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(For other Minicons, see Minicon (Disambiguation).)

An annual regional convention held since 1968 in or near Minneapolis, MN, on Easter weekend by Minn-StF. (Both "annual" and "on Easter weekend" have been violated, but rarely.) It has taken several quite different forms over the years, but is currently a general-purpose, but fairly literary, convention of about 450 members.

The numbering of Minicons was just a bit deliberately haphazard (if that's not an oxymoron) so what is listed below is actually correct.

Yes, Minicon 14 was in 1982, following Minicon 17. This is because "Minicon 14" was originally reserved for the fallcon following Minicon 13, much as Minicons 4 and 9 were fallcons. But then the fallcon committee decided to call their con Anokon instead, and the following springcon committee had already latched onto the name Minicon 15 and didn't want to change, so 14 got skipped. After 15, 16, and 17, we decided to come back and use 14....

Minicon has appointed an official archivist, and their archives of old convention material are very comprehensive, both websites and files.

Convention Date Venue Location GoHs, Notes
Minicon 1 January 6, 1968 University of Minnesota's Coffman Union, Men's Lounge Minneapolis, MN Gordon Dickson, Charles De Vet, Clifford Simak
Minicon 2 April 4-6, 1969 Andrews Hotel Minneapolis Gordon Dickson, Charles De Vet, Clifford Simak
Minicon 3 April 3-5, 1970 Dyckman Hotel Minneapolis Poul Anderson, Gordon Dickson, Clifford Simak
Minicon 4 June 17-19, 1971 Curtis Hotel Minneapolis Lin Carter
Minicon 5 October 15-17 1971 Andrews Hotel Minneapolis. none
Minicon 6 April 7-9, 1972 Hyatt Lodge Minneapolis Ruth Berman
Minicon 7 April 20-22 1973 Hyatt Lodge Minneapolis Larry Niven, Rusty Hevelin
Minicon 8 April 12-14, 1974 Dyckman Hotel Minneapolis Kelly Freas, Bob Tucker
Minicon 9 October 11-13, 1974 Minneapolis Public Library and Dyckman Hotel Minneapolis, MN Judy-Lynn del Rey, Lester del Rey
Minicon 10 April 18-20, 1975 Holiday Inn Minneapolis Poul Anderson, Gordon Dickson, Redd Boggs
Minicon 11 April 16-18, 1976 Leamington Hotel Minneapolis Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, Leigh Couch, Norb Couch
Minicon 12 April 8-10, 1977 Leamington Hotel Minneapolis Ben Bova, Buck Coulson, Juanita Coulson
Minicon 13 March 24-26, 1978 Leamington Hotel Minneapolis Samuel R. Delany, Spider Robinson, Bob Tucker
Minicon 15 April 13-15, 1979 Minneapolis Radisson Minneapolis Theodore Sturgeon, Tom Digby, Rick Sternbach
Minicon 16 April 4-6, 1980 Minneapolis Radisson Minneapolis C. J. Cherryh, Jon Singer, Ken Fletcher, Nate Bucklin, Wilson "Bob" Tucker
Minicon 17 April 17-19, 1981 Minneapolis Radisson Minneapolis Jack Vance, Jerry Boyajian, Reed Waller, Kathy Marschall
Minicon 14 April 9–11, 1982 Minneapolis Radisson Minneapolis John Varley, Clifford Simak, Spider Robinson
Minicon 19 April 1-3, 1983 St. Paul Radisson Minneapolis Larry Niven, Pamela Dean, David Dyer-Bennet, Dave Sim, Spider John Koerner, Steven K. Zoltan Brust, Nostradamus
Minicon 18 April 20-23, 1984 Leamington Hotel Minneapolis Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Dave Wixon, Steve Hickman, Somtow Sucharitkul, Rusty Hevelin, Bob Tucker
Minicon 20 April 5-7, 1985 Radisson South Bloomington, MN James P. Hogan, Permanent Floating Riot Club, The White Women, Stu Shiffman
Minicon 21 March 28-30, 1986 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Denny Lien, Ken Fletcher, Anne Passovoy
Minicon 22 April 17-19, 1987 Radisson South Bloomington, MN David Brin, Fred Haskell, Erin McKee, and Jerry Stearns
Minicon 23 April 1-3, 1988 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Eleanor Arnason, Eric Heideman, Frederik Pohl, Crystal Marvig, Richard Feynman
Minicon 24 March 24-26, 1989 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Harry Harrison, George "Lan" Laskowski, Fritz Leiber, Barry Longyear
Minicon 25 April 13-15, 1990 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Jane Yolen, Kim Stanley Robinson, Patrick Price, Teddy Harvia, Dave Romm, Earl Joseph
Minicon 26 March 29-31, 1991 Radisson South Bloomington, MN George Alec Effinger, David Cherry, Al Kuhfeld, Suzanne V. Tompkins, Jerry Kaufman, Jon Singer
Minicon 27 April 17-19, 1992 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Lois McMaster Bujold, Ctein, Dave Van Ronk
Minicon 28 April 9-11, 1993 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Susan Allison, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Kathy Mar, Don Fitch, John M. Ford
Minicon 29 April 1-3, 1994 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Tom Doherty, Jack Williamson, Rusty Hevelin, Phil Foglio
Minicon 30 April 14 - 16, 1995 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Vernor Vinge, Robert Forward, Jody Lee, Glen Cook, the residents of the Bhigg House
Minicon 31 April 5 - 7, 1996 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Suzette Haden Elgin, Joe Siclari, Edie Stern, David Ossman, Ed Emshwiller
Minicon 32 March 28 - 30, 1997 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Algis Budrys, C. J. Cherryh, Tom Doherty, Tom Lopez, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Michael Swanwick
Minicon 33 April 10 - 12, 1998 Radisson South Bloomington, MN Gardner Dozois, Dave Langford, Phil Proctor, John M. Ford
Minicon 34 April 2 - 4, 1999 Minneapolis Hilton & Towers Minneapolis, MN Octavia E. Butler, Mark Olson, Priscilla Olson, David Nee
Minicon 35 April 21 - 23, 2000 Hilton Minneapolis & Towers Minneapolis, MN Maureen F. McHugh, Lenny Bailes, John Berkey
Minicon 36 April 13 - 15, 2001 Hilton Minneapolis & Towers Minneapolis, MN Ken MacLeod, Jo Walton, Leslie Fish
Minicon 37 March 29 - 31, 2002 Hilton Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Arthur Hlavaty, Rick Berry
Minicon 38 April 18 - 20, 2003 Millennium Hotel Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN Robert J. Sawyer, Carolyn Clink, Sue Mason, Steve Macdonald
Minicon 39 April 9 - 11, 2004 Millennium Hotel Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN Walter Jon Williams, Sharyn November, Deb Geisler
Minicon 40 March 25 - 27, 2005 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (formerly known as the Radisson South) Bloomington, MN Terry Pratchett, Fastner and Larson, Jim Young
Minicon 41 April 14 - 16, 2006 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Bloomington, MN Harlan Ellison, John Picacio, Doug Friauf
Minicon 42 April 6 - 8, 2007 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Bloomington, MN Charles de Lint and Charles Vess
Minicon 43 March 21 - 23, 2008 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Bloomington, MN Alastair Reynolds, Nate Bucklin, Shawna McCarthy, Wayne Barlowe
Minicon 44 April 10 - 12, 2009 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Bloomington, MN Karl Schroeder, Stephan Martinière, Seth Shostak
Minicon 45 April 2 - 4, 2010 Sheraton Bloomington Hotel Bloomington, MN Brandon Sanderson and Dan Dos Santos, Moshe Feder
Minicon 46 April 22 - 24, 2011 Bloomington Sheraton South Bloomington, MN Charles Stross, John Scalzi, Chas Somdahl
Minicon 47 April 6-8, 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South (same place as previous year) Bloomington, MN Ted Chiang, Chris Garcia, Frank Wu, Brianna Spacekat Wu
Minicon 48 March 29-31, 2013 DoubleTree Hotel Bloomington Bloomington, MN Julie Czerneda, Richard Tatge
Minicon 49 April 17-20, 2014 DoubleTree Hotel Bloomington Bloomington, MN Catherynne Valente, Janny Wurts, Don Maitz
Minicon 50 April 2-5, 2015 DoubleTree Bloomington Bloomington, MN Jane Yolen, Larry Niven, Brandon Sanderson, Tom Doherty, Michael Whelan, Adam Stemple
Minicon 51 March 25-27, 2016 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South Bloomington, MN Seanan McGuire, Sarah Butcher Burrier, Lojo Russo
Minicon 52 April 14-16, 2017 DoubleTree Hotel Bloomington Bloomington, MN Jim C. Hines, Guy Consolmagno, Mark Oshiro
Minicon 53 March 30 - April 1, 2018 DoubleTree St. Louis Park St. Louis Park, MN Rachel Swirsky, Lyda Morehouse, Jon Arfstrom
Minicon 54 April 19-21, 2019 DoubleTree St. Louis Park St. Louis Park, MN Naomi Kritzer, Dave DeVries
Minicon 55 April 10-12, 2020 April 2-4, 2021 April 15-17, 2022 DoubleTree St. Louis Park St. Louis Park, MN Jo Walton, Elise Matthesen. Postponed due to Covid-19
Minicon 56 April 7-9, 2023 DoubleTree St. Louis Park St. Louis Park, MN Martha Wells, Sara Felix, Greg Ketter
Minicon 57 March 29-21, 2024 DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place St. Louis Park, MN Ursula Vernon, Jeremy Brett, Tim Griffin

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