What we're about

If you're exploring the worlds beyond mainstream literature, MinnSpec welcomes you.

We are Minnesota Writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Horror -- all things speculative.

Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop. Our members range from those just starting out to established authors with multiple book contracts.

Want to know more? Check our Facebook group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MinnSpec/)

Check out our official site: http://minnspec.org

Upcoming events (5)

Ask a Geologist

Online event

What is world building without the world? This month, geologist and sci-fi/fantasy fan, Dr. Anna Lindquist, will speak with us about creating a realistic fantasy world based on all things related to geology. We might touch on subjects like caves, soil, climate, topography, magnetic fields, and plate tectonics.

Beyond world-building basics, we will also address your burning geo-related questions, such as:
Could your world have no plate tectonics?
How realistic are certain sci/fantasy landscapes?
What happens if a significant landmass were vaporized (poof, gone!)?
Can certain climate zones exist next to each other?
Could rock magnetism play a role in super cool, futuristic inventions?

Join us on Sunday, June 13th for a rock-ous good time! If you have any questions you’d like us to pass along to Anna ahead of time, please drop them in the comments below.

June MSP Critique Group

Online event

Remote streaming will be available with Zoom. (Please RSVP to see the link.)

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How to submit:

A. Leave a comment on this page what you are submitting.
B. Send your manuscript to: [masked].
C. RSVP to this event. (No RSVP, no critique.)

Max 4 manuscripts
Max length 10,000 words

Manuscript submissions are open until May 30th.

Priority is determined based on:
1. Whether or not you RSVP
2. When you left a comment. (This is for visibility to others.)
3. When we received your manuscript.
4. Whether or not you were critiqued in the previous month.

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How to download submissions:

Request to join our Google Group by sending an email to:
Address: [masked]
Subject: Join Request
Body: Your name as it appears on meetup.

Tips on how to give an effective critique: http://critters.org/c/whathow.ht

More info: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51072805/

Electronic Brains - June ESP

Online event

Will electronic brains ultimately surpass human brains? Steve Vetter will discuss how biological brains drive evolution, not only of the brain but all aspects of evolution. He looks at the fundamental goals, constraints, and forces influencing the “design” of life, focusing primarily on humans. He ties this perspective into how we could evolve in the future and what forms alien life might take as a guide to science fiction writers.

Next, he provides a detailed analysis comparing biological brains with electronic brains. He will cover over a dozen different aspects of man versus machine, ending with a final answer that surprised even himself. He makes a compelling case that the question is not if electronic brains will surpass biological ones, but when.

Finally, we'll have a group discussion tying these insights into science fiction writing.

After the presentation/discussion, our second hour will be for critiquing the submissions.
How to submit manuscripts:
- We accept three manuscripts of up to 8,000 words per meetup.
- Submissions open on April 21st and close on May 11th.
-Priority goes to those who did not submit the previous month

Full submission instructions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659

How to download submissions:
https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659

Writing Sprint - 3rd Wednesday Zoom

Online event

Join us for a writing sprint!

First 15 minutes: Introductions
Next hour: Writing
Last 15 minutes: discuss what you worked on, and conversation.

We will use Zoom for audio and video.

Past events (1,057)

Writing Sprint 1st Monday - Zoom

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