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ArmadilloCon 18 Program Participants

Aaron Allston, Bill Baldwin, Tom Becker, Gregory Bennett, K. B. Bogen, Gene Bostwick, Pat Cadigan, Lillian Stewart Carl, Sherry Coldsmith, Scott A. Cupp, Stephen Dedman, Bradley Denton, George Alec Effinger, Bob Eggleton, Ellen Guon, Barbara Hambly, Teddy Harvia, K. W. Jeter, Michael Kandel, John Kessel, Rick Klaw, Alexis Glynn Latner, Mark Leon, Jonathan Lethem, Thomas K. Martin, Elizabeth Moon, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Spike Parsons, Lawrence Person, Mike Resnick, Carrie Richerson, Caroline Spector, Bruce Sterling, Sean Stewart, Susan Wade, Sage Walker, Don Webb, Martha Wells, K. D. Wentworth, J. Craig Wheeler, Wendy Wheeler, Misha Williams, Walter Jon Williams.

Biographical Sketches

Austin writer Aaron Allston's novels include Web of Danger, Galatea in 2D, Double Jeopardy, and Doc Sidhe. He's also worked as a game designer, with over 40 games to his credit. His most recent book is Thunder of the Captains, a collaboration with Holly Lisle. Aaron is currently working on Sidhe-Devil, the sequel to Doc Sidhe.

Military SF writer Bill Baldwin is best known for the Helmsman series, which features eye-catching John Berkey cover art. His most recent novel is Canby's Legion, the first of a new series.

Bay Area fan Tom Becker, one of this year's Fan Guests of Honor, is best known for working on several wonderful convention daily zines. His most recent triumph was editing the acclaimed daily zine for ConDiablo in El Paso.

Scientist/author Gregory Bennett is a regular contributor to Analog. His best-known story is probably "The Last Plague". His most recent work is "Fish Tank".

K. B. Bogen is the author of Go Quest, Young Man. Believe it or not, she says she likes puns.

Gene Bostwick is a member of A Very Small Array, a New Mexico writers' workshop. When he's not busy turning out fine tales of the fantastic, Gene loves to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's rumored that he has a secret crush on Gypsy.

Writer and media star Pat Cadigan has an attitude in everything she does. Her groundbreaking science fiction has been published in the novels Mindplayers, Synners, and Fools, and the collection Patterns. She's also the host and main attraction of ArmadilloCon's annual "Fannish Feud."

Lillian Stewart Carl is a writer from the Dallas area. Her most recent story, "The Blood of the Lamb", appeared in the anthology The Time of the Vampires.

Writer/scholar Sherry Coldsmith has written lots of short fiction, and she's written criticism for The New York Review of Science Fiction.

Scott Cupp is known for writing some amazingly strange stories in the genres of horror and cowpunk. You should really seek out his alternate Alamo story "Thirteen Days of Glory" (published in Razored Saddles) and his sacrilegious but brilliant "King of the Cows" (published in South by Midnight and graphically adapted in Weird Business). Scott can usually be found in the dealers' room selling books.

The hands-down winner of "Guest Who Traveled the Farthest" this year is Stephen Dedman, who lives in Perth, Australia. Stephen is an Associate Editor for the Australian SF magazine Eidolon. He has published short fiction in Asimov's and Science Fiction Age. His first novel, The Art of Arrow Cutting, will be published in Spring 1997.

Austin writer Bradley Denton recently won a World Fantasy Award for a collection of his short fiction. Brad's novels include Wrack & Roll, Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, and Blackburn. His most recent book is the "coming of middle age" novel Lunatics. If Brad were a rock star, he'd like to be Pete Townshend.

New Orleans-based writer George Alec Effinger burst onto the SF scene with the stylistic triumph What Entropy Means to Me, written when George was just a lad. He's best known for the Marid Audran series, so far consisting of When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, and The Exile Kiss. Be sure to look for George's collection of preppy science fiction stories, Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson: The Complete Adventures.

Painter extraordinaire Bob Eggleton is this year's Artist Guest of Honor. Bob's space art has graced the covers of many fine SF novels and magazines over the past few years. One of the images from his cool Japanese calendar is on the cover of Gardner Dozois's most recent Year's Best anthology. A collection of Bob's work, Alien Horizons: The Fantastic Art of Bob Eggleton, is a current Hugo finalist for Best Non-fiction Book.

Ellen Guon is a game designer and writer. She is the author of the novel Bedlam Boyz, and she's written three books in collaboration with Mercedes Lackey. Ellen and her husband, Steve Beeman, are the principals in the Austin-based game company Illusion Machines Incorporated.

Big name fantasy writer Barbara Hambly will be gracing our convention with her presence. Her many books include the vampire novels Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling With the Dead and the fantasy novels The Silicon Mage, Dog Wizard, and Stranger at the Wedding. She co-edited the vampire anthology Sisters of the Night. Barbara's also written a few classy media tie-ins, with a couple of "Star Trek" and "Beauty and the Beast" novels to her credit.

Artist Teddy Harvia has won a couple of Hugo awards for his clever cartoons of things fannish and science fictional. He's produced some gorgeous drawings for the LoneStarCon progress reports.

West Coast writer K. W. Jeter started attracting attention with his first novel, Dr. Adder, and people are still wondering what he'll do next. His SF novels include The Glass Hammer, Death Arms, and Farewell Horizontal, and his horror novels include Dark Seeker and Wolf Flow. His novel Morlock Night is a successful sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine. His most recent book is the controversial Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, which continues the story started by his friend Philip K. Dick.

Michael Kandel first attracted notice in the SF community as the outstanding translator for several of Stanislaw Lem's classic books. Kandel has since gone on to become a first class novelist with books such as Strange Invasion, In Between Dragons, and Captain Jack Zodiac. As an editor, he introduced the world to the first novels of Patricia Anthony and Jonathan Lethem. Kandel's latest novel, Panda Ray, is just out.

Writer and scholar John Kessel won a Nebula Award for his novella "Another Orphan", which was part of his doctoral dissertation in English from the University of Kansas. His books include the novels Freedom Beach (written with James Patrick Kelly) and Good News from Outer Space. His short fiction has been collected in Meetings in Infinity.

Writer/editor/bookseller Rick Klaw works for small press publisher Mojo Press. They've published a variety of graphic and prose novels over the last couple of years, including Weird Business, The Wild West Show, The Big Bigfoot Book, and the recent reissue of Michael Moorcock's Behold the Man,

Houston writer Alexis Glynn Latner has become a regular contributor to Analog with her stories of near-future technological extrapolation and its effects on the human condition.

New SF writer Mark Leon's novels include Mind Surfer, The Gaia War, and The Unified Field.

Supercool Jonathan Lethem, this year's Guest of Honor, is a double threat. He's the host of the online interview show Head Space, the first weekly SF chat on the Internet: a free-form cybersalon in Club Wired; and, he's also the author of the highly-regarded novels Gun, With Occasional Music and Amnesia Moon. He has a short fiction collection The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye coming out soon from Harcourt Brace.

New writer Thomas K. Martin hails from Dallas. He is the author of the fantasy series The Delgroth Trilogy, consisting of A Two-Edged Sword, A Matter of Honor, and A Call to Arms. He is currently working on a new project, The Magelord Trilogy.

Central Texas author Elizabeth Moon first attracted attention with her fantasy trilogy The Deed of Paksennarion. She's since written a humorous science fiction hunting trilogy (Hunting Party, Sporting Chance, and Winning Colors) and collaborated on the "Planet Pirates" series with Anne McCaffrey. Her newest book is the science fiction novel Remnant Population.

Tor editor/Usenet terror Patrick Nielsen Hayden is this year's Editor Guest of Honor. Patrick has edited some of the best novels of recent years. The first biannual edition of Starlight, Patrick's original anthology series, is arriving in bookstores now.

Spike Parsons , one of this year's Fan Guests of Honor, used to be one of the movers and shakers of WisCon, the feminist SF convention held in Madison, Wisconsin. Now that she lives in the Bay Area, Spike brings her keen insights on feminism and SF to a whole new group of fans.

Austin writer Lawrence Person's short stories and poetry have been published in Asimov's and in ArmadilloCon 18 Toast Master Mike Resnick's Alternate anthologies. His story "Details" made Locus's Annual Recommended Fiction List a couple of years ago. Lawrence has been a major contributor to the criticalzine Nova Express, and he's currently one of the organizers of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop.

This year's Toast Master, writer/editor Mike Resnick has won more awards than we can count for his fiction. His novels include Birthright:The Book of Man, Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future, The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future, and Galactica Discovers Earth. His recent short fiction has been collected in Will the Last Person the Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun? His best-known work is probably the recently-concluded series of Kiranyaga stories set in a science-fictional African society. Resnick's most recent novel is The Widowmaker.

Austin writer Carrie Richerson has published some wonderful short fiction in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Pulphouse. Carrie is a two-time finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.

Austinite Caroline Spector is famous for her taste in bad movies. Her first published novel, Worlds Without End, is just out. It's rumored that this book is actually the third of a trilogy.

Austin legend Bruce Sterling was the major critic of the cyperpunk movement, by virtue of editing Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology and the critical 'zine Cheap Truth. Bruce's diverse fiction has appeared in the SF novels Involution Ocean, The Artificial Kid, Schismatrix, Islands in the Net, The Difference Engine (written with William Gibson), and Holy Fire. His short fiction is collected in Crystal Express and Globalhead. Bruce has also written the nonfiction book The Hacker Crackdown.

Hot new writer Sean Stewart lays strong claim to the title of "best SF writer born in Lubbock". He's actually spent most of his life in Canada, but he moved back to Texas (Houston, to be precise) last year to our delight. Sean has made a name for himself by writing several very good but different novels over the past couple of years. His books include Passion Play (Aurora winner), Nobody's Son (another Aurora winner), and Resurrection Man. His newest novel, just out, is Clouds End.

Austin writer Susan Wade's short fiction has entertained readers of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and several Ellen Datlow-edited anthologies. Her first novel, Walking Rain, is just out.

Southwestern SF writer Sage Walker has contributed to the Wild Cards series. Her first novel Whiteout, a virtual reality thriller, is just out from Tor.

Austin writer/guru Don Webb has created an immense and diverse body of work in short fiction of all imaginable categories. A "typical" piece for him is "Paradise Lost", a first contact/deal with the devil/Adam and Eve story. His short fiction collections include Uncle Ovid's Exercise Book and A Spell for the Fulfillment of Desire.

College Station resident and new homeowner Martha Wells's first novel, The Element of Fire, was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The paperback edition of her second novel, the science fantasy City of Bones, is just out in bookstores. She is currently working on a novel set in the same world The Element of Fire, but in a different era with different characters. Martha's favorite things are her cats, her husband, and MST3K.

Oklahoma writer K. D. Wentworth won the Writers of the Future Contest in 1988, and since then she's been on a roll. She's published over thirty short stories in a variety of genres. Del Rey Discovery has published her novels The Imperium Game, Moonspeaker, and House of Moons. She attributes her success to having a very large dog and a wonderful husband, not necessarily in that order.

In between solving tough problems about the Nature of the Universe, astrophysicist/author J. Craig Wheeler found time to write the SF novel The Krone Experiment. It's been rumored that he's working on a sequel. So-called "hard science fiction" writers quake in fear when Dr. Wheeler sits in on a panel -- he really knows his stuff.

Wendy Wheeler teaches writing and does a lot of writing herself.

Feminist horror writer Misha Williams is a former Austinite, and we're glad to see her back for a visit. She now lives in Seattle, where she works as a medical researcher.

Writer/fashion plate/disco god Walter Jon Williams started out as a writer of fine pirate novels. He then switched to SF, and he's written such gems as Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, The Crown Jewels, and Days of Atonement. His most recent books are Metropolitan, a "hard" urban fantasy; and Rock of Ages, the third in his "divertimenti" trilogy. [FACT] [ArmadilloCon] [top]

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