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Friday, October 28 • 7:00pm - 7:50pm
To Boldly Go: Opening Ceremonies and Prometheus Award Presentation

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Join author guests of honor Kelley Armstrong and John Varley, artist guest Julie Dillon and toastmaster Chaz Kemp as MileHiCon 48 seeks out new fandoms and new adventures for the weekend. Special GoH L. Neil Smith will receive a special Prometheus Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society. Alarums, excursions and announcements may ensue!

Guests of Honor
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Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen to date in her Women of the Otherworldseries, two in her Cainsville series, six in her Darkest Powers series and three in the Age of Legends series. She has also published three middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages Trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial... Read More →
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Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon is an American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy art. A freelance illustrator, Dillon has created images for games, book and magazine covers, and covers for musical albums. Dillon's work has been nominated for the Chesley Award three times; she won the 2010 Chesley Award for Best Unpublished Color for "Planetary Alignment" (subsequently published as a cover for Clarkesworld Magazine), as well as the 2011 Chesley... Read More →
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Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp is a Colorado artist that specializes in Fantasy, Steampunk, Faeries, Ancient Legends and Heroes drawn in the Art Nouveau style. | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChazKempIllustration

Participants
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John Varley

John Varley has written several novels and numerous short stories. Many of these stories are set a century or two after a race of mysterious and omnipotent aliens, the Invaders, have almost completely eradicated humans from the Earth (they regard whales and dolphins to be the superior Terran lifeforms and humans as only a dangerous infestation). But humans have inhabited virtually every other corner of the solar system, often through the use of... Read More →
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L. Neil "El Neil" Smith

Colorado-based prolific sf writer L. Neil Smith (“ElNeil”), also a musician who plays guitar and banjo, has written 28 books. Star Wars fans know him for his three Lando Calrissian novels. Smithwon Prometheus Awards for Best Novel for The Probability Broach(1982), considered one of the definitive libertarian sf novels and the first in a series about a Denver detective in an alternate-reality stateless... Read More →
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Michael Grossberg

Michael Grossberg founded the Libertarian Futurist Society (www.lfs.org) in 1982 to sustain the Prometheus Awards for pro-freedom science fiction. He chairs its best novel judging. An award-winning journalist at newspapers in Texas, Indiana, California, and Ohio, notably The Columbus Dispatch (1985–2015), Michael was thrilled to interview Ray Bradbury, Mel Brooks, Carrie Fisher, Robert Heinlein, Timothy Leary, Joan Rivers, Mickey Rooney... Read More →
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Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously employed at Hughes Aircraft Co., Gaalema was more recently chief engineer of Hughes Microelectronics Center, Carlsbad, California. At the Jet Propulsion... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Grand Mesa