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 Glasgow, 1995.

[2003]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

Dale Amon

A long-time activist in space access and libertarian politics, Dale Amon has a particular interest in the implications of the Internet for space enthusiasts.

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 Forum Award).

David Angus

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

Kunio Aoi is a professional writer, contributing to ARMs magazine amoung others in Japan.

Amanda Baker

Amanda has just finished a PhD in astronomy at the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy. She is one of the science programme team.

Henry Balen

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.

Greg Barr

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 Development.

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 here.

Stephen Baxter

UK hard SF writer and mathematician.

Gregory Beckman

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 Consortium.

Greg Benford

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.

Ben Best

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.

Simon Bisson

UK fan and Net expert.

Carol Botteron

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

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 Bradshaw

Simon is a Satellite Comms Engineer, and one of the science programme team.

John Brathwaite

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.

John Bray

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 being on any of them. Success! His homepage is here.

M.K. Brett-Surman

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 Dinotopia books.

Steve Brewster

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 thing). homepage,

Malcolm Campbell


Christine Carmichael

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 Childers

Chad is a consultant at Ford Motor Company in Detroit. In his copious spare time, he maintains the Stilyagi Air Corps Calendar, sets up computer rooms at cons, is a director on TrekMUSE, a text-based virtual reality, and promotes the Electronic Frontier Foundation. See his home page if you just have to know more.

Mitchell Burnside Clapp

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 and 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?)

Hal Clement

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.

Dave Clements

One of the science programme team, Dave works on cosmology at the European Southern Observatory near Munich. his home page.

Jack Cohen

An reproductive biologist, alien designer and polymath, Jack is Scientific Guest of Honour at Evolution, which has more information on him.

Patrick Collins

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


Chris Cooper

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

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 Botanic Gardens.

Jonathan Cowie

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 Cramer

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

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 decades.


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 demented psittacines.

Jennie D-O'C

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 classically-trained soprano.

Stephen Davis

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 thriller titled 12/31/99 with author Grania Davis, which features a very nasty virus bug.

Howard Davidson

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.

Stephen Dedman

Published in F&Sf, Asimov's and Little Deaths; sold to Beyond, Pulphouse, Science Fiction Age, and The Last Dangerous Visions. Author of 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.

Daniel Dern

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 Web page.)

Dermot Dobson


Gardner Dozois

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 Fiction.

Marianne Dyson

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 for MINDSPARKS.

Lilian Edwards

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.

Maggie Flinn


Martyn Fogg

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.

Bob Forward

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.

Howard Frank

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

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 Agency.

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 Blues, 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 Gregory

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. Fri-Mon only.

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 Hanly

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).

Dave Hardy

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.

Colin Harris

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..

Julian Headlong

More details to follow.

Keith Henson

Well-known activist for space colonisation and cryonics.

Bill Higgins

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 General Technics, and plays the baritone ukulele.

Martin Hoare

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 continuing the development of the Oxford ImLink medical image transmission system.

He is an advocate for the use of recreational explosives.

Niall Hosking

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.

Steven Howe

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

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 kittens.

Janet Johnston

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 Mongolia.

Her interests include linguistics, science fiction, historical architecture, period and fantasy costuming and occult phenomena.

Vincent Jo'Nes

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

Bob Kanefsky has parodied over 200 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 image-finders for Mars and other worlds. He is the guest of the Flying Filk Fund at Intersection.

Jordin Kare

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.

Bart Kemper

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 writer/photographer.

Richard Kennaway

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 betleH. Homepage.

Geoffrey Landis


Evelyn Leeper

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

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

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).

Laura Majerus

Programmer turned intellectual property attorney.

Sally Mayer


Patricia McEwan


Daniel Marcus

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.

Paul McAuley

UK biologist and author of Four Hundred Billion Stars and Eternal Light

Wil McCarthy

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 hardcover. Homepage.

Ian McDonald


John Mariani

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 Marrow

Paul is a biologist studying evolutionary ecology in Cambridge and the Hebrides.

Pat McMurray

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.

Hugh Mascetti

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 Mullan

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.

Takashi Nakamura

Assistant professor of the Information Engineering at Osaka Industrial College. Single/SF reader.

Kim Newman


Nick Nicholas

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

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

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 Nordley

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 Asimov's.

Tetsuya Ochiai

Computer programmer and SF reader married to Nozomi.

Mark Olsen

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....)

Masamichi Osako

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

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 lightsail.

Steve Rothman

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 Savage

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 Beebelbrox.

Marshall Savage is the founder of the First Millennial Foundation, an organiztion convened to carry forward the epic dream of space colonization. His homepage.

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). Homepage.

Stan Schmidt


Mike Scott

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

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 worldcon.

Paul Shuch

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 anti-collision radar.

Dale Skran

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

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.

Allen Steele


David Stein

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 General Technics.

Gary Strattman

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.

Charlie Stross


Amy Thomson

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

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

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

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

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'. Home page,

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.

James Whalen


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 hope.

Nancy Zuidema

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 Zuidema

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.