26th New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention 2005


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Literary Guest of Honour

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card

The following information has been taken from Orson Scott Card's website.

Orson Scott Card is best known for the Ender's series (which includes "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead").

Card has also written two books on writing: Character and Viewpoint and How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, the latter of which won a Hugo award in 1991. He has taught writing courses at several universities, including most recently a novel-writing course at Pepperdine, and has also taught at such workshops as Antioch, Clarion, Clarion West, and the Cape Cod Writers Workshop.

Born in Richland, Washington, Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church. He received degrees from Brigham Young University (1975) and the University of Utah (1981). He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife, Kristine, are the parents of five children: Geoffrey, Emily, Charles, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa (named for Chaucer, Bronte and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott, respectively).

A recent interview with Orson Scott Card is available at SF Channel.

Fan Guest of Honour

William (Bill) Geradts

(Much-admired organiser of Armageddon)

Armageddon is run twice a year: during the first school holidays of the year in Auckland, and during the third school holidays of the year in Wellington.

The first Armageddon was held at the Avondale Raceway, Auckland December 2/3, 1995 (six years ago).

Bill is an avid supporter of the science fiction community in New Zealand and has spoken on panels and contributed fan memorabilia and merchandise to previous sci-fi con auctions.

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