Einblatt! August 2016


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: TBD, traditionally Sept 3 & 17

Great Geek Garage Sale: Sept 24-25.


Donations for Great Geek Garage Sale – August: every Thursday, 7-9PM, every Saturday & Sunday, 12N-4PM. Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St NE, Mpls.

You might want to check out the GPS August Newsletter: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/587143/fc36a1e6ff/TEST/TEST/

There will be a Minn-StF Fallcon – Decongestant. See the Conventions section for more info.

The Minn-StF Board is soliciting bids for Minicon 53.

Minn-StF has resurrected 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 new Minn-StF President is Emily Stewart. She 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: Rachel Kronick, Bill Christ, Aaron Vander Giessen & Emily Stewart, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Marian Turner & Michael Kauper, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Mark Richards, Robin Severson, Clay & Hershey Harris, Irene & Scott Raun, Blaisdell Polytechnic.


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; 19: Hershey Lima; 22: Sara Logan, Elise Matthesen, Will Shetterly; 24: Jerry Stearns

Publishing News

Steven Brust, Skill of Our Hands, Tor hc novel, Jan 2017

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Borders of Infinity, tp reprint scheduled by Baen for Jan 2017

Neil Gaiman, Poems, HarperCollinsMorrow hc due Dec 2016; also hc reprint of Odd and the Frost Giants (HarperCollins, due Oct)

Three Clifford D. Simak eBook collections from Open Road reportedly now out: A Death in the House; Earth for Inspiration; and Goodnight, Mr. James

Joan Marie Verba, Modern Surprises, tp novel from FTL Publications, now out

Eleanor Arnason's April 25th Strange Horizons (online) column is "Me and Science Fiction: Space Operas by Women"

Kij Johnson's "Ponies" and "At the Mouth of the Rivers of Bees" were reprinted in Galaxy's Edge #20 and 21 (May and July), respectively

David Prill has a new novelette: "Vishnu Summer" in the July/August Magazine of F&SF

Local Publisher Mill City Press has released Phantasma (tp/eb) by Efthalia

Bujold's Gentleman Jolie and the Red Queen was #4 hc bestseller on the June Locus list; audiobook of Gaiman's American Gods was #16 fantasy on the audible.com list in the same issue and #18 on that July list; audiobook of his The Ocean At The End Of The Lane #2 fantasy on July list.

A collection from local publisher Graywolf Press, Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, won the International Dylan Thomas Prize

World Fantasy Award nominees include "Special Award: Professional" for The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman et al

Locus Awards to locals and ex-locals include "Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer (Short Story) and "Black Dog" (Novelette) and Trigger Warning (Collection) by Gaiman. Locus Runners-up include (SF Novel, #16): Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman; (Novella, #2): "Penric's Demon" by Bujold; (Novelette #7 and 10): "So Much Cooking" by Kritzer and "Ruins" by Arnason; (Short Story #18 and 20): "The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary" by Johnson and "Telling Stories to the Sky" by Arnason; (Collection #9 and 13): I Am Crying All Inside by Simak, and Hidden Folk by Arnason. Additionally, Lois Mcmaster Bujold by Edward James #4 Non-Fiction title.

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


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/

Oct 14-16, Decongestant. Bloomington, MN. $50 adults, $10 young fans, $0 kids. FFI: http://mnstf.org/decongestant/

Oct 21-23. Arcana. St. Paul, MN. http://arcanacon.com/

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

Mar 3-5, 2017. Marscon 2017, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Benjamin & Cariann Higginbotham. Registration: Teen/Adult $40, 6-12 $20, Supporting $25, through 10/31. FFI: http://marscon.org/2017/

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/

July 6-9. CONvergence 2017, Bloomington, MN. Registration: Adults $60, 13-17 $40, 6-12, $20, all to 1/25. FFI: http://www.convergence-con.org/

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: Aaron Vande Giessen, Lydia Nickerson, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Hershey Harris - 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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