Major Guests

Guest of Honor Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a Nebula award finalist for 2019. Her short fiction can be found in Apex MagazineNew Suns, and various other anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found in Uncanny MagazineStrange Horizons, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation(Macmillan). She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug. Find more at and on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex.

Toastmaster Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer living in Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine novels: The Thorn of DentonhillA Murder of MagesThe Alchemy of ChaosAn Import of IntrigueThe Holver Alley Crew,  The Imposters of Aventil, Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe, The Way of the Shield, and A Parliament of Bodies, published by DAW Books and Hugo-winning Best Editor Sheila Gilbert. His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced. Marshall is a past Director of the ArmadilloCon Writers’ Workshop. Upcoming is Shield of the People (October 2019). For more, check out and on Twitter, @marshallmaresca.

Fan Guest Dan Tolliver has been working in Central Texas fandom for over 20 years. He ran ArmadilloCon’s art show several times. He chaired or co-chaired ArmadilloCon four times. An avid photographer, Dan’s work has appeared in fannish publications including the cover of the ArmadilloCon 22 program book. Dan is the longtime historian for the Fandom Association of Central Texas (FACT), ArmadilloCon’s sponsoring organizing. In that role, he archives documents and photographs documenting the history of Central Texas fandom.

Science Guest Dr. Moriba K. Jah joined the University of Texas Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2017. His research interests are in non-gravitational astrodynamics and advanced/non-linear multi-sensor/object tracking, prediction, and information fusion. His expertise is in space object detection, tracking, identification, and characterization, as well as spacecraft navigation. Previously he worked at the University of Arizona and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Earlier, he was a spacecraft navigator for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, serving on Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (joint mission with ESA), Mars Exploration Rovers, Hayabusa (joint mission with JAXA), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Regional Guests

David Afsharirad
David Afsharirad is the editor of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction anthology series, from Baen Books. His short stories have appeared in various print and online markets. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and sons.

Photo: Andrew Watson

Sanford Allen
Sanford Allen, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor and a touring musician. He recently released his first novel, Deadly Passage, bound back-to-back with Joe McKinney’s Dog Days, as part of JournalStone books’ DoubleDown series. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Horror Library Vol. 5Rayguns Over Texas, Innsmouth Magazine, and That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley to name a few. For more, see

Robert Ashcroft
Robert Ashcroft has worked as a State Department contractor and was trained as a cryptologic linguist. Most recently, he was mobilized to serve abroad with the U.S. Army Reserve. A lifelong fan of science fiction, Ashcroft spent nearly a decade after college staying up late to write novels, at one point going so far as to quit his job and rent an apartment in Mexico City to write. His main goal for the foreseeable future is to be able to travel and encounter interesting people and ideas. His first novel, The Megarothke, was published by Cinestate in 2018.

Miracle Austin
Miracle Austin works in the social work arena by day and in the writer’s world at night and on weekends. She’s a YA/NA cross-genre hybrid author; adults also enjoy her works. She’s been writing since junior high, and “Drive” by The Cars is one of her biggest inspirations to write. She enjoys writing free-verse poems/mini-stories and short stories. Horror and suspense are her favorite genres, but she’s not limited to them. Her novels include the paranormal trilogy Doll, Doll 2: The Revealing, and Doll 3: The Hunting. Her short fiction is collected in Boundless. Miracle resides in Texas with her family and looks forward to hearing from her readers.

Paul Benjamin
Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, many DC characters in DC Universe Online, plus Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more. He is a contributing essayist in books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, G.I. Joe, and others. His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors anthology. His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee.

Matthew Bey
Matthew Bey is a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. He edits the print zine Space Squid, writes a popular blog at, and assistant edits at the Drabblecast podcast. He guest blogs at No Fear of the Future. His short stories have appeared in Black Gate Magazine, Town Drunk, Pseudopod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and many other venues. Through high school and later the University of Wisconsin, Bey learned the ways of GenX slacker cafe culture. In 1998, he left Madison on a continent-spanning motorcycle tour that led him to winter in Austin and connect with its GenX slacker culture. In 2001, Bey returned to Austin, by way of a canoe trip down the Mississippi River.

Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Jayme Lynn Blaschke is the author of Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse and co-author of the photo book Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch with Lisa Elliott Blaschke. His fiction has appeared in InterzoneFast Ships, Black Sails and Cross Plains Universe, among other places. He’s the former fiction editor of RevolutionSF and former media director for SFWA. A collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, is available from the University of Nebraska Press. Blaschke lives in New Braunfels, Texas, where he is currently working on a YA science fiction novel titled Sailing Venus.

Catrin Blythe
Catrin Blythe is a young writer-director and a 2019 graduate of the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy Motion Picture Arts program in Austin, TX. Her films have screened at the Colorado Independent Women of Film festival in Denver and at the Austin Film Festival in the Young Filmmaker competition. She is active in the Austin film community and has served as a production assistant and second AC for other area filmmakers. She plans to attend college in the fall of 2019 and has already been accepted into nationally ranked film schools. In addition to filmmaking, she enjoys role-play gaming, creating art, and powerlifting.

Credit: K. Tempest Bradford

K. Tempest Bradford
K. Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, PodCastleSunspot JungleIn the Shadow of the Towers, and many more. She’s the host of ORIGINality, a podcast about the roots of creative genius, and contributes to several more. Her media criticism and reviews can be found on NPR, io9, and in books about Time Lords. When not writing, she teaches classes on writing inclusive fiction through LitReactor and Writing the Visit her website at

Jeremy Brett
Jeremy Brett is the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University. He has also worked as an archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society, the National Archives and Records Administration – Pacific Region, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Iowa.

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown‘s first novel, Tropic of Kansas. was a finalist for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. He was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic. An active member of the Turkey City Writers Workshop, he lives in Austin, where he also practices technology law. More at

Becky Burkheart
Becky takes frequent flights of fantasy, in real life as well as in her writing. It’s said that life is stranger than fiction, but Becky’s out to prove it’s possible to integrate it both ways. Whether she’s racing her Arabian horses through the woods, rapid firing her .45 or gargoyling from local rooftops, Becky finds it hard to stay grounded in the real world. Although she has yet to ride in a space ship (she did get to simulate crashing a 727) or to meet a real vampire (that she’s aware of), anachronistic dress, “QaQ poHmey” and pints of brew (yes, it comes in pints) are standard fare on the odd weekend.

Elizabeth K. Burton
Elizabeth K. Burton is a native Pennsylvanian transplanted with great glee to Austin, Texas. She is the author of several highly praised fantasy novels: Dreams of Darkness and Shadow of the Scorpion, Books 1 and 2 of the Everdark Wars trilogy; and The Ugly Princess, which was also published in Swedish. She is the executive editor and acquisitions editor for Zumaya and has been a professional editor for more than twenty years. Burton is a native Pennsylvanian transplanted with great glee to Austin, Texas. She and her husband Phil are currently owned by three cats. She has four children, three children-in-law and five grandchildren, all of whom reside too far outside of driving distance. She co-chaired ArmadilloCon 32.

A. T. Campbell, III 
A. T. Campbell, III has been involved in Texas fandom for over 20 years. He’s helped run local cons (ArmadilloCon, OwlCon, ApolloCon), a WesterCon, a WorldCon, and 2 World Fantasy Conventions. He organizes a long-running SF reading group that recently discussed its 500th book. A.T. works as a graphics programmer for HookBang, where he develops Augmented Reality (AR) games. Recent work includes the mobile games Heroes of Dragon Age, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Nightenfell. A.T. lives in Austin with his lovely wife Carol and faithful dog Bridgette. He was Fan Guest at ArmadilloCon 39.

Matt Cardin
Matt Cardin is a writer, editor, and college administrator living in North Texas. His first book, Divinations of the Deep, helped to drive the resurgence of weird supernatural horror fiction at the turn of the twenty-first century. His second book, the horror fiction and nonfiction collection Dark Awakenings, was described by Publishers Weekly as “a thinking man’s book of the macabre.” In 2015 he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for editing Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti. His other editorial projects include an encyclopedia of mummies, an encyclopedia of the paranormal, and the two-volume reference work Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears. A long-time blogger at The Teeming Brain, he writes frequently about the intersection of religion, horror, creativity, and the paranormal, with an additional focus on apocalyptic and dystopian cultural trends.

D Chang
D Chang is almost certainly not someone whose work you know. On the other hand, he has done some things that, if you are very unlucky, you might’ve seen without knowing it. Some high- and lowlights: designer on a top-ten video game, corporate events artist/animator, search marketing specialist, editor and art guy at the reprehensible Austin sci-fi rag Space Squid. You can find more at and, and you can snag a free demo of the new JRPG he worked on at

Dantzel Cherry
Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. He short stories have been published in magazines such as FiresideGalaxy’s EdgeIntergalactic Medicine Show, and Cast of Wonders, as well as anthologies like Little Green Men–Attack!Cats in Space, and Funny Science Fiction.

Cassandra Rose Clarke
Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Pushcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. ​She grew up in south Texas and currently lives in Houston, where she writes and serves as the associate director for Writespace, a literary arts nonprofit. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from The University of Texas at Austin, and in 2010 she attended the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in Seattle. Her latest novel is Halo: Battle Born, out now from Scholastic.  

Scott A. Cupp
Scott A. Cupp is a Texas short story writer. His work can be found at and in the anthologies The New Frontier, Razored SaddlesSouth From MidnightFreak Show, and Weird Business. He reviews books and movies online at Sanford Allen’s Candy Skulls blog. He edited the World Fantasy nominated anthology Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard in 2006 with Joe R. Lansdale. His most recent stories are “Hell in a Boxcar” in Weirdbook and “The Dead Unicorn” in Skelos. He has too many books and movies to count. He lives with his wife Sandi in Alpine, Texas where he is the Audit Director for Sul Ross State University. Scott was Toastmaster at ArmadilloCon 31.

Jennifer Rose Davis
Jennifer Rose Davis is a graphic designer, costumer, mask maker, artist, actress, singer, musician, and all-around Renaissance woman. She has a BFA from the University of Texas in graphic design, a B.A. in vocal performance from Texas State University, and is self-taught in the other arts that she pursues.

Bradley Denton
Bradley Denton is an Austin-based writer of science fiction and fantasy. He studied under science fiction author/scholar James Gunn at the University of Kansas, where he earned degrees in astronomy and English. His novels include Wrack and Roll, Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Blackburn, Lunatics, and Laughin’ Boy. His collection The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians/A Conflagration Artist won the 1995 World Fantasy Award. More recent short fiction has been collected in One Day Closer to Death: Eight Stabs at Immortality and Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas. Denton was the Toastmaster of ArmadilloCon 16 and Guest of Honor at ArmadilloCon 20.

Aaron de Orive
A graduate of the University of Texas’ film program, Aaron de Orive was a writer on a variety of video game titles, including Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionStar Wars Galaxies: An Empire DividedTabula RasaAnarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is the creator and author of the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn, and the middle-grade fantasy novel Blade Singer, which was co-written with author Martha Wells. Currently, Aaron is developing and writing feature scripts and TV pilots suitable for audiences with a taste for thrills, chills, and fun. He is also the creator and a co-host on The Gentlemen Nerds podcast. Aaron lives in Austin. He was the Toastmaster of ArmadilloCon 40.

Amanda Downum
Amanda Downum is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles, Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, and The Poison Court. Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of FantasyStrange Horizons, and Weird Tales, and in the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and Dreams From the Witch House. She lives in Austin, TX and studies Mortuary Science.

Nicky Drayden
Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. Her award-winning novel The Prey of Gods is set in a futuristic South Africa brimming with demigods, robots, and hallucinogenic hijinks. See more of her work at or catch her on twitter@nickydrayden.

Rhonda Eudaly
Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She’s married with dogs and a rapidly growing Minion© army. Her two passions are writing and music, which is evident in her increasing horde of writing instruments. She the author of the novel Tarbox Station. Her short fiction has been collected in The Astronaut Stole My Sharpie and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in the Texas SF anthology Rayguns over Texas and the Four Redheads anthologies from Yard Dog Press.

Paige E. Ewing
By day, Paige E. Ewing tries to convince folks that her big data software is better than their big data software. For fun, she shoots arrows at people and things. She once came up with an idea for growing food on Mars that NASA liked. She has published The Protectorsillustrated superhero anthology, a novel, What is a Hero? Damson Dragon Diary 1, a collection of erotic vampire stories, Bare Throat, Naked Hunger, and a dozen short stories, including one in Space and Time Magazine, and one in Best Erotic Fantasy and Science Fiction. Currently, still working on a near future urban fantasy novel called A Spider, a Wolf and a Fairy with a Machine Gun, and its sequel, A Spider, Three Lionesses and a Demon Prince.

Gabrielle Faust
Internationally renowned author Gabrielle Faust is best known for her vampire series Eternal Vigilance. Her previous work has also included three collections of poetry, Before Icarus After Achilles, Crossroads and The Beginning Of Nights, the novella Regret, the celebrated dark fantasy adventure novel Revenge, and the vampire novel The Lineage. She was also the chief editor and a contributor of the vampire anthology High Stakes. Her work has appeared in the sites SciFi Wire, Fatally Yours, Examiner, Doorways Magazine, Fear Zone, Gothic Beauty Magazine, as well as various anthologies.

Mark Finn
Mark Finn is an author, actor, essayist, and pop culture critic. His biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, was nominated for a World Fantasy award in 2007. His articles, essays, reviews, short stories, and comics have been published by,, Dark Horse Comics, DC/Vertigo Comics, Monkeybrain Books, The University of Texas Press, Tachyon Press and others. Finn was named one of the top movie critics in Texas by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards. He is a managing editor for Skelos Press and a writer-at-large for Cloak and Dagger Productions. He also blogs with The Gentlemen Nerds. He lives in North Texas, over an old movie theater that he owns and operates, along with his long-suffering wife, far too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.

Eugene Fischer
Eugene Fischer is an Austin-based author of speculative fiction. His work has won the James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award and been a finalist for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards. He’s a graduate of Clarion and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While at Iowa he created the undergraduate course Writing and Reading Science Fiction, which is still being offered to this day.

Brad W. Foster
Brad W. Foster, international jet setter and ex-secret agent, sometimes dabbles in pen and ink. His artwork has been published in literally over 3,000 diverse books, magazines, posters, prints, cards, and a little of everything else! His small press, Jabberwocky Graphix, issues fine-art prints and art collections. He and his lovely wife Cindy travel around the country to show his work at art festivals, science fiction and comic conventions, cat shows, and (formerly) the Texas Renaissance Festival. Brad has won eight Hugo awards for Best Fan Artist. He was Artist Guest at ArmadilloCon 10. Brad and Cindy are slowly developing a huge cast of characters for a new project that will combine his fine art and comic-book sides. He’ll continue to draw whenever he can, just for the fun of it. His motto says it all: “Leave no piece of paper blank!”

Bill Frank
Bill Frank was one of the first members of the International Space Center Mission Control team. He happily gave up night and weekend work to move to the Spaceflight Training Management Office where he works as a Chief Training Officer — he leads the team that creates problems for astronauts and mission controllers during training events. His voice can be heard in the movies GravityThe Martian, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Paris Freeman
Paris Freeman is a filmmaker who will be showing her latest film at ArmadilloCon.

Urania Fung
Urania Fung is forever grateful to the ArmadilloCon workshop, which put her in touch with Julie Czerneda when she was looking for writers to contribute to her next anthology. Urania’s success in landing the new writer’s slot in the anthology Ages of Wonder led to the publication of her next story in the anthology The Dragon and the Stars. Her latest short story “A Debate over the Hopping Undead” will appear in the anthology Immersion this fall. Urania holds an MA in English from Sam Houston State University and an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. She has hosted WORDfest—a fun, free festival of creative connection—three times at Tarrant County College and has been an English professor at the college for nine years.

John K Gibbons 
John K. Gibbons is an occasional SF author, volunteer NASA JPL speaker, hiker, and SF fan. He has chaired or co-chaired ArmadilloCon 6 times. Ask him about hiking in England!

David Hardy
David Hardy is the author of Brothers By The Gun, Blood On the Border, Palmetto Empire and other Westerns as well as the Sword & Sorcery novel, Crazy Greta, and many other tales. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family.

James A. Hearn
James A. Hearn has been a finalist, semi-finalist, and honorable-mention recipient in the Writers of the Future contest. He has stories in the upcoming anthologies Guns + Tacos (taco truck mysteries) and The Eyes of Texas (private eye stories set in Texas). He lives in Texas with his family.

Kenneth Mark Hoover
Kenneth Mark Hoover is a professional SF, dark fantasy, and western writer living in Texas. He has sold over 60 short stories and articles to professional and semi-professional magazines. His novels include Fevreblau, Haxan, and Quaternity. He was born in deep Louisiana sugarcane country but grew up in South Texas. He has degrees in journalism and physics. His passions outside writing include chess, amateur astronomy, Shotokan karate, and Nordic Wicca. Hoover used to run an Internet station called Theater 13 Radio, which broadcasted Old Time Radio programs of suspense, mystery, and horror.

Al Jackson
Al Jackson started out as a fan in Dallas in 1954 with the first SF club in Texas, the Dallas Futurians. The DFs held the first Texas SF convention in Dallas in August 1958. He also was a member of the Houston Science Fiction Society starting around 1966. He re-founded the University of Texas SF club in the early 1970s. He spent most of his years (from 1966) at the Johnson Space Center, doing all kinds of things from training astronauts during Apollo, to computing where space debris would be and go. He officially retired in 2010.

Britta Jensen
Britta Jensen grew up in the south Tokyo bay area. She works and lives in the Oberpfalz region of Germany. Her short story, “Three Fingers” is published in Stories For Homes, volume 2. Her first YA novel, Eloia, was long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize and she was short-listed for the Henshaw Press and Fiction Factory short story prizes. She recently finished her second novel, Orphan Pods. For the past thirteen years, she has taught secondary English literature and composition to the sound of artillery from the NATO training base next to her school.

Derek A. Johnson
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star state. A member of the Turkey City Writer’s Workshop, his work has appeared in Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova ExpressMoving PicturesHer Majesty’s Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column “Watching the Future” appeared in SF Signal. H also has written erotic romance under a pen name. He lives in Central Texas with the Goddess.

Scott A. Johnson
Scott A. Johnson writes horror, dark fantasy, and horror-themed pulp-noir. He teaches at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and also works for Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He draws his inspiration from his wife, Katie, and his daughters, Anna and Zoe. To find out more about him, visit his website at

Jennifer Juday
Jennifer Juday is the Chair of ArmadilloCon 41, and very much hopes you’ll enjoy this year’s convention. Her first ever job was at Houston Public Library, with work as assistant to the children’s librarian being a special highlight. She studied English at Rice and Information Science at the University of North Texas. She has worked in three independent bookstores, selecting new mystery and SFF titles for one of them. These days, she works in corporate training and still reads voraciously. Give her feedback on this year’s con, and we’ll work to make 2020 even better!

Rick Klaw
Professional freelance reviewer, geek maven, and optimistic curmudgeon, Richard “Rick” Klaw recently edited the anthologies The Apes of Wrath (Tachyon Publications) and Rayguns Over Texas (FACT). For the past 15 years, he has provided countless reviews, essays, and fiction for a variety of publications: The Austin Chronicle, Blastr, Moving Pictures Magazine, San Antonio Current, Kirkus Reviews, SF Signal, The Horn, Geek Dad, SF Site, Science Fiction Weekly, RevolutionSF, Electric Velocipede, The San Antonio Business Journal, and others. Many of his writings were collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century (MonkeyBrain). 

Joe R. Lansdale
Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. He has won The Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and many others. The TV series Hap and Leonard, based on Joe’s characters, ran on Sundance TV. Movies based on his work include Cold In JulyBubba Ho-Tep, and Incident On And Off A Mountain Road.  Joe’s latest books include the novel The Elephant of Surprise, the collection Terror is Our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors (co-written with daughter Kasey Lansdale), and collection Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. Joe lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats. He was Toastmaster at ArmadilloCons 6 and 24.

Alexis Glynn Latner
Alexis Glynn Latner has written the science fiction novel “Hurricane Moon” (Pyr 2007, Avendis Press 2014) and more than two dozen stories in science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery magazines and anthologies. She has a sailplane pilot’s license, so she understands the calculus of risk and reward when people undertake adventure. She works at Rice University’s Fondren Library in Houston, Texas, and teaches creative writing through the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice. Her website is

William Ledbetter
William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than seventy speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov’s, F&SF, Analog, Escape Pod,, the SFWA blog. He’s spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas and is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats. His new novel “Level Five” is available from Audible Originals. Find out more at

Stina Leicht
Stina Leicht has written five novels, several short stories, and flash fiction. Her latest novel, Persephone Station, a Feminist Space Opera to be published by Saga Press, will debut in 2020. She has written Epic Flintlock Fantasy (Cold Iron and Blackthorne) as well as Urban Fantasy with an Irish Crime twist (Of Blood and Honey, And Blue Skies from Pain). Her Feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! issue of Lightspeed Magazine. And she was a finalist for the Crawford Award and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2011 and 2012. Stina was Toastmaster at ArmadilloCon 37.

Bob Mahoney
Who & what is Bob Mahoney? Rocket scientist, house-dad (5k), novelist, middle school science/math/writing skills teacher, and ongoing medical experiment. After teaching astronauts to fly the shuttle (computers, navigation, rendezvous, prox ops, docking, & tethers) he returned to Austin to write space thrillers which landed him some freelance editing work. He’s published darn thoughtful essays in The Space Review and other venues. Originally from NJ, his passion for spaceflight brought him to TX and so enabled the rendezvous with his wife Margie (26.66 years). After his recent curative bone marrow transplant courtesy of the NIH in MD, he now delights in every step with profound gratitude as he contemplates what lies ahead in his new reality. And while he has always loved fresh-baked pretzels, his donor’s being German has NOT fostered in him any craving for beer. Danke Gott.

Julia S. Mandala
Julia S. Mandala was born in Kansas City, MO. She holds a B.A. in history from Kansas State University and a J.D. in law from Tulane University Law School. She is editor of The Fantasy Writers Asylum, an imprint of Yard Dog Press. She enjoys scuba diving, belly dancing scuba diving, photography, and traveling with her husband, Larry. She’s been a cover model and cover artist (okay, for her own books, but still. . . ), and is an Apocalyptic Redhead.

Ari Marmell
When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of school work when growing up. He’s the author of the Mick Oberon gangland-fantasy series, the Widdershins YA fantasy series, The Goblin Corps, and many others, with publishers such as Del Rey, Pyr Books, Wizards of the Coast, Omnium Gatherum, and Titan Books. Ari currently resides in Austin, Texas. He lives in a clutter that has a moderate amount of apartment in it, along with George—his wife—and the aforementioned cats, who probably want something.

Michael E. Marotta
Michael E. Marotta is a technical writer. When not documenting software, he sells magazine, newspaper, and online articles about business, technology, and culture. His work has appeared in Greater Lansing Business Monthly, The Albuquerque Business JournalSouthwest AviatorGreat Lakes Pilot News, and Midnight Engineering. He has been granted two George Heath Literary Awards by the American Numismatic Association. He currently serves in the Texas Maritime Regiment of the Texas Military Department where he edits policies, plans, and procedures. His first (of two) science fiction short stories, “Building on Mars,” appeared in Plan & Print, International Reprographic Association, Chicago, September 1987. He was paid a dollar a word. He blogs at

J. M. McDermott
J. M. McDermott is a robot fueled by literature, vegetables, and caffeine. He lives in San Antonio, TX, where he stands on street corners and shouts at passing cars about the future. He is the author of novels Last Dragon, Never Knew Another, When We Were Executioners, Maze, We Leave Together, Scraggletaggle, and The Fortress at the End of Time. He also has several short fiction collections. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and an MFA in Popular Fiction from the Stonecoast Program of the University of Southern Maine. For more information, see

Sukyi McMahon
Sukyi holds a B.A. and M.A. in Literature, concentrating in science fiction for her Master’s thesis work. You’ll find her at the Fifth Dimension bookmobile with a welcoming smile, a bit of knowledge to impart, and an eagerness to engage with and learn from her customers.

C.J. Mills
C. J. Mills grew up in Yankee lands and has only been living in Texas since 2000 (but she was coming down for ArmadilloCon for years before that).  A writer by inheritance as well as inclination — her mother and her mother’s mother were both journalists; her paternal grandmother and aunt both wrote short stories –and she has six novels published (counting hardcover and paperback editions of Three Rivers as one book); Three Rivers was nominated for a best-first-novel award by the Western Writers’ Association.  NB:  She learned to write very long sentences in her German studies, which led eventually to a K-12 teaching certificate and a Certifikat Deutsch from the Goethe Institute.  She has two grown sons, who still live in Minnesota.  Her hobbies are music, vintage and foreign doll collecting, and language collecting, too — Deutsch, French, and Norwegian so far, Spanish and Swedish sitting on a shelf awaiting their turns

Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon grew up in South Texas near the Mexican border, giving her early experience with major cultural differences and leading to a lifelong fascination with how culture shapes individuals and how they adapt (or don’t) to new experiences. She has degrees in both history (Rice University) and biology (University of Texas). She served three years of active duty in the Marine Corps. She married her husband while both were in the military; they have one adult son. Moon’s first fiction sales, in 1985, included an epic fantasy story and a hard SF story sold to Analog. She continues to go back and forth between science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel won the Compton Crook award for best first novel in 1988. She’s published more than 25 novels since. She won the Nebula Award for best novel with The Speed of Dark, and was a finalist for the Hugo in 1997 for Remnant Population. Moon was Guest of Honor at ArmadilloCon 16.

Jaime Lee Moyer
Jaime Lee Moyer is a writer of Fantasy and Science Fiction, herder of cats, occasional poet, and maker of tangible things. Her first novel, Delia’s Shadow, was published by Tor Books,  and won the 2009 Columbus Literary Award for Fiction, administrated by Thurber House and funded by the Columbus Arts Council. Two sequels, A Barricade In Hell and Against A Brightening Sky, were also published by Tor. Her new novel, Brightfall, will be out from Jo Fletcher Books on September 5, 2019.

Michelle Muenzler
Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her short fiction and poetry can be read in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines such as FiresideDaily Science Fiction, and Liminality, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets. Visit for links to her work, or if you are feeling especially brave, check out her squidgy weird buddy adventure novella The Hills of Meat, the Forest of Bone on Amazon. She promises it won’t bite…much.

Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of stories featuring African gods, starships, monsters, detectives and everything in-between. His godpunk novel, David Mogo, Godhunter, is out from Abaddon in July 2019. His internationally published fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Lightspeed, Fireside, Podcastle, Apex, The Dark, and other periodicals and anthologies. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where he teaches writing, and has worked in editorial at Podcastle and Sonora Review. He tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies and is @suyidavies everywhere else. Learn more at

Gloria Oliver
Gloria Oliver, slave to her feline and puppy masters, lives in Texas. She’s the author of seven fantasy and YA fantasy novels with more on the way. Her latest novel is the fantasy Jewel of the Gods (2015)  from Zumaya Publications. She has a story in the Texas sf anthology Lone Star in the Sky (2017). She is a member in good standing with both EPIC and Broad Universe though has yet to work her way into the top list of Cat Slaves R Us.

Juan Perez
Juan Manuel Pérez, born and raised in the onion fields around La Pryor, Texas, is the author of many full poetry collections, poetry chapbooks, and poetry workshop workbooks. The award-winning poet is also the 2011-2012 Poet Laureate for the San Antonio Poets Association and El Chupacabra Poet Laureate (for lifetime). Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Marine Medic with combat experience in the First Gulf War (1990-1991: Desert Storm with the 2nd Marine Division/2nd FFSG) and part of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, United States Marine Corps Relief After Hurricane Andrew during the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Operation in Homestead, Florida. Currently, the author worships his Creator, teaches history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras by the Texas Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Lawrence Person
Lawrence Person is a science fiction writer living in Austin, Texas. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Postscripts, Fear, Jim Baen’s Universe, Galaxy’s Edge, and several anthologies, including Rayguns Over Texasand Cross Plains Universe. His nonfiction has appeared in National Review, Reason, SF Eye, and NYRSF. He runs Lame Excuse Books and used to edit Nova Express. He also owns a celebrated library of Science Fiction first editions.

Robert W. Pietzsch
Robert W. Pietzsch, author of Troman, graduated from Baylor University, was in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and retired from M&M Mars the candy company. He was on the team that developed Wild Berry and Tropical Skittles. Robert has traveled extensively and lived in Mexico and Belize while developing the idea of this novel. Robert fell in love with the Mayan culture and folklore and was intrigued by the idea of weaving together extraterrestrial beings, beings of a new evolution, spiritual beings, and cryptozoological beings into one epic tale. He currently lives in Galveston, Texas and loves to fish.

Alan J. Porter
Alan J. Porter writes about stuff and makes up stories too. Pop Culture, Comics, High-Adventure fiction, Movies, Music, Business Content Strategy, and more. He has written adventures featuring classic characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Houdini, The Musketeers, and private eye Rick Ruby; as well as his own New Pulp adventurers, The Raven and The Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, The Beatles, G.I. Joe, Battlestar Galactica, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino. Alan is a leading Content Strategist in the Technical, Business Communications, and Content Marketing industries with a couple of business books with his name on the cover.

Trakena Prevost
Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything isbigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, trying to annoy her husband to distraction, and oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and crime dramas. She also just so happens to write down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head – mostly to quiet the voices that take residence there. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR, hanging out with her family and friends, and desperately working to force her love of reading on her little one. Trakena is dedicated to writing paranormal stories with multicultural characters, where race is not the main conflict. Her passion stems from being a young teen in love with paranormal fiction, but being unable to find any stories she liked with characters that looked like her. She hopes to change that reality for her son and all the other kids of color out there who love to read as much as she does!

Jessica Reisman
Jessica Reisman’s stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her far future science fiction adventure novel Substrate Phantoms came out from Resurrection House Books May 2017 and Fairwood Press will publish her first collection, The Arcana of Maps and Other Stories, October 2019. She grew up on the east coast of the U.S., was a teenager on the west coast, and now lives in Austin, Texas. She’s been a writer, animal lover, reader, and movie aficionado since she was a wee child. Find out more at

Meredith Rose
Author Meredith Rose has been a literary rebel since the age of nine when she began rewriting novel endings she didn’t like. Childhood peers mocked her for using words longer than two syllables, and adults told her that she would never be able to make it as a writer–because it’s, like, not a real career. Thoroughly undaunted, over the next two decades she secretly pursued writing novels and finally sold her first book at age twenty-nine (under a different name). She went on to publish another three novels, wherein the experience of rewriting endings actually came in useful. Chains of Silver is her first young adult novel, and she wrote it for her two teenage daughters who are also talented rebels in their own ways. When she’s not writing, Meredith studies Welsh, dabbles in graphic design and altered art, and reads Tumblr way too much. Bucket list items include becoming a yarn bomber, Argentine tango dancer, and an opera singer.

Rie Sheridan Rose
Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly. She has authored eight novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. More info on She tweets as @RieSheridanRose.

Josh Rountree
Josh Rountree’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Realms of FantasyElectric Velocipede, and Rayguns Over Texas. His short fiction collection Can’t Buy Me Faded Love is available from Wheatland Press. Josh lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife and two sons.

Amber Royer
Amber Royer is the author of the high-energy comedic space opera Chocoverse series (Free Chocolate and Pure Chocolate). She teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing classes for teens and adults through both the University of Texas at Arlington and Writing Workshops Dallas. She is the discussion leader for the Saturday Night Write writing craft group. She spent five years as a youth librarian, where she organized teen writers’ groups and teen writing contests. In addition to two cookbooks co-authored with her husband, Amber has published a number of articles on gardening, crafting and cooking for print and online publications.

Patrice Sarath
Patrice Sarath is an author and editor living in Austin, Texas. Her novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season (Books I and II of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God’s Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Patrice is the author of numerous short stories that have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales, Black Gate, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, andRealms of Fantasy. Patrice is an avid horsewoman. She also enjoys bike-riding and hiking the woods and trails outside Austin.

Rebecca Schwarz
By day, Rebecca Schwarz is a mild-mannered editorial assistant for a scientific journal, by night she writes science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Interzone, PodCastle, Daily Science Fiction, and Bourbon Penn among other venues. She is the Director of the ArmadilloCon Writing Workshop in Austin, Texas. She is currently writing a novel about a princess who becomes a crow. You can read about her writing adventures at and follow her on Twitter@curiousworlds.

Adrian Simmons
Adrian Simmons is a reader, writer, and editor. His essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Internet Review of Science Fiction, , and Black Gate. His short fiction has been in James Gunn’s Ad Astra Magazine, Lackington’s, Giganotosaurus, and Strange Constellations. He is one-third of the editorial team of

Willie Siros
Willie Siros discovered convention fandom in 1974. He started and chaired Solarcon in El Paso in 1975. He moved to Austin in 1977, where he started and chaired the first four ArmadilloCons. Partnering with Robert Taylor, he designed a bid for the third NASFiC, which succeeded and became known as LoneStarCon 1. He started selling books at conventions in 1976, eventually partnering with Scott Cupp to become Two Guys From Texas Booksellers, which evolved into Adventures in Crime and Space Books. He partnered with Ed Scarbrough and Mike Emery to produce the fanzine Cambion. With his sister, Nina, he started a small press, SW&N Press, and inflicted short story collections upon the world by Neal Barrett, George Alec Effinger, and Gwyneth Jones. Willie was Fan Guest at ArmadilloCon 25.

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith is a freelance writer of novels, screenplays and short stories.  She is a filmmaker, script analyst, script supervisor as well as owner of First Look Script Analysis, operating since 2005 and First Look Publishing, operating since 2006.

Patrick Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan is a published short story author. A screenwriter who has been a finalist in the Austin Film Festival and Final Draft competitions, and a semi-finalist in many, many more. An abuser of software. A martial artist. A fanboy who has met Harlan Ellison several times and has not been yelled at once.

J.A. Sutherland
J.A. Sutherland wrote his first novel in 1983 when he was sixteen. It was appropriately bad. A few short stories, and a few rejection slips, later, he gave up on writing – except the voices in his head refused to stop and he lived with them for thirty years. In 2013, he came across a “You won’t believe this is a thing! <link>” tweet and clicked on it, because he very much likes to know what he won’t believe is a thing. It was dinosaur-porn. His first reaction was not, “I don’t believe this is a thing!” it was “If there’s a market for this …” Figuring if there were people who wanted to be ravished by the raptor, then there must be those who’d read his stories, so he started taking dictation from the voices again, and published Into the Dark (Alexis Carew Book 1) in November 2014. The response has been overwhelming, and he can’t believe this is a thing.

L. Stephanie Tait
Stephanie completed a Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies from UW-Milwaukee. She earned a Masters of Arts from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and spent four and a half years pursuing a PhD with the University of Edinburgh’s Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department. She also spent her time in Scotland curating and organizing independent film festivals and screenings with the Film House Theatre in Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh’s Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department. Putting her PhD on hold, Stephanie moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to continue her work in producing, writing, and directing. When not creating fantastical realities on stage and screen, she runs Verthandi Press, and a monthly classical play reading group with her husband, artist Brian Carroll.

Lauren C. Teffeau
Lauren was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest. When she was younger, she poked around in the back of wardrobes, tried to walk through mirrors, and always kept an eye out for secret passages, fairy rings, and messages from aliens. She was disappointed. Now, she writes to cope with her ordinary existence. Her novel Implanted (2018, Angry Robot) was shortlisted for the 2019 Compton Crook award for best first SF/F/H novel. Her short fiction can be found a variety of professional and semi-pro speculative fiction magazines and anthologies.

Brian Trent
Brian Trent‘s speculative fiction appears regularly in the world’s top markets, including Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, COSMOS, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Terraform, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Sci-Fi, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, The Cackle of Cthulhu, Flame Tree’s Gothic Series, and much more. The wrote the novels Ten Thousand Thunders (hard SF) and the fantasy/historical series Rahotep and its sequel The God and the Gate, Trent is also a Writers of the Future winner and Baen Fantasy Award finalist. Trent lives in New England.

Mikal Trimm
Mikal Trimm is a short story writer whose work has appeared in numerous places, including Realms Of Fantasy, Black Gate, Postscripts, and the Polyphony series. He resides outside of Austin in the Barbecue Capitol of The World.

Thomas M. Wagner
Thomas M. Wagner is an SFF book reviewer best known for his site and YouTube channel SFF180. A longtime Armadillocon attendee and Austin resident, Thomas (aka Martin to his oldest friends) was also the creator of the Daily Texan comic strip Hepcats in the late 1980s. He recently relaunched his original site as, and is a judge in the annual Booktube SFF Awards.

Don Webb
Don Webb has taught at UCLA since 2002. Recent books — Building Strange Temples from Skelos Press and In Deep Dendo (poetry). Has been an A-con regular since 1989, Has had stories in AnalogAmazingF&SFInterzoneWeird TalesPulphouseNew Pathways and 40+ anthologies. Has print on demand anthologies of vampire stories (A Velvet of Vampyres), space opera (The War With the Belatrin), weird westerns (Webb’s Weird Wild West) and weird crime (Do the Weird Crime Serve the Weird Time). Is better looking than his Wikipedia photo. Former Toastmaster.

Jacob Weisman
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications in San Francisco, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson award-winning novella line, which includes original fiction by Nancy Kress, James Morrow, Brandon Sanderson, and Daryl Gregory. Weisman is co-editor of The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (with David Hartwell), The Treasury of the Fantastic (with David Sandner), and The New Voices in Fantasy (with Peter S. Beagle). His latest anthology is The Unicorn Anthology (with Peter S. Beagle).

Martha Wells
Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by in 2017 and 2018. She was the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering‘s Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, a Hugo Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, and a Locus Award. Martha was Guest of Honor for ArmadilloCon 24.

Skyler White
Skyler White has published four novels, two co-written with Steven Brust, The Incrementalists and The Skill of Our Hands, as well as and Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin. Her new solo project, Young Blood, is coming out this summer. She has taught Creative Writing at the high school level and to adults with a focus on structure in both writing and writer. Another fascination, how the creative process works and breaks, developed into a web-based choose‐your‐own‐adventure game for getting unstuck called The Narrow Shed in collaboration with Write or Die wizard Jeff Printy. You can find her at or

Barbara Ann Wright
Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online’s recommended reading list. Her first novel, The Pyramid Waltz, was one of’s Reviewer’s Choice books of 2012 and was a 2012 Foreword Review Book of the Year Award Finalist as well as a Golden Crown Award finalist. It won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Fantasy and made BookRiot’s 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors. She’s won five other Rainbow Awards, has been a Goldie finalist, and Coils was a finalist in the 2017 Lambda Awards.

D. L. Young
D.L. Young is a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Independent Press Award. His award-winning Dark Republic novels (Soledad, Indigo, and El Flaco) are futuristic thrillers set in the aftermath of a failed Texas secession. His best short fiction is collected in Juarez Square and Other Stories. He is currently working on a new cyberpunk series, slated for release in early 2020. Young lives in Houston, Texas.