David Boop

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

David Boop is a Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. Before turning to fiction, David worked as a DJ, film critic, journalist, and actor. As Editor-in-Chief at IntraDenver.net, David’s team was on the ground at Columbine making them the first internet only newspaper to cover such an event. That year, they won an award for excellence from the Colorado Press Association for their design and coverage. 
His debut novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, is back in print from WordFire Press after a six-year hiatus. Additionally, Dave is prolific in short fiction with over fifty short stories and two short films

David is a Denver-based single dad, returning college study, temp worker and author. He has one novel (the sci-fi/noir "She Murdered Me with Science" release in '08) and over thirty short stories, novellas and flash fictions across several genres including weird western, zombie horror, urban sci-fi and pulp hero. His most recent is the Steampunk Western, "Kit Carson versus the Toad Men of the Rio Gila" in Gears and Levers 3 and "Most Dangerous Honeys" for Moonstone Books' Honey West anthology (his second media tie-in. He's also worked as an MC and Toastmaster, interviewing such names as Kevin J. Anderson, James Marsters and the Tron 30th reunion. Additionally, he's had two short films made and is in preproduction for a third. His hobbies include film noir, anime, Mayans and the Blues.

Web site: http://www.davidboop.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • 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 10:00
  • moderator Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Retro versus Future Noir, Madison
    Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    Dark mysteries set in the past, or in the future, have very specific tropes. What do these two genres have in common, and where do they diverge?

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, Ballroom C
    Panelists: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Learn all about the upcoming anthology and art book, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, an upcoming anthology and art book from a bunch of past MisCon GoHs and pros. Our panelists have all contributed to the book, and Jeff Sturgeon himself will be on hand to talk about his project. This thing is going to be big!

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Cross-Media Storytelling, Madison
    Panelists: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, Charles D. Moisant, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Video, music, art, and writing all essentially tell the same story. Emotion is conveyed, a theme expressed, and pleasure sensors triggered yet each medium of art has certain strengths and weaknesses. This panel will discuss these as well as how to pull elements from each medium into the other.

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Author Readings: Boop, Ellsworth, Fischl, Yellowstone
    Panelists: David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Eric Scott Fischl

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

  • moderator Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Weird Westerns, Steampunk, and Penny Dreadfuls, Jefferson
    Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: David Boop, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Tex Thompson, Dean Wells

    Let's discuss the history of, how to write, where to submit, and other things related to weird westerns, steampunk, and penny dreadfuls.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Solarpunk: An Emerging Genre?, Patio Tent (1)
    Moderator: Ruth Frey; Panelists: David Boop, Ruth Frey

    You've heard of Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and maybe Biopunk, but what about Solarpunk? It's a small movement, but worth watching as it develops. If you're interested in green technologies, social reform, better futures, and Art Nouveau style, it may just be a thing for you!
    Panelists: Ruth Frey

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Crisis Escalation as Character Building, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, David Farland, J.A. Pitts

    She's up against the wall, everything's at stake, she's all alone, and her life is about to be ruined. Great job, you've got all the necessary points for plot escalation, now how do you pull double duty and use those scenes to build character as well?

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Boop, Kolva, Spotlight
    Panelists: David Boop, Sanan Kolva

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

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Voice in SF/F, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Alyson Peterson; Panelists: David Boop, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Alyson Peterson, Dean Wells

    Sometimes writers intent on world building spend less time on finding their main character's voice. Let's discuss how you describe your new worlds in the main character's, or the narrator's, unique voice. Authors who are particularly good at this are Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, select Brandon Sanderson books, Anne McCaffry, Brian Jacques, to name a few.

  • Break Mon 10:50 - Mon 1:00
  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Current Trends in Sci/Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, Madison
    Panelists: David Boop, Andrea Howe, Dean Wells

    Let's discuss the current trends in genre. This will be an audience-participation panel where we talk about what people really want to see/read, as opposed to what the media and the big houses are focused on.

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