Guests of Honor
Geoff Ryman is a teacher and actor, and the author of seven novels, including the groundbreaking Was… and Air: Or, Have not Have. His work is often cited as embodying "Readercon-ness", as it explores and extends the dialogue between experience and imagination, between history and fantasy, between identity and society. His novels and short stories have won the World Fantasy Award, British Science Fiction Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, induction into the Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame, and so many other honors and nominations that they have their own Wikipedia entry. He last attended Readercon in 2008, where he spoke on panels such as "Rival Revolutionary Movements in the Arts" and "Reading Aloud for Writers."
Gardner Dozois's twenty-year stint as the editor of Asimov's isone of the great editorial projects in our field. Year after year, he published some truly fine short fiction, including numerous award winners. Thanks to these achievements and his superlative annual anthologies, he has received a record-holding 15 Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor. Though his writing career is sometimes overshadowed by his editorial work, his fiction has won two Nebula Awards and a Sidewise Award. He has also served as a judge for the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, a project dear to many Readercon attendees. He is one of the 2011 Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees.
Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name of Mark Twain, hardly needs introduction; his writing has been venerated, and best-selling, for most of two centuries. In addition to numerous works of mimetic fiction and satire, his extensive bibliography includes stories of time travel (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), horror (The Devil's Race-Track), myth-based fantasy (The Mysterious Stranger; Letters from the Earth), and science fiction ("Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes"). He was also an insightful and often scathing journalist, memoirist, and literary critic. We are delighted to take this opportunity to celebrate his broad range, strong opinions, refusal to be confined by the boundaries of genre, devotion to the written word, and influence on generations of writers.
161 participants as of 7/10/11
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