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 48 will be held March 29-31, 2013 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 will be Julie Czerneda (author) and Richard Tatge (fan).
Here is a PDF of Progress Report 2, sent on paper to most people and by e-mail to those without good street addresses.
Here is the program book. Sadly, it is a scan because we were never able to make a proper PDF.
Here are the two denominations of dealers' dollars, featuring the faces of our GoH.
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 215) for pre-registered members only.
For pre-registered members or to buy a membership at the door, registration hours are:
- Friday 10am–10pm
- Saturday 9:30am–8pm
- Sunday 9:30am–4pm
Memberships for Minicon 49 can be purchased any time the registration desk is open as well as at the Dead Dog party Sunday evening in the bar (room 218).
As usual, we're at the DoubleTree (previously known as the Sheraton).
You can reserve your room by calling 952-835-7800 or online here. Our rate for reservations made by March 5 is $89 for both regular rooms and poolside cabanas.
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
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Skylarker on March 25, 2013, 6:59 pm PDT pocket program and a list of panels by title (with description, panelists) are available from the Minicon 48 Programming page on the website.
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Carol Kennedy on March 14, 2013, 1:24 pm PDT available here in handy PDF form, Minicon Pre-Registration is open through today - March 5, 2013. ... more >>
A jog down a garden path sentence. on March 5, 2013, 2:20 pm PST iraunink and I will be unable to co-host. Anyone interested?
Scott Raun on March 4, 2013, 5:28 pm PST http://www.mnstf.org/minicon48/register to pay online, or print this out and get it in the mail by Tuesday: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon48/m48regform.pdf... more >>
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Matthew Strait. Wait, too clear, I mean — Aaaahhh! on September 19, 2012, 4:20 am PDT Chicon 7 (Worldcon) is tonight in room 3471 starting at 9pm. (Other groups from MN will be hosting parties in that same room, starting at the same time, on other nights of Chicon7.)... more >>
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von_krag on May 27, 2012, 7:05 am PDT vanaabegra and I will be hosting the MnStf meeting/party. There will be conversation, card games, board games, maybe a bonfire, and definitely some beer. Everyone is welcome. We are at 2829 Alabama Avenue South in Saint Louis Park, MN 55416. Park on either side of the street. The festivities start at 2:00PM, though many people do not arrive until about 4:00PM. We will probably go until latish. ... more >>
A jog down a garden path sentence. on April 20, 2012, 7:11 pm PDT
minicon: We at Mnstf excited for this weekend! Are you? Here's a picture from our last Concom meeting! See you guys on Friday! http://t.co/LF0sw86liV
March 25, 2013, 10:50 am PDT
minicon: Minicon 48 is less than a week away! Our theme this year is The Game of Life and you should be there! See you @ Opening Ceremonies on Fri!
March 24, 2013, 3:27 pm PDT
minicon: This year local artist Jeff Johnson will be conducting a digital drawing demonstration and group drawing workshop near the art show. Woohoo!
March 10, 2013, 11:27 am PDT
minicon: Concom meeting today! And guess what! There's only 20 days until Minicon! :) Can't wait for the awesomeness to start!
March 9, 2013, 6:30 am PST
minicon: We're proud to announce that Don Maitz will be our Artist GoH for Minicon 49 and his wife Janny Wurts will be our 2nd Author GoH!
February 25, 2013, 8:03 pm PST
minicon: Pool party today at the RadiSh Tree! See you there!
February 23, 2013, 11:11 am PST
minicon: Don't forget the Mnstf Pool Party! Sat, Feb 23rd @ 2pm @ the Double Tree Bloomington! It's gonna be great so make sure you're there!
February 7, 2013, 5:15 pm PST
minicon: What are some of your favorite board games that you would like to see available on the open gaming tables? Retweet your answers! Thanks!
January 27, 2013, 3:22 pm PST
minicon: If you want to learn more about Catherynne Valente, check out her website here: http://t.co/sMBu1TNY Thanks all!
December 13, 2012, 6:45 pm PST
minicon: Minicon 49 will be held Easter weekend April 18-20 2014, so make sure to be there! Remember, Catherynne Valente will be our Author GoH!!
December 13, 2012, 6:43 pm PST
minicon: As a reminder, Minicon 50 will be held Easter weekend April 3rd-5th 2015. Help us celebrate this grand occasion with incredible people!
December 13, 2012, 6:41 pm PST
minicon: Goodness, so many awesome people, so much to say! We've got another for you! Adam Stemple will be our Music Guest of Honor at Minicon 50!
December 13, 2012, 6:40 pm PST
minicon: Oh! Hello again everyone! Minicon 50 is excited again to announce that Brandon Sanderson will be one of our Author Guests of Honor!
December 13, 2012, 6:38 pm PST
minicon: Hi everyone!! Minicon 49 is happy to announce Catherynne Valente will be our Author Guest of Honor! Lots of excitement tonight! Stay tuned!
December 13, 2012, 6:37 pm PST
minicon: Minicon 50 is excited to say that Larry Niven has agreed to return as Author Guest of Honor for Minicon! Keep watch for other announcements!
December 13, 2012, 6:36 pm PST
minicon: Minicon proudly announces that Jane Yolen has agreed to be one of our Author Guests of Honor at Minicon 50. More announcements to come!
December 13, 2012, 6:31 pm PST
minicon: Concom meeting at Joel's just finished, here's a pic from the meeting! http://t.co/m1YZxxyH
November 18, 2012, 1:49 pm PST
minicon: Go to Minicon, but haven't been to a Minn-StF Fallcon before? Our Fallcon is low-key casual fun. This weekend. More info at @mnstf
October 20, 2012, 12:14 pm PDT
minicon: The Minneapolis in '73/Minicon/Minn-StF party @ #Chicon7 is in 3471 starting at 9 tonight.
August 30, 2012, 3:16 pm PDT