August 2001


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Sept 1 & 15


2: Charles Anderson, M. Renata Fossett; 3: Curtis Hoffmann, Reed Waller; 4: Marianne Hageman; 5: Beth Colsher, Gerry Wassenaar; 6: Curtis Gibson, Ericka Johnson; 7: Terry A. Garey; 8: Ginger Emgott; 9: Bob Berlien, Karen Schaffer, Kevin Stahl; 10: Deb Schouten; 11: Nate Bucklin; 12: Margaret Eastman; 13: Lori Schaefer; 15: Caryl Eschweiler; 16: Nancy Klock, Joyce Maetta Odum, Tony Von Krag; 17: Mitch Pockrandt; 18: Judie Cilcain; 19: Sally Morem; 22: Sara Logan, Elise Matthesen, Will Shetterly; 24: Jerry Stearns; 31: Jacque Marshall


OK, the new dead-tree edition of the directory didn’t get published yet. Given my August schedule, it should happen about the same time that the September Einblatt goes out.

Local author Robert J. Schadewald died of cancer in Minneapolis on March 12th, 2000. Born on Feb. 19, 1943, he was 57 years old.

Publishing News

The International Horror Guild's annual awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the field of horror and dark fantasy from the year 2000 will be presented at Dragon*Con, August 31-September 3, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA. (nominees include): COLLECTION - The Death Artist by Dennis Etchison (DreamHaven)

Dave Langford's article "Maps of Minnesota: Stalking John Sladek" (on his adventures in tracking down obscure Sladek stories for reprinting) appears in the July 2001 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction

John M. Ford has "Additional Material by" writing credits for both GURPS Discworld (Steve Jackson Games tp, 1998) and GURPS Discworld Also, (Jackson tp, 2001); both chiefly credited as "by Terry Pratchett and Phil Masters).

A brief interview with Neil Gaiman appeared in the July 22 STAR TRIBUNE "Variety" section. Gaiman's Stardust is a finalist for the 2001 Phantastik (German) "Best Foreign Novel" award; and his (with Yoshitaka Amano) Sandman: The Dream Hunters has been recently published in Brazil.

Terry Garey sold a second poem ("Start Up Company") to Asimov's.

John Sladek's "An Explanation for the Disappearance of the Moon" is a "Foreign Short Story" finalist for the 2001 Seiun (Japanese Hugo) award.

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 14th Annual Collection ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling includes Neil Gaiman's poem "Instructions" (from Black Heart, Ivory Bones) and a Howard Wandrei story, "George is All Right." Honorable Mentions listed include "...And Eyes of Flame" by Gaiman (from Necon XX Program Book); and "Dyak Reward" by Carl Jacobi (from Arkham's Masters Of Horror, which was also the source of the Wandrei story), plus one story from Tales Of The Unanticipated 21 ("The Price," by Naomi Kritzer).

Year's Best Science Fiction: 18th Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois) lists these Honorable Mentions: "The Cloud Man" (ASIMOV'S Oct/Nov 2000) and "Origin Story" (Tales Of The Unanticipated 19), both by Eleanor Arnason; "In the Days of the Comet" (Nature, 22 June 2000) by John M. Ford; "The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch" (Tales Of The Unanticipated 20) by Neil Gaiman; "Dreamseed" (Magazine Of F&SF, Oct/Nov 2000) by Carolyn Ives Gilman; and "The Horse Raiders" (ANALOG, May 2000) by Kij Johnson. The list included three stories from Tales Of The Unanticipated -- the Arnason and Gaiman pieces above, plus "Rules of the Games" (from ToTU 19) by R. Neube.

Forthcoming or Just Published:

Steven Brust: Issola (Tor hc, now out; Tor pb reprint scheduled for March 2002); The Book Of Taltos (Ace tp omnibus, due January 2002)

Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse Of Chalion (HarperCollins/Eos hc, now out); The Warrior's Apprentice (hc reprint from NESFA due September); Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (hc omnibus from Baen, due December)

Emma Bull: War For The Oaks (Tor/Orb tp reprint now out; hc reprint is a July offering from the Science Fiction Book Club)

Neil Gaiman: American Gods (HarperCollins/Morrow hc now out; book club hc edition is a July offering from the SFBC); Smoke and Mirrors and Stardust both now out as tp reprints from HarperCollinsPerennial; these three plus Neverwhere are also being released as eBooks from HarperCollins PerfectBound.

P.C. Hodgell: Dark Of The Gods and Seeker's Mask are available in book club hc editions from SFBC

Mary Monica Pulver, Murder At The War (FTL Publications tp, now out)

Will Shetterly: Chimera (Tor tp reprint, now out); Dogland (Tor pb reprint, scheduled for March 2002)

Clifford Simak: Nebula Award Stories 6 (edited by Simak; hc reprint from Stealth Press, due in December)

John Sladek: Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek (ed. Dave Langford; Big Engine tp collection scheduled for September in the UK)

Patricia Wrede: Mairelon The Magician (Tor pb reprint due March 2002)

Releases from local publishers:

FTL Publications: Pulver's Murder At The War (see above)

Bethany House: Oxygen by John B. Olson and Randall Ingermanson (tp)

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


Aug 3-5. Diversicon 9, St Paul, MN. GOHs: Stephen Pagel, Keith Hartman. http://www.sfminnesota.com

Aug 30 – Sept 3, The Millennium Philcon (The 59th World Science Fiction Convention), Philadelphia, PA. GOHs: Greg Bear, Stephen Youll, Gardner Dozois, George Scithers, Esther Friesner. http://www.milphil.org

Sept 28-30, Arcana 31, St Paul, MN. GOHs: Robert M. Price, Eleanor Arnason. http://pages.prodigy.net/rekal

Oct 5-7, Archon 25, Collinsville, IL. GOHs: Robert Jordan, David Cherry, Steve Jackson, Byron Connell, Tom Smith, Jack "BoJay" Stauffer, Genie yaffe, Amy Verseman, David Verseman, George R.R. Martin, Vic Milan. http://www.stlf.org/archon

Oct 12-14, ditto 14 & FanHistoriCon 11, Bloomington, IL. Info: rhes@enteract.com

Oct 12-14, ICON 26, Cedar Rapids, IA. GOHs: L.E. Modesitt, Denise Garner, Dennis Lynch, Rusty Hevelin. http://www.mindbridge.org/icon/

Oct 19-21, CONsume/Relaxacon 2001. (AKA Minn-StF FallCon) Ramada Inn Northwest, Brooklyn Park, MN. I-94/I-694 and County Rd 81. $30 until Oct. 1st. $35 at the con. Children 0-10 free, 11-16 $15. Supporting membership $5 convertible to attending $20. Limited memberships available. $5 rebate for home-made dish for the consuite. Rooms are $69 per night (plus tax). Call the hotel 763-566-8855 for reservations. FFI: relaxacon2001@hotmail.com, visit http://relaxacon.tripod.com, or call 612-825-8010. Checks payable to Rick Gellman, 3700 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409-1318.

Oct 26-28, MileHiCon 33, Denver, CO. GOHs: Hal Clement & Harry Turtledove, Todd Lockwood, Robert Vardeman. http://www.milehicon.org

Oct 26-28, MadCon 2001, Madison, WI. GOHs: Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Peter David, Mark A Altman & Robert Meyter Burnett, Gordon Michael Woolvett. http://www.madcon.org

Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2002. World Fantasy Convention 2002, Minneapolis, MN. GoH’s: Dennis Etchison, Jonathan Carroll, Kathe Koja. Stephen Jones, Dave McKean. Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Mpls, MN. Memberships $100 through 11/4/2001, more thereafter. FFI: wfc@dreamhavenbooks.com

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Dean Gahlon, Sharon Kahn, Scott Raun, Larry Sanderson, and Martin Schafer. Board meetings are usually the second Friday of the month at 7:30PM. 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: www.mnstf.org/. Minicon web site at: 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 Saturday 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).

Einblatt is a monthly publication of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, devoted to news of the local SF community. E-mail same to einblatt@mnstf.org, or send to Scott Raun, 3928 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407; or call him at 612-822-0451. Email submissions most preferred, no phone calls after 10pm. // Next Einblatt! Deadline: 11:59PM Aug 23rd, 2001 sharp!