Einblatt! June 2014


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Jul 5, cancelled in favor of Convergence; Jul 19, Minn-StF Picnic


Our new president is Peer Dudda. He set up an e-mail address specifically for his duties - MNstf_Prez@comcast.net.

The Minn-StF Board has been informed that Joel and Matt have no interest in running Minicon 51. As such, we are soliciting bids to run Minicon 51. Bids should include enough budget to allow for rates to be set so as to allow for memberships to be purchased at Minicon 50, a timeline of events for the year, and qualifications of the Chair / Co-Chairs and any other currently known committee members.

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


5: Erik Elmshauser; 8: Rebecca Strait, 11: David Lenander; 12: Joyce Scrivner; 13: Sybil Smith; 16: Roscoe Bendtsen; 17: Eleanor Marian Strait; 25: Rick Gellman, Eric Heideman; 26: Erin McKee; 28: Deborah Halpern; 30: Erin Lorenz

Publishing News

John Purcell's short story "Customer Service" was published on April 4th in the rebooted Amazing Stories on its website, www.amazingstoriesmag.com/

The audiobook of Lois Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance won a 2014 Audie. http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/audies/

Recent Locus bestseller lists include: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (#1 hc in March; #4 April; #6 May) and The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (#4 hc and #4 tp March; #5 hc April), plus Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora (tied for #5 tp, May); the Gaiman was also #5 hc March and #7 hc April on the B&N/B.Dalton lists

Locus Award finalists include The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman and The Republic of Thieves by Lynch (Fantasy Novel); "The Sleeper and the Spindle" by Gaiman (Novelette); and Unnatural Creatures (ed. Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headley; Anthology) Gemmell Award (heroic fantasy) shortlist includes The Republic of Thieves by Lynch (Novel); Sturgeon Award finalists includes "The Wildfires of Antarctica" by Alan DeNiro

Recent/Forthcoming new titles: Eleanor Arnason, Hidden Folk (collection from Many Worlds Press, imminent); Hawk by Steven Brust (Tor hc, October); Undead and Unwary by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley hc, October); Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, v.1 and v.2 (graphic novel version with art by P. Craig Russell; Harper Collins July and September); plus Hayley Campbell, The Art of Neil Gaiman (hc, now out); Scott Lynch, Thorn of Emberlain (Ballantine hc, September);

Recent/Forthcoming reprints: Lois McMaster Bujold, The Mountains of Morning (Arc Manor tp; now out); Steven Brust (with Skyler White), The Incrementalist (Tor pb, September); Neil Gaiman, Interworld (with Michael Reaves); The Silver Dream; and Smoke and Mirrors (all Subterranean hc, now out); The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Harper/Morrow tp, now out); The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Harper/Morrow hc, imminent) ; Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves (Subterranean hc out; Ballantine pb August);

Local Publisher: Lerner/Carolrhoda -- The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, by E.K. Johnston (hc, now out)

"How the Marquis Got His Coat Back" by Neil Gaiman and "A Year and a Day in Old Theradane" by Scott Lynch, new stories, in Rogues (ed. George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois) "Only the End of the World Again" by Neil Gaiman, reprinted in Lovecraft's Monsters (ed Ellen Datlow; Tachyon tp) "God Box" by Lyda Morehouse, new story in King David And The Spiders From Mars (ed. Tim Lieber; Dybbuk Press tp)

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

Jul 3-6. Convergence 2014. GoHs: Amy Berg, Emma Bull, C. Robert Cargill, Sarah Clemens, Matthew Ebel, Greg Guler, Scott Lynch, Frank Paur, Marina Sirtis, Greg Weisman. Bloomington, MN. www.convergence-con.org/

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/

Oct 10-12. METHOD Con 2. Bloomington, MN. FFI: http://mnstf.org/methodcon2/

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/

May 22-24, 2015. MantiCon 2015, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: David Weber, Timothy Zahn. FFI: http://www.manticon.org/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Beth Friedman, Dean Gahlon, Lydia Nickerson, Scott Raun & Matt Strait - 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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