Minicon 47: April 6 - 8, 2012
Minicon is A fan run science fiction and fantasy convention run by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, or MNStF. It is held yearly on Easter weekend. Never been to an SF convention? Here's a short introduction to what we're all about. Minicon 47 will be held in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Minicon features panel discussions, readings, signings, costuming, films, gaming (open and organized), an art show, dealers, kids' programming, a science room, filk and folk music, a consuite and bar, room parties, and various special events.
Our Guests of Honor are Ted Chiang (author), Christopher J Garcia (fanzine), and Frank Wu (artist).
These are notes and archival material added after Minicon 47.
The program book link given above was the one shown during Minicon 47. However, the printed book differs in a few ways.
- The inside front cover of the printed version is different. The PDF has corrected artist credits and copyright text relative to the paper version. Here is a scan of the paper inside front cover.
- The Gala Brassiere ad got mangled in the above PDF, but was fine in the print version. This PDF, which is layed out for printing was used to generate the above PDF. In it, the Gala Brassiere ad is fine.
- Before printing, the text "continued on page 21" was added at the bottom right of page 16.
- Despite interior color in the above PDFs, only the outside cover of the program book was printed in color.
Progress Report 1
To people on our mailing list with working e-mail addresses, we sent this e-mail as Progress Report 1
To the rest of our mailing list, we sent a postcard. The postcard was printed from this PDF. Unfortunately, it uses a font which is not embedded in the file and will look bad if you don't have it on your system.
This scan of the postcard Progress Report 1 shows what it definitely looked like. As a bonus, you get to see how everything worked out with the address sticker, cancellation mark and barcodes (one on each side). If you'd like this as two images, here is the address side and the other side.
Progress Report 2
Here's the PDF of Progress Report 2 again for good measure. Note that it is layed out for printing and folding into a half-sheet sized booklet. The order doesn't matter too much, though, since most pages are independent of each other.
Bozo Bus Tribune
The Bozo Bus Tribune is Minicon's at-con newsletter. It had 6 issues at Minicon 47 (all printed in black and white on a variety of colored paper; so I guess black and colored, really):
Pre-registration is closed, but you can still register at the door. See here for details.
Registration will be open Thursday night in the consuite, room 882, for pre-registered members only (note change of room from last year).
For pre-registered members or to buy a membership at the door, full registration hours are:
- Friday 10am–10pm
- Saturday 9:30am–8pm
- Sunday 9:30am–4pm
The registration desk will be on the first floor in the atrium of the hotel's north tower. (Facing the hotel main desk, go down the hall to your right until you see it.) Note that this is not where it was last year.
Memberships for Minicon 48 can be purchased any time the registration desk is open as well as at the Dead Dog party Sunday evening in the convention's bar (7th floor club lounge).
As usual, we're at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, except now it's a DoubleTree (yes, it's the same hotel that was a Radison not long ago).
To reserve your room use this special link or call 952-835-7800. Our rate for reservations made by March 15 is $89 for both regular rooms and poolside cabanas. Afterwards, including if you walk up to the desk at the convention, they are $99.
Filling hotel rooms is how we pay for our function space, so we would very much appreciate it if you stayed in the DoubleTree. Please also avoid booking your room through a travel agency or discount site. These will not count towards our block!
The DoubleTree Bloomington
A jog down a garden path sentence. on April 20, 2012, 7:11 pm PDT Minicon 48 Registration. It's our "at the con" rate, but you can register online too.
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A jog down a garden path sentence. on April 5, 2012, 1:04 pm PDT fmsv & cowfan & iraunink & I will be hosting a LiveJournal party at Minicon on Saturday night starting around 8 p.m. in our adjacent rooms on the 6th floor of the short tower. We will have various food and drink - chocolate, other sweet, fruit, cheese, sausage, and beverages. You are welcome to bring additional food and drink to share or to make a donation to the "kitty" toward party expenses if you want. We will have a sign-in sheet where you can list your real name and LJ handle so we can get to know people better.... more >>
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on April 4, 2012, 7:28 pm PDT cowfan and I and iraunink and sraun will be hosting a LiveJournal party at Minicon on Saturday night starting around 8 p.m. in rooms 669 and 671 in the short tower. We will have various food and drink. You are welcome to bring additional food and drink to share or to make a donation to the "kitty" toward party expenses if you want. We will have a sign-in sheet where you can list your real name and LJ handle so we can get to know people better. Hope to see you there!
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minicon: Dead Dog Party happening now in the consuite, there are also at least two parties yet tonight on the 6th floor.
April 8, 2012, 6:17 pm PDT
minicon: (In case anyone was wondering, this has been Laurel Krahn (a.k.a. @windowseat) as your humble twitter Minicon blatherer.)
April 8, 2012, 3:12 pm PDT
minicon: The con isn't really over with closing ceremonies, there's the Dead Dog party tonight & another party tomorrow night.
April 8, 2012, 2:02 pm PDT
minicon: Frank Wu doesn't want to attend Closing Ceremonies because it'll mean the con is over.
April 8, 2012, 1:59 pm PDT
minicon: For the cheapest registration rate, register for next Minicon at this Minicon or online today at http://t.co/8IDEs7Xs
April 8, 2012, 12:44 pm PDT
minicon: Overheard in the consuite: "Well, I'm just going to have to have another peanut butter & Nutella sandwich."
April 8, 2012, 11:01 am PDT
minicon: Did you notice the radish tree in the consuite? It's because we call the hotel (a former Radisson, Sheraton; now Doubletree) RadiShTree.
April 8, 2012, 10:03 am PDT
minicon: Consuite still has muffins, bagels, juice, milk, coffee, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, & more.
April 8, 2012, 9:55 am PDT
minicon: A few parties still going on the 6th floor. Lots to drink yet in the bar & plenty of snacks & drinks in consuite.
April 8, 2012, 12:00 am PDT
minicon: Music party happening now in the concert space, Zar game about to start in consuite, people throwing airplanes into atrium from 7th floor.
April 7, 2012, 11:59 pm PDT
minicon: There will be a 4am pulse check of public con spaces so if you're up at that hour & want to be counted, best be in consuite or bar or ...
April 7, 2012, 11:27 pm PDT
minicon: Still some turkey & stuffing & ham available in the consuite. Plus the usual snacks, drinks, etc. Fans, lots of fans.
April 7, 2012, 11:21 pm PDT
minicon: PSA: the "c" in "Minicon" is not capitalized. Except when people do. But officially . . . no. Unlike "MnStF" where you can do whatever.
April 7, 2012, 3:12 pm PDT
minicon: Word! (You & Laura K were good on panel too.) RT @Jodyth: Jane Yolen & @emmabull are brilliant. That is all #minicon
April 7, 2012, 3:10 pm PDT
minicon: Welcome back! RT @petehautman: Going to #minicon this morning! First time since 1978, when Samuel Delany was GOH. http://t.co/5hbZlRPu
April 7, 2012, 3:09 pm PDT