Diversicon 28

August 7 - 9, 2020
(Venue: to be announced)

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.

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. We encourage you to suggest programming events for D28.

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Guest of Honor: Michael Merriam
Author, Actor, Poet, Playright, Storyteller. His debut novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book in 2011 by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio. Michael is a co-founder of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers and a member of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance, the Steampunk Artists and Writers Guild, and Story Arts Minnesota.
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Special Guest: Abra Staffin Wiebe
Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and futuristic fairy tales. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it.

Her most recent book, The Unkindness of Ravens, is an epic fantasy coming-of-age novella about trickster gods and favors owed. Enjoy an excerpt here. Salut!
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“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

Hotel:
(to be announced)

Parties:
We like parties! If you and/or your SF-related group are interested in hosting a party at D28, contact Hotel Liaison Eric M. Heideman and/or Chair Soctt Lohman.

Programming:
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.

Registration:
Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March), 2020: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2020: 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 28” - no cash please - for the appropriate amount to Diversicon 28 / 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.

Krushenko’s:
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 2019)

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 28ths Program Book in July.


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