September 2003


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings – Oct 4, Irene & Scott Raun’s; Oct 18, Marian Turner’s.

Minicon Meeting – Oct 19, Laura Jean Fish’s


3: Craig Jewell; 4: Michael Schneider, Kevin Austin; 5: Susan Champeny, Sharon Kahn, Dan Kolby; 6: Greg Foss; 7: Michael A. Zalar; 8: Louie Spooner Trainor; 11: Ed McGlaughlin; 12: Jean Mornard; 16: Jane Hausfeld, Kris Jensen; 17: Barbara Geraud, Kathy Routliffe; 19: Laramie Sasseville; 20: David Schroth; 21: David Dyer-Bennet; 22: Dave Wixon; 23: Matthew B. Tepper; 26: Michael Flowers, Lon Levy, Denny Lien, Mark Richards; 27: Jeanne Mealy; 29: Eileen Lufkin, Anne Miller, Kurt Griesemer; 30: Jon Singer


Official Minn-StF Gun Policy

  1. Whether guns are allowed in the home where a Minn-StF meeting is held is up to the host(s) of the meeting. In cases where there are changing hosts over the course of the meeting, one policy will be agreed on beforehand for the entire meeting.
  2. Whether guns are allowed at a particular meeting will be published in advance. Listings in the usual published sources (website, Einblatt and Hotline) will say "No guns" if guns are not allowed and likely say nothing if guns are allowed -- all of this based on the information provided to the editors and webmasters.
  3. The Board requests that guns -- when permitted at Minnstf functions – should be either under the control of the gun's owner or in a secured, locked area inaccessible to unauthorized persons.
by the Minn-StF Board, 8/20/2003

Publishing News

Two Neil Gaiman works are on final ballot for 2003 World Fantasy Awards: Coraline in Novella category and "October in the Chair" in Short Story category.

Joan Marie Verba has an essay, "Working Together in a Novel Way" in The Writing Group Book: Creating and Sustaining a Successful Writing Group, ed. by Lisa Rosenthal, Chicago Review Press, September 2003 tp.

Neil Gaiman, "A Study in Emerald," in Shadows Over Baker Street ed. Reeves and Pelan (DelRey hc, 2003)

David Prill, "Big House in the Prairie," online at Strange Horizons

Lois McMaster Bujold's Diplomatic Immunity was #13 pb bestseller at BookSense.com list in August I

Neil Gaiman has two pieces in Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: 16th Series (ed. Datlow and Windling; St. Martin tp, 2003): "Feeders and Eaters" from Keep Out The Night and "Pages from a Journal found in a Shoebox..." from Tori Amos 2002 Tour Book

Honorable Mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: 16th Series include Emma Bull's "The Joshua Tree" (from The Green Man); David Prill's "Dating Secrets of the Dead" (from F&SF) and two stories by Naomi Kritzer: "Comrade Grandmother" from the Strange Horizons website and "In the Witch's Garden" from Realms Of Fantasy, plus two stories by nonlocals in the local (DreamHaven) anthology Shelf Life: Nina Kiriki Hoffman's "Escapes" and Melanie Tem's "The Glutton"

Locus Poll Results, as reported in August issue, include Neil Gaiman's Coraline as Best Young Adult Novel; Gaiman's "October in the Chair" as Best Short Story, and the Gaiman/Gene Wolfe chapbook A Walking Tour Of The Shambles as #3 on the Best Novelette list; Eleanor Arnason's "The Potter of Bones" as #10 Best Novella and her "Knapsack Poems" as #23 Best Short Story; the late John Sladek's Maps as #21 Best Collection; Lois McMaster Bujold's Diplomatic Immunity as #23 Best Novel; and Naomi Kritzer's Fires Of The Faithful as #8 Best First Novel.

Hugo Winners – Novel, Robert J. Sawyer, Hominids; Novella, Coraline, Neil Gaiman; Fan Writer, Dave Langford; Fan Artist, Sue Mason

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Sep 19-21: Midwest Construction 2, Ann Arbor, MI. http://www.midfan.org/mwc.html

Sep 26-28: Arcana 33, St Paul, MN. GOH: Gahan Wilson. Holiday Inn Express, Bandana Square. FFI: 612-721-5959, http://www.theoldtimes.com/arcana

Oct 10-12, ICON 28, Cedar Rapids, IA. GOHs: David Drake, Lee Seed, Gregg Parmentier, Rusty Hevelin. http://www.mindbridge.org/icon

Oct 10-12: Albacon 2003, Schenectady, NY. GoHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, Allen Koszowski, Oz Fontecchio, Leslie Fish. FFI: http://www.albacon.org/

Oct. 17-19: CONsume/Relaxacon 2003, Ramada Inn NW. $30 until Oct. 1st. $40 ATD. $15 for kids 11 thru 16. Free if younger. $5 Supporting till Oct. 1st. Converting $25. One Day $20. $69 per room. 763-566-8855 for reservations. Honored Guests: the LESSINGER Clan--family & friends, Margie Lessinger, matriarch. FFI: http://relaxacon.tripod.com, relaxacon@hotmail.com, Rick @ 651-483-6290

Oct 31-Nov 2, ValleyCon 28, Moorhead, MN. GOHs: Fastner & Larson. http://www.valleycon.com

Nov 7-9, Windycon XXX , Schaumburg, IL. GOHs: Gregory Benford, Vincent Di Fate, Tom Doherty, Mark & Lynne Aronson, John G. Cramer, Phyllis Eisenstein. http://www.windycon.org

Nov 7-9, Contraception 15 (adults-only relaxicon), Kansas City, MO. GOHs: Brian A. Hopkins, Monte Moore, Joyce Downing, Karla Weaver. http://www.sff.net/people/sfreader/contraception.htm

Apr 9-11, 2004. Minicon 39. GoHs: Walter Jon Williams, Sharyn November, Deb Geisler. $35 to 10/31, $45 to 3/8, $70 ATD. Child $15, Supporting $15. FFI: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/minicon39/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Kevin Austin, Laura Jean Fish, Dean Gahlon, Scott Raun, and Larry Sanderson. Email board@mnstf.org – which also includes Polly Peterson, the Recording Secretary. Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meetings are typically the 3rd Wednesday of the 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.

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 September 25th, 2003 sharp!