Are/were there any SFF professionals (writers, or movie people) who posted on this site?

By professional, I mean someone who did a paid job involved with producing SFF content.


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We've also had a few professional comics contributors come through, thanks to one of the employees' ties to this site, right? I feel like I've seen an answer about She-Hulk from someone "famous".


" thanks to one of the employees' ties to this site" - could you please elaborate? (assuming it's public information) – DVK-in-exile Dec 7 '12 at 4:58
@DVK I thought I saw, uh, Brad? Brent? Brett! Brett tweet about She-Hulk? I know he writes for some comic book publications, like CBR. – user11165 Dec 7 '12 at 4:59
Brett White? As far as I'm aware he works for Stack Exchange company (former CHAOS team), aside from being comics expert. I was not aware that he has deeper association with comics than just being very well knowledgeable :) – DVK-in-exile Dec 7 '12 at 5:01
You are right about CBR – DVK-in-exile Dec 7 '12 at 5:02
However, I am starting to have suspicions that Brett White of CBR (whose bio blurb says he works as a comedian) is NOT the same person as Brett White of Stack Exchange CHAOS team. I will ping him on chat – DVK-in-exile Dec 7 '12 at 5:06
@DVK I work for Stack Exchange. I have a column for CBR. I also do interviews for – Brett White Dec 7 '12 at 15:07
@BrettWhite - Thanks for clarifying! Hmm...a mild-mannered glasses wearing reporter, in his spare time helping make the Internet better. I think I read that story before #kal-el – DVK-in-exile Dec 8 '12 at 1:22

While there's no proof of identity, I'm aware of at least one (Danny Rubin posted an answer to How long was Bill Murray's character supposed to be in a time loop in the film "Groundhog Day"? )

We can probably count @TangoOversway, who stated that he wrote scripts to be submitted to Star Trek (they were not used, but that's less relevant to me).

Was TangoOversway paid for those scripts? DVK specifically asked for paid professionals. – b_jonas Nov 2 '15 at 9:17
@b_jonas - Someone who submits a script for consideration using official channels is well within the scope of the spirit of what I was originally asking for, whether they succeeded in getting paid or not :) – DVK-in-exile Nov 2 '15 at 15:17
That answer was one of the reasons why I stayed on this site... – Mooz Nov 26 '15 at 22:25
No, I wasn't paid for the scripts. But it got me in the door so I could pitch to one of the Co-Executive Producers. Then they shut the doors on all freelancers so they could get Unification done quickly. – Tango Nov 27 '15 at 17:48
Also, yes, it was through official representation with an agent registered with WGA. – Tango Nov 27 '15 at 17:55

I wanted an answer that addressed the fact that we sometimes get professionals involved with our answers, without the professional specifically creating an account here to answer the questions themselves.


While these don't exactly fit the bill of professional participation, they are participating by proxy (whether they realize it's for our stack or not). These interactions are different than general quotes from professional's Twitter accounts or websites. For instance, JK Rowling's tweets are often cited to answer Harry Potter questions, but those tweets were not given in a direct response to a SciFi.SE member's inquiry.

Another example; phantom42 contacted one of the Agents of SHIELD writers to confirm an educated guess – Jason Baker Oct 19 '15 at 20:12
@JasonBaker Updated with another one that I found. – CreationEdge Nov 2 '15 at 5:12
Two professionals have replied to a private inquiry about the famous "Story where the number 3 is the monster?". One is R. L. Stine, who was suspected to be the author of the story; the other is Greg Cox, who actually is the author. See comments in that thread. – b_jonas Nov 2 '15 at 9:22
@anaranjanda Feel free to edit – CreationEdge May 25 at 12:49
I got answers to a whole bunch of Inheritance questions from Christopher Paolini through reddit. – ibid May 26 at 6:47

Assuming we focus purely on questions answered by word-of-god authorities where that question was prompted by a question asked on SFF:SE, then there are plenty to choose from.

For example...

Who's the character that can "talk to flowers" and who's her daughter in Ruins? - Terese Nielsen

ST:Titan Sword of Damocles ending - Christopher L. Bennett, David Mack

Are there any more Elminster novels coming? - Ed Greenwood

Do I need to read City of the Damned before Kinslayer? - David Guymer

Which order to read the 4 Old Republic novels? - Paul S. Kent, Sean Williams, Drew Karpyshyn

Whose buttocks are these? - Charles Stross

Why doesn't GLOPP mutate humans? - George Broussard

Is there an official plot explanation for the movie U.F.O. (2012)? - Dominic Burns

Is Dharia a matriarchy? - Susan Kaye Quinn

Why is Paris flooded in Edge Of Tomorrow? - Chris McQuarrie

How does Shrek's rescue party reach him so fast at the end of Shrek 2? - David N. Weiss

What has happened to books from world of "Paranoia" published by "Ultraviolet books"? - Alan Varney

Was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens - A Junior Novel" based on the film's script or the official novelisation? - Michael Kogge

Is there a heaven in the Top Cow Universe? - Ron Marz

Is there a reason this human character's name sounds Tymbrimi? - John Henry

Any plans to make a movie of one of Jack Vance's books? - John Vance

Is there any news about the Lost Fleet books and spinoffs? - John Henry

In The Clone Wars movie, why can't Anakin understand Huttese? - Karen Traviss

Why is the planet Lola Sayu so damaged? - Pablo Hidalgo


Our first professional author sighting was, to my knowledge, Mark Jeffrey, in response to Tony Meyer's question about differences in the two versions of Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant.


Eliezer Yudkowsky, author of the famous Harry Potter fan fiction Methods of Rationality, contributed an answer to a question about his work.

Another (unregistered) user had previously used the name "Eliezer Yudkowsky" to answer a MOR question.

Elizer Yudkowsky is not an answer, at least not on account of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, because he does not get money from writing that. – b_jonas Apr 13 at 12:20
@b_jonas Heh. I don't really disagree, but he's probably earned more donation money for his organizations from HPMOR than several other authors on this page earned for their books. So it's at least a little bit fuzzy. – Jeremy Banks Apr 20 at 23:15

profile for Thaddeus Howze at Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange, Q&A for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts

Thaddeus Howze is a professional writer mainly in the Science-Fiction genre, see his website - Hub City Blues, read his own bio on Medium and check out his author's bio on Amazon.

He may not have directly asked/answered questions on his own canon, but he is an active professional on this site.

Recently, user SQB asked the question: Who are the architects of the buildings on which these buildings were based? to which Thaddeus replied:

I approve those answers...


Patrick Nielsen Hayden (one of SF's foremost editors, which he won several Hugos for, working for Tor; also a blogger on Making Light with his wife and others) came by. Unfortunately, he didn't stick around.

That's the only name I remember that I recognized from before, but I know we've had a couple of authors pop by (other answers here cite some of them).


There is another answer from an author to a question about (or at least related to) her own work:


The person who created the Toby the Targ stuffed animal prop answered a question about whether they're available anymore, at Does a stuffed 'Toby the Targ' toy exist?.


Franc Ross, who portrayed Monty on Firefly seems to have answered my question about the character.

Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

Leland Chee also responded to a Tweet I asked to answer this question:

Why is the planet Lola Sayu so damaged?

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John Rennie emailed David Brin and got an answer for this question: Houseflies use humanity to colonize the galaxy


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