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Guests of Honor

 
Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson

Special Guest


(WordFire Press) Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 55 of which have been national or international bestsellers.  He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Vixy and Tony

Vixy & Tony

Music Guests of Honor


(Vixy and Tony) Vixy & Tony's lighthearted folk/rock musical style combines with science fiction and fantasy lyrics to tell engaging and beautiful stories. Their energetic performances can be enjoyed by both sci-fi fans and mainstream music fans alike, earning them the Best Performer Pegasus Award in 2008. Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey and Tony Fabris have joined forces with cellist Betsy Tinney and violinist Sunnie Larsen to form a "four-person duo" with a lush, amazing sound. Their music can be found at VixyAndTony.com.

Tom Kidd

Tom Kidd

Artist Guest of Honor


(Tom Kidd) In more than twenty years of illustrating, Tom Kidd has won multiple awards--including an impressive six Chesleys and four Hugo Award nominations--for his science fiction and fantasy art, which has encompassed book covers and interiors, magazines, films, and figurines. Tom has exhibited at several museums and designed for companies as diverse as Disney and American Express.

Ben Yalow

Ben Yalow

Fen Guest of Honor


Ben Yalow’s very first convention he attended as a fan was Lunacon in 1971, followed later that year by his first Worldcon, Noreascon (He hasn’t missed a Worldcon since). Ben is a co-founder of SMOFcon, the annual convention on how to run a convention, and was the recipient of fandom's highest award, the 2015 Forest J. Ackerman Big Heart Award.

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Special Workshop Guest


(Cat Rambo) Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Tor.com. Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see her web site.

J.R. Honeycutt

J. R. Honeycutt

Special Gaming Guest


J.R. Honeycutt is a full-time designer and developer at Artana, working on Tesla vs. Edison: Powering Up,, Solium Infernum, and the Chronicles series. JR is the co-designer of Unpub: The Published Card Game, Fantasy Fantasy Baseball, and other games. He was the lead developer for SeaFall, designed by Rob Daviau. JR plays games and helps people through DFW Nerd Night, a community organization that has helped raise more than $75,000 for charities. He lives in Fort Worth, TX with his wife, Amy, and their two cats.

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen

Toastmaster


(Selina Rosen) (Yard Dog Press) (Castle Farms) (Facebook) Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies including Bubbas of the Apocalypse. She is married, owns a small farm, and has kids and grandkids. She is a carpenter, a rock mason, a sword fighter, and an all-around swell gal.

Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson

Special Music Guest


(Leslie Hudson) A powerhouse at the mic, Leslie Hudson can cut  through a crowd of sound with a caress. With eight solo albums under her belt (and more on the way) her songs span from rock to geek to faerie and demonstrate not only her versatility as a musician but her refusal to be contained. Currently based in the Toronto area Leslie plays local venues and events, and travels abroad to festivals and conventions.

With a background in Celtic culture and a lifelong interest in folklore, Leslie’s songs are rooted in the art of storytelling. Whether those tales are inspired by modern media, pop culture, ancient myths or twisted retellings of childhood fairytales, every song she writes tells a story.



Program Participants


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Rhonda Eudaly

Rhonda Eudaly

(Rhonda Eudaly) Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband and two dogs. She's an author who hasn't met an industry she doesn't like - that's what happens with a Radio-TV-Film degree. She's only into two of the three "R"s - reading and writing...arithmetic is right out - like five in holy hand grenades. Her vices are ink (pen not skin), good coffee, and bad puns. Check out her website for publications and downloads.

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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

(Shanna Swendson) (Wikipedia) Shanna Swendson is best known as the author of the Enchanted, Inc. series from Ballantine Books, the YA steampunk fantasy Rebel Mechanics, and a variety of geeky pop-culture essays published by BenBella Books. She can occasionally be lured out of her writing cave by movies, promises of Doctor Who episodes, conventions, or new books calling to her from the library or bookstore. Or tea or chocolate (or tea and chocolate, but not chocolate tea).

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The following regret they are unable to attend FenCon this year:
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