Jody Lynn Nye
Science Guest TBD
Connie Willis’s first publication (1971) was the short story, “The Secret of Santa Titicaca.” She wrote true confession stories while trying to break into science fiction publication. She began writing full-time in 1982. She has won eleven Hugo Awards, eight Nebula Awards, and eleven Locus awards. Her most recent Hugo was in 2011 for Blackout / All Clear, a novel published in two volumes. Her other award winning books include The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009, and was named as the 28th SFWA Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Connie has been a guest of honor at many conventions, including Writer Guest of Honor at LA Con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in 2006. In her guest of honor speech at LA Con, she cited as her teachers Agatha Christie for plotting, Mary Stewart for suspense, Robert Heinlein for dialogue, P.G. Wodehouse for comedy, William Shakespeare for irony, and Philip K. Dick on how to pull the rug out from under the reader.
Connie is a 1967 graduate of Colorado State College, now the University of Northern Colorado. She resides in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis.
In his first life, Courtney Willis was a high school science teacher for 23 years. More recently, he was a physics professor at the University of Northern Colorado, a position from which he has now retired. Courtney enjoys collecting slide rules and fiddling with old stereo equipment. He has done science demos at three Worldcons and he presents annually at MileHiCon in Denver, as well as COSine. He has also done spoofs of the science in the Weekly World News. He has participated on a number of science panels at various conventions, where his creative demonstrations are always well received.
Courtney obtained his B.A. in physics and math from the University of Northern Colorado, followed by a M.S. in teaching physics from the University of Wisconsin, Superior, and Ph.D. in science education from the University of Wyoming in 1993.