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Science fiction is enjoying a popular renaissance, with Hollywood — not to mention video games and toys — increasingly drawing on the speculative frontiers for inspiration and conventions celebrating those works drawing thousands of fans. Long before blockbuster sci-fi epics became the norm, it was all about the books, though, and small-scale cons that celebrated them. With a history that stretches back more than four decades, MileHiCon was one of those old-school events, but in true geek fashion, it welcomes new-school fans with open arms — and open books.

“Now they can take these books that have been around that they could never do justice to before and turn them into movies,” says Linda Nelson, chairperson of MileHiCon 45, which opens today. “I think that’s bringing lots of people into science fiction, realizing, ‘Wow, this is really fun — look at all this cool stuff.’”

The con’s focus is literary, but that doesn’t mean it’s all books and no play. The critter-crunch robot battles, costume contest, art show, vendors, parties and 24-hour gaming rooms will keep you entertained between author panels.

MileHiCon starts this afternoon at 2 p.m. and runs through Sunday evening at the Hyatt Regency DTC, 7800 East Tufts Avenue. Memberships are $46 (half price for kids under twelve) for all three days, or day passes are available starting at $18. For more info, including a full schedule, and to register, visit
Oct. 18-20, 2013