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Guests of Honor


Todd Lockwood

Winner of 12 Chesley Awards with 29 nominations. Todd Lockwood's work has appeared on many novel covers and covers and interior artwork for Asimov's, Analog, Dragon Magazine, and in the pages of Science Fiction Age and Realms of Fantasy.

I was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. I had the Rocky Mountains in my backyard, and I got to see the “summer of love” through the eyes of an eleven year old in a college town. I watched Lost in Space in the third grade, when G.I. Joe was new, and Star Trek after that. Ray Harryhausen’s movies were favorites. Needless to say, Science Fiction and Fantasy consumed my childhood. Later, in my teens, I discovered Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Dungeons and Dragons not long after. I’ve been Role-Playing for 25+ years! As an adult I became fascinated with Mythology, particularly transformative mythology and the hidden meanings of Myth. Joseph Campbell is a hero of mine for his thoughtful and thorough exploration of the World’s Myths. I started drawing before I was two, or so I am told. Drawing was my main recreation throughout my childhood. After High School, I went to the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. It was primarily a design school, but taught all of the important basics, if only to a minimal degree.The first year and a half after graduating from CIA I was a designer, not an illustrator. I left to pursue illustration and became my own teacher, which means that my teacher was an idiot. I would say that the artists who influenced me most, more or less in order of degree, were Michael Whelan, Frank Frazetta, NC Wyeth, Walt Disney, Spike Jones, My Dad, Brom, and Jeff Easley. In ’84 and ’85 I did a string of relatively fun covers for Satellite Orbit magazine, a sort of TV guide for people who owned satellite dishes. They appeared in Communication Art’s Illustration Annual, which was very prestigious and a cool honor. But after that, for about the next five years, I was the "Satellite Dish Guy". Any time anyone on the planet needed a painting of a satellite dish, they called me. That was when I first started plotting my escape from advertising. It took another twelve years to succeed...

I didn’t really start to excel until I began to work on Sci fi covers for Asimov’s and Analog. I learned more from going to three year’s worth of conventions and hanging out with other artists than from my schooling and the entire previous twelve or so years of my career. I did it the hard way. Get a good education up front. It was at conventions, particularly Dragon Con, that I met the people who would eventually open the door for me. One thing led to another, and suddenly I was moving my family to Illinois, across the border from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where I was the newest member of TSR’s art staff. It was a skinny little window of opportunity that opened for the briefest moment. I dived through. Later, Wizards of the coast bought TSR and rescued us from the Midwest, which I loathed (if you’re from the midwest… I’m sorry, truly sorry). I like the state of Washington a great deal.

I have had so many high points since I started with TSR I couldn’t possibly pick one. Various Guest of Honor stints, trips to Germany and Amsterdam (oh what a fine town that is!), friends made from all over the world, the satisfaction of painting works that people actually WANT to look at, even buy… It’s all gravy. I’m still living the highlight, I hope, though designing the look and feel of Third Edition Dungeons and Dragons would probably be the kicker. How could I possibly have more fun than designing dragons for D&D? I’ve played the game for twenty-plus years, so fixing the broken places and revamping the image was too much fun. I am very lucky, and very happy in my work.

I’m neurotic. I obsess. I despise lies, duplicity, laziness, lack of moral character, barking dogs, waste. I love sunsets and skies in general, quiet forests, complex rock like Afro Celt Sound System, folk music, mythologies, well-sculpted bodies, my wife Rita, and Aubrey, Tyler and Caitlin, cats (I miss you, Spook!), good food, exotic cultures, philosophy, mountains.

I have a fantasy world in my basement. I just go behind the water heater, knock on the wall, and go to a land of unimaginable breadth and beauty. It’s full of dragons and other beautiful and horrible things. It’s very convenient. Transporting it across twelve states was a trick, though.


Alan Dean Foster

His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Foster's in 1968 and much to Foster's surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine The Arkham Collector. Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed. His first attempt at a novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, was bought by Betty Ballantine and published by Ballantine Books in 1972. It incorporates a number of suggestions from famed SF editor John W. Campbell. Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so. Alan has traveled all over the world, to places most tourists never heard of, to Peru, Western Australia, Namibia, the Andes, Papua New Guinea and West Papua. He’s ridden 40-foot whale sharks, swam with giant otters, and dived unexplored reefs throughout the South Pacific. And I really had to abridge from his website. If you want to know Alan Dean Foster, travel with him on his website.


Stanley Schmidt

Stanley 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, Artemis, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, American Journal of Physics, Camping Journal, Writer's Digest, and The Writer. He has edited or coedited about a dozen anthologies. Since 1978, as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, he has been nominated 29 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, the recent The Coming Convergence, 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 fiction.


Jim & Doreen Webbert

Doreen’s first convention was the 1960 Westercon held in Bosie ID. Before that, she read fanzines; mostly those in the Spectator Amateur Press Society, or SAPS as all called the group. She met Jim a couple of weeks before that fatal Westercon and they married the following year. That marriage got her into the back side of her second convention - SeaCon in 1961. Being in Seattle she was also part of the Nameless Ones, and helped with the collating etc of CRY of the Nameless the club fanzine. The Nameless had quite a membership that went on to bigger and better things. F.M. Busby, Vonda McInyre, Gordon Eklund, and, of course, Jerry Pournelle. She became OE (Official Editor) of SAPS and took the OE-ship from Seattle WA to Akron, OH to Phoenix, AZ, and thru the birth of two children, Cynthia and David “Zack” who are both fans. Her fanzine was: Por Que? After moving to Phoenix she worked on LepreCon, even attending a meeting for LepreCon I. Doreen did programming for many LepreCons, 2 World Fantasy Cons, NASFIC. She attended a World Fantasy Con in London to help the bid for the one to be held in AZ and was part of the group that went to Den Hag Netherlands to bid for WorldCon in Phoenix (we lost) after returning from Den Hag she went to San Diego as Hotel Liaison for their NASFIC and because of the Gulf War, ended up running the Dealers Room. She worked on 2 World Horror Cons (co-chair of one and vice chair of the other) both held in Phoenix. Around 2003, she started cutting back on working Cons and started to think about attending. And now does mostly panels on various subjects. Her current hobbies include Polymer Clay, Wire Wrapping, Beading & of course reading.

Jim first became interested in science fiction during the mid 40's reading many of the SF magazine then on the market. He met a fellow fan who was publishing a general fanzine by the name of “Oopsla.” He helped with the production of this “zine” with Greg Calkins, who was fan guest of honor at a Westercon many years ago. His first convention was the Portland WorldCon, held in 1950. His interest continued with world conventions in Chicago and San Francisco. This was followed by several moves around the country until moving to Seattle and attending their Westercon in 1959 - and he hasn’t quit since. He became part of the “Cry of the Nameless” crew and was active in the 1961 Seattle world con. He handled operation and membership. From there he remained active in fandom, became a member of SAPS, publishing a zine under the title of “Stumping;” and, working with Alan Nourse, helped write two non-fiction books: “So You Want to be An Engineer and “So You Want to be a Chemist.” Things were going well until the AeroSpace slump at Boeing in 1969-1970, where he worked as a process chemist. At Boeing, he worked on a Minuteman missile, Dynasour (which was to be a 2-man space shuttle), the Lunar Orbiter, Apollo, and several others of interest. He ended up moving to Akron to work for Goodyear Aerospace. While there, he worked on the Viking Lander and several military projects. Stayed active in fandom and helped found “The Esoteric Order of Dagon”(EOD), mainly based on interest in horror and dark fantasy. At one time both Glen Lord and David Drake were members. The cold weather caused a move to Phoenix and more fannish activities; including working on most of the LepreCons, (as Treasurer, Operations Head, Hotel Liaison) and a few other local conventions, including Westercons, NASFIC, World Horror and even helping out at several ComicCons in San Diego. While working for Sperry Aerospace, he worked on the Solar Max Satellite and the production of other equipment to be used in space operations. He retired from the Aerospace industry after 35 years and then spent another 14 working as a chemist for the State of Arizona, before retiring for good. The military finally got rid of him after 33 years of teaching several different subjects, including atomic, biological, nuclear operations; marksmanship and light weapons. Current hobbies include target shooting, ans jewelry making (including silver smithing, casting and faceting).


Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Teresa Nielsen Hayden is a consulting editor for Tor Books, where she has worked with authors ranging from Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson, to Harry Turtledove, Jane Lindskold, and Steven Brust. In 2006, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, which she edited, won the Hugo Award for best novel of the year. With her husband, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, she co-edited the Hugo-nominated fanzine Izzard, won TAFF in 1985, and helped found the New York Review of Science Fiction; today, the Nielsen Haydens are among the regular instructors at the Viable Paradise writers' workshop, and manage the weblog Making Light. Together, in 2003, they were awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award (the "Skylark"), for service to the field. In the rest of her life, Teresa gardens, spends too much time reading discreditable web sites, and keeps hamsters.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden is a senior editor, and the manager of the SF and fantasy lines, at Tor Books, where he has worked with authors ranging from Arthur C. Clarke, David Weber, and Poul Anderson, to Emma Bull, Ken MacLeod, and Charles de Lint. He has been responsible for publishing the first novels of many notable writers, including Maureen F. McHugh, Susan Palwick, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, Jo Walton, and John Scalzi. In short fiction, he has edited several original and reprint anthologies--his Starlight series won the World Fantasy Award for its first volume--and he is currently acquiring and editing original fiction for the Macmillan site In 2007, he won a Hugo Award for his editorial work. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he co-edited the Hugo-nominated fanzine Izzard, won TAFF in 1985, and helped found the New York Review of Science Fiction; today, the Nielsen Haydens are among the regular instructors at the Viable Paradise writers' workshop, and manage the weblog Making Light. Together, in 2003, they were awarded the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award (the "Skylark"), for service to the field. In the rest of his life, Patrick rides a decrepit bicycle in New York City traffic, spends too much time tinkering with computers, and plays lead guitar for the New York City band Whisperado.

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