Diversicon 29

“More Human Than We Are”

July 29 - 31, 2022
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441

The Speculations Readings Series continues monthly at DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St., Minneapolis, usually Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and include a reception and autographing and an expedition to a South Minneapolis bistro to build a sense of community among Twin Cities readers and writers.

Join our D29 Guests for a reading at Dreamhaven on Thursday July 28 at 6:30pm. Our Posthumous Guests may appear by proxy.

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

DreamHaven: http://www.dreamhavenbooks.com; 612-823-6161
Diversicon: www.diversicon.org; diversicon@gmail.com
Speculations: Eric, eheideman@dhzone.com

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.

COVID-19 is not dead

Covid-19 is still found in the wild in Minnesota - levels are reported ‘low’ to ‘medium’ - depending on the source of stats you follow. While the risk may feel acceptable to you, please remember many Diversicon attendees have weakened immune systems and/or may live with others who are immunosuppressed. For the safety of all it is expected that all Diversicon 29 attedees will be both fully vaccinated and masked while in convention space. Thank you for keeping the needs of others in mind.

Guest of Honor: T. Aaron Cisco

T. Aaron Cisco is a Contemporary Afrofuturist author, television producer, and contributing writer for Twin Cities Geek. His literary works include Teleportability, Dragon Variation, The Preternaturalist, Simple Not Easy, Shadow of the Valley, Big Ass Aliens, and Black Nerd Blue Box: The Wibbly Wobbly Memoir of a Lonely Alien.

Special Guest: Sybil Smith

Sybil Smith is a lifelong reader and viewer of science ction. She has been an active member of several SF groups, including the Minnesota Science Fiction Society; is a founding member of SF Minnesota and Diversicon; and has served several terms as SF Minnesota President.

Posthumous Guests:

Jack Vance (1916-2013): Author of The Dying Earth, To Live Forever, The Languages of Pao, The Dragon Masters, The Last Castle, Ports of Call, The Jack Vance Treasury, and This is Me, Jack Vance!

Damon Knight (1922-2002): Novelist, editor, anthologist, memoirist, teacher, critic, Science Fiction Writers of America founder, and author of dozens of short stories, including To Serve Man.

Stan Lee (1922-2017): Co-creator (with Steve Ditko) of Spider-Man; evangelist of the Marvel Age of Comics.

Join us for readings by our guests at Dreamhaven on Thursday July 28 at 6:30pm.

Read the Diversicon 29 Program Schedule here.

Message from the Chair:
We’re returning to the Crowne Plaza West Minneapolis. We have two exciting local guests with three fascinating posthumous guests along with the regular stuff you love about Diversicon. Again bring your donations for the SF Minnesota Auction. There will be bargains and other fun stuff, and it supports the Con. We’ll again see how the health situation is and plan accordingly. Also we’d appreciate any help in getting fellow attendees to the con, as the hotel is away from bus routes. Join us again for a wonderful convention.

—Scott Lohman, D29 Chair

“Diversicon is a convention for the unconventional.”

—Karen Joy Fowler

Progress Report:
Download Progress Report Two for more about Diversicon 29.
(Progress Report One also available.)

We try to keep Diversicon policies simple and straightforward. In general, if you act like a civilized adult you will be fine.

Diversicon 29 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. Attendees are encouraged to book a room so they can spend their time enjoying the con rather than commuting. Sleeping room rates will be $97.00 plus taxes for 1-4 guests. You may book a room at the Diversicon rate at this Crowne Plaza online booking page. Alternatively, you may call the national booking number: 1-800-270-1393 or the hotel directly: 763-559-6600. Request the Diversicon room block to get the group rate. The cutoff date for this rate is Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Hotel amenities include a dining room and a Café, athletic club access, free parking, wireless Internet. Dog and cat friendly. Fast food and various reasaurants are a short drive away.

The hotel is somewhat difficult to reach by public transit. If this will be a problem for you please contact diversicon@gmail.com and we will try to help you arrange ride sharing.

Rich Brown will serve gourmet coffee and latte Saturday and Sunday mornings. Our Hospitality staff will offer light refreshments and genial conversation.

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.

We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D29, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Soctt Lohman.

Programming will feature two to 2 1⁄2 tracks (40-50 items), including Guest readings and/or presentations; our usual lively mix of panels and discussions on SF in literary media; TV, graphic arts, and pods; speculative science; alternative lifestyles; and–especially–multicultural SF. We will hold our 22nd annual Yugo Awards Book Review for Best SF works that should have been written, but haven’t. Other topics will be the work of the Guests, both living and posthumous; the announcement of the Rhysling Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry of the year, with the accompanying round robin readings; and the fabulous SF Minnesota Auction. Your Programming suggestions are welcome! Contact Eric M. Heideman, Scott Lohman, and Conrad Zero, and/or the Diversicon PO Box; and/or the Programing ideas Blue Sheet to submit ideas—priority consideration will be given to ideas received by June 15, 2021—and/or to let Programming know of your interest in being on Program items. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

“Diversicon is a truly invigorating, well-crafted, and enjoyable conference for true sci-fi lovers, progressive thinkers, and science fiction writers alike. Diversicon provided an excellent platform for me to share my works Afrofuturism and Rayla 2212 to new audiences. I was throughly elated to meet so many thoughtful and conscious sci-fi readers who were truly struggling with the themes and works amongst edge future writers and beyond. I look forward to attending in the future.”

—Ytasha L. Womack

SF Minnesota Auction:
Feauturing books, DVDs, artwork, and miscellaneous items. It supports SF Minnesota and it’s great fun! To donate or consign items contact Eric Heideman and/or Scott Lohman.

Flash Fiction, Round 14!
The Flash Fiction Contest, suggested by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Ann Frasier, continues at D29 with judge T Aaron Cisco. We want stories up to 250 words (firm) related to our convention theme More Human Than We Are. Entries will be judged on creative interpretation of he theme, the quality of the writing, and emotional/intellectual impact. The winner gets a cool certificate, the onor of winning, and the nonor of reading your work out loud at our Auction Halftime Saturday night. Submit to diversicon@gmail.com no later than 11:59pm Central Standard Time July 14, 2022. No entry fee, but open only to attending members of the convention. Writers of any experience level may submit. The Diversicon Chair and the Programming Director are ineligible. Writers retain all rights to their stories.

Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March, 2022): Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July, 2022): 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

To register by snailmail: mail a check payable to “Diversicon 29” - no cash please - for the appropriate amount to Diversicon 29 / PO Box 50303 / Loring Station / Minneapolis MN 55405. Include the following information for each person you are registering: Name, Address, Phone number & Email address. If you wish print our registration form and fill it out, otherwise any legible format is fine.

To register via Paypal:
Step 1: Navigate to the Send Money with payPal page and make a payment for the appropriate amount to diversicon@gmail.com.
Step 2: Send an email to diversicon@gmail.com listing Name, Address, Phone number & Email address for each person you have just paid for. If you use a different email address for PayPal tell us what that address is so we can properly link payment and registrant information.

Our Dealers will get our $30 membership rate for each person working the table, plus $20 for the first table, $15 for the second table, if available. Space is tight. To get on the waiting list, contact Eric Heideman.

Art Display:
Attending Artists get our $30 membership in return for agreeing to hang out in the Vendor Room for an hour on Saturday and talking about their work. The Attending Artists display rate is $1 per bid sheet (per piece). Walk-in art will be accepted from a non-attending artist or agent at the rate of $2 per bid sheet. Items that receive two or more Silent Auction bids will be included in the SF Minnesota Auction Saturday night. FFI contact Eric Heideman.

Program Book Ads:
Advertise your event, service, or cause in the Diversicon Program Book. Ads are $50 full page, (8 ½ x 11 – 7 ½ x 10” screen); $35 half page; $25 quarter page. Contact Scott Lohman.

“How wonderful to attend a con where the diversity of culture in speculative literature is considered a strength, not a liability!”

—Bryan Thao Worra

Past Guests

SF Minnesota

Tales of the Unanticipated

Supporting Organizations
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 and in the Diversicon 28 Program Book in July.

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Loring Station
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