April 1999


Advance Warning

Minn-StF 1 & 15 May

Publishing News

An article, "Killer of Smurfs," on Garth Danielson and his Smurf figurine art appeared in City Pages for March 10, 1999.

"When the Bough Breaks" by Steven Brust is on the Nebula Awards final ballot in the short story catagory

Bestsellers info, March 1999 LOCUS:

LOCUS Bestsellers-

Hardcover #7: Parable of The Talents by Octavia Butler (Minicon GoH), #9: Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, Paperback #6: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

AMAZON.COM Bestsellers-

Hardcover #6: Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, Paperback #2: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Chain Bestsellers for all of 1998:

Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold as #9 hardcover bestseller for Amazon.com

LOCUS also reports that Angels & Visitations from DreamHaven Books, now out of print, went through five printings and 25,000 copies to make it "one of the all-time bestselling small-press books."

Forthcoming books:

Steven Brust, The Book Of Jhereg, tp omnibus from Ace, August 99

Lois McMaster Buhold, Falling Free, pb reprint from Baen, June, Borders Of Infinity, pb reprint from Baen, September, A Civil Campaign, new hc novel from Baen, September, Cordelia's Honor, pb omnibus from Baen, October

Pam Keesey, co-editor with Rick R. Reed, Out Of The Shadows, a tp anthology from Design Image Group

Kara Dalkey, Crystal Sage, pb novel from Penguin/Roc, May, Bhagavati, tp reprint from Tor, December

Pamela Dean, Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary, tp reprint from Tor, June

Gordon R. Dickson, The Way Of The Pilgrim, tp reprint from Tor, July, The Dragon In Lyonesse, pb reprint from Tor, August, The Chantry Guild, tp reprint from Tor, September

Gaiman, Neil, Day Of The Dead: An Annotated Babylon 5 Script -- trade pb from DreamHaven Books, now available


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

Apr 2-4: Balticon 33, Baltimore MD, GOHs: David Weber, Jennifer E. Weyland, Echoe's Children www.balticon.org

Apr 1-4: Norwescon 22, Seattle WA, GOHs: Harry Turtledove, Richard Hescox, Jack Horner, Jack Chalker & Eva Whitley www.webwitch.com/norwescon

Apr 2-5: Reconvene (the 50th British National Science Fiction Convention), Liverpool, GOHs: Peter S Beagle, John Clute & Jeff Noon, Tom Holt, Ron Tiner

Apr 1-4: ConFurence X (furry con), San Diego CA, GOHs: Cynthia McQuillin, Mary Hanson-Roberts, Patricia C. Wrede www.confurence.com

Apr 9-11: Name That ConTraption, Southfield, MI. GoHs: Nick Pollotta, Tina "NeNe" Thomas, Dave & Diana Stein, www.contraption.org

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, Mary Ellen Wessels. Memb: $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

Apr 16-18: To Be CONtinued..., South Bend IN, GOHs: Mickey Zucker Reichert, Robin Wood, Stephen McDonald, Tracy Lunquist www.msffa.org

Apr 16-18: EerieCon I, Niagara Falls NY, GOHs: Brian Lumley, Josepha Sherman

Apr 16-18: Galacticon 1999 & KAG spring break, Chattanooga TN, GOHs: Elizabeth Moon, David Weber, The Suttons homepage.usr.com/g/galacticon

Apr 23-25: Name That Con 12: ConZilla, St Louis MO, GOHs: Mickey Zucker Reichert, Lawrence Allen Williams, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Rusty Hevelin, Mark McNary, Gary Hanak www.stlf.org/ntc

Apr 23-25: animecentral99, Rosemount, IL www.acen.org

Apr 24: OpCon, Oak Park IL, GOHs: Mary Frances Zambreno, Susan VanCamp oprfhs.org/activ/scifi/opcon

Apr 24: Gamers' Faire, Oak Brook, IL. GoHs" Yvonne Navarro, Kevin Stein

Apr 30-May 2: DemiCon X, Des Moines IA, GOHs: Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Tina "NeNe" Thomas, Bill Broughton, Rusty Hevelin www.netins.net/showcase/dmsfs/demicon.html

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 7-9: Marcon 34, Columbus, OH. GoHs: Richard Biggs, Jeffrey (Kosh) Willerth, David Drake, Erin McKee, Tom Savini, Jolly Roger Blackburn, Steve Jackson, Syntax. www.marcon.org

May 14-16: LepreCon 25, Scottsdale, AZ. GoHs: Larry Niven, Michael Whelan, Lynn Gold, Robert Peacock. www.casfs.org/LepreCon

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 27-31: NSS's 1999 International Space Development Conference, Houston, TX. GoH: Majel Barrett Roddenberry. www.nss.org/isdc

May 28-30: ConQuesT 30, Kansas City, MO. GoHs: David Drake, Esther Friesner, Robert "J.R." Daniels, Samantha "Star" Straf, Wilson "Bob" Tucker. home.unicom.net/~sfreader/ConQuesT.htm

May 28-30: LibertyCon 13, East Ridge, TN. GoHs: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, David Mattingly, Cheryl Mandus, James P. Hogan. www.cdc.net/~libcon

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

May 28-31: BayCon '99, San Jose, CA. GoHs: Tina "NeNe" Thomas, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Kent Brewster. www.BayCon.org

July 2-4: CONvergence, Minneapolis MN. FFI: PO Box 13208, Dinkytown Station, Mpls, MN 55414. www.convergence-con.org/, converge99@aol.com, 612-996-9224.

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: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/7045/

Oct. 22-24: Arcana 29. GoH: 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: $100 (1/1/99 through 5/31/99), then $125 beginning 6/1/99 (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: www.mcfi.org/wfc

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


April: 1: Michael Mornard; 2: Jeffrey A. Ahlstrom; 3: Mike Dorn; 7: Bill Bader; Bruce Bethke; Dave Romm; 10: John M. Ford; 15: Sean Novack, 18: Shannon Leslie; Richard Tatge; 22: Steven Bond; Laurel Winter; 24: Oleg Volk; 28: Peg Kerr Ihinger; Theresa Roden; 29: Martin Schafer


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