As a kid, Dara watched the original Star Trek with her dad, later going on to attend cons and win costume contests around the southwest. She designed and taught several Star Trek and Matrix themed philosophy courses. The first Queen of the Norman Medieval Fair, Dara is still an active volunteer, and was a founding member of the Arthurian Order of Avalon, the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, and the Norman Family Theatre. She is the author of the bestselling GrailChase Chronicles Steampunk fiction series, and has written and presented extensively on the philosophy of Steampunk and Holographic Universe theory. Her essay “Life in the Holodeck” was included in Blackwell’s The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. She teaches philosophy, ethics and humanities at two local universities, and is delighted to be returning to SoonerCon for the 5th year in a row.