Einblatt! March 2017


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: TBD. Minicon Meetings: Apr 2, Franklin Library; Apr 8 (if needed), Safe Harbor; Apr 12 - Work Party, Carol Kennedy & Jonathan Adams'; Apr 30 - Postmortem.


Uncle Hugo's Anniversary Sale: Feb 24 - Mar 5.

GPS Writing Contest is accepting submissions through 11:59 pm CDT on May 1, 2017. FFI: http://www.geekpartnership.org/programs/writing-contest/

2017 Hugo Nominations are now open. They will close March 18th at 1:59AM CST.

Minn-StF is an available charity for Amazon Smile. Search for "The Minnesota Science Fiction Society, Inc.".

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


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

Publishing News

Ellen and Mary Kuhfeld are publishing on Amazon as "Monica Ferris Presents". They're putting Mary's backlog up where people can get at it. Currently they have the five Peter Brichter mysteries by Mary Monica Pulver, Secret Murder by Ellen Kuhfeld, and Minnesota Vice, ten short stories by Ellen and Mary.

Kelly Barnhill's The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin Young Readers) won the 2017 Newberry Medal.

Kij Johnson's "The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe" is a 2016 Nebula "Best Novella" nominee. Kij was also interviewed in the January issue of Lightspeed.

Marissa Lingen had a story, "Upside the Head," in Science Fiction by Scientists (ed. M Brotherton, Springer 2016).

The March/April Magazine of F&SF contains a story, "Daisy," by Eleanor Arnason, and a poem, "Spacemail Only," by Ruth Berman.

Louise Erdrich sold a fantasy novel, Future House of the Living Dead, to Harper.

Marlon James sold his "Dark Star" trilogy (fantasy novels set in Africa) to Riverhead.

Neil Gaiman's American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition was again #1 pb on the January Locus bestsellers list; his Neverwhere and American Gods were also #1 and #7 audiobook fantasy bestsellers on the audible.com list in the same issue.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Joie and the Red Queen was #8 trade pb on the January Locus list

Works by locals or ex-locals on the Locus 2016 "Recommended Reading" list included The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (YA Books); Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason (Collections); The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (Non-Fiction); The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe by KiJ Johnson (Novellas); and "Checkerboard Planet" by Arnason and "Touring with the Alien" by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Novelettes).

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Mar 3-5. Marscon 2017, Bloomington, MN. GoHs: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Benjamin & Cariann Higginbotham. FFI: http://marscon.org/2017/

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

Jun 16-18. 4th Street Fantasy 2017. St Louis Park, MN. Doubletree by Hilton. http://www.4thstreetfantasy.com

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. 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 three 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 23rd, 2017.