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Con of Futures Past
Cedar Rapids Doubletree - October 16-18, 2015
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Thursday, October 15 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble Author Signing

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An open event at Barnes & Noble to meet many of the Authors attending ICON 40 - how can you resist a chance to meet them and buy a couple (or more) books?? Come join us at this Pre-ICON 40 event to kick things off!

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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CJ Anderson

In between teaching academically gifted students, raising her own two children, being a wife, and reading AND writing YA SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal, in her "spare time" you can most likely find CJ rocking out, stalking fictional characters, & Fangirling books, TV shows/movies. She has many fandoms but especially loves Doctor Who, anything having to do with Superman, and Star Wars! CJ loves meeting other fangirls/fanboys so don't be afraid to... Read More →
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Rachel Aukes

Author
Rachel is the award-winning author of the Deadland Saga , which includes 100 Days in Deadland , named one of the best books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. She's currently writing the Fringe Series, a space opera that pits an interstellar crew of post office workers against an empire. The first two books--Fringe Runner and Fringe Station--are out now. | | Rachel was raised on a farm near Manchester, Iowa, where she spent every free minute... Read More →
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Aaron Bunce

Owner, Autumn Arch Publishing
Small, independent publishing. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, and Mystery novels.
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Rachel Eliason

Author
Rachel is a transgender woman and writer living in the Midwest. She writes | contemporary YA stories under her given name and fantasy/science fiction | under the name R. J. Eliason. Her contemporary YA novels published as Rachel | Eliason include: Run, Clarissa, Run; The Case of Nikki Pagan; The Best Boy | Ever Made; and The Mage Chronicles. Her fantasy novels published as R. J. | Eliason include the Bear Naked saga (Bear Naked, Bear Naked 2... Read More →
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Gregory Frost

Author, Founding Member of ICON
Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides of which author Michael Swanwick has said “if I had to choose one novel to represent the current state of fantasy it would be Shadowbridge”), and fifty-plus short stories of the fantastic. His novelette No Others are Genuine (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine Oct/Nov 2013) was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for... Read More →
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Dennis W. Green

Author
Best known in Iowa for his long career as a radio personality, Dennis’s on-air adventures were covered by newspapers from Anchorage to Los Angeles, and he has received awards from Billboard Magazine, JazzWeek, and many community organizations. | His first novel, "Traveler," a sci-fi thriller in the tradition of Daniel Suarez and Dean Koontz, came out in 2013. It finished in the top ten of the 2014 Ben Franklin Independent Publishing awards... Read More →
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Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman - Joe is an American science fiction author best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War.He has been a published author since 1969; his first short story was published in Galaxy Magazine. Joe has won:5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, 1 Damon Knight Grand Master Award, 3 Locus Readers Poll Awards, 1 World Fantasy Award, 1 John Campbell Award, 1 James Tiptree Award, 2 Asimov’s Poll Awards, and has been nominated for 57 other awards... Read More →
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Jim C. Hines

Author, Toastmaster
Jim C. Hines began writing in the early 90s, while working on a degree in psychology from Michigan State University. His first professional sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV.For many years, he focused on short fiction. His work has appeared in more than forty magazines and anthologies. During this time... Read More →
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Beth Hudson

Author, Program Book
Beth is a fantasy writer who has published a number of short stories in | anthologies and small press magazines, as well as an illustrated chapbook, | Following Seas (originally released by Sam's Dot Publishing, and reprinted in | 2013 by Alban Lake Publishing's Outposts of the Beyond), and a 2011 novella, | The Herd Lord, about a war among centaurs. In addition to fiction, she | composes poetry and music; sings; and plays guitar, harp, and... Read More →
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Gregga Johnn

Author, Story-in-the-Wings
Gregga J. Johnn is a transient writer and performer. She has traveled around Australia performing in schools with poetry and puppets, and has over twenty years of experience on stage and small screens, in Australia and the USA, both acting and directing. | Currently, she lives on the spirit-filled Springhill Farm outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There she builds her creative business, “Story-in-the-Wings,” writing, performing, creating art... Read More →
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Tamara Jones

Author
Jones started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes grisly thrillers. Her award winning Dubric Byerly Mystery series, “Ghosts in the Snow”, “Threads of Malice”, and “Valley of the Soul”, were published by Bantam Spectra and her newest novel, “Spore”, will be published via Samhain Publishing this summer. Despite the... Read More →
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Michael Koogler

Author
Michael Koogler was born in Dayton, Ohio and resides today in Iowa with his | wife and children. His first full-length novel, Hade’s Gambit, was co-written with | fellow authors Jed Quinn and Jaren Riley and debuted in 2012. It has been | recently re-released as two books entitled Kingmaker and Risen. He has also | authored the science fiction thrillers Antivirus and Renegades: The Judas War, | as well as the fantasy epic Convergence. In... Read More →
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Ann Leckie

Author, Guest of Honor
Ann is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel “Ancillary Justice”.  She has also published short stories in: Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy.  Her story, Hesperia and Glory, was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording... Read More →
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A.R. Miller

Author, Writer
A.R. Miller’s contemporary fantasy series, Fey Creations, has been compared to potato chips. ‘Absolutely no nutritional value, but fun to read and highly addictive.’ A great complement considering potato chips are in the top five of her favorite foods and she strives to do nothing but entertain with her writing. The series revolves around stylist, Keely Fey, the secrets of her heritage and suppressed magical Talents. A.R... Read More →
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D. Moonfire

D. Moonfire is the remarkable intersection of a computer nerd and a scientist. | He inherited a desire for learning, endless curiosity, and a talent for being a | polymath from both of his parents. Instead of focusing on a single genre, he | writes stories and novels in many different settings ranging from fantasy to | science fiction. He also throws in the occasional romance or forensics murder | mystery to mix things up. | He has two... Read More →
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Sarah Prineas

Author
Sarah is the author of the award winning middle-grade fantasy Magic Thief series, which has been published in 19 languages around the world. In addition to being a 2009 E. B. White Read-Aloud honor book and an NCTE notable book, The Magic Thief  is on sixteen state reading lists and is the Beehive Award winning children’s novel of 2010 in Utah, a 2011 Golden Sower honor book in Nebraska, and a Rebecca Caudill honor book in Illinois... Read More →
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Jed Quinn

Author, DreamCon
Author, historian, world traveler and raconteur, Jed Quinn is a man of obscure | talents and strange associations. Jed spends his days teaching as a community | college history professor, being a father to five ridiculously awesome kids, | serving on his local school board, writing, and traversing the globe. Jed has | released two books with Mike Koogler and Jaren Riley, Hade’s Gambit and The | Rise of Cain, and has been working on a new... Read More →
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Mickey Zucker Reichert

Author, Writer's Workshop
Mickey is a pediatrician and author whose claims to fame include being the | product of two rocket scientists and having performed brain surgery, while | being neither a rocket scientist nor a brain surgeon. | Mickey's novels include the I, Robot trilogy (To Protect, To Obey, To Preserve) | authorized by the Isaac Asimov estate and also the Science Fiction Book Club’s | Main Selections in 2013; three trilogies about the Renshai (the first... Read More →
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Shannon Ryan

Author, (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
Shannon lives in Marion, Iowa. He writes weird, funny stories in the urban fantasy | genre. He currently has three novels out: Minion of Evil about satanic | telemarketers, and Fangs for Nothing which follows a loser vampire “living” in his | parents’ basement. His latest book Panic No More is about a computer | programmer harassed by a Greek God. His short fiction has been featured in | Slate’s Today’s Blogs and... Read More →
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Catherine Schaff-Stump

Author, Paradise ICON
Catherine Schaff-Stump writes books for adults and children. Her short fiction has | appeared in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Spirit's Tincture, various | publications from Paper Golem Press and on Drabblecast. The first book in her | series about demon Binders, The Vessel of Ra, will be published September 12, | 2017. Catherine is a graduate of the Viable Paradise and Taos Toolbox writing | workshops. She hosts the Paradise Icon workshop... Read More →
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T.J. Silver

Author
T.J. is a young, eclectic writer who pens unique and fascinating works. From horror, to fantasy, to fiction built around real mysteries, the tales are tall and incredulous. Silver's first novel, Thunderstorm and the Elementals, provides sheer heart racing entertainment for young fans who enjoy reading about teens who are full of angst, witty dragons, and a wide world full of magic. TJ lives in the Midwest and is an avid student and collector of... Read More →
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Patty Templeton

Writer. Itinerant honky-tonk dancer. Bookworm. | | I love bigass boots and rhinestone necklaces. | I will dance party with you absolutely anywhere, anytime. | My first novel, There Is No Lovely End, is available in print and ebk. | | HUZZAH! | | https://www.goodreads.com/Patty_Templeton
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Erik Therme

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 3 with his eleven-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature... Read More →
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Tara Tolly

Author
Tara lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband and four children (two humans and two canines) and where she spends her days shaping the minds of impressionable fourth graders; She spends her nights and summers shaping the lives of her make-believe characters. Tara loves to escape the pressures of the real world by entering into the fictional worlds she creates within the depths of her imagination. When not immersed between the covers of a book... Read More →
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Adam J. Whitlatch

Author, KHP Publishers, Inc.
Adam J. Whitlatch is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, and aspiring | musician. A fantasy enthusiast from a young age, his interest in science fiction | was first sparked at the age of ten when his father played the infamous 1938 Orson | Welles War of the Worlds radio broadcast for him on Halloween, a tradition Adam | carries on to this day. From 2012 to 2015, Adam worked as an associate editor with | KHP Publishers, Inc, managing... Read More →


Thursday October 15, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble 333 Collins Rd NE Bldg 1, Northland Square SC, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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