Guests of Honour

In addition to the hundreds of writers and other creators who attend Worldcon every year, Anticipation is bringing an All Star list of honoured guests to Montréal. Get to know them here before you meet them at Worldcon!

Neil Gaiman-Guest of Honour
Élisabeth Vonarburg-Guest of Honour
Taral Wayne-Fan Guest of Honour
Tom Doherty-Publisher Guest of Honour
David Hartwell-Editor Guest of Honour
Julie Czerneda-Master of Ceremonies

Neil Gaiman Guest of Honour

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been among the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages.  He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

His 2001 Hugo winning novel American Gods was also awarded the Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards, and was nominated for many other awards, including the World Fantasy Award.

Gaiman and Terry Pratchett co-authored Good Omens, a funny novel about how the world is going to end and we’re all going to die.  It spent 17 consecutive weeks on the Sunday Times (London) bestseller list in 1990 and has gone on to become an international bestseller.

Gaiman was the creator/writer of the cult DC Comics horror-weird series Sandman, which won nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and three Harvey Awards.  Sandman #19 took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to receive a literary award.

His six-part fantastical BBC TV series Neverwhere aired in 1996.  The novel Neverwhere, set in the same strange underground London as the television series, was released in 1997.  Jim Henson Productions bought the film rights to Neverwhere, and Gaiman has written a draft script.

Stardust, a four part prose novel, began to appear from DC Comics in October 1997.  Charles Vess illustrated the fairy story for adults.  The movie version, starring Claire Danes, has won the 2008 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.


Gaiman returned to Sandman in 1999 with the prose book The Dream Hunters.  Illustrated by Nippon 2007 Artist Guest of Honor Yoshitaka Amano, it won the Bram Stoker award for best illustrated work, and was nominated for a Hugo award.

His Hugo winning children’s novel Coraline was also a New York Times and international bestseller and an enormous critical success; it also won the BSFA,, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards.

Born and raised in England, Neil Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has somehow reached his forties and still tends to need a haircut.

Gaiman Web Site
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Élisabeth Vonarburg Guest of Honour

Born to life in 1947 (France), to reading in 1952 (myths, fairy tales, comics, adventure), to writing in 1958 (poetry), and to science-fiction in 1964 (at last!).  Likes reading, music, movies, cats, skiing, good food and bad puns.  Has taught French Literature and Creative Writing on and off at various universities in Québec (since immigration, in 1973).  Did and is still doing a lot of SF translations from English to French (recently: Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry).

Despite a PhD in Creative Writing (1987), gave SF Writing Workshops and was a literary editor for the Québécois SF & F magazine “Solaris” from 1979 to 1990 and is now a full-time writer.  Is guilty of organizing the first Québécois SF convention in 1979, and of recidivising twice after that.  Cover for “Chroniques du pays des mères.”  Four short story collections published in French, and several more stories in various SF magazines.

Three Canadian Casper (Aurora) Awards for Best Short Story in French (1987: “La carte du Tendre,” 1990, “Cogito,” and “Ici des Tigres,” 1991), three for Best Book in French (Histoire de la Princesse et du Dragon, 1991, Ailleurs et au Japon, 1992, Chroniques du Pays des Mères, 1993).  Is editor, with translator Jane Brierley, of Tesseracts Québec, an anthology of Québécois SF that was published in 1996.

Her first novel Le Silence de la Cité, published in France in 1981, received several awards, including le Grand Prix de la SF Française.  As The Silent City, it has been published in Canada, the UK, and the United States.  In the Mothers’ Land, another SF novel, published simultaneously in French and English, received the 1993 Philip K Dick Special Award, the Grand Prix Logidec de la SF québécoise, the Boréal and Aurora awards, and was a finalist for the Tiptree Award.  A third SF novel, The Reluctant Voyagers, was a finalist for the 1995 Philip K Dick Award.

The two first books of Tyranaël, a five book SF saga, have received various awards (Grand Prix de la SF québécoise, Prix Boréal, et al). Les Contes de la Chatte Rouge (The Red Cat’s Tales), a fantasy novel for young adults, was published in 1993, and four other French YA novels are in the works, as well as two short story collections and two adult novels.

Her most recent award is the Prix du Conseil québécois de la Femme en littérature, a one-time literary award given by the Québécois Council for Women’s Affairs on its twentieth anniversary.

Vonarburg Web Site (SFWA)
Vonarburg Web Site (French)
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Taral Wayne Fan Guest of Honour

Our Fan Guest of Honor has been nominated for the 2008 Hugo for Best Fan Artist

I was drawing almost before TV’s were common, let alone computers and the internet.  I was drawing furry characters before there was such a fandom.  I might have been the first to use a computer to cut mimeograph stencils to publish an SF fanzine.  But it’s almost an entirely different world now, and I tend to be a bit slow keeping up.  I don’t carry a cell phone, own an iPod, know how to ICQ, use PayPal, or know how to operate my digital camera yet.  But I try to hang in there.

What I have done (before middle age began to slow me down) includes some magazine and book illustration, a short and obscure career in b/w comics, private commissions, dealer at cons, and too many years as an active science fiction fan to care to number.

Because of the internet, making a living has become a lot trickier, it seems.  It’s multiplied the number of artists a hundredfold, but the audience is accustomed to 99% of the art being free.  It’s hard to know if there’s a net gain.  At the same time travel has gotten more expensive, and the border a paranoid free-fire zone.  Cons are a memory.  The final insult, a Canadian dollar is over par with the buck.  If I take $100 US to the bank, it appears as a two figure entry in my bankbook now.  Maybe I should just get a real job, like I had when I was 25.  On the other hand, if I hold out another decade, I can ‘retire’ on welfare, and enjoy the first real prosperity I’ve ever known, and finally draw what I want!

Ambition is a cruel master.

Wayne Web Site
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Tom Doherty Publisher Guest of Honour

Tom Doherty has been in publishing for 50 years.  He started as a salesman for Pocket Books and rose to Division Sales Manager.  From there, he went to Simon and Schuster as National Sales Manager, then became publisher of Tempo Books.  He was Publisher and General Manager of the Ace and Tempo divisions of Grossett & Dunlap before founding his own company, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (publishers of Tor/Forge Books) in 1980.

He co-founded Baen Books with Richard Gallen and Jim Baen in 1982.  Many authors of the Tor and Forge lines have won honors as diverse as the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, Edgar, Spur, Tiptree, Stoker, and Western Heritage awards.

Tom Doherty received the 1993 Skylark, awarded by the New England Science Fiction Association for outstanding contributions to the field of science fiction.  Tom received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention.  In 2007, he was awarded the Lariat from The Western Writers of America, and The Silver Bullet from The Thriller Writers of America, for lifetime contribution in their respective fields.  For the last 20 consecutive years, the Locus poll has voted Tor “Best Publisher.”

Tor-Forge Web Site
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David G. Hartwell Editor Guest of Honour

David G. Hartwell is the author of Age of Wonders and the editor of anthologies including The Dark Descent, The World Treasury of Science Fiction, and two anthologies of the best of Canadian SF, Northern Stars and Northern Suns, co-edited with Glenn Grant, and nearly twenty others co-edited with Kathryn Cramer.

In 2006, he received his first Hugo Award (after 33 nominations), and has won the 2008 Hugo for Best Professional Editor, Long Form.  He has also received the Eaton and World Fantasy Awards.  Hartwell is a Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books and publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction.  Recently he co-edited Year’s Best SF 12 with Kathryn Cramer.

He lives in Pleasantville and Westport, New York.

Hartwell Web Site
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Julie E. Czerneda Master of Ceremonies

Our Master of Ceremonies for Anticipation, Julie E. Czerneda is an award-winning, best-selling science fiction author and editor, who published her first novel in 1997, A Thousand Words for Stranger, from DAW Books.

A former biologist who studied the evolution of animal behaviour, she began writing professionally in 1985.  As a science author and editor, Julie has contributed to over two hundred student and teacher resources used worldwide, in all sciences and math, and in career education from elementary to college.  For ten years, she also owned specialty press Czerneda Publishing Inc, producing science and special interest publications.  She now writes fiction full time, with eleven biology-based novels, numerous short stories, and over fifteen anthologies in print.

Her work has won several awards, including three Prix Aurora Awards, Canada’s top honour, and the Golden Duck Award of Excellence for Science and Technology Education, and has been on the preliminary Nebula ballot three times.  She was a finalist for the Philip K Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction and the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Active in the community, Julie has judged writing awards (including the Philip K Dick), conducts writers workshops, provides professional development for science teachers and librarians, consults for Science News, and is a sought-after speaker on scientific literacy.  She was acknowledged for her achievements in teaching natural history with the Peel Award of Excellence in Education, and is an Alumna of Honour of the University of Waterloo.  In 2009, Julie will be Guest of Honour at the New Zealand National Convention.

Czerneda Web Site
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