Nine Worlds Geekfest speakers

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Adrian Tchaikovsky

Fantasy author bio from Twitter

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Alasdair Stuart

freelance journalist and Pseudopod podcaster

Alasdair is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and host of the Parsec award winning podcast, Pseudopod. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Comics Review, The Fortean Times and Sci Fi Now. He also blogs for SFX and Bleeding Cool. He is the author of The Pseudopod Tapes (Fox Spirit) and the official RPG sourcebook for the Sixth Doctor (Cubicle 7).

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Aliette de Bodard

multi-award-winning SFF author

Aliette de Bodard is a writer of fantasy and science fiction, and the winner of two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a BSFA Award, as well as Writers of the Future. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards. Her Aztec mystery-fantasies, Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts, are published by Angry Robot, worldwide. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of venues, such as Interzone, Clarkesworld Magazine, Asimov’s, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction.

She lives in Paris, France, in a flat with more computers than she really needs, and uses her spare time to indulge in her love of mythology and history. As a Franco-Vietnamese writer, Aliette has a strong interest in Ancient Vietnam and Ancient China, and will gladly use any excuse to shoehorn those into her short or long fiction.

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Alyss Abyss

A journey into the mind of a sensual, sexual, pervert; a little window into my troubled soul. Kinky, queer, often femme, poly, pornstar bio from Twitter

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Andrew Jones

Academic

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Anish Mohammed

technology, cryptography, hacking

Anish Mohammed is a doctor, bioinformatician, cryptographer, hacker and philosopher. He's passionate about technology, particularly about big data, cryptography and security. He'll be speaking about drones on the Future Tech track.

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Anne C. Perry

Kitschies judger, Pornokitsch writer, Jurassic editor, TIE-fighter and walrus-wrangler. bio from Twitter

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Anne Charnock

Author of A Calculated Life

Anne's debut novel, A Calculated Life, was a finalist for both the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and The 2013 Kitschies' Golden Tentacle.

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Brendan Owens

Royal Observatory astronomer

Brendan Owens is Astronomy Programmes Officer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. As one of the astronomers at the Observatory, he presents planetarium shows, develops and presents schools workshops, looks after the operation of the largest lensed telescope in the UK and also frequently talks about science fact versus science fiction. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and an M.Sc. in Science Communication both from Dublin City University and has worked on projects regarding Solar Physics.

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Cara Ellison

embedded games journalist, feminist

Cara Ellison is a video games journalist: she has written for The Guardian and the New Statesman, and writes the best-named column in the world (S.EXE) at Rock Paper Shotgun. She is currently paid by the internet to travel the world writing about people who make games.

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Chris French

Professor of Anomalistic Psychology

Professor Chris French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. He has published over 120 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims, as well as writing for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine. His most recent book, co-authored with Anna Stone, is Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience.

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Cosplay Beyond

Cosplay Experts

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Cristina Macia

ASOIAF Translator

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Deborah Hyde

Writer & lecturer; editor of The Skeptic magazine

Deborah Hyde writes, lectures internationally and appears on broadcast media to discuss superstition, religion and belief in the supernatural. She uses a range of approaches and disciplines from history to psychology to investigate the folklore of the malign and to discover why it is so persistent throughout all human communities and eras. She is currently writing a book ‘Unnatural Predators’. She is also a film industry make-up effects production manager who gets on the wrong side of the camera from time to time.

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Jaime Starr
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Joanne Roberts

King's College London

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Matthew Voice

Post Grad Academic

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Michael Marshall

Merseyside Skeptics, Skeptics with a K, Bad PR blog, QED con

Michael Marshall is the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the MSS has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

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Prof. Niall McCrae

Lecturer in mental health at King's College London

Niall McCrae is a lecturer in mental health at King's College London. His research interests are diverse and some might say eccentric. Intrigued by the legend of lunacy, he wrote The Moon and Madness, urging a more creative approach to studying putative lunar influence on human behaviour. In his work on spiritual experiences in temporal lobe epilepsy he has developed his critique of the naive, materialist tendencies in the doctrine of evidence-based practice. Niall leads research projects on depression and dementia, while in his spare he is writing a history of the mental hospitals in Britain.

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Robert Teszka

Cognitive psychologist, science promoter, magician, skeptic, and total geek. bio from Twitter

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Susan Bartholomew

Fantasy Author

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Tannice Pendegrass

Digital marketer in the motor trade| Assistant Editor on The Skeptic Mag | SitP enthusiast | Autism advocate | Synaesthete. General overlord @GuildfordSitP bio from Twitter

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Tesria

Bisexual paganish feminist with M.E. Human rights are important to me. Sci-fi/fantasy junkie. And yes, my picture does make me look like a Tim Burton extra. bio from Twitter