Guests of Honour

Kate Elliott

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Kate Elliott is the author of twenty-five fantasy and science fiction novels, including her new epic fantasy, Black Wolves, and a YA fantasy, Court of Fives (first of The Fives trilogy). She’s also written Cold Magic (first volume of the Spiritwalker Trilogy), Spirit Gate (the Crossroads Trilogy), King’s Dragon (Crown of Stars), SF novel Jaran and its sequels, and her short fiction collection, The Very Best of Kate ElliottThe Beatriceid, her short fiction retelling in iambic pentameter of the Aeneid, is available from Book Smugglers Publishing. She lives in Hawaii. You can find her online at,, Facebook, and @KateElliottSFF on Twitter.

Ken Liu

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Ken Liu ( is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (The Grace of Kings(2015), The Wall of Storms (2016), and a forthcoming third volume) and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016), a collection. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous works from Chinese to English, including The Three-Body Problem (2014), by Liu Cixin, and “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, both Hugo winners.