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5. Is there an organized Babylon 5 fandom in this area?




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This article is from the Minnesota SF FAQ, by Dan Goodman dsgood@visi.com with numerous contributions by others.

5. Is there an organized Babylon 5 fandom in this area?

The Minnesota sf community/communities

Note that "Minnesota SF community" is larger than "Minnesota fandom"
or "Minnesota fandoms". It includes, for example, people who
regularly buy sf at specialty bookstores. It's also larger than
Minnesota.

I know there are groups, stores. etc. not mentioned here. Some will
be, if you (or someone) send me the information. Some won't be -- I
don't see any purpose in listing an invitational writing group, for
example.

Additions and corrections from people in Minnesota (and adjacent
states and provinces) are welcome. If you _thoroughly_ disagree with
what I say here, it's probably easier to write and post a competing
guide than to change my mind.

Written SF

Central Club: Mnstf (aka Minn-StF, etc.) is less central than it used
to be. But it's where you go for information by phone (612-824-5559),
mail (EINBLATT) or web (www.mnstf.org); and it runs Minicon, the
largest local mostly-written-sf convention. Mnstf meets the first and
third Saturday of every month (usually); usually in someone's home,
usually starting at 2:30 pm. There is no programming.

Rivendell is the University of Minnesota Mythopoeic Society group.
Usually meets once a month for discussion focusing on one fantasy
book. During the school year, usually meets at Coffman Union; in the
summer, meets at people's homes.
David Lenander. Internet: D-LENA@TC.UMN.EDU home: (612) 292-8887
work: 626-3375 Rivendell Group web-page:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/nlhome/m391/d-lena/RIVENDELL.html

North Country Gaylaxians is for gay, bisexual, etc. sf fans. They
have good taste in restaurants.

Second Foundation meets about every six weeks to discuss one science
fiction author's works. Call Eric Heideman, (612) 825-9353.

Bookstores

Uncle Hugo's has a very good stock, both new and used. The new books
include some British paperbacks. Note: For most Post-Apocalypse
novels, you'll need to visit the siamese-nonidentical-twin Uncle
Edgar's Mystery Bookstore. unclehugo@aol.com.

Dreamhaven also has a very good stock. Dreamhaven has magazines and
books Uncle Hugo's doesn't and vice versa. The main store on Lake
Street could be considered two stores: one for sf and one for popular
culture. The Dinkytown store is, I understand, mostly comix now.
dreamhvn@visi.com.

Visual sf

For Star Trek groups, see Joan Verba, above.

Writing

Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers Alliance (MIFWA) meets quarterly
to discuss writing. If you're looking for a writing group, or your
writing group is looking for new members, this is a good place to
start. Call Eric Heideman, (612) 825-9353.

The Worldbuilding Society meets monthly to discuss worldbuilding --
that is, the background for sf and fantasy. For further information,
email dsgood@visi.com or call (612) 871-5461.

 

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