Diversicon 31

August 2-5, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd. Minneapolis, MN

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

On Wednesday, May 29, T. AARON CISCO reads from his work. T. Aaron Cisco is best known for contemporary Afrofuturism and sci-fi. Cisco crafts narratives that give voice to characters, themes, and stories that challenge stereotypes.His works have frequently adorned Amazon’s bestseller lists, with The Unbanished, Rod String Nail Cloth and Black Nerd Blue Box clinching the number one spot. Additional accolades include the MN Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award, being listed on both Hennepin County Libraries’ Minnesota Black Authors list, and The Minnesota Daily’s Ten Black Change-Makers Influencing the Twin Cities Arts Scene. More than anything, T. Aaron Cisco is an ardent advocate of squee—the utter joy and excitement that comes from sharing stories and life with others.

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

SF Minnesota and the Mythopoeic Society will co-sponsor
Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31.
Dates: Friday, August 2 thru Monday, August 5, 2024
Theme: Fantasies of the Middle Lands

Mythcon 53 Website
Mythcon 53 Progress Report 1

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.

Author Guest of Honor: Eleanor Arnason
Twin Cities resident Eleanor Arnason has participated in many local SF cons and the Rivendell discussion group. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 1992 as well as the first-ever James Tiptree Jr. Award. For a list of Elanor’s published works see her Wikipedia article.

Scholar Guest of Honor: Brian Attebery
Brian Atterberry is an emeritus professor at Idaho State University, editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and three-time recipient of the Mythoeic Award. For a list of Brian’s published works see his Wikipedia article.

Posthumous Guests of Honor
Diversicon observes the lives and works of two Posthumous Guests (Ghosts?) of Honor:

L. Frank Baum (1856 - 1919)
Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and 13 additional Oz books, 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems and at least 42 scripts.
Bio at Wikipedia.

Clifford D. Simak (1904 - 1988) Simak wrote for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune from 1939 to 1976. Simak’s many Science Fiction novels and short stories won him three Hugos and two Retro Hugos, as well as Nebula, Locus and Jupiter Awards.
Bibliography at Wikipedia.

The Mythopoeic Society will be handling registrations. Rates are as follows
Before Feb 15, 2024:
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (MythSoc member) $60.00
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (non-member) $70.00
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (Student*) $45.00

Feb 16, 2024 - Jul 1, 2024:
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (MythSoc member) $75.00
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (non-member) $90.00
   Mythcon 53 and Diversicon 31 (Student*) $65.00
(*Full-time students only / show current student ID at check-in)

At-the-door rates will be significantly higher.

For online registrations click here.
For mail-in registrations send a check - made out to The Mythopoeic Society - to:
   The Mythopoeic Society
   P.O. Box 6707
   Altadena, CA 91003-6707
Indicate that the check is for Mythcon 53, and include the name(s) of the person(s) registering, their email and snail-mail addresses, the kind(s) of registration requested (member, non-member, student).

Sleeping Room rates (per night) at the DoubleTree by Hilton will be $129 + taxes (standard room) or $139 + taxes (small suite). You may book your room through the Mythopoeic Society via https://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mc53-room.htm. You may also reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at 952-542-8600 and using the code MCA.

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