The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in February
There's no finer date movie than Shaun of the Dead.
February is upon us, and geeks have a lot more than Valentine's Day to look forward to. In this month's 28 short days, we've got local sci-fi authors and comics creators releasing new books, a gaming convention and even some delightfully geeky musical options lined up. No matter how you like to get your geek on, you'll find something to enjoy in this list of ten of February's best geek events.
10) Warren Hammond: Tides of Maritinia In his excellent KOP series, local sci-fi author Warren Hammond managed to fuse classic science fiction tropes with the rhythms and energy of hard-boiled detective pulps. Now he's doing the same sort of thing with the espionage and science fictions genres in Tides of Maritinia, and kicking off a new series in the process. On the distant backwater planet of Maritinia, a rebellion is brewing, and despite the relative meaninglessness of the planet to the Empire at large, no dissent will be tolerated. A novice spy is sent to sabotage the uprising, but his supposedly simple mission gets complicated in no time at all.
Hammond will read from and sign Tides of Maritinia at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 3 at the Tattered Cover Colfax. Admission is free; the book is $6.99. For more information, visit the Tattered Cover website. [UPDATE: The February signing has been moved to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 7 at the Broadway Book Mall.]
9) Nerd Music Night Geeks love music, too. Just ask Jonathan Coulton, or anyone involved in the nerdcore scene. Now Denver geeks are getting a night to get their groove on from the same people who brought you Rock Comic Con. Local geek musicians and comedians will be front and center for a night of songs about Dothraki, human centipedes, Star Wars and, of course, Batman. Hosted by members of H2Awesome and Daenerys and the Targaryens, this premiere event kicks off a monthly series, giving you a place to get down without ever needing to remove your pocket protector.
8) Genghis Con XXXVI There's not much geekier than tabletop gaming, and man is tabletop gaming awesome. Get together with a bunch of other fanatical gamers for four days of geek majesty at Genghis Con XXXVI. Whatever your gaming fancy -- board games, role-playing games, tactical games, card games and more -- it'll be there. That means for these four days you won't have to try to con your disinterested roommate into being the fourth player for a sweet Settlers of Catan game, which will be a nice change of pace. It's also over Valentine's weekend, so if you're forever alone, or just give zero fucks about that particular Hallmark holiday, this will keep you safe from the hearts and candy bullshit happening everywhere else.
Get your game on between Thursday, February 12 and Sunday, February 15 at the Radisson Hotel Aurora. Passes start at $20 for a single day. For more info and to register, visit the Denver Gamers website.
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