April 2003


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings, May 3rd & 17th.


1: Michael Mornard; 2: Jeffrey A. Ahlstrom; 3: Mike Dorn; 7: Bill Bader, Bruce Bethke; 9: Julie Johnson; 10: John M. Ford; 13: Dave Romm; 15: Sean Novack, 18: Shannon Leslie, Richard Tatge; 22: Steven Bond, Laurel Winter; 24: Oleg Volk; 28: Peg Kerr Ihinger, Theresa Roden; 29: Martin Schafer


On Wednesday, March 5, 2003 the MNSTF Board signed a contract to sell all backissues and lease the name Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU) to TOTU Ink, Inc, a corporation formed to publish TOTU by its editor, Eric M. Heideman. Any inquiries about TOTU should be directed to TOTU Ink, Inc/PO Box 8036/Lake Street Station/Minneapolis, MN 55047. The TOTU website is at http://home.att.net/~TOTU/.

Publishing News

Steve Brust's The Paths of the Dead is #2 hardcover bestseller on March 2003 LOCUS list and #10 hc bestseller on the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton list in same issue.

Steve Brust's Issola is #1 paperback bestseller on March LOCUS list.

Neil Gaiman's Coraline is #7 hc bestseller on March LOCUS list.

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is #10 pb bestseller on March LOCUS list and #4 pb bestseller on BookSense.com list in same issue.

Emma Bull has a column, "Past Lives," on RenFests and such, in the April 2003 Realms of Fantasy

M.A.R. Barker novel, Lords Of Tsamra (Zottola tp, 2003), now out; both author and publisher are local, as are cover artist Giovanna Fregni and book designer Victor Raymond

Lois McMaster Bujold: novel Paladin of Souls due in hc from HarperCollinsEos in October and in tp in UK from HarperCollins Voyager, also October. Diplomatic Immunity due in pb reprint in UK from Simon & Schuster/Earthlight in September Upcoming pb reprints of Diplomatic Immunity (June), Young Miles (July) and Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (August) are coming out from Baen, not Tor (as we had earlier listed them)

Gordon R. Dickson: omnibus The Human Edge due in pb from Baen in December

Ignatius Donnelly: novel reprint Caesar's Column due in hc from University Press of New England / Wesleyan U.P. in September

Neil Gaiman: reprints of Stardust (pb, Harper Collins/Avon, August); American Gods and Neverwhere (both tp, HarperPerenniel, November); and Coraline (tp in UK, Bloomsbury, October) scheduled

Kij Johnson: novel Fudoki due in hc from Tor in October

Patricia C. Wrede: reprint of Calling On Dragons and Talking To Dragons (both pb from Harcourt/Magic Carpet) now out; hc reprint (and first hc edition) of her Sorcery and Cecilia, co-authored by fellow local Caroline Stevermer, on Harcourt May list

The audiotape version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline won a "Cuffie" (children's booksellers) award from Publishers Weekly. Coraline also made the 2003 Best Books for Young Adults list from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Diplomatic Immunity is a Romantic Times Book Club Award finalist in Best Science Fiction Novel class. Bujold also sold Italian translation rights to the novel. Bujold was named Author of the Year by Fictionwise.com (the eBooks Awards) and her The Vor Game was named eBook of the Year. Bujold had eight of the top 20 bestselling eBooks and nine of the 20 highest-rated eBooks; lists at http://www.fictionwise.com/2002.htm (registration required) or at http://palmstation.com/view_article.py?article=5442&flat_mode=1

Neil Gaiman sold Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish translation rights to Coraline.

Mirror Mask, with a script by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, is being made as a straight-to-video film for Jim Henson Pictures.

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Apr 4-6, Odyssey Con 2003, Madison, WI. GOHs: Harry Turtledove, Catherine Asaro, John Kovalic. http://www.oddcon.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

May 2-4, DemiCon 14, Des Moines, IA. GOHs: Octavia E. Butler, Lubov, Lynda Sherman, Rusty Hevelin. http://www.demicon.org

May 23-25, ConQuest 34, Kansas City, MO. GOHs: Elizabeth Moon, Ellen Datlow, Vincent DiFate, John Ringo, Suzanne Carnival-Reece. www.kcsciencefiction.org/con34.htm

Jun 6-8, Duckon 12, Chicago, IL. GOHs: Tanya Huff, Patricia D. Breeding-Black, Beill and Brenda Sutton, Trace Beaulieu, Jim Rittenhouse. http://www.duckon.org

Jun 26-29, Midwestcon 54, Cincinnati, OH. http://www.cfg.org/midwestcon/

July 4-6, CONvergence 2003: Time Flies, Radisson Hotel South, Bloomington, MN. $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: Kevin Austin, Laura Jean Fish, Dean Gahlon, Scott Raun, and Larry Sanderson. Email board@mnstf.org. Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meetings are typically the 2nd Wednesday of the 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).

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