JESSE T. AIRAUDI teaches twentieth-century British and American poetry at Baylor University. His scholarly interests lie in exploring connections among writers from the East and the West in national and comparative literatures. He has published on Pound and Wang Yangming in Analecta Husserliana; Milosz and T. S. Eliot in Twentieth- Century Literature; Kundera and Don DeLillo in NeoHelicon; among others. Currently he is working on a study of Wallace Stevens and Andrei Voznesensky, which explores aesthetics and violence, particularly the role of "antiworlds" to disrupt false constructions (what Voznesensky calls "the Fifth Ace," which fantasists undermine with a fictive but more authentic "secondary world."
BRIAN ALDISS, Permanent Special Guest, is famous for his Helliconia trilogy and The Trillion Year Spree, a critical history of science fiction, among many other works. His Frankenstein Unbound has been made into a feature length film. Mr. Aldiss is the winner of many awards for his fiction. He recently published Somewhere East of Life ( Carrol and Graf), which is set in the future and in Central Asia.
ALLIENNE BECKER, IAFA's Division Head for International Literature for the past ten years, is a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in the department of foreign language where she teaches courses in speculative fiction, fantasy, and horror literature. She is the author of The Lost Worlds Romance: From Dawn to Dusk ( Greenwood Press, 1992) which is number 51 in the series Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently, she is working on a book on the fiction of Andrew M. Greeley. Her Ph.D. in comparative literature is from the Pennslvania State University. She holds an A. B. degree from Duke University and two master of arts degrees from West Virginia University.
EDWARD CARLOS, IAFA's 1994 Guest Artist, earned his Ph.D. in comparative arts from Ohio University. He has published a substantial amount of his poetry, recently completed his first novel, and directed three of his original dramatic scripts. He is a professor in the Fine Arts Department of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His recent exhibit, "Lightfall," held at the university, included the construction of "Cloud Chapel" and two hundred landscapes that explore the implications of consciousness and the interrelatedness of all living creatures.
DAVID B. DICKENS is Professor of German at Washington and Lee University in