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Vintage Tomorrows was screened at Minicon 51 last Spring. According to Variety the steampunk documentary has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, and will be released on July 19, 2016 in VOD, DVD and digital formats. It should be available via iTunes in the US, UK, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, the Philippines and a few other countries. It will also be streaming via Amazon in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. The DVD can be pre-ordered on Amazon US at amzn.to/29il2nV.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VTomorrows

The MnStf Picnic is this Saturday!

The annual MnStf picnic is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 from noon - 9pm.

We will be in Minnehaha Picnic Area #2 on the north side of Godfrey Pkwy (same place as the last several years), between Godfrey Parkway and Nawadaha Boulevard, about halfway between Minnehaha and 46th.

We have reserved the picnic area but people are still encouraged to come early to help save our location from squatters. Mnstf will provide soft drinks, snacks and condiments and will have a grill going. Please bring a dish to share or something for the grill. Games are encouraged, there are several picnic tables for gaming. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash.

Minicon 51 Con Report


Desiccated Dodo re-location

Due to illness on the part of both Scott & Irene, the Desiccated Dodo has moved. It will be starting at 6PM at Linda Lounsbury's, 4125 Dupont Ave S, Mpls. Cat, no smoking, not childproof (supervised kids welcome). FFI: 612-824-6336.
A 70-minute documentary about steampunk fans will be screened at Minicon 51 on Saturday, March 26, 2016, It is scheduled at 3:00pm-4:15pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55429). A trailer appears below:

Website: http://www.vintagetomorrows.com/
Please do add anything you think I'm missing in comments and I'll update this post when I get a chance.

Useful Minicon 51 Links


Minicon on Facebook

List of Minicons Past, Present, and Future
- a future Minicon: Minicon 52

Twitter & Hashtags

twitter.com/minicon/ (Is this still under Joel P's control or is someone else running it? Anyone going to be updating it this weekend?) (Is possible nowadays to set up Twitter accounts so multiple people can update them, FWIW.)

twitter.com/mnstf/ (I've got the reins for now for @mnstf FWIW.)

I would humbly suggest "#Minicon51" as the hashtag for Twitter and elsewhere even though it's not as short as one might like. #M51 is likely too generic and might already be taken by something else and #Minicon also brings up other cons as well as toys and such.
- Search Twitter for #Minicon51


Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South (a.k.a. the RadiShTree)
- Hilton Honors Site (note: you can earn points & get some perks if you're a member; easy to sign up if you aren't already and plan to stay at the con hotel)

Internet Access

IIRC you can get internet access easily enough if you have a hotel room for free or an extra charge. Is free if you're a Hilton Honors member, also in previous years basic service was free with static IPs & other stuff costing $10 or so. I can update this once I'm at the hotel on Friday, but if someone has details before then let me know.

Anyone know the situation for access for people without hotel rooms?

Programming emails sent

I sincerely believe that I've sent out all the programming schedule emails. If you believe that you should have received one and didn't, it's possible that we have an old email address for you, or it's possible that I made a mistake. Please feel free to let me know here or at programming@minicon51.mnstf.org
In the 1970s, Star Wars toys helped kids re-enact scenes from one of their favorite movies. The action figures, spaceships, play sets, and props transformed both the toy and movie industries. The individuals behind them earned a lot of money, and the toys created a hobby that is enjoyed not only by the people who grew up with the toys, but also a new generation of fans.

In Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys, interviews with former Kenner employees, collectors, and authors provide a look at the toys’ history, their influence, and the memories cherished by Star Wars fans.

This 70-minute documentary is scheduled to be screened at Minicon 51 on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:45pm-3:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55429). A trailer appears below:

Website: http://www.plasticgalaxymovie.com


In 1979, Arthur C. Clarke wrote The Fountains of Paradise, a novel about the concept of building a space elevator from the earth's surface into outer space. Today, several visionary entrepeneurs and scientists are trying to make that science fictional concept a reality.

This 74-minute documentary will be screened at Minicon 51 on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:45pm-7:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55429).
Most science fiction fans probably recognize the Orion slave girl from Star Trek: The Original Series. That iconic character was portrayed by two actresses, Yvonne Craig (who played Marta in the episode "Whom Gods Destory") and first by Susan Oliver in the original 1964 Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", later used for the 1966 two-part episode "The Menagerie". "The Cage" was the most expensive pilot in NBC history to that point.

Susan Oliver appeared in many other television shows and movies, but her name remains relatively unknown to this day. In the 1970s, her interests moved from acting to writing and directing. She was an original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women in 1974, and she fought to eventually become one of the only women directing major TV shows in the early 1980's, including M*A*S*H.

Director George Perry stated, "It’s always bothered me how often Susan Oliver was (and continues to be) overlooked by the industry to which she gave so much of her life. I felt it was time for someone to finally acknowledge her amazing life and many accomplishments."

Susan Oliver died of cancer when she was only 58 years old.This documentary uses Susan Oliver’s iconic Star Trek performance as the jumping-off point for an insight into the short but remarkably full life of an actress who many critics believe should have been one of the biggest movie stars of her era.

Minicon will be screening this 97-minute documentary on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at 12:00pm in Cinema Obscura (Atrium 8 of the Doubletree Bloomington hotel). A trailer for the film appears below.



This is the official Livejournal community for Minicon, a science fiction convention that has been around for more than forty years. The Minnesota Science Fiction Society (mnstf) puts on the convention each year, usually on Easter weekend in or near Minneapolis.

Minicon 52 will be held April 14-16, 2017 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

For more information, check out the links that follow and the user info for this community.


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