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Thursday, October 15
 

6:30pm

Barnes & Noble Author Signing
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
avatar for CJ Anderson

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 →
avatar for Rachel Aukes

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 →
avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

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

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 →
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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 →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

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 →
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →
avatar for Gregga Johnn

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 →
avatar for Michael Koogler

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 →
avatar for D. Moonfire

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 →
avatar for Sarah Prineas

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 →
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →
avatar for Shannon Ryan

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 →
avatar for Patty Templeton

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 →
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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
 
Friday, October 16
 

9:00am

Paradise ICON
Alumni of neo-pro writing workshops participate in this 2-day workshop that runs in conjunction with ICON. Join the authors on Saturday, October 17 at 9:50 PM in TaftB for reading of the work produced during this workshop. Pre-registration is required for all Paradise ICON sessions.

Moderator
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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 →

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

ICON Art Exhibit 'Out of this World' at the CR Museum of Art
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum for a special showing of artwork from past ICON Artist Guests of Honor. Visit the CRMA and tour the two special Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is located at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

Friday October 16, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

DreamCON III
DreamCON is a writing workshop for high school and college students running in conjunction with ICON. Participants who are aspiring writers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our guests of honor and honorable guests to learn more about the writing craft and the publishing world. Pre-registration is required.

Moderator
LP

Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Aukes

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 →
avatar for Cheryl Corbin

Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin
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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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 →
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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 →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

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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Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →
avatar for Gregga Johnn

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 →
avatar for Michael Koogler

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 →
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

DreamCON III
DreamCON is a writing workshop for high school and college students running in conjunction with ICON. Participants who are aspiring writers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our guests of honor and honorable guests to learn more about the writing craft and the publishing world. Pre-registration is required.

Moderator
LP

Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Aukes

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 →
avatar for Cheryl Corbin

Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin
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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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 →
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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 →
avatar for Joe Haldeman

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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Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →
avatar for Gregga Johnn

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 →
TJ

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 →
avatar for Michael Koogler

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 →
AL

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 →
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Art Show
The ICON Art Show is a show open to all artists who would like to submit artwork in a science fiction or fantasy theme. Some of the artwork is for sale and can be purchased immediately or via the Charity Auction.

Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit B-Art Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Dealer's Hall
Dealers are located in Exhibit Hall A along with the Art Show. You will find a variety of wares for sale from books to collectibles, jewelry and more.

Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit B-Dealers Hall Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Registration
Registration is located in the area just in front of Taft Room A-B. Everyone attending ICON 40 must register and must wear a badge for admission to all ICON-sponsored events.

Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Taft A/B Lobby Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

Mindbridge Game Library and Video Gaming
The Mindbridge Foundation maintains a large gaming library that you are welcome to enjoy during ICON 40. Stop by room 302 and check their collection of games. Learn more at mindbridge.org/projects/game-library/. Hours subject to change based on availability of volunteers, so sign up as a volunteer now!

Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00am
Room #302 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

24-hr Game Room
Get your game on in the 24-hour game room!

Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm
Room #304 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

ICON 40 Docent Art Show tour
Learn more about the annual ICON Art Show by taking a short tour. Artists and ICON staff will be giving short tours of the show and offer a unique perspective on the displayed artwork.

Moderator
avatar for Susan Leabhart

Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

Teen Lounge
Join your friends, and make new ones, in a space for Teens to chat about whatever topics come to mind.

Friday October 16, 2015 5:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00am
Exhibit C Lounge Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

The Gathering
Relax in time and space with your friends (new and old) while waiting to see if the Doctor, a companion or two, or a villian will show up at the Tardis.

Friday October 16, 2015 5:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 3:00pm
3rd floor Balcony Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

All Things Avengers
Avengers Assemble! With the influx upcoming Avengers movies, you are invited to assemble with other Avengers fans to discuss all things related to the franchise.

Moderator
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

How to enjoy your first CON
Never attended a convention before? Learn the ins and outs of attending a convention with some seasoned pros and novice attendees.

Moderator
GH

Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

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

Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Whitlatch

Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.


Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Bill Johnson
Join Bill Johnson for a reading followed by a question/answer session…rumor has it there are several selections to choose from so you may be asked to help decide!

Moderator
BJ

Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Genre Rules for Book Covers
A Powerpoint presentation workshop to discuss book covers, including examples.

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Corbin

Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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 →
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

ICON 40 Opening Ceremonies, TICC
Welcome to ICON 40 Con of Futures Past! Join us for opening ceremonies; meet this year’s guests of honor and enjoy this year’s Trans-Iowa Canal CompanyTM (TICC) performance. Get your con started off right!

Moderator
avatar for Denny Lynch

Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →
AL

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 →
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

ICON 40 Opening Ceremonies, TICC
Welcome to ICON 40 Con of Futures Past! Join us for opening ceremonies; meet this year’s guests of honor and enjoy this year’s Trans-Iowa Canal CompanyTM (TICC) performance. Get your con started off right!

Moderator
avatar for Denny Lynch

Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →
AL

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 →
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Karaoke
Show off your singing skills at the annual ICON Karaoke Party sponsored by John Garner.

Moderator
JG

John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 7:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00am
Room #503 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Mature Themed Gaming
During this block, games that may contain intense violence, sexual content and/or strong language may be checked out from the Mindbridge Gaming Library with a legal picture ID and played in Room 314. Games must be returned to the Mindbridge Library by 1 AM.

Friday October 16, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00am
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

All Things Doctor Who
OOOOO EEEEE OOOOO! From William Hartnell to Peter Capaldi, you are welcome to join your fellow Whovians for a discussion about all things Doctor Who.

Moderator
Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
BJ

Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Fandom from a Teen's Perspective
The future of science fiction and fantasy is with our youth. What does fandom look like from a teenager's perspective? Join this panel and share your thoughts and experiences with others.

Moderator
Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Prop Build 101
Join us for this session to learn about basic prop design and costuming.

Moderator
Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Gregga J. Johnn
Join Gregga J. Johnn as she reads from her novel, The Chronicles of Trevel: Dragon Tears, followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Gregga Johnn

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 →

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Harassment in Fandom and Life
A frank discussion about harassment and how to cope and confront it when it happens.

Moderator
EA

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Editor
Blond and brainy, Elizabeth Anne Hull (known as Betty to most of her friends and | called Betty Anne by her husband, Frederik Pohl), is Professor Emerita of William | Rainey Harper Collegein Palatine, Illinois, where she taught English and science | fiction for over 30 years, earning the school’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1997. | The Alumni Association of Northwestern University honored Elizabeth's | contributions to her profession... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Everything I learned about writing, I learned from...
How do authors approach their writing? Come listen to our guests discuss their own research and writing process, how it started and if it's evolved over the years, the strengths and weaknesses, and anything else that's influences them.

Moderator
avatar for Joe Haldeman

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
MZ

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Registration
Registration is located in the area just in front of Taft Room A-B. Everyone attending ICON 40 must register and must wear a badge for admission to all ICON-sponsored events.

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Taft A/B Lobby Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Wylde Nept
An ICON tradition, the James Brothers bring Celtic music to downtown Cedar Rapids loads of drinking songs, traditional Irish and Scottish music plus some original tunes. Learn more at wyldenept.com.

Moderator
WN

Wylde Nept

Musicians
Wylde Nept was started when a few of the guys found each other during a camping trip at a Celtic music festival and they’ve been playing ever since. Their music, primarily inspired by traditional folk, is lively, fun and sure get your face smiling and foot tapping. When listening to Wylde Nept, you can have tear in your eye during one song and then swinging a beer wildly around while singing with the crowd during the next. | | The band... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00am
Room #517 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00am
Room #519 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Return to the Planet of the Zines, part 1
An ongoing zine-making workshop. Bring your story or artwork, transfer it to a ditto master, and at the end of the weekend, we'll have an old school "ICON 40" zine.

Moderator
BS

Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rich Dana

Rich Dana

Benevolent Dictator, Obsolete Press
Rich– aka Ricardo Feral aka Ricardo Obsolete– is editor-in-chief and coffee boy at Obsolete Press. He, along with co-founder and graphic artist Blair Gauntt have published zines and books featuring work of writers and artists from around the globe. Rich is also a freelance technical and environmental writer whose work has appeared on websites including LifeHacker, Inhabitat , Solar Tribune, HomeFixated and Daily Anarchist. He is working on a... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Thiesen

Colleen Thiesen

Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
Educator working to inspire a love of books, libraries, history, and material culture in online spaces. YouTube.com/uispeccoll


Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Elements of Cosplay Design
Come and learn/discuss how to incorporate your designs into your Cosplay ideas and characters.

Moderator
LS

Lynda Sherman

Costume Central

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Whitlatch

Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.


Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

All Things Outlander
If you dream about being whisked away to Scotland circa 1743, you should join your fellow Sassenachs for this discussion about all things Outlander.

Visit Second Run Reviews after the session to find a list of Outlander related articles and sites.

Moderator
avatar for Terri M. LeBlanc

Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
TT

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Adam J. Whitlatch
Join Adam J. Whitlatch as he reads from his novel, Birthright - Book I of the Temujin Saga, followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Groundbreaking theories driving future technology
Joe Haldeman, Gregory Frost and Tom Ashwell will share details about theories that are driving the technology we currently have or will have in the near future.

Moderator
BJ

Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Monster Creation
Every few years an author "reinvents" a classic monster. Glittering vampires, anyone? But what goes into reinventing classic monsters. Five authors share how they reinvented the old to make it new again.

Moderator
avatar for Rachel Aukes

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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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Fan Fiction 101
Do you dream of shiping Cas and Dean? Or maybe you fancy Luna Lovegood having amazing adventures after graduating from Hogwarts? Come learn more about fanfiction--what it is and how to find it.

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Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Geek 101: Married to a Geek
Being married to a geek or even dating one can be a wonderful adventure and a frustrating one. Come join this discussion to learn more about falling in love and staying in love with that special geek in your life.

Moderator
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Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

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Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

I won't grow up!
How does science fiction/fantasy keeps us connected to our youth? Let's discuss how middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy is being consumed by adults.

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Athena Foster

Guest Liaison

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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 →


Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

What are you reading?
Join the DAGOBAH monthly readers group as they discuss the books they've recently read. Be prepared to discuss the SF, fantasy and horror books you've read and would like to recommend. Audience participation is welcome!!!

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Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Dylan R.E. Moonfire
Join Dylan R.E. Moonfire for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

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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 →

Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Story Creation Improvisation
Be a part of creating a new and vibrant story through on the spot choose-your-own-adventure style questing and storytelling. Choose your own Energy style from the nine Trevel Energizations and go on a StoryQuest to see just who will survive, who will thrive, and possibly, who will be the scapegoat. Self-analyzing, Adventure, Fun, and much laughter!

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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 →

Friday October 16, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00am

Witchhunt
Another ICON tradition and active audience participation event! As a Salem Village, it your duty to find the witches and Burn Them Out! Lots of participants needed for this light-hearted game.

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Susanna Myers

Programming


Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00am

Evening with Wolfie B. Bad (18+)
Come and have a frank discussion with Wolfie B. Bad. This interactive question and answer session is for ICON attendees who are 18 and older.

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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00am - 12:50am
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401
 
Saturday, October 17
 

8:00am

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00am - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00am
Room #517 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00am

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00am - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00am
Room #519 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00am

Teen Lounge
Join your friends, and make new ones, in a space for Teens to chat about whatever topics come to mind.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00am - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00am
Exhibit C Lounge Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Kaffeeklatsch with Glen Cook
kaffeeklatsch: noun, kaf·fee·klatsch. Definition: an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Join author Glen Cook for this early morning gathering with your coffee in hand and your bright eyes and bushy tails.

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Glen Cook

Author
Glen was born in New York City, moved to a farm in Indiana for a few years, then | moved to Northern California where he grew up. Glen served in the US Navy, | then attended the University of Missouri. After college, he then went to work for | General Motors where he remained employed until he retired. He began writing | with malicious intent to publish in 1968. Wicked Bronze Ambition, part of the | "Garrett P.I." series, was released in July... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Paradise ICON - Lecture by Joe Haldeman
Alumni of neo-pro writing workshops participate in this 2-day workshop that runs in conjunction with ICON. Join the authors on for reading of the work produced during this workshop. Pre-registration is required for all other Paradise ICON events.

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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Paradise ICON
Alumni of neo-pro writing workshops participate in this 2-day workshop that runs in conjunction with ICON. Join the authors on for reading of the work produced during this workshop. Pre-registration is required for all other Paradise ICON events.

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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Registration
Registration is located in the area just in front of Taft Room A-B. Everyone attending ICON 40 must register and must wear a badge for admission to all ICON-sponsored events.

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 7:00pm
Taft A/B Lobby Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Cartooning with Uncle Denny
Are you fascinated by animation and cartooning? Join Uncle Denny to learn some basic drawing tips for making characters come to life!

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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

(Re)Discovering Zine Making
Fanzines or Zines hold a special place in the hearts of science fiction, fantasy and comics fans hearts. Head over to this panel to learn more about Zine production.

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Peter Balestrieri

Curator, Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections, University of Iowa Special Collections
Please talk with me about: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, TV, Radio, Theatre Arts, Cinema, Fandom Studies, fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, social media, ephemera, Romantic poetry and fiction, Frankenstein, digitization, de-acidification, and popular culture in general.

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Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Adaptation of epic series for T.V.
With the growing popularity of the Game of Thrones and Outlander, networks are looking more at epic science fiction and fantasy stories to build their ever shrinking audience. What are some of the pros and cons of seeing your favorite epic series on the small screen?

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Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

RPG Games 101
Role Playing Games (RPG) have been around for years. But how do you get started and what's it like to play? Come join this open discussion to learn more about RPGs and how they work.

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Athena Foster

Guest Liaison

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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Is Pluto a planet?
It is a new age for many of us. Our solar system only had 8 planets. However, with the latest images of Pluto beaming back to Earth, we are learning more about this dwarf-planet. Bill Johnson and Tom Ashwell share their thoughts about the International Astronomical Union's decision to demote Pluto.

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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Cosplay is not Consent
Join our panelists for a discussion on issues surrounding Cosplay and harassment, how Cons handle issues surrounding harassment and bullying, and how this relates to society at large.

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Elizabeth Anne Hull

Editor
Blond and brainy, Elizabeth Anne Hull (known as Betty to most of her friends and | called Betty Anne by her husband, Frederik Pohl), is Professor Emerita of William | Rainey Harper Collegein Palatine, Illinois, where she taught English and science | fiction for over 30 years, earning the school’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1997. | The Alumni Association of Northwestern University honored Elizabeth's | contributions to her profession... Read More →

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Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →
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Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Author Meet & Greet
Don’t be shy! Step right up! There will be over 30 authors will be gathered and waiting for you to ask questions about their craft. This is your opportunity to fawn over your favorite authors and learn about new ones. Buy a book (or two or three), get it signed and watch your to-be-read pile GROW!

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Bill Albert

Author
Bill was born and raised in Amana where he works in a factory and spends a great deal of time thinking about being someplace else. He has self-published a time travel novel, Time Web Tremors, and several short stories available on Kindle. Also available are The Secrets of Starpoint Mountain and The Shadows of Starpoint Mountain and The Ghosts of Starpoint Mountain was released last Halloween. He has also produced several videos for PATV18 in Iowa... Read More →
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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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Glen Cook

Author
Glen was born in New York City, moved to a farm in Indiana for a few years, then | moved to Northern California where he grew up. Glen served in the US Navy, | then attended the University of Missouri. After college, he then went to work for | General Motors where he remained employed until he retired. He began writing | with malicious intent to publish in 1968. Wicked Bronze Ambition, part of the | "Garrett P.I." series, was released in July... Read More →
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Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin
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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
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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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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... 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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Jordan Pinckney

Author
Jordan has worked in the mental health field for over seven years. He’s had a | passion to work with kids all his life, and one of the most enjoyable areas of his | profession is encouraging them to be creative and utilize their imagination to | their full potential. He has a wife, Aubree, and they welcomed their son, Caber, | into the world early 2016. Aubree has been an immense support over the last | two years as Destined was written... Read More →
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Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... 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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

ICON Art Exhibit 'Out of this World' at the CR Museum of Art
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum for a special showing of artwork from past ICON Artist Guests of Honor. Visit the CRMA and tour the two special Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is located at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Art Show
The ICON Art Show is a show open to all artists who'd like to submit artwork in a science fiction or fantasy theme. Some of the artwork is for sale and can be purchased immediately or via silent auction.

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Exhibit B-Art Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Dealer's Hall
Dealers are located in Exhibit Hall A along with the Art Show. You will find a variety of wares for sale from books to collectibles, jewelry and more.

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
Exhibit B-Dealers Hall Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Mindbridge Game Library and Video Gaming
The Mindbridge Foundation maintains a large gaming library that you are welcome to enjoy during ICON 40. Stop by room 302 and check their collection of games. Learn more at mindbridge.org/projects/game-library/. Hours subject to change based on availability of volunteers, so sign up as a volunteer now!

Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00am - Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00am
Room #302 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Docent Tour with Sarah Clemens, 'Out of this World' at the CR Museum of Art
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum for a special showing of artwork from past ICON Artist Guests of Honor. Join us at CRMA for a tour with Sarah Clemens of the two special Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. This session will take place at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Return to the Planet of the Zines, part 2
An ongoing zine-making workshop. Bring your story or artwork, transfer it to a ditto master, and at the end of the weekend, we'll have an old school "ICON 40" zine.

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Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Rich Dana

Benevolent Dictator, Obsolete Press
Rich– aka Ricardo Feral aka Ricardo Obsolete– is editor-in-chief and coffee boy at Obsolete Press. He, along with co-founder and graphic artist Blair Gauntt have published zines and books featuring work of writers and artists from around the globe. Rich is also a freelance technical and environmental writer whose work has appeared on websites including LifeHacker, Inhabitat , Solar Tribune, HomeFixated and Daily Anarchist. He is working on a... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Back to the Future…Science & Technology
Marty travelled to 2015 in Back to the Future II, so where are our hoverboards and self lacing shoes? What IS the next big technological breakthrough and how has the world of science fiction and fantasy assisted in (or hindered) the advancement of technology.

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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →

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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Closed Mindbridge Meeting
This is a closed Mindbridge Meeting for current members only. If you are interested in learning more about Mindbridge, please attend the open Mindbridge Meeting at Noon on Saturday, October 17th.

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Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

How to Grow Your Own Mustache
Come discuss the tips & tricks on how to grow your own mustache.

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Mitch Thompson

Room Parties, BrassGears Adventures Society
First ICON was ICON 5. Past Concom for ICON 12 and ICON 38. President of the BrassGears Adventurers Society. I have a robot parrot named Cogsworth and a wife named Mary. 2.3 kids, all in college.


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Rusty Hevelin Collection Update: Pulps, Fanzines, and Science Fiction Books
Rusty Hevelin was a long-standing member of ICON and huge science fiction fan. He was also a collector of books, pulp magazines and fanzines. Upon his death, his collection was donated to the University of Iowa Special Collections. Colleen Theisen of the Special Collections staff will share how your donations from ICON 39 are assisting in the processing and digitization of the James L. "Rusty" Hevelin Science Fiction Collection

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Peter Balestrieri

Curator, Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections, University of Iowa Special Collections
Please talk with me about: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, TV, Radio, Theatre Arts, Cinema, Fandom Studies, fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, social media, ephemera, Romantic poetry and fiction, Frankenstein, digitization, de-acidification, and popular culture in general.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Colleen Thiesen

Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
Educator working to inspire a love of books, libraries, history, and material culture in online spaces. YouTube.com/uispeccoll


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Art in About an Hour (or two..)
Watch several of our honorable artist guests create masterpieces right before your eyes. Artwork produced during this session will be available at the Charity Auction at 6 p.m. this evening (10/17/15). All proceeds from the auction will benefit Witty Kitties, Inc. and Waypoint of Cedar Rapids.

Moderator
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Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →
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Erin McKee

Artist
Erin is still as darn nice as ever and has been having tons of fun with her art, | especially her newest astronomical pieces. Lately she has been doing the | Minnesota Renaissance Festival and enjoyed yet another Winnipeg Folk | Festival this past summer. Erin has also been getting more and more work as a | dog trainer and behaviorist over the past year, and she's getting pretty darn | good at it (even if she does say so herself). She's happy... Read More →
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Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Blood Drive
Author Jed Quinn's new novel, Orchard, features vampires. Do your part to keep the vampires fed and donate a pint of blood (if you are able) during this special blood drive sponsored by the Mississippi Regional Blood Bank. Must be 18 years or older to participate.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4ca4ab28a7f58-icon

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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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
The Orchard Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Guided Improv
Let loose and join authors Dylan Moonfire and Gregga J. Johnn for an improv activity.

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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Human Rights and the influence of Science Fiction/Fantasy
How scifi/fantasy has advanced human rights...a gateway to opening the conversation.

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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
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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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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Beth Hudson
Join Beth Hudson for a reading from her new work in progress, A Gift of Flame, followed by a question/answer session.

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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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Public Mindbridge Meeting
Mindbridge, the fan-run organization that sponsors ICON, Gamicon and AnimeIowa, will is holding an open meeting to give updates on current and future projects. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Saturday October 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Artists Scribble -N- Sign
Don’t be shy! Step right up! The artists will be gathered and waiting for you to ask questions about their craft. This is your opportunity to fawn over your favorite artist and learn about new ones. Stop by and get your artwork personalized and signed!

Moderator
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Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →
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Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →
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Erin McKee

Artist
Erin is still as darn nice as ever and has been having tons of fun with her art, | especially her newest astronomical pieces. Lately she has been doing the | Minnesota Renaissance Festival and enjoyed yet another Winnipeg Folk | Festival this past summer. Erin has also been getting more and more work as a | dog trainer and behaviorist over the past year, and she's getting pretty darn | good at it (even if she does say so herself). She's happy... Read More →
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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

David Gerrold Unplugged
Join our Guest of Honor, Davind Gerrold, for an unscripted panel on anything and everything.

Moderator
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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold

Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Blurred Lines
More and more popular novels and media tell stories with a Fantasy or SciFi bent without getting the label. Think of TV shows like Forever, and books by people like Daniel Suarez. Is this good or bad for our genre?  We'll have some examples of crossovers, both good and bad, and examine their effect on SciFi/Fantasy.

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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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Anna Kathryn Davis
Join Anna Kathryn Davis for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
AK

Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Charity Organizations Lunch and Learn
This year ICON is sponsoring two local charities, Witty Kitties, Inc and Waypoint of Cedar Rapids. Representatives from both organizations will be sharing a bit about the services they provide and how our donations will be used.

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Dana Beatty

B&N liaison, Napolis liaison, I.O.W.A.
If you're a writer/author (different yet similar), I'd like to talk to you.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Paradise ICON - Lecture by Ann Leckie
Alumni of neo-pro writing workshops participate in this 2-day workshop that runs in conjunction with ICON. Join the authors on for reading of the work produced during this workshop. Pre-registration is required for all other Paradise ICON events.

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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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AL

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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Self-defense workshop (ages 13+)
Come learn some basic martial arts self-defense techniques!  Learn a series of escapes and strikes that can help remove you from violent situations.  Geared toward beginners, but all skill levels welcome!  Presented by Jr. Master Jerel Krueger, 4th Dan.  Come dressed in comfortable clothes that are easy to move it.  Parental advisory: workshop will contain clinical descriptions of bodily damage and discussions of violence. Participants must be 13 years or older to participate.

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Saturday October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Docent Tour with Sarah Clemens, 'Out of this World' at the CR Museum of Art
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum for a special showing of artwork from past ICON Artist Guests of Honor. Join us at CRMA for a tour with Sarah Clemens of the two special Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. This session will take place at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

Moderator
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Coloring with Auntie Sue
Adults and children alike can join Susan Leabhart for some coloring adventures. Supplies provided for participants.

Moderator
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Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

The Reality of Truth in Fantasy Fiction
Discussion on finding basic morals and world truths that we can apply to our own lives in every story we read or watch. Typical fan stories covered that might be included - LOTR/The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc.

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DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Visioning: Back to the Future
Your "destiny" has brought you to ICON 40! Gather with your fellow time travelers to compare our 2015 reality to the vision of 2015 in Back to the Future 2.

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College
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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Jim C. Hines
Join Jim C. Hines for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

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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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Research for Writers
The role of research in writing - and how the closest state university library can be a writer's best friend.

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Colleen Thiesen

Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
Educator working to inspire a love of books, libraries, history, and material culture in online spaces. YouTube.com/uispeccoll

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Star Trek Renegades: Continuing the Journey of Star Trek
Join Michael Koogler as he discusses the next adventure in the Star Trek universe - Star Trek Renegades!

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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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Paradise ICON - Lecture by Tamara Jones
Alumni of neo-pro writing workshops participate in this 2-day workshop that runs in conjunction with ICON. Join the authors on for reading of the work produced during this workshop. Pre-registration is required for all other Paradise ICON events.

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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

ICON 40 Docent Art Show tour
Learn more about the annual ICON Art Show by taking a short tour. Artists and ICON staff will be giving short tours of the show and offer a unique perspective on the displayed artwork.

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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Exhibit B-Art Show Court Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Cosplay Makeup
Our Fan Guest of Honor, Kalli McCandless, will share some tips and tricks for cooordinating your makeup with your Cosplay.

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Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.

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Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Blogging Roundtable
An roundtable discussion about blogging; will cover a wide array of topics regarding blogging, networking and social media.

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Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Lettie Prell
Join Lettie Prell for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

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Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

ICON 40th Anniversary
Memories abound in this session recalling the history of ICON--how it started, where we've been and where we are going. Stop by and share your favorite ICON story.

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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College

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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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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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Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →
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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Trials of writing a strong (and good) female protagonist
Katniss and Tris, Cerci and Daenerys have taken over the airwaves. But are they good examples of strong female characters? Stop by this panel to learn about the pros and cons of writing "strong" female characters and what makes a characteristics make up a "good" female character?

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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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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Body Painting
Art doesn't just happen on canvas, paper and computer screens. Come watch artist create beautiful, temporary works of art on the human body.

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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →

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Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

Costume Central/Masquerade practice
We would like to invite everyone to join the Annual Masquerade. Stop by Costume Central to create your own costume on the fly or put the finishing touches on your own costume before the Masquerade. This will be an opportunity for you to show off your costume and share it with others. No performances are required during the Masquerade. The Masquerade will officially begin at 5:00 PM.

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Michelle Clark

Masquerade
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Lynda Sherman

Costume Central

Saturday October 17, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

What's your Origin Story
Bruce Wayne was fueled by the death of his parents. Peter Parker by the death of his uncle. Everyone has an origin story and our panelists want to share theirs with you. Find out what inspired our guests to jump head first into the world of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

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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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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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Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Jed Quinn
Join Jed Quinn as he reads from his most recent novel, Orchard, followed by a question/answer session.

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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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

Guests of Honor Interview
An ICON Tradition hosted by our toastmaster, Jim C. Hines. Join Jim as he sits down with our Guests of Honor and interviews them about their careers and "deepest, darkest secrets."

Moderator
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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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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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Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

Animals as plot devices
Superman has Kypto. Harry Potter has Hedwig. The Doctor has K-9. Animals play a large role in our personal lives and in the lives of the fictional characters. This panel will take a look at the role of animals as plot devices and how they can serve or destroy a plot.

Moderator
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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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

4:00pm

Development of a Faith System Within Science Fiction & Fantasy
Creating a culture outside of the known world often times requires the development of a faith system. How does one develop a faith system using known and unknown elements? How does that faith system become real? Can it go too far?

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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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... 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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

eBook Cover designs
With the increase of self-publishing and the "ease" of getting your masterwork out in the public marketplace, there are some basic guidelines for creating an eye-catching eBook cover. Learn about the pitfalls of eBook cover design and learn more about this emerging art form.

Moderator
avatar for Adam J. Whitlatch

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →
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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

The Philosophy of Trek
What is Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future and how has it been presented in Trek episodes, movies and literature? In what ways may Roddenberry's Trek reflect and rebut the philosophy of Ayn Rand? Panelists will briefly present on a topic and submit them for audience discussion.

Moderator
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Matt McKeever

Attorney - Shareholder, Copple Rockey McKeevery & Schlecht, PC, LLO
Matt is an attorney and shareholder with Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht, PC, LLO, with offices in Omaha and Norfolk, NE. He is in his 20th year of practicing law and looking forward to the Sci-Fi Economics panel at ICON 41. He obtained his B.A. in Economics and History from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. His practice includes civil and commercial litigation as well estate planning... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College


Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

What Makes a Good Book Significant Other?
Team Peeta or Team Gale? Team Jacob or Team Edward? Does your heart belong to Jamie Fraser or Claire Beauchamp? Come join this discussion about what draws us to particular characters and causes us to obsess about them.

Moderator
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Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

Writing the opposite sex in fiction
A panel discussion about the difficulties and successes of writing opposite sex characters in science fiction and fantasy literature.

Moderator
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

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

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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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 →
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

Masquerade
Come support ICON CosPlay attendees as they show off their amazing creations during the Annual Masquerade.

Moderator
MC

Michelle Clark

Masquerade

Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

5:00pm

Open Hands-on Fanzine Workshop
Come help keep up on all the typing for the ICON40 Fanzine!

Moderator
BS

Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Peter Balestrieri

Peter Balestrieri

Curator, Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections, University of Iowa Special Collections
Please talk with me about: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, TV, Radio, Theatre Arts, Cinema, Fandom Studies, fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, social media, ephemera, Romantic poetry and fiction, Frankenstein, digitization, de-acidification, and popular culture in general.
avatar for Rich Dana

Rich Dana

Benevolent Dictator, Obsolete Press
Rich– aka Ricardo Feral aka Ricardo Obsolete– is editor-in-chief and coffee boy at Obsolete Press. He, along with co-founder and graphic artist Blair Gauntt have published zines and books featuring work of writers and artists from around the globe. Rich is also a freelance technical and environmental writer whose work has appeared on websites including LifeHacker, Inhabitat , Solar Tribune, HomeFixated and Daily Anarchist. He is working on a... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Thiesen

Colleen Thiesen

Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
Educator working to inspire a love of books, libraries, history, and material culture in online spaces. YouTube.com/uispeccoll


Saturday October 17, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Your art questions answered.
Your chance to ask professional artists about mediums and materials, techniques, color use, lighting, marketing and business, reproductions, reference material, or any other art-related questions you may have.

Moderator
EM

Erin McKee

Artist
Erin is still as darn nice as ever and has been having tons of fun with her art, | especially her newest astronomical pieces. Lately she has been doing the | Minnesota Renaissance Festival and enjoyed yet another Winnipeg Folk | Festival this past summer. Erin has also been getting more and more work as a | dog trainer and behaviorist over the past year, and she's getting pretty darn | good at it (even if she does say so herself). She's happy... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Joe Haldeman
Join Joe Haldeman for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Joe Haldeman

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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Because... Science!
Sometimes a Science Fiction tale extrapolates known science as the basis of its story. More often lately, it's a plot device in service of the story. In some cases, you could substitute Magic for Science and not change things much! Where does this work and where does it not work? Is the Science Fiction genre getting "dumbed down" or finding a new audience?

Moderator
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →
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Letti Prell

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Charity & Art Auction
Support artists and our two Charities, Witty Kitties, Inc. and Waypoint of Cedar Rapids, by attending ICON'S Annual Charity and Art Auction. Art from the art show will be up for bid as well as generous donations made by ICON members and local businesses.

Moderator
avatar for Susan Leabhart

Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Fencing Demonstration by the Iowa City Fencing Group
Members of the Iowa City Fencing Group will review the basics of foil fencing through an active demonstration.

Moderator
TM

Tracie Michlin

Registration

Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Is there such a thing as being 'well read' in this day?
With literally millions of books being written every year, can anyone realistic claim to be well read? What does it mean to be well read? Is it important?  On the same basic topic, are there classics that everyone should read/be familiar with? How important is that we have a shared culture of books? Or should we all just read according to personal preference?

Moderator
EA

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Editor
Blond and brainy, Elizabeth Anne Hull (known as Betty to most of her friends and | called Betty Anne by her husband, Frederik Pohl), is Professor Emerita of William | Rainey Harper Collegein Palatine, Illinois, where she taught English and science | fiction for over 30 years, earning the school’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1997. | The Alumni Association of Northwestern University honored Elizabeth's | contributions to her profession... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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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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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Sarah Prineas
Join Sarah Prineas for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Sarah Prineas

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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Rebuilding the Destroyed World
The world is in ashes…whatever the reason—aliens, nuclear annihilation, world-wide calamities, zombies, plague, giant radioactive mutant bed-bugs, etc.—the world as we know it has been destroyed. It is up to you to rebuild it. Where do you start?

Moderator
TJ

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

Owner, Autumn Arch Publishing
Small, independent publishing. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, and Mystery novels.
avatar for Rich Dana

Rich Dana

Benevolent Dictator, Obsolete Press
Rich– aka Ricardo Feral aka Ricardo Obsolete– is editor-in-chief and coffee boy at Obsolete Press. He, along with co-founder and graphic artist Blair Gauntt have published zines and books featuring work of writers and artists from around the globe. Rich is also a freelance technical and environmental writer whose work has appeared on websites including LifeHacker, Inhabitat , Solar Tribune, HomeFixated and Daily Anarchist. He is working on a... Read More →
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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... Read More →
avatar for Michael Koogler

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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

7:00pm

Karaoke
Show off your singing skills at the annual ICON Karaoke Party sponsored by John Garner.

Moderator
JG

John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00am
Room #503 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Dance Class
Join Bethany and April in learning some dance moves - waltz and contra are on your dance card!

Moderator
Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Meet Sarah Clemens
Come meet Sarah Clemens and see a slide show of her work!

Moderator
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Can I use that?
Learn how to go about finding and using images for your website, blog, or book cover.

Moderator
avatar for Terri M. LeBlanc

Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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 →
avatar for Michael Koogler

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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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Gregory Frost
Join Gregory Frost for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Gregory Frost

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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Getting over Writer's block
Everybody's been there...the blank page of death. The empty brain. The canvas that is glaringly white. What are the triggers of, tips to avoid, and ways to get out of artist’s block.

Moderator
Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →
MZ

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 →
avatar for Patty Templeton

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


Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Paradise ICON Rapid-Fire Readings
Paradise ICON participants take turns reading from the stories they have workshopped over the last two day.

Moderator
CS

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 →

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00pm

Mature Themed Gaming
During this block, games that may contain intense violence, sexual content and/or strong language may be checked out from the Mindbridge Gaming Library with a legal picture ID and played in Room 314. Games must be returned to the Mindbridge Library by 1 AM.

Saturday October 17, 2015 8:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00am
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Marvel versus DC
Discussion on difference between modern movies, comics and TV shows of the Marvel and DC Universes.

Moderator
Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

No, it's MY story!
Star Wars - Is it the "The Fall and Rise of the Jedi?" How about "The Tragedy of Annekin Skywalker?" Or maybe even "The plucky little R2 unit who saved the Galaxy?" We'll examine some of our favorite tales with the idea of analyzing whether or not the protagonist is the person (or robot) we've always thought it was.

Moderator
AL

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Dennis W. Green

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 →
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Aaron Bunce
Join Aaron Bunce for a reading followed by a question/answer session…will it be a reading from Before the Crow? You'll have to attend to find out!

Moderator
avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

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

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

From Beyond: Tales from Poe and Lovecraft
A story-telling performance of tales derived from Poe and Lovecraft short stories such as: The Cask of Amontillado (Poe), The Telltale Heart (Poe), The Terrible Old Man (Lovecraft), The Picture in the House (Lovecraft), and From Beyond (Lovecraft). Each story lasts ten to fifteen minutes.

Moderator
Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

The Ghost Outside of Us
Author and Entertainer, Matthew Lovecraft, presents - THE GHOST OUTSIDE OF US - a panel exploring Psychic and Paranormal phenomenon. There will be a demonstration of the methods that mediums use to display psychic abilities and contact the Dearly Departed.

Moderator
Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00pm

Dance your socks off!
Join your fellow Con-goers and show off your dance moves! Will start with waltz and contra music and move on from there depending on demand.

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Cosplay Accessories
How to style and color wigs, make accessories, etc for your Coplay outfit.

Moderator
LS

Lynda Sherman

Costume Central

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Whitlatch

Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Back to the Future…Time Travel
Is time travel as simple as "seeing" another time stream? Or do you have to be going 88 MPH to jump to another era? Join this panel to learn more about the science of time travel, parallel time streams and more.

Moderator
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Round Robin: An On-the-Spot Storytelling Adventure
Watch creative minds at work as Gay Haldeman leads several of our authors through a storytelling adventure that they make up on the spot. Raucous laughter, salicious plot twists and lots of embarrassing smiles will abound during this late night 18+ ICON tradition.

Moderator
GH

Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →

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avatar for Aaron Bunce

Aaron Bunce

Owner, Autumn Arch Publishing
Small, independent publishing. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, and Mystery novels.
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Anna Kathryn Davis

Author
Anna Kathryn Davis is a Young Adult Fiction author from Birmingham, Alabama | currently attending the University of Alabama where she majors in English. She | signed her first novel, The Gifted, during her senior year of high school and it | released in April of 2013. Geek Exchange Magazine ranked The Gifted as the | number 9 fantasy novel debuting in its season and the novel was also added to | two summer reading lists in Alabama. The sequel... 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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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... 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 →
avatar for Patty Templeton

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


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00pm

Zombies!!
Zombies have made their mark in mainstream media with the premiere of The Walking Dead and its spinoff The Fear of the Walking Dead. Come explore all things zombie with the author of the Deadland Saga, Rachel Aukes.

Moderator
avatar for Michael Koogler

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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avatar for Rachel Aukes

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 →


Saturday October 17, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

British Invasion
Sherlock, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Red Dwarf...the U.S. is importing and indulging in British television to the extreme. Come join fellow Anglophiles and discuss this other "British Invasion" that doesn't necessarily involve 4 dudes singing Rock-n-Roll.

Moderator
avatar for Terri M. LeBlanc

Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
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Bill Albert

Author
Bill was born and raised in Amana where he works in a factory and spends a great deal of time thinking about being someplace else. He has self-published a time travel novel, Time Web Tremors, and several short stories available on Kindle. Also available are The Secrets of Starpoint Mountain and The Shadows of Starpoint Mountain and The Ghosts of Starpoint Mountain was released last Halloween. He has also produced several videos for PATV18 in Iowa... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Steampunk in mainstream society
As a subgenre of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Steampunk has become ingrained within both fandoms and is making inroads into everyday life. Come join this discussion about how this journey got started and where it is headed.

Moderator
avatar for Susan Leabhart

Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

The Mile-long Bookshelf
Join the DAGOBAH readers group as we poll the audience to create a list of favorite Golden Age Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror authors so that we can recommend them to new readers. Audience participation is not just welcome it’s required!!

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Humor behind the scenes
Come join our panelists as they discuss humorous and tragic tales that occur on and behind the scenes of live theater. If you have stories of your own, come and share them as well.

Moderator
DS

Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00pm

Open Filking
Filking and Filk music is unique to science fiction and fantasy community. Usually is a fan-based music, but can morph into many things! Join Open Filking as a participant by bringing your favorite instrument or join in using your voice. You do not have to be a skilled musician to join; just the ability have fun. Come sing. Come play. Come listen. All are welcome at Open Filking!

Saturday October 17, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00am
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00am

Chocolate Ceremony
Chocolate: Revered by the Mayans, Adored by Con Goers. Join us for the "ancient" traditional ICON Chocolate Ceremony. Pay homage to chocolate in many of its decadent forms. Yum-yum!

Moderator
MC

Michelle Clark

Masquerade

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00am

Chocolate Ceremony
Chocolate: Revered by the Mayans, Adored by Con Goers. Join us for the "ancient" traditional ICON Chocolate Ceremony. Pay homage to chocolate in many of its decadent forms. Yum-yum!

Moderator
MC

Michelle Clark

Masquerade

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401
 
Sunday, October 18
 

8:00am

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Sunday October 18, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Room #519 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00am

ConSuite
The ConSuite, found on the 5th floor of the DoubleTree, is a place you can hang out between panels. We provide a variety of snacks, drinks and seating. Everything you need when you need a break from the hectic ICON schedule. Stop by often. There's always something new happening in the ConSuite.

Sunday October 18, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Room #517 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:00am

Teen Lounge
Join your friends, and make new ones, in a space for Teens to chat about whatever topics come to mind.

Sunday October 18, 2015 8:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibit C Lounge Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

8:45am

Benefactor Brunch with Guests of Honor
Brunch for the Guests of Honor and ICON 40 Benefactors.

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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 →
AL

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 →
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 8:45am - 9:50am
Parlor Room, 16th Floor Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Registration
Registration is located in the area just in front of Taft Room A-B. Everyone attending ICON 40 must register and must wear a badge for admission to all ICON-sponsored events.

Sunday October 18, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Taft A/B Lobby Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

9:00am

Writer's Workshop
An in-depth writing workshop lead by author Mickey Zucker Reichert. Pre-registration is required.

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MZ

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 →

Sunday October 18, 2015 9:00am - 2:00pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Want to Play a Theremin?
Used in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still and featured in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, the Theremin is a unique instrument. Artist Guest of Honor Sarah Clemens will share the history of the Theremin via video clips and show how one is played.

Moderator
SC

Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Fantasy Makeup
Come and talk with those who specialize in fantasy makeup and see how easily it can be done.

Moderator
avatar for Jessica Whitlatch

Jessica Whitlatch

Art Show, Keokuk Veterinary Hospital (Tri State Veterinary Service)
I'm tall, brown hair, athletic. and in Tang Soo Do so I can kick your butt. | | I have 3 sons, been married since 2004, have a farm in the middle of nowhere Iowa, and work full time at 2 Veterinary hospitals. I have around 10-15 barn cats, 1 dog, 2 birds, 3 house cats and a few fancy mice. And lots of house plants.

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
KM

Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Media Tie-In Writing
What are joys and perils of working within an already created world? How do media-tie ins work? Authors Adam J. Whitlatch and David Gerrold share the ins and outs of this increasingly popular way to capture new audiences through other media.

Moderator
avatar for Jim C. Hines

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 →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
DG

David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

All Things Supernatural
Exorcizamus te, omnis immundus spiritus... Supernatural has exceeded critics expectations and become a cult hit with a large fan following. Are you one of the faithful hunters that would follow Sam and Dean to the depths of Hell and back? Come join other "wayward" fans in a spirited discussion about Supernatural.

Moderator
avatar for Erin K. Channell

Erin K. Channell

Guest Liaison (ICOM 39/40/41), Sched.org (ICON 40/41), Programming (ICON 40)
I love to read and travel - and traveling (preferred locations involve water-cruising, beaches, lakes, etc) definitely allows me to indulge in my reading habits, while my kindle has allowed me to both increase and decrease the number of books I try and pack :)  I am generally drawn science fiction/fantasy books/tv shows/movies as broad genres. Favorites when it comes to SF/F: Authors: Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Tamora Pierce, Diane... Read More →

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Terri M. LeBlanc

Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.
avatar for Jed Quinn

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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Author Reading and Q&A: Ann Leckie
Join Ann Leckie for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
AL

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 →

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

MidAmerican 2016 Kansas City, What's the Scoop?
The 74th World Science Fiction Convention is being held just a mere 5 hours from Cedar Rapids/Iowa City in Kansas City on August 17 through 21, 2016. This session will give you the ins and outs of attending a WorldCon.

Moderator
GH

Gay Haldeman

Founding Member of ICON
Gay Haldeman has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics, from the University of Iowa. She has just retired from teaching in the Writing Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after thirty years, specializing in English as a second language. She resides in Florida, where she manages writer Joe Haldeman's career. She's been going to SF conventions since 1963 (so has Joe) and... Read More →

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avatar for Sheril Harper

Sheril Harper

Hotel liaison, Con Medic
Sheril is active in the Des Moines Science Fiction Society, Trans Iowa Canal Company (West), International Costumers Guild, Saint Louis Costumers Guild. She is part of the committee for MidAmeriCon 2- the 74th World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Kansas City, Mo. August 17-21, 2016. | | She is a Registered Nurse Case Manager for a Home Health Agency in Des Moines, IA


Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Tales from the Gazebo
We've all got stories about our gaming adventures. You know like that time when your vast knowledge of calculus saved your entire party from getting eaten by a dragon? Come bond with other gamers and share your adventure!

Moderator
BS

Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Art Show
It's time for the Art Show to come to an end. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the Student Art Show winners. We look forward to featuring everyones' work again during ICON 41. Keep an eye on iowa-icon.com for ICON 40 submission details.

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit B-Art Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Art Show: artwork pick-up
Participants in the Art Show are asked to stop by Exhibit Hall A and pick up their works of art between 10 AM and Noon on Sunday unless other arrangements are made with the Art Show staff.

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit B-Art Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Dealer's Hall
Dealers are located in Exhibit Hall A along with the Art Show. You will find a variety of wares for sale from books to collectibles, jewelry and more.

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Exhibit B-Dealers Hall Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

10:00am

Mindbridge Game Library and Video Gaming
The Mindbridge Foundation maintains a large gaming library that you are welcome to enjoy during ICON 40. Stop by room 302 and check their collection of games. Learn more at mindbridge.org/projects/game-library/. Hours subject to change based on availability of volunteers, so sign up as a volunteer now!

Sunday October 18, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Room #302 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Fold Scope
Origami + Science = Foldscope. This hands on workshop will allow the first 25 attendees to create their own Foldscope. The Foldscope, once completed, provides over 2,000X magnification and costs less than a dollar to construct. This is a wonderful panel for kids of all ages. Learn more at foldscope.com.

Moderator
BS

Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Whose CON is it anyway?
Fans of the show Whose Line Is It Any Way? will enjoy this science fiction and fantasy version of the show brought to life at ICON starring friends, family and total strangers improvising for everyone's enjoyment.

Moderator
BH

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 →

Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Comics 101
What's the difference between D.C. and Marvel? Who was part of the Justice League and the Avengers? What else is out there beyond mainstream comics? Come learn the basics about comics and what they are all about.

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Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Rachel Aukes

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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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Author Reading and Q&A: Rachel Eliason
Join Rachel Eliason as she reads from her novel, Bear Naked 3: The Hunted, followed by a question/answer session.

Moderator
avatar for Rachel Eliason

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 →

Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Self-publishing 101
You wrote A Thing. Now you want to publish The Thing. What are your options? What are your first steps? Learn the common missteps and tips about self-publishing Your Thing.

Moderator
avatar for Patty Templeton

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

Speakers/Panelists/Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Corbin

Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin
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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Writing and Worldbuilding
Many of our favorite science fiction and fantasy stories exist in a world vastly different from our own. Learn how authors go about creating that world and how they maintain it over a series of stories.

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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

11:00am

Amtgard
Amtgard is a live-action fantasy role-playing game. The fighters from the Shire of Wyldewind Bridge (Iowa City, Iowa) will be on hand to demonstrate the different weapons used in Amtgard fighting. They will also lead attendees in practice battlegames. All ages are welcome, but kids 18 and under will need parent/guardian permission to participate.

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Susanna Myers

Programming

Sunday October 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Leatherworking 101, tools, materials, and techniques
Learn the basics of working with leather! This will be a discussion on the types of leather, how they are used, and the tools and techniques that turn them into clothing, costume pieces, or everyday accessories.

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Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

All Things Middle-Earth: A Lord of the Rings Fan Chat
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them... From hobbit holes to the peak of Mordor, fans of The Lord of the Rings can unite here to discuss all matters concerning Middle Earth.

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Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

How to 'Responsibly' Binge a Fandom
50 years of Doctor Who vs. 3 seasons of Sherlock vs. 13 Sookie Stackhouse novels. How does one responsibly consume ALL THE THINGS? Join author Jed Quinn and blogger Terri M. LeBlanc in a spirited discussion about the pros and cons of binge watching and reading.

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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →

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Terri M. LeBlanc

Guest Liaison, Second Run Reviews, ICON 40 Staff Member
By day, Terri M. LeBlanc is a project manager and software specialist. By night, she’s a reading wizard. Residing in eastern Iowa, in her spare time, she spends time with Jezebel, takes pictures and watches movies with her equally nerdy husband and adorable cats. As a member of the ICON 41 Planning Committee, she is the guest hostess for Jim C. Hines.
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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

From Fringe to Dominance: Science Fiction in Film, TV, Books, and Comics
Once relegated to the corner of lunchrooms, dark dank basements and long weekends in a hotel in October, the world of science fiction is experiencing a surge in mainstream culture. This panel will take a look at the last 40 years of science fiction in the media.

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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College

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Peter Balestrieri

Curator, Science Fiction and Popular Culture Collections, University of Iowa Special Collections
Please talk with me about: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, TV, Radio, Theatre Arts, Cinema, Fandom Studies, fanzines, fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, social media, ephemera, Romantic poetry and fiction, Frankenstein, digitization, de-acidification, and popular culture in general.
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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold


Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Patty Templeton
Ghosts! Freaks! Fools! Murder! Mediums! Mayhem! Join Patty Templeton as she reads from her debut novel, There Is No Lovely End, followed by a question/answer session.

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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

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

Writing Inspiration
Waiting for the bolt of inspiration to strike? Do you fear a blank screen or blank sheet of paper? Join this panel to learn more about finding and maintaining your writing inspiration.

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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 →

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Bill Johnson

Author
Bill is one of the five Founding Members of ICON and a member of the original SF writing class taught by Joe Haldeman. Bill attended the 1975 Clarion Writers workshop with Greg Frost and Larry Martin. Joe Haldeman taught at this same Clarion (with Gay helping to keep them all under control). Bill has published numerous short stories and novelettes, beginning in 1976, and won a Hugo award in 1998 for Best Novelette with We Will Drink A Fish... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

ICON Artist Meet & Greet, 'Out of this World' Museum Exhibit, CRMA
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for an Artist Meet & Greet. Join us at the CRMA to chat with some of our guest artists face-to-face and learn more about two special science fiction and fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. This session will take place at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
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John Garner

Artist, Karaoke Show
John has been drawing and painting science fiction, space, and fantasy art all | his life. John discovered his first Science Fiction Convention in 1984. Since | then, he has won numerous awards and has been published in books and | magazines including TSR’s Dungeon Adventures Magazine, Starslayer gaming | module, "Cloud Kingdom Games", the book Fantasy Art Now + many others. | John and his wife’s (Denise Garner) work can be seen in... 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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

ICON41 Pre-registration
Did you have fun at ICON 40? Register for ICON 41 for a special At-The-Con Rate that will only be available for a brief window of time before the start of Closing Ceremonies. Experience your own bit of time travel and register for the future today!

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Taft A/B Lobby Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

12:00pm

ICON Art Exhibit 'Out of this World' at the CR Museum of Art
ICON 40 is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum for a special showing of artwork from past ICON Artist Guests of Honor. Visit the CRMA and tour the two special Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibitions currently installed at the Museum. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is located at 410 3rd Avenue SE just a few blocks from the DoubleTree. Please allow plenty of time to travel between venues. Bring your ICON 40 name badge and receive free admission!

Sunday October 18, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 410 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

DAGOBAH Galaxy Bowl
Galaxy Bowl is a team based trivia game loosely based on GE College Bowl and the KVFD High School Quiz Bowl. Form a team, or risk being drafted to participate! There will be chocolate and fabulous prizes! An ICON tradition, hosted by DAGOBAH! There will be chocolate?

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Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →

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Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Return to the Planet of the Zines, part 3
The final opportunity to participate in the zine-making! Bring your story or artwork, transfer it to a ditto master, and at the end of the weekend, we'll have an old school "ICON 40" zine.

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Brian S. Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator

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Rich Dana

Benevolent Dictator, Obsolete Press
Rich– aka Ricardo Feral aka Ricardo Obsolete– is editor-in-chief and coffee boy at Obsolete Press. He, along with co-founder and graphic artist Blair Gauntt have published zines and books featuring work of writers and artists from around the globe. Rich is also a freelance technical and environmental writer whose work has appeared on websites including LifeHacker, Inhabitat , Solar Tribune, HomeFixated and Daily Anarchist. He is working on a... Read More →
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Colleen Thiesen

Special Collections Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
Educator working to inspire a love of books, libraries, history, and material culture in online spaces. YouTube.com/uispeccoll


Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

All Things Harry Potter
With the announcement of an American version of Hogwarts, Potterheads are invited to gather to discuss the world of Harry Potter--the past, present and future.

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Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Comics and Reality
Comics have inspired many people like Route 29 Batman of Maryland and the San Francisco Batkid. Come discuss how comics have inspired and motivated readers to take action or confront difficult social issues through their many colored panels.

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Daniel 'Stitch' Mohr

Artist, Mohr Creations
Daniel “Stitch” has lived his entire life in Minnesota, and he asks that you don’t | hold that against him. He has been drawing and writing comics for over twenty | years, and his mom says he’s great. He has drawn and written multiple Web | Comics, and comics in print, such as “Everyday Gods” (2007), “World Wide | News” (2009), and “Life is a Natural One” (2013). In addition to the Web... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Dennis W. Green
Join Dennis W. Green as he read from his most recent novel, Prisoner, followed by a question/answer session…maybe we'll also get a sneak peek at 'Fifty Shades of Green'!

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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 →

Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

When are you a full-time writer?
Do you have to be Stephen King or J.K. Rowling to quit your 9 to 5 to be a full-time writer? This panel will explore the ins and outs of what it means to be a full-time writer.

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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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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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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

1:00pm

Iowa's Rarest Movies - a silent film fest
Michael Zahs was a junior high school teacher who, with the help of the American Film Institute and the Library of Congress, saved a bit of film history. Michael is returning to ICON, thanks to your generous donations, to show some of the oldest movies in existence.

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Sunday October 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Taft B Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Kitchen Table Science
Come learn quick and easy science experiments you can do at home.

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Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Taft A Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

How do I use that?
The Internet makes it easy to find images and use them in all kinds of applications. Explore some of the options available for finding images and manipulating them.

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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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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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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #319 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Author Reading and Q&A: Bill Albert
Join Bill Albert for a reading followed by a question/answer session.

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Bill Albert

Author
Bill was born and raised in Amana where he works in a factory and spends a great deal of time thinking about being someplace else. He has self-published a time travel novel, Time Web Tremors, and several short stories available on Kindle. Also available are The Secrets of Starpoint Mountain and The Shadows of Starpoint Mountain and The Ghosts of Starpoint Mountain was released last Halloween. He has also produced several videos for PATV18 in Iowa... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #316 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

How did we do?
All Con attendees are welcome to join Con-Com 40 and 41 for a breakdown of what went well, what didn't go so well and what you want to see at next year's Con. Please come share your thoughts. If you can't join us, please turn in a Con Evaluation available at the Registration table.

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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College
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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 →

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Jenny Carhoff

ConCom, Programming, Donations
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Susan Leabhart

ConCom, DAGOBAH
Suzan Leabhart is a Vintage Fhan from the Quad Cities and a former ICON FANGOH. She is the Empress of DAGOBAH, which is a silly way of saying she moderates the Davenport Area Gathering of Books and Humanoids book club. She's a member of the Brassgears Adventurers Society steampunk group. Additional interests are Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, LOTR... She is a proponent of the written word. "Just read a book, for crying out loud... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #310 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Designing a Magic System
Creating a magic system that makes sense in your fantasy world can be tricky. Join auther Cheryl Corbin as she shares some tips and tricks for creating and maintaining magic system.

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Cheryl Corbin

Author, LaBounty Family Chiropractic
Cheryl Corbin writes fantasy and science fiction adventures. She lives in Iowa and works with her writing partner, Yuki, a Bichon Frise, though Yuki spends more time sleeping than contributing to the story in progress. You can find Cheryl at www.cherylcorbin.com. www.goodreads.com/cherylcorbin

Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:00pm

Writing + a 9 to 5 job: How to Create Balance
Not everyone can be Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. Some authors need to have a full-time job. This panel will explore how the next great New York Times Best Seller balances work, family and writing until that Big Publishing House sends them an advance.

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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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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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room #315 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

2:15pm

Bulwer-Lytton/Vogon Poetry
You've written it, now come hear the results of your worst efforts! ICON denies all responsibility for the side effects of riotous laughter.

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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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Aaron Bunce

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

Author
Lettie is having a good year so far, with science fiction story sales to Analog and Apex (publication forthcoming). Her previous stories have appeared in Apex Magazine and its Book of Apex anthology; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Paranormal Underground and elsewhere. One of her stories was also featured on the StarShipSofa podcast. Lettie likes to explore the edge where humans and their technology are increasingly merging. She is also... 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 →


Sunday October 18, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Room #314 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

3:00pm

ICON 40 Closing Ceremonies
“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen..." ICON 40 has come to an end. Join us for Closing Ceremonies to say goodbye to your friends, old and new. Say thank you to our Guests of Honor, honorable guests, Con Committee, staff and volunteers.

Moderator
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Denny Lynch

Concom, Publicity, Hotel Liaison, Kirkwood Community College
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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 →

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Sarah Clemens

Artist, Guest of Honor
Sarah’s early love of science fiction and fantasy art came even before she could read, from looking at the covers of science fiction magazines. She has been attending science fiction conventions since the late seventies. The artwork she most enjoys creating are those connected with the fantastic and she is gratified at the response of con-goers to her award-winning paintings of Magnus & Loki, the cat and dragon companions, which have... Read More →
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David Gerrold

Author, Guest of Honor
| | www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786.David_Gerrold
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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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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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Kalli McCandless

Artist, Cosplay Fan Guest of Honor
Kalli McCandless - Artist/Cosplay Fan/Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist/Photographer …. has always loved anything and everything creative. At the age of 3 she started drawing and painting, and that carried out throughout the years. In middle school Kalli tried out for modeling for a bit and later decided that she liked modeling on her own terms with friends. Kalli & her best friends would put together fun outfits and costumes of different... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit C Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Dead Dog Party
When the con is all packed up and put away for another year, we kick back and relax.

Sunday October 18, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room #517 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401

6:00pm

Dead Dog Party
When the con is all packed up and put away for another year, we kick back and relax.

Sunday October 18, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room #519 Cedar Rapids Doubletree, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401
 


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