SPIDER ROBINSON In writing, Spider Robinson found a way to escape from his job guarding a New York sewer. Almost immediately he created one of the best known and loved places in Science Fiction and Fantasy; Callahan’s Place. Writing with humor, a singular imagination, and a grounded sense of what people are really all about, his rise to fame was immediate and accelerated. His reputation today is supported by dozens of books, several series, an impressive array of short stories and a wealth of essay’s and reviews. Married for over 30 years to dancer, teacher and occasional co-writer, the late Jeanne Robinson, Spider Robinson provides us with stories displaying signature thoughtfulness, wit, irreverence, and unique insights into the human condition.
CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO Two life-changing things happened to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 1968: she attended her first WorldCon and she sold her first story. Since then, she has attended many more conventions and published 81 works of short fiction in multiple genres and is presently working on her 95th sold book. As well as science fiction, Yarbro writes mysteries, horror, non-fiction, westerns, young adult, and fantasy, most under her own name, but some under pseudonyms. By the time the 2018 WorldCon rolls around, she plans to be at work on her 100th sold book.
EDGAR PANGBORN An American writer of mystery, historical, and science fiction, Edgar Pangborn was the son of a supernatural fiction writer and a dictionary editor. Leaving his Harvard musical studies incomplete, he shifted to a career in fiction. Initially he wrote pulp detective and mystery stories under a pseudonym as he developed his craft, then shifted in the 1950’s to science fiction and mystery writing in a humanist style that would inspire the next generation of writers such as Peter S. Beagle and Ursula K. Le Guin. More than 25 years after his death, Pangborn’s sister left his papers and literary works, including many not previously published, to Beagle who worked to bring the best of them into print.
PIERRE AND SANDY PETTINGER Attending conventions since 1981, and active in costuming since 1983, Pierre and Sandy Pettinger won their first costuming award at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1986. Their expertise and love of the form drove them to win more awards than can be listed here, but notably includes 4 Worldcon Best in Show awards. They are also active in costume judging, and masquerade management, as well as serving in executive positions in the St. Louis Costumers Guild (a.k.a. The St. Louis Ubiquitous Tailoring Society, or SLUTS), a chapter of the International Costumers’ Guild. (True Fact: They were committee members for San Jose’s last worldcon, ConJosé in 2002, and ran our masquerade there.)