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CELEBRITY GUESTS

ALERT: THE GUEST LIST FOR SFSC2006 IS FULL

(ALPHABETICAL LIST)

NOTE: THE LIST BELOW IS TENTATIVE, AND SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE CHANGES BETWEEN NOW AND THE CONVENTION






Aberrant Dreams

Aberrant Dreams is an electronic and printed quarterly magazine of original speculative fiction. The first issue was released in October 2004. Contributers include Alastair Reynolds, Ernest G. Saylor, Michael Bishop, Stephen Baxter, Robin Wayne Bailey, Myles Cabot, Eugie Foster, Justin Stanchfield, Jenny Ladner, Rob Shelsky, Gerald W. Page, Kevin Anderson, Liz Clarke among others.

Within the confines of each issue, you will find fiction, letters, reviews, poetry, and artwork of the fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural horror genres from talented established and upcoming authors and artists.

View their web site: http://www.hd-image.com/aberrant_dreams/index.htm






Atlanta Radio Theater Company
Since 1984, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company has been performing, recording, and broadcasting dramatic audio -- fully dramatized, fully sound-scaped audio drama, far beyond the readings and "audio books" you can find in every bookstore. We like to think that what we do is classic "old-time radio", as it would sound with today's technology and dramatic techniques.
View their web site: www.artc.org






Christina Barber
Fantasy / Horror Author


Author, Christina A. Barber currently resides in Georgia, but spent most of her life growing up in the suburbs of Mountainside, New Jersey. Encouraged at an early age by her fourth grade teacher, Christina was immediately drawn to the art of crafting stories. In fifth grade she was introduced to the works of Edgar Allan Poe and immediately became a fan.

In addition to her paranormal thriller novel, Greystone, she has several upcoming publications. Christina is a contributing editor to a monthly horror-writing column in The Muse Marquee online magazine. Her short horror story 'Restless' will appear in an anthology which will be released in the summer of 2006. She writes a quarterly true ghost tale, 'Case Book', for Haunted Lives online magazine. Christina's works focus on horror and speculative fiction.

She belongs to a multitude of critique groups including 'The Muse It Up Club', 'Writers' Block' and 'Critters'.
Christina is a member of EPIC, The Speculative Fiction Foundation and an approved speaker with the 'About Speculative Fiction' resource center.

During her free time, Christina enjoys cooking and being with her friends and family. She has a wonderfully supportive husband who is her biggest fan and a beautiful, creative daughter who also writes her own stories!
Christina has three dogs that take turns sitting under her desk as she works to provide adequate foot warmth for those cool Georgia nights.
View her web site: http://www.christinabarber.net





Julie Cochrane
Fantasy Author


Julie Cochrane was born in Ohio and grew up in New York and South Carolina, with a lot of time in Alabama along the way. She wrote her first stories at five years old, and made her first attempts at novels in junior high and high school when she had more appetite for science fiction and fantasy than money for books.

Initially studying Chemistry at Georgia Tech, she got her bachelors in Psychology and promptly decided that Computer Science really would have been a better way to earn a living. She spent a number of years as an Oracle Database Programmer and Usenet Addict. After leaving the cubicle jungle to homeschool her daughter, she discovered more time to write fiction and the wonderful world of Baen's Bar. She lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband, their daughter, and a black and tan dog named Polly. She is feared by house plants everywhere.

Hobbies and interests include pistol marksmanship, reading, history, criminology, Irish language and folk music.

View her web site:






Michael DeMeritt
Assistant Director

Michael DeMeritt worked eleven straight seasons on Star Trek as an Assistant Director (AD), covering all of Voyager and all of Enterprise. He began as the Second Second AD on the Voyager pilot, and was promoted to Key Second AD and later First AD by the time Voyager ran its course.

He wrote a Next Generation comic book called "Pandora's Prodigy" in 1994 for DC comics (special #4) and has completed a book of poetry written during his Star Trek years titled "Poetry and Prose from the Director's Ass." If all publishing concerns are met on schedule the book's Southern USA debut will be at SFSC. Michael currently works on the television series Las Vegas as a Key Second AD. He is the only "below-the-line" crew person to record a commentary track for the Star Trek series. You will find it on the Northstar episode in the Enterprise 3rd season DVD collection.
View his web site: http://michaeldemeritt.com/






Pamela Dodd
SF / Suspense Author

Pamela J. Dodd is a former teacher, a mother, and a long time lover of speculative literature. Having grown up among people who told stories for entertainment as well as education, she enjoys visiting with readers and others interested in writing. She loves stories, whether in print, on the screen, or just told at family gatherings.

Her debut novel, The Gift Horse, is a contemporary suspense piece, and her newest novel is a futuristic story with romantic elements entitled Trinity on Tylos.


View her web site: http://www.pamelajdodd.com






Ken Feinberg
Actor / Director

For 15 years, Ken Feinberg has been directing, writing, producing and acting in award-winning films, hit television series and major theater projects in Los Angles, New York and Atlanta. As an actor, Feinberg is known to millions of television viewers around the world for his role as the "Chaos Demon" in the richly acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

He also played impressive characters on other hit series including Alias, Charmed, Star Trek's Enterprise and the popular network series The District. Feinberg, an award-winning filmmaker, wrote and directed Coming Clean ( www.comingcleanfilm.com ) which won a Best of the Festival Award at the Rad Digital Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Feinberg directed the theater hit A Tribute to Saturday Night Live at the Hollywood Fight Club in Los Angeles. As a member of the prestigious Hollywood Repertory Company in Los Angeles, Feinberg co-wrote and produced Real Life Photographs, a drama about a family dealing with mental illness. The production was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Feinberg's stage adaptation of Peter and Wendy in Neverland was published by Yale University Press.

Currently, Feinberg continues to act, write and direct, in addition to teaching courses like The Artist's Way, Writer's Boot Camp and Director's Boot Camp. He resides in Atlanta where he co-owns the Global Relationship Centers of Atlanta ( www.grcatlanta.com ).

View his web site: http://kenfeinberg.com






Tamara Gorski
Sci Fi / Fantasy / Drama Actress

Tamara Gorski stars alongside Bruce Campbell in MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN and is thrilled to finally be a guest at SFSC, 2006.
You may recognize this Canadian born actor from her recurring roles: "Morrigan" in HERCULES, "Dr. Corliss" in Psi Factor, "Megan Torrence" in POLTERGEIST or her guest starring roles in ANGEL, WITCHBLADE, EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, HIGHLANDER and maybe also in films such as LOST WORLD, MURDER AT 1600, ANONYMOUS REX and THE IN-LAWS. Famously unrecognised due to 'chameleon-like qualities', Tamara has had extensive training in all areas of the arts and is also an accomplished filmmaker and musician.
This year she is producing more films, recording more songs and wouldntcha know it-- working with Bruce Campbel, again!!
View her web site: http://www.tamaragorski.com






Special Musical Guests
Hyperdrive

Vampires! Cyborgs! Vulcans! David Duchovny! Hyperdrive is an Atlanta-based rock band that does covers of popular songs (and an original or two) that include science fiction, fantasy or horror references and imagery. You'll hear everything from Alice Cooper to the Ramones, Jefferson Airplane to KISS, and even a couple of TV theme songs! Get your con kicked off in high-energy fashion!

View their web site: http://hyperdrive.apogee-designs.com






Chris Keys
Animator, Humorist, Monster Costumer/Actor

Chris Keys has been in and around the science fiction fandom for many years. As a result, a few interests and projects have cropped up as something of a side effect. Among those are a many years involvement with Netherworld Haunted House as a professional haunt actor and his ties in on the creative group responsible for the parody animations Babylon Park and Crusade Wars.

View his web site: http://gwarbco.com.com and http://www.gwarbco.com/crusadewars/index.html






Adrian Havens

Adrian has been involved in some way, shape, or form in Southern Fandom since the early 1980s. He has a background in special effects, makeup effects, prop making, medieval and fantasy armor and weapons, and has been playing Laser Tag since 1986. He is currently writing a book on the history of Laser Tag equipment.

He is the captain of the Atlanta Roughnecks Laser Tag Team and has been recently elected commissioner of the newly formed International Laser Tag League, something that is sure to make him grumble if mentioned around him. He also is currently engineering and hosting an onsite murder mystery game for SFSC and other conventions like Fantascicon. He and his wife reside in Marietta, Georgia in a house owned by six cats who allow them to live there in exchange for cleaning the litter box and keeping the food and water bowls full.


View his web site:






Jana Oliver
Fantasy Author

An award-winning author of paranormal and fantasy novels, Jana Oliver loves to haunt the back alleys of history. Her latest endeavor, Sojourn (Dragon Moon Press) mixes time travel with shape shifters, set in Late Victorian London during the time of the Ripper murders.

"Incorporating one of the most widely-researched crime sprees into a work of fiction is just asking for a headache. Most authors jam in a few Victorian details to set the scene and figure that's good enough. I wanted my story to be a page-turner and my history to be accurate. In the end, Sojourn exceeded my wildest hopes."

In the non-fiction arena, Jana's article "The Joy of Writing Workshops" will appear in Dragon Moon's Writing Fantasy: The Business End (Vol. 3 of The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy) sometime this year..

When not herding verbs and annoying nouns, Jana hosts The Curious Mind on Leisure Talk Radio Network, an Internet radio station. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two cats, Midnight and Odds-Bobkin.


View her web site: http://www.magespell.com/jgoliver/index.html or http://www.janaoliver.com






Gordon Shriver
Author

Gordon Shriver is an actor and writer in the Atlanta area. A former radio newsman, he is the author of "Boris Karloff: The Man Remembered", which was more than 25 years in the making. He has written for Cult Movies and Famous Monsters of Filmland, and appeared in such plays as "Twelve Angry Men", "War of the Worlds", and "Glengarry Glen Ross".


View his web site:






DAVID WINNING - Filmmaker / Director

If you watch television, you've no doubt seen his work, but even if you don't recognize the name David Winning, the mention of such titles as Friday the 13th: The Series, Andromeda, and Dinotopia are sure to fire a synapse or two. While still only 22, the Calgary , Alberta , native made his debut feature, Storm, for a mere 50,000 dollars. His credits had been sporadic to that point, but picked up considerably during the '90s. Though he worked almost exclusively in television, success with episodes of such shows as Sweet Valley High and Goosebumps was tempered with occasional feature endeavors like Killer Image (1992), Profile for Murder (1997), and Exception to the Rule (1997). That same year, Winning also made Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, based on ABC's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Subsequent small-screen efforts such as Earth: Final Conflict, Andromeda, and the miniseries Merlin found the director leaning closer to sci-fi fantasy material. ~ NEW YORK TIMES

RECENT:   STARGATE: ATLANTIS (His first season episode CHILDHOOD’S END WON 3 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR DIRECTING),  5 Seasons on GENE RODDENBERRY’S ANDROMEDA starring KEVIN SORBO,  ABC’S DINOTOPIA, and 7 episodes of EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT.  Currently directing a movie for Lifetime in Vancouver


View his web site: www.davidwinning.com






Craig Zipse
Game Design

Craig worked for virtually every major RPG publisher over the last 10 years, including Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, TSR, Kenzer & Co, ICE, AEG and Paizo Publishing. Primarily he works as a cartographer and interior illustrator. Over the past 3 years, he had also designed several games, 2 of which have been published and 3 of which are under review.
View his web site: http://www.craigzipse.com










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