Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

A full list of Peter's in-print publications can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BMOTJI

Peter has been publishing short stories since 1993, game story-lines since 2002, and novels since 2008. His first novel, Second Paradigm, landed him several speaking engagements on the topic of how to write time travel and true nonlinear stories. He is currently playing in the Steampunk sandbox as a writer at, and Art Director of, a creative studio at www.FairyPunkStories.com.

This year he is a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award� for his first Graphic Novel, 'Behind These Eyes.'

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Crafting Starts (Writing 201), Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: G.R. Theron; Panelists: Brenda Carre, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Dean Wells

    Dive into the unique elements that define the beginning of stories. Our authors will guide you in identifying these crucial components and demonstrate practical ways to apply them to your own work.

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Exploring Dark Forests Through Gaming, Fairy Tent (4)
    Moderator: Valerie Guyant; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb, Valerie Guyant, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's explore how forests (dark and otherwise) are depicted across gaming worlds of all kinds, from tabletop RPGs to video games and beyond! (Beyond the dark forest where there are no trees and only yucky civilization and normal people).

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Super Hero Fatigue in Pop Culture , Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: John Logan; Panelists: Tony Gregori, Paul Jenkins, John Logan, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Superheroes have been with us for a long time, but are we becoming over-saturated with them? Join us for a discussion.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Horror Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: D.L. Solum; Panelists: Esther Jones, D.L. Solum, William Sutton, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's discuss the horror in fiction. How has it changed over time, and how is it evolving now? Are the good old days long dead, or is the best yet to come?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 4:00
  • moderator Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, AI: the Good, the Bad, the Apocalyptic Year 2, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Paul Jenkins, Todd Lockwood, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    ChatGPT. BardAI. Dall E. Midjourney AI. Let's discuss Artificial Intelligence. Will it destroy the world as we know it? Will it usher in a new golden age? We could just as the AI, I suppose . . .

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Skepticism, Imagination, & Fuzzy Thinking, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, David Gerrold, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Jim Wright (Stonekettle)

    Let's discuss skepticism in this modern age of propaganda, groupthink, and the end of the world. Is skepticism the best way to advance humanity? Is it the only way to resist propaganda? Does it kill creativity and imagination? How can we become more skeptical without losing creativity, dampening imaginations, and turning into cyborgs?

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • moderator Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Ethical AI?, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Brian Alterowitz, Rob Carlos, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Jim Wright (Stonekettle)

    AI isn't all bad. Is it? Let's discuss the ways it can be used ethically to perform tasks. Do we even have a choice in the future of AI? Panelists will pledge to Cthulhu to not kill each other over this.