Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

A full list of Peter's in-print publications can be found at:

Peter has been publishing short stories since 1993, game story-lines since 2002, and novels since 2008. His first novel, Second Paradigm, landed him several speaking engagements on the topic of how to write time travel and true nonlinear stories. He is currently playing in the Steampunk sandbox as a writer at, and Art Director of, a creative studio at

This year he is a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® for his first Graphic Novel, 'Behind These Eyes.'

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Meet & Greet: Brian Rathbone/Peter J Wacks, Hotel Lobby of Doom
    Panelists: Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • Break Fri 1:50 - Fri 4:00
  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics of Steampunk, Gallatin
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: David Boop, Kent Davis, Ann Gimpel, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let’s talk about diversity in steampunk. If steampunk primarily takes place in Victorian England, how can you add more diversity to your story? What authors do it well? Are there ways to write around the politics of that time without losing the essence of captured history?

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Mythmakers in SciFi, Madison
    Panelists: David Boop, Guy Pace, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Rayguns in the fifties, flying cars in the sixties, and aliens in the White House? How is retro science fiction reclaiming our “lost” past in order to make it more interesting? Are retro science fiction and steampunk parallel genres or has one developed as a result of the others’ increasing popularity?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Word Fire Press , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Of all the gin joints in the city, you had to wander into this one. Well, come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 30. We'll meet our GoHs, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer. If the weather doesn't allow, we'll move into Ballrooms B&C in the hotel.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat Noon
  • moderator Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Worst Panel Ever Panel, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Carol Berg, Robin Hobb, Christopher Paolini, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Veteran panelists will share stories of some of the most harrowing and funny experiences they have had on panels.

  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, Ballroom B
    Moderator: J.A. Pitts; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, J.A. Pitts, Ken Scholes, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth is a collaborative project featuring paintings by Artist Guest of Honor Jeff Sturgeon with accompanying stories by Kevin J Anderson, Ken Scholes, Peter J Wacks, John Pitts, among others. Join Jeff and some of the contributing authors as they discuss this exciting new project.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • moderator Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Building An Audience From Scratch, Gallatin
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Guy Pace, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    You're about to be published, or perhaps you're going the self-publishing route. How do you build an audience for your book? Let's talk about audience: grabbing their attention and maintaining their attention. Through social media, blogging, podcasting? What's right for your audience and your story?

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page Idol, Third Edition, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kendra Lisum; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Krista Wallace

    Join us for MisCon’s third annual First Page Idol! Here’s how it works: Hand in the first page of your story or book at the start of the panel. Pages will be randomly chosen and read aloud. Our panelists will indicate when, had the submission come across their desk, they’d stop reading and tell us why. Submissions will be anonymous and will not be returned. (All submissions may not be read).

  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Fiction Slam Reading, Tent By the Trees (1)
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Carol Berg, Randy Henderson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
    1800: Randy Henderson
    1820: Peter Wacks
    1840: Carol Berg

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Interdisciplinary Projects and Creators, Glacier
    Moderator: Vandy Hall; Panelists: Kent Davis, Vandy Hall, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    More and more writers, artists, and publishers are doing a little bit of everything. Let’s take a look at creators who dabble in multiple areas, what projects have been successful, and where and why they work well.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Editing!, Madison
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    When is something edited enough to be published? What edits are important, which can be disregarded, and how do you tell the difference? Learn about how to edit your book in order to make it publisher ready. We�ll also touch on the different types of editors and when to engage them.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Putting Down the Words, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord); Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Brenda Carre, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Making up a statistic, your average best-selling author might write about a book a year. This accounts for edits, rewrites, and outlines of future books. Some write more, some write less. But what about those authors who put out two books a year...along with thirteen short stories, four novelettes, and four self-published compendiums to said best-selling books. How do they do it? Let's hear from the experts on what makes an author prolific.

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 3:00
  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Finish out MisCon 30 in style and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 31, May 2017.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 30.

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