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2001 Special Writer-in-Residence

  • Terry Brooks

    With over 13 million books in print, Terry Brooks has been a seminal force in fantasy fiction for more than twenty years. When his first book, The Sword of Shannara, was published in 1977, it earned Brooks a legion of fans and the novel made publishing history by becoming the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list. Since then, Brooks has written sixteen consecutive bestsellers, including the international bestseller, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the Shannara and Landover novels, and the Word and the Void trilogy. His Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch has just been released.

    Brooks was born in Sterling, Illinois in 1944, and spent the first 40 years of his life there. Brooks received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Hamilton College in New York, and a law degree from Washington & Lee University in Virginia. He practiced law for many years, working during the day and writing at night. He wrote his first four books on that schedule, leaving law to write full time in 1986. At present, Terry Brooks is at work on the next Shannara novel. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Judine, and they have a second home in Hawaii, where Brooks is active with the prestigious Maui Writers Conference. His personal website is www.terrybrooks.com.

2001 Guest Lecturers

  • Allen M. Steele

    Allen M. Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in Communications from New England College in Henniker, NH, and his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. His novels and short fiction collections include Orbital Decay, Labyrinth of Night, Oceanspace, Rude Astronauts, and Sex and Violence in Zero-G. His work has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in many anthologies. He was First Runner-Up for the 1990 John W. Campbell Award, and Orbital Decay won the 1990 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He's won two Hugo Awards ('96, '97), the 1996 Science Fiction Weekly Reader Appreciation Award, the Locus Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, and 1998 Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Award as well as the 1993 Donald A. Wollheim Award. Steele serves on the Board of Advisors for the Space Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for the SFWA. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Linda and their three dogs. His next novel, Time Loves A Hero, will be published in May 2001 by Ace.

  • Ellen Kushner

    Ellen Kushner attended Bryn Mawr and Barnard Colleges. She then worked as an editor for Ace Books and Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster. She has also been a book reviewer, copywriter, literary scout and artist's representative in New York City. Since 1987 she has worked in Boston at WGBH Radio. Her novel Thomas the Rhymer won the 1991 World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. Her first novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, won the 2000 Gaylactic Network Spectrum Hall of Fame Award for Best Fiction pre-1998 (sharing the honor with Nicola Griffith & Theodore Sturgeon). In 1997 she co-edited The Horns of Elfland, Original Short Stories of Music and Magic. Her short fiction often appears in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. The poetry she's written that she's not too embarrassed to show anyone can be found online in Terri Windling's Endicott Studio Coffeehouse. Since 1996, Ellen Kushner has been known to public radio audiences across America as the host, writer and co-producer of the award-winning program, "Sound & Spirit". For more information on "Sound & Spirit" and Ellen Kushner, see the site at http://www.wgbh.org/pri/spirit.

  • F. Paul Wilson

    F. Paul Wilson began selling short fiction while a first-year medical student. Since then he has become both a physician and the award-winning, bestselling author of more than twenty novels and dozens of short stories, including The Keep, Healer, Implant, and the short story collection, Soft & Others. Over six million copies of his books are in print in the U.S. and his work has been translated into twenty-four foreign languages. He also has written for the stage, screen, and interactive media. Most recently he resurrected his popular Repairman Jack character in the novels Legacies, Conspiracies, and now All the Rage. He resides with his wife Mary at the Jersey Shore, where he is working on a new Repairman Jack novel. He can be found on the Web at http://www.repairmanjack.com.

  • Delia Sherman

    Delia Sherman was nominated for the Campbell Award for best new writer in the speculative fiction field. Her first book, Through a Brazen Mirror, is a fantasy novel based on a British folk ballad. Her second novel, The Porcelain Dove, published as a mainstream title, is based on French fairy tales and set just before the French Revolution. It won the Mythopoeic Award in 1994. A young adult novel, The Freedom Maze, is under contract to HarperCollins Children's Books. She has published short fiction and poetry in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and in various anthologies including The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. She has taught writing science fiction at Clarion and at Wiscon and works as a consulting editor for Tor Books in New York.

  • Craig Shaw Gardner

    Craig Shaw Gardner has published close to thirty novels ranging from his first, A Malady of Magics to the recent Changeling War trilogy, written by "Peter Garrison." Along the way, he's done a number of media tie-ins, one of which--the novelization of Batman--became a New York Times bestseller. He's also the author of about forty short horror and fantasy stories, which have mostly appeared in original anthologies. Gardner has also served as both President and Trustee for the Horror Writers Association.

  • Donald Maass

    Donald Maass is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York, which he founded in 1980. He represents more than 100 fiction writers and sells more than 100 novels per year to top publishers in America and overseas. Recently he has obtained six-and seven-figure advances from publishers such as Warner, Ballantine, Penguin Putnam and others for authors like mystery writer Anne Perry, fantasy author David Zindell and science fiction writers David Feintuch and Todd McCaffrey. He is himself the author of fourteen pseudonymous novels and of the books, The Career Novelist (Heineman, 1996) and Writing the Breakout Novel (Writers Digest Books, 2001). He is currently president of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. (AAR).

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