Einblatt! April 2004


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: May 1 & 15


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


The Board is requesting new bids to run Minicon 40 - bids will be accepted at the Board Meeting on April 5th.

TV Bookshelf will be shown on MTN cable channel 17 in Minneapolis starting Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 pm. For further information, go to http://www.tvbookshelf.ws. The MTN programming schedule is listed at: http://www.mtn.org/Video/mtnprograms/schedule.html

Publishing News

Neil Gaiman, DON'T PANIC (Titan UK hc, 2003). Revised and expanded (1st ed. was 1988) nf book on Douglas Adams and his creations.

Lyda Morehouse's Fallen Host was on the 2003 Preliminary Nebula ballot; we missed noting this fact when we listed the final ballot nominees last month

2003 Recommended Reading List in the February Locus includes Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold; The Art of John Berkey ed. Jane Frank; The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman et al; The Wolves In The Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; "The Monarch of the Glen" and "A Study in Emerald" by Gaiman; "Big House on the Prairie" by David Prill; "Big Ugly Mama and the Zk" by Eleanor Arnason; and "At the Mouth of the River of Bees," by former local Kij Johnson

Neil Gaiman's American Gods in #9 paperback on the Feb. 2004 Locus Bestsellers list (and has been on the list for fourteen months)

Margaret Howes was prominently featured in a March 21st Star Tribune article, "Hey brother! Can you spare 12 bucks?" dealing with raising funds for the Minneapolis Public Library system

Emma Bull, War for the Oaks, Tor tp reprint, scheduled for November

Kij Johnson, Fudoki, Tor tp reprint, scheduled for October

Joel Rosenberg, Paladins, Baen hc, scheduled for September; Guardians Of The Flame: To Home & Ehvenor, Baen hc omnibus, for November

Will Shetterly, Elsewhere and Neverwhere, September pb reprints from Harcourt

Caroline Stevermer, Scholarly Magics, May hc omnibus from SF Book Club

Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, The Grand Tour, September hc from Harcourt; also September Harcourt pb reprint of their Sorcery & Cecelia

Local Publisher: Bethany House: The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock, August tp

Local Publisher: U of MN Press: reprint of The Motion of Light in Water by Samuel R. Delany, April hc and tp editions

2003 Romantic Times Book Club Reviewers Choice Award finalists include Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold in Fantasy Novel class and Fudoki by Kij Johnson in Epic Fantasy Novel class

2003 British SF Award finalists include Neil Gaiman (& Dave McKean) for The Wolves In The Walls (Short Fiction class); the book was also #10 hardcover on the March 2004 Locus Bestseller list.

Neil Gaiman contributed the introduction to Paul J. McAuley's Telos (UK) hc Doctor Who Novella: The Eye of the Tiger

Naomi Kritzer, "St. Ailbe's Hall," on 19 Jan and 26 Jan Strange Horizons website

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


April 2-4, OdysseyCon IV, Madison, WI. GOHs: Joe Haldeman, David Weber, Eric Larson. www.oddcon.org

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/

April 30-May 2, DemiCon XV, Des Moines, IA. GOHs: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, Frank Kelly Freas, Rusty Hevelin, Tadao Tomomatsu. http://www.demicon.org

Jul 30-Aug 2, Mythcon 35, Ann Arbor, MI. University of Michigan. GoHs: Neil Gaiman, Charles A. Huttar. FFI: www.mythsoc.org

Aug 13-15, Diversicon 12, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: S.P. Somtow, Mark Rich. Adult $30, Child $25 to 7/4; Adult $40, Child $35 ATD. www.diversicon.org

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Joe Agee, Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Sharon Kahn and Scott Raun. 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 4th Wednesday of the month.

Minn-STF 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 April 22nd, 2004 sharp!