April 14th - 16th, Easter weekend, 2017
Minicon 52 looks to the skies and celebrates all things space – space ships, space travel, space opera, space pirates, space camp – and adds some real astronomy to keep us grounded. With a focus on hard science, we will explore what SF has gotten right and what is just wistful fantasy. Toss in some fantasy to give us a break from the hard science and Minicon 52 has something for everyone.
Minicon is a volunteer run, general science fiction convention held every year on Easter weekend in or near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minicon is run by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, or MNStF. Attendees of Minicon can expect to find a full slate of programming (panel discussions, readings, signings, etc), costuming, films, gaming (open and organized), a teen lounge, an art show, dealers, kids' programming, a science room, filk and folk music, a consuite and bar, room parties, and various special events.
Guests of Honor
Brother Guy Consolmagno - Science Guest of Honor
Can science and religion coexist? As an astronomer with a Ph.D. in planetary science and as a member of the Jesuit Order, "Brother Guy" believes in the need for science and religion to work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies. His research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteriods, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. Known as "The Pope's Astronomer," he is curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection and was named by Pope Francis to be the Director of the Vatican Observatory.
Jim C. Hines - Author Guest of Honor
Author of the Libriomancer series, the Goblin Quest series, and the Princess series, Jim won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer in 2012.
Minicon 52 will be back at the DoubleTree Bloomington (formerly the Sheraton, formerly the Radisson). You can now book your room. Please check our hotel page for more info.
Guests of Honor
We are proud to announce the Minicon 52 guests of honor: author Jim C. Hines, "The Pope's Astronomer," Brother Guy Consolmagno, and fan Mark Oshiro.
Online Registration Open
Online registration for Minicon 52 is now open. Become a member today.