Writing the Rockies Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Summer 2014's keynote speakers feature four highly successful industry professionals and each at the top of their games. You won't want to miss any of these presentations.


Joe Haldeman

Popular Genres Fiction/Nonfiction

Internationally acclaimed science and fantasy author Joe Haldeman is the author of the Forever War series. He's the five-time winner of the HUGO AWARD, five-time winner of the NEBULA AWARD, the John W. Campbell Award, the Locus Award, the Rhysling Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. In addition to the Forever War series, he's authored the Attar the Merman series, the Worlds series, and the Mars series. He's written 25 stand-alone books, including novels, nonfiction, short story collections, and poetry.

Joel Thompson

Television Writer 

Joel A. Thompson is a WGA member, was a science major in college, and attended medical school. Then he  found his way to NYU whereupon he received an MFA in writing for film, theater, and television. Before selling his first work, he taught in the Compton Public School System by day and wrote by night. His writing credits include House MD, Boomtown, Battlestar Galactica, and Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies series.  He was a former story analyst for Icon Pictures, Village Roadshow, and John Wells Productions.  He has also sold pitches to various networks including CBS, HBO Films, and Disney's Stage 9 Productions.

Frederick Turner


Born in England, Frederick Turner holds degrees from Oxford University and teaches at the University of Texas at Dallas. His books include Shakespeare and the Nature of TimeRebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion, and Education; Beauty: The Value of ValuesThe Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit; and Epic: Form, Content, and History; as well as several volumes of poetry. He is married to Mei Lin Turner (née Chang), a literary periodical editor, and has two sons.

John Helfers

John Helfers


John Helfers is an author and editor currently living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During his fourteen years working for Martin H. Greenberg at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), he has edited more than twenty short story anthologies, as well as overseeing numerous other ones for other publishers in all genres. He is also the Novel Line Developer for Catalyst Game Labs, which produces roleplaying game books and fiction set in the BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. He has also published more than forty short stories in anthologies such as If I Were An Evil OverlordTime Twisters, and Places to Be, People to Kill. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech® and Shadowrun® universes. He has written both fiction and nonfiction, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone™ television series, the YA novel Tom Clancy’s Net Force Explorers: Cloak and Dagger, and a history of the United States Navy. His most recent non-fiction book, The Vorkosigan Companion, co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. He recently finished writing several novels in the Room 59 espionage series for Worldwide/Gold Eagle Publishing, and has written novels in their other long-running series as well. Currently he is working on several other tie-in projects, as well as an epic dark paranormal alternate history series with his wife, fellow author and editor Kerrie Hughes.