- Hal Clement
Hal Clement is considered one of the great authors of science fiction. His interest in science and science fiction was sparked in 1930 by a Buck Rogers comic strip. In 1942, his first story, "Proof", appeared in an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (now Analog) magazine and his first novel Needle was serialized there in 1949. Clement is also the author of Mission of Gravity, Iceworld, Close to Critical, Star Light, Still River, and Fossil, which was published in 1993. After forty years as a high school science teacher, Clement retired in 1987. He is presently working on a new novel.
- Craig Shaw Gardner
Craig Gardner has published two dozen novels ranging from the humorous Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies to his novelization of the film Batman, a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of about three dozen short stories, many of which have appeared in such anthologies as The Ultimate Werewolf, The Gallery of Horror, Freak Show, Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, The Ultimate Silver Surfer, and Phantoms of the Night. For two years Gardner also served as the president of the Horror Writers of America.
- Ellen Kushner
Ellen Kushner is the host of national public radio's weekly series, "Sound & Spirit." Her first novel, Swordspoint, is credited with originating the "Mannerpunk" or "Fantasy of Manners" school of fantasy. Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won the 1991 World Fantasy Award as well as the Mythopoeic Award. She has worked as an editor for Ace Books and Pocket Books. She has also worked as a book reviewer, copywriter, literary scout and artist's representative. Her short fiction appears regularly in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Most recently, she is the co-editor of The Horns of Elfland, an anthology of music & magic. She lives in Boston, where she works at WGBH-FM. For more information on "Sound & Spirit" and Ellen Kushner, see the site at <www.wgbh.org/pri/spirit>.
- Delia Sherman
Delia Sherman won the Campbell Award for best new writer in the speculative fiction field; she has also won the Mythopoeic Society Award. Her first book, Through a Brazen Mirror, is a fantasy novel based on a British folk ballad. Her second novel, The Porcelain Dove, published as a mainstream title, is based on French fairy tales and set during the French Revolution. She has also published short fiction and poetry in various collections, and works as a consulting editor for Tor Books in New York.
- Jane Yolen
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Jane Yolen's style and skill as a story teller has prompted Newsweek to call her "the Hans Christian Andersen of America" and in 1993, The New York Times Book Review stated, "If there were a modern equivalent of Aesop, it would probably be Jane Yolen." She has published more than 150 books and received the prestigious Regina medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Smith College Medal, The World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Daedelus Award and had four of her books chosen as finalists for the renowned Nebula Award. Yolen was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988 and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since its inception. Her work has appeared all over the world and with her contracts with major publishers, she is likely to have published 200 books by the year 2000.
- Elizabeth Hand partial presentation
Elizabeth Hand is the author of Winterlong, Aestival Tide, Icarus Descending, Waking the Moon, and the novelization of the Terry Gilliam film Twelve Monkeys. Her short fiction, book reviews, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post, Detroit Metro Times, Reflex, and Penthouse. In 1995 she won the World Fantasy award for her novella "Last Summer at Mars Hill." Hand is currently working on a novel entitled Glimmering, and HarperCollins will soon be publishing a collection of her short stories as well as a new edition of her first novel, Winterlong.
- Leigh Grossman
Leigh Grossman is president of Swordsmith Productions, an editorial and book production company doing work on more than 250 titles per year for mass market and college publishers. He is a former editor and production supervisor at Avon Books and Byron Preiss Visual Publications. Books edited by Grossman include The Essential Dracula and The Essential Frankenstein, The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, and the forthcoming Sisters of the Night, a trilogy about the three brides of Dracula. Grossman is a former college teacher of writing and history.