Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

Marty Essen

MisCon 32 Panel Volunteer

Marty Essen began writing professionally in the 1990s, as a features writer for Gig Magazine. His first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, won six national awards, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named it a Top Ten Green Book. His second book, Endangered Edens, won four national awards. Marty is also a popular college speaker. He has performed the stage-show version of Cool Creatures, Hot Planet on hundreds of campuses, in forty-five states.

Marty’s latest book, Time Is Irreverent, is a science-fiction political-comedy. The switch in genres doesn’t mean a switch in ideals. Like all of Marty’s books, it reflects his values of protecting human rights and the environment—and does so with a wry sense of humor. The science-fiction political-comedy is an Amazon "Hot New Release" in 13 categories.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Author Readings: Carre, Essen, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Brenda Carre, Marty Essen

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works! (25 minutes a piece)

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Essen, Held,, Spotlight
    Panelists: Marty Essen, Rhiannon Held

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

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 6:00
  • moderator Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Outselling Big Publishers Without Selling Out, Yellowstone
    Moderator: Marty Essen; Panelists: Marty Essen

    In this workshop, Marty Essen will introduce new science fiction and fantasy authors to the many publishing and promotion possibilities available that were unknown or too expensive in the past.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writing Alternate Histories, Ballroom B
    Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: David Boop, Marty Essen, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson

    How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where's the line between enough and trying too hard.