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Complete Guest List for InConJunction XXVIII


John Scalzi
Author Guest of Honor
Author of The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony and Zoe's Tale

John Scalzi

Award winning writer John Scalzi was born in Fairfield, California and grew up in the eastern San Gabriel Valley calling Claremont his hometown. After attending Webb School of California and University of Chicago, John's first job after college was as a movie critic for the Fresno Bee newspaper. In the late 90's John's life was booming in many directions including the start of a wonderful life together with Kristine. He left Fresno in 1996 to work as a writer for AOL Online until his departure to become a freelance writer in 1998. An early adopter of Blogs, John started his "Whatever" sort of daily blog in 1998. John became a father with the birth of his daughter Athena continuing the ongoing theme of his recent life.

Since 2000 John has authored 5 non-fiction books and published his first fiction piece in 2005 following that tradition with 4 others. He was nominated for the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Novel, Old Man's War and winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer that same year. Another Hugo Award nomination for Best Fan Writer was handed down in 2007. More recently he was a nominated writer for both Best Novel (for The Last Colony) and Best Fan Writer, which he thought was pretty neat.

Please refer to John's Bio on his web site or his wikipedia page for more information.

For additional information, please refer to John Scalzi's Web Page.


Alan M. Clark
Artist Guest of Honor
SF&F/Horror Illustrator, Artist, Author and Publisher

Alan M. Clark

Alan M. Clark was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1957.

He graduated in 1979 from the San Francisco Art Institute with a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

In 1984 he became a free lance illustrator, and since has produced work ranging in subject from fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery for publishers of fiction, to cellular and molecular biology for college text books. He has produced work for young adults and provided the artwork for two childrens books.

Clark has illustrated the writing of such authors as Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, George Orwell, Manly Wade Wellman, Greg Bear, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, and Lewis Shiner, as well as his own.

A major influence for his art comes from the Surrealists, particularly Max Ernst. He is fascinated with the use of what he calls "controlled accidents" and the possibility of "finding" images within the paint. A great advocate of collaboration, Clark has worked with many others in both literary and visual art.

His awards in the illustration field include, the World Fantasy Award four Chesley Awards, the Deathrealm Award and the first International Horror Guild Critic's Award for Best Artist.

There are three antholgies, The Imagination Fully Dilated series, of stories based on his artwork by such authors as Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Charles De Lint, Ramsey Campbell, Allen Steele, Jeff VanderMeer and Poppy Z. Brite.

Clark has sold short fiction to the anthologies, More Phobias, The Book of Dead Things, Dead on Demand, and Darkside, and to the magazines Midnight Hour and The Silver Web. Siren Promised, his Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, written with Jeremy Robert Johnson, was released in 2005. His two book series with Stephen Merritt and Lorelei Shannon, THE BLOOD OF FATHER TIME, BOOKS 1 & 2, a dark time-travel fantasy, was released by Five Star Books in 2007.

Mr. Clark's publishing company, IFD Publishing, has released six books, the most recent of which is a full color book of his artwork, The Paint in My Blood, available on his website.

Currently, he and his wife Melody reside in Eugene Oregon.

For additional information, please refer to Alan M. Clark's Web Page.


Howard Tayler
Artist Guest of Honor
Author of the Schlock Mercenary web-comic.

Howard Tayler

Howard V. Tayler is the creator, writer, and illustrator of Schlock Mercenary; a serial comic strip with over 25,000 daily readers. In his four-decade sojourn on this planet he has also been a rock musician, composer, record producer, drama geek, role-playing gamer, tech support weenie, public speaker, middle manager, marketing puke, husband, and father.

He has been cartooning full-time since September of 2004. He and his family have never been happier.

For additional information, please refer to Howard Tayler's Web Page.


Ben Avery
Featured Guest
Comic Book Writer and Co-Founder of Community Comics

Ben Avery is a comic book and animation writer. His comic book career began when he was selected by George R.R. Martin to work as the script adaptor of the comic book fantasy mini-series The Hedge Knight, based on novellas by the New York Times bestselling author. After that, Avery went on to co-write/co-create the critically acclaimed Lullaby and The Imaginaries for Image Comics, co-create and write the children's literature inspired fantasy The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, and develop and write the historical epic Kingdoms for Zondervan. Currently he is working on his fantasy series, ArmorQuest, and his science fiction series, TimeFlyz. In addition to writing, he has been an English teacher, a college resident director, and a youth treatment specialist for sexually abused children. Avery lives in Mishawaka, Indiana, with his wife and four children.

For additional information, please refer to Ben Avery's Web Page.


E Susan Baugh
Featured Guest
SF&F Librarian and Freelance Reviewer

E. Susan Baugh is a retired librarian. She specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in all its varied forms. Susan was a media fan before she learned to read and still loves movies as well as other media presentations. She works as a free lance reviewer. Susan and her husband love to travel and they attend as many cons as possible each year.


Maurice Broaddus
Featured Guest
Award Winning Horror Author and member of the Indiana Horror Writers

Maurice Broaddus

Author of Black Frontiers in the collection Voices From the Other Side (Dark Dreams II) edited by Brandon Massey, Since We Can Die But Once in the collection DeathGrip: Exit Laughing edited by Walt Hicks, Morphean Affairs in the collection Crossings edited by Morgan Powell, A Dog's Day and Dead Love both in the collection Small Bites edited by Garrett Peck and Keith Gouveia, and other nonfiction works.

For additional information, please refer to Maurice Broaddus's Web Page.


Jonathan Fesmire
Featured Guest
CG Artist and Author of Children of Rhatlan, Seeds of Vision and Tamshi's Imp.

In a previous life, Jonathan Fesmire was an avid writer of fantasy stories. With three novels and a short story anthology to his credit, one might think he would keep churning out books. However, he then discovered digital art, and has never been the same.

While he still types up the occasional story or article, Jonathan now focuses his creative efforts on his studies of animation, CG modeling, and visual effects, as well as drawing. Of course, he prefers to work with fantasy of science fiction themes! He is currently an MFA student at the Academy of Art University focusing on CG modeling and animation.

Early success in CG art came quickly for Mr. Fesmire. He has done commissioned book covers, created an animated Erec Rex video for author Kaza Kingsley, and even won the grand prize ($11,000!) for his one minute video, Harvey's Jedi Application.


Daryl G. Frazetti
Featured Guest
Anthropologist at Lake Tahoe College

Biography available soon.

For additional information, please refer to Daryl G. Frazetti's Web Page.


Bob Freeman
Featured Guest

Bob Freeman is the author of the Cairnwood Manor Saga and President of the Indiana Horror Writers. In addition to writing, Bob is well-known in the paranormal community as an investigator with Nightstalkers of Indiana and as a fantasy and horror cover artist. He lives in rural Indiana with his wife, son, and sister-in-law.

For additional information, please refer to Bob Freeman's Web Page.


Dan Gamber
Featured Guest
Principle in Meadowhawk Press

Dan Gamber is a principle in Meadowhawk Press, a small speculative fiction publisher. Meadowhawk was founded out of the desire to push the envelope of character driven fiction in science fiction and fantasy, while giving new authors a market in which to be discovered. Meadowhawk Press's anthology, Touched By Wonder, released as a benefit for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness, is garnering praise from critics and readers alike. Also coming from Meadowhawk in 2008 are novels by John Zakour and Elizabeth Keller, David Walton, and Teresa Edgerton.

With 20 years of business and design background, and professional credentials with the Industrial Design Society of America, Dan brings to Science Fiction and Fantasy a sharp creative eye, and artistic abilities that result in beautiful books. Along with his wife and Executive Editor, Jackie, they strive for new levels of excellence in Speculative Fiction.


Jackie Gamber
Featured Guest
Author and Partner / Executive Editor at Meadowhawk Press

As an author, Jackie Gamber's short works have been published in Mindflights Magazine, Gentle Strength Quarterly, and Bewildering Stories. Her work has been featured in various fantasy anthologies including Tales of Fantasy (Kerlak, 2007). She was named a finalist in The Binnacle's Fourth Annual International Ultra-short competition, her post-apocalyptic story received an honorable mention in Apex Digest's Third Annual Halloween contest in 2007, and another fantasy short story set in the world of her upcoming novel, Redheart (due Summer 2008), received honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Jackie has been named winner of the 2008 Darrell Award for the short story, The Monster published under the pen name Gloria Kasselman.

Jackie is also partner and Executive Editor of a small publisher, Meadowhawk Press, for whom she edited the anthology Touched by Wonder. The anthology is a benefit for Breast Cancer Research, which includes such award-winning authors as David Walton, Steven Savile and N.A. Bourke.

For additional information, please refer to Jackie Gamber's Web Page.


Joe Greene
Featured Guest
Costumer and Robotics and LEGO® Enthusiast

Joe Greene, (aka Wolfie, White_Volg, thegeek, and Dad), is a Critter Crunch veteran since 1995 (OK, so I missed a few), with his robots built from 100% genuine LEGO® parts. He's yet to win the Critter Crunch, but he keeps trying, and always has fun. Recent BrikWars Referee and general LEGO® enthusiast and author of the Critter Course rules based upon the original Critter Crunch rules. His recent exploits also include captian of the Winning team of the LEGO® Imperial Star Destroyer Speed Build Contest at StarWars Celebration III. MC for the First Critter Course at Capricon XXVI. Being the geek he, is he is always finding new ways to integrate his hobbies of Computers, Robotics, LEGO® and Gaming.

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


Rosemary Laurey
Featured Guest
Paranormal and Horror Romance Novelist

Rosemary Laurey

USA Today best-selling Author, Rosemary Laurey is an expatriate Brit, retired special ed teacher and grandmother, who now lives in Ohio and has a wonderful time writing stories of vampires and shapeshifting pumas.

Rosemary's books include, from her vampire series, Kiss Me Forever, Love Me Forever, Be Mine Forever, Keep Me Forever and Midnight Lover, as well as Paradox I, II, & III with JC Wilder, Super Natural Acts, Southern Song, Country Pleasures, and Texas Bad Boys with Karen Kelly and Dianne Castell.

Rosemary also has stories included in: Sexy Shorts for Lovers, Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul.

Note: Many people ask how to pronounce my last name. It's not really how you'd expect. The first syllable: Lau- (the "a" is a schwa: like the sound at the beginning and end of Alaska. The "u" isn't pronounced) Second syllable: -rey. (The -ey has the long 'a' sound as in they.)

For additional information, please refer to Rosemary Laurey's Web Page.


Steven Marsh
Featured Guest
Editor of Pyramid Magazine

Steven Marsh has been the editor of Pyramid Magazine since 2000, and also has writing and editing credits in dozens of gaming products, including TORG, GURPS, WEREWOLF: THE FORSAKEN, and MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS. Although he's been nominated for eight Origins Awards, winning four, his greatest achievement to date has been helping to develop the next generation of gamers with his wife Nikola Vrtis (also a gaming professional); their two-year-old prototype, codenamed Sam, may be destroying something near you right now.

For additional information, please refer to Steven Marsh's Web Page.


Mike Moore
Featured Guest
SFX Props Master

Mike Moore

Mike Moore started his professional life like most of us... but there was a difference. Mike's first job was making props and sets for the first Universal Studios tour. Even though he went on to mundane jobs in retail sales and other areas, this first taste of prop making started it all for Mike. He finished his education at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. and began working in the aerospace industry. To enhance his skills for this job he became certified in plastic technology.

Mike has worked on many movies since then such as The Abyss, Addams Family, Batman 3, The Hunt for Red October, Pulp Fiction, Inspector Gadget and many more. Mike will have 18 years invested in creating props for the Star Trek universe.

Mike and HMS have done other television shows as well, for example, Babylon 5, Captain Power, Dark Shadows (1980), Lois and Clark, 3rd Rock from the Sun and many more. HMS has also work for Las Vegas "The Star Trek Experience", the Traveling Star Trek Museums, Paramount Parks Displays, Universal Tours, Edinburgh Star Trek Museum and the Canadian Star Trek Museum.

Another area they have gotten into is prototyping for Mattel, Playmates Toys, All-American Casting, Icons Authentic Replicas and Master Replicas.

Overall, Mike Moore and HMS Productions have had a great impact on the science fiction movies and TV we see and love.

Mike's appearance at InConJunction XXVIII is sponsored by Olympic Products.

For additional information, please refer to Mike Moore's Web Page.


Dr. Karen Nagel
Featured Guest
Associate Professor at Midwestern University

Dr. Karen Nagel is an associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Midwestern University in the Chicago suburbs. She teaches classes in biotechnology, dosage form design, and pharmaceutical compounding and has research interests that include natural product analysis. In her spare time, she teaches yoga, reads anything she can get her hands on, runs marathons (very slowly) and hangs out at conventions.


Bill Sutton
Featured Guest

Biography available soon.

For additional information, please refer to Bill Sutton's Web Page.


Brenda Sutton
Featured Guest

Biography available soon.

For additional information, please refer to Brenda Sutton's Web Page.


Michael West
Featured Guest
Author of the The Wide Game and member of the Indiana Horror Writers.

Michael West

Michael West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. His first novel set in Indiana, The Wide Game, was published in 2003. A graduate of Indiana University, West has a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, and turtle, Gamera. His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.

For additional information, please refer to Michael West's Web Page.


Robert "Gunner" Reynolds
Fan Guest of Honor

Gunner Reynolds (aka Robert A. Reynolds) was the fifth of eight children born to Patricia and Pete. His father was a SFC USA ret. Board and card games were a big part of his growing up. He was introduced into role playing while serving in the Marines during a Wes-Pac in Okinawa. The nick name GUNNER comes from the fact he had the MOS 0331: Machine Gunner, during his fours years and a day as an active duty Marine. He served at Marine Barracks Naval Weapon Station at Seal Beach, Ca. He ended his duty with B Company 1st battalion 9th Marine Regiment, which was attached to 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton.

Gunner has been married to his high school sweet heart, Kirsten now for almost 26 years. They have three sons. The youngest Jack (aka ZAQ), Robert (aka Ba`kamomo), and Greg (aka Ratboy). Greg and his wife, Christine (aka Sissy) have blessed Gunner with two grandsons, William and Caleb.

With his sons, Gunner has been able to run gaming for not only InConJunction but also Starbase Indy [the original one] Jancon, Gamecon, Gencon, and Conclave (Chicago). They have been able expand from just doing Battle Tech into the Wii, Xbox, and number of board games. And of course STONERBALL, which Gunner picked up from MarCon one year.

He has been coming to InConJunction for almost as long as the con has been around. He missed the first four or five (something about the Marines wanting him in California). He plans to be around for many more to come.


Randy Porter
Toastmaster

Randy has been a Gen Con regular since 1979 working for several different companies in the dealers room. When he's not a booth monkey, Randy is also the official historian and Keeper of the Ancient Gencon Lore. Randy is also a knowledgeable space historian in what litle free time he has.

For additional information, please refer to Randy Porter's Web Page.


Tom Smith
Unable to appear at
this year's convention

The World's Fastest Filker

Tom Smith

For over two decades, Tom Smith, The World's Fastest Filker, has been breaking hearts, crippling minds, and dropping jaws across the country and around the world.

One of the most manic people in the history of fandom, Tom can warm or chill your heart at whim and seemingly pull new songs out of the air. He blends comedy, tragedy, dark romance, popular culture, politics, religion, gaming, movie trivia, current events, and the occasional recipe with virtually every genre of music you can imagine.

His songs range from the slow and sensual ("Starlight & Saxophone", "Storm Dancing", "Pluto") to the dark and dramatic ("Hellraiser", "PQR", "Dervish") to the sweet and innocent ("A Dragon's Lullaby", "Take Your Hands Off The Bear", "500 Hats") to the flat-out rockin' ("Bermuda Triangle", "Rocket Ride", "And They Say I've Got Talent"). He has written in dozens of musical styles, from Klezmer to opera to Zappa pastiche to gospel choir to hip-hop.

But mostly... it's about the puns. The grade-A, hi-test, godawful stinkbombs that make you choke on your own laughter. And the horrifically bad jokes that you can't help but giggle at. And the ludicrous yet somehow plausible situations that you have no idea where that came from. And the audacity with which he throws 'em around. "Smurfin' Safari", "Five Years", "I Want To Be Peter Lorre", "Domino Death", "Sheep Marketing Ploy (The Ballad of Fenton)", "Divine Irregularity", "Telly Taley Heart", "Honey-Glazed Ham", "House At Cthulhu Corner", "Psychic Voicemail Hotline", "Dead Potters", "Badger Pajama", "The Illuminati Polka", "Talk Like A Pirate Day", "Spoiler Alert", "Undead Happy Trees", "Lars Needs Women", "Tech Support For Dad", "Zombie Blues"...

And then there's the speed with which he does it. He can make up a ditty about virtually any subject on the spot. He has improvised entire concerts, and can't seem to let ten minutes on stage go by without making up something no one's ever heard before, including him.

On top of all that, he's carving out a bit of a niche market -- songs for web sites, especially online comic strips. He's written songs for Accidental Centaurs, Something Positive, Girl Genius, Anthrozine, and a couple of others we can't even talk about yet.

So far, Tom's got sixteen albums, fourteen Pegasus Awards for Excellence in Filk, an animated music video ("Enterprising Man" from the second Babylon Park video) and a spot in the Filk Hall of Fame. He's all over the internet -- you can find him at: his home page, his LiveJournal page, his MySpace page, or at The Funny Music Project.

Long and short of it: If you have heard him before, you know you've got to be there. If you haven't, check it out, join the party, and live the Myth of Smith!

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


Michael Z. Williamson
Unable to appear at
this year's convention

TV consultant and author of 12 novels including Contact with Chaos, Do Unto Others... and Rogue.

Michael Z. Williamson

Michael Z. Williamson is a twenty-two year veteran of the US Air Force and US Army who has turned from being a full time bladesmith and blade-seller to being a full time writer who still dabbles in blades. He can be reached online at MichaelZWilliamson.com and SharpPointyThings.com.

For additional information, please refer to Michael Z. Williamson's Web Page.

 


Also Appearing


Michael Baugh

Michael Baugh is a science nerd. He has worked in electronics, physiology and biophysics, massage, and currently as a city code enforcement officer.


John Belden

Originally from Arkansas, John "Beldar" Belden is a writer and small-town journalist, as well as InConJunction gaming coordinator since 2002. You can find him online at TwoHeadedCat.com, EastOfIndy.com and beldar.livejournal.com.


Mike Bolin

Biography available soon.

For additional information, please refer to Mike Bolin's Web Page.


David Bonner

David Bonner, if his memory serves him correctly, currently holds five college degrees. His first degree was in electrical engineering, his most recent is in elementary teaching and he has endorsements in both Gifted and Talented programs and middle school science.

David is the Gifted Children's Coordinator for Central Indiana Mensa and is responsible for their children's programming and edits the children's section of the newsletter.

David works full time as a K-12 substitute teacher in several of the North West suburbs of Indianapolis and is hoping to find a full time teaching position. When not teaching, David fills his time with freelance video production, photography, web-design and tutoring.

For additional information, please refer to David Bonner's Web Page.


Chuck Budreau

Chuck Budreau is a self-taught musician, sound mixer, and sound engineer. He was the post production sound supervisor on "Rock n Roll Starship," and he did most of the music for that production as well. During this time he developed a personal mantra "Sound Sucks!" and that "Sound is a fad."

Chuck was production sound coordinator for "Starship 2" and will eventually end up doing the post production sound (whenever special effects get their work done!). He was also the sound mixer for Racso's "Star Trek Vs Batman;" 7M Pictures "Aidan" and "Low Carb Lunch;" as well as some recent work for the Beef and Boards dinner theater.

For additional information, please refer to Chuck Budreau's Web Page.


Harry Bunn

Harry loves to watch sci-fi on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoys attending InConJunction as well as the monthly meetings of the Circle of Janus. Oil painting is another of Harry's interests and he is starting to do spirit art for his business as a medium/psychic and spiritual advisor. Harry is intrigued by metaphysics and believes that understanding Natural Law makes going through life a lot easier and smoother.

For additional information, please refer to Harry Bunn's Web Page.


Jess Bunn

Jess is a self proclaimed geek with aspirations of writing and a love of the sound of her own voice. She has many interests, too many to mention here but in the main pop culture, good food and fun times. Jess is geek who loves the company of other geeks and she hopes you have fun and come back.


Chris Canary

Chris Canary has been a part of InConJunction, from it's "golden age", to modern day. A locally reviled fan of movies, comics, and oddities, and a pope in the Church of the Subgenius, Chris has worn many hats at InConJunction over the last several years, and is currently a student, seeking to better his life. Computer Geek, B-Movie Magnet (Bad... as if there were any other kind of B Movies), Movie Soundtrack Obsessive, and a former InConJunction chairman, Chris enjoys fun in almost any capacity... And we're not just talking alcohol here.


Tracy Canfield
SF Author and Computational Linguist

Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist who'll be at Georgetown University in the fall. Her short story Starship Down is forthcoming in Analog, but wouldn't you rather hear about her trip to Romania to do a presentation on translation theory?

For additional information, please refer to Tracy Canfield's Web Page.


Wendy Carson

Penguin fanatic, freelance accountant, head cheerleader for Miskatonic University and veteran of fandom events in 10 states (and counting), follow her adventures at http://the-dark-snack.livejournal.com/.


Rebecca Chike

During the day, Rebecca is a mild, manner network administrator. After hours and on weekends, she is a stained glass artist and a science fiction fan. She read her first SF novel at age 9. A past Con-Chair, Programming Co-Chair and Play Director, she’s been around InConJunction since 1988.


Travis Clemmons
Author - Lecturer - Philosopher

The business card for Samuel Travis Clemmons lists him as an Author - Lecturer - Philosopher - Time Traveler - Public Nuisance - Sometime Ne'er Do Well. The man claims to be an "Alternate Reality Counterpart" of the man that everyone knows as Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). Yes this is all a load of bullfeathers ... But you've got to start a biography somewhere.

The man who created the character of Samuel Travis Clemmons was born and raised in Central Kentucky. Being someone who loves an intricately woven tall tale (the more absurd the better) he wrote and began performing a comedy routine called Marc Twain: The Time Traveler. In order to keep his storytelling from being railroaded into following the actual events of Mark Twain's life, he decided it would be best to create a fictional Marc Twain who had been born in an alternate realm of existence.

So if a friend tells you that he's headed to a science fiction convention to meet Marc Twain ... Ask him to spell the first name before you call him a liar.

For additional information, please refer to Travis Clemmons's Web Page.


Casey Criswell

Falling in love with bad horror films at a very young age, Casey Criswell strives to bring back the classics in today's modern age of horror remakes. Armed with nothing but a DVD player and keyboard, he charges into battle with his mighty battle cry of "I watch crap, so you don't have to!" Casey runs his film blog, dedicated to reliving the finest in horror, science fiction, and the obscure at Cinema Fromage as well as BloodyGoodHorror.com.

For additional information, please refer to Casey Criswell's Web Page.


Brian Davidson

A decades long veteran of on-line interactive fiction, big-screen movie enthusiast, and compulsive nit-picker, Brian was eager to help with InConJunction after his initial exposure, and has been actively involved in Programming and Operations since 1998. He has co-written two plays, acted in three, and directed one, for the "It's Not Our Fault Players."

Brian is also the 2008 President of the Circle of Janus, InConJunction's patron organization.


Anjala Dick

Anjala Dick has been a geek for as long as she can remember. Her mother raised her on Star Trek, in music, all the great cartoons of the late 70's and all of the 80's. She was also a choir geek all through school. She also instilled the love of all things geek into her son, Corey.

Anjala attended her first InCon in 2003 or 2004 (she can't remember as she has slept many nights since then). That is when she finally embraced her full geekness.

Anjala is an avid Harry Potter fan, as well as all things Trek and TMNT. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Dillan, and their kitty, Emma.

Anjala can be found at her LiveJournal page.


James S. Dorr
SF & Horror Author

James Dorr's latest book, Darker Loves: Tales Of Mystery And Regret, was released December 2007 by Dark Regions Press as a companion to his earlier collection, Strange Mistresses: Tales Of Wonder And Romance. Dorr is an Active Member of SFWA and HWA, an Anthony (mystery) and Darrell (fiction set in the US Mid-South) finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has had work listed in The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror eleven of the past sixteen years.

For additional information, please refer to James S. Dorr's Web Page.


TammyJo Eckhart
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Author

TammyJo Eckhart lives a complex but very rewarding life as an author, a reviewer, a student, and a teacher. Her non-fiction has been published in Laura Antoniou's Some Women (1995) and in the journals SandMUtopian Guardian and Prometheus. Her fiction has appeared in the anthologies SM Futures (Circlet Press 1995), Dreaming in Color (Greenery Press 2003), and Color of Pain, Shade of Pleasure (Blue Moon 2004). Five of her own books have been published: the short story collections Punishment for the Crime (1996) and Amazons (1997) from Masquerade Books, Justice (1999) from Greenery Press, Eroscapes: Erotica from the mind of TammyJo Eckhart (2004) from Wells Street Publisher, as well as an adult fantasy novel Servants of Destiny (2006) from Nazca Plains. Currently she is the featured book reviewer for RinellaEditorial.com as well as one of the top 300 reviewers on Amazon.com. She will finish her PhD in ancient history in the fall of 2007 and currently teaches college courses at Indiana University in Bloomington. In her spare time (what's that?!) she loves to run World of Darkness RPGs.

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


Stephanie Frye

Stephanie Frye is a research librarian by day, dancing queen by night, and muse to E.E. Knight 24/7. While brief exposure to ballet as a child convinced Stephanie that she was not a dancer, that all changed when she took her first belly dance class in 2002. Stephanie teaches Egyptian dance and American Tribal belly dance at Pineapple Dance Studio in Forest Park, IL. She has performed around the Midwest, in Costa Rica and Canada, and made her New York City debut in June.

A versatile performer, Stephanie dances with Baladina Egyptian Dance Theatre Company, Pineapple Egyptian Dance Company, Gypsy Queens tribal belly dance troupe, and Medusa gothic fusion troupe. She is the founder of the Secret Bellydancers of Fandom and a former member of Public Urban Ritual Experiment.

For additional information, please refer to Stephanie Frye's Web Page.


Darwin A. Garrison

Darwin A. Garrison is a professionally published short-story author and editor of the speculative fiction webzine, Darwin's Evolutions. By dint of his disconnect with reality and the miracle of the "infinite typing monkeys" theory, he has managed to produce three short science fiction and urban fantasy stories of sufficient quality for sale to DAW/Tekno anthologies: Kyri's Gauntlet in Aurora award-winning Under Cover of Darkness compilation, My Girlfriend Fate in Fate Fantastic, and Firebird and Shadow in Something Magic This Way Comes. He also scripts the web comic Technosaurs and recently placed second in the 2008 Jim Baen Memorial Writing contest with his story Skipping Stones.

For additional information, please refer to Darwin A. Garrison's Web Page.


Michelle Gussow

Michelle, an indie film maker, writer and folk singer feels she shares her time rather than dividing among her many endeavors. She wrote and directed the short film Incredible Fire and is working on several other film projects. She had a column in the Jewish Post and Opinion as well as authoring the cookbook Just Desserts. Michelle is also co founder of Indy Artists' Peace Project where among other things she hosts their Indy Artists' Peace Project Live shows.

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


Kathy Hohman

A longtime science fiction fan and Trekker, Kathy has been part of InConJunction (since it's second year) and Starbase Indy (since it's beginning). A geologist and science educator, she has trained in areas of seismology, forensics, and geology. Being of a giving nature, she gave birth to two daughters who were raised in the fannish lifestyle and began their training as go-fers at the conventions (Marta & Laura Hohman).


Laura Hohman

Laura has been coming to InConJunction and helping out since she was a small child, and has no intention of stopping any time soon. She is from the lovely town of Bloomington, where she is known for her work with bats. She's the Regional Director of Hoosier Hills Bat World, rescuing sick, injured, or orphaned bats and giving educational programs whenever she can. Currently, Laura is pursuing a Ph.D. in Ecology at Indiana State University with the Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation.


Thomas Nevin Huber

Tom Huber's professional life has wandered all over the computer industry for the past 45 years, doing just about everything in it. During his twelve years as a technical writer he started writing science fiction/fantasy stories. Eleven of twelve short stories were published electronically back before the internet and thirteen of a sixteen-volume SF/Fantasy saga are complete, but not yet published. Tom currently lives in Crystal Lake, IL.

For additional information, please refer to Thomas Nevin Huber's Web Page.


Stephen Kendall

Stephen is an SF fan, Linux geek, database administrator, and charter member of the Whoosier Network, Indiana's Doctor Who connection. His degree in general studies shows he has a lot of knowledge about nothing in particular, so naturally we decided to make him an InConJunction panelist. He also helps out behind the scenes. In 2006 he appeared with the "It's Not Our Fault" Players as Draco Malfoy in our play "Rowling Roulette", but after seeing his performance we decided it was his fault after all. The last InConJunction Stephen missed was in 1984, but he hadn't heard of us yet and was only 13, so we forgive him.


E. E. Knight
Author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire

E.E. Knight lives in Oak Park IL and is the author of the Vampire Earth and Age of Fire books. He enjoys movies, music, gaming, and travel.

For additional information, please refer to E. E. Knight's Web Page.


Melissa Kocias

Melissa Kocias is a conference and meeting planner by day, part-time bellydancer and samurai Avon lady by night. (Trust her - she's a professional!) When she's not managing the registration for dozens of conventions (or out saving the world), she is working on getting published in something other than a textbook or a peer-reviewed journal.

She has been a fan of science fiction ever since the neighbor kids across the street let her play with their Star Wars action figures in 1980. She sometimes has to play the You Took Me To See The Wrath of Khan In The Theaters When It First Came Out card when her mother, who is clearly a closet Trekkie, pooh-poohs any involvement in Melissa's lifelong pursuit of getting to use a functioning transporter.

Upon entering graduate school for the second time, Melissa turned the lens outward, and began studying fans and fan behavior. She did an ethnographic study of some Klingon groups, and has promised, after suffering one too many Dian Fossey jokes, that her eventual publication of the experience will be called, Klingons in the Mist.


Tom Lee

Tom is a "semi-professional geek, full-time private geek, married to TammyJo Eckhart, and works for the Open Science Grid."


Lt. Colonel Mike Medler

Lt. Colonel Mike Medler is a is a retired Crime Scene Technician with over 29 years experience. After retirement he was appointed Laboratory Director of the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency. He has a BA in Political Science and Pre-Law.

He has developed curriculum improvements for the Indiana Police Academy to include many valuable skills and important areas like Ethics, Cultural Diversity and Surviving Critical Incidents. He developed the first Command College for the ISP and is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.


Lisa Meece

Lisa Meece has been teaching yoga in Indianapolis for six years to geeks and non-geeks alike. Her essays about the practice of yoga can be found on the articles page at allpeopleyoga.com. She has been a geek her whole life.

For additional information, please refer to Lisa Meece's Web Page.


Vicki Merriman

Vicki Merriman has been involved in fandom for more years than she'd care to admit to. She has been actively involved in InConjunction for over 15 years in everything from the play to ConChair, which gives you a clue about her mental health, or lack thereof. Her background is in science and she loves to argue so becoming an attorney was a logical progression. She enjoys keeping the 'science' in science fiction. Her current 'guilty pleasure' is japanese textiles.


Robert Pyatt, Ph. D.
Mad Scientist and Pseudo Super Villain

Rocketed to Earth as an infant to escape the destruction of his home world where his parents had been brutally murdered before his eyes one night in a dark alley, Rob's ship crash landed in a jungle where he was adopted by a friendly gorilla and raised to learn the ways of the jungle. As a teen-ager, Rob re-joined society and quickly enlisted in the army where he was given an experimental formula designed to create the ultimate soldier. After being put on ice for a number of years, Rob ditched the military and got a job at a scientific research facility where he was unfortunately exposed to gamma radiation, beta radiation, delta radiation, cosmic radiation, and a really nasty bite from a radioactive spider.

Well, sort of.

Rob's been bouncing around InConJunction for a number of years now and you can normally find him hosting the "Top 10 Worst Sci-Fi & Horror Movie" panel with Jeff Thompson and Chris Canary. As a mild mannered scientist, Rob's secret identity allows him the chance to develop his plans for world conquest while conducting some pretty twisted experiments. In the past, he's warped the fragile minds of college students at Morris Brown College, Clark-Atlanta University, and Emory University.

Rob was previously an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Ohio State University and is now the Assistant Director of the Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

For additional information, please refer to Robert Pyatt, Ph. D.'s Web Page.


Mark Racop
Director, Writer, and Producer

The filmmaking bug bit Mark Racop at an early age. Racop's father remembers that Mark was interested in making movies even at the age of two! While other children were reading short stories, Racop was reading Stephen Whitfield's "Making of Star Trek."

In 1989, Racop formed MagicHouse Productions, and he raised money to shoot the ultra-low budget, ultra spoof, "Rock N Roll Starship." The movie featured cheesy sets, cheesy dialogue, and cheesy acting "but it was all part of the plan. We watched Dark Star and Hardware Wars on the same night," Racop said, "And Starship was the result!" The campy, funny film has played to science fiction audiences across the country, and he self distributed over 1,000 copies on VHS.

The success of the first film brought about a demand for a sequel. "Starship 2" was greenlighted in October of 2000, and went before the cameras on May 19th, 2001. The movie was a radical step up from the original film, featuring great actors John Astin, Richard Biggs, Jason Carter, Richard Hatch, and Leslie Culton? and a tightly-written script with a great story. Shooting wrapped in August of 2001, but special effects continued for another five years. "It was tough waiting on the effects, but the results were well worth it. Massive Works blew me completely away with the quality of the finished product."

In May of 2004, Racop bought an 8,300 square foot facility in Logansport, Indiana that he is converting into a movie studio. With two sound stages, makeup, wardrobe, editing, a paint booth, and plenty of office space, Racop will be able to accommodate many feature films.

Racop is currently developing a spy thriller called "Plausible Deniability" for production in 2006.

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


Mark Shidler

Mark is pretty much a fixture at InConJunction and has been for years. (Not that he is old or anything.) He is a master costumer and prop builder and a member of Fyberdyne Laboratories, a Midwest costuming group known for elaborate costume work. He has been a fan for most of his life, and has been fortunate enough to be called to Hollywood to do some props for television and movies. He is currently collaborating on the production of Batmobile replicas, and manages to find time to restore historical props for collectors such as the Gort helmet from “The Day The Earth Stood Still”.


Kevin Spencer
Battlestar Wiki Bureaucrat

Kevin Spencer, of Indianapolis, is typical of many SF fans, except perhaps for his encyclopedic knowledge of "Battlestar Galactica" history, Original or New Series. When not cleaning articles and welcoming contributors of the Battlestar Wiki, Kevin enjoys the complex lores of the Hero, from the worlds of "The Matrix" and "Star Wars", to Greek mythology and Christian theology. Kevin welcomes anyone to challenge him with a question on "Battlestar" lore. Who knows? Maybe you can win a prize if you stump him.

For additional information, please refer to Kevin Spencer's Web Page.


George Starkey

George Starkey (1963-2138) local fan turned actor, and long time InConJunction participant, is cursed with a resemblence to George Lucas, but as of yet has been unable to find a way to capitalize on this. George's film roles include Woodworks Films' Saving Star Wars (2004), Open Mic'rs (2006) and Pitching Lucas (2006) with Shane Felux (of Star Wars-Revelations fame). George is often named when someone says, "If I'm ever on Who Wants to be a Millionaire..." as a lifeline, because of his seemingly bottomless well of totally pointless and obscure trivia that he can summon at any given time.

For additional information, please refer to the Internet Movie Database listing for George Starkey.


Mike Suess

Mike Suess has been a long time attendee at InConJunction. His father first introduced him to Incon in it's first or second year and he has been attending on his own since 1983. He enjoys science and science fiction as well as a little fantasy not only in what he reads but also in what he sees on television and in the movies. His interests also include collecting (go and ask him what), reading comics, and an ever-growing DVD collection.


Jeff Thompson

With a list of qualifications including (but not limited to) b-movie maven, sub-genius preacher, amateur improv enthusiast, sci-fi fan, computer programmer and author, amateur prop and costume designer wanna-be, amateur astronomer, playwright, webmaster, follower of all things urban-legend and/or myth, past InConJunction con-chair, and hard-core chili-head, Jeff Thompson is either a modern-day renaissance man, or someone that will do anything once you get a drink in him. Jeff's been attending InConJunction since 1983 and has been working for the convention since 1992. You can regularly catch Jeff at the Top Ten Worst Movies panel, Video Trivia Contest, Sci-Fi Whose Line, as an occasional member of InConJunction's acting troupe (the "It's Not Our Fault Players") or preaching at InConJunction's on-again/off-again Sub-Genius Devival. If you can't find him there, odds are he's in the bar.

For additional information, please refer to Jeff Thompson's Web Page.


Mark Williams
Local Fan and Horror Movie Collector

Mark Williams is the Continuum of Care Coordinator at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana where he works primarily with persons suffering from brain injuries.

In the early 60's he grew up a "Monster Kid", watching Sammy Terry on "Nightmare Theatre", collecting Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine and erecting Aurora Monster Models.

He has acquired well over 1,000 horror movies dating back to Edison's Frankenstein., and movies from nearly every part of the world are represented in his collection.

In 1985 Mark was the architect who developed The Whoosier Network, Indiana's Doctor Who Connection which has been a fixture at InConJunction for many years.


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