Diversicon 30

“The Con on the Edge of Forever”

July 14 - 16, 2023
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. After a short reception and autographing, interested readers and writers will adjourn to a South Minneapolis bistro to hang out.

On Wednesday, November 16, CATHERINE LUNDOFF reads from her work. Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher. She is a recipient of a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award and was the Author Guest of Honor at Marscon 2022. Her books include Silver Moon, Blood Moon, Out of This World and Unfinished Businessand, as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). Her short stories and essays have appeared in such venues as Queer Weird Western Stories, Divergent Terror, Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives, Fireside Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, the SFWA Blog and several World of Darkness anthologies and games. She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press and teaches writing and publishing classes at the Loft Literary Center, the Rambo Academy and Clarion West Online.
Websites: www.catherinelundoff.net and www.queenofswordspress.com.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Speculations holds its annual Round Robin Readings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Readers bring from one to three pieces, each of wthem taking five-ten minutes. The group adjourns to a bistro when everyone interested has had the opportunity to read a couple of pieces or at 7:45, whichever comes first.

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.

Guests of Honor: Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

Steven and Tananarive were Guests of Honor at Diversicons 10 and 20. We are pleased they have accepted our invitation to return once more!
Steven Barnes website
Tananarive Due website

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

Diversicon 30 will return to 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. The price of rooms in the Diversicon room block will be $102 (that's $112.74 with taxes and fees included) per night. The deadline to book at this rate is June 16, 2023.

To book a room online

To book a room over the phone

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.

“Diversicon is a convention for the unconventional.”

—Karen Joy Fowler

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 23nd 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.

Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March, 2023): Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July, 2023): 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 30” - no cash please - for the appropriate amount to Diversicon 30 / 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 30 Program Book in July.

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Loring Station
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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