Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba will held at the Holiday Inn Express located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:
3808 University Drive Huntsville, AL, 35816
Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 11, 2013): Free
Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 11, 2013): $25
Adults $50 after September 23, 2013, including at the door
Fan Guest of Honor: Darrell Osborn
Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn
Also Expected to Attend: L.R. Barrett-Durham, E.G. Glover, Les Johnson
Learn more about the Convention here
Darrell Osborn is a Renaissance man—graphic artist, stage magician, and balloon artist. When not plotting complete world domination, he puts on a variety of magic shows in the Tennesse Valley area under his nom de stage "Doctor Osborn." These last several years he's also been sharing his balloon sculptures (lots more than just your basic balloon animals!), magic, and general madcap sensibility at conventions around the area—including Con†Stellation.
Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program as well as various military space defense programs. Stephanie is retired from space work and has moved on to be a heck of a writer. She's been known to claim she's still fairly new at this "author stuff," but that's getting harder to take seriously all the time… just look at the body of her work. Her website—www.Stephanie-
Les Johnson describes himself as a NASA physicist, author, husband, father, and manager—though probably not in that order. At NASA, he's the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville AL. He uses what he calls his spare time to write (popular science books/articles as well as science fiction), read (science fiction), and fulfill both the roles of husband and that of father to his two children.
Les's latest production—Sky Alert!: When Satellites Fail, due out 31 March 2013 from Springer Books—is another foray into popsci that examines in detail the topics of the modern world's dependence on satellite technologies, what could and would go wrong in a catastrophic loss of satellites, and how we can work to prevent or prepare for that. Before that there was Going Interstellar, co-edited with Jack McDevitt, which collected both fiction and essays on the titular subject. Then there's his science fiction novel Back to the Moon—written with Travis S. Taylor—the story of (not surprisingly)
L.R. Barrett-Durham considers herself a Jane Of All Trades. Her first novel, Never Trust a Sorcerer, is an epic fantasy self-published in September 2011. While working on the second book in her "Trust Series,"Always Trust Your Honor, she met E.G. Glover who quickly became her co-author on a paranormal romance series. Together they finished the first volume, Fear the Beast Within, in just thirty-seven days; it came out just one day apart from Always Trust Your Honor. The second book of the "Fear Series," Fear the Thirst Within, was published in May 2012 while the third, Fear the Emptiness Within, is currently in work. The third book in the "Trust Series," Forever Trust Your Aim, is already out. Then there's Finding the Beauty Within, described as a full color Children's Classic inspired by Fear the Emptiness Within. The standalone Racing Destiny also available.
L.R. is a native of North Alabama and not only an author, but a freelance artist in several media. She illustrated the cover of each of her books; designs jewelry taken right from the pages of those books; and—along with E.G Glover—makes stained glass art inspired by fantasy and science fiction.
E.G. Glover's first novel, Fear the Beast Within, was published in January 2012 so he still considers himself rather new to "the novel-writing scene." E.G. says he flirted with shorter fiction in high school—writing poems and short stories—but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that his dream of writing a novel became a reality. Four short months later, he and co-author L.R. Barrett-Durham had two novels in print, when book two, Fear the Thirst Within, appeared.
An Alabama native, E.G. has said that one of his hopes with the "Fear Series" is to prove that a romantic story can be told with a male's point of view entwined, and still hold its romanticism.