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Lizabeth A. Allison

Lizabeth A. Allison is Chancellor Professor of Biology at William & Mary. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington, specializing in molecular and cellular biology. Before coming to William & Mary, she spent eight years as a faculty member at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Liz teaches introductory biology for majors and upper-division molecular biology and molecular genetics courses. She has mentored graduate students and more than 120 undergraduate research students, many of them coauthoring papers with her on intracellular trafficking of the thyroid hormone receptor in normal and cancer cells. Liz is the recipient of numerous awards, including a State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award in 2009, a Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence in 2012, and the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award from the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in 2020. She is lead author on Biological Science, now in its seventh edition, and author of Fundamental Molecular Biology, now in its second edition, with a third edition under way.

T. Eric Bakutis

T. Eric Bakutis is an award-winning author and game designer. His first fantasy trilogy, Tales of the Five Provinces, is complete, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact actually liked his grimsnark scifi thriller, Supremacy’s Shadow, which he happily admits is filled with violently explosive nonsense. His second thriller, Supremacy’s Bounty, is now available, and is basically The Mandalorian meets Xena: Warrior Princess. When not writing, he is probably in Skyrim VR.

Dr. J. “Cal” Baldari

Dr. Cal Baldari is a retired U.S. Army Sapper and military instructor turned professor of ethics. His research credits include alternative military ethics, Aristotelian excellence, moral conflict in literature, implicit bias mitigation, modern heroics, RPG morality, and many others. He has published both academically and creatively, with author credits in short military science fiction and fantasy, as well as philosophy. As an avid table-top role-player, Cal has run games for over a dozen systems professionally, and many more for fun. His side business, BEC Ltd., also provides expert services for authors, game designers, and comics writers; advising on ethics and consequences both within the stories they write and the effect it has on the reader. Finally, Cal is firmly entrenched in the battle to bring diversity and inclusivity in fandom. His work on implicit bias often references the broadening of “geek culture” and the awesome efforts many geeks have put forth to make this hobby one in which everyone, absolutely everyone, can enjoy it with impunity.

Sandra Baldari

Sandra Baldari grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy shows and movies, she found comic books in high school, and worked at a comic book store as she made her way through university. She attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, and received her B.S. in Journalism. After the daily grind of working at newspapers she now works as a substitute teacher. In her spare time she reads several genres; including steampunk, cozy mysteries, and sci-fi/fantasy; writes book reviews; and enjoys crafting things.

Philippa Ballantine

New Zealand-born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order, The Chronicles of Art, and The Shifted World series.

She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with her husband, Tee Morris.

In non-fiction, Pip has co-written with Tee Social Media for Writers from Writer’s Digest.

Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for steampunk, and a Sir Julius Vogel.

Hannah Bauman

Hannah Bauman is an editor, author, and writing coach based in Raleigh, NC. After completing her graduate studies in editing and publishing at Florida State University and working as a corporate editor, she founded her editorial company, Between the Lines Editorial, in 2016. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of authors from around the world. When she’s not editing fantasy and sci-fi novels, you can find Hannah writing new stories, playing video games, and drinking lots of coffee.

J M Beal

J M Beal began writing seriously in 2001, behind the retail check-out counter on purloined bits of receipt paper or whatever she could get her hands on; the result, a novel full of drama and romance and epic sword battles. To date she’s written four full-length novels for adults (one stand-alone space western and a paranormal series of mid-western monster hunters) and three books of the Watch-Cat series, Edgar Allan Poe stories set with animals and retold for grade-school-aged children. She is also co-owner and Jane-of-all-trades for Golden Fleece Press.

Jim Bernheimer

Jim lives in Chesapeake, VA with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as an Information Assurance Specialist for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at

Blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view) with an overactive imagination, Jim has long been a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Seeking to put that imagination to use, he has started to write his own original works in hopes of making his mark on the literary world.

Now a publisher, Jim has started Amber Cove Publishing to help make other authors’ dreams come true.

Dirty Metal Lefty

A native of Richmond, VA, Dirty Metal Lefty comes “Straight Out of Nowhere” with an eclectic, heterogeneous blend of dark, soulful alternative rock with blues, metal, and jazz undertones. Acoustic or electric; solo or band; this devil-may-care singer-songwriter is unapologetic, raw, and never disappoints.

“I make noise. People seem to dig it. That’s good enough for me.”


Les Carter

Born 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 majoring in Electronic and Radar Systems. 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 U.S.S. Reid (FFG-31). He then switched to the acquisition specialty, eventually becoming a major program manager for a naval weapon system. He retired 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, flying and managing Air Search and Rescue missions.

Fantasy novels co-authored with Margaret L. Carter: Wild Sorceress, Besieged Adept, Rogue Magess, Legacy of Magic. He has several short stories appearing in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthologies.

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