Einblatt! January 2015


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Feb 7 - 1st Board Nominations, TBD; Feb 21 - 2nd Board Nominations, TBD


Kickstarter to support a Cat's Laughing Reunion Concert at Minicon 50: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/214684691/create-a-cats-laughing-twenty-year-reunion-event-a

Inventory Reduction Sale at Uncle Hugo's & Uncle Edgar's: Fri, Dec 26-Wed, Dec 31

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.

The Minn-StF Board is soliciting bids for FallCon 2015.

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


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

Eleanor Arnason: new stories now out, "Ruins" in Old Venus (ed. GRRMartin & GDozois) and "Telling Stories to the Sky" (Jan/Feb '15 F&SF)

Naomi Kritzer: "Jubilee: A Seastead Story," is also in the Jan/Feb F&SF

Points of Departure by Patricia Wrede and Pamela Dean, a "Liavek" anthology (including two new stories) will be published by Diversion Books

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman is scheduled as a July hc/eb from Tor

Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch is due "mid to late 2015" (Orion/Gollancz in the UK lists as September hc/eb)

New Neil Gaiman titles: Trigger Warning (collection) due February (HarperCollins/Morrow tp in US; Headline hc in UK) and Chu's Day at the Beach (w/Adam Rex artist; April Harper hc/eb); hc version of The Sleeper and the Spindle (Bloomsbury UK out now); Eternity's Wheel (w/Michael and Mallory Reeves; HarperTeen tp due May); audio version of The Graveyard Book out now from HarperAudio

Gaiman reprints: The Silver Dream (w/M & M Reeves; HarperTeen tp April); The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (w/Eddie Campbell art; HarperCollins/Morrow hc February; Headline UK tp June)

Hawk by Steven Brust is short-listed for Reviewers' Choice Award ("Epic Fantasy Novel" category) from Romantic Times Book Reviews

Bestsellers list in December Locus include Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (#2 pb) and The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (#4 pb), plus The Incrementalists by Steven Brust & Skyler Wilde as runner-up (e.g. #11); Lynch's The Lies Of Locke Lamora is #4 tp and Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is #3 tp. In the Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton list in the same issue, Brust's Hawk is #5 hc and Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is #2 tp.

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


Feb 13-15. 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. MarsCon 2015. Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Robert Odegard, Richard Tatge, Dave Duca, Lyda Morehouse. FFI: http://marscon.org/2015

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

Apr 2-5. Minicon 50, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Jane Yolen, Larry Niven, Brandon Sanderson, Michael Whelan, Adam Stemple & Tom Doherty. FFI: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon50/

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

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

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

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

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

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