We have a Literary Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer.
From his website: http://sfwriter.com/bio.htm
Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:
- the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids;
- the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment;
- and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.
According to the US trade journal Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist.
Rob is also a big Star Trek fan and collector of Sci-fi toys mainly from the 1960’s era shows and movies.
In other news, Gail Z Martin is returning to have a book launch of her second book in the Deadly Curiosities series which takes place here in Charleston. Please visit our website http://atomacon.org to see all of our guests so far.
This year in addition to our Literary, Fringe Sciences,Science and Technology, Fandom, and Costuming Tracks, we are adding an Art and Music Track. We’ll have workshops and demos,fan ink , film making, special effects, etc. This track will have all the hands on interactive events like puppet making and make and takes. We may also add a Steampunk track if we have enough interest and someone willing to run it. Hopefully the folks at SCARAB will return and we will have table top gaming.
Please remember our convention is for fans by fans. We accept all ideas. Just a few things to keep in mind when making a suggestion: Be specific on what you want to see or do, time and resources needed to do it, contact information on experts willing to help. Can we get a sponsor to make it happen? For example: Suggesting an Anime voice actor would be cool does not help us. I’m not into Anime and wouldn’t have a clue where to start. However, if you said: A group of us would really like to see_________________ you can contact them here___________. You may be able to get this business or Anime Club to help with X amount of the expenses. This gives us something to work with. Another example: We want an art show. Ok, how much room do we need? How are we going to hang the art? Do we have X amount of volunteers willing to stay in the room to guard the art? Who will receive the art from the artists and take care of sales, returning unsold art back to the artists? I did this one year for ConCarolinas. It’s a bunch of work! But if you are passionate about having one and have a plan, we certainly are game to help make it work. Please email at email@example.com with suggestions.