Einblatt! August 2004


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Sept 11, Linda Lounsbury's, & 25: TBA


2: Charles Anderson, M. Renata Fossett; 3: Curtis Hoffmann, Reed Waller; 4: Marianne Hageman; 5: Beth Colsher, Gerry Wassenaar; 6: Curtis Gibson, Ericka Johnson; 7: Terry A. Garey; 8: Ginger Emgott; 9: Bob Berlien, Karen Schaffer, Kevin Stahl; 10: Deb Schouten; 11: Nate Bucklin; 12: Margaret Eastman; 13: Lori Schaefer; 15: Caryl Eschweiler; 16: Nancy Klock, Joyce Maetta Odum, Tony Von Krag; 17: Mitch Pockrandt; 18: Judie Cilcain; 19: Sally Morem; 22: Sara Logan, Elise Matthesen, Will Shetterly; 24: Jerry Stearns; 31: Jacque Marshall


If you are interested in hosting a Minn-StF Meeting, please contact Kevin Austin, 612-822-0205 or kaustin@tiny.net

Publishing News

Neil Gaiman, "The Problem of Susan," new short story in Flights ed. Al Sarrantonio (Roc hc, 2004)

Patricia C. Wrede, "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd," reprinted in Book Of Wizards, ed. Jennifer Schwamm Willis (Thunder's Mouth tp, 2004)

Honorable Mention list in Year's Best Science Fiction: 21st (ed Gardner Dozois; St. Martin's hc and tp, 2004) includes "Big Ugly Mama and the Zk" by Eleanor Arnason; "At the Mouth of the River of Bees" by ex-local Kij Johnson; and four stories by Neil Gaiman: "Bitter Grounds," "Closing Time," "The Monarch of the Glen," and "A Study in Emerald."

Neil Gaiman, "Closing Time," reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy 4 (ed Hartwell/Cramer)

Kij Johnson, "Elfrithe's Ghost," August 2004 Realms Of Fantasy; "At the Mouth of the River of Bees'" reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: 17th Annual (ed. Datlow, Link and Grant)

Neil Gaiman, "Bitter Grounds," reprinted in The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror, vol. 15 (ed. Stephen Jones); "A Study in Emerald," reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror: 17th Annual (ed. Datlow, Link and Grant)

Steven Brust's Sethra Lavode was #4 on the July Locus hc bestsellers list; also #8 on the Book Sense list and #9 on both the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton and the Borders/Walden lists in same issue.

Brust's The Lord Of Castle Black was #4 on the July Locus pb list and #10 on the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton list.

Neil Gaiman's American Gods was #10 on the July Locus pb bestsellers list (and has now been on the list for fifteen months).

Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin Of Souls won the 2004 Locus Poll for "Best Fantasy Novel."

Neil Gaiman did well with the 2000 Locus Polls: his "A Study in Emerald" won Best Novelette, while "The Monarch of the Glen" finished second and "Bitter Grounds" sixth. His "Closing Time" won Best Short Story. His The Sandman: Endless Nights won in the Best NonFiction/Art Books cateogy, and his The Wolves In The Walls finished second in that category.

Eleanor Arnason's "Big Ugly Mama and the Zk" was #25 in the Locus Poll Best Short Story list, and The Art Of John Berkey finished as #12 in the Best NonFiction/Art Books list.

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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

Sep 2-6, Noreascon 4 (The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention), Boston, MA. GOHs: Terry Pratchett, William Tenn, Jack Speer, Peter Weston. http://www.noreascon.org

Oct 8-10, ICON 29, Cedar Rapids, IA. GOHs: Joe Haldeman, Beth Hansen, Gay Haldeman, Rusty Hevelin. http://www.mindbridge.org/icon/

Oct. 15-17, Consume/Relaxacon 2004, Comfort Inn, Plymouth, MN, GOHs: GODZILLA (celebrating his 50th birthday) & Eric M. Heideman. $30 to 10/5, $40 ATD, 11-16 $15, Supporting $5. Food, music, fun & more. FFI: relaxacon@visi.com; http://www.relaxacon.tripod.com; Rick, 651-483-6290.

November 12-14, Fiddler's Green, Minneapolis, MN. GoHs: Neil Gaiman, Karen Berger, Todd Klein, Charles Vess, Caitlin R. Kiernan, others tba. Sandman-focused, with all proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. http://www.fiddlersgreencon.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).

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