Guests of Honor

Pro Guest of Honor Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer’s first science fiction series Terra Ignota (Too Like the Lightning, Seven Surrenders and The Will to Battle, from Tor Books) explores how humanity’s cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She teaches in the University of Chicago History Department, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, classical reception, the history of books, publication and reading, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science and atheism, and is the author of Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard University Press). She often researches in Italy, usually in Florence or at the Vatican. She composes fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, including the Viking mythology musical stage play Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok (available on CD and DVD), and often performs at conventions with her vocal group Sassafrass. She also researches anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, early post-WWII manga and gender in manga, and has worked as a consultant for many anime and manga publishers. She blogs for, and writes the philosophy & travel blog

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2017
Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel
Award Nominations:
Finalist Hugo Award for Best Novel
2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors List Selection
Nominated for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominated for the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for Best Debut Novel
Nominated for the 2016 World Technology Award for Arts
Nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel



Steve MacDonald – Music Guest of Honor



David Stein – Fan Guest of Honor