Diversicon 24

“Martians, Vulcans, and Women of Valor”

July 29-31, 2016

Best Western Plus—Bandana Square
1010 Bandana Blvd W
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 647-1637

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a post-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.

On Wednesday, March 2, S.N. ARLY reads from her fiction. S.N.Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. She has had several short stories published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She is currently working on novels, with the exception of the occasional short story her brain foists upon her.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF Minnesota.

Guest of Honor: Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Jessica Amanda Salmonson is a recipient of the Lambda Award, World Fantasy Award, and ReaderCon Certificate. She is a novelist: Anthony Shriek, The Golden Naginata, The Swordswoman, etc; short story writer: The Deep Museum, A Silver Thread of Madness, The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter; and poet: The Death Sonnets, The Ghost Garden. She has edited a number of horror and/or fantasy anthologies (Heroic Visions, Tales by Moonlight) and single-author weird fiction collections such as of Marjorie Bowen, Julian Hawthorne, Sarah Orne Jewett, Vincent O’Sullivan, Mary Heaton Vorse, Fitz-James O’Brien, Harriet Prescott Spofford, and others. She lives with artist and potter Rhonda Boothe and their dogs, on a hillside in a Pacific Northwest military town overlooking Puget Sound from her crumbling spooky looking Edwardian manse.

Special Guest: Naomi Kritzer
Naomi Kritzer’s short stories have appeared in Asimov’s SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons and Tales of the Unanticipated. Her novels Fires of the Faithful, Turning the Storm, Freedom’s Gate, Freedom’s Apprentice and Freedom’s Sisters are available from Bantam. Since her last novel came out, she has written an urban fantasy novel about a Minneapolis woman who unexpectedly inherits the Ark of the Covenant; a children’s science fictional shipwreck novel; a children’s portal fantasy; and a YA novel set on a dystopic seastead. She has two e-book short story collections out: Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories, and Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories. Naomi lives in St. Paul with her husband and two daughters.

Posthumous Guests:
Orson Welles (1915-1985)
Directed the Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast of The War of the Worlds and the films Citizen Kane, The Stranger, Touch of Evil, and The Trial.
Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
Acted in the TV series Mission: Impossible and Star Trek, and directed the films Star Trek III, Star Trek IV, The Good Mother, and Three Men and a Baby.
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)
Author of “The Lottery”, “One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts”, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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Programming “Blue Sheet”

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Past Guests

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Tales of the Unanticipated

Hotel
We are returning to the traditional hotel, the Best Western Plus at Bandana Square. 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, cold and hot, is served in the lobby for hotel guests. A nearby restaurant is Gabe’s by the Park, 991 Lexington Pkwy N, (about three blocks from the hotel). The hotel’s own lounge, the Waiting Room, is open from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The hotel has a strong connection to the fan community; in 2016 it hosts the Western convention Con-Sarnit for the 9th time (of 9), June 3 & 4; Diversicon for the 12th time; and the horror convention Arcana, October 21-23, for the 25th consecutive year. Specify Diversicon when reserving a room.

Supporting Organizations
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 24ths Program Book in July.


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