Guests of Honor:
Writer Guest of Honor: Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn is the New York Time Bestselling author of close to twenty novels and over seventy short stories. She’s best known for the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings — the series currently includes fourteen novels and a collection of short stories — and the superhero novels in the Golden Age saga. She also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology.
She has a masters degree in English lit, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, various RT Reviewer Choice Awards — winning for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour — and won the 2011 WSFA Small Press award for best short story for “Amaryllis.”
A bona fide Air Force brat (her father served on a B-52 flight crew during the Vietnam War), Carrie grew up all over the U.S. but managed to put down roots in Colorado, in the Boulder area, where she pursues an endlessly growing list of hobbies and enjoys the outdoors as much as she can. She is fiercely guarded by a miniature American Eskimo dog named Lily.
When she was about eight years old, her mother gave her Heinlein’s Red Planet. Shortly after that, her father sat her down to watch 2001. So, really, this is all their fault.
Media Guest of Honor: Jane Espenson
Jane Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa, with wonderful and encouraging parents. At age 13, she attempted to write an episode of M*A*S*H. It didn’t work out. She attended college at UC Berkeley, studying computer science and linguistics. While in grad school, she submitted spec episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and got her narrow foot wedged in one of the rare open doors of show business. After winning a spot in the ABC|Disney TV writers’ fellowship, she wrote for comedies including Dinosaurs and Ellen. Her first staff job at a drama was at Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which led to script assignments at Angel and Firefly. This was followed by work at The O.C, and Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Torchwood, Game of Thrones and other shows. She currently writes for ABC’s Once Upon a Time. She also co-created Warehouse 13 and Husbands, and writes comic books, short stories, and has edited several books of essays.
She has the best job in the world.