Manny Frishberg

MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer

Manny Frishberg was born in the shadow of New York City and has lived up and down the West Coast for more than 40 years. He spent the first half of his life learning to write stories and the second half learning what to write. He is spending the third half of his life getting it done.
His stories have been appearing in anthologies and magazines since 2010. Before that he held jobs shaping wood, sheet metal and words (not all at once).
He is a contract editor, for two small presses and independent authors. His first anthology, “Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Magic” was published by Knotted Road Press in 2016. He and his partner have make their home near Seattle.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Pitts, Peterson, Frishberg, Spotlight
    Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Alyson Peterson, J.A. Pitts

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

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Eternal Youth, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory, Meradeth Houston

    Scientists are always looking for the all-important cure for aging, but what are the ramifications for such an advancement?

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Three Laws of Robotics & You, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Manny Frishberg, James Glass

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Are Asimov's 3 rules more important now than ever? Can we avoid a "Terminator" future? Can we predict how drones and the rise of the robots will affect us in 10 years?

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Rebooting Your Creativity, Jefferson
    Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Manny Frishberg, Ann Gimpel

    Tragedies, money, brain block, fear, procrastination. A lot of things can stall a career--professional or otherwise. How does a writer get their career back on track after a long break? Can an author recapture a fan base they lost?

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Cmdr. Data vs the Self-Driving Car, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Manny Frishberg, James Glass

    Would you put your kid in a self-driving ambulance? In an accident, a self-driving vehicle will take the action with the highest probability of the most favorable outcome; a human driver (or Data) might take a crazy risk if the possible benefit was great enough. What might a computer mind really look like?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Spotlight: Bonham, Frishberg, McCoy, Spotlight
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, Manny Frishberg, Tod McCoy

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

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Author Reading: Lockwood, Frishberg, Reynolds-Ward, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Todd Lockwood, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (15 minutes a piece)

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Writing the Future, Madison
    Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, James Glass, Meradeth Houston

    The radioactive slag has been cleaned, the viro-mutants have been killed or restored to human status, and the re-building of New Hong Kong Orbital University has begun (by zombies, rumor has it). How do you write this? Do we live in beautiful outdoor gardens or in the protection of the white ceramic walls of New Safe City? What are the sights, sounds, scents and textures of Utopia?

  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Queries, Synopses, and the Difference, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Claire Eddy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Manny Frishberg, Lane Heymont, J.A. Pitts

    A synopsis is different from a query letter in a number of ways. In this panel we'll discuss the difference, as well as elements of a successful synopsis.

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Simply Human, Ballroom C
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory, Meradeth Houston

    Robots run a great deal of our world, making our cars, food, medical equipment; robots even make our robots. What will there be for humans to do in the New Age of Humanity? Films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner raise questions about machine sapience and sentience. Will technicians have to swear an e-version of the Hippocratic Oath? What will be the ethics of dealing with old and/or non-functioning computers?

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