Mike Resnick

Special Guest: Mike Resnick

According to Locus Magazine, Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 68 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 41 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages. He was the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon.

Tom Smith

Special Guest: Tom Smith

Tom Smith, master of improv weirdness and Grand Poobah of Punnery, is in attendance, with more songs and silliness than is probably good for us. But who cares? It's fun! His shows are always just nuts, and he's always got something new. Check out his website, hang onto your brain, and live the Myth of Smith!

Alex Eisenstein

Guest: Alex Eisenstein

Chicago area author, editor, artist, and convention runner. Alex Eisenstein has collaborated on many books and stories with Phyllis Eisenstein, and he has founded multiple fanzines. He has run convention Art Shows across the Midwest, including Windycon.

Phyllis Eisenstein

Guest: Phyllis Eisenstein

Phyllis Eisenstein has published six novels and more than forty shorter works of varying lengths in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. Her stories have appeared in both anthologies and in every major science fiction and fantasy magazine. She has taught SF and fantasy writing at the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, Oakton Community College, and the Writers Digest School.

Bill Fawcett

Guest: Bill Fawcett

As an author Bill has written or co-authored over a dozen books, and dozens of articles and short stories, including the Authorized Mycroft Holmes novels. An avid historian, Bill has written and edited over a dozen books about military history, including his How to Lose a War series, and two oral histories of the SEALs in Vietnam. As an anthologist Bill has edited or co-edited almost 50 anthologies. He is also one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role play gaming company.

Eric Flint

Guest: Eric Flint

Eric Flint is a New York Times bestselling American author, editor, and e-publisher. The majority of his main works are alternate history science fiction, but he also writes humorous fantasy adventures. He is well known for the novel 1632, which launched the Ring of Fire series. Several of the Ring of Fire books have been on the New York Times Best Seller list. A longtime labor union activist with a Masters Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

Betty Ann Hull

Guest: Betty Ann Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull taught SF and creative writing at Harper College, Palatine, IL, for over 30 years. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, she's published both fiction and non-fiction articles in venues from Locus to 20th Century SF Writers, and has served as a juror for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for over 20 years. She co-edited the international anthology, TALES FROM THE PLANET EARTH, with her late husband, Frederik Pohl. She's also a past president of the Palatine Area League of Women Voters and remains active in juvenile justice issues and family violence prevention.

Jody Lynn Nye

Guest: Jody Lynn Nye

Jody Lynn Nye has published over 45 books and more than 120 short stories, including epic fantasies, contemporary humorous fantasy, and humorous military science fiction. She collaborated with Robert Asprin on eight books, and continues both of Asprin’s Myth-Adventures series and Dragons series. Her newest books are Fortunes of the Imperium, an e-collection of cat stories, Cats Triumphant (Event Horizon), Dragons Run (fourth in the Dragons series) and Launch Pad, an anthology of science fiction stories co-edited with Mike Brotherton.

Gene Wolfe

Guest: Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe is the author of the Book of the New Sun, the Wizard Knight, The Soldier of the Mist, among others. He has been recognized for his fiction with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Skylark Awards, has been named a Grand Master by SFWA, received a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award Fantasy, and the first Fuller Award from the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. He was Guest of Honor for the 43rd Worldcon. His novel A Borrowed Man is due out in October.