Einblatt! April 2007


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: 5 & 19 May.


The new Minn-StF Board is Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Sharon Kahn, Laurel Krahn and Rachel Kronick. Minicon 43 will be chaired by Matthew Strait & Keith Malgren.

MISFITS Geek Prom tickets go on sale Mar 2. FFI: http://www.misfit.org/geekprom/index.htm


1: Michael Mornard; 2: Jeffrey A. Ahlstrom; 3: Mike Dorn; 7: Bill Bader, Bruce Bethke; 9: Julie Johnson; 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

Publishing News:

Joan Marie Verba's Darkover stories are now available through Fictionwise. See http://www.joanmarieverba.com for links.

The "BBC Big Read - top 100 books" list includes at #68 Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Readers' choice survey at SF Site of 2006's best sf/f books included No. 1: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch; and No. 6: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Ruth Berman has a poem, "Alternate Astology," in the April/May Asimov's (their 30th Anniversary Issue).

Barth Anderson, The Patron Saint Of Plagues, pb reprint scheduled for December by Bantam Spectra.

Steven Brust, Dzur, pb reprint scheduled by Tor for November.

Lois McMaster Bujold, hc omnibus Miles, Mutants & Microbes due in August from Baen (name change from previously announced Miles & Metallurgy).

MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Uneasy, new hc novel from Berkley Sensation (June); her Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light (with Anthony Alongi) scheduled for Ace pb reprint in July; her Hello, Gorgeous! for pb rer\print from Kensington in May.

Gordon R. Dickson and David W. Wixon, Antagonist, is now out in hc from Tor.

Neil Gaiman, UK pb reprints (Hodder) of Stardust out and Fragile Things due in April; also, The Stardust Companion (ed. Stephen Jones) due in tp from Titan (UK) in July. A pb reprint of Stardust should be out now from HarperEntertainment and a hc reprint is offered on April list from the SFBC. Subterranean Press is doing an August hc reprint of his new collection M Is For Magic (due in July from HarperCollins) and a March hc reprint of Mirrormask (with Dave McKean).

P.C. Hodgell's God Stalk and Dark of the Moon scheduled for tp reprints from Meisha Merlin in July and October; her To Ride A Rathorn is a March SFBC offering and has a tp reprint scheduled for August from Meisha Merlin.

Scott Lynch, UK pb reprint of The Lies of Locke Lamora now out from Orion/Gollancz.

Lyda Morehouse (writing as "Tate Hallaway"), Dead Sexy, due as hc reprint from the Science Fiction Book Club (June).

Ex-local Will Shetterly's Gospel of the Knife is due by July from Tor in hc.

Finalists for the 2007 Crawford Award (for first book by fantasy writer) included Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead by Alan De Niro and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things is #4 hc on the March Locus bestsellers list; his Anansi Boys is #2 pb on that list and #5 on the Borders/Walden list in the same issue; and the reissue of his Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) is #3 pb on the Locus list and the Borders/Walden list, plus being #4 on the Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton list.

Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife Vol. 1: Beguilement is runner-up (e.g., #11) on the May Locus hc bestseller list.

Neil Gaiman, "The Witch's Headstone," short story in Wizards, ed. Dann and Dozois (Berkley hc, 2007)

MaryJanice Davidson, "Driftwood," novella in Over the Moon, ed. anon (Berkley Sensation pb, 2007)

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


Apr 6-8. Minicon 42. GoH: Charles de Lint, Charles Vess. ATD: $55. Single Day memberships will be available. http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/

Apr 13-15. Odyssey Con VII, Madison, WI. GoHs: Joan D. Vinge, Jack McDevitt, Christopher Jones. http://www.oddcon.com/index.php

Apr 20-22. Penguicon 5.0, Troy, MI. GoH: Bruce Schneier, Christine Peterson, John Kovalic, Randy Milholland, Elizabeth Bear, Charlie Stross. http://www.penguicon.org

May 4-6. Bacon, Brooklyn Center, MN. (Pre-reg deadline: Apr 1) www.mooseparty.org/bacon/

May 18-20. DemiCon 18, Des Moines, IA. GoH: Theresa Mather, Steve "Wookie" Houle. http://www.demicon.org/

May 25-28. WisCon 31, Madison, WI. GoH: Kelly Link, Laurie J. Marks. (Pre-registration deadline: April 30) http://www.wiscon.info/

Jun 8-10. DucKon 16, Naperville, IL. GoH: Alan Dean Foster, Jim Plaxco, Moifa, Michael "Moonwolf" Longcor, Greg Ketter. http://www.duckon.org/

July 6-8. CONvergence, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Brian Keene, Emily M. Hagins, Bernie Wrightson. (Pre-reg deadline: May 15) http://www.convergence-con.org/

Jul 6-8. Heinlein Centennial, Kansas City, MO. www.heinleincentennial.com/

Aug 3-5. Diversicon, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Andrea Hairston, Christopher Jones, Melissa S. Kaercher. (Pre-reg deadline: Jul 14) http://www.diversicon.org/

Oct 12-14. Arcana, St. Paul, MN. GoH: George Clayton Johnson. http://pages.prodigy.net/rekal

Oct 19-21. Convivial 2, Bloomington, MN. (Pre-reg deadlines: Apr 9/Sept 16) http://www.mnstf.org/convivial/

Nov 2-4. ICON 32, Coralville, IA. http://www.mindbridge.org/icon/

Nov 9-11. WindyCon 34, Rosemont, IL GoH: Tanya Huff. http://www.windycon.org/

Aug 6-10, 2008. Denvention 3, 66th World Con. GoHs: Lois McMaster Bujold, Rick Sternbach, Tom Whitmore, Wil McCarthy. FFI: http://www.denvention3.org/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Sharon Kahn, 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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