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Friday, October 28
 

9:00am

Vendor Setup
The Vendors Room will be available for Vendor Load-In and Setup from 9am - 3pm Friday. During this time only Vendors and Convention Staff will be allowed to access the room. 

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

12:00pm

Artist Setup
The Art Show will open for Artist setup from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday. Only artists who are preseting in the Art Show and Convention staff will be able to access the room during this time. 

Friday October 28, 2016 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

12:00pm

Registration Open
Buy tickets now at http://picatic.com/milehicon48.On-line processing fees will be added by the ticket processor.

Registration Rates good through 05/31/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $42.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $21 + processing fees

Registration Rates good 06/01/2016 through 10/08/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $44.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $22.00 + processing fees

Registration Rates Good through 10/08/2016:

 2 lb Critter entry
 $5.00 + processing fees
 20 lb Critter entry
 $8.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Adult
 $60.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Child
 $38.00 + processing fees

At the door prices:
MHC only: $46 3-Day,  $20 Friday, $22 Saturday, $20 Sunday.  Multiple day rates also available.
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM + MHC Rate:  Adult $64, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool.

Friday October 28, 2016 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

2:00pm

A Brief History of the Earth
The Earth has been through a lot during its history. The geological record gleaned from fossils is only the last chapter. Scientists are starting to piece together an outline of the dramatic events in the previous four billion years.

Moderators
RB

Ray Buland

Ray Buland has a BS in physics and a Ph.D. in solid earth geophysics. He has published articles on topics ranging from free oscillations of the Earth and moment tensors to earthquake location, seismic travel-time computation, and travel-time/magnitude residual statistics. During his career at the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, he did basic and applied research, developed computational algorithms and seismic... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Great Opening and Ending Lines
From a line that hooks the reader/viewer from the beginning to one that leaves them satisfied, what are some memorable ones, guidelines to making them great, and pitfalls to avoid?

Moderators
MG

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 →

Participants
AH

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She is a 2012 Writers of the Future semifinalist and has taught writing for Writer's Digest University as well as at local writing conferences. She works at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver.
JV

James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August 2015. James blogs at http://www.jamesvanpelt.com and can be found on Facebook.
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Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and, most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S.J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name, including “Love Story” in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View" (F&SF, March-April 2013), “The Body Pirate" (forthcoming in F&SF), and "The Dualist," a Writers of the Future Contest winner published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec, and other publications. Aaron reviews books and interviews authors for Fantastic... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Horror: Why We Love to Be Scared & Write Stories to Scare Others
Do horror fans really get scared? If so, what do they like about it? What makes a good horror story? Is it atmosphere? Blood and gore? Suspense?

Moderators
MA

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series. His latest novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and he has contributed to Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario lives and writes in Denver.

Participants
avatar for Amity Green

Amity Green

Amity Green is an award-winning author of dark urban fantasy novels and horror stories. Her debut novel, Scales, was published in 2013, and her short stories appear in numerous anthologies. The Witcher Chime, her first horror novel publication, was released on July 31, 2016. A Colorado native, Amity resides in Manitou Springs where she is currently working on book 2 of her Fate and Fire trilogy.
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Christopher Katava

Christopher Katava grew up near the northwest edge of Los Angeles. Living near a park with a magical small stream and an abundance of open space provided him a deep appreciation for nature. Christopher’s life path has shown him glimpses of a spiritual unity and respect for all life. He’s developed a special bond with the big cats and spends some of his free time giving educational tours at a wildlife park where he shares the risk of... Read More →
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Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who, along with her furry children, calls beautiful Colorado home. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska. and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing started with poetry, leading to her first publication at the age of 12. She has two short stories published through Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group; “A Page Lost” in An Uncommon Collection and “The Power of the Word” in Remnants and... Read More →
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Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann is a novelist, freelancer, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poet, and a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His latest novel, co-authored with Jim Pinto, is the horror-western Death Wind. Other novels include The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction published or forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Alembical, Fiction River, and others. His freelance work includes contributions to the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm

Romance in Genre Fiction: Is It Needed?
In addition to being its own very healthy genre, romance turns up in many others—from mystery to fantasy SF to YA, people are falling in love. It can be done well (or badly), but is it necessary, either to plot or marketing?

Moderators
JH

Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans is a writer, educator, and bon vivant living in the Denver metro area. He is originally from Pasadena, California, and holds two degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara; one in history and one in Renaissance studies. He recently graduated from CU-Denver, with a masters in U.S. history. He is currently the editor-in-chief of MAN-Gazine, an online resource of manliness for all those who want to be more manly.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →
avatar for John Varley

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 →

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard is the award-winning author of YA novels acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Bloodspell was a #1 Amazon bestseller and Bloodcraft was a national IPPY silver medalist. She is co-author of the adult historical romance series, The Lords of Essex. As an author of color and proud supporter of diversity in... Read More →
RD

Robin D. Owens

RITA® Award-winning novelist Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published December 2001. She's written fifteen books in the series. She wrote eight books for Luna, including a three book series set in Denver, Colorado. Robin’s newest stories, about an uptight accountant who sees Old West ghosts and helps them move on, started with Ghost Seer in April 2014... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Supergirl (and other CW Heroes) Fan Forum
Come talk about everything going on in Metropolis and National City, as well as Star City, Central City, and probably other City Cities.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.

Participants
MB

Megan Bethards

Meghan Bethards has over a decade of experience in costume conception and creation. From the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) recreating historic garb she moved on to any fandom that sat still long enough for her to get at it—comics, animation, video games, and literary sources. You've probably seen her running around in something unusual—why come to a convention in conventional clothing? She believes anyone can create the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Wrong Stuff: Military SF Beyond Tropes
From TV and movies to the books we love, all too often military SF doesn’t get it right. From the laws of physics to actual small unit combat leadership, what are the things most often done wrong and how could they be done better?

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next Generation novel, The Captains' Honor—both with David Dvorkin—and some pieces in magazines which went out of business shortly after publishing his work... Read More →

Participants
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy, Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as Footprints and Space Horrors... Read More →
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at 17. After time in the 625th Military Police Corp, she transferred to the 19th Special Forces as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college to embark on the most exciting adventure of all: being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers... Read More →
KM

Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist." He doesn't currently have any projects announced, but a few behind the scenes may be coming soon!
KI

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry is a lifelong space geek and retired Army space operations officer. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program and an executive with two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin has a broad background in informal space science education. He is the author of the acclaimed science fiction novel, Sleeper Protocol, and the popular military science fiction novel, Runs In The Family. He is an active member of SFWA and an... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Accumulative Sculpture
Stop by the atrium and add your bit to the growing sculpture (like jenga, but we don’t take pieces away) or work on your own assemblage creation.

Moderators
CA

Carol Angel

Carol Angel is a pottery student, a collager, an assemblage art fan, and a determined recycler of useful stuff.

Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Artemis
Red alert! Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies! Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms? Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience. You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with five other players, working together to protect Terran space. Sign up individually or as a group―time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 3:59am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Open Gaming
Mike and Anna Schaer, David Morgan, John Eakins, Double Envoy, and members of the Colorado Game Designers' Guild will be providing their gaming libraries for pick-up and play gaming all weekend in the Gaming Atrium.

Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 3:59am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

3:00pm

Conspiracy Theory: Who's Running Everything?
What is conspiracy theory about, and has it changed in the past several hundred years?

Moderators
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Massachusetts, Idaho, and Oregon. Currently residing in Colorado, many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling... Read More →

Participants
avatar for A.M. Burns

A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
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Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
CE

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson lives in Colorado. He's mostly a flash fiction writer. His latest story, “Dine-In Communion,” was published at The Mind[less] Muse. His website is at charleseugeneanderson.com
DA

Daniel A. Willis

Daniel A. Willis is foremost a historian and has written several nonfiction historical works. But his love of fantasy comes through in his fiction. His first novel, which turned into a trilogy, followed portions of history through the eyes of a nearly immortal second race of humans. He is now writing several pieces of alternate history. In recent years, he crossed the line from writer to publisher. Now retired from the world of the mundane, he... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Dr. Who Fan Forum
Bring your scarf, pop on a fez and allons-y to join other Who fans for a discussion of favorite Doctors Companions, monsters, and episodes. Dr. Who fandom—it’s bigger on the inside!

Moderators
IB

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon is a writer, film maker, game designer, podcaster, and father. His short stories have been published in The Fifth Di..., Wondrous Web Worlds, Forgotten Worlds, Tales of the Talisman, May-December Publications' anthology, Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy, and the shared world anthology, Taurin Tales. Ian has been working with Nomadic Delirium Press on supplements for the Ephemeris RPG. He is one of the founders and regular co-hosts... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

3:00pm

Illustrating the Written Word
Our panel talks about the process, the differences between illustration and self-directed work and more.

Moderators
MC

Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's Lost Outpost, is due out this December.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention. Both are local.
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Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has mostly given up improv and sanity. She participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga … and recently has plunged into the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Is There Such a Thing as Writer's Block?
Is there such a thing? What causes it? More important, how do you get rid of it?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio, a native of Denver, writes both short- and long-form genre fiction. He's had three short stories published in the past year including (with his writing partner) one of ten stories that made it into the 2016 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology. His other fiction includes Night of the Monster, book five of the Night Marshal series started by Gary Jonas, and Nedge Neustar, a middle-grade science fiction novel that kicks off a new... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Corinne O'Flynn

Corinne O'Flynn

Author
Corinne O'Flynn is a native New Yorker now living in Colorado who wouldn't trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. A scone aficionado, she has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy. When she isn't writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction... Read More →
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you'd... Read More →
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Marie DesJardin

Marie DesJardin writes both humorous and dramatic science fiction, fantasy, and alternative history. Forms and fields range from flash fiction to epic-length novels to screenplays. Credits include Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Apokrupha, Compelling Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Michael Moorcock's New Worlds Magazine, Third Flatiron Anthologies, and Story Quest (contest winner). She has one published science fiction novel, For the Time... Read More →
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds. Any suggestions?


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Reading: Four Fisted Adventure
Join L. Neil Smith and Bryan Thomas Schmidt for a rousing reading sure to delight.

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories include entries in The X-Files, Predator, and Decipher's WARS, amongst others. As book editor, he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey, and more. He was also the first... Read More →
avatar for L. Neil

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 →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm

The Ship: Close Environment, Set Characters
Unlike other environments, a shipboard setting is limited in place and characters - how do you handle this well? How do you create tension and excitement?

Moderators
SJ

Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream city review, among others. He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest, and one of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to be... Read More →

Participants
CH

C.A. Hartman

C.A. Hartman specializes in writing science fiction. An academic scientist gone rogue, Hartman’s books have been praised for their great characters, intricate worlds, and their complex but understandable science. Check out Hartman’s books, blog, and events at 5280Press.com. You can also find her on Twitter (@5280_SciFi) and Goodreads. 
MM

Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung—author of the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered a 'resource' for romance writers, he had to ask 'why?' The answer was, "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based... Read More →
NB

Nathan Beauchamp

Nathan Beauchamp is the award-winning author of the Universe Eventual series which includes Chimera, Helios, and Ceres. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Clones: The Anthology and Exigencies from Dark House Press, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Pantheon Magazine, and many other fine publications. N.J. holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western State Colorado University, and lives in Lakewood... Read More →
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated a huge library of SF and fantasy books. A lifelong student of naval history, he recently published his first novel, Torpedo Junction, an alternate-history... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm

Inuyahsa: The Final Act
The final season of Rumiko Takahashi’s long-running adventure series. Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, Shippou, and their nekomata friend Kirara are now in the final leg of their quest to put an end to the elusive demon, Naraku, and all of the chaos and evil he has caused, and to ultimately undo the unfortunate karma of the Jewel of Four Souls. Their journey, however, will not be easy as their remaining enemies put out all the stops to make sure that they do not accomplish their goal.

Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

3:00pm

3:00pm

Operations Open
Operations and Security is available all weekend long, 24 hrs for any issues or concerns you may run into.

Please see the attached files for our convention policies. 


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 3:59am
Operations / Security Room 439

3:30pm

War of the Worlds (1953)
the first of five film adaptations of H.G. Well’s 1897 novel, changing the setting from Victorian-era England to 1953 southern California, while also being a commentary on the then-ongoing Cold War and the nuclear arms race. Earth is suddenly and unexpectedly invaded by Martians and American scientist Clayton Forrester searches for any weakness that can stop them. It is considered to be one of the best films of the 1950s and won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Trivia: Mystery Science Theater 3000 named one of its lead characters, the mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester, as an homage to the 1953 film.

Friday October 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

4:00pm

First Novels: Discussion and Group Reading
A brief discussion of the process, triumphs, and trials of that first book, followed by short readings.

Participants
EJ

Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone—Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest—has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel, Unforgettable, came out in January 2016 from Baen. He has attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Since... Read More →
avatar for Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark

Authors Row
Evangeline Denmark writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, was an RT Reviews Top Pick. USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A steampunk fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, Curio sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. Evangeline lives in Colorado... Read More →
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Richard Friesen

Richard Friesen's first novel, The Tower of Dreams, came out in January 2016. The second novel in the series, Oathbound Sisters, came out in August, and the third, An Uncivil War, is available for pre-sale now.
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Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and started writing her own stories not long after. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, is a #1 regional best seller and was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. The novel is the first in her urban fantasy series. Wendy graduated from the University of Utah and transplanted to Colorado, completing her MBA at the University of Denver. While working in the financial and network security... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Genetic Engineering
A look at where genetic engineering may be heading in the near future, possible breakthroughs and problems, and which aspects of genetic engineering are of most interest/concern to writers and the public.

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next Generation novel, The Captains' Honor—both with David Dvorkin—and some pieces in magazines which went out of business shortly after publishing his work... Read More →

Participants
CH

C.A. Hartman

C.A. Hartman specializes in writing science fiction. An academic scientist gone rogue, Hartman’s books have been praised for their great characters, intricate worlds, and their complex but understandable science. Check out Hartman’s books, blog, and events at 5280Press.com. You can also find her on Twitter (@5280_SciFi) and Goodreads. 
JF

J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist science fiction, space opera, fantasy, literature, and slipstream. Found on Twitter @WordForrest or online at http://jlforrest.com.
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
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Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Harry Potter vs Star Trek: Which is Really the Most Magical?
Flying broomsticks and tachyon particles, spells and wormholes ... the terminology is different, but which universe really has more magic?

Moderators
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science, as well as an adjunct professor in the Colorado Community College System. She is currently working as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions... Read More →

Participants
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Dr. Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason has written 16 books, including Ignition, bought by Universal Studios. A Nebula Award finalist, he has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Analog, Amazing Stories and Physical Review Letters. A Ph.D. physicist, Doug has been chief scientist of Space Command, associate director of Los Alamos National Lab, served at the White House under both Presidents Bush and Clinton, and worked on a NASA program to send... Read More →
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Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and, most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S.J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name, including “Love Story” in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.
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Nikki Ebright

Nikki Ebright has been a geek her whole life, loving the solitude and adventure of a good book, show, or movie, while also enjoying the camaraderie of sharing that adventure with others. She enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure. After a number of years of volunteering at conventions, she embraced her love of cons by creating one of her own to serve fans like her. Her main fandom loves are Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Firefly, but there are more... Read More →
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Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Orphan Black Fan Forum
Clone club unite! Come talk about Tatiana Maslany’s well deserved Emmy win, Proletheans, Dyad, Project Leda, and more.

Moderators
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 17th Annual Collection; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, also reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen's... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

4:00pm

Podcast Triptych: Beyond the Trope, Functional Nerd and Master Control with Carrie Vaughn
Come get a taste of three local podcasts and their different flavors through three interviews with author and sometime Midnight Hour radio host Carrie Vaughn.

Participants
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times-bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. Her next novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She's written several other contemporary fantasy novels, as well as 80+ short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate... Read More →
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Giles Hash

Giles Hash is an aspiring YA sci-fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he's chosen on the road to publication.
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Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Mesa

4:00pm

SF/F Pictionary
Come grab a marker and sketch whatever you draw from the hat—a stick-figure unicorn or a swirly black hole … you can do it, and get your team to guess!

Moderators
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention. Both are local.

Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

4:00pm

Ten-Forward Mixer
Just getting started with programming? Come on by to meet some other con-goers, schmooze about your favorite authors and shows, and trade tips on which panels and programs to put on your must-see list. (Star Trek costumes applauded, but completely optional.)

Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

4:00pm

The Myth of Easy Reading
Do readers want to be challenged by books? What is the resistance, if any, to diversity in SF&F? What does it mean and how should we respond to it?

Moderators
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Sue Duff

Sue Duff dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could read and combines fantasy and sci fi in her breakout series, The Weir Chronicles, with the first three books in the five book series—Fade to Black, Masks and Mirrors and Sleight of Hand—available wherever books are sold. She also writes for Wicked Ink Books, a group of Colorado authors who’ve recently published their first anthology, TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time. When... Read More →

Participants
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Greg Hyde

Greg Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW). He's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—a collaboration with Wil McCarthy—as well as the magazine Midnight Graffiti. His short story collection, Ezra by the Pound, was... Read More →
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Margaret Alia Denny

Margaret Alia Denny has been a fan of science fiction for over 40 years. Her very first convention was the Worldcon in Kansas City in 1976. She is a feminist, Wiccan High Priestess, head of a small (also Wiccan) church, editor, and a disability activist. She has been attending MileHiCon since 1988.
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Scott Beckman

Scott Beckman is a fantasy author with two titles to his name: Wings of the Sathakos and Pantheon. He is a Denver native, a cat owner and lover, and coffee aficionado.


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm

Trivia for Chocolate
Come and test your knowledge and be rewarded with chocolate. Trivia for all ages.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

4:00pm

Worldbuilding: Things Every Writer Should Know
From global issues like realistically dealing with different gravities to details around social interactions, our panelists talk about worldbuilding do’s and don’ts every writer should know.

Moderators
LJ

Lou J. Berger

Lou J. Berger lives in Denver with three kids, three Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat with nefarious intent. He's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has been professionally published in short form and is writing his first novel, a non-genre YA book set in 1978s North Carolina. He is on the staff for the 2018 Westercon in Denver. His website can be found at: http://www.LouJBerger.com

Participants
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Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water Witch, Light Raid, and Promised Land (with Connie Willis). Co-founder with Ed Bryant of the Colorado Springs Writer’s Workshop, Cynthia is now a... Read More →
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Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF and fantasy for kids and teens, and with 22 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but it never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.
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Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper as well as the fantasy world of Lammas Wood. He is a full time, self-published author with 11 novels, a handful of short stories, and a novella to his credit. His latest book—In Ashes Born—released in October. He’s currently working on the first book in a new series, Milk Run, due for release later this year.
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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF)—brand manager and lead writer/designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment—has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. He's worked on Star Wars, World of Darkness, Champions, and many other game lines. He created Shaintar for Savage Worlds and wrote the Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible. He's the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...

Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

5:00pm

An Hour with GOH Kelley Armstrong
Join Guest of Honor Kelley Armstrong for a reading, Q&A, or whatever else she may have up her sleeve.

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 →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Grand Mesa

5:00pm

Creativity Salon Roundtable
What is creativity, how important is it to productivity in art/writing/other creative pursuits, how can you get into/stay in a creative mood, how can everyone bring more creativity into their everyday life? Join the discussion!

Moderators
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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
avatar for Corinne O'Flynn

Corinne O'Flynn

Author
Corinne O'Flynn is a native New Yorker now living in Colorado who wouldn't trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. A scone aficionado, she has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy. When she isn't writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction... Read More →
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Ronnie Seagren

Ronnie Seagren—when not writing—can be found photographing landscapes and flowers or leading moonrise hikes at Roxborough State Park. She's pleased that her novel, Seventh Daughter, has found a new home at Wolfsinger Publications, and she's working hard on the long-awaited sequel, due in time for the August 2017 solar eclipse that will pass from Washington state to South Carolina, right across Wyoming and Kansas.  Don't miss it!
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Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream city review, among others. He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest, and one of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to be... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

5:00pm

Improvocation
Prepare to launch yourself into three days of creativity and camaraderie. Listen carefully and follow the directions for Poison Eye, Enemy Defender, and the ever-popular and goofy Bunny-Bunny-Bunny.

Moderators
TA

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

5:00pm

Minimalist/Entry Level Cosplay
New to cosplaying? Not sure where to start? Not sure of your crafting skill level or budget? Come listen as our panelists talk easy entry points to cosplay from your closet and beyond.

Moderators
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Natalie Leyba

Natalie (Nate) Leyba is an avid reader and an aficionado of both anime and manga. Her interest in books range from sci-fi/fantasy to nonfiction and everything in between. Natalie does tend to gravitate toward the sci-fi /fantasy/urban fantasy end of the spectrum, though. She has attended and worked MHC for more than a decade and looks forward to the next ten years.

Participants
avatar for Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark

Authors Row
Evangeline Denmark writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, was an RT Reviews Top Pick. USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A steampunk fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, Curio sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. Evangeline lives in Colorado... Read More →
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Kory Denmark

Kory Denmark and wife Evangeline are a team when it comes to cosplay. She writes steampunk fiction and dreams up gadgets, but as an engineer and artist, he can actually craft them.
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Megan Bethards

Meghan Bethards has over a decade of experience in costume conception and creation. From the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) recreating historic garb she moved on to any fandom that sat still long enough for her to get at it—comics, animation, video games, and literary sources. You've probably seen her running around in something unusual—why come to a convention in conventional clothing? She believes anyone can create the... Read More →
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Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Pantsing vs Plotting
How to structure a story, or not. What are the differences between plotting or pantsing—also known as ‘discovery writing’? Are there pros to one over the other? Can you do both?

Moderators
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 17th Annual Collection; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, also reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen's... Read More →

Participants
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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard is the award-winning author of YA novels acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Bloodspell was a #1 Amazon bestseller and Bloodcraft was a national IPPY silver medalist. She is co-author of the adult historical romance series, The Lords of Essex. As an author of color and proud supporter of diversity in... Read More →
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Stant Litore

Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →
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W.J. Cherf

W.J. Cherf, author of the time traveling series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust, writes historical science fiction for people who are looking for a wild ride, enjoy lively description, and an involved plot. Cherf wants them to walk away exhausted from the adventure, with the intellectual satisfaction of having learned something new.
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Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world. His stories have appeared in the Nightmares Unhinged and Crossing Colfax anthologies.


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

5:00pm

PokeConMo: Catch Them All!
Test your real life pocket monster skills. We’ll have sci-fi and literary-themed pocket monsters of our own invention and some three-dimensional capture devices. Will you prove your prowess or will our monsters run away?

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:00pm

Space Warfare: Discussion and Group Reading
Enjoy a discussion on space warfare from Starship Troopers to Old Man’s War and short readings.

Moderators
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Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry is a lifelong space geek and retired Army space operations officer. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program and an executive with two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin has a broad background in informal space science education. He is the author of the acclaimed science fiction novel, Sleeper Protocol, and the popular military science fiction novel, Runs In The Family. He is an active member of SFWA and an... Read More →

Participants
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Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →
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Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee is a retired Marine Corps colonel and combat vet. While he's published non-fiction over the years, it took going to Iraq for him to write his first novel. Self-published in 2009, it took a few years for it to gain traction, but since then, he has over 30 books to his credit and is regularly included in Amazon’s top 100 science fiction author’s list. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the U.S. Naval... Read More →

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Courtney Farrell

Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

5:00pm

The Forgotten World of Steam
A look at inventions most people don’t remember—like hot-air engines, solar steam, heliographs, John Wise’s trans-Atlantic balloons, the Spencer and its tubes—forgotten technological history that would fit right into a steampunk story.

Moderators
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.

Participants
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you'd... Read More →
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Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist." He doesn't currently have any projects announced, but a few behind the scenes may be coming soon!
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →
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Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated a huge library of SF and fantasy books. A lifelong student of naval history, he recently published his first novel, Torpedo Junction, an alternate-history... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

5:00pm

The Gaea Trilogy Revisited
Explore the sprawling world of the Gaea trilogy (Titan, Wizard, Demon) with creator John Varley, interviewed by Jason Heller.

Moderators
JH

Jason Heller

Jason Heller wrote the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk) and the Goosebumps book Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic). His next book, Strange Stars (Melville House/Random House), will trace science fiction’s influence on popular music. His stories have appeared in Apex Magazine, Expanded Horizons, Farrago’s Wainscot, and Swords V. Cthulhu, and he co-edited the anthology Cyber World (Hex). As the former nonfiction editor of... Read More →

Participants
avatar for John Varley

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 →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine
Ranma and the gang are invited to a boating trip with Kuno. Unfortunately, a storm destroys the yacht and everyone is stranded on a remote island. The whole situation goes even more awry when one by one, the girls disappear without a trace. Ranma then finds out that the girls are being abducted by Toma, ruler of the island, as part of his personal harem.

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
A 2009 fantasy film adapted from Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book of the same name. The film centers on a lonely nine-year-old boy named Max who sails away to an island inhabited by creatures known as the "Wild Things," who declare Max their king. Directed by Spike Jonze, it combines live-action, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery (CGI) as well as performers in costumes provided by the Jim Henson Company. The film stars Max Records, Forest Whitaker, and Catherine O'Hara.
Trivia: In an interview with Newsweek, Maurice Sendak stated that parents who deemed the film's content to be too disturbing for children should "Go to hell. That's a question I will not tolerate." He further noted, "If they can’t handle it, they should go home… “I saw the most horrendous movies that were unfit for child's eyes. So what? I managed to survive."

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

5:00pm

Weaving Mats for Charity
Come help make woven cage mats for local animal shelters.

Moderators
RH

R.K. Hageman

R.K. Hageman is an ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer working on a series of murder-mystery novels set in a mythical Colorado mountain college town, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest history professor. She has participated in NaNoWriMo events four times and won once. Her interests include linguistics, prehistoric textiles, classical mythology, Egyptology, 18th-century naval history, chess, and the manned space programs... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 6:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

5:00pm

Sentinels of the Multiverse
GM: Royal Connell (Double Envoy)
Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative, fixed-deck card game with a comic book flavor. Each player plays as one of ten heroes, against one of four villains, and the battle takes place in one of four different dynamic environments.

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

5:00pm

Cryptic Explorers Demos
GM: Elisha Seely and Maher Sagrillo, Tempest Tome Games
Cryptic Explorers is a competitive, asymmetrical, sci-fi horror tabletop board game for 2–4 players.
In the game, 1–3 players control squads of human Cryptonauts, tasked with entering the Realms of Death to steal occult knowledge and escape back to Earth. Opposing the Cryptonauts is a single Deity of Death, a malicious and powerful goddess who seeks to kill all the Cryptonauts before they can escape with her Realm’s occult secrets. Playtime appx. 1 hour.

Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

A Gentle Critique of Critique Groups
A good critique group can be incredibly valuable to a writer, but they aren’t for everyone. How can you find or organize good ones, and recognize what kind is right for you—if any?

Moderators
EM

Emily Mah (EM Tippetts)

Emily Mah (aka EM Tippetts, the chick lit author) is the author of the books Restless Earth, Blessing Sky, and Cleansing Fire, and video blogs for Black Gate. She is the owner of EM Tippetts Book Designs, which provides editing, formatting, and cover design services for indie authors and publishers.

Participants
CK

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay is a fae changeling, struggling to make it in the mortal realms as a meager scientist and writer. Her stories often involve the inanimate, which only she seems able to see as living, breathing creatures. You can catch up on her shenanigans at bewitchinghips.com.
EB

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than four decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor, and friend of MileHiCon. A recipient of two Nebula Awards, he received the American Mystery Award for Best Critic in 1989. His oft-reprinted “While She Was Out” was adapted both for Lifetime Network (with Stephanie Zimbalist) and as a feature film with Oscar winner Kim Basinger. In... Read More →
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F. P. Dorchak

Author, Wailing Loon
F. P. (Frank) Dorchak writes gritty, realistic paranormal fiction that delves into the supernatural, the unexplained, and the metaphysical. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic with short stories, non-fiction articles, and five novels, Voice, Psychic, ERO (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
HB

Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF and fantasy for kids and teens, and with 22 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but it never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

6:00pm

Best SF on TV - Ever! (challenge panel)
From Twilight Zone to The Expanse, Dark Matter to Mork & Mindy, what is the best SF on TV—ever? For the purposes of this particular panel, network/cable series or miniseries only … i.e., not movies that later ran on TV and not Netflix/Amazon only series. (Remember—starting panelists may not remain on the challenge panel throughout…)

Moderators
LG

Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has mostly given up improv and sanity. She participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga … and recently has plunged into the... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
JE

John E. Stith

John E. Stith is the author of eight novels, including Redshift Rendezvous, a Nebula Award nominee, and Manhattan Transfer, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention. Several of his works with Ace Books and Tor Books have been bought by the Science Fiction Book Club and optioned for film. He has optioned several feature-film screenplays, and has sold to television (Star Trek). During 2016 and 2017 his backlist is being re-released in trade paperback and all... Read More →
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Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated a huge library of SF and fantasy books. A lifelong student of naval history, he recently published his first novel, Torpedo Junction, an alternate-history... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

6:00pm

Rogue One and Beyond Fan Forum
Who is Jyn Erso? What surprising ties to the rest of the series do you expect? Will we get a hint at Rey’s parents? No Bothans need die to bring you this information!

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

6:00pm

The Hard Climate Data Panel
What effects of climate change have been scientifically observed? Were 2015 and 2016 the warmest ever recorded? What about extreme weather? Our panelists will bring their best and most reputable data!

Moderators
SG

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 →

Participants
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.
LL

Lesley L. Smith

By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published five science fiction novels including The Quantum Cop. She's an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
RA

Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes. For more information, see http://www.rachaelacks.com.
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

6:00pm

The Second Time Around
Our panel will remember books that changed or deepened when read at different stages and ages, and explore what qualities give a book that longevity.

Moderators
EH

Emily Hash

Emily Hash is the producer and official book reviewer for Beyond the Trope, a Denver-based podcast for nerds. She was an elementary school teacher for nine years before launching herself into the great unknown of a new career. She cannot live without books, tea, and a furry companion, preferably of the feline persuasion. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Giles, and their master, Edmund the cat.

Participants
AH

A.G. Henley

A.G. Henley is a contributor to Wicked Ink Books' 2016 anthology, TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time, and the author of the Amazon best-selling Brilliant Darkness series. The first book in the series, The Scourge, was a 2016 Library Journal SELF-e Selection and a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.  Also a clinical psychologist, when not writing fiction or shrinking heads, A.G. can be found herding her children and their... Read More →
CW

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest book is Crosstalk. Other works include The Best of Connie Willis, Blackout/All Clear (winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for best novel), Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle, Inside Job, D.A., The Winds of Marble Arch, and All About Emily. She has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas. First author to win Hugos and Nebulas in all four fiction... Read More →
JF

J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist science fiction, space opera, fantasy, literature, and slipstream. Found on Twitter @WordForrest or online at http://jlforrest.com.
MM

Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung—author of the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered a 'resource' for romance writers, he had to ask 'why?' The answer was, "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

6:00pm

Untangling the Creator & Creation
How do you cope with writers and other creatives whose work you like but who had/have opinions you find difficult/abhorrent (e.g., Wagner)?

Moderators
JH

Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans is a writer, educator, and bon vivant living in the Denver metro area. He is originally from Pasadena, California, and holds two degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara; one in history and one in Renaissance studies. He recently graduated from CU-Denver, with a masters in U.S. history. He is currently the editor-in-chief of MAN-Gazine, an online resource of manliness for all those who want to be more manly.

Participants
CE

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson lives in Colorado. He's mostly a flash fiction writer. His latest story, “Dine-In Communion,” was published at The Mind[less] Muse. His website is at charleseugeneanderson.com
GH

Greg Hyde

Greg Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW). He's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—a collaboration with Wil McCarthy—as well as the magazine Midnight Graffiti. His short story collection, Ezra by the Pound, was... Read More →
RT

Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger wrote her first story at age five, heavily plagiarizing from Beatrix Potter. After that she wrote a lot of short stories and literary fiction until she discovered made-up spaceships and became a genre author. She was an English major at Purdue and studied writing at Vermont College. She reads, writes, and drinks coffee in Chicago.


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

6:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

Savage Rifts: Meet the New Boss (Savage Worlds)
Limited Capacity seats available

GM: Sean Patrick Fannon
Wickliffe, in what was once the state of Kentucky, is one of the most distant towns Castle Refuge has regular contact with. Tomorrow Legion teams usually must cross some difficult territory (including a swing by the CR-friendly city-state of Whykin) to reach the river port town, but the effort is well worth it. The folks in Wickliffe tend to have a fairly strong sense of what's going on in the Magic Zone, thanks to regular trade along the river and otherwise. The first sign of trouble is the lack of the usual ferry to get them across to the east bank, where Wickliffe's modest docks handle a decent amount of river traffic and trade. In fact, the docks look nearly abandoned, and no one on that side of the river is paying attention for the usual signal (a lit oversized lantern) to call for the ferry. What was that shadow moving around over there? [Rules Taught. Beginners Welcome. Characters Provided. 6 Players]

Moderators
SP

Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF)—brand manager and lead writer/designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment—has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. He's worked on Star Wars, World of Darkness, Champions, and many other game lines. He created Shaintar for Savage Worlds and wrote the Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible. He's the... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wind Star

6:00pm

Savage Rifts: Murderthon!
Limited Capacity seats available

GM: Ross Watson
Explore the world of Rifts using the Savage Worlds RPG system! A bloodsport event called a Murderthon is one of the most exciting entertainments on Rifts Earth. This Murderthon is taking place in Tomorrow Legion territory, and a group of heroes have been sent to check it out. Is there more going on than just a gladiatorial obstacle course? The truth may expose something far more perilous! [Rules Taught. Beginners Welcome. Characters Provided. 6 Players]

Moderators
RW

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer and author. He is the managing director of Evil Beagle Games and has been involved in many gaming projects over the years including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Savage Rifts. He's penned the narrative for three video games and crafts short fiction on the side. He's been an independent game awards judge, IP management consultant, and instructor for game design.

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wind Star

6:00pm

Con Suite Open
The MileHiCon 47 ConSuite is in room 431.  It is open to all paying convention attendees from 6pm Friday until 5am Monday (except for 7-8am for clean-up time).  Free munchies, soda coffee and tea are available to all members.

We ask everyone to please keep all ConSuite food and beverages in the ConSuite rooms.  The hotel doesn't like people to have food in the function rooms that wasn't purchased from the hotel.  We appreciate your help in keeping our relationship with the hotel a good one.

Check the schedule for Sponsored ConSuite periods with special treats, meet & greets or themes.  

Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 3:59am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

7:00pm

Avistrum Doors Open

Avistrum Academy of Sorcery

Tales from Avistrum: Knights of the Sphinx

Still reeling from the death of Caterina Colubrae, the students and faculty are also now aware of a new threat. This threat is a powerful manipulator, able to bend the strongest minds to their will with the Imperius Curse. The new enemy is also aware of the Archmage. But how? Is this new enemy someone close to Avistrum? Is there a traitor in the ranks?

Meanwhile, the students work tirelessly to restore the Founder's Fountain. With still the Colubrae and Enigmus portions to go, there is much work to be done. In their research, the students discover an ancient order, the Knights of the Sphinx.

Who are these knights? What do they know and what are they protecting?

As they begin to unlock this mystery, the students also discover a legendary Chess Match involving armed combat.

If the students and faculty battle in this chess match, it may prove to be the key to restoring the Enigmus portion of the Founder's Fountain....

Don't miss the next exciting installment of the Tales from Avistrum series!


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

7:00pm

Climate Change Panel Discussion
Moderators
SG

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
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

7:00pm

Is Space Really the Final Frontier?
If space isn’t the final frontier, what is? The ocean’s depths, the human mind, unexplored genomes, something we have yet to discover?

Moderators
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 17th Annual Collection; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, also reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen's... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
DD

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin was born in England, lived in South Africa, and attended high school and college in the U.S. He now lives in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He is the author of a number of novels—science fiction, horror, mystery, and three Star Trek novels—as well as book-length non-fiction. In recent years, David has switched entirely from traditional publishing to... Read More →
GH

Greg Hyde

Greg Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW). He's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—a collaboration with Wil McCarthy—as well as the magazine Midnight Graffiti. His short story collection, Ezra by the Pound, was... Read More →
LJ

Lou J. Berger

Lou J. Berger lives in Denver with three kids, three Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat with nefarious intent. He's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has been professionally published in short form and is writing his first novel, a non-genre YA book set in 1978s North Carolina. He is on the staff for the 2018 Westercon in Denver. His website can be found at: http://www.LouJBerger.com


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Locked Room
The holodeck has malfunctioned. Can you escape in time? This programming is aimed at our teenaged members, but all ages are welcome.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

7:00pm

The High Frontier: Discussion and Group Reading
A discussion and some readings centered around the hard science of space.

Moderators
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy, Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as Footprints and Space Horrors... Read More →

Participants
DD

Dr. Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason has written 16 books, including Ignition, bought by Universal Studios. A Nebula Award finalist, he has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Analog, Amazing Stories and Physical Review Letters. A Ph.D. physicist, Doug has been chief scientist of Space Command, associate director of Los Alamos National Lab, served at the White House under both Presidents Bush and Clinton, and worked on a NASA program to send... Read More →
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

7:00pm

To Boldly Go: Opening Ceremonies and Prometheus Award Presentation
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
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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
avatar for John Varley

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 →
MG

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 →
SG

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

7:00pm

Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman (3 episodes, subtitled in English)
After discovering the existence of demons in Tokyo, the original Cyborg crew led by Dr. Gilmore find themselves in conflict with Devilman, a strong demon believed to be in league with the war-profiteering terrorist organization, Black Ghost. Meanwhile, a bigger threat emerges when Dr. Adams, a Black Ghost scientist, unleashes his new line of high teen Cyborg models against 009 and his friends.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Labyrinth (1986)
Labyrinth celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and what better homage to David Bowie than watching the Goblin King reprising his role once again? This 1986 iconic musical fantasy film, directed by Jim Henson and executively produced by George Lucas, is based on the concept art of Brian Froud. This coming-of-age story centers on petulant Sarah rescuing her brother Toby from Jareth, the Goblin King before midnight or else risk losing him forever. Although the film was a box office disappointment, it has since become a cult classic. This was the last feature film Jim Henson made before his death in 1990.
Trivia: The dialogue—starting with the phrase, "You remind me of the babe”—between Jareth and the goblins in the Magic Dance sequence is a direct reference to an exchange between Cary Grant and Shirley Temple in the 1947 film, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

7:00pm

GMing Tips & Tricks
A look at world creation, system stability, GM/player dynamics and story flow, including handling plot, players, and sub-arcs.

Participants
AL

Andrew "Lee" Fenney

Andrew "Lee" Fenney has been gaming since 1990 and GMing since 1992. At an earlier MileHiCon, he ran a ADnD 3.0 game that lasted the better part of two days. His game experience includes ADnD 2.0/2.5 (rev.), ADnD 3.0/3.5, ADnD 4.0, Whitewolf 2.0/2.5 (rev.) and 3.0, Palladium Rifts, Sanguine Ironclaw/Jadeclaw 1.0/1.5 (rev.), GURPs, BESM Tri-Stat and D20 and various other systems. Andrew graduated from CU Boulder with a masters in physics and a... Read More →
AH

Andrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins has been gaming since 1993 and GMing since 1996, running private games in Colorado and California. His game experience includes ADnD 2.0/2.5, ADnD 3.0/3.5, Sanguine Ironclaw/Jadeclaw 1.0/1.5 (rev.), D20 various.


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

7:00pm

Eminent Domain
GM: Royal Connell (Double Envoy)
Survey the galaxy to expand your civilization—will you colonize nearby planets or take them over by force? Harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve your technology. Build the best civilization and win the game! Eminent Domain is a civilization-building game in which your civilization's abilities are based on a deck of Role cards.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:00pm

Behind the Mask with Patty Pietu
Come make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn secret mask making techniques to create that original costume piece or artwork. $30 materials fee.

Moderators
PP

Patty Pietu

Patty Pietu studied jewelry making in Europe for four years, while also honing her costume and mask making skills. She has been creating unique award-winning costumes for over 30 years—ranging from Mars suits and High Renaissance to all the costumes at the Scream in the Dark Haunted House.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

7:00pm

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

7:00pm

Texas Hold'em
Tournament hosted by USS Pioneer
Come join the crew of the USS Pioneer as they host their annual MileHiCon Texas Hold'em Poker tournament.

Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 11:45pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:15pm

Face On! SFX Makeup for Stage and Screen
Come hear secrets that go way beyond contouring from Todd Debreceni, author of the acclaimed Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen!

Moderators
avatar for Todd Debreceni

Todd Debreceni

Head Flunky, BaPoFX, LLC
Todd Debreceni has created makeup, makeup effects, special effects and props for stage productions ranging from Elephant Man to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. His film and TV credits include Contact; Batman and Robin; Captain Phillips; Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves; and JAG. Recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and two Denver Post Ovation Awards, among other design awards, Todd taught at the Art Institute of Colorado, is a Guest... Read More →

Friday October 28, 2016 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

7:30pm

Sorting Ceremony
Friday October 28, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

8:00pm

GoH Autograph Alley / MHC Meet, Munch & Mingle ($6)
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while you meet and mingle. Our Guests of Honor (current and past) will be available to sign their books. ($6 ticket required for the Munch portion; no charge for Autograph Alley.)

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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
avatar for John Varley

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 →

Participants
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Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest book is Crosstalk. Other works include The Best of Connie Willis, Blackout/All Clear (winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for best novel), Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle, Inside Job, D.A., The Winds of Marble Arch, and All About Emily. She has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas. First author to win Hugos and Nebulas in all four fiction... Read More →
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Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than four decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor, and friend of MileHiCon. A recipient of two Nebula Awards, he received the American Mystery Award for Best Critic in 1989. His oft-reprinted “While She Was Out” was adapted both for Lifetime Network (with Stephanie Zimbalist) and as a feature film with Oscar winner Kim Basinger. In... Read More →
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James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August 2015. James blogs at http://www.jamesvanpelt.com and can be found on Facebook.
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Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and, most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S.J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name, including “Love Story” in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.
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John E. Stith

John E. Stith is the author of eight novels, including Redshift Rendezvous, a Nebula Award nominee, and Manhattan Transfer, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention. Several of his works with Ace Books and Tor Books have been bought by the Science Fiction Book Club and optioned for film. He has optioned several feature-film screenplays, and has sold to television (Star Trek). During 2016 and 2017 his backlist is being re-released in trade paperback and all... 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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Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series. His latest novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and he has contributed to Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario lives and writes in Denver.
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Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds. Any suggestions?


Friday October 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Atrium

8:00pm

Talespinner: Stories with Danyda Feldman
Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to listen while Danyda spins tales sure to delight all ages.

Moderators
DF

Danyda Feldman

Danyda Feldman is a professional storyteller, doll and fairy door artist, and professor of Transformational Linguistics. She has performed before the crowned heads of Europe (which were mounted on a shelf at the time). She is a member of the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Jane Austen Society, and Daughters of the Dance Dance Revolution.

Friday October 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

8:00pm

Working with Small Presses to Help Build Your Name
The publishing world has exploded beyond New York. Hear different ways small presses can help new and experienced authors build their name and careers.

Moderators
avatar for A.M. Burns

A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →

Participants
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Emily Mah (EM Tippetts)

Emily Mah (aka EM Tippetts, the chick lit author) is the author of the books Restless Earth, Blessing Sky, and Cleansing Fire, and video blogs for Black Gate. She is the owner of EM Tippetts Book Designs, which provides editing, formatting, and cover design services for indie authors and publishers.
JM

Jane M. H. Bigelow

Jane M. H. Bigelow loves speculative fiction, archeology, history, travel, music, and gardening. She has published one novel, Talisman, several short stories, and articles involving all the above, although not all at once. Masques of Darkover, published in May 2017, included her fourth Darkover story, "Duvin's Grand Tour." She is currently writing a mystery with the working title of The Body Under the Bed. She lives in Denver with her husband... Read More →
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Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones Magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel, The Ultra Thin Man, appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment and others. He runs the Rainforest... Read More →
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Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Find more at sarenaulibarri.com.


Friday October 28, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm

MileHiCon Meet, Munch & Mingle
On Friday night at 8pm the MileHiCon Mix, Munch, and Mingle, or "MMMM" for short, will take place.  The "MMMM" is a great way to meet our Guests of Honor, as well as other authors, artists, and fans attending the convention. Various munchies and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Hyatt's gourmet chefs will be served. A very modest fee of only $6 will be charged for the Food. You can purchase your "MMMM" ticket at the MileHiCon registration desk. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased at Garrity's Bar. 


Friday October 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Friday October 28, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

8:30pm

Start of Term Celebration
The Roaring Mouse Tavern will be open

Friday October 28, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

9:00pm

Open Discussion: Movies for All Ages.
What’s the secret to stories that entertain the youngest while keeping the interest of the more mature mind?

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

9:00pm

13th Annual MHC Critter Floatilla
Cheer on the diminutive but determined competitors as they hit the pool. See how well—and quickly— cardboard can float.

Moderators
JM

John Morse

Critter Crunch

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Hotel Pool

9:00pm

Horror on the Menu: Different Flavors for Different Tastes
From psychological chiller to special effects splatter punk there are many types and flavors of horror. Our panelists explore the varied menu.

Moderators
SK

Sam Knight

As well as being distribution manager for WordFire Press, Sam Knight is senior editor for Villainous Press, and the author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. He can be found at SamKnight.com and contacted at Sam@samknight.com

Participants
avatar for Amity Green

Amity Green

Amity Green is an award-winning author of dark urban fantasy novels and horror stories. Her debut novel, Scales, was published in 2013, and her short stories appear in numerous anthologies. The Witcher Chime, her first horror novel publication, was released on July 31, 2016. A Colorado native, Amity resides in Manitou Springs where she is currently working on book 2 of her Fate and Fire trilogy.
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C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at 17. After time in the 625th Military Police Corp, she transferred to the 19th Special Forces as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college to embark on the most exciting adventure of all: being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers... Read More →
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Emily Godhand

Emily Godhand is a dark thriller author who lives in Denver with her rats, who revere her as Queen. She is an Ambassador for Wattpad.com, where she is the administrator for the Paranormal profile. She utilizes her experiences working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and as an advocate and educator for depression and PTSD in her writing to combat stigma and support individuals with mental illnesses via representation. Read all about ghosts... Read More →
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Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when her minions allow, often accompanied by her familiars. She writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including The Deep Dark Woods, Devolution Z, and Ember. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

9:00pm

Annual MHC Float-illa
Join us at the indoor pool Friday night for a fun competition and tradition: the MileHiCon Critter Float-illa Race. What can you do with a milk carton? How fast can you design it to go? Show up at the pool on Friday and let everyone see just how inventive and creative you are. 

Check out the competition rules

For more information contact John Morse at crittercrunch@milehicon.org

Moderators
JM

John Morse

Critter Crunch


Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Pool

9:00pm

Shadow Hunters
GM: John Eakins
Shadow Hunters is a survival board game set in a devil-filled forest in which three groups of characters—the Shadows, creatures of the night; the Hunters, humans who try to destroy supernatural creatures; and the Neutrals, civilians caught in the middle of this ancient battle—struggle against each other to survive.

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00pm

Space Adventure Cobra
Cobra, a notorious space pirate, is enlisted by bounty hunter Jane to rescue her sister from the strange being known as Crystal Boy, but then finds himself drawn into a complex struggle over the fate of a mysterious wandering planet.

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 10:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

9:00pm

Late Night Artist Chat
Have a question about art from a technical, professional, or other angle? Stop by and chat with some of the artists at MileHiCon 48.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Julie Dillon

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


Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

9:00pm

Phee Concert
Phee will be performing a full-length concert to kick off the weekend! She’ll be singing original songs, some classic sci-fi covers, and premiering some never-before-heard originals off her new science fiction concept album, Eclan.

Participants
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Phee

Phee began her pursuit of professional performing at the age of 18. Past projects include Reunion Drive and Smallz the Cat, while present projects are Master Control, Phee and Me, D Town Sound, and most notably Phee—the musician, brand, activist, actor, and geek lifestyle leader. Her first full length album, Eclan—a gritty SF concept album—is set in a dystopian alternate dimension. Phee has released four solo pop singles... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Grand Mesa

9:00pm

Writers' Networking in the Bar
Interested in writing, taking that next step and trying to be published, or chatting with people who’ve done it? Stop by the bar to talk with some of the published writers at MileHiCon 47.

Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - 11:59pm
The Bar (Garrity's) Second Floor

9:00pm

Stories to Make You Shiver: Discussion & Group Reading
From campfire ghost stories to the burgeoning horror market, panelists discuss the field of shiver-inducing fiction and share short readings.

Moderators
LJ

Lou J. Berger

Lou J. Berger lives in Denver with three kids, three Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat with nefarious intent. He's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, has been professionally published in short form and is writing his first novel, a non-genre YA book set in 1978s North Carolina. He is on the staff for the 2018 Westercon in Denver. His website can be found at: http://www.LouJBerger.com

Participants
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J. A. Campbell

Authors Row
When Julie (J.A.) Campbell is not writing she’s often out riding horses, or working sheep with her dogs. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, Kira and Bran, her border collies, her Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories, the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog... Read More →
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M. H. Boroson

M.H. Boroson’s critically acclaimed historical fantasy novel, The Girl With Ghost Eyes, delves deep into Chinese folklore and tells an immigrant narrative with a strong female protagonist. It has been optioned for television. “The Girl With Ghost Eyes is a brilliant tale of madness, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. “Martial arts and Asian magic set... Read More →
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Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 17th Annual Collection; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, also reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen's... Read More →
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View" (F&SF, March-April 2013), “The Body Pirate" (forthcoming in F&SF), and "The Dualist," a Writers of the Future Contest winner published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec, and other publications. Aaron reviews books and interviews authors for Fantastic... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

9:00pm

Filking through the night
Friday October 28, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:45pm

Shadow Cast Members Prep Time
Shadow Cast Members prep time for both Dr. Horrible and Once More, with Feeling

Friday October 28, 2016 9:45pm - 10:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00pm

Doors to Avistrum Close
Friday October 28, 2016 10:00pm - 10:05pm
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00pm

Advanced Mask Making Class w/Patty Pietu
Make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn new techniques to add a second layer with studs, brads and sewing. $30 materials fee.

Moderators
PP

Patty Pietu

Patty Pietu studied jewelry making in Europe for four years, while also honing her costume and mask making skills. She has been creating unique award-winning costumes for over 30 years—ranging from Mars suits and High Renaissance to all the costumes at the Scream in the Dark Haunted House.

Friday October 28, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00pm

Werewolves of Miller Hollow
GM: John Eakins
Werewolves of Miller's Hollow is a game that takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Each player is secretly assigned a role—Werewolf, Ordinary Townsfolk, or special character such as The Sheriff, The Hunter, the Witch, the Little Girl, The Fortune Teller and so on... Werewolf is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.

Friday October 28, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday October 29, 2016 3:59am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:15pm

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
A 2008 musical comedy miniseries in three acts, produced exclusively for Internet distribution. The movie was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and writer/actress Maurissa Tancharoen. The team wrote the musical during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. It won the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
Trivia: Dr. Horrible's Freeze Ray, which he later turns into a Death Ray, is the stun gun carried by Alliance troopers in Firefly (2002), held upside-down.

Friday October 28, 2016 10:15pm - 10:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

11:00pm

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: “Once More, with Feeling'
the seventh episode of the sixth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the only one in the series performed as a musical. It was written and directed by the show's creator, Joss Whedon, and originally aired on UPN in the United States on November 6, 2001. "Once More, with Feeling" explores changes in the relationships of the main characters, using the plot device that a demon—credited as "Sweet" but unnamed in the episode—compels the people of Sunnydale to break into song at random moments to express hidden truths. The title of the episode comes from a line sung by Sweet; once the characters have revealed their truths and face the consequences of hearing each other's secrets, he challenges them to "say you're happy now, once more, with feeling".
Trivia: Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first show in U.S. television history to portray a long-term lesbian relationship among the core cast of characters. This was best demonstrated in the song “Under Your Spell.”

Friday October 28, 2016 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor
 
Saturday, October 29
 

4:00am

Werewolves of Miller Hollow
GM: John Eakins
Werewolves of Miller's Hollow is a game that takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Each player is secretly assigned a role—Werewolf, Ordinary Townsfolk, or special character such as The Sheriff, The Hunter, the Witch, the Little Girl, The Fortune Teller and so on... Werewolf is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00am - 8:00am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00am

Con Suite Open
The MileHiCon 47 ConSuite is in room 431.  It is open to all paying convention attendees from 6pm Friday until 5am Monday (except for 7-8am for clean-up time).  Free munchies, soda coffee and tea are available to all members.

We ask everyone to please keep all ConSuite food and beverages in the ConSuite rooms.  The hotel doesn't like people to have food in the function rooms that wasn't purchased from the hotel.  We appreciate your help in keeping our relationship with the hotel a good one.

Check the schedule for Sponsored ConSuite periods with special treats, meet & greets or themes.  

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00am - Sunday October 30, 2016 3:59am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

4:00am

Artemis
Red alert! Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies! Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms? Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience. You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with five other players, working together to protect Terran space. Sign up individually or as a group―time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00am - Sunday October 30, 2016 3:59am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

4:00am

Open Gaming
Mike and Anna Schaer, David Morgan, John Eakins, Double Envoy, and members of the Colorado Game Designers' Guild will be providing their gaming libraries for pick-up and play gaming all weekend in the Gaming Atrium.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00am - Sunday October 30, 2016 3:59am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

4:00am

8:00am

Trigun (episodes 1–2)
On a desert planet scorched by twin suns, bounty hunters scour the planet looking for Vash who has a $60 billion bounty placed on his head! Vash has been credited with the destruction of several towns but, miraculously, there is no record of him ever taking a life. However, only two things ever happen to those who catch up to Vash: they either crawl away wounded (mostly from self-inflicted damage), or they stagger away in disbelief that such a dork could possibly be the man they are looking for!

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am - 8:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

8:00am

Wonder Woman: The New Original Wonder Woman
aired in 1975 starring Lynda Carter, based on the comic book that debuted in 1941. Staying true to the comic, the story opens with Major Steve Trevor flying to the Devil's Triangle to intercept a Nazi plane during WWII. Both planes are destroyed and Steve washes up on the shores of Paradise Island, where he's discovered by two Amazon women, one who just happens to be Princess Diana. Diana is smitten while nursing Trevor back to health and sets out to take him back to America in her invisible jet. Once there, she learns more of what it means to live among men as well as the effects of WWII. Her Amazonian powers and skills come in handy when foiling the first of many Nazi plots and we see the first signature Wonder Woman spin. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, who was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston with his wife and co-creator Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and artist H.G. Peter. Their co-habitant, Olive Bryne, was the inspiration for the physical form of Wonder Woman as well as the bracelets she often wore.
Trivia: During the filming of the pilot, producers were trying to figure out a way to show how Diana Prince became Wonder Woman, when Carter suggested that she do a spin. The spinning transformation was later incorporated into the comics and into animated appearances such as Super Friends & Justice League Unlimited. (Prior to this, in the comics, Diana would spin her magic lasso around her body, with the lasso changing her clothes, or by simply changing at superhuman speed.)

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

9:00am

Trinity Blood (episodes 1–2)
Centuries ago, man's Armageddon birthed the vampires' wrath. As man and immortal clash, a reality-shattering threat looms. Hope resides solely in a new breed of hunter operating under the Vatican's authority.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

9:00am

Coloring for All
Come start your morning off with a little coloring. Materials will be provided.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

9:00am

MHC Kaffeeklatsch, sponsored by Broadway Book Mall/Who Else! Books
Join several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup always subject to late nights and oversleeping) in the con suite for a wake-up beverage and a donut.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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


Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00am

Zombie in the Basement Drawing Workshop
Join Stan Yan for a reading of his book There’s a Zombie in the Basement, an interactive monster drawing workshop, and a Q&A session. Suitable for kids of all ages.

Moderators
SY

Stan Yan

Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator and instructor who is probably best known as the “zombie caricature guy.” His work has been seen in Westword, and his recent credits include writing and/or illustrating for The Wang, SubCulture, Show Devils, and Vincent Price Presents. His whimsical, rhyming bedtime storybook—inspired by his son’s fears of his zombie artwork—is titled There’s a Zombie in the... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:00am

Vendor Setup
The Vendors Room will be available for Vendor Setup & Restock from 9am - 10am Saturday. 
During this time only Vendors and Convention Staff will be allowed to access the room.  

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

9:00am

Jet Set
GM: Royal Connell (Double Envoy)
Spend money to place your airplanes on key airlinks between cities. Longer flights are worth more points, but the short flights are easier and less expensive to achieve. The winner is the player with the most valuable collection of flights achieved, including bonuses for finishing the Final Flight sooner.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Registration Open
Buy tickets now at http://picatic.com/milehicon48.On-line processing fees will be added by the ticket processor.

Registration Rates good through 05/31/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $42.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $21 + processing fees

Registration Rates good 06/01/2016 through 10/08/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $44.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $22.00 + processing fees

Registration Rates Good through 10/08/2016:

 2 lb Critter entry
 $5.00 + processing fees
 20 lb Critter entry
 $8.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Adult
 $60.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Child
 $38.00 + processing fees

At the door prices:
MHC only: $46 3-Day,  $20 Friday, $22 Saturday, $20 Sunday.  Multiple day rates also available.
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM + MHC Rate:  Adult $64, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 7:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

9:00am

Cryptic Explorers Demos
GM: Elisha Seely and Maher Sagrillo, Tempest Tome Games
Cryptic Explorers is a competitive, asymmetrical, sci-fi horror tabletop board game for 2–4 players.
In the game, 1–3 players control squads of human Cryptonauts, tasked with entering the Realms of Death to steal occult knowledge and escape back to Earth. Opposing the Cryptonauts is a single Deity of Death, a malicious and powerful goddess who seeks to kill all the Cryptonauts before they can escape with her Realm’s occult secrets. Playtime appx. 1 hour.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Game Demos from Colorado Game Designers' Guild
GM: Various members of the Colorado Game Designers' Guild
Colorado Game Designers' Guild's mission is to help designers create the best version of their games for publication. We help with playtesting, networking, booth shares, and are a group of knowledgeable designers with varied skills

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 9:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00am - 10:30pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:15am

Open Discussion: Movies versus TV
Which is better for adapting your basic story: the time given in a television series or the large Hollywood budget of a film?

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:15am - 9:50am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

9:30am

SFWA Business Meeting
Chaired by C. Felice; open to SFWA members only.

Moderators
CF

Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water Witch, Light Raid, and Promised Land (with Connie Willis). Co-founder with Ed Bryant of the Colorado Springs Writer’s Workshop, Cynthia is now a... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

10:00am

Doors to Avistrum Open

The Roaring Mouse Tavern will only be open between classes.


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:05am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Quidditch Trials

w/ Assistant Coach Joleen Latrova (or a representative faculty member)

Come sign up for your turn on the Pitch! The top total scorer from each House will represent their team in the Tournament for the Quidditch Cup Saturday afternoon! The champion will win 100 points for their House! The Quidditch Pitch will only be open between classes.


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:15am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Black Butler (episodes 1–2)
Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00am

An Hour with GOH John Varley
Join Guest of Honor John Varley for a reading, Q&A, or whatever else he may have up his sleeve.

Guests of Honor
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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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Grand Mesa

10:00am

Cosplay/Costuming as Art
Come listen to our panelists talk about the line between costuming and art and the blurring thereof.

Moderators
CO

Charles Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married. They have been costuming for nearly two decades and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently awarded Best In Show Workmanship... Read More →

Participants
MB

Megan Bethards

Meghan Bethards has over a decade of experience in costume conception and creation. From the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) recreating historic garb she moved on to any fandom that sat still long enough for her to get at it—comics, animation, video games, and literary sources. You've probably seen her running around in something unusual—why come to a convention in conventional clothing? She believes anyone can create the... Read More →
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Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →
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Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am

Genesis of Game Design
Getting from conception to delivery of a game.

Moderators
SP

Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF)—brand manager and lead writer/designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment—has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. He's worked on Star Wars, World of Darkness, Champions, and many other game lines. He created Shaintar for Savage Worlds and wrote the Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible. He's the... Read More →

Participants
FP

Fred Poutre

Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools teaching math, as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games. Fred takes games to conventions and store for demonstrations for Cloven Fruit Games. When not working at one of these jobs, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife... Read More →
LK

Layman Kingsford

Layman Kingsford is the founder and lead designer for Cheeky Dingo Games—publisher of the ElfQuest® Adventure Game, HouseBoy the Board Game™, Drag Show the Contentious Drinking Game™, Living Starship™ and the Dog Walker Board Game™.
RW

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer and author. He is the managing director of Evil Beagle Games and has been involved in many gaming projects over the years including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Savage Rifts. He's penned the narrative for three video games and crafts short fiction on the side. He's been an independent game awards judge, IP management consultant, and instructor for game design.
TA

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am

Lizard People in SF
A look at the common reptilian alien life forms in science fiction from Godzilla to the Gorn, Dracs to the Narn.

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next Generation novel, The Captains' Honor—both with David Dvorkin—and some pieces in magazines which went out of business shortly after publishing his work... Read More →

Participants
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy, Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as Footprints and Space Horrors... Read More →
BL

Becca Lee

Becca Lee has been a fixture at MileHiCon since the tail end of the Reagan administration. Currently nose-deep in research for a book on Edwardian women's clothing and social history, she now knows more about the Belle Epoque than she thought possible, and will expound upon it at the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
RL

Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and long-time fan who has most recently published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Halloween Forevermore. She lives in the Denver area with five furry beasts and, when she’s not writing or reading, spends her time gardening, making jewelry, and hunting for editing gigs.
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Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am

Mars Exploration Update: What's New on the Red Planet?
Dr. Lee will bring us up to date on all of the latest news and data from the various missions currently on or on their way to the Red Planet.

Moderators
DS

Dr. Steve Lee

Dr. Steve Lee is curator of planetary science and chairman of the department of space sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder. A science advisor to the DMNS Space Odyssey exhibition, he frequently participates in the development and delivery of Museum programs, helping bring the latest discoveries in planetary and space sciences to many of the 1.4 million... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am

Steven Universe Fan Forum
Calling all Crystal Gems and their fans - come talk about all things Steven Universe - the human, the half human, and the gem.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Bristlecone Ground Floor

10:00am

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
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A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:45am
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
A 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name created by Douglas Adams. It stars Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, and the voices of Stephen Fry (the guide book) and Alan Rickman (Marvin, the Paranoid Android). Adams, who co-wrote the screenplay with Karey Kirkpatrick, died in 2001, before production began; the film is dedicated to him. Everyman Arthur Dent is whisked off the Earth seconds before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Sadly, his day has only just begun. Before it's over, he will have been blown up, attended a poetry reading, been thrown out of an airlock, rescued, reunited with the love of his life, shot at, had a fish stuck in his ear, insulted, whacked, sickened, deprived of tea, learned the answer to the ultimate question, and almost had his brain sawed out by mice. He then goes to have lunch.
Trivia: Deep Thought explains the significance of the number 42, at 42 minutes into the film.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00am

Dr. Whoniverse Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

A workshop for Whovians wanting to try their hand at writing fan fiction. First we’ll explore the legends of Gallifrey, the Timelords, and the Doctor. Then we will revisit those legends using Joseph Campbell’s ideas of the Hero’s Journey and the Monomyth to learn the secret to writing a great Doctor Who story. Lastly we’ll dive into the Character Generation and Worldbuilding Lab where we’ll create new characters, settings, and plot lines to inspire your future writing. Please bring your preferred writing tools. Suitable for preteens and up.

Moderators
RB

Richard Blake

Richard Blake is a full-time father and part-time educator who spends his life embracing the bleeding and bludgeoning edges of both science fiction and science education. As his alter ego Dok Science, Richard designs and delivers scifi-inspired STEM and writing programs to local elementary and middle schoolers. Currently he is working on his STEMpunk initiative: a year-long makerspace, project-based, role-playing narrative adventure set in a... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

10:00am

Junkyard Derby
Presented by the USS Pioneer Engineering Department
Take "Junkyard Wars" and a pinewood derby, mix 'em together, and you get the Junkyard Derby! Kids will have 1 hour to build a junk car out of parts we supply in a bucket (we will supply wheels and axles)

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00am

Castles of Mad King Ludwig
GM: Danielle Buss (Double Envoy)
In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria...one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever―subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Fantasy Age
GM: Kevin Cloinger (Double Envoy)

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Paint Your Own Superhero/Comic Book
Kapow! Bam! Zock!! Everyone loves comic book words, so why not make your very own?  Create and take home your own awesome superhero/comic book-inspired painting in this beginner-friendly class! Our experienced instructor will guide and encourage you as you follow a series of simple steps. Recommended for ages 10 and up; children should be accompanied by an adult. Special MHC discount: $25/person. Seating is limited. Please note: registration is non-refundable (we cannot refund a missed class).

Moderators
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Blue Jasmine Studios

Blue Jasmine Studios was the first (as far as we can tell, anyway) to bring you the crazy popular "Exploding TARDIS Painting Class." Due to incredible demand we've since brought our classes to far-flung and exotic places such as Chicago. We are very excited to be at MileHiCon to premiere our newest painting class, the Comic Book Painting class! Wherever you go we hope you always make time for art, creativity, and play! Visit Blue Jasmine Studios... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Lords of Waterdeep
GM: David Morgan
In Lords of Waterdeep, a strategy board game for 2–5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder—or help—the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

MileHiCon Mask Table
Visit the Mask Table in the hallway outside Main Events to make your own beautiful feathered, furred or glittery creation. Fun for kids and adults! 

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

MileHiCon Mask Table, hosted by Julie Spradley
Visit the Mask Table in the hallway outside the art show to make your own beautiful feathered, furred, or glittery creation. Fun for kids and adults! There will be a special mask-parade at 7 pm before the main masquerade.

Moderators
JS

Julie Spradley

Julie Spradley is your crafty hostess at the Mask Table on Saturday. Stop by and let your creativity flower.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
hallway

10:00am

10:15am

Muggle Studies

w/ Professor Desmond ‘Q’ Cubrick

Houses: All School


Saturday October 29, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Centennial 12th Floor

11:00am

Fruits Basket (episodes 1–2)
The Sohma family may look normal, but they've got a curse they've kept hidden for generations. Whenever a member of the clan is hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! They've found ways to maintain ordinary lives, and all is well until young Tohru Honda falls on hard luck and stumbles upon the truth. To keep the peace, she must find a way to fit into the unusual household. But above all, she must promise to never reveal their secret—or her most cherished memories could be lost forever.

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

11:00am

Behind the Scenes: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume
Before it opens Nov. 13 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), take a unique journey into the making of Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume with interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke, whose work on crafting the DAM’s unique presentation took her to Skywalker Ranch … three times!

Moderators
SV

Stefania Van Dyke

Stefania Van Dyke is interpretive specialist for textile art and special projects at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), which recently has involved working on the exhibition, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, opening at the DAM on November 13. While researching and selecting items to include in the DAM’s presentation, Stefania visited Skywalker Ranch. (Three times!) Come hear behind-the-scenes stories and background on this stunning... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Grand Mesa

11:00am

Culture Through Beer Goggles
What do your characters drink and what does it say about them? Our panelists may also take a look at historical changes in tippling.

Moderators
CW

Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters writes urban fantasy, women's fiction, and literary fiction. She is an undefeated four-time Chopped champion and the principal mezzo-soprano for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. When she's not writing or singing, she enjoys teaching French to cats. At least one of these things is actually true.

Participants
KI

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry is a lifelong space geek and retired Army space operations officer. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program and an executive with two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin has a broad background in informal space science education. He is the author of the acclaimed science fiction novel, Sleeper Protocol, and the popular military science fiction novel, Runs In The Family. He is an active member of SFWA and an... 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 →
NL

Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper as well as the fantasy world of Lammas Wood. He is a full time, self-published author with 11 novels, a handful of short stories, and a novella to his credit. His latest book—In Ashes Born—released in October. He’s currently working on the first book in a new series, Milk Run, due for release later this year.
WT

Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and started writing her own stories not long after. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, is a #1 regional best seller and was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. The novel is the first in her urban fantasy series. Wendy graduated from the University of Utah and transplanted to Colorado, completing her MBA at the University of Denver. While working in the financial and network security... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

11:00am

Floods of Lava
Literal floods of runny, black, volcanic lava have erupted on every continent at some time in the distant past, covering hundreds of thousands of square miles, sometimes 20 miles deep. We’ll examine what these events looked like, what caused them, and their connection with plate tectonics.

Moderators
RB

Ray Buland

Ray Buland has a BS in physics and a Ph.D. in solid earth geophysics. He has published articles on topics ranging from free oscillations of the Earth and moment tensors to earthquake location, seismic travel-time computation, and travel-time/magnitude residual statistics. During his career at the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, he did basic and applied research, developed computational algorithms and seismic... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am

Going Indie: Is It For You?
A frank discussion of what it takes to be an independent or hybrid author, from producing your own books, cover art, ebooks and more

Moderators
EM

Emily Mah (EM Tippetts)

Emily Mah (aka EM Tippetts, the chick lit author) is the author of the books Restless Earth, Blessing Sky, and Cleansing Fire, and video blogs for Black Gate. She is the owner of EM Tippetts Book Designs, which provides editing, formatting, and cover design services for indie authors and publishers.

Participants
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Blair MacGregor

Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Blair MacGregor writes fantasy novels—adventurous, epic, and dark. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada and Writers of the Future. She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise, chair of SFWA's Self-Publishing Committee, and works with StoryBundle as an author and curator. Blair holds the rank of Sandan in Shorei Kai Okinawan Karate, currently trains in Kung Fu, and has taught martial arts for over a dozen years. She also teaches workshops on... Read More →
DH

Doug Hawk

Doug Hawk, now retired from a public relations career, writes horror and adventure novels that are published online. Much of his fiction focuses on the fictional Colorado towns of Crystal Wells, Coronado, and Shavano.
JV

Joshua Viola

Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post number one bestseller. His next anthology, Cyber World, co-edited by Jason Heller, will be... Read More →
SY

Stan Yan

Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator and instructor who is probably best known as the “zombie caricature guy.” His work has been seen in Westword, and his recent credits include writing and/or illustrating for The Wang, SubCulture, Show Devils, and Vincent Price Presents. His whimsical, rhyming bedtime storybook—inspired by his son’s fears of his zombie artwork—is titled There’s a Zombie in the... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

11:00am

Harry Potter & The Persistent Fandom
Muggles and No-Majes, witches and wizards, screen plays to stage plays to thrill rides, come and talk all things Harry Potter.

Moderators
NE

Nikki Ebright

Nikki Ebright has been a geek her whole life, loving the solitude and adventure of a good book, show, or movie, while also enjoying the camaraderie of sharing that adventure with others. She enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure. After a number of years of volunteering at conventions, she embraced her love of cons by creating one of her own to serve fans like her. Her main fandom loves are Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Firefly, but there are more... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Bristlecone Ground Floor

11:00am

The Afterlife: Good, Bad, Cliché
From the ancient Egyptians to “The Good Place”—depicting, thinking about, and having the afterlife in fiction is a constant thread. From good, bad, indifferent, and cliché, how have artists and writers seen things beyond the veil?

Moderators
RD

Robin D. Owens

RITA® Award-winning novelist Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published December 2001. She's written fifteen books in the series. She wrote eight books for Luna, including a three book series set in Denver, Colorado. Robin’s newest stories, about an uptight accountant who sees Old West ghosts and helps them move on, started with Ghost Seer in April 2014... Read More →

Participants
CW

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest book is Crosstalk. Other works include The Best of Connie Willis, Blackout/All Clear (winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for best novel), Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle, Inside Job, D.A., The Winds of Marble Arch, and All About Emily. She has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas. First author to win Hugos and Nebulas in all four fiction... Read More →
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F. P. Dorchak

Author, Wailing Loon
F. P. (Frank) Dorchak writes gritty, realistic paranormal fiction that delves into the supernatural, the unexplained, and the metaphysical. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic with short stories, non-fiction articles, and five novels, Voice, Psychic, ERO (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
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W.C. Bauers

W.C. Bauers works in sales/publishing by day and writes military SF and space opera at night. His first novel, Unbreakable, was an Amazon and B&N, Science Fiction and Fantasy Best Book of the Month pick, for January 2015. His second, Indomitable, was a B&N and Kirkus Best of the Month Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. iO9 and The Verge named Indomitable one of the top SF/F books to look for in 2016. ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo... Read More →
WH

Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world. His stories have appeared in the Nightmares Unhinged and Crossing Colfax anthologies.


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am

What Makes a Great Her/oine?
What does make a great her/oine? Are there universal qualities, or does heroism change through the ages and by culture?

Moderators
MA

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series. His latest novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and he has contributed to Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario lives and writes in Denver.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories include entries in The X-Files, Predator, and Decipher's WARS, amongst others. As book editor, he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey, and more. He was also the first... Read More →
JR

Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell is co-author of the Universe Eventual series and the film & television program coordinator at Western Carolina University. He has an M.F.A. in screenwriting and has taught screenwriting. An independent filmmaker, several of his films have received theatrical release and he has won awards ranging from “Best Producer” at St. Tropez International to “Best Picture” at Sunscreen Film Festival. His work has... Read More →

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Courtney Farrell

Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:30am

Charms Class

w/ Professor Elizabeth Blackwell

Houses: Parador and Lobostro


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

11:30am

Transfiguration Class

Transfiguration Class

w/ Professor SavviKayen

Houses: Enigmus and Colubrae


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

11:30am

Solar Viewing with DAS
Sorin, members of the Denver Astronomical Society Join DAS for some solar viewing this afternoon, possibly with a look at Saturn in the daytime!

Moderators
DA

Denver Astronomical Society

The Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) promotes the enjoyment and understanding of astronomical phenomena, history and lore by providing educational and observing opportunities for our members, education to the general public, and outreach activities at the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory, schools, and other venues.

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
outside hotel to right/south of main hotel entrance

12:00pm

John Varley, Discussion of Millennium
John Varley discusses the movie based on his 1977 short story "Air Raid." Varley started work on a screenplay based on that short story in 1979, and later released the expanded story in novel form in 1983. Titled Millennium, the novel was nominated for both Philip K. Dick and Hugo Awards.

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

12:00pm

Agent Carter/Agents of SHIELD Fan Forum
Let’s talk about the highly competent women of SHIELD from Agent Carter through Agent May and beyond (and of course, the men of SHIELD as well).

Moderators
SJ

Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream city review, among others. He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest, and one of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to be... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

12:00pm

An Hour with Guest Artist Julie Dillon
Join Guest of Honor Julie Dillon for a presentation, a Q&A, or whatever else she may have up her sleeve.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Grand Mesa

12:00pm

Gravity Waves
Dr. Macdonald will discuss and educate on gravitational waves and general relativity.

Moderators
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science, as well as an adjunct professor in the Colorado Community College System. She is currently working as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Joshua Russell: Artist Demo
Moderators
JR

Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell is co-author of the Universe Eventual series and the film & television program coordinator at Western Carolina University. He has an M.F.A. in screenwriting and has taught screenwriting. An independent filmmaker, several of his films have received theatrical release and he has won awards ranging from “Best Producer” at St. Tropez International to “Best Picture” at Sunscreen Film Festival. His work has... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Self-Defense Seminar
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for the MileHiCon Self-Defense Seminar! Learn how to protect yourself in a fun, safe, comfortable environment. EVERYONE is welcome, regardless of experience, age, or athletic ability. Attendance limited to 20. Children under 12 must be accompanied by parent.

Moderators
avatar for Schuyler DuPree

Schuyler DuPree

Tang Soo Do Martial Arts
Schuyler DuPree is a five-time AAU National Champion and professional martial arts and self-defense instructor. He has taught practical self-defense to countless children and adults, including doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, military, law enforcement, and sci fi fans across the country. He also likes pie and believes that Han shot first.

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Chasm Creek A, Chasm Creek B

12:00pm

SF/F Outside The West
A discussion of science fiction and fantasy outside of Western (US and European) cultural tropes and tones—including works by and similar to those of recent Hugo Award winners Cixin Liu and N.K. Jemisin.

Moderators
SL

Stant Litore

Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard is the award-winning author of YA novels acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Bloodspell was a #1 Amazon bestseller and Bloodcraft was a national IPPY silver medalist. She is co-author of the adult historical romance series, The Lords of Essex. As an author of color and proud supporter of diversity in... Read More →
JM

Jane M. H. Bigelow

Jane M. H. Bigelow loves speculative fiction, archeology, history, travel, music, and gardening. She has published one novel, Talisman, several short stories, and articles involving all the above, although not all at once. Masques of Darkover, published in May 2017, included her fourth Darkover story, "Duvin's Grand Tour." She is currently writing a mystery with the working title of The Body Under the Bed. She lives in Denver with her husband... Read More →
MH

M. H. Boroson

M.H. Boroson’s critically acclaimed historical fantasy novel, The Girl With Ghost Eyes, delves deep into Chinese folklore and tells an immigrant narrative with a strong female protagonist. It has been optioned for television. “The Girl With Ghost Eyes is a brilliant tale of madness, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. “Martial arts and Asian magic set... Read More →
SL

Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when her minions allow, often accompanied by her familiars. She writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including The Deep Dark Woods, Devolution Z, and Ember. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

12:00pm

The DASFA Turkey Readoff Awakens
An almost unbelievable yet hysterical MileHiCon tradition returns! Our courageous panelists have scoured bookstores, thrift stores, the Net, and the dark recesses of publishing to find their treasures.

Moderators
TS

Tim Simpson

Tim Simpson lives with a dog, a cat, assorted silicon-based lifeforms, and one extraordinarily-significant other named Kaia.

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next Generation novel, The Captains' Honor—both with David Dvorkin—and some pieces in magazines which went out of business shortly after publishing his work... Read More →
TA

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm

The Parsimonius Steampunk
Come learn strategies for finding clothing parts suitable for modding into steampunk attire and dress accessories.

Moderators
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →

Participants
BL

Becca Lee

Becca Lee has been a fixture at MileHiCon since the tail end of the Reagan administration. Currently nose-deep in research for a book on Edwardian women's clothing and social history, she now knows more about the Belle Epoque than she thought possible, and will expound upon it at the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
avatar for Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline Denmark

Authors Row
Evangeline Denmark writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, was an RT Reviews Top Pick. USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A steampunk fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, Curio sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. Evangeline lives in Colorado... Read More →
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Kory Denmark

Kory Denmark and wife Evangeline are a team when it comes to cosplay. She writes steampunk fiction and dreams up gadgets, but as an engineer and artist, he can actually craft them.


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

What Killed It For You?
What made you throw the book across the room or stop watching that movie/series? What do readers and viewers hate and—more importantly—give up on?

Moderators
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at 17. After time in the 625th Military Police Corp, she transferred to the 19th Special Forces as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college to embark on the most exciting adventure of all: being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writers... Read More →

Participants
CB

Chris Barili

Chris Barili's fiction has appeared in anthologies by Zombies Need Brains LLC and Skywarrior Books, as well as on Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, Quantum Fairy Tales, Evil Girlfriend Media, and The Western Online (as T.C. Barlow). He is author of the Hell's Butcher dark fantasy series, and his paranormal romance novel Smothered (as B.T. Clearwater) comes out in September from Winlock Press. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Popular... Read More →
LK

Laura K. Deal

Laura K. Deal is a writer, speaker, teacher, and dream reader. She’s certified as a dream work facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She's the author of The Newcomer's Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination and Marbles: New and Collected Poems. Her stories have... Read More →
SF

Sherry Ficklin

Sherry Ficklin is a full-time writer from Colorado and the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best-selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline—at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. You can find... Read More →
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Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann is a novelist, freelancer, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poet, and a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His latest novel, co-authored with Jim Pinto, is the horror-western Death Wind. Other novels include The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction published or forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Alembical, Fiction River, and others. His freelance work includes contributions to the... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Project A-ko
Sixteen years have passed since a mysterious alien ship crashed on Earth. Graviton City, once leveled by the ship's crash, is now a bustling metropolis. Within the city's high school, superhuman high school student A-Ko Magami dukes it out with the diabolical genius B-Ko Daitokuji, who will stop at nothing to win the friendship of A-Ko's buddy, C-Ko Kotobuki. Meanwhile, in outer space, another alien ship is on course towards Earth to find its planet's lost princess.

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
KG

Kerry Gleason

Inspiration Point Productions
avatar for C Henry Martens

C Henry Martens

Nokonwood Publishing
Author of the Monster of the Apocalypse Saga, including Book 1: Monster of the Apocalypse, Book 2: There Where the Power Lies, and Book 3: Hell Follows After. Also check out the apocalypseobserver.blogspot.com site for short stories, commentary, and articles of interest. Concerned with the human aspect of what Artificial Intelligence brings to societal evolution.


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

12:30pm

Lunch and Muggle Expedition

Remember your hashtags and to Tweet @avistrumacademy and @MileHiCon

#nerdmagic #MileHiCon48 #Parador #Enigmus #Lobostro #Colubrae


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

12:30pm

Millennium (1989)
A 1989 science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Joy, Brent Carver, Al Waxman, and Daniel J. Travanti. "The people aboard Flight 35 are about to land 1,000 years from where they planned to." Bill Smith, chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been assigned to determine whether human error is the cause of an airline crash. He and his team of investigators are very confused by the words on the cockpit voice recorder by the crew relating to the crash. But at the same time, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Arnold Mayer has a real professional curiosity about the crash, which borders on science fiction. While giving a university lecture, he talks about time travel and the possibility of visitors from the future. Smith discovers the involvement of an organization of time travelers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate mankind from those about to perish in the past.
Trivia: Regarding the Millennium book: most of the chapter titles are named after famous novels and short stories about time travel by other authors, as Varley mentions in the book's "Author's note": "The time-travel story has a long history in science fiction. The theme has been so extensively explored, in fact, that I found it no trouble to write a book with chapter titles borrowed almost exclusively from the long list of stories that served, in one way or another, as ancestors to this one."

Saturday October 29, 2016 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

1:00pm

All the Ways We Read
Dead tree, audio, large print, Kindle, and more … how do we read, what technologies are involved, and what impact on the experience do the different formats have?

Moderators
HB

Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF and fantasy for kids and teens, and with 22 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but it never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.

Participants
DA

Dr. Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt (www.ReAnimus.com), former SFWA VP, has lots of published SF; runs Preditors & Editors (defanging scammers); and herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web and home to other writers' resources. He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and Hugo-winning Advent Publishers, helping authors such as Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ed Bryant breathe life into great books. He's been a computer... Read More →
RT

Rachael Tanger

Rachael Tanger wrote her first story at age five, heavily plagiarizing from Beatrix Potter. After that she wrote a lot of short stories and literary fiction until she discovered made-up spaceships and became a genre author. She was an English major at Purdue and studied writing at Vermont College. She reads, writes, and drinks coffee in Chicago.
SU

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Find more at sarenaulibarri.com.
ST

Scott Tefoe

Scott Tefoe, one of those reading junkies who read cereal boxes every morning at breakfast, ended up working in the bookselling business later in life. Reading is one of Scott's passions; mainly fiction with a smattering of non-fiction—usually history or science/nature based. He is a fan of the classics, not the more contemporary ones, but Shakespeare, Homer, Euripides, Epicurus, etc. Scott prefers his fiction with a twist, encompassing but... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

1:00pm

Apsara Bellydancing Performance
From traditional Middle Eastern dance to quasi-burlesque, Apsara bring a fresh perspective to an ancient art form. Through precision, creativity, and joy, this avant-garde performance troupe aims to entertain and inspire audiences.

Moderators
A

Apsara

Apsara is an avant garde bellydance troupe prone to taking on unique themes from sci-fi to classic rock. As our new name suggests, we can change our shape at will. Often blending Middle Eastern moves with a medley of other flavors, our technique and presentation are sure to please, Of course, we love the more traditional style of belly dance as well, but have been known to pull off an hysterical parody (or two). Apsara is composed of talented... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

1:00pm

Baby Boomer Anime
How did the anime of the ’60s to ’80s shape your taste and further pursuits? In the age of the remake (Voltron) how do the originals stand up today?

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →

Participants
CE

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson

Charles Eugene (Chuck) Anderson lives in Colorado. He's mostly a flash fiction writer. His latest story, “Dine-In Communion,” was published at The Mind[less] Muse. His website is at charleseugeneanderson.com
CW

Corie Weaver

Corie Weaver is the author of two middle grade fantasy novels and one young adult science fiction novel. She and her husband Sean run Dreaming Robot Press, a small publishing house based in Las Vegas, New Mexico, that focuses on middle grade and young adult speculative fiction. They are also co-editors of The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, a yearly science fiction anthology for middle grade readers with a focus on diversity and representation... Read More →
GB

Gail Barton

Gail Barton is a long-time artist and SF/fantasy fan who has both chaired MileHiCon and been director of the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, the latter several times. Her diverse interests include Roman history, hiking, Tolkien, traveling, horses, cats, gardening, and Fortean phenomenon. She has been a painter since she was eight years old, and fannish since approximately 1969. She is married to James (Sourdough) Jackson, also a fan from... Read More →
RW

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer and author. He is the managing director of Evil Beagle Games and has been involved in many gaming projects over the years including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Savage Rifts. He's penned the narrative for three video games and crafts short fiction on the side. He's been an independent game awards judge, IP management consultant, and instructor for game design.


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

1:00pm

Blind Submission: The Live Slush Panel
Wonder what makes an editor stop reading a submission … or keep reading? Come hear a live slush panel as our panel of editors consider submitted manuscripts.

Moderators
AH

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She is a 2012 Writers of the Future semifinalist and has taught writing for Writer's Digest University as well as at local writing conferences. She works at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver.

Participants
avatar for Carol Hightshoe

Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Massachusetts, Idaho, and Oregon. Currently residing in Colorado, many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling... Read More →
EB

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than four decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor, and friend of MileHiCon. A recipient of two Nebula Awards, he received the American Mystery Award for Best Critic in 1989. His oft-reprinted “While She Was Out” was adapted both for Lifetime Network (with Stephanie Zimbalist) and as a feature film with Oscar winner Kim Basinger. In... Read More →
PS

Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones Magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel, The Ultra Thin Man, appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment and others. He runs the Rainforest... Read More →
RA

Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes. For more information, see http://www.rachaelacks.com.


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

1:00pm

Five Ways To Give Your Writing Razzle-Dazzle
Plotting and characters are crucial, but above and beyond that, there are ways to give your writing that memorable touch, that razzle-dazzle. Come get tips from award winner Connie Willis.

Moderators
CW

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest book is Crosstalk. Other works include The Best of Connie Willis, Blackout/All Clear (winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for best novel), Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle, Inside Job, D.A., The Winds of Marble Arch, and All About Emily. She has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas. First author to win Hugos and Nebulas in all four fiction... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Grand Mesa

1:00pm

Karen Bjorn: Artist Demo
Moderators
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention. Both are local.

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

1:00pm

Kiddie Kosplay: Dress Up Your Kid
Costuming for kids—everything from cute baby costumes to getting your teenager in on your group cosplay. Share tips, tricks, trials, and errors.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Participants
IB

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon is a writer, film maker, game designer, podcaster, and father. His short stories have been published in The Fifth Di..., Wondrous Web Worlds, Forgotten Worlds, Tales of the Talisman, May-December Publications' anthology, Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy, and the shared world anthology, Taurin Tales. Ian has been working with Nomadic Delirium Press on supplements for the Ephemeris RPG. He is one of the founders and regular co-hosts... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →
RB

Richard Blake

Richard Blake is a full-time father and part-time educator who spends his life embracing the bleeding and bludgeoning edges of both science fiction and science education. As his alter ego Dok Science, Richard designs and delivers scifi-inspired STEM and writing programs to local elementary and middle schoolers. Currently he is working on his STEMpunk initiative: a year-long makerspace, project-based, role-playing narrative adventure set in a... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

1:00pm

Kids Weaving Activity
Come learn about the process of weaving in an interactive forum.

Moderators
RH

R.K. Hageman

R.K. Hageman is an ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer working on a series of murder-mystery novels set in a mythical Colorado mountain college town, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest history professor. She has participated in NaNoWriMo events four times and won once. Her interests include linguistics, prehistoric textiles, classical mythology, Egyptology, 18th-century naval history, chess, and the manned space programs... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

1:00pm

MCU Conquers Netflix Fan Forum
We like it dark and gritty—come talk about your favorite MCU superheroes (and their villains) and their Netflix shows.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

1:00pm

The History of Space Art From Chesley Bonestell to Alan Bean
Michael Carroll will discuss the history of space art and its different genres. Then, several artists will show samples of their work and share their experiences. Learn about Swirlies, Rocks and Balls, Nurnies, Tradigital Art, and the Bonestellosphere.

Moderators
JS

Jill Steele Mayer

Jill Steele Mayer … frustrated artist, ADHD mom raising ADHD kids. BS in materials science & engineering, with experience as manufacturing and industrial engineer at General Motors, Martin Marietta, USWest/Qwest, and briefly at Coors Porcelain and IBM. Favorite part of working as engineer at Martin Marietta was giving tours of the plant, and presentations about our future in space. Chaired the NSS 1988 International Space Development... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Alan R Jones

Alan R Jones

As an Air Force brat constantly on the move, Alan R. Jones was exposed to diverse cultures and geographic locales that left lasting impressions, helping establish early interests in history and science, balanced by deep curiosity of the different and mysterious. Prior to a career as an illustrator/designer, Alan served as an original member of Colorado’s first comic-creator’s cooperative, Acme Comics. As a science-fantasy artist... Read More →
DM

David Magoun

David Magoun has always loved doing sci-fi/fantasy art—in particular, space art. He was commissioned by Ball Aerospace to do an illustration for Case For Mars, a conference for international space exploration. A member of Ohio Center of Science and Industry saw it, and commissioned David’s painting “Valles Marineris” for their Mission to Mars exhibit, a national traveling exhibition that toured the United States for over... Read More →
MC

Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's Lost Outpost, is due out this December.
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Neil Dutcher

Neil Dutcher, as all long-time MileHiCon attendees know, is an old fan who is not shy about his opinions on anything. His primary interest in real-time space development came from an early love of science fiction. “Our home was full of thousands of novels and pulps, and I loved the wonderfully lurid robots, aliens, and space cadets on those covers—still do... as all cool ol' dudes should...”


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Trajectory of Military Technology
What we fight with influences how we fight—in the past, the present, and presumably the future.

Moderators
KM

Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist." He doesn't currently have any projects announced, but a few behind the scenes may be coming soon!

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

Don't Turn Your Back
GM: Royal Connell (Double Envoy)
Walk the twisted streets of the Mad City in a board game that fuses worker placement with deck building and area control to create a unique experience. In this game, set in the sinister world of the Don’t Rest Your Head role playing game, your opponents lurk around every corner waiting to attack. Can you outsmart your friends and win the Nightmares’ game? Whatever you do, Don’t Turn Your Back!

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

1:30pm

Galaxy Express 999
Tetsuro is a human boy who wants his body replaced with a robotic one. This is possible, but to do so he has to reach the Immortal Planet onboard the space train Galaxy Express 999. Maetel, a beautiful and mysterious blonde woman dressed in Russian style, joins him in the long journey through space. Every episode sees our heroes arriving in a new planet's space train station.

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:30pm - 2:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

2:00pm

David Bowie & SF
David Bowie is the only rock star who has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Celebrate the life, music, and film work of Ziggy Stardust, the Man Who Fell to Earth.

Moderators
JH

Jason Heller

Jason Heller wrote the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk) and the Goosebumps book Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic). His next book, Strange Stars (Melville House/Random House), will trace science fiction’s influence on popular music. His stories have appeared in Apex Magazine, Expanded Horizons, Farrago’s Wainscot, and Swords V. Cthulhu, and he co-edited the anthology Cyber World (Hex). As the former nonfiction editor of... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times-bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. Her next novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She's written several other contemporary fantasy novels, as well as 80+ short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate... Read More →
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J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist science fiction, space opera, fantasy, literature, and slipstream. Found on Twitter @WordForrest or online at http://jlforrest.com.
SJ

Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream city review, among others. He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest, and one of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to be... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Paranormal Investigations Gone Horribly Wrong
A look at some of the most interesting paranormal hoaxes and how they were created.

Participants
BA

Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter: With over 25 years of experience, Bryan and Baxter use sound scientific methods to investigate everything from psychics to ghosts, poltergeists, cryptids, and UFOs. The duo has appeared on many television shows, books, magazines, news programming, and documentaries. Their stage performances and lectures are wildly entertaining with the duo playing artfully off each other to help get their messages across. They have performed... Read More →
DK

Dr. Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology and author of the best-selling book God Bless America. Her other titles include Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, Haunting America, Not What The Doctor Ordered (forthcoming) and the forthcoming novel Hits & Mrs.  Karen was born in Sydney and has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of New England, Australia. She currently lives in Denver with her... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm

PokeConMo: Catch Them All!
Test your real life pocket monster skills. We’ll have sci-fi and literary-themed pocket monsters of our own invention and some three-dimensional capture devices. Will you prove your prowess or will our monsters run away?

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

2:00pm

Stan Yan: Artist Demo
Moderators
SY

Stan Yan

Stan Yan is a Denver-based writer/illustrator and instructor who is probably best known as the “zombie caricature guy.” His work has been seen in Westword, and his recent credits include writing and/or illustrating for The Wang, SubCulture, Show Devils, and Vincent Price Presents. His whimsical, rhyming bedtime storybook—inspired by his son’s fears of his zombie artwork—is titled There’s a Zombie in the... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Firey Particle
In celebration of the birth of H.G. Wells 150 years ago, join the world’s premier author of science fiction (characterized by scholar David Skipper) on a journey into the fantastic. Find out how he came to write his “scientific romance” classics, hear him reminisce on his early literary influences, and learn his opinion of Orson Welles' 1938 The War of the Worlds radio broadcast that panicked America. Mr. Wells will also provide his vision for the future of mankind.

Moderators
DS

David Skipper

David Skipper, The Literary Detective, is a Chautauqua scholar and actor. He has performed successful one-man shows as Walt Disney, L. Frank Baum, Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Allan Poe, J.M. Barrie, and Lewis Carroll throughout the country for the past 30 years. He is also a storyteller and folklorist.

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Why and How of Short Stories
Why write short fiction? How to condense and distill your stories, build worlds and characters in the short story format.

Moderators
JV

James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August 2015. James blogs at http://www.jamesvanpelt.com and can be found on Facebook.

Participants
EJ

Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone—Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest—has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel, Unforgettable, came out in January 2016 from Baen. He has attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Since... Read More →
JC

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a writer, journalist, wife, mother, and lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines including Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. She blogs at jennifercampbellhicks.blogspot.com.
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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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Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has mostly given up improv and sanity. She participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga … and recently has plunged into the... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Year in Science
Our panel takes a look back at the past twelve months in science, research and applied technology.

Moderators
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds. Any suggestions?

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.
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Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next Generation novel, The Captains' Honor—both with David Dvorkin—and some pieces in magazines which went out of business shortly after publishing his work... Read More →
SG

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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm

Using 3-D Printers for Costuming
Join master costumers Charles and Tauni for a demonstration of using a 3-D printer for costuming.

Participants
CO

Charles Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married. They have been costuming for nearly two decades and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently awarded Best In Show Workmanship... Read More →
TO

Tauni Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married. They have been costuming for nearly two decades and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently awarded Best In Show Workmanship... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

2:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
SB

Scott Beckman

Scott Beckman is a fantasy author with two titles to his name: Wings of the Sathakos and Pantheon. He is a Denver native, a cat owner and lover, and coffee aficionado.

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
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Owen Wears

Editor, EXTERUS
ulp fantasy, horror, and the bizarre! From sword and sorcery to fairy tales, high adventure to the depths of horror, EXTERUS presents a wide range of speculative short fiction. This multi-volume anthology series is sure to both fascinate and enthrall fans of the golden age of weird fiction as well as the contemporary. Each volume presents seven original stories by talented newcomers as well as a classic tale from the golden age of the Pulps... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Kids Costuming & Facepainting
Look through the supplies available to create a costume. Assistance will be available with pins, duct tape and more. Finish up with face painting at 4 pm and a parade through the con … or on stage before the masquerade! Are you an astronaut, an animal, an alien, or other fantastical creature? Add face painting to your costume and then show it off in the masquerade or the costume walk before the masquerade.

Participants
CA

Carol Angel

Carol Angel is a pottery student, a collager, an assemblage art fan, and a determined recycler of useful stuff.
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Majel Lickiss

Majel Lickiss is a licensed Esthetician with a love for movie makeup and art.


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

2:00pm

Dark Age
GM: Kevin Cloinger (Double Envoy)

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Space Cadets
GM: Danielle Buss (Double Envoy)
Space Cadets is a fun and frantic cooperative game for 3–6 players who take on the roles of Bridge Officers of a Starship. Each officer must accomplish his specific task in order for the team to successfully complete the mission.

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Galaxy Trucker
GM: David Morgan
In a galaxy far, far away... they need sewer systems, too. Corporation Incorporated builds them. Everyone knows their drivers—the brave men and women who fear no danger and would, if the pay was good enough, even fly through Hell. Galaxy Trucker is a tile-laying game that plays out over two phases: building and flying. The goal is to have the most credits at the end of the game. You can earn credits by delivering goods, defeating pirates, building an efficient ship, and being the furthest along the track at the end of the flying phase.

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:15pm

Divination

w/ Professor Oceanus Akworth

Houses: All School


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Centennial 12th Floor

2:30pm

The Reading Game
Looking for new authors to love and look forward to reading can be a little like … well, dating. Come watch (maybe even participate) as longtime readers search for new book partners.

Moderators
GG

Gordon Garb

In 1973, while exploring an odd little used bookstore on Broadway, Gordon Garb found a bookmark for the Denver Area Science Fiction Association (DASFA). Gordon wrote the starfield generator program for 1984’s The Last Starfighter. Later Gordon moved to Silicon Valley where he's served four stints at Apple, so far… Gordon’s been Toastmaster at Bubonicon a legendary eight times. He was editorial director of Weird Tales Magazine... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Mesa

2:30pm

Cloud Atlas (2012)
A 2012 German-American science fiction film written and directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has multiple plots set across six different eras, which Mitchell described as "a sort of pointillist mosaic." The official synopsis describes it as "an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution." Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent lead an ensemble cast. Tribesman Zachry Bailey recounts stories to his grandchildren on an extraterrestrial Earth colony. These stories take place throughout history in various locations: Pacific Islands in 1849, Cambridge/Edinburgh in 1936, San Francisco in 1973, London in 2012, Neo Seoul in 2144, and Big Isle (Hawaii), 106 winters after the Fall in 2321.
Trivia: Number 451 (Luisa Rey's apartment and character Sonmi-451) is a nod to classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which the author named for “the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns.”

Saturday October 29, 2016 2:30pm - 5:20pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

3:00pm

Artist Demo: Melanie Unruh
Moderators
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Cybersecurity: Reality vs Paranoia
Omniscient governments, corporations, and hackers: they will know everything, from your credit card to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) massive data breach.(Is Mr. Robot overblown, or scratching the surface?)

Moderators
SJ

Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a feral poet, alpha geek, and amateur guitarist. He has published more than 30 non-fiction articles, and his poetry has graced the pages and pixels of Apex Publications, Tales of the Talisman and cream city review, among others. He received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest, and one of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to be... Read More →

Participants
CF

Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water Witch, Light Raid, and Promised Land (with Connie Willis). Co-founder with Ed Bryant of the Colorado Springs Writer’s Workshop, Cynthia is now a... Read More →
DA

Dr. Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt (www.ReAnimus.com), former SFWA VP, has lots of published SF; runs Preditors & Editors (defanging scammers); and herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web and home to other writers' resources. He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and Hugo-winning Advent Publishers, helping authors such as Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ed Bryant breathe life into great books. He's been a computer... Read More →
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John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you'd... Read More →
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Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and started writing her own stories not long after. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, is a #1 regional best seller and was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. The novel is the first in her urban fantasy series. Wendy graduated from the University of Utah and transplanted to Colorado, completing her MBA at the University of Denver. While working in the financial and network security... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm

Discussion & Short Readings: Short Story Sampler
The short story format provides challenges and opportunities different from novels. Following a brief discussion, our panelists will share short readings.

Moderators
SL

Stant Litore

Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

Boom Baumgartner is the author of Dora's Jinx and The Death of Isreal Leventhal. She also writes about science fiction at ScienceFiction.com and LovingTheAlien.net.
JV

James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August 2015. James blogs at http://www.jamesvanpelt.com and can be found on Facebook.
SD

Sue Duff

Sue Duff dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could read and combines fantasy and sci fi in her breakout series, The Weir Chronicles, with the first three books in the five book series—Fade to Black, Masks and Mirrors and Sleight of Hand—available wherever books are sold. She also writes for Wicked Ink Books, a group of Colorado authors who’ve recently published their first anthology, TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time. When... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Filming on a Shoestring
Techniques, tips, and pitfalls for when your idea is bigger than your budget.

Moderators
AF

Arlen Feldman

Arlen Feldman is a software engineer, and co-founder of Cherwell Software, one of the leading service desk products in the world. Now semi-retired, he is also a technical adviser, computer book author, maker, costumer, and a semi-professional dilettante.

Participants
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
IB

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon is a writer, film maker, game designer, podcaster, and father. His short stories have been published in The Fifth Di..., Wondrous Web Worlds, Forgotten Worlds, Tales of the Talisman, May-December Publications' anthology, Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy, and the shared world anthology, Taurin Tales. Ian has been working with Nomadic Delirium Press on supplements for the Ephemeris RPG. He is one of the founders and regular co-hosts... Read More →
JR

Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell is co-author of the Universe Eventual series and the film & television program coordinator at Western Carolina University. He has an M.F.A. in screenwriting and has taught screenwriting. An independent filmmaker, several of his films have received theatrical release and he has won awards ranging from “Best Producer” at St. Tropez International to “Best Picture” at Sunscreen Film Festival. His work has... Read More →
MM

Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung—author of the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered a 'resource' for romance writers, he had to ask 'why?' The answer was, "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Mixing Mythology in Modern Fantasy
From Rick Riordan mining ancient Greece and Egypt to the modern popularity of the ancient Celts, we’ll look at how writers find inspiration in mythology all throughout their fantasy.

Moderators
CW

Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters writes urban fantasy, women's fiction, and literary fiction. She is an undefeated four-time Chopped champion and the principal mezzo-soprano for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. When she's not writing or singing, she enjoys teaching French to cats. At least one of these things is actually true.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →

Participants
CK

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay is a fae changeling, struggling to make it in the mortal realms as a meager scientist and writer. Her stories often involve the inanimate, which only she seems able to see as living, breathing creatures. You can catch up on her shenanigans at bewitchinghips.com.
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Daniel A. Willis

Daniel A. Willis is foremost a historian and has written several nonfiction historical works. But his love of fantasy comes through in his fiction. His first novel, which turned into a trilogy, followed portions of history through the eyes of a nearly immortal second race of humans. He is now writing several pieces of alternate history. In recent years, he crossed the line from writer to publisher. Now retired from the world of the mundane, he... Read More →
MH

M. H. Boroson

M.H. Boroson’s critically acclaimed historical fantasy novel, The Girl With Ghost Eyes, delves deep into Chinese folklore and tells an immigrant narrative with a strong female protagonist. It has been optioned for television. “The Girl With Ghost Eyes is a brilliant tale of madness, monsters, and kung fu in the San Francisco Chinatown of 1898.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review. “Martial arts and Asian magic set... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Traditional Art in a Technological World
The longevity of traditional art in a technological world. Will all art move online or will there always be a place for hand-created one-of-a-kind artworks?

Moderators
JF

J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes from the frosty mountains of Colorado, from the Old Country of Roma, Italia, and from the wet techno-forests of the Pacific Northwest. Published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, the Robot Cowgirl Press, and others, Forrest's stories span humanist science fiction, space opera, fantasy, literature, and slipstream. Found on Twitter @WordForrest or online at http://jlforrest.com.

Guests of Honor
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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
BL

Becca Lee

Becca Lee has been a fixture at MileHiCon since the tail end of the Reagan administration. Currently nose-deep in research for a book on Edwardian women's clothing and social history, she now knows more about the Belle Epoque than she thought possible, and will expound upon it at the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
MC

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke is a graphic designer and avid gamer. Hobbies include tabletop miniatures (gaming, making and painting), creating artistic stills, designing logos and book covers, Magic the Gathering card gaming, and designing and playing video games of all kinds.


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan
Lupin plans to steal the crown of a royal family, but his heist is thrown into disarray when Conan arrives to investigate the deaths of the queen and prince. A shadowy plot will bring the legendary thief and detective together, but will they clash or cooperate?

Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

3:30pm

Dueling Class

Dueling Class

w/ Headmaster Clark Dowling

Houses: All School


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

4:00pm

Mass Autographing and May the Geek Be With Your T-Shirt Showcase
Wear your geekiest t-shirt to the Mass Autographing session. Categories include: best kids shirt, best pun, most interesting graphic design, oldest MileHiCon t-shirt, and many more TBD! Possible prizes, definite glory and acclaim!

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

4:00pm

Behind the Scenes at a Con
From heartwarming moments to OMG almost meltdowns, anecdotes of the famous and nigh-infamous. Come hear what goes on behind the scenes at a con.

Moderators
NE

Nikki Ebright

Nikki Ebright has been a geek her whole life, loving the solitude and adventure of a good book, show, or movie, while also enjoying the camaraderie of sharing that adventure with others. She enjoys sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure. After a number of years of volunteering at conventions, she embraced her love of cons by creating one of her own to serve fans like her. Her main fandom loves are Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Firefly, but there are more... Read More →

Participants
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Daniel D. Peak

Daniel D. Peak came into the world 41 years ago by blending the finest hand-picked ingredients from the slopes of the majestic Rocky Mountains. He was shaped and formed using the same time-honored techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation, and the quality still shows. He was steeped in a heady broth of science fiction conventions and comic shops, and lovingly slow roasted in the flames of sci-fi television and... Read More →
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Doris (the Younger) Beetem

Doris (the Younger) Beetem was one of the founding members of DASFA, along with her mom (the Elder) and her younger sister (Rose). She now lives in Houston, Texas, a retired librarian/technical writer with three cats. (Practically a meme in the fannish community!) She is a longtime fan of SF, fantasy, and historical mysteries and was a Trekkie before Trekkies were cool. She's also written fan fiction since she was 16 and hopes one day to write... Read More →
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Rebecca Hewett

Rebecca Hewett has an M.S. in clothing and textiles and works as a textile conservator. She also is a Master Costumer.
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Sherry Ficklin

Sherry Ficklin is a full-time writer from Colorado and the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best-selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline—at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. You can find... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Brewing/Vintning Meetup
Craft beer is a growing phenomenon, and fans are involved in both the brewing and drinking of beer, wine, or cider. Roundtable discussion of brewing and vintning, and a tasting will follow in the con suite (must be 21 to partake).



Moderators
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Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Participants
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Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
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Emily Hash

Emily Hash is the producer and official book reviewer for Beyond the Trope, a Denver-based podcast for nerds. She was an elementary school teacher for nine years before launching herself into the great unknown of a new career. She cannot live without books, tea, and a furry companion, preferably of the feline persuasion. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Giles, and their master, Edmund the cat.
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Giles Hash

Giles Hash is an aspiring YA sci-fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he's chosen on the road to publication.
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J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. He is the president of Pikes Peak Writers. When not writing, he keeps computers secure at the Day Job, homebrews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card/board/role-playing games. He originally spawned in the desert-ridden lands of west Texas, but got out of there as soon as he could. After a year in San Antonio and a year... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

4:00pm

Dr. Science’s High School Science Test: Can you pass?
Dr. Science will give you the high school science test of your anxiety dreams—how will you stand up?



Moderators
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Gaming: Tabletop vs Computer
A discussion of all the ways we game - from around the table with friends to across the internet with friends and everything in-between. Is there a schism or can multiple modes of gaming coexist peacefully?



Moderators
FP

Fred Poutre

Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools teaching math, as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games. Fred takes games to conventions and store for demonstrations for Cloven Fruit Games. When not working at one of these jobs, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife... Read More →

Participants
KB

Karen Bjorn

Karen Bjorn has been enjoying MileHiCon since the late ’70s. She is a doodler (as she has not sold any of her artwork, shows in this convention's art room). She is also trying to get published in the SF/F or erotica field. She has a 16-year-old daughter who also enjoys this convention. Both are local.
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Kerry Major

Kerry Major is a history major from MSCD with a quirky emphasis on military history, blunders, and silly anecdotes. He's also a 12-year Live-Steel Swordfighting veteran, a self-proclaimed anachronistic engineer, occasional con panelist, and—in the words of Bill Cherf—a "Technologist." He doesn't currently have any projects announced, but a few behind the scenes may be coming soon!
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Layman Kingsford

Layman Kingsford is the founder and lead designer for Cheeky Dingo Games—publisher of the ElfQuest® Adventure Game, HouseBoy the Board Game™, Drag Show the Contentious Drinking Game™, Living Starship™ and the Dog Walker Board Game™.
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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF)—brand manager and lead writer/designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment—has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. He's worked on Star Wars, World of Darkness, Champions, and many other game lines. He created Shaintar for Savage Worlds and wrote the Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible. He's the... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm

Hypnosis, Mesmerism, ESP & Psi
From real-life hypnosis to telepathy and mind control in fiction - what’s possible and what’s merely an interesting plot device?

Moderators
DK

Dani Kollin

Dani Kollin’s first novel, co-written with his brother, Eytan, and published by Tor, was The Unincorporated Man. Released in 2009, The Unincorporated Man was designated a Sci Fi Essential and became the 2010 Prometheus Award winner for Best Novel of the year. The sequel, The Unincorporated War, was released in 2010 to extremely positive reviews. Their third book, The Unincorporated Woman, came out in 2011.  When he's not writing books... Read More →

Participants
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A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
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Bob Kight

Bob Kight has been designing advanced computer technology for over 35 years. He has been studying and practicing hypnosis for over 10 years with several of today’s best hypnotists and is currently working with a group of street hypnotists. After five years of development he has created the Qmzon Mind Mask, a powerful brainwave entrainment device. He is currently researching and advancing brainwave entrainment by utilizing the Muse brainwave... Read More →
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Dr. Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology and author of the best-selling book God Bless America. Her other titles include Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, Haunting America, Not What The Doctor Ordered (forthcoming) and the forthcoming novel Hits & Mrs.  Karen was born in Sydney and has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of New England, Australia. She currently lives in Denver with her... Read More →
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Robert Riddlemoser

Robert Riddlemoser is a registered psychotherapist with extensive training from various sources in hypnosis, hypnotherapy, pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, learning skills, confidence while facing tests, and creativity enhancement. Robert is the founder of the Meetup: Denver Hypnosis Practice Group.
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Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered an Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 17th Annual Collection; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, also reprinted in The Best of Jim Baen's... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Mass Autographing and May the Geek Be With Your T-Shirt Showcase
Wear your geekiest t-shirt to the Mass Autographing session. Categories include: best kids shirt, best pun, most interesting graphic design, oldest MileHiCon t-shirt, and many more TBD! Possible prizes, definite glory and acclaim!

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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
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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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Mesa

4:00pm

Name that Sci-Fi Tune
From cutting-edge webisodes and video games to long-forgotten TV theme songs, come to compete or watch as others try to …. Name that Sci-Fi Tune!

Moderators
TS

Tim Simpson

Tim Simpson lives with a dog, a cat, assorted silicon-based lifeforms, and one extraordinarily-significant other named Kaia.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Catherine Spader

Catherine Spader

Quillstone Press
Catherine (Meier) Spader is a first-generation American raised on the history and lore of medieval Germany. Her new novel, Feast of the Raven, is a historical fantasy set in Germany in the Dark ages. It follows the journey of Gerwulf, a savage wolf warrior (Wulfhedinn) who is torn between ancient magic and the new Christian order, ruled by the ruthless conqueror Charlemagne. Catherine has been fascinated with the era since age 11 when she saw the... Read More →
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Mason Toro-Allen

Owner, Scorpion Ink LLC
I'll be repping my first book, "The Dark Element" (which turns 1 this weekend) all through the con. It's my first so please, show me what secret sights there are to see! Hoping to network hard and spend some quality time with my people!


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

4:00pm

Student Bodies
GM: Danielle Buss (Double Envoy)
Student Bodies is an "I just have to outrun you" game of horror survival set in a high school that distinguishes itself from other zombie-themed games in a number of significant ways ... there are no guns, no chainsaws; it's a high school, requiring you to be more resourceful. Players may even go most of the game without a weapon at all, hoping to dodge their way through.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

4:30pm

Space Cruiser Yamato
To avoid nuclear fallout, survivors of a surprise attack from the Planet Gamilus are living in underground cities, but the radiation is seeping ever downward, and humanity's days are numbered. The Yamato has only one year to make a 148,000 light year voyage from Earth to the planet Iscandar and return with a neutralizer that will cleanse Earth's irradiated atmosphere.

Saturday October 29, 2016 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Quidditch Tournament

w/ Assistant Coach Joleen Latrova

Houses: All School


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

5:00pm

Editing 101 for Writers
A brief introduction to editing for writers—how can you most effectively edit your work and what common pitfalls should you be aware of?



Moderators
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Gary Piserchio

Gary Piserchio, a native of Denver, writes both short- and long-form genre fiction. He's had three short stories published in the past year including (with his writing partner) one of ten stories that made it into the 2016 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology. His other fiction includes Night of the Monster, book five of the Night Marshal series started by Gary Jonas, and Nedge Neustar, a middle-grade science fiction novel that kicks off a new... Read More →

Participants
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Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp holds an MA in English and is a graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She is a 2012 Writers of the Future semifinalist and has taught writing for Writer's Digest University as well as at local writing conferences. She works at Nelson Literary Agency in Denver.
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories include entries in The X-Files, Predator, and Decipher's WARS, amongst others. As book editor, he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey, and more. He was also the first... Read More →
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Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and long-time fan who has most recently published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Halloween Forevermore. She lives in the Denver area with five furry beasts and, when she’s not writing or reading, spends her time gardening, making jewelry, and hunting for editing gigs.
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W.J. Cherf

W.J. Cherf, author of the time traveling series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust, writes historical science fiction for people who are looking for a wild ride, enjoy lively description, and an involved plot. Cherf wants them to walk away exhausted from the adventure, with the intellectual satisfaction of having learned something new.


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

5:00pm

MileHiCon Anthology Discussion & Group Reading
See what last year’s So You Still Want to Be in an Anthology panel has brought to fruition.

Moderators
SK

Sam Knight

As well as being distribution manager for WordFire Press, Sam Knight is senior editor for Villainous Press, and the author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. He can be found at SamKnight.com and contacted at Sam@samknight.com

Participants
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Aaron Spriggs

Aaron Spriggs is the eldest love child of a couple who eloped and are still happily married. Aaron studies many sciences, including arachnology, cryptozoology, entomology, and zoology. He’s in an active signed band, so technically he’s a rock star. Yes, he’s the living embodiment of Buckaroo Banzai; scientist by day, rock star by night. <hahaha> Aaron also laughs at his own jokes. A lot. You can find him living in Denver... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

5:00pm

Politics, Not Polemics
Political structure is part of a society. How can you incorporate it into your worldbuilding without becoming preachy, boring, shrill, or unrealistic?

Moderators
CW

Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters writes urban fantasy, women's fiction, and literary fiction. She is an undefeated four-time Chopped champion and the principal mezzo-soprano for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. When she's not writing or singing, she enjoys teaching French to cats. At least one of these things is actually true.

Participants
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Emily Mah (EM Tippetts)

Emily Mah (aka EM Tippetts, the chick lit author) is the author of the books Restless Earth, Blessing Sky, and Cleansing Fire, and video blogs for Black Gate. She is the owner of EM Tippetts Book Designs, which provides editing, formatting, and cover design services for indie authors and publishers.
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Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became a public school teacher. Then his brother said, "Hey story man, we should write a book together.&rdquo... Read More →
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Jane M. H. Bigelow

Jane M. H. Bigelow loves speculative fiction, archeology, history, travel, music, and gardening. She has published one novel, Talisman, several short stories, and articles involving all the above, although not all at once. Masques of Darkover, published in May 2017, included her fourth Darkover story, "Duvin's Grand Tour." She is currently writing a mystery with the working title of The Body Under the Bed. She lives in Denver with her husband... Read More →
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Nathan Beauchamp

Nathan Beauchamp is the award-winning author of the Universe Eventual series which includes Chimera, Helios, and Ceres. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Clones: The Anthology and Exigencies from Dark House Press, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Pantheon Magazine, and many other fine publications. N.J. holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western State Colorado University, and lives in Lakewood... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Who’ll Put People on Mars First?
With multiple governmental and private Mars missions in the air, who is involved and who will get there first?

Moderators
SG

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 →

Participants
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Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy, Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as Footprints and Space Horrors... 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 Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's Lost Outpost, is due out this December.
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Masquerade Green Room, Pre-Judging and Photography
Masquerade/cosplay contestants should report the Green Room by 5:30pm for Masquerade preparation, photography for the judges, and number assignments. 

Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:15pm

5:30pm

Open Discussion: Action and Philosophy
Is action always mindless and philosophy always boring? Or can the two co-exist to tell a story well?

Saturday October 29, 2016 5:30pm - 5:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:00pm

Booze Barons
GM: Royal Connell (Double Envoy)
Booze Barons is a quick, team-based hidden identity and deduction game set during U.S. Prohibition where you are bootlegging a particular type of booze and secretly delivering it to speakeasies all over the city. Each time you make a delivery, you get a coin, but also reveal information about the type of booze you are bootlegging. Expose bootleggers of opposing mobs and help those who are in your mob since the mob with the most coins at the end wins!

Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Corinne O'Flynn

Corinne O'Flynn

Author
Corinne O'Flynn is a native New Yorker now living in Colorado who wouldn't trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. A scone aficionado, she has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy. When she isn't writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
U.C. 0068: Zeon Zum Deikun suddenly dies while giving his speech to declare the Autonomous Republic of Munzo's independence from the Earth Federation. As Munzo falls in turmoil while the House of Zabi rises to power, Deikun's children Casval and Artesia must flee the colony to Earth in order to survive what is to come.

Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

6:00pm

Time Traveler's Wife
A 2009 American romantic drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling—and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future—makes things ever more difficult for Clare.
Trivia: After filming was done, Eric Bana started filming Star Trek (2009), a role which required him to shave his head. When re-shoots for The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) were needed, production was put on hold so Eric's hair could grow out. It took so long that the movie's release date was pushed back by nearly a year.

Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:00pm

Savage Rifts: No Zealot Like the Convert (Savage Worlds)
Limited Capacity seats available

GM: Sean Patrick Fannon
Brand new El Dorado Coalition officers, recently graduated from accelerated training programs and fully indoctrinated in Coalition propaganda, are eager to break in their shiny new armor and their commissions on the backs of any D-Bees and magic practitioners they can find. 2nd Lieutenant Andrea Carmichael is one such officer, and she's decided to take her long range patrol far outside of its assigned pattern in hopes of finding enemies worthy of a first lieutenant's bar, or even captain's rank. The Onyx Logging Camp, in the middle-western part of the state, is mainly populated by peaceful, very industrious D-Bees who regularly supply Castle Refuge with lumber and other resources. The vast majority of the camp's population is made up of hairy, vaguely beaver-like humanoids who call themselves the Hoorians. The Tomorrow Legion sends frequent patrols down to check on them, as well as to carry messages and place orders for specific needs. The team is on their way to the camp when the smoke of burning wood (and bodies) reaches them first. [Rules Taught. Beginners Welcome. Characters Provided. 6 Players]

Moderators
SP

Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF)—brand manager and lead writer/designer for the Savage Rifts product line for Pinnacle Entertainment—has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. He's worked on Star Wars, World of Darkness, Champions, and many other game lines. He created Shaintar for Savage Worlds and wrote the Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible. He's the... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wind Star

6:00pm

Savage Rifts: The Garnet Town Gambit
Limited Capacity seats available

GM: Ross Watson
Explore the world of Rifts using the Savage Worlds RPG System! A small town is caught in the middle between different groups wanting to exploit the region. Heroes of the Tomorrow Legion arrive just in time to make a difference in this settlement's future. But first, the Legionnaires have to deal with various threats that could wipe this town off the map! [Rules Taught. Beginners Welcome. Characters Provided. 6 Players]

Moderators
RW

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer and author. He is the managing director of Evil Beagle Games and has been involved in many gaming projects over the years including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Savage Rifts. He's penned the narrative for three video games and crafts short fiction on the side. He's been an independent game awards judge, IP management consultant, and instructor for game design.

Saturday October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wind Star

7:00pm

Mask Parade and the hall costume walk
Before the Masquerade, show off your glittery or scary creation from the Mask Table in the Mask Parade! After the cute kiddos have left the stage, those of you with cool hall costumes or finery are encouraged to show your outfits off int he pre-masquerade walk. 

Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

7:00pm

Getting the Science Right
A general how-to and why-to panel on getting the science right in your fiction from participants with varying fields of expertise. Bring your questions, they’ve got answers!



Moderators
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science, as well as an adjunct professor in the Colorado Community College System. She is currently working as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions... Read More →

Participants
DT

Dr. Tim Slater

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. A member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in geological sciences, his M.S. in physics and astronomy, and two bachelors’ degrees (science education and physical science... Read More →
EK

Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became a public school teacher. Then his brother said, "Hey story man, we should write a book together.&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for John Varley

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 →
WM

Wil McCarthy

Having been a novelist, journalist, engineer, inventor, business executive, bartender, poet, husband, father, boyfriend, and boy-toy, Wil McCarthy has made a pretty good sweep of the buffet table of life. And now, as with any buffet, he needs to figure out what he's getting for seconds. Any suggestions?


Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Reimagining History with the Living Dead
Just add zombies—how would history change with the living dead walking among us?

Moderators
SL

Stant Litore

Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →

Participants
AS

Aaron Spriggs

Aaron Spriggs is the eldest love child of a couple who eloped and are still happily married. Aaron studies many sciences, including arachnology, cryptozoology, entomology, and zoology. He’s in an active signed band, so technically he’s a rock star. Yes, he’s the living embodiment of Buckaroo Banzai; scientist by day, rock star by night. <hahaha> Aaron also laughs at his own jokes. A lot. You can find him living in Denver... Read More →
CB

Chris Barili

Chris Barili's fiction has appeared in anthologies by Zombies Need Brains LLC and Skywarrior Books, as well as on Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, Quantum Fairy Tales, Evil Girlfriend Media, and The Western Online (as T.C. Barlow). He is author of the Hell's Butcher dark fantasy series, and his paranormal romance novel Smothered (as B.T. Clearwater) comes out in September from Winlock Press. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Popular... Read More →
DK

DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling is obsessed with zombies, Alice in Wonderland, and (currently) those prim and proper scam artists, the Victorians. Her latest book, Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, combines all three. She does a lot of ghostwriting and has been known to write middle grade, suspense, and conspiracy thrillers under other names. You can find her at www.WonderlandPress.com.
SL

Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when her minions allow, often accompanied by her familiars. She writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in several anthologies and magazines, including The Deep Dark Woods, Devolution Z, and Ember. When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

7:00pm

Texas Hold'em
Tournament hosted by USS Pioneer
Come join the crew of the USS Pioneer as they host their annual MileHiCon Texas Hold'em Poker tournament.

Saturday October 29, 2016 7:00pm - 11:45pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:30pm

Masquerade (Cosplay Contest) & Literacy Auction
The 2016 winners have been announced! Pictures are attached in the details. 

Child Division
1st Place - The Joker (Ripley Cissell)
2nd Place - Little Miss Spider Muffet (Francesca Clarizio)

Adult Division 
1st Place - Bombshell Batwoman (Kali Ryan)
2nd Place - Bombshell Harley Quinn (Ellyssia Bortz) 

Judges Choice
Judge Charles Orndorff - Bombshell Batwoman (Kali Ryan)
Judge Tauni Orndorff - Big Bad Blowing Off Steam (Morgen Temple)
Judge Carmen Consalvo - The Black Knight (Paige Dershan) 

Best of Show
The Black Knight (Paige Dershan) 

The lights go down and the MileHiCon masquerade is about to start! Watch for costumes ranging from ghoulish to gorgeous, and hilarious to horrifying!  

CosPlay Contest Rules

After the first run-through, while the judges deliberate this year's Michael Burgess, Craig Chrissinger, and Gordon Garb will serve as tag-team auctioneers for the Literacy Auction which will benefit Colorado Humanities Literary Programs. Don't miss your chance to bid on autographed books, works of art, advance reading copies, and various other rare and unusual items. Cash and credit cards accepted.


To pre-register for the CosPlay Costume download and complete the appropriate form below. Pre-Registration is HIGHLY recommended!

NOTE: Additional forms will need to be completed in person at the convention, you MUST check-in at the Masquerade table in the Second-floor atrium on Saturday between 10am and 2pm to participate. 

Complete one of these online forms by October 23rd 

Adult Entry online form

Child Entry online form

Group Entry online form

--OR--

Download the PDF file, print, complete and bring it with you to register and check in. Cosplay Registration table is available from 10am - 2pm Saturday in the second floor atrium in front of the stage area. 

Adult Entry PDF File
Child Entry PDF File
Group Entry PDF File


Saturday October 29, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

8:00pm

Open Discussion: Wibbly Timelines
Time travel can be as simple as moving the action to a new time period or it can be a plot device, integral to the story, affecting structure and order.

Moderators
RB

Richard Blake

Richard Blake is a full-time father and part-time educator who spends his life embracing the bleeding and bludgeoning edges of both science fiction and science education. As his alter ego Dok Science, Richard designs and delivers scifi-inspired STEM and writing programs to local elementary and middle schoolers. Currently he is working on his STEMpunk initiative: a year-long makerspace, project-based, role-playing narrative adventure set in a... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 8:35pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

8:00pm

Guilty Pleasures: Best Bad Stuff I Like
What separates something bad that you like from something too wretched to be enjoyable?

Moderators
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times-bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. Her next novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She's written several other contemporary fantasy novels, as well as 80+ short stories. She's a contributor to the Wild Cards series edited by George R. R. Martin and a graduate... Read More →

Participants
avatar for F. P.  Dorchak

F. P. Dorchak

Author, Wailing Loon
F. P. (Frank) Dorchak writes gritty, realistic paranormal fiction that delves into the supernatural, the unexplained, and the metaphysical. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic with short stories, non-fiction articles, and five novels, Voice, Psychic, ERO (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
JC

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a writer, journalist, wife, mother, and lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines including Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. She blogs at jennifercampbellhicks.blogspot.com.
RA

Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes. For more information, see http://www.rachaelacks.com.
VA

Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View" (F&SF, March-April 2013), “The Body Pirate" (forthcoming in F&SF), and "The Dualist," a Writers of the Future Contest winner published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec, and other publications. Aaron reviews books and interviews authors for Fantastic... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

8:00pm

Who’s The Real Monster?
From supernatural terrors to real-life horrors, who are the real monsters? Is it serial killers or the vampire down the street? How does literature and/or film explore this?

Moderators
DH

Doug Hawk

Doug Hawk, now retired from a public relations career, writes horror and adventure novels that are published online. Much of his fiction focuses on the fictional Colorado towns of Crystal Wells, Coronado, and Shavano.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →

Participants
BY

Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff was raised in a barn, a tent, and a tepee, and was homeschooled until high school. She spent her formative years in Arkansas, in a town heavily populated by snakes, where sometimes they would drop turkeys out of the sky. When she was five, she moved to Colorado, where it snows on a regular basis but never snows turkeys. She is the author of a number of novels, including the New York Times Bestseller The Replacement. Her most... Read More →
DD

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin was born in England, lived in South Africa, and attended high school and college in the U.S. He now lives in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He is the author of a number of novels—science fiction, horror, mystery, and three Star Trek novels—as well as book-length non-fiction. In recent years, David has switched entirely from traditional publishing to... Read More →
NG

Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who, along with her furry children, calls beautiful Colorado home. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska. and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing started with poetry, leading to her first publication at the age of 12. She has two short stories published through Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group; “A Page Lost” in An Uncommon Collection and “The Power of the Word” in Remnants and... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Godzilla or Gammera you pick
Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

8:00pm

Filking through the night
See the printed program book for a description of how Denver does filk.

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - Sunday October 30, 2016 5:00am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

8:45pm

Doctor Who: Blink
The tenth episode of the third series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on June 9, 2007, on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The episode, written by Stephen Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald, is based on a previous short story written by Moffat for the 2006 Doctor Who Annual, entitled "'What I Did on My Christmas Holidays' By Sally Sparrow." In the episode, the Doctor—a time-travelling alien played by David Tennant—and his companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) are trapped in the past and try to communicate with a young woman, Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan), to prevent the Weeping Angels from taking control of the TARDIS. Sparrow and her best friend's brother, Larry Nightingale (Finlay Robertson), must unravel a set of cryptic clues sent through time by the marooned Doctor. "Blink" received widespread critical acclaim, and is widely considered to be one of the best episodes of the show. Moffat won the BAFTA Craft and BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Writer, and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, while for her single performance in the series, Mulligan won the Constellation Award for Best Female Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode. In 2009 the episode was voted the second best Doctor Who story ever by readers of Doctor Who Magazine.
Trivia: This is the first episode to be directed by a woman after a 22-year interval. The previous one was “The Mark of the Rani.”

Saturday October 29, 2016 8:45pm - 9:20pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

9:00pm

Best Work to Seduce Someone Into Fandom
A discussion of the best works to convince someone to join fandom. Come to the dork side, we have books, TV shows, graphic novels, and movies!

Moderators
TA

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Corinne O'Flynn

Corinne O'Flynn

Author
Corinne O'Flynn is a native New Yorker now living in Colorado who wouldn't trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. A scone aficionado, she has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy. When she isn't writing, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction... Read More →
JS

Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and, most recently, the Fallen Siren Series, written as S.J. Harper. She has many short story credits to her name, including “Love Story” in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten.
LL

Lesley L. Smith

By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published five science fiction novels including The Quantum Cop. She's an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated a huge library of SF and fantasy books. A lifelong student of naval history, he recently published his first novel, Torpedo Junction, an alternate-history... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Centennial 12th Floor

9:00pm

Locked Room, part 2
The holodeck has malfunctioned. Can you escape in time? This programming is aimed at our teenaged members, but all ages are welcome.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

9:00pm

Shadow Hunters
GM: John Eakins
Shadow Hunters is a survival board game set in a devil-filled forest in which three groups of characters—the Shadows, creatures of the night; the Hunters, humans who try to destroy supernatural creatures; and the Neutrals, civilians caught in the middle of this ancient battle—struggle against each other to survive.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00pm

Flash Fiction Fairy Tales & BedTime Stories … and Cookies!
Come tell/read your best flash fiction (under 1000 words) bedtime story or fairy tale while enjoying assorted cookies. Open to anyone to participate. Please plan to keep it PG, though, as we will have listeners of all ages.

Moderators
RL

Rebecca Lickiss

A passionate reader, Rebecca Lickiss began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her website at www.lickiss.net is covered with real cobwebs from neglect. Her children recently informed her that to have a real life she must have a presence on the web. So now she's got to go get a life so she can put it on the web. Are you using yours currently?

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00pm

Meet for Gruesome Carols
Moderators
LG

Laura Givens

Laura Givens is an illustrator and author who has done oodles of book covers and sold a dozen or so short stories. She loves to read hard SF but often finds herself writing western-flavored steampunk and fantasy. She lives in Denver and used to do improv comedy to stay sane. She has mostly given up improv and sanity. She participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga … and recently has plunged into the... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - 11:59pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

9:00pm

Dark Wizards Ball
Dance the night away with the wizards of Avistrum. Open to all MileHiCon members.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00am
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

9:30pm

Shadow Cast Members Prep Time
Shadow Cast Members prep time for Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Saturday October 29, 2016 9:30pm - 9:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00pm

Attack on Titan II (subtitled in English, 18+ for violent content)
Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00pm

Beat Poetry Libs
Come channel the spirit of Ginsberg and Kerouac with sci fi and fantasy themed beat poetry. We’ll provide (some of) the words—you provide the performance. Thick black glasses and berets optional.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show (British Version)
A 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show, also written by O'Brien. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. It stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre productions.
Trivia: Easter eggs, literally. Genuine Easter eggs can be seen throughout the movie: in a light fixture, in an elevator scene, and even under Frank's throne. The film crew had had an Easter egg hunt and not all were found, thus they ended up in a few scenes.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00pm - 11:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00pm

Werewolves of Miller Hollow
GM: John Eakins
Werewolves of Miller's Hollow is a game that takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Each player is secretly assigned a role—Werewolf, Ordinary Townsfolk, or special character such as The Sheriff, The Hunter, the Witch, the Little Girl, The Fortune Teller and so on... Werewolf is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00pm - Sunday October 30, 2016 3:59am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00pm

Welcome to Night Vale Readers’ Theater
Long-time fan or wondering what the hell? Come for your chance to be Cecil or to hear Cecil. Look out for the weather, it’s a doozy!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.

Participants
BL

Becca Lee

Becca Lee has been a fixture at MileHiCon since the tail end of the Reagan administration. Currently nose-deep in research for a book on Edwardian women's clothing and social history, she now knows more about the Belle Epoque than she thought possible, and will expound upon it at the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
avatar for Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice

Ambassador from the Past, The Esterhazy Press
Rob S. Rice proudly considers himself an ‘Ambassador from the Past.’ He holds a doctorate in Ancient History and works as ‘The Professor’ at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where he teaches all kinds of history to participants and customers alike. He’s written large amounts of non-fiction historical material, including 776 entries in Amber’s Encyclopedia of Warfare. He enjoys reading the old forgotten classics of Science Fiction... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00pm - 11:59pm
Centennial 12th Floor

12:00am

Cards Against Humanity
Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00am - 8:00am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor
 
Sunday, October 30
 

4:00am

Werewolves of Miller Hollow
GM: John Eakins
Werewolves of Miller's Hollow is a game that takes place in a small village which is haunted by werewolves. Each player is secretly assigned a role—Werewolf, Ordinary Townsfolk, or special character such as The Sheriff, The Hunter, the Witch, the Little Girl, The Fortune Teller and so on... Werewolf is a social game that requires no equipment to play, and can accommodate almost any large group of players.

Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00am - 8:00am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00am

Artemis
Red alert! Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies! Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms? Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience. You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with five other players, working together to protect Terran space. Sign up individually or as a group―time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00am - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

4:00am

Open Gaming
Mike and Anna Schaer, David Morgan, John Eakins, Double Envoy, and members of the Colorado Game Designers' Guild will be providing their gaming libraries for pick-up and play gaming all weekend in the Gaming Atrium.

Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00am - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

4:00am

4:00am

Con Suite Open
The MileHiCon 47 ConSuite is in room 431.  It is open to all paying convention attendees from 6pm Friday until 5am Monday (except for 7-8am for clean-up time).  Free munchies, soda coffee and tea are available to all members.

We ask everyone to please keep all ConSuite food and beverages in the ConSuite rooms.  The hotel doesn't like people to have food in the function rooms that wasn't purchased from the hotel.  We appreciate your help in keeping our relationship with the hotel a good one.

Check the schedule for Sponsored ConSuite periods with special treats, meet & greets or themes.  

Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00am - Monday October 31, 2016 5:00am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

8:00am

Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
A 1949 animated package film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film consists of two segments—the first is based on the 1908 children's novel The Wind in the Willows by British author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by American author Washington Irving. As the film's animated segments are based on literary works, they are both introduced in live-action scenes set in a library as a framing device. The first segment is introduced and narrated by Basil Rathbone, and the second segment is introduced and narrated by Bing Crosby. Smitten with motorcars, the wealthy and reckless sportsman Mr. Toad soon drives his close friends Mole, Rat, and Angus MacBadger into a worried frenzy! Then meet Ichabod Crane, the spindly schoolteacher who dreams of sweeping the lovely Katrina off her feet—until Brom Bones, the town bully, gets involved.
Trivia: This is one of Disney's four "Package Films." During World War II the studio lost a lot of manpower and resources, which left it with countless unfinished ideas too long for shorts and too short for features. So, inventive as Disney was, it stuck short ideas together into feature-length movies. The other Package Films are Make Mine Music (1946), Melody Time (1948) and Fun & Fancy Free (1947).

Sunday October 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

8:00am

Legend of the Millennium Dragon
An unwilling young hero undertakes a spectacular journey into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out-of-this-world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle-school boy, is transformed into a hero destined to battle evil and ensure harmony and tranquility in the world.

Sunday October 30, 2016 8:00am - 9:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

8:30am

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Sunday October 30, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:00am

Open Coloring
Come start your morning off with a little coloring. Materials will be provided.

Sunday October 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:00am

MHC Kaffeeklatsch, sponsored by Broadway Book Mall/Who Else! Books
Join several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup always subject to late nights and oversleeping) in the con suite for a wake-up beverage and a donut.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →

Participants
CW

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest book is Crosstalk. Other works include The Best of Connie Willis, Blackout/All Clear (winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for best novel), Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle, Inside Job, D.A., The Winds of Marble Arch, and All About Emily. She has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas. First author to win Hugos and Nebulas in all four fiction... Read More →
CW

Courtney Willis

Courtney Willis was a science teacher for 50 years, splitting his time about equally between high school and then college. He is now an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. He is finally completely retired except for Connie's projects around the house.


Sunday October 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00am

Vendor Setup
The Vendors Room will be available for Vendor Setup and Restock from 9am to 10am Sunday. 
During this time only Vendors and Convention Staff will be able to access the room.  

Sunday October 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

9:00am

Registration Open
Buy tickets now at http://picatic.com/milehicon48.On-line processing fees will be added by the ticket processor.

Registration Rates good through 05/31/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $42.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $21 + processing fees

Registration Rates good 06/01/2016 through 10/08/2016:
 MileHiCon 3-Day Adult
 $44.00 + processing fees
 MileHiCon 3-Day Child
 $22.00 + processing fees

Registration Rates Good through 10/08/2016:

 2 lb Critter entry
 $5.00 + processing fees
 20 lb Critter entry
 $8.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Adult
 $60.00 + processing fees
 Avistrum + MileHiCon 48 Child
 $38.00 + processing fees

At the door prices:
MHC only: $46 3-Day,  $20 Friday, $22 Saturday, $20 Sunday.  Multiple day rates also available.
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM + MHC Rate:  Adult $64, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool.

Sunday October 30, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

9:15am

Open Discussion: Adapting Children’s and YA Literature to Film & Television
The best stories for children also keep adults entertained and a good movie adaptation should do the same.

Sunday October 30, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00am

Doors To Avistrum Open

The Roaring Mouse Tavern will be open between classes.


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:05am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Cyberpunk & Anime: The Perfect Pair?
From the early days of anime, it has seemed like the perfect vehicle for cyberpunk. Given the flavor of cyberpunk and the flexibility of anime, is this a match that should be more frequent? Are they the perfect pair?

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →

Participants
MC

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke is a graphic designer and avid gamer. Hobbies include tabletop miniatures (gaming, making and painting), creating artistic stills, designing logos and book covers, Magic the Gathering card gaming, and designing and playing video games of all kinds.
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →
RW

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer and author. He is the managing director of Evil Beagle Games and has been involved in many gaming projects over the years including Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, and Savage Rifts. He's penned the narrative for three video games and crafts short fiction on the side. He's been an independent game awards judge, IP management consultant, and instructor for game design.


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am

Ecumenical Communion Worship Service
Stop in for a few contemplative moments with Michael in his other role. Serious—but not unduly solemn.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am

My Little Brony—er, Pony Fan Forum
Friendship really is magic! Come talk all things Equestria with fellow My Little Pony fans of all ages and genders.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Bristlecone Ground Floor

10:00am

Other Times Traveled: Discussion & Group Reading
From time travel to setting a story in another era—time is one more element an author can manipulate.



Moderators
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Massachusetts, Idaho, and Oregon. Currently residing in Colorado, many of her stories are set there and star the various cats she’s been owned by. Her works include her novels Winter Awakening and God’s Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling... Read More →

Participants
avatar for A.M. Burns

A.M. Burns

Writer, Out In Colorado Writers
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
DK

DeAnna Knippling

DeAnna Knippling is obsessed with zombies, Alice in Wonderland, and (currently) those prim and proper scam artists, the Victorians. Her latest book, Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, combines all three. She does a lot of ghostwriting and has been known to write middle grade, suspense, and conspiracy thrillers under other names. You can find her at www.WonderlandPress.com.
EK

Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became a public school teacher. Then his brother said, "Hey story man, we should write a book together.&rdquo... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am

The Art of Julie Dillon
A presentation by Guest of Honor Julie Dillon featuring her artistic process.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am

The Future of the Automobile: Beyond Flying Cars
Self-driving cars, changing power sources, increasing gas costs—how will the changes affect society? Will we ever get real flying cars (not just evolved helicopters)?

Moderators
MA

Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez detective-vampire series. His latest novel is Rescue From Planet Pleasure, and he has contributed to Nightmares Unhinged and CyberWorld. Mario lives and writes in Denver.

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo-nominated editor. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases. His short stories include entries in The X-Files, Predator, and Decipher's WARS, amongst others. As book editor, he has edited books by such luminaries as Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey, and more. He was also the first... Read More →
avatar for Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Glasgow. After working as a postdoctoral researcher for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, she moved back to her roots in Colorado to pursue science education. She has worked as an educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science, as well as an adjunct professor in the Colorado Community College System. She is currently working as a systems engineer with Stellar Solutions... Read More →
avatar for L. Neil

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 →
WC

W.J. Cherf

W.J. Cherf, author of the time traveling series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust, writes historical science fiction for people who are looking for a wild ride, enjoy lively description, and an involved plot. Cherf wants them to walk away exhausted from the adventure, with the intellectual satisfaction of having learned something new.


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

10:00am

Young Explorer's Guide Reading
Come listen to selections from the 2015 and 2016 Young Explorer’s Reading Guide. The anthology is aimed at middle grade readers, but all ages are welcome to attend. Dreaming Robot Press is unable to attend, but we've got copies of the guides and will still read.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00am

The Costume Exchange
Bring costume/cosplay items you no longer want/fit/use and trade for something different/new!

Moderators
NL

Natalie Leyba

Natalie (Nate) Leyba is an avid reader and an aficionado of both anime and manga. Her interest in books range from sci-fi/fantasy to nonfiction and everything in between. Natalie does tend to gravitate toward the sci-fi /fantasy/urban fantasy end of the spectrum, though. She has attended and worked MHC for more than a decade and looks forward to the next ten years.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

10:00am

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:45am
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
When a group of vicious Sinners plots to escape from Hell, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo's younger sister, Yuzu, and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00am

Critter Crunch - 2-pound division
MileHiCon's maniacal midgets! The two-pound class hits the boards in a frenzy of minature mayhem!

 

Moderators
JM

John Morse

Critter Crunch


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

10:00am

A Series of Unfortunate Events
A 2004 American black comedy fantasy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is a film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), covering the first three books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. The film stars Jim Carrey as the villainous Count Olaf who adopts three wealthy orphan siblings in an attempt to steal their late parents' fortune. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Trivia: The beginning of the film features a false-start opening sequence called "The Littlest Elf." The sequence was created in CGI, but was designed to resemble the stop-motion animated children's specials commonly produced in the 1960s and '70s, most famously by Rankin-Bass.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

10:00am

Favor of the Pharaoh
GM: Danin Jackson (Double Envoy)
In ancient Egypt, even a lowly peasant could seek an audience with the Pharaoh, and in Favor of the Pharaoh 2–4 players vie for the Pharaoh's favor by working their way up through Egyptian society, gathering influence (represented by dice and powers) to gain entry to the next level of society. Once any player gains the Queen's influence, a final contest occurs for the Pharaoh's favor.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Trailer Park Wars
GM: Danielle Buss (Double Envoy)
You have finally landed the job of your dreams: Trailer Park Manager! To be the Best Darn Trailer Park Manager in town, you must place quality Tenants in your trailers, create a fun and friendly atmosphere by adding some sweet Amenities, and go about destroying the other trailer parks…no matter what it takes. Surface to Trailer Missile? Molotov Beer Can? A Tornado? You Bet.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Cryptic Explorers Demos
GM: Elisha Seely and Maher Sagrillo, Tempest Tome Games
Cryptic Explorers is a competitive, asymmetrical, sci-fi horror tabletop board game for 2–4 players.
In the game, 1–3 players control squads of human Cryptonauts, tasked with entering the Realms of Death to steal occult knowledge and escape back to Earth. Opposing the Cryptonauts is a single Deity of Death, a malicious and powerful goddess who seeks to kill all the Cryptonauts before they can escape with her Realm’s occult secrets. Playtime appx. 1 hour.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Game Demos from Colorado Game Designers' Guild
GM: Various members of the Colorado Game Designers' Guild
Colorado Game Designers' Guild's mission is to help designers create the best version of their games for publication. We help with playtesting, networking, booth shares, and are a group of knowledgeable designers with varied skills

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

10:15am

Dueling Tournament

w/ Headmaster Clark Dowling

After House Champions are determined through tournaments amongst your fellow house mates, the four representatives will face-off in a Dueling showdown. This will determine who takes home the Dueling Sash as Duel Champion and 100 points to their House!

Houses: All School

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Centennial 12th Floor

11:00am

Give Them Credit: Do SF Stories Avoid Dealing with Money?
A lot of science fiction stories seem to avoid dealing with money. If they do at all, it’s pften "credits." What stories embrace cash? Cosmic banking? Insurance companies? How do you repossess a spaceship?

Moderators
NL

Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper as well as the fantasy world of Lammas Wood. He is a full time, self-published author with 11 novels, a handful of short stories, and a novella to his credit. His latest book—In Ashes Born—released in October. He’s currently working on the first book in a new series, Milk Run, due for release later this year.

Participants
CF

Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water Witch, Light Raid, and Promised Land (with Connie Willis). Co-founder with Ed Bryant of the Colorado Springs Writer’s Workshop, Cynthia is now a... Read More →
MG

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 →

Artists, Authors, Speakers & V...
avatar for Courtney Farrell

Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

11:00am

Gravity Falls Fan Forum
Come talk all things gravity falls—the weird, the mundane, and everything in between.

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Bristlecone Ground Floor

11:00am

Is Scientific/Technological Progress Accelerating or Stagnating?
How much of the resources devoted to science is well spent? How does word of scientific discoveries get from lab to public?

Moderators
LL

Lesley L. Smith

By day, Lesley L. Smith is a Ph.D. physicist. By night, she's an M.F.A. author and a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec. Her speculative short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues including Analog Science Fiction and Fact. She's published five science fiction novels including The Quantum Cop. She's an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Participants
AS

Aaron Spriggs

Aaron Spriggs is the eldest love child of a couple who eloped and are still happily married. Aaron studies many sciences, including arachnology, cryptozoology, entomology, and zoology. He’s in an active signed band, so technically he’s a rock star. Yes, he’s the living embodiment of Buckaroo Banzai; scientist by day, rock star by night. <hahaha> Aaron also laughs at his own jokes. A lot. You can find him living in Denver... Read More →
DD

Dr. Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason has written 16 books, including Ignition, bought by Universal Studios. A Nebula Award finalist, he has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Analog, Amazing Stories and Physical Review Letters. A Ph.D. physicist, Doug has been chief scientist of Space Command, associate director of Los Alamos National Lab, served at the White House under both Presidents Bush and Clinton, and worked on a NASA program to send... Read More →
DT

Dr. Tim Slater

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. A member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in geological sciences, his M.S. in physics and astronomy, and two bachelors’ degrees (science education and physical science... Read More →
RL

Rebecca Lickiss

A passionate reader, Rebecca Lickiss began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her website at www.lickiss.net is covered with real cobwebs from neglect. Her children recently informed her that to have a real life she must have a presence on the web. So now she's got to go get a life so she can put it on the web. Are you using yours currently?


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am

Technocostuming
Beyond sewing and hot glue guns, there’s an entire field of costuming involving LED lights and other technical wizardry. Come hear how these can add to your costume and presentation.

Moderators
BL

Becca Lee

Becca Lee has been a fixture at MileHiCon since the tail end of the Reagan administration. Currently nose-deep in research for a book on Edwardian women's clothing and social history, she now knows more about the Belle Epoque than she thought possible, and will expound upon it at the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →

Participants
CO

Charles Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married. They have been costuming for nearly two decades and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently awarded Best In Show Workmanship... Read More →
KD

Kory Denmark

Kory Denmark and wife Evangeline are a team when it comes to cosplay. She writes steampunk fiction and dreams up gadgets, but as an engineer and artist, he can actually craft them.
MB

Megan Bethards

Meghan Bethards has over a decade of experience in costume conception and creation. From the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) recreating historic garb she moved on to any fandom that sat still long enough for her to get at it—comics, animation, video games, and literary sources. You've probably seen her running around in something unusual—why come to a convention in conventional clothing? She believes anyone can create the... Read More →
TO

Tauni Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married. They have been costuming for nearly two decades and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently awarded Best In Show Workmanship... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am

GoH Remarks & Awards
Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from our Guests of Honor. As the subject of their remarks is left to their discretion (or lack thereof), you never know what you’re going to hear! Announcements will be announced and awards awarded.

Moderators
avatar for Chaz Kemp

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

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kelley Armstrong

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 →
avatar for Julie Dillon

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 →

Participants
avatar for John Varley

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 →


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am

Open Mic Short Readings
Bring your published or soon to be published work you want to share. As a courtesy, please keep your readings brief.

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J.T. Evans

J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. He is the president of Pikes Peak Writers. When not writing, he keeps computers secure at the Day Job, homebrews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card/board/role-playing games. He originally spawned in the desert-ridden lands of west Texas, but got out of there as soon as he could. After a year in San Antonio and a year... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

11:00am

Paper Rockets
Join Danyda Feldman as we create paper rockets from ordinary household materials and launch them into flight. Suitable for all ages—with assistance. Bring your imaginations and get ready to soar.

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Danyda Feldman

Danyda Feldman is a professional storyteller, doll and fairy door artist, and professor of Transformational Linguistics. She has performed before the crowned heads of Europe (which were mounted on a shelf at the time). She is a member of the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Jane Austen Society, and Daughters of the Dance Dance Revolution.

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

11:30am

Charms Class

w/ Professor Elizabeth Blackwell

Houses: Enigmus and Colubrae


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

11:30am

Transfiguration Class

w/ Professor SavviKayen

Houses: Parador and Lobostro

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

11:30am

Solar Viewing with DAS
Join DAS for some solar viewing this afternoon, possibly with a look at Saturn in the daytime!

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Denver Astronomical Society

The Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) promotes the enjoyment and understanding of astronomical phenomena, history and lore by providing educational and observing opportunities for our members, education to the general public, and outreach activities at the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory, schools, and other venues.

Sunday October 30, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
outside hotel to right/south of main hotel entrance

12:00pm

Ushio & Tora (2015 TV series, episodes 1–2, subtitled in English)
While cleaning out his family's Shinto temple, middle-school student Ushio Aotsuki stumbles upon a hidden cellar which houses a dangerous youkai. The youkai, pinned for 500 years by a legendary weapon called the Beast Spear, attracts many other supernatural creatures to the premises. Ushio is forced to free the creature—whom he names “Tora”—in return for his help in defeating them. Tora, who wishes to eat Ushio but is stalled by the Beast Spear, begins to haunt the boy in the hopes that an opportunity will present itself.

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Open Discussion: Best Halloween Movies.
We all have our favorites for the spooky time of the year. What are yours and why?

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

12:00pm

31 Flavors of Dystopia
It’s not all nuclear-scorched post-apocalypses a la The Road; sometimes dystopia can be more subtle. From Fahrenheit 451 to V for Vendetta, The Windup Girl to The Hunger Games, what are different forms a dystopia can take?

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Richard Friesen

Richard Friesen's first novel, The Tower of Dreams, came out in January 2016. The second novel in the series, Oathbound Sisters, came out in August, and the third, An Uncivil War, is available for pre-sale now.

Participants
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Evangeline Denmark

Authors Row
Evangeline Denmark writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, was an RT Reviews Top Pick. USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A steampunk fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West and The Wizard of Oz, Curio sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. Evangeline lives in Colorado... Read More →
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Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became a public school teacher. Then his brother said, "Hey story man, we should write a book together.&rdquo... Read More →
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John Barnes

John Barnes has 31 commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you'd... Read More →
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Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series, of which the third book, KOP Killer, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren's latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world. His stories have appeared in the Nightmares Unhinged and Crossing Colfax anthologies.


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Are We Living in a Simulation?
Some believe it very likely, but how would we know? What are the moral and philosophical implications?

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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 →

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Christopher Katava

Christopher Katava grew up near the northwest edge of Los Angeles. Living near a park with a magical small stream and an abundance of open space provided him a deep appreciation for nature. Christopher’s life path has shown him glimpses of a spiritual unity and respect for all life. He’s developed a special bond with the big cats and spends some of his free time giving educational tours at a wildlife park where he shares the risk of... Read More →
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Dr. Ka Chun Yu

Dr. Ka Chun Yu studies the most effective ways to use visualizations of astronomical datasets in both immersive and non-immersive settings, for education, as well as for inspiring and exciting the public. He also works on software tools for efficiently creating scientific visualizations. Dr. Yu received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone—Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest—has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel, Unforgettable, came out in January 2016 from Baen. He has attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Since... Read More →
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Laura K. Deal

Laura K. Deal is a writer, speaker, teacher, and dream reader. She’s certified as a dream work facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work and has taught writing classes for more than ten years. She speaks about creativity, dreams, and metaphor. She's the author of The Newcomer's Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination and Marbles: New and Collected Poems. Her stories have... Read More →
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Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous mobile robots. Authors of nearly 50 technical publications and the book Robots, Reasoning and Reification, they have developed cutting-edge theoretical... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

Robots & Other 3-D Art
3-D artists Rod Ford and Gary Weston talk about their process from inspiration to finding and using materials.

Moderators
Participants
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Gary Weston

Gary Weston was a high school math teacher for 30 years. Shortly before retiring in 2007, he began writing children’s books. Going back to add illustrations to the 12 or more finished manuscripts, he became more interested in the artwork as illustrations began to find their way into galleries. In 2008, he switched to creating artwork using recycled/repurposed materials and electronics. Most of the 200+ pieces he has created have a sci-fi... Read More →
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Rob Ford

Artist Rod Ford has had work commissioned by NASA, Johnson Engineering, International Robotics, Vogue Magazine, Sofa Mart, Hugo Boss, Elitch Gardens, Industrial Computing Magazine, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and many private collectors.


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Stranger Things Fan Forum
Let’s discuss this 1980s pop culture homage and mystery. What might the second season bring and how much do we all love Eleven?



Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

12:00pm

Flash Point: Fire Rescue
GM: Danin Jackson (Double Envoy)
Flash Point: Fire Rescue is a cooperative game of fire rescue where the players are attempting to rescue 7 of 10 victims from a raging building fire. As the players attempt to rescue the victims, the fire spreads to other parts of the building, causing structural damage and possibly blocking off pathways through the building. Each turn a player may spend action points to try to extinguish fires, move through the building, move victims out of the building, or perform various special actions such as moving emergency vehicles.

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.

  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.


To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Author's Co-Op table Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm

Paint an Exploding TARDIS
Kick back, relax, and let your creative juices flow at this beginner-friendly class. Create and take home your own beautiful Doctor Who-inspired painting! Our experienced instructor will guide and encourage you as you follow a series of simple steps. Recommended for ages 10 and up; children should be accompanied by an adult. Special MHC discount: $25/person. Seating is limited. Please note: registration is non-refundable (we cannot refund a missed class).

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Blue Jasmine Studios

Blue Jasmine Studios was the first (as far as we can tell, anyway) to bring you the crazy popular "Exploding TARDIS Painting Class." Due to incredible demand we've since brought our classes to far-flung and exotic places such as Chicago. We are very excited to be at MileHiCon to premiere our newest painting class, the Comic Book Painting class! Wherever you go we hope you always make time for art, creativity, and play! Visit Blue Jasmine Studios... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

12:30pm

Lunch and Muggle Expedition

Remember your hashtags and to Tweet @avistrumacademy and @MileHiCon

#nerdmagic #MileHiCon48 #Parador #Enigmus #Lobostro #Colubrae

 


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

1:00pm

Tokyo Ghoul (episodes 1–2)
Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a café he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul—a kind of monster that lives by hunting and devouring human flesh. When part of her special organ—"the red child"—is transplanted into Kaneki, he becomes a ghoul himself, trapped in a warped world where humans are not the top of the food chain.

Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

1:00pm

Behind the Scenes of a Podcast
What really goes on behind the scenes at a podcast? From the mundane to the meltdown inducing, our panelists will talk about it all.

Moderators
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Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →

Participants
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Giles Hash

Giles Hash is an aspiring YA sci-fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he's chosen on the road to publication.
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Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham co-hosts Beyond the Trope Podcast. She's a copywriter and proofreader by day and, well, pretty much the same thing by night. Her head is full of fairy tales and shiny things, which is especially useful for writing YA sci-fi and fantasy.
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several solo games for iOS & Android—Paths of Tzalar, Extreme Dog Sculptor, and Scooter Magrew. Tim is a radio host/producer on Master Control... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

Characters That Don’t Suck
How do you avoid characters who make cardboard look good? What goes into writing a character that—while they may not be the nicest—isn’t a slog for the reader to read and connect with?

Moderators
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Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters writes urban fantasy, women's fiction, and literary fiction. She is an undefeated four-time Chopped champion and the principal mezzo-soprano for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. When she's not writing or singing, she enjoys teaching French to cats. At least one of these things is actually true.

Participants
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Emily Godhand

Emily Godhand is a dark thriller author who lives in Denver with her rats, who revere her as Queen. She is an Ambassador for Wattpad.com, where she is the administrator for the Paranormal profile. She utilizes her experiences working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and as an advocate and educator for depression and PTSD in her writing to combat stigma and support individuals with mental illnesses via representation. Read all about ghosts... Read More →
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John E. Stith

John E. Stith is the author of eight novels, including Redshift Rendezvous, a Nebula Award nominee, and Manhattan Transfer, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention. Several of his works with Ace Books and Tor Books have been bought by the Science Fiction Book Club and optioned for film. He has optioned several feature-film screenplays, and has sold to television (Star Trek). During 2016 and 2017 his backlist is being re-released in trade paperback and all... Read More →
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Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan Brazee is a retired Marine Corps colonel and combat vet. While he's published non-fiction over the years, it took going to Iraq for him to write his first novel. Self-published in 2009, it took a few years for it to gain traction, but since then, he has over 30 books to his credit and is regularly included in Amazon’s top 100 science fiction author’s list. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the U.S. Naval... Read More →
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Scott Beckman

Scott Beckman is a fantasy author with two titles to his name: Wings of the Sathakos and Pantheon. He is a Denver native, a cat owner and lover, and coffee aficionado.


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Expanse Fan Forum
While waiting for season 2 (which is in the can) and the next book release, we’ll have an Expansive conversation on what we know so far and hope or expect to see next.

Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Bristlecone Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Latest on Kepler Mission
Get the latest scoop on Kepler’s search for habitable planets.

Moderators
DP

Dustin Putnam

Dustin Putnam works at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, as a spacecraft control systems engineer. He has worked in the space industry for 21 years, spending the better part of the last 12 years on the Kepler space telescope as it moved from preliminary design through launch, commissioning, and operations. He has worked on several other civil and commercial space projects, including the Deep Impact and WorldView spacecraft. He has degrees in... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Survival Game
Join Sue and Amalie for an interactive game with prizes. Answer “what if”: your best friend turns into a zombie? You were the last person on Earth? You discovered a new species of animal? Learn how Sue and Amalie used “what if” questions in their novels. Attendees will also come up with their own “what if” scenarios.

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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard is the award-winning author of YA novels acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Bloodspell was a #1 Amazon bestseller and Bloodcraft was a national IPPY silver medalist. She is co-author of the adult historical romance series, The Lords of Essex. As an author of color and proud supporter of diversity in... Read More →
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Sue Duff

Sue Duff dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could read and combines fantasy and sci fi in her breakout series, The Weir Chronicles, with the first three books in the five book series—Fade to Black, Masks and Mirrors and Sleight of Hand—available wherever books are sold. She also writes for Wicked Ink Books, a group of Colorado authors who’ve recently published their first anthology, TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time. When... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor