Announcement: Publishing Methodology Change!

Starting immediately, and retroactive to the March 2020 Einblatt, there will be no PDF version. The Current Einblatt will be updated with additions throughout the month. When it is time for a new month, the current Einblatt will copied to the just finished month, obsolete information will be deleted, and birthday information will be updated. Monthly Einblatts will be maintained for historical reasons, the "Current Einblatt" should be used to check for what is coming up.

Einblatt! March & April 2020


Advance Warning

Due to the change in publishing methodology, this section will be deleted.


CoA: Nate Bucklin, 3737 Bryant Ave. S., #508-1, Minneapolis, MN 55409. Phone: 612-824-4764

The Source has launched a web-store.

The Board is in search of someone who would be interested in updating the page at, and a few of the sub-pages - large parts of the web site are maintained by other people, and would not need to be touched.
This is a one-time commitment. We do not want to move to a CMS. We want a more modern, visually pleasing / interesting page.
If anyone is interested, please contact any board member (reply to,, contact your board member of choice using your method of choice).

In-person Minn-StF Meetings are cancelled pending government recommendations. If you are interested in hosting a virtual meeting, please contact Sharon Kahn at indicating the date you would like to host, and the platform you intend to use.

The new Board is Eric Forste, Linda Lounsbury, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Aaron Vander Giessen

Minicon 55 has been postponed to April 2021.

Dan Goodman died on March 25th. Details at

CoA: Nate Bucklin. Walker Methodist, 3737 Bryant Ave S, Room 434, Minneapolis, MN 55409. Phone: 612-824-4764.

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

Terry A. Garey is having medical issues. FFI:

Minn-StF Logo clothing and bags are available at

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

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


3: David Cargo; 8: Todd McInroy; 11: Michael Pins; 12: Carol Anndy Farwell; 13: Carol Kennedy; 15: Jo Ann Johnson; 24: Lydia Nickerson; 26: Liza Furr; 28: Elizabeth Bendtsen; 30: Tony Brust, Gregg Parmentier

Publishing News

Queen of Swords Press title Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks is a 2020 MIPA Midwest Book Awards Finalist.

Local Publishers:
A.J. Fitzwater, author. The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper. (tp/ep from Queen of Swords Press. April, 2020)

Naomi Kritzer's Catfishing on Catnet won the 2020 Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Literature. It also won the 2020 Edgar Young Adult Award, and a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Award.

Obituary for "Nancy Jean Holland, Twin Cities Based Academic and Romance and Fantasy Novelist" can be seen at

Neil Gaiman, Black Orchid, graphic novel reissued by DC in late 2019

2020 Nebula Nominees include:
The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book - Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation - Good Omens: "Hard Times", Neil Gaiman (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios)

New short fiction by Minnesota authors:
Eleanor Arnason, "Tunnels," forthcoming in the May/June Asimov's
Lia Swope Mitchell, "Rena in the Desert," in the March/April Asimov's

2019 "Recommended Reading List" in the February Locus includes Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Novels--Horror); Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (Young Adult Novels); "On the Shores of Ligeia" by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Short Stories); and two books from Minnesota publishers: Lanny by Max Porter (Graywolf) and Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson (Coffee House).

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and (sometime semi-local) Neil Gaiman was #4 pb on the February Locus bestseller list; Gaiman's Norse Mythology was #3 on the (audiobook) list in the same issue.

Hugo and related award nominees include:
Best Fan Artist - Elise Matthesen
Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (not a Hugo) - Catfishing on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

Retro Hugo nominees
Best Novelette - "City", by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1944)
Best Short Story - "Desertion", by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1944)
"Huddling Place", by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1944)

Story on Bruce Schneier's "notable hire" with Sir Tim Berners-Lee's new startup:

FILE770 obituary information for Dan Goodman:, also, Denny Lien's comments there near bottom of:

A many-years-belated NYTimes obituary/story on Kate Worley:

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Jul 29 - 2 Aug. CoNZealand. 78th WorldCon. Now Virtual. FFI:

Aug 20-23: Convergence 2020. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. FFI:

Oct 2-4. Decongestant 5. We're still hoping to hold this, but COVID-19 may change that. Hilton Bloomington, MN. $50 Adult, $10 13-20, $10 under 12 free range, through Sept 21. FFI:

Apr 2-4, 2021. Minicon 55. DoubleTree Park Place, St Louis Park. GoHs: Jo Walton, Elise Matthesen. FFI:

Jul 20 - Aug 1, 2021. Diversicon 28. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymough. GoH: Michael Merriam, Special Guest: Abra Staffin-Wiebe.

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Eric Forste, Linda Lounsbury, Scott Raun, Matt Strait & Aaron Vander Giessen - Mn-STF meetings are generally held the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month, Board meeting minutes are posted at, check there for the next board meeting.

Minn-STF web site at: Minicon web site at:

Gamesday Players: Cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19. Board & card gaming almost every Friday evening. FFI: Richard Tatge at 612-827-3228.

Filk Circle: Cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19. Open to all who like to participate in music with f/sf lyrics. 4th Sunday at 5pm. FFI: Rich Brown, 651-999-9033,

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 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

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, 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 May 28th, 2020.