Einblatt! August 2018


Advance Warning

Minn-StF Meetings: Sept 15, TBD


The Minn-StF Board is soliciting bids for Minicon 55 or FallCon 2019.

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

The Minn-StF President is Ann Totusek. 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: Bill Christ, Aaron Vander Giessen & Emily Stewart, Linda Lounsbury, Robin Severson, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Mark Richards, Irene & Scott Raun, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Clay & Hershey Harris, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Ann Totusek, Blaisdell Polytechnic, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy, Joel Phillips and Christine, David Cargo.


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

Tales of the Unanticipated #32 is out; MN/ex-MN contributions include fiction by Cezerija Abartis; David Christenson; Terry Faust; P M F Johnson; Catherine Lundoff; R. Scott McCoy; and Laura Thurston; plus artwork by Rodger Gerberding (including the cover) and Amanda Elg; and editing/editorial by Eric M. Heideman

The Year's Best Science Fiction: 35th, the last one to be edited by the late Gardner Dozois, is out, and includes reprints of "Mines" by Eleanor Arnason and "Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty's Place Cafe" by Naomi Kritzer; also, the Honorable Mention list cites Arnason's "Daisy" and Kritzer's "Evil Opposite" and "Paradox," plus Steven Brust's "Playing God;" Marissa Lingen's "An Unearned Death" and "Vulture's Nest;" and Scott Lynch's "The Smoke of Gold is Glory"

Eleanor Arnason, A Woman of the Iron People, is reprinted in the eb omnibus Three Tiptree Award-Winning Novels (Open Road)

Lois McMaster Bujold, Brothers in Arms, is reprinted in a new Baen tp

Marissa Lingen, "Finding Their Footing," Analog for May/June 2018

"The Mushroom Hunters" by Neil Gaiman won the 2018 Rhysling Award for "long poem" (and is reprinted in the 2018 Rhysling Anthology) Gaiman's reading of his own Norse Mythology for HarperAudio won an Audie Award for best "Narration by an Author or Authors"

Future Home of the Living God by Louis Erdrich was a finalist for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction by the late (ex-local) Michael Levy and by Farah Mendlesohn won the 2018 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

The Lambda Award for Lesbian Fiction went to a title from local publisher Greywolf Press, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

2018 Locus Poll placements by locals/ex-locals include The River Bank by Kij Johnson (#12 fantasy novel); "The Smoke of Gold is Glory" by Scott Lynch (#25 novelette); "Mines" by Arnason (#23 short story); "Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty's Place Cafe" and "Paradox" by Naomi Kritzer (#24 and #29 short story); Norse Mythology by Gaiman (#2 collection) and Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Kritzer (#7 collection)

Bestseller lists in the July Locus cite many Neil Gaiman titles; Norse Mythology (#2 Locus tp; also #1 Smashwords fantasy eBook); American Gods (#8 Locus pb; #8 Barnes & Noble pb; #9 B&N tp); and Good Omens (w/Terry Pratchett, #10 Locus pb)

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


Aug 16-20. WorldCon76. San Jose, CA. FFI: http://www.worldcon76.org/

Sept 7-9. Furry Migration. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. https://www.furrymigration.org/

Sept 28-30. Decongestant 3. Hilton Bloomington, MN. $50 Adult, $10 13-20, $10 under 12 free range, through Sept 10. FFI: http://mnstf.org/decongestant3/

Oct 12-14. Confabulous 2018. Crowne Plaza AiRE, Bloomington, MN. FFI: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/confabulous-2018-tickets-38505602293

Apr 19-21, 2019. Minicon 54. DoubleTree Park Place, St Louis Park. GoHs: Naomi Kritzer, Dave DeVries. Adults $45, student $20, kid $10, supporting $15. FFI: http://mnstf.org/minicon54/

Jun 13-16, 2019. 4th Street Fantasy, Hilton Doubletree, St Louis Park, MN. http://4thstreetfantasy.com/

Aug 15-19, 2019. Dublin 2019 (WorldCon), Dublin, Ireland. FFI: http://dublin2019.com/ (I think).

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Anna Dudda, Aaron Vander Giessen, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Hershey Harris - board@mnstf.org. Mn-STF meetings are generally held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meeting minutes are posted at http://www.mnstf.org/records/, 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 August 23rd, 2018.