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Bored with circus life, BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
I’m a Games User Researcher at Electronic Arts Vancouver, providing player research to game teams such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. My team helps developers ensure their design implementation meets their design goals.
Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world’s largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.
Currently I’m an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how ideological beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I’m also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King and Jeff VanderMeer.
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited “Caustic Soda”, the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is “The Dreaming”, a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman’s comic book treasure “The Sandman”, hosted by the Mote of Dust podcast network.
John T. (TAM) Gordy
Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.
Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing – Canada’s largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
Barbara has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both heroes and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dances. She has also been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 5.
Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at the secondary and elementary levels) and a grad student, studying for her M.A. in Theological and Philosophical Studies. She is a staunch, life-long fan of SF, fantasy, comics, anime, and of course, popular culture!
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can’t trust anyone else to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting pretty good at DIY electronics, and finishing off her supervillain post-grad work as a software developer for the Microsoft corporation, it was only natural for Dara Korra’ti to veer off into music. It’s all about rhythm, melody, and mind control.
Creede Lambard first encountered filk in 1981. He learned to play the banjo in 2003. He started combining the two in 2005 and things haven’t been the same since.
Carlos Lozano is a writer of flash-fiction and screenplays. He has a solid background in science and psychology. His flash-fiction revolves around horror and love stories. His screenplays reflect his love of adventure. He writes both in English and in Spanish.
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other-worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.
Kieth Merrill is an author, producer, and director. His new novel, The Immortal Crown, the first in the epic fantasy series Saga of Kings, combines his love of world building with his cinematic writing style. Kieth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Director’s Guild of America. He’s a two-time Oscar nominee and winner of the Academy Award for his film The Great American Cowboy. Two of his films are listed in the top 100 independent films of all time.
Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer, and programmer. He is a serious science geek and fascinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily.
I am a young aspiring filmmaker who went to film school, graduating with an expertise in Producing and Directing. After film school I then worked in the Vancouver film industry for 2 years, before quitting and pursuing my own creative outlets.
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.
A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She’s been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken for Danielle Stephens.
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda also works in the post-secondary industry with Simon Fraser University and BCIT.
Casey June Wolf
Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium: http://finedayscriptorium.blogspot.ca