Einblatt! July/August 2020



GPS is having a GoFundMe to enable operations through the end of the year. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/savegps

Uncle Hugo's is having a GoFundMe to rebuild after it was completely destroyed in the recent demonstrations. https://www.gofundme.com/f/let-us-help-save-uncle-hugo039s

Dreamhaven is having a GoFundMe to repair after it was damaged in the recent demonstrations. https://www.gofundme.com/f/dreamhaven-restoration

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 www.mnstf.org, 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 sraun@fireopal.org, board@mnstf.org, 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 president@mnstf.org 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.

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

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: Kevin Austin, 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.



1: Corwin Brust; 3: Jonathan Adams, Dave Crawford; 4: Don Bailey; 5: Laurel Krahn; 7: Krissy; 8: Tesla Aldrich; 10: Judy Rosenberg; 12: Benjamin Cox; 17: Floyd Henderson; 21: Irene Raun, Geri Sullivan; 24: Amber Tatge; 25: Ann Totusek; 27: Polly Peterson


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

The 35th Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master honor was presented to Lois McMaster Bujold.

Ray Bradbury Award (dramatic presentation) went to the Good Omens episode "Hard Times" by Neil Gaiman.

Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel went to Colleen Doran and Neil Gaiman for "Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples" (Dark Horse tp).

Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf won Minnesota Book Award in the Genre Fiction category and won the Locus Award in the "Horror Novel" category.

Catfishing On Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen) is also an Anthony Award nominee and an ITW Thriller Award nominee (for Best Young Adult novel in both cases).

An article on Naomi Kritzer, "St. Paul Author Stunned by Success of Genre-Jumping 'Catnet" by Mary Ann Grossmann, appeared in the 24 May 2020 St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Recent Publications by Local and Former-Local Authors Include:
Lois McMaster Bujold, Penric's Travels (collection Baen tp, now out)
P.C. Hodgell, By Demons Possessed (Baen pb reprint, now out)
Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham (Doubleday hc; alt-history novel by Minneapolis writer, who was profiled in the 17 May 2020 Star Tribune
Kij Johnson, "Noah's Raven," ss in Lightspeed #117 (February 2020) Beneath Ceaseless Skies [#295, January 16, 2020] Scott H. Andrews, ed. (Firkin Press, $1.49, ebook)
Naomi Kritzer, "Little Free Library," ss appeared on the Tor.com site for 8 April 2020
Marissa Lingen, "Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate)" (ss) appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #295 (16 January 2020); also, her "The Thing, With Feathers" from Uncanny #26 was reprinted in Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, vol. 1 (ed. Paula Guran)

Ruth Berman's poem "The Riches of the Cloud Country" and Eleanor Arnason's novelette "Tunnels" are in the May/June Asimove's.

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


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

Oct 2-4. Decongestant 5. Not officially postponed / cancelled yet. Hilton Bloomington, MN. $50 Adult, $10 13-20, $10 under 12 free range, through Sept 21. FFI: http://mnstf.org/decongestant5/

Mar 12-14, 2021. Marscon. FFI: https://marscon.org/2021/index.php

Apr 2-4, 2021. Minicon 55. DoubleTree Park Place, St Louis Park. GoHs: Jo Walton, Elise Matthesen. FFI: http://mnstf.org/minicon55/

Apr 2-4, 2021. Anime Detour. FFI: https://www.animedetour.com/

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

Aug 5-8, 2021: Convergence 2021. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. FFI: https://www.convergence-con.org/

Oct 22-24, 2021: AnimeFusion. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth, MN. FFI: https://www.animefusion.net/

Ongoing Information

Board of Directors: Eric Forste, Linda Lounsbury, 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: 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, 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).

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