Science Fiction

Arrington, Bradley

Arrington, Bradley
Pseudonym
Bradley Firebird
Birth City
New York City
Birth State
NY
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Customer service and office clerk
Biography

Born in Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, I have been a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado since November 2011. I have written over 100 original stories (short stories, poems, indie screenplays, stage plays) and audio (radio) plays & skits (audio short stories) of several genres: Twilight Zone-type stories, science fiction, horror, comedy, satire, and drama. I am currently working on a sci-fi novel that is a cross between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. A former homeless veteran (U.S. Army), I am now student at Pikes Peak Community College.

Awards/Honors
2016 - APPR Writing Center Contest, dramatic reading of my short audio play "The Day the Music Lived"
Education/Training
A.A. degree in General Studies, Suffolk Community College, Long Island, NY, 1977 - Army Admin School, Fort Jackson, 1980 - Cal Simmons Travel Agent School, Alexandria, VA, 1985
Organizations
Pikes Peak Community College Radio Theater Club - Pikes Peak Community College Entrepreneurs Club
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Radio Theater - How to Start a Radio Theater Club - How to Write a Radio Play or Script

McCutcheon, Pam

Pseudonym
Parker Blue
Birth City
Fort Ord
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Industrial engineer - Writer - Editor - Speaker
Biography

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romantic comedy, paranormal romance, fantasy short stories, and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. After many years of working for the military as enlisted, officer, and civil service successively, she left her industrial engineering and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, speaker, and as the “Parker” half of Parker Hayden Media, an assisted self-publishing business. She lives in Colorado Springs with her rescue dogs and can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

Awards/Honors
Pikes Peak Romance Writers Author of the Year
Quicksilver - Pikes Peak Romance Writers winner of the PRISM Award for the best futuristic romance of 1996
Chasing Baby - Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Harlequin American of 1996
Education/Training
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Organizations
Novelists, Inc. - Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing the Fiction Synopsis - Brainstorming - Self-editing - Scene and Sequel - Using the Plotting Board - Decoding Dialogue - Beginning Writers Workshop - Characterization - How to Pitch Your Book - Ghostwriting

Abraham, S.J.

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1978
Birth City
El Paso
Birth State
TX
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer - Stay at home father
Biography

As a child raised in the Southwest United States on the border of one of the largest oil fields in the country, S.J. Abraham was a lonely nerd. With no interest in rodeo or baseball, he spent his time reading. His heroes were fictional characters and great novelists. It wasn’t long before he started scratching out his own stories. In recent years he has embraced his geekieness and has set to work turning his writing hobby into a career as a novelist. While he originally wrote for adults, he has since realized he is still fifteen at heart, so he now focuses on writing for Young Adults. S.J. lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, where all the exciting outdoor activities are wasted on him, though the ever-changing views fire his creativity like few things can. He spends the shreds of his free time playing with his wife, children, brothers, sisters, friends, nephews and little nieces.

Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts, Multimedia Production - Associate of Arts, English and Literature - Associate of Science, Media Production
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Writing art and craft - Technology - Video production - Web design - Graphic design - Indie press

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s)
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography

John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. He enjoyed a 30-year law enforcement career, retiring at the rank of sergeant after 22 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, followed by 8 years serving as the elected sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. After being term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public safety and was employed in homeland and corporate security for ten years in the private sector. He retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2012 to launch a consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Although John has traveled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated by the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

Ikenberry, Kevin

Ikenberry, Kevin
Biography

Kevin Ikenberry still wants to be an astronaut. As an adult, he’s managed the U.S. Space Camp program and operated two Challenger Learning Centers, and is a retired Army space operations officer. His science fiction Sleeper Protocol, which Publisher’s Weekly called “an emotionally powerful debut,” was released in January 2016 and is the first of a series. Kevin writes mainly science fiction with a strong military bent, but he also writes horror and romance. He makes his home in Colorado with his family.

Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Mariner, Ben

Birth City
Decatur
Birth State
IL
Current Location
Parker, CO
Biography

I have lived in Colorado for over a decade and have experienced all the wonderful state has to offer. I currently live in Parker with my wife and animals and love reading sci-fi/fantasy novels as well as writing them.

Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
Yes

Knippling, DeAnna

Knippling, DeAnna
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1974
Birth City
Cheyenne
Birth State
WY
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

DeAnna Knippling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories and has been published in Crossed Genres, Penumbra Magazine, The Foghorn, Black Static, Big Pulp, and more. Her short story took first place in the 2012 Parsec Ink. Short Story award. She received an honorary mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2. She is a member of the Pikes Peak Writers and blogs for them regularly. She runs her own small press, Wonderland Press.

Awards/Honors
First place in the 2012 Parsec Ink. Short Story award for "The Third Portal"
Honorary Mention in Best Horror of the Year, vol. 2, ed. Ellen Datlow, for "The Edge of the World"
Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Pikes Peak Writers
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Ebook and print Formatting and Design - The Power of Failure - Neuroscience of Metaphor - Determining Genre - The 4-Hour Short Story - Things Get Worse - and additional craft workshops.

Stith, John

Stith, John
Birth Year (-Died Year)
1947
Birth City
Boulder
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Writer
Biography

Stith was born in Boulder and has lived in the Pikes Peak region for 40+ years. He's been a writer since 1980.

His works include REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS (Nebula Award nominee), MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Nebula Award nominee), REUNION ON NEVEREND, and RECKONING INFINITY (on Science Fiction Chronicle's Best Science Fiction Novels list for its publication year, on the Nebula Award preliminary ballot).

Awards/Honors
Nebula Award nominee
HOMer Award winner
Education/Training
Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, University of Minnesota
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) - MWA (Mystery Writers of America) - CAL (Colorado Authors League) - RMFW (Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers)
Speaker Availability
No

Kostman, Jane S.G.

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

Jane has lived in Colorado all of her life. She thinks that the mountains are breathtaking, and her and her spouse (and kitty) all love Colorado Springs.

Education/Training
University of Phoenix - continuing
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes