Over 80 Authors to Appear at Colorado’s Premier Literary Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention In October

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More than 80 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors will speak and autograph books at the 47th annual MileHiCon science fiction/fantasy literary convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 23, 24, and 25, 2015. For SF/F and speculative fiction lovers, it’s an annual weekend not to be missed.

More than 80 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors will participate, speak and autograph books at the 47th annual MileHiCon science fiction/fantasy literary convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 23, 24, and 25, 2015. For SF/F and speculative fiction lovers, it’s an annual weekend not to be missed. The convention will feature authors, artists, speakers and loads-of-fun programming, including:

  • The largest SF/Fantasy art show in Colorado
  • CosPlay (costume contest)
  • Critter Crunch (robotic sumo wrestling)
  • Bellydancing Workshop (learn to shake your interstellar booty!)
  • Klingon Tribble Hockey for the little ones
  • Sci-Fi Beer-Naming Contest
  • Play Fantasy Pictionary with our artist guest of honor
  • Blind Submission panel (open to aspiring authors!)
  • Mass Autographing Sessions (no fees, just buy the books and get them signed)
  • Sci-Fi Trivia
  • Surviving Zombies Workshop
  • Fan Forums on such topics as:-Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, the Marvel Cineverse--and more!
  • Artist demonstrations and hands-on workshops
  • Art and Literacy auctions, and much more!

This year, MileHiCon’s guests of honor include authors Kevin Hearne and Kristine Kathryn Rusch and artist Ursula Vernon. Colorado author James Van Pelt will preside as toastmaster. The guests of honor plus over 80 other SF, fantasy and horror authors 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.

Guests of Honor
Kevin Hearne is the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, with seven books in the seies published to date. From that series, Tricked was on the New York Times'best seller list, and Shattered was on the USA Today best sellers list. Released earlier this year, Hearne’s Star Wars novel, Heir to the Jedi, was a New York Times best-seller..

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes under various pseudonyms (including Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott) in multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance and mainstream. Among other works, Rucsh wrote the Fey series, the Retrieval Artists, the Diving series and others. She won the Hugo Award in 2001 for her story "Millennium Babies" and the 2003 Endeavour Award for The Disappeared. Her story "Recovering Apollo 8" won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2008. Her novel The Enemy Within won the Sidewise Award in 2015. . She edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from mid-1991 through mid-1997, winning one Hugo Award as Best Professional Editor.

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. Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition" and a number of Webcomics Choice Awards.

James Van Pelt’s fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales. 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 honorable mention lists in both Datlow and Windling’s The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction. Van Pelt’s stories have also been reprinted in Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction (20th and 21st editions), David Hartwell's Year's Best Fantasy #3, and Stephen Jones' Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (15th and 16th editions). His short story, "The Last of the O-Forms," was a Nebula finalist in 2004

Numerous other award-winning authors and artists will be participating at MileHiCon, including Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn, Carol Berg, Mario Acevedo, Sean Patrick Fannon (Savage Rifts), artist Michael Carroll (a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists whose art flew on the Mir space station and the Mars lander Phoenix), Jim and Louise Gunderson of Gamma Two Robotics, body painting artist Alisia Angel Silliman (first place winner at the Gibraltar Second Annual Face and Body Painting festival) 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://milehicon47.eventbrite.com/. Daily memberships will be available at the door; prices are Friday $20, Saturday $22 and Sunday $20. Parking will be $5 for the weekend. Registration will open Friday at Noon 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 promote interest in reading and writing science fiction and related genres, although it has long since branched out to embrace science and technology, television, film, anime, gaming, costuming/cosplay and other areas of fannish interest.

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