Participating Panelists || Biographies

 

Nathan Azinger 

Beverly Bambury is a publicist and social media specialist for authors and comic creators. She also edits comics and graphic novels, and sometimes works with local businesses, too. Learn more at beverlybambury.com

James Bambury writes and teaches from Brampton, ON. His stories have appeared in Tesseracts and assorted online journals. His webcomic SpaceBox (more of an illustrated radio play) can be found at www.spaceboxcomic.com.

Stephanie  Bardy who also is known publicly as, and writes under the alias Lupa Bardy, is a fiction writer and poet of thirty plus years and looks for World domination through the written word—preferably, her words. Currently, she has multiple works presented in various publications such as books, online magazines such as The World of Myth Magazine, a local newspaper and her first novel due out at the conclusion of 2018 through Dark Myth Publications and publisher David K Montoya. When Stephanie’s not attempting to take over the literary world, she is a mother, wife, grandmother, lover of nature and fond user of well-placed sarcasm.

Paul  Baughman 

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime is the author of more than thirty novels and novellas, as well as numerous shorter works. She has been nominated five times for the Aurora, Canada’s national award for science fiction and she has also been and EPIC eBook Award finalist. Her latest science fiction story First ConTact appears in the April issue of Havok Magazine.  

Jeff Beeler has been a science fiction fan and gamer since he was earning a history degree in the early 1980’s. Since then he has been active in creating programming for and running conventions.  He also answers questions for a living.

Rand Bellavia  has been performing his songs at science fiction conventions for over 25 years.  He co-wrote the theme song to Disney’s Fillmore and his voice is the first thing you hear on Gym Class Heroes 2005 smash hit “Cupid’s Chokehold.” His band Ookla the Mok had songs appear on Dr. Demento CDs in 1999 and 2004.  They also wrote and performed Dr. Demento’s most requested song of the year in both 2012 and 2013.  Their song “Mwahaha” won the Logan Award for Best Comedy Song in 2014.  Rand has been nominated for 20 Pegasus Awards, winning 4.  If “Feminist Nerd Rock” sounds like something you’d like, you should check out Rand’s other band Via Bella, who are performing at Ad Astra this weekend.  Their debut album “The Way of Beauty” was released in 2018, and includes songs addressing many fandoms, including Agent Peggy Carter, Westworld, Orphan Black, A Wrinkle in Time, Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books

Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based author and storyteller, with eight published books to her name. Her speculative fiction has won several awards and has been translated into French (Les Éditions Alire) and Chinese (SF World). Her short stories have also appeared in various anthologies. In a past life not-so-long ago, she was Deputy Publisher for The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG). Marie is also a storyteller and has told stories across Canada in theatres, tea shops, at festivals and under disco balls. She’s won story slams with personal stories, has participated in epic tellings at the National Arts Centre, and has adapted classical material.Marie is co-host of the Archivos Podcast Network with Dave Robison, co-chair of Ottawa’s speculative fiction literary convention CAN-CON with Derek Künsken, co-chair of Ottawa ChiSeries with Nicole Lavigne and Matt Moore, and is a casual blogger at Black Gate Magazine. More at www.mariebilodeau.com

Morva  Bowman is a retired professional organizer, Alan Pollard is an almost retired electrical engineer. They have been attending their local F&SF convention, Keycon, for 30+ years, but only really got into filk music about 15 years ago, thanks to Decadent Dave Clement. They have been singing together since high school but retirement has given this vice more time so they have started spending more time singing and writing music. Morva came to F&SF the good old fashioned way through books. Alan was caught by the classic movies in the 60’s and 70’s. ( he’s really old ) So their musical inspiration is a mix of written and visual sources coloured by their folk background.

Christina Carr  & Martin Hunger:  Meeting at a Dr Who convention in Toronto in 1987, Christina and Martin have, combined, over 62 years experience in the entertainment industry. Accumulating such titles as Camera, Editing, Tape Operator, Director, Actor, Writer, Costumes, Props Builders, AD, Fight Coordinator, etc and so on… their experiences are broad and diverse BUT they still, to this day, love bringing the joy of building props, education on the industry and the popular process of Cosplay to conventions and events. X-Men, Cody Banks, Total Recall 2070, Scooby Do, Stargate, Star Trek, FX The Series, EFC, Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, are only a few of the productions on their list of experiences. Stage, Live Performances, Characters at Festivals, add to their range of talents. Come experience their love of sharing knowledge, their skills and stories of their experiences.

Janet E. Chase 

Todd Clark is the current Director of the Toronto Steampunk Society, active member of both the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Justice League, lifelong fan of Science fiction, comics, games and movies. He can most often be found manning the TSS table or running a tea duel.         

Chris  Clarke  will be performing his own original music including songs inspired by the fantastic works of CS Lewis, Vampire and Zombie movies, D&D Adventures and more! Chris has been writing music for 15 years and discovered the FILK scene about four years ago and has been getting more and more involved since. He is super stoked to be sharing his music and excited to meet all the people!

Carolyn Clink  Carolyn Clink won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song for “The ABCs of the End of the World.”Her Canadian poetry publications include: Chiaroscuro, Northern Frights, Imaginarium 2012: the Best Canadian Speculative Writing, On-Spec, Tesseracts, Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Room, and The Dalhousie Review.

David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including Analog five times and Asimov’s three times. He has two speculative poetry collections, Monster, published by Tightrope Books, and, The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications). He has had poems appear in the last four even-numbered Tesseracts anthologies, and in genre journals Star*Line; On Spec; and, Pulp Literature. His poem, “After Midnight,” is a finalist for the 2018 Rhysling Award in the short poem category.  

Gillian  Clinton started out as an aerospace engineer working in the Canadian aviation industry and graduated to running her own information research company which has provided the opportunity to work for some very strange clients.  As an interdisciplinary engineer, information researcher, reference librarian and amateur astronomer, she is able to assimilate information and share it effectively with others.  Resistance is futile!  Gillian has been attending cons since her high school science fiction club dragged her to the first Toronto Star Trek convention held many, many years ago (Thanks Rob Sawyer!) and loves talking about the solar system and citizen science.  One day she hopes to have time to actually read all the books she has collected and maybe, just maybe, she’ll get a chance to look through her telescope on a clear night.

Cameron S.  Currie  Cameron S. Currie is an author and self-publisher of six science fiction and fantasy books, including a Human Number, Depends on the Strength of the Yes, and My Name’s Not ‘Girl’. He’s a lone-wolf Dad of two teenagers with autism, and artist, and a collector of weird hobbies.

Evan Dales 

Karen  Dales is the award-winning author of the Amazon best selling series, The Chosen Chronicles, which include Changeling, Angel of Death, Shadow of Death, and Thanatos. Her short fiction works have been published in various international anthologies. Her most current short story can be found in Canadian Dreadful. She has been an author guest at such conventions as Fan Expo Toronto, Anime North, Polaris and many others. She is also the managing editor for Dark Dragon Publishing and teaches    Creative Writing for the City of Toronto. www.karendales.com

Kit Daven 

JD DeLuzio 

Christie deSouza 

Rebecca  Diem is an author and poet who writes smart, hopeful speculative fiction. Her work includes the steampunk novella series Tales of the Captain Duke. Rebecca now calls Toronto home and is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect café and writing spot. You can follow her adventures online @kthnxbex or visit rebeccadiem.com for more stories.

Jen  Distad is a lifelong nerd, sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, and one half of The Faithful Sidekicks.  She is a fan of classic Hollywood films and animation, and one half of The Faithful Sidekicks.  She is a fan of classic Hollywood films and animation, and would love to recommend a board game to you.

Eric Distad is a life-long nerd, sci-fi enthusiast, and a multi-instrumental musician and songwriter.  He is one of the founding members of FAWM (February Album Writing Month), is one half of the Filk/Geek Pop duo The Faithful Sidekicks and has written an awful lot of songs about everything from chocolate hoarding to The Last Starfighter.  The Faithful Sidekicks are the Filk/Geek Pop duo of Eric and Jen Distad.  They write and perform an eclectic mix of original catchy songs about the geeky stuff they love from comedic pop songs like “Han Solo For President” to love songs written in SQL Code, and everything in between.  They’ve been delighting audiences at Sci-Fi Conventions, Coffee Shops, and Clubs around the US and parts beyond since 2014.  They have released two CDs, the most recent being “Achievement Unlocked”.More info: www.thefaithfulsidekicks.com.

Elizabeth Farley-Dawson 

Catherine  Fitzsimmons is the owner of Brain Lag, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy novels with seven authors and twelve titles, and the author of three books and various short stories. , promotions: Please contact vendor Brain Lag at publishing@brain-lag.com

Jen Frankel

James Alan Gardner got his B.Math and M.Math with a thesis on black holes, then immediately began writing science fiction instead. He has published ten novels and numerous short stories, including finalists for the Nebula and Hugo, and winners for the Aurora, the Asimov’s Readers’ Choice award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His most recent novels are “All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault” and “They Promised Me The Gun Wasn’t Loaded”, both from Tor. In his spare time, he plays a lot of table-top role-playing games, and has recently begun writing material for Onyx Path’s Scion line. In his other spare time, he teaches Kung Fu to six-year-olds.

Jane Garthson  Part of the international filk (fan music of fantasy and science fiction) community since 2003, and fandom since 1992, starting with Ad Astra! Avid reader, mostly of fantasy. Past board member of Filk Society of Upper Canada (FKO) and Cdn. Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (Aurora Awards). Organizer of monthly music circles in southern Ontario. Rides forest trails on a Quarter Horse. With her husband Phil Mills, Jane is a servant to two cats and grows edibles, perennials and weeds. In her spare time she’s an Interim Executive and governance advisor to not-for-profits.

Thomas Gofton 

Costi Gurgu’s fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has sold 3 books and over 50 stories for which he has won 24 awards. His latest sales include the anthologies Tesseracts 17, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Dark Horizons, Street Magick, Water, and Alice Unbound. His story Cosmobotica was a finalist for Aurora Awards.His novel RecipeArium is out from White Cat Publications and a 2018 finalist for the Aurora Awards.Costi’s scripts have been finalists and semifinalists in numerous competitions.To find out more about Costi Gurgu visit www.costigurgu.comRecently, Costi started Games for Aliens, a tabletop games enterprise. His first two games are Absolutism (a dystopian scenario) and Carami (based on RecipeArium).

D Larry Hancock  is a professional accountant living in Toronto and has been a science fiction fan ever since discovering Andre Norton, Alan E Nourse and Robert Heinlein in the children’s library. He has been a dedicated comic book fan for just as long. As a professional accountant (CPA CA), he has many clients in artistic fields - writers, artists, animators, films. However, counter to the view of accountants as boring, he has written graphic album/comic books The Silent Invasion and Suburban Nightmares. The Silent Invasion is currently being reprinted by NBM with the second volume, The Great Fear having just been released with one more reprint volume and then a brand new book still to come. Larry’s fan activities have included being a founder and long time member of the executive of the Friends of the Merril Collection as well as being the bid Chair for the Toronto 2013 WorldCon and then the treasurer of the convention.

Cathy  Hird  Cathy Hird lives in a forest on the shores of Georgian Bay. She weaves tapestries and scarves and tells stories that pull together threads of ancient myth and modern questions. Cathy”s first two YA novels draw on Greek mythology. Her recent trilogy begins in rural Ontario but travels to Eurgope to bring Celtic mythology and the Arthurian legends to life.

Elizabeth Hirst 

A.A.  Jankiewicz  (known to most as Agnes) hails from the city of Pickering, Ontario. Her debut novel ‘Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds’ was published as part of her thesis project at Durham College as part of the Contemporary Media Production Program. Prior to that, she graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Theory, Historiography and Criticism. When she’s not busy plotting the next great adventure, writing, doodling, tinkering in the Adobe suite programs or mellowing out with her friends, she enjoys walks with her four-legged companion Meesha. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Q-16 series.

Janet  Julian  Janet has been attending SF Conventions since the mid-80s.  In 2013 she finally attended a Filk Convention and realized that putting the stories she loved to music made them even better!  She’s been working overtime since then to catch up with everything she missed.  Primarily a vocal performer, she has sung everything from Danny Boy to Magic Flute, enjoying songs from a wide range of genres as long as they tell a good tale.

Herb Kauderer is an associate professor of English at Hilbert College with a PhD and MFA among his seven degrees.  His doctoral dissertation was on Anglo-Canadian SF and largely focused on the works of Robert J. Sawyer.  His writing has won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award, the Ewaipanoma Sonnet Contest, received Honorable Mention in the World’s Best Fantasy and Horror, been a finalist for the Analog AnLab Readers’ Award, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Rhysling Award, Elgin Award, Dwarf Star Award, and many other accolades.  He is the author of an independent feature film and other dramatic works, 18 poetry collections, 60 short stories, 200 articles and reviews, and over 1600 poems. Details are at HerbKauderer.com.

Ian Donald Keeling is an odd, loud little man who acts a little, writes a little, and occasionally grows a beard.  His short fiction and poetry have previously appeared in Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Grain. He’s on the faculty for sketch and improv at The Second City in Toronto, and is a speaking coach with Talk Boutique. His first novel, The Skids, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was short-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. He likes all forms of tag and cheese.

Janet  Kellough is the author of the speculative fiction thriller “The Bathwater Conspiracy”, two contemporary novels, and seven titles in the Thaddeus Lewis historical mystery series. The fifth book in the series was short-listed for a Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 2017/ She is currently deciding what genre to try next.

Ika Koeck (Mudzar)  After spending fifteen years learning and honing her writing skills, the last thing Ika Koeck thought she would be was a butler for two very active, very needy cats. Humanitarian by day, fiction writer by night, Ika writes fantasy, science-fiction and the occasional horror story. Ika’s work has been published in several pro and semi-pro rated markets, including DAW Books, Cast of Wonders and Apex Publication. When she isn’t writing or working, Ika can be found slamming down heavy barbells at a crossfit gym, rescuing and re-homing cats, training for a running race somewhere, and sampling the best “teh tarik” in town as a tea connoisseur.

Mark Ladouceur 

Ken  Lalonde  A long time member of FilKONtario concom, and member of USB Studios, a producer of Filk CDs.

Andre Lieven 

Kari Maaren is a writer, cartoonist, musician, and reasonably grumpy university instructor. Her first novel, the Andre Norton-nominated YA fantasy adventure WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND, was published in the fall of 2017. She has a completed webcomic, WEST OF BATHURST, and an active one, IT NEVER RAINS; she has also produced two CDs of original music, BEOWULF PULLED MY ARM OFF and EVERYBODY HATES ELVES, and has won Aurora Awards for her music (2013 and 2015) and comics (2015). Kari lives in Toronto with far too many musical instruments and an astounding number of books.

Derwin Mak  Derwin Mak’s latest story is “XY-Girls” in Space and Time magazine, issue 133. He has won Aurora Awards for his story “Transubstantiation” and the anthology The Dragon and the Stars, co-edited with Eric Choi. His academic paper “The Perpetual Foreigner Syndrome in Chinese North American Science Fiction and Fantasy” was published in The New York Review of Science Fiction. Derwin is also interested in costuming (cosplay) and crossplaying and was the founder of Anime North’s masquerade.

Arlene  Marks  Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing at the age of 6, and she can’t seem to stop. A veteran teacher of the craft, she is the author of two literacy programs for the classroom, as well as From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction, The Accidental God, and (from EDGE Publishing) Sic Transit Terra, a series of sf novels set at the turn of the 25th century. The Cockroach Crusade (fifth book in the series) is a spring 2019 release. She is currently hard at work on Book 6, among other writing projects. www.thewritersnest.ca.

Luke  Maynard  Luke R. J. Maynard is a writer, poet, scholar, lapsed medievalist, musician, and wearer of sundry other hats in the arts & letters. Born in London, Ontario, he received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Victoria and his JD from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. His first novel, “The Season of the Plough, is being released by Cynehelm Press this very weekend.

Patrick  McDonald  Have been doing real astronomy since the 80’s at Cons. Have enough mental illness experience to be a master sergeant!

J. A. (Jane Ann) McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada.  Walls of Wind was her first published Science Fiction novel, followed by two young adult SF novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (2015) which was featured in the US National library magazine VOYA and won the Book Publishers of Alberts Award for science fiction, and The Salarian Desert Game (2016) which made the Canadian list of Best Books For Kids and Teens, both published by EDGE Publishing. Her first medieval historical fiction novel, The Sorrow Stone, was released in October, 2017. It won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction pre-publication.  Her second medieval HF novel has just been purchased by Reuts. She is currently completing a fantasy novel, Midsummer Night’s Magicians.

Devin  Melanson‘s secret alter ego is as a singer/songwriter/producer up in the hills of Ontario.  He will be sharing both his original Filk songs, as well as a standard song or two from the genre.  Expect songs about his favourite topics: dragons, technology, Emilia Airhart, board games, and other geeky pursuits.This concert is not scheduled* to contain any heavy metal music, and he will limit himself to just 18 strings.  *Schedule subject to change.

Phil Mills  I was the typical consumer-only music fan until getting involved with the filk community in 2004. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time on original music, writing and performing.  Outside of music, my work and play involves computers, cats, cameras, and science fiction and fantasy literature.

Michael Mongiardi is the co-host of 6-time Canadian Podcast Award winning improv-comedy podcast “That’s How I Remember It”. He is also a member of Assembly Longform House team Jibber Jabbar, and is the coach for Improv League Champions Grim Diesel. He’s also one-half of the lauded sketch troupe 2 Humans, voted 1st runner up for Now Magazine’s Best Sketch Troupe. He has toured across North America performing sketch and improv comedy and his improv duo Greasy Pizza Kisses were finalists in World’s Biggest Improv Competition in 2016 and 2017.

Donald Montgomery 

Matt Moore is an Aurora Award-winning author, poet and columnist. His collection It’s Not the End and Other Lieswas published bythe World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award-winning publisher ChiZine Publications. He’salso aContributing Editor for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review,Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, and a frequent panelist, presenter and instructor.Raised in small town New England, a place rich with legends and ghost stories, he now livesin Ottawa, Ontario.

MJ  Moores is an avid reader and writer of speculative fiction. Her early career as a high school Drama & English teacher nourished her propensity to help others with their writing. MJ’s debut novel Time’s Tempest is the first book in The Chronicles of Xannia quartet, a sci-fi/fantasy crossover. Her latest release is the steampunk superhero online serial, Shadow Phoenix. In addition to her writing addiction, MJ gives work shops and coaches indie authors via her website Infinite Pathways. MJ is acquisitions editor for DAOwen Publications’ imprint Love Knot Books and is an in-house editor. In her spare time she participates in two different regional writing communities, one critique group, and is Board Chair for the Writers’ Community of York Region (WCYR).

John “Doc” Morgan has been a science fiction fan since before the turn of the century. The discovery of Steampunk revived his dormant “Maker Drive”.

Ira Nayman Humour writer. Magazine editor. First World War spy.   Writing: eight Alternate Reality News Service books (most recently: ARNS and the Man) and five novels in the multiverse series (most recently: The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There).  Editing: Amazing Stories magazine. (Yes, THAT Amazing Stories magazine.)  SPying: I could tell you, but then I would have to go backwards in time and kill your grandfather!

Tony Pi  Tony Pi is a F&SF writer and linguist, specializing in semantics and sociolinguistics. He was the winner of the 2015 Aurora Award for Best English Poem/Song. He was also a former finalist, 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Vanessa  Ricci-Thode is a word sorceress — a fantasy author and fiction editor — who loves a good story. She’s a NaNoWriMo veteran and a bookish geek who loves dragons, superheroes, astronomy, travel and good tequila. To learn more, visit her website www.thodestool.ca or follow her on Twitter @VRicciThode

Mike Rimar has matured. He no longer writes witty bios with clever puns. He has stopped comparing his two daughters to pets, especially after the cease and desist order. He sees nothing funny about writing science fiction, fantasy, and some horror, although many of his stories might be considered humorous, and purposefully humorous, not this-is-so-bad-it’s-funny kind of humorous. As proof, his story, A Bunny Hug for Karl, was nominated for the 2014 Prix Aurora for the best in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is also an associate publisher of Bundoran Press and co-editor of the anthologies, Second Contacts, for which he won the 2016 Aurora award and Lazurus Risen, for which he was nominated for the 2017 Aurora. He has been published in OSC’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future XXI, On Spec, and Tesseracts 15, all serious publications despite having the occasional humorous story. If you want to learn more about Mike visit http://www.mikerimar.com. Seriously.

Paul  Roberts  Paul Roberts is a long-time Ad Astra attendee who, over the years, has held almost every job from Gopher and Badger to Co-Chair and President. An aerospace engineer by day, and an inveterate and unrepentant nerd in his spare time, Paul can usually be found at the science or hard SF panels, at the dance, at parties or the bar. Try looking under the tables.

Jody Rodier has participated at many cons and been everything from a gopher, a weapons’ checker, a panelist, an MC, and the co-DJ of the dance. He is a regular in masquerades in the Master Division and has participated in panels on costuming, prop building and assorted other presentations. In his secret identity, as a full time Teacher, he has taught a wide range of subjects, including drama and dance. He is a member of a Lion & Dragon Dance demonstration team and has performed in many venues.

Karl  Schroeder  Karl Schroeder is an award-winning Toronto-based science fiction writer and futurist. His new novel, Stealing Worlds, has just been released by Tor Books. It’s a near-future thriller about blockchain-mediate augmented-reality live action role playing games, artificial intelligence, and burglary.

Howard  Scrimgeour  Howard is a Toronto area fan, and has been active in the community since 1979.  He was a founding committee member for Ad Astra and FilKONtario, and is an inductee in the Filk Hall of Fame.

Adam  Shaftoe-Durrant  Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world needs such things. Adam also appears on the cyberpunk RPG podcast Android Dreams. He blogs regularly at adamshaftoe.comHe lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife and their cats. During the day, Adam plies his trade in not-for-profit operations and research consulting.

Avi Silver 

Melissa Small is a Mom of Two Teenage boys with a Husband who shares her love of the Geek. She raises Appaloosa Horses and when not riding, is trooping with 501st.  They are a geek family so D&D, WOW and Game nights are big at our house. She is also working on my first novel and have a short story about to be publish in Sept. That’s her in a nut shell - she never stands still for long.

Douglas Smith is a multi-award-winning author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His fiction has been published in twenty-six languages and includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, the collections Chimerascope and Impossibilia, and the translated collection La Danse des Esprits. His writing guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is a must-read for any short story writer.Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr   “The man is Sturgeon good. Zelazny good. I don’t give those up easy.” —Spider Robinson

Caro Soles 

David  Stephenson is a space physicist who came to Canada from the U.K.in 1970 and studied the aurora and winds in the high atmosphereat the University of Saskatchewan. In 1979 he moved to Germany tobuild systems for a deep space probe. When the project wascancelled he became the Schmitt Fellow at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He spenta year as a consultant to Lloyd’s space insurance in London before returning to Canada to join the GeologicalSurvey of Canada. When the government sent his file to the ‘downsized drawer’in 1996 he moved to the village of Merrickville near Ottawa. He works occasionallyfor a start up hi-tech company in Ottawa.     His publications include twenty reviewed papers, commentariesin the Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, various articles andreports and the ‘Ulysses Speaks’ satirical column in “CanadianResearch.” He has been a guest panelist and lecturer at science fiction and anime conventions for over 30 years.His web page for fans is:web.ncf.ca/ah728

Karina Sumner-Smith is the author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press: Radiant, Defiant, and Towers Fall. In addition to novel-length work, Karina has published a range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that have been nominated for the Nebula Award, reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into Spanish and Czech. She lives in Toronto with her husband and a small dog. Visit her online at karinasumnersmith.com

Amanda  Sun  Amanda Sun is the author of the Paper Gods series, a YA Fantasy trilogy set in Japan. She also wrote HEIR TO THE SKY, about floating continents and monster hunters, and has contributed to several award-winning anthologies, including Tesseracts Fifteen, Strangers Among Us, Where the Stars Rise, and The Sum of Us. Many of her novels and short fiction have been Aurora Award nominees and Junior Library Guild selections, as well as Indigo Top Teen Picks and USA Today features. When not reading or writing, Sun is an avid cosplayer

J.M. Tibbott  Marilyn Kleiber, began writing a fantasy series under the pen name of J. M. Tibbott, has writing stories since childhood. An award winning author, she planned a series of seven novels covering the story of Kat, a strong minded video game designer. The first novel, The Arrival, has achieved an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and feedback has been extremely positive.Now, with the launch of Book two, The Healers, and in the middle of writing the third, J.M. Tibbott is well immersed in Kat’s journey.

Sienna Tristen 

Lee  Vickery  1/3 of Alter Ego

Peggi  Warner-Lalonde  A long time member of FilKONtario concom, and a singer songwriter.

Chris Warrilow  has run Fantastic Creations, a custom props company based in Toronto, for the last 20 years. Chris’ film credits include the Canadian horror flick Scarce, Weirdsville, and Ararat, and notable television credits include the series Relic Hunter and Murdoch Mysteries, for which he created a 10-foot tall steampunk robot. Chris has been around for years running and participating in masquerades, doing weapons panels, and generally being a source of information for anyone who wants to talk.

Sarah  WaterRaven is the author of the Detective Docherty series. Forever fueled by copious amounts of espresso, when she is not writing she is often drawing or painting while binge watching Netflix. Sarah published her first novel, Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears in 2012 and will be publishing her fourth this year. If she doesn’t show up for her panel, she’s probably barefoot in the woods. An offering of cookies and the Yeti call should coax her back inside.

Maaja Wentz is an award-winning writer of chilling thrillers about dark family secrets, and quirky speculative fiction.  Maaja’s short mystery, “Inside of a Dog” appears in the May/June issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  “You” won a short story prize in the national Norma Epstein Foundation competition for Creative Writing, University of Toronto.  Maaja’s supernatural thriller, “Feeding Frenzy”, received over 140 000 reads on Wattpad. It was chosen as a “Featured Story” and went on to win the coveted HQ Love Watty award. Available in ebook or paper via Amazon and Ingram.

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