Program Participants

Major Guests

Deji Bryce Olukotun / Photo © Beowulf Sheehan

Guest of Honor: Deji Bryce Olukotun has written sf novels Nigerians in Space and After the Flare. After the Flare is a current finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and it received Special Citation from the Philip K. Dick Award. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, and his nonfiction has been in The London Magazine, Electric Literature, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Men’s Health, and other venues. Deji is an attorney specializing in technology and human rights. He is currently the Head of Social Impact at the audio technology company Sonos and a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

David Pomerico

Editor Guest: David Pomerico is Executive Editor at Harper Voyager. He’s working with authors such as Richard Kadrey, Michael R. Fletcher, and Warren Hammond. Previously he was Acquisitions Editor for 47North, Amazon’s sf imprint, and before that he worked at Spectra and Del R.  Despite his love of science fiction, David has never seen an episode of Doctor Who.



Aaron de Orive

Toastmaster: Aaron de Orive co-wrote the YA novel Blad Singer (with Martha Wells). He created the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn. He has written for several video games, including Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. In the podcasting world, he is known as a host onThe Gentlemen Nerds.


Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Artist GuestRosemary Valero-O’Connell is a Minneapolis born, Zaragoza raised cartoonist and illustrator with a BFA in Comic Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (’16). She’s done work for DC Comics (Gotham Academy, Vertigo Quarterly), BOOM! Studios (Lumberjanes, Steven Universe), CAPY games (OK KO!: Let’s Be Heroes), Mondo Tees, Kazoo Magazine, and The City Pages, among others. Her work has been shown in galleries both locally and internationally (Gowanus Print Lab, Roq La Rue Gallery, Telegraph Gallery, etc). She’s currently working on a graphic novel with award-winning author Mariko Tamaki for First Second called Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, to be released in 2019. She’s a proud member of the Out Of Step Arts collective, has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY, and won her second grade spelling bee by spelling the word “human.”

Craig W. Chrissinger

Fan Guest: Craig W. Chrissinger annually reports on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine, and infrequently reviews books for The Albuquerque Journal. He earned a Journalism degree from the University of New Mexico in 1984, and has written for Fangoria, Starlog, The Comics Buyer’s Guide, Comics Scene, the UNM Daily Lobo, and Sci-Fi Teen. (His first piece for Starlog was in 1989 when he visited New Mexico author Melinda Snodgrass at Paramount when she was serving as story editor on Star Trek: The Next Generation – and, yes, you better believe he got a tour of the sets). In April 2016, he interviewed actress/author Felicia Day on stage during her spring book tour. Somehow, he has been dragged into appearing in such low-budget films as Science Bastard, Wedding Slashers, and The Stink of Flesh. He edits the Albuquerque SF Society newsletter (ASFacts), helps run ASFS and Bubonicon, has produced Bubonicon’s program book since 1985, and works at a bookstore. In addition, he has served as a freelance screening representative for advance film screenings (sneaks) in Albuquerque since 1986. He lives in Albuquerque with his wonderful partner, Jessica Coyle, plus one loving cat.

Holly Black / Photo © Sharona Jacobs

Special Guest: Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.


Robert J. Sawyer / Photo © Carolyn Clink

Special Guest: Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year: the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids; the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment; and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan. He won the Hal Clement Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year for the novel WWW: Watch. The 2009-2010 ABC TV series Flashforward was based on his novel of the same name, and Rob was a scriptwriter for that series.

Regional Participants

David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction anthology series, from Baen Books. You can hear him from time to time on The Baen Free Radio Hour podcast, where he interviews authors about their work. His short stories have appeared in various print and online markets. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and son.

Sanford Allen, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor, and a touring musician. He is the author of one novel, Deadly Passage, and his short fiction has appeared in magazines and including Rayguns Over Texas,  Innsmouth Free Press, That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, and Big Pulp Annual 2016.

Johan Anglemark is a Swedish fan, gamer, conrunner, currently in the US as this year’s TAFF delegate. TAFF is a long-standing project to bring fans from Europe over to North America and vice versa. Active in Swedish fandom since the mid-eighties, he tries to attend most conventions in Scandinavia and all British National cons. He also travels to conventions selling used books, and donates the proceeds to various fannish causes. He is the chair of the Appeltofft Memorial Foundation, a Swedish organization that gives grants to fans and conventions.

T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer based in Maryland. He’s been working as a professional video game developer for over eight years. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is now complete, and his first science fiction novel, Supremacy’s Shadow, was released in February 2018. In his spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife, little girl, and crazy dog, spends time in VRChat exploring the metaverse, and participates in local events like the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle. His first novel, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. He posts a new free short story every month on his blog,

Matthew Bey publishes the notorious zine/website/ongoing-prank Space Squid. His short fiction has appeared in a number of venues including the Rayguns Over Texas anthology. He also webmasters the blogs at, where you should totally do some fan-blogging! Ask Matthew about getting your very own Revblog.

A writer of science fiction, fantasy and related non-fiction, Jayme Lynn Blaschke is best-known for his history book, Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch, about the infamous brothel of “Best Little Whorehouse” infamy. His work has been published in Interzone, Cross Plains Universe, Fast Ships Black Sails, Electric Velocipede and other places. He is currently at work on Sailing Venus, a SF adventure novel that’s taking far too long to complete.

A Mexican-American author from deep South Texas, David Bowles is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, including Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Maya Poetry (2014 Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for Best Translation), the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror, and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. In 2019, Penguin will publish The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande, co-written with Adam Gidwitz, and Tu Books will release his steampunk graphic novel Clockwork Curandera. His work has also appeared in multiple anthologies and venues such as Journal of Children’s Literature, Rattle, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Nightmare, Asymptote, Translation Review, Metamorphoses, Bookbird, and Eye to the Telescope. In 2017, Bowles was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Jeremy Brett is the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University. He has also worked as an archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society, the National Archives and Records Administration – Pacific Region, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Iowa.

Christopher Brown‘s first novel, Tropic of Kansas. was a finalist for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. He was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic. An active member of the Turkey City Writers Workshop, he lives in Austin, where he also practices technology law. More at

Elizabeth Burton is opinionated and old enough to no longer care who objects. A retired journalist, she is co-owner of the pioneer digital press Zumaya Publications and the author of four fantasy novels. “The body gets slower, but the brain continues to operate well.

A. T. Campbell, III has been involved in Texas fandom for over 20 years. He’s helped run local cons (ArmadilloCon, OwlCon, ApolloCon), a WesterCon, a WorldCon, and 2 World Fantasy Conventions. He organizes a long-running SF reading group that recently discussed its 500th book. A.T. works as a graphics programmer for HookBang, where he develops Augmented Reality (AR) games. His latest game, Nightenfell, was released in April 2018. A.T. lives in Austin with his lovely wife Carol and faithful dog Bridgette, who both share his interests in all things nerdy.

Alex Campolo started Tai Chi and Kung Fu study at North Lake College in the Spring of 2003. He enrolled in the Wu Yi Shaolin school to continue his study. He went on to become the Wu Yi school’s first black belt in 2012. Alex is one of the Kung Fu school’s primary instructors, a demo team coordinator, and a major competitor on the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) circuit. He has many local and regional titles in addition to being a three-time world champion in the men’s forms divisions. He received his Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Texas and spends his time outside of Kung Fu as a financial analyst and real estate manager

Allison Campolo is an international heavyweight fighting champion in Kung Fu. She is an instructor and principal organizer at the Lee’s White Leopard Kung Fu schools in the DFW area. She was born and raised in Irving, Texas, and now works full time as a research scientist and a teaching assistant while finishing her PhD in veterinary biomedical science. For more information, see:

Matt Cardin is the author of the supernatural horror collections Divinations of the Deep (2002) and Dark Awakenings (2010), and the editor of Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears (2017). He has also edited encyclopedias on mummies and the paranormal, and he is a co-editor of the literary journal Vastarien. In 2014 he received a World Fantasy Award nomination for editing Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti. His horror fiction and essays have appeared in Icons of Horror and the Supernatural, Children of Cthulhu, Spirit Possession around the World, Cemetery Dance, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and elsewhere. In 2014 he was an invited panelist at Baylor University’s Faith and Film symposium. He has also been a guest on various radio shows and podcasts to talk about his experiences with sleep paralysis and nocturnal assault, and to discuss their implications for our understanding of creativity and reality.

D Chang is almost certainly not someone whose work you know. On the other hand, he has done some things that, if you are very unlucky, you might’ve seen without knowing it. Some high- and lowlights: designer on a top-ten video game, corporate events artist/animator, search marketing specialist, editor and art guy at the reprehensible Austin sci-fi rag Space Squid. You can find more at and, and you can snag a free demo of the new JRPG he worked on at

Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. He short stories have been published in magazines such as Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Cast of Wonders, as well as anthologies like Little Green Men–Attack!, Cats in Space, and Funny Science Fiction.

Cassandra Rose Clarke grew up in south Texas and currently lives in a suburb of Houston, where she writes and serves as the associate director for Writespace, a literary arts nonprofit.  She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. Her work has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her latest novel is Star’s End, out now from Saga Press.

Jessica Coyle is an educator at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Scott A. Cupp is a Texas short story writer. His work can be found at and in the anthologies The New Frontier, Razored Saddles, South From Midnight, Freak Show, and Weird Business. He reviews books and movies online at Sanford Allen’s Candy Skulls blog. He edited the World Fantasy nominated anthology Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard in 2006 with Joe R. Lansdale. His most recent stories are “Hell in a Boxcar” in Weirdbook and “The Dead Unicorn” in Skelos. He has too many books and movies to count. He lives with his wife Sandi in Alpine, Texas where he is the Audit Director for Sul Ross State University.

Rose Dimond has published several short stories, most recently in the anthology Cat Tails: War Zone. She is a graduate of Taos Toolbox, Clarion, and Viable Paradise writing workshops.

Amanda Downum is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles, published by Orbit Books, and Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of FantasyStrange Horizons, and Weird Tales. Her latest book is the collection Still So Strange (2018) from ChiZine. She lives in Austin, TX, where she can often be found dancing, climbing, or haunting absinthe bars.

Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. She’s the author of over 30 published short stories. Her debut novel, The Prey of Gods, won the 2018 Compton Crook Award for best first science fiction/fantasy/horror novel. Her next book, Tempter, will be released in August 2018.

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction, many of which can be found on

By day, Paige E. Ewing tries to convince folks that her big data software is better than their big data software. For fun, she shoots arrows at people and things. She once came up with an idea for growing food on Mars that NASA liked. She has published The Protectors illustrated superhero anthology, a novel, What is a Hero? Damson Dragon Diary 1, a collection of erotic vampire stories, Bare Throat, Naked Hunger, and a dozen short stories, including one in Space and Time Magazine, and one in Best Erotic Fantasy and Science Fiction. Currently, still working on a near future urban fantasy novel called A Spider, a Wolf and a Fairy with a Machine Gun, and its sequel, A Spider, Three Lionesses and a Demon Prince.

Mark Falkin is a writer, literary agent, and recovering music attorney.  His published novels include the literary Days of Grace and near-future suspense Contract City. His next novel, literary apocalyptic horror The Late Bloomer, will be released in October 2018. As an agent, Falkin represents fiction and nonfiction authors. He lives with his wife and family in Austin, where he reads, coaches recreational soccer, tries to find time to paddle Texas waters, and keeps a sharp eye on his daughters, snatching hugs here and there.

Brad W Foster is still a geek at heart- and in mind and body, though if pressed to act like an adult, he can fake it for a couple of minutes. While he did manage to get over his early addiction to comic books (the soaring price of which helped that out a LOT), he is still addicted to drawing, owing to having veins full of ink rather than blood. Out of the several hundred drawings he creates each year, a handful are worth showing to other people, and sometimes people like them enough to give him shiny awards, or print them in comics, or on book covers. Sometimes they even give him money for that! You can give Brad money, too, either through his Jabberwocky Graphix website, or here at the convention.

Joseph Fotinos is an actor, film and television producer, author, horror historian and collector. His horror host character, Professor Griffin, was the host of the wildly popular weekly television show, Prof. Griffin’s Midnight Shadow Show, seen throughout Texas and on national cable’s Fangoria TV. Joseph writes for Fangoria and Scary Monsters Magazine and teaches a different yearly October class at the University of Texas on horror, monsters, and terror-entertainment. His first book, The Midnight Shadow Show – Prof. Griffin Journals, was released in May 2005, by Publish America. Joseph co-hosts the popular podcast The Gentlemen Nerds. As a young man, he met and corresponded with the late, great Vincent Price.

Bill Frank was one of the first members of the International Space Center Mission Control team. He happily gave up night and weekend work to move to the Spaceflight Training Management Office where he works as a Chief Training Officer — he leads the team that creates problems for astronauts and mission controllers during training events. His voice can be heard in the movies Gravity, The Martian, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

John K Gibbons is an occasional SF author, volunteer NASA JPL speaker, hiker, and SF fan. Ask him about hiking in England!

Benjamin Gibbs is an East Texas native, who has spent time in and around whichever part of Texas you believe is “Real Texas.” He is a musician and lately has been engineering, editing, and generally being useful to the Gentlemen Nerds podcast.

C. Stuart Hardwick is a Writers of the Future winner and Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award winner who’s been published in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, and Mental Floss, among others. A southerner from South Dakota, Stuart grew up creating radio dramas and animated shorts before moving on to robots and ill-conceived flying machines. He’s worked with the creators of the video game Doom, married an aquanaut, and trained his dog to pull a sled.

Andrew Hilbert is a writer living in Austin, TX. He is the author of the novella, Death Thing, and the chapbooks Toilet Stories From Outer Space and Cat Food.

John Hornor Jacobs is an award-winning author of adult and YA fiction. His first novel, Southern Gods, was shortlisted for a Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, This Dark Earth, was published in July 2012. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy, comprised of The Twelve-Fingered BoyThe Shibboleth, and The Conformity, was published by Carolrhoda Labs in 2014-2015. The third book in his series The Incorruptibles,  Infernal Machines, was published by Gollancz in 2017. John is the co-founder of Needle: A Magazine of Noir and was its active creative director until fall 2012.

Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star state. A member of the Turkey City Writer’s Workshop, his work has appeared in Rayguns Over Texas! edited by Rick Klaw, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty’s Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column “Watching the Future” appeared in SF Signal. H also has written erotic romance under a pen name. He lives in Central Texas with the Goddess.

Jennifer Juday is the Chair of ArmadilloCon 40, and very much hopes you’ll enjoy this year’s convention. Her first ever job was at Houston Public Library, with work as assistant to the children’s librarian being a special highlight. She studied English at Rice and Information Science at the University of North Texas. She has worked in three independent bookstores, selecting new mystery and SFF titles for one of them. These days, she works in corporate training and still reads voraciously. Give her feedback on this year’s con, and we’ll work to make 2019 better!

Geek maven and optimistic curmudgeon, Rick Klaw‘s recent editorial works include The Apes of Wrath (Tachyon Publications), and Rayguns Over Texas (FACT), as well as the three Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard titles from Tachyon. He co-founded the influential Mojo Press, one of the first publishers dedicated to both graphic novels and prose books for the general bookstore market. For the past 20 years, Klaw has provided countless reviews, essays, and fiction for a variety of publications, many of which were collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century (MonkeyBrain). He lives in Austin, Texas with his patient wife, a perpetually confused dog, a pair of befuddled kittens, and an impressive collection of books. In addition to other consulting and marketing activities, Klaw currently manages and develops content for the social media presence of Tachyon Publications.

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. The Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and many others have been bestowed upon him. He has been involved in film producing, and several of his books have been filmed. The TV series Hap and Leonard, based on Joe’s characters, ran on Sundance TV. Movies based on his work include Cold In July, Bubba Ho-Tep, and Incident On And Off A Mountain Road.  Joe’s latest books include the novel Jackrabbit Smile and the collection Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors (co-written with daughter Kasey Lansdale). Forthcoming in October 2018 is collection Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. Joe lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award-winning author with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Jim Baen’s Universe, Escape Pod,, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. He’s been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate, and is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats.

Stina Leicht is a two-time Campbell Award nominee for Best New Writer and a Crawford Award finalist. Her latest novel Blackthorne, released in 2017,  follows Cold Iron. She’s also written two other Fantasy novels, Of Blood and Honey and its sequel, And Blue Skies from Pain—set in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Her feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award-winning “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue of Lightspeed Magazine. She is currently working on Persephone Station, a Feminist SF Space Opera novel.

Who & what is Bob Mahoney? Rocket scientist, house-dad (5k), novelist, middle school science/math/writing skills teacher, and ongoing medical experiment. After teaching astronauts to fly the shuttle (computers, navigation, rendezvous, prox ops, docking, & tethers) he returned to Austin to write space thrillers which landed him some freelance editing work. He’s published darn thoughtful essays in The Space Review and other venues. Originally from NJ, his passion for spaceflight brought him to TX and so enabled the rendezvous with his wife Margie (25.66 years). After his recent curative bone marrow transplant courtesy of the NIH in MD, he now delights in every step with profound gratitude as he contemplates what lies ahead in his new reality. And while he has always loved fresh-baked pretzels, his donor’s being German has NOT fostered in him any craving for beer. Danke Gott.

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer living in Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels: The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of IntrigueThe Holver Alley CrewThe Imposters of Aventil, and Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, published by DAW Books and Hugo-winning Best Editor Sheila Gilbert. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced. His next novel, The Way of the Shield, will be out in October 2018.

When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of school work when growing up. He’s the author of the Mick Oberon gangland-fantasy series, the Widdershins YA fantasy series, The Goblin Corps, and many others, with publishers such as Del Rey, Pyr Books, Wizards of the Coast, Omnium Gatherum, and Titan Books. Ari currently resides in Austin, Texas. He lives in a clutter that has a moderate amount of apartment in it, along with George—his wife—and the aforementioned cats, who probably want something.

Michael E. Marotta is a technical writer. When not documenting software, he sells magazine, newspaper, and online articles about business, technology, and culture. His work has appeared in Greater Lansing Business Monthly, The Albuquerque Business Journal, Southwest Aviator, Great Lakes Pilot News, and Midnight Engineering. He has been granted two George Heath Literary Awards by the American Numismatic Association. He currently serves in the Texas Maritime Regiment of the Texas Military Department where he edits policies, plans, and procedures. His first (of two) science fiction short stories, “Building on Mars,” appeared in Plan & Print, International Reprographic Association, Chicago, September 1987. He was paid a dollar a word. He blogs at

A. Lee Martinez is the writer of eleven traditionally published fantasy/SF novels, including Gil’s All Fright Diner, The Automatic Detective, Monster, and Divine Misfortune. His latest novel is The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. He writes Saturday morning humanism, and in his free time, accumulates too many tabletop games. His next novel, Constance Verity Saves the World, will be released in July 2018.

Emily McKay got her start writing romance novels. After ten years of writing books with babies and billionaires, Emily decided to try her hand at something different — Young Adult horror. Her Rita winning book, The Farm, launches a series set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world where teens are farmed as food and genetically mutated monsters roam the country. Later Farm series books include The Lair, The Vault, and The Before. When she’s not devising new ways to kill vampires, Emily lives in the hill country with her husband, The Geek, her two great kids, two cats and two dogs. In her spare time, she raises organic veggies and chickens and tries to hide the fact that she’s secretly prepping for the apocalypse.

Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a dystopic Earth empire. Her most recent work, Farryn’s War, explores how empaths would live together and what can happen when empaths and normal humans collide.

Karen Meschke got her start in fandom working on LoneStarCon 1, the Austin NASFic,  in 1985. Since then she’s worked extensively in Texas and international SF and mystery fandom. She’s chaired 2 ArmadilloCons, 2 ConMisterios, a SerCon, a World Science Fiction Convention (LoneStarCon 2 in San Antonio in 1997) and a World Mystery Convention (BoucherCon in Austin in 2002). She started the long-running FACT SF/F Reading Group in 1994 and is still active in the group. Karen was Fan Guest at ArmadilloCon 31.

C. J. Mills grew up in Yankee lands and has only been living in Texas since 2000 (but she was coming down for Armadillocon for years before that).  A writer by inheritance as well as inclination — her mother and her mother’s mother were both journalists; her paternal grandmother and aunt both wrote short stories –and she has six novels published (counting hardcover and paperback editions of Three Rivers as one book); Three Rivers was nominated for a best-first-novel award by the Western Writers’ Association.  NB:  She learned to write very long sentences in her German studies, which led eventually to a K-12 teaching certificate and a Certifikat Deutsch from the Goethe Institute.  She has two grown sons, who still live in Minnesota.  Her hobbies are music, vintage and foreign doll collecting, and language collecting, too — Deutsch, French, and Norwegian so far, Spanish and Swedish sitting on a shelf waiting their turns.

Jaime Lee Moyer lives in a land of cactus, cowboys, and rhinestones while dreaming of tall trees and the ocean. She writes novels about murder and betrayal, friendship, ghosts and magic. She has three published novels — Delia’s Shadow, A Barricade In Hell, and Against A Brightening Sky, all from Tor Books — a handful of published short stories, and a plethora of published poetry. She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can.

Michelle Muenzler, also known at local conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her fiction and poetry have been published in magazines such as Star*LineDaily Science Fiction, and Apex Magazine, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets. Chase her down at ArmadilloCon, where she will ply you with hundreds of home-baked cookies while gleefully describing the latest horror she’s written.

Jess Nevins has written extensively on genre fiction. His books include The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (2005), The Pulps (2012), The Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes (2013), The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (2017), The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4,000 Year History Of The Superhero (2017), Horror Needs No Passport: A History of Non-Anglophone Horror In The Twentieth Century (2018), and A Chilling Age of Horror: How Twentieth-Century Horror Fiction Changed The Genre (forthcoming, 2020). By day he is an academic librarian in Tomball, Texas.

Gloria Oliver, slave to her feline and puppy masters, lives in Texas. She’s the author of seven fantasy and YA fantasy novels with more on the way. Her latest novel is the fantasy Jewel of the Gods (2015)  from Zumaya Publications. She has a story in the Texas sf anthology Lone Star in the Sky (2017). She is a member in good standing with both EPIC and Broad Universe though has yet to work her way into the top list of Cat Slaves R Us.

Juan Manuel Pérez, born and raised in the onion fields around La Pryor, Texas, is the author of many full poetry collections, poetry chapbooks, and poetry workshop workbooks. The award-winning poet is also the 2011-2012 Poet Laureate for the San Antonio Poets Association and El Chupacabra Poet Laureate (for lifetime). Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Marine Medic with combat experience in the First Gulf War (1990-1991: Desert Storm with the 2nd Marine Division/2nd FFSG) and part of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, United States Marine Corps Relief After Hurricane Andrew during the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Operation in Homestead, Florida. Currently, the author worships his Creator, teaches history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras by the Texas Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Postscripts, Fear, Jim Baen’s Universe, Galaxy’s Edge, and several anthologies, including Rayguns Over Texas and Cross Plains Universe. His nonfiction has appeared in National Review, Reason, SF Eye, and NYRSF. He runs Lame Excuse Books ( and used to edit Nova Express. He also owns a celebrated library of Science Fiction first editions.

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything is bigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, trying to annoy her husband to distraction, and oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and crime dramas. She also just so happens to write down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head – mostly to quiet the voices that take residence there. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR, hanging out with her family and friends, and desperately working to force her love of reading on her little one. Trakena is dedicated to writing paranormal stories with multicultural characters, where race is not the main conflict. Her passion stems from being a young teen in love with paranormal fiction, but being unable to find any stories she liked with characters that looked like her. She hopes to change that reality for her son and all the other kids of color out there who love to read as much as she does!

John Purcell has been involved with the science fiction community for 45 years now. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, he moved to College Station, Texas in 2001. He is a professor of English and ESL at Blinn College in Bryan, TX, plays guitar, is a singer-songwriter, and attempts to write SF&F stories. He was the 2017 TAFF delegate to Worldcon 75 In Helsinki, Finland, and currently is the North American TAFF Administrator.

Marguerite Reed enjoys a good fight. She battled for reproductive freedom for over a decade in one of the nation’s highest-profile abortion clinics and now continues that campaign as a science fiction writer. When she isn’t writing or campaigning, she enjoys lifting weights and wearing armor. She lives just east of the 100th meridian with her husband and children. Marguerite’s short stories have appeared in Clean SheetsStrange Horizons, and Lone Star Stories. In 2015 her first novel, Archangel, was published by Arche Press, a division of Resurrection House. Currently, she is hard at work on the sequel, Legion.

Jessica Reisman’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. A three-time Michener Fellow and Clarion West graduate, she has been writing her own brand of literary science fiction and fantasy for many years. Jessica has lived in Philadelphia, parts of Florida, California, and Maine, and been employed as a house painter, blueberry raker, art house film projectionist, glass artist’s assistant, English tutor, teaching assistant, and editor, among other things. She dropped out of high school and now has a master’s degree. She makes her home in Austin, Texas, where well-groomed cats, family, and good friends grace her life with their company. Her latest book is the sf novel Substrate Phantoms, from Arche Press. Find out more at

Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly. She has authored eight novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. More info on She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

Josh Rountree’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, and Rayguns Over Texas. His short fiction collection Can’t Buy Me Faded Love is available from Wheatland Press. Josh lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife and two sons.

Patrice Sarath is an author and editor living in Austin, Texas. Her novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos (Book I of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God’s Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Patrice is the author of numerous short stories that have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales, Black Gate, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, and many others. Her short story “A Prayer for Captain La Hire” was included in Year’s Best Fantasy of 2003 compiled by David Hartwell and Katherine Cramer. Her story “Pigs and Feaches,” originally published in Apex Digest, was reprinted in 2013 in Best Tales of the Apocalypse by Permuted Press.

By day, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal; by night she writes speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, PodCastle, and Bourbon Penn. She is the current director of the ArmadillCon Writers’ Workshop, and when not otherwise occupied, is working on her first novel. You can read about her writing life at And find her on Twitter @curiousworlds.

Willie Siros discovered convention fandom in 1974. Started and chaired his first convention, Solarcon, in 1975. Moved to Austin in 1977, finding no convention he started and chaired the first four ArmadilloCons. Discovering Texas fandom was largely invisible to the country at large, partnering with Robert Taylor designed a bid for the third North American Science Fiction Convention, which succeeded and became known as LoneStarCon 1. He started selling books at conventions in 1976, eventually partnering with Scott Cupp to become Two Guys From Texas Booksellers that eventually evolved into Adventures in Crime and Space Books. With stops along the way to, partnering Ed Scarbrough and Mike Emery, edited and published a fanzine, Cambion; partnering with his sister Nina, started a small press, SW&N Press, and inflicted three short story collections upon the world by Neal Barrett, George Alec Effinger, and Gwyneth Jones.

David R. Stokes was born and raised in Austin, but now lives in Scotland where he runs a small press, Guardbridge Books. He publishes science fiction and fantasy, often with a multi-cultural or international flavor. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Astronomy, a Ph.D. in History from the University of St Andrews, and has studied a little bit of everything else in between. A real Renaissance man living 500 years after the Renaissance.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as ClarkesworldLightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters. She also created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lauren C. Teffeau was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest. When she was younger, she poked around in the back of wardrobes, tried to walk through mirrors, and always kept an eye out for secret passages, fairy rings, and messages from aliens. She was disappointed. Now, she writes to cope with her ordinary existence. Her novel Implanted will be out in August 2018 from Angry Robot.

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought epic fantasy Western trilogy (One Night in Sixes, Medicine for the Dead, and Dreams of the Eaten), an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU, and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD — Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas.

Van is the star of the Austin Public Library’s web series, The Van Show. Do you like learning new things and making new friends? Then you’ll love The Van Show! You’ll meet all kinds of new friends that write books, and find out cool stuff like what it’s like to be an author, where their ideas come from, and what is the grossest thing they can think of? More info:

Thomas M. Wagner is an SFF book reviewer best known for his site and YouTube channel SFF180. A longtime Armadillocon attendee and Austin resident, Thomas (aka Martin to his oldest friends) was also the creator of the Daily Texan comic strip Hepcats in the late 1980s. He recently relaunched his original site as, and is a judge in the annual Booktube SFF Awards.

Born in 1946 in Mississippi, Howard Waldrop came to Texas as a 4-year-old. He began selling in 1969 and hasn’t stopped yet. Fourteen of his short story collections have been published so far. His latest book is Things Will Never Be the Same: A Howard Waldrop Reader. Howard’s current projects include The Moone Worlde and The Search for Tom Purdue.

Don Webb has taught at UCLA since 2002. Has 2 new books — Building Strange Temples from Skelos Press and In Deep Dendo (poetry). Has been an A-con regular since 1989, Has had stories in Analog, Amazing, F&SF, Interzone, Weird Tales, Pulphouse, New Pathways and 40+ anthologies. Has print on demand anthologies of vampire stories (A Velvet of Vampyres), space opera (The War With the Belatrin), weird westerns (Webb’s Weird Wild West) and weird crime (Do the Weird Crime Serve the Weird Time). Is better looking than his Wikipedia photo. Former Toastmaster.

Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications in San Francisco, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson award-winning novella line, which includes original fiction by Nancy Kress, James Morrow, Brandon Sanderson, and Daryl Gregory. Weisman is co-editor of The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (with David Hartwell), The Treasury of the Fantastic (with David Sandner), and The New Voices in Fantasy (with Peter S. Beagle). His latest anthology is Invaders: 22 Stories from the Outer Limits of Literature.

Martha Wells is a science fiction and fantasy writer, whose first novel was published in 1993. Her most recent series are The Books of the Raksura for NightShade Books and The Murderbot Diaries for She has also written short stories, media tie-ins for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis, YA fantasies, and nonfiction. Her first Murderbot book, All Systems Red, won the Nebula, Locus, and Alex awards and is a current Hugo finalist.

The child of two college professors, Skyler White left high school to pursue a career in ballet. Since then, she’s worked in theater and advertising, earned a Master’s degree, appeared on reality TV, and taught creative writing. She’s co-written two books with Steven Brust, The Incrementalists and The Skill of Our Hands, and two on her own, and Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin, and is currently working on another one of each. She writes angels and scientists, demons and gamers, secret societies and sacred sex because she’s interested in the places where myth and modernity tangle. Another fascination — writers, and how their processes work and break — is developing into a web-based choose‐your‐own‐adventure game for getting unstuck called The Narrow Shed in collaboration with Write or Die wizard Jeff Printy.

Mark London Williams is the author of the current Max Random books, the Danger Boy time travel series, and the Hollywood “horror historical” GhostDance: Showdown at Carthay Circle. He’s also a journalist, covering the warp and woof of showbiz and its discontents in L.A. (where he finds himself currently based, on the madcap, troubling/fascinating edge-of-the-Pacific). He also teaches word-slinging, writes the occasional comic or play, and has some other work in the pipeline. He finds himself contemplating empty nests and very Strange Times, and trying to hike a trail or three when he can. He’s still trying to figure out what it is the coyotes and crows are attempting to tell him.

Troyce Wilson has been involved with fandom since his first Aggiecon in 1978. Along the way he has been active in the SCA, mistaken for the owner of Jurassic Park, stalked the Black Pearl off Palos Verdes, held a piece of another planet in his hands, and managed to marry noted fantasy author Martha Wells. He holds no pretensions of being able to write.

Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not ranting on her blog or making Barbie videos on YouTube. Her work has made recommended reading lists on, Tangent Online and Book Riot. It has also won three Rainbow Awards and been shortlisted for Lambda and Golden Crown Awards.

D.L. Young is a Pushcart Prize nominee, award-winning author, and founder of the Space City Critters Writers Workshop. His Dark Republic novels are futuristic thrillers set in the aftermath of a failed Texas secession. Juarez Square and Other Stories, his short fiction collection, includes the best of his previously published work.

Scott Zrubek is a fan, artist, and software developer from the Houston area. He is running this year’s ArmadilloCon Art Show.