Complete Guest List for InConJunction 40
Science Guest of Honor
(a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist/cosmologist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of cosmic catastrophes
Dr Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She received her undergraduate degree at Caltech and PhD from Princeton before going on to postdoctoral fellowships at Cambridge University and Melbourne University. Katie currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has researched dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic work, she is an active science communicator and has been written for a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. Next year, look for her book about the end of the Universe, to be published by Scribner. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.
Fan Guest of Honor
TV Writer. Author: Art of Abominable, Star Wars Craft Book, Girls Against Girls, Wizarding World, Crafting with Feminism &more Writer: @CNET
Los Angeles-based author Bonnie Burton writes pop culture books on everything from magic to
Her books include: THE ART OF ABOMINABLE MOVIE (Cameron Books), LIVE OR DIE? SURVIVAL HACKS (Becker & Mayer/Scholastic), J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING
WORLD: MOVIE MAGIC VOLUME THREE: AMAZING ARTIFACTS (Penguin Random House), CRAFTING WITH FEMINISM (Quirk Books), THE STAR WARS CRAFT BOOK (Penguin
Random House), STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS: PLANETS IN PERIL (DK Readers), DRAW STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS (Klutz Books), YOU CAN DRAW: STAR WARS (DK Publishing), GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS: WHY WE ARE MEAN TO EACH OTHER AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE (Zest Books), and NEVER THREATEN TO EAT YOUR CO-WORKERS: BEST OF BLOGS (Apress).
Her comics can be found in PROS & (COMIC) CONS (Dark Horse Comics), WOMANTHOLOGY: HEROIC (IDW Publishing), WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE (IDW Publishing), GIRLS GUIDE TO GUYS STUFF (Friends of Lulu), among others.
Bonnie has written for Lucasfilm, Disney, CBS, NBC, Apple, Wired, Playboy, Organic Living and more. She currently covers entertainment and weird science news at CNET.com. She can also be found on her website Grrl.com, as well as on Twitter and Instagram as @bonniegrl.
That guy who does A Boy And His Frog and Rocket Ride.
For thirty-five years, back to the beginning of Reagan's second term, Tom Smith has been amusing, delighting, and just plain weirding out fandom with his energetic combination of folk-rock comedy, dark fantasy, and stupefying puns. One of the only artists to appear on both NPR's Sound and Spirit and The Doctor Demento Show, Tom has recorded over two dozen albums, and is a founding member of The Funny Music Project (thefump.com). His shows are audience participation and his hugs are great, so check out his music at tomsmith.bandcamp.com - better yet, come on down and live the myth of Smith!
Jill of all trades, master of some
Your conchair for 2020, Melissa has been managing events for Geeks and Muggles alike for over 20 years. She used to work in the year 1848, baking pies and chasing sheep out of her herb garden.
She reads voraciously, writes incessantly, and probably knows more Ragtime era dances than most people. She likes to dance, stab things with swords, and shoot arrows. For fun, she learns foreign languages, bakes Dalek cookies (and extermin-eats them), and knits knerdy things. She has an alarmingly extensive collection of silverplate tea services, a growing garden of succuents, and a pet AT-AT named Pickles.
She will always use the Serial Comma.
Author of nothing, creator of many things
They say she was born in 1981, the same year as InComJunction. They say she's run registration, been ConChair, and is the reigning Fun Police Chief... They say she goes by... Beckie.
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