Daniel Bensen

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

Daniel M. Bensen was born in Chicago and has since lived in Maine, California, Montana, Japan, and Boston. He currently lives with his wife, daughters, and in-laws in Sofia Bulgaria, where he teaches English as a second language.

Dan writes stories across the spectrum of fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history, but all deal with the theme of clashing cultures, usually with romance and humor. He is represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Agency. Dan’s novella PETROLEA is available from Alban Lake Publishing. Other works of his have been published in the Tales from the Universe, Tales from Alternate Earths, and Domesticated Velociraptor anthologies, Alternate History Fiction Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Scifiideas. He was the editor for the English-language version of GAME TALE (Bulgarian winner in the “Best creator of children’s sci-fi or fantasy books” category at Eurocon 2014). Daniel also has an editing credit on Simon Roy‘s science fiction comic “Habitat.”

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Spotlight: Bensen, Patten, Spotlight
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

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

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Tex Thompson

    We all want to make friends on Earth, but we don't always know how. Human social customs are strange and complex, and can baffle even the most well-meaning being. Make the most of your time at this convention by learning some ways to have fun while talking to humans.

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Care and Feeding of a Writers' Critique Group, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, David Boop, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), D.L Solum

    Over the course of the weekend, we want you to do have opportunities to create, mold, and join writers' groups, so in this panel we'll discuss how you find, maintain, and organize a writers' group. We'll learn how to give and take critiques, and how to use those critiques to improve your writing (ie: what do you use and what do you ignore?).

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Build a Better Monster, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Meradeth Houston, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Build a Better Monster: Biology and Creature Design in Scifi and Fantasy
    Not all monsters are created evil. The best ones don't look like they were created at all, but evolved like real animals. We'll talk about the ecology, bio-mechanics, and phylogeny of creature-creation -- that's everything you need but the test tube full of mutagen.

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Spencer G. Ellsworth, James Glass, L.F. Patten (Laurey), J.A. Pitts

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, How We Learn Languages, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Jason A. Holt

    It doesn't happen in a montage. Language-learning is much harder, and much more interesting, than most books and movies make it look. It has a lot to do with the inner workings of both our minds and our cultures.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Building Immersive Worlds, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Larry Bonham, Alyson Peterson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    We know an immersive, deep world when we see it. Everything just fits together, in casual, unforced fashion. Sometimes the best researched and written worlds aren't immersive. Heinlein claims it's all about same until proven otherwise, but other authors insist it is the other way around. Our authors will discuss classic world building techniques, mistakes and go-to solutions.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Kingdoms Outside Europe, Jefferson
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Tex Thompson

    Your fantasy kingdom doesn't have to be based on Plantagenet England. Why not the Ottoman Empire, the Aztec Triple Alliance, Heian Japan? There are a lot of ways to be a king.
    Panelist: Daniel Bensen

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