Guest of Honor - Charles Stross
Artist Guest - Ctein
Editor Guest - Jim Minz
Toastmaster - Charles de Lint
We are also proud to announce that the following people have agreed to be participants at ArmadilloCon 27:
Bios of Major Guests
Guest of Honor
Charlie Stross was born in 1964 in Leeds, England. One of his earliest memories was watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on TV; but while many 5 year olds wanted to grow up to be astronauts, Charlie took a left fork and fixated on the idea of being a science fiction writer. Nobody's really sure why, but about twenty years later he started selling short stories in Interzone, New Worlds, and elsewhere, and ten years after that he began selling novels. Along the way to being a full-time writer, he was distracted by the usual surreal sidelines: pharmacist, technical author, code monkey in a Scottish dot-com startup. These days he's married and lives in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, with his wife, two cats, and several thousand books, in a flat that's not quite as old as the State of Texas.
Stross's first novel, Singularity Sky (2003) was shortlisted for the Hugo award, as was his second SF novel in the same series Iron Sunrise (2004). The second half of his horror/SF crossover The Atrocity Archives (Golden Gryphon, 2003) has also been shortlisted for the Hugo. He's also the author of a fantasy series (of which the first two volumes, The Family Trade and The Hidden Family are available from Tor) and his most recent SF novel is Accelerando (1st July).
Ctein is a professional photographer and writer, best known in the SF community for his photographs of eclipses, aurora, natural and unnatural scenics, and space launches and his hand-printed fine-art books. His work can be seen at http://www.ctein.com and www.photo-repair.com.
Ctein's a contributing editor to PHOTO Techniques and the author of POST EXPOSURE-- Advanced Techniques for the Photographic Printer. He's also an industrial consultant on computer displays, a technical writer of computer manuals, has degrees in English and Physics from Caltech, and has engaged in pollution research, astronomy, photocopy research, world designing for CONTACT, and radical feminist queer activism.
If he grows up, he wants to be a dilettante.
Ctein lives in Daly City CA USA with technical writer Paula Butler, two demented psittacines, a half dozen more-or-less normal computers, and twenty kilobooks. He reports that the house seems to be shrinking...
was recently alarmed to discover that he has been working
in publishing for nearly twelve years. It all began in a
dark and dreary basement in Madison, Wisconsin, where he
started out as a lowly
Laurie Mann's been active in fandom since 1974, run cons, bid for and worked on Worldcons, Boskones and Confluences, and maintained Web sites including AwardWeb and Dead People Server. Together, Jim and Laurie ran a Boskone, the Noreascon III Services Division and the Millennium Philcon Program Division. For Noreascon IV, she ran the fan history exhibit and edited William Tenn's Hugo-nominated Best Related Book Dancing Naked. For Interaction, she was on Program and Publicity staff. Laurie's been married to Jim since 1977. Their daughter, Leslie, is finishing up a software degree. Laurie is a freelance writer, Web site and database developer. She's finishing a contemporary novel about four of her favorite subjects (movies, computers, travel and sex). This will be her second Armadillocon - she hopes not to miss the bats this time!
Jim Mann got involved in science fiction fandom in 1975, when he joined the Western Pennsylvania Science Fiction Association (WPSFA), and, with a handful of club members, attended his first convention (Midwestcon). Since then, he's attended many conventions and worked on nearly as many as he attended. He co-chaired (with Laurie) a Boskone, was Secretary of Noreascon 3 (the 1989 Worldcon), and has been a division head at five Worldcons (Noreascon 3, LoneStarCon, the Millennium Philcon, Noreascon 4) as well as a deputy division head at Interaction. He's also a long time member of NESFA, edited several NESFA indexes, and a number of NESFA Press books, including the works of Cordwainer Smith, William Tenn, Anthony Boucher, and John W. Campbell, as well as several Boskone books and the Light From a Lone Star by Jack Vance, the Guest of Honor book for the Austin NASFic. He has been married to Laurie, whom he met at her first WPSFA meeting, since 1977. They have one daughter, Leslie, now 24.
Charles de Lint is credited as having pioneered the contemporary fantasy genre. With 57 books published to date, he is known internationally as a master in his field. His writing includes adult novels and short stories, as well as young adult and children's literature. Awards for his fiction include the World Fantasy Award, the William L. Crawford Award (presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts) and the Canadian SF/Fantasy Award (the Aurora). A respected critic in his field, de Lint is currently the primary book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. For more information, visit his personal Web site at www.charlesdelint.com.
Sean McMullen is one Australia's leading SF and fantasy authors, and lives in Melbourne. He has had a dozen books published, and is the winner of thirteen awards for SF and fantasy. He has also sold four dozen short stories and over a hundred articles on science and literature, and was co-author of Strange Constellations, A History Of Australian SF. Sean works in scientific computing, and has bachelors and masters degrees from Melbourne University. He is currently doing a PhD in Medieval Fantasy Literature. Before he began writing, Sean spent several years in student reviews and theatre, and was lead singer in three rock and folk bands. After singing in several early music groups and choirs, he spent two years in the Victorian State Opera before he began writing. He has spent several years fighting in Medieval re-enactment and doing conventional fencing, and has been a karate instructor for over twenty years. His most recent novel is Glass Dragons (Tor, NY, 2004).
Bios of Regional Participants
On the spur of the moment, Joseph Abbott went to AggieCon for a day in 2001 to meet some online acquaintances. This led circuitously to a trip that fall to the Ohio Valley Filk Festival in Columbus, Ohio, where he became thoroughly hooked on filk and has been trying to spread the music back home in Texas ever since. Toward that end, he is webmaster for the Texas Filk Page (http://www.texasfilk.org). This is his fourth ArmadilloCon, and as far as he can recall the first con of any sort for which he has been asked to write about himself in the third person for the program book. His day job (actually his afternoon and evening job) is as a copy editor for the Waco Tribune-Herald.
David Lee Anderson is a science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He’s shown paintings at over 400 convention art shows and has been the Artist Guest of Honor at twenty SF conventions. He’s done work for TOR Books and BAEN Books, Tomorrow SF Magazine, Isaac Asimov’s SF Magazine, Mayfair Games, Bethesda Softworks, and Yard Dog Press. He is a sought-after speaker, attending conventions that invite him as Artist Guest of Honor, Toastmaster, or panelist. View his online art gallery at www.davidleeanderson.com.
Kimm Antell is a programmer/writer/cartoonist in Austin, TX who is involved in fandom with F.A.C.T., WFC and ArmadilloCon. She is constantly on a quest to find a portal into the Marvel universe where Nightcrawler will suddenly realize he can't live without her.
Renee Babcock is a person of contradictions: an introvert who fakes extroversion, a cat lover who wishes she had a dog, a night owl who lives a morning person’s life, a beach baby who lives in Central Texas, nowhere near an ocean. She loves movies that make her cry, Diet Pepsi and Craig Ferguson. She was officially declared insane after she agreed to co-chair the 2006 World Fantasy Convention.
Once again, the role of Neal Barrett, Jr. will be played by himself.
Kurt Baty is a computer architect, physicist, ancient greek numismatist, and a science fiction fan. Kurt enjoys reading and collecting science fiction books and also enjoys going to the worldcons, having (by 2004) attended 26 of them so far, starting in Kansas City in 1976. Kurt lives with his wife of 27 years on their acreage on Lake Travis outside of Austin, Texas, where they enjoy their horses and boats. Kurt Baty was (with party buddy Scott Bobo) fan guest of ArmadilloCon 24.
Tom Becker has a different bio every time he returns to Armadillocon. Usually that is because he is late, and can't remember what he said last time. This time it is because he is late, plus he is writing it while jet-lagged in Glasgow. And if you're wondering, yes, he's a fan.
Paul Benjamin has worked in the comics and comics-to-film industry for 10 years. He began his career at Malibu Comics then went to Platinum Studios where he developed J. Michael Straczynski’s Jeremiah series for Showtime. As Managing Editor for the Humanoids line in the US, Paul paired talent from the American comics industry with writers and artists from around the world, editing books such as Olympus with Geoff Johns, Kris Grimminger and Butch Guice, Redhand with Kurt Busiek and Eisner award-nominated I Am Legion with John Cassaday. Paul is now a full-time writer whose credits include The Wolverine Encyclopedia and Metal Hurlant.
Jodi Berls is a former columnist for Sci Fi Magazine and editor of the now-defunct SciFiNow.com website. She now writes an entertainment blog, Spacer Entertainment, and continues to work in the journalism field. She also edits in Arts and Entertainment categories for the Open Directory Project. She has been active in fan-fiction writing for many years, under an alias that she probably won't reveal unless she gets really drunk.
Jayme Lynn Blaschke's fiction has appeared in Interzone and Writers of the Future, among other places. He's been translated into Romanian and Estonian, two languages he struggles to spell, much less read. He serves as fiction editor for RevolutionSF.com, and he wants submissions. His latest work, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, a collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, is now available from the University of Nebraska Press. Blaschke lives in New Braunfels, works at Texas State University, and really likes it when people pretend they know who he is. His blog can be found at http://jlbgibberish.blogspot.com/.
Tabitha A. Bradley writes the well-reviewed and popular new Dirandan Chronicles series of space opera and erotica novels. She has written five books, two short stories and a serial, with four more books to be released soon from eXtasy Books. Tabitha has written four best-selling books for Renaissance E-Books, including the Dream Realm Anthology Nominee, Diranda: Tales from the Fifth Quadrant. She is the Arizona Representative for EPIC (The Electronically Published Internet Connection). Tabitha Bradley lives in Northwestern Arizona with her husband and two children.
The Brobdingnagian Bards were inspired by Xena and Gabrielle to become musicians. They have been playing together for 342 years. Their most memorable achievement is making the Kessel run in less than eleven parsecs. Their CDs include Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales and 1001 Ways to Eat Shrimp in Zero Gravity. They will perform requests if you buy them a trip to Ireland. Check out their website at http://thebards.net.
Damien Broderick is an Australian sf writer and critic, a senior fellow of the University of Melbourne, currently living between Australia and the USA. He has reviewed science fiction for 40 years in venues such as Lot's Wife, the Melbourne Age, SciFi Weekly, The New York Review of Science Fiction and currently Locus. His books on sf are Reading by Starlight, Transrealist Fiction and x, y, z, t. His latest sf novel is Godplayers (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005), and the forthcoming sequel is K-Machines (2006).
Rusty Burke is the series editor for the Wandering Star Robert E. Howard Library of Classics, now available in trade editions from Del Rey Books. He has been a member of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association (REHupa) since 1981, and organized the first group trip to Cross Plains in 1986, helping to launch the annual Robert E. Howard Days now celebrated there each June. He was founding editor of The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies, and has produced other works on Howard, including REH: A Short Biography of Robert E. Howard.
Elizabeth Burton, former Pennsylvanian turned Austinite, has three fantasy novels in print--one now translated into Swedish--and three erotic romance novellas available in electronic format. A freelance editor and member of the FACT board of directors, she is working on the third book in the Everdark Wars trilogy while she helps get other people published as the executive editor for Zumaya Publications in British Columbia.
Rachel Caine (Roxanne Longstreet Conrad) is the author of Ill Wind (December 2003), Heat Stroke (August 2004), and Chill Factor (January 2005), the first three books in the Weather Warden series from ROC. Book four, Windfall, is scheduled for release in November 2005. Devil's Bargain, the first book of a new adventure series for Silhouette Bombshell, will be released in September. She has also contributed to many BenBella SmartPop collections, most recently Finding Serenity, and writes officially licensed novels for Stargate SG-1 as Julie Fortune. Visit her website: www.rachelcaine.com.
The internationally published author of 35 novels, Deborah Chester was a 2004 inductee into the Writers Hall of Fame of America. In the course of her career, she has written Regency romances, historical romances, young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. She is a tenured professor of professional writing in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches novel and short story writing. Having authored several space operas under the pseudonyms Jay D. Blakeney and Sean Dalton, she now writes primarily fantasy under her real name. Her Alien Chronicles trilogy - The Golden One, The Crimson Claw, and The Crystal Eye - was reissued in 2005. Her latest fantasy, The King Imperiled, will be published by Ace Books in November 2005. For more information, visit www.deborahchester.com.
R. Cat Conrad hails from Arlington – that’s Texas, not the national cemetery and usually without the media attention afforded an ice storm, although his puns can be deadly. After doing a stint with an UnFortunate 500 company as a chemist with a fine art degree, Cat decided that prolonged exposure to hazardous chemicals isn't what advertisers meant by "making a better living through chemistry." So, in 1991 Cat left the private sector, moved to Texas and started promoting his creative side full time – prefering the "symmetry" of painting to nurturing flowers in the world's fastest growing "underground" movement. In addition to being an award-winning artist and cunning linguist, Cat is a popular speaker, auctioneer, and fan entertainer. Visit his website: www.artistsinresidence.com/cat
Bill Crider is the author of fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery novel in 1987 for Too Late to Die and was nominated for the Shamus Award for best first private-eye novel for Dead on the Island. He won the Golden Duck award for "best juvenile science fiction novel" for Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror. He and his wife, Judy, won the best short story Anthony in 2002 for their story "Chocolate Moose." His latest books are A Bond with Death (St. Martin's) and Dead Soldiers (Five Star).
Scott Cupp writes weird short fiction generally set in the west. He is a part-owner of Adventures in Crime & Space, the best SF/Mystery bookstore in the Southwest, unfortunately no longer a viable store front but an internet and convention presence. He is a former of the Horror Writers of America. He lives In San Antonio with his wife Sandra, Bengal cat Tiger, and far too many books, movies and comics.
Michael DeMeritt served as a First Assistant Director on two Star Trek series, Voyager and Enterprise, eleven straight years! He has been a script consultant in Hollywood, conducts seminars on production aesthetics, and is a published author himself. His Star Trek connection extends to a Next Generation comic book he authored (special, 1994, Pandora's Prodigy) and has a sizable influence on a book he is writing. Titled Poetry and Prose from the Director's Ass., the book is scheduled to be published in the fall. You may also find Mike's commentary track in the 3rd season Enterprise DVD set this fall.
Bradley Denton's books include the World Fantasy Award-winning two-volume story collection The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians/A Conflagration Artist and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winning novel Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. His novella "Sergeant Chip" (F&SF September 2004) was a Locus Award finalist and Hugo nominee this year, and it currently appears in The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens and Year's Best SF 10. Brad is responsible for the founding of the First Church of Morton and the dissemination of the Ten Conditional Commandments. By the time ArmadilloCon rolls around, his latest novel, Laughin' Boy (which makes Blackburn and Lunatics both look like wholesome family entertainment), will be out from Subterranean Press.
Aaron de Orive, screenwriter and devout Agnostic Buddhist, has written for several computer games, including Ultima Online 2, Anarchy Online, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, and Tabula Rasa. Currently, he's busy peddling his wares to various Hollywood studios and production companies and wondering why no one has yet offered him a seven figure deal for any of his brilliant screenplays. What's with all this "option" business? He wants cold, hard cash and he wants it now! He continues to be hopeful that someone holding the purse strings will eventually see things his way.
P.N. "Pat" Elrod is best known for her ongoing Vampire Files series featuring undead gumshoe Jack Fleming. She loves writing, chocolate, and Richard Dean Anderson, not necessarily in that order. She lives in Texas with her dogs, books, and about 200 Jedi robes (don't ask). Her newest Jack Fleming book, Song In The Dark is due out Sept. 6 from Ace, and she is currently editing a new anthology for St. Martin's, My Big, Fat Supernatural Wedding.
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her cat, Dixon. She is a self-proclaimed "Jane-of-All-Trades." Her two passions are writing and music. Her work is featured in More Stories That Won't Make Your Parents Hurl, Fundamentally Challenged, Sinister Sleuths, Cyber Oasis, Small Bites, and Apex Digest Online. She was a feature writer with the Fort Worth Tribune, has been a screenwriter, and has stories in the upcoming anthologies International House of Bubbas and Panic.
Mark Finn is the author of Gods New and Used and Year of the Hare, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews for RevolutionSF.com, Dark Horse Comics, Wildside Press Monkeybrain Books, and others. Finn also does double duty as the Creative Director for the Violet Crown Radio Players, where he writes, directs, and occasionally performs old time radio scripts. Finn is active in Robert E. Howard studies and scholarship. He has written introductions to several REH books from Wildside Press. His interview with fellow Howard scholar Rusty Burke recently appeared in Conversations With Texas Writers from UT Press. Forthcoming works include a biography of Robert E. Howard to commemorate the author’s centennial in 2006.
kT FitzSimmons's first convention was the infamous 1981 Houston "KrogerCon", held in an empty Kroger. She next attended OtherCon 5 in Bryan, Texas, which was, alas, the last (official) OtherCon. In 1983 when Anne McCaffrey was the Guest of Honor at ConText I, she hosted Thanksgiving dinner for Ms. McCaffrey and 35 hungry fen. Since then kT has been involved in running many conventions, including LoneStar Con I, and, after moving back to her hometown of Chicago, Windycon, Chicon V and Chicon 2000. kT is currently working on Windycon 32 and is a member of the Chicago-in-2008 Worldcon bid committee.
Brad W. Foster actually makes a living as an artist, without the use of a computer, strange though that might be in this day and age. He's gotten a couple of awards along the way (a Chesley, some Hugos) and worked for magazines like Amazing SF, Talebones, Dragon, and Highlights for Children. He's also done a few thousand odd little cartoons (at least) that have been printed in zines all over the planet. Trees have died for this?
Andrew Fox grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida and has mostly lived in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1982. He wrote his first SF story at the tender age of eight, joined George Alec Effinger's writing workshop group in 1995, and published his first book, Fat White Vampire Blues, with Ballantine/Del Rey in 2003; it was the 2004 Lord Ruthven Award winner for fiction. A sequel, Bride Of The Fat White Vampire, followed in 2004. His third book, Calorie 3501, a dark satire on America's weight obsession (and homage to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451), will hopefully be published in the spring/summer of 2006.
Local software analyst, SF fan & author, and volunteer speaker for NASA'a JPL space missions, John Gibbons would probably get more writing done if he didn't have so many hobbies.
Beverly Hale lives in Oklahoma with her husband, 2 dogs (Jilly - dog of order and Zoe -dog of chaos) and 10,000 books. She has been published in gaming (DC Heroes), comics (Dark Horse and Caliber Press), various short story anthologies, novels, children's literature and has a cookbook out. Her first novel, The Essence Of Stone, is a quest fantasy. Her newest novel, No Good Deed, a humorous urban fantasy set in Oklahoma City, will be coming out from Yard Dog Press. In her spare time, Bev is learning different types of ethnic cooking and attempting to learn several Asian languages.
Joan Upton Hall, freelance editor, writing instructor, and long-time fan of Arthurian legend, recently launched Arturo el Rey (Arthur the King), Book 1 of her fantasy trilogy, Excalibur Regained (Zumaya Publications). Her previous credits have been primarily nonfiction: Grand Old Texas Theaters That Won’t Quit, Rx for Your Writing Ills, 50 Writers’ Tips, a self-syndicated column for writers’ newsletters, and many articles, including two monthly columns for a newspaper. Ghostly Tales from America’s Jails, an anthology she edited for Atriad Press, is scheduled for release early in 2006. Visit her website at: www.JoanUptonHall.com.
Scott A. Johnson is the author of An American Haunting, Deadlands, and The Mayor's Guide to the Stately Ghosts of Augusta. His short stories have appeared in publications such as AlienSkin Magazine, The Corpse, and All Hallows. He also writes "Cold Spots," a twice-monthly column about real haunted places, for The Horror Channel. When he's not writing horror or chasing ghosts, he tells ghost stories at schools, teaches Karate, and ponders the eternal mystery of how to get his golf score out of the triple-digits. He currently resides in San Marcos, TX, just outside of Austin.
Julie Kenner's first book hit the stores in February of 2000, and she's been on the go ever since. A USA Today and Waldenbooks bestselling author, Julie is also a former RITA finalist, the winner of Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Paranormal of 2001, and the winner of the Reviewers International Organization's award for best romantic suspense of 2004. Her July release, Carpe Demon: Adventures Of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom was selected as a Booksense Summer Pick for 2005. A former attorney, Julie now lives and writes full time in Georgetown, Texas. Visit Julie at http://www.juliekenner.com/.
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel has held numerous traditional writer jobs (like correspondence school instructor and gold caster,) has been nominated for the Campbell, and has watched three imprints die under her feet. In other words, she's ready to try success. She's published the Nuala Chronicles (SF) and Tales of Alfreda Golden-Tongue (Fantasy) as well as short fiction and nonfiction, and has written a mystery-fantasy-romance she'd like to sell. She’s got a chapbook out from Yard Dog Press, and a new Alfreda novel in the works. Stop by her live journal (she's Alfreda89) for occasional updates. Or try http://www.ke-kimbriel.com.
One of the more opinionated people in an industry of opinionated people, Rick Klaw is perhaps best know for the popular column “Geeks With Books” for SFSite. Geek Confidential: Echoes From the 21st Century, a collection of his critical essays, reviews, and other observations was published by MonkeyBrain, Inc. His writings have appeared in The Austin Chronicle, Weird Business, The Big Book of the Weird Wild West, Gangland, Michael Moorcock's Multiverse, Science Fiction Weekly, RevolutionSF, Nova Express, Electric Velocipede, KongisKing.net, Conversations With Texas Writers, Fantastic Metropolis, and other venues. Klaw lives in Austin, TX with his wife, a cat and an enormous collection of books.
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly thirty award winning novels and numerous award winning short stories. His novella, Bubba Ho Tep was filmed starring Bruce Campbell, directed by Don Coscarelli. He has recently written a screen adaptation of his novel, The Big Blow, for Scott Free, the production company owned by Ridley and Tony Scott. A short story of his, Incident On And Off A Mountain Road, is currently being filmed by Don Coscarelli for the Showtime Event, Masters Of Horror. He has a new novel out next year, a Vintage Original trade paper novel titled Lost Echoes. He is presently at work on a new novel for Knopf.
Alexis Glynn Latner's novelettes and short stories have been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, and the anthology Bending the Landscape: Horror. She lives in Houston, Texas and works at the Rice University Library. Besides writing SFF, she does editing, writes magazine articles about science, technology, and aviation, and teaches creative writing in the Rice University School of Continuing Studies. For fun and real-life adventure she is a sailplane pilot.
Eric Marin is a lawyer by day and a writer by night. He also publishes the speculative poetry webzine Lone Star Stories, as well as MultiVerse, a webzine of speculative poetry reviews. You can learn more about Eric by visiting http://www.erictmarin.com.
Lee Martindale slings short fiction as an anthologist (Such A Pretty Face and writer. Her most recent stories appear in Esther Friesner’s Turn The Other Chick, Diane Paxson’s Sword & Sorceress XXI, and Selina Rosen’s upcoming International House Of Bubbas. When not working in prose, she filks (The Ladies Of Trade Town CD), is a Lifetime Active member of SFWA, a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a Named Bard, and a member of the SCA. She and husband George live in Plano, TX, where she keeps friends and fans in the know at http://www.HarpHaven.net.
Engineer/Novelist/Journalist Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi channel, where his popular "Lab Notes" column has been running since 1999. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, AnLab and Theodore Sturgeon awards. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov's, WIRED, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable Bloom, Amazon.com "Best of Y2K" The Collapsium (a national bestseller) and, most recently, To Crush The Moon. Previously a flight controller for Lockheed Martin Space Launch Systems and later an engineering manager for Omnitech Robotics and CTO of Galileo Shipyards (an aerospace research laboratory), McCarthy is currently the president of The Programmable Matter Corporation in Lakewood, CO. His nonfiction bestseller, Hacking Matter, describes the ongoing research by major corporations and university laboratories into quantum-dot based "programmable matter", promising enormous changes in both technology and society. He can be found online at www.wilmccarthy.com and www.programmablematter.com.
Dennis L. McKiernan, primarily a fantasy writer, is the author of the Mithgar series, the Faery series, Caverns of Socrates, and some twenty or so short stories. About his background, he says: Born April 4, 1932, I 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 think-tank 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-eight years.
Karen Meschke has been involved in Texas fandom for 20 years. She's co-chaired an ArmadilloCon and a BoucherCon, and by herself she chaired another ArmadilloCon, a SerCon, a SMOFCon, and a WorldCon. She's still tired from co-chairing ConMisterio, a first-year Austin mystery convention that was held less than a month ago. Karen is an avid reader and book collector.
C. J. Mills lives in Minnesota in the summer and in Texas the rest of the year (summer, however is much shorter in Minnesota than in Texas). She has produced three children, 5 SF novels, and 1 award-nominated mainstream historical. She also has three cats, one Blue Heeler, and a Chemical Engineer. She is marketing a 6th SF novel, 1 suspense/ thriller, and is working on an maintream historical (she gets bored easily in one genre).
Houston resident John Moore joined FACT in 1984 and sold his first short story to Aboriginal SF in 1986. His third novel, The Unhandsome Prince, was recently released by Ace. His newest book, Bad Prince Charlie, will be published next spring. A chemical engineer by day, John has no children, pets, or responsibilities, and aspires to live the life of a dissolute wastrel.
Nancy Jane Moore is an expatriate Texan and recovering lawyer living in Washington, D.C. Her novella Changeling is available as one of the Conversation Pieces from Aqueduct Press. She currently has stories in Polyphony 5 (August 2005) and Future Washington (July 2005). Most of her fiction has appeared in such anthologies as the recent books Imaginings and Imagination Fully Dilated: Science Fiction, but her stories have also been seen in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, as well as on the online magazines Fantastic Metropolis and Ideomancer.
Chris Nakashima-Brown writes short fiction and criticism. Cory Doctorow blogs that his "prose is slick, post-Gibsonian, and funny as hell, like Neal Stephenson meets Hunter S. Thompson." His recent work has appeared in Argosy, Adventure, Strange Horizons, The Infinite Matrix and RevolutionSF. An active member of Austin’s Turkey City writers’ workshop, he is currently working on his first novel.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden is an anthologist, book editor, and fan. His original anthology series Starlight won the World Fantasy Award. With Jane Yolen, he edits the annual Year's Best SF and Fantasy for Teens. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he co-edited the fanzines Telos and Izzard and won TAFF in 1985; today, the Nielsen Haydens co-write the weblog Making Light. He works as a senior editor and the manager of SF and fantasy for Tor Books, and plays lead guitar and sings with the New York City band Whisperado. The Nielsen Haydens live in Brooklyn, New York.
Gloria Oliver lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, three cats, and one ferret. She is the author of the novels In the Service of Samurai, and Vassal of El, both in the Fantasy genre. She also has stories in the Four Bubbas of the Apocalypse, Small Bites, and Fundamentally Challenged anthologies. When not busy working with numbers at work, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, Japanese Anime, trying to learn Japanese, and making her mind mush by translating Japanese comics.
Cary G. Osborne of Norman, Okla., is the author of the Iroshi trilogy (Iroshi, The Glaive, Persea) and the Deathweave series(Deathweave, Darkloom) in science fiction. Her sixth book was a fantasy titled Winter Queen. Her most recently completed novel is an alternate history titled Cross Over the River and she is currently working on an historical fiction, a fantasy, and two romantic mysteries. Most of her short stories have been in the horror genre, both published and unpublished. However, last year she had an article published in Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul. Meanwhile, she is working on an audio book proposal, and maybe even some gaming books.
The bio for Spike Parsons is only available in the ArmadilloCon 27 program book.
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Fear, Postscripts, and several anthologies. He also edits the Hugo-nominated SF critical magazine Nova Express, and is a member of the long-running Turkey City Writer's Workshop. His non-fiction has appeared in National Review, Reason, Whole Earth Review, The Freeman, The World & I, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Slashdot.org. He recently bought a house to keep his library in, then adopted a golden retriever to drag him out of the house on a regular basis.
John Picacio has illustrated covers for works by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Hal Clement, Jeffrey Ford, Graham Joyce, Joe R. Lansdale, Lucius Shepard, Charles De Lint, David Gemmell, and many more. His illustrations have been selected numerous times for Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art and in 2002, he received the International Horror Guild Award in the Artist category. He was a 2004 finalist for the World Fantasy Award and he is a 2005 Hugo Nominee in the Best Professional Artist category. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. For more, please visit www.johnpicacio.com.
Alan J. Porter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant who lives in Round Rock, TX. He blames it all on Tom Swift, Stanley Kubrick and Adam West. In the space of a few short months in the late 60's he borrowed Tom Swift And The Cosmic Astronauts from the local library, not longer after he watched "2001"; and thanks to Adam West he discovered Comic Books! Since then he's managed to publish a couple of books and had magazine articles on comics, music and the movies published in Europe, Australia, Canada and the US. He is currently developing two new book projects and a comics series.
Doug Potter lives in Austin and has a regular gig here as a political cartoonist for the Austin Chronicle and the Texas Observer. He uses the internet to get freelance gigs, which has led to clients in such far-flung regions as Indianapolis and Detroit. If you Google, he is not the Doug Potter at the University of Zurich.
Dusty Rainbolt is an award-winning cat writer according to her answering machine. Both her science fiction novel, All the Marbles, and her kitten care book, Kittens For Dummies were nominated for 2004 Muse Awards by the Cat Writer’s Association. (And yes, the Dummies book is part of the famous series.) She writes a monthly pet column for City + Country Pets Magazine. She’s writing a paranormal mystery, Death under the Crescent Moon, so she can deduct trips to Eureka Springs. In her real job, Dusty writes pet product reviews for Catnip so she can get more free cat stuff. She also freelances for Cat Fancy and anyone whose checks don't bounce.
Jessica Reisman would like to be referred to from now on as the Great LaRue. She's been writing for most of her life and is told she is quite good, but no one ever throws flowers. If you decide to throw flowers, please remove any thorns, and consider throwing money instead. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Third Alternative, SciFiction, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, and some anthologies. Her first novel, The Z Radiant, debuted in 2004. She feels a little old for it, but happy nonetheless. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she indulges various mild vices.
Carrie Richerson lives in Austin with such notorious characters as Jeep the WonderDog, Houdini the Escape Artist, and the Artful Dodger. Her stories have appeared in F & SF, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, and a number of anthologies. New stories in Asimov's SF and the e-zine Aeon should be out in time for ArmadilloCon.
Faye Ringel, a long-time fan, critic, and teacher of fantasy and horror, is the author of New England's Gothic Literature: Folklore and History of the Supernatural. She is Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, where she regularly makes sailors blush. She appears regularly on panels and filk programs, most recently at Interaction, but this is her first Armadillocon. She sings bawdy ballads and plays ragtime piano.
Chris Roberson is a writer, editor, and publisher. His story "O One," which appeared in Live Without A Net (Roc, 2003), won the 2003 Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History, was listed as an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Year's Best Science Fiction, and was nominated for the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. His first major release novel is Here, There & Everywhere (Pyr, 2005). Roberson is a finalist for the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. With his wife and business partner Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books. Visit him online at www.chrisroberson.net.
Josh Rountree's fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Abyss & Apex, Lone Star Stories, and plenty of other cool places. His story "Wood on Bone" was given honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror Volume 17. Josh lives in Austin, TX with his wife and two sons. To learn more, visit him on the web at www.joshrountree.com.
Patrice Sarath is an Austin-based writer. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Year's Best Fantasy 3, Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. She is a graduate of the popular Armadillocon Writer's Workshop.
Rie Sheridan has been published in several ezines, as well as on the EOTU and Planet Relish websites. Stories appear in the electronic version of Double Dragon ePress' From Within The Mist and Mundania Press' Beyond The Mundane: Flights Of Mind. Her poetry appeared in Mythic Circle and Dreams of Decadence magazines. While The Blood That Binds and The Lute And The Liar are currently out-of-print, her anthology Rievisions is available from Mundania and her Young Adult fantasy, The Right Hand Of Velachaz from LTD Books. Information regarding her books can be found at: http://www.riewriter.com/books.htm.
Sharon Shinn is the author of Archangel and four additional books in the Samaria world, as well as six other science fiction/fantasy novels. She has also published two young adult books and a sprinkling of short fiction. Because writing science fiction/fantasy books doesn't make one rich, she holds a real job as an editor on a trade magazine that covers the field of business education. At the moment, her major goal in life is being first in line to attend Serenity in September.
Willie Siros has been called "the Cardinal Richelieu of Texas science fiction" by Howard Waldrop. Willie had an awful lot to do with the creation of FACT, ArmadilloCon, SolarCon, LoneStarCon, InstaCon, SerCon, and ALAMO. Currently he devotes himself to being a bookseller with Adventures in Crime & Space.
Warren Spector received a BS in Speech from Northwestern University and an MA in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1983, just shy of his PhD in Communication, Warren joined Steve Jackson Games where he worked on a variety of boardgames and RPGs while rising to the position of Editor-in-Chief. Four years later, he moved to TSR, where he added boardgame design, choose-your-own-adventure books and novels to his resume. Warren entered the world of electronic games with ORIGIN in 1989, co-producing Ultima VI and Wing Commander and producing Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, Ultima VII: Serpent Isle, System Shock, Wings of Glory, Bad Blood, Martian Dreams and others. In 1997, after a year as General Manager of Looking Glass Austin, Warren started Ion Storm’s Austin development studio. He was project director on Ion’s award-winning action/RPG, Deus Ex, published in June 2000. Deus Ex was reissued in a 2001 Game of the Year edition and, in 2002, as Deus Ex: The Conspiracy on PS2. As Studio Director, he oversaw development of Deus Ex: Invisible War, released in December 2003, and Thief: Deadly Shadows, released in June 2004. He left Ion Storm in November 2004 to “pursue other interests.”
Matt Taggart was born in Bountiful, Utah and raised in a large old Victorian house known by the locals as "The Haunted House of Odell Lane", where he spent much time adventuring in the crumbling ruins of an eighty year old ivy covered swimming pool that had the unique ability to transform itself from into a medieval castle or the scourge of the seas pirate ship. Later he attended Salt Lake Community College and won several awards in the collage shows including two awards at the All Utah Open. He is a winner in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest of 2004 and has been working on a career in book and magazine cover illustration. He now resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and a slew of projects in the waiting.
Mikal Trimm writes short fiction and speculative poetry. He has made more than eighty sales to such diverse markets as Polyphony 4, Surreal, Andromeda Spaceways, and Strange Horizons, among many others, and his poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling award. And he still ain't famous.
Pat (Mueller) Virzi was lured into fandom in 1977 by a tale-spinning MSU cafeteria coworker. Apas, fanzines, Midwestern conventions, and slanshacks were the natural outcome. She moved to Phoenix in 1978, worked on IguanaCon 2 in the last hectic weeks before the worldcon, and then hooked up with Flying Buffalo as a data-entry/typesetting/graphic-design minion. After relocating to Austin in 1982, the Forces of FACT subverted her free will (or freed her subverted will) (well, just blame Willie & Robert) and caused her to resume publishing fanzines and attending conventions. She married Dennis Virzi in 1987, daughter Madeline appeared in 1989, and Pat now works in the DFW area as a prepress manager for a mid-sized print shop (where she has access to all the Best Toys but no time to play with them). Pat wants to pub her ish again, but Real Soon Now gets in the way.
Howard Waldrop has been a professional writer for 36 years. His groundbreaking fiction is frequently nominated for major awards, and his story "The Ugly Chickens" won both the Nebula and World Fantasy awards. Howard has been called a "National Treasure" by Gardner Dozois. His ArmadilloCon-closing reading on Sunday is sure to be a highlight of the convention. Howard lives in Austin, Texas.
Lynn Ward, a San Antonio resident, has sold short fiction to several anthologies and small press markets. In civilian life, she's a speech pathologist, martial artist, felinophile and avid reader. Subspecialties: bucking authority, punning and assassinating publishing houses. Okay to feed after midnight but don't make her mad.
Don Webb teaches Novel Writing for UCLA. With his wife Guiniviere he immortalized several Austin ghost stories for the Disembodied Spirit Exposition of the Austin Museum of Art. He has had short stories in Year's Best Fantasy, Year's Best SF, and Year's Best Horror. He is loud, very shy and never knows what to write in bios. He has a cat.
Martha Wells is the author of seven fantasy novels, including The Death of the Necromancer, a 1998 Nebula Award Nominee, Wheel of the Infinite, The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, to be released in November 2005 by HarperCollins/Eos. She has had short stories published in Realms of Fantasy and will have an essay on the TV show Farscape in the non-fiction anthology Farscape Forever (BenBella Books, Fall 2005). Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Dutch.
Wendy Wheeler, co-coordinator of the DilloCon writer's workshop, is a founder of the SlugTribe SF/F group in Austin. Her fiction has been selected for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Datlow/Windling) and has appeared in Analog, Aboriginal SF, Gorezone, Pandora and others. She's also had work in anthologies like Snow White, Blood Red and Silver Birch, Blood Moon and in The Crafters Parts I and II. These days she writes mostly genre screenplays. No options yet but the producer of The Ring is reading one of her horror scripts. More at www.wendy-wheeler.com.
Mark London Williams is the author of the “Danger Boy” time travel adventure books for young readers on the march. The first installment, Ancient Fire, made the LA Times’ children’s bestseller list, the “A-List” of Disney’s Family Fun magazine, and was nominated for a Golden Duck Award – a junior version of the Hugo and Nebula awards. The second book, Dino Sword, similarly made the LA Times’ bestsellers, and the third book, Trail of Bones, has just been released from Candlewick Press. He's currently working on the fourth book, Ruins. Williams has also scripted video games, for Activision, and comic books, for Mojo Press and DC. As a journalist, he’s contributed to publications ranging from Variety to the LA Business Journal, Moving Pictures Magazine, and others and currently writes a column on Hollywood for Below the Line.
Walter Jon Williams is the author of Hardwired, Aristoi, Metropolitan, and the forthcoming Conventions of War, the third in his Dread Empire's Fall series. He recently won a Nebula Award ™ for his novella "The Green Leopard Plague."
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