Einblatt! December 2009


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Jan 2, cancelled in favor of NYE; Jan 16, TBA.


Thanks to recent meeting hosts: Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz, Matt+Kelly Strait, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Irene & Scott Raun, Betsy Lundsten, Marian Turner, Shaun Kelly, Bill Christ, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Blaisdell Polytechnic.

Starting this month, subscription expiration dates for the Dead Tree Edition are printed above your name.


2: Martin McClure; 3: Lynn Anderson; 4: Jerry Corwin, Felicia Herman, Anne Gay; 9: Larry Sanderson; 10: Laura Krentz; 11: Reen Brust, Ken Fletcher, David Wilford; 12: Joan Marie Verba; 13: Emma Bull; 15: Scott Raun; 23: Dean Gahlon; 24: Karen Johnson; 25: Eric Forste; 31: Jan Appelbaum, Erik Emery

Publishing News:

Local publisher Bethany House: Nightmare by Robin Parrish (hc) and Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (tp) set for June 2010.

Local publisher Lerner/Carolrhoda: Breathe by Cliff McNish (tp); Dead Girl In Love by Linda Joy Singleton (tp); and City Of Screams by John Brindley (hc), all out now

Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere, hc reprint from HarperCollins/Morrow due December 2009; also Prince Of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner et al tp reprint from St. Martin's Griffin should be out now; also Who Killed Amanda Palmer (hc from Eight Foot Books), which is essentially a photography book with several vignettes by Gaiman serving as captions. His The Graveyard Book is a nominee for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award. His short-short "The Shadow" is in Susan Rich, ed., Half-Minute Horrors (Harper hc, 2009). He wrote and directed Statuesque, a short film for Sky 1 (British television) per Locus.

Ex-locals: Laurel Winter's Growing Wings scheduled for tp reprint from HarperTeen in February 2010, and Will Shetterley's The Gospel of the Knife as tp reprint from Tor in May 2010.

Ex-local Kij Johnson won the World Fantasy Award for short fiction with "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss."

St. Paul-based writer David J. Schwartz is interviewed in the October 2009 Locus (title: "Cynics and Believers").

Neil Gaiman's Coraline was #5 bestselling Borders/Walden tp as reported in the September Locus; ex-local Steven Brust's i>Jhegaala was #2 hc on the October "Locus Bestsellers" list. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (and Terry Pratchett) was #3 on the Borders/Waldenbooks best seller list in the November Locus.

Ruth Berman's poem "DoT Acolytes," Asimov's Science Fiction, January 2010.

Adam Stemple (with Jane Yolen), "Mesopotamian Fire," in Eclipse Three (ed Jonathan Strahan, Night Shade tp)

Local publishers (all now out): Timothy Carter, Evil?; and Maggie Stiefvater, Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (both Llewellyn/Flux tp); John Brindley, City of Screams and The Rule of Claw (both Lerner/Carolrhoda hc).

Alan DiNiro, Total Oblivion, More Or Less (novel, Bantam Spectra tp)

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


Feb 12-14, 2010. Boskone, Boston, MA. GoHs: Alastair Reynolds, John Picacio, Tom Shippey, Mary Crowell, Lois McMaster Bujold, Michael Whelan, Vernor Vinge. FFI: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/

Jun 18-20, 2010. DucKon, Naperville, IL. GoHs: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Scott Raun, Talis Kimberly. http://www.duckon.org/

Nov 19-21, 2010. SFContario. Toronto, ON, Canada. GoHs: Michael Swanwick, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Geri Sullivan, Karen Linsay. FFI: http://www.sfcontario.ca/

Aug 17-21, 2011. Renovation (69th WorldCon). Reno, NV. GoHs: Tim Powers, Ellen Asher, Boris Vallejo. FFI: www.renovationsf.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).

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 December 24th, 2009 sharp!