Einblatt! April 2006


Advance Warning

May 6 & 20: Minn-StF Meetings


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, 16: Carole Vandal, 18: Shannon Leslie, Richard Tatge; 22: Steven Bond, Laurel Winter; 24: Oleg Volk; 28: Peg Kerr Ihinger, Theresa Roden; 29: Martin Schafer


Mark Richards will be chairing Minicon 42. Contact him for more info, merichards@visi.com.

The old Minn-StF Directory is being tossed out. Here is the electronic version of the opt-in form. Note: there will NOT be electronic submission of the opt-in form - see the instructions on the form.

Publishing News:

The "2005 Recommended Reading List" in the February Locus includes The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy Novels); Singer Of Souls by Adam Stemple (First Novel); Hanging Out With The Dream King (Non-Fiction); and "Sunbird" by Gaiman and "Rocket Fall" by David Prill (Short Stories).

Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys was #4 on the hc Bestsellers list in the Feb. Locus; it was also #5 hc on the Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton and #4 on the Borders/Waldens lists in the same issue. Both Anansi Boys and MaryJanice Davidson's Undead And Unreturnable made the New York Times Book Review bestseller lists in November.

Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys made year-end wrap-up "best of" lists in the Washington Post; San Francisco Chronicle; Publishers Weekly; and Amazon.com ("Top Ten SF and Fantasy"); which also named his 1602 as one of their top Comics and Graphic Novels of the year.

Raphael Carter's "Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation" is reprinted in The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2 (Tachyon tp, 2006)

Dave Wixon completed Gordy Dickson's The Antagonist and sold it to Tor.

Local publisher: Firmin: Adventures Of A Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage, forthcoming from Coffee House Press

Local publisher/author: DreamHaven reprinted Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald" as a poster.

Neil Gaiman has an introduction to The Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga (St. Martin's tp)

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett are interviewed in the January Locus; their collaborative Good Omens has been reprinted as a hc from Morrow.

Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys is one of ten winners of a 2006 Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association. It's #3 hc on the Locus Bestseller list (March issue) and also #3 on Barnes and Noble / B. Dalton list and #6 on Borders/Walden list in same issue.

The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold and Freedom's Apprentice by Naomi Kritzer are nominees for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award in the Fantasy Novel categoy.

Local publisher--Bethany House: Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines and Relentless by Robin Parrish, both hcs scheduled for July.

Barth Anderson, The Patron Saint Of Plagues, tp novel from Bantam, now out.

Steve Bein (Rochester MN) has a story, "Datacide," in the April/May 2006 Asimov's.

Denny Lien has another "Curiosities" column in the May 2006 Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction.

Lawrence Sutin's Divine Invaions: A Life Of Philip K. Dick has been reprinted in tp by Orion in the UK.

Joel Rosenberg's Knight Moves (hc) scheduled by Baen for December; also reprint of Paladins in pb by Baen in November.

Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer's The Grand Tour (pb reprint), April, Harcourt/Magic Carpet.

Neil Gaiman, Coraline and Stardust, tp reprints from Harper Perennial scheduled for October; Anansi Boys, pb reprint, HarperTorch, October; Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), pb reprint, HarperTorch, December.

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Sharing Knife 1: Beguilement (hc novel) scheduled for October from HarperCollins/Eos.

Llewellyn (local publisher): Witch Circle by Debbie Federici & Susan Vaught (tp); The Seer: Sword Play by Linda Joy Singleton (pb); Diadem: Worlds Of Magic: Book Of Doom by John Peel (tp); Alhazred: Author Of The Necronomicon by Donald Tyson (tp, cited as nonfiction) and Curse Of Arastoid by Jo Whittemore (tp), scheduled May, June, or July.

Firebirds Rising ed. Sharon November (Penguin/Firebird hc anthology) includes stories by Pamela Dean ("Cousins," a Liavek tale) and Emma Bull ("What Used to be Good Still Is").

Susan Sizemore, Master of Darkness, hc reprint from the SFBC in April

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, hc reprint from the SFBC in October.

Pete Hautman, Rash, hc, Simon & Schuster, June.

David Prill, "The Star System," in Subterranean Magazine #3 (2006)

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


April 7-9 Odyssey Con, Madison, WI. GoH: Jane Lindskold, Gardner Dozois. http://www.oddcon.org/

April 13-16 Norwescon 29, SeaTac, WA. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold, Donato Giancola. http://norwescon.org/

Apr 14-16, 2006, Minicon 41, Mpls, MN. GoH: Harlan Ellison. http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/

May 26-29 Balticon 40, Baltimore, MD. GoH: Neil Gaiman, Lisa Snellings-Clark, Lorraine a' Malena, Gene Wolfe. (Pre-registration deadline: Apr. 30). http://balticon.org/

July 7-9. Convergence 2006. Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Bloomington, MN. GoH: David Weber, Miles Teves, Kenneth Hite, Greg Weisman. Pre-reg deadline May 15. www.convergence-con.org

Aug 4-7. MythCon 37, Norman, OK. GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold. www.mythsoc.org/mythcon37.html

Sept 1-3. SF3 - MN Multi Media Festival. Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Bloomington, MN. GOH: John Noble, Debi Derryberry, Daniel Falconer, Todd Coss, Stephanie Gannaway-Osborn www.sf-3.com

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Carol Kennedy, Laurle Krahn and Rachel Kronick. Email board@mnstf.org. Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meetings are typically the 1st Thursday 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 & Kevin Austin(conventions).

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