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Necronomicon - Florida's Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Convention
41st Year! - TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 23 - 25, 2022
Necronomicon GUESTS 2022
Madison Metricula Roberts
Entertainer:  (Filk Guest of Honor)

Madison Metricula Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, guitarist, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC, with sets of material tailored to both all-ages or 18+ audiences. Her music ranges from pop-folk, Americana, and Peter, Paul & Mary style campfire classics and has been featured on The FuMP, Marc Gunn’s Geek Pub Songs, and more! Metricula is a regular fixture as a guest and performer at sci-fi and fantasy conventions like DragonCon, RavenCon, illogiCon, ConGregate!

You can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and relive the summer camp nights of your youth with sing-a-longs and smores, but nerdier! Stream tunes from her debut EP, “Songs for Gamers” for free online or pick them up via Bandcamp. Look for her tracks under Madison Metricula Roberts on services like TikTok, Spotify, YouTube, and more!

Metricula is a member of the Social Justice Bards (a networking group of nerdy, progressive musicians, artists, and storytellers supporting each other and liberal causes) and The Salacious Crumbles, a fangirl music duo with Leigh Tyberg. You can catch Metricula live (sometimes with Leigh or members of her backing band, The Friends With Benefits) online playing tunes or games on her livestream shows.

In her mundane life, Metricula is a scientist, DIY enthusiast, and avid coffee-drinker. She’s totally not mad that the cat loves her spouse, Richard, more than her.

Follow her online basically everywhere as @metricula or find her hub at


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Vera Nazarian
Author:  (Author Guest of Honor)

Vera Nazarian immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has been translated into eight languages.

She is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, a 2018 Dragon Award Finalist, an award-winning artist, member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the author of critically acclaimed novels Dreams of the Compass RoseLords of Rainbow, humorous parodies Mansfield Park and Mummies and more, in her Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the Renaissance epic fantasy Cobweb Bride trilogy, and the bestselling apocalyptic science fiction series The Atlantis Grail that has been optioned for film.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

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Richard Lee Byers
Author:  (fantasy/horror author)

Richard Lee Byers’s books include The Things That Crawl, The Hep Cats of Ulthar, This Sword for Hire, and the two Marvel Legends of Asgard novels The Head of Mimir and its sequel The Rebels of Vanaheim. He is perhaps best known for his Forgotten Realms fiction. He has also written many pieces of short fiction, a graphic novel, and material for electronic and tabletop games.

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Brandy Stark
Artist:  (artist and pop culture guest, ghost hunter)

Brandy Stark is a Florida resident and a lifelong science fiction fan.  She grew up on cartoons, comic books, and Star Trek which currently manifests in her Humanities teachings for various institutions of higher education.   When existing in the space/time of Earth Prime, Dr. Stark creates hand-wrapped wire metal sculptures depicting creatures of fantasy.  These have shown and won awards in numerous conventions, including San Diego Comic Con, World Fantasy Con, and Dragon*Con.  She is also an aficionado of the paranormal

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Kat Heckenbach
Artist:  (fantasy and science fiction)

Kat Heckenbach graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor's degree in biology, went on to teach math, and then homeschooled her son and daughter while writing and making sci-fi/fantasy art. Now that both kids have graduated, her writing and art time is constantly interrupted by her 96 lb. boxer mix. She is the author of YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles and urban fantasy Relent, as well as dozens of fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories in magazines and anthologies. Enter her world at Find her prints and original art at

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Allan Dyen-Shapiro
Author:  (science and science fiction)

Allan Dyen-Shapiro is a Ph.D. biochemist whose research in his science days ranged from environmental science to plant biotechnology to mathematical modeling. He currently works as an educator. He's sold short stories to venues including Flash Fiction Online and Grantville Gazette and co-edited an anthology of SFF stories set in the Middle East. He blogs on topics of interest to his readers--environmentalism, science, futurism, literature, and SF in all media--at where you'll also find links to his stories. Follow him on Twitter (@Allan_author_SF) and friend him on Facebook ( 

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Jose Pablo Iriarte
Author:  (fantasy, horror, science fiction)

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and parent of two. Their fiction can be found in magazines such as Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, and has been nominated (twice) for the Nebula Award, longlisted for the Otherwise Award, and reprinted in various Year’s Best compilations. José currently serves as Director-at-Large for SFWA. Learn more at, or look for José on twitter @labyrinthrat.

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Will Ludwigsen
Author:  (horror, humor)

Will Ludwigsen's short fiction has appeared in places like Asimov's Science Fiction, Weird Tales, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. His first collection In Search Of and Others was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. He has taught creative writing (especially in genre) to high schoolers, college students, and adults (including at the University of North Florida). He lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, with his partner Aimee Payne, who is also a writer.

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William Hatfield
Author:  (mystery, science fiction)

William Hatfield was born in a small town in northern Michigan and attended Western Michigan University, getting a bachelor’s degree in history and communications. He spent several years in graduate school, studying the Middle East, primarily modern history and international relations.

He worked his way through college, paying his way doing a variety of campus jobs at first, and then by working in bookstores and playing piano and singing in local bars and restaurants. By the time he neared finishing graduate school, he realized that given a choice between working for the government in the Middle East, or continuing to work in bookstores and play musical engagements, there was really no choice. He worked forty-four years in bookstores, forty-one of them either as a manager or the owner of his own store.

Musical engagements led him to Gainesville, Florida, in 1979, where he continues to live with his wife Karen and their two feline daughters. He still plays the occasional gig, more for stress release than for work. He retired from his last bookstore job in 2019, and devotes his time to writing, and as little yard work as possible.

Rumor has it, he may have grown up, but it seems unlikely.


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Elle E. Ire
Author:  (science fiction, paranormal romance)

Elle Ire writes science fiction and paranormal romance featuring kickass women who fall in love with each other. Publications include Vicious Circle, the Storm Fronts trilogy, Reel to Real Love, and the Nearly Departed series, all available from DSP Publications. She is represented by Naomi Davis at BookEnds Literary Agency.

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Thomas Macheski
Artist:  (photographic artist, fan)

Artist, Chocoholic (devout and unrepentant, Human, Nurse, Occasional musician, Photographer, Poet, Rancher, Writer.

Oh, and 1,801 miles to Wall Drug.

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Wyrd Vikings
Replica:  (Viking Reenactors)

The Wyrd Vikings are a volunteer historical preservation group dedicated to the heritage of the Viking Age through events to promote learning, education and cultural exchange.

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Timothy Zahn
Author:  (science fiction, Star Wars)

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of
Lombard. He attended Michigan State University, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973,
and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He earned a M.S. degree
there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began
a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next
three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978
(“Ernie,” Analog, September 1979). In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.
Since then he has published sixty-two novels, over a hundred short stories and
novelettes, and five collections of short fiction. Best known for his sixteen Star Wars novels,
he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors trilogy, the
Sibyl’s War trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series.

His latest books are Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Book 1: Chaos Rising; Star Wars:
Thrawn Ascendancy Book 2: Greater Good; Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy Book 3: Lesser
Evil; and A Call to Vengeance, the third of the Manticore Ascendant series with David Weber
and Thomas Pope. Upcoming books include The Icarus Plot and A Call to Insurrection with
David Weber and Thomas Pope.

You can contact him at

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Brenda Cothern
Author:  (fantasy, paranormal, erotic romance)

Brenda is an international best-selling author and her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has allowed the voices in her head to come out and play (according to her shrink, this is healthy!). Brenda resides in Lakeland, FL with her husband, four cats, a dog, a turtle named Tammy, (only the cats are hers!) 

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Chris D. Harben
Industry Guest:  (fan guest, Fannish Name That Tune host)

Chris Harben is a long time fan guest of Necronomicon. He's the host of the Saturday night Fannish Name That Tune game and has appeared on various fan panels speaking on fantasy and science fiction TV and movies. 

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Kendall D.W. Morris
Performer:  (medical science guest, Fan Cabaret Host)

Kendall D.W. Morris's dayjob is as the director of clinical pharmacy at a Tampa Bay area hospital. He has two Ph.Ds and is known to his children as "Dr. Google." He grew up in a fannish family that has been involved with Necronomicon since it's first year in 1982. 

At Necronomicon, you'll see him on science panels and as the host of our Fan Cabaret. 

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Jeff Mitchell
Author:  (space science guest)

Jeff Mitchell is a rocket scientist from MIT, a professional writer, photographer and a former Astronaut representative. An Astronaut Representative has most of the same training as an Astronaut, and takes their place when they can't be there. Jeff spent 28 years working a the Kennedy Space Center. He is currently working on his PhD and hass for 25+ years been teaching, and continues to teach for the Florida Institute of Technology, the new generation of space enthusiasts. He was Captain of a ship in his Navy career.

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Edward Wysocki
Author:  (author and space science guest)

Ed Wysocki is a resident of Orange County. He was employed in the defense industry for many years, but is now retired. Ed has self-published three books about science fiction. His most recent book is Out of This World Ideas: And the Inventions They Inspired. He continues to look for more cases where inventions were inspired by works of science fiction. Recently, Ed has been successful in selling a number of articles to Analog Science Fiction and Fact. His website is

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Mickey Zucker Reichert
Author:  (author, medical science guest)

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent to multitudes (at least it seems like that many), bird wrangler, goat roper, dog trainer, cat herder, horse rider, and fish feeder who has learned (the hard way) not to let macaws remove contact lenses. Also she is the author of twenty-two novels (including the ‘Renshai’, ‘Nightfall’, ‘Barakhai’ and ‘Bifrost’ series), one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. Mickey’s age is a mathematically guarded secret: the square root of 8649 minus the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle with a side length of 33.941126.

Mickey’s claim to fame is that she has performed brain surgery and ‘my parents really are rocket scientists’.

She has a heart of warm oatmeal for anything living, and cannot seem to say ‘no’ to helping them. She (and her husband) have been foster and adoptive parents not only to children but also to every animal from mice to horses, including some of the weirder ones like large snakes, llamas, exotic parrots, a squirrel, opossums, foxes, pigs, lizards, hermit crabs, peacocks, turkeys, guineas, finches, songbirds, and even rats. They have drawn the line at elephants, although they did once have a Newfoundland and a Bernese Mountain dog. Most of their animals have come to them as finds, strays, and castoffs.”


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Craig MacDougal
Industry Guest:  (space science guest)

Craig MacDougal is a professional music teacher but his avocation is as an astronomer. He has worked in a swing band, and as a science program co-ordinator at the Museum of Science and Indautry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. He and his lovely wife Candace are currently both teaching music. 

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JP Corwyn
Author:  (author, musician, singer)

What do you see when you close your eyes? Does your mind conjure more than just images? For JP Corwyn, that sense of the click-click-clicking of the world goes far beyond just the visual. Legally blind from birth; Corwyn has made a career out of connecting the words and worlds in his head with the hearts and minds of those around him.

A born performer, he sang before he spoke, and declared his intention to pursue music at the ripe old age of five. He began writing stories and songs in high school. By the time he’d graduated, he was ready to hit the studio, and started touring. JP Corwyn has graced stages from Florida to New York, west to Mississippi, and abroad, overseas.

But Corwyn’s harbored a dark, secret obsession throughout his musical career. He’s spent years building fantasy worlds - entire universes for later use in his other driving force – writing fiction.

“For me it’s more like archeology than creation,” Corwyn says. After spending 20+ years unearthing the cultures, languages, histories - all the things that bring a world and its people to life - it was time to embark on his epic fantasy series The Cycle of Bones. Corwyn’s released the first book in the series – a novella entitled The Dawn of Unions. The second book – a novel entitled The Drums of Unrest, and a series soundtrack are slated for release in 2020.

When he’s not writing prose, you can usually find Corwyn on stage, or in the studio. He’s always working on something new, but you might catch him at a coffee shop, a game store, or even a medieval fair.


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Mark Moore
Industry Guest:  (SF fan, military history expert)

Mark Moore is a long time fan of science fiction and fantasy. He is also an expert on military history and walks five miles every day. 

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Robert Westerfield
Industry Guest:  (filmmaker, founder Westerfield Studios)

Robert fell in love with the idea of movie making after seeing Star Wars and Wizards. For many years he created costumes and props until he was able to work on Shockwave Darkside. During that film he was able to work with Dan DeFilippo and the other Producers, learning that part of the craft. This open the the door for him to make his own movies. Learning the cost of Live Action Movies, Robert chose the follow the post war Japanese Animation Model. You can draw a Castle or Straw Hut or a Space-station for the same price. Westerfield Studios first I.P. was purchased in 2015 and started animating.

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Heather Dewey Pettet
Author:  (author, editor, artist)

Heather Dewey Pettet has been involved with writing organizations in Tampa Bay for over 30 years. As a freelance editor, she has worked for a nonprofit organization, copyediting and proofreading their membership magazine for three years, as well as worked with independent authors and a local independent book publisher. Heather is also working on a Fantasy novel, and as an artist, she loves both photography and physical media, mostly working with watercolors, stamps, and ink, which she uses to create art cards, mixed media pieces, and other art for sale at local cons and her Etsy shop.

Her blog website is and her professional Facebook page where she links her news and posts related to living the freelance life. She has a YouTube channel where she hosts live creative sprints and creates the occasional filmed and edited content, and also has an Etsy shop with the tagline: Art for writers and lovers of fantasy and sci-fi! Whew!

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Kevin A. Davis
Author:  (writes fantasy and sometimes scary stories)

Kevin A Davis writes Fantasy, especially Urban and Contemporary. His Urban Fantasy series, AngelSong, can be found on Amazon, Audible, and Ingram. There might even be a few paperback copies in the rural bookstore that he and his wife own. His Khimmer Chronicles series will be available starting late 2022.

Visit his website at, on FB, or download a free ebook of Shattered Blood at

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Juan Sanmiguel
Industry Guest:  (science fiction fan guest)

Juan describes himsel as "Just an ordinary guy into Science Fiction since I could see Trek." He is a fan of anime, science fiction, comics, TV and film. He was con chair orf Oasis in Orlando for many years. You can find him at many Florida conventions. He has hosted and participated in panels at Necronomicon. 

He studied computer science at the University of Central Florida and studied electrical engineering at Florida International University. 


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Robert Koenn
Replica:  (model building aficionado)

Robert is a former Space Shuttle Systems Engineer at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

June 1979 to December 31, 2011

These days, he spends much of his spare time buiding models. He has a large collection of his work. He'll be sharing ihis tips and tricks with fans at Necronomicon.

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Gene Valedo
Convention:  (science guest, "Real Life Zombies" presentation)

Gene describes himself on Facebook as a grumpy old gamer but he's better known as a long time science fiction fan. He also has a strong intereet real life zombies. He'll be giving a presentation on them at Necronomicon.

He occasionally experiments with things best left alone.

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Brad AIken
Author:  (Author, physician)

Brad Aiken is a physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine and has long had a
fascination for how advances in medical technology may influence our future. After
graduating from medical school he became interested in how medicine and science
fiction influence each other, and has presented at numerous medical conferences, science
fiction conventions, and at the 2014 meeting of the World Future Society. His short
fiction has appeared in various publications including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog
Science Fiction and Fact, and Small Doses of the Future, a collection of short medical SF
published by Springer as part of their Science and Fiction series. Novels include the
medical techno-thriller Mind Fields and the adventure series Starscape.

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Douglas Ford

Douglas Ford’s collection of weird fiction, Ape in the Ring and Other Tales of the Macabre and Uncanny, was published by Madness Heart Press in 2020, earning praise from Owl Goingback, who called it “a must have collection for every horror library.” Ford followed this collection with The Beasts of Vissaria County, a novel released by D&T Publishing in 2021. His novella, The Reattachment, appeared in 2019 courtesy of Madness Heart Press, and that same press released Little Lugosi (A Love Story) in 2022. Future publications include The Infection Party and Other Stories of Dis-Ease from D&T Publishing.

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Joe Belcastro
Actor:  (actor/author)

Joe Belcastro is a former WWE head writer/producer, retired journalist, and with the publication of his debut novel DOMINATURE, a current author. Having written, produced, and directed all forms of storytelling content, Joe’s experiences has taught him vital skills to adapt within the entertainment industry.

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Tanja Diederich
Industry Guest:  (space science guest)

Tanja Diederich worked as an Astronomer for 15 years.  She currently teaches high school Earth-Space and Forensic Science.  She has a small business called Starsplitter Adventures.  She loves to explore the night school and considers herself a space junky.  She loves Sci FI and Horror. 

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Kendall F. Morris
Author:  (medical science guest, neuroscience research)

Kendall F. Morris is one of the founders of Necronomicon. When he's not thinking about sailing or science fiction, he's thinking about neuroscience. He is semi-retired but continues his research at the University of South Florida where he is a professor in the College of Medicine.

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Valerie Willis
Author:  (Author COO 4 Horseman Publications)

Valerie Willis is the Chief Operating Officer for 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc., an expert digital typesetter, and a Fantasy Paranormal Romance author based out of Central Florida.  When writing, she loves crafting novels with elements inspired by mythology, superstitions, legends, folklore, fairy tales, and history. As Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the design of all books including covers, typesets, and author branding where she pulls in creative print design while making versatile eBooks.

You can find her hosting workshops or attending as a guest speaker at many events (MegaCon, DragonCon, OCLS Writers Conference, Florida Writers Conference, Author Learning Center, SavvyAuthors, Women in Publishing Summit, etc.). She has been on panels with best-selling authors from Peter David to Delilah Dawson sharing her expertise in novel writing, research for fiction, worldbuilding, character development, book design, reader immersion and more. You can also find her co-hosting on occasion on the Drinking with Authors Podcast speaking with Jonathan Maberry, Heather Graham, Megan Mackie, and many more on their own journeys of becoming an author!

Her Award-Winning Dark Fantasy Paranormal Romance, The Cedric Series, is a wonderful blend of genres that appeal to a wide range of readers described as “dramatic, lustful, and fantasy fulfilling.” The motto here is: “No immortal is beyond the ailments of man” and that includes powerful creatures, demons, witches, and Gods themselves! Many of the monsters presented in the content is derived from Medieval Bestiaries and adds a fun flavor of new yet deeply rooted assortment of creatures such as Coin Iotair, Shag Foal, Cynocephali, and many more.

For readers looking for fantasy male x male romance check out her pen name under V.C. Willis with the Traibon Family Saga starting with books The Prince’s Priest and The Priest’s Assassin. If you are looking for steamy paranormal erotica, chase down Urban Legends and modern tellings of Fairy tales with Honey Cummings.

In 2020, she joined 4 Horsemen Publications, Inc. to bring over a decade of typesetting skills and industry knowledge to the table. Nothing is more rewarding for her than making fellow author’s dreams come to life in physical format. Designing and writing books has been a longtime passion since childhood of hers and she continues to inspire and encourage authors around the world whenever possible.

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JM Paquette
Author:  (Klauden's Ring series, Conjuring Fascination Series)

Author of the Klauden’s Ring Saga and the Conjuring Fascination series, JM Paquette writes fantasy and paranormal romance novels. When she isn’t writing, she can be found teaching English to college students as Dr. Paquette or watching her favorite Russian shifter romance movie, I Am Dragon. Her areas of expertise include the history of the English language and the intricacies of grammatical rules, but her favorite class to teach is on Lord of the Rings. (If you’ve ever wondered why English is a crazy language, watch her video series on YouTube under Editor JMPaquette!) She enjoys editing manuscripts for academic and creative writers alike, and she adores tabletop roleplaying (THAC0, anyone?) where her halfling ranger/Twi’lek adept/vampire wizard/[insert race and class here] is often underestimated. You can also find her guest co-hosting the podcast Drinking with Authors--even though she doesn’t drink, she loves getting to know fellow authors!

Check out JM Paquette at and, on Twitter @authorjmp and @editorjmp13, and as Author JM Paquette on Facebook and Instagram.

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Laura Banks
Actor:  (actor/author)

Laura Banks is an actress and the bestselling author of *Embracing Your Big
Fat Ass, an Owner's Manual*. She made her screen debut in “*Star Trek II,
the Wrath of Khan*” and went on to write five books, host her own show on
SyFy and star in three films for Roger Corman. She is an accomplished
stand-up comic and improviser with Whoopi Goldberg. Her new comedic memoir,
“*Close Encounters with Captain Kirk, the Making of the Wrath of Khan and
the Rest of It*” comes out in early October, 2023. Laura's other popular
books include: *Breaking the Rules* and *Love Online.*

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