Science Guest of Honor, Ian Tregillis

Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader.  He was born in the Minnesota Territory, where his parents had settled after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince.  (The full story, he's told, involves a barge full of taconite ore and a stolen horse.)  He attended the University of Minnesota for many years, and eventually received a Ph.D. in physics for his research on radio galaxies and quasars.  Soon after that he took a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a turn of events that continues to perplex him because he has no useful skills.  He is an alumnus of the Clarion Writers' Workshop.  He is the author of the Milkweed Triptych (BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR, and NECESSARY EVIL), SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, and the forthcoming Clakkers Trilogy.  His short fiction has been published in, Apex Magazine, The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, and several volumes of George R. R. Martin's shared-world WILD CARDS anthology series.  He lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists, and other disreputable types.