Einblatt! November 2014


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: : Dec 6, TBD; Dec 20, Irene & Scott Raun’s; Dec 31, TBD


Amendments to the Bylaws:

* Amend bylaw I.5, adding: "Persons whose memberships have been revoked are barred from attending all meetings and other Society functions, except conventions. The board of directors may choose to extend this ban to conventions."

* Add a new paragraph to bylaw II, making it II.8, reading:
8. There may be circumstances where, for one reason or another, a member is not welcome in a house of another member hosting a meeting.
a) For meetings regularly scheduled for social purposes and general convention committee meetings, the unwelcome member shall be allowed to come to the door of the house and have their attendance recorded without entering. This shall be deemed as attendance for voting purposes. It is the host's responsibility to inform anyone being excluded, but the host may request a board member to serve as go-between if desired.
b) The policy in (a) shall not apply to meetings held in public spaces, the regular annual meeting, or special meetings. Hosts of such meetings must be willing for any member to attend.
c) For other meetings that do not count towards voting membership, hosts may exclude other members as defined in (a), but there is no need to allow their attendance to be recorded.

* Amend bylaw II.7 so that it reads:
The society 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 linked to from the main page of the society's website, and shall be available in printed form at meetings of members.

* Amend bylaw VI.7 so that it reads:
"Each convention, as defined above, shall have an anti-harassment policy that has been approved by the board of directors. It shall be subordinate to the Society's anti-harassment policy as described in that policy. Each convention shall make available its policy in its paper and electronic publications as appropriate."

Judie Cilcain died on Sept. 21st. http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/39935/

Our president Peer Dudda has 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.

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


1: Jane Freitag; 2: Don Fitch; 4: Kara Dalkey; 6: Jack Targonski; 11: Marty Helgesen; 15: Rob Ihinger; 16: Ken Konkol; 23: Steven Brust

Publishing News

Emma Bull, "Silver of Gold," is reprinted in Fantasy Magazine #58 (online or Prime tp)

Neil Gaiman, "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury," is reprinted in Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (ed PGuran, Prime tp)

A couple older Gaiman first appearances we missed: "Down to a Sunless Sea" in Fearie Tales (ed SJones, Jo Fletcher Books, tp) and "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" in Impossible Monsters (ed KLansdale, Subterranean hc)

Marissa K. Lingen, "The Calculus Plague," is reprinted in 21st Century Science Fiction (ed DHartwell and PNielsen Hayden; Tor tp)

Patricia Wrede, a nf title, Wrede On Writing (Diversion Books, tp, 2013)

Locals and ex-locals in "Honorable Mentions" list in Year's Best Science Fiction: 31st (ed GDozois, 2014 hc/tp) include: Eleanor Arnason, ("Karmac the Lucky"); Neil Gaiman, ("A Lunar Labyrinth" and "The Sleeper and the Spindle"); Naomi Kritzer, ("Bits," "Solidarity," and "The Well"); Marissa K. Lingen ("The Ministry of Change"); Scott Lynch ("The Effigy Engine"); and G. David Nordley ("The Fountain" and "Haumea").

Neil Gaiman's The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was #7 hc on the October Locus Bestsellers list, and his The Ocean at the End of the Lane was #1 tp; the latter was also #5 tp on the Barnes & Noble/B.Dalton list.

The audiobook version of Steven Brust's Jhereg was #17 Fantasy besteller on the audible.com list.

G. David Nordley, Among The Stars (Variations on a Theme, tp collection)

Naomi Kritzer's "Bits" was a finalist for the 2014 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.

Emma Bull and Will Shetterly's "Danceland" was reprinted in the September 2014 Apex Magazine (ebook/subscriber versions only)

Local publisher: Red Bird Chapbooks (St. Paul): A Guide For The Practical Abductee by E. Kristin Anderson (chapbok speculative poetry collection)

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


Feb 13-15, 2015. Boskone 52, Boston, MA. GoHs: Steven Brust, Charles Land & Wendy Snow-Lang, Maya & Jeff Bonhoff, Robert K. Wiener, Dave Clements, Vincent DiFate. FFI: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/

Mar 6-8, 2015. MarsCon 2015. Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Robert Odegard, Richard Tatge, Dave Duca. FFI: http://marscon.org/2015

Mar 12-15, 2015. OperaCon w/ Somtow Sucharitkul. Milwaukee, WI. FFI: http://www.fijagdh.com/operacon

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)

Jul 24-26, 2015. Diversicon 23. Twin Cities, MN. GoH: Yatasha L Womack. FFI: http://diversicon.org

Aug 19-23, 2015. Sasquan, Worldcon 2015. Spokane, WA. FFI: http://sasquan.org/

Aug 17-21, 2016. MidAmeriCon II, Worldcon 2016. FFI: http://midamericon2.org/

Oct 9-11, 2015. JOFCon Minneapolis 2015. St. Louis Park, MN. FFI: http://jofconmsp2015.blogspot.com/

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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