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 over 80 other SF, fantasy, and horror authors from both the Front Range and across the nation. They will read from works in progress and participate in programs on 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 topics in science, literature, and media.
A number of perennial favorites are on the schedule at MileHiCon, including the Friday night MHC Mix, Munch & Mingle/Autograph Alley * The MHC Critter Float-illa * Critter Crunch * the Masquerade (costume contest – cos-play) * MHC Guest of Honor Koffeeklatsches!
The theme for the kids/active track and opening ceremonies this year is Faeries & Goblins. There will be programs for both kids and the young at heart. Make a leather mask, carve an outstanding pumpkin, learn how to do life casts from award-winning costumers Charles & Tauni Orndorff, pick up some bellydancing moves, craft a pair of fairy wings, join the Rangers Apprentice for their latest adventure, create a costume and get your face painted, sew with Dr. Science or try your hand at Klingon Bop! And Chef Ian Kleinman of The Inventing Room will be back with his Molecular Gastronomy: Cooking with Liquid Nitrogen demo (other commitments permitting).
In conjunction with MileHiCon, Mischief Managed Entertainment will once again present its popular "Tales From Avistrum.” The top floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center will be transformed into Avistrum Academy for Sorcery, a wizarding school 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.
MileHiCon has been run by local SF fans since its beginning in 1969 and continues to be run and staffed entirely by volunteers. 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.
All MileHiCon activities 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. Children under 12 are half-price. Full weekend memberships can also be purchased in advance at http://www.milehicon45.eventbrite.com. Daily memberships will be available at the door; prices are $18 for Friday, $22 for Saturday and $22 for Sunday. Parking is $5 for the weekend. Registration opens on Friday at 2 pm, and at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit the convention website at www.milehicon.org (http://www.milehicon.org) , firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-234-7829. Web images are available for media use. Hi-res images available on request.