Ken Liu is a lawyer and a programmer, but he is best known as an author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards for his shorter fiction, and his debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), won the Locus Best First Novel award and was a Nebula finalist. He has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, and multiple “Year’s Best” anthologies, among other places. He is also a noted translator, having translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015; it was the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016). Join us as we welcome this rising star of speculative fiction to Readercon and celebrate his work.
Nisi Shawl has worked a warehouse job, has sold structural steel and aluminum, and has been in a band. Most notably, she writes. Her short story collection Filter House was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and was one of two winners of the Tiptree Award as well as the recipient of the “Best Books of 2008” from Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel Everfair was a finalist for the Nebula Award. She is also a noted lecturer and teacher on speculative fiction, gender, and race. We are overjoyed to welcome her to Readercon and to celebrate her work.
E. Nesbit (1858 - 1924) was a giant of children’s literature. She was the first modern writer of literature for children, writing or collaborating on over 60 books of children’s literature, and was the most influential author on the genre in the twentieth century. Her stories about the Bastable children (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, 1899), about the sand-fairy the Psammead and the children who discover it (Five Children and It, 1902; The Phoenix and the Carpet, 1904; and The Story of the Amulet, 1906), The Enchanted Castle (1907), and the time fantasies The House of Arden (1908) and Harding’s Luck (1909) remain classics of the genre, and are still read and loved by children today.
Nesbit was more than a children’s writer, however. She wrote romance novels, a fantasy (Dormant, 1911), and an underrated and overlooked set of horror stories. Nesbit was a writer of great range and inventiveness, and although the great majority of her time and energy were spent on her stories and novels for children she was a witty and intelligent stylist in her adult work. Please join us in celebrating her life and work.
These guests attended Readercon 28. Watch this space for updates!
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