of Honor | Program Participants
of Honor: Sharon Shinn
Editor Guest: Stanley
Artist Guest: Charles Vess
Fan Guest: Chaz "Hazel"
Toastmaster: K.D. Wentworth
Co-Mystery Guests of Honor: Charlaine
Harris and Barbara Hambly
- thanks to a grant by ALAMO
Shinn is the author of Archangel
and four additional books in the Samaria world (Jovah’s
Angel, The Alleluia Files, Angelica,
and Angel-Seeker), as well as five other
science fiction/fantasy novels (The Shape-Changer’s
Wife, Wrapt in Crystal, Heart of
Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and
Jenna Starborn). Her first young adult novel,
The Safe-Keeper’s Secret, was published
this summer. She won the William C. Crawford Award
for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer for her first book,
The Shape-Changer’s Wife, and Summers
at Castle Auburn was named an ALA Best Book for
Young Adults. In addition to writing fiction, she
has been an editor on a number of trade magazines
that cover the wide-ranging fields of photography,
picture framing, and business management education.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Sharon has
spent most of her life in Chicago and St. Louis, where
she now lives. She spends her free time going to movies,
rooting for St. Louis sports teams, watching any Joss
Whedon TV show she can find, and traveling to whatever
city her young nephews currently reside in.
Schmidt was born in Cincinnati and graduated
from the University of Cincinnati in 1966. He began
selling stories while a graduate student at Case Western
Reserve University, where he completed his Ph.D. in
physics in 1969. He continued freelancing while an
assistant professor at Heidelberg College in Ohio,
teaching physics, astronomy, science fiction, and
other oddities. (He was introduced to his wife, Joyce,
by a serpent while teaching field biology in a place
vaguely resembling that well-known garden.) He has
contributed numerous stories and articles to original
anthologies and magazines including Analog, Asimov's,
Fantasy & Science Fiction, Rigel, The Twilight
Zone, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, American
Journal of Physics, Camping Journal, Writer's Digest,
and The Writer. He has edited or coedited about a
1978, as editor of Analog
Science Fiction and Fact, he has been
nominated 24 times for the Hugo award for Best Professional
Editor. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for
the National Space Society, and has been an invited
speaker at national meetings of that organization,
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
and the American Association of Physics Teachers,
as well as numerous museums and universities. In his
writing and editing he draws on a varied background
including extensive experience as a musician, photographer,
traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist.
Most of these influences have left traces in his five
novels and short fiction. His nonfiction includes
the book Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writer's
Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms
and hundreds of Analog editorials,
some of them collected in Which Way to the
Future?. He was Guest of Honor at BucConeer,
the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore,
and has been a Nebula and Hugo award nominee for his
Dana Vess was born in 1951 in Lynchburg,
Virginia and has been drawing since he could hold
a crayon. He drew his first full-length comic when
he was 10 and called it "Atomic Man." Minimalist
in nature, it required no drawing of hands, feet or
heads ("they just glowed"). Since then,
he has painstakingly drawn thousands of hands, feet,
and heads in great detail. Charles graduated with
a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked
in commercial animation for Candy Apple Productions
in Richmond, Va., before moving to New York City in
1976. It was there that he became a freelance illustrator,
working for many publications including Heavy Metal,
Klutz Press, and National Lampoon. His award-winning
work has graced the pages of numerous comic book,
publishers such as Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Epic.
He has been featured in several gallery and museum
exhibitions across the nation, including the first
major exhibition of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
(New Britain Museum of American Art, 1980) and "Dreamweavers"
(William King Regional Arts Center, 1994-95).
1991, Charles shared the prestigious World Fantasy
Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman for their
collaboration on Sandman #19 (DC Comics)
-- the first and only time a comic book has held this
honor. In the summer of 1997, Charles won the Will
Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Penciler/Inker
for his work on The Book of Ballads and Sagas
(which he self-publishes through his own Green Man
Press) as well as Sandman #75. Soon after
Charles finished the last of 175 paintings for Stardust,
a novel written by Neil Gaiman, for which he was given
the 1999 World Fantasy Award as Best Artist.
2002 Charles won a second Will Eisner award, this
time as Best Painter for his work on Rose,
a 130-page epic fantasy saga written by Cartoon Books’
Jeff Smith. The year continued to be busy for Charles
with the publication of Seven Wild Sisters (Subterranean
Press) and The Green Man, Tales from the
Mythic Forest (Viking), both utilizing cover
art and interior b/w illustrations by the artist,
and both making the 2003 American Library Association’s
list for Best Books for Young Adults! By the end of
the year he had completed 28 paintings for his first
children’s picture book, A Circle of Cats,
done in collaboration with writer Charles de Lint
(Viking). This cover art won the Gold Award for Best
Book Art in the 10th annual "Spectrum: The Best
in Contemporary Fantastic Art" even before it
was officially published. A new edition of Peter
Pan (Tor/Starscape) featuringa cover aswell as
over 30 b/w interior illustrations by Vess was released
this past Fall.
collaboration with de Lint, Medicine Road (Subterranean
Press) and the YA anthology, The Faery Reel
(Viking) will be arriving this coming Spring
and he is currently hard at work producing drawings
for several new books, including, A Storm of Swords
(MeishaMerlin), the 25th anniversary edition
of Moonheart (Subterranean Press) and a graphic
novel collection of his ballads material for Tor.
Boston Baden is the proprietor of Hazel's
Picture Gallery, an online repository of 18,000-plus
photos, most of them fans; the index
lists about 3500 names. He is also the custodian of
Photo Gallery, one of the continuing Worldcon exhibits.
He is known for his attempts to collect "complete sets"
of photos, that is, trying to shoot pictures of every
single person attending an event (such as a party, a
wedding, or a convention).
Apart from digital photography, Chaz is also interested
in daily newsletters (his idols are Langford, Glyer,
and Filthy Pierre) and web pages. Bruce Pelz once
called him "L.A.'s Electronic Octopus," and that was
ten years ago. In addition to science fiction and
convention-related web pages, he created a web page
to generate Celtic
knotwork, just for fun. He originated another
adult use for Lime Jell-O (using tequila, but
no bathtub) circa 1992. His website of Jell-O
recipes has been cited in print a number of times,
most recently in the February 2004 Playboy Advisor
Chaz once organized an ice cream social with a "Hell
Freezes Over" theme, which by all reports was
quite convincing. (It was co-sponsored by Good Intentions
Paving Company and Handbasket Tours & Travel.)
He invented "blue boards" to keep the hotel happy
by giving fans an alternative place to post signs
for parties etc., and also originated the Registration
Apron. One of his current projects is the launch of
a new fannish animé
convention in Los Angeles.
He has been spotted baking fresh home-made cinnamon
soft pretzels at some recent conventions in the midwest.
Chaz and his teddy bear ears were seen at a number
of cons in recent years on behalf of the L.A.
in 2006 "Space Cadets" Worldcon bid, but Armadillocon
will be his first Texas convention. He looks forward
to it, and hopes to host a party of some sort during
Wentworth lives in Tulsa with a hundred pound
Akita named Bear and her husband, Uncle Guido. Until
2003, she taught fourth grade by day and wrote at
night, but the State of Oklahoma let her retire after
a mere twenty-seven years in the grade school trenches
so she wouldn't ax-murder anyone. This was a good
decision on their part.
got her writing start in 1988, when she won in the
L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and
has since sold over 60 short stories to such markets
as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Hitchcock's,
Realms of Fantasy, Return to the Twilight Zone, The
Chick Is in the Mail, Ring of Fire, and Dying for
It. Twice in recent years, she's been a Nebula Nominee
for Short Fiction.
first three novels, The Imperium Game, Moonspeaker,
and House of Moons are currently being reprinted by
iBooks in mass market editions, while Black/on/Black
and Stars/Over/Stars are still available in mass market
from Baen. Her most recent books are both in hardcover,
This Fair Land, an alternate history Cherokee fantasy
from Hawk, and The Course of Empire, science fiction
written with Eric Flint and published by Baen. Her
next book, Moonchild, will be published in hardcover
by Hawk in 2004.
currently serves as Coordinating Judge for the L.
Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and teaches
in their L.A. workshop with Tim Powers each year.
She also works on the con committee for Tulsa's literary
sf convention, Conestoga.
of all, she most fervently hopes never to grade another
math paper as long as she lives.
native of the south, Charlaine Harris
has been a published writer for over two decades.
Her current series include the crossover mystery/horror/fantasy
books about Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress,
and the Aurora Teagarden books, which have been described
as “cozies with teeth.” Harris also wrote
the Lily Bard books (her walk on the noir side) about
a weightlifter with a terrible past.
who is married and has three children, spends her
“leisure” time reading, lifting weights,
and wishing someone would weed her flowerbeds. In
addition to her human family, she has an animal family
consisting of three dogs, a ferret, and a duck.
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. In the upcoming year she'll catch a couple that she's missed: a "contemporary occult romance novella" for Harlequin, and a straight historical novel about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, THE EMANCIPATOR'S WIFE.
Born in 1951, she grew up on science fiction and fantasy in Southern California, and attended the University of California where she received a Master's degree in Medieval History, and a black belt in karate. She attended the University of Bordeaux and traveled in Europe in 1971-72, and held the usual assortment of day-jobs before being published: teacher, secretary, liquor-store clerk. She married science-fiction writer George Alec Effinger in 1998 and lived part-time in New Orleans for a number of years.
Hambly's interests include historical research, bellydance, hiking, costuming, and carpentry. Now a widow, she shares a house in Los Angeles with several small carnivores.