Diversicon 26

July 27-29, 2018


The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, 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, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. BRIANA LAWRENCE and JESSICA WALSH read from theIr respective works. Sixteen years ago Briana and Jessica were two fanfiction writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now? Those fanfiction days have transformed into writer careers that range from published books, freelance jobs, and articles about cosplay and the issues that come up in the community. Briana writes geeky scripts for WatchMojo.com that focus on video games and anime and also has a cosplay column for Twin Cities Geek. She’s also had articles published by The Curvy Fashionista, SyFy.com and various other websites. She has had several books published, including her latest series, magnifiqueNOIR that focuses on black, queer, magical girls. Meanwhile, Jessica has had her work in Apex Magazine, Simplicity’s Cosplay Culture, and has also started writing for WatchMojo. She’s also been noticed by Dreamspinner Press and has a novella published called Ironbound Kisses along with the short “Spiked and Feathered.” Her upcoming book Little Creepers is an anthology of short horror stories and will be released in 2018. Together, the two ladies are also working on a series of urban supernatural books in their “Hunters” series. This series, which has a creature who can change people’s lives with just the turn of a page, has two books so far and there are seven planned altogether. Whether they’re doing solo works or writing together—and somehow not killing each other along the way—they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Briana and Jessica are smiling their way through the geek scene.

Wednesday, January 17—note the date change—at 6:30 p.m. we’ll host the fourth annual ROUND ROBIN READINGS. Interested persons should bring poetry or short prose submissions sufficient for a five-minute reading, plus up to five minutes of additional material in the event that the first round gets done early.

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

Guests of Honor:
Charlie Jane Anders
is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, out now. She’s the organizer of the Writers With Drinks reading series, and she was a founding editor of io9, a website about science fiction, science and futurism. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo award.

Bryan Thao Worra is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an international literary organization celebrating the poetry of the imaginative and the fantastic. A Lao American writer, he holds over 20 awards for his work including an NEA Fellowship in Literature and was a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Games. The author of 6 books, his work appears internationally including Australia, Canada, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, and Pakistan.

Posthumous Guests of Honor:
Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 – May 8, 1985) was considered one of the most influential writers of the so-called “Golden Age” of science fiction fostered by editor John Campbell from 1938 to 1950. Sturgeon was particularly appreciated for his literary style, his attention to character and his treatment of important social issues such as sex, war, and the alienation of those felt to be different from the norm. His depictions of the American working class and his sensitivity to strange and disabled people have been likened to Flannery O’Connor, Sherwood Anderson, and William Faulkner. In his obituary, the New York Times said that “Sturgeon was, in several senses, the conscience of modern science fiction,” and Kurt Vonnegut called him “One of the best writers in America…certain to fascinate all sorts of readers, not only science fiction fans.” His work is beloved by younger generations of writers as well, including James Tiptree, Jr., Connie Willis, Samuel R. Delany, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem and Nalo Hopkinson.

Philip José Farmer (January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2009) was an American author known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Farmer is best known for his sequences of novels, especially the World of Tiers (1965–93) and Riverworld (1971–83) series. He is noted for the pioneering use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for, and reworking of, the lore of celebrated pulp heroes, and occasional tongue-in-cheek pseudonymous works written as if by fictional characters. Farmer often mixed real and classic fictional characters and worlds and real and fake authors as epitomized by his Wold Newton family group of books. These tie all classic fictional characters together as real people and blood relatives resulting from an alien conspiracy. Such works as The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (1973) and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) are early examples of literary mashup. Literary critic Leslie Fiedler compared Farmer to Ray Bradbury as both being “provincial American eccentrics” who “strain at the classic limits of the [science fiction] form,” but found Farmer distinctive in that he “manages to be at once naive and sophisticated in his odd blending of theology, pornography, and adventure.”

Madeline L’Engel (November 29, 1918- September 6, 2007) was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth. She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write. She published her first two novels during these years—“A Small Rain” and “Ilsa”—before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season. Madeleine became associated with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. She wrote over 60 books.

News from Diversicon:

Note the dates: July 27-29, 2018. This differs from what was announced in the program book.


We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D26, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Soctt Lohman.


Diversicon programming is driven by our attendees! If you have an idea for a programming event please fill out a "blue sheet" and send it in. Thank you.


Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March), 2018: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2018: 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 diversicon@gmail.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.


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 2017)

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 26ths Program Book in July.

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