Denvention 3 Toastmaster: Wil McCarthy

Engineer/Novelist/Journalist Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and the science columnist for the SciFi channel, where his popular "Lab Notes" column has been running since 1999. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, AnLab, Colorado Book, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick awards, and contributed to projects that won a Webbie, a Game Developers' Choice Award, and a General Excellence National Magazine Award. His short fiction has graced the pages of magazines like Analog, Asimov's, WIRED, and SF Age, and his novels include the New York Times Notable BLOOM, "Best of Y2K" The Collapsium (a national bestseller) and, most recently, To Crush the Moon. He has also written for TV and published nonfiction in half a dozen magazines.

Previously a flight controller for Lockheed Martin Space Launch Systems and later an engineering manager for Omnitech Robotics and CTO of Galileo Shipyards (an aerospace research laboratory), McCarthy is currently the president of The Programmable Matter Corporation in Lakewood, CO. His nonfiction bestseller, Hacking Matter, describes the ongoing research by major corporations and university laboratories into quantum-dot based "programmable matter," promising enormous changes in both technology and society. He can be found online at and

Wil will be serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the Hugo Ceremony and for the Masquerade at Denvention 3.

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Wil McCarthy, Photo by David M. Gordon
Photo by David M. Gordon