Guests of Honor

Actor Jeffrey Combs
Few actors living today are truly icons. Jeffrey Combs is that rare breed of actor who has secured himself a spot in film history. Many claim him as the modern day Vincent Price. Bursting into the public consciousness with his riveting performance as Herbert West in the cult classic Re-Animator, over the years Jeffrey has carved out an enviable niche for himself as a true original. Jeffrey, a native of the Central Coast region of California, spent years nurturing and honing his craft by attending acclaimed schools and working in regional theatre before pursuing film and television. He received his training at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the Actor’s Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent years in regional theatre performing at such notable venues as the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, AZ, the California Shakespearean Company, the Mark Taper Forum and South Coast Repertory where, in 1983, he won an LA Drama Critics Award.

In Re-Animator With over 50 feature films and countless television works under his belt, Jeffrey’s career spans a broad range of genres. However, he’s most widely recognized and dearly loved by fans of the Horror and Sci-Fi genres. Along with Re-Animator a few of his most beloved performances are his memorable portrayal of quirky FBI agent Milton Dammers in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners which earned him a Saturn Award nomination, his chilling performance as Dr. Richard Vannacutt in the Halloween box office champ House on Haunted Hill and his widely praised portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe in Stuart Gordon’s The Black Cat for Showtime’s Masters of Horror series. He starred with Rene Zellwegger in the indie film favorite Love and a .45 and acted opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the successful I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

In Star Trek: Enterprise Jeffrey has worked continuously in television through the course of his career. From a guest spot on CSI to appearing regularly as Kevin Burkhoff on the popular series The 4400, he has over 30 credits in television. But without question Jeffrey is considered a mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. He has guest starred in close to 50 episodes spanning over three Star Trek series. He is the only actor to recur in two different roles in the same series. He portrayed Liquidator Brunt and the Vorta, Weyoun, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also recurred many times as the memorable Commander Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise.

His voiceover credits include the voice of The Question in the animated series Justice League Unlimited as well the voice of the Scarecrow in The New Batman Adventures and also work on the Spiderman cartoon series.

Jeffrey’s career shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. As of this writing he stars in 5 films yet to be released.

Artist Ralph Ryan
Selected by popular vote at the MarsCon 2016 Art Show. Ralph Ryan

Ralph J. Ryan is primarily a landscape painter – what he happens to paint, are landscapes of future possibilities: Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has also been a set designer for theatre. Theatre designs influence his art, infusing them with intense color and dramatic light giving his paintings a theatrical look. Set designing has led to an interest in architecture and its varied styles. The designs of architect Paolo Soleri have been a great influence: cities spanning a river or a space platform aligned with moons in a kind of cosmic dance. He believes his paintings are inviting, intriguing, and fun. The places Ralph paints are places one would like to go and explore.

He also believes the art he does is important, especially now. In difficult times people pull back, turn inward. Art showing the expanse of space, other worlds, and alternative realities point us in an outward-looking direction, opening the mind and imagination to future possibilities.

Ralph’s current work involves melding the art and techniques of both the real and the digital worlds. For him, the computer and its digital tools are just another paint brush, pencil, or pen – creating visions of possible futures using the tools once thought of as the future. Digital technology today has given the visual artist the ability to produce works virtually without limitation. If you can imagine it, you can do it.

Authors Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
2003 Guests of Honor
The Maine-based writing duo of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have been writing about alien artifacts, strange beings, odd folk, and other worlds for more than thirty years, with published collaborations ranging from newspaper reporting and non-fiction, to light fantasy, hard fantasy, and space opera, all in lengths from short-short to good-sized novels, not least of which is their Liaden series. Sharon Photo

Along the way Lee and Miller have been honored with the Skylark Award, The Hal Clement Award for Young Adult SF, The Prism Award for Best Futuristic Romance (both first and second place the same year!) and have been Guests of Honor, special guests, and panelists at numerous SF conventions across North America.

Steve Photo In addition to her writing, Sharon is the only person to have been Executive Director, Vice President, and President of SFWA and has served on a number of award juries in the SF field. Prior to taking on the universe as a fictioneer Sharon owned her own PR business.

Also a sometime award jurist, Steve is a lapsed journalist, publisher, con-running fan, computer-guy, and librarian who survived Clarion West back in 1973 and was the founding Curator of the UMBC Science Fiction Research Collection as well as Vice Chair of the Baltimore in 80 WorldCon bid.

Recent books by the pair include Dragon in Exile, the short story collection Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III, and the third book in Sharon’s own sea-side Archer’s Beach trilogy, Carousel Seas, all from Baen. The July 2016 Liaden novel, is Alliance of Equals, number 19 in the Liaden Universe®.

Comedy & Music Guest of Honor Judy Tenuta
You’ve seen Judy Tenuta appear in shows from The Vagina Monologues to Menopause the Musical. Her stand-up specials have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Lifetime. Judy was featured as the national spokesperson for a series of Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. In September 2016, Judy Photo Judy was a guest voice actor on the TV series premiere of Cartoon Network's Mighty MagiSwords, created by TV's Kyle, in an episode storyboarded by Luke Ski.

The self-described “Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite Of The Accordion” has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular television shows as The View, Late Night With David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Comics Unleashed. Judy’s stand-up routine is appropriately described as outrageous, mind-blowing comedy. She recently became an ordained minister and converts her audiences to her signature religion, “Judyism”.

A strong advocate for gays, children, and women’s issues, the fun-loving feminist preaches that all women should be worshipped as Love Goddesses!
Website: www.judytenuta.com

Judy Tenuta’s appearance is sponsored by Dementia Radio (dementiaradio.org), and the podcast Kyle And Luke Talk About Toons (www.kyleandluke.com).

Sciences Guests Benjamin Higginbotham & Cariann Higginbotham
Higginbothams PhotoBenjamin and Cariann are the creators and hosts of the live webcast TMRO (‘tomorrow’). With co-hosts Jared Head and Mike Clark each week the team talks about exploration of the cosmos in a fun and engaging way. Featuring a live and interactive chat room, viewers can participate in the show and ask questions of the hosts and industry guests in real time. Entering its 10th season, TMRO has won the “Best Presentation of Space” award from the Space Frontier Foundation, was featured in Wired magazine as one of the top ways to watch Space Shuttle launches and continues to push the bounds of live webcasting in an effort to get humanity to look up. Shows are every Saturday at 18:00 UTC or Noon CST.

Posthumous guest Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)
Groundbreaking Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author and creator of the Dragon Riders of Pern series of novels.

Other Guests of Distinction

Ruth Berman
2016 Guest of Honor
Ruth Berman has published fiction and poetry in many magazines and anthologies, including science fiction, fantasy, general, and literary publications. Her novel Bradamant’s Quest was published by FTL Publications, and she is one of the contributors to the anthology Lady Poetesses from Hell, by the LPFH. She is one of the co-authors of Autumn World by Joan M. Verba et al., and has written articles on sf/fantasy for many journals. Books she edited: Dear Poppa (MN Historical Society), The Kerlan Awards in Children’s Literature (Pogo Press), Sissajig and Other Surprises (short fantasy by Oz author Ruth Plumly Thompson). Aqueduct Press and Black Coat Press have published her translations of French fantasy (The Invisible Prince/The Prince of the Aquamarines, a pair of fairy tales by Louise Cavalier Levesque, and Trilby/The Crumb Fairy, fantasy stories by Charles Nodier, respectively). She is a longtime Twin Cities fan. Ruth was one of the founding members of The Rivendell Group and a founding member of Minn-Stf, the local Minnesota Science Fiction Society.

Cynthia Booth
Cynthia Booth is a published poet, short story writer, and internationally awarded playwright presently residing in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Roy C. Booth
Roy C. Booth hails from Bemidji, MN where he manages Roy's Comics & Games (est. 1992) with his wife and three sons. He is a published author, poet, journalist, essayist, gag writer, and optioned screenwriter with over 900 publication credits, and internationally awarded playwright with 57 stage plays published (Samuel French, Heuer, et al) with 825+ productions worldwide in 30 countries in ten languages. He is also known for collaborations with R Thomas Riley, Brian Keene, Eric M. Heideman, William F. Wu, Axel Kohagen, and others and is an award winning editor for Indie Authors Press (London/Santiago). Learn more about his career on Wikipedia, Facebook, and at www.amazon.com/author/roycbooth.

Haddayr Copley-Woods
Haddayr Copley-Woods is an SF/F short story writer with pieces in places such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex, Strange Horizons, and Best American Erotica – with honorable mentions in Best Horror of the Year. She tells stories onstage and writes an advice column as Bitter Butch at bitterempire.com. She works as a software test engineer and lives with her family in Minneapolis. You can find her work at haddayr.com.

Dave Duca
Dave Duca from Oconto WI, is an announcer for their local radio station, and enjoys the many ambitions in the Community and Events. Born in Green Bay, Dave’s hobbies and interests go anywhere from astronomy, shortwave radio, rotary cam engines, UAVs, and Bread Pudding. He finds it fascinating, taking things apart to figure out how they work. “Anything from a simple space shuttle to a complex door knob will do.” His fort’e is literally anything autonomous, including Daleks. He goes on to say that, these Kaled Creature Machines are a wonderful exercise in frugal budgets and recycling. “…it’s amazing what a person can make in a McGyyver State of Mind…” These past few years of making Daleks with my good friend Michael [Glielmi] has enhanced everything so much more. “…Attending Conventions as a proper Dalek, has earned a greater interest in the younger set, than I ever could’ve imagined…” he says.

Mike Glielmi
Mike Glielmi, residing in Holland Town WI, is a mechanical designer of wide experience. Born in Chicago Illinois, he fell in love with all things sci-fi well before he attended school. Science fiction and fantasy are ever present in the warp and woof of his life. Dr. Who has, for a very long time, been the golden threads in that weave. Then Mike once dared to ask his very good friend Dave Duca, a kindred spirit in all things Whovian, if Dave would consider making a Dalek for the purposes of attending conventions. Mike was already an avid attender of many conventions, often showing up at such events in costume. “What better costume than a Dalek?” Mike thought. Little did the unsuspecting resident of Holland Town know how such a question would “Release the hounds!” The hounds have not stopped running since! In the years after that fateful question, Daleks have been flying from Dave‘s residence of “Porchwood” at a dizzying pace. Now, Mike also has been creating Daleks from his residence in Holland Town. Wisconsin is soon to be over-run with the children of the “Cult of WISkaro“… the name Dave and Mike have coined for the group of Dalek creators.

Naomi Kritzer
2008 Guest of Honor
Naomi Kritzer is the author of three fantasy novels in her “Dead Rivers” series: Freedom’s Gate (2004), Freedom’s Apprentice (2005), and Freedom’s Sisters (2006), and short fiction in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and Tales of the Unanticipated. Naomi recently completed a children’s fantasy novel in which a ten-year-old Minneapolis girl notices that no one else can see one of the houses on her block. Website: www.naomikritzer.com

Craig Lang
Craig Lang is a UFO and anomaly researcher with Minnesota MUFON, the local chapter of the Mutual UFO Network. He investigates sighting and encounter reports in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Craig is a Certified Hypnotherapist, with the National Guild of Hypnotists. He is retired from his profession as a computer engineer a medical electronics companies in the Twin Cities area. Mr. Lang has been interested in astronomy, ET life and UFOs since childhood. He is the author of two nonfiction books on UFO abduction, The Cosmic Bridge and The Other Side of the Sky, The Cosmic Bridge Companion. He is an amateur radio operator (KC∅ZH), and also dabbles in writing science fiction. Websites: www.explorewithhypnosis.com and www.thecosmicbridge.com.

Adrian Lee
Adrian Lee is the founder of The International Paranormal Society and a member of the Luton Paranormal Society in England. He has comprehensively investigated ghosts and paranormal activity all over the globe. He became interested in the paranormal after experiencing several events in his childhood home. In adult life, the idea progressively intrigued him that he could interface with the dead from a historical perspective. He first came to Minnesota early in 2008 to work on several paranormal video productions, and he spent two years working in Minneapolis as the national and international news correspondent for a live paranormal talk radio show on 100.3 KTLK. He currently hosts the only weekly paranormal news quiz show, “More Questions than Answers” on the Dark Matter Digital Network.

His paranormal investigations are informed by his clairvoyance. He sees detailed pictures in his third eye presented to him by the deceased. This allows him to have a very precise communication with the spirits. He also has the skill of remote viewing and clairsentience. In his youth, his psychic sensitivities were dormant for some time. It was only through his work with other sensitives and through his exposure to various kinds of paranormal contact—coupled with his own personal psychic development, that he developed to where he can now utilize those skills freely. Like any other ability, his clairvoyance continues to evolve and is becoming stronger through the implementing of structures surrounding his design for life, critical introspection, and practice.

Adrian Lee has written the books Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead, Mysterious Minnesota: Digging up the Ghostly Past at 13 Haunted Sites and How to be Christian Psychic: What the Bible says about Mediums, Healers and Paranormal Investigators. He currently lectures on all aspects of the paranormal including ghosts, UFOs, psychic development, and angels.

Patrick W. Marsh
Patrick W. Marsh is a writer and publisher from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His short stories and poems have been published in Calliope, The Quail Bell Quarterly, Dagda Publishing, and others. His debut novel, Beware the Ills, was published in July 2013. The sequel, entitled This Living Cage, will be released in October 2014. A dark fantasy and horror writer, his style is specific to the genres Slipstream and Magical Realism. Besides these other publications, he also writes a variety of serialized blogs, the most popular being The Greenland Diaries, an apocalyptic nightmare being released as a novel in July 2014. An attendee of the University of Minnesota’s creative writing program, Patrick originally studied poetry, which seemed stylistically more plausible for his dyslexia. Fiction became a more rewarding mistress, and is now his primary focus. Patrick is also the president and executive editor of Calamities Press, a publishing zine based in the Twin Cities. He lives in Minneapolis with his dog Millie, and still enjoys playing his Super Nintendo. His personal website is www.patrickwmarsh.com.

Michael Merriam
Michael Merriam is an author, actor, poet, playwright, and professional storyteller. His debut novel, Last Car to Annwn Station was named a Top Book in 2011 by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction and his novella, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio and he has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Tellebration!, StoryFest Minnesota and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio. Michael is the co-organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers and a member of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance, the Steampunk Artists and Writers Guild, and Story Arts Minnesota. Visit his homepage at www.michaelmerriam.net.

“Rocketman” Ky Michaelson
Ky Michaelson’s inventions are legendary. Ky has contributed to over 200 films, television programs and commercials. He also built the rockets for the movie October Sky. In 2004, Michaelson’s Civilian Space eXploration Team became the first amateur group to design, build and launch a rocket into space. Ky’s creations are the subject of a book published by Motorbooks International. Website: http://www.the-rocketman.com.

Lyda Morehouse
2002 & 2015 Guest of Honor
Lyda Morehouse leads a double life. By day she is the science fiction author of the award-winning AngeLINK series. At night she transforms into the best-selling vampire romance writer, Tate Hallaway, author of the Garnet Lacey series, the Vampire Princess of Saint Paul series, and Precinct 13. As Lyda she’s won the Shamus (a mystery award) for Archangel Protocol, and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for excellence for Apocalypse Array. She lives in Saint Paul with her wife, son, and five cats. Website: www.lydamorehouse.com.

G. David Nordley
2014 Guest of Honor
G. David Nordley was born and raised in Minneapolis and Golden Valley, Minnesota. His main interest as a writer is the future of human exploration and settlement of space, and his stories typically focus on the dramatic aspects of individual lives within the broad sweep of a plausible human future. His novella Kremer’s Limit, written with C. Sanford Lowe, appeared in the July/August 2006 issue of Analog. A collection of linked Mars-related stories was published as an electronic book by Scorpius Digitalin September 2001, with a print version appearing in 2003 (sold out). His novel To Climb a Flat Mountain (first appearing as a serial in Analog) was published (ebook and print-on-demand) by Variations on a Theme Publishing. He is a four-time winner of the AnLab, the Analog reader’s award for best story or article of the year, and has also been a Hugo and Nebula award nominee. Website: www.gdnordley.com.

Steve Roberts
From South Wales in the U.K. where Doctor Who is now shot (“that's weird – seeing a spaceship crash on a beach on which I built sandcastles as a kid”) Steve has been a fan of science-fiction in all media from as early as he can remember.

In 2009, upon attending his first Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles, he was horrified that no Daleks were there as they saved the show from cancellation in 1963.

By the next Gallifrey convention, he had built a life-sized Dalek which was (mostly) operational and roamed the halls issuing preposterous threats and exterminating the unwary.

A life size robot dog followed because the size and weight meant a Dalek was difficult to move. K-9 can be shipped or flown anywhere with ease. Steve has also been working on other Sci Fi related props and models such as HAL 9000 from 2001 and a DRD from Farscape.

Ozgur K. Sahin
Ozgur K. Sahin is a local author and life coach with a background in astrophysics, history, and consciousness development. The Wrath of Brotherhood, book one of his historical pirate trilogy, Brethren of the Spanish Main, is currently available in eBook formats with a print version in the works. His weekly column, “Elitism For All,” appears in the Calamities Press eMagazine and deals with personal development stemming from self-awareness, as well as its doppleganger: entitled elitism resulting from rampant narcissism in our society.

Kathryn Sullivan
Kathryn Sullivan is an award-winning author from Winona. She has an essay in the Hugo winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and reviews in Outside In and Outside In Boldly Goes: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories. “Search and Rescue” and “The Oracle of Cilens” are her newest short stories. Any birdlike beings in her books only slightly resemble her cockatoo owner. Website: kathrynsullivan.com.

Joan Marie Verba
Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer, and health-weight loss coach. She currently works as a writer, an editor/publisher and a social media manager and mobile marketing consultant. An experienced writer, Joan is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets, Boldly Writing, and Weight Loss Success!, as well as the novels Countdown to Action!, Action Alert!, Deadly Danger!, Situation: Critical!, Extreme Hazard!, and Danger Zone! plus numerous short stories and articles…

Henry L. Walton
Henry L. Walton is the author of the internationally popular humorous young reader historical fantasy book series The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket. The Shockpocket series is a two-time finalist in the Steampunk Chronicle Readers Choice Awards and has enjoyed a top ten position on Amazon. Like Thaddeaus, Henry enjoys adventure, exploring remote parts of the world, all things science, and creating questionable inventions.

More Guests to be announced very soon!

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