|The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention and Chili Cook-off, Variously known as the 55th World Science Fiction Convention and LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon, To be held from August 28th through September 1st, in the year 1997, in San Antonio, Texas.
LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon: Guest Biographies
Guest of Honor Algis Budrys (aka A.J.) is a genuine triple-threat: a renowned SF
writer, critic and editor. His best-known novels include Rogue Moon, Michaelmas,
Who? and Falling Torch. In the mid-1960s, he began doing regular book reviews, many
of which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. During the 1980s and early
1990s, he was involved with the Writers of the Future project, a contest that introduced such writers as
Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Reed and David Zindell to the field. He has also served as an administrator for
the Philip K. Dick Award, and now edits Tomorrow SF magazine.
More information is available about Algis Budrys.
Guest of Honor Michael Moorcock is well-known for his heroic fantasy series,
such as Elric of Melnibone', Warrior of Mars, and Hawkmoon, which
featured the recurring character of the Eternal Champion. He also edited New Worlds magazine for many years,
during which time he brought many "New Wave" writersincluding the likes of J.G. Ballard, Samuel R.
Delany, Thomas M. Disch, John T. Sladek, and Norman Spinradto the public spotlight. He won the Best
Novella Nebula award in 1967 for "Behold the Man," and the 1979 John W. Campbell Memorial
Award for Gloriana.
More information is available about Michael Moorcock.
Artist Guest of Honor Don Maitz has
won three Hugo Awards and eight Chesley Awards for his
artwork. The admiration of his peers has only increased, after some 400
published works, one of which, The Second Drowning, cover for the novel,
The Road to Corlay, won a silver medal at the Society of Illustrator's
annual exhibition in 1980. That same year, Don received the Howard Award
for Best Artist at the World Fantasy Convention. In addition to doing
covers for leading novelists such as Piers Anthony, Asimov, Ray Bradbury,
C.J. Cherryh, Raymond E. Feist, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock, and Gene
Wolf, Don's magic with the paintbrush produced the pirate image which
launched Captain Morgan Spiced Rum into success in a marketplace where
new products fail more often than not. Now, Don's envious peers can't
even seek escape in the bars. More information is available about
Fan Guest of Honor Roy Tackett is a member of First Fandom. He single-handedly founded
Albuquerque fandom, and is generally regarded as the Godfather of the extensive New Mexico SF community.
More than all that, he's also the person responsible for unleashing Robert Vardeman onto the SF community.
A contributor to FAPA [Fantasy Amateur Press Association], the world's oldest APA, he also pubs Dynatron.
More information is available about Roy Tackett.
Toastmaster Neal Barrett, Jr. began publishing SF in the late 1950s, but his
work is not easy to categorize, as it spans the spectrum from SF, historical novels, magical realism, and
westerns, all the way to "gonzo" semi-mainstream fiction. Regardless of the genre, his work is generally
darkly humorous and intensely human. In the late 1980s, he published Through Darkest America
and its sequel, Dawn's Uncertain Light, which brought him considerable attention. His most
recent books include The Hereafter Gang, Pink Vodka Blues and Dead Dog
Blues. More information is available about Neal Barrett, Jr.