Intersection Science Programme Participants
This is a hopefully complete list of people involved in the science
programme for Intersection, the World Science Fiction convention in
This is a museum piece, and many of the details may have changed by now,
but we have removed the email addresses just in case.
The Science programme team were:
Roger MacBride Allen
A long-time activist in space access and libertarian politics, Dale Amon
has a particular interest in the implications of the Internet for space
Kevin J. Anderson
With a degree in physics/astronomy, Kevin J. Anderson has worked for the
past twelve years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of
the largest research labs in the U.S. He has written numerous science
fiction novels including Climbing Olympus, and with Doug Bason
Assemblers of Infinity (nominated for the Nebula Award) and
The Trinity Paradox (nominated for the American Physics Society's
David was born in 1950, and has lived mostly in Berkshire with the
exception of 5 years in Africa. He specialises in making relief models,
and produced the BBC weathermap. He has combined his work with SF to
build planets including Helliconia, Lower Cretaceous Earth, Mars and
Betazed. Sometimes confused with God but is inspired by Slartibartfast and
is trying to forge a 2nd Magrathean Empire.
Kunio Aoi is a professional writer, contributing to ARMs magazine amoung
others in Japan.
Amanda has just finished a PhD in astronomy at the University of Cambridge
Institute of Astronomy. She is one of the science programme team.
The first convention I went to was Albacon in 1980, after that I made the
mistake of co-founding the Glasgow University SF society. Since then things
have gone down hill. I have been involved with the organisation of various
conventions in Glasgow between 1981 to 1985 and 1991, from local
conventions to Eastercons. In 1984 I moved south of the Hadrian's wall,
which used to keep the southern Barbarians out of Scotland (now days the
price of travel does that!). In 1988 I co-organised Conscription with Laura
Wheatly, Gary Stratmann and Hugh Mascetti. Britain's first incestuous
convention on running conventions, some of the members of which got the
notion of running another British worldcon... I escaped (or so I thought)
from the consequences by moving to the USA in 1991. Since then my fannish
activities have decreased, as I have a preference for British conventions
but not the resources to travel often.
I have various interests which include technology and society, native
issues and myths. The programme item on technological genocide combines a
couple of these.
CFO and Director of Development for Action on Smoking and
Health (ASH), Greg has served as CEO of Contact: Cultures of
the Imagination, Vice President of the Space Frontier
Foundation, Deputy Executive Director of the National Space
Society and Administrator of the L5 Society: Promoting Space
Prior experience includes stints as creative director of an
advertising agency that built the first animation studio in
the Persian Gulf; film production, direction and
scriptwriting; radio broadcasting and production; sound
recording and concert promotion; professional photography;
and writing and research.
CONTACT has a homepage
UK hard SF writer and mathematician.
Gregory Beckman left school at age 16 to become a coach-painter, but after
a year realised that this was not for him and began taking evening
classes. His love for astronomy brought him into ASTRA, which helped to
focus his interests. He went to Glasgow University and obtained a degree in
Physics and Astronomy. He is now studying catacylsmic variables while
working towards a PH.D., at Keele University in England. A former
secretary of ASTRA, he is presently a Council member, and also President
of the Space Settlers' Society and Vice-President of the Light Year
Gregory Benford--physicist, educator, writer--was born in Mobile,
Alabama, on January 30, 1941. In 1963, he received a B.S. from
the University of Oklahoma, and then attended the University of
California, San Diego, where he received his Ph.D. in 1967. He
spent the next four years at Lawrence (Calif.) Radiation
Laboratory as both a postdoctoral fellow and research physicist.
Currently, Benford is a professor of physics at the University of
California, Irvine, where he has been a faculty member since 1971.
Benford conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and
experiment, and in astrophysics. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow
and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and has served as
an advisor to the Department of Energy, NASA and the White House
Council on Space Policy.
In 1989, Benford was host and scriptwriter for the television
series A Galactic Odyssey, which described modern physics and
astronomy from the perspective of the evolution of the galaxy. The
eight-part series was produced for an international audience by
Japan National Broadcasting.
Benford is the author of over a dozen novels, including The Jupiter
Project, Against Infinity, Great Sky River, and
Timescape. A two- time winner of the Nebula Award, Benford has
also won the John W. Campbell Award, the Australian Ditmar Award, and the
United Nations Medal in Literature.
Has a BSc (Physics and Computing Science double-major) from
Simon Fraser University. Senior Programmer/Analyst by profession.
Long-time libertarian. President of the Cryonics Society of Canada.
Moderator of the Internet panel at the Winnipeg WorldCon. All-time
favorite science fiction novel is The World of Null-A by
A.E. van Vogt.
UK fan and Net expert.
Environmental chemist/engineer, researching human exposure to badstuff.
Other employment has ranged from writing textbooks to teaching dancing.
On the Internet she has perpetrated projects including a Star Trek
quilt and a file of people with information on U.S. Civil War units.
Often seen in costume.
Chris Boyce is 51 years old and still a Virgo. He's been running ET
Encounter Simulations since 1978 when he put one together as an exercise
for his book Extra-Terrestrial Encounter, in which he suggested ET's might
use self replicating probes to explore the Galaxy. A news librarian, he
has worked in newspapers in Glasgow, his native city, for over 25 years.
He is the author of some short SF fiction and three novels.
Simon is a Satellite Comms Engineer, and one of the science
John Braithwaite comes from Hamilton in Lanarkshire. Graduated from
Strathclyde University in 1967 with a BA in Business Administration. Worked
in the Defence Industry and for Templeton's Carpets; was Technical
Supervisor on the Glasgow Parks Dept. Astronomy Project. Since then the only
maker of astronomical telescopes in Scotland. Consultant to the Strathclyde
University Flexible Mirror Project and to Airdrie Observatory, which ASTRA
runs for Monklands District Council.
While not doing scientific programming for the Forecasting Research
division of the UK Met. Office, John is titular head of the science
programme team. His aim is to get to every science item, and avoid
on any of them. Success! His homepage is
Michael K. Brett-Surman Ph.D. is the Museum Specialist for dinosaurs at
the Smithsonian Institution. He has named Secernosaurus, Gilmoreosaurus,
and Anatotitan. Currently he is a co-editor for the first dinosaur college
textbook written by dinosaur specialists and is also a consultant for the
Steve Brewster, doing lots of strange quaternion-inspired ring theory in
the Maths department at Bristol. Occasional fanwriter, consumer of Smiles
Bristol Stout when it's in season, presently a learner of Welsh, very bad
backgammon player, pedant-about-town and TOG (don't worry, it's a Radio 2
Dr. Christine Carmichael -- born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland,
currently a professional SF author in the USA. Dr. Carmichael (Mrs J.V. Post)
has dual British-Australian citizenship, is a great-grandniece of Sir Walter
Scott, and is also a professional physicist. Her work has been on metallurgy,
magnetism, thin-film gallium arsenide, high-temperature superconductors,
and spacecraft windows and thermal coatings. Now working on two books, one
technical non-fiction Spacecraft Contamination, and one fiction,
set in the Big Bang.
Chad is a consultant at Ford Motor Company in Detroit. In his copious
spare time, he maintains the
Stilyagi Air Corps
sets up computer rooms at cons, is a director on
TrekMUSE, a text-based virtual
and promotes the Electronic Frontier
See his home page
if you just have to know more.
Mitchell is a Captain in the US Air Force
assigned to the
Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology office at the
Phillips Laboratory, Albuquerque,NM. He is a graduate of MIT
the USAF Test Pilot School. He is the only USAF Officer trained to
'fly' the DC-X (in virtuo) and has flown over 40 types of military
and civilian aircraft.
Not available Friday (or before?)
One of the earliest and best-known writers of technically accurate
'Hard' SF, Hal Clement has numrous well-known books to his credit
and is a regular participant in many SF conventions.
One of the science programme team, Dave works on cosmology at the
European Southern Observatory near Munich.
An reproductive biologist, alien designer and polymath, Jack is
Scientific Guest of Honour at
which has more information on him.
Long a space enthusiast, Dr Patrick Collins has done extensive
research into the economics of space access, concentrating in
particular on the viability of space tourism. He is currently
doing research with the University of Tokyo.
D G Compton
I'm British, 36, a Fan Of Average Height (in this case 6' 11"), a life
member of CAMRA and, since my first convention in 1977, I have been to
around 100 cons in 8 countries, including 18 in North America. My real
interests are SF, beer, malt whisky, fireworks (and the organisation of
cons and beer festivals) but mostly I have to work as a Systems
Programmer. Which is a) pretty neat and b) pays for the books, beer, whisky
and fireworks. Oh! and the PC that I play DOOM on.
Del Cotter is a Londoner who discovered fandom and space advocacy more
or less at the same time. After hosting the London branch of ASTRA for
three years, he gave up his engineering job to persue a degree in
materials science - discovering biology in the final year was probably
a mistake :-) Having graduated somehow, he now lives in Ealing, works
in Brentford for Thames Water and spends lunchtimes in Kew at the Royal
Jonathan Cowie is a science publicist (publisher, writer, event organiser
etc) who works for UK biological learned societies amd primarily the
Institute of Biology. One of his recent projects was the Young Ecologist
Award screened on BBC 2 earlier this year. Apart from his exotic science
talks, Jonathan is no stranger to conventions; he was on the committee of
several in the late 1970s and early 80s including early
Shoestringcons and all the BECCONS. He is part of the
Science and SF Concatenation team which has picked up three
awards including at last year's European SF Convention, and which is
organising September's Anglo-Romanian Science and SF Cultural Exchange.
John G. Cramer, an experimental nuclear physicist, is a Professor of
Physics at the University of Washington, where he teaches and does
research. He leads a research program in ultra-relativistic heavy ion
physics with major collaborative experiments at the CERN and Brookhaven
accelerator laboratories. He is currently spending a sabbatical year at
the Max Planck Institute in Munich working as a part of the NA49
Collaboration on the measurement of collisions of 33 TeV lead ions with
fixed targets using time projection chambers. John's quantum-handshake
"Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" has recently been
featured in Schroedinger's Kittens, a popular science book by
John Gribbin. He also works in astrophysics, most recently on the
gravitational lensing of wormholes.
John is also a writer of science-fact articles and science fiction. Since
1984 he has written the bi-monthly science-fact column, "The Alternate
View" for Analog Science Fiction/Fact and recently submitted his 75th
column. He has been twice nominated for the Hugo-related John W.
Campbell Award as best new SF writer (1990 and 1991). His first novel
Twistor, a near-future hard SF novel about a breakthrough physics
discovery, was published in hardcover by Morrow (1989) and in paperback
AvoNovA (1991) and NEL (1992). He recently completed the initial draft of
his 2nd hard SF novel, which is about high energy physics, wormholes,
alien contact, time travel, and the killing of the SSC.
Paul Cray was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1968 and still
lives there, which probably makes him a professional
northerner. He did physics at Oxford and then spent a couple
of years in London doing astronomy. He is currently in
the third year of a PhD at Salford with thesis topic
"Gravimetric, Neutron Scattering and Computational Studies
of the Sorption and Diffusion of Gases in Zeolites," which
is about as interesting as it sounds.
Paul has a weakness for good books and good pubs and
thinks it almost inevitable that molecular nanotechnology
will have a major impact on human society in the next few
Ctein is best known in the SF community for his photography (particularly
of subjects astronomical and astronautical) and his long-time involvement
with the CONTACT science fiction/anthropology conference. Today he works
mostly as a photographer and writer, but in the past he has acted as a
computer design consultant, space probe designer, painter, technical
writer, editor, research physicist, solar astronomer, short order cook and
Fuller Brush salesman. He holds a double-degree from Caltech in English
and Physics. When he grow up, he wants to be a dilettante.
Ctein shares a house perched precariously over the Pacific with a
geologist Paula Butler, a half dozen computers, some 20 kilobooks and two
Is (in no particular order): working on my Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, a
graduate of Michigan State University (two bachelor's degrees) and the
University of Michigan (master's degree), bilingual, mother of four
adorable cats, married to two wonderful men, a "world citizen", interested
in international politics, a German teacher, a Christian, a Kinsey "2",
always willing to meet interesting new people, a Usenet News addict, five
feet eight inches tall, female, a fan of what I refer to as the "modern
musical", a lesbian/bi/gay rights supporter, sorry there are only 24 hours
in each day, not ashamed to admit that I actually *like* soap operas,
interested in international travel, opposed to the existence of the
Olympic Games, presently living in Ann Arbor (Michigan), extremely
outgoing, a science fiction fan, fairly left-wing, meticulous and
organized to a fault, the only person I know with three snail mail
addresses, four phone numbers, and five email addresses, and a
Dr. Stephen L. Davis MD PhD has a doctorate in biophysics, and has
been a practicing physician for more than 25 years. He has done
medical work in India and other tropical regions, where he developed
an interest in plagues. He is currently working on a medical
titled 12/31/99 with author Grania Davis, which features a
very nasty virus bug.
Howard Davidson started reading science fiction when he stumbled over a
Heinlein novel in second grade. Determined to find a socially acceptable
cover for such odd behaviour he went on the get a Ph.D. in physics. He has
spent many years in the electronics industry concealing from his managers
that his project proposals are lifted from SF books.
Published in F&Sf, Asimov's and Little Deaths; sold to
Pulphouse, Science Fiction Age, and The Last Dangerous Visions.
GURPS Dinosaurs and several RPG adventures; associate editor of the
Australian Sf magazine Eidolon. Former manager of sf bookshop, and
secretary/programmer for too many con committees.
Based in Newton Centre, Mass., USA, Daniel P. Dern
consults, writes and speaks about Internet business/technology and users
issues. He is the author of The Internet Guide for New Users
(McGraw-Hill, 1994; update/revision due mid/late 1995) and The Internet
Business Handbook (Prentice-Hall, late 1995), and was the founding
editor of Internet World magazine. A graduate of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Clarion '73 Science Fiction
Writers Workshop, he also writes science fiction, musical comedy, and
humor. (For more info, see his
Gardner Dozois is the author or editor of over 40 books. He has won 2
Nebulas Awards for his short fiction and 6 consecutive Hugo awards for
Best Editor. He is the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and is
also the editor of the Annual anthology series The Year's Best Science
With a degree in physics, Marianne Dyson was one of
the first ten women in Mission Control. She left NASA
to raise her sons and began writing. Her first stories
appeared in ANALOG and CHILD LIFE, and her
poems in REDBOOK, ANALOG, and ABORIGINAL.
She works for the Rotary, edits Spacecause News,
writes for ODYSSEY magazine, and is poetry editor
Lilian Edwards works as a lecturer in private law at Edinburgh
University but is probably somewhat better known in fandom as someone who
used to publish a fanzine called This Never Happens, once won
TAFF and talked a lot in the back of panels. These days she mostly
works on applying computer technology to law, building legal expert
systems, and studying legal regulation of the Internet; and
ocasionally appears on panels as well. She is also, for her sins,
organising evening fan programming at Intersection.
Martyn Fogg is a part time science writer best known for his research
papers and articles on terraforming. He has been Contributing Editor of
four special issues of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
devoted to terraforming and has written the first comprehensive,
technical-level, book on the subject, Terraforming: Engineering
Planetary Environments, published by SAE International in June 1995.
Dr. Robert L. Forward is a science consultant, lecturer, and writer, and
hard science fiction novelist. Was scientist at Hughes Research Laboratories
for 31 years. Presently has contracts on advanced space propulsion with
the US Air Force and NASA/JPL, and on long-life space tethers with
NASA/MSFC and Lockheed-Martin. Has 10 novels and 2 science books in print.
Dr. Howard Frank is Director of the Computing Systems Technology Office of
the Advanced Research Projects Office of the US Department of Defense.
(ARPA is the Agency that invented the Internet.) He is responsible for
ARPA's research in advanced computing and communications. Dr. Frank is
also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School's SEI Center for Advanced
Studies in Management. Before joining ARPA, over a 20 year period, he was
the Chief Executive Officer of three information systems and networking
companies. Dr. Frank has authored over 190 articles and chapters in books
and is a Fellow of the IEEE.1-7 Fri-Sun
Sarah Goodman studied Legal Anthropology and Art at university which, of
course, left her prepared for absolutely nothing useful in life. She
maintains her interest in and knowledge about these and other subjects
(including computers, costuming and cats) Through reading, informal
research and chatting up people who know more, while supporting herself
(and the cats) as a bureaucrat for a Major US Federal Revenue Collection
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Kathleen Ann Goonan has been writing science fiction for seven years.
Her first novel, Queen City Jazz (Tor), was New York Times
Notable Book and, according to LOCUS, "The best first novel of the year."
Two novels are forthcoming from Tor--The Bones of Time, based on
the ASIMOV's novella Kamehameha's Bones, and Mississippi
the sequel to QCJ. Her short fiction has appeared in OMNI, AMAZING,
ASIMOV'S, F & SF, TOMORROW, SCINCE FICTION AGE, INTERZONE, and STRANGE
PLASMA, as well as in anthologies such as NARROW HOUSES III and TOMBS.
Hugh S. Gregory, Spaceflight Historian,
has worked as an Engineers' Surveyor, & Industrial Paramedic. Manages his
own Occupational Health & Safety Program consulting service, lectures in
local schools on spaceflight history and astronomy, and runs "SpaceBase",
a world wide electronic Space News Educational Service. On weekends he's
a private pilot, amateur astronomer, cricket umpire & enjoys bushwalking.
Peter F Hamilton
One of the UK's rising stars of SF, Peter F Hamilton is the author
os 'Mindstar Rising', 'A Quantum Murder' and 'The Nano Flower'.
Steven first heard of Contact at WorldCon '93, and has been hooked on it
ever since. Going to Contact XI and XII only made his addiction worse.
Now he has an excuse to play around on the computer and call it "Work."
He considers his "job title" to be Imagineer/Illustrator, and, while he
isn't an expert in anything, considers himself a generalist with a bit of
knowledge in a lot of different subjects.
His hobbies include Contact, 3-D Computer Modelling, Role Playing Games,
Science Fiction and Fantasy (in general), and a few other things that he
hasn't had the time to do in the last few years, including Game Mastering
(part of the gaming thing) and painting the itty bitty chunks of lead
(another part of the gaming thing).
He currently works for Coherent Medical, a company that manufactures
medical lasers as the Mail Guy and Multimedia Developer (or so he thinks;
he doesn't yet realize that his last few years have been completely
hallucinatory due to an evil CIA experiment involving his brain, a
supercomputer, a bottle of caffeine pills, and four stale donuts).
David A. Hardy is a space/SF artist and writer. His work was first
published in 1954, and he has been freelance since 1965. He has produced
dozens of covers for F&SF and ANALOG, is author/illustrator of 8 'own'
books to date, inc. VISIONS OF SPACE, has worked on TV, film and video,
and now produces computer graphics on a PowerMac.
While not working at software house Logica, Colin ablely handles the
onerous task of Literary programme area head. Note that there are no
equivalent Web pages for the literary programme..
More details to follow.
Well-known activist for space colonisation and cryonics.
Bill Higgins frequently speaks on spaceflight, astronomy, and technology
at SF conventions and other events. He has organized science programming
for many U.S. cons and is active with the National Space Society. Bill
works as an engineering physicist at Fermilab, near Chicago, on the
transport of high-energy particle beams. He helps publish *PyroTechnics*,
the techie-oriented fanzine of
and plays the baritone ukulele.
Martin Hoare was born in Newport, Gwent in 1952. Apart from being a
crucible of Welsh fandom (Dave Langford and Alun Harries both lived
within half a mile, though fortunately Greg Pickersgill was a lot
further off). Newport is famous for being used as a location by
a Japanese film crew as somewhere that looked like Hiroshima after
the bomb, or an Armageddon firework display.
He left Newport for Braesnose College, Oxford, where the attractions
of beer, women and science fiction sometimes (99.7%) seemed greater
than physics (0.2%).
In 1973 he joined ICL to write operating systems for mighty machines
with dozens of kilobytes of memory, and thus started the demise of
the British computer industry.
With Dermot Dobson he is currently
development of the
Oxford ImLink medical image transmission system.
He is an advocate for the use of recreational explosives.
I am a student at the University of Glasgow, studying Physics and
Astronomy, and I have been studying Klingon for the last 6 years,
although only seriously for the last year and a half. I like learning
unusual languages, and combined with my love of Star Trek, it seemed an
ideal language to learn. I also enjoy doing costumes, and Klingon
costumes are fun with their latex and make up.
Dr. Howe received his Ph.D in nuclear engineering in 1980 after completing
his thesis research in experimental particle physics at the Los Alamos
National Laboratory. During his fifteen years at Los Alamos, he has been
involved in research in dense, high temperature plasmas, various concepts
proposed for the Strategic Defense Initiative, space radiation modeling,
antimatter physics, Mars Mission requirements, space debris mitigation,
hypersonic flight, and advanced space propulsion technologies. In 1994,
Dr. Howe returned to the Applied Theoretical and Computational Physics
Division as Industrial Coordinator where he facilitates the application of
nuclear weapons expertise to commercial problems.
Aleta Jackson is the editor of the Journal of Practical Applications
in Space, which she has worked on from its inception in 1989 to the
present. She also edits High Frontier's bimonthy newsletter, The
Shield and the Space Transportation Association's bimonthly
newsletter, Space Trans.
A space cadet since the age of six, Aleta's first job was with NASA, as an
electronics designer with the Gemini Program. She also contributed to the
Manned Orbiting Laboratory, StarTracker and other space programs.
About ten years ago she switched to writing both non-fiction and fiction.
Her latest fiction book is due out (tentatively) in early 1996 from Baen
Books. She is also writer and co-editor of One Giant Leap, (pub.
date spring 1996) the story of America's space program as told by the
people who built the machines that took us into space.
She lives in Washington, DC, with
Greg Barr and a kindle of
Janet C. Johnston holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, and Geophysics. She is currently the chief scientific
advisor to the US Air Force in Geophysics and Space Science for
Europe, the middle East , Africa , Scandinavia and Russia, and is now
the head of the new Tri-Service Science and Technology Office in
Moscow. Her work has taken her to many countries, including, Outer
Her interests include linguistics, science fiction, historical
period and fantasy costuming and occult phenomena.
Vincent Jo'Nes was technically trained in the Marines and nowadays produces
artwork by recyling junk, especially electronics, into special pieces, and
spends much time in schools encouraging this cross-boundary activity.
Bob Kanefsky has parodied over
filk and mundane songs. His parodies are collected in
Songworm, and some are recorded on Tapeworm
1, 2, and 3, featuring four of his
two dozen filksinger victims performing Kanef's parodies of their own
work. Both are
available from Random Factors. His
mundane day job, which is neither, involves
a new processing technique for planetary images and
worlds. He is the guest of the Flying Filk Fund at Intersection.
Background: B.S. Physics, BSEE from MIT 1978; PhD in Astrophysics from
University of California, Berkeley, 1984. Currently a Generic Handwaving
Physicist ("Multidisciplinary Applied Systems Physicist") at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory (one of the two U.S. nuclear weapons labs
[the other is Los Alamos] although we do many other things as well). I
mostly work on concepts for advanced applications of large lasers and
advanced space propulsion and space sensors. I can give talks on Laser
Propulsion, other kinds of advanced space launch technology, the Clementine
lunar mapping mission, proposed Pluto Flyby missions, and various similar
topics. (Most often, I've done one solo talk and a handful of panels at
any given convention). I can do a decent job on panels about most
space-related or "hard science" topics. I'm also reasonably well-known in
US fandom as a filksinger and punster.
Graduated from Louisiana State University in '92, BS Mechancial Engineering.
Worked three years for a mechanical engineer consulting firm servicing
industry and manufacturing. Areas of expertise include finite element
analysis, machine design, structures, hydraulics, failure analysis, and
computer applications. I've also served in the US Army since 1983 in various
capacities, to include as a paratrooper, a journalist, a combat engineer
(demolitions and field fortifications), and a Corps of Engineer officer. As
an Army Reserves engineer officer, I've worked on various civil projects such
as road building, drainage control, and building erection. I am currently a
technical investigator for several senior engineers as well as a freelance
Born long enough ago to remember the first ever broadcast of Dr. Who, but
not of Quatermass. Never earned an honest penny in my life, having spent
my entire career in academic institutions, first in mathematics, then in
computer science. My first ever con was Seacon, the '79 worldcon in
Brighton, which gave me an idea of what conventions are like from which
I've never quite recovered. Will recite Klingon sonnets at the drop of a
Evelyn Leeper is best known for her *lengthy* convention reports, but also
writes book reviews, commentary, and travelogues, and co-publishes (with
Mark Leeper) the clubzine for the SF club at AT&T. Her work appears
in fanzines such as Lan's Lantern, The Proper Boskonian,
The Texas SF Inquirer, and Phlogiston. Evelyn and Mark
live in New Jersey.
Duncan Lunan comes from Troon in Ayrshire. Graduated 1968 from Glasgow
University with a MA in English and Philosophy, backed by Physics, Astronomy
and French. Member of ASTRA since 1962, currently President. Full-time author
of science fact and SF: three nonfiction books to date, in 14 anthologies,
66 major articles and 30 short stories published.
Perrianne Lurie, MD, MPH, is a public health physician with the Division of
Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the Pennsylvania Department of
Health. She has been active in fandom for over 15 years, and is currently
a member of the con com for Balticon (Baltimore, MD) and one of the
"Pirates of Fenzance" (the Baltimore in 1998 Worldcon bid).
Programmer turned intellectual property attorney.
Daniel Marcus is a science fiction writer and an applied mathematician
at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the University of California.
His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction,
Science Fiction Age and elsewhere and he is currently a finalist
for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His areas of
technical expertise include high-resolution and adaptive algorithms
for nonlinear partial differential equations, turbulence theory,
computational fluid dynamics, and large-scale scientific computing. His
technical articles have appeared in Communications in Mathematical Physics,
the Journal of Computational Physics, and elsewhere.
UK biologist and author of Four Hundred Billion Stars and
Wil McCarthy, an aerospace engineer for the Lockheed Martin Corporation, is
the author of acclaimed hard-SF novels Aggressor Six and Flies
from the Amber. His short fiction has appeared in Analog, Asimov's,
Aboriginal, Interzone, and a veritable plethora of anthologies. His third
novel, Murder in the Solid State, will appear next year as a Tor
John A. Mariani is a senior lecturer in the Computing department at
Lancaster University. A science fiction fan for as long as he can
remember, his research interests (database management systems, CSCW :
Computer Supported Cooperative Work, multi-user virtual reality, data
visualisation) merge in the field of Populated Information Terrains
(PITs). He is a member of the European COMIC project.
Paul is a biologist studying evolutionary ecology in Cambridge and
Pat McMurray is a fan with a wide range of interests, a book collector and
literary APA contributor, a Babylon 5 fan and cat owner, appreciator of
good food, fine alcohols and interesting Alternate Histories.
Born Swansea, 1958. Married to Barbara, one
daughter, Julia aged 2 1/2, one cat , C'mell, Birman, aged 2ish. In fandom
since 1977. Interests include connrunning, filk, fireworks, and (recently)
gafiation. Is chairing a panel on terrorism because he has difficulty
saying no, and also because he studied military history and the theory of
war in the late 70s, arms control in the early 80s, and has been a member
of the Royal United services Institute for Defence Studies since 1980.
Interests outside fandom include long range rifle shooting, model
engineering and early retirement.
Caroline has been reading science fiction since she was seven, and watching
the impact of science fact on the real world since she read John Brunner's
Stand on Zanzibar at the age of fifteen. A systems analyst by trade, she
is intensely curious about what people do, and why, and how - a topic she
hopes to explore in her panel on 'The (Ab)uses of Popular Science'.
10-5 Fri-Sun only.
Assistant professor of the Information Engineering at Osaka Industrial
College. Single/SF reader.
Born in 1971, Greek-Australian artificial language nut, currently
doing a PhD in linguistics on Mediaeval and Modern Greek complementisers
(and *not* on Klingon, as is frequently claimed) at the University of
Melbourne. I like Ferengi, Mahler, and cashews.
Jack Nimersheim has spent the past decade writing about technology. In that
time he has published 24 non-fiction books and over 1, 000 articles on
technology-related topics. Jack's first science fiction sale appeared in
the 1992 anthology, Alternate Presidents, edited by Mike Resnick.
Last year Jack was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New
Science Fiction Writer.
Andy Nimmo became a spacefan at 7, an SF fan at 9, a published writer at
13, an active promoter of space at 22, a space society office-bearer at
26, patented chess for more than two players at 30, and instigated the
formation of space committees in the UK House of Commons at 46. Now 60, he
is qualified in psychology, air ground operations, computer programming and
sailing, secretary of ASTRA, the Space Settlers' Society, Glasgow Gay
Science Fiction Society (the last two of which he founded), and of the The
Light Year Consortium. He originated the Space Treasure Trail.
Gerald (G. David) Nordley is an astronautical engineer and author with
degrees in physics and systems management. His latest paper, "Station
Keeping with Two-Way Electromagnetic Launchers" appeared in the Dec. 1994
issue of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, and his latest
published story, Dawn Venus appeared in the August 1995 issue of
Computer programmer and SF reader married to Nozomi.
Mark Olsen started reading SF in the late 50s and his interest in science
and in SF grew together. He became a chemist because he liked chemistry
almost as much as he liked astronomy, and there were no jobs in astronomy.
With a PhD in theoretical chemistry he now designs analytical
instrumentation for chemists (FT-IRs), mostly in the software end of
things. He brews beer at home less often that he'd like and less well than
he ought to. (It's too much like real chemistry....)
Chairman of CONTACT Japan, Engineer/Translator/Interpreter/Writer/Media-mix
living with Michiko and 3 cats.
Jonathan Vos Post
Jonathan Vos Post - 820+ publications, presentations and broadcasts.
Co-author or co-editor with Ray Bradbury, Richard Feynman, Arthur C.
Clarke, and Isaac Asimov. Worked on Galileo, Magellan, as Mission Planning
Engineer for Voyager's flyby of Uranus, Space Shuttle, Space Station,
Moon Base and Mars base projects for NASA. Co-implemented the first part of
Ted Nelson's Hypertext (1975). MS ('75) -- parallel AI; arguably the world's
first Ph.D. thesis ('75-'77) on Nanotechnology.
Gordon Ross, the Light Year Consortium's Technical Director, is on the
technical staff of the Design Department of Glasgow School of Art. In
1977, he won a National Design Award for innovative double-surface sail
design, designs hang-gliders, yacht sails, tidal and wind turbines,
originated the world's first microlight solar re-entry vehicle, joined
ASTRA in 1981, was President from 1986 to 1987, founded and directs the
society's Waverider Project, revealed a revolutionary new approach to
waverider design at the First International Waverider Symposium in
Washington D.C., in 1990, and designed Solaris, LYC's Space Treasure Trail
Steve Rothman is a professional physicist in the UK, working on the
generation of plasmas using lasers, including one of the most powerful
lasers in the world at Lawrence Livermore laboratory.
Marshall T. Savage, author of The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy
in Eight Easy Steps. In his Introduction to the second edition of The
Millennial Project, Arthur C. Clarke writes: "The Millennial Project is a
book I wish I'd written: correction-it's a book I wish I could have
written. I am completely awed,and I don't awe easily, by the author's
command of a dozen engineering disciplines and his amazing knowledge of
scientific and technical literature."
Others, not so generous as Sir Arthur, have been less than awed
by the author's inability to correctly spell Zeyphod
Marshall Savage is the founder of the First Millennial
Foundation, an organiztion convened to carry forward the epic
dream of space colonization. His
Robert J Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer of Toronto, Canada, is a science-fiction writer known for
his rigorously researched hard SF. His Golden Fleece (1990)
deals with special relativity and artificial intelligence; his End of
an Era (1994) deals with paleontology and the anthropic principle of
cosmology; and his The Terminal Experiment (1995) explores AI and
artificial life. But he's best known for The Quintaglio
Ascension trilogy, the three volumes of which are parables about
alien counterparts of three of Earth's greatest scientists: Galileo in
Far-Seer (1992), Darwin in Fossil Hunter (1993), and
Freud in Foreigner (1994).
Mike Scott has been running SF conventions for more years than he cares to
think about, but to date has mostly managed to avoid being nobbled to
appear on the programme. Unfortunately, it would appear that sending one
email to Jack Cohen about The Collapse of Chaos qualifies him as British
fandom's premier expert on the book, so here he is.
Renee Sieber is a doctoral candidate in city planning at
Rutgers University/U.S. who conducts research in and has written on the
use of information technology (particularly computerized mapping) within
social movements and in community planning. She is also active on a national
level in providing equal access to the technology. Also, this is her 18th
H. Paul Shuch, the aerospace engineer credited with designing the world's
first commercial home satellite TV receiver, serves as Executive
Director of the SETI
League, leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial
Intelligence. He has taught for more than twenty years, is the author of
over 100 publications, and designed the patented BiDCAS aircraft
Job: Distinquished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs
Current Work: Editor of H.22Z, standard for multi-media on LAN
ITU-T positions: Rapporteur for H.281/H.224/H.231/H.243
National Space Society Positions: Regional Board of Directors Representative
Spacecause position: Associate Editor Spacecause News, Editor, Space
Activist's Handbook 1993/4/5
Hobbies: Taekwondon(3rd Degree Black Belt), SF, Comics, Tom Swift
Family: Married with 1 year old boy, tired.
Henry Spencer is a systems programmer and long-time space enthusiast, now
a freelance author and consultant. He's well known on Usenet, and writes
the Aviation Week summaries there. He's a founding member of the Canadian
Space Society and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and was
head of mission planning for the Canadian Solar Sail Project.
A long time fan, usually found prowlling around convention in the
Midwestern US. Attended his first convention in 1972, a Star Trek
con to which he was dragged by a Jehovah Witness friend of his.
Currently employed at Lawrence Technological University as Mr.
Junior Assistant Answer Guy for all things techy on campus.
Previously he worked for the US Department of Army doing various
things involving designing vehicles and making them hard to find.
Dave is a memeber of the fannish groups, The Dorsai Irregulars and
In "real life" I work in a biochemistry lab studying Alzheimer's disease
and related dementias. I can claim to be one of the few people to suffer
direct injury from a human brain, a bag of them once fell out of the -80oC
freezer onto my foot. Outside of my day job my scientific interests are
theoretical and practical pyrotechnics and a long running anecdotal study
of the effects of ethanol.
Amy Thomson is the Campbell award winning author of Virtual
Girl, and the upcoming alien contact novel The Color of
Distance, which will be published by Ace in November. She was
also a short fiction critic for Locus and a book reviewer for the
Seattle Times. She currently lives in Seattle.
Paul Treadaway read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, specialising in
palaeontology, and continued to postgraduate study in computer science,
specialising in artificial intelligence. He has worked in technical support,
as an NHS epidemiological statistician, and as a newspaper compositor. He is
currently employed to write SGML processing programs by Cambridge University
Press. He brews his own beer.
Harry Turtledove's work includes large portions of both alternate
history and historical fantasy. Among his novels are THE GUNS OF
THE SOUTH, the WORLDWAR series of alien invasion during World War
II, and the Byzantine-based fantasies of THE VIDESSOS CYCLE. His
novella "Down in the Bottomlands" won a Hugo in 1994.
Michael Ward: Sr. Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems. BS and MS from MIT.
Developed space communications systems, laser interferometers, time-interval
instrumentation, color printers, semiconductor etch and CVD tools. Ex-
manager, ex-hardware, now reformed and working on software. Project: digital
scanning and distribution of rare books. Likes single malts.
Philip Wadler is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of
Glasgow. His main research topic is functional programming, but he has a
keen interest in keeping the public informed on the uses and misuses of
computers. He has been an invited speaker at conferences in London, New
Haven, Santa Fe, Gdansk, and Sydney; and was an ACM distinguished lecturer
1989--1993. The title of his doctoral dissertation was `Listlessness is
better than laziness'.
Ken and Jo Walton
Ken and Jo Walton live in Lancaster, U.K. They are married to each other
and have a son, Sasha, 4. They have had articles published in White
Dwarf, Heroquest Magazine, Pyramid, The Proceedings of the Royal Martian
Geographical society and fiction in Intermix. They are the authors of
GURPS Celtic Fantasy, coming this summer from Steve Jackson Games and are
currently working on Realms of Sorcery for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay for
Hogshead Publishing. They have also written the Into The Dark Continent
series of story-telling card games. They have run Colonisation workshops
at Lunicon and Sou'Wester, and a Galactic Empire at Confabulation. They
are on the temporary committee for Eternicon. They have one biography
between them, because they only come as a set.
Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams was born in Minnesota, on the shores of Lake Superior,
in 1953. For twenty-five years he has lived in New Mexico. Walter has
published stories in Omni, Asimov's ,
Aboriginal, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science
Fiction. The recent novella "Wall, Stone, Craft" had been nominated
for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Walter has also
contributed stories to George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series,
including the Nebula-Nominated story "Witness." Walter's novels include
Hardwired, Days of Atonement , and Aristoi. His
current release is Metropolitan, a radical urban fantasy about
geomancy, political revolution, love, and
Nancy has a degree in Political Science and has studied
extensively in the field of Anthropology. She is a life-long
ScienceFiction fan and a hopeful author. She has been involved with the
Contact Coti Project for the last seven years, and with the Epona
Project since the begining three years ago.She invented bubble weed,
and helped with the creation and evolution of various other Eponan
flora and fauna. She has helped with the creation of the Epona world
view, religion and the other aspects of Eponan culture. She and her
husband Roger created the stuffed toy version of Eponan Uther.
Roger has a degree in Computer Electronics and is
employed as a Reliability Engineer for hard disc drive company. He is
an artist, a musician, a sound engineer, a hopeful Science Fiction
author, and a life-long Science Fiction fan. He has been participating
in the Coti projects of Contact for the last seven years and in the
Epona Project since the beginging three years ago. He is the creator of
the Spring Croc species and co-creator of several other Eponan flora
and fauna. He is the author of the Eponan Creation Myth and co-creator
of the Uthorian World View.