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Complete Guest List for InConJunction XXXV
Dr. Arlan K. Andrews, Sr.
Author Guest of Honor
Author, futurist, and founder of the SIGMA science fiction think tank.
"Science fiction is my way of life," Dr. Arlan Andrews says quite seriously. "It gave form to my childhood imagination, and those visions have propelled me through my adult life." He credits SF for taking him out of the backwoods of Arkansas and into a lifetime of technology development. "Who knows, if I'd stayed home, I might have gotten into politics," says Arlan, who was indeed the Libertarian Party's nominee for the governor of North Carolina in 1976. "But who would ever take any politician from Arkansas seriously?" (Like another Arkansan at the time, he did make it to the White House, serving as a Fellow in the White House Science Office, 1992 - 1993.)
Retiring in 2013 after a long career in engineering design and development, from White Sands Missile Range to his own high-tech startups, Arlan is now a full time writer, consultant, researcher and public speaker. His November 2014 Analog novella, "Flow," is a recommended choice on both the "Sad Puppies" and the "Rabid Puppies" slates for Hugo nominations, and a December 2014 short story "Foundation and Zombies," is available online from StupefyingStories.com. His two e-publications, a novel, Valley of the Shaman, and a short story collection, Other Heads & Other Tales, are both available for Kindle and Nook.
An SF fan ever since reading Heinlein's Red Planet in 1950, and an SF pro since his first sales to Omni and Asimov's in 1979, he has since published over 500 SF stories, articles, columns, poems and novelty items in more than 100 venues worldwide, including Analog, SF Review, SF Age, Fantasy Book, Pulphouse, anthologies (Nanodreams, How to Save the World), UFO Magazine, The New Scientist, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Atlantis Rising, and others. His non-fiction deals with everything from humor, politics, nanotech, 3D printing, alternative archeology, UFOs, and various aspects of the esoteric and paranormal.
While working at the White House in 1992, Arlan founded SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, a group of professional science fiction authors who provide pro bono futurism consulting for the Federal government and appropriate non-government organizations (NGOs). SIGMA has since worked with the Department of Homeland Security, various military and intelligence agencies, and NGOs. In January 2012 four SIGMAns were guests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, presenting a panel on "Disruptive Technologies." In May 2015, SIGMAns will make presentations at the "Humans to Mars (H2M)" conference in Washington, D.C.
In the field of alternative archaeology, Arlan has published articles for magazines Atlantis Rising and Ancient American, and wrote one of the forewords to InConJunction guest Chris Dunn's latest book, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt. Fulfulling a lifelong dream, he visited pyramids and temples of Egypt in 2008, accompanied by longtime friend and author Chris Dunn. In 2012 he visited other ancient sites in Peru, and is now working on a book to share some of his discoveries there. He made brief appearances on the Ancient Aliens cable TV show "Ancient Engineers," and in the French documentary movie, "Revelations of the Pyramids."
In 2013 Arlan retired as Environmental Director of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2015 he and his wife Joyce relocated to a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky, where they are looking forward to re-connecting with InConJunction and other Midwest fandom and old-time friends.
Author Guest of Honor
Author of the Thrawn series of Star Wars books, the Quadrail series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the Cobra Rebellion Trilogy.
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978 ("Ernie," Analog, September 1979). In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.
Since then he has published forty-five novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra Rebellion Trilogy, and Star Wars: Scoundrels.
Upcoming books include Cobra Outlaw, the second Cobra Rebellion novel, Soulminder, and A Call to Duty, the first of the Manticore Ascendant collaborations with David Weber set in the Honor Harrington universe.
Timothy Zahn's last appearance at InConJunction was during InConJunction's ninth year, way back in 1989. So, needless to say we're thrilled to have him back and looking forward to catching up with what he's been up to in the last twenty five years.
For additional information, please refer to Timothy Zahn's Web Page.
Artist Guest of Honor
Former contestant and finalist on SyFy's Face Off.
"I always knew you would end up on TV some day!" said by one of RJ Haddy's former high school teachers, upon finding out he'd been cast in Season 2 of SYFY's Hit reality competition show FACE OFF. A native of Charleston, WV, it was obvious to everyone but Rj, from a very early age that he would become known for the extroverted, yet down to earth and kind personality he exhibited on the show.He has also had quite a penchant for the creative flair since that time as well. Due to the mesmerizing effect the visual imagery in the Star Wars saga had on him as a youngster, RJ began making 3-dimensional art projects in kindergarten and hasn't stopped yet. He has a love of the creative process and enjoys the ability to see a project through from the very beginning conceptual phases all the way to the performance, literally bringing it to life.
Combining his love of creation and performance, he naturally gravitated to puppeteering. He was infuenced largely by the films The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, and Labyrinth but it wasn't until RJ discovered the films of Tim Burton that he learned that makeup artistry, puppeteering and costuming were all very similar skill sets that crisscrossed over into each other. Starting with Beetlejuice and Batman literally one year later, he became mesmerized with something new ... prosthetic makeup. The names Nick Dudman (for his amazing Joker makeup) and Ve Neill (for her Beetlejuice and Penguin creations) would be forever burned into his brain, alongside Rick Baker, Stan Winston, Greg Cannom, and Jack Pierce his other makeup artistry idols.
RJ went on to attend Capital High School in Charleston, WV a Performance Art Magnet school where he received a world class education under theater director Molly Lhor- Robinette, and visual arts Instruction under Mary Smith. After graduating, RJ attended The Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Hollywood and immediately began working for Alterian Studios Inc., under world-class effects artist, Tony Gardner, where he had the ability to work on such big budget box office movies as Batman and Robin, There's Something About Mary, and Contact, just to name a few. This, plus a brief stint at ADI during the filming of Bedazzled and 6th Day, allowed him to return home with the skill set to teach at his alma mater. For eight years, RJ taught at Capital High School in the Department of Film, Television, and Multimedia Arts and Sciences; a department he single-handedly wrote and designed the curriculum for. Under Rj's instruction, Capital High School was able to offer: Television Production, Writing and Performance for the Camera, Special Effects, Web and App Design, and Filmmaking courses; unheard of in any other high school in the state.
He was living a content life as a teacher but yearned to get back into the professional circuit. Then Face Off premiered and it became an event to watch Season One with the students at lunch (and during some classes). At the end of the first season, and pressured by a few of his upper classmen, he decided ... "Eh, what the heck?" and submitted his audition packet. To his surprise, he was called to LA for an audition.
From there he was part of the San Diego Comic Con 2011 Face Off Challenge where he competed for the final spot on the show with two other would-be contestants... and the rest at this point is history.
RJ went through Season 2 as a top contender, being in the bottom of the challenges only ONCE, until the end when he locked down his spot as one of the three finalists. RJ didn't win the judges' vote and the cash prize but did win "audience favorite" which has meant the world to him and he wants to thank every fan of the show that voted for him. RJ returned for Face Off Season 5 as one of eight veterans competing against eight rookies. He was eliminated in Episode 5. RJ left teaching to work full-time as a special-effects artist while running an e-commerce site selling airbrush equipment, including his own Shadow Line of brushes. He is also working on getting financing for a film and Web-based reality series. The Family Business is a supernatural horror/dark comedy about an orphaned boy forced to live with his 3 malevolent uncles in their family-owned funeral parlor. The Web reality series will feature all the same behind the scenes antics that fans have come to love from him while doing exactly what fans have been asking for: showcasing more of the work, the actual process the artists go through to create. Already on board are some favorite special effects artists from Face Off.
And in 2014 RJ returned for the Syfy special series Foxy & Company. This all-new special followed former "Face Off" contestants Eric Fox, Nicole Chilelli, RJ Haddy and Roy Wooley.
Be on the look out for his new feature film The Night Watchmen that RJ just finished leading the makeup department for!
RJ is a Consummate Artist; not only is he a creator of the arts but he is an avid consumer of them as well. He hopes that his time on Face Off will lead to bigger and better opportunities as that consummate artist, whether it be acting, directing, designing, or creating, art is always at the very core of all of it, and that is exactly where RJ wants to be!
Follow him on Twitter: @Radfxrob or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RJHaddy
For additional information, please refer to RJ Haddy's Web Page.
Music Guest of Honor
Acoustic Folk Funk Singer-Songwriter
Singer-songwriter Marian Call has released five albums since 2007, and her shows have been well-received in all fifty United States and all across Canada and Europe. Her sound is soulful, honest, and clever, by turns humorous and heartbreaking. She sounds a little like the love child of Ingrid Michaelson & Regina Spektor that was raised by Joni Mitchell & Ani DiFranco.
Marian has a passionate online following and the enthusiastic endorsement of a number of web celebrities such as Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Paul F. Tompkins, NPR's Peter Sagal, and Adam Savage of the Mythbusters. She has played on the Jonathan Coulton Cruise, has performed at the NerdMelt Theater at San Diego Comic-Con, and has toured with w00tstock and the Ladies of Ragnarok (The Doubleclicks and Molly Lewis), warming the hearts of comic shop denizens and convention-goers across the country.
For most of the year Marian can be found on the road working hard and singing her heart out. Despite her frequent travels she stays rooted at home in Juneau, Alaska for inspiration.
For additional information, please refer to Marian Call's Web Page.
Filker, singer/songwriter, Wild Mercy's Giraffe.
Barry Childs-Helton -- along with wife Sally -- has been a musical presence in filk rooms and on convention concert stages around the Midwest and beyond since 1985. Barry and Sally have been musical guests at InConJuncTion with filk-rockers Black Book Band (whose live CD is "First Contact" from Dodeka Records) and with the eclectic-Celtic band Wild Mercy (three CDs on the Small Green Alien label, now at work on a fourth, "Rising Road"). Barry has led closing jam sessions at various cons; with Sally, he was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2003. His new solo CD is a collection of original songs, "The Summers Behind You" from Dragon Scale Records.
Sally Childs-Helton, Ph. D.
Sally Childs-Helton drums with the Celtic/filk band Wild Mercy. An ethnomusicologist and archivist, she is mostly harmless.
Sally Childs-Helton and her husband Barry have been active in fandom since 1983 as filkers, performing as a duo and also with the Black Book Band, and with Wild Mercy since 2002. Sally and Barry were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2003. Sally is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist, music educator, and archivist. She teaches guided music improvisation and facilitates drumming activities, as well as conducts two annual women's drumming retreats (www.womendrum.org), and accompanies choruses, theater, and dance. When not making music, Sally is a voracious reader of SF, especially hard SF and cyberpunk. She and Barry live in Indianapolis, where they cater to a Jack Russell Terror Dog and a Shiba Inu/GermanShepherd mix.
For additional information, please refer to Sally Childs-Helton, Ph. D.'s Web Page.
"De Boss" of the Whoosier Network, Indiana's Doctor Who and Sci-Fi Connection
Mark C. Dooley is "De Boss" of the Whoosier Network, Indiana's Doctor Who and Sci-Fi Connection. Award-winning artist, writer, journalist, stand-up comic, documentarian, and panel moderator, he currently poses as "The 13th Doctor", and should the actual 13th show up, he'll move in rank as the 14th, and so on and so forth. That way he's always at least a step ahead of all the others.
For additional information, please refer to Mark Dooley's Web Page.
Author of edgy fiction that crosses genres
TammyJo Eckhart is the author of eleven books and a regular at InConJunction. She has been published in several anthologies and journals over the years and even consulted on table RPG games and scholarly books. She adores reading to live audiences and running interactive RPGs of a horror bent. Currently she lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she earned a PhD in Ancient History at the university and volunteers for the educational program at the campus museum. Come check on here in the Creators' Alley to see if she has new books out this year and to dig through the freebies she builds up as a book reviewer.
For additional information, please refer to TammyJo Eckhart's Web Page.
International Award Winning Cosplayer
Michelle Mussoni, also known in the Cosplay world as Mogchelle, started in the costume world by just being an average geek attending a Japanese Animation convention in 1999. Seeing all the other people in costumes around, just looked like a fun time, like it was Halloween all over again! Her love for the artwork in anime, video games, and comic books made her want to bring the 2D images from the pages and on the screen to real life. She's also been featured in several national and international magazines, and interviewed by several online entertainment news sources for her costume work.
Over the years she has won countless awards for both craftsmanship and performance, starting as a novice, and working her way up to the master level of competition as of 2003. In 2010 she had the honor of winning a chance at the Yume Cup at Anime Central, and was shipped off to New York City as the Mid-West representative in a nation-wide cosplay competition along with the very talented Alena VanArendonk from'And Sewing is Half the Battle!' to compete for the national prize of the Yume Cup! In 2012, she reached international award status by competing at the World Science Fiction Convention, where 2 awards were won, Best Re-creation, and a special Golden Quill award for a custom set of angel wings.
Every year she challenges herself to new techniques in the costuming and makeup world, and has created several of her own techniques as well, some which have made trained costumers and prop makers cringe, but then smile when they see it worked! Conventions across the country often ask Michelle to present a panel or workshop on how she does what she does. Those workshops vary from lightweight armor creation, molding and casting, wig design, wings, or character portrayal, with more being added every year, all in the effort to spread her love for DIY costumes for the average person who can't shell out thousands of dollars for wearable art.
She is open to a few slots every year for commissions to the public. She has done work for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Manga/Starz Entertainment, Studio Ironcat LLC, and several other video game, comic book, and anime publishers across the country.
Also for 2015, she's adopted a non-profit organization to help fundraise for! For all of 2015 25% of all print, accessories, and worbla profits are being given to Together We Rise! They%u2019re an amazing organization that works hard to help improve lives for children in the foster system in America! <3
For additional information, please refer to Michelle Mussoni's Web Page.
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 "The Weird World of Science" or "Top 10 Worst Sci-Fi & Horror Movies" 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 is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Ohio State University and the Assistant Director of the Cytogenetics/Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He also currently writes a column for the Annals of Improbable Research called "Pubmed Goes to the Movies" which compares films and scientific articles that share the same titles.
For additional information, please refer to Robert Pyatt, Ph. D.'s Web Page.
Fan Guest of Honor
Local fan and George Lucas Doppelgänger
George Starkey (1963 - 2138) local fan turned actor, long time InConJunction participant, and permanent fixture in the local Indianapolis fan community is cursed with an uncanny resemblance to George Lucas, but as of yet has been unable to find a way to capitalize on this. His film roles include Woodworks Films' Saving Star Wars(2004) Open Mic'rs(2006) Pitching Lucas (2006) with Shane Felux (of Star Wars - Revelations fame) and Leah Not Leia (2011). He also appeared in the "Chad Vader Dies" episode of Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager.
In his spare time George forces his sewing machine to make Star Wars costumes, he paints odd things, occasionally sculpts other things, writes stories about visitors coming down from space, and has an un-built model kit collection that (if built) would have enough leftover spruce trees to build a full-sized Borg cube. Then there's that '63 Beetle of his that bears a striking resemblance to Herbie the Love Bug.
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.
Author of The Superman Guide to Life: Living the Superhero Lifestyle and the novelization of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Lou Harry is the author or co-author of more than 25 books including Creative Block, Know Your Zombies, The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, and the novelization of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (seriously). His novel The High-Impact Infidelity Diet was optioned by Warner Bros and his Voodoo Lou series of doll-and-book kits have sold over a million copies. Coming in October 2015: The Sugar Bush Chronicles: Adventures with the World's Most Photographed Squirrel. He is also a playwright whose produced work include Midwestern Hemisphere, The Pied Piper of Hoboken, and Lightning and Jellyfish. His interactive play Going...Going...Gone (which had its first workshop production at InConJunction) is now in its third season and can be seen the first Sunday of every month at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis. His freelance work has appeared in Writer's Digest, Variety, The Sondheim Review, and over 50 other publications. His full-time gig is Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal and the IBJ Arts and Entertainment Page. At past InConJunctions, he created and hosted the Science Fiction/Fantasy Spelling Bee, led the popular and lively Pub Trivia competition, and served as panelist and charity auctioneer.
For additional information, please refer to Lou Harry's Web Page.
Ian Albers practically grew up at this convention and now that he has some of that "life experience" with all the science and the gaming and the being a teacher and what not, he thought he should give back a little.
John F. Allen
John F. Allen is an American writer born in Indianapolis, IN. He is a member of the Speculative Fiction Guild and the Indiana Writers Center and began writing stories as early as the second grade. John has pursued a variety of writing forms throughout his career. He studied Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a focus in Creative Writing, received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force and is a current member of the American Legion. John's debut novel, The God Killers was published in 2013 by Seventh Star Press, with the second book in the series due out in late summer, 2015.
John currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, son and daughter.
For additional information, please refer to John F. Allen's Web Page.
James O. Barnes
James O. Barnes, is a speaker, author, and publisher for Loconeal Publishing.
James O. Barnes, is a speaker, publisher, and author. He is the publisher for Loconeal Publishing, a small press based in northern Ohio. James also speaks to businesses and groups on a variety of motivational topics ranging from personal responsibility to business and publishing, all with a common sense approach.
For additional information, please refer to James O. Barnes's Web Page.
Speculative fiction author
Matthew Barron spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis Indiana. Matthew's diverse fiction has appeared in House of Horror, Roboterotica, and the Welcome to Indiana Comic anthology. He recently released an urban fantasy graphic novel called Temple of Secrets. His sword sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess, are also available. For more information, visit http://www.submatterpress.com
For additional information, please refer to Matthew Barron's Web Page.
TSN David Wolf Helmsman
A computer (and gaming, sf&f, etc) geek, and am part of a local crew for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. Helmsman of the TSN David Wolf
I am not the girl you think I am. However, I am a writer, accountant, gamer, costumer and science enthusiast just to name a few interests. Just remember, I am no one to be trifled with and that is all you really need to know.
Filmmaker, Author, Podcaster and Geek.
Named the "Queen of Indie Film" by the Indy Star Intake as well as one of the "most talented writers around today" by the Writer's Page, Kate Chaplin is an multi-award-winning film maker whose projects have appeared on MTV, VH1, Discovery Channel and film festivals She is the author of 4 books including "Mythic Waters: Shoki's Bag" and the upcoming movie memior "I Blame Lucas." She is also a digital broadcaster with her show Kate's Take on iTunes, Stitcher and D20crit.com
For additional information, please refer to Kate Chaplin's Web Page.
I'm a dark fantasy/weird west writer from Macon, MS. My first novel, Bloodshed on the Setting Sun is being released on May 1st by Damnation Books. I'm currently working on the sequel, Bloodshed on the Blue Moon.
For additional information, please refer to Penny Cockrell's Web Page.
Mike Cowper is a professional geek. He has been managing the technical side of an Internet Service Provider for over twenty years. He is (or at least was when he used to have time) an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. Mike has been attending InConJunction since 1984 and volunteering since about 1991. He is a past convention chairman and past president of Circle of Janus. He is an amateur actor and has been in many InConJunction plays. He also does game demonstrations for two game companies (Steve Jackson Games and Looney Labs Games) and is very involved with his church (Valley Mills Christian Church).
For additional information, please refer to Mike Cowper's Web Page.
Isaac Crowe was born in 1978 in Brazil, Indiana. Following an early love of computers he went to Purdue University and obtained a B.S. in Computer Technology. He is now a Sr. Systems Administrator. Outside of work, he plays console games, mostly RPGs, watches anime, fishes, goes to car shows, and tries anything else that looks interesting. He also gets together with friends on a weekly basis to play Pathfinder 3.5 adventures.
For additional information, please refer to Isaac Crowe's Web Page.
I've been a construction laborer, truck driver, Heavy Equipment Operator, Night Watchman, Landscape
worker/driver/equipment operator, EMT-A Trainee,
Computer tutor/operator/consultant/custom programmer, and Network Operations Manager. My Computer career ended when I was hit by a car, while crossing the street. (I did Clook both ways.) Using the insurance money from that, I started FBN Graphics, and FBN Group (parent company).
I had to close FBN Graphics, in May 2001, after another serious car accident, left me unable to run it. The accident left me with Degenerative Disk Disease, and herniated disks, from T-11 to L- 5. That led to my being in a wheelchair since
2008. Throughout all of this, my life long interests in writing, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Survivalism have remained unabated.
Where I can be found.
Facebook: Walter Daniels
LinkedIn: Walter Daniels
Sci-Fi Artist, Fan and Teacher
I'm an artist, writer and lifelong fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I have presented workshop panels on various art software and techniques including Manga Studio EX, Corel Painter, and Adobe Photoshop. I have participated in panels on Religious Symbolism in Battlestar Galactica, Music and Roadtrips of Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, social media for creative people, video editing, drawing and painting.
For additional information, please refer to Den Dotson's Web Page.
E. Chris Garrison
Indianapolis-area author of science fiction novel Reality Check, the Road Ghosts urban fantasy trilogy, and the Trans-Continental steampunk series.
E. Chris Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chris lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and a cabal of cats. He also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.
Chris's novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications.
The Road Ghosts trilogy, released by Seventh Star Press, is Chris's supernatural urban fantasy series with a sense of humor.
Chris has released the first of the Trans-Continental steampunk series, which has a transgender protagonist. The novella, Girl in the Gears, will debut at InConjunction 2015.
For additional information, please refer to E. Chris Garrison's Web Page.
Debbie Gates is a content management geek for a (non-fiction!) publishing company and splits her "spare" time between the Pegasus-award-winning band Wild Mercy, her local volunteer fire department, her dogs, and playing Ingress with friends. After a lifetime of piano, she took up guitar because they're easier to carry to filk rooms, and she brings vocals, guitar, djembe and yes, occasionally some piano, to Wild Mercy.
For additional information, please refer to Debbie Gates's Web Page.
Chief Science Officer TSN Mystwulf
Chief Science Officer of the TSN MystWulf, Pokemon Fan, and Pegasister.
This guy's a geek! He's big! He's green! But he's fuzzy, not mean.
Joe 'Volg' Greene is a costumer, LEGO roboticist, SciFi fan, DIY addict and UNIX admin. This guy's a geek! He's big! He's green! But he's fuzzy, not mean.
For additional information, please refer to Joe Greene's Web Page.
Building the USS Enterprise(recycling Project)
Located in North West Indiana, Brian Hakes has been attending InConJunction for many years with his friends Tess and Tom Henson. Creating fun and unique crafty/art items for the Art Show and for room prizes. Best know for his amazing pumpkin carving.
You can check out all of Brian's amazing work at:
Journalist Ronald Hawkins has been writing the Indiana Science Fiction Sojourns column for more than seven years.
Journalist Ronald Hawkins has been writing the Indiana Science Fiction Sojourns column for more than seven years. He has been a working journalist for more than 35 years. He has interviewed and written about many science fiction writers and performers. His travels included a visit to LonCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention in London last August. Hawkins has recently started making presentations about SF at local libraries.
For additional information, please refer to Ronald Hawkins's Web Page.
Time traveler to different realms and time, Kathy Hohman has been part of Incon for 32 years.
Former professor at Hogwarts, now traveling through the stones to Scotland, 32 years working with Incon (including this year as Vendor's room assistant), Kathy Hohman has been there and back.
I am the About.com Physics Expert (http://physics.about.com/) and author of String Theory For Dummies. In addition, I am a contributing editor and reviewer at Black Gate fantasy magazine (http://www.blackgate.com/), have published essays in a number of Popular Culture and Philosophy anthologies and related publications (on topics as diverse as Avengers, Dollhouse, Ender's Game, Green Lantern, The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Veronica Mars, etc.), and am a full time freelance writer.
For additional information, please refer to Andrew Jones's Web Page.
Science Fiction...with a Helping of Fantasy
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Chris is currently working as an Instructional Systems Designer for the Navy.
Chris' full length novels include the "Occupied Seattle" military fiction duology ("Red Tide: The Chinese Invasion of Seattle" and "Occupied Seattle") and "The Theogony" science fiction trilogy ("Janissaries," "When the Gods Aren't Gods" and "Terra Stands Alone"). Chris has also released "Chasing a Spectre," a short story that is the prequel for the "War for Dominance" fantasy trilogy and "Can't Look Back," the first book in that series. He is currently working on "The Search for Gram," the fourth book set in the Theogony universe.
For additional information, please refer to Christopher Kennedy's Web Page.
Freelance Game Designer and Writer living in Indianapolis.
A freelance game designer living in Indianapolis, IN, John is the owner of Smug Pug Games and a Line Developer with Third Eye Games. In addition to his work in the tabletop gaming industry he has been a reporter, an animal rescuer, and an avid gamer himself.
An adorable creeper
Alignment: playfully evil
Kat McConnell is a big geek. Grew up in Indianapolis, but now lives in Columbus where she gets to do science for her day job. SCIENCE! Never having outgrown playing dress-up, Kat was thrilled to learn about events known as "conventions" where wearing costumes was not only accepted, but encouraged. A few years ago she wandered into the realms of special effects makeup and uses her skills at haunted houses, cons, short films, and to creep out family and friends.
Lisa Meece Coaching. Stretch your expectations.
Lisa Meece is passionate about helping geeks stretch themselves. She's been teaching yoga at All People Yoga Center since 2002, and at various conventions since 2007. She works with geek minds, as well, as a life coach who helps people create lives that bring more joy into the world. Familiar with all sorts of non-traditional lifestyles, she offers an 'if you can shock me, your next session is free' guarantee to all of her life coaching clients.
For additional information, please refer to Lisa Meece's Web Page.
Singer, harpist, bass player, filker, avid reader and knitter.
Jen Midkiff (BA, MM) is a professional musician and music educator. Cofounder of the filk band Wild Mercy, she teaches private voice, harp, and piano lessons, as well as working with homeschooling co-ops, directing church choirs, serving with the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, and playing harp and piano for special events. Her first solo CD, All In Good Time, was released in May of 2012 to consistent 5-star reviews on cdbaby.com. Her website is www.heart2harp.com
For additional information, please refer to Jennifer Midkiff's Web Page.
Mary is long time bi stellar sci fi fan!! She is a Vice President of the IndyKnights as well as the Deputy Fleet Commander for Starfleet Command. A big fan of the TV Show Big Bang Theory, Mary has put on panel discussions at various conventions in the past few years. In addition to sci fi fandom, she is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and serves as the Indiana Chapter Regional Coordinator. Lately she has also been exploring the world of Sherlock Holmes as a budding Sherlockian!
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.
PEACHES!!! and friends
Science - Scientist, having worked in molecular biology and biochemistry.
Fiction - Enjoy reading and discussing
& Fantasy - Creating large original creations to wear at conventions.
Science fantasy that ignites the imagination
Noted as having "a native talent for imaginative storytelling that her readers find unfailingly enjoyable" (Midwest Book Review), and "skilled at crafting a nuanced page turner" (Kirkus Review), Terri-Lynne Smiles creates novels filled with realistic characters, a quick pace, and a bit of a puzzle for the reader to chew on. The novels of her Rothston Series have met with acclaim from professional reviews and readers alike, as entertaining reads that explore the lure of power in a contemporary world in which 'adepts' can change the decisions of those around them.
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Terri-Lynne's analytic skills were put to work as a health care attorney, where she was recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys in Ohio. With the release of her debut novel, Foreseen, in Summer 2012, Terri-Lynne left her law practice behind to devote more time to readers and writing and has never looked back. When not writing or making appearances, she and her husband spend their time drinking wine and laughing at life's twists and quirks. Find out more about Terri-Lynne at www.terrilynnesmiles.com
For additional information, please refer to Terri-Lynne Smiles's Web Page.
R.J. Sullivan Darkness with a Chance for Whimsy. www.rjsullivanfiction.com
R.J. Sullivan's novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona "Blue" Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press also released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella, and Virtual Blue, the second part of Fiona's tale. R.J.'s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don't Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes in the tradition of Andre Norton and Gene Roddenberry.
R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. He drinks regularly from a Little Mermaid coffee mug and is man enough to admit it. www.rjsullivanfiction.com
For additional information, please refer to R.J. Sullivan's Web Page.
With a list of qualifications including (but not limited to) b-movie maven, SubGenius 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 ConChair, 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 SubGenius 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 Wandrey - Caution, worlds under construction!
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to write. After penning countless short stories, he realized novels were his real calling and hasn't looked back since. A lifetime of diverse jobs, extensive travels, and living in most areas of the country have uniquely equipped him with experiences to color his stories in ways many find engaging and thought provoking. His current works include the "Earth Song" series, published by Henchman Press, seven books placed in a future where an orphaned mankind must fight for its very existence in a hostile galaxy. He is working on a unique series of zombie novels as well as a new fantasy work that he promises will make you take new look at an old genre.
For additional information, please refer to Mark Wandrey's Web Page.
Jade lives to game; she doesn't care for small talk.
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