My schedule at Miscon!

It’s still tentative, but it looks like I’ll be at a whole bunch of Panels at Miscon (Missoula, Montana May 26th to 29th)

Here’s the schedule


  • panel Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, RocketTent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Ty Hulse, Tex Thompson
    We all want to make friends on Earth, but we don’t always know how. Human social customs are strange and complex, and can baffle even the most well-meaning being. Make the most of your time at this convention by learning some ways to have fun while talking to humans.
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Tex Thompson, Ty Hulse
  • panel Sat 11:00 – 11:50 AM, How People Actually Learn Languages, Glacier
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen
    It Doesn’t Happen in a Montage. Language-learning is much harder, and much more interesting, than most books and movies make it look. It has a lot to do with the inner workings of both our minds and our cultures.
  • panel Sat 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Build a Better Monster, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen
    Build a Better Monster: Biology and Creature Design in Scifi and Fantasy
    Not all monsters are created evil. The best ones don’t look like they were created at all, but evolved like real animals. We’ll talk about the ecology, bio-mechanics, and phylogeny of creature-creation — that’s everything you need but the test tube full of mutagen.
  • panel Sat 3:00 – 3:50 PM, “And” As a Verb, Gallatin
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi), Frog Jones, Alyson Peterson
    What kind of language will an alien speak? Probably nothing you can speak without an abacus, a swimming pool, and a chamber choir. As different as human languages can be from each other, there are certain things they all do. What if they didn’t?
  • panel Sun Noon – 12:50 PM, The Grammar Panel, Glacier
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe
    Returning once again this year: the Grammar Panel! Bring all your grammar-related questions and let the learning begin!
  • panel Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Kingdoms Outside Europe, Gallatin
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen
    Your fantasy kingdom doesn’t have to be based on Plantagenet England. Why not the Ottoman Empire, the Aztec Triple Alliance, Heian Japan? There are a lot of ways to be a king.
    Panelist: Daniel Bensen
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