BayCon 2024

Visit the Small Publishing in a Big Universe Marketplace at the BayCon 2024!

Meet the authors and purchase personally signed editions!

Thursday, July 4, 2024 – Sunday, July, 7, 2024

Santa Clara Marriott, Santa Clara, California

Bay Area Book Festival 2024

Palmer Pickering


Palmer Pickering has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations. She currently works in Silicon Valley in the gaming industry and high tech. She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California.

Ryan Southwick


Ryan Southwick decided to dabble at writing late in life, and quickly became obsessed with the craft. His technical experience, medical skills, and lifelong fascination for science fiction became the ingredients for his book series, “The Z-Tech Chronicles”, which combines elements of each into a fantastic contemporary tale of super-science, fantasy, and adventure, based in his Bay Area stomping grounds.

Clara Ward


Clara Ward lives in Silicon Valley, California on the border between reality and speculative fiction. Their short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Decoded Pride, and The Arcanist. When not using words to teach or tell stories, Clara uses wood, fiber, and glass to make practical or completely impractical objects.

Marlena Frank

Marlena Frank is the author of young adult fantasy and horror novels, including several books that have hit the bestseller lists. Readers’ Favorite has praised several of her books with 5-star reviews. Marlena has various professional memberships, including the Atlanta chapter of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.

William C. Tracy

William C. Tracy writes and publishes queer science fiction and fantasy through his indie press Space Wizard Science Fantasy ( His largest work is the Dissolutionverse: a space opera with music-based magic. He also has a standalone epic fantasy with seasonal fruit-based magic and a nonfiction book about body mechanics and correct posture. He is working on the final book of The Biomass Conflux, a hard sci-fi trilogy with generational colony ships and a planet covered by a sentient fungal entity.

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