Hanne Madeleine Gates Paine

Hanne Madeleine Gates PaineHanne Madeleine is a book lover with a background in physics, computer science, and linguistics. She loves languages—natural and constructed—and everything to do with space. She hopes to one day go to graduate school in linguistics or astrophysics. Hanne Madeleine became an instant superfan of The Expanse after reading the novels, and organized the Save The Expanse team that helped rescue the show from cancellation with passionate fan organization and memorable stunts. She is also a moderator on the Expanse subreddit and Discord server—find her as “It Reaches Out” on Twitter, Reddit, and Discord. Hanne Madeleine has taught her workshop on Lang Belta, the creole language of The Expanse, at cons in the US, Canada, and Europe, and loves getting to see people discover and grow through language immersion.

Hanne Madeleine’s work typically involves computer programming and organizing people and systems. In her free time, she is one half of Paine×MacTane, a transcontinental duo creating ambitious projects from websites to popup bars, teaching Lang Belta, and producing a weekly series of character-inspired craft cocktails. She especially enjoys working with younger students and volunteered at an immersive space camp for kids for many years. She is currently working on learning to sing in public and accompany herself on the guitar, studying Quenya, Spanish, and Japanese, and discovering the secrets of New York and San Francisco, her two cities.


James E. Beall

James E. BeallJim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over forty years, a war gamer for over fifty, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews, aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9). Civilian experience includes design, construction, inspection, enforcement and assessment with a nuclear utility, an architect engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). Assignments at the USNRC include reactor inspector, inspection team leader, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed different USNRC Commissioners while earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.

Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative and speculative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter.

Coauthor of Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) paper, “Ecological Engineering Considerations for ISU’s Worldship Project.” Baen Books (baen.com) has published five of his non-fiction articles: “Our Worldship Broke!” “Case Studies in Handwavium,” “From Corvus to Keyhole —Shipyards: Past, Present, and Science Fiction,” “Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction,” and “Grid Wars: Innovation, Feuds, Rivalry, and Revenge in the Never-ending Battle to Electrify America and the Planet.”