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Annual science fiction and fantasy convention will be April 1-3

Published: 1-28-2011 10:40 am

WillyCon, the science fiction and fantasy convention sponsored by the Wayne State Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, will be April 1-3 on the college's campus. The author guest of honor will be Harry Turtledove, a historian and prolific novelist who has written historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction works. The artist guest of honor will be Theresa Mather, a professional artist since 1989, who creates fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. The convention is one of the longest running conventions of this genre in Nebraska, celebrating its thirteenth consecutive year.
 
Traditionally, programming is presented by WSC science educators, students, and selected guests dealing with fantasy, science fiction, and gaming topics. WillyCon XIII also will feature a writer's workshop, short-story contest, an artist's workshop, an art show and auction, a masquerade show, gaming, movies, and a dealer's room.
 
Harry Norman Turtledove is probably the best-known and most popular author of the genre of alternate history. Turtledove worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) in the 1980s. He left the LACOE in 1991 and turned to writing full time. He served as the treasurer for the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1987.

Turtledove won the HOMer Award for Short Story in 1990 for "Designated Hitter," John Esthen Cook Award for Southern Fiction in 1993 for Guns of the South, and the Hugo Award for Novella in 1994 for Down in the Bottomlands. "Must and Shall" was nominated for the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 1996 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Two Georges also received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Worldwar series received a Sidewise Award for Alternate History Honorable Mention in 1996.

Theresa Mather is best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, integrating her paintings with the natural colors and textures of the surface. She chooses to work outside of gaming and publication, exhibiting and selling her work at science fiction convention art shows across the country. She says she enjoys the freedom this gives her to paint whatever she desires, allowing her paintings to be truly her creations.

Mather was active in the field of antique carousel restoration from 1989 to 1999, painting suites of large scale paintings for the crestings of five antique carousels and decorative paintwork for a sixth. Sher exhibits at more than 70 shows each year and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Popular Choice Best of Show at ConJose, the 2002 Worldcon.

For information about WillyCon visit www.willycon.com/ or contact Ron Vick at 402.375.7321. or rovick1@wsc.edu.

 

 

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