November 1999


Special Announcement

The Minnesota Science Fiction Society Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity (late as it may seem) to thank ALL of the volunteers who have worked on Minicon. As the convention has grown from the 50 or so people who attended the first convention in 1968 to the some 3500 people who attended Minicon in 1998, to the new, slimmer downtown Minicon in 1999, we can only say that without you, it would not have become the great event that we all cherish. We want to especially commend those who worked on the convention through difficult transition years (the "dry" Minicon (26), Minicon 33, and Minicon 34 to name the most memorable). Every volunteer -- from the 6 year old who put in one shift as a badger to those who have endangered their health overworking because the convention was so important to them -- has made a contribution that is of value beyond what they will ever know. For the Minnesota Science Fiction Society and all the people you did it for who haven't had the chance to say it, the Board says THANK YOU!

Publishing News

Laurel Winter won the 1999 Rhysling Award for Best Short Poem (her second year in a row) for "egg horror poem" from Asimov's.

Greg Ketter received a 1999 Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award at Comic-Con in August (source: Locus).

Reprint rights to P.C. Hodgell's GOD STALK; DARK OF THE MOON; and SEEKER'S MASK went to Meisha Merlin Publishers (along with an option on a fourth volume in the series). Source: Locus

Neil Gaiman's The Dream Hunters (a Sandman graphic novel) is due out as an October hc from DC; also from Titan Books in England.

Patricia Wrede's Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (the juvenile novelization) ranged between #33 and #48 in the USA Today weekly bestseller lists for (I think…) July.

Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign was #23 on the Sept 12th, #26 on the Sept 19th, and #32 on the Sept 26th New York Times bestseller lists.

Neil Gaiman, "Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story" appears in 999: The Last Book Of Supernatural Horror and Suspense ed. Al Sarrantino (London: Hodder & Stoughton hc, 1999).

Gaiman's story "The Wedding Present" is reprinted in Best New Horror: 10th Series (ed. Stephen Jones), a Carroll & Graf tp (Robinson Books in England).

Brian Lumley's A Coven of Vampires from local publisher Fedogan & Bremer was a British Fantasy Awards 1999 nominee for Best Collection.

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Nov 4-7: WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 1999/VOYAGES Rhode Island Convention Ctr., Providence RI. GoHs: Patricia A. McKillip, Charles de Lint, Robert Silverberg, Leo & Diane Dillon, Samuel R. Delany, John M. Ford. Memb: $125 (limit 850); $35 supp.; payment to MCFI. Info: fax (617) 776-3243; wfc@mcfi.org; 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

Dec 10-12: SMOFcon 17, New Orleans www.sfsfc.org/SMOFcon/

Jan 14-16: Arisia '00, Boston MA. GOHs: Jane Yolen, Tom Kidd, Sharon Sbarsky. http://www.arisia.org

Jan 27-30: Capricon XX, Chicago IL. GOHs: Larry Niven, Chris Luchini, Joseph "Uncle Vlad" Stockman. http://www.capricon.org

Jan 28-30: SuperCon VII, Rochester MN. PO Box 14355, Dinkytown, MN 55414 http://come.to/supercon

Apr 21-23, 2000. Minicon 35, Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Mpls, MN. FFI: P.O. Box 8297, Lake Street Station, Mpls, MN 55408, www.mnstf.org/minicon35/

May 12-14, 2000: MARSCON 2000, Radisson South, Bloomington. FFI: MARSCON, PO Box 600458, St. Paul, MN 55106, marscon2k@hotmail.com, http://www.marscon.com/

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

July 28-30, 2000. Diversicon 8, Holiday Inn Express--Bandanda Square, 1010 W Bandana Blvd, St Paul. PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis, MN 55408. FFI: Andrew, 612-798-5880; http://www.sfminnesota.com/ diversicon@SFMinnesota.com

Sept 15-17, 2000. Arcana 30, Holiday Inn Express—Bandana Square, 1010 W Bandana Blvd, St Paul. PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis, MN 55408. FFI: Eric, 612-721-5959; www.inergy.com/JBROWER, eheideman@uswest.net


1: Jane Freitag; 2: Don Fitch; 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; 19: Shahn David Dickson; 22: Diana Therese, Phil Vincent; 23: Steven Brust; 24: Alice Ableman; 25: Chris Grams


Don Bailey resigned his seat on the Minn-StF Board of Directors. Scott Raun will be taking his place.

Joyce Scrivner’s father, Mansil, died on Sept. 29th.

Matthew Tepper’s mother died Sept 29th.

Marion Zimmer Bradley died Sept 25th.

CoA: Eric M. Heideman, 1300 Powderhorn Terrace, #22, Minneapolis, MN 55407, 612-721-5959

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Dean Gahlon, Polly Peterson, Scott Raun, 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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This Einblatt was edited by Scott Raun with the assistance of Denny Lien (publishing news) and Mike Pins (conventions).

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