Einblatt! January 2014


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: : Feb 1 & 15 (we think)


Uncle Hugo’s / Uncle Edgar’s Inventory Reduction Sale – December 26th – 31st. FFI: , 612-824-6347, 612-824-9984

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


1: Peggy O’Neill; 2: Don Blyly, Thorin Tatge, Patrick Nielsen Hayden; 4: David Messer; 5: Claire Lenander; 7: Margo Bratton; 9: Greg Ketter; 11: Victor Raymond; 12: Seth Breidbart; 14: Lisa Sanders; 15: Bruce Schneier; 17: Giovanna Fregni, Andrew Bertke; 18: Pamela Dyer-Bennet; 20: Kij Johnson; 24: John Houghton, Katie Krantz; 30: Linda Lounsbury

Publishing News

Alban Lake will be publishing in print Michael Merriam’s Dark Water Blues, a near future dystopian urban fantasy with a release date of March 1st 2014.

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the World was #2 hc bestseller on the December Locus ranking; his Fortunately, The Milk was "runner up" (e.g. #11) on same list, and Ocean was #6 on the Barnes and Noble list reported in same issue, while the audio version of Ocean was #14 fantasy title per audible.com.

Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves was #5 on the Barnes & Noble hc bestseller list per December Locus.

Recent sf/f books by local authors include: Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (HarperCollins hc); Jacqueline West, The Strangers (Dial hc); Kurits Scaletta, The Winter of the Robots (Knopf hc -- this is also set in Minneapolis); Joan Marie Verba's latest Thunderbirds novel, Danger Zone! (FTL tp); Adam Stemple (with Jane Yolen), The Hostage Prince (Penguin/Viking hc); and three tp from Variations on a Theme by G. David Nordley: To Climb a Flat Mountain; After the Vikings: Tales of Future Mars; and The Black Hole Project (with co-author C.S. Lowe)

Forthcoming tp from Bethany House (local publisher): A Draw of Kings by Patrick W. Carr (Feb) and Shadow Hand by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (March)

We've missed listing many recent stories and reprints by Marissa Lingen: see www.marissalingen.com/bibleo.html for full records

Other recent new stories by locals not already cited include: Neil Gaiman, "Down Among the Dead Men," in Zombie Apocalypse: Fight Back (Robinson UK tp, ed. S. Jones); Naomi Kritzer, "The Well," April/May 2013 Asimov's; Scott Lynch, "The Effigy Engine," in Fearsome Journeys (Solaris tp, ed. J. Strahan); G. David Nordley, "The Fountain," June 2013 Asimov's; Caroline Stevermer (with Ellen Kushner), "The Vital Importance of the Superficial" in Queen Victoria's Book of Spells (Tor tp, ed Datlow & Windling); Patricia C. Wrede, "Mad Hamlet's Mother," in Apex (online) for February 2013

Recently reprinted stories not already cited include: Eleanor Arnason, "The Lovers" (text plus podcast) online at Clarkesworld #83; and "The Garden" (plus an interview) onine at Lightspeed #36; Alan DiNiro, "Walking Stick Fires," online at Tor.com (29 October); Neil Gaiman, "Feminine Endings," online at Nightmare Magazine #8; Kij Johnson, "Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change," in Telling Tales (Hydra House hc/tp/eb)

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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).

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 January 23rd, 2014.