Our announced guests are listed below!

David Gerrold
Master of Ceremonies

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David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer that will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.

TV credits include episodes from Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles” and “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated(“More Tribbles, More Troubles” and “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont” and “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land Of The Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” and “Circle”), Tales From The Darkside (“Levitation” and “If The Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out Of Time”), and others.

Novels include When HARLIE Was OneThe Man Who Folded HimselfThe War Against The Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, the Trackers duology, and many more sci-fi classics.

Additionally, the autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child, won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie, Martian Child, starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack.

Nancy Kress
Literary Guest of Honor

Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is known for her Hugo and Nebula-winning novella Beggars in Spain. Kress won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2013 for “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall”, and again in 2015 for “Yesterday’s Kin”.

 

Rebecca Moesta
Editor Guest of Honor

Rebecca Moesta

Rebecca Moesta (pronounced MESS-tuh) is the bestselling author of many science fiction and fantasy books, both solo and in collaboration with her husband Kevin J. Anderson, including the STAR WARS: YOUNG JEDI KNIGHTS series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things, Star Trek TNG: The Gorn Crisis graphic novel, the original CRYSTAL DOORS trilogy, the Grumpy Old Monsters graphic novel, and the STAR CHALLENGERS trilogy.

She holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and is a founding member of Superstars Writing Seminars. She is the co-publisher of WordFire Press and has more than 25 years of experience as a professional editor.

 

Jeff Sturgeon
Artist Guest of Honor

Jeff Sturgeon

Jeff Sturgeon’s work has graced hardback and paperback books, ebooks, magazines, CDs and album covers, and video games. His work has been displayed in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In a former life, Jeff was a long-time computer game artist/art director, most notably with Electronic Arts Seattle.

 

Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover
Filk Guest of Honor

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Sugo Music recording artists Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover perform original arrangements of Celtic music from the British Isles and the Medieval and Renaissance melodies of the European courts and countrysides, interweaving soaring vocals with a Celtic Harp, an Octave Mandolin, guitars, flute, recorders, and a Tin-Whistle. They are known for their "effortless harmonies and deft facility in numerous traditional instruments" (Mythopoeic Society), and Margaret has been described as "an incredible singer - her clear soprano and harp playing I cannot praise enough" (the folknik).

Margaret & Kristoph have delighted audiences since 1993 -- sharing the magic of other times and places with fans of traditional music the world over. They have put together an engaging collection of traditional Celtic, Medieval, and Renaissance music ranging from haunting harp-based ballads and troubadour love songs, to danceable jigs and reels. Their lyrics, including some in Gaelic, Medieval French, and Provencal, speak of love and longing, quests and revels, and magic and transformation in a language that transports and enchants the listener.

Margaret & Kristoph are the only American group to have received authorization from the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to set and record Tolkien's poetry, which they released in 2000 on their CD The Starlit Jewel. Their videos of songs from The Starlit Jewel have received over 800,000 views. All in all, they have recorded 14 CDs on the Flowinglass Music label, as a duo and with their bands Avalon Rising and Broceliande. In 2008 they performed in the Disney movie Bedtime Stories. Their latest recording, Snow White -- The Mirror's Revenge is an all-original musical for which they wrote and performed the music.

 

Mem Morman and Kent Bloom
Fan Guests of Honor

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Kent started reading SF before he was 10 years old (a long time ago). He attended Discon II in 1974, MidAmeriCon in 1976, and hasn’t missed a Worldcon since. He joined the Washington Science Fiction Association in 1975, and was active in that club and its Disclave conventions until he was transferred to Colorado Springs in 1991. Kent is a founding member of First Friday Fandom of Colorado Springs. Kent started working on Worldcons at Iguanacon in 1978, where he was a radio operator and operations staff member. He chaired Denvention 3 in 2008. He is currently President of the Worldcon Heritage Organization, which collects and displays artifacts from Worldcons.

He has volunteered at Division Head and Department Head levels at Worldcons around the world, including Great Britain, Canada, and Australia. He has also chaired and been secretary for Worldcon and Westercon Business Meetings.

Mem attended her first Worldcon (and her first science fiction convention) at Baycon in Berkeley over Labor Day of 1968. This eye-opening weekend led her into both the Tolkien Society and the Mythopoeic Society and she attended (and volunteered at) Mythcons and Westercons for the next decade while she finished college, married, and even had babies – reading SF all the while.

Her second Worldcon was LAcon I in 1972 where she helped out at registration and at the masquerade. She ran her first con in 1976 – the first Mythcon run outside southern California. This experience, the birth of her third child, and a new job with IRS kept her too busy for active fandom for a couple of years, but she returned to cons and con running on the east coast in the 1980s working on Darkovercons, Disclaves, Datclaves, and the occasional Worldcon – she was an official “Bug-Eyed Computer Operator” at Noreascon II. By now her areas of expertise were in running registration and programming, and running babysitting (a task she took on for several consecutive years at Disclave, possibly setting a record in fandom for insufficient reluctance).
In the late 80’s mystery fandom won out briefly over SF fandom, and she created and chaired the first few years of Malice Domestic (a DC area mystery con designed to provide a cozy alternative to the more hard-boiled Bouchercon). By now married to Kent Bloom, and attending Worldcons and SMOFcons annually, Mary has worked site selection, information, newsletter, registration, events, and even taken a turn as a program participant. She ran Worldcon babysitting at Bucconneer putting in 17 hour days and managing to only once have to change a diaper. With Linda Ross-Mansfield she ran at-con registration at Torcon (that was the one without the long lines).

 

Andrew Mayne
Entertainment Guest of Honor

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Andrew Mayne, star of A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, is a magician and novelist. He was ranked the fifth best-selling independent author of the year by Amazon UK and his Jessica Blackwood series, about a female FBI agent who pursues crimes that appear supernatural, was nominated for the ITW Award.

As a magician, he started his first world tour when he was a teenager and went on to work behind the scenes for Penn & Teller, David Blaine and David Copperfield. He’s also the host of the Weird Things podcast, winner of the 2016 Podcast Award for best science series.

 

While not actually required to do so by rule, Westercons have traditionally published lists of their members in their progress reports and their program book (and more recently their web sites).

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Attending Members

Alexandra Brown, Alison Stern, Amy Carpenter, Andrew Trembley, Audi Jack, Ben Yalow, Beth Biehl, Beth Marble, Beverly Pfeifer, Billy Van Ark, Carrie Kay, Chris Marble, Chris Olds, Chuck van der Linden, Clark Denning, Corinne Stanley, Dana Bell, David Boop, David Clark, David Gallaher, David Gibbons, Debi Chowdhury, Dee Astell, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Diana Koivunen, Dorothy O'Hare, Felicia Herman, Gary L. Swaty, Gene Armstrong, Gerrry Tyra, Gloria Magid, Grant Brown, Guest of Clark Denning, Hal Cf Astell, Harold Harrigan, Harold Harrigan III, Holly Doyne, Jacqueline T. Elderkin, James Manning, James R. Strickland, James Shibley, James Stringer, Jan S. Gephardt, Jean Goddin, Jeff Lewis, Jeff Wildman, Jessica Brawner, Jim Davidson, John L. Sloan, Jordan Brown, Joseph Sokola, JT "Jate" Jackson, Judith Carol Bemis, Karen Schaffer, Kathleen Sloan, Keith McClune, Kevin Standlee, Kim Brown, Kris Wildman, Lamont Jones, Larry Gomez, Linda Deneroff, Linda Robinett, Lisa Deutsch Harrigan, Lisa Hayes, Lou J Berger, Marcia Bednarcyk, Marguerite T. Murray, Maura van der Linden, Michael Siladi, Michael Ward, Michele Ellington, Mike Willmoth, Mitzi Jones, Nikki Ebright, Patricia Diggs, Patricia G Steed (Pat), Peter J Wacks, Richard O'Shea, Rick Kovalcik, Rick Moen, Robert Pfeifer, Robin Monogue, Ronald Oakes, Ronnie Seagren, Rose Beetem, Ruth M. Bettenhausen, Sandy Manning, Sandy Tyra, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Sarah Manning, Sasha VaughanMiller, Seth Breidbart, Sharonn Sbarsky, Sheila McClune, Sherilynn Thagard, Spike, Stephanie Metz, Tara Oakes, Ted Monogue, Ted T Allsup Jr, Thea Hutcheson, Tom Becker, Tom O'Dell, Tony Edwin Parker, Traci Morganfield, Troy Brown, Virginia Youngstrom

Supporting Members

Adam Tilghman, Barry Short, Bradford Lyau, Carol Hightshoe, Carole I. Parker, Ed Luwish, Elizabeth Vann-Clark, Gerald Nordley, John Hertz, Joni Brill Dashoff, Kevin Roche, Lea Rush, Lee M. Carter, Lynn Gold, Michelle Ossiander, Nathan W. Toronto, Nora Rankin, Pam Luwish, Patricia Huff, Rebecca Lyons, Russ Elliott, Russell D Campbell, Ruth Dewitt, Ruth Sachter, Sally Woehrle, Sean Breen, Sean Robinson, Sherri Benoun, Theo Williams, Theresa Mather, Torrey Stenmark, William Laubenheimer

Westercon 71 will be hosted at
The Hyatt Regency
in Denver, Colorado

Hyatt Regency

Address: 7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237, United States
Phone: 303-779-1234
Reservations: Click here for Online Reservations in the Westercon 71 room block!

 

Rooms start at $99 for single and double occupancy! (Note: for a king or double room, if you select three occupants, the price is $124 per night; if you select four occupants, the price is $149 per night.)

 

Our room block is available until June 13, 2018, but we encourage our members to reserve their rooms as soon as possible. If the hotel sells out, that will give us more time to arrange overflow lodging.

 

ADA Information:

All the ADA rooms are fairly consistent with the measurements:

  • All entry door widths are 34” with 32” clearance.
  • All bathroom door widths are 34” with 33” clearance.
  • All bed heights are 25”.
  • All chair heights are 19” (desk chair adjustable).
  • Overall rooms are 365 square feet.
  • Distance between the bed and furniture is minimum 34” and maximum 52”.

Please phone the Hyatt at 303-779-1234 to arrange for an ADA room in our block. Thank you!

 

Transportation:

RTD Denver provides convenient access to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) and the Denver Tech Center!

From Denver International Airport:

  • RTD Denver provides convenient rail and bus access to the Denver Tech Center. There are several possible routes to choose from depending on what time of day you are travelling. Please consult the RTD Trip Planner at https://www.rtd-denver.com/app/plan
  • One common route is to take the A-line light rail from the Airport to the Central Park Station, transfer to the 65 bus, and get off at the S Ulster Pkwy & Technology Way stop, approximately 0.3 miles away from the hotel.
  • To avoid transferring to a bus, take the A-line light rail from the Airport to Union Station, downtown. Transfer to the E-Line toward Lincoln station, and get off at Belleview Station, approximately 0.6 miles away from the hotel.

Driving from other Denver locations:

  • The Hyatt has an attached parking garage
  • Parking is $5 for the weekend
  • Valet parking is $14 / day and $20 overnight
  • For oversized vehicles: The clearance for the parking garage is 8’. There are also spots all along the back of the Hotel where oversized cars/trucks can park. Once you pull up facing the front of the Hotel, make a left to begin circling around, and there are spots on either side.

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle: “Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center offers complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please inquire at the Concierge desk for more information and schedules.”

 

 

Most of the convention space is spread between the ground floor and the second floor, with five elevators providing transportation between floors. The hotel has wide hallways which provide easy transit between rooms. 

Hyatt Regency Ground Floor

Ground Floor

 

 Hyatt Regency Second Floor

Second Floor

 

Memberships for Westercon 71 / Myths and Legends 6  can be purchased here

 

Membership Purchase

Westercon traditionally has two classes of membership: Supporting and Attending.

  • Supporting members ($20) receive:
    • convention progress reports
    • convention program book
    • can participate in site-selection voting to determine where Westercon 73 (in 2020) will be held!
  • Attending members ($60 for adult, $30 for children) receive:
    • all the benefits of supporting membership
    • full access to on-site activities from July 4 through July 8 (you get to attend the convention for all 4+ days! :D )
    • full access to the con suite, which prodides free snacks, drinks, and scheduled meals

Why "membership"? Two reasons: a lot of older conventions were started by clubs that had memberships, so attending the event gave you membership in that club, and secondly, Westercons keep up the tradition of encouraging attendees to actively partake in the event, through volunteering, adding content, or otherwise helping the event succeed.

The philosophy is that you have a "ticket" for something you passively observe or for something specific, like a carnival ride or playing in a specific RPG session; you have a membership (or pass or badge) for something larger and where you are a participant.

 

Membership Upgrade

If you pre-supported us before July 3, 2016, or participated in the site-selection vote at which Denver was chosen, you are entitled to a discounted attending membership:

  • Voting in the Westercon 71 site selection reduces your Attending Membership cost by $20.
  • Pre-Supporting at least $25 reduced your Attending Membershp cost by your pre-support amount.
  • If either of these are the case, simply choose the appropriate upgrade option. We will reach out to you if our records do not match your selection.
  • Note: If you are unsure of which option to choose, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Any over-payments will be assumed to be a donation to Shiny Garden, the non-profit that is hosting Westercon 71, unless we hear otherwise from you.

 

Register Now!

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You can see a list of Pre-Supporters here. If you wish to NOT have your Name/Membership Status published on this site, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Westercon is hosted by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations and membership fees may be tax deductible. Consult your tax professional.

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