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.

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,      linkedin.com/in/craigcaldwell

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.

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.

Mike Conrad,      MikeConradArt.com

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.

Christina Farley,      ChristinaFarley.com

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 ChristinaFarley.com.

Lisa Iriarte,     

Bio coming soon

Jack McDevitt,      JackMcDevitt.com

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 www.lulu.com. 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.

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.

Elizabeth Schechter,      elizabethschechterwrites.com

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 http://elizabethschechterwrites.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth.A.Schechter. You can also find her on Patreon, at https://www.patreon.com/EASchechter.

Rick Wilber,      rickwilber.net

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.

Edward Wysocki,      emwysocki.com

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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