OASIS 29 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 29 (listed in alphabetical order).
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Ben Bova - benbova.com - Bio ▼
Ben Bova has spent his life chronicling the human race's expansion into space. His "Grand Tour" novels show how humankind will tap the resources of the solar system to make life fairer and more free for all of humanity, and eventually move us out to the stars. Ben has worked with world-class scientists on high-power lasers, artificial heart devices, advanced electrical power generators, and ballistic missile defenses. He has written teaching films in which his on-screen "talent" included Nobel laureate physicists. He was a Hugo-winning editor of Analog Science Fiction and Omni magazines. Ben is a past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and president emeritus of the National Space Society (NSS).
Richard Lee Byers - facebook.com/rleebyers - Bio ▼
Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness, Blind God's Bluff: A Billy Fox Novel, The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV, Black Dogs (first in his new "Black River Irregulars" trilogy), The Ghost in the Stone, and the books in the "Impostor" series. His novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN's award for the Best Game-Based Novel of 2011. Richard has also published dozens of short stories, some of which are collected in the eBooks The Q Word and Other Stories and Zombies in Paradise. The Fate of All Fools, his first graphic novel, is now available, and he is also working on new electronic games. Richard lives in the Tampa Bay area and is a frequent guest at Gen Con, Dragon Con, and Florida SF conventions.
Erica Cameron - byericacameron.com - Bio ▼
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she's the author of several series for young adults. She's also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse who loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon decor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Jeff Carroll - amazon.com/Yo-Jeff-Carroll/e/B00NEN9G0A - Bio ▼
Jeff Carroll is a writer and a filmmaker. He is pioneering what he calls Hip Hop horror, Sci/fi and fantasy. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge. He has written and produced 2 films and has written over 5 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.
Mike Conrad - MikeConradArt.com - Bio ▼
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 (RC-Press.com). One of the first ventures was a comic book entitled Peter Parsec, Space Cadet, a satire of SF, comics and life at the Academy.
Shaun Duke - shaunduke.net - Bio ▼
Shaun Duke is a reviewer, podcaster, writer, and PhD student studying science fiction, Caribbean literature, and postcolonialism at the University of Florida. He hosts four podcasts: the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show, Totally Pretentous: A Podcast About Great Movies, Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Expanded Universe podcast), and Shaun's Rambles. He also happens to be a sentient toaster. You can find out more about him and his work at shaunduke.net
Christina Farley - christinafarley.com - Bio ▼
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.
Owl Goingback - owlgoingback.com - Bio ▼
Owl Goingback is the author of numerous novels, children's book, screenplays, short stories, magazine articles and poems. He is a Bram Stoker Award Winner, a three-time Stoker Award Nominee, a Nebula Award Nominee, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. His traditionally published novels and children's books include Crota, Darker Than Night, Evil Whispers, Breed, Shaman Moon, Eagle Feathers and The Gift. Owl has also ghostwritten novels for Hollywood celebrities.
William Hatfield - amazon.com/William-Hatfield/e/B00ILVUVNQ - Bio ▼
William Hatfield was born in a small town in northern Michigan and attended Western Michigan University, getting a degree in history and communications. Musical engagements led him to Gainesville, Florida, where he continues to live with his wife Karen and their two feline daughters. Tough Crowd is the third book in his science fiction series, Fists of Earth, following the initial Captive Audience and sequel Duel Roles. William has also written Menu for Murder, which tells the stories of three newcomers to Key West, trying to scratch out a living, even as two of them come to terms with their lifestyle. It is a quirky novel of murder and mischief that will make you laugh out loud. Blown Choices is the sequel that puts Tess, Nathan, and Tuesday through their first serious Key West hurricane season. And it's a real killer. Key Notes is a collection of short stories spanning genres and the decades of his life as an aspiring and perspiring writer.
Elle E. Ire - elleire.com - Bio ▼
Elle E. Ire resides in Celebration, Florida, with her spouse, twin daughters, and two dogs. She has won many local and national writing competitions including first and third place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards (novel-length science fiction), first place in the Pyr and Dragons essay contest judged by the editors at Pyr Publishing, first place in the Do It Write competition judged by a senior editor at Tor publishing, and she is a winner of the Backspace scholarship competition judged by multiple literary agents. She and her spouse run several writing groups and present at many local and statewide conferences. Elle is represented by Naomi Davis of Inklings Literary Agency. Her first novel, VICIOUS CIRCLE, released from Torquere Press in November, 2015.
Jose' Iriarte - labyrinthrat.com - Bio ▼
José Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and father of two. He and his spouse live in Central Florida His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Fireside Fiction, and other professional markets. His short stories have been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015 and 2016.
Aria Kane - www.ariakane.com - Bio ▼
Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She also writes Young Adult books under the name Sarah Nicolas. She has also worked in the publishing industry as an editorial intern, editorial assistant, publicist, publicity director, cover artist, and art director. When she's not writing, she can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. She is a contributor for Book Riot and at YAtopia. www.ariakane.com Twitter: @sarah_nicolas Instagram: @presidentsarah
Guy Lillian - - Bio ▼
Guy Lillian, got his start writing letters to comic books. Since then he's been President of the Southern Fan Confederation, a 14-time Hugo los- ... ahh, nominee, the editor/publisher of Challenger (genzine), Spartacus (perzine), The Zine Dump (zine about zines) and Spiritus Mundi (apazine), all but the last available on eFanzines.com. Along with his wife Rose-Marie, he is a former DUFF delegate to the Australian National Convention. He resides with her and her family, Joe & Patty Green, in Merritt Island, where he cheers rocket launches with the fervor of a 10-year-old.
Jack McDevitt - jackmcdevitt.com - Bio ▼
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 - home.earthlink.net/~jeffmitchellmit - Bio ▼
Ann Morris - facebook.com/annwademorris - Bio ▼
Ann Morris is a founding member of the Stone Hill Science Fiction Association, established 1979, which has been hosting Necronomicon each October since 1982. Having done many jobs for the convention, she has settled into the one she likes best, guest liaison and head of programming. She has appeared on panels at conventions around the U.S., one in London and one in Dublin. If you know her, you know she loves oh so many geeky things with "Firefly," "Star Trek," and costumes being at the top of the list. She maintains that she is a geek rather than a nerd because she could only wish to be as smart as nerds are.
Kendall F. Morris - - Bio ▼
Kendall F. Morris, Ph. D. is a Neuroscientist and Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, at the University of South Florida. He is also a founder of Tampa's Stone Hill Association SF Club and hosts the Ygor Party and Gourmet Beer Tasting at their yearly SF Convention, Necronomicon (it's not a very good name, but better than Anthrax).
Mari Ness - Twitter.com/mari_ness - Bio ▼
Mari Ness has published well over one hundred short stories in Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Apex, Fireside, Nightmare, Unlikely Story, Shimmer and more, as well as poetry in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Mythic Delirium, Through the Gate, Polu Texni, Goblin Fruit, inkscrawl and more. She blogs regularly at Tor.com, most recently with the Disney Read-Watch, a nearly two year project comparing Disney animated films to their text sources, and Fairy Passages, an exploration of fairy tales. She loves both great and bad TV. She lives in the central Florida area.
Charles Radley - sites.google.com/site/floridaspacedev - Bio ▼
Charles Radley has B.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Systems Engineering, 30+ years aerospace experience. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 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, 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, the International Space Station. 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.
Gary S. Roen - email@example.com - Bio ▼
Gary S. Roen, consultant, author, nationally syndicated book reviewer/writer has been writing his appraisals of books for 35 years. His reviews have appeared in hundreds of daily, weekly newspapers and other periodicals that currently include Midwest Book Review, West Orlando News, Sodo News, Backstage Pass, St. Cloud In the News, Osceola News-Gazette, Bivouac Magazine, and Arrhythmic Souls. He is a contributor to Twisted Tales 66 horror stories editor Kimberly Raiser He is also a publishing consultant to authors and publishers in all genres. He is the co-author of "Cats Cats and More Cats" Royal Fireworks Press
Elenora Rose Sabin - erosesabin.com - Bio ▼
Elenora Rose Sabin taught Spanish and language arts to middle school students for many years before retiring to launch a career as a novelist, writing as E. Rose Sabin. Her first novels, YA fantasies, were published by Tor. Later books were published by small presses, and she is now self-publishing under her own imprint. She also does free-lance editing. Her novels are written for adults and teens, and in addition she has one children's chapter book out, titled Grandy's Grand Inventions. Her most recent works are the mythic fantasy Deathright and urban fantasy novels Were House and A House Full of Dreams.
Elizabeth Schechter - elizabethschechterwrites.com - Bio ▼
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). Elizabeth Schechter 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, and a most accepting circle of friends who are both very amused and very proud of the pervy, fetish writer in their midst.
Benjamin Sperduto - benjaminsperduto.com - Bio ▼
Benjamin Sperduto is a history teacher and has also worked as a freelance editor and writer for roleplaying games. His first two novels, The Walls of Dalgorod (2015) and Mirona's Law (April 2017), are available from Curiosity Quills Press. Several of his short stories have appeared in various fantasy, horror, and sci-fi anthologies, including Under a Brass Moon (Curiosity Quills Press, 2016), Dark Horizons (Elder Signs Press, 2016), and Darkscapes (Curiosity Quills Press, 2017). Benjamin also records electronic music under the name Morana's Breath and hosts a roleplaying game podcast entitled 12/12 Project. A graduate of the University of South Florida, he 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 www.benjaminsperduto.com or follow him on Twitter (@bensperduto).
Ed Wysocki - emwysocki.com/ - Bio ▼
Ed Wysocki is a resident of Orange County. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Although he is now retired, he worked for over three decades in the defense industry. A lifelong interest in science fiction was turned into serious research when he encountered statements by Robert A. Heinlein that claimed a connection between one of his early stories and naval technology of World War II. This eventually led to Ed’s first book, The Great Heinlein Mystery: Science Fiction, Innovation and Naval Technology, which appeared in July 2012. During the course of research for the first book, material was encountered that opened up a broader area of exploration. This resulted in his second book, An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II, which came out in April 2015. This book looks at the many connections between science fiction and World War II, using the pulp magazine Astounding Science-Fiction as the point of focus. An ASTOUNDING War should be of interest to many people as we are now in the period of the 75th anniversary of the participation of the United States in World War II. Both of these books are available as a paperback and for the Kindle. Ed continues to do research into connections between science fiction and technology, with plans for another book.