Kevin J Anderson

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Kevin has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written many novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited many anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Kevin J. Anderson has published 140 books, 54 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader’s Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

Kevin has written numerous Star Wars projects, including the Jedi Academy trilogy, Darksaber, the Young Jedi Knights series (with his wife Rebecca), and Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse. He wrote three X-Files novels, including the #1 bestseller Ground Zero, and he also collaborated with Dean Koontz on the novel Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, which sold a million copies in the first year of its release. He has written Superman and Batman novels, as well as comics for DC, Marvel, Boom!, IDW, Wildstorm, Topps, and Dark Horse.

Kevin has coauthored fifteen books in the DUNE saga with Brian Herbert, as well as their original Hellhole trilogy. His epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns, is a 7-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists; he is currently at work on a sequel trilogy, The Saga of Shadows. He produced and cowrote the lyrics (with his wife Rebecca Moesta) for two crossover rock CDs based on his Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy. He wrote a steampunk fantasy adventure novel based on the concept CD, “Clockwork Angels,” by legendary rock group Rush, as well as the steampunk novels Captain Nemo and The Martian War. In a lighter vein, he has written humorous fantasy The Dragon Business and the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series. He has edited numerous anthologies, including A Fantastic Holiday Season 1 & 2, Blood Lite 1–3, Five by Five 1 & 2, War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, and three Star Wars anthologies.

Kevin has a physics/astronomy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked for thirteen years as a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before becoming a full-time novelist. He is a Board member of the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education and the Lifeboat Foundation.

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, KJA: Building My First Lightsaber, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Kevin J Anderson

    Kevin J Anderson went from small-town fanboy to international bestselling author, writing in the worlds of Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune. Come hear him talk about how he rose to the top of his field.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Build an Empire on the Fly, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Brenda Carre, Robin Hobb, Brian Rathbone

    We're once again building an empire! 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.

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Lord & Lady Towers (Will Brown & Ashley McGehee), Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Christine Barkl, Jim Butcher, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Tundra Malamute, Nikki Rossignol, Beth Stoops, Chad Volpe (The Fin)

    Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk to the Elks, the Wilma, the Roxy Theater, and through Caras Park back to the hotel.

  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Word Fire Press , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Of all the gin joints in the city, you had to wander into this one. Well, come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 30. We'll meet our GoHs, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer. If the weather doesn't allow, we'll move into Ballrooms B&C in the hotel.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, What I Learned at Writers of the Future, Jefferson
    Moderator: James Glass; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Julie Frost, James Glass, Randy Henderson

    Join Writers of the Future Contest judge Kevin J Anderson and past winners and as they teach you what they learned at the WoF contest. Learn the tips and tricks that will propel you forward in your career.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, Ballroom B
    Moderator: J.A. Pitts; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, J.A. Pitts, Ken Scholes, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth is a collaborative project featuring paintings by Artist Guest of Honor Jeff Sturgeon with accompanying stories by Kevin J Anderson, Ken Scholes, Peter J Wacks, John Pitts, among others. Join Jeff and some of the contributing authors as they discuss this exciting new project.

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Putting the Science in SciFi, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, C.J. Cherryh, James Glass, Brooke Stanley

    When developing a fictional SciFi setting, there are no limits, right? Or are there? How realistic does science need to be to work in SciFi? Star Wars gets away with sound in space. Can you? What about depicting FTL drives, warp space, aliens or other tech?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Conflict, Tension, and Other Gnarly Bits, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Jim Butcher, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood

    Aspiring writers are bombarded with advice: tension on every page, more internal conflict, more external conflict, make it personal, make it organic. Let's make sense out the twists and turns that hook readers and hold them until the end.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, What's the Next Big Thing in SFF?, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Dave Bara; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, James Glass, Patrick Swenson

    What's the next big sub-genre in SFF? Is it Space Opera? Epic fantasy? Urban? Hard SFF? Grimdark? Why? Why not? Why has SFF become so mainstream? What's the future of more traditional SF/space opera?

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Putting Down the Words, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Brenda Carre, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Making up a statistic, your average best-selling author might write about a book a year. This accounts for edits, rewrites, and outlines of future books. Some write more, some write less. But what about those authors who put out two books a year...along with thirteen short stories, four novelettes, and four self-published compendiums to said best-selling books. How do they do it? Let's hear from the experts on what makes an author prolific.

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