by Emerian Rich


Come hang out with Emerian and her friends at the annual Con-Volution Convention!

October 2-4, 2015

Emerian’s Schedule:

EmerianRichSecret Panel

Oct 3, Saturday 11:30 – 12:45, Harbor B (Hyatt Regency SFO)

If we told you, it wouldn’t be a secret, now would it?

Word Roulette

Oct 3, Saturday 13:00 – 14:15, SandPebble B (Hyatt Regency SFO)

Developing a Writing Practice

Oct 3, Saturday 14:30 – 15:45, Sumac (Hyatt Regency SFO)


Also, don’t miss some of Emerian’s friends and fellow panelists that will be there too!


Kyle Aisteach is a short storyist from Fresno, CA. His first collection, Little Dystopias, will be coming out on October 13.




Jean Batt has been a Bay Area dj for 21 years and traveled all over the world with a mix of electronic and geeky music. She has worked in the film industry as a costumer and soundtrack artist. She is Ms. San Francisco Sober Leather 2015 as an unconventional leather person and Mr. Golden State Panache 2015 second place winner as a drag king.

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Maya is the New York Times Bestselling co-author of Devil’s Daughter (with Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Michael Reaves). She became addicted to science fiction when her dad let her stay up late to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Her mom was scandalized; her father, unrepentant. Since then her short fiction has been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, Century, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Paradox and Jim Baen’s Universe. Her debut novel, The Meri (Baen), was a Locus Magazine 1992 Best First Novel nominee and her work has been nominated for the Nebula, British SF Award and Sidewise Award. She has published over a dozen speculative fiction novels and is a founding member of the pro-writers’ co-op publisher Book View Cafe ( Maya lives in San Jose where she writes, performs, and records original and parody (filk) music with her husband and awesome musician and producer, Chef Jeff Vader, All-Powerful God of Biscuits. The couple has produced five music albums: RetroRocket Science, Aliens Ate My Homework and Grated Hits (parody), and the original music CDs Manhattan Sleeps and Mobius Street.


Ric Bretschneider obsessively collects geek activities. If you Google him, you’d swear you’re looking at five different guys. A professional software developer for decades, your computer likely has at least one application he’s worked on. He consults with individuals and groups on how to effectively present and engage an audience. Lately, he?s been into pro and fan applications of e-communities and podcasting. When he has a moment, Ric reads and writes about books and comics, and plays analog board and card games. He’s here to help people, it’s what he does.


Dario Ciriello is a professional author, editor, and writing coach.

Dario’s nonfiction book “Aegean Dream”, the tragi-comic memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skopelos (the actual “Mamma Mia!” island), was a UK travel bestseller in 2012 and has recently been published in Poland. His first novel, “Sutherland’s Rules”, a crime caper/thriller, was published in February 2013 and released as an audiobook in early 2015. A collection of Dario’s short Science Fiction works, “Free Verse and other stories”, was released in June 2014. His second novel, another thriller, is scheduled for release in Fall 2015.

Dario has also edited several novels as well as three critically-acclaimed SFF anthologies for Panverse Publishing (, of which he is the founder and editor. He lives with his wife, Linda, in the Pasadena area.


Writer, storyteller, life-long geek.



In the last year Jay wrote a fantasy romance novel (Mermaid Steel), nurtured his transgendered teenager through severe depression, backstage managed a six week run of a prop intensive musical that included a flying car (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), built a raccoon-proof chicken coop, ran a Kickstarter and produced an album of his own musical (The Mirror’s Revenge), got Seanan Maguire to agree that his theory of human cloning is not complete crap (Daughter Cell), and turned 58. Talk to him about living the dream.

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Candace S. Lowe is a science fiction writer and most recently co-authored “The Black Hole Project” under the name C. Sanford Lowe, about the making of a man-made black hole, with G. David Nordley. Formerly a sailboat racer in Maine, a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona and an airline pilot in New Mexico, Lowe currently works in Tech Training at Stanford University. When not writing, she collaborates in electro-acoustic music with her husband, and tutors students studying English as a second language.


Fantasy writer, dancer, law-abiding citizen, and human being (in that order).  Find him on Twitter via @AEMarling and at




Derek McCaw is a local teacher, writer, and actor. He’s been with ComedySportz for 27 years, and run Fanboy Planet for 15. If you had a Mac in the late 90s, he voiced the Weasel in Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. As a comics writer, he revived The Greatest American Hero with original star William Katt, and contributed to Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave. The graphic novel he edited, “Sparks,” was made into a feature film starring Katt and Chase Williamson, and is now available on DVD. He has written screenplays and produced the short film “Catwoman Loves Bruce,” and has co-written “I Fought the Sex Ray,” the memoirs of Flesh Gordon star Jason Williams, scheduled for release from Overlook Press in Summer 2016.


Steven Mix has worked with the autism community for a non profit organization and he was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in the military, he became obsessed with zombies and horror and now works to bring his darkness into the world in a fun and constructive way. Steven’s first book, Goodbye from the Edge of Never, was released November 2013 by Falkor Publishing.


Sarah Pugliaresi spends her days working as a Quality Engineer for a San Jose based wellness startup. By night, she is a fearless costume designer with ten years professional experience working for local theatres and independent films. When not sewing or working, she loves to read, play with her dog or play video games with her husband.


Sumiko Saulson a horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy writer. Her novels include “Solitude,” “Warmth,” “Happiness and Other Diseases,” and “Somnalia.” She is the author of the Young Adult horror novella series “The Moon Cried Blood,” the novelette “Ashes and Coffee”, and short story anthology “Things That Go Bump in My Head.” Born to African-American and Russian-Jewish parents, she is a native Californian, and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. She is a horror blogger, journalist, and cartoonist.


Carrie Sessarego is the resident ‘geek reviewer’ for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, where she wrangles science fiction, fantasy romance, comics, movies, and even non-fiction. Her review of Saga, by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, was chosen for the anthology Speculative Fiction 2013: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary. She’s also the creator and writer of Geek Girl in Love, an interactive blog with interviews and author discussions, reviews of all things SF/F, and a friendly venue for guest posts, mixed with a dash of feminism and politics.

Carrie’s first book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, was released in 2014 to positive reviews, and very few zombie riots. Don’t ask Carrie about these books unless you have a lot of time on your hands to hear about Regency manners and Victorian hygiene!

When not reading and writing, you can find Carrie volunteering for the Sacramento Public Library, and getting into trouble with her mad scientist husband, amazing daughter, suitably mysterious cats, and highly neurotic dog. Carrie’s zombie apocalypse kit contains copies of Jane Eyre, Lord of the Rings, and many, many Oreos. You can follow Carrie at, and find her reviews under the name “CarrieS” at


J. Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. Long interested in suspense, thrillers and horror, his short fiction has appeared in the Pulp Empire Anthology, the “Heroes of Mars” anthology, Twisted Tails VII and the Smoke and Podcast. His newest short story collection “The Last Words of Robert Johnson and Other Tales” is on sale at the Con and at When he’s not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie.