Westercon 54: Guests of Honor

Tim Powers -- Author Guest of Honor

Tim Powers is a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. He is known for his intricately plotted stories filled with well-rounded and often outlandish characters, as well as his penchant for exploring the darker and horrific sides of fantasy and science fiction.

In addition to his Phillip K. Dick Memorial Awards for The Anubis Gates in 1984 and Dinner at Deviant's Palace in 1985, he has also been honored with the 1993 World Fantasy Award for Last Call, and most recently received the 1996 Locus Award for Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel for Expiration Date. He is also a writer-in-residence for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop.

Set during the cold war, his newest novel, Declare, is due out from Avon Books in late 2000.

Mike Glyer -- Fan Guest of Honor

Mike Glyer has published fanzines for 30 years, including the fannish newzine File 770. His writing and 'zine have won six Hugo Awards. Mike co-chaired Westercon 31 in 1978, which was inspired by its Baskin-Robbins-esque number to create the first "Ice Cream Social" at a convention. He also chaired the 1996 Worldcon, L.A.Con III. But, along the way, he's also been assigned to the "really fun" jobs at conventions -- running the Green Room at the 1989 Westercon and editing the Worldcon daily newzine 1980 to 1984. He's been a member of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society almost as long as he's been in fandom. His one professional fiction sale appeared in Alternate Worldcons. Mike is married to Diana Glyer, an English professor at Azusa Pacific University, chair of the 1997 Mythcon, and a scholar interested in C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.

Terri Windling -- Editor Guest of Honor

Our Editor Guest of Honor, Terri Windling, has regretfully informed us that due to various complications in her life she will not be attending our convention. Being so close to the convention, we have decided not to fill the spot for Editor GoH. We wish the best of luck to Ms. Windling and hope to see her at a future OryCon.

To read more about Terri Windling's work, visit www.endicott-studio.com.

Frank Lurz -- Artist Guest of Honor

Born in 1942, Frank Lurz has sketched and painted since childhood, but never pursued art seriously until he left his career in medical research in 1989. As a young boy, his life was changed forever when he saw the art of Chesley Bonestell featured on the big screen in the Robert Heinlein film, Destination Moon. In his teens, he became an amateur astronomer, spending his daylight hours reading science fiction. Not surprisingly, astronomical art and spacecraft are common themes of his paintings. Pursuing a career in medical research at U.C. San Francisco, Frank often used painting as a means of tension release after long hours in the operating room. His wife, Fay, finally grew tired of his 4:15 a.m. wake up calls and demanded he "get a life," so in 1989, he showed his art at his first Con. He has appeared as Artist Guest of Honor at BayCon '95, Starquest 1, and OryCon 19.

In addition to his career as an artist, Lurz is also a certified fencing master of the Italian School. He runs a fencing school in Marin County, California, and during the academic year, he serves as assistant director of the Fencing Masters' Training Program at San Jose State University. At science fiction conventions, he frequently gives lectures on dueling and demonstrations of the theory and technique of classical Italian swordplay.

Golden Bough -- Friends of Filk Special Guests

Golden Bough consists of Paul Espinoza, Margie Butler, and Sue Draheim. Rooted in Celtic, European and American folk traditions, they have expanded upon these ethnic styles, developing their own compositions, to create a refreshingly contemporary traditional music. They have been performing since 1980 and are popular on both sides of the Atlantic.

To read more about Golden Bough, visit http://goldenboughmusic.com.

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