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Not technically proficient enough to achieve financial independence by threatening governments with ill-conceived doomsday devices, Aaron Allston makes his living as a novelist and game designer. His most recent work includes Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand (entries in the Star Wars: New Jedi Order series; published 2002), and Sidhe-Devil (sequel to Doc Sidhe; published June 2001), an urban fantasy that combines traits of Celtic mythology with those of the 1930s pulp adventure magazines. Upcoming work includes Mongoose Among Cobras, science fiction action/adventure, and Champions, a game supplement in the Hero System role-playing line. Allston lives in the Austin, TX area with numerous friends and animals.

Arlan Andrews, Sr. is a member of SFWA and the Analog Mafia. Andrews is the author of a couple of hundred stories and other items having to do with alternate history, humor, space, time travel, computers, politics, futurism -- pert' near anything SFnal. He lives on Padre Island.

Kimm Antell is a single, native Texan who continues to wait for George Clooney to call. Her most notable work has been her cartoons in The Daily Texan. She is also well-known for the kidney theft urban legend; a fate that continues to haunt her across the globe. Her artwork, while not Monet, always contains some but of humor that has made her one of the quirkiest Austin artists North of Parmer Lane.

Renee Babcock wrote her first science fiction story when she was in the 5th grade. The teacher was so impressed, she sent home a note that read "Renee's creative writing is superb. She talks too much in class." Renee still talks too much. She makes her living as an academic advisor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UT, and shares her home with 6 cats, 3 hamsters and a rat. She says the cats know that the rodents are family, not food.

Neal Barrett, Jr's over 50 novels and numerous short stories include the critically acclaimed The Hereafter Gang, plus Interstate Dreams, Perpetuity Blues, and Piggs. His works are available at his own table in the dealers' room.

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 Fi 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.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke's work has appeared in such magazines as Interzone, The Leading Edge and The Brutarian among others, as well as the anthologies The Ant-Men of Tibet and Other Stories and Writers of the Future. He's been translated into Romanian and Estonian, two languages he struggles to spell, much less read. He resides in San Antonio and maintains his own website.

Liz Burton launched her writing career in the Late Neolithic by scaring the bejeezus out of her five-year-old sister and some young friends with a made-up monster tale on a warm summer night. Immediately addicted to storytelling, she immediately composed a novel that has, fortunately, not survived. Four years ago she dived back into a writing career, augmented shortly thereafter by that of a book editor. A rabid supporter of electronic publishing, she is now the editor-in-chief and acquisitions editor for Zumaya Publications, a small Canadian press and author of several short stories and a fantasy novel, Dreams of Darkness.

A. T. Campbell, III discovered science fiction in fourth grade when his aunt and uncle, intending to buy him a Tarzan book, accidentally gave him a Carson of Venus novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He's been active in Texas fandom for a couple of decades as an artist, convention worker, reading group organizer, and fan writer. For the past sixteen years he's worked in computer graphics, producing animations of traffic accidents, exploding rockets, battleships, and oil and gas exploration. He lives near Austin with his charming wife, Lori Wolf, and Fred the Wonder Dog.

Jim Cline writes about technology, real and imagined. An electrical engineer by training, he is currently Chief Technology Officer for Timberwolf Press, an innovative multimedia publisher. His first SF novel, A Small Percentage, received critical acclaim and became the first audiobook on the Internet back in 1995. This title has also been optioned by a Hollywood production company for possible TV or movie development. Jim has also served as producer/director on a number of SF and fantasy audio titles.

William J. Craig was born in a small town during the Eisenhower administration. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Information Systems. He is a founding member and past president of The Robot Group and co-producer of the Austin Survival Research Labs show. He has been working for over twenty years in the fields of control systems, pattern analysis, and machine intelligence. Currently he is employed as principal software developer for North Shore Circuit Design.

Bill Crider won the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel (Too Late to Die, first in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series) in 1987. He and his lovely wife, Judy, live in Alvin, Texas, with three cats and thousands (and thousands) of old paperback books. His latest novel is a community college caper called A Knife in the Back.

Scott A. Cupp writes weird short stories. His most recent new stuff can be found at www.revolutionsf.com which printed “The Singing Cowboy’s Apprentice” and “In the Mood” as well as the Alamo story “Thirteen Days of Glory”. He also has a collaboration with Joe Lansdale in For A Few Stories More. He lives in San Antonio with his wife Sandi and cat Leon Trotsky and is one of the owners of Adventures in Crime & Space.

Glenn R. Currie has always been fascinated by elaborate mechanisms. He worked on NASA’s Outer Planet Satellite project in support of the Pioneer and Voyager robot spacecraft and on the Guide Star Selection System for the Hubble Space Telescope. He's an active member of the Robot Group in Austin. One of his long term goals is to build a sophisticated robot brain using a collection of networked computers.

Tom Davidson moved to Austin in 1990, and discovered the Robot Group soon after attending a Liquid Mice show listed in the Chronicle because the name sounded interesting. The connection between Engineering and Art has been a constant theme for him ever since. In 1996 he became part of a plan to inflict Survival Reseach Labs on an unsuspecting Austin. This led to extreme robot testing at Burningman and local burns with other techno-artists. Tom has also disassembled every electronic device he owns, almost every one has worked after re-assembly, some work even better.

Bradley Denton is the author of the novels Wrack & Roll, Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Blackburn, and Lunatics. He's also the author of numerous short stories, some of which have appeared in One Day Closer to Death and in the World-Fantasy-Award-winning two-volume set A Conflagration Artist and The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians. He has completed his fifth novel, is at work on a sixth, and is gradually becoming a crazed recluse like your uncle Mort.

Aaron de Orive has worked mostly in computer games. He was the lead writer/content manager for Ultima Online 2. He's currently the Fiction Director for Funcom and has been assigned the duties of handling the live story for Anarchy Online, as well as helping to develop their new projects such as Midgard.

Jennifer Evans, a founding member of the Writers League of Texas, member of the SlugTribe, co-coordinator of the DilloCon Writers Workshop and other writerly events, has published fiction in Asimov’s, 50 Crafty Cat Stories, etc. and is shopping her modern fantasy novel, Schmooks, to several editors.

Melanie Fletcher has lived in Chicago, England, Canada, Holland and Sweden, which is why she talks funny at times. Her publications include "Star Quality" (Selling Venus, Circlet Press), "Heramaphrodite" (Crossing the Border, Indigo) and "Bartok and the Unicorn" (Quantum Muse , July 2002), as well as her new chapbook The Stories That Would Not Die! (Belaurient Press). She is currently working on two novels and recently became a cat mommy, which has done wonders for her output as the fabulous furbags insist on being petted any time she moves from the keyboard.

Brad W. Foster is an artist, writer, and publisher. His detailed pen-and-ink illustrations have appeared in comic books, SF magazines, coloring books, and a computer manual. Brad has exhibited his original art at conventions and art festivals all over the world. He owns and runs a small press comics publisher, Jabberwocky Graphix, for whom he is the primary writer and artist. Brad's art has appeared in hundreds of SF fanzines, which has led to his winning numerous Hugo Awards for Best Fan Artist. Brad lives with his lovely wife Cindy in the Dallas area.

Robby Gaines is an engineering graduate from Texas A&M. He has worked as a construction engineer for over twenty years on several large projects. He was a "Pad Rat" at the Cape Canaveral Air Force launch pad 41. Where he prepared the pad for the launching of spy satellites and the Mars Rover. He is on the Houston Board of Directors of the National Space Society, a member of the Planetary Society and a founding member of the Challenger Learning Center. He was the landing event chairman for the Mars Polar Lander at Rice University. In January Robby was named as one of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Solar System Ambassadors. There are only 277 in the world. He is a pilot and owned and flew a World War II airplane. Robby is also an Eagle Scout. He is the President-Elect for the Houston Youth Scholarship, Inc. and he is President-Elect of the Texas Gulf Coast Exchange Club, a youth community service group. He is married to his wife Edellweiss from Venezuela.

John K. Gibbons has had publications in Silverberg & Haber's Universe and in Analog. As a fan, he has chaired or co-chaired ArmadilloCon 3 times. He is also a speaker for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a part of the Solar System Ambassadors program. Ask him about his telescope!

Steven Gould is the author of the novels Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, and the upcoming Jumper(s). His first novel, Jumper, was one of the 100 most challenged (i.e., banned) books in America, 1990-1999. His second novel, Wildside, was the winner of the Golden Duck Foundation's Hal Clement Award for Young Adult SF. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. He is married to SF writer Laura J. Mixon with whom he wrote Greenwar. They have two children and live in Katy, Texas.

Beverly A. Hale is trying to get home to Texas. It just hasn't been easy. First she wound up in Oklahoma working for CJ Cherryh, then she got turned around and ended up outside Washington, DC. But she's still trying. In the meanwhile, she works as a meeting planner and has been in too many meetings in too many states this year (none of them Texas, darn it). Her first novel, The Essence Of Stone, will be published in November, 2002. Prior publications include a children's book, comic book scripts, short stories, gaming, a Indo-Pak cookbook and a ghostwritten gift book of poetry.

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 was the co-founder and managing editor of MOJO Press, where he worked with the likes of Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Moorcock, and many others. Currently Klaw is the fiction editor for RevolutionSF , and writes the popular column "Geeks With Books" for SFSite. His work has appeared in Weird Business, The Big Book of the Weird Wild West, Gangland, Michael Moorcock's Multiverse, SFWeekly, and other venues.

Tim Langenkamp is a copyright attorney from Austin.

Alexis Glynn Latner's novelettes and short stories have been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, and the anthology Bending the Landscape: Horror. She teaches fiction writing courses in the Rice University (Houston) School of Continuing Studies. Besides SFF, she writes magazine articles about science, technology, education and aviation. For fun and real-life adventure she flies sailplanes.

Jon Lebkowsky has been soaking in network culture and virtual community since 1990. He's served as community host/moderator for the WELL, Electric Minds, and HotWired. He has written technoculture articles and essays for Wired Magazine, Whole Earth Review, The Austin Chronicle, 21C, Factsheet Five, Mondo 2000, Mindjack and other publications, and was the "consciousness" sub-domain editor of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and editor/publisher of Fringe Ware Review and Unshaved Truths. You can find the latest version of his weblog at http://www.weblogsky.com. He is co-founder and CEO of Austin-based Polycot Consulting L.L.C., a company that provides web consulting and development services.

Eric Lundquist is the current President of The Robot Group located in Austin, Texas. His robotic creations have ranged from a simple "moth-like" creature, to a remote controlled vacuum cleaner, to a large tank-tracked vehicle, to a 6-legged walker, to an art creating robot that paints and draws. When not building robots, Eric is employed as a software development manager for a large telecommunications firm. Eric also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin.

Jonathan Lyons is experiencing culture shock after spending the better part of a year in India, chasing his wife across the country as she conducted research for her Ph.D. He spent the time writing. Jonathan watches too many Godzilla movies, reads too much science fiction and too many comics. He resides 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 Grrls in his first novel, Burn. He has had a number of short stories, essays, and a hyperfiction published. Jonathan's agent is shopping around his second book, and Jonathan is finishing up novels #3 and #4. In response to fan requests, novel #4 is a follow-up to Burn.

Lee Martindale stays busy. She edited the groundbreaking anthology Such A Pretty Face from Meisha Merlin, and has two collections of her short fiction out from Yard Dog Press, including the recently-published To Stand As Witness. Her work also appears in numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently in Bubbas of the Apocalypse, Kinships Magazine, and Elysian Fiction. When not writing or editing, she's a bard, swashbuckler, songwriter and filker, public speaker, Active member of SFWA and a member of the SCA. She and her husband George live in Plano, TX.

Karen Meschke is a former Armadillocon, Sercon, Smofcon and World Science Fiction Convention (LonestarCon II) chair, Karen is currently co-chair of the World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon) to be held in Austin this October. In addition she is a wife, mother, full time TxDot employee, sometimes part-time college student and volunteers for her son's school activities. In her spare time, Karen reads all kinds of books, listens to all types of music, enjoys going to the movies (or renting one) and occasionally plays with the often-unusual assortment of plants and weeds in her gardens.

C.J. Mills has six published books, and one under construction. She's the author of the "Winter World" SF series (Winter World, Brander's Book, Kit's Book, Egil's Book, Zjhanne's Book, etc.), and was also nominated for the Golden Spur Award by the Western Writers Association for her first book, a hardcover novel of "general fiction." C.J. splits her year between homes in Austin and in Minnesota.

James Minz is an Editor with Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

Laura J. Mixon is a native New Mexican (she was born in Roswell; no connection with the incident) now living in east Texas with her husband and two girls. She's been writing stories since she was eight (in crayon with a yarn binding, illustrated), and SF novels since she discovered Clifford D. Simak at age eleven (though it took a lot longer than that to sell one!). She's a chemical engineer by training and an environmental engineer by profession. She's also a Clarion graduate (1981) and a former Peace Corps volunteer (1981-3, Kenya). Her latest book, Burning The Ice, is a first-contact intrigue set on an icy moon of a Jovian world many light-years from our own. The hardcover is just now hitting the stores, and has garnered starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. Her current project is an sf series that incorporates any number of things—nanotech, smart tumors, massive engineering projects, genetically tormented shapeshifters, and the biochemical underpinnings of mysticism. The first book, Assemblance, is set in the asteroids.

Elizabeth Moon is a central Texas writer who considers herself an ArmadilloCon veteran. She has written 16 novels and dozens of shorter works which have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her most recent book was Against the Odds; the new release Heris Serrano is an omnibus edition of the first three books of the Serrano Legacy series. Her next book will be Speed of Dark, a near-future SF coming from Ballantine/Del Rey in January 2003. Her nonwriting interests include space exploration, horses, restoration ecology, music, and just about anything but housekeeping. She lives in a small town north of Austin with her husband, son, two horses, a cat, and assorted wildlife on the neighboring 80 acres.

Billie Sue Mosiman is the author of eleven novels of suspense and speculative fiction. Her latest novels are a vampire series from DAW Books. The first, Red Moon Rising, was published in 2001. Malachi's Moon was published in 2002. Craven Moon will be published in 2003. This new series gives a new twist to the vampire legend with vampires who live as humans while searching for the beginnings of their affliction. Mosiman's newest suspense novel is Final Cut, a hardback from Five Star Thorndike Press. Besides novels, Mosiman has published more than 150 short stories in various magazines and anthologies. These stories range from mysteries to SF and fantasy. Her latest story will be in Haunted Lighthouses edited by John Helfers. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Stoker Award for her novels, Mosiman has been writing for twenty years and has been an instructor of writing fiction at various times in her career. She lives on a ranch in SE Texas and raises guineas and hay for cattle.

Chris Nakashima-Brown's suburban surrealism has appeared in various forgotten oracles of the adolescent avant-garde; some of his more recent forays into spelunking the mediascape can be found at revolutionsf.com. An active participant in the Turkey City Writers Workshop, he is currently shopping his first novel, Clickless, a cyberpunk of the present about the technology business. He lives in Austin under a tower of klieg lights infested with escaped parakeets.

Editor's note: The following excerpt is from a document discovered in the attic of a farmhouse constructed before the American Civil War. The country, nay, the whole world, is in grave danger. Beings from another world, led by a woman known as Cary Osborne, exists among us, concealing her true nature from all but the most observant. Editor's note: Space considerations require deletion of several pages on the numerology of the names Gutenberg and Osborne. I have shown that Gutenberg's press, having a profound influence on the proliferation of writings known as science fiction, is incontrovertibly linked to this Cary Osborne. The creations of Jules Verne foreshadowed many destructive engines. Miss Osborne has shown a propensity to read such works, further evidence of her involvement, not only with science fiction, but also with a Frenchman! I have tried to act on my own, but the sight of her smile and piercing hazel eyes have a weakening effect upon me. I urge you to create an organization to follow her activities. Editor's note: the remainder of the manuscript was unreadable.

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 37, 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.

Born September 3, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, John Picacio is a freelance illustrator who uses painting and the collage and assemblage of mixed media to communicate about the world around him. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture (BArch '92). Since 1996, his illustration and design work has continued to grace the covers and interiors of major books, magazines, and other media. Clients include Random House/Del Rey, Viking Children's Books, Golden Gryphon Press, Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Night Shade Books, Subterranean Press, Cemetery Dance Publications, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, The San Antonio Current, and The Empire Theatre Company of Chicago. He received the 2002 International Horror Guild Award (Best Artist) and is a two-time winner in the book division of Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art. He lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

Paul Pipkin was born in Fort Worth and now lives in San Antonio. Into the outré from an early age, he was educated at and around UT Austin at the height of the Sixties. He's operated nightclubs and worked in labor and political activism. A member of Ursa Major Science Fiction Literary Association and San Antonio Writers Guild, he has attended various science fiction and fantasy cons. The Fan-Shaped Destiny of William Seabrook proclaims the long concealed wellsprings of the branching worlds in literature. Its forthcoming companion volume Reckoning, another book of The Fan-Shaped Destiny, flanks FSD from the side. A third novel is underway.

James Reasoner is the author of fantasy novel Lyron's Lament (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 alternate history stories "The East Wind Caper" (in A Date Which Will Live In Infamy, Cumberland House, 2001) and "The Blood of the Fallen" (in Alternate Gettysburgs, Berkley Books, 2002).

Born near Philadelphia in the summer of 1963, Jessica Reisman has since been a number of things, including, but not limited to (and in no particular order), an art house film projectionist, hawker of wares at Renaissance Faires, house painter, blueberry raker, advertising copy, white paper, radio play and short film writer, art director, highschool drop out, teaching assistant, and graduate student. Your usual doomed-to-write obsessive reader, she started writing before puberty hit, but has come fairly late to publication-though she had some glory years on fiction writing fellowships. From the first short story it was always fantastic literature-masquerading as magic realism and literary fiction during the grad school years. Writing has always been about two things for her: exploring and expanding limits and notions of the possible, and feeding the body and soul through language. There's a quote from writer Chantal Chawaf of which she's fond: "The word must comfort the body." And give the mind places to go. She is a movie lover, cat lover, and the owner of a master's degree in creative writing. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Carrie Richerson lives in Austin, where her writing is supervised by Jeep the Wonderdog and three insouciant cats. Her stories have appeared in F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, two of the Bending the Landscape anthologies, and other magazines and anthologies. Her story collection Something Rich and Strange is available as an e-book at amazon.com. If she likes you, she will put you on her Christmas story list, to receive the continuing (mis)adventures of Houdini the cat.

Uncle River's cultural science fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Interzone, and Transversions. Trained in Jungian Analysis and holding what he believes to be the world's only earned Ph.D. in Psychology of the Unconscious (Union Institute, 1974), Uncle River has lived as a hermit/writer in the mountain Southwest for the past 20 years.

Patrice Sarath, a multiple DilloCon workshop alumna, has now graduated to the ranks of a teaching pro, with several professional sales to her credit. Her stories have appeared or will appear in such publications as: Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and in theme anthologies such as Such a Pretty Face, and Beyond the Rose. She also hangs out with virtual writers groups such as Critters, and gets face-to-face with the notorious SF/F/H group in Austin, the SlugTribe.

A native of England who emigrated to the U.S. in 1957, SF Fantasy ebook author Kate Saundby lives in rural northwest Tennessee with her second husband Herman and a laid-back orange cat named Clifty. At the age of 60 and on the advice of Piers Anthony, Kate decided to bypass the conventional print query process and submit her first SF Fantasy novel to an independent electronic publisher instead. Now working on her 13th title which is already contracted to Double Dragon Publishing and due out sometime next year, she says she's never regretted that decision. Considering it's never been available in print, the fact that Kate's Nublis Chronicles series remains consistently in the #3 spot on Fictionwise's highest rated ebook series list has left her pleased, albeit somewhat surprised. (John Norman's Gor is #1, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern is #2, and Piers Anthony's Magic of Xanth and Terry Brooks' Shannara are # 4 and #5 respectively.)

Sherlock is a prolific fan cartoonist from San Antonio. In the past year she produced several covers for the Colorado Book Association catalog, did a handful (4 sold, one in the works) of interiors for Analog, won a best "Recycled Art" award (Leon Valley's Earthwise Living Day festival) and worked part-time for the Leon Valley Public Library.

Caroline Spector is author of the novel Worlds Without End. In a previous existence she wrote several strategy guides for computer games. She lives in Austin.

William Browning Spencer has written several wonderful books including Resume with Monsters, Zod Wallop, and Irrational Fears. He recently married Liz, his lovely spiritual advisor. He's also an accomplished commercial artist who produced the covers of his first three books.

Bruce Sterling's daughter Amy Sterling is a 15 yr old cat-loving anime freak who has a lotta spunk and a lot of randomness. She's spent her entire life in the shadows of sci-fi fans, and now, finally, she can take her step towards fame amongst them, along with the help of her beloved anime posse. w0000t!!!

Bruce Sterling has lived in Austin for thirty years. If you are an SF writer wannabe, ask him about the "Turkey City Writers Workshop." Considering that Turkey City is one of the oldest continuous SF workshops in the US, it's showing surprising vitality. You might also check out his weblog at Infinitematrix.net and the Viridian Design site at viridiandesign.org.

James Stoddard's short fiction and articles have appeared in well-known science fiction, music, and computer magazines. He teaches Music Recording and Engineering at a junior college in Texas. His novel, The High House, won the Compton Crook Award for best fantasy by a new novelist, and was nominated for several other awards, including being named as one of five finalists for the Mythopoeic Award, an award given to works that best reflect the writing spirit of the Inklings: C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. A sequel, The False House, was released in January, 2000.

Pat Virzi is defined by geo-fano-social bounds: Midwestern fanzine and convention fan; Arizona convention fan; Austin convention & fanzine fan, and graphic designer; Dallas fanzine fan, graphic designer, gafiate & mom. (Insert fannish injoke, follow with fannishly witty anecdote, drop some names and finish with generic Fandom-on-Internet-is-like-neverending-room-party homily.)

Mark Walters is the lead artist and owner of Hot Fish Studios in Dallas. He's done advertising work for the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, Chili's, and most recently Ralston/Purina. Starting next month you can see his designs for Chewriffic dog treat bags on the shelf of your local grocery store. Mark has also done comic book work for DC Comics, Studio Aries, Head Press and Chaos Magazine. He is currently one of the lead staff members of Herorealm.com, which is one of the largest and most widely read comic book websites.

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.

Wendy Wheeler, wishes she really was the cousin of cool UT astronomer and SF writer Craig J. Wheeler. Wheeler co-coordinates the DilloCon Writers Workshop (now in its 5th year), and is grateful to all the wonderful writers and editors who volunteer to critique and teach each year at ArmadilloCon. She's had work appear in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 13th Edition (editors: Datlow/Windling), and in the theme anthologies Snow White, Blood Red, Silver Birch, Blood Moon, and The Crafters Volumes I and II. Other stories have appeared in Analog, Aboriginal SF, Gorezone, and other publications. She also writes SF/F screenplays, does some game designing, and teaches fiction writing for the University of Texas Informal Classes.

Walter Jon Williams has become a solipsist, and is finding it so congenial that he wonders why other people don't take it up. So convinced is he of his singular place in the universe that he's certain that his new novel, The Praxis, will meet with worldwide acclaim. After all, you're robots and won't have any choice.

Edwin Wise develops CAD/CAM software during the day, and explores the edges of mad science at night through his R&D company Simulated Reality Systems. He has written game software for Broderbund and Dynamix, and manufacturing software for Point Control, Building Blocks, and now as a partner in Wittlock Engineering, LLC. He has written two books on robotics (Applied Robotics, and Applied Robotics II, to be published by Delmar later this year) and a third book on home animatronics (Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Holiday Displays). Edwin feels that Halloween should be 365 days a year.

Lori Wolf started reading science fiction in the second grade when she checked Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars out of the library. She has attended and worked on science fiction conventions for over 20 years. She has worked on every ArmadilloCon since 1988, and she has co-chaired the con 4 times. She used to be a forensic chemist, but she gave up her glamorous life in crime to marry A.T. Campbell, III and work at Adventures in Crime & Space Books for over six years. She shares a house near Austin with her husband and Fred the Wonder Dog and she spends her time trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.

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