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Friday, October 28
 

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
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... Read More →

Participants
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... Read More →
MA

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... Read More →
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.


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C 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... Read More →

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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
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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor
 
Saturday, October 29
 

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... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Blair MacGregor

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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River A 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River A 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... 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... Read More →
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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground 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... Read More →

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

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... 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... 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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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... Read More →
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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor
 
Sunday, October 30
 

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... 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... 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 h... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday