Dave Bara

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

<p>Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction on TV, in film, and in books. Dave's writing is influenced by the many classic SF novels he has read over the years from SF authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frank Herbert, among many others.</p>
Book I (Impulse) and Book II (Starbound) in The Lightship Chronicles series are currently available in multiple formats from DAW Books. Book III in the series, Defiant, debuts in 2017.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they're still important in their own way. Let's discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Time Travel Today: It's Not 1985 Anymore, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory

    Looper vs. Predestination vs. 12 Monkeys. How does Science Fiction present time travel these days? Does the Delorean still need to hit 88 mph? Do you just need a cardboard box like Calvin and Hobbes? Or do you just need a little alien blood in the face like Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow?

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 2:00
  • moderator Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Space Opera Rising?, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Moderator: Dave Bara; Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, James Glass

    Fantasy has held the public's fascination for a while now, but is SF/space opera on the rise again? Films like GotG, Jupiter Ascending, the new Star Wars are obviously box office hits. How does that affect science fiction literature? How will it affect genre book sales?

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fruitless First Draft Struggles, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
    Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

    First drafts are hard, no matter your skill level. It can be like trudging uphill, barefoot, in half foot of maple syrup. Let's discuss ways to make it through, to quiet that little voice in your head telling you this is crap. What are some of the things you shouldn't worry about when writing first drafts? What are some of the things you should? But despite all the challenges, are there any fruitless first draft struggles?

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Near Future Science Fiction, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, James Glass

    Where will the next big Near Future Science Fiction (like today's Bladerunner) come from? Comics? Genre literature? TV? Films? What about games? What will it be?

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.

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