Einblatt! March 2009


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings - Apr 4 & 18. Minicon Meeting - Apr 5. Dessicated Dodo - Apr 13. Minn-StF Picnic - July 18.


Once again, we'll be making the Minnstf Board ballot available electronically. (We'll be making the location of the ballot known via the Mnstf LJ community, the Natter list, and the updated electronic issue of Einblatt.) If you're able to retrieve it electronically, please do so and save the club the expense of mailing a physical ballot out to you. Please let Laura Krentz (the membership secretary) know that you'll be retrieving your ballot electronically by sending her email at lkrentz -at- visi.com. (If you've already marked your name on a list at a meeting, you don't need to tell her again.) If you need a ballot mailed to you and your current address is not in the latest MnStf directory, please give Laura your mailing address. There will also be some printed copies available at the voting meeting in case you lose, forget, or are unable to retrieve your ballot. If you need to verify your voting eligibility, please contact Laura at the email address above.

April 18, 11th Annual MISFITS Team Trivia Challenge Saturday April 18; May 16, Geek Prom

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9: David Emerson; 10: Margie Lessinger; 14: Ben Lessinger; 16: Megan Totusek; 19: Karen Cooper; 21: Teresa Nielsen Hayden; 27: Bryan Andersen, Peter Hentges; 28: Davey Snyder

Publishing News:

MaryJanice Davidson's first eight "Betsy" books have been reissued by SFBC in two four-book-each omnibus volumes: Betsy The Vampire Queen and Betsy: Bride Of The Vampire

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won the Newberry Award.

Tales of the Unanticipated #29 (Autumn/Winter 2008) includes work by the following Minnesotans: Bryan Thao Worra interviewed by Catherine Lundoff; fiction by S.N. Arly, Eleanor Arnason, Naomi Kritzer and Lyda Morehouse; poetry by Terry A. Garey and (ex-local) Camilla "Mog" De Carnin; art by Julia Hart; miscellaneous prose by Terry Faust, Eric M. Heideman and Rebecca Marjesdatter (Korvo).

Michael Merriam sold his short story, "Fey Child Fair," to online horror and dark fantasy magazine From the Asylum for a future issue.

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Mar 6-8 MarsCon, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Musetta Vander, Scott Rosema, Suzanne Hiza-Rosema, Jeanne Cavelos, Wally Pleasant. http://marscon.org/2009/index.php

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

May 1-3 DemiCon 20, Des Moines, IA. GoH: Joe Haldeman, Sara Butcher, Roger Tener. (Pre-reg deadline: Apr 1) http://www.demicon.org/current/

May 22-24 ConQuest 40, Kansas City, MO. GoH: John Scalzi, Oberon Zell, Jerry Gelb, Ed deGruy. http://www.conquestkc.org/

May 22-25 WisCon 33, Madison, WI. GoH: Ellen Klages, Geoff Ryman. (Pre-registration deadline: April 30) http://www.wiscon.info/

June 12-14 DucKon, Naperville, IL. GoH: Jim Butcher, Loren Damewood, Seanan McGuire. (Pre-registration deadline: April 30) http://www.duckon.org/

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

Jul 2-5 CONvergence, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Dwayne McDuffie, Kelly McCullough, Pat Rothfuss, Brian Keene (Pre-registration deadline: May 15) http://www.convergence-con.org/

Jul 31-Aug 2 Diversicon 17, St. Paul, MN. GoH: Kay Kenyon (Pre-registration deadlines: March 15/July 14) http://www.diversicon.org/

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

Oct 9-11. Gaylaxicon 2009, St Louis Park, MN. GoHs: Margaret Weis, Andy Mangels, Lawrence Schimel, Terrance "Spider Baby" Griep. $70 to 8/11, $35 supporting. http://www.gaylaxicon2009.org

Oct 23-25 Icon 34, Cedar Rapids, IA. GoH: Jim C. Hines, Heather Bruton. http://www.iowa-icon.com/

Nov 13-15 WindyCon 36, Lombard, IL. GoH: Phil & Kaja Foglio. (Pre-registration deadline: Oct 24) http://www.windycon.org/

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).

Einblatt is a monthly publication of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, devoted to news of the local SF community. E-mail same to einblatt@mnstf.org, or send to Scott Raun, 3928 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407; or call him at 612-822-0451. Email submissions most preferred, no phone calls after 10pm. // Next Einblatt! Deadline: 11:59PM March 26th, 2009 sharp!