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Rick Workman is the criminalistics administrator for the Henderson, Nevada, Police Department. He manages the forensics laboratory, crime scene investigation section, and the evidence vault. He was previously a CSI with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He has consulted for numerous “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” episodes, was featured in Court TV’s “Forensic Files” “Las Vegas CSU, Thrill Killings” and in Lyon TV’s series “The Real CSI,” in London, England. Rick is a retired US Air Force Officer. He served in Desert Storm as the F-117A stealth fighter commander for maintenance and served as a Defense Nuclear Agency technical inspector. Rick is tasked with funding and building a forensic science center (crime lab with evidence vault). Monitor the progress of the project at www.nevadacsi.com
Ann Wortham is a native Texan who currently resides in the humidity of central Florida, land of tourists, Mickey Mouse ears and inadequate roads. She has been a fan of Stargate since the original movie and a devotee of all things science fiction since childhood. She worked for 22 years in the computer industry for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and IBM while spending her free time traveling and dabbling in nature and celebrity photography. She has a passion for reading, writing and publishing, and regularly writes online articles and conducts celebrity interviews for the Web.
John C. Wright is a retired attorney, newspaperman and newspaper editor. The spectacular unsuccess of these ventures drove him into science fiction writing. He presently works as a writer in Virginia, where he lives in fairytale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter, and their three children: Orville, Wilbur and Just Wright. His works include The Golden Age (2002), Last Guardian of Everness (2004) and Nebula Award finalist Orphans of Chaos. His authorized sequel to A. E. van Vogt’s World of Null-A is called Null-A Continuum. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Year’s Best SF 3 (David Hartwell, Ed.), Year’s Best Science Fiction (Gardner Dozois, Ed.), Year’s Best Short Novels (Johnathan Strahan, Ed.), The Night Lands (Andy W. Robertson, Ed.), Absolute Magnitude and Asimov’s Science Fiction.
Pop culture devotee Leigh Adams Wright is often teased about the size of her purse but, curiously, no one ever complains when they need a Band-Aid or a nail file. See her previous work in other Smart Pop anthologies Finding Serenity, Alias Assumed and Totally Charmed.
Kiyah Wright is a two-time Emmy Award-winning celebrity hairstylist and Image Maker with over two decades of hair care experience and knowledge. In a career that started with doing hair in her grandmother’s basement, Kiyah Wright parlayed her talent and business savvy to become not only one of Hollywood’s most in-demand celebrity hairstylists, but also a successful beauty expert and entrepreneur.
As a celebrity ambassador for Procter & Gamble hairlines: Head & Shoulders, Clairol Professional, and Pantene, she continues to inspire with cutting-edge developments. Her penchant for innovative beauty solutions has raised the bar in the industry as proven by her jaw-dropping and highly renowned beauty transformations on stars such as Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, Laverne Cox, Lala, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Halsey, Gabrielle Union, and more.
Over the years, Kiyah’s works has been featured on hit television shows like Pose, Power, Black-ish, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Celebrity Apprentice, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, America’s Next Top Model, and America’s Got Talent. In addition, Kiyah’s creations have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, GQ, Elle, InStyle, Essence, and Vogue. Alongside her remarkable work schedule, Kiyah still manages to remain loyal to her client base in Los Angeles at her Beverly Hills salon. Kiyah’s MUZE HAIR line offers a collection of premium custom wigs, extensions, and more products trusted by Hollywood’s hottest celebrities.
Arthur Wylie is an author, producer, public speaker, and philanthropist. His drive for success was fostered in his early youth by his father and several mentors in the financial services industry.
As a college student, he started his own wealth management company, taking on clients from his dorm room while attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Wylie went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management and became a licensed securities principal for some of the top investment companies in the world.
Wylie continued his success by spearheading his own company and became the founder and CEO of Arthur Wylie Enterprises. His relentless work ethic gained him millionaire status by the time he was 26. To date, the firm has overseen 1,200 clients and $500 million in assets, transactions, insurance, intellectual properties, and real estate. He went on to pen his first book on entrepreneurialism entitled: Only the Crazy and Fearless Win Big. The book gained international attention and helped to increase his growing following.
Wylie’s success has been highlighted by leading National Media outlets such as ABC, NBC, WGN, CBS, Fox News, Forbes Online, Wall Street Journal (Market Watch), Black Enterprise, Uptown Magazine, Rolling Out, business journals, and many local and regional publications.
Currently, Arthur Wylie also holds the title of CEO of Global Renaissance Entertainment Holdings, where his duties range from capital raising, film production oversight, distribution, marketing and working with some of Hollywood’s top producers with over 9 Billion Dollars in Box Office Sales.
Wylie lives bi-coastally in Charlotte, NC and Los Angeles, CA. He commits his time and passion for philanthropic efforts to the Wylie Initiative for the Study of Entrepreneurship (W.I.S.E) and the Arthur Wylie Foundation. Both organizations are dedicated to helping develop the next wave of young aspiring entrepreneurs through scholarships and educational programs. He has several subsidiaries that are in film development, consulting, project financing, speaking engagements, celebrity events, book publishing, and real estate ventures internationally.
Larry Yaeger uses computers to solve hard and interesting problems, from flow fields over the space shuttle to special effects for “The Last Starfighter,” “2010” and “Labyrinth”; to providing a computer “voice” for Koko the gorilla; to developing the world’s first usable handwriting recognizer for second-generation Newtons and Mac OS X’s “Inkwell”; to evolving machine intelligence in an Artificial Life system called Polyworld. He teaches programming and Artificial Life at Indiana University, and plays videogames and reads and watches entirely too much science fiction. And is eternally grateful to Levi for putting up with him!
A professional writer for more than 30 years, Yarbro has sold over 70 books (including her Saint-Germain vampire series) and more than 60 works of short fiction. She lives in her hometown—Berkeley, Calif.—with two autocratic cats. In 2003, the World Horror Association presented her with a Grand Master award.