Minicon 36
will be held on April 13-15, 2001
at the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers
in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Writer Guest of Honour: Ken MacLeod
Fan Guest of Honour: Jo Walton
Musician Guest of Honor: Leslie Fish
+ More about our fabulous guests

The Minicon 36 Flyer, as PDF.
The Minicon 36 Progress Report, as PDF.

How To Get To Minicon

Hospitality Schedule of Events


Hucksters Room

Minicon 36
P.O. Box 8297
Lake Street Station
Minneapolis, MN 55408

What's New?

Minneapolis weather information:
from the weather channel
from the weather underground

Yuri's Night - The World Space Party - 12 April 2001


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April 13 - 15, 2001

Minicon 36 is now over. These pages will remain here as historical documents, of course. Please contact [arDONOTTYPETHISchivist at mnstf dot org] for questions or comments about this site. For the latest news about upcoming Minicons, visit the main Minicon webpage.

We want to know what you thought of Minicon 36, please send convention reports, suggestions, comments, etc. to or to the Minicon postal address.

The Minicon 36 Postmortem was held on Sunday, April 29th, 2001, at 2pm at the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers (i.e. where the convention was held).

Program Book

Added 2012, updated 2017.

Here is nearly all of the program book in PDF (35MB), or a lower quality version (4MB), with part of one page omitted due to lack of copyright permission. And here are the individual pages: front cover | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 (partial) | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92

Creative Commons License Except as noted below, The Minicon 36 Program Book — by The Minnesota Science Fiction Society, Avram Grumer, Peter Hentges, David Owen-Cruise, Katya Reimann, Joel Rosenberg, Alison Scott, Glenn Tenhoff, Jo Walton, Kip Williams, and Laurel Winter — is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States.

Exceptions: Content by Phyllis Eisenstein, Ben Bova, Leslie Fish, Ken MacLeod, James Nicoll, and Charles Urbach is © each of them, respectively, all rights reserved, and is reproduced here by permission. Content by Todd Cameron Hamilton (art: 49, 59), Gordon Dickson (text: 51, 52, 53, 54), Mary Kay Kare (text: 55), and Dave Wixon (text: 63, 64, 65, 66) is © each of them, respectively, all rights reserved. Art by ATom is reusable under the "standard fannish agreement".

This overrides the original copyright notice in the document.


Added 2017.

Here's the t-shirt. It's the front; the back is blank:

Small photo of the Minicon 36 t-shirt: 'Minicon 36' above art by Ray Van Tilberg of a robotic jester

Minicon News

We now have a list of program items (with descriptions) available online. And a program grid. These are subject to change, the printed version in the pocket program trumps these. Last hour changes will be published in the Bozo Bus Tribune (the convention newsletter).

If you need to contact us, it's really too late to do it via mail and quite possibly via email. Your best bet is to stop by the Third Floor of the Hilton anytime from 2pm Thursday until Sunday afternoon of the convention. Look for people who seem to know what's going on or for The Bridge (Director's Row #2). If you aren't actually able to come to the convention, you might try calling the Minneapolis Hilton and ask to be connected to "Minicon" or the "Minicon Bridge".

We need volunteers to help set things up on Thursday afternoon and evening at the Hilton. If you're interested in helping out, stop by the Third floor. We'll begin collating the Leslie Fish songbook at 2pm, Art Show setup will begin at 5:30pm, program book collation will begin at 6 or 6:30pm, consuite set-up and decoration will start around 6pm. We'll also build a rocket garden and celebrate Yuri's Night.

We've got more details about some fabulous events that will happen in the consuite and elsewhere at the convention. Check out the Hospitality Schedule of Events for the scoop on the Rocket Garden, the Cocktail Party, the Six Degrees of Fandom Handshaking Party, and When Weirds Collide.

Registration Hours:
Friday:   10am - 10pm
Saturday:   10am - 2pm
Registration is located in the Coat Room on the Third Floor. If you need to register after hours, please go to the Bridge (located in the room the hotel called Director's Row #2).

Hucksters Room & Art Show Hours:
Friday:   2-6pm
Saturday:   10am - 5pm
Sunday:   11am - 3pm

In case you're wondering about Music at Minicon, there'll be music parties (of course) and a concert by Guest of Honor Leslie Fish.

Wondering who'll be selling cool stuff in the Hucksters Room? Find out here.

We're selling a chapbook by Guest of Honour Ken MacLeod called Poems & Polemics. There will be about 150 copies available at the convention for $5 each, it's 8.5" x 5.3", saddle-stapled, 32 pages plus cover.

And we're also putting out a chapbook by Guest of Honour Jo Walton, called Lurkers & Muses, edited by Eleanor J. Evans. There will be about 150 copies available at the convention for $5 each, it's 8.5" x 5.3", saddle-stapled, 36 pages plus cover.

To complete the set, we're releasing a songbook by Guest of Honor Leslie Fish called The Incomplete Leslie Fish, edited by Beth Friedman, with cover art by Kip Williams. There'll be about 200 copies available. It's 8.5 x 11, comb-bound, approximately 150 pages plus cover and will cost somewhere around $10.

If we have any chapbooks & songbooks leftover after the convention, we may sell them via mailorder. But your best bet is to pick them up at Minicon or have someone pick them up for you.

Artists! There's still room for your work in the Art Show. Contact if you're interested in showing your stuff at Minicon.

Suites are still available if you want to reserve one. Contact to make a reservation (or with any questions/special requests). Rates are $130/night and $280/night.

At last report, rooms are still available at the Hilton for the convention rate of $76 per night + tax (even though technically our room block closed on March 23rd). Call the hotel at 612-376-1000 or 800-774-1500 to make a reservation. Be sure to mention you're with Minicon or the Minnesota Science Fiction Society to get the right rate. If you want a quiet room, ask for a room below the 16th floor. If you don't mind noise or want to be close to the parties, ask for a room on a higher floor. Reserve early, reserve often.

If you're in (or near) Minneapolis on the night of Thursday, April 12th, stop by the third floor of the Hilton and volunteer to help set things up.

If you can't be there on Thursday night, you can still volunteer at any time during the convention, stop by the Bridge (Director's Row #2). Or, of course, just pitch in wherever you find something that needs doing.

We're building a rocket garden at Minicon as part of our Yuri's Night celebration . Bring rockets, bring materials with which to build rockets. Contact hospitality if you have questions or to let them know what you're bringing. Yes, the rumors are true, we're even making rockets out of clean empty milk cartons. Rocket building begins in the Vehicle Assembly Bay (a.k.a. Salon F) on Thursday night.

The Hilton offers valet parking, hotel guests can also get a daily pass for the parking ramp with in-out privileges. There are also other lots and ramps nearby.

The hotel's Pool hours will be extended until 2:30am during Minicon.

Check-in time at the Hilton is 3pm; check-out time is normally Noon, but has been extended until 4pm on Sunday and Monday of Minicon.

Haven't been to the Hilton Minneapolis before? Or don't remember how to get there? Here's How To Get To Minicon.

At the Door Memberships will cost $70 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under (babes in arms are free with accompanying adult). If you purchased a supporting membership for $15, you'll be able to convert it to an adult attending membership for $25 at the door.

When packing for Minicon, keep in mind that Minicon will be having it's first ever Cocktail Party before Opening Ceremonies on Friday night (so if you've got a cocktail dress or some other spiffy outfit or costume you don't get to wear as much as you'd like, by all means bring it).

And on Saturday "Weirds Collide" when the Minnesota State Fair meets Mardi Gras at Minicon. You've been warned.

If you've got a Furby or Furbies of any sort, don't forget to bring them to Minicon so they can participate in Furby Dance II.

Information about our fabulous Guests of Honor.

The Minicon 36 Progress Report is now online, in PDF format.

Hucksters Room information is now online.

updated @ 3pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2001 by Laurel Krahn