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OASIS Guests.

OASIS prides itself in having a wide variety of guests at our convention. Everyone from writers, artists, publishers, all the way to rocket scientists. Check out our exciting list of guests appearing at OASIS (listed in alphabetical order).

Updated continually, please check back often.

Hime Ahri,     

Hime Ahri is a Cosplayer of many video game and Anime characters. She is also well known as a twitch streamer, streaming games, art, dance, and music. She streams varies types of online games from MOBA’s to Battle Royale’s. She enjoy's variety streaming such as playing games but taking a day to show her talents in Drawing and the Arts. She's been drawing since she was 2 years old and took it more seriously when she turned 11. She's been fascinated in art ever since. Music has also been a very serious matter to her during the same time her art interests peeked! She's plays various instruments such as the viola (being her main source of knowledge), violin, cello, and piano. She’s experienced in bringing her cosplays to reality. Her most iconic cosplay is D. Va from overwatch. This character is very dear to her and she's represented her in various different outfits! She has also brought characters like Zero Two from the popular series, "Darling in the Franxx" and Shiny Chariot from the Netflix series, "Little Witch Academia" both to life! Ahri herself says, "Cosplay has been one of my biggest passions. I feel like becoming the character I love allows me to take a break from my life and live in theirs. Almost like an escape! I get to become a witch, or a fox girl for a day and it's truly so fun and exciting for me. I love what I do."

Ben Bova,

Dr. Ben Bova’s has written more than 130 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, and has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age. President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, Dr. Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, “for fueling mankind’s imagination regarding the wonders of outer space.” His 2006 novel TITAN received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. In 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” In 2012 he received a Space Pioneer Award from the National Space Society. His Grand Tour novels, such as LEVIATHANS OF JUPITER, MARS, and TITAN combine romance, adventure, and the highest degree of scientific accuracy to show how the human race will expand through the solar system, and the impact this will have on individual human lives and society as a whole. His nonfiction books, such as FAINT ECHOES, DISTANT STARS and IMMORTALITY, have been honored by the American Librarians Association and others.

Richard Lee Byers,

Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror books including The Things That Crawl, The Hep Cats of Ulthar, This Sword for Hire, Blind God’s Bluff, Black Dogs, Black Crowns, Ire of the Void, and the books in the “Impostor” series. He is perhaps best known for his Forgotten Realms novels. One of them, The Spectral Blaze, won Diehard GameFAN’s award for the Best Game-Based Novel of 2011. Richard has also published dozens of short stories, scripted a graphic novel (The Fate of All Fools), and contributed content to tabletop and electronic games. A film script he wrote based on one of his fantasy novelettes is under option. His forthcoming works (all of which should be available within the next twelve months) include Lancelot, Meatspace, Blood of Baalshandor, and Seekers of the Golden Citadel. Richard lives in the Tampa Bay area and is a frequent guest at Gen Con, Dragon Con, and Florida SF conventions. He invites everyone to Follow him on Twitter (@rleebyers) and Facebook.

Craig Caldwell,

Craig Caldwell is an actual rocket surgeon, brain scientist, futurologist, and confirmed techno-geek. He has advanced degrees in physics and space science, and is ABD for a doctorate in cognitive psychology, with minors in artificial intelligence and ergonomics. Among his many endeavors, he programmed the space shuttle launch control computers at Kennedy Space Flight Center, blew up (i.e. tested) rocket fuels at the White Sands Test Facility, and evaluated soldier performance at the Fort Bliss (El Paso) field unit of the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). His master’s thesis in psychology was funded by the Department of Justice and helped a user evolve a likeness of a criminal suspect using a genetic algorithm. It served as foundational research for the FacePrints program used by Scotland Yard and INTERPOL. Caldwell is now an independent consultant, more recently again working for ARI (contracted through Abrams Learning and Information Systems) on a project titled Visualizing Complex Problems. At the turn of the millennium, he owned and operated Tachyons Inc., a SF & Fantasy gallery exhibiting art, sculpture, and artifacts created by almost 50 artists, and including his own digital spacescapes rendered using Bryce, Poser, and Photoshop. He is a licensed hot air balloon pilot and PADI certified rescue diver.

Erica Cameron,

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University. She’s worked as a dance instructor, research assistant, pointe shoe fitter, pizza delivery girl, editorial assistant at a yachting magazine, bookseller, and English literature teacher at a residential rehabilitation center for teens. Now, she has written several series for young adults, including The Ryogan Chronicles and the Assassins duology, and has contributed to various online blogs and publications. She is also an advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness. She currently lives in South Florida.

Deb Canaday,     

Jeff Carroll,

Jeff Carroll is also pioneering what he calls Hip Hop horror, Sci/fi and Fantasy. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge. He has written and produced 2 films and has written over 7 science fiction and nonfiction books. His short stories have appeared in The Black Science Fiction Society's anthology and their magazine as well as other anthologies. Jeff produces The Monster Panel a traveling sci-fi panel which features writers of color in a lively discussion of comic books, movies and Black people.

Adam-Troy Castro,

OASIS Guest of Honor. Adam-Troy Castro made his first non-fiction sale to Spy magazine in 1987. His twenty-seven books to date include four Spider-Man novels, the Andrea Cort trilogy (Emissaries from the Dead, The Third Claw of God, and War of the Marionettes), and six middle-grade novels about the dimension-spanning adventures of young Gustav Gloom. The final installment in the series, Gustav Gloom And The Castle of Fear, came out in 2016. Adam’s darker short fiction for grownups was highlighted in his collection, Her Husband’s Hands And Other Stories (Prime Books). January 2019 saw a release of his audio collection, And Other Stories (Skyboat Media), ten hours of A-TC fiction read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir, Justin Eire, and Kathe Mazur, with introductions read by the author. New stories about Andrea Cort and the covert operative John Draiken regularly appear in ANALOG. Adam’s works have won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, two Hugos, and, internationally, the Ignotus (Spain), the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire (France), and the Kurd-Laßwitz Preis (Germany). His latest projects include a mainstream thriller currently making the rounds, and another novel currently in progress. Adam lives in Florida with his wife, past fan guest of honor Judi B. Castro, and a rotating selection of cats.

Mike Conrad,

Mike Conrad is a freelance artist/writer/designer working in the Orlando area. A self-taught artist, he graduated from West Point in 1980 and served as an army officer until 1988. He established Radical Concepts, Inc., to provide creative services (production design, art direction, writing, illustration and so on) to the entertainment industry. His clients include Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Lockheed Martin, Kennedy Space Center and the Orlando Science Center. He has made props for the TV shows Swamp Thing and Fortune Hunter, and was Art Director of the horror classic Oliver Twisted. He has been Guest of Honor at many cons and has won many awards. He has entered publishing by establishing RC Press in 2006 ( One of the first ventures was a comic book entitled Peter Parsec, Space Cadet, a satire of SF, comics and life at the Academy.

Derek Demeter,

Derek Demeter began working at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida in 2003. By 2007, Mr. Demeter was offered the position of Planetarium Director, and immediately began the process of writing and producing new shows. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community. Derek currently serves as the Past President of the Southeastern Planetarium Association and was president from 2017-2018. Derek also enjoys promoting science beyond the planetarium with his work as an astrophotographer, which earned him pictures seen in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Derek also enjoys giving talks to venues such as astronomy festivals, local libraries, serving as Observing Chair of the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and simply setting up a telescope at local venues to give the public a truly "out-of-this world" experience.

Allan Dyen-Shapiro,

Allan Dyen-Shapiro published his first short story in 2014. Since that time, he’s sold ten more, four of them to venues paying pro-rates. Most are SF set in the near future: some have a cyberpunk flavor; some are humorous. A couple are alternate history. He has just finished writing his first novel. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford in 1994 and did a post-doc in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. He blogs on topics he thinks would be of interest to those who might one day consider buying a book from him at, where you can also find links to his stories, some freebie stories, and links to friend/follow him on social media. The rumors that he is either a space alien or an AI are most likely not true.

Christina Farley,

Christina Farley is the author of the bestselling Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea, and middle grade, THE PRINCESS & THE PAGE, set in France. GILDED was nominated for Korea’s Morning Calm, Ohio’s Buckeye award, and Tome’s It List. It also was hailed in Epic Read’s anticipated reads, PriceStyle’s recommended summer reads, Book Riot’s favorite myth inspired reads, and BuzzFeed’s 21 amazing series they’ll miss. She is a certified teacher holding a master’s degree in education and has taught writing workshops worldwide. She lives in Florida and can be visited online at

Owl Goingback,

Owl Goingback has been writing professionally for over thirty years, and is the author of numerous novels, children’s book, screenplays, magazine articles, and short stories. He is a Bram Stoker Award Winner, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His books include Crota (Bram Stoker Award Winner), Darker Than Night (Stoker Award Nominee), Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Eagle Feathers, and The Gift. Owl’s short story collection Tribal Screams was published as a limited run in 2016, and recently republished to a much larger audience. The Coffee Shop of Horrors created an Owl Goingback’s Tribal Screams roasted chestnut flavored coffee to tie-in with the collection. Owl was also one of eight writers chosen for DC Entertainment’s 2016 Talent Development Workshop, and recently added comic book writer to his professional resume. His newest novel, Coyote Rage, will be published in 2019.

Elle E. Ire,

Elle E. Ire lives in Central Florida where she teaches writing to middle school students. She is a two-time winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, first place winner of the Do It Write competition, winner of the Backspace Scholarship, and first place winner of the Pyr and Dragons essay contest. Elle is represented by Naomi Davis at the Bookends Literary Agency. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in 2015 and will be re-released by Dreamspinner Publications later this year along with her new novel, THREADBARE, the first in the STORM FRONTS series. To see what her tagline “Deadly Women, Dangerous Romance” is really all about, visit her website, or follow Elle on Facebook or Twitter @Lisairi.

Aria Kane,

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua. She also writes Young Adult as Sarah Nicolas. She's the Managing Director of Pitch Wars and a contributor for Book Riot.

Will Ludwigsen,

Will Ludwigsen's weird fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine among many other places. His first collection In Search Of and Others was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and his second collection Acres of Perhaps received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He lives in Jacksonville with partner Aimee Payne and four cats, also possibly writers of some sort. He blogs sometimes at and tweets as @will_ludwigsen.

Usman Malik,     

Usman Malik is a Pakistani writer resident in Florida. He has won the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy awards and been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Storysouth Million Writers awards. His stories have been reprinted in several Best of the Year anthologies. In his spare time Usman likes to run distance. You can find him on Twitter @usmantm

Jack McDevitt,

Jack McDevitt has been described by Stephen King as "the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." He is the author of twenty-two novels, eleven of which have been Nebula finalists, and more than eighty short stories. Seeker won the Nebula for best novel in 2007. In 2003, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. He won the Georgia Writers' Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His first novel, The Hercules Text, won a special Philip K. Dick Award in 1986. He has received various other honors. Most recently, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid for him.

Jeff Mitchell,     

Jeff Mitchell graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in physics. He then was a US Navy officer serving on the aircraft carrier USS Forestal and then captain of a small ship, the Monob. He then worked at the Kennedy Space Center for over 28 years with the payloads, including testing the International Space Station (ISS). He has been inside most of the ISS modules. Ask him about Velcro (™). His last job at KSC was as an Astronaut representative, which means he did everything from training them on the ISS to taking them off the space shuttle when it landed. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Florida Institute of Technology where he teaches, among other subjects, Rocket Propulsion. For some reason people call him a Rocket Scientist from MIT. He has written science articles for encyclopedias, and his textbook, Space Power Systems, is available at He had an article on the Space Shuttle published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in 2013.

Ann Morris,

Ann Morris has been in fandom for almost 50 years. She started with "Star Trek" conventions in the early 1970s. Having loved to dress up from childhood, she naturally took to the costuming/cosplay aspect of the SF community. Her favorite aspect, besides chatting people up, of conventions is seeing people in costumes. Ann is a founding member of the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association, which celebrated its fortieth birthday January 18, 2019. Also, a founder of Necronomicon, which will have its 38th convention in October 2019, she is programming director, guest liaison, and costume contest head.

Kendall F. Morris,

When Kendall F. Morris was a kid, he found a lot of really good books in the in the fiction section of the library under "H." They got him hooked on science fiction. Somewhat later, as an adult, he helped found the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association and its yearly convention, Necronomicon. Today, he still reads science fiction but also works as a real life scientist at the Morsoni College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on the neural control of breathing. His work has taken him to such far flung places as Australia, Italy, England, Slovakia, Hong Kong, and Orlando. -bio credit Ann Morris, who sometimes gets to go along to far flung places.

Stanley Morrison,

Stanley Morrison is a self-taught fantasy artist who has been drawing anything he could imagine since childhood. Besides being a fantasy artist, Stanley works as the art director at an wholesale art manufacturer that sells to the decor industry. He has designed and produced art for furniture companies such as Rooms-to-Go, Havertys, Matter Brothers, and Thomasville. Stanley took his art in a new direction in 1995 when he became enthralled with the scratchboard technique as a medium that captures and enhances the texture of fantasy creatures. Nominations for Chesley Awards for scratchboard monochrome pieces followed in 1997, 1999,2000 and 2006. Stanley has won numerous awards for scratchboard and paintings at Dragoncon, Worldcon, Lunacon, Boskone, Arisia, Aggiecon, and OASIS, where his Polar Princess won Best of Show in 2001. Stanley’s talented use of diverse mediums such as scratchboard, oils, acrylics, digital, pastels, and pencil allow for versatile expression of his fertile imagination.

Mari Ness,

Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, trained her to do just one thing: write. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Fireside, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Fantasy. Her fiction has been listed on the Locus Recommended List, and her poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling, Elgin and Dwarf Stars Awards. She is perhaps best known, however, as a regular contributor to, most recently with her essay series on Pixar films, fairy tales and the Disney Read-Watch, which was short listed for a Stabby Award. She lives in central Florida.

José Pablo Iriarte,

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures, iO9, and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Jose’s novelette, “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births,” was a Nebula Award Finalist for 2018. Learn more at, or follow José on Twitter @labyrinthrat.

Charles Radley,     

Charles Radley is a spacecraft systems engineer who has worked on manned and unmanned spacecraft development and operations. In 1981 he started work on communications satellite systems integration, launch campaigns and range safety. Later he was instrumental in developing proposals for lunar space missions for the 1990 Space Exploration Initiative. He was a member of the subcontractor teams for the Galileo and Magellan space probes, the International Space Station, experiments for Spacelab-MSL-1 and several communications satellite projects (e.g. Intelsat-6, Olympus, HS-601, HS-376, Inmarsat-2, Marecs). He worked on the Mobile Transporter, and the power system for NASA Space Station Freedom which became ISS. He is an inter-disciplinary engineer, specializing in systems safety and hazards analysis as well as mission operations. He was principal author of the NASA Guidebook for Safety Critical Software. Was a part time technical consultant for Transorbital Corporation, the first private company licensed by the U.S. government to explore and land on the Moon. In 1968 he read about Solar Power Satellites and said … Yes, this is THE solution. In 1976 he heard about Gerard O'Neill so in 1977 he read the High Frontier, and said, yes, finally a plan which makes sense. For the last 30 years continues to work on the original O'Neill vision with the addition of a lunar elevator. He has written extensively on space based solar power, e.g. in the 2009 McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and in internet fora. He was a contributor to the 2007 US Department of Defense study on Space Based Solar Power managed by the National Space Security Office. He pursues concepts for space manufacturing using lunar resources. He is thoroughly grounded in real world practical spacecraft technology and cost issues, as well as appreciating the big picture long term roadmap for lunar development.

Gary S. Roen,     

Gary S. Roen, is the author of two collections of science fiction “Journey, Legacy Book Publishing, “Slotski’s World” “The Forgotten Father” a book of poetry from Taylor and Seal Publishing, and the co-author of “Cats Cats and More Cats Royal Fireworks Press Roen is the author of two books of poetry, “Look at Me World,” Chateau Publishing, His articles and reviews appear in such publications as The Beach Side Resident, bUnike Magazine, Live Well and Live Wisely Magazine. Midwest Book Review .com. to name a few.

E. Rose Sabin,

E. Rose Sabin considers herself a Florida native, having lived in Pinellas County from the age of five. After teaching Spanish and English to middle schoolers for 30 years, she decided to pursue a new career as a writer—and learned the hard way that writing is a difficult career for earning a living. Nevertheless, she persisted, and is the author of 17 novels. She is currently reissuing the Arucadi series, which is comprised of three books originally published by Tor, two books originally published by a small press, and 2 self-published books. The Arucadi books will be reissued in the chronological order of the events in the books, not the original publication order. The first book of the series is Mistress of the Wind. It is followed by Bringers of Magic, then A Mix of Magics. The fourth book, never previously published, will be Deniably Dead.

Elizabeth Schechter,

Elizabeth Schechter has been called one of the top erotica and alternative sexuality writers in the world. Her writing credits include the award-winning steampunk erotic romance House of Sable Locks, the Celtic fantasy Princes of Air, and the dystopian fantasy Rebel Mage trilogy. Her shorter work has appeared in anthologies edited by D.L King (Carnal Machines), Laura Antoniou (No Safewords), and Cecilia Tan (Jingle Balls; Like a Prince). With Written in Water, the first in the Heir to the Firstborn series, Elizabeth is exploring new ground, with her first new adult romance that was written entirely in real time on Patreon. She was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and son. Elizabeth can be found online at, or on Facebook at You can also find her on Patreon, at

Ruby Shea,     

Rubey Shea explores surrealism, 3-D, time and space continuum in her sci-fi/fantasy and mixed media art. Additionally, as an Artisan Jeweler and textile designer, she crafts couture products for the runway, boutiques, commissions, and collaborations. Rubey Shea has joined the ranks of independent competitive designers of a celebrity backed company, designs promotional products for authors and is bringing the stories associated with her earlier art to life on the pages of a novel: The Guardian Awakens, The Waiting Time, Time Prison and The Warrior's Dirge. Finally! First novel of the series introduces a hunter with secrets, the hunted with powers to hone, a sister that can bring nightmares in daylight, and the hue and cry of a people that will awaken The Guardian. Past works include story cover for Roots of Evil and Other Stories, directing and producing stage productions, choreography, authoring songs, poetry and short stories. Rubey Shea Design Academy is now accepting applications.

Benjamin Sperduto,

Benjamin Sperduto is a copywriter and former history teacher who has also worked as a freelance editor and writer. As an only child growing up in rural Ohio, he developed an overactive imagination from an early age. When it was no longer socially acceptable to fight orcs and cave trolls with his homemade wooden sword, he turned that imagination toward writing fiction and creating fantasy worlds for roleplaying games. His first two novels, The Walls of Dalgorod (2015) and Mirona’s Law (2017), draw heavily upon his graduate studies in Russian history. His latest novel, Blackspire, is forthcoming in Fall 2019 from Owl Hollow Press. When not writing or developing his latest roleplaying game idea, he also records electronic music under the name Morana’s Breath. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Benjamin lives and works in Tampa, Florida, where due to his casual relationship with a razor and comb, he is sometimes mistaken for a person of interest. For a full list of publications and fiction updates, visit his website.

Phoebe Stubblefield,     

Paul Vincenti,     

Rick Wilber,

Rick Wilber’s most-recent novel, Alien Morning, (Tor, 2016) was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016. Alien Day: Notes from Holmanville, the second novel in the trilogy, will be out in early 2020. His short fiction frequently appears in Asimov’s and other magazines and anthologies. He is a creative-writing professor in the low-residency MFA genre-fiction program at Western Colorado University. He is co-founder and co-judge with Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, presented annually at the Conference on the Fantastic.

Richard Wildbur Jr.,     

Edward Wysocki,

Dr. Edward Wysocki is a resident of Orange County. Although now retired, he was employed for many years by a local defense contractor. He has had a lifelong interest in science fiction that began with Heinlein’s Space Cadet. He is a member of The Heinlein Society and the Science Fiction Research Association. His notes and articles have appeared in The Heinlein Journal and Science Fiction Studies. Dr. Wysocki is the author of 3 non-fiction books on the topic of science fiction. He had encountered a claim by Heinlein that one of his early stories had an influence on naval technology of World War II. Many years of research resulted in his first book, The Great Heinlein Mystery: Science Fiction, Innovation and Naval Technology, which appeared in 2012. Research for the first book stimulated his interest in science fiction of the wartime period. This led to his second book, An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II, which appeared in 2015. It looks at the many connections between science fiction and the war, using the pulp magazine Astounding Science-Fiction as the point of focus. His most recent book looks at a possible source of inspiration for inventors. Have you ever heard a claim that a system or device was inspired by a work of science fiction? Out Of This World Ideas: And the Inventions They Inspired, which appeared in the fall of 2018, looks at a number of inventions to determine the truth of the claims of their inspiration by science fiction.

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