Guests of Honor:
Eleanor Arnason, a Guest of Honor at Diversicon 1, has lived in Manhattan, Chicago, London, Paris, Washington DC, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis. Since 1973 she has published five novels and over 30 novellas, novelettes, short stories, and experimental short forms. Her fourth novel, A Woman of the Iron People (1990), won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for gender-bending science fiction and the Mythopoeic Society Award for Best Adult Fantasy. Her Fifth novel, Ring of Swords (1995), won a Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent book is the collection Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens (2016).
Melissa Scott, a Guest of Honor at Diversicon 11, is the author of some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including several novels co-authored with her late partner, Lisa A. Barnett. Scott’s works are known for their elaborate and well-connected settings. While her works, with the exception of Shadow Man (1996), usually don’t deal directly with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes, most of her protagonists are LGBT. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986, and has won several Lambda Literary Awards. Her novels include Trouble and Her Friends (1994), Dreaming Metal (1997) and The Shapes of Their Hearts (1998). She is also the author of Conceiving the Heavens: Creating the Science Fiction Novel (1997).
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), while President of the United States, committed the nation to an American human landing on the Moon by 1969.
Robert Bloch (1917-1994), wrote That Hellbound Train, Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, Psycho, and Star Trek’s Wolf in the Fold.
Message from the Chair: Diversicon is 25! And we’re bringing our usual mix of great panels, discussions and readings. Join us as we celebrate turning 25 with a wonderful con. ---Scott Lohman
Flash Fiction, Round Ten! The Flash Fiction Contest, suggested by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Anne Frasier, continues at D25 with Judge Melissa Scott. We want stories up to 250 words (firm) related to the Convention Theme, “Dreaming Silver.” Entries will be judged on the creative interpretation of the theme, the quality of the writing, and emotional/intellectual impact. The winner gets a cool certificate, the honor of winning, and the opportunity to read your work out loud at our Auction Halftime Saturday night. Submit no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, July 5, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org. No entry fee, but only open to attending members of the convention. Writers of any experience level may submit. The Diversicon Chair and the Programming Director are ineligible. Authors retain all rights to their stories.
Programming: Programming will feature two to 2 1/2 solid tracks (40-50 items), including Guest readings and/or presentations; our usual lively mix of panels and discussions on SF in literary media, film, TV, and graphic arts; speculative science; alternative lifestyles; and—especially—multicultural SF. We’ll hold our 18th annual Yugo Awards Book Review for “Best SF Books That Should Have Been Written.” Other topics will include the work of our Guests, both living and posthumous; and the fabulous SF Minnesota Auction. Your Programming suggestions are welcome! Contact Eric M. Heideman, Scott Lohman, and/or the Diversicon PO box. If you wish, use the Programming “Blue Sheet” to submit ideas and/or to let Programming know of your interest in being on panels. Priority consideration will be given ideas received by May 15, 2017.
SF Minnesota Auction: Featuring books, DVDs, BluRays, artwork, and miscellaneous items, the Auction supports our Sponsoring Organization and its projects. And it’s great fun! To donate or consign items contact Eric or Scott.
Hotel: We’re pleased to remain at the traditional Best Western Plus, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, at Bandana Square, Saint Paul. Built inside an historic 1891 train shop, with original tracks running through the lobby, the hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, free internet computer, and free wireless. A free breakfast, hot and cold, is served in the lobby for hotel guests. The hotel’s own lounge, The Waiting Room, is open from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. A nearby restaurant is Gabe’s by the Park, 991 Lexington Pkwy N (about three blocks from the hotel). The hotel has a strong connection to the fan community; in 2017 it will host the Western convention Con-Sarnit the first or 2nd Friday and Saturday in June for the 10th time (of 10); Diversicon for the 13th time; and the horror convention Arcana, on a TBA weekend in October, for the 26th consecutive year. We should have the Diversicon room rates nailed down and posted here by Groundhog Day, February 2. Specify Diversicon when reserving a room: 612-647-1637. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
Hospitality: Rich Brown will serve gourmet coffee and latte Saturday and Sunday mornings; Sybil M. Smith, Carole Ashmore, and Hank Lederer will periodically serve refreshments. More Hospitality hosts are eagerly sought.
Parties: We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D25, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Soctt Lohman.
Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March), 2017: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2017: Adult $35.00; Student $25.00; Supporting $10.00
At the Door: Adult $45.00; Student $35.00; Converting $30.00
Child (ages 5-11) $5.00 anytime
You may register by mailing in a completed registration form along with a check for the appropriate amount. Or you may register by PayPal: just make the appropriate payment to email@example.com, then send an email to the same address listing name(s) and address(es) for those who will be attending. Of course we accept cash, checks, or PayPal at the door.
Dealers: Our dealers will get our early membership rate ($30.00) for each person working the table, plus $20.00 for the first table, $15.00 for a second table, if available. Space is tight. To get on the waiting list, contact Eric.
Art: Attending Artists will get our early membership rate ($30.00) in return for hanging out in the Vendor Room for an hour on Saturday and talking about their work. The Attending Artists display rate is $1.00 per bid sheet (per piece). Walk-in art will be accepted from a non-attending artist or agent at the rate of $2.00 per bid Sheet. Items that receive two or more Silent Auction bids will be included in the SF Minnesota Auction Saturday.
Krushenko’s: Inspired by a Manhattan bistro in Larry Niven’s Ringworld, this space is for people who like to spend time at SF conventions talking about SF. It started at the 1983 Minicon, and now also materializes at MarsCon, WisCon, Con-Sarnit, and Arcana (including a Diversicon-sponsored or co-sponsored party at three of the above venues!). At Diversicon 25 it will be near the function rooms. Stop by for a mix of readings, discussions, and conversational parties hosted by SF-related groups.
Program Book Ads: Advertise your event, product, service, or cause in the Diversicon Program Book. Ads are $50.00 full page (8 1⁄2” x 11”—7 1⁄2” x 10” screen), $35.00 half page, $25.00 quarter page.
See what happens at Diversicon (schedule from 2016)
Tales of the Unanticipated
Diversicon wishes to thank Second Foundation and Arcana for their Supporting Organization status.
Your group’s Supporting Organization Grant of $25 or more helps support such SF Minnesota projects as the monthly Speculations Readings Series at DreamHaven Books and, now, Tales of the Anticipated. In return for your grant, your organization will receive a thank you here, in Progress Report 2, and in Diversicon 25ths Program Book in July.
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