Over 80 Authors to Participate at MileHiCon 45, the Largest Science Fiction/Fantasy Literary Convention in the Rocky Mountain Region

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MileHiCon 45 happens at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 18, 19, and 20, 2013.

More than 80 science fiction/fantasy authors will participate, speak and autograph books at the 45th annual MileHiCon SF/F literary convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 18, 19 and 20, 2013. For SF/F and speculative fiction lovers it’s an annual weekend not to be missed. The convention will feature authors, artists, speakers and programming on every aspect of the science fiction and fantasy genres, including: the largest SF/fantasy art show and auction in the Rocky Mountain region; Round-the-clock gaming; Vendors room full of sf, fantasy and horror-related items; Costume contest (cos-play); Critter Crunch (robotic sumo wrestling); Writing panels; Artist demonstrations; Science presentations; Autograph sessions; Kids programming; Literacy auction, and much more.

This year MileHiCon’s guests of honor include authors Seanan McGuire and Catherynne M. Valente, and artist Aaron Miller. Author Ian Tregillis will preside as toastmaster. In addition to the guests of honor, MileHiCon will be attended by more than 80 other SF, fantasy, and horror authors from both the Front Range and across the nation. They will read from works in progress and discuss various aspects of writing, publishing, SF/F themes, and just plain fun subjects. They and other special guests will also give presentations and participate in panels on various science, literary and media topics.

Seanan McGuire is noted for her science fiction and urban fantasy novels and stories as well as young adult novels. The California-based writer is the author of two urban fantasy series, October Daye and InCryptid, both published by DAW. In 2010, McGuire won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast she participates in, received a Hugo Award for podcasting in both 2012 and 2013. Blackout, the concluding novel in her political/ zombie trilogy Newsflesh (published under the pseudonym Mira Grant) was nominated for the 2013 Hugo award.

Catherynne M. Valente’s novels have been nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy and Locus awards. Palimpsest won the Lambda Award in 2009 for GLBT Science Fiction or Fantasy. Her two-volume series The Orphan's Tales won the Mythopoeic Award in 2008, and its first volume, The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, won the 2006 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award. In 2012, Valente's work won three Locus Awards: Best Novelette (White Lines on a Green Field), Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making).

Aaron Miller’s illustrations, focusing on fantasy and science fiction subjects, can be seen on book covers and in the game world. Miller works in both digital and traditional mediums and has published in Exposé, Spectrum, BlueCanvas, Fantasy+ and ImagineFX magazine. He has been nominated for an Illie award, given each year at IlluXCon to recognize the single best traditional media work in the field.

Ian Tregillis, MileHiCon 45’s toastmaster, is an author, screenwriter, and physicist, with a PhD in physics from the University of Minnesota. He is an alumnus of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and author of The Milkweed Triptych, an alternate history of WWII.

Numerous other authors and artists will be participating at MileHiCon, including such luminaries and award-winners as Mario Acevedo, Paolo Bacigalupi, Carol Berg, M.H. Boroson, Edward Bryant, Stephen Graham Jones, Robin Owens, Matthew S. Rotundo, Melinda Snodgrass, Jeanne C. Stein, Eric James Stone, James Van Pelt, Carrie Vaughn and Connie Willis. Additional attending authors include Quincy Allen, Doug Beason, Jane Bigelow, David Boop, J.A. Campbell, Anna Kathryn Davis, Diane K. Dieter, Betsy Dornbusch, J Alan Erwine, Cynthia Felice, Warren Hammond, Carol Hightshoe, Gary Jonas, T.L. Morganfield, Rob S. Rice, David B. Riley, Christopher M. Salas, Courtney Schafer, Glenn Sixbury, John Stith, Mark Stone, James Strickland, David Lee Summers, and Josh Vogt. Artists at the convention include Peri Charlifu, Laura Givens, Chaz Kemp, Jason Montoya, Gary Alan Weston, and Stan Yan. The complete list of participants will be available on the MileHiCon website, http://www.milehicon.org.

All MileHiCon activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, located at 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO 80237. A three-day membership will be $46 at the door. Full weekend memberships can also be purchased in advance at http://milehicon45.eventbrite.com/. Daily memberships are available at the door; Friday $18, Saturday $22, Sunday $22. Parking is $5 for the weekend. Registration will open Friday at 2 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 9 am.

MileHiCon has been run and staffed entirely by volunteers since its beginning in 1969 as a one-night event organized by the Denver Area Science Fiction Association (DASFA). Its purpose is to further interest in reading and writing science fiction and related genres, although it has long since branched out to include television, film, anime, gaming, costuming, and other areas of fannish interest.

For more information, visit the convention website: http://www.milehicon.org, info(at)milehicon(dot)org or call 720-234-7829. Web images are available for media use; hi-res images available on request.

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