VCON Relaxicon 41½ Guests of Honour
Local Author/Science GoH
Author of The Owl Series
Author of The Kincaid Strange Series
Geneticist & Molecular Biologist
Local Artist GoH
Multi-Year Winner of VCON Art Show Member’s Choice Award
NTGreen Artwork Folio
Local Fan GoH
Editor of Polar Borealis Magazine
Curator of Canadian SF Fanzine Archive
Past VCON Chair and Toastmaster Emeritus
Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world, and THE VOODOO KILLINGS, (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker. She is also a scientist, with a BSc and MSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.
Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She specializes in translating science for fiction and was also the Canadian co-hosting half of the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.
In the beginning …
In kindergarten when my turn came to tell the teacher “what do you want to be when you grow up” I boldly announced that I was going to be “a fairy, with pink and purple wings”! While this destiny was impossible to achieve, creating art that emulated my dreams was to be a close second.
By the time I was in grade two I had become an avid science fiction and fantasy reader … thus reaffirming my initial life ambition and refueling my imagination.
Hand in hand with my interest in fantasy and science fiction my mother taught me that creativity was a marvelous remedy for childhood woes and boredom; art became an important part of my life for both recreation and emotional stability …but something was missing.
I was drawn to the sciences, technology and math; the world that existed outside the classic artistic mediums. (I realize now that I was somewhat of a geek.) There was no medium that truly appealed to me and I tried most of them. Eventually photography and writing became my go-to arts, being a blend of the technical and artistic.
In the early 1990’s a friend introduced me to computers and computer graphics. That is when it finally coalesced. I had access to computers and a new medium to play with. In 1996 I bought my first computer; within days I knew I was hooked! Here, at last, was a tool that enabled me to take my photography far beyond what I could accomplish in a darkroom. By blending my dreams with photos I could finally satisfy both the geek and the artist.
While I am still not a fairy (with pink and purple wings), amateur photography, computers and Photoshop have given me a world of pixels and light where I realize not only that youthful dream but go far beyond! Now both the artist and the technician have the means to fly!
I am an amateur photographer with strong Photoshop skills. Most of my images are photo-manipulationsinvolving photos andextensive digital painting and multi-media work. The work I do is primarily created with my own photos but in some of my images I use stock photos of models taken by other photographers (always with full usage permission by photographer and/or model). I always note when a model (taken by a different photographer) is used and include, were possible, contact info.
AWARDS & SHOWS
Vcon – Gallery Show – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
• Fan Choice – Vcon 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41
• Best Body of Work – Vcon 36
• Best Black & White – Vcon 36
• Best Body of Work – Vcon 38
• Best Theme Image – Vcon 38
• Best Body of Work – Vcon 37
• Artist GOH Award – James Ng – Vcon 38
• Game Design GoH – Bruce Heard – Vcon 39
• Writer GOH Award – Joe Haldeman – Vcon 40
• Game Design GOH – Ed Greenwood – Vcon 40
• Writer GOH Award – Robert J. Sawyer -Vcon 41
The Grind Gallery Restaurant – 3 Art Harmony – LaNaDa Group Show – 2011
Place des Arts – Never a Place – Lanada Group Show – 2011
The Delta Arts Council – Artshots – 2006
• 1st Place – Creative Category – Into the Light
The Gumboot – Roberts Creek – 2005
• Grand Prize Winner – Photo Digital Volume 2
• Amateur Winner – Life is a Journey Photo Contest
deviantArt.com (Member since 2007)
• 2014 – Imagination – 2nd Place, We Can Change the World
• 2014 – The Gate -Honourable Mention
2012 – Something Wicked – Awarded Daily Deviation
• 2009 – Evolution -1st Place,A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
• 2008 – Summoning the Wind – Grand Prize – Mystery of the Far East
• 2008 – Exile’s Wall – 3rd Place – Dark is my Demeanor
• 2008 – Sensed …Not Seen- Honourable Mention
• 2007 – A Bitter Wind- 1st Place – Tragic Kingdom Contest
Pixleyes.com (2010 to 2011)
Photomanipulation Contest Entries
• 8 – 1st place entries
• 15 – 2nd place entries
• 4 – 3rd place entries
Worth1000.com (2006 – 2007)
Gold & Silver Awards
• Gold – Tree of Tears – Dreams Contest
• Silver – Zebberflutterby – Mamsects&Insmals
• Bronze – The Owl & the Pussycat – Sushi Boat
• Bronze – Cloud Guppies – Alien Culture
R. Graeme Cameron
I was born in Barrie, Ontario, in 1951. Lived in Ottawa as a child and Toronto as a teenager. Moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 1968 and have lived in the Vancouver Area Lower Mainland Region ever since. Important milestones in my life are:
First SF TV series watched: Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.
First SF Books read: 8 volumes of “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.”
First SF Book purchased: “The Red Planet” by Russ Winterbotham.
First SF Film viewed: The Angry Red Planet.
First SF Comic Book Purchased: Magnus Robot Fighter.
First SF Model built: “Flying Saucer” by Lindberg Models.
First Satellite seen with me own eyeballs: Sputnik.
First Astronaut met: Gus Grissom.
First SF Author met: Ursula K. LeGuin.
First SF Convention: Triple Fan Fair, Toronto, 1968.
First SF Convention on ConCom: VCON 1, 1971.
First SF Convention Chaired: VCON 25.
First SF Convention Program Book edited: VCON 36.
First SF fanzine read: “Spockanalia” issue #2.
First Fanzine edited: “BCSFAzine” issue #193.
First SF Fanzine published: Entropy Blues.
First SF Perzine published: Space Cadet.
First SF Press established: BCSFA Press.
First SF Fan Fund won: The Canadian Unity Fan Fund.
First SF Award received: Aurora.
First SF Award I presented: Elron.
First SF Award Society I founded: The Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards Society.
First SF project developed: The Canadian Fancyclopedia.
First SF Website established: The Canadian SF Fanzine Archive.
First Professional Magazine written columns for: Amazing Stories.
First Semi-Professional Magazine Edited and Published: Polar Borealis.
First SF Genre TV Star seen naked live on stage: Diana Rigg.
Let’s see, that about covers the essentials … No, wait a mo … forgot to mention I am the archivist for the following organizations:
– British Columbia Science Fiction association
– West Coast Science Fiction association
– Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy association
– Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards Society
Well, so much for my resume. Truth is, I’m not “all work and no play,” if only because I’ve always known that no sane person can survive life without hobbies. I’ve actually had quite a few hobbies over the years, such as: acquiring a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, driving a forklift, shipping goods, intimidating Citizens from behind the counter at Canada Customs, and all kinds other fun stuff. Since 2010 I’ve gotten dead serious and done nothing but work every waking hour, publishing Polar Borealis Magazine being my latest job. Just a crazy workaholic I guess.