Diversicon 22 Programming Schedule

Thursday, July 28, 2016

6:30-7:45 pm — DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis
The Speculations Readings Series presents mini-readings, and Q&A by, and an Autographing/Reception for, Diversicon 24 Guest of Honor Jessica Amanda Salmonson and Special Guest Naomi Kritzer.

All subsequent Diversicon 24 events are in the
   Best Western Plus—Bandana Square
   1010 Bandana Blvd W.
   St Paul, MN
   651-647-1637

Friday, July 29, 2016

2:00 pm — Vendor Room (Milwaukee Road).
Registration Table opens

2:30 pm — Vendor Room
SF Minnesota Table (next to Registration) opens

3:00-3:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Panel: Political Blogging
Naomi Kritzer blogs about local elections and achieved some local notoriety after profiling every one of the 35 people who ran for Minneapolis mayor a few years ago. She is going to talk about how she got started, how she does her research, and why everyone should vote all the way down the ticket.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Naomi Kritzer

3:30-5:45 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)
Media (t.b.a.)

4:00 pm — Vendor Room (Milwaukee Room)
Dealers and Art opens

4:00 pm — Hotel Lounge
The Waiting Room opens

4:00-4:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Warrior Women and Fantastic Landscapes: The East Asian Fantasies of Jessica Amanda Salmonson
In the early 1980s, our Guest of Honor wrote one of the most memorable fantasy trilogies of the decade about the female Samurai Tomoe Gozen. She also wrote a samurai novel set on another planet, The Swordswoman, and another memorable East Asian novel much less focused on martial themes, Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman. Let’s discuss these works, the connections between them, and their contribution to the fantasy field.
John Everett Till, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Phyliss Ann Karr

5:00-5:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Wordplay Seminar
Earn a Bachelor’s or Bachelorette’s of Wordplay from Dr. Knowledge. This seminar will include: 1.) Wordfacture. It’s 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. We’ll identify cliches that need to be euthanized and think of clever phrases to replace 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

6:00-6:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: The Marvel Live Action Saga Continues
What Should we think of Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, the Agent Carter, Agents of Shield, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones series, etc.? Roin Raianiemi, mod.; Eleanor Arnason

7:00-7:30 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Opening Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Naomi Kritzer, Eric M. Heideman; Orson Welles, Shirley Jackson, Leonard Nimoy, in absentia

MarsCon Party (see signage) Celebrating the 19th edition of this friendly all-purpose SF con to be held March 3-5, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Select Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington

7:35-8:30 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Guest of Honor Interview
Jessica Amanda Salmonson interviewed by Scott Lohman and John Everett Till

8:35-9:25 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Round Robin Poetry Reading
Writers sign up before the convention to read their poetry.
Terry A. Garey, host; F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Phyllis Ann Karr, Sandra Lindow. Rebecca Marjesdatter

8:30-9:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel or Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy Films: The Year in Review
Diversicon’s annual look at what’s new in speculative cinema.
Melissa S. Kaercher, mod.

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)
Raiders of the Seventh Planet Book Release Party
Co-hosted by co-authors Eric M. Heideman & Roy C. Booth.

9:30-10:25 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel or Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy TV: The Year in Review
Our annual look at the speculative small screen.
Scott Lohman, mod.

10:00 pm-2:00 am — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
A Party for Readers and Viewers
Sponsored by the speculative and science fiction book discussion group Second Foundation, most of whose members are also film buffs.

10:00 pm-midnight — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Media (t.b.a.)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

9:00-9:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex(Northern Pacific Room)
Scott’s Diversicon Saturday Morning Cartoons

9:00-11:00 am — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
“What I DON’T have is a failure to caffeinate.”
Coffee, Espresso, latte in Main Stage Room.
Rich Brown, host

10:00 am — (Milwaukee Room)
Registration and SF Minnesota Tables open

10:00 am — (Milwaukee Room)
Vendor Room opens

10:00-10:55 am — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
17th Annual Yugo Awards Book Review
The Yugos, created by Laura Thurston, call attention to “Best SF Books That Should Have Been Written.” Past entries have included Pirates of the Petrol-eum: An Inconvenient Curse by Al Gore and Gore Verbinsky.
Carole Ashmore, Hank Lederer, co-mods.

10:00-10:55 am — Vendor Room (Milwaukee Room; Dealers & Art)
Meet the Vendors
Inspect the Dealers’ wares. Hear Artists talking about their work.

10:00-10:27 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Reading: Aimee Kuzenski

10:28-10:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Fiction Reading: Phyllis Ann Karr

11:00-11:55 am — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Fiction Reading: Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Hear our Guest of Honor read from her work.

11:00-11:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: The State of the Solar System, 2016: Space Exploration
Our annual look at the human and robotic exploration of space.
Ben Huset, Hank Lederer. Paul F. Richards?

11:00-11:55 am — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Panel: This is the Galaxy: Spanish Spoken Here
Join us for a discussion of Restless Books’ Cuban Science Fiction Series. We’ll discuss two works by science fiction writer by day, heavy metal rocker by night, Yoss. Planet for Rent is a set of related short stories where Earthlings are the economically disadvantaged of the universe. Super Extra Grande, his novel, trips all over the universe with a veteranarian, but not one you would ever take your dog to.
Catherine Ferreira and John Everett Till, co-mods.

Noon-12:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Sorting Fictional Characters Into Hogwartz Houses
Special Guest Naomi Kritzer must play the role of the sorting hat. As various fictional characters are brought up, she must defend a choice about where to sort them. Anakin Skywalker! Kara Thrace! Roland Deschain! Morpheus! Ellen Ripley! Victor Frankenstein! Frankenstein’s Monster! I
Emily Stewart, mod.; Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: The Fairy Tale Renaissance
About the influence of the late 18th and19th century (fairy) tales on modern literature.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Michael Levy

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Panel: The Martian Way
A look at fact, folklore, fiction, and film related to our neighbor to the North—from ancient mythology to The Martian—with special attention to a certain novel by Wells and the radio broadcast that Welles made of it.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Brian K. Perry

1:00-1:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Fiction Reading: Naomi Kritzer
Our Special Guest reads from her work.

1:00-1:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Rosebud to Xanadu: The Life and Work of Orson Welles, 1915-1985
Our Posthumous Guest directed the Mercury Theatre radio broadcast of H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds, and directed the films Citizen Kane, The Stranger, Macbeth, Touch of Evil, The Trial, and Chimes at Midnight.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.

1:00-3:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
RPG: Ryuutami: Natural Fantasy Word Play
In honor of our Guest of Honor, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, let’s play Ryuutama, Japanese roleplaying game inspired by the anime of Hayao Miyazaki! The game was recently published in English. You play a Traveler, someone who has given up their ordinary life to experience nature and adventure. Up to six players can join the game! No previous game experience is necessary; the rules are simple and will be taught. No sign-ups are necessary for this event.
John Everett Till, gamemaster

2:00-2:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Panel: Women Warriors in Fact and Fiction
Hua Mulan, Grace O’Malley, the Rhani of Jhansi, Joan of Arc, Boudicca, Red Sonja, Dark Agnes, Jirel of Joiry,Naomi and the list goes on. Real, women warriors are often deemed fictional when they were real, their deeds forgotten or diminished while the fictional kind are often presented as though they were unique and alone. What makes a woman a warrior? Who are some of our favorites, real or imaginary? What would you like to see more of? And Less of?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson

2:00-2:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Workshop: Strange Devices: How to Write Speculative (SF and Fantasy)
Poetry People (non-writers welcome) participate in a series of exercises that I find reliably generate good, interesting poems, read those poems, and talk about what makes speculative poetry “speculative.”
--F.J. Bergmann, instructor

3:00-3:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Celebration of the Works of Shirley Jackson
Our Posthumous Guest (1916-1965) wrote novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle and stories such as “The Lottery,” “The Summer People,” and “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.” We’ll look at her life, work, and her influence on new generations of writers, horror And beyond.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry

3:00-3:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Mr Robot and a Cyberpunk Reality
The TV series Mr Robot takes all the elements of cyberpunk and places them in a thoroughly present setting, no speculation involved. Can a fictitious world be cyberpunk without being science fiction? And did cyberpunk somehow create the world we live in today?
Greg L. Johnson, mod.; Ben Huset, Scott Lohman

4:00 pm — Hotel Lounge
The Waiting Room opens

4:00-4:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Special Guest Interview
Naomi Kritzer is interviewed by Scott Lohman

4:00-4:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: Visitors: David Bowie and Prince
We’ll look at the substantial contribution to science fiction and fantasy in the music and performance art of Bowie (1947-2016) and Prince (1958-2016).
Greg L. Johnson, mod; Roy C. Booth, Martha A. Hood

4:00-4:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Panel: Edgar Rice Burroughs—Relevant or Antique?
Ray Bradbury called Edgar Rice Burroughs the most influential SF writer of the 20th century. Whether or not that’s true, with high profile movies in this century (John Carter and The Legend of Tarzan) what can ERB offer us as 21st century viewers?
Robin Raianiemi, mod.; Roy C. Booth

5:00-5:25 pm — Railroad Lobby
Massive Autographing: Naomi Kritzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson Ruth Berman, Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, et al.

5:00-6:00 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Radio Play: The Mercury Theatre of the Air Production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (April 1938), directed by, written, and starring Orson Welles

6:00 pm
Vendor Room closes

6:00-7:00 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Radio Play: The Mercury Theatre of the Air Production of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938) directed by, written, and starring Orson Welles

MarsCon Party (see signage)
Celebrating the 19th edition of this friendly all-purpose SF con to be held March 3-5, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Select Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington

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. AuctioHalftime. In which Judge Jessica Amanda Salmonson announces the results of the Flash Fiction Contest
8:50-10:00 pm. Bidding, Round Two
Melissa S. Kaercher, Rick Gellman, Auctioneers; Eric M. Heideman, Quartermaster; David Christenson, Wrangler; ___, Vanna; Scott Lohman, Recorder; Arthur C. Johnson, Treasurer; Naomi Kritzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, 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 Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Stories were each up to 250 words (firm), related to the Convention Theme, “Martians, Vulcans, and Women of Valor.” 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.

9:00 pm
The Waiting Room closes

10:10 pm-2:00 am — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Meet staff of and/or contributors to this long-running (since 1986!) Twin Cities speculative fiction magazine/anthology.

10:30 -11:20 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Media (t.b.a.)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

9:00-9:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)
Scott’s Sunday Morning Diversicon Cartoons

9:00-11:00 am — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
“What I DON’T have is a failure to caffeinate.”
Coffee, Espresso, latte in Main Stage Room.
Rich Brown, host

10:00-10:55 am — Main Stage (Soo Line Room)
Talk: Teaching a Course in Science Fiction and Gender
Michael Levy reports on a class he recently finished at UW-Stout.

10:00-10:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Workshop: You’re Not a Blockhead! Panel for People Who Hate to Write
This class is not for people writing the great American novel or their grandmother’s memoirs. It is for people who are afraid of writing posts, blogs, journals, lists, memos. They may suffer from dyslexia, or feel blocked because of their grammar, spelling, organization skills.
Kathy Blixrud, instructor

11:00 am — (Milwaukee Room)
Vendor Room opens

11:00-11:55 am — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: The New Genre Mash-ups
SF & fantasy books like Eleanor Arnason’s Big Mama Stories, Catherynne M. Valentie’s Radiance, and others, seem to mix it up in different ways. Let’s discuss.
Martha A. Hood, mod.; Eleanor Arnason

11:00-11:55 am — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Discussion: Gender Freedom in an Autocratic Society
In Ann Leckie’s Ancillary series, citizens are free from any kind of gender prejudice and restrictions, but their society is autocratic, class-based, and militaristic. Meanwhile, on Ian McDonald’s Luna, gender-based conventions are disappearing even as a corporate feudalism is being established. Could it be that cultural freedoms and political liberalism do not necessarily go together?
Greg L. Johnson, mod.

11:00-11:55 am — Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Noon-12:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: What do I Read Next?
Our annual look at primarily—though not exclusively—science fiction & fantasy novels, collections, and anthologies published primarily—though not exclusively—in the past year and a half.
Greg L. Johnson, Russell Letson, Michael Levy

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: Women of Valor: Film Action Heroes
Continuing our long-running series of panels about film genres, we look at the cinema’s female action heroes, who after long neglect have emerged as a genre themselves.
David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman. Melissa S. Kaercher?

Noon-12:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)

1:00-1:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: Haunted Hearths, Spectral Visions
Ghost Stories by Women Writers Many early writers of the fantastic were women and some of the best known female literary figures tried their hand at writing supernatural suspense, particularly ghost stories. Edith Wharton, E. Nesbit and Mrs. Oliphant were amongst the best known but there are many writers whose names are no longer as well known. What’s the appeal of the ghost story and why did it speak to so many women writers? What are some of our favorites? Writers who should be rediscovered? And whither the ghost story? Will it be making a comeback?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Ruth Berman

1:00-1:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel/Presentation: The 2016 Rhysling Awards
The Science Fiction Poetry Association was created in the ’70s. During that time SF/F poetry has advanced from fillers in magazines to work that can compete with the best mainstream poetry. We will be talking about specific poems as examples as well as developing the organization’s professional reputation.”
Sandra Lindow, mod.; F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman

1:00-2:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
MN-StF Meeting
Come and learn about the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, longest-running (since 1966) Minnesota SF fan group, sponsors of Minnesota’s original SF con, Minicon Since January 1968).

2:00-2:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Panel: The Good, Mediocre, & the Ugly
How does other people’s fiction inspire you as a writer? Does good fiction intimidate you? Can the mediocre inspire? How about the downright ugly?
Martha A. Hood, mod.; Catherine Ferreira, Brian K. Perry

2:00-2:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: I am Spock: Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015
Posthumous Guest Nimoy acted in the TV series Star Trek and Mission: Impossible; directed the films Star Trek 3 and 4, The Good Mother, and Three Men and a Baby, and wrote the memoirs I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock.
Scott Lohman, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Brian K. Perry, Robin Raieniemi

3:00-3:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Humor in SF/F
A how-to writing panel on the challenges, rewards, and approaches to blending science fiction and fantasy with humor.
Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Catherine Ferreira, Martha A. Hood . Eleanor Arnason?

3:00-3:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel or Discussion: The Vulcan Way
A look at, arguably, the the subtlest and best developed extraterrestrial species in TV or film. Bring back Vulcan!
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Scott Lohman, Brian K. Perry

3:00-3:55 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, mod.; Phyllis Ann Karr

Vendors close. Registration remains open

4:00-4:55 pm — Main Stage (Soo Line)
Transgender and Gender Variant People as Portrayed in SF and Fantasy
SF and fantasy have tried to deal with trans and gender-variant people for decades. What have the genres gotten right or wrong? And do you see the genres getting better or worse of late?
Robin Raianemi, mod.; Eleanor Arnason

4:00-4:55 pm — Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: The State of the Solar System, 2016: Astronomy
Diversicon takes a look at what’s new in astronomy, in our solar system and beyond.
Michael Kauper. Paul F. Richards?

4:00-4:55 pm — Krushenko’s (Room 101)
Discussion: Martians, Vulcans, and Women of Valor
On Diversicons past, present, and yet to come.
Scott Lohman, Diversicons 24 & 25 Chair, mod.

5:00-5:30 pm — Main Stage(Soo Line)
Closing Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC; Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Naomi Kritzer, Eric M. Heideman; Shirley Jackson, Leonard Nimoy, Orson Welles in absentia

7:15 pm- late night
There’s Still Life in the Old Dog Party, including...
...Railroad Lobby: Conversation & Gaming
...Krushenko’s: Conversation & Viewers’ Choice