Einblatt! January 2009


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings - Feb 14: Pool Party & 1st Board Nominations, Linda Lounsbury & Seven; Feb 28: 2nd Board Nominations, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz'; Mar 28 Board Election.


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2: Don Blyly, Thorin Tatge, Patrick Nielsen Hayden; 4: David Messer; 5: Claire Lenander; 7: Margo Bratton; 9: Greg Ketter; 11: Victor Raymond; 12: Seth Breidbart; 14: Lisa Sanders; 15: Bruce Schneier; 17: Giovanna Fregni, Andrew Bertke; 18: Pamela Dyer-Bennet; 20: Kij Johnson; 24: John Houghton, Katie Krantz; 30: Linda Lounsbury.

Publishing News:

Local (Spring Lake Park) publisher Aspirations Media has released The Adventures Of Corwin by Chad Corrie and The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan (both 2008 tps)

Andromedia Spaceways In-Flight Magazine #36 contains two works by Minnesota residents: a story, "The Robber King and the Blood Orange Tree," by Maggie Della Roche, and a poem, "The Problem Was," by Michael Merriam.

Almost-local (Fargo ND) sf writer Richard K. Lyon (1933-2008) died on November 21st.

The Winter 2008/2009 issue of Rain Taxi has several "20th Anniversary of Sandman" features - an interview with Neil Gaiman, reviews of several other Gaiman books, and congratulatory pieces on Gaiman by Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, and Daniel Handler

Amazon.com "Middle Readers" Top Ten books of 2008 includes Gaiman's The Graveyard Book at #9; it's also #61 on the overall Editors Top 100 list there.

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was "runner-up" (e.g. #11) on the Locus pb bestsellers list published in December in spite of being released on the last day of the month of eligibility. His The Absolute Sandman luxury edition (with some new material) from DC Vertigo has reached volume four.

More Gaiman: Blueberry Girl (hc, art by Charles Vess) due March and Crazy Hair (hc, art by Dave McKean) due May, both from HarperCollins; also UK eds. (March and August) from Bloomsbury, which has also done UK ed of The Graveyard Book and another tp of Coraline. Stardust tp reprint from HarperTeen should be out now.

Ex-local Steven Brust: Tor pb reprint of Jhegaala due July; new hc novel Iorich September

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Vor Game (hc reprint) due June from NESFA Press; HarperCollins/EOS pb reprint of The Sharing Knife: Passage should be out now

Ex-local Emma Bull: Bone Dance to be reprinted in tp from Tor/Orb in July

MaryJanice Davidson, "Disdaining Trouble," in Mysteria Lane (ed. anon; Berkley pb, 2008)

Ex-local P.C. Hodgell: Seeker's Bane (new hc novel) scheduled by Baen for June

local publisher Bethany House: Robin Parrish, Merciless (May tp reprint) and Offworld (July tp)

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


Jan 9-11. GAFilk 11. Atlanta, GA. GoH: Barry & Sally Childs-Helton, Larry Kirby, Harold Feld, Emma Bull & Will Shetterly. http://www.gafilk.org/

Feb 19-22, 2009. Camp Capricon 29, Wheeling, IL. GoH: Sharon Shinn, Gary Lippincott, Christian McGuire. (Pre-reg deadlines: Dec 31, Jan 31) http://www.capricon.org/

Apr 10-12, 2009. Minicon 44. Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Karl Schroeder, Stephan Martiniere, Seth Shostak. Atnd: $44, Student: $25, Kid: $20, Support: $15. (Pre-reg deadlines: Mar 15). http://www.mnstf.org/minicon44/

Apr 24-26, 2009. Odyssey Con 9, Madison, WI. GoH: Emma Bull. $35 to 4/10, $45, ATD, more rates on web site. http://www.oddcon.com/about.php

Jun 19-21, 2009. Fourth Street Fantasy Con, Mpls, MN. GoH: Cory Doctorow. http://www.4thstreetfantasy.com/

Aug 6-10, 2009. Anticipation/Worldcon 67, Montréal, QB, CA. GoH: Neil Gaiman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Taral Wayne, David G. Hartwell, Tom Doherty, Ralph Bakshi. (Pre-reg deadline: July 31) http://www.anticipationsf.ca/English/Home

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Kevin Austin, Lisa Freitag, Dean Gahlon, Scott Raun & Matt Strait. Email board@mnstf.org. Mn-STF meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meeting minutes are posted at http://www.mnstf.org/records/board-minutes/, check there or on the events mailing list for the next board meeting.

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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