Diversicon 29

“More Human Than We Are”

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

The Speculations Readings Series continues monthly at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays or Thursdays at DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St., Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, December 8, Speculations presents its annual ROUND ROBIN READINGS at 6:30. Readers are encouraged to bring a five-minute piece and a ten-minute piece. We’ll call it quits at 7:45 or after everyone has had the chance to read, 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.

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.

Diversicon programming is driven by our attendees. We encourage you to fill in and return one or more copies of our Programming Ideas “Blue Sheet” to suggest your programming event(s) for D29.

To get an idea about Diversicon programming, browse:
2021 Progress Report 1
2021 Progress Report 2
2021 Program Book

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. To book a room 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.

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.

We will add a link to book your room online when the hotel sets that up.

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.

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.

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

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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PO Box 50303
Loring Station
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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