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Guest List

Below is the list of guests who have confirmed so far. We are very pleased to have some new faces, as well as many popular regulars. Watch this space - more details as we get them.
Please note that all guests appearances are subject to work commitments.

China Miéville

Our Guest of Honour this year is the award-winning China Miéville.

Click here for the Guest of Honour page.


Eugene Byrne

Eugene Byrne

Beneath a naturally modest exterior, Eugene Byrne is a man in turmoil. This may be due to having been born in Waterford, but brought up in Somerset. More likely it is due to his new book Things Unborn having been published in April 2001 by Earthlight. It's a parallel universe fantasy about dead people coming back to life, and includes as a minor character a guest from Octocon 1999 who won a place in the book in a raffle. Next time, it could be you! In an exclusive interview, Eugene told me "I'm currently working on a non-SF/fantasy novel (whatever one calls that), which is partly set in Dun Laoghaire", wey-hey!

Besides these, he has written or co-written (with Kim Newman) several other books. We recommend his website, if only for the information on Sprouts.

Link: Eugene Byrne's website.

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Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll is a guy who writes stuff. A lot of this stuff can be found in small-press magazines like FTL, First Contact, Phase, Moonpaper, PFJ, Albedo 1, and The Brentford Mercury, as well as a large number of anthologies. He has also written a number of young adult novels: The Pelicos Trilogy, Moonlight, She Fades Away and Renegade, and an adult science fiction novel, The Throwback. Under the pseudonym Jaye Carroll, he has published three adult romance novels, all of which have sold in embarrassingly large numbers. His books have been described as "I didn't get that bit" by his editor, and "there's a typo on page 39" by a lot of other people.

Despite being very active (and probably quite influential, even if he does say so myself) in fandom for the past fifteen years, he has never been asked to join the Secret Members of Fandom, something about which he is actually not at all bitter, and in fact never even realised until just now when he was desperately trying to think of something to put in the second paragraph.

Michael has a long history with Octocon, and is one of the very few people to have attended every one of them. At conventions, Michael Carroll can usually be found not in the bar.

He is thirty-six and rapidly going bald, much to his annoyance. On the positive side, he is extremely happily married and doesn't have a proper job any more.

Link: Michael Carroll's website.

Michael Carroll

Simon Clark

Simon Clark

Simon Clark is the author of such highly regarded horror novels as Nailed By The Heart, Blood Crazy, Darker, Vampyrrhic and The Fall, and the short story collections Blood & Grit and Salt Snake & Other Bloody Cuts. He has also written prose material for that those well-known Irish songsters, U2. His most recent book is The Night Of The Triffids, which is the officially authorised sequel to John Wyndham's classic SF novel, The Day Of The Triffids. Of this book he says: "...now if you could go back in time and say to the starry eyed teenaged Simon Clark, 'Did you know that in 2001 your book that continues the Day Of The Triffids story will be published?\' I'd have probably snorted in disbelief (while secretly hoping it was true!).

We're delighted to welcome him back to Octocon.

Link: Nailed by the Heart, Simon Clark's website.

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Maggie Furey

Maggie Furey

Maggie Furey is no stranger to Octocon. Indeed, it is at least partially due to the friendliness of the people at Octocon that herself and her husband Eric (and an indeterminate number of cats) decided to move to Wicklow, in Ireland, permanently. Maggie was born in North East England, though, where she pursued a career as a schoolteacher before coming to her senses, and deciding to write fulltime. Her first fantasy novel, Aurian, was an immediate success, as were the other three volumes of the Artefacts of Power series. In fact, two of these volumes had launches at Octocon, Harp of Winds at Octocon 1994, and Dhiamarra at Octocon 1997. It goes without saying that we are delighted to have Maggie and Eric coming back to see us once again.

Link: Maggie Furey's Website

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Roger Gregg

Roger Gregg

Roger Gregg is an American playwright, musician and voice over artist based in Ireland for the past 19 years. He has written numerous plays and music scores. His one-man Science Fiction audio play, Time Out For Bill Lizard, was broadcast by RTE I and by WFAI-FM in Minneapolis/St.Paul, USA, and was recently awarded "Best Audio Science Fiction Production of 1999" by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio. He has also made appearances in films and on television, including the science fiction film Space Truckers.

Link: The Crazy Dog Audio Theatre

James Shields

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison

The author of - to date - almost sixty novels and over a hundred short stories, Harry Harrison is one of the world's most popular and best-loved science fiction writers.

He was drafted in 1943, on his eighteenth birthday, and was trained as a power-operated turret and computing gunsight specialist. He left the army in 1946, having been promoted to sergeant.

His forthcoming work includes 50 in 50, a collection of fifty short stories from the fifty years Harry has been writing.

As a writer he is second to none, as a convention guest he is always popular and entertaining, and as a person he is warm, intelligent and humorous.

Link: The Official Harry Harrison website

James Shields

Morgan Llywelyn

Morgan Llywelyn

Morgan Llywelyn is truly the queen of Celtic fantasy. Lion of Ireland, based on the legend of Brian Boru and published in 1980, has to date sold over fifteen million copies worldwide, and has been translated into a number of languages. Other hugely successful Celtic historical novels include The Horse Goddess, Bard, Grania, - based on the life of the Irish pirate, Grace O Malley, On Raven's Wing - based on the legend on Cúchulainn, and Finn Mac Cool, which deals with the legendary chief of the Fíanna, the army of ancient Ireland. There are many more, including a number of books for children, and, indeed, Morgan has served as a trustee of The Irish Children's Book Trust. We are delighted to invite her back to Octocon.

Link: More about Morgan Llywelyn.

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Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

Born in Manchester in 1960, Ian has lived in Belfast since 1965. His first novel, Desolation Road, was published in 1988 to great critical acclaim. His 1992 novel, King of Morning, Queen of Day, won the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award for best original paperback of the year. Other novels include Chaga (1995) and its sequels Kirinya (1998) and Tendeléo's Story (2000), and his most recent, Ares Express, which was published this year. His books have been translated into numerous languages including Finnish and Serbian. When not writing, Ian works for Extreme Productions as a Network Development Researcher, which apparently means he has to come up with lots of ideas. It's hard to think of a man better suited to his job!

Link: The Ian McDonald website.

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Juliet E. McKenna

Juliet E. McKenna

Juliet E McKenna was born in Lincolnshire in the middle of the sixties, though now lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband and two sons. Her primary work so far, the Einarinn series, has recently had its forth book published in the UK. The four so far are The Thief's Gamble, The Swordsman's Oath, The Gambler's Fortune and The Warrior's Bond. She is well on her way with the fifth, also. Juliet's story of how a combination of spare time, live role playing, babies and a part-time job in her local bookshop led to her getting a publishing deal makes fascinating reading, and useful advice for those wishing to break into the business.

We are delighted to welcome her on her first visit to Octocon as a guest.

Link: Juliet E. McKenna's website.

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Kim Newman

Kim Newman

Kim Newman was born in London in 1959, and is to be found there yet. He was "a weird kid, became a psycho teenager, and grew up into a maladjusted adult". His words.

His career is as varied as only a true writer's can be, having been involved in the theatre and cabaret, freelance journalism and film criticism, and finally his phenomenally successful work as a writer of fiction, both under his own name and that of Jack Yeovil: thus far he has published 20 novels and short-story collections, plus 7 non-fiction books. He has also edited a few anthologies, and been published in just about every SF/Fantasy/Horror magazine going.

Not surprisingly, he's won six awards for his writing. His most famous series of books, however, is his Anno Dracula cycle. We whole-heartedly recommend them to you.

Link: Dr. Shade's Laboratory

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Michael Scott

Michael Scott

A world-renowned expert on Irish history, folklore and mythology, Michael Scott is also the author of many fantasy, horror, mainstream and young adult novels, including Image, Reflection, Banshee, Imp, The Hallows, The Arcana (two books, Silverhand and Silverlight, both with Morgan Llywelyn), Tales of the Bard (a trilogy comprising Magician's Law, Demon's Law and Death's Law), Navigator (with Gloria Gaghan), Irish Folk and Fairy Tales (three volumes), October Moon, Wolf Moon, House of the Dead, Gemini Game, Judith and the Traveller, Judith and Spider, Good Enough for Judith, The Quest of the Sons, Vampyre, 19 Railway Street (with Morgan Llywelyn - chosen as one of the top fifty children's books of 1996 by The Federation of Children's Book Groups of Great Britain), Irish Hero Tales, Irish Animal Tales, The Children of Lir, The Last of the Fianna, The De Danann Tales (three volumes so far: Windlord, Earthlord and Sealord), The Merchant Prince (with Armin Shimerman), Etruscans (with Morgan Llywelyn), The Book of Celtic Wisdom...

Within the next couple of months, Michael's 100th book will be published, making him one of the world's most prolific authors! In addition to producing these tremendously entertaining books, Michael currently works for an extremely successful movie / TV production company.

His books have been translated into many languages, and have won him acclaim and awards throughout the world. He has been called "the King of Irish Fantasy." Reviewing October Moon in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card wrote "A compelling story of dread... Scott is a master of the naturally unfolding mystery, and the tension never lets up."

Michael Scott is also, it should be noted, very, very wise and in all matters relating to... Well, to everything! Plus, he's a really nice bloke. We love him lots!

Michael Carroll

John W Sexton

John W Sexton

John W Sexton has written just over 100 episodes of 'The Ivory Tower' for RTÉ Radio. This features the adventures of 12-year-old Johnny Coffin, who is a drummer in a band called The Dead Crocodiles; the reluctant boyfriend of Enya - a girl with a man-eating pet; and has a teacher who is trying to "destroy his mind with English literature". The show has spawned three books also, 'The Johnny Coffin Diaries', 'Johnny Coffin - School Dazed' and 'The Enya Murphy Diaries'. Though primarily aimed at young adults, these can really be enjoyed by anyone.

However, occasionally John W Sexton becomes Sex W Johnson, and is the lyricist and singer with 'The Sons of Shiva', a band that also features Hugh Cornwell, late of The Stranglers.

Link: John W Sexton's Website

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Colin Smythe

Colin Smythe

Even if Colin Smythe was not Terry Pratchett's agent and publisher, he would be a wonderfully good guest for this convention. Since founding Colin Smythe Ltd in 1966 (three years after graduating from Trinity College in Dublin), Colin has become one of the most important publishers of Celtic literature on the planet. Titles like Lady Gregory's Cuchulain of Muirthemne and Gods and Fighting Men, W. B. Yeats' The Celtic Twilight and Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland and Micheál Mac Liammóir's The Importance of Being Oscar speak for themselves. Add to this Colin's fascination with the paranormal, his long-standing love of SF and Fantasy, and his charming and debonair manner, and you have one of the most versatile guests a convention could wish for.

Link: Colin Smythe's website.

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John Vaughan

John Vaughan

Inspired by far too much of his youth in Cork spent watching crap Science Fiction television, John decided to pursue a career in filmmaking. A few years studying in the prestigious New York Film Academy passed, and John returned to these shores, ready to take the world by storm. He has presented new work at the previous two Octocons ("Phone" in 1999, and the brilliant comedy-horror short "The Boogieman" in 2000), and we hear rumours of a new work, called "Phone 2, Terribly Sorry", which we hope to have for this year's convention.

It is fair to say that wherever John goes, controversy is never far behind. Expect to hear some fascinating stories of John's visit to the Galway Film Festival, where "Boogieman" won third prize.

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Ian Watson

Ian Watson

Ian Watson, author of 30 novels and nearly 200 stories, possesses a dazzling wit, a lateral-thinking mind, and a willingness to try a variety of genres: sf, fantasy, horror, space opera, poetry, filmscripts. He achieved some recent fame as a scriptwriter (under Stanley Kubrick) for Steven Spielberg's AI. In his better known sf novels such as The Embedding and Miracle Visitors, he delved into the nature of consciousness and reality, as well as in The Jonah Kit, which won several awards. J. G. Ballard characterized Watson's work as "superb descriptive writing within a ceaseless flow of ideas." His latest collection is The Great Escape (Golden Gryphon Press, 2002), and three volumes of his best short stories will appear next year from Cosmos Books.

Link: The Ian Watson Website

Doug Mackey

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