Guest of Honor: Tanya Huff

[Tanya Huff] Following three years in the Canadian Naval Reserve (as a cook), a year studying forestry (although not very hard), a winter hanging around Universal studios (on the set of Operation Petticoat), a degree in Radio and Television Arts, and time spent managing North America's oldest surviving SF&F bookstore (Bakka-Phoenix when it was only Bakka) Tanya Huff moved to rural Ontario with her partner Fiona Patton and began writing science fiction and fantasy full-time—or as full-time as possible around the needs of eight cats, two dogs, and eighty acres of land. Her twenty-seven books range from heroic fantasy (the Quarters books) through humour (the Keeper Chronicles) to military SF (the Torin Kerr Confederation series) and include Scholar of Decay, a novel set in TSR's Ravenloft universe as well as four short story collections and a recent e-collection. Her latest novel was The Wild Ways, a sequel to The Enchantment Emporium from Charlie's POV (DAW, November 2011) and her next will be an untitled created world fantasy she's not allowed to call not!The Napoleonic Werewolf book .

Her books have been translated into nine languages (ten if you include British English) (which she does) and her five-book Blood series, an urban fantasy/vampire/mystery mix which predated the current vampire craze by about fifteen years, was adapted into the 22 episode television series Blood Ties—a process she enjoyed every moment of. Not only because it was the first time in twenty-five years she actually got to use her degree.

She watches more action than drama—Supernatural, Castle, Bones, Fringe, NCIS—loves The Big Bang Theory, thought the Trek reboot rocked, and is awaiting the Avengers movie with her fingers crossed. Her tastes in books ranges across the board, depending on mood at the time, but Terry Pratchett remains at the top of her favourites list. When she's not writing, gardening, dealing with the cats, watching TV, or reading, she practices the guitar and spends far too much time faffing about on social media.

Artist Guest of Honor: Jael

[Jael] From book cover illustrations, to personal and unique commissions for collectors and the business sector, Jael's lush use of color and gorgeous images combine with unparalleled vision and whimsical perspective. Her originals and limited edition print/giclees are in consistently high demand, and she has received frequent awards and recognition for her work. Jael is considered to be one of the foremost female artists of today.

Jael has participated in invitational and juried gallery and museum exhibits throughout the country, and is a popular Artist Guest of Honor at science fiction/fantasy conventions. Jael is, and has been featured in calendars, books, magazines, limited editions, and other publications.

In all, Jael has painted over 38,000 images/commissions during her 56 year career. Since 1986 she has completed several hundred cover illustrations, private commissions, (domestic and abroad), as well as successfully pursuing her visionary “Perceptualistic” work.

Her art is featured in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art Techniques (Quarto Publishing, 1996) and has been included in volumes of Spectrum, a semi-annual publication featuring the best in contemporary fantastic art. She is included in The Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery, a book compiling interviews and images of 25 of the world's top fantasy artists (2002) and her work is included in the prestigious Frank Collections. Jael is also featured in Jane Frank's book, Paint or Pixel (Non Stop Press, 2008) and listed in A Biographical Dictionary - Science Fiction/Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century (McFarland, 2009).

A book of her life and art, Perceptualistics, was published by Paper Tiger, UK (2002), and is still available through Amazon.com.

Jael has been a frequent nominee in several categories, including Life Achievement, for The Chesley Awards.

Afer living in Utah, Nevada, California, New Jersey and New York, Jael now lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband Greg. She will shamelessly brag at the drop of a hat about her twelve grandchildren and going on 14 great grandchildren.

Fan Guest of Honor: Candace Pulleine

[Candace Pulleine]

Candace Pulleine was an integral part of Houston Fandom. She edited and published fanzines, chaired conventions, and encouraged the expression of creativity and love for our field in art, filk, fan performance, fan writing, and video.

She created bridges between media fans and literary fans, building a unified fannish culture where we are simply fans regardless of the medium. Her own love of media extended beyond SF, and her taste in written SF and fantasy seemed all over the map, but she had a weakness for fan-written fiction. She was a co-creator of the zine Texas Revelations and, with Carolyn O'Neal, produced the award-winning non-fiction fanzine GAZ, recognized for quality at MediaWest*Con ("the definitive gathering of Science Fiction/Media fandom").

She was active in numerous SF organizations, including Houston's own Blake's Several (later Several Unlimited). "Active" in Candace's case meant not only being a member but often being an officer and even helping found organizations.

Candace served as the first president of Friends of Fandom, Inc. from 1987 to 1988. She was a director of the corporation until 2010, and was created a Director Emeritus after stepping down from the board. She worked on all the ConTex Science Fiction conventions, chairing ConTex III (1986), ConTex IV(1987), and ConTex IX (1991), and ran the consuite for the first ApolloCon (2004).

Possibly her greatest creation is RevelCon, an adult-only convention centered on media fan-zines and fan fiction. Candace chaired RevelCon from 1990 to 2001; almost twelve years later RevelCon still calls her their mother-goddess.

ApolloCon was delighted to have the opportunity to honor Candace, and we are saddened by her loss. We will miss her.

Michael Bracken

[Michael Bracken] Even though he is the author of several books--including Psi Cops and Microchick--Michael Bracken is better known as the author of almost 1,000 short stories published in Crime Square, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Espionage, Fantastic, Flesh & Blood: Guilty as Sin, Hot Blood: Strange Bedfellows, Midnight, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, Out of the Gutter, Specters in Coal Dust, Weirdbook, and many other anthologies and magazines.

Additionally, Bracken has edited five crime fiction anthologies, including the three-volume Fedora series. Learn more here and here.

Stoney Compton

[Stoney Leonard (Stoney) Compton is a native of Nebraska, a Viet Nam era U.S. Navy vet, and former 31-year resident of Alaska. During those 31 years he wore many hats, did many things, and is now trying to fit them all into his fiction.

His alternative history novels, Russian Amerika (April 2007), and its sequel, Alaska Republik (February 2011), were both published by Baen Books and he will be most happy to personalize your copies.

Pullo Pup Publishing has published his novels Treadwell, A Novel of Alaska Territory, which is historical fiction, Level Six, and Whalesong, which are both science fiction.

Stoney is an illustrator for the Chief, Naval Air Training (CNATRA) at NAS Corpus Christi.

This will be Stoney.s first ApolloCon.

Marianne Dyson

[Marianne
      Dyson] Marianne Dyson is currently writing a historical account of what it was like to be one of NASA's first women flight controllers in parallel with what she hopes will be her first science fiction book. In the meantime, she hopes you will check out her stories from Analog, now available on Kindle. Dyson has a degree in physics and a 2nd degree black belt in Kuk Sool. She has won the Golden Kite and American Institute of Physics science writing awards for her children's books about space. A life member of SFWA, she teaches astronomy in the CCISD GT program. Proceeds from her writing and speaking support several demanding cats, a husband with a flying habit, and the occasional stray alien.

Michael Finn

[Michael
      Finn] A short story author who's trying his hand at novel writing. In addition, he's a freelance thematic consultant, currently working for Dynamite Entertainment on the Hugo-nominated Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" and the ManaPunk RPG.

His work has appeared in Mind's Eye Fiction, alongside notables Stephen King, Fred Saberhagen, and Harlan Ellison. He's very active in the semi-pro community and is a card-carrying member of the Society for the Advancement of Speculative Storytelling.

Larry Friesen

[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 (also a TV series). He became hooked on space flight when he received a Big Golden Book on aviation and A Child's Book of Stars, and by reading articles by Werner Von Braun, even forming a Space Club in grade school. He earned a BA 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. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Al Jackson

[Al Jackson] Al Jackson started out as a SF fan in Dallas in 1954 with the first SF club in Texas, the Dallas Futurians, which had an adventurous life for 6 years. The DFS held the first SF convention in Texas, in Dallas, August 1958. He also was a member of the Houston Science Fiction Society from sometime around 1966... till forever, ....after all the HSFS never officially disbanded! (Unlike the Dallas club.) He re-founded the University of Texas SF club.. 1970-197?..... During the time when he was getting his PhD in Physics. Heck been in and around SF fandom for around 52 years now, an official SF geezer. He has spent most of his years (from 1966) at the Johnson Space Center, doing all kinds of things from training astronauts during Apollo to computing where space debris will be and go, to assorted engineering. Kind of fulfilling a childhood space cadet's dream! Officially retired in 2010. You can see his technical publications here.

Julia Mandala

[Julia Mandala] Julia S. Mandala holds degrees in history and law, and is a copy editor, scuba diver, underwater photographer and belly dancer. Her novels The Four Redheads: Apocalypse Now! and Redheads in Love(with Linda L. Donahue, Rhonda Eudaly and Dusty Rainbolt) and House of Doors (part of Double Dog #5) are available from Yard Dog Press. Her works also appear in Witch Way to the Mall and Fangs for the Mammaries (edited by Esther Friesner), The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse, Dracula's Lawyer, A Bubba in Time Saves None, International House of Bubbas, Houston, We've Got Bubbas and Flush Fiction (from Yard Dog Press).

Cathey Osborne

[Cathey 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 and photography. She is also fond of cats, kilts, animals in general, and cooking. She has a long small-press history, most recently art for "SteamCraft," a steampunk RPG produced by Perilous Journeys Publications, and writing for a new publisher, Lone Star Bookworks.

Jimmy Simpson

[Jimmy Simpson] Jimmy Simpson has been working at art shows and collecting art for over 20 years. The first FenCon did not have an art show, but when they were trying to recruit someone to run their art show, Jimmy was walking down the hall and was volunteered and has been running it ever since.

Kerry Tolan

[K.M. Tolan] K.M. Tolan is a published author of five Science Fiction novels under the Burst Book imprint of Champagne Books out of Calgary, Canada.

His first book entitled, Blade Dancer (2007), was honored by being inducted into the Cushing Science Fiction Achieves at Texas A&M University. The novel went on to become a Finalist in the Epic E-books Awards.

His second novel in the series, Rogue Dancer (2009), earned the Champagne Books Book of the Year award and joined Blade Dancer as an Epic E-Book Awards Finalist. Since then, he has published the final two books in the series, Defiant Dancer (2010) and Battle Dancer (2011) . A spinoff novel, Waiting Weapon, was published in 2008.

Mel. White

[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 includes a chapter on the anthropology of the World of Warcraft in Battle For Azeroth (Benbella press) and a story in A Bubba In Time Saves None (Yard Dog Press).

Pauline Baird

[Pauline Baird] Pauline Baird Jones began her writing career penning romantic suspense (fictional murder doesn’t get you strip searched!) but she had a secret longing to ramp up the spills, chills and derring-do.

By chance she wrote a science fiction romance, realized she’d been mixing fiction into her science since high school (oops, sorry science teachers!), and thought, why not go where she hasn’t gone before? After that, it was easy to stir in some steampunk.

The Key was the first in her Project Enterprise series, which concludes with Kicking Ashe. To find out more about her and her books visit: www.paulinebjones.com.

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of award-winning supernatural mysteries for young (and not so young) adults, like Texas Gothic, The Splendor Falls, and the new Brimstone. She's mostly known for her wit, beauty, hatred of zombies and her love of dogs, coffee, history, archeology, vintage embroidery, rebooted Star Trek, original Star Wars, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Russell Crowe movies, books with kissing and movies with explosions. (www.readrosemary.com)

Bill Crider

[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.

Rhonda Eudaly

[Rhonda Eudaly] Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and stepdog. She's worked in offices, banking, radio, live sound production, and education to support her writing. She has a varied publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on her website.

Melanie Miller Fletcher

Beverly Hale

[Beverly 
      Hale] Bev Hale is normally a writer. However, she has lately developed an obsession for gears, goggles and hats. Now she spends the majority of her time making Steampunk Accessories for her company, OTHERWHEN ODDITIES. You can see samples of her work on FB page Otherwhen Oddities, and soon at www.otherwhen.net. She does still write, and has recently sold a short story "Night of the Bettys" to the anthology What Scared the Bogeymann? coming out in October, 2012. Other publications by Bev include The Essence of Stone, various short stories (many of which are published in Yard Dog Press anthologies), comic work in Negative Burn and Darkhorse Comics Underground, and gaming work for Mayfair Games and Jackson Games. You can find out more about Bev at her website www.bevhale.com.

A. Lee Martinez

[A. Lee Martinez] A. Lee Martinez's ninth novel, Emperor Mollus versus the Sinister Brain, came out last March. He has managed to make a living writing about robots, aliens, vampires, and space squids. Consequently, he considers himself incredibly lucky and doesn't have much to complain about. Aside from being a professional novelist, he isn't especially interesting, but he's happy to be here. If you see him walking down the halls, feel free to say hello. He'll be glad you did.

Lawrence Person

[Lawrence Person] Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in "Asimov's", "Fantasy & Science Fiction", "Analog", "Jim Baen's Universe", "Postscripts", "Cross Plains Universe", The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy, "Locus Online" (where he reviews movies with Howard Waldrop), "National Review", "Reason", "Whole Earth Review", "Science Fiction Eye", The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Slashdot.org. He is the once and future editor of "Nova Express", and the owner of Lame Excuse Books. He owns a large library of SF first editions and makes a mean batch of salsa.

Rie Sheridan Rose

[Rie Sheridan Rose] Rie's short stories appear in the Double Dragon's From Within the Mist ebook and The Stygian Soul as well as Yard Dog Press' A Bubba In Time Saves None. Yard Dog Press is also home to humorous horror chapbooks Tales from the Home for Wayward Spirits and Bar-B-Que Grill and Bruce and Roxanne Save the World...Again. Melange Books carries romantic fantasy Sidhe Moved Through the Faire. Zumaya Books is home to The Luckless Prince. And Mocha Memoirs has the single short story "Drink My Soul...Please". as an ebook.

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen’s stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. Some of her fourteen published novels include How I Spent the Apocalypse, Queen of Denial, Black Rage, Fire & Ice, Bad Lands (with Laura J. Underwood), and Jabone’s Sword. She owns Yard Dog Press and created their Bubbas of the Apocalypse universe.

Patrice Sarath

[Patrice Sarath] Patrice Sarath is the author of the fantasy series, Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl) as well as the historical romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Her short stories have appeared in magazines including Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy, and Black Gate. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Kathy Thornton and Derly Ramirez II

[Kathy Thornton & Derly Ramirez II] 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 many, many, many cons. They love to be involved, have fun, see old friends and make new ones!

Martha Wells

[Martha Wells] Martha Wells is the author of thirteen novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, The Gate of Gods, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her newest novel, The Serpent Sea, was published in January 2012, and her next book will be The Siren Depths, published in December 2012 by Night Shade Books. She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Stargate Magazine, and the anthology Elemental.