ValleyCon 43 - Oct. 20-22 2017 | Baymont Inn and Suites - Fargo, ND
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not."" -- Yoda
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Past Guests of ValleyCon 43

ValleyCon strives to bring the best and most relevant guests featured in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, gaming and film & TV! These guests include Media Icons, Artists, Authors, Psychics and many more. Autographs are available at one of the industry's LOWEST price point ever. The guest will do panels, readings and demonstrations for your education and entertainment.


James Luceno

Author Guest

James Luceno (born 1947) is a New York Times bestselling author. He has written several Star Wars novels and a dictionary about Star Wars. He has written other novels as well and he wrote the film adaptations for a few movies. He authored the new Web Warrior series. He has also written for television cartoon series.

James Luceno (born 1947) is a New York Times bestselling author. He has written several Star Wars novels and a dictionary about Star Wars. He has written other novels as well and he wrote the film adaptations for a few movies. He authored the new Web Warrior series. He has also written for television cartoon series.

In the Star Wars universe he has written three Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels, Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial, Agents of Chaos: Jedi Eclipse and The Unifying Force. He also has written The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and the ebook Darth Maul: Saboteur (this ebook was effectively a prologue to his prequel trilogy novel, set directly before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, called Cloak of Deception). Two of his latest novels within the Star Wars universe include Labyrinth of Evil and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. He also wrote a novel detailing the history of the Millennium Falcon

In an interview with Star Wars Insider magazine, Luceno said that he would like to write a future novel dealing with the search for immortality that both Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Plagueis embarked upon in their own separate ways. However, in a talk show interview in February 2007, he indicated that the novel was currently on hold due to Star Wars expanded universe continuity concerns. The novel was canceled and replaced by a Darth Bane novel. The Plagueis novel again became viable in 2009, and Darth Plagueis was released in January 2012.

Luceno's 2014 novel Star Wars: Tarkin was one of the first four novels published in the franchise after Lucasfilm redefined Star Wars continuity in April 2014. His novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Story was published in November 2016.



Troy Denning

Author Guest

Troy Denning is a fantasy and science fiction author and game designer who has written more than two dozen novels.

The New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, Troy Denning grew up in the mountain town of Idaho Springs, Colorado — which happens to be the home of David Chappellet, Robert Redford’s character in the 1969 ski-racing film, Downhill Racer. After seeing the movie at twelve years of age, Troy was inspired to become an Olympic ski-racing champion.

Sadly, that did not happen.

Instead, Troy retreated into his love science fiction and fantasy, poring over the works of Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Bova, Burroughs, Tolkien, Norton . . . pretty much anybody who wrote about something other than ski-racing. By the age of fourteen, he had convinced himself that he could tell a better story than any of those fools, and he began to scribble his masterpieces into 80-page spiral-bound notebooks.

Unfortunately, acquiring editors of the time were a stodgy, short-sighted bunch. Most of them didn’t even read handwritten manuscripts, and those who did pretty much insisted on ink. So Troy dragged out his father’s old Underwood typewriter and began to fill old suitcases with typed manuscripts. Some were even neatly typed. Nevertheless, with his acceptance rate still hovering just below zero, by his eighteenth birthday he began to suspect that this writing thing was harder than it looked.

Then Troy opened a SASE containing his short story, “The Ghosts in the Old Argo.” Inside, he found a rejection slip from the legendary editor, Ben Bova. But this time, there was a signature — and a handwritten note thanking him for the submission.

Wildly ecstatic, Troy decided the thing to do was go college and play some Division III football, and maybe then his writing dreams would come true. (If not, he could always turn pro, right?) Beloit College had a football team, and Troy’s English teacher thought it might have a decent writing program. So he went there.

It turned out that Beloit College did have a fine English department, and by the time Troy graduated, he could put together a respectable paragraph. He landed a job editing game material for TSR Hobbies (the producers of Dungeons & Dragons), then spent the next few years honing his skill by working as an editor and game designer.

In 1989, not quite twenty years after deciding to become a writer, he published his first novel, Waterdeep. It became an instant New York Times bestseller (even if it did make the list by the skin of its teeth), and Troy went on to publish more than thirty novels set in many different game and media worlds, including Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, Planescape, and Star Wars. Currently, he resides in western Wisconsin with his wife, their two pets, and far too many hosta-eating whitetail deer.

He still writes novels, and it’s still harder than it looks. His most recent book is The Sentinel, the fifth novel in the Forgotten Realms Sundering series.