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Mary Robinette Kowal
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Five Year Mission
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Moxie Anne Magnus
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Lou Harry is the author of more than 40 books including, proudly, the novelization of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (His not-so-secret goal is to write a book for every classification in the Dewey Decimal System). He has also written for dozens of publications including Variety, The Sondheim Review and even Cartoon Network magazine. His produced plays include Midwestern Hemisphere, Lightning and Jellyfish, Rita From Across the Street, and "Popular Monsters." By day, he edits Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists (www.quillmag.com). He hasn't bailed on Twitter (yet) so you can follow him @louharry or connect at www.louharry.com.
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Marie Vibbert has been a Nebula finalist, and made the Hugo and BSFA long list with her over 80 published stories in top magazines including Clarkesworld, Analog and F&SF. Her works have been translated into Vietnamese, Chinese and Czech! She has also written video games, comic books and three novels. The latest is The Gods Awoke, about an omniscient space being finding out she's not a god. By day, Marie is a computer programmer in Cleveland.
For additional information, please refer to Marie Vibbert's Web Page.
John F. Allen
John F. Allen is an American author/writer and visual artist born in Indianapolis. He is a founding and active member of the Speculative Fiction Guild. He is also an active member of the Indiana Writers Center, where he serves as a faculty member and teaches classes on writing. John began writing and producing artwork and short stories early in his childhood and has pursued various forms of writing throughout his career. He studied liberal arts at IUPUI with a focus in creative writing and art, received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force and is a current member of The American Legion. John's debut novel, The God Killers, was published in 2013, followed by a spin-off novella series titled Codename: Knight Ranger. John's short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Thunder on the Battlefield: Sword Volume One by Seventh Star Press, Trajectories by Hydra Publications and Black Pulp II by Pro Se Productions. Some of which are featured in his collection The Best is Yet to Come, which is currently published by Hydra Publications, along with The God Killers, Codename: Knight Ranger and Codename: Knight Ranger TGPC. He also penned the novelization of respected screenwriter Demetrius Witherspoon's short film, Submerge: Echo 51. John currently resides in Indianapolis and is married to an amazing woman named Mia. He has one adult child and a teenager from a previous marriage. John co-hosts a popular YouTube show with fellow author RJ Sullivan called The Two Towers Talk Show, which focuses on reviews of nerd-related films, television series and creator interviews. He is also the creator of OG NERDS and serves as an administrator for the Facebook community, which caters to nerds of a certain age (40) but welcomes ALL nerds (18).
For additional information, please refer to John F. Allen's Web Page.
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Dan R. Arman decided he wanted to tell stories. Stories about other worlds populated by interesting characters, because he thought these people and worlds would help him reflect on the world he was living in, its beauty, horrors and absurdity. While he was starting to pursue this dream of being a science fiction and fantasy author, he began teaching English composition at Stark State College in Ohio. For several years he worked as a newspaper reporter, an editor, and now teaches literature and writing at an online high school. He holds a master's degree in English literature and rhetoric from Kent State University. He currently lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and two cats.
For additional information, please refer to Dan R. Arman's Web Page.
Ethan Avery believes in the power of stories. As a child growing up in Ohio, they gave him a chance to see a bigger world, and to hear what life was like for people who didn't look like him or believe what he did. And now, years later, he hopes to do the same for others. When he's not writing novels, directing movies or wasting other people's time with his YouTube channel, Ethan plays video games (poorly), basketball (painfully) and D&D (problematically with praiseworthy peers). Send him a tweet @StoriesByEthan; he loves nerding out! Ethan's debut novel Sword and Sorcery: Frostfire was a recipient of Literary Titan's Gold Book Award, a Purple Dragonfly Book Award Runner-up, and a Writer's Digest Book Award Honorable Mention. The critically acclaimed novel was called "an intricate and enjoyable adventure with a striking cast" by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly's Booklife Reviews said, "Avery's buoyant, character-driven debut brings a fresh class consciousness to high fantasy." Ethan is currently hard at work writing a sequel.
For additional information, please refer to Ethan Avery's Web Page.
Matthew Barron's diverse fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He's released three graphic novels and wrote and produced two plays for the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. His latest book, a paranormal mystery called Buried Curses, was released in April 2022. For more information, visit http://www.submatterpress.com.
For additional information, please refer to Matthew Barron's Web Page.
Brianna Best (they/she) is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University Bloomington. They study contemporary speculative fiction and how it imagines survival of our future and current catastrophes. She is an associate editor with Mapping the Impossible: Journal of Fantasy Research and an editor of the science writing blog ScIU: Conversations in Science at Indiana University. They are also a reader for fiction and poetry at Indiana Review. They live in Bloomington, Ind., with their two cats and a sad collection of slowly dying plants.
Jo Boone is the author of the Combined Service series, published by Chris Kennedy Publishing. Her goal in writing novels is to pack as much fun stuff as possible into a single story. As a reader, Jo cut her teeth on Anne McCaffrey and Susan Cooper, graduated to Lois McMaster Bujold and Jasper Fforde, and currently adores Becky Chambers and Martha Wells. Jo lives in North Carolina with her geeky husband, her daughter who wonders how she ended up with all these weirdos, and a dog who loves everybody regardless.
For additional information, please refer to Jennifer Boone's Web Page.
Steve Bridge is a retired Indianapolis librarian who has been coming to InConJunction for so many years that he was once Fan Guest of Honor. He is a collector of Tolkien and Lois McMaster Bujold, and is the editor of the seven-book series The Chronicles of Borea by Joseph E. Koob II. He reviews books on Facebook. He has also been involved in the field of cryonics since 1977, including being president of the Alcor Foundation. He used to think he knew a lot about nanotechnology, but that field moves faster than his reading speed. He has given talks on cryonics and nanotechnology at InConJunction.
Mr. Samuel Chirtel
Sam is a Ph.D. student, science fiction writer and former biophyicist. His research focuses on the boundaries and intersections between science, religion and magic, especially as explored in Weird and New Weird fiction. His creative writing explores similar themes. Before coming to his current home of Indiana University Bloomington, Sam received a B.A. in biophysics from The John Hopkins University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Casual Moth Cosplay or, as she is known offline, Lizzy (she/her) is a cosplayer and character performer from the Midwest. Passionate about cosplay and activism, she uses her art and her platform to promote empowerment, especially to young women and members of the LGBT community. Lizzy has a personal focus on sustainability, preferring to upcycle her costumes from used fabric and clothing or other thrifted textiles whenever possible. She has been cosplaying since 2013, and typically attends conventions around the Indianapolis and Chicago areas. Her costumes span genres from film, television, anime, gaming and more.
For additional information, please refer to Casual Moth Cosplay's Web Page.
(Da Baby) Elizabeth Davis was born and has lived her entire life in Dayton, Ohio, though she has also traveled to the other side of the world. She attended UD and Sinclair College, and holds degrees in English and paralegal. She is currently creating a specialty in database repair. She is the younger, more liberal voice.
For additional information, please refer to Mx. Elizabeth Davis's Web Page.
Sara Marian was raised in the woods by wild English teachers, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is also a partner in Per Bastet Publications, a small press based in Southern Indiana. Her fiction blends genres including fantasy and urban fantasy, cyberpunk and steampunk, mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction and comedy, and she is the author of over 200 nonfiction articles on the Clio history website. Her day job is archaeology.
For additional information, please refer to Sara Deurell's Web Page.
Longtime InCon ConCom member, devoted bookworm.
Clif has published serious computer-science textbooks, funny short stories, and just had his first novel - Promised Rewards, a light-hearted historical - published by Dark Myth.
For additional information, please refer to Clif Flynt's Web Page.
Since 2014 I have been co-hosting and producing the Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast, an all-female-driven pop culture podcast; we discuss all things pop culture, from movies and TV shows to books and comics. Since 2020 I have been co-hosting Gold Standard, where we watch and review every Academy Award winner for Best Picture in chronological order. Both podcasts are passion projects for me and I love sharing them with others. I am also excited to announce that I have recently expanded my outside activities to include a nonprofit called Fangirls Give Back. The organization is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community by empowering and supporting girls and young women through the use of media, pop culture and education. We are currently accepting donations and volunteers, and we would love your support. I hope that you'll take a moment to check out The Five(ish) Fangirls and Gold Standard podcasts and learn more about Fangirls Give Back.
For additional information, please refer to Rachel Frend's Web Page.
E. Chris Garrison
E. Chris Garrison writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. She is a co-founding member of the Speculative Fiction Guild. Chrissy's latest release is Born This Fae, a continuation of the world she created in Road Ghosts and the Tipsy Fairy Tales. She is also the author of Trans Witch: College of Secrets, which is set at a wizard school for the rest of us. Her Trans-Continental series is a steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. The series is set in one of the worlds in Chrissy's dimension-hopping science fiction adventure Reality Check. Her books are published through Silly Hat Books. Chrissy reads her stories on her Alien Beer Podcast, which includes The Multiverse Blues, a science fiction serial, Rosedale Pub, about an inn between the worlds, as well as many other short stories and flash fiction. Chrissy lives in Indianapolis with her wife and their cats. She also enjoys tabletop games and finding innovative uses for duct tape. Keep up on the latest news and releases from Chrissy at https://sillyhatbooks.com.
For additional information, please refer to E. Chris Garrison's Web Page.
Tess Given is a grad student researcher and teacher at IU who thinks about sci-fi, androids, fungi, outer/other worlds, parasites and TTRPGs in the context of theories and histories of the human.
Casey Glanders has been a ghostwriter with his wife for over 15 years. In 2013, he decided to take a chance and put out a novel under his own name with Big in Japan, the first novel in the Gailsone series. Since then, he has published over 18 books while still working on side projects and series. Casey has published action/adventure, horror, fantasy, YA and more. His latest book, an all-new YA adventure titled Something, Something, Magic, is due out the summer of 2023.
For additional information, please refer to Casey Glanders's Web Page.
Max Glenn (he/him) is an artist-scholar and educator based out of Indianapolis. He loves the systems of TTRPGs to create community-driven stories for his friends.
Johnny Graybeal is a longtime Star Trek fan, going back nearly five decades. He is also a trained historian, who sees the various incarnations of the Star Trek franchise in their historical and chronological context. For anyone trying to figure out the show, in what order to watch series and episodes, and how to understand things "in world," I can show them the logical way to proceed.
For additional information, please refer to Johnny Graybeal's Web Page.
T. Lee Harris
T. Lee Harris is a scribbler of the lowest order. Not only does she pen lies about people who don't exist, she draws pictures of them too. Harris, in the guise of a publisher with Per Bastet Publications, has aided and abetted others by putting their scribblings into book form; going so far as to devise covers for many of those tomes. She claims she went to school to learn these things, but that shouldn't be held against anyone. Harris is, in turn, aided and abetted by Per Bastet Publications, who have allowed her to run roughshod over history in her stories about an ancient Egyptian scribe and a magic temple cat, and spread her prevarications about a former football player and a 200-year-old vampire turned international law enforcement agents. Hydra Publications cannot escape blame; they have promulgated her lies about a retired spy who gets mixed up in other people's business. The Southern Indiana Writers' Group are possibly the worst offenders of all, having repeatedly permitted her to commit acts of literary vandalism with the Indian Creek anthology series. There are suspicions that Harris is committing another novel or two, but this has yet to be confirmed.
For additional information, please refer to T. Lee Harris's Web Page.
Author, GM, designer and player with over 40 years' experience in TTRPGs across many systems and styles. Owner of IndyPendant Games at www.indypendantgames.com, based out of Indianapolis.
For additional information, please refer to Blayke Humphrey 's Web Page.
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Leigh Kimmel literally can't recall the first story she ever wrote, only that she wrote it some time in first grade. It would be one of several tales of imaginary worlds and magical beings she wrote at the time. In second grade she wrote a multi-page story in a spiral-bound notebook, telling the story of a world of merfolk under the sea. Unfortunately, most of these early writings have been lost over the years. Throughout her childhood and youth she kept writing, developing a succession of fantasy and science fiction worlds. During this period she learned how to see a writing project through to completion and made her first efforts at rewriting. Going to college gave her access to computers, which simplified the process of preparing a manuscript for submission to magazines. She also joined her first writing workshop and began to make professional connections. After completing degrees in Russian language and literature and library science, Leigh worked in public and academic libraries. During this period she experienced her first literary success, getting her stories published in various small-press publications. Wanting to broaden her career horizons in academia, she went back to graduate school to earn additional advanced degrees. During this period she attended her first science fiction convention. She also had her first academic writing published and discovered a ready market in articles for ready-reference publications for libraries. The 21st century brought changes: a husband, a house, a cat, and a business selling books and collectibles at conventions. She continued to write and submit fiction while doing non-fiction gigs. Her next big break came with the rise of e-books and the consequent indie revolution. She first experimented with serialization at the now-defunct Jukepop Serials before releasing her works through various online distribution platforms. At that point she created her own imprint, Starship Cat Press, to give her books an identity.
For additional information, please refer to Leigh Kimmel's Web Page.
Joseph Koob II
Dr. Joseph Koob is the author of a recently published seven-book fantasy, The Chronicles of Borea (see below). Plus professional articles, short fiction, professional books, series of books on Understanding and Working with Difficult People and educational music software. Joe is a former college music professor, motivational speaker and bow hunter, and an early D&Der and Dungeon Master. Dr, Koob's Fantasy, Book II, just received a Kirkus Star.
For additional information, please refer to Joseph Koob II's Web Page.
Rachel Lulich is a writer, adventurer and Air Force veteran. She is best known for her Fractured Galaxy trilogy, a near-future space adventure readers have compared to Apollo 13 and The Martian. Her first book for young readers, The Red Door, will be available in September 2023. When she's not writing or manning a desk at her day job, Rachel enjoys volunteering with Civil Air Patrol and spending time with family. She's fond of board games, singing and nice evening walks. She is not fond of bees.
For additional information, please refer to Rachel Lulich's Web Page.
The once and future conchair (2018, 2023, 2024) strikes again, sending chills down the spines of her mortal enemies! She has delusions of grandeur! She wants to talk to you about absurd things! She has this all under control.
Paul spent his formative years as a dancer and fighter. He went to college originally for computer science but then switched to ballroom dancing. He has worked in that industry for the last 10 years leading how to tell stories through movement and song. Recently retired, he has taken up work as a professional GM.
For additional information, please refer to Paul Meyers's Web Page.
Jon R. Osborne turned a journalism education and a passion for role-playing games into writing science fiction and fantasy. His second book in The Milesian Accords modern fantasy series, "A Tempered Warrior" was a 2018 Dragon Awards finalist for Best Fantasy Novel. Jon is a core author in the military science fiction Four Horseman Universe, where he was first published in 2017. He now has eight novels and numerous stories published in multiple languages. Jon resides in Indianapolis, where he plays role-playing games, writes science fiction and fantasy, and extols the virtues of beer. You can find out more at jonrosborne.com and at https://www.facebook.com/jonrosborne.
For additional information, please refer to Jon Osborne's Web Page.
David Lee Pancake
David Lee Pancake's sculptures and illustrations represent a varied and unique repertoire of his personal interests. He pursues a wide variety of subject matter that includes dragons, superheroes, D&D characters, abstracts and horror sculptures, and paintings. His talent expresses equally in clay, canvas or computer. David loves to play with textures in his sculptures and his attention to detail is revealed in his careful application of dragon scales and feathers. He states, "I love detail and texture and angels, dragons and other mythical creatures allow me the freedom to play and bring to life what's inside my head." The fantasy creations of David Lee Pancake are gracing homes and businesses all over the world and we are sure you won't forget his name - just think about your favorite breakfast food.
For additional information, please refer to David Lee Pancake's Web Page.
I am the MaskMonger. I am the Junk-Punk. I am the Weird Scientist. I am stronger than willpower. I've been crafting and entertaining for over 20 years, streaming my works on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and TikTok. I am also a professional wrestler and promoter who likes to think "Outside the Ring." And now a fresh and budding horror movie host. I do my best to keep smiles on everybody's faces and keep my loving family happy!
For additional information, please refer to Vinny Rattlocke's Web Page.
Mike has a huge love of the history of computers and video games. When he is not playing retro video games, he's often working on artwork based on classic games. He has also has spent many years working in radio and television broadcasting in Indiana and Kentucky.
I am an associate professor of English at Indiana University, where I teach classes on science fiction, feminist and queer theory, and literary criticism.
Author and artist Rue Sparks is an amalgamation of neurosis and nonsense held together by duct tape and sheer stubbornness. A widow, disabled and a member of the queer community, they traverse the equally harsh and cathartic landscape where trauma and healing align to create stories that burrow into the hearts and minds of their readers. In addition to The Stars Will Guide Us Back, Sparks has authored the novella Daylight Chasers and the magical realism/mystery novel The Fable of Wren. They volunteer as an artist for the indie publisher, Lost Boys Press. They live in Noblesville, Ind., in the USA with their sweet senior support dog and cantankerous cat.
For additional information, please refer to Rue Sparks's Web Page.
Mike is a longstanding attendee of InConJunction and has been a program participant for more than 15 years. He has worked at the Hero House comic bookstore in Fountain Square in Indianapolis for the last 13 years.
Todd is an avid gamer of all types of games. He has been attending conventions for most of his adult life and has volunteered for a few years. He also enjoys reading and writing.
W. Jade Young
Jade possesses a troublesome, expensive MFA in creative writing with a concentration in fiction for which her thesis mentor was the incomparable Jo Knowles. She has a collection of unfinished novels buried under her floorboards - that's the beating sound you're hearing - and she hates having free time for fun or sleep, so she also has a full-time day job, freelance edits on the side, teaches a cooking class, and writes a blog ... when she remembers.
For additional information, please refer to W. Jade Young's Web Page.
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