Andrea Hairston is a novelist, playwright, critic, and academic. Her first novel, Mindscape (2006), won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was shortlisted for the Tiptree and Philip K Dick Awards. Her second novel, Redwood and Wildfire (2011), won the Tiptree Award. She has also won the IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award.
She is the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College, and is also the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She has created original theatre productions for over 30 years; her work has been staged at Yale Rep, the Kennedy Center, and on Public Radio and Television. She has also translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English. Her critical essays have also been widely published, including in Daughters of Earth (ed. Justine Larbalestier), in Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles (ed. L Timmel Duchamp), in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and in several volumes of The Wiscon Chronicles. Join us as we welcome this polymath to Readercon and celebrate the range of her work.
Kit Reed has been writing stories for over 50 years, in a wide range of genres — including horror, fantasy, science fiction, and (as Kit Craig) psychological thrillers. Her novels include Mother Isn't Dead She's Only Sleeping (1961), Armed Camps (1969), Magic Time (1980), Fort Privilege (1985), Little Sisters of the Apocalypse (1994), Strait (1995) [as by Kit Craig], Thinner Than Thou (2004), The Baby Merchant (2006), The Night Children (2008), Enclave (2009), and Son of Destruction (2012). Her short fiction collections include Mister Da V. and Other Stories (1967), The Killer Mice (1976), Other Stories and… The Attack of the Giant Baby (1981), Thief of Lives (1992), Weird Women, Wired Women (1998), Seven for the Apocalypse (1999), Dogs of Truth : New and Uncollected Stories (2005), and What Wolves Know (2011). Thinner Than Thou received the ALA Alex Award, and she has also been shortlisted several times for the Tiptree Award. The recent retrospective The Story Until Now (2013) gives a survey of the range and power of her fiction and the reasons for celebrating her work at Readercon this year.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was the daughter of the philosopher and novelist William Godwin and the feminist and educationist Mary Wollstonecraft. She married the poet Percy Shelley in 1816, and together with him and the poet Lord Byron and the doctor John Polidori, spent much of the summer of 1816 at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva. At Byron’s suggestion, one evening each of the group told ghost stories that they had written; by far the most famous of these is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818). Frankenstein is often viewed as the first science fiction novel, turning the Gothic tradition into a form distinctively responsive to the modern age. It has inspired countless successors — as well, of course, as translations into other media.
Mary Shelley wrote many other works, including the sf tale The Last Man (1826), several Gothic stories, biographies, and travel narratives. But it is for her role in founding science fiction that Readercon is proud to be honoring her this year.
146 program participants as of 7/7/14
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