Christopher Weuve

Christopher WeuveChristopher Weuve is a professional naval analyst and wargame designer. He spent six years at the Center for Naval Analyses (the Combat Information Center of a Burke-class destroyer would make an excellent starship bridge), and then five years on the faculty of the US Naval War College.

Outside the day job, he’s a founding member of BuNine (David Weber’s Honorverse analytic visualization team), and was an editor for House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion, in which he also co-authored (with David Weber) the “Building a Navy in the Honorverse” chapter.

As both an avid science fiction fan since before he was old enough to read and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College, Chris spends his free time analyzing Real-World(tm) naval warfare and how similar subjects are represented in science fiction. He is (to the best of his knowledge) the only person ever interviewed (twice!) by the journal Foreign Policy about science fiction warships. He still describes himself as an Iowan, almost three decades after he moved east.

 

Rebel Legion – Freedom Base

The Rebel Legion is a Star Wars-based costuming fan club. The Rebel Legion’s members create and wear costumes of the hero characters from the Star Wars saga, which includes—but is not limited to—the films, comics, books, games, and television shows based on the Star Wars saga.

Although started in the United States, the Legion is now an international club that encompasses multiple nations worldwide and has become the premier Rebel costuming group in the Star Wars community. Since the Legion’s inception it has been a volunteer club of costume enthusiasts who can enjoy, express, and share their interest of costuming with others in the fan community.

Freedom Base is the chapter of the Rebel Legion that represents the states of Virginia and West Virginia with over fifty active members. We make appearances at charity events, community events, conventions, and more. We are always on the hunt for people who love Star Wars and love costuming who might want to join our ranks and get in on all the fun!

Rebel Legion – Freedom Base

Kermit R. Woodall

Kermit R. WoodallBorn to two artists, Roy and Suzy Woodall, Kermit Woodall today is a professional website designer and developer and an occasionally published writer of technical manuals and science fiction. In a prior career, he was part-owner of a company that produced early digital special effects software for television and film.

He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and many certifications in various computer fields. He is married to his patient wife Shealor, has a brilliant daughter Madeline, and three rather goofy dogs. His son Haydn died in an auto accident in April of 2015.

 

Carol Cowles

Carol CowlesCarol can currently be hear on Guardians of the Geekery, a weekly geek podcast, and she is the Cinemistress for Geek Radio Daily. Her major fandoms include Tolkien, horror, American Gods, Fargo, and Doctor Who (including Classic Who). She’s also a fire-eater and belly dancer!

 

DJ Drae

DJ DraeDJ Drae has been spinning since 2005. He has entertained at club nights such as The Dawning and Umlaut. He is currently one of the house DJs for the goth club Goth Night in Charlottesville. He has been the host of Les Temps Per Due on WNRN since 2005. He has also entertained at RavenCon since 2010, as well as other sci-fi conventions.

 

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric BakutisT. Eric Bakutis is a professional videogame designer and author based in Maryland. His first book, Glyphbinder, was a finalist for the 2014 Compton Crook Award, and his short story “Splitting Arrows” recently won 1st place in the 2018 Farpoint Convention Writing Contest. His latest “grimsnark” sci-fi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, is now available. You can find links to sample chapters from his books and also read his cyberpunk police procedural, Loose Circuit, for free at tebakutis.com. He has played over 200 hours of Skyrim VR.

 

Steve White

Steve WhiteSteve White was born in Norfolk, VA, in 1946 and served as a Naval Intelligence officer in the Mediterranean and in the Vietnam War Zone. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and an associate member of the Virginia Bar. He is well known for the best-selling Starfire military science fiction series with David Weber and, more recently, other collaborators; Oblivion, the newest novel in the Starfire series in collaboration with Charles Gannon, has recently been released. In addition, he has written a number of popular science fiction adventure novels for Baen, including the Jason Thanou series of time travel adventures that began with Blood of the Heroes and continues through Gods of Dawn, the sixth novel in the series. His other solo novels include Saint Antony’s Fire, an alternate-history fantasy set in Elizabethan times, and, most recently, Her Majesty’s American, a story of interstellar intrigue set in the future of an alternate timeline in which the British Empire spans the stars. Steve lives in Charlottesville, VA. He is married and has three daughters, the youngest of whom he and his wife found and adopted in Russia… but that’s another story.

 

LudoSport Hampton Roads

LudoSportLudoSport is the international network of the sporting light saber combat created in 2006 and codified in a progressive learning path. It is enjoyment within a sport environment, promoting social relations and the sense of belonging to a group. It teaches respect and knowledge of one’s own body, and develops imagination, elegance and reflexes.

Allen Wold

Allen WoldAllen Wold was born in south-western Michigan. He began writing on an old portable typewriter when he was about eight. He finished high school in Tucson, AZ, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, where he met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he became a full-time writer. In 1986, he became a full-time father, which occupied him completely for about three years. He and his family lived in England from 1995 to 1998.

He has published nine novels (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he’s completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Under his own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; his collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs, Freefoot; A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; Cat Tales — Reminiscences; and Slaves of War, a Space Opera in Six Parts. He is still working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; and a pseudo-Victorian faerie story. His six-volume The Black Ring will be out from Double Dragon spring and summer 2018.

Allen has been running his Writers’ Workshop at sf conventions for more than thirty years. Several who have taken it have sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. He also runs a Plotting Workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

 

Michael A. Ventrella

Michael A. VentrellaAlthough Michael A. Ventrella tends to be best known for being “that guy who predicted the Hodor plot” he’d rather be known for his witty novels, including Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs For President and Arch Enemies. He’s the editor of the Baker Street Irregulars anthologies with NY Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry as well as the Tales of Fortannis fantasy anthologies. His short stories have appeared in other anthologies, including The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives, Rum & Runestones, and Heroes in Hell. On his web page (MichaelAVentrella.com), he interviews other authors, editors and agents. He also owns and runs one of the largest fantasy LARPs in North America, AllianceLARP.com. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.