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Complete Guest List for InConJunction XXXVII


Mercedes Lackey
Author Guest of Honor
Author of more than twenty book series and countless short stories, Falconer, wildlife rehabilitator and more.

Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music. "I'm a storyteller; that's what I see as 'my job.' My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that's why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of 'story pill' -- they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief news bringers. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not. "I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can't 'not' write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL ['There ain't no such thing as free lunch', credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the 'evil magicians,' something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes. "I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water: "There's no such thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good -- they're the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race."

For additional information, please refer to Mercedes Lackey's Web Page.


Shonna Bedford
Media Guest of Honor
Shonna Bedford is an avid actress, singer/songwriter, screenwriter, director and producer. As she says, "Never stop taking a step, walk on and grasp your dreams, only then you will succeed!"

Shonna Bedford

Shonna Bedford is originally from Indianapolis, IN. She was surrounded by a creative family that included authors, songwriters, singers and musicians. She began singing and writing early on in her preteen years and finally began copyrighting her material 20 years ago. She plays guitar and has passed the instrumental gene to her son, whom is her professional drummer. She released her single RAIN in September of 2015 followed by the award winning music video RAIN released in January 2016. Shonna is putting the final touches on her album Walk with Me (including her single Darkness) which is projected to be released February 2017. She is an author and has released her book Skeletons on Amazon as well as recently completing her short script "Loved One", which she will be directing and producing slated to film February in Florida. She is also the CEO and founder of Take the Step Productions, LLC located in sunny Florida. Shonna recently completed her portrayal of LYTE in the highly anticipated sci-fi film Submerge: Echo 51, where she plays an alien left on a planet alone for 100 years! She will also be filming Submerge: Episode IV continuing her portrayal of LYTE in 2017. She is an avid actress, singer/songwriter, screenwriter, director and producer. As she says, "Never stop taking a step, walk on and grasp your dreams, only then you will succeed!"

For additional information, please refer to Shonna Bedford's Web Page.


Larry Dixon
Artist Guest of Honor
Larry Dixon is a respected, funny, friendly and completely approachable guy with a diverse and adventurous history. He is a "Player Character," as he puts it, whose life seems like fiction---but he is completely for real.

Larry Dixon

An accomplished artist, Larry Dixon is a respected, funny, friendly and completely approachable guy with a diverse and adventurous history. He is a "Player Character," as he puts it, whose life seems like fiction---but he is completely for real. Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts during High School, and then at the Savannah College of Art and Design, his story work became as popular as his artwork. He has been an uncredited co-plotter or co-writer for many popular properties, bringing jovial and energetic approaches to collaborative work. Many cover-credited novels have followed, too, including the ever-popular Gryphon series, the Winds, Storms, SERRAted Edge, and Owl books with the mighty Mercedes (Misty) Lackey. BORN TO RUN has been hailed as a "romp with a conscience," and THE BLACK GRYPHON has been critically referred to as "A modern classic," and is in its nineteenth printing. As a birds-of-prey rehabilitation specialist, he and his wife Misty have gotten over four hundred hawks, owls, falcons and corbies back into the wild from their home-based facilities in Oklahoma. Additionally, Larry is an accomplished race car driver, storm-spotter, volunteer firefighter, world traveler, aviculturist, show host, occasional movie consultant/special effects man, model maker and internet veteran. His biggest movie contribution thus far---though still very minor, he says---is as the Great Eagles advisor for Peter Jackson's Lord Of the Rings films.

For additional information, please refer to Larry Dixon's Web Page.


Kimberly Richey
Science Guest of Honor
Stand back, Kimberly is going to do SCIENCE!!!

Stand back, Kimberly is going to do SCIENCE!!! For over ten years Kimberly has worked in the agroscience industry testing samples ensuring the regulatory compliance of genetically modified crops. She has worked with multiple nations to achieve the high safety standards required of GMO products. Kimberly serves as a Science Ambassador; working to bring science to local communities with hands on workshops for students ranging from kindergarten through college. She mentors parents and students concerning educational options to help students make informed choices concerning their future with STEM. The Science Ambassadors consulted with the Indianapolis Children%u2019s Museum concerning the redesign of the Science Zone. When not adulting, Kimberly enjoys wearing fun socks and riding her bicycle around town. She is the co-founder of the Darby Dog Rescue Center, giving a loving forever home to well-worn, but still adorable, plush animals. Kim has been attending InCon since 2005 and has since become a costumer, building and wearing giant creature suits,such as the fondly remembered PEACHES!!!.


Marc Gunn
Music Guest of Honor
Marc was nicknamed "The Celtfather" because he pushes the limits of Celtic music online.

Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn plays Celtic Geek music. It's rhythm & folk Celtic music on the autoharp. He fuses traditional Irish and Scottish songs with a comedic twist. With over 20 solo albums released since 2004, you can hear his love of Ireland, Scotland, science fiction conventions, Renaissance festivals, fantasy, comedy, dragons, and cats all in his music.

For additional information, please refer to Marc Gunn's Web Page.


TammyJo Eckhart
Featured Guest
Mistress of Edgy Fiction for the Mature and Discriminating Reader

TammyJo Eckhart is a regular at Inconjunction bringing her fan love of TV, Movies, and Books as well as her experience as an author, educator, and former activist. 12 of her books have been published, both fiction and non-fiction. She has also been part of eight fiction and non-fiction anthologies as well as published in some magazines and journals. You can find out more about her at http://tammyjoeckhart.com/

For additional information, please refer to TammyJo Eckhart's Web Page.


Bishop Stevens
Featured Guest
The Raz

Bishop Stevens is a former WCW pro-wrestler who turned actor in 2013. Bishop became a pro wrestler and trained with the legendary Harley Race and signed with World Championship Wrestling which was later purchased by the WWF (now the WWE). While training at the WWE training center in Memphis Tn and Lousiville Ky he worked with other wrestlers who have turned actor such as Kurt Angle and The Rock. . Bishop started his acting career with small roles on such TV shows like NBC's Crisis and NBC's Chicago PD, before landing a recurring role Fox's hit show EMPIRE as one of the main Security Officers inside the Empire offices, where he would be side by side in scenes with the shows main stars Taraji Henson , Terrence Howard and the shows special guest. Since his role on Empire Bishop has moved into feature films working along side some of Hollywood's most well known actors including Lobo Sebastian, Victor Garber, Danny Glover and Raymond Berry and even had the pleasure to work with Walking Dead Stars Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun.


Keith R. A. DeCandido
Toastmaster
Best known for his Star Trek fiction as well as Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Supernatural and much more.

Keith R.A. DeCandido has written for more than two dozen different licensed universes, including Star Trek (dozens of pieces of fiction, most recently The Klingon Art of War), Stargate SG-1 (the new novel Kali's Wrath and a short story in Far Horizons), Firefly (the novelization of Serenity and an adventure for the Firefly RPG), Farscape (the "fifth-season" comics published from 2008-2011, written with series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon), Heroes Reborn (Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World), Sleepy Hollow (Children of the Revolution), Supernatural (Nevermore, Bone Key, and Heart of the Dragon), World of Warcraft (Cycle of Hatred), Doctor Who (short stories in Decalog 3: Consequences and Destination Prague), The X-Files (a short story in Trust No One), Marvel Comics (two Spider-Man novels, a bunch of short stories, and the Tales of Asgard trilogy starring Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three), and tons more. His original work includes the "Precinct" series of fantasy police procedurals, starting with Dragon Precinct in 2004 and continuing through half a dozen books and short stories; a cycle of urban fantasy short stories taking place in Key West that have appeared in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav Weirdness Magnet, Out of Tune, Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental, Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Buzzy Mag, and Story of the Month Club; the Super City Police Department stories and novels (The Case of the Claw and stories in With Great Power and The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, with more to come); and an upcoming series of urban fantasy novels based in New York City featuring a monster hunter named Bram Gold. In 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. He has been doing rewatches of shows in the Star Trek and Stargate franchises for Tor.com since 2011, as well as the 1966 Batman. Keith is also a freelance editor, a second-degree black belt in karate, a veteran podcaster, a member of the Liars Club, an avid baseball fan, and probably some other stuff that he can't remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net.

For additional information, please refer to Keith R. A. DeCandido's Web Page.

 


Also Appearing


E Susan Baugh
Susan is a librarian, reader, and writer.

Susan Baugh is a Librarian (you never really retire if you are a librarian), writer, and a reader. She likes to garden, read, watch television & movies, surf the Internet, play with her grandchildren, and travel. Susan broke several bones in her left arm (fell off a Segway 4 years ago), she has had to give up riding a two wheeled bicycle, roller skating, and riding Segways. After her fall, she has become something of an expert on how to accommodate temporary physical handicaps while still remaining active and able to enjoy cons.


Kit Bradley
Author of more than twenty book series and countless short stories, Falconer, wildlife rehabilitator and more.

Kit Bradley rose from the primordial ooze of Ohio, where he became a warrior-poet crushing his enemies with his withering prose stylings. He is the author of the Lord Goblin series of novels and is working on more as we speak. He lives in the biggest city in America whose name starts with the letter X, and he has an A-Number-1 kitty, a mutant cat with claws like Wolverine, a cat who is also a bug, and a demi-cat. His wife is very tolerant of his quirks - which are numerous - for which Kit is eternally grateful. He also likes reading, riding funny-shaped bicycles, martial arts, and lifting heavy pieces of iron and setting them down again.

For additional information, please refer to Kit Bradley's Web Page.


Dr Catherine Callaghan
Linguist and author of a book of happy vampires, "Belleporte".

Dr. Catherine Callaghan is a professor of linguistics at The Ohio State University. She is the author of "Other Worlds: Poems on Prints by MC Escher" (a book of poetry published by an actual publisher, not a vanity press), "Proto-Utian Grammar and Dictionary with Notes on Yokuts" (a weighty tome), and her latest: "Belleporte", a vampire novel in a university setting.


Brendan Detzner
Writer of horror, fantasy, and other odd stuff.

Brendan Detzner writes in a big messy pile of different genres and formats. His work is sometimes funny, sometimes scary, and usually very strange. He lives in Forest Park, IL and runs the Bad Grammar Theater reading series in Chicago. He can be contacted at brendandetzner@yahoo.com.

For additional information, please refer to Brendan Detzner's Web Page.


Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, dreamer, science fiction author, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won't talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com.

For additional information, please refer to Zen DiPietro's Web Page.


Matt Dodds

FundipYoshi has been doing panels at cons for almost 2 years. He is mainly an animal cosplayer. He really enjoys film making and things to that nature, as he has a Bachelor's degree in video. He is also a low-key YouTuber, as he have about 300 subscribers.

For additional information, please refer to Matt Dodds's Web Page.


Mark Dooley
"Things to do... and people to do them to."

Mark C. Dooley is "De Boss" of the Whoosier Network, Indiana's Doctor Who and Sci-Fi Connection, a position he has filled for nearly 25 years. He will be stepping down as the head of Who-Net following this year's InConJunction to dedicate himself to a flurry of new projects. He will, however, continue on as editor/publisher of the club's newsletter the Gallifreyan Gazette, as well as representing the club at various conventions, including InConJunction.

For additional information, please refer to Mark Dooley's Web Page.


Barbara Doran
New Pulp writer with ambitions

Barbara is a writer of SF, Fantasy and Mystery. Her first published work is a pulp titled, "Claws of the Golden Dragon" with Airship 27. Its prequel, "Wings of the Golden Dragon" was released last year. She's a military brat who has spent much of her life moving from base to base. Thanks to her father, she was infected with a love of reading from an early age. It was he who introduced her to S.J. Perelman and P.G. Wodehouse, as well as Heinlein and Asimov. She take full blame for her adoration of Fantasy, however. Reading, for some, inevitably leads to writing. In her case she started that early as well and blushes to remember some of the horrors inflicted on those poor defenseless pieces of paper. There've been many of them and more each year. She likes to think they've improved since then. Barbara has been writing mainstream Fantasy for the most part, but pulp titles like "The Shadow" and "Doc Savage" were among her early influences. She's also come to adore "The Green Hornet" TV series, in part because of Bruce Lee and in part because it was ahead of its time when it came to how it treated minorities. She has two sons, both teenagers, a husband and a dog. There's also a cat who thinks she belong to her, but she's still arguing that point. Her age is old enough and continues to increase daily. When not chasing the teenagers, husband or dog about on their appointed rounds, she's generally writing. Barbara can be reached for comment at BarbaraDoran@sumergoscriptum.com.

For additional information, please refer to Barbara Doran's Web Page.


Heather Drinkwater

Heather Drinkwater is a newly minted NASA volunteer Solar System Ambassador informing the public on NASA plans, projects, and discoveries.


Laura Edwards
Laura Edwards is a bookworm, associate editor and overall language nerd.

Laura Edwards is a bookworm, associate editor and overall language nerd.


Rachel Frend
Blogger, Cosplayer, Podcaster and overall fangirl

Rachel has been a geek for as long as she could remember, from watching Disney animated movies on VHS, to recreating the fight scenes from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the back yard. More recently, she's turned her love of fandom into blogging, cosplaying and podcasting. She now is one of the hosts and the producer of the Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast, an all female driven show about all things geek and pop culture.

For additional information, please refer to Rachel Frend's Web Page.


Katie Grause
Nerd, geek, and dork; too old to be a schoolgirl, too young to be a Golden Girl.

A geek of many fandoms, Katie enjoys aspects of many genres - from comics, sci-fi, and anime to gaming, costuming, and the internet. She is also currently the female half of a band, Fate Pies, and writes for Fangirlish in her free time. This is her eleventh InConJunction and looks forward to many more.


Joe Greene
Boot em up and Take em down!

InconJunction XXXVII ConChair, 'Tactical Tank Admiral' of MystBrigade Starship Bridge Simulations, Networking and Linux Administrator, Gryphon fan.

For additional information, please refer to Joe Greene's Web Page.


Ronald Hawkins
A longtime journalist and frequent InConjunction - panelist and presenter, Ronald Hawkins has recently created the www.RDHGreatStories.com

A longtime journalist and frequent InConjunction - panelist and presenter, Ronald Hawkins has recently created the www.RDHGreatStories.com website with a focus on storytelling, via print, Internet, video and live interaction. He recently retired from the Hoosier Times/Schurz Communications after a decade there following decades of other achievements at other media outlets.

For additional information, please refer to Ronald Hawkins's Web Page.


Melissa Kocias
Event planner by day, superhero by night, time traveler extraordinaire

Jill of all trades and master of some, Melissa likes to dance, play with swords, and shoot arrows. She will always use the Serial Comma. She wrangles academics for a living, and herds geeks in her spare time. She has more books than bookshelf space, and for fun she likes to write speculative fiction, learn foreign languages, and knit knerdy things. She adopted an AT-AT named Pickles, and may have a minor addiction to antique silver tea services.


Flint Mitchell
To sum it all up: I like to make things, whether they be robots, books, websites or videos.

A regular at SF conventions as a dealer for decades, until illness sidetracked him; but now more than ready to get back into the swing of things. Editor, LISFAN fanzine, 1981-1990 Editor/writer "You Can Build the Lost in Space Robot" book 1996 Editor/writer "the Lost in Space Encyclopedia 1-3, 2011 to present Creator/owner Science Fiction and Beer Roku channel 2016 to present Filmmaker: "Why Are They Here? What Do They Want?" 2016 robot builder (two so far) 2016 to present

For additional information, please refer to Flint Mitchell's Web Page.


Mickey Moore

Indiana native gamer, musician, and super hero fanboy Mickey Moore has been an InConjunction regular for over 20 years. He is a music engineer and guitar instructor who enjoys playing with his band Fate Pies. You will be lucky to see him without a card game, his ukulele, or both. He will be lucky to see you at the Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Bob Richey
Costumer/tinkerer specializing in the large, impractical, and awesome.

An InConJunction attendee since 2005, Bob Richey is involved in costuming and creating Huge creatures using cheap and simple materials. He has been a participant in the InConJunction Art Show since 2012 with fantasy and science fiction themed woodwork.


Craig Smith
Experienced Science Fiction Author Craig Smith

Craig Smith has a MA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. He has published two science fiction novels, Journey Into the Dark Realm 2016 (Space Opera) and Clover an Post- Apocalyptic Tale 2017 (Post Apocalyptic) with three more books planned for the series. He has over forty years of reading, writing science fiction with a passion for the genre. Mr. Smith has taught various writing workshops in Character Creation, World Building, Expectations of the Genre and other such workshops. He writes a blog on the genre, literature as a whole and connections that literature of the genre have to other artistic work.

For additional information, please refer to Craig Smith's Web Page.


Dr. Wolfgang Spendel, Ph. D.

Brief Bio. Wolfgang U. Spendel, Ph.D. Working and economically sound sustainability is the challenge for this century. As a retirement Dr. Spendel project is using product development methods to create technologies for long term viable socio-economic and environmentally sound sustainability solutions. Experienced in developing emerging science knowledge to create new products and applied technologies. Applying interdisciplinary expertise to bridge physical science, biology, cognition, electronics, and engineering Dr. Spendel constructively challenged the status quo to find solutions to improve products, invent products, and overcome manufacturing limitations (11 Patents). As product development technical team leader and inventor, he led significant advances in the diverse fields of human cognition, artificial intelligence as it pertains to value decisions, pharmaceuticals, paper products, market research, and home laundry. He move on from being a Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble to do research in Nanotechnology and help found two start-up companies, NoBull Innovation and Trimodal Partners. These companies are dedicated to delivering emerging science to the market for new customer benefits.


Geoff Strayer

A longtime SF/F fan, Geoff has only recently become active in the convention scenes, and is finding it both wondrous and terrifying. Which is, maybe not coincidentally, how others often describe him. Geoff enjoys reading, PC gaming, RPGs, and describing himself in third person.

For additional information, please refer to Geoff Strayer's Web Page.


Clifford VanMeter
Author - Illustrator - Publisher

During the early days of his career as an illustrator in the role-playing game field, Cliff worked on Star Trek and Dr. Who role playing games for FASA, which lead to a long run on titles like Battle-Tech, the DC Universe Role Playing Game, Chill, Traveller and much more. Later he wrote and drew for Valiant Comics, Marvel, Milestone/DC Comics, and Image. He has recently published his first novel, "Vengeance is a Wheel" and a book of short stories called "The Spiral Arm Stories", all part of his Spiral Arm Universe of interconnected stories.

For additional information, please refer to Clifford VanMeter's Web Page.


Michelle Weldy
Professional artist/painter who helps others create joyfully beyond expectations.

Michelle Weldy is a professional artist who has led art workshops and painted at live events for years. She is comfortable in a wide variety of mediums, like charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink wash, acrylics, watercolors, oils, digital art, photography, and making hand carved musical instruments, to name a few. She enjoys encouraging others to play in art without fear, just for the joy of it and to see what can be made new. She has enjoyed science fiction and fantasy from a young age. She values unique imagination and creativity without performance mindset or judgement.

For additional information, please refer to Michelle Weldy's Web Page.


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