Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2023 Readings

The Speculations Readings Series continues monthly at DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St., Minneapolis, usually Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and include a reception and autographing and an expedition to a South Minneapolis bistro to build a sense of community among Twin Cities readers and writers.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Speculations holds its annual Round Robin Readings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Readers bring from one to three pieces, each of wthem taking five-ten minutes. The group adjourns to a bistro when everyone interested has had the opportunity to read a couple of pieces or at 7:45, whichever comes first.

On Wednesday, February 15, TYLER TORK will be reading from his works. Tyler Tork is a cranky relic of some mysterious vanished civilization. An author of science fiction, fantasy, and children’s books, technical blogger, IT director of Oghma Creative Media, artist, and coffee connoisseur, he resides in the Minneapolis area, occasionally appears on panels at area conventions, and tries to frequently suck at something new. He manages the worldwide map of Free Little Art Galleries. In his spare time, he removes precipitation from his driveway. Why does he live in a place where this is necessary? Scientists are baffled. He is strange, but in a good way.

On Wednesday, March 8, MICHAEL MERRIAM will be reading.

On Wednesday, May 3, LYDA MOREHOUSE will read from her works.

On Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 KATHRYN SULLIVAN reads from her work. Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult science fiction and fantasy, including the fantasy novel The Crystal Throne and short story collectionn Agents, Adepts & Apprentices. Her Doctor Who-related works include the essay, “The Fanzine Factor”, in the Hugo winning Chicks Dig Timelords and essays in Children Of Time: “Companions Of Doctor Who” and “Outside In: 160 New Perspectives On 160 Doctor Who Stories By 160 Writers”. She also has reviews in the Star Trek-related Outside In Boldly Goes and Outside In Makes It So and the X-Files-related Outside In Trusts No One. She is owned by a large cockatoo, who graciously allows her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens. Kathryn lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffs on alien planets or the deep mysterious forest.

On Thursday, July 13, Diversicon 30 Guest of Honor STEVEN BARNES will read from his works. His books include several collaborations with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle; the “Aubry Knight” novels Street Lethal, Gorgon Child, and Firedance; the alternate history novels Lion’s Blood, Zulu Heart, Great Sky Woman and Shadow Valley; the “Tennyson Hardwick” novels Casanegra, In the Night of the Heat, From Cape Town with Love, and South by Southeast, each written with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due; Blood Brothers, Iron Shadows; Domino Falls (with Tananarive Due); Twelve Days; and the collection Assassin and Other Stories. Hear Steven there and then join him for the weekend at D30.

On Wednesday, September 13. ABBY ANDRESEN reads from her work from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Abby Andresen started reading horror after discovering the work of Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and other women writers of dark fiction. Since publishing her darkly comic novel, An Inappropriate Crush, in 2017, she has had stories published in several horror anthologies, most recently in Land of 10,000 Crimes: Minnesota Tales of Terror by Glint Media. Before that she wrote articles and essays for several Minnesota publications, including Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine, and worked for a Minneapolis-based standup comedian. She tries to mix a little humor with her horror.

Postponed - date TBA, ABRA STAFFIN-WIEBE reads from her work. Abra Stafffin-Wiebe is a science fiction author, who loves futuristic fairy tales, cheerful horror, and dark science fiction. Dozens of her stories have appeared at award winning publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod and Fireside Magazine. Her stories feature creatures from myth and legend, aliens, and vampires, as well as humans and other monsters. 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.

On Wednesday, November 8, JASON D. WITTMAN reads from his work. Jason D. Wittman lives and works in Minnesota. He can recite Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" from memory. He has also published or sold about 20 hort stories. including two in upcoming issues of Bruce Bethke's Stupefying Stories.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural speculative fiction organization that also hosts a midsummer SF convention, Diversicon.


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