No time traveler is complete without some excellent companions to help them along! Here are our fabulous entertainment, author and gaming guests.
Extra-Special Guest Announcements!
Much-beloved and talented comic book artist Leonard Kirk will be in attendance throughout the weekend, and he is offering a very limited number of sketches for sale with proceeds going to Epilepsy Toronto. Inquire at the reg desk to get signed up – first come, first served!
Radio Free Zetox (Thursday) and
Gopher the Music (Friday) – GOPHER THE MUSIC, Stay for the party
To request a song from either, please send requests to future.confidential at gmail dot com, and they will be forwarded.
Thursday’s Enchantment Under the Sea dance will feature:
special live music (to emulate the original dance from the movie) and…
Adam Hodgins, head of Creekers Youth Group – as Marty McFly
The Creekers are a youth group coming up from Brechin, who will be taking part in the under 19 parties throughout the convention. In the words of Adam, “… and the leader is really good looking.” We’re glad to have them join us.
“Top 10 funniest Canadians” – Star TV
Gavin Stephens, is a huge nerd. Raised on a mélange of cartoons, Science Fiction and comic books, Gavin pulls from these influences as a performer, with a skillful style that balances between playful irony, pop culture irreverence and morbid silliness.
“Kevin Smith meets Bill Hicks”
Known for his extremely quick-wit and stream of consciousness comedic style, Gavin’s live show consists of surreal crowd work and improv seamlessly blended with sharp, innovative Larry David like material. All the while balancing between a caricature of an unprofessional and a canny realist.
“A subversive mix of silliness and substance” – Daryl Jung, Now Magazine
Gavin starred in and wrote for all five seasons of the Gemini-nominated sketch show “Comedy Inc.” on CTV (rebroadcast on The Comedy Network and Spike TV). Having filmed multiple one-man specials for The Comedy Network, Gavin has been a „featured comedian‟ on myspace and has appeared at international festivals such as Montreal’s Festival Just For Laughs and Austin’s SXSW (sharing the stage with Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo and Andy Kindler).
Gavin has toured throughout Canada, England, the United States and South Africa and is sought after as a headliner with his one-man show “Meeting of the Audio Visual Squad”. His tribute nights, “The Ghosts of Lenny Bruce”, are popular with both comic purists and new enthusiasts. Gavin was handpicked as the opening act for Russell Peters tour. Gavin is currently touring his solo variety show “Spectacular! Spectacular!”
Nero’s Fiddle (Formerly the Trillingham Ladies Chorus) grew out of a stage act at the now defunct, but unforgettable Ontario Renaissance Festival. Cast as much for characters as singers, Nero’s Fiddle is an ecclectic mix of unusual suspects with a range of ages, interests, alibis, quirks and sounds. The live show is as much about comedy as music, performing traditional pub songs with a fresh twist that’s at the same time both bawdy and beautiful. Nero’s Fiddle is the “Girl Power” movement of the Renaissance, and collectively have over 30 years of performing experience. Nero’s Fiddle has been described as the love child of the Spice Girls and the Rankin Family, but you’d have to see it to believe it!
Nero’s Fiddle are Jennifer Botari, Shannon Kitchings, Lesley Quinn, Jennifer Smith and Hero Van Harten
“We play what we like to listen to”
Those words are the only words that can describe the music of Eclectic Revival. Taking music from every genre, decade, arrangement, throwing it into a blender and finding how far they can push it.
With the talents of Nick Brodie on electric guitar, Kevin Buchan on sax, Chris Reed on bass, Chris Kerba on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, and Rachel Kelly on drums, these boys will stop at nothing to entertain a crowd.
It’s a high flying, death defying, drink trying experience when they take the stage. You’ll laugh till you cry!
a very special surprise treat for all the ladies. And some gentlemen. But you will have to be there to find out what!
Robert J. Sawyer
Called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only seven writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:
* the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award, which he won in 2003 for his novel Hominids;
* the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award, which he won in 1996 for his novel The Terminal Experiment;
* and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, which he won in 2006 for his novel Mindscan.
Rob is also the only writer in history to win the top SF awards in the United States, China, Japan, France, and Spain. In addition, he’s won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). The ABC TV series FlashForward is based on his novel of the same name.
Maclean’s: Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine says, “By any reckoning, Sawyer is among the most successful Canadian authors ever,” and Barnes and Noble calls him “the leader of SF’s next-generation pack.”
Rob’s novels are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s bestsellers’ lists, and they’ve hit #1 on the bestsellers’ list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field. His twenty novels include Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Wake , and the popular “Neanderthal Parallax” trilogy consisting of Hominids, Humans, Hybrids.
He’s often seen on TV, including such program as Rivera Live with Geraldo Rivera, Canada A.M., and Saturday Night at the Movies, and he’s a frequent science commentator for Discovery Channel Canada, CBC Newsworld, and CBC Radio.
Rob — who holds an honorary doctorate from Laurentian University — has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library, the Kitchener (Ontario) Public Library, the Toronto Public Library’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and at the Odyssey Workshop. And he edits Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Red Deer Press.
Rob has given talks at hundreds of venues including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and been keynote speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Boston, Tokyo, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives just west of Toronto with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink.
For much more about Rob, see his 10,000-word autobiography.
(photo coming soon)
Carolyn Joan Clink was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 1958. She lived in Ralston, Alberta until she was five. From 1964 to 1970, she lived in West Hartford, Connecticut, then settled with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Carolyn is an accomplished poet who now lives just west of Toronto with her husband, science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. They met October 17, 1975, in their high-school science-fiction club, NASFA (of which Rob was cofounder), and were married on December 22, 1984, in a small ceremony at Carolyn’s parents’ house. Carolyn is the oldest of five children; her brother David Livingstone Clink is also a widely published poet.
Carolyn has had two poems published in Analog, the world’s number-one bestselling science-fiction magazine (July 1996 and October 1997; the cover of the latter issue is shown at left). She has also had poetry in all five volumes of Canada’s acclaimed horror anthology series Northern Frights, in the science-fiction anthologies Tesseracts 4 and 7, in Weird Tales, Tales of the Unanticipated, Star*Line, and Gaslight, and in the Canadian SF magazines TransVersions and On Spec. More recently, she had poetry in the Canadian anthologies The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night: an anthology of speculative verse and Land/space: an anthology of prairie speculative fiction.
Her poems have also appeared in many mainstream publications, including: Dalhousie Review, Poetry Toronto, White Wall Review, Hart House Review, Hazmat, NōD, Gusts, and Sijo West. She was the $500 prize winner in McClelland & Stewart’s “Celebrate Our City” contest, honoring Toronto’s sesquicentennial, and the First Prize winner in Poetry Toronto’s “Father’s Day” contest. Her poems are collected in three chapbooks:
Changing Planes, published by Junction Books, May 2000
Snapshots, published by believe your own press, May 2007
Much Slower Than Light, published by Who’s That Coeurl? Press, updated June 2008
She’s been a featured reader at:
The Art Bar in Toronto on August 14, 2002
The I.V. Lounge in Toronto on February 18, 2005
Readings at Noon series at Atkinson College, York University on November 29, 2006
Dawson Community Library in Dawson, Yukon, on September 24, 2007
Cobourg Poetry Workshop in Cobourg, Ontario, on March 20, 2008
Carolyn is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and both she and her brother David are members of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop, which meets every other Sunday at the University of Toronto’s Hart House; Carolyn and other members of her workshop gave a public reading there on November 24, 1999, and again on January 28, 2004.
Carolyn studied astrophysics for two years at the University of Toronto (1977-79), then earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Arts Management from Toronto’s Ryerson Polytechnic University (awarded 1983).
She worked for thirteen years for large commercial printing companies (Southam Murray and Quebecor Concord), the first five years as an estimator and the final eight as a production coordinator. In June 1997, she went to work full-time for Rob as his salaried assistant, in charge of all aspects of Rob’s writing business except for the actual writing.
Derwin Mak will be holding the Canadian book launch for the anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God II (from Twilight Times Books) at Futurecon. Infinite Space, Infinite God II, edited by Karina and Robert Fabian, is an anthology of Roman Catholic-theme science fiction. It has his story “Cloned to Kill”, about a teenaged girl clone who has been bred for combat but rebels against her programming, with the help of a former army chaplain. Curiously, it has jokes about the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Derwin’s story “Transubstantiation” won a 2006 Prix Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction award. His novel The Moon Under Her Feet was a finalist for a Prix Aurora Award in 2008. With Eric Choi, he co-edited The Dragon and the Stars, the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by authors of Chinese ancestry living outside China. He has also written articles about anime and East Asian pop culture for the magazines RicePaper and Parsec.
His stories are known for their intriguing characters which include: tiny insect-like aliens (“The Snow Aliens”), an unlucky Titanic survivor (“Luck of the Irish”), an incompetent suicide bomber (“Seventy-Two Virgins”), the ghost of a University of Oregon cheerleader (“The Siren Stone”), ballet dancers in a love triangle (“All Dancers Go to Heaven”), a Roman Catholic priest-engineer who quotes Martin Luther King (The Moon Under Her Feet), a Chinese-American Hooters Girl (“It Came to Eat Our Chicken Wings”), and a teenaged girl in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform who thinks she’s Jesus (“Transubstantiation”). Curiously, “Transubstantiation” is popular among young Jesuits in training at a Jesuit residence in Toronto. Such is Roman Catholicism after Vatican II.
Derwin is also the Hallowe’en lecturer of the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto. His lectures about the Salem witch trials, Vlad Tepes the Impaler, the War of the Worlds hoax newscast, Frankenstein, and giant atomic monster movies were among the most popular at the Institute.
Derwin is a Chartered Accountant and has Master’s Degrees in accounting from the University of Waterloo and in Military Studies from the American Military University. He is an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and a Kentucky Colonel.
J.M. Frey is the author of Triptych, available through DragonMoon Press in April 2011. J.M. Frey is also a fanthropologist and pop culture scholar, appearing in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She is also a freelance voice actor, and the co-host of the podcast “GeekNerdDork” on Dorkshelf. J.M. appears in Leaving Mundania, a documentary about cosplay culture by Jiro C. Okada, and The Maud Squad, a documentary about Anne of Green Gables fandom by Lisa Lightbourn-Lay. J.M. was a guest on the SPACE Channel’s premier original show ”InnerSPACE” during the Doctor Who Live Finale Panel Discussion, and was the host of HardcoreNerdity.com’s short-run specialty podcast ”GeekU“.
The book trailer for J.M.’s novel Triptych will launch at the Schrodinger’s Dog Brunch, where attendees will be the first to catch a glimpse of what the book has in store, to sign up for preorders for the book, and compete for one free digital Advance Reader Copy.
Dr. Shelley TSivia Rabinovitch has been a member of Ontario fandom for decades – literally. She’s the co-founding Vice President of the Ottawa Science Fiction Society, founder of the Ottawa area branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and co-author of two books on modern Paganism as well as chapters in numerous academic publications. Copies of her second book on Paganism, “‘An Ye Harm None’: Magical Morality and Modern Ethics” will be on sale at FutureCon.
Along with her literary work she has a CD released via Amphisbaena Music. “Songweaver: Then and Now” highlights the best of her 30-plus years as a singer-songwriter plus some traditional English ballads. Featured alongside Shelley’s dark-chocolate alto voice are the talents of Toronto’s sensational Heather Dale and the ethereal soprano stylings of Ottawa’s Allison Armstrong. Future musical plans include a collection of her SF/F filksongs, and one of her pagan music.
Shelley has managed to mix business and pleasure by earning her Ph.D in religious studies and teaches comparative religion and women’s studies at various Eastern Ontario institutions including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Queens University. She’ll be heading up the panel on “The Future of Love, Sex, and Dating” Thursday night at 9pm, as she’s single, heterosexual, monogamous, and feeling increasingly like an endangered species in the 21st century!
Rob Maxwell’s mission in life is to contribute to the advancement and appreciation of strategic board games. His favourite games include Dominion, Catan, Container, Blockus (the triangle version), Hacienda, and Peurto Rico. Rob has a compulsive interest in board game design and board game mechanics, and he has designed several games but has not yet been published.
Exterminate! Exterminate! Coming all the way from Skaro, Dalek Auric will be joining us on Saturday only for appearances at 12 and 4 pm in the main hallway of the convention. Get your photo taken with him, or shake his ha-err-exterminatey limbs? Auric is a real, live* Dalek and will also be on a very special Doctor Who panel at 2 pm. Don’t miss out!
*Auric is assisted in his movements and speech by Rob Green and co.
Pandora’s Toybox is an ever-changing collective of some of the most fun, energetic, and downright zany folks that appear at sci-fi conventions near you. They perform random shows for random events with random people, and work with anything you want to throw at them. Even Tribbles.
They will be adding a little extra zing to the opening ceremonies, so don’t miss out!