Writer Guest of Honor:
Ken Liu

NWC41 Writer Guest of Honor Ken Liu. Photo © Lisa Tang Liu, used by permission.

Photo © Lisa Tang Liu, used by permission.

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms(2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken is also the translator of numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Artist Guest of Honor:
Wayne Barlowe

NWC41 Artist Guest of Honor Wayne Barlowe

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Wayne Barlowe is an author and illustrator who has created images for books, film and galleries. After attending Cooper Union he started his career painting hundreds of paperback covers for all of the major publishers and magazine illustrations for LIFE, TIME and NEWSWEEK. He went on to write and illustrate EXPEDITION, BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO EXTRATERRESTRIALS, BARLOWE’S GUIDE TO FANTASY, BARLOWE’S INFERNO, BRUSHFIRE: Illuminations from the Inferno, THE ALIEN LIFE OF WAYNE BARLOWE, and AN ALPHABET OF DINOSAURS. Barlowe has done game design for multi-platform consoles for PROTOTYPE, DANTE’S INFERNO, and SHADOW OF MORDOR. His character designs can be seen in BLADE2, GALAXY QUEST, BABYLON 5: Thirdspace, TITAN AE, HELLBOY and HELLBOY 2, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKHABAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, AVATAR, PACIFIC RIM and ALIEN PLANET, a 2005 Discovery Channel special based on EXPEDITION for which Barlowe was executive producer. His first novel, GOD’S DEMON, was released by Tor Books to critical acclaim. Currently, he is hard at work on the sequel to that work, THE HEART OF HELL. He is also writing screenplays and working on a line of 1/6th collectible figures from Zenpunk under the heading of BARLOWE’S HELL.

Science Guest of Honor:
Mathew Wedel

NWC41 Science Guest of Honor Mathew Wedel

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Mathew Wedel is a vertebrate paleontologist, and his main areas of interest are sauropod dinosaurs and the evolution of pneumatic (air-filled) bones in dinosaurs and birds. He is also interested in the evolution of heads and necks in vertebrates, and in the nervous systems of very large animals. He has been fortunate to coauthor three papers naming new dinosaurs: the sauropods Sauroposeidon (2000) and Brontomerus (2011), and the early horned dinosaur Aquilops (2014). He is currently an Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, where he teaches gross anatomy. In 2016 his book The Sauropod Dinosaurs: Life in the Age of Giants, with artist and lead author Mark Hallett, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

In his spare time he enjoys stargazing, and he writes the monthly Binocular Highlights column and the occasional feature article for Sky & Telescope magazine.

Guest of Honor Banquet

Please join us for the 2018 Guests of Honor Banquet. For $80, you will share a special meal with one of our Guests of Honor and six others in a relaxed, conversational setting.  You’ll also enjoy learning more about Norwescon’s community outreach initiatives. Special swag will be available as well.

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Spotlight Publisher:
Green Ronin Publishing

NWC41 Spotlight Publisher Green Ronin Publishing

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Green Ronin Publishing is a Seattle based company dedicated to the art of great games. Since the year 2000 Green Ronin has established a reputation for quality and innovation that is second to none, publishing such roleplaying game hits as Dragon Age, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Mutants & Masterminds, and winning over 40 awards for excellence. For an unprecedented three years running Green Ronin won the prestigious GenCon & EnWorld Award for Best Publisher.

Green Ronin will be represented by Nicole Lindroos and Chris Pramas.

Nicole Lindroos

Nicole Lindroos of Green Ronin Publishing

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Nicole Lindroos entered the tabletop game industry in 1989. She was a founding member of White Wolf and contributor to Vampire: the Masquerade, co-founded Adventures Unlimited magazine, and served on the board of the Game Manufacturers Association and as the chair of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design. Lindroos also served as a volunteer for the advisory committee and as the chair of the Origins Awards.  Currently she sits on the Industry Insider Advisory Panel for Gen Con, and has been an active freelancer for large and small companies alike. Since 2000 she has been co-owner and General Manager of Green Ronin Publishing. Her recent projects include contributions to the Dragon Age Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Titansgrave: Ashes of Valakana and she is the strategic manager for Green Ronin’s Lost Citadel Roleplaying project.

Chris Pramas

Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing

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Chris Pramas is an award-winning game designer, writer, and publisher. He is best known as the designer of the Dragon Age RPG and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 2nd Edition, and as the founder and President of Green Ronin Publishing. He has been a creative director at Wizards of the Coast and Flying Lab Software and a lead writer at Vigil Games. Green Ronin continues to thrive under his leadership, publishing roleplaying games like Mutants & Masterminds, Blue Rose, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. His recent work includes Elf Warfare from Osprey Publishing and the Fantasy AGE RPG from Green Ronin.


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