September 1999


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Oct 2, tba, Oct 16, Carol Kennedy & Jonathan Adams’.

Publishing News

Bestseller list info from August 99 LOCUS: Peg Kerr's The Wild Swans is number 5 on the Locus tp list.

Women of Other Worlds, edited By Helen Merrick & Tess Williams. 1999 tp, University of Western Australia Press, includes The Small Black Box of Morality, a short story by Eleanor Arnason, (reprint from TOTU), misc nonfiction by Lois McMaster Bujold, and Handwork, a poem by Rebecca Marjesdatter

Inside A Bear and Other Dark Places by Martha A. Hood (intro. by Eric Heideman) recently published by Stone Dragon Press of St. Paul; a tp collection of 25 stories, 14 originally appeared in TotU.

Eleanor Arnason has the lead novellas in both the September Asimov's (Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance) and the December F&SF (The Actors).

Locus Poll Results for 1998, from their August 99 issue: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold voted #15 Best SF Novel; Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Juniper, Gentian And Rosemary by Pamela Dean; and Bhagavati finished respectively #2, #15, and tied for #18 for Best Fantasy Novel; Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman was #2 for Best First Novel; Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation... by Raphael Carter was #14 Best Short Story; Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman was #2 Best Collection and DreamHaven Press' edition of The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady was #13. Locus also reported results of polls for All-Time Best SF Author (Clifford D. Simak was #18 and Lois McMaster Bujold #23); All-Time Best Fantasy Author (Neil Gaiman was #35); and Best SF/Fantasy Author of the '90s (Bujold was #3 and Gaiman #15).

Will Shetterly turned in Chimera; Joel Rosenberg Not Quite Scaramouche; and Gordon R. Dickson The Dragon and The Fair Maid of Kent, all to Tor. Sci-Fi Womanthology, is a Pulpless anthology co-edited by Forrest J. Ackerman and Pam Keesey. (source Locus)

Tales Of The Unanticipated 20 is the first in new trade paperback format: perfect-bound, slightly smaller dimensions, 104 pages, $6.00. Names recognized as locals or who are noted herein as such include: fiction by Neil Gaiman; poetry by Ruth Berman, Rebecca Marjesdatter, John Calvin Rezmerski; miscellaneous prose by Amanda Elg, Eric Heideman, Pam Keesey, and Laurel Winter; photography by David Christenson; plus art by the formerly-local Rodger Gerberding. Also includes work by Maureen F. McHugh, Stephen Dedman, Don Webb, Mary Soon Lee, Martha Hood, Mark Rich and others, and an interview with Gaiman.

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 12th Annual (ed. Datlow and Windling) reprints Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman. Its Honorable Mentions list cites five other works by Gaiman: one poem (Desert Wind) and four stories (How Do You Think It Feels?; Looking for the Girl; Tastings; and The Wedding Present, plus one story (Crush) by William Mingin which first appeared in Tales Of The Unanticipated 19.

1999 Mythopoeic Awards: Adult Literature to Stardust by Neilgaiman and Charles Vess; Children’s Literature to Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones, Scholarship in Inkling Studies to A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature by Donna R. White (based on her UofM graduate thesis).

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Sept 2-6: Aussiecon Three (The 57th World Science Fiction Convention), Melbourne, Australia. GOHs: George Turner, Gregory Benford, Bruce Gillespie http://www.aussiecon3.worldcon.org

Sept 3-5: AnimeIowa 99 (anime con), Cedar Rapids IA. GOH: Hiroshi Aro http://www.animeshrine.com/animeiowa

Sept 17-19: Mad Media 1999 (media con), Madison WI. GOH: Anthony Daniels, http://www.madmedia.org

Oct 1-3: Congenial 10, Racine WI. GOHs: Howard Harrison, Bob Berlien & Kathy Routliffe, http://www.congenial.org

Oct 1-3: Archon 23, St Louis MO. GOHs: Gardner Dozois, Ray Van tilbug, Jim Bakke, John Brooks, Donna Bakke, Forrest J. Ackerman, Decipher, Susan & Jeff Stringer http://www.stlf.org/archon

Oct 1-3: Nuke-Con '99 (gaming con), Omaha NE. www.tconl.com/~murphy/nuke-con

Oct 8-10: ConClave 24, Holiday Inn South, Lansing MI; GoH: James Hogan, AGoH: Erin McKee, FanGoH: Marian Skupski. Membership: $25 thru 9/1/99, $30 at door, to ConClave, P.O. Box 2915, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; e-mail: conclave@conclavesf.org; website: http://www.conclavesf.org

Oct 8-10: First Contact, Milwaukee WI. GOHs: Steve (Khorf) Gregory & David Herrman, Rebekah Groat http://members.aol.com/arimmr/page/index.htm

Oct 22-24: MileHiCon 31, Lakewood CO. GOHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, K.W. Jeter, Robert Daniels Jr, Kevin J Anderson

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; www.inergy.com/JBROWER/ARCANA, 612-825-9353.

Oct 29-31: ICON 24, Cedar Rapids IA. GOHs: Peter S Beagle, Bill "BillJon" Johnson, Charles Piehl, Rusty Hevelin http://www.mindbridge.org/icon

Oct 29-31: Ditto 12 / Millenium Fallcon, Radisson Metrodome, Mpls MN. Rooms: $84/night, 612-379-8888, 800-333-3333. Memberships are $30/person, children $10 for those 13 and younger – this includes a t-shirt. Please make checks payable to ditto 12. At-the-door rates will be $40 adult/$15 kid, so register by 15 OCT 99. Mail ‘em to Karen Cooper, 101 E. Minnehaha Pky, MPLS, MN, 55419. You can call Karen with ideas, questions, comments, and gossip at 612-823-1497, or e-mail her at karenc@visi.com.

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: $125 (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 5-7: Contraception 11 (adults-only relaxicon), Independence MO. GOHs: Selina Rosen, Marilyn "Mama Duck" Berry, Stephen Burrows, David Means

Nov 12-14: WindyCon XXVI, Schaumburg IL. GOHs: Kristine Kathryn Rusch & Dean Wesley Smith, Steven Vincent Johnson, Chaz Boston Baden, Ellen Datlow, Christian Ready http://www.windycon.org

May 5-7, 2000: The Fans Paradise, Tulsa OK. Adam's Mark Hotel. Group rates available. FFI: klarrja@aol.com

July 7-9, 2000: CONVERGENCE 2000, Downtown St. Paul Radisson. $25 until 12/31/99.FFI: CONVERGENCE 2000, P.O.Box 13208, Dinkytown Station, Minneapolis MN 55414, communications@convergence-con.org, www.convergence-con.org


4: Michael Schneider, 5: Sharon Kahn, Dan Kolby; 6: Greg Foss; 7: Michael A. Zalar; 8: Louie Spooner Trainor; 11: Ed McGlaughlin; 12: Jean Mornard; 16: Jane Hausfeld, Kris Jensen; 17: Barbara Geraud, Kathy Routliffe; 19: Laramie Sasseville; 21: David Dyer-Bennet; 22: Dave Wixon; 23: Matthew B. Tepper; 26: Michael Flowers, Lon Levy, Denny Lien, Mark Richards; 27: Jeanne Mealy; 29: Eileen Lufkin, Anne Miller, Kurt Griesemer; 30: Jon Singer


James White died August 24th.

St. Olaf College is sponsoring a week-long on-line discussion of Peg Kerr's recently released novel The Wild Swans, beginning Monday, Sept 6. To participate, send an email to olli-request@stolaf.edu, and use the word SUBSCRIBE in the body of your message. You'll automatically be subscribed to the list (and automatically unsubcribed when the discussion is over). You do not have to be a St. Olaf student or alumni to participate. For further information, go to www.stolaf.edu/offices/alum/books.html or email: alum-office@stolaf.edu

Congratulations to Bruce Schneier for Twofish being selected as one of the five finalists for the NIST’s Advanced Encryption Standard.

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Don Bailey, Dean Gahlon, Polly Peterson, Martin Schafer, and Geri Sullivan. Email board@mnstf.org. Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month.

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

Gamesday Players: Board & card gaming almost every Friday evening. FFI: Richard Tatge at 612-827-3228.

Filk Circle: open to all who like to participate in music with f/sf lyrics. 4th Sunday at 5pm: 3236 Cedar Ave South; FFI: 612-721-6076. Cats.

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