Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over twenty-five years. She was fiction editor of Omni Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more than fifty anthologies Forthcoming is the young adult dystopian anthology After with Terri Windling.
She has won multiple Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and the Shirley Jackson Award for her editing. She was named recipient of the Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre." She has also been honored with the Life Achievement Award given by the Horror Writers Association, in acknowledgement of superior achievement over an entire career.
James Gunn has worked as an editor of paperback reprints, as managing editor of K.U. alumni publications, as director of K.U. public relations, as a professor of English and now is emeritus professor of English and founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Prof Gunn was awarded the Byron Caldwell Smith Award in recognition of literary achievement and the Edward Grier Award for excellence in teaching, and was a K.U. Mellon Fellow. He was presented the Pilgrim Award of SFRA, a special award from the World SF Convention for Alternate Worlds, a Hugo for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction, and the Eaton Award for lifetime achievement. He was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and president of the Science Fiction Research Association from. For over 25 years, he has served as chairman of the Campbell Award jury to select the best SF novel of the year, and for the last 15 years as chairman of the Sturgeon Award jury to select the best short SF of the year. He was named the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and received a University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He has written plays, screenplays, radio scripts, articles, verse, and criticism, but most of his publications have been science fiction. He started writing SF in 1948 and has had more than 100 stories published in magazines and books. He is the author of 29 books and the editor of 13; his master's thesis was serialized in a pulp magazine.
Willie Siros founded and chaired two of the earliest science fiction conventions in Texas Solarcon 1 (1975) and 2 (1976). He later was one of the founders of the Fandom Association. of Central Texas and ArmadilloCon. He was the chair of the first three ArmadilloCons and the co-chair of ArmadilloCon 15 and LoneStarCon 1 (the 1985 NASFiC).
An escapee from El Paso, Texas, Willie was formerly a para-librarian at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and developed its speculative fiction collection. He presently runs the virtual bookstore Adventures in Crime and Space and has had made numerous appearances at lesser conventions around the world such as WorldCon, World Fantasy and BoucherCon.
Norman Spinrad is the author of over twenty novels, including Bug Jack Barron, The Iron Dream, Child of Fortune, Pictures at 11, Greenhouse Summer, and The Druid King. He has also published something like 60 short stories collected in half a dozen volumes. The novels and stories have been published in about 15 languages. His most recent novel length publication is He Walked Among Us, published in April 2010 by Tor. He's written teleplays, including the classic Star Trek, “The Doomsday Machine,” and two produced feature films Druids and La Sirene Rouge. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic, perpetual political analyst, and sometime songwriter.
He's also been a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on three albums, and occasionally performs live. He’s been a literary agent, and President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and World SF.
He has just finished a new novel and a highly experimental novel, Welcome To Your Dreamtime, in which the reader is the viewpoint character. Lighter Than Air is an entirely free-standing story in the form of a dreamtime scenario. Because of its unusual nature, he wrote the novel over several years and has only now begun to seek a publisher for the book.
Darrell K. Sweet (1934-2011) provided cover art for some of the seminal works of the science fiction and fantasy genre. He also produced art for trading cards and calendars. He is most famous for providing the covers of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic saga The Wheel of Time. He also illustrated the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, the Saga of Recluce series by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and the Runelords series by David Farland as well as being the original cover artist for Stephen R. Donaldson's series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. He produced over 3000 images during his long and successful career, and was the artist Guest of Honor at numerous conventions including the 2007 NASFiC and the 2010 World Fantasy Convention. His talent was recognized with a Hugo Award nomination in 1983.Darrell K. Sweet died on December 5, 2011, just four months after being announced as one of LoneStarCon 3's Guests of Honor. To quote Tor Art Director Irene Gallo, "His paintings evoked the classic storytelling narration of the Golden Age illustrators. A Sweet cover promised an adventure to be had." LoneStarCon 3 is working closely with Darrell's family and will continue to feature him in memoriam as one of our honored Guests.
LoneStarCon 3 Toastmaster Paul Cornell is a New York Times #1 Bestseller writer of SF and fantasy for prose, television and comics, the first person to be Hugo Award nominated for all three media. He's written Doctor Who for the BBC, and Action Comics and Batman & Robin for DC Comics. His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Interzone, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. His SF novels are Something More and British Summertime, and he has a new urban fantasy novel coming out from Tor in 2012. He has also co-authored several non-fiction books on television, including The Guinness Book of Classic British TV, X-treme Possibilities (a guide to The X-Files), and The Discontinuity Guide (a humorous guide to Doctor Who).
Special Guest Leslie Fish is a pioneer of filk music, is the winner of eight Pegasus Awards, and perhaps the most famous filker in the world. Along with The DeHorn Crew, in 1976 Leslie Fish created the first commercial filk recording, Folk Songs for Folk Who Ain't Even Been Yet. Her second recording, Solar Sailors (1977) included the song “Banned from Argo”, a comic song parodying Star Trek which has since spawned over 80 variants and parodies. She recorded the comic song “Carmen Miranda’s Ghost", which was the source for the short story collection Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three, edited by Don Sakers (in which she has one story and the notes on the song). Her song "Hope Eyrie" is regarded by some as being a science fiction anthem.
With more than thirty books to his credit, Special Guest Joe R. Lansdale is the Champion Mojo Storyteller. He’s been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace." He’s won numerous awards, including eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer’s Award, the Golden Lion Award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book Award.