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Diversicon 25

“Dreaming Silver”

July 21-23, 2017

Best Western Plus—Bandana Square
1010 Bandana Blvd W
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 647-1637


Program Schedule

Thursday July 20 (Moonlanding Day)

6:30-7:45 PM

Melissa Scott and Eleanor Arnason at Dreamhaven Books 2301 E 38th St, Minneapolis.

The Speculations Reading Series presents mini-readings and Q&A by, and an autographing reception for Diversicon 25 Guests of Honor Melissa Scott and Eleanor Arnason.

Subsequent Diversicon 25 Events are in the Best Western Plus–Como Park, 1010 Bandan Blvd W, St Paul, by Bandana Square, 651-647-1637.

Friday July 21

2:00 PM Vendor Room (Milwaukee Road Room)

Dealers and Art. Registration Table opens.

2:30 PM Vendor Room

SF Minnesota Table next to Registration opens.

2:30-6:55 PM Krushenk’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room).

Media TBA.

3:00 PM

Vendor Room opens.

4:00 PM

The Waiting Room (Hotel Lounge) opens.

4:00-4:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Panel: Growing Old in the SF/F Community
Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be…
Eleanor Arnason, mod; Melissa Scott, F.J.Bergmann, Terry A. Garey, Ellen Kuhfeld

5:00-5:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Fiction Reading: William Fietzer reads from his novel Mission: Soul Rescue.

6:00-6:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Fiction Reading: Phyllis Ann Karr reads from her novels

7:00-7:30 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Opening Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC; Eleanor Arnason, Melissa Scott, Eric M Heideman, Robert Bloch, John F Kennedy in Absentia

7:35-8:25 PM

Guest of Honor Interview One
Melissa Scott is interviewed by Scott Lohman and Eric M Heideman.

7:35-8:25 PM Krushenk’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Panel or Discussion: Science Fiction / Fantasy Films: The Year in Review.
Diversicon’s Annual Look at what’s new in Speculative Cinema. Moderator TBA

8:30-9:25 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Speculative Poetry Workshop: Gimmicks and Devices
How to make Sf, Fantasy and Horror Poems out of used words and dubious ideas. Prompts that can be used by anyone to write genre poems (and some discussion of what constitutes “genre” poems).
F.J. Bergmann, Instructor

8:30-9:25 PM Krushenk’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Wordplay Seminar
Earn a Bachelor’s or a Bachelorette’s of Wordplay from Dr. Knowledge. This seminar will include 1. Wordfacture. It’s is often necessary to use a lot of words to describe a thing or situation because we haven’t thought of one economic word for it. Let’s remedy that. 2. Retirement Party for Cliches. Will identify clichés that need to be euthanized and think of clever phrases to replaces them. 3. Jabberwacky. Identify silly-sounding words that already exist and may or may not be accompanied by silly definitions.
Rick “Dr Knowledge” Gellman, Instructor

9:00 PM

Vendor Room Closes

9:00 PM

Registration Closes

9:00 PM

The Waiting Room Closes

9:00-9:55 PM Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Dave & Eric & Anybody who cares to join them sit around & talk about films for an hour
The 15th or so free-form discussion of a film related topic.
David Christenson, Eric M. Heideman, Co-mods.

9:30-10:25 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Talk: Beyond the Other Side of the Eye: Ten Years Later.
Twenty-Seventeen marks the 10th anniversary of LAO American Poet (and Diversicon special guest) Bryan Thao Worra’s first full-length collection of Science Fiction Poetry On the Other Side of the Eye. We’ll hear about his literary journey since, which has taken him to the Olympics, the Smithsonian, the Presidency of the Science Fiction and Poetry Association and being the first Lao American to hold a Fellowship in Literature from the National Association for the Arts.
Bryan Thao Worra, presenter.

9:30-10:25 PM Krushenk’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Panel or Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy TV: The Year in Review
Scott Lohman, Mod.

10:00 PM-Late Night Krushenko’s (Room 101)

A Party for Readers and Viewers
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a speculative and science fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since 1983.

10:30 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Media TBA

Saturday July 22

9:00-9:55 AM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Scott’s Diversicon Saturday Morning Cartoons
Scott Lohman brings in a variety of animated and classic “Saturday Morning style shows”. It’s a fun way to start the day.

9:00 -11:00AM Hospitality Room (Room 105)

Latte, Barada, Nicto!
Coffee, espresso, and latte hosted by Rich Brown.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM Vendor’s Room (Milwaukee Road)

Meet the Vendors
Inspect the dealers wares. Hear artists talk about their work.

10:00-10:55 AM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Dreaming Silver: How We Discovered “The Stuff”
The panelists and a highly articulate audience talk about their early experiences with speculative fiction in any medium.
Eric M. Heideman, moderator; Melissa Scott, GoH; Ellen Kuhfeld.

11-00-11:55 AM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Guest of Honor Interview Two
Eleanor Arnason interviewed by Eric M. Heideman and Scott Lohman.

12:00-12:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

None of the Dystopian Novels Prepared Me for This!
Given events of last November, political SF novels have enjoyed a resurgence. I [Martha] was reading Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas both before and after Election Day, not the most comforting thing. It’s good to do a panel on great political SF novels from 1984 to It Can’t Happen Here to A Handmaid’s Tale, not to make political points but to discuss the political SF novel, its whys and wherefores, and come up with a list of memorable works.
Martha A. Hood, moderator; Eleanor Arnason, GoH; Greg L. Johnson, Scott Lohman

12:00-12:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

The State of the Solar System: 2017 - Space Exploration
Our annual look at the human and robotic exploration of space.
Hank Lederer, moderator; Ben Huset

1:00-1:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

“Not Because They Are Easy …” - John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) and the Race to the Moon
On the war hero, Congressperson, US Senator, US President, and Pulitzer Prize winning author JFK, and whether or not he did more than any other one person to make us a space faring species.
Eric M. Heideman, moderator; Ben Huset.

1:00-1:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Ask an Editor Anything
The inside-skinny-trade-secret-ancient-knowledge that comes with the Editorial Hat, now passed on to you from Actual Editors, brought in from the wild for your edification, stunned and shackled for your safety! Learn the arcane practices employed in editing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction! Useful for would-be submitters and would-be editors!
F. J. Bergmann, moderator; Roy C. Booth

2:00-2:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Fiction Reading: Melissa Scott

2:00-2:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Power Point Presentations:
1)The Great Eclipse: What, Where, How, and Why.
2) Astronomy Events 2017, Still to Come
Michael Kauper, presenter

3:00-3:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Rhysling Awards and Speculative Poetry Year in Review
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association will announce this year’s winners of the Rhysling Awards for Speculative Poem of the Year, and will also have a conversation about the highlights of 2016 in science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry around the world.
Sandra Lindow, moderator; F.J. Bergmann, Bryan Thao Worra

4:00-4:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Round Robin Poetry Readings
Terry A. Garey, host; F. J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Cynthia Booth, Sandra Lindow, Brian Thao Worra

4:00-4:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

You’ve Got Magic on my Crime Scene! - Police Procedurals in Fantasy
Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett’s Points novels and stories, Liz Williams’ Inspector Chen novels, Ben Aaranovitch’s Rivers series, Ginn Hales’ The Wicked Gentlemen, the list goes on and on. What is it that speaks to authors and readers alike about police procedurals in fantasy worlds? What goes wrong when it doesn’t work? What’s next for this as a genre? Panelist recommendations and suggestions for works that we like.
Catherine Lundoff, moderator; Melissa Scott, GoH; Phyllis Ann Karr

4:00-4:55 PM Krushenko’s (Room 101)

The Silver Age of Comics
On the masterful storytelling of comics published by Dell, DC, and Marvel ca. 1955-1969.
Eric M. Heideman, moderator; Ellen Kuhfeld, Roy C. Booth

5:00-5:25 PM Railroad Lobby

Mass Autographing
Melissa Scott, GoH; Eleanor Arnason, GoH; Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth

5:00 -7:00 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

Media: TV and Film related to “Dreaming Silver” and Posthumous Guests
Content to be announced.

5:30-7:00 PM Dinner Break.

7:00-10:00 PM                                                             Main Stage (Soo Line)

SF Minnesota Auction, including:
7:00-7:30 PM. Items available for inspection
7:30-8:40 PM. Bidding, Round One
8:40-8:50 PM. Auction Halftime. In which Judge Melissa Scott announces the results of the  Flash Fiction Contest
8:50-10:00 PM. Bidding, Round Two
Rick Gellman, Auctioneers; Eric M. Heideman, Quartermaster; David Christenson, Wrangler; Scott Lohman, Recorder; Arthur C. Johnson, Treasurer; Melissa Scott and Eleanor Arnason, Moral Support. Featuring books, DVDs, Blu-rays, artwork, & miscellaneous items, the Auction supports the organization's projects, including the Speculations Readings Series, Diversicon, and, now, Tales of the Unanticipated. And the Auction is lots of fun. To donate or consign material, contact Eric, eheideman@dhzone.com.
Auction Halftime, 8:40-8:50 p.m.                                         
In which the Flash Fiction Contest winner is announced & reads her/his work. The Flash Fiction Contest, introduced by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Anne Frasier, continues for D24 with Judge Melissa Scott. Stories were each up to 250 words (firm), related to the Convention Theme, “Dreaming Silver.” Entries were judged on the creative interpretation of the Theme, the quality of the writing, and emotional/intellectual impact. The winner gets a cool certificate, the honor of winning, and the opportunity to read their work out loud at the Auction Halftime. There was no entry fee, but the contest was only open to attending members of the convention. The Chair and Programming Director were ineligible. Writers of any experience level were free to submit. Authors retain all rights to their stories.

9:45p-10:30 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Wonder Woman: 1941 Comic Book to Hit 2017 film
Everything you wanted to know about William Moulton Marston’s feminist creation.
Roy C. Booth, moderator

9:45-Late Night Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Meet TOTU’s staff and contributors. This speculative fiction anthology has been running since 1986.
Eric M. Heideman, host

10:30-12:00 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Media: TV and Film related to “Dreaming Silver” and Posthumous Guests Content to be announced.

Sunday July 23

9:00-9:55 AM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Scott’s Diversicon Sunday Morning Cartoons
Scott Lohman brings in a variety of animated and classic “Saturday Morning style shows”. It’s a fun way to start the day.

9:00-11:00 AM Hospitality (Room 105)

Latte, Barada, Nicto!
Coffee, espresso, and latte hosted by Rich Brown.

10:00-10:55 AM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Writing When There Isn’t an Audience
What do you do when you’re writing but no one seems to be reading? You’re writing a blog and there aren’t any views or feedback. You’ve published a story and no one seems to be purchasing, reading, or reviewing. Do you change genres, change platforms, or change strategies” Or do nothing at all?
Joan Marie Verba, moderator; Melissa Scott, GoH; Eleanor Arnason, GoH; Phyllis Ann Karr

11:00-11:55AM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Fiction Reading: Eleanor Arnason

12:00-12:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

What Do I Read Next?
Diversicon’s annual review of speculative novels, story collections, fiction anthologies, and speculative nonfiction, mainly from the past 18 months.
Greg L. Johnson, David Lenander

12:00-12:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Movie Musicals
Continuing our long-running series about film genres (past entries have ranged from films noir to Westerns to women warriors). This year we’ll talk about the lively movie musical genre, wide-ranging through cinema since the dawn of the “talkies.”
David Christenson, moderator; Eric M. Heideman

1:00-1:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

18th Annual Yugo Awards Book Review
The Yugos, created by Laura Thurston, honor “The Best SF That Should Have Been Written.” Past winners have included Pirates of the Petro-Leum: An Inconvenient Curse by Al Gore and Gore Verbinski. Your nominations are welcome. Show up and elect the winners!
Carole Ashmore & Hank Lederer, moderators

1:00-1:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Rivendell Group Discussion
The Rivendell Group, a Twin Cities fantasy book discussion group, has met regularly since 1974. The topic of the day is Children’s Fantasy Literature by Michael Levy and Farah Mendelson. www.rivendellergroup.com/, also www.mythsoc.org
David Lenander, moderator; Ruth Berman

2:00-2:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Melissa Scott’s Shadow Man and Gender Diversity
An up-close look at Shadow Man, Melissa Scott’s gender-bending 1995 classic, and its influence on the SF field.
Eleanor Arnason, moderator; Melissa Scott, GoH, Robin Rainemi

2:00- 2:55 PM Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Generic Panel
Wide-ranging discussion of various topics. These are usually continuations of topics explored at other panels. New topics will also be considered.
Arthur C. Johnson, moderator; Phyllis Ann Karr

3:00-3:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Bidding Adieu to the Red Shirts and Side Kicks: LGBTQ Protagonists in Science Fiction and Fantasy
The road to openly queer protagonists in SF/F has been a rocky and complicated one and some parts of the genre are still wrestling with the idea, decades after the first positive portrayals of queer protagonists began to appear. Let’s talk about what has come before and what we see changing in the genre in terms of queer representation. What do we want to see less of? More of? Who’s writing terrific LGBTQ characters?
Catherine Lundoff, moderator; Melissa Scott, GoH

3:00-3:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

In Memoriam: John Kelvin Rezmerski, Michael Levy, Marian Turner
On the professional and fannish contributions to SF of three Diversicon regulars.
Eric M. Heideman, moderator; Martha A. Hood, Sandra Lindow

4:00-4:55 PM Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

Dreaming Silver: Diversicons Past, Present, and Yet to Come
Reminisce about Diversicons past and present, and make recommendations about Diversicons yet to come.
Scott Lohman, Diversicon 25 and 26 Chair

4:00-4:55 PM Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

Once Around the Bloch: Robert Bloch 1917-1984
On posthumous guest Robert Bloch, author of “That Hellbound Train,” “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper,” Psycho, and Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.”
Eric M. Heideman, moderator; Brian K. Perry, Roger Lasley

5:00-5:30 PM Mainstage (Soo Line Room)

Closing Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC; Eleanor Arnason, Melissa Scott, Eric M. Heideman; Robert Bloch, John F. Kennedy in absentia

5:30-5:50 PM Railroad Lobby

Dinner Expedition prep
Milling about and fond farewells, followed by …

6:00-9:00 PM

Dinner Reservation at Gabe’s by the Park
Open to all. Please find Eric or Scott to be added.

7:30-Late Night Krushenko’s (Room 101) &Railroad Lobby

There’s Still Life in the Old Dog Party
Conversation will be had by all. Krushenko’s will also offer viewer’s choice, and gaming will be available in the Railroad Lobby.

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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 25ths Program Book in July.


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