The Future And You
Ideas and opinion about the Future, based on verifiable facts of today.
Hosted by the author and futurist,
Stephen Euin Cobb
A partial guest list--with many links
Greg Bear --- Author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, The Forge of God, Darwin’s Radio, Darwin’s Children and Quantico. He has won two Hugo awards and five Nebulas.
His website: www.gregbear.com
Vernor Vinge --- Science fiction author (and former professor of computer science at San Diego State University) most noted for his groundbreaking fiction and non fiction concerning a possible future event now commonly called “The Singularity.” His novels include True Names, Marooned in Realtime, and the Hugo winners A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky.
Robert J. Sawyer --- Best selling author of seventeen hard SF novels, and frequent science commentator on Radio and TV. His novels include Rollback, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Flashforward, Calculating God, and the popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy consisting of Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids. His novels have won the Hugo Award (Hominids in 2003), the Nebula Award (The Terminal Experiment in 1996) and the John W. Campbell Award (Mindscan in 2006). Maclean's: Canada's Weekly Newsmagazine has said, "By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever."
His website: www.sfwriter.com
Joe Haldeman --- Science fiction author with a long list of awards and over 20 books in print. His best selling science fiction novels include Forever War, Forever Peace and Old Twentieth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in astronomy from the University of Maryland. He is currently a professor of writing at MIT, and he has taught at Clarion, Clarion West, Kent State and Princeton.
His website: http://home.earthlink.net/~haldeman
Kim Stanley Robinson --- Science fiction author known for his best selling Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars); as well as: Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, and The Years of Rice and Salt. He has a Ph.D in English, and his writings have won the Hugo, the Nebula, the Asimov, the John W.Campbell, the Locus, and the World Fantasy Award.
Walter Jon Williams --- New York Times and London Times bestselling author of 27 novels including Hardwired, City on Fire and The Praxis. He’s been nominated for ten Nebula Awards, six Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award and the Philip K Dick Award. He has also written for movies, television, and the gaming field. His hobbies include scuba diving and martial arts.
Alan Dean Foster --- Prolific author of over 100 novels of science fiction and fantasy, many of which are novelizations of successful movies and TV shows. Examples include: all three Aliens movies, The Chronicles of Ridick and Star Wars. His series’ include Commonwealth and Spellsinger, and his trilogies include The Damned, The Taken and Icerigger. He is also a noted world traveler.
His website: www.alandeanfoster.com
David Brin --- Science fiction author as well as scientist and public speaker. Author of the novels Kiln People, The Life Eaters, and six novels in his Uplift series. Winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. He holds a Bachelors in astronomy, a Masters in applied physics, and a Doctorate in astrophysics. His website: www.DavidBrin.com
Mike Resnick --- Prolific SF&F author, anthologist and essayist, whose work has won numerous awards
(including one Nebula and five Hugos) and has been translated into over 20 languages. About 30 of his novels are set in his Birthright Universe. A world traveler with a special interest in Africa, he was recently appointed executive editor of the online SF&F magazine Jim Baen's Universe.
Robin Curtis --- Actress who played the Vulcan starfleet officer Lt. Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Journey Home.
Michael Berryman --- Actor who has appeared in 37 films and 15 TV shows and is probably best known as the star of Wes Craven's original version of the motion picture, The Hills Have Eyes.
Aimee Sweet --- Nude model and porn star. Penthouse Pet of the month for August 1998, she has also appeared in many other men's magazines, including Perfect 10, Club, High Society, and Leg World, and has performed in adult movies.
Her website: www.aimeesweet.com (Warning—Nude Photos)
Aria Giovanni --- Nude model and porn star. Penthouse Pet of the month for September 2000, she has also appeared in other men's magazines, as well as on adult websites and in adult movies.
Her website: www.ariagiovanni.com (Warning—Nude Photos)
Linda Tran --- Nude model and porn star. Has appeared in many men’s magazines, calendars, adult movies and Pay-Per-View.
Her website: www.lindatran.net (Warning—Nude Photos)
Erin Gray --- Actress who played Colonel Wilma Deering on the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Also played Kate Summers on the TV series Silver Spoons.
Eric Flint --- Author of more than 25 novels of SF&F, well known for his 1632 series and Belasarius series. Common genres: "alternate history science fiction" and "humorous fantasy adventure." Frequently collaborates with: David Weber, David Drake, Dave Freer and Mercedes Lackey. Has Master's Degree in history with a special emphasis in West African history. A Writers of the Future winner in 1993. Currently is editor of the Baen Free Library and editor-in-cheif of the online SF&F magazine: Jim Baen's Universe.
His website: www.ericflint.net
Nancy Kress ---Author of twenty-one books of fiction and non-fiction, an author whose science fiction has won the Hugo Award as well as three Nebulas. She's the monthly “Fiction” columnist for Writer’s Digest Magazine, and she teaches regularly at Clarion.
Her website: http://www.sff.net/people/nankress/
David B. Coe --- Author of eight fantasy novels, some of which have been translated into six languages, including Russian, German, Dutch, and French. His first series—the LonTobyn Chronicle—won the Crawford Fantasy Award for "Best New Author in Fantasy." A passionate environmentalist, nature photographer, and bird & butterfly watcher; he has a PhD in environmental history from Stanford University.
His website: www.davidbcoe.com
Catherine Asaro --- Nebula award winnning author of 16 SF novels, 11 of which form her Saga of the Skolian Empire. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard, and was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research. She’s published short stories, reviews, essays, and scientific papers in refereed academic journals (often on quantum physics). A former ballerina, she has performed with ballets and in musicals on both the East and West Coasts of the United States.
Her website: http://www.sff.net/people/asaro
Marjorie M. Liu --- New York Times bestselling author, well known for her Dirk & Steele series of paranormal romances such as Tiger Eye, Shadow Touch, The Red Heart of Jade and Eye of Heaven. Has a Bachelor’s in East Asian Languages and Cultures (with a minor in Biomedical Ethics). Studied law and was admitted to the bar in 2003. Has studied and traveled in Asia, and worked for a time at the US Embassy in Beijing.
Her website: www.marjoriemliu.com
Betsy Palmer --- Actress best known today for playing the violently insane, ax-murdering mother of Jason in the movie: Friday the Thirteenth. She had actually become famous decades before that because of her years on I've Got a Secret, Girl Talk and Knots Landing.
Gary Jones --- Actor best known for his longstanding role as Sergeant Walter Harriman on the TV series Stargate SG-1. He also writes scripts for various TV shows, provides voices for animated projects and does standup comedy during his show’s off-season.
Sarah A. Hoyt --- Author of a number of popular fantasy novels including Ill Met by Moonlight, Crawling Between Heaven and Earth, All Night Awake, and Any Man So Daring. With a Master's degree in languages and literature, today she is a full-time author but in the past has been fluent in as many as five languages and employed as a professional translator.
Her website: www.sarahahoyt.com
David Drake --- Science fiction and fantasy author, and one of the premier authors of the subgenre called: military science fiction. His books include the Hammer's Slammers series and the Lord of the Isles series. A former lawyer, he graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in history and Latin.
His website: www.david-drake.com
Spider Robinson --- Science fiction author most famed for his Callahan’s series of novels and his Hugo and Nebula award winning Stardance Trilogy (which was written in collaboration with his wife, Jeanne Robinson, a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor).
His website: www.spiderrobinson.com
Jeanne Robinson --- Professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor; as well as co-author (with her husband, Spider Robinson) of the Hugo and Nebula award winning Stardance Trilogy (Stardance, Starseed and Starmind). Her longstanding "Stardance Project" had her scheduled for a Space Shuttle ride into orbit, then was temporarily shelved due to the Challenger Disaster in 1986, but is now back on track thanks to recent advances in film making.
John Ringo --- Science fiction and fantasy author. A former army paratrooper, he is a significant author in the military science fiction subgenre. His novels include East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Princes of Wands and his Ghost Series.
His website: www.johnringo.com
Doctor Travis S. Taylor --- Scientist working with NASA and DOD on advanced propulsion systems and on anti-terrorist technologies and methods. The discoverer of two exoplanets, he is also the author of non-fiction books and of several Hard Science Fiction novels including: Warp Speed, The Quantum Connection, and (with John Ringo) Von Neumann's War.
His website: www.doctravis.com
L.E. Modesitt Jr. --- Leland Exton Modesitt Junior is the author of fifty SF&F novels, many within his series such as: The Saga of Recluce, The Corean Chronicles, Spellsong Cycle, The Forever Hero, Parafaith Universe and Timegod's World. He has also published poetry, columns and technical studies. Before full-time writing he worked as a Navy pilot, a real estate agent, a lifeguard, and disc jockey. He's also worked for a Congressman, the EPA, and helped direct the research for a political campaign.
His "officially sanctioned" website: www.travelinlibrarian.info/recluce
Hildy Silverman --- Publisher and owner of Space and Time Magazine which, founded in 1966 by Gordon Linzner, has been publishing horror, fantasy and science fiction for over forty years. She is also a contributing editor at Achieving Families Magazine (the “only magazine dedicated to providing real-life informative stories and articles to guide you through the challenges of infertility”).
Her magazine’s website: www.spaceandtimemagazine.com
Achieving Families’ website: www.achievingfamilies.com
Paula Goodlett --- Managing Editor of Jim Baen's Universe Magazine and of the Grantville Gazette. (Both of which were created by Eric Flint and the late Jim Baen to experimentally test the waters of electronic publishing.) She can be reached through the discussion boards known as “Baen’s Bar.”
Baen’s Bar website: http://baen.com/bar/Default.htm
Bodie Olmos --- TV and movie actor probably best known for playing Lieutenant Junior Grade Brendan 'Hotdog' Constanza in the TV series Battlestar Galactica. His father, Edward James Olmos, plays Admiral William Adama in the same show but is also remembered from playing Lt. Martin Castillo on Miami Vice, as well as the heroic math teacher, Jaime Escalante in the movie Stand and Deliver. Bodie's grandfather, Howard Keel, is remembered from Show Boat and Kiss Me, Kate and for playing opposite Doris Day in Calamity Jane; though some will remember him for playing Clayton Farlow on the TV show Dallas.
Bodie’s website: http://members.aol.com/bodiejolmos/Bodie.html
Robert Buettner --- Author of the best selling science fiction novel Orphanage and its sequel Orphan’s Destiny. (Orphanage was a Quill Award nominee for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy novel of 2004.) A former Military Intelligence Officer, National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology, he has published in the fields of Natural Resources Law and Community Association Law.
His website: www.RobertBuettner.com
Randal L. Schwartz --- Computer programmer and consultant reknowned for popularizing, promoting and writing about the programming language called Perl. (Much of the internet is written in Perl, including many high-traffic websites, such as Amazon.com, Livejournal.com, Ticketmaster.com and IMDb.com.) He has authored and co-authored many widely used books on this language, and written over 200 articles about it for various computer magazines. Since 1985 he has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services which specializes in the teaching, training and programming of Perl.
His website: http://www.stonehenge.com/merlyn/
Edmund R. Schubert --- Editor of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy). His short fiction has been published over thirty times in the past four years in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and England. In 2006 he received a preliminary nomination in the "Best Short Story" catagory, for an Edgar Award (which is awarded by The Mystery Writers Of America). His first novel, The Legend of Dreaming Creek is due out in mid-2007.
His website: www.EdmundRSchubert.com
His online magazine: www.InterGalacticMedicineShow.com
His blog: www.SideShowFreaks.blogspot.com
Davey Beauchamp --- Professional librarian, author, editor, anthologist, and sometimes voice actor. Author of the Agency 32 series, he is also the editor of the Writers for Relief Anthology series, and was recently hired to write a Rock Opera based on the legend of Blue Beard the pirate. He is also writing audio dramas based on the young adult novel, Amazing Pulp Adventures, Starring Mister Adventure. In 2006 this series was nominated for a Parsec Award in the catagory "Best Audio Drama-Long Form".
His website www.members.aol.com/daviddraven
John Barnes --- Prolific science fiction author, well known for the four novels in his Million Open Doors series. Has been nominated for the Hugo Award once and Nebula three times. Holds a doctorate in theatre, and has taught in the Communication and Theatre program at Western State College in Colorado, where he still lives. In addition to being an author and essayist, he is also a professional consulting semiotician (one who studies signs and symbols, and how meaning is attached to them).
Ricki Dean --- School nutritian managaer for 18 years, heads a staff which feeds about 700 High School students per day. Twice has held the office of President of the Columbia County School Nutritian Association, and chairs the Columbia County Animal Care and Control Board (an animal humanitarian org). Volunteer work includes Relay for Life (cancer research fund raising) and the Laurel and Hardy meuseum in Harlem Georgia -- birthplace of the legenday comedian Oliver Hardy.
Elizabeth Bear --- Bestselling SF&F author. Her first three novels (Hammered, Scardown and Worldwired) form her Jenny Casey trilogy, which won her the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005, and in 2006 won her the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her ongoing fantasy series, The Promethean Age, started with the novel Blood & Iron. Her stand-alone SF novel Carnival debuted December of 2006.
Her website: www.elizabethbear.com
Toni Weisskopf --- Executive editor at Baen Books for almost twenty years, she became its leader after the passing of its founder Jim Baen. She has a degree in anthropology, and in 1994 won the Phoenix Award for excellence in Science Fiction. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children's folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House.
The Baen Books website: http://www.baen.com
Dave Freer --- Science fiction author who writes mostly humorous or alternate history novels. His novels include (solo) The Forlorn and The Mankind Witch; (with Eric Flint) Pyramid Scheme; Rats, Bats and Vats; and The Rat, Bat and the Ugly; (and with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint) Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, and Wizard of Karres. Born and raised in South African, he lives near Mount West in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. He has a doctorate in ichthyology, and is an accomplished chef and winetaster, he also enjoys rock-climbing, fly-fishing and scuba diving.
His website: www.doctormonkey.com
Stoney Compton --- Author whose first novel Russian Amerika is due out from Baen Books in April of 2007. He is also the assistant art director for the online SF&F magazine Jim Baen’s Universe, and one half of the podcasting team of “Bananaslug & Stoney.”
His website: www.stoneycompton.com
Ginjer Buchanan --- Senior Executive Editor and Marketing Director of Ace and ROC Books. An editor at Ace Books since 1984, she has risen through the ranks at Ace and is today both influential and universally known within the science fiction and fantasy publishing industry. Before joining Ace, she worked as a freelancer for several SF publishers, including The Science Fiction Book Club and Pocket Books, where she was the consulting editor for their Star Trek novels.
John R. Douglas --- Editor for scifipedia and, ever since the 1980s, World Fantasy Con board member. (Scifipedia is a wiki-style encyclopdia devoted to all things genre-related:science fiction, fantasy, and horror; in books, comics, magazines, movies, TV or even games. Scifipedia is owned and hosted by the Sci-Fi Channel's award-winning online presence at SciFi.com)
He has no website and is not listed at Wikipedia but would like to encourage everyone to read and contribute to scifipedia… at: Scifipedia
Bananaslug --- Nickname of Walt Boyes: associate editor and marketing director for the online SF&F magazine Jim Baen’s Universe, and one half of the podcasting team of “Bananaslug & Stoney.”
Jay Lake --- Author of five novels and over two hundred short stories of science fiction and fantasy. Co-editor with Deborah Layne of the critically-acclaimed Polyphony anthology series from Wheatland Press. In 2004 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and at SF&F conventions he invariably wears a Hawaiian shirt.
His website: www.jlake.com
Tony V. Baughman --- Professional newspaper reporter for the Aiken Standard.
His newspaper’s website: www.AikenStandard.com
City of Aiken’s website: www.Aiken.net
Stephen L. Antczak --- Author, filmmaker, script writer, comic book writer. His books include the novel God Drug and the short story collection Daydreams Undertaken. Films he’s written or co-written include No Witness, Sex & Consequences and Twisted Issues. His 35 mostly SF and horror short stories include Reality which made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award. He also directed the Atlanta debut of the theatrical play A Girl's Guide to Chaos.
His website: www.VLEcomics.com
Lucienne Diver --- One of America's foremost literary agents; represents many bestselling authors within the fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, romance and chick-lit genres.
Her agency's website: www.spectrumliteraryagency.com
Peter Stampfel --- Submissions editor at DAW books for twenty-five years, he is also an avid bottle cap collector, and a lifelong musician. His CDs are available at amazon.com. A new documentary about him and his former musical partner, Steve Weber, was featured at the Slamdance Film Festival in January of 2006.
Paul Levinson --- Professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York City, he has a doctorate in media studies. He is the author of five SF&F novels; as well as nine books of non-fiction. As a commentator on media, popular culture, and science fiction he has been interviewed over 500 times on television and radio, and his op-eds have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New York's Newsday, and the New York Sun.
His website: www.sff.net/people/paullevinson
His new podcast: http://lightonlightthrough.com
M.M. Buckner --- Author of Hard SF novels including Hyperthought, Neurolink and War Surf. Winner of the 2006 Phillip K. Dick Award for her novel War Surf.
Scott Dean --- Mayor of Harlem, Georgia.
Rudi Hoffman --- “The Worlds Leading Cryonics Insurance Provider” (he’s also a certified financial planner).
His website: www.rudihoffman.com
His toll free number is: one eight-hundred, seven four nine, three seven seven three.
Mike Treder --- Executive Director of CRN: The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.
CRN’s website: www.CRNano.org
David Pascal --- Marketing consultant who specializes in Social Marketing.
His website: www.DavidPascal.com
Hattie Hayridge --- Actress and stand-up comedian who played Holly the computer on the British science fiction TV series Red Dwarf.
John Buckman --- Founder and CEO of Magnatune; the online recording label with the motto: “We are not evil.”
Jerry Rector --- Actor who has performed on: Star Trek, NYPD Blue and Sliders.
His website: www.JerryRector.com
Lionel Vogt --- Futurist, transhumanist and battle-robot builder.
His website: www.LionOfTheSun.com
Josh Baird --- Theater manager and serious collector of vintage music (vinyl only) with a special interest in Jimmy Hendrix.
Jordan Marder --- Actor who appeared in the movies American History X, Virtuosity and LA Confidential; and played a demon in Clive Barker's film Lord of Illusions. On TV he's been a guest on The Drew Carey Show, Jag, The Equalizer and The X-Files.
Jeffrey Cobb --- A dealer in antiques and fine art, recently becoming active in real estate development.
Terri Jolley --- A dealer in vintage collectibles, with a special expertise in vintage toys.
Lydia Cornell --- Actress most famous for playing Ted Knight's daughter, Sara Rush, on the TV comedy show Too Close for Comfort.
Professor Grover Swartzlander --- An optical physicist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, he teaches and does research involving optics in general and optical vorticity in particular. Inventor of the optical vortex coronagraph. Diagrams and explanations of this device are available on his website: www.u.arizona.edu/~grovers/ovc.html
Aliese --- Teenaged girl, aged 15.
Amber --- Teenaged girl, aged 14.
Ken Weatherwax --- Actor who played Pugsley Addams on the 1960s TV series The Addams Family.
Lisa Loring --- Actress who played Wednesday Addams on the 1960s TV series The Addams Family.
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