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Kage Baker was born on June 10, 1952, to George and Katherine Baker, a postman and a fine arts painter, in Hollywood. She grew up in the Hollywood Hills, amid glamorous houses, ruins, and the ruins of glamorous houses. 

Baker is the author of the acclaimed Company series (In the Garden of Iden, Sky Coyote et al) when she began to publish science fiction and fantasy. This series ultimately ran to 8 volumes and dozens of short stories and novellas, spanning human history, two planets, and at least 3 variations on the human race. She won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2004 for Empress of Mars, and was nominated several times for both Hugos and Nebulas. She also wrote copious fantasy, most outstandingly the novels Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag (nominated for a World Fantasy Best Novel Award in 2009).   

She grew up in Hollywood, and lived her entire life in the numerous environments of California. She died in Pismo Beach, her home for the last 15 years, from whence she departed for the Uttermost West. She is assumed to be sailing over the horizon now, dining at the Captain’s table, drinking  the kinds of cocktails that feature rum and fruit spears, and slowing dancing on the aft deck with God.
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Patricia Briggs grew up in the Wilds of. . . an old mining town in southwestern Montana where she learned to ride horses.  She listened to storytellers spin yarns of the dwarves that lived in the old mines and the ghosts of miners trapped in the bowels of the earth. 
After fifteen years of writing she became a sudden, instant, overnight bestseller when Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson #3) hit #1 on the New York Times.  She is the author of the bestselling  Mercedes Thompson and  the Alpha and Omega series as well as a number of fantasy novels.  She lives in eastern Washington with her family and their pets in a house that looks like someone crossed a zoo with a library.  The horses have to stay outside.

Alyx Dellamonica spent her early childhood in an assortment of community theaters, prompting actors who'd forgotten their lines, running errands for carpenters and sound techs, and--when she got big enough to lift them and nobody was watching--scrambling up eighteen-foot ladders to hang lighting instruments. As an adult, she spent two seasons with a repertory theater company and a third performing in drag (as a male whiskey trader at a living history museum) before succumbing to her first passion, writing science fiction and fantasy. To that end, she attended www.clarionwest.org in 1995. Now she writes fiction, the occasional review, usually for www.syfy.com, and teaches writing through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where her "Creating Universes, Building Worlds" class is especially popular. 

Wayne Arthurson is an aboriginal/French Canadian writer who speaks neither Cree nor French. But he has been a professional full-time writer since he was 24. At the same time, he's been a semi-professional clown, a punk rock drummer with two US tours under his belt and a contestant in the world's first literary reality TV show. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter, and drums in a indie rock band called the Ways.

Stephen Grundy
has been described as "one of the best minds of the ninth century". Having been born and raised in unlikely places such as New York City and Dallas, Texas, he moved to Northern Europe in 1991 and has not returned to the States except to visit since.

He holds a doctorate from the Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Celtic department of Cambridge University (1995). He has written several books based on historical legends, most notably the German bestseller Rhinegold. He is currently also employed as the chief designer of Orรณ Jewellers, an Irish company specializing in historical, historical-style, and original Celtic and Norse jewellery. His many hobbies include mediaeval sword-fighting, mediaeval gardening, the Celtic harp, woodcarving, herbalism, and chasing runaway Norwegian elkhounds.

Grundy now lives in Ireland, in an old rectory built in 1792, with his wife Melodi, his partner John, and a lot of animals, including two Icelandic horses, many Norwegian Forest and Irish Garden cats (he cannot count them, as they keep moving around), and the aforementioned elkhounds.


Random true facts about Donald J. Bingle:  He was the Keeper of the World's Largest Kazoo.  He made up the science of Neo-Psycho-Physics for a time travel roleplaying game.  He is a member of The International Thriller Writers.  He once successfully limboed under a pole only nineteen inches off the ground.  He is the author of Greensword a darkly comedic eco-thriller about global warming.  He has written short stories about killer bunnies, civil war soldiers, detectives, Renaissance Faire orcs, giant battling robots, demons, cats, time travelers, ghosts, time-traveling ghosts, barbarians, a husband accused of murdering his wife, dogs, horses, gamers, soldiers, Neanderthals, commuters, kender, and serial killers. 

Of those subjects, he has occasional contact in real life only with dogs, cats, gamers, and commuters (unless some of those are, unknown to him, really time travelers, ghosts, demons, serial killers, or murder suspects).  He prefers gamers to commuters.  He prefers dogs to cats.  He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  He was once hit by lightning.  He was the world's top-ranked tournament player of classic roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons for more than fifteen years.  He was an Eagle Scout.  He is currently putting the finishing touches on a spy thriller.  He is a corporate and securities attorney.   He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  He has a fascinating website at www.donaldjbingle.com.  He is a member of the GenCon Writers Symposium.  He used to write movie reviews for a comic book.  But, most importantly, he is Linn Prentis' most recent author client. 

Candas Jane Dorsey