Guests of Honour - Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
Born: June 24, 1950, Chicago Illinois.
Lived in Indiana until 1982, then moved to Oklahoma for a computer
programming job with American Airlines. Have worked as: short
order cook, retail clerk, department store security guard, lab
technician, artist's model, computer programmer, public interest
First read my father's science fiction books ( very first one:
AGENT OF VEGA by James Schmidt) when I was around 8 or 9. Began
raiding the public library at that point, then spent my allowance
on books (and still have most of them). Discovered fantasy with
Andre Norton's 'Witch World' series. Discovered the SCA and
RenFaires in 1975 (simultaneously), and conventions in 1978.
Starting filking in 1979.
Began writing seriously in 1982 out of boredom and disillusion
with some of the books then on offer. Or, in a variation to that
story, discovered when I moved to Oklahoma that the legendary Ray
Lafferty had gotten tired of being the only s/f writer in the
state and in the 1950s put something in the water to trigger
latent s/f writing genes in those who drank it. In any case,
started writing shortly after I got here---song-lyrics first, then
prose. Thanks to help from CJ Cherryh and Marion Zimmer Bradley
broke into pro writing in 1985. Went full-time pro in 1993.
Married Larry Dixon in 1992. Cause and effect?
Got into raptor rehab, and psitticines (parrots and cockatoos).
Now have a flock of Goffin's cockatoos, African greys, macaws, a
blue-streak lory and my beloved Umbrella cockatoo Ikaika. It's
never quiet around here. Still doing rator rehab; usually around
midsummer you'll find us out in the field playing owl-tossing and
hawk-chucking (teaching the youngsters to fly). Favorite local
raptors: Barred Owls and American Kestrels. Favorite bird-related
charities, The Alex Foundation and the National Bird of Prey
Center in Newent, Gloucestershire, UK.
Hobbies: sewing (including costuming dolls), embroidery and cross
stitch, beadwork, music (listening, not playing), reading,
watching TV that's usually considered of the 'educational'
variety. Birds aren't a hobby, they're a passion. Prefer
classical, New Age, Celtic and folk music, but will listen to
almost anything except Country and Western. Used to scuba dive,
haven't had a chance to do so for years. Would like to someday
swim with wild dolphins (have done so with captive untrained
ones). Have taken auto-racing school and sat second seat with Doc
Bundy at Road Atlanta (going around 160 mph average. Wheee!).
Would also like to ride second-seat in a fighter-jet. Would like
to hitch a ride on the space shuttle, but will settle for being up
close at a launch.
Guest of Honour - Lyn McConchie
made her first professional sales in 1991. Since then she has had
over 125 of her stories on radio, and in magazines and anthologies
across USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Including work appearing in DAW theme anthologies CATFANTASTIC
III, IV and V, SPACE OPERA, MERLIN and a new work recently sold to
XENA: Warrior Princess and she has won six overseas awards for her
Lyn has sold a number of
novels. Her first book, FARMING DAZE, non-fiction
the amusing incidents on her farm, was published in 1993 in New
Zealand and also made into an eight episode radio series broadcast
on National Radio in
1994 and again in '95. Her Witch World collaboration with Andre
Norton, THE KEY OF THE KEPLIAN appeared from Warner in mid-1995.
'KEY' made top ten fantasy mass market p/b lists for two of the
big book shop chains, was listed by the New York Public library as
'one of the best books for teenagers for 1995', (despite being
written and marketed for adults,) It appeared in Poland in 1997,
and after more than five years and in fourth printing, continues
to sell in America. Lyn's second Witch World book, CIARA'S SONG,
appeared from Warner Aspect mid-1998, continues to sell in America and appeared from AST in Russia
2000 has been an excellent
year for Lyn. Her duo of SF novels, BEASTMASTER'S ARK and
BEASTMASTER'S CIRCUS (set in Andre Norton's Beastmaster Universe,)
were accepted by both Rebis in Poland and TOR BOOKS in America,
(the first editions from Tor to appear in hardcover) and one of
her NZ publishers, STONE PRESS, has accepted both Lyn's fourth
'Troll' book in her picture book series, and an as yet untitled
collection of her genre cat stories to appear late in 2001.
Guest of Honour - Brian Howell
They’re BAACCKK! We
enjoyed Sean, Trish and Catherine McMullen so much at ConDor that
we invited them back!
Sean McMullen is
one of Australia's leading SF authors, and lives in Melbourne with
his wife and daughter. He has seven books published and another
two sold, and is the winner of eight awards for SF and fantasy. He
is well known for his talks on SF and Fantasy, and has given
numerous workshops for aspiring authors. He was most enjoyable at
ConDor, and we are looking forward to him at OdysseyCon.
Trish Smyth is
the Customer Service & Library Manager for a large Australian
municipality. Her longstanding interest in the Anglo-Saxon and
Medieval worlds (which she studied while at university) has often
proved useful in helping Sean, her husband, with his research, and
even more useful in boring her daughter senseless while her
parents explore iron age hill forts and museums. Her main interest
in SF and fantasy is on the role of libraries as a resource for
both fans and general readers and viewers.
her first story at the age of 7, when her interest in SF and
fantasy was beginning to develop. She became a professionally
published SF author at age 10, when she equaled the 41 year old
record for youngest person to sell a story to an adult SF magazine
(Teddy Cat in Interzone, August 1999). She has also had Mind
Scones published in Spinouts (2000) and Angel on the Wall
published in Interzone (October 2000), and is currently
collaborating on a young adult novel with her father, Sean