Eric Flint – Guest Of Honor
Stephanie Osborn – Special Guest
Award-winning author Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in civilian/military space programs, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to some 50 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the Cresperian Saga book series, and has written the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective Series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files,” and the award-winning, exciting Sherlock Holmes: Gentleman Aegis series. Her latest venture: Division One, her take on the urban legend of the mysterious people who make evidence…disappear, as well as the ongoing story of Dominick Ashton and his legacy in Richard Weyand’s popular EMPIRE series. In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily “pays it forward,” teaching math and science through numerous media including e-books, radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
Dr. Charles Gannon – Special Guest
Dr Gannon’s Biography
Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s best-selling books have won the Dragon Award, the ALA Choice Award (Outstanding Book), the Compton Crook Award, and have been nominated for four Nebulas. He is best known for the Caine Riordan series of hard sf novels, which have all been national best-sellers and include 4 finalists for the Nebula, 2 for the Dragon Award, and a Compton Crook winner. In 2020, the “Caineverse” expanded into an exclusive imprint, Beyond Terra Press (Chris Kennedy Publications) which, now entering its third season, has brought readers the closely entwined Murphy’s Lawless series, reissued the anthology Lost Signals of the Terran Republic, and will soon be releasing stand-alone novels focused on Caine and other major characters from various the series.
Gannon’s epic fantasy series, The Vortex of Worlds, debuted in 2021 with This Broken World. He collaborates w/ Eric Flint in the NYT/WSJ bestselling Ring of Fire series, has written two solo novels in John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising world, and co-authored three volumes with Steve White in the Starfire series. He’s also worked in the Honorverse, Man-Kzin, and War World universes. His other writing credits include lots of short fiction, table-top roleplaying games (Traveller, 2300 AD, Twilight: 2000, Dark Conspiracy) and years of work as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC.
As a Distinguished Professor of English, Gannon received 5 Fulbrights, and his Rumors of War & Infernal Machines won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Book. He is a frequent subject matter expert for national media venues (NPR, Discovery, etc.) and for various intelligence and defense agencies.
Faith Hunter – Special Guest
Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of several series: Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats.
In addition, she has edited several anthologies and coauthored the Rogue Mage RPG.
She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter.
Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in
print and is juggling multiple projects.
She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since. Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunderstorms, and writes. She drinks a lot of tea. She likes to kayak Class II & III whitewater rivers. Some days she’s a lady.
Some days she ain’t.
John Hartness – Guest
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, the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. He is also a cast member of the role-playing podcast Authors & Dragons, where a group of comedy, fantasy, and horror writers play Dungeons & Dragons. Very poorly.
In 2016, John teamed up with several other publishing industry professionals to create Falstaff Books, a small press dedicated to publishing the best of genre fiction’s “misfit toys.” Falstaff Books has since published over 200 titles with authors ranging from first-timers to NY Times bestsellers, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. 2019 saw the launch of Book Babble, a YouTube show where John and Falstaff Books Associate Publisher Melissa McArthur interview professional writers about the books they love.
In his copious free time John enjoys long walks on the beach, rescuing kittens from trees and playing Magic: the Gathering. John’s pronouns are he/him.
Joshua Palmatier – Guest
Joshua Palmetier is a fantasy author with a PhD in mathematics. He currently teaches at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York, while writing in his “spare” time, editing anthologies, and running the anthology-producing small press Zombies Need Brains LLC. His most recent fantasy novel, Reaping the Aurora, concludes the fantasy series begun in Shattering the Ley and Threading the Needle, although you can also find his “Throne of Amenkor” series and the “Well of Sorrows” series still on the shelves. He is currently hard at work writing his next novel and designing the Kickstarter for the next Zombies Need Brains anthology project.
J F Posthumus – Guest
Wife and a mother of five, J.F. Posthumus is an IT Tech with over a decade of experience. When she isn’t arguing with computers and their inherent gremlins, or being mom to the four younger monsters (the eldest has flown the nest and is doing quite well on his own), she’s crafting, writing, or doing some other sort of art. An avid gamer, she loves playing Dungeons & Dragons, and a variety of other board games with her family and friends. She’s also a hopeless romantic, thanks to all the fairy tales she cut her eyeteeth on–they were what J.F. Posthumus learned to read before she discovered the Boxcar Children Mysteries. From there, she fell into the rabbit hole that’s reading, where she discovered a love for mysteries, fantasy, and the occasional romance. Since writing was her favorite subject, she naturally incorporated her love of murder, mysteries, and fantasy into her works.
When she came up with the idea of a body being found at a local building, it was only natural to create a necromancer for the job. From there, Catherine’s story unfolded, complete with monsters, magic, and a little bit of romance…
Henry Vogel – Guest
Henry began his first writing career in comic books. He spent the 1980s writing and publishing the superhero title Southern Knights, and the space and time-travel, caper comedy title Aristocratic Xtraterrestrial Time-Traveling Thieves. Along the way, he became the first comics professional online. A crash in the independent comic book market ended his comic book writing career. In 2006, Henry became a performing storyteller. He has performed all across North Carolina and has entertained thousands with his tales. In 2012, Henry returned to writing, this time in the genre he’s read throughout his life. He grew up reading science fiction, and his love of space opera and sword & planet stories is what drives him to write similar stories. Henry writes tales filled with action, adventure, and a touch of romance. They’re stories he would want to read, and Henry hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he enjoyed writing them.
Chaz Kemp – Guest
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces a dynamic watercolor style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy, steampunk and cyberpunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As a freelance illustrator of color, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed diversity of the modern era. His current project is the steampunk/fantasy world called Ashelon, which he created with his wife and award-winning author, Carolyn Kay.
Richard F. Weyand – Guest
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.
Rich is a lifelong science fiction reader who turned to writing after attending his first convention in June of 2017. In the last four and a half years he has written and published twenty-two SF novels in three series: Childers (Military SF), EMPIRE (Galactic Empire SF) and COLONY (Colonization SF). His primary literary inspirations are Robert Heinlein, David Weber, and Lois Bujold.
Nicole Givens Kurtz – Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She’s the recipient of the Ladies of Horror Grant (2021), the Horror Writers Association’s Diversity Grant (2020) and the Atomacon Palmetto Scribe Award-Best Short Story 2021. She’s been named as one of Book Riot’s 6 Best Black Indie SFF Writers. She’s also the editor of the groundbreaking anthology, SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. She’s written for White Wolf, Bram Stoker Finalist in Horror Anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters, and The Realm’s The Vela: Salvation series. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as numerous novels and three active speculative mystery series. She’s a member of Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. You can support her work via Patreon.
Carolyn Kay – Guest
Carolyn Kay enjoys crossing genres and imagining what normally inanimate objects would do if given life. She is currently collaborating with award-winning illustrator, Chaz Kemp, on the World of Ashelon, a series of novellas and novels set in a steampunk fantasy world. When she’s not writing, she can be seen dancing with Batavia, a tribal fusion belly dance troupe, knitting or playing with her beloved cats.
William Joseph Roberts – Guest
In a previous lifetime, William Joseph Roberts was an F-15 mechanic and Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He has traveled the world and experienced many things in his few years. During this lifetime, he has been called a Jack of all trades, a Renaissance man, and insane squirrel wrangler by his peers.
Since his enlistment ended, he has perused careers as an industrial and architectural designer, design engineer, and now, eclectic writer. and publisher at Three Ravens Publishing.
William Joseph Roberts currently resides in the quaint southern town of Chickamauga, Georgia with his loving wife, three freaky-smart nerd children, and a small pack of fur babies.
Julie Frost – Guest
Julie Frost is an award-winning author of every shade of speculative fiction. She lives in Utah with a herd of guinea pigs, her husband, and a “kitten” who thinks she’s a warrior princess. Her short fiction has appeared in Straight Outta Dodge City, Monster Hunter Files, Writers of the Future, The District of Wonders, StoryHack, Stupefying Stories, and many other venues. Her werewolf PI novel series, “Pack Dynamics,” is published by WordFire Press, and a novel that takes place in Hell, “Dark Day, Bright Hour,” is published by Ring of Fire Press.
Cedar Sanderson – Guest
Cedar Sanderson was born a military brat and spent her childhood moving to new duty stations. Her formative years after her father left the Air Force were spent being home-schooled on the Alaskan frontier. She is a scientist, while running a household, an art and design business, and writing multiple novels on the side with occasional forays into coloring books and children’s stories. She has written more short stories than she can keep track of, and the recent publication of The Case of the Perambulating Hatrack makes her tenth novel in print. She also has a blog with over a decade of essays, recipes, and artwork for you to explore should you so desire. In any case, writing seems to be a compulsion for her; she’s not planning to give up any time soon.
Dimensional Riffs – Musical Guest Of Honor
Dimensional Riffs began as some geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After awhile, they realized that were pretty good at it. They take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st century geekdom and tell the stories through song. When they’re not rocking out at cons, they’re living, laughing, and working across southeastern Virginia, from Richmond to Suffolk.
The Blibbering Humdingers – Musical Guests
These magical masters of musical hi-jinx and mayhem will wizard rock the tea towel right off your house elf! Their unique blend of 80s new wave, 50s do-wop, straight-up pop-rock, and old-timey sing-songy comedy will leave you laughing and crying for more. They draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Dr. Who, the SCA, medieval fantasy, science fiction, and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness.
Scott & Kirsten Vaughan began performing together in 1992 in the SCA, where they are known as Efenwealt Wystle and Maîtresse Aénor d’Anjou. They live in Cary, NC (under the name Sanderz) with two kids and a cat named Rosemerta. (That’s the cat’s name. It would just be silly to give both our kids the same name as the cat!)
Panelists for 2022 (alphabetical)
Quincy J. Allen
Nationally Best Selling Author Quincy J. Allen, is a cross-genre author with numerous short story publications in multiple anthologies, collections, and magazines. His first short story collection “Out Through the Attic,” came out in 2014 from 7DS Books. He made his first short story pro-sale in 2014 with “Jimmy Krinklepot and the White Rebels of Hayberry,” included in WordFire’s “A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories,” and his most recent short story sale, “Sons of the Father,” appears in Larry Correia’s “Monster Hunter: Files” from Baen, published in October of 2017.
Philp K. Booker
Philip K. Booker lives near Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife and five children collectively known as Clan Booker (trademark pending). He writes stories across all genres, but tends to focus on Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction. His pieces are often littered with humor, snark, and pop culture references. When not writing or hunting the fabled full-night’s sleep; he enjoys playing games like Munchkin and Pandemic with his friends and family, attending conventions, and drinking lots of coffee.
D. B. Bray
DB Bray was never supposed to be a writer, not in the slightest. It took the death of a friend to light the torch. But when he started, he couldn’t stop…it consumes his very soul. Inspired by the likes of Bishop O’Connell of American Farie Tale Series, Destin J. Munden, the author of Tavern, and K’wan from the Street Lit community, he tried his hand at fantasy. He wrote Emperors & Assassins, a dark fantasy, and Loners a DNDesque fantasy where all races collide in the search for retirement from bounty hunting, straight sadistic dungeon master style. He’s written dark westerns and post-apocalyptic young adult as well.
He had recently signed to Three Raven’s Publishing house and started writing in the Revolutionary War time period with the fantastic writers of JTF-13, and the Special Unit. When he’s not burning up the keys on his phone…yep his phone where he writes everything before transferring it to a laptop, he is spending time with his girlfriend, Feradeh, and her daughter Ashley who helped rebirth his pen when it ran out of ink. And messing around daily on the phone laughing with his best friend, co-writer, and narrator, Walt “Big Daddy Behind The Mic” Allen. You can find him mostly on Instagram (@dbbraythewriter) where he interviews fellow writers to help promote their work. His favorite saying is For The Dwarven Lasses Asses, baby!
D. J. “Dave” Butler
D.J. (Dave) Butler has been a lawyer, a consultant, a corporate trainer, and a registered investment banking representative, and he is now a Consulting Editor for Baen Books. He plays guitar and banjo whenever he can, and hangs out in Utah with his wife, their children, and the family dog.
J. P. Chandler
J. P. Chandler was born and raised in California, where he now resides with his wife of many years. He uses writing in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy as his excuse for pursuing interests in history, science, culture among many others. He first started writing fiction when he was fourteen.
Jeremy Comeaux is from the frog capital of the world – Rayne, LA. He formerly worked in hospital administration and is currently traveling full-time with his lovely wife and author Marisa Wolf. Primary duties include RV transport, maintenance, and renovation. He also helps to keep his talented yet clumsy wife alive and writing. Please follow our travels at marisawollf.net
A 2019 Dragon Award finalist, Jason Cordova is probably best known for his Kin Wars series. He was also featured in John Ringo’s bestselling Black Tide Rising anthology, as well as the third follow-up, We Shall Rise. Jason has written four books in the wildly successful Four Horsemen universe, with a fifth on the way. He also edited the upcoming Chicks in Tank Tops anthology, coming soon from Baen Books, and has co-authored the forthcoming Monster Hunter Memoirs: Fever with bestselling author Larry Correia. Jason currently lives in North Carolina. You can find him at jasoncordova.com
J. L. Curtis
JL Curtis was born in Louisiana in 1951 and was raised in the Ark-La-Tex area. He is a retired Naval Flight Officer, a retired engineer in the defense industry, an NRA instructor, and now lives in north Texas writing full time. He has novels out in three different series, The Grey Man (urban fiction), Rimworld (military science fiction), and a new series, Showdown on the River (western). He also has written a number of novellas and stories for a number of anthologies.
C. M. DeMott
C. M. DeMott is a small animal veterinarian living in Southwest Virginia. Since discovering the Society for Creative Anachronism in 1976, she has been writing and performing original ballads based on legend, faery tales and myths under the name Morgan Wolfsinger. She currently has seven CDs out, and is working on an eighth. ‘Fluffers’ is her second published story, and the first tale of the House of Drimmett. You can find her music at morganwolfsinger.bandcamp.com.
Monalisa Foster writes science fiction with heart, which mostly manifests itself as space opera with romantic elements that focus on love, chivalry, adventure, and what it means to be free. She never thought she’d be using her background in physics, engineering, and medicine to write compelling characters but figures that someone has to do it, so it might as well be her. She has written two epic space opera novels, Conquest and Ascension, in her Ravages of Honor series, two novellas (Dominion and Featherlight) in the same universe, as well as a short story called Bonds of Duty and Love (in the Fantastic Hope anthology edited by Laurell K. Hamilton, Bantam Books). When she’s not working on figuring out the nanotech, genetic engineering, and sword fights in her space opera, she’s writing short stories in other genres. Her credits include Promethea Invicta (a hard SF novella about mining He3 on the Moon), Pretending to Sleep (a #1 New Release), Bellona’s Gift (a mil-SF short story in Terra Nova, Baen), Catching the Dark and The Heretic (alt-history short story, Chris Kennedy Publishing), Cerberus Project (hard SF, Founder Effect, Baen), Good of the Many (mil SF, World Breakers, Baen), One-of-Antonia (hard SF, Ross 248 Project, Baen, forthcoming), Resilience (mil-SF, Robosoldiers, Baen, forthcoming) and many others including urban fantasy and romance).
Dr. Robert E. Hampson is an internationally-recognized biomedical researcher, public speaker, and Science Fiction author who injects cutting-edge science into his writing. He leads a team developing a medical device to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, teaches graduate students how to communicate science to the public, consults for TV, game designers, authors, and more. He writes nonfiction as well as short stories and novels in military and hard SF genres, with common themes of medicine, bionics, and scientific exploration.
Jonna Hayden has been a costumer since she was four, sewing clothing for her trolls. Her professional career began at Orycon (mumble) years ago, leading to a 30+ year obsession for Costume Design and construction. Her professional design work includes over 200 shows for Opera, Ballet, Theater, and other arts organizations. She regularly attends SF conventions and presents on a variety of topics, from clothing history to the development of character through dress. And the correct use of Spandex. Currently, she resides in Tiny Town, Texas, and is the lead Instigator for the North Texas Troublemakers, providing the Blanket Fort for the JL Curtis and Lawdog Livestream.
H. P. Holo
H.P. Holo grew up in a family where it was dangerous to say, “I’m bored.” She’s also an incorrigible smart aleck. So when her parents said, “Read a dictionary,” she did. And then she began writing novels, including The Wizard’s Way (with Jacob Holo) and the Monster Punk Horizon series.
Jacob Holo is a science fiction and fantasy author whose works include national bestseller The Gordian Protocol (with David Weber), The Valkyrie Protocol (with David Weber), The Dragons of Jupiter, Time Reavers (a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of 2014), the Seraphim Revival trilogy; The Wizard’s Way (with H.P. Holo), and Monster Punk Horizon: Excess (with H.P. Holo).
Rob Howell is the publisher of New Mythology Press, including his work as editor of the Libri Valoris anthologies of heroic fantasy. He is one of the founders of the Eldros Legacy and an author in the Four Horsemen Universe. He writes primarily epic fantasy, space opera, military science fiction, and alternate history. He is a reformed medieval academic, a former IT professional, and a retired soda jerk. His parents discovered quickly books were the only way to keep Rob quiet. He latched onto the Hardy Boys series first and then anything he could reach. Without books, it’s unlikely all three would have survived.
• You can find him online at: www.robhowell.org
• On Amazon at www.amazon.com/-/e/B00X95LBB0
• His blog at www.robhowell.org/blog
• The Eldros Legacy at: www.eldroslegacy.com
• New Mythology Press at: www.chriskennedypublishing.com/new-mythology-press
Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek and retired Army officer. As an adult, he managed the U.S. Space Camp program and served in space operations before Space Force was a thing. He’s an international bestselling author, award finalist, and a core author in the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. His novels include Sleeper Protocol, Vendetta Protocol, Runs In The Family, Peacemaker, Honor The Threat, Stand or Fall, Deathangel, Fields of Fire, and Harbinger. In August of 2022, his alternate history novel The Crossing (with Eric Flint) will be released from Baen Books. Kevin is an Active Member of SFWA, the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, International Thriller Writers, and SIGMA – the science fiction think tank. He lives in Colorado with his family.
Mia has been an avid reader since she was a kid, starting with science fiction and fantasy, but soon moving into detective fiction. She’s one of those people who always has a book, and failing that will read just about anything with more than two words strung together.
She started as a proofreader, but soon moved into line, copy, and developmental editing. She has her own freelance editing company, MRK’d Up Editing. She also edits for Chris Kennedy Publishing and WordFire Press. You can find out more at mrkdup.com.
Ian J. Malone
Sci-fi author Ian J. Malone has written in a variety of arenas over the years, ranging from science and public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, he’s a firm believer that nothing shapes a person’s writing like experience. That’s why he credits his tenures in radio, law enforcement, and military contracting for much of his inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with him along the way. Malone’s novel credits include the Amazon bestsellers MAKO, THE STREET SURVIVORS, and COLONIES LOST among others. His stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies including works from the Salvage Title and Fallen World universes. Beyond writing, Malone serves as co-host of the Dudes in Hyperspace Podcast and is an avid fan of audiobooks (he’s legally blind). It’s also not uncommon to find him at a ballgame, a concert, or somewhere out by a grill at his home in the Florida Panhandle. For more on Ian and his books, visit his website at ianjmalone.net. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@ianjmalone).
Casey Moores was a USAF rescue/special ops C-130 pilot for over 17 years- airdropping, air refueling, and flying into tiny blacked-out dirt airstrips in bad places using night vision goggles. He’s been to those places and done those things with those people. Now he lives a quieter life, translating those experiences to military science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and post-apocalyptic fiction. His biggest challenge is focusing on any one genre. Or focusing on anything at all, really.
For Chris Kennedy Publishing, he has written in the Four Horsemen universe with stories in numerous anthologies, several novels about Bull and his black ops rescue company, and much more to come. He’s recently expanded into the Salvage System and Fallen World as well.
Casey has joined Three Ravens Publishing’s JTF-13 series with Witch Hunt, a story about monster hunting marines in the Civil War. He also writes in Cannon Publishing’s Fallen Empire series. Finally, he has several stories out in his Deathmage War fantasy series, one of which—“A Quaint Pastime”—was a finalist in the 2021 FantaSci fantasy story contest.
A Colorado native and Air Force Academy graduate, he is now semi-retired in New Mexico.
Find him at www.caseymoores.net
A 20+ year high school science teacher, Bill Mulligan has lived long enough to see his love of horror, science fiction, and fantasy films become something he can actually parlay into convention panels and indie filmmaking. After writing screenplays for such award-winning short films as 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire, Cache Me If You Can, and Belladonna, he will see his first published novel, RAUM, appear later this year from Falstaff Books. He enjoys cats, monsters, family, or any combination of the three.
Matt Novotny Is the author of A Nest of Stars (The Coalition – Book Twelve) Set in the popular Salvage Title Universe, and the co-author of Prodigal Son, (with Mark Stallings) book five in the Rise of the Peacemakers series in the Four Horsemen Universe.
A lover of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Matt has been an avid reader since childhood. Still firmly convinced that the worlds between the pages are more interesting than the one he lives in, he began writing in 2020 in order to escape the voices in his head, or at least quiet them down.
When not writing he spends time gaming, antiquing, or wandering in the mountains, A Colorado native, he lives in Littleton, Colorado, surrounded by ever-increasing piles of books, Lovecraft collectibles, and unfinished home and garden projects.
Connect with Matt at: www.facebook.com/MattNovotnyWrites
Melissa Olthoff spent her youth daydreaming about riding dragons and slaying monsters. After joining the United States Air Force, she might not have gotten to ride a dragon or slay any monsters, but she had plenty of real-world adventures over the years—including flying the T-6, becoming a certified Air Traffic Controller, and (her personal favorite) somehow surviving the
shenanigans of her airmen. Eventually, she rejoined the civilian workforce as a responsible adult. Sort of. She now works as an accountant and is back to daydreaming of adventure. Sometimes those daydreams even make good stories. Melissa currently resides in Tennessee with her husband, two children, and two dogs. You can find her on Facebook and at melissaolthoff.net.
Jon R. Osborne turned a journalism education and a passion for role-playing games into writing science fiction and fantasy. His second book in The Milesian Accords modern fantasy trilogy, “A Tempered Warrior”, was a 2018 Dragon Awards finalist for Best Fantasy Novel. Jon is also a core author in the military science fiction Four Horseman Universe, where he was first published in 2017.
Jon resides in Indianapolis, where he plays role-playing games, writes science fiction and fantasy, and extols the virtues of beer. You can find out more at jonrosborne.com and at https://www.facebook.com/jonrosborne.
Kal Spriggs writes military science fiction and fantasy. Kal is a US Army combat veteran and the military life has sent him to a great many places throughout the world. Between military service and growing up as an Army brat, Kal has lived in and visited over 42 states and 35 countries, though he considers the mountains of Colorado to be his home. He and his wife, son, and cats live at the whim of the Army and wherever it sends them.
Kal has published over thirty novels, across eleven series, many of which are interconnected in the Shadow Space universe and the Star Portal universes. He draws upon his background as a service academy graduate, military service, engineering knowledge, and random historical knowledge in the stories he writes.
Mark Stallings is an Amazon Best Selling author, member of Pikes Peak Writers, speaker at international conferences on Technology topics, is a writer of Wuxia, Fantasy, and Military Sci-Fi. He is a competitive shooter, avid martial artist, drinker of craft beer, and motorcycle enthusiast. You can find him online at MarkStallings.com
Kevin Steverson is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army. With over 35 published works, he writes in the science fiction, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic genres. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Salvage Title Trilogy, picked up for feature film and now in pre-development. A diehard UGA fan, he can be found in the foothills of the NE Georgia mountains writing his next story.
Nick Steverson is your everyday, blue-collar liquor vendor. He’s been in the alcohol industry for 15 years now. Using his class-A CDL he delivers wine and liquor from Pensacola to Tallahassee, sometimes even all the way down into Apalachicola. He takes as many opportunities as possible to write what the voices in his head are saying to him. Since he was young, he has always wanted to write a book, but never took the time to actually sit down and do it. His wife and children were always the first priority, leaving little time for much else. Inspiration to make the time to do so came from his father one night after sending a text about an idea about a race of characters for his books. The last answer he expected to get was, “Write it,” but that’s exactly what he got. So, he did. Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge in the right direction, and the story writes itself. He has multiple publications in the Salvage Title Universe including multiple novels and short stories. Additionally, he has short stories in the Four Horsemen Universe, Starflight Universe, and now This Fallen World.
Mike Jack Stoumbos
Mike Jack Stoumbos is an author and educator, best known for his space opera trilogy THIS FINE CREW. He is a 1st-place winner of the Writers of the Future contest, and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including STREET MAGIC, GALACTIC STEW, and DRAGON WRITERS. Mike Jack teaches writing craft workshops for teens and writing habits workshops for emerging authors. He also writes articles and essays for TheBookBreak.com and other groups.
You can find him at MikeJackStoumbos.com or @MJStoumbos on Twitter.
Doug is an internet consultant, ordained pastor, comic collecting geek. He has been using the internet since 1990 (there was no web then!) and has been teaching people how to make the best use of their online lives ever since. He is also writing several stories and needs to rite faster. You can follow all of his current internet socials and websites at DougTriplett.com
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as the publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of SF and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, John Ringo, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Correia, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. Baen is known for its innovative e-publishing program, which has expanded under Weisskopf’s leadership to include titles from other publishers.
Weisskopf has been a guest speaker at many writers workshops and science fiction conventions across the country, and is well known for her interactive, audience-participation discussion of Baen’s books, covers, and artwork, ongoing and ever-changing since 1991. In 2021 she was the keynote speaker for the Writers of the Future gala, and a speaker at 20Booksto50K, a convention for independent writers.
Weisskopf is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology. She is interested in space science and is on the Board of Advisors of the Interstellar Research Group.
Born and raised in South Florida, at 18 Jenny set out on an adventure, landing in Chattanooga, TN. Her days now are filled with any combination of spending time with her husband and their puppy-monsters, reading, and writing. Plus, there is a day job mixed in there too, somewhere.
A core author in the bestselling Four Horsemen Universe, she is co-author of the novels Assassin, Hunter, Ally, and Night Song, and co-editor of the anthology Negotiation. With over twenty short stories across universes both shared and her own, Marisa writes science fiction, fantasy, and every point she finds between. She’s also the world’s clumsiest blackbelt, and was once headbutted by an alligator. Shenanigans like these may or may not show up in her stories.