The 58th Convention of the New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc., coming March 18-20, 2016 to the Hilton Westchester!

Program Participants

Adam Fromm
One-half of Murder Ballads, Adam grew up the son of music fans in the suburbs of Chicago. Consumed by the desire to learn to play the Beatles' "Blackbird," he took up acoustic guitar, and gradually made his way via open mic and occasional one-off bands to his current career in music.
Alan F. Beck
Artist and illustrator for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited in art shows and at cons all across the country. He has won numerous awards and honors including two Chesley and HUGO award nominations. His paintings and prints can be found in collections in the US, Canada and Europe. He has published The Adventures of Nogard and Jackpot and is creator of the Mouseopolitan Museum of Art. His art can be found in Space and Time magazine and The Fantasy Art Bible, and assorted book covers.
Alexis Gilliland
Alexis Gilliland's first son was born in 1963, and his first con was Discon I very shortly afterwards, putting him on WSFA's mailing list. Eventually he ran cons, published novels, and drew cartoons, collecting four fan artist Hugos, and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Alex Shvartsman
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. He's the winner of 2014 WSFA award and a finalist for the 2015 Canopus Award. Over 100 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily SF, Galaxy's Edge, etc. He's the editor of Unidentified Funny Objects, an annual anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy. His bibliography and blog are available at www.alexshvartsman.com
Amy Fass
Amy Fass has been filking since before she knew what it was. Having read science fiction since her age was in the single digits, she went to her first con in 1976, got involved in filk in the mid-90s, and was first on filk programming at Lunacon 2012. Nonfannish interests include environmentalism, science, linguistics, and political activism. Amy enjoys (literary) nonsense and is working on a recitation of The Hunting of the Snark. She is a freelance science/medical (and occasionally SF) editor.
Anatoly Belilovsky
Anatoly Belilovsky writes and translates speculative fiction. He was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later, he learned English from Star Trek reruns. His work appears in F&SF, Nature, Daily SF, Podcastle, and StarShipSofa, among others. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net
Andre Lieven
Andre has been attending and participating on SF conventions for over 35 years. He's a fan of hard SF, and various SF media, from Classic Trek to new Dr Who. He's also a fervent Canadian.
April Grey
April's dark fantasy, Finding Perdita is coming soon from Caliburn Press. April's urban fantasy novels Chasing the Trickster and St. Nick's Favor are already out. She is the editor of Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone, and Hell's Garden: Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners. Her collected short stories are available on Amazon in I'll Love You Forever: Weird Love Tales and The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe. Her stories will be in Hellfire Lounge V and Awesome Tales #4 later this year.
Ariel Cinii
2012 Pegasus Award nominee Ariel Cinii {pron. "SIN-eye", but you can call her Abby} Author of "The Family Forge", "The Organized Seer", "The Touching Lands' Dance" and "The Telepaths' Song" (sold at Amazon.com). She's on committee for Contata: the Floating Northeast Filk Con, and writes on Twitter and LiveJournal about Star Trek, cars, psychic stuff and TV commercials (among other things).
Bailey Elis
Ben Parris
Best known as the author of WADE OF AQUITAINE, and MARS ARMOR FORGED, Ben Parris was the first person invited to Apex Digest when it gained SFWA status. His WADE ebook spent 20 weeks on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List: Top 5 in F&SF Adventure, Action and War. His debut novel of travel to the Dark Ages spans a world of crossed senses and astral projection, physics and the multiverse. Ben has several years of advanced training in karate and sword fighting. Fans can reach him through Facebook.
Ben Yalow
Ben has been to about 800 cons, and worked on about a third of them, at levels from gofer to Worldcon Division Head and chairing regional cons (including Lunacon). He has edited four books for NESFA Press, two of which were nominated for the Hugo Award.
Beth Bonina
Bill Engfer
Bob Bulko
A retired NYC public school teacher, Bob is an avid reader of history, science fiction and military history his entire life. As a Board member of New York military Affairs Symposium (NYMAS) he has presented talks on various topics including future war riction, WW I era history. Bob lives in Brooklyn with his sweetly understanding wife.
Carl Fink
Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979, since 1998 for I-CON. Taking Heinlein's comment about specialization to heart, he has in his life worked on a loading dock, managed a store, been a schoolteacher, worked as a technical trainer, managed corporate Information Technology, and done freelance computer journalism. A member of the Skeptics Society, Carl is particularly likely to challenge pseudoscience and superstition. He lives and works on Long Island, New York.
Carole Ann Moleti
Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary and speculative fiction venues. Carole's short stories have appeared or in the Ten Tales Series anthologies. Breakwater Beach, the second in her Cape Cod paranormal romance series will be published Spring 2016. The Widow's Walk is available in ebook and print formats. caroleannmoleti.com
Carol Salemi
Carol has worked over 40 years in many aspects of costuming from creating/fabricating to teaching to judging/masquerade directing. She is a Master costumer that enjoys new/fun/challenging techniques that keep it fresh. Her most recent work can be seen on TLC's "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding". She's a medical massage therapist(29years), works for Regal Cinemas, Sondra Celli Designs, has jobs in the Haunt Industry and likes making Steampunk items...check out her jewelry in the Art Show!
Catt Kingsgrave
Catt Kingsgrave does all things creative and non-lucrative. Writer, singer, songwriter, poet, painter, artist, costumer, rennie, historian, gardener, carpenter, sculptor, dancer, director, stuntwoman, actress, jewelry maker, eroticist, fan, rape crisis counselor, blogger, and unapologetic troublemaker. Her chief delights are talking shop with other fans.
C.E. Lawrence
C.E. Lawrence is the byline of a New York-based suspense writer, performer, composer and prize-winning playwright and poet whose previous books have been praised as "lively. . ." (Publishers Weekly); "constantly absorbing. . ." (starred Kirkus Review); and "superbly crafted prose" (Boston Herald). Silent Screams, Silent Victim and Silent Kills are the first three books in her Lee Campbell thriller series. Her other work is published under the name of Carole Bugge. Titan Press recently reissued her first Sherlock Holmes novel, The Star of India. More information can be found at http://celawrence.com.
Christopher Burke
Christopher Burke is the co-author of GURPS Autoduel, 2nd ed. for Steve Jackson Game. His first sale was a Car Wars story published in Autoduel Quarterly, which led to being the editor for Driving Tigers Magazine, a fanzine. He currently divides his time between his webcomic (x, why?) and teaching high school math classes. The two are somewhat related.
Christopher Emanuel
Christopher Weissberger
Dana Hulsen
Dandaley Hickson
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Her works include Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today's Promise, The Halfling's Court, The Redcaps' Queen, A Legacy of Stars, and The Literary Handyman. She edits the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies and has contributed to numerous other anthologies. Learn more at www.sidhenadaire.com.
Dan Kimmel
Daniel M. Kimmel is a veteran film critic in Boston and the author of several books. His collection of essays on SF movies, "Jar Jar Binks Must Die," was nominated for the Hugo Award. His most recent book, "Shh! It's a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide," was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. His reviews can be found at NorthShoreMovies.net and Space and Time Magazine.
Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer is the author of over 300 stories and three published novels, THE WHITE ISLE, THE SHATTERED GODDESS, and THE MASK OF THE SORCERER. He has written books about H.P. Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany and is a regular contributor to THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION. He was co-editor of WEIRD TALES for 19 years and has edited or co-edited anthologies, most recently THAT IS NOT DEAD, a Cthulhu Mythos. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four times and won it once.
David Sklar
David Sklar grew up in Michigan, where the Michipeshu nibbled his toes on the days when the lake was feeling frisky. His published works include fiction in Strange Horizions and ParsecInks Triangulation anthologies, and poetry in Wormwood Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Bull Spec. His novella, Shadow of the Antlered Bird, went out of distribution with the collapse of Drollerie Press. David lives in New Jersey with his wife and two kids, and works as a freelance writer and editor. For more, please visit http://davidwriting.com.
David Walton
David Walton is the author of the Pyr quantum physics murder mysteries Superposition and Supersymmetry, and was the recipient of the of the 2009 Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal Mind. He is the father of 7 children and a full-time engineer at Lockheed Martin. You can read more about his books and life at www.davidwaltonfiction.com.
Diane Kovalcin
I am passionate about writing, costumes, Merlin (the tv show), Star Wars, and traveling the world.
Dr. James Prego
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor, and an adjunct professor of Biology at Molloy College and Touro College. He is a past board member of the NYANP, is now the NY rep to the AANP House of Delegates, and has won awards for his work in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Prego is a long time fan of all things science fiction and has interests in acting, shadowcasting, and more. He has given talks, written articles, and spoken on radio shows, discussing many health topics.
Ed Bishop
Ed Meskys
Ed Meskys has been a science fiction fan for over 60 years, having discovered it on the radio. He's attended most lunacons since #1.His fanzine, _Niekas_, received a Hugo (1967) and was nominated two other times. He is currently producing a free e-fanzine, _The View from Entropy Hall_. He is active in the National Federation of the Blind.
Elisabeth Gilliland
Elizabeth Kennick
Esther Friesner
Esther Friesner is best known for her humorous work and has won the Nebula Award twice for her short stories. She now writes YA historical novels in her Princesses of Myth series for Random House. Latest works include Spirit's Princess and Spirit's Chosen, about Himiko, shaman-queen of 3rd century Japan. Coming in April is Deception's Princess to be followed by Deception's Pawn, about Queen Maeve of Ireland. She is also now working on the sixth Chicks in Chainmail anthology.
Frederick Doot
Doot has been Managing Editor of Fantasy Scroll Magazine since its inception in 2014. He writes literary fiction, screenplays, film reviews, and blogs both on the craft of writing and the no-longer-woeful New York Mets. He is also a freelance editor and copywriter, and Vice President of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers. Doot and his alter-ego, Rick Tood, has appeared in various anthologies and in publications including Disturbed Digest and Every Day Fiction.
Gary Frank
I've been around writing since the early 80's, penning mainly short genre fiction. More recently, I've written two supernatural novels - Forever Will You Suffer and Institutional Memory - that were published by Medallion Press and I'm currently working on my next. I'm one of the associate editors of Space & Time Magazine and I'm a member of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers (f/k/a GSHW) and the Horror Writers Association.
Gordon Van Gelder
Gordon Van Gelder was a book editor for St. Martin's Press for 12 years. He has been the editor of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION since 1997. In 2011 he edited an anthology of climate-change stories called WELCOME TO THE GREENHOUSE. He lives in Hudson County, NJ.
Hal Johnson
Hal has been working in the comics industry for fifteen years, and writing about science fiction semi-professionally for fewer. He runs two weekly D&D games. His second fantasy book, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods was recently released by Workman, and has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist.
Harold Stein
Harold is a bit of a filk archivist and has been recording filk at North-east conventions since 2005. He has recorded and published 19 CDs for various filkers and the NEFilk conventions since 2005. He is often found recording the filk at conventions in the Northeast and various filk conventions in the US. He is likely to be found recording in the filk room during the convention and volunteering during the art show teardown on Sunday afternoon.
Heidi Hooper
Heidi Hooper is the Dryer Lint Lady, believe it or not! Heidi is a Niche-award-winning artist whose work can be seen in galleries around the country and in Ripley's museums and books. Consumer Reports calls her "The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint". A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Mass College of Art. A master costumer, she has been a costuming judge at the Worldcon level. Heidi is co-owner of Alliance LARP. Her web page is www.HeidiHooper.com.
Hilary Hertzoff
For the past three decades Hilary Hertzoff has assisted on and off with various con committees, and participated in both rl and online fan communities. Her current projects include volunteering with Archive of Our Own and co-modding Yuletide, a multifandom fanfic exchange, when she's not working as a children's librarian. She's also owned by two bunnies. They'll tell you that this is the most important thing to know about her, but they're biased.
Hildy Silverman
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a nearly 50-year-old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also a short story author whose work includes "The Darren" (2009, Witch Way to the Mall?), "Black Market Magic" (2012, Apocalypse 13), and "The Bionic Mermaid Returns (2014, With Great Power). In 2013, she was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award. In the "real" world, she is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Sivantos, Inc.
Jackie Repetti
James Chambers
James Chambers writes short stories, novellas, and comic. His latest include the graphic novel, Kolchak The Night Stalker: The Poe Cases, and stories in Side of Good/Side of Evil, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, and the forthcoming Gaslight and Grimm. His Lovecraftian collection The Engines of Sacrifice received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. He is the past writer of Leonard Nimoy's Primortals and Shadow House. His website is www.jameschambersonline.com.
James Quirindongo
Jane T. Sibley
Jane Sibley, Ph.D., has taught at folklore, SF/fantasy cons, SCA, and Pagan events for many years. She is the chair of MithraCon, focusing on cults of the Roman Empire (April); and co-chair of Changing Worlds - Changing Times (November). Her books, "Norse Mythology...According to Uncle Einar", "The Hammer of the Smith", "The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods", and "A Different Dragon" as well as her spices may be found in the dealers' room.
John Diamond
John J. Pierce
John is working on an update of his history of science fiction, IMAGINATION AND EVOLUTION. He has contributed to a number of scholarly books and magazines, most recently Rafeeq O. McGiveron's CRITICAL INSIGHTS: ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, and his reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction, Science Fiction Studies and the SFRA Review. Back in the day, he edited THE BEST OF MURRAY LEINSTER, THE BEST OF CORDWAINER SMITH and THE BEST OF RAYMOND Z. GALLUN for Del Rey Books.
John Lazar
Jordana Dlugacz
Justin Kubashky
Kate Paulk
Kate is an Australian currently living somewhere with far too much snow, not enough cats, and just the right amount of husband. Her novel Impaler is alternate history in which Vlad the Impaler wins; her convention vampire novels, ConVent and ConSensual are urban fantasy murder mysteries in which the good guys include a vampire, a succubus, a werewolf, and an undercover angel stretching his dispensation to the limit.
Kathy Sands
1st con 2/74, started selling books at cons in '76, took over Tales from the White Hart in 9/77. Met my 2nd spouse in 10/77, married him in 8/79. 2 kids raised in fandom, between the bookstore & conventions on 3 continents. Along the way, I got more & more involved in filking & media zine writing. Handed over the bookstore to friends in 95 & it closed in '97, Worked at Social Security fro '95-2011, but continued in dealer's rooms, to a lesser & lesser degree. Created 2 CDs & several zines.
Ken Altabef
Ken Altabef is an active SFWA member whose short fiction has appeared several times in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and also Interzone, Buzzymag, Abyss & Apex, Perihelion Science Fiction and various anthologies. Five novels have been published as part of ALAANA'S WAY, his epic fantasy series with an arctic setting. His first short story collection FORTUNE'S FANTASY was released last year from Cat's Cradle Press. Visit author's website at www.KenAltabef.com
Kim Kindya
Kim is a writer, editor, and project manager who has run the SoHo ArtHouse, 3-time home of the AniMiniCon SoHo convention. She has been a CD-ROM Producer at Simon and Schuster Interactive, doing Star Trek, Farscape, and other games. She has professionally published works about The X-Men, Looney Tunes, and The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Fantasy and SF book reviews. Kim is an International Costumers Guild Master Costumer, and as a fan of anime, manga, American cartoons and comic books.
Kim Malinowitz
Larry Hodges
Larry Hodges's third novel, "Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions," was published in March, 2016, from World Weaver Press. A resident of Germantown, MD, he's an active member of SFWA with over 70 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Workshop, and hopes he's finally learning. He has 11 books and over 1600 articles published in over 140 different publications. And he's a champion table tennis player and coach!
Laura Balsam
Long time Science Fiction fan. Have been watching (dubbed) anime for over 10 years.
Laura Kovalcin
At birth, Laura was cursed by her three nerdy godmothers with a love of art, costumes, and glitter. Fortunately for her, it stuck! She now spends her time making art, costuming, and making sure her geeky genes are being put to good use.
Lauren Baker
Lawrence Kramer
Dr. Lawrence Kramer has worked as a programmer analyst, scientist and educator. He earned his PhD in Developmental and Cell Biology at Rutgers University where he researched proteins involved in signaling at neuronal synapses. He has taught at varied colleges and currently teaches biology courses on the faculty of Raritan Valley, a nationally recognized community college in NJ. He has frequently been a guest at conventions on panels ranging from scientific accuracy in fiction to alien biology.
Lee Thalblum
Len "Bogie-Wan" Provenzano
Born in the '50s, Len grew up with the space age and in an airline family. SF fandom may have been inevitable. Interests include movies and TV, Old Time Radio, Filking, photography, Photoshop and Costuming.
Lisa Hertel
Lisa Hertel is an artist from a long line of artists. While she works in many media, she mostly works in watercolors and clay. However, she has dabbled in everything from glassblowing to blacksmithing to papermaking. She enjoys teaching children of all ages, because of their open, uncritical minds. In her spare time, she runs conventions. You can visit her studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell MA.
Lisa Sullivan
It's a mystery!
Louis Epstein
Louis Epstein co-founded the National Tolkien League in 1973,and has run its publications since 1977. He has attended every Lunacon since 1979. A reader, editor, occasional writer, technophile, and internationally recognized authority on the frontiers of human longevity who has a system for naming larger numbers than just about anyone.
Marc Glasser
Maria Daggett-Eskinazi
Maria is a long time science fiction fan of the printed word and the big screen. A professional musician, she has scored a few "B" films and provided sound effects and background for everything Sci-Fi. Also involved with the current Middle Ages, most things Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick.
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published fiction in America and England. Her 2003 first novel, CLAIMING HER, and its 2009 sequel, REFORMING HELL, received good reviews. A third novel, BABY BOY BLUE, a police procedural mystery, was published in 2011 and resold to Linford Mystery Library (large print edition) in Great Britain in 2014; she is working on its sequel now. Mattie is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist. She lives with her husband, Darrell Schweitzer in Philadelphia, PA.
Marilyn Stern
Marvin Kaye
Marvin Kaye is the author of sixteen novels and editor of over 30 genre fiction anthologies, and is now the editor of Weird Tales and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. He also publishes books under his imprint, Marvin Kaye's Nth Dimension, and is preparing a new edition of Ron Goulart's first Harry Challenge Novels.
Mary Aileen Buss
Librarian and Fabric Artist, whose fantastical stuffed animals and quilts have been appearing in convention art shows since the 1990s.
Matthew Kressel
Matthew Kressel is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. His first novel King of Shards, was hailed as "majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness" from NPR Books. His fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, io9.com, Nightmare, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Interzone, and other markets. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan, and is a member of Altered Fluid, a Manhattan-based critique group. Find him online at matthewkressel.net and @mattkressel.
Michael A. Ventrella
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT was recently released to critical acclaim. He is the editor of the TALES OF FORTANNIS fantasy anthologies and the forthcoming ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS. His short stories have appeared in many collections, including RUM AND RUNESTONES, DANCE LIKE A MONKEY, and THE MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES and HEROES IN HELL series. His web page is michaelaventrella.com. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.
Michael J. Martinez
Michael J. Martinez is the author of the DAEDALUS trilogy of Napoleonic Era space opera adventures, as well as the upcoming Cold War spy-fi thriller MJ-12: INCEPTION. He's a former journalist, current novelist and eternal optimist. He lives in New Jersey with his amazing wife, incredible kid, two cats and three chickens. He's online at www.michaeljmartinez.net.
Mike McPhail
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is best known as the series editor for the military science fiction anthology series Defending The Future; in 2015 he became co-own of eSpec Books LLC. As a member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us." www.especbooks.com
Miriam Benson
Greetings from the Faerie Godmother of the New York Faerie Festival in Harpursville, NY. As a lifelong SF fan, I've attended conventions for over 40 years. More recently, I've assisted Movie Mike with vintage film screenings at Lunacon, Also, I've developed an extensive interest in anime and would like to converse, confer and hobnob with my fellow wizards about that subject. Remember, although we may not be the perfect person we wish to be, we are all perfectly able to be ourselves.
Movie Mike
Mike Olshan is a New York-based journalist, editor and photographer who has been archiving 16mm film for over 30 years. He was formerly editor of the film/TV production journal Millimeter and of Videoplay Magazine. Hes best known as the screening producer and film show host Movie Mike. Over the years, Mike has produced various film screenings for colleges, museums, senior centers, pub back rooms, schools and organizations. His work includes screening and lecturing at the Anthology Film Archives, the Millennium Film Workshop, Spectacle Theater, Cinebeasts and the Kings County Cinema Society. He's a Board Member at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, where he manages a Screening Room showing independent contemporary artists. Mike annually produces a summer outdoor Community Garden film series in Brooklyn and a Vintage Film Room for Lunacon. If you have a long memory you might recall Mike's ad for a do-it-yourself lobotomy kit in the National Lampoon. More recently a comic strip he wrote, illustrated by Frank Brunner, appears in NatLamp editor Michel Choquette's long-delayed comix anthology, The Someday Funnies.
Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2006, is author of the Temeraire series, the first book of which, His Majesty's Dragon, was a Hugo finalist and winner of the 2007 Compton Crook Award. Her most recent novel, Uprooted, was released this May. The final Temeraire novel, League of Dragons, is expected to be released in 2016. She is also a founding board member of the Organization For Transformative Works, a non-profit that advocates for the transformative and legitimate nature of fan labor activities, including fan fiction.
Nick Secor
Opera Phantomess
Patricia McCracken
Patricia is an accomplished Fantasy artist working in watercolor and acrylics. Her style is clearly influenced by the Japanese wood block prints from the Edo period called, Ukiyo-e, which translates to "pictures of the floating world." She keeps her paintings light and delicate, but with the bold colors and patterns typical of the latter end of that period. "Ever since I can remember, art has always been a part of my life. I guess I was just born into it," Patricia says. She pursued love of art through two degrees, receiving her BFA at the University at Buffalo and a MA at Syracuse University. In 2002 she began exhibiting in art shows all across the country and has won a number of awards for her Japanese style work. Recently Patricia and her husband, Michael Sinatra, created a book titled, Draco Minimis: The World of the Little Dragons, a field guide to identifying the various species.
Pauline J. Alama
Pauline J. Alama's fantasy novel THE EYE OF NIGHT (Bantam Spectra 2002) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Her work has appeared in several volumes of Sword & Sorceress, as well as Abyss and Apex, Fantasy Scroll, Realms of Fantasy, etc. New stories are forthcoming in IT'S COME TO OUR ATTENTION (Third Flatiron Anthologies 2016), JUST SO STORIES (18th Wall Publications 2016), Abyss & Apex, & MYSTERION. A former medieval scholar, she nitpicks historical fantasies lovingly.
Paul Karan
Paul Levinson
Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code (winner of the Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, The Plot to Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories have been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, BuzzyMag, and numerous other places, and have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Awards. He also published 8 nonfiction books, translated into 15 languages.
Perrianne Lurie
Perrianne Lurie is a long-time fan who has worked on local, regional and Worldcons and local SF clubs in various capacities. She is also an active "Euro" boardgamer and watches WAY too much television and movies. In her day job as a public health physician she works on infectious disease epidemiology.
Philip De Parto
Philip De Parto is the Director/Founder of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County (NJ), the Organizer of The Writers of the Weird, a past Lunacon (1991) Program Director, and past member or officer of several other area SF Groups.
Richard Herr
Mr. Herr started out in professional theater in New York. He turned his technical skills to the burgeoning audio-visual business. A number of years ago, he found himself staring at a blank computer screen and decided to fill it with words. He was hooked. He has already published two of his books, _Invasion From Fred_ and _Dog & Pony I_, for Prankish Publications.
Rick Sternbach
A Hugo and Emmy Award winning illustrator best known for work in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Rick is a co-founder of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. He work with additional well-known projects, such as Carl Sagan's Cosmos and the film The Last Starfighter. Most recently, he's lent his efforts to the upcoming Star Trek: Renegades web series.
Roberta Rogow
Roberta Rogow is a long-time Fan and Filker who also writes historical mysteries. Her latest project, published in 2013, is "Murder in Manatas", a mystery story set in an Alternate Universe where Manhattan was settled, not by the Dutch, but by Spanish Moors. The second book in the series, "Mayhem in Manatas", will be published in Spring of 2014.
Robert J. Sawyer
The only Canadian writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel, Sawyer is a prolific author and a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, during which time he instituted the Nebula Award for best script and introduced by laws allowing for sales outside North America to count towards membership in the organization. His time travel thriller, Flashforward, was adapted into an ABC televisions programme featuring Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, and Dominic Monaghan. Mr. Sawyer's most recent work is Red Planet Blues, a noir story set on Mars. His twenty-third novel, Quantum Night, was released earlier this month.
Robert Rodriquez
Robert was a teacher for over 40 years; using mythology, the old west, world folklore and folk songs to educate his HS. & College students. His is a professional story teller and a Capella singer of traditional ballads. An expert in these fields he comes to Lunacon with an audiological expertise in sound, music and the spoken word
Ross Repetti
Russell J. Handelman
Russell J. Handelman, who has written fiction and nonfiction, lives next to a swamp in Connecticut.
Sabrina Messner
Samuel Bernstein
Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery writes epic and contemporary fantasy. _Tales_from_Rugosa_Coven_ is a collection of novellas about a community of very modern Pagans in a New Jersey even weirder than the one you think you know. Her short fiction has appeared in _Jim_Baen's_Universe_, and in _Black_Gate_, where she also blogs regularly. _Trafficking_in_Magic,_Magicking_in_Traffic_, an anthology she coedited with David Sklar, is forthcoming from Fantastic Books this spring. She survived earning a Ph.D. in English.
Saul Jaffe
Saul Jaffe has been involved with fandom on the Internet as long as there has been an Internet. He is best known for being the Moderator of SF-Lovers Digest which is considered the father (or maybe grandfather) of online fandom. He has also been involved in running sf conventions for many years and was FGoH at Westercon in 2003. He spends most of his free time watching TV, movies, playing games at his local gaming store and trying to learn how to say "no".
Sharon Sbarsky
Sharon Sbarsky chaired Boskone 40 & 49, ran the Masquerade at Arisias and Sasquan, and ran the Hugo Ceremony at Renovation. She creates web sites for fun and work.
Stuart C. Hellinger
A fan since the mid to late 1960's, Stuart has been involved in various groups and conventions including various positions on convention committees and Worldcons, including Chairing Lunacon more than once. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the Lunacon Art Show in the late 1980's and has been a officer of ASFA. Mostly retired from active fandom since 2001, he has stayed in touch with people through the online community and stays up to date on what has been going on in the genre.
Susan de Guardiola
Susan de Guardiola has been active in fandom for more than thirty years as a costumer, masquerade emcee, and all-around fan. She has worked as a book reviewer for Publisher's Weekly and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest and ran the Hugo Awards Ceremony in 2012. Professionally, she is a social dance historian who teaches and lectures across the United States and in Russia. In her spare time, she plays high-speed online Scrabble.
Susan Toker
Susan Toker loves SF, Fantasy, art and science (in books, TV, Film, etc) as well as creating things. Fandom provides both an outlet and friends. She has helped out with masquerades, likes to encouraged creativity and she is webmaster for the NJ/NY Costumers guild (www.sickpups.org) and the keeper of the "Mega Convention List" of the International Costumers Guild (www.costume.org), to make sure fans can find a convention everywhere.
Teagan Christy
Victoria Janssen
Victoria Janssen has written three novels for Harlequin, including The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover, as well as many short stories. She's a longtime reader of fanfiction and academic studies of fandom. She reviews for Publishers Weekly and blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers. Find out more, including what she's been reading lately, at victoriajanssen.com.
Vincent Clowney
William Freedman
His novel "Mighty Mighty," a social satire in the form of a superhero spoof, is published by Rebel. He edited the "Age of Certainty" antho, which considers how society would be affected by proof of God. His political satire "Land That I Love" was published in 2010 and he has completed a new horror thriller, "Pitch Ribbons". Bill's journalism appears in Euromoney Books, Economist Group, Investor's Business Daily and smaller markets. He covered the Stoker Awards for Newsday.
Zorikh Lequidre
Captain Zorikh is a filmmaker, writer, artist, entertainer, and swordfighter. He has produced the documentary "Return to Pennsic" and a history of the many Captain Marvels. He is a veteran of the SCA and the Battle of the Nations. He has recorded CDs and appeared in movies, TV, and on the stage. He has been seen in the TV series "Sci-Fi Science" and the documentary "Jedi Junkies" and has been a fixture at NYC-area conventions since the early '00s www.captainzorikh.com
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It's the 58th Annual Convention of the New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc.
Our combination of intellectual and whimsical revelry will commence in March 18 - 20, 2016 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY

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