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Swancon 2004: Chronopolis Guests

Guest of Honour
Tim Powers

Invited Guests
Eddie Campbell
Adrian Bedford
Gary Chaloner is unable to attend Chronopolis due to other commitments.
Chris Dickinson
John Long
Shaun Tan
Ben Templesmith
Fan Guest
Emma Hawkes

Guest of Honour

Tim Powers

The Chronopolis: Swancon 29 Committee would like to welcome our Guest of Honour - Tim Powers. With a writing career spanning almost 30 years, Tim's works are intricately plotted secret and alternate histories with science fiction and supernatural themes. His tales encompass poets and gamblers, incubi and succubi, beer and wine, pirates and vampires, time travel and depilatory salons.

Tim Powers was born in 1952. He attended and graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in 1976. In 1980 he married Serena Batsford.

In 1984, Tim received the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award for "The Anubis Gates" and again in 1985 for "Dinner at Deviants Palace". His novels "Last Call" and "Declare" have won the World Fantasy Award. He was also awarded the International Horror Guild Award for "Declare". Gollancz have recently reprinted "Forsake the Sky" in their Masterworks series.

Invited Guests

Eddie Campbell

...has been involved with comics since the 1970s, as artist, writer, and sometimes self-publisher. His work as writer and artist includes the Bacchus series and many offshoots, a subtle and often satirical series about the god of wine in the modern day, and the influential realist and often autobiographical Alec stories. His is also very well known for his artwork in the Jack the Ripper series From Hell, collaborating with writer Alan Moore, which has since been adapted into a movie starring Johnny Depp. He has also worked for DC/Vertigo, writing Hellblazer, and is currently working on a fully painted Batman project. He has recently shut down his self-publishing company Eddie Campbell Comics, after successfully bringing all his Bacchus stories and much more into print. He is from Scotland, but has lived in Queensland since the mid 1980s. He has also written about the work of the early greats of the comics field, and as befits the author of a series about Bacchus, is fond of a good wine.

Adrian Bedford

Adrian's debut novel "Orbital Burn" has been well received by the press and reader reviews alike. Read more about Adrian on his website or his blog

Chris Dickinson

Chris Dickinson is a Western Australian film maker, and the owner/operator of Artifact Films. He made the fifteen minute short First Sight through the WA Film and Television Institute. He is currently working on a low budget science fiction feature, Hell Diver. After starting preproduction, the film gained the interest of various industry figures, and they are now seeking mid-level funding for the project. After getting a grant from Screen West to take the script to Sydney, he has acquired the services of established script writer Anne Brooksbank as Script Editor on the project. Some of the early work on the film can be seen at his website http://members.iinet.net.au/~chrisdn

He has recently been writing and researching a documentary project called "Space Dreamers" for Perth's Artemis International company. The documentary focuses on the activities of various groups and companies that are starting up privately owned space programs. This has put him in touch with a wide variety of people in the space and science fields, from the Mars Society to Britain's Starchaser Industries and Bert Rutan's Scaled Composites in California. Scaled Composites is a favorite to win the X-Prize by launching the world's first privately built space craft, the fully reusable Spaceship One.

HELL DIVER

Hell Diver is a science fiction film set in the clouds of Saturn in one hundred year's time. In a base suspended in the sky by an orbital cable, a team of scientists are being forced to do dangerous research on the vast creatures that inhabit the clouds. These creatures, the Psychovores, communicate by ingesting cerebral matter from one another, absorbing each other's memories directly. But now, a human has fallen into their world, and seems to have joined their group-mind…

John Long

John is the author of the Devil's Roost science fantasy series, and Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at The Western Australian Museum.

Shaun Tan

...works full time as a freelance author and artist, spending much of his time writing and illustrating picture books.

He began illustrating science fiction stories as a teenager, for magazines such as Aurealis and Eidolon, and became the first Australian to win the Illustrator's of the Future Award in the US. His picture books The Rabbits, Memorial, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree have received several local and international awards. Shaun was named Best Artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal in 2001.

He is currently working with a London-based film producer on a short animated adaptation of The Lost Thing, the story of a boy who befriends a useless creature, not unlike a giant tentacled teapot. Both The Lost Thing and The Red Tree are currently being developed as installation-based children's theatre productions by companies in Canberra and Brisbane.

Ben Templesmith

...was born in Perth, Australia in 1978. With a BA in Graphic Design, majoring in Illustration, he's worked for movie, magazine, book and game companies, but most often within the Anglo-American comicbook industry. He doesn't drink nearly as much tequila as people seem to think and likes Sumo wrestling and cats.These days he can be found zipping across the Pacific between San Diego USA and Perth Australia.

Fan Guest

Emma Hawkes

Over the last few years, Emma has been heavily involved with Swancon. In 2001 Emma re-invented the Swancon Art Show, which has subsequently gone from strength to strength; and in 2002, she instigated the wonderful Expert Stream. Emma is also involved in ongoing fundraising for various SF causes, is a promoter of Gynacon, and as if that isn't enough, she is an active Slash fan, and has been a NAFF delegate. Recently, Emma has branched out into fanzines, with the upcoming Gynaezine. We are particularly proud to have Emma as fan guest at Chronopolis, as in her non-fannish life she is a time traveler of some note; she is perhaps best known for her exploration of the middle ages while researching her doctoral thesis on medieval women and the law.

 

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