Patrick Swenson

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Patrick Swenson's first novel The Ultra Thin Man appeared from Tor in August 2014. He edited the small press magazine Talebones for 14 years, and still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, he has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley�s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 30 years, has a Masters Degree in Education, teaches in Auburn, Washington, and lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his thirteen-year-old son Orion.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • moderator Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Ask the Editor, Gallatin
    Moderator: Patrick Swenson; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson

    Ask our panel of editors anything you want about editing and writing!

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
  • 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).

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, What's the Next Big Thing in SFF?, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Dave Bara; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, James Glass, Patrick Swenson

    What's the next big sub-genre in SFF? Is it Space Opera? Epic fantasy? Urban? Hard SFF? Grimdark? Why? Why not? Why has SFF become so mainstream? What's the future of more traditional SF/space opera?

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