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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

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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 collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories. 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 bio goes here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_O._Miller FROM WIKIPEDIA David O. Miller is an artist whose work has appeared in role-playing games.

David O. Miller was born in Ashland, Kentucky in 1958. In 1981 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design/Illustration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky with minors in both filmmaking and philosophy.[1]

Career In 1987 David O. Miller took a job as Art Director for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center/U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. He was at the time also freelancing for RPG game companies such as TSR, Game Designers Workshop, 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. Miller left the Space and Rocket Center in February 1991 to freelance full-time.[1]

His Dungeons & Dragons work includes illustrations for Rock of Bral, Heart of the Enemy, Greyspace, Dune Trader, and The Complete Spacefarer's Handbook (1992), Space Lairs, Krynnspace, Black Flames, and The Astromundi Cluster (1993), City Sites (1994), Glantri: Kingdom of Magic, Castle Sites, and 2nd edition AD&D Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master Guide Revised (1995), and Player's Option: Spells & Magic (1996).

http://www.davidomiller.com FROM HIS WEBSITE FRONT PAGE I am a freelance Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Educator with over 35 years of experience in the printing, advertising, and illustration industries. My studio is located on Long Island, NY, with easy access to Manhattan. My on-line portfolio can only showcase a small portion of my overall work, ability, and talent. If you'd like to contact me concerning any of my services please do not hesitate to reach out to me! --David

FROM THE ARCHIVE OF HIS "ABOUT" PAGE Science Fiction and Fantasy illustrator David O. Miller was born in Ashland, Kentucky in 1958. In 1981 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design/Illustration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky with minors in both filmmaking and philosophy. It was in 1977, while he was at college, that he was introduced to role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Runequest and Steve Jackson's Melee and Wizards (TFT).

After graduation, David worked as a graphic designer for various companies in Kentucky, including a CBS affiliate television 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 for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center/U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. "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's dream job was to be an illustraor. Not long after moving to Huntsville David's efforts to find freelance illustration assignments started to pay off. Soon he was freelancing for many RPG game companies such as TSR, Game Designers Workshop, 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 February 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. Currently he has his studio in East Northport, NY. He has two children, both who are very talented in their own right.

David currently teaches courses at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills, NY. His very popular Adobe Photoshop classes include Manga illustration and science fiction monster drawing for young adults. He teaches digital editing, digital painting and acrylic painting for adults as well. David also keeps a busy schedule teaching science fiction and Manga drawing workshops at libraries all over Long Island.

David is still an avid gamer and is a part-owner of Dark City Games. Dark City Games publishes "Programed Adventures", which can be considered very old school gaming at its best. He also writes and maintains a very popular TFT Melee/Wizard tribute web site at www.meleewizards.com. On top of that David is the current President of the Long Island Heroscape League and an enthusiastic wargame terrain modeler.


Roleplaying Game Credits:

Player's Option: Spells & Magic (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (1996) - TSR, Inc.

AD&D Dungeon Master Guide, 2nd Ed. Revised (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (1995) - TSR, Inc.

AD&D Player's Handbook, 2nd Ed. Revised (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (1995) - TSR, Inc.

Castle Sites (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (1995) - TSR, Inc.

Faeries (Ars Magica) (1995) - Wizards of the Coast

Glantri: Kingdom of Magic (Mystara) (1995) - TSR, Inc.

Joshuan's Almanac & Book of Facts (Mystara) (1995) - TSR, Inc.

Rolemaster Standard Rules (1995) - Iron Crown Enterprises

Spell Law, 3rd Ed. (Rolemaster) (1995) - Iron Crown Enterprises

City Sites (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) (1994) - TSR, Inc.

Astromundi Cluster, The (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Astromundi Cluster, The (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Black Flames (Dark Sun) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Krynnspace (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Krynnspace (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Space Lairs (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Space Lairs (Spelljammer) (1993) - TSR, Inc.

Wizard's Grimoire, The (Ars Magica) (1993) - White Wolf

Ars Magica, Third Ed. (1992) - White Wolf

Ars Magica, Third Ed. (1992) - White Wolf

Complete Spacefarer's Handbook, The (Spelljammer) (1992) - TSR, Inc.

Dune Trader (Dark Sun) (1992) - TSR, Inc.

Greyspace (Spelljammer) (1992) - TSR, Inc.

Heart of the Enemy (Spelljammer) (1992) - TSR, Inc.

Mistridge (Ars Magica) (1992) - White Wolf

Mythus (Dangerous Journeys) (1992) - Game Designers Workshop

Mythus Magick (Dangerous Journeys) (1992) - Game Designers Workshop

Rock of Bral (Spelljammer) (1992) - TSR, Inc.

A Winter's Tale (Ars Magica) (1991) - White Wolf

Citybook V - Sideshow (Catalyst) (1991) - Flying Buffalo

Orrorsh (Torg) (1991) - West End Games

Succubus Club, The (Vampire: The Masquerade) (1991) - White Wolf

White Wolf Magazine #45 - Cover Artist

Fire in the Streets (Legends of the Ancient World) (2009) - Dark City Games

Raid on Cygnosa (Legends of the Ancient World) (2009) - Dark City Games

Blood in the Dust (Legends of the Ancient World) (2009) - Dark City Games

The Oracle's Breath (Legends of the Ancient World) (2010) - Dark City Games

Roleplaying Magazine Credits:

"A Wrastle with Bertrum" in Dungeon #30 (Jul/Aug 1991)

"Artist Spotlight on David O. Miller" in White Wolf Magazine #36

"Class Action!" in Dragon #217 (May 1995)

"Creative Casting" in Dragon #169 (May 1991)

"Dark Days in Welldale" in Dungeon #33 (Jan/Feb 1992)

"Ecology of the Neogi, The" in Dragon #214 (Feb 1995)

"Ghazal" in Dungeon #30 (Jul/Aug 1991)

"Hopeful Dawn" in Dungeon #41 (May/Jun 1993)

"Hunger" in White Wolf Magazine #29 (Oct/Nov 1991)

"In the Shadow of the Magi" in White Wolf Magazine #24 (Dec 1990/Jan 1991)

"Into the Silver Realm" in Dungeon #43 (Sep/Oct 1993)

"Khamsa's Folly" in Dungeon #40 (Mar/Apr 1993)

"Lady of the Mists, The" in Dungeon #42 (Jul/Aug 1993)

"Tarepo's Troubles" in White Wolf Magazine #28 (Aug/Sep 1991)

"Terror in the Jungle" in Challenge #54 (Nov 1991)

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Mistress of Ceremonies

Toni Weisskopff

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 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 lights in sf and fantasy since then and shows no signs of slowing down. When you talk to her at Con†Stellation about the stellar list of authors she's worked with (David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon—just to name a few); about just anything to do with sf/f publishing; or about fannish history (her bona fides in fannish publishing are as strong as in professional publishing and she was one of the driving forces bringing DeepSouthCon back to Huntsville for its 50th incarnation in 2012.

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), the Ruble Award (for the person who has done the most to Southern Fandom). Most recently, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has selected Toni for the 2017 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award.

You can read more about Toni Weisskopf in a 2007 Locus Magazine interview, a 2014 Q&A by David Rapp on Kirkus Reviews, or visit the Baen Books website here.

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Also Expected to Attend

In addition to our Guests of Honor and Master of Ceremonies, we are working on a great lineup of other guests that keeps expanding. The list is updated as guests are confirmed.


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