Einblatt! December 2016


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Jan 7, Erin McKee & David Wilford's; Jan 21, Clay & Hershey Harris'


Noted Minnesota poet, retired Gustavus Adolphus faculty member, and longtime local sf fan John "Rez" Rezmerski died on November 5th. He published some two dozen poems in Tales of the Unanticipated, including "A Dream of Heredity" in the first issue, which won the 1987 "Short Poem" Rhysling Awards. He read for SF Minnesota events, and performed many times at Minicon and other conventions as the one male member of the Ladies Poetesses from Hell performance group. Many of his poems also appeared in the anthologies Time Gum; Time Frames; and Lady Poetesses from Hell, and in his own chapbook collection of poetry from his Minicon readings. He was a lovely and funny guy and a fine poet.

Sometime Minicon attendee (as one of The Flying Karamazov Brothers) Sam "Smerdyakov" Williams died suddenly in Seattle on November 18th.

GPS is accepting Space Camp Scholarship applications through December 15th. FFI: http://www.geekpartnership.org/programs/spacecamp/

Minicon 53 will be chaired by Kevin Austin and Emily Stewart.

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


2: Martin McClure; 3: Lynn Anderson; 4: Jerry Corwin, Felicia Herman, Anne Gay; 9: Larry Sanderson; 10: Laura Krentz; 11: Ken Fletcher, David Wilford; 12: Joan Marie Verba; 13: Emma Bull; 15: Scott Raun; 23: Dean Gahlon; 24: Karen Johnson; 25: Eric Forste; 31: Jan Appelbaum, Erik Emery

Publishing News

Besides the Hugo winners reported in September Einblatt, Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Demon finished 2nd in Best Novella category.

Naomi Kritzer is interviewed in the September issue of Clarkesworld.

Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear were married on October 8th.

Bryan Thao Worra was elected president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He also has a poem, "Phaya Nak Goes to the West," in the July/August Uncanny Magazine.

LOCAL PUBLISHER: Steve Stern, The Pinch (tp reprint from Graywolf Press)

Neil Gaiman on recent Locus Bestseller lists: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (pb: #2 Locus and #9 B&N for Oct; #7 Locus and #10 B&N for Nov); Neverwhere (tp: Locus #9 Oct); The View from the Cheap Seats (hc: #9 B&N Nov); and American Gods (pb: #7 Locus and #7 B&N for Oct; #6 Locus and #2 B&N Nov; tp: #6 B&N Oct and #5 B&N Nov; audiobook: #5 Oct and #15 Nov on audible.com "Fantasy" list.

Neil Gaiman: The DC Universe (hc graphic story collection from DC Comics); and these story reprints: "Diamonds and Pearls" in Beyond the Woods (ed. Paula Guran); "Black Dog" in Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (ed. Guran) and in Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, V.10 (ed. Jonathan Strahan) and in Best Horror of the Year, V.8 (ed. Ellen Datlow)

Naomi Kritzer, "Cat Pictures Please" reprinted in Years's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2016 (ed. Rich Horton) and in The Best Science Fiction of the Year (ed. Neil Clarke); latter also reprints her "So Much Cooking"

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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 $50, 6-12 $25, Supporting $30, through 1/31. 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/

July 21-23: Diversicon 25. Best Western Bandana Square, St Paul. GoHs: Eleanor Arnason, Melissa Scott. FFI http://www.diversicon.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).

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 December 22nd, 2016.