Catherynne Valente has been a professional fortune teller, telemarketer, private tutor, librarian, waitress, bartender, actress, and statistician, but she is best known as a novelist and poet, having published over two dozen novels and poetry collections. She has been nominated for or won every major award in science fiction and fantasy: the Hugo (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), the Nebula (2013, 2014), Locus (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), and the World Fantasy Award (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014). In the Night Garden (2006) won the James Tiptree Jr. Award; The Orphan’s Tales (2006-2007) won the Mythopoeic Award; “The Seven Devils of Central California” won the Rhysling Award (2008); Palimpsest won the Lambda Award (2010). In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award. The sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was listed by Time Magazine and NPR as one of the ten best books of 2012. The New York Times has called her “an incandescent young star.” Join us as we welcome this rising star of fantastika to Readercon and celebrate her work
Tim Powers has been writing science fiction and fantasy for forty years. He has been multiply nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, Locus Fantasy, BSFA, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Mythopoeic Fantasy awards. He won the Philip K. Dick Award for The Anubis Gates (1983) and Dinner at Deviant’s Palace (1985); he won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for The Stress of Her Regard (1989), the Locus Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards for Last Call (1992), the Locus Fantasy Award for Earthquake Weather (1997), and the World Fantasy Award for Declare (2001). Powers is a master of secret histories, and is the co-creator of William Ashbless, poet and cook. Powers has also contributed to the field as a writing instructor, especially at the Clarion workshop. We are pleased to welcome him to Readercon and to celebrate his work.
Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) is renowned as one of the twentieth century’s best writers of children’s fantasies, but she wrote a considerable range of work, from fantasies to science fiction to satire. Of her three series, the “Dalemark” series (Cart and Cwidder (1975), Drowned Ammet (1977), The Spellcoats (1979) and The Crown of Dalemark (1993)) is traditional fantasy, the “Chrestomanci” series (Charmed Life (1977), The Magicians of Caprona (1980), Witch Week (1982) and The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988 US)) is alternative world sf/fantasy, and the “Howl” trilogy (Howl’s Moving Castle (1986), Castle in the Air (1990), and House of Many Ways (2008)) is Young Adult. Works like A Sudden Wild Magic (1992) and Hexwood (1993) and sui generis, while The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996) and its spin-off novels, Dark Lord of Derkholm (1998) and Year of the Griffin (2000), are parodic critiques of the cliches of sword-and-sorcery epics.
Jones was above all a knowing writer, conscious of the limits of the genres she was working in and always pushing at them, cannily manipulating old cliches and tropes and motifs to create something new and even astonishing. Her appeal was considerable, to both adults and children, and her skill greater. She was the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1978, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 1996 and 1999, and the Phoenix Award in 2006, as well as the British Fantasy Society’s Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 and a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2007. As critic John Clute wrote in 1997, “At her best, Diana Wynne Jones has a suppleness, wit and storytelling ability that make her the equal of any living fantasy writer.”
The following guests attended Readercon 26.
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