John Scalzi

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John Scalzi is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, at which he has written frequently on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several prominent charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, and writing, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.

Kate Elliott

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Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and YA, including recent works Black Wolves, Court of Fives, and Cold Magic.

It should come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures amid dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling. With the three children out of the house, they now spoil the schnauzer.

Marta Randall

Marta Randall was the first female president of Science Fiction Writers of America and published a bunch of S.F. and fantasy novels and stories including Nebula nominee Islands. She was also the first female Toastmaster for a Westercon and for the world SF convention in Chicago (twice). She has taught SF and Fantasy writing since 1982.

Keao NeSmith

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Dr. Keao NeSmith is a native of Kaua‘i with a PhD in Applied Linguistics with a focus on language teaching theory and practice. He has also translated numerous works into Hawaiian, including classics, such as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince. Most recently, Keao has translated and released J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This version has regenerated tremendous interest not only in The Hobbit locally in Hawai‘i, but also interest in reinvigorating, supporting, and expanding the domains of the Hawaiian language, one of the world's most endangered languages. You can read more about Keao on his website at

T.L. Smith

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T.L Smith was born in Louisiana, but calls Phoenix, Arizona home between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force as a radar specialist, training pilots in enemy detection, brought her back to the desert. Her time in the service taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies. Experience gives life to the Science Fictions she loves so much and helps her write about the strong women holding their own as humanity reaches out into the universe. Come check out her current releases and where you can meet her next.