Philcon 2012

Guests of Honor

Catherynne Valente (Principal Speaker)

Catherynne ValenteBorn in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest (2009), the Orphan's Tales series (2006 & 2007), Deathless (2011), and the crowd-funded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2009/2011).

She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Spectrum Awards, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009.

Catherynne was just nominated for the Nebula Award for her Novella Silently and Very Fast. She was also nominated for a Hugo Award in the Novel category in 2010 for Palimpsest.

She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner and two dogs.


Phil Foglio (Artist Guest of Honor)

Girl GeniusPhil Foglio was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1956 and attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He is most famous for his work on the steampunk-fantasy graphic novel series Girl Genius. Before that, he wrote and illustrated the What's New with Phil & Dixie comic strip for Dragon and Duelist magazines. He has also done illustrations for the MythAdventures! series of novels, contributed artwork to the collective card game Magic: The Gathering, and done illustrations for DC, Marvel, and First Comics.

In 1976, the slide show The Capture, which Foglio illustrated, was nominated for the the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1977 and 1978, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2008. He won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story for Girl Genius in 2009, 2010, and 2011.


David Kyle (Fan Guest of Honor)

David KyleDavid Kyle has been an active participant in organized science fiction fandom since its earliest days. He participated in the first Philcon in Philadelphia in 1936, as well as the first Worldcon in New York in 1939. He was chair of the 14th Worldcon in 1956, and the Worldcon Fan Guest of Honor in 1983.

In 1948, he co-founded Gnome Press. He is the author of A Pictorial History of Science Fiction and The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams, three licensed novels in the Lensman universe (The Dragon Lensman, Lensman from Rigel, and Z-Lensman) and hundreds of articles for various fanzines.

He is an original member of New York's Futurians, and has received numerous awards including the Big Heart Award (1973), First Fandom's Science Fiction Hall of Fame, a special award from the British Science Fiction Association, and an award for Outstanding Achievement from The International Society of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy. He was listed in Starlog as one The 100 Most Important People in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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