Readercon 24

Guests of Honor

Maureen F. McHugh

Maureen F.  McHugh

Maureen McHugh's first novel, China Mountain Zhang (1992), won the Tiptree Award, and was acclaimed for its nuanced and sensitive portrayal of diverse characters in a Chinese-dominated future world. Her subsequent novels include Half The Day is Night (1994), Mission Child (1998), and Nekropolis. Her writing is emotionally powerful and politically engaged; she has become one of the most prominent authors of her generation. Her short fiction includes "The Lincoln Train," which won both Hugo and Locus Awards. Her stories have been collected in Mothers and Other Monsters (2005) and After the Apocalypse (2011). Publishers Weekly named After the Apocalypse as one of its ten best books of 2011 (in any genre). In recent years she has worked on a number of alternate reality games (ARGs), including Year Zero and I Love Bees, and is a partner at ARG company No Mimes Media.


Patricia A. McKillip

Patricia A. McKillip

Patricia McKillip has been writing SF and fantasy for children and adults for over four decades. Her most notable works include The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974), the Riddle-Master trilogy (1976-79), Stepping from the Shadows (1982), Moon-Flash (1984), The Changeling Sea (1988), The Sorceress and the Cygnet (1991), The Cygnet and the Firebird (1994), Winter Rose (1996), Song for the Basilisk (1998), The Tower at Stony Wood (2000), Ombria in Shadow (2002), Od Magic (2005), Solstice Wood (2006), and The Bell at Sealey Head (2008). In 2008, she received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement; in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Peter Nicholls writes that "she has become one of the two or three most impressive fantasy writers still active."


Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny

Roger Zelazny (1937–95) established himself as one of the pre-eminent writers of SF's New Wave movement in the 1960s. With stories such as "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth," "A Rose for Ecclesiastes," and "…And Call Me Conrad," he established himself as one of the most stylistically adventurous writers of his generation. He was especially interested in mythology, an influence prominent in his Hugo Award-winning novel Lord of Light (1967). His 1975 novella "Home is the Hangman" won both the Hugo and Nebula; other award-winning works are too numerous to list here. Zelazny is also famous for his Amber sequence of fantasy novels, beginning with Nine Princes in Amber (1970). This multiverse-spanning epic eventually ran to ten novels, collected in The Chronicles of Amber (1979) and The Second Chronicles of Amber (2005). Other Zelazny novels include The Dream Master (1966), Isle of the Dead (1969), Damnation Alley (1969), To Die in Italbar (1973), Deus Irae (1976, with Philip K. Dick), Eye of Cat (1982) Wilderness (1994), and Donnerjack (1997). Since his early death, there has been a resurgence of interest in Zelazny's fiction, most obviously through NESFA Press's project to publish The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny.

Program Participants

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