Diversicon 26

July 27-29, 2018


Program Schedule (as of later July 25, 2018)
This is still a draft. Expect additions, deletions, changes.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 CE:

6:30-8:00 p.m., DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Diversicon 26Guests of Honor Charlie Jane Anders and Bryan Thao Worra read from, talk about, and autograph their work. Sponsored by the SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES. All subsequent Diversicon events take place at the Best Western Plus—Como Park, 1010 Bandana Blve W, St Paul.

Friday, July 27, 2018 CE:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Vendor Room (Milwaukee Road Room). Meet the Vendors. Inspect our dealers’ wares. Hear Guest Artist Ursula Murray Husted talk about her work. “I expect that my time not spoken for would see me painting and talking to folks at one of my tables (in the Vendor Room, Soo Line). Due to that, I don’t feel that a particular time needs to be set aside for me to speak about my work. I love to paint and enjoy talking to folks.”

2:00-2:50 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). (see program book)

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: Diversitopia. Planned communities in SF, ancient and modern, utopian and dystopian. Scott Lohman, mod.

4:00-4:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: The State of LGBTQ Speculative Fiction: 2018. What’s new in the lavendar side of the field? Robin Raiaenimi, mod,; Charlie Jane Anders, David Lenander.

5:00-6:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). (see program book)

6:00-6:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Writing and Religion: A Cup of Coffee with God. “This spring I’ve been mildly engrossed with the idea that novelists and maybe short-story writers might have their own insight into the age-old religious squabble between predestination (aka ‘fate’) and free will. Because of the way we work with our fictional characters, who so often seem to have minds of their own.”—Phyllis Ann Karr, mod. S.N. Arly

7:00-7:30 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Opening Ceremonies. Scott Lohman, MC; Bryan Thao Worra, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula Murray Husted, Eric M. Heideman; Madeline L’Engle, Theodore Sturgeon, Philip Jose’ Farmer, in absentia

7:30-8:25 p.m., Mainstage. Guest of Honor Interview 1, Charlie Jane Anders. Charlie Jane Anders is interviewed by Scott Lohman

8:30-9:25 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Workshop: Writing Speculative Poetry. Bryan Thao Worra. F.J. Bergmann

8:30-9:25 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). Science Fiction/Fantasy Films: The Year in Review. Diversicon’s annual look at the speculative large screen.

8:30-p.m.-1ish a.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). A Party for Readers and Viewers. Sponsored by Second Foundation, a speculative and science fiction book discussion, meeting about every six weeks since January 1983, most of whose members are also film buffs. The party begins with…
8:30-9:ish p.m.Panel or Discussion: Through Darkness and Distance: The Endurance of Frankenstein. A bicentennial tribute to Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus (1818); the book’s author, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), and its two immortal characters, Victor Frankenstein and the unnamed, unforgettable Frankenstein’s Monster, along with the theatrical tradition radiating out from Karloff. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Mike Schoenberg. Brian K. Perry

Minnesota Space Frontier Society Party. Details TBA

9:30-10:25 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Wordplay Seminar. Earn a Bachelor’s or Bachelorettes 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. 2. Retirement Party for Cliches. We’ll identify cliches that 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

9:30- 11:40 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex. (Northern Pacific). (see program book)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 CE:

9.00-9:55 a.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). Scott’s Saturday Morning Diversicon Cartoons

9:00-11:00 a.m., Hospitality Room (Room 105). Latte Barada, Nicto! Coffee, espresso, and latte sponsored by Rich Brown

10:00-10:55 a.m., Mainstage. ( Soo Line Room). Guest of Honor Interview 2, Bryan Thao Worra. Bryan Thao Worra is interviewed by Scott Lohman.

10:00-10:55 a.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). Panel: Is Gender Inevitable? As SF authors of all genders grapple with pronouns, they are also working on the role of gender itself in society. SF has for decades turned what is considered “normal” on its head. (i.e. Le Guin‘s “The king was pregnant.”) And why do people get themselves in such a state over it?—Martha A. Hood, mod.; Rob Callahan, Robin Raiaenimi

11:00-11:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Round Robin Poetry Reading 1. Bryan Thao Worra. Other poets who will likely read through the weekend include Eleanor Arnason, F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Terry A. Garey, Phyllis Ann Karr, Sandra Lindow

11:00-11:55 a.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel: Magic: Is it Both Witchcraft and Science? Tesla and Edison were described as wizards, and many early scientists were self-described alchemists. Technology is approaching what was once considered witchcraft. What is the difference between science and magic? S.N. Arly, mod.; Charlie Jane Anders

11:00 a.m.-12:55 p.m., Railroad Lobby. Costumed Life Drawing Session “I would enjoy leading a costumed life drawing session for attendees. The session would take two hours, and requires a simple room or convention hall with outlets for lights, a stage/platform, and room for fans to sit and draw.”—Ursula Murray Husted

Noon-12:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Book Groups Discussion: Charlie Jane Anders. A general discussion of Anders’ novel All the Birds in the Sky (2016),.with the author participating, along with David Lenander of the Rivendell Group, Don Kaiser of the North Country Gaylaxians, and Eric M. Heideman of Second Foundation.

Noon-12:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Fiction Reading: Phyllis Ann Karr. “I am toying with the idea of bringing two stories, giving my audience—assuming one materializes—their choice.”

1:00-1:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Presentation: Bryan Thao Worra. “In lieu of a reading, I’m going to do: ‘Beyond DEMONSTRA.’ Discussing Southeast Asian speculative poetry, looking at some of the themes and approaches Southeast Asian speculative fiction poets are using to address contemporary, historical, and futuristic themes.

1:00-1:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel or Presentation: State of the Solar System: 2019—Space Exploration. Our annual look at human and robotic exploration of space. How about that Space Force? Hank Lederer, mod.; Ben Huset

2:00-2:55 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Panel: Of What Use is the Space Opera? Proponents of Mundane SF, which rejects FTL and galactic-side empires say (I think they're saying) that we are better off focusing on what humanity can actually possibly achieve, be aware of just how precious Earth is, that we can't just leave and go somewhere else. Yet, the space opera persists. What does it give us that other subgenres don't?”—Martha A. Hood, mod.; Rob Callahan. Scott Lohman.

2:30-3:55 pm., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Egg Tempura Lecture/Demonstration. Our artist guest demonstrates the technique and medium of egg tempura.—Ursula Murray Husted

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Guest of Honor Fiction Reading: Charlie Jane Anders

4:00-4:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Breaking Up is Hard to do. Twenty-first century science fiction has brought a spate of novels from writers so disparate as Paulo Bacgalupi, Alda Palmer, Dave Hutchinson and Malka Older that features near futures where many, if not all nations have balkanized into smaller pieces, historical unions broken apart and dissolved. Are these writers, and others, on to something? Are we headed for a future where the nation-state seems as obsolete as the feudal manor? Greg L. Johnson, mod.; Rob Callahan, Martha A. Hood

4:00-4:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel: To Your Scattered Bodies Go: Philip José Farmer, 1918-2009. Robin Raianiemi, mod. On our versatile and provocative Posthumous Guest. Robin Raianiemi, mod.; Eric M. Heideman

4:00-4:55 p.m., Krusheno’s. (Room 101) Panel: Round Robin Poetry Reading 2 Bryan Thao Worra. Other poets who will likely read through the weekend include Eleanor Arnason, F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Terry A. Garey, Phyllis Ann Karr, Sandra Lindow

5:00-5:25 p.m., Railroad Lobby. Massive Autographing: Charlie Jane Anders, Bryan Thao Worra, Ursula Murray Husted, Rob Callahan, et al.

5:35-6:50 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex. (see program book)

7:00-7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Auction items available for inspection

7:30-9:30 p.m., Mainstage.SF Minnesota Auction, including:
- 7:30-8:25 p.m. Bidding, Round One
- 8:25-8:35 p.m. Auction Halftime, including the announcement and reading of the Flash Fiction Contest winner
- 8:35-9:30 p.m. Bidding, Round Two
Auctioneers, Melissa S. Kaercher & Rick Gellman; Quartermaster, Eric M. Heideman; Materials Scrounger, David Christenson; Recorder, Scott Lohman; Treasurer, Arthur C. Johnson; Bryan Thao Worra and Charlie Jane Anders, Moral Support. The Auction supports Diversicon’s Sponsoring Organization and its projects, including the Speculations Readings Series at DreamHaven Books, Tales of the Unanticipated, a Classic Horror Films Party, Diversicon parties at other Minnesota and Wisconsin cons; and, when necessary, Diversicon. To donate material, contact Eric and/or Scott, above.

8:25-8:35 p.m.Flash Fiction, Round 11! The Flash Fiction Contest, suggested by Diversicon 16 Guest of Honor Ann Frasier, continues at D26 with Judge Charlie Jane Anders. We asked for stories up ro 250 words (firm) related to the Convention Theme, “Diversitopia” 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. Writers of any experience level were invited to su. The Diversicon Chair and the Programming Director are ineligible. Authors retain all rights to their stories.

9:45 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Tales of the Unanticipated #32 Publication Party. After 32 years we present the 32nd issue of this wide-ranging speculative fiction anthology. Meet staff and contributors. Shake hands with the fabulous new issue and lovely back issues! TOTU #32 is the second one published by SF Minnesota.

10:15-11:05 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). (see program book)

Sunday, July 29, 2018 CE:

9.00-9:55 a.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). Scott’s Saturday Morning Diversicon Cartoons

9:00-11:00 a.m., Hospitality Room (Room 105). Latte Barada Nicto! Coffee, espresso, and latte sponsored by Rich Brown

10:00-10:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: In Memoriam, including: Stepen Hawking, 1942-2018; Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018; Kate Wilhelm, 1928-2018; Harlan Ellison, 1934-2918 Steve Ditko, 1928-2018. One a great scientist and three outstanding SF writers, and a unique illustrator who left us this year. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; David Lenander

10:00-10:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific Room). Fiction Reading: Rob Callahan

11:00-11:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Saucers of Loneliness: Theodore Sturgeon, 1918-1985. On the author of More Than Human and an unsurpassed body of short fiction. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Charlie Jane Anders, Brian K. Perry

11:00-11:55 a.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel: WTF? Science Fiction and the Stories That Don’t Explain Themselves. From classics like Neuromancer and The Book of the New Sun to recent Volumes like The Quantum Thief and Ninefox Gambit, science fiction has long featured books that throw the reader headlong into a strange world with scarcely a word of exposition to guide the way. We’ll discuss favorites, the appeal and possible frustration involved in reading these books, and what that might tell us about the larger experience of reading , and writing science fiction itself. –Greg L. Johnson, mod.; Scott Lohman

11:00-11:55 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Panel or Discussion: Science Fiction/Fantasy TV The Year in Review. Our annual look at SF on the medium sized screen. Scott Lohman, mod. Rob Callahan

Noon-12:55p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Wrinkles in Time: Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-2007. On the classic author of juvenile science fiction, mainstream, and, fantasy fiction. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Ruth Berman

Noon-12:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel: Using Fairy and Folk Tales in SFF—Eleanor Arnason, mod.; Charlie Jane Anders, Ruth Berman, Rob Callahan

Noon-12:55 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Panel: I am Still Not a Number—50+ Years of The Prisoner. The sets are still old-fashioned, the paranoia still current.—Rich Brown, mod.; Scott Lohman

1:00-1:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Rhysling Awards Panel. Diversicon will once again host the Rhysling Awards of the Science Fiction-Fantasy Association (SFPA). This panel starts with an exchange of views, followed by the presentation of and reading from the award-winning poems. Bryan Thao Worra will probably be joined by several of Eleanor Arnason, F.J. Bergmann, Ruth Berman, Terry A. Garey, Phyllis Ann Karr, and Sandra Lindow.

1:00-1:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel or Presentation: The State of the Solar System: 2017—Astronomy. Our annual look at recent astronomic discoveries inside and beyond the solar system. Michael Kauper, presenter

1:00-1;55 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Panel or Discussion: The Marvel Live-Action Saga Continues. In which Wakanda rises and Thanos comes to Earth. Rob Callahan, mod

2:00-2:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: The Disappearance of Women SFF Writers. Why are older women SFF writers forgotten? What can we do about this?—Eleanor Arnason, mod.; Charlie Jane Anders, Martha A. Hood

2:00-2:55 p.m., Krushenko’s.Annex (Northern Pacific) Discussion: Dave & Eric & Anybody Who Cares to Join Them Sit around and Talk About Films for an Hour. Our long-running (16th?) semi-formal discussion of a wide range of film topics. David Christenson & Eric M. Heideman, co-mods.

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What do I Read Next? This panel, started many years ago at Minicon by the late Michael Levy and long considered one of Diversicon’s high points, continues in capable hands. Be prepared to hear about lots of exciting written speculative fiction.Greg L. Johnson, Charlie Jane Anders

3:00-3:55 p.m., Krushenko’s Annex (Northern Pacific). Panel: Action Films. Our annual tribute to film genres. David Christenson, mod.; Eric M. Heideman.

3:00-3:55 p.m., 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, Ellen Kuhfeld

4:00-4:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Midwest Mythologic Creatures. Why do writers look for monsters and magical critters elsewhere, when we have so many amazing creatures here? The US has all sorts of interesting creatures, and the Midwest is chock full of hodags, hoop snakes, windigo, sprinter cats, and agripelters. S.N. Arly, mod.; Bryan Thao Worra, Brian K. Perry

4:00-4:55 pm, Kruchenko’s Annex. Panel: Building an SF Community. How does the SF community join ranks in the face of fascism? Eleanor Arnason, mod.; Rob Callahan

4:00-4:55 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101) Discussion: Diversitopia. A look at Diversicons past, present, and yet to come. Scott Lohman, Diversicon 26 & 27 Chair, mod.

5:00-5:30 p.m., Mainstage. Closing Ceremonies. Scott Lohman, MC; Charlie Jane Anders, Bryan Thao Worra, Ursula Murray Husted, Eric M.Heideman; Theodore Sturgeon, Philip Jose’ Farmer, Madeleine L’Engle, in absentia

5:30-5:50 p.m. Railroad Lobby Dinner Expedition Prep Milling about and fund farewells, followed by…

6:00-7:15 p.m.
Dinner reservation at Gabe’s by the Park, three blocks from hotel Open to all. Please find Eric or Scott to be added.

7:30 p.m.-Late Night
Return to the hotel for the There’s Still Life in the Old Dog Party
Conversation will be had by all.
Gaming will also be available in the Railroad Lobby.
Krushenko’s will also offer Viewers’ Choice.

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