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Actor Guest Of Honour
ELLEN MUTH
(Georgia "George" Lass, Dead Like Me)

Connecticut-born Ellen Muth, an equestrienne and former Mensan, is sometimes referred to as an unknown or newcomer. However, a decade ago she performed in the TV soap "All My Children" and the movie "Dolores Claiborne," was a co-star in the film "The Young Girl And The Monsoon," and has appeared in national television commercials and on stage in addition to modelling. In addition to the role of Georgia "George" Lass on "Dead Like Me," her TV credits include appearances on "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "The Beat." Her role in the Lifetime Channel movie "The Truth About Jane," in which she played a teenage girl coming to terms with her homosexuality, brought national acclaim from many reviewers. She has been called "an astonishing young talent."

Ellen won the 1995 Best Supporting Actress Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for her role in "Dolores Claiborne" and both the 1999 Best New Actress Award at the American International Film Festival in L.A. and the Screen Actors' Guild Prize for Best Actress for her role in "The Young Girl And The Monsoon." Her role as George in "Dead Like Me" won her nominations for the 2004 Golden Satellite Award and the 2004 Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.


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Author Guest Of Honour
NALO HOPKINSON

Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica (1960). She is the author of novels Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, and The Salt Roads, and of short story collection Skin Folk. She is the editor of fiction anthologies Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories. She is the co-editor of fiction anthologies So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy (with Uppinder Mehan), and of Tesseracts Nine (with Geoff Ryman.) Her awards include the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the Locus First Novel Award, the Warner Aspect First Novel Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award. She is on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, which exists for people of colour in speculative fiction. She is a graduate of the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Works hop (1995), and of the Masters programme in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University (2002). She is currently a mentor for creative writing students at Humber College in Toronto. Her fourth novel, The New Moon's Arms, will appear from Warner Books in February 2007.


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Media Guest Of Honour
RICHARD ARNOLD

     Born in Vancouver, Canada, Richard was already a fan of science fiction when Star Trek began airing in 1966. He attended his first convention, the 1969 WorldCon, the summer his family moved to St. Louis, MO. There he ran Star Trek fan clubs in both his high school and college, and attended some twenty conventions in the U.S. and Canada. Among those was the first all-Star Trek convention, held in New York City in January of 1972, and it was at that convention that he first met Star Trek's creator, Gene Roddenberry, a man who would later greatly influence his life.

     In 1974 Richard moved to Los Angeles, California, where he got to know Susan Sackett, Gene Roddenberry's newly-hired assistant and a fellow Star Trek fan. Due to his good working knowledge of the Star Trek universe, he soon found himself involved as a volunteer consultant to Roddenberry's office, and in 1986, after nearly ten years of being Paramount's "resident Trekkie", he was hired by the studio (at Roddenberry's insistence!) and became the studio's official Star Trek Consultant. This was in time to work on the show's twentieth anniversary, the promotion of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the early development of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

     For the next five years, Richard consulted with the studio's Merchandising and Licensing, Home Video, Feature Publicity and TV Syndication divisions, aiding Roddenberry in his efforts to keep all things Star Trek true to his vision. He also began attending some twenty to twenty-five conventions a year, becoming, in the minds of many, an ambassador for Star Trek. Richard remained in this position until shortly after Roddenberry's death, at which time the studio felt there was no longer a need for a resident "Trekkie". Despite that decision, he still makes his living as a Star Trek expert, consulting for the studio and various Star Trek licensees, attending some thirty to thirty-five Star Trek events a year and working with Creation Entertainment, the U.S.'s premiere convention organizers, as their Star Trek consultant.

     Richard also deals in Star Trek trading cards (a sideline that grew out of writing copy for the manufacturers and helping them design new sets) and he can usually be found behind his tables in the dealers' room.

     In spite of his work on the Star Trek series and films and attending more than seven hundred and fifty conventions around the world, Richard still considers himself to be first, and foremost, a Star Trek fan.


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Writer/Editor Guest Of Honour
MICHAEL ROWE

     Michael Rowe is an award-winning journalist and essayist, and one of Canada's boldest and most transgressive speculative fiction anthologists. His original horror fiction anthology series Queer Fear was internationally acclaimed, earning him high praise from Clive Barker who hailed the books as "a revelation," announcing that, with them, Rowe had "changed the shape of horror fiction forever."

     Born into a diplomatic family in Ottawa, Ontario in 1962, he was raised in Beirut, Havana, and Geneva. Following his graduation from St. John's Cathedral Boy's School he took a year off before college, accepting a modeling contract in Paris. He enrolled at the University of Toronto in 1982 with the intention of becoming a writer. While there, he lived at Knox College and joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, serving as its chaplain. He studied fiction writing at Harvard in the summer of 1992.

     He began his career as a sports journalist, with a series of profiles of Olympic athletes. Although his magazine work today remains focused on profiles, it has expanded far beyond sports, encompassing a variety of subjects and social issues. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications in Canada and the United States, including The Advocate, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The United Church Observer, The Next City, and The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review and has been translated into German, Spanish and Japanese. A member of PEN Canada, he is a past recipient of the Premier Award and the Vice Versa Award. In 1997 he became the first journalist to make the Canadian National Magazine Awards shortlist with a story published in a gay magazine.

     He is the author of four volumes of essays and journalism - Writing Below The Belt (1994), Looking For Brothers (1999), and Other Men's Sons (2004). He is the editor of four fiction anthologies - Sons of Darkness (1996), Brothers of the Night (1997), Queer Fear (2000), and Queer Fear 2 (2002). Queer Fear 2 won the Lambda Literary Award, the Spectrum Award, the Queer Horror Award, and was a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award. His own short fiction is widely anthologized. In 2006, his second essay collection Other Men's Sons will be published by Cormorant Books, and his first novel, Diving Into Blue, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

     In 1985, Rowe married his partner, Brian McDermid, well in advance of Canada's 2003 legalization of gay marriages. In June 2003, the couple were re-wed, this time legally, becoming the first gay couple in the history of the United Church of Canada to marry inside a United Church. They live, as he wrote in the introduction to Queer Fear, "in a 135 year-old farmhouse on a tree lined street in a leafy Toronto neighborhood.


Additional Author Guest
FIONA PATTON

     Fiona Patton was born in Calgary, Alberta, and grew up in the United States. She returned to Canada in 1975 and after several years spent in Toronto, moved to seventy-five acres of scrubland in rural Ontario with her partner, Tanya Huff. There she finally got a dog --and rather too many cats-- .

     Her first book, The Stone Prince, was published by DAW Books, New York in 1997. Three more books in The Branion series followed: The Painter Knight, the Granite Shield, and The Golden Sword. She has also written over two dozen short stories, most of which can be found in various DAW/Tekno Books anthologies such as Assassin Fantastic and Sirrius the Dog Star. In 2005 her first hardcover, The Silver Lake, was released.

     Set in a fantasy-Istanbul, The Silver Lake is the first of a three book series following the story of three youths entangled in the destiny of a new God. She is currently working on the second book in this series tentitively entitled The Golden Tower.


Additional Author Guest
TANYA HUFF

     Tanya Huff lives and writes in rural Ontario with her partner Fiona Patton, six and a half cats, and a chihuahua who only acknowledges her existence when she's holding food. She has a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson that she's never really used which is hardly surprising since she graduated the year of the great CBC layoffs. Her time in the Canadian Naval Reserve taught her that there's an infinite number of ways to say, "Sir." and most of them don't mean what you think they do.

     Over the course of twenty-one novels and three short story collections, she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera. Her latest book SMOKE AND ASHES, the third Tony Foster novel, is out this June in hardcover from DAW Books Inc. The first two Tony Foster books, SMOKE AND SHADOWS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS are available from InSight Out, the Gay and Lesbian book of the month club.


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Additional Author Guest
CANDAS JANE DORSEY

     Candas Jane Dorsey is an internationally-known writer of speculative fiction, mainstream fiction, and poetry. She is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher of writing and professional writing. From 1992 through 2005 she was editor-in-chief of The Books Collective (River, Slipstream and Tesseract Books). She has travelled widely to give presentations, readings and workshops, and has been active in many writers' organisations. She has won several arts and community achievement awards, and in 2005 was awarded the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal.

     


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Additional Author Guest
TIMOTHY J. ANDERSON

     Timothy J. Anderson is the author of the queer-themed Resisting Adonis (Tesseract Books, 2000), Neurotic Erotica (Slipstream Books 1996) and more than a dozen produced plays, the most recent of which was The Singing Blade - a historical fantasy in which Handel's favourite castrato must face his own demons while the ghost of Queen Kristina Wasa tries to seduce the castrato's protegee. Timothy's most recent short fiction, "Newbie Wrangler", appeared in Tesseracts9 (edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman) and will also be in Year's Best Fantasy 6 from Tachyon Press (edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer).

     Timothy was an editor with The Books Collective from 1994 until it closed in 2005. He edited novels, poetry, short fiction, and books for children. He is currently enrolled in the UBC Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing. He already has a B Mus in voice (U d'Ottawa), combined honours in Journalism and Political Science (Carleton), certificates in vountary sector management (York) and music theatre (Banff).

     Timothy has been librettist-in-residence with the Canadian Opera Company, and he has written texts for many composers. He has also dabbled in composition, particularly vocal music and soundscapes for theatre.

     When he isn't writing, Timothy enjoys an active performing career on stage and in concert. He was part of the original Canadian cast of Phantom of the Opera (and is on the Canadian Polygram recording) as well as the Far East tour. He starred as Archibald Craven in the Canadian premiere of The Secret Garden, and he has premiered many roles and works over a 25 year career which has included everything from theatre for young people to Shakespeare to punk opera and performance art.

     


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