2016 eric choiEric Choi is an aerospace engineer, writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and he is an alumnus of the International Space University. In 2009, he was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut campaign. He was the co-editor of two speculative fiction anthologies, Carbide Tipped Pens with Ben Bova and The Dragon and the Stars with Derwin Mak. The first recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award (now the Dell Magazines Award) for his story “Dedication”, he is also a two-time winner of the Prix Aurora Award – the Canadian national prize for excellence in speculative fiction – for his story “Crimson Sky” and for co-editing The Dragon and the Stars. Please visit his website www.aerospacewriter.ca or follow him on Twitter @AerospaceWriter.

2016 Frantisek DuchonFrantišek Duchoň is the founder of the National Robotics Center and lecturer at the Department of Robotics and Cybernetics. He has many years of experience in the field of research and presentlyis dealing with matters regarding mobile robotics and manufacture systems. Underwater research is his favorite and, since Slovakia owns thousands of square kilometers of seabed in the Pacific Ocean, it is possible that one day he will replace theory with reality.
As a child he was mesmerized by the movie Robot Jox.Among his favorites are T-800, Robocop, Optimus Prime or Johny 5. He claims that Slovakia is one of the great powers in the field of robotics and he believes that one day we will take part in great projects.
Apart from research and lecturing, he plays football, ping-pong, spends time around his house and currently is also dealing with activities related to his work as a member of the city council.
He is looking forward to the ideas of talented authors competing in the Fantasy Award 2016.

František Duchoň je zakladateľ Národného centra robotiky a pôsobí ako docent na Ústave robotiky a kybernetiky Má dlhoročné skúsenosti v oblasti výskumu a aktuálne sa venuje problémom mobilnej robotiky a výrobným systémom. Jeho favoritom sú podmorské výskumy a keďže Slovensko vlastní tisícky kilometrov štvorcových morského dna v Tichom oceáne, je možné, že jedného dňa teóriu zamení za realitu.
V detstve mu učaroval film Robot Jox. Medzi jeho favoritov favoritov patrí okrem iných aj T-800, Robocop, Optimus Prime alebo Johny 5. Tvrdí, že Slovensko patrí medzi veľmoci robotiky a verí, že raz budeme súčasťou podobne veľkolepých projektov.“
Okrem výskumu a prednášania sa venuje futbalu, ping-pongu, svojmu domu a aktuálne rieši aj aktivity súvisiace s prácou mestského poslanca.
Teší sa na nápady talentovaných autorov súťažiacich vo FantasyAward 2016.

FA 2016 havranMichal Havran (1973), studied classical literature and languages in Bratislava and Protestant theology in France. He is the founder of the portal jetotak.sk and the coauthor of the successful movie Candidate, he hosts the talk show Dinner with Havran on Slovak public TV. He considers himself a saloon theologist.

He has a few favorite authors: Cyrano de Bergerac, P. K Dick and Arthur Machen. Each of them elaborated on one of the basic emotions connected to what we nowadays call speculative fiction. The longing for another, better civilization, our own or a foreign one. The anxiety which rises from the prospect of the human curiosity and the transformation of the consciousness under the influence of technologies.