Wil McCarthy — Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur. Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for Wired magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi Channel, where his popular “Lab Notes” column has been running since 1999. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, a Game Developers ‘ Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov ‘ s, Wired, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable Bloom, Amazon.com “Best of Y2K” The Collapsium (a national bestseller) and, most recently, To Crush the Moon. He has also written for TV, appeared on The History Channel and The Science Channel, and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines, including GQ, Popular Mechanics and IEEE Spectrum.
Previously a flight controller for Lockheed Martin Space Launch Systems and later an engineering manager for Omnitech Robotics and CTO of Galileo Shipyards (an aerospace research laboratory), McCarthy is currently the president of The Programmable Matter Corporation in Lakewood, CO. His nonfiction bestseller, Hacking Matter, describes the ongoing research by major corporations and university laboratories into quantum-dot based “programmable matter”, promising enormous changes in both technology and society.
A professional author his entire adult life, Victor Milan has written 91 novels and counting. He specializes in character-oriented adventure fiction; his primary love is science fiction. His award winning 1985 SF novel, THE CYBERNETIC SAMURAI, dealt extensively with the uses and ramifications of virtual worlds and artificial awareness, as did its sequel, THE CYBERNETIC SHOGUN, 1990. Much of that speculation remains viable today. A creator of the best-selling Wild Cards shared-world anthology series, currently published by Tor Books, Victor Milan’s writings range from historicals to Westerns to technothrillers to SF. He has also written for numerous action/adventure series, including the popular post-Apocalyptic The Guardians, BattleTech, and the current Rogue Angel series. Victor Milan was born in Tulsa, OK, in 1954. His father was Puerto Rican, his mother from Kansas. His education includes stints at Yale University and professional training as a machinist. While he has literally spent most of his life as a full-time writer, his other jobs include cowboy, pizza deliveryman, and progressive-rock DJ. Not too surprisingly, Victor Milan is a near-compulsive reader: SF, fantasy, thrillers, old-school pulps, true crime. An avid student of history, he has throughout his career researched and written about combat, across the spectrum from personal defense to galactic warfare. His other interests include walking, taijiquan, birding, firearms, landscaping, and personal liberty. He frequently attends science fiction conventions and is in some demand as a Masquerade MC. Victor Mil‡n lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico near the Rio Grande, with two cats and a dog.
Elizabeth Moon is the author of twenty novels and over thirty shorter fiction and nonfiction works, including the Nebula Award winning The Speed of Dark, which was also short-listed for the Clarke Award, and the Hugo-nominated Remnant Population. She grew up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, on the Texas-Mexican border, and is familiar with the cultures and traditions of that area, where she still has connections. She has degrees in history (Rice University) and biology (University of Texas) and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, mostly in the Systems Design and Programming Division at HQMC. She served two terms on her town’s city council, three on the local library board, one year as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, and six years as a volunteer in the local EMS, a rural all-volunteer service covering several hundred square miles. She and her husband adopted an autistic child (now an adult) and after the publication of The Speed of Dark she has been in demand as a speaker on autism and other disability issues. She lives in central Texas.
Dr. Larry Niven (D. Lit.)
Started his education at Cal Tech, only to flunk out a year-and a-half later after discovering a bookstore jammed with used science-fiction magazines. Ultimately earning a B. A. in mathematics (and a minor in psychology) from Washburn University, he completed one year of graduate work in mathematics at UCLA before dropping out to write science fiction. Niven has written on the cutting edge of scientific discovery throughout his career; his works on topics such as neutron stars, dark matter, quantum black holes, and solar flares were frequently the definitive works on the subject. He is particularly noted for the wide range of ingenuously conceived and exhaustively detailed alien races that have populated his works, each a tour de force in alien anthropology for species which are very different from humans both physically and mentally. He has written over 30 novels, and dozens of novellas, short stories, articles, and non-fiction. Niven has received five Hugo Awards and four Locus awards, as well as Nebula, Ditmars, Prometheus, Skylark, and Seiun awards. In 2005 he and Jerry Pournelle were given the Robert A. Heinlein Award, which was established in 2003 by the Heinlein Society to honor outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.
Gerald Nordley is an astronautical engineer, consultant and writer of science fiction and nonfiction. He has degrees in physics (Macalester 1969) and systems management (USC, 1981). He is an Air Force veteran with experience in spacecraft operations, spacecraft procurement, air-ground battle management, and advanced propulsion research. As “G. David Nordley,” he has a hundred plus publications of short fiction and nonfiction. His writing won four “Anlab” readers’ awards and has had nominations for both a Hugo and a Nebula award. His two novels have been published in parts in Analog and in 2013 by Variationspublishing.com, the latest being To Climb a Flat Mountain. Gerald is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, a senior member of AIAA, and a life member of the Air Force Association, the USC Alumni Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Mark O’Green received a Behavioral Science degree from United States Air Force Academy, has been a fighter pilot, trained in the Army Recondo program, taught Small Element Tactics at the Air Force Academy, and had a short stint as a superintendent of schools in England.
He has been a Designer, Producer, and Executive Producer for Interplay, Sony Online, Sierra/Verant and others while working on titles such as Star Trek, Fallout, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and Everquest.
He is a founder of a small technology company and is amused that his bio is between Messrs. Niven and Pournelle. He is expecting to be hit by a large object from space at any moment.
Few can claim the varied background of Stephanie Osborn, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery.
Veteran of more than 20 years in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs, she worked on numerous space shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Her space experience also includes Spacelab and ISS operations, variable star astrophysics, Martian aeolian geophysics, radiation physics, and nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects.
Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including geology and anatomy.
In addition she possesses a license of ministry, has been a duly sworn, certified police officer, and is a National Weather Service certified storm spotter.
Her travels have taken her to the top of Pikes Peak, across the world’s highest suspension bridge, down gold mines, in the footsteps of dinosaurs, through groves of giant Sequoias, and even to the volcanoes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, where she was present for several phreatic eruptions of Mount St. Helens.
Now retired from space work, Stephanie has trained her sights on writing. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to more than 20 books, including the celebrated science-fiction mystery, Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281. She is the co-author of the “Cresperian Saga,” book series, and currently writes the critically acclaimed “Displaced Detective” series, described as “Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files.” She recently released the paranormal/horror novella El Vengador, based on a true story, as an ebook.
In addition to her writing work, the Interstellar Woman of Mystery now happily “pays it forward,” teaching math and science through numerous media including radio, podcasting and public speaking, as well as working with SIGMA, the science-fiction think tank.
The Mystery continues.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle
Has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s in Experimental Statistics. Until 1978 he was primarily employed in Operations Research and Systems Analysis in the Aerospace Industry. His positions included manager of special studies for Aerospace Corporation, and Associate Director of the Operations Research directorate at North American Rockwell Space Division. He has been Executive Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine College, and since 1974 a best-selling science fiction author. His Prince series is used in US Army irregular warfare study classes. In 1980 he became Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy. The Council wrote the Transition Team papers in space and space weapons submitted by General Bernard Schriever to the incoming administration, and assisted in preparing Strategic Defense Initiative policies, including parts of the President’s 1983 Star War address. The Council was also associated with General Daniel Graham and High Frontier, and served as a technical advisory group to the National Space Council. The Strategy of Technology, co-authored by Pournelle and the late Stefan Possony, has been a textbook in all three service academies as well as the Air War College. In 2006 Dr. Pournelle participated in a U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored NATO conference at Wilton Park. Dr. Pournelle continues to write science fact and fiction, and has written a regular column on high technology and civilization from 1980 to present. In 2005 he and Larry Niven were given the Robert A. Heinlein Award, which was established in 2003 by the Heinlein Society to honor outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.
His first published story appeared in 1957 and he has been writing and selling science fiction ever since. His output includes five novels and a fifty year series of short stories and novelettes that has appeared in all the leading science fiction magazines and anthologies such aS the annual best of the year volumes edited by Gardner Dozois and David Hartwell. The editors who have bought his work include science fiction legends like John W. Campbell and Frederik Pohl and currently active editors such as Sheila Williams and Eric Flint. His novel Reduction in Arms was one of the first science fiction stories to take a serious look at arms control. His science fiction stories have explored subjects such as future political developments, military family life, the ethics of genetic modification, interplanetary colonization, and the social effects of economic growth.
His magazine articles have dealt with subjects as varied as city planning, arms control, and the unionization of teachers. He has been a science writer for the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in medicine and the life sciences, and he wrote the script for one of the first computer-animated educational films. In the mid-1980s, he conceived the general concept and wrote the script for a comic book on shop safety that became a major recruiting tool for the United States Air Force. In Philadelphia, where he has lived since 1954, he is known for his work as a classical music critic and arts writer who frequently links the arts to other interests.
Mary A. Rosenblum
Mary A. Rosenblum first published in Asimov’s Magazine in 1990 . Since that first short story, she has published more than 60 short stories in SF, mystery, and mainstream fiction, as well as eight novels. Her newest novel, Horizons, was released in late 2006 by Tor Books, and Water Rites a compendium of the novel Drylands as well as three novelettes that first appeared in Asimov’s was released from Fairwood Press in January 2007. Her SF stories have been published in Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, SciFiction, and Analog among others. She won the Compton Crook award for Best First Novel, The AsimovÕs Readers Award, and has been a Hugo Award finalist. With a background in the biosciences, her interests have always lain with the interface of society and technology. For recreation, she trains and competes with dogs in tracking and sheep herding.
Dr. Stanley Schmidt
Is a physicist (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University), musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist who writes fiction and nonfiction at both long and short lengths. He has contributed numerous stories and articles to original anthologies and magazines and has edited about a dozen anthologies. As editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, he has been nominated 27 times for the Hugo award for Best Professional Editor. He is a board member for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum, and has been an invited speaker for numerous organizations including NASA, museums, and universities. He was Guest of Honor at the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore, and has been a Nebula and Hugo award nominee for his fiction.
Has a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Maryland and an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University. He recently retired from Macfadden where he was Senior Vice President. He has had over thirty years experience consulting to numerous federal agencies on both information technology and security. His military experience in the Air Force was with communications and security.
As a three-time Nebula Award finalist, he has sold nearly a hundred “hard” science fiction stories to Analog, Asimov’s, several webzines and anthologies (including two “Best of”.) He has two short story collections (Dancing with Dragons and Sam Boone: Front to Back) in print and several in Kindle versions. He has had one novel (Vixen) published to date.
Allen M. Steele
Allen Steele is professional science fiction writer with seventeen novels, five collections of short fiction, and a collection of essays to his name. His work has received numerous awards, including three Hugos, and has been translated worldwide. He has a masterÕs degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and worked as a reporter for newspapers and magazines in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Tennessee, including a brief stint as a Washington correspondent, before turning to science fiction. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation, and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives. He and wife live in western Massachusetts.
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His nonfiction works include THE HACKER CRACKDOWN: LAW AND DISORDER ON THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER (1992), TOMORROW NOW: ENVISIONING THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS (2003), and SHAPING THINGS (2005).
He is a contributing editor of WIRED magazine and writes a weblog. During 2005, he was the “Visionary in Residence” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2008 he was the Guest Curator for the Share Festival of Digital Art and Culture in Torino, Italy, and the Visionary in Residence at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In 2011 he returned to Art Center as “Visionary in Residence” to run a special project on Augmented Reality. In 2013, he was the Visionary in Residence at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.
S.M. Stirling was born in France in 1953, to Canadian parents — although his mother was born in England and grew up in Peru. After that he lived in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the US and visited several other continents. He graduated from law school in Canada but had his dorsal fin surgically removed, and published his first novel (Snowbrother) in 1984, going full-time as a writer in 1988, the year of his marriage to Janet Moore of Milford, Massachusetts, who he met, wooed and proposed to at successive World Fantasy Conventions. In 1995 he suddenly realized that he could live anywhere and they decamped from Toronto, that large, cold, gray city on Lake Ontario, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became an American citizen in 2004. His latest books are In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, from Tor, and The Sunrise Lands from ROC books. His hobbies mostly involve reading — history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction — but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food. For twenty years he also pursued the martial arts, until hyperextension injuries convinced him he was in danger of becoming the most deadly cripple in human history. Currently he lives with his wife Janet, also an author, and the compulsory authorial cats.
Dr. Henry G. Stratmann
Dr. Henry G. Stratmann has a long list of accomplishments in both medicine and science fiction. He is a cardiologist with board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, and nuclear cardiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Chest Physicians. After graduating summa cum laude from St. Louis University with a BA in chemistry he attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he received his MD at the age of twenty-three.
Before moving to Springfield, Missouri, to enter private practice, Dr. Stratmann was the director of the Coronary Care Unit at the St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He served as the principal investigator or a co-investigator for twenty-four clinical research studies and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is the author or coauthor of seventy publications, primarily involving research in the field of nuclear cardiology, that have appeared in The American Journal of Cardiology, The American Heart Journal, Chest, Circulation, and other medical journals.
Dr. Stratmann?s science fiction background includes over thirty stories and fact articles in Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine. His other interests and hobbies include amateur astronomy; electronics, reflected in his earning an Extra Class amateur radio license; high-power model rocketry; listening to, playing, composing, and analyzing classical music, with special emphasis on the Baroque and Classical periods; history; literature; theology; and philosophy. He is currently enrolled at Missouri State University to obtain a BS in physics with a minor in astronomy.
Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation. His work has been honored with the Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, World Fantasy Award and the Hugo Award (five times), as well as receiving nominations for the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
He has written eight novels and over a hundred short stories, and his work has been translated numerous languages worldwide.