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Larry Dixon
Special Guest
Larry Dixon Larry Dixon is the son of a Delta Force career commando and an Oklahoman farmgirl. He grew up in many American and European settings, usually haunting the local art museums and hobby stores. At age 9, he saved up his babysitting money and bought his first typewriter, intent upon writing and illustrating his own novels. Northern Italy is where his passions for painting, sculpting and storytelling took root, as well as his interests in state-level diplomacy, early computers and rocketry.

Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts during High School, and then at the Savannah College of Art and Design, his story work became as popular as his artwork. He has been an uncredited co-plotter or co-writer for many popular properties, bringing jovial and energetic approaches to collaborative work. Many cover-credited novels have followed, too, including the ever-popular Gryphon series, the Winds, Storms, SERRAted Edge, and Owl books with his wife Mercedes Lackey.

As a birds-of-prey rehabilitation specialist, he and his wife Misty have gotten over four hundred hawks, owls, falcons and corbies back into the wild from their home-based facilities in Oklahoma. Additionally, Larry is an accomplished race car driver, storm-spotter, volunteer firefighter, world traveler, aviculturist, show host, occasional movie consultant/special effects man, model maker and internet veteran. His biggest movie contribution thus far—though still very minor, he says—is as the Great Eagles advisor for Peter Jackson's Lord Of the Rings films.

Additionally, Larry sponsors substance abuse rehab patients and he seems to be the "go to guy" for emotional, relationship, and life-direction advice. He is a survivor of many serious illnesses and refuses to be stopped by his health circumstances. Over the years, his rescue work has led to all sorts of injuries (when a paramedic calls a man "hard to kill," you know a guy's been around). He's licensed as a bodyguard and trained in executive protection & extraction and combat driving. As of this writing, he is also just a few months short of his private investigator license.

For more information, please visit Larry Dixon's Website or visit his entry at ISFDB.

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John Clute
Encyclopedist Guest of Honour John Clute
From 1956 until 1964 John Clute lived in the USA. Since 1968 he has lived primarily in London. Much of his time since 1975 has been given to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979; second edition 1993; online edition 2011) with Peter Nicholls and latterly David Langford. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction won a Hugo in 2012. He also did The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) with John Grant which won the World Fantasy Award.

Richard A. Kirk
Artist Guest of Honour Richard A. Kirk
Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist, illustrator, and author. He was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England in 1962, but has lived in Canada for most of his life. He exhibits throughout North America and Europe, and has works in many private collections throughout the world. He has illustrated works numerous authors including, Clive Barker, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Miéville, and others. Richard also created the artwork for the eighth release by the international rock band Korn.


Elizabeth Hand
Author Guest of Honour Elizabeth Hand
Elizabeth Hand grew up in Yonkers and Pound Ridge, New York, oldest of five children and twenty-four cousins in a close-knit family, Irish Catholic New Yorkers on her father's side, Texans and Oklahomans on her mother's. She decided to become a writer in 1962, when she was five years old, after seeing The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, where the dying Wilhelm Grimm (Laurence Harvey) is saved by the magical intervention of the fairytale characters he had written about.

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