Guests of Honour

Zen Cho

Photo (c) Jim C Hines

Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and lives in the UK. Her short fiction has been awarded a Hugo, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, honour-listed for the Carl Brandon Society Awards, and translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Finnish and Chinese. Cho was a finalist for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (previously the Campbell), joint winner of the Crawford Award for her short story collection Spirits Abroad, and winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer for her historical fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown.

Sorcerer to the Crown was also a Locus Awards finalist for Best First Novel, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee for Best Fantasy Novel and official nominee for the ALA/YALSA Alex Awards, as well as being longlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Awards and the Tiptree Award. Sorcerer to the Crown appeared in Best Books of 2015 lists from Library Journal, ALA, Barnes & Noble, NPR, io9,, BookRiot and the Seattle Times, and was selected for the 2017 Amelia Bloomer List of notable feminist literature for young people.

A sequel, The True Queen, was published in March 2019.

Cho is the editor of the short story anthology Cyberpunk: Malaysia, a Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2016 finalist. She was a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation 2014 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds grants, served on the Board of non-profit Con or Bust and has been a SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) mentor for emerging writers. She has appeared at literary festivals, conventions and conferences in Malaysia, USA, UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong and Ireland, and co-organised UK convention Nine Worlds Geekfest’s first Race & Culture programming track. Cho has spoken about genre and social justice on BBC Radio, Minnesota Public Radio News and Al Jazeera’s online daily TV show The Stream.

Glenda Larke

Glenda was born in Western Australia, the daughter of a farmer. She was educated at the University of Western Australia, where she obtained a degree in history and a diploma in education. Married to a Malaysian scientist, she lived for several decades in Malaysia, including a stint in Borneo, where she was actively involved in rainforest and bird conservation. She has also lived in Austria and Tunisia, but has now settled on the coast of Western Australia, not far from an osprey nest.

While Glenda was living in Vienna she decidedto get serious about writing fiction and sent a fantasy novel to an agent in the U.K., she loved it and took me on. (That book has now been published by Voyager (Harper Collins Australia) as The Aware , Book One of a trilogy entitled The Isles of Glory.)

She kept on writing—in tents, at home, on boats and beaches, in swamps and mangroves, in national parks and logging camps, in airports and on planes. Her first book, Havenstar, was published in 1999 under my married name of Glenda Noramly. It reached the bestseller list for all books on It was also translated into German and Russian.

Havenstar was followed by three unrelated trilogies: The Isles of GloryThe Mirage MakersThe Watergivers  (outside Australia known as the Stormlord Trilogy) and the latest, The Forsaken Lands trilogy. The next book is a standalone, tentatively titled The Fugitive Queen, still in the process of being written.

Marlee Jane Ward

Marlee grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. She attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2014.

You can find her stories at Interfictions, TerraformApexThe SockdolagerAurealis, Mad Scientist JournalSlink Chunk PressFeminartsy and the In Your Face, Hear Me RoarKindred and Best Summer Stories anthologies.

Marlee’s debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorpwon Seizure’s Viva La Novella 3 and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. It was shortlisted for The NSW Premiers Award, an Aurealis Award, and the Norma K Hemming Award. The sequel, Psynodewas released in May of 2017 and was shortlisted for best YA novel in the 2018 Aurealis Awards. The third and final book in the series Prisoncorp was released in 2019.

Marlee’s non-fiction can be found at OverlandKill Your DarlingsWriters BlocGoing Down Swinging and more.In 2017 she won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent. Marlee likes dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of herself. She is represented by Alex Adsett at Alex Adsett Publishing Services.