In-Person Program Participants

Please welcome our programming participants who will be attending in person in addition to our Guests of Honor, Kevin Andrew Murphy and Myrna Donato.

Alma Alexander‘s life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with two obligatory writer’s cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma and her books on her website, at her Amazon author page, on Twitter, at her Facebook page, or at her Patreon page
Arlene Busby currently, holds the position of President on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation in Downey, CA a 501c3 non-profit organization. She also started a new Science/Science Fiction convention called OuteRimCon the mini con which is set up to fund the organizations many projects. Due to the COVID Pandemic OuteRimCon is on hold until further notice. Other pursuits Arlene is involved with is the aerospace speaker’s bureau which includes other space organizations and groups. She is also Vice President of the local Los Angeles chapter of the National Space Society OASIS. Her moto is never give up an opportunity to educate on the history of the aerospace industry.
Bradford Lyau has been in fandom for over forty years. A historian by training (BA, UC-Berkeley; MA, PhD, University of Chicago), he taught at several universities in California and Europe. He once worked for the Department of Energy at a national laboratory facilitating technology transfer (government to business) projects. He presently works for a start-up company, Globosocks LLC, and is also a political activist/consultant. He has published academic articles on American, British, European, and Chinese science fiction. He was an invited program participant in 1984 for the George Orwell Conference in London, and in 1991 for the Utopian Conference held in Switzerland, as part of its 700th anniversary celebration. His book, The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction: Stepchildren of Voltaire, received very positive reviews from leading academic SF journals and is a reference for further reading in the “France” entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. In 2019 he received the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award (given by First Fandom), for both collecting and scholarship, at the Dublin World SF Convention.
C.D. Carson met someone who said that he had watched the 2012 documentary
“Lunarcy!”, and thought I must be an actor, because surely no real person would look, and speak, and behave like what he saw. Fortunately, I don’t feel the need to meet anyone’s expectation of what is normal. That would take effort which I prefer to expend (for instance) in establishing a lunar settlement. Caught between my natural shyness and the impulse to advocate for what I feel strongly about, I find SF conventions to be a great chance for conversation. If I bend your ear to say that the future of humanity lies among the stars ; or that the control of atomic energy is one of the finest accomplishments of the human intellect, and a very powerful aid in solving the problems we face in the world today ; we might well end up talking about something else
entirely. The Stars Are Ours!
Charlotte Kosa has been a journalist/photo journalist for more than 20 years. As a child, she saw people in her house that no one else saw. Family members always said that she had a very vivid imagination. As she got older, her encounters increased, especially when she was alone in the house. Like many people, she watched programs like “In Search of,” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” as she tried to find answers to what she was witnessing.

She studied to become a journalist and started visiting haunted locations with friends. Later, she was an assistant editor at a daily paper in Woodland , California which was located right next door to a popular haunted hotspot, the Woodland Opera House. She convinced the editor to allow her to write some stories about the local ghosts for the Halloween edition of the paper. After having experiences during the production of the stories, she decided to create a TV show for public access that focused on haunted locations. At the time, Ghost Hunters was just starting to air.

Through her contact with a paranormal group at the Woodland Opera House, she began filming episodes of the show, “California Haunts,” which aired in Woodland and Sacramento. Eventually she branched off from the other paranormal group and started the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team. Within a year, she started broadcasting the California Haunts Radio Show on Blogtalk Radio. At that time there were only a handful of ghost-related shows airing on that network.

Now, 14 years later and more than 150 investigations for commercial and residential clients, Kosa is looking forward to leading her team into the future-a future of helping clients who don’t understand what may be happening in their homes. In addition, she is working on a book about her ghostly experiences and a documentary of her team’s investigations.

She currently hosts a new version of California Haunts Radio that airs on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

Dani & Eytan Kollin are critically acclaimed Prometheus-award-winning siblings Dani and Eytan Kollin have drawn comparisons to the biting political themes of Heinlein and Rand and the grand space operas of Weber and Asimov. Their debut novel, The Unincorporated Man was designated a SyFy Essential and went on to win the 2010 Prometheus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the year. Their second and third novels, The Unincorporated War and The Unincorporated Woman were also nominated for the same award. The Kollin brother’s fourth and final novel of the series, The Unincorporated Future was called, “smooth, thoughtful and compulsively readable” by Publishers Weekly, and a “satisfying wrap-up for series fans” by Kirkus Reviews. It too became a finalist for the 2013 Prometheus Award. A collection of their short stories, Grim Tales of the Brothers Kollin was released with Wordfire Press and their first YA novel, Chemistry, Chaos & Steam: A Magistery of Dunces can be found on wattpad.com. They recently completed their latest novel, Murder in the 10th Degree, an homage of sorts to Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel.
Guy Bradshaw born in Bristol England arrived in Carson, CA via North Carolina. He enjoys watching British and American Science Fiction TV shows. Guy loves learning about history, trains and anything aviation. He became obsessed with an online game called Kerbal Space and created a Kerbal world and looks forward to sharing that world with you all.
Janice Oberding Historian and paranormal investigator, is the author of 37 books on the subjects of the paranormal, history, and true crime. She writes nonfiction as well as fiction. She appeared on Zak Bagans’ Ghost Adventures Goldfield Hotel episode. She is Nevada based. and has investigated throughout the US, especially the central Nevada area of Tonopah and Goldfield.
J. Comer is a writer and a teacher. He lives in Texas
Jim L. Doty is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, specialty laser physics), and former running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment. With 15 published books, he writes hard science fiction, epic fantasy and urban fantasy, frequently with strong, young-adult themes. His first success came through self-publishing, which led to contracts with traditional publishers like Open Road Media and Harper Collins Voyager. Jim has an abiding interest in all things scientific, like orbital mechanics, space travel, laser weapons, and other geekie stuff. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Karen, and two little beings who claim to be cats: Julia and Natasha. But Jim is certain they’re really extra-terrestrial aliens in disguise.
John Hertz, a Los Angeles fan and member of LASFS, is noted for his fan writing, panel moderating, masquerade judging, art show tours and Regency dancing, to say nothing of his propeller beanie (exchanged for a top hat when he dons dancing attire).

He received the Big Heart Award at the 2003 Worldcon and was the DUFF delegate to Aussiecon 4 in 2010. He was sent to the 2007 Worldcon by a one-time travel fund, HANA (Hertz Across to Nippon Alliance). He is a Rotsler Award judge and a perpetrator of the Prime Time Party.

He writes frequently for fanzines, has pubbed his personalzine, Vanamonde, weekly since 1993, co-edited Button Tack: The Rick Sneary Memorial Fanzine, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Several collections of his writing have been published: Dancing and Joking (2005), Neither Complete nor Conclusive (2013), On My Sleeve (2008), and West of the Moon (2002).

Born in Chicago, John is a lawyer, educated at Antioch College and Northwestern University School of Law.

Dr. Kevin Grazier is a planetary physicist, and currently the Staff Scientist at Masten Space Systems in Mojave, CA. Grazier has also served as a science consultant on several television series and feature films such as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, GRAVITY, and, most recently, FOUNDATION. He is also the co-author of the “Hollyweird Science” series of books that explore the depiction of science, scientists, and the culture of science in TV and film.
Madeleine Harmath What happens when a solid, grounded Software QA Engineering Manager with strategic problem-solving skills has a spiritual experience of a past life contact beckoning her to “WAKE-UP? You got it. She becomes an Advanced Spiritual Teacher and Healer.

Madeleine hopped on the express train becoming obsessed with all the goodies in the spiritual candy store. She received certification as an Advanced Spiritual Healer and Teacher, a MotoKi Level II healer, as well as a Reiki Level I, II and III Healer and Teacher.

Madeleine became aware that it was time for her to reestablish herself as a healer, to reconnect with the wonders of the spiritual journey, to delight in the fascinating self-sustaining power of being part of the spiritual realm. She blossomed when she connected to the Divine wisdom of the Archangelic, Ascended Master, and Elemental realms, allowing her to teach others self-help tools so that they can delight in the wonder and skills available to humans while they are being awakened back into their wholeness.

Madeleine’s greatest delight is to help others help themselves. There is nothing more fulfilling than to empower each person with the knowledge, wisdom, and tools to help them let go of their emotional and physical pain and replace it with a happy, joyous, abundant and loving life.

Maggie Nowakowska began reading SF in the 1st grade (Space Cat Visits Venus) and hasn’t stopped. Active in Star Trek fanzine fandom in the 1970s, Maggie found a home in regional SF cons as a panelist and as an award-winning fanzine fiction writer. In 1991, she was Fan Guest of Honor at AllianceCon II, 17th ItalCon, in the Republic of San Marino, Italy. When fandom moved online, Maggie remained active and currently supports efforts to familiarize new fans, especially young women, with the history of female fanac. She has been interviewed on media fandom history in podcasts, has sat on many “Geek Elder” panels, and discusses print fanzine history in the episode, “The Stories We Tell,” part of “Looking for Leia,” a documentary released on SF/Wire in 2019. Most recently, Maggie has co-edited the 2022 book, “Geek Elders Speak: In Our Own Voices,” a collection of 33 memoirs covering 50 years and more of women as published writers, gamers, costumers, con-support, fanzine authors and publishers, and dedicated readers — in SF and Media fandom. Maggie lives in Seattle, with her wife, SF writer Susan R. Matthews, and a varying number of Pomeranian dogs.
Michelle Deborah Weisblat-Dane is a second generation Lasfsian. She’s been in Fandom her whole life. Michelle worked and produced conventions both in and out of fandom since she was 14 years old. She also, supervises and trains bobots in virtual reality, sells non-fungible tokens (NFT’s), and puts on events in Virtual Reality.
Michelle Evans (www.Mach25Media.com) is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People’s History of Spaceflight” series. Michelle’s background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work primarily involves exciting audiences about space exploration by speaking of the X-15 and other areas of the space program at venues across the country, as well as overseas. Michelle is a Distinguished Speaker with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as number 3 on the Orange County Register’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Michelle had feature stories about her life in both Time and Newsweek magazines. She was a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man,” and has consulted with National Geographic television for “The Real Right Stuff.”
Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Move Under Ground, I Am Providence, and The Second Shooter. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tor.com, and many other venues. Much of it was recently collected in The People’s Republic of Everything. Nick is also an anthologist; he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winner Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow, and the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan with Masumi Washington. He recently collected Lovecraftian fictions in the sublime mode in the anthology Wonder and Glory Forever. Nick’s fiction and editorial work has been variously nominated for the Stoker, Hugo, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards.
Sean Patrick Hazlett is an Army veteran, speculative fiction writer and editor, and finance executive in the San Francisco Bay area. He holds an AB in history and BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he won the 2006 Policy Analysis Exercise Award for his work on policy solutions to Iran’s nuclear weapons program under the guidance of future secretary of defense Ashton B. Carter. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Second Year Honors. As a cavalry officer serving in the elite 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, he trained various Army and Marine Corps units for war in Iraq and Afghanistan. While at the Army’s National Training Center, he became an expert in Soviet doctrine and tactics. He has also published a Harvard Business School case study on the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and how it exemplified a learning organization. Sean is a 2017 winner of the Writers of the Future Contest. Over fifty of his short stories have appeared in publications such as The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, Terraform, Galaxy’s Edge, Writers of the Future, Grimdark Magazine, Vastarien, and Abyss & Apex, among others. He is the editor of the Weird World War III and Weird World War IV anthologies. Sean also teaches strategy, finance, and communications at the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Executive Education Program. He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and Codex Writers’ Group.
Steve Gillett has been a frequent contributor to _Analog_, including a fiction piece set in Nevada with lots of the action in Tonopah (“Damned If You Do…”, May ’07). He was previously on the faculty of the University of Nevada’s Mackay School of Mines. He lives in Washoe Valley and is the author of _World-Building_ (Writer’s Digest Press, 1995). In recent years he has been interested in the staggering implications of molecular-scale nanotechnology to resource extraction and pollution control (which become the same problem), and his book on this topic has finally appeared (_Nanotechnology and the Resource Fallacy_, Pan-Stanford Publications, 2018). If the Mackay School of Mines had gotten behind the concepts it might still exist…
Talulah J. Sullivan has been a pro equestrian, a dancer, an actor, an activist, and a teacher… yet she’s never managed to not be a storyteller. Ever.

Blood Indigo is the first (but not the last!) of her novels seeking to weave a ‘tale basket’ in the proud example of her Choctaw and Chickasaw grandmothers. As J Tullos Hennig, she was awarded the Speculative Literature Foundation’s juried Older Writers Grant, and wrote the award-winning historical fantasy series The Books of the Wode, in which Robin Hood is reimagined as a queer, chaotic-neutral druid.

Her works reflect worlds both old and new, cultures both fantastic and familiar, and promise an immersive, subversive experience.

Timothy Cassidy-Curtis has been published in NOVA, the Magazine of Science Fiction, and the Orange County Science Fiction Club (OCSFC) Chapter Book (all Editions). Tim has been involved with space and space exploration almost his entire professional life. Tim is taking over being the closest thing to a “President” that the OCSFC has, succeeding after several decades of great, dedicated service by Greg Funke. Tim is also a Life Member of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation and serves on the ALF Board of Directors.
W. A. (Bill) Thomasson, who turned 85 in August 2021, discovered SF at roughly age 12. That was when Heinlein’s first YA novel was published and Adventures in Time and Space arrived on the paperback counter of the local five-and-dime. He didn’t find fandom until Windycon 3 in 1980, however. Bill discovered how much fun panels were 10 or 12 years later and, almost by accident, got involved in helping run Worldcons in 2011. Meanwhile he got a PhD in biochemistry but, discovering he didn’t have the patience for scientific research, switched into science/medical writing that has involved everything from PR to, most recently, drafting biomedical researchers’ journal articles and grant applications. Following retirement from that job, Bill resumed work on a long-suspended sword-and-sorcery novel, The Whip of Abadur, which was completed in 2021. In the last months of the Twentieth Century Bill became legally blind and has since been heavily involved with disability issues, currently serving as treasurer of Chicago’s annual Disability Pride Parade. Bill also has serious interests in politics and in figuring out what the future is going to look like.
Will Morton born in WV now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Yvonne. A retired electrical engineer with 16 years’ experience working on the Space Shuttle program, he teaches electronics part-time at a community college. He is active locally as a stand-up comedian. As a writer, he has been published in small press, and recently received Honorable Mention from the Writers of the Future contest.
Zelda Gilbert is professor emerita of psychology, following a 45 year career in higher education. Just for fun, she currently lectures on political psychology, conspiracy theories, and the psychology of wearing costumes. For Westercon, she will be talking about a wide range of cosplay topics, including fantasy and SF costumes as well as political, life stage and sacred costumes and how they’re all related.