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, May 25, ELEANOR ARNASON reads from her work at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Arnason was born in Manhattan and grew up in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Washington DC, Honolulu, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis. She received a BA in art history from Swarthmore College and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota, before quitting to learn about life outside art museums and institutions of higher learning. She made her first professional sale in 1972 while living in the Detroit inner city. Since then 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 (1991), won the James Tiptree Jr Award for gender-bending science fiction and the Mythopoeic Society Award for adult fantasy. Her fifth novel, Ring of Swords (1995), won a Minnesota Book Award. Since 1994 she has devoted herself to short fiction. Her story “Dapple” won the Spectrum Award for GLBT science fiction and was a finalist for the Sturgeon Award. Other stories have been finalists for the World Fantasy, Hugo, and Nebula Awards. She lives in Minnesota, where for several years she made her living as the financial manager for a small arts nonprofit. Aside from accounting and science fiction, her interests include politics, economics, bird-watching, driving down two-lane country highways, and exploring the remains of the Great Lakes industrial belt.

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

Progress Report Two is available.

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 Chimes at Midnight.
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)
Author of The Lottery & Other Stories, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Just An Ordinary Day, and Let me Tell You.
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 and wrote the memoirs I am not Spock and I am Spock.

Others Attending:
Cezarija Abartis, Janice M. Bogstad, Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, Terry A. Garey, Martha A. Hood, Greg L Johnson, Phyllis Ann Karr, Philip E. Kaveny, Russell Letson, Catherine Lundoff, Lyda Morehouse (more to come)

Message From The Chair:
We’re excited for this year’s con. We want to make Diversicon one of your cons for the year. We offer a variety of literate and serious programming on speculative fiction, helping you find new options to explore. For those of you who return year after year, we offer the usual mix of returning panels and new things to discuss. Join us and bring your friends.

—Scott Lohman

Progress Report One

Progress Report Two

Registration Form

Programming “Blue Sheet”


Past Guests

SF Minnesota

Tales of the Unanticipated

Flash Fiction, Round Nine!
The Flash Fiction Contest, introduced by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Anne Frasier, continues at D24 with Judge Jessica Amanda Salmonson. We want stories up to 250 words (firm) related to the Convention Theme, “Martians, Vulcans, and Women of Valor”. 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 14, 2016, to diversicon@gmail.com. No entry fee, but only open to attending members of the convention. Writers of any experience level may submit. The Diversicon Chair and Programming Director are ineligible. Authors retain all rights to their stories.

Programming will feature at least two solid tracks (about 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 17th 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. Contact Eric M. Heideman and Scott Lohman (see the bottom of this page) and/or the Blue Sheet and/or the Diversicon PO Box to submit ideas and/or to let Programming know of your interest in being on panels. Priority consideration will be given to ideas received by May 1, 2016.

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.

Gourmet coffee and water will be served in our Mainstage Room; light refreshments in the Vendors.

We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D24, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Scott Lohman.

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.

For Further Information
Diversicon 24
PO Box 8036
Lake Street Station
Minneapolis, MN 55408-0036

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