Guest List



Daniel Abraham, author of the Long Price Quartet and The Dragon’s Path (35)



Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the novel The Windup Girl, named one of the year’s best by TIME magazine (2)

Greg Bear, author of novels such as EonThe Forge of God, and Quantico (26)

Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, basis for the feature film (14)

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the young adult fantasy novel Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (28)

Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files and The Codex Alera (45)

Keith Burgun, lead designer of the iPhone game 100 Rogues (47)



Orson Scott Card, author of the classic science fiction novel Ender’s Game (29)

Dan Carlin, host of the Hardcore History podcast (15)

Blake Charlton, author of the young adult fantasy novel Spellwright, about a dyslexic wizard (8)

Douglas E. Cohen, editor of Realms of Fantasy magazine (48)

Eoin Colfer, author And Another Thing, book six in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. (42)

Jonathan Coulton, singer/songwriter of the album Best. Concert. Ever. (16)



Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion (46)

Ken Denmead, editor of the Geek Dad blog on (38)

Brian Dunning, host of the popular podcast Skeptoid, which promotes critical thinking (5)



Steve Eley, creator and host of the Escape Pod science fiction podcast (7)



Chet Faliszek, lead writer on the video game Left 4 Dead 2 (1)

Alan Dean Foster, sf writer and author of the memoir Predators I Have Known, about tracking dangerous wildlife (34)



Eric Garcia, author of the novel Matchstick Men and screenwriter of Repo Men (18)

Ron Gilbert, creator of the video games The Secret of Monkey Island and Deathspank (27)

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and book critic for TIME magazine (48)



Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (basis for the HBO series True Blood) (44)

Grady Hendrix, author of Satan Loves You (50)



Eli Kintisch, author of Hack the Planet, about risky geoengineering schemes being proposed to address climate change (20)

Robert Kirkman, writer of the graphic novel series The Walking Dead, basis of the TV show (25)

Ellen Kushner, fantasy author and host of the public radio show Sound & Spirit (37)



John Langan, author of the supernatural horror novel House of Windows (13)

Marjorie M. Liu, author of paranormal novels and writer of the Dark Wolverine comic (4)

Matt London, film student and critic (51, 52)



George R. R. Martin, author of the fantasy novel A Game of Thrones, basis of the HBO series (22)

Ian McDonald, author of The Dervish House and Planesrunner (52)

China Mieville, author of Perdido Street Station and The City & The City (43)



Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire series, optioned by director Peter Jackson (17)



Nnedi Okorafor, author of Who Fears Death, a science fiction novel set in Africa (21)

Corey Olsen, host of the Tolkien Professor podcast (12)

Jennifer Oullette, author of the nonfiction books The Calculus Diaries and Physics of the Buffyverse (30)



Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke (50)

Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek (39)

Alexandre Philippe, director of the documentary The People vs. George Lucas (12)

Cherie Priest, author of the steampunk novel Boneshaker (6)



Mary Roach, author of the popular science book Packing for Mars (36)

Chris Roberson, novelist, publisher, and writer on the comic book arc Superman: Grounded (31)

Tom Rogers, author of Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics (10)



R. A. Salvatore, creator of the popular Dungeons & Dragons character Drizzt Do’Urden (49)

Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (51)

P. W. Singer, author of the book Wired for War, about the use of real-life war robots (3)

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, The Baroque Cycle, Anathem, and Reamde (47)

Cameron Stracher, media lawyer and author of the dystopian YA novel The Water Wars

James L. Sutter, co-creator of the Pathfinder pen & paper RPG and author of Death’s Heretic (49)



Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author of the nonfiction book Death by Black Hole (32)



Catherynne M. Valente, author of The Orphan’s Tales and Palimpsest (23)

Genevieve Valentine, author of Mechanqiue (40)

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series of urban fantasy novels (9)



Robin Wasserman, author of the young adult science fiction novel Skinned (19)

Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse (41)



Christie Yant, short story writer (42)

Charles Yu, author of the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (24)

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