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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 →
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 →
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

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... Read More →

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 →
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
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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

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
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 →


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

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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →


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

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... 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... 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... 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
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 →
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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →
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.
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 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Atrium
 
Saturday, October 29
 

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
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 →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →

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 →
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.
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 →
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... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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.
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 →
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

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... Read More →

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 →
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
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... 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

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... 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... 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... 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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Mesa
 
Sunday, October 30
 

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... Read More →

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde 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... 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 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
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 →
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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

An Hour with Chaz Kemp
Join Toastmaster Chaz Kemp for a Q&A, a discussion about his art, or whatever else he may have up his sleeve.

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 →

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

5:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
It’s the end of another MileHiCon! (Where *did* the weekend go?) Come bid farewell to our guests and hear how the con did this year.

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 →

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
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 →
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... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor