Einblatt! December 2013


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Jan 4 & 18: tbd. Minicon Open Meeting: Jan 18, Clay Harris'


The Minn-StF domains (mnstf.org & minicon.org) will be moving from Laurel Krahn's Dreamhost account (Thanks, Laurel!) to Minn-StF's own free-due-to-501c3-status Dreamhost account on Wednesday, 4 December, starting at 8pm. We anticipate work will be complete by 10pm.

As part of the account move, EVERYONE who wants to receive Einblatt via e-mail directly will need to confirm this. After the move is complete, we will be sending out an e-mail to all the current subscribers with a link to resubscribe.

Dreamhaven Books will be open 12N-6:30PM every Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat between Dec 4-21. They will also be open those hours on Sun & Mon, Dec 22 & 23. 2301 E 38th St, Mpls. FFI: dreamhavenbooks.com

# - Minn-StF Meetings start at 2pm, but there are rarely a lot of people showing up before 4pm. The business meeting will typically be between 5-6pm.

Thanks to recent meeting hosts: Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Corwin & Dee Brust, Linda Lounsbury, Irene & Scott Raun, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz, Liz Fish, Bill Christ, Beth Friedman, Emily Stewart & Aaron Vander Giessen, Rachel Kronick & Eric Forste, Joel Phillips, Ann Totusek & Kelly James, Mark Richards, Patricia Zetelumen, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Clay Harris.


2: Martin McClure; 3: Lynn Anderson; 4: Jerry Corwin, Felicia Herman, Anne Gay; 9: Larry Sanderson; 10: Laura Krentz; 11: 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

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been #1 hc on the Locus bestseller lists for September, October, and November, and on the Barnes&Noble/B.Dalton sf/f hc lists in the August, September, and November issues (and #2 in October). The audiobook version was #1 (fantasy category) in the lists published in September and November (and #2 in August and #7 in October).

Scott Lynch is interviewed in the October Locus. Lois McMaster Bujold was interviewed in the February 2013 issue of online magazine Lightspeed. Eleanor Arnason is writing a regular column for online magazine Strange Horizons.

Recent tp from McFarland: Lois Mcmaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master Of Science Fiction (ed. Janet Brennan Croft).

Recent sf/f from local/ex-local publishers: tp from Bethany House: Judge by R.J. Larson and Starflower by Anne Stengl; tp from Llewellyn/Flux: Shallow Pond by Alissa Rosso; hc from Fedogan & Bremer: Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth ed. Stephen Jones; tp from Langdon Street Press: How To Make A Big Bang by Andrew and Victor Flambaum.

Neil Gaiman is interviewed in the July 2013 Locus.

Lois McMaster Bujold has donated her papers to the library of Northern Illinois University.

Kij Johnson was once again a judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards.

Hugo Award breakdowns indicate Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance finished 2nd in Novel category and Kij Johnson's "Mantis Wives" 3rd in Short Story. Johnson's At the Mouth of the River of Bees was a runner-up for World Fantasy Award in Best Collection category (no breakdowns available).

Local and ex-locals placing in 2013 Locus Poll awards included Lois McMaster Bujold (Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, #4 Science Fiction Novel); Kij Johnson (At the Mouth of the River of Bees; #3 Collection; and "Mantis Wives," #4 Short Story); Eleanor Arnason ("Holmes Sherlock: A Hwarhath Mystery," #11 Novelette, and "The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times," #17 Short Story); and Naomi Krizer, "Liberty's Daughter," #20 Novelette).

William Alexander, Ghoulish Song, tp reprint (Simon&Schuster) scheduled for April

Steven Brust, Sethra Lavode, Tor Orb tp omnibus, due January 2014

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, tp reprint by Headline River (UK) due January; other upcoming UK Gaiman reprints (with various collaborators), all tp: Chu's Day and Unnatural Creatures (Bloomsbury), February; Silver Dream (HarperUK), April

Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves, tp reprint from Orion Gollancz (UK) due June

Local Publisher: Bethany House, tp (with ebook editions also) scheduled for February: A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr and Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Susan Sizemore, Blood2Blood, pb and eb from Ace, scheduled for March 2014

Alan DeNiro, Tyrannia and Other Renditions (tp collection, Small Beer Press), is now out.

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


Apr 17½-20, 2014. Minicon 49, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Catherynne M. Valente, Janny Wurts & Don Maitz. Adult $40, Student $20, Kid (6-12) $10, Supporting $15 until 17 March. FFI: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon49/

Jul 17-20, 2014. Detcon 1 (NASFIC). Detroit, MI. FFI: http://detcon1.org/

Jul 25-27, 2014. Diversicon 22. GoH; Carolyn Ives Gilman. Best Western Bandana Square, St Paul. FFI: http://www.diversicon.org/

Aug 14-18, 2014. Loncon 3. London, England. FFI: http://www.loncon3.org/

Apr 2-5, 2015. Minicon 50, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Jane Yolen, Larry Niven, Brandon Sanderson, Adam Stemple & Tom Doherty. FFI: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon50/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Kevin Austin, Beth Friedman, Dean Gahlon, Hershey Lima and Scott Raun. 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 Sunday at 5pm. FFI: Rich Brown, 651-646-2159, rab@freemars.org

PRINT FANDOM LIVES! Stipple-Apa is a healthy general-interest publication with members in six countries. Local collations are every six weeks. Chat with fellow fans the classic way. 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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