Guests of Honor

Author Guest of Honor: Malka Older

Malka Older
photo courtesy Allana Taranto/Ars Magna

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and The Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction appearing in WIRED, Twelve Tomorrows, Reservoir Journal, Fireside Fiction, on and others.

Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.

This year's Arisia book club is reading the Centenal Trilogy. All the details, and a giveaway to help everyone participate, are on the GOH Book Club page.

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Author Guest of Honor: Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older
photo courtesy Lizette Serrano

Daniel José Older is an award-winning author of both Young Adult and adult books. His forthcoming books are Star Wars: Last Shot (from Del Ray, April 2018) and the historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad, his first middle-grade book, to be published by Scholastic in September 2018.

His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His other books include the Bone Street Rumba novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin).

Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. Shadowshaper has been optioned by Tony-winning actress Anika Noni Rose. His journalism on social justice, diversity, and gentrification appears regularly in The Guardian.

He lives and composes music in New Orleans.

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Artist Guest of Honor: Elizabeth Leggett

Elizabeth Leggett

Elizabeth Leggett is a Hugo award-winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time that combine ambiguous interpretation and curiosity with realism. The often-symbolic themes in her works show a fascination with walking a thin line between realism and fantasy. She enjoys exploring the relationships between color, nature and the objects they document.

In 2012, she ended a long fallow period by creating a full seventy-eight card tarot in a single year. From there, she transitioned into freelance illustration. Her clients cover a broad range of styles and presentations, from multiple-Hugo-award winning Lightspeed Magazine to multiple-Lambda-Literary winner Lethe Press. She was honored to be chosen to Art Direct Women Destroy Fantasy and Queers Destroy Science Fiction, both under the Lightspeed banner. She has been working for Lightspeed Magazine since 2014. In addition to illustration, Elizabeth plans to return to writing later this year. Her short story, "Mercury" can be found in Ravens in the Library, a short story collection that includes the works of Charles De Lint and Neil Gaiman.

Elizabeth, her husband, and their two cats live in New Mexico. She suggests if you ever visit the state, look up. The skies are absolutely spectacular!


Fan Guests of Honor: Bjo and John Trimble

John and Bjo
Photo courtesy Robert Paz

John and Bjo Trimble were science fiction fans long before they met and merged to become a force to reckon with. They met in science fiction fandom and married in 1960. Over the years, they have been responsible for many successful projects, including raising three daughters. They worked for years on Science Fiction & Fantasy conventions, as well as their own media and Star Trek cons. They originated the Worldcon Art Shows and stewarded those for 17 years. Bjo founded Futuristic Fashion Shows that are still continued in Costume Cons. They both have Inkpot Awards from San Diego Comic-Con for setting up the convention’s first art shows and helping to organize their early masquerade contests.

They worked together on the original and very successful "Save Star Trek" campaign, but John never got credit. They rallied space fans to name the first shuttle "Enterprise" to draw attention to the space effort. These stories are detailed in a two-part "The Woman Who Saved Star Trek" posting on

Bjo has written two professionally published and several self-published books as well as multiple magazines articles. They are still active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval re-enactment organization, where they can usually be found teaching. Both Trimbles are avid readers, and have books on all subjects piled beside their bed. They enjoy unusual cheeses, home-brewed dark beer, intelligent conversation, and travel anywhere at any time. They like fans and love to guest at conventions whenever invited. You can find them on Facebook on their individual pages, on the Ancient Earth Pigments page, and on their combined John & Bjo Trimble page.