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July 10-12, 2015
Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC 
www.con-gregate.com 

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Friday, July 10
 

1:00pm

Dead Is Dead, Until They Come Back

A round table discussion of how to let go of a lost favorite character via death or banishment into another dimension.  And the hope of them returning and how


Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial B
  • Programming Tracks Media

1:00pm

What Made Spock So Essential To Star Trek?

The character of Spock connected in many ways with fans around the world.  What is it about the character and his relationships with others that helped define generations of Star Trek fans?

 


Moderators
avatar for Randy Richards

Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
avatar for Carl Kesner

Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →



Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks Media

1:00pm

Medicine of the Future

Hypo sprays that cure epidemics instantly, bio beds in sickbay that monitor without wires and tubes to the patient. Experts discuss health care apocalypse scenarios, how do we see medicine practiced in 20 or 50 years, etc.


Moderators
avatar for Debra Killeen

Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Gaming Guest
Outwardly a shy, retiring sort but with a rich universe occupying the space between his ears, Michael Brown finally found the doorway between the inner and outer fantasy worlds: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. He walked through that door and never looked back. Now having been in the gaming realm for over thirty years, he has played or run AD&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, and GURPS. A (somewhat) prolific writer, he has penned articles for DRAGON... Read More →
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →
avatar for Darcy Wold

Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian B

1:00pm

Star Wars Collectible Roadshow

Join long time Star Wars collector Scott Gibson as he shares tips and suggestions for building and maintaining your collection from his 38 years tracking down treasures from a galaxy far, far away...


Moderators
avatar for Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson

Vice-Chair, ConGregate 2
An active member of the fan community and con-goer since the age of ten, Scott Gibson has been involved with many facets of fandom over the years. After attending his first StellarCon on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1981, Scott became a fixture at many conventions between Baltimore and Atlanta as both an attendee or volunteer. Like many others at this event, Scott spent a lot of time with UNC-G's Science... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial A

1:00pm

ConGregate Kids Craft Center

We have designated this room for parents to take their kids to allow the kids to decompress, should the con become overwhelming. There will be coloring and crafts available.  NOTE: This is NOT daycare.  You must remain with your child(ren).  Runs from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.


Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Heritage

2:00pm

Dystopian/Disaster Stories

From Hunger Games to Mad Max, the world ends and humanity survives.  What can we learn about ourselves and our future from these stories?


Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

2:00pm

Fan Expectations To Media Adaptations And Tie-Ins

From Star Wars to the Marvel Universe, fans can get vocal about our feelings. Are we entitled to our say, or just entitled?


Moderators
avatar for Rhonda Oglesby

Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →
avatar for Albin Johnson

Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
avatar for Carl Kesner

Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
avatar for Ken Krahl

Ken Krahl

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Geniuses, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, I’m a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. I founded a geeky website/event community with my friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. I can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. I’m @MultiverseAVL on Twitter, but you can call me Ken.
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial A

2:00pm

Writers’ Roundtable

This will be an open discussion among our literary guests about everything related to writing. This is the place to ask all those burning questions that you have. What they find to be the most difficult aspect of writing, why they derive joy out of this craft, and how they think the future of writing will evolve.


Moderators
avatar for Jonathan French

Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for John Hartness

John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Michael Stackpole

Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com


Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

2:00pm

Learn About Sched

ConGregate is using the mobile platform of Sched.org as the way to display the programming and guests for the convention. This panel will introduce you to the website and how to use it.

 


Moderators
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial B
  • Programming Tracks Fan

3:00pm

Build A Better Space Habitat

A space habitat is a logical next step beyond the International Space Station.  Where might we build it, and how?  How would we make it safe to actually live in?


Moderators
avatar for Tedd Roberts

Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
avatar for Paula Jordan

Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial B

3:00pm

Essential Superheroics

Given the explosion of superheroes in movies, TV, graphic novels and comics over the last ten years, can we get the room to agree on the top ten superhero media experiences that are absolutely essential?


Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Gentile

Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Oglesby

Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

3:00pm

Finding The Story

Join WGoH, Michael Stackpole as he shares quick tips and tools for finding a story in almost any circumstance.


Moderators
avatar for Michael Stackpole

Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com

Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial A

3:00pm

The Long And Short Of It

The Fantasy genre has typically produced epic length novels, while the SciFi genre has both long novels and shorts in magazines or anthologies. Why does SciFi lend itself to both lengths and Fantasy doesn’t? What are the attractions, pros, and cons of both lengths? As more people read in snatches of time on mobile devices, could the shorter length become more popular, why or why not?


Moderators
avatar for John Hartness

John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Debra Killeen

Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Gaming Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, he’s held full-time jobs with Last Unicorn Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher. In 2001 he became part owner of DOJ... Read More →
avatar for Thomas A. Mays

Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian B

3:00pm

Author Alley
This is where you will find signings for your favorite authors.

The following guests will have tables in this room:

Timothy Zahn
Michale Stackpole
John Hartness
Silence in the Library Publishing
Mocha Memoirs Publishing
Signing Table



Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

Reading: Allen Wold
Moderators
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Suite 207

4:00pm

Puppetry In SF/Fantasy

From Star Wars to Babylon 5, puppets and puppeteers have held a place in the genre.  How do puppets compare to CGI and what makes the puppet define a character?

 


Moderators
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →
avatar for Travis Surber

Travis Surber

Artist Guest
Travis Surber is a self taught artist from Bassett,Va. From 2009 until 2014 he was the creator of the webcomic Hainted Holler which ran for over 800 strips. The gag-a-day strip centered around a group of Southern geeks and the weirdness they found in the small town they called home. After the strip ended Travis took several months off to focus on family and his day job. In January 2015 he launched All Purpose Nemesis, a site devoted to his new... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks Media

4:00pm

The Care And Feeding Of Fan Groups

Four Carolina fan icons talk about starting their groups, what they hope for the groups, how to maintain the organizations and how to let go.

 


Moderators
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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James Rippe

Fan Guest
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well-known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →
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Scott Rorie

Special Artist Guest
Scott Rorie is a free-lance artist from Cary, NC. Learning to draw at an early age, Scott won his first art show at 11 years old, when he won a school-wide art show. After studying art all through high school, he attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, majoring in Advertising Design. Although Scott works in many different media, his mainstay is the airbrush, which he taught himself to use.  Like many airbrush artists... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Provincial B
  • Programming Tracks Fan

4:00pm

Warrior Women From A To Z: Arwen To Zelda

From Xena and Wonder Woman to Brienne of Tarth and even Zelda, warrior women can be very different. What defines them? What critical aspects of a character make them "warriors?"

 


Moderators
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Allegriana

Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan French

Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
avatar for Alicia McCalla

Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →
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Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Provincial A

4:00pm

Weird Wild West Clockwork Cowboys

Our panelists discuss how Steampunk, Supernatural Fantasy and Westerns connect to tell tales of the fantastic frontier!

 


Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

Guests
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Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Larry Martin

Panelist
Larry N. Martin fell in love with fantasy and science fiction when he was a teenager. After a twenty-five year career in Corporate America, Larry started working full-time with his wife, author Gail Z. Martin and discovered that he had a knack for storytelling, plotting and character development, as well as being a darn fine editor. Iron and Blood is their first official collaboration. On the rare occasions when Larry isn’t... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian B

4:00pm

Book Signing - Karen McCullough & Gray Rinehart
Guests
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Victorian A

4:30pm

Reading: Paula Jordan
Moderators
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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite 207

5:00pm

Reading: Tedd Roberts
Moderators
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Suite 207

5:00pm

Defining Rogues And Scoundrels

Han Solo, Mal Reynolds, Artemis Entreri, Robin Hood, Aramis of the Musketeers, the Gray Mouser, Mat Cauthon, and Gambit are just some of the characters that could be considered rogues or scoundrels…so let's define the terms.  Are rogues and scoundrels interchangeable or is there a difference between them?

 


Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →
avatar for Leona R. Wisoker

Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

5:00pm

Adapting Books, TV, And Movies To Roleplaying Games

How do you take your favorite story and turn it into an RPG (either table top or video)? What aspects of the world are critical to include and what do you leave out?

 


Moderators
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Steven S. Long

Gaming Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, he’s held full-time jobs with Last Unicorn Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher. In 2001 he became part owner of DOJ... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Gaming Guest
Outwardly a shy, retiring sort but with a rich universe occupying the space between his ears, Michael Brown finally found the doorway between the inner and outer fantasy worlds: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. He walked through that door and never looked back. Now having been in the gaming realm for over thirty years, he has played or run AD&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, and GURPS. A (somewhat) prolific writer, he has penned articles for DRAGON... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Gentile

Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
avatar for Randy Richards

Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com


Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Provincial B

5:00pm

Copyright And The Author

Everyone knows we should copyright our work. But what does that mean?  Does mailing it to yourself really count?  Our panelists discuss the legal ins and outs of protecting your work.

 


Moderators
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Laura Haywood-Cory

Literary Guest
Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. | | She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
avatar for Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Provincial A

5:00pm

Book Signing - Thomas A. Mays
Guests
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Victorian A

5:30pm

Reading: Gray Rinehart
Moderators
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Suite 207

5:30pm

Science in Fiction Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Great science fiction takes reality to the edge and leaps. Quarky Trons presents an interactive seminar -- “Science in Fiction” Thunderdome. Attendees will band together to test their science fiction supremacy, competing in a series of trivia trials. In the first trial only the penitent Sci-Fi readers shall pass. The second trial tests the word of the great writers. Finally, the remaining souls take a leap of faith. 

Sign up at Registration.


Moderators
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Victorian B

6:00pm

White Plectrum Concert
Concert by musical guests, White Plectrum.

Guest may have merchandise for sale during concert. 

Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

6:00pm

Kickstarting Things

From books to games to movies, crowdsourcing has become a new and different way to make dreams come true.  What do you need to know before you take on your first Kickstarter? Tips and Tricks from Insiders who've done it before.


Moderators
avatar for Ron Garner

Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Provincial B

6:00pm

Nerdiquette 201

Taking the Nerdiquette Project to the next level, the panel talks about how conventions can help – from Harassment Policies to safe spaces.

 


Moderators
avatar for Laura Haywood-Cory

Laura Haywood-Cory

Literary Guest
Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. | | She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Allegriana

Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
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Paul Cory

Panelist, http://www.paulcory.com/
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Provincial A

6:00pm

Reading: Alicia McCalla and Nicole Givens Kurtz
Moderators
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
avatar for Alicia McCalla

Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Suite 207

6:00pm

Book Signing - Michael G. Williams
Guests
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Victorian A

6:30pm

Beyond The First Draft
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a FREE two-hour round-table workshop, very informal, designed to answer questions and offer general guidance for a group of up to six new authors who have completed the first draft of a novel and now face the challenges of a second draft.  Gray Rinehart, the primary submissions reader at Baen Books, will also be present to answer questions from the perspective of his five years’ experience in that position. Attendance is limited.  Please sign up at Registration.

 


Moderators
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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 8:20pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

E Komo Mai (Welcome!)

This is the new version of our opening ceremonies. There will be door prizes and short speeches by some of the guests!

 “eh koh-moh my-ee” (means Welcome! in Hawaiian)


Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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Scott Rorie

Special Artist Guest
Scott Rorie is a free-lance artist from Cary, NC. Learning to draw at an early age, Scott won his first art show at 11 years old, when he won a school-wide art show. After studying art all through high school, he attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, majoring in Advertising Design. Although Scott works in many different media, his mainstay is the airbrush, which he taught himself to use.  Like many airbrush artists... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →



Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

7:00pm

Talk To Us: Interviews By Podcast

The do's, don’ts, and how‐to's of conducting a podcast interview. What technologies are available to let you interview people from across the globe?

 


Moderators
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Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →

Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Renee Hill

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Ingredients: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Milk, 4 litres. Flour, 1.5kg. Chocolate, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Coffee and/or Tea, 100g. Puns, 80g. Video Games, 7.5g. Sprinkles, 5g. Animals in Costumes, 3g. Plus trace amounts of fifteen other elements. I, Renee “Slam Dunk” Hill, spend my retirement making puns, baking things, and having the best hair you’ve ever seen. DEAL WITH IT. You can follow my daily adventures on Twitter... Read More →
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Matt Johnson

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
I’m Matt Johnson, co-owner of ZaPow Studio and the ZaPow Podcast Network. I started out as the producer of the show, and eventually wound up behind the mic too. Doctor Who geek, podcaster, former radio DJ/engineer, and aviation enthusiast – no trivial error TV makes about airplanes gets by me! You can find me at @NCMattJ, about.me/NCMattJ and on zapow.com.
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Ken Krahl

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Geniuses, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, I’m a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. I founded a geeky website/event community with my friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. I can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. I’m @MultiverseAVL on Twitter, but you can call me Ken.
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Jimmy McKenzie

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Jimmy MacKenzie here. I’m an active blogger who enjoys writing about horror movies and futurism. Sometimes I play the curmudgeon when geek culture gets a little too consumerist for me. There’s nothing greater than a great rock ‘n’ roll tune. In my spare time, I give away free books where there are needs. You can find me online at stuffmonsterslike.com and @monsterstuff or @vanishingpaper.
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Provincial A

7:00pm

Women Of Warp

From Lt. Uhura To Captain Janeway To Seven Of Nine, Star Trek Has Changed The Face Of Women In Space. Panelists will discuss its representations of women as well as the contributions of women behind the scenes.

 


Moderators
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →

Guests
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Michael Brown

Gaming Guest
Outwardly a shy, retiring sort but with a rich universe occupying the space between his ears, Michael Brown finally found the doorway between the inner and outer fantasy worlds: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. He walked through that door and never looked back. Now having been in the gaming realm for over thirty years, he has played or run AD&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, and GURPS. A (somewhat) prolific writer, he has penned articles for DRAGON... Read More →
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Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Provincial B

8:00pm

Reading: Thomas A. Mays
Moderators
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Suite 207

8:00pm

Heroes Of Crossplay

Sometimes costuming your favorite character means stepping across genders.  What does it mean to costume as a character of another gender? What tips and tricks can you use to minimize those aspects of your original gender?

 


Moderators
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Virginia Fulbright

Virginia Fulbright

Panelist
Although a closet fan for many years, Virginia got her start in Fandom being dragged along as the built-in-babysitter for her neice.  Once in, she found a passion for costuming and has created various costumes from Steampunk to Vampire to Harry Potter. 
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →



Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Provincial A

8:00pm

Privilege: The Prince And The Pauper

Race, class, gender, sexuality and economic assumptions in epic fantasy... who holds the power and who is powerless? Who has agency—the ability to move around freely and take action that makes a difference—and who doesn’t? Who is inside the system and who is outside of the status quo? How did some people outside the norm find ways around the status quo? Let’s talk about the assumptions we make reading/writing epic fantasy—the past was more interesting, varied and weird than you might think!

 


Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jonathan French

Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Provincial B

8:30pm

Reading: Stephen Mark Rainey
Moderators
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Suite 207

8:30pm

Portfolio Review

Artists bring a sample of their work and receive suggestions and constructive feedback by our guest artists and editor.

 


Moderators
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Travis Surber

Artist Guest
Travis Surber is a self taught artist from Bassett,Va. From 2009 until 2014 he was the creator of the webcomic Hainted Holler which ran for over 800 strips. The gag-a-day strip centered around a group of Southern geeks and the weirdness they found in the small town they called home. After the strip ended Travis took several months off to focus on family and his day job. In January 2015 he launched All Purpose Nemesis, a site devoted to his new... Read More →

Guests
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
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Scott Rorie

Special Artist Guest
Scott Rorie is a free-lance artist from Cary, NC. Learning to draw at an early age, Scott won his first art show at 11 years old, when he won a school-wide art show. After studying art all through high school, he attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, majoring in Advertising Design. Although Scott works in many different media, his mainstay is the airbrush, which he taught himself to use.  Like many airbrush artists... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:20pm
Victorian B

8:30pm

HollyWeird Squares

Do you have what it takes to play “Tic-Tac-Toe”?  Take your chance by signing up to agree or disagree with the answers given by our celebrity squares. Contestants will be drawn randomly from the audience. Prize will be awarded to the player who wins the most rounds. 

Additional Squares: Glen Beattie & Figment, Wendell McCollom

How to play:
When you enter the room, you will be given a ticket.  Don't lose it!  When your number is called, you will step and attempt to win by agreeing or disagreeing with the celebrity answers. Winning player stays, the next contestant is drawn.  

 


Moderators
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Steven S. Long

Gaming Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, he’s held full-time jobs with Last Unicorn Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher. In 2001 he became part owner of DOJ... Read More →

Guests
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Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his... Read More →
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Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks Fan

9:00pm

Reading: Gail Z. Martin
(Manly Wade Wellman Nominee)

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Suite 207

9:00pm

The Evolving Role Of Authors

Given the rapidly evolving role of authors in publishing, particularly in regards to means of publication — i.e., self-publishing, shared- responsibility publishing, traditional publishing, etc., how does a new author decide what is the best path for them?


Moderators
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jonathan French

Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Provincial A

9:00pm

Weapons In SF

From blasters to lightsabers, from railguns to handguns, what weapons have their history in the real world and which ones are pure fantasy (at least for now)?

 


Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
avatar for Stephen J. Simmons

Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Provincial B

9:00pm

Nerf War (sponsored by the 501st)
Join the 501st in a fun and silly Nerf War!

Moderators
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Heritage

9:30pm

Reading: James Maxey
 (Manly Wade Wellman Nominee)

Moderators
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James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →

Friday July 10, 2015 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Suite 207

10:00pm

50 Years Of Dune

This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of DUNE. What's made that work so enduring and important? What impact has it had on the rest of SF/Fantasy?

 


Moderators
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Gaming Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, he’s held full-time jobs with Last Unicorn Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher. In 2001 he became part owner of DOJ... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
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Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
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Chris Oakley

Panelist, Oakley's Used Books
For almost 20 years, Chris Oakley has owned Oakley’s Gently Used Books, a used book shop with a specialty in science fiction and fantasy (over 6,000 titles) in downtown Charlottesville, VA. She is a pre-press journeyman and, for more than 20 years, she published independent and literary magazines now housed in the University of Delaware’s Special Collections.
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Provincial B

10:00pm

Doctor Who Through A Woman’s Eyes

Let’s talk about #12, Clara, Companions new and old and how the ‘madman in a blue box’ in all his regenerations looks when viewed from the perspective of female fans. What about the Doctor's daughter? How could she evolve in the storyline?

 


Moderators
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →

Guests
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Friday July 10, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Provincial A

10:00pm

Music And Art In SF And Fantasy

From Hildebrandt to Eggleton, from Williams to Queen, how has music and art influenced our understanding and enjoyment of SF&F? What makes music or art look and feel futuristic? Does the definition change as contemporary music and art changes? If the several decades old music and art in Star Wars wasn’t considered so iconic, would it still be considered futuristic?


Moderators
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →

Guests
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Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian B

10:30pm

Valentine Wolfe Concert
Concert by Special Musical Guests, Valentine Wolfe.

Guest may have merchandise available for sale during the concert.

Guests
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →



Friday July 10, 2015 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

11:00pm

Ask A Mad Scientist

You know those panels where a bunch of stuffy scientists talk about science in fancy language that goes over your head but everyone comes out feeling 20 IQ points smarter?  Yeah, didn't think so, and that's good, because this is not one of those panels.  Science - it's confusing, mysterious, and sometimes you just have to wonder what the scientists were thinking when they came up with the ideas.  Here's your chance to corner some scientists in a panel room for a Q&A on new, funny, important, weird and/or confusing science.  It's late in the evening, so let's see if we can have some fun with it!

 


Moderators
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian B

11:00pm

Cyberpunk In Anime

A general discussion of Cyberpunks representation in anime classics such as Ghost in the Shell, Pycho Pass and others.


Moderators
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →

Guests
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Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Provincial B
  • Programming Tracks Media

11:00pm

Successful Self-Publishing: Tricks And Traps

This presentation will provide an overview of what prospective self-published authors need to know (editing, sales, marketing, etc.) followed by an in-depth discussion with panelists on their insights and experiences as successful author/publishers.



Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
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Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday July 10, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Provincial A

12:00am

What Horror Should We Be Reading

Defining "should" as appealing to broad tastes as well as genre specific. Audience and panelists discuss what's new in the realm of Horror novels and which authors we should be looking out for.


Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

12:00am

Coming To You Live! Recording Live Podcasts

Recording Live Podcasts…What do you need know and what challenges do you face?

 


Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Matt Johnson

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
I’m Matt Johnson, co-owner of ZaPow Studio and the ZaPow Podcast Network. I started out as the producer of the show, and eventually wound up behind the mic too. Doctor Who geek, podcaster, former radio DJ/engineer, and aviation enthusiast – no trivial error TV makes about airplanes gets by me! You can find me at @NCMattJ, about.me/NCMattJ and on zapow.com.


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Victorian B

12:00am

Step On It

Sci-Fi has many methods of traveling fast through space: warp, jumps, wormholes, FTL drives, folding space… What method makes the most sense? Or are we willing to suspend our disbelief as long as the method sounds plausible? What makes a technology plausible? What are things that pop a reader out of the story?


Moderators
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Provincial B

12:00am

We’ve Got You Covered

What are the primary jobs of a book cover? Does a cover need to portray different things on a printed book and a digital one? Should your cover be innovative and different than the other covers in your genre so people notice it? With so many people buying and reading books on small mobile devices, does the way a cover show up matter? I saw the perfect photo on the internet for my book cover, can I use it? Since it saves a lot of money, should I make my own cover? What makes a really bad cover? What makes a really good cover?


Moderators
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Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →

Guests
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Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Provincial A
 
Saturday, July 11
 

9:00am

Luke Skywalker: Galactic Hero Or Jedi Trained Assassin

A round-table discussion on what Yoda and Obi-Wan’s true intentions were in training Luke. Did they want him rebuild the Jedi, or simply destroy the Sith?

 


Moderators
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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Ken Krahl

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Geniuses, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, I’m a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. I founded a geeky website/event community with my friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. I can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. I’m @MultiverseAVL on Twitter, but you can call me Ken.
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

9:00am

Death Of Characters: Story Progression Or Authorial Sadism? (ET)

In the course of events, an author sometimes has to eliminate a character. At times, depending upon the character, this causes readers great distress. We will discuss why this has to happen and learn a little about the art, methodology, psychology, and science of character-killing. Through the course of the panel, we will also delve into the greatest deaths in the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Narnia, and other novels that are near and dear to fans everywhere.             

 


Moderators
avatar for Jonathan French

Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Paula Jordan

Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com


Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Provincial A-B

9:00am

ConGregate Kids Craft Center

We have designated this room for parents to take their kids to allow the kids to decompress, should the con become overwhelming. There will be coloring and crafts available. 

NOTE: This is NOT daycare.  You must remain with your child(ren).


Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Heritage

10:00am

Reading: Angela Pritchett
Moderators
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Suite 207

10:00am

Kids Track: SHIELD Double Agent Initiative

The Double Agent Initiative is a children’s scavenger hunt for “Hydra Sympathetic” individuals to retrieve antique tokens, keeping them out of the hands of Johann Schmidt (a.k.a. Red Skull).  Participating Children will receive their orders from SHIELD’s founder – Agent Peggy Carter. The person with the most tokens turned in will receive The Tesseract, to take home for safe keeping, ensuring Hydra does not gain possession.

Children may sign up at Registration.

 


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Heritage

10:00am

30 Years Of The Space Shuttle – From The Eyes Of A Former NASA Employee

Join James “Butch” Allen as he presents 30 years of the Space Shuttle from his direct experience as a Technician.


Moderators
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Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Provincial A-B

10:00am

Them's Fighting Words: Writing Combat In Science Fiction

We’ve all seen movies or read stories where what we know about science does not mesh with what’s presented to us. Science fiction readers are willing to suspend their disbelief to a point, and it’s important to know where that point is. This panel will focus on the finer details of writing combat in science fiction where the planet, the vacuum of space, and the technology can all challenge what we know.      

  


Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →

Guests
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Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Jay Posey

Gaming Guest
Jay Posey is an author and game designer who has been writing professionally for over a decade. He’s the author of the best-selling Legends of the Duskwalker series, including THREE and MORNINGSIDE FALL.  | | Currently Senior Narrative Designer at Ubisoft/Red Storm Entertainment, Jay has spent the past ten years contributing games such as the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises, as well as a number of other Top Secret Projects... Read More →
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

10:00am

Book Signing - Gail Z. Martin & Gray Rinehart
Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Victorian A

10:00am

Allen Wold's Regionally Famous Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Allen has been providing conventions with his workshop for many years. Joined by established authors, he provides a safe, creative environment to practice writing. New and established writers can benefit from this workshop. Limited attendance.   Please sign up at Registration.


Moderators
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →

Guests
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
Victorian B

10:00am

Author Alley

This is where you will find signings for your favorite authors. 

The following guests will have tables in this room:

Timothy Zahn
Michale Stackpole
John Hartness
Silence in the Library Publishing
Mocha Memoirs Publishing
Signing Table


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Victorian A

10:30am

Reading: Karen McCollough
Guests
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Suite 207

11:00am

FGOH Interview (Fan Guest of Honor) Interview

Michael D. Pederson interviews our Fan Guest of Honor Albin Johnson.                


Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks GOH's

11:00am

Book Signing - James Maxey & Karen McCullough
Guests
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James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Victorian A

11:00am

Kids Track: STEM For Kids

Join several of our guests as they provide a time to do some interactive science and engineering activities for the children.  


Guests
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Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:45pm
Suite 207

11:00am

Baen Traveling Roadshow

Join the Slushmaster General from Baen Books, Gray Rinehart, as he shares upcoming releases and gives away Baen swag! 


Guests
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 12:45pm
Provincial A-B

11:00am

ConGregate Kids Craft Center

We have designated this room for parents to take their kids to allow the kids to decompress, should the con become overwhelming. There will be coloring and crafts available. 

NOTE: This is NOT daycare.  You must remain with your child(ren).

Runs from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
Heritage

12:00pm

White Plectrum Concert
Concert by musical guests, Hawthorn & Holly.

Guest may have merchandise for sale during concert.

Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

12:00pm

Book Signing - Alicia McCalla & Nicole Givens Kurtz
Guests
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Victorian A

12:00pm

105th Squad Makers Workshop

The 105th Squad is a multi-genre Costume and Prop Builder group. We refer to our members as engineers, because they work together in building various projects.  Take advantage of this workshop to share your work and learn from others. Feel free to ask members for tips as they are here to help.

Additional members of the 105th Squad including: Jackie Craft, Jennifer Peltier, Matt Walker, Ashley Burnside, Sarah K. Thompson, Melissa Reynolds, and Ruth Suehle


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James Rippe

Fan Guest
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well-known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Victorian B

1:00pm

Valentine Wolfe Concert
Concert by Special Musical Guests, Valentine Wolfe.

Guest may have merchandise available for sale during the concert.

Guests
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

1:00pm

Milk and Magic
Join Flabbergast the Wizard for some magic.  Kids will be supplied with milk and cookies!

Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 207

1:00pm

Nuclear Follies and Oddities

Did you hear the one about the nuclear-powered windmill? The "Atomic Age" opened with many and often bizarre attempts to harness the new technology. A nuclear engineer explores those first decades, with many photos and videos.

 


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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial A-B

1:00pm

Book Signing - Chris Kennedy & Darin Kennedy
Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

White Plectrum Concert
Concert by musical guests, White Plectrum.

Guest may have merchandise available for sale during the concert.

Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

2:00pm

Kids Track: Filk and Cookies

Kid Friendly Filking (and cookies!)

 


Moderators
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Suite 207

2:00pm

Live Action Slush Pile
Here’s how this works: submit the first page of a story or book. One page only. The Magical Words crew then has their reader read each one out loud, and as he reads they listen until they hear something that would make them stop reading if they were editors. At that point they put up a hand. When all three have hands up, the reader stops reading and there is a discussion of what was heard. People can own up to their samples or keep them anonymous.

Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author the novel, Dreaming Creek, and some 40+ short stories, about half of which are in his collection, The Trouble with Eating Clouds. Most recent publications include the short stories “A Little Trouble Dying” in IGMS  and “Feels Like Justice To Me” in the anthology Big Bad 2. He's held a variety of editorial positions, currently serving his eighth year as... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial A-B

2:00pm

Book Signing - Angela Pritchett & Thomas A. Mays
Guests
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

Hollywood Special Effects Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to apply special effect pieces (scars, vampire bites, etc.) by professional Hollywood Special Effects Make-up Artist Jennifer McCollom.  Jennifer will provide a variety of pieces for you to select from as well as the glue to apply it.  She will teach you how apply the piece and then blend your make-up around it for a seamless appearance.

$30 – Includes one piece, glue

Limit 15 attendees. Sign up at Registration.


Guests
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Victorian B

3:00pm

Improving Cultural Diversity In SF

From cons to stories to TV and Film, how do we as fans reach out to different races, cultures and make them more welcome and more obvious in SF.           

 


Moderators
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Guests
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Laura Haywood-Cory

Literary Guest
Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. | | She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →
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Jay Posey

Gaming Guest
Jay Posey is an author and game designer who has been writing professionally for over a decade. He’s the author of the best-selling Legends of the Duskwalker series, including THREE and MORNINGSIDE FALL.  | | Currently Senior Narrative Designer at Ubisoft/Red Storm Entertainment, Jay has spent the past ten years contributing games such as the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises, as well as a number of other Top Secret Projects... Read More →
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Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial A-B

3:00pm

WGOH Interview (Writer Guest of Honor) Interview

Michael D. Pederson interviews our Writer Guest of Honor Michael Stackpole. 

 


Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →

Guests
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com


Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks GOH's

3:00pm

Book Signing - Steve Mark Rainey
At the Signings table

Guests
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Victorian A

3:00pm

Book Signing - Timothy Zahn
At his table

Guests
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Victorian A

3:30pm

Phase 5 Publishing Book Launch

Join Phase 5 Publishing as they celebrate the release of some of their newest books.

 


Moderators
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Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 207

4:00pm

WGOH Interview (Writer Guest of Honor) Interview
Michael D. Pederson interviews our Writer Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →

Guests
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D
  • Programming Tracks GOH's

4:00pm

Book Signing - Debra Killeen & Jonathan French
Guests
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Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

Book Signing - Michael Stackpole
At his table

Guests
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com


Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

Allen Wold's Plotting Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Allen's plotting workshop takes you through the elements of plot. What is it? How do you do it? And how does it interact with other aspects of writing such as characters and dialogue. Sign up at Registration.

To register before the convention, please email tera@con-gregate.com to register. 


Moderators
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Victorian B

4:30pm

Book Launch

Join several authors as they celebrate the release of their newest books! (Light snacks will be served.)

Matthew Saunders will also attend.


Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Provincial A-B

5:00pm

Kids Track: SHIELD Double Agent Initiative Award Ceremony (AP)

Join SHIELD’s founder – Agent Peggy Carter as she presents The Tesseract to the person with the most tokens. 


Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Heritage

5:00pm

Creating The Well Dressed Puppet
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Master prop-maker Cheralyn Lambeth as she takes you through basic puppet making.

Puppet Kits are $5.

Creating the Well-Dressed Puppet Workshop kits include:

Princess Leia
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Harry Potter
Mr. Hat (from SouthPark)
*Stormtrooper
*Queen Amidala
*Dalek
*Ghostbuster (any of the four--Ray, Peter, Winston, or Egon)
*4th Dr. Who

*Advanced kits, may require adult supervision.

Limited attendance. Sign up at Registration.

 


Moderators
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 207

5:00pm

Photography 101 Workshop

So you just bought a new camera, but the pictures still do not look quite as professional as you had hoped. Professional photographers James Rippe and Paul Cory will provide some hands on suggestions to help your pictures look more like art, rather than something snapped on your smartphone. Allegriana and Angela Pritchett will serve as Models and SFX Artist Jen McCollom will offer suggestions on make-up for pictures.

There will be a discussion of posing for cosplayers.

Participants should plan to show up within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time. When we finish with the introductory discussion, the workshop will be mobile to give participants a chance to work in real-con conditions. 


Moderators
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Paul Cory

Panelist, http://www.paulcory.com/
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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James Rippe

Fan Guest
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well-known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the empire’s most formal occasions complete with a tuxedo, light saber cane and a glass of champagne. While creating other costumes James formed The 105th... Read More →

Guests
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Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

5:00pm

Book Signing - Michael G. Williams
Guests
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Victorian A

6:00pm

Book Launch

Join some of our guest authors as they celebrate the release of their newest books! 

Panelists: Debra Killeen, Cheralyn Lambeth


Guests
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Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 207

6:00pm

Reading: Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole
Guests
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Provincial A-B
  • Programming Tracks GOH's

6:00pm

Costume Contest (Pre-Judging)
The judges will review each contestant's costume ahead of the costume contest during this time.

Not open to the general membership --- This is limited to entrants and any needed supporting helpers.

Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

The Location Next Door

Have you ever used a favorite place in a story? Would it be easier to write a real setting? Or harder? How would you research it? How true to the place do you have to be? Could there be problems with describing the real setting too literally or taking too many liberties with it or its culture or people? What local or regional settings have you used or would you like to use in future speculative fiction?        

 


Moderators
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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →

Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Provincial A-B

7:00pm

Costume Contest
In grand convention tradition, ConGregate will host a costume contest on Saturday night. The contest is open to any costumed individual or group.  Prizes will be award for the best costume in each category.

Pre-judging begins at 6pm in Victorian B.

To sign up for the contest ahead of the con, please click here

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You can find a copy of the rules here
 
 

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Paul Cory

Panelist, http://www.paulcory.com/
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

7:00pm

Green Room
Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

Chris Kennedy Book Launch (SUITE 215)

Please note: This event is located in Suite 215 (Barfly Central)

Join guest Chris Kennedy as he launches his newest book!

 


Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suite 207

8:00pm

Awards Ceremony

Join as we present several local Awards:  the Cornerstone Award for Fandom in the Carolinas and the Manly Wade Wellman Award for SF in the Carolinas.

The Cornerstone Award is an annual honor presented by a group of fans from the Carolinas known as the Singularity Effect, dedicated to acknowledging other fans’ contributions. To be eligible for the award, the fan must have been involved in promoting/helping fandom in the Carolinas (North and/or South) in some way for at least ten years. The award is named after a brick that was saved during the demolition of a High Point, NC hotel that hosted multiple conventions over a number of years.

The Manley Wade Wellman Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy was founded in December 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. The 2014 award, voted on by the combined membership of North Carolina science fiction and fantasy conventions (illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, and ConGregate), will cover novels published in 2013. Nominations will open at illogiCon in January ahead of a final voting round, with the award being presented at ConGregate in July. The award is named for long-time North Carolina author Manly Wade Wellman with the permission of his estate.

Nominees: 

  • The Sea Without a Shore by David Drake (Baen)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson (Audible)
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Reign of Ash by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)
  • Bad Wizard by James Maxey (Antimatter Press)

Also attending: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn 


Moderators
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Laura Haywood-Cory

Literary Guest
Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. | | She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →

Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

8:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Guests
avatar for Debra Killeen

Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Suite 207

8:00pm

Auction Set up/Viewing
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Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Provincial A-B

8:00pm

World Building w/ Steve Long

It’s a crash course in world building with Game Designer Steven S. Long.  Work with Steve to design a world taking into account everything from ecology to community.

 


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Steven S. Long

Gaming Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, he’s held full-time jobs with Last Unicorn Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher. In 2001 he became part owner of DOJ... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Victorian B

9:00pm

Ask An Editor

Have a question you'd really like to ask an editor.  Join four pros in a relaxed atmosphere as they answer your questions from grammar to queries to submissions.

 


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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author the novel, Dreaming Creek, and some 40+ short stories, about half of which are in his collection, The Trouble with Eating Clouds. Most recent publications include the short stories “A Little Trouble Dying” in IGMS  and “Feels Like Justice To Me” in the anthology Big Bad 2. He's held a variety of editorial positions, currently serving his eighth year as... Read More →

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Laura Haywood-Cory

Literary Guest
Laura Haywood-Cory has been some flavor of editor or proofreader since her first job after college, which was proofreading yellow page listings for a phone book company. | | She's been involved in science fiction fandom since the mid-1980s. She has managed two different sf conventions, co-founded a local sf club, and participated in an APA (amateur press association) -- the Southern Fandom Press Alliance – for four years. | | In 2008, her... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 207

9:00pm

Valentine Wolfe Concert
Concert by Special Musical Guests, Valentine Wolfe.

Guest may have merchandise available for sale during the concert.

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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →



Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

9:00pm

Charity Auction

ConGregate’s charity auction will benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry, a non-denominational organization, which provides food and housing to assist those in need in the inner city. 



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Guests
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com



Saturday July 11, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Provincial A-B

10:00pm

Reading: Darin Kennedy
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Suite 207

10:00pm

10:00pm

Open Filk

Bring your guitar and sing or just listen along as musicians come together to filk your favorite songs.


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Heritage

10:30pm

Reading: John Hartness
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →

Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Suite 207

10:30pm

Discordia Dames featuring Nerd-Vana

Enjoy a geeky burlesque show with a variety of styles and themes, bringing you the best and nerdiest in variety entertainment! 

Show is 18+. Members must present ID and a ConGregate Badge.


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Discordia Dames featuring Nerd-Vana

Performing Artist
With more than 10 years experience between the four members, the Dames put together burlesque shows with a variety of styles and themes, keeping things fresh and interesting. With members Memphis Muerte, Ruby Redd, Claudia Vainglory and Vicious Jane, the Dames work hard to give their audiences a show and an experience. Featuring Special Guests Nerd-Vana, the Nerds are working hard to bring you the best and nerdiest in variety entertainment! ... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →


Saturday July 11, 2015 10:30pm - Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

12:00am

The Cross Appeal Of Niche Genres

Does audience enthusiasm for one (like the wildly popular Steam Punk) mean they are willing to experiment with others (like Weird West), or do these pockets of readers isolate themselves?  


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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

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Kenneth Gentile

Literary Guest
Kenneth Gentile was born a crossfire hurricane... err, wait. | | No, not the rocket from another world... | | Nope, dad was not a fallen Jedi... | | Oh, here it is: Kenneth Gentile was born in Chester, PA (Just outside Philly), in the way-back days of rotary phones and black & white televisions, when "tweeting" was something a bird did, and your "social network" was the other kids that snuck out behind the garage to get out of an early... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00am - 12:45am
Provincial A-B
 
Sunday, July 12
 

9:00am

Non-Denominational Prayer Service

This open to all event will be led by Fans for Christ.


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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →

Sunday July 12, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Provincial A

10:00am

Valentine Wolfe Concert

Join Valentine Wolfe as they offer something a little different... For this one, Sarah will be reading Poe poems and short stories while Braxton plays spooky and haunting soundscapes on his bass to set the mood.

Do you have a favorite Poe poem?  If so, bring it and maybe you'll have a chance to read as well!


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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guest
Valentine Wolfe is a Victorian Chamber Metal Duo consisting of Sarah (Vocals and Electronics) and Braxton (Double Bass and Electronics). By incorporating elements of Dark Cabaret and Dark Wave, the music blends many genres and influences together to create sounds that are aggressive and anachronistic. | | Valentine Wolfe features sultry and ethereal operatic vocals, electronically manipulated solo double bass and industrial dance beats. The... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

10:00am

Costuming Vs Cosplay

Semantics? ...Or is there a difference? And if so, what is it? And, how do fans educate each other on which they consider (think) they are doing? 


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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →

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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Provincial A

10:00am

Series, Serial Or Cereal

We’ve all found a series we love reading and can’t wait for the next book. What makes one book good to expand into a series and another book’s sequel nothing better than soggy cereal? Can a series be created from a single book or does it have to be thought out before the first book is written. What is the difference between series and serials? What are the pros and cons of each? What kinds of linking can make a group of books a series?


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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →

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Ron Garner

Literary Guest
Ron Garner is the CEO of Silence in the Library Publishing, a small press specializing in science fiction and fantasy and dedicated to changing the relationship between publishers, authors, and readers. He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but spent thirteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a publisher. He holds an undergraduate degree in... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →
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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Provincial B

10:00am

Allen Wold's Workshop re-cap
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →

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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Literary Guest
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She paints and draws vibrant abstracts and fantasy 'scapes, and has a growing smattering of clinical knowledge and copyright law from her day job as a technical writer for data standards. Darcy is also a regular panelist on Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop, where she represents that... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian B

10:00am

Book Signing - Gail Z. Martin & James Maxey
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →
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James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Victorian A

10:00am

Author Alley

This is where you will find signings for your favorite authors. 

The following guests will have tables in this room:

Timothy Zahn
Michale Stackpole
John Hartness
Silence in the Library Publishing
Mocha Memoirs Publishing
Signing Table


Sunday July 12, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Victorian A

11:00am

Reading: Jonathan French
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Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →

Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Suite 207

11:00am

Kids Track: Music By Mark

Join Mark MacDicken as he entertains.


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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional entertainer for over 30 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast.” As well as being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at hundreds of family celebrations, as well as theme parks, fairs and festivals, company picnics, summer recreation programs, mall events, and on... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Heritage

11:00am

Absinthe And Airships

How faithful does Steampunk need to be to the real Naughty Nineties? How much of what we think we know about Victorians is real—and how much was hushed up?


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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

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Larry Martin

Panelist
Larry N. Martin fell in love with fantasy and science fiction when he was a teenager. After a twenty-five year career in Corporate America, Larry started working full-time with his wife, author Gail Z. Martin and discovered that he had a knack for storytelling, plotting and character development, as well as being a darn fine editor. Iron and Blood is their first official collaboration. On the rare occasions when Larry isn’t... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Provincial B

11:00am

Writing The Other

Writing the opposite gender, sexual identity as well as touching disabilities, race and other aspects of humanity?  How do you write characters with these aspects respectfully yet honestly? If lack of real life experience is the proposed reason, then why could that same author write a strong vampire or wizard character?


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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →

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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Literary Guest
Emily Lavin Leverett is a fantasy, sci-fi, and horror writer from North Carolina. Her works have appeared in FLASH FICTION ONLINE and DRAFTHORSE: A JOURNAL OF WORK AND NO WORK, and will appear in Summer 2015 in ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS II from Silence in the Library. She also edits, with short story collections including THE BIG BAD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EVIL and BIG BAD II with John Hartness, from Dark Oak Press.  When not writing or editing... Read More →
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Stephen Mark Rainey

Literary Guest
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels THE MONARCHS, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), and THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER; the short story collections FUGUE DEVIL & OTHER WEIRD HORRORS, THE LAST TRUMPET, LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT, OTHER GODS, and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS; the scripts for three DARK SHADOWS audio dramas (THE PATH OF FATE, CURSE OF THE PHARAOH, and BLOOD... Read More →
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Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author the novel, Dreaming Creek, and some 40+ short stories, about half of which are in his collection, The Trouble with Eating Clouds. Most recent publications include the short stories “A Little Trouble Dying” in IGMS  and “Feels Like Justice To Me” in the anthology Big Bad 2. He's held a variety of editorial positions, currently serving his eighth year as... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Provincial A

11:00am

The Tim And Mike Show

Join GoH's Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole as they talk about anything and everything as well as take questions from the audience.


Guests
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

11:00am

Book Signing - Angela Pritchett & Debra Killeen
Guests
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Debra Killeen

Literary Guest
Debra Killeen is the author of the award-winning fantasy series, “The Myrridian Cycle.” The first volume of her new series, “Unholy War” is forthcoming from Double Dragon Publishing. | | Debra resides in the Asheville area of North Carolina, where she shares a home with her sister, the author Diana Bastine, and two exceptional cats – Finn and Osiris. | | More information is available at Debra’s... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Victorian A

11:00am

Leather Working Workshop

Ribbons and Rivets teaches the class how to etch and dye a leather cuff.

Workshop Fee: $20

Limited attendance. Sign up at Registration.


Guests
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Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Victorian B

11:30am

Reading: Michael G. Williams
Moderators
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Sunday July 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Suite 207

12:00pm

Reading: Randy Richards
Moderators
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Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →

Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Suite 207

12:00pm

Engineering By Government Bureaucracy

Stormtroopers can't hit anything, the Death Star had a monumental weakness.  Our panelists explain why these things happen with an eye toward 'real-life" situations and problems.

Audience members can jump in with possible problems that need explanations. 


Moderators
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →

Guests
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart may be the only person to have commanded an Air Force unit, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on "The Dr. Demento Show." Gray's fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is also a singer/songwriter with one album of mostly science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs -- Truths and Lies and... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Literary Guest
Stephen J. Simmons started writing shortly after he retired from the Navy, primarily because his children had grown too old to listen to bedtime stories and the cats never laughed at the funny bits.  After he sold over a dozen flash-fiction stories to various online publishing venues only to see every one of them promptly go out of business after buying his work, he decided to try his hand at longer formats.  He has some short stories... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

12:00pm

Promoting Your Podcast

Where and how does an up and coming podcaster spread the word about their releases? How do you keep your enthusiasm for the podcast while you wait for your audience? Do you mix subjects you think others will like with what you like, or all one or the other?


Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, PODCASTING FOR DUMMIES, and ADVANCED PODCASTING TRICKS. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Guests
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John Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the author of THE BLACK KNIGHT CHRONICLES from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and the... Read More →
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Renee Hill

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Ingredients: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Milk, 4 litres. Flour, 1.5kg. Chocolate, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Coffee and/or Tea, 100g. Puns, 80g. Video Games, 7.5g. Sprinkles, 5g. Animals in Costumes, 3g. Plus trace amounts of fifteen other elements. I, Renee “Slam Dunk” Hill, spend my retirement making puns, baking things, and having the best hair you’ve ever seen. DEAL WITH IT. You can follow my daily adventures on Twitter... Read More →
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Matt Johnson

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
I’m Matt Johnson, co-owner of ZaPow Studio and the ZaPow Podcast Network. I started out as the producer of the show, and eventually wound up behind the mic too. Doctor Who geek, podcaster, former radio DJ/engineer, and aviation enthusiast – no trivial error TV makes about airplanes gets by me! You can find me at @NCMattJ, about.me/NCMattJ and on zapow.com.
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Ken Krahl

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Geniuses, billionaire, playboy philanthropist of the group, I’m a polysyllabic proponent of the Oxford comma. I founded a geeky website/event community with my friends back in 2011, because geeks do awesome things when we’re all different together. I can sometimes be found directing a convention in Asheville and other Multiverse endeavors. I’m @MultiverseAVL on Twitter, but you can call me Ken.
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Jimmy McKenzie

Podcasting Guest, Figures Sold Separately
Jimmy MacKenzie here. I’m an active blogger who enjoys writing about horror movies and futurism. Sometimes I play the curmudgeon when geek culture gets a little too consumerist for me. There’s nothing greater than a great rock ‘n’ roll tune. In my spare time, I give away free books where there are needs. You can find me online at stuffmonsterslike.com and @monsterstuff or @vanishingpaper.
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Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Provincial A

12:00pm

Unique Costuming Materials

Our panelists discuss using materials other than cloth, chainmail, foam, duct tape, leather.  What are some unusual materials that you can use to make costumes and what are some that you shouldn’t use. 


Moderators
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →

Guests
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Allegriana

Costuming Guest
Allegriana first entered the con scene in 2008 as “The Chainmail Chick”, a fantasy art and pinup model best known for her impressively impractical wardrobe of metal bikinis. Since then, she’s branched out into costume design, cosplay, and digital art, becoming part of award-winning costume company Ribbons and Rivets, which specializes in armor and leather work, as well as apprenticing under latex masters Organic Armor. She is... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest
In 2007 Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club here, with NC’s “Talon Clan” being the organization’s first chapter.  Years of hard work would gain the club recognition by Lucasfilm LTD. as the “Elite Mandalorian Costume Organization”.  Tom has lent his knowledge of Mandalorian character, armor, and culture to help collaborate on various Star Wars books, as well as being a writer for... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theatre through both high school and college. She graduated from UNCG with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Physics. Her first professional film was Taking Liberty filmed in Winston-Salem, NC. Then it was on to local favorites Dead Inn and Last Lives.  Jennifer followed up her local work with a trip to LA to study at the Westmore Make-up Academy.  | | Her work on the smaller... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Provincial B

12:00pm

Book Signing - Darin Kennedy
Guests
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. | | His debut novel, THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Victorian A

12:00pm

ConGregate Kids Craft Center

We have designated this room for parents to take their kids to allow the kids to decompress, should the con become overwhelming. There will be coloring and crafts available.  NOTE: This is NOT daycare.  You must remain with your child(ren). Runs from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.


Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Heritage

1:00pm

Reading: Leona Wisoker
Moderators
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.

Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Suite 207

1:00pm

White Plectrum Concert

Concert by musical guests, White Plectrum. 


Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his... Read More →



Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

1:00pm

Beyond Spandex Studs

The panelists discuss comics and superheroes that push boundaries, break new ground, include more people and turn tropes upside down.


Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES a new Steampunk series (July 2015, Solaris Books) co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin, as well as WAR OF SHADOWS (Orbit Books, April 2015) and the DEADLY CURIOSITIES new urban fantasy series (new book November 2015 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of ICE FORGED and REIGN OF ASH in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.  Gail is the author of... Read More →

Guests
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Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
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James Maxey

Literary Guest
James Maxey’s mother warned him if he read too many comic books they’d warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys.  | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and... Read More →
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Travis Surber

Artist Guest
Travis Surber is a self taught artist from Bassett,Va. From 2009 until 2014 he was the creator of the webcomic Hainted Holler which ran for over 800 strips. The gag-a-day strip centered around a group of Southern geeks and the weirdness they found in the small town they called home. After the strip ended Travis took several months off to focus on family and his day job. In January 2015 he launched All Purpose Nemesis, a site devoted to his new... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial A

1:00pm

Women In Science & Tech

Why don't more women go into science and tech?  What can we do to promote women to go into science?  Why do we even need more women in science in the first place?


Moderators
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →

Guests
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Rhonda Oglesby

Co-host, Producer, Designer, GameOnGirl
Rhonda Oglesby is a writer, designer, and herder of ideas on the GameOnGirl web site. Through three years of interviews, writing, and speaking, she has become a student of how gender identity is portrayed and treated in the real and cyber life of the gaming community. Her articles on the site are deeply researched critical thinking about how to be a better geek citizen. She has dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Western... Read More →
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial B

1:00pm

Book Signing - Chris Kennedy & Jonathan French
Guests
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Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Victorian A

1:00pm

Celebrity Challenge Star Wars Trivial Pursuit

Think you know your Star Wars trivia?  Well come to the charity auction (Sat.), bid on and win a seat in this game, and you will be paired up with Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole or Albin Johnson to play a game of Star Wars Trivial Pursuit on Sunday of the con.

Three seats will be available.

 


Guests
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Albin Johnson

Fan Guest of Honor
In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com
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Timothy Zahn

Writer Guest of Honor
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Victorian B

2:00pm

Back To The Future

Marty McFly travelled to the future this year and found hoverboards and flying cars, why aren't we there yet?  And just how close are we?


Moderators
avatar for Randy Richards

Randy Richards

Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy Author, Spellbinder Games
Randy Richards originally hails from Chalmette, Louisiana, the actual location of the "Battle of New Orleans". He currently lives in the South, where he runs a photography business and writes professionally. | | Randy Richards has been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the late 70s, but started in earnest in the early 80s. "In the 1980s," Richards says, "we had the Basic D&D boxed game in our Gifted & Talented class, and I used to... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) 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, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Experience after the USN includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max), television (Dinosaurs!, Homeland), interactive properties (Paramount's Star Trek:  The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, Titanic:  The Movie on Tour) and books (Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, The Well-Dressed Puppet... Read More →
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Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Tedd Roberts is the pseudonym of a neuroscience researcher whose interest in public education and brain awareness has led him to write science fact and fiction with the goal of accurate, yet enjoyable brain science. His professional research has gained recent international attention for the development of a specialized "neural prosthetic" with the eventual goal of restoring human memory function by bridging damaged brain areas and reconnecting... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial A

2:00pm

Other Loves

How does the other stuff you love influence your fiction?  How do other arts, sports or hobbies flavor the lives of your characters?  And have the other loves of your characters influenced you?


Moderators
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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →

Guests
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Jonathan French

Literary Guest
Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga, an epic fantasy series. His debut novel, THE EXILED HEIR, has been hailed as “…a combination of pen strokes that successfully resurrect the old world fantasy concepts of Beowulf, Prydain, Oz and Masters of the Universe.” His second book, THE ERRANTRY OF BANTAM FLYN, launched in July on the Kindle bestseller lists at #6 in Norse/Viking fantasy and #36 in... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D

2:00pm

Why Diversify

There’s a lot of talk around conventions and the bigger pictures of harassment and diversity. Why should conventions look at harassment policies and the diversity of their guest list?  What value does it bring to the greater SF fandom? Convention runners and guests discuss.


Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →

Guests
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Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →
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Michael Brown

Gaming Guest
Outwardly a shy, retiring sort but with a rich universe occupying the space between his ears, Michael Brown finally found the doorway between the inner and outer fantasy worlds: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. He walked through that door and never looked back. Now having been in the gaming realm for over thirty years, he has played or run AD&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, and GURPS. A (somewhat) prolific writer, he has penned articles for DRAGON... Read More →
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Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial B

3:00pm

Con In Review
This is your chance to provide feedback to the ConCom. We will have folks present to take your comments and answer any questions you have about the convention. 

Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial A
  • Programming Tracks Fan

3:00pm

Flash Topic (or It's late on Sunday…)

It's Sunday.  It's late.  Our remaining brave panelists will talk about whatever topics you (the audience) throw at them.


Guests
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Matthew Foster

Science Guest
Matthew Foster Ph.D. transited from a budding physicist into rebellious operations research scientist. He has journeyed from the high desert of Los Alamos, NM, through the picturesque views of Bagram, Afghanistan, and ending at shores of Hampton Roads, VA. In 2008, Matthew semiofficially retired as a physicist and joined a military think tank.  | | He hosts quarkytrons.com, blogging science back into fiction. Quarky Trons assists... Read More →
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Thomas A. Mays

Literary Guest
Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 19-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). A SWORD INTO DARKNESS is his first... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial B

3:00pm

Tail End In Seat

So, you have about 50,000 words written in your novel, and you’ve been stuck there for a month. Maybe you’ve lost interest in the story or maybe you’re a part time writer who has not found a way to get back to the story. Our panelists will discuss some of their favorite tricks to staying motivated and reinvigorating themselves to write.


Moderators
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Guests
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Paula Jordan

Literary Guest
Paula S. Jordan is the author of three ANALOG stories, including “Vooorh,” a novelette, (Jul/Aug 2014.) That story and her previous ANALOG entry, “Two Look At Two” (April 2011,) are adaptations from two present-day alien-contact novels in progress. Her first professional publication, “The Gift of Unbinding” (May, 2001), also appeared in ANALOG. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novels. She blogs regularly at... Read More →
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Karen McCullough

Literary Guest
Karen McCullough’s wide-ranging imagination makes her incapable of sticking to one genre for her storytelling. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas, which span the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romantic suspense genres. A former computer programmer who made a career change into being an editor with an international trade publishing company for many years, she now runs her own web... Read More →
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Michael Stackpole

Writer Guest of Honor
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning writer, editor, podcaster, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. He's best known for his New York Times bestselling novels Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, both written in the Star Wars® universe. His most recent novel is Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, in the World of Warcraft® universe.  | | www.michaelastackpole.com
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he discovered an old portable typewriter in his back closet. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, writing when he could make the... Read More →


Sunday July 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Queen Anne - Salon B,C,D