Anyway, I've been promising Cheryl Morgan that I would write up a post about who I would love to see as author guests at future Worldcons. There's apparently a rule that the author guest must have been active for the last 25-30 years, which basically means I'm looking at people who have been writing at least as long as since I was born. Hence the making everyone else feel old part.
This is the list I'm going off of, for people who are already past/committed Guests of Honor and won't be eligible for my dream list. I'm going to just do the list as bullet points, because really, I'd love to see any of these people be Worldcon Guests of Honor. I'll try to put dates where I can, of when people first published stuff.
- Robin McKinley (BEAUTY-1978). Now, granted, Robin has ME which can be a bitch of a health condition, and she has two ailing hellhounds to care for. But she's local to the UK, so all you people planning UK Worldcons? Get me Robin McKinley as your GoH and I will love you forever.
- Sheri Tepper (KING'S BLOOD FOUR-1983). I love her books; I love everyone on this list's books, by the way.
- Diana Wynne Jones (various novels in the 1970s). She's not in great health, but oh wow, I love her stuff.
- William Gibson (NEUROMANCER-1984). It's William freaking Gibson, people.
- Orson Scott Card (various publications in the 1970s). Yes, Scott Card is a reactionary figure in the world of science fiction, particularly in terms of his political views. Despite that, he's a great writing teacher, and ENDER'S GAME *is* a classic which I dearly love. Even, ahem, if he is retconning it now...
- Tamora Pierce (ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE-1983)
- Kazuo Ishiguro (A PALE VIEW OF THE HILLS-1982). I just think he would be interesting to have and I couldn't think of another male author. =)