Ben Bova is the author of some 139 works of science fact and fiction, including the award-winning novel Titan, the Exiles, Grand Tour and Kinsman series, and is a six-time winner of the Hugo AwardSM as Best Professional Editor for his tenure at Analog, where he succeeded the legendary John W. Campbell, Jr. He went on to be editor of Omni Magazine. A scientist as well as a science writer, in the 1950s, Dr. Bova predicted a U.S. - Soviet Space Race and was involved in Project Vanguard as a technical writer during the early days of the U.S. Space Program. Additionally, he is a past president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Other honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year (for Titan), the Robert A. Heinlein Award, as well as the Lunarians’ Isaac Asimov Memorial Award. His latest novels (both available from Tor Books) are Power Surge, Death Wave, Apes and Angels, and the forthcoming Survival.
Bob Eggleton is a multiple Hugo, Chesley and Locus Award-winning artist who first came to prominence for his awe-inspiring spacescapes. (Asteroid 13562 was named Bobeggleton in his honor.) His body of work since, however, has displayed a powerful versatility, covering a broad range of styles and subjects, from hard science and horror to high fantasy and a certain big lizard. Godzilla, of whom he is a huge fan, famously has a prominent place in his life and even surrounds the display space for his many awards. (To his glee, he appeared as a "fleeing" extra in the 2002 film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.)
Over the years, Bob has done art for comics, collectible card games, and book covers for many well-known authors, as well producing as his own illustrated books and art books. "Publishers love artists that slam out the work and sell their books.", he says. Appropriately, his work will be featured on the cover for the upcoming novel by our Writer Guest of Honor, Ben Bova. The Lunacon 2017 Art Show will be exhibiting his work throughout the Convention weekend.
Above all, Bob is a cool (or "cooool") guy, and we're delighted to welcome him back to Lunacon as our Artist Guest of Honor. (His previous appearance as Artist Guest of Honor was at Lunacon '99.)
Roberta Rogow is an omnifan. While perhaps best-known to Lunacon attendees as a filk singer-songwriter - where her achievements earned her induction into the Filk Hall of Fame - she was also a trailblazer in Star Trek Fandom, publishing some of its earliest fanzines and contributing fan-fiction to the genre. Additionally, she is a costumer (her most memorable efforts are “Art Show” and “Bag Lady of Gor”) and a dealer in many convention Dealers' Rooms.. Branching out professionally, she is the author of Futurespeak, a dictionary of sf, fannish and media terms, and of speculative fiction and historical murder mysteries, notably a series featuring Oxford don Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and a young Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, and, more recently, a series set in an alternate North America ruled by Spain, the latest of which is Mischief in Manatas. She was also our Toastmistress at Lunacon 2002.
The Boogie Knights are a wildly popular, fan favorite filk group from Maryland who, since 1982, and with a varying membership, have been performing “songs of daring-do with nary a hey nonny nonny,” parodies of everything from commercial jingles to TV and movie themes, and from golden oldies to the latest top-40 songs, all done with a wicked humorous medieval or fantasy twist. Their newest CD, Wasted Days and Wasted Knights, is available via CD Baby.
Marianne Plumridge, our Special Guest Artist, and Bob's wife, works mainly in the fields of fantasy and adventure, with occasional forays into science fiction. "When I embarked on a creative career," she relates, "I started out as a writer. When I found that I could tell the story in paint, the writing sort of fell by the wayside." Her art history started in her native Australia, where she honed her black and white illustration skills for fan magazines, and earned her the Australian Science Fiction Media (ASFMA) Award for Best Australian Media Fanartist. (Her "Koala fixation," understandably, might rival husband Bob Eggleton's love for Godzilla.)
Marianne's art has graced the covers of Dreams of Decadence Magazine and inside the Mermaid and Dolphin Oracle card deck from Hay House Inc., among other places, and she has worked in a variety of media from oils and acrylics to Super Sculpey. Her sculpture "Heartsong" received a Chesley Award nomination.