ConGregate 5

Dr. Charles E. Gannon

Guest of Honor

Dr. Charles E. Gannon‘s award-winning Caine Riordan/Terran Republic hard sf novels have, as of this writing, all been Nebula finalists and national best-sellers. The fifth in the series, Marque of Caine, will be available late in 2018. His epic fantasy series, The Broken World, is forthcoming from Baen Books. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the NYT and WSJ best-selling Ring of Fire alternate history series, and with Steve White in the NYT best-selling Starfire series. His other novels and short fiction straddle the divide between hard SF and technothrillers. Much of this work has appeared in anthologies set in the Honorverse, Man-Kzin, and War World universes, the rest appearing in other collections and Analog.

His best known work of non-fiction, Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda Setting in American and British Speculative Fiction, won the 2006 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Book, and was the topic of discussion when he was interviewed by NPR .

Among various media appearances, his most recent was as an expert commentator on The Discovery Channel’s second installment of its premier series “Curiosity”.

Along with 45 other SF writers (such as Niven, Pournelle, Brin, Bova), he is a member of SIGMA, the "SF think-tank," and has served as a consultant for  various intelligence and defense agencies, including including the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, NATO, DARPA, NRO, DHS, NASA, and several other agencies and defense contractors (NDAs preclude disclosure). In many cases, these organizations have had a direct interest in the innovations and concepts he presents in his novels. Notably, the first public reading from the approved manuscript of Fire With Fire (first book in the Caine Riordan series) was part of a presentation to an annual conference held by the National Reconnaissance Office.

Dr. Gannon has been a Fulbright Fellow at Liverpool University, Palacky University [Czech Republic], and the University of Dundee, and received two Fulbright (and multiple U.S. Embassy) Travel Grants to these countries as well as to The Netherlands, Slovakia, England, and Italy. He has published extensively on the interaction of fiction, technology (particularly military and space), and political influence.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gannon worked eight years as a scriptwriter and producer in New York City, where his clients included the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and The President's Council on Physical Fitness.  He has also worked in game design, primarily for GDW’s roleplaying lines (Traveller, 2300 AD, Twilight 2000, Dark Conspiracy), as well as crafting tactical-level simulations for other clients.

Gannon lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and four children.