Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Meradeth Houston

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Meradeth Houston has been writing since she realized the sequel to a book she loved as a kid didn’t exist…and she could tell the story herself. She’s the person who got in trouble for reading her under desk in school. She’s especially attracted to stories with tweaks to the real world—a little magic, a little extra boost to science that already exists, a little something beyond our day to day reality. Her stories integrate these themes and female heroines who know how to get the job done.

Meradeth Houston has been writing since she realized the sequel to a book she loved as a kid didn't exist…and she could tell the story herself. She's the person who got in trouble for reading her under desk in school. She's especially attracted to stories with tweaks to the real world—a little magic, a little extra boost to science that already exists, a little something beyond our day to day reality. Her stories integrate these themes and female heroines who know how to get the job done.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, What's in a Name?, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Brenda Carre; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Katie Cross, Meradeth Houston, Frog Jones, Danica Winters

    What's in a name? Mustafar. K'n-yan. Galadriel. Harry. Drek. Aziraphale. Boba (like the tea or the Fett?). Ghoblin. What about Renesmee Cullen? Is that even a name? Let's discuss names and how they affect our worldbuilding, cultures, and the stories themselves.

  • 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, 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 Kay 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.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, The Truth About "Write What You Know", Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Meradeth Houston, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Krista Wallace

    Many believe that you should only write what you have actually experienced. It’s likely that fantasy authors have never encountered dragons or escaped through magical portals, and most of us haven't gone into space. Let’s talk about what "write what you know" really means.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Spotlight: Hodges, Huston, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston

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

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Writing SF and Fantasy in the Real World , Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Meradeth Houston, GS Jennsen, Kevin Kauffmann, D.L. Solum

    Science fiction and fantasy give authors and their readers the chance to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. Yet, even the Starship Enterprise came back to Starfleet in San Francisco between voyages. What are the challenges and opportunities presented by staying close to home?