Author Guest of Honor—David Weber
David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1952. He started writing poetry and short fiction in the fifth grade, and a lifetime of reading, writing, and studying — particularly of history — has given him a love of storytelling that clearly shows in his work. In his stories, he creates a consistent and rationally explained technology and society. Even when dealing with fantasy themes, the magical powers are treated like another technology with supporting rational laws and principles.
More on David Weber Here
Horror Guest of Honor—Ramsey Campbell
Described by the Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer,” Ramsey Campbell will be a special guest at Albacon. Over a career spanning half a centuiry, his stories have received multiple awards. In 2015, he received a Life Achievement award from World Fantasy Convention. Mr. Campbell had been scheduled to be at WFC; however, his health prevented him from flying across the Atlantic.
More on Ramsey Campbell here
Artist Guest of Honor—Heidi Hooper
Heidi Hooper is the Dryer Lint Lady — Believe it or Not.
Her work is showing in Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world, and Heidi was featured in their books. Her work is also currently showing in galleries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After Consumer Reports called her “The Andy Warhol of Dryer Lint” she made a piece called “Andy Warhol in Dryer Lint” which won her the prestigious Niche Award for recycled art. She was just nominated for the 2016 award as well, which will be her 4th such nomination.
More on Heidi Hooper here
Fan Guest of Honor—Dawn McKechnie
Dawn McKechnie, also known as “Kaijugal” has been involved in the Canadian costuming community and international costuming fandom for over 20 years. Although she has won numerous awards throughout the years for her unique costume creations, in the past fifteen years Dawn has heavily involved with organizing, administration, and education at costume events.
More on Dawn McKechnie here
Panelists and Participants (as of 2/15/16)
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Ryk E. Spoor
Ian Randal Strock