|The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention and Chili Cook-off, Variously known as the 55th World Science Fiction Convention and LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon, To be held from August 28th through September 1st, in the year 1997, in San Antonio, Texas.
LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon: Attending Pros
he following is a list of some of the writers, editors, artists, fans, and other
interesting people who plan to attend LoneStarCon 2. Please send any suggested web link
updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Abbey [bio], Joe Agee [bio], Aaron Allston [bio], C. Dean Andersson, Kris A. Andrews, Patricia Anthony, Alicia Austin, Robin Wayne Bailey, Neal Barrett, Jr., M. A. Bartter, E. Susan Baugh, Stephen Baxter, Christine A. Beck, Jinx Beers, Gregory Bennett, Mitchell Davidson Bentley, Joe Bergeron, Joshua Bilmes, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Mark Bourne [bio], David Brin, Charles N. Brown, Kent Brewster [bio], Ginjer Buchanan, Algis Budrys, Lois McMaster Bujold, Crispin Burnham, Pat Cadigan, Lillian Stewart Carl, Susan Casper [bio], Jack L. Chalker, C. J. Cherryh, Rob Chilson, Mike Christie, Hal Clement, Brenda W. Clough, Sherry Coldsmith, Glen Cook, John G. Cramer, Bill Crider [bio], Rick Crownover, Scott A. Cupp, Barbara Delaplace, A.M. Dellamonica [bio], Bradley Denton, Daniel P. Dern, Lucienne Diver, Tom Doherty, Carole Nelson Douglas, John R. Douglas, Linda J. Dunn [bio], Marianne J. Dyson, Claire Eddy, Scott Edelman, George Alec Effinger, P. N. Elrod, Glen Engel-Cox, Randy Farran, Bill Fawcett, David Feintuch [bio], Mark Fewell, Sheila Finch [bio], Melanie Fletcher [bio], Lynn Flewelling [bio], John L. Flynn, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Brad W. Foster, Frank Kelly Freas, Laura Brodian Freas, Esther Friesner, James Alan Gardner [bio], David Gerrold, Gail Gerstner-Miller, Alexis A. Gilliland, Laura Anne Gilman, James C. Glass, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Steven Gould [bio], Scott E. Green, Ann Lesley Groell [bio], Adrienne Gromley, Eileen Gunn, Joe W. Haldeman, Bruce G. Hallock, Norm Hartman, Teddy Harvia [bio], Peter Heck [bio], Howard Hendrix, Pamela Hodgson [bio], Rachel E. Holman, Butch Honeck, Steven D. Howe, Ken Jenks [bio], K. W. Jeter, Les Johnson [bio], Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Tappan W. King, Rick Klaw [bio], Richard Knaak, Irene W. Kraas, Theodore Krulik, Alexis Glynn Latner, Joy Marie Ledet, Fred Lerner, Jacqueline Lichtenberg [bio], Guy H. Lillian III, Frank Litz, Jean Lorrah, Bradford Lyau, Don Maitz, George R. R. Martin, Thomas K. Martin, David Marusek, Wil McCarthy, Vonda N. McIntyre, Jack McDevitt, Erin McKee, Beth Meacham, Craig Miller [bio], John J. Miller, Carla J. (C. J.) Mills, Judith Moffett [bio], Elizabeth Moon [bio], John F. Moore, Michael Moorcock, Sandra C. Morrese, Paula Helm Murray, Muff Musgrave, Real Musgrave, Vera Nazarian, Ingrid Neilson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden [bio], Larry Niven, Patricia Duffy Novak [bio], Jody Lynn Nye, Kerry O'Quinn, Stephen Pagel, Richard Parks, Hayford Peirce, Lawrence Person, Andrew I. Porter, Terry Pratchett, Mike Resnick, Carrie Richerson, Jennifer Roberson, Madeleine Robins [bio], Roberta Rogow, Jennie A. Roller, Troy Rutter [bio], Charles C. Ryan, David Sandner, Robert J. Sawyer, Josepha Sherman, Susan M. Shwartz, Karen Haber Silverberg, Robert Silverberg, Lisa S. Silverthorne [bio], Bradley Sinor, Glenn R. Sixbury, Dave Smeds, Nevenah Smith, Sherwood Smith, Martha Soukup [bio], Caroline Spector, Warren Spector, G. K. Sprinkle, Allen Steele, Sean Stewart, S. M. Stirling, Michael Swanwick [bio], Roy Tackett, Amy Thomson, Dianne Thornley, Mark W. Tiedemann [bio], Bjo Trimble, Charles S. Tritt, Harry Turtledove, Laura Frankos Turtledove, Gordon Van Gelder, Mark L. Van Name, Denise Vitola [bio], Sage Walker, Michael R. Walsh, Lynn Ward, Elisabeth Waters, Sherry (Sherlock) Watson, Bob Wayne, Don Webb, Toni Weisskopf, David A. Welling, Martha Wells, K. D. Wentworth, Leslie What, Wendy Wheeler, Rick Wilber [bio], C. S. Williams, Walter Jon Williams [bio], Gene Wolfe, William F. Wu, Janny Wurts, Catherine Yankovich, Stephen Youll, Sarah Zettel [bio].
Biographies Here is biographical information about some of our convention attendees:
I'm Lynn Abbey, ex-New Yorker and ex-Michigander. I became an Oklahoman in 1994.
At the rate I'm slowly migrating west, I expect to be buried in Hawaii.
My first novel, Daughter of the Bright Moon, was published in 1978. Since then
I've had fourteen novels published, most of them fantasies and, most recently, Siege of
Shadows (ACE Books) and The Simbul's Gift.
I write fantasies because when my imagination gets going, it's full of magic, intrigue and
the colors of a stained-glass window. If Science Fiction is the fiction of possible futures, then
Fantasy is the fiction of possible histories, but characters come first, as real and human as I
can make them.
Joe Agee has been part of Minneapolis fandom since 1986
and is known for his efforts organizing hospitality rooms, panels for programming, and as a
leader in media and gay fandom. Last year he chaired Diversicon 4, a convention dedicated to
celebrating and improving multiculturism in SF fandom, and did a variety of programming at
Minicon, the Midwest regional convention, including his longstanding Vampires on a Bed of
A native Texan with a love of spicy foods and Corsicana fruitcakes (no jokes, now), Allston
is the author of several novels (including Galatea in 2-D and Doc Sidhe) and
over forty games (including Ninja Hero and The Complete Fighter's Handbook).
Publicly cursed to eternal damnation by the chairman of a major Oklahoma convention, Allston
plans to repeat the experience in all southwestern states.
Allston is currently working on Sidhe-Devil, the sequel to Doc Sidhe.
Mark Bourne's fiction has appeared in magazines such as Asimov's and
Fantasy & Science Fiction, and in anthologies such as Chicks In Chainmail,
Alternate Tyrants, Full Spectrum 5, and Sherlock Holmes In Orbit, with
more to come. He is also a scriptwriter specializing in science programs for planetariums, TV
and video. His newest planetarium show opens in Boston this October, and he is a writer for
the PBS TV series Bill Nye The Science Guy. He can be found online at
his novel's coming along nicely, thanks.
Kent Brewster writes odd little stories"In the
Pound, Near Breaktime" was a Nebula finalist this yearand publishes
Speculations, a bimonthly magazine for writers who want to break into the sf,
fantasy, horror, or "other" speculative fiction markets.
Susan Casper has published over 25 short stories in magazines such as Asimov's,
F&SF and Playboy, and in several science fiction, fantasy and horror
Bill Crider is the author of the 1996 Anthony Award nominee for best short
story, "How I Found a Cat, Lost True Love, and Broke the Bank at Monte
Carlo," as well as many mystery novels in three different series. He has also
written three children's books: Mike Gonzo and the Sewer Monster, Mike Gonzo and
the Almost Invisible Man, and Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror. His first book,
Too Late to Die, won the Anthony Award as "best first mystery novel" in 1986.
His first private-eye novel, Dead on the Island, was nominated for a Shamus Award by
the Private-Eye Writers of America.
A.M. Dellamonica has been, at various points in
her life, a theatre technician, rape crisis worker, college newspaper editor, actor, apprentice
pink-collar slave trader, alarm monitor, piccolo diva and guerrilla secretary. A resident of
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she lives with the most wonderful woman in the world, she is a
member of the Fangs of God on-line writers workshop. Her stories have appeared in Crank!,
Realms of Fantasy, Tomorrow Speculative Fiction and a number of other magazines
Linda J. Dunn
Linda J. Dunn has been writing professionally since 1991.
Her stories have appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy, Analog Science
Fiction, Witch Fantastic, 100 Wicked Witches, Castle Fantastic,
Alternate Skiffies, and others. By day, Linda
tests avionics software for Hughes Technical Services, Indianapolis and at night she attends
classes at IUPUI. She and her husband Greg live in Greenfield, Indiana with two teenage children
(David and Tonia) and five cats.
Dave Feintuch won the John
W. Campbell award for best new writer at the 1996 Worldcon. His books include the Nick
Seafort series: Midshipman's Hope, Challenger's Hope, Prisoner's Hope,
Fisherman's Hope, and Voices of Hope, and his new fantasy The Still. He
lives in Michigan in an antique mansion where only his writing room is electronic.
A recovering attorney, Feintuch has also been a professional photographer, an
antique dealer, and real estate investor. He has had a lifelong interest in history, and
in particular, in the british Navy in the age of sail.
Sheila Finch's first novel, Infinity's Web, won the Compton Crook award. She
has published five science fiction novels, and a sixth serialized on-line in
Tomorrow SF. Her science fiction and fantasy short stories include a series about
the Guild of Xenolinguists which made its first appearance in the novel Triad. Sheila
teaches fiction writing and science fiction at El Camino College in California.
Melanie Fletcher is an SF writer, graphic artist, and
self-appointed Babe Feminist. Her writing credits include "Star Quality" and
"Heramaphrodite," from the respective anthologies Selling Venus (Circlet Press,
June 1995) and Genderflex (Circlet Press, June 1996). Her art credits include artwork and
cover design for the anthology Mind and Body (Circlet Press, June 1997). Currently living
in the Netherlands with her husband the Bodacious Brit, she is working on her first SF novel,
White Knight, Queen Alice, and is happy to engage in hand-to-hand combat with people
who insist that Lewis Carroll took drugs.
Lynn Flewelling's Luck In The Shadows (Bantam Spectra '96)
was chosen by Locus as a Recommended First Novel. The sequel, Stalking Darkness,
was published in March 1997 and two more books in the Nightrunner Series are currently
under contract. She has conducted writing workshops/seminars for Maine Writers and
Publishers Alliance, the University of Maine, and various schools.
Flewelling has been, among other things, a teacher, veterinary assistant, necropsy
technician, book reviewer, freelance journalist, and novelist. She loves the outdoors,
the metaphysical, literature, history, and all things shiny.
Flewelling lives in Bangor, Maine, with her husband and two sons.
James Alan Gardner
James Alan Gardner has published a number of short stories in such places as
Asimov's, Amazing, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and several
anthologies. His first novel "Expendable" came out this July and his
next "Commitment Hour" is scheduled for next February; both are from Avon.
He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with his wife Linda and two demanding rabbits. In his
spare time, he studies kung fu and recovers from bruises.
Steven Gould is the author of the SF novels Jumper, Wildside,
and (forthcoming) Helm, all from Tor Books. He's been nominated for the Hugo twice and
the Nebula once. Both Jumper and Wildside were ALA Best Books for Young
Adults. Greenwar, a techno-thriller written with Laura J. Mixon is out this year.
Ann Lesley Groell
Anne Lesley Groell has been working in the field for
five years as an editor, and year and a half as an author. After receiving a BA in Biology
from Yale University and an MS in Developmental Biology from the University of California
at Irvine, she swapped fields and went to work first for Avon Books and then for Bantam.
Her first published novel, Anvil of the Sun, was released from Penguin/Roc in 1996. The
sequel, Bridge of Valor, followed in 1997. Between editing and writing, she gets very
little sleep, but loves what she's doing too much to quit.
Teddy Harvia, winner of the Fan Artist Hugo in 1991 and 1995, is best known for his
alien WingNutsTM cartoon characters, created in 1977 and most recently appearing in
the LoneStarCon2 progress reports. His other characters include sabertooth Chat, in the
U.S. fanzine Mimosa, the goddess Opuntia, in the Canadian fanzine of the same name,
and Enid the Echidna, in the Australian fanzine Ethel the Aardvark. A postcard maven
he claims to have a collection with a copy of every postcard ever printed, doubtless
an exaggeration. His anagrammatic alter ego David Thayer is chairing the Cancun in 2003
Peter Heck is the author of the "Mark Twain Mystery"
series. He has worked in the SFF field as editor (Ace Books), reviewer (Asimov's) and
all-around freelancer (Waldenbooks, etc.) In his spare time, he plays lead guitar and
sings with the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players.
Pamela Hodgson is a displaced Chicagoan whom Kim
Mohan, when editing Amazing, singled out as a writer to watch, saying, "This
writer has a tremendous sense of craftsmanship and from what I've seen a marvelous
imagination." In addition to Amazing, her short fiction has appeared in
F&SF, and assorted anthologies. She is currently completing a novel based on her
short story, "The Canterbury Path," (F&SF, Aug. '95).
Ken Jenks is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief
of Mind's Eye Fiction (http://tale.com/) which publishes short
stories by professional authors on the Internet. Mr. Jenks has used computers for 22 years,
starting in junior high. He's used the Internet for 13 years. He holds a bachelor's in computer
science, a master's in aerospace engineering, and he's still working on his Ph.D. in mechanical
engineering. He's a private pilot license and a scuba diver. He shares his home in Houston, Texas
with a wife, three cats and a Great Dane. He can be reached by e-mail at
Les Johnson leads NASA's concept definition efforts for future space missions
using tethered satellites and is the principal investigator of the Propulsive Small
Expendable Deployer System (ProSEDS) tether mission. Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Johnson
was employed by General Research Corporation where he helped design Directed Energy Systems
as a part of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Les received his Masters Degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and
his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Physics from Transylvania University in 1984. He is
also a graduate of the International Space University. He has published several papers
in various technical journals and has a patent pending for "A Laser Triggered Fiber
Optics Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) Neutron Sensor."
He is a long-time science fiction fan and credits the beginning of his interest in
physics and space to the Perry Rhodan novels, Star Trek and the successes of the Apollo
Program. Les is the NASA Technical Consultant for the new Lost In Space movie being
filmed by Shepperton Studios. He lives in Madison, Alabama with his wife Carol, son Carl and
Richard Klaw first received attention
as the managing editor of Blackbird Comics, where he was responsible for Shannon Wheeler's
Children With Glue, The Sound of Coming Darkness, and his first anthology
Modern Perversity. Since leaving Blackbird, Rick has helped to establish MOJO Press
and is currently the managing editor. For MOJO he co-edited the ground breaking, Eisner
nominated anthology Weird Business, Moebius' classic western Blueberry, the 30th
Anniversary Edition of Michael Moorcock's Behold The Man, the critically acclaimed
first novel by Del Stone, Jr. Dead Heat, and many other books. Recently he edited
the new Moorcock collection Tales From The Texas Woods. In a recent issue of Locus
Ed Bryant had this to say: "Austin's MOJO Press is a leader in the latest wave of
ambitious speciality publishers."
The central web site for Jacqueline Lichtenberg's Sime~Gen fandom information is at
Craig Miller is a writer/producer of television with over
fifty produced credits. His projects for this year have included writing two episodes of
Showtime's Horror Anthology series "The Hunger" as well as co-creating and
co-executive producing "Pocket Dragon Adventures", an animated series based on
Real Musgrave's characters debuting this October in North America and the following Spring
throughout Europe. He also spent time as a Motion Picture Marketing Consultant on such films
as "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back", etc. And, within fandom, he
chaired the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention, L.A.con II, and headed the Program
Division for last year's Worldcon, L.A.con III.
JM was born in Louisville in 1942, grew up in Cincinnati, and earned a Ph.D. in
American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught a
science-fiction course for 15 years before moving to Salt Lake City. Her nine books
include poetry, literary criticism, and 3 sf novels: Pennterra, The Ragged
World, and Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. Her short fiction has been nominated
for three Nebulas and a Hugo. She and her husband will soon move to Cincinnati, and thence
to their farm in Kentucky, where, in addition to completing her Hefn trilogy, Judy will raise
bees and sell honey.
Elizabeth Moon is a native Texan who grew up south of the King Ranch, has degrees from
two Texas universities, and now lives in a small town north of Austin. She has written
both science fiction and fantasy, at every length from short-short to "enormous".
Her most recent works include Remnant Population and Once a Hero, and stories in
anthologies such as Sisters in Fantasy, Chicks in Chainmail, and Women
at War. She likes fast horses, dark chocolate, rock-bottomed creeks, and
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Hayden is senior editor and Manager of Science Fiction at Tor Books. He is also editor of
the ongoing original anthology series Starlight. He has been an active fan for over
two decades; with his wife Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he edited the award-winning fanzine
IZZARD and won TAFF in 1985. He and Teresa live in Brooklyn, New York.
Patricia Duffy Novak
Patricia Duffy Novak lives in Alabama, with her husband, Jim, her daughter, Sylvia, one
dog, and four cats. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural
Economics. Her short fiction has appeared in Sword and Sorceress, Marion Zimmer
Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Adventures of Sword and Sorcery,
and various volumes of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover anthologies.
Madeleine Robins edits comic books, writes science fiction and fantasy (Holocaust of
Stone is forthcoming from Tor) as well as five Regency romances, bakes muffins for PTA
bakesales, and is startled to find that she is part of a Major Political Demographic (ie.,
a Soccer Mom) even though she is not Republican. At all. She lives in New York City with
her husband Daniel Caccavo, a recording engineer, and two daughters: Juliana and Rebecca. She
is having it all, but wonders where to put it.
Troy Rutter, currently working for Warner Bros. Online producing
the online areas for "Babylon 5," began his work for the show as a fan
at Iowa State University. Creating the first B5 mailing list, and contributing articles to what
became "The Lurkers Guide," Troy was approached by Warner Bros. due to
enthusiasm for the show. Working closely with the cast and crew, Troy's "dream job"
also includes answering the ever present "next season" email. Going from a fan to a
member of the show is every fan's dream, and Troy has some interesting insights.
Lisa S. Silverthorne
Lisa's short fiction has appeared in Blood Muse, Bending the Landscape,
and the Sword & Sorceress anthologies. She is currently working on several novels.
Her dream is to become
a published novelist. She works as a microcomputer support specialist in a university
library system. She shares her home with her feline furpersons: Seville and Marshall.
Martha writes stories, several dozen over the past decade.
Four have been nominated for Hugos; one, "A Defense of the Social Contracts",
won a Nebula. As she writes this, she thinks her collection has been published for Worldcon:
check at the DreamHaven table in the dealers' room. In addition to publishing stories for
odd adults and odder kids (check A Nightmare's Dozen or A Starfarer's Dozen
from Harcourt for the latter, she might just be working on some short middle-grades books.
Michael Swanwick's Stations Of The Tide was honored with the Nebula Award in 1992.
"The Edge of the World" received the Theodore Sturgeon Award in 1989. Just this
year his story "Radio Waves" won the World Fantasy Award. His books include In The
Drift, Vacuum Flowers, Griffin's Egg, Stations Of The Tide, The Iron
Dragon's Daughter, and a short story collection, Gravity's Angels. Another collection, A
Geography Of Unknown Lands is currently available from Tiger Eyes Press. His new novel, Jack
Faust, has just been published by Avon Books.
Mark W. Tiedemann
I began writing as a child by doing my own comic books. I took up the camera in high
school and worked as a professional photographer for over 20 years. I took up writing about
the time I met my partner, Donna, and have been working at it ever since. I attended Clarion
in 1988 and made my first pro sale in 1989, to Asimov's. I have subsequently sold and/or
published about 30 short stories. I have sold three novels to White Wolf Publishing. I
write fulltime and pursue my other interests "on the side".
Denise Vitola is the author of several science fiction novels and short stories. Her
current series for Berkley-ACE is a futuristic crime/mystery story that features Detective
Ty Merrick. The newest novel in this five book series is Opalite Moon. Her next novel,
Manjinn Moon will appear in April, 1998.
Rick Wilber's short stories and poems are found in Asimov's,
Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age and a variety
of other magazines and
anthologies. He teaches journalism and fiction writing at the University of South Florida,
writes textbooks and trade books on writing fiction and non-fiction, edits Fiction
Quarterly for The Tampa Tribune, writes a sf/f review column for the St. Petersburg Times,
and is Administrator of the Isaac Asimov Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing in
Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams and Susan Lucci are in a dead heat for the number of awards each
has been nominated for without winning. He expects to pull ahead one of these days. His
latest work is City On Fire, in which things blow up real good.
Sarah Zettel started writing fiction in fourth grade and never stopped. Her obsession
has followed her through ten cities, four states, two countries and one university, where
she received a B.A. in communications. Her short fiction has appeared most recently in
Analog. Her first novel, Reclamation, was nominated for the Phillip K. Dick
Award for distinguished SF. She is currently at work on her third SF novel.