Thursday, January 17, 2019

COSine brings accomplished authors and scientists to convention one last time

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge Jan. 18-20, times vary, Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive, free-$15/child, $35-$45/adult, firstfridayfandom.org.
  • Jan. 18-20, times vary, Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive, free-$15/child, $35-$45/adult, firstfridayfandom.org.
Sci-fi and fantasy conventions often place emphasis on film and TV, but our very own local COSine, while it celebrates all forms of media and art, has amassed a treasure trove of frequent guests who specialize in the literary arts and in real-life science, making it stand out from the pack. Hosted by First Friday Fandom, a local group of monthly-meeting sci-fi fans, COSine has brought accomplished sci-fi and fantasy authors and well-known scientists to our fair city for 15 years. According to organizer Robin Monogue, 2019 may be the last year the group hosts this convention, as they have at least decided not to host an event in 2020, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the convention’s impressive lineup.
click to enlarge COURTESY CARRIE VAUGHN
  • Courtesy Carrie Vaughn
This year’s literary guest of honor, Carrie Vaughn, won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2018 for her novel Bannerless, while the science guest of honor, Mike Brotherton, is also an accomplished author of science fiction, as well as a professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming. Other guests include Connie Willis, winner of 11 Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards, and her partner Courtney Willis, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Northern Colorado. Add to these distinguished guests (and many more), a full roster of panels, workshops, board games, readings and filking — sci-fi- or fandom-themed folk music performances — and COSine really does have something for everyone.

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