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Panellists

Check out our currently confirmed panellists!

Aidan Doyle I’m a Melbourne-based writer and computer programmer. I’ve had more than 30 short stories published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Escape Pod. My articles have been published in The Age, Salon.com and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. I’m an Aurealis and XYZZY award nominee and formerly worked as a computer games programmer. I lived in Japan for 4 years and have visited more than 90 countries. http://www.aidandoyle.net @aidan_doyle
Alexis Herbert Townsend Lex has been reading fantasy since forever and is slowly getting over early science fiction based trauma to broaden the experience of speculative fiction as a whole. www.abouthalfthree.com @abouthalfthree
Ann Poore I am a long term fan. I am also a harpist, singer/songwriter and filker. I have done concerts on filk music at Continuum last year, and at Contact 2016 in Brisbane this year
Belinda Crawford Nothing stirs author, Belinda Crawford, more than a fast horse, a blazingly fast computer or a really good book.

A Melbourne-based IT graduate, she expanded her passion for reading, and penchant for science fiction and fantasy, to creative writing, and in 2012 had her first short story, ‘Lex Talionis’, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Somewhere between work, karate training and wrestling her keyboard away from a feline named Faust, Belinda wrote Hero, which, in 2013 won one of twelves places in the Australian Society of Authors’ annual mentorship program. Hero, the first book in The Hero Rebellion, was published by Odyssey Books in September 2015.

Currently, when she’s not wrangling a horse named Wombat, Belinda is hard at work on the second book in The Hero Rebellion.

www.belindacrawford.com @belindacrawford
Brooke Maggs Brooke is a writer, narrative and game designer based in Melbourne, Australia. She has been published in the crime anthology, The One That Got Away, and her short stories have been highly commended for the Scarlet Stiletto Award. She writes speculative fiction and has been short-listed for the Ray Koppe Young Writer’s Residency and awarded a Residential Fellowship at the Varuna House to develop her novella, Warbird, into a novel. She has over eight years of experience teaching communications, game studies and cultural studies at university level. Currently, she is working with The Voxel Agents as the writer and producer on The Gardens Between, a meditative adventure puzzle game. www.brookemaggs.com @brooke_maggs
Cam Rogers Writes/wrote for Quantum Break (XboxOne), The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land (iOS/Android), Winterstate (iOS/Android). Novelist (The Music of Razors, Quantum Break: Zero State), triple-nominated for the Aurealis. camrogers.net Cam_Rogers
Cat Sparks Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning author, editor and artist, former Manager of Agog! Press and Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine. A 2012 Australia Council grant sent her to Florida to participate in Margaret Atwood’s The Time Machine Doorway workshop. She’s currently finishing a PhD in climate change fiction. Her debut novel, Lotus Blue, will be published by Talos Press in 2017. catsparks.net @catsparx
Cecilia Quirk I’m a Melbourne writer and reviewer at Melbourne Review of Books. I’m a civil servant who spends most of my spare time writing, sewing medieval costumes and reading review books. My first short story was published in Aurealis in 2014 and I am still pottering away at other projects. www.melbournereviewofbooks.com
Craig Cormick I am an author and science communicator and have published over 25 books of fiction, non-fiction and short-fiction and have won several writing awards including a Queensland Premier’s literary Award and an ACT Book of the Year Award. I have been writer in residence in Malaysia and have been a guest at many literary festivals in Australia, Malaysia and the USA. Most of my work deals with re-interpreting history. Most of my work is published by Australian publishers, but I have two books published in North America/UK, with Angry Robot Books (the Shadow Master, and the Floating City – both are Renaissance fantasies) www.craigcormick.com @craigcormick
Darrell Pitt I’m the author of the Jack Mason Adventures, and the soon to be published ‘A Toaster on Mars’. I’m also a self published ebook author as well. www.darrellpitt.com
David McDonald David McDonald is a mild mannered editor by day, and a wild eyed writer by night. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he works for an international welfare organisation, and divides his spare time between playing cricket and writing.

In 2013 he won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and in 2014 won the William J. Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review and was shortlisted for the WSFA Small Press Award. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from publishers such as Moonstone Books, Satalyte Publishing, Crazy 8 Press and Fablecroft Publishing. In 2015, his first movie novelisation, Backcountry, was released by Harper Collins.

David is a member of the Horror Writers Association, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and of the Melbourne based writers group, SuperNOVA.

www.davidmcdonaldspage.com @sircamaris
George Ivanoff George Ivanoff is a Melbourne writer. He has written more than 90 books for kids and teens including the GAMERS trilogy, the YOU CHOOSE series and the RFDS Adventures. He’s won a YABBA and a couple of Chronos Awards (he also once lost out on a Chronos to ‘No Award’). He’s had a short story published in a DOCTOR WHO anthology and he’s written a story that will soon be appearing in a new X-FILES anthology. He also writes essays for pop culture books about things like DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK and THE TRIPODS. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much DOCTOR WHO. He’s been to every Continuum so far. 🙂 http://georgeivanoff.com.au @George_Ivanoff
Grant Watson Grant Watson is a playwright, director, film critic and science fiction fan. angriest.blogspot.com @angriest
Ian Irvine Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 32 novels. These include the Three Worlds fantasy sequence (The View from the Mirror, The Well of Echoes and Song of the Tears), which has sold over a million copies, a trilogy of eco-thrillers in a world of catastrophic climate change, Human Rites, and 13 novels for younger readers. His next book is The Summon Stone, Book 1 of The Gates of Good and Evil, to be published by Hachette Orbit in 2016.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ianirvine.author

www.ian-irvine.com @ianirvineauthor
Jacinta Maree Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible. jacintamaree.wix.com/jacintamaree @JacintaMaree6
Jane Routley I’ve published 3 books as me – Mage Heart and the Aurealis award winners Fire Angels and Aramaya, and one book as Rebecca Locksley – The Three Sisters. All have recently been re-released as ebooks under my own name and in hard copy by Ticonderoga Press. My short stories
have been widely anthologized, appeared in Meanjin and read on the ABC. I mentor fantasy writers for Writers Victoria.My current life ambition is to see an erupting volcano.
http://janeroutley.com/
Joel Martin I am a Sword and Sorcery writer based in Melbourne. My credits in the industry include being the host of the Morning Bell Podcast, which is a live literary podcast that runs every second Wednesday at the Brunswick Street Bookstore as well as being the English writer for Aterdux Entertainment. thepenofjoel.com @thepenofjoel
Ju Transcendancing (Landéesse) Ju lives in Melbourne, Australia with two of her partners. She’s very much the kind of person where, what you see is what you get. She has lots of whimsy, a fascination with the intersections of culture, the ordinary and invisibility, as well as an aspiration to be owned by cats.

Labels she currently appreciates (but does not feel limited by) include, polyamorous, pansexual, genderqueer (pronouns she/her/they), neurotypical, able-bodied, feminist, cultural theorist, aspiring midwife, conversationalist, geek, fangirl, not to mention an appreciator of fine coffee, tea, wine and gin.

Ultimately, she’d describe herself as a sensualist with a heart as wide as starlight.

http://transcendancing.net @Transcendancing
Julia Svaganovic
TV addict. Bibliophile. Gamer. Rebel scum. Browncoat. Self-rescuing princess.
 https://starbryte.wordpress.com @starrybryte
Kat Clay Kat Clay is an award-winning photographer and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Her weird-noir novella, Double Exposure, was released in 2015 with Crime Factory. She was awarded a Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Travel Grant to attend the World Fantasy Convention 2015. Kat has written non-fiction for The Victorian Writer, Literary Traveler, TNT, Travel Weekly, Matador Network and Weird Fiction Review. http://www.katclay.com @kat_clay
Katherine Phelps Author of Surf’s Up: Internet Australian Style and creator of Australia’s first online commercial literary magazine. University lecturer and PhD in storytelling for computer game design. Five star review theatre maker with shows such as: Happy Birthday Doctor, Wiz Az, and A Bunch of Pirates: a Transdimensional Adventure. I am also founding a scholar owned (students & lecturers) non-profit cooperative university: friends-institute.org. Joanna Russ was my post-graduate supervisor. glasswings.com.au
Kathryn Andersen Older than Star Trek, and younger than Doctor Who, K.A. has loved both of them since she was a little girl. Involved in fandom since before the internet existed, she has written fan fiction, edited and produced fanzines, written filks, run mailing lists, organized fanfic exchanges, and created fannish craft. She is also one of those oddities: a Christian fan. http://katspace.org @kerravonsen
Laura E. Goodin American-born writer Laura E. Goodin has been writing professionally for over 30 years. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Review of Australian Fiction, Adbusters, Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Science Fiction, among others, and in several anthologies. Her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents, and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions. She attended the 2007 Clarion South workshop, and has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia. http://www.lauraegoodin.com @lauragoodin
Lauren E. Mitchell I write book. http://www.laurenmitchell.net @LEBMitchell
Liz Barr Liz Barr is a short, round ginger lady with many opinions. no-award.net @_lizbarr
Marlee Jane Ward Marlee Jane Ward is a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. She attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014.

Her short stories have been published in Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, Mad Scientist Journal, The Sockdolager and the Hear Me Roar Anthology. Her debut novella, Welcome to Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella 2015 and The Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is currently working on the second book in the series.

Marlee likes dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of herself.

http://marleejaneward.com @marleejaneward
Michael Pryor Michael Pryor writes fantasy and science fiction, mostly for teenagers. He has published more than thirty novels and 50 something short stories. He is one of the co-publishers of Aurealis, Australia’s longest running Fantasy and SF magazine. He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award seven times, and seven of his books have been CBCA Notable books. www.michaelpryor.com.au @michaeljpryor
Michael Sisley Teacher of SF for over 30 years. Teacher of teachers. Published writer. Cricket tragic, chorister, filk disaster, player of thermini. http://www.pataphysics.net.au/mysfproject @michael_sisley
Michelle Goldsmith Michelle Goldsmith is a Melbourne-based editor and speculative fiction author.

Her short fiction has appeared in various publications within Australia and overseas. Her 2015 weird fiction short story, The Jellyfish Collector, was nominated for an Aurealis Award. She was shortlisted for a Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2014 and 2015.

She has a BSc (majoring in Zoology/Evolutionary Biology) and has just completed a Masters in Publishing and Communications. Her thesis explores the author-reader relationship within the contemporary speculative fiction field. Ask her about it if you like graphs and have a spare 6 hours or so.

http://www.vilutheril.com @Vilutheril
Narrelle Harris Narrelle M Harris writes crime, horror, fantasy, romance and erotica. Her books and novellas include Fly By Night, Showtime, Witch Honour and Witch Faith, Melbourne-based vampire books The Opposite of Life and Walking Shadows and new Holmes/Watson romance, The Adventure of the Colonial Boy (2016). www.narrellemharris.com @daggyvamp
Rjurik Davidson Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer. He has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays.

His novel, Unwrapped Sky, was published by Tor Books in April 2014. Sci Fi Now claims it can “go toe-to-toe with China Miéville’s best.” Kirkus Reviews calls it “Impressively imagined and densely detailed.” Newtown Review of Books says it’s “one volume you cannot ignore.”

His novel, The Stars Askew will be out in 2016 and his screenplay The Uncertainty Principle (co-written with Ben Chessell) is currently in development.

www.rjurik.com @rjurikdavidson
Robert New Robert is the author of the speculative fiction crime novel Incite Insight and the founder of Tale Publishing. He has published two novels and several short stories. He is married with two children and a dog and once accidentally made the state finals in an interpretive dance competition when a joke escalated a little too quickly. Robertsnew.com @1RobertNew
Stephanie Lai Stephanie is a super queer Australian of Chinese-descent (and a left-handed archer); she likes penguins, infrastructure, and asian steampunk, and is occasionally paid to train people in surviving our oncoming dystopic future. She hates everything you love. https://no-award.net @yiduiqie
Stephen Ormsby Owner of Satalyte publishing Satalyte.com.au @SatalytePub
Steve Cameron is a Scottish/Australian writer. Publications include Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Dimension6, Aurealis, After Death, Anywhere But Earth and Galaxy’s Edge. Steve is a member of the HWA, the SFWA, and SuperNOVA writers’ group. www.stevecameron.com.au
Steve Dillon Steve is contributing series editor for ‘The Refuge Collection’ – a shared-world collection of dark fantasy/horror/weird tales from across the world, including Ramsey Campbell and several Australian writers and artists. It is during his frequent visits there that he hopes to learn something of value from its people and their beliefs; their strengths and their weaknesses. He also hopes their tales are engaging enough that you keep coming back to join him there, and maybe one day add to the fantasy yourself. He enjoys horror with supernatural overtones and a psychological under-tow. Steve’s main inspiration bubbles up from the workings of Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, HP Lovecraft, M.R. James, Brian Lumley, and a host of others. www.ozhorrorcon.com @ozhorrorcon
Sue Bursztynski Sue Bursztynski is a long time fan, a book blogger, a children’s writer with two Children’s Book Council Notable Books and a teacher librarian. She has been on Continuum panels since the very first Continuum. http://suebursztynski.blogspot.com @SueBursztynski
Talie Helene TALIE HELENE is a musician and writer, from Melbourne, Australia. She writes poetry, fiction, and songs. Talie is horror editor for the anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (Ticonderoga Publications); she was news editor for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association for four years (2006-2010). She is a member of the SuperNova writers’ group. Talie has a background in music journalism – especially extreme genres – and has performed with many artists including The Tenth Stage, Wendy Rule, Saba Persian Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, and Eden. www.taliehelene.com @taliehelene
Terry Frost I’m the creator of Martian Drive-In Podcast and Paleo-Cinema Podcast. I’ve been in fandom since 1979 and won the Ditmar Award for Best Fan Writer in 1995. paleo-cinema.blogspot.com paleocinema – terryfrost