In Memory of Ani Manjikian



Born and raised in Southern California, the diagnosis of hydrocephalus at birth should have killed Ani, or worse, left her blank to the world. Her strength of spirit, parents’ love, and a miracle all combined to overcome that prognosis within nine months. From this almost impossible beginning, she has developed into all-around person with the technical knowledge and analytical mind of a programmer, creative and detailed orientation of a writer/editor, and aesthetic instincts of a designer/photographer.

Ani’s writing career started when a friend in Cyprus made her promise to stop throwing away her writings because she thought they weren’t good enough. After returning to the States, Ani set out to finish a single horse story and tried to get it published. However, the book, like the writer, needed time to mature.

While perfecting her craft, Ani graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Industrial Arts and worked several jobs from retail sales to human resources project management. Her innate ability to learn new computer programs with minimal instruction combined with her need to be creative led to her current long-term stint as a web designer and developer.

The book, meanwhile, spawned several siblings until there was enough for a series. Not knowing what to call it, Ani turned to another friend who suggested a word play on the books main themes of horses, space, family, and heroes. With two published books under her belt, Ani continues to work on Stars of Heros plus exploring several other ideas.

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  1. 3 Comments

    Richard White

    Ani had so many dreams alongside Angela B. Chrysler for CyCon, I think if she were here to join us. She would be proud of where we have taken it. I only hope that some of her dreams come true through the team of staff we have working on the event. We miss you Ani.

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      Timothy Bateson

      Ani was a huge part of the CyCon events, from her easygoing sense of humor and open heart to her behind-the-scenes technical work and support. Her loss hit, especially in view of how well she hid the extent of her illness and even laughed at it. She is very much missed.

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    Devorah Fox

    I remember Ani and how much she contributed. It’s sad that she’s not with us this year.


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