Einblatt! June 2009


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meeting - July 4 (may be cancelled in favor of Convergence), Minn-StF Picnic - July 18.


Anticipation PR4 is available at http://www.anticipationsf.ca/English/ProgressReports

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5: Erik Elmshauser; 11: David Lenander; 12: Joyce Scrivner; 13: Sybil Smith; 16: Roscoe Bendtsen; 25: Rick Gellman, Eric Heideman; 26: Erin McKee; 28: Deborah Halpern; 30: Erin Lorenz

Publishing News:

Ex-local Emma Bull's Territory was #3 on the April Locus bestseller list.

Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Horizon was #2 hc on the April Locus bestseller list and The Sharing Knife: Passage was #5 pb.

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was #9 bestselling hc on the April Locus list; in the same issue he had the 1-2-3 top trade pbs on the Barnes and Noble/B. Dalton list (American Gods; Fragile Things; Stardust) and numbers 1 and 3 tp (Coraline; American Gods) on the Borders/Waldenbooks list.

Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Horizon is #4 hardcover on the May Locus Bestseller list. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is #4 tp on the same list, and also #1 on the Borders/Waldenbooks tp list in the same issue; his American Gods is #5 tp on that Borders list.

Finalists for the 2009 Locus Awards include Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (Young Adult Novel) and P. Craig Russell's Gaiman adaptation Coraline: The Graphic Novel (Nonfiction/Art Book), which is also a finalist for an Eisner (comics) award in the Teens/Tweens category.

Finalists for the 2008 Prometheus Awards (for Libertarian sf) include Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (in the Hall of Fame category).

A number of original online stories by ex-locals Emma Bull and Will Shetterly (among others) are online at the site Shadow Unit: www.shadowunit.org/episodes.html

The 2002 spoof A Walking Tour Of The Shambles by Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe has been reissued by American Fantasy. Weird Tales for Nov/Dec 2008 contains an interview with Gaiman. Gaiman and ex-local Geri Sullivan are on a WorldCon committee to select an official logo for the Hugo Awards: logocontest@thehugoawards.com

Michael Merriam's short story, "Weaving Thread" will appear in the special YA edition of the dark fantasy webzine Drops of Crimson in June.

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June 12-14 DucKon, Naperville, IL. GoH: Jim Butcher, Loren Damewood, Seanan McGuire. http://www.duckon.org/

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

Jul 2-5 CONvergence, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Dwayne McDuffie, Kelly McCullough, Pat Rothfuss, Brian Keene http://www.convergence-con.org/

Jul 31-Aug 2 Diversicon 17, St. Paul, MN. GoH: Kay Kenyon (Pre-reg deadline: 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 15) 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-reg deadline: Oct 24) http://www.windycon.org/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Seven (Jennifer) Anderson, Dean Gahlon, Betsy Lundsten, 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 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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