Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='John Ringo's science fiction is action-oriented and abounding in characters to root for. He is the creator of the New York Times best-selling military science fiction series The Posleen Wars, with over one million copies in print. Ringo is also the author of the far-future science fiction adventure saga, The Council War. In addition to breaking new ground with hard-hitting contemporary fantasies Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands, Ringo created he nationally best-selling techno-thriller Ghost series, as well as military techno-thriller The Last Centurion, which was also a national bestseller. His latest space-based science fiction includes the Troy Rising series. Most recently, Under a Graveyard Sky is the debut novel in science-based zombie saga, Black Tide Rising. A veteran of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings firsthand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. ' WHERE id = 3 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Les Johnson is a scientist, an author, and the NASA Principal Investigator for Ameria's first interplanetary solar sail mission. When he's not designing spaceships or dreaming of going to the stars, he's writing science fiction for Baen or popular science books for Prometheus and Springer.' WHERE id = 9 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Captain Kacey Ezell is an active duty USAF instructor pilot with 2000+ hours in the UH-1N Huey and Mi-171 helicopters. When not teaching young pilots to beat the air into submission, she writes sci-fi/fantasy/horror fiction. She's contributed to multiple Baen anthologies, including the story "Family Over Blood" which was featured in the Freehold universe anthology FORGED IN BLOOD, and selected for inclusion in the Year's Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Vol 4. In addition to writing for Baen, she has published several novels and short stories with independent publisher Chris Kennedy Publishing. She is married with two daughters.' WHERE id = 263 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Michael H. Hanson created the ongoing SHA'DAA shared-world dark-fantasy anthology series currently consisting of "SHA'DAA: TALES OF THE APOCALYPSE", "SHA'DAA: LAST CALL", "SHA'DAA: PAWNS," "SHA'DAA: FACETS", "SHA'DAA: INKED", and "SHA'DAA: TOYS", all published by Moondream Press (an imprint of Copper Dog Publishing). Michael's short story "C.H.A.D." appears in the Eric S. Brown edited anthology "C.H.U.D. LIVES!" and his short story "Rock and Road" appears in the Roger Zelazny tribute anthology "SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS." Michael also has stories in Janet Morris's Heroes-in-Hell (HIH) series' anthology volumes, "LAWYERS IN HELL," "ROGUES IN HELL," "DREAMERS IN HELL," "POETS IN HELL," "DOCTORS IN HELL," and "PIRATES IN HELL." To date, he has had over ninety short stories published in the fields of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Michael is also an accomplished poet and to date has had four collections of his poetry published: "Autumn Blush," "Jubilant Whispers," "Dark Parchments," and "When The Night Owl Screams." His individual poems have appeared in various anthologies, collections, magazines, and periodicals over the past twelve years. Michael lives in New Jersey where he pens his whimsies in a small but comfy garden apartment.' WHERE id = 12 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jay Roye is a third generation native Texan (a COWBOYS fan - in spite of Jerry Jones!) and owner of a global consulting firm providing consulting on Real Time Drilling Control Centers and systems to oil companies around the world. Jay has over 35 years experience in the Oil & Gas business, onshore, offshore (and space!) and some 16+ countries. Jay designed and managed the BP's Gulf of Mexico Real Time Drilling Operations Center for five years, until his departure from BP in late February 2010. (The BP Gulf of Mexico "event" took place on April 20, 2010). Jay holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in several disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Business. J's primary focus is his beautiful wife of some 37 years (she has more graduate degrees that I do... if she is happy the world is a good place...) and being a Christian... secondary is sci-fi collecting, the stock market and our two dogs. ' WHERE id = 14 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Our own LibertyCon Director of Programming, Rich Groller, is also an author in his own right. He is co-author of The Warrior's Edge (with Janet Morris and COL John Alexander), and a contributing author to The American Warrior (Janet and Chris Morris, Eds.), and to the Heroes in Hell shared universe anthology. Nominated for Military Intelligence Professional Writer of the Year in 1986, he has published numerous historical and technical articles in such venues as Military Intelligence, The Field Artillery Journal, Guns and Ammo, and the Journal of Electronic Defense. A member of both SFWA and HWA, he has short stories in the Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse shared universe anthology, from Moondream Press and in the Night Chills horror anthologies from Iron Clad Press. He is editor of The Book of Night, and illustrated book of macabre poetry from Copper Dog publishing, and his poetry has been published in 2 volumes of the Horror Writers of America Poetry Showcase, and in the recent art book Klarissa Dreams.' WHERE id = 15 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Raised by Shaman, storytellers, preachers, and bluegrass musicians, child of the Smoky Mountains with a Cherokee mom and a father whose people came from the Scottish Highlands, Holly draws on her heritage for inspiration as an author and storyteller. She founded Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency and represented authors of fiction and non fiction until the agency was acquired by Lexium Talent and Entertainment where she is still a consultant. She is an ordained priest in the Celtic Christian Church and resides in Atlanta Ga. Her writing is literary with a touch of the supernatural. Among her books: You can find more about Holly at ' WHERE id = 18 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A 2015 John W. Campbell Award finalist, Jason Cordova is probably best known for his popular Kin Wars Saga series, as well as the Kaiju Apocalypse trilogy with Eric S. Brown. He also had written a YA science fiction series called The Warp, with the second book (Devastator) being released earlier this year. He was also featured in John Ringo's bestselling Black Tide Rising anthology, and the high-regarded Forged in Blood anthology set in Michael Z Williamson's "Freehold" universe. A high school basketball coach in his spare time, he currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia. He is also a kaiju enthusiast.' WHERE id = 19 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Joe "JoeDog" McKeel is a paranormal investigator turned advocate for the safety of investigators, and spokesperson for The Dangers of The Paranormal Project. He promotes the use of training in personal safety, prior knowledge of layout and hazards on investigation locations, common legalities and use of some basic common sense.' WHERE id = 27 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Dr. Robert E. Hampson (aka "Tedd Roberts," aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the hippocampus and memory. While his history since he entered university was confirmed, there have been some suspicions about his origins before that. Rather, it is suspected that he was genetically created in a growth vat and raised by hyper-intelligent rats to study and understand the human brain with an eye towards world domination. "Speaker" is known for his eagerness to educate others. For example: hosting educational Scotch tastings at conventions, consulting for numerous authors on matters pharmaceutical, biological, and neurological; and writing nonfiction essays (as Tedd Roberts and now under his own name; found at WWW.BAEN.COM - Free Library, Nonfiction 2012- 2018) on matters of science in science fiction. He educates others through convention appearances, his previously mentioned essays and blog. Among all of these endeavors he has also mentored numerous young minds through his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and by offering advice to up and coming researchers and grad students. Dr. Hampson is also known for his research, and due to this, is suspected to be one of the most likely causes of any future zombie apocalypse ... whether it would be because of a lab "accident" or because his curiosity on its effectiveness, is still hotly debated. Simultaneously, his professional alter ego has been considered to be one of the most likely to find a cure for any zombie apocalypse, although some suspect he already has one waiting "just in case." In either (or both) cases it is suspected that Speaker will also be available to provide expert commentary. Known for his high level of involvement in many activities, some suspect that Speaker has either cloned himself, or developed a treatment allowing him to no longer require sleep. Unhappy with his low level of productiveness (compared to the other personalities, not normal humans) he recently started writing short stories and YA novels. Amongst his three busy lives he found time to marry and help raise two sons, study Krav Maga & Pekiti Tiersia Kali, play trombone in a brass octet, and be an active member of his church. ' WHERE id = 28 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A native of Chattanooga, Mark Fults is a locally known Fantasy Ink artist, psychic, and ghost hunter. He did the very first logo art for LibertyCon in the 80's and he was proudly Artist Guest of Honor in 1993. Mark is currently revising his book Chattanooga Chills, a lifetime collection of well known and obscure ghost stories and local history of which he has sold over 400 copies so far. Also in production: "My mean old Grandma's good old Cookbook" and a Tarot set titled "The Veiled Unknown". He is also doing his own show with Stormline films on youtube called "Shadows Paranormal."' WHERE id = 29 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jonathan David Baird has worked professionally as an archaeologist since 1994. He has a masters degree in English literature from Fort Hays State University. His focus of study was the influence of Darwin's theory on late 19th century Gothic horror literature. He also has a masters from Ft Hays in American history with a focus on the frontier and frontier mythology. Jonathan has an avid interest in medieval combat and fought at Battle of the Nations (the world championship of medieval combat) in 2017. Besides medieval combat his interests include traditional skills, primitive technology, and ethnobotany. Jonathan is the editor and a major contributor to (A Journal of Speculative Reality), he has written for and edited several anthology collections, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He is currently working on an allegorical comic-book series called Dark Maiden which debuted at number 8 on Amazon in comics and graphic novels. In 2018 Jonathan completed the MFA program at Lindenwood University.' WHERE id = 255 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Few can claim the varied background of award-winning author 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 resume. 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 some 40 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 has written the critically acclaimed Displaced Detective Series, described as "Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files," and its pulp-bestselling prequel series, Gentleman Aegis, the very first book of which won a Silver Falchion award. She has dabbled in paranormal/horror as well, releasing the ebook novella El Vengador, based on a true story. Her recent popular science book, Rock and Roll, a discussion of the New Madrid fault and its historic quakes, was a multiple-genre bestseller! It will soon be followed with Kiss Your Ash Goodbye, an explanation of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Currently she's launching into the unknown with the Division One series, her take on the urban legend of the people who show up at UFO sightings, alien abductions, etc. to make things...disappear. 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. ' WHERE id = 39 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Megan Miller is the first generation of her family born outside of The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina. She has a master's degree in Technical Communication from NC State University. She is a contributor to the "Bewitched, Betwixted, and Between" horror anthology and is the Editor and Chief at Crosstime publishing.' WHERE id = 436 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Eric Flint's writing career began with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. His alternate history novel 1632 has led to a long-running series with over thirty novels and anthologies in print. He's also written many other science fiction and fantasy novels. He resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.' WHERE id = 66 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Kary English is a Hugo and Campbell finalist and Writers of the Future winner whose work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, the Starlight anthologies, Grantville Gazette's Universe Annex, and Galaxy's Edge.' WHERE id = 441 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1952. He started writing poetry and short fiction in the fifth grade, and a lifetime of reading, writing, and studying has given him a love of storytelling that clearly shows in his work. In his stories, he creates a consistent and rationally explained technology and society. Even when dealing with fantasy themes, the magical powers are treated like another technology with supporting rational laws and principles. Many of his stories have military, and particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He challenges current gender roles in the military by assuming that a gender-neutral military service will exist in his futures. By frequently placing female leading characters in what have previously been seen as traditionally male roles, he has explored the challenges faced by women in the military and politics. His most popular and enduring character is Honor Harrington, whose story, together with the "Honorverse" she inhabits, has been developed through nineteen novels, six shared-universe anthologies, a three book young-adult series, and âEoeHonorverse historicalâE Manticore Ascendant series, written with Timothy Zahn and Tom Pope. To date, David currently has seventy six book titles and twenty one separate series that he has written or co-written. David currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Sharon, their three children, three dogs and four cats. You can keep up with David's busy schedule by following his Facebook page, and on Twitter. His works can be purchased at his official on-line store at and through his store's Facebook page of Weber Universal Outfitters.' WHERE id = 85 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Louise Herring-Jones (Amy L. Herring) writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her science fiction, dark fantasy, and light horror stories have been published in anthologies, including "Michaelis and the Dew Shades" in Fae Tales of the Mediterranean ( Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016) and, coming soon, "High Ground" with illustrations by Melissa Gay (Thunderchild Publishing). As Amy Herring, she is a veteran reporter for The Daily Dragon Online, the news voice of DragonCon. With her husband chainmail smith and digital artist Bryan Jones, she serves as co-municipal liaison for the Alabama North region for National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms.* For additional details and links, visit her author's website at *No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. ' WHERE id = 194 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Nikhil Rao, MD, MSc (AKA Vindaloo Diesel, AKA Dr. Karma) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in working with critically and chronically ill children. On a day to day basis, this means he's the only physician in the pediatric ICU who can dress up like Batman and claim it's 'for the children'. Which he does. Frequently. He's also involved in research into new pharmacologic tools and psychotherapy methods to improve the lives of children with serious medical illnesses. Nikhil has also been active in the fitness and nutrition professional scene and can be described as strong for an Indian (in other words not very). Prior to medicine, he studied the evolution of intelligence and social systems in monkeys, which are actually a lot like children, albeit hairier. He's been a voracious science fiction fan for years and when not stuck in the hospital has been slowly working on launching his media presence, which can be described as something like Jordan Peterson, only tinged with curry, profanity, and entirely too much math.' WHERE id = 446 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Scott W. Baker's students think it's weird that he teaches math and writes. To him, it's a natural fit. His short stories span the speculative genres and have appeared in places like Escape Pod, Daily Science Fiction, and Writers of the Future. He lives in Murfreesboro, TN and online at' WHERE id = 120 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='I do many things, and here are some of them: Chair, AnachroCon. Former Director of the Alternate History Track, Dragon*Con (from its inception in 2009-2011). Author of the short story "The Big Golden Apple", published in DREAMS OF STEAM 2: OF BOLTS AND BRASS, 2011. Author of the novel SOME UNFORESEEN EVENT, which is currently being serialized in Steampunk Tales Magazine. Historical re-enactor, currently taking a hiatus from the hobby to get some 21st century business out of the way.' WHERE id = 126 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='As an Air Force brat, Jeff grew up in such exotic locales as Japan, Alaska, Texas, and Tennessee. After a botched attempt at college (sadly, they do not award degrees for partying and lack of work ethic), he ended up being hired by the FAA to be an air traffic controller. Jeff spent eight years in Anchorage and Dillingham, Alaska before moving to Paducah, Kentucky, then Nashville, Tennessee. From there he left active air traffic control to work in FAA headquarters in Washington, DC, where he has worked for years till hired for a new position at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. Aside from controlling, Jeff's 28 years of federal service have been spent in electronic warfare, system development, strategic planning, and computer security, safety engineering, and program management. Currently he is the Operational Team Lead for first level support of the Traffic Flow Management System (If you have ever seen a map of the US showing all the planes in the air at once, you are looking at one TFMS product). His first story, Fall from Grace was published in the 3rd book of the Sha'Daa series, "Sha'Daa: Pawns," he has two stories in the 4th, "Sha'daa: Facets", and he and his wife Lori Martin both have poems in Rich Groller's "The Book of Night". And if he looks familiar, it is because has a regular in Chattanooga fandom since ChattaCon 3!' WHERE id = 129 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Richard Timothy 'Uncle Timmy' Bolgeo is the Chairman of LibertyCon Emeritus and an admitted (by everyone else, denied by him) Secret Master of Fandom (SMoF). A retired electrical engineer by profession with over 30 years with theTennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Uncle Timmy has been a permanent fixture in fandom since 1976. Fandom is a way of life in the Bolgeo clan, and his wife, two children and three grandchildren are no strangers to Southern Fandom. His daughter Brandy, has taken over as Chair of LibertyCon, and the family tradition lives on. A lifetime reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy (with a strong preference for Military Science Fiction), Uncle Timmy was Founder and Chairman of LibertyCon 1 - 25; original Board Member and Chairman of ChattaCon 7 - 11; and staff member at numerous conventions to include WorldCon, World Horror Con, World FantasyCon, and Con*Stellation. He is the long running Editor/Publisher of the Fanzines The LibertyCon Newsletter (1987-1997) and The Revenge of Hump Day! (1997 to present). (To receive The Revenge, please send an email to Tim Bolgeo at Some comments on Fandom from Uncle Timmy: "Fandom is only a hobby. Family and work come first. But it is a beloved hobby that has brought me many hours fun and entertainment. Fandom has also brought me many great friends that I will cherish all my life and I am a fierce protector of these friends." "I have been very fortunate to meet many of my private heroes through fandom and been blessed by becoming friends with a number of them." "I have always enjoyed helping others who want to start conventions with administrative help or advice. I guess you could say that I take my role as 'Uncle Timmy' seriously when it comes to helping people when I can." "About the only other convention that I work at on a consistent basis is Con*Stellation in Huntsville, AL. I run the "Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament" there every year. "Killer Cutthroat Spades" is my passion and it has got me in trouble with a writer or two (See David Weber's Ashes of Honor and A Beautiful Friendship and Eric Flint's Time Spike). "In fandom, I have had a few heroes, Wilson 'Bob' Tucker, Andre Norton, L. Sprague and Catherine Decamp, and Bob Adams. With regard to regular fans I never had any heroes, but I have definitely had a number of great friends who run other conventions. People like Ken Moore (Kubla Khan, Nashville), Sylvia Cox, Greg Bridges and Jeff Bango (MidSouthCon, Memphis), Chloie Airoldi (SatyriCon, Knoxville), Mark Paulk, Mike and Nelda Kennedy, Sam Smith (Con*Stellation, Huntsville), Rich and Michelle Zellich (Archon in the Old Days) and...hopefully, you get the idea."' WHERE id = 131 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Melissa Gay is an award-winning illustrator of books and tabletop roleplaying games. She has done book covers and illustration projects for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Stoker Award winning authors, and her client list includes Baen Books, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, and Apex Press. Her art has appeared on the covers and in the pages of games such as The Dresden Files, Night's Black Agents, Trail of Cthulhu, Part-Time Gods, Mermaid Adventures, Fate Core, and the Yellow King RPG. One of her pieces for the SagaBorn RPG core book has been nominated for a Chesley Award. Her work has been featured in multiple Infected By Art anthologies, she belongs to the Changeling Artist Collective, she co-founded the Bird Whisperer Project, and she moderates the Women in Fantastical Illustration and the One Fantastic Week online communities. Her passion projects include sci-fi sumi-e and her acrylic space paintings, which have met with international success. A former scientific illustrator, she is constantly seeking the perfect balance between precise detail and hazy obscurity to better engage the imagination of the viewer. ' WHERE id = 140 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Patrick A. Vanner was born into a Marine family, and, after attending Penn State University, majoring in aerospace and electrical engineering, he enlisted in the Marine Corps like his parents before him. After a successful military tour, he earned a degree in network administration and began a career in telecommunications and information technology. He divides his time between working, reading, writing, gaming and spending an exorbitant amount of money on anime, giving truth to the saying, "Anime, it's more addictive than crack". Patrick currently lives with the love of his life, Heather, and six insane cats that make their lives interesting in every sense of the ancient Chinese curse.' WHERE id = 156 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='We are a weapons demonstration team of former friends and students of swordsmanship authority Hank Reinhardt. The Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team started years ago as a casual group that regularly met with Hank at his house in Stone Mountain, GA during the 90s to spar. Later, some original members were in the Museum Replicas Ltd. Fight Team when he was director of MRL. Our purpose was to perform in sparring demonstrations. Two members have been in Hank's videos "Viking Sword" and "Myth of the Sword" as actors. Hank is gone now, but the friends Hank brought together have formed a team to promote "The Book of Swords". This final book has been published posthumously by his family. We use the Gray Wolf as our logo in honor and memory of Hank. This was his heraldic device when he was active in the formative years of the SCA in the southern US. He was a key founder in the movement in the South. Later in life he went on to train and advise in print, video, and demonstrations. He was a key figure in launching the current, almost mainstream level of interest in swords in North America by being the first to provide usable arms that the average enthusiast could afford. Hank opened his home and knowledge to us in our youth. We are not unique in this, many people who knew Hank have had similar experiences. We are continuing to entertain, inform, spar, cut, and test new theories. We demonstrate the use of classical weapons with cutting demonstrations and full contact sparring. Hank's philosophy was that fighting for your life requires ruthless efficiency. Our group has an aim at realism, eclipsed by needs for safety. Fairness does not figure in this equation. This attitude is out of keeping with some sport fighting organizations, but Hank was adamant about learning to fight, not learning sport. We do not promote any culture, era, or weapon above others. We evaluate the weapons and methods based on utility. Testing them in the contexts they were conceived, and in hypothetical situations, both modern and ancient. Hank loved to experiment and designed several fantasy swords that have no historical counterpart, but are very funtional. Hank enjoyed innovating new techniques with ancient weapons as well as taking what was useful from historical fechtbooks, but always with an eye for the practical. This was life and death afterall. 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WHERE id = 154 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Tamara Lowery, author of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe steampunk serial and the Waves of Darkness series, is a native of Chattanooga. She just launched the first episode of Pigg & Woolfe in March 2018 and hopes to release an episode a month with an annual omnibus with bonus material. Although currently out of publication and searching for a new publishing home, all seven books in her pirates and vampires Waves of Darkness series placed in the Top Ten in the Horror Novel category of the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll in their respective years of original release. She currently works in the automotive industry and resides with her husband, the Rottentots (Wally & Louie), and the Wreckin' Krewe (Star and Cricket-of-Boundless-Energy). This, of course, makes her just one reproductively neutralized cat shy of being an Official Crazy Cat Lady. ' WHERE id = 159 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Baen Books Executive Editor James Minz has worked in publishing for a quarter century. It all began in a dark and dreary basement in Madison, Wisconsin, where he started out as a lowly slave intern for James Frenkel. By the time he left four years later, the offices had been transplanted to a bright and cheery attic. While there Minz worked in a wide variety of capacities--mostly as an editorial assistant, literary agent and packager of anthologies, including co-packager of the highly regarded annual The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. In September 1997, the siren song of the New York City publishing scene was simply too strong to resist, and he joined the editorial staff of Tom Doherty Associates (i.e. Tor, Forge, Orb, etc.) as David Hartwell's assistant. After several years of working on way too many books in way too small a window of time, he had accumulated enough of a list of his own authors to justify his very own job as a full Editor. Coffee, cake and scotch ensued. After those were all gone, there was nothing left to do but join the other German publishing empire, so on January 31, 2005, Herr Minz joined the editorial staff of Del Rey Books of the Random House Publishing Group (i.e. he moved from Holtzbrinck to Bertelsmann). After a couple years with the largest publishing company in the US, it was time to move on. So on the centennial of Heinlein's birth, Minz joined Baen Books as Senior Editor. And he has been there ever since... Authors he has worked with include Catherine Asaro, Larry Correia, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, Vernor Vinge, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many others. For more information, here is a link to an interview: It's a bit long on the tooth, but still mostly true...' WHERE id = 161 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral RickoverâETMs infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement, and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC include reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed different USNRC Commissioners while earning the agencyâETMs Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards. Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter. Coauthor of Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) paper, "Ecological Engineering Considerations for ISU's Worldship Project." Baen Books ( has published five of his non-fiction articles: - "Our Worldship Broke!" - "Case Studies in Handwavium" - "From Corvus to Keyhole -- Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction" - "Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction" - "Grid Wars: Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet" ' WHERE id = 179 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='James Ward is an excellent Chattanooga based artist who is well known not for putting paint on canvas, but more for putting paint on anything else that's not bolted down. You can find his artwork on everything from feathers to floppy disks, and lately he has branched out with the creation of costuming accessories. James is also an accomplished puppeteer, and often gives performances during the convention to entertain our young (or young at heart) attendees. ' WHERE id = 164 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I've had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of-- well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Eleven books and counting, with no end in sight. You've been warned.' WHERE id = 248 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Philip is currently the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of a Medical Section at an Army Schoolhouse, he is a senior instructor in Basic Combat Casualty Care, Advanced and Basic Life Support, and Combat Medicine. Additionally he is a senior instructor for Field Sanitation. He has served 2 tours in Iraq where he earned the title "Doc" the hard way. He has gone on to earn a Master's in Public Health with a focus on disease prevention. In addition to this he has published a few short stories, is working on more, and on his first novel. ' WHERE id = 186 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as "spoiling cats." When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories. Before breaking away from gainful employment to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker. For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements. Since 1987 she has published over 50 books and more than 165 short stories. Among the novels Jody has written are her epic fantasy series, The Dreamland, beginning with Waking In Dreamland, five contemporary humorous fantasies, Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology (the three collected by Meisha Merlin Publishing as Applied Mythology), Advanced Mythology, The Magic Touch, and three medical science fiction novels, Taylor's Ark, Medicine Show and The Lady and the Tiger. Strong Arm Tactics, a humorous military science fiction novel, the first of The Wolfe Pack series. Jody also wrote The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern, a non-fiction-style guide to the world of internationally best-selling author Anne McCaffrey's popular world. She also collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on four science fiction novels, The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona (New York Times and USA Today bestseller), Treaty At Doona and The Ship Who Won, and wrote a solo sequel to The Ship Who Won entitled The Ship Errant. Jody co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with best-selling fantasy author Piers Anthony, and edited an anthology of humorous stories about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth and legend, entitled Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear! She wrote eight books with the late Robert Lynn Asprin, License Invoked, a contemporary fantasy set in New Orleans, and seven set in Asprin's Myth Adventures universe: Myth-Told Tales (short story collection), Myth Alliances, Myth-Taken Identity, Class DisMythed, Myth-Gotten Gains, Myth Chief, and Myth-Fortunes. Since Asprin's passing, she has published Myth-Quoted, Myth-Fits, Dragons Deal, and Dragons Run (Ace Books), third and fourth in Asprin's Dragons series. Her latest books are Rhythm of the Imperium (Baen Books), the third in her humorous military SF series; Moon Beam (Baen Books), a young adult science fiction novel with Dr. Travis S. Taylor, and Daring (Cat and Dragon Press), a collection of her young adult science fiction and fantasy stories. Over the last twenty-five or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago. In 2017, she became a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, the largest speculative fiction writing contest in the world. She also runs the two-day writers workshop at DragonCon, and reviews fiction for Galaxy's Edge Magazine. Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and a black cat, Jeremy. Check out her websites at and She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye. ' WHERE id = 198 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Bill has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games. Recently Bill produced and designed several computer games and as Bill Fawcett & Associates packaged over 250 novels and anthologies iuncluding the Guide to Pern. Bill began writing with the juvenile Swordquest series inthe4 mid 80s. The Fleet science fiction series he and David Drake edited has become a classic of military science fiction. He has collaborated on several mystery novels as "Quinn Fawcett", including the Authorized Mycroft Holmes and Madame Vernet mysteries. Recent works include Making Contact: a UFO contact handbook, and a series of books about great mistakes in history: It Seemed Like a good Idea, You Did What? and How to Lose a Battle. ' WHERE id = 199 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Beth W. Patterson was a full-time musician for over two decades before diving into the world of writing, a process she describes as "fleeing the circus to join the zoo". She is the author of the books Mongrels and Misfits, and The Wild Harmonic, and she is a contributing writer to sixteen anthologies. Patterson has performed in seventeen countries across the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. Her playing appears on over a hundred and forty albums, soundtracks, videos, commercials, and voice-overs (including seven solo albums of her own). More than a hundred of her compositions and co-writes have been released. She studied ethnomusicology at University College, Cork in Ireland and holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University New Orleans. Beth has occasionally worn other hats as a body paint model, film extra, minor role actor, recording studio partner, record label owner, producer, and visual artist. She is a lover of exquisitely stupid movies and a shameless fangirl of the band Rush. You can find her at' WHERE id = 202 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Rob Reed has been a reporter, magazine staff writer, web content writer, and firearms instructor. His story Souvenirs is featured in Michael Z. Williamson's upcoming Forged in Blood anthology. He is currently working on his first novel. ' WHERE id = 391 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Daniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, best-selling non-fiction author, and semi-professional beach bum. When not writing, he's a woodworker, gearhead, and model builder, noted for his love of single-malt whisky and Honduran cigars. The Blade Files novels (Cogito Orbis Press) are his first forays into fiction; he has eleven published non-fiction titles to his credit. His personal website can be found at' WHERE id = 333 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='J.F. Holmes is a retired Army Senior Noncomissioned Officer, having served for 22 years in both the Regular Army and Army National Guard. During that time, he served as everything from an artillery section leader to a member of a Division level planning staff, with tours in Cuba and Iraq, as well as responding to the terrorists attacks in NYC on 9-11. From 2010 to 2014 he wrote wrote the immensely popular military cartoon strip, "Power Point Ranger", poking fun at military life in the tradition of Beetle Bailey and Willy & Joe. IN 2013, the first book of the popular Military Science Fiction series "Irregular Scout Team One" was published, and the tenth book in the series this year. His works range from Military Sci-Fi to Space Opera to Detective to Fantasy, and in 2017 two were finalists for the prestigious Dragon Awards. As of July 2018, Mr. Holmes has written seventeen books and two novellas. Also look for his work in Michael Z Williamson's Freehold anthologies.' WHERE id = 334 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Allan Kemp is the author of the Black Phoenix urban fantasy series. His short stories have appeared in âEoeDark Gothic Resurrected,âE âEoeEyedrum Periodically,âE and the urban fantasy anthology âEoeBabes and BeastsâE from Bloody Kisses Press. When heâETMs not writing books, he is an award winning television promotions writer/producer.' WHERE id = 335 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Susan Kite was born in Indiana, but moved extensively during her growing up years. The library was the first place she found after a move, avidly reading the works of Andre Norton, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, and many others. In her teens, she dabbled in writing, but with college and marriage, writing was mostly put on hold. That changed about twenty years ago when the writing bug bit again. A visit to the Mission San Luis Rey in California in 2001 and subsequent research became the catalyst to write her first novel, My House of Dreams, which was published in 2010. That was followed by her first science fiction novel, The Mendel Experiment (through World Castle Publications), in 2015. A sequel, Blue Fire, came out in 2015 and the latest Mendel book, Power Stone of Alogol, was published in 2017. The author earned her BachelorâETMs degree in English and a MasterâETMs degree in Instructional Media at Utah State University. She has worked in public school libraries for over thirty years, most recently in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ms. Kite has been married to the love of her life for almost 40 years. They have two children, seven grandchildren, and are owned by an opinionated chiweenie-terrier. ' WHERE id = 431 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Mark Wandrey has been writing all his life, and publishing for 20 years now. He has two Dragon-Finalist novels, and several bestsellers among his works. Recent work includes the Four Horsemen Universe novels Cartwright's Cavaliers, and The Winged Hussars, as well as Alpha Contracts. His horror/apocalypse novel A Time to Run, which is a sequel to A Time to Die, was released this spring. The Earth Song Series has been released in 2018 as well. Mark excels at world-building and action-packed military science fiction. ' WHERE id = 207 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A.G. Carpenter writes fiction of (and for) all sorts, with a focus on the speculative. With over a dozen published short stories, her work has appeared in Twitter-zines such as One Forty Fiction and Trapeze Magazine, online publications Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Nature Magazine - Futures, the Grantville Gazette, and others. The Weather's Always Fine in Paradise, a collection of new and old short stories and novelettes, is available now. Touch, a Southern Gothic novella trilogy, is available from Falstaff Books. Monster Society, an anthology of stories co-written in the 1632/Ring of Fire shared world is out now from Ring of Fire Press. A new series of SF Western novellas is forthcoming from Falstaff Books in late 2018. Carpenter graduated from The College of Santa Fe with a degree in Moving Image Arts (B.A, 2004) and is still an avid fan of film making, with a preference for movies in which things explode. She maintains a blog about her work and the process of writing on her website (' WHERE id = 208 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Chattanooga native, D. Alan LewisâETMs debut novel, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. AlanâETMs other novels include, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus and The Bishop of Port Victoria. He is the editor of three anthologies from Dark Oak Press, Capes & Clockwork and the 2 LunaâETMs Children volumes. Alan has numerous short stories published, and is a frequent speaker/guest at various genre conventions. You can follow Alan at his website:   Or on Facebook: Author-D-Alan-Lewis   Or on Twitter: @Dalanlewis' WHERE id = 204 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET =' A native Texan by birth (if not geography), Chris moved 'home' as soon as he could. While there, he also met a wonderful lady that somehow found him to be funny, charming, and worth marrying. (She has since changed her mind on the funny and charming, but figures he's still a keeper.) Chris began writing fiction in 2012. His short stories can be found in the following anthologies: 'Bad Blood and Old Silver,' (Luna's Children:Stranger Worlds, Dark Oak Press), 'Isaac Crane and the Ancient Hunger' (Dark Corners Anthology, Fantom Enterprises); '200 miles to Huntsville' (Black Tide Rising, Baen); 'What Manner of Fool' (Sha'Daa: Inked, Copper Dog Publishing); 'Case Hardened' (Forged in Blood, Baen); and 'Velut Luna' (The Good, The Bad, and The Merc, Seventh Seal Press) He has co-written two novels, 'Kraken Mare' (Severed Press) with Jason Cordova, and 'Gunpowder and Embers- Last Judgement's Fire Book 1' (Baen, Forthcoming) with John Ringo and Kacey Ezell. A solo urban fantasy novel is currently under construction. His cats allow his family and three dogs to reside with them outside of San Antonio. ' WHERE id = 221 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Justin is the latest in a long line of soldiers to bear the family name, but the first to attend, and graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. His distinctions as a cadet were as numerous as they were dubious. In the middle of West PointâETMs forty-seven-month experience, Justin met his future wife, Michele, sitting on a flight from Houston back to the East Coast. Upon graduating from West Point, Justin commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Field Artillery. Justin and Michele lived in Oklahoma, Germany, Oklahoma again, and Colorado during their time in the Army. Over the course of his ten year career, Justin accomplished a wide variety of missions and annoyed a wide variety of superiors during combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as training rotations in various exotic locales like Barstow, California, and Kuwait. JustinâETMs awards include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge. Medically retired from the Army in 2015 as a Captain, Justin and Michele returned to MicheleâETMs hometown of Houston, Texas, where they live with their four children and an exceedingly friendly, but none-too-bright Old English Sheepdog. Justin enjoys tabletop gaming, scotch, recreational shooting, comic books, movies, military history and, of course, reading and writing science fiction and fantasy. ' WHERE id = 439 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Monalisa won lifeâETMs lottery when she escaped communism and became an unhyphenated American citizen. Her works tend to explore themes of freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility. Despite her degree in physics, sheâETMs worked in engineering and medicine. Her primary genre is space opera with a bit, or a lot of, romance.' WHERE id = 440 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jeremy "Cubby's Handler" Levitt is a retired Marine trucker who served in Afghanistan. He is an avid Military Sci-Fi reader and has been voted "Most likely to egg-on the Apocalypse" by his friends. He currently works as a machinist for the Army Corps of Engineers and lives in Memphis.' WHERE id = 235 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='L R Barrett-Durham (Leia Powell) has been producing stained glass masterpieces for nearly twenty years. Licensed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., she is first stained glass artist in history to be the sole licensee to create glass art of an author's trademarked characters. She was given the great honor of both the Polly Freas Viewers Choice and Best 2D art awards at LibertyCon28. She is also an established author with over half a dozen novels varying in genres of urban and epic fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, horror, and childrens literature. Her newest novel The Adventures of Little Lei-Lei: Toil and Trouble has been praised far and wide as the gateway book for children rediscovering their imagination. You can always find her in our Huckster Room! ' WHERE id = 216 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Sam Flegal has been a freelance Illustrator since 2009. Working for book covers, hobby games, movie concept art, the History Channel, and private collectors, Sam loves to focus on exaggerated expressions and vibrant colors. Sam's preferred medium is oil paint. Sam also has a deep love for Norse Mythology. In his personal work Sam depicts scenes from Norse Lore, a series he calls "Fateful Signs." Recently Sam has had great success with "The Illustrated Havamal," a 104-page book that explores the meaning behind an ancient collection of Norse wisdom through a series of meditative ink drawings. Sam's work from "Fateful Signs" was featured in the History Channel show True Monsters. Sam Flegal's clients include Paramount Pictures, History Channel, AEG, Fantasy Flight, Hero Games, 3Some Games, Lone Wander, & Eagle Games. He's worked on titles like Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Warhammer 40K, Legend of the Five Rings, and Fantasy Hero Complete. Sam won Best Warrior and Best 2D at Dragoncon 2015, Best Color Work at Origins Game Fair 2015, 1st place in the Gen Con 2014 Art Show, Best 2D in the 2014 Liberty Con Art Show, the Jordan Con 2014 Judges' Choice Award, and the Gen Con 2012 Juror's Choice Award. His work was included in the fantastic art collection, Infected by Art Volume 2, and Volume 3.' WHERE id = 230 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the "Theogony" and "Codex Regius" science fiction trilogies and stories in the "Four Horsemen" military scifi series. Get his free book, "Shattered Crucible," at his website, Chris is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, "Self-Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores." Called "fantastic" and "a great speaker," he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions, and writing guild presentations, and he is publishing fifteen authors under various imprints of his Chris Kennedy Publishing small press. Chris lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master's degrees in both business and public administration. Follow Chris on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ChrisKennedy110. ' WHERE id = 251 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Tom Trumpinski is a retired teacher (college chemistry) and scientist (built particle detectors for Fermilab) who retired to write full-time. He's currently in two anthologies in print, Fae Fatales and Allusion of Innocence, and the online pulp magazine Latchkey Tales #1. He's been married a lot and has four children ages 42-14. He lives in a old-folks commune in Champaign, Illinois.' WHERE id = 254 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is an 23-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as a Commander in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. His current position is as the Commanding Officer of Assault Craft Unit TWO, leading a crew of 300 sailors, chiefs, and officers in operating the Navy's oldest operational platforms, 16 of the 135-foot Landing Craft Utility ship-to-shore connectors. He has two degrees in applied physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). "The Mutineer's Daughter", part one of the In Revolution Born series with author Chris Kennedy was released in March, 2018. "A Sword Into Darkness" is his first published novel, but he is working on a sequel "Lancers Into The Light"(which he hopes to debut at LibertyCon!), has produced a collection of his shorts in "REMO", and has short stories appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies. Tom usually lives wherever the Navy tells him to (currently Virginia Beach, VA), making a for his three precocious/maddening kids, an insane Hawaiian mutt, and a hot, geeky girlfriend he doesn't deserve. Tom's blog, The Improbable Author, can be found at: ' WHERE id = 259 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of  the YA fantasy: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. She is also the author of the ProsperoâETMs Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. She has published numerous articles on Japanese animation and appears in several short story anthologies, including Best Of Dreams Of Decadence, No Longer Dreams, Coliseum Morpheuon, Bad-Ass Faeries Anthologies (where she is also an assistant editor) and the Science Fiction Book ClubâETMs DonâETMt Open This Book. When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as wife and stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives with her dashing husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping Eve, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon. Her website is:, and her blog is at: You can also find her on Twitter: @lampwright4 Read the first four chapters of The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin for free: ' WHERE id = 261 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='James Young is a Missouri native who left small town life to attend a small, well-known Federal institution in upstate New York. After obtaining a degree in military history from West Point, Mr. Young spent six years repaying his education via military service in various locations (both foreign and domestic). Along the way he collected a loving, patient, and beautiful spouse (Anita C. Young)...and various animals that only fit those descriptions when it suited them. After leaving the Army, James returned to the Midwest to pursue his Ph.D. in U.S. History while working for the Republic (again). When not tormenting his characters, Mr. Young spends his spare time reading Anita's first drafts, finishing that pesky dissertation, and trying to figure out whose idea it was to get a pair of flatulent, WWE emulating shelter dogs with paper fetishes. Usually he can be found at various book signings and Cons in the greater KC area.' WHERE id = 277 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Martin L. Shoemaker received the WSFA Small Press Award for "Today I Am Paul", which also appeared in four year's best anthologies and eight international editions. Baen will release his novel Today I Am Carey in 2019. His work has appeared in Analog, Galaxy's Edge, Clarkesworld, and Digital Science Fiction.' WHERE id = 442 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Robert Buettner has been General Counsel of a unit of one of the United States' largest private multinational companies, served as a US Army intelligence officer, prospected for minerals in Alaska and the Sonoran desert, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow in paleontology. A Quill Award nominee for Best New Writer of 2005, his best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, was a Quill nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of 2004 and has been called a classic of modern military science fiction. The Golden Gate is his ninth novel, and his first set in the near-present. He lives in Georgia with his family and has more bicycles than a grownup needs. ' WHERE id = 282 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Carol Johnson's academic path has been 'atypical,' to have accomplished a study-abroad degree through European campus, University of Maryland. She resided six years in an international dorm of Friederich-Alexander Universitaet, while becoming proficient in German and taking as many courses as were offered in International Terrorism (she was UM field registrar). Her first academic love had been nutrition science in pursuit of a degree, however her knowledge gap in chemistry competency required altering plans. Taking 'science walks' during the dating era of getting to know Les... She married, and eight yrs. later found out why nutrition and health was to enter front and center stage. Thereafter, Carol actively advocated school health for children with special needs. She completed well, two decades of full time motherhood and homemaking, during which time she also filled delegate positions in Montgomery for travel-seminars with Partners in Policy Making of Alabama for people with neurodeveopmental disabilities. She enjoys all the activities she married into, of Les' diverse space-impassioned endeavors, and reminds this crowd that she fondly recalls her newlywed debut into her very first Con, LibertyCon in 1988.' WHERE id = 286 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Robert Hilliard, a native of Chattanooga TN who now resides in Marietta GA, writes horror, science-fiction, and fantasy. His first published short story, "Cold Case", can be found in the Sha"Daa Shared-Word, Dark-Fantasy Universe published by Copper Dog Publishing.' WHERE id = 288 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Once told that if he were a villain, he'd be called Sarcastro, Brett Brooks is a sharp-witted, dry-humored, and generous-natured writer based in metro Atlanta, Georgia. His work is intelligent and often humorous, focusing on heroic characters, empowered women, and the occasional talking animal. He is not above defying the conventions of genre just to make sure a good story is told. Brett has long been involved in both the comic and gaming world. He has written comics for both Dark Horse and Tekno Comics, as well as working on White Wolf's World of Darkness RPG. For twenty years he was a staff writer for Comic Shop News and the managing editor of Game Shop News. In the early 2000's he formed Pandahead Publishing alongside his wife, Allyson Brooks, where they published the cult-favorite RPG Xcrawl and later the kid-friendly RPG, Med-dling Kids. From a novel writing point of view, he is the author of the Pussy Katnip series, including Red is the Darkest Color, The Devil Was Green, the recent short-story anthology A Hand of Gold and other stories, and the upcoming full-length novel, The Deep Blue Sleep. He also wrote the criti-cally acclaimed horror-comedy novel Edible Complex, as well as the fantasy series The Cham-pions of Elan. ' WHERE id = 289 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jeb Kinnison grew up in the Midwest. He discovered science fiction in second grade, starting with Tom Swift books and quickly moving to Heinlein juveniles and adult science fiction. He studied computer and cognitive science at MIT, and wrote programs modeling the behavior of simulated stock traders and the population dynamics of economic agents. Later he did supercomputer work at a think tank that developed parts of the early Internet (where the engineer who decided on '@' as the separator for email addresses worked down the hall.) He retired a few years ago and began writing science fiction with the Substrate Wars series.' WHERE id = 338 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jason "PK" Levine has been a diehard gamer since he GMâETMed his first RPG at age 12. Now he edits, writes, and produces supplements for Steve Jackson Games, as the Assistant GURPS Line Editor - one of his latest books is GURPS Mars Attacks. In his spare time, he geeks out to everything from obscure music to Transformers.' WHERE id = 297 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET =' Mr. Sacco was born in New York and moved to Georgia as a youngster with his family. He completed his education receiving a degree in biology and physics from Augusta University. He went on to get a degree in dental technology from the Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry, graduating summa cum laude. Rekindling a childhood interest in Astronomy in the early 1990âETMs, he went on to become an officer of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, holding the positions of President and Vice President of Observing several times. Taking an avid interest in taking astronomy to the public, he held a national office as the South Eastern Regional Director of the Astronomical League (S.E.R.A.L) for six years. Today he holds the title of âE~Master AstronomerâETM by the Astronomical League, one of some 160 world-wide. Over the course of several years, Mr. Sacco developed a chapter of Astronomy at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Management Area. The Chapter today has grown to over 60 members and hosts regular public viewing events. Philip takes an unusual approach to astronomy with the public, preferring naked eye observing and the re-telling of the tales represented in the heavens. His entertaining âE~Walk-n-TalksâETM are a treat for all. He is well known as a Mythologist able to weave the convoluted stories of the ancients in an entertaining and educational way. He also has a penchant for mixing science fact with science fiction in his âE~after midnightâETM talks. A profoundly spiritual individual, Mr. Sacco is a recognized speaker on spiritual warfare, having written a book on the topic entitled âE~Awaken the Warrior.âETM His book is a multi-discipline study of the armor of God, breaking each piece down Biblically, historically as well as psychologically. He maintains an active ministry and can be found online at He is a one of a kind Christian minister magician, teaching spiritual principles with the aid of sleight of hand magic. Having studied the art of sleight of hand since the age of 7, Mr. Sacco loves entertaining impromptu audiences with otherwise unbelievable feats all the while teaching about character, morality, and spiritual awareness. Philip has put his background as a scientist to good use in his study of the making of mead. Having started with a 2000 year old Roman recipe he researched some 33 years ago, today he teaches how to make and appreciate this age old golden elixir. His technique is unique and of his own creation, breaking many conventional âE~rulesâETM to derive a delicious and reproducible product he labels by the name âEoeRoman Daze Meadery.âE For a truly intoxicating experience, one must join Mr. Sacco for a mead tasting and witness his skills with sleight of hand as he practices One Magical Knight weaving lessons of the Spirit with his spirits. Just ask him to show you some magic, he will gladly entertain at the drop of a hat! ' WHERE id = 438 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Patty McIntosh-Mize is a freelance editor, most recently editing the first two books of The Revelations Cycle - Cartwright's Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey and Asbaran Solutions by Chris Kennedy. With a lifelong interest in diet, fitness, and health focusing on healing autoimmune disorders, she has studied aerobics, weight training, running, and yoga.' WHERE id = 376 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He's married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and-- besides writing-- works as a Database Manager for the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published 25 novels since 1993, which include science fiction, fantasy and horror. He has recently completed the Dragon* series of light fantasy novels for DAW books, consisting of Dragon*Princess, Dragon*Thief, and Dragon*Wizard.' WHERE id = 328 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. served as the Science Advisor for several television series and movies, including SyFy Channel series "Defiance," the TNT series "Falling Skies," and the film "Gravity." He performed the same role for four seasons on the Peabody Award winning "Battlestar Galactica", as well "Eureka", "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome", and "The Event". He also produced the award-winning short "D.N.E.: Do Not Erase." Grazier co-authored the "Hollyweird Science" series of books, as well as "The Science of Battlestar Galactica", and was an editor and contributing author for the American Chemical Society anthology "Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment". Grazier was a research scientist and science planning engineer for 15 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. He was the Investigation Scientist for the Imaging Science Subsystem instrument, and wrote mission planning and analysis software that won both JPL- and NASA-wide awards. Still an active researcher, his research areas include numerical method development, and long-term large-scale computer simulations of Solar System dynamics, evolution, and chaos. Dr. Grazier is also active in bringing the wonders of science and space to the public. He teaches classes in basic astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the science of science fiction at UCLA and Santa Monica College. He has appeared on several episodes of History Channel's "The Universe," Science Channel's "Alien Encounters," and National Geographic's "Naked Science".' WHERE id = 300 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Bill Swears wrote Zook Country while recovering from injuries received trying to fly an experimental airplane from Hawaii to San Francisco. He's an Alaskan husband and father, technical writer/editor, PhD student, and dog breeder, and was a college professor, a USCG (rescue) and Army helicopter pilot (also, less savory things).' WHERE id = 306 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Declan Finn is the author of books ranging from thrillers to urban fantasy to SciFi. This most popular of these books includes the 2016 Dragon Award nominated novel for Best Horror, Honor at Stake: Welcome to New York City, where vampires don't sparkle, they burn. The sequel, Murphy's Law of Vampires and Live and Let Bite are already out. Finn is one of a legion of writers over at The Catholic Geeks blog (a legion, for we are many). Other books he has written includes the comedy-thriller It Was Only on Stun! where he blows up a sci-fi convention (no, not this one). The sequel is Set to Kill, a novel that spun off of his parody, Sad Puppies Bite Back. He co-authored the science fiction espionage novel Codename: Winterborn, and Codename: UnSub. However, he is most proud of his The Pius Trilogy - book one of which, A Pius Man, will be rereleased from Silver Empire Press in 2017. Finn also hosts the Catholic Geek Radio show, and can be found wherever someone is starting trouble. BOOKS ' WHERE id = 307 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He's had 115 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India and Portugal in venues such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others. His collections include "Fantastic Texas" published in 2009; "Texas & Other Planets" published in 2010; and "The Clock Struck None" and "Letters from Gardner", both published in 2014. His debut novel, the retro-futurist alternate history "Another Girl, Another Planet", was released in 2016 by WordFire Press. His story "Great White Ship", originally published in Daily Science Fiction, was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story "On a Spiritual Plain", originally published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015. His first professional science fiction short story, "A Rocket for the Republic" (Asimov's Science Fiction Sept. 2005) was the last story accepted by Editor Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years. "The Yellow Flag" - his 100th published short story (Sci-Phi Journal Aug. 2016) - set the record for all-time fastest turnaround in genre fiction. It was written, submitted and accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, 2015 He is a two-time Hugo nominee (Short Story, Best Related Work) in 2015, and 2017 finalist for the Dragon Award in Alternate History. A Massachusetts native, Antonelli moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have three adopted furbaby children, Millie, Sugar and Peltro Antonelli. ' WHERE id = 308 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='After an exciting but debilitating career as a field archaeologist, Jeremy Hicks teamed up with long time friend Barry Hayes to realize a creative dream and turn their nightmares into fiction. The writing team of Hicks & Hayes created an original fantasy-horror environment (Faltyr), wrote a screenplay (The Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers) to introduce it, and then adapted it into a novelization with the same name. The first novel was published by Dark Oak Press in 2013; Broke Guys Productions re-released it with a new cover in 2016. Its sequel, Cycle of Ages Saga: Sands of Sorrow, was published in 2015. The third installment (Delve Deep) is scheduled for release in 2017. Jeremy co-founded Broke Guys Productions and expanded the company to include publishing. He is a poet and short story writer too. His stories appear in Dark Oak anthologies (Capes & Clockwork 1-2; Luna's Children: Full Moon Mayhem). A series of his short stories, billed as Tales from Faraway Faltyr, should be available online through Pro Se Productions in 2017. ' WHERE id = 309 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. The Stravinsky Intrigue continues those same themes, and his Fugue & Fable series culminates in The Tchaikovsky Finale, all from Curiosity Quills Press. The first novel in his The Pawn Stratagem contemporary fantasy series, Pawn's Gambit, is available from Falstaff Books. His short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and magazines, and the best, particularly those about a certain Necromancer for Hire, are collected for your reading pleasure under Darin's imprint, 64Square Publishing. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, NC. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion. Find him online at' WHERE id = 315 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Tom Kratman is a political refugee and defector from the People's Republic of Massachusetts. The mechanism of his defection was enlisting into the Army in 1974 at age 17, which deeply distressed his high school (Boston Latin, founded 1635) as they thought he had "higher and better things" ahead of him. He served two years as an enlisted grunt with the 101st Airborne and one and a half with the 193rd Infantry Brigade in Panama, getting 2 years of college done in the process (when he wasn't in the field he was taking courses). At that point the Army gave Kratman a scholarship and sent him off to Boston College to finish his degree and obtain a commission. Tom graduated, cum laude, in 1980 and returned to the Army as an infantry officer. Tom served another three year tour in Panama, then more schooling at Benning, then 4+ years with the 24th Infantry Division near Savannah, Georgia. Fun times then ceased for a while, while he did two years in Recruiting Command. Saddam Hussein (UHBP) rescued Tom from this by invading Kuwait. He has been told that he was the only captain to actually escape from USAREC for the war. Tom arranged a transfer to Special Operations Command and went through the active part of the campaign attached to 5th Special Forces. He continued slurping at the Army trough until it became painfully clear that the bottom had dropped out of the militantly and violently aggressive anti-communism market and that he was not going to like the rather PC direction the Army (which was, arguably, the only thing he ever selflessly loved) was heading in. Among other things, Tom earned a Combat Infantry Badge and the Ranger Tab. Tom got out in 92 and went to law school. He hated it but was far too pig headed to quit. He became a lawyer in 95 and quickly realized that what he had felt about law school was but a pale shadow of true hate. Stayed in the Reserves and took every tour he could to avoid practicing law. And when the reserves had nothing interesting there was MPRI ("white collar mercenaries R us"). Saddam Hussein (UHBP) once again stepped to the fore and saved Tom from the continued practice of law. In February of 2003 the Army called him up to participate in the invasion of Iraq. Still, God has a sense of humor. While awaiting a flight over Tom was informed he had a 100% blockage in his right coronary artery (imagine his chagrin) and wasn't going anywhere fun anytime soon. Instead, he spent eight months stuck at Fort Bragg, then a few in the DC area, before finally being sent on to be on the faculty of the Army War College as Director, Rule of Law, for the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Keep in mind that divine sense of humor previously mentioned. Tom retired in 2006, bored out of his gourd and finally ready to admit his love affair with the Army was over. He's returned to Virginia and, instead of practicing law, writes full time for Baen, Castalia, and Defy Media. (That means, NO, don't ask for legal advice because there's no more confidentiality with him. He's outa da bidnez.) His books published to date include Countdown: The Liberators, Countdown: M Day, Countdown: H Hour, Caliphate, A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters, The Amazon Legion, Come and Take Them, and The Rods and the Axe. His collaborations with John Ringo include Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes, and, The Tuloriad. Tom's married to a (really beautiful) girl from rural western Panama. He and Yolanda have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Yoli and Tom make their home in Blacksburg, VA. His next book, A Pillar of Fire by Night, via Baen, is scheduled to be released on 23 October, 2018."' WHERE id = 322 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Taylor S Hoch has been creating other worlds for people to experience since 1996. She is the author of The Curse of the Dullahan series, a middle-grade urban fantasy adventure. Book five in this nine book series was released in May 2018 and the sixth book is due to be released in June 2019. When Taylor isn't writing novels, she is a songwriter and musician. She has published three albums of Americana music. Her songs play on radio stations worldwide and on radio networks such as the BBC and RADI. She spent most of her adult life traveling extensively in the U.S. working as a restoration carpenter and contractor on historical landmarks and playing her songs at music festivals. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing; Sigma Tau Delta/NEHS, Alpha Sigma Lambda. She is the mother of two amazing young men and lives in rural Tennessee with her wife of twenty-three years, two supposed-to-be working farm dogs that prefer A/C to doing their jobs, L.J. the perfect cat, a gargoyle protector named Aloysius, a serious clan of gnomes, and a variable population of free-range chickens. She is also DM extraordinaire for the exclusive Gamera Gang and an avid SF/Fantasy fan. ' WHERE id = 340 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Laura Montgomery practices space law and writes science fiction with a bourgeois, legal slant. Her most recent book, MERCENARY CALLING, is a tale of exoplanets, terrorists, and lawyers. She also writes space opera in her WAKING LATE series. Her author site is at On the legal side, Laura teaches space law at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. In her private practice she specializes in regulatory space law, with an emphasis on commercial space transportation and the Outer Space Treaties. She testified last year to the space subcommittees of the House and Senate on matters of regulation and international obligation. She writes and edits the space law blog and speaks regularly on space law issues. ' WHERE id = 342 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A believer in things most found silly, Michael Lackey has always been a dreamer. He loved to pretend as a child in the forests of Alabama. Michael would find himself in a land of monsters where he was the only one who could save the world from utter destruction. In his free time, Michael would map out bike courses and fantasize about becoming the next big Hollywood stuntman. With the stunts complete, Michael would raise his sword high and proclaim himself the slayer of the mystical beasts plaguing his land. Like most over imaginative children, real life set in for Michael. Work. Adulthood. Family. He never really grew out of his imagination, but rather suppressed it to the point of monotony. Now in his forties, Michael's stories and love for fantasy come alive on the pages of The Bad Seed. Join Michael on his fantasy-filled quest to tell the story of the brave Zachery Morely and his adventures on Amundiss.' WHERE id = 343 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Rich Weyand is a computer consultant and digital forensic analyst. He was born in Illinois and lived there almost 60 years before he and his wife engineered an escape to the hills of southern Indiana in 2011. His undergraduate and graduate education is in Physics, and he's never really recovered. He has co-authored several legal books and articles on automated trade secret asset management, and is currently heading up the launch of a computer software start-up. The 2016 publication of his anthology of Hard-SF and Fantasy shorts, Adamant and other stories, was his first published fiction. In 2017, he published the Childers Trilogy, in two volumes: Childers and Childers: Absurd Proposals.' WHERE id = 344 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='What do you say about someone who's put up with you for twenty years? Not just with your insane writing schedule, not just with all of the convention travel, not just with your sometimes . . . questionable sense of humor, but with you? What do you say about your closest confidante, your most trusted critic, the person whose opinion means more to you than any other opinion in the world? What do you say about the woman who's helped you raise your kids, who's driven them to soccer practices -- three consecutive hours of soccer practices, two nights a week -- and sat in the car waiting for them so that you could stay home and write? What do you say about someone who is the most important person in your life? I suppose I could start by telling you that she's 5'1" . . . on a tall day. That she's Irish, which means that without SPS 9000 sunscreen her skin starts smoking in indirect sunlight. That she's had seven spinal surgeries, but she's still upright. That she doesn't think she's anything special, but then, she's not always the best judge of character. That even though neither of us is perfect, I can't imagine anyone else with whom I'd rather share my life, who would enjoy the good times with me more, or would be there so solidly when life hits a wall. That I love her and that she plans to marry me all over again next April. (Assuming, of course, that she doesn't decide to shoot me in the meantime.) All of that is true, but it's still sort of pecking around the edges of everything Sharon is. She has a sense of humor, she puts up with my sense of humor, and when I first met her she was working in a bookstore, helping push science fiction to the poor addicts. She got me invited to my first signing. She called me up the day my first book arrived and said "David, guess what! Your book's here, and we've already sold half of all the copies we got!" "Great!" I said. And "Should I save the other one for you?" she asked innocently. I was a "special guest" at Dragoncon, and she explained to our table at the banquet "Yes, David is the Special Guest. There are special Olympics, special people . . . ." She's the Grand Duchess of Montana to The Royal Manticoran Navy. She's the person people come to when they need to tell me something or ask me something and they don't want to intrude on my writing time. She's the official Keeper of the Calendar, who gets not just me but our entire family where it needs to be and when it needs to be there. She is She Who Must Be Obeyed in Greenville, and the center of my universe. She is the extraordinary woman I was lucky enough to find and who suffered a momentary lapse in judgment and fell in love with me. Would the books have been written without her? Probably. Would they have been written in such number? Probably not. Would they have been written with as much joy? Never. Would they have been as rich and as vibrant without her as my sounding board, the first critical editor of my ideas? Not in a million years. Her Grace of Montana is the love of my life and the reason I am who I am, and the world would be a sadder, emptier, incredibly less joyous place without her in it. David Weber' WHERE id = 394 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Amanda Makepeace is an award winning artist and illustrator. Her career in art began more than a decade ago while living abroad in the UK. In recent years, Amanda has worked with independent publishers and game companies. Her latest project is a cover for an upcoming book featuring Hugo nominated stories - Long List Anthology Volume 3. She is also a regular at Fantasy and SciFi conventions in the southeast. In 2015 she won Judges' Choice Award in the JordanCon Art Show and in 2017 she won Best Space Scene in the DragonCon Art Show. ' WHERE id = 354 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Born and raised in Arizona, Kevin Hearne attended college at Northern Arizona University, earning a degree in English Education. It was during this time that he first got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He worked for the college newspaper both as an editorial cartoonist and as a feature columnist, and started a novel that he never finished. He taught high school English for three years in California before returning to teach in Arizona. Hearne decided to try an epic fantasy. He wrote for three years and came up with 200,000 words or so, which turned out to be a bit long for an unknown author's debut. He chopped it down and sent off a 114,000-word version to some agents, who all rejected it, but he also sent it to one publisher, who replied after only two weeks that it had passed the "first round" and would get passed on to other editors soon. No other word came for many moons and he began to work on something else while he waited. Kevin had an idea for a web comic featuring a Druid who could communicate mentally with animals, especially his own hound. was running a contest, and he scripted out eight pages and completed six of them before realizing that if he submitted his work, DC would own a piece of the characters, or maybe own them outright. He didn't want that, because he liked these characters too much to share with anyone else. So he wrote a novel about Atticus and Oberon instead, and it turned out to be great fun and easier to write than anything else he'd tried before. He finished writing Hounded in eleven months, and still hadn't heard back from the publisher about his epic fantasy. He sent out a round of twelve queries and got some nibbles, but all ultimately rejected him. He tweaked his first chapter for the twentieth time, revised his query letter, and sent out another round of twelve queries. He got some more nibbles, more rejections, but also an offer of representation from Evan Goldfried at Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Evan sent Hounded to nine publishers on September 9, 2009, along with teasers for the next two books in the series. Inside of two weeks, four of those publishers bid on the book at auction, and one of them, ironically, was the same publisher who had been sitting on his epic for a year. Hearne wrote Hexed in five months and Hammered in six to accommodate the back-to-back release schedule. (From Mr. Hearne's page on Fantasy Book Review)' WHERE id = 348 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Faith Hunter, urban fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SciFi, fantasy, and gothic mystery. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time (about 60 hours a week) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. The dark urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, is a New York Times bestselling series with multiple books and compilations. Jane Yellowrock is a Cherokee skinwalker who tracks, hunts, and kills rogue-vampires for a living -- that is, until she takes a gig working for Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans. The series is set in an alternate reality, modern-day world, one inhabited by humans, vamps, and other things that go bump in the night. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series, feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the Rogue Mage World Book and Role Playing Game, which contains lots of fiction for the readers! The Soulwood series features Nell Nicholson Ingram, and is a spinoff from the Skinwalker series. Nell is an escapee from a cult, a solitary woman with magic of her own. In book one, Blood of The Earth, she is hired to help PsyLED (a division of Homeland Security) find a missing child. Under her pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has more than 33 books in print in 29 countries. Along with other published writers, Faith participates in an online writing community geared to helping fantasy writers with tips and publishing advice called (From Ms. Hunter's Amazon Biography Page)' WHERE id = 349 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='At an early age it was pretty apparent that drawing was what I was good at. I spent nearly all of my spare time drawing my favorite cartoon characters with my older sister. We would draw them on rolls of butcher paper, sometimes larger than ourselves, challenging ourselves with the days-long task of coloring the entire image. Three years my elder, and much better at art than me, my sister instilled in me an intense passion to improve. By my teenage years my love of drawing attracted me to comic books, a passion I still hold dear. I spent every cent of my allowance on those artists I admired so much. I would emulate their work, redrawing all of my favorite panels, and often times created my own comic book characters and stories. By this point, I was certain that I was going to be an artist when I grew up. My parents, however, took a little more convincing. My local high school sponsored a program called "Careers in Art" which I was immensely fortunate to attend. The program placed students in a weekly internship with a design company or working professional. It was through this program that I met my long time mentor. Through him I learned the basics of illustration, and thus decided to choose that as my major when I would enter college. I attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1996-2000. Having only done one painting prior, it was there that I honed my picture making skills and came to love the traditional art of oil painting. I graduated the top of my class with a B.F.A. degree in Illustration, and received that year's 'Rhodes Family Award for Special Achievement' in my major. After graduation, with some scholarship money in my pocket, I embarked on what would quickly turn into my career. I started by painting portraits out of my parent's basement. Eventually, I was making enough to rent a studio. I found a gallery to represent my fine arts, and starting pursuing my dream of becoming an Illustrator. More than a decade later, and with more than a hundred published covers to my name, I am still consumed by that childhood passion to improve. Dan dos Santos' work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics and film. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Boeing Aircraft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, Tor books, UpperDeck, Wizards of the Coast, Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics. Dan has been the recipient of many awards. He is a five time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Artist, has received both Gold and Silver Medals from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the 2007 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was the Chesley Award winner for Best Paperback Cover of 2007. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list numerous times and his covers are seen in bookstores in dozens of countries around the world. Aside from freelance illustration, Dan also co-hosts a series of instructional demonstrations called 'Art Out Loud', teaches at numerous workshops and colleges throughout the country, and is the creator /moderator of the popular educational blog 'Muddy Colors'.' WHERE id = 351 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Doug Loss is an IT security analyst from Maryville, TN. He has been an SF reader since childhood (more than 55 years) and a war gamer for over 50 years. He's an avid blues music fan and is currently serving as the IT chair and a member of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (' WHERE id = 356 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Van Allen Plexico won the 2015 Pulp Factory Awards for both Novel of the Year and Anthology of the Year. He is the Amazon bestselling author of fifteen novels and numerous short stories, audiobooks, novellas, nonfiction books, columns and essays from a variety of publishers. In addition to his long-running SENTINELS superhero novel series and his SHATTERING Military SF/Space Opera series, he has created two bestselling nonfiction books about Marvel's Avengers as well as being selected to write the year-by-year history of the Avengers for Upper Deck's commemorative trading card set. He has written many classic pulp characters in prose and comics form for various publishers, including Sherlock Holmes, the Griffon, Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter and Lance Star-Sky Ranger. His Military SF novella, COLD LIGHTNING, served as the basis for the upcoming graphic novel of the same name, from White Rocket Books. His biweekly interview program, the White Rocket Podcast, was a finalist in the 2015 Parsec Awards. An Associate Professor at Southwestern Illinois College, he has appeared as a guest, presenter and event host at dozens of conventions and literary festivals across the US. He has moderated for and interviewed many prominent SF authors and comics professionals for DragonCon programming over the years, as well as on his podcasts, and he has hosted DragonCon's "Marvel/DC Jeopardy" tournament for the past 18 years.' WHERE id = 358 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Dr. Thomas Barclay is an Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he is Deputy Director of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission's Guest Investigator program. He was formerly Director of the Kepler/K2 mission Guest Observer Office at NASA Ames Research Center where his work with the astronomical community led to thousands of astrophysical and planetary science discoveries including new planets, galaxies and supernovae. Dr. Barclay analyzes data from both ground and space-based exoplanet surveys to search for small, rocky planets and he specializes in devising new methods to confirm their planetary nature. Dr. Barclay grew up in Sheffield in Northern England and received his Ph.D. from the University College London in 2011 where he worked on ultra-compact white dwarf binary stars. He has participated in the discovery of over 800 exoplanets and is known for his discovery of Kepler-37b, a planet about the size of the Moon that is the smallest planet known outside of our Solar System. ' WHERE id = 369 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='TJ is a veteran of the US Air Force. He spent many days in the New Mexico desert during his youth. He has been married over thirty one years and is a father of three: two boys, one girl. In his life he has been a janitor, a carpenter, a diesel mechanic, an aircraft technician, a student, a teacher, and now a writer. His love of comics and science fiction/fantasy literature began when he was in sixth grade. This book marks the beginning of what he hopes to be a career in writing. He currently labors as an Algebra II and Advanced Mathematical Decision Making teacher at Lithia Springs High School in Litha Springs, GA. He coached Varsity Men's' Soccer team and has coached wrestling. TJ is an avid runner, bicyclist, and swimmer. He holds a federal firearms license, has built multiple motorcycles from scratch, and he competes in triathlons, marathons, and Ironman races, not the mention the Odd Zombie Run or Savage Race. TJ is a barefoot runner, yes that's right he runs with no shoes. That is a whole story that is yet to be written. He can be seen in races wearing his kilt with no shoes to honor his Scottish ancestry. He acted a the School's production of Beauty and the Beast as Maurice, Belle's Father. He sings in a blue grass Gospel quartet and can be heard belting out eighties tunes in the hallways of the school. He has traveled to Turkey, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and Portugal. He also plays Piano, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba and Baritone...some better than others. ' WHERE id = 370 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Dawn Witzke is a freelance writer, graphic artist and master level procrastinator. She has crafted book covers for the Dragon Award Nominated novel, Honor At Stake by Declan Finn, Erin Lale's sci-fi Punch Series, and a variety of other authors. Dawn can be found over at her blog, Books & Art, where she randomly posts artwork, book reviews and writing. She is also a published writer of diverse styles and genres. She is the author of the Relic Hunter Catholic Space Adventure short fiction series, Path of Angels (March 2017) and was runner up in the 2015 Liberty Island Magazine Halloween contest with her short story, "Children of Whitechapel".' WHERE id = 371 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He's also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at, David's team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage. David's debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press. He followed-up with a Victorian horror, The Soul Changers, from Pinnacle. David went on to edit the bestselling weird western anthology, Straight Outta Tombstone, for Baen. Dave is prolific in short fiction with many short stories and two short films to his credit. He's published across several genres including media tie-ins for Predator (nominated for the 2018 Scribe Award), The Green Hornet, The Black Bat and Veronica Mars. His RPG work includes Flash Gordon and Deadlands: Noir for Savage Worlds. He's a single dad, Summa Cum Laude creative writing graduate, part-time temp worker and believer. His hobbies include film noir, anime, the Blues and Mayan History. You can find out more at, or Twitter @david_boop.' WHERE id = 365 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='I am a trained, professional gunsmith as well as recognized as having expertise with rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. Have had CQD firearms training and have taught self defense. I was a competitive fencer for 18 years, until my knee gave out. I am also a bladesmith, have made knives and swords. Have been trained in rapier, European sword technique and some modest training in Japanese sword. Also, I began lapidary and wax sculpture at the age of 11, did it as a hobby for many years and worked my way through graduate school (M.A.history, Univ Texas Arlington) as a custom bench jeweler, jewelry designer and sculptor. Along with commercial jewelry I made my own line of Celtic design jewelry and won several awards in a number of art shows including a BEST IN CATEGORY at Dragoncon. I made custom 25 mm figures for gamers as well as a number of 'masters' for Reaper Miniatures in McKinney, TX. In addition, I designed and created the prototypes for a chess set for Citadel Military Academy. I had tinkered with guns for years but in graduate school my passion for history and love of firearms drew me to working for a genuine 'old world style' MASTER gunsmith. I worked for him part time for over 5 years. My apprenticeship. Later I ran my own gunsmithing shop for a few years specializing in repair and restoration of antique firearms and building custom 1911 pistols and sporting rifles. I have 18 years teaching experience - I teach science and history.' WHERE id = 367 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Edward McKeown is best known for his Robert Fenaday/Shasti Rainhell series of SF novels set on the Privateer Sidhe. He has now debuted a new series set in the same universe, featuring a 50,000 year old android named Maauro and her friend, a disgraced pilot named Wrik Trigardt, as they battle governments and the Thieves Guild for their freedom in, My Outcast State, Against that Time and the forthcoming, The Lost. Ed escaped from NY, but his old hometown supplies much of the background to his humorous "Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess" shorts, as his new hometown in Charlotte, North Carolina does for his "Knight Templar" urban fantasy series. He enjoys a wide variety of interests from ballroom dance to the martial arts. Ed has also edited five Sha'Daa anthologies of tales of the Apocalypse and a wide variety of short stories collected in Knight in Charlotte and On the Case. Find him on Facebook and at and ' WHERE id = 372 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Growing up, Henry worked at the usual range of menial jobs, from grocery store bag boy to pizza delivery to retail sales, before ending up in software development. In between the menial jobs and the IT jobs, he achieved some small fame as the writer and co-creator of the small press comic book titles Southern Knights and X-Thieves. For the past ten years, Henry has also taken up the mantle of professional storyteller, performs regularly throughout the state of North Carolina, and has recently released his first book of children's stories. Henry has been a fan of science fiction for as long as he can remember. He has loved space opera and planetary romance since the beginning, that is why his science fiction novels end up in those subgenres. Henry currently live in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, son, one cat, and lots of imaginary friends all clamoring to tell him of their adventures.' WHERE id = 373 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jarrod "The Yard Sale Artist" Alberich is currently the Art Director for White Rocket Books, specializing in cover art & inking. Calls himself the "Yard Sale Artist" because EVERYTHING (surfaces, paints, brushes, etc.) he uses for his art is all acquired via yard sale/dumpster dive. Jarrod is a military combat veteran. ' WHERE id = 374 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='According to, Jon Del Arroz is "the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction" and author of the award winning steampunk novel, For Steam And Country. As a contributor to The Federalist and, he is also recognized as a popular journalist and cultural commentator. Jon loves steampunk and space opera, and is releasing several books this year in both subgenres. Visit his website at ' WHERE id = 380 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Nancy Edwards is an artist and a lifelong fan as she has been involved for over 30 years. Bob Tucker mentored her at one of the first St. Louis Archon's. She has run several adult relaxicons and was the Fan GOH for Tuckercon, the NASFIC in 2007. She has many stories she can share of her time in fandom' WHERE id = 383 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Peter J Wacks was purportedly born in California sometime during 1976. He has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Throughout the course of his life, he has hitchhiked across the States and backpacked across Europe on the Eurail. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond. He is a bestselling cross-genre writer who has worked in various capacities across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels. He began in the creative fields as a child actor & model, Most notable as an extra on 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Thunder Alley.' At age 6 he began writing short stories, and was first published in high school (1992), a time in which he was also a top ten honorable mention for the NCTE award (1993). In gaming he was the lead designer and storyline writer of Cyberpunk CCG, a consultant for Allegiance, and both a writer and editor for multiple books in the Interface Zero line. After the Cyberpunk CCG project he spent a month in L.A. as a consultant for the T.V. show Alias, helping the studio determine the viability of converting the show into a CCG. In the mid 2000's he decided to focus on his original passion, writing stories, once more. His first novel, 'Second Paradigm', was published in 2008. Peter's first comic, 'Behind These Eyes', garnered a finalist spot for the Bram Stoker in 2012. Currently, his library includes 6 novels, 4 novellas, and he has appeared in 19 anthologies. He has been a panelist, guest speaker, and Guest of Honor at a combined total of over 250 conventions, Trade Shows, Organizations, and Colleges - including GAMA, Mensa Colorado, & UCLA. When he isn't working on the next book he can be found practicing martial arts, playing chess, drinking Scotch or IPA, or fighting with swords.' WHERE id = 384 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing - set in the inter-galactic "Jurisdiction" universe - has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of "Uncle" Andrej Koscuisko, who is Not a Nice Man; a Ship's Surgeon/Ship's Inquisitor trying to reconcile unwelcome truths about himself with his continuing struggle to be a decent human being, and subverting the increasingly totalitarian rule of Law and the Judicial order while he's at it. Baen Books has reprinted the first six "Under Jurisdiction" novels in two omnibus editions, "Fleet Inquisitor" and "Fleet Renegade;" followed by the seventh novel, "Blood Enemies," earlier this year. A third omnibus, "Fleet Insurgent," is coming in December. They're also available as e-books from Baen and as audio books (read by Stefan Rudnicki) from Visit Susan's website at for the latest news! ' WHERE id = 392 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Alistair Kimble is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he has served in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Denver. He works national security matters and is a member of Denver's Evidence Response Team. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he dangled from helicopters while performing search & rescue operations. Iron Angels, an urban fantasy novel with police procedural bones, co-written with Eric Flint (author of the bestselling 1632 series), is scheduled for release on September 5th 2017 from Baen Books. Alistair's short fiction can be found in the Fantastic Detectives edition of the Fiction River anthology series, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and volumes 44 & 47 of the Grantville Gazette. His website is' WHERE id = 385 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mike Kupari is a veteran of both the Army National Guard and the Air Force. He worked as a security contractor in Qatar, and later served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in Afghanistan. His experiences in Southwest Asia became part of the basis for the Dead Six series, co-authored with Larry Correia. He is a regular contributor to Breach Bang Clear, has written for Soldier of Fortune magazine, and has short stories in multiple Baen anthologies. He made his solo debut with Her Brother's Keeper which has been described as "Indiana Jones meets Buck Rogers". The sequel, Sins of Her Father, was released in March 2018. He currently lives in Arizona where the landscape inspires his upcoming post-apocalyptic novel. When not writing, he spends his time trying to maintain the peace between his dog and his bird. ' WHERE id = 398 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='As if her life wasn't busy enough raising four children and managing the house while her husband writes, Bridget also trains for 5ks, 10ks, and half-marathons. Holding an art history degree from Utah State University she channels her creativity in her needlework and cooking. Originally from the Bay Area, she is now managing the construction of her family's new house at Yard Moose Mountain, Utah.' WHERE id = 399 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Kevin Ikenberry is a life-long space geek and retired Army officer. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program and a space operations officer, Kevin has a broad background in space and space science education. His 2016 debut science fiction novel Sleeper Protocol was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award and was heralded as âEoean emotionally powerful debutâE by PublisherâETMs Weekly. KevinâETMs military science fiction novels include Runs In The Family, Peacemaker, Honor The Threat, and Vendetta Protocol. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and other formats all around the world. Kevin lives in Colorado with his family and can be found online at' WHERE id = 400 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Jack Clemons is both an SF writer and a âEoerocket scientistâE. He has published a number of science fiction stories and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was an engineer and team leader on NASA's Apollo Program and Space Shuttle Program. He was most recently Senior Vice President of Engineering for Lockheed Martin, where he led a team that redesigned the air traffic control systems for the United States and the United Kingdom. Jack gives talks across the Mid-Atlantic region, including RavenCon, Balticon, Baltimore Book Festival and at NASA GoddardâETMs Spaceflight Center, on the Apollo Moon Program, on the design and first flights of the NASA Space Shuttle, and on the untold stories behind each of the American Flags left on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts. He appeared in the "Command Module" segment of Moon Machines, the Discovery Science Channel's award-winning six-part documentary about the Apollo Program. He writes a space and science blog for Amazing Stories Magazine online. His non-fiction book, Safely to Earth, recounting his time on NASAâETMs Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, will be published by University Press of Florida later this year. ' WHERE id = 401 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Nicole Givens Kurtz is the published author of the futuristic thriller series, Cybil Lewis. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction. Nicole's short stories have earned an Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future contest, and have appeared in Crossed Genres, Tales of the Talisman, and numerous anthologies such as Baen's Straight Outta Tombstone, and Onyx Path's V20: Vampire the Masquerade Anthology. Website: ' WHERE id = 403 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='JD Jordan is the author of the acclaimed scifi-western novel, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man, a Philip K. Dick Award submission, Georgia Author of the Year nominee, and Nook selection. His writing has been featured in Creative Loafing, The International Journal of the Book, Newsweek, and Paste Magazine. He is represented by The Zack Company. Since the publication of Calamity, JD has become a frequent figure on the literary and writers' convention circuit, appearing at the AJC Decatur Literary Festival, The Broadleaf Writers Conference, Dahlonega Literary Festival, JordanCon, the Milton Literary Festival, as well as a variety of public readings, author events, and NaNoWriMo events. He has appeared as a guest on the Swiping Write podcast, is an active member of The Atlanta Writer's Club and the founder of The ATL Screenwriter's Cabal. After attending The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and graduating from both Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, and the University of Georgia with a bachelors in medieval history and a masters in US-Middle Eastern foreign policy history, respectively, JD resettled in Atlanta. He taught design and history at the Atlanta College of Art, The University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and General Assembly while continuing to work as an award-winning design director and a creative consultant with some of the biggest agencies and brands in the Southeast. He is currently the design director and co-founder of the design and media agency, J+E Creative. A proud Atlantan, JD lives in the city with his wife, the actress Ellie Decker, and five awesome kids. He is currently working on a hard scifi novel and a follow-up to Calamity. Please visit for more information about the author as well as sample chapters, reviews, book club resources, a companion story, a guide to Calamity JaneâETMs notorious saddle slang, and more. And connect with JD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.' WHERE id = 404 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='At thirteen years old, Jon R. Osborne discovered a passion for two things: writing and telling stories. Instead of doing what a normal author-to-be would do and write stories, Jon wrote for his school newspaper and told stories through the medium of running role-playing games for his friends. Journalism helped pay the way through college, and gaming garnered him lifelong friends. After college, journalism didn't pan out as a career, but Jon continued creating worlds and forging stories with his friends. Fast forward almost thirty years; Jon is still a gamer who every now and then dabbles with writing. A long-time friend and fellow gamer who had found success as an author, Mark Wandrey, convinced Jon to submit a short story for an anthology. Jon's story was accepted, and it gave him the impetus to finish his first novel, A Reluctant Druid. Living in Indianapolis, Jon still games, and continues to write. You can find out more about Jon at Fans who sign up for his mailing list will receive Chapter 0 for A Reluctant Druid and be the first to here news about Jon's newest books and stories.' WHERE id = 406 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='A native Californian, Brent is "temporarily" out of state for school while working on a PhD in Neuroscience. He started his college education with the idea of doing computer science and mathematics, detoured through physics and criminal justice, and eventually ended up with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and psychology, as well as a master's degree in Neuroimaging and Informatics. He's worked as a software engineer and conformance standards specialist, an accountant, tutor for those with special needs, audio engineer and a stage hand among other odd jobs. He has regularly been described as an endless font of useless trivia. He's been a science fiction fan since being introduced to it at six by his mother and has continued reading since. He has helped contribute to multiple scripts and films from world building, plot development through science advising. In his munificent spare time as a graduate student (Haha!) he spends most of his free time reading and writing snippets that he swears one day he will get back to trying to finish.' WHERE id = 407 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Born on the island of Malta to an Oklahoma oil engineer and a Texas school teacher, LawDog was raised in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He has been a soldier, an EMT, a volunteer fireman, a short-order cook, the world's worst rodeo clown, and a peace officer. He currently resides in Texas with a very patient lady and three fur children.' WHERE id = 410 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='JL Curtis has two series out, The Grey Man series, current fiction with cops vs. the cartel in South Texas, and Rimworld a Military Science Fiction series from the grunt's perspective. He's also published a couple of short stories in Anthologies, and one Novella. A retired Naval Flight officer, he spent 22 years in the Navy, then worked as an engineer with a defense contractor for another 20+ years. A long time shooter and NRA instructor, he now lives North Texas and writes full time. ' WHERE id = 411 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='John C. Wright is a retired attorney, newspaperman and newspaper editor, who was only once on the lam and forced to hide from the police who did not admire his newspaper. In 1984, Graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis, home of the "Great Books" program. In 1987, he graduated from the College and William and Mary's Law School (going from the third oldest to the second oldest school in continuous use in the United States), and was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions (New York, May 1989; Maryland December 1990; DC January 1994). His law practice was unsuccessful enough to drive him into bankruptcy soon thereafter. His stint as a newspaperman for the St. Mary's Today was more rewarding spiritually, but, alas, also a failure financially. He presently works (successfully) as a writer in Virginia, where he lives in fairy-tale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children: Pingping, Orville, Wilbur, and Just Wright.' WHERE id = 412 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='John Van Stry writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. His best selling series are 'Portals of Infinity' and 'The Valens Legacy,' which is written under his Jan Stryvant pen name. He's had a varied career, ranging from tactical nuclear weapon systems to pacemakers. Hobbies are training big cats, riding motorcycles, playing bass.' WHERE id = 416 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='J.D. Beckwith is a mechanical engineer with delusions of writing grandeur. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, he has recently taken the opportunity to try his hand at the craft he's always admired. When he isn't working on either expanding his bibliography, or finding more efficient ways of manufacturing things like bulldozers, excavators, and garbage trucks, he amuses himself with reading, tabletop & RPG gaming, arguing on the internet, growing tomatoes, and herding cats all while trying to stay hidden in the woods of Northwest Georgia. eConscience Beta, is his first independently published novel. Check out J.D.'s book reviews & other nerdy stuff on his blog: Words from the Wampuscat Published & Upcoming Short Stories & Serial Works: The Horizons Unlimited Universe "Quicksilver" Planetary Anthology: Mercury [Superversive Press, Jan. 2018] "37 Shades of Yellow" Planetary Anthology: Venus [Superversive Press, Feb. 2018] "Xolotl Resurrected" Planetary Anthology: Earth [Superversive Press, June 2018] Horizons Unlimited Volume I: A Space Adventure Anthology [Wampuscat Enterprises June 2018]. It will include the action packed novella "Escaping Aurora".' WHERE id = 417 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Rachel has studied many branches of science, but when she discovered D&D and the SCA, new worlds and experiences opened up. Grounded in science Rachel's craft (painting, drawing, and writing) contains renaissance-whimsy and magic with a dark twist, as expressed in ShaâETMDaa Toys, under the pen name RJ Ladon. ' WHERE id = 418 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='His first short story, "Night of the Fireflies" appeared in Vol. 59 of the Grantville Gazette. "To Face the Tide"(forthcoming) in Sha'daa: Toys(Copper Dog) with his talented, and somewhat handsome co-author Chris Smith. Joseph and his lovely, *younger* wife Bonnie live in Houston with their poodle, Oberon, King of the Floofs.' WHERE id = 419 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='By day Ben earns his bread keeping track of the dead with digital cemetery maps, and by night he corrals the undead into whatever fantasy story heâETMs working on next. Married to a saint of a woman, ruled by a benevolent calico countess, he can be found at' WHERE id = 422 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Julie Frost lives in Utah with her family, which consists of more pets than people. Her short fiction has appeared in too many venues to count, including "Monster Hunter Files," and her novel series, "Pack Dynamics," is published by WordFire Press. She whines about writing, a lot, at ' WHERE id = 423 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Teresa Howard is a life-long fan of science fiction and fantasy. She has attended Dragon Con almost every year since 1991. She participated in the Writers Workshops taught by the late Ann Crispin and The Writers Track led by Nancy Knight. She was employed for many years as a technology coordinator and computer lab instructor. Her passion remained writing science fiction and fantasy. TeresaâETMs published stories cover a wide range of the speculative fiction genre. Her short fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies, webzines, and on IPhone aps in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. She is often found at a corner table in a local bookstore or library working on her latest writing project. Her publication credits include the following: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS BY TERESA HOWARD 1, âEoeStorm at HailerâE AoifeâETMs Kiss September 2004 2. âEoeA Forest of OneâE Amazing Journeys Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy 2004 Vol. 2 Issue 5 3. âEoeDragons TaleâE Dragons Composed Kerlax Publishing 4. âEoeNellandraâETMs KeeperâE Marion Zimmer BradleyâETMs Sword and Sorceress XXIV edited by Elizabeth Waters - Norilana books 2009.` 5. âEoeFang RotâE Escape Clause the App for Iphone 6. âEoeBaby in the SnowâE issue 9 March 2009. 7. âEoePutting On The BlueâE Beyond Centauri January 2010 SamâETMs Dot Publishing 8. âEoeNot HumanâE Neo-Opsis Magazine July 2010 9. âEoeStreetâE See Spot Run 2011 A Publication of Alma College 10. âEoeDead In MeâE Summer Gothic a Collection of Southern Hauntings 2012 edited by Jared Millet 11. âEoeThe Long Blue HallâE Alfie Dog Inc. March 2013 12. âEoeAnnis First Dauther of the StoneâE 4StarStories 2016 13. âEoeRachelâETMs FallâE Visions V: Milky Way by Lillicat Putlishers 2016 14. âEoeThe Reluctant EmpressâE novel, published by Champagne Book Group March 2018 ' WHERE id = 425 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='James Nettles has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives. In addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author as James P. McDonald, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series. His newest project is The WriterâETMs Mind (, a book, podcast, and video series on business practices for individual creators, such as authors, artists, and musicians. Follow more at: Facebook: Goodreads: Twitter: @JimMacAuth Or drop him an e-mail at ' WHERE id = 426 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Scientific illustration has been my âEoeday jobâE for over twenty years, and IâETMm a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. My drawings of fossil and living mammals have appeared in many scientific journals and books, most recently published by Smithsonian Scholarly Press. But IâETMve also written poetry and short stories, written and illustrated comics, drawn caricatures, illustrated game cards and horror novels, painted icons, and taught painting. My scratchboard illustrations have appeared in many fanzines, including the Hugo-award winning Mimosa. ' WHERE id = 427 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='John Picacio is an American artist specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror illustration. Picacio has since 1996 produced design work and âE" particularly âE" cover art for many notable SF, fantasy and horror books printed by many different publishers, from some of the longest-established and largest American SF&F imprints to more recent, independent publishers. PicacioâETMs illustrations have been selected numerous times for Cathy and Arnie FennerâETMs prestigious Spectrum Annual, the yearly âEoeBest in Contemporary Fantastic ArtâE showcase for fantasy and science fiction art, which both honours established artists and provides a resource for art directors and illustrators to refer to. In 2001 and 2006, he was awarded the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist, and was Artist Guest of Honor at the 2003 ArmadilloCon. In 2005, he won both the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist and the Chesley Award for Best Paperback Cover (for James Tiptree Jr.âETMs Her Smoke Rose Up Forever). In 2006 he won the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement and in 2007 the Locus Award for Best Artist He has also received Hugo Award nominations for Best Professional Artist in 2005 through 2010, and won in 2012. He has received 5 World Fantasy Award nominations since 2002.' WHERE id = 428 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Terry Culver is a Chartered Herbalist, certified by Dominion Herbal College, Vancouver, Canada. She is the owner of RavenâETMs Nest Herbals, LLC since 1986. Her training is both in the native medicinal and edible plants of the Appalachian Mountains and Southeast; particularly the medicines and uses of plants by the indigenous tribes in the region. Terry Culver also spent 8 years working for the Department of Defense, part of which was at a location in Arlington, VA working for and with General Albert N. Stubblebine. During that time, she was trained in the use of Remote Viewing. ' WHERE id = 429 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='Andrew Souvinette is an American artist specializing in metalworks. From his larger works as a blacksmith to his smaller works as a fine jeweler, he demonstrates creativity and bone-deep understanding of metal. He's also an enthusiastic educator and will provide a demonstration at the Chattanooga State Technical College this summer. ' WHERE id = 434 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.guests SET ='After escaping California and ending up in Georgia, Melisa Todd decided life wasn't exciting enough. Desiring to create the stories she wanted to read Bad Ash Publishing was born. After nine romance novels, she returned to her true loves: aliens, magic, and explosions. Her new series Kaylid Chronicles includes two of the three.' WHERE id = 443 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Publisher Michael Hanson and his authors talk about what's new this year from Copper Dog Publishing / Moondream Press, the folks that bring you the Sha'Daa series.' WHERE id = 60 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Make sure you don't get outbid - come and enjoy our auctioneers and fabulous artwork, books, Tuckerizations, etc.. ' WHERE id = 66 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Jim Minz moderates this panel which reprises the Baen Podcast topic - writer's spouses get together to answer questions about what it's like living with an author. ' WHERE id = 73 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Scientist Stephanie Osborn presenter: So, what's the Sun been doing lately? And what is a total eclipse really like from the centerline?' WHERE id = 182 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 281 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 282 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 280 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in CC Meeting Room 8.' WHERE id = 153 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice games in CC Meeting Room 8.' WHERE id = 156 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Our hospitality staff's way to cool you off on a hot summer afternoon.' WHERE id = 157 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice games in CC Meeting Room 8.' WHERE id = 158 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Fritz Fotovich and Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice in CC Meeting Room 8.' WHERE id = 159 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Agatha Jean will be offering this year's giant dice games for your enjoyment in CC Meeting Room 8!' WHERE id = 160 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Peter Grant and Dorothy Klapp continue their series on indie publishing. New developments in copyright issues, including "rights grabs" by publishers and other media; Changes in the market, with particular emphasis on subscription libraries and their impact on sales; The confluence of all forms of entertainment, so that books are merely one element, along with films, computer and console games, comics, etc.; Tie-ins between those forms, with books being written as offshoots of games or comics.' WHERE id = 447 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Doug Loss will GameMaster "One Last Job", a collaborative story-telling game. ' WHERE id = 462 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Science GOH Dr. Kevin Grazier presents: For about 15 years, on documentary television series, we've heard that Jupiter defends Earth from comets originating in the outer Solar System. New simulations, and even events from our historical past, show that Jupiter is just as likely to deflect comets AT Earth as away. What is the origin of the "Jupiter as Cosmic Shield" myth, and what do modern computer simulations tell us about Jupiter role in Solar System evolution?' WHERE id = 581 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 288 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 291 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Dr. Robert Hampson moderates this panel that explores the question: "In The Race to Build Better Humans will the winner take it all?"' WHERE id = 326 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio has created bestselling book cover art for works by George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, Sheri Tepper, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more. He'll answer questions from the audience and present a brand-new slideshow of his work and process. He'll reveal his latest covers and product artworks, and share a few super-secret sneak peeks into what he's currently working on.' WHERE id = 451 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Come by the Author's Alley to chat, buy a book or get an autograph!' WHERE id = 364 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='

Jamie Ibson hosts "Books and Drinking / Authors Signing Stuff" (acronym: BADASS) Room Parthy will include some alcohol provided, snacks, and Michelle is inviting ladies to come around and try on and take home the vintage clothing I posted about earlier on my own FB wall.

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Future history has long been the realm of prophets, SF writers, and economists alike. Whether history repeats itself or merely rhymes, its ebb and flow may be described by Kondratiev Cycles, Anonymous Conservative's r/K selection theory, or Dr. Jim Penman's Biohistory. How do these historical cycles impact the development of science and technology? Dr. Schantz shows how scientific development oscillates between an Aristotelian phase in which new principles are identified and a Platonic phase in which the implications of those ideas are worked out. Arguing we now stand at peak Platonism, Dr. Schantz explains why he anticipates an imminent swing toward an Aristotelian phase and the profound opportunity this transition offers for lovers of liberty to shape not only culture and politics, but also to predict the future.

' WHERE id = 498 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='John Ringo moderates this "war story" discussion with writers who are veterans and law enforcement professionals.' WHERE id = 535 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Anna Grace Carpenter moderates this panel on what's current in the paranormal romance genre.' WHERE id = 558 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Mass Autograph Session following Readings from Sha'Daa: TOYS' WHERE id = 587 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Authors from the Superversive Press Planetary Anthologies will have a roundtable discussion on the series and it's future. Jagi Lamplighter Wright (mod.)' WHERE id = 594 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Chuck Gannon's Question and Answer period on Terran Republic and the Ring of Fire!' WHERE id = 603 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Anna Grace Carpenter will present a workshop on "Three Act Structure: The Basics of Plotting and Outlining a Novel"' WHERE id = 604 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='

Mike Resnick will present a slide show he has presented at WorldCon - a stroll down memory lane of hopeful young writers and the superstars they became! Come and enjoy the fun!   

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Nathan Balyeat hosts the Completely Random Cocktail Hour room Party.  Come and party!

' WHERE id = 673 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Jim Beall regales us with "Tales from the Grid" - Traces America's electrification, including inventions, feuds, rivalries, and revenge from Edison to today, and from P. T. Barnum's mighty elephant to California's threatening duck, with over 50 slides and videos.' WHERE id = 625 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)' WHERE id = 630 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)' WHERE id = 633 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)' WHERE id = 640 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)' WHERE id = 642 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)' WHERE id = 644 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET schedule.desc ='

Bryan Jones hosts this workshop on basic puppetry and puppet making.

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Come and provide well wishes at Mike and Jessica's reception starting at 9 and running until a point TBD.

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Larry Correia will run a demo of his RPG "Gritty Cop Show."  Slots for the players will be auctioned for charity - stay tuned for details!

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Rams Head Books presents the Book Launch Party for Taylor S Hoch’s Volume 5 of the continuing saga of Prospero Clydesdale O’Shaunesssy’s “Curse of the Dullahan” series, “Mouth of the Cave.”



' WHERE id = 676 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Bill Fawcett "New Author" Sessions' WHERE id = 671 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Closing Ceremonies - Let's Bitch at Brandy' WHERE id = 39 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='What's New From Copper Dog Publishing' WHERE id = 60 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='What's New in 1632 / Grantville Roundtable' WHERE id = 297 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Bill Fawcett "New Author" Sessions' WHERE id = 430 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Andrews, Beckwith, J. Osborne, Schroeder, Spriggs)' WHERE id = 281 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Humphreys, D. Kennedy, Lewis, Mandragora, Witzke)' WHERE id = 282 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Antczak, Burkhead, K. Ezell / Chris Smith, Gibbons, Leacock)' WHERE id = 283 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Andrews, Beckwith, Carpenter, Lowery, Rinehart)' WHERE id = 284 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Burkhead, Del Arroz, Hoch, Monroe, Montgomery )' WHERE id = 278 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Brooks, DJ Butler, Cordova, Howell, Mandragora)' WHERE id = 279 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Gibbons, D. Kennedy, Leacock, Monroe, Van Stry)' WHERE id = 280 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Del Arroz, S. Osborn, Sanderson, Sherrer)' WHERE id = 277 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Barrett/Murphy, Lewis, Burkhead, G. Martin, Witzke)' WHERE id = 275 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Quincy J. Allen, Gannon, Kupari, Teresa Nials, Ward)' WHERE id = 310 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (DJ Butler,T. Howard, JD Jordan, Sanderson, Spriggs)' WHERE id = 313 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='What's New in Weird Wild West' WHERE id = 212 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Freeman, T. Howard, JD Jordan, Teresa Nials, Spriggs)' WHERE id = 296 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='What's New from Steve Jackson Games' WHERE id = 248 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='ARTC Presentations: George Alec Effinger's "Terrific Park" and Robert A. Heinlein's "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants"' WHERE id = 464 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (K. Bogen, Coe/Jackson, Hollifield, Mays, Teresa Nials)' WHERE id = 276 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Michael J. Allen, Brooks, Cordova, Howell, Weyand )' WHERE id = 295 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Barrett/Murphy, Freeman, G. Martin, Picacio, Sherrer, Ward)' WHERE id = 285 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Coe/Jackson, Hoch, Holmes, L. Johnson/J. Meany, Lowery)' WHERE id = 286 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Bogen, Bragg, Hampton, Hoch, C. Kennedy, Ward)' WHERE id = 287 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Quincy J. Allen, Antczak, Beckwith, Murray, Weyand)' WHERE id = 288 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Michael J. Allen, Maggert, Mays, J, Osborne, Schantz)' WHERE id = 289 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Frost, Gallagher, JD Jordan, Ward, Woods)' WHERE id = 290 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Humphreys, D. Kennedy, Lewis, Rinehart, Schroeder)' WHERE id = 291 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Antczak, A. Carpenter, Gibbons, Gannon, L. Johnson/J. Meany)' WHERE id = 292 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (A. Carpenter, Frost, C. Kennedy, Schroeder)' WHERE id = 293 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (DJ Butler, Coe/Jackson, Lowery, Mandragora, Ward)' WHERE id = 294 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Bill Fawcett "New Author" Sessions' WHERE id = 672 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Bill Fawcett "New Author" Sessions' WHERE id = 429 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Bill Fawcett "New Author" Sessions' WHERE id = 428 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Show 'n' Tell from the Hank Reinhardt Collection' WHERE id = 353 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Michael J. Allen, K. Ezell / Chris Smith, C. Kennedy, S. Osborn, Schantz)' WHERE id = 362 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Holmes, G. Martin, S. Osborn, Sacco, Sherrer)' WHERE id = 363 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Author's Alley (Brooks, Freeman, Holmes, Howell, Schantz )' WHERE id = 364 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Electricity and Magnetism for Beginner's (Children's Programming)' WHERE id = 497 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Paranormal Romance Panel and Fan Q&A - What's In and What's Out' WHERE id = 558 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Holly"Weird" Science' WHERE id = 584 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='The Sha'Daa: TOYS Roundtable' WHERE id = 586 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Sha'Daa: TOYS - Mass Autograph Session' WHERE id = 587 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Let's Predict the Next Big Thing!' WHERE id = 591 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='What's New in YA Fantasy?' WHERE id = 616 Couldn't update database for : UPDATE lc.schedule SET ='Larry Correia's Gritty Cop Show' WHERE id = 675