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Friday, October 28
 

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 →
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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... 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 →
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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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... 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... 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 →
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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... Read More →


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

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... 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 →
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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

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... 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 →
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... 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 →
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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde B 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... 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 →

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... 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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde B 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... 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... 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... 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 →


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

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... 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 →
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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... 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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde C 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
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 →

Participants
CK

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 →
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... 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

3:00pm

Traumatized Heroes & Other Mental Health Issues in SF/F/H
What happens after the battle is over? Addressing the realities of the human condition and how people react in our fiction. Is the fantasy more than just the setting, but also in how trauma is elided?

Moderators
EG

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... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Bestselling author and Hugo-nominated editor of THE MARTIAN, PREDATOR: IF IT BLEEDS, THE SAGA OF DAVI RHII, THE X-FILES: "Border Time", INFINITE STARS, JOE LEDGER: UNSTOPPABLE, THE MONSTER HUNTER FILES and many 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 →
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 →
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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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor