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Seanan McGuireSeanan is the author of the urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com. 28 novels and 132 short stories published...the woman is a writing powerhouse. In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music and performs with the ever-evolving back-up band, Dead Sexy. She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, With Friends Like These..., as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep. Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel /Feed/ (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot. She is a cast member of the two-time Hugo winning SF Squeecast. And...in 2017 Seanan won the Hugo for her novella Every Heart a Doorway! Find out more about Seanan here.
(Photo Credit: Beth Gwinn)
Ursula K. Leguin gave our Golden Guest of Honor, Gene Wolfe, the coolest jacket liner quote: "Wolfe is our Melville". He's inspired so many readers and writers, and even corresponded with J.R.R. Tolkien. The bibliography of his work goes on and on and on (you can read it here). He's won Nebula, Locus, Rhysling, BSFA, World Fantasy, August Derleth, and Campbell Awards, and his work has been nominated for eight Hugo Awards. He was the Guest of Honor at the 1985 Worldcon, won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1996, inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named SFWA Grand Master in 2012. He received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award at the 2013 Nebula Awards. And he'll be ChamBanaCon's Golden Guest of Honor for as long as the man wants to come to the con. We love his stories and his wicked sense of humor. Juanita Coulson shares this story about Gene that truly illustrates Gene's personality:
SHADOW OF THE WOLFE
by Juanita Coulson
Photo Credit: Juanita Coulson
Erudite, whimsical, and unpredictable, in a charming and entertaining way. That's ChamBanaCon's Golden GoH, Gene Wolfe. For those of us lucky enough to correspond with him, read his novels and short fiction, and enjoy personal contact, Gene's been a delightful surprise package par excellence. Y'never know where his extremely fertile imagination is going to take you next.
Maybe into a lesson on how to write fascinating tales. Maybe voicing a strong opinion on which of many movies portraying the Gunfight at the OK Corral is worth watching. Maybe to an eerie and mind-boggling road leading into a nearly forgotten corner of ancient history - which then becomes a springboard for a whole new way of looking at science fiction and fantasy.
Erudition? I've added more words to my vocabulary by reading and listening to Gene than I ever did as a result of any language class. Dip into his books with an O.E.D. or some other really good dictionary to hand. The exercise is good for your brain; it'll enlarge your neurons.
Whimsical? He took us on a grand tour of beautiful downtown Barrington, IL, his home base, and showed us The Castle. Although NOT the Castle of the Otter. Ask him about that castle in Barrington, and about his book The Citadel of the Autarch, which somehow became transformed into a haven for furry clam eaters.
Unpredictable? Let me tell you a true story, children. Years ago, comes a phone call from Gene. After the opening pleasantries he inquired of his fellow gun crank if Buck owned a Luger. Always wanted to shoot one of those, he told us. Could he visit and shoot some holes in a target with that famous weapon? Why, sure, pardoner! Time and date were set, and in due course into our rural driveway rolled the Gunslinger from Barrington, ready and eager to test-fire the Luger. And providing his own target: a blue-light special K-Mart windbreaker. Puzzled but game, we tacked that garment to our backstop. The Luger fired just fine, but Gene wasn't happy with the size of the holes it made in the hapless coat. Did we have a bigger caliber available? You bet. The .357 made nice BIG holes, after which that windbreaker was most sincerely dead. Alas, eventually time came for the Barrington Marshal to saddle up and head home. I offered to detach the perforated corpse from the backstop, but he didn't want the thing. No need. He'd already taken a photo.
Whaaaa...? His explanation for a 400-mile round trip to massacre a cheap windbreaker? His editor wanted a jacket shot. Be careful what you ask for, when the request goes to Gene Wolfe.
So...get ready to be surprised, amused, and occasionally quite startled. This is NOT your ordinary kind of GoH. Have fun.
Dr. Wesley Crowell
You've seen him at cons all around the world. He's either toting a huge electric keyboard for his recording wizard wife, Dr. Mary Crowell, or he's wrangling the green room making sure that megabands like Play It With Moxie and Dead Sexy can practice with a care for food, drink or...nearly anything. Or he's sitting at the back of the ballroom listening to the panels and concerts while creatively plotting the probably demise of gaming characters in one of his many vast and complex D&D worlds. A whole crowd of folks regularly attend filk conventions just to game with Wesley. In real life, Wesley Crowell is a respected pediatrician with the coolest practice on the planet. It's no wonder kids love going to see this doctor. Every treatment room is color-coded to a specific cartoon character from Warner Brothers yellow Tweety room to Marvel's red and blue Spidey room. Get ready for some amazing gaming from the good doctor!
Amy McNallyAmy McNally (also known as Amy McFiddler) is that barefooted, blue-haired chick in a blue skirt and blue corset who sits on the floor with a blue violin and a stash of Pixy Stix. Probably also blue. She's been hanging around jam circles like that for years, and has been playing fiddle for over 25 years now. She plays with The Tooles, The Mad City Jug Band, Wild Mercy, and Play It With Moxie. Singing with Lady Mondegreen, performing guerrilla accompaniment, and on recordings with this year’s GoH Seanan McGuire
- Brooke Abbey
- Dr. Mary Crowell
- Leslie Hudson
- David Busboom
- Steve Scherer, Glass Artisan Extraordinare
- Randy Pardue, Martial Artist
- Ray Vantilberg, from OffWorld Designs, our T-Shirt Maven, logo artist, and all-around really cool dude.
- The Never-Ending Filk Panel moderated by Bill Roper, Bill Sutton and our Leerless Feeder Brenda.
- Glen Cook, Author