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Friday, October 28
 

3:00pm

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

Participants
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
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.
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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 →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River A 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 →
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Evangeline Denmark

Authors Row
Evangeline Denmark writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, was an RT Reviews Top Pick. USA Today called the world-building “two levels of genius.” A steampunk fantasy with shades of The Wild, Wild West... Read More →
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Richard Friesen

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

Wendy Terrien received her first library card at age two, and started writing her own stories not long after. Her debut novel, The Rampart Guards, is a #1 regional best seller and was a Kirkus Indie Book of the Month. The novel is the first in her urban fantasy series. Wendy graduated... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A 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...
avatar for Courtney Farrell

Courtney Farrell

Freelance Science Writer, Self employed
Courtney Farrell is a biologist who turned her love of books into a career as an author. After publishing fourteen nonfiction books for young people, she began writing fiction. Her novel 'Sacrificed' won the 2015 BTS Red Carpet Award in the YA division, and earned an Honorable Mention... Read More →


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

7:00pm

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

Moderators
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Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory... 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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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
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J. A. Campbell

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

M.H. Boroson’s critically acclaimed historical fantasy novel, The Girl With Ghost Eyes, delves deep into Chinese folklore and tells an immigrant narrative with a strong female protagonist. It has been optioned for television. “The Girl With Ghost Eyes is a brilliant tale of madness... Read More →
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Thea Hutcheson

Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine said Thea Hutcheson's work "is sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." As Thea Hutcheson, her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, where her story, "Not a Meat Puppet, a Magic Puppet," garnered... 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
 

12:00pm

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

Moderators
TS

Tim Simpson

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

Participants
AF

Arlen Feldman

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

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, Ph.D., served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic, and is now a postdoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at CU's Altitude Research Center. Yes, fellow Primeval fans, that means he works at the ARC. His fiction includes Dawn Crescent and aStar Trek: The Next... Read More →
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy… all things he’d like to be if/when he grows up. He’d also like to control physics with his mind. (Wouldn't we all?) He works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies, and has released several... Read More →


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

1:00pm

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

Moderators
AH

Angie Hodapp

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

Edward Bryant has spent more than four decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor, and friend of MileHiCon. A recipient of two Nebula Awards, he received the American Mystery Award for Best Critic in 1989. His oft-reprinted... Read More →
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Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson edited Talebones Magazine for 14 years, and he still runs Fairwood Press, a book line, which began in 2000. A graduate of Clarion West, his first novel, The Ultra Thin Man, appeared from Tor in 2014. The sequel, The Ultra Big Sleep, appeared this summer. He has sold... Read More →
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Rachael Acks

Rachael Acks is a writer, geologist and dapper AF. Ze's written for Six to Start and been published in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction and more. Rachael lives in Denver with zir two furry little bastards, where ze twirls zir mustache, watches movies, and bikes... Read More →


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

2:30pm

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

Moderators
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Gordon Garb

In 1973, while exploring an odd little used bookstore on Broadway, Gordon Garb found a bookmark for the Denver Area Science Fiction Association (DASFA). Gordon wrote the starfield generator program for 1984’s The Last Starfighter. Later Gordon moved to Silicon Valley where he's... Read More →

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

3:00pm

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

Moderators
SL

Stant Litore

Stant Litore is the author of the series The Zombie Bible, which retells history (and the Bible) as a series of encounters with the restless dead, as well as The Ansible Stories, in which twenty-fifth century Islamic explorers become trapped in alien bodies on alien worlds. Litore... Read More →

Participants
BB

Boom Baumgartner

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

James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt is a part-time high school English teacher and full-time writer in western Colorado. He’s been a finalist for a Nebula Award and been reprinted in many year’s best collections. His first young adult novel, Pandora’s Gun, was released from Fairwood Press in August... Read More →
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Sue Duff

Sue Duff dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could read and combines fantasy and sci fi in her breakout series, The Weir Chronicles, with the first three books in the five book series—Fade to Black, Masks and Mirrors and Sleight of Hand—available wherever books are sold... Read More →


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

5:00pm

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

Moderators
SK

Sam Knight

As well as being distribution manager for WordFire Press, Sam Knight is senior editor for Villainous Press, and the author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than two dozen short stories, including two media tie-ins co-authored with Kevin... Read More →

Participants
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Aaron Spriggs

Aaron Spriggs is the eldest love child of a couple who eloped and are still happily married. Aaron studies many sciences, including arachnology, cryptozoology, entomology, and zoology. He’s in an active signed band, so technically he’s a rock star. Yes, he’s the living embodiment... Read More →


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

5:00pm

Politics, Not Polemics
Political structure is part of a society. How can you incorporate it into your worldbuilding without becoming preachy, boring, shrill, or unrealistic?

Moderators
CW

Catherine Winters

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

Participants
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Emily Mah (EM Tippetts)

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

Jane M. H. Bigelow loves speculative fiction, archeology, history, travel, music, and gardening. She has published one novel, Talisman, several short stories, and articles involving all the above, although not all at once. Masques of Darkover, published in May 2017, included her fourth... Read More →
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Nathan Beauchamp

Nathan Beauchamp is the award-winning author of the Universe Eventual series which includes Chimera, Helios, and Ceres. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Clones: The Anthology and Exigencies from Dark House Press, Spark: A Creative... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River 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 →
EK

Eytan Kollin

Born when Star Trek was new, Eytan Kollin had a typical American public school education—pretending to learn from people pretending to teach. He indulged in other seminal activities for a future sci-fi author: role-playing games, drugs, sex, movies, TV, sex, and lots of reading... Read More →


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

10:00am

Young Explorer's Guide Reading
Come listen to selections from the 2015 and 2016 Young Explorer’s Reading Guide. The anthology is aimed at middle grade readers, but all ages are welcome to attend. Dreaming Robot Press is unable to attend, but we've got copies of the guides and will still read.

Sunday October 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

1:00pm

Cyber World Discussion & Group Readings
Cyber World is the latest publication of Hex Publishing. A number of authors included in the anthology will discuss the project and share short readings.

Moderators
JV

Joshua Viola

Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a tie-in novel based on the discography of... Read More →

Participants
AH

Angie Hodapp

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

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 22 or 23 books, most recently the well-received werewolf novel, Mongrels. He also has a story in Hex Publishing’s upcoming Cyber World anthology. Stephen’s 170 or so other published stories have appeared in Asimov's, Weird Tales, Cemetery... 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 →


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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
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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