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Elaine Isaak writes knowledge inspired adventure fiction including The Singer's Legacy fantasy series as by Elaine Isaak, The Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery as by E. C. Ambrose, and the Bone Guard archaeological thrillers as by E. Chris Ambrose. Her latest releases are The Assassin's Throne (Bone Guard 3), and The King of Next Week (Guardbridge). In the process of researching her books, Elaine learned how to hunt with a falcon, clear a building of possible assailants, and pull traction on a broken limb. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, Warrior Women and Fantasy for the Throne, among many others, and she has edited several volumes of New Hampshire Pulp Fiction.

A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, Elaine has returned there to teach, as well as at conventions and writer's groups across the country. She has judged writing competitions from New Hampshire Literary Idol to the World Fantasy Award. Elaine dropped out of art school to found her own business. A former professional costumer and soft sculpture creator, Elaine now works as a part-time adventure guide. In addition to writing, Elaine creates wearable art employing weaving, dyeing and felting into her unique garments. To learn about all of her writing, check out RocinanteBooks.com

See Elaine's Documents section to download Tilting at Windmills, a free collection of three short stories!  Also, her two book bundles, Bone Guard Adventures (vol. 1-3) and the Singer's Legacy series are at a special price until Monday!  Three books each set for only $4.99 Click the titles for more info.

Bob Devney is an eight-time loser ... of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. A technology marketing copywriter and part-time crusader for the final serial comma, he's also a rabid cinevore who (in non-plague years) catches 60 movies a year in theaters, and more from his couch. Bob currently cowers in a book-crammed hovel in southern Massachusetts where he enjoys quibbling, antisocial media, and his muse, Maureen.

Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, editor, and educator. She's the recipient of the Horror Writers Association's Diversity Grant (2020). She's been named as one of Book Riot's Best Black Indie SFF Writers. She's also the editor of the groundbreaking anthology, SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire. Her novels have been a finalist in the Dream Realm Awards, Fresh Voices, and EPPIE Awards for science fiction. She's written for White Wolf, Bram Stoker Finalist in Horror Anthology, Sycorax's Daughters, and Serial Box's The Vela: Salvation series. Nicole has over 40 short stories published as well as 11 novels and three active speculative mystery series. She's a member of Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and Science Fiction Writers of America. You can support her work via Patreon and find more about her at

Andrea Hairston is a playwright, novelist, and scholar. She has published three novels: Will Do Magic For Small Change, a New York Times Editor’s pick; Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the Otherwise and Carl Brandon Awards; Mindscape, winner of the Carl Brandon Award. She also published Lonely Stardust, a collection of essays and plays “Griots of the Galaxy,” a short story, appears in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future. A novelette, “Saltwater Railroad,” was published by Lightspeed Magazine. “Dumb House,” a short story appears in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Andrea has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her latest novel, Master of Poisons, came out in September 2020 from Tor.com. In her spare time, Andrea is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.

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Dr. Aleron Kong is a physician by training, best-selling author by love. He writes in the new genre of LitRPG, Literature Role Playing Game. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia and can often be found grilling the perfect steak and mixing the perfect margarita. Best known for his series “The Land”, Aleron has published nine titles in the last five years, and continues to write passionately. He has a lifetime goal to publish fifty books and a movie or TV series. He hopes to break the mold of SciFi writers, bringing more diversity to the genre. His latest novel, The Land: Monsters, became a Wall Street Journal Best Seller and reached #5 out of all books sold on both Amazon and Audible. His work has been chosen as Audible's Customer Favorite of the Year out of their hundreds of thousands of titles. The Land series has also earned more than 100,000 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews.

Sharon Lee has been publishing science fiction and fantasy since 1979. Her first novel, Agent of Change, written with spouse/co-author Steve Miller, was published in 1988; her thirty-second novel, Trader's Leap, was published in December 2020. While most of Sharon's work has been with Steve, she has written five novels under her own byline, cozy mysteries Barnburner and Gunshy; and near-world fantasy trilogy Carousel Tides, Carousel Sun, and Carousel Seas. Lee and Miller are joint recipients of the Skylark Award, given by the New England Science Fiction Association. Their joint work has earned the Prism Award for science fiction romance, and the Hal Clement Award for best young adult SF.

Laurie has attended most of the Boskones since 1975. She edited William Tenn's book of essays and interviews Dancing Naked for NESFA Press, which was Hugo-nominated for Best Non-Fiction book in 2005. Laurie co-chaired Boskone 25 (1988) with her husband Jim and has run several Boskone Programs. She helped manage Worldcon Program three times (Sasquan, Renovation and Millennium Philcon). Laurie ran Program for the 2012 Smofcon and chaired the 2017 & 2012 Smofcons. Laurie served as local coordinator and hotel liaison for the Nebula Award Conference in Pittsburgh in 1999, 2017 & 2018. She is retiring from convention management, but was on the staff for Programme for ConZealand, the 2020 Worldcon and is the Information area head for Discon 3. She is an admin for Dead People Server, now a Facebook group.  Retired, she & Jim hope to start traveling again RealSoonNow.

I am a professional illustrator specializing in science and astronomy. My work appears regularly in magazines such as Astronomy and Sky and Telescope. I also create book covers for SF publishers such as Baen. My original paintings are in collections ranging from the Allen Family Trust to the Smithsonian. I am the author, co-author or editor of more than 60 books, many of them recipients of awards and commendations. Among these are half a dozen novels and a comic book series. I have contributed to the NASA Fine Arts Program. I have worked on films such as Dune and Total Recall. I have designed postage stamps, one of which is attached to the New Horizons spacecraft. To save space, I would refer you to either my website or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Miller_(artist_and_author)

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Miyuki Jane Pinckard writes fiction about magic and space travel, and nonfiction about games, technology, and culture. Her work been published in Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, 1up.com, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Salon Magazine, and other venues. A graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, she’s a member of the SFWA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves on the editorial board of the Well Played Journal from ETC Press at Carnegie Mellon University. In a former life she was a game developer whose credits include Super Street Fighter Turbo HD Remix and Rock Band Unplugged. She was born in Tokyo and currently lives in Venice, California, where she’s teaching herself piano (badly). She can be found online at www.miyukijane.com and on Twitter and Instagram as @miyukijane.
Faye Ringel is Professor Emerita of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She is the author of New England's Gothic Literature (E. Mellen, 1995) and is working on a sequel, to be published in 2022 in a series on the International Gothic. She has also published on (among other subjects) New England vampires, urban fantasy, Lovecraft, King, Tolkien, Greer Gilman, Yiddish folklore, and The Three Stooges. Her CD of traditional music with fiddler Bob Thurston is Hot Chestnuts: Old Songs, Endearing Charms. Before the pandemic, she sang and played piano with the Klezmer band Klezmenschen, performed cabaret with the Chelsea Players, and wrote and produced theater at the Norwich Arts Center in Norwich, CT. Her first Boskone was 1970, and she has been a program participant for about half of the years since then.

Remember that book about Titanic? It’s done! It’s published! Crimes and Survivors, the newest in her Edwardian mystery series, came out April 15, 2020. If you’re thinking about survival or multiculturalism now, it's getting some great recommendations; available on bookshop.org or wherever fine books are sold. Sarah Smith’s books have won the Agatha for best teenage mystery, the Massachusetts Book Award for best teenage novel, and numerous other honors, including NY Times Notables and various Best Book of the Year lists. They are published in 14 languages and have reached bestseller status here and abroad. She’s working on a 19C Brazilian fantasy, with pirates, talking eagles, and colonialism, and is delighted by the number of major characters she’s killed in the last couple of months. FB and Twitter sarahwriter; on Pinterest, swrs; www.sarahsmith.com

Frank Wu  

Frank Wu is a transdimensional interspace being, living physically near Boston with his wife Brianna the Magnificent, but regularly projecting his mind across time and space to commune with dinosaurs, eurypterids, and numinous energy beings. Visualizations and written accounts of these journeys can be found in Analog, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, and frankwu.com.
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Take science fictional treasures, entertaining tat, and various curiosities home from Boskone by supporting the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF), the Down-Under Fan Fund (DUFF), the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund/Going Under Fan Fund (GUFF), the Otherwise Award, and other worthy fannish activities with your bids at the fan funds live voice auction. Come and exchange your cash for quality merchandise and unique items!

Past fan fund winners will also help organize the event.

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