Einblatt! February 2014


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Mar 1, Pool Party, RadishTree; Mar 15, Voting Meeting, Dreampark


Official Minn-StF Announcements:

By-Law Amendments:
The following shall be added to By-Law II

7. The society shall have an anti-harassment policy, applicable to meetings of members, that has been approved by the board of directors, and shall publish that policy on a web page that is prominently linked to from the main page of the society's web site, and shall be available in printed form at meetings of members.
The following shall be added to By-Law VI
7. Each convention, as defined above, to be held shall have an anti-harassment policy that has been approved by the board of directors, and shall publish that policy on a web page that is prominently linked to from the convention's main page, and in convention publications as appropriate.

Host Right of Exclusion Policy:

While it is true that all sentient beings are eligible for Minn-stf membership, most Minn-stf meetings take place at the private houses of members, rather than in public space. There are circumstances where, for one reason or another, other members are not welcome at some members' houses. Minn-stf is choosing to recognize that this situation exists, as opposed to only hosting meetings at places where the hosts have a completely open door policy. In such a situation where a member is not welcome in a host's house, said member shall be allowed to use the sign-in book to sign in, and such a signature shall be deemed as attendance for voting purposes. It is expected that meeting hosts will use discretion in applying such an exclusion. It is the host's responsibility to inform anyone being excluded, the host may request a board member to server as go-between if desired.

This policy shall not apply to meetings held in public spaces.

Minn-StF Anti-Harassment Policy:
Anyone who is interested in writing, or in the exact wording of, the Minn-StF Anti-Harassment, please contact Scott Raun, sraun@fireopal.org

Other Announcements:

Ericka Johnson died on Jan 11th.

The Minn-StF Picnic will be Saturday, July 19th, starting at 12N.

# - 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: Shaun Kelly, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Clay Harris, 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.


5: Faun Bonewits, Peer Dudda, Shelly Belsky; 8: Kathy Grantham; 11: Page Appelbaum; 14: Blue Petal; 15: Erik Biever; 16: John Stanley; 20: Dan Goodman; 23: Peter Larsen; 25: Charles Piehl

Publishing News

Bryan Thao Worra, Demonstra (pb collection of his Lao-American speculative/horror poetry), is now available from Innsmouth Free Press.

Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, reprints due from Baen Sept 2014

Neil Gaiman: new ya hc, Chu's First Day Of School (with Adam Rex) due April from Harper; Gaiman reprints: Fortunately, The Milk (September tp), upcoming from Harper; Good Omens (with Pratchett, hc from Orion/Gollancz (UK); Fortunately, The Milk (due September), all tp from Bloomsbury (UK)

P.C. Hodgell, Sea of Time, due June from Baen (tp/eb)

Local Publishers: Graywolf Press -- Kathryn Davis, Duplex (hc); Llewellyn/Flux -- Nick James; Starship Academy: Strikeforce (tp); David Lomax, Backward Glass (hc)

Jan Locus hc bestseller list has The Incrementalists by Steven Brust (and Skyler White) at #2; The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch at #3; and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman at #6; the UK version of the Lynch novel is #1 on the trade pb list. In the Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton report in same issue, the Gaiman is #4 and the Lynch #9 hc, and the Lynch is also #17 fantasy title on the adible.com (audio) bestseller list.

Eleanor Arnason, "The Scrivener," Winter 2014 issue of Subterranean Online

Ruth Berman, "Gold Ring" (a poem), in the Feb 2014 Asimov's

Neil Gaiman, "The Sleeper and the Spindle," in Rags & Bone (ed. MMarr and TPratt; Little, Brown hc)

Steven Brust was interviewed (re The Incrementalists) on Tor.com for 25 Oct 2013.

Elise Mathessen is now poetry editor for Apex Magazine (online).

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


Apr 17½-20. 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/

May 16-18. CONsoleRoom. Bloomington, MN. FFI: http://console-room.mpls.cx/

June 20-22. Fourth Street Fantasy, St. Louis Park, MN. Adult: $65 (though May 31); child: $30 http://www.4thstreetfantasy.com/2014/

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

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

Aug 14-18. 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 February 20th, 2014.