ApolloCon Guests

Guest of Honor David Gerrold

David Gerrold's work is famous around the world. His novels and stories have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His TV scripts are estimated to have been seen by more than a billion viewers.

Gerrold’s prolific output includes stage shows, teleplays, film scripts, educational films, computer software, comic books, more than 50 novels and anthologies, and hundreds of articles, columns, and short stories.

He has worked on a dozen different TV series, including Star Trek, Land of the Lost, Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5, and Sliders. He is the author of Star Trek’s most popular episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.”

Many of his novels are classics of the science fiction genre, including The Man Who Folded Himself, the ultimate time travel story, and When HARLIE Was One, considered one of the most thoughtful tales of artificial intelligence ever written. His stunning novels on ecological invasion, A Matter For Men, A Day For Damnation, A Rage For Revenge, and A Season For Slaughter, have all been best sellers with a devoted fan following. His young adult series, The Dingilliad, traces the healing journey of a troubled family from Earth to a far-flung colony on another world. His Star Wolf series of novels about the psychological nature of interstellar war are in development as a television series. A ten-time Hugo and Nebula award nominee, David Gerrold is also a recipient of the Skylark Award for Excellence in Imaginative Fiction and the Forrest J. Ackerman lifetime achievement award. In 1995, Gerrold shared the adventure of how he adopted his son in The Martian Child, a semi-autobiographical tale of a science fiction writer who adopts a little boy, only to discover he might be a Martian. The Martian Child won the science fiction triple crown: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus Poll. It was the basis for the 2007 film Martian Child starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. Gerrold’s greatest writing strengths are generally acknowledged to be his readable prose, his easy wit, his facility with action, the accuracy of his science, and the passions of his characters. An accomplished lecturer and world-traveler, he has made appearances all over the United States, England, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His easy-going manner and disarming humor have made him a perennial favorite with audiences. David Gerrold will be a Guest of Honor at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. He is currently completing A Method For Madness, the fifth book in The War Against The Chtorr series.

Artist Guest of Honor Theresa Mather

A professional artist since 1989, Theresa Mather creates fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. Best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, integrating her paintings with the natural colors and textures of the surface, Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her.

“When I need inspiration, I go hiking somewhere,” is how Theresa answers that frequently asked question. Theresa and her husband Barry Short reside in Cedar City, Utah, where the many nearby national parks – Zion, Brycce Canyon, Capital Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, and Grand Canyon - give her plenty of opportunity to find inspiration.

Theresa is an artist who chooses to work outside of gaming and publication, exhibiting and selling her work at science fiction convention art shows across the country. She enjoys the freedom this gives her to paint whatever she desires, allowing her paintings to be truly her creations. In addition to this, she was active in the field of antique carousel restoration from 1989 through 1999, painting suites of large scale paintings for the crestings of 5 antique carousels and decorative paintwork for a sixth.

While Theresa does have some formal art training, she suggests that those curious about this aspect of her background simply rent and watch the movie Art School Confidential, which parallels her experience quite well. She’d just as soon forget about it, except as a source of amusement.

Theresa exhibits at over 70 shows each year and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Popular Choice Best of Show at ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon.

Editor Guest of Honor P.N. Elrod

P.N. Elrod launched her professional writing career in the 80s selling gaming modules to TSR while shopping her first novel to publishers who didn't know what to do with an urban fantasy back then. Bloodlist, the story of a vampire PI whose first case was to solve his own murder, sold to Ace Science Fiction, and it and the other eleven books in her Vampire Files series have been selling ever since.

She took on her first editing job with her Time of the Vampires collection for DAW and went on to edit anthologies for Ace, Benbella, and St. Martin's Griffin. She's edited New York Times bestselling writers, including Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, and Charlaine Harris. "Pros on that level are an editor's dream team, I don't have any work to do," she says.

Elrod has won the Lord Ruthven Award, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Reader's Choice Award, RT Book Review's Pioneers of Genre Fiction Award, and two PEARL Awards for her writing and editing. These career triumphs are sadly mitigated by her incurable addiction to chocolate and Doctor Who.

She is presently working on a new steampunk series for Tor, doing freelance editing for a magazine, designing a space station, and, despite having no musical training or talent, is writing a grand opera on the invention of the Q-Tip.

"I have one note down," she reports. "It's a good note. I think it's an "F," so this will be an F-all experience. I've gotten calls from Andrew Lloyd Webber to shut the whole thing down (he's uncomfortable with the competition), but he's not offered enough money yet."

Elrod resides in Texas with her dogs when she is not helping the Doctor save the universe from, oh, everything.

Fan Guest of Honor Al Griego

Al Griego got into the geek life in the summer of '78 when a friend asked him to join their AD&D group (Which he still games with over FaceTime). He began playing other RPGs and board games and got into sci-fi/fantasy fiction. He survived the "Great D&D Scare" of the 1980s and is still amazed by the things people say about gamers.

In 1991, he started helping out with HorrorCon in San Antonio and playtesting for Steve Jackson Games. He worked with HorrorCon until it folded in 1997 as event support coordinator and gofer before becoming the con chair in its last year. In 2002, he started working with ChimaeraCon, also in San Antonio. He has acted as corporate liaison, guest coordinator and helping with various other duties as needed. He's still a part of ChimaeraCon and enjoys seeing the attendees having fun at the event. Among the guests he's worked with are Sandy Petersen, Gunnar Hansen, Marc Singer, Jarrett Crippen (The Defuser), Aaron Williams & Howard Tayler.

In addition to his convention work, he's also a volunteer in Steve Jackson Games' Men In Black demo team. This grew from his playtesting days in the early '90s, and he enjoys going to conventions and stores to run game demos and tournaments. Among his playtest credits are GURPS Dinosaurs & IOU, Frag, Munchkin Pathfinder, Burn In Hell & Chez Cthulhu.

He's the proud father of three sons and one daughter, who are also gamers. His wife of thirty-two years is also a gamer and runs a photography business that includes green screen photography at cons. He has been known to indulge in cosplay occasionally, although he's generally too busy running events to do it very often. He also enjoys improv and spent about 18 months working with a small group in San Antonio. He likes to read books on military history, aircraft and the occasional novel. He watches too many zombie movies and wishes he was better at painting miniatures.

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