A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Guests of Honor
Guest of Honor
(Wikipedia) (larryniven.net) Larry Niven has written fiction at every length, and speculative articles, speeches, television scripts, graphic novels, and a couple of comic book universes. His interests include science fiction conventions. role playing games, comics, filk singing, yoga, hiking, racquetball, saving civilization, and making a little money. Larry attended Cal Tech but flunked out after discovering a book store jammed with used science fiction magazines. After a summer as a gas station attendant, he applied himself at Washburn University and graduated in 1962 with a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in psychology. Larry's first published story ("The Coldest Place") appeared in Worlds of If in December 1964. His fiction has won the Hugo Award five times, the Nebula for Best Novel, the Ditmar twice, and too many other awards to list here. He met Marilyn Joyce Wisowaty at the New York Worldcon in 1967 and they married on September 6, 1969.
Music Guest of Honor
Aislinn Burrows and Carmen Bryan
Fen Guests of Honor
Artist Guest of Honor
Science Guest of Honor
(Marianne Dyson) Marianne Dyson was one of NASA’s first female flight controllers, the subject of her memoir, A Passion for Space. After NASA, she turned to writing about space for adults and kids. She is currently coauthoring a second children’s book with Buzz Aldrin for NatGeo. Her SF collection, Fly Me to the Moon, includes all her Analog stories except "Europa’s Survivors" (in the March/April 2017 issue). All sales via her website will help her recover from Harvey.
Special Workshop Guest
(Martha Wells) Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction. She has had stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, The Gods of Lovecraft, and Mech: Age of Steel. She has also written media tie-ins for Stargate Atlantis and most recently Star Wars: Razor's Edge. The last book in the Books of the Raksura series, The Harbors of the Sun, was released in July 2017 by Night Shade Books. All Systems Red, the first novella in her SF series The Murderbot Diaries, was released by Tor.com in May 2017 and is a nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award. The next three novellas in the series, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy, will be published in 2018.
(GriffinEd) Tim Griffin is an award-winning teacher, musician, and storyteller with four albums out and more coming. When not filking or toastmastering, he runs an educational nonprofit called GriffinEd, using music to teach science, math, history, and other subjects to grades K-8th online for free. Laugh and learn with fun, effective (really!) songs about bugs, boogers, and particle physics at www.GriffinEd.org. Tim lives in La Cañada, California with a strong woman, a boy genius, and a large tribe of animals.
(Rhonda Eudaly) Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas where she's ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She's married with dogs and a rapidly growing Minion© army. Her two passions are writing and music, which is evident in her increasing horde of writing instruments. Rhonda has a well-rounded publication history in fiction, non-fiction, and script writing. Check out her website for her latest publications and downloads(Photo by Bobby Hitt)
(Shanna Swendson) (Wikipedia) Shanna Swendson is best known as the author of the Enchanted, Inc. series from Ballantine Books, the YA steampunk fantasy Rebel Mechanics, and a variety of geeky pop-culture essays published by BenBella Books. She can occasionally be lured out of her writing cave by movies, promises of Doctor Who episodes, conventions, or new books calling to her from the library or bookstore. Or tea or chocolate (or tea and chocolate, but not chocolate tea).