Einblatt! March 1998

1 Mar 2nd Foundation meeting, 2pm, Eric Heideman's 3142 Lyndale Ave. S., Apt. C, Mpls. Topic: works of John Kessel. FFI: Eric 825-9353.

6-8 Mar Conflation 5 (adults only relaxicon) St Louis, MO GoHs: Keith Berdak, Christine Besher.

7 Mar Minn-StF meeting, 2pm, at Don Bailey and Margo Bratton's, 4736 Pleasant Ave. S. Cats, no smoking. 2nd nominating meeting for Board of Directors election.

7 Mar Stipple-apa collation at the Minn-stf meeting, 2:30pm. FFI: Judie at 699-7676.

7 Mar Rivendell Group. Topic: Lois McMaster Bujold will join us for a discussion of her novel, The Spirit Ring. Coffman Union Room 326.

8 Mar SF Minnesota meeting, 4 pm Dulono's Pizza, Lake St. and Lyndale Ave. Topic: 1999 Diversicon leadership proposals. FFI: Eric 825-9353.

8 Mar (International Women's Day) Ladies Sewing Circle & Terrorist Society, 2pm, at the home of Terry Garey & Dennis Lien. No young children please. FFI: 824-5157.

12 Mar Full Moon, 10:34pm

14 Mar Worldbuilding Society. 1 pm Topic: The Future of Religion. Fowl Play, 1301 East 4th St., Mpls. FFI: Dan Goodman, dsgood@visi.com, 871-5461.

18-21 Mar 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.

20 Mar Mercury's best evening appearance for the year: twenty degrees above the horizon at 7:10pm.

21 Mar Minn-StF meeting, 2pm, hosted by Thorin & Amber Tatge, Scott Raun & Mike Pins at 4002 Pillsbury Ave. S. Mpls. Voting meeting for Board of Directors election (ballot deadline as stated on ballot).

22 Mar Monthly filk circle (new schedule: 4th Sunday). 6pm, at 3236 Cedar Avenue South. FFI: Laramie Sasseville 721-6076 or SSKYLARKER@aol.com.

27 Mar New Moon, 9:14pm

28 Mar Einblatt! deadline 7pm sharp.

29 Mar Diversicon meeting 2 pm, Sybil Smith's 3616 10th Ave S, Minneapolis, topic: publicity at Minicon FFI: sybil 823-6203 or Eric 825-9353.

4 Apr Minn-StF meeting, 2pm, at Joyce Scrivner's. Cat, no smoking. FFI: kay@universvl.rsvl.unisys.com, 824-7943.

10-12 Apr Minicon 33

18 Apr Minn-StF meeting, 2pm, at Polly Peterson's, 2801 Irving Ave N.

19 Apr CONvergence open meeting, 2-4pm. Painter Park (34th & Lyndale).

2 May Minn-StF meeting, 2pm, place TBA.

9 May 9 am to 4 pm, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Eleanor Arnason will be teaching a one-day class/workshop: "Outer space, inner space, and virtual reality: writing contemporary science fiction." $120 (people over 62 and Arboretum members $108); includes box lunch. "Experience an insider's look at the field by using writing exercises to explore specific writing problems, such as expository lumps and scene setting when the scene is imaginary. In addition, discuss researching stories, marketing, networking, and having fun in the huge and fascinating community of science fiction writers and readers." Limited to 20.

16 May Minn-StF meeting, Southdale Public Library. FFI: Laura Krentz 827-1775.

Einblatt regrets to announce the death, on 12 Feb, of Jeanne Kennedy, mother of Carol Kennedy.

Name change: Al Kuhfeld has become Ellen Rose Kuhfeld (no address change).

Minnesota Book Award nominees include: Dear Poppa, ed. Ruth Berman (Minnesota Historical Society Press) (in the "personal papers" category), and in "SF and Fantasy": Steven Brust, Freedom and Necessity, (Emma Bull is a coauthor but is not mentioned, perhaps because she does not live in Minnesota), John M. Ford, From the End of the Twentieth Century, and Peg Kerr, Emerald House Rising.

Mary Monica Pulver has a three-book contract for a new series featuring Betsy Devonshire, embroidering detective. She is writing under the name of Monica Ferris. The first book, Embroidered Truths, has been delivered to the publisher and will be a 1998 Christmas paperback.

February Locus Bestsellers: HC #7: The Magician's Ward, Patricia C. Wrede (Tor hc). Pb #4: Freedom & Necessity, Steven Brust & Emma Bull (Tor pb r). Steel Rose, Kara Dalkey (Tor pb r) was runner-up.

Waldenbooks Bestsellers: TP #5 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection, ed. Gardner Dozois (St. Martin's tp). It was also #4 trade paperback on the 1997 Chain Bestsellers list.

The Nebula Awards preliminary ballot includes novels: Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen), The Fortunate Fall, Raphael Carter (Tor); Novella: "Candle in a Bottle", Carolyn Ives Gilman (F&SF 10-11/96); Novelette: "The Dog's Story", Eleanor Arnason (Asimov's 5/96).

The Locus 1997 Recommended Reading List includes novels: Freedom & Necessity, Steven Brust & Emma Bull (Tor), Dogland, Will Shetterly (Tor); Collections From the End of the Twentieth Century, John M. Ford (NESFA), The Arbitrary Placement of Walls, Martha Soukup (Dreamhaven), Exorcisms & Ecstasies, Karl Edward Wagner (Fedogan & Bremer); Anthologies: Modern Classics of Fantasy, ed Gardner Dozois (St. Martin's), The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection ed. Gardner Dozois (St. Martin's); Non-Fiction: Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry, Jack Zipes (Routledge).

Feb: The Dragon and the Djinn, Gordon R. Dickson (Ace pb r). Book of Enchantments, Patricia C. Wrede (Scholastic pb r).

Mar: The Heavenward Path, Kara Dalkey (Harcourt Brace hc). Dorsai! Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r).

Apr: Clones! Ed. Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (Ace pb anth). Bijapur by Kara Dalkey (Tor pb r). Soldier, Ask Not, Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r). Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold (Simon&Schuster/Earthlight pb r).

May: Isaac Asimov's Camelot ed. Gardner Dozois & Sheila Williams (Ace pb anth). The Dragon and the Gnarly King by Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r). Bhagavati, Kara Dalkey (Tor hc). The Dragon Knight, Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r).

June: Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary, Pamela Dean (Tor hc). Dogland, Will Shetterly (Tor tp r). Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen hc)

July: Immortals! Ed. Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois (Ace pb anth). Keepers of the Hidden Ways, Book Two: The Silver Stone, Joel Rosenberg (Avon pb r).

Aug: Isaac Asimov's Detectives ed Gardner Dozois & Sheila Williams (Ace pb anth).

Sep: Necromancer, Gordon R. Dickson (Tor pb r).

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

3: Peter Toluzzi; 5: Phillip C. Jennings; 8: Joella Bonser, Steve Cox; 9: David Emerson; 10: Margie Lessinger; 14: Ben Lessinger; 16: Kate Worley; 18: Bruce Krafft; 19: Karen Cooper; 24: Ken Hardwick; Pat Beckfield; 26: Jason Hollister; 27: Bryan Andersen, Peter Hentges

3-5 Apr NeoCon 9 Wichita KS. GoHs: John Dalmas, Lubov, Ann Donovan. FFI: http://www.feist.com/~cymric/neocon.

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

10-12 Apr 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.

17-19 Apr Name That Con XI: InCONceivable. St Louis MO GoHs: Nancy Springer, J.R. Daniels, William "Bear" Reed, Wilson "Bob" Tucker.

17-19 Apr ConTraption . . . After Dark. Auburn Hills MI. GoHs: Nancy Baker, Christopher Stasheff, Ray VanTilberg, Bill & Phyllis Breuer. FFI: http://www.msen.com/~klingon/contraption.html, PO Box 214055 Auburn Hills MI 48321-4055, 810-853-0736, contraption@hamiudo.com.

17-19 Apr Mage Con North 4, Best Western Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls SD. GoH: Jeff Dee, David Arneson. FFI: http://yebb.com/~mage/page.htm, PO Box 84828, Sioux Falls SD 57118-4828.

23-27 Apr 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, Fantasy GoH Joel Rosenberg. FFI: (614) 475-8181, info@marcon.org.

1-3 May Demicon 9. The Inn at University, 11001 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA; 800-369-7476 or 515-225-2222. GoHs: Spider & Jeanne Robinson; AGoH: W.J. Hodgson; FGoHs: Marshall & Dee Willis; TM: Rusty Hevelin. Memb: $25 until 4/1/98. FFI: http://www.netins.net/showcase/dmsfs/demicon9/, roth@netins.net, PO Box 7572 Des Moines IA 50322, 515-224-7654.

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.

22-24 May LibertyCon 12 Radisson Read House Hotel, Chattanooga TN. GoH is Lois McMaster Bujold. Attendance limited to 350. FFI: http://www.cdc.net/~libcon/, LibertyCon 12 / Box 695 / Hixson TN 37343-0695.

22-25 May Wiscon 22. Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton ST., Madison, WI 53703; 800-356-8293. GoHs: Sheri S. Tepper, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. Emphasis: feminist SF. Memb: $30 until 3/1/98; $40 until 5/1/98; $50 at the door; kids half price; children 6 and under free; $15 supporting. FFI: http://www.sf3.org/wiscon/, wiscon.concom@lists.bets.com, SF3 PO Box 1624 Madison WI 53701; 608-233-8850;.

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 Diversicon 6, Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington MN. GoH Karen Joy Fowler, Special Guest Pat Murphy, Posthumous GoHs: James Tiptree, Jr., Dr. Seuss. $25 adult / $20 child (2-12) until 4-Jul-98, $35/$30 at the door. P.O. Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis MN 55408. FFI: Eric, 825-9353.

5-9 Aug: BucConeer, the 56th World Science Fiction Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, http://www.bucconeer.worldcon.org, bucconeer@bucconeer.worldcon.org, P. O. Box 314, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 USA. $130 until 15 June 1998.

25-27 Sep Arcana 28, Holiday Inn Express, 1010 W. Bandana Blvd, St. Paul. GoH: Joe Lansdale. $20 until Labor Day, 1998, $30 at the door. P.O. Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Mpls, MN 55408. FFI: Eric 825-9353.

16-18 Oct ICON 23 GoH: Charles DeLint.

29 Oct - 1 Nov 1998 World Fantasy Convention. Monterey, CA. FFI: http://www.farrsite.com/wfc/wfc5.htm, '98 World Fantasy Con, c/o Bryan Barrett, 1707 13th Ave. SE, Olympia WA 98501; 360-943-9483.

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

4-6 Dec Smofcon 16, Colorado Springs. $40 thru 2/28/98, then $50 until 11/15/98, and $60 at-the-door. Write checks to First Friday Fandom. SMOFcon 16, c/o Kent Bloom, 1245 Allegheny Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, Kent.Bloom@InternetMCI.com.

2-4 Jul 1999 CONvergence, Minneapolis MN. FFI: converge99@aol.com, 996-9224.

2-6 Sep 1999 (Australia, Victoria) Aussiecon Three/1999 Worldcon. World Congress Centre, Melbourne, Australia. GoHs: George Turner, Gregory Benford, Bruce Gillespie. Memb: A$175/$140. FFI: http://www.maths.uts.edu.au/staff/eric/ain99/, GPO Box 1212K, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia; U.S. Address: PO Box 266, Prospect Heights, IL 60070-0266.

4-7 Nov 1999 25th World Fantasy Convention. Rhode Island Convention Center, Westin & Biltmore Hotels, Providence, RI. Memb: $85 until 11/30/98, more after; $35 supporting (checks to "MCFI"). FFI: http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/wfc99.html, World Fantasy Convention, c/o MCFI, PO Box 1010, Framingham, MA 01701; wfc@mcfi.org.

31 Aug - 4 Sep 2000 Chicon 2000 / 58th World Science Fiction Convention. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. GoH: Ben Bova; AGoH: Bob Eggleton; EGoH: Jim Baen; FGoHs: Bob and Anne Passovoy; TM: Harry Turtledove. Memb: $125 until 3/1/98; $40 supporting. FFI: http://www.chicon.org/, Chicon 2000, PO Box 642057, Chicago IL 60664; chi2000@chicon.org.

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).

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