January 1999


Advance Warning

Feb 20, Mar 6 – Minn-StF Board Nominations Meetings, Mar 20 – Minn-StF Board Voting Meeting

Publishing News

Steven Brust, The Book of Jhereg (trade pb omnibus); August 99 from Ace

Lois McMaster Bujold, Komarr (pb reprint); April 99 from Baen

Gordon R. Dickson, The Way of the Pilgrim (trade pb reprint); July 99 Tor, The Chantry Guild (trade pb reprint); September 99 from Tor

Jack Zipes, When Dreams Come True: Classic Fairy Tales and Their Tradition (trade pb; nonfiction); January 99 from Routledge

local publisher Fedogan & Bremer have scheduled Whispers in the Night by Basil Cooper (hc collection) and The Dark Detective (ed. by Stephen Jones (hc anthology) as their next (imminent) publications.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Komarr was #9 on the Amazon.com hardcover bestseller list in the December 98 Locus

Michael Phillips, The Garden at the Edge of Beyond, a hc novel from Bethany House (local publisher)

Ruth Berman – article in the December 1998, Vol. 29 No. 4 issue of Children's Literature in Education. "No Joe Marches," is on the absence of books encouraging boys to enjoy reading/ writing comparable to the wealth of such books for girls.

A long article, "Loud Achievements: Lois McMaster Bujold's Science Fiction," by Sylvia Kelso was serialized in issues #122 and 123 (Oct and Nov 1998) of The New York Review of Science Fiction.

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


Jan 22-24: VINTAGE CONFUSION Van Dyke Park Suite, Warren MI. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. AGoH: Doug Chaffee. Sci. GoH: Carl Djerassi. FGoH: Nancy Tucker Shaw. TM: Howard DeVore. Memb: $25 to 12/1/98, $30 at door; supp. $5. Info: Con-Fusion, Box 8284, Ann Arbor MI 48107; website: www.stilyagi.org/cons/confusion.html; e-mail: confusion@stilyagi.org

Feb 26-28: MarsCon at the Radisson South Hotel. New convention.

Apr 2-4: Minicon 34 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Towers in downtown Minneapolis. GoHs: Octavia E. Butler, Mark & Priscilla Olson, Dave Nee. Registrations $40 through 2/14/99; $70 at-the-door. FFI: www.mnstf.org/minicon, request@minicon34.mnstf.org, PO Box 8297 Lake Street Station, Mpls MN 55408.

Apr 9-11: I-CON 18 Stony Brook, NY. GoHs: Harlan Ellison, Lois McMaster Bujold, James P. Hogan, Michael A. Stackpole, Tim Powers, Liz Danforth. Memb: $22 to 1/15/99, $26 to 3/15/99, $32 at door. Info: I-CON, Box 550, Stony Brook NY 11790-0550; voice mail: 516-632-6045; fax: 516-632-6355; e-mail: info@iconsf.org; website: www.iconsf.org

May 7-9: X-CON 17 Olympia Resort & Spa, Oconomowoc WI; rms $81. GoH: Kevin D. Randle. AGoH: Jim Groat. FGoH: Maria Pavlac. Memb: $25 to 4/1/99, $40 at door. Info: X-Con Ltd., Box 334, S. Milwaukee WI 53172-0334; e-mail: xconlimitd@aol.com

May 21-23: KEYCON 16 Winnipeg MB, Canada. GoH: David Drake. AGoH: Denis Beauvais. FGoH: Al Jastrom. Memb: $30 to 12/31/98, $40 to 4/30/99, $50 at door. Info: www.icenter.net/~stornel/keycon/Keycon.htm

May 28-31: WISCON 23 Madison WI. GoH: Mary Doria Russell. Info: WisCon, c/o SF3, Box 1624, Madison WI 53701; 608-233-8850; e-mail: wiscon.concom@lists.best.com; website: www.sf3.org/wiscon

July 2-4: CONvergence, Minneapolis MN. New convention. FFI: 996-9224, http://www.convergence-con.org/, converge99@aol.com

July 30-Aug. 2: Mythcon XXX(30)--combined with Bree Moot 4, Milwaukee, WI. $35 till 9/15/98. At-the-door is about $60. FFI: David Lenander or Jo Ann Johnson ( 651) 292-8887, 293 Selby Ave. St. Paul 55102-1811. d-lena@tc.umn.edu. Several Mpls/StP folks working on concom. www.tc.umn.edu/nlhome/m391/d-lena/BreeMoot.html

Aug 6-8: Diversicon 7, Holiday Inn Express, 1010 Bandana Blvd., St. Paul. Guests of Honor: "L.A. Graf"--Julia Ecklar & Karen Rose Cercone. Special Guest: Nalo Hopkinson. Posthumous GOH: William Shakespeare. $27 Adult, $22 Child through July 4, 1999. FFI: diversicon@scc.net Eric, 825-9353.

Aug 10-16, Full Solar Eclipse Convention, Romania. Hosted by Nemira Publishing House. FFI: www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/7045/

Oct. 22-24: Arcana 29. Guest of Honor: Ramsey Campbell. $20 to Labor Day 1999, $30 At the Door. Arcana, PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis, MN 55408; 612-825-9353.

Nov 4-7:WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 1999/VOYAGES Rhode Island Convention Ctr., Providence RI. GoHs: Patricia A. McKillip, Charles de Lint, Robert Silverberg. AGoHs: Leo & Diane Dillon. Special Guest: Samuel R. Delany. TM: John M. Ford. Memb: $85 to 11/30/98, then more (limit 850); $35 supp.; payment to MCFI. Info: World Fantasy Convention, Box 1010, Framingham MA 01701; fax (617) 776-3243; e-mail: wfc@mcfi.org; website: http://world.std.com/~sbarsky/wfc99.html

Nov 26-28: CONCAT 11 Radisson, Knoxville TN; rms $59. GoHs: Neil Gaiman, Lisa Snelling. Memb: TBA. Info: ConCat 11, 316 E. Scott Ave., Knoxville TN 37917; (423) 637-6564; e-mail: chloiea@mailexcite.com


2: Don Blyly; Ann Neset; Thorin Tatge; 4: David Messer; 5: Claire Lenander; 6: Thomas Juntunen; 7: Margo Bratton; 9: Greg Ketter; 11: Victor Raymond; 15: Bruce Schneier; 17: Giovanna Fregni; 18: Pamela Dyer-Bennet; 20: Kij Johnson; 24: Keith Hauer-Lowe; John Houghton; 26: John Slade; 30: Linda Lounsbury.


Saturday, January 2: Minicon 34 PR#3 mailing party is being rescheduled to the week of January 11th. We'll set the exact date when the PR goes to print the first week of January. For the date and other information, please call the Minn-stf Hotline, 612/824-5559, or Geri Sullivan, 612/825-3558.

William G. Johnson, father of Ericka Johnson and father-in-law of Peter Hentges, died at Thanksgiving of lung cancer.

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, Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month.

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