Ken MacLeod, Writer Guest of Honour / Salon.com
Ken MacLeod burst into view in the mid-1990s with The Star
Fraction, The Stone Canal, and The Cassini Division,
three mindboggling novels of humanity and posthumanity in the
centuries just ahead. High-tech, political, contentious, and
very funny, the first two novels both won the "Prometheus"
award for libertarian SF, surely the first time that award has
gone to a left-wing Scot. MacLeod's SF is in the best tradition
of John W. Campbell, always "asking the next question"
and sparing no sacred cows, even his own. He is one of the most
exciting and discussed writers of the decade. His latest novel
is The Sky Road, published in Britain in 1999 and forthcoming
in America in August 2000.
Jo Walton, Fan Guest of Honour
/ Jo's webpage
Welsh fan Jo Walton is perhaps the first truly great fanwriter
of the new online fandom. Yes, Usenet and Fidonet and the
bulletin boards have featured fine work for over two decades.
But just as it took some time for the fandom of mimeographed
fanzines to produce Walt Willis and Lee Hoffman, it's only
now that we find in Jo Walton that warm, strong, brilliant
writerly voice that makes us say, yes, this is what online
fanwriting could be, this is what this stuff is for. The Usenet
newsgroups rec.arts.sf.fandom, rec.arts.sf.composition, and
rec.arts.sf.written are hard to imagine without her. Her first
novel, The King's Peace, will appear in the US this
fall -- but her fanwriting continues, and continues to strengthen
Leslie Fish, Musician Guest of Honor
Leslie Fish is a name that's practically synonymous with SF-related
music, whether you call it folk or filk. She's written over
a hundred songs on subjects ranging from the space program
("Hope Eyrie," "Step by Step") to Star
Trek ("Banned from Argo," the most notorious Star
Trek song extant) to politics ("No High Ground,"
"Jefferson and Liberty") to rampant silliness ("I
Believe the Cats Are Taking Over") to just about any
subject you can name. She's written many melodies for others'
lyrics, including three tapes' worth of Rudyard Kipling's
poetry. One of her songs, "Carmen Miranda's Ghost,"
inspired a short-story anthology. She has a powerful singing
voice and is a skilled finger-picker on her 12-string guitar
named Monster. She's a great storyteller, too.