Montana's Premier Science Fiction Convention

What is MisCon?

MisCon is a 4-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, and horror that takes over Ruby's Inn every Memorial Day Weekend. Through discussion panels, hangouts, games, readings, craft demos, and workshops, we bring fans together with authors, artists, game designers, actors, costumers, and other professionals in the world of speculative fiction. View and buy art from our Art Show, watch our film festival submissions, participate in our Costume Pageant, play RPGs, board games, and Magic the Gathering, and check out Merchants' Row. Whatever your interests, MisCon has something to fascinate, educate and entertain you.

First Page: Make or Break Panel

Join us for our Second Annual First Page: Make or Break panel on Saturday, May 23rd! You'll get a first-hand look at how editors react when they read the opening page of your submission. Bring the first page of your story or book to be randomly read aloud. Submissions will be handed in at the beginning of the panel and will not be returned. Not all submissions will be read.

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MisCon 29 Theme

The Wasteland

Last May a mysterious plague raged through MisCon 28, destroying the convention as we know it.

Nearly a year later, the zombies are mostly dead and the hotel still stands, its windows boarded up, emergency generators drowned out by the howling of the crowded Thunderdome. Our surviving scientists, seers, and sages assure us the plague has run its course and it’s safe to emerge from your bunkers and repopulate the wasteland.

Our theme changes every year. The yearly theme influences panel topics, invited guests, decoration, and sometimes convention-wide events. We encourage guests, members, and attendees to take each year's theme to heart, and let it influence your thoughts of, and preparation for, MisCon each year.


MisCon 29 Guests of Honor

Anne Groell
Anne Groell

A native New Yorker and former biologist, Anne Lesley Groell has been working in science fiction and fantasy publishing for close to twenty-two years, although she has been a devotee of the genre far longer. She worked for two and a half years at Avon Books, then moved on to Bantam Spectra. In the past twenty years, though she has never changed jobs again, she has worked for three different companies under two different imprints. She is currently an Executive Editor for Penguin Random House, and a member of Team Del Rey, where she works with such authors as George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Naomi Novik, Connie Willis, Peter Hamilton, and Harry Turtledove.

About Anne Groell

John Picacio
John Picacio

JOHN PICACIO is a two-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His artwork is noted for its diversity and range, often combining traditional drawing and painting with digital finishes, as well as exploring methods such as hand-made assemblages. His works have illustrated the covers of books by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree Jr., Mark Chadbourn, and many more. He has produced cover artwork for franchises such as STAR TREK and the X-MEN, as well as the 2012 calendar for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

About John Picacio

Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks is an American fantasy writer widely known for his Shannara, Landover, and Word and the Void series. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written movie novelizations for Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace and the film Hook).

He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

About Terry Brooks

See our other attending professionals and panelist volunteers.