Guests of Honor

Max Gladstone and Romas Kukalis have regretfully withdrawn from attending Philcon 2021. We hope we can meet them in the future.

Fran Wilde

Principal Speaker

Fran Wilde

Two-time Nebula winner Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and kids, with seven books, so far, that embrace worlds unique (Updraft, The Gemworld) and portal (Riverland, The Ship of Stolen Words), plus numerous short stories appearing in Asimov’s,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, Uncanny, and multiple Year’s Best anthologies. Her work has been a finalist for six Nebulas, three Hugos, a World Fantasy Award, and three Locus Awards, named a 2019 NPR Favorite Book (Riverland), and won several awards. Among her latest stories are the novelette "Unseelie Brothers, Ltd." at Uncanny Magazine, and "Seed Star," at Asimov's.  Fran directs the Genre Fiction MFA concentration at Western Colorado University and writes nonfiction for NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. 

Sara Henya

Musical Guest

Sara Henya is a singer-songwriter and harpist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her music can best be described as fantasy-pop, combining the fun of pop music and the ethereal sound of the harp. Sara’s love for conventions started at a young age, attending her first con at only seven years old. Her experience in the sci-fi community has influenced her music greatly, and nowadays you’re just as likely to see her playing her fairy-themed music in a mainstream music venue as you are at a virtual filk session.

Sara Henya released her debut EP, Small World Alchemy, on May 20th, 2018. She has toured music venues around the East Coast, as well as science-fiction and fantasy conventions like Balticon, Arisia, Wizarding Weekend and Philcon. In 2021, Sara released her largest projects yet; two music videos for her singles “Pancakes,” and “Walk Through The Woods.” Both videos bring her songs to life with cinematic visuals, costuming, and special effects.

Sara considers Philcon her home convention, and feels honored to be this year’s Musical Guest.