Guests of Honour

Sam Maggs

Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games. She’s an Associate Writer for BioWare on their next title Anthem, and the author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women, and the upcoming Girl Squads, all published by Quirk Books and distributed by Penguin Random House. Her comics writing can be found in recognizable titles like Star Trek and Jem & the Holograms at IDW. Can someone introduce her to Jeff Goldblum?

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey is the internationally-known, award-winning author of novels Black Wine (originally Tor, re-released Five Rivers) and Paradigm of Earth (Tor); short story collections Machine Sex and other stories, Dark Earth Dreams, Vanilla and other stories and ICE and other stories; four poetry books; several anthologies edited/co-edited, and numerous published stories, poems, reviews, and critical essays. She was editor/publisher fourteen years of literary press The Books Collective, including River Books and Tesseract Books. She teaches writing to adults and youth, communications at MacEwan University, and speaks widely on SF and other topics. She was founding president of SFCanada, and has been president of the Writers Guild of Alberta. In 2005 she was awarded the Province of Alberta Centennial Gold Medal for her artistic achievement and community work, and in 2017 the WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts. She is also a community activist, advocate, and leader.

Krista D. Ball

Krista D. Ball is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada where she learned how to use a chainsaw, chop wood, and make raspberry jam. After obtaining a B.A. in British History from Mount Allison University, Krista moved to Alberta, Canada where she currently lives.

Like any good writer, Krista has had an eclectic array of jobs throughout her life, including strawberry picker, pub bathroom cleaner, oil spill cleaner upper, and soup kitchen coordinator. These days, Krista writes full time in her messy office surrounded by corgis, spaniels, and a lot of cats.