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Friday, October 23
 

12:00pm

Registration Open
Pre-Register through EventBrite is now closed.  You can still purchase tickets at the door.

MHC only: $46 3-Day,  $20 Friday, $22 Saturday, $20 Sunday.  Multiple day rates also available.
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM + MHC Rate:  Adult $64, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool.

Friday October 23, 2015 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

2:00pm

Countdown Mixer
Here early? Come on down to the lower level to meet some other con–goers, schmooze about your favorite authors and shows, or stop by Thunderpass next door to sign up to volunteer and earn one of the spiffy staff t–shirts featuring a fabulous illustration by artist GoH Ursula Vernon!

Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

2:00pm

10 Mistakes Writers Make
A look at some common mistakes writers make, and perhaps some ways to prevent them… or at least stop making them more quickly!

Moderators
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →
CS

Courtney Schafer

Courtney Schafer is a writer of adventure fantasy who has embraced the "hybrid author" model of publishing. After traditionally publishing the first two novels of her Shattered Sigil trilogy (The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City) with Night Shade Books, she ran a very successful Kickstarter to fund production of the third and final volume of the series, The Labyrinth of Flame. She looks forward to publishing both traditionally and... Read More →
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
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Mike D'Ambrosio

Author/Screenwriter, The Fantastic Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
Sci-fi/fantasy/horror novels by Michael D'Ambrosio (11 in all) | Adapting novels to screenplays and novelizing screenplays | Getting published | Marketing and Promotion | Whatever you like


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

2:00pm

Creating Writing Groups That Last
A good writing group can supply useful criticism and feedback, networking, support and friendship.  How can you structure a group to also provide continuity and longevity?

Participants
avatar for Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson is a former coach, athletic director, and teacher. Now he's a writer, podcaster, and publisher. His latest flash fiction appears in the 'Objects in the Rear View Mirror' anthology. His latest series, 'Auxiliary Hero Corps' has been described as superhero noir. Chuck also hosts "The Lonely Writer Podcast.'
HB

Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF & fantasy for kids and teens, and with 21 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.
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Sam Knight

Sam Knight—as well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team—is the Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a Novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. Once upon a time, he was known to... Read More →
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Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Novel Workshop at KU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lakeside Circus, The Colored Lens, and elsewhere. Since 2010, she has been a regular judge for NYC Midnight writing challenges... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Fantasy Pictionary
Come grab a marker and join a team!

Moderators
SP

Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF) has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games' Champions product line; both West End's and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.  He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
AS

Alisia Silliman

Alisia Silliman is an International Award Winning Bodypainter. She has competed in competitions worldwide and taken home several titles, including 1st Place in the Gibraltar International 2014. She is also an avid costume designer and has done work for some of the biggest venues in Denver including the Red Line Gallery and Renaissance Festival. She owns her own bodypainting business and currently resides in Denver with her supportive family.


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Let Your Ears Do the Reading
A discussion of the pros, cons, delights and pitfalls of audiobooks, and some recommendations.

Moderators
SN

Susan N.C. Price

CEO, Diamond Dust Dreams
Susan NC Price showed up at MileHiCon about a decade ago as publisher of The MacPherson Criticality by JD Isaacs (D3 Press). She's back, with sons Ian and Charles, as Diamond Dust Dreams, a new game development and marketing company with 2 games in distribution, Kitsune: of Foxes & Fools and Bad Decisions, and a third being Kickstarted. Ian fills the lead game developer slot and Charles is art director; Susan has redefined CEO as Chief Editor... Read More →

Participants
DB

Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason is the author of 14 books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios) and Ill Wind (recently optioned by Fox Studios).  His latest book is The E-Bomb. A Nebula Award finalist, Doug's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has written for publications as diverse as Analog and Amazing Stories, to Physical Review Letters and The... Read More →
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Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper as well as the fantasy world of Lammas Wood—podiobooks that have gathered a global audience of over 11,000 listeners and generated nearly a million and a half downloads. He has had four novels as finalists in the Parsec Awards and won the 2010 Parsec Award for Best Story (Long form) for his novel Captain's Share. You can find his works as free audio downloads at the... Read More →
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Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014). Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban... Read More →
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W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' 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 Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. | | ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military history, all varieties of Munchkin, and drinking hot caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm

SF&F Comic Books: New & Great
With the current renaissance of science fiction and fantasy titles, there's a little something for everyone. Our panelists talk about some of their favorites. 

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 mostly given up improv and sanity. She recently participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga!

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
MB

M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... Read More →
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.
TB

Tony Bagley

Tony Bagley has been amazing and delighting audiences with his elaborate squash surgery for several years. Come see his Carving with the Pumpkin King program on Sunday afternoon and get ideas for your own Halloween décor!


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Wolfsinger Press Pitch Session
WolfSinger Publications is a small press looking primarily for fantasy and SF; will consider other genres (except children's books and erotica). Pitch completed works only; authors may be asked to send the full manuscript after they pitch. Do not bring hard copy manuscripts to give to the publisher.

Participants
avatar for Carol Hightshoe

Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm

Dune (1984) - PG13
Dune is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. After the success of the novel, attempts to adapt Dune for a film began as early as 1971. A lengthy process of "development hell" followed throughout the 1970s, during which Arthur P. Jacobs and Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to bring their visions to the screen. In 1981, executive producer Dino De Laurentiis hired Lynch as director. The film was negatively received by critics and was an American box office bomb. Upon its release, Lynch distanced himself from the project, final cut privilege. At least three versions have been released worldwide.

Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

2:00pm

Castles of Mad King Ludwig
In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria...one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players.

Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

Artemis
Red Alert!  Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies!  Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms?  Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience.  You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with 5 other players, working together to protect Terran space.  This year, we have 2 bridges that can accommodate up to 12 total Officers to either join forces or blast each other to bits!  Sign up individually or as a group - time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Friday October 23, 2015 2:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

3:00pm

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Discussion & Readings
As readers and writers become more diverse, how does that impact the works being produced? A discussion and short readings. 

Moderators
EM

Emily Mah

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

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
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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 has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →
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Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe) and visit her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/viviancaetheauthor)


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm

21st Century Fan
Blogs, apps, social media, MMOGs, streaming video and proliferating conventions—the face and format of fandom is changing. What does it mean to be a fan in the 21st century?

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →

Participants
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →
MB

M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... 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 writers he had to ask 'why?' The answer was "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based out of... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Books to Movies: What Happened to the Story?
Why ARE movies often so different from the books? How much can be attributed to the needs of a different medium, and how much to other forces at work in Hollywood? 

Moderators
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but is working on a literary novel set in 1978 North Carolina and centers around a young boy who lost his mother. | | He's a member of SFWA and has been professionally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine, as well as in a variety of anthologies. | | He can be reached at www.LouJBerger.com

Participants
avatar for Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
avatar for Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than three decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor and friend of MileHiCon.  One of his most recent stories appears in the anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Watch for others is upcoming Hex Publishing anthologies.Though perhaps best known as a writer of horror and science fiction, he’s appeared in a variety of mystery and crime fiction... Read More →
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Karen Morrissey

CEO, Thursday Night Press
Karen A. Morrissey read her first science fiction in the third grade, leading her toward a career in software engineering and an avocation of editing and publishing. She published her first novel, Fisher King: Percival's Descent, in 2013.


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm

Exploding the Myths of the New World of Publishing
With publishing and indie/self-publishing in the throes of transition, do any of the old rules still hold? (And if so, which ones?) Come hear our experts as they debunk myths. 

Moderators
avatar for F. P.  Dorchak

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 (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

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 Agency in Denver.
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Gary Jonas

Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade urban fantasy series: Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate, Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne, and the upcoming Razor Dreams. His other books include Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (co-authored with Bill D. Allen), Guardians of the Sky, Night Marshal, One-Way Ticket to Midnight, and Quick Shots (a collection). These days, he lives in Oklahoma, and he's working on another... Read More →
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Kristi Helvig

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, out 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

3:00pm

One is Not Enough: Series Books We Love
Asimov's Foundation, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, Honor Harrington, Song of Ice and Fire—panelists talk about series that bring people to the genre and influenced them.

Moderators
TH

Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

I hate trying to figure out what to say on all these profile things. Nothing deep or meaningful ever comes to mind. I'm a crazy sci-fi loving, cat-owning, writer and bellydancer who still likes to play with Legos. So there. :P Oh, and I write steampunk-fantasy and crazy shorts about inanimate objects come alive.
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Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her first novel, Talisman. Jane lives in Denver with her husband Robert and two fluffy cats, Shiraz and Thunderpurr. She loves gardening, music, and... Read More →
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Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson began reading SF with a Jules Verne novel at the age of six, found fandom in the early 1970s, and has been deeply involved with it ever since. Early on, he met longtime Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he has been involved with con committees, fanzine publishing, and the local club, DASFA, serving as that group’s secretary for the past ten years. With Gail, he has... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Doctor Who Fan Forum
Bring your scarf, pop on a fez and allons-y to join other Who fans for a discussion of favorite Doctors Companions, monsters and episodes. Who fandom—it’s bigger on the inside!

Moderators
avatar for Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Writer, film maker
I am a writer, film maker, game designer and podcast.

Participants
RM

Rebecca M. Kyle

Rebecca M. Kyle, born on Friday 13, has had a lifelong fascination with the mystical and macabre. She currently lives between the Smoky and Cumberland Mountains with her husband and four cats. She has worked as an editor for "Conclave: A Journal of Character" and recently edited "Tails from the Front Lines," a charity anthology which provides funds for service dogs for wounded warriors. Two anthologies, she has co-edited, "Under a Dark Sign," and... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

3:00pm

Maze Racers
In Maze Racers, you use the enclosed magnetic walls and a good dose of creativity to build the most wicked maze possible that will leave your opponent scrambling to find his way out. The game is also a race against time as your opponent is building his own devilish contraption. When the time is up, both sides switch their maze boards and steer a ball through the opponent's maze as quickly as they can. Be the fastest in two out of three rounds to claim victory!

Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

3:00pm

Vendors Room Open
The Vendors Room has expanded for 2015!

Featuring 36 Vendors this year it's sure to be spectacular and have something for everyone.

Friday hours: 3pm - 8pm 

Booth/Table # - Business Name (Click the Vendor Name to view their Sched profile)
1 - Who Else Books
2 - Magrid's Closet
3 - Rizzuto Creations
4 - Next You Universe/Make Believe Books
5 - Patterns In Time
6 - Southworth Enterprises
7 - Gifts & Blessings
8 - Dozing Gnome
9 - White Phoenix II
10 - Feisty Hats
11 - Dryad Tea
12 - Rinehart Art
13 - Kirin Games
14 - Generations of Art
15  - 3D By Mike
16 - Two Old Bears
17 - Extremely Sweet & Nutty
18 - Skychaser Studios
19 - Dead Girl Fashions
20 - Fairwood Press
21 - Creative Capacities Collation
22 - Blue Jasmine Studios
23 - TBA
24 - Horizon Music
25 - Wolfsinger Publications
26 - JaLa Creations / Sandy Diersing
27 - Westside Books
28 - FoxyFunk/Prop Funk
29 - Geekify
30 - Peacock Shop
31 - Hex Publishers
32 - Dragons Hoard LLC
33 - Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
34 - Clare's
35 - Molon Labe Online
36 - Beauty & The Beads / Rockhound Studios  

Friday October 23, 2015 3:00pm - 7:50pm
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

3:30pm

Accumulative Sculpture
Stop by the atrium and add your bit to the growing sculpture (like jenga, but we don’t take pieces away) or work on your own assemblage creation.

Moderators
CA

Carol Angel

Carol Angel is a pottery student, a collager, an assemblage art fan and a determined recycler of useful stuff.

Friday October 23, 2015 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

4:00pm

Bond, James Bond in Book & Film
James Bond is an icon of print and film ... first published 62 years ago, and with a total of 25 movies released during in the last 53 years. 

Participants
avatar for Ana MacDonnell

Ana MacDonnell

Life sucks, and I'm a lollypop
avatar for Lynelle Phillips

Lynelle Phillips

If you take me on a date it better be to a scifi, action, or asian martial arts movie. I love anything with sword fighting, cool cars, fun costumes, anything with space ships, and awesome good vs evil story lines. That's why James Bond, Star Wars, and Jet Li are on the top of my list. I love making costumes, and you'll find me most of the time with my companion, R2-AL.


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Dry Season Only: Artists on Safari
Come hear tales of Ursula’s multi-week adventure to Botswana and South Africa, finding and observing wildlife in a attempt to “level up” on artistic inspiration. Fellow artist Amber Hill and Ursula’s photographer/husband Kevin Sonney join in the discussion.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants

Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

4:00pm

Five Fantasy Worlds You Wouldn't Want to Visit
The Shire might be nice (but does Bag End have flush toilets?), but lots of fantasy worlds would be no fun to be in. Our panelists count down the five fantasy worlds they’d least like to visit … let alone set up house in.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. | I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees in History & Renaissance Studies, a teaching credentials, as well as a masters in US History. | I had a short story published in 2014, in Penny Dred IV and I will... Read More →

Participants
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Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →
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Courtney Schafer

Courtney Schafer is a writer of adventure fantasy who has embraced the "hybrid author" model of publishing. After traditionally publishing the first two novels of her Shattered Sigil trilogy (The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City) with Night Shade Books, she ran a very successful Kickstarter to fund production of the third and final volume of the series, The Labyrinth of Flame. She looks forward to publishing both traditionally and... Read More →
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Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer with more than 50 credited titles, including work as Lead Developer for the Warhammer 40K Roleplay line and on the Accursed setting for Savage Worlds, design work on Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5th Edition, and more. He is the host and producer of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast, and he is the Managing Director for Evil Beagle Games, publishers of the Shaintar setting for Savage... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Inside Writing Workshops: Clarion, Odyssey & More
Participants in Clarion, Odyssey and others discuss what the workshops are like, what they accomplish and what to expect from them.

Moderators
JC

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a writer, journalist, editor, wife, mother and lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has been published in many places, including Galaxy’s Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature and Daily Science Fiction. She blogs at jennifercampbellhicks.blogspot.com.

Participants
avatar for Blair MacGregor

Blair MacGregor

Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Blair MacGregor writes fantasy novels—adventurous, epic, and dark. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada and Writers of the Future. She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise, chair of SFWA's Self-Publishing Committee, and works with StoryBundle as an author and curator. Blair holds the rank of Sandan in Shorei Kai Okinawan Karate, currently trains in Kung Fu, and has taught martial arts for over a dozen years. She also teaches workshops on... Read More →
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Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
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Emily Mah

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

Oz Drummond has appeared in Analog and writes science fiction and fantasy short stories in linked worlds. She has organized the writing workshops at four previous WorldCons and will organize them again at MidAmeriCon II in 2016. She's currently the Comptroller of SFWA. She's been to Clarion East, Taos Toolbox, and Rio Hondo writing workshops.


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Murder in Space: No One Hears You Scream
In the farthest future, in the deepest reaches of space … if humans are there, you can count on greed, lust, mayhem and murder being there too!

Moderators
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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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
avatar for John E. Stith

John E. Stith

Author of MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Hugo Honorable Mention), REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS (Nebula Nominee), "Naught for Hire," etc
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Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including SMITHSONIAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, and many others. Mike is a Fellow and founding member of the International... Read More →
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Wil McCarthy

Wil McCarthy has published ten novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of articles. He is a former correspondent and editor for Wired magazine, and was the science columnist for the SciFi channel from 1999 through 2009. He has founded two nanotechnology companies, and holds 27 U.S. patents in the field of smart materials. According to Discover magazine, he is the creator of one of the 10 best fictional planets of all time. has... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Trivia For Chocolate
Come and test your knowledge and be rewarded with chocolate. Trivia for all ages.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

4:00pm

Urban Fantasy/Rural Fantasy: Discussion & Readings
A brief discussion on the impact setting has on fantasy—urban and otherwise— followed by some short readings.

Moderators
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet is an urban fantasy author and a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing... Read More →
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Sam Knight

Sam Knight—as well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team—is the Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a Novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. Once upon a time, he was known to... Read More →
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W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.





  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.






To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for Michele Poague

Michele Poague

Author, Michele Poague
I have published four novels to date. The Healing Crystal is a story about the morality of power. It’s part ‘love story’, part ‘fish out of water’, and a commentary on the creation of religious and political philosophy. | The Candy Store is about a girl from the 1980's who finds herself transported to the late 1920's. Painfully aware of the looming depression and the rise of Hitler, Jett is powerless to protect... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

4:30pm

Dune (1984) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion led by Vivian Caethe and Matthew Rotundo.

Participants
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com
avatar for Vivian Caethe

Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe) and visit her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/viviancaetheauthor)


Friday October 23, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

5:00pm

3-D Printing Demo & Roundtable
You’ve heard about them, but have you had the chance to see one in action close up? Stop by to discuss and maybe try out a 3-D printer.

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.


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

5:00pm

An Hour with Ursula Vernon
Join our artist guest of honor for a look at her varied work, possibly a Q&A, and perhaps other surprises!

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

5:00pm

Bellydance for Cosplay Workshop
We’ll talk about how to incorporate the fluid movements of bellydance into your cosplay as well as how to incorporate cosplay elements into a dance performance. Learn what it takes to transform yourself into a sultry Orion slave girl, a Charleston-dancing Princess Leia, or Mad Max’s Furiosa.

Participants
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

I hate trying to figure out what to say on all these profile things. Nothing deep or meaningful ever comes to mind. I'm a crazy sci-fi loving, cat-owning, writer and bellydancer who still likes to play with Legos. So there. :P Oh, and I write steampunk-fantasy and crazy shorts about inanimate objects come alive.


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

5:00pm

Challenge Panel: My Favorite Wizard
Whether your wizard is the most powerful, best dressed, funniest—what makes that wizard your favorite (and by extension, the best) wizard in print/film? (Remember—starting panelists on the challenge panel may not remain on the panel throughout…)

Moderators
RS

Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st Del Rey Writers of Tomorrow contest in 1983, the bug bit hard and early, and has never quite let him go.His articles on the U.S. Navy appear in the respected... Read More →

Participants
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Charles Price

Charles A. Price, Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduate, created both the illustrations and card design for the prototype of Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools, and then moved into the full Art Director role, contracting with other artists to complete the illustrations needed for the redesign of the standard edition and the enhancements in the deluxe, Nine-Tailed edition. He has begun showing up in the artist rooms at conventions and will... Read More →
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s Green Slime Mistress—annually recognizing wretched things—and also as assistant to the con chairs. Hobbies include reading, various... Read More →
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Marc MacYoung

Marc MacYoung—author of the "Writing Violence" series of e-booklets—spends most of his time in the realm of non-fiction. With over 25 published titles he's a leading expert in a rather unpleasant and dangerous topic. When he discovered he was considered a 'resource' for romance writers he had to ask 'why?' The answer was "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based out of... Read More →
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Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

5:00pm

Gained in Translation
We’ll look at works that didn’t start out in English but were translated/subtitled… books, comics, movies and more.

Moderators
MB

M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →
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Doris Beetem

Doris (the Younger) Beetem was one of the founding members of DASFA, along with her mom (the Elder) and her younger sister (Rose). She now lives in Houston, Texas, a retired librarian/technical writer with three cats. (Practically a meme in the fannish community!) She is a longtime fan of SF, fantasy, and historical mysteries and was a Trekkie before Trekkies were cool. She's also written fan fiction since she was 16 and hopes one day to write... Read More →
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Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her first novel, Talisman. Jane lives in Denver with her husband Robert and two fluffy cats, Shiraz and Thunderpurr. She loves gardening, music, and... Read More →
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Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a mild-mannered writing, guitar-playing, computer-consulting machine. He has published more than 30 non-fiction magazine articles, his poetry has appeared on the Apex Publications website and in Tales of the Talisman, and he received an Honorable Mention in the Fall 2009 Writers of the Future contest. One of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

5:00pm

Improvocation
Prepare to launch yourself into three days of creativity and camaraderie. Listen carefully and follow the directions for Poison Eye, Enemy Defender, and the ever-popular and goofy Bunny-Bunny-Bunny.

Participants
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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 mostly given up improv and sanity. She recently participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga!
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Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014). Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban... Read More →
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy…these are all things he would like to be someday if/when he grows up. He also would like to have the ability to control the laws of physics using only his mind, but wouldn't we all? Recently, he released his first solo mobile game (Shoot At Things) and also works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies. He also does a once-a-week column for Indie Love... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

5:00pm

Managing Point of View
Any story can be told from any point of view. What narrative impact does first person, limited third person, multiple third, or multiple first have—and what exactly are those?

Moderators
CB

Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →

Participants
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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
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Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF & fantasy for kids and teens, and with 21 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.
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John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →
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Scott Beckman

Scott is a Denver native and a recently self-published author. His novel, Wings of the Sathakos, is a high fantasy epic that combines adventure and political intrigue. He is currently working on a sequel to Wings of the Sathakos and the first book in a new young adult fantasy series. He works in marketing, doing web design and website optimization, and he's studying for his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Denver.


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Ome on the Range
The genome has been joined by the epigenome, metabolome, phenome, physiome,.. bioinformatics scientists are increasingly focused on how all the "–omes" fit together and what we can learn by combining massive amounts of information from many different sources.

Participants
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent novel, Dawn Crescent (with David Dvorkin) was published in 2003 by Wildside Press. Harry Turtledove says, "Engaging characters and fast-paced writing make Dawn... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

5:00pm

Rewrite History -- with Zombies!
From ancient times through the Cold War … how would history change if zombies were involved?

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 has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson is a former coach, athletic director, and teacher. Now he's a writer, podcaster, and publisher. His latest flash fiction appears in the 'Objects in the Rear View Mirror' anthology. His latest series, 'Auxiliary Hero Corps' has been described as superhero noir. Chuck also hosts "The Lonely Writer Podcast.'
avatar for Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. | I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees in History & Renaissance Studies, a teaching credentials, as well as a masters in US History. | I had a short story published in 2014, in Penny Dred IV and I will... Read More →
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Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. His feature film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers,” is available for streaming on IMDb. The action-based short story, "The Hour Wheel," was published via Runewright Publishing in The Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine. His latest short story, “Adam’s Ale,” will be available through the Story of the Month in September. Find out more at... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

5:00pm

Spinning Workshop
Come learn all about the process of spinning in an interactive forum.

Participants
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R. K. Hageman

Rhonda K. Hageman is a local ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer. She is working on a series of academic murder-mystery novels set in a mythical college town in the mountains of central Colorado, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest professor in the history department. She has participated in NaNoWriMo events four times and won once. Her interests include linguistics, prehistoric textiles, classical mythology, Egyptology... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical comedy miniseries in three acts, produced exclusively for Internet distribution. The movie was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and writer/actress Maurissa Tancharoen. The team wrote the musical during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike. It won the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

Friday October 23, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:00pm

Con Suite Opens
The MileHiCon 47 ConSuite is in room 431.  It is open to all paying convention attendees from 6pm Friday until 5am Monday (except for 7-8am for clean-up time).  Free munchies, soda coffee and tea are available to all members.We ask everyone to please keep all ConSuite food and beverages in the ConSuite rooms.  The hotel doesn't like people to have food in the function rooms that wasn't purchased from the hotel.  We appreciate your help in keeping our relationship with the hotel a good one.

Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:05pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

6:00pm

2018: Let's Bring Westercon to Denver
A presentation on the upcoming Denver Westercon bid.

Participants
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →
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Peter J. Wacks

Peter J. Wacks is a #1 bestselling cross-genre writer and the managing editor of Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. He has worked across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels. In his editorial capacity, Peter has worked on stories by Tracy Hickman, Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland/David Wolverton, and many others. He has also helped bring some of... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

6:00pm

Fantasy Primer: Alexander to Zelazny
If someone is just getting into reading fantasy fiction, what books do you recommend and why?

Moderators
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles and The Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a small faction of humanity as they attempt to stave off multiple threats and to prevent the extinction of the human race. The Renegades is a novella series that follows a crew of misfits... Read More →

Participants
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Gail Barton

Gail Barton is a long-time artist and SF/fantasy fan who has both chaired MileHiCon and been director of the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, the latter several times. Her diverse interests include Roman history, hiking, Tolkien, traveling, horses, cats, gardening, and Fortean phenomenon. She has been a painter since she was 8 years old, and fannish since approximately 1969. She is married to James (Sourdough) Jackson, also a fan from... Read More →
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Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
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L.F. (Laurey) Patten

Author/Editor, Stone Dagger Publications
L. F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as A.D.D of the Right Brain. Degreed in Medieval History and archaeology, her checkered career has included teaching, work at a planetarium, a rock shop and an off- (off-off- off-) Broadway theater. A certified herbalist, she has also studied fencing, opera singing, drawing and painting. She currently teaches pottery and metal-clay jewelry in Lakewood, CO. She has spent the last... Read More →
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Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has also appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec and other publications. Aaron does... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

6:00pm

Foreshadowing: Your Key to Quality Literature
Foreshadowing is a literary device that hints at what is to come and can be used to avoid disappointment or (says the dictionary) to arouse the reader. Now come hear what Connie Willis has to say on the subject!

Participants
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Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

6:00pm

GM Tips & Tricks
A look at world creation, system stability, GM/player dynamics and story flow, including handling plot, players and sub-arcs.

Participants
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Andrew Fenney

Andrew "Lee" Fenney has been gaming since 1990 and GMing since 1992. At an earlier MileHiCon (Lakewood Sheraton days), he ran a ADnD 3.0 game that lasted the better part of two days. His game experience includes ADnD 2.0/2.5 (rev.), ADnD 3.0/3.5, ADnD 4.0, Whitewolf 2.0/2.5 (rev.) and 3.0, Palladium Rifts, Sanguine Ironclaw/Jadeclaw 1.0/1.5 (rev.), GURPs, BESM Tri-Stat and D20 and various other systems. He has a current game in-progress that... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

6:00pm

Honor Harrington Fan Forum
Join other fans of David Weber’s heroine and world for a discussion of the Honorverse!

Moderators
avatar for W.C. Bauers

W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' 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 Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. | | ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military history, all varieties of Munchkin, and drinking hot caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world... Read More →

Participants
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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 the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
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Michael Burgess

Rev. Michael Lee Burgess, when quite young (a very very long time ago), came across the massive library of his father Rev. Richard L. Burgess and discovered Edger Rice Burrows' Mars Series and E.E. Doc Smith's Lensman series. This exposure to the fruit of the tree of knowledge lead to an ever deeper compulsion to read more of worlds of wonder and courage that just don't happen to show up in our local news reports. Now at the tender age of 58... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

6:00pm

Melanie Unruh: Artist Demo
Participants
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Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

6:00pm

Minding Your Ps & Qs: Convention Decorum
Convention etiquette, becoming more aware of and sensitive to the subculture, basic manners and how (and why) not to be a creeper.

Moderators
DP

Dan Peak

Dan (BakuDan) Peak came into the world 40 years ago by blending the finest hand-picked ingredients from the slopes of the majestic Rocky Mountains. He was shaped and formed using the same time-honored techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation, and the quality still shows. He was then steeped in a heady broth of science fiction conventions and comic shops, and lovingly slow roasted in the flames of sci-fi television &... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy. | | Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland's book... Read More →
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Kronda Seibert

Kronda Seibert fell in love with sci-fi at a young age and carried that through with vigor into her passion for Steampunk. She took the Colorado Steampunks from 32 members to 1,200 and spearheaded AnomalyCon, Colorado's Steampunk and sci-fi convention in March. She has also authored four seasons of Radio STEAM, a pulp fiction podcast drama, and written Beneath the Crust and a number of short stories. Visit her at... Read More →
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Margaret Denny

I'm happy to talk to almost anyone, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed or lonely and just need a friendly face. I've read a lot of the old SF, some of the newer SF, and am trying to make time for more reading. | | I'm also Pagan clergy and feminist, and will answer questions. Neither of those are as terrifying as you might think. | | I look forward to meeting old and new friends!
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Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate work at Montana State University, Dr. Slater earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying how... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

6:00pm

Space Food: In Sticks and Otherwise
With talk about going to Mars or maybe back to the moon for long term colonies, what are people going to eat and where will it come from?

Moderators
DB

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction Trails magazine for a decade and is now the publisher of Story Emporium magazine. David lives in Colorado and works in the hotel business when he’s not working on... Read More →

Participants
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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 has been a software developer; scuba diver; farm hand; bartender; a contributing editor at Byte Magazine; a private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy; Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as "Footprints" and "Space... Read More →
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Cynthia Felice

Cynthia Felice is hard to miss, standing five-foot-ten with curly hair that adds an inch or two. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and very much enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her science fiction works are the novels Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne and The Khan’s Persuasion, several collaborations with Connie Willis (Water Witch, Light Raid and Promised Land), “Track of... Read More →
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Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent novel, Dawn Crescent (with David Dvorkin) was published in 2003 by Wildside Press. Harry Turtledove says, "Engaging characters and fast-paced writing make Dawn... Read More →
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Karen Morrissey

CEO, Thursday Night Press
Karen A. Morrissey read her first science fiction in the third grade, leading her toward a career in software engineering and an avocation of editing and publishing. She published her first novel, Fisher King: Percival's Descent, in 2013.


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

6:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for James Shade

James Shade

James Shade spent his youth visiting Berwick's newsstand, looking for heroes on four-color pages. He studied Engineering at Penn State University and went on to help write the software that enables the F119 and the F135, the best metal birds-of-prey, fly. His passions include gaming, disc golf, and cooking on his Big Green Egg. He lives in Colorado with his wife, three children, and a small menagerie of animals. THIEVES OF ISLAR is his first... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

Locked Room Mystery
Come rifle through the secrets of H.G. Wells’ desk and solve the riddle before time runs out. Two sessions will be run – one at 6 and one at 7. This program is intended for attendees between the ages of 12 and 18.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

6:00pm

Cutthroat Caverns
A genre-bending card game of 'kill stealing' in a classic RPG dungeon setting. Walk the fine line between cooperative play and backstabbing amid creatures designed to punish the party for not working together.

Friday October 23, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

6:30pm

Total Recall (2012) - PG13
Total Recall (2012) is an American science fiction action film directed by Len Wiseman. The screenplay by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback was based on the 1990 film of the same name, which was inspired by the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. Unlike the first film and the short story, the plot takes place on Earth rather than a trip to Mars and exhibits more political overtones. The film was released to mixed reviews. It received praise in certain areas such as its action sequences but the film's lack of humor, emotional subtlety and character development drew the most criticism.

Friday October 23, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:30pm

Star Viewing with Denver Astronomical Society
Evening stargazing with the Denver Astronomical Society—the moon will be nicely in view as should some brighter clusters. Join us outside!

Friday October 23, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Outside Outside

6:45pm

Doors to Avistrum Open
Friday October 23, 2015 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

7:00pm

The Best Characters and What They Mean To Us
Characters are at the heart of any good story. What characters have stood the test of time, and which more recent characters already mean a lot to you?

Moderators
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but is working on a literary novel set in 1978 North Carolina and centers around a young boy who lost his mother. | | He's a member of SFWA and has been professionally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine, as well as in a variety of anthologies. | | He can be reached at www.LouJBerger.com

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 until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
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Evelyn Lederman

Author, Self
Evelyn Lederman is a retired insurance executive who looked forward to spending as much time reading as she always wanted. Then the voices started....she writes about parallel dimensions and people with telepathic powers. She is an Amazon Best Selling Author.
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John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Avistrum Academy of Sorcery

When we last visited Tales from Avistrum...
Last year, the students discovered a powerful device called the Conveyance Chamber that allowed them to travel back in time. They went on a mission to retrieve an old artifact last seen in the late 1800's at Avistrum. This artifact was crucial to restoring the Parador portion of the Founder's Fountain, which was destroyed in the Battle of Avistrum. The dangers of time-travel were made apparent when they inadvertently altered the course of history by accidentally preventing the death of Aleator Boudreaux. They returned to a world where Simon Drake had become the President Eternal of the Most Noble Nation of Magic. Polonius Aberfoyle and Scorpio Douglas had both been killed. Their headmaster, Clark Dowling was now Drake's most feared weapon, the powerful Archmage.

Avistrum Academy was a dark place, ruled under Drake and the iron fist of Headmistress Persephone.
A prophecy foretold that Polonius would return and upon that day, Drake's regime would fall.
The time-traveler's arrival sparked a renewed spirit for the Resistance lead by Amelia Emberwing and Savvi Kayen. A rebellion that had been building in Avistrum Castle for some time, dedicated to freeing Avistrum.

By joining forces with the Resistance , the students were able to activate the Conveyance Chamber, travel back in time and set things right. Upon coming back to the future, the students found a familiar place where all was well.
Or... so it seems.
Traveling through time caused a ripple-effect, but as of yet, only small differences have been noticed.

Now, a curse is emerging from the shadows and it will threaten all that reside within Avistrum Castle.
What is this curse and is it a consequence of time-travel?
Or were the wheels of destiny always in motion and a terrible fate is inevitable?

You can help. Live the adventure. Be the hero.

Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Join author guests of honor Kevin Hearne and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, artist guest Ursula Vernon and toastmaster James Van Pelt as MileHiCon 47 takes off for the weekend. Alarums, excursions and announcements may ensue!

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several of his stories have received Nebula and Stoker recommendations including two pieces that made the preliminary Nebula ballot. His stories have been listed on the... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

7:00pm

Military SF Discussion & Readings
A brief discussion on the appeal of military SF and particular issues involved in writing it believably, followed by some short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin ikenberry's head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he'll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space science education and works with space every day. | | Kevin’s science fiction and horror short fiction has appeared internationally through Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Mindflights, Twisted Dreams Magazine and most recently in the anthologies... Read More →

Participants
avatar for F. P.  Dorchak

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 (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
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Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles and The Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a small faction of humanity as they attempt to stave off multiple threats and to prevent the extinction of the human race. The Renegades is a novella series that follows a crew of misfits... Read More →
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →
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Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson began reading SF with a Jules Verne novel at the age of six, found fandom in the early 1970s, and has been deeply involved with it ever since. Early on, he met longtime Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he has been involved with con committees, fanzine publishing, and the local club, DASFA, serving as that group’s secretary for the past ten years. With Gail, he has... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

7:00pm

Bedtime Stories with Milk and Cookies (in side room)
We invite the little ones and their guardian to join us for a story and some milk and cookies in our side room in the con-suite. A perfect way to help wind the little one down before bedtime. Everyone is of course welcome, for we are all children at heart

Participants
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Danyda Feldman

Danyda Feldman is a professional storyteller, doll and fairy door artist, and professor of Transformational Linguistics.  She has performed before the crowned heads of Europe (which were mounted on a shelf at the time).  She is a member of the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Jane Austen Society, and Daughters of the Dance Dance Revolution.


Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

7:00pm

Behind the Mask w/ Patty Pietu
Come make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn secret mask making techniques to create that original costume piece or artwork. $30 materials fee.

Participants

Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

7:00pm

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

7:00pm

Savage Rifts - The Tomorrow Legion
The Universe of Rifts Gets Savaged!
Coming in 2016, gaming fans everywhere will be able to explore the world of Rifts Earth, battling countless enemies from endless realities, using the exceptional and highly popular Savage Worlds game system. Evil Beagle Games, Pinnacle Entertainment, and Palladium Books are proud to team up to bring Rifts to a whole new audience. Ahead of the release, players can experience the game through this convention scenario, run by Savage Rifts Brand Manager Sean Patrick Fannon - 
In the far north of what was once Arkansas, not far from Branson, Missouri, Castle Refuge stands strong as a place of safety, healing... and promise. From the blood of the Juicer Uprising; the terror of the Coalition's Campaign of Unity; the horrors of Lord Dunscon's territorial machinations; and the still-smoldering ashes of Tolkeen; from all of this rises both Castle Refuge and its ever-growing garrison of defenders. In the coming days, these defenders will grow into something more – an army of hope and justice for a world in need of saving, called the Tomorrow Legion
A group of novice Legionnaires are dispatched to the east, approaching the border of the Magic Zone. Refugees from the area report aggressive CS patrols out of Fort Eldorado engaging in genocidal action against DeeBee populations and anyone giving them shelter. The heroes are asked to investigate, gather information, and help where they reasonably can. 
Their first encounter has them running smack into a small-but-deadly squad of Deadboys and Skelebots. Things just get worse from there...
6 Players. Experience with Savage Worlds preferred, but not required.

Participants
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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF) has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games' Champions product line; both West End's and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.  He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:00pm

Savage Worlds- Shaintar J&L campaign: Dark Days
The Rangers of Sog are very disconcerted as the enemy, an attack force from Shaya'Nor moves south into the Northern Gathers under cover of darkness. Just as the report goes out of enemy movment the skys go dark and stay dark in the few days to come.
This is part of the ongoing "living" style campaign we are running at cons and events everywhere, as well as online via the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop System and Google Hangouts. The campaign site for the whole thing: http://www.shaintar.com/. The stories at each table will be unique and exclusive to this show, individual experiences for each and every player that become canon in the official Shaintar setting. 6 players, no experience needed, materials provided.Participation in part 1 or 2 is not neccesary to enjoy this session.
Levels available: Any previous J&L character or a Novice Pre-Gen.Characters:  Make your own character, or use one of the many pre-gens on hand, or if you have an existing Justice & Life living campaign character you may bring it for approval.Rules Taught, Ages 12+ welcome

Friday October 23, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Inspired by Steampunk
Panelists discuss the various ways they have been inspired by steampunk: writing, art, music, costuming, jewelry, etc.

Moderators
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →

Participants
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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 the drop of a daintily-trimmed hat. Other interests include art, books, needlework, costuming, cooking, science, and music; in short, well-rounded nerddom. She also goes... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

I hate trying to figure out what to say on all these profile things. Nothing deep or meaningful ever comes to mind. I'm a crazy sci-fi loving, cat-owning, writer and bellydancer who still likes to play with Legos. So there. :P Oh, and I write steampunk-fantasy and crazy shorts about inanimate objects come alive.
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy. | | Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland's book... Read More →
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Kronda Seibert

Kronda Seibert fell in love with sci-fi at a young age and carried that through with vigor into her passion for Steampunk. She took the Colorado Steampunks from 32 members to 1,200 and spearheaded AnomalyCon, Colorado's Steampunk and sci-fi convention in March. She has also authored four seasons of Radio STEAM, a pulp fiction podcast drama, and written Beneath the Crust and a number of short stories. Visit her at... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

8:00pm

Marvel/DC Universes Collide
Marvel has dominated since Iron Man, but DC is making their move starting with Batman vs Superman, with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and a Justice League film to come. Are audiences ready for a darker portrayal of DC’s iconic characters?

Moderators
TA

Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. His feature film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers,” is available for streaming on IMDb. The action-based short story, "The Hour Wheel," was published via Runewright Publishing in The Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine. His latest short story, “Adam’s Ale,” will be available through the Story of the Month in September. Find out more at... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Jason Henry Evans

Jason Henry Evans

Editor-in-Chief, Man-Gazine
I am a writer, an educator, and a Bon Vivant. | I have always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't know it until recently. For 14 years I was an educator, teaching social studies in both public & private schools. I have taught every grade from 6th to 12th. I have bachelors degrees in History & Renaissance Studies, a teaching credentials, as well as a masters in US History. | I had a short story published in 2014, in Penny Dred IV and I will... Read More →
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Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate work at Montana State University, Dr. Slater earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying how... Read More →
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Tony Bagley

Tony Bagley has been amazing and delighting audiences with his elaborate squash surgery for several years. Come see his Carving with the Pumpkin King program on Sunday afternoon and get ideas for your own Halloween décor!


Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm

Start of Term Feast
Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

8:00pm

MileHiCon Meet, Munch & Mingle
On Friday night at 8pm the MileHiCon Mix, Munch, and Mingle, or "MMMM" for short, will take place.  The "MMMM" is a great way to meet our Guests of Honor, as well as other authors, artists, and fans attending the convention. Various munchies and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Hyatt's gourmet chefs will be served. A very modest fee of only $5 will be charged for the ConSuite. You can purchase your "MMMM" ticket at the registration desk. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased at Garrity's Bar. 

There is no charge to attend for Autograph Alley which is held concurrently with "MMMM."

Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Autograph Alley
Various authors will be present offering autographs of their work.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several of his stories have received Nebula and Stoker recommendations including two pieces that made the preliminary Nebula ballot. His stories have been listed on the... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
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Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet is an urban fantasy author and a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable... Read More →
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Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →
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Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →
avatar for Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
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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 in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
avatar for Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis

Owner/Publisher, Bygone Era Books
We are a small press publisher that specializes in books about history, both fiction and nonfiction. Under fiction we include all subgenres such as sci-fi/fantasy (like steampunk or time-travel), Romance, Westerns, Thillers. Under nonfiction we include genealogy and biography.
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →
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David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →
avatar for Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than three decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor and friend of MileHiCon.  One of his most recent stories appears in the anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Watch for others is upcoming Hex Publishing anthologies.Though perhaps best known as a writer of horror and science fiction, he’s appeared in a variety of mystery and crime fiction... 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 (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Viola

Joshua Viola

Owner, Hex Publishers
Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. Viola is the editor of the number one bestselling horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles and The Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a small faction of humanity as they attempt to stave off multiple threats and to prevent the extinction of the human race. The Renegades is a novella series that follows a crew of misfits... Read More →
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Kristi Helvig

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, out 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including SMITHSONIAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, and many others. Mike is a Fellow and founding member of the International... Read More →
RD

Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014). Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban... Read More →
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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 has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →
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TL Morganfield

T. L. Morganfield lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, where she spends her days researching and writing Aztec-inspired science fiction, fantasy and romance. Her short fiction has garnered recognition in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and was nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Award. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.tlmorganfield.com.
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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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.


Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Filking Through The Night
Friday October 23, 2015 8:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 6:00am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

8:30pm

Total Recall (1990) - R
Total Recall (1990) is an American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. The film is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". The film was one of the most expensive films made at the time of its release. Total Recall debuted at number one at the box office. Roger Ebert awarded the film three and a half stars (out of four), calling it "one of the most complex and visually interesting science fiction movies in a long time." Film scholar William Buckland considers it one of the more "sublime" Philip K. Dick adaptations, contrasting it with films like Impostor and Paycheck, which he considered "ridiculous".

Friday October 23, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor
  • Age Range 17+

9:00pm

Doors to Avistrum Close
Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 9:05pm
Centennial 12th Floor

9:00pm

Carrie & the Midnight Hour
MHC’s favorite late-night DJ, Carrie Vaughn, is joined by author GoH and now co-host Kevin Hearne for this edition of the Midnight Hour. What’s in store? What have they plotted ... er, planned? Come find out!

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

9:00pm

12th Annual MHC Float-illa
Join us at the indoor pool Friday night for a fun competition and tradition: the MileHiCon Critter Float-illa Race. What can you do with a milk carton? How fast can you design it to go? Show up at the pool on Friday and let everyone see just how inventive and creative you are. 

Check out the competition rules

For more information contact John Morse at crittercrunch@milehicon.org

Moderators
Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
The Pool

9:00pm

Late Night Artist Chat in the Art Show
Questions will be placed in a hat at the beginning of the chat, then chosen at random for our panel to speak about. Think of some juicy questions—really make us squirm!

Participants
KC

Kyle Crutcher

Kyle Crutcher is a professional potter with over 35 years experience. Currently he makes two distinct lines of pottery—one utilizing Celtic decorative motifs and the other inspired by his love of science fiction. Aside from frequenting local sci-fi conventions and Celtic Festivals, Kyle also has work in several shops and galleries in Colorado. Kyle was an art teacher for K-12 for 7 years and now teaches Ceramics at Pikes Peak Community... Read More →
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Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu is an artist who has been working in his field for over 30 years and has been selling his work professionally for more than 20 years. Peri is trained in fine arts, psychology and religious studies. Peri has recently returned to the convention and art show circuit and has many new and hopefully interesting pieces to offer.


Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:00pm

Bubonicon
Bubonicon invites you to the con-suite for pizza, snacks and treats. They are a fun loving convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico and would love to socialize with you while they are here in Denver

Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00pm

Writers' Networking in the Bar
Interested in writing, taking that next step and trying to be published, or chatting with people who’ve done it? Stop by the bar to talk with some of the published writers at MileHiCon 47.

Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
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Emily Mah

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

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →
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Patrick Swenson

Patrick is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled THE ULTRA THIN MAN, from Tor books, August 2014. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 30 years, lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his thirteen-year-old son Orion.


Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - 11:59pm
The Bar (Garrity's) Second Floor
  • Age Range 21+

9:00pm

Strike A Pose
Get ready to strike up the fun and laughter with the party game where it's your job to figure out who (or what!) your frozen friends are posing as. Each round, the Statue Collector leaves the room while the other players freeze into a pose of a person, place or thing on a category card. Players must hold the pose until the Collector returns and tries to guess the poses. Can you pick out the Oreo or the Hula Hoop? The Termite or the Tarantula? Get your bendy on ... It's time to pose yourself silly!

Friday October 23, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00pm

Advanced Mask Making Class w/ Patty Pietu
Come make your own extraordinary leather mask. Learn new techniques to add a second layer with studs, brads and sewing. $30 materials fee.

Participants

Friday October 23, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00pm

Nightmares Unhinged Discussion & Readings
Nightmares Unhinged is the inaugural publication of Hex Publishing. A number of authors included in the anthology will discuss the project and share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Viola

Joshua Viola

Owner, Hex Publishers
Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. Viola is the editor of the number one bestselling horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →
avatar for Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than three decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor and friend of MileHiCon.  One of his most recent stories appears in the anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Watch for others is upcoming Hex Publishing anthologies.Though perhaps best known as a writer of horror and science fiction, he’s appeared in a variety of mystery and crime fiction... Read More →
GJ

Gary Jonas

Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade urban fantasy series: Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate, Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne, and the upcoming Razor Dreams. His other books include Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (co-authored with Bill D. Allen), Guardians of the Sky, Night Marshal, One-Way Ticket to Midnight, and Quick Shots (a collection). These days, he lives in Oklahoma, and he's working on another... Read More →
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
WH

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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.


Friday October 23, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00am
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00pm

Ultimate Werewolves / Werewolves of Miller Hollow
Friday October 23, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:30pm

Total Recall (2012) vs Total Recall (1990) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion with William Bauers, Jason Evans, Thomas Fowler and Melanie Unruh.

Participants
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →
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W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' 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 Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. | | ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military history, all varieties of Munchkin, and drinking hot caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world... Read More →


Friday October 23, 2015 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor
 
Saturday, October 24
 

TBA

Cloven Fruit Games and Role Players Inc present Open gaming
Cloven Fruit Games is a design studio and publisher of tabletop RPG, card, and board games. We will be demoing our games all weekend in the gaming area; stop by and try a new game this weekend.

Saturday October 24, 2015 TBA
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

6:00am

Tenchi Muyo movie 1: Tenchi in Love
The demonic space criminal Kain travels back to 1970 to eliminate Tenchi's
mother before he is even born. Now, Tenchi and the gang must travel to the
past to stop Kain before Tenchi ceases to exist.

Saturday October 24, 2015 6:00am - 8:00am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

8:00am

The Secret of NIMH (1982) - G
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The "Mrs. Frisby" name in the novel had to be changed to "Mrs. Brisby" during production due to trademark concerns with Frisbee discs. Released to wide critical acclaim, the film was a moderate commercial success. The rights to the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH had reportedly been offered to Disney in 1972 but turned down. Jeff Unger of Entertainment Weekly gave The Secret of NIMH a grade of "A", calling it "a wonderful adaptation" of the original book.

Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

8:00am

Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
For centuries, a god named Celestin has been imprisoned on the moon for
betraying the kingdom of Yggdrasil. Released by the fairy Morgan Le Fey,
Celestin travels to Earth to reunite with his former pupil, the goddess
Belldandy. Things go awry as Celestin erases Belldandy's memories of her
boyfriend Keiichi and uses her as a catalyst to wreak havoc on Earth and
Yggdrasil

Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00am - 10:00am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

9:00am

Coloring For All
Come start your morning off with a little coloring. Materials will be provided.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

9:00am

MHC Kaffeeklatch
Sponsored by Who Else Books/Broadway Book Mall
Come enjoy breakfast treats with some of our Guests of Honor. While there, chat with several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup subject to late nights and oversleeping).

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00am

Registration Open
Register through EventBrite now!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milehicon-47-tickets-15382819427 

MHC (only) 3-Day Rate:
$42 Nov. 1-Apr. 30
$44 May 1-Oct. 1
$46 at the door
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM & MHC Rate:
Adult $60, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool. Single-day tickets will only be available at the door, prices will be announced for those after Online Registration has closed. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00am - 7:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

9:00am

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00am - 10:00pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:00am

Artemis
Red Alert!  Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies!  Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms?  Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience.  You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with 5 other players, working together to protect Terran space.  This year, we have 2 bridges that can accommodate up to 12 total Officers to either join forces or blast each other to bits!  Sign up individually or as a group - time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00am - Sunday October 25, 2015 2:00am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:30am

The Secret of NIMH (1982) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a post discussion with Dana Bell and Rob Rice.

Participants
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

9:30am

SFWA Business Meeting
open to SFWA members only.

Participants
CF

Cynthia Felice

Cynthia Felice is hard to miss, standing five-foot-ten with curly hair that adds an inch or two. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and very much enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her science fiction works are the novels Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne and The Khan’s Persuasion, several collaborations with Connie Willis (Water Witch, Light Raid and Promised Land), “Track of... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 9:30am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

9:30am

Sock Roller Ball Derby
Come prepare for the dystopian future by learning the basics of roller derby in your socks! All ages and all skill levels. Socks not required.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:30am - 10:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:45am

Doors to Avistrum Open
Saturday October 24, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am
Centennial 12th Floor

9:45am

Quidditch Pitch Opens
Saturday October 24, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am
Centennial 12th Floor

9:45am

Quidditch Trials Begin
Saturday October 24, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Divination w/ Prof. Ackworth
Houses: All School
Location: Long Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Blind Submission the Prequel
Wonder what makes an editor stop reading a submission … or keep reading? Come hear a live slush panel as reader Thea Hutcheson presents the submitted manuscripts to our panel of editors. This session focuses on fantasy and Steampunk; another session focusing on SF and fantasy will take place at 1pm.

Moderators
SK

Sam Knight

Sam Knight—as well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team—is the Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a Novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. Once upon a time, he was known to... 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 until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
avatar for Carol Hightshoe

Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... 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 Dog stories, the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog... Read More →
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Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →
avatar for Vivian Caethe

Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe) and visit her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/viviancaetheauthor)


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am

Peri Charlifu: Artist Demo
Participants
PC

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu is an artist who has been working in his field for over 30 years and has been selling his work professionally for more than 20 years. Peri is trained in fine arts, psychology and religious studies. Peri has recently returned to the convention and art show circuit and has many new and hopefully interesting pieces to offer.


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind Star A Ground Floor

10:00am

SF Primer: From Isaac Asimov to Timothy Zahn
If someone is just getting into reading science fiction, what books do you recommend and why?

Participants
CS

Courtney Schafer

Courtney Schafer is a writer of adventure fantasy who has embraced the "hybrid author" model of publishing. After traditionally publishing the first two novels of her Shattered Sigil trilogy (The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City) with Night Shade Books, she ran a very successful Kickstarter to fund production of the third and final volume of the series, The Labyrinth of Flame. She looks forward to publishing both traditionally and... Read More →
DC

David Curtis

David Curtis has had a number of short stories published and is the editor of Two-Handed Engine: Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore. His non-fiction has appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, High Plains Rider, The Weird Fiction Review and elsewhere.
WH

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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am

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

Moderators
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures."  He has been a software developer; scuba diver; farm hand; bartender; a contributing editor at Byte Magazine; a private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy; Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as "Footprints" and "Space... Read More →

Participants
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →
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Ronnie Seagren

Ronnie Seagren—when not writing—can be found photographing landscapes and flowers or leading moonrise hikes at Roxborough State Park. She's pleased that her novel, Seventh Daughter, has found a new home at Wolfsinger Publications, and she's working hard on the long-awaited sequel, due in time for the August 2017 solar eclipse that will pass from Washington state to South Carolina, right across Wyoming and Kansas.  Don't miss it!


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am

Stargate Universe Fan Forum
Join other fans of Stargate: SGI, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe to discuss your favorite iteration and characters.

Moderators
JR

Jess Roth

Jess Roth is a proud geek, nerd, dork, and Colorado native. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2009 with a double degree in Computer Science and Japanese, excited about trying this "adult" thing she'd heard so much about. After three years in the software industry, she quit in a fit of insanity to pursue writing full time. At least, that's what she tells her husband. Her favorite color is purple, which you can probably tell by her hair, glasses... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
BristleCone Ground Floor

10:00am

What's in a Game?
Moderators
avatar for Fred Poutre

Fred Poutre

Cloven Fruit Games
Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools for teaching math; as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games. Fred takes games to conventions and store for demonstrations for Cloven Fruit Games. When not working at one of these jobs, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →
avatar for Ross Watson

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer with more than 50 credited titles, including work as Lead Developer for the Warhammer 40K Roleplay line and on the Accursed setting for Savage Worlds, design work on Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5th Edition, and more. He is the host and producer of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast, and he is the Managing Director for Evil Beagle Games, publishers of the Shaintar setting for Savage... Read More →
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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF) has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games' Champions product line; both West End's and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.  He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and... Read More →
avatar for Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy…these are all things he would like to be someday if/when he grows up. He also would like to have the ability to control the laws of physics using only his mind, but wouldn't we all? Recently, he released his first solo mobile game (Shoot At Things) and also works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies. He also does a once-a-week column for Indie Love... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am

When Science Gets It Wrong
The discovery of Vulcan, the expanding earth, Martian canals, phrenology, downgrading Pluto--what happens when science just gets it wrong? Dr. Science explains it all for you!

Participants
CW

Courtney Willis

Dr. Courtney Willis (aka Dr. Science) taught physics and chemistry to high school students for 23 years.  Then the cowboys in Laramie gave him a PhD, so he moved on to be a physics professor at UNC in Greeley for some 20 years.  He is now mostly retired and spending more time playing with old sewing machines, fiddling with tubed electronics, and taking up more hobbies. You can usually spot him at cons, trailing after Connie with her... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

10:00am

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for Scott Beckman

Scott Beckman

Scott is a Denver native and a recently self-published author. His novel, Wings of the Sathakos, is a high fantasy epic that combines adventure and political intrigue. He is currently working on a sequel to Wings of the Sathakos and the first book in a new young adult fantasy series. He works in marketing, doing web design and website optimization, and he's studying for his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Denver.


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools
Susan c Price is a writing coach, writer and editor who showed up at MHC about a decade ago. As publisher of B3 press she is back this year with Son Ian representing 2/3rds of Diamond Dust Dreams a new game and development marketing company in the midst of finalizing its first commercial release Kitsune: of Foxes and fools. Come and find out what the foxes bring to eat.

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 11:50am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

10:00am

Junkyard Derby
Junkyard Wars + a pinewood derby = Junkyard Derby. Kids will have one hour to build a junk car weighing no more than 8oz out of parts we supply (we supply wheels and axles) then compete rolling the cars down a ramp and along a straight-away. The car that rolls the farthest wins an engineering prize!

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 11:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00am

Gundam movie of the series
(Japanese audio, subtitled in English)

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00am

MileHiCon Mask Table
Visit the Mask Table in the hallway outside the art show to make your own beautiful feathered, furred or glittery creation. Fun for kids and adults! 

Participants

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mask Table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Vendors Room Open
The Vendors Room has expanded for 2015!

Featuring 36 Vendors this year it's sure to be spectacular and have something for everyone.

Saturday hours: 10am - 7pm

Booth/Table # - Business Name (Click the Vendor Name to view their Sched profile)
1 - Who Else Books
2 - Magrid's Closet
3 - Rizzuto Creations
4 - Next You Universe/Make Believe Books
5 - Patterns In Time
6 - Southworth Enterprises
7 - Gifts & Blessings
8 - Dozing Gnome
9 - White Phoenix II
10 - Feisty Hats
11 - Dryad Tea
12 - Rinehart Art
13 - Kirin Games
14 - Generations of Art
15  - 3D By Mike
16 - Two Old Bears
17 - Extremely Sweet & Nutty
18 - Skychaser Studios
19 - Dead Girl Fashions
20 - Fairwood Press
21 - Creative Capacities Collation
22 - Blue Jasmine Studios
23 - TBA
24 - Horizon Music
25 - Wolfsinger Publications
26 - JaLa Creations / Sandy Diersing
27 - Westside Books
28 - FoxyFunk/Prop Funk
29 - Geekify
30 - Peacock Shop
31 - Hex Publishers
32 - Dragons Hoard LLC
33 - Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
34 - Clare's
35 - Molon Labe Online
36 - Beauty & The Beads / Rockhound Studios 

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00am - 7:00pm
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

10:30am

Bellydancing Workshop with Les Femmes
Come join a bellydancing class with Les Femmes, and learn the moves to become full of Eastern Promise! It’s sexy and great exercise to boot!


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:30am - 11:50am
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

10:30am

Wizards (1977) - PG
Wizards, is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial technology. It was written, produced, and directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film was originally titled War Wizards. As it neared completion, George Lucas requested that Bakshi change the title of his film to Wizards in order to avoid conflict with Star Wars, and Bakshi agreed because Lucas had allowed Mark Hamill to take time off from Star Wars in order to record a voice for Wizards.

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

11:00am

Based on a True Story
We’ll look at the real stories behind all those films "based on a true story" or "based on real events": Dracula, Fire in the Sky, Haunting in Connecticut, The Entity, The Mothman Prophesies, Amityville Horror, The Conjuring, The Exorcist, and more. We'll share stories uncovered in our extensive research.

Participants
BA

Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter: With over 25 years of experience, Bryan and Baxter use sound scientific methods to investigate everything from psychics to ghosts, poltergeists, cryptids, and UFOs. The duo has appeared on many television shows, books, magazines, news programming, and documentaries. Their stage performances and lectures are wildly entertaining with the duo playing artfully off each other to help get their messages across. They have performed... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am

Copyright for Authors & Artists
Attorney Robin D. Roberts will cover copyright basics for authors and artists and—time permitting—answer general questions from the audience.

Participants
RD

Robin D. Roberts

Robin Roberts is a partner in the Denver law firm of Roberts & Roberts. He has been practicing in the area of copyright for over 15 years and represents several authors.


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am

Mars Exploration Update: What’s New on the Red Planet?
Seven different spacecraft missions are actively exploring Mars today! Dr. Lee will discuss how our understanding of the Red Planet has changed over the years -- from the canals of Mars (based on early telescopic observations), to recent missions that have revealed details about present conditions on Mars and provided glimpses into the past history of the Martian surface and climate. Recent results from several ongoing missions, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, will be highlighted.

Participants
DS

Dr. Steve Lee

Dr. Steve Lee is Curator of Planetary Science and Chairman of the Department of Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and is a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO.  He is a science advisor to the DMNS Space Odyssey exhibition, and frequently participates in the development and delivery of Museum programs – helping to bring the latest discoveries in planetary and space... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

11:00am

Michael Carroll: Astronomical Art Demo
Participants
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including SMITHSONIAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, and many others. Mike is a Fellow and founding member of the International... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind Star A Ground Floor

11:00am

Once Upon a Time Fan Forum
Spend an hour in Storybrooke with other fans discussing the twists and turns of Once Upon a Time--which did you love, or not, and where do you want to see it go now?

Moderators
JC

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a writer, journalist, editor, wife, mother and lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has been published in many places, including Galaxy’s Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature and Daily Science Fiction. She blogs at jennifercampbellhicks.blogspot.com.

Participants
DL

Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before electrons, she is now working on the Rose Project—a coded printed language with layers of meaning.


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
BristleCone Ground Floor

11:00am

Raising Kids While Geeky
A roundtable discussion with several geek parents on how to raise your kids while geeky and how to encourage their own geeky pursuits.

Moderators
avatar for Meg Ward

Meg Ward

Active Track Coordinator, MileHiCon
Meg Ward is a longtime science fiction enthusiast whose hobbies include roller derby, beer brewing, cryptography, convention running, and fiber arts. She resides in Denver with three cats, two geeks-in-training, and an equally geeky husband.

Participants
avatar for Ian Brazee-Cannon

Ian Brazee-Cannon

Writer, film maker
I am a writer, film maker, game designer and podcast.
avatar for John Fiala

John Fiala

John C. Fiala is a slightly-used father of a lovely little girl, who also creates and programs websites and plays a variety of games on the side. He warns that if you approach him, he will probably try to show you pictures of his little girl and will expect you to tell him how cute she is. He's currently working on a new kind of gaming die with an imaginary number of sides.
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard science fiction.  It's too much like work.  Her website, www.lickiss.net, is covered with real cobwebs from neglect.  Her children recently informed... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

11:00am

Writing Believable Characters with Mental Illness, Disabilities & Other Issues
Writing characters living with schizophrenia, somewhere on the autism spectrum, coping with depression or OCD … how do you make the characters believable and not a two-dimensional cliché?

Moderators
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable... Read More →

Participants
GH

Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Years Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—A... Read More →
JK

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, receiving a rare Top Pick GOLD accolade and nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of the year, and book 1, THE MARK OF THE TALA, receiving the Seal of... Read More →
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Kristi Helvig

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her first novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), which Kirkus Reviews called “a scorching series opener not to be missed,” follows 17-year-old Tora Reynolds, one of Earth’s last survivors, when our sun burns out early. In the sequel, STRANGE SKIES, out 4/28/2015, Tora makes it to a new planet only to discover a whole new host of... Read More →
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Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate work at Montana State University, Dr. Slater earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying how... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

11:00am

YA: It's Not Just for Teens
YA is the fastest growing demographic for science fiction and fantasy novels, but they aren't just for teens any more. What books bridge the age gap, appealing to young and young at heart?

Moderators
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... 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 until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... 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 Dog stories, the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am

Hour with Kevin Hearne
Join Guest of Honor Kevin Hearne for a reading, Q&A, discourse on Celtic mythology, or whatever else he may have up his sleeve.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00am - Sunday October 25, 2015 11:50am
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

11:05am

Avistrum - Quidditch 101 w/ Assist. Coach Latrova
Houses: Parador & Colubrae
Location: Great Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 11:05am - 11:55am
Centennial 12th Floor

11:05am

Avistrum - Transfiguration w/ Prof. Kayen
Houses: Enigmus & Lobostro
Location: Long Classroom

Saturday October 24, 2015 11:05am - 11:55am
Centennial 12th Floor

12:00pm

19th Century Martians
Percival Lowell and his Martian canals was just the beginning. In the late 1800s, world leaders in the fields of science, politics and culture insisted there was life on Mars. What led to this phenomenon, and what scientific basis--if any--was there for this widespread belief in little green men from the Red Planet?

Participants
DB

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction Trails magazine for a decade and is now the publisher of Story Emporium magazine. David lives in Colorado and works in the hotel business when he’s not working on... Read More →
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David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Dreaming Robot Workshop for Young Writers
Join Dreaming Robot Press for an interactive writing workshop for tweens and teens brainstorming what they’d like to see in adventure stories and discussing representation in fiction

Participants
avatar for Corie Weaver

Corie Weaver

Corie and Sean Weaver run Dreaming Robot Press, an independent publishing company with a focus on science fiction and fantasy stories for teen and younger readers. They are also the editors of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, a yearly anthology of science fiction stories for a middle grade audience, with a focus on diversity and representation. Corie is also the author of the middle grade fantasy novels Coyote's Daughter and Bear's Heart... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

12:00pm

Fear/The Walking Dead Fan Forum
Join other fans of The Walking Dead and now Fear the Walking Dead to pick one another’s braaiins and talk about what hooked you about the show(s).

Moderators
TA

Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. His feature film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers,” is available for streaming on IMDb. The action-based short story, "The Hour Wheel," was published via Runewright Publishing in The Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine. His latest short story, “Adam’s Ale,” will be available through the Story of the Month in September. Find out more at... Read More →

Participants
SS

Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate work at Montana State University, Dr. Slater earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying how... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

12:00pm

Game Publishing/Book Publishing: Similarities & Differences
Moderators
avatar for Fred Poutre

Fred Poutre

Cloven Fruit Games
Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools for teaching math; as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games. Fred takes games to conventions and store for demonstrations for Cloven Fruit Games. When not working at one of these jobs, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife... Read More →

Participants
JA

J Alan Erwine

J Alan Erwine is a science fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He is the managing editor at Nomadic Delirium Press, and the co-creator of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game. J has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, and has published three novels and four short story collections. J lives just outside of Denver with his absolutely amazing wife, and their three wonderful daughters...yes, three... Read More →
JT

Jeffrey Twohig

Jeffrey Twohig has moderated and presented panels on storytelling and world-building at San Diego Comic Con. He is a lifelong comic book fan and has also presented on self publishing, marketing, and comic book/comic convention culture. He also publishes on-demand books and comics; visit him at www.fuzzylogixmedia.com
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Susan N.C. Price

CEO, Diamond Dust Dreams
Susan NC Price showed up at MileHiCon about a decade ago as publisher of The MacPherson Criticality by JD Isaacs (D3 Press). She's back, with sons Ian and Charles, as Diamond Dust Dreams, a new game development and marketing company with 2 games in distribution, Kitsune: of Foxes & Fools and Bad Decisions, and a third being Kickstarted. Ian fills the lead game developer slot and Charles is art director; Susan has redefined CEO as Chief Editor... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

Judging a Book By Its Cover
We all do it, even if we pretend not to and even think it’s a bad idea. What makes for a cover than compels us to pick it up?

Moderators
EM

Emily Mah

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

Participants
AB

Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt (www.ReAnimus.com), former Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., has published dozens of short stories and one novel, just completed his second (Termination of Species); runs Preditors & Editors (defanging scammers who prey on writers); and herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web (specializing in science fiction, fantasy & horror, as well as other writing... Read More →
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Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy. | | Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland's book... Read More →
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Cynthia Felice

Cynthia Felice is hard to miss, standing five-foot-ten with curly hair that adds an inch or two. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and very much enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her science fiction works are the novels Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne and The Khan’s Persuasion, several collaborations with Connie Willis (Water Witch, Light Raid and Promised Land), “Track of... Read More →
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Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness II, and most recently in Halloween Forevermore and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. She lives in Aurora, Colorado, surrounded by cats and books.


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Lady Geeks Speak Geeks
Female geeks talk about their favorite female/feminine characters from books, TV, comics, movies, video games … wherever they find them.

Moderators
Guests of Honor
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
DB

Doris Beetem

Doris (the Younger) Beetem was one of the founding members of DASFA, along with her mom (the Elder) and her younger sister (Rose). She now lives in Houston, Texas, a retired librarian/technical writer with three cats. (Practically a meme in the fannish community!) She is a longtime fan of SF, fantasy, and historical mysteries and was a Trekkie before Trekkies were cool. She's also written fan fiction since she was 16 and hopes one day to write... Read More →
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Kronda Seibert

Kronda Seibert fell in love with sci-fi at a young age and carried that through with vigor into her passion for Steampunk. She took the Colorado Steampunks from 32 members to 1,200 and spearheaded AnomalyCon, Colorado's Steampunk and sci-fi convention in March. She has also authored four seasons of Radio STEAM, a pulp fiction podcast drama, and written Beneath the Crust and a number of short stories. Visit her at... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm

So You Want to Be In An Anthology: The Sequel
Attendees and the panel will discuss and brainstorm what kind of anthology to create (theme, genre, etc.). Everyone who attended the panel will be eligible to submit within an allotted time. Acceptance is not guaranteed; the usual edits and guidelines apply. An anthology will be produced by Villainous Press; payment by contributor’s copy.

Participants
SK

Sam Knight

Sam Knight—as well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team—is the Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a Novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. Once upon a time, he was known to... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Ursula's Young-at-Heart Participatory Program
Join Artist GOH (and author) Ursula Vernon for an interactive hour for the young and the young-at-heart.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

12:00pm

What Makes a Good Bad Guy?
Moderators
avatar for Blair MacGregor

Blair MacGregor

Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Blair MacGregor writes fantasy novels—adventurous, epic, and dark. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada and Writers of the Future. She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise, chair of SFWA's Self-Publishing Committee, and works with StoryBundle as an author and curator. Blair holds the rank of Sandan in Shorei Kai Okinawan Karate, currently trains in Kung Fu, and has taught martial arts for over a dozen years. She also teaches workshops on... Read More →

Participants
CB

Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →
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Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than three decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor and friend of MileHiCon.  One of his most recent stories appears in the anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Watch for others is upcoming Hex Publishing anthologies.Though perhaps best known as a writer of horror and science fiction, he’s appeared in a variety of mystery and crime fiction... Read More →
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Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF & fantasy for kids and teens, and with 21 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.
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TL Morganfield

T. L. Morganfield lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, where she spends her days researching and writing Aztec-inspired science fiction, fantasy and romance. Her short fiction has garnered recognition in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and was nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Award. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.tlmorganfield.com.


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

12:00pm

Wizards (1977) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion with Jason Heller and Karen Stollznow.

Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

12:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 


Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm

ConSuite Sponsored by DASFA
Denver Area Science Fiction Association (DASFA) is a science fiction and fantasy fan club that has been meeting continuously in the Denver area. They invite you to come and join them in the con-suite for a bite to eat. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

12:00pm

Cage Mats
Come help make woven cage mats for local animal shelters.

Moderators
RK

R. K. Hageman

Rhonda K. Hageman is a local ESL instructor, spinner, weaver, and writer. She is working on a series of academic murder-mystery novels set in a mythical college town in the mountains of central Colorado, where the amateur sleuth/protagonist is the newest professor in the history department. She has participated in NaNoWriMo events four times and won once. Her interests include linguistics, prehistoric textiles, classical mythology, Egyptology... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

12:00pm

Vampire Hunter D (1985)
In the year 12,090 A.D technology and the supernatural have overtaken the
world. What's left of the human race is divided into various towns and cities
living in fear of vampires. On a night five days after the Count Magnus Lee
had harmlessly tasted the blood of Doris Lang and chosen her to be his next
wife, she hires a vampire hunter by the name of 'D' to rid her of such an ill-
gotten fate.

Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Podracing
The Sorosuub Corporation is pleased to sponsor Podracing on its volcanic planet of Sullust (along the Rimma Trade Route). It welcomes podracers to the Galactic Trials at the SoroSuub Facility. Wind through an underground labyrinth with many twists and turns and protective glass tubes to provide racers breathable air due to an unfriendly atmosphere on the exterior portions of the planet.

Saturday October 24, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

12:10pm

Lunch - Doors to Avistrum Close
Saturday October 24, 2015 12:10pm - 1:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

1:00pm

Jeffe Kennedy
Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Autograph Table Second Floor Atrium

1:00pm

Bells & Whistles: Clay Workshop
Time change!

You've probably been drinking out of or eating off of clay vessels for years, but have you ever thought of clay as musical?  Come and experience the tuneful qualities of clay as we endeavor to create bells and whistles out of magical, musical mud!

Participants
KC

Kyle Crutcher

Kyle Crutcher is a professional potter with over 35 years experience. Currently he makes two distinct lines of pottery—one utilizing Celtic decorative motifs and the other inspired by his love of science fiction. Aside from frequenting local sci-fi conventions and Celtic Festivals, Kyle also has work in several shops and galleries in Colorado. Kyle was an art teacher for K-12 for 7 years and now teaches Ceramics at Pikes Peak Community... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

1:00pm

Blind Submission
Wonder what makes an editor stop reading a submission … or keep reading? Come hear a live slush panel as readers Ed Bryant and Carol Berg present the submitted manuscripts to our panel of editors. This session focuses on SF and fantasy; Saturday's 10am session focuses on fantasy and Steampunk.

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 Agency in Denver.

Participants
CB

Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →
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Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →
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Corie Weaver

Corie and Sean Weaver run Dreaming Robot Press, an independent publishing company with a focus on science fiction and fantasy stories for teen and younger readers. They are also the editors of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, a yearly anthology of science fiction stories for a middle grade audience, with a focus on diversity and representation. Corie is also the author of the middle grade fantasy novels Coyote's Daughter and Bear's Heart... Read More →
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →
DB

David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction Trails magazine for a decade and is now the publisher of Story Emporium magazine. David lives in Colorado and works in the hotel business when he’s not working on... Read More →
avatar for Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant

Edward Bryant has spent more than three decades as an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer, teacher, screenwriter, editor, mentor and friend of MileHiCon.  One of his most recent stories appears in the anthology Nightmares Unhinged. Watch for others is upcoming Hex Publishing anthologies.Though perhaps best known as a writer of horror and science fiction, he’s appeared in a variety of mystery and crime fiction... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

1:00pm

First Contact: What Would It Really Be Like?
Since early SF, writers have envisioned Martians attacking earth, benevolent galactic civilizations come to save us from ourselves, fleets of flying saucers, and individual aliens come to earth seeking ConSuite, water, women or a way to phone home … but what might first contact really be like?

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent novel, Dawn Crescent (with David Dvorkin) was published in 2003 by Wildside Press. Harry Turtledove says, "Engaging characters and fast-paced writing make Dawn... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
JB

Jane Bigelow

Jane Bigelow has published short stories this year in Gifts of Darkover and in Luxor: Gods, Grit and Glory.  She has had a story accepted for Realms of Darkover, to be published in May of 2016. She is currently doing final (really) revisions for Children’s Knives, a sequel to her first novel, Talisman. Jane lives in Denver with her husband Robert and two fluffy cats, Shiraz and Thunderpurr. She loves gardening, music, and... Read More →
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Sourdough Jackson

Sourdough Jackson began reading SF with a Jules Verne novel at the age of six, found fandom in the early 1970s, and has been deeply involved with it ever since. Early on, he met longtime Denver fan Gail Barton at a convention, and they married in 1978. Since that time, he has been involved with con committees, fanzine publishing, and the local club, DASFA, serving as that group’s secretary for the past ten years. With Gail, he has... Read More →
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Tim Slater, PhD

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. As a member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is recognized as an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences. Professor Slater earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in geological sciences and his M.S. from Clemson University in physics and... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

1:00pm

Freezing Time
Join Dr. Beason for an exploration of Freezing Time. Freezing Time is a term used when things can happen faster than physical phenomena — and those things can be used to change the physical phenomena. For example, a computer chip can calculate how a telescope mirror can be changed faster than the atmosphere changes. End result: atmospheric distortions removed so telescope observations from earth become comparable to the Hubble.

Participants
DB

Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason is the author of 14 books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios) and Ill Wind (recently optioned by Fox Studios).  His latest book is The E-Bomb. A Nebula Award finalist, Doug's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has written for publications as diverse as Analog and Amazing Stories, to Physical Review Letters and The... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

1:00pm

It Happened One Con (roundtable/brainstorming)
There are these two characters, see? Named Spade (a SMOF) and Paladin. Things happen to them at SF cons. Their stories (published in Hitchcock’s) have been collected in The Early Conundrums. Kris is donating a copy of The Early Conundrums to the auction tonight, AND auctioning off the chance to be a named bad guy in an upcoming story. In this roundtable, she’ll be taking notes on things that can happen/did happen at cons to be fictionalized in upcoming works. As she may be using these anecdotes and ideas, attendees who wish to contribute ideas will need to sign a waiver that they consent to her using them in her stories without later recompense.

Moderators
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

1:00pm

Klingon Propmaking
A demonstration of prop-making techniques.

Moderators
Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

1:00pm

Les Femmes Performance
From traditional Middle Eastern dance to quasi-burlesque, Les Femmes bring a fresh perspective to an ancient art form. Through precision, creativity, and joy, this avant-garde performance troupe aims to entertain and inspire audiences.


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

1:00pm

SFX on Stage
Long before Spielberg, there was a whole age undreamed of now when special effects on stage (including non-Western theatre traditions) were as big a deal as they are in movies now.

Participants
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

1:00pm

Suriving Zombies Workshop
Zombies have overrun the world. Most people are either dead or transformed into the walking undead. You and your friends are still alive. How will you rank your supplies in order of importance to ensure your survival? See how your group fares!

Moderators
avatar for Pembroke Sinclair

Pembroke Sinclair

Jessica Robinson is an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in her books). Since the first time she watched Night of the Living Dead, she has been obsessed with zombies and often thinks of ways to survive the uprising. In addition to her nonfiction book, under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, she has written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world. She has also written nonfiction stories for... Read More →

Participants
EK

Eytan Kollin

Eytan Kollin was born in a mid-sized American city back when flower power and Star Trek were new ideas. He had a typical American existence of going to a public school where he pretended to learn from people who pretended to teach. In between, he did the typical growing up things for a future sci-fi author: role playing games, drugs, sex, movies and television, sex and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became one... Read More →
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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Years Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—A... Read More →
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
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Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

1:00pm

The Evolution of Fantasy Art
We’ll discuss some of the great fantasy artists of the past, and how they have shaped our understanding of the genre, as well as some of the great fantasy artists making an impact now.

Participants
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy. | | Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland's book... Read More →
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Joshua Viola

Owner, Hex Publishers
Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. Viola is the editor of the number one bestselling horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning... Read More →
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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 mostly given up improv and sanity. She recently participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga!
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

Soylent Green (1973) - PG
Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film combines the police procedural and science fiction genres. The film, which is loosely based upon the 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison which is set in the year 1999. It won the Nebula Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film in 1973. Harrison was contractually forbidden control over the screenplay and kept from knowing during negotiations that it was MGM buying the film rights. He discussed the adaptation in Omni's Screen Flights/Screen Fantasies (1984), noting, the "murder and chase sequences [and] the 'furniture' girls are not what the film is about — and are completely irrelevant", and answered his own question, "Am I pleased with the film? I would say fifty percent". While the book refers to "soylent steaks", it makes no reference to "Soylent Green", the processed ConSuite rations depicted in the film. The book's title was not used for the movie on grounds that it might have confused audiences into thinking it a big-screen version of Make Room for Daddy.

Saturday October 24, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

1:30pm

Doors to Avistrum Open
Saturday October 24, 2015 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Centennial 12th Floor

1:45pm

Avistrum - Potions w/ Professor Voertigern
Houses: All School
Location: Long Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Centennial 12th Floor

2:00pm

Bodypainting Demo
Attend this introduction course that offers an insight into the world of body painting. Unleash your creativity and learn innovative techniques taught by International Award Winning Body Painter, Alisia Silliman.

Moderators
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Alisia Silliman

Alisia Silliman is an International Award Winning Bodypainter. She has competed in competitions worldwide and taken home several titles, including 1st Place in the Gibraltar International 2014. She is also an avid costume designer and has done work for some of the biggest venues in Denver including the Red Line Gallery and Renaissance Festival. She owns her own bodypainting business and currently resides in Denver with her supportive family.

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

2:00pm

DASFA Turkey Readoff
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
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Arlen Feldman

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

Participants
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Craig W. Chrissinger

Craig W. Chrissinger has reported on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine for a third time, and has started writing book reviews again for the Albuquerque Journal. He earned a journalism degree in 1984, and is happy to put it to use. In the past 25 years, he’s written for publications like Fangoria, Starlog, the Albuquerque Journal, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Comics Scene. He edits the Albuquerque SF Society newsletter, and... Read More →
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Fred Cleaver

Fred Cleaver is known for his voluminous and eclectic reading and interests, as well as being the mild-mannered focal point of the Cult of Fred, he resides in Greeley, Colorado.
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Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s Green Slime Mistress—annually recognizing wretched things—and also as assistant to the con chairs. Hobbies include reading, various... Read More →
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy…these are all things he would like to be someday if/when he grows up. He also would like to have the ability to control the laws of physics using only his mind, but wouldn't we all? Recently, he released his first solo mobile game (Shoot At Things) and also works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies. He also does a once-a-week column for Indie Love... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Fantasy, Heroic & Otherwise (discussion & readings)
High fantasy, heroic, humorous—a brief discussion on some of the many types of fantasy, followed by some short readings.

Moderators
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Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →

Participants
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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 in that contest for Best Book of the Year. Courtney lives with her sons on a Colorado ranch where they enjoy a menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, receiving a rare Top Pick GOLD accolade and nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of the year, and book 1, THE MARK OF THE TALA, receiving the Seal of... Read More →
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M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

2:00pm

Getting into Space Without a Rocket
Stop in for a presentation on space elevators, launch loops, space fountains and other non–rocket ways of getting into space as they are employed in science fiction

Moderators
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Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Haunting of America
Bryan & Baxter and author Dr. Karen Stollznow look at the truth behind the stories and legends of some of America's most famous haunts and hauntings. Where do some of these famous stories come from? Are some of them based in fact? Come explore the possibilities with us.

Participants
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Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter: With over 25 years of experience, Bryan and Baxter use sound scientific methods to investigate everything from psychics to ghosts, poltergeists, cryptids, and UFOs. The duo has appeared on many television shows, books, magazines, news programming, and documentaries. Their stage performances and lectures are wildly entertaining with the duo playing artfully off each other to help get their messages across. They have performed... Read More →
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Karen Stollznow

Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology and is the author of the best-selling book God Bless America. Her other titles include Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, Haunting America, Not What The Doctor Ordered (forthcoming) and the forthcoming novel Hits & Mrs.  Karen was born in Sydney and has a PhD in linguistics from the University of New England, Australia. She currently lives in Denver... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

2:00pm

Mario Acevedo: Artist Demo
Time change!

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

2:00pm

MHC Poetry Slam/Reading
Bring your own or a favorite classic SF/F poem to share … no berets required

Moderators
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David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →

Participants
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Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →
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Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet is an urban fantasy author and a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing... Read More →
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Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before electrons, she is now working on the Rose Project—a coded printed language with layers of meaning.
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Gail Barton

Gail Barton is a long-time artist and SF/fantasy fan who has both chaired MileHiCon and been director of the Denver Area Science Fiction Association, the latter several times. Her diverse interests include Roman history, hiking, Tolkien, traveling, horses, cats, gardening, and Fortean phenomenon. She has been a painter since she was 8 years old, and fannish since approximately 1969. She is married to James (Sourdough) Jackson, also a fan from... Read More →
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Stace Johnson

Stace Johnson is a mild-mannered sysadmin by day, but at night, he transforms into a mild-mannered writing, guitar-playing, computer-consulting machine. He has published more than 30 non-fiction magazine articles, his poetry has appeared on the Apex Publications website and in Tales of the Talisman, and he received an Honorable Mention in the Fall 2009 Writers of the Future contest. One of his short stories, "Sphere of Falling," was chosen to... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

2:00pm

The Interactive Game Design Workshop Strikes Back
Learn about and try out the game design process, from defining the idea through brainstorming themes and mechanics, figuring out how the game mechanics function in play from start to win conditions, and beginning to fill in specifics like a list of cards for a card-based game, etc.

Moderators
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Susan N.C. Price

CEO, Diamond Dust Dreams
Susan NC Price showed up at MileHiCon about a decade ago as publisher of The MacPherson Criticality by JD Isaacs (D3 Press). She's back, with sons Ian and Charles, as Diamond Dust Dreams, a new game development and marketing company with 2 games in distribution, Kitsune: of Foxes & Fools and Bad Decisions, and a third being Kickstarted. Ian fills the lead game developer slot and Charles is art director; Susan has redefined CEO as Chief Editor... Read More →

Participants
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Charles Price

Charles A. Price, Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduate, created both the illustrations and card design for the prototype of Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools, and then moved into the full Art Director role, contracting with other artists to complete the illustrations needed for the redesign of the standard edition and the enhancements in the deluxe, Nine-Tailed edition. He has begun showing up in the artist rooms at conventions and will... Read More →
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Fred Poutre

Cloven Fruit Games
Fred Poutre splits his time between game design, and mathematics teacher/tutor. He recently moved to the Denver metro area and found a position with Denver Public Schools for teaching math; as well as a private tutoring position in Castle Rock. He designs games for Cloven Fruit Games. Fred takes games to conventions and store for demonstrations for Cloven Fruit Games. When not working at one of these jobs, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife... Read More →
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Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF) has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games' Champions product line; both West End's and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.  He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

2:00pm

You Always Remember Your First
What SF/F/H is the earliest you recall? Perhaps it’s Dr. Seuss, or The Twilight Zone, Maybe not the fairytales you were read––or maybe so––but the first you picked up on your own, the first that made an impression, that warped you forever. Our panelists share memories!

Moderators
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John E. Stith

Author of MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Hugo Honorable Mention), REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS (Nebula Nominee), "Naught for Hire," etc

Participants
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Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →
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Evelyn Lederman

Author, Self
Evelyn Lederman is a retired insurance executive who looked forward to spending as much time reading as she always wanted. Then the voices started....she writes about parallel dimensions and people with telepathic powers. She is an Amazon Best Selling Author.
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J Alan Erwine

J Alan Erwine is a science fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He is the managing editor at Nomadic Delirium Press, and the co-creator of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game. J has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, and has published three novels and four short story collections. J lives just outside of Denver with his absolutely amazing wife, and their three wonderful daughters...yes, three... Read More →
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Patrick Swenson

Patrick is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled THE ULTRA THIN MAN, from Tor books, August 2014. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 30 years, lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his thirteen-year-old son Orion.


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

2:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
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Adam Gaylord

Fantasy Author, Author's Row
In early 2005, Adam read what he considered to be a pretty awful book and said, "Hell, I can do this." Since then he's learned a good deal of humility and to truly love all things writing. His short stories can be found all over the web and his galdatorial fantasy novel "Sol of the Coliseum" is due out from Mirror World Publishing in September 2015. Check out his stuff at http://adamsapple2day.blogspot.com/
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The Midnight Writers

Author, The Midnight Writers
We are a writing group that helps each other with all things writing and we are passionate about trying to connect with readers.


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

2:00pm

ConSuite - YughChal : IKV Vendix Siren
Klingon Ship IKV Vendix Siren We are a group of like-minded Klingons that partake of the Earth delicacy known to you as "chocolate". We will be serve items made of chocolate: cakes, cookies, drinks, treats...well, you get the idea. The Klingon word for chocolate is "yugh". We are calling our time in the ConSuite. "Yugh Chal" Chocolate Heaven, or in Klingon, it means Chocolate Sky. We look forward to meeting you all.

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

2:00pm

Quilt Sewing
Join Courtney Willis as he sews together a quilt assembled from blocks signed by convention attendees. The quilt blocks will be outside Chasm Creek A & B Friday night and Saturday morning.

Participants
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Courtney Willis

Dr. Courtney Willis (aka Dr. Science) taught physics and chemistry to high school students for 23 years.  Then the cowboys in Laramie gave him a PhD, so he moved on to be a physics professor at UNC in Greeley for some 20 years.  He is now mostly retired and spending more time playing with old sewing machines, fiddling with tubed electronics, and taking up more hobbies. You can usually spot him at cons, trailing after Connie with her... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

2:00pm

Arcadia of My Youth
The Earth has been conquered by the evil Illumidus Empire. Captain Harlock,
together with a group that will become his lifelong friends, begin their
fight against this tyranny with no regard to the costs the struggle will
exact on them, caring only for the ideal of restoring freedom to the people
of Earth.

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

2:00pm

Savage Rifts (Showdown)
In the world of Rifts Earth, a group of novice heroes answer a call for help. They find much more than they bargained for, and the fate of a town hangs in the balance. Can the heroes solve the mystery of the threat to Argent Towne in time? It will take more than laser blasts and rail guns to settle things, but in the end, there's going to be a showdown between good and unspeakable evil.
Min/Max Number of Players: 3/6

Participants
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Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer with more than 50 credited titles, including work as Lead Developer for the Warhammer 40K Roleplay line and on the Accursed setting for Savage Worlds, design work on Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5th Edition, and more. He is the host and producer of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast, and he is the Managing Director for Evil Beagle Games, publishers of the Shaintar setting for Savage... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

2:30pm

Soylent Green (1973) Discussion
Discussion of the 1973 movie just shown.

Participants
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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 (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

2:50pm

Avistrum - Muggle Studies w/ Prof. 'Q'
Houses: Enigmus & Colubrae
Location: Long Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 2:50pm - 3:40pm
Centennial 12th Floor

3:00pm

Confessions of a Time Traveler
Join artist and author Gary Raham for a presentation highlighting his interest in deep time and exploring how he has used SF as a way to jumpstart interest in science for both adults and students.

Participants
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R. Gary Raham

Owner, Biostration
Author/illustrator Gary Raham loves to help connect kids to science through story. He has written 18 books, several video scripts, and numerous natural history articles for Highlights for Children, Cricket, and other magazines. His science fiction often contains a time traveling element. He has used his books, The Deep Time Diaries, and Teaching Science Fact with Science Fiction, to create middle school enrichment material in English and science... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Rusch Hour: Q&A with Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Guests of Honor
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

3:00pm

The Eternal Holmes
Victorian dude Sherlock Holmes seems to remain forever young. Sherlock, Elementary, frequent appearances in books and movies and on TV, what is it about Arthur Conan Doyle's creation that continues to fascinate us?

Moderators
Guests of Honor
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Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
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David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin has published non-fiction, science fiction, mystery, horror, and Star Trek novels. Nowadays, he self-publishes his work in the form of e-books. He finds his new publisher and editor to be infinitely accepting and endlessly accommodating. Visit www.dvorkin.com for lots of information about all of this, as well as essays and other stuff.
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Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe) and visit her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/viviancaetheauthor)


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

3:00pm

Twice Upon a Time: Alternative Fairy Tales
From books (Six-Gun Snow White and Briar Rose) to TV and movies (Once Upon a Time, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), there’s a slew of fairy tale retakes, reworkings and reimaginings showing up. What’s fueling the trend, and what are some of the best of the bumper crop?

Moderators
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Jess Roth

Jess Roth is a proud geek, nerd, dork, and Colorado native. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2009 with a double degree in Computer Science and Japanese, excited about trying this "adult" thing she'd heard so much about. After three years in the software industry, she quit in a fit of insanity to pursue writing full time. At least, that's what she tells her husband. Her favorite color is purple, which you can probably tell by her hair, glasses... Read More →

Guests of Honor
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, receiving a rare Top Pick GOLD accolade and nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of the year, and book 1, THE MARK OF THE TALA, receiving the Seal of... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard science fiction.  It's too much like work.  Her website, www.lickiss.net, is covered with real cobwebs from neglect.  Her children recently informed... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

3:00pm

Under a Dark Sign (Discussion & Reading)
Stop by for a discussion of competent villainy … smart badass dark lords and ladies who don’t keep incompetent minions around ... followed by short readings from the new anthology Under a Dark Sign.

Moderators
avatar for Carol Hightshoe

Carol Hightshoe

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Small Press Publisher | Books, Bookmarks, Buttons | Carol Hightshoe—a native Texan—found her way to her current home in Colorado by way of a five-year detour in The Nederlands courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. An avid reader at a young age, her strong desire to write came from her love of Star Trek, which led her to the science fiction and fantasy genres. To learn more about Carol's writing, visit her website at... Read More →

Participants
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C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable... Read More →
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David B. Riley

publisher, science fiction trails
David B. Riley is the editor of numerous horror and weird western anthologies. He is also the author of four novels and more than 100 short stories. He writes horror, science fiction and steampunk and is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. He edited Science Fiction Trails magazine for a decade and is now the publisher of Story Emporium magazine. David lives in Colorado and works in the hotel business when he’s not working on... 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 Dog stories, the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog... Read More →
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Rebecca M. Kyle

Rebecca M. Kyle, born on Friday 13, has had a lifelong fascination with the mystical and macabre. She currently lives between the Smoky and Cumberland Mountains with her husband and four cats. She has worked as an editor for "Conclave: A Journal of Character" and recently edited "Tails from the Front Lines," a charity anthology which provides funds for service dogs for wounded warriors. Two anthologies, she has co-edited, "Under a Dark Sign," and... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

3:00pm

Facepainting
Are you an astronaut, an animal, an alien, or other fantastical creature? Add face painting to your costume and then show it off in the masquerade or the costume walk before the masquerade.

Moderators
AS

Alisia Silliman

Alisia Silliman is an International Award Winning Bodypainter. She has competed in competitions worldwide and taken home several titles, including 1st Place in the Gibraltar International 2014. She is also an avid costume designer and has done work for some of the biggest venues in Denver including the Red Line Gallery and Renaissance Festival. She owns her own bodypainting business and currently resides in Denver with her supportive family.

Participants

Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

3:00pm

Kids Costumes
Look through the supplies available to create a costume. Assistance will be available with pins, duct tape, and more.

Participants
CA

Carol Angel

Carol Angel is a pottery student, a collager, an assemblage art fan and a determined recycler of useful stuff.


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

3:00pm

Still More Geeks Who Think: SF/F/H Trivia

Match your wits and memory against your fellow geeks! Who remembers the most Star Wars trivia or knows the most about the Avengers and Tolkien? Come sign up to compete (or watch) and find out! (There will be prizes!)


Participants
PC

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu is an artist who has been working in his field for over 30 years and has been selling his work professionally for more than 20 years. Peri is trained in fine arts, psychology and religious studies. Peri has recently returned to the convention and art show circuit and has many new and hopefully interesting pieces to offer.


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

3:30pm

3-D Printing for Costuming Demo
Join master costumers Charles and Tauni for a demonstration of using a 3-D printer for costuming.

Participants
CO

Charles Orndorff

Charles and Tauni Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married.  They have been costuming for nearly 19 years and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently... Read More →
TO

Tauni Orndorff

Tauni and Charles Orndorff are Colorado natives who started creating costumes for Halloween shortly after getting married.  They have been costuming for nearly 19 years and have participated in several contests including MileHiCon, Opus, Starfest and World Con (Denvention), and Bubonicon in New Mexico.  They have been awarded best in show in a few of these venues as well as other awards.  Most recently... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

3:30pm

Enemy Mine (1985) - PG13
Enemy Mine is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. The story first appeared in the September 1979 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Later, it was collected by Longyear in the 1980 book Manifest Destiny. A longer, novel form was published, based on the film. It also appears in The Enemy Papers (Longyear anthology) in 1998. That version was labeled as "The Author's cut" and was significantly revised. In 1980 it won the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Novella and the 1979 Nebula Award for Best Novella.

Saturday October 24, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

3:55pm

Duel Magic w/ Headmaster Dowling and T.A. Shadow Wiseacre
Houses: All School
Location: Long Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 3:55pm - 4:45pm
Centennial 12th Floor

4:00pm

Back to the Future: Is this the 1950s or 2015?
Celebrating Marty McFly’s trip to straighten out his kids in 2015, we’ll examine the many methods, theories and examples of time travel — from the TARDIS to DeLorean.

Moderators
AM

Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures."  He has been a software developer; scuba diver; farm hand; bartender; a contributing editor at Byte Magazine; a private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy; Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as "Footprints" and "Space... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
avatar for Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
avatar for TL Morganfield

TL Morganfield

T. L. Morganfield lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, where she spends her days researching and writing Aztec-inspired science fiction, fantasy and romance. Her short fiction has garnered recognition in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and was nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Award. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.tlmorganfield.com.
WM

Wil McCarthy

Wil McCarthy has published ten novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of articles. He is a former correspondent and editor for Wired magazine, and was the science columnist for the SciFi channel from 1999 through 2009. He has founded two nanotechnology companies, and holds 27 U.S. patents in the field of smart materials. According to Discover magazine, he is the creator of one of the 10 best fictional planets of all time. has... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Crafting Immersive Game Worlds
Participants
AF

Andrew Fenney

Andrew "Lee" Fenney has been gaming since 1990 and GMing since 1992. At an earlier MileHiCon (Lakewood Sheraton days), he ran a ADnD 3.0 game that lasted the better part of two days. His game experience includes ADnD 2.0/2.5 (rev.), ADnD 3.0/3.5, ADnD 4.0, Whitewolf 2.0/2.5 (rev.) and 3.0, Palladium Rifts, Sanguine Ironclaw/Jadeclaw 1.0/1.5 (rev.), GURPs, BESM Tri-Stat and D20 and various other systems. He has a current game in-progress that... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

4:00pm

Creator, Content, Consumer & Community: The 4 Cs of the 21st Century Pro & Fan
Today’s creative world is extremely fluid and dynamic, and these changes directly impact professional creators and the fans. The Internet has changed everything, but we’ll explore what those changes mean, and what more is in store for us all down the road.

Moderators
SP

Sean Patrick Fannon

Sean Patrick Fannon (aka "Big Irish" or SPF) has been professionally involved in tabletop RPGs, computer games, and entertainment for over a quarter-century. His dozens of projects have included Hero Games' Champions product line; both West End's and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPGs; various World of Darkness books; and the Savage Worlds Epic High Fantasy setting, Shaintar.  He was the Events Coordinator for GAMA (helping run both Origins and... Read More →

Participants
DB

Dana Bell

Dana Bell enjoys writing regional tales and has lived many places including Boston, MA., 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 Gift, a popular cat vampire short story series, and various other tales. She has edited several anthologies including Of Fur and Fire, Time Traveling Coffers... Read More →
DL

Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before electrons, she is now working on the Rose Project—a coded printed language with layers of meaning.
avatar for Paul Lell

Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →
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W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' 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 Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. | | ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military history, all varieties of Munchkin, and drinking hot caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

4:00pm

Get Your Artwork Out There! Publishing & Other Markets
Book covers are a high-profile way to sell art, but there are lots of other ways for an artist to get their artwork out in the world—and maybe even make a living.

Moderators
avatar for Chaz Kemp

Chaz Kemp

Art Monkey Supreme, Chaz Kemp Illustration
Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces an Art Nouveau style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy and steampunk art in a way that is rarely seen. As an illustrator, the influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed possibilities of steampunk and fantasy. | | Chaz Kemp is a featured artist in steampunk legend Paul Roland's book... Read More →

Participants
KC

Kyle Crutcher

Kyle Crutcher is a professional potter with over 35 years experience. Currently he makes two distinct lines of pottery—one utilizing Celtic decorative motifs and the other inspired by his love of science fiction. Aside from frequenting local sci-fi conventions and Celtic Festivals, Kyle also has work in several shops and galleries in Colorado. Kyle was an art teacher for K-12 for 7 years and now teaches Ceramics at Pikes Peak Community... 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 mostly given up improv and sanity. She recently participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga!
avatar for R. Gary Raham

R. Gary Raham

Owner, Biostration
Author/illustrator Gary Raham loves to help connect kids to science through story. He has written 18 books, several video scripts, and numerous natural history articles for Highlights for Children, Cricket, and other magazines. His science fiction often contains a time traveling element. He has used his books, The Deep Time Diaries, and Teaching Science Fact with Science Fiction, to create middle school enrichment material in English and science... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

4:00pm

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
OD

Oz Drummond

Oz Drummond has appeared in Analog and writes science fiction and fantasy short stories in linked worlds. She has organized the writing workshops at four previous WorldCons and will organize them again at MidAmeriCon II in 2016. She's currently the Comptroller of SFWA. She's been to Clarion East, Taos Toolbox, and Rio Hondo writing workshops.

Participants
AH

Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
CA

C.R. Asay

C.R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of 17. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom. The short story version of her first novel, Heart of Annihilation, earned an honorable... Read More →
avatar for Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Chris Ward works as a video editor to finance his obsessions with movies, books, and homebrewing. He lives in Denver and is conspiring with his wife to make sure their daughters grow up surrounded by geek culture.
EL

Evelyn Lederman

Author, Self
Evelyn Lederman is a retired insurance executive who looked forward to spending as much time reading as she always wanted. Then the voices started....she writes about parallel dimensions and people with telepathic powers. She is an Amazon Best Selling Author.
EK

Eytan Kollin

Eytan Kollin was born in a mid-sized American city back when flower power and Star Trek were new ideas. He had a typical American existence of going to a public school where he pretended to learn from people who pretended to teach. In between, he did the typical growing up things for a future sci-fi author: role playing games, drugs, sex, movies and television, sex and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became one... 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 (semi-autobiographical), The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers. He has short stories in the The You Belong Collection – Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area... Read More →
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.
JK

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, receiving a rare Top Pick GOLD accolade and nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of the year, and book 1, THE MARK OF THE TALA, receiving the Seal of... Read More →
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →
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Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell is the creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper as well as the fantasy world of Lammas Wood—podiobooks that have gathered a global audience of over 11,000 listeners and generated nearly a million and a half downloads. He has had four novels as finalists in the Parsec Awards and won the 2010 Parsec Award for Best Story (Long form) for his novel Captain's Share. You can find his works as free audio downloads at the... Read More →
NG

Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the age of 12. Poetry eventually evolved into the love of storytelling, and any good story, no matter the genre, is open to her creative mind. When not writing, Nicole... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard science fiction.  It's too much like work.  Her website, www.lickiss.net, is covered with real cobwebs from neglect.  Her children recently informed... Read More →
RD

Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014). Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban... Read More →
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 has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... Read More →
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W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

4:00pm

Where's the Punk in Steampunk?
Why are most steampunk stories written around upper class characters, and how can we bring the "punk" to steampunk?

Moderators
avatar for David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →

Participants
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →
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Kronda Seibert

Kronda Seibert fell in love with sci-fi at a young age and carried that through with vigor into her passion for Steampunk. She took the Colorado Steampunks from 32 members to 1,200 and spearheaded AnomalyCon, Colorado's Steampunk and sci-fi convention in March. She has also authored four seasons of Radio STEAM, a pulp fiction podcast drama, and written Beneath the Crust and a number of short stories. Visit her at... Read More →
PJ

Peter J. Wacks

Peter J. Wacks is a #1 bestselling cross-genre writer and the managing editor of Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. He has worked across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels. In his editorial capacity, Peter has worked on stories by Tracy Hickman, Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland/David Wolverton, and many others. He has also helped bring some of... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

4:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
WC

William Connelly

Executive Director, FRONTIER


Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

4:00pm

The Castle of Cagliostro
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Tracking the legendary counterfeits known as "Gothic Bills," international
thief Arsene Lupin III arrives at the Duchy of Cagliostro. Once there, he
nearly rescues a damsel in distress from the Regent's guards. Following his
failure, Lupin takes it upon himself to save her from captivity.

Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

4:00pm

Circus Galacticus
Play the fastest and deadliest race course in the universe. Survive 2 laps of mayhem while being pulled along on a hover chariot.

Saturday October 24, 2015 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

5:00pm

House Quidditch Tournament
Houses: All School
Location: Long Hall

Saturday October 24, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

5:00pm

Ballroom Closed for Walk-Thru
Saturday October 24, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

5:00pm

Masquerade Green Room, Pre-Judging and Photography
Masquerade/cosplay contestants should report the Green Room by 5:30pm for Masquerade preparation, photography for the judges, and number assignments. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

5:30pm

Doors to Avistrum Close
Saturday October 24, 2015 5:30pm - 5:35pm
Centennial 12th Floor

5:30pm

Enemy Mine (1985) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion with Rick Friesen and Jeff Twohig

Participants
JT

Jeffrey Twohig

Jeffrey Twohig has moderated and presented panels on storytelling and world-building at San Diego Comic Con. He is a lifelong comic book fan and has also presented on self publishing, marketing, and comic book/comic convention culture. He also publishes on-demand books and comics; visit him at www.fuzzylogixmedia.com


Saturday October 24, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
DG

Dane G. Kroll

Authors Row
DR

Donna R Wittlif

Sci-Fi author of the World Eternal series.


Saturday October 24, 2015 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

6:00pm

Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Odyssey of the Celestial Ark
(Japanese audio, subtitled in English)
A new super weapon has emerged and Gamilas ships vanish from the seas.
Meanwhile, the Yamato has left the Large Magellanic Cloud and is on its way
back to the Milky Way Galaxy. During the voyage, the crew is struck by a
Gatlantean warrior fleet under command of Goran Dagam, who claims the
"Yamatee" as his prey.

Saturday October 24, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

6:30pm

Westworld (1973) - PG
Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton and produced by Paul Lazarus III about amusement park robots that malfunction after a power surge and begin killing visitors. It stars Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, and Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as guests of the park.
Westworld was the first theatrical feature directed by Michael Crichton. It was also the first feature film to use digital image processing, to pixellate photography to simulate an android point of view. The film was nominated for Hugo, Nebula and Golden Scroll (a.k.a. Saturn) awards.

Saturday October 24, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

6:30pm

DAS Star Viewing
Evening stargazing with the Denver Astronomical Society—the moon will be nicely in view as should some brighter clusters. Join us outside!

Saturday October 24, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Outside Outside

6:45pm

Doors re-open for seating
Saturday October 24, 2015 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

7:00pm

Mask Parade and the hall costume walk
Before the Masquerade, show off your glittery or scary creation from the Mask Table in the Mask Parade! After the cute kiddos have left the stage, those of you with cool hall costumes or finery are encouraged to show your outfits off int he pre-masquerade walk. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

7:00pm

Award Winners Discussion & Readings
After a brief discussion of the effect (if any) of awards on a writing career, our panelists will share short readings.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew S. Rotundo

Matthew S. Rotundo

Matt is an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Read more about him at his website: www.matthewsrotundo.com

Participants
CB

Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →
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Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin ikenberry's head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he'll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space science education and works with space every day. | | Kevin’s science fiction and horror short fiction has appeared internationally through Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Mindflights, Twisted Dreams Magazine and most recently in the anthologies... Read More →
RD

Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then the RITA® Award Winning novelist has written 13 books in the Celta series, including the latest, Heart Fire (November 2014). Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban... Read More →
VA

Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has also appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec and other publications. Aaron does... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

7:00pm

Manipulating the Reader
How do authors achieve a particular effect, especially when using techniques the author hasn’t used before. How do they work it out?

Moderators
LK

Laura K. Deal

Laura K. Deal is a writer, 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's the author of Marbles: New and Collected Poems and The Newcomer's Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey Through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination. Her stories have appeared in Cricket Magazine, WolfSongs Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, and... 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 until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the current president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
DB

Doug Beason

Dr. Doug Beason is the author of 14 books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios) and Ill Wind (recently optioned by Fox Studios).  His latest book is The E-Bomb. A Nebula Award finalist, Doug's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has written for publications as diverse as Analog and Amazing Stories, to Physical Review Letters and The... Read More →
WH

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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.


Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00pm - 9:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

7:00pm

Savage Rifts - The Tomorrow Legion
The Universe of Rifts Gets Savaged!
Coming in 2016, gaming fans everywhere will be able to explore the world of Rifts Earth, battling countless enemies from endless realities, using the exceptional and highly popular Savage Worlds game system. Evil Beagle Games, Pinnacle Entertainment, and Palladium Books are proud to team up to bring Rifts to a whole new audience. Ahead of the release, players can experience the game through this convention scenario, run by Savage Rifts Brand Manager Sean Patrick Fannon - 
In the far north of what was once Arkansas, not far from Branson, Missouri, Castle Refuge stands strong as a place of safety, healing... and promise. From the blood of the Juicer Uprising; the terror of the Coalition's Campaign of Unity; the horrors of Lord Dunscon's territorial machinations; and the still-smoldering ashes of Tolkeen; from all of this rises both Castle Refuge and its ever-growing garrison of defenders. In the coming days, these defenders will grow into something more – an army of hope and justice for a world in need of saving, called the Tomorrow Legion
A group of novice Legionnaires are dispatched to the east, approaching the border of the Magic Zone. Refugees from the area report aggressive CS patrols out of Fort Eldorado engaging in genocidal action against DeeBee populations and anyone giving them shelter. The heroes are asked to investigate, gather information, and help where they reasonably can. 
Their first encounter has them running smack into a small-but-deadly squad of Deadboys and Skelebots. Things just get worse from there...
6 Players. Experience with Savage Worlds preferred, but not required.

Participants
avatar for Ross Watson

Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer with more than 50 credited titles, including work as Lead Developer for the Warhammer 40K Roleplay line and on the Accursed setting for Savage Worlds, design work on Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5th Edition, and more. He is the host and producer of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast, and he is the Managing Director for Evil Beagle Games, publishers of the Shaintar setting for Savage... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:00pm

Texas Hold'em Tournament hosted by USS Pioneer
Come join the crew of the USS Pioneer as they host their annual MileHiCon Texas Hold'em Poker tournament. 

Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

7:30pm

Masquerade (Cosplay Contest) & Literacy Auction
The lights go down and the MileHiCon masquerade is about to start! Watch for costumes ranging from ghoulish to gorgeous, and hilarious to horrifying!  

CosPlay Contest Rules

After the first run-through, while the judges deliberate this year's Literacy Auction will benefit Reach Out and Read Colorado. Don't miss your chance to bid on autographed books, works of art, advance reading copies, and various other rare and unusual items. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

Rev. Michael Lee Burgess, when quite young (a very very long time ago), came across the massive library of his father Rev. Richard L. Burgess and discovered Edger Rice Burrows' Mars Series and E.E. Doc Smith's Lensman series. This exposure to the fruit of the tree of knowledge lead to an ever deeper compulsion to read more of worlds of wonder and courage that just don't happen to show up in our local news reports. Now at the tender age of 58... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
CW

Craig W. Chrissinger

Craig W. Chrissinger has reported on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine for a third time, and has started writing book reviews again for the Albuquerque Journal. He earned a journalism degree in 1984, and is happy to put it to use. In the past 25 years, he’s written for publications like Fangoria, Starlog, the Albuquerque Journal, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Comics Scene. He edits the Albuquerque SF Society newsletter, and... Read More →



Saturday October 24, 2015 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

8:00pm

Violence in Fantasy
A huge percentage of fantasy novels revolve around wars and battles, torture or at least torment. Is it necessary? How much is too much or is there a limit?

Moderators
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles and The Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a small faction of humanity as they attempt to stave off multiple threats and to prevent the extinction of the human race. The Renegades is a novella series that follows a crew of misfits... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet

Angela Roquet is an urban fantasy author and a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing... Read More →
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Blair MacGregor

Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Blair MacGregor writes fantasy novels—adventurous, epic, and dark. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada and Writers of the Future. She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise, chair of SFWA's Self-Publishing Committee, and works with StoryBundle as an author and curator. Blair holds the rank of Sandan in Shorei Kai Okinawan Karate, currently trains in Kung Fu, and has taught martial arts for over a dozen years. She also teaches workshops on... Read More →
JF

J.L. Forrest

J.L. Forrest writes science fiction and fantasy nomadically, scribbling upon the pages of innumerable Moleskines in the wet techno-jungles of the Pacific Northwest, the rarified forests of the Rocky Mountains, the primeval landscapes of Sweden, the battered remnants of Italian ruins, the inner sanctums of the Vatican, the deadly Outback of Australia—you get the idea. He is the author of multiple novels, including A Requiem Dawn, and has... 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 writers he had to ask 'why?' The answer was "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based out of... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

8:00pm

Westworld (1973) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion with Bill Cherf and Wil McCarthy.

Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

8:00pm

Space Opera Discussion & Readings
After a brief discussion of space opera--from Lensman to Firefly--our panelists will share short radings.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including SMITHSONIAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, and many others. Mike is a Fellow and founding member of the International... Read More →

Participants
EK

Eytan Kollin

Eytan Kollin was born in a mid-sized American city back when flower power and Star Trek were new ideas. He had a typical American existence of going to a public school where he pretended to learn from people who pretended to teach. In between, he did the typical growing up things for a future sci-fi author: role playing games, drugs, sex, movies and television, sex and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became one... Read More →
JC

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Jennifer Campbell-Hicks is a writer, journalist, editor, wife, mother and lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. Her short fiction has been published in many places, including Galaxy’s Edge, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature and Daily Science Fiction. She blogs at jennifercampbellhicks.blogspot.com.
avatar for Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson

Patrick is a writer, publisher, editor, and teacher. His first novel is entitled THE ULTRA THIN MAN, from Tor books, August 2014. He runs the Rainforest Writers Village retreat every spring at Lake Quinault, Washington. Patrick, a high school teacher for 30 years, lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his thirteen-year-old son Orion.


Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Centennial 12th Floor

8:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity seats available

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for Mike Cervantes

Mike Cervantes

Author, The Scarlet Derby and Midnight Jay
Mike Cervantes is a graduate of creative writing and communication from The University of Texas at El Paso. He is a humorist, a cartoonist, a steampunk enthusiast, a regular contributor to Denver's local steampunk convention, AnomalyCon, and just a swell person besides. He writes and publishes stories featuring his steampunk hero characters "The Scarlet Derby and Midnight Jay" regularly on his website, TheScarletDerby.com.


Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

8:00pm

Godzilla (1984)
(Japanese audio, subtitled in English)
Produced 30 years after the 1954 original, this film ignores most prior
material and serves as a direct sequel to the first film, with the iconic
monster rising again from the sea. Note: This is the Japanese movie from
1984, not the 1985 US re-edit.
[Joel note: This is an educated guess from release date and DVD availability.]

Saturday October 24, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

9:00pm

More Bedtime Stories w/ Milk and Cookies (side room)
Is it almost your bedtime or would you simply like to experience that comforting ritual once more? Stop by for a story and a ‘sleepy treat’ before you head off to bed – or late night programming!

Participants
DF

Danyda Feldman

Danyda Feldman is a professional storyteller, doll and fairy door artist, and professor of Transformational Linguistics.  She has performed before the crowned heads of Europe (which were mounted on a shelf at the time).  She is a member of the Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Jane Austen Society, and Daughters of the Dance Dance Revolution.


Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00pm

Artists' Roundtable: Presenting Your Artwork
How can you best showcase and present your art, whether 2-D or 3-D? Got tips to share, or questions to ask? All attending artists invited to drop in and share.

Moderators
PC

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu is an artist who has been working in his field for over 30 years and has been selling his work professionally for more than 20 years. Peri is trained in fine arts, psychology and religious studies. Peri has recently returned to the convention and art show circuit and has many new and hopefully interesting pieces to offer.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:00pm

Top 10 Horror Movies
Psychological terror/thriller or gorefest? From Nosferatu to The Omen, The Haunting to The Shining, Night of the Living Dead to The Texas Chain-Saw Massacre … which films make our panelists’ lists, and why?

Moderators
TA

Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. His feature film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers,” is available for streaming on IMDb. The action-based short story, "The Hour Wheel," was published via Runewright Publishing in The Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine. His latest short story, “Adam’s Ale,” will be available through the Story of the Month in September. Find out more at... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Joshua Viola

Joshua Viola

Owner, Hex Publishers
Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and video game developer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smurfs). In addition to creating a transmedia creative franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen literary awards, he is the author of Blackstar, a novel based on the work of Celldweller. Viola is the editor of the number one bestselling horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, and has published Bram Stoker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Mike D'Ambrosio

Mike D'Ambrosio

Author/Screenwriter, The Fantastic Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
Sci-fi/fantasy/horror novels by Michael D'Ambrosio (11 in all) | Adapting novels to screenplays and novelizing screenplays | Getting published | Marketing and Promotion | Whatever you like
NG

Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the age of 12. Poetry eventually evolved into the love of storytelling, and any good story, no matter the genre, is open to her creative mind. When not writing, Nicole... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Centennial 12th Floor

9:00pm

Author Michelle Poague
Travel to a Sweet Suite After The Masquerade! Celebrating the launch of her 4th novel, The Candy Store, local author Michele Poague will be hosting the ConSuite Saturday evening. Yummy confections (and some non-sweet treats) will be served for your late evening pleasure. The Candy Store is a time travel tale which seeks to answer the question: is destiny determined by the future or the past? Michele is also author of the epic The Healing Crystal, a future history adventure story told in three books: Heir to Power, Fall of Eden and Ransom. She is currently working on her 5th novel, a ghost story.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00pm

Rollerball (1975) - R
Rollerball is a 1975 American dystopian sports science fiction action film, produced and directed by Norman Jewison, and starring James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, and Ralph Richardson. The screenplay by William Harrison adapted his own short story, "Roller Ball Murder," which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire. The film is set in the 2018.
Although Rollerball had an American cast, a Canadian director, and was released by the American company United Artists, it was produced in London and Munich.
A 2002 remake was directed by John McTiernan, (Die Hard), and stars Chris Klein, Jean Reno, and LL Cool J. The film received universally negative reviews from critics; its 3% approval rating at the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes is 63% less than the 1975 original).

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor
  • Age Range 17+

9:00pm

Dark Wizard's Ball
Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am
Wind River A, Wind River B Ground Floor

9:00pm

Distopia Rising
Zombie Apocolypse RPG with people being strains of what was left of humanity. The world ended over 4 generations ago and now all that there is left is to try and get on with your life.

Saturday October 24, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00pm

Chinese Ghost Lore
A presentation on Chinese Ghost lore.

Participants
MB

M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00pm

Devilman (live action, 2004)
(Japanese audio, subtitled in English)
Akira Fudo is a kind-hearted, shy teenager until one night his best friend Ryo
Asuka reveals to him a terrible truth: demons are awakening in our world and
mankind is in peril. Assuming the mantle of Devilman, a demon with the heart
of a human, Akira fights demons as well as the rising chaos of a panicked
human populace.

Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00pm

Ultimate Werewolves / Werewolves of Miller Hollow
Saturday October 24, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 1:00am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00pm

Rollerball (1975) Discussion
Discussion of the 1975 movie just shown.

Participants
EK

Eytan Kollin

Eytan Kollin was born in a mid-sized American city back when flower power and Star Trek were new ideas. He had a typical American existence of going to a public school where he pretended to learn from people who pretended to teach. In between, he did the typical growing up things for a future sci-fi author: role playing games, drugs, sex, movies and television, sex and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became one... Read More →
VA

Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has also appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec and other publications. Aaron does... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

11:00pm

DASFA Turkey Readoff After Dark: Sloppy Seconds (18 and up)
A variation on the chilling, yet hysterical MileHiCon tradition for your amusement (and possible embarrassment)! What happens when erotica meets sci-fi/fantasy in bad writing? Our panelists will bring their best Barry White smooth voices to present adult-oriented "treasures" they've found in bookstores, thrift stores, on the Net and in the dark recesses of publishing. 18+ only!

Moderators
CW

Craig W. Chrissinger

Craig W. Chrissinger has reported on the Williamson Lectureship for Locus Magazine for a third time, and has started writing book reviews again for the Albuquerque Journal. He earned a journalism degree in 1984, and is happy to put it to use. In the past 25 years, he’s written for publications like Fangoria, Starlog, the Albuquerque Journal, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Comics Scene. He edits the Albuquerque SF Society newsletter, and... Read More →

Participants
JC

Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s Green Slime Mistress—annually recognizing wretched things—and also as assistant to the con chairs. Hobbies include reading, various... Read More →
avatar for Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson. Adventurer, wizard, bovine hypnotist, billionaire playboy…these are all things he would like to be someday if/when he grows up. He also would like to have the ability to control the laws of physics using only his mind, but wouldn't we all? Recently, he released his first solo mobile game (Shoot At Things) and also works as part of the development team on Star Command: Galaxies. He also does a once-a-week column for Indie Love... Read More →


Saturday October 24, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am
Centennial 12th Floor
  • Age Range 18+

12:00am

Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show, also written by O'Brien. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. It stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre and Belasco Theatre productions.

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am - 2:00am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor
  • Age Range 18+

12:00am

Cards Against Humanity
Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00am - 6:00am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor
 
Sunday, October 25
 

8:00am

Gamera (1966)
In an icy North American region, an unknown aircraft is shot down by an
American fighter jet. The aircraft crashes and its cargo, a low-level atomic
bomb, explodes. The resulting cataclysm awakens a giant, prehistoric monster
called "Gamera", who has the appearance of a giant turtle with large tusks/

Sunday October 25, 2015 8:00am - 10:00am
Wind Star B Ground Floor

8:00am

Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971) - G
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a 1971 American musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books The Magic Bed-Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1945) by English children's author Mary Norton. The film, which combines live action and animation, stars Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson.
The film is frequently compared with Mary Poppins (1964), as it also combines live action and animation and is partly set in the streets of London. The armor used for the climactic battle against the Nazis had been assembled in Spain for the movie El Cid and was later shipped to Burbank for use in the movie Camelot before being rented for this film.

Sunday October 25, 2015 8:00am - 10:30am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

8:30am

Art Show Open
MileHiCon is proud to host the largest science fiction and fantasy art show in the Rocky Mountain region. Last year was another great show and we anticipate the show will be even better this year. 

Sunday October 25, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am
Art Show - Grand Mesa Ballroom F Second Floor

9:00am

Coloring For All
Come start your morning off with a little coloring. Materials will be provided.

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

9:00am

MHC Kaffeeklatch
Join several of our guests and other participants (exact lineup always subject to late nights and oversleeping) in the con suite for a wake-up beverage and a donut.

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

9:00am

Nevermore
A casual-style card drafting game where you rise to power by poisoning the hands of your opponents with cards they can't use, while attempting to collect the most of a suit, gaining its power for the hand.

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Savage Worlds- Shaintar J&L campaign: The Road of Darkness
With the sky still dark durning the day the Rangers of Sog are tasked to find the enemy and stop the artifact from making the sky dark. Destroy, stop, or simply remove it. Is the supernatural darkness across the land only a cover for an attack on the Northern Gathers or does it have a different purpose?
This is part of the ongoing "living" style campaign we are running at cons and events everywhere, as well as online via the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop System and Google Hangouts. The campaign site for the whole thing: http://www.shaintar.com/. The stories at each table will be unique and exclusive to this show, individual experiences for each and every player that become canon in the official Shaintar setting. 6 players, no experience needed, materials provided.Participation in part 1 or 2 is not neccesary to enjoy this session.
Levels available: Any previous J&L character or a Novice Pre-Gen.Characters:  Make your own character, or use one of the many pre-gens on hand, or if you have an existing Justice & Life living campaign character you may bring it for approval.Rules Taught, Ages 12+ welcome

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 1:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Artemis
Red Alert!  Helm, bring us about! Science, scan for their shield frequencies!  Weapons, get a lock on enemy R48! Engineering, more power to torpedoes! And Comms?  Go ahead and insult their mothers.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is a networked computer experience.  You will sit at an actual bridge station on a ship with 5 other players, working together to protect Terran space.  This year, we have 2 bridges that can accommodate up to 12 total Officers to either join forces or blast each other to bits!  Sign up individually or as a group - time slots begin at the top of each hour and last 45 minutes.

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 2:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

9:00am

Registration Open
Register through EventBrite now!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/milehicon-47-tickets-15382819427 

MHC (only) 3-Day Rate:
$42 Nov. 1-Apr. 30
$44 May 1-Oct. 1
$46 at the door
Children under 12 half price.
AVISTRUM & MHC Rate:
Adult $60, Child $38

The Registration desk will be located downstairs adjacent to the pool. Single-day tickets will only be available at the door, prices will be announced for those after Online Registration has closed. 

Sunday October 25, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm
Lower Lobby Adjacent to Pool

9:45am

Doors to Avistrum Open
Sunday October 25, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Dueling Tournament w/ Headmaster Dowling and T.A. Shadow Wiseacre
Houses: All School
Location: Long Hall

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Centennial 12th Floor

10:00am

Ecumenical Communion Worship Service
Stop in for a few contemplative moments with Michael in his other role. Serious—but not unduly solemn.

Participants
avatar for Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

Rev. Michael Lee Burgess, when quite young (a very very long time ago), came across the massive library of his father Rev. Richard L. Burgess and discovered Edger Rice Burrows' Mars Series and E.E. Doc Smith's Lensman series. This exposure to the fruit of the tree of knowledge lead to an ever deeper compulsion to read more of worlds of wonder and courage that just don't happen to show up in our local news reports. Now at the tender age of 58... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

10:00am

Fantasy Origami
Come learn to fold fantastic beasts. Paper and instructions provided – bring patience and a willingness to learn.

Participants
avatar for John Fiala

John Fiala

John C. Fiala is a slightly-used father of a lovely little girl, who also creates and programs websites and plays a variety of games on the side. He warns that if you approach him, he will probably try to show you pictures of his little girl and will expect you to tell him how cute she is. He's currently working on a new kind of gaming die with an imaginary number of sides.


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

10:00am

Marvel Cineverse Fan Forum
Join other fans of the growing cineverse (from Iron Man to Ant Man, Agents of SHIELD and Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy) to declare your favorites, predict the future of the franchise and generally geek out among your fellows!

Moderators
JR

Jess Roth

Jess Roth is a proud geek, nerd, dork, and Colorado native. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2009 with a double degree in Computer Science and Japanese, excited about trying this "adult" thing she'd heard so much about. After three years in the software industry, she quit in a fit of insanity to pursue writing full time. At least, that's what she tells her husband. Her favorite color is purple, which you can probably tell by her hair, glasses... Read More →

Participants
AM

Aaron Michael Ritchey

Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer, Long Live the Suicide King, and Elizabeth’s Midnight. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe-inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. His upcoming young adult sci-fi/western epic series will... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
BristleCone Ground Floor

10:00am

Organizing the Studio
A clean studio is a productive studio; sounds logical but how many artists manage to keep a clean, organized workspace? We will explore some effective, low-cost alternatives, multitasking your work area and storage options. Get organized and start to make your work area work for you!

Moderators
KC

Kyle Crutcher

Kyle Crutcher is a professional potter with over 35 years experience. Currently he makes two distinct lines of pottery—one utilizing Celtic decorative motifs and the other inspired by his love of science fiction. Aside from frequenting local sci-fi conventions and Celtic Festivals, Kyle also has work in several shops and galleries in Colorado. Kyle was an art teacher for K-12 for 7 years and now teaches Ceramics at Pikes Peak Community... Read More →

Guests of Honor
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
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Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →
RL

Rebecca Lyons

Rebecca Lyons is a writer, editor, and jewelry artist. She has been a MileHiCon participant for over 20 years and has had her jewelry displayed in the art show for the last several. She is a freelance science copy editor and has had stories published in Pulphouse, Women of Darkness II, and most recently in Halloween Forevermore and Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. She lives in Aurora, Colorado, surrounded by cats and books.


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

10:00am

Pow! Bam! Writing Good Fight Scenes
Reasonable/believable choreography and obeying the laws of physics and human physiology are good and necessary first steps. What other factors need to be considered when writing fight scenes?

Moderators
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 writers he had to ask 'why?' The answer was "Because you've lived the things we write about." (He's still trying to get his head around that one.) Based out of... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Blair MacGregor

Blair MacGregor

Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Blair MacGregor writes fantasy novels—adventurous, epic, and dark. Her short stories have appeared in Cicada and Writers of the Future. She’s a graduate of Viable Paradise, chair of SFWA's Self-Publishing Committee, and works with StoryBundle as an author and curator. Blair holds the rank of Sandan in Shorei Kai Okinawan Karate, currently trains in Kung Fu, and has taught martial arts for over a dozen years. She also teaches workshops on... Read More →
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Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles and The Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a small faction of humanity as they attempt to stave off multiple threats and to prevent the extinction of the human race. The Renegades is a novella series that follows a crew of misfits... Read More →
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Mike D'Ambrosio

Author/Screenwriter, The Fantastic Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
Sci-fi/fantasy/horror novels by Michael D'Ambrosio (11 in all) | Adapting novels to screenplays and novelizing screenplays | Getting published | Marketing and Promotion | Whatever you like
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W.C. Bauers

W. C. Bauers' 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 Pick, for SF/F, for July 2016. | | ​Bauers's interests include Taekwondo, military history, all varieties of Munchkin, and drinking hot caf. He lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, three boys, and the best rescue in the world... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

10:00am

Solar System Ballet
For 3-99 year olds. Dance the solar system in the atrium with the Slaters.

Participants
SS

Stephanie Slater

Dr. Stephanie Slater is a cognitive scientist specializing in how people of all ages and backgrounds learn to navigate the intersection of science and culture. Currently, she is the Director of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. After undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate work at Montana State University, Dr. Slater earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona studying how... Read More →
TS

Tim Slater, PhD

Dr. Tim Slater is a professor at the University of Wyoming where he holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair for Science Education. As a member of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department, he is recognized as an expert in education and public outreach in astronomy and space sciences. Professor Slater earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in geological sciences and his M.S. from Clemson University in physics and... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Step Write Up! Circuses & Carnivals in SF/F/H
From Something Wicked This Way Comes to The Night Circus, The Last Unicorn and Carnivale… what are some of the attributes of circuses and carnivals that make them such fertile ground for SF/F/H stories and movies?

Moderators
RS

Rob S. Rice

Rob S. Rice has long had a fascination with the histories of war, technology, and always the sea.  He has delivered papers before the American Philological Association, lectured at Annapolis and has taught subjects from Mythology to Roman History.  Before all THAT, he won the 1st Del Rey Writers of Tomorrow contest in 1983, the bug bit hard and early, and has never quite let him go.His articles on the U.S. Navy appear in the respected... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Connie Willis’ latest published book is The Best of Connie Willis. Her next novel, Crosstalk, a romantic comedy about telepathy,will be out in 2016. She is the author of Blackout/All Clear, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Passage, Remake, Fire Watch, Impossible Things, and Miracle and other Christmas Stories. She now has won 11 Hugos and seven Nebulas, including the Hugo and Nebula for best novel in 2011 for... Read More →
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Paul Lell

The One in Charge, Authors Row
Paul Lell was born and grew up in the Denver area where he was encouraged by friends and family to imagine worlds without limits. He wrote stories and game mastered RPGs for his friends, which led to the development of whole worlds and their inhabitants. After trying a few different careers, he returned to his first love and began writing and publishing science fiction and fantasy novels and role playing games. Paul enjoys fashion/cosplay design... Read More →
avatar for Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri attended the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction Novel Workshop at KU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lakeside Circus, The Colored Lens, and elsewhere. Since 2010, she has been a regular judge for NYC Midnight writing challenges... Read More →
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Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe) and visit her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/viviancaetheauthor)


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

10:00am

The Handsome Authors Society Entertains Your Children
Reading, coloring, and magic tricks.

Participants
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →
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Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Evil Brain Trust
Guy will be unable to attend MileHiCon. | | Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award® finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer (Sojourner Tales modules, Interface Zero 2.0 core team, D&D modules); and a coffee addict. One of these is false.  | | A writer... Read More →
PJ

Peter J. Wacks

Peter J. Wacks is a #1 bestselling cross-genre writer and the managing editor of Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. He has worked across the creative fields in gaming, television, film, comics, and most recently, when not busy editing, he spends his time writing novels. In his editorial capacity, Peter has worked on stories by Tracy Hickman, Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland/David Wolverton, and many others. He has also helped bring some of... Read More →
SK

Sam Knight

Sam Knight—as well as being part of the WordFire Press Production Team—is the Senior Editor for Villainous Press and author of four children’s books, three short story collections, two novels, and more than a dozen short stories, including a Novella co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson. A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. Once upon a time, he was known to... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

10:00am

Trends in Publishing
Are magazines doomed? Will people even pay for content anymore? Are audio books making a comeback? What the heck do readers want these days?

Moderators
GJ

Gary Jonas

Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade urban fantasy series: Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate, Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne, and the upcoming Razor Dreams. His other books include Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (co-authored with Bill D. Allen), Guardians of the Sky, Night Marshal, One-Way Ticket to Midnight, and Quick Shots (a collection). These days, he lives in Oklahoma, and he's working on another... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!

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 Agency in Denver.
avatar for Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis

Owner/Publisher, Bygone Era Books
We are a small press publisher that specializes in books about history, both fiction and nonfiction. Under fiction we include all subgenres such as sci-fi/fantasy (like steampunk or time-travel), Romance, Westerns, Thillers. Under nonfiction we include genealogy and biography.
JA

J Alan Erwine

J Alan Erwine is a science fiction writer, editor, and game designer. He is the managing editor at Nomadic Delirium Press, and the co-creator of the Ephemeris Science Fiction Role Playing Game. J has sold more than 40 short stories to a variety of markets, and has published three novels and four short story collections. J lives just outside of Denver with his absolutely amazing wife, and their three wonderful daughters...yes, three... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

10:00am

David Lee Summers
Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Autograph Table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

The Costume Exchange
Bring costume/cosplay items you no longer want/fit/use and trade for something different/new!

Moderators
Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Wind Star A Ground Floor

10:00am

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.





  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table. 



  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.






To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for W. J.  Cherf

W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:45am
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Critter Crunch - 2-pound division
MileHiCon's maniacal midgets! The two-pound class hits the boards in a frenzy of minature mayhem!

Moderators
CW

Courtney Willis

Dr. Courtney Willis (aka Dr. Science) taught physics and chemistry to high school students for 23 years.  Then the cowboys in Laramie gave him a PhD, so he moved on to be a physics professor at UNC in Greeley for some 20 years.  He is now mostly retired and spending more time playing with old sewing machines, fiddling with tubed electronics, and taking up more hobbies. You can usually spot him at cons, trailing after Connie with her... Read More →

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 11:50am
Main Events - Grand Mesa Ballroom ABC Second Floor

10:00am

Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon
After killing his brother, Prince Ōsu is banished from his father's kingdom
until he can bring his dangerous powers under control. On his journey, he meets
and joins with the magical priestess Oto, and together they go to fight against
an evil god that has been ravaging the Earth in the form of an enormous hydra.

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

10:00am

Death race
A classic road race, with ultra-violent sport. Be the first across the finish line, or the last to survive as you rocket your team around the track and try to wipe out the other teams or leave them in the dust.

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Student Bodies
Student Bodies is an "I just have to outrun you" game of horror survival set in a high school that distinguishes itself from other zombie-themed games in a number of significant ways...There are no guns, no chainsaws; it's a high school, requiring you to be more resourceful. Players may even go most of the game without a weapon at all, hoping to dodge their way through.

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

10:00am

Vendors Room Open
The Vendors Room has expanded for 2015!

Featuring 36 Vendors this year it's sure to be spectacular and have something for everyone.

Sunday hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Booth/Table # - Business Name (Click the Vendor Name to view their Sched profile)
1 - Who Else Books
2 - Magrid's Closet
3 - Rizzuto Creations
4 - Next You Universe/Make Believe Books
5 - Patterns In Time
6 - Southworth Enterprises
7 - Gifts & Blessings
8 - Dozing Gnome
9 - White Phoenix II
10 - Feisty Hats
11 - Dryad Tea
12 - Rinehart Art
13 - Kirin Games
14 - Generations of Art
15  - 3D By Mike
16 - Two Old Bears
17 - Extremely Sweet & Nutty
18 - Skychaser Studios
19 - Dead Girl Fashions
20 - Fairwood Press
21 - Creative Capacities Collation
22 - Blue Jasmine Studios
23 - TBA
24 - Horizon Music
25 - Wolfsinger Publications
26 - JaLa Creations / Sandy Diersing
27 - Westside Books
28 - FoxyFunk/Prop Funk
29 - Geekify
30 - Peacock Shop
31 - Hex Publishers
32 - Dragons Hoard LLC
33 - Worlds of Michael D'Ambrosio
34 - Clare's
35 - Molon Labe Online
36 - Beauty & The Beads / Rockhound Studios  

Sunday October 25, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
Vendors Room - Grand Mesa Ballroom DE Second Floor

10:30am

Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971) Discussion
Stick around (or drop in) after the movie for a discussion with Peri Charlifu and Jessica Coyle.

Participants
JC

Jessica Coyle

Jessica L. Coyle has attended conventions since she was a tween, and has participated in several costume contests. She earned her Master’s in Museum Education from The George Washington University, and currently works at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She serves as Bubonicon’s Green Slime Mistress—annually recognizing wretched things—and also as assistant to the con chairs. Hobbies include reading, various... Read More →
PC

Peri Charlifu

Peri Charlifu is an artist who has been working in his field for over 30 years and has been selling his work professionally for more than 20 years. Peri is trained in fine arts, psychology and religious studies. Peri has recently returned to the convention and art show circuit and has many new and hopefully interesting pieces to offer.


Sunday October 25, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

11:00am

Interactive Fiction
Stories published a few chapters at a time with reader feedback influencing the plot to full interactive, Choose Your Own Adventure-style novels—is this a betrayal of the author's vision, or simply taking feedback and putting it to use?

Moderators
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →

Participants
DL

Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before electrons, she is now working on the Rose Project—a coded printed language with layers of meaning.
HB

Hilari Bell

Hilari Bell writes SF & fantasy for kids and teens, and with 21 books published she thinks it should be getting easier, but never does. Could that have something to do with her? Surely not.
JB

John Barnes

John Barnes is a widely published obscure writer. His first published science fiction story was in 1982, in CoEvolution Quarterly, and his most recent appeared in Light Reading, which is a website for optical communications engineers. In between he has appeared in places like The First Line, Monad, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Anarchists Samizdat of North America, and the CompuServe manual (1st edition). He's had 31... Read More →
TA

Thomas A. Fowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things. His feature film, “The Code: Legend of the Gamers,” is available for streaming on IMDb. The action-based short story, "The Hour Wheel," was published via Runewright Publishing in The Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine. His latest short story, “Adam’s Ale,” will be available through the Story of the Month in September. Find out more at... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

11:00am

Klingon Bop
Come watch your warrors battle it out with training (foam and duct tape) Bat’leths. Open to ages 3 to 13 years. Cheering sections requested! Qapla’! Prizes will be given to all warriors. 

Participants

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

11:00am

Oversaturated with Superhero Movies / Raising the Bar
There are more superhero movies than ever, while at the same time shows like Daredevil on Netflix are changing the idea of what can be done with superheroes. Is oversaturation even a concern if there are good films/shows in the mix?

Moderators
GJ

Gary Jonas

Gary Jonas is the author of the Jonathan Shade urban fantasy series: Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate, Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne, and the upcoming Razor Dreams. His other books include Pirates of the Outrigger Rift (co-authored with Bill D. Allen), Guardians of the Sky, Night Marshal, One-Way Ticket to Midnight, and Quick Shots (a collection). These days, he lives in Oklahoma, and he's working on another... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017
CV

Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of a series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio advice show. The most recent and final in the series, Kitty Saves the World, came out August 2015. Low Midnight, a novel in the Kitty universe focused on Cormac Bennett, was released in 2014. She’s also written young adult novels (Voices of Dragons, Steel) and stand-alone fantasy (Discord’s Apple, After the Golden... Read More →
avatar for Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson

Charles Eugene Anderson is a former coach, athletic director, and teacher. Now he's a writer, podcaster, and publisher. His latest flash fiction appears in the 'Objects in the Rear View Mirror' anthology. His latest series, 'Auxiliary Hero Corps' has been described as superhero noir. Chuck also hosts "The Lonely Writer Podcast.'
JC

Jeanne C. Stein / SJ Harper

Jeanne C. 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 NYT bestselling anthology, Dead But Not Forgotten, and a recent Anna Strong story in the Nightmares Unhinged anthology.


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

11:00am

Remember That Thing Called Privacy?
The Supreme Court has ruled that we have a Right to Privacy. But what does that mean when our cell phones can be tracked/eavesdropped on, social media develops algorithms to influence our mood and drones the size of insects will soon buzz your bedroom?

Participants
DD

David Dvorkin

David Dvorkin has published non-fiction, science fiction, mystery, horror, and Star Trek novels. Nowadays, he self-publishes his work in the form of e-books. He finds his new publisher and editor to be infinitely accepting and endlessly accommodating. Visit www.dvorkin.com for lots of information about all of this, as well as essays and other stuff.
avatar for Karen Morrissey

Karen Morrissey

CEO, Thursday Night Press
Karen A. Morrissey read her first science fiction in the third grade, leading her toward a career in software engineering and an avocation of editing and publishing. She published her first novel, Fisher King: Percival's Descent, in 2013.
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →
VA

Van Aaron Hughes

Van Aaron Hughes is the author of "The Long View," in the March-April 2013 issue of F&SF, "The Body Pirate" in a forthcoming issue of F&SF, and "The Dualist," which was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and published in Writers of the Future Vol. 27. His fiction has also appeared in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Abyss & Apex, Glorifying Terrorism, Electric Spec and other publications. Aaron does... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River B Ground Floor

11:00am

Through the Eyes of a Robot
What goes on 'under the hood' in modern Artificial Intelligence and Robotics? If you were the robot or the human level AI, what would cognition look like from your perspective? Robots and AIs have been a staple of SF for over 50 years--how have the imaginations of authors like Asimov, Laumer, Simmons and Banks predicted, informed, and to a degree created the modern science of artificial intelligence? We’ll tie together research from the bleeding edge of science and the deep history of science fiction


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
Wind River A Ground Floor

11:00am

True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse Fan Forum
Whether you love the books and show, love the books/hate the show, love the show/hate the books … or some other combination … come chat with other fans about Sookie in her different incarnations!

Moderators
MB

M.H. Boroson

M. H. Boroson's historical fantasy novel THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES will be published in November by Skyhorse Books and Talos Press. THE GIRL WITH GHOST EYES won first prize in the writing contests of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers. Drawing on his study of Chinese language and religion as well as his love of kung fu movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Boroson creates culturally attuned supernatural... Read More →

Participants
NG

Nicole Godfrey

Nicole Godfrey is a writer who calls the beautiful city of Colorado Springs home, along with her furry children. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Florida and Tennessee. Her writing career started with poetry at a young age, leading to her first publication at the age of 12. Poetry eventually evolved into the love of storytelling, and any good story, no matter the genre, is open to her creative mind. When not writing, Nicole... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
BristleCone Ground Floor

11:00am

GoH Remarks & Awards
Take advantage to 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 announcements and awards awarded.

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!
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James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several of his stories have received Nebula and Stoker recommendations including two pieces that made the preliminary Nebula ballot. His stories have been listed on the... Read More →
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!
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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

11:00am

DAS Solar Viewing
Join DAS for some solar viewing this afternoon, possibly with a look at Saturn in the daytime!

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
Outside Outside

11:05am

Quidditch 101 w/ Assist. Coach Latrova
Houses: Enigmus & Colubrae
Location: Great Hall

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:05am - 11:55am
Centennial 12th Floor

11:05am

Transfiguration w/ Prof. Kayen
Houses: Parador & Colubrae

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:05am - 11:55am
Centennial 12th Floor

11:30am

Buffy Sing A Long 'Once More, with Feeling'
"Once More, with Feeling" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the only one in the series performed as a musical. It was written and directed by the show's creator, Joss Whedon, and originally aired on UPN in the United States on November 6, 2001.
"Once More, with Feeling" explores changes in the relationships of the main characters, using the plot device that a demon—credited as "Sweet" but unnamed in the episode—compels the people of Sunnydale to break into song at random moments to express hidden truths. The title of the episode comes from a line sung by Sweet; once the characters have revealed their truths and face the consequences of hearing each other's secrets, he challenges them to "say you're happy now, once more, with feeling".
All cast members sang their parts, although two were given minimal lines by request. "Once More, with Feeling" is the most technically complex episode in the series, as extra voice and dance training for the cast was interspersed with the production of four other Buffy episodes. It was Joss Whedon's first attempt at writing music, and different styles—from 1950s sitcom theme music to rock opera—express the characters' secrets in specific ways. The episode was well received critically upon airing, specifically for containing the humor and wit to which fans had become accustomed. The musical format allowed characters to stay true to their natures while they struggled to overcome deceit and miscommunication, fitting with the sixth season's themes of growing up and facing adult responsibilities. It is considered one of the most effective and popular episodes of the series, and—prior to a financial dispute in 2007—was shown in theaters with the audience invited to sing along.

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

11:30am

Drop-in Knitting/Crocheting/Embroidery/Tatting Circle
Bring your needlework and enjoy some camaraderie with other attendees.

Sunday October 25, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Atrium Stage Central Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm

Arrow/Flash Fan Forum
Calling all fans of Arrow and its speedy spinoff, The Flash, to pair up for a discussion of the two shows. Whether you enjoy one or both, stop by for some friendly conversation. (It’s what Oliver and Barry would do!)

Moderators
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Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger and two-time Hugo award winner in 2013 (Best Fanzine (Editor - SF Signal) & 2014 (Best Fancast). He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy you can purchase at Amazon.com, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter feed (@atfmb). He has produced over 500 episodes / hours of podcast goodness for Functional Nerds and SF Signal, and both have been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. He... Read More →

Participants
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
BristleCone Ground Floor

12:00pm

Big Screen, Little Screen: Retreads and Reboots
Remember Space 1999? Warehouse 13? And of course, Firefly? What SF shows and movies need to be resurrected? Which deserved to be buried and forgotten

Moderators
avatar for L.F. (Laurey) Patten

L.F. (Laurey) Patten

Author/Editor, Stone Dagger Publications
L. F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as A.D.D of the Right Brain. Degreed in Medieval History and archaeology, her checkered career has included teaching, work at a planetarium, a rock shop and an off- (off-off- off-) Broadway theater. A certified herbalist, she has also studied fencing, opera singing, drawing and painting. She currently teaches pottery and metal-clay jewelry in Lakewood, CO. She has spent the last... Read More →

Participants
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Douglas D. Hawk

Doug Hawk—now etired 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.
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Evelyn Lederman

Author, Self
Evelyn Lederman is a retired insurance executive who looked forward to spending as much time reading as she always wanted. Then the voices started....she writes about parallel dimensions and people with telepathic powers. She is an Amazon Best Selling Author.
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Eytan Kollin

Eytan Kollin was born in a mid-sized American city back when flower power and Star Trek were new ideas. He had a typical American existence of going to a public school where he pretended to learn from people who pretended to teach. In between, he did the typical growing up things for a future sci-fi author: role playing games, drugs, sex, movies and television, sex and lots of reading science fiction. In a humorous turn of events, he became one... Read More →
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Jeffrey Twohig

Jeffrey Twohig has moderated and presented panels on storytelling and world-building at San Diego Comic Con. He is a lifelong comic book fan and has also presented on self publishing, marketing, and comic book/comic convention culture. He also publishes on-demand books and comics; visit him at www.fuzzylogixmedia.com


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Electric Lit
Use pinwheels, puzzles, and other materials to create electronic literature. Kids 8 and up welcome to participate.

Participants
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Deena Larsen

Deena Larsen wrote the first interactive work published way back before the net. You can now play in Marble Springs, the wiki, and it is featured in the Electronic Literature Collection. (http://marblesprings.wikidot.com/). A pioneer in the new media/electronic lit field since before electrons, she is now working on the Rose Project—a coded printed language with layers of meaning.


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Chasm Creek A Second Floor

12:00pm

Extraterrestrial Archaeology
An alien ship stumbles upon earth centuries after life was wiped out or disappeared in the Singularity. The xeno experts on our panel are presented with Terran artifacts which they will attempt to identify and deduce their function.

Moderators
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W. J. Cherf

Writer of Historical Science Fiction and author of the award-winning time travel series The Manuscripts of the Richards' Trust in five volumes.

Participants
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Cynthia Felice

Cynthia Felice is hard to miss, standing five-foot-ten with curly hair that adds an inch or two. She frequently carries a backpack instead of a purse, and very much enjoys meeting new people and seeing old friends. Among her science fiction works are the novels Godsfire, The Sunbound, Eclipses, Downtime, Nocturne and The Khan’s Persuasion, several collaborations with Connie Willis (Water Witch, Light Raid and Promised Land), “Track of... Read More →
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Gregory Hyde

Gregory R. Hyde is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop (NCWW).  An Advanced Translations Engineer for a 9-11 telecom company by trade (after a long career as a mental health professional), he's been a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest and has seven honorable mentions in the St. Martin's Years Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. He's also appeared in the anthologies High Fantastic and Christmas Magic—A... Read More →
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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 mostly given up improv and sanity. She recently participated in the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize … ask her about *that* saga!
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Thea Hutcheson

Thea Hutcheson's work was described by Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine as "sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done..." Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen's Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy's 100th issue; and in Fiction River's Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine's 2013 Merry Christmas Flash... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Reimagining Anime
Classic anime such as Space Battleship Yamato, Gatchaman, Rurouni Kenshin and Space Pirate Captain Harlock have all had recent live action or CGI animated movies. How successful were they, and what anime would you like to see reimagined either as live action or rebooted for a modern audience?

Moderators
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Corie Weaver

Corie and Sean Weaver run Dreaming Robot Press, an independent publishing company with a focus on science fiction and fantasy stories for teen and younger readers. They are also the editors of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, a yearly anthology of science fiction stories for a middle grade audience, with a focus on diversity and representation. Corie is also the author of the middle grade fantasy novels Coyote's Daughter and Bear's Heart... Read More →

Participants
avatar for David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →
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Ross Watson

Ross Watson is an award-winning game designer with more than 50 credited titles, including work as Lead Developer for the Warhammer 40K Roleplay line and on the Accursed setting for Savage Worlds, design work on Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Shadowrun 5th Edition, and more. He is the host and producer of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast, and he is the Managing Director for Evil Beagle Games, publishers of the Shaintar setting for Savage... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Mesa Verde C Ground Floor

12:00pm

The Year in Science
Our panel takes a look back at the past twelve months in science, research and applied technology.

Moderators
DD

Daniel Dvorkin

Daniel Dvorkin, a joint production of David and Leonore Dvorkin Productions, has served as an Army infantryman and an Air Force medic. He recently completed his Ph.D. in bioinformatics, which was harder than anything the military threw at him including Desert Storm. His most recent novel, Dawn Crescent (with David Dvorkin) was published in 2003 by Wildside Press. Harry Turtledove says, "Engaging characters and fast-paced writing make Dawn... Read More →

Participants
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Arlen Feldman

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

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll has been an astronomical/science fiction artist and author for three decades. He has done work for NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and dozens of book and magazine publishers internationally. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including SMITHSONIAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, SKY & TELESCOPE, ASTRONOMY, and many others. Mike is a Fellow and founding member of the International... Read More →
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Rebecca Lickiss

Rebecca Lickiss, a passionate reader, began telling stories at an early age. She finally decided to write them down for publication, since it was better than cleaning house again. Her day job is teaching physics at the Air Force Academy, which explains why she doesn't write hard science fiction.  It's too much like work.  Her website, www.lickiss.net, is covered with real cobwebs from neglect.  Her children recently informed... Read More →
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Wil McCarthy

Wil McCarthy has published ten novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of articles. He is a former correspondent and editor for Wired magazine, and was the science columnist for the SciFi channel from 1999 through 2009. He has founded two nanotechnology companies, and holds 27 U.S. patents in the field of smart materials. According to Discover magazine, he is the creator of one of the 10 best fictional planets of all time. has... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Wind River A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Tribble Hockey
Come watch our junior warriors play a rousing game of Tribble Hockey. Open to ages 3 to 13 years. All species are welcome to participate! Qapla’! Prizes will be given to all warriors.

Participants

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Chasm Creek B Second Floor

12:00pm

Steampunk Accessories
Accessories can help up the game of your steampunk costume and give an air of verisimilitude

Participants
avatar for Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh

Melanie Unruh is an artist and maker based in the Denver area specializing in decorative and functional pottery, and fantasy and historical sartorial arts. A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature, alternate worlds influence the styles and themes of her art. Currently focused on steampunk themes, Melanie is an instigator for the Denver Victorian & Steampunk Society. Inspirations are also drawn from other science fiction... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Wind Star A Ground Floor

12:00pm

Authors Co-op Session
Limited Capacity full

The Authors Co-Op table is for new authors to self-promote at MileHiCon. Each 2 hour block will feature 1 or 2 Authors; they can discuss their work, offer autographs or sell copies of their book(s). It's a great way to get introduced to new books and authors!

Authors: You may sign up for only one (1), 2-hour block prior to the convention. You can sign-up for additional two hour blocks at the convention if any are still available.


  • If Authors have space in the Vendors Room or on Authors Row they cannot sign up for the Co-Op table.  

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, we reserve the right to allow someone else to use your time slot.



To sign-up: Each session is marked with a Capacity of 2 Attendees. If there is room you may add yourself (after signing up on Sched.org) as an Attendee. The Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator will review and once confirmed you'll be listed as a "Participant" on the session as well so your name shows up under the session on the full schedule. 

If you already have a confirmed session and it is prior to the convention you will be removed from the attendee list and can try for an additional session at the convention itself. Same-day of the session only, please. 

If you need to reschedule a session, please contact the Authors Co-Op Table Coordinator at authorsrow@milehicon.org. 

Participants
avatar for TL Morganfield

TL Morganfield

T. L. Morganfield lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, where she spends her days researching and writing Aztec-inspired science fiction, fantasy and romance. Her short fiction has garnered recognition in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and was nominated as a finalist for the Sidewise Award. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.tlmorganfield.com.


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Author's Co-Op Table Second Floor Atrium

12:00pm

Master Control
While enjoying a bite to eat, join us in the con-suite for a live broadcast of our Podcast! While we are doing our broadcast we would also like to show off a couple of our projects that we have been working on. So come join us and enjoy our podcast along with everyone else!

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Consuite Room 431 - always open between 6pm Friday and 6am Monday

12:00pm

Mothra
She's on her own to save the kids.

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Wind Star B Ground Floor

12:00pm

Maze Racers
In Maze Racers, you use the enclosed magnetic walls and a good dose of creativity to build the most wicked maze possible that will leave your opponent scrambling to find his way out. The game is also a race against time as your opponent is building his own devilish contraption. When the time is up, both sides switch their maze boards and steer a ball through the opponent's maze as quickly as they can. Be the fastest in two out of three rounds to claim victory!

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Tables East side of Second Floor Atrium

12:10pm

Lunch - Doors to Avistrum Close
Sunday October 25, 2015 12:10pm - 1:30pm
Centennial 12th Floor

12:30pm

Post-Remarks autographing
Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!
avatar for James Van Pelt

James Van Pelt

His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. His non-fiction work has appeared in Tangent magazine. In 1999 James was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Several of his stories have received Nebula and Stoker recommendations including two pieces that made the preliminary Nebula ballot. His stories have been listed on the... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of scifi, fantasy, mystery, romance, women's fiction and much more. She also writes as Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott. Author of the Fey series, Retrival Artists, the Diving series and many others | | Check the program book for more information!
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →


Sunday October 25, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor

12:30pm

Masque of the Red Death (1965) - NR
The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 British-American horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely castle with his jaded courtiers. The screenplay, written by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell, was based upon the 1842 short story of the same name by American author Edgar Allan Poe, and incorporates a sub-plot based on another Poe tale, Hop-Frog. Another sub-plot is drawn from Torture by Hope by Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam.
It is the seventh in a series of eight Corman film adaptations largely based on Poe's works made by American International Pictures.

Sunday October 25, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Highlands Amphitheatre Ground Floor

1:00pm

Flash Fiction: Discussion and Readings
After an appropriately brief discussion of flash fiction, our panelists will share some short (obviously!) readings.

Moderators
avatar for David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers in Southern New Mexico. He is the author of eight novels including Owl Dance, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and The Solar Sea. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy and Cemetery Dance. In addition to his work in the written word, David has also worked at numerous observatories around the southwestern... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of "Nurk," "Digger," "Dragonbreath" and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology, because life isn't complete without student loans, right?). Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider... Read More →

Participants
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published and two short films produced. While known for Weird Westerns, he’s published across several genres including media tie-ins for The Green Hornet, The Black Bat... Read More →
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but is working on a literary novel set in 1978 North Carolina and centers around a young boy who lost his mother. | | He's a member of SFWA and has been professionally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine, as well as in a variety of anthologies. | | He can be reached at www.LouJBerger.com


Sunday October 25, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Wind River B Ground Floor

1:00pm

In Our Image: Creating Gods, Religions and Mythos
What's the difference?  How does myth or religion impact plot and motivate characters?

Moderators
CB

Carol Berg

Carol Berg never expected to become an award-winning author. She chose to major in math at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Then she settled into a software engineering career. Now her 14 epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. She’s taught... Read More →

Guests of Honor
avatar for Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the author of seven novels in the fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles, and the forthcoming Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi. His novel, Tricked, was on the New York Times' best seller list. Shattered, his first work released in hardcover, was on the USA Today best sellers list. | | Check the program book for more information!

Participants
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy recently completed the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy with the May release of THE TALON OF THE HAWK. All three books in this series so far have received awards and critical acclaim. All were nominated by RT Book Reviews for Book of the Month, with the second book, THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, receiving a rare Top Pick GOLD accolade and nominated for Best Fantasy Romance of the year, and book 1, THE MARK OF THE TALA, receiving the Seal of... Read More →
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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 has been featured in “The Year’s Best New Sci-Fi” at NPR (March 2014), as an Author Success Story on the Amazon.com homepage (November 2013), and in... 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, ws released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.


Sunday October 25, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor