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Joe R. Lansdale
Author Guest of Honor
Author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories, including Paradise Sky, the Edgar Award-winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Dr. William K. Hartmann
Artist Guest of Honor
A noted astronomer, author and artist. He is senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. He was an investigator on the Mariner 9 Mars probe which mapped the Red Planet for the first time in 1972. An asteroid (#3341) is named for him. He has written and illustrated several widely-used textbooks on astronomy, and also co-authored and co-illustrated five pictoral books of space art, The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, Out of the Cradle,The History of Earth, and In The Stream of Stars:The Soviet-American Space Art Book.
Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the multi award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men for Discovery networks and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals, for which he received two Emmy Awards. He has also appeared in shows for Nat Geo, History Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, PBS, A&E, NASA EDGE, and the BBC. He is an author, publisher, photographer, world traveler, meteorite specialist, TEDx speaker, and President of both Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., and Desert Owl Productions, Inc. Geoff has appeared on Coast to Coast and the Today show, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Space.com, and Universe Today, among others. He is also a television and film producer and credits include Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and the documentary Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. An award-winning author, Geoff has published hundreds of articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts. His work has appeared in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, All About Space, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, The Village Voice, Seed, Rock & Gem, Geotimes, Meteorite, and many other national and international publications. He is the author of three books including the IPPY Award-winner Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and a popular science and arts blog, Searching the Skies, at GeoffNotkin.com. Geoff has worked with most of the world’s major institutions including The American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Natural History Museum, London; the Vienna Museum of Natural History, and The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. He is a member of The Explorer’s Club, is on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, the Advisory Board of Deep Space Industries, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named after Geoff in recognition of his contributions to science and education. Adventuring has taken Geoff to over fifty countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas, including northern Siberia, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. By the age of seven, Geoff was already an avid rock hound, fossil collector and amateur astronomer. “I was amazed that you could see other worlds from a suburban London garden,” Geoff states. “The epiphany came when I visited London’s Geological Museum as a child. In the Hall of Meteorites, I realized that studying meteorites would be the perfect combination of geology and astronomy. I have been hooked ever since.” Geoff was born on 14th street in Manhattan and grew up in London, England. He studied in London, Boston and New York, and now resides in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Contact: Public Relations: Beth Carrillo 520-742-3333
Local cartoonist and creator of Pissed OFF Panda, FRANK!Powers is himself a living cartoon character. He's your BF!F- that's Best FRANK! Forever and is doing his best to make more fun art fueled events around Tucson and entertain you endlessly by raising money to buy a bus and turn into the Incredible Comic Bookmobile: WINNER of the Startup Tucson small business competition GRAND PRIZE just last month. #TootTootTucson!
Yuhki has been attending conventions since 2001, and along that time has done cosplaying since about 2002. In recent years, he has turned himself more towards comedic entertainment panelist and a talent for emcee work for various events around Arizona.
Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, border crossers, narco-bad guys, and human smuggling punks. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His work has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, Publishers Weekly, Peter Straub, Joe Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon and Christopher Golden. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character.They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter.
Linda D. Addison
Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of four collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award, recipient the 2018 HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, co-editor of Sycorax's Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women. Addison is a founding member of the writer’s group Circles in the Hair (CITH), and a member of HWA, SFWA and SFPA. Her site: www.lindaaddisonpoet.com.
Hal C. F. Astell
Hal C. F. Astell is a film critic and author with five books in print and a number coming soon. He runs the Apocalypse Later Empire, which keeps on expanding. He reviews the sort of films most people don't at Apocalypse Later Reviews. He publishes his books (and others) through Apocalypse Later Press. He brings quality international short films to new eyeballs at conventions across the southwest through the Apocalypse Later Roadshow. And he runs a full film festival: ALIFFF, the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival. In his spare time, he sleeps.
Dee Astell aka Countess Chaos is the chair of LepreCon 45 in 2019, and Chaired Westercon 70 and LepreCon 43 in 2017. She is the current Vice Chair and programmer for CoKoCon, as well as the Fashion Manager for Wild Wild West Con. She’s held the title of Steampunk Event Coordinator/programmer for a variety of Arizona conventions. She’s been set photographer for many independant films, occasionally venturing in front of the camera for odd roles as well. She’s the founding director of the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls.
Jill Bauman has been a freelance illustrator/designer for 38 years. In that time she’s produced hundreds of covers for horror, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and bestselling books and other products for publishers such as: Ace Books, Tor Books, Avon Books, Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, TSR, White Wolf, Inc., DAW Books, Berkley/Putam Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, Cemetery Dance Publications, Easton Press, Amazing Stories magazine, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, The Horror Express magazine, Dark Discoveries magazine and Weird Tales magazine. Jill has illustrated works by such authors: Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Lilian Jackson Braun, Charles L. Grant, Robert McCammon, Richard Laymon, Jack Williamson, Hugh B. Cave, Fritz Leiber, Pamela Sargent, Michael Resnick, J. G. Ballard, Steward O'Nan and Justin Cronin and many more. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award five times and nominated for the Chesley Award several times. Her art has been exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, the Moore College of Art, NY Art Students League, the NY Illustrators Society and the Science Fiction Museum of Seattle.
Earl H Billick
Earl Billick is a native son, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. From youth he has been an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy works by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, JRR Tolkein and Isaac Asimov (to name a few). Earl developed an imagination and an appreciation for not just what is, but what might be and brings that to the fore in his artistic endeavors. An award winning traditional and self-taught artist, Earl captures and combines in his art a vision reflecting his love for fantasy, sci-fi, space and aerospace. His creations span both the real and the speculative. He strives to promote interest in space science and exploration through his artistic endeavors. Earl has been an Artist Guest at Leprecon and has run the TusCon Art Show many times (and many years ago). His illustrations have appeared in magazines, non-fiction literature and gaming publications. He also produced many of the TusCon program book covers and badges over the years. Earl’s work has been displayed at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Flandrau Science Center, Pima Air and Space Museum and Biosphere 2.
Diana Terrill Clark
Diana was born in Oregon, grew up in California, and lived in many other places before settling in Arizona. She and her co-writer, D.S. Harders, have two books in the Chloe's Story series, Cause and Effect, and Ice and Fire. The third in the series, Life and Death, is coming soon. She lives in Old Town Scottsdale and enjoys, in no particular order, dark chocolate, coffee, and Jamesons.
Jim is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering), laser geek, and former running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment. He's been writing for over 30 years, with 10 published books. His first success came through self-publishing when his books went word-of-mouth viral, and sold enough that he was able to quit his day-job, start working for himself and write full time--his new boss is a real jerk. That led to contracts with traditional publishers like Open Road Media and Harper Collins Voyager, and his books are now a mix of traditional and self-published. His tenth novel, the third in his urban fantasy series The Dead Among Us, was released in February of 2017. Right now he's submitting his eleventh novel, The Witch of Val d'Ossa, to publishers; he's fleshing out ideas for the next book in The Dead Among Us; he's writing another episode in The Treasons Cycle; and he's just finished his twelfth novel, A Hymn for the Dying, the first in a new SF series, The Blacksword Regiment. Science is a passion, but writing is an addiction.
Living in Albuquerque, NM, in the post-factual world. I write science fiction, erotic m4m adventures, and love to make you laugh. Pianist and poet, storyteller and seducer, author of THE ATLAS ARCHIVES, THIS BOOK SMELLS LIKE COFFEE, ORDEAL and READ ALL OVER. I was born and raised in Erie, PA and always wondered why more people didn't laugh at the irony of the "Erie Cemetery." I've been a stand up comedian and a MMA cagefighter. Sit next to me and you won't be bored.
Jessica Feinberg is a quirky author/illustrator best known for her paintings of wildlife, trees, dragons, faeries, clockwork, and other strange creatures. She has successfully funded over 30 Kickstarter projects for books, cards, games, and more. Jessica also runs a monthly Patreon.
His young life was changed irreparably by simultaneous events---the release of the “Shock Theater “ package (Universal’s classic monster films of the 30s and 40s) to television, and his discovery of Famous Monsters of Filmland #8 in Dawson’s Drugstore. Since then his articles and illustrations have appeared in such diverse publications as Boy’s Life, Backyard Bugwatching, and Salem Press’ “Critical Insights” series on science fiction writers. His love of astronomy has taken him to places like Bolivia and Mongolia, yet he is gradually suffocating under the weight of movies, books and toys that he refuses to stop accumulating. He finds room, and time though, to keep at it--currently working on a children’s book about a mis-directed whale, and a proposal and script for public television about the Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz.
Visionaries, migrants, soldiers, and thieves-Will, as his friends call him, surrounds himself with all of these, and more. Obsessed with "the wisdom of the lowest classes," he views the world as a perennial outsider, in the company of men and women most would not want to meet in a dark alley. His work reflects this, as he winds dramatic irony and sarcasm together with romance and drama to paint a picture of the world that others prefer not to see. William R. Herr was raised on the road, and continues to live there. When not travelling the United States behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, he can be found in Central Pennsylvania, either writing, editing, or arguing with college students over hot cups of coffee. He lives with his wife and an extremely vocal Irish Stafford-shire Terrier named "The Duke," and a premadonna pit-bull mix named Daisy.
Brenda Huettner is an independent technical communication consultant who has worked for the past 25 years as a writer, editor, trainer, and manager, for both software and hardware companies. She’s a principal of Microwaves101.com, an online encyclopedia of microwave engineering knowledge. Brenda is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and a Senior Member of IEEE, active in the Professional Communication Society, the Engineering Management council, and the Tucson section. She’s also a member of the Usability Professionals Association. In addition to supporting the documentation needs of her clients, Brenda has published several books and articles, and presented half-day, full-day, and multi-day courses on writing, project management, usability, and career management. She also participates in NASA’s volunteer Solar System Ambassador and OSIRIS-ReX Ambassador programs.
Born in Safford Arizona Autumn Ivy was born to create and has prided herself in always being a jack of all trades. She creates costumes and brings to life characters from various genres as well as acts, narrates, writes and generally creates chaos with her wife Sarah/Twin Skeletons and her various animal kids.
KJ Kabza has sold over 70 short stories to places such as F&SF, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform (by VICE), and more. His first print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, is out now from Pink Narcissus Press.
Producer, Screenwriter, Director, Editor, from Tucson/OKC based Pondo Enterprises LLC film production company
Eric T Knight
Born in 1965, I grew up on a working cattle ranch in the desert thirty miles from Wickenburg, Arizona, which at that time was exactly the middle of nowhere. Work, cactus and heat were plentiful, forms of recreation were not. The TV got two channels when it wanted to, and only in the evening after someone hand cranked the balky diesel generator to life. All of which meant that my primary form of escape was reading. At 18 I escaped to Tucson where I attended the University of Arizona. A number of fruitless attempts at productive majors followed, none of which stuck. Discovering I liked writing, I tried journalism two separate times, but had to drop it when I realized that I had no intention of conducting interviews with actual people but preferred simply making them up. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing in 1989, I backpacked Europe with a friend and caught the travel bug. With no meaningful job prospects, I hitchhiked around the U.S. for a while then went back to school to learn to be a high school English teacher. I got a teaching job right out of school in the middle of the year. The job lasted exactly one semester, or until I received my summer pay and realized I actually had money to continue backpacking. The next stop was Australia, where I hoped to spend six months, working wherever I could, then a few months in New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. However, my plans changed irrevocably when I met a lovely Swiss woman, Claudia, in Alice Springs. Undoubtedly swept away by my lack of a job or real future, she agreed to allow me to follow her back to Switzerland where, a few months later, she gave up her job to continue traveling with me. Over the next couple years we backpacked the U.S., Eastern Europe and Australia/New Zealand, before marrying and settling in the mountains of Colorado, in a small town called Salida. In Colorado we started our own electronics business (because, you know, my Creative Writing background totally prepared me for installing home theater systems), and had a couple of sons, Dylan and Daniel. In 2005 we shut the business down and moved back to Tucson where we currently live.
Jill writes dark fantasy, horror and paranormal romance. Her latest book, "Cutter's Wolf" is an erotic romance with a hint of mystery. This Tucson resident works in a bookstore and spends far too much time reading.
Ross B. Lampert has been in love with both science and words—and hence science fiction and fantasy—since at least third grade, when he wrote a one-act SF play. After detours through public school, college, and the Air Force, he returned to writing full time in, appropriately enough, 2001. Today he blogs, writes occasional op-ed pieces, newspaper articles, and short stories, and crafts novels in southeastern Arizona. His debut novel, The Eternity Plague, was published in 2013 and its sequel, Chrysalis, in 2015. The final book in the series, working title Wild Spread, is in draft. You can follow him on Twitter, be his friend on Facebook or follow him on his Facebook author page, and connect with him on LinkedIn.
I am a Puerto Rican self taught illustrator/ Special FX make-up artist whose work tends to center around horror, fantasy and science fiction. I was one of the Coordinators of the Tucson Zombie Walk as well as their artist. I have done make-up for a few student films and some small productions such as Cordial Dead, Copper Creek and Finley Wade.
David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.
Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than 70 novels, including thrillers Empty Rooms and The Devil’s Bait, supernatural thrillers Season of the Wolf, Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, the Dark Vengeance teen horror quartet, and others. With wife and writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he wrote the science fiction/horror/thriller 7 SYKOS and the video game tie-in Mafia III: Plain of Jars, and has published numerous short stories. He also writes comics, including the long-running horror/Western series Desperadoes and original graphic novels Zombie Cop and Fade to Black. He was VP of Marketing for Image Comics/WildStorm, Senior Editor for DC Comics/WildStorm, and Editor-in-Chief for IDW Publishing.
Yvonne is the author of twenty-three published novels and a bunch of short stories, articles and a reference dictionary. Her most recent published book is Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices (based in the Supernatural Universe). Her writing has won a bunch of awards and stuff. Lately she’s been really getting into painting and artwork. She lives way down in the southeastern corner of Arizona, about twenty miles from the Mexican border, and is married to author Weston Ochse and dotes on their rescued Great Danes, Ghoulie, The Grimmy Beast, and I Am Groot. They also have a talking, people-loving parakeet named BirdZilla. Instead of a To Do list, she has an I Want To Do list. It has about 4,274 projects on it and won’t stop growing.
In 1994, Bob co-founded Anthology magazine with writer J.A. Giunta. The magazine would run for ten years and print a wide variety of up and coming poets and writers. Also in 1994, Bob started the Essenzaslam Poetry Slam, which ran 13 years. In 1999, Bob founded Spokenworld.com, a pioneer internet readio station focusing on spoken word programming. In 2001, writer Sharon Skinner and Bob founded Anthology, inc. as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Currently, Bob is the chief of Brick Cave Media, a media microglomerate for the crazy ideas that he dreams up. In 2006, He released his second spoken word CD, Boboratory, available through the Brick Cave Media Store as either a physical CD or downloadable MP3's. He serves on the Board of Anthology, Inc., and still occasionally wanders around the local poetry scene.
Jennifer Roberson is the author of several popular fantasy series, including Chronicles of the Cheysuli, the Sword-Dancer saga, Karavans, and is very happy to introduce her upcoming urban fantasy series, Blood & Bone, here at TusCon.
Frankie Robertson, an Amazon All-Star author, writes romantic fiction with an otherworldly twist. She is the author of the romantic fantasy series, Vinlanders’ Saga, and the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, Celestial Affairs and Celestial Affairs: The Trust. She is also the author of stand-alone paranormal mystery Veiled Mirror, and writes sensual paranormal Victorian romances as Francesca Rose. Her most recent release is Dark Winter's Night, a Vinlanders' Saga novella.
Multiple Scribe and Rhysling Award nominee Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is the author of twelve books to date. Her work includes Mafia III: Plain of Jars, co-written with writing partner/husband Jeff Mariotte and based on the hit video game; 7 SYKOS, a near future SF/H thriller (also with Mariotte); The Shard Axe series, the only official novels that tie into the popular fantasy MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online; an urban fantasy trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books; a trilogy based on the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (co-written with Mariotte); dozens of short stories and poems; multiple articles on writing and the writing process; and a handful of comic book scripts. She resides in the Valley of the Sun, where she writes dark fiction and poetry in a home she and her family have dubbed ‘Redwall.’ Find out more here: http://www.marsheilarockwell.com/.
Eric Schumacher is a multi award winning and critically acclaimed, film, TV and multi-media actor, director and producer. Credits include Wyatt Earp (Legends and Lies the Real West-Fox TV), Doc Holliday (Alex Cox's feature film Tombstone Rashomon, Agent David Killjoy (the widely acclaimed sci fi webseries Zhon: the Alien Interviews) and many more. Eric has also performed voice work for national, regional and local projects and has directed or produced music videos, multi media web released series, feature films and more. He is the Creative Director for Seelie Studios, which has produced hundreds of hours of sci fi/fantasy and geek culture programming and is often interviewed about the entertainment industry. He is a proud fan of all things sci fi/fantasy and loves sharing his experience in the entertainment industry and love for the arts with fans and aspiring creators.
Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist responsible for the Parsec winning horror series HG World, the Parsec finalist The Diary of Jill Woodbine and Hidden Harbor Mysteries. Jay’s books include the Geek noir novel THE RESURRECTION PACT, gamer-geek satire Rise of the Monkey Lord, Blue Collar Gods, Seven ‘til Sunrise, The Diary of Jill Woodbine, HG World: The Audio Scripts, and the forthcoming Hidden Harbor Mysteries: Anatomy of A Modern Audio Drama Series. Currently, Jay writes and produces audio for Onder Librum based on Ed Greenwood's multiverse of speculative fiction including the ongoing urban fantasy series Hellmaw. Jay holds a Master of Fine Arts from Seton Hill University. He attends and speaks at various science fiction and literary conventions about podcasting, writing, audio drama, and zombies. http://www.hiddenharbormysteries.com http://thirtyfifteennorth.podbean.com www.jaysmithaudio.com
T.L. Smith was born in Louisiana, but calls Phoenix, Arizona home between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force as a radar specialist, training pilots in enemy detection, brought her back to the desert. Her time in the service taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies. Experience gives life to the Science Fictions she loves so much and helps her write about the strong women, holding their own as humanity reaches out into the universe. Come check out her current releases and where you can meet her next.
David Lee Summers
David Lee Summers is the author of eleven novels along with numerous short stories and poems. His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror. His most recent novels are The Astronomer's Crypt and Owl Riders. His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Straight Outta Tombstone. He’s been twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Learn more about David at davidleesummers.com
David VanDyke is a Hugo Award and Dragon Award finalist and bestselling author of the Plague Wars, Stellar Conquest, and Galactic Liberation sci-fi adventure series, which have sold more than 400,000 copies to date. He is co-author of BV Larson's million-selling Star Force Series, Books 10, 11 and 12. He's a retired U.S. military officer, veteran of two branches of the armed forces, and has served in several combat zones. He lives with his amazing wife and business partner Beth near Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Julie is an artist and writer, living in Bullhead City, Arizona. Under the psudonym Tabitha Bradley, she has written several novels for various e-book publishers, including Loose Id and eXtasty Books. As an artist, her medium is fiber arts, though she does work in digital and abstract acrylics. She is an experienced crocheter and enjoys creating characters from television and movies as well as custom characters from fellow artists' works. Her technique is called Amigurumi, a Japanese crochet form for creating soft-sculpture with standard crochet techniques. She will be showing several of her current projects in the Art Show at Tuscon this year.
Cynthia Ward has sold stories to Analog, Asimov's, Nightmare, Weird Tales, and other magazines and anthologies. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes One and Two for WolfSinger Publications. With Nisi Shawl, she co-created the acclaimed Writing the Other fiction writers workshop and coauthored the diversity fiction-writing handbook, Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). Her short novels, the Locus Award finalist The Adventure of the Incognita Countess and its sequel, The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, are available from Aqueduct Press.
I’m a local writer and science fiction fan, author of the five part War of the Second Iteration series – The Luck of Han’anga, Founders’ Effect, The Plight of the Eli’ahtna, The Courage to Accept, and Setha’im Prosh. My most recent book is The Gryphon Stone, a blend of science fiction and fantasy elements. Among my other interests, I’m an amateur astronomer, and have published two short books – Mr. Olcott’s Skies: An Old Book and a Youthful Obsession and Tales of a Three-legged Newt: Essays and Anecdotes for Amateur Astronomers – that explore my relationship with the night sky.
What is TusCon 45?
Hello, fellow fans. Welcome to TusCon, Arizona! More specifically, welcome to TusCon 45, our 45th annual Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror convention in Tuscon.. ah, we mean rather Tucson, Arizona. Attendees of TusCon are among the most dedicated fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and many attendees are professional writers, film producers, artists, and reporters who keep others informed about the goings on in the industry.
TusCon is an annual science fiction convention sponsored by the Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), a Southern Arizona section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The primary focus of TusCon is science fiction, fantasy and horror, but we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media and gaming.
Every year, dozens of professional writers, artists, editors, performers, and filmmakers attend the convention. We invite you to attend the convention, especially if you are a fan of reading, writing, gaming, and generally having fun. Besides, we have a Cookie Fairy in our ConSuite.
What else does TusCon 45 offer? How about an Art Show, Panel Discussions, Vendors Room, Gaming, Round-the-Clock Video Room with Eclectic & Unusual Films plus Anime, Q&A with Film Makers, Science Presentations, Cosplay Fashion Show, Learn from The Pros, and So Much More!!
TusCon attracts between 300 to 500 attendees each year. Our attendees are an eclectic and diverse bunch, ranging from pre-teens to senior citizens. Income and education levels for TusCon attendees vary widely. The common denominator is a love for the written word, especially fantasy and science fiction.
Our Author Guest of Honor is Joe R. Lansdale, the author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories, including Paradise Sky, the Edgar Award-winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
Our Artist Guest of Honor is Dr. William K. Hartmann, a noted astronomer, author and artist. He is senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. He was an investigator on the Mariner 9 Mars probe which mapped the Red Planet for the first time in 1972. An asteroid (#3341) is named for him. He has written and illustrated several widely-used textbooks on astronomy, and also co-authored and co-illustrated five pictoral books of space art, The Grand Tour, Cycles of Fire, Out of the Cradle,The History of Earth, and In The Stream of Stars:The Soviet-American Space Art Book.
TusCon 45 will be held November 9th-November 11th 2018 at the in Tucson, Arizona.
Please make sure to register early; we like to keep this convention small and intimate so that everyone has a chance to interact with our amazing guest authors, artists, and panelists. Attendance is limited to 500 registered attendees annually.
At TusCon, we do things a little differently. We have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere surrounding three days of fascinating events and up close and personal discussions with some of today’s finest Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror creators.
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