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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

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 →
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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 →
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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

The Ship: Close Environment, Set Characters
Unlike other environments, a shipboard setting is limited in place and characters - how do you handle this well? How do you create tension and excitement?

Moderators
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 →

Participants
CH

C.A. Hartman

C.A. Hartman specializes in writing science fiction. An academic scientist gone rogue, Hartman’s books have been praised for their great characters, intricate worlds, and their complex but understandable science. Check out Hartman’s books, blog, and events at 5280Press.com. You... 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 →
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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 →
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C 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

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
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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

Best SF on TV - Ever! (challenge panel)
From Twilight Zone to The Expanse, Dark Matter to Mork & Mindy, what is the best SF on TV—ever? For the purposes of this particular panel, network/cable series or miniseries only … i.e., not movies that later ran on TV and not Netflix/Amazon only series. (Remember—starting panelists may not remain on the challenge panel throughout…)

Moderators
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 →

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.
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 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 →
SJ

Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson discovered Jules Verne at age six, and has been reading SF ever since. Shortly after finding fandom, he met Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he’s been active in many aspects of fandom, and he and Gail have accumulated... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
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
 

10:00am

Lizard People in SF
A look at the common reptilian alien life forms in science fiction from Godzilla to the Gorn, Dracs to the Narn.

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 →
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 →
RL

Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and long-time fan who has most recently published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination and Halloween Forevermore. She lives in the Denver area with five furry beasts and, when she’s not writing or reading, spends her time gardening, making jewelry... 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 →


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

11:00am

Behind the Scenes: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume
Before it opens Nov. 13 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), take a unique journey into the making of Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume with interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke, whose work on crafting the DAM’s unique presentation took her to Skywalker Ranch … three times!

Moderators
SV

Stefania Van Dyke

Stefania Van Dyke is interpretive specialist for textile art and special projects at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), which recently has involved working on the exhibition, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, opening at the DAM on November 13. While researching and selecting items... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Grand Mesa

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

2:00pm

David Bowie & SF
David Bowie is the only rock star who has been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Celebrate the life, music, and film work of Ziggy Stardust, the Man Who Fell to Earth.

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
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.
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times-bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty. Her next novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John Joseph Adams Books. She's written... Read More →
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 →
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 →


Saturday October 29, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Cybersecurity: Reality vs Paranoia
Omniscient governments, corporations, and hackers: they will know everything, from your credit card to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) massive data breach.(Is Mr. Robot overblown, or scratching the surface?)

Moderators
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 →

Participants
CF

Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water... Read More →
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Dr. Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt (www.ReAnimus.com), former SFWA VP, has lots of published SF; runs Preditors & Editors (defanging scammers); and herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web and home to other writers' resources. He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and Hugo-winning... Read More →
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 →
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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 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

7:00pm

Reimagining History with the Living Dead
Just add zombies—how would history change with the living dead walking among us?

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
AS

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 →
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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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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 →
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 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde C 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
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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
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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 →
DK

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

10:00am

The Future of the Automobile: Beyond Flying Cars
Self-driving cars, changing power sources, increasing gas costs—how will the changes affect society? Will we ever get real flying cars (not just evolved helicopters)?

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
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor and author, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s Wars media... Read More →
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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 →
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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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W.J. Cherf

W.J. Cherf, author of the time traveling series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust, writes historical science fiction for people who are looking for a wild ride, enjoy lively description, and an involved plot. Cherf wants them to walk away exhausted from the adventure, with the... Read More →


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

11:00am

Give Them Credit: Do SF Stories Avoid Dealing with Money?
A lot of science fiction stories seem to avoid dealing with money. If they do at all, it’s pften "credits." What stories embrace cash? Cosmic banking? Insurance companies? How do you repossess a spaceship?

Moderators
NL

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 →

Participants
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Cynthia Felice

At 5′10″ Cynthia Felice is hard to miss. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her solo SF novels are Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne, The Khan’s Persuasion, and Iceman, and Water... Read More →
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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 →

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 →


Sunday October 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

31 Flavors of Dystopia
It’s not all nuclear-scorched post-apocalypses a la The Road; sometimes dystopia can be more subtle. From Fahrenheit 451 to V for Vendetta, The Windup Girl to The Hunger Games, what are different forms a dystopia can take?

Moderators
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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.

Participants
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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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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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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 →
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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 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Are We Living in a Simulation?
Some believe it very likely, but how would we know? What are the moral and philosophical implications?

Moderators
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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 →

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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Dr. Ka Chun Yu

Dr. Ka Chun Yu studies the most effective ways to use visualizations of astronomical datasets in both immersive and non-immersive settings, for education, as well as for inspiring and exciting the public. He also works on software tools for efficiently creating scientific visualizations... Read More →
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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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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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Louise Gunderson

Louise and Jim Gunderson have been researching and developing robots and artificial intelligence systems since the early 1990s. With Ph.D.s in systems engineering (Louise) and computer science (Jim) they have focused on the artificial intelligence needed to make practical autonomous... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

Robots & Other 3-D Art
3-D artists Rod Ford and Gary Weston talk about their process from inspiration to finding and using materials.

Moderators
Participants
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Gary Weston

Gary Weston was a high school math teacher for 30 years. Shortly before retiring in 2007, he began writing children’s books. Going back to add illustrations to the 12 or more finished manuscripts, he became more interested in the artwork as illustrations began to find their way... Read More →
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Rob Ford

Artist Rod Ford has had work commissioned by NASA, Johnson Engineering, International Robotics, Vogue Magazine, Sofa Mart, Hugo Boss, Elitch Gardens, Industrial Computing Magazine, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and many private collectors.


Sunday October 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground 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
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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
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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 →
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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

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
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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
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor and author, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s Wars media... Read More →
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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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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

4:00pm

Humor and Satire in SF
Humor and satire can be great flavorings that add a lot to your science fictional souffle. How do you avoid it falling flat from incorrect applications?

Moderators
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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 →

Participants
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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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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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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 →
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Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The Molotov Cocktail, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, and earned an M.F.A. from... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor