Pros and Con

The 42nd annual MileHiCon should be an out-of-this-world draw for geeks of all shapes and sizes, everyone from costumed fans to Hugo Award-winning authors. Denver’s science-fiction literary convention spans three days and features over a hundred events, and traditionally attracts at least a thousand people each year.

More than eighty authors and artists will host science-fiction workshops, signings and panels, and hard-science fans will find their needs met as well, with lectures on everything from astrobiology and artificial intelligence to steampunk fashion. Children can get in on the fun, too, with features like the Avistrum Academy of Sorcery, which trains youngsters in the art of wizardry. “It’s oriented around a literary convention,” says convention chair Linda Nelson, “but we’ll have fun and silly stuff, too, including Critter Crunch, which is a sort of robot sumo wrestling.” There’s also a slew of competitions, such as the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster contest, which pays homage to the significance of the number 42 in Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The convention starts at 1 p.m. today and runs through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Avenue. Admission is $42 for the entire weekend, $21 for kids ages six to eleven; tickets for individual days vary. For more information, visit www.milehicon.org.
Oct. 22-24, 2010

 
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