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Aaron Allston writes books about (Doc) Savage Elves and Star Wars. He must hear Darth Vader's Theme before entering a room. He's an incorrigible punster. Don't incorrige him.
David Lee Anderson illustrates science fiction and fantasy publications ranging from paperbacks to magazines, game cards, computer game art, and products of mass consumption. He's past president of ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction &Fantasy Artists, and has been actively involved in promoting art education through programming WorldCon and World Fantasy Con art tracks in past years.
Bill Baldwin, author of The Helmsman, Galactic Convoy, The Trophy, The Mercenaries, The Defenders, The Siege, Canby's Legion, and The Defiance, is a graduate of The Mercersburg Academy ('53) and the University of Pittsburgh (B.A., journalism - 1959, Master of Letters, 1960). His career spans Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo at the Cape and a long stint with Xerox, working with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). A hopeless devotee of nuts-and-bolts Space Opera, he is a life member of SFWA and loves classic wooden Chris-Craft runabouts -- particularly a meticulously restored 1951 Riviera named Merlin. He and his wife, Pat, live in Dallas, Texas, under virtual control of two space-alien cats (Felis Horriblis), Bunthorne and Odile.
Neal Barrett, Jr's more than fifty novels and numerous short stories span the field from mystery, sf and fantasy to "off-the-wall" mainstream fiction. His story collection, "Perpetuity Blues," was published by Golden Gryphon Press in 2000. He won a Texas Institute of Letters Award in 1999 for his novel, "Interstate Dreams." Both "Interstate Dreams," and his critically acclaimed novel, "The Hereafter Gang," are available from Mojo Press. The Washington Post called "The Hereafter Gang" "one of the great American novels...""The Prophecy Machine," first in a Bantam fantasy series, was published in 2000. The second book, "The Treachery of Kings," was published in August, 2001. A collection of Barrett's earlier stories, "A Different Vintage," was published by Subterranean Press in May, 2001.
Jodi Berls is a professional journalist and lifelong science fiction fan who has covered entertainment and the arts for a variety of newspapers, magazines and Web sites. Most recently she has been a columnist for the now-defunct Sci Fl magazine and editor of the (also now-defunct) SciFiNow.com Web site, covering genre media, including films, television shows, books and comics. Her essays on random and fan fiction writing appear on numerous fan sites, and she is developing a Web site for commentary on science fiction television.
A regular contributor to Interzone, Texas writer Jayme Lynn Blaschke has seen publication in Eidolon, The Leading Edge, Writers of the Future and The Ant-Men of Tibet, and Other Stories. His novelette, "The Dust," has recently been translated and published in the Estonian-language anthology Täheaeg (The Sidereal Time), fulfilling a lifelong dream of his to be published in a book with an umlaut in the title. Blaschke also contributes reviews to www.greenmanreview.com and www.sfsite.com. He maintains his own website at www.exoticdeer.org/jayme.html
Michael Bracken is the editor of Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys and author of All White Girls, Bad Girls, Deadly Campaign, Even Roses Bleed, In the Town of Dreams Unborn and Memories Dying, Just in Time for Love, Psi Cops, and Tequila Sunrise. Author of more than 700 short stories in multiple genres, his science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories have appeared in Delirium, Expanse, Fantastic, Fantasy Macabre, Fathering, Midnight, Night Voyages, Northern Horror, Oui, Score, Young World, Weirdbook, and many other publications.
Lillian Stewart Carl grew up in Missouri and Ohio and has lived for many years in North Texas, in a book-lined cloister cleverly disguised as a tract house. So of course she's developed a taste for exotic locales and otherworldly happenings. After making her debut in science fiction and fantasy, she's now also writing contemporary novels that blend mystery, romance, and fantasy/supernatural themes. Her books always feature plots based on history and archaeology, and explore the way the past lingers on in the present--especially in the British Isles, where she's visited many times. She published nine novels so far. The most recent is SHADOWS IN SCARLET, a cross-genre fantasy/mystery/romance. All her earlier novels are in print, including the SABAZEL fantasy series. A number of her sf/f and mystery short stories have been collected in ALONG THE RIM OF TIME. Others are in Death by Horoscope (August 2001), Realms of Fantasy (December 2001), Murder by Shakespeare, Murder Most Divine II, and Alternate Generals III. Her first cross-genre fantasy/mystery/romance, ASHES TO ASHES, is also available on audio. Lillian is a member of SFWA, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc., and the Author's Guild. For more information please visit http://www.lillianstewartcarl.com.
Cat (R. Cat Conrad), award-winning artist from Arlington, Texas, is on hand to intrigue and amaze with his stellar landscapes (and wit). Be sure to visit the art show and examine his beautiful creations up close. In addition to his astronomical and fantasy art, Cat is a popular speaker and auctioneer on the convention circuit, as evidenced by the record-breaking 5 ½ hour marathon at Worldcon 51, where he was one of the featured auctioneers. Recently, he has completed two covers for the special editions of Red Angel and The Undead, books authored by his wife Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (also in attendance). Be sure to stop and visit! Oh, and if you're at a loss for words, just bring up the subject of high-end audio, movies or home theatre ... subjects familiar to them both.
ROXANNE LONGSTREET CONRAD is widely known for alternately terrifying and weirdly funny novels like Stormriders, The Undead, Red Angel, Cold Kiss, Slow Burn, Copper Moon, and Bridge of Shadows, as well as numerous short stories. Her screenplay from her new novel Exile was recently announced as a semifinalist in the American Accolades national screenwriting competition AND as a quarter-finalist in the Texas Film institute competition. Roxanne is married to award-winning Texas artist R. Cat Conrad, aka "Cat." The two live happily in Arlington with their three iguanas and a mali uromastyx, and surely there aren't many people who can make that claim. Her web site is www.artistsinresidence.com, where you can find free short fiction and information about her novels. You can email her at roxwrites@home.com.
Bill Crider is by day a mild-mannered English teacher. At night he concocts maniacal fictions like Ghost of a Chance and Blood Marks. His wife, Judy, patiently reads Bill's manuscripts and corrects his flagrant grammatical errors. Bill's latest book is A Romantic Way to Die.
Scott Cupp writes short fiction generally set in Texas and the West. He is a collection of science fiction and mystery books. He is a part owner of Adventures in Crime & Space (spend all your money there!). He lives in San Antonio with his wife Sandi, two cats, and way too many books!
Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury is the director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, a national network for new and aspiring science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. She edits and publishes their monthly newsletter, for which she writes a marketing column (it's available as a free PDF file--download it at www.burgoyne.com/pages/workshop). She also organizes online writers groups at Orson Scott Card's science fiction and fantasy website, http://www.hatrack.com. She is the wife of a chemical engineer and the mother of three girls and two cats. She earned a B.A. degree in mathematics and an M.E. degree in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Utah. She has taught a short story writing course for East High Community School and has done first reading for a few fiction magazines. She currently organizes email writing groups for the Hatrack Writers Groups forum on Orson Scott Card's website, www.hatrack.com. She collects dragons, unusual names, and information about her ancestors. She has six short stories published: "Cinders of the Great War" in Volume 9 of L. RON HUBBARD PRESENTS THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE (edited by Dave Wolverton and published by Bridge Publications), "Signs and Wonders" in WASHED BY A WAVE OF WIND, SCIENCE FICTION FROM THE CORRIDOR (edited by M. Shayne Bell and published by Signature Books), "More Than Marks on Paper" in TURNING HEARTS, STORIES ON FAMILY LIFE (edited by Orson Scott Card and David Dolahite and published by Bookcraft), "A Monstrous Duty" in MAGIC: THE GATHERING DISTANT PLANES (edited by Kathy Ice and published by HarperPrism), "What the Gods Will" in SWORD AND SORCERESS 13 (edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley and published by DAW Books), and "The Smell of Magic" in SWORD AND SORCERESS 15 (also edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley and published by DAW Books).
Bradley Denton lives on the outskirts of Austin with his lovely wife Barbara. He's not a psycho, but he writes about them. He looks so normal. Brad's books include Wrack & Roll, Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Blackburn, and Lunatics. His latest book is the collection One Day Closer to Death.
Jennifer Evans's short fiction has been published in Asimov's and 100 Crafty Little Cat Crimes. She helped start the Austin Writers' League (now the Writers' League of Texas). Talk to her if you'd like to find out about a long-time SF, F, and Horror writers' group in Austin.
As an expatriate Chicagoan transplanted to Texas, Melanie Fletcher is still trying to understand the proper grammatical usage of "y'all". Her publications include "Star Quality" (Selling Venus, Circlet Press) and "Heramaphrodite" (Crossing the Border, Indigo), and her artwork can be seen on the covers of The Erotic Writer's Market Guide (Circlet Press, 2000) and the anthology Mind and Body (Circlet Press, 2001). When not writing, she can usually be found in the garage communing with her power tools.
Nebula Award winner Esther Friesner is the author of twenty-nine novels and over one hundred short stories, in addition to being the editor of six popular anthologies. Her works have been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Russia, France, and Italy. She is also a published poet, a playwright, and once wrote an advice column, "Ask Auntie Esther". Her articles on fiction writing have appeared in Writer's Market and Writer's Digest Books. Besides winning two Nebula Awards in succession for Best Short Story (1995 and 1996, from the Science Fiction Writers of America), she was a Nebula finalist twice and a Hugo finalist once (the Hugo is awarded yearly by the voting membership of the World Science Fiction Convention). She received the Skylark Award from NESFA and the award for Most Promising New Fantasy Writer of 1986 from Romantic Times. Educated at Vassar College, she went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she taught Spanish for a number of years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.
Local fan and writer who sadly hasn't published much SF lately, John Gibbons is also a volunteer speaker for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, through their Solar System Ambassador's Program.
Teddy Harvia is an anagram of David Thayer. He is a fan artist known for his cute aliens published in hundreds of fan and convention publications over the last 20 years. Fans voted him the Best Fan Artist Hugo in 1991, 1995, and 2001. As David Thayer, he cochaired the Cancun in 2003 WorldCon bid. He lives in Dallas with wife Diana, daughter Matilda, and four cats. His favorite cartoon characters are the Wing Nuts, Chat, Dodo, and Enid the Echidna.
Two time Bram Stoker Award Winner Brian A. Hopkins is the author of Something Haunts Us All (1995), Cold at Heart (1997), Flesh Wounds (1999), The Licking Valley Coon Hunters Club (2000), Wrinkles at Twilight (2000), These I Know By Heart (2001), and over 100 short stories. Two more collections of his fiction are scheduled to see print soon: Salt Water Tears (Dark Regions Press) and, in collaboration with David Niall Wilson, Joined at the Muse (Wildside Press). Recent appearances include stories in Weird Tales, Historical Hauntings, Brainbox, Unnatural Selection, Bending the Landscape.- Horror, and Black Gate. Upcoming appearances include stories in the anthologies Sol's Children, On Stranger Tides, The Darker Side, and Dreaming of Angels. Brian's been a finalist for both the Nebula Award and the Ted Sturgeon Memorial Award for science fiction. As owner and Editor-in-Chief of Lone Wolf Publications (http://lonewolfpubs.com), Brian is considered by many to be at the forefront of electronic publications, producing collectible CD-Rom editions that feature multimedia extras. The Lone Wolf anthology Extremes: Fantasy and Horrorfrom the Ends of the Earth, which Brian edited, was a Bram Stoker Award nominee. Brian lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and two children. You can learn more about him by visiting his webpage at http://bahwolf.com.
Phillip Ellis Jackson has a Ph.D. from the one of the nation's top academic institutions, the University of Chicago. After graduating magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany, Jackson entered the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Chicago. While a graduate student he taught university classes and was a research assistant to several internationally-renowned faculty members. In 1982 Dr. Jackson was the speechwriter for a successful congressional candidate. Instead of going to Washington, he became senior vice president of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce where he created several nationally-recognized programs that earned him three Presidential Awards for Private Sector Initiatives: two from President Reagan, and one from President Bush. In 1991 he helped organize the "Dallas Round" of NA-FTA negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Later, Dr. Jackson joined the prestigious Washington public affairs firm of Cassidy & Associates. He started a company in 1995 that became the national marketing agency for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals and Alzheimer's Association. Presently, Dr. Jackson is Vice President of Marketing for a national technology company. His first SF novel, Timeshift, was published in 2001. Its sequel, Between Two Worlds, will be released in February 2001.
Born in Indiana, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel also spent time in Michigan, Ohio, and California before settling in Texas. She has a B.F.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a deep distrust of formal education. Her obligatory itinerant occupations have included research aide, gold caster, janitor, sales clerk, technical writer, correspondence school instructor and Registered Massage Therapist. Once upon a time she was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New SF/Fantasy Writer. She has published two alternative history fantasies of dark magics. The first, NIGHT CALLS, LOCUS Magazine described as an adult "Little House on the Prairie with werewolves and vampires." The most recent, KINDRED RITES, gathered cheers from her peers-writers such as Jane Yolen, Laurell K. Hamilton and Andre Norton all say "More Allie!" Her published novels include FIRE SANCTUARY, FIRES OF NUALA, and HIDDEN FIRES, stand-alone science fiction novels that take place on the same planet. Kimbriel has written articles on finding an agent and the perfect selling synopsis for WRITER'S DIGEST magazine. Short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, AMAZING!, and such anthologies as LORD OF THE FANTASTIC, THE BLOOD OF TEN CHIEFS, and WEREWOLVES. She is owned by one Birman and two Burmese, and works as an RMT during mundane times. She's busy learning Dreamweaver and Photoshop, and has a web site she hand-coded up at www.ke-kimbriel.com. Besides writing, she has been known to brew beer and mead, xeriscape gardens, make Ukrainian Easter Eggs, and learn ballroom dancing. Books on tap include ideas for other Alfreda novels, a contemporary YA, A historical high fantasy, and a big tome she's writing with another author. Katharine is VERY absent-minded while in the depths of a book; don't ask her to remember anything important that is not written down. (Don't be surprised if she momentarily forgets her own name, much less yours.)
Rick Klaw is an award-winning editor, writer, and bookseller. Working with the likes of Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Moorcock, Moebius, and many others, he was the co-founder and managing editor of MOJO Press. Currently Klaw is the fiction editor for RevolutionSF (www.revolutionsf.com) and a buyer for Book People, the largest independent bookstore in Texas. One of the more opinionated people in an industry of opinionated people, Klaw regularly produces columns for www.bookpeople.com and SFSite (www.sfsite.com).Klaw's stories and essays have appeared in Weird Business, The Big Book of the Weird Wild West, Gangland, Michael Moorcock's Multiverse, SFWeekly, and other venues.
Susan J. Kroupa has a degree in music theory and has worked as a music reviewer, an arts feature writer, and a freelance journalist. Her short fiction has appeared in REALMS OF FANTASY, VISION QUESTS, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, and WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL X. and she currently has stories out in BRUCE COVILLE'S SHAPESHIFTERS, AGE OF REASON. and BONES OF THE WORLD. Two of her stories have appeared on the preliminary Nebula ballot. She won first place in the Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition, and has also won awards in the Frank Waters Writers of the Southwest and the Utah Arts Council contests. She recently finished PRIEST KILLER, a time-travel/historical novel set in Hopi Indian culture, and is working on the sequel. She lives in Utah and works at Orem Public Library, where she selects the books for the fiction and foreign language collections.
Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon with his family and their books. He has one of those nebulous New Economy jobs that doubtless qualifies him for a career in speculative fiction. Jay is assistant managing editor of Tangent Online and a frequent reviewer there. Jay attempts on a regular basis to commit fiction himself with Wordos, the Eugene Professional Writers' Workshop, and recently made his first professional sale to "The Bones of the World" anthology. He can be reached at jlake@jlake.com.
Alexis Glynn Latner writes hard science fiction and other speculative fiction. Her stories have been published in Analog since 1990, in Amazing Stories, and in the Bending the Landscape: Horror anthology. This fall she's teaching a Rice University Continuing Studies course on science fiction. She lives in Houston, Texas and works at the Rice University library. In addition to SFF she writes nonfiction, including articles about aviation and aerospace, and is a sailplane pilot.
Joy Marie Ledet is a Chesley award winning Texas artist. Her illustrations have appeared in: “Marian Zimmer Bradley Magazine”, “Dreams of Decadence”, “Reality Escapes”, “Mythos Magazine”, “Women in Fur Comic Book”, “Sovereign Stone Game”, Well of Darkness, The Lover’s Knot, and a cover for the forthcoming book, Essence of Stone by Beverly Hale, published by YardDog Press. Her whimsical 3-d dragons are collected throughout fandom. Guard your Chocolate!! Her dragons always follow her to conventions. Joy has been self -publishing her 2-D art in many forms. Some of these include T-shirts, mugs, magnets, etc. Come to the Dealers’ Room and visit her at the PMS booth.
Jane Lindskold has published eleven novels and over forty short stories. This August saw the release of Through Wolf's Eyes, the first book in a new fantasy series. The novel introduces Firekeeper, a feral woman raised by wolves. However, Lindskold goes far beyond the usual "first encounter" limitations of such books to introduce political and social complexities that Charles de Lint has compared favorably to those of historical novelist Dorothy Dunnet. The May 2002 will see the release of the sequel: Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart. Lindskold is currently at work on the third book in the series.
Jonathan Lyons watches too many Godzilla movies, reads too much science fiction and too many comics. He lives in Austin, TX, and hails from Iowa, where he received his bachelor's in English from the University of Iowa. For about three years, he practiced the Brazilian martial art capoeira, which is the fighting style of choice for the NewSchool Grris in Bum. He has had a number of short stories, essays, and a hyperfiction published. Bum is his first novel. He is finishing up his second. In response to fan requests, his third will be a follow-up to Bum.
Tess Mallory is a published author whose books are considered Romantic fantasies with an emphasis on Time Travel or Magic. She has recently turned her attention to the Young Adult Science Fiction market and hopes to have a book out in that genre by next year. She is a big Star Trek fan and confesses to having two uncompleted ST novels under her bed. She has been a professional storyteller specializing in Irish and Scottish folktales and songs. She lives in the Texas Hill Country and teaches Writing Workshops from time to time. See her at the Texas Writers Roundup in Wimberley on October 13.
They don't call writer and editor Lee Martindale "Hell on Wheels" for nothing. In May 2000, her anthology Such A Prettv Face: Tales of Power and Abundance broke the size barrier with heroes and heroines of true heroic proportions. She did it again in June 2001 with The Folly of Assumption, a collection of five of her own size-positive fantasy tales. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently Bubbas of the Apocalypse and Kinships Magazine. She and her husband George live in Plano, TX.
Jack McDevitt has been a Nebula finalist in each of the last five years. His first two novels, A Talent for War and a substantially revised Hercules Text, are currently available in Hello Out There from Meisha Merlin. Recent novels are Moonfall, Infinity Beach, and Deepsix.
Dennis L. McKiernan is the bestselling author of fourteen novels--twelve of which comprise the popular Mithgar series. Also in his publishing credits are fifteen or so short stories, one graphic novel, and a collection of eleven stories set in his world of Mithgar. Dennis says of himself: Bom April 4, 1932, 1 have spent a great deal of my life looking through twilights and dawns seeking--what? ah yes, I remember--seeking signs of wonder, searching for pixies and fairies and other such, looking in tree hollows and under snow-laden bushes and behind waterfalls and across wooded, moonlit dells. I did not outgrow that curiosity, that search for the edge of Faery when I outgrew childhood--not when I was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, nor in college, nor in graduate school, nor in the thirty-one years I spent in Research and Development at Bell Telephone Laboratories as an engineer and manager on ballistic missile defense systems and then telephone systems and in thinktank activities. In fact I am still at it, still searching for glimmers and glimpses of wonder in the twilights and the dawns. I am abetted in this curious behavior by Martha Lee, my helpmate, lover, and, as of this writing, my wife of forty-four years.
C. J. Mills has been writing longer than she can remember (pre-6th grade). It took ten years of submissions to make her first sale, then she sold two books in two months, and two books, all SF since. CJ has three grown children, one grandchild, and an engineer husband just retired. She's also just become a sunbird (live in Texas, spend May-October in cool Minnesota).
James Minz has been on the editorial staff for Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (Tor & Forge Books) since September 1997. Prior to moving to New York, he lived in Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked on a freelance basis in a wide variety of capacities, including editorial assistant, literary agent and packager of anthologies, including co-packager of the highly regarded annual The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
Elizabeth Moon is a native of South Texas who has lived in a small town north of Austin for the past 22 years. She writes both fantasy and science fiction (15 books, several stories in magazines and anthologies); her most recent book was Against the Odds, the final book of the Serrano Legacy, from Baen Books, and her next title will be Speed of Dark, due next summer from Ballantine/Del Rey.
Michael Moorcock is a major writer, editor, and songwriter. His most famous creations include Elric and Jerry Cornelius. He was the major editor of the New Wave SF movement. He's written songs for Blue Oyster Cult and his own band, Hawkmoon. Last year he was named a Grandmaster at the World Fantasy Convention. His latest book is The Dreamthief's Daughter.
Billie Sue Mosiman is the author of ten novels and 150 short stories. She was an Edgar Nominee for Best Mystery Novel 1992 and a Stoker nominee for Best Horror Novel 1996. Her newest work is Red Moon Rising from DAW Books (February 2001). The next novel in the "Vampire Nations" series, Malachi's Moon, is due out in January 2002. She has lived in Texas since 1979, and lives on a ranch in Midway.
Cary Osborne wrote the Iroshi series, the Deathweave series, and has decided that Winter Queen just didn't finish the story. A follow-up novel is currently in process. She has also completed an alternate history based (of course) on the War Between the States. The research is the best part.
Artist and illustrator John Jude Palencar has collected more than 200 honors, including Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, two Gold Book Awards from Spectrum and two Best Paperback Cover Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. His work has appeared on hundreds of covers for authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Octavia Butler and Stephen King as well as assignments for Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Magazine and Television. Palencar's personal work is handled by Arcadia Gallery, New York City, He has been a featured artist in IDEA Magazine, Japan and he was an Artist in Residence in Ireland. His works were included in a special exhibit entitled "Images of Ireland" held at The National Museum in Dublin.
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, and Fear (UK), among other places, and also edits the Hugo-nominated SF critical magazine Nova Express. He's 36, single, lives in Austin, Texas, bikes 23 miles a day on weekends, and has quite a large library of science fiction first editions. He also makes some pretty mean salsa.
JOHN PICACIO is an illustrator, designer, and comics creator. Since 1996, his illustration and design work has graced the covers and interiors of major books, magazines, and other media. Clients include RANDOM HOUSE, REALMS OF FANTASY, GOLDEN GRYPHON PRESS, SUBTERRANEAN PRESS, NIGHT SHADE BOOKS, MOJO PRESS, BOOKFACE.COM, HISPANIC, TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE, THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT, and THE EMPIRE THEATRE COMPANY. His work has appeared in SPECTRUM and he is a 2001 International Horror Guild Award Nominee for Best Artist.
James Reasoner has been a professional writer for a quarter of a century, authoring many novels in a variety of genres. His science fiction and fantasy credits include the novel LYRONS LAMENT (co-authored with his wife Livia, a.k.a. award-winning mystery novelist L.J. Washburn), published by Pariah Books in 1995. Reasoner and Washburn also wrote the fantasy story "Look You on Beauty and Death" 'in the anthology NEW AMAZONS (DAW Books, 2000). Reasoner is the author of the forthcoming alternate history stories "The East Wind Caper" (in A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY, Cumberland House, 2001) and "The Blood of the Fallen" (in ALTERNATE GETTYSBURGS, Berkley Books, 2002).
Jessica Reisman is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Austin 'Texas. She is a graduate of Clarion West's 1995 workshop, owner of an MA in creative writing (so useful), and a movie lover. She has been, among other things, a recipient of several fiction fellowships, a projectionist, a researcher, and a house painter. She has had radio plays and short films produced from her work, short stories appear in Realms of Fantasy and The Third Alternative, and elsewhere. Look for her in forthcoming anthologies Kabbalah: The Magic of Solomon and SideReality.
Carrie Richerson lives in Austin with Jeep the wonder dog and four cats. Her fantasy and horror stories have appeared in F&SF, Pulphouse, and several Bending the Landscape anthologies. Her first collection, Something Rich and Strange, is just out from Scorpius.
Judi Rohrig's story in Cemetery Dance Magazine has already been tagged for an honorable mention spot in the next YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR anthology. Her Stoker recommended story from last year will be reprinted in DARK FANTASY: THE BEST OF 2000 (Cosmos). Upcoming are stories in SUBTERRANEAN GALLERY #2 (Subterranean Press) and TOOTH & CLAW (Lone Wolf Publications). Judi is also the editor for STONES, an anthology of cemetery stories and photographs to be released in 2002. Her stint as editor for the Horror Writers Association's Internet Mailer earned her the first Richard Laymon Award for Outstanding Service to the HWA.
Patrice Sarath is a writer and editor of short fiction. Her stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Gate, Beyond the Rose, Such a Pretty Face, and Romance and Beyond. She lives in Austin, Texas
Sherlock      There once was an artist down in San Antone
     Who enjoyed creating things with her funny bone.
     But to get in the right position
     Took lots of imagination and wishin'
     So that her audience wasn't the only thing to groan.
     A chubby, bashful beatnik-out-of-time, out-of-mind, out-of-money, just, far-out!
     I. e.: Draws a little. Perhaps you'll even catch her at it!

Caroline Spector is bigger than a breadbox and smaller than Jumbo the Elephant and while not as vast as Walt Whitman, she's working on it. Microsoft is currently designing the CSpec2OO2 version, which will be available in 2004. She is currently working on her fifth novel.
William Browning Spencer has written several wonderful books including Resume with Monsters, Zod Wallop, and Irrational Fears. He's also an accomplished commercial artist who produced the covers of his first three books. He recently married Liz, his lovely spiritual advisor.
Bruce Sterling is a writer, critic, journalist, environmentalist, and doting father. His novels include Involution Ocean, The Artificial Kid, Schismatrix, Islands in the Net, Heavy Weather, Holy Fire, Distraction, and Zeitgeist. He also cowrote The Difference Engine with William Gibson. Ask him about his collection of dead media.
James Stoddard's work has appeared in professional science fiction, music, and computer magazines. His novel, The High House, won the Compton Crook Award for best fantasy by a new novelist, was awarded second place as best fantasy of the year by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, made the Locus top ten best books of the year, and was one of five finalists for the Mythopoeic Award, given to works that best reflect the spirit of the Inklings: C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. A sequel, The False House, appeared in January, 2000.
Lynn Ward, a "late bloomer", has been published in anthologies and small press magazines. She's a speech pathologist, martial artist and cat lover whose hobby is assassinating publishing houses. At last count, she's killed a publishing house, two magazines and two agencies. Approach at your own risk.
Don Webb has more of them dern Recommended Reading short story credits than anyone. Also known as a mystery writer, he is ready to for his close-up now. (56 Recommendations plus a Year's Best Fantasy, Horror and SF at one time or another)
Toni Weisskopf is a long time Southern fan, reader of SF, and executive editor at Baen Books. Under the name T.K.F. Weisskopf she is the co-editor, with Greg Cox, of two SF anthologies for Baen: Tomorrow Sucks and Tomorrow Bites, about vampires and werewolves respectively. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children's folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House, now in its third printing. A graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology, Weisskopf is the mother of a delightful nine-year old daughter. And Weisskopf's own parents are still proud of her, despite the titles of her books.
Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. Her first novel, "The Element of Fire," was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. Her second novel for Tor, "City of Bones," was a 1995 hardcover and June 1996 paperback release. Both novels were on the Locus recommended reading lists. Her third novel "The Death of the Necromancer" (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Nominee and the fourth "Wheel of the Infinite" was released in July 2000. Her next novel is due out in hardcover from HarperCollins/Eos in the summer of 2002, and the tentative title is "The Ships of Air."
K.D. Wentworth has given up expecting Life to make sense and now just writes books and stories in which Things Happen For A Reason instead. This is to be expected after twenty-mumble years of teaching fourth and fifth grade. She lives in Tulsa with her husband, numerous finches, and a bouncing young male Akita. Since getting her start in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 1988, she has sold short fiction to such markets as Aboriginal SF, F&SF, Hitchcock's, Return to the Twilight Zone, Did You Say Chicks?', and Realms of Fantasy. Two of her stories have been Nebula Finalists. She has five novels in print, Stars/Over/Stirs from Baen being the most recent. Her next book, an alternate history Cherokee fantasy titled This Fair Land, is due out from Hawk Publishing this winter. A third book in the House of Moons series will follow next year. She was recently appointed both First Reader and Judge for the Writers of the Future Contest.
Wendy Wheeler has sold short fiction to Analog, Aboriginal SF, Pandora and others, and historical fantasy stories to The Crafters theme anthologies (Ace Books). The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 13th Edition has her adult fairy tale "Skin So Green & Fine...," an erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast with Haitian voodoo, and she has placed work in other Ellen Datiow/Terri Windling anthologies as well. She's co-founder of the notorious Austin science fiction/fantasy/horror writers group called The SlugTribe, and also writes screenplays and designs games. She and Jennifer Evans co-coordinate the ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop, which is in its third year. She wishes cool astronomer Dr. Craig Wheeler was really her cousin!

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