Riona Abhainn

Riona is a Celtic and fantasy singer who sings in the venerable Irish tradition of unaccompanied performance. She performs at Renaissance/fantasy faires and conventions in OR and WA including Canterbury Faire, Shrewsbury Faire and OryCon. She also is the proprietress of Riona's Cave of Treasures, an artisan/vendor market and performance event with a scifi/fantasy theme, held in early Feb. each year in Portland. In addition she makes calendars trimesterly full of scifi/fantasy/steampunk/pirate/etc. events for the local area.

Facebook: Find me at Riona Abhainn


Elizabeth Adams

Native Texan, current Seattleite, enamelist, jeweler, spinner and net-maker Elizabeth Adams has been making things her entire life. She currently makes enameled jewelry and accessories under the business name NightshadeRose Studio, and her netting-instruction website--More Than Fish & Hammocks--is visited by people all over the world.



Karen Anderson

Karen G. Anderson is a Seattle journalist, arts reviewer, conrunner, and writer. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, SFWA, and the board of Clarion West. She has been on the concoms of Potlatch and Foolscap. Karen is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writers workshop. She writes as K.G. Anderson; her short fiction has appeared in Story Emporium and in the anthologies Second Contacts and The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories.                            

Twitter : writerway


Liz Argall

An Australian living in Seattle, Liz plays roller derby with the Rat City Rollergirls, writes, draws comics and spends a lot of time with dirt under her fingernails. Her work can be found in places like Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, and This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death. She recently cracked the Escape Artists Trifecta! That’s audio versions of her stories in Pseudopod, Podcastle and EscapePod. Liz writes love letters, songs and poems to inanimate objects and two of her short stories have become plays that are regularly performed. She creates the webcomic Things Without Arms and Without Legs and her website is


Gene Armstrong

Gene Armstrong has been a figure in Fandom for over 30 years. He is a founder of Rainfurrest. He has Chaired Imperiacon, Knightcon, Anglicon, ConComCon, Rustycon, and Rainfurrest. He has vice-chaired Omni-con (was given the position the day of the convention) Anglicon, Rustycon, Orycon, Rainfurrest, and ConComCon. He has held virtually every position one can in fandom he has held executive positions on two Westercons, a Nasfic and is on the programing he worked in Programming for the Chicago Worldcon, and is the Advisor to the Chair for Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. He is an expert in most aspects of convention running.


Amanda Baldwin

Abbie Normal is a writer, competitive vocalist, Dj, performer, body positive model, cosplayer and equality advocate. Abbie has been published in the D20 Girls Magazine for fiction and non-fiction short writing as well as modelling. She has done MCing and interviews with influential names in the fandom industry such as Elfquest creators Wendy and Richard Pini.

Abbie is also the President and Founder of the Northwest Nerd Alliance, a community of folks united under the purpose of creating a safe, welcoming and genuine community of fans across the Northwest Region that also fights to redefine an inclusive definition of what being a geek/nerd/dork means.

Finally, she is a promotions and event planner doing work for bars, conventions, NPOs, artists and more.


Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a novelist, television writer, teacher, and human performance junkie.   He's published over three million words, and makes his home in Southern California.


Carol Berg

Carol Berg majored in mathematics at Rice University, so she wouldn’t have to write papers.  But just to make sure she had time to keep reading, she took every English course that listed novels on the syllabus.  Somewhere in the midst of raising three sons, earning another degree - this time in computer science - and a software engineering career, a friend teased her into writing stories.  Writing became a hobby and then a passion and then a career. 

Carol’s fifteen epic fantasy novels have earned national and international acclaim.  She has won the Prism Award for best romantic fantasy, the Geffen Award for best translated fantasy, and multiple Colorado Book Awards.  She has been shortlisted for the Romantic Times Best Epic Fantasy Award and the Compton Crook Award.  Her duology, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.  Carol now teaches writing at conferences in the US and Canada, and regularly appears on the program of the World Science Fiction Convention, the World Fantasy Convention, and regional conventions.

Carol’s work has garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers’ Weekly, who use words like compelling, superbly realized, and spellbinding. Her newest novel is Ash and Silver, the second novel of Sanctuary.  Carol lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.



Betty Bigelow

Betty Bigelow has been attending and working Science Fiction conventions since the early 70's,competing in the costume masquerades, displaying her paintings and sculpture in the art shows, and leading her group in performing as the half time entertainment as Klingons at Vulcan ( Alberta ) and at the 40th Star Trek Anniversary event at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She is the artistic director of the Shahrazad Dance Ensemble of Seattle, performing folkloric Middle Eastern Dance from many countries.  


Karen Black

Karen is an engineer-turned-farmer who runs Norton Creek Farm near Corvallis.


Jeff Bohnhoff

Jeff Bohnhoff is a professional musician, songwriter and recording engineer/producer. With his wife Maya, he has released 6 CDs including 3 albums of hilarious parodies of classic rock songs, and 3 albums of beautiful original songs, including their most recent release "I Remember the Rain". He has also produced albums for Seanan McGuire, Nancy Freeman, Mary Crowell, Betsey Tinney, Twotonic (Katy Dröge Macdonald and Steve Macdonald), Harmony Heifers and Scott Snyder. Midichlorian Rhapsody, a spot-on parody of Bohemian Rhapsody from Jeff and Maya's parody album Grated Hits, went viral on Youtube with over 775,000 views to date. Midichlorian Rhapsody won a Pegasus award in 2014, and Jeff and Maya won the Pegasus award for Best Performer in 2015 (in addition to their win in that category in 2003). Jeff and Maya have been frequent musical Guests of Honor at cons all over the US and the world, including the UK, Germany and Canada. They will be musical Guests of Honor at Confluence in Pittsburgh later this summer.


Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Writer of speculative fiction as the result of a horrible childhood incident involving Klaatu and a robot named Gort, Maya is the New York Times bestselling author of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (with Michael Reaves). She is also a singer, songwriter, performer, and Bahá’í. Her latest novel is DEVIL’S DAUGHTER: Lucinda’s Pawnshop 1 (with Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez). Her short fiction appearances include Analog, Amazing Stories, Interzone, and Baen’s Universe; she’s a Nebula, Sidewise, and British Science Fiction award finalist.


Sue Bolich

S. A. Bolich's fantasy worlds are lived-in, dusty, full of exotic smells and strange sights, inhabited by people (sometimes a loose interpretation of the term) who reach out and grab us by


David Boop

David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat and Veronica Mars. His RPG work includes Interface Zero, Rippers and Deadlands: Noir for Savage Worlds. David regularly tours the country speaking on writing and publishing at schools, libraries and conventions.

He’s a single dad, part-time temp worker and believer. His weirdest job was as a professional Beetlejuice impersonator. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more on his fanpage, or Twitter @david_boop.


Janet Borkowski

Master Class Costumer



Sunni Brock

Sunni writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited three films, including the Rondo Award-winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet herptiles, running their technology consulting business, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.                                     

Twitter: @jasonspsyche


A.M. Brosius

A.M. Brosius is a pen name. He writes fiction and nonfiction: “history, real or feigned”; political-economic and cultural theory; and the history and techniques of swordplay.?

He is an amateur historian, with varied interests including (not limited to): Pristine Civilizations, Hellas and Byzantium, Medieval Europe, the Labor Movement, Dada and Surrealism, Lettrists and Situationists.

He has studied and practiced swordplay for over thirty years.

A sometime anarchist-syndicalist agitator and social critic, he is known to imagine, construct, and/or demolish situations and Spectacles, but only for his own amusement. (Don’t call me: do it yourself.)

Because that's not enough, he is also a fiber arts explorer, especially fond of crochet.

The Commonwealth in his novels reflects all of his many hobbies and interests.


Michael Brugger

An artist with a terrible engineering habit, or is that the other way around? Wrangling pixels into shape or wrenching on linear accelerators are his daily habit. In his off time he can be found traveling up and down the Oregon coast or burning his favorite foods over fire.



Sheri Budrow

Sheri "Chaos" Budrow is a 26 year old costume designer, entertainer, reenactor, and all around geek, located in the Pacific Northwest. From a young age, Sheri has been a performer. From children’s plays, to historical reenactment, Sheri loves to entertain. She primarily performs with the Empire of Chivalry and Steel as an armored combatant and a member of their living history exhibits. With her knowledge of the renaissance time period, Sheri blends historical costume designs with a touch of personality to make an outfit that is completely her own.

When not working or performing with the ECS, Sheri enjoys sewing and upcycling items to give new life to old treasures. Sheri created "Chaotic Creations" as a way to share her passions and the passions of others with a wide network of people. Frequently teaming up with a number of talented cosplayers and creators, Chaotic Creations is always looking forward to their next project. Their goal for 2016 is to help spread the word about cosplay and show others that there is no wrong way to love whatever fandom you enjoy. Already Chaotic Creations has helped with a "Cosplay for Kids of All Abilities" program put on by OHSU, and is working with OHSU to help with future programs.

Above all else, Sheri, and by extension, Chaotic Creations, loves to learn more about favorite hobbies and interests, and to help pass their knowledge on to others. Known most for her cosplays as Pikachu and Lady Joker, Sheri is quickly branching into new fandoms - with no shortage of ideas! Quickly growing in the con circuit and cosplay community, she hopes to continue learning new skills and never stop making people smile.



Heather Burgess

TwinkiePon has been a cosplayer at Pacific Northwest conventions since 2012 and a writer of fan fiction since the early 2000's. Though she has been a panelist at conventions before, recently she has joined with Creation Station to bring her love of cosplay and fan fiction to new places. She is also a reviewer and blogger for the Seattle based media company Hey...Link! 

While new to the world of steampunk, her favorite Sci-fi show is Doctor Who and she loves dressing up in her Dalek cosplay.


Cecil Castellucci

is the NY Times Bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, Stone in the Sky Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure and the Eisner nominated Odd Duck.  Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN,, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2.  She is the Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two time Macdowell Fellow and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Twitter: @misscecil


Orchid Cavett

Orchid Cavett is a home grown Oregonian with Washington proclivities. She has been costuming for forever and winning at various Masquerades. You might see her in her current form of a Mer-Jelly! She currently entertains families by being a Mer-jelly, mermaid, jellyfish, elf or Mz.Klause,(a distant relative to Santa). But you never know who she will be next. She has been a panelist for many cons and often moderates mermaid panels.She splits her time between the N.W. and the S.W. parts of the USA as she currently travels to Yuma in the winter. The S.W. hardly knows what to think of her! she loves attending conventions and is always thinking up new masquerade and hall costumes for the next con she attends.



Catherine Chandler

Catherine Chandler, aka Taylor Dancinghands, began writing fanfic during the Clinton Administration, while working at in call research center, doing political surveys. Her involvement in fandom goes back to the original Star Trek, and her first convention was the 1976 Star Trek con in the Hilton Hotel in Washington DC. As a member of her high school science fiction club, the Future Mad Scientists and Sorcerers of America, she helped publish the mimeographed fanzine, called Tesseract.

In the intervening years, she earned a degree in Music, and has worked as a foot messenger, modeler in a belt buckle factory, 7-Eleven clerk, taxi dispatcher, math and music teacher on an Alaskan Island and owned a jewelry business for 5 years. In 2007 she moved to Prague, in the Czech Republic, to teach English. She has written just under a million words of fanfics in Star Trek, TOS and TNG, Stargate Atlantis and The Man from UNCLE. All her works can be found on Taylor Dancinghand's page on Archive of Our Own.

In addition to writing fanfic, Catherine Chandler also writes original sci-fi, does cartooning, printmaking, bookbinding, weaving, macrame, bronze casting, and origami. She also plays the cello, hammered dulcimer and hand drums. Her proudest accomplishment is learning to speak Czech , so that she can understand when Dr Radek Zelenka swears in Czech on Stargate Atlantis.


Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman cut his teeth as a sand sculptor working for 15 years all over North America but Mark's creativity is expansive.

As a Mechanical Engineer he has worked on projects that have led to 17 US Patents.

As Manfred Kriegstreiber, Mark spent 18 years in the Society for Creative Anachronism. He was inducted into the Order of the Laurel for armoring, Master of Arms for fighting skills and he reigned twice as King of An TIr.

A "Maker" before that was a phenomena, Mark has built his machine shop, foundry and fabrication shop from cast-offs and scraps.

When sidelined in the 2011 sand sculpture season by a severe bicycle accident, he designed and built "Crankenstein" an innovative departure from normal bicycles that is easier to operate, more comfortable, safer and yet still fits on standard transit racks.

The above mentioned Crankenstein is just one of the 2 dozen unusual bicycles Mark has built.

Over the last few years Mark branched out creating ceramic sculptures with Science Fiction and Fantasy themes. At his first Oregon Science Fiction Convention Art Show in November of 2013 (ORYCON 35) his sculptures sold out and won Judges Choice for Best 3D art against well established competition. At ORYCON 36 in 2014 his Pseudo-Molloskian won Judges Choice for Best Use of Alternative Materials. His gargoyle sculpture "Just Keeping an Eye on Things" won Best 3D Art (non jewelry) at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan).


Curtis Chen

Once a software engineer in Silicon Valley, Curtis C. Chen now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO, a science fiction spy thriller, was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2016. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, the Baen anthology MISSION: TOMORROW, and THE 2016 YOUNG EXPLORER'S ADVENTURE GUIDE. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops. Visit him online at:


Mike Chinakos

A self-proclaimed Metal Maniac and lover of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mike is the author of Hollywood Cowboys, Kiss of the Traitor, Dead Town, Terminal Horizons, Grim Highways and numerous short stories. A proud father of two, he lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He is hard at work on the final Hollywood Cowboys novel, Season of the Dead, and the release of his first non-fiction book, Brotherhood of the Leaf: The Unstuffy Guide to Cigars.

Mike is the past president and cofounder of the Northwest Independent Writers Association.


Alan M Clark

Alan Marshall Clark is an author and artist who is best known as the illustrator and book cover painter of horror fiction. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1979.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel for his 2005 book Siren Promised (co-written by Jeremy Robert Johnson). Clark has won the World Fantasy Award for his illustrations, and he has won several Chesley Awards. He won the Frank R. Paul Award in 1993.

He owns the publishing company, IFD Publishing, that was started in 1999. Clark currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife Melody.



Stoney Compton

is a Navy vet, a 31-year former resident of Alaska, and the owner and only employee of Pullo Pup Publishing. He lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with his wife, Colette, their ever changing number of cats, and Pullo, their energetic Australian Blue Heeler, and Parker, their overly energetic Red Heeler/Akita mix.

Stoney is an avid hiker, kayaker, and velocipede enthusiast.

He is also a writer of alternative History/Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction author.



Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed,, Analog, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, and her website is

Twitter: @tinaconnolly


Meredith Cook

Meredith is a self-employed graphic artist and technical writer with hobbies ranging from mural painting to costume design. Her latest graphics work can be seen flying across the screen in the iPhone game “Flip the Bird.” In between graphics jobs, Meredith has the challenging task of raising her two small girls and keeping her work-from-home husband out of trouble. Meredith’s artistic endeavors can be found on her blog and


Steven Criss

When not working as a tech, Steve can be found loading film into one of his vintage cameras. While most of his co-workers prefer their digital rigs over the older film cameras, Steve enjoys the challenges that come with working with an all-manual film camera.

“Using a film camera forces me to slow down and enjoy the whole process of waiting for the right light and lining up the shot. I also don't have to worry about batteries or digital media. I'm not saying vintage cameras are right for everyone – they're just right for me.”



Ctein is a professional photographer and writer, best known in the SF community for his photographs of eclipses, aurora, natural and unnatural scenics, and space launches and his hand-printed fine-art books.Ctein is the co-author, with John Sandford, of "Saturn Run."

Ctein's also the Technical Editor for The Online Photographer and is the author of DIGITAL RESTORATION FROM START TO FINISH.  His work can be seen at and

Ctein's been an industrial consultant on computer displays, a technical writer of computer manuals, has degrees in English and Physics from Caltech, and has engaged in pollution research, astronomy, photocopy research, world designing for CONTACT, and radical feminist queer activism.

If he grows up, he wants to be a dilettante.

Ctein lives in Daly City with retired technical writer and geologist Paula Butler, three demented psittacines, a half dozen more-or-less normal computers, and twenty kilobooks. He reports that the house seems to be shrinking...                        



Howard Davidson

Howard Davidson was captured by a Heinlein book in second grade, and hasn't been seen much since. Inspired to do science fiction by reading it, he went off and got a Ph.D. in physics, the best training available for becoming a crackpot inventor.

He is currently a senior physicist in the computer industry. He holds more than 50 patents, has published and presented numerous technical papers and one technical book chapter, taught Computer Engineering at Stanford, and goes to cons. He gets to write science fiction for the annual budget cycle.


David Davis

Graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with backgrounds in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, have over 30 years experience in the aerospace community working projects from the commercial, defense to space applications. Have experience in Launch Operations and Space Shuttle External Tank, to defense systems applications.

A member of the National Association of Rocketry, an avid rocket builder and flyer. Am also a tornado/storm chaser and have merged these two endeavors into “The Glenda Project” of launching weather related payloads into storms supplying data for improved severe weather warning systems.


Heidi Davisson

Madame Hide is a bicycling, gardening and steampunk enthusiast. She is also an accomplished dressmaker, creating her own Regency and Victorian dresses. When not busy with her day job, she can be found working on her Victorian residence, The Candy Haus. An interesting feature of The Candy Haus is the blood red parlor, that required over a half dozen coats of red paint. Filled with vintage furniture, The Candy Haus also seems to sport only one candy dish. Visitors are told NOT to bring candy - if they do, it should be something reasonably expensive.


Ru Emerson

Ru Emerson wrote and published 24 novels from 1988 through 2002--then, for a variety of reasons, bailed out. She’s back, working on a sequel to Spellbound and a couple other things that are still in research mode.

When not trying to write (never take that long a vacation) she spends a lot of time at the gym (7 classes including 3 boot camps a week) and out in the garden.


Cecilia A. Eng

Cecilia Eng is a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon, known for both serious songs (Helva's Song, Star Rovers, and Earth that Was)and humorous songs (Passion Flower, Our Mrs. Reynolds, and Unreal Estate). If you have ever or plan to ever drive in the United Kingdom, you should ask her to sing Driving in England. Catch her in panels, in concert, in the filk circles, or behind the Friends of Filk table -- and buy some CDs while you are there to help bring musicians to conventions in the Pacific Northwest.


Kyle Engen

Kyle is a Steward with the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery (IMOGAP).


Jemma Everyhope-Roser

Langley Hyde first fell in love with steampunk while studying abroad at Oxford University. Oddly enough, Hyde seems to prefer the adventure of moving house to pleasantness of taking a holiday, because since then she’s lived in Germany, Canada, and the U.S. Currently she resides in the wonderfully dreary Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and genteel cat.

Her hobbies include creating wire sculptures, being flustered, and wearing tiny hats. As you read this, she’s likely seeking strong black tea. With cream, please.

Hyde’s debut novel, Highfell Grimoires, was named a Best Book of 2014 in SF/Fantasy/Horror by Publishers Weekly.


Alaina Ewing

Sienna Saint-Cyr once wrote vanilla, mainstream fiction. For years, she suppressed her deep need to write about sex, BDSM, and what true consent means, but putting that naughty boy in a dress, pulling that cute blonde’s hair, or being cuffed to a cross was so much more… satisfying. In fiction, of course.

Along with writing erotica and romance, Sienna speaks at conventions, workshops, and for private gatherings on such sex-positive topics as a healthy body image, using sexuality to promote healing, and navigating diverse or nontraditional relationships. She writes for sites like,, and, and has appeared in several erotic anthologies.

Sienna also runs a nonprofit writing workshop under her real name and writes science fiction and horror under that name as well.


Mark J Ferrari

Mark J. Ferrari has been a commercial genre illustrator since 1987. His first fantasy novel, The Book of Joby, was published by TOR in 2007, honored as a Booksense Pick, made Booklist's 'Top Ten' for science fiction/fantasy in 2008, and was chosen as a finalist for the Endeavor Award. It was re-released as a mass market paperback in 2012, and is now being published in China. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. More info on his art and writing can be found at


James Fiscus

Jim Fiscus works in Portland, Oregon, as a writer and photographer. After time served as a photographer in the Navy, he freelanced as a photojournalist for a decade before going to grad school. After completing his MA in Middle East and Asian History, he worked as a medical and political writer in Oregon, and has written history books for high school students. His other non-fiction works include a book on the making of the original King Kong. (Which was great fun to write.)

His fiction has generally made use of his history, both as a source of stories and as the basis for alternate history stories.

He was a columnist for the SFWA Bulletin for several years, covering legal and business matters related to writing, and served on the Board of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for seven years.

He is chair of SFWA's Contracts Committee.


Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her award-nominated books include The Path series, the Horngate Witches series, the Crosspointe Chronicles, and Diamond City Magic books, and the Mission:Magic series. She's owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. For more about her writing, visit She can also be found on twitter as @dianapfrancis.


Janet Freeman-Daily

Janet Freeman-Daily is a writer, science geek, and metastatic lung cancer patient (alive thanks to clinical trials and research). After applying her MIT and Caltech engineering degrees to a career in aerospace systems engineering for two decades, she now is an active advocate for lung cancer patients, employing her skills to translate the experience and science of lung cancer treatment and research into language others can understand. She moderates Lung Cancer Social Media (#LCSM) Chat on Twitter, writes for Cure Today magazine and other publications, blogs, and speaks to medical and research organizations at the national level. Her short fiction and science writing have appeared in Analog.

Twitter : @JFreemanDaily



Emily French

Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending too much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

She is an active member of the Northwest Independent Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Olympia Area Writers Coop, as well as being one of two Municipal Liaisons for the NaNoWriMo Olympia region and a founding member of Clockwork Dragon Books.


Andrew Fuller

Andrew S. Fuller's works include fiction in On Spec, Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, The Pedestal, the anthologies FISH, Bibliotheca Fantastica, A Darke Phantastique, The Circus Wagon novelette, and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival awardee screenplay Effulgence. He’s edited Three-Lobed Burning Eye magazine since 1999 and resides in Portland, Oregon.


Joan Gaustad

Joan wrote nonfiction in the education field between 1990 and 1998 (the job on her resume that`s most closely related to her MA in Clinical Psychology).  Her particular psychological interests include Jungian psychology, creativity, and the learning process. 

Joan performed for ten years with San Francisco`s Khadra International Folk Ballet as dancer, musician, singer, and vocal director.  She has had classical voice training but is most experienced with Ukrainian and Transylvanian-Hungarian folk styles.  She and her husband, Roy Torley, perform under the name North of the Black Sea.  They have appeared on various filk and folk recordings and hope to have a CD out Real Soon Now. She currently drives around the Portland metro area delivering medical supplies, truck parts and other small packages, with an occasional side trip to check out Grimm shooting locations.


Lynn Gold

Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Lynn has been involved with various aspects of fandom for longer than she likes to publicly admit. She's thrown parties, worked in and run many departments at cons, and even been a GoH and a TM.

Lynn's music has been described as "zany" and "eclectic" by those familiar with it. Her style ranges from folk to rock to jazz to new age.

In mundane life Lynn shares her house with her Bichon Frise and works as a technical writer and sometimes as a radio reporter.


Hugh S Gregory

A survivor of a recent battle with cancer, Hugh is an avid Spaceflight Historian based in Vancouver Canada. He has worked as an Engineers' Surveyor, an Industrial Paramedic/E.M.T. (Industrial Ambulance Officer) and managed his own Occupational Health and Safety Program consulting service. He lectures occasionally in local schools on spaceflight history and astronomy.

His latest research includes the conceptual design theory work on the E.L.D.S.R.R. space reactor (which he gifted to JPL back in July of 2002), Project M.O.S.S. (Musk Observatory Supernova Search) for the Musk Mars Desert Observatory in Hanksville, Utah and Project M.A.S.T. (Mars Analogue Simulation Trainer), a VR simulator for the Mars Society to help train and prepare crews for their simulations of Mars surface exploration at the Mars Desert Research Station.  Recently he co-authored a paper published in Cartographia on mapping on Mars.  From 2005 to 2008 he was the Mars Society Engineering Team's Chief Training Documents Editor, Chief Cartographer and Waypoint Database Curator for the both the MDRS and the FMARS research stations.

In September 2006 he was invited to join the Orbital Commerce Project team as their Official Spokesperson.  O.C.P. is the world's first non-government funded flight school of training sub-orbital pilots and payload specialists.

He's produced and sold videos on "Voyager 2 at Neptune", "The Gas Planets", "SSTO - The DC-X", "Soviet Space Disasters" and "The Flight Of Buran - The Russian Shuttle Story".

Hugh’s slide/video shows have been appearing at Conventions across North America and also overseas for over 28 years now, including 11 world cons and 8 DragonCons.

On weekends he's a private pilot, amateur astronomer (Member RASC), vertical wind tunnel Formation Skydiving tutor and competition judge, a certified parachuting and skydiving competition judge, and enjoys hiking the local hills around home with his wife Anne.

This will be Hugh’s 11th appearance at a Westercon.


Theresa Halburt

Theresa Halbert is passionate and inspired by working with textiles, whether it's in a costume or in the fiber arts.  She has been playing with fabrics and beads ever since she can remember and has worked professionally in costuming and apparel for over 30 years including design work for theatre in Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland and in apparel development for  Nike, adidas and Eddie Bauer. She infuses her love of fabric, beads and thread (and whatever else works.) with her love of science fiction and fantasy to create original geeky artwork.  Theresa believes that  Art and Costume is not just something to look at ...but something to experience.  She thanks her husband, family and friends for their continued support.


M Scott Hammond

M. Scott Hammond earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2008. Since then, he has worked as an illustrator and has been commissioned to complete dozens of full color illustrations. Along with his illustration work, he has completed several large-scale murals and has numerous paintings in private collections and galleries around the United States.

He’s worked for many years doing art, graphic design, and illustration in the hard goods industry, where he accumulated an impressive client list, ranging from national parks to international casinos.


Tara K Harper

Tara K. Harper was born in 1961, in the year of the first, manned, suborbital hop.  Although she was raised in northwest Oregon with cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and horses, hers was a truly nuclear family.  Her father had worked in a nuclear lab analyzing radioactive cloud samples from Russian atomic test blasts; her mother had been a uranium buyer. Tara K. Harper's first electronic toy was an oscilloscope.

Between a father who was a metrologist, woodworker, luthier, and otherwise jack-of-all-trades, and a mother who was an accomplished horsewoman, seamstress, musician, and community activist, Harper had a difficult time choosing between life goals.  She did know by the time she was eleven that she would become an astronaut, a stunt person, or a science writer.  However, her interests continue to range from fencing to forensics.  She is a violinist and composer who also studies voice, paints in oils, sculpts in stone, and collects dryer lint.  She plays the dulcimer that her father built; and plays blues and folk guitar, even though she can never find her favorite pick.  She reads almost anything, complains bitterly about the lack of news on the local news, and thinks that a vacation is that thing where you find something really interesting to do--like cloning human DNA.  

Currently, Harper is the author of nine science-fiction novels, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Wolfwalker series and Cat Scratch series, as well as other stories.  Her work is available internationally in a variety of languages and as books on tape.  Two of her novels, Cat Scratch Fever and Wolf's Bane, were nominated for the Oregon Book Awards.  She has also received numerous awards for science writing, has been Guest of Honor at several conventions, and was nominated in 1999 to a University of Oregon inaugural Hall of Achievement.  In late 1999, she was a Guest Speaker at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C..

Professionally, Harper has worked for over 20 years as a science editor and writer in fields as diverse as software engineering,  high-speed microwave (satellite, not kitchen appliances) wafer communications, superconductor and microprocessor technology, medical sciences, genetics, and herpetology.  It is this continuing background in R&D medical science, high-tech, forensics, and other disciplines that Harper credits with being the inspiration for the science in her fiction novels.



Diana Hauer

Diana is one of those crazy, crafty people with far too many interests and hobbies. They include, but are not limited to, weaving, writing, running, martial arts, basket weaving, and creating jewelry art.  


Frank Hayes

Frank Hayes is an American musician prominent within the science fiction/fantasy genre and culture known as filk. He is also an authority on information technology and, as senior news columnist for Computerworld magazine, has contributed numerous writings on the subject for more than two decades.

Frank Hayes began recording and performing in the early 1980s and is best known for his humorous songs. "Never Set the Cat on Fire", "Little Fuzzy Animals", "S-100", "Cosmos" (which was played for the astronauts during a shuttle mission) and "The Grandfather Clock" have become standards of the genre. His most prominent studio album Don't Ask included these tracks—other tracks on that album had to be withdrawn due to licensing issues, resulting in the release of another album,Never Set the Cat on Fire. He has won the OVFF's (Ohio Valley Filk FestPegasus Award four times, with nine additional nominations.[1]

In a March 2006 Wired magazine review of his performance at the October 2005 OVFF, he was described as a "50-year-old singer with thick glasses and a salt-and-pepper goatee". The article also mentions that the term "Frank Hayes Disease" is frequently used among filkers to describe the tendency to forget the tune or lyrics of what you are performing while you are in the process of performing it — even though you wrote the song in question.

In his other career, Frank Hayes is a highly regarded expert on computer-based information systems and the myriad aspects of processing and managing technology. His column in Computerworld magazine has focused on these and associated topics for over twenty years. In 2010, he began a column and writing stories for, a site specializing in retail technology coverage.

Twitter: frankhayes_


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Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held is the author of the urban fantasy SILVER series from Tor. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money.

Twitter: @rhiannonheld


William Hertling

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, The Last Firewall, and The Turing Exception. His near-term science-fiction novels explore the emergence of artificial intelligence, coexistence of humans and smart machines, and the impact of social reputation, technological unemployment, and other near-future issues. His novels have been called “frighteningly plausible,” “tremendous,” and “must read.” Wired called Avogadro Corp “chilling and compelling.”

His books have been endorsed by tech luminaries including Harper Reed (CTO for Obama Campaign), Ben Huh (CEO Cheezburger), and Brad Feld (managing director Foundry Group), Amber Case (cyborg anthropologist), Chris Anderson (CEO 3DRobotics, former Editor-in-Chief Wired), and more.

He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog


Lizzy D Hill



Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Over the past thirty-odd years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold adult and YA novels and more than 300 short stories.  Her works have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, Philip K. Dick, and Endeavour awards. Her fiction has won a Stoker and a Nebula Award.

Nina does production work for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.  She teaches writing through Lane Community College.  She has taught at the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop, at Odyssey, at Write on the Sound, Mythic Worlds, and Wordcrafters in Eugene. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

For a list of Nina's publications, check out:


JD Hughes

JD has been a life long fan of science fiction and fantasy, gravitating to Steampunk before the word was coined. As a child he read the adventures of Captain Nemo, and eventually realized the fantasy of exploring the 7 seas when he was hired to pilot the Nautilus on Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at DisneyWorld.

JD is a self identified Fanboy, Cosplayer, Veteran, Sheriff's Deputy and a contributor to a national outdoor survival magazine.


Emily Jiang

Emily Jiang is the author of Summoning the Phoenix: Poems & Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments, illustrated by April Chu and published by Shen’s Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.  Listed among The Best Children’s Books at Kirkus Reviews and The Huffington Post, Summoning the Phoenix also won an Eureka! Honor Award from the California Reading Association and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award.  Emily holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California and a BA in English from Rice University.  She is also a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, the Chautauqua Writers’ Conference, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the VONA/Voices of Our Nation Workshop.  Her fiction has won several awards, including Top Prose Prize in The Binnacle’s Ultra Short Competition, First Place in the Tom Howard/John Reid Short Story Contest, and the Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Manuscript from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Her prose and poetry has been published in Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Interfictions, and The Moment of Change anthology of feminist speculative poetry.  She wrestles with words everyday.  Sometimes she wins.  Other times, it’s a draw.     


Esther Jones

Esther Jones writes fantasy and science fiction with her husband, Frog Jones. Together they have published three young adult urban fantasy novels, and many short stories.  She loves Asian TV, and she's always happy to talk anime, J-Dramas, K-dramas, or the occasional variety show with other fans.


Frog Jones

Frog Jones co-writes science fiction and fantasy novels alongside his wife, Esther.  He is also a practicing attorney, but we ask that you not hold that against him.  The Jones' series is the Gift of Grace, from Sky Warrior Books, and they can be found in a number of anthologies as well.

In addition, Frog is one of the Three Unwise Men, who pontificate on all things fannish on their weekly podcast.  That podcast can be found at           


Sharon Joss

Award-winning author Sharon Joss writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. She is the author of six novels, including Steam Dogs and the Hand of Fate series, and is the 2015 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award winner for speculative fiction. She has worked as a bartender, operating systems software developer and technical program manager in the high-tech industry.  She lives in Oregon and writes full-time.


Mike Kabongo

Howdy! I'm your semi-friendly neighborhood literary agent. I'm a lover of space opera, cognac, urban fantasy, vodka, sword & sorcery, red wine, mil-sf, and the occasional mixed drink.

I've made a not quite casual study of genetics, psychology, and history and can generally be counted on to ask the right questions to seem interesting when talking about most things. I'm not a morning person, and I know what you did last summer.

Twitter: @onyxhawke


Jordin Kare

Jordin T. Kare (born 1956) is a physicist and aerospace engineer known for his research on laser propulsion. In particular, he was responsible for Mockingbird. a conceptual design for an extremely small (75 kg dry mass) reusable launch vehicle, and was involved in the Clementine lunar mapping mission. Kare is also known as developer of the Sailbeam interstellar propulsion concept and, in the science fiction fan community, as a composer, performer and recording artist of filk music.


Keffy R. M. Kehrli

Keffy R. M. Kehrli is a science fiction and fantasy writer, editor, and podcaster currently located on Long Island, NY, where he is currently working toward a PhD in Genetics. His short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Apex, and Uncanny, as well as in anthologies such as Clockwork Phoenix 5. In 2015, he launched GlitterShip, ( which is a podcast that focuses on publishing LGBTQ science fiction and fantasy short stories.


Kay Kenyon

Kay's latest novels are the fantasies Queen of the Deep, about an enchanted ship, both a colossal steam vessel and a Renaissance kingdom; and A Thousand Perfect Things,about a Victorian woman's bid for forbidden powers in an altered India of magic. Her quartet, The Entire and The Rose, was hailed by The Washington Post as “A splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or yes, J. R. R. Tolkien." Bright of the Sky was among Publishers Weekly's top 150 books of 2007. She is a founding member of the Write on the River conference in Wenatchee, Washington.   





Sandra King



Jesse Lagers

You say Christmas; Jesse Lagers says Halloween. Jesse discovered his love for costumes and props as a young boy when he found himself continually dressed in disguise even after his favorite autumn holiday. A self-described “geek through-and-through” he pools his influence from science-fiction and Medieval romantic era graphic novels, movies, video games and more. Star Wars, being Jesse’s favorite influence, has shown him how powerful and essential movie costumes and prop designs are to the success and popularity of feature films.

An Oregon-bred pirate, Jesse currently lives on a boat with his girlfriend and pet rats on the river near Portland. He has a business building custom costumes and props by request, which has become a full-time pursuit. His realistic cosplay style, down to adding dirt and grit to battle outfits, exemplifies his passion for authenticity within the costume design industry. Contributing to his ability to bring realism to cosplay is his experience as a storm trooper with the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist, a national organization of “Star Wars” enthusiasts who celebrate the series’ mythology and perform community fundraising, charity work and volunteerism. You might have seen his work featured on SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay.


Kristin Landon

Kristin Landon is the author of THE HIDDEN WORLDS, THE COLD MINDS, and THE DARK REACHES, a post-Singularity SF trilogy from Ace Books. Her SF novelette "From the Depths" appeared in the spring of 2016 in TO SHAPE THE DARK, an anthology of stories about future women in science (Athena Andreadis's follow-up anthology to THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY). The novelette is the seed of a new novel currently in progress.

Kristin writes classical-style SF adventure stories whose characters meet the unknown with intelligence and humanity.


Jason LaPier

Jason LaPier is a multi-genre writer, delving into science fiction, speculative fiction, horror, slipstream, literary fiction, and surrealism.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Jason now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their long-haired dachshund. In past lives he has been a guitar player for a metal band, a drum-n-bass DJ, a record store owner, a game developer, and an IT consultant. These days he divides his time between writing fiction and developing software, and doing Oregonian things like gardening, hiking, and drinking microbrew.

His debut novel, space opera noir UNEXPECTED RAIN, was released in 2015 by HarperVoyager, and its sequel UNCLEAR SKIES in early 2016. A conclusion to the trilogy is forthcoming.


Ursula K Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon.  As of 2015, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, and the National Book Foundation Medal.   Her most recent publications are The Unreal and the Real, 2012, and Steering the Crqft: A 21st -Centurys Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, 2015.



Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the author of Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015). Her next novel for young adults will be released by Scholastic in early 2017. A recovering corporate strategist, when she is not writing, she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon.


Andrea Letourneau

Andie Letourneau is a Database Administrator with a costuming habit. Despite making many garments every year, her fabric stash has a life of its own and is threatening to take over yet another room in the house. Occasionally, she will try to tame the fabric by embroidering all over it, however that often results in additional trips to the fabric store to purchase more thread - and more yard of fabric inevitably follow her home. In addition to costuming, she has a great appreciation for dark chocolate, French wine and port.


Guy Letourneau

Guy Letourneau is a Professional Engineer and registered US Patent Agent and is a published author of patents, engineering license exam problems, and has served as an exam proctor and score monitor (and has been The Official Exam Guy who says "Please STOP working. Time has been called. Lay your pencils down..." In 30 years of engineering practice, he has designed gizmos from tiny medical implants, surgical equipment, many electonic connectors, automotive and heavy vehicle parts, to massive cutterheads and teeth for ocean-going dredgers. He self-prosecuted 3 patents for improvements on Tesla turbines, and is currently working on scanning electron microscope parts and improvements in mining equipment. Guy has been active in fandom since 1978, and his interests include mechanical engineering history mostly from the 19th through mid 20th century, especially naval architecture, unusual ordnance, alternate history, and the non-punk aspects of steampunk and dieselpunk. Guy holds a Federal Firearms License (FFL) for curios and relics. An anime fan for over 15 years, he has also run AMV (anime music video) contests and shows at several cons including Kumoricon, Orycon, and Radcon and is now assisting Colorado Anime Fest and other small cons. Guy is also a non-environmentalist, an amateur radio operator, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Ken Lizzi

Ken Lizzi lives in Oregon with his wife, daughter, books, home brewing gear, and antique weapons. And a cat. When he's not lawyering he writes fiction. All right, he writes more fiction. His novels "Reunion" and "Under Strange Suns" are available from Twilight Times Books.


Faina Lorah

Faina Lorah is a Russian-born surrealist oil painter based in the Pacific Northwest. Her unique style combines fantastical dreamscapes, spirituality, and Victorian elegance.

Faina's works such as Pharaoh's Horses, Fair as the Moon, and Radiant Raven have new approaches to steampunk-inspired art in a way that is immediately striking but approachable.

She attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and apprenticed under noted artist Angela Pozzi in Bandon, Oregon.



Rhiannon Louve

Rhiannon Louve is a freelance writer. Professionally, she writes short stories, table-top role-playing books, video game dialogue, and privately commissioned fiction. She's in the process of adding novels to the list. In addition, Rhiannon has a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, has taught World Religions at the college level, and has published essays on contemporary Pagan thea/ology. Outside cons, Rhiannon games (she's currently cooking up a Bleach-inspired, shingami, Exalted-based homebrew for some friends!), is in a band or two, and cuddles her household dogs and cat. Other favorite hobbies include learning languages (fluent in French, studying Spanish, Japanese, and Irish) and reading scholarly texts about primate behavior.


John Lovett

John has over twenty years of experience as a producer, writer, and military technical adviser for television and film productions. Writer or co - writer of two produced movies as well as over one hundred television or motion picture scripts. He has taught screenwriting and motion picture production at national writers conferences. Leading a private screenwriting group of over twenty members, served as mentor for screenwriting, writing, and creativity in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Produced over 100 podcasts for LA Screenwriter and Two Script Guys on screenwriting, creativity, and interfacing with the television and motion picture industries.


L. Pierce Ludke

Pierce is an artist whose primary tool is a computer. Her work begins with either a scanned-in or digital sketch. It (along with photographs as applicable) is used as the basis for object and scene creation employing Bryce, Carrara, and Silo software. If figures are needed, Poser is then included in her toolset. The resulting image render is touched-up and printed using Photoshop. As an alternative the initial sketch may simply be refined and completed using Painter.

Subject matter sources include mythology, music, geometry, nature, and science.


Sonia Orin Lyris

Sonia Orin Lyris's published fiction includes fantasy, horror, mainstream, SF, software documentation, and business plans. Her new fantasy novel, The Seer, is coming out from Baen Books in 2016. Sonia lives in the Pacific Northwest, facing down endemic rain, seditious sun-breaks, and glittering mountain ranges. She can wield a range of weapons, but is more often found dancing Argentine tango. Her other achievements include raising an emu from an egg, being kicked and spat on by llamas, and being pounced on by a cougar cub while distracted by a lion's roar. Not all at the same time.

Facebook: authorlyris
Twitter: slyris


Charles Mason

California native, Charles E. Mason the II is most known for his involvement with the GSN show, Steampunk'd but has been an active artisan creator for several years. An alumni of Le Cordon Blue Colllege of Culinary Arts, Charles  has begun his legacy and has created the personas Krank Shaft, the weapons engineer, "Kog 10,500", The Gate Builder and his latest design is the “Neptunian” suit and his personalized version of a “The Plague Doctor”. Charles meditates which is where these ideas come from and  his ingenuity brings them to life. There's much, much more in his future! From more television opportunities, art collaborations, special guest appearances, and the budding business of custom costume commissions, Charles is beyond excited to venture even further into the world of Steampunk. Yet he still has the amazing knack of maintaining the individuality that has earned him the fame he so humbly carries on his shoulders.        


Carol Mathewson

Carol is a Steward at the Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery in Beaverton, Oregon. She has worked as an educator with expertise in primitive crafts and history.


Hunter Mayer

Independent game developer on a small strike team of two people working on Appsomniacs mobile titles. He is mostly focused on creating games, monetizing, and architecting service infrastructure for multiplayer mobile platforms, but dreams of porting games to PC and Console longingly. A lifelong gamer that has run [and played] with gamers of all walks, across many genres and forms. In between hours spent designing and coding games he actively helps level up two geeklings with his amazing counterpart (Meredith Cook of Follow Hunter’s musings on twitter @orionnoir and development blog at where he drones on about his love affair with Dwarf Fortress if he's not playing around with Minecraft.


Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in the anthologies The People’s Apocalypse and in Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on,, and The Gloaming. He is a Clarion West graduate and the publisher behind Hydra House, a small press dedicated to West Coast speculative fiction, including the Faerie Tales from the White Forest series by Danika Dinsmore, Near+Far, a collection of short stories by Cat Rambo (which generated her a Nebula nomination), and Telling Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow, an anthology of work by Clarion West alumni.

Twitter: #todmccoy


Shauna Mckain-Storey

Shauna McKain-Storey has been involved in science fiction and fantasy fandom since 1984, as a volunteer, an exhibiting artist, and an organizer and participant in children's programming. She thinks it's very important to catch 'em while they're young - to seize every opportunity to attract and develop young fandom. She works in a public library, and lives near the top of a small mountain in Hillsboro, Oregon. From her house on a hill, she enjoys the views of trees and fog, and glimpses of deer, raccoons, snakes and other critters.


Loretta McKibben

Loretta McKibben has done all kinds of crazy things, from storm-chasing (way before it was "cool") to flying over the erupting Kilauea volcano in a helicopter with planetary geologists. (Turns out the shield volcanoes on Mars are very much like the Hawaiian Islands, only larger!) As a volunteer, she loves to teach the public and kids about science and how important -- and interesting -- it is. She has served as a NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador since 1996, served as a museum telescope operator, teaches model rocketry and astronomy, and has organized star parties for over 40 years. In her day-job career, she has worked as a scientific programmer, UNIX geek, and technical author for planetary scientists, meteorologists, astrophysicists and geologists. Loretta was a member of an award-winning group which pioneered weather forecasting software at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory; served on two NASA Mars mission instrument teams at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; and worked on many other projects. Her favorite Westercon memory is a "Women and Space" panel she moderated in the late 1980s with Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and G. Harry Stine in Phoenix (THAT was a fun time...). Loretta was very honored to be the Science/Author Guest of Honor at Marscon 2010 in Minnesota. She is currently writing a book about the Earth and working on multiple science education projects.


Johanna Mead

As a costumer, LARPer and itinerant writer, Johanna has been engaged in all of those activities  for sufficiently long that she doesn't want to count up the total number of years. She has contributed to "Chicks Dig Time Lords", The Gazebo and other publications - mostly because she'll pontificate on her favorite subjects at the drop of a hat. A British expat, she lives near Portland with her husband, two cats and almost too many books.


Mike Moscoe

Mike's still having fun telling the Kris Longknife story.  Kris's 14th book will be out in October.  He's just finished a real trilogy, three books, no more, no less telling of Vicky Peterwald's family problems that bring down an Empire.  Viky Peterwald - Rebel just came out from Ace.

Mike is also looking at self published e-books as a way to bring you some other interesting stories.  To find out more, follow him on Facebook (Mike Moscoe) or visit his website at                                               

Facebook: Mike Moscoe


Lee Moyer

American Designer & Illustrator based in Portland, Oregon

Moyer's work blends classic painting, pop culture, and naturalist illustration - evoking intensity and impish humor.

His art has been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution and galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. Among his acclaimed posters are world premieres for Stephen Sondheim, John Mellencamp, and Stephen King, as well as art for Tori Amos, Amanda Palmer, and the von Trapps.

Moyer’s approach to collaboration is rooted in deep knowledge of design history and respect for the subject matter, no matter how outré. His film work includes six Laurel & Hardy titles, Spider-Man 2, and H. P. Lovecraft's classic Call of Cthulhu. In collaboration with Ray Bradbury, George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman, Moyer designed and painted a trio of literary calendars that not only illuminated their distinct visions, but also raised six figures for charity.

A popular speaker at colleges and conventions, his essay The Elements of Illustration and his Kickstarter White Paper are widely read. His work is featured in many Illustration anthologies and annuals.

Moyer’s game book 13th Age debuted in 2013 and his board game The Doom That Came to Atlantic City was released in 2014. A book of his daily Small Gods paintings, a pop culture abecedarium, and several illustrated children's books are forthcoming.

Twitter: @lccmoyer                   


Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and award-winning author.  He's written five books, including the science-fiction novels Nexus, Crux, and Apex; and a non-fiction book on climate, energy, and natural resource: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. 

Ramez’s novels have won the Prometheus and Endeavour Awards, been listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award and others. He was a finalist for the 2014 Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer.

Ramez lives in Seattle.                                                                               

Twitter: @ramez


Brigid Nelson

Brigid Nelson is a textiles artist and bag designer who has lived in the NW for half a century. She is also the current Art Show Director for OryCon.


Gerald D Nordley

G. David Nordley is the pen name of Gerald David Nordley, an author and consulting astronautical engineer.  A retired Air Force officer, he has been involved in spacecraft orbital operations, engineering, and testing as well as research in advanced spacecraft propulsion.  As a writer of fiction and nonfiction, his main interest is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, and his stories typically focuses on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future.   Gerald is a past Hugo and nebula award nominee as well as a four-time winner of the Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact annual "AnLab" reader's poll.  His His latest novel is To Climb a Flat Mountain, and the latest book is a collection, Prelude to Stars, available from Brief Candle Press or through  The latest new publication at this writing is "Last Call" in How Beer Saved the World 2, due from Skywarrior Press, 2016.  He lives in Sunnyvale, CA.  His website is       


Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Prill

Wolfcat has been sewing in one form or another since the early 70’s when her mother began her with basic embroidery, quilting and straight seams. She began costuming in self defense to escape the clown/witch ensembles and hasn't looked back since. A master division costumer for the International Costumer's Guild and other groups, she’s progressed to medieval recreations, science fiction costumes and full-bore fantasy competition pieces, and delights in learning or sharing new concepts. Besides anime wings of unusual materials, and Victorian inspired clothing, she is enjoying ball-joint dolls, gender-bent or family/group cosplays, and digitigrades type costuming.


Anthony Pryor

RPG writer for Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf,  Everquest, Troll Lords Games,FASA


Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford writing as Julia Verne St. John, started writing stories when she figured out what a pencil was for. A museum trained historian, Irene was raised in a military family and grew up all over the US. Her interests range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a lot in between.

She has edited 5 Steampunk anthologies and 1 collection of her own short Steampunk fiction. Look for her first Steampunk novel, The Transference Engine, A Madame Magdala Adventure, on July 5, 2016 from DAW Books.

Facebook: Phyllis Irene Radford


Liv Rainey-Smith

Liv Rainey-Smith is an artist specializing in hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her imagery draws primarily upon historic styles, folklore, dreams, and esoteric traditions. Rainey-Smith’s woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. She pulls her own fine art prints in small editions on both paper and animal parchment.

Rainey-Smith's art has appeared in "Arcanum Bestiarum" by Robert Fitzgerald, "The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time" edited by Nate Pedersen, and "She Walks in Shadows" edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula Stiles.


Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo is a science fiction and fantasy writer and editor who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine from 2007 to 2011, which earned her a 2012 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional nomination.


Roget Ratchford

"Mechanical engineer by day, body painter by night" sounds like the tag line to a very bad bit of late night cable fare, yet also pretty much describes me and my passion for both robotics and photography/body as canvas. I approach both disciplines with the same style, infusing my engineering solutions with as much creativity as the market (and my boss!) will allow as well as using sophisticated technical tools to solve practical problems in body painting. From painting with laser light and long exposure to using an airbrush to apply lubricants and adhesives to mechanisms, I enjoy combining worlds that might not otherwise meet.


Gibbitt Rhys-Jones

Gibbitt has been going to cons since 1991. She has been on the staff of a bunch, been a pro and panelist others, even got married at one. She was in Clan Burnout, ran a fanzine, was part of House Madubi, put out the RPG Neverwhen with its supplements with her husband, Dustin Gross, part of a fan group called Manzala Rangers, and wrote a manual on how to throw a party at conventions. She is a writer, a poet, and editor, an art collector, a geek, a Whovian, a Browncoat, and a fan of fandom. Currently, she is on Rustycon, Cascade Writers, and Rainfurrest. Also, she is 5'9", green hazel eyes, loves short walks on the beach and chocolate pie.


Jeff Richardson

Jeff grew up on medieval fantasy novels, swashbuckler movies and bad kung fu flicks. He began studying Eastern martial arts in 1982 in Eugene Oregon. He spent two summers studying Shotokan and then spent three years with the study of TaeKwonDo under Sensei Joe Gates until moving to Ashland in late 1986 at the age of 17. In Ashland Jeff studied modern fencing under former U.S.A. Olympians Gay Jacobsen-D’Asaro and Michael D'Asaro, Sr. until moving to Phoenix Arizona to attend trade school in 1988 . He returned to Ashland in the summer of 1990 and continued to train periodically with Gay until 1993. In early 1992 he became an assistant instructor for The American Karate Academy and helped run and promote the local school Until 1998, in 1995 he earned the rank of Black Belt in American Open Style Karate under Hanshei Jerry Piddington. Instruction at the American Karate Academy also came from Sifu Tom Spellman, Sensie Robert Owens and Sensie Gerri Rose. Jeff served dual duty as the local tournament promoter and worked as the publicist for American Karate Academies National Association. During this time Jeff also cross trained with Sifu Tom Spellman in Daimon Ryu JuiJitsu working as his assistant.

Since the late 1980’s Jeff has spent time doing rapier and epee stage choreography for local theatres and working with independent film projects and can be seen as a stunt performer in the indie film “Westender” and shares a fight choreographer credit with Anthony DeLongis on the indie film “Spin of Fabrications”. More recently he can be seen in the movie "101st A Company".

Jeff came to historic fencing in the early 90’s while helping to found the club in Ashland, Oregon which eventually became Academia Duellatoria. He has researched and taught historic fencing and provided public demonstrations ever since. He served as apprentice armorer to Ironcastle Armories learning the art of historic armoring. With a primary focus on the rapier, a study of the works of Thibault led him to meet Maestro Ramone Martinez and John Michael Greer and hold the first West Coast seminar on the subject in Ashland Oregon in the Spring of 2001. Jeff is currently working on editing a new edition of Mr. Greer's translation of Thibault's fencing text. A continued involvment with Western Martial Arts led Jeff to join the Association for Historic Fencing where he currently serves as a member of it’s board of directors and is a recognized tournament official. In 2008 his longstanding work with the SCA rapier community saw the WestKingdom Royal Guild of Fence promote Jeff to the rank of Guildmaster, that kingdoms highest honor for the study, practice, promotion and teaching of historical rapier. In 2010 Jeff organized a seminar in Portland with Bartitsu instructor Tony Wolf, and now organizes the Victorian Martial Arts Symposium.

Jeff’s primary studies in historic western martial arts include the early 16th century Italian tretise of Morozzo and the later 16th century rapier treatises of Giocomo DiGrassi and Vincent Saviolo. In addition he has pursued a study of the primarly Spanish tradition of rapier fencing known as Destreza with an emphasis on the work of Gerard Thibault. Jeff had the pleasure to do background research and peer review for Jherek Swangers translation of Camillo Agrippa’s groundbreaking 16th century Italian rapier tretise. Most recently he has been working on a translation of Fredericko Ghisliero's 16th century tretise on Italian fencing theory.


Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson, Ph.D. is a physicist and data scientist working in the national security arena. He has led a variety of simulation, modeling and analysis projects focused on detection and characterization of anomalous events, system behavior and the localization of hidden sources.  He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington, developing source characterization algorithms for the NASA/DOE Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) project.  His current work as a researcher is heavily involved with quantitative modeling and predictive analytics, machine learning and anomaly detection, as well as analyses to inform and direct international nuclear policy.  He is currently involved with efforts to optimize the capability of distributed and airborne detectors to spatially localize sources, to leverage machine and incremental learning techniques to enhance radiation detector performance, and to examine the open-source online social landscape.


Mark Roland

Mark Roland is a fine art printmaker, a member of the West Coast Visionary Art group, and an illustrator who specializes in the themes of fantasy and mythology. He has been exhibiting his work at Science Fiction/Fantasy conventions since 1975, and has had numerous one-man and group shows at the Illuminarium and Isis Galleries in the 1980's and 1990's. Paintings from this period were included in two museum shows of Visionary Art. Additionally he has worked as an art director, muralist, cd cover artist and film preproduction artist.

Best known for his intaglio etchings in series such as "The Enchanted Forest," he uses centuries-old traditional techniques to make his copper plates, and then prints the editions by hand. His primary subject matter has been landscape, interpreted in an imaginary and idealized manner. Recent work includes symbolist mixed media paintings incorporating gel transfer and "Transit of Venus," a suite of hand-colored etchings.


Erica Satifka

Erica L. Satifka's debut novel STAY CRAZY, a story of mental illness and the evil that lurks within big-box stores, will be released by Apex Publications in August 2016. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and writing instructor. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and three needy cats.


Lizzy Shannon

Lizzy Shannon is a multi-faceted best selling author and editor. Her published works span many genres including science fiction/fantasy, non fiction, and stage/screenplays.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lizzy lives a bit like a gypsy these days ... sometimes in Portland, Oregon, sometimes in Northern Ireland, and the rest of the time in Germany! One day she'll make up her mind where she belongs. :-)


Dale Ivan Smith

Dale Ivan Smith got into trouble in grade school for sneaking off to the library during class, and later earned a degree in history, so naturally he became a librarian, and has worked for Multnomah County Library system since 1987, where he oversees the SF and Graphic novel collections at his branch, does public reference, and gives story times.

His stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, 10Flash Quarter, Perihelion Science Fiction, the Toasted Cake Podcast, and the 2014 NIWA anthology Underground.

He is currently working on the Weed urban fantasy series.


Sara Stamey

Award-winning novelist Sara Stamey’s latest, the near-future eco-thriller THE ARIADNE CONNECTION, won the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Her Caribbean psychic-suspense novel ISLANDS won the Chanticleer Paranormal Suspense Award. Her early SF novels with Ace/Berkley are now being reissued by  Sara’s journeys have included treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking Greece, New Zealand, and South America; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Resettled in her native Pacific Northwest, she now teaches creative writing at Western Washington University and offers independent editing services. She shares a backyard wildlife refuge with a menagerie including her very tall husband Thor Hansen. Follow her blog at                                                             

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Kevin Standlee

Kevin Standlee was co-Chair of the 2002 Worldcon. He is a director of SFSFC, Inc. (1993 and 2002 Worldcons, 2000, 2011, and 2013 Westercons) and of CanSMOF (2009 Worldcon), and he is currently Chair of the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. Kevin’s first SF convention was the 1984 Worldcon, and he has worked on conventions in roles from gopher to Worldcon Chairman. Kevin is an expert on the rules of Worldcon and Westercon. His other hobbies include trains and rail transit. Kevin is a computer programmer for a supply-chain management company, dividing his time between an office in the Bay Area and his home in Fernley, Nevada.                


Debra Stansbury

Debra has been participating at conventions since she was much, much younger. Since the beginning she has written Opening Ceremonies for Orycon, done Hospitality for GameStorm, and heck, she's even chaired both. Not satisfied with this reign of terror, she also enjoys doing panels, bringing her own unique perspective to the world of writing, and of enjoying the creative works of others. Caution, she is bubbly and will talk to you if you give her a chance.


Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens has been working as a costumer in fandom for over 25 years. Currently, Richard directs and designs for the Peninsula College theater program in Port Angeles, WA as well as finding opportunities to create mischief as an actor on stage in the community. Besides performing in local masquerades and guest speaking at regional conventions, Richard continues to write and research as a fashion anthropologist.


Jeff Sturgeon

Jeff is a northwest artist known for his beautiful award winning metal paintings and is considered one of the top astronomical and science fiction artists working in the field today with guest of honor appearance's at exhibitions and conventions around the country and his work are highly sought after by collectors. Jeff paints primarily with acrylics on textured aluminum and over the years has gathered an impressive client list from book, music and magazine publishers to JPL NASA. Jeff has been awarded ten Worldcon art show ribbons in the past ten years including two best of shows among his many other awards and accolades over the years. Jeff was an art director and game designer in the computer game business for many years most notably Electronic Arts before turning to illustrating and painting full time. Jeff is working on his own book project for WordFire Press called Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth due summer of 2016, Jeff lives in the Cascade foothills with sons Duncan and Corwin


Contessa Paxton Timmerman

Contessa Paxton Timmerman is a very talented and creative person. She is a transplant to the Pacific Northwest from California. She began sewing when she was a teenager. Contessa began costuming in 1986 at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. She has gone to many Conventions beginning in the 1980's. Over the years, she has made costumes for many occasions and provided costumes for many people. She also was a Civil War re-enactor with NCWA (National Civil War Association) in California. In 2012, Katrina Spillman and Contessa wrote the book, "Making Simple Tunics for Beginners". She loves to write Fantasy as well as her how to book. She belongs to NIWA (Northwest Independent Writers Association). Contessa has also been quilting for many years. She has won many ribbons at the Clark County Fair. She is part of the Clark County Quilting Guild. One of her loves is to teach others to be creative thru quilting, knitting and crocheting.This will be Contessa's first time at Westercon, she is extremely excited.


Roy Torley

Roy Torley started playing the upright bass in fourth grade and never stopped playing music since.  He is currently recognized as a virtuoso on the Ukrainian bandura and Russian balalaika.  He has also performed professionally on the Russian dómra, mandolin, guitar, Croatian tamburitza, and Romanian cobza.  He has played with the San Francisco Russian Folk Orchestra, Troika Balalaikas, the Nikolai Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, Tziganya, Hrvatski Becari, and the Khadra International Folk Ballet.  He currently performs with his wife, Joan Gaustad, at the Northwest Folklife Festival and in the Portland-metro area, Oregon.

Roy was instrumental in creating and developing the first wind energy technology program at Columbia Gorge Community College in 2006, where he also taught math, physics, engineering, and geology.  He presently tutors subjects ranging from math to physics, geology, chemistry, and computer programming.

Roy also gives science lecture-demos at retirement centers in the Portland-metro area.  Topics include Oregon geology, volcanoes, the aurora borealis, the channeled scablands of Earth and Mars, how to build a wind farm, and other subjects of a scientific nature.

Roy is the webmaster for Songbook when he is not performing.


Wendy Van Camp

Wendy Van Camp is the author and poet behind No Wasted Ink (, a blog about the craft of writing that features author interviews, sci-fi and fantasy book reviews and scifaiku poetry. Wendy's articles, short stories and poems have appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, “Serendipity”, and “Far Horizons”. Her first Amazon ebook is a regency romance entitled, "The Curate's Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion". ( She is also at work on a science fiction steampunk series with the first installment out in late 2016.


Wendy Wagner

Wendy N. Wagner is the Managing/Associate editor of LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE magazines, and served as the nonfiction editor of WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!, as well as the guest editor of QUEERS DESTROY HORROR!. She also writes tie-in fiction, including two novels, for the award-winning Pathfinder role-playing game. A board gamer and gardener, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family.


Leslie What

Leslie What is a writer, teacher, and editor. She received a Nebula Award for short story and is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her collection, "Crazy Love,” received a "Publishers Weekly" starred review and was listed by “Booklist" as one of the Top Ten SF Books of 2008. Leslie is a fiction editor of the journal Phantom Drift: New Fabulism. She'll have a story in an upcoming anthology celebrating Portland Weird Her sculptures, artisan dolls, and masks have been exhibited in galleries in Oregon, New Orleans, and New York, and she was invited to join the Maskmaker's Guild of New Orleans in the 1980s.


Tom Whitmore

Tom Whitmore is a past Westercon GoH, a former Worldcon chair, and a former partner in the science fiction bookstore The Other Change of Hobbit. He currently lives in Seattle, where he writes reviews and other articles for LOCUS, researches fan history (currently working on transcribing the program items from the 1968 Worldcon from audio files), and protects various cats. He is a licensed massage therapist, an occasional art and book dealer, and volunteers for the Folklife Festival in Seattle and the American Massage Therapy Association.         


Jennifer Willis

Jennifer Willis is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon.

With a focus on urban fantasy and playful mayhem, Willis is the author of the YA Valhalla series and Rhythm. Her short stories have appeared in multiple volumes of the annual anthologies from the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA), with another selection included in an upcoming release from The League of Space Pirates.

Her Q&A with Kelly Sue DeConnick appeared in the Hugo Award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction from Lightspeed Magazine.

She is the writer behind the Northwest Love Stories series in The Oregonian. Her articles have also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor,, The Portland Tribune, The Writer, Religion and Politics, Spirituality & Health, and other print and online publications at home and across the globe. She has interviewed Robert J. Sawyer, Jim Butcher, Stanley Schmidt, Jay Lake, Deborah J. Ross, Jeff Greenwald, Mike Brotherton, Starhawk, Janet Farrar, Gavin Bone, and others.

Willis attended the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers in 2011 (with classmates K.C. Ball, Deborah J. Ross, Liz Gorinsky, An Owomoyela, Cecil Castellucci, Danielle Wolf, and Eric James Stone, among others). She was awarded a journalism fellowship by the International Reporting Project in 2011 to live in Ireland and report on religious diversity in that country. In 2014, she was awarded the inaugural Adam Copeland Award by the Northwest Independent Writers Association for her contributions to NIWA and to indie publishing.

She was the 2013 Director of NIWA’s Seal of Quality program (NSQ). She was the Editor of the 2014 and 2015 NIWA Anthology editions.


Daniel H Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for film by Steven Spielberg. With John Joseph Adams, he has co-edited two anthologies of short stories, Robot Uprisings and Press Start to Play. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.


Ben Yalow

I've been to about 800 conventions, and worked on about a third of them, from gofer to Worldcon Chair Staff and Division Head.

I've also edited four books for NESFA Press, two of which were nominated for the Hugo Award.                  


Heidi Young

Heidi Young has been practicing European martial arts for five years. She is currently a student instructor at Academia Duellatoria in Portland, Oregon.