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)
- Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, RocketTent (1)
Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Ty Hulse, Tex ThompsonWe 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
- Sat 11:00 – 11:50 AM, How People Actually Learn Languages, Glacier
Panelists: Daniel BensenIt 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.
- Sat 2:00 – 2:50 PM, Build a Better Monster, Ballroom C
Panelists: Daniel BensenBuild 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.
- Sat 3:00 – 3:50 PM, “And” As a Verb, Gallatin
Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi), Frog Jones, Alyson PetersonWhat 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?
- Sun Noon – 12:50 PM, The Grammar Panel, Glacier
Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Claire Eddy, Andrea HoweReturning once again this year: the Grammar Panel! Bring all your grammar-related questions and let the learning begin!
- Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Kingdoms Outside Europe, Gallatin
Panelists: Daniel BensenYour 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