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TitanCon 2019 Featured Participants

As well as our amazing Guests of Honour, we are proud to showcase some of the amazing people who will be appearing at our convention. There's lots more to be added here too, so keep checking back!


Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCIFICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than ninety science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, The Doll Collection, Black Feathers, Mad Hatters and March Hares, The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, and The Best of the Best Horror of the Year.

Forthcoming is Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories.

She's won multiple World Fantasy Awards, Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, Shirley Jackson Awards, and the 2012 Il Posto Nero Black Spot Award for Excellence as Best Foreign Editor. Datlow was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre"m and has been honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association and by the World Fantasy Convention.

She lives in New York and co-hosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar.

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Gillian Polack

Dr Gillian Polack is a very fannish kind of writer and historian. Two of her novels (Ms Cellophane/Life through Cellophane and The Wizardry of Jewish Women) and her 2016 research monograph were shortlisted for science fiction awards. She has edited two anthologies (one of which, Baggage, was also shortlisted for a Ditmar). One of her stories actually won an award and four others were listed as recommended reading on international years’ best lists. Gillian was awarded the Best Achievement Ditmar in 2010 and was the GUFF delegate to Loncon.

She has a PhD in Creative Writing, one in Medieval History and an array of academic publications. Until recently, she researched how writers think of history and how they use it in their fiction, and now she’s working on how other aspects of culture are encoded into novels.

She belongs to Book View Café and is also a member of The History Girls. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia, which explains almost everything.

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Charles Stross

Charles Stross, 54, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005, 2010, and 2014 Hugo awards for best novella, he has won numerous other awards and been translated into at least 12 other languages.

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Zoë Sumra

Zoë was born in London, but spent her later childhood living in Lancashire, where she started writing novels at the age of twelve due to extreme boredom. An accomplished fencer, Zoë crossed swords with Maisie Williams at the first-ever Titancon in 2011 and was a guest at Titancon in 2015.

The second novel in her space-opera gangland thriller Underside series was published in 2017 by Elsewhen Press. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters, and a collection of bladed implements.

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