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Elizabeth Hand Elizabeth Hand
Author Guest of Honour
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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Richard A. Kirk Richard A. Kirk
Artist Guest of Honour
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.
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Special Guest Tanya Huff
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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.
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John Clute 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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Gary K. Wolfe Gary K. Wolfe
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Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities and English at Roosevelt University and a contributing editor for Locus magazine, is the author of dozens of essays and more than 1200 reviews, as well as many critical studies. His Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 (Beccon Publications, 2005) received the British Science Fiction Association Award for nonfiction, and was nominated for a Hugo Award.
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Charles de Lint Charles de Lint
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Charles de Lint is widely credited with having pioneered the contemporary fantasy genre. With 35 novels and 18 books of short fiction published to date, he is known as a master in his field.

His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace, is a love story, a ghost story, a supernatural mystery and, above all, a heart-wrenching tale of passion and faith. It has been nominated for two major Canadian book awards (the Sunburst and the Evergreen).
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Patricia Briggs Patricia Briggs
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Patricia Briggs is a prevarication professional. She lies for a living, telling whoppers and fibs so outrageous that people pay her to fib some more. Her only concession to honesty is that she tells people she's lying to them. And that is what separates a fiction author from a politician.

She was born in Butte, Montana, back in 1965. If you're good at math, you'll have deduced that she's currently twenty-nine. In fact, she's been twenty-nine for a while and has no intention of getting any older. Fiction authors don't obey the laws of space and time, they invent them. Don't argue, or she'll make up a dragon right behind you...
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Mercedes Lackey Mercedes Lackey
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Mercedes Lackey was born on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70s, she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.
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Larry Dixon Larry Dixon
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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.
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