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Sasquan Names Guests of Honor

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Spokane, WA on August 19-23, 2015, is pleased to announce guests of honor for the convention: David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Brad Foster, Tom Smith, and Leslie Turek.

David Gerrold is best known as the screenwriter of the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”, and has also worked on Star Trek: The Animated Series, Babylon 5, Sliders, and other shows. Gerrold is also a Hugo-nominated novelist, author of When HARLIE Was One and The Man Who Folded Himself. He lives in the Bay Area.

Vonda N. McIntyre is the author of the Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel Dreamsnake, the Starfarers series, media tie-in novels including novelizations of Star Trek II, Star Trek III, Star Trek IV, as well as many short stories in magazines and anthologies. She helped organize the first Clarion West writer’s conference and has taught at many other workshops. McIntyre leaves in the Seattle area and is known as a talented cook and a supporter of environmental causes and civil liberties.

Brad Foster is a prolific artist who has contributed to both fan and professional publications in the field of science fiction. He has won eight Hugo awards as “Best Fan Artist” and has done many covers for Ansible and File 770 among many other fanzines. He was a regular contributor to Amazing Stories and is the founder of Jabberwocky Graphix, a publisher of comics and other art-related publications.

Tom Smith, the self-styled “world’s fastest filker”, has been a popular performer and creator of science-fiction themed music, also known as filk, for a quarter century. He is known for irreverent humor and a wide knowledge of science fiction, fantasy, genre films, comics, and gaming. He has won over a dozen Pegasus Awards, the premier award for filking, and is an instigator of the Funny Music Project.

Leslie Turek has been active in Boston-area fandom sinze Noreascon in 1971, and she was chair of Noreascon 2 in 1980. For Noreascon 3 she edited the Hugo-winning fanzine Mad Three Party and developed the Concourse, a social area in the convention exhibit hall; she also designed If I Ran the Zoo, a game to help conrunners understand the range of alternatives and consequences involved in starting and running a convention. At Noreascon 4 she created the tradition of First Night, a huge icebreaker event on the first evening of the convention.

Sasquan is looking forward to having this fun group of fan favorites as guests of honor at the 2015 Worldcon.