A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Guests of Honor
Guest of Honor
(Wikipedia) (larryniven.net) Larry Niven has written fiction at every length, and speculative articles, speeches, television scripts, graphic novels, and a couple of comic book universes. His interests include science fiction conventions. role playing games, comics, filk singing, yoga, hiking, racquetball, saving civilization, and making a little money. Larry attended Cal Tech but flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines. After a summer as a gas station attendant, he applied himself at Washburn University and graduated in 1962 with a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in psychology. Larry's first published story ("The Coldest Place") appeared in Worlds of If in December 1964. His fiction has won the Hugo Award five times, the Nebula for Best Novel, the Ditmar twice, and too many other awards to list here. He met Marilyn Joyce Wisowaty at the New York Worldcon in 1967 and they married on September 6, 1969.
Music Guest of Honor
(Marian Call) Marian Call’s music has a way of getting its claws in you. Her style, aptly described as “acoustic joy jazz” by one of her fans, pairs folk and rock with classical and gospel influences. The result is an eclectic, warm, wonderfully listenable repertoire bound together by powerful songwriting and personality.Call’s compositions are half study and calculation, half improvisational instinct. The lyrics are full of triple rhymes, twists and turns. Call cites among her influences Joni Mitchell, They Might Be Giants, and Dr. Seuss; her work evokes comparisons to contemporary artists Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. Call’s songs are funny and light on their feet one moment, tragic and powerfully honest the next, and deeply grounded in the human experience.Often inspired by popular culture, she has written songs about Shark Week, reality shows, TV series like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, Jane Austen, the Mars Rover, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. “Great art inspires more art as a response. It always has,” says Call. “So I’m drawn into songs about the popular stories that resonate with our culture. I want to put my finger on why we like them, on what matters about those themes and characters right now.”Call’s live concerts are unlike any other songwriter's, and she is most often compared to other artists noted for their uniqueness and whimsy — songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Amanda Palmer. Marian Call releases music and tours under her own power without label support, and her crew of loyal fans has supported her through ten years of intensive travel and recording.
Aislinn Burrows and Carmen Bryan
Fen Guests of Honor
(SoonerCon) (Future Society of Central Oklahoma) (Facebook) Carmen Bryan and Aislinn Burrows are the nerd girl pairing of a young Gen-Xer and an old Millennial. You can tell because they both still listen to vinyl and don’t have cable. They stay pretty busy running SoonerCon in Oklahoma City and geeking out with fellow fans. Volunteering is legit fun you guys! They are also pretty deep into their Pathfinder and other RPG campaigns, so it works.Aislinn is the convention chair for SoonerCon and has been volunteering since its reboot in 2006. She holds an associate degree in diversified studies and works in marketing and public relations at Oklahoma City Community College. Her fandoms span a large cross section of SF media and she considers herself a Girl Friday type and NPR junkie. Find her on Facebook, out and about, writing sometimes, or working on con stuff with her crack team of Nerf hoarders.Carmen works in commercial retail and is SoonerCon’s AV Chair. She is one of the original seven founders of the Tornado Alley Roller Girls roller derby team, skating as Homicide #187 from 2007 to 2009. She enjoys composing electronic music in her spare time and is an avid horror fan. She hopes to catch a spaceflight in her lifetime. You can usually find her chilling and coloring somewhere.Aislinn and Carmen were married in 2013. They are proud aunties and like to get out the vote. It is their tremendous honor to be invited as Fan Guests at FenCon this year, because it’s their home-away-from-home con and one of their Horcruxes. They live with their fur family in a small house filled with books, oddities, art, warmth and joy.(Photo: JSJ Photography)
Artist Guest of Honor
(Facebook) Travis Lewis is a multi award winning artist and and illustrator working in the field of Imaginative Realism. His work's breadth includes sci-fi, fantasy and horror art in digital and oil mediums, all with an original and daring eye that transients reality and twists perceptions.He was the recipient of the Chesley Award in 2016 and has been featured in many publications including Spectrum Fantastic Art and Infected by Art. He is also a regular on the sci-fi convention circuit.
Science Guest of Honor
Marianne Dyson was one of NASA’s first female flight controllers, serving as a Flight Activities Officer during the first Space Shuttle flights, the subject of her memoir, A Passion for Space. Since leaving NASA, she has shared her passion through writing and appearances. Her children's nonfiction books have won top awards for writing and science content. She has coauthored two books with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic (including Welcome to Mars which was an NSTA Best STEM Book). She speculates about the future through articles and science fiction published most often in Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society, and Analog Science Fiction magazine. Many of her stories are reprinted in her collection, Fly Me to the Moon. Learn more via her website & free monthly Science Snacks blog: www.mDyson.com.
Special Workshop Guest
(Martha Wells) Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction. She has had stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, The Gods of Lovecraft, and Mech: Age of Steel. She has also written media tie-ins for Stargate Atlantis and most recently Star Wars: Razor's Edge. The last book in the Books of the Raksura series, The Harbors of the Sun, was released in July 2017 by Night Shade Books. All Systems Red, the first novella in her SF series The Murderbot Diaries, was released by Tor.com in May 2017 and is a nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award. The next three novellas in the series, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy, will be published in 2018.
(GriffinEd) Tim Griffin is an award-winning teacher, musician, and storyteller with four albums out and more coming. When not filking or toastmastering, he runs an educational nonprofit called GriffinEd, using music to teach science, math, history, and other subjects to grades K-8th online for free. Laugh and learn with fun, effective (really!) songs about bugs, boogers, and particle physics at www.GriffinEd.org. Tim lives in La Cañada, California with a strong woman, a boy genius, and a large tribe of animals.
Joseph Abbott is a longtime Texas filker, a sometime science writer, and the very first Fencon member (as in “oh, crap, someone’s given us money--now we have to put it on”). He currently resides in Houston.
C. Dean Andersson
(Bloodsong! Helx3) (Wikipedia) (Facebook) (Twitter) C. Dean Andersson writes horror, fantasy, and science fiction with an edge. Graham Masterton describes Dean’s writing as, "fearsome and up-front." Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the heroic Viking lore in Death Riders of Hel, Book 2 in Dean’s Norse mythos Bloodsong Saga, as "The Heavy Metal of Fantasy adventure." His I Am Dracula received a coveted Count Dracula Fan Club recommendation and was featured in Olalla, Amy Hesketh’s epic Vampire film. Dean’s novels are available from Crossroad Press.
(Lou Antonelli) (Twitter) Lou Antonelli has had 124 short stories published in 15 years in venues such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Buzzy Mag, among many others. His collections include "Fantastic Texas" (2009); "Texas & Other Planets" (2010); and "The Clock Struck None" and "Letters from Gardner", (both 2014). His alternate history "Another Girl, Another Planet", was published last year.He's the owner and editor of The Clarksville Times.
(Stately Barrett Manor) (Steamcat) (Facebook) Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, member of the Dallas Future Society board, and sells photography and art through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever else helps pay the bills. She hates the bills. Find her at Stately Barrett Manor or on Facebook.
Amongst Paul's many pastimes, a favorite is creating, finding, and
programming the sound effects for Generic Radio Workshop productions. As with
the other GRW founders, he's done so many of these shows, he's no longer sure
if this is reality, or if he's living in an episode of Dimension X. Other
hobbies are prop-building and 3D printing--he has been known to demonstrate all
the ways this can go wrong.
Bland Lemon Denton and the Lemon-Aides
Over the past twelve years, Bland Lemon Denton, "The World's Oldest (and Worst) Bluesman," has played guitar and harmonica at conventions throughout the Midwest and South. For FenCon XIV, he'll be joined by the Lemon-Aides: Caroline "Honey Badger" Spector (bass), Bob "Thumper" Yeager (percussion), David Lee "Psychobot" Anderson (guitar), and Sherri "Monkey Queen" Dean (backing vocals). They invite all y'all to come get the Blues, too.
(Facebook) Karen is a self-confessed knit-and-yarn-aholic. She spends many hours either knitting something, inventorying her stash, or fondling yarn at any shop within driving range. Interesting? Depends on your point of view. She likes to cook and enjoys reading forensic anthropology books. Occasionally at the same time. In January 2012, she got talked into taking a full-time+ job. It was really eating into her knitting time. Fortunately, she was laid off in 2015. Swan dive into the yarn stash!
Lillian Stewart Carl
(Lillian Stewart Carl) (Facebook) Lillian Stewart Carl’s work features plots based on mythology, history, and archaeology, often with paranormal aspects. She’s published twenty novels, including the Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mysteries—the most recent is The Avalon Chanter. Her twenty-five published short stories have been reprinted in two collections. With John Helfers, she was nominated for a Hugo for The Vorkosigan Companion, a retrospective on Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan books.
(Aegean Goods) (Facebook) Peri Charlifu is a full-time Colorado artist who has been selling his work professionally for over 36 years and produced over 41,000 pieces. He has won dozens of awards and is founder and guild master of the Arts and Artisans of Colorado artists guild. He works mainly in a High Density mix of Porcelain and White Stoneware. Also his design work is hand painted and carved; food, oven, and microwave safe; and he mixes all his own stains and colors.
J. Kathleen Cheney
(J. Kathleen Cheney) J. Kathleen Cheney taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, but gave it all up for a chance to write stories. Her novella "Iron Shoes" was a 2010 Nebula Award finalist. Her novel, The Golden City, was a finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards (Best First Novel). Dreaming Death (2016) is the first in a new setting, the Palace of Dreams novels, with her novels of The Horn trilogy coming out in 2017.
(Dantzel Cherry) (Facebook) (Twitter) Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, and other magazines and anthologies.
Melyssa “Lys” Childs-Wiley grew up in Western New York. She began reading at the age of four to escape watching apple trees grow, and hasn’t stopped.Lys brought home as many books as the librarian allowed. When she wandered out of the children’s section into the main room, she discovered strands of Thread falling from the sky, to be destroyed by Dragonriders. This was when Lys realized that imagination is limitless. She has been writing, acting, and roleplaying ever since.
(Facebook) (Twitter) Sherri "ConBarbie" Dean was born late AND backwards, which explains a lot. She does illustrations, stories, and editing for Yard Dog Press, recently the cover of Flush Fiction II. Sherri's latest are the weird western collection Three Aces from Satan’s Hand and the horror anthology Death Is Only Skin Deep, available online. Sherri also goes by "Monkey Queen" and The Feisty Mistress of Fear. Her new book, Weirdough, Inc, co-written with Selina Rosen, is available at Yard Dog Press.
(WordHerd) John DeLaughter is a planetologist living on a sailboat with Nimrod the cat. His work has taken him to all seven continents where he always meets the nicest people. Among the stories he’s had published is description of money in Hell (in Strange Economics). Right now, John is working with Mel. White on new Duncan & Mallory stories; their latest, Weredragon’s Dare is available on Amazon.
(Charlayne Denney) (Facebook) (Twitter) (Goodreads) Given Charlayne's habit of checking people for fangs and living in the dark, she discovered her own vampires and Lilly, Marcus, and the rest of the gang living in the Fangs & Halos series she writes. When not hanging with vampires, she is a WoW gnome mage, Rubyrose. She's the crazy lady in the wheelchair with the Werepup. She found her husband, Bruce, through a want-ad in the program book for ConTroll 93. She's done conventions in Texas since 1979.
Chris Donahue is an electrical engineer living in the Dallas area with his wife and fellow-author, Linda. A former member of a Joe Bob Briggs' Drive In Review committee, he served the public by counting rolling heads, types of Fu, and exposed breasts in committee films. Outside of that, he has been a Navy Avionics tech, brewer, and writes sci-fi, military fiction, horror, humor, and combinations of those themes.
Linda L. Donahue
(Linda L. Donahue) Linda has degrees in computer science, Russian studies, Earth science education, and electrical engineering. Additionally, she teaches tai chi and belly dancing, can borrow moon rock samples, and is a certified commercial instrument pilot, advanced ground instructor, and SCUBA diver. Her latest short stories have appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #25 and Chicks and Balances. Her novel, Jaguar Moon, is available from Yard Dog Press. She lives with her husband and pet rabbits, sugar gliders, and cats in Garland, Texas.
Carole Nelson Douglas
(Carole Nelson Douglas) Vegas feline Sam Spade, Midnight Louie, finished his 28-book series.
His new series features urban fantasy heroine Delilah Street, in Absinthe
Without Leave Oct. 30, 2018. Next: Carole reissues her Probe SF thrillers
and bestselling Irissa/Kendric high fantasies. Carole also designs book covers
and rescues cats in Fort Worth.
(Rhonda Eudaly) Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She's married with dogs and a rapidly growing Minion© army. Her two passions are writing and music, which is evident in her increasing horde of writing instruments. Rhonda has a well-rounded publication history in fiction, non-fiction, and script writing. Check out her website for her latest publications and downloads(Photo by Bobby Hitt)
(Sara Felix) Sara Felix is a Texas conrunner and artist living in Austin. She started working on conventions after working with Willie Siros at the Science Fiction and Mystery bookstore Adventures in Crime and Space. Since then she has worked many different sized conventions from ArmadilloCon, World Fantasy to WorldCons. While wearing her artist hat she makes jewelry and small clay robot sculptures that she sells at art shows. Always a fan of clay she was featured on Crafters Coast to Coast on HGTV a number of years ago where she crafted a flying pig.
Michael Ashleigh Finn
(LiveJournal) (The Gentlemen Nerds) (The Lobot Lounge) (Dirty Magick: LA) (Amazon) Mickey is 1/4 of the The Gentlemen Nerds podcast, as well as the editor and accidental co-producer. He is short story author expanding into novels, and a thematic consultant for Dynamite Entertainment on Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.His latest Wormwood story, "All the Pretty Little Horses," is available in the anthology Dirty Magick: New Orleans (Lucky Mojo Press).
(Melanie Fletcher) Melanie Fletcher likes to write, preferably for money. Her most recent publications include “The Groom Wore Wings” (Debris and Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok, Story Spring Publishing LLC) and “Lost in Whitby” (A Lone Star in the Sky: A Future Classics Anthology, Volume Two, Belaurient Press). When not writing humorous short SF, she’s writing SF and fantasy romance as Nicola Cameron. Or herding cats. Or designing covers. Let’s just say that she does a lot of stuff.
(Monalisa Foster) (Facebook) (Amazon) Monalisa won life’s lottery when she escaped communism and became an unhyphenated American citizen. Despite her degree in physics, she’s worked in engineering and medicine. Her primary genre is space opera with a bit, or a lot of, romance. Her latest short story, “Cooper” is available now in To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity. Upcoming publications including “Dominion,” a short story set in her space opera universe (Fiction River’s anthology, Face the Strange), will be announced on her website and via Facebook.
Karl K. Gallagher is a systems engineer, currently performing data analysis for a major aerospace company. In the past he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up, operated satellites as a USAF officer, and selected orbits for government and commercial satellites. His novels Torchship and Torchship Pilot are working-class hard SF adventures, available on Amazon and Audible. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family.
Generic Radio Workshop
(Generic Radio Workshop) Generic Radio Workshop has been around longer than the Golden Age of Radio lasted -- a little over thirty years. They started with the Texas Broadcast Museum and have performed at festivals, conventions, and yes, on the radio. They use as much vintage equipment as possible for that "old time radio" feel. Plus, many of their sound effects devices are hand-built, following period designs. While they've made a few concessions to modern technology, their core practices follow radio's Golden Age.
Jan S. Gephardt
Paper Sculpture) (Facebook)
Jan S. Gephardt is a Kansas City-based writer, artist, and longtime
science fiction fan. Her science fiction novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” focuses on a super-smart bio-engineered
police dog building a life for himself and his Packmates on a space station,
solving crimes and sniffing out bad guys. Watch for it later this year. Check
out her award-winning fantasy paper sculpture in the Art Show. An active SF fan
since 1981, this is her first FenCon.
C. Stuart Hardwick
(C Stuart Hardwick) (Twitter) (Facebook) C. Stuart Hardwick has won Writers of the Future and the Jim Baen Award, and is a regular in Analog Science Fiction & Fact. He leans toward hard scifi, but also writes YA & fantasy, and has been called “Bradbury meets Heinlein, with the poetry of Ursula K. Le Guin.” He’s built ill-conceived flying machines, married an aquanaut, and has been known to wear a cape. Check out his website for free sample stories.
(KHP at GooglePages) Born in Texas, but educated on both coasts, Hutson did time as a DoD contractor and now slings education at 6th graders. Hutson has been the LETS (Law Enforcement Teaching Students) liaison, a Krav Maga student and instructor, and a Texas Defensive Shooters club member. So far these facts remain mutually exclusive. Occasionally Hutson writes fiction instead of grading papers: "An Undercover Haunting" appears in the Strange Afterlives anthology, and the novella Bound by Ink is available at Amazon.
(Lee Killough) (Coffee Shop Writers) Lee Killough became hooked on SF, fantasy, and Mysteries at age eleven. The result: her novels usually combine genres...SF/mystery, mystery/supernatural/urban fantasy. She shares her lakeside home with a Schnauzer and walls of books. Her older books are republishing as e-books, revised and updated since science has overrun the 70's fictional science. They are available at Amazon and other e-book sites. Also see her original space opera Ancient Enemy and its new cover at the Yard Dog Press table.
(William Ledbetter) William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author, with fiction
published in Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,
Asimov's, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Yard Dog Press, and
many others. He is an unapologetic space geek and runs the annual Jim
Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National
Space Society. The audio version of his science fiction thriller novel
"Level Five" will be available in July from Audible Originals.
Steve Liptak is a retired pilot who has been involved in fantasy/SciFi and costuming for over 30 years. He has earned costume awards from DragonCon, AllCon, and Fencon. Over the last few years he has lectured on prop fabrication at conventions such as AKon, SoonerCon, and FenCon. He enjoys working in metal, leather, and plastics, and uses a kit-built 3D printer to speed prototyping. His last few projects have been lathed metal sonic screwdrivers, featured at Tardisbuilders.com in the UK.
Julia S. Mandala
(Julia S. Mandala) Julia S. Mandala holds a BA in history from Kansas State University and a JD in law from Tulane University. In addition to being editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press, she is a scuba diver and belly dancer. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband Larry and two very demanding, but adorable cats. She is best known as a co-author of the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series.
Marshall Ryan Maresca
(Marshall Ryan Maresca) Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, as well as a playwright, living in South 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 Intrigue, The Holver Alley Crew, and the upcoming The Imposters of Aventil. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Clifford R. McMurray (AKA “Kip”) is a space advocate, writer, singer, and science fiction devotee with extensive knowledge of the politics, history, and current progress of space exploration. A former National Space Society vice-president and Board of Directors member, he yearly publishes at least four space-related articles. Cliff attended both the first and last space shuttle launches, as well the last Apollo launch, and in the evenings can be found telling jokes at parties or singing along at a filk.
Filker Margaret Middleton is retired from 25 years of “designing piles of dirt and holes in the ground” for the Arkansas Highway Department. She now lives in Starkville MS, where she roots for the Mississippi State Bulldogs except when they play either the Arkansas Razorbacks or the Texas A&M Aggies. In between sporting events and science fiction conventions, she quilts and collects songs about aviation and the space program.
Tim Morgan is an award-winning professional futurist, with a Masters degree in Foresight from the University of Houston. Tim is currently Director of Strategic Foresight at the North Texas Foresight Institute. Prior to his work in foresight, he worked in I.T. & Engineering for over 25 years across several industries: Defense, Energy, Transportation, and Supply Chain. Tim is also a past President of the Dallas Future Society two-time conchair of FenCon, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists
(Michelle Muenzler) (Facebook) 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*Line, Daily Science Fiction, and Apex Magazine, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.
(Ethan Nahté) (Facebook) (Live ‘N’ Loud) Ethan Nahté is an author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, musician, and has several years of experience working in TV/Film/Radio. Obviously, he can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up. He has over two-dozen published stories and poems spanning speculative fiction, historical fiction, comedy, pulp, and young adult. He has recently published two story collections: Of Monsters & Madmen and The Undead Ate My Head, plus the novellas The Savage Caged and Wings of Mercury.
S. Kay Nash
S. Kay Nash is an editor, writer and bibliophile. She is an
associate editor for Escape Pod, the Hugo Award nominated
audio magazine, and co-edited the Artemis Rising event in
2018. She edits novels and anthologies for a small-press publisher and works
directly with independent authors. Her recent short fiction appears in Road
Kill 2: Texas Horror by Texas Writers. She's a member of the
Editorial Freelancers Association and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers
(Vintage Fashion Explained) (Victorian Smoking Caps) Kathleen M. O'Brien began sewing at age 4, learning traditional techniques from her mother and grandmother. She collects and studies vintage clothing to decipher mysteries of drape and fit found in previous eras. Her costumes include both original designs and reproductions, utilizing many historical techniques. She enjoys sharing both these skills and her collection with others and has published her first e-book Victorian Smoking Caps. Check out her website at Vintage Fashion Explained.Photo ©2012, Carol Schiraldi
(Gloria Oliver) Expert party wallflower, Gloria loves manga and anime. Movies, too. Darn right. Books, oh yeah.Her 8th novel Alien Redemption will see publication in 2019 from Zumaya Publications. For sample chapters and more, please visit her website.
(Films) Stephen Patrick believes that Texas is the perfect state for writers and aspires to be part of the rich history of Texas storytellers including those included in Road Kill: Texas Horror By Texas Writers, Vol 1 and 2. Drawing from the diverse literary palette that ranges from the panhandle to the coast, the desert to the big city, and every genre in between, he never tires of telling or hearing stories from his home state.
(Event Horizon EBooks) (Facebook) Teresa Patterson’s work includes, The World of Shannara with Terry Brooks, The World of the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan, No Quarter with Robert Asprin, Combat Corpsman with Navy SEAL Greg McPartlin, numerous short stories, and humorous history essays. Her newest work, with Navy SEAL Craig Marley, is No Lifeguard on Duty. When not writing she works as a balloon sculptor, kayak instructor, show horse trainer, and managing The Armory at DragonCon. She also loves to sing and entertain.
Alan J. Porter
(Alan J. Porter) (Twitter) Writer, and award-winning editor, Alan J. Porter, has written adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Houdini, and private eye Rick Ruby; as well as his own New Pulp adventurers, The Raven and The Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, The Beatles, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino.
Trakena Prevost is from the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger. She spends time running after her young son, trying to annoy her husband to distraction, and being completely obsessed with reading. She also happens to write the fantastic stories in her head--mostly to quiet the voices there. When not writing, Trakena works in HR and spends time with family.
Darwin Prophet brings "Literary Rock" to sci-fi cons, clubs, and steampunk events, paying homage to her muses from Oscar Wilde to Doctor Who, Firefly to King Arthur. A veteran recording artist, published songwriter and traveling bard, Darwin is currently writing a WW1 musical drama, SHELL, recording, and teaching voice in the Dallas Metro.
(Dusty Rainbolt) Dusty Rainbolt swears she was raised by aliens after being abandoned on Earth by grays who abhorred the TransGalactic School System. She’s the author of the new Yard Dog Press paranormal mystery, Death Under the Crescent Moon, and coauthor of The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series. Like to shop online? She’s the editor-in-chief of AdoptAShelter.com, a free shop-to-donate website that benefits animal charities. She’s written numerous books and thousands of articles on cat care, behavior, and animal hauntings.
Ravenar (Amora, Linda Donahue, and Julia Mandala) performs traditional and SF/Fantasy-themed belly dance. They have appeared at several World Cons and at regional conventions in the Midwest and South.
M. T. Reiten
(M. T. Reiten) (Facebook) M. T. Reiten has been absent from FenCon for a number of years, but is happy to be back. He is a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, practices aidkido, and lives in New Mexico with his beautiful wife and daughter. He is a Writers of the Future winner and has published short stories with Yard Dog Press, World Weaver Press, and in S.M. Stirling's Change anthology. His latest story is "The Post-Apocalyptic Tourist Guide: Santa Fe and Los Alamos."
(Rob Rogers) Rob’s first novel, Devil's Cape, a superhero thriller set in Louisiana, was a Pop Matters pick and HeroPress book of the year. Rob’s stories have appeared in Comets and Criminals magazine and the anthologies The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Triumph Over Tragedy, and This Mutant Life, plus an upcoming Pro Se Productions anthology. Rob lives in Richardson, Texas, where he writes about superheroes, pirates, aliens, mad cultists, dragons, interdimensional rifts, carnival freaks, and cowboys, often in the same stories.
(Selina Rosen) (Yard Dog Press) (Castle Farms) (Facebook) Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies including Bubbas of the Apocalypse. She is married, owns a small farm, and has kids and grandkids. She is a carpenter, a rock mason, a sword fighter, and an all-around swell gal.
(National Space Society of North Texas) (Facebook) A Trekkie and a former Aerospace Engineering student, Ken served a
two-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Space Society (NSS)
after having served five years as chapter president of the award-winning NSS of
North Texas (NSS-NT). Ken has been the VP of NSS-NT since 2016. Across the DFW
Metroplex, Ken gives presentations to inform and inspire the public about
"the latest and greatest information in space travel and space
(Patrice Sarath) (Facebook) (Twitter) Patrice Sarath is the author of The Sisters Mederos, Book One of The
Tales of Port Saint Frey. Her novels include the fantasy series Gordath
Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl, and the Jane
Austen-inspired romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Her short stories
have appeared in Weird Tales, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and
many other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Austin, Texas, with
(Brad Sinor) (Facebook) (LiveJournal) Bradley H. Sinor has written many short stories, published in a variety of anthologies, and three short story collections. His Holmsian collection The Game’s Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Miscellany, published by Pro Se Productions, is available on Amazon. He also has a new joint collection with his wife, Sue Sinor, called Of Two Minds, published by YardDog Press. He lives in Tulsa, OK.
(Facebook) Sue Sinor started writing at the urging of her husband, Brad. She has solo stories, as-well-as several collaborations with Brad, in Yard Dog Press publications. They have collaborative stories in Grantville Gazette IV and the antho Rotten Relations. She and Brad also have a joint collection, Of Two Minds, from Yard Dog Press. They live in Tulsa, OK.
(Amy Sisson) (LibraryThing) Amy Sisson is a writer, reviewer, librarian, Trekkie, and crazy cat lady. Her recent short story publications include "Places We Call Home" in Perihelion and "Jackpot Time" in Devilfish Review.
(Seth Skorkowsky) (Facebook) (YouTube) Raised in the swamps and pine forests of East Texas, Seth Skorkowsky gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor. He has published four Urban Fantasy novels with his Valducan series, and two pulpy Sword and Sorcery collections. He's a two-time Audie Award finalist and an active YouTube creator. When not writing, Seth enjoys cheesy movies, tabletop role-playing games, and traveling the world with his wife.
Libby A. Smith
Libby A. Smith is a frequent contributor to 4starstories. Other works have appeared in the anthology Avast, Ye Airships, several Caliber Comics, Atomic Mouse, and in other publications. An adaptation of The Story of the Rainbow Bridge was adapted into counted cross stitch by Sue Hillis. Libby lives in Central Arkansas with three fat and sassy cats. She also acts on stage and in films, including The Hanging of David O Dodd which aired on the Arkansas PBS station.
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
(Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam) (Short Story Review) (Twitter) Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, 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.
(Kathryn Sullivan) (Facebook) Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. Any
place and any object is at risk of appearing in her stories -- the river
bluffs surrounding Winona, MN, where she lives, can become the windswept
cliffs of an alien planet
or the deep mysterious woods of a fantasy tale. She is owned by a large
cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals, as
well as birdlike aliens.
(Shanna Swendson) (Wikipedia) Shanna Swendson is best known as the author of the Enchanted, Inc. series from Ballantine Books, the YA steampunk fantasy Rebel Mechanics, and a variety of geeky pop-culture essays published by BenBella Books. She can occasionally be lured out of her writing cave by movies, promises of Doctor Who episodes, conventions, or new books calling to her from the library or bookstore. Or tea or chocolate (or tea and chocolate, but not chocolate tea).
(Mel Tatum) (Benefit CD for Parkinson's Research) Mel writes songs, short stories, essays, and assorted academic articles. Her short stories can be found in Yard Dog Press anthologies and her songs online, in filk circles, and on the CATH Benefit CD. For those desperately seeking an insomnia cure, her academic articles are also available online.
Dennis Donigan, James Harbich, and Chuck Hall were all part of a group that played guitars and sang at nursing homes. Dene Foye, a Celtic singer, started playing Irish music with Dennis, who talked him into performing with them. The nursing home loved what they did...so the Fogeys were born. Eclectic, they have played Christmas, folk, pop, rock, blues, patriotic, country music, & now FILK!!!
(The Tex Files) (Children of the Drought) (DFW Writers Conference) (WORD) 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, an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU, and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas.
Kathy Turski writes the way she looks--short and funny. She’s published in Flush Fiction, A Bubba in Time Saves None, and The Anthology From Hell with Yard Dog Press, and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. Her humor essay, "My Inner Fat Girl", is in You & Me Magazine.Kathy lives in North Texas with her husband. She clerks for a local library and loves old movies, baking, and coming up with weird story ideas--mainly fueled with caffeine and chocolate.
(Facebook) (Twitter) Known to her kids as "Indiana Mom", Mel. has gone back to school to become "Dr. Indiana Mom." She still works on fossils for the Museum of Nature and Science, and is now a volunteer educator at Trinity River Audubon Center as well as a Texas Master Naturalist. She's also a proud member of the Yard Dog Press gang, with a story in A Bubba in Time Saves None.
Ben Yalow’s very first convention he attended as a fan was Lunacon in 1971, followed later that year by his first Worldcon, Noreascon (He hasn’t missed a Worldcon since). Ben is a co-founder of SMOFcon, the annual convention on how to run a convention, and was the recipient of fandom's highest award, the 2015 Forest J. Ackerman Big Heart Award.