Guests of Honor

Posted on: June 27th, 2011 by

Author GOH: Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novel LITTLE BROTHER. His latest novel is FOR THE WIN, a young adult novel; his latest short story collection is WITH A LITTLE HELP.  He is a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Open University (UK) and Scholar in Virtual Residence at the University of Waterloo (Canada); in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

Artist GOH: Les McClaine

Leslie “Les” McClaine was born in Ventura, California. He grew up in the historic town of Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked in the public library. After graduating from high school, Les attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he majored in sequential art, and graduated cum laude. Following college, Les created the comic book series, Highway 13 for Slave Labor Graphics, which ran for ten issues. Around the same time, Les produced the popular web-comic Life With Leslie, an autobiographical comic strip that was later published in a collection titled Repeat Until Death.  Currently, Les resides in Portland, Oregon and his work can be seen in the comic book, The Middle Man, written and co-created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and published by Viper Comics. In 2008 it made its debut as a TV series The Middleman (TV series). He is currently working on The Tick the New Series from New England Comics.  Les has also published a graphic novel through Dark Horse Comics, titled Jonny Crossbones, which also appeared as a web-comic on his website. Les is also an occasional freelance contributor to The Portland Mercury newspaper as an illustrator.  In 2005 Les was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Digital Comic category for Jonny Crossbones.

Fan GOH: Steven H Silver

Steven H Silver is an Illinois science fiction fan, writer, and editor. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award in the Best Fan Writer category four times.  Silver is known as an on-line reviewer and has written several articles for fanzines, as well as publishing his own annual ‘zine Argentus, and the monthly APA-zine Plata. In 2003, he edited three anthologies, Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings, which reprinted the first published stories of authors in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Beginning in 2004, he became the publisher of ISFiC Press.  In addition to his writing and editing activities, Silver is involved in running science fiction conventions. He has chaired Windycon twice, founded Midfan and chaired the first Midwest Construction, and ran programming for Chicon 2000, the Worldcon. Since 1998, he has sat on the board of ISFiC.  In 1995, he founded the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and has served as a judge ever since. In 2002, he was on the short story jury for the Nebula Award and in 2003, he was on the novel jury for the Nebula Award.  In 2000, Silver appeared on Jeopardy!, winning two days and coming in second on his third day. He won $15,000.

Special Guest: Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is an award-winning creator of television, movies, comic books and interactive media.  Though best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producers of “Lost,” and for creating the comic book and television series, “The Middleman,” Grillo-Marxuach is currently working on “Ramiel – Wrath of God” – an original graphic novel and writing “Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security.”  He was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  His name is pronounced “HA-VEE-AIR GREE-JOH MARX-WATCH.”