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2008 Special Writer-in-Residence

  • Nancy Kress  <http://www.sff.net/people/nankress/>

    Nancy Kress Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-three books: three fantasy novels, eleven SF novels, two thrillers, three collections of short stories, one YA novel, and three books on writing fiction. She is perhaps best known for the "Sleepless" trilogy that began with Beggars in Spain. The novel was based on a Nebula- and Hugo-winning novella of the same name; the series then continued with Beggars and Choosers and Beggars Ride. The trilogy explores questions of genetic engineering, social structure, and what society's "haves" owe its "have-nots." In 2008 three Kress books will appear: a collection of short stories, Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon Press), and two novels, Steal Across the Sky (Tor) and Dogs (Tachyon).

    Kress's short fiction has won three Nebulas and a Hugo, and her novel Probability Space won the 2003 John W. Campbell Award. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Rochester, New York, with the world's most spoiled toy poodle.

2008 Guest Lecturers

  • Ellen Kushner  <http://www.EllenKushner.com>

    Ellen Kushner Author, performer and radio personality Ellen Kushner hosts and writes the national public radio series Sound & Spirit. Her newest novel, The Privilege of the Sword, won the 2007 Locus Award for Best Fantasy novel, and was nominated for the Nebula and the World Fantasy Awards, as well as being a Tiptree Honor Book. Her first novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, was hailed as the progenitor of the "Mannerpunk" school of fantasy. Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won both the 1991 World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. With Delia Sherman she co-wrote The Fall of the Kings. Her short fiction has appeared frequently in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.

    Her spoken word performances include Esther: the Feast of Masks, and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer 'Nutcracker' for Chanukah (with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, on Rykodisc CD), which was published as a children's book by Charlesbridge in 2007.

    She has also taught at the Clarion Workshop, the Cape Cod Writers' Workshop,and the American Book Center in Amsterdam. She is an active member of the Endicott Studio of Mythic Arts and a founding member of the Interstitial Arts movement. She lives in New York City.


  • Delia Sherman

    Delia Sherman Delia Sherman was born in Tokyo, Japan, and brought up in New York City. She spent much of her early life at one end of a classroom or another, at Brown University where she earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies in 1981 and at Boston University and Northeastern, where she taught Freshman Composition and Fantasy. Her first novel, Through a Brazen Mirror (Ace, 1989), was an Ace Fantasy Special. In 1990, she was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer. Her second novel, The Porcelain Dove (Dutton, 1993; Plume, 1994), won the Mythopoeic Award. Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. She made her debut in the world of children's literature with short stories in The Green Man and Faery Reel (edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow) and Firebirds (Viking, 2003). Her first novel for children is the urban fantasy Changeling (Viking, 2006).

    Delia has been a judge for the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

    As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia's continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers. She has been a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited, with Ellen Kushner and Don Keller, the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland (Roc) as well as the Bordertown punk-elf anthology The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling. With Theodora Goss, she edited Interficitons: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (Small Beer Press, 2007). She teaches SF and Fantasy writing whenever she can at Odyssey, Clarion, and workshops at regional and national science fiction conventions.

    Delia lives with fellow author and fantasist Ellen Kushner in a rambling apartment in New York City. She is a social rather than a solitary writer and can work anywhere, which is a good thing because she loves to travel, and if she couldn't write on airplanes, she'd never get anything done.


  • James Maxey  <http://jamesmaxey.blogspot.com>

    James Maxey James Maxey is the author of the Dragon Age trilogy published by Solaris Books. Set on a world ruled by dragons where humans are little more than slaves, pets, or prey, the Dragon Age trilogy tells the overarching story of mankind's struggle for freedom from the rule of dragons, though each novel stands alone as a complete story. The first book of the trilogy, Bitterwood (2007), tells the story of the eponymous dragon-slayer and the consequences that follow his murder of the dragon-king's beloved son. The second book, Dragon Forge (2008), explores an epic tale of love set against the backdrop of a kingdom in violent turmoil. The final book, Dragon Road (2009) follows the adventures of a band of unlikely heroes as they struggle to save the world as the Dragon Age draws to a close.

    James Maxey first broke into the publishing world in 2002 when he won a Phobos Award for his short story "Empire of Dreams and Miracles." Phobos Books later published James's debut novel, the cult-classic superhero tale Nobody Gets the Girl. His short stories have since appeared in Asimov's, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and numerous anthologies.

    James is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1998, where he studied with writer-in-residence Harlan Ellison. In 2001, he attended Orson Scott Card's Writers Boot Camp.


  • Craig Shaw Gardner  <http://www.craigshawgardner.com>

    Craig Shaw Gardner Craig Shaw Gardner has published over thirty novels ranging from his first, A Malady of Magics, to the Changeling War fantasy trilogy, written by "Peter Garrison," to the horror novel Dark Whispers, written by "Chris Blaine." 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 more than 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.


  • Barry B. Longyear  <http://www.BarryLongyear.net>

    Barry B. Longyear Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the same year (may still be the only one for all he knows). In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine series, from which the motion picture of the same name was derived, his works include numerous short stories, the Circus World series, Infinity Hold series, a mainstream recovery novel Saint Mary Blue, Yesterday's Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations For Hard Cases, and science fiction and fantasy novels ranging from Sea Of Glass to The God Box. His more recent works include The Write Stuff, his online how-to-write seminar, and the omnibus editions: The Enemy Papers (Enemy Mine, The Tomorrow Testament, The Last Enemy, and The Talman), and Infinity Hold\3 (Infinity Hold, Kill All The Lawyers, and Keep The Law). He has completed training in becoming a private investigator, and is applying this knowledge in his award-winning Jaggers and Shad SF mystery series currently appearing in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine.


  • Jenny Rappaport  <http://litsoup.blogspot.com>

    Jenny Rappaport Jenny Rappaport is a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency. She joined the agency in 2006 and specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as women's fiction, especially paranormal romance, historical romance, and chick lit. She was previously an associate agent at Folio Literary Management. Jenny attended Carnegie Mellon University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She is a 2002 graduate of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. She is currently the author of an anime review column, Far East Alchemy, for Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, as well a publishing blog.


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