Diversicon 21 Programming


Thursday, August 1, 2013

6:30-7:45 PM, DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St, Minneapolis. The Speculations Readings Seriesa Presents mini-readings by and a reception for Diversicon 21 Guest of Honor Jack McDevitt and Special Guests Roy C. Booth and Catherine Lundoff.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Noon-1:00 PM. Jack McDevitt Autographing at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, 2864 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis.
All subsequent Diversicon 21 events occur at the Best Western—Bandana Square, St. Paul.

Lobby

1:30 PM Registration Table
opens

next to Registration

2:00 PM SF Minnesota Tables
open

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room)

2:00-6:55 PM
Media

Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: Spawn of the Elder Gods? Grimdark, Dark Fantasy, and Horror

Grimdark (hyper “realistic” fantasy) has been pretty popular for the last few years. How does it compare/contrast with dark fantasy and horror? What do these contemporary subgenres owe to older work? And will grimdark “age” as well as less “realistic” dark fantasy.
John Everett Till, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Rachel Gold

(Milwaukee Room; Dealers and Art)

4:00 PM Vendor Room
opens

Main Stage (Soo Line)

4:00-4:55 PM
Panel: Recapturing A Sense of Wonder

This is an offshoot from the question – why do we see so many adults reading young adult (YA) fiction. One of the things that seems more evident in YA than fiction marketed to adults is the sense of wonder. What is this “wonder”? Why is it limited to YA fiction? Why do we (adults and young adult alike) seek it? Are there those who avoid it (and if so why)? Why doesn’t it appear in adult fiction and can we change that?
Haddayr Copley-Woods, mod.; Jack McDevitt, Katie Ferreira, Martha A. Hood

Hospitality Suite (1st floor; see signage)

5:00 PM
opens

Main Stage (Soo Line)

5:00-5:55 PM
Fiction Reading: Aimee Kuzenski

Main Stage (Soo Line)

6:00-6:55 PM
Fiction Reading and Discussion: Ka Vang

Ka Vang reads her children’s chapter book, Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon, featuring a young Hmong girl protagonist who is shaman. The story has elements of magic and is set in Minnesota. The reading will be followed by a discussion of the book.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

7:00-7:30 PM
Opening Ceremonies

Scott Lohman, MC; Jack McDevitt, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Eric M. Heideman; Peter Cushing, Cordwainer Smith, in absentia

Main Stage (Soo Line)

7:35-8:25 PM
Guest of Honor Interview

Jack McDevitt is interviewed by Scott Lohman.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

8:30-9:25 PM
Panel: Can’t Rip a Chainmail Bodice: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and/or Feminist Romance

Romance has long had a foothold in SF/F as a subplot. Now the popularity of paranormal and urban fantasy, as well as science fiction romance, seem to be assuring it a place of primacy in the genre. On the other hand, often romances follow very traditional patriarchal rules, even when fairly feminist individuals are writing. What does a feminist romantic storyline look like? How can writers who like to think of themselves as feminist avoid falling back on the old standbys?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; S.N. Arly, Rachel Gold, Axel Kohagen, Michael Merriam

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

8:30-9:25 PM
Film: The Day Lufberry Won it All
(color, 2010; approx. 30 mins.)
Dir.: Mitch Berntson; scr.: Roy C. Booth, John F. Mollard, from a story by R. Thomas Riley and Roy C. Booth. Cast: Andor Lofthus, Andy Browers, Kevin Cease. In a not-too-distant, dystopian future, a man walks into a bar, hoping to hustle someone at a game of pool… The half hour film will be accompanied by a discussion of the film moderated by Roy C. Booth.

9:00 PM Vendor Room
closes

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

9:00 PM-2:00 AM
A Party for Readers and Viewers

Hosted by Second Foundation, a Twin Cities speculative and science fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since 1983, some of whose members are also film buffs. The party contains Dave & Eric Talk About Films.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

9:30-10:25 PM
Panel: Transhumanism and the Works of Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith was one of the first science fiction writers to address the issues surrounding transhumanism. This panel will offer a working definition of transhumanism, explore what Cordwainer Smith did with the theme, and look at prior and subsequent examples (Olaf Stapledon and other authors, and RPGs).
John Everett Till, mod.; Katie Ferreira, Rachel Kronick

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

9:30-10:25 PM
Discussion: Dave& Eric & Whoever Cares to Join Us Sit Around & Talk About Films for an Hour

The 12th in our annual evening discussions on a wide range of film topics.
David Christenson, Eric M. Heideman, co-mods.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

10:30-11:25 PM
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 economical word for it. Let’s remedy that. 2.) Retirement Party for Clichés. We’ll identify clichés that need to be euthanized and think of clever new phrases to replace them. 3.) Jabberwacky. We’ll A.) identify silly-sounding words that already exist & B.) make up silly-sounding words that may or may not be accompanied by silly definitions.
Rick “Dr. Knowledge” Gellman, instructor

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

10:30 PM-midnight
Media


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hospitality Suite (1st floor; see signage)

Early Morning, Saturday
Resistance is Futile: You Will be Caffeinated

Coffee, espresso, latte in Consuite/Hospitality.
Rich Brown, host

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

9:00-9:55 AM
Scott’s Diversicon Saturday Cartoons

lobby

10:00 AM Registration & SF Minnesota Tables
open

(Milwaukee Room; Dealers & Art)

10:00 AM Vendor Room
opens

Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

10:00-10:55 AM
Panel: Depictions of Aging in SF/F

Aging is often depicted as something to avoid via magic, genetically engineering, body switches and other hand waving, but there are excellent depictions of middle-aged and elderly protagonists out there. What are some good examples? Bad ones? What would we like to see? Are greatly extended lives a good thing, or is there something positive to say about death?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Ruth Berman, Terry A. Garey, Martha A. Hood, Rebecca Marjesdatter

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

10:00-10:55 AM
Media

Main Stage (Soo Line)

11:00-11:55 AM
How Not to Sell Your Fiction

Jack McDevitt gives a writing presentation on mistakes frequently made by aspiring writers that prevent their stories from selling.

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

11:00-11:55 AM
Panel: Re-Imagining the Solar System

Looks at recent SF works by such authors as Kim Stanley Robinson, James S.A. Corey, and Hannu Rajaniemi that speculate about humanity in our solar system a couple of centuries from now.
Greg L. Johnson, mod.; Scott Lohman

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

11:00-11:55 AM
Panel: The State of Indie Comics

What’s up, including paper and electronic versions?
Rhea Ewing, Kimberley Long-Ewing

Main Stage (Soo Line)

Noon-12:55 PM
Fiction Reading: Catherine Lundoff

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

Noon-12:55 PM
Panel: DC Reboots; Marvel Meanders

What should we do with the New 52? Is the old magic back in Marvel Now?
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Noon-12:55 PM
Panel: I Think I’ve Read This Before

Have you ever read something and thought, “hey, this is a lot like that other book by that other author”? Or possibly even “hey, this is just like the last book by this author”? Sometimes writers don’t realize their work is like someone else’s. Sometimes we pay homage to those who came before us. Sometimes we happen upon something that seems to work, and we want to see if we’ve discovered the magic formula. And sometimes we just steal stuff. When does this work well? When does it annoy the reader? How can we avoid unintentionally inflicting our readers with déjà vu?
S.N. Arly, mod.; Rob Callahan

Railroad Lobby

Noon-3:00 PM
Gaming Event: Either a board game or RPG, TBA.

Alan J. Carlson, gamemaster

Main Stage (Soo Line)

1:00-1:55 PM
Recital: Lady Poetesses from Hell

Give a gander to Minnesota’s own speculative poetry performance art group.
Terry A. Garey, host; Ruth Berman, Rebecca Marjesdatter. John Calvin Rezmerski?

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

1:00-1:55 PM
Presentation: Humanism and Star Trek

PowerPoint with look at Star Trek and the philosophy of humanism.
Scott Lohman, presenter

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

1:00-1:55 PM
Panel: Writing with a Collaborator

What are the benefits and drawbacks of writing with a collaborator—particularly though not exclusively speculative fiction—versus writing on your lonesome?
Roy C. Booth, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Nicholas Johnson, Axel Kohagen

Main Stage (Soo Line)

2:00-2:55 PM
Panel: Inventing the Future’s Past

In Jack McDevitt’s Alex Benedict series there’s a constant tension between antiquities dealers and archeologists in a deep space future. So how do you write a convincing past for a star-spanning future that hasn’t happened yet? How do you write an interesting forgotten culture, complete with alien gods and lost human colonies?
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; Jack McDevitt, Eleanor Arnason, Scott Lohman

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

2:00-2:55 PM
Panel: This Was So Awesome When I Was A Kid

Some things that we loved in childhood, hold up over time and some don’t. Which spec fic books, comics, TV shows, and movies hold up well now that we’ve grown up? Which ones are best left as happy memories? What might help something endure? What things are hot now that will be regrettable when viewed in 20 or 30 years?
Rob Callahan, mod.;Ruth Berman, Michael Merriam.,Tyler Tork

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

2:00-2:55 PM
Panel: 14th Annual Yugo Awards Book Review

The Yugo, created by Laura Thurston, calls attention to “Best SF Books That Should Have Been Written.” Past winners include Pirates of the Petro-Leum: An Inconvenient Curse by Al Gore & Gore Verbinski.
Carole Ashmore and Hank Lederer, co-mods. Suggested titles and authors welcome.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: The Unheard Voices of SF/F/H

What amazing voices and stories are we missing out on in science fiction, fantasy, and horror due to lack of representation, support, or a myriad of other things? What are some things that suppress/oppress different voices and stories? What is being done to boost the signal of women, authors of color, and QUILTBAG authors? What can readers do to find these voices? Members from Broad Universe, the Carl Brandon Society, and Outer Alliance discuss these issues and more in a lively panel discussion.
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Kimberly Long-Ewing, Victor Raymond?

Vendor Room (Milwaukee Room)

3:00-3:55 PM
Meet the Artists/Dealers

Explore our dealers’ wares. Listen to our artists talking about their work.

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: Superhero Films

Each year we consider a film genre. This time we look at the evolution of superhero films, from the silent era to the current Renaissance.
David Christenson, mod.; Rob Callahan, Eric M. Heideman

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: This Sh*t is not for kids

What’s not appropriate for kids? How do we decide what’s appropriate and what isn’t? Can younger readers of The Hobbit safely see the film? Have you ever read the traditional Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and if so, are these appropriate for kids? How do we reconcile this and guide younger readers and fans of speculative fiction? What valuable lessons can kids get from some of the stuff that people think isn’t age appropriate.
S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Rachel Gold

Main Stage (Soo Line)

4:00-4:55 PM
Panel: Doing your homework

A lot of writers get great ideas without the expertise to follow through. If the idea is good enough or piques the writer’s interest enough, it’s time to do some research. But research when you’ve found an interesting track can eat up years, so what are some ways to fulfill the “write what you know, know what you write” maxim? Where are some good places to start? What are some good resources? How about some poor sources or research techniques to avoid? What are the dangers of poor or insufficient research?
S.N. Arly, mod.; Jack McDevitt, Roy C. Booth, Terry A. Garey. Brian K. Perry

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

4:00-4:55 PM
Panel: The State of the Solar System, 2013: Space Exploration

Our annual look at the human and robotic explorations of space.
Hank Lederer, mod.; Ben Huset, Paul F. Richards?

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

4:00-4:55 PM
Presentation: The Three Stooges Meet the Presidents

An examination of the onscreen personalities of Moses Horwitz and his brothers and buddies, as they apply to many of our nation’s presidents.
Erik Biever, Eric M. Heideman, co-presenters

Railroad Lobby

4:00-6:00 PM
Roleplaying Event: The Timelords and the Lords of the Instrumentality: A Doctor Who Adventure

A Diversicon tradition continues with this adventure celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and the works of Posthumous Guest Cordwainer Smith. Super-simple rules will be taught.
John Everet Till, gamemaster

Railroad Lobby

5:00-5:30 PM
Massive Autographing: Jack McDevitt
, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Aimee Kuzenski, Michael Merriam, Ka Vang

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

5:00-6:55 PM
Media

6:00 PM Vendor Room
closes

6:00 PM Registration and SF Minnesota Tables
close

Mainstage (Soo Line Room)

7:00-10:00 PM
SF Minnesota Auction
includes
7:00-7:30 p.m. Items available for inspection
7:30-8:40 p.m. Bidding, Round One
8:40-9:50 p.m. Auction Halftime (see below)
8:50-10:00 p.m. Bidding, Round Two

Rick Gellman, Auctioneer; Eric M. Heideman, Quartermaster; David Christenson, Sugar Daddy; Mike Schoenberg, Recorder; Arthur C. Johnson, Treasurer; Jack McDevitt, Catherine Lundoff, Roy C. Booth, Moral Support. Cool books, vids, art, etc. The Auction supports SF Minnesota and its projects, including Diversicon, Tales of the Unanticipated, & the Speculations Readings Series. To donate or consign, see Eric M. Heideman, eheideman@dhzone.com.

Mainstage (Soo Line Room)

8:40-8:50 PM
Flash Fiction Contest, Round Six!
(During Auction Halftime.)
The Flash Fiction Contest, introduced by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Anne Frasier, continues at D21 with judge Jack McDevitt. We have sought stories up to 250 words (firm) on the theme, “Old Enough to Think.” Entries were judged on the creative interpretation of the theme, the quality of the writing, and the 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. No entry fee was charged, but the contest was open only to attending members of the convention. Writers of any experience level were eligible to submit. The Diversicon Chair, the Programming Director, and the SF Minnesota Board were ineligible. Authors retain all rights to their stories.

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

10:05-11:25 PM
Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy TV: The Year in Review

Our annual look at the speculative fiction small screen.
Scott Lohman, mod.

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

10:05 p.m.-2:00 AM
Tales of the Unanticipated Party

Meet staff and contributors to this long-running (since 1986) Twin Cities speculative fiction magazine/anthology, which, after a hiatus, will be returning with #31 in January 2014.

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

11:00-11:55 PM
Panel: Crowd-Sourcing a New World

The panel, in collaboration with the audience, will create a new world.
Rachel Kronick, mod.; Mike Schoenberg, Tyler Tork

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

11:30 PM-12:20 AM
Media


Sunday, August 4, 2013

(Hospitality Suite, 1st floor: see signage)

Early Morning
Resistance is Futile: You Will be Caffeinated

Coffee, espresso, latte in Consuite/Hospitality.
Rich Brown, host

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

9:00-9:55 AM
Scott’s Sunday Diversicon Cartoons

Main Stage (Soo Line Room)

10:00-10:55 AM
Panel: Old Enough to Think: The Writers’ Edition

A panel about aging and writers. What are notable late-in-life efforts? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being older and writing?
Martha A. Hood, mod.; Eleanor Arnason, Kimberley Long-Ewing

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

10:00-11:25 AM
Media

(Milwaukee Room; Dealers & Art)

11:00 AM Vendor Room
opens

11:00 AM Registration & SF Minnesota Tables
open

Main Stage(Soo Line)

11:00-11:55 AM
Talk: Fiction Reading: Jack McDevitt

Our Guest of Honor reads from his work.

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

11:00-11:55 AM
Panel: Command and Distaff: Women’s Roles in Military Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Discussion of women’s roles from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Sword and Sorceress” series and David Weber’s Honor Harrington series to what’s current on the market today. “Distaff” is women’s work/domain, literally it’s the staff that holds flax while spinning.
Aimee Kuzenski, mod.; Tessa Johnstone Carlson, Kimbereley Long-Ewing, Michael Merriam

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

11:30 AM-12:55 PM
Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy Films: The Year in Review

Diversicon’s annual look at what’s new in speculative cinema.
Melissa S. Kaercher, mod.

Noon
Hospitality Suite closes

Main Stage (Soo Line)

Noon-12:55 PM
Fiction or Dramatic Reading: Roy C. Booth

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

Noon-12:55 PM
Panel: Myths from the Far Future: Cordwainer Smith, 1913-1966

As Paul Linebarger, he wrote Psychological Warfare; as Cordwainer Smith, he wrote Norstrillia & The Rediscovery of Man.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Katie Ferreira, Dwayne H. Olson, John Everett Till

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

Noon-12:55 PM
Panel: YA – Not Just for Kids Anymore

Increasingly more young adult fiction is being produced as publishers recognize this as a legitimate and worthy market. But not all readers of YA are young adults. More adults are branching out into the YA department, not just to check up on what their kids may be reading. What is the appeal of YA books among the not so targeted audience? What makes some YA books eminently suitable for adults? This is not intended to be a panel on all the new YA out there, per se, but a discussion on the YA that crosses over as great genre fiction and perhaps some great genre fiction that crosses over as great YA (i.e: what books did you read as a young adult before SF/F YA imprints existed?)
S.N. Arly, mod.; Rachel Gold, Brian K. Perry

Main Stage (Soo Line)

1:00-1:55 PM
Panel: Alternative Histories

What is the appeal of alternative histories? There seem to be fair number around now. Why?
Eleanor Arnason, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Jason D. Wittman. Kimberley Long-Ewing, Tyler Tork

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

1:00-1:55 PM
Panel: LGBTQ SF/F You Should be Reading

What’s new or just plain under-appreciated? Where can you find interesting queer sfnal work? What new directions is current work taking?
Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Rachel Gold, Rebecca Marjesdatter

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

1:00-1:55 PM
Panel: Props Peter: The Life and Films of Peter Cushing, 1913-1994

The heart and soul of Hammer Films played Winston Smith, Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, the Scarecrow, Doctor Who, and Grand Moff Tarkin.
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Cynthia Booth

Main Stage (Soo Line)

2:00-2:50 PM
Panel: Who are Your influences?

Arguably we are all influenced by the things we are exposed to in our lives. For writers, this carries over into our work. Can you see the fingerprints of the artists and events that have influenced you? Where are they most prevalent? If you can’t see them, why do you suppose that might be? Are you conscious of the things that influence your writing?
Martha A. Hood, mod.; Jack McDevitt, Jason D. Wittman

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

2:00-2:55 PM
Panel: What do I Read Next?

Our annual look at primarily—though not exclusively—fantasy and science fiction novels, collections, and anthologies published primarily—though not exclusively—in the past year and a half.
Greg L. Johnson, mod.; Rob Callahan, Russell Letson

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

2:00-2:55 PM
Writing with a Collaborator: The Other Side of the Mirror

Learn what it is like to collaborate with prolific writer Roy C. Booth, from novels to plays to short stories, from some of his fellow collaborators.
Cynthia Booth, mod.; Nicholas Johnson, Axel Kohagen

Main Stage (Soo Line)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: The Trickster in Pop Culture

Tricksters, mainstays of world mythology, have migrated into popular culture: Beetlejuice, Marvel’s Loki, Rumplestiltskin from “Once Upon a Time”, and so on. How have these mischief-makers adapted to modern times and new media? Where are the lines drawn between trickster, villain and antihero? How effectively are tricksters being portrayed and used, and what happens when writers get it wrong?
Rebecca Marjesdatter, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Katie Ferreira, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Moira Manion.

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

3:00-3:55 PM
Panel: Iain M. Banks: In Memoriam

A look at Scottish SF and mainstream author Banks (1954-2013) and an informal discussion of what was special about his work.
Martha A. Hood, mod.; Greg L. Johnson, Rachel Kronick, Russell Letson, Kelly Strait

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

3:00-3:55 PM
Generic Panel

Wide-ranging discussion of various topics. These are usually continuations of topics explored at other panels. New topics will also be welcomed.
Arthur C. Johnson, mod.

4:00 PM Vendor Room closes

Main Stage (Soo Line)

4:00-4:55 PM
Panel: Panel: By the Light of the Moon: Reading, Writing, and Watching Werewolves

Werewolf legends can be found all around the world and remain a nearly endless resource of fascination and inspiration. What’s the allure? What are some of our favorites? Werewolves we love to hate? What kinds of changes have we seen in their depictions over time?
Rebecca Marjesdatter, mod.; Catherine Lundoff, Eric M. Heideman, Axel Kohagen

Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific)

4:00-4:55 PM
Panel or Presentation: The State of the Solar System, 2013: Astronomy

Diversicon looks at what’s new in astronomy, in our solar system and beyond.
Michael Kauper, mod.; Paul F. Richards?

Krushenko’s (Room 101)

4:00-4:55 PM
Discussion: Old Enough to Think

On Diversicons past, present, and yet to come.
Scott Lohman, Diversicons 21& 22 Chair, mod.

Main Stage (Soo Line)

5:00-5:30 PM
Closing Ceremonies

Scott Lohman, MC; Jack McDevitt, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Eric M. Heideman; Cordwainer Smith, Peter Cushing, in absentia

5:45 PM Registration & SF Minnesota Tables
close

7:15 p.m.-late night
There’s Still Life in the Old Dog Party.

Includes:
Railroad Lobby: Conversation & Gaming
Krushenko’s: Conversation & Viewers’ Choice Films

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