Jim C Hines


Booth H-157

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 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 two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him at www.jimchines.com or on Twitter as @jimchines.


11:15 am-12:15 pm panel in Walker Ballroom

1:15-4:15 pm signing in H-157


Sunday at 11:15 am in Walker Ballroom

Jim C. Hines

Escapism and a Dash of Humor

When I was starting out as a writer, I wanted to write serious stories. Deep, literary, metaphor-heavy prose that left readers shaken. I wanted to write important fiction. Over time, I realized the stories I wanted to tell were the ones reviewers might dismiss as bubblegum fantasy. Escapist stories about nearsighted goblins and fairytale princess assassins and space janitors. I also came to learn that these stories were just as important. We need escape. There’s a place for the dark and gritty, but we need fantasy and hope and wonder and humor. We’ll talk about the importance of “lighter” stories, the power of humor, and our shameless love for the bubblegum and popcorn genre. These stories probably won’t win any major awards, but they can still change lives.