|The Invisible Phan|
|Andy Combs author of the Dark War series|
Andy Combs grew up in various parts of Central Texas, and still calls the region home. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1991 with a Computer Science degree, and has been a programmer ever since.
He's been an anime fan since the late 80's, and a fan of Magical Girl anime and Shoujo anime for most of that time. He's also one of the moderators for rec.arts.anime.creative, and maintain the largest anime library in the country at The Anime Club at the University of Texas.
His fanfic writing credits stretch back a number of years to Kimagure
Orange College, which he helped create and even wrote an early episode
or two. A couple of years later he wrote Rabbit Test, and is still
humbled by the response it gets. Later he teamed up with Mark Latus to
found SME, and the rest is history...
|Mark Latus author of the Dark Kingdom Renegades series|
Second member to join SME he calls himself a Canadian though he's
actually an expatriate Brit (his parents having moved the family to
the other side of the Atlantic in 1976 having decided England wasn't
such a green and pleasant land after all.) But having spent most of
his life in Canada he figures clinging to foggy memories of a foggy
country doesn't make much sense.
After an uneventful youth in the small town of Windsor, Nova Scotia and a brief period in Toronto Mark returned to NS and settled down in Halifax. Currently employed at Mount St Vincent University Library he's active in the staff union and is currently working on his plan to bring the administration to its knees, the last part being a closely guarded secret.
A longtime SF fan he made the mistake of attending an anime showing at a local con in the early 90's and became hooked. So much so that for the past few years he's been running the local anime club. At roughly the same time he got net access and began reading and writing anime fanfiction. Recently voted SME member least likely to write a short story he's got at least a dozen stories for the page in various stages and hopes to finish them all before the next century though he admits it'll be close.
|Frank Barr author of the Trenchcoat Mask series|
Frank Davis Barr Jr., Warthog: Was born and raised in Georgia and still
lives and works in Atlanta. He has been working with computers ever since
he got his first Timex Sinclair (Amazing, you could own your own computer
with 4k of memory for $100!) Has been making his living off the information
age from the word PC.
He's been a comics and anime fan since the early 80's and had been seen at more than one sci-fi con dressed in a Superman costume. (It hangs in the closet next to the Punisher one now.) *Sigh* So much to do, so little time for cons now.
While he's been writing fanfic for a number of years, he's never really
had an outlet for it up until the Internet took off. Began writing the
Trenchcoat Mask series to try and break all the rules of bad fanfic (and
he'll get to the other rules as time goes by). One day, he received an e-mail
from Andy Combs and Mark Latus saying how they liked how his history of the
Silver Millennium was shaping up. The end result is the compendium plus a lot
of things that make (or will make) the SME universe a richer, more believable
|Sam Ashley author of the Dark Kingdom Cookbook|
W. Samuel Ashley, the Evil Midnight Lurker what Lurks at Midnight:
Canadian by birth, Californian by destiny, the fourth member of the
SME Crew is a chef-in-training who joined after a correspondence with
Mark Latus in which he came up with a book of Dark Kingdom recipes.
He's since developed the character of Mike Maxwell, a wizard on the fringes of SME who provides a human's-eye view of the Dark Kingdom and other general strangeness.
The Lurker is a denizen of Santa Cruz, a town which he insists is a crazier place than Tomobiki; politically, he claims to be a combination Libertarian and Democrat, an unlikely fusion by the standards of either group. A childhood encounter with _Star Blazers_ fried his brain and set him forever on the path of rabid anime fandom, so now you know who to blame...
|Douglas Helm author of Successions of Power|
|Managed to get himself into the wrong college program and wound up with an accounting degree. Looking to make a shift into the computer field which his "true" passion. Got hooked on anime after seeing the dubs of what NA called "Astro Boy" when he was young. His offices are located in the main guard house of the SME lot and hasn't been scene there much lately as he spends more time writing non-SME stuff then actually SME stuff.|
|SME's man of mystery due to his unfortunate lack of regular computer access Christian did manage to create Young Mercury, Freezone and the Continuing Bogosity series before being consumed by the demon known as Real Life. A fanfic writer from way back he is credited with the first net SM fanfic "Through the Looking Glass"|
|Ben Harrison author of Hunter's Moon|
Eldest of the writers, at least in physical terms. Ben is a be
bespecticaled, dark blond hair man of modest height. He has been known to
let projects languish for a while then surge into large amounts of output.
He enjoys many Anime and science fiction.
He is also a retired member of the US Navy who has served in many places around the world including Okinawa and Saudi Arabia (for Desert Storm and Shield).
|Becky Malsin author of Rhi and Ti's Excellent Adventures|
Some say that she is an angel who somehow didn't quite make it to hell when she fell along with the rest of 'em. Some say she is a rambunctious teenager who is very good at using her feet to make dents in the most prized region of the human male. Some say she is a closet masochist. Still others say she is Elvis. What little is know of her is this:
Becky is/was of the class of 2001 at her high school. She has interests in anime, manga, political radicalism (leftist, mainly), Zionism (if only she could kick the Orthodox Oligarchy out, for the sake of Reform Jews everywhere and not to mention the PLO), cooking, swimming, ranting, slight anarchism, and getting enough money to visit California. She comprises on half of the sickeningly cute couple of Sailormoon Expanded. Her two favorite posessions are a ten-dollar silver ring bought at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and her co-author Sam Ashley's pajamas.
She also fully intends to finish all her stories before she dies.
|Sheryln Lim Artist and author of To Catch a Thief|
|IT magazine journalist in real life. Neurotic and semi-violent fanfic writer (who also moonlights as manga artist-wannabe and part-time Niichuan ninja) with pedantic tendencies in SME universe.|
|Berk Watkins author of Zodiac Grand Tour|
|A CompSci major at the University of Florida. Became an anime fan at the age of 5, when he first saw Mazinger Z. He is a member of Anime Gainesville and the 'Reitz Union Magic Brigade.' Best described as a wierd medium guy with a funny haircut.|
|Rachel Herndon Artist and author of The Road to Earth|
Rachel Herndon is 19, 5'9, and a freshman at Mount Hood Community College in
Gresham, Oregon. She was born and raised in the Valley, is a middle child and
an INTP on the Meyers-Briggs scale. Sailor Moon was her introduction to anime;
Sailors Jupiter and Uranus are her favorites. She is currently in her third
semester of Japanese so as to more fully appreciate the art form; she also
likes Fushigi Yuugi, Magic Knights Rayearth, and the Dirty Pair.
Rachel enjoys exploring the creative process, from sketching to sculpting to making Web pages, and got her start in Sailor Moon Expanded by organizing the SME Fanart Gallery. She is the author of diverse fanfics from several different TV shows, and began her SME writing career with "The Road To Earth."
Some of Rachel's favorite things are the stories of Bruce Sterling, pecans in ice cream, Harrison Ford movies and the music of Patsy Cline.
|See the fan art page for info on submissions.|
|Aponar Kestrel SME Linguist|
The linguist of the SME Team, Aponar takes equal refuge in
logical systems and antilogical paradoxen; being unable to live in the
middle ground, he writes not stories, but languages, and has been known
to translate "Jabberwocky" (or try) into various tongues other than his
own. He is, besides being a less-than-accomplished linguist, a
less-than-accomplished computer programmer, capable of doing just about
anything except finishing a project.
His primary contributions to the SME continua are Youma'shak and Lyandrashi, and is currently working on Muvian, Nemesian, Avalonian, and Atlantean, at scattered, seemingly ever less frequent moments.
He has been described as an "antininja" (if only by himself), for while ninjas attempt (and fail, hilariously) to make themselves unnoticed, he must constantly attempt to be noticed. His other hobbies include reading anything thoroughly nonrealistic, mathematics, and using accepted irregularities in unaccepted places (cf. "paradoxen" above).
|Matthew Campbell author of Ghost Story|
One of the newer members of SME, Matt was born on
March 24, 1978. He is currently working towards a degree in Industrial
Engineering at Clemson University. Matt stands about 5 feet, eleven
inches and weighs about 160lbs. He has overgrown brown hair, brown
eyes, and wears glasses.
Matt came into SME promising to explore the world of Crystal Tokyo. He also likes to take a look at "lesser" characters, and generally roots for the underdog. Matt was first exposed to Sailor Moon on American television and was fascinated by reincarnated warriors and kingdoms on the moon. He also enjoyed seeing characters who had flaws and problems, but were still basicly fighting the good fight. (He also thinks that Tuxedo Mask may well be one of the coolest super-heroes ever.)
Although Matthew's interest in anime is relatively recent, he is a long-time comic book and science fiction reader. Favorite comics include "Thunderbolts", "JLA", "Quantum & Woody", "Astro City", and "Strangers in Paradise". Though still new to anime, his favorite so far may be the Dirty Pair (who rather remind him of Quantum and Woody).
|Ron Inn author of A Decent Dive|
Ron Inn was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of the large Japanese population there, he was exposed to the mind-altering effects of Japanese programming at an early age: Live action greats like Kikaida, Kamen Rider and Diameno Eye as well as early anime such as Voltron and Star Blazers.
Being a fool, Ron majored in engineering and has somehow found himself in the middle of Texas. He has often been overheard muttering to himself, "Where's the darned ocean?" and "Why won't anyone sing along with my ukulele playing?"
|Craig Reed author of the Windwalker Chronicles|
Craig A. Reed Jr. is one of the older members of the SME crew. He was born
near Philadelphia, Pa., and maintains a pride in the city. Because of his
father's work, he spent a large chunk of his childhood in England where he
developed a taste for Soccer, Tea (with milk and sugar), and Doctor Who. After
that, his family moved back to Maryland, where he lived the last quarter of this
century. However, he has recently moved to the Southwest coast of Florida for no
His intrests include reading, writing, wargaming, science fiction, haunting the internet, Anime, Martial Arts, and other things. When he isn't working, or doing something listed above, he goes around door-to-door asking people if they have a life he can borrow until Tuesday.
|Jillian Byar author of the Game of Houses|
Jillian Byar is a political science major at USD, who occasionally wonders if it was really all that clever to state as her life's goal to out-Napoleon Napoleon. Who cares, no one really reads those college yearbook things anyway, right? Her vote for Sexiest Man in any SM Universe goes to the ever-so-kawaii shiro no oji, Prince Demand. Ah... purple cape..."
|Craig Beard author of Thy Will be Done|
CraigB (called that because SME already had one) was born in and grew up in Australia, but in a country he sees as increasingly divisive (not to mention divided) along cultural lines considers himself far more expatriate brit than anything else. A confirmed monarchist, he has said more than once that he'll renounce his Australian citizenship should the country become a republic.
Growing up with a love of fantasy and in particular ancient epics and the works of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, he dabbled for a while in Science Fiction while in his teens but soon tired of most of it and now an SF book has to be very impressive to catch his interest although he still considers some SF (Dr. Who, Blake's Seven and Sapphire and Steel to name three) more than worth watching. His reading however has shifted back mainly to fantasy and classical/ancient historical fiction. He first discovered Anime in '94 when he stumbled on a Dirty Pair fic and then the RAAC archive and it along with BGC, SM and DHY would have to be his favourites with R1/2, TM, A-ko, Slayers and AMG very close behind.
Now in his early thirties, he's worked at everything from writing to computer programming and from music to audio engineering and currently has three original fantasy works, one Anime fanfic series, an album and a Word Processing package in various states of complete chaos (although there's at least a fair hope for the writing and music) but is determined to finish at least his first SME contribution before turning back to his numerous unfinished projects.
A few interests at random include creating a complete geographical, linguistic, cultural and cosmological history/background for at least his first work, music (almost anything that's not punk, rap, techno or related to them), Celtic/Norse/classical mythology and of course Anime and in particular finding the second ADP CD to complete his BGC CD collection.
|The Invisible Phan author of Beryl and the Seven Shadows|
Who am I? ... A systems programmer/analyst living in the greater Toronto area; my interests are primarily "being creative" -- satisfied (or not) on a mundane level (work) through programming, but on a more individual basis with graphics, animation, writing, music, etc.. (ie. just about anything). I'm also a (moderately compulsive) organizer/analyst (did you know there are over 160 SM-related KiSS sets 9_9) ... and in the midst of major upheavals wrt to all of the above at the moment -- so why *not* throw SME into the mix ^_^?
|TJ Caracino author of No Dream Lasts Forever|
TJ Caracino is a sophomore at Cabrini College near King of Prussia, PA. He first got into Sailor Moon when his girlfriend forced him to watch an episode. Since then, he has become a great fan of the series. He is an avid reader of both comics and the Sailor Moon Manga.
|Jade Dazu Artist & soon-to-be author|
Jade (not her real name that's Priya) is young in body yet wise is mind. In other words, she's a teenager who claims to know everything. She uses a pen name because she doesn't like her real name, not because she's paranoid, although she is that, too. She got into Sailor Moon, and all anime, while being so bored over the summer that she watched copious amounts of TV, and then realizing that she is totally obsessed with SM and would go into temporary depression when she missed an episode. She missed the whole arc where Beryl dies because of driver's ed and is now soured against driving. She discovered her artistic talent (???) when bored during driver's ed and drawing the mean instructor as Beryl. She lives with the motto, "You have to live with your noisy relatives your whole life, so avoiding them at every turn doesn't hurt."
|Quicksilver author of Feline Physics|
Quicksilver is a sometimes college student who is currently working on an English and French major. Unfortunately, she seems to possess multiple personalities, many of them based on anime charecters- the most frightening of whom is undoubtedly her "Esmeraude" identity. With a cackle that can shatter glass, Quicksilver is able to drive any one insane. Quicksilver is the writer of the "Tails of the Mooncats" Series. It should be noted that she gets experience by living with six of the mangy little monsters herself, one of whom is the inspiration for Isis.
|Julie Tall Artist & soon-to-be author|
Julie is an art student mooching off her parents and spending all her hard earned money on art supplies. Therefore, to justify her existence she must paint, paint, paint! Her obsession with drawing began at age two while covering the walls with crayon masterpieces. She lives near the white beaches of Florida. Her parents won't let her move out because she'd take all of the books in the house with her. Her height is a nice, normal 5'11 3/4''(not 6ft). She really sympathises with Makoto.
|Lady Shadow Author|
Nuance Vivian Shaffer uses the pen name Lady Shadow because she thinks her first name is awkward. It is definitely not so she can hide from the government agents and the men in the long white jackets. So stop looking at her funny! Dratted chihuahuas, always following her around... Mom!
Not counting the anime cartoon hits of the 80's (Thundercats, Voltron, etc.) Nuance's introduction to anime was Sailor Moon back when it was on WBXX (about 7 years ago.) Going from curious viewer to obsessive fan in the space of 30 minutes (mostly due to Mamoru, oh, what a babe) Sailor Moon turned her on to other shows, including her current favorite Fushigi Yugi, as well as NGE, Ping Pong Club and Sorcerer Hunters. However, in that time Nuance became a 'purist' and refuses to watch anything dubbed in English, including the episodes of SM she helped lobby for on-line. Of course, not having cable helps with that decision somewhat.
In addition to drooling over gorgeous anime guys (the Suzaku Seishi for example) Nuance enjoys writing, torturing her brother, reading fantasy novels (Misty, David Eddings and Anne Bishop), insulting organized religions, RPG's both on and offline, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, mall-ratting, working on Meism (her personal religion) and driving people nuts.
When not attending classes at UCONN, she lives at home in Plainville CT; although she and her fiance are looking for an apartment together. Because he's computer illiterate and will never read this Nuance confesses that while she loves him very much, if it came down to choosing between Endymion-sama, Tamahome, Darkwind K'Sheyna and her fiance, there'd be a lot a of hemming and hawing and coin tossing.
|James Reid Author|
Quiet unassuming college student by day, slightly neurotic writer by night; James Reid is the last many would have expected to indulge in the deadly art of words.
Bound by the fate of horrible spelling and grammar, it seemed he would never master the skills required of writing. Fortunately destiny intervened in the form of the spell checker and all was well.
Inflicted with slow spreading otakuism at a young age, Sailor moon was James' first anime, but far from his last. Yet he has returned to his 'first love' in the form of fanfic writing. Having found SME in 1997 and becoming a dedicated fan over the years he has recently committed himself to training under the authors of Sailor Moon Expanded. Thus far he is doing well on honing his craft while adding to the richness of the SME Omniverse.