Einblatt! July 2006


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meeting: Aug 5, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz; Aug 19, TBA


1: Corwin Brust; 2: Neeters Hollister; 3: Jonathan Adams, Dave Crawford; 4: Don Bailey, Kris Spiesz; 5: Laurel Krahn; 7: Krissy; 8: Doug Friauf, Tesla Aldrich; 10: Judy Rosenberg; 14: Lalee Kerr; 15: Kay Roberts; 16: Chuck Holst; 17: Floyd Henderson, Christina Scholl; 18: Eleanor Fregni; 21: Irene Raun, Geri Sullivan; 24: Amber Tatge; 25: Mike Bakula, Ann Totusek; 27: Polly Peterson; 28: John Johnson.


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:

Michael Merriam sold the short story "Duel in the Moonlit Snow" to Gryphonwood Fantasy Magazine.

New Wyrd: A Wyrdsmiths Anthology (ed. by Bill Henry) is a 250-copy limited trade pb anthology of stories by members of this local writing group; inquiries to wyrdsmiths@gmail.com. Includes a reprint of "Big Black Mama and the Tentacle Man" by Eleanor Arnason and new stories by Lyda Morehouse ("Jawbone of an Ass"); Naomi Kritzer ("Masks"); Kelly McCullough ("The Basilisk Hunter"); Douglas Hulick ("An Inconvenient Corpse"); Sean M. Murphy ("Cloverleaf One"); Rosalind Nelson ("A Game of Beasts"); H. Courreges LeBlanc ("How Many Horses?"); and William G. Henry ("A Bird of Fire"). The same group published a similar anthology last year, which we missed listing: Tales From The Black Dog contains all of the above except Hulick (the McCullough and Kritzer stories in that one are reprints).

2006 Finalist list for Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature includes The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here is a nominee in the "Hall of Fame" category for the 2005 Prometheus Awards (from the Libertarian Futurist Society).

Publishers Weekly reports Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys sold over 150,000 copies in 2005, per LOCUS.

A new hc Neil Gaiman collection, Fragile Things, is due in October from Morrow in the US and Hodder Headline in the UK. Hodder is also doing UK pb reprints/reissues of American Gods, Mirrormask, and Anansi Boys.

"Teotihuacan" by Barth Anderson appears in Flytrap #5 (May 2006)

Local Publisher: Claudia Jones, Riding Out The Storm, Llewellyn tp novel

The Sandman Papers, ed. Joe Sanders (Fantagraphics tp) contains essays about Neil Gaiman, with an introduction by him

The reissue of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is #8 on the June Locus hc bestseller list; it's also #5 on the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton and #6 on the Borders/Waldenbooks lists in same issue.

This year's Locus Award winners include Neil Gaiman, both for Anansi Boys (Best Fantasy Novel) and for "Sunbird" (Best Shorty Story) and Adam Stemple/Jane Yolen for Pay The Piper (Best Young Adult Book).

Gordon R. Dickson, "St. Dragon and the George" (the original short story version) reprinted in Novel Ideas: Fantasy, ed Brian Thomsen (DAW pb, 2006)

Neil Gaiman, "The Bride of Frankenstein" (essay on the movie), in Cinema Macabre, ed. Mark Morris (UK tp from PS Publishing, 2005)

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Borders of Infinity, hc reprint from NESFA Press scheduled for July

MaryJanice Davidson, Drop Dead, Gorgeous! (pb) should now be out from Kensington; Sleeping With The Fishes (pb) due out from Jove by December

Gordon R. Dickson and David W. Wixon, The Antagonist, scheduled for hc release from Tor in March 2007

Neil Gaiman, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tp reprint due from HarperCollins in October

Adam Stemple, Singer of Souls, Tor pb reprint, due October

Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, The Mislaid Magician, or, Ten Years After, hc from Harcourt due November

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


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

Aug 11-13 Diversicon 14, Bloomington, MN GoH: Kelly Link (Pre-registration deadline: July 14th, 2006) http://www.diversicon.org/

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

Oct 13-15 The Fargo Fantasy Festival: ValleyCon 32, Fargo, ND GoH: William Shatner, Diane Duane & Peter Morwood, Janny Wurtz, Don Maitz, Rowena. (Pre-registration deadline: July 10) http://www.valleycon.com/

Oct 13-16 ICON 31, Cedar Rapids, IA GoH: C. S. Friedman, Larry Price. http://www.mindbridge.org/icon/

Oct 20-22 Convivial, Minneapolis, MN (Pre-registration deadlines: April 17/August 27) http://mnstf.org/convivial/

Nov 10-12 WindyCon 33, Rosemont, IL GoH: Jack McDevitt, Stephan Martiniere, Jacob Weisman, Seth Shostak, Mark & Priscilla Olson. (Pre-registration deadline: October 13) http://www.windycon.org/

Feb 8-11, 2007 Capricon XXVII, Arlington Heights, IL GoH: Lois McMaster Bujold, Erin McKee, Cat Faber. (Pre-registration deadline: December 31, 2006) http://capricon.org/capricon27/

Mar 2-4, 2007 MarsCon, Bloomington, MN GoH: Don S. Davis, Gary Jones, Todd Lockwood, Eric Larson, Eleanor Arnason. (Pre-registration deadlines: October 31, 2006/January 31, 2007) http://marscon.org/2007/index.php

Apr 6-8, 2007. Minicon 42. http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Carol Kennedy, Laurel 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 Friday 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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