Hugh Casey is a writer, actor, filmmaker, photographer, and promoter living in King of Prussia, PA. He's the founder of Parents Basement Productions and has produced, directed, written, and performed in two short films: Teddy's Big Escape and Young Geeks In Love; both on YouTube.com. Hugh is a longtime fan of science fiction and fantasy, and has been part of fandom for many years. He has been the president and vice-president of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), as well as on the board of directors. He was chairman of the Society's annual conference, PHILCON, in 2003, and vice-chairman in 2002. He is currently the head of programming for Philcon. He attends, and is often a panelist at, many cons and events, such as Arisia, Balticon, and Wicked Faire. In 2010 he was the "Guest of Awesome" at 5 Pi-Con. You can read his blog at http://www.hughcasey.com, or check out his photography at http://www.hughcaseyphoto.com.
9 time Hugo Winner. Worked on the films Sphere (1997), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius(2001), The Any Bully (2006), and the indpendent film The iDol (2007), and designed visual effects for Star Trek in 1996. Author or co-author of seven books, the most current one is Dragon's Domain: The Ultimate Dragon Painting Book from Impact Books.
Arisia 2012 GOH
Arisia 2012 GOH
2011 brings Spirit's Princess, my latest YA historical novel set in 3rd century Japan. To learn more, see my Princesses of Myth website: http://www.princessesofmyth.com. Still enjoying family, writing, travel (Hawai'i!), bears (Alaska!), chocolate, and housecritters.
Marty Gear is a past Arisia fan guest of honor. On top of making and wearing costumes, he had been competing, running, and judging costume competitions, as well as M/Cing convention masquerades, for more years than he likes to count. Along the way he has also run a few Costume Cons. In between costume "stuff" he reads Science Fiction, helps run S-F cons, and does tech. He pays for all this con stuff by negotiating contracts with the Federal Government. He really loves Arisia because he doesn't have to help run it.
Arisia 2012 GOH
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a 4-decade-old magazine featuring fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including "Damned Inspiration" (2009, Bad-Ass Fairies, Ackley-McPhail, ed), "The Vampire Escalator of the Passaic Promenade" (2010, New Blood, Thomas, ed.), "The Darren" (2009, Witch Way to the Mall?, Friesner, ed), and "Sappy Meals" (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed). She is the Vice President of the Garden State Horror Writers and member of the literary programming committee for Philcon. In the "real" world, she is a freelance consultant who develops corporate training and marketing communications materials.
Cecilia Tan is "science fiction's premiere pornographer," according to Walter Jon Williams, and "one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature" according to Susie Bright. She is the author of many books that combine the erotic with the fantastic, including the novels The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Mind Games, and The Velderet, the collections of short stories Edge Plays, White Flames, Black Feathers, and Telepaths Don't Need Safewords, and the web serial The Prince's Boy. She is the founder and editor of Circlet Press, erotic science fiction and fantasy, and has edited anthologies for Alyson Books, Thunder's Mouth Press, Carroll & Graf, Ravenous Romance, Masquerade Books, and others. Her short stories have appeared everywhere from Asimov's to Ms. Magazine. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or http://blog.ceciliatan.com
Trisha J. Wooldridge
Trisha J. Wooldridge is the current president of Broad Universe, an international, non-profit supporting women in speculative fiction. She's published in the EPIC award-winning anthologies (2010) Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad and Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory from DarkQuest books, several poetry and non-fiction venues, and is an editor of the UnCONventional anthology from Spencer Hill Press, being released at Arisia 2012. www.anovelfriend.com
Eric "in the Elevator" Zuckerman
Eric Zuckerman is not a real talk show host, but he plays one on TV. His fannish semi-improv comedy project, "Eric in the Elevator" has screened at regional West Coast conventions, several WorldCons, and Arisia (where he was 2008 Fan Performer GoH) and LunaCon (where he was 2011 Special Guest). Among his many other nerdly pursuits, he's a geocacher, a gamer, an armchair "fanthropologist", and a compulsive ribbon collector/trader.