Steven Erikson

MisCon 28 Guest of Honor

NY Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson is an archaeologist and anthropologist and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series--Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bonehunters, Reaper's Gale, Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams, and the Crippled God--have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. He lives in Canada.

Steven Erikson was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. He subsequently lived in the UK with his wife and son, but has since returned to Winnipeg. He is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For his thesis at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Erikson wrote a "story cycle" of short stories titled A Ruin of Feathers about an archaeologist in Central America. Subsequently, Erikson received a grant to finish the work which was published by TSAR, a small Canadian publishing house. For his next work Erikson co-won the Anvil Press International 3-Day Novel Contest for which he signed away the rights, a mistake he attributes to inexperience. Erikson's third book was also published by TSAR, and consisted of a novella and short stories titled Revolvo and other Canadian Tales. Later, upon moving to England, Erikson sold what he refers to as his "first real novel" to Hodder and Stoughton This River Awakens written when he still lived in Winnipeg. The first four books were published under Erikson's real name, and are currently out of print. His is best-known for his 10-volume series Malazan Book of the Fallen, which have been met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction. His first novel in the series Gardens of the Moon (1999) was well received and was short listed for a World Fantasy Award. In addition to writing, Erikson paints using oil paints.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:


  • Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Crafting the Next Great Epic Fantasy, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, The Tent (1)
  • Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Getting Into Character, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 11:00
  • Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Great Hall, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Anti-Hero, Hero, or Villain?, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Keeping Track of Story Elements, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Reading: Steven Erikson, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Zombies Everywhere!, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
  • Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Developing Cultures for Storytellers, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 10:00
  • Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Putting the Military in Fiction, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, World Deconstruction 101, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Mon 11:50 - Mon 1:00
  • Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Suspicious Character, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Mon 1:50 - Mon 3:00
  • Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, The Tent (1)

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 28.

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