February 2003


Advance Warning

Mar 1 – Minn-StF Room Party at Marson, Mar 15 – Voting Meeting, Mar 2 & 16 – Minicon 38 Open Meetings


2: Don Fitch; 4: Shandra Duval; 5: Faun Bonewits, Peer Dudda, Miranda Novack; 6: Elizabeth Cooper; 8: Mark Abbott, Kathy Grantham; 10: Bill Colsher; 11: Page Appelbaum; 14: Blue Petal; 15: Erik Biever; 16: John Stanley; 18: Linda Novack, Mary Boyom; 20: Dan Goodman; 23: Bev Elmshauser, Peter Larsen; 25: Charles Piehl, Steve St. Onge; 28: Steven Bush


CoA: Joe Agee & Andrew Bertke have dropped their land-line. Please use their cell-phone numbers as listed in the December Minn-StF Directory.

Denny Lien is researching history of the MinnSTF tradition of assassinating its outgoing presidents at the close of each Minicon, starting with himself in the mid-seventies, but has only his only very incomplete memories to go on. If anyone can help him pin down dates, names, and methods of past assassinations, please email him at d-lien@tc.umn.edu Thanksarrghh...

Publishing News

Among the 26 entries on the preliminary Nebula ballot for Best Novel are Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse Of Chalion and Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Final ballot will be announced February 15th.

Steven Brust, The Paths of the Dead (Tor hc) now out

M.A.R. Barker, Prince Of Skulls (Zottola tp) now out

Neil Gaiman's Coraline was #4 hardcover and American Gods #5 pb on the December LOCUS Bestsellers" list; Coraline was also #4 on BookSense.com list reported in same issue. Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Errant was #4 trade pb on LOCUS list.

Steven Brust, The Lord of Castle Black (Tor hc novel) scheduled for August; also Tor pb reprint of Paths of the Dead, also August

Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity (Tor pb novel reprint) scheduled for June; also Tor pb reprints of omnibus titles Young Miles (July) and Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (August)

Emma Bull, Finder (Tor Teen pb reprint novel), scheduled for July

Neil Gaiman, "October in the Chair," in Conjunctions issue (special "New Wave Fabulists" issue guest-edited by Peter Straub, 2002)

Neil Gaiman, introduction to new (Pocket Books tp, 2002) edition of Robert Silverberg's novel The Man in the Maze

Lyda Morehouse, Messiah Node (Penguin/Roc pb novel) scheduled for June

Joel Rosenberg, Home Front (Tor Forge hc novel; not sf/f) should be out by time this EINBLATT appears

Clifford D. Simak, City, new SFBC hc edition scheduled for September

John Sladek, Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek, ed. Dave Langford (Big Engine tp from the UK, 2002), after several delays, is now available

Francis Stevens, The Nightmare And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy (U of Nebraska Bison tp) scheduled for May; Stevens (1884-1939) was the first important Minnesota-based female sf/f writer

Jack Zipes, The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests To The Modern World (St Martin's/Palgrave Macmillan) now reprinted in tp

Neil Gaiman, "Closing Time," appears in current issue of Mcsweeney's Magazine (a Vintage tp, ed. Michael Chabon, titled Mcsweeney's Mammoth Treasury Of Thrilling Tales, and done in neopulp format)

January "LOCUS Bestsellers" list includes Coraline by Neil Gaiman (#7 hardcover); The Curse Of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (#2 pb); and Blood & Ivory by P.C. Hodgell (#4 tp).

Lois McMaster Bujold's first published short story, "Barter," has been reprinted in Wondrous Beginnings (DAW pb, 2003) ed. Silver and Greenberg

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


Feb 6-9, Capricon XXIII , Arlington Heights, IL. GOHs: Tim Powers, Amy K. Brown, Bill Roper. http://www.capricon.org

Feb 14-16, Boskone 40, Boston, MA. GOHs: David Brin, Jam Burns, Charles N. Brown, Clam Chowder. www.boskone.org

Feb 14-16, Gamicon Mu (gaming con), Cedar Rapids, IA. GOH: Jolly Blackburn. www.mindbridge.org/gamicon

Feb 28-Mar 2, Marscon 2003, Holiday Inn Select, Bloomington, MN. GoH’s: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Julie Caitlin Brown, Lev Mailer, John Garner, David Mendez, & The Nick Atoms. $40 to 1/31/03, $50 ATD, Supporting $15 to 1/31/03, Converting $25, Child $15 to 1/31/03, $25 ATD. FFI: www.marscon.org

Mar 7-9, Congenial 13 (relaxicon), Racine, WI. Guests: Fred A Levy Haskell (confirmed), Steven Brust (possible), The Gunderson Corporation SF Comedy Troupe. www.congenial.org

Apr 18-20, Minicon 38, Mpls. GoHs: Robert J. Sawyer & Carolyn Clink, Sue Mason, Steve Macdonald. $30 early bird (see your local con for Minn-StF/Minicon party for this rate through 10/31, $35 through 10/31, $45 through 3/17, $70 ATD. $15 Supporting, Child: $15 through 3/17, $30 ATD. FFI: www.mnstf.org/minicon/minicon38/

Apr 18-21, Seacon 03 (54th UK National Easter SF Convention), Hinckley, GB. www.seacon03.org.uk

Apr 17-20, Norwescon 26, SeaTac, WA. GOHs: Jane Yolen, Jim Burns, Geoffrey Landis, Michael Whelan. www.norwescon.org

Apr 17-20, World Horror Con 2003, Kansas City, MO. GOHs: Graham Masterton, Laurell K. Hamilton, Forrest J Ackerman, Don D'Auria, Nick Smith. www.whc2003.org

July 4-6, CONvergence 2003: Time Flies, Radisson Hotel South, Bloomington, MN. $30 through 12/31, $40 through 5/15, $55 ATD. Children 6-12, $15 through 5/15, $20 ATD. Supporting $20 through 5/15, converting $20. FFI: www.convergence-con.org

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Laura Jean Fish, Dean Gahlon, Sharon Kahn, Scott Raun, and Larry Sanderson. 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.

Artists and Writers: Get your art and thoughts in print in Stipple-Apa, small-and-cozy general-interest publication. FFI: Jeanne Mealy 651-771-7226

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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 Feb 20th, 2003 sharp!