World Fantasy Convention 2013 has announced multiple award-winning author, poet, artist, actor and raconteur Brian W. Aldiss as its second Special Guest.

Brian has written in almost every genre, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical and humorous fiction, as well as non-fiction and poetry. Among his many acclaimed novels are Non-Stop, The Primal Urge, Hothouse, Greybeard, Earthworks, An Age (aka Cryptozoic!), Report on Probability A, Barefoot in the Head, Frankenstein Unbound (filmed by Roger Corman in 1990), The Malacia Tapestry, Brothers of the Head, Moreau’s Other Island, The Helliconia Trilogy (Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer and Helliconia Winter), Dracula Unbound, Jocasta, Walcot and Finches of Mars.

A multiple winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, Brian Aldiss was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000. On June 11th, 2005 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for services to literature in H.M. Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours list.

“Of course I am radiant to be asked as a Special Guest to the World Fantasy Con,” says Brian, “particularly since it is to be held in Brighton – do our overseas guests know what a gorgeous place Brighton is?”

Brian Aldiss joins previously announced Author Guests of Honour Richard Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson, Artist Guest of Honour Alan lee, Special Guest Tessa Farmer and Master of Ceremonies China Miéville, in the picturesque and vibrant seaside town of Brighton, on the south coast of England, over the weekend of October 31 – November 3, 2013.

Other authors, editors, agents and artists already registered include Joe Abercrombie, John Joseph Adams, Peter Atkins, Ben Baldwin, James Barclay, Elizabeth Bear, Simon Bestwick, Joshua Bilmes, Holly Black, James P. Blaylock, Chaz Brenchley, Randy Broecker, Ginjer Buchanan, Jim Burns, Pat Cadigan, Ramsey Campbell, Ted Chiang, Vincent Chong, Simon Clark, Donna Condon, John Peyton Cooke, Paul Cornell, Peter Crowther, Benoit Domis, John R. Douglas, Hal Duncan, Alistair Durie, Les Edwards, Bob Eggleton, Frank Festa, Jo Fletcher, Jane Frank, Stephen Gallagher, Mark Gascoigne, Barry Goldblatt, Christopher Golden, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Liza Groen Trombi, Karen Haber, Joe Haldeman, Lee Harris, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Robert Hood, John Jerrold, Jane Johnson, Stephen Jones, S.T. Joshi, Michael Kelly, Nancy Kilpatrick, Garry Kilworth, Jay Lake, Samantha Lee, Tim Lebbon, Alison Littlewood, Karen Lord, Brian Lumley, Len Maynard, Anna McFarlane, Gary McMahon, Farah Mendlesohn, James Minz, Thomas Monteleone, Howard Morhaim, Mark Morris, Lisa Morton, Kim Newman, Adam Nevill, Stan Nicholls, Garth Nix, Jana Oliver, Jonathan Oliver, Reggie Oliver, Rosalie Parker, Sarah Pinborough, David Pirie, Charles Preploec, John L. Probert, Tina Rath, Gillian Redfearn, Lynda E. Rucker, R.B. Russell, Darrell Schweitzer, Robert Shearman, John Silbersack, Robert Silverberg, Mick Sims, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, Cat Sparks, S.M. Stirling, Jonathan Strahan, Simon Strantzas, Tricia Sullivan, David A. Sutton, Simon Taylor, Melanie Tem, Steve Rasnic Tem, Rose Tremlett, Steve Upham, Mark Valentine, Gordon Van Gelder, Mark Van Name, Conrad Williams, Sean Williams, F. Paul Wilson, Stephen Woodworth, Rio Youers and many others…

Among the publishers attending from all over the world are: Ace Books/Penguin (USA), Allen & Unwin (Australia), Angry Robot Books (UK), Baen Books (USA), Borderlands Press (USA), Dream Press (France), Fablecroft Publishing (Australia), Festa (Germany), Gollancz/Orion (UK), Grant Books (USA), HarperCollins Publishers (UK), Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus (UK), Little, Brown Book Group (UK), Meulenhoff Boekerij (Netherlands), Newcon Press (UK), Noose and Gibbet Publishing (UK), PS Publishing (UK), The RAS Press (USA), Screaming Dreams (UK), Shadow Publishing (UK), Solaris Books/Rebellion Publishing (UK), Tartarus Press (UK), Ticonderoga Publications (Australia) and Transworld Publishers (UK).

Although the convention is still more than a year away, there are already more than 500 registered memberships! Please be aware that there is a firm limit on the number of Attending Members, so once the convention is sold out there will be no more memberships available.

Remember, last year’s World Fantasy Convention in San Diego sold out eight months prior to the event, so the sooner you join, the sooner you are guaranteed a place. Plus the membership rate will increase at regular intervals as we get closer to the dates of the convention.

All the information can be found on their website, under HOW TO JOIN on the left-hand menu. You can easily register now by following the instructions on the page and paying via the PayPal buttons. The membership fee will be automatically converted into your local currency at the time of the transaction. Please also remember to complete and submit the details of your registration for our files. You will not be considered to have registered for the convention until we have received BOTH your payment and the registration form.

Dealers’ Room information is also now available on the official website, and over the coming months the organization will be releasing more information about Guests of Honour, Themes, Art Show, Room Rates, Programming, the World Fantasy Awards, special events, promotions, advertising and all the other things that make WFC the one date in the convention calendar that no professional or fan can afford to miss.

World Fantasy Convention 2013, Brighton, England

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