Guests of Honour

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Since her debut novel Hammered was released in 2005, Elizabeth Bear has gone on to win the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Tideline," and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for "Shoggoths in Bloom." She is one of only five writers who have gone on to win multiple Hugo Awards for fiction after winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She is also a regular panellist on SF Squeecast, which has twice received the Hugo Award for Best Fancast.
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This year's Guest of Honour line-up is completed by Mike Carey, author of the stunning Girl With All The Gifts (as M.R. Carey), soon to be a major film starring Meryl Streep, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine. His work also includes the acclaimed Fellside, the Felix Castor series and also a wealth of stunning work in comics and graphic novels, having written for X-Men, 200AD, Lucifer and Hellblazer among others.
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“Frances Hardinge was brought up in a sequence of small, sinister English villages, and spent a number of formative years living in a Gothic-looking, mouse-infested hilltop house in Kent. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford, fell in love with the city’s crazed archaic beauty, and lived there for many years.
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Scott Lynch is best known for his Gentleman Bastard series of novels. He resides in Western Wisconsin in the city of New Richmond. His first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was purchased by Orion Books in August 2004 and published in June 2006 under the Gollancz imprint in the United Kingdom and under the Bantam imprint in the United States. The next two novels in the series, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves, were published in 2007 and 2013 respectively.
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Adam L G Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the supernatural horror novels Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days, House of Small Shadows, No One Gets Out Alive, and Lost Girl. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 his novels were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. The Ritual and Last Days were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Adam lives in Devon and can be contacted through www.adamlgnevill.com.
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James Smythe is the award-winning author of the novels THE TESTIMONY (2012); THE EXPLORER (2013); THE MACHINE (2013), THE ECHO (2014) and NO HARM CAN COME TO A GOOD MAN (2014). His 2015 title WAY DOWN DARK marked the beginning of the Australia Trilogy, a YA title which quickly gained acclaim and has now been shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. The second part of the trilogy, LONG DARK DUSK, was released in April.