The 58th Convention of the New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc., coming April 07-09, 2017 to the Westchester Marriott!
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Program Participants

Marc L Abbott
Marc L Abbott is a Moth StorySlam and GrandSlam Storytelling Winner, the host of his own storytelling show in Brooklyn entitled Maaan, You've Got To Hear This. His short horror film, Snap, has been the official selection of the Coney Island Film Festival, Lovecraft Film Series and Macabre Faire Film Festival. he has also written and directed multiple short films for the online series Anthorrorgy. He was nominated for Best Actor in the science fiction film Impervia where he played the role of Father. He the co-host of the podcast Beef, Wine and Shenanigans which focuses on pop culture/scifi/fantasy and horror from an African-American perspective. He is also a member of the Horror Writers Association. Learn more at www.whoismarclabbott.com
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014, with Mike McPhail and Greg Schauer, she founded eSpec Books, www.especbooks.com. Her works include Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today's Promise, The Halfling's Court, The Redcaps' Queen, A Legacy of Stars, and The Literary Handyman. Learn more at www.sidhenadaire.com.
Chris Adams
Chris Adams is the co-creator of the Yamara comic that ran in Dragon and Valkyrie magazines, and its spinoffs, now at yamara.com. He has co-designed the wacky boardgame "Oh My God! There's An Axe In My Head" and has also co-authored the "CONTINUUM: roleplaying in The Yet" RPG.
Pauline J. Alama
Pauline J. Alama's fantasy novel THE EYE OF NIGHT (Bantam Spectra 2002) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Her work has appeared in several volumes of SWORD & SORCERESS, as well as FANTASY SCROLL, REALMS OF FANTASY, and numerous anthologies. Recent publications include an environmental fable in IT'S COME TO OUR ATTENTION (Third Flatiron Anthologies 2016), a fairy abduction story in ABYSS AND APEX, and dragon stories in MYSTERION and DRAGON SUPER PACK. A former medieval scholar, she escaped the ivory tower for the wilds of New Jersey.
Ken Altabef
Ken Altabef's short fiction has appeared several times in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Buzzymag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion and various anthologies. He was co-editor of two mixed-genre anthologies from Blueberry Lane Books. Five novels have been published as part of ALAANA'S WAY, his epic fantasy series with an arctic setting. His first short story collection FORTUNE'S FANTASY was released last year from Cat's Cradle Press. His latest novel is GIANT SLAYERS, a YA fantasy. Visit author's website at www.KenAltabef.com
Walter Amos
I have been in SF and anime fandom for over 25 years. My first "real" science fiction convention was Philcon 1983, where I got my first glimpse of the film "Lupin III Castle Cagliostro" by Hayao Miyazaki. I was the masquerade coordinator for AnimeCon 1991 (the first U.S. anime con to have major Japanese guests), and for the first few years of Anime Expo. Professionally I am a software engineer specializing in space operations. I hold degrees in Physics (from U. Penn and U.T Austin) and have worked on the upgrade of the Trajectory Server system for the Space Shuttle Mission Control, and currently work in N.J. on the next generation GPS ground control segment. I just returned from my 3rd Japan trip, to see the new "Space Battleship Yamato 2202"; the start of a new STAR BLAZERS story!
Marcy Arlin
Besides her writing, Marcy is Artistic Director of the OBIE-winning Immigrants' Theatre Project and has taught improvisation and Theatre for Social Change at CUNY, Pace, Univ. of Chicago, Yale, and in Eastern Europe. She is a Fulbright scholar to Romania and the Czech Republic. SF publications: Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Kaleidocast, Broad Universe Sampler, perihelionsf.com, Man.In.Fest Journal of Experimental Theatre. Studied with Chris McKitterick, Kij Johnson, Andy Duncan, Betsy James and is a Fellow at the CUNY Writers' Institute. Member of Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, Theatre Without Borders. Lives in Brooklyn with a ghost and two cats.
Sean Auriti
Sean Auriti has skills in web development, engineering, and technical leadership. He graduated from NYIT with a BS in electronic engineering technology and has since worked as a CTO and lead developer at several web development and technology firms in New York City. He has won over 11 hackathons, including NYC BigApps and the BSR sustainability app. Sean has also founded, managed, and built infrastructure for the Alpha One Labs hackerspace, at which he has built prototypes for an LCD hat, laser scrolling sign, electronic game, 3D POV holographic display, robotic chef, smart recycle bin, and robotic food exchange. He was on the front page of The New York Times for a space group he was a part of that received DARPA funding.
Brad Balfour
Writer/journalist/editor Brad Balfour has documented the worlds of film, music, arts and pop culture creators. Currently he contributes to outlets such as popentertainment.com, blackfilm.com and irishexaminerusa, Times Square Chronicles and Resident Magazine — where he became entertainment editor. He launched filmfestivaltraveler.com as a hub for travelers and festival goers and transformed timessquare.com into an active travel destination site. He has been an editor (or writer) at Creem, Circus, Heavy Metal, In-Fashion, am-new york, spin as well as the pop music Critic for the Cincinnati Post.
Laura Balsam
Long time Science Fiction fan. Have been watching (dubbed) anime for over 10 years.
Alan F. Beck
Artist and illustrator for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited in art shows and at cons all across the country. He has won numerous awards and honors including two Chesley and HUGO award nominations. His paintings and prints can be found in collections in the US, Canada and Europe. He has published The Adventures of Nogard and Jackpot and is creator of the Mouseopolitan Museum of Art. His art can be found in Space and Time magazine and The Fantasy Art Bible, and assorted book covers.
Jim Belfiore
Jim Belfiore is a leader of pioneers. He is a Managing Director at IHS Markit, and a certified innovation master. facilitating break-through research & innovation at Fortune 500 product R&D centers around the world. He is a featured speaker at global innovation conferences and is a published author. He has been a long-time member of SF fandom and is a former Arisia ConChair. Jim has a special passion for Japanese Tokusatsu, developed in part by repeated trips to Japan.
Anatoly Belilovsky
Anatoly Belilovsky writes and translates speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later, he learned English from Star Trek reruns. His work appears in F&SF, Nature, Daily SF, Podcastle, Unidentified Funny Objects, and StarShipSofa, among others. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net
Miriam Benson
Greetings from the Faerie Godmother of the New York Faerie Festival in Harpursville, NY. As a lifelong SF fan, I've attended conventions for over 40 years. More recently, I've assisted Movie Mike with vintage film screenings at Lunacon, Also, I've developed an extensive interest in anime and would like to converse, confer and hobnob with my fellow wizards about that subject. Remember, although we may not be the perfect person we wish to be, we are all perfectly able to be ourselves.
Mark L Blackman
Mark L. Blackman has been in Fandom since 1970, active in apas, and on con and (losing) bid committees. He has been Lunarians Secretary (and is currently) and Lunacon Chair, and a reporter/reviewer for SFScope, Examiner.com and File 770. A short story featuring his character Baruch Rogers, Space Rabbi was published in the U.S. and Israel, along with two plays broadcast on radio.
Jeremy Bloom
I'm the editor of RedGREENandBlue, a website that covers politics and the environment (including clean energy, alternative transportation, and climate change). I'm a Clarion West grad (with a Wollheim scholarship, thanks guys!), and studied film at ULCA. After 20 years on the West Coast, I'm now happily ensconced just down the road in Riverdale.
EXO Books
EXO Books is the pen name of a science fiction writer. He is a man from NYC, USA, Earth.
Rick Bowes
Richard Bowes has published ten books and eighty short stories, has won World Fantasy, Lambda, Million Writer and IHG Awards. A new edition of his Nebula nominated novel From The Files Of The Time Rangers will be out in 2017 from Lethe Press. Bowes is currently writing a novel about a gay kid with magic in 1950’s Boston.
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published stories in American and British magazines and in anthologies, poetry in Weird Tales, Dreams of Decadence, and Doorways Magazine, and non-fiction reviews and essays. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third novel, BABY BOY BLUE, a police procedural mystery set in Philadelphia, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford Mystery Library (large print edition) in Great Britain in 2014. She is also a songwriting filk/folk/blues and pop singer and guitarist. She lives with her husband, editor and author Darrell Schweitzer, and their two cats, Tolkien and Lillyput, in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.
Steve Brinch
Concom member and occasional con chair of Conterpoint, the DC-Baltimore area iteration of the NEFilk Floating Northeast Filk Convention.
Jennifer Marie Brissett
A British-Jamaican American writer whose short stories can be found in The Future Fire, Lightspeed, Terraform, Uncanny, Morpheus Tales, Halfway Down the Stairs, Warrior Wisewoman 2, and APB: Artists against Police Brutality. Her debut novel Elysium (Aqueduct Press) was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, placed on the Honor List for the James Tiptree, Jr Award, and won the Philip K. Dick Special Citation. She currently lives in NYC. Find her at http://www.jennbrissett.com/
Jordanna Max Brodsky
Jordanna Max Brodsky is the author of The Immortals and Winter of the Gods, the first two books in the Olympus Bound series. She hails from Virginia, where she spent four years at a science and technology high school pretending it was a theater conservatory. She holds a degree in History and Literature from Harvard University. When she's not wandering the forests of Maine, she lives in Manhattan with her husband. She often sees goddesses in Central Park and wishes she were one.
Ken Brown
Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey and currently reside in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County, NJ. Education BSIE, MBA, JD. Licensed amateur radio operator W2KB, private pilot, and dabble in playing acoustic guitar and ukulele as well as volunteering with railroad historical societies. My entire career was with a large electric and natural gas utility company in the areas of engineering and legal for federal and NJ state regulatory matters; the last 10 years focused on bulk electric system (100kV and higher) generation and transmission system federal reliability regulations compliance. First George RR Martin reading I heard was in September, 1962 after I met George in our high school homeroom class. Attended my first con in early 2001 after a GRRM suggestion and many cons since.
Terri Bruce
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and science fiction stories from New England where she lives with her husband and two cats. Visit her on the web at www.terribruce.net.
Bob Bulko
A retired NYC public school teacher, Bob is an avid reader of history, science fiction and military history his entire life. As a Board member of New York military Affairs Symposium (NYMAS) he has presented talks on various topics including future war riction, WW I era history. Bob lives in Brooklyn with his sweetly understanding wife.
Christopher Burke
Christopher J. Burke is the co-author of GURPS Autoduel, 2nd ed. for Steve Jackson Game and former writer/editor for Driving Tigers Magazine, a fanzine. His work appeared in "In A Flash 2016: The eSpec Books Annual Flash Anthology" and "Logic as a Tool", a textbook at Stockholm University. He currently divides his time between his webcomic (x, why?) and teaching high school math classes. The two are somewhat related.
Mary Aileen Buss
Librarian and Fabric Artist, whose fantastical stuffed animals and quilts have been appearing in convention art shows since the 1990s.
Rob Cameron
Rob Cameron is an ESL teacher and writer living in Brooklyn. When he’s not writing stories, organizing events for the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, producing the Kaleidocast, or camera work for the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, he is rock climbing, dragon boating, or hunting pies in their natural habitat. You can find his work in Mike Allen’s Clockwork Phoenix 5. His website is http://www.rob-cameron.com/ You can follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobCameronstories/ &Twitter @cpr.words
The Wandering Cellist
The Wandering Cellist (aka Luna Skye) fuses her classical training with her love of heavy metal, fantasy, film & folk music. Building layers of cello on top of each other, she creates a world simultaneously dark, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic & breathtaking. She has traveled the US and Canada playing for Steampunk, Sci-Fi & Gaming Conventions and has released multiple albums, available at http://celloluna.bandcamp.com
S. A. Chakraborty
S. A. Chakraborty is a NY-based speculative fiction writer and history buff. Her debut novel, THE CITY OF BRASS, will be published this November by Harper Voyager and is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy set in the 18th century Middle East. Her short fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Expanded Horizons, The Future Fire, Fey Visions of the Mediterranean, and Kaleidocast. She is also an organizer with the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group. When not buried in books about Mughal portraiture and Omani history, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and cooking unnecessarily complicated meals for her family. You can find her online at www.sachakraborty.com or on Twitter as @SChakrabs where she likes to ramble about history, politics, and Islamic art.
James Chambers
James Chambers writes short stories, novellas, and comic books. His original, graphic novel, Kolchak The Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and his Lovecraftian novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. His stories have recently appeared in Dark Hallows II: The Witching Hour, Gaslight and Grimm, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, and Man and Machine and will be in the forthcoming Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, If We Had Known and Shadows Over Main Street 2. His website is www.jameschambersonline.com.
John Cholewa
Stalwart. Adventurous. Truly a sultan among men. When the day comes where the world is bleakest, the masses will look to him for guidance. In all the world, truly the pinnacle of eminence and sumblimity.
Ariel Cinii
2012 Pegasus Award nominee Ariel Cinii {pron. "SIN-eye", but you can call her Abby} is the author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (sold at Amazon.com). She's is a native New Yorker, born a Brooklyn boy, she matured into an uptown girl (Inwood, a.k.a. Upstate Manhattan). She's on committee for Contata: the Floating Northeast Filk Con, and regularly translates the Yal Dawo language of her literary homeworld at Twitter.com.
Neil Clarke
Neil Clarke is the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. He is also the editor of Forever Magazine, The SFWA Bulletin, and several anthologies, including Galactic Empires and the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. He currently lives in NJ with his wife and two children. You can find him online at neil-clarke.com.
Aaron Cohen
Aaron Cohen has been larping for over a decade, with several years invested in a staff position as Head of PR&Marketing for LAIRE. Additionally, he has been playing tabletop for about as long, has been playing war miniature games for several years, and is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA). Additionally, he also enjoys building props and electrical pieces for the games he plays.
Byron P. Connell
Byron Connell, Lunacon 2006 Fan GoH, likes hard SF, alternate history, alternate worlds, and fantasy. He's a founder of LASTSFA (the Latham, Albany, Schenectady, Troy Science Fiction Association) and a past president. He's run masquerades at Costume-Cons, Philcon, Anticipation, and Chicon 7. He's a past President of the International Costumers' Guild, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He chaired Albacon 2016. He was Archon 25's Costuming GoH and Albacon 2005's co-Fan GoH.
Tina Connell
Tina Connell has been reading SF for over 60 years, and has been active in SF fandom for over 35 years. She and her husband collect SF books and art, and costume as a hobby. She is usually found backstage, presiding over the Masquerade Green Room Repair Table. She generally only creates a new costume every 3rd or4th year. Her costumes have appeared at several regional and Costume-Cons, and in two winning WorldCon masquerade groups, at TorCon and LA Con 4. She must compete at the Master level, due to those WorldCon group wins, but personally only considers herself to be a mid-Journeyman level costumer. She retired a few years ago, and is now busier than when she was working.
Zachary Connelly
A mild mannered Handyman by day, and a diabolical game designer by night. I represent Royal N. Games, a local publisher of small box board games. We have successfully published our second game, DeathBot Derby, a robot building/fighting card game. We are very excited to debut it's release at this years Lunacon. Hope you're all ready to Test Your Metal.
Robyn Copley
I've been an avid gamer for most of my life. I have some experience in running and playing a few different kinds of tabletop (D&D 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, Pathfinder, GURPS, white wolf, Dont Rest Your Head). I play all kinds of video games, board games, card games. I've been a larp player for for over 8 years and a larp staff/owner for 2 years. My expertise in larp running are more administrative than creative: finance, PR&marketing, logistics (character sheet creation and databases, economy, etc), web/forum design and administration.
Greg Costikyan
Greg Costikyan has designed more than 30 commercially published games, and written 4 published novels and a dozen short stories. He is the recipient of five Origins Awards, of the GDC Maverick Award for "tireless promotion of independent games," and as in inductee into the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame. He has written or edited two books on game design, one for The MIT Press and the other for Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press, and things he has written are used in game studies courses across the globe. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has written about games, game design, and game industry business issues for publications as diverse as Gamasutra, the New York Times, Verbatim: The Language Quarterly, and Wall Street Journal Interactive.
Laurel Cunningham-Hill
Laurel Cunningham-Hill is a master costumer and make-up artist who has stepped away from competing but still enjoys teaching her craft. Her current passion is creating her own growing collection of oddities and obscura. Fascinated by nature as well as antiques Laurel has taken her collecting to the next level by creating jewelry using vintage watches and frames and tiny rodent bones. Called Capsulariums, these unique tableaux of bone art fit perfectly into the world of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk.
Kathleen O'Shea David
Kathleen O'Shea David started working with puppets when she was 2 and over 50 years later she is still "wiggling dolls" for fun and profit. She has done just about everything from cancer research to rock and roll. Some of her favorite jobs have been in puppetry, theater, and publishing. She is a published writer with a Doctor Who story in the Big Finish anthology Short Trips: Qualities of Leadership among others. She worked on Star Wars: The New Jedi Order with Shelly Shapiro. She has had a number of short stories in published in various anthologies. Her costumes have won awards both for performance and workmanship. She has created costumes for film and stage. She is a former employee of the Center for Puppetry Arts. Her puppets are in collections all over the world.
Orin Davis
Orin Davis is an evil scientist who aims to destroy the current world order by promoting self-actualization. His nefarious experiments in the Quality of Life Laboratory find ways to enhance creative ideation and human performance, and his ruthless consulting schemes make workplaces great places to work. Armed with a pocketwatch and enough coffee and tea to drown a horse, Dr. Davis is considered especially dangerous around glass ceilings, blissful ignorance, and the rugs that he likes to cut with blues and swing dancing. Dr. Davis is also wanted on multiple continents for teaching positive business, advising startups, and lecturing about hypnosis. He served time at both Brandeis University and Claremont Graduate University. Nivel de peligro: Marrón
Ef Deal
Ef Deal lives in South Jersey with her husband and three chowchows. She writes SF/F/H in small doses, appearing in The Fortean Bureau, Flashshots, and Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. Her most recent sale was to Silver Blade Magazine.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written a zillion media tie-in novels, some fantastical police procedurals, and lots of other stuff. He also podcasts and edits. Fear him. Or, y'know, not.
Connor Drexler
Connor Drexler is a graduate of the University of Iowa, a fine wine salesman, and a fiction writer by way of Brooklyn. His first novel, Mad God Walking was released oct 2016 by city owl press Often found table top gaming, singing late night karaoke and on one occasion calling up cthulhuist curses on his computer for not writing his novel for him. Connor is currently working on the sequel to his debut novel Mad God Walking and generally believes people should drink more Champagne.
Bob Eggleton
Bob Eggleton is a 9 Time Hugo Award winner, and has worked on movies such as SPHERE and JIMMY NEUTRON BOY GENIUS. He also does cover art in the SF field and most appropriately for GoH Ryk Spoor's and Eric Flint's books, THRESHOLD, PORTAL and the upcoming CASTAWAY PLANET from Baen Books. Spacewatch named an asteroid for him 13562bobeggleton in 2002.
Louis Epstein
Louis Epstein co-founded the National Tolkien League in 1973,and has run its publications since 1977. He has attended every Lunacon since 1979. A reader, editor, occasional writer, technophile, and internationally recognized authority on the frontiers of human longevity who has a system for naming larger numbers than just about anyone.
Amy Fass
Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what it was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first con in 1976, got involved in filk in the mid-90s, and was first on filk programming at Lunacon 2012. Nonfannish interests include environmentalism, science, linguistics, and political activism. Amy enjoys (literary) nonsense and is working on a recitation of The Hunting of the Snark. She is a freelance science/medical (and occasionally SF) editor.
William Freedman
Bill is programming director for BoroughCon, the new pop-culture convention being held May 26-29 at St. John's University in Queens. He is responsible for anime, comics/manga, cosplay, gaming and live-action film/TV tracks, as well as special programming for children, scitech enthusiasts, and those who celebrate the Four Boroughs/ multicultural heritage. His satiric F/SF novels "Mighty Mighty," and "Land That I Love" are available via Rebel ePublishers on Amazon, as is the "Age of Certainty" antho, which considers how society would be affected by proof of God.
Jim Freund
Jim Freund is Producer and Host of 'Hour of the Wolf', a radio program presenting sf/f since 1972 from WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York and wbai.org, or you can listen on your own schedule through the archives. A forthcoming podcast has been rumored, and his first audiobook of interviews, "Chatting Science Fiction," is available though Skyboat Media, Audible and Blackstone Audio. He is also Executive Curator and Producer of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading series. In addition, Jim is Host and Podcast Editor for Lightspeed Magazine.
D.T. Friedman
D. T. Friedman is a writer whose work has appeared in venues such as Strange Horizons, Shimmer Magazine, and Flash Fiction Online. She is a member of the Codex and Altered Fluid writing groups. In her other life, she is a doctor of Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. She also occasionally provides medical advice to be used in fictional contexts; she has consulted with over two dozen prose and screen writers independently and through the Science and Entertainment Exchange. She lives in Brooklyn with an adorable gray cat named Kimble.
Lee Gilliland
Lee Gilliland's been around SF, enjoying the people and conversations and the ideas, for longer than she wants to remember. And she is still doing it, and still enjoying the heck out of it. So please come over and introduce yourself, She'd love to know you. Just be warned: keep her off the Titanic, Richard III, Queens Victoria, Elizabeth , Marie Antionette, and Catherine the Bullwinkle Moose, or cooking or she'll Lee going...and going....and going.......
Alexis Gilliland
Alexis Gilliland's first son was born in 1963, and his first con was Discon I very shortly afterwards, putting him on WSFA's mailing list. Eventually he ran cons, published novels, and drew cartoons, collecting four fan artist Hugos, and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Marc Glasser
Reader of the stuff since 1960, fan since 1972; one of the senior surviving members of NYUSFS. Co-founder of Empiricon and longtime O.S.A.A.&C. of APA-NYU. Punster at large (though he’s lost some weight lately). Filker since 1975; will play anything with three chords or fewer. Inveterate quoter of Groucho, Python, Adams and Pratchett. Spouse of Donna Camp and parental unit of Ethan Glasser-Camp (it seemed to make sense at the time). Home-moaner residing at the N.Y. Cadre. Mainframe geek turned grammar geek (yes, these sentences are all missing a subject; consider them bullet points). Chronic procrastinator who often fails to finish his assignments on
Zoe Gray
Zoe Gray is a 16 year old musician, activist, writer, actor, hooligan, punk, patriarchy-smasher, Shakespeare enthusiast, fangirl, and gay dork. She has written over 100 songs about everything from zombies to Edgar Allen Poe to an entire album about Game of Thrones. She has performed at venues such as Philcon and the annual JoCoCruise. She has a YouTube and a Patreon where you can support her, at https://www.patreon.com/zoegray.
Glenn Greenberg
Glenn Greenberg is an award-winning editor and writer whose work has appeared in such publications as TIME Magazine For Kids, Scholastic News, Time Out New York, Back Issue, and Smoke. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such world-famous franchises as Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Thor, Iron Man, Dracula, and Star Trek, and Web-based tie-in projects for the film Superman Returns and the weekly comic-book series 52. Glenn has also written several works of Star Trek fiction for Simon and Schuster, as well as an X-Files story for a recent prose anthology collection. He avidly covers all aspects of popular culture on his blog, “Glenn Greenberg’s Grumblings” (http://glenngreenbergsgrumblings.blogspot.com), and welcomes anyone and everyone to check it out.
April Grey
April's dark fantasy, Finding Perdita is coming soon from Caliburn Press. April's urban fantasy novels Chasing the Trickster and St. Nick's Favor are already out. She is the editor of Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts; Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone, and Hell's Garden: Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners. Her collected short stories are available on Amazon in I'll Love You Forever: Weird Love Tales and The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe. She is one of the editors for New York State of Fright, an anthology due out later this year.
Marc Grossman
Marc Grossman has been active in Convention since the 1970's. Filking since the 1980's, Marc has written songs from as far back as then. Marc also supported Filk programs run by others and ran Filk programs for Lunacon in the past. Marc enjoys performing classic songs as well as crowd favorites and can be found in the Filk rooms of conventions local and national in scope. And even if Marc can't sing a song you want, but you need lyrics, Marc carries with him over 5,000 song lyrics to help others in the circle.
Elektra Hammond
Elektra Hammond emulates her multi-sided idol Buckaroo Banzai by going in several directions at once. She’s been involved in publishing since the 1990s—now she writes, concocts anthologies, and edits science fiction for various and sundry. When not freelancing or appearing at science fiction conventions, she travels the world judging cat shows. Read her latest--“A Familiar Story” in the collection In a Cat’s Eye edited by Kelly A. Harmon and Vonnie Winslow Crist. Elektra lives in Delaware with her husband, Mike, and more than the usual allotment of felines. Find Elektra on Facebook (Elektra Hammond), Twitter (elektraUM), or at http://www.untilmidnight.com.
Russell J. Handelman
Russell J. Handelman, who has written fiction and nonfiction, lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
Elliotte Rusty Harold
Elliotte Rusty Harold is originally from New Orleans to which he returns periodically in search of a decent bowl of gumbo. However, he currently resides in a secret mountaintop laboratory on a large island off the East Coast of the United States. His short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies. He has also written over twenty nonfiction books, most recently The JavaMail API and Java Network Programming, 4th edition, both from O’Reilly. He is a member of SFWA, the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, and the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Glenn Hauman
My career is the definition of varied, and the one constant is that I find myself doing something new that still draws on past experiences," Hauman says. "Either that, or I'm in serious need of treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder.
Stuart C. Hellinger
A fan since the late 1960's, Stuart has been involved in various groups and conventions, including various positions on convention committees and Worldcons. He has chaired Lunacon several times in the past, and was one of the organizers of the original Star Trek Conventions in NYC held from 1972-1976. In the late 1980's, he was instrumental in the revitalization of the Lunacon Art Show, and served as an officer of ASFA. Mostly retired from active fandom from 2001-2014, he stayed in touch with people in the community and stayed up to date on what has been happening in the genre, until becoming active again in 2014. Stuart is currently working on a book proposal about the early days of Star Trek fandom.
Jesse Hendrix
Jesse Hendrix has been running Lunacon Gaming with his wife Prescy since 2005, and has never bothered to write a bio before. When not playing games he is taking care of his son Alexander and desperately trying to become published.
Prescy Hendrix
Prescy Hendrix has been running Gaming with her husband Jesse, at Lunacon since 2005. They are both into tabletop board, card and RPGs and LARPING. They have an almost 5 year old son. She also likes to read, watch TV, and play Minecraft on the computer.
Glenn Herdling
A graduate of Bucknell University and post-graduate of New York University, Glenn Herdling began his publishing career in 1987 as an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. He later became the Creative Director at Spiderweb Art, where he represented artists on an exclusive basis, including the renowned fantasy/science fiction painters, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. In 1999, he helped launch Wizard Entertainment’s comic book division, Black Bull Entertainment. A New Jersey resident all his life, Glenn currently works in the financial sector as a communications specialist. He has contributed to numerous published works and has written over 80 comic books. Last year he published his first novel, Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island. The sequel is underway.
Felicia Herman
I was Joel Rosenberg's wife and co-conspirator until his death on June 4, 2011. I continue as his literary executor. I also have over 20 years experience as a librarian in the public, academic and business spheres, I'm into wine, Scotch, photography and cats, not necessarily in that order. I also have the honor to be Seth Breidbart's wife now.
Richard Herr
Mr. Herr started out in professional theater in New York. He turned his technical skills to the burgeoning audio-visual business. A number of years ago, he found himself staring at a blank computer screen and decided to fill it with words. He was hooked. He has already published two of his books, _Invasion From Fred_ and _Dog & Pony I_, for Prankish Publications.
Hilary Hertzoff
For the past three decades Hilary Hertzoff has assisted on and off with various con committees, and participated in both rl and online fan communities. Her current projects include volunteering with Archive of Our Own and co-modding Yuletide, a multifandom fanfic exchange, when she's not working as a children's librarian. She's also owned by two bunnies. They'll tell you that this is the most important thing to know about her, but they're biased.
Karen Heuler
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Aqueduct Press published her last collection, Other Places, which followed women in inner and outer space. This summer they will also be publishing a novella, In Search of Lost Time, about a woman who can steal time.
Heidi Hooper
Heidi Hooper is the Dryer Lint Lady, believe it or not! Heidi is a two-time Niche-award-winning artist whose work can be seen in galleries around the country and in Ripley's museums and books. Consumer Reports calls her "The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint". She was the Artist Guest of Honor at Albacon in 2016. A master costumer, she has been a costuming judge at the Worldcon level. Heidi is co-owner of Alliance LARP. Her web page is www.HeidiHooper.com.
Robert Huber
Robert Huber slayed his first dragon at the age of four. At the age of 13 he discovered his Planeswalker spark. By the age of 16 he had built his first mechanical army. And finally at age 18, he created his first world. When not playing a game you can find Robert with his head in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel.
Christina Hughes
Dr. Christina Hughes did her thesis research at Harvard University in cancer biology and her post-doctoral research at The Rockefeller University in epigenetics. She started her career in medical communications/medical education four years ago, when she was hired for medical content development in sales training at Flywheel Partners. Christina currently works as a Vice President at Medical Exchange International (MEI), a promotional medical education agency in the Medical Knowledge Group.
Amy Mayrhofer Imhoff
Amy Imhoff is a writer and editor who blogs at Shoes and Starships, a geek lifestyle blog that specializes in genre fandom, pop culture, travel, fashion, and feminism. She is a featured convention panelist, podcast contributor, and interviewer. Amy has her masters in literature, enjoys a slightly unhealthy obsession with all things British, and likes to sniff old books. Amy is based outside NYC, where she lives with her husband and two silly cats. Find her @lightstar1013
Hal Johnson
Hal has been working in the comics industry for seventeen years, and writing about science fiction semi-professionally for fewer. He runs two weekly D&D games. His second fantasy book, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods was recently released by Workman, and has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist, bless their hearts.
Nicholas Kaufmann
Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-, Shirley Jackson Award-, and Thriller Award-nominated author of CHASING THE DRAGON, DYING IS MY BUSINESS, DIE AND STAY DEAD, and IN THE SHADOW OF THE AXE. His short fiction was collected in the books WALK IN SHADOWS and STILL LIFE: NINE STORIES. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Rajan Khanna
Rajan Khanna is an author, blogger, reviewer and narrator. His post-apocalyptic airship adventure series begun with Falling Sky and Rising Tide will be concluded in July 2017 with Raining Fire. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan lives in Brooklyn where he's a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. His personal website is www.rajankhanna.com and he tweets, @rajanyk.
Kim Kindya
Kim is a writer, editor, and project manager who has run the SoHo ArtHouse digital art gallery, also the 3-time home of the AniMiniCon SoHo convention. She has been a CD-ROM Producer at Simon and Schuster Interactive, doing Star Trek, Farscape, and other games. She has professionally published works about The X-Men, Looney Tunes, and The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Fantasy and SF book reviews. Kim is an International Costumers Guild Master Costumer, and is a fan of anime, manga, American cartoons and comic books.
Johnna Klukas
Once upon a time, Johnna received her BS in Computer Science and her MSECE in Electrical and Computer Engineering. After a ten-year career in the defense and high-tech industries, Johnna left the engineering world to become a full-time artist and woodworker and, more recently, an aspiring maker of musical instruments. She was honored to be Lunacon's Artist Guest of Honor in 2008. Johnna and her husband live in Sebago, Maine.
The Boogie Knights
Lunacon 2017 Musical Guests
Lynn E. Cohen Koehler
Lynn's worked for Marvel Comics, Sing Out!, NBM Publishing, Behind the Book, The Village Voice, co-owned an audio sales biz & worked in libraries and book stores. She started doing publicity and programming events and conventions as a teenager including Philcon, The Philadelphia International Star Trek Convention, Empiricon, Worldcons, political campaigns, and NY ACM/SigGRAPH. Lynn co-founded Philcon's masquerade and initiated Philcon's first multi-track program and Philcon's first children's program. Lynn served as a Library Trustee for the Bethlehem Area Public Library for 15 years. Lynn currently works for a Women's Health NPO. Lynn has two children, April (just finished college!!!) and August (just started college at RIT in Electrical Engineering/Robotics) who love reading, music and movies.
August Koehler
August is studying How to Make Robots and electrical engineering at RIT. And, he likes playing with cats and dogs.
April Koehler
April is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University with a double B.S. in Public Health and Anthropology. She also has been a competitive figure skater and dance team member. April has been attending conventions since before she was old enough to go to Children's Program, and is excited to help with Children's Program at Lunacon.
Diane Kovalcin
I am passionate about writing, costumes, Merlin (the tv show), Star Wars, and traveling the world.
Laura Kovalcin
At birth, Laura was cursed by her three nerdy godmothers with a love of art, costumes, and glitter. Fortunately for her, it stuck! She now spends her time making art, costuming, and making sure her geeky genes are being put to good use.
Dr. Lawrence Kramer
Dr. Lawrence Kramer has worked as a programmer analyst, scientist and educator. He earned his PhD in Developmental and Cell Biology from Rutgers University where he researched proteins involved in signaling at neuronal synapses. He has taught at varied multiple colleges, and currently teaches biology courses at Raritan Valley, a nationally recognized community college in NJ. A frequent guest at Science fiction conventions, he has spoken on topics including scientific accuracy in fiction, science education, gene testing, ethics/trends in biology, and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains.
Barbara Krasnoff
Barbara Krasnoff's short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Electric Velocipede, Cosmos, Subversion, and Broken Time Blues, among others. Her most recent published stories include "Sabbath Wine" in Clockwork Phoenix 5 and "The Ladderback Chair" in a future issue of Mythic Delirium. She is a member of the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa, and lives in Bay Ridge. Her Web site can be found at BrooklynWriter.com.
Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award finalist. His first novel King of Shards, was hailed as "majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness" from NPR Books. His short fiction has or will appear in Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, io9.com, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Interzone, the anthologies Naked City, People of the Book, After, and most recently Cyber World. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan with Ellen Datlow, is a long-time member of Altered Fluid, a Manhattan-based critique group, and is an amateur student of Yiddish. He blogs about writing, environmentalism, positive futures, and optimism. Find him online at @mattkressel.
Chris Kreuter
Engineering, game designer, writer. I love making things & helping others make things. Learn more about me at chriskreuter.com or on Twitter/Instagram: @creativekreuter
Alisa Kwitney
Alisa Kwitney (born Alisa Sheckley, daughter of Ziva and Robert) was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, back when anything above 96th Street was considered unfashionable and a little dangerous. As a child, she dreamed of becoming either a writer or a dog. Preferably a dog. Her newest novel, Cadaver & Queen, will be published by Harlequin Teen in 2017. A former editor at Vertigo/DC Comics, she recently founded and edits Liminal Comics, an imprint of Brain Mill Press. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia and has taught writing at Fordham University and McDaniel College. Oh, and she spent the past few years wrangling Neil Gaiman as he channeled Snorri Sturluson and wrote Norse Mythology. @akwitney, https://www.facebook.com/alisa.kwitney.sheckley/, www.alisakwitney.com
Vincent Lai
Vincent Lai has been running the Fixers Collective since 2011. He enjoys talking about repair culture, and has done so on CNN's Headline News, Fox News, the Huffington Post, BBC Radio 4, and the New York Times  He has showcased the Fixers at places like Maker Faire, Hackers On Planet Earth. Reuse Conex, the Boston Center for the Arts, and ACM-CHI SIG. He's currently trying to fix his golf swing will still make a case for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as the best Trek movie ever.
John Langan
John Langan is the author of two novels, The Fisherman (Word Horde 2016) and House of Windows (Night Shade 2009), and two collections of stories, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (Hippocampus 2013) and Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (Prime 2008). With Paul Tremblay, he co-edited Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Prime 2011). He is one of the founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards, for which he served as a juror during their first three years. Currently, he reviews horror and dark fantasy for Locus magazine. Forthcoming in 2017 is a new collection, Sefira and Other Betrayals, from Hippocampus Press. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and younger son.
Jon Lazar
Jon is an experienced developer with years of experience working with large corporations and startups. In his free time, he is an accomplished builder of tech inspired LEGO sculptures, ranging from custom minifigures to Mindstorms robots to fully functional technologically integrated MOCs. He is the author of Arduino and LEGO Projects from Apress books.
Zorikh Lequidre
Captain Zorikh is a filmmaker, writer, artist, entertainer, and swordfighter. He has produced the documentary "Return to Pennsic" and a history of the many Captain Marvels. He is a veteran of the SCA and the Battle of the Nations. He has recorded CDs and appeared in movies, TV, and on the stage. He has been seen in the TV series "Sci-Fi Science" and the documentary "Jedi Junkies" and has been a fixture at NYC-area conventions since the early '00s www.captainzorikh.com
Paul Levinson
Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code (winner of the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, The Plot to Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories have been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, BuzzyMag, and numerous other places, and have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Awards. He also published 8 nonfiction books, translated into 15 languages.
Jay Li
Member/Contributor of Hackmanhattan, a maker space in NYC. Responsibilities include maintaining the equipment in the space and hosting open nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On weekends, I teach introductory classes for Arduino and 3D Printing. Recent projects include cosplay collaborations, hydroponics, and physical access management.
Andre Lieven
Andre has been attending and participating on SF conventions for over 35 years. He's a fan of hard SF, and various SF media, from Classic Trek to new Dr Who. He's also a fervent Canadian.
Debra Lieven
Debra Lieven has been a gamer, game designer (as an editor and writer for the Netbook of Witches and Warlocks for Dungeons & Dragons. 3rd ed.), proofreader, junior copywriter (writing book covers for New American Library). She's helped run programming for the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and been a member of their board of directors (twice). Mostly, she is a fan of fantasty, fairy tales, and gothic horror.
Gordon Linzner
Gordon Linzner is founder and editor emeritus of Space and Time Magazine; author of several novels and scores of short stories; freelance editor; licensed New York City tour guide; and front man for Saboteur Tiger blues band. His latest story appears in the anthology Altered States from Crazy 8 Press.
Mark Mandel
Lifelong language geek and music-lover, especially folk music. Active in fandom since early '90s, especially as filker. Professional linguist, now retired. Speaks fluent Esperanto, fumbling Klingon, and other languages to various degrees. Active as "The Filker With No Nickname" and "Dr. Whom: Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody". In the latter capacity I have been copyediting many people's webfic for several years, as well as articles for a Philadelphia neighborhood weekly, on a volunteer basis, and am beginning to edit professionally.
Mike McPhail
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is best known as the series editor for the military science fiction anthology series Defending The Future; in 2015 he became co-own of eSpec Books LLC. As a member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us." www.especbooks.com
Movie Mike
Mike Olshan is a New York-based journalist, editor and photographer who has been archiving 16mm film for over 30 years. He was formerly editor of the film/TV production journal Millimeter and of Videoplay Magazine. He's best known as the screening producer and film show host Movie Mike. Over the years, Mike has produced various film screenings for colleges, museums, senior centers, pub back rooms, schools and organizations. His work includes screening and lecturing at the Anthology Film Archives, the Millennium Film Workshop, Spectacle Theater, Cinebeasts and the Kings County Cinema Society. He's a Board Member at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, where he manages a Screening Room showing independent contemporary artists. Mike annually produces a summer outdoor Community Garden film series in Brooklyn and a Vintage Film Room for Lunacon. If you have a long memory you might recall Mike's ad for a do-it-yourself lobotomy kit in the National Lampoon. More recently a comic strip he wrote, illustrated by Frank Brunner, appears in NatLamp editor Michel Choquette's long-delayed comix anthology, The Someday Funnies.
Carole Ann Moleti
Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. She writes both fiction and nonfiction that focuses on feminist and women's issues. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary and speculative fiction venues. Carole's short stories have appeared or in the Ten Tales Series anthologies. The third book in her paranormal romance series, Storm Watch, will join Breakwater Beach: Book 1 and The Widows's Walk: Book 2 in 2017. Carole's theme for the next four years: "I can't believe I have to do this shit all over again." http://caroleannmoleti.com (fiction) http://caroleannmoleti.info (nonfiction)
Kelvin Ortega
Kelvin has been LARPING since August 1995, tabletop gaming since 1992, playing video games since the NES was a new thing, and creating worlds in his twisted imagination for as long as he could remember. He's a member of the Screen Actor's Guild, an amateur Comedian, a contributing artist with Choirfly, and an OK artist. He is CEO of AZG and the Lead Designer for all of AZG's projects. Additionally, he is Head of Plot and Rules for Aurum LARP as well as the creator of In Your Head LARP. When he is not riding the cycle of procrastination and inspired productivity, he can be found on stage...somewhere.
Brad Parks
Bradley Robert Parks lives, writes, and performs in and around Brooklyn, NY, where he founded the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers (BSFWriters.com). His passion for writing blossomed while growing up in a family of genre readers. While he's been pursuing writing for a while, the crazy energy of NYC and BSFW have given him the focus and motivation to finally get published. His stories have appeared on BuzzyMag.com and on the Kaleidocast podcast. He also sings and narrates stories when time permits. Along with these achievements, he's obtained one husband, Michael, and Insanity Anne Magoo (best cat ever). Keep up with his exploits on Facebook or at BradleyRobertParks.com.
Ben Parris
Best known as the author of the WADE OF AQUITAINE series, and MARS ARMOR FORGED, Ben Parris was the first person invited to Apex Digest when it gained SFWA status. His WADE ebook spent 20 weeks on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List: Top 5 in F&SF Adventure, Action and War. His debut novel of travel to the Dark Ages, and its latest installment, Kreindia of Amorium, spans a world of crossed senses and astral projection, physics and the multiverse. Ben has several years of advanced training in karate and sword fighting. Fans can reach him through Facebook.
Philip De Parto
Philip De Parto is the Director/Founder of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County (NJ), the Organizer of The Writers of the Weird, a past Lunacon (1991) Program Director, and past member or officer of several other area SF Groups.
Steven Van Patten
Steven Van Patten is a celebrated writer and Brooklyn native, who spends a great deal of time stage managing TV shows when he’s not writing spooky and bizarre tales. He's currently penned four novels. The Brookwater’s Curse trilogy is about an 1860s Georgia plantation slave who becomes a vampire, and Killer Genius: She Kills Because She Cares, which features a hyper intelligent serial killer with a unique socio-political agenda. He’s also developing a children’s book series based on the childhood of the human son of vampire Christian Brookwater, the main character in the Brookwater’s Curse series. Steven can be easily found on Facebook and under @svpthinks on Twitter and Instagram.
Crystal Paul
The course of Crystal's life was set in 1966, the year she found both A Wrinkle in Time and Star Trek. Since then, she's read, watched and filked any SF she could get her hands on. She's been on many concoms; about the only area she's never worked in is Art Show. Crystal lives in the DC suburbs with her husband, books, instruments, and cats.
Kate Paulk
Kate is a former Australian currently living somewhere with far too much snow, not enough cats, and just the right amount of husband. Her novel Impaler is alternate history in which Vlad the Impaler wins; her convention vampire novels, ConVent and ConSensual are urban fantasy murder mysteries in which the good guys include a vampire, a succubus, a werewolf, and an undercover angel stretching his dispensation to the limit.
Dr. Charles Pellegrino
Dr. Charles Pellegrino is author of more than 20 books including the NYT best sellers, Dust (a novel), Her Name Titanic, and To Hell and back: The Last Train from Hiroshima. Probably best known for developing the Jurassic Park’s Dinosaur Biomorph Recipe, he and Jesse Stoff developed the original models predicting oceans and hydrothermal life under the ice of certain moons of the outer Solar System. The hydrothermal vents and astrobiology were a reason Pellegrino sailed with deep ocean explorer Robert Ballard in 1985, where, because of the Titanic, he became a forensic archaeologist by accident. With James Powell of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Pellegrino designed the Valkyrie anti-proton triggered fusion rocket (a version of which was animated in the James Cameron film, "Avatar"). Currently he is working as a science advisor in the design of planets for the Avatar sequels. His most recent story appears in Nature Magazine 3/9/17 issue.
Jessica Petrillo
Jessica Petrillo, PhD, serves as Senior Health Security Officer in the Office of International Health and Biodefense at the U.S. Department State. Her main efforts center on policy issues at the health-security interface with a particular emphasis on disruptors of health security. A primary component of her portfolio is devoted to reducing the emergence and spread of drug-resistant disease and addressing the associated health, social, and development impacts of such illnesses. Jessica received her PhD in Virology from Harvard University.
John Skylar, PhD
John Skylar, PhD is a medical writer and author of fiction and nonfiction from New York. You can find his full writing credits at www.johnskylar.com/writing, and you can find him most places online as johnskylar, or some variation thereof. He lives in Manhattan along with his wife and their pet ramen noodles.
Andrew Porter
Andrew I. Porter published Science Fiction Chronicle from 1979-2002, and Algol/Starship from 1963-1984. He won Hugo Awards in 1974, 1993 and 1994. A Lunacon attendee since 1961, he was an officer in Lunarians, was on the 1967 Worldcon committee and was fan Guest of Honor at the 1990 Worldcon. He was an editor at F&SF and Lancer Books; his Algol Press published The Book of Ellison, plus works by Gardner Dozois, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, Alfred Bester, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
David Postolski
David Postolski, a partner at Gearhart Law, is a registered patent attorney and Intellectual Property attorney. With over 15 years’ experience, David specializes in assisting inventors, creators, artists, start-ups, entrepreneurs, early stage companies and emerging companies with their U.S and International intellectual property strategy, protection, enforcement and monetization. David remains very involved in the creation of New York State’s first federally approved patent pro bono program in NY. David is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues surrounding raising capital, business formation, licensing, and reward and equity based crowd funding. David is also a Professor at Parsons School of Design where he teaches master level students about IP.
Dr. James Prego
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor, and an adjunct professor of Biology at Molloy College and Touro College. He has been a board member of the NYANP, the NY rep to the AANP House of Delegates, and has won awards for his work in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Prego enjoys being a panelist at numerous sci-fi conventions, speaking on various topics related to biology, medicine, science-fiction, fan-interests, and alternative lifestyles. Dr. Prego is a long time fan of all things science fiction and has interests in acting, shadowcasting, and more. He has given talks, written articles, and spoken on radio shows, discussing many health topics.
Glen Raphael
Brooklyn nerd-folk performer Glen Raphael writes funny nerdy songs about gorillas, quantum physics, and the Statue of Liberty's midlife crisis. Glen has been featured on the Dr. Demento show and many New York variety shows; his work has been compared to that of Tom Lehrer, Jonathan Coulton and Steve Goodman. He was the Interfilk guest at GAFIlk 2016 andhas won the Iron Filker award at OVFF. He has two studio albums on BandCamp. For more info, try http://glenraphael.com
Micah Rapp
Micah is a doctoral student at Columbia University in the City of New York. His research utilizes structural biology and biophysics to answer fundamental questions about cellular adhesion and identity. Micah graduated from Purdue University in 2015 where he majored in biology and studied plant genetics and biochemistry. In recent months he has become one of the lead organizers of the March for Science in NYC where he is responsible for coordinating volunteers and reaching out to communities in and around New York City. He is passionate about scientific outreach and advocacy and hopes to use the March for Science to bring the community together in support of the pursuit of knowledge.
Jeff Rapsis
Jeff Rapsis is a New Hampshire-based musician and composer who specializes in silent film accompaniment. In more than 100 performances each year, Jeff creates music live music for screenings of classic silent films at venues across the nation, including the Harvard Film Archive, the Cleveland Cinematheque, and the Library of Congress. In recent years he has made several appearances at the Boston Sci-Fi Marathon, accompanying pictures such as 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' (1920) and the original 1916 adaptation of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.' In January 2017, Jeff's 'Kilimanjaro Suite for Orchestra' was premiered by the New Hampshire Philharmonic.
Christina M. Rau
Christina M. Rau is the founder of the Long Island reading circuit Poets In Nassau. She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor for The Nassau Review and is a former Coordinator of the Creative Writing Project. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at LIU Southampton, her MA in English and Creative Writing at Hofstra, and her BS in English at SUNY Oneonta.
Noah B Ravitz
Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo
David Mercurio Rivera
Mercurio D. Rivera has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and has had approximately 30 stories published in markets such as Asimov's, Lightspeed, Interzone, Nature, Black Static and anthologies such as Year's Best SF 34, edited by Gardner Dozois (forthcoming), Year's Best SF 17, edited by Hartwell & Cramer, Other Worlds Than These, edited by John Joseph Adams, Solaris Rising 2, edited by Ian Whates, and Unplugged: The Web's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Rich Horton. His collection ACROSS THE EVENT HORIZON (NewCon Press) has been called "weird and wonderful," with "dizzying switchbacks." His fiction has been translated and published in China, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Robert Rodriquez
Professor Robert Rodriquez is a folklore specialist who taught history on the graduate level at CCNY for 20 years. He is known for his extensive research and performance of traditional song and story, and is a key member of the NY Tolkein society. He's also a fountain of information about cinema, the serials and pulp fiction. Professor Rodriquez has traveled throughout the US, Canada and the UK to gather folk tales and songs, and is a member of the Folklore Society and the Western Writers of America.
Roberta Rogow
Roberta Rogow is a long-time Fan and Filker who also writes historical mysteries. Her latest project, published in 2016", is Menace in Manatas a mystery story set in an Alternate Universe where Manhattan was settled, not by the Dutch, but by Spanish Moors. Another book in the series, Malice in Manatas, iss cheduled for the summer of 2017.
Jim Ryan
James Ryan could almost be as much of a fiction as any of his characters. He's written two novels, RAGING GAIL and RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO, and shared these with the world at large. He has had fiction appear at THE URBANITE and THE DREAM ZONE. He is also a staff writer at REBEAT magazine, where he has the weekly column "Fantasia Obscura," which examines genre films from the mid-20th century, and has had nonfiction placed in PYRAMID and DRAGON. Go on, ask him, he'll tell you about it...
Kiini Ibura Salaam
Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in eroticism, speculative events, and personal freedom. She has published in such publications as the Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Colonize This! anthologies, as well as Essence, Utne Reader, and Ms. magazines. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient—winner of the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. award—contains sensual tales of the fantastic, the dark, and the magical. Her micro-essays on writing can be found at www.kiiniibura.com or in her Notes From the Trenches ebook series. Her critically acclaimed second collection, When the World Wounds, was recently released by Third Man Books.
Carol Salemi
Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching to judging/masquerade directing. She is a Master costumer that enjoys new/fun/challenging techniques that keep it fresh. Her most recent work can be seen on TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding". She's a medical massage therapist(29years), works for Regal Cinemas, Sondra Celli Designs, has jobs in the Haunt Industry and likes making Steampunk items...check out her jewelry in the Art Show!
Kathy Sands
1st con 2/74, started selling books at cons in '76, took over Tales from the White Hart in 9/77. Met my 2nd spouse in 10/77, married him in 8/79. 2 kids raised in fandom, between the bookstore & conventions on 3 continents. Along the way, I got more & more involved in filking & media zine writing. Handed over the bookstore to friends in 95 & it closed in '97, Worked at Social Security fro '95-2011, but continued in dealer's rooms, to a lesser & lesser degree. Created 2 CDs & several zines.
Diane Sauer
Diane Sauer owns a business restoring old pinball machines and is a game designer. Her first game Legends and Lies, a card game about cryptozoology, was published in 2014 and Conspiracy! a game where players get to play conspiracy theorists was published in 2016. Her next game, Pinball Showdown, is currently at the printers and will arrive this summer. Diane is co-owner of Shoot Again Games.
Nick Sauer
Nick Sauer is a scientist, game designer and has a collection of close to 3000 games. He has had expansions published for Button Men with James Earnest and is the co-author of Mystery Rummy: Al Capone, which he co-authored with Mike Fitzgerald. Nick's first solo game, Looting Atlantis, was published in 2016. Nick is co-owner of Shoot Again Games. D
Sharon Sbarsky
Sharon Sbarsky chaired Boskone 40 & 49, ran the Masquerade at Arisias and Sasquan, ran the Hugo Ceremony at Renovation, and will co-chair Costume-Con 37 in 2019 in Danvers, MA. She creates web sites for fun and work.
Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer is the author of over 300 stories and three published novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER. He has written books about H.P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany and is a regular contributor to THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION. He was co-editor of WEIRD TALES for 19 years and has edited or co-edited anthologies, most recently THAT IS NOT DEAD, a Cthulhu Mythos. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four times and won it once.
Stephen Sciame
Stephen Sciame has been a gamer long enough to know what THACO is and how it works... If you need to look it up we'll wait. He has played, participated in, or run most types of games in a variety of systems. Stephen has worked with a number of game companies over the years, including Steve Jackson Games, Atlas Games, Looney Lab, and the Indie Game Alliance. As a day job Stephen is also an environmental education director. Feel free to talk with him about either of his major interests.
Nick Secor
Nick Sauer is a scientist, game designer and has a collection of close to 3000 games. He has had expansions published for Button Men with James Earnest and is the co-author of Mystery Rummy: Al Capone, which he co-authored with Mike Fitzgerald. Nick's first solo game, Looting Atlantis, was published in 2016. Nick is co-owner of Shoot Again Games.
Matthew Shean
Matthew Shean is the author of the stories "Super Action Excite Team Go!" (coming soon to InterGalactic Medicine Show!) and “Sylvia and Larry” in the anthology Lazarus Risen. He has a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and spent 20 years as a research scientist throughout the northeastern United States. He now lives in Long Island (against his will), with his loving family and disdainful cats.
Wendy Sheridan
Wendy Sheridan is the illustrator behind “Harlequin and Other Fantasies: Meditative Coloring for Grown Ups” and owns Moon & Star Graphic Design where she helps small businesses with their branding and marketing needs. She recently launched wendycards.com to sell her coloring book and politically-themed postcards. She’s also released 2 CDs with the band Music for the Goddess (available wherever digital music is sold). A lifelong fan, she’s been going to conventions since high school in the mid-1970s.
Alex Shvartsman
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA award and a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award. Over 90 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily SF, Galaxy's Edge, etc. He's the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects, an annual anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy. His bibliography and blog are available at www.alexshvartsman.com
Jane T. Sibley
Jane Sibley, Ph.D., has taught at folklore, SF/fantasy cons, SCA, and Pagan events for many years. She is the chair of MithraCon, focusing on cults of the Roman Empire (April); and co-chair of Changing Worlds - Changing Times (November). Her books, "Norse Mythology...According to Uncle Einar", "The Hammer of the Smith", "The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods", "A Different Dragon", "The Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine", as well as her spices may be found in the dealers' room.
Joe Siclari
Joe Siclari is a fan since 1965. He's done over 100 fanzines & many con pubs, started clubs & cons (SMOFcon & FanHistoricon), chaired the 50th Worldcon, MagiCon & is a past Lunacon GoH. Joe's main interest is fanhistory: co-edited 2007 Hugo nominee Worldcon GoH Speeches; published FanHistorica & Warner's Wealth of Fable; chairs the Fan History Project with photos & fanzines at fanac.org). Joe's collection of fan memorabilia is exhibited at most Worldcons. Joe was 2005 DUFF delegate to Australia.
Hannah Simpson
(she/her) Hannah Hannah Simpson is a writer, transgender advocate, marathoner, comedian, supporter of Israel, and an unabashed nerd based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Refinery29, the Advocate, and the Times of Israel, among others. She has appeared on-air as guest commentor with Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, and on Fox 5 (WNYW) Good Day New York. Hannah recently served as the LGBTQ Organizer for North Carolina with the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, and volunteers to lead Birthright Israel LGBTQ-identified busses. Find her on Twitter @hannsimp, Instagram @hsimpso, or at www.HannahSimpson.com
Jonathan P. Singer
I am an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rutgers University specializing on the micro/nanomanufacturing of structured materials. The goal of my work is to manipulate materials on the nanometer scale to achieve the extraordinary properties of micro/nanotextures for such properties as biocompatability, energy harvesting, and controlled actuation (e.g. for microrobotics). Simultaneously, I am working to incorporate new education strategies into K-12, undergraduate, and graduate programs for STEM. I am also an avid consumer of a wide variety of media and an accomplished speculator on topics of science and society.
Chandler Klang Smith
Chandler Klang Smith is the author of Goldenland Past Dark (ChiZine Publications, 2013) and The Sky Is Yours (forthcoming from Hogarth/Crown, 2018). She teaches for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, tutors in the writing center at Columbia University, and coordinates literary events for the KGB Bar. She is currently serving as a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards.
Harold Stein
Harold is a bit of a filk archivist and has been recording filk at North-east conventions since 2005. He has recorded and published 19 CDs for various filkers and the NEFilk conventions since 2005. He is often found recording the filk at conventions in the Northeast and various filk conventions in the US. He is likely to be found recording in the filk room during the convention and volunteering during the art show teardown on Sunday afternoon.
Edie Stern
Long time science fiction fan Edie Stern is the webmaster for Fanac.org, the Fan History project. She started the Fanac Youtube channel: youtube.com/c/FanacFanhistory, with audio and video from our fannish past. She has edited and written for fanzines, and worked dozens of conventions from program to exhibits as well as chairing. For 10 years, she and husband Joe Siclari have put together convention exhibits showcasing historical science fiction and fantasy art. Recently retired from a 40+ year career in Information Technology, Edie Stern is an inventor on more than 180 US patents. Named an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008, Edie was the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Kate Gleason Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Fred Stesney
One sunny day in January, Art Center College of Design handed Fred a BFA in illustration. That led to a long career as an advertising copywriter, a short one as a radio producer and audio engineer, and a new beginning as a writer, artist and illustrator. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and son.
Ian Randal Strock
Ian Randal Strock (www.IanRandalStrock.com) is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Fantastic Books (www.FantasticBooks.biz) -- a small publisher of new and reprint SF and fantasy. He's the author of The Presidential Book of Lists (Random House, 2008), Ranking the First Ladies (Carrel Books, 2016), Ranking the Vice Presidents (Carrel Books, 2016), and a bunch of short stories in Analog, Nature, and several anthologies. Previously, he was an editor with Artemis Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov's, and Analog.
Lisa Sullivan
It's a mystery!
Terence Taylor
Terence Taylor (terencetaylor.com) is an award-winning children's television writer whose work has appeared on PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney, among many others. After years of comforting tiny tots with TV, he turned to scaring their parents. In addition to horror and science fiction short stories, Terence is author of the first two books of his Vampire Testaments trilogy, Bite Marks and Blood Pressure, and has returned to work on the conclusion of his trilogy, Past Life. He has recently appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! and the What the #@&% Is That? anthology. Find Terence on Twitter @vamptestaments or walking his neighbor's black Labrador mix along the banks of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding environs.
Lee Thalblum
I've been making electronic stuff since grade school, and developing hardware, software and firmware for a couple of decades or 3.
John Upton
Chair of Lunacon 2017
Michael A. Ventrella
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT was recently released to critical acclaim. He is the editor of the TALES OF FORTANNIS fantasy anthologies as well as BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, co-edited with NY Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry. His short stories have appeared in many collections, including RUM AND RUNESTONES, DANCE LIKE A MONKEY, and THE MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES and HEROES IN HELL series. His web page is michaelaventrella.com. He was the founder of Animato magazine, and is possibly best known as the "guy who predicted Hodor." In his spare time, he is a lawyer.
David Walton
David Walton is the author of the international bestseller SUPERPOSITION, a quantum physics murder mystery. SUPERPOSITION and its sequel, SUPERSYMMETRY, are under development as a television series by eOne media group. David's first novel, TERMINAL MIND, won the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for the best SF paperback published in the United States for that year. His next book, THE GENIUS PLAGUE, will be published on October 3.
David Harten Watson
David Harten Watson is the author of the Magicians’ Gold series, including Magic Teacher’s Son (a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award winner) and its upcoming sequel, Fortress of Gold. David is a member of the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers (USABOT) and the Mormon Church. David has worked in a wide variety of jobs including U.S. Army Armor officer at Fort Knox, camp counselor, teacher, tax preparer, car salesman, portrait photographer, track photographer, solar energy entrepreneur, and computer programmer. Raised in Buffalo, New York, he has degrees from Princeton University, Canisius College, and Buffalo State College. He’s the Organizer of the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup. David lives with his wife (a native of Ecuador, not Eldor) and their two sons in New Jersey.
David Weingart
A fan, a peripheral SMOF, a drinker of single-malt whisky and someone who manages to filk at every con he's at. In the mundane world, a consultant for a company that sells commodity trading and risk management software. Speaks English, un peu de franais und ein bichen Deutsch. Father of two wonderful kids who are probably down in the game room right now.
Michael Whitehouse
Michael is a game designer and creator for Concardia, game store owner emeritus, marketer, entrepreneur, and father of a small and unusually popular daughter. He also runs Ro-Con, scifi con in Hartford named for said daughter. Hailing from Eastern Connecticut, he is at Lunacon to run Concardia and enjoy all that Lunacon has to offer.
Gregory A. Wilson
Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of speculative fiction and academic writing and Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy fiction, and other literature courses. His first novel, The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage; his second novel, Icarus, was published as a graphic novel by Silence in the Library; and Grayshade, first book in The Gray Assassin Trilogy, was published by The Ed Greenwood Group, with book two due out this year. He has short stories in various anthologies, and with fellow speculative fiction author Mike Underwood he is co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Speculate! Finally, under the moniker Arvan Eleron he runs a TwitchTV channel focused on story. He lives with his family in Riverdale.
Eleanor Wood
Eleanor Wood started Spectrum Literary Agency about 40 years ago. Justin Bell is an agent and co-owner of Spectrum. Authors include Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, David Walton, Catherine Asaro and many others, as well as estates such as Robert A. Heinlein, David Eddings, L. Sprague de Camp and Jack Williamson.
Ben Yalow
Ben has been to about 800 cons, and worked on about a third of them, at levels from gofer to Worldcon Division Head and chairing regional cons (including Lunacon). He has edited four books for NESFA Press, two of which were nominated for the Hugo Award.
Edward X Young
Actor, makeup FX artist, & director EDWARD X YOUNG has a resume of over 60 independent horror & sci-fi pictures since 2005. He portrays The Colonel in the gory award-winning satire "Mold!" and one of his new feature's is "Trailer Heaven" . You can find his work in stores & on Netflix in the titular role of "Mr. Hush" & in the Hammer Film homage "Sea Of Dust" with Ingrid Pitt. Other credits include "The Green Monster", "Dead Collections" & "Zombies! Zombies! Everywhere!" with Suzie Palermo. He is also a musician in David Peel's Lower East Side Band.
The longest-running Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in the New York area, presented by the New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, on the weekend of April 7 - 9, 2017
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