Einblatt! March 2016


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Apr 2 & 16 (presumably)


Uncle Hugo's Anniversary Sale - Fri, Feb 26 - Sun, Mar 6. 10% off everything at both stores (in-store only, not good on mail orders). Sale does not apply to discount cards or gift certificates. A discount card saves you more, 10% for the sale plus 10% for the discount. 2864 Chicago Ave, Mpls. FFI: 612-824-9984, www.unclehugo.com

2016 Hugo Nominations are open. FFI: http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/

GPS Writing Contest is open through May 15. FFI: http://www.geekpartnership.org/programs/writing-contest/

GPS Pirate Cruise Fundraiser, June 4. FFI: http://www.geekpartnership.org/events/pirate-cruise/

Minn-StF is resurrecting the Quartermaster position, and trying to generate a list of everything we own. Joel Phillips has accepted the position, and will be organizing an inventory of the storage locker. If you have any items owned by Minn-StF in your possession, please let Joel know at the e-mail address quartermaster@mnstf.org.

The Minn-StF Board is soliciting bids for a FallCon for 2016.

The new Minn-StF President is Dean Gahlon. He can be reached at president@mnstf.org.

# - 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, Mark Richards, Robin Severson, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Clay & Hershey Harris, Irene & Scott Raun, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Blaisdell Polytechnic, Dean Gahlon & Laura Krentz, Liz Fish, Bill Christ, Peer Dudda, Chrisi Hansen & Mike Schneider, Joel Phillips, Ann Totusek, Sidhe Brewing, Emily Stewart & Aaron Vander Giessen, Kelly James, Polly Peterson, Rachel Kronick & Eric Forste, Josh More, Shaun Kelly, Corwin & Dee Brust, Linda Lounsbury.


9: David Emerson; 10: Margie Lessinger; 14: Ben Lessinger; 16: Megan Totusek; 19: Karen Cooper; 21: Teresa Nielsen Hayden; 27: Bryan Andersen, Peter Hentges; 28: Davey Snyder, 31: Seven Anderson

Publishing News

Joan Marie Verba's science fiction novel, Modern Surprises, has been posted on Kindle Scout. Scientists having fun saving the world! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/jmvbook (until March 14)

Joan Marie Verba's children's chapter book, Wondry Dragon Finds a Home, was published in January. FFI: http://ftlpublications.com/wondry-dragon-finds-a-home/

Naomi Kritzer's "Cat Pictures Please" is a "Best Short Story" Nebula nominee.

Neil Gaiman story reprints: "Changes," in Pwning Tomorrow (2015 eBook from Electronic Frontier Foundation) and "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" in The Humanity of Monsters (ed Michael Matheson; ChiZine tp/eBook)

Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton Bestsellers list in the February Locus includes Saturn Run by John Sandford & Ctein (#8 hc) and Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (#5 tp).

2015 Locus Recommended Reading list includes these works by/about locals or ex-locals: Novel: Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman // Collections: Hidden Folk by Eleanor Arnason; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman; I Am Crying All Inside by Clifford D. Simak (edited by Dave Wixon) // Non-Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold by Edward James // Novella: "Penric's Demon" by Bujold // Novelettes: "Ruins" by Arnason; "Black Dog" by Gaiman; "So Much Cooking" by Naomi Kritzer // Short Stories: "Telling Stories to the Sky" by Arnason; "The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary" by Kij Johnson; "Cat Pictures Please" by Kritzer.

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


Mar 4-6. Marscon "Parallel Dimensions". GoHs: William Morgan Sheppard, Christine Mitzuk, Ruth Berman, Christopher R. Mihm, Eric Wile, The great Luke Ski, Dave Brown, Dave Duca, Michael Glielmi, Ann Neubauer. FFI: http://marscon.org/2016/

Mar 18-20. Vericon. Harvard, Cambridge, MA.GoHs: Ann Leckie, John Chu, Wesley Chu, Pamela Dean, Seth Dickinson, Greer Gilman, Malka Older, Ada Palmer, Jo Walton. FFI: http://www.vericon.org

Mar 25-27. Minicon 51. GoHs: Seanan McGuire, Sara Butcher Burrier. Registration: : Adults, $70; Student, $25; Kid, $15; Convert from Supporting: $40. FFI: http://mnstf.org/minicon51/

Jun 17-19. Fourth Street Fantasy, St. Louis Park, MN. www.4thstreetfantasy.com/2016/

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

Oct 7-9. Gaylaxicon 2016. St. Louis Park, MN. GoHs: Eleanor Arneson, Zack Karlsson, David Maxine, Eric Shanower, David Gaider. FFI: http://www.gaylaxicon2016.org/

Feb 16-19, 2017. Capricon 37. Wheeling, IL. GoHs: Beth Revis, Meg Frank. FFI: http://capricon.org/capricon37/

Apr 14-17, 2017. Minicon 52. GoHs: Jim C. Hines, Brother Guy Consolmagno, Mark Oshiro. Registration: Adults, $40 to 3/17/17; Student, $20 to 3/17/17; Kid, $10 to 3/17/17; Supporting: $15. FFI: http://mnstf.org/minicon52/

Aug 9-13, 2017. Worldcon 75. Helsinki, Finland. GoHs: John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, Walter Jon Williams. FFI: http://www.worldcon.fi/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Kevin Austin, Lydia Nickerson, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Ann Totusek - 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 March 28th, 2016.