ConDFW XVIII https://condfw.org February 15-17, 2019 Fort Worth, TX Thu, 14 Feb 2019 21:13:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 https://condfw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-ConDFW-logo-512x512.jpg?fit=32%2C32 ConDFW XVIII https://condfw.org 32 32 17833620 Wil McCarthy https://condfw.org/panelists/wil-mccarthy/ Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:02:06 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6792 Read more]]> Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular “Lab Notes” column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Seiun, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, an Eppie, a Game Developers’ Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. In addition, his imaginary world of “P2” was rated one of the 10 best science fiction planets of all time by Discover magazine. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov’s, WIRED, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable BLOOM, Amazon.com “Best of Y2K” THE COLLAPSIUM (a national bestseller) and upcoming ANTEDILUVIAN. He has also written for TV and video games, appeared on The History Channel and The Science Channel, and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines, including WIRED, Discover, GQ, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, and the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

He holds patents in 7 countries, including 29 issued U.S. patents in the field of nanostructured optical materials.

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William Leaf https://condfw.org/panelists/william-leaf/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:06:31 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6774 William Leaf
Major, Infantry, US Army
Retired after 24 Years
1982 to 1989 OK National Guard resident expert on the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union.
HS Science teacher, Physics, Chemistry, IPC, Biology
Member The Royal Manticorian Navy

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Terry Gene https://condfw.org/panelists/terry-gene/ Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:15:04 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6772 Read more]]> I’m that engineer, now retired from over thirty years of working in nuclear power plants, on anti-aircraft missiles, and third, fourth and fifth generation wireless communications systems, and various esoteric sensor networks. Obviously, after all that, one should retire to Texas to farm and ranch. It was the biggest fail of my life. I still have the fifty acres but now I’m a certified Texas Master Naturalist busy restoring the native Tall-Grass prairie.

Before and since my retirement, I’ve helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, worked directly with veterans at the VA, served as a Big Brother, mentored elementary students, ensuring that every day’s homework was a success, mentored adult literacy/GED students, filled shopping carts for the clients of the local food bank, and ran meals to clients for Meals on Wheels. The richness of interacting with diverse people, especially the most important diversity, that of thought, lead me to put ideas down on paper and ultimately to my four-novel Matryoschka Heritage novel arc: Matryoschka, Matryoschka’s Daughters, Matryoschka’s Effect, and Matryoschka’s Time. I hope you enjoy Sarah, Alex, Sarah Beth, Katie, and Quentin as much as I have.

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Renee Witterstaetter https://condfw.org/panelists/renee-witterstaetter/ Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:58:47 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6769 Read more]]> Author,  Renee Witterstaetter is the writer of the historical works,  “Nick Cardy: The Aritst at War,” “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” “Tex: The Art or Mark Texeira,” the children’s book “Kerry and the Scary Things,”  and the film books “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” and “Nick Cardy: Wit-Lash” among many others.

Renee is also the editor on such titles as  “Guardians of the Galaxy,”  “Thanos Quest” “Superman,”  “Silver Surfer,” “Conan The Barbarian,” and “The Punisher” all current pop culture hits.

Her other editing work includes “X-Files,” “Jurassic Park,” “Xena” and “Hercules” and she  is the co-creator—with Jackie Chan and artist Michael Golden– of the successful series, “Spartan X” which will be made into a trade paperback featuring new material.

She is also the colorist on hundreds of comics from “The Avengers” to “Spider-man” to “Captain America” to “Jurassic Park,” among many, many others. “I must have colored a thousand pages of comic books,” she says.

Film work was a natural progression for Renee after this storytelling immersion in comics, and she has since worked on dozens of music videos for Madonna, Seal, Ben Harper and Usher, as well as the feature movies “Rush Hour Two,” “Red Dragon ,” “To ease the lose,” and “Swimming With The Virgin,” among others.

In addition to on-going film work, she is the President of Little Eva Ink Publishing and Eva Ink Artist Group, which represents artists and writers in comics, storyboards, fine art painting and more . Renee is also one of the producers of the “Creator Chronicles” DVD series with Woodcrest Productions, featuring interviews with major industry creators such as George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden, Joe Jusko, Matt Wagner, Joe Sinnott and many more.

Current projects also include the children’s book ” “Santa Confidential” with Hagar the Horrible artist Chris Browne.

In her not so abundant free time, she lectures on storytelling and writing, most recently in China and Russia, fishes, dances, travels and is also curating several major art exhibits featuring U.S. and European talent.

For more information on Renee Witterstaetter and her projects, contact: evaink@aol.com, or Eva Ink on Facebook.

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Ken Ruffin https://condfw.org/panelists/ken-ruffin/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:57:38 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6766 Read more]]> After serving as president of the award-winning National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) for five one-year terms, being elected to the NSS Board of Directors for a two-year term, and earning a 2018 NSS Chapter Leader Award, NSS-NT VP Ken Ruffin was appointed to the NSS Board of Advisors.

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Jimmy Misfit https://condfw.org/panelists/jimmy-misfit/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:53:21 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6764 Read more]]> As a child, Jimmy Misfit wrote soap-operatic letters on motel stationery for housekeepers to read. This ended when his mother mentioned that heiresses jetting off to South America rarely stayed at Travelodge.

In 2018, JMS Books released Jimmy’s book, The Silliest Stories Out of Bustleburg: America’s Worst City.

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Patricia Ferguson https://condfw.org/panelists/patricia-ferguson/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:51:08 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6762 Read more]]> Patricia Ferguson, an award winning poet,.edited several Science Fiction Poetry anthologies and is a member of Poetry of Johnson County, Fort Worth Poetry Society, Poets of Tarrant County, North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop, Poetry Society of Texas, Science Fiction/ Fantasy Poetry Association, Poetic Genius Society, and Austin Poets International.

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Blaise Ramsay https://condfw.org/panelists/blaise-ramsay/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 02:47:50 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6760 Read more]]> Blaise Ramsay is the founder and owner of FyreSyde Publishing, a company dedicated to putting readers and authors first. Her journey in writing began when she turned fifteen but had to be put down for the pursuit of a collegiate degree in Historical Studies. After earning her BA in History from UT Dallas, Blaise spent the greater part of her life trying to find a career in conceptual art and character design. Her skills soon paid off and she found herself working in the indie gaming industry. Soon however, she noticed creating characters for video games no longer held the draw it once had. One night, during a random Word encounter, Blaise drafted and published her first short story. Titled The Good Luck Cat, it soon earned Blaise a front page feature. This small victory caused Blaise to shift her attention to the world of literature and writing. She wrote multiple short stories which led her to participate in NaNoWriMo. The paranormal romance, Blessing of Luna, the first in the Wolfgods series, was born. This one title gave birth the publishing company, FyreSyde Publishing. The next in the series, Bane of Tenebris is due to release in July of 2019.

Presently, Blaise finds joy in writing mystery, supernatural thriller, suspense, horror and noir. After participating in her second year of NaNoWriMo, her new title, Sealed Darkness, a supernatural thriller, is currently under development.

When Blaise isn’t working on personal endeavors, she is guest blogging, working for three blog tour companies and as a full time freelance ghostwriter.

You can out more about Blaise, FyreSyde and what she hopes it can do for you at FyreSydePublishing.com

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Karl Gallagher https://condfw.org/panelists/karl-gallagher/ Sun, 25 Nov 2018 22:51:30 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6758 Read more]]> Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain are available on Amazon and Audible.

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Michael Baldwin https://condfw.org/panelists/michael-baldwin/ Sun, 25 Nov 2018 22:49:35 +0000 https://condfw.org/?p=6756 Read more]]> Michael Baldwin is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He is a retired library administrator and professor of American Government. He is the author of 10 books including poetry, science-fiction, mystery-thrillers, and a children’s science book. His poetry has won three major awards and been nominated for the Push Cart Prize.

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