Minicon 41 was held
Our Guests of Honor
Need to contact us?
These are historical addresses and cannot be used to contact the current Minicon committee.
Greg Ketter, Chair
David Wilford, Art Show
Sharon Kahn & Jeff Schalles,
Marian Turner, Children's Programming
Lisa Freitag, Dealers' Room
Mark Richards, Film Room
Matthew Strait, Gaming
Karen Cooper, Green Room
Joel & Beth Philips, Hospitality
Nate Bucklin, Music
Rachel Kronick, Programming
Keith Malgren, Publications
Carol Kennedy & Beth Friedman, Registration
Kevin G. Austin, Volunteers
Laurel Krahn, Web Geek
Minicon 41 is over. These pages remain as a historical record. Please contact [arthe main Minicon page for information about this year's Minicon.chivist |at| mnstf |dot| org] with any questions or comments. See
Updated: 3 pm, Friday, April 14th by Laurel Krahn.
There are also links in the sidebar to pages with more useful information-- we couldn't fit everything on a single page!
Need to contact us? Don't send us email! By now your best bet is probably to track us down at the convention hotel or via phone as many of the department heads will be at the hotel Thursday - Monday and few of us will be checking email (fewer still, if any, will be checking email with any regularity). The information on this site should give you some idea who'll be where when. If you aren't at Minicon, you can call the Sheraton Bloomington and try asking to speak with someone with Minicon.
New to Minicon or science fiction fandom? Watch for informational "neo notes" on this page and elsewhere on our site.
Wondering where things are located at Minicon 41? There will be a map in the pocket program, but if you want to know right now, you can check out these maps: Minicon 41 - First Floor | Minicon 41 - 2nd Floor.
Useful PDA Stuff
WiFi, Internet, all that jazz
There is a Livejournal community for Minicon 41 (comments and conversation before, during, and after the convention) at minicon41. Late breaking news will be posted there. There will be a Livejournal room party at Minicon on Saturday night (watch the Livejournal, naturally, for details).
Please tag posts/photos as "minicon41"
Notes on the Dead Dog and Dead Dessicated Dodo parties have been added to the timeline.
From Hotel to Mall of America, shuttles run every two hours (more or less):
These shuttle times are "subject to change" so if you want to be sure, check with the front desk or bell service. Printouts with the schedule are available at the front desk or from the concierge.
Here is the program book in several formats. Note that the Harlan Ellison photos have been removed. This is because we (that is, the current MNSTF archivist) does not want to try to tempt fate by asking Harlan about his copyright on them.
The pocket program is what most people actually look at during the convention. Here's a PDF.
Progress Report 1:
Progress Report 2:
Noon on Friday, April 14th - Registration opens, will run 'til 10 p.m. on Friday night. Registration will also be open 10 a.m. 'til 8 p.m. on Saturday.
3 p.m. on Friday, April 14th - Art Show and Dealers' Room open, first programming item begins.
4 p.m. on Friday, April 14th - Consuite officially opens and there is much rejoicing.
7 p.m. on Friday - Opening Ceremonies. Minicon 41 officially begins, guests of honor are introduced, announcements are made, the Usual.
And then, well, all sorts of stuff happens. You can read all about that elsewhere.
After Closing Ceremonies on Sunday (they start at 3 p.m. and run 'til they're over), we'd love volunteers to help start taking down the consuite and doing other important things. We often have the hardest time finding volunteers to help us do post-con stuff and that's really when we need volunteers the most (as we're usually pretty wiped out by then). So stick around or come back on Sunday afternoon and evening to help out. We also always need help on Monday during the day, too.
The Dead Dog Party will be on Sunday night at the hotel somewhere (consuite area is probably a safe bet).
[Neo note: the "dead dog party" is the traditional party that occurs after the convention is officially over while some folks are still around. People are generally fairly low key or tired. This is the party where we consume any leftovers and tend to end up talking a lot about the convention-- what worked, what didn't, what we should do next year. It may be in some ways an unofficial post-mortem. Since this is a Minicon Dead Dog Party, there is usually also music and much silliness.]
The Dead Dessicated Dodo Party will be Monday night, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz (4323 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN). We encourage any out-of-towners who are still in town to stop by, as well as any volunteers who haven't yet passed out (or are newly fresh after a Monday afternoon nap).
[Neo note: Um, it's a Minn-StF/Minicon thing. Sometimes also referred to as the "dead dead dog party" or "really really dead dog party," but usually there's a Dodo mentioned since the proverbial dog has already been through enough already. This party doesn't usually last nearly so late as the Sunday night party, often because people have to work the next day or are simply worn out.]
Minicon runs continually from 3 p.m. on Friday until Closing Ceremonies end on Sunday (4 p.m. or so). But some events/rooms/whatever have more finite hours of operation.
Art Show & Dealers' Room Hours
[Neo note: Obviously you'll find art in the art show; some of it is simply for display, other items are available for purchase or are up for auction. The Dealers' Room is where you'll find merchants selling books, movies, music, t-shirts, jewelry, toys, comic books, and all sorts of cool stuff.]
[Neo note: the "consuite" is a hospitality suite where you'll find snacks, drinks, and even sometimes "real food." It's a great place to hang out when you aren't busy checking out other stuff, it's also a good place to re-fuel. Just don't count on the consuite for all your dietary needs!]
Green Room Hours (more or less)
[Neo note: "Programming" refers to panel discussions, readings, signings, and other scheduled events at a convention. The "Green Room" is a room where folks who are on panels gather to prepare; if you aren't on a panel you don't really need to know about it unless you're volunteering there.]
Registration will be located near the ballroom and coat check on the second floor. And for the rest of the convention, the Registration table will be in the short/north tower atrium.
The Volunteers Table will be located near Registration and will likely have the same or very similar hours of operation.
[Neo note: Registration is where you pick up your badge and program book and other useful stuff and check in if you're pre-registered; this is also where you go if you need to purchase a membership or convert a supporting membership. If you'd like to volunteer to help at the convention, stop by the nearby Volunteers table.]