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Press Releases / MileHiCon 49, October 27-29, 2017
« Last post by emilye on October 15, 2017, 08:02:26 PM »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Interviews and images available on request.

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: http://www.milehicon.org.

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 http://www.ericflint.net 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  http://www.janeLindskold.com 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: http://www.carrieannbaade.com 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 https://milehicon49.planningpod.com/.  Daily memberships will be available at the door.  Registration will open Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Background
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: http://www.milehicon.org or call 720-234-7829. Web images are available for media use; hi-res images available on request.

Media Resources
Website:  www.milehicon.org
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/milehicon/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/milehicon/
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Saying hello / Re: Hello, compatriots!
« Last post by Disreputable_Stave on July 29, 2017, 10:16:20 PM »
I finally have a web site! Visit www.scottkinkade.net for a free download of God School.
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TwoMorrows is offering 12 Days of Savings, with a dozen key books for only $12 each!

But it's only for 12 days (through Dec. 18), so celebrate the holidays with great savings of 50-75% off!

Order at: http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=136

These titles are only $12 each:

The Incredible Herb Trimpe (hardcover)
Don Heck: A Work of Art (hardcover)
Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (hardcover)
Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur (hardcover)
John Romita... And All That Jazz (hardcover)
Sal Buscema: Comics' Fast & Furious Artist (hardcover)
The Batcave Companion
The Hawkman Companion
The Krypton Companion
The Quality Companion
All-Star Companion, Volume 4

And (since he makes a cameo appearance almost everywhere!):
The Stan Lee Universe

(NOTE: For the best chance of US delivery by Dec. 23, order early and choose PRIORITY MAIL shipping.)

Happy holidays everyone, and thanks for another great year of TwoMorrows!

www.twomorrows.com
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Michael Wiese Productions are doing a bigger discount than last Yuletide on a few selected books below.

www.mwp.com

If you order by December 19th, you can get 50% discount on these select MWP titles and receive them in time for Christmas!

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Conventions and events / TwoMorrows Black Friday 2017 45% discount
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on November 23, 2016, 02:26:51 PM »
Now through December 5, TwoMorrows Publishing is offering 45% OFF all our older Black & White print magazines!

This includes:

Alter Ego (up to issue #106, including Alter Ego: Centennial)
Back Issue (up to issue #51)
Comic Book Artist (all issues)
Draw (up to issue #24)
Jack Kirby Collector (up to issue #60, including Kirby Five-Oh! and Lee & Kirby: The Wonder Years)
Rough Stuff (all issues)

So it’s a great time to stock up for the holidays, as a gift for someone else, or treat yourself and complete your collection!

BONUS: We’ve also included all our SCRATCH & DENT items (slightly scuffed or dinged copies of long sold-out books & mags) in this 45% off sale. In many cases, only one copy is left, so don’t delay!

Thanks for making our magazines the Future of Comics History.

From your friends at TwoMorrows Publishing

www.twomorrows.com


The sale is for ONLINE orders only, placed at www.twomorrows.com through 12:01am EST on Dec. 5, 2016. It only applies to PRINT copies, but a free digital edition is included where available (except for scratch & dent copies, which are print only).
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Conventions and events / Sledge-Lit is back in Derby, 26th November!
« Last post by AlexDavis on November 09, 2016, 05:28:04 AM »
Morning all,

Just wanted to pass on the news that Sledge-Lit is back for a second year - we'll be adding some Christmas flavour to a packed day of science-fiction, fantasy and horror fiction at the fantastic QUAD venue in Derby, headlined by Guests of Honour Justina Robson and Stephen Volk. It's going to be a cracker (pun intended...)

All the details are below, or if you fancied checking out the webpage you can do so at http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/sledge-lit-2016.aspx. And if you have any questions feel free to get in touch at [email protected]!

Cheers

Alex


Sledge-Lit 2
Saturday 26th November, 10:00am-6:00pm
Derby QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AS
Tickets £25 including goodie bag and access to all events on the day

Ho ho ho! The festive season wouldn't be complete without Edge-Lit's Christmas special, which returns for its second year. Expect a healthy dollop of festive fun alongside a stuffed schedule of panels, workshops, book launches and much more besides, making this the ideal Xmas party for anyone with an interest in science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing.

More packed than a stocking on Christmas morning, bigger than Santa's belly and maybe – just maybe – even more exciting than cracking open the presents under the tree, Sledge-Lit is the perfect way for genre readers, writers and fans to kick off the festive season!

GUESTS OF HONOUR:
Acclaimed and multi-award nominated science-fiction author Justina Robson
Novelist and screenwriter Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife, Midwinter of the Spirit)

Speakers and Participants
Peter Ray Allison
RJ Barker
KT Davies
Graham Edwards
Terry Grimwood
Paul Kane
Mark Latham
Adam Millard
Mark Morris
Marie O'Regan
Penny Reeve
Sophie Sparham
Gav Thorpe
Niki Valentine
Freda Warrington
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Conventions and events / CINE-EXCESS X 2016 Competition
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on November 06, 2016, 04:25:33 AM »
CINE-EXCESS X finds the international film festival and conference dedicated to cult films and horror celebrating its 10th anniversary in the city of Birmingham and extending its fiendish claws to partner with The Birmingham Comics Festival (BCF) by adding a graphic narrative competition to this year’s proceedings that take place between the 10th and 12th November.

While leading scholars, critics and film makers will contribute to a series of talks, panel discussions, interviews and UK theatrical premieres/exclusive screenings hosted by Birmingham City University (BCU) and the Mockingbird Cinema, Cine-Excess X has also launched a series of unique competitions going under the Tales of Terror banner to showcase new talents in the creative mediums.

This weekend aspiring filmmakers will receive a mystery box and have just 48 hours to come up with short film of up to five minutes long using the contents within said box, while students across the West Midlands have already received an envelope with a series of images from which they are creating scary stories and abhorrent artwork that will be displayed at BCU as part of Cine-Excess X festival, in its aforementioned link with BCF.

Now the Tales of Terror comic book challenge is being extended to all budding writers and artists residing throughout the United Kingdom…

Comic book creators you have just one week to come up with an original comic strip of up to five pages long with the only creative criteria being that the work produced is terrifying and goose bump inducing!

Competition Rules

·    All entries must be new original comic strips (Copyright will remain with the creators).

·    Completed entries must be emailed by 12th November in .jpeg format to: [email protected]

·    List all those credited in the making of the strip and give one contact person’s full name and UK postal address, along with your email address.

 Competition Prizes

The winners of the West Midlands Tales of Terror Comic Challenge will be announced during the Cine-Excess X festival weekend, while those of the national competition will be announced shortly after.

Prizes will include both a statue The Walking Dead and graphic novel kindly donated by Nostalgia & Comics, over £125 worth of graphic novels and comics (including signed books by independent publishers Accent UK and Time Bomb), plus free passes to attend the next Birmingham Comics Festival that will be taking place in June 2017!

For more on Cine-Excess X visit: www.cine-excess.co.uk/
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Museum of Science Fiction to Hold Deep Ocean Research and Robotics Competition 2016

 
Washington, DC (Oct. 25, 2016) – The Museum of Science Fiction, the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, is announcing a Deep Ocean Research and Robotics educational competition open to high school students around the world. The winning proposals will be funded, built, and launched, with data collected from the mission being shared with schools and research organizations for analysis.
 
 "Teams will have to make an academically rigorous proposal that addresses everything from the technical details of their submersible robots to the parameters of its research mission and criteria for success," said Liz Taylor president of DOER Marine and a member of the jury committee. "Winning teams will be selected using a number of factors, but innovation will be a major consideration, so we hope to see some new designs from our young future scientists and engineers." Registration for the competition opens on November 1, 2016, and teams have until March 15, 2017 to submit their proposals. Winners will be announced on or about May 15, 2017 with an awards ceremony at the Museum's Escape Velocity conference at the
 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC on September 2, 2017.
 
 "Deep sea exploration share many things in common with space exploration," said Mason Peck, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and member of the Museum of Science Fiction's Board of Advisors. "In fact, astronauts train in water to simulate the zero-gravity environment of space. Competition participants will need to overcome many of the same technical challenges with deep ocean submersibles that also apply to satellite systems operating in space."
 
 For a full list of contest rules and eligibility requirements, please visit:
www.museumofsciencefiction.org/deepocean
 
 More information about the Museum and other activities is available here: www.museumofsciencefiction.org
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Conventions and events / Apex Magazine 2016 Subscription Drive
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on October 24, 2016, 12:09:44 PM »
Apex Magazine 2016 Subscription Drive

Apex Publications is happy to announce our dates, goals, and rewards for the 2016 Apex Magazine subscription drive. 

This year’s drive will run for three weeks – October 24th to November 15th. Full information and updates on how we are doing can be found at http://www.apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-2016-subscription-drive/ 

After a very successful subscription drive last November, 2016 has been an absolutely amazing year for Apex Magazine. Looking to 2017, we want build on this year’s success and make it even more spectacular! 

To do this we’ve set this year’s Apex Magazine subscription drive goal at $10,000. 

By hitting this goal we would be able to go from 12,000 words of original fiction to 16,000 words in each issue. We could also raise the rate that we pay for original fiction and for cover art. 

We feel this goal is well within reach, but not without the support of our readers and fans. As an added incentive, we’ve set up rewards that will unlock additional content for the January, 2017 issue of Apex Magazine, creating a double issue as a thank you to all of our supporters.

We already have an impressive lineup of original fiction scheduled for January. Stories by James Beamon, Lia Swope Mitchell, Iori Kusano, and J.J. Litke. The issue will feature two poems, a reprint, and interviews with an Apex author and our cover artist. Our cover artist for January will be Aaron Nakahara.

As we reach goals in our subscription drive we will add the following to the January issue, as well as a couple of rewards that will continue in every issue all year long:

* $500 – a third original poem will be selected by our poetry editor Bianca Spriggs

* $1,000 – a second reprint will be added to the issue

* $2,000 – a new story by Ursula Vernon!

* $2,500 – a fourth original poem 

* $3,000 – an interview with Nisi Shawl

* $4,000 – a new story by Nisi Shawl! 

* $4,500 – a third reprint

* $5,000 – a second story podcast performed by Mahvesh Murad!

* $5,500 – an interview with John Hornor Jacobs

* $6,000 – a new novelette by John Hornor Jacobs! 

* $6,500 – an interview with E. Catherine Tobler about her circus universe

* $7,000 – we will add an additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 14,000 words per issue. 

* $7,500 – increase pay rate for original fiction to 7 cents a word

* $8,000 – a new story by E. Catherine Tobler set in her circus universe

* $8,500 – increase cover artist rate to $100

* $9,000 – we will add another additional 2,000 words to each issue of Apex Magazine in 2017, bringing the total up to 16,000 words per issue. 

* $10,000 – increase pay rate for original fiction to 8 cents a word

Wow! That is a lot of bonus content with some seriously amazing writers! Help us publish the most epic issue to date and ensure that 2017 will another amazing year for Apex Magazine!

How? Between October 24th and November 15th:

* Subscribe! Yearly subscriptions through Apex and Weightless will be only $17.95 during our drive. Monthly subscriptions are available through Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).

* Share the love of Apex by purchasing a gift subscription for the scifi lover in your life.

* Become a patron on Patreon. Pledge as little or as much as you want for each issue. 

* The tip jar! Chip in one-time to help push us toward our goals!

* Buy past issues of Apex Magazine! Individual issues are available, as well as bundles to get you caught up on any issues you may have missed. * Join our Thunderclap (http://thndr.me/m0Fve2) and help us spread the news! 

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.
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