Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Dave Smeds

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

A Nebula Award finalist, Dave is the author of novels, short fiction, comic book scripts, and screenplays. His writing spans several sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy including sword-and-sorcery, hard sf, contemporary fantasy, superhero, martial arts, and horror.

His books include The Sorcery Within, The Schemes of Dragons, The Wizard's Nemesis, and X-Men: Law of the Jungle. Over 100 stories have appeared in magazines such as Asimov’s SF, Realms of Fantasy, F&SF, and Pulphouse, and anthologies such as Full Spectrum 4, Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn, Return to Avalon, In the Field of Fire, and many installments of the Sword & Sorceress series.

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, 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.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, The Writing Process, Monster Tent (2)
    Panelists: Thomas Gondolfi, Michael Hodges, Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, Dave Smeds

    Let's discuss the writing process. It's different for everyone . . . isn't it? Doesn't everyone get up at 6am, shower, and get right to work? Or are we all night owls who fit in words after everyone else goes to bed? Our panelists will discuss what works for them and what doesn't.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Spotlight: Wallace, Smeds, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Dave Smeds, Hunter Kay Wallace

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

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Help! My Books Aren't Selling, Nameless Ballroom
    Panelists: Joseph Malik, Dave Smeds

    This panel will help pinpoint why your books are lying around like beached whales. Its focus will be on the big three: cover, blurb, sample. All must be spot on and genre specific, otherwise no one will even click through to your "look inside" sample. This is a tough, competitive business. Not a place to reinvent the wheel.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, The Blended Subgenre, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Eva Elasigue; Panelists: David Boop, Eva Elasigue, Rhiannon Held, Dave Smeds

    Fantasy Sci-Fi - SF&F as BFFs. Some stories have both! Why and how? What's great, what's new, and what's here.

  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Epic or Not?, The Hollow
    Panelists: C E Chester, Sanan Kolva, Dave Smeds

    What makes stories epic and not merely regular? Does it matter?