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Vivian Zayas, Ph.D.

Vivian Zayas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the psychology department at Cornell University. She completed her Ph.D. (2003) at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research examines the cognitive-affective processes that regulate behaviors within close relationships and which may affect the quality of relationship functioning and an individual’s mental health. Her research approaches the study of the individual and his or her relationships from a multilevel interdisciplinary perspective that integrates the study of attachment processes, research on executive control and self-regulation, and methodology and theory from cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

George Zebrowski

George Zebrowski’s more than 40 books include the Campbell Award winner for best novel of the year, Brute Orbits; the classic Macrolife and its companion Cave of Stars; various anthologies edited with Isaac Asimov, Gregory Benford, Jack Dann and Thomas N. Scortia; and the five volumes of the legendary Synergy series. His award-nominated short fiction has been collected in the Publishers Weekly-starred Swift Thoughts, in In the Distance, and Ahead in Time and in Black Pockets (Golden Gryphon). A new edition of Macrolife (with an introduction by Ian Watson and an afterword by the author) has been published by Pyr, a division of Prometheus Books.

Essays by George Zebrowski

The Fear of the Worlds from The War of the Worlds

Sarah Zettel

Sarah Zettel was born in Sacramento, Calif. Since then she has lived in 10 cities, four states, two countries and become an author of a dozen science fiction and fantasy books, a host of short stories and novellas, as well as a handful of essays about the pop culture in which she finds herself immersed. She lives in Michigan with husband Tim, son Alexander and cat Buffy the Vermin Slayer. When not writing, she drinks tea, gardens, practices tai chi and plays the fiddle, but not all at once.

Peter Zheutlin

Peter Zheutlin is the author of Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press, 2007) and the co-author, with Thomas B. Graboys, M.D., of Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia (Union Square Press, 2008). He is also the co-author, with Robert P. Smith, of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (Amacom, 2009). Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The New England Quarterly and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.

David Zindell

After majoring in, at various times, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics and physics, David Zindell graduated in 1984 from the University of Colorado with a degree in mathematics. All this proved helpful in his turn toward writing science fiction, a literature which he had always read and loved. An early story, “Shanidar,” won first prize in the Writers of the Future contest. Neverness, a novel set in the same universe, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel published in England and also nominated for the Campbell Award. A successor trilogy, A Requiem for Homo Sapiens, came next. He is presently working on the fourth book of Ea Cycle, a Grail quest to end all Grail quests. It is an exploration of good and evil, as well as a statement as to the possibilities open to humankind.

Bob Zmuda

Andy Kaufman and his writing partner, Bob Zmuda, changed the worlds of comedy and performance in the 1970s, showing fans and friends alike a determination to follow put-ons into territory no one had ever even considered “comic” before. Their fervor was so intense that when Kaufman passed away suddenly in 1984, it seemed as if his death had been staged, with the reveal soon to come.

Zmuda met Kaufman in 1974, when Zmuda was a struggling comic himself. Soon he beganwriting for Andy until his (supposed) death in ’84. Bob also wrote briefly for Rodney Dangerfield and was the late great Sam Kinison’s producer, “another gifted provocateur,” said Zmuda.

For nearly 30 years, Bob Zmuda has been the driving force behind one of America’s most beloved charities, Comic Relief, probably best recognized for their telethons on HBO hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal. As president and founder, he and his fellow comedians have raised over $80 million for those in need.

A Grammy nominee and Emmy Award winner, Bob is also a bestselling author. His book Andy Kaufman Revealed made top 10 lists nationwide. Two-time Academy Award winning director Milos Forman said, “I was so fascinated by the melding of Zmuda and Kaufman’s minds that I spent two years of my life making a movie about them, Man on the Moon.” The award winning film starred Jim Carrey as Kaufman and Paul Giamatti as Zmuda. Zmuda also coexecutive produced the film with Danny DeVito and Jersey Films.

On television, Bob has hosted several specials for Comedy Central and A&E. His television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and all the Comic Relief telecasts. His acting credits include Punchline, Batman Forever, Man on the Moon, D.C. Cab (which he also wrote), and The Number 23, again with Jim Carrey.

For the last few years, Zmuda has been producing Kaufman’s alter ego, international singing sensation Tony Clifton, to sold out audiences. He is currently working on mounting the largest star-studded fundraiser ever for endangered wildlife worldwide.

Books by Bob Zmuda

Andy KaufmanAndy Kaufman

Lynn Zubernis

Dr. Lynn Zubernis is a clinical psychologist, a mom of two, a university professor—and a passionate fangirl. She fell in love with the television show Supernatural, discovered the wild and wonderful world of fandom, and has never looked back. Her writing celebrates all the positive things that come with being a fan—inspiration, creativity, self-expression, validation, and a support system that extends across the globe. She has written for publications including Slate, The Conversation, and Supernatural Magazine about fandom, chairs the stardom and fandom area of the Southwest Popular Culture Association, and has contributed to many articles, podcasts, and documentaries on fandom—including NPR’s piece on Supernatural. She cowrote and was associate producer for the upcoming documentary Squee! The Fangirl Documentary and blogs at fangasmthebook on WordPress.

That’s her academic half; the fangirl half writes fanfiction whenever she can, braves the lines at Comic-Con, collects Supernatural gifs on Tumblr (yes, we have a gif for everything), and has purchased way too many photo ops at Supernatural conventions.

Kerry Zukus

Kerry Zukus

Kerry Zukus’s debut novel, The Fourth House, was a Featured Selection of the Book of the Month Club®, the Doubleday Book Club©, and the Literary Guild©, divisions of Random House/Doubleday Entertainment, where it sold out its first two printings. The Fourth House had previously been named a finalist for the prestigious James Jones Award, annually given to the best first novel by an American author.

Zukus has worked invisibly behind the scenes for years, ghostwriting numerous books in a wide variety of genres. Zukus’ short stories, essays and articles have graced a variety of magazines and periodicals. His plays have appeared at theatres across the country.

Books by Kerry Zukus

Inside the Hotel RwandaInside the Hotel Rwanda

Lyle D. Zynda

Lyle Zynda received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1995. After spending a year teaching at Caltech, he took up his current position in the philosophy department at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB), where he is now associate professor. Dr. Zynda specializes in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, epistemology, metaphysics and logic. He has published articles in internationally renowned journals such as Synthese, Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Studies. He also periodically teaches a course at IUSB called “Philosophy, Science and Science Fiction.”