Einblatt! November 1997


1 Nov Minn-StF meeting. 2pm on, at Jonathan Adams and Carol Kennedy's, 3328 Colfax Ave. S. Cats, children, smoking outside. Mpls. FFI: 823-2784.

1 Nov Stippleapa 147 will be collated, probably at the Minn-StF meeting.

4-5 Nov Evening stars: Venus will make its best appearance of the year; try at about 6:00pm, in the south-southeast. Mars is close to Venus all month. Jupiter (south-southeast) and Saturn (east south-east) are visible into late evening, with Jupiter setting around 10pm and Saturn around 3am. There are no "morning stars" this month.

7-9 Nov WINDYCON XXIV. Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL. GOHs: David Weber, Doug Rice, Charles Ryan, Tim Lane & Elizabeth Garrott. FFI: Windycon XXIV, PO Box 184, Palatine, IL 60078-0184; ramchip@xnet.com, http://www.xnet.com/~ramchip/windy.html.

9 Nov Minicon 33 meeting, 2pm, Painter Park Building, 34th & Lyndale Ave S Mpls. FFI: exec@minicon33.mnstf.org.

9 Nov Ladies' Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society meets at Myrna Logan's in Northfield. FFI: 507-645-8716.

11 Nov Ruth Berman reads from her new book of family letters from WWII, Dear Poppa, 7 PM at the Har Mar Barnes & Noble, 2100 Snelling St. Paul.

Full Moon 14 Nov Full moon 8:12am.

15 Nov Minn-StF 2:30pm on at Richard Tatge & Sharon Kahn's, 4002 Pillsbury Ave, Mpls. Assorted pets, smoking on porch, child resistant. FFI: 827-3228.

15 Nov Nate Bucklin plays at 8:45pm (not 9:15 as listed last month) at the Gingko Coffee House, Snelling and Minnehaha in St. Paul. Opening act Nancy Olsen, at 7pm.

15 Nov Worldbuilding Society 1 pm at Gabe's, 912 Central Ave. SE., Mpls. Topic: Politics. Discussion of the recent electoral results; with extrapolations to the future, of course. (Moved from 8 Nov due to football game). FFI: Dan 871-5461, dsgood@visi.com.

17 Nov Speculations Readings Series, co-sponsored by SF Minnesota and S.A.S.E. Featured reader: Pam Keesey. 6:30 - 8 pm Dreamhaven Books, 912 W. Lake Street, Mpls. FFI: Greg, 872-6926 or Eric, 825-9353.

22 Nov RIVENDELL discussion in Coffman Union room 327, Topic: Peg Kerr's new novel: Emerald House Rising (Warner Aspect pb). Peg will join us for the discussion. FFI: d-lena@maroon.tc.umn.edu, 292-8887.

22 Nov Diversicon Meeting, 1 pm Painter Park Building, 34th Street and Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis. FFI Eric, 825-9353.

26 Nov Einblatt! Deadline, 10pm sharp!

28-30 Nov Chambanacon 27, Champaign IL. GOHs: Andrew J Offutt, Wilson "Bob" Tucker.

28-30 Nov Visions '97 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. GoH: large media lineup. http://www.xnet.com/~tardis/visions.html.

28-30 Nov LosCon 24. Fan GoH: Geri Sullivan. Los Angeles. $30 to LosCon 24 / c/o Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society / 11513 Burbank Blvd / North Hollywood CA 91601. http://www.lasfs.org/loscon24, loscon24@lasfs.org.

New Moon 29 Nov New moon 8:14pm.

1 Dec Minicon 33 Programming ideas final deadline.

1 Dec Arcana meeting, 7:30 p.m. Kathy Youker's, 2735 Rice Street, St. Paul. FFI Kathy, 484-2575 or Eric, 825-9353.

6 Dec Minn-StF meeting, 2pm on at Doug & Yoo-Jin Wickstrom's, 3300 Louisiana Ave. N., Crystal (cross-streets 36th Ave. N. and Medicine Lake Rd.). Free-range cat, not childproof, smoking in (attached) garage, no heavy shoes or shoes that have been worn outside, preferably nothing heavier than socks. Parking in driveway okay if there's room.

6 Dec RIVENDELL discussion in Coffman Union room 327. "Readings from Rivendell", our annual reading of original stories by members. FFI: d-lena@maroon.tc.umn.edu, 292-8887.

7 Dec Second Foundation meeting, 2 p.m., Andrew Addleman's 2211 Elliott Ave. S., Mpls, Topic: People Read Favorite Stories (outloud) By People Other Than Themselves. FFI: Andrew 870-1272, or Eric, 825-9353.

15 Dec Speculations Readings Series, co-sponsored by SF Minnesota and S.A.S.E. Featured reader: Patricia C. Wrede 6:30 - 8 pm Dreamhaven Books, 912 W. Lake Street, Mpls, FFI: Greg, 872-6926 or Eric, 825-9353.

20 Dec Minn-StF meeting, 2pm on at Dean Gahlon and Laura Krentz', 3553 Pleasant Ave. S. Mpls. Cats, not childproof, smoking outside. FFI: 827-1775, dean@visi.com .

31 Dec Minn-StF New Year's Eve party and meeting, Courts of Chaos, 2609 3rd Ave. S. Mpls. FFI: 872-9793, schafer@minn.net . (in lieu of 3 Jan 98 meeting).

3 Jan 98 NO Minn-StF meeting, see 31 Dec 97.

For the Record

Dogland, Will Shetterly, will be a trade paperback from Tor, not a mass market paperback from TOR.


The Minn-StF board of directors has accepted the revised High Resolution Minicon proposal; a press release from the board on the topic is enclosed.

From the board minutes: Paragraph 2 (Meetings of Members), Section 6 (voting eligibility), Subsection d of the Minn-Stf By-Laws is hereby changed to read: d) General convention committee meetings, except that general convention meetings cannot count for more than four (4) of the seven (7) required to vote.

Born to Jane Strauss and Rex Bryant on Oct 1, 1997, Rafael Bryant-Strauss. He was very ill and went through a shell-person phase and a borg phase, but is now low-tech and will soon be a real human baby: they expect him to come home sometime early in Nov.

Publishing News

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (Avon hc) is #4 on the October Locus hardcover bestseller list.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois (St. Martin's tp coll) is #1 on the October Locus trade paperback bestseller list.

The Civilisation Game and Other Stories, Clifford Simak (Severn House hc coll).

The Lifeship, Harry Harrison & Gordon R. Dickson (Severn House hc r).

Way Station, Clifford Simak, has been optioned by Michael Cassutt, who is working on a film script for it.

Lois McMaster Bujold has signed with Doubleday's SF Book Club to write a short story to be featured on-line by SFBC.

Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold, is now available in an unabridged "audio presentation" (The Reader's Chair).

Derrick Dasenbrock has won the BucConeer Bucky the Crab contest. FFI: http://members.aol.com/worldcon98/buckcrab.htm (entry #2).

The Arbitrary Placement of Walls, Martha Soukup (DreamHaven Books hc coll).

Nate Bucklin's song "New Life" will be appearing on a new Kathy Mar album, My Favorite Sings, sometime around the end of 1997.

"Reading The Entrails", Neil Gaiman (The Fortune Teller, ed. Lawrence Schimel, DAW anth).

100 Fearsome Little Frightmares, ed. Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Robert E. Weinberg, Martin Harry Greenberg (Barnes and Noble hc anth) contains: "The Cocomacaque", Carl Jacobi; "The Eerie Mr. Murphy", Howard Wandrei; and "Uneasy Lie the Drowned", Donald Wandrei.

Dragons--The Greatest Stories ed. Martin H. Greenberg (MJF Books hc anth) contains "The Dragon and the George", Gordon R. Dickson.

Decades Of Science Fiction, ed. Applewhite Minyard (NTC Pub. Group pb anth) contains "Desertion", Clifford Simak.

Emerald House Rising, Peg Kerr (Warner Aspect pb) has gone into a second printing, but has not corrected the acknowledgements page.

Nov: The Magician's Ward, Patricia C. Wrede (Tor hc). Shadows Over Lyra, Patricia C. Wrede (Tor tp). Headcrash 2.0, Bruce Bethke (Orbit pb). The Dragon and the Gnarly King by Gordon R. Dickson (SFBC hc r). Modern Classics of Fantasy ed. Gardner Dozois (St. Martin's Press pb r anth).

Dec: Freedom & Necessity, Steven Brust & Emma Bull (Tor pb r). Isaac Asimov's Christmas ed. Gardner Dozois & Sheila Williams (Ace pb). The Dragon and the Djinn, Gordon R. Dickson (Ace pb r). Steel Rose by Kara Dalkey (Penguin/ROC pb). "Tomorrow Tea", Laurel Winter (F&SF). "why goldfish shouldn't use power tools", Laurel Winter (Asimov's).

Jan 1998: The Dragon and the Djinn, Gordon R. Dickson (Ace pb r)

Feb 1998: Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Avon pb). Dying for It ed. Gardner Dozois (SFBC hc r).

Mar 1998: Headcrash 2.0 by Bruce Bethke (Orbit UK pb).

Apr 1998: Clones! Ed. Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (Ace pb anth). Bijapur by Kara Dalkey (Tor pb r). The September Locus lists Pamela Dean's Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary for this month, but Pamela's latest information says it's scheduled for June.

May 1998: Isaac Asimov's Christmas ed. Gardner Dozois & Sheila Williams (Ace pb coll). The Dragon and the Gnarly King by Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r).

June 1998: Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary by Pamela Dean (Tor hc) (although Locus lists this book for Apr 1998). Dogland by Will Shetterly (Tor tp r).

pb=mass market paperback. hc=hardcover. tp=trade paperback nf=nonfiction. coll=collection. anth=anthology. r=reissue.


1: Jane Freitag; 4: Kara Dalkey; 6: Jack Targonski; 7: Gerri Balter; Ed Eastman; Glen Hausfeld; 8: Myrna Sue Logan; 11: Marty Helgesen; 12: Linda Moss-Levin; 15: Rob Ihinger; 16: Ken Konkol; 17: Grace Riger; 22: Diana Therese; Phil Vincent; 23: Steven Brust; 24: Alice Ableman; 25: Chris Grams


5-7 Dec Smofcon 15, Boston MA. A con devoted to convention running.

24-26 Jan 1998 Supercon. Many fan guests listed. $25 (adult) until 1-Dec-97. At the Comfort Inn, Rochester MN, 800-221-2222. FFI: PO Box 14355, Dinkytown Station, Mpls MN 55414. Nstohlma@tiny.net .

18-21 Mar 1998 IAFA Conference on the Fantastic. Guest Writer Lois McMaster Bujold. FFI: IAFA, College of the Humanities, 500 NW 20th HU50 B-9, Florida Atlantic U., Boca Raton FL 33431, (954) 475-6747.

9-12 Apr 1998 Norwescon 21. GoH: Neil Gaiman. FFI: Box 24207, Seattle WA 98124, http://www.webwitch.com/norwescon.html.

10-12 Apr 1998 Minicon 33. GoHs include Dave Langford, Gardner Dozois, Toastmaster John M. Ford. $35 until 1-Mar-98, $70 at the door. FFI: PO Box 8297, Lake Street Station, Mpls MN 55408. Voicemail +1-612-333-7533, http://www.mnstf.org/minicon33, request@minicon33.mnstf.org.

23-27 Apr 1998 Swancon 23 GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. FFI: GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6841 Australia, http://www.gu.uwa.edu.au/swancon/.

1-3 May Marcon 3.3 (sic) GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. FFI: (614) 475-8181, info@marcon.org.

15-17 May Keycon 15 GoHs: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Frank Kelly Freas, Laura Brodian Freas, Connie Lyon. Membership $C30 to 31-Dec, $C40 to 30-Apr, $C50 at door. At the Ramada Marlborough, room C$70 single/double. FFI: Keycon 15, Box 3178, Winnipeg MB R3C 4E6 Canada.

8-13 July MYTHCON XXIX. Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Theme: C.S. Lewis: A Centenary Celebration. Memb: $65 until 8/1/97, $75 after; children 7-13: $30. Info: Mythcon XXIX, PO Box 6707, Altadena, CA 91003; dglyer@apu.edu, http://home.earthlink.net/~emfarrell/mythsoc/conferences.html.

24-26 July 1998 Diversicon 6. GoH Karen Joy Fowler, Posthumous GoH: James Tiptree, Jr., Dr. Seuss. $20 adult / $15 child until 31-Oct-97, $25/$20 until 4-Jul-98, $35/$30 at the door. P.O. Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis MN 55408.

5-9 Aug 1998: BucConeer, the 56th World Science Fiction Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, http://www.bucconeer.worldcon.org, baltimore98@access.digex.net, P. O. Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 USA. $110 until 30 Sep 1997

25-27 Sep 1998 Arcana, GoH: Joe Lansdale. $20 until Labor Day, 1998. P.O. Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Mpls, MN 55408

16-18 Oct 1998 ICON 23 GoH: Charles DeLint.

13-15 Nov 1998 Orycon 20 GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. FFI: Box 5703, Portland OR 97228, (503) 283-0802, jlorentz@spiritone.com.

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Margo Bratton, Dean Gahlon, Polly Peterson, Martin Schafer, and Geri Sullivan. Email board@mnstf.org . Subject to verification at the previous meeting, the board meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at Courts of Chaos.

Minn-STF Hotline: Provides latest information and accepts messages: (612) 824-5559; web site at: http://www.mnstf.org/mnstf.

Minicon Voice Mail at (612) 333-7533; web site at: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon33.

Gamesday Players: Board & card gaming almost every Friday evening. FFI: Richard Tatge at 827-3228.

Shockwave (and) Sound Affects. Local SF radio shows. Saturdays at 6-6:30/6:30-7 on KFAI-FM (90.3).

Einblatt is posted on Usenet groups rec.arts.sf.fandom (and) alt.fandom.misc (and) mn.general // Einblatt from July 95 to date is on the web at http://www.mnstf.org/einblatt/.

Einblatt is edited by David Dyer-Bennet, with the assistance of Denny Lien (publishing news and conventions) and Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet (astronomical information).

Einblatt is a monthly publication of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, devoted to news of the local SF community. E-mail same to einblatt@mnstf.org, or send to ddb, 3721 Blaisdell Ave. S., Mpls MN 55409; or call me at (612) 827-6521 /// Next deadline is 10 pm sharp on Friday, November 26, 1997.