Magic(k) Track

This year ConFusion introduces the Magic(k) programming track. From ancient traditions to technological illusions, magic in all its guises has been an ever-present element in fantasy and science fiction. Magic has also long been a staple of Michigan fandom, from Beltane maypole celebrations to chocolate and coffee rituals, as well as the courtly pomp of Elven Toast. Our interest in science fiction and fantasy points to the larger truth of imagining the possible as the first step to creating the changes we want to see in the world. Our programming aims for change by presenting strange rituals, spiritual technologies, and psychological curiosities. Follow the Magic(k) Track for a glimpse into real-life spiritual, mental, and fantastical shenanigans!

More Authors

Hey, look! More authors are coming!

Lois Gresh

LOIS GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author, and Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children’s Author of 24 books and several dozen short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages. Current projects include weird SF vampire thriller BLOOD AND ICE (Jan 2011, Elder Signs Press), short story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS (March 2011, Chaosium), dark hardcover novel DEADLY DIMENSIONS (2011, Arkham House), an untitled volume from St. Martin’s Press (2012); and editor of ARKHAM NIGHTMARES (2013, Arkham House). Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.

Current book projects include:

  • weird SF vampire thriller BLOOD AND ICE (Jan 2011, Elder Signs Press)
  • short story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS (March 2011, Chaosium)
  • dark novel DEADLY DIMENSIONS (2011, Arkham House)
  • untitled volume from St. Martin’s Press, 2012
  • anthology editor, ARKHAM NIGHTMARES (2013, Arkham House)


Mike Resnick

Locus, the trade journal of science fiction, keeps a list of the winners of major science fiction awards on its web page. Mike Resnick is now the leading award winner for short fiction among all science fiction writers, living or dead.


Panelist Preview

In addition to our Guests of Honor, we have a bunch of interesting people lined up for your panel-going pleasure.

  • Jim C. Hines
  • Anne Harris aka Pearl North aka Jessica Freely
  • Steven Harper Piziks (Saturday only)
  • "Stephen Leigh" aka S.L. Farrell
  • Dr. Philip Kaldon
  • Catherine Shaffer
  • Suzanne Church
  • Steve Buchheit
  • William Jones
  • Christian Klaver
  • Dr. Christine Purcell
  • Stewart Sternberg
  • Charles Zaglanis
  • Dark Wisdom Press

Congratulations to Paolo and Cherie!

Hey look! Our two pro GoHs are serious award-winners! This weekend Paolo Bacigalupi won (in a TIE) the Hugo for Best Novel with his debut novel The Wind-Up Girl, which also previously won the Locus for Best First Novel and the Nebula for Best Novel. And as a quick reminder, Cherie Priest won the Locus Best SF Novel for Boneshaker, as well as being nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula!

Featured Performer: Tom Smith

Tom Smith has been praised by such diverse folk as Lois McMaster Bujold, Larry Niven, Christine Lavin, Peter B. Gillis, and Dr. Demento. He has eighteen albums so far, and plans several more over the next few years. He has won fourteen Pegasus Awards for Excellence in Filking, written songs for video and movies, and has more projects right now than he actually has time to do, which apparently won't stop him.

Fan GoH - Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale

Lisa Garrison Ragsdale has been active in fandom for more than a decade. Although she has a long list of accomplishments, she approaches life with a delight in discovery that gives her the aura of someone who is new to everything she comes to.

Pro GoH - Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in High Country News,, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His short fiction been anthologized in various "Year's Best" collections of short science fiction and fantasy, nominated for two Nebula and four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best sf short story of the year.

Subterranean Press Special Guest - Peter V. Brett

The first non-school book without pictures Peat ever read was The Hobbit. Around the same time, his older brother left a copy of X-men #162 lying around. These two seemingly random events would shape the course of his life to come.

Pro GoH - Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest is the author of seven novels, most recently the steampunk pulp adventure Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and a Locus Award finalist.

Science GoH - Aubrey de Grey

We are happy to announce Dr. Aubrey de Grey has accepted as our Science GoH for Confusion 2011.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world's highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging.

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