ICON 44 Unpacking Non-Binary Reality (2019)

About the Event

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  • Theme: Unpacking Non-Binary Reality
  • Dates: November 1 through 3, 2019
  • Location: the Marriott, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Membership Rates for ICON 44

 Online Registration Coming Soon! Adults (13 & up) Children (12 & Under)
Full Weekend Pass (Early Bird Rate) $55.00 Free with paid adult
Benefactor $110.00 N/A
Paradise ICON $100.00 N/A
At-the-Door Weekend Pass $70.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Friday Pass $40.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Saturday Pass $50.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Sunday Pass $30.00 Free with paid adult

Guests of Honor

pat murphy icon 44 author guest of honorPat Murphy, Author Guest of Honor

I’m a writer, a scientist, and sometimes a toy maker.

All of my stories and novels have a hint of the strange. Some have been called science fiction, some fantasy, and some neither one. Most of my work falls between categories. I think that the most interesting events happen at the edges, in the borderlands where the lines are fuzzy.

My fiction writing has won a number of awards, including the Nebula Award for Science Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Philip K. Dick Award for best paperback original, the Christopher Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. I also co-founded the James Tiptree Memorial Award.

When I’m not writing fiction, I write books about science. For upwards of 20 years, I was a writer at the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. For several years,  I wrote science books for Klutz, a publisher of how-to books that come packaged with the tools of their trade — from juggling cubes to foldable paper dragons that fly.  (That’s where I got  my start in toy making and paper engineering. Working with at team at Klutz, I helped develop the stuff that went with my books — from origami starfighters to a snap-together skeletal hand.)

These days, I’m the Activity Guru/Evil Genius at Mystery Science, where I’m helping create a elementary science curriculum designed to inspire students (and their teachers) to love science. I create the hands-on activities that go with each lesson, drawing on all my experience as a science writer, an educator, and a toy maker. It’s a lot of fun.

Sometimes, I also teach writing. I’ve taught in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program, at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and at the Clarion Speculative Fiction Workshops in Michigan and Seattle.

Mystie Hollaman, Fan Guest of Honor

Mystie HollamanMystie Hollaman sprang, Athena-like, from her own forehead on the stage of the Contra Vaudeville Show, and fandom has been much the better for it. She is a Kansas City-based fan, best know for hosting RoomCon, the con within a party within a con. While normally held at ConQuesT, RoomCon has occasionally materialized at other cons, most famously at MidAmeriCon II in 2016.

Mystie is a trans woman, and while she shares general meatspace coordinates and some interests (cheesy horror movies, Hallowe’en) with her counterpart James, she is a unique individual with her own take on the world, and is, in many ways, a true fannish icon.


October 2016; Photo by Terri LeBlanc

Jim C. Hines, toastmaster
Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After finishing the goblin trilogy, he went on to write the Princess series of fairy tale retellings and the Magic ex Libris books, a modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. He’s now writing humorous science fiction with Terminal Alliance, book one in the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and lives with his wife and two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him at www.jimchines.com or on Twitter as @jimchines.

ICON 44 Staff

  • ConCom: Gregg Parmentier, John Frick, Shawn Johnson
  • Art Show:
  • Barnes and Noble Liaison: Terri M. LeBlanc
  • Blood Mobile Liaison: Jenny Carhoff
  • Chocolate Ceremony:  Michelle Clark
  • Con Medic: Sheril Bogenrief
  • ConSuite/Hospitality Room: Jennifer Todd
  • Costume Central Organizer: Lynda Sherman
  • Dealers’ Room Coordinator: Gregg Parmentier
  • The Torchlit Study: A Teen Writing Workshop: Erin Casey and Alex Penland of The Writers’ Rooms
  • Gaming:
  • Guest Liaison for Pat Murphy: Lisa Martincik
  • Guest Liaison for Mystie Hollaman:
  • Guest Liaison for Jim C. Hines: Erin Channell
  • Hotel Liaison: Jenny Carhoff
  • Masquerade: Michelle Clark
  • Paradise ICON Coordinator: Catherine Schaff-Stump
  • Phen Feud Coordinators: Elisabeth and Samantha DeCrane
  • Program Book Layout and Design: Beth Hudson-Wheeler
  • Programming Coordinator: Tony and Jessica Penticoff
  • Publicity:
  • Registration Coordinator: Tracie Michlin
  • Room Parties Coordinator:Susan Leabhart
  • Security Lead: Sheril Bogenrief
  • On-Site Signage Coordinator: Chelsea Eldeen
  • Tech and AV Coodinator: Fred Coverdill
  • T-Shirt Company Liaison:
  • Trans-Iowa Canal Company Director:
  • Treasurer: John Johnson
  • Volunteer Coordinators:
  • Social Media and Web Services: Terri M. LeBlanc
  • Saturday Phen Feud Organizers: Elisabeth and Samantha DeCrane