Diversicon 27

“The Next Step”

July 26-28, 2019
Best Western Como Park Hotel
1010 Bandana Boulevard W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

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, August 7 at 6:30 CAROLE ASHMORE and HANK LEDERER read from their work.
Carole writes, “I’m a retired computer programmer who’s been reading SF since age 12. I like the hard stuff over fantasy. Did some writing 15 years ago as part of Lyda Morehouse’s writing group at The Loft. Most of my stuff has a feminist bent. These days I contribute religiously to Eric’s Flash Fiction contest held at Diversicon.”
Hank writes, “Retired from a Control Data marketing support group in 1992. Like technology, computers & Albert Einstein; whom I worship. In 1989 signed up to be cryogenically frozen. I’ve written many SF style essays for the MN Futurists. Favorite SF stories: Sturgeon’s “Microcosmic God” and Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama.”

On Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 TTYLER TORK reads from his work. Tyler writes, “Techie guy by day, crime fighter by night. But when crime is slow, as it often is in his quiet hometown of Plymouth, Minnesota, Tyler puts away the mask, cape, and ocelot, and finds a corner to scribble in. The victim of a dark destiny, he whirls through life with a set of shaky assumptions and a mug of rapidly-cooling java. Bewildered, scattered, querulous (some say curmudgeonly), he nonetheless attempts to entertain and inform. Someday, his alien masters will return for him. He blogs at tylertork.com. His works include Doctor Dead, an adventure in a San Francisco that never was, One-Hour Author Website, and soon, The Deep End, a metaphysical steampunk intrigue and the first of many forthcoming from his new publisher, Oghma Creative Media.”

On Wenesday, October 9 at 6:30 CATHERINE LUNDOFF reads from her work. This reading will be the first release reading for her new short fiction collection, Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic. Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis where she lives with her wife, bookbinder Jana Pullman, and the cats who own them. She is the author of over 100 published short stories and essays, which have appeared or are forthcoming in such venues as Fireside Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, American Monsters 2, the LHM Podcast, World of Darkness: Ghosthunters, Tales of the Unanticipated Magazine, My Wandering Uterus: Tales of Traveling While Female, Respectable Horror, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and SF Signal. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic and as editor, the fantastical pirate fiction anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). In addition, she is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world. Websites: www.catherinelundoff.net and www.queenofswordspress.com

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

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.

Diversicon programming is driven by our attendees. To join in, visit the Programming Ideas Seeking Volunteers page and find the panels or events you would like to be a part of and, you know, volunteer.

A nearly final edition of the D27 Program Schedule.

Printable Diversicon Flyer
Progress Report 1
Progress Report 2

Diversicon policies

Guest of Honor: Nisi Shawl
Nisi Shawl is co-author (with Cynthia Ward) of Writing the Other: A Practical Guide (2005); the story collection Filter House (2008); the utopian alternative history novel Everfair (2012); over 70 stories in such markets as Analog, Asimov’s SF, Tor.com, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, #19 (St Martin’s Press), So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction snd Fantasy (Nalo Hopkinson and Uppender Miha, co- eds.), and dozens of articles, essays, and reviews, including regular writings about books for the Seattle Times. She lives in the Seattle area.
Nisi Shawl at Wikipedia
Nisi Shawl Bibliography

Special Guest: Ben Huset
Ben Huset is a lifelong promoter of space travel and space technology, through such organizations as the Minnesota Space Frontier Society. He writes, “Being a ‘Special Guest’ will be a chance for me to experience yet another part of MN SF fandom. Having been an attendee, press, dealer, panelist, concom member, department head, and Con Chair at other regional sci fi cons for over 35 years. I will try my darndest to be one of your best Special Guests.” He lives in the Twin Cities.

Posthumous Guests:
Boris Karloff (1887-1969) played Frankenstein‘s Monster, Im Ho Tep, Hjalmer Poelzig, good and evil identical twins, General Pherides, Cabman Gray, The Grinch, and Byron Orlock.
Ursula K. Le Guin ( 1929-2018) wrote A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, The Dispossessed, The Language of the Night, Always Coming Home, and Catwings.
Harlan Ellison (1934-2018) wrote Repent, Harlequin, Said the Tiktok Man, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Mephisto in Onyx, Keeper of the Purple Twilight, Demon With a Glass Hand, and The City on the Edge of Forever.

Message from the Chair:
This year we have another great line-up of guests. We will also have our usual mix of great panels and discussions. Join us for a great weekend of speculative literature and science.

—Scott Lohman

“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

Diversicon will return to the
Best Western Como Park Hotel
1010 Bandana Boulevard W.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
Hotel amenities include: free parking, pool, exercise room, WiFi, complimentary breakfast, pet friendly.

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.

Programming will feature two to two-and-a-half tracks (40-50 items), including Guest readings and/or presentations, our usual lively mix of panels and discussions on SF in literary media, film, TV, graphic arts, and pods; speculative science; alternative lifestyles; and—especially—multicultural SF. We’ll hold our 21st annual Yugo Awards Book Review for “Best SF works that should have been written.” Other topics will be the work of the Guests, both living and posthumous; the announcement of the winners of the Rhysling Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry of the year, with accompanying round robin readings; and the fabulous SF Minesota Auction.

Your Programming suggestions are welcome! Fill out a Programming “Blue Sheet” and/or contact Eric M. Heideman and/or Scott Lohman and/or the Diversicon PO box by one of the methods at the bottom of this page. Priority consideration will be given to suggestions received by June 15, 2019.

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

To register by snailmail: mail a check payable to “Diversicon 27” - no cash please - for the appropriate amount to Diversicon 27 / PO Box 8036 / Lake Street Station / Minneapolis MN 55408. Include the following information for each person you are registering: Name, Address, Phone number & Email address. If you wish print a copy of one of the Progress Reports and fill in the form thereon, 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.

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.

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

—Bryan Thao Worra

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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