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Past Guests of ValleyCon 39

ValleyCon strives to bring the best and most relevant guests featured in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, gaming and film & TV! These guests include Media Icons, Artists, Authors, Psychics and many more. Autographs are available at one of the industry's LOWEST price point ever. The guest will do panels, readings and demonstrations for your education and entertainment.


Chase Masterson

Media Guest

Chase Masterson is best-known for her role on Deep Space Nine as Leeta, Ivy Lief from General Hospital and soon to be part of the Doctor Who Verse.

Chase Masterson was named one of the "50 Sexiest Women" by Femme Fatales Magazine and one of the "Hot Leading Ladies" of film by Film Fetish for her role in Yesterday Was a Lie. She was first recognized for her break-out role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the highest-rated internationally syndicated shows of all time. Chase's huge, international fan base saw her rise from a four-line role in one episode to a five-year story arc, which prompted USA Networks to begin Chase's hosting career with a newsmagazine talk show, Sci-Fi Entertainment.

Known to millions of fans worldwide, TV Guide's online readers poll voted Chase the "Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television"; Sci-Fi Universe Magazine honored her as one of the "Top 20 People to Watch in Hollywood"; and, in 2010, UGO included her in their list of the "Top 25 TV Hotties, and the Schlubs They Inexplicably Love." In December 2010, AOL named Chase one of the "Ten Sexiest Aliens" in television history.

Chase has worked opposite such Hollywood hotties as Jesse Eisenberg, Jerry O'Connell, Ryan Seacrest, Maggie Grace, and Faith Ford, as well as Bruce Campbell, Richard Lewis, Maxwell Caulfield, Bridget Wilson, and many others.

Catch Chase starring in Yesterday Was a Lie, a film noir feature shot in classic black-and-white by awardwinning writer/director James Kerwin, in which she plays a mysterious jazz singer. Yesterday Was a Lie won numerous festival awards (including over a dozen for "Best Feature"), was picked up by Entertainment One, and opened December 2009 (with a DVD release the following April).

In 2008, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men featured Chase as "Xela." In 2007, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, an animated film, featured Chase as one of the lead voices, including two songs.

In the 2005-06 season, Chase was tapped by Encore's STARZ On Demand to host their Only Here Channel.

Starring in two films in 2006, Chase played a war news correspondent in Manticore on the Sci-Fi Channel, and "The Madam" in the remake of Chastity. Chase recently starred in Terminal Invasion as "alpha female" pilot Catherine Garrett. Other feature work premiering in 2004 included her starring role in Creature Unknown, a dark, Hitchcockian thriller in which Chase starred as a doctor in a deadly game of genetic manipulation. In sexy, comic turns, Chase played herself in the documentary Trekkies as well as in Miramax's Comic Book: The Movie, directed by Mark Hamill.

Chase is often recognized from her role as the featured guest star in the Emmy Award-winning episode of E.R. as well as for her recurring work on General Hospital. Other series regular, recurring, and guest star credits include Presidio Med, Sci-Fi Vortex, Sliders, Live Shot, Sweet Justice, The Romeos, Acapulco Heat, host of Showtime's Showtime: Nighttime, and co-host of NBC's Saturday Night At the Movies.

On the big screen, Chase starred in Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back For More and in the awardwinning Marina. Well-loved genre starring credits include Digital Man, Advanced Warriors, and Space.com's Gold Circle Award winner Deep Space Explorer. Other feature film credits include In a Moment of Passion, Married People Single Sex, Ballerina Finale, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Sammyville, a non-fiction-based thriller which was featured on 60 Minutes.

Having released and gained international recognition with her debut CD "Thrill of the Chase," Chase released her follow-up EP "Ad Astra!" and the limited edition "Crystal Anniversary: Songs From the Holosuite" (in honor of Deep Space Nine's fifteenth anniversary). She sings one of her original songs in the feature Take Out. Chase has also hosted her own weekly internet radio show on TheFandom.com.

Best of all, "Chase Masterson" was recently the answer to a question on Jeopardy. (Well, that's up there, anyway...)

In her off-time, Chase has been singing in USO Tours for the Navy and the Marine Corps and volunteering at Homeboy Industries, a charity for underprivileged youths in Los Angeles.

Chase Masterson's current and future projects are publicized regularly in print and on international, national, and local TV and radio networks, including Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, E!, Bravo, Montel, CNET, STARZ, The Sundance Channel, Canada's Space: The Imagination Station and Britain's Sky1.

www.chasemasterson.com



Zoie Palmer

Media Guest

Zoie Palmer is a Canadian actress, best known for her part as Dr. Lauren Lewis in the TV series Lost Girl.

Zoie Palmer is a Canadian actress originally born in Wiltshire, England ,on 28th October. She was brought up in Cornwall, and moved to Canada with her parents - who are of British and Irish descent - when she was nine years old.

Zoie went to the Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newmarket, Ontario, before achieving a B.F.A. at York University in Toronto. A television veteran, Zoie has appeared in popular series The Guard and Instant Star.

She has starred in two acclaimed short films: Snapshots for Henry, which was nominated for a Genie Award as Best Live Action Short Drama, Terminal Venus, for which she was honoured with the Best Actor Award at the Baja California Film Festival. 2010 was an especially busy year for Palmer with a supporting role in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Devil's Perch, along with her starring role in The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, for which she was nominated for an Actra award.

Zoie currently plays the reccuring role of Dr. Lauren Lewis on hit Canadian show, Lost Girl.

http://www.zoiepalmerdomain.com/


Alan Dean Foster

Author Guest

Alan Dean Foster is an American author of fantasy and science fiction, with many series to his credit as well as a large number of single novels. He is especially prolific in his novelizations of film scripts.

Born in New York City in 1946, Foster was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from UCLA (1968, l969) he spent two years as a copywriter for a small Studio City, Calif. advertising and public relations firm.

His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Foster's in 1968 and much to Foster's surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine The Arkham Collector. Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed. His first attempt at a novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, was bought by Betty Ballantine and published by Ballantine Books in 1972. It incorporates a number of suggestions from famed SF editor John W. Campbell.

Since then, Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeurve includes more than 100 books.

Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, Terminator:Salvation, and both Transformers films. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so. He is the recipient of the Faust, the IAMTW Lifetime achievement award.

Though restricted (for now) to the exploration of one world, Foster's love of the far-away and exotic has led him to travel extensively. After graduating from college he lived for a summer with the family of a Tahitian policeman and camped out in French Polynesia. He and his wife JoAnn Oxley, of Moran, Texas, have traveled to Europe and throughout Asia and the Pacific in addition to exploring the back roads of Tanzania and Kenya. Foster has camped out in the "Green Hell" region of the Southeastern Peruvian jungle, photographing army ants and pan-frying piranha (lots of small bones; tastes a lot like trout); has ridden forty-foot whale sharks in the remote waters off Western Australia, and was one of three people on the first commercial air flight into Northern Australia's Bungle Bungle National Park. He has rappelled into New Mexico's fabled Lechugilla Cave, white-water rafted the length of the Zambezi's Batoka Gorge, driven solo the length and breadth of Namibia, crossed the Andes by car, sifted the sands of unexplored archeological sites in Peru, gone swimming with giant otters in Brazil, surveyed remote Papua New Guinea and West Papua both above and below the water, and dived unexplored reefs throughout the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. His filmed footage of Great White Sharks feeding off South Australia appeared on both American television and the BBC.

Besides traveling he enjoys listening to both classical music and heavy metal. Other pastimes include basketball, hiking, body surfing, and scuba diving. In his age and weight class he is a current world and Eurasian champion in powerlifting (bench press). He studied karate with Aaron and Chuck Norris before Norris decided to give up teaching for acting. He has taught screenwriting, literature, and film history at UCLA and Los Angeles City College as well as having lectured at universities and conferences around the world. A member of the Science-Fiction Writers of America, the Author's Guild of America, and the Writer's Guild of America, west, he also spent two years serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission of his home town of Prescott, Arizona. Foster's correspondence and manuscripts are in the Special Collection of the Hayden Library of Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

The Fosters reside in Prescott in a house built of brick salvaged from a turn-of-the-century miners' brothel, along with assorted dogs, cats, fish, several hundred houseplants, visiting javelina, porcupines, eagles, red-tailed hawks, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and the ensorceled chair of the nefarious Dr. John Dee. He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.



C.E. Murphy

Author Guest

C. E. Murphy is an American born author that writes in the fantasy and romance genres. She is the author of the Walker Papers series, The Negotiator Trilogy, and the Inheritor's Cycle.

According to friends, C.E. Murphy “is a thin veneer over a woman who is constantly moving and shaking. In between walking to Mordor and back, swimming, dancing, and attending Bon Jovi concerts, she squeezes out a book or two every three days.” Also according to friends, she began her writing career when she ran away from home at age five to write copy for the circus that had come to town. It is clear to her that she should let her friends write all of her biographies, because they’re much more interesting that way.

Her own recollections suggest she began writing around age six, when she submitted three poems to a school publication. The teacher producing the magazine selected (inevitably) the one she thought was by far the worst, but also told her–a six year old kid–to keep writing, which she has. She has also held the usual grab-bag of jobs usually seen in an authorial biography, including public library volunteer (at ages 9 and 10; it’s clear she was doomed to a career involving books), archival assistant, cannery worker, and web designer. Writing books is better, and she now has close to twenty in print. In her down time, she writes comic books and short stories, which may be why her editor and agent independently suggested she get a hobby that *wasn’t* writing.

She was born and raised in Alaska, and now lives in her ancestral homeland of Ireland, which is a magical land where it rains a lot but winter never actually arrives.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Walker Papers:
URBAN SHAMAN
Magic Hath An Element (online offering: Gary meets Joanne Walker)
WINTER MOON (anthology containing the novella “Banshee Cries”)
THUNDERBIRD FALLS
COYOTE DREAMS

“Rabbit TPreviously, on Take A Chance…ricks” (online offering: Joanne short story)
WALKING DEAD
DEMON HUNTS
SPIRIT DANCES
Forgotten But By A Few (online offering: Gary short story)
RAVEN CALLS (March 2012)
MOUNTAIN ECHOES (January 2013)

The Old Races Universe:
The Negotiator Trilogy:
HEART OF STONE
HOUSE OF CARDS
HANDS OF FLAME

BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER & OTHER TALES OF THE OLD RACES (September 2012)

Other stories
“Five Card Draw” (online offering: short story)
“From Russia, With Love” (from the FANTASY MEDLEY anthology; sold out)
“Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” (novella; sold out)
“Year of Miracles” (novella; sold out)
“Perchance to Dream” (from the DRAGON’S LURE anthology)

The Inheritors’ Cycle:
THE QUEEN’S BASTARD
THE PRETENDER’S CROWN
» Although there is more story to tell in Belinda’s world, there will be no more books in the Inheritors’ Cycle for the foreseeable future. Please see this entry for more details.

The Worldwalker Duology:
TRUTHSEEKER
WAYFINDER

The Strongbox Chronicles:
written as Cate Dermody
THE CARDINAL RULE
THE FIREBIRD DECEPTION
THE PHOENIX LAW

Short Stories & Other Things:
» “Cairn Dancer” (from THE PHANTOM QUEEN AWAKES anthology)
» “Blended” (from the RUNNING WITH THE PACK anthology)
» “Take A Chance” : 5 issue comic series
» “Glasslands”
» “Previously, on Take A Chance…”
» “Them Shoes”
» “Ill Met by Moonlight”
» “A Compendium of Kitlings”

HIGHLANDER: IMMORTAL BELOVED



M.L. Harveland

Author Guest

Award-winning author and nearly life-long resident of North Dakota.

M.L. Harveland is an award-winning author and nearly life-long resident of North Dakota. An avid reader, writer, and language devotee since childhood, she decided to incorporate her passion for literature and language by earning a Master of Arts degree in English Literature while teaching English Composition at North Dakota State University. As a postgraduate, she worked as a freelance editor for magazines, websites, novelists, and technical corporations.

Amidst editing gigs, she wrote merely for enjoyment, until a vivid and recurring nightmare led her to combine her love of writing with an enthusiasm for everything paranormal. Eventually, she crafted the first draft of her novel "The Seventh Soul," the first book in the ParaNormal series. In October, 2011, with encouragement from friends and family, M.L. published "The Seventh Soul," which was named winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award – Paranormal Category at the 2012 BookExpo America (BEA) trade show in New York, NY. The second book in the ParaNormal series will be out October, 2013.

She currently resides in Fargo, ND with her husband Dan.



Rhiannon Paille

Author Guest

Young adult fantasy author who writes epic fantasy romance/paranormal romance novels like Surrender, Skeleton & Dust, Justice, and many more.



Stryder Dancewolffe

Author Guest

Author of the novel "Forgiven, not Forgotten." Her short works include "Survival," and "Snow Angel" amongst others, and she's recently released a collection of short works, "Mourning Star."



Tom Ashwell

Author Guest

Author of "The Halo Effect" and "Phul, Of Surprises". He also attends renaissance festivals and makes leather crafts for them.

"Tom is a Canadian who loves animals and is currently owed by a cat named Smudge. Cursed with a high IQ, he studied physics, electronics, chemistry, astronomy and computers in three universities - including NDSU. He has been everything from a stable hand to a corporate manager, spending more than nine years as a database consultant.

He occasionally conducts private research involving fringe science, physics and electronics and belongs to at least one private think tank that we know of. He has done some acting and is currently writing for a comedy televison show called "That's just WRONG!" He makes leather crafts for Renaissance fairs (Frog N Bottle) and occasionally blogs. (amitiel-colloquium).

Jack of all trades and master of none. A good background for this kind of writing. His quick wit and charm can make him the life of the party. If you want to talk to him, find his fan page on Face Book, he is open and friendly. Get to know him. He is truly as unique as his young adult science fiction stories.
(From the notes of the late Michael Caliban)"

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Tom-Ashwell/131589238061



Christopher Jones

Artist Guest

Chris is a professional illustrator and comic book artist, having worked on comics including "Young Justice," "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," "The Batman Strikes!," "Dr. Blink Superhero Shrink," and other titles for DC, Marvel and other publishers.



Angelique Montag

Guest of Honor

Costuming expert-Steampunk/Ren Fest expert



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Guest of Honor

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Stephen Miller

Guest of Honor

Stephen Miller is a new presence in the role-playing game industry. He is the co-author of the Gaslight Victorian Fantasy Campaign Setting, the editor of Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood role-playing game, and co-author of the upcoming Darwin's Guide to the Mystical and Mundane, all published by Battlefield Press, Inc.

Stephen's interest in what would later be called Steampunk started at an early age. He was just short of eight months old when his father started watching the debut episode of The Wild Wild West in 1965. Ever since then Stephen has had a fascination with combining history and high technology in a myriad of ways..

In late 1979 a major influence entered Stephen's life and set him on the course he continues to follow to this day. That year he learned about something called a role-playing game, specifically Traveller, the science fiction game. Somehow his parents found a copy and gave it to him for Christmas that year. From that point he was hooked, figuring out ways to play, run, and change the game to suit his fancy. The first non-science fiction game setting he created involved Sherlock Holmes, ray guns, and zeppelins.

Over the years his interest in games and authors like Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.. G. Wells, William Gibson, and Neal Stephenson have influenced Stephen's game choices and his interest in writing and creating games. In the 1990s GURPS was the game of choice, which lead to his playtesting credits in GURPS Steampunk and submissions for the GURPS Bestiary. These acceptances gave him confidence to become more involved in a hobby that had become a big part of his life.

Knowledge of history and English culture brought him from being an overly detail-focused playtester to being the editor for Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood from Battlefield Press, Inc. (BPI). A few years later he was asked to contribute to the Gaslight Victorian Fantasy Campaign Setting, also from BPI. This allowed Stephen to combine his love of Steampunk with his love of gaming and share it with others.

Currently, Stephen is working on a companion book for Gaslight titled Darwin's Guide to the Mystical and Mundane. He is also developing two board games and a card game, which he will gladly tell you about, given the chance.

Link to Gaslight Book