Fantasy author bio from Twitter
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).
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.
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
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.
Kitschies judger, Pornokitsch writer, Jurassic editor, TIE-fighter and walrus-wrangler. bio from Twitter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
King's College London
Post Grad Academic
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.
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.
Cognitive psychologist, science promoter, magician, skeptic, and total geek. bio from Twitter
Digital marketer in the motor trade| Assistant Editor on The Skeptic Mag | SitP enthusiast | Autism advocate | Synaesthete. General overlord @GuildfordSitP bio from Twitter