Diversicon 27

July 26-28, 2019

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly in its 23rd year, mostly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each reading includes a reception with free soda pop and cookies, and a post-reception expedition to a local bistro.

On Wednesday, October 17, NAOMI KRITZER reads from her work. Naomi Kritzer has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. Her short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the 2016 Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for the Nebula Award. A collection of her short stories was released in 2017, and her YA novel (based on “Cat Pictures Please”) will be coming out from Tor in November 2019. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her spouse, two kids, and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

J LlOREN QUILL’s reading has been postponed.

On Wednesday, November 14, JASON D. WITTMAN will read from his work. Jason D. Wittman lives and works in Minnesota. He’s had fiction published on SciFi.com, The Best of Baen’s Universe, and recently in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, as well as a game, Tile Chess, published by Steve Jackson Games. He can recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” from memory.

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Speculations Reading Series at DreamHaven Books presents a book release event for SCOURGE OF THE SEAS OF TIME (AND SPACE), a new multigenre anthology of pirate stories, edited by CATHERINE LUNDOFF and published by Queen of Swords Press, featuring special guest and anthology contributor, MICHAEL MERRIAM. Michael and Catherine will be reading from the anthology and there will be refreshments.

Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her recent stories have appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, Curious Fictions, Callisto, Respectable Horror, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales and The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and, as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press.

Michael Merriam is an author, actor, poet, and playwright. He has published ten books and over 90 pieces of short fiction and poetry.. His novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women&8217;s Fiction. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Tellebration, and StoryFest Minnesota. Michael is a co-founder of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers.Visit his homepage at www.michaelmerriam.com.

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

Planning is now underway for Diversicon 27.

Diversicon is a project of SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural, multimedia organization dedicated to improving contacts among groups and individuals interested in speculative fiction, in and out of the traditional SF community. Our continuing mission: to provide the most thoughtful Programming and the mellowest, most welcoming Parties of any Minnesota SF convention, and to making our state’s SF community more closely reflect the cultural diversity of Minnesota in the third millennium.

Hotel: Diversicon will return to the Best Western Plus—Como Park.

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Guest of Honor:
Nisi Shawl—novelist, short story writer, editor, teacher, journalist.
Nisi Shawl at Wikipedia
Nisi Shawl Bibliography


We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D27, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Soctt Lohman.


Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March), 2019: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2019: 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


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!). Stop by for a mix of readings, discussions, and conversational parties hosted by SF-related groups.

Typical Schedule (this from 2018)

Past Guests

SF Minnesota

Tales of the Unanticipated

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 27ths Program Book in July.

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