Guests of Honor
Mary E. Lowd
Mary E. Lowd is a prolific science-fiction and furry writer in Oregon. She's the author of the Otters In Space series, Entangled Universe trilogy, and Celestial Fragments trilogy, in addition to several more novels, more than 200 short stories, and a book about how to write furry fiction (co-authored by Ian Madison Keller). She ran the Cóyotl Awards for six years and edited FurPlanet's ROAR anthology series for volumes 6-10. Her work has won numerous awards, and she's been nominated for the Ursa Major Awards more than any other individual. She is also the founder and editor of the furry e-zine Zooscape. She lives in a crashed spaceship, disguised as a house and hidden behind a rose garden, along with a wide menagerie of animals, some real and many imaginary. Learn more at marylowd.com or read her stories at deepskyanchor.com.
Syd Stoat is a Florida-based space worker, who has supported over 200 rocket launches throughout the last decade. These missions explore the far reaches of our solar system, gather data about the changing earth, and will soon return astronauts to the moon. He’s a participant in the largest peaceful international cooperation in human history, the International Space Station. When you check the weather or navigate with your smartphone, you’re using technology that his team put into earth orbit. Before joining the space program, Syd supported experimental flight test and took care of jets you saw flying in your local airshow. Syd is an aerobatic pilot, flying high performance race planes, jet fighters, and vintage aircraft. For Syd, nothing is more important than improving your life through the science and technology of aerospace.