Einblatt! August 2014


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Sept 6, Dreampark; Sept 20, Emily Stewart & Aaron Vander Giessen. Minicon Meeting: Sept 27, Ann Totusek & Kelly James


The GPS Great Geek Garage Sale will be Sept 20. Watch http://geekpartnership.org for donation drop-off times.

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: Thanks to recent meeting hosts: : Bill Christ, Kelly James, Polly Peterson, 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, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Corwin & Dee Brust, Linda Lounsbury, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz, Liz Fish, Beth Friedman, Emily Stewart & Aaron Vander Giessen.


3: Reed Waller; 4: Marianne Hageman; 6: Curtis Gibson; 7: Terry A. Garey; 9: Bob Berlien, Karen Schaffer; 11: Nate Bucklin; 16: Joyce Maetta Odum, Tony Von Krag; 17: Mitch Pockrandt; 18: Judie Cilcain; 19: Hershey Lima; 22: Sara Logan, Elise Matthesen, Will Shetterly; 24: Jerry Stearns

Publishing News

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman won the 2014 "Best Fantasy Novel" Locus poll, and his "The Sleeper and the Spindle" won in the Best Novelette category. Unnatural Creatures, co-edited by Gaiman, placed 5th as "Best Anthology." The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch finished third in the Fantasy Novels and his "The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats" was #20 Novelette. Eleanor Arnason's "Kormak the Lucky" was #11 Novelette, and Alan DiNiro's "The Wildfires of Antarctica" was #16 Short Story.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is also on the shortlists/final ballots for the World Fantasy Award (novel), the British Fantasy Award (novel).

Audio book version of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (read by Grover Gardner) won 2014 Audie Award in the Science Fiction category, and Bujold's Falling Free is a finalist for the Prometheus (Libertarian) Hall of Fame Award.

Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex (tp reprint out from Harper, along with its new hc sequel Chu's First Day of School)

The Last Changeling by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple (Penguin Viking tp/eb) due November

Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Sensation tp/eb) due February 2015

Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (HarperCollins tp reprint) due February 2015

The Bastards and the Knives by Scott Lynch (Orion/Gollancz UK tp omnibus) due March 2015

Recent/forthcoming from local press Llewellyn (all tp): Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sulton (July); Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear and Lifeless by Adrianne Strickland (August); The Lonely by Ainslie Hogarth and All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Solomon (September); Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah and Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell (October); The Last Changeling by Leslie Pitcher (no relation to Yolen/Stemple book of same name) and Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie (November)

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


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/

June 26-28, 2015. Fourth Street Fantasy, St. Louis Park, MN. www.4thstreetfantasy.com/2015/ (I assume)

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).

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 August 28th, 2014.