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==Guest of Honor==
 
==Guest of Honor==
[[File:Jody_Lynn_Nye 2016.1c.jpg|thumb|175px|left|<div align="center">Jody Lynn Nye</div>]]
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[[File:MaryRobinetteKowal(c)2012RodSearcey.jpg|thumb|200px|left|<div align="center">Mary Robinette Kowal<br /><small>©2012 Rod Searcey</small></div>]]
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'''Mary Robinette Kowal''' is an award-winning author, a professional puppeteer, and a voice actor. Her debut novel ''Shades of Milk and Honey'' was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while two of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story—"Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo that year. Her stories have appeared in ''Strange Horizons'', ''Asimov’s'', and several Year’s Best anthologies, plus her collections ''Scenting the Dark and Other Stories'' and ''Word Puppets''. Her latest novel, ''Ghost Talkers'', was released in hardback August 2016 and is also available as an e-book. It will be released in paperback August 2017.
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Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. In high school, puppetry was a hobby, but she “never thought of it as something you could get paid for.” At East Carolina University she took an art degree, minoring in theater and speech. While performing as Audrey II in ''Little Shop of Horrors'', she learned that a professional puppeteer was at the show. It was a turning point. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for ''LazyTown'', the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award for an American puppeteer.
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Her puppetry career consumed much of Kowal’s creative energy for over ten years. Although she wrote in high school and college, it wasn’t until her brother moved his family to China that she began writing again. Like Lewis Carroll and J.M. Barrie, she started writing children’s fantasy as a way to stay connected to her young niece and nephew. Reminded of how much she enjoyed writing, she began submitting short stories and made her first sale in 2005—her first professional sale in 2006.
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When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She describes voice acting as “puppetry, without the pain.”
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Kowal lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them. You can find out more about her at [http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com her website], check her out [https://www.youtube.com/user/MaryRobinette/videos on YouTube] or follow her on Twitter at [https://twitter.com/MaryRobinette @MaryRobinette].
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|From the FAQ on Kowal's website: '''Q.''' How do you pronounce your last name?
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|'''A.''' Co-wall, with the emphasis on the first syllable. It’s like Kowalski, without the ski. As I understand it, my husband’s grandfather Americanized his name when he came over from the Ukraine to make it easier to pronounce.
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==Artist Guest of Honor==
 
==Artist Guest of Honor==
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[[File:David_O,_Miller_2.jpg|thumb|200px|left|<div align="center">David O. Miller</div>]]
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'''David O. Miller''' bills himself as a "freelance Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Educator" but those categories—wide-ranging as they are—still don't tell the whole story. For instance, they don't mention his abiding interesting in gaming as a player, an artist, and a businessman (as part owner of [http://www.darkcitygames.com Dark City Games] which publishes old school "Programed Adventures"). He's also the current President of the Long Island Retro Gaming Group and an enthusiastic wargame terrain modeler.
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After taking a BA in Graphic Design/Illustration at Eastern Kentucky University, David worked as a graphic designer for various companies in Kentucky, including a TV station and a major advertising agency—where he eventually became a supervisor over a large art department. In 1987 David moved further south and took a job as Art Director in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center/U.S. Space Camp. About that he says: "I was a child during the race to the moon and because of that my heroes were all astronauts. The job at the Space Center was an amazing time for me. I was very fortunate to meet and work with several of my heroes including Alan Shepard and Buzz Aldrin. It really was a dream job."
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Still, David really wanted to be an illustrator. Not long after moving to Huntsville his efforts to find freelance illustration assignments started to pay off. Soon he was freelancing for many RPG game companies such as TSR, GDW, White Wolf Publishing, Steve Jackson Games, West End Games, and Wizards of the Coast—as well as Baen Books, DoubleDay Science Fiction and Military Book Clubs, Topps, and Inkworks.
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David left the Space and Rocket Center in early 1991 to freelance full-time. It was at this time he met his future wife at a science fiction convention in Chattanooga TN. Julie and David were married in 1993 and he relocated to Long Island, NY. In addition to creating art, he teaches courses at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills, NY. His very popular Adobe foundation classes include Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. He teaches classes in digital painting as well. David also keeps a busy schedule teaching science fiction/fantasy themed drawing workshops for young adults at libraries all over Long Island.
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Though he was a great friend and asset to Con†Stellation while he lived in Huntsville, David's most enduring contribution to our convention has been about 3 decades of designs for Con†Stellation T-Shirts, which you can see [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts#T-Shirt_Retrospective|at this retrospective]]. You can learn more about David and see many other examples of his art at [http://www.davidomiller.com his website].
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==Mistress of Ceremonies==
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[[File:Toni_Weisskopff_2016c.jpg|thumb|200px|left|<div align="center">Toni Weisskopf</div>]]
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For us at Con†Stellation, '''Toni Weisskopf''' may be the epitome of a hometown <del>gal</del> <del>woman</del> <del>person</del> hero made good. OK, so Huntsville isn't actually her home town, but she moved here with her family at age 12 and credits our fair city as the place she discovered fandom. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology, she joined Baen Books (in 1987) where she rose through the ranks from editorial assistant to editor to executive editor. She took the reins as publisher after the death of founder Jim Baen in 2006.
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Toni has kept Baen Books one of the leading publishers of sf and fantasy since then and shows no signs of slowing down. You can talk to her at Con†Stellation about most anything to do with sf/f publishing—including the stellar list of authors she's worked with (David Weber, David Drake, Mercedes Lackey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, and Larry Correia just to name a few)—but her fannish ''bona fides'' are just as strong as her professional ones. For instance, she was one of the driving forces bringing DeepSouthCon back to Huntsville for its 50<sup><small>th</small></sup> incarnation in 2012. Back on the pro side, Toni compiled and annotated (with Josepha Sherman) the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, ''Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts''. For Baen she’s edited three original hard sf anthologies: ''Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Sol System'', ''Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Far Futures'', and ''Transhuman'', with sf author Mark L. Van Name.
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In addition to being nominated 4 times for the Best Editor (Long Form) Hugo, Toni has won the Phoenix Award (for the ''pro'' who has done the most for Southern Fandom), the Rebel Award (for the ''fan'' who has done the most for Southern Fandom), and the Rubble Award (for the person who has done the most ''to'' Southern Fandom). Winning the Phoenix, Rebel, and Rubble (administered by her “friend” Gary Robe) made Toni the first winner of the Triple Crown of Southern Fandom awards. Most recently, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has selected Toni for the 2017 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award (for "distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community").
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The widow of Southern fan and swordmaster Hank Reinhardt, she is the mother of a delightful daughter, and lives in a hundred-year-old house full up with three cats, two dogs, and many spears. Taking care of them, house included, consumes most of her spare time, but she is also interested in space science and takes part in the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. You can read more about Toni Weisskopf in a 2007 [http://www.locusmag.com/2007/Issue03_Weisskopf.html <em>Locus Magazine</em> interview] or a a 2014 [https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/toni-weisskopf-baen-books/ Q&A by David Rapp on Kirkus Reviews]; or you can do what Toni would prefer and visit the [http://www.baen.com/ Baen Books website].
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==Returning Prior Guests of Honor==
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===Orson Scott Card===
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[[File:Orson_Scott_Card.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Orson Scott Card<br /><small>photo by Terry Manier</small></div>]]
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GoH, Con†Stellation V: Andromeda, 1986<br />GoH, Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices, 2015
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'''Orson Scott Card''' is probably best known for his sf novels ''Ender's Game'' and ''Ender's Shadow'', but he has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977—the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of ''The Ensign'', and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of ''Analog''. Card's early sf won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 1978 Worldcon while he supported his family primarily by writing scripts for audiotapes produced by Living Scriptures of Ogden UT.
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His writing ranges from traditional sf (''The Memory of Earth'', ''Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus'') to biblical novels (''Stone Tables'', ''Rachel & Leah'') and from contemporary fantasies (''Magic Street'', ''Enchantment'', ''Lost Boys'') to books on writing (''Characters and Viewpoint'', ''How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy''). His "Tales of Alvin Maker" series (beginning with ''Seventh Son'') reinvented medieval fantasy in an American frontier setting.
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For more information, visit Card's [http://www.hatrack.com Hatrack River] website.
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===Randy B. Cleary===
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[[File:Randy_B._Cleary.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Randy B. Cleary</div>]]
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Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XVI: Eridanus, 1997
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'''Randy B. Cleary''' was born and grew up in North Carolina, ending up in Huntsville when he moved here for work after graduating from NC State. Well, the first time here—he also worked stints in Raleigh and Atlanta before moving back to Huntsville in 1998. Randy says he became a fan long before he discovered fandom, but he’s done tons in the latter starting with neighborhood sf-themed clubs while still growing up. He's been active in [http://con-stellation.org/nasfa/ NASFA] (including stints as President and Program Director) and [http://www.con-stellation.org Con†Stellation] while in Huntsville (both times), and helped found the Atlanta Science-Fiction Society (becoming their first President) as well the GA-Filk convention while living in Atlanta. Randy’s an accomplished fan artist whose illustrations appear regularly in diverse fannish publications. His work has also been used on awards, buttons, hats, and t-shirts. His strong graphic style and precise technique are used to illustrate a wide range of sf, fantasy, and horror themes “with the occasional hint of humor” as he puts it. Randy has been the head of the Con†Stellation Art Show for the last many years.
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Randy is a member and past regional director and of the [http://asfa-art.org Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists]. Since the early 90’s, he has attended several conventions a year, including a few Worldcons. For various conventions he's been a co-chair, an Artist Guest of Honor, masquerade judge, art show director, auctioneer, party thrower, and general helper. He’s also been active at various times in APAs—including the [http://fancyclopedia.org/sfpa Southern Fandom Press Alliance]—and the [http://fancyclopedia.org/southern-fandom-confederation Southern Fandom Confederation] (as President and newsletter publisher). Not surprisingly, all this fannish activity resulted in a well-deserved 2009 win for the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_Award Rebel Award] for service to Southern Fandom.
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===David Drake===
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[[File:David Drake_2016c.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">David Drake<br /><small>photo by Karen Zimmerman</small></div>]]
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GoH, Con†Stellation XXV: Cygnus, 2006
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While '''David Drake''' was studying at Duke Law School, the Army changed his immediate career path to a choice between interrogator or grunt. Dave chose interrogator. He was assigned to the 11<small><sup>th</sup></small> Cav, the Blackhorse, and spent much of 1970 riding armored vehicles through jungles instead of slogging on foot.
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During his service, Dave learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn’t run fast enough to get away. He returned to Duke, completed his law degree, and became Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney while trying to put his life back together through fiction that made sense of his Army experiences.
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Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader’s hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling ''Hammer's Slammers'' series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF.
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He would rather be a moderately successful lawyer with a less interesting background.
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Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina. You can learn more about him at [http://david-drake.com david-drake.com].
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===Les Johnson===
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[[File:Les_Johnson_2016c.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Les Johnson</div>]]
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MC, Con†Stellation XVI: Eridanus, 1997
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'''Les Johnson''' is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His most recent book, ''On to the Asteroid'', with co-author Travis Taylor, was released by Baen in August 2016. His story "Spreading the Seed" appears in the November 2016 anthology ''Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories''. Les’s previous books include ''Back to the Moon'', ''Going Interstellar'', and ''Rescue Mode'' (all for Baen) and ''Living Off the Land in Space'', ''Solar Sails'', ''Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth'', and ''Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail'' (Springer Books). He is the Senior Technical Adviser for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL, where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission that will launch in 2018. Les has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and was published in ''Analog''. He is a member of the National Space Society, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The British Interplanetary Society, The World Future Society, and MENSA.
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For more information, visit Les's website [http://www.lesjohnsonauthor.com www.lesjohnsonauthor.com] or check in with him on Facebook at [https://www.facebook.com/LesJohnsonAuthor https://www.facebook.com/LesJohnsonAuthor].
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===Theresa Mather===
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[[File:Theresa_Mather.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Theresa Mather</div>]]
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Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XXV: Cygnus, 2006
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'''Theresa Mather''' has been a professional artist since 1989—creating fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. Best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, integrating her paintings with the natural colors and textures of the surface, Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her. “When I need inspiration, I go hiking somewhere,” is what Theresa tells those who inquire. Theresa and her husband Barry Short reside in Cedar City UT, where the many nearby national parks give her plenty of opportunity to find inspiration.
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Theresa chooses to work outside of gaming and publication, preferring to exhibit and sell her work at convention art shows across the country. She enjoys the freedom this gives her to paint whatever she desires, allowing her paintings to be truly her creations.
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While she does have some formal art training, Theresa suggests that those curious about this aspect of her background simply rent and watch the movie ''Art School Confidential'', which parallels her experience quite well. She's learned that when it comes to creating art, classrooms are no substitute for simply doing the work. Theresa exhibits at over 70 shows each year and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Popular Choice Best of Show at the 2002 Worldcon. You can find out more about Theresa and see examples of her art on [http://www.rockfeatherscissors.com her website].
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===Mark Maxwell===
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[[File:Mark_Maxwell.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Mark Maxwell</div>]]
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Artist GoH, Con†Stellation III: Ursa Major, 1984
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Since space artist '''Mark Maxwell''''s program cover for Con†Stellation I, his work has been seen around the globe, and occasionally off it. From multiple exhibitions at the Smithsonians Air and Space Museum to the first art exhibit in earth orbit aboard Space Station MIR, Maxwell's work for NASA and numerous other space agencies and private space companies have kept him busy along with his work in sf and game publishing. As a member of both the LOIRP Team (Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project) and the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, Maxwell earned merit badges in Techno-Archeology and Space Piracy. When he's not pushing pigments or pixels around, he's often found experimenting with loud, low frequencies on a Fender Jazz bass. Maxwell is a Fellow of the [https://iaaa.org International Association of Astronomical Artists].
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===David O. Miller===
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Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XII: Orion, 1993<br />Fan GoH, Con†Stellation XVII: Hydra, 1998
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See David O. Miller's info as this year's [[#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|Artist Guest of Honor]], above.
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===Stephanie Osborn===
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[[File:Stephanie_Osborn_2017.jpg|175px|thumb|right|<div align="center">Stephanie Osborn</div>]]
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MC, Con†Stellation XXX: Corona Borealis, 2011<br />MC, Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus, 2012<br />MC, Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba, 2013<br />Science Guest, Con†Stellation XXXIV: Mensa, 2016
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'''Stephanie Osborn''', the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program as well as various military space defense programs, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. She is also "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy.
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Stephanie now concentrates on her writing and has authored, co-authored, or contributed to at least 30 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, ''Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281''. She is the co-author of the ''Cresperian Saga'' book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed ''Displaced Detective'' series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets ''The X-Files''," and its pulp-bestselling prequel series, ''Gentleman Aegis'', the first book of which won a Silver Falchion Award. She released the paranormal/horror novella ''El Vengador'', based on a true story, in 2013 as an ebook. Currently she's launching into the unknown with the ''Division One'' series, her take on the urban legend of the people who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. to make things&hellip;disappear.
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In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting, and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank. She also possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter. Stephanie can be contacted [http://www.stephanie-osborn.com from her website]. Her Facebook fan page is [https://www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn], and you can follow her on Twitter at [https://twitter.com/writersteph @WriterSteph].
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'''SPECIAL NOTE:''' A lengthy interview of Stephanie is available at [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/wiki/index.php?title=2017_Stephanie_Osborn_Interview this link].
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===Stanley Schmidt===
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[[File:Stanley_Schmidt.jpeg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Stanley Schmidt<br /><small>photo by Joyce Schmidt</small></div>]]
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'''Stanley Schmidt''' began selling stories while in grad school, and continued freelancing while teaching physics, astronomy, and science fiction at Heidelberg College. He has contributed numerous stories and articles to magazines and anthologies, and edited a dozen anthologies.
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As editor of [http://www.analogsf.com ''Analog''], he was nominated 34 times for the Best Professional Editor Hugo, winning in 2013. He has been on the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and an invited speaker for museums, universities, and scientific associations. With a varied background as musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist, he has published six novels, hundreds of editorials, and books on converging technologies and writing about aliens. He has been a Worldcon Guest of Honor and a Nebula and Hugo nominee for his fiction.
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In 2012 he retired from editing and now lives in the North Carolina mountains, doing more of his own writing, hiking, etc. A new novel, ''Night Ride and Sunrise'', was serialized in ''Analog'', and will be available from [http://www.foxacre.com FoxAcre Press] at Con†Stellation. You can find out more about him [http://www.sfwa.org/members/stanleyschmidt/index.html on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website] (including a [http://www.sfwa.org/members/stanleyschmidt/biography.html more complete biography]).
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===<del>Travis S. Taylor</del> <span style="color:#FF0000">''Canceled''===
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Bio not currently available. In the meanwhile, you can check out [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_S._Taylor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_S._Taylor], [http://www.baen.com/bookdata/catalog/author/name/tstaylor www.baen.com/bookdata/catalog/author/name/tstaylor], and [http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Dr-Travis-S-Taylor authors.simonandschuster.com/Dr-Travis-S-Taylor].
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===Kevin Ward===
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[[File:Kevin_Ward.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Kevin Ward</div>]]
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'''Kevin Ward''' is a native of Nashville TN who fell in love with illustration early in life. He started drawing at age three because there were not enough pictures of dinosaurs at the local library to satisfy him. From elementary school onward he was encouraged by his teachers to pursue art. After studying fine art in college, he became fascinated by the idea of suggesting stories through images. His ongoing love of science, music, fantasy, and genre fiction provided a melding of images with subject matter so that illustration became the natural outlet for his creativity.
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By 1980 he had worked his way into the science fiction subculture. His first exhibit, a near sell out, provided the contacts for his first published work in ''Future Life Magazine''. He has provided illustrations for publications in the US and in Europe including covers for books by Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Norman Spinrad, and others. His clients have included the Doubleday Publishing Group, Grolier Science Encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls, TSR, Inc., and NASA.
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===Toni Weisskopf===
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MC, Con†Stellation X: Draco, 1991<br />Fan GoH, Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus, 2012
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==Also Expected to Attend==
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===Michael J. Allen===
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[[File:Michael_J._Allen.jpg|150px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Michael J. Allen</div>]]
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'''Michael J. Allen''' is a cross genre author of science fiction and fantasy novels. Whether it’s young men fleeing cannibalistic aerobics instructors and alien death machines in his Scion space opera series, mixing Cherry-Coke-addicted dragons and sniper rifles in his Bittergate modern high fantasy books, or slinging guns and spells in his recently sold western fantasy ''Fey West'', he’s always trying to bring the kinds of new and different things to genre fiction that he’d like to read himself. You can find out more about Michael at [http://www.deliriousscribbles.com his website], or check his [https://www.facebook.com/deliriousscribbler/ Facebook page], and follow him on either Twitter ([https://twitter.com/thedscribbler @TheDScribbler]) or Instagram ([https://www.instagram.com/thedscribbler/ @TheDScribbler]).
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===Jim Beall===
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[[File:Jim_Beall.jpg|150px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Jim Beall</div>]]
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'''Jim Beall''' has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. USNRC assignments included reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different USNRC Commissioners and earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.
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Duties of those policy-level posts included research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter. [http://baen.com Baen Books] has published his non-fiction articles including: "Our Worldship Broke!," "Case Studies in Handwavium," "From Corvus to Keyhole—Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction," and "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction." You can check out Jim on his [https://www.facebook.com/james.beall.142 Facebook page].
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[[File:Julie_Cochrane.jpg|150px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Julie Cochrane</div>]]
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'''Julie Cochrane''' was born in Ohio and begin crafting her first stories when she was five years old. She made her first attempts at novels in Social Studies and English classes. ''Cally’s War'' with John Ringo was the first manuscript she ever finished. ''Sister Time'' and ''Honor of the Clan'' soon followed, also with John, for Baen Books. She has a degree in psychology from Georgia Tech, where she also studied chemistry. Hobbies include database programming, martial arts, Irish language and music, and fantasy role-playing games. She has one grown daughter and lives in Atlanta GA.
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'''Richard (Rich) Groller''' is a long-time fan who made the jump to also be a published author. He's co-authored and contributed to both non-fiction works (''The Warrior's Edge'' (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander) and ''The American Warrior'' (Chris Morris and Janet Morris, eds.)) and genre fiction (such as stories in six of the Heroes in Hell shared universe anthologies). A member of both [http://www.sfwa.org SFWA] and [http://horror.org HWA], he has short stories in three volumes of the Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse series—''Sha'Daa: Pawns'', ''Sha'Daa: Facets'', and ''Sha'Daa: Inked'' ([http://www.copperdogpublishing.com/imprints/moondream-press Moondream Press]) and in three of the Night Chills horror anthologies—''What Scares the Boogeyman?'', ''Terror by Gaslight'', and ''Dark Corners'' ([https://twitter.com/ironcladpress Iron Clad Press]). He is also the editor of ''The Book of Night: Poems of The Macabre'', an illustrated book of macabre poetry ([http://www.copperdogpublishing.com Copper Dog Publishing]), and was published in 2016's ''HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume III''. Groller was nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986. He has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as ''Military Intelligence'', ''The Field Artillery Journal'', ''Guns and Ammo'', and ''Journal of Electronic Defense''.
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'''Louise Herring-Jones''' (Amy L. Herring) writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as nonfiction. Her science fiction, dark fantasy, and light horror stories have been published in anthologies, including "Michaelis and the Dew Shades" in ''Fae Tales of the Mediterranean'' ([http://Futurefire.net Futurefire.net Publishing], 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez ([http://www.treelionpress.com Tree-Lion Press], 2016) and, coming soon, "Shootout at Paint Rock" (in a [http://prose-press.com Pro Se Press] anthology) and "High Ground" with illustrations by Melissa Gay ([http://ourworlds.net/thunderchild_cms/index.php/en/ Thunderchild Publishing]). As Amy Herring, she is a veteran reporter for ''The Daily Dragon Online'', the news voice of Dragon Con. With her husband chainmail smith and digital artist Bryan Jones, she serves as co-municipal liaison for the Alabama North region for National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"😉). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms.* For additional details and links, visit her author's website at [http://www.louiseherring-jones.com www.louiseherring-jones.com].
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'''Taylor S Hoch''' is the author of ''The Curse of the Dullahan''/''Prospero Clydesdale O'Shaughnessy'' YA fantasy series with four books out and a fifth due out in 2018. When she isn't writing novels, she's a songwriter and musician. She has published two albums of Americana music and her third album will be released in November 2017. Her songs play on over 16,000 radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI.
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Hoch spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals. She holds master's degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as undergraduate degrees in English and Liberal Arts. She is the mother of two handsome and amazing young men, and she lives in rural Tennessee with her wife of twenty years, a couple of farm dogs who prefer air-conditioning to doing their jobs, a fluctuating number of cats, a gargoyle named Aloysius, a clan of gnomes, and about thirty chickens. She is DM extraordinaire for the exclusive Gamera Gang, and an avid sf/fantasy fan.
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'''Rob Howell''' is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books, either he or his parents probably would not have survived. Possibly both.
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Howell says he decided to write professionally when he discovered he was too educated for most jobs, and not quite educated enough for a few. Fortunately, he had always written and had always wanted to emulate Forester, Tolkien, Weber, Drake, Parker, Chandler, and Francis. Now he can.
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[[File:Aaron_Johnston.jpg|thumb|150px|left|<div align="center">Aaron Johnston</div>]]
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'''Aaron Johnston''' is a New York Times bestselling author, television writer, and the co-creator and executive producer of [https://extinct.tv Extinct], a new science fiction television series premiering October 2017 on BYU TV. (Johnston notes that he "makes a cameo appearance <nowiki>[but]</nowiki> blink and you’ll miss him.") He was also an associate producer on the movie ''Ender’s Game'' and has written dozens of comics for Marvel, DC, and EA Comics. His novels include ''Earth Unaware'', ''Earth Afire'', ''Earth Awakens'', ''The Swarm'', ''Invasive Procedures'', and the other forthcoming Formic Wars and Extinct novels—all written with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card. Aaron and his wife are the parents of four children.
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'''Bryan Jones''' is a chainmail smith and digital artist who proudly hails from Huntsville AL, the "Rocket City." He grew up in a computer-literate home long before computers were cool and enjoys transferring his imagination into digital space vistas. On the other end of the space-time continuum, Bryan is a fan of Renaissance Faires and medieval combat, translating that interest into chainmail creations that will delight any fair lady and her knight in shining armor. You can find out more about Bryan at [http://www.whitebearfantasies.com his chainmail/jewelry/art website].
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'''Darrell "Doc" Osborn''' is a Renaissance man&mdash;graphic artist, stage magician, and balloon artist. When not plotting complete world domination, he puts on a variety of magic shows in and around the Tennesse Valley area under his nom de stage "Doctor Osborn." These last many 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.
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'''Dan Thompson''' was born in Texas but grew up in the Midwest. He recently retired with over four decades of combined military and civilian service with the U.S. Army. He graduated from Athens State College and is a member of several community organizations including a writing group (the North Alabama Science Fiction and Cake Appreciation Society), the [http://hsvpms.blogspot.com Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society], and the Star Trek fan group [https://www.facebook.com/PotemkinPictures Potemkin Pictures]. His hobbies include scale modeling, [https://www.amazon.com/Dan-Thompson/e/B00PKT9C6O/ref=la_B00PKT9C6O_ntt_srch_lnk_3 writing (fiction and non-fiction), and digital publishing]. He now occupies a good deal of his time with [http://www.ourworlds.net/thunderchild Thunderchild Publishing], a small company ([https://www.facebook.com/thunderchildpublishing Facebook link]) he started to preserve vintage science fiction and historical military fiction.
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'''Wes Yahola''' is the next best thing to a lifelong Memphian, having bounced around from Raleigh to Midtown to the University Area to just at the eastern fringes. His high school days got him started on the strange path of radio, which brought him through the night to his place as a producer and co-host on the Drake in the Morning show on 98.1 the Max. He can also be heard playing rock songs in the middle of most Saturdays on that same radio station.
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A lifelong reader who began devouring comics before he could understand all the words, Wes has long been a fan of fantasy and science fiction, and also enjoys thrillers and books about history. Once in a while he’s written stories of his own. He’s been playing games even longer, enjoying new and classic board games, card games, and tabletop RPGs. Once in a while he’s designed and written his own games, too. All this came together with the publishing of his first novel—''The Artifice Conspiracy'' from [http://www.darkoakpress.com Black Oak Press], a fantasy thriller involving spies, sabotage, rebellion, and the unleashing of a powerful weapon of magic. You can find out more about Wes on [http://bealeknight.wixsite.com/wesyahola his website].
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'''Jody Lynn Nye''' was born in Chicago. Before breaking away to write full time, she worked as a file clerk, bookkeeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant, and costume maker. For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a Chicago TV station, serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements.
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Since 1985 she has published 47 books and 120 short stories. Among the novels are her epic fantasy series, ''The Dreamland'', beginning with ''Waking In Dreamland''; five contemporary humorous fantasies, ''Mythology 101'', ''Mythology Abroad'', ''Higher Mythology'', ''Advanced Mythology'', and ''The Magic Touch'', three medical science fiction novels, ''Taylor’s Ark'', ''Medicine Show'', and ''The Lady and the Tiger''; and ''Strong Arm Tactics'', the first in the humorous military science fiction series, ''The Wolfe Pack''. Jody also wrote ''The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern'', a non-fiction-style guide to the world of best-selling author Anne McCaffrey’s popular world. She also collaborated with McCaffrey on four science fiction novels, ''The Death of Sleep'', ''Crisis On Doona'', ''Treaty At Doona'', and ''The Ship Who Won'' (as well as a solo sequel to ''Ship'' entitled ''The Ship Errant''). Jody co-authored the ''Visual Guide to Xanth'' with best-selling author Piers Anthony, and edited three anthologies, including a book of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth and legend, entitled ''Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!'' Her fantasy duology, ''An Unexpected Apprentice'' and ''A Forthcoming Wizard'' invoke the ''Lord of the Rings'' in tone and style. She wrote eight books with the late Robert Lynn Asprin: ''License Invoked'', a contemporary fantasy set in New Orleans, and seven set in Asprin’s ''Myth Adventures'' universe. After Asprin’s passing, she continued with both his ''Dragons'' and ''Myth-Adventures'' series, writing ''Dragons Deal'', ''Dragons Run'', and ''Myth-Quoted''.
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[[File:Howard_Tayler_2016c.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Howard Tayler</div>]]
 
'''Howard Tayler''' is the writer and illustrator behind ''Schlock Mercenary'', the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. His artwork is featured in ''XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery'', a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, as well as in the board game ''Schlock Mercenary: Capital Offensive'' by Kevin Nunn, published by Living World Games.
 
'''Howard Tayler''' is the writer and illustrator behind ''Schlock Mercenary'', the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. His artwork is featured in ''XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery'', a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, as well as in the board game ''Schlock Mercenary: Capital Offensive'' by Kevin Nunn, published by Living World Games.
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He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Sandra, their children, and one ungrateful, archetypally imperious cat. You can find out more about his work at [http://www.schlockmercenary.com www.schlockmercenary.com].
 
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[[File:Bill_Fawcett_2016c.jpg|thumb|175px|left|<div align="center">Bill Fawcett</div>]]
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'''Bill Fawcett''' has taught, been a game designer, author, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He's one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role playing gaming company. As an author Bill has written or co-authored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, his company Bill Fawcett & Associates has worked with over 400 titles for virtually every major publisher including a number of best selling SF, mystery, and action novels. He founded, and later sold, what is now the largest hobby shop in Northern Illinois.
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Bill's first commercial writing appeared as articles in the early ''Dragon'' magazines. At Mayfair Games he edited the "Role Aides" Role Playing Game modules and supplements in the 1980s. During this period he also designed almost a dozen board games such as ''Empire Builder'' and ''Sanctuary''. In 1994 Bill joined with a team of programmers to form Catware, with him as producer and designer. Catware released ''Swords of Xeen'' as part of the game set, ''Star General'', a strategic game that was one of the 20 best selling games the year of its release, ''Las Vegas Games'', and is now working on an online RPG. Bill produced and designed the computer RPG game ''Shattered Light'' for Simon & Schuster.
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[[File:Photo_Coming.png|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Stephanie Osborn</div>]]
 
'''Stephanie Osborn''', the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics. She is also "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy. She's authored, co-authored, or contributed to almost 30 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, ''Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281''. She is the co-author of the ''Cresperian Saga'' book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed ''Displaced Detective'' series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and the exciting ''Sherlock Holmes: Gentleman Aegis'' series. In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting, and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
 
'''Stephanie Osborn''', the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics. She is also "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy. She's authored, co-authored, or contributed to almost 30 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, ''Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281''. She is the co-author of the ''Cresperian Saga'' book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed ''Displaced Detective'' series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and the exciting ''Sherlock Holmes: Gentleman Aegis'' series. In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting, and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
  
 
Stephanie can be contacted from her website, [http://www.stephanie-osborn.com www.stephanie-osborn.com]. Her Facebook fan page is [https://www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn], and you can follow her on Twitter at [https://twitter.com/writersteph @WriterSteph].
 
Stephanie can be contacted from her website, [http://www.stephanie-osborn.com www.stephanie-osborn.com]. Her Facebook fan page is [https://www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn], and you can follow her on Twitter at [https://twitter.com/writersteph @WriterSteph].
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Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader’s hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling ''Hammer’s Slammers'' series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.
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Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, ''Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts''. Weisskopf is a founding member of [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA] and a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology. She is the mother of a delightful daughter, and lives in a hundred-year-old house with three cats, two dogs, and a polearm in every room.
  
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===Les Johnson===
 
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[[File:LesJohnsonBookSigning.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Les Johnson<br /><small>photo from ''Marshall Star''</small></div>]]
 
[[File:LesJohnsonBookSigning.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">Les Johnson<br /><small>photo from ''Marshall Star''</small></div>]]
 
'''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 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''.
 
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''.
 
 
You can learn lots more about Les at [http://lesjohnsonauthor.com/ lesjohnsonauthor.com] or you can check his [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-Johnson/91916935147 Facebook page], his [http://les-johnson.blogspot.com/ personal blog], and his [http://www.linkedin.com/in/lesjohnson1 Linkedin page].
 
You can learn lots more about Les at [http://lesjohnsonauthor.com/ lesjohnsonauthor.com] or you can check his [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Les-Johnson/91916935147 Facebook page], his [http://les-johnson.blogspot.com/ personal blog], and his [http://www.linkedin.com/in/lesjohnson1 Linkedin page].
 
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[[File:ToniWeisskopf2012.jpg|thumb|175px|left|<div align="center">Toni Weisskopf</div>]]
 
For us at Con†Stellation, '''Toni Weisskopf''' may be the epitome of a hometown <del>gal</del> <del>woman</del> <del>person</del> hero made good. OK, so Huntsville isn't actually her home town, but she moved here with her family at age 12 and credits our fair city as the place she discovered fandom.
 
For us at Con†Stellation, '''Toni Weisskopf''' may be the epitome of a hometown <del>gal</del> <del>woman</del> <del>person</del> hero made good. OK, so Huntsville isn't actually her home town, but she moved here with her family at age 12 and credits our fair city as the place she discovered fandom.
 
 
After graduating from Oberlin College she joined Baen Books (in 1987) where she rose through the ranks from editorial assistant to editor to executive editor. She took the reins as publisher after the death of founder Jim Baen in 2006.
 
After graduating from Oberlin College she joined Baen Books (in 1987) where she rose through the ranks from editorial assistant to editor to executive editor. She took the reins as publisher after the death of founder Jim Baen in 2006.
 
 
Toni has kept Baen Books one of the leading publishers of sf and fantasy since then and shows no signs of slowing down. When you talk to her at Con†Stellation you can ask her about Baen's e-publishing program and how their philosophy on Digital Rights Management seems to be spreading; or about the stellar list of authors she's worked with; or about, well, just about anything to do with sf/f publishing. You can also ask her about fandom—she may be the consumate pro but she's also still a fan, and was one of the driving forces bringing DeepSouthCon back to Huntsville for its [http://www.dsc50huntsville.com/ 50<sup><small>th</small></sup> incarnation] last year. You can read more about Toni Weisskopf in a [http://www.locusmag.com/2007/Issue03_Weisskopf.html <em>Locus Magazine</em> interview] or visit the Baen Books website [http://www.baen.com/ here].
 
Toni has kept Baen Books one of the leading publishers of sf and fantasy since then and shows no signs of slowing down. When you talk to her at Con†Stellation you can ask her about Baen's e-publishing program and how their philosophy on Digital Rights Management seems to be spreading; or about the stellar list of authors she's worked with; or about, well, just about anything to do with sf/f publishing. You can also ask her about fandom—she may be the consumate pro but she's also still a fan, and was one of the driving forces bringing DeepSouthCon back to Huntsville for its [http://www.dsc50huntsville.com/ 50<sup><small>th</small></sup> incarnation] last year. You can read more about Toni Weisskopf in a [http://www.locusmag.com/2007/Issue03_Weisskopf.html <em>Locus Magazine</em> interview] or visit the Baen Books website [http://www.baen.com/ here].
 
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'''Melissa Gay''' describes her artistic interests as covering "Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Horror, and Speculative Fiction of All Stripes." Even a brief perusal of her work finds all of that and more, including some remarkably detailed botanical illustrations and darling children's art. Melissa has a BA in Studio Art from the University of the South (aka Sewanee) but claims that as a "very slow learner…all my illustration skills were absorbed on the job as I have gone along." Perhaps so, but however her skills developed we're happy for it.
 
'''Melissa Gay''' describes her artistic interests as covering "Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Horror, and Speculative Fiction of All Stripes." Even a brief perusal of her work finds all of that and more, including some remarkably detailed botanical illustrations and darling children's art. Melissa has a BA in Studio Art from the University of the South (aka Sewanee) but claims that as a "very slow learner…all my illustration skills were absorbed on the job as I have gone along." Perhaps so, but however her skills developed we're happy for it.
 
Her work has been featured by many companies (including Apex Press, DOJ/Hero Games, Evil Hat, Frontiers Nashville, Llewellyn Worldwide, Minigame Magazine, Mythopoeic Press, Phage Press, Rising Image Productions, and Third Eye Games) and snapped up by many private collectors.
 
Her work has been featured by many companies (including Apex Press, DOJ/Hero Games, Evil Hat, Frontiers Nashville, Llewellyn Worldwide, Minigame Magazine, Mythopoeic Press, Phage Press, Rising Image Productions, and Third Eye Games) and snapped up by many private collectors.
 
 
You may be as likely to find Melissa in Gaming at Con†Stellation as in the Art Show. She says she's shy but loves to talk to people and welcomes your approach—whether it's to talk about art or reading or life in general, or to join her at the gaming table. You can find out more about Melissa at her website—[http://www.melissagay.com MelissaGay.com]—which includes a [http://www.melissagay.com/melissaartjournal/ blog] and plenty of examples of her work. You can see more of her work in various places around the web including [http://dianaprobst.com/2011/08/09/spotlight-on-melissa-gay-american-illustration-artist/ blogs from other artists] and [http://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/list.pl?gallery=11822&genre= Epilogue] or hear an interview on [http://podcast.rolling20spodcast.com/2012/12/19/s1e2-melissa-gay-and-giggles/ this podcast].
 
You may be as likely to find Melissa in Gaming at Con†Stellation as in the Art Show. She says she's shy but loves to talk to people and welcomes your approach—whether it's to talk about art or reading or life in general, or to join her at the gaming table. You can find out more about Melissa at her website—[http://www.melissagay.com MelissaGay.com]—which includes a [http://www.melissagay.com/melissaartjournal/ blog] and plenty of examples of her work. You can see more of her work in various places around the web including [http://dianaprobst.com/2011/08/09/spotlight-on-melissa-gay-american-illustration-artist/ blogs from other artists] and [http://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/list.pl?gallery=11822&genre= Epilogue] or hear an interview on [http://podcast.rolling20spodcast.com/2012/12/19/s1e2-melissa-gay-and-giggles/ this podcast].
 
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===L.R. Barrett-Durham===
 
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[[File:LRBarrettDurham172.jpg|thumb|175px|left|<div align="center">L.R. Barrett-Durham</div>]]
 
[[File:LRBarrettDurham172.jpg|thumb|175px|left|<div align="center">L.R. Barrett-Durham</div>]]
 
'''L.R. Barrett-Durham''' considers herself a Jane Of All Trades. Her first novel, ''Never Trust a Sorcerer'', is an epic fantasy self-published in September 2011. While working on the second book in her "Trust Series," ''Always Trust Your Honor'', she met E.G. Glover who quickly became her co-author on a paranormal romance series. Together they finished the first volume, ''Fear the Beast Within'', in just thirty-seven days; it came out just one day apart from ''Always Trust Your Honor''. The second book of the "Fear Series," ''Fear the Thirst Within'', was published in May 2012 while the third, ''Fear the Emptiness Within'', is currently in work. The third book in the "Trust Series," ''Forever Trust Your Aim'', is already out. Then there's ''Finding the Beauty Within'', described as a full color Children's Classic inspired by ''Fear the Emptiness Within''. The standalone ''A Twist In Time'' also available.
 
'''L.R. Barrett-Durham''' considers herself a Jane Of All Trades. Her first novel, ''Never Trust a Sorcerer'', is an epic fantasy self-published in September 2011. While working on the second book in her "Trust Series," ''Always Trust Your Honor'', she met E.G. Glover who quickly became her co-author on a paranormal romance series. Together they finished the first volume, ''Fear the Beast Within'', in just thirty-seven days; it came out just one day apart from ''Always Trust Your Honor''. The second book of the "Fear Series," ''Fear the Thirst Within'', was published in May 2012 while the third, ''Fear the Emptiness Within'', is currently in work. The third book in the "Trust Series," ''Forever Trust Your Aim'', is already out. Then there's ''Finding the Beauty Within'', described as a full color Children's Classic inspired by ''Fear the Emptiness Within''. The standalone ''A Twist In Time'' also available.
 
 
L.R. is a native of North Alabama and not only an author, but a freelance artist in several media. She illustrated the cover of each of her books; designs jewelry taken right from the pages of those books; and—along with E.G Glover—makes stained glass art inspired by fantasy and science fiction.
 
L.R. is a native of North Alabama and not only an author, but a freelance artist in several media. She illustrated the cover of each of her books; designs jewelry taken right from the pages of those books; and—along with E.G Glover—makes stained glass art inspired by fantasy and science fiction.
 
 
You can find out more about Ms Barrett-Durham at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website she has with Mr. Glover] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]. Their stained glass work is also for sale [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com/glass.htm on their website].
 
You can find out more about Ms Barrett-Durham at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website she has with Mr. Glover] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]. Their stained glass work is also for sale [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com/glass.htm on their website].
 
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[[File:EGGlover163.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">E.G. Glover</div>]]
 
[[File:EGGlover163.jpg|thumb|175px|right|<div align="center">E.G. Glover</div>]]
 
'''E.G. Glover''''s first novel, ''Fear the Beast Within'', was published in January 2012 so he still considers himself rather new to "the novel-writing scene." E.G. says he flirted with shorter fiction in high school&mdash;writing poems and short stories&mdash;but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that his dream of writing a novel became a reality. Four short months later, he and co-author L.R. Barrett-Durham had two novels in print, when book two, ''Fear the Thirst Within'', appeared.
 
'''E.G. Glover''''s first novel, ''Fear the Beast Within'', was published in January 2012 so he still considers himself rather new to "the novel-writing scene." E.G. says he flirted with shorter fiction in high school&mdash;writing poems and short stories&mdash;but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that his dream of writing a novel became a reality. Four short months later, he and co-author L.R. Barrett-Durham had two novels in print, when book two, ''Fear the Thirst Within'', appeared.
 
 
An Alabama native, E.G. has said that one of his hopes with the "Fear Series" is to prove that a romantic story can be told with a male's point of view entwined, and still hold its romanticism.
 
An Alabama native, E.G. has said that one of his hopes with the "Fear Series" is to prove that a romantic story can be told with a male's point of view entwined, and still hold its romanticism.
 
 
You can find out more about Mr. Glover at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website he has with Ms Barrett-Durham] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page] or see their stained glass work [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com/glass.htm on their website].
 
You can find out more about Mr. Glover at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website he has with Ms Barrett-Durham] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page] or see their stained glass work [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com/glass.htm on their website].
 
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[[File:StephanieOsborn2012JohnnyMiller.jpg|175px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Stephanie Osborn<br /><small>photo by Johnny Miller</small></div>]]
 
'''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—[http://www.Stephanie-Osborn.com 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 :-)
 
'''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—[http://www.Stephanie-Osborn.com 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 :-)
 
 
In addition to her [http://www.Stephanie-Osborn.com website], you can follow her on [http://twitter.com/WriterSteph Twitter], [http://www.facebook.com/novelist.stephanie.osborn Facebook], [http://www.myspace.com/novelist_stephanie_osborn Myspace], or any of several other social sites listed on her [http://www.sff.net/people/steph-osborn/Links.html links page].
 
In addition to her [http://www.Stephanie-Osborn.com website], you can follow her on [http://twitter.com/WriterSteph Twitter], [http://www.facebook.com/novelist.stephanie.osborn Facebook], [http://www.myspace.com/novelist_stephanie_osborn Myspace], or any of several other social sites listed on her [http://www.sff.net/people/steph-osborn/Links.html links page].
 
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[[File:DarrellOsborn.jpg|175px|thumb|right|<div align="center">Dr. Osborn in one of his "moods"</div>]]
 
[[File:DarrellOsborn.jpg|175px|thumb|right|<div align="center">Dr. Osborn in one of his "moods"</div>]]
 
'''Darrell Osborn''' is a Renaissance man&mdash;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.
 
'''Darrell Osborn''' is a Renaissance man&mdash;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.
 
 
You can find out more about Darrell on [http://www.afterdinnermagic.com/ his website] or on his [http://www.facebook.com/DoctorOsborn Facebook page].
 
You can find out more about Darrell on [http://www.afterdinnermagic.com/ his website] or on his [http://www.facebook.com/DoctorOsborn Facebook page].
 
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[[File:Swords_of_Exodus_cover.jpg|175px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Cover of ''Swords of Exodus''<br /><small>art by Kurt Miller<br />book by Larry Correia & Mike Kupari</small></div>]]
 
[[File:Swords_of_Exodus_cover.jpg|175px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Cover of ''Swords of Exodus''<br /><small>art by Kurt Miller<br />book by Larry Correia & Mike Kupari</small></div>]]
 
[[File:KurtMiller2012.jpg|175px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Kurt Miller<br />Living Large in Las Vegas</div>]]
 
[[File:KurtMiller2012.jpg|175px|thumb|left|<div align="center">Kurt Miller<br />Living Large in Las Vegas</div>]]
 
 
Though '''Kurt Miller''' has been an in-house artist before, he found he can more than hold his own as a freelance illustrator. His wheelhouse not only encompasses science fiction, fantasy, and horror book covers, but is wide enough to take in computer/console gaming, board games, military art, and other things that defy easy classification. He could show you his BFA (specializing in Visual Communication) from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but the art itself speaks louder than the degree. When not submersed in artistic endeavors, Kurt says his favorite thing is playing with his dogs.
 
Though '''Kurt Miller''' has been an in-house artist before, he found he can more than hold his own as a freelance illustrator. His wheelhouse not only encompasses science fiction, fantasy, and horror book covers, but is wide enough to take in computer/console gaming, board games, military art, and other things that defy easy classification. He could show you his BFA (specializing in Visual Communication) from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but the art itself speaks louder than the degree. When not submersed in artistic endeavors, Kurt says his favorite thing is playing with his dogs.
 
 
You can learn more about Kurt—and see a lot of his work—at [http://www.kmistudio.com his website]. You can also listen to the man in a 40-odd minute audio interview from when he was the Artist GoH [http://balticonpodcast.org/wordpress/2010/03/bc43-87-kurt-miller-art-goh/ at Balticon 37].
 
You can learn more about Kurt—and see a lot of his work—at [http://www.kmistudio.com his website]. You can also listen to the man in a 40-odd minute audio interview from when he was the Artist GoH [http://balticonpodcast.org/wordpress/2010/03/bc43-87-kurt-miller-art-goh/ at Balticon 37].
 
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'''Larry Correia''' spent his formative years in El Nido CA where he tells us the cows far outnumbered the people. There being little of interest in El Nido, he shot a lot of guns and read a lot of books—both of which activities contributed strongly the the “formative” part of “formative years.” The latter interest led him to empty the local library by age 12. First came Louis L’Amour, then Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, John Dalmas, Frank Herbert, and more. In between the reading came the shooting—for pest control, for food, and for enjoyment; not all at the same time.
 
'''Larry Correia''' spent his formative years in El Nido CA where he tells us the cows far outnumbered the people. There being little of interest in El Nido, he shot a lot of guns and read a lot of books—both of which activities contributed strongly the the “formative” part of “formative years.” The latter interest led him to empty the local library by age 12. First came Louis L’Amour, then Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, John Dalmas, Frank Herbert, and more. In between the reading came the shooting—for pest control, for food, and for enjoyment; not all at the same time.
 
 
He followed his family to Utah and ended up going to Utah State University (instead of Cal Poly as he’d originally planned) where he converted to Mormonism. He also ended up in Alabama on his LDS mission. He says he was good at it, “Well, as good as somebody that looked like a young, hulking, terrifying James Gandolfini could be expected to do in a field where you randomly go up and talk to complete strangers.”
 
He followed his family to Utah and ended up going to Utah State University (instead of Cal Poly as he’d originally planned) where he converted to Mormonism. He also ended up in Alabama on his LDS mission. He says he was good at it, “Well, as good as somebody that looked like a young, hulking, terrifying James Gandolfini could be expected to do in a field where you randomly go up and talk to complete strangers.”
 
 
While on that mission he traveled to a lot of small towns in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi and fell in love with the south. So, when he started the [http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/mhi-sample/ Monster Hunter International series] he set it in the south and “made MHI a Southerncentric organization.” The humidity, however, drove him back to Utah. Besides the five-volume (and growing) MHI series, you can also check out his three-volume Grimnoir Chronicles (the 3rd book due out Summer 2013) and the two Dead Six books (with a third planned).
 
While on that mission he traveled to a lot of small towns in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi and fell in love with the south. So, when he started the [http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/mhi-sample/ Monster Hunter International series] he set it in the south and “made MHI a Southerncentric organization.” The humidity, however, drove him back to Utah. Besides the five-volume (and growing) MHI series, you can also check out his three-volume Grimnoir Chronicles (the 3rd book due out Summer 2013) and the two Dead Six books (with a third planned).
 
 
You can learn lots more about Larry by checking out [http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/ his blog] or [https://www.facebook.com/larry.correia his Facebook page]. Bibliographies are available on the [http://www.baen.com/author_catalog.asp?author=lcorreia Baen Book website], on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Correia#Works Wikipedia], and on the [http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Larry-Correia/62734448/books Simon & Schuster website].
 
You can learn lots more about Larry by checking out [http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/ his blog] or [https://www.facebook.com/larry.correia his Facebook page]. Bibliographies are available on the [http://www.baen.com/author_catalog.asp?author=lcorreia Baen Book website], on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Correia#Works Wikipedia], and on the [http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Larry-Correia/62734448/books Simon & Schuster website].
 
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[[File:DavidB.Coe172.jpg|frame|<div align="center">David B. Coe</div>]]
 
[[File:DavidB.Coe172.jpg|frame|<div align="center">David B. Coe</div>]]
 
'''David B. Coe''' is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for the best book or series by a new fantasy author. His works include the ''LonTobyn Chronicle'' trilogy, five books in his ''Winds of the Forelands'' series, the ''Blood of the Southlands'' series (currently at 3 volumes), and various short fiction. His most recent releases are ''The Dark-Eyes' War'' (book 3 of Blood of the Southlands) and ''Robin Hood'' (a novelization of the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955308/ movie directed by Ridley Scott] and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett).
 
'''David B. Coe''' is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for the best book or series by a new fantasy author. His works include the ''LonTobyn Chronicle'' trilogy, five books in his ''Winds of the Forelands'' series, the ''Blood of the Southlands'' series (currently at 3 volumes), and various short fiction. His most recent releases are ''The Dark-Eyes' War'' (book 3 of Blood of the Southlands) and ''Robin Hood'' (a novelization of the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955308/ movie directed by Ridley Scott] and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett).
 
 
You can learn more about David at his website—[http://www.DavidBCoe.com www.DavidBCoe.com]—as well as several other venues including [http://www.facebook.com/david.b.coe his Facebook page], a [http://davidbcoe.wordpress.com/ WordPress blog], and a [http://davidbcoe.livejournal.com/ LiveJournal blog]. As a bonus, if you visit his website you'll find sample chapters from many of his novels.
 
You can learn more about David at his website—[http://www.DavidBCoe.com www.DavidBCoe.com]—as well as several other venues including [http://www.facebook.com/david.b.coe his Facebook page], a [http://davidbcoe.wordpress.com/ WordPress blog], and a [http://davidbcoe.livejournal.com/ LiveJournal blog]. As a bonus, if you visit his website you'll find sample chapters from many of his novels.
 
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==Artist Guest of Honor==
 
==Artist Guest of Honor==
 
[[File:MelissaGay190.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Melissa Gay</div>]]
 
[[File:MelissaGay190.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Melissa Gay</div>]]
 
'''Melissa Gay''' describes her artistic interests as covering "Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Horror, and Speculative Fiction of All Stripes." Even a brief perusal of her work finds all of that and more, including some remarkably detailed botanical illustrations and darling children's art. Melissa has a BA in Studio Art from the University of the South (aka Sewanee) but claims that as a "very slow learner…all my illustration skills were absorbed on the job as I have gone along." Perhaps so, but however her skills developed we're happy for it.
 
'''Melissa Gay''' describes her artistic interests as covering "Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming, Horror, and Speculative Fiction of All Stripes." Even a brief perusal of her work finds all of that and more, including some remarkably detailed botanical illustrations and darling children's art. Melissa has a BA in Studio Art from the University of the South (aka Sewanee) but claims that as a "very slow learner…all my illustration skills were absorbed on the job as I have gone along." Perhaps so, but however her skills developed we're happy for it.
 
Her work has been featured by many companies (including Apex Press, DOJ/Hero Games, Evil Hat, Frontiers Nashville, Llewellyn Worldwide, Minigame Magazine, Mythopoeic Press, Phage Press, Rising Image Productions, and Third Eye Games) and snapped up by many private collectors.
 
Her work has been featured by many companies (including Apex Press, DOJ/Hero Games, Evil Hat, Frontiers Nashville, Llewellyn Worldwide, Minigame Magazine, Mythopoeic Press, Phage Press, Rising Image Productions, and Third Eye Games) and snapped up by many private collectors.
 
 
You may be as likely to find Melissa in Gaming at Con†Stellation as in the Art Show. She says she's shy but loves to talk to people and welcomes your approach—whether it's to talk about art or reading or life in general, or to join her at the gaming table. You can find out more about Melissa at her website—[http://www.melissagay.com MelissaGay.com]—which includes a [http://www.melissagay.com/melissaartjournal/ blog] and plenty of examples of her work. You can see more of her work in various places around the web including [http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/2005/09/20/september-artist-spotlight-melissa-gay/ The Dresden Files RPG website] and [http://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/list.pl?gallery=11822&genre= Epilogue].
 
You may be as likely to find Melissa in Gaming at Con†Stellation as in the Art Show. She says she's shy but loves to talk to people and welcomes your approach—whether it's to talk about art or reading or life in general, or to join her at the gaming table. You can find out more about Melissa at her website—[http://www.melissagay.com MelissaGay.com]—which includes a [http://www.melissagay.com/melissaartjournal/ blog] and plenty of examples of her work. You can see more of her work in various places around the web including [http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com/2005/09/20/september-artist-spotlight-melissa-gay/ The Dresden Files RPG website] and [http://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/list.pl?gallery=11822&genre= Epilogue].
 
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==Fan Guests of Honor==
 
==Fan Guests of Honor==
 
[[File:TMP156.jpg|frame|<div align="center">The Moon Princesses<br /><small><small><small>Maybe '''now''' they'll send a headshot!</small></small></small></div>]]
 
[[File:TMP156.jpg|frame|<div align="center">The Moon Princesses<br /><small><small><small>Maybe '''now''' they'll send a headshot!</small></small></small></div>]]
 
'''The Moon Princesses'''—Julie Wall, Toni Weisskopf, & Linda Zielke—have been friends for mumbledy-mumble years and are renowned in fandom{{Whatis|Fandom}} for the parties they throw at conventions plus a general level of welcome frivolity. Of course, each of them is also accomplished in fandom in her own right. Individually and collectively they've worked on more conventions, published more fanzines, and generally engaged in more fanac{{Whatis|Fanac}} than you can shake a stick at. One of the three is also known for major achievements on the pro side of the fence (Hint: she goes by T.K.F. Weisskopf over there), having risen to be publisher of Baen Books several years ago.
 
'''The Moon Princesses'''—Julie Wall, Toni Weisskopf, & Linda Zielke—have been friends for mumbledy-mumble years and are renowned in fandom{{Whatis|Fandom}} for the parties they throw at conventions plus a general level of welcome frivolity. Of course, each of them is also accomplished in fandom in her own right. Individually and collectively they've worked on more conventions, published more fanzines, and generally engaged in more fanac{{Whatis|Fanac}} than you can shake a stick at. One of the three is also known for major achievements on the pro side of the fence (Hint: she goes by T.K.F. Weisskopf over there), having risen to be publisher of Baen Books several years ago.
 
 
But we've invited the trio as this year's Fan Guests of Honor in large part because they had the nutty idea to throw together a bid to bring the 50<sup>th</sup> DeepSouthCon{{Whatis|DeepSouthCon}} to Huntsville and to provide the bulk of the committee from across the southeast rather than asking Huntsvillians to fill all the key roles. That means we have a con to go to right here in town that we don't need to run. Cool. Sounds worth honoring to us!
 
But we've invited the trio as this year's Fan Guests of Honor in large part because they had the nutty idea to throw together a bid to bring the 50<sup>th</sup> DeepSouthCon{{Whatis|DeepSouthCon}} to Huntsville and to provide the bulk of the committee from across the southeast rather than asking Huntsvillians to fill all the key roles. That means we have a con to go to right here in town that we don't need to run. Cool. Sounds worth honoring to us!
 
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[[File:D.B.Jackson150.jpg|frame|<div align="center">D.B. Jackson</div>]]
 
[[File:D.B.Jackson150.jpg|frame|<div align="center">D.B. Jackson</div>]]
 
'''D.B. Jackson''' (the new pen name of an established, award-winning author) specializes in historical fantasy. D.B. is the author of ''Thieftaker Chronicles'', just out from Tor Books in July 2012. ''TC''—the first book in the new series ''Thieftaker''—is an urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The second book in the series, ''Thieves' Quarry'', is currently scheduled for 2013. You can see sample chapters from both books on D.B.'s website—[http://www.dbjackson-author.com/Index.php www.dbjackson-author.com]—or you can sample his work in the short story "The Tavern Fire," which appears in the 2011 anthology ''After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar'', Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, eds. ''After Hours'' is a DAW book and includes fifteen tales of fantasy, history, and intrigue.
 
'''D.B. Jackson''' (the new pen name of an established, award-winning author) specializes in historical fantasy. D.B. is the author of ''Thieftaker Chronicles'', just out from Tor Books in July 2012. ''TC''—the first book in the new series ''Thieftaker''—is an urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The second book in the series, ''Thieves' Quarry'', is currently scheduled for 2013. You can see sample chapters from both books on D.B.'s website—[http://www.dbjackson-author.com/Index.php www.dbjackson-author.com]—or you can sample his work in the short story "The Tavern Fire," which appears in the 2011 anthology ''After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar'', Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, eds. ''After Hours'' is a DAW book and includes fifteen tales of fantasy, history, and intrigue.
 
 
In addition to his [http://www.dbjackson-author.com/Index.php website], you can check out DB's [http://www.facebook.com/pages/DB-Jackson/186983601326013 Facebook page], follow him on [http://twitter.com/dbjacksonauthor Twitter], or read his [http://www.dbjackson-author.com/blog blog]. Sharp-eyed observers may notice a strong resemblance between D.B. and another Con†Stellation guest.
 
In addition to his [http://www.dbjackson-author.com/Index.php website], you can check out DB's [http://www.facebook.com/pages/DB-Jackson/186983601326013 Facebook page], follow him on [http://twitter.com/dbjacksonauthor Twitter], or read his [http://www.dbjackson-author.com/blog blog]. Sharp-eyed observers may notice a strong resemblance between D.B. and another Con†Stellation guest.
 
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==Also Expected to Attend==
 
==Also Expected to Attend==
 
===<del>Joe Dickerson</del>===
 
===<del>Joe Dickerson</del>===
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For the longest time, '''Joe Dickerson''' believed that he had been hatched by aliens and released in the woods in southern Illinois only to be found and raised by some of the local, back-water folk. Sadly, that was not the case, but such thoughts did make his errant childhood much more interesting, and might explain some of the finer points of his personality. At an early age, he discovered speculative fiction and soon preferred to engross himself in the works of Lovecraft, Herbert, McCammon, and other such literary greats than to interact with the rest of the outside world. Early in 2004, Joe, frustrated with the low number of speculative fiction markets available, founded the online speculative fiction magazine ''Aberrant Dreams'', where Joe currently operates as managing editor and editor-in-chief. No one, not even Joe, can predict the direction ''Aberrant Dreams'' will take in the next few years, but he can guarantee the ride will be entertaining, to say the least. He invites you to make the journey with him. You can find out more at the [http://www.aberrantdreams.com ''Aberrant Dreams'' publishing website].
 
For the longest time, '''Joe Dickerson''' believed that he had been hatched by aliens and released in the woods in southern Illinois only to be found and raised by some of the local, back-water folk. Sadly, that was not the case, but such thoughts did make his errant childhood much more interesting, and might explain some of the finer points of his personality. At an early age, he discovered speculative fiction and soon preferred to engross himself in the works of Lovecraft, Herbert, McCammon, and other such literary greats than to interact with the rest of the outside world. Early in 2004, Joe, frustrated with the low number of speculative fiction markets available, founded the online speculative fiction magazine ''Aberrant Dreams'', where Joe currently operates as managing editor and editor-in-chief. No one, not even Joe, can predict the direction ''Aberrant Dreams'' will take in the next few years, but he can guarantee the ride will be entertaining, to say the least. He invites you to make the journey with him. You can find out more at the [http://www.aberrantdreams.com ''Aberrant Dreams'' publishing website].
 
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===<del>Rachael Hill</del>===
 
===<del>Rachael Hill</del>===
 
[[File:RachaelHill162.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Rachael Hill</div>]]
 
[[File:RachaelHill162.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Rachael Hill</div>]]
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">Update:</span> Cancelled due to family matters.<br />
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">Update:</span> Cancelled due to family matters.<br />
 
Referred to as the “Gothic Rachael Ray,” '''Rachael Hill''' grew tired of collecting scar tissue and broken bones and decided to try her hand at cooking. With her devilishly twisted sense of humor, Rachael has crafted recipes of such temptation that one’s very soul may be in jeopardy from tasting. Her cookbook, ''Cuisine from Beyond'', was released in 2012 and showcases many of her original diabolical dishes. However, her creativity could not be quelled by her skills in the kitchen. She has also risen as a self taught photographer, specializing in many photographic genres, notably, live concert photography, which has afforded her the chance to contribute to the horror novel ''All the Darkness in the World'' by Andy Deane. Early in 2011, Rachael joined the Aberrant Dreams team where her contributions (and cooking skills) could be put to good use.
 
Referred to as the “Gothic Rachael Ray,” '''Rachael Hill''' grew tired of collecting scar tissue and broken bones and decided to try her hand at cooking. With her devilishly twisted sense of humor, Rachael has crafted recipes of such temptation that one’s very soul may be in jeopardy from tasting. Her cookbook, ''Cuisine from Beyond'', was released in 2012 and showcases many of her original diabolical dishes. However, her creativity could not be quelled by her skills in the kitchen. She has also risen as a self taught photographer, specializing in many photographic genres, notably, live concert photography, which has afforded her the chance to contribute to the horror novel ''All the Darkness in the World'' by Andy Deane. Early in 2011, Rachael joined the Aberrant Dreams team where her contributions (and cooking skills) could be put to good use.
 
 
You can take a little peek inside Rachael's mind—if you dare—by taking a look at [http://rachaeldhill.com/ her blog].
 
You can take a little peek inside Rachael's mind—if you dare—by taking a look at [http://rachaeldhill.com/ her blog].
 
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<span style="color:#FF0000">Update:</span> Cancelled due to unexpected work trip.<br />
 
<span style="color:#FF0000">Update:</span> Cancelled due to unexpected work trip.<br />
 
'''J.F. Lewis''' is the author of the Void City series published by Pocket Books. His first book, ''Staked'', resulted in his excommunication, but he assures us he doesn't bite nor does his head spin around… though he wouldn't put it past his characters to do such things. Jeremy thinks it's pretty darn cool that his works have been translated into Italian and French. An avid reader, J also enjoys sushi, popcorn, lukewarm sodas, and old black and white movies. His two favorite activities are reading comics to his kids and typing into the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, like the protagonist of his Void City novels, he needs very little sleep.
 
'''J.F. Lewis''' is the author of the Void City series published by Pocket Books. His first book, ''Staked'', resulted in his excommunication, but he assures us he doesn't bite nor does his head spin around… though he wouldn't put it past his characters to do such things. Jeremy thinks it's pretty darn cool that his works have been translated into Italian and French. An avid reader, J also enjoys sushi, popcorn, lukewarm sodas, and old black and white movies. His two favorite activities are reading comics to his kids and typing into the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, like the protagonist of his Void City novels, he needs very little sleep.
 
 
J is a member of the [http://www.sfwa.org/ Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America], where he volunteers as editor for their [http://www.sfwa.org/pressbook/ Pressbook] pages. He is also a [http://www.codexwriters.com/ Codexian] and a member of the [http://reluctantadults.blogspot.com/ League of Reluctant Adults]. You can [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538132763&ref=nf Like J on Facebook] or follow him on [http://twitter.com/jf_lewis Twitter]. You can also find free fiction set in the Void City universe on [http://www.authoratlarge.com his website].
 
J is a member of the [http://www.sfwa.org/ Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America], where he volunteers as editor for their [http://www.sfwa.org/pressbook/ Pressbook] pages. He is also a [http://www.codexwriters.com/ Codexian] and a member of the [http://reluctantadults.blogspot.com/ League of Reluctant Adults]. You can [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538132763&ref=nf Like J on Facebook] or follow him on [http://twitter.com/jf_lewis Twitter]. You can also find free fiction set in the Void City universe on [http://www.authoratlarge.com his website].
 
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[[File:MarcGunn177.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Marc Gunn</div>]]
 
[[File:MarcGunn177.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Marc Gunn</div>]]
 
Cats. Science Fiction. Renaissance Festivals. Irish drinking songs. Nowhere else but from the bizarre imagination of '''Marc Gunn''' would those four elements be so neatly integrated. Nicknamed “The Celtfather,” Gunn is a champion of the Celtic MP3. He say he's given away over 10,000,000 MP3s since he began his Celtic music career in 1999. He allows fans to download and share his most-popular songs straight from [http://www.marcgunn.com his website] for ''free''.
 
Cats. Science Fiction. Renaissance Festivals. Irish drinking songs. Nowhere else but from the bizarre imagination of '''Marc Gunn''' would those four elements be so neatly integrated. Nicknamed “The Celtfather,” Gunn is a champion of the Celtic MP3. He say he's given away over 10,000,000 MP3s since he began his Celtic music career in 1999. He allows fans to download and share his most-popular songs straight from [http://www.marcgunn.com his website] for ''free''.
 
 
Gunn is an award-winning acoustic folk musician rooted in the American Celtic song tradition—Celtic music, the Traditional and the Twisted. His musical instrument of choice—the autoharp—continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy.
 
Gunn is an award-winning acoustic folk musician rooted in the American Celtic song tradition—Celtic music, the Traditional and the Twisted. His musical instrument of choice—the autoharp—continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy.
 
 
His [http://celticmusic.org/buy-cds/marc-gunn-cds/ latest album] combines drinking songs and fantasy music. ''Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits'' is a ''Lord of the Rings''-inspired album highlighting the hobbits’ love of eating, drinking and song.
 
His [http://celticmusic.org/buy-cds/marc-gunn-cds/ latest album] combines drinking songs and fantasy music. ''Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits'' is a ''Lord of the Rings''-inspired album highlighting the hobbits’ love of eating, drinking and song.
 
 
You can find out more about Marc at [http://www.marcgunn.com his website], friend him [http://facebook.com/marcgunnmusic on Facebook], give him feedback at [http://www.marcgunn.com/blog/ his blog], or check him out [http://www.youtube.com/bellobard on YouTube].
 
You can find out more about Marc at [http://www.marcgunn.com his website], friend him [http://facebook.com/marcgunnmusic on Facebook], give him feedback at [http://www.marcgunn.com/blog/ his blog], or check him out [http://www.youtube.com/bellobard on YouTube].
 
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[[File:LRBarrettDurham172.jpg|frame|right|<div align="center">L.R. Barrett-Durham</div>]]
 
[[File:LRBarrettDurham172.jpg|frame|right|<div align="center">L.R. Barrett-Durham</div>]]
 
'''L.R. Barrett-Durham''' considers herself a Jane Of All Trades. Her first novel, ''Never Trust a Sorcerer'', is an epic fantasy self-published in September 2011. While working on the second book in her "Trust Series," ''Always Trust Your Honor'', she met E.G. Glover who quickly became her co-author on a paranormal romance series. Together they finished the first volume, ''Fear the Beast Within'', in just thirty-seven days; it came out just one day apart from ''Always Trust Your Honor''. The second book of the "Fear Series," ''Fear the Thirst Within'', was published in May 2012.
 
'''L.R. Barrett-Durham''' considers herself a Jane Of All Trades. Her first novel, ''Never Trust a Sorcerer'', is an epic fantasy self-published in September 2011. While working on the second book in her "Trust Series," ''Always Trust Your Honor'', she met E.G. Glover who quickly became her co-author on a paranormal romance series. Together they finished the first volume, ''Fear the Beast Within'', in just thirty-seven days; it came out just one day apart from ''Always Trust Your Honor''. The second book of the "Fear Series," ''Fear the Thirst Within'', was published in May 2012.
 
 
L.R. is a native of North Alabama and not only an author, but a freelance artist in several media. She illustrated the cover of each of her four books; designs jewelry taken right from the pages of those books; and makes fantasy stained glass dragons, gargoyles, and custom pieces.
 
L.R. is a native of North Alabama and not only an author, but a freelance artist in several media. She illustrated the cover of each of her four books; designs jewelry taken right from the pages of those books; and makes fantasy stained glass dragons, gargoyles, and custom pieces.
 
 
You can find out more about Ms Barrett-Durham at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website she has with Mr. Glover] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]
 
You can find out more about Ms Barrett-Durham at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website she has with Mr. Glover] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]
 
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===E.G. Glover===
 
===E.G. Glover===
 
[[File:EGGlover163.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">E.G. Glover</div>]]
 
[[File:EGGlover163.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">E.G. Glover</div>]]
 
'''E.G. Glover''''s first novel, ''Fear the Beast Within'', was published in January 2012 so he considers himself quite new to "the novel-writing scene." E.G. says he flirted with shorter fiction in high school&mdash;writing poems and short stories&mdash;but it wasn't until recently that his dream of writing a novel became a reality. Four short months later, he and co-author L.R. Barrett-Durham had two novels in print, when book two, ''Fear the Thirst Within'', appeared.
 
'''E.G. Glover''''s first novel, ''Fear the Beast Within'', was published in January 2012 so he considers himself quite new to "the novel-writing scene." E.G. says he flirted with shorter fiction in high school&mdash;writing poems and short stories&mdash;but it wasn't until recently that his dream of writing a novel became a reality. Four short months later, he and co-author L.R. Barrett-Durham had two novels in print, when book two, ''Fear the Thirst Within'', appeared.
 
 
An Alabama native, one of his hopes with the "Fear Series" is to prove that a romantic story can be told with a male's point of view entwined and still hold its romanticism.
 
An Alabama native, one of his hopes with the "Fear Series" is to prove that a romantic story can be told with a male's point of view entwined and still hold its romanticism.
 
 
You can find out more about Mr. Glover at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website he has with Ms Barrett-Durham] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]
 
You can find out more about Mr. Glover at the [http://fearandtrust.freewebspace.com joint website he has with Ms Barrett-Durham] or Like them on [http://www.facebook.com/fearandtrust their Facebook page]
 
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===Cat Faber===
 
===Cat Faber===
 
[[File:CFaber163.jpg|frame|right|<div align="center">Cat Faber</div>]]
 
[[File:CFaber163.jpg|frame|right|<div align="center">Cat Faber</div>]]
 
'''Cat Faber''' lives in eastern Tennessee. She writes and sings songs about science fiction and fantasy subjects, often playing the mandolin or octave mandolin as accompaniment. With a little technological aid she's even been known to play both on the same song. Cat wrote about twenty-five songs last year and finished an album, ''The King's Lute'', in July of 2012. Just about ''anything'' may find itself song-fodder if she happens to be passing by&mdash;she recently wrote a song about various forms of solar power which she started while hanging her clothes out to dry. As a result, she has enough material for a second album and intends to start recording soon. She also builds and paddles cedar strip canoes.
 
'''Cat Faber''' lives in eastern Tennessee. She writes and sings songs about science fiction and fantasy subjects, often playing the mandolin or octave mandolin as accompaniment. With a little technological aid she's even been known to play both on the same song. Cat wrote about twenty-five songs last year and finished an album, ''The King's Lute'', in July of 2012. Just about ''anything'' may find itself song-fodder if she happens to be passing by&mdash;she recently wrote a song about various forms of solar power which she started while hanging her clothes out to dry. As a result, she has enough material for a second album and intends to start recording soon. She also builds and paddles cedar strip canoes.
 
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===Eric Flint===
 
===Eric Flint===
 
[[File:EricFlint180.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Eric Flint</div>]]
 
[[File:EricFlint180.jpg|frame|left|<div align="center">Eric Flint</div>]]
 
'''Eric Flint''''s writing career began with the science fiction novel ''Mother of Demons''. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled ''The Tyrant''. His alternate history novel ''1632'' was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. Flint has also been the editor for over 2 dozen reprints of classic science fiction novels and collections.
 
'''Eric Flint''''s writing career began with the science fiction novel ''Mother of Demons''. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled ''The Tyrant''. His alternate history novel ''1632'' was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with several novels and anthologies in print. In addition, he’s written a number of science fiction and fantasy novels. Flint has also been the editor for over 2 dozen reprints of classic science fiction novels and collections.
 
 
Flint graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968, majoring in history (with honors), and later received a masters degree in African history from the same university. Despite his academic credentials, Flint has spent most of his adult life as an activist in the American trade union movement, working as a longshoreman, truck driver, auto worker, steel worker, oil worker, meatpacker, glassblower, and machinist. He has lived at various times in California, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, and Illinois. He currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille. You'll find more about him on [http://www.ericflint.net/ his website], including an extensive collection of [http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/category/snippets/ snippets] of work&mdash;much of it from upcoming novels.
 
Flint graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968, majoring in history (with honors), and later received a masters degree in African history from the same university. Despite his academic credentials, Flint has spent most of his adult life as an activist in the American trade union movement, working as a longshoreman, truck driver, auto worker, steel worker, oil worker, meatpacker, glassblower, and machinist. He has lived at various times in California, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, and Illinois. He currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille. You'll find more about him on [http://www.ericflint.net/ his website], including an extensive collection of [http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/category/snippets/ snippets] of work&mdash;much of it from upcoming novels.
 
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'''Gerald W. Driggers''' is an Aerospace Engineer who lays claim to being a space visionary and who enjoys touring North America by travel trailer with wife Carol and Wilson the cat. Gerald was heavily involved in space launch and colonization efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, before realizing that industry and government leadership did not share his vision for the future. Events, he says, validated his concerns, and he subsequently enjoyed careers in various engineering pursuits. Gerald now expresses his insights and visions for human evolution in space through science fiction. For details, search the web for “gerald w. driggers” or he invites you to visit his blogs at [http://Earth-Mars.com Earth-Mars.com] and [http://spaceagedropout.com spaceagedropout.com] (though the latter is still under construction).
 
'''Gerald W. Driggers''' is an Aerospace Engineer who lays claim to being a space visionary and who enjoys touring North America by travel trailer with wife Carol and Wilson the cat. Gerald was heavily involved in space launch and colonization efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, before realizing that industry and government leadership did not share his vision for the future. Events, he says, validated his concerns, and he subsequently enjoyed careers in various engineering pursuits. Gerald now expresses his insights and visions for human evolution in space through science fiction. For details, search the web for “gerald w. driggers” or he invites you to visit his blogs at [http://Earth-Mars.com Earth-Mars.com] and [http://spaceagedropout.com spaceagedropout.com] (though the latter is still under construction).
 
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Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)

13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama

GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal      Artist GoH: David O. Miller      MC: Toni Weisskopf

Contents

Guest of Honor

Mary Robinette Kowal
©2012 Rod Searcey

Mary Robinette Kowal is an award-winning author, a professional puppeteer, and a voice actor. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while two of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story—"Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, plus her collections Scenting the Dark and Other Stories and Word Puppets. Her latest novel, Ghost Talkers, was released in hardback August 2016 and is also available as an e-book. It will be released in paperback August 2017.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. In high school, puppetry was a hobby, but she “never thought of it as something you could get paid for.” At East Carolina University she took an art degree, minoring in theater and speech. While performing as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, she learned that a professional puppeteer was at the show. It was a turning point. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award for an American puppeteer.

Her puppetry career consumed much of Kowal’s creative energy for over ten years. Although she wrote in high school and college, it wasn’t until her brother moved his family to China that she began writing again. Like Lewis Carroll and J.M. Barrie, she started writing children’s fantasy as a way to stay connected to her young niece and nephew. Reminded of how much she enjoyed writing, she began submitting short stories and made her first sale in 2005—her first professional sale in 2006.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She describes voice acting as “puppetry, without the pain.”

Kowal lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them. You can find out more about her at her website, check her out on YouTube or follow her on Twitter at @MaryRobinette.

From the FAQ on Kowal's website: Q. How do you pronounce your last name?
A. Co-wall, with the emphasis on the first syllable. It’s like Kowalski, without the ski. As I understand it, my husband’s grandfather Americanized his name when he came over from the Ukraine to make it easier to pronounce.

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Artist Guest of Honor

David O. Miller

David O. Miller bills himself as a "freelance Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Educator" but those categories—wide-ranging as they are—still don't tell the whole story. For instance, they don't mention his abiding interesting in gaming as a player, an artist, and a businessman (as part owner of Dark City Games which publishes old school "Programed Adventures"). He's also the current President of the Long Island Retro Gaming Group and an enthusiastic wargame terrain modeler.

After taking a BA in Graphic Design/Illustration at Eastern Kentucky University, David worked as a graphic designer for various companies in Kentucky, including a TV station and a major advertising agency—where he eventually became a supervisor over a large art department. In 1987 David moved further south and took a job as Art Director in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center/U.S. Space Camp. About that he says: "I was a child during the race to the moon and because of that my heroes were all astronauts. The job at the Space Center was an amazing time for me. I was very fortunate to meet and work with several of my heroes including Alan Shepard and Buzz Aldrin. It really was a dream job."

Still, David really wanted to be an illustrator. Not long after moving to Huntsville his efforts to find freelance illustration assignments started to pay off. Soon he was freelancing for many RPG game companies such as TSR, GDW, White Wolf Publishing, Steve Jackson Games, West End Games, and Wizards of the Coast—as well as Baen Books, DoubleDay Science Fiction and Military Book Clubs, Topps, and Inkworks.

David left the Space and Rocket Center in early 1991 to freelance full-time. It was at this time he met his future wife at a science fiction convention in Chattanooga TN. Julie and David were married in 1993 and he relocated to Long Island, NY. In addition to creating art, he teaches courses at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills, NY. His very popular Adobe foundation classes include Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. He teaches classes in digital painting as well. David also keeps a busy schedule teaching science fiction/fantasy themed drawing workshops for young adults at libraries all over Long Island.

Though he was a great friend and asset to Con†Stellation while he lived in Huntsville, David's most enduring contribution to our convention has been about 3 decades of designs for Con†Stellation T-Shirts, which you can see at this retrospective. You can learn more about David and see many other examples of his art at his website.

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Mistress of Ceremonies

Toni Weisskopf

For us at Con†Stellation, Toni Weisskopf may be the epitome of a hometown gal woman person hero made good. OK, so Huntsville isn't actually her home town, but she moved here with her family at age 12 and credits our fair city as the place she discovered fandom. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in anthropology, she joined Baen Books (in 1987) where she rose through the ranks from editorial assistant to editor to executive editor. She took the reins as publisher after the death of founder Jim Baen in 2006.

Toni has kept Baen Books one of the leading publishers of sf and fantasy since then and shows no signs of slowing down. You can talk to her at Con†Stellation about most anything to do with sf/f publishing—including the stellar list of authors she's worked with (David Weber, David Drake, Mercedes Lackey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, and Larry Correia just to name a few)—but her fannish bona fides are just as strong as her professional ones. For instance, she was one of the driving forces bringing DeepSouthCon back to Huntsville for its 50th incarnation in 2012. Back on the pro side, Toni compiled and annotated (with Josepha Sherman) the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts. For Baen she’s edited three original hard sf anthologies: Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Sol System, Cosmic Stories: Adventures in Far Futures, and Transhuman, with sf author Mark L. Van Name.

In addition to being nominated 4 times for the Best Editor (Long Form) Hugo, Toni has won the Phoenix Award (for the pro who has done the most for Southern Fandom), the Rebel Award (for the fan who has done the most for Southern Fandom), and the Rubble Award (for the person who has done the most to Southern Fandom). Winning the Phoenix, Rebel, and Rubble (administered by her “friend” Gary Robe) made Toni the first winner of the Triple Crown of Southern Fandom awards. Most recently, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has selected Toni for the 2017 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award (for "distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community").

The widow of Southern fan and swordmaster Hank Reinhardt, she is the mother of a delightful daughter, and lives in a hundred-year-old house full up with three cats, two dogs, and many spears. Taking care of them, house included, consumes most of her spare time, but she is also interested in space science and takes part in the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. You can read more about Toni Weisskopf in a 2007 Locus Magazine interview or a a 2014 Q&A by David Rapp on Kirkus Reviews; or you can do what Toni would prefer and visit the Baen Books website.

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Returning Prior Guests of Honor

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
photo by Terry Manier

GoH, Con†Stellation V: Andromeda, 1986
GoH, Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices, 2015

Orson Scott Card is probably best known for his sf novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, but he has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977—the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. Card's early sf won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 1978 Worldcon while he supported his family primarily by writing scripts for audiotapes produced by Living Scriptures of Ogden UT.

His writing ranges from traditional sf (The Memory of Earth, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus) to biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel & Leah) and from contemporary fantasies (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys) to books on writing (Characters and Viewpoint, How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy). His "Tales of Alvin Maker" series (beginning with Seventh Son) reinvented medieval fantasy in an American frontier setting.

For more information, visit Card's Hatrack River website.

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Randy B. Cleary

Randy B. Cleary

Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XVI: Eridanus, 1997

Randy B. Cleary was born and grew up in North Carolina, ending up in Huntsville when he moved here for work after graduating from NC State. Well, the first time here—he also worked stints in Raleigh and Atlanta before moving back to Huntsville in 1998. Randy says he became a fan long before he discovered fandom, but he’s done tons in the latter starting with neighborhood sf-themed clubs while still growing up. He's been active in NASFA (including stints as President and Program Director) and Con†Stellation while in Huntsville (both times), and helped found the Atlanta Science-Fiction Society (becoming their first President) as well the GA-Filk convention while living in Atlanta. Randy’s an accomplished fan artist whose illustrations appear regularly in diverse fannish publications. His work has also been used on awards, buttons, hats, and t-shirts. His strong graphic style and precise technique are used to illustrate a wide range of sf, fantasy, and horror themes “with the occasional hint of humor” as he puts it. Randy has been the head of the Con†Stellation Art Show for the last many years.

Randy is a member and past regional director and of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Since the early 90’s, he has attended several conventions a year, including a few Worldcons. For various conventions he's been a co-chair, an Artist Guest of Honor, masquerade judge, art show director, auctioneer, party thrower, and general helper. He’s also been active at various times in APAs—including the Southern Fandom Press Alliance—and the Southern Fandom Confederation (as President and newsletter publisher). Not surprisingly, all this fannish activity resulted in a well-deserved 2009 win for the Rebel Award for service to Southern Fandom.

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David Drake

David Drake
photo by Karen Zimmerman

GoH, Con†Stellation XXV: Cygnus, 2006

While David Drake was studying at Duke Law School, the Army changed his immediate career path to a choice between interrogator or grunt. Dave chose interrogator. He was assigned to the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse, and spent much of 1970 riding armored vehicles through jungles instead of slogging on foot.

During his service, Dave learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn’t run fast enough to get away. He returned to Duke, completed his law degree, and became Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney while trying to put his life back together through fiction that made sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader’s hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF.

He would rather be a moderately successful lawyer with a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina. You can learn more about him at david-drake.com.

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Les Johnson

Les Johnson

MC, Con†Stellation XVI: Eridanus, 1997

Les Johnson is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His most recent book, On to the Asteroid, with co-author Travis Taylor, was released by Baen in August 2016. His story "Spreading the Seed" appears in the November 2016 anthology Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories. Les’s previous books include Back to the Moon, Going Interstellar, and Rescue Mode (all for Baen) and Living Off the Land in Space, Solar Sails, Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, and Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail (Springer Books). He is the Senior Technical Adviser for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL, where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission that will launch in 2018. Les has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and was published in Analog. He is a member of the National Space Society, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The British Interplanetary Society, The World Future Society, and MENSA.

For more information, visit Les's website www.lesjohnsonauthor.com or check in with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LesJohnsonAuthor.

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Theresa Mather

Theresa Mather

Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XXV: Cygnus, 2006

Theresa Mather has been a professional artist since 1989—creating fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. Best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, integrating her paintings with the natural colors and textures of the surface, Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her. “When I need inspiration, I go hiking somewhere,” is what Theresa tells those who inquire. Theresa and her husband Barry Short reside in Cedar City UT, where the many nearby national parks give her plenty of opportunity to find inspiration.

Theresa chooses to work outside of gaming and publication, preferring to exhibit and sell her work at convention art shows across the country. She enjoys the freedom this gives her to paint whatever she desires, allowing her paintings to be truly her creations.

While she does have some formal art training, Theresa suggests that those curious about this aspect of her background simply rent and watch the movie Art School Confidential, which parallels her experience quite well. She's learned that when it comes to creating art, classrooms are no substitute for simply doing the work. Theresa exhibits at over 70 shows each year and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Popular Choice Best of Show at the 2002 Worldcon. You can find out more about Theresa and see examples of her art on her website.

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Mark Maxwell

Mark Maxwell

Artist GoH, Con†Stellation III: Ursa Major, 1984

Since space artist Mark Maxwell's program cover for Con†Stellation I, his work has been seen around the globe, and occasionally off it. From multiple exhibitions at the Smithsonians Air and Space Museum to the first art exhibit in earth orbit aboard Space Station MIR, Maxwell's work for NASA and numerous other space agencies and private space companies have kept him busy along with his work in sf and game publishing. As a member of both the LOIRP Team (Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project) and the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, Maxwell earned merit badges in Techno-Archeology and Space Piracy. When he's not pushing pigments or pixels around, he's often found experimenting with loud, low frequencies on a Fender Jazz bass. Maxwell is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists.

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David O. Miller

Artist GoH, Con†Stellation XII: Orion, 1993
Fan GoH, Con†Stellation XVII: Hydra, 1998

See David O. Miller's info as this year's Artist Guest of Honor, above.

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Stephanie Osborn

Stephanie Osborn

MC, Con†Stellation XXX: Corona Borealis, 2011
MC, Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus, 2012
MC, Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba, 2013
Science Guest, Con†Stellation XXXIV: Mensa, 2016

Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery, is a veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program as well as various military space defense programs, with graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. She is also "fluent" in several more, including geology and anatomy.

Stephanie now concentrates on her writing and has authored, co-authored, or contributed to at least 30 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the Cresperian Saga book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and its pulp-bestselling prequel series, Gentleman Aegis, the first book of which won a Silver Falchion Award. She released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, in 2013 as an ebook. Currently she's launching into the unknown with the Division One series, her take on the urban legend of the people who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. to make things…disappear.

In addition to her writing, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily "pays it forward," teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting, and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank. She also possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter. Stephanie can be contacted from her website. Her Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/SFAuthorStephanieOsborn, and you can follow her on Twitter at @WriterSteph.

SPECIAL NOTE: A lengthy interview of Stephanie is available at this link.

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Stanley Schmidt

Stanley Schmidt
photo by Joyce Schmidt

GoH, Con†Stellation XV: Aquila, 1996

Stanley Schmidt began selling stories while in grad school, and continued freelancing while teaching physics, astronomy, and science fiction at Heidelberg College. He has contributed numerous stories and articles to magazines and anthologies, and edited a dozen anthologies.

As editor of Analog, he was nominated 34 times for the Best Professional Editor Hugo, winning in 2013. He has been on the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and an invited speaker for museums, universities, and scientific associations. With a varied background as musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist, he has published six novels, hundreds of editorials, and books on converging technologies and writing about aliens. He has been a Worldcon Guest of Honor and a Nebula and Hugo nominee for his fiction.

In 2012 he retired from editing and now lives in the North Carolina mountains, doing more of his own writing, hiking, etc. A new novel, Night Ride and Sunrise, was serialized in Analog, and will be available from FoxAcre Press at Con†Stellation. You can find out more about him on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website (including a more complete biography).

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Travis S. Taylor Canceled

MC, Con†Stellation XXVI: Ophiuchus, 2007

Bio not currently available. In the meanwhile, you can check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_S._Taylor, www.baen.com/bookdata/catalog/author/name/tstaylor, and authors.simonandschuster.com/Dr-Travis-S-Taylor.

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Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward

AGoH, Con†Stellation II: Gemini, 1983

Kevin Ward is a native of Nashville TN who fell in love with illustration early in life. He started drawing at age three because there were not enough pictures of dinosaurs at the local library to satisfy him. From elementary school onward he was encouraged by his teachers to pursue art. After studying fine art in college, he became fascinated by the idea of suggesting stories through images. His ongoing love of science, music, fantasy, and genre fiction provided a melding of images with subject matter so that illustration became the natural outlet for his creativity.

By 1980 he had worked his way into the science fiction subculture. His first exhibit, a near sell out, provided the contacts for his first published work in Future Life Magazine. He has provided illustrations for publications in the US and in Europe including covers for books by Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Norman Spinrad, and others. His clients have included the Doubleday Publishing Group, Grolier Science Encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls, TSR, Inc., and NASA.

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Toni Weisskopf

MC, Con†Stellation X: Draco, 1991
Fan GoH, Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus, 2012

See Toni Weisskopf's info as this year's Mistress of Ceremonies, above.

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Also Expected to Attend

Michael J. Allen

Michael J. Allen

Michael J. Allen is a cross genre author of science fiction and fantasy novels. Whether it’s young men fleeing cannibalistic aerobics instructors and alien death machines in his Scion space opera series, mixing Cherry-Coke-addicted dragons and sniper rifles in his Bittergate modern high fantasy books, or slinging guns and spells in his recently sold western fantasy Fey West, he’s always trying to bring the kinds of new and different things to genre fiction that he’d like to read himself. You can find out more about Michael at his website, or check his Facebook page, and follow him on either Twitter (@TheDScribbler) or Instagram (@TheDScribbler).

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Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Jim Beall has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews. Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. USNRC assignments included reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different USNRC Commissioners and earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.

Duties of those policy-level posts included research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter. Baen Books has published his non-fiction articles including: "Our Worldship Broke!," "Case Studies in Handwavium," "From Corvus to Keyhole—Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction," and "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction." You can check out Jim on his Facebook page.

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Julie Cochrane Canceled

Julie Cochrane

Julie Cochrane was born in Ohio and begin crafting her first stories when she was five years old. She made her first attempts at novels in Social Studies and English classes. Cally’s War with John Ringo was the first manuscript she ever finished. Sister Time and Honor of the Clan soon followed, also with John, for Baen Books. She has a degree in psychology from Georgia Tech, where she also studied chemistry. Hobbies include database programming, martial arts, Irish language and music, and fantasy role-playing games. She has one grown daughter and lives in Atlanta GA.

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Rich Groller

Rich Groller

Richard (Rich) Groller is a long-time fan who made the jump to also be a published author. He's co-authored and contributed to both non-fiction works (The Warrior's Edge (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander) and The American Warrior (Chris Morris and Janet Morris, eds.)) and genre fiction (such as stories in six of the Heroes in Hell shared universe anthologies). A member of both SFWA and HWA, he has short stories in three volumes of the Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse series—Sha'Daa: Pawns, Sha'Daa: Facets, and Sha'Daa: Inked (Moondream Press) and in three of the Night Chills horror anthologies—What Scares the Boogeyman?, Terror by Gaslight, and Dark Corners (Iron Clad Press). He is also the editor of The Book of Night: Poems of The Macabre, an illustrated book of macabre poetry (Copper Dog Publishing), and was published in 2016's HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume III. Groller was nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986. He has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as Military Intelligence, The Field Artillery Journal, Guns and Ammo, and Journal of Electronic Defense.

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Louise Herring-Jones

Louise Herring-Jones

Louise Herring-Jones (Amy L. Herring) writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as nonfiction. Her science fiction, dark fantasy, and light horror stories have been published in anthologies, including "Michaelis and the Dew Shades" in Fae Tales of the Mediterranean (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016) and, coming soon, "Shootout at Paint Rock" (in a Pro Se Press anthology) and "High Ground" with illustrations by Melissa Gay (Thunderchild Publishing). As Amy Herring, she is a veteran reporter for The Daily Dragon Online, the news voice of Dragon Con. With her husband chainmail smith and digital artist Bryan Jones, she serves as co-municipal liaison for the Alabama North region for National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"😉). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms.* For additional details and links, visit her author's website at www.louiseherring-jones.com.

*No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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Taylor S Hoch

Taylor S Hoch

Taylor S Hoch is the author of The Curse of the Dullahan/Prospero Clydesdale O'Shaughnessy YA fantasy series with four books out and a fifth due out in 2018. When she isn't writing novels, she's a songwriter and musician. She has published two albums of Americana music and her third album will be released in November 2017. Her songs play on over 16,000 radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI.

Hoch spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals. She holds master's degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as undergraduate degrees in English and Liberal Arts. She is the mother of two handsome and amazing young men, and she lives in rural Tennessee with her wife of twenty years, a couple of farm dogs who prefer air-conditioning to doing their jobs, a fluctuating number of cats, a gargoyle named Aloysius, a clan of gnomes, and about thirty chickens. She is DM extraordinaire for the exclusive Gamera Gang, and an avid sf/fantasy fan.

You can see more about her on her website or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSHoch.

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Rob Howell

Rob Howell

Rob Howell is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books, either he or his parents probably would not have survived. Possibly both.

Howell says he decided to write professionally when he discovered he was too educated for most jobs, and not quite educated enough for a few. Fortunately, he had always written and had always wanted to emulate Forester, Tolkien, Weber, Drake, Parker, Chandler, and Francis. Now he can.

You can find out more about him at his website, follow him on Twitter at @Rhodri2112, or find out about his Shijuren series of novels at www.shijuren.org.

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Aaron Johnston

Aaron Johnston

Aaron Johnston is a New York Times bestselling author, television writer, and the co-creator and executive producer of Extinct, a new science fiction television series premiering October 2017 on BYU TV. (Johnston notes that he "makes a cameo appearance [but] blink and you’ll miss him.") He was also an associate producer on the movie Ender’s Game and has written dozens of comics for Marvel, DC, and EA Comics. His novels include Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens, The Swarm, Invasive Procedures, and the other forthcoming Formic Wars and Extinct novels—all written with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card. Aaron and his wife are the parents of four children.

You can find out more about him at his website, follow him on Twitter at @aaronwjohnston, or check out his Instagram feed @aaronwjohnston.

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Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones is a chainmail smith and digital artist who proudly hails from Huntsville AL, the "Rocket City." He grew up in a computer-literate home long before computers were cool and enjoys transferring his imagination into digital space vistas. On the other end of the space-time continuum, Bryan is a fan of Renaissance Faires and medieval combat, translating that interest into chainmail creations that will delight any fair lady and her knight in shining armor. You can find out more about Bryan at his chainmail/jewelry/art website.

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Darrell "Doc" Osborn

Fan GoH, Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba, 2013

Dr. Osborn in one of his "moods"

Darrell "Doc" 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 and around the Tennesse Valley area under his nom de stage "Doctor Osborn." These last many 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. You can find out more about Darrell on his website or on his Facebook page.

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Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson was born in Texas but grew up in the Midwest. He recently retired with over four decades of combined military and civilian service with the U.S. Army. He graduated from Athens State College and is a member of several community organizations including a writing group (the North Alabama Science Fiction and Cake Appreciation Society), the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society, and the Star Trek fan group Potemkin Pictures. His hobbies include scale modeling, writing (fiction and non-fiction), and digital publishing. He now occupies a good deal of his time with Thunderchild Publishing, a small company (Facebook link) he started to preserve vintage science fiction and historical military fiction.

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Wes Yahola

Wes Yahola

Wes Yahola is the next best thing to a lifelong Memphian, having bounced around from Raleigh to Midtown to the University Area to just at the eastern fringes. His high school days got him started on the strange path of radio, which brought him through the night to his place as a producer and co-host on the Drake in the Morning show on 98.1 the Max. He can also be heard playing rock songs in the middle of most Saturdays on that same radio station.

A lifelong reader who began devouring comics before he could understand all the words, Wes has long been a fan of fantasy and science fiction, and also enjoys thrillers and books about history. Once in a while he’s written stories of his own. He’s been playing games even longer, enjoying new and classic board games, card games, and tabletop RPGs. Once in a while he’s designed and written his own games, too. All this came together with the publishing of his first novel—The Artifice Conspiracy from Black Oak Press, a fantasy thriller involving spies, sabotage, rebellion, and the unleashing of a powerful weapon of magic. You can find out more about Wes on his website.

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