Einblatt! November 2007


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Dec 1, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz's; Dec 15, Irene & Scott Raun's.

Minicon Meeting: Dec 9, Carol Kennedy's


Competition to design the Hugo base for Denvention3 - http://www.denvention.org/hugodesigncompetition.php


1: Jane Freitag; 2: Don Fitch; 4: Kara Dalkey; 6: Jack Targonski; 7: Gerri Balter, Ed Eastman, Glen Hausfeld; 8: Myrna Sue Logan; 11: Marty Helgesen; 12: Linda Moss-Levin; 15: Rob Ihinger; 16: Ken Konkol; 17: Grace Riger; 19: Shahn David Dickson; 22: Diana Therese, Phil Vincent; 23: Steven Brust; 24: Alice Ableman; 25: Chris Grams

Publishing News:

Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things won the current British Fantasy Award for Best Collection.

Released 2007 Hugo voting records indicate that Neil Gaiman's "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" was runner-up for Best Short Story and that Scott Lynch finished third in the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.

Locus hc bestsellers list in October issue include Bujold's The Sharing Knife Vol.2: Legacy as #4 hc, with two titles by former locals in #3 and 5 slots (Territory by Emma Bull and The Gospel of the Knife by Will Shetterly). The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch was #6 pb and his Red Seas Under Red Skies was #8 hc on the Borders/Walden list in the same issue.

Neil Gaiman's American Gods was #9 pb on the Borders/Walden list, and his Stardust #2 on the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton pb list. Additionally, the tp edition of Stardust was #1 tp on both of those lists and #4 on the Locus tp list, and the reissue of Good Omens (coauthored with Pratchett) was #4 tp on B&N/B.Dalton.

P.C. Hodgell's Jamethiel book rights have been resold to Baen.

"Honorable Mentions" in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007 (ed Datlow et al) include "Cousins" by Pamela Dean and "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" by Neil Gaiman, plus "What Used to Be Good Still Is" by ex-local Emma Bull and six stories appearing in local publications: from Tales of the Unanticipated 27, "Missing Piece" by Martha A. Hood, "Katabasis: Seraphic Trains" by Sarah Monette, and "The Ogre's Wife" by Patricia Russo; and from Rabid Transit: Long Voyages, Great Lies, "Release the Bats" by Geoffrey H. Goodwin, "The Ghost Line" by Meghan McCarron, and "Mountain, Man" by Heather Shaw.

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Nov 2-4. ICON 32, Coralville, IA. GoH: Ralph J. Ryan. http://www.iowa-icon.com/

Nov 9-11. WindyCon 34, Rosemont, IL GoH: Tanya Huff, Jody Lee, Toni Weisskopf, George Price. http://www.windycon.org/

Nov 16-18. Fantasy Matters Conference, U of MN. www.fantasymatters.org

February 1-3, 2008 SuperCon XV, Rochester, MN. (Pre-reg deadline: Dec 31) http://www.supercon.info/

February 14-17, 2008 Capricon XXVIII, Arlington Heights, IL. GoH: Mike Resnik, Don Maitz, Steve Jackson, John Baur, Mark Summers. (Pre-reg deadline: Dec 31) http://www.capricon.org/

February 29 - March 2, 2008 MarsCon 10, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Eric Avari, Naomi Kritzer, Hot Waffles (Pre-reg deadlines: Oct 31/ Jan 31) http://marscon.org/10/

March 21-23, 2008 Minicon 43, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Alastair Reynolds, Wayne Barlowe, Nate Bucklin (Pre-reg deadlines: Nov 15/ Feb 14) http://www.mnstf.org/minicon43/

March 21-24, 2008 Orbital 2008/59th Eastercon, Heathrow, London, UK. GoH: Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, China Miéville, Charles Stross, Rog Peyton. http://www.orbital2008.org/

Apr 11-13, 2008. Apple Con. Holiday Inn, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Stephen Leigh. Attend $30, Support $20, Child $10. FFI: www.minneapplecon.com/

Jul 3-6, 2008. CONvergence 2008. GoHs: many. Attend $40 to Dec 31, $50 to May 15, $65 ATD, Support $30 to May 15, Convert $20, Child $25 to May 15, $30 ATD. FFI: http://www.convergence-con.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. FFI: Rich Brown, 651-646-2159, rab@freemars.com

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 Kevin Austin(conventions).

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