ArmadilloCon 26
August 13-15, 2004
Austin, TX
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We are very excited to present the following Program Participants for ArmadilloCon 26. We appreciate their commitment to us and to the world of science-fiction and fantasy. This list will be updated as we get more acceptances, so check back often!
   
         
   
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Aaron Allston
David Lee Anderson
Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr.
Neal Barrett, Jr.
Kurt Baty
Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Michael Bracken
Sidney Brammer
Chris Nakashima-Brown
Elizabeth Burton
Rachel Caine
Lillian Stewart Carl
R. Cat Conrad
Bill Crider
Scott Cupp
Brad Denton
Aaron de Orive
P.N. Elrod
David Farland
Mark Finn
Andrew Fox
John Gibbons
Mitchell Graham
Kay Kenyon
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Rick Klaw
Alexis Glynn Latner

Louise Marley
Lee Martindale
C.J. Mills
Elizabeth Moon
John Moore
John Morgan New
Jess Nevins
Gloria Oliver
Cary Osborne
Lawrence Person
John Picacio
Doug Potter
Dusty Rainbolt
Jessica Reisman
Carrie Richerson
Chris Roberson
Ray Roberts New
Mary Rosenblum
Kate Saundby
Rie Sheridan
Patrice Sarath New
Sherlock
Willie Siros New
Caroline Spector
Jeff Turner
Mikal Trimm
Uncle River
Victory
Howard Waldrop
Sage Walker
Lynn Ward
Martha Wells
Wendy Wheeler
Mark L. Williams
Dave Wolverton
Scott Zrubek

   
         
   

Biographies:

Aaron Allston

Central Texas writer Aaron Allston has an aptitude for sloth and a talent for procrastination, but occasionally defies both in order to produce novels. His next, Terminator Hunt, is a spinoff from the Terminator 3 movie franchise.

In addition to producing fiction and role-playing game supplements, Allston is now turning his bewildered eye to the realm of ultra-low-budget moviemaking: He plans to film a theatrical-length horror-comedy in the Austin area late this year or early in 2005.

Allston's web site is at http://www.aaronallston.com/

David Lee Anderson

David Lee Anderson is a science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He’s shown paintings at more than 350 convention art shows and has been the Artist Guest of Honor at twenty conventions. He’s done work for TOR Books and BAEN Books, Tomorrow SF Magazine, Isaac Asimov’s SF Magazine, Mayfair Games, Bethesda Softworks, Yard Dog Press and independent publishers. He was President of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists from 1990-92. He was an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University teaching illustration from 1990-96, and taught comic illustration, for the Moore-Norman Technology Center 1994-1999 for adult classes, and comic art at their celebrated Summer Youth Academy 1998-2003. He currently ships originals and prints to art shows all over the US and is a sought-after speaker, attending conventions that invite him as Toastmaster, Artist Guest of Honor or panelist. He's been Toastmaster twice and Fan Guest of Honor on one occasion, and is proud to be chosen for any opportunity to entertain and/or educate fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration.

Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr.

Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., lives on Padre Island, Texas gulf Coast, with his wife Joyce. A fan for 55 years, he is also a professional environmentalist, entrepreneur, engineer, father of four and grandfather of eight. He worked at White Sands Missile Range, in the White House Science office, at Bell Labs, and at Sandia National Laboratories, before starting his own virtual reality and biotech companies. He was the 1976 Libertarian Party candidate for Governor in North Carolina. As a co-op student at White Sands, he witnessed over 5000 missile launches, (including an unauthorized one -- of his own amateur solid-fuel rocket project left over from high school…)

Arlan’s SF has appeared in ANALOG, AMAZING, SF REVIEW, SF AGE, OMNI, ASIMOV'S, PULPHOUSE, several anthologies, and online. His articles on space travel, the paranormal and esoteric were in THE NEW SCIENTIST (U.K.), KADATH (Belgium), TRANSFIGURAL MATH (Germany), FACTS (Switzerland), STRANGE MAGAZINE (US), FATE (US), and many others.

(Arlan also credits himself with the first use of the word “surf” for data mining (1992), “nanobot” for nanotech robots (1992), and “warbot” for war robots (1986), as well as many other wonderful terms that have not yet made it into widespread usage…)

Neal Barrett, Jr.

Neal Barrett, Jr. has published over 50 novels and numberous short stories and novelettes. He and the late Chad Oliver attended ArmadilloCon One, with their GOH, noted sf writer Nat Hawthorne.

Kurt Baty

Kurt Baty is a computer architect, physicist, ancient greek numismatist, and a science fiction fan. Kurt enjoys reading and collecting science fiction booksand also enjoys going to the worldcons, having (by 2003) attended 25 of them so far, starting in Kansas City in 1976. Kurt lives with his wife of 26 years on their acreage on Lake Travis outside of Austin, Texas, where they enjoy their horses and boats. Kurt Baty was (with party buddy Scott Bobo) fan guest of ArmadilloCon 24.

Michael Bracken

Derringer Award-winning writer Michael Bracken is the author of 10 books, including All White Girls, Canvas Bleeding, In the Town of Dreams Unborn and Memories Dying, and Psi Cops. Nearly 800 of Bracken's short stories have appeared in literary, small press, and commercial publications worldwide, including Decadence III, Expanse, Fantastic, Hot Blood: Strange Bedfellows, Midnight, Northen Horror, and Weirdbook. Bracken is the editor of Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys, Fedora II: More Private Eyes and Tough Guys, Hardbroiled, Small Crimes, and four additional crime fiction anthologies scheduled for publication in 2004 and 2005.

In addition to writing and editing fiction, Bracken is editor of Senior News and managing editor of Texas Gardener. His non-fiction has appeared in numerous publications, and he has received many regional awards for advertising copywriting.

Additional information about Bracken, including a selected bibliography and his speaking schedule, is available at: www.CrimeFictionWriter.com.

Sidney Brammer

Sidney Brammer is a produced screenwriter, playwright, and director, and published critic and journalist. She worked on feature films and commercials in NY and LA for many years, returning to Austin to direct an award-winning short in 1999. She teaches screenwriting and directing at Alleywood Studios and Austin Community College.

Elizabeth Burton

A native Pennsylvanian, Liz Burton launched her writing career in the Late Neolithic by scaring the bejeezus out of her five-year-old sister and some young friends with a made-up monster tale on a warm summer night.

Immediately addicted to storytelling, she then composed a novel that has, fortunately, not survived.
A fantasy romance she’d completed in the mid-1990’s grew into a trilogy. The first book, Dreams of Darkness, was published in 2002. Shadow of the Scorpion is the second book in the series.

In 2003, Liz became a partner in Zumaya Publications, a small trade press headquartered in Canada, where she now oversees operations, does acquisitions and manages the editorial department while marketing all the great books the company is publishing.

Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the author of Ill Wind (December 2003) and Heat Stroke (August 2004), the first two books in the Weather Warden series from ROC. Book three, Chill Factor, is scheduled for release in early 2005, and three more Warden books will appear in 2005/2006.

Her work is also included in BenBella Books' Seven Seasons of Buffy anthology (2003), as well as their upcoming anthology Five Seasons of Angel . . . and Counting: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance Authors Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (2004). She is also working with BenBella as co-editor (with P.N. Elrod) of Stepping Through The Stargate: Science, Archaeology and the Military in Stargate SG-1, which will have its official release in October 2004 (but look for it at both WorldCon and Dragon*Con).

Her previous novels include Stormriders, The Undead, Red Angel, Cold Kiss, Slow Burn, Copper Moon, Bridge of Shadows, and the hardcover mystery novel Exile, Texas. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas Popeye and Darwin, a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O'Malley, and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).
Visit her websites: www.rachelcaine.com or www.artistsinresidence.com/rlc

Lillian Stewart Carl

Lillian Stewart Carl is a confused person. She writes fantasy and mystery, sometimes separately, usually together. Her work also sprouts romantic elements, and always grows from history and myth. Of her eleven novels in print, eight are also available in pixels at www.fictionwise.com. Her most recent novel is the fantasy/mystery Lucifer’s Crown, “a gripping spiritual thriller”. Her next will be The Secret Portrait, a mystery with ghostly interruptions that will make her the Salman Rushdie of Clan Stewart. Many of her nineteen short stories are available in a print collection, in anthologies, or in pixels. Two more will be published in Murder by Magic (2004) and Alternate Generals III (2005). Two have been reprinted in Worlds Finest Crime and Mystery Stories III and IV. Her website is www.lillianstewartcarl.com.

R. Cat Conrad

The artist Cat is a man of many contradictions: he's a Progressive residing in Bush country, a fine artist who is equally adept at commercial illustration, and an Art Auctioneer/humorist whose biting sarcasm is as much at home in public venues as it is on his canvas (...he's rumored to be a cunning linguist in private as well!). Originally hailing from Oklahoma (...insurance companies tend to raise their rates whenever he storms into town) Cat now hangs his artist's beret in Arlington, Texas with his wife Roxanne Longstreet (aka Rachel Caine, author of the Weather Warden series, natch!), two iguanas, one Uromastyx and a Leopard tortoise. In addition to exotic wildlife his other interests include blues-rock and silent cinema (...see, I told you he was a man of contradictions!). He graces this year's Armadillocon Art Show with a cross section of his award winning compositions for your viewing pleasure.

Bill Crider

BILL CRIDER is the author of fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for “best first mystery novel” in 1987 for Too Late to Die and was nominated for the Shamus Award for “best first private-eye novel” for Dead on the Island. He won the Golden Duck award for “best juvenile science fiction novel” for Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror. He and his wife, Judy, won the “best short story” Anthony in 2002 for their story “Chocolate Moose.”

Scott Cupp

Scott Cupp has been to every ArmadilloCon since before the beginning. He writes weird short stories far too infrequently. He collects books and STUFF. A long time Dallas resident, he now lives in San Antonio with his wife Sandi and cat Tawny Tiger the Periscope. He is a part owner of Adventures in Crime and Space and is usually found in the dealers room shilling books.

Bradley Denton

Bradley Denton is the author of the novels WRACK & ROLL, BUDDY HOLLY IS ALIVE AND WELL ON GANYMEDE, BLACKBURN, and LUNATICS. He's also the author of the story collections A CONFLAGRATION ARTIST and THE CALVIN COOLIDGE HOME FOR DEAD COMEDIANS (which, together, won the World Fantasy Award in 1995) as well as the collection ONE DAY CLOSER TO DEATH. He lives in Manchaca, Texas with his brilliant wife Barbara, and his latest story is "Sergeant Chip" in the current (September 2004) issue of FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION.

Aaron de Orive

Aaron de Orive is a screenwriter and veteran of the video game industry. He's been the Lead Writer/Story Director on ULTIMA ONLINE 2, ANARCHY ONLINE, STAR WARS GALAXIES: AN EMPIRE DIVIDED, and most recently on TABULA RASA. Currently he's in the process of convincing Hollywood to pay him lots of money for fairly original screenplays (most of them his). What's the best advice Aaron can give aspiring young screenwriters? Never follow trends, there will be a new one by the time you put something decent together. And be wary of agents who prominently display copies of Goethe's FAUST in their office.

P.N. Elrod

P.N. "Pat" Elrod has print published over 20 novels, as many short stories, and edited three collections. She is best known for her "Vampire Files" series and co-writing a vampire series with actor Nigel Bennett. Her addiction to chocolate and Stargate SG-1 is one of fandom's great "open secrets." She & Roxanne L. Conrad, AKA Rachel Caine, have co-edited "Stepping Through the Stargate" for BenBella books and will only talk about it while conscious. Pat is currently at work on her next 3-4 novels.

David Farland / Dave Wolverton

Dave Wolverton is the New York Times best-selling author of forty science fiction and fantasy novels for readers of all ages. He is also a videogame designer and script writer, and is currently producing an eighty million dollar fantasy movie based upon his Runelords novel series. He lives in Utah, with his wife and five children.

Mark Finn

Mark Finn is the author of Gods New and Used and Year of the Hare, both of which were really good, and are also completely out of print. His articles, essays, and regular Finn's Wake column can be seen on www.revolutionsf.com, where he does double duty as the Games Editor.

An expert in the Texas author Robert E. Howard, Finn is active in REH-based studies and scholarship. Recent works include: "Robert E. Howard: Lone Star Fantasist" for Dark Horse Comics (appearing in Conan #1 and #2), and "Fists of Robert E. Howard" in The Barbaric Triumph, edited by Don Herron. Finn also contributed the introduction to Waterfront Fists: The Complete Fight Stories of Robert E. Howard, and his interview with fellow Howard scholar Rusty Burke will appear in an as-yet-unnamed book on Texas writers from UT Press in November, 2004.

When he is not creating romance comics to commemorate his wedding, Finn is involved in local theater, acting (with his wife), writing and directing original radio scripts for the Violet Crown Radio Players (www.violetcrownradio.com). He is currently hard at work on a new novel.

Brad Foster

Brad W Foster is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, publisher, and whatever other labels he can use to get him through the door! He's won the Fan Artist Hugo a few times (Five), picked up a Chesley award, and turned a bit of self-publishing started over twenty five years ago into the Jabberwocky Graphix publishing empire. (Total number of employees: 2.) His strange drawings and cartoons have appeared in over a thousand science fiction fanzines, just for the hell of it. On a more professional level he has worked as an illustrator for a various genre magazine and publishers, the better known among those being Amazing Stories and Dragon. In comics he had his own series some years back, the Mechthings, and he even got to play with the "big boys" of comics for a few years as the official "Big Background Artist" of Image Comic's Shadowhawk.

Known throughout the world (though most of the world doesn't know it yet) for his intricate pen and ink work, outside our beloved genre it is possible you've seen more of work in titles as varied as Cat Fancy , Cavalier, or Highlights for Children. Most recently he has completed covers for a couple of Yard Dog Press books, illustrations for magazines such as Space & Time and Talebones, and has even managed to work a dragon into the official poster for the 2003 Tulsa Oktoberfest!

He and his lovely wife Cindy are owned by four cats, who allow them to share limited space in a wonderful 50 year old house in Dallas; at least, it will be wonderful once that brick wall is fixed, and the roof leak stopped, and the carpet replaced, and ...ah, the joys of home ownership!

Andrew Fox

Andrew Fox's first book, comic horror novel "Fat White Vampire Blues," was published by Ballantine Books in 2003 and was selected by the Lord Ruthven Assembly as Best Vampire Fiction of 2003. Its sequel, "Bride of the Fat White Vampire," was published by Ballantine in August, 2004. Andrew's third book, "Calorie 3501," in part an homage to Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," will hopefully appear sometime in 2005. He grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida watching Godzilla films, reading Marvel comics, and playing with Planet of the Apes action figures. He now resides in New Orleans with wife Dara, son Levi, and nine step-cats, and he helps manage the Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program, a nutrition assistance program for low-income senior citizens.

John Gibbons

Local software analyst, SF fan & author, and volunteer speaker for NASA'a JPL space missions, John would probably get more writing done if he didn't have so many hobbies.

Mitchell Graham

Mitchell Graham was born in New York City. He attended college at Ohio State University on a fencing scholarship and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Texas. After practicing law for twenty years he went back to school and received a doctorate in Neuropsychology from the University of Miami. He has represented the United States many times in international fencing competitions. Along the way Mitchell won or placed in the finals of over 83 separate fencing competitions. Among these were the State Championships of Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Ohio, as well as four Southeastern Men’s Foil titles.

His first novel, "The Fifth Ring," won the prestigious Delmont-Ross Literary Contest and was awarded the gold medal in fantasy and the overall grand prize. A sequel entitled, “The Emerald Cavern,” was released in late December, 2003. His mystery novel, “Murder on the Majestic,” is due out in January, along with the conclusion to the Fifth Ring series. That book is entitled, “The Ancient Legacy.”

Kay Kenyon

Kay Kenyon is the author of six science fiction novels and a half-dozen short stories. Her most recent novel, The Braided World, deals with an alien culture and the dilemmas of cross-cultural contact and change. A Booklist review compared her work to Ursula LeGuin’s, calling it “powerful and moving.” Kay was a Phillip K. Dick award nominee for her novel Maximum Ice, recently published in French. It is the tale of a ship of gypsies who return to earth to find it altered, both wonderfully and dreadfully. Kay’s current project is a science fiction series dealing with a parallel universe. The first book is titled Bright of the Sky, a reference to the strangely altered sky of the universe next door. You can read a first chapter of her books at www.kaykenyon.com. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington with her husband Thomas and a large orange cat named Sumo. She has been in Texas in August once before and was accused by her husband of pouring the last of the canteen of water over her head while on a hike. But she’s glad to be back.

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

The writer has five books in print and a contemporary mystery romance available at a moment's notice. Books on tap include two Alfreda novels and another Nuala novel, among others.

Rumor has it that Meisha-Merlin Publishing is planning to reprint her novels and a couple of new ones as well. Stay tuned....

Rick Klaw

An award-winning editor, writer, and bookseller, Rick Klaw’s first collection of essays, reviews and other observations Geek Confidential: Echoes From the 21st Century was published in 2003 by MonkeyBrain, Inc. He was the co-founder and managing editor of MOJO Press and the former fiction editor for RevolutionSF. One of the more opinionated people in an industry of opinionated people, Klaw produces the popular column “Geeks With Books” for SFSite.

He has written for The Austin Chronicle, Weird Business, The Big Book of the Weird Wild West, Gangland, Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse, Science Fiction Weekly, Nova Express, Electric Velocipede and other venues.

Klaw lives in Austin, TX with his wife, a cat and an enormous collection of books. He knows more about apes and pop culture than really any one person should.

Alexis Glynn Latner

Alexis Glynn Latner writes speculative fiction in which science, language, and questions of ultimate meaning combine with adventure and romance. Fifteen of her novelettes and short stories have been published since 1990, including cover novelettes in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine and stories in Amazing and Bending the Landscape: Horror. In addition, she does creative and technical editing and works at the Rice University Library in Houston. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Rice University and an M.A. in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has taught creative writing since 2001, and this is her third year as one of the professionals teaching the ArmadilloCon Writers' Workshop. For additional real-life adventure, she flies sailplanes.

Louise Marley

Louise Marley is a concert and opera singer turned science fiction novelist. She attended Clarion West '93, and has since published seven sf and fantasy novels with Ace, with an eight to come from Viking in 2005. Her latest book, The Child Goddess, is the story of a woman Roman Catholic priest and a colony of lost children.

Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including three single-author collections from Yard Dog Press, Selina Rosen’s _Bubbas Of The Apocalypse_ (co-writing with Bradley H. Sinor), and a solo effort in _Four Bubbas of the Apocalypse_. She edited the groundbreaking _Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance_, Meisha Merlin’s first anthology, and has a story in its second, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s _Low Port_. Future appearances include “Combat Shopping” in Esther Friesner’ _Turn The Other Chick_ and “Necessity and The Mother” in the upcoming _Sword & Sorceress XXI_. When not slinging fiction, Lee is a filksmith, Named Bard, Lifetime Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a SFWA Musketeer and a member of the SCA. She and her husband George live in Plano, TX, where she shares news with friends and fans at http://www.HarpHaven.net

C. J. Mills

C. J.lives in Austin most of the year, but spends summers in Minnesota with her family, friends and fruit trees. She works half-time at a residential mental health facility (grade one mentally-ill) and continues to write SF and suspense, though she has not been continuing to sell, alas.

Under construction at the moment is an historical adventure novel about the Viking invasion and occupation of England in 865 -- battles, pillaging, King Alfred the Great -- and an SF story about catching and fencing dreams.

Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon grew up in the southern tip of Texas, which may explain the horse thing (don't ask unless you want a lot of horse neepery.) Her high school class prophecy was that she'd get to Mars. Apparently writing science fiction is as close as she could get. (She would hop on a flight to Mars in a heartbeat, though.) She has degrees in history (Rice) and biology (University of Texas), served in the Marine Corps, and now lives with her husband and son in a small town north of Austin. They have just built a barn which serves as a rainwater collection system as well as housing a fat yellow horse. When not writing, she is out on the land, messing about with the horse, or practicing her fencing (pointy-sword kind.)

Her 2003 novel, _The Speed of Dark_, won the Nebula Award. Her next book out will be _Marque and Reprisal_, a sequel to last year's _Trading in Danger_. It's due out from Del Rey in late September.

John Moore

John Moore is an engineer and writer who lives in Houston, Texas. He has been a member of FACT since LoneStarCon I. His newest fantasy novel, Heroics for Beginners, is published by Ace and debuts at this convention.

John Morgan

John Morgan is an editor at Penguin USA, overseeing various titles for Roc Books and Ace Science Fiction and Fantasy. He edits books by Charlaine Harris, John Moore, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and many others. He also edits books in the pop culture and pop science fields. He accepts unsolicited, unagented manuscripts and has even bought a couple from time to time.

Jess Nevins

Jess Nevins is a reference librarian and the author of two books annotating Alan Moore's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN series. He is the author of the forthcoming (September 2005) ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASTIC VICTORIANA and (December 2006) THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PULP HEROES.

Chris Nakashima-Brown

Chris Nakashima-Brown is a poseable action figure with 33 points of articulation remaindered in a forgotten strip mall in Des Moines. Cory Doctorow blogs that his "prose is slick, post-Gibsonian, and funny as hell, like Neal Stephenson meets Hunter S. Thompson." His short fiction has appeared most recently in Argosy, The Infinite Matrix, and RevolutionSF.

Gloria Oliver

Born in 1964 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Gloria bounced around several states during the teenage years, finally ending up in Texas for good. Married for twenty years, she is the proud parent of a very independent daughter. She originally entered the University of Texas in Arlington to obtain an Aerospace degree, but eventually moved over to the University of Texas in Dallas to gain a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is currently working in the finance/accounting field.

Her hobbies at present are reading, writing, watching Japanese animation, collecting music, and translating Japanese comics.

Current achievements include “In the Service of Samurai” (Dec 2002 Zumaya Publications), “Vassal of El” (Mar 2004 Zumaya Publications), the story Bubba’s of Troy County in “The Four Bubbas of the Apocalyse” anthology (Dec 2003 Yard Dog Press), and Surfing USA in the “Fundamentally Challenged” CD anthology from Jeff Turner Fiction (to be released soon).

Cary Osborne

ary G. Osborne of Norman, Okla., is the author of the Iroshi trilogy and the Deathweave series in science fiction. Her sixth book was a fantasy titled Winter Queen. Her most recently completed novel is an alternate history titled Cross Over the River and she is currently working on an historical fiction, a fantasy, and two romantic mysteries. Most of her short stories have been in the horror genre, both published and unpublished. However, she recently had an article published in Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul. Meanwhile, she is in negotiations on another fantasy novel, Iah’s Way, set in ancient Mesopotamia (site of modern-day Iraq).

John Picacio

Born September 3, 1969, John Picacio has illustrated covers for works by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Graham Joyce, Lucius Shepard, Charles De Lint, David Gemmell, Frederik Pohl, and many, many more. In 1992, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Four years later, he illustrated his first book -- the 30th Anniversary Edition of Michael Moorcock’s Behold The Man. In May 2001, he chose a career in illustration over a career in architecture and devoted himself fulltime to the craft of illustration.

Since then, his client list has continued to grow, including companies such as Random House/Del Rey; HarperCollins/Eos; Roc Books; Tor Books; Viking Children’s Books; Golden Gryphon Press; MonkeyBrain Books; Night Shade Books; Earthling Publications; iBooks; and Realms of Fantasy Magazine. His illustrations have been selected numerous times for the Spectrum Annual and in 2002, he received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist. He was the Artist Guest of Honor for the 2003 ArmadilloCon.

Dusty Rainbolt

Dusty Rainbolt is an award-winning cat writer according to her answering machine. The awards make great cat bowls and the cats have gotten used to being written on. Does that mean she "channels" the thoughts and ideas of cats for humans? Apparently. She co-writes a monthly column with a cat named Hobbes for a Dallas-based pet magazine. Both Dusty's first science fiction novel, All the Marbles, and her kitten care book, Kittens For Dummies came out late last year. (And yes, the Dummies book is part of the famous Dummies series.) She is now working on a paranoramal mystery and a science fiction adventure. In her real job, Dusty writes pet product reviews for Catnip and Whole Cat Journal so she can get more cat bowls and other free stuff.

Her web site address is www.dustycatwriter.com.

Jessica Reisman

Jessica Reisman was born near Philadelphia in the summer of 1963, the youngest of three children. In the years since she has lived in Florida, California, Maine, and now Austin, Texas. She thinks fiction that opens doors--or windows or cracks in the air--to possibility, letting wonder into the room, is among the best of the good things in the world--along with animals and movies.

She has been published in Realms of Fantasy, The Third Alternative, on Scifiction at scifi.com, and in anthologies. Her first novel, THE Z RADIANT, from Five Star Speculative Fiction, was let loose in the world in June of 2004.

Carrie Richerson

Carrie Richerson's short stories have appeared in F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Amazing, Pulphouse, the anthologies Gothic Ghosts, More Phobias, Swords of the Rainbow, and the science fiction and horror volumes of the Bending the Landscape series. Her story “A Birth,” first read at ArmadilloCon, is forthcoming from Asimov’s SF. She is a two-time Campbell Award nominee but, alas, never a bride. She lives in Austin, Texas, where her writing is supervised by Jeep the Blue-Eyed Wonderdog and the notorious feline escape artist Houdini.

Chris Roberson

Chris Roberson crafts stories of all shapes and sizes. His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies LIVE WITHOUT A NET (Roc, 2003) and THE MANY FACES OF VAN HELSING (Ace, 2004), with previous and forthcoming appearances in the pages of ARGOSY, ASIMOV’S SCIENCE FICTION, BLACK OCTOBER, FANTASTIC METROPOLIS, REVOLUTIONSF, TWILIGHT TALES, OPI8, ALIEN SKIN, ELECTRIC VELOCIPEDE, and LONE STAR STORIES. His first major release novel, HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE, is due out from Pyr Books in Spring 2005.

He was a co-founder of the writers’ collective CLOCKWORK STORYBOOK. In addition to producing monthly material for the collective’s online magazine, Roberson produced four novels under the aegis of their small press imprint—VOICES OF THUNDER, CYBERMANCY INCORPORATED, SET THE SEAS ON FIRE, and ANY TIME AT ALL—which received positive reviews from THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, ASIMOV’S SCIENCE FICTION, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, INFINITY PLUS and REVOLUTIONSF.

Roberson and his business partner and spouse Allison Baker recently launched the independent press MONKEYBRAIN BOOKS, an imprint specializing in nonfiction genre studies. Recent releases include the extraordinary talents of Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, China Miéville, Jeff VanderMeer, Paul Di Filippo, Jess Nevins, Matthew Rossi, Rick Klaw, and more.

Ray Roberts

Ray Roberts is a Writers of the Future Contest Winner and has had short stories pulished in the WOTF antnhbology, the Cemetery Dance Anthology and Adventures of Swords and Sorcery Magazine (plus half a dozen stories in smaller magazines). He also has a number of profession geology or hydrology articles published in reference texts or encyclopedias.

Mary Rosenblum

Mary Rosenblum writes SF mostly, mystery (as Mary Freeman) and magic realism at times. Her next story to appear will be in Asimovs: Green Shift, set in the orbital universe of her next SF novel. When she's not writing, she teaches writing and trains tracking and performance dogs.

Patrice Sarath

Patrice Sarath is a fantasy writer from Austin, Texas. Her short stories have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy 3, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Gate, and Realms of Fantasy, among other publications. She is a member of the Slug Tribe writer's group in Austin, Texas, and is teaching in the Armadillocon Writer's Workshop.

Kate Saundby

Born in London, England more years ago than she cares to remember, Kate Saundby was educated in England and Belgium and emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 as a GI bride. Widowed in 1989, she remarried in 1993, and has two grown sons and four grandchildren. Her younger son, Nicholas Krueger, an award-winning graphic artist, has produced many of her book covers. In her day job, Kate is a social worker for the State of Tennessee.

Rie Sheridan

Rie has been writing since she first picked up a crayon. She has had short stories published in The Eternal Night, ShadowKeep and Verge ezines, as well as on the EOTU and Planet Relish websites. Two of her stories, “Beauty Within the Briars” and “Home By Sunset” appear in the electronic version of Double Dragon ePress fantasy anthology FROM WITHIN THE MIST, and “Drink My Soul…Please” can be found in Mundania Press’ science fiction/fantasy anthology BEYOND THE MUNDANE: FLIGHTS OF MIND.

Her poetry has appeared in the print magazines Mythic Circle and Dreams of Decadence, and in the Electric Wine and ShadowKeep ezines.

A children's story was one of 25 chosen from over a thousand entries to be published in the Half-Price Books 1999 "Say Good-Night to Illiteracy" Anthology.

Two adult fantasies, THE BLOOD THAT BINDS and THE LUTE AND THE LIAR, are currently out-of-print.

Both her short story anthology RIEVISIONS and poetry collection DANCING ON THE EDGE were finalists in the 2003 EPPIE awards. Her poetry collection STRAYING FROM THE PATH and her Young Adult fantasy, THE RIGHT HAND OF VELACHAZ, are finalists in the 2004 EPPIE awards. RIEVISIONS will be re-released this summer.

Currently, Rie is Senior Editor at Mundania Press.

Information regarding her books and their availability can be found at: http://www.riewriter.com/books.htm.

Sherlock

SHERLOCK still lives in San Antonio, still practices her eclectic brand of art (until she gets it right) which ranges from proper illustration and painting to wild experimentations with whatever didn't move out of the way fast enough. Lately has art hanging out in various issues of ANALOG, Colorado Book Associates catalog covers, and dabbles with the cyberworld~~art for people's websites and someday her own if she ever gets around to it and when not working at the local library.

Willie Siros

It's all my fault.

Mikal Trimm

Mikal Trimm has sold over 50 pieces of speculative fiction in the last three years. His poems and stories have been published in three countries in such venues as Gothic.net, NFG, Andromeda Spaceways, SAY..., Flytrap, and Polyphony 4. He lives in Lockhart, Texas, where no one ever visits him (sniff).

Jeff Turner

Jeffrey Turner's short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Talebones, Would That It Were, and Marsdust. He is a development associate for Vandy Productions, and recently optioned his first screenplays. Jeff and family live near Fort Worth, or on the web at JeffTurnerFiction.com.

Uncle River

Uncle River studied mythology with a nuclear physicist who also taught him to use a chainsaw, then dreams with another nuclear physicist turned Jungian analyst. Consequently, his only successful job interview, to teach luniveristy Humanities, consisted of the department chair leaping up wild-eyed on River's entry, and declaring: "You found me in my office! This is a sign from God! If I hire you, I don't have to talk to anyone else." River calls Cartoon County, New Mexico home. His work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, Amazing Stories, Absolute Magnitude, BBR, and the Hartwell/Cramer Year's Best Fantasy antho, among others. His Prometheus: the autobiography appeared from Crossquarter Publishing Group in 2003.

Sage Walker

An alien wizard satyr and his disciple, a young medic who is mostly human, her lover, a merchant prince, and his friend, a Da Vinci of sorts who is good with his hands, are occupying my office in an attempt to deal with a society in turmoil. In other words, I'm writing again. Also, the collaboration with Mikey Roessner, Walter Jon Williams, and Daniel Abraham continues to unfold. Right now we're on the steppes of a world where the birds can eat you, alive. Really. Life's good.

Lynn Ward

Lynn Ward, currently living in San Antonio, is a "late bloomer" whose work has been published in anthologies and small press. Hobbies are martial arts, bucking authority and killing publishing houses.

Ask her about that last one --please.

Wendy Wheeler

Wendy Wheeler is an Austin-based writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mainstream fiction as well as a screenwriter, graphic artist, game designer, and teacher of writerly craft. Her work has appeared in Analog, Gorezone, Aboriginal SF and other periodicals and online at www.RevolutionSF.com. She's also placed updated fairytales and modern myth-based stories in the anthology series that never dies, Snow White Blood Red (editors: Datlow/Windling), which has now been translated into French. Her Haitian retelling of Beauty & the Beast was selected for the 13th Annual Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (also Datlow/Windling). She's the founder of the SlugTribe, the notorious SF/F study group in Austin that is now in its 18th year; teaches story structure for the University of Texas; and is co-coordinator of DilloCon's own Writers' Workshop. Her genre screenplays have placed well in several competitions, and someday Hollywood might actually pay her money for one. For more info, visit her website at www.wendy-wheeler.com.

Mark L. Williams

Mark London Williams lives in Los Angeles, where he covers Hollywood as a columnist for Below the Line news, and writes articles, comics, plays, and Danger Boy books, and where he continues to draw inspiration from his two young sons and one old dog. In fact, when his oldest son was a toddler -- long before he played his first video game -- he ran down the hall one afternoon shouting, "I’m a Danger Boy!" and then quickly added something about dinosaurs. Mark London Williams has been thanking him for that inspiration ever since.

Dave Wolverton / David Farland

Dave Wolverton is the New York Times best-selling author of forty science fiction and fantasy novels for readers of all ages. He is also a videogame designer and script writer, and is currently producing an eighty million dollar fantasy movie based upon his Runelords novel series. He lives in Utah, with his wife and five children.

Victory

I knew this girl from a Western state
Who through her art did communicate:
By pen she speaks
And with paper wreaks
But doomed, this bio proof, to procrastinate.

Scott Zrubek

Raised across the street from the Johnson Space Center, Scott aspired to be an astronaut. His height and his fashion sense quickly eliminated any hopes in that direction. Instead he chose to program computers for the space program for most of his professional career.

As a hobby, he became interested in the works of Roger Zelazny, creating a web site devoted to them. He also spent a number of years working on a collection of Roger's short stories which was finally published in January of this year.

He has also helped to run a WorldCon, a World Fantasy Con and numerous ArmadilloCons, specializing in Art Shows and Security.

If you're looking to run into him, usually look for a guy in tie-dye and camouflage who's 6'5" tall.

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