Diversicon 28

July 30 - August 1, 2021
“The Roaring 20’s”
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth MN 55441

Speculations Readings Series returns to DreamHaven Books!

After difficulties, the Speculations Readings Series returns in July to DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. As before, the readings will run from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including an autographing and reception with free soda pop and cookies. After the event, interested persons will adjourn to a bistro to hang out.

On Thursday, July 29, MICHAEL MERRIAM and ABRA STAFFIN-WIEBE will read from their works.

Michael Merriam is an author, performer, poet, and playwright, with ten books and over 90 pieces of short fiction and poetry published. His novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a top Book by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction. His novella, Should we Drown in Feathered Sheep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award. His stories and essays have appeared in such places as the Hugo Award winning Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue, and the Ditmar Award winning magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio. Michael is a co-founder of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers.

Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves optimistic science fiction, cheerful horror, and dark fantasy. Dozens of her short stories have appeared in publications including Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 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 of 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. Check out her website to read about fluffy pink murderbears, firebirds bearing gifts, and other things beautiful and bizarre.

On Thursday, August 12, S.N. ARLY reads from her work at 6:30.

S.N. Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. After selling several short stories in the traditional publishing model, she tried the indie path in 2014, which resulted in two published short story collections. Her indie-produced young adult series A Familiar Story debuted in spring 2019, with the sequel appearing in print just as the 2020 pandemic was getting rolling. You can find her online at https://s-n-arly.com.

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.

The Diversicon 28 Program Book is here. Enjoy!
For historic interest, Diversicon 28 Progress Report 1 remains available.
Diversicon 28 Progress Report 2 is here.

We want a safe in-person convention. Please be considerate of others. Masks, where appropriate, are encouraged.

Diversicon policies

Message from the Chair:
We are moving to a new hotel this year. It has a number of advantages over our previous space: bigger meeting rooms close together, cheaper sleeping rooms. Function space costs somewhat more than the previous hotel, so please help support us by telling people to join us for the con. We’ll also need to ask you to support us by buying a lot at the auction, We’ll still have the same amazing programming featuring our two live guests and studying the work of our posthumous guests, along with lots of panels. Diversicon 28 will be a wonderful event
—Scott Lohman, D28 Chair

The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West is in Plymouth just north of Highway 55 at I-494. The Diversicon room block is now set up. To book a sleeping room you may register online at this booking page or call 1-877-270-1393 and ask for the Diversicon Room Block. Room rates are $95 a night plus tax.

Michael Merriam pixGuest 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.
Bio and bibliography at Goodreads.com

Abra Staffin-Wiebe pix pixSpecial 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!
Author website

“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

Posthumous Guests:
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) author of I, Robot, the “Foundation” series, Pebble in the Sky, The Caves of Steel, The Gods Themselves, Asimov on Physics, Asimov‘s Guide to Shakespeare, Asimov‘s Guide to The Bible, and I. Asimov: A Memoir.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) author of the October Country, The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric, the screenplay to Moby Dick, and Bradbury: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales.

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 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.

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.

Note: if you have alredy registered for Diversicon 28 (formerly 2020) your registration will be honored at Diversicon 28 (now 2021).

Registration rates are as follows...
Through Ides of March (15 March), 2021: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00
Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2021: 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 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

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 and in the Diversicon 28 Program Book in July.

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(New USPS address as of August 2020)
PO Box 50303
Loring Station
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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