up with long time friend Barry Hayes to realize a creative dream and turn their nightmares into fiction.

The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original fantasy-horror environment (Faltyr), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization with the same name. The first novel was published by Dark Oak Press in 2013; Broke Guys Productions re-released it with a new cover in 2016...

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Robby Hilliard


Robby Hilliard, a native of Chattanooga TN who now resides in Marietta GA, writes horror, science-fiction, and fantasy. His first published short story, “Cold Case”, can be found in the Sha”Daa Shared-Word, Dark-Fantasy Universe published by Copper Dog Publishing.

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Taylor S Hoch

Taylor S Hoch

Author



Taylor S Hoch is the author of the Prospero Clydesdale O'Shaughnessy YA fantasy series with three books out and the fourth book in the series due out in 2017. When Taylor isn't writing novels, she is a songwriter and musician. She has published two albums of Americana music and will be releasing a third album in 2017. Her songs play on radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI. She spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals...

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Dan Hollifield

Dan Hollifield

Author / Publisher



My first professionally published short story is in the POD edition "Flash Of Aphelion" collection of flash fiction short-short stories on Lulu.com. My series of spaceport bar short stories, Tales From the Mare Inebrium, has been published by Allan Gilbreath's Dark Oak Press, available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites in hardback, paperback, Kindle and Nook e-book editions. My self-published music albums on Create Space include two solo albums of instrumental music as well as a licensed collection of instrumental songs inspired by Stephanie Osborn's first four "Displaced Detective" novels...

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John Holmes

John Holmes

Artist / Author



I am a 22 year veteran of both the US Army and the NY Army National Guard, and served in Iraq in 2005. I live and work in Upstate New York.

It all started when I was watching "The Walking Dead" with a friend and she grew irritated at my constant "That's not right!" or "That's impossible!" She challenged me to write something better, and almost a dozen books later, here I am.

My books range from Military Science Fiction to Space Opera to Fantasy, and some comedy thrown in. If you're looking for something to take you away for a day, my books are it!

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H.P. Holo

H.P. Holo

Author



H.P. Holo once told her parents she was bored. They told her to read the dictionary. Thousands of words later, novels happened. H.P. has also been a teacher and library assistant and mostly spends her time gaming, gardening, and thinking about cats, lunch, and how to convince her husband she needs more pets.



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Rob Howell

Rob Howell

Author



Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. Originally from Houston, Texas, he dutifully followed his parents as they went from there to Hillsboro, Texas, then to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and finally to Wichita, Kansas. Along the way, they discovered about the only way to keep Rob quiet was to give him a book. Unfortunately for them, it turned out he could read very quickly, so they had to give him lots of books...

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Daniel M. Hoyt

Daniel M. Hoyt

Scientist / Author



Daniel M. Hoyt is a systems architect for rocket trajectory software, when not writing or wrangling royalty calculations for indie presses. Since his first sale to Analog, Dan has appeared in other magazines and anthologies, notably Witch Way to the Mall, Strip Mauled, and Fangs for the Mammaries (Baen), and Mike Brotherton’s groundbreaking Diamonds in the Sky. Dan has also edited a couple DAW anthologies, Fate Fantastic and Better Off Undead. His debut space opera, Ninth Euclid’s Prince, launched in 2015; sequels are underway. Catch up with him at http://www.danielmhoyt.com

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Sarah A. Hoyt

Sarah A. Hoyt

Author



Sarah A. Hoyt was born (and raised) in Portugal and now lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons, and a variable number of cats, depending on how many show up to beg on the door step. She is the author of more than 30 published novels: science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical mystery, historical fantasy and historical biography. Her short stories have been published in Analog, Asimov's, Weird Tales, and a number of anthologies from DAW and Baen. Her space-opera novel Darkship Thieves was the 2011 Prometheus Award Winner...

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Daniel Humphreys


Daniel Humphreys is the author of the Paxton Locke urban fantasy series and the Z-Day series of post-apocalyptic thrillers. He lives in southern Indiana with his family.

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Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author



Faith Hunter, urban fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SciFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time (about 60 hours a week) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast...

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Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson

Author / Publisher



Steve Jackson graduated from Rice University in Houston. While there, he spent most of his time playing wargames and working on the student paper, the Thresher (he spent two years as editor). He became a writer and game publisher, proving that college can be very valuable as long as you don't let classes get in your way.

He has survived involvements with the Republican Party (alternate delegate to the 1972 convention, but he got better - he now considers himself a small-l libertarian), the SCA (former landed baron and National Chronicler) and law school (escaping before the bar exam; game design was more fun)...

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Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Scientist / Author



Paula S. Jordan, a poet, occasional blogger, actress, and former orbit analyst for NASA and NOAA, where she supported 30+ science missions, including the lunar-orbiting Clementine mission that first detected water on the moon. More recently, she has authored three Analog stories, including Vooorh, a novelette, Jul/Aug 2014. She is now at work on her first novel, set in the present-day North Carolina Mountains. In it, a resourceful small-town group of friends joins forces with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend both humans and friendly aliens from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species...

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Allan Kemp

Allan Kemp

Author



Allan Kemp is the author of the Black Phoenix urban fantasy series. His short stories have appeared in “Dark Gothic Resurrected,” “Eyedrum Periodically,” and the urban fantasy anthology “Babes and Beasts” from Bloody Kisses Press. When he’s not writing books, he is an award winning television promotions writer/producer.

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Bart Kemper

Bart Kemper

Scientist / Author



Bart is an inventor, soldier, engineer, writer, and photographer. He is active in mechanical, product development, subsea, military, and forensic engineering. P is for Plenty except when it is not.

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Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Author



A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the "Occupied Seattle" military fiction duology, "The Theogony" and "Codex Regius" science fiction trilogies, the "War for Dominance" fantasy trilogy, and stories in the "Four Horsemen" universe. Get his latest free story at his website, http://chriskennedypublishing.com. Chris is also an accomplished publisher, having produced bestselling stories by Mark Wandrey and Jason Cordova, among others...

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Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Scientist / Author



Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq.

His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series will culminate later this year in The Tchaikovsky Finale...

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Alistair Kimble


Alistair Kimble is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he has served in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Denver. He works national security matters and is a member of Denver's Evidence Response Team. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he dangled from helicopters while performing search & rescue operations.

Iron Angels, an urban fantasy novel with police procedural bones, co-written with Eric Flint (author of the bestselling 1632 series), is scheduled for release on September 5th 2017 from Baen Books...

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Tom Kratman

Tom Kratman

Author



Tom Kratman is a political refugee and defector from the People's Republic of Massachusetts. The mechanism of his defection was enlisting into the Army in 1974 at age 17, which deeply distressed his high school (Boston Latin, founded 1635) as they thought he had "higher and better things" ahead of him. He served two years as an enlisted grunt with the 101st Airborne and one and a half with the 193rd Infantry Brigade in Panama, getting 2 years of college done in the process (when he wasn't in the field he was taking courses)...

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Becky Kyle

Becky Kyle

Author / Publisher



Born on Friday 13, Rebecca developed an early love for the unusual. Dragons, vampires and all manner of magical beings haunt her thoughts and stir her to the keyboard. She currently lives between the Smoky and Cumberland mountains with her husband and four cats. Her first YA novel, Fanny & Dice, was released on Halloween 2015. Her upcoming vampire short story collection will be released in 2016. She's working on both short and long fiction on her own and with co-conspirators.

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Michael Lackey


A believer in things most found silly, Michael Lackey has always been a dreamer. He loved to pretend as a child in the forests of Alabama. Michael would find himself in a land of monsters where he was the only one who could save the world from utter destruction. In his free time, Michael would map out bike courses and fantasize about becoming the next big Hollywood stuntman. With the stunts complete, Michael would raise his sword high and proclaim himself the slayer of the mystical beasts plaguing his land...

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Dina Leacock

Dina Leacock

Author



Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has been writing for more than 20 years and has sold more than 250 short stories. She has two published books including , Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She is proud to be one of the founding members as well as a president of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference. She recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center and lives with her husband, sometimes her son and of course her cat on the edge of the Pine Barrens in Southern New Jersey (home of the Jersey Devil).

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Tamara Lowery

Tamara Lowery

Author



Tamara has been quite mad since about 1978. She embraced her madness rather than fought it, and she has turned it to her advantage now as a multi-genre author. Her published works include the adventure/horror Waves of Darkness series, which follows the adventures of pirate-turned-living-vampire Viktor Brandewyne aka Bloody Vik Brandee, and the mid-winter dark fantasy short, In the Dead of Winter. She also has several WIPs and story ideas awaiting her time and attention in various genres. Born in the Chattanooga area, she has lived in various spots around the southeast over the past five decades...

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Terry Maggert

Terry Maggert

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Terry writes Science Fiction, Horror, and Urban Fantasy because that's all he absorbed prior to 1987. Since that year, he prefers pie with his books, and he's just launched his second series, "Banshee". His "Fearless" series is five books and growing. Husband to a Half-Norwegian, left handed, and a fan of all things oceanic, this is his third visit to LibertyCon.

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Geoffrey Mandragora


Geoffrey Mandragora is the pen name for Brent Mehring. He is currently completing three years of rehab following a twenty year addiction to historical re-enactment. After decades of arguing with people about what is "period," his first novel, The Thunderbolt Affair sets the argument, "What is Steampunk?"His obsession with minute details of abandoned technologies and outmoded social behavior often leads to production hours lost to research, followed by long chapters of "I researched it, you have to read about it...

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De Anna McHarge Manning


DeAnna is a writer of horror and science fiction. She draws on her Southern heritage for her inspirations. She has had her first published story, Her, in the anthology Dark Corners by Iron Clad Press.



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Gail Z.Martin

Gail Z.Martin

Author



Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series debuts from Solaris Books in 2017.

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Mike Massa

Mike Massa

Author



Mike Massa has lived an adventurous life, including stints as Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker and a technologist. He lived outside the US for several years, plus the usual deployments. Newly published, Mike is married with three sons, who check daily to see if today is the day they can pull down the old lion. Not yet...

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Susan Matthews


Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing - set in the inter-galactic "Jurisdiction" universe - has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of "Uncle" Andrej Koscuisko, who is Not a Nice Man; a Ship's Surgeon/Ship's Inquisitor trying to reconcile unwelcome truths about himself with his continuing struggle to be a decent human being, and subverting the increasingly totalitarian rule of Law and the Judicial order while he's at it...

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Thomas A. Mays


CDR Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 22-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He is currently the Commanding Officer of Assault Craft Unit TWO in Virginia Beach, VA. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story)...

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Todd McCaffrey


Todd J. McCaffrey is a US Army veteran, a cross-continent pilot, a computer geek, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is also the son of Nebula Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey and grew up in the world of s-f/f publishing and editing. In 1992 he attended Clarion West and has subsequently run several short writing workshops of his own. His near-future AI thriller, City of Angels, will be published in May by Wordfire Press. His website is: http://www.toddmccaffrey.org

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Edward McKeown


Edward McKeown is best known for his Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe. He has now debuted a new series set in the same universe, featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced pilot named Wrik Trigardt, as they battle governments and the Thieves Guild for their freedom in, My Outcast State, Against that Time and the forthcoming, The Lost.

Ed escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous "Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess" shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his "Knight Templar" urban fantasy series...

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Nan Monroe

Nan Monroe

Author



I am a lover of books, movies, and music. Gilded Dragonfly Books has published four of my short stories, “Sybilla diSante and the Sepia World” (in Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake), “Christmas Rose” (in A Stone Mountain Christmas), “Neighbor Haint” (in Finding Love’s Magic), and “Firegale at the Festival” (in Legends of the Dragon, Vol. 1). My first novel, the YA fantasy-romance Atterwald, was published in December 2014. As Kelley S. Ceccato, I have written a number of audio dramas for the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.

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Laura Montgomery


Laura Montgomery began reading science fiction when she was thirteen, when the local U.S. Air Force base donated many amazing books to the school she attended in northern Thailand. She practices space law in Washington, D.C., and has worked on space tourism and launch safety regulations, which, honestly, are not science fiction. She writes science fiction with a legal twist, and space opera. Her books include Sleeping Duty, a space opera, Manx Prize, a hard science fiction novel about orbital debris, and The Sky Suspended, a novel of lawyers, crowds, and a starship.

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T.J. Morris

T.J. Morris

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TJ is a veteran of the US Air Force. He spent many days in the New Mexico desert during his youth. He has been married over thirty one years and is a father of three: two boys, one girl. In his life he has been a janitor, a carpenter, a diesel mechanic, an aircraft technician, a student, a teacher, and now a writer. His love of comics and science fiction/fantasy literature began when he was in sixth grade. This book marks the beginning of what he hopes to be a career in writing. He currently labors as an Algebra II and Advanced Mathematical Decision Making teacher at Lithia Springs High School in Litha Springs, GA...

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Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn

Scientist / Author



Few can claim the varied background of award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.

Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resume. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects...

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David E. Pascoe


David E. Pascoe is a ne’er-do-well of broad interests and little focus. He spent his childhood firmly ensconced in worlds of fantasy and science fiction with brief sorties into worlds of contemporary, horror and historical fiction of various stripes and inclinations. After rigorous intellectual training in theology and philosophy, he elected to enlist in the United States Navy, during which he used none of his skills to particularly good effect. Upon his separation from active duty, he dove back into science fiction, but this time as a writer...

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Beth Patterson

Beth Patterson

Author / Performer



Beth W. Patterson was a full-time musician for over two decades before diving into the world of writing, a process she describes as "fleeing the circus to join the zoo". She is the author of the books Mongrels and Misfits, and The Wild Harmonic, and she is a contributing writer to sixteen anthologies.

Patterson has performed in seventeen countries across the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. Her playing appears on over a hundred and forty albums, soundtracks, videos, commercials, and voice-overs (including seven solo albums of her own)...

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Rocky Perry

Rocky Perry

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Rocky P Perry, rockyperry.com , was born in 1975 in Flintstone, Ga. Diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of six, he spent the first years of his life learning in small a classroom away from his peers. He first learned to read on his own at the age of ten and was allowed to join his classmates in middle school. His struggles with reading left him without any ability to explore the world inside books like other readers. This gave him a drive to explore worlds in his mind. He loved to look at comic books and make up his own stories, which eventually led to him becoming a storyteller...

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Van Allen Plexico


Van Allen Plexico won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards for both Novel of the Year and Anthology of the Year. He is the Amazon bestselling author of fifteen novels and numerous short stories, audiobooks, novellas, nonfiction books, columns and essays from a variety of publishers. In addition to his long-running SENTINELS superhero novel series and his SHATTERING Military SF/Space Opera series, he has created two bestselling nonfiction books about Marvel's Avengers as well as being selected to write the year-by-year history of the Avengers for Upper Deck's commemorative trading card set...

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L. R. Barrett-Durham (Leia Powell)


L R Barrett-Durham (Leia Powell) has been producing stained glass masterpieces for nearly twenty years. Licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., she is first stained glass artist in history to be the sole licensee to create glass art of an author's trademarked characters. She was given the great honor of both the Polly Freas Viewers Choice and Best 2D art awards at LibertyCon28.

She is also an established author with over half a dozen novels varying in genres of urban and epic fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, horror, and childrens literature...

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Martin Powell

Martin Powell

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Martin Powell has written hundreds of stories in numerous genres for Disney, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Capstone Books, among others. Nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for his work with Sherlock Holmes, he has written many of the most popular characters in the industry, including Superman, Batman, Popeye the Sailor, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Tarzan of the Apes.

https://www.facebook.com/martin.powell1

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Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest

Author



Cherie Priest is the author of 20 books and novellas, including the haunted house thriller The Family Plot, gothic horror novel Maplecroft from Roc, and the award-winning Clockwork Century series from Tor.

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Rob Reed

Rob Reed

Author



Rob Reed has been a reporter, magazine staff writer, web content writer, and firearms instructor. His story Souvenirs is featured in Michael Z. Williamson's upcoming Forged in Blood anthology. He is currently working on his first novel.

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Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Author / Performer



Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show.

His fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies, and his first novel is being published by WordFire Press. He is a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books and a singer/songwriter with two albums of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired music...

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John Ringo

John Ringo

Author



John Ringo's science fiction is action-oriented and abounding in characters to root for. He is the creator of the New York Times best-selling military science fiction series The Posleen Wars, with over one million copies in print. Ringo is also the author of the far-future science fiction adventure saga, The Council War. In addition to breaking new ground with hard-hitting contemporary fantasies Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands, Ringo created he nationally best-selling techno-thriller Ghost series, as well as military techno-thriller The Last Centurion, which was also a national bestseller...

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Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Scientist / Author



Dr. Tedd Roberts (pseudonym of Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D.) is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites to cure them), exotic toxins, and brain effects of a zombie virus. His science writing ranges from the mysteries of the brain to surviving the Apocalypse, from prosthetics to TV & movie diseases, and from fictional depiction of real science to living in space...

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Hans G. Schantz

Hans G. Schantz

Scientist / Author



A theoretical physicist by training, Hans G. Schantz discovered how bound or reactive electromagnetic energy becomes radiation and vice versa. He parlayed his scientific expertise into a career as an inventor with more than 40 patents, and he co-founded Q-Track Corporation where he serves as CTO designing and selling indoor location systems that rely on low-frequency near-field wireless technology. He is the author of The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas, and the science fiction techno-thriller, The Hidden Truth. Hans lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, and two sets of twins.

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Dave Schroeder


Dave Schroeder is a retired IT executive from Atlanta who enjoys performing with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. He's the author of the Xenotech Support series of SF humor novels about an entrepreneur supporting alien technology after Earth joins the Galactic Free Trade Association and his new fantasy humor series, Congruent Magic, operates on the principle that any sufficiently advance magic is indistinguishable from technology.

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Lydia Sherrer

Lydia Sherrer

Author



Author of a modern fantasy series and award-winning short stories, Lydia Sherrers goal is to leave the world a better place than when she found it. She believes dark chocolate and tea are legitimate sources of nutrition, and one day hopes to visit every country in the world.

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Stephen J. Simmons


Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  He sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues, every one of which went out of business after buying his work, so he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  His first novel, The Galileo Syndrome, was released in 2014.

Stephen grew up in a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and went to high school in Albany...

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Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Author



A native Texan by birth (if not geography), Chris moved 'home' as soon as he could. Attending Texas A+M for two of the four years he lived in College Station, he learned quickly that there was more to college than drinking beer and going to football games. Deciding that a change of venue may be more beneficial, he moved to San Antonio, attending SAC and UTSA, graduating in late 2000 with a BA in Lit. While there, he also met a wonderful lady that somehow found him to be funny, charming, and worth marrying...

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Kal Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author



Kal Spriggs is a science fiction and fantasy author. He currently has three series in print: The Renegades space opera and space exploration series, the Shadow Space Chronicles military science fiction and space opera series, and the Eoriel Saga epic fantasy series.

Kal is a US Army veteran who has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives in Colorado, and is married to his wonderful wife (who deserves mention for her patience with his writing) and also shares his home with his newborn son, three feline overlords, and a rather put-upon dog...

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S. Andrew Swann


S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He’s married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published 25 novels since 1993, which include science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has recently completed the Dragon* series of light fantasy novels for DAW books, consisting of Dragon•Princess, Dragon•Thief, and Dragon•Wizard.

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Patrick Vanner


Patrick A. Vanner was born into a Marine family, and, after attending Penn State University, majoring in aerospace and electrical engineering, he enlisted in the Marine Corps like his parents before him. After a successful military tour, he earned a degree in network administration and began a career in telecommunications and information technology. He divides his time between working, reading, writing, gaming and spending an exorbitant amount of money on anime, giving truth to the saying, "Anime, it's more addictive than crack"...

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Henry Vogel

Henry Vogel

Author



Growing up, Henry worked at the usual range of menial jobs, from grocery store bag boy to pizza delivery to retail sales, before ending up in software development. In between the menial jobs and the IT jobs, he achieved some small fame as the writer and co-creator of the small press comic book titles Southern Knights and X-Thieves. For the past ten years, Henry has also taken up the mantle of professional storyteller, performs regularly throughout the state of North Carolina, and has recently released his first book of children's stories...

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Peter J. Wacks


Peter J Wacks was purportedly born in California sometime during 1976. He has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Throughout the course of his life, he has hitchhiked across the States and backpacked across Europe on the Eurail. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

He is a bestselling cross-genre writer who has worked in various capacities across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels...

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Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Author



Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to write. After penning countless short stories, he realized novels were his real calling and hasn't looked back since. A lifetime of diverse jobs, extensive travels, and living in most areas of the country have uniquely equipped him with experiences to color his stories in ways many find engaging and thought provoking.

His current work is the Four Horsemen Universe, centering around the recently released Cartwright's Cavaliers, and coming soon Winged Hussars...

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David M. Weber


David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1952. He started writing poetry and short fiction in the fifth grade, and a lifetime of reading, writing, and studying has given him a love of storytelling that clearly shows in his work. In his stories, he creates a consistent and rationally explained technology and society. Even when dealing with fantasy themes, the magical powers are treated like another technology with supporting rational laws and principles...

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Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Author / Publisher



Toni Weisskopf is publisher of Baen Books. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, John Ringo, Sarah A. Hoyt, Larry Corriea, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children's folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House. For Baen she's edited three original hard sf anthologies: Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Sol System, Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Far Futures and Transhuman, with sf author Mark L...

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Rich Weyand

Rich Weyand

Author



Rich Weyand is a computer consultant and digital forensic analyst. He was born in Illinois and lived there almost 60 years before he and his wife engineered an escape to the hills of southern Indiana in 2011. His undergraduate and graduate education is in Physics, and he's never really recovered. He has co-authored several legal books and articles on automated trade secret asset management, and is currently heading up the launch of a computer software start-up. The June 2016 publication of his anthology of Hard-SF and Fantasy shorts, Adamant and other stories, is his first published fiction.

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Michael Z. Williamson


Michael Z. Williamson is an immigrant from the UK and Canada, a retired veteran of the USAF and US Army, a writer of things SF-ey, fantasy and techno-ey, a bladesmith and a firearms enthusiast. He has multiple novels with Baen, three with HarperCollins, dozens of shorts and articles in magazines and sites all over, and has consulted and served as armorer for Discovery and Outdoor Channel productions. He's also Editor-at-Large of Survivalblog. When not writing, he's a craftsman and purveyor of SharpPointyThings...

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Dawn Witzke

Dawn Witzke

Author





Dawn Witzke is a freelance writer, graphic artist and master level procrastinator. She has crafted book covers for the Dragon Award Nominated novel, Honor At Stake by Declan Finn, Erin Lale's sci-fi Punch Series, and a variety of other authors. Dawn can be found over at her blog, Books & Art, where she randomly posts artwork, book reviews and writing. http://author.dawnwitzke.com

She is also a published writer of diverse styles and genres. She is the author of the Relic Hunter Catholic Space Adventure short fiction series, Path of Angels (March 2017) and was runner up in the 2015 Liberty Island Magazine Halloween contest with her short story, "Children of Whitechapel".

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Chris Woods

Chris Woods

Author



Christopher Woods, a carpenter of twenty five years, has spent the majority of his life with a book in hand. In 2014 he released his first book, Soulguard. He now lives in Woodbury, TN with his wife and stepdaughter. He has released numerous books since that day in 2014.

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Anita C. Young


Anita C. Young is a Medical Laboratory Scientist who spends her free time thinking of ways to explain the supernatural and unexplained through science. She loves animals and is an intensely introverted person who coined the phrase "Caution when approaching introverts; they startle easily and may flee into traffic".

http://www.amazon.com/Anita-C.-Young/e/B00HI6MD3G

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James Young

James Young

Author



James Young is a Missouri native who left small town life to attend a small, well-known Federal institution in upstate New York. After obtaining a degree in military history from West Point, Mr. Young spent six years repaying his education via military service in various locations (both foreign and domestic). Along the way he collected a loving, patient, and beautiful spouse (Anita C. Young)...and various animals that only fit those descriptions when it suited them.

After leaving the Army, James returned to the Midwest to pursue his Ph...

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