November 2001


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Dec 1st & 15th; Minn‑StF New Year’s Eve Dec 31st.


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


Apologies for the lateness of this issue – I was waiting for some confirmations, and then had a life. However, you get a new Minn-StF Directory as compensation for the delay! - Scott Raun

CoA: Erik Baker, 1824 Clinton Ave S, #1, Mpls, MN 55404, HPhone: 612-870-7797, crumbo@waste.org, Cell: 612-387-9627

CoA: Kara Dalkey, 4840 California Ave SW, #34, Seattle, WA 98116, HPhone: 206-937-6947, kdalkey@quidnunc.net, Cell: 970-209-8070

CoEA: Joel Halpern is now at joel@stevecrocker.com.

Wheels for Ericka
Ericka Johnson is raising funds for a wheelchair accessible van. More info http://homepage.mac.com/ericka or from Ericka (612-331-3655). Tax-deductible contributions, funding contacts, good cheer, ideas and support appreciated.

Dave Van Ronk has had to cancel all concert performances for the rest of the 2001, due to the diagnosis on October 23rd of colon cancer. He was scheduled for surgery Wed, October 31st. He has insurance to cover the surgery, but not prescriptions. Contributions welcome at:
Dave Van Ronk
c/o the Folklore Productions
1671 Appian Way
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Publishing News

Neil Gaiman's American Gods was #1 hardcover bestseller on the October LOCUS list and on the Amazon.com list reported in same issue. Gaiman's Smoke And Mirrors was also #5 on the LOCUS trade pb bestseller list.

Same issue of LOCUS reports American Gods hit New York Times bestseller lists for July 8 through 29 (as high as #10), Publisher's Weekly for July 2 through 16 (as high as #9), and Washington Post for July 8th and 15th (as high as 7th).

Steven Brust's Issola was #3 on the LOCUS hardcover bestseller list and #5 on the Waldenbooks list.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse Of Chalion was #5 on the Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton hardcover bestseller list.

Local U of MN Ph.D. candidate Eric Drown was the co-winner of the 2001 SFRA Graduate Student Paper Award for his "Riding the Cosmic Express in the Age of Mass Production: Independent Inventors as Pulp Heroes in American SF 1926-1939"

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Nov 23-25, Loscon 28, Los Angeles, CA. GOHs: Patricia C. Wrede, Chris Butler, Lynn Gold. www.loscon.org

Nov 22-25, Chambanacon 31, Springfield, IL. GOHs: Terry D. Barr, Todd C. Hamilton, Ken Moore, Bill Sutton. http://www.chambanacon.org/

Dec 7-9, SMOFcon 19, York, UK. http://www.smofcon19.org/

Jan 18-20, Astronomical ConFusion , Warren, MI. GOHs: George R.R. Martin, Br. Guy Consolmagno, Pete Abrams, Heather Alexander. www.stilyagi.org/cons/confusion.html

Jan 25-27, SuperCon 8, Rochester, MN. http://come.to/supercon

Jul 5-7, 2002, Convergence 2002, Radisson South, Mpls, MN. GoH; Mark Altman & Robert Meyer Burnett, Nene Thomas, Phil Hester. Adults $25 to 12/31, 2001; $35 1/1 – 5/15, 2002: $50 ATD. Children 6-12, $15, 5 and under,Free. www.convergence-con.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: 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 Saturday at 5pm: 3236 Cedar Ave South; FFI: 612-721-6076. Cats.

Dagorhir is a medieval LARP similar in some ways to SCA, but using padded weapons. It is an active sport, is safe, and is great fun. Misc Area Parks on Sundays. FFI: belarionmaliwen@hotmail.com.

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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 November 22nd, 2001 sharp!