International Guest of Honour
Jim C. Hines
Jim C. Hines is best known as a fantasy novelist and the guy who did those gender-flipped SF/F cover poses. His first novel was Goblin Quest, the tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After completing the goblin trilogy, Jim went on to write the princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s currently working on the Magic ex Libris books, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from northern Michigan.
He’s also the author of more than forty published short stories. His first professional story sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV.
Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.
He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and currently works for the State of Michigan. He lives with his wife and two children, who have always shown remarkable tolerance for his bizarre and obsessive writing habits. (The cats, on the other hand, have no tolerance whatsoever, and routinely decide to walk across his desk when he’s trying to work.)
Random Bullet Points:
- Age: Born in 1974. You do the math.
- Represented by the Jabberwocky Literary Agency
- Hugo Award Winner for Best Fan Writer (2012)
- Favorite Muppet: Animal
- Two children, one wife, far too many pets
- Rejections collected since 1995: 500+
- Lifetime member, SFWA
- Black belt in Sanchin-Ryu
- Currently working on: UNBOUND, Book #3 in the Magic ex Libris series
Australian Guest of Honour
Ambelin Kwaymullina loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books, and has wanted to write a novel since she was six years old. She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. When not writing or reading she works in cultural heritage, illustrates picture books and hangs out with her dogs. She has previously written a number of children’s books, both alone and with other members of her family. Her first novel, The Tribe Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, was short-listed in both the Science Fiction and Young Adult Fiction categories of the 2012 Aurealis Awards.
“The wonderful thing about being an author is that no experience is ever wasted, it all goes into my writing in some way.”
When she is not writing, Ambelin loves to spend time with her family and her dogs.
Her Top 5 Fiction titles are:
- Blood Red Road by Moria Young
- The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody (Obernewtyn, The Farseekers, Ashling, The Keeping Place, The Stone Key, The Sending)
- The Hunger Games triology by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)
- The Matched series by Ally Condie (Matched and Crossed)
- The Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Insurgent)
Fan Guests of Honour
Sharon Moseley is one of the human faces of fandom.
She is one of those people who, as soon as she sees a person who has the lost look of a first-timer to a club or convention, will walk right up and introduce herself. In a short space of time she’ll have found out what they like, introduced them to like-minded souls, and generally made them feel welcome. Given that many fans are shy, and so have a hard time talking to new people, a person like Sharon is invaluable for helping make fandom more inclusive.
Sharon has always been happy to put in her time and effort to help others, even when her own life has been going through a rough patch. It’s fair to say that without her work for Continuum, and her tireless support of Danny, there wouldn’t be any Continuum Conventions.
Fandom has long known Danny Oz for his creativity, his willingness to help and his freakish mutant ability to pick out the correct unlabelled video tape from a large pile of similar unlabelled video tapes. More recently he has become known as the creator of Continuum conventions and the chair of the Continuum Foundation, becoming something of an elder statesman (much to his surprise).
Since joining fandom at 12 years old he has entertained us with his Masquerade acts, costuming, MCing, video programmes, opening & closing ceremony videos, computer graphics, writing and also by running conventions at which he and other people can do these things and share their creative pleasure. After more than 3 decades of this he is probably here for good.