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Press Releases / MileHiCon 49, October 27-29, 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:02:26 PM »
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A Celebration of All Things Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Over 100 authors, artists and other speakers will attend MileHiCon 49 October 27, 28 & 29, 2017

(DENVER, CO) July 31, 2017—More than 100 science fiction/fantasy/horror authors, artists and other speakers will participate, and autograph books at the 49th annual MileHiCon science fiction/fantasy/ horror literary convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center October 27, 28 and 29, 2017.  For SF/F and speculative fiction lovers, it’s a 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 Colorado
•   Round-the-clock gaming
•   Vendors room full of science fiction, fantasy and horror-related items
•   CosPlay (costume) contest
•   Critter Crunch (robotic sumo wrestling)
•   Mass author autograph session with over 60 authors participating (no extra fees)
•   Literacy Auction with hundreds of donated items.  All proceeds donated to a Denver based charity literacy program.
•   During the weekend over 200 different programs will be offered on subjects ranging from Writing * Publishing * Artist demonstrations * Hands-on Workshops * Science presentations * Autograph sessions * Kids’ programming * Costuming * Gaming * and much more!

This year, MileHiCon’s guests of honor include authors Eric Flint and Jane Lindskold, and artist Carrie Ann Baade.  Local author Jason Heller will preside as toastmaster.  In addition to the guests of honor, appearances, presentations and performances will include more than 100 other SF, fantasy and horror authors, artists, speakers, and performers from 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.  There will be many opportunities to meet and get free autographs from authors and artists throughout the weekend.  A list of participants (regularly updated) is available on the website:

Eric Flint began his writing career with the science fiction novel Mother of Demons. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six-volume Belisarius series, as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant.  His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, and has led to a long-running series with many novels and anthologies in print.  He now has almost fifty novels in print as well as many pieces of short fiction and dozens of anthologies which he’s edited.  Visit his website for more information.

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, New Mexico writer Jane Lindskold started publishing stories in 1992, and her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December 1994.  In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns — who have sworn to keep their existence hidden from a human race prone to kill what it does not understand.  In her Firekeeper Saga, she writes about a woman who discovers that politics among the wolves she was raised by, and politics among human royalty are not so different.  Visit her website for more information.

Artist guest of honor Carrie Ann Baade is a classically trained artist whose paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque imagery, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures.  Her artwork is in collections around the world and have been featured in numerous publications.  She was awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010 and the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005.  Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.  Visit her website: for more information.

Toastmaster Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose books include Strange Stars (forthcoming from Melville House); the alt-history novel Taft 2012 (Quirk); the Goosebumps tie-in Slappy’s Revenge (Scholastic); and the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook (Disney.  He is the former non-fiction editor of Clarkesworld magazine and won a Hugo Award as part of that editing team.  His short stories have appeared in Apex Magazine, Farrago’s Wainscot, Sybil’s Garage, Paper Darts, Nightmares Unhinged, Swords v. Cthulhu, and many others.

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 $48 at the door.  Full weekend memberships can also be purchased in advance at  Daily memberships will be available at the door.  Registration will open Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

MileHiCon has been run and staffed entirely by volunteers since its inception in 1969.  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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For more information, visit the convention website: or call 720-234-7829. Web images are available for media use; hi-res images available on request.

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Press Releases / MileHiCon 42 - Oct. 22-24, 2010
« on: October 10, 2010, 01:10:18 PM »
The forty-second MileHiCon, the Rocky Mountain Region's largest literary science fiction convention, will be October 22-24, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center-Denver. The convention will feature more than 80 authors and speakers, programming on every aspect of the SF and fantasy genres, the largest SF/fantasy art show in the region, round-the-clock gaming, a room full of dealers of SF-, fantasy-, and horror-related materials, and a masquerade (costume contest). The convention will also include video and anime rooms, as well as the Critter Crunch-the first robotic combat competition, from which all others came, and the Critter Floatilla, the first, and possibly only, aquatic robotic competition.

MileHiCon has been run by local SF fans since its beginning in 1969. The convention  has approximately 1,000 attendees, and is still run and staffed entirely by volunteers. Its purpose is to further interest in reading and writing SF and related genres, although it has long since branched out to include television, film, anime, and gaming. In honor of being MileHiCon 42, Hitchhiker’s Guide-related activities will be featured throughout the weekend, including a (virgin) Pan Galactic Gargleblaster Contest and a Hitchhiker’s Guide hall costume walk. Don’t forget your towel.

This year's guests of honor are authors Katherine Kurtz and Rachel Caine, and artist Donato Giancola. Colorado author Paolo Bacigalupi will preside as toastmaster. Kurtz, who has written over 20 novels, is perhaps best known for  the  Deryni series and the Adept series. Caine has written 31 novels, including the Morganville Vampires young adult series. Giancola is an award-winning artist and illustrator who describes himself as “a classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy subject matter”. Bacigalupi, from Hotchkiss, CO, has won the Sturgeon and Locus awards for his short stories. His first novel, The Windup Girl, was published in September 2009, and has won the 2010 Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.

In addition to the guests of honor, MileHiCon will be attended by other SF, fantasy, and horror authors, many of them local. They will read from works in progress and participate in programs on various aspects of writing and publishing. They and other special guests will also give presentations and participate in panels on various topics, including science, literature, and media. Boulder author Carrie Vaughn, will reprise her popular "Carrie and the Midnight Hour" with a new twist. Denver dance troupe Serpent Moon returns to MileHiCon to perform twice.

A special track of activities and programs is designed for, but not restricted to, younger attendees.  The theme for MileHiCon’s children’s programming this year is “Space Cadet Academy: Kids in Space.” Planned activities include costuming, scavenger hunts, art projects, and more featuring aliens, astronauts and other things extraterrestrial. More down-to-earth activities include the Pumpkin King’s jack-o-lantern class and a belly dance workshop for children of all ages by Serpent Moon. 

The MileHiCon annual literacy auction of SF-, fantasy-, and horror-related materials, which benefits a local literacy program, will be held on Saturday night, while the masquerade judges deliberate. This year’s recipient of the literacy auction proceeds will be Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver.

Also, mischief Managed Entertainment will once again present its popular "Tales From Avistrum" in tandem with MileHiCon.  The top floor of the Hyatt Regency will be transformed into the wizarding school called 'Avistrum Academy' where students help solve a mystery and fight the villains. The weekend is complete with The Sorting Ceremony, Start of Term Feast, the Quidditch Cup Tournament and a full schedule of classes, including Potions, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts and Transfiguration.

All MileHiCon activities will be at The Hyatt Regency Tech Center-Denver, located at 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO 80237. For more information, see the convention website: For more information on Avistrum and their activities, see their website: Information on Girls Incorporated can be found at

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