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Introducing Our Guests of Honour ...
Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the “good drawer” which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author, concentrating mostly on writing and illustrating picture books.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since then he has received numerous awards for his picture books, including the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Picture Book of the Year Award for The Rabbits with John Marsden. In 2001, Shaun was named Best Artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal.

He is currently working with a London-based film producer on a short animated adaptation of The Lost Thing, a book which won an Honourable Mention at the Bologna International Book Fair. The Red Tree recently won the Patricia Wrightson prize in the NSW Premier’s Book Awards, has been translated into several languages, and was awarded the 'le Prix Octogones 2003’ prize by the Centre International d'Etudes en Litterature de Jeunesse in France. Both The Lost Thing and The Red Tree have resently been adapted as stage and installation-based productions by theatre companies in Canberra and Brisbane.

Shaun's new book, The Arrival, is due for release in October 2006. For a preview, please click here.

Charles Stross

Charles Stross

Charles Stross is the author of several SF and fantasy novels, including Iron Sunrise, The Atrocity Archives, Accelerando, and the Merchant Princes fantasy series. His story "The Concrete Jungle" won the 2005 Hugo award for best novella. Although he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, he's most widely published in the USA. Prior to his current existence as a full-time writer he had the usual range of weird occupations, including hospital pharmacist, lead programmer at a dot-com, freelance journalist, and tethered goat at a stake-out.

This will be Charles' first visit to the southern hemisphere in general and Australia in particular: if you see him standing on his head by mistake, please invert.

Charles' award-winning novella, "The Concrete Jungle", can be read online or downloaded in PDF form here.

Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan was born in 1960 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She attended Catholic primary and high school, went to the University of Western Australia in Perth for a year and finished her BA in History at Sydney University in 1986. She has worked as a kitchen hand and encyclopedia seller, spent ten years as a freelance book editor, and currently makes a living as a technical writer.

At the beginning of her writing career, Margo produced nine pseudonymous teenage romances under the names Melanie Carter, Mandy McBride, Gilly Lockwood and Belinda Hayes. Under her own name, she has published fantasy junior fiction novels WildGame, The Tankermen and Walking Through Albert; mainstream teenage fiction novels The Best Thing and Touching Earth Lightly; and an installment in a shared-world young adult fantasy series, The Quentaris Chronicles: Treasure Hunters of Quentaris. She is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, White Time and Black Juice. A third collection, Red Spikes, is forthcoming.

Her story, "The Queen's Notice" from White Time won the 2001 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. Black Juice won the 2005 Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work and "Singing My Sister Down" from that collection was awarded Best Short Story. That same collection and story also both won World Fantasy Awards in 2005. Margo currently lives in Sydney with her partner and their two sons.

Margo's award-winning short story, "Singing My Sister Down", can be read online here.

Bruce Gillespie

Fan Guest of Honour: Bruce Gillespie

Bruce Gillespie was born in Oakleigh, a suburb of Melbourne, in 1947. After gaining his BA and Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, he attempted to teach secondary school for two years. Fortunately, he landed a job in publishing in 1971 and has been a freelance editor since 1974. Bruce discovered science fiction fandom in 1968, when he published his first SF fanzines. He began SF Commentary in 1969, a zine which is still being published infrequently, and also publishes The Metaphysical Review (since 1984) and Steam Engine Time (since 2001), plus many smaller magazines.

Bruce has won 18 Ditmar Awards, three William Atheling Awards, and been nominated three times for the Hugo Award. Highlights of his career in SF fandom include being chosen as Fan Guest of Honour at Aussiecon (World SF Convention in Melbourne, 1999), being the recipient of a special fan fund to travel to San Francisco for Corflu and Potlatch in 2005, being inducted as a Lifetime Member of the Melbourne SF Club in 2003, and being made Annual Past President of the Fan Writers of America at Corflu in 2005. A lengthy interview with Bruce Gillespie by Robert Hoge can be found here.

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