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Friday, October 28
 

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... 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... 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... Read More →
TH

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 →


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... Read More →

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


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

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... 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... Read More →
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.
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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde A 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... 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... 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... Read More →
MD

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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River B 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... 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... Read More →
RF

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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A 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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →


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

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 →
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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

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... 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... Read More →
RS

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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

Nate 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... Read More →

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River B Ground 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
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... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Carol Hightshoe

Carol Hightshoe

Small press publisher. Selling books, bookmarks, bottoms and wolf plushes, Vendors Room - 15
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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... 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... Read More →


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

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author Alley
Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground 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... Read More →

Participants
JA

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


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

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... 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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →

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


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C 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
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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... 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?

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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde 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
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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... Read More →

Participants
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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

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
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Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is a two-time Hugo Award winner, author of INTO THE FIRE, an Urban Fantasy set in Denver, blogger (Kirkus Reviews) and podcast host/producer for The Functional Nerds and the SF Signal Podcast (closed). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can... Read More →

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


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

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


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

3:00pm

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

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


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River A Ground 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
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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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor
 
Sunday, October 30
 

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
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Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is a two-time Hugo Award winner, author of INTO THE FIRE, an Urban Fantasy set in Denver, blogger (Kirkus Reviews) and podcast host/producer for The Functional Nerds and the SF Signal Podcast (closed). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can... Read More →

Participants
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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.
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Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Kalijor Press
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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River 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 a two-time Hugo Award winner, author of INTO THE FIRE, an Urban Fantasy set in Denver, blogger (Kirkus Reviews) and podcast host/producer for The Functional Nerds and the SF Signal Podcast (closed). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can... 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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

When/Will Super Hero Movies Decline--and What Might Supplant Them?
In an age where it seems like there’s a new superhero movie every day—and filming and release schedules through the next decade—how long can this possibly last? And what’s next?

Moderators
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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... Read More →

Guests of Honor
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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... Read More →

Participants
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Carol Hightshoe

Small press publisher. Selling books, bookmarks, bottoms and wolf plushes, Vendors Room - 15
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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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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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Fantasy Realms: Discussion & Group Reading
Elves in Arcadia, wizards in Chicago, talking cats on other planets—the breadth of fantasy realms keeps broadening. Brief discussion and readings.

Moderators
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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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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 →


Sunday October 30, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor