Dan Abnett is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, the Inquisitor Eisenhorn Cycle, and volumes of the million-selling Horus Heresy series, which he began with Horus Rising, and the latest Siege of Terra novel, the hugely acclaimed Saturnine. His many other novels include The Silent Stars Go By (Doctor Who), Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Steal the Galaxy, Triumff, and Embedded. In comics, his 2008 run on The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel formed the inspiration for the blockbuster movies. For Marvel, over the years, he has also written long and celebrated runs on Force Works, The Punisher, War Machine, Hercules, The New Mutants and Nova. He is also noted for significant work on DC’s Legion of Superheroes, Justice League and Aquaman. Other work for DC includes Resurrection Man, Mera, The Titans and, for the Vertigo imprint, The New Deadwardians. For other publishers he has written Vampirella, Dejah Thoris and Red Sonja (all Dynamite), Hypernaturals and Wild’s End (Boom!), Dark Ages, Alien and Predator (all Dark Horse) and Rai, Fallen World and The Eternal Warrior (Valiant). A regular contributor to the UK’s long-running 2000AD, he is the creator of series including Brink, Grey Area, Feral and Foe, Lawless, Kingdom and the classic Sinister Dexter. He has also written extensively for the games industry, including Shadow of Mordor and Alien:Isolation. Dan lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in the UK.
Nik Vincent-Abnett began working as a freelance editor, but has published work in a number of mediums, including advertising, training manuals, comics and short stories. She has worked as a ghost writer, and regularly collaborates with her partner, Dan Abnett, writing novels, and working on projects for the games industry. Nik’s first solo, independent novel, Savant, was published by Solaris in 2016. She lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, where she cooks and decorates, and throws pots.
Dave Lally – Fan Guest of Honour
Dave Lally is well known across the whole of UK, Irish and European fandom, and he has been active in the organisation and promotion of fannish events since his first UK Eastercon in 1984. He has run video programmes for Worldcons including The Hague 1990 (Confiction), Glasgow 1995 (Intersection) and 2005 (Interaction), for many of the Eastercons between 1991 – 2005, and for many Octocons, as well. He was chair of the European SF Society from 2006 – 2013, and since 2014, he has been the Membership Officer for the British SF Association. He was also a member of the 2016 Eastercon committee (Mancunicon). He sees conventions as fandom’s lifeblood, allowing interaction not just between Guests and fans, but between fans themselves. Outside fandom, Dave worked in financial services, but is now retired. Irish by birth, he now lives in London.
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