Author Guest of Honor

Ted Chiang's short stories have won many Nebula, Hugo and Campbell awards. He lovingly constructs his stories around fascinating ideas, such as life as an engineer on the Tower of Babel, or an alternate Industrial Revolution powered by golems, or the prospects for human science after machine intelligence surpasses us. His world-building is masterful and thorough and he writes with a great love of language.

Ted stories include, Tower of Babylon, 1990 Nebula Award for Best Novelette; Story of Your Life, 1999 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the Theodore Sturgeon Award; Seventy-Two Letters, 2000 Sidewise Award; Hell Is the Absence of God, 2002 Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award for Best Novelette; The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, 2007 Nebula and Hugo Award for Best Novelette; Exhalation, 2009 Hugo and Locus Award for Best Short Story.

Fanzine Guest of Honor

Christopher J Garcia is a writer, film producer, historian and fanzine editor from Sunnyvale, CA. Chris has worked at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, for the last ten years. His fanzine The Drink Tank has been nominated four times for the Hugo Award. He also edits Claims Department, co-edits Science Fiction San Francisco with Jean Martin, Journey Planet with Claire Brialey and James Bacon, and the up-coming Exhibition Hall with Derek McCaw and James Bacon.

Artist Guest of Honor

Frank Wu is a science fiction and fantasy artist living in Arlington, MA. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009; he was previously nominated in 2002 and 2003. He also won the Grand Prize (the Gold Award) in the Illustrators of the Future contest in 2000. He works in many media, including acrylic and digital painting.

Frank is also a filmmaker, having released in 2006 the animated short, The Tragical Historie of Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken. A Director's Cut of this short was released in 2007, and a full-length version is now in production.

In addition to these activities, Dr Wu holds a Ph.D. in bacterial genetics from University of Wisconsin–Madison, though his day job is in patent law for a pharmaceutical conglomerate.

Special Guest

Banished into an alternate dimension, Brianna Spacekat Wu spent most of her childhood in the great, great progressive state of Mississippi. She could sometimes hear her mother quietly sobbing, reading books like "dealing with the strong-willed child."

Brianna attended the University of Mississippi and majored in journalism, with a minor in political science. She's never taken an art class of any kind, yet found it was her skills with Adobe that repeatedly kept her employed.

Brianna Spacekat Wu is a multi-faceted artist with a background in journalism. She is currently working laboriously on a videogame called "Revolution 60," that will be released for the iPad.