Jonathan David Baird has worked professionally as an archaeologist since 1994. He has a masters degree in English literature from Fort Hays State University. His focus of study was the influence of Darwin's theory on late 19th century Gothic horror literature. He also has a masters from Ft Hays in American history with a focus on the frontier and frontier mythology. Jonathan has an avid interest in medieval combat and fought at Battle of the Nations (the world championship of medieval combat) in 2017. Besides medieval combat his interests include traditional skills, primitive technology, and ethnobotany.
Jonathan is the editor and a major contributor to NukeMars.com (A Journal of Speculative Reality), he has written for and edited several anthology collections, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He is currently working on an allegorical comic-book series called Dark Maiden which debuted at number 8 on Amazon in comics and graphic novels.
In 2018 Jonathan completed the MFA program at Lindenwood University.
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Jonathan David Baird
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Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Author and Archaeologist David Baird moderates this panel on ethnobotany (the study of a region's plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local cultures, religions and people.)
Mad Scientists and Monsters: Darwins Effect on late 19th Century Gothic Horror Literature
Darwin is not so much the father of evolutionary theory as he is a Titan releasing a scientific Kraken on the Victorian world. A modern Prometheus changing how we view the world forever. New ways of thinking challenge old patterns and out of this ideological conflict is birthed a new mythology. Here is the origin of all our modern myths. Dragons become sauropods and werewolves become ape men. Magic is transformed into science and the world falls into a new age of epic adventure.