ConDFW XVII

Panelists

This year’s confirmed panelists.

Kevin C. Neece

​Kevin C. Neece is the author of the Gospel According to Star Trek series (Cascade Books) and a speaker on media, the arts and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective. He is also the founder and curator of The Undiscovered Country Project. ​He served as a contributing editor for Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts and is the editor or co-editor of works on Spock and Leonard Nimoy, and science fiction and C. S. Lewis. His writing has appeared in a number of books and periodicals, including Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology Through Film, New Identity Magazine, and Patheos, among others. A former professor, Kevin holds a BAS in Communication and Philosophy and an MLA in Fine Arts. He lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas.

John Yarrow

John Yarrow’s passion for creating a good story literally spills out onto the pages of his writing. Using his insightful observations and sharp sense of humor, he deftly weaves intriguing tales and compelling characters into a fast-paced, satisfying read. He has plenty to draw from as a technology expert in the corporate world, a graduate-school professor, middle-school educator and former football coach, and a dedicated family man. He’s published magazine articles and a script adaption that was produced and aired on National Public Radio. John has authored a cache of several relatable novels and scripts that explore his fascination for the struggles of the global issues confronting humanity and the endless possibilities of futuristic world-building. His skills have been honed into a craft to be enjoyed by many, including his current work, the award-winning The Future’s Dark Past series.

Robert Pietzsch

Author of the novel, Troman, Robert Pietzsch is a graduate of Baylor University and Texas State Technical College. He was in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from M&M Mars after working with Skittles, Starburst, Snickers, Twix, and other new candies. He lives with his wife, Colette, in Galveston, Texas. He loves to fish and has a daughter and three grandchildren.

Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are super friendly. She spends most of her time running around after her young son, working tirelessly to annoy her husband to distraction, and oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and crime dramas. She also just so happens to write down the fantastic stories rumbling around in her head – mostly to quiet the voices that take residence there. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR, hanging with her family and friends, and desperately trying to force her love of reading on her little one.

Trakena is dedicated to writing paranormal stories with multicultural characters, where race is not the main conflict. Her passion for this stems from being a young teen in love with paranormal fiction, but being unable to find any stories she liked with characters that looked like her. She hopes to change that reality for her son and all the other kids of color out there who love to read as much as she does!

E. Gaston Huckabay

Gaston Huckabay is an writer, producer, filmmaker and media instructor from Dallas who now adds animator to his list of accomplishments with the September 2017 release of the 2 hour special Star Trek – The Paradise Makers. His works include producing live multi-media stage performances of the 1939 Orson Wells’ adaptation of War of the Worlds, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and The Invisible Man. Many horror fans may know him better through his long-running local TV program Dr. Deadly’s Theatre of Horrors where classic horror movies were introduced by Deadly and assisted by his loquacious giant eyeball Stavros.

The full 2-hour animated adventure Star Trek – The Paradise Makers can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtMBvl2Tq6yI8c1P2a6SvXA

William Seigler

Hailing from South Carolina, William discovered early on, a desire to see the world. While in the Army, he explored extensively in Europe, including the Black Forest of Germany, Buchenwald, Munich, Paris, London, and Athens.
Later, he freelanced travel articles, journeyed to Antarctica on a magazine assignment, and flew cargo jets.

He now writes and teaches geology at Weatherford College.

Karl K. Gallagher

Karl K. Gallagher is an engineer at a major aerospace company. Previously he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up and designed and operated weather satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. His books Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain are available on Amazon and Audible.

Julie Barrett

Julie Barrett is a writer, photographer, and maker of interesting things from Plano, TX. She is also a founding member of The Generic Radio Workshop, and sells photography and art through SteamCat.net. Julie writes short stories, radio plays, and whatever else helps pay the bills. She hates the bills.

Find her at Stately Barrett Manor at www.barrettmanor.com.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her novelette “The Orangery” was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. In 2015 she released a collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters. She also created and coordinates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth.

You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or through her website: www.bonniejostufflebeam.com.