MisCon 29 Guest of Honor
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.
Web site: http://www.stevenerikson.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
Key: =On a Panel =Moderating =GMing
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Steven Erikson, Chris Organ, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson
Starting with the Wasteland as a clean slate, our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.
- Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: John Picacio; Panelists: Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio
Top industry publishing pros present some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) covers in books and comics. Learn what they think makes a cover succeed (or not), and which covers make them envious.
- Break Sat 10:50 - Sun 10:00
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson
All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 5:00
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Writing Combat: Live Action, Programming Tent 1 (The Tent)
Moderator: Ruth Frey; Panelists: Realms of Avalon , Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson
Our fighters, including MisCon 28 Author GoH Steven Erikson, Realms of Avalon fighter Matt Mcadoo, and author Eldon Thompson, will act out fight scenes read aloud by author Peter Orullian and MisCon 29 Author GoH Terry Brooks. They will bring to life a fight scene featuring famous weapon master Garet Jax as well as a fight scene from Peter's new novel, Trial of Intentions. They will use actual weapons, but no famous authors will be harmed during this panel.
- Break Sun 5:50 - Mon Noon
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Building Anticpation, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts
The best stories make us wonder what happens next (and stay up half the night reading). Learn how to build anticipation, expectation, and pull your reader along from scene to scene, and from book to book.