Live from I-Con 31, hosts Howard Margolin and Glenn Hauman welcome actors Nana Visitor and J.G. Hertzler; authors Keith R.A. DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, and Drew Henriksen; Big Finish Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, and physicist Dr. Helio Takai.
I’ve listened to many of Howard’s Mystery Guest Shows over the years, and this is by far the best one I’ve ever heard. It features just the right amount of guests from a good mix of fields playing off one another in very entertaining ways. It’s an interesting hour of radio.
Learn more about the guests below. (All photos and descriptions come courtesy of the I-Con 31 website.)
Nana Visitor starred as Major Kira Nerys in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Those seven years brought her into the public spotlight more than ever before. Following DS9, Nana returned to the stage as Roxie in the Broadway production of Chicago and guest starred as Madam X on Dark Angel. In 2008, she appeared as a dying cancer patient in Faith, an episode of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. She played Pamela Voorhees in the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. She has also lent her voice in a few guest appearances on the show Family Guy. In 2011 she appeared on NBC’s hit series Grimm and played Olivia Colasanto in Torchwood: Miracle Day.
J.G. Hertzler was born on March 18, 1949 in Savannah, Georgia. He holds the record for most unique Star Trek characters, starting with Vulcan Captain Storil in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot, “Emissary.” His longest-portrayed and most well-known character was the Klingon General Martok, clocking in at 24 episodes. He also played Roy Ritterhouse, Laas, and a patron in Vic’s Lounge in DS9, a Hirogen hunter on Voyager, Klingon lawyer Advocate Kolos and another Klingon commander on Enterprise, Larot and Lurok in the video games Star Trek: Klingon and Elite Force II, respectively, Koval in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, and will play Henry Mudd in Star Trek: Phase II (formerly Star Trek: New Voyages). In addition to his various Trek roles, he was also in Quantum Leap, Zorro, Highlander: The Series, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Roswell, amongst other shows.
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido is the author of more than 45 novels, as well as short stories, comic books, novellas, and more. A major portion of his work has been in various genre universes, ranging from TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Farscape, Star Trek, Supernatural) to games (Command and Conquer, Dungeons and Dragons, StarCraft, World of Warcraft), and movies (Cars, Resident Evil, Serenity). His recent work includes the high fantasy police procedurals Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct , and Goblin Precinct (2012), with Tales from Dragon Precinct coming later this year. Keith was also behind the Dungeons & Dragons novel Under the Crimson Sun, the “Dark Sun” portion of the “Abyssal Plague” crossover; the SCPD novel series about cops in a city filled with superheroes, including The Case of the Claw (2011) and Avenging Amethyst (2012); and Guilt in Innocence, the first of several contributions to the shared-world science fiction series “Tales of the Scattered Earth.”
Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, bestselling novelist, children’s book author, and game designer. His original fictions include the NOOK-bestselling humorous science fiction novel No Small Bills, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and the supernatural thriller Incursion. He’s written a number of series tie-in novels as well, including the PsiPhi winner Collective Hindsight for Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, the Daemon Gates trilogy for Warhammer, Tides of Darkness and the Scribe-nominated Beyond the Dark Portal for Warcraft, Hunt and Run for Stargate: Atlantis, and Substitution Method and Road Less Traveled for Eureka, which were written under the pseudonym Cris Ramsey. His works for younger readers include Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls, and Transformers Animated. Rosenberg has also written roleplaying games, including original games like Asylum and Spookshow, the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets, and sections of The Supernatural Roleplaying Game, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and The Deryni Roleplaying Game. He also writes various other short stories, webcomics, essays, and educational books, and goes across a wide range of genres with the sole purpose of telling a good story. You can visit him online at his website or follow him on Twitter.
Drew Henriksen holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Medical Technology/Biomedical research, a Master of Science degree in Immunology / Medical Biology, and a Post Masters Certification in Science Education. He is the author of the Dragon Tales & Stories trilogy, Dragons & Wolves, The Dragon & The Detective , and the latest, Dragons and Science was released this past summer by ArcheBooks.
Jason Haigh-Ellery has directed or produced over 350 audio and radio plays, including the highly successful Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures series, Stargate, Highlander, Bernice Summerfield, Dalek Empire, Blake’s 7, Phantom of The Opera as well as David Tennant in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. His contribution to animation includes such hits as Douglas Adams’ Shada, Ghosts of Albion, and an animated version of Doctor Who: Reign of Terror for 2entertain. His extensive experience in theatre includes numerous stage productions on both sides of the pond. He’s the man behind the plan at Big Finish Productions, which has brought an amazing amount of high quality content to various genres, and we’re thrilled to have him join us at I-CON this year.
Dr. Helio Takai
Dr. Helio Takai, born in Brazil, is a particle and nuclear physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory. Today, he performs his main research at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He has been a member of CERN’s ATLAS collaboration for over 15 years. Besides his intense interest in exploring the forefront of the structure of matter, Dr. Takai is also interested in studying ultra-high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos. He participates in the TARA experiment in Utah to implement this research. For the past 12 years, he participates in educational programs, conducting research with students and science teachers. He has also participated in public events that convey the excitement of science to a wider audience. In addition to his background in hard science, Dr. Takai is a big fan of manga and science-fiction.
Glenn Hauman is proud to have attended all thirty previous I-CONs in one form or another, from attendee to dealer to committee member of I-CON 6 to guest. Following art lessions from legendary Marvel Comics artist John Buscema, Hauman worked at FlashPoint, a comic shop that was in Port Jefferson, he then worked in the production department at DC Comics. He then worked for Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Apple Comics, as well as working as a graphic designer, editor, photo retoucher, CD-ROM producer, story consultant for films, and even co-hosted Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction on WUSB 90.1 FM at Stony Brook University. Most recently, Hauman has become a pioneer and advocate of electronic publishing. He founded BiblioBytes, Hell’s Kitchen Systems (bought by Red Hat in 2000), and Lot Auctions. He currently is the vice president and production manager for ComicMix, and is one of the founding partners of Crazy 8 Press, while still writing fiction and working in comic production. His latest Star Trek ebook, “Creative Couplings,” received worldwide press coverage for portraying the first Klingon-Jewish wedding. In addition to Star Trek, Hauman has written other licensed tie-in works for X-Men and Farscape, and urban fantasy for Baen Books. More recently, he was the colorist for Mike Grell’s Jon Sable Freelance: Ashes Of Eden graphic novel and the award-nominated biography The Original Johnson by Trevor Von Eeden.
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