Minicon 55

April 10-12, Easter weekend, 2020

About Minicon

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

Jo Walton

Jo Walton has published a larger variety of work than anyone is capable of shaking a stick at. Her well-known writing includes thirteen novels, three poetry collections, splatbooks for GURPS and Warhammer, and An Informal History of the Hugos that presents each year's nominees as a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at the time. Her novel Among Others won the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and is one of only seven novels to ever have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards.

Jo Walton was born in Aberdare, Wales and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. She is rumored to dislike flying and is expected to arrive at Minicon by train.

More Guests To Be Announced!

Here at Minicon our award winning guests are planted in early spring. Warm sunshine, gentle spring rains and soil with the perfect pH balance produce guests of the finest quality. Guests are gently tended until maturity when they are harvested, triple washed, freeze dried and vacuum packed. All of this care allows us to serve the most fresh and tender guests for you and your family. Our guests can be enjoyed on their own or mixed with other events for delicious combinations. We invide you to visit Minicon 55 and enjoy one of our guests.

(All guests are 100% natural, non-GMO with no added salt or sugar! Guests may contain peanuts or peanut by-products.)

Hotel

We will be back at the DoubleTree Park Place in St Louis Park, MN at 394 and 100. Once the room block opens, we'll add the information here for you to reserve your rooms.

Registration

Fill out and submit the form below to purchase a membership to Minicon 55

Register Online

You can preregister for Minicon 55 until March 15th, 2020 or register at the door. Preregistering is cheaper! You also will get a nice preprinted badge. We like it because it helps us plan for space, food and other budgetary matters. If you prefer to pay by check, you can print out a copy of the pre-registration PDF and mail it in.

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Registration Pricing

Pre-registration

These rates are good while Minicon 54 is going on. After the convention, the rates will go up.

Adult Attending Membership
  • $40 until 29 April 2019
  • $45 until 15 March 2020
  • ($70 at the door)
Adult Attending Membership (Hardship Rate)
  • $35 until 15 March 2020
Student Attending Membership (13–20)
  • $15 until 29 April 2019
  • $20 until 15 March 2020
  • ($25 at the door)
Kid Attending Membership (6–12)
  • $10 until 15 March 2020
  • ($15 at the door)
Children (0–5)
  • Free (online $0.01 for technical reasons)
  • Registration optional, but gets your child a spiffy badge
Supporting Membership
  • $15
  • Upgradable to full membership at the door for an additional $40

At-the-door

Full adult membership
  • All weekend: $70
  • Friday-only: $30
  • Starting Saturday: $50
  • Sunday-only: $20
Discounted rates
  • Full student membership (13–20): $25
  • Full kid membership (6–12): $15
  • Full child membership (0–5): Free
  • Convert from supporting: Additional $40

Registration FAQ

What are the fees that you're charging?

Since Minicon 51, we add the Paypal transaction fees to the total amount we're charging. This will save the convention hundreds of dollars in fees. You still have the option of mailing in your registration with a check to avoid these fees.

I'm a student, age 21 or older, do I get the student rate?

Sorry, I'm afraid we're just using "student" to mean an age range. (We considered calling it "youth", but didn't like that either.) Even if you are in school full-time, if you are 21 or over, you fall into our "adult" category.

What exactly do the age ranges mean?

They refer to how old you will be at the con. If your 6th/13th/21st birthday is during the con, you can take the lower rate. (For checking if you can drink, we will refer to your state-issued ID and not your membership type.)

Are memberships refundable?

Sorry, no. But see the next question.

Are memberships transferable?

Yes! You can change the name on a membership by e-mailing or when you arrive at the convention. There's no fee for transfers. So feel free to buy several even if you don't know which of your friends you're going to sell/give them to.

In order to get the right name on your badge, please send changes by the last pre-registration deadline (March 15, 2020). Don't e-mail registration in the week leading up to the convention; we will probably be too busy to respond. If you suddenly can't make it and need to transfer your membership at the last minute, please call the hotel during the convention (meaning, in this case, Friday-Sunday) and ask to speak to Minicon registration or a Minicon chairperson.

What is the hardship rate?

We'd like for everyone to be able to attend Minicon, but we know that money can be tight some times. If you feel you need it, you can choose to pay the hardship rate of $35 instead of the full attending rate of $45. Your membership will be the same as a full price attending membership, it just costs a bit less.

What's a supporting membership, exactly?

Supporting memberships are inexpensive memberships that do not confer the right to attend the convention. They play three roles:

  1. They are a way of contributing a bit of cash to the convention because you like us and would like to see us succeed (thanks!). We will thank you by listing you on our members page (unless you ask us not to, of course).
  2. They are a way of hedging your bets if you're not sure whether you (or a friend) can make it. Supporting memberships can be converted to full attending memberships for an additional cost such that the total that you pay is greater than any full pre-reg rate, but less than the at-the-door rate.
  3. They keep you active on our mailing list. If you can't make it to Minicon for several years running but want to make sure you keep getting our progress reports, this is one way to accomplish that.
I have a supporting membership and want to upgrade it to something other than a full adult membership, eh?

Although we don't detail these cases in the table above — since they are generally relevant to fewer than one person each year — we'll handle it in a reasonable way, don't worry. E-mail us if you are concerned.

What restrictions are there on badge names?

Please limit badge names to characters that can reasonably be expected to print correctly from a modern American computer with nothing special installed on it. This means that all ASCII characters are ok, things like Greek letters and mundane mathematical symbols are probably ok, arbitrary selections of Unicode are probably not, and Klingon is right out. (You can always leave it blank on your form and write on your badge with a marker!)

Obviously we reserve the right to not print anything we think is going to offend a large number of people, but we don't really expect this to come up.

Do I have to give you all that personal information (e-mail address, phone number, etc.)?

No, not really. We like to be able to contact you in case there is a question about your registration and so that we can send you convention progress reports and so forth. So it would be nice if you gave us either a postal or e-mail address. (Just a phone number will work for questions about your registration, but not progress reports.) However, all that we absolutely require for you to register is some sort of way of telling who you are when you show up to claim your badge. So if you give us no contact information, you at least need to give a name/badge name combination that is definitely unique. Blank registrations under "Mike Larson" are a bit risky, but blank registrations under "Mike Larson", badge name "Bleeknob the Undestroyable" are fairly safe.

Contact Us

Email

Chairs - Don & Sharla Stremski
Registration - Clay Harris
Webmaster - Joe Pregracke

Snail mail

Minicon 55
Lake Street Station
PO Box 8297
Minneapolis, MN 55408-0297

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