AnomalyCon Guest Announcements!

Greetings, Adventurers and Scientists!

Unfortunately, we have to announce that Alaya Dawn Johnson will not be able to join us this year, because of some happenings in the school system where she teaches.

However! We are excited to announce a few additions who have graciously agreed to take her place!

Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change is a science fiction novella, and finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica,Wet, Kathryn in the City, The Classics Professor, The Best of Strange Horizons, Without a Map, The Poet’s Journey, and A Taste of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook).

Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010 and Maneki Neko Con. She serves as Executive Director of the Speculative Literature Foundation (, has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sherri L. Smith

By day she works in a monster factory, at night she writes by the glow of her laptop. Sherri L. Smith is the author of five award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl—a World War II adventure the Washington Post named a best book of the year. Her latest novel is Orleans, a “cli-fi” adventure set in a future, post-disaster New Orleans where the survivors have gone tribal, separated by blood type to stem the spread of deadly disease. Sherri was a judge for the 2014 National Book Awards in Young People’s Literature and a three-time writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, a women writers’ retreat in Washington State. She’s worked in comic books, animation and construction. Her newest book, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, is an historical clockwork fantasy based on “The Nutcracker,” in stores this fall. Learn more at

James A. Owen

James A. Owen is an author, illustrator, and speaker. He created two dozen StarChild comics, and was named to trade magazine Hero Illustrated’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the Comic Book Industry in 1994 and 1995.

James drew over 200 illustrations, as well as the covers, for his epic seven book series of young adult novels, the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. More than a million copies of his publications are in print, and are sold all over the world.

Often asked to speak at schools, James rarely discusses his books, instead focusing on stories from his own life – examples of overcoming obstacles and adversity, how making choices in life is like drawing a Dragon, and how he came to do what he loves most for his job. These stories are the inspirational non-fiction book, Drawing Out The Dragons, the first of three books called The Meditations.

Fool’s Hollow, the first of a five-volume YA series, will come out in 2013. It’s both a literary homecoming for James as well as a starting point for a bold, new adventure, because Fool’s Hollow will be a grand retelling and completion of the StarChild saga with dozens of new, original illustrations

James is the founder and executive director of the Coppervale Studio, a 14,000 square foot, century-old restored church in Arizona.

FAQ updated!

Hullo all!

We’ve done a rather large update and overhaul of the FAQ and Policy page. Please consider taking a gander over there, as many of your questions can be answered there (yes, please volunteer- we’ll love you forever. And please wait until after AnomalyCon 2015 to inquire about vendor information for AnomalyCon 2016)

Big art news!

AnomalyCon is modifying our art show this year. That’s right, we heard your voices and we listened (though our top scientists are investigating this strange phenomenon and assure us they will get to the bottom of the voices in our heads)! This year we are proud to present a profit-earning art room.

For more information, head on over to our new Art Show page!

Panel suggestions are now CLOSED!

Thank you to everybody who submitted a panel idea! We have some good news: the schedule is in the drafting stages, so stay tuned for a super special awesome schedule preview!

And an additional reminder:
There are only TWO MONTHS to pre-reg for AnomalyCon! By pre-registering, you get a lovely laminated badge and a re-usable tote bag full of con goodies and extras from our guests! Hurry now and get your weekend pass for only $30!

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deal!

This weekend only, starting today and going through the end of Monday (December 1), we’re doing a special deal on preregistration badges! AnomalyCon is giving away one of our awesome iron on patches with every preregistration badge sold! Buy a badge this weekend and you’ll be able to claim your patch at the convention automatically! What are you waiting for? Register today!

Volunteer Meetings!

We’ve received a few queries about volunteering and now we finally have dates for meetings! Everything will take place at Castlewood Library (6739 S Uinta St, Centennial, CO 80112).

1/3 — 1:00p – 4:00
2/7 — 11:00a – 1:00
3/7 — 11:00a – 1:00

If you want to volunteer, attending just ONE of these meetings is mandatory. We’ll have a lovely overview of responsibilities and bribes.

Vendor Room is Full!

We’ve received multiple requests for the vendor room. At this point, AnomalyCon’s vendor room is completely full. We have a long waiting list already so it’s not very likely we can accommodate any additional vendors for 2015. We’ll make announcements for the 2016 vendor room shortly after AnomalyCon 2015 closes. Thank you for your understanding.

New Hotel!

Due to management changes at the DTC Marriott and feedback we’ve received from attendees, we have made the decision to change venues to the DTC Hyatt. Rooms are now available for reservation for $89/night $90/night, and you can reserve under the AnomalyCon reservation rate for Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun nights. Click HERE or visit our location page to make your reservation while rooms are available!

Exciting Announcements for AnomalyCon 2015!

AnomalyCon is thrilled to announce an entire plethora of new special guests for 2015!

We are most thrilled to announce that Cory Doctorow will be joining us!

AnomalyCon is thrilled to announce an entire plethora of new special guests for 2015!

We are most thrilled to announce that Cory Doctorow will be joining us!

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER and novels for adults like RAPTURE OF THE NERDS and MAKERS. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.

We’re also thrilled to say that tickets for Cory’s session at Breakfast with Brilliance–at which he will be available for digital keysigning in addition to a reading, q&a, and other shenanigans with breakfast–will be available for just $10. Since weekend passes are currently only $20, that’s an awesome deal!

We’ll also be joined by S.J. Chambers.

S. J. Chambers’ fiction and poetry has appeared in a variety of venues including Mungbeingmagazine (which is currently running her wino-fiction serial Vintage Scenes), New Myths, Yankee Pot Roast, and in anthologies such as the World Fantasy nominated Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet Of Curiosities (HarperCollins, 2011), Zombies: Shambling Through The Ages (Prime Books, 2013), The New Gothic (Stone Skin Press, 2013), the Spanish Steampunk anthologies Planes B and Acronos II (Tyrannosaurus Books, 2014), and in the forthcoming Steampunk World (Alliteration Ink, 2014) and the Starry Wisdom Library (PS Publishing, 2014) collections.

Her non-fiction has appeared at Tor.Com, Bookslut,, and Strange Horizons (where she was also the Articles Senior Editor for two years). She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, and her first book, The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image, 2011) co-authored with Jeff Vandermeer, was nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy award.

She can be found to blog irregularly at

J.A. Campbell is writing a 4-piece short story for our new newsletter! You can find out more about her at her website:

Van Aaron Hughes is also joining us! He writes science fiction and fantasy short fiction. His story “The Dualist” was a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Writers of the Future Vol. 27, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and other publications.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that we are adding both a History track and a Safety and Sexuality track for 2015! We can’t wait to see you there!

Pardon the dust–we’re hoping to have a new facelift here in just a few days.