Sean CW Korsgaard

Sean CW Korsgaard

Sean CW Korsgaard is a US Army veteran, historian, award-winning journalist, and aspiring speculative fiction author. 

As a reporter, he’s had over 1,000 bylines to his name, including from websites like Screen Rant and io9, magazines like VFW Magazine, and newspapers including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Daily Press. His work has seen him interview two US Presidents, Holocaust survivors, and Swedish metal bands, caught in the thick of riots, jumping out of airplanes, and even attacked by a shark in downtown Atlanta.

Currently working as the education and sports reporter for the Virginia Gazette here in Williamsburg, Sean is working to shop around some of his short fiction, and to finish an alternate history spy novel set in a Confederate States of America that has undergone a communist revolution.

Sean is always looking for his next great adventure and his next big byline, and you can follow him and his work at www.korsgaardscommentary.com

Dr. Kat Sinclair

Dr. Kat Sinclair loves most everything in the sci-fi realm, but also real science. With a background in microbiology, she currently teaches a variety of college biology courses and is happy to share her thoughts and knowledge. She is also a singer in Dimensional Riffs, the nerd rock band, and loves combining nerdiness and music for pure entertainment.

Kristi Deeley

Kristi Deeley is an artist, photographer, crafter, avid DIYer, and unabashed second-generation nerd. She can often be found curled up with a book or comic book, binging her favorite shows with a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, building or breaking something in the back yard, rolling fat fistfuls of dice, hunting shinies, or streaming her latest project on Twitch at ungodly hours of the night. Kristi lives in Newport News with her brilliant writer husband Jim, their five kitties, and, like, a bunch of hermit crabs.

Paul J. Rodi

Paul J. Rodi

Paul Rodi attended the State University of New York Maritime College where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Nuclear Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics along with his Coast Guard Engineering license. Following graduation, he served as a merchant marine watch officer and Instructor at SUNY Maritime. He then attended the University of Virginia where he earned a Master of Engineering degree in Nuclear Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work for Virginia Electric and Power Company (now Dominion Energy) and has worked there for over 37 years in various positions. While working for Dominion, he earned a Master of Project Management Certificate from George Washington University, a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) certification, a Six Sigma Certification, a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) Certification from the SANS Institute. He was also certified as a U.S. Technical Expert by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) and worked on NIST standards. For the past ten years, his work has been in IT Power Generation Cyber Security supporting the power generation units and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection regulatory compliance. For the past 20 years, Rodi has coached and mentored numerous FIRST Robotics teams, both FRC and FTC, some of which have won championships in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina and progressed to World Championships. He is also FIRST Lead Robot Inspector for Central Virginia. He, along with his children, started a public charity, The Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (I4STEM), to promote STEM education. Rodi is married to his wife, Carol, and is the proud father of three engineers (Christina, Paul, and Robert) and has one grandchild.

Brandon James

Brandon James

Brandon James is a cosplayer and prop maker. Officially cosplaying since 2016, he works with clay, latex, fabrics, and foam to bring his nostalgic creations to life. He enjoys all things geek and nerd and if it has a cape or a warp signature he’s all about it.

Brad Goodman

Brad has been a guest at local science fiction conventions for thirty years. Formerly a contractor at NASA Langley Research Center, working at their Visitor Center and in support of traveling exhibits, he also developed presentations for the Science Museum of Virginia. These assignments came as a result of being a space-program fanatic from the earliest days of NASA.

In the mundane world Brad owns Group 7 Properties, a residential property management business with condominiums and townhouses in Hampton and Newport News.

Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn

For over twenty years Gary Cohn’s business card has read, “writer, teacher, fencer, motorcyclist.” He says that he has had two careers as a comics writer. The first was in the early eighties, when he co-created Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld and Blue Devil at DC Comics. His second comics career came a dozen years later, when he got aboard the Crusade Entertainment bandwagon early on, editing Shi and writing Shi: Senryaku as well as his own Demon Gun. In the 2000s Cohn spent fifteen years as a NYC high school teacher and fencing coach. Now he has retired from teaching and is exploring options for a return to writing.

Current projects include New Devil, with Blue Devil co-creator Paris Cullins, and Nemesis, with former NYC teaching colleague and BronxHeroes Con founder Ray Felix. A recent transplant to Richmond, VA, Cohn looks forward to creating opportunities to let his imagination run.

Synthetic Nightmare

Since 2004, Synthetic Nightmare have headlined regional shows as well as provided support for nationally and internationally known acts such as Bella Morte, 45 Grave, and Pigface, Sheep on Drugs, Nocturne, Hanzel Und Gretyl, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, W.A.S.T.E., and Alter Der Ruine. Synthetic Nightmare’s sound incorporates both harsh and melodic textures, with just enough progressive and experimental touches to keep listeners from getting bored. All of this is exemplified in their first full-length album Rot in Equality, which was self-produced and released in 2008. Synthetic Nightmare also aim to create the most entertaining live atmosphere possible. Shows have included firebreathing dancers, numerous scratch-built stage props, the onstage use of industrial tools, and Guapo (the Sleepytime Disaster Ape). With each show, the Synthetic Nightmare fanbase continues to expand, composed of people hailing from many different music scenes and subcultures, just as the band continues to refuse to be pigeonholed by the limitations of one specific rock genre.

Synthetic Nightmare

John C. Wright

John C. Wright

John Wright is a retired attorney and newspaperman who currently works as a technical writer. He is a novelist with more than 25 books published and has been nominated for both Hugos and Nebulas. He lives in fairy-tale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their four children, Orville, Ping-Ping, Roland, and Just Wright.

He blogs at: scifiwright.com/.

GB MacRae

GB MacRae

GB has been living in Avenzyre for better than twenty-five years, following the silver-dappled unicorn wherever he’ll take her. Not only does she work on her fantasy series, Book of Avenzyre, but she also has numerous short stories, a young teen horsey book, and a coloring book. When she’s not writing or researching she also costumes (mostly historically inspired), creates artwork, entertains in her home, and sometimes you can catch her dancing. She grew up in a small town in New England with her horses and her books, and she now she lives in a snowdrift with her family and fur babies not far from Lake Ontario.