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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.

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Upcoming events (5)

There is No Spoon - Simulationism in Speculative Fiction

The first hour of the meetup consists of a round table discussion or workshop. The second hour, participants critique submitted pages. 1. Monthly Topic: Simulationism or Simulation Theory is the philosophical concept that all reality, including earth and the universe, is an artificial simulation. Adam Bank will lead us in a discussion about Simulationism’s role in speculative fiction, from Plato and the gnostics through GameLit like Ernst Cline’s Ready Player One. Attendees (and anyone, really) are encouraged to read Neil Gaiman’s publicly available short story “Goliath” prior to the meeting. Bring along your own examples of Simulationism in speculative fiction or pop culture, from Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! to The Matrix and beyond. 2. Critique submissions - How to submit manuscripts: - We accept three manuscripts of up to 8,000 words per meetup. - Submissions opens May 16th and closes June 2nd. -Priority goes to those who did not submit the previous month Full submission instructions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659 3. How to download submissions: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/messages/boards/thread/51627659

Online: June MSP Critique Group

Online event

Remote streaming will be available with Zoom. (Please RSVP to see the link.) ### How to submit: A. Leave a comment on this page for what you are submitting. B. Send your manuscript to: [masked]. Max 4 manuscripts Max length 10,000 words Manuscript submissions are open until June 7th. We will determine priority, which goes to those who have not submitted last month. Once slots have filled or we hit the deadline, we will post the submissions for critique, whichever is earlier. 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/

Convergence 2020

1300 Nicollet Mall

August 20-23 Minnesota's largest science fiction and fantasy convention. RSVP if you'd like to meet up with other MinnSpecters while you're there. http://www.convergence-con.org/

Diversicon 28

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Diversicon (http://www.diversicon.org/) is a project of SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural, multimedia organization dedicated to improving contacts among groups and individuals interested in speculative fiction, in and out of the traditional SF community. Our continuing mission: to provide the most thoughtful Programming and the mellowest, most welcoming Parties of any Minnesota SF convention, and to making our state’s SF community more closely reflect the cultural diversity of Minnesota in the third millennium. Guest of Honor: Michael Merriam Michael is an author, performer, poet, and playwright with ten books and over 90 pieces of short fiction and poetry published. His novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women ‘s Fiction. His novella, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award. His stories and essays have appeared in such places as the Hugo Award winning Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue, and the Ditmar Award winning Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio. Michael is a co-founder of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. Special Guest: Abra Staffin Wiebe Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and futuristic fairy tales. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it. Her most recent book, The Unkindness of Ravens, is an epic fantasy coming-of-age novella about trickster gods and favors owed. Posthumous Guests: Isaac Asimov [masked]) Ray Bradbury [masked]) Programming: Programming will feature two to two-and-a-half tracks (40-50 items), including Guest readings and/or presentations, our usual lively mix of panels and discussions on SF in literary media, film, TV, graphic arts, and pods; speculative science; alternative lifestyles; and—especially—multicultural SF. We’ll hold our 21st annual Yugo Awards Book Review for “Best SF works that should have been written.” Other topics will be the work of the Guests, both living and posthumous; the announcement of the winners of the Rhysling Awards for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry of the year, with accompanying round robin readings; and the fabulous SF Minesota Auction. Registration: Registration rates are as follows... Through Ides of March (15 March), 2020: Adult $30.00; Student (ages 12-25), $20.00; Supporting $10.00 Through Bastille Day (14 July), 2020: Adult $35.00; Student $25.00; Supporting $10.00 At the Door: Adult $45.00; Student $35.00; Converting $30.00 Child (ages 5-11) $5.00 anytime To register by snailmail: mail a check payable to “Diversicon 28” - no cash please - for the appropriate amount to Diversicon 28 / PO Box 8036 / Lake Street Station / Minneapolis MN 55408. Include the following information for each person you are registering: Name, Address, Phone number & Email address. If you wish print a copy of one of the Progress Reports and fill in the form thereon, otherwise any legible format is fine. To register via Paypal: Step 1: Navigate to the Send Money with payPal page and make a payment for the appropriate amount to [masked]. Step 2: Send an email to [masked] listing Name, Address, Phone number & Email address for each person you have just paid for. If you use a different email address for PayPal tell us what that address is so we can properly link payment and registrant information. Hotel: Hotel: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. 3131 Campus Drive Plymouth MN 55441 -[masked] The hotel is in Plymouth just north of 55 at 494. Room rates are $95 a night plus tax. Contact the hotel directly and mention Diversicon.

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