April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Tag: Asimov’s

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart writes science fiction and fantasy stories, songs, and… other things. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, devised a poetic form, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books.

Gray is the author of the lunar colonization novel Walking on the Sea of Clouds, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and multiple anthologies. As a singer/songwriter, he has three albums which feature science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired music.

During his unusual USAF career, Gray fought rocket propellant fires, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, encrypted nuclear command and control orders, commanded the largest remote tracking station in the Air Force Satellite Control Network, and did other interesting things. His alter ego is the Gray Man, one of several famed ghosts of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, and his web site is graymanwrites.com.

Jean Marie Ward

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith) finaled in both the science fiction/fantasy and humor categories of the 2008 Indie Awards. She has published short stories and novellas in venues ranging from Asimov’s to the anthologies of Zombies Need Brains. These include the WSFA Small Press Award finalist, “Lord Bai’s Discovery.”

Her nonfiction credits include two well-regarded art books and the essay “Jedi Mind Tricks: From the Reel to the Real” in Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict. She has contributed articles to publications as diverse as the then SciFi Channel’s Science Fiction Weekly and Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report. Her interviews were a regular feature of Buzzy Magazine (buzzymag.com) and Galaxy’s Edge.

A former assistant producer of the local access cable TV program Mystery Reader’s Corner, Ms. Ward edited the respected electronic magazine Crescent Blues (crescentblues.com) for eight years and co-edited the six-volume, fortieth World Fantasy Con anthology, Unconventional Fantasy. She is currently one of the production team for Con-Tinual, the convention that never ends (Facebook.com/groups/Continual/) and provides exclusive video interviews to BookBale.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.

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