Guests of Honor
Author, Guest of Honor
Nicholas Meyer is an award-winning author, screenwriter and director. His body of creative work in publishing, film and television spans more than five decades.
Meyer’s most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The Return of the Pharaoh from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. was published by Minotaur Books in November 2021.
He’s the author of seven previous novels, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1975), a Doyle pastiche in which Sherlock Holmes met Sigmund Freud. The novel sold more than two million copies, stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for forty weeks, and won the British Gold Dagger award from the British Crime Writers’ Association. Two years later, Meyer received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay of the eponymous film, which starred Nicol Williamson, Robert Duvall, Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier.
Meyer made his directing debut in 1979 with a film he wrote, Time After Time, starring Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen and David Warner. He went on to direct Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Other directing credits include Volunteers (Tom Hanks, 1986), The Deceivers (Pierce Brosnan, 1988), Company Business (Gene Hackman, 1991), Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country (Christopher Plummer, 1992) and the HBO film, Vendetta (Christopher Walken, 1999). His screenplays include Sommersby (Richard Gere and Jody Foster, 1993) and contributions to Fatal Attraction (1987) and Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt (1998).
His other books include Target Practice, which was nominated for an Edgar Award, and three other Holmes pastiches, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols (2019), The West End Horror (a New York Times bestseller) and The Canary Trainer; as well as Confessions of a Homing Pigeon. Meyer’s memoir, The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood, was published in 2009.
Meyer directed ABC’s The Day After (1983), which remains the single most-watched television film ever made (100 million people in one night) and was nominated for fourteen Emmys. Additional work includes a two-part miniseries, Houdini (Adrien Brody, 2014) based on his father, Bernard C. Meyer’s biography. He is the co-creator of the Netflix series Medici—Masters of Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman, and worked on STAR TREK: Discovery for CBS Access.
Born and raised in New York City, Nicholas Meyer was graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theatre and filmmaking. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Steve and Jenny met at the ICON room party at DemiCon, and ICON has been a big part of their life ever since. Jenny was in TICC productions for several years before becoming the Consuite Queen. When she started running the Consuite small budgets were stretched by baking for months before the con. She enjoyed running the Consuite because everyone wandered through eventually to talk to her. Steve loudly and frequently protested that he wasn’t on staff, she was, but year by year “just helped her out” more and more. He started by hauling stuff in and hauling it out again, but took over putting down plastic, making the fudge, chopping the vegetables, and other small things. The Chainmail Guy sometimes let workshops, teaching others to play with metal. He sold shiny things at the DemiCon Dealer’s Room, but not at ICON because “gotta help Jenny”.
Artist, Guest of Honor
Although born in Syracuse, New York, Mitchell was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was named for Maria Mitchell, the first woman astronomer, who was his great grandaunt on his mother’s side. His mother was an artist who worked in oils and taught him the rudiments of mixing, blending and care of his equipment. Painting remained a hobby while Mitchell first worked in the hotel and restaurant industry, then returned to school in 1980 to earn an associate degree in Electrical Electronics Technology from Oklahoma State University. He then worked as a field service engineer until 1988. Following a divorce in 1989, Mitchell combined his love of science, science fiction and painting into a new career in fine art and illustration. For two years, Mitchell apprenticed at the Robert Fields Gallery in Tulsa, where he learned the important skills of matting, framing and art conservation. He then attended his first science fiction & fantasy convention in 1991. During that time he also studied art at Tulsa Junior Collage and served as president of the Tulsa Artist’s Guild while building his business. In 1996, Mitch moved to Austin, TX, where he lived and worked for almost four years and served as Director at Large for the Association of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). In December of 1999, Mitchell moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in the fall of 2000 enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Humanities in 2004 followed by a Master of Arts in 2006. His thesis and creative production was entitled “Astronomical Art: A Historical Analysis and Exhibition of Digitally Created Work.” Mitchell has lectured at universities, worked in film, taught art, edited publications and appeared as Artist Guest of Honor at over a 25 science fiction conventions, winning over 55 awards. His work has been published both domestically and internationally as cover art for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, posters, trading cards, newspapers and fine art editions. Mitchell is a lifetime member of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, serving as regional director for several terms and President.
Papa & Mama of ICON
Joe is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel, The Forever War. He has been a published author since 1969, when his first short story was published in Galaxy magazine. His work has won numerous awards, including (but not limited to) 5 Hugo awards, 5 Nebula awards, and a Grand Master Nebula award. Many of his works were inspired by his experience serving in the Vietnam War. He recently retired after thirty years of teaching at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Recent books include Earthbound, published in 2011, which was the last book in a trilogy that began with Marsbound and Starbound. Joe’s newest novel, Work Done for Hire, was published in 2014. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Joe is also a poet and a painter, and a founding member of ICON. Gay (Mary Gay Potter) Haldeman has a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Maryland and another in Linguistics from the University of Iowa. She has recently retired from teaching in the Writing Center at MIT after thirty years, specializing in English as a Second Language. She resides in Florida, where she manages Joe’s career. She has been doing science fiction conventions since 1963 and loves to meet new people. After more than 50 years of marriage, she still thinks Joe’s the best thing that ever happened to her.
Jim C. Hines has been ICON’s Toastmaster almost every year since 2012. He’s been writing even longer than that. His first novel Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider, came out in 2006. Since then, he’s finished the goblin trilogy and published a total of 15 books, including 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 and a new middle-grade fantasy called Tamora Carter: Goblin Queen. He’s currently finishing up the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy, his first foray into humorous SF.
Jim’s short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. He won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer back in 2012. He currently lives with his two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him at www.jimchines.com or on Twitter as @jimchines.
Rachel Aukes is the bestselling author of over thirty books, including 100 Days in Deadland, which made Suspense Magazine’s Best of the Year list. She writes in a number of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and more. Her series includes Waymaker Wars, Space Troopers, Flight of the Javelin, Fringe, Deadland Saga, Colliding Worlds, and Guardians of the Seven Seals. Her novels have repeatedly been Amazon Top 100 bestsellers and #1 bestsellers in Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Space Fleet, Space Marine, Galactic Empire, Colonization, Alien Invasion, and Cyberpunk. When not writing, Rachel can be found flying old airplanes with her husband and an incredibly spoiled dog over the Iowa countryside.
M.L. Williams is an award-winning ex-journalist. He retired after more than 30 years of battling deadlines to venture into the book-writing world. Williams lives in Cedar Rapids. His latest novel, “A Most Promising Planet,” is a historical fiction project speckled with fantasy and spiced with a hint of science fiction. Williams also has written: a science fiction duology; a short-story anthology about growing up in Iowa; and partnered with another author on an adult-themed sci-fi novel.
Daniel “Stitch” Mohr – Comic artist, author, and actor who was born and bred in Minnesota. Daniel writes and draws the web comic “Everyday Gods” which debuted in 2007, and draws the web comic “World Wide News” as well. “Life is a Natural One” is a new straight to print comic that Daniel created for a Wisconsin paper, but is being converted to a comic book medium. He is known for his Top Hat, puppet companion, and being an equal opportunity offender, however he promises to be good for at least five minutes a day. As well as being an artist, Daniel has performed in many theatrical productions, from community theaters to professional work. Acting has always been a great passion of his. Currently he lives with his wife in St Paul, where they run Mohr Creations together selling his artwork and her custom made fine jewelry. Daniel has also begun his own publishing company, Wolfie B Bad Productions.
Wolfie B Bad – Wolfie was born in Minnesota, and was born to be an actor. He was on stage making audiences laugh when he was only three months old. Since then he has expanded his repertoire to include audience participation stand up, and carousing on an Olympic level. Wolfie has presented at fortune 500 companies, and has also run for president. Vote Awesome in any future election, they all pay well.
His writing goes back to the mid 1980's and if you've seen a copy of "Puzzle Box" or "Magic Man", you were lucky. He gave writing a back seat for many years but returned to it some time ago and has comleted several books since then. His current, long awaited novel, "Things That Go Bumping The Knight" is soon to be released. He has many pen names, as he usses different ones for different genres. He has written short storys (an anthology is in the works) asn has wrtten for the scrren. Science fiction is his favorite and he always love to write and talk about it.
Recipient of the 2020 Golden Quill Award for Paranormal by Desert Rose RWA, 2020 International Digital Award by the OKC RWA, and 2021 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense for Romantic Suspense, Alexis (Lexie) is an award-winning writer with a day job for the last twenty years serving her community and its everyday heroes.
Born in Tucson her heart still remains there, but she lives, works, and writes in Indy. Her desire to see the whole country is almost complete (seven states left) and as much of the world as she can (7 countries down, 188 to go!)
She collects fountain pens, perfume bottles, rescue animals, and dirty curse words in as many languages as she can. Her list of hobbies is longer than her arms and legs combined (even though she is on the shorter side so that isn’t hard) including knitting, crocheting, painting, graphic design, and learning to play the piano.
In addition to 'writer', her life has many roles including wife, dog mom, fun aunt, and ghost hunter.
Lexie’s goal is to cram as much living into one life as possible and write about it along the way.
Steven Doyle is one-half of Wessex Press, the world’s premier publisher of books about Sherlock Holmes and his world. He is also publisher of The Baker Street Journal, the legendary periodical publication of The Baker Street Irregulars. Doyle has been a follower of The Great Detective since the age of 14, and currently leads one of the hobby’s most active Sherlock Holmes societies, The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis. He has written or edited six books about Sherlock Holmes, including Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, and also hosts the video podcast The Fortnightly Dispatch, devoted to all things Sherlock Holmes. Doyle is also an ardent fan of classic horror and science fiction films, and plays in a classic rock band for fun. He lives in Zionsville, Indiana with his wife Pamela, and their three cats.
L.L. Richman is an Amazon bestselling author of science fiction technothrillers, which Publisher's Weekly has called "seamlessly plotted military sci-fi." Her series include Enfield Genesis, The Sol Dissolution, and the Biogenesis Wars. Two more series are coming in 2023. She has a diverse career background, having spent more than a decade working in radiation physics, and twice that as a director of film and video. Richman is also a pilot and avid photographer.
Christopher Weuve is a professional naval analyst and wargame designer. He spent six years at the Center for Naval Analyses (where he learned the Combat Information Center of a Burke-class destroyer would make an excellent starship bridge), and then five years on the faculty of the US Naval War College After a decade as an intelligence analyst, he's now back to designing wargames for the Department of Defense. Outside the day job, he's a founding member of BuNine (David Weber's Honorverse analytic visualization team), and was an editor for "House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion," in which he also co-authored (with David Weber) the "Building a Navy in the Honorverse" chapter. As both an avid science fiction fan since before he was old enough to read and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College, Chris spends his free time analyzing Real-World(tm) naval warfare and how similar subjects are represented in science fiction. (He currently does this on YouTube, on a show called "Starfleet Tactical" on the Ares Studios channel.)
Dr. Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a scholar working on nineteenth-century science fiction. She has published and presented widely on the genre and its intersections with the history of science, and is also an avid Sherlockian and a member of the programming team for Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Conference.
Ron Adkins is the afternoon host at Jazz 88.3 KCCK. He is co-writer and producer of the nationally-syndicated, award-winning “Soundtrack to the Struggle,” a feature series spotlighting jazz’s impact on the fight for racial equality. His freelance writing includes podcasts, web features, and magazines. His novel, New Moon Over Lowtown, is currently in revision for rerelease. You can contact him at Ron@kcck.org.
Hollis Monroe is a syndicated, award winning writer, producer, music director, opera and jazz singer and Shakespearean. He has published movie soundtrack reviews, served as executive producer and as a reader for Iowa Public Radio’s “The Book Club”, is an active voice actor and narrator for the sci-fi EscapePod podcast and the PseudoPod horror podcast, and is an educator and emcee. He is the midday host at Jazz 88.3 KCCK, and as a life-long RPG GM, he was recently featured on "What Would The Smart Party Do?", The UK's premiere RPG Podcast.
Catrina Taylor, author of more than 30 books, is well on her way to a successful career. She began publishing while her children began school. This adventure allowed her to grow her backlist while being available for her children. The time invested and energy dedicated enabled a family first approach to yield consistent results. Her joy of science fiction led to an epic length SciFi series, a short story series, multiple anthologies, and now serialized fiction with Kindle Vella as well. On Twitch, Monday through Friday, she talks about writing, the industry, and offers support to the community as they visit with her. You can find her on twitch, twitter, and elsewhere as TheLadyWrites.
Cheshire Moon is the fanciful collaboration of trickster bird Lizzie Crowe and crazed magician Eric Coleman. What began as a simple joining of two talents in song circles, and occasionally during the mad-hatter antics of Eric Coleman on stage, whipped and frothed into the most likely of pairs. Eric’s love of punk, folk and prog rock gives them an eerie, otherworldly sound, while Lizzie brings the voice of that otherworld to life in voice and verse. Together they weave song and story, breathing new life into old myths, new faces onto old gods, and finally telling the princess's side of the faerie tale.
Jamie McFarlane is a multi-genre writer and independent publisher. Best-known for his two best-selling space opera series: Privateer Tales and Junkyard Pirate, Jamie has written more than forty novels. His well-loved characters are ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Wild adventures and redemption are common themes in Jamie’s stories, which are set in rich, multi-world environments with both familiar and exotic aliens.
Dennis Green is the author of the sci-fi thriller series, “Traveler,” a mind-bending parallel-universe adventure in the tradition of Daniel Suarez and Dean Koontz. The three Traveler books have dozens of 4 and 5 star Amazon reviews, and scored in the Top Ten of the Ben Franklin Independent Publishing Awards.
Dennis is a familiar face and voice to two generations of Iowans, one of the longest-tenured radio personalities in the state. He is currently the general manager of Iowa’s only jazz radio station, KCCK-FM. And if It’s 5:30 am, you can probably find him in the pool, working out with the Milky Way Masters swim club.
Follow Dennis online at www.denniswgreen.com, facebook.com/TravelerTrilogy, or @dgreencr on Twitter.
Tom was born in Canada, the middle child of five. When he was young he worked as a stable hand and played hockey. He loves animals and is currently without a pet.. 🙁 Cursed with a high IQ, he studied physics, electronics, chemistry, astronomy and computers in high school and three universities. He has been everything from the aforementioned stable hand to a corporate manager, spending more than nine years as a database consultant. He occasionally conducts private research involving physics and/or electronics and belongs to at least one private think tank. He has done some acting once he 'got out of his shell' and performed at Renaissance festivals for years. He currently works at a job he is not allowed to disclose any details about, makes leather crafts for Renaissance fairs (Frog N Bottle), writes science fiction and occasionally blogs. (amitiel-colloquium). Jack of all trades and master of none. A good background for this kind of writing. His quick wit and charm can make him the life of the party, but he also has no time for aggressive idiots. If you want to talk to him, find his fan page on Face Book. Get to know him. He is truly unique.