The Most Buzz-Worthy Participants Scheduled for Sci-Fi\’s WorldCon in Reno

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The Biggest Little City in the World hosts the 69th annual science fiction WorldCon this week, with literally hundreds of professionals from speculative and science fiction scheduled to participate.  Here’s a couple of handfuls or so of the most buzz-worthy people in the program, in no particular order.

 

Boris Vallejo

vallejo jean grey

This Renovation Guest of Honor is a Peruvian-born American fantasy and sci-fi (and now and then comics) painter. Think Tarzan, Conan, Philip Jose Farmer. Some of his male figures were modeled by Vallejo himself, and many of his later female characters were modeled by his wife.  Plain and simple, he rules the genre.

 

George R. R. Martin

game of thrones

 

Author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror and sci-fi.  He is best known for his A Song of Fire and Ice series of bestselling epic fantasy novels, that HBO adapted into an ongoing dramatic series you might have heard of called Game of Thrones.  ‘Nuff said.

 

Robert Silverberg

lord valentine's castle

 

A multiple winner of both Hugos and Nebulas, and is arguably the most buzz-worthy living sci-fi writer alive today.  If you don’t already know some of his stuff, then I don’t know what to say.

 

Larry Niven

ringworld

 

One of the best, one of the giants of sci-fi… his best-known work is Ringworld, which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar and Nebula awards, but he has written tons of other classics in the field.

 

Greg Bear

primordium

 

The author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Blood Music, The Forge of God, City at the End of Time, Halo:Cryptum and more.  Has won two Hugos and five Nebulas, is one of two authors to win a Nebula in every category.

 

David Brin

sundiver

 

A scientist, speaker, technical consultant and author, winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards.  Author of Earth, The Postman, Kiln People and The Life Eaters, as well Foundation’s Triumph, a grand finale to Asimov’s classic stories.

 

Lois McMaster Bujold

cryoburn

 

She has won the Hugo for best novel four times, matching Heinlein’s record. Best known for Paladin of Souls and her popular Vorkosigan saga.

 

Tim Powers

stranger tides

 

He has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare.  His novel On Stranger Tides was the basis for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

 

Neil Clarke

 

He is the Hugo-winning and World Fantasy Award-nominated American editor and publisher,  the owner of Wyrm Publishing and the publisher/editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, an online science fiction/fantasy magazine.

 

Dr. Demento

dr demento

 

A radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty and comedy songs and strange or unusual recordings dating from the early days of phonograph records to the present.

 

Robin Hobb

liveship

 

The incredibly prolific alter-ego of fantasy writer Megan Lindholm, and has produced the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Rain Wilds Chronicles.

 

Cory Doctorow

little brother

 

A science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist,  has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.