I'm delighted to announce that Gardner Dozois
and Geoff Ryman
have accepted our invitations to be the guests of honor for Readercon 22, taking place in Burlington, MA from July 14 to 17, 2011.
Gardner Dozois's twenty-year stint as the editor of Asimov's
is one of the great editorial projects in our field. Year after year, he published some truly fine short fiction, including numerous award winners. Thanks to these achievements and his superlative annual anthologies, he has received a record-holding 15 Hugo Awards for Best Professional Editor. Though his writing career is sometimes overshadowed by his editorial work, his fiction has won two Nebula Awards and a Sidewise Award. He has also served as a judge for the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, a project dear to many Readercon attendees.
Geoff Ryman is a teacher and actor, and the author of seven novels, including the groundbreaking Was...
and Air: Or, Have not Have
. His work is often cited as embodying "Readercon-ness", as it explores and extends the dialogue between experience and imagination, between history and fantasy, between identity and society. His novels and short stories have won the World Fantasy Award, British Science Fiction Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, induction into the Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame, and so many other honors and nominations that they have their own Wikipedia entry
. He last attended Readercon in 2008, where he spoke on panels such as "Rival Revolutionary Movements in the Arts" and "Reading Aloud for Writers."
We're working with Gardner and Geoff to select a memorial guest of honor and will have that announcement for you shortly.
In the meantime, I'm issuing a call for program item ideas. Please submit your suggestions one of three ways:
1) In the comments to this entry or its companion entry on LiveJournal
2) On the Readercon Forums
3) In an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lively discussion is encouraged. This "brainstorm" period will close November 14th, so please send us your ideas soon!