- Melissa Scott
Lecture Excerpt: Building a World
Melissa Scott won the 1986 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and is a two-time Lambda Literary Award winner, in 1996 for Shadow Man, and in 1995 for Trouble and Her Friends, which was also short-listed for the Tiptree. Her most recent book, Night Sky Mine, was published by Tor Books in August, 1996. With Lisa A. Barnett, she is the author of two fantasy novels, Point of Hopes, and the soon-to-be reprinted The Armor of Light. She has just finished another solo project for Tor, Dreaming Metal, to be published in the summer of 1997, and is working on a new project called Conceiving the Heavens: Creating the Science Fiction Novel, to be published by Heinemann in 1997.
- 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.
- Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell's first novel, The Amulet, was published in 1980, and there have followed more than thirty novels, appearing under his own name and various pseudonyms. He writes novels in a number of genres: horror, male adventure, detective, thrillers, as well as "general" fiction. He considers his best work to be the family saga "Blackwater", published in six volumes over the course of a year. In 1985, he began to write for television, with more than a dozen episodes of Tales from the Darkside to his credit. In addition, he wrote for Amazing Stories, Monsters, The Alfred Hitchcock Show, and Tales from the Crypt. His first screen script was Beetlejuice, directed by Tim Burton. McDowell has written for every major studio, and further credits include Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Thinner.
- Esther M. Friesner
Esther M. Friesner has published twenty-two novels of fantasy and science fiction, including most recently The Psalms of Herod and The Sword of Mary from White Wolf Books and Child of the Eagle from Baen Books. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her first stint as a anthology editor was Alien Pregnant by Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW Books. Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 1995 for "Death and the Librarian." In addition, she has won the Romantic Times Award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994. The short story "A Birthday" is a finalist for the 1996 Hugo Award.
- Elizabeth Hand
Lecture Excerpts: On Writing, Style, and Voice
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.
- Warren Lapine
Warren Lapine began writing at the age of ten and decided to become a professional writer at the age of fourteen after reading Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber. He is the editor of Absolute Magnitude magazine, has sold more than thirty short stories, and nearly completed his first novel. He has co-edited (with Stephen Pagel) an anthology of stories from Absolute Magnitude that Tor published in June 1997.