Announcing the three guests of honour
We are very lucky to be able to announce three guests of honour: The Danish fantasy author Malene Sølvsten, the Irish gothic author Tracy Fahey and British science fiction author Chris Beckett! We are really looking forward to hosting both of them for the next Fantasticon! We look forward to seeing you all ‘on the other side’.
Tracy Fahey is an Irish writer; her work was twice shortlisted for Best Collection for British Fantasy Awards in 2017 and 2022. Her short fiction is published more than thirty American, British, Australian and Irish anthologies. Fahey’s writing is informed by her PhD and postdoctoral research on folklore, domesticity and the uncanny. She has been granted residencies in Ireland and Greece. In 2022 she was awarded Saari Fellow status for 2023 by the Kone Foundation, Finland.
Malene Sølvsten is best known for her young adult fantasy series Ravnenes Hvisken that takes its inspiration in Norse mythology and has won a number of awards for her work. She has a background in economy and worked as an artist before working as an author full time.
Chris Beckett was a social worker prior to becoming a science fiction writer. He started writing short fiction in the 1990s. In 2004 he published his first novel, The Holy Machine, with themes of religion, science and rationality. His next two novels, Marcher and Dark Eden were both based on earlier short stories. The latter, a novel set on a far away colony planet, won the Arthur C. Clarke award for best science fiction novel of 2012. Beckett contiued to write short fiction while working on his later novels. His ninth novel Tomorrow is from 2021, about a man trying to write the ultimate novel.