ApolloCon 2008

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We are pleased to announce the following guests for ApolloCon 2008:

Guest of Honor — Allen M. Steele


Allen Mulherin Steele, Jr. became a full-time science fiction writer in 1988, following publication of his first short story, "Live from the Mars Hotel" (Asimov's 1988). Since then he has become a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays, with his work appearing in England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Israel, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Japan.

Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in Communications from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, and his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Before turning to SF, he worked for as a staff writer for daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee, Missouri, and Massachusetts, freelanced for business and general-interest magazines in the Northeast, and spent a short tenure as a Washington correspondent, covering politics on Capitol Hill.

His novels include Orbital Decay, Clarke County, Space, Lunar Descent, Labyrinth of Night, The Jericho Iteration, The Tranquillity Alternative, A King of Infinite Space, Oceanspace, Chronospace, Coyote, and Galaxy Blues. He has also published four collections of short fiction: Rude Astronauts, All-American Alien Boy, Sex and Violence in Zero-G, and American Beauty. His work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Science Fiction Age, Journal Wired, Science Fiction Chronicle, Locus, Fantastic and The New York Review of Science Fiction, as well as in many anthologies. He writes regular columns for Absolute Magnitude and Artemis.

His work is frequently nominated for awards including both the Hugo and the Nebula, and has received the Hugo Award (Best Novella 1996, Best Novella 1998), the Seiun Award, from Japan's National Science Fiction Convention (Best Foreign Short Story 1998), the Locus Award (Best First Novel 1990, Best Novella 1998), the Science Fiction Weekly Reader Appreciation Award (1996), the Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Award (1998), the Asimov's Readers Award (1998, 2002), the AnLab Award from Analog (1999), the Donald A. Wollheim Award (1993) and the Phoenix Award (2002).

Steele serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Space Frontier Foundation and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he is a former member of the SFWA Board of Directors. In April, 2001, he testified before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House of Representatives, in hearings regarding space exploration in the 21st century.

He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Linda and their two dogs. His hobbies including collecting vintage SF books and magazines, Nordic skiing, kayaking, and building model spacecraft.

Editor Guest of Honor — Lou Anders

pyrsf.com and louanders.com

A 2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2007 Chesley Award nominee and 2006 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr, as well as the anthologies Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, Fall 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, Summer 2008), Fast Forward 1 (Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of Bookface.com, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact (Titan Books, 1996), and has published over 500 articles in such magazines as The Believer, Publishers Weekly, Dreamwatch, Star Trek Monthly, Star Wars Monthly, Babylon 5 Magazine, Sci Fi Universe, Doctor Who Magazine, and Manga Max. His articles and stories have been translated into Danish, Greek, German, Italian, and French, and have appeared online at SFSite.com, RevolutionSF.com and InfinityPlus.co.uk.

Artist Guest of Honor — Brad Foster


Brad W Foster is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, publisher, and whatever other labels he can use to get through the door! He's won the Fan Artist Hugo a few times, picked up a Chesley award, and turned a bit of self-publishing started about thirty years ago into the Jabberwocky Graphix publishing empire. (Total number of employees: 2.) His strange drawings and cartoons have appeared in over a thousand science fiction fanzines. On a more professional level he has worked as an illustrator for a various genre magazines, the better known among those being Amazing Stories and Dragon. In comics he had his own series some years back, The Mechthings, and even got to play with the big boys for a few years as the official "Big Background Artist" of Image Comic's Shadowhawk.

Outside our beloved genre it is possible you've seen more of work in titles as varied as Cat Fancy, Cavalier, or Highlights for Children. Most recently he has completed covers for a couple of Yard Dog Press books, illustrations for magazines such as Space & Time, Talebones and Leading Edge, and has even managed to work a dragon into the official poster for the Tulsa Oktoberfest!

Filk Guest of Honor — Margaret Middleton

I fell into filk at the deep end, at a Chambanacon in 1975. Before parenthood set in (in 1984) I traveled extensively to conventions from Detroit to Aggieland, and supported my filk habit by becoming a pusher: I was the first filk-music dealer in the central part of the Lower 48. Once daughter-Sharon hit school age, though, I had to cut my range back to the Nashville/Memphis/Oklahoma City stretch of I-40, with only occasional trips further afield. I discovered while I was on the committee for ROC*KON in Little Rock (1977 - 2004) that I could not, after all, help run the con, run my dealer table, AND filk 'til all-hours of the night at the same event. It was the retail sales that folded. Now that Sharon is out of college (and getting married later this summer) and I've taken the first steps toward retiring from my Day Job, I'm trying to figure out whether I'll have the energy to get back into the business.

Fan Guest of Honor — Anne K. G. Murphy

netmouse.com and netmouse.livejournal.com

Anne has been involved in nearly all aspects of SF fandom since the early 90's. Especially active in conrunning, she has not attended a con without helping out with it somehow in at least a decade. Having started out in Ops and Publications at Minicon while getting a BA in History at Grinnell College and an MS in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo (Ontario - no, she has never lived in Minneapolis), she proceeded to Program Ops, Programming, and then Chairing ConFusion after she moved to Michigan in 2001. In its second year out she got involved with Penguicon, where she is a regular guest liaison and is also known for her dancing. Anne played Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Penguicon performances of a shadow play of the musical "Once More, With Feeling" and teaches a workshop called "Dancing for Geeks". She has also helped out with four Worldcons, one World Fantasy Convention, and numerous smaller cons, and credits Geri Sullivan with teaching her most of what she knows about hospitality and creating an atmosphere where fun magic happens. In non-conrunning circles, Anne is a FanEd and semi-pro copyeditor and reviewer - She edited MidFanzine for two years, was on staff of Emerald City for five years, and now works freelance for Subterranean Press. The most frequently read sample of her writing is an essay called "Notes on Neil-Handling, on the care and feeding of Neil Gaiman." Professionally, she is a plasma physics research engineer for a small R&D company. In her extra spare time (Ha!) she is president of the Science Fiction Oral History Association (SFOHA), which captures and archives audio recordings of SF notable people and events.

David Lee Anderson


David Lee Anderson is a science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He's shown paintings at more than 440 convention art shows since 1980. He's worked for TOR Books, Baen Books, Tomorrow SF Magazine, Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, Mayfair Games, Bethesda Softworks, Yard Dog Books and independent publishers and record labels. He was President of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists 1990-92.

Jayme Blaschke

blog: jlbgibberish.blogspot.com

Jayme Lynn Blaschke's fiction has appeared in Interzone and Writers of the Future, among other places. He's the former fiction editor of RevolutionSF.com, and is currently the media director for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, is available from the University of Nebraska Press. Blaschke lives in New Braunfels and works at Texas State University.

Steven Brust


Steven Brust is a drummer.  He writes some, too.

Rosemary Clement-Moore

readrosemary.com and maggiequinnbooks.com

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the smart, funny supernatural mystery novels Prom Dates from Hell (2007), Hell Week (2008) and Highway to Hell (forthcoming 2009). She has an eclectic resume, including jobs as a telephone operator, Chuck E. Cheese costumed character, ranch hand, dog groomer, wedding singer, hair model, actress, stage-hand, director, and playwright. She now writes full time.

Bill Crider


Bill Crider is the author of fifty published novels and numerous short stories. He won the Anthony Award for best first mystery novel in 1987, and he won the Golden Duck award for best juvenile science fiction novel in 1997. He and his wife, Judy, won the Anthony in 2002 for their short story "Chocolate Moose." He has been nominated for the Edgar award for best short story. .

Scott Cupp


Scott A. Cupp is a short story writer from San Antonio. His most recent print publication Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard (co-edited with Joe R. Lansdale) was a World Fantasy finalist for Best Anthology. His most recent story, "Johnny Cannabis and Tony the Purple Paisley (Sometimes) Colored White Lab Rat," is online at RevolutionSF.com.

Gail Dayton

Gail Dayton is the author of the One Rose fantasy trilogy from Luna and Juno Books, and recently completed a deal with Tor for three books set in an alternate Victorian steampunk-ish blood magic universe. The first of these, New Blood, is set for a March 2009 publication. She lives with her husband in Galveston where she is working up to riding past 45th Street on her brand-new red Schwinn.

Bradley Denton


Bradley Denton's novel Laughin' Boy has just been published in paperback by Wheatland Press. Winner of the Campbell Award, the Sturgeon Award, and the World Fantasy Award, Brad is the author of the novels Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Lunatics and Blackburn and two story collections. Brad lives in Manchaca, Texas, with his spouse Barbara and their dogs Lucy, Linus, and Tillie.

Linda Donahue

When not writing, Linda Donahue teaches tai chi, belly dance and performs with Ravenar. Linda's stories and novellas can be found at Yard Dog Press, Fantasist Enterprises, From the Asylum Books, Elder Signs Press, Permuted Press, Ricasso Press, Carnifex Press and BenBella Books. Look for Future Americas, from DAW, in which she coauthored a story with Mike Resnick.

Marianne Dyson


Marianne Dyson is the Assignments Editor for Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space Society. She has a degree in physics and was one of NASA's first ten women flight controllers. Her science fiction short stories and poems have mostly appeared in Analog and YA anthologies, and she has won awards for her children's space books. When not writing or speaking about space, she practices the martial art of Kuk Sool.

Rhonda Eudaly


Rhonda Eudaly lives in Texas where she's worked in various industries to support her writing habit and her cat, Dixon. She is married with a step dog. She loves all things writing related including unusual writing instruments and notebooks. She's had over a dozen fiction and non-fiction stories published in various anthologies, magazines, and websites.

Melanie Miller Fletcher


In addition to writing, Melanie Fletcher does way too many things to be listed here -- let's just say she is Hobby Lobby's beyotch and leave it at that. Her recent writing credits include "The Padre, the Rabbi and the Devil His Own Self" (Helix SF, helixsf.com), "Lost in Whitby" (Fabulous Whitby, ed. Sue Thomason, Shrew Press UK) and Sabre Dance (Double Dog #4, ed. Selina Rosen, Yard Dog Press). An expatriate Chicagoan, she currently lives in North Dallas with a Bodacious Brit, a dollhouse addiction and two fabulous furballs.

Larry Friesen


Larry Friesen grew up in Kansas, and first became interested in Science Fiction reading the Flash Gordon comic strip, and by listening to the Space Patrol radio serial (later a TV series). He committed himself to an interest in space flight when he received a Big Golden Book on aviation, and by reading articles by Werner Von Braun, going so far as to form a Space Club in grade school. He earned B.A.'s in Physics and Math from Kansas University, and a PhD from Rice University in Space Physics & Astronomy. Larry worked at Johnson Space Center from 1976 through 1998, mostly for McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed-Martin. He currently teaches Astronomy and Physics at the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

Bennie Grezlik

Bennie Grezlik's fantasy novel The Ark of Arianna was released in April of 2007. The first book of his SF trilogy, Gate World, will be released by StoneGarden.net in July of 2008. He has stories in Yard Dog Press' Bubbas of the Apocalypse series and Sam's DOT Publishing's Wondrous Web Worlds #6. He is also semi-notorious for his Skip Thruster, Space Detective plays at ApolloCon.

Beverly Hale

bevhale.com and bevhale.livejournal.com

Beverly Hale is a writer and a collector - of people,stories, recipes, dictionaries, books. She has written novels, short stories, a children's book, comic scripts, gaming modules, and an IndoPak cookbook. Her first novel is a YA quest fantasy, and she is currently working on a YA horror, YA fantasy, YA SF and an urban fantasy/paranormal. Beverly says "Writing allows me to entertain, meet new people, research interesting topics, and pull my hair out at regular intervals."

K. Hutson Price


Born in Texas and educated on both coasts, K. Hutson Price did time as a government contractor, recruiter, used car salesmen, and currently flings information at prepubescent individuals as a 5 th grade teacher in a low-income public school. Her writing is influenced by Joss Whedon, World of Warcraft, and the insane things students have pulled at school. Her short fiction has been published by Yard Dog Press and at revolutionsf.com.

Al Jackson

Al Jackson is a long-time Texas SF fan, joining the Dallas Futurians in 1954. Al is also a member of the Houston Science Fiction Society since 1966, and re-founded the University of Texas SF club around 1970 during his PhD in Physics. Most of his career has been at the Johnson Space Center, including training astronauts during Apollo and computing space debris paths. Al's technical publications are at www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/jackson/

Kandy Jarvis

Kandy Jarvis has been in involved in many facets of fandom. In her professional career at JSC, and has been involved in planetary astronomy, orbital debris, and the Columbia Investigation. She is currently working Space Radiation for the CEV, and has become an obsessed fan of the TV show Supernatural. In her spare time she likes to play with her cats, work in her yard, ride her motorcycle, and play with swords.

Rocky Kelley


Rocky Kelley is an award-winning artist and muralist whose paintings have appeared in magazines, galleries, art shows, Neiman Marcos Christmas Catalogs, and even on the David Letterman Show. Rocky's numerous awards include the Director's Award at the 2006 World Fantasy Art Show. He creates dark fantasy works under the pseudonym "Ashen Gray".

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel


Born in Indiana, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel also spent time in Michigan, Ohio, and California before settling in Texas. Her obligatory itinerant occupations have included technical writer, correspondence school instructor, web designer and Licensed Massage Therapist. A nominee for the John W. Campbell Award, her short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, AMAZING! and various anthologies. Her current work appears in the Wings of Morning chapbook from Yard Dog Press.

Alexis Glynn Latner


Alexis Glynn Latner's science fiction novel Hurricane Moon was published by Pyr in 2007. Her stories have appeared in the magazines Analog, Amazing and Sorcerous Signals and in anthologies including Bending the Landscape: Horror and Horrors Beyond 2 - Stories of Strange Creations. She lives in Houston, works in the Rice University library, and teaches creative writing through Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Julia S. Mandala

Julia S. Mandala is a reformed lawyer who does penance by writing fantasy and science fiction. Her works appear in Four Redheads of the Apocalypse, Dracula's Lawyer, International House of Bubbas, Houston, We've Got Bubbas, and Flush Fiction, available from Yard Dog Press. Her other stories have appeared in The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy II, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Adventures of Sword & Sorcery. She is a scuba diver, underwater photographer and belly dancer.

A. Lee Martinez

A. Lee Martinez has published four fantasy novels and has a fifth due out before year's end. His first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, won the American Library Association's Alex Award. Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres have been optioned for media productions. In his spare time, Martinez enjoys video games, board games, juggling, and squinting really hard in hopes of one day shooting laser beams out of his eyes.

J M McDermott

J M McDermott's first novel, Last Dragon, is the first trade paperback of Wizards of the Coast's new Discoveries imprint. He has numerous short fiction and poetry pieces in various magazines, with work forthcoming from Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales Magazine, GUD Magazine and Coyote Wild Magazine.

Maureen McHugh

Maureen McHugh won a Tiptree for her first novel, China Mountain Zhang and a Hugo for her short story, "The Lincoln Train". Originally from Ohio, she has lived in New York City, Southern California, and in China. A recent transplant to Austin, Texas, she thinks the great state of Texas may be the most foreign and exotic place she has ever lived.

C. J. Mills

C. J. Mills has spend most of her adult life in Minnesota, though she grew up all over the Upper Midwest - Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska. She has published an historical-adventure novel, Three Rivers, which was nominated for the Golden Spur award of the Western Writers of America, and five SF novels (the Winter World series). She comes from a line of women writers: her mother and maternal grandmother were journalists; her paternal grandmother and aunt were both short-story writers. Teaching is her other occupation, English (secondary schools and college) and German (grades 2-12). She lives not in Austin with a parrot, a dog, and two cats.

John Moore

John Moore began writing SF while a student at the University of Houston, and sold his first short story to Aboriginal SF in 1986. His fifth novel, A Fate Worse than Dragons, was recently released by Ace Books. An engineer by day, John lives in Houston, has neither wife, children, nor pets, and spends his spare time avoiding responsibility.

Cat Osborne


The first recognizable animal Cat Osborne drew as a child was a horse in crayon, and she has a passion for all things equine that still feature heavily in her artwork. She is also fond of cats, kilts, animals in general, and of the Ukiyo-e style of Old Japan. Her work can be found all over the net, most notably on Elfwood, DeviantArt, Zazzle and CafePress.

Lawrence Person

Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Jim Baen's Universe, Cross Plains Universe, and The Extreme Book of Science Fiction, while his non-fiction has appeared in Locus Online, National Review, Science Fiction Eye, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Slashdot.org. He owns a large library of SF first editions and makes a mean batch of salsa.

John Picacio

johnpicacio.com blog

John Picacio has illustrated covers for books by Michael Moorcock, Frederik Pohl, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more. He is currently one of the finalists for the 2008 Hugo Award as Best Professional Artist. He has won the Locus Award, the Chesley Award, two International Horror Guild Awards, and the World Fantasy Award. He and his wife, Traci, live in San Antonio, Texas.

Derly Ramirez, II & Kathy Thornton

Kathy and Derly have been active in fandom since dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are one third of the notorious Cat Boxe Theatre and have both worked at the Texas Renaissance Festival for more than 20 years.

They have attended, run and guested at cons. They love to be involved, have fun, see old friends and make new ones!

Jessica Reisman


Jessica Reisman grew up on the east coast of the U.S., was a teenager on the west coast, and now lives in Austin, Texas. She dropped out of highschool and now has a master's degree. She's been a writer, animal lover, devoted reader, and movie aficionado since she was a little girl. Her first novel came out in 2004; she has stories in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.

Chris Roberson


Chris Roberson's novels include Here, There & Everywhere, The Voyage of Night Shining White, Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, X-Men: The Return, Set the Seas on Fire, The Dragon's Nine Sons, and the forthcoming End of the Century, Iron Jaw and Hummingbird, and Three Unbroken. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as Asimov's Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Subterranean, and in anthologies such as Live Without a Net, The Many Faces of Van Helsing, FutureShocks, and Forbidden Planets. Along with his business partner and spouse Allison Baker, he is the publisher of MonkeyBrain Books, an independent publishing house specializing in genre fiction and nonfiction genre studies, and he is the editor of anthology Adventure Vol. 1. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award three times-once each for writing, publishing, and editing-twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and twice for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Short Form (winning in 2004 with his story "O One"). Chris and Allison live in Austin, Texas with their daughter Georgia.

Selina Rosen

Selina's short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Sword and Sorceress 16, Such A Pretty Face, Chicks In Chainmail, and the new Thieves World anthologies, Turning Points, Enemies of Fortune. Her newest story, "The Big Trash," which is set in the Drewcilla Quah universe appeared in a recent issue of HelixOnLine.

Some of her thirteen published novels are Queen of Denial, Recycled, Chains of Freedom, Chains of Destruction,Bad Lands, Strange Robby, and Sword Masters.

Caroline Spector


Caroline Spector has published three computer-game hint books, three novels, and one short story. She was an Associate Editor for Amazing Magazine and also edited many role-playing game modules. Her first story for the Wild Cards universe, "Metagames," is included in Inside Straight, and her second, "Would, Coulda, Shoulda," will be out later this year in Busted Flush. She lives in Texas with her husband, noted game designer, Warren Spector. She posts on Saturday at www.eatourbrains.com.

Rie Sheridan


Rie's short stories appear in the Double Dragon's ebook From Within The Mist and their The Stygian Soul as well as Mundania Press' Beyond The Mundane: Flights Of Mind. Her anthology Rievisions is available from Mundania Press and novel The Lute And The Liar is re-released from Awe-Struck Books. Writer's Exchange has re-released her Young Adult fantasy, The Right Hand Of Velachaz, and YardDog Press is home to humorous horror chapbook Tales From The Home For Wayward Spirits And Bar-B-Que Grill. Midnight Showcase will carry Sidhe Moved Through The Faire - new romantic fantasy.

Amy Sisson


Amy Sisson is a writer, book reviewer, academic librarian, crazy cat lady, and graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. Most recently, her fiction has appeared in The Sky's the Limit, a 20th anniversary celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Pocket Books, Oct. 2007).  Stories in her "Unlikely Patron Saints" series have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Irregular Quarterly.  She is co-facilitating the 2008 ApolloCon Writers Workshop with Alexis Glynn Latner.

Shanna Swendson


Shanna Swendson writes humorous contemporary fantasy for Ballantine Books and pop culture essays for BenBella Books. She's the author of Enchanted, Inc., Once Upon Stilettos, Damsel Under Stress and Don't Hex with Texas. When not writing, she's usually discussing books and television on the Internet. She's a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.

Mikal Trimm

Mikal Trimm has had short stories and speculative poetry published in several venues from several countries, including Postscripts, Weird Tales, Polyphony, Black Gate, Strange Horizons...well, the list goes on and on. If you pretend you've heard of him, he might even hit you up for a drink.



"F*ck the ordinary! Reach for the sky! I have a gun."

Martha Wells

Martha Wells is the author of seven fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her most recent novels are a fantasy trilogy: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, published by HarperCollins Eos. She has had short stories and essays in magazines and anthologies, and two Stargate Atlantis media-tie-in novels. Her books have been published in eight languages.

Mel. White

Mel. White is the author of a number of science fiction short stories as well as a cartoonist and graphic novel artist. She is probably best remembered for her Duncan And Mallory graphic novel series with Robert Asprin. Her most recent work is a chapter on the anthropology of the World of Warcraft in Battle For Azeroth (Benbella press).

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