Einblatt! January 2020


Advance Warning

Minn-StF: Feb 2, TBD; Feb 22, Pool Party; Mar 7, TBD; Mar 21, Voting Meeting, TBD. Minicon: Feb 22, Mar 15, Mar 28.


Voting Eligibility Requirements have changed. They are now five meetings total, no more than three concom meetings. See By-Laws I.2.b and II.6.a.iv at http://mnstf.org/records/documents/MNstf-bylaws-July-2019.html

Terry A. Garey is having medical issues. FFI: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/terrygarey

GPS 2020 Space Camp Scholarship Applications open Oct 20 - https://geekpartnership.org/programs/spacecamp/

Minn-StF Logo clothing and bags are available at https://business.landsend.com/store/mnstf/

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

The Minn-StF President is Sharon Kahn. She can be reached at president@mnstf.org.

Thanks to recent meeting hosts: Brian Lundgren & Susan Philbrook, Irene & Scott Raun, Aaron Vander Giessen & Emily Stewart, Diane Stewart & Ken Koski, Sharon Kahn & Richard Tatge, Liz Fish & Richard Beaver, David Dyer-Bennet, Laramie Sasseville, Bill Christ, Clay & Hershey Harris, Erin McKee & David Wilford, Linda Lounsbury, Ann Totusek & Lisa Sanders, Joel Phillips & Christine, Robin Severson, Mark Richards, Blaisdell Polytechnic, Jonathan Adams & Carol Kennedy.


1: Peggy O'Neill; 2: Don Blyly, Thorin Tatge, Patrick Nielsen Hayden; 4: David Messer; 5: Claire Lenander; 7: Margo Bratton; 9: Greg Ketter; 11: Victor Raymond; 12: Seth Breidbart; 14: Lisa Sanders; 15: Bruce Schneier; 17: Giovanna Fregni, Andrew Bertke; 18: Pamela Dyer-Bennet; 20: Kij Johnson; 24: John Houghton, Katie Krantz; 30: Linda Lounsbury.

Publishing News

Lois McMaster Bujold is the SFWA 2020 Damon Knight Grandmaster.

Neil Gaiman, The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book (Headline UK tp reprint, July)

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Penguin UK tp reprint, February)

Naomi Kritzer, excerpt from Catfishing On Catnet, on tor.com (online) for 22 October 2019

Adam Stemple, "Still Life," Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores (online magazine) for 31 October 2019

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James was included on the Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019 and the Foyles Book of the Year awards lists.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and (former sort-of-local) Neil Gaiman was #2 pb on the December Locus bestseller charts; it was #1 pb and #2 tp on the Barnes & Noble list in the same issue. Neverwhere by Gaiman was #3 Fantasy on that issue's Audible.com (audio) bestseller list.

Publication by locals/ex-locals and/or local publishers:
Neil Gaiman, The Seven Sisters (HarperCollinsMorrow hc/eb, due September 2020)
Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, American Gods v3: The Moment of the Storm (Dark Horse graphic novel, due April)
Scott Lynch, The Thorn of Emberlain (Orion/GollanczUK hc, due April)
Chan Poling and Lucy Michell, Jack & The Ghost (U of Minnesota Press hc, 2019)
Caroline Stevermer, The Glass Magician (Tor hc/eb, due April)
Graywolf Press, Suicide Woods (tp collection by Benjamin Percy)

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


Jan 17-19, 2020. CONsole Room 2020. Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. FFI: http://console-room.com/

Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020. SuperCon 2020. Hastings Country Inn, Hastings, MN. FFI: http://supercon.info/

Feb 14-16, 2020. Con of the North. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN. FFI: http://conofthenorth.org/

Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020. MarsCon 2020. Hilton Minneapols/St. Paul Airport Mall of America. FFI: http://marscon.org/2020/

Apr 10-12, 2020. Minicon 55. DoubleTree Park Place, St Louis Park. GoHs: Jo Walton, Elise Matthesen. Adults $45, student $20, kid $10, supporting $15. FFI: http://mnstf.org/minicon55/

Jul 29 - 2 Aug, 2020. CoNZealand. 78th WorldCon. FFI: https://conzealand.nz/

Aug 7-9, 2020. Diversicon 28. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymough. GoH: Michael Merriam, Special Guest: Abra Staffin-Wiebe. http://www.diversicon.org/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Eric Forste, Clay Harris, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Aaron Vander Giessen - 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

Einblatt from July 95 to date is on the web at www.mnstf.org/einblatt/. Einblatt is distributed via e-mailing-list - sign up at the website (here). The Dead-tree Einblatt is available by subscription. Cost is $10, payable by check mailed to the Minn-StF PO Box, check or cash handed to YrHumbleEinblattEd (as of December 2009, Scott Raun), or PayPal to webmaster@minicon.org.

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 January 23rd, 2020.