Minicon 17

Minicon 17 was held 17–19 April 1981 at the Minneapolis Radisson. The guests of honor were Jack Vance (pro), Jerry Boyajian (fan), Reed Waller (musician), and Kathy Marschall (artist). The executive committee was Steve Bond, Don Bailey, Scott Imes, and Dave Wixon.


For a long time, we didn't have any records available of the membership numbers for Minicon 17. But then in 2019, Matt got all the treasury records from Bev Elmshauser, which includes all the registration deposits with reasonably easy to interpret memberships numbers on each. It looks like there were:

So that's a total of 966 pre-reg and 1173 total. These are each probably good to the nearest handful or maybe the nearest dozen.

Program Book

small Minicon 17 program book cover

Here is a PDF of the Minicon 17 program book (8 MB).

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Scans are available here in a range of qualities and file sizes. Most people want the middle column in which the files have been substantially cleaned up to remove the grain of the paper, bleed through from adjacent pages, etc., but are still high resolution. The right column has the scans reduced to monochrome and to the smallest legible size.

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Text by Poul Anderson is © copyright 1981 by Poul Anderson and is reproduced here by permission. Art by Kathy Marschall is © Kathy Grantham and is reproduced here by permission. Art by Joan Hanke-Woods is © delphyne joan hanke-woods and is reproduced here by permission. Art by Larry Becker is © Larry Becker. Text by John Robey is public domain. Advertisements remain property of the advertisers.

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Front and back, with art by Kathy Marschall and Laramie Sasseville, respectively. The third image is an alternate design by Laramie that didn't get used:

Small image of the front of the Minicon 17 t-shirt with Kathy Marschall art Small image of the back of the Minicon 17 t-shirt with Laramie Sasseville art Unused t-shirt design by Laramie Sasseville: Order your Chaos Now

The shirt was also available, at least, in yellow.

Here's another shirt which might be from Minicon 17. The artist is Joan Hanke-Woods. This is the only Minicon with her art in the program book. While the program book only mentions Kathy Marschall and Laramie Sasseville as having art on t-shirts, it also says there are "many different varieties of shirts available", so it seems likely this is one. This is the front, the back being blank:

Small image of the front of what might be a Minicon 17 t-shirt

This shirt was also also available in, at least, yellow.

There was also a sweatshirt, according to the program book: "MnStf logo on light blue".