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Nov. 15At Door
Young Adult
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Gaithersburg, MD 20883-3032

Ada PalmerGuest of Honor

Ada Palmer's science fiction series Terra Ignota, beginning with the novels Too Like the Lightning (Tor, 2016) and Seven Surrenders (Tor, 2017), explores how humanity's cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She is a historian working on the history of ideas, primarily in the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, focusing on the legacy of antiquity, the history of books, publication and reading, and the history of heresy, censorship, and freethought. She teaches in the History Department at the University of Chicago, and researches in Italy, often in Florence or at the Vatican. She is the composer for Sassafrass, an a cappella group performing fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music; her Viking mythology musical play "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok" debuted at Balticon 2013 and is now available on CD and DVD. She also researches anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, early post-WWII manga and gender in manga. She has published articles on the history of manga and worked as a consultant for many anime and manga publishers including FUNimation and Tezuka Productions. She blogs for Tor.com, and writes the philosophy & travel blog ExUrbe.com. This year, Palmer won the Compton Crook award.

S.J. TuckerArt Guest of Honor

Megan Willis has worked on a number of animated shows and shorts, including 'Axe Cop' and 'Major Lazer'. She currently works as a storyboard artist on 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,' and has done boards both for multiple seasons and for the upcoming theatrical film. Even when not drawing at work, Megan is often still drawing at home! She does a number of different comics for fun, primarily her current ongoing webcomic 'The Skybox.' Otherwise, she enjoys a lot of nerdy activities, including video games, cartoons, ridiculous monsters, poking fun at bad movies, being enchanted by any nearby large body of water, and petting every dog she sees. Samples of her artwork can be found here.

T.J. BurnsideMusic Guest of Honor

T.J. Burnside first encountered filk music over forty years ago, at the DC area's first Star Trek convention (August Party 1975). There she was delighted to discover she'd been writing filksongs before she even knew what they were. T.J., along with her August Party cohorts Linda Melnick and Sheila Willis, formed a singing group in 1985 by the name of Technical Difficulties. TD went on to release two recordings, Please Stand By in 1986 and Station Break in 1988, and performed to enthusiastic audiences as the musical guests at many conventions around the US and Canada. In 1989 T.J. married fellow filker and science geek Mitchell Clapp, and they transformed into the colony creature and sometimes filk duo T.J. & Mitchell Burnside Clapp. After winning many awards singly and together, T.J. and Mitchell returned to California's Edwards Air Force Base to work on breeding their backup singers. T.J. now resides with Mitchell in their soon-to-be empty nest in Arlington, Virginia. She spends her time enjoying reading, wine, science fiction, hiking, singing, cooking, and keeping her energetic 70 pound brindle boxer mix Oz from destroying the house. She continues to be amazed that people still invite her to conventions to perform, and is honored and happy to oblige if it means hanging out with all the wonderful people in filk fandom!

KivaSpecial Guests:

For 28 years and counting, KIVA has been entertaining and enthralling audiences with their percussive, acoustic, worldbeat ensemble that celebrates the magic of nature and ancient bardic traditions with music that opens the heart and heals the spirit. The band blends strong vocal harmonies with rich and diverse acoustic and electric instrumentation, performing originals, traditionals, and covers. The musicians are inspired by many cultures, spiritual disciplines, and musical styles, including celtic-folk, folk-rock, blues, big band, traditional chants, and jazz. KIVA is based in the Washington DC metro area, and has been nominated fourteen times (so far) for the Washington Area Music (Wammie) Award.