International Guest of Honour

R. J. (Rebecca) Anderson

R. J. Anderson, smiling and leaning against a tree.

R. J. Anderson is a Canadian author of middle grade fantasy and young adult science fiction.  Her first novel, Knife, was published in 2009 and went on to be longlisted for the Carnegie Award.  In 2012, her novel Ultraviolet was nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Rebecca isn’t trying to hide that she’s female, she just thinks initials look more writerly. She grew up daydreaming about Narnia and Middle-Earth, watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa, and hanging out in her brothers’ comic book shop. Now she writes novels about knife-wielding faeries, weird science, and the numinous in the modern world.  

Before she was a published novelist, R. J. wrote fan fiction in various universes, including Doctor Who and Harry Potter.  Her Doctor is Peter Davison, and she gets very sad when people call him beige.

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National Guest of Honour

Tansy Rayner Roberts

Tansy Rayner Roberts smiles at the camera.

Tansy Rayner Roberts is an award-winning Australian novelist, podcaster, blogger and editor.  Her first novel, Splashdance Silver, was published in 1998, when she was only 20.  Her works include Love and Romanpunk, a story cycle about Romans, monsters and women, and the Creature Court trilogy.  She also publishes crime fiction under the name Livia Day.

When not writing, Tansy blogs (in 2013, she became the first Australian woman to win the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer) and podcasts (she can be heard on Galactic Suburbia and Verity).  She is currently writing Musketeer Space, a race-and-gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers IN SPACE, published in serial form online.

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