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Following three years in the Canadian Naval Reserve, a year studying forestry, a winter hanging around Universal studios, a degree in Radio and Television Arts, and time spent managing North America's oldest surviving SF&F bookstore (Bakka-Phoenix back when it was only Bakka), Tanya Huff moved to rural Ontario with her partner Fiona Patton and began writing science fiction and fantasy full-time—or as full-time as possible around the needs of nine cats and eighty acres of land. Her twenty-five books range from heroic fantasy (the Quarters books) through humour (the Keeper Chronicles) to military SF (the Torin Kerr Confederation series) and include Scholar of Decay a novel set in TSR's Ravenloft universe as well as four short story collections.
Her books have been translated into seven languages (eight if you include British English) and her five book Blood series, an urban fantasy/vampire/mystery mix which predated the current vampire craze by about fifteen years, was adapted into the 22 episode television series Blood Ties—a process she enjoyed every moment of. And not only because it was the first time in twenty-five years she actually got to use her degree. The three book Smoke series has now also been optioned for television so we'll see where that goes.
She tends to watch more action than drama—Supernatural, Castle, Bones, Fringe, NCIS—loves Guy Ritchie movies, and thought the Star Trek reboot rocked. Her tastes in books ranges across the board depending on mood at the time. When she's not writing, or gardening, or dealing with the cats, or watching TV, or reading, she practices the guitar and spends far too much time connecting with the world one hundred and forty characters at a time.
John Clute |
Encyclopedist Guest of Honour
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.
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