October 28, 29, 30 2016

MileHiCon Through the Years

1969 - 1979 1980 - 1989 1990 - 1999 2000 - 2009 2010 - Present

2010 - Present

MileHiCon 47
October 23-25, 2015
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Kevin Hearne, Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Art Guest of Honor: Ursula Vernon
Toast Master: James Van Pelt

MileHiCon 46
October 24-26, 2014
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Daniel Abrahm, Ty Franck, Michael Swanwick
Art Guest of Honor: Phil and Kaja Foglio
Toast Master: Jeanne Stein

MileHiCon 45
October 18-20, 2013
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Seanan McGuire, Catherynne Valente
Art Guest of Honor: Aaron Miller
Toast Master: Ian Tregillis

MileHiCon 44
October 19-21, 2012
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: CJ Henderson, Cherie Priest
Special Guest of Honor: Steven Brust
Art Guest of Honor: Stephen Hickman
Toast Master: Stephen Graham Jones
Opening ceremonies: Full Steam Ahead!

MileHiCon 43
October 21-23, 2011
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Vernor Vinge, Glen Cook
Editor Guest of Honor: Gardner Dozois
Art Guest of Honor: Theresa Mather
Toast Master: Mario Acevedo
Music Guest of Honors: Pandora Celtica
Opening ceremonies: Robots

MileHiCon 42
October 22-24, 2010
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Katherine Kurtz, Rachel Caine
Art Guest of Honor: Donato Giancola
Toast Master: Paolo Bacialupi
Opening ceremonies: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic!

2000 - 2009

MileHiCon 41
October 23-25, 2009
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Nancy Kress, Barbara Hambly
Art Guest of Honor: John Picacio
Music Guest of Honor: Marc Gunn
Toast Master: Brandon Sanderson
Opening ceremonies: Sunnydale Survivors 10th Reunion (Buffy)

MileHiCon 40 
October 24-26, 2008
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Tim Powers
Art Guest of Honor: Michael Carroll
Media Guest of Honor: Ed Kramer
Toast Master: Carrie Vaughn
Opening ceremonies: PokeCon

MileHiCon 39
October 26-28, 2007
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, David Weber
Art Guest of Honor: Frank Wu
Media Guest of Honor: David Hedison (Sat. only)
Toast Master: Ed Bryant
Opening ceremonies: Zombies

MileHiCon 38
October 27-29, 2006
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Robert Sawyer
Art Guest of Honor: Alan M. Clark
Toast Master: Mark Ferrari
Opening ceremonies: Pirates!

MileHiCon 37
October 21-23, 2005
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: David Drake, Alan Dean Foster
Art Guest of Honor: David Mattingly
Media Guest of Honor: Kenneth Hall
Toast Master: Connie Willis
Opening ceremonies: MileHiCon Island, with all the guests dressing in props identifying them as a character from Gilligan’s Island.  Connie Willis had prepared introductions in verse to be sung to the Gilligan’s Island theme as well as island/castaway-themed trivia questions. 
This was also the first year for the MileHiCon Coloring Book

MileHiCon 36
October 22-24, 2004
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Charles de Lint, Elizabeth Moon, Fred Saberhagen
Art Guest of Honor: Robert Eggleton
Toast Master: Robert Vardeman
Opening ceremony theme: Iron Guests in Writer Stadium!

MileHiCon 35
October 24-26, 2003
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Barry Longyear, Christopher Stasheff
Art Guest of Honor: Lubov
Web Comic Guest of Honor: Shaenon Garrity
Toast Master: Walter Jon Williams
Opening ceremonies: Hawaiian Shirts

MileHiCon 34
October 18-20, 2002
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Christie Golden, Jack McDevitt, Nichelle Nichols,
Art Guest of Honors: Michael Georges, Michael Hague (Sat. only)
Toast Master: John M. Ford
Opening ceremonies: Harry Potter

MileHiCon 33
October 26-28, 2001
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Hal Clement, Harry Turtledove
Art Guest of Honor: Todd Lockwood
Musical Guest of Honors: TriDestiny
Fan Guest of Honor: Danielle Link*
Toast Master: Robert Vardeman
Opening ceremony: 2001. 
*Elected at the convention

MileHiCon 32
October 20-22, 2000
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honor: Ben Bova, Spider & Jeanne Robinson, C. Dean Andersson
Art Guest of Honor: John Kovalic
Fan Guest of Honor: Christian Link*
Toast Master: P.D. Cacek
Opening ceremony theme: Survivor Con Guest
*Elected at the convention

1990 - 1999

MileHiCon 31
October 22-24, 1999
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Lois McMaster Bujold, K.W. Jeter
Art Guest of Honor: Robert Daniels, Jr.
Media Guest of Honor: Richard Elfman
Fan Guest of Honor: Annabelle Bugg*
Toast Master: Kevin Anderson
*This was the first year we voted for the Fan Guest of Honor at the convention, leading to a string of successful campaigns by the Link family in successive years.

MileHiCon 30
October 23-25, 1998
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Lawrence Watt-Evans, Kevin Anderson
Art Guest of Honor: Ellisa Mitchell
Toast Master: L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The year we began the literacy auction.

MileHiCon 29 (aka Donnercon)
October 24-26, 1997
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Michael Resnick, S.M. Stirling
Art Guest of Honor: Liz Danforth
Media Guest of Honor: George Johnsen
Toast Master: Ed Bryant
The year we thought—with a great lineup and a media guest connected to Babylon-5—that we would break a thousand for the first time. That was before the snow started on Friday night. By Saturday morning we were completed snowed in, the city was shut down, and Donnercon had begun!

MileHiCon 28
October 25-27,1996
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Frederik Pohl, Jennifer Roberson
Art Guest of Honors: David Martin, Diana Harlan Stein
Media Guest of Honor: Richard Hatch
Toast Master: Wil McCarthy
The year of the Frederik Pohl incident! Richard Hatch was busy that year trying to promote a new version of Battlestar Galactica (not the one that finally emerged).

MileHiCon 27 
October 20-22, 1995
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Poul Anderson, Greg Bear
Art Guest of Honor: Phil Foglio
Media Guest of Honor: Haley McLane
Toast Master: Simon Hawke

MileHiCon 26 
October 21-23, 1994
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honor: Ellen Datlow
Art Guest of Honor: Ruth Thompson
Fan Guest of Honor: George "Lan" Laskowski
Special Guest: David Barron (Klingon Language Institute)
Toast Master: Larry Niven
The cabaret had been so popular the previous year that we reprised it. Larry Niven demonstrated his flexibility, and Ellen Datlow diagrammed the location of various human organs (liver, kidney, lungs) with magic markers on a t-shirt worn by medical model Gary Jonas.

MileHiCon 25
October 22-24, 1993
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: George R.R. Martin, Connie Willis, Steven Brust, S.P. Somtow
Art Guest of Honor: Erin McKee
Toast Master: Edward Bryant
Our anniversary year, where we asked back our former guests and several were able to attend. We also had a Pro/Fan Cabaret with several wonderful acts, including Somtow performing (on keyboards) both a classical work and the Sonic the Hedgehog Theme, with a curtain call of Porgy & Bess’s Summertime on kazoo. (Who knew you could get three octaves out of a kazoo?)

MileHiCon 24
October 23-25,1992
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: The Scribblies—Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean & Will Shetterly

MileHiCon 23
October 18-20, 1991
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honor (in absentia): Sheri S. Tepper
Special Guest of Honor: S.P. Somtow
Art Guest of Honor: Erin McKee
Fan Guest of Honor: KathE Walker
Toast Master: Connie Willis
The plague year! Guest were dropping like flies. Sheri Tepper had to cancel for medical reasons about ten days before the con. Somtow was unable to speak at the guest of honor speeches because he had left the antibiotics he was taking and Susan Crites had to "interpret" for him. Erin McKee was flat on her back in the art show and missed the program—Peri Charlifu stood in for her. And Toast Master Connie Willis almost missed the program because she only realized that morning that it was at 10:30 instead of 11. Whew!

MileHiCon 22
October 26-28, 1990
Chairs: Suzanne Reece, Don Thompson
Guest of Honors: George R.R. Martin, Dan Simmons
Toast Master: John Stith

1980 - 1989

MileHiCon 21 
October 27-29, 1989
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honor: Robert Bloch
Fan Guest of Honor: Forrest J Ackerman
Toast Master: Simon Hawke
Instead of con t-shirts this year, we had towels--imprinted “Bates Motel.”

MileHiCon 20
October 21-23, 1988
Chair: Linda Nelson
Guest of Honors: Jack Chalker, Connie Willis
Fan Guest of Honor: Don Thompson
Toast Master: Simon Hawke

MileHiCon 19
October 24-26, 1987
Chair: Gail Barton
Guest of Honors: C.J. Cherryh, Peter S. Beagle
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 18
October 24-26, 1986
Chair: Dana Cain
Guest of Honors: Gahan Wilson, Juanita Coulson
Toast Master: Somtow Sucharitkul
Toast Master General: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 17
October 24-26, 1985
Chair: Rose Beetem
Guest of Honor: Somtow Sucharitkul
Fan Guest of Honor: Leslie Fish
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 16
October 26-28, 1984
Chair: Maria Ladd
Guest of Honor: Robert Asprin
Fan Guest of Honor: Suzanne Reece
Co-Toasties: Connie & Courtney Willis

MileHiCon 15
October 21-23, 1983
Chair: Dana Cain
Guest of Honor: George R.R. Martin
Fan Guest of Honor: Pat Taylor
Toast Master: Howard Waldrop

MileHiCon 14
October 22-24, 1982
Chair: Gail Barton
Guest of Honor: Ed Bryant    
Art Guest of Honor: Kelly Freas
Fan Guest of Honor: Bruce Dane
Toast Master: Connie Willis

MileHiCon 13 
October 23-25, 1981
Chair: Rose Beetem
Guest of Honor: Theodore Sturgeon
Fan Guest of Honor: Tom Digby
Toast Master: Bob Vardeman

MileHiCon 12
October 24-26, 1980
Chair: Rose Beetem
Guest of Honor: Stephen Donaldson
Fan Guest of Honor: Roy Tackett
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

1969 - 1979

[Back to Top] MileHiCon 11 - October 26-28 1979
Chair: Bruce Miller
Guest of Honor: Jack Williamson
Fan Guest of Honor/ARFF Winner: Curt Stubbs
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 10 - October 27-29 1978
Chairs: Doris D. Beetem, David Anderson
Guest of Honor: William Tenn
Fan Guest of Honor: Fran Skene
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 9 - October 28-30 1977
Chair: Doris D. Beetem
Guest of Honor: Roger Zalazny
Fan Guest of Honor: Bruce D. Arthurs
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 8 - October 22-24 1976
Chairs: Ted Peak, Judith Brownlee
Guest of Honor: Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fan Guest of Honor: Don Thompson
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 7 - October 24-26 1975
Chairs: Ted Peak, Judith Brownlee
Guest of Honor: Joann Russ
Fan Guest of Honor: Bob Vardeman
Toast Master: Ed Bryant
*First con to last three days

MileHiCon 6 - October 26-27 1974
Chairs: Ted Peak, Judith Brownlee
Guest of Honor: Poul Anderson
Fan Guest of Honor: Frank Denton
Toast Master: Ed Bryant
Poul's wife Karen Anderson presided over the Court of Love and a tournament was held. There was a lot of crossover between the SCA and DASFA/MileHiCon in those days, with many people active in both groups. 

MileHiCon 5 - October 27-28 1973
Chairs: Ted Peak, Judith Brownlee
Guest of Honor: Gordon Dickson
Fan Guest of Honor: Devra Langsam
Toast Master: Ed Bryant

MileHiCon 4 - October 21-22 1972
Chair: Judith Brownlee
Guest of Honor: Ed Bryant
Toast Master: Bob Vardeman

MiniCon III - October 16 1971
Chair: Judith Brownlee

OctoCon II - October 17 1970
Chair: Camille "Caz" Cazedessus

OctoCon I - November 15 1969
Chair: Camille "Caz" Cazedessus