Steve Jackson graduated from Rice University in Houston. While there, he spent most of his time playing wargames and working on the student paper, the Thresher (he spent two years as editor). He became a writer and game publisher, proving that college can be very valuable as long as you don't let classes get in your way.
Steve Jackson founded SJ Games in 1980, so it's all his fault. Blame him.
Steve has also designed way too many games, including Ogre, Car Wars, Illuminati, GURPS, and Munchkin. He wants to do some more. Thus, gaming no longer counts as a hobby, though it's still a Favorite Thing. His actual hobbies include Lego, pirates, tropical fish, rolling ball machines, and gardening. He really wishes he could still find the time for beekeeping, model railroading, and keeping up with videogames… and in his weaker moments he misses the SCA. If only we could do something about this sleep thing…
He is a carnivore, specializing in sashimi. Mmm, sashimi. A few years ago, he broke a 30-year 3-liter-a-day Coke addiction. Now it's two cups of coffee a day. This is better, honest. He drinks sissy drinks and Kahlua. He reads science fiction and fantasy. Did we mention that he games?
Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. Howard is also featured on the Parsec award-winning "Writing Excuses" podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers. Howard's artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman.
Howard's most recently published work is Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist.
Julie Dillon is a freelance illustrator living and working in Northern California. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts at Sacramento State University, but received her artistic training by attending classes and workshops at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and the Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA. She is a 2011 Chesley Award Winner and has had artwork included in Spectrum 17 and 18. Her clients include Tor Books, Wizards of the Coast, Roto Studio, Paizo Publishing, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Fantasy Flight Games, Fantasist Enterprises, Clarkesworld, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.
Steve Berman sold his first short story when he was seventeen years old. Since then, he has sold almost a hundred articles, essays and tales, many of them dealing with queer speculative fiction. His novel, Vintage: A Ghost Story, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and is on the American Library Association's recommended reading list for gay teens. His short stories have been featured in Strange Horizons as well as such anthologies as Phantom (edited by Paul Tremblay and Sean Wallace), Best Gay Stories (edited by Peter Dube), Teeth: Vampire Tales (edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling), Brave New Love: 13 Dystopian Tales of Desire (edited by Paula Guran), and Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (edited by Paula Guran). He has edited a dozen anthologies, three of which have been finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards.
Born in Philadelphia, Steve Berman has been a resident of southern New Jersey (the only state in the Union with an official devil) for many years. He has a Master's degree in Liberal Studies and has worked in the publishing industry for decades, as a senior book buyer at an academic and then trade wholesaler, in the marketing department of a small Jewish publisher, and, in 2001, as the founder of Lethe Press. He regularly travels around the country speaking about queer issues and themes in young adult and speculative literature.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans." Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including To Reign in Hell, a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille. The most recent "Taltos" novels are Dragon and Issola. In 1991, with The Phoenix Guards, Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are Five Hundred Years After and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, and Sethra Lavode. While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, "A Rose for Iconoclastes". He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of ANCESTOR, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing, and the co-founder of Dark Øverlord Media, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER and THE ALL-PRO).
Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over eight million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.
Scott reinvented book publishing when he released EARTHCORE as the world's first "podcast-only" novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, EARTHCORE harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of thousands of fiction fans and technology buffs.
He's been covered in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria. He still records his own audiobooks and gives away every story – for free – to his Junkies at www.ScottSigler.com.
Jennifer Brozek is an award-winning editor and author. Classified as a member of homo geekus and homo gothus, she is the recipient of the 2009 Australian Shadows Award (for edited publication), the Origins Award (the "Callies", for outstanding work in the game industry) and the ENnie Award (for role-playing games). Jennifer has edited seven anthologies, with more on the way, as well as over thirty-five published short stories and the books In a Gilded Light and The Little Finance Book That Could. She is an assistant editor for the award winning Apex Publications house, and the creator and editor of The Edge of Propinquity. As a freelance author for numerous RPG companies, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA and Broad Universe. Read more about her at her blog.
Inspired by the 20th century's great illustrators and the glories of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, propaganda art and the Pre-Raphaelites, Lee tailors his work to best illustrate the desired goals, whether in print, film or web projects. Embracing digital media in 1989, Lee swiftly learned to mix traditional and digital painting seamlessly. He was nominated for a Webby in 1999 by the New York Times. His clients have included major film studios (Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox), game companies (Electronic Arts, Hasbro, Upper Deck), comics (Dark Horse, IDW Publishing) and publishers (McGraw Hill, Pyr, Night Shade Books, Subterranean Press). In addition to his illustration and art direction duties, he also designs games, sculpts, writes, teaches, and plays a mean game of Scrabble.
Peter S. Beagle wrote his first novel at age 19, A Fine and Private Place. He went on to graduate from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in creative writing. His best known work is "The Last Unicorn", which was published in 1968. He spent much of the 1970s and 1980s doing screenwriting, including the animated version of The Lord of the Rings, and episodes of series such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation". He returned to prose fiction by the mid-90s and has produced new works at a steady pace since then. In 2005, he finally published a coda to "The Last Unicorn", a novelette entitled "Two Hearts" and has begun work on a full-novel sequel. He received the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, in addition to numerous other awards and nominations over his career.