Les Carter

Les CarterBorn into a Navy family in Washington, D.C., Leslie Roy Carter lived all over the United States, as well as in Argentia, Newfoundland, while growing up. After receiving a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While serving as a naval officer, he earned an M.S.E.E. from the Naval Postgraduate School. His career as a surface line officer took him to many ports such as Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, San Diego, and Charleston, culminating in command of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, U.S.S. Reid. He then switched to the acquisitions specialty, eventually becoming a major program manager before his retirement in 2002 with the rank of Captain. In retirement, he turned his attention to writing as well as his volunteer service in the Civil Air Patrol. With his wife, Margaret L. Carter, he has co-authored a fantasy series beginning with Wild Sorceress. They have also collaborated on stories in the Marion Zimmer Bradley Darkover anthologies.


JM Beal

JM BealJM Beal started her first novel on scraps of paper while working behind a drink store counter. It all went downhill from there. Now she writes children’s books about Edgar Allan Poe stories and a wide range of books for adults.


Paul Barrett

Paul BarrettPaul Barrett has worked a variety of jobs in his life, but the two that make him happiest are writer and motion picture producer. He has produced four films and worked on a variety of cool television shows. His films include Cold Storage and Night Feeders. Knight Errant is his fourth novel, following A Whisper of Death, The Malaise Falchion, and Godchild.

When he’s not writing, Paul enjoys board gaming and watching great TV shows. He lives in North Carolina with his graphic artist husband and two cats: former Editor Cat (Skittles) and current Editor Cat (Trixie).


John “Cal” Baldari

John "Cal" BaldariProfessor John “Cal” Baldari, CW3(r) is a retired US Army engineer officer and military instructor turned professor of ethics. His current research focuses on military ethics and an alternative philosophy of war. In addition to his scholarly work, Cal is also an avid gamer and consumer of science fiction and fantasy. He has written scholarly work on a number of topics in gaming and speculative fiction. He has written dozens of short stories on military fantasy and adventure-seeking. He also provides expert services for authors and comics writers, advising on ethics and continuity concerns. He has run games or given talks at several cons, including DragonCon and GenCon.


Robert V. Aldrich

Robert V. AldrichRobert V. Aldrich is the author of Samifel and Rhest for the Wicked, as well as numerous short stories and articles on a range of topics from feminism in pro wrestling to fitness’ relationship to geek culture. He’s at RavenCon promoting his newest novel, RocKaiju.

Come see him at one of his panels for an informative evaluation on geeky topics, visit him at his table in the dealers’ room for good humor and mid-shelf literature, or stop him awkwardly in the hall for incoherent ramblings and why peanut M&Ms are the Evangelion to classic M&Ms Mazinger.


Chuck Wendig – Author Guest of Honor

Chuck WendigChuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.


Lou Antonelli

Lou AntonelliLou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 105 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India, and Portugal in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Tales of the Talisman, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and Omni Reboot, among many others.

His collections include Fantastic Texas published in 2009; Texas & Other Planets published in 2010; and The Clock Struck None and Letters from Gardner, both published in 2014. His debut novel, the retro-futurist alternate history Another Girl, Another Planet, was released in 2016 by WordFire Press.

His story “Great White Ship,” originally published in Daily Science Fiction, was a 2013 finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history. His short story “On a Spiritual Plain,” originally published in Sci Phi Journal, was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2015.

His first professional science fiction short story, “A Rocket for the Republic” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept. 2005) was the last story accepted by Editor Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years.

“The Yellow Flag”—his 100th published short story (Sci Phi Journal, Aug. 2016)—set the record for all-time fastest turnaround in genre fiction. It was written, submitted, and accepted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 6, 2015.

A Massachusetts native, Antonelli moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have three adopted furbaby children, Millie, Sugar, and Peltro Antonelli.


Thomas A. Mays

Thomas A. MaysThomas A. Mays is a US Naval officer of 22 years and the author of the bestselling A Sword Into Darkness. Specializing mostly in military sci-fi and space opera, Tom has also sold and published short stories of social science fiction, AI, sci-fi comedy, and military fantasy (including the Hugo-nominated (and declined) short story “The Commuter”). His works have been featured in Daily Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, The Grantville Gazette Universe Annex, Aphelion, The Writer’s Arena, Riding the Red Horse, and his own collection R.E.M.O. He was a top ten finalist for last year’s Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction contest.

He is currently working on a sequel to A Sword Into Darkness and on a new stand-alone series with Chris Kennedy.


Mike Massa

Mike MassaMike Massa has lived an adventurous life, including stints as Navy SEAL officer, an investment banker, and a technologist. He lived outside the US for several years, plus the usual deployments. Newly published, Mike is married with three sons, who check daily to see if today is the day they can pull down the old lion. Not yet…


Liz Long

Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

Comic book readers and fans of the CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story, Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New adult paranormal romance, A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: lizclong.com.