BayCon 2024

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

Meet the authors and purchase personally signed editions!

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

Santa Clara Marriott, Santa Clara, California

BayCon 2024 (marketplace)

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.

Dave M. Strom


Dave M. Strom writes superheroine slapstick about Super Holly Hansson and her super friends (and fiendish foes). His short stories are printed in Fault Zone: Transform and Fault Zone: Uplift, the latest Carry the Light, and Scripting Change. Dave is a technical writer by day, and Super Holly’s writer by nights and weekends.

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.

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.

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.

Minerva Cerridwen

Minerva Cerridwen is a genderqueer aromantic asexual writer and pharmacist from Belgium. She enjoys baking, drawing, and handlettering. Since 2013, she has been writing for Paranatellonta, a project combining photography and flash fiction. Her first published work was the queer fairy tale “Match Sticks” in the Unburied Fables anthology (2016). Her short stories have also appeared in Atthis Arts anthologies, Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove and Community of Magic Pens.

Ava Kelley

Ava Kelly is a nonbinary speculative writer and engineer. Secretly a pile of cats in a trenchcoat, Ava’s goal is to bring into the world more tales of friendship and compassion, dedicated to trope subversion, stories that give the void a voice.

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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