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Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and his new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
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Paige Gardner

Paige Gardner is an award-winning costume designer whose unique masks, bizarre props and eccentrically original costumes make her art recognizable world-wide. Gardner’s high-profile costume projects have been exhibited across the U.S. and are regularly featured in multiple media channels as well as bestselling books on Steampunk and cosplay.
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S.M. Stirling

S.M. Stirling was born in France in 1953, to Canadian parents, although his mother was born in England and grew up in Peru. After that he lived in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the US and visited several other continents. His latest books are The Given Sacrifice (Sept. 2013) and The Golden Princess (Sept. 2014). Upcoming titles include The Change, a shared world anthology (June 2015) and The Desert and the Blade (Sept. 2015), all from Roc/Penguin. His hobbies mostly involve reading (history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction), but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food. For twenty years he also pursued the martial arts, until hyperextension injuries intervened.
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Thomas Willeford

Thomas Willeford is an internationally known artist, making Fantasy and Industrial art for over 35 year. For Television, Museums, Movies, and anyone willing to pay. His best work are his how-to books, available on Amazon.
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A. J. Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and New York Times bestselling author of 14 novels, including three to be released in 2016; Steeplejack (Tor), a YA fantasy adventure set in world which resembles Victorian South Africa; Cathedrals of Glass, a YA scifi billed as Lord of the Flies meets Alien!; and Sekret Machines, the core of a sweeping multimedia project investigating unexplained aerial phenomena co-written with Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves front man, Tom DeLonge, beginning in March 2016.
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Aleta Pardalis

Aleta Pardalis has been designing and creating costumes for over 15 years and has specialized in Steampunk designs for the last 8 years. She has also been a costuming guest and panelist at various events.
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Alex White

Alex White is a novelist, podcaster, and composer. His fiction podcast, The Gearheart, was a 3-time Parsec Award Finalist, and he cohosts the Parsec Finalist Disasterpiece Theatre, where he pitches terrible movie ideas. His debut science fiction novel, Every Mountain Made Low, is in stores this November.
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Andy Dykes

Andy is a real, live rocket scientist who currently flies satellites for a living and has supported all kinds of manned and unmanned space flight at NASA. He also worked at U.S. Space Camp, teaching humans of all ages about space history and technology.
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Anthony Francis

By day, Anthony Francis is a roboticist; by night, he’s an author and comic book artist. He wrote the Dakota Frost, Skindancer urban fantasy series including Frost Moon, Blood Rock, and Liquid Fire; edited the Doorways to Extra Time anthology; and published the steampunk anthology Thirty Days Later.
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Bobby Nash

An award-winning author, Bobby Nash has attended Dragon Con since 1989. He also writes novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies including IDW Publishing, Sequential Pulp Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Moonstone Books, Airship 27 Productions, Pro Se Productions, Raven’s Head Press, Stark Raving Press, Farragut Films, Dark Oak Press, Avatar Press, Fight Card Books, Radio Archives, BEN Books, and more.
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Brett King

Brett is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist.
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Catherine M. Scully

Catherine Scully is a middle grade and young adult writer and illustrator. She has world maps published with Simon & Schuster and Sourcebooks as well as created concept art for film. Cat is a professional editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultant agency, where she reads and evaluates manuscripts prior to agent/editor submission.
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Chandra Free

Born and bred in Orlando, Florida, Chandra can now be found in her present-day home, blissfully away in the land of New York with her writer boyfriend, Drew Gaska. It is here that she concocts her uniquely abstract and elongated art and comics. Intensely interested in the incorporation of psychology into her art, she focuses on the unconscious and human aspects of her characters
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Dr. Charles E. Gannon

Dr. Charles E. Gannon ‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have been multiply best-selling and Nebula finalists He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the NYT and WSJ best-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series. His other novels and short fiction straddle the divide between hard SF and technothrillers and have appeared through various imprints and in various magazines.
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Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest is the author of twenty books and novellas, most recently the southern gothic novel The Family Plot from Tor – as well as the Borden Dispatch books from Roc, and the hit young adult project I Am Princess X from Scholastic. But she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker.
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Clay and Susan Griffith

Clay and Susan Griffith are writers of fiction and comic books. They are the authors of The Geomancer, the newest book in their Vampire Empire series. The series combines high adventure, alt-history, steampunk, and paranormal romance. Paul Goat Allen of Barnes & Noble referred to it as “the future of genre fiction.” The audio books of the original Vampire Empire trilogy are narrated by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) and have been nominated for the prestigious Audie Awards.
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David B. Coe

David B. Coe, who also writes as D.B. Jackson, is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Writing under his own name he is currently working on a contemporary urban fantasy called the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes came out in 2015. The third volume, Shadow’s Blade, will be released in May 2016.
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Eric R. Asher

Eric R. Asher is the author of the Vesik urban fantasy series and the Young Adult steampunk series, Steamborn. He has also appeared on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough.
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Eric Flint

Eric Flint’s writing career began with the novel Mother of Demons, published in 1997. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six novels in the Belisarius series (An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny’s Shield, Fortune’s Stroke, The Tide of Victory, and The Dance of Time), as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, followed by many sequels, several of which made the New York Times extended bestselling list.
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Freddy Clements

Freddy Clements is currently a Professor of Drama/Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama. He holds a BA in English/Theatre from Emory & Henry College, VA 84 and an MFA in Costume design from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA 88. He has designed costumes for various theaters including Wayside Theatre in Middletown VA, CPCC in Charlotte NC, Converse college department of music Spartenburg SC, The Barter Theatre in Abington Va and Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. On the University level he has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, advanced stage make-up, audition and portfolio for actors and script analysis for designers.
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Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel Shadow and Flame (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin, Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books), and the upcoming Shadowed Path (June 2016, Solaris Books) an anthology set in her world of the Winter Kingdoms.
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Gregory F Withrow

Gregory F. Withrow is the new designer for fantasy illustrator Paolo Parente’s Dust Warfare, an alternative history, dieselpunk/weird war tabletop-miniatures game set in 1947. U.S Army veteran, World War II historian, military writer and photojournalist, Withrow is the recipient of numerous Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware journalism awards.
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James Neathery

James Neathery is a steampunk leather worker and fabricator who is most well known for his watches, gadgets, and appearance on the GSN TV show Steampunk’d.
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James R. Tuck

James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk series, The Robin Hood: Demon’s Bane series (cowritten with Debbie Viguie), and The Red Right Hand Trilogy (under the name Levi Black).
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Kacey Ezell

Kacey Ezell is the author of multiple genre short stories, to include Not In Vain, the cover story for Baen’s Black Tide Rising anthology. She’s been featured in Citizens (Baen), Sha’Daa: Inked (Copper Dog Publishing), Dark Corners (Iron Clad Press), and an upcoming Freehold anthology (Baen).
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Kathryn Hinds

Kathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose newest book is The Healer’s Choice, an epic fantasy published by Dark Oak Press. In 2014, she collaborated with photographer Fox Gradin and writer James Palmer on The Forty, a collection of photographs and short stories re-imagining the tale of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” (published by Celestial Studios). Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013, a year that also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square).
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Leanna Renee Hieber

Actress, playwright and author Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens for Tor/Forge (Macmillan). Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. The series reissues in revised editions with new content as Strangely Beautiful from Tor in 2016 and is currently being adapted into a musical theatre production. Leanna’s Magic Most Foul saga began with Darker Still, an American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” pick and a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title.
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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is a writer, publisher, and president of New Legend Productions. He is the creator of Tiki Zombie, a comic series celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016. Other recent works include Strong Will (a comic co-written with Bobby Nash), and a short story introducing his characters featured in the upcoming Galactic Pickers novel.
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Michael J. Martinez

Author of the DAEDALUS trilogy and the new MAJESTIC-12 series of spy-fi novels. Treats history like Silly Putty. Drinks too much coffee.
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Milton J. Davis

Milton Davis is a science fiction/fantasy writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a small publisher of diverse science fiction and fantasy.
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Pamela A. Cole

Pamela Cole, Costumier, graduated from Goodman Theater- Chicago over 40 years ago and continues working with dance companies, movies, museums, and re-enactors, in the greater Atlanta area and is head of costuming for Atlanta’s Capitol City Opera Company. She has been involved with Dragon Con’s costume track from the beginning.
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Pinky Shear

Pinky Shear is the original “I can fix that” girl, specializing in expert vintage wardrobe restoration and bespoke costuming. As wardrobe mistress and backstage manager for Big City Burlesque and co-founder of Musée du Coeur, her name is synonymous with class and service in Atlanta burlesque, music and theater.
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Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter is a model, actress, showgirl, and steampunk personality, aka “Lady Clankington”. She has appeared on multiple steampunk-themed reality TV episodes of shows such as “Oddities”, “Odd Folks Home” and was a styling consultant on “Castle’s steampunk episode. Her photos have appeared in several steampunk and cosplay publications.
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Dr. Scott Viguié

Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist, author, actor, attorney, and the creator of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, a STEM outreach web series and audio show which explores the concepts found in science fiction and relates them to cutting edge scientific breakthroughs.
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Sharon Morgan

Sharon Morgan is the owner of Altered Tyme Corsets and a corset maker with Romantasy Exquisite Corsetry. She is costume studio supervisor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Talloolah Love

Talloolah Love, known as The Queen of the Subtle-Tease, is a burlesque performer and producer. She is the leader of the Atlanta Burlesque Society, Studio Manager of the Atlanta School of Burlesque, and performer with the CandyBox Revue. She is a published author and runs The Atlanta Burlesque podcast.
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Tony A Ballard-Smoot

Model, maker, speaker and enthusiast extraordinaire Tony Ballard-Smoot aka Captain Anthony LaGrange works to promote himself, his crew and the Steampunk community as a whole. He extensively travels around the country as a professional panelist.
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Travis Scott Merrill

Travis Scott Merrill has worked in professional theater for almost two decades, but has recently began working in the film industry . His work can be seen in films like Allegiant, Live by Night with Ben Affleck, and in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
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The Cog is Dead

The Cog is Dead is a powerhouse steampunk musical trio that have been pleasing audiences across the country with their fun and infectious stage show. For ten years now they have been one of the world’s premier steampunk bands, creating exciting songs in a wide variety of exhuberant styles and singing about fantastic worlds, mythical monsters… and food!
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Escape the Clouds

Author, musician, artist, steampunk personality, and aviation professional; those are the many varied hats worn by Mark Rossmore. As a writer with sixty-plus pieces in print and through his musical project Escape the Clouds, he crafts exciting worlds and characters through words, music, and a love of history and aviation.
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The Positronic Cats

The Positronc Cats are a progressive folk duo from Pennsylvania. Simple chord progressions paired with powerful vocals and intricate mandolin phrasings are the foundation for songs about love, revenge, and the future. As fans of dark, emotional themes as well as science fiction, their goal is to evoke cinematic scenes in the listener’s mind.
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Unwoman

Unwoman is a San Francisco-based solo cellist-singer-songwriter. Her live sets feature stand-up electric cello and the lush textures of live looping. With timeless songs about love gone wrong and classic covers, Unwoman has been a favorite solo act at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America.
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Wasted Wine

Wasted Wine, from Greenville, SC, combines Eastern European melodies, nontraditional instrumentation, cryptic lyrical storytelling, and complex song structures to weave together a kind of strange, homemade prog rock. The band consists of front man/violinist Robert Gowan, co-writer and wayward member Adam Murphy, guitarist Buck Dollars, bassist Lou Buckingham, and drummer Jaron Ferrer.
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