Einblatt! April 2012


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: May 5 & 19: TBA


The new Board is Beth Friedman, Dean Gahlon, Hershey Lima, Scott Raun, and Emily Stewart.

GPS Team Trivia Challenge May 5th. FFI: http://geekpartnership.org/evt_triviaChallenge.htm

GPS 14th Annual Writing Contest deadline May 15th. FFI: http://geekpartnership.org/evt_writingContest.htm

Art-a-Whirl – 12M 5/18 to 12M 5/20. NE Mpls.

Minn-StF Picnic, July 14th.

London is the sole bidder for WorldCon 2014.

CoA: The Source Comics & Games, 2057 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Thanks to recent meeting hosts: Lydia Nickerson, David & Pamela Dyer-Bennet, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Linda Lounsbury, Josh More & Bonnie Somdahl, Clay Harris, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Irene & Scott Raun, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz, Kevin Austin & Laurel Krahn, Bill Christ, Beth Friedman, Erin McKee & David Wilford.


1: Michael Mornard; 2: Jeffrey A. Ahlstrom; 3: Mike Dorn; 9: Julie Johnson; 13: Dave Romm; 16: Carole Vandal, 18: Shannon Leslie, Richard Tatge; 22: Steven Bond, Laurel Winter; 28: Peg Kerr Ihinger; 29: Martin Schafer

Publishing News

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold is a nominee for the Libertarian Futurist Hall of Fame award.

Ruth Berman has a story, "The Chimney-Dragon," in the March issue of "The Fifth Dimension."

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was #5 bestselling tp at Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton per the February Locus, while his co-authored (with Terry Pratchett) Good Omens was #16 fantasy audiobook. In the March lists, The Graveyard Book was #3 tp and his American Gods was #2 fantasy audiobook.

2011 Locus "Recommended Reading" list includes these works by locals or ex-locals:
Patricia Wrede, Across the Great Barrier (young adult book); Carolyn Ives Gilman, "The Ice Owl" and Kij Johnson, "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" (novella); Eleanor Arnason, "My Husband Steinn" (novelette); Neil Gaiman, "And Weep Like Alexander" and "The Case of Death and Honey" (short story)

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year vol. 6 (ed. Strahan) includes "The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman and "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" by Kij Johnson.

Lois McMaster Bujold, new hc Captain Vorpatril's Alliance due November from Baen; also NESFA hc reprint of Barrayar should be out by now

MaryJanice Davidson, tp collection Dying For You (Berkley Sensation) rescheduled for July; also tp omnibus Underwater Love (Berkley) should be out now

Neil Gaiman, more upcoming reprints of Stardust (November hc) and American Gods (December pb), both from HarperCollins; and of Good Omens (with Pratchett; April pb) in the UK from Transworld/Corgi

P.C. Hodgell, pb reprint of Honor's Paradox due December from Baen

Kij Johnson, tp collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees (Small Beer Press) due August

Greg Ketter (ed), tp reprint of anthology Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (Prime Books, October)

Local publishers: Graywolf Press hc: The City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (May); Bethany House (all tp), Arena by Karen Hancock (July) and Judge by R.J. Larson and Starflower by Anne Elizabeth Stengl (both November); University of Minnesota Press, Death Sentences by Kawamata Chiaki (tp, out now).

Catherine Lundoff; Silver Moon: A Wolves of Wolf's Point Novel (Lethe Press tp due May)

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


Apr 13-15. Constellation, Lincoln, NE. GoH: Elizabeth Bear, W.J. Hodgson, Ron Vick. http://constellationne.net/

Apr 20-22. Odyssey Con, Madison, WI GoH: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes, Kenneth Hite. http://www.oddcon.com/

May 4-6. DemiCon, Des Moines, IA. GoH: Patricia Briggs, Allen Williams, Ange & Brian Anderson. http://www.demicon.org/

May 25-27. ConQuesT, Kansas City, MO. GoH: Steve Miller & Sharon Lee, Gardner Dozois, Ursula Vernon, Tim Miller. http://www.conquestkc.org/

May 25-28. WisCon, Madison, WI. GoH: Andrea Hairston, Debbie Notkin. http://www.wiscon.info/

Jun 1-3. DucKon, St. Charles, IL. GoH: Robert J. Sawyer, Bedlam Bards, Ann & Dr. Bob Passovoy. www.duckon.org/

Jun 22-24. 4th Street Fantasy Convention. St. Louis Park, MN FFI: www.4thstreetfantasy.com/2012/

Jul 5-8. Convergence 2012. GoHs: Sophie Aldred, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Lyda Morehouse, Sharyn November, Tamora Pierce, Ruth Thompson. (Pre-reg Deadline 5/15) FFI: www.convergence-con.org/

Aug 3-5. Diversicon 20. Twin Cities Hotel TBA. FFI: http://www.diversicon.org

Aug 30-Sept 3. Chicon7. Chicago, IL. FFI: http://www.chicon.org/

Aug 31-Sept 2. Brit Con MN. Bloomington, MN. http://www.britconmn.org

Oct 5-7. Gaylaxicon 2012. St. Louis Park, MN. FFI: http://www.gaylaxicon2012.org/

Oct 19-21. Conjecture. Bloomington, MN. http://www.mnstf.org/conjecture/

Nov 9-11. WindyCon, Lombard, IL. GoH: Seanan McGuire, Amy McNally. http://www.windycon.org/

Nov 9-11. OmegaCon, Siren, WI. http://www.omegacon.org/

Mar 29-31, 2013. Minicon 48, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Julie Czernada, Richard Tatge. http://www.mnstf.org/minicon48/

Aug 29-Sept 2, 2013. LoneStarCon3. San Antonio, TX. FFI: http://www.lonestarcon3.org/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Beth Friedman, Dean Gahlon, Hershey Lima, Scott Raun, and Emily Stewart . 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

PRINT FANDOM LIVES! Stipple-Apa is a healthy general-interest publication with members in five countries. Local collations are every six weeks. Chat with fellow fans the classic way. FFI: Jeanne Mealy, 651-771-7226

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