Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba
11-13 October 2013——Huntsville, Alabama
This page is not yet fully updated for 2013. Please come back soon for updates.
Bio for GoH Larry Correia coming soon.
Bio for Artist GoH Kurt Miller coming soon.
Darrell Osborn is a Renaissance man—graphic artist, stage magician, and balloon artist. When not plotting complete world domination, he puts on a variety of magic shows in the Tennesse Valley area under his nom de stage "Doctor Osborn." These last several years he's also been sharing his balloon sculptures (lots more than just your basic balloon animals!), magic, and general madcap sensibility at conventions around the area—including Con†Stellation.
Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program as well as various military space defense programs. Stephanie is retired from space work and has moved on to be a heck of a writer. She's been known to claim she's still fairly new at this "author stuff," but that's getting harder to take seriously all the time… just look at the body of her work. Her website—www.Stephanie-Osborn.com—lists a huge array of novels (some co-authored with the likes of Travis S. Taylor, Darrell Bain, or Darrell Osborn), short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and even a YA fantasy book. Stephanie was a major hit as our Mistress of Ceremonies at Con†Stellation XXX in 2011—so much so that she's become our semi-permanent MC :-)
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In addition to our Guests of Honor, and Mistress of Ceremonies we're working on a great lineup of other guests. This list will be updated as more guests are confirmed.
Les Johnson describes himself as a NASA physicist, author, husband, father, and manager—though probably not in that order. At NASA, he's the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL. He uses what he calls his spare time to write (popular science books/articles as well as science fiction), read (science fiction), and fulfill both the roles of husband and that of father to his two children.
Les's latest production—Sky Alert!: When Satellites Fail, due out 31 March 2013 from Springer Books—is another foray into popsci that examines in detail the topics of the modern world's dependence on satellite technologies, what could and would go wrong in a catastrophic loss of satellites, and how we can work to prevent or prepare for that. Before that there was Going Interstellar, co-edited with Jack McDevitt, which collected both fiction and essays on the titular subject. Then there's his science fiction novel Back to the Moon—written with Travis S. Taylor—the story of (not surprisingly) mankind's return to that body after decades of absence. He's also the co-author (with various others) of the non-fiction Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth, Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, and Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos.