LSFF Board Members

Liza Groen Trombi, President
Liza Groen Trombi is Editor-in-Chief of Locus magazine. She travels extensively to world conventions and conferences, attending awards events, meeting with authors and publishers, and reporting for the magazine. She participates in convention panels and awards juries, is one of the organizers of the SF Awards Weekend in Seattle, and has published several titles for the Locus Press imprint. Trombi is also a director and president of the board of the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. She has a degree in Spanish Literature with a minor in Latin American History from SFSU and lives in Oakland with her husband and two young daughters.

Kirsten Gong-Wong, Treasurer
Kirsten Gong-Wong is the Managing Editor for Locus magazine. She joined Locus in 1993. A native of California’s Central Valley, she attended UC Berkeley, then USC where she earned a Masters in Communications Management and a JD. In 1989, Kirsten returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and has since refused to leave. At Locus, Kirsten is responsible for production, advertising, general office management, and miscellaneous troubleshooting. She is also a director of the Locus Science Fiction Foundation and its secretary. She lives in San Leandro, California with her husband, daughter, and pet hamster.

Alan Beatts
Alan Beatts has operated Borderlands Books in San Francisco since 1997. Prior to opening the store, Alan worked as a firearms and driving instructor, bodyguard, private investigator, nightclub promoter and DJ, and as a motorcycle shop manager. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and the Board of the World Horror Convention. In his free time Alan does recreational woodworking and cabinetry (he built most of the furniture and shelves in his bookstore), reads as much as he ever did, and still enjoys two of the fixtures of his past careers – shooting and dancing.

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is an award-winning writer of novels, comics, and screenplays. He wrote the acclaimed Sandman comic series, and co-wrote humorous fantasy classic Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. His novels include Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and Anansi Boys, and children’s novels Coraline and Carnegie Medal winner The Graveyard Book. He’s also written several picture books, including The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, Crazy Hair, The Dangerous Alphabet, Blueberry Girl, and Instructions. His work has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and many other honors. He wrote the screenplay for BBC TV series Neverwhere, feature film Mirrormask(directed by his frequent collaborator Dave McKean), co-wrote Beowulf, and has directed and written short films. He’s active on Twitter as @neilhimself, and blogs at

Eileen Gunn
Eileen Gunn is the author of the story collection Stable Strategies and Others and the co-editor of The WisCon Chronicles Two. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. She was the editor/publisher of the late Infinite Matrix webzine, and on dark nights can hear it stomping about in the attic. She recently retired from the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop after twenty-two years of service. Her most recent stories are “Thought Experiment”, in Eclipse 4, edited by Jonathan Strahan, and “The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree”, written with Michael Swanwick.

Cecelia Holland
Cecelia Holland is one of the most celebrated historical novelists working today. Her first novel Firedrake appeared in 1966, and she is the author of over 30 books, including the Corban Loosestrife series about 10th-century Vikings: The Soul Thief, Witches’ Kitchen, The Serpent Dreamer, Varanger, and The High City. She has also written an SF novel (Floating Worlds) and books of non-fiction including The Story of Anna and the King and An Ordinary Woman. Holland received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981, and teaches creative writing. Born in Henderson NV, she now lives in Northern California.

Mark R. Kelly
Mark R. Kelly is Locus Online’s editor, webmaster, and designer, aka “Electronic Editor-in-Chief” of Locus magazine. He has a BA degree in Mathematics from UCLA, and has worked for a certain large aerospace concern in Canoga Park CA for over 25 years. He wrote short fiction reviews for Locus magazine under the “Distillations” heading from 1989 through 2001, and launched the Locus Online website in 1997, for which he won a Hugo Award in 2002. He compiled and created the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards in 2000. He lives in Woodland Hills CA with his partner.

Garth Nix
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth’s books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade’s Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, The Keys to the Kingdom series and the forthcoming Troubletwisters books (with Sean Williams). More than five million copies of Garth’s books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his work has been translated into 39 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan is the World Fantasy Award winning and four time Hugo Award nominated editor of more than forty books, including the Eclipse, New Space Opera, and Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the
Year anthology series.  He is also the Reviews Editor for Locus: The
Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fields. He has won the Australian National Science Fiction Achievement Award, the William J Atheling Award for Criticism or Review, and the McNamara Achievement Award. He lives in Perth,
Western Australia.

Peter Straub
Peter Straub is the author of eighteen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, and his most recent, A Dark Matter. He edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and their two-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and four World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2008, Poets & Writers gave him the Barnes & Noble Writers For Writers Award. In 2010, he was given the Life Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention. The University of Wisconsin gave him a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009, and in 2011 Columbia University gave him a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Achievement.

Rina Weisman
Rina Weisman is the coordinator of SF in SF, a monthly author/film series benefiting Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, of which she is a Vice President and Board Member. The Vice-Chair for the World Fantasy Convention in 2009, she is married to Jacob Weisman of Tachyon Publications. They reside in San Francisco in a Victorian house filled with books.

Connie Willis
Connie Willis is the award-winning author of Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, and Lincoln’s Dreams. She has won more Nebula and Hugo writing awards than any other science fiction author, and is the first author to ever have won both the Nebula and Hugo in all four writing categories. She was named Best Science Fiction Author of the Nineties by Locus magazine. Her latest novel is the two-volume time travel to World War II novel, Blackout/All Clear, which recently won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Other recent books include All Seated on the Ground, D.A., and her short story collection, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, and the upcoming All About Emily, about a robot who wants to be a Rockette. She is currently working on a UFO romantic comedy about Roswell, alien abduction, Area 51, cattle mutilations, and Las Vegas and a short story about a mysterious bookshop.

Gary K. Wolfe
Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University in Chicago (where he has also held several administrative positions), is the author of several books and hundreds of essays and reviews (including over 1200 for Locus magazine, where he is a senior reviewer and Contributing Editor). He serves on the editorial boards of two academic journals and has been consultant with several university presses. His first book, The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction, received the Eaton Award in 1981, and Wolfe has since received the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association (1987), the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (1998), and The World Fantasy Award (2007). His recent books Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 and Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001 were both Hugo nominees, and Soundings received the 2006 nonfiction award from the British Science Fiction Association. Sightings: Reviews 2002–2006 and Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature appeared in 2011, as did a posthumous edited volume of Philip Jose Farmer stories, Up the Bright River. In 2010, he began a weekly podcast with Jonathan Strahan, The Coode Street Podcast, discussing matters related to science fiction and fantasy. Wolfe received his doctorate in English Literature from the University of Chicago.